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Sweet sixteen? The age of sixteen brings with it great opportunities and experiences, but how does turning 16 impact on you legally? When you turn 16 you are legally allowed to make decisions about where you live, whether to have sex, and medical treatment. Your opinions should carry more weight with adults. In short, your maturity means you can make more informed decisions for you and your wellbeing. When you turn 16 you are able to make decisions about where you live. Your parents

are unable to legally stop you from making this decision (unless there are serious concerns for your wellbeing and living conditions). However, it’s important that you consider your well-being and whether you can support yourself on your own – while the idea of living independently in your own house seems like an exciting idea, the reality can often be far different. Sex is an important decision for anyone. At 16 you can legally give your consent to have sex. The rules are the same for everyone – male or female, gay or straight. Sex is a big deal,

and it’s your decision. Make sure you’re not pressured by anyone else. Turning 16 also impacts on the way you adorn and present yourself. You may be able to get a tattoo or piercing without the permission of your parent/guardian. There can be exceptions, so check with your local council on the rules. Tattooists are able to make decisions about your maturity level. If they feel that you are not of a suitable nature for the piercing they are under no legal obligation to provide you with the service.

Sixteen is an important step between childhood and adulthood. You can make decisions which will affect your future – make sure you think carefully. As always, give us a call if you need some advice.

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February 22 Christchurch was 1 On rocked by another major earthquake


– this one much more devastating than the one in September. What did it measure on the Richter Scale?

a) Cheating on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice b) Going on a violent rampage on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! c) Doing an extraordinarily bad audition on America’s Got Talent d) Failing to pay tax on his US$1 million Survivor winnings

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Northern Japan has been decimated by a series of horrific events this month. Which of the following has NOT happened there? a) Earthquake b) Tsunami c) Volcanic eruption d) None of these – they’ve all happened

ACC manager Malcolm Mason 3 Former has been convicted of corruption and bribery. What was his sentence? a) 11 months home detention b) 11 months jail c) 11 months community service d) A fine of $11.11

In other crime news, American reality telly ‘star’ and Survivor winner Richard Hatch has recently begun a ninemonth prison sentence. What was his crime?



Love him, hate him or feel sorry for him, there’s no denying Charlie Sheen has been really…. out there this month. Which of the following is not a quote from one of his recent rants? a) ‘The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards just look like droopy-eyed, armless children’ b) ‘My fangs are dripping tiger blood’ c) ‘I’m so awesome and intelligent that I’m even jealous of myself sometimes’ d) ‘I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars


The King’s Speech may have been this year’s favourite at the Academy Awards, but NZ’s own Dr Mark Sagar from Weta Digital won his second consecutive award in which category? a) Sci-Tech b) Screenplay c) Animated Feature Film d) Makeup


Libya has been in turmoil this year due to a political uprising. Which of the following countries do not share a border with Libya? a) Egypt b) Morocco c) Chad d) Tunisia

Some people may be excited by the fact that Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married next month. Many residents of a South London suburb are not so excited that something is being set up in their neighbourhood. What is that something? a) Prince William’s bucks night, which will revive his teens in the style of a late 90s rave b) ‘Camp Royale’, a cheap alternative for visitors who want to be in London to celebrate the wedding c) A charity drive to collect clothing and brica-brac from which Kate will fashion her own wearable art wedding dress d) All of the above

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newest rugby union team, 8 Australia’s the Melbourne Rebels played their

launching something, which will help raise money for its charitable gifts. What is this thing?

debut game in February, against the Waratahs from New South Wales. The Waratahs scored 43 points; how many points did the Rebels score?

a) An international karaoke competition b) A collection of sports equipment c) A clothing range d) All of the above

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Cashflow problem, anyone? STUART FLEMING, shows you how to keep yourself in check.

I used to believe there were just two aspects to money – it came in and it went out again. Even if I managed to save some of my pay, it was always earmarked for a particular item or an upcoming expense. There was a cashflow problem – my cash was always flowing out! I constantly crossed my fingers, hoping the rainy day never arrived, because I didn’t have money saved for it! It wasn’t until I learnt that money could be divided into four parts, that my ‘there never seems to be enough’ money habit started to change. As much as it was a change in how I managed my finances, more importantly it was a change in what I thought about my money. You could say this Four-Part Money Mastery system lines up your attitude with abundance! This sort of financial intelligence is important to have before you are unleashed on the world, with its easy credit, no-deposit loans and interest-free specials. If you’re now experiencing a sense of dread, worried that your ‘money mastery’ isn’t up to speed, don’t panic. These simple techniques are both easy to put in place for yourself, and to pass onto your friends.

Part 1: Spending Spending?! Who would have thought we’d end up spending some of our money?! The habit I used to have was spending, and then trying to save, but there was never much left over to save! A slight change to my thinking and process made an enormous change – so big in fact, that I’m going to leave Part 1 and come back to it soon...

One study in the United States showed that when a parent buys a child a cellphone, over half the phones will be lost or broken. Yet when you contribute your own money to the purchase (or even buy it outright) that figure drops dramatically. Funny how a sense of ownership and responsibility comes from having a financial stake in an item!

Part 3: Donating A friend of mine simply can’t say ‘no’ when an appeal envelope arrives in his mailbox or a collector knocks on his door. He loses track of how much he donates to worthy causes, which brings him a bit of stress. How much would you like to donate to your favourite charity or social cause? It’s a great feeling to help others, and it’s even better when you know you can afford to.

Part 4: Wealth creation Would you like to be wealthy? Take part of your income and never spend it. You might think I’m joking, but I’m not. I’m suggesting you put in place a habit - take just a portion of your incoming money and let it accumulate and grow. Instead of planning to spend it on food, goals and dreams, it becomes a fund for investing on income-generating assets like shares, property or businesses. It puts your future financial situation front and centre.

The catch - and the rewards! There’s just one catch. Remember Part 1 – the spending part? Part 1 is what you do last. Every payday, complete the steps backwards: set aside your Wealth Creation amount, then Donate, then put away your Savings. You can then confidently spend what’s left. No ifs, no buts… Part 4 comes first. I know it sounds weird. I know how it can feel like there won’t be enough money at the end, but the mental discipline of paying your future self first is invaluable. You soon get used to ‘tricking’ your wallet that the ‘spending’ portion is all you have available. The final decision is what percentage of your income will go toward each part? Can you imagine working your way up to 10% wealth creation, 10% donating, 20% saving and 60% spending? Whether you manage your system with a four-part money box, label four glass jars or set up four separate bank accounts, dividing up your income into these four parts will dramatically improve your financial fitness.

I learnt this technique a long time ago but I never put it into practice. It fell into the “I’ll get round to it one day” pile. I’m kicking myself I didn’t start it sooner.

Part 2: Saving This kind of saving is still really spending – it’s just been delayed a while. In this part of the system, the saving is for a goal: a particular item of clothing, a new bike, a car, sports equipment – anything that takes a bit of time to accumulate from your income. The persistence required to reach a savings goal (especially if it’s a big figure) is a valuable habit to develop. Can you reach the financial goals you set for yourself? How badly do you want the item you’re saving for?

Stuart Fleming shows people how to put bounce in their bank account. As a coach and speaker, he created the Money Mindset Mob to get teens talking about money. {7}


Launched over a decade ago by American organisation, The NOW Foundation (National Organisation of Women), the Love Your Body initiative is celebrated internationally in October. EDEN has celebrated the three key LYB messages; promoting body satisfaction, celebrating body diversity and raising awareness and funds for eating and body image difficulties since 2008, in a number of exciting and different ways. These have included the creation of LYB merchandise, a LYB mural event in Aotea Square, an international movie premiere, and supporting the EDEN Body Image Leaders to hold various events in their schools.

EDEN Body Image Leaders Programme (BILs) is a peer educator programme run in secondary schools. This programme is aimed at changing culture within schools, particularly regarding how we view and talk about bodies. The role these students play within the school is multifaceted and includes being health promoters, educators, activists and referrers. EDEN provides these students with full training and facilitation of their meetings. These peer educators have opportunities to provide education to other students through the production of information resources and presentations and workshops. Peer educators also act as critical observers of their environments and provide feedback on any changes that they would like to see within their school that would potentially promote body satisfaction. One student body image leader said “It helped me make new friends, meet new people, learn about so many things surrounding body image and build my own confidence”. Find out more: Contact EDEN on 3789039 ext 3, or go to

1. Live life out loud. Dance, swim, wear shorts, enjoy a picnic, eat a donut – whatever size and shape you are 2. Stop weighing yourself. Take care of yourself and keep fit instead 3. Stop dieting. Eat a balanced range of healthy foods instead 4. Don’t put your life on hold until you reach your ‘ideal’ weight, or ideal anything! Do the things you’ve been wanting to do NOW 5. Be a whole person. Achieve in other areas of your life and refocus on things you enjoy 6. Look at real people’s bodies and faces. The more we see a diverse range of people, the less power ‘created’ images will have over us 7. Practise guilt-free eating 8. Appreciate all that your body can do; running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming and so on 9. Get physical for fun. There are lots of ways to be active: throwing a frisbee, going for a walk, swimming, rollerblading, playing beach cricket, yoga – anything combining movement and enjoyment that you will want to keep doing 10. Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself – things that aren’t related to what you look like. Read your list often. Source:

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The most recent LYB event, last October, involved three wonderful models – Maxine Burbery, Jennifer Brewer and ‘Curvaceous’ Dee. The ladies were body-painted by Chris Lajdes from Ruby Jack, Jane Ellis from Rainbow Rascals and Magdalena O’Connor. After completing the painted body suits, along with a very vocal troupe of followers, the team took to the streets of Kingsland, Auckland to spread the Love Your Body message. Gathering supporters on the way, the crew then proceeded to stop traffic on Ponsonby Road, inspire spontaneous applause in the Viaduct and cause much excitement in Mission Bay! Keep an eye out for this year’s LYB Campaign, in October 2011!


