The Fashion Vs Sport Issue Issue 11
THE FASHION VS SPORT ISSUE HOW TO BECOME A MANLY MAN / WHAT TO WEAR LECTURER OF THE YEAR WINNERS / DESIGN / NEWS In Unison, Fashion Vs Sport Issue.indd 1
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Spot prize s! way givea
Featuring DJ Karn Hall & Guests Dress to impress
Friday 25 September 8pm Carrington’s $5 USU Members (Unitec Students)
Unitec Mt Albert
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The Fashion Vs Sport Issue, 14th September 2009
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Lecturer of the Year Winners
“Poofter” Becomes “Man” Through Sport and Male Bondage Auckland Fashionistas Spill Their Secrets... One Plus One Equals Style, Fashion Shoot
Sports People as Role Models
Newsbot Sport Column
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CONTRIBUTORS Joseph Harper / Stephanie McColl / Ravi Bhat Greg Powell / NMA / Nicholas Mark / The Goose Newsbot / Barbie / Miriam Koch / Te Wai Brown
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I HATE SPORTS... I’m not going to even try and lie to you; I hate sports. This issue was originally going to be all about fashion until I looked out my window and saw guys wearing blue overalls and throwing a ball around. I don’t think they care too much for fashion, so with them in mind we have two sports features, as well as some easy tips for guys to up their fashion stakes/reasons why they should care about what they wear. As for me, well I am pretty aesthetically inclined, and so fashion makes me very happy. I love to look at pretty/shiny/ colourful/beautiful things. I think of fashion as a great form of selfexpression, a way to make you feel fabulous and stand out, you can turn yourself into a work of art with the right colours, shapes and fabrics. When it comes to what you wear the possibilities are endless which is one of the best things about fashion. I am also a firm believer in ‘you are what you wear’; how you present yourself is how people are going to judge and perceive you.
Don’t try and go for every trend out there, dress to suit your body but also have fun and take risks..
Perhaps it is in my snooping nature, but I love seeing what other people are wearing, other than peering at you from my window or looking at friend’s photo albums on Facebook to see their latest threads, I love online fashion blogs where photographers, journalists and fashionistas the world over either snap their own outfits, or other peoples. The lucky/popular ones get to do this as their fulltime job, become celebrities and style icons, all from writing about what they love. Auckland fashion blogger Isaac Hindin Miller, who we talk to over on page 18, is enjoying all of the above. I also love how self-indulgent the ‘what I wore’ fashion blogs are, where the bloggers snap their outfits in model-esque poses, either with the self-timer, in the mirror or holding the camera from above, aka the Myspace angle, knowing that complete strangers are critiquing their style. It’s so bold and fabulous. There are a few blogs that are on my daily watch list, including The Sartorialist which is one of the best known fashion blogs, where the blogger goes around the streets of the world’s fashion centres and snaps what he likes the look of, ranging from older Italian men in crisp suits, to fresh faced young girls riding their bikes in New York. I also get daily emails from a site dedicated to snapping celebrities and other fahionistas and then finding out where they got their outfits from, or cheaper versions. Sea of Shoes, Gala Darling and Fashion Toast are also all
pretty inspirational/self-indulgent, in a good way. But despite all the different advice out there on what we should be wearing and the thousands of worthy options each season; of course we can’t have it all. I’ve always stuck with this age-old advice; don’t try and go for every trend out there, dress to suit your body but also have fun and take risks. My passion for fashion leads me to get ridiculously obsessed over various expensive pieces of clothing I know I can’t afford; the latest is a new season dress from World. If I wasn’t planning on moving to New York next year – fashion capital of the world – then it would be in my wardrobe by now, regardless of the fact it would cost me over five weeks rent. So, as much as I love fashion, I am no slave to it; having designer pieces is always a great way to make you feel fabulous, but when you are struggling to pay the rent, or saving for that big move as I am, those new Deborah Sweeney sequin pants are probably not a good idea (no matter how bad I want them). Because I have been a student for the last four years, and then living like a student this year to save for the big move, most of my clothes come from vintage stores, this is also reflective of my environmental beliefs. I don’t see the point in having a wardrobe full of those tops from Glassons that are only made to last one season before they are thrown out. I am also a big believer in accessories’ ability to change some simple pieces of clothing. We take this approach over on page 20 where with two basic outfits and a bunch of accessories we create eight incredibly different looks. Hope you enjoy this issue. Stacey Knott In Unison Editor, 2009
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1.WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN AND WHY? 2.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RUGBY? 3.WHAT DOES A MAN NEED TO BE A “REAL MAN”?
does autotronics at North Shore
Cut jeans, because I made them.
Black hoody coz it reflects anti-establishment.
It’s manly; you can drink Tui with it.
studies autotronics at the North Shore campus
studies art and design Rainbow hat. Because it’s bright.”
Respect for other people: Sense of humour. Kindness
HOT AND NOT WHAT’S HOT
1 Tie-die print 2 Air New Zealand Fashion Week. One week
3 Rich and Famous party, September 25 4 The new animation movie ’Up’! 5 Last trips to the snow before summer hits 6 Getting bargin clothes from the Unitec Op
Snakeskin pants, for no reason. Urgh not much at the moment, New Zealand is doing shit as.
Appreciate what women have to do in 21st century. Help in relationship – it’s a partnership, humour, knows how to tidy up because tidying has to be done and it don’t matter who does it. Help with kids – be an active father. Not use money as power, for example some guys think money equates to power.
Shop Unicycle, open fridays from 12.30-5.00
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Beanies Student Village living accommodation Pigeons crapping in the Hub Speedos in the summer, just don’t Hamilton, even the Springboks coach said so
Cheap new clothes that fall apart after the first wear 5
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usu president’s tirade
Well it is that time of year again, USU ELECTIONS for executive. As I am sure you have seen the posters everywhere of candidates and their campaigns. This is when you get to choose who drives and directs the USU, your students’ association. The voting starts today and will be running over the next 9 days, online, 24 hours a day. So please look out for the email with the link to the voting polls. It is so amazing to see the passion from the candidates and their energetic postering of the buildings at Unitec. Never in my time as an executive member of the USU (3 years) have I seen such a strong presence of campaigning, EVER ! So to all the people running for executive, good on you for being charged about the positions and going hard. To everyone else, get in there and vote!
DUDE OF THE DAY…
WANKER OF THE WEEK…
To Lynn Hafele from the accommodation village. For being the best friend a person could have. For doing all you can for those that are not well, in hospital and hurting. For caring more than I have ever seen about the well-being and emotions of those around you. Lynn you are more than a dudette, you are one of the most beautiful people I have had the privilege of meeting, you are Tu Meke.
Child abuse, a subject that makes my skin crawl, yet we see increasing cases of child abuse happening with increasing use of violence and weapons. Itupa Julie Mikaio is being charged with causing head injuries that could have been fatal, with a shoe. This was because her child was jumping on his bunk bed. Yeah that’s good enough a reason to beat your child “NOT”! A shoe ladies and gentlemen, no wonder the smacking bill was bought in, when dumb ass people who cant manage children are beating their kids almost and to death. It seems that Itupa Mikaio you are more than a wanker you are a total BITCH. I hope you get the book thrown at you.
Until next time and my last Tirade… Greg Powell USU Student President 2009
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By Joseph Harper
Unitec management has been given one last chance to better the employment conditions of about 250 academic staff on campus or they will take industrial action, possibly a strike. Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members from the Western Institute of Technology, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Northtec, Wintec, and Unitec are on a multi-employer collective agreement and have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over the employment offers the employers have put forward. TEU members voted on action in a ballot, the result was 98 percent in support of industrial action. TEU campaigns and communications person Stephen Day says the vote follows a proposal from their employers that would have increased teaching days by ten percent (from 185 per year to 204), and could require all discretionary leave to be at the employers’ discretion rather than the employees’, as it is at present. It also included a one percent salary increase with no back-dating and a 24 month term from the date of signing (effectively 1 percent for two and half years). As a result of this and feedback from the meetings, the TEU bargaining team has written again to the polytechnic representatives informing them that TEU members support of industrial action, but
the letter also includes a counter-proposal to settle the negotiations. The employers have until Monday 14 September to respond by. In the meantime union members at the six polytechnics are preparing for industrial action, including possible strike. Sarah Hardman the Unitec TEU branch chair says there were 950 TEU members who voted in the ballot. At the time of print the Unitec members did not have any set plans for industrial action, and were awaiting the employer’s response to their letter. Unitec chief executive and group spokesperson for the employees, Dr Rick Ede says the group is hopeful of an outcome that meets the objectives of both parties. He says industrial action is not the answer to solving the issues and would like to see a resolution sooner rather than later to avoid disruptions. “We have been open to negotiating in good faith from the outset so to hear of talks of possible industrial action is very unfortunate. We had hoped that this could be avoided.” A Unitec spokesperson says Unitec has been aware of the possibility of industrial action and has plans and processes in place to cope with the disruption this could cause to students and other staff members. In Unison will keep you updated on this issue, check out www.usu.co.nz/ inunison
By Stacey Knott
OSCAR WINNER ADDS GLIMMER TO PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
STRIKE ACTION EDGING CLOSER
Under the instruction and leadership of Academy Award winning director Milton Justice, Unitec’s department of Performing and Screen Arts has gone to work on bringing to life the stories of everyday, normal Americans dealing with the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Mr Justice won his Oscar for the documentary film, Down and Out in America. He has since then taught at Yale Drama School before winding up at Unitec this year. He currently is a guest lecturer in the department of Performing and Screen Arts, and teachers directing students as well as acting students. The play, called New York: The September 11 Project, was written by American Pulitzer Prize nominee David Rimmer; and began life at Unitec as a collaborative work between third year acting students and second year directing students, but has since come to involve extra students from other year groups and disciplines. Mr Justice said he chose the play for several reasons, “what touches me about them [the characters] is their humanness: a humanness we all share and relate to...I was surprised to find that everyone was thrilled by the opportunity to perform this work. I discovered that the attack on the World Trade Centre touched many more people than I ever anticipated,” he says. Students are also relishing the opportunity to not only work on an exciting piece, but also to have the opportunity to work in close quarters with someone who carries the weight of experience that Mr Justice does. Sam Shore, one of the students acting in the play says “all the pieces are really challenging. And it’s always good to be challenged, as an artist, and as a student... Milton is amazing. With all due respect to other tutors at Unitec, it’s just not that often you come across a teacher with that level of experience. And not only at Unitec, in New Zealand in general.”