A. Um....They’re completely different?! These images have been manipulated in Photoshop. Can you spot the differences? Next time you’re looking at a model or a movie star in a magazine and thinking ‘I wish I had her hair, or his skin’, ask yourself: ‘Could this image have been Photoshopped’? The answer is probably ‘yes’! Source: madonna-photoshopped Answers on page 17.

TECHNO-STEEM “Technology and self-esteem... how are they related?” asks RUTH BARNARD.

21st - 29th May

STEP UP, Be heard, Take responsibility, Be YOUth

Youth Week aims to create a society that values young people and affirms their diversity. The week highlights the amazing things young people do all year, and challenges the negative stereotypes about young people. This year there will be Youth Week Youth Ambassadors, so stay tuned for more on that. Youth Week small grants will be available again in 2011, thanks to support from the Vodafone Foundation. Applications for grants are now open. For more info or to post a Youth Week event, go to or email

WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM? Self-esteem is your level of self worth. Imagine you have a fuel tank, except instead of petrol it contains selfesteem. You feel good when you have fuel in the tank. When it’s running on empty, that’s the low self esteem kicking in. When our egos get hurt we can feel our meter reading drop a little. Having low-self esteem can make it difficult to deal with disappointments, criticism and what we perceive as failures. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEGATIVE FACTORS OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW SELF-ESTEEM? TEXT BULLIES Text or Facebook bullies can cause – or add to – self-esteem issues. Believe it or not, often bullies have low selfesteem themselves, and their way of feeling better is to make someone else feel worse. Text bullying is so easy for someone to do; you can just let

Report the messages to your mobile phone company, or if you are with Vodafone, you can block that number from texting or pxting you youself – check www.vodafone. For Telecom, TelstraClear and 2degrees, to make a complaint: 1. Don’t reply to the messages or contact that number 2. Make a list of the exact date and time you received at least four bullying or harassing messages from that person. To show that the messages are unwanted, the call list can only start from when you stopped replying 3. For Telecom call 0800 809 806 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday

out your mean words and hit ‘send’, without the pressure of talking to someone face to face. TECHNO “FRIENDS” Cell phones, Twitter and Facebook make it easy to stay at home rather than socialising with people face to face. However the in-person connection is arguably the true bond that makes us feel good inside. We all need a friendly smile, hug or chat, especially when we feel low. This kind of connection can be hard for people with low self-esteem to have, because they often do not feel comfortable in social situations. Social networking sites can make it easy to ignore real social situations and to stay at home clocking up techno-friends, but honestly, how many of your 500+ ‘friends’ do you honestly care about? On Facebook you advertise to your ‘friends’ who you are, or at least how you would like them to see you. You can upload photos of yourself that fit what you think you should look like. You can fill in your ‘info’ with things you think people will like. You can create an idealistic version of yourself. This has the potential to create a fake sense of happiness but may only be building a wall on the path to true self confidence.

4. For TelstraClear phone 0800 299 500 5. For 2degrees phone 200 from your mobile,or 0800 022 022 from your landline. If the messages are from someone at your school or another school, talk to the deputy principal, guidance counselor or a teacher about how they can help stop the bullying. If the messages include threats to hurt you physically (like threats to “get you” or punch you, etc.) they are breaking the law. Save these messages on your phone. Show the messages to the police and ask to make a formal complaint about receiving threats on a mobile

WHAT ABOUT THE POSITIVES? Having good friends is important, and having the use of technology to connect with them at any time is also good. You may be able to say things in confidence to a friend through chat or texting that you may not have had the confidence to say face to face. However, if you have low self-esteem, you may need real contact with people to give you real support. Our generation is the first to be surrounded by such amazing social technology, so enjoy it! Don’t let our social networks and technology be abused with negative interactions – use them for good! In the words of Bob Sinclair, “feel the love generation.” What do YOU think? Write to us with your opinion:

phone. Record your complaint number and contact the Police if there are further threats. You can also make a complaint to your mobile company as above about threatening messages or calls. For more info on text or Facebook bullying, go to Want someone to talk to? Youthline: 0800 37 66 33 of free TXT 234 If you’re feeling down, try

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“When I see my reflection in a mirror, I just hate myself”. Burns, a 17 year old from Auckland has felt this way since entering teen-hood. “It’s like, if I have pimples, or anything that stands out, I get nervous when people look at me, to the point that sometimes, I don’t go out at all”. Females have typically been the ones under pressure to look a certain way, however the same may be becoming more true for guys every day. In popular media, men are often portrayed as inhuman, emotionless jocks, with ‘blokey’ outlooks. It’s not hard to see why guys may be feeling increasingly insecure about themselves.

CHRIS, 18, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY What’s your best quality as a person? Humour Do you feel any pressure to look a certain way? Nah not really

JACKSON, 18, CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY COLLEGE What’s your best quality as a person? I think that I am really laid back and easy going Do you feel any pressure to look a certain way? No not really to be honest If you wanted to change something about your body, what would you do? I wouldn’t really change anything eh, I am pretty confident with how I feel and look

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What’s your biggest self-esteem booster? Doing well at something, or doing whatever it is to the best of my ability If you wanted to change something about your body, what would you do? I’d do whatever would help without damaging too much….Do it naturally rather than surgically or chemically.


What’s your best quality as a person? Just being there for friends and being someone who they can turn to and trust Do you feel any pressure to look a certain way? Yes. The girl-attracting, six-pack, tank build that is portrayed throughout the media. Guys think the only way to attract chicks is to be like that What’s your biggest self-esteem booster? When girls comment on your looks in a positive way

To Ozgüid, an international student from Germany, being a guy means “being tough, sporty and someone who’s competitive”. Asked what a guy should look like, Ozgüid says: “I think a normal guy should have a good body [like] those guys on TV. They have nice bodies and I want to look like one of them”. Lecturer Dr David Giles of the University of Winchester in the UK has noted that “men and women increasingly get their ideas of what they should look like from the imagery they see in the media. The volume of content is growing and it is trapping young people in particular, into unhealthy obsessions about their own bodies.” * Large corporations spend hugely on advertising exploiting this. They also use airbrushed models, so flawless that in most cases, they hardly look like normal living, breathing and loving humans. *from ‘Magazines ‘harm male body image’ Some names may have been changed.

JASON’S STORY “I don’t want to go to class, and when I do, I always check myself in the mirror to see if I look normal. In the weekends, I just can’t make myself leave the house, in fact

I hardly go out at all ‘cause I can’t stand the thought of people looking at me. I get really anxious and almost have like an emotional breakdown. “I’d been depressed for some time. I really didn’t respect myself ‘cause I thought I was worthless and no one cared. The counsellor who I was made to talk to pretty much talked from a textbook. What I really wanted was someone who’d been through what I’d gone through. “In the end I got to a point where things were so deep that I didn’t really care about what anyone else thought, and just did what I wanted to ... which got me into a lot of trouble, but I didn’t care. “Then I found someone who really understood me and what I was going through, and that was the beginning of the end of the tunnel. I started accepting myself, and even going beyond – I began loving the things about me that made me different from everyone else. Those pimples all over my face, my face-hairs cause I couldn’t be stuffed shaving properly, and so on.” “If you got issues, talk to a mate about it. If you ain’t got one, find someone you know who’ll listen – even places like Youthline. It’s really hard going it alone.” (Some names have been changed)


TOMMY, 18, CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY COLLEGE Do you feel any pressure to look a certain way? I think in New Zealand there is a huge amount of pressure to have the Dan Carter body image. Personally I don’t really care if I have a six pack or not, but I do know it does effect some boys What’s your best quality as a person? I love my ginger hair; I think that is the highlight of my appearance What would you say to a mate who was having a stink time? Be who you are, don’t worry about people getting negative. Wear what you want to wear and look how you want to look If you wanted to change something about your body, what would you do? Hmmmm, even though I am tall, I think I would rather be a little bit taller

Do you feel any pressure to look a certain way? I don’t really care what people think, but when it comes down to attending social events usually it’s expected of you to dress appropriately, and I wouldn’t be comfortable showing up at a party wearing rank stuff. If you wanted to change something about your body, what would you do? I’d want to look like Jessica Alba. Nah, I’m pretty happy with how I look, but I wouldn’t mind being heavier. Have you ever been judged on your looks? Yes when I was younger, I was pretty chub! But I just laugh about it because everyone has their opinions but that shouldn’t affect how you think about yourself.




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Outward Bound works hard to ensure anyone who is interested can do a course. They work with sponsors and funders to assist people in taking up the challenge. Interested? Go to or call 0800 688 927

One of the aims of the Naenae Boxing Academy is to develop lead ership qualities in our members and Tim Brown ha s shown great pote ntial from his earliest days at the gym. Tim is an excellent listener and looks for every opportun ity to improve himself. We knew the Outw ard Bound course would challenge him, ho wever we have be en astounded at the result! Tim has come back co mpletely focussed – he seem s to have so much sorted mentally, emotiona lly and physically. It is a huge achievement in su ch a short time an d we are sure that Tim will go on to reach his potent ial in ways that Tim, his family and the Boxing Ac ademy only dared dream of! Congratulations to the wonderful ente rprise of Outward Bound! ! We will be doing ev erything we can to send as many of our boys to you as possible . With much apprec iation, Billy Graham and the Naenae Boxing Academy Team


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LET’S TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THAT TYPICAL CITY CENTRE. YES, IT’S BUSY. BUT WHAT DO WE NOTICE ABOUT THE BUSY PEOPLE? They are all different. Some are women, some are men. Some are blonde, some are brunette. Some are black, some are Muslim. Some are businessmen, some are homeless. This rapidly changing world we live in today has made social integration with people from all walks of life an inevitable reality. Be it our gender, appearance, beliefs or occupation, there are many characteristics which define who we are. But are we embracing it? Are we really accepting of the diversity around us, or are we submitting to the stereotypes sadly prevalent today? Indeed, a compassionate society towards social integration is what we have left behind.