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A VILLAGE IS FALLING APART
By Stacey Knott and Miriam Koch
Student president Greg Powell points out mould at the student village. Photo: David Rowland NZPA After suffering a scabies outbreak, cockroach infestations and burglaries, students in the Unitec Residential Village are starting to be heard; however, USU student president Greg Powell says Unitec is not doing enough for them. The Village houses 300 students at the southern end of the Mount Albert campus and because its buildings have not been properly maintained, living there has become a “health hazard” Mr Powell says. He has been fielding complaints from residents there for the last 18 months; it reached an all-time high on August 28 when residents and Mr Powell meet with Unitec chief financial officer and executive director of finance and infrastructure Paul Conder to express their complaints in a protest meeting. The long list of complaints included the staircases being the only fire escape route, the showerheads being set at the height for a 10-year-old, the windowless bathrooms, the small fridges, broken dryers and the slow internet, which is stopping students from being able to contact family or finish assignments. Mr Conder’s general answer to all the complaints at the meeting was: “we will look into that”.
However, the most pressing issues at the Village are related to poor health, caused from the poor conditions, says Mr Powell. Mr Powell says the accommodation is close to slum-like conditions as the buildings are not being maintained, which he believes has caused a scabies outbreak and two cases of meningitis. “They are damp, mouldy, dark, unsafe and unsecured.” Some students moved into the apartments to find a big blood stain on a mattress, while another student found his mattress covered in ants the first day he moved in. At least five people have contracted scabies while living there, which was spread through infected mattresses being moved around the rooms, he says. The dampness of the building is believed to be behind many of the health problems. Mr Powell believes blocked gutters along the top of the building were causing water to seep into the walls of the apartments. Two residents have contracted meningitis while living in the accommodation, one has been recovering in hospital with it, while the other, first year student Greg Thomas has been overcoming
viral meningitis in the same place he believes caused it. He says he contracted it because of the poor living conditions in the buildings. Because of the time missed from his studies he now has grave fears he will fail his course this year. Other students spoken to by In Unison also complained about the low security in the buildings. As we reported last month, there were five burglaries in the accommodation blocks in less than 72 hours. One student says the windows have hardly any resistance and the bedroom doors are easily opened with a credit card. After listening to some of the complaints, Unitec has since put bars over downstairs windows, but this makes it feel like a prison says resident Ben Butcher. “Why make your student accommodation look like a jail?” he asks. He says it ruins the nice views they have of the surrounding bush. He says the fee he has to pay is in excess of what services he receives. “The whole building is poorly built, when someone climbs the stairs the whole building shakes. A large gust of wind feels almost like an earthquake. Not to mention the internal walls are paper-thin, every noise can be heard by the room next door. Continued on page 9
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Not great for privacy or trying to get to sleep when someone is watching a movie. At night when my flatmate has his light on I can see his light shining on my walls through holes in the wall between us.” Because each apartment is individually owned by outside parties (a body corporate) which Unitec leases the buildings from and then rents them out to the students, Mr Conder says Unitec is limited in what they can do to the buildings. He says they are dealing with each issue as it arises, passing on many of them to the body corporate. Mr Conder says he has organised inspectors to go through the rooms and is waiting on a report from them to determine if there is a structural dampness problem, if it is he says it will be up to the body corporate to address it. He reiterated his “we are looking into that” line when In Unison asked about all the complaints, and he also lays blame on some students for not cleaning their rooms “appropriately”. He believes the scabies is a personal health issue that cannot be passed through mattresses; however the Ministry of Health website states otherwise. Likewise, he does not believe the meningitis was linked to the Village,
GOVERNMENT HOPEFULLY TO GET HINT By Joseph Harper Developments in the world’s economic communities have shown once again that government investment in universities and other tertiary institutions, such as Unitec, remains crucial in the coming times of recession recovery. A report released by the OECD entitled Education at a Glance 2009 and the recent passing of an Australian legislation with details increased investment in the tertiary sector, should send a message to New Zealand’s Government, says Derek McCormack, deputy chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. The report shows clear economical advantages for governments brought on by as increased number of graduates, as well as indicating increased levels of people seeking to stay in tertiary education as a direct
however In Unison asked Healthline about living conditions and meningitis infections, a registered nurse said poor living conditions can lower an immune and make a person more susceptible. When it comes to the ants and cockroaches infestation, Mr Conder believes the whole nation is suffering from infestations, not specifically the Village, however he says Unitec responded by fumigating the buildings anyway. When asked if he would stay in the accommodation himself, he says he would, however, he would not comment on whether students are getting value for money. An irritated Mr Powell says Unitec is avoiding responsibility by placing everything on the body corporate. “(They are) trying to pass the buck, they have literally been pushing off everything,” he says. “These are their students on their campus, they pay their money to the Unitec cashiers...It’s (the accommodation) advertised and marketed as Unitec’s in the booklets and pamphlets to overseas students and is on Unitec grounds,” he says. “That screams louder than anything else it’s Unitec problem.”
result of the uncertain job market. Mr McCormack states that with this in mind, further government investment in tertiary institutions should be an obvious step. The new Australian legislation outlines plans to see institutions funded for every student enrolled there by 2012, a move which will see tertiary institutions more easily able to balance difficulties in juggling capped student numbers and funding potential. Mr McCormack says the Australian legislation allows universities to decide the amount of places they will offer in approved courses, without worrying whether or not the government funding will exist to support all of those students. In an effort which felt like prompting New Zealand’s Government to take further action, Mr McCormack pointed to the words of OECD SecretaryGeneral Angel Gurria: “Education has always been a critical investment for the future, for individuals, for economies and for societies at large - in today’s economic environment, the incentives for individuals to invest time and money in education are higher than ever.”
TAG TOURNAMENT SHOWCASES THE BEST DESPITE ATTENDANCE By Nicholas Mark
By Stacey Knott and Miriam Koch
A VILLAGE IS FALLING APART (CONT.)
The USU recently held its one day annual tag tournament to showcase Unitec’s sporting talent despite a ‘surprising’ low turnout. The tournament, on September 4 was won by Sione’s Team by a single try, beating Sugar Leilei four tries to three. However tournament participation was at its lowest with five teams participating this year compared to 12 last year. Low attendance was noted by John McKeown, the referee development officer for Auckland Rugby League. “There could be more participation, the more sports people who attend these events the better it will be for sports in New Zealand,” he says. These players are touted as role models and will go out into the communities and schools to teach future generations. If they are able to participate in these games they have, “first hand” experience. Not only that but it helps to foster a culture on campus, says Ray Masila a Bachelor of Sports student. “Events like these are awesome. It’s good for students to bring them together, get them out of that segregation mentality,” he says. Masters of Education student Lynne Currin agrees, “It creates a bigger presence within Unitec and also creates a Unitec student culture.” Miss Currin who was also at the Northern Tertiary Challenge believes that this also contributes to developing a “more cohesive Unitec culture.” Narissa Fale USU Sports Co-ordinator found the low attendance surprising. “Students are asking for more one day tournaments.” “We are looking to set up touch tournaments twice a year and the football tournament twice a year for students to come along and have fun. “There are lots of different talents and levels of skills out there and we can cater for them,” says Miss Fale. Despite this year’s low attendance efforts are being made to increase participation next year. On September 18 2009 the USU will hold the Football World Cup, you can register at USU Reception.
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CAMPUS AWASH WITH POSTERS By Joseph Harper
FAT CATS IN IVORY TOWERS SOON TO LOSE THEIR THRONES: PART TWO By Stacey Knott
Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley hopes that polytechnic councils will be cut down to eight members by May next year, however this has caused alarm for some MPs and Unitec staff. The Unitec council is currently made up of 17 members; but with a law change the Government has proposed, it will be cut down to eight members. Currently polytechnic councils can have 12-20 members. If passed, the new legislation - the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill will see the Unitec council made up of four ministerial appointments, (one of which will be the chair), a student representative; a member appointed by Academic Board; the chief executive and one position unallocated but to be appointed by the council. The Minister for Tertiary Education has the power to appoint the chair and deputy chair. Speaking at the Bill’s first reading in Parliament recently, Ms Tolley says the new structure will “enhance provider accountability” and keep polytechnics financially viable and capable of providing high-quality education and training opportunities. She says this Bill will “improve the governance capability and effectiveness of polytechnic councils.” Councils will be made up of people with relevant skills and experience who must act in the interests of the polytechnic
as a whole, she says. However, Labour Education spokesperson Maryan Street says cutting councils will cutback their community representation. “It takes the possibility of community input and representation on polytechnic councils out of the equation,” she says. “Polytechnics are charged to deliver educational opportunities and training for the benefit of the region they serve. How will a polytechnic council know what the interests of the region are if there are no community representatives, including business representatives, on its council?” She has similar fears for Maori not being represented in an institution if there are no set Maori seats on a council, and says the Minister is unlikely to appoint people who represent Maori interests. Ms Street believes the Minister is trying to exert too much control on the polytechnic councils. “The control being exercised by the Government in the polytech sector is not a healthy sign. It is not a healthy sign for academic achievement. It is not a healthy sign if a polytech is meant to be required to reflect the needs of, and to provide training appropriate to, its region—and it will be unable to do that,” she says. Academic staff representative on the current Unitec council Jan Patterson, and allied staff representative Kieron Millar say the new legislation will create “a great danger of polytechnics losing their autonomous voice.”
The walls and poles of Unitec are blank no more, at least for a while. The campus has been transformed into a canvas upon which candidates in the upcoming USU presidential and executive elections have plastered their faces. All candidates this year were given free poster photocopies (100 black and white A4 copies, and 50 black and white A3 copies) for their campaigning, which most executive potentials have taken full advantage of. Unfortunately for some candidates, their posters may do more harm than good. Although getting their faces out in the public arena is certainly good publicity; several of the candidates’ posters are laden with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Hamish Walker, who is running for treasurer has used a picture of a dog to promote himself, with grammatically incorrect phrases like “I didnt mean to eat your steak! Walker wont as treasurer!” While Xue Yang urged people to vote for her as a general executive mumber. Other students have complained that the posters equate to mass visual pollution. Questions have also been raised about the necessity for such a vast use of paper in a time where Unitec as an institution is actively trying to increase sustainability, particularly in regards to Pete Hodkinson, who has campaigned hard and put up an abundance of posters in spite of the fact that he is the sole presidential nominee. His series of posters include him dressed as a boxer, a clown, sitting by a lake and at a table having a drink. Mr Hodkinson however stands firmly behind his campaign decisions. “I put posters up because I think it’s important for me to get my name out there and make sure people know who I am, rather than come election day, having people wondering ‘who’s this Pete Hodkinson bloke?’ “It’s essential for me to be seen as someone who’s confident, out there and keen to be in the position.” He also denied accusations of being a visual polluter. “I haven’t received anything but positive support as a result of my posters. I have endeavoured throughout my campaign to put up my material in a tidy, visually attractive manner,” he says. The In Unison charter says we must give candidates a right of reply if they are portrayed in a negative light. Hamish Walker’s reply: *I*m just stoked my dog isn*t receiving any criticism for being ugly!*
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THE RESULTS OF THE ANNUAL LECTURE OF THE YEAR VOTING ARE IN! YOU HAVE CHOSEN YOUR TOP LECTURERS, RECOGNISED THEM AS THE FANTASTIC LECTURERS THEY ARE AND GIVEN THEM THE PRAISE THEY DESERVE. OVER 2000 OF YOU VOTED FOR THE PERSON YOU THOUGHT SHOULD WIN LECTURER OF THE YEAR AND TOLD US WHY YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE SO DESERVING OF THE PRESTIGIOUS TITLE.
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
N OT T WILSO
PERFORMING AND SCREEN ARTS SCOTT WILSON HAS BEEN AT UNITEC FOR FIVE YEARS TEACHING PERFORMING AND SCREEN ARTS. BEFORE HE BEGUN HIS TEACHING CAREER 10 YEARS AGO, HE WAS WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN BOTH NEW ZEALAND AND THE UK. HE STARTED TEACHING WHILE DOING HIS MASTER OF ARTS AT AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY.
Why do you think you won? I think it has something to do with the fact that I still remember vividly what it’s like to be student.
E WHITE NURSING
SUE WHITE WAS EQUAL FIRST AS LECTURER OF THE YEAR. SUE IS A TUTOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCE. SHE’S BEEN WORKING AT UNITEC FOR 20 YEARS. SHE HAS A REAL PASSION FOR NURSING AND HER STUDENTS, WHICH IS WHY SHE’S BEEN TEACHING FOR SO LONG.
How do you feel about winning?
It is a real honour that the students took the time to vote for me when there are so many excellent teachers at Unitec.
Why do you teach? I love learning. I’m passionate about my subject and want to learn more about it.
Why do you think you won? I try to have fun and if at least one person in the room is having a good time then that’s infectious.
How would you describe your teaching style? Gently chaotic? I plan every class to within an inch of its life but once the class begins, the learning has its own path and trajectory.
Why do you teach? Two reasons. (1) I have fantastic students. (2) I enjoy sharing how amazing and incredible the human body is.
What advice would you give a lecturer who wanted to be as popular with their students as you are? Listen. Always listen to your students. They know what they want and what they need.
Did you always plan to teach? As a child I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. Now I teach nurses.
What is the best thing about teaching? Passion - seeing it in the students (why else are they here) and being able to help them express it in new and exciting ways. Unitec - and our Department - is unique in that our students can be creative and have a freedom to think that isn’t available at other tertiary institutions. What is the worst thing? Apathy. In staff and students - it doesn’t matter (although staff apathy is especially galling). Institutional apathy appals me. When lecturers complain about students who don’t care, or who aren’t interested, the first thought should be to examine what they do in the classroom that gives rise to this apathy.
What advice would you give a lecturer who wanted to be as popular with their students as you are? You are there for your students so do your best always and remember that many of them have made big sacrifices to enter tertiary education. What is the best thing about teaching? Getting paid to talk and have fun with a great group of people who choose to be there. What is the worst thing? Watching students who have great potential give up because they don’t believe they can make it or they are not willing to put in the required effort.
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WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SCOTT:
Scott is brilliant. It really ends there. He is helpful, intelligent, values the opinion of every student, welcomes discussion, likes being challenged, and definitely goes the extra mile for his students. He is amazing! Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and a great tutor. When you email him asking for help he usually replies within an hour EVEN IN THE WEEKEND! His ridiculously good looks and intelligent conversation. Did I say he was good looking? WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SUE:
She constantly engages students and provides written, visual, auditory stimulation and sometimes role-play which is great! I have very impressed her lecture. She is very friendly. She has good explanation power. Even in lab sessions she will go sit right next to you and ask if you’re stuck with something and she will go extra mile to help you understand what it is actually.
2ND PLACE LORNE ROBERTS (NATURAL SCIENCES) WHAT YOU SAID:
Lorne is a great lecturer and makes everything exciting. He can make anatomy funny and this year I managed to stay awake through it so way to go Lorne! He certainly knows his stuff too. I have never learnt so much from one individual in my life. It is impossible to fall asleep in his lectures because he’s just so damn interesting.
3RD PLACE DAVID CHAPLIN (ARCHITECTURE) WHAT YOU SAID:
Brilliant mind and brilliant stories to share. Takes your knowledge to some place where most lecturers don’t. Unique, intense and always supportive. Always helps out, stays back late, makes time for the students, always smiling and has a great attitude and character that rubs off onto the students.
DEPARTMENT WINNERS SUSIE JACKA (FOUNDATION STUDIES) She is a great teacher and really gets everyone involved in her classes and makes getting back into school easy! HEATHER GUNN (HEALTH SCIENCE) She is an amazing lecturer who teaches us exactly what we need to know and always gets our assignments back on time (if we hand them in on a Mon we get them on the Weds). PHILIP PLUNKETT & KHAM KOK (ELECTROTECHNOLOGY) (Phil) Cause he is happy Phil. (Kham) She is very patient and tried her best to make us understood. She was never missed the class as well. DANIEL IRVING (LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE) He cares, he’s on the same page, he understands, and he really gets you to think about the project... He is down to earth, he’s kool. It almost sounds like I love him and I do nothing wrong with some man love. RODGER GIBB (CIVIL ENGINEERING) Because he is the man!
PETER THOMPSON & DEBBIE ROLLAND (COMMUNICATION STUDIES) (Peter) Incredible, knowledgeable and inspiring person. (Debbie) The way she teaches is SOLID as!! MARK HOLDEN (ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE) Walking legend. CAROLINE KING (COMPUTING) Nice and loving to help her student. MELANIE MILLER (EDUCATION) The words are very less to express my respect for Mellanie. Thank you. JOE PIGGIN (SPORT) Brilliant class engagement, incredible superhero alter ego, extremely intelligent and all round nice guy! GO JOE! IAN HYSLOP (SOCIAL PRACTICE) Knows his stuff, calm, has presence, swears occasionally!