, Walk around your typical city centre and you’ll notice a hive of activity. Busy people stuck in hectic traffic, with demanding jobs in crowded high-rise buildings; ultimately leading busy lives. That is the image of the urban world , today. Everything is busy in this fast-changing world. We’re advancing in more , ways than ever before. We’re growing faster by the second. But despite all this development and progression, asks JONATHON GEE, have we left something behind?


Stereotypes also affect those who are subject to them. Because stereotyping is still very much alive in our society today, those who are the victims of stereotypes can sometimes feel they’re indifferent to those stereotypes. They choose to ‘play the game’. They choose to play the game of conforming to those stereotypes and may deny who they really are. Let’s face it – we are who we are, and no one likes denying who they are in order to please others for fear of disapproval. As such, stereotypes can cripple our self-esteem. We feel absorbed in the mentality that what people say and think about us counts, and conform in a way which makes us feel even less confident about who we are.

A DIVIDED SOCIETY We’ve all heard of stereotyping, but what exactly is it? The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘stereotype’ as “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing”. In our daily lives, we meet so many different types of people. We may often have a “fixed and oversimplified image” of them, according to their gender, race, religion or personality. For example, we may meet an Asian guy, and be quick to think that he’s a straight-A nerd who’s bad at driving, eats rice everyday and plays computer games all night. This is stereotyping. Though stereotyping can be harmless at first, perhaps seen as a joke or light-hearted teasing among mates, it can be rooted to a more serious, damaging social issue in our society. Stereotypes cause us to be narrow-minded and less receptive to those who are different to ourselves. It’s a prejudice that we attach to people before we even get to know them.

In the history of the world, stereotypes have unfortunately governed the way many societies speak, think and act. From the colonial era’s ‘civilising mission’ of territories by many European states, to racial segregation in the United States, the perceptions of certain social groups in the form of stereotyping have taken centre stage. Let’s take a look at racial segregation in the United States. The large African-American minority in the US caused many in the white majority to have xenophobic perceptions of the non-white minority. By xenophobic, I mean the fear of foreigners or of their politics or culture. Xenophobia, being a form of stereotyping someone according to their race, caused them to introduce laws which separated them from the non-whites in daily life. These laws included unequal voting rights, segregated schools, segregated buses, even segregated drinking fountains. Stereotyping had in effect produced a divided society.

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NOT THE WAY THE WORLD SHOULD BE They say that prejudice is ignorance, and stereotyping is a prejudice. It’s a prejudice which suppresses the freedom of individuals to be who they want to be. In an idealistic world, we would all embrace the diversity around us and not judge people before we get to know them. But this isn’t an idealistic world. So how can we address this issue? In my opinion, the first step is acceptance. That is, accepting that the world today is a diverse one, where people of all different walks of life reside. We can’t be ones who are quick to judge people based on their appearance, cultures or beliefs. We need to be the ones who are accepting of the diversity around us – treating others how we wish to be treated. Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 192 countries around the world, including New Zealand, confirmed children’s right to diversity and acceptance. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that we protect their right to their own language, religion and culture. As a UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassador, I’m committed to upholding this right. I want to raise awareness of the need to bring forward that compassion towards fellow human beings – something that has been sadly left behind in societies today.


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The world today is an ever-changing one. Stereotypes plague societies across the globe in ways which suppress people from being who they really are. Yes, it’s the reality of the world today, but we can be ones who change that. As young people, we can be the ones who develop a generation which looks down upon stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, and looks positively upon acceptance and compassion. That’s the way the world should be.

GROUP HUG! Meet Jonathon Gee, a year 13 student at Westlake Boys’ High School:

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She says having an eating disorder makes simple tasks more difficult. It has caused a lot of ‘anxiety around things that should be fun, such as going out to dinner with friends.’ Having an eating disorder has also meant interruptions with her studies when things got really bad.

she was not allocated therapy while she was in the programme. Instead, she says ‘we were expected to sit down and eat every meal, but weren’t offered anything to actually deal with the issues it brought up’. This was because a waitlist existed to get into therapy.

Sophie says it is hard to get proper help when you’re young and don’t know what is going on. She recalls that in high school ‘A few of my friends had their own ideas and seemed to think telling me I looked hideous or that I should just eat would cure me’.

SUPPORT IS THE ANSWER Sophie knows the solution to this problem: more money and more government support.


‘The fact is that any treatment needs to be both mental and physical, and that means the government or healthcare system needs to provide more in the way of therapy – ongoing if necessary.’

Sophie sought treatment as a patient at a District Health Board funded clinic. She was referred through her family doctor since she has never had enough money to consider private treatment. The clinic was free, but Sophie points out there were travel costs to get there.

Sophie also points out that while she was receiving treatment ‘there were a few concerns about some of the health workers getting too close to patients,’ but adds that ‘this was bound to happen, especially for the patients that lived [at the clinic].’

The location of the clinic also meant she had to take two buses, or a bus and a train to get there, saying ‘it was almost impossible to fit this around university and other things. There were other girls that had to travel a long way to be there’. The program that Sophie attended involved supervised eating in a group environment. One of the main difficulties she found during treatment was that {14} Tearaway MARCH 2011

Sophie understands the importance of education to understand eating disorders. ‘A lot of young people don’t realise that anorexia nervosa is the most deadly mental illness, and that it concerns pretty much every aspect of your physical health. Education about it needs to be about the impacts on your body and about what “normal eating” entails, and the functions of the different things your body needs to maintain health.’

GET HELP NOW Her advice to others is that the sooner you seek help, the better. ‘People often wait to seek help until they look “sick enough”, but really the sooner you seek help, the less likely you are to have lasting medical problems that you will carry with you throughout your life. Eating disorders do not have to be forever, and once you get out the other side, it all looks a lot less bleak.’ *Name has been changed for privacy reasons.

nutritionists. The programme equips these people with the skills and resources they need to help those with eating disorders. EDEN also runs awareness events such as Diet-Free Day and the Love Your Body campaign. Victoria Marsden, Manager of EDEN’s Support Services and EDEN IN AUCKLAND IS THE ONLY Counsellor at EDEN, says the COMMUNITY ORGANISATION SPECIALISING organisation has four counsellors IN EATING DISORDERS IN THE NORTH doing part-time hours and is ‘therefore spread very thin’. ISLAND. THEY CHARGE ‘COMPETITIVE COMMUNITY RATES’ WELL BELOW ANY FOCUS ON PRIVATE CLINIC. GETTING INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION While running support groups SUPPORT IS BASED ON SELF-REFERRAL and counselling for those with WHICH MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM eating disorders, a key part of DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD CLINICS, WHERE EDEN is the education focus. YOU HAVE TO BE REFERRED BY A DOCTOR. Agency Manager, Theresa Peters describes this as ‘the fence at the top of the cliff [rather than the ambulance at the bottom]’. EDEN views education as prevention as more cost-effective than treatment at the critical end. EDEN’s educational programs include the Body Image Leaders (BIL) Programme, which is a peer support program run in Auckland schools. (For more on this, see pages 8 and 9).

For eating and body image issues, information and support, call Eden on (09) 378 9039 or email Source:


They also offer the Nourish workshop, which EDEN was grateful to receive direct Todd Foundation funding for. Nourish trains those likely to come in contact with eating disorders – such as nurses, teachers, guidance counsellors and

With over 30 years of experience, Dr Fishman is a psychiatrist who operates a private practice based in Auckland. His treatment is accessible wherever you are in the world, as it can take place through Skype. Patients are usually referred to him from their GPs, or find out about him through the web.

Therapy. He believes eating disorders happen when a person cannot control their relationships, and therefore try to control their Dr Fishman says ‘I never have a relationship with food. waiting list; these issues are too This means his therapy sessions severe’. However as it is private, take place with family, friends or clients do have to pay. Dr Fishman even employers of the patients. points out that in some cases In particular he says ‘family are private insurance can help out, profoundly influential. If they but it is not that common. When are not the problem, they are pressed about what he actually certainly part of the solution’. charges, Dr Fishman says that he Dr Fishman believes that if an operates a sliding scale and insists individual wanted to see him that he believes people should alone he would not be able get treatment, so does he make to help them, because eating himself available. disorders have so much to do with relationships. This means those who try to hide their FOCUS ON disorder from their family cannot RELATIONSHIPS partake in the therapy. Dr Fishman explains how his treatment for eating disorders A DIFFERENT focuses on the relationships that APPROACH a patient has with other people. Dr Fishman’s treatment is not His treatment is based on intrusive; he mainly operates the proven effective model sessions in the evenings to of Intensive Structural Family work around families’ schedules.

STRAPPED FOR CASH Unlike its sister organisation EAT in Christchurch, EDEN is not given government funds, therefore relying on charitable trusts. Theresa points out that ‘three years ago the Government released $26 million over a period of years for eating disorders and difficulties, but it was pretty much targeted at the critical high didn’t come into the health prevention/early intervention [areas]’. This is unfortunate, as Victoria says ‘I have no doubt that if we had more counselling spots available, we would have more clients’. Funding could really help give more people access to counselling. However, EDEN is understanding about how funding works; Theresa says ‘I understand governments have tight budgets as well, but it is an issue that affects a large part of the population. Again, I am in the camp of its much better to have the fence at the top of the hill, [and] spend money up front, than when it becomes expensive at the critical end.’

The agency is optimistic that now funding and support for the critical end of eating disorders has started to shape up, more funding might eventually be available to them.