MARTIN SNEE (BUILDING TECHNOLOGY) Good people are hard to find. GARY JACOB (TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY) He teaches very hard and work hard. JO DRAYTON (DESIGN) Consistently interesting and imaginative. ALAN LOCKYER (MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING) Mr. Lockyer is educated, qualified and possesses a number of skills and capacity to deliver high performance. MELANIE GARISH (LANGUAGES) TRACEY KIRWAN (COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT) Creative, interesting style of teaching. BRETT CZISLOWSKI (PLUMBING AND GASFITTING) He has good knowledge and is kind.
GEOFF PARISH (CONSTRUCTION) Flamboyant use of the whiteboard.
STUDENT WINNER The student winner for LOTY is Xi Peng from the Department of Landscape Architecture. She has decided on the $1000 worth of travel vouchers.
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“POOFTER” BECOMES “MAN” THROUGH SPORT AND OTHER FORMS OF MALE BONDAGE SHELFORD. MEADS. FITZPATRICK. CAIRNS. MEHRTENS. LOMU. HADLEE. THEY’RE THE MALES THAT SIT KEENLY ATOP THE CANON OF NEW ZEALAND’S HISTORICAL MASCULINE ELITE. IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT WHEN CONSIDERING WHAT IT IS TO BE A MAN IN NEW ZEALAND, YOU’LL BE WALKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH SPORTING PROWESS. WITH THIS IN MIND, JOSEPH HARPER FOUND HIMSELF A MASCULINITY MENTOR, AND MANNED UP.
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Joseph sizes up his “manly tutor.”
We started early, at breakfast I reached for my all-bran. Chris slapped my wrist.“But my system needs the fibre!” I said. Chris was not amused. He gave me my options; Nutrigrain (Hamish Carter is a man right?) or Weet-Bix. I did the Weet-Bix, four of them which is more that Ma’a Nonu. They were of course drowned in blue milk. Not green. Not lite-blue. Not yellow. BLUE. Breakfast done, it was time to dress for success. Apparently my Jans Lekman t-shirt wouldn’t cut it, so off it came; neither would my black stove-pipes, so off they came too. How extraordinarily manly I was feeling, standing with a big boy in my fitted cotton boxers. Luckily I came prepared for this. I assumed a sporting jersey would be in order, so I sms-ed my mother back home and got her to courier up my number ten Canterbury Crusaders (MEHRTENS! ) jersey from when I was 13. It still fitted, the joys of being boyish, and when coupled with a pair of shorts I have to say that I cut quite the figure. I daresay I could’ve passed at Harlequins in Pt. Chev as a regular. I suspect I could’ve asked Sharon for “the regular” and received a swappa crate. Okay. So aesthetically, I achieved my goal pretty easily. Next we aimed to add depth. Chris and I first pierced a DoBro each,
I’d been given my marching orders. My girlfriend was sick of me and my whimsical ways. Too many Friday nights spent sitting cross-legged (the girly way, knee over knee, not calf atop knee), pouring over Ginsberg. Too many Smiths albums and Belle and Sebastian posters. Too wide a vernacular, and far too many cans of Pepsi Maxx. She was ashamed that I wore her size eight Levis better than her. She was embarrassed to be seen cheering me on at the indoor netball court (WD). “You’re too fruity!” she told me. “You’re a poofter!” she told me. “Man up or we’re over.” Now, I’m no Casanova. I’ve never been much of a lady slayer. When I somehow manage to crack onto a good thing (god only knows how), I tend to sink my claws in like a cat and grip for dear life. In other words, become completely pussy-whipped; bending eagerly to every whim no matter the detriment to my self-esteem. So, when told to man up, I did the logical thing. I did some pseudo mathematics, and strangled out my best course of action. Polo shirt = cool man. Butch = manly man. Butch + polo shirt = rugby jersey. Rugby = (cool + manly) man. Rugby = sport. Therefore: Sport = highway to the kingdom of manliness. I realised, as countless generations of kiwi males must’ve realised before me; sport will be my salvation, so I needed a tutor, someone to train me (intensively) in the ways of the sporting world. A friend would be a preferred teacher, as I don’t care for strangers. So I turned to Chris Neels, the burliest, and manliest of all the young men I knew. He had a slightly hairy chest and played for the MacLeans College first fifteen, in the forwards no less. It was clear he was my man. I gave him a man’s incentive (slab of Double Brown - henceforth “DoBro”), and he agreed to show me everything he knew, quickly too, as I only had a week to write this.
then sat down to watch a genuine rugby game (“Match.” said Chris). I learned to limit my words. Why say spectacular, stunning/glorious/ when a simple “stoked” covers almost any situation. Every try scored in a game can be a “good try”, and so can any close shaves. “Save the fancy stuff for the commentators,” Chris told me. “Just sip your beer and grunt a bit.” Another beer and we had to move off the couch. I was learning to apply sports-fan methodologies to a relative cornucopia of different contexts: namely, he taught me to throw a bottle, and how to really yell the word “faggot” like I mean it. Who knew questioning the sexuality of unknowns could be so self-fulfilling? There surely is something addictive about lowering the self-esteem of others. Apparently my shrimpiness was impairing the butchification ability, so Chris decided to sit me down and begin to work on me from the inside out. There is no animal more stoic than the mighty cow. So I believe the theory was that injecting enough beef in me would somehow have a kind of meiotic effect and the cows steadfast, stone-faced, manliness (weird considering most cows are female) would transfer over to me. Needless to say; steak was on the menu. Legend has it, legendary All Black captain Taine Randall would eat a kilo of big, good, bloody steak every night, served with a side order of beer batter fries or scallop potatoes. So I was instructed to sink my teeth deep into a sizable t-bone, and a raw potato soaked in Double Brown.What I felt was a drowning sensation. I was drowning in a sea of testosterone (that and bloatedness) and I didn’t have a life jacket. It felt good. Sort of. Sick, but in a good way. Perhaps Taine’s diet takes time to become accustomed to. Needless to say I was talking the talk impeccably. However I feared walking the walk may prove more difficult. It was time to head to a park of some description. Chris had called in some mates, and we were about to participate in that holiest of man-making rituals; Bull-rush. Maybe it was the DoBros, or maybe it was some kind of personal affinity I was feeling in my newfound masculine grit, but for some reason, I felt extremely confident when Chris’s flatmate Brad called my name. I strode out without a moment’s hesitation, and for a full ten seconds I was fearlessly charging forth. Then I hit Brad. Big boy he was. And he took me down like a cat would a mouse. It was all fun and games for him, but I was all cracked ribs and internal bleeding. I blacked out momentarily, and when I did, I swear to god I saw the luminal figure of Todd Blackadder stride out, ruffle my hair, and tell me I’ll “be right”. That was enough of the manification for me. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for my girl. Dumped me cold. “But I watched rugby for you!” I pleaded. “Yes. But you watched it in a very superficial way. I doubt you really meant it,” she replied, and left me for good. It hurt. But at least I could now happily console myself in a cold Double Brown, and cry into my Crusaders jersey.Those jerseys don’t stain easy. Not with grief anyway. And who needs a girlfriend anyway, when you have the constant companionship of a pair of bruised testicles?
The results of the manning up.
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USU TAG TOURNAMENT
PHOTOS BY: Natalie Sykes, Ian James MORE PHOTOS OF THESE EVENTS AT WWW.USU.CO.NZ 16
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INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY
GIG GUIDE FEATURED EVENT / 25TH SEPT USU PRESENTS
RICH AND FA M O U S PA RT Y
C ARRINGTON’S, MT ALBERT C AMPUS, 8PM VISIT WWW.USU.CO.NZ FOR MORE DETAILS
S E P T E M B E R 1 4 - O C TO B E R 1 2 Open Gaming Day Come along and test your skills at PS2, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360 in the Uni lounge in The Hub from 12-5pm – there are prizes to be won!
Football World Cup Football World Cup is a fun one-day, on-campus event, with a free BBQ lunch and prizes for the winning teams. Sign up at USU Reception.
Free Film Night: The Boat that Rocked Come along and see it for free! In the Gold Lecture theatre in the Hub at 6pm
OneLove: Smash Your Stereo Tour the electro/house act will be playing at Be in the CBD, $10 entry
Smokefree Rockquest 2009 National Finals A fun one-day on-check out New Zealand’s best high school bands at the Powerstation, $20 on the door.
2FRI5 USU Presents: Rich and Famous Party Featuring DJ Karn Hall and Guests. Dress to impress 8pm at Carrington’s. Tickets $5 from USU Reception
Free Film Night at Waitakere: Bolt Come along and see it for free! In the room at the back of Student Services at 5pm
PNC, David Dallas, Homebrew Check out hip-hop champions PNC, David Dallas, Homebrew at Khuja on K Road, $10 on the door. Dane Rumble, Artisan Guns,The Comedowns pop, rock, singer-songwriter. The Backyard Northcote
UPCOMING EVENTS Sporting Blue Awards, Friday 16th October Kids Day Out, Friday 24th October 17
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Who, What, W FASHION: IT’S A WORD THAT ELICITS FEAR, RIDICULE, SCORN, PASSION, LOVE, AND OBSESSION. WHETHER YOU LOVE, HATE OR ARE INDIFFERENT TO IT YOU CAN RARELY IGNORE IT. STACEY KNOTT CATCHES UP WITH SOME AUCKLAND DESIGNERS AND FASHIONISTAS TO TALK ALL THINGS FASHION BEFORE THE ANNUAL AIR NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK,WHERE DESIGNERS, MEDIA AND BUYERS WILL BE SWOOPING IN ON AUCKLAND TO CHECK OUT WHAT IS GOING TO BE IN FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2010.