WHOSE ISSUE IS IT? Eating disorders are a widespread issue that affects several areas including youth, education and health. As Theresa says, this often allows different government departments to avoid the issue, claiming it is another department’s territory. Theresa recalls an occasion when she wrote to Paula Bennett, Minister of Youth Affairs, about body image portrayal in the media. She asked whether the government would consider adopting some Australian policies regarding airbrushing of models in advertising. Theresa says that the response from the Ministry of Youth Development was that it was an issue for the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health rejected her letter and said that it was not their issue either. EDEN works hard and achieves a lot with the resources it has. Providing individual support, running community based educational programs and running awareness events requires a lot of talent and dedication. For more information on how to get involved or donate, check out

Sometimes he will insist on bed rest if medically necessary. The lack of disruption is viewed as beneficial because it allows patients to continue their day to day lives. Dr Fishman believes ‘therapy should be consistent with people’s real lives. They need to deal with the real issues in their lives.’ This can be contrasted with strict day programmes or residence at a clinic, as relapse is less likely to occur. Dr Fishman adds, ‘I haven’t seen any long term research that shows that in-patient treatment is better’. He recalls a former patient explaining to him that the worst thing about her prior treatment had been being in groups with other eating disorder sufferers, as people would be competitive about their symptoms.

Health Board funded services, he is certain of the merits of his treatments. The Intensive Structural Family Therapy model has been used as far back as 20 years ago. Follow ups with patients even from that time show that after initial treatment, there has been no recurrence of the problem. To investigate more, check out http://

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DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU FELT PROUD OF YOURSELF. Well, there’s a sense of pride when you have the finished new album in your hand I guess. Usually I feel proud looking back on a big mission we did, or a successful tour, or a great show after no sleep and weeks of travel. Those are the times I feel proud of myself. But I’m always feeling proud of my friends and family when they make change in their lives or do cool stuff or climb personal hurdles.

DESCRIBE THE FIRST TIME YOU GOT TO PLAY MUSIC WITH SOMEONE YOU ADMIRED. When The Black Seeds started to take things more seriously, I remember feeling stoked to be able to play with my friends who had more musical experience than me, like Toby Laing (trumpet for Fat Freddy’s Drop), and Bret McKenzie or Tim Jaray (The Black Seeds on bass). I remember doing Pro Tools sessions with 50Hz and DJ Mu – they would often help me out with my music back in ’99 and 2000. When I was much younger, my uncle showed me his guitar and keyboards and 4-track and I thought that was pretty cool. Dad worked at National Radio, so I was always hanging out in a studio back then, and I admired all the techies and people that knew how to make cool sounds. I have admiration for all the people I have worked with. On the international scene, Seeds were stoked to play alongside Roots Manuva, John Browns Body (USA) or directly before Fishbone or Kruder and Dorfmeister.

HAVE YOU EVER WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT SOMEBODY AND THEY REALISED? Yes, but usually after I have told them I wrote a song for or about them. There are still songs I have written about people and they don’t know, but that’s probably for the best. Nothing I write about someone else is too literal or anything.

THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THE NEW ALBUM IS TAROT CARD ROCK, WHICH SOUNDS QUITE DIFFERENT TO YOUR PREVIOUS MATERIAL. IS THIS A CHANGE IN DIRECTION FOR YOU OR A SIDE PROJECT? Well, it is a direction in itself, but I don’t see it as a change of musical direction really. It is a change of focus and energy into a new album. Weird, but I guess it is my current side project but under my real name. The music fit into more of a Fly My Pretties realm as opposed to a Black Seeds vibe. Tarot Card Rock is like a short, upbeat surfrock song I guess – a foot tapper.

AND LIKEWISE, WHY DID YOU SET UP FLY MY PRETTIES WHEN YOU ALREADY HAD SUCCESS WITH THE BLACK SEEDS? I guess it comes down to expressing myself through different projects and different tones, genres of music. I don’t feel like I have to make only Black Seeds style music. Tarot

Card Rock is as much an experiment as it is an exhibition of what else I have been doing over the last few years. Fly My Pretties is all about collaboration and including unique and interesting visual art to go with the music and show. It was a drive to make some live albums and actively expose artists I think are awesome to a bigger audience, and provide a local contemporary musical education to those who want to be the audience. The Black Seeds is a great touring band. Sure, we make a few albums but really, our live show is generally our focus.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO SOLO? Nothing made me go solo... it just came about naturally when I realised I had some good material for an album I could do under my own name, and how I wanted to do it. It’s kinda cool working on your own thing but I still love working with others for sure. The sum of the parts is often greater than the parts themselves.




IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU? A water purifier, a solar radio and a full lighter.

AND HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE? Recently I have been thinking , ‘I don’t need this coffee, it dries me out, makes me twitch and makes my guts feel weird,’ but I think when I need it, I go a short black, and when I want it, I go a flat white, or a big plunger and drink it over about four hours.

WHAT INFLUENCED THIS ALBUM? IS IT ALWAYS A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE OR MORE SPECIFICS? Yes, life is the great inspiration for me. Love going well, love going bad, break ups, personal challenges, nightmares, fun, it’s all in there. I would say for me, inspiration comes from experience as well as from the imagined or the created, but when you feel you need to express something as an artist, it finds its way out eventually – good or bad.


The opportunity of a lifetime for young musos comes once a year in the form of Smokefreerockquest. The competition has been running for over 20 years and is responsible for producing many of NZ’s chart topping success stories, such as Opshop, Kora, The Blackseeds, Anna Coddington, Evermore, Die! Die! Die! and many more.

Kiwi FM’s FLEUR JACK proves once again to be the guru of all things Kiwi, Music and News


Smokefreerockquest: Entries are open!

Smokefreerockquest is a great excuse to get to play your music in front of a huge audience and get noticed by people who work in TV, radio and print media, and by loads of other music industry professionals. So get jamming, get writing and submit your entry online before May 17th at

SHANNON: March was a busy month for me, as the ‘Drew’ in ‘Drew and Shannon Live’, was off travelling through the US of A, leaving me behind to hold the fort! You may have noticed that there were loads of familiar faces in the studio taking his place as guest presenters. DREW: Not that I can be replaced of course. But even though I was off on my big OE through America, I have been doing some work. Before leaving NZ, I hosted ‘This Is Street Dance’ a hiphop dance competition judged by my boy J.Williams among others. I was absolutely blown away by the talent on the show, but I won’t give it all away just yet because it’s going to screen on TV3 very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it! And if you haven’t watched our show yet, what are you waiting for!? We’re bringing you all the latest entertainment goss, celebrity interviews, films, gaming, the best from the web and all your favourite music, every weekday from 4.30pm.

Live and Local: The Titirangi Festival

Plus talk with us and all our guests, live on, & during the show.

Every year, the community of Titirangi hosts a fabulous extended weekend that is jam-packed full of neighbourhood events, including gigs, workshops, street performers and loads of local talent.

The Taite Music Prize In 2010, the Taite music prize was launched and after loads of entries and nominations, the winner chosen was Laurence Arabia for his album Chant Darling. The award is set to recognise achievements in an album regardless of charts or sales – so it’s just based on the artistic merit of the creator. The prize is $10,000 and the artist can spend the money as they wish. Here are this year’s finalists:

What a sad time it has been for New Zealand. Firstly, our thoughts are with our Christchurch friends, and all of those around the country who have been affected by the tragedy in Christchurch, as well as those who have friends and family in Japan. We hope that the month ahead brings much happier news.

This year the Titirangi Festival runs from Thursday 31 March to Sunday 3rd April. You’ll be able to pick and choose between different themed events like Bohemian Ballroom and Young Guns – which will showcase top young high school bands. There is a heap of local music from bands like Yebiisu, Homebrew, Fleur Jack and the Jandals, Dylan Storey, Whirimako Black, An Emerald City and so much more.

Dudley Benson - Forest: Songs by Hirini Melbourne Connan Mockasin - Please Turn Me Into the Snat Julia Deans – Modern Fables

Head to for more details and a full schedule.

Die! Die! Die! – Form Ladi6 – The Liberation Of The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo Street Chant – Means Keep up to date with the Taite Music Prize at

Little Bushman On April 4, Little Bushman will be dropping a brand new album called Te Oranga and they will be touring around the country to support the release. This is their third studio album and it was recorded over two years at Warren Maxwell’s Stonefeather Studios. They are set to play four NZ shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin which will be their first solo performances in over a year. After that, it’s off to Australia to play the Byron Bay Bluesfest. Check out the full tour schedule and more album details at

NRG Rising It’s not often you come across female-fronted reggae groups. NRG Rising has been playing shows for about 18 months, and they are led by mother Benita and her two daughters, which makes them even more unique.


They are one of five Kiwi artists to successfully reach their target on the international funding platform Sellaband. They raised $10,000 online to make their debut album with, and the result, From Darkness to Light has just been released. The band are touring the North Island until April 30. Check them out and have a listen to their album at


It’s the event that many young (and old) New Zealanders look forward to every year. Having run since 1991, Parachute has become a staple in the summer festival calendar. With over 150 bands and dance groups performing, it regularly pulls a 25,000+ crowd. This year’s headliners included local hero and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, Brian ‘Head’ Welch (ex-Korn), and Skillet. SOPHIE TRAILL was there. Besides the big names headlining, the majority of the Parachute line-up is smaller local bands, with an ever-increasing handful of Australians. This, for many who go to Parachute for the music, is where the magic lies. The festival format gives punters a chance to catch multiple bands that range in experience from just starting out and playing their first show in front of a large crowd, to the experienced playing their last gig. My standouts from this year included Avalanche City, Best Before, The PaperKites, Tom Hollow, Trigger Theory, Grand Vue, Massad Barakat-Devine, New Empire, The Frisk and Chris Cope, plus so many more! One thing Parachute really aims for is finding a balance between the religious aspect of the festival, and not being so pushy that non-Christians feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. This year’s Sunday evening was headlined by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio’s Indescribable showcase. The evening’s worship was provided by Chris, and the bands that opened the night, followed by Louie Giglio who presented a talk about how great God is. The main theme of the night was to appreciate how tiny we as individuals are in the big, mighty world

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that exists outside our own universe. In an incredibly rehearsed performance which he has spoken many times around the world, Louis punctuated his message with multiple images showing Earth, and our universe from outer-space. All good things have to come to an end, and so Parachute for another year has gone. Will I be there next year? Well I can’t tell the future, but most likely, yes. And I hope you will join me in experiencing it.

Entering the room, Brian ‘Head’ Welch looks every bit the rockstar he formerly was; clothed in black, with facial tattoos and his trademark dreads. Flanked by his similarly-dressed band, Brian talks about his departure from Korn, his faith and the creation of his new band. His story is a tale of trials that many will identify with. Brought up in Bakersfield, California he was bullied as a child. Music was his sanctuary, his life, and an escape from all the hurt. To become a rockstar guitarist was his dream – and it came true. After years of working on his guitar skills, Korn was formed by Brian and his high school friends. Their debut record went to Gold status, the 2nd album placing Number 3 on the charts, and the 3rd album going to Number 1. Touring became Brian’s life. Brian fell into the hard-partying life of drugs and alcohol, saying ‘you name it, I’ve done it’. Touring life took its toll. Brian describes it as a dark lifestyle where he was chasing the wrong things. ‘My soul was broken, my family was broken, and my mind was insane’. He pinpoints the money as his enemy; he loved the money so much that he became a slave to it.

Inspired by prayer Brian’s current band was created through an open video audition on the internet. They are a band of brothers-in-Christ, who believe that their coming together is a miracle. Describing the changes in his writing style since the change in life direction, Brian says that a lot of the lyrics come from prayer and prophecy-living by faith. In bouncing around ideas for the record, the band embraces the idea of creating songs with intention, rather than just aiming for a radio hit. Their daily challenges are constant inspiration. Brian says that the new record contains angry warfare songs at the enemy, money. Music is powerful, and he is expecting a big year for his deliverance in music.

Tatts of devotion With each band member covered in ink, I ask them to show and describe their favourite. Brian goes first, revealing a full-torso tattoo which depicts Soldiers of Christ.

He had found himself in a violent marriage, but just wanted to be happy. It all came to a head when his wife took off with some ‘skinheads’, stole his property, and left Bassist Michael ‘Valentine’ has a sling of David, which their baby behind. Wanting to be there for his daughter, he got right after joining the band, as well as the Playstation console logo. Brian struggled to break free of the stranglehold the drugs had on him, instead putting his faith in God. Guitarist Scott Von Heldt sports an 80s guitar, amongst He found that if he was to be the best father he could be others which act as a reminder of life-changing experiences. Scott then launches into a discussion of to his daughter, and to stay off the drugs, that he would all his tattoos, including one on his chest that he is have to quit Korn. His immense love for his daughter is reluctant to share. After being coerced into removing apparent through the way he talks about her. his shirt, he takes up all the time left showing it off as his piece he got after joining the band, leaving no time Brian feels that some people may be disappointed in for the band’s resident ‘hottie’ drummer, Dan Johnson, his faith, asking ‘Why God, why God?’ Yet, he describes to share his. himself as being in love with God since 2000.

order for it to spread – and spread it did. There were about 11, 000 downloads; it took off better than Dave had thought it would. ‘You really have no idea what’s going to happen, so I didn’t even dream that it would get this big. It’s a fun ride!’ he says. Early in 2011, Dave Baxter, AKA Avalanche City embarked on a pre-Parachute mini-tour. The first show saw a crowd of people crammed into the tiny space of City Baptist church, creating a hot atmosphere with a cool vibe. Two out of the three dates were sold out, and Avalanche City went on to draw a 2000+ crowd at Parachute. The single Love, Love, Love is – at the time of writing – Number 1 on the NZ charts. After years of playing in bands such as hardcore acts The Chase and One Must Fall, Dave began experimenting with folk-pop, creating his solo project, Avalanche City. While to the outsider it may seem a peculiar jump in music style, Dave doesn’t see it this way. ‘Surprisingly, it was natural. Although I play in hardcore bands, it’s not all I listen to. The sound is different, but the ethos of hardcore and folk-pop is similar, so it was not such a big transition’.

A Fun Ride With years of experience as a recording engineer, Dave took on the production of Avalanche City’s debut album himself. He began with a week in the countryside, working on each song in solitude. This album is a work of love, with every instrument played and recorded by Dave himself. The album, Our New Life Above The Ground, was initially available online for free. This was something Dave decided to do to encourage the sharing of his music, in

Dave points out that if it had gone straight to sale, he might have been lucky to have 500 CDs sold. His music quickly spread internationally as well, thanks to the free download. While the album is now available on iTunes, and in some stores, Avalanche City is yet to sign a distribution deal. Dave has, however, secured a contract with Let The People Speak, who manage top Kiwi acts Dane Rumble, Artisan Guns and Ivy Lies. They got on board about a week after the free release, having followed Dave’s progress online. Dave is stoked to be working with them, saying that they are really amazing and that he’s quite lucky to have them.

Next Stop: The World 2011 started out as a great year for Avalanche City, and it looks as though it will continue that way. Coming up, Dave will be playing in Melbourne, and later the US (also known as ‘The World’). ‘I guess this year is like the year we’ll see what happens with Avalanche City,’ says Dave. ‘You never know what’s going to happen, but I guess we’ll give it our all’.

A Box of Musical Tricks I ask Dave for his thoughts on the New Zealand music scene. ‘I guess [it] can be broken up into lots of different scenes,’ he says. ‘Some are thriving while others are struggling, but all in all I reckon New Zealand music is getting better and better. I’m constantly surprised by the bands that I see.’ Some of his favourites are Alaska, Great North and Artisan Guns. ‘I’m really impressed with the music coming out of New Zealand at the moment,’ says Dave. ‘I reckon it’s starting to take off overseas, with a more international flavour’. And his advice for budding musicians? ‘The best thing you can do is live and breathe music, see other bands live and take inspiration from them, but not steal their ideas, and keep playing music’. He also believes it is imperative to listen to lots of different music and take inspiration from all sorts of areas, as it adds to your ‘little box of musical tricks’. {21}






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The hardest part is... keeping up with the pace and fitting everything into my day. It’s a big job and in a real-time environment, things move, very quickly.

I'm good at this because... I’m a creative thinker who is also really interested in digital media, passionate about what’s happening and how to get the most out of it in a marketing sense.

Before working here I was... interning as a junior creative (copywriter) at an Auckland ad agency. I’ve also worked as a receptionist at a design agency, a barista, and even a doggie daycare assistant! Lots of those odd jobs taught me skills I’ve taken with me – it’s really important to have that experience.

I studied... Media Studies and English Literature at Victoria University. A year later, I trained in Creative Advertising at the Media Design School in Auckland. While I don’t have a formal qualification in Social Media, a lot of what I’ve done over the years is important to the role I’m doing now. Because I’ve always had a real interest in digital stuff, I’ve always been an early adopter of new things out there. So the personal time I’ve spent online doing various things – participating in forums, chatting, blogging, signing up for Myspace (then Facebook, then Twitter) have helped me grasp the ins and outs of this space. The etiquette, the differences between different platforms, how to engage and interact with people online and all that. I started really getting into Twitter and blogging while I was studying advertising. I guess all this helped me get me here. {24} Tearaway MARCH 2011

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Skills I use in my daily work include...

If you'd like a job like this, my advice is to...

• Thinking creatively and solving problems

• Get into social media, and really understand how each platform works – what its purpose is and how people use it. Make sure you are at least set up on Facebook and Twitter • Keep up to date with the trends in the digital media space; subscribe to blogs like and Social Media Examiner • Make stuff – create stuff online and share it. Set up a blog, a video channel, sign up for Twitter - just get out there and familiarise yourself with how these channels work, and how the content you put out there connects with other people • Work in different jobs and get a feel for the real world – you do need a bit of life experience because you deal with a whole range of different people online, and you need to know how to relate to them socially • Know about what’s happening with technology, especially mobile stuff like iPhone and Android apps, and what’s happening with gaming too. If you can, get a smartphone like an iPhone or an Android and play around with it. Have fun! • Learn by doing and creating: make movies on YouTube; join Tumblr; seek out people who are already active in these places in your town and get to know them online • Be smart about what you’re doing in social media, and don’t do or say anything online you wouldn’t want a future employer to know about. It also helps if you really set yourself up so you have your own blog or website.


• Writing, editing and posting content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr etc

• Customer service • Analytics, tracking and insights • Research skills – looking at things that will help us in social media; keeping tabs on industry trends and developments; keeping track of what people are saying about GrabOne online

You would love this job if you are... • A creative thinker who enjoys a good challenge and loves doing innovative stuff • A person who likes to create, solve problems and generally just interact with people online • A reader and/or a writer and a natural communicator • A person who is really curious about things happening out there in digital media, especially new technologies, applications and other things people are doing online • Already using social media channels (not just Facebook) to create, share and connect with others

A typical day includes.... • Creating and posting communication online about our deals • Interacting with fans online • Measuring effectiveness, gathering insights and monitoring what’s happening on our site and on our social media profiles • Writing blog posts

For more info, contact us at... or Or hit me up on twitter @JenCorbett or

Aaron Hills , 22, from Manurewa Bootcamp Fitness Instructor at Fitness Evolved I believe fitness is a way of life. I became passionate after competing as a sprinter, and trained with an amazing speed and strength coach, Joe Hunter. He inspired me a lot, and through fitness I discovered a life that drove me to become disciplined and focused. I saw the benefits it had for me and I thought how amazing it would be to help bring that to other people. I completed a Diploma of Fitness Training at AUT University. I’m now employed by Manukau Leisure Services as a Fitness Instructor, and I also run my own part-time personal training business, Fitness Evolved.