ISAAC HINDIN MILLER AUCKLAND FASHION BLOGGER ISAAC HINDIN MILLER IS A LOCAL AUTHORITY ON FASHION, THIS ANZFW WILL BE THE SEVENTH HE HAS ATTENDED. HINDIN MILLER’S BLOG, ISAACLIKES.COM IS PERHAPS AUCKLAND’S PREMIER FASHION BLOG. HE COVERS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FASHION NEWS, CRITIQUES ARTICLES IN FASHION MAGAZINES, GOES BACKSTAGE AT FASHION SHOWS AND SHOWS HIS READERS WHAT HE LIKES TO WEAR. BEFORE JETTING OFF TO THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, HE SHARES HIS PASSION FOR FASHION WITH IN UNISON.
TRIX AND DANDY
Why should someone care about fashion? Like it or not everybody is judged on their appearance. We all care what we look like, we may say we don’t but everybody does. It is an important part of everyday life. How you present yourself to people is how the world sees you. I think it’s important to make an attempt to dress your best. How does Auckland compare to other centres fashion wise? I think people are quite well dressed in Auckland. There is a group of young people who push the boundaries and dress pretty well. Overseas the majority of young people just dress head to toe in H&M, they are all big on the fast fashion - because we don’t really have that sort of thing it forces people to be a little bit more individual in the clothing they wear. But when something gets big here, it gets really big and every single person wears it (like girls in cut off shorts).Wellington seems like it has more fads than Auckland like that fluro thing went really big, it didn’t really happen here. Christchurch is the fiery pits of hell when it comes to fashion. They are way too conservative and they are always a year later in picking up on what everyone else is doing. What advice can you give to student who wants to be fashionable but are on tight budgets? Vintage is a good way of doing it, also lay buying things is good. We have a good range of high-end street wear designers here so it’s always easy to mix and match one Karen Walker piece with a whole bunch of vintage pieces; I think the shoes are really important they can elevate a whole outfit. So if you’re going to spend a whole bunch of money on one thing shoes is a good thing. What are you looking forward to at ANZFW? I love to see Nom D, Zambesi, Kate Sylvester and Stolen Girlfriends Club. Who is your favourite Auckland designer? Karen Walker for girls and for guys Zambesi. I’m always a big fan of what Murray Crane does. What do you think people should be wearing this summer? I’m big on the beige suit; I would love to see guys in New Zealand wearing casual summer suits like cotton blazers and pants. Also summer colours everyone wears way too much black in New Zealand we could take some guidance from the Americans they really know how to do their summer colours, they are big on their light blues and beiges. Not too many printed tee-shirts we need to get away from the printed tee shirt thing, they need to be plainer, white tee-shirts with jeans is a good look.
TRIX AND DANDY IS MICHAEL PATTISON’S LATEST PROJECT, INSPIRED BY BONNIE AND CLYDE. THE COLLECTION IS FOR THE YOUTH MARKET, SO IT’S AFFORDABLE. HIS SUMMER COLLECTION, HITTING STORES SOON, IS STREET WEAR BUT WITH A GLAMOROUS EDGE CATERING FOR BOTH GUYS AND GIRLS.
What has inspired Trix and Dandy? Bonnie and Clyde, Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol, Dita Von-Tease, Willy Wonker and the recession. Why is it important to show at ANZFW? Fashion Week is an important tool by which a label can gain crucial exposure, especially in its early seasons. The labels showing at Fashion Week are seen to be those that are dynamic and fashion forward by the media, buyers and the public. Why should people care about fashion? Because it’s exciting to dress up and it gives you a sense of pride and individuality. And people will like you better! What do you think of the fashion scene in Auckland, and how does this compare to other main centres in NZ or internationally? I think there is more scope for acceptance of unique style and originality in Auckland. However the general state of fashion in the country is casual and understated, which I find a little frustrating. There will always be fabulous people in any city who wear what they want and do it with panache, and there will always be the majority who just don’t care and eat pies. Internationally there are hot spots for fashion such as the larger European or American cities, where there is a strong sense of pride and focus on fashion and one’s appearance.
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HARRIETT FALVEY IS A LOCAL UP AND COMING DESIGNER, SHE SELLS HER CUTESY FEMALE DESIGNS (DRESSES, TOPS AND SKIRTS) AT DESIGNER MARKETS AND BOUTIQUE STORES IN THE MAIN CENTRES. HE DESIGNS ARE SIMPLE, FEMININE WELL-MADE AND ORIGINAL.
What advice can you give people with a passion for fashion but low incomes? Shop around. Markets are an amazing place to buy designer clothes from, and because you are buying directly from the designer, you are paying close to wholesale prices for designer clothes rather than retail. Also, join shops and designer mailing lists, then you find out about all the sales and can be first in to choose from amazing bargains. What inspires your work? I get inspired from most things; fabric, the smell of new magazines, sunshine, and my dedication to my business. I love having new stock every week. I also have so many ideas, that I need to make new patterns each week, so I can clear my head and make room for new ideas. Why should someone care about fashion? I am a fashion victim so to me sometimes pain is beauty; whether it be a waist clenching belt or hard to walk in heels, if it looks good, it’s worth it. To a lot of people feeling good gives them confidence, and if that confidence comes from owning a new designer dress that you feel amazing in, then why not treat yourself!
JULIETTE HOGAN JULIETTE HOGAN STARTED HER CAREER WORKING FOR DESIGNER HELEN CHERRY, THEN AFTER WINNING A KAREN WALKER SCHOLARSHIP SHE WENT TO STUDY DESIGN IN NEW YORK. SHE SET UP HER OWN LABEL IN 2004 WHICH MIXES FABULOUS FEMININETY WITH CONTEMPORARY FASHION. THIS WILL BE HER FOURTH YEAR AT FASHION WEEK.
What can we expect from your Air NZ Fashion show? My collections tend to following on quite nicely from each other season to season. I’m trying some brighter colours for next winter so it will be great to see how they transcend on the catwalk. What inspires your work? Everything. I try to keep my eyes open the whole time - people walking past you in the street, films, music, old books, little snippets of what people say.....it’s endless. What advice can you give people with a passion for fashion but low incomes? Just buy a couple of key pieces each season that can be worn with a number of things and really freshen up a look - scarfs are always a really great way to introduce in new patterns/colours each season.
Auckland Fashionistas Spill Their Secrets... STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB WAS BORN IN 2005 WHEN THREE FRIENDS FAILED AT PREVIOUS CAREERS. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE A BLESSING IN DISGUISE BECAUSE NOW THE STREET BRAND WITH HIGH CREDIBILITY IS WORN BY THE LIKES OF JULIETTE LEWIS AND PEACHES GELDOF.
How can a guy get more fashionable without having to put too much effort in? I think some of the most fashionable people don’t put any effort in; it just comes naturally which is important. Better to be under-styled than overstyled that’s for sure. Good jeans is a start for any guy, and good shoes! What do you think about the fashion scene in Auckland, compared to New Zealand’s other main centres, or internationally? It’s great - so diverse too which is always refreshing. I also think Wellington has a good scene going, perhaps a little darker. Why should someone care about fashion? Because it is a form of self-expression. What advice can you give people with a passion for fashion but low incomes? Buy thrift but make sure it fits right! What inspires your work? Music, girls, films, magazines and books. Sometimes inspiration comes from the most random places, and at the most random time.
SERA LILLY SERA LILLY OPENED HER FIRST STORE IN PONSONBY ROAD IN AUCKLAND LAST YEAR, SELLING HER SIGNATURE FEMININE DESIGNS. SHE IS COMMITTED TO CREATING HIGH QUALITY, WELL CUT AND FITTING PIECES. SHE SAYS SHE IS INSPIRED BY FRIENDS, FAMILY, FABRIC, PHOTOGRAPHY, MAGAZINES AND WATCHING PEOPLE.
This is your second time showing solo at Fashion Week, how do you think it is going to compare to your first? I think I have grown as a designer since my first fashion week show. This time we are more organised and I have learnt what types of garments work on the catwalk. I also learnt about models and how important it is to cast amazing models as they are selling your brand. What advice can you give people with a passion for fashion but low incomes? Money can’t buy style. Shop around, invest in a great black dress and add accessories to change the look.Also swap with your girlfriends. Have a swapping party! What can we expect from your ANZFW show? Lots of gorgeous gowns, beautiful lush jackets and my new handbags and belts. Also gorgeous shoes from Number One shoes! 19
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One plus One e TWO MODELS WITH THREE STAPLE ITEMS OF CLOTHING EQUALS EIGHT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOKS.