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The best thing about my job is... it’s outdoors; every day is different, I get to interact with an amazing bunch of people – both trainers and recruits – and they all individually create an awesome atmosphere. I also get to train alongside the recruits as well, which helps me stay fit.

The hardest part is... the MEAN HILL! It’s a real challenge doing hill sessions, especially keeping up with the top recruits whilst maintaining a straight face and keeping my ego in check (joking). Also waking up at 4.30 in the morning to get out to Auckland Domain before everyone else arrives.

, I’m good at this because... I have a loud mouth – one that loves to encourage and give praise to those who deserve it. I have a passion for the health and fitness industry, and a desire to see people succeed and reach their health goals.

Skills I use in my daily work include... communication, leadership, encouragement, athletic ability, programme development and preparation .

, In five years I think I’ll... own and run a personal training studio focusing on athlete development and advanced fitness training. My goal is to keep training innovative and fresh, and to deliver the most effective training possible. Group fitness and boot camps will definitely still be in the picture!

, If you’d like a job like this, my advice is to... get studying ASAP – know how the body works and understand the principles of training. Be physically fit, be PASSIONATE, become a leader, have a desire to help people achieve their life and fitness goals, be accountable, be a servant to those who need your help – you have to want to do everything you can for them.

Oh... and leave the EGO behind :)

You would love this job if you are... • a people person • passionate about health and fitness • a good communicator • FIT!

A typical day includes... 4:30am: Rise and shine! 5:30am: Leaders meeting 6:00am: Boot camp kicks off, including running, hill work, calisthenic body-weight exercises, intervals, circuits, jumping, lunging, squatting, core work – the works, AND MORE! 7:00am: We all finish with a cool down

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e v i r D As much as we may enjoy our sport at a young age, pursuing it as a full-time occupation is something many of us can only dream of. However it is possible, as in the case of Tom Davison. EMILY SPINK caught up with the full-time triathlete, who is representing New Zealand at only 21.

At six years old, playing rugby on frozen fields in the middle of winter could be enough to put any small child off sport, but for Tom, this early sporting memory only set him up ‘to be tough in all conditions’. Now, he lives by his motto to ‘harden up – keep going’. It is this incredible drive and passion which has seen the young athlete represent New Zealand after three years competing as a full-time triathlete. In his first year as a full-timer, Tom won two titles in the Olympic Distance, and more recently he took out a win in the 4th round of the National Series in his home town of Christchurch. 2010 saw him collect several races under his belt and enabled him to travel across the globe, competing in World Cup races in Hungary, Australia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The Elite Sprint and Team Sprint World Champs also saw Tom travel to Switzerland. The Under 23 World 2011 is a big year for Tom, with Nationals in Champs held in Budapest were another March, doubling as selections for the New highlight for the athlete. Zealand Under 23 World Champs Squad. He shoots across the ditch to Mooloolaba, Australia for the first World Cup for the season at the end of March. Then it’s off to Europe for the European Club racing as well Although travelling around the globe as more World Cups. sounds like the ideal job, being a full-time athlete requires sacrifice and commitment, In the long and short term, Tom has his and Tom says it is important to maintain sights set on making the top five of Under a good balance between training and 23’s, and wants to keep on improving his socialising. Although hard to juggle, world ranking, whilst ultimately aiming for especially when living with your friends, Olympic selection for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. balancing both enables Tom to stay mentally on his game, because training all the time does become too much sometimes.

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A typical day of training sees him train between three to six hours , or 23-27 hours a week during race season, with base training just over 30 hours a week. Somehow, Tom also manages to fit in some part time work here too. When not competing, he loves going out on the boat, waterskiing and just relaxing on the lake. Hitting the surf in a jet ski is also a ‘wicked’ past-time for the obviously sports-mad athlete.

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Although admitting it isn’t always easy to get up and train on cold wintery days, Tom says that once you’re up, you remember why you do it – ‘Because you love it’. The thrill of racing, pushing the body to the limit and watching improvement encourage Tom to strive harder, and being fit and healthy are also important. No doubt, this is one talented and motivated athlete we need to keep watching, and with the likes of Bevan Docherty, Hamish Carter and Michael Phelps as role models, Tom Davison’s ambitions to gain international success are clear. We say Good Luck to you! And to you budding sports stars out there; Tom says ‘train hard, race hard and the results will come’.




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HEART OF FIRE BY SENAIT MEHARI These are the memoirs of a child soldier from Eritrea, Africa who escaped the war with Ethiopia and went on to become a successful singer.

AARON FLEMING, IRONMAN ATHLETE Tracey Richardson’s biography Going the Distance captured me instantly. Her story about overcoming depression through exercise and training from scratch to complete the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km NZ Ironman to raise money and awareness for NZ Cystic Fibrosis families pulled at my heart strings. Having had depression myself as a teenager, I could really relate to Tracey’s story, so much so that she inspired me to compete in the NZ Ironman myself to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. After major lung surgery at age sixteen, I was told that I wouldn’t be active ever again. As I write this, I’m training to complete my fourth Ironman, and to date have fundraised over $24,000 for Cystic Fibrosis families in NZ. I’ve also been further inspired to write my own book, Purpose, as a reminder to other young kiwis to believe in themselves and to live their dreams.



Going the Distance is not only an amazing book, it has changed my life.

TREASURE YOURSELF BY MIRANDA KERR Treasure Yourself is definitely one of the books that changed my life. I only wish I had read it when I was at school! I read it at a time when I was lacking a bit of confidence in myself and my career path, which was making me question other aspects of my life also. After reading the book it helped put things into perspective and I learnt some very valuable lessons and ways to look at things. This book is a must read for all females! It’s empowering and motivating!

About ten years ago, I decided to try going vegetarian for a month as a personal challenge. During that month I was lent a copy of Diet for a New America, which explains the benefits of a vegan diet for animals, humans and the earth. It really struck a chord with me, and cemented my decision to become vegetarian. Soon after, I became vegan, and have never looked back. Diet for a New America really awakened my conscience. Not just to the way animals are mistreated and exploited for our benefit, but also in terms of every action we take having consequences. It helped me to understand that empathy is vital, for animals and humans alike. Since then I have wanted to do as much as I can to ease the suffering of both humans and animal friends. That is part of the reason The Mark of Man are involved with charities like The Lowdown and SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation: Empathy is necessary for the happiness of all of Earth’s inhabitants.


Senait’s story is one of a young woman’s determinations to survive. My mum gave it to me to read when I was 13, when my biggest concerns included losing my phone charger or getting my straightened hair wet. Young people often place most of their concern and attention on such trivial things. Heart of Fire is an account of real difficulties and hardships like dodging bullets and searching for food. Talk about a reality check! It opened my eyes to actual adversity faced by other children around the world, and helped shape me into the young adult I am today.


FISHING FOR BIRDS, EDITED BY TESSA DUDER AND JAMES NORCLIFFE The world is teeming with individual consciousnesses, through each one passing a myriad of things. Doesn’t that feel strange? Knowing that and yet only having access to one set of ideas and feelings and experience? November 2009, I felt like I’d gotten that out of my system in a sense. I’d written a story about it. Now here I was with a book – Fishing for Birds – on my lap, with my story staring out of it in serious printed letters. I was published.That could be all I have to say. That could be why I claim this book changed my life. But it wasn’t. Later on I was flicking through the book, curious to read other people’s stories. I came across some writing that made me want to savour the words. And it was tantalising. I wasn’t going to be sated by the three short pieces in here. The only way, I guessed, of getting more would be through the writer… An email to the organiser of Re-Draft – the yearly publication of which this was the newest edition – was sent. I waited. And there was a reply. On email, on paper, talking, and if lucky in person, we now swap words.


THE SECRET BY RHONDA BYRNE This best-selling self-help book from 2006 explains the law of attraction, which states that we draw into our lives whatever we are thinking about. The Secret teaches the importance of being specific about what you want in life; write it down, believe that you already have it and it will come to you. If you ask and believe, you’ll feel compelled to act in ways which will help you fulfil your wishes. Being clear about what you desire changes your actions subconsciously and anything is achievable. Being grateful for what you already have is also truly vital; nothing new can come into your life until you appreciate what you already have. It’s an incredibly inspiring book to read, because it explains how we are each in charge of our own destiny; you can forget what happened to you in the past and create the future you really wish for.


HELL'S ANGELS: THE STRANGE AND TERRIBLE SAGA OF THE OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON Thompson’s first published book changed my life for the better. The day I began reading the novel, its profound and lasting impact on my career started, as up until that moment I hadn’t any clue as to what I wanted to do with my life. Thompson’s honest, brutal and personal account of his time spent living with the Hells Angels in the early 1960s is a powerful example of front-line journalism. His subjective reporting alerted me to the idea that it’s possible to become personally involved in the story you’re covering and not only be another fly on the wall. I like to get amongst things, push boundaries and ask a lot of questions, not sit back and rely on the words and opinions of those in high places. Hells Angels showed me how exciting a career in journalism could be and that here, finally, was an industry that suited my personality. I’m now a post-grad journalism student and if it wasn’t for this book, well, I don’t know what I’d be doing!

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards are back for another year. There are four categories: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Junior Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. Voting is also now open for the Children’s Choice Award, so have your say at The winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 May, at the end of the week-long, nationwide Awards Festival. The finalists in the Young Adult Fiction category are: • Ebony Hill by Anna Mackenzie • Fierce September by Fleur Beale • Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey • The Limping Man by Maurice Gee • Smiling Jack by Ken Catran


DRUMS, GIRLS AND DANGEROUS PIE BY JORDAN SONNENBLICK Cancer. That’s the theme of the book that changed my life.

As part of NZ Book Month, there are all sorts of events happening around the country, from debates to quiz nights to writing and graphic novel workshops! Go to to see what’s on in your area.

I was 11 when I first read this book. It was my first introduction as to what cancer REALLY meant: IV bags, meds, bleeds and pain. For everyone. Steven has to deal with his annoying younger brother, Jeffery; the worst pain imaginable. Until Jeffery is diagnosed with acute leukaemia. That’s when Steven finds out the REAL meaning of pain. Throughout the book, Steven and I simultaneously learnt about procedures and treatments. I never knew there was such a thing as a port-a-cath – let alone what it did – until they had to stick one into Jeffery. I never new, at 11, that cancer was mutated cells. Until this book. And no, it is not ALL doom and gloom cancer this-and-that; there are many humorous and musical parts to it too. But this book set off a catalyst of events leading up to me wanting to become an oncologist. At 15, I have my life-long goals set out before me, just because of one little book.



URBAN SLUMS AND DYSTOPIAN FUTURES... Two minutes with author, Anna Mackenzie....


The Outsiders, by SE Hinton. I read copiously and indiscriminately as a child – until, at age 10, I read The Outsiders. And re-read it. It stopped me in my tracks, made me cry, made me think. While I’d known before that books had

the ability to transport you into another world, I hadn’t understood that it could be so real, so compelling. This book, set in an urban slum in the US, showed me a reality completely foreign to mine. I had never before read a book that had the emotional power; I’d never come to know characters only to have them die. I read it over and over, the first ten times back to back. When I re-read it as an adult, it still had the same pull - which isn’t always true of things you loved as a child and revisit in adulthood!

WHO WOULD ENJOY READING EBONY HILL? Ebony Hill is set in a dystopian future – our world, but things have gone badly wrong. Even so, the main characters of Ness and Ronan are ones we can all relate to. The physical challenges they face are different to ours, but the emotional challenges are the same. Ebony Hill is about belonging. It is also about survival, and the ethical dilemmas that surround violence. It’s about finding out who we are and what we believe in; finding our place in the world. It’s a book that teens (and adults!) will enjoy, as a story in itself and for the deeper issues it holds.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN WRITING? Read widely and critically. Think about why you like or don’t like each book, how the writer achieved that result, what techniques they employed. When it comes to your own work, write the story you would like to read. Once you have a first draft, edit. Edit ruthlessly and repeatedly, on screen, on paper and by reading your work aloud - you’ll sieve out different things each time.






In this graphic novel, Riordan skillfully blends real life and Greek mythology.


Percy, living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, must come to terms with the fact that the mythology he learns at school might be a little closer to the truth than he really thought (although apparently the gods have moved Olympus to the top of the Empire State Building). Nowadays the centaur Chiron trains young demigods at the Camp HalfBlood over the summer, and this is where Percy lands up. Soon enough he finds himself consulting the oracle and setting out on a quest, complete with his magic sword Riptide, which becomes a ball point pen when sheathed. Accompanying Percy are his best friend Grover and Annabeth Chase – who leaps at the chance to leave Camp Half-Blood. Percy may not get on too well with Annabeth, but she’s the most experienced camper and her help can hardly be refused. The story weaves together the epic quest of two demigods and the slowly growing friendship between two kids. There are plenty of funny moments but I won’t give those away here. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Greek mythology – INZAMAM

This book takes your reading experience to a whole new dimension. Not only are you reading a fairytale story, you are also reading the thoughts of both the writer and a reader!


BY T.K ROXBOROGH This is the sequel to the New Zealand written novel, Banquo’s Son. Blood Lines is set in 11th century Scotland and includes interesting chunks of vocabulary and unique characters. The first 50 pages are slow-moving, as King Duncan’s funeral is celebrated. Fleance, King Duncan’s best friend, must take over the crown and marry Rachel, Duncan’s younger sister. Because he’s not directly in line to be King, marrying Rachel is the sure way to him becoming King, which is something he’d never even dreamed of. Blood Lines brings up familiar names, since the novel is set in the era of Macbeth and King Arthur. Personally, this book held no appeal to me, as the date it was set made it a little too slow-moving and uneventful for my liking. The librarian at my school has always said “give a book at least 60 pages before you give up on it,” and that’s exactly what I’ve done. But if you have read and enjoyed Banquo’s Son, don’t hesitate to read this book. Even though the start is hard to get into, definitely give it a go - JORDY BOO KNIGHT

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The fairytale is very cliché, with princesses, palaces, curses and very predictable endings, so it’s quite nice to break from it to the more realistic worlds of the writer and reader within the same book. The reader is going through a tough time at school, and the inserts of the writer are, unsurprisingly, always about their writing processes and thoughts as they write the book you’re in the middle of reading. It’s an amazing idea, but was a little wasted on this book. Aimed at young teens, the plot is short and simple, not doing the idea any justice. The plot of the fairytale revolves around a girl called Glory, who is destined to work at the palace and be killed, due to a curse from her mother’s time. It has strong characters and a solid plot, but not enough time to express it well. Just as you’re getting into it, suddenly everything goes right and it’s finished, leaving you feeling like you missed the second half. It was also a little frustrating when you want to know what’s going to happen next, but you keep getting interrupted by the reader or the writer. It is like ad breaks on TV – SHARON MCCOSKRIE


BY BARRY JONSBERG Leah Cartwright is an elderly citizen being interviewed by 16 year old Carly for a history project. Carly has a heart for people and their stories; she wants to know the history of her town and how people lived when Leah was young. What she gets is the life story of Leah. Leah knows her time is near, but before she goes she needs her story to be told; her story of her controlling mother, her faithful dog Pagan, and Adam, a mysterious boy who appeared when she needed him. Most of Leah’s story revolves around Adam, their growing friendship and the mystery of who and what he is. Throughout the story, Leah and Carly grow close and delve into each other’s lives to discover who the other another really is. This story is to captivating. I got lost in Leah’s story as much as Carly does. The characters are all so likeable, minus a few exceptions. When the story ended, I wanted more and to know what would happen next. But alas, I was just left going ‘huh?’. In a good way of course – ANNIE HAWKER




This new album by one of the world’s most successful independent punk acts had the potential to go wrong. All the lyrics are Darwinian; a punk band singing about evolution?! But ... they’re not over-complicated and they make their points short and sharp, for example the lyrics that get quite stuck in your head, ‘it felt like judgement/ but it was only rain’. Bad Religion are willing to put their necks out and recognise the part science has played in forming the contemporary consciousness, with regards to spirituality and beliefs. Music has always been a creative medium which has been able to signify cultural change, so Bad Religion is really onto it here. Being straight up, I really enjoyed this. It was a lot of fun with an upbeat, energetic punk sound which helped shun my prejudices towards the lyrics and actually give them a listen. Fans of anything from Green Day to Fountains of Wayne will appreciate this album. Not to mention pre-existing fans of the last three decades (!) of this band. It’s worthwhile noting also that they’re about to tour on a match made in Heaven (or not, as the case may be with their lyrics) with Rise Against, a personal favourite who cite Bad Religion as an influence – ZANE POCOCK


21 21 really is a sassy and upbeat ‘break-up’ album. It goes from the emotions of heartache to one’s angry quest for revenge.


BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE This is one of Jamie Foxx’s best releases. It has a bit of everything, which is perfect to showcase his vocal range. He uses Auto-tune so fabulously that you won’t even know he used it, unless you know what to listen for, and also has hints of techno beats slipped in there. The best track is Yep Dat’s Me with Ludacris and Soulja Boy – it would be awesome in the club. Jamie Foxx has collaborated with a lot of people on this album. Some have worked and some are epic failures; examples being the songs with Drake and Gucci Mane. It might be that the songs weren’t suited for them, or that they just plan suck singing together – HAZEL MUSOPERO

Adele describes her style as ‘heartbroken soul’. I agree with this description. Almost every song oozes pain, sadness and anger. In Someone Like You she summons the strength to move on, while the pumpedup gospel number Rolling in the Deep finds her confronting an ex-lover with the ‘wrath of the righteous’. This is a quality British export who will hopefully last well beyond just two albums. Adele’s incredibly powerful voice seems to come effortlessly from her. It is this voice that has seen her pick up two Grammys at only 20 years of age. With her dynamic voice, husky laugh and down to earth personality, Adele seems to be manna from heaven for those looking for a new Amy Winehouse or Duffy, with a side of Florence and the Machine. 21 is a masterful compilation of honest lyrics and chilling vocals. I certainly cannot wait for the next chapter – ELESHA EDMONDS

The overall impression of this album really isn’t amazing, but there are a few good aspects to grasp at, the main one being the tasty guitar solos. Think DragonForce – they were darned powerful in parts, and if you like heavy guitar or head-banging then it’s probably pretty ace. The album opens with a track reminiscent of the thrash metal greats, and gradually builds a huge energy through variations in pace and intensity. Yet it’s these aspects which kinda serve as a bit of a down-buzz, as the album is so similar in nature to their contemporaries, such as Disturbed and Slipknot, that it feels like a copied sound. Certain songs with their mix of screamo and melodious singing sound like Slipknot’s Psychosocial, and the album cover is so close to those by Disturbed that it is actually ridiculous. Now, I’m a fan of the likes of Metallica and the aforementioned bands, but this album is certainly not going to get near classic status, nor is it going to spurt any amazing singles. I was frustrated that almost every song was in the same key and it was really quite boring and only good to get you in the mood for an angry gym workout. It’s a pity they left the one real song to the end of the album, for if I wasn’t reviewing it, I’d have never reached it – ZANE POCOCK



Spookers review “I was pretty sure I’d made a deal with myself that I would never go to Spookers,” writes JORDAN HARRINGTON. “Call me crazy, but paying to have the life scared out of me wasn’t really on my bucket list. But when I was given the opportunity to get in for free, how could I say no? And, as it turns out, it was a pretty unforgettable night out”. We started with Claustrophobia; an attraction that didn’t sound too traumatising if you didn’t mind small, dark spaces – which unfortunately most of us did. At the entrance to the shipping container that housed the attraction, we were confronted by an extraordinarily large woman (I think it was a woman) in a hospital gown with half her head bloody and tattered, and an unnatural fascination with hair ties. Needless to say: if we’d had our hair pulled back, it didn’t stay that way for long. And so, we went in. The boys one by one; girls two by two. Squeezing through inflated walls, ducking to avoid the roof caving in above us and trying to run from not so phantom touches, all in pitch black, we made it through quickly and moved on.