With the help of accessories, In Unison teams up with two Unitec student stylists to show you how fashion can be done on the cheap as long as you are willing to experiment. Accessories and additional pieces of clothing are from the stylists own collections, but similar items can be easily picked up from chain stores and op-shops.
Photographer: Natalie Sykes Models: Tabea Wiese and Dave Thomson Hair and makeup: Emil Cowan and Tanya Tenguru from Cut Above Stylists: Emma Turnbull doing a diploma in performance technology majoring in costume and Linh Pham doing a graduate diploma in creative practice majoring in costume design.
Clockwise from left: (this page) Minne Mouse inspired look for a tea party, Going for a cruise in the harbour, Sweet as a button for a first date, 90s hip-hop street style. Styled by Unitec student Emma Turnbull In Unison, Fashion Vs Sport Issue.indd 20
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Dress by local designer Harriett Flavey, available at the City Designers markets, Ellen Melville Pioneer Womenâ€™s Hall, Freyberg Place (High Street) on Fridays and Saturdays and the Ponsonby Road Market 65-67 Ponsonby Road every Saturday. Priced at $145. Daveâ€™s zip down cardigan from Jimmy Hood available from the City Designers Market. Priced at $90. Strangler jeans by Wrangler from the Lee Outlet Store at 1103 Great North Road. Priced at $120.
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Clockwise from left: (this page) Going off to see a good indie band at the Wine Cellar, Going to a glamorous cocktail party, Searching for his favourite book in the local second-hand book store, Going for a bike ride in the park. Styled by Unitec student Linh Pham
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PLACING THE PEDESTAL TOO HIGH SPORTS PEOPLE AS ROLE MODELS
ACCORDING TO STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND NEARLY 1 OUT OF 6 KIWIS ARE ENGAGED IN SOME TYPE OF SPORTING ACTIVITY. WHETHER IT IS LEAGUE, NETBALL, OR RUGBY UNION IT SEEMS WE KIWIS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR SPORTS, AND SPORTS HAS BECOME A CULTURE DEEPLY ENGRAINED INTO THE KIWI EXISTENCE. SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? NICHOLAS MARK INVESTIGATES. Kiwis have long since had a unique romance with sport stars, often placing them in high admiration. When they have gloriously won a game or overcome the odds to a triumphant win, no matter the chosen code, we applaud them and celebrate the individuals. In 2008 Research New Zealand investigated professional sportspeople and their roles in society. Director Emanuel Kalafatelis said that the poll showed 82 percent of New Zealanders believe professional sportspeople has a responsibility to behave as good role models. Alcohol Advisory Council chief executive officer Dr Mike MacAvoy says, “Sports people are heroes to the young and whether they like it or not they are role models. ”All sporting heroes and their representative bodies have a responsibility to young people.
“Sports people need to be aware that they are role models both on and off the field.” Unitec Department of Sport lecturer Andrew Hewetson who is also the assistant coach for the Counties Air New Zealand Cup rugby team says, “they are models of role model behaviour, it depends from sport to sport but they are certainly looked upon by young people.Young people want to be the Dan Carters, they want to the Ritchie McCaws.” So, we know they are role models. But when I asked people if we place too much pressure on them to perform both on and off the field, most were ambivalent. My investigation found that Kiwis have a dark side to this romance with sports and an infatuation with professional sports players. Just as we are quick to applaud the performance of our sports people, we are just as swift to criticise and
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critique our most revered players and sometimes defame them 2008 USU Blues Awards Chairman and former sports to disregard. journalist Ed Mason believes this is deserved. “These players are Hewetson says that we can be critical but it depends on getting paid buckets of money, and like any profession whether the context. law or journalism there is a code of ethics which they have to “These players are trying really hard and putting adhere to, so why not professional sports people?” everything into it and its tough when the media portrays He also argues that the idea of role models is a corporate them in a negative light.” approach of major professional sports. “They make them into In New Zealand this if often the case, long serving patron, role models and praise them if they do and then they punish rugby league star Stacey Jones dubbed the, “Little General” them if they’re not.” knows this to be true. In 2005 Jones left the Auckland Warriors We Kiwis are nosey, we have always taken a keen interest to take up opportunities overseas. into the personal lives of our professional player’s lives hence Jones announced he would return to the Auckland Warriors the media’s interest and often critical feedback but often there in November 2008 and since then has been the recipient of not are hyped truths told. only national but also international criticism. To a certain extent Mason agrees the media has to take The UK’s Independent credit, “New Zealand does reported in its tabloids that, and has always had a prurient “Stacey Jones, the ‘Little press.” “WE EXPECT OUR EXPONENTS LIKE General’ was coaxed out As Hewetson says, “I DANIEL CARTER TO BE UTILISED BECAUSE of retirement by Warriors.” know that rumours are one WE EXPECT HIM TO PERFORM ON THE The tabloid also dubbed thing that it is often reported in FIELD AS MUCH AS OFF THE FIELD. .” the return of our “Little the media, it’s quite interesting General” as the second because when you know the worst sporting comeback. truth and see it portrayed it Contrast this a news report by TV3, which captured can be so removed from the actual fact. comments from newcomer Kevin Locke stating Jones as, “one “These are the things that are pretty tough on the players.” of my idols.” Lance Hohaia veteran Warriors player who has But Hewetson doesn’t believe the media are the source of also come through the ranks noted Jones as a “role model” for the issue. those in rugby league. “I know the media have expectations to present stories Here we see Jones in “a fall from grace” predicament, and they try really hard to find the right information and from where the public have idolised Jones expecting that a single talking to the right players and coaches but parts of the media team member can dictate the outcome for 13 other people on take a more negative view or are not as well informed.” the field. But why do the critics single Jones above all the rest? Both Mason and Hewetson agree it goes with the position. Silver Fern Joline Henry has been criticised for her decision Hewetson says, “It’s just a reality of the nature of to move from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magics to the Northern professional sports, if you’re the public eye you represent that Mystics citing financial disputes as the main reason. national office or that provincial team or whatever it may be Irene Van Dyke, of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magics has and ultimately your private life has a role on your public life been reported as earning the highest wage than any other player as well.” in netball. So why did she not give up her salary for Henry? An interesting insight, I return to the question do we place Henry after all is a paid athlete, we never criticise the motives too much pressure on our professional sports people? of players of other codes for their decision to leave a franchise, To some extent, we do, but it does not seem to matter so why should it be any different for Henry? because professional sports players are paid to perform both It seems rugby union is an area which has received the most on and off the field. criticism. We have come to revere the players, immortalising We have come to expect that the “Little General” Stacey their status and increasing their stature. Jones should be able to triumph the Auckland Warriors to Daniel Carter has been the subject of many a critics’ victory because we expect him to perform on the field as much opinion, where it seemed that the future of our revered All as off the field. Blacks depended on a single player making the difference to We expect our Netball legends, like Joline Henry to stay 14 other players on the field. The Australian media seemed loyal to their franchise regardless the reason because we to trivialise the words of Carter as if he was some type of expect her to perform on the court as much as off the court. demigod when asked about his thoughts on his former coach We expect our exponents like Daniel Carter to be utilised Robbie Deans. because we expect him to perform on the field as much as off It appears everyone has an opinion in New Zealand when the field. it comes to sports be it good or bad. These examples clearly To the young and the not so young our professional sports display that we criticise our professional sports players when players are role models and need to perform and behave like they are on the field and it’s evident we criticise them when role models. We are critical but like any job it comes with the they are off the field. position. Why? Because these people are indeed the heroes we We have an expectation of our professional sports people, look for in our societies and more importantly that is what so much so that their code of conduct is now written into the they get paid to do. contracts of these professional sports people. As former sports journalist Innes Logan once wrote, “as we Hewetson says that for rugby union, the contracts have gleefully attempt to put those who have got talent with a ball in clauses about behaviour that brings the game into disrepute. their hands up on an unattainable pedestal, don’t be surprised to However “gross misconducts are the fairly serious see others take delight as they come tumbling down.” misconducts so there is an expectation that there is a conduct Just a note, he too is just as critical of our professional that players are adhering to both on and off the field,” he says. sport players off the field.
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NEWS ROUND UP WITH THE
Our own leader of the land, John Key is going to go drink some martinis with Barack Obama in New York this month, and while he’s at it, he will be making an appearance on funny guy David Letterman’s show, apparently he will be given the task of reading out the top ten list, I’m sure the yanks will get their kicks from his painfully mainstream New Zealand accent. I vomited a little grease when I heard about the bodies found under a house in Christchurch. The man who lived there has been charged with murdering his wife, whose body, along with Tisha Lowry who has been missing for a year, were buried under the house. I shed a little black tear when I saw her fam and mumma crying when they removed the body. Wanganui’s commander in chief, Michael Laws has finally passed a bylaw he’s been talking about for aaaages to ban gang patches from the city. Any gangsters caught wearing their beloved patches could be fined $2000 and have their patch taken off them. Law’s also got pissed off at, and then pissed off some Maori school children about the whole Wanganui should have an h in it debate. Wellington got a lovely little makeover with some pedestrian crossings getting flashing ladies (mind out of the gutter) instead of men to highlight New Zealand being the first country to give women the vote. That’s all well and good, but what about flashing robots? Breaking News! I’m sure this will be a huge surprise to you, but you know when you get the midnight munchies, grab your chips/chocolate/cake and head back to bed for a little feast? Well, my chums, a study has shown that this little gorge-fest will make you a chubby dude! Studies on mice found if you eat when you are meant to be sleeping, you put on weight. Moral? Eat all your junk food in the day, sillies! A haggard old American cougar found to be living in a park, clad in gold jewellery, drinking too much Moet, and stalking young men was finally captured and put in her rightful place. OK I lie; it was actually a real cougar, not our slang term for a desperate old lady.The animal had been living in Seattle for more than two weeks and forced the city’s largest park to close. While it wasn’t acting aggressive to peeps or stalking them is still had to be relocated to the wild because it was eating people’s cats! Is that cannibalism? Last week Samoa made the switch from driving on the righthand side of the road, to the left, just like us, in the midst of a cyclone. However the switch was meet with opposition from bus drivers and some dudes even set up a lobby group PASS (People Against Switching Sides) who tried to take a court case against the government to try to stop the move. AND for some reason the government imposed a week long ban on liquor stores selling booze, and closed clubs to do with the switch - that confused my little robot brain!