The Haunted House Deep within the walls of the Kingseat Sanitarium, the Haunted House was the next stop on our scary night out. Met by a madman with fiery red hair and a face covered in fresh third degree burns (grabbing us by the hair and throwing us across the room) we made our way through the gruesome, terrifying rooms of the house. Ryan was thrown into the dentist’s chair and taken to with pliers by the bloody dentist. I was gripped by the back of the neck and held captive in the ballroom with a giant man in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre mask breathing into my ear. The actors must’ve taken a liking to Siobhan as they kidnapped her several times. Noone wanted to be at the front of the group, knowing that being the first to enter a room could be disastrous. We had been screamed at, insulted, roughed up and scared out of our wits by the time we came out at the other end.

Disturbia Next we went to Disturbia – formally known as the 3D Vortex. We were told the rules, given 3D glasses and sent on our way. Fluoro paint and trippy images made it hard to tell where one room stopped and the next began. Walls and floors bled into one another and distorted so much that you had to feel ahead to make sure there was solid ground to move onto.

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And then there were the clowns. Now, I don’t like clowns at the best of times, but when they’re jumping out from the walls, screeching in my face and giggling like maniacs intent on killing me, you could say I came dangerously close to peeing my pants. Needless to say we bolted outta there pretty quick.

CornEvil Last but most definitely not least was CornEvil, the attraction that puts you in the middle of a horror movie. And a terrifying one at that! While we waited in line, we were antagonised by a bloodied-up, slack-jawed yokel girl and a loud man with a machete. Who also happened to be looking after a feral prisoner whom he would occasionally let loose. When it was finally our turn to head through, we were pretty darn nervous. Again we were lead through the rules. No touching props or actors. Put your hands up and yell stop. Yadda yadda. And then we were off. First heading through what looked like a base camp, I was forced to my knees by the man and, with his machete held to my neck, was told to bark like a dog in front of everyone waiting in the safety outside the gates. We moved quickly through the corn, stopping briefly only to argue over which way to turn next. Chris at the front, Nicole and Kate in the back and me snuggled tightly in the middle; we ran into an old woman wailing in a cemetery, a huge man in a leather mask who attacked us for choosing the wrong door out, and a prisoner feasting on the flesh of another person. Next came the chainsaw. We didn’t actually see the chainsaw or the person wielding it, but the moment we heard the revving of the motor we ran like our lives depended on it.



Walk in. Freak out Oh, then there was The Island, where Spookers takes it to a whole other level. No going soft, no stopping, no mercy. I won’t tell you anymore; you’ll just have to find out for yourselves. If you’re looking for a good scare, an adrenaline rush or just a little something different, Spookers is definitely worth checking out; and at a reasonable price, you can stick to the one attraction or feast your eyes on everything they have to offer. And kudos to James Aaron, Liselle Irwin, Adam Blackburn, Hiroshi Ochiai, Jess Nutely and Jodie Lodge for their amazing performances and for scaring us all silly.

Jordan and her mates went to the R16 attractions at Spookers, but there are others available to all ages. Check for all the details on NZ’s only ‘haunted attraction scream park’, in Karaka, Auckland.


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yan Sinclair

TITLE: KILLZONE 3 FROM: GUERRILLA FOR PS3 Killzone 3 is perhaps the most technically superior first person shooter on any console. The gameplay is polished, the graphics are jaw- dropping in places and the grandeur of the setting is amazing. Sounds like it should be topping the game of the year lists right? Not quite. Unfortunately the narrative for Killzone 3 just lacks that something special to lift it to dizzying heights. The presentation is awesome – in Hollywood movie style, but on a whole the story is quite generic and a little bland. Don’t let that hold you back though – Killzone 3 is a far superior game than Killzone 2 and should take pride of place in your PS3 collection. It’s a quality single player campaign and the online multiplayer is generally a flawless experience. Using the Helghast weaponry is a real treat. The game also supports PlayStation Move and 3D televisions, neither of which I was able to experience at the time of writing this review.

TITLE: DR. KAWASHIMA’S BODY AND BRAIN EXERCISES FROM: NAMCO BANDAI FOR: XBOX 360 KINECT From the man who brought us Brain Training and Maths Training on the DS comes a new game that is designed to get your body moving and your brain cells doing the same. Body and Brain Exercises requires an Xbox Kinect sensor to play and delivers a program of over 20 exercises that measure, track and try to improve your ‘brain age’. These exercises involve such activities as recognising patterns, moving your arms to match a given time on a clock face and making hand signals to solve maths equations. Some of the exercises are a bit hit and miss but a few are good enough to keep you coming back to try and improve your scores. There is multiplayer action for up to 4 people but that would require quite a bit of lounge space to accommodate flailing limbs.

TITLE: MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3: FATE OF TWO WORLDS FROM: CAPCOM FOR: PS3 ALSO ON: XBOX 360 It’s been just over 10 years since the characters of the Marvel universe mixed it up with the myriad of Capcom fighters and that’s way too long. I tend to break fighting game fans down into two general groups – those who like the Tekken and Dead or Alive style of fighting and those who like the Street Fighter style. Marvel vs Capcom 3 is definitely for the Street Fighter fans out there with its innovative cartoon-style presentation and 2D/3D graphics, multi-combos and countering that requires a certain amount of mind-reading. As with any Street Fighter game, the fighting is easy to pick up and play, but hard to master. Personally, I’m a Tekken fan from way back and have always totally sucked at Street Fighter – but I recognize a quality game when I play one and MvC 3 has been heralded amongst fans as one of the best yet.

TITLE: BULLETSTORM FROM: PEOPLE CAN FLY FOR: XBOX 360 ALSO ON: PC, PS3 The considerable media hype that preceded Bulletstorm’s release boasted that this first-person shooter had innovative, unprecedented gameplay (or words to that effect) and the teaser trailers made it quite an attractive prospect. Bulletstorm has you playing as one of a pair of elite peacekeepers abandoned on a futuristic utopian planet with hordes of flesh-eating mutants. Armed with your fists, feet and an arsenal of weaponry you must fight your way off the planet and exact revenge on the man you put you there in the first place. Combat is based on a “kill with skill” system as you gain points for finding innovative ways to finish your enemies. Plant a boot to their mid-section to send them flying, fill them full of lead and impale them on a cactus. That action slows down so you can work out how you are going to score the most points. It’s fun, but only for a short time before the action becomes so repetitive that you actually dread moving on to the next area. Bulletstorm has its merits, but it’s certainly nothing to write home about.

Tearaway’s Gaming Guru Ian Knott reviews the latest games - it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! Xbox Live & PSN Gamertag: Notian

TITLE: APACHE AIR ASSAULT FROM: ACTIVISION FOR: XBOX 360 ALSO ON: PS3 Flight simulations are few and far between on gaming consoles. That never used to be the case several years ago but developers seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that flight sims are just better played on a PC with a flight stick and multitudes of keys at your disposal. Enter Apache Air Assault – it’s not for the easily frustrated and requires a fair bit of time to master the sensitive control method of the Apache AH-64 and several variations of it. If your patient enough then there’s some quality gaming to be had as you defend civilians from heavily armed pirates off the coast of Africa, hunt down terrorists in the mountains of central Asia, engage in aerial combat over the jungles of Central America and more. With 2 player local co-op or 2-4 players online, console owning flight-sim fans should definitely give this a look.

TITLE: DRAGON AGE II FROM: BIOWARE FOR: XBOX 360 ALSO ON: PS3, PC In Dragon Age II you are thrust into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to become the most powerful character on the Dragon Age world. It’s up to you to mold his destiny in this in-depth RPG. Those who have played the excellent Dragon Age Origins will feel instantly at home in Dragon Age II and newcomers will find this an ideal entry point to the series. Much like Origins the game starts off a little slow, but this is a game that rewards the patient as it doesn’t really start paying serious dividends until a couple of hours into it. The storytelling is epic and the graphics superior to Origins, but BioWare have changed the inventory system which didn’t help the game overall. It’s a familiar predicament where things are changed for fear of being branded ‘the same’. Ultimately Dragon Age II is well worth investing some time in this coming Winter.




TITLE: FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION FROM: EA SPORTS FOR: XBOX 360 ALSO ON: PS3 Fight Night has been an extremely successful franchise for EA Sports and Fight Night 4 was widely considered the pinnacle in the series. Fight Night Champion is a very similar game in terms of the boxing simulation apart from some refined punching accuracy control. Where previous titles have focused on the fighting itself, Fight Night Champion is all about the career mode and taking your boxer, fresh out of prison, from rags to riches and through a storyline that involves guts, glory and corruption. This really is the total package and if you choose not to use the generic boxer then there is an amazing roster of over 50 licensed boxers to chance your arm with. Fight Night Champions is excellent if you’re looking for that little bit more realism from your boxing sim, not in terms of the boxing itself, but in the world that drives pugilists and their sport.

TITLE: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 FROM: KONAMI FOR: XBOX 360 ALSO ON: PC, PS3, PS2, PSP, WII, 3DS I remember when the first PES came out they correctly changed it to Pro Evolution Football for all the PAL territories, but unfortunately it’s ‘soccer’ for everyone now. I guess PES looks and sounds bettered than PEF. Anyway, the series has long been considered the superior football simulation amongst fans and players and I am inclined to agree. But EA Sports’ Fifa franchise has chipped away at its mantle to become, in my opinion, the better game. Don’t get me wrong, PES 2011 is a beautiful footballing experience but I believe it’s taken the realism a bit too far, making the game difficult to just pick