Whakarongo Mai WITH JOSEPH HARPER
Today I was wearing a rugby jersey. Black and white hooped. Like a burglar. An old burglar I suppose. New burglars wear black. Full black. Turtle-neck. Slacks. Balaclava. Old-time burglars only wore sections of black. Half of their skivvys were black (stripes as). Half of their faces were black (eye mask). I imagine the burglars of old were seen in relation to hoops because of prisoners. But now prisoners wear orange. So the association is weakened. I say “hoops” instead of “stripes”. But archaic burglars certainly wore stripes. Didn’t they? I think most people say stripes now. The “hoop” in my head is a by-product of the rugby culture I grew up amidst. Rugby jerseys are hooped. I don’t usually wear hoops.They are very encompassing.Yet in spite of their hugging, gripping, circulating design; hoops don’t pull you together. They stretch you apart. Contorting your appearance massively. Human eyes are easily fooled into thinking something is different than it is. A series of horizontal strips flatten the eye line. The hooped individual appears fatter than they would if they were standing naked. This is massively problematic in our age of excess, where -internally- body image has already been contorted beyond measure, and to see a body, no, to see your body, as it actually exists is almost impossible. Optical illusions on top of a deluge of pro-weightlessness propaganda is unbearable.And though it is easy to avoid mirrors, windows are ever present, and glimpsing yourself can easily ruin a day. Sometimes, when I’m feeling egotistical/unselfconscious/ happy, I will wear a hooped jersey anyway. They remind me of my father. He likes sports, and so I wear sporting apparel partly to subconsciously to please him. It is also an easy and comfortable form of irony. Today my hoops were ok. I think having black as one of the hoops takes away some of the negative side effects. Black is slimming. I need that slimming quality. Secretly, I know that I’m pretty slim. Skinny even. My girlfriend always tells me. Well, not always. Only when I exclaim that I’m not. Only when I’m feeling particularly downtrodden by an excess of consumed Chicken Mcnuggets (and an equal excess of sweet and sour sauce). I guess she’s the only thing that can cheer me up when I’m hating myself (her and Jake and Amir (and Simon (totez dude of the day))). What a horrid world we live in. I bet ancient Greeks worshipped fat. That and souvlakis. They had it right. I believe in hedonistic devolution. I hate having lite-body image issues. Not major ones. I mean, I run. And I feel bad about the quantity of brownie I consume. But I never contemplate cutting off large slabs of flab from my person. I guess I’m okay.
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GANDER AT SPORT RUGBY FASHION EXPLODES
Who’d’ve thunk it, rugby players wearing pink jerseys? Well in these fashion conscious days, French club, Stade Francais have just released their new playing jersey for the upcoming French club rugby and Heineken Cup competitions, pretty fancy eh?
Dear Barbie, Whenever I go out I like to have a few cocktails, but then something weird happens, I wake up in the morning and I have no idea what I’ve done. My girlfriends always have horror stories about me peeing on the street (I’m a girl) pashing homeless people and trying to solicit taxi drivers to get off paying for my ride home. Are my friends lying to me to try stop me drinking? Love Annie.
Picture courtesy of www.stade.fr
RUGBY LEAGUE HEADING STATESIDE Rugby League Heading Stateside. Americans just can’t get enough sport on their televisions (not that there’s anything wrong with that) following the news that USA television network SpikeTV is going to show this years’ NRL Rugby League playoffs and grand final to over 100 million subscribers, proving yet again that league is growing very quickly as a worldwide sport. While the recent Rugby League World Cup proved that realistically only Australia and the Kiwi’s are genuine contenders, it could be a completely different story in 20 years time if the Americans start taking rugby seriously. Already some colleges in the States are playing Rugby Union and further exposure to both union and league can only be good for the game’s growth in that part of the world. Rugby league’s profile has received a Hollywood style boost in recent years with Russell Crowe regularly talking up the sport and his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs during US media interviews, including appearances on high-rating TV talk shows hosted by Dave Letterman and Jay LeNo. Who knows, the 2030 Rugby League World Cup final could be between the Stacey Jones coached Kiwi’s and the USA. I’m the Goose and You’re Not.
Dear Annie, sounds like your friends are just jealous of all the fun you are having while on the razz, or, if it is only a few cocktails, maybe they are slipping something in your drink to make you do the above for their own entertainment? If so, not good. Test this theory by finding some new ladies to party with and see if it all happens again. If the new ladies say you did those antics you describe then it’s safe to say maybe you do drink too much, but hey, that’s the NZ culture right? Maybe just lay off pashing the homeless, they are kinda gross. If your friends are spiking your drinks, time to lay the smack down on them. Xx Barbie
Hey Barbie, So I’ve been hanging out with this guy, he’s real hot and super nice, it’s been a few months, I’ve meet his parents, but my bros are putting the pressure on saying I need to do something before we hit that “friend zone.” Firstly, does this even exist? I’m a pretty decent, nice guy, I want to take things slow and proper, then you know, maybe marry him? Is this too cheesy? Shall I ask him out? Peace, Peace, Nice Guy Dearest Nice Guy, you sound sweet so I won’t swear at you. The friend zone definitely exists and if you are as into this guy as you say, you better strike while you still can! There is a three week period of meeting, hanging out and then dating. In fact, you’ve gone about this all wrong. The New Zealand way of doing things, (no matter your sexual preference) is get really drunk, meet at a party/ bar, hook up and go home together (you don’t have to have sex, but may as well) then have a bit of an embarrassing morning after trying to remember each others’ names. Then you swap numbers before doing the walk of shame, play it cool for a few days with no contact, then meet for coffee the next weekend, and then you are basically going out. Seeing as you have some kind of morals, you have not done as most kiwi males do, which is good I suppose. But yes, you need to ask him out now or someone else will. By my calculations the friend zone should have closed ages ago so don’t miss your chance. Barbie
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TAMMY WEYER, ANNUAL REPORT SUPPORTING SELF PROMOTION PROJECTS
Tammy is a fourth year Bachelor of Design student, majoring in Visual Communication. The objective of this project was to promote herself and to show the scope of her work, which includes illustration, publication design, typography and photography.To achieve this Tammy created an annual report, based around identity and ordinary life events, thinking as though she was a â€˜brandâ€™. The final solution consists of a drawing based card sequence which talks about things that only people close to Tammy would know in a humorus and playful way. This card sequence led to an illustrated book based on events that have caused a child to become depressed. The book looks at self-esteem, bullying at school and abuse in the home. This project is a finalist in the 2009 New Zealand Best Design Awards. 26
ONE NIGHT STAND
ONE NIGHT STAND AUCTION, 26TH AUGUST The One Night Stand auction was a fundraiser for the end of year Grad Show. It was put on by the fourth year Graphic Design Students in the Building One library foyer. Above is some of the work that was on sale, there was both a live and silent auction.
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NGAHAU I TE PO
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Director: Quentin Tarantino
Annual AUT Maori Expo
Quentin Tarantino is one of those totally polarising film makers whose films manage to consistently generate either complete and drooling adoration, or quite vicious sneers. Inglourious Basterds is no exception. And I’m a drooler. The plot revolves around the title basterds, a squadron of Jewish-American elite (or maybe just angry) soldiers sent behind enemy lines with the goal of killing (and scalping) as many Nazis as possible. Headed by Brad Pitt as Aldo the Apache, the basterds are everything I wanted the team of assassins for Kill Bill to be; violent, hilarious, brilliantly named, and riddled with quirk. Set in Nazi occupied World War Two France; only a director with a strong sense of self and a terrific grounding of others could rewrite history with such unashamed tenacity. All the trademarks of a good war flick are here (guns, khaki, girls, booze, thick accents), and they’re melted together into a somewhat gloriously fudgy, popculture fuelled funstravaganza. Acting-wise, the show is well and truly stolen by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who is remarkable in his role as SS officer Hans Landa. Waltz flows fluidly between a multitude of languages in his dialogue and seems to effortlessly move the feeling of scenes between joyous idiocy and complete menace. Impressive especially is Tarantino’s ability to hold onto the beloved idiosyncrasies of his writing style, while at the same time keeping it feeling authentic with the period in which the film is set. Tarantino’s faith in himself and his skills as a film maker are more than apparent here. And truthfully, I think his arrogance is what allows this film to be so good. The audacity of this film is ludicrous! And it’s exhilarating, and inspiring to see a director working with millions of dollars, and playing around/ not really giving a shit. Reviewed by Joseph Harper
Ngahau i te po or Groove the Night was held to mark the end of the Annual AUT Maori Expo. The expo which had an estimated 20,000 attendants is a one of a kind event and New Zealand’s largest celebration of Maori achievements in all fields; cultural, political, sports, education and the arts. I was there to celebrate the arts. Specifically, to be treated to over five hours of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most notable reggae, soul and dub artists. Che Fu, Tahuna Breaks, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, Cornerstone Roots and reggae royalty Herbs were among the greats at the event, possibly one of the biggest local line-ups that Vector Arena has ever seen. The night was all about celebrating Maori arts and music. Che Fu who has been hiding away working on other projects and collaborations brought to the stage his meticulous tones and infused the softer harmonies that hip-hop has to offer. He gave a miraculous performance that left the audience hungry for more. Tahuna Breaks was the most evocative band. Their sound can transform you into the middle of summer with their well-tuned blend of reggae and funk. House of Shem is an act that is as slick on stage as they are off. Their melancholy vibe for a united New Zealand made them surprisingly the best act of the night. Like their lyrics, Cornerstone Roots would have us, “free ourselves” and be “immersed in the soul revolution.” Quite fitting given the purpose of the evening. They too were reflective on the theme of the night, but the act which I and the crowd were most excited by was New Zealand reggae royalty, Herbs. It’s been a while since they last performed, there seems to be that nostalgic classic feel that would have you think you were in the heights of the 80s with hits like, “Slice of Heaven”, “Parihaka” and “See What Love Can Do.” I along with the thousands enjoyed a compelling evening that left me astounded just at the level of quality that our local talents have. Reviewed by NMA
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Bakeries around Unitec, Mt Albert
SNACK I’ve heard some people say the food at the bakeries in the Mt Albert and Point Chevalier area is close to the dodgiest food they have ever eaten, but other people have given me grand reviews about these bakeries. Wanting to find out for myself, I checked out all the local bakeries and sampled the goods from a park bench with a bottle of beer to refresh my palette.
AAA Balehouse Limited, 2a Owairaka Ave, Mt Albert Bacon & Egg Pie $2.50 Presentation: 3 Taste: 2 This pie was too sweet, sweeter than the apple slice we sampled from this bakery. At this point the beer came quite in handy. Apple Slice $1.50 Presentation: 1 Taste: 0 This slice was not a winner; the pastry was yellow and crusty. The one that I gave it was because I felt sorry for them. Overall: The results clearly speak for themselves. Angkor Bakery, 1202 Great North Road, Point Chevalier Steak & Cheese Pie $3.00 Presentation: 2.5 Taste: 3 It was only through the persuasive techniques of my co-reviewer that I gave this pie a 3 for taste. She felt the meat was tender and moist. I felt the pie a bit uncontrolled and relentless in flavour but it passed. Coconut Slice $1.80 Presentation: 2.5, Taste: 3 Overall: If it’s one thing this place has going for it is consistency. That’s about it really.
James K. Baxter (selected by Sam Hunt)
BOOK Sam Hunt says it very well in the touching and arresting introduction to this very attractive collection of one of New Zealand’s most loved and greatest poets, James K. Baxter. “The poems here were the top-shelf, top-drawer ones.” This is certainly top-shelf Baxter. Selected by New Zealand’s most legendary performance poet, Sam Hunt, this is a slim volume of top notch stuff; accessible to those new to the work of James K. Baxter (and poetry for that matter), but also chock full of enough gold to hopefully please ardent fans. I wish I had read this volume in summer, towards the tailend of it.That’s what I felt like -one last desperate attempt at the beach. Baxter has the way with words that all good poets have – a way of telling stories, and colouring people so that they leap off of the page and dance into your consciousness. It’s quite easy to get carried away by a well chosen word. And there’s ample opportunity for such excursions in this little book. Little is a definite description, which I suppose is a con. There’s less than fifty poems printed here, and the volume is certainly on the slim side, measuring up at only 104 pages. Though I guess leaving the reader wanting more is a good thing too. With this in mind, I think this selection would best be seen as and in-road. Accusable (and attractively packaged) enough to not scare readers away (poetry can definitely be daunting); but also good enough to hook a reader and set them on the path of more Baxter (and possibly Hunt). Being so slim makes it a perfect travel companion. I imagine it would go down well on some sort of hike/tramp/experience of “going bush”. All in all, a very satisfying (if a little fleeting) read. A must for fans of James K. and also any New Zealand poetry enthusiasts. Reviewed by Joseph Harper
Boston Bakery, 914 New North Road, Mt Albert Cheesy Sausage Roll: $1.50 Presentation: 3.5 Taste: 3 satisfying but had an onion aftertaste. Chicken Pie $2.50 Presentation: 4 Taste: 2.5 Looks are deceiving, this awesome looking pie was let down by its taste. Cream Bun $1.00 Presentation: 3 Taste: 2.5 A plain and simple cream bun I was looking forward to it but was let down by the funny tasting cream. Overall: Not bad $5 for a decent meal. Satisfying but nothing spectacular however the bakery is a little reliant on good looks.
JAMES K. BAXTER: POEMS
Overall: This review produced some varied results but I was happy to find the bakeries were not dodgy. Your budget will depend on how good your food will be, I was left disillusioned, I had hoped to find some real bakery gems amongst the streets of Point Chevalier and Mt Albert but it was not to be. Overall I was disappointed by the offerings. Reviewed by NMA
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LEARNED THROUGH BAKING LIFE LESSON #11: WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS MAKE... LEMON MERINGUE PIE! Sweet meringue, tart lemon filling and a buttery crust, what could be more delicious? The sweetness of the lemon filling can be adjusted to suit personal taste. Roll out that pastry, juice those lemons, and whip those egg whites and in no time you’ll be enjoying a slice of pie.
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
FOR THE STRESSED STUDENT
The following dish is an ideal way to get introduced to cooking a curry and at the same time enjoying two essentials for students – boiled eggs and mashed potatoes! You get protein from the eggs and carbohydrates and energy from the spuds. Try to familiarise yourself with potatoes – some are good for boiling (the waxy type) or some for mashing (the powdery ones) as needed for this recipe. Cooking a curry is really simple and the trick is to get the base for the curry organised and it can even be stored in the fridge for future use.
EGG & PEA CURRY ON MASH
Pie Crust • 1 cup flour • ½ tsp. salt • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening or lard • 2 tbsp. water 1. Stir flour and salt together in large bowl. 2. Cut the shortening in 3. Add water; mix until all flour is moistened 4. Gather dough together; press firmly into a ball (add a bit more water if needed) 5. Flatten ball and roll flat. Ease into pan and flute the edge. 6. Prick well with fork and bake at 240 degrees C for 10-12 minutes. Meringue • 3 egg whites • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar • 6 tablespoons sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not UNDERBEAT. Beat in vanilla. Lemon Mixture • 1 ½ cups sugar (can be less if desired) • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch • 1 ½ cups water • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel • ½ cup lemon juice • 2 drops yellow food colour, if desired 1. Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in water. 2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture 3. Boil and stir 1 minute. 4. Gradually stir at least half the hot mixture into egg yolks. 5. Blend into hot mixture in pan 6. Boil and stir 1 minute 7. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice, and flood colour. 8. Pour into baked pie shell 9. Heap meringue onto hot pie filling; spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping. 10. Bake about 10 minutes or until a delicate brown.
Ingredients : • 500 gms. potatoes • 100 gms butter • 1 cup milk • 6 Eggs • 2 cups of frozen peas (minted or otherwise) • 3Tbs vegetable oil • 1 large onion diced • 3 cloves garlic diced (or 1tsp crushed garlic) • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and diced • 2 green chillies chopped (delete if you so wish or double the amount if you feel challenged!) • 1Tbs tomato paste • 1tsp curry powder • 1tsp paprika • 2tsp salt • 1 cup water (or chicken stock)
Directions: 1. Start with the eggs - place them in a large saucepan on the stove, full of cold water and once the water starts to boil continue for another 5 minutes and set aside. 2. Peel the potatoes, slice in half and add to the cleaned out saucepan with boiling water and 1 tsp salt and boil potatoes till done.Take the spuds out in a bowl and mash along with the butter and cup of milk. Scoop out the mashed potatoes into a dish to serve later. 3. Use the same saucepan (cleaned and dried) add the oil and on medium heat, slowly caramelise the onions, for ten minutes and add garlic, ginger and chillies fry another 2 minutes and add the tomato paste and curry powder plus paprika and stir briskly for a minute or so. 4. Add the water (or stock) along with the peas and let it slowly simmer for another 10 minutes. 5. Peel the boiled eggs and half them, add to the pea sauce, cover and let sit till you organise some plates and a simple salad on the side. 6. To assemble, place the mash on a plate and on top add the egg and pea curry and enjoy with your favourite beer.
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Friday 18 September
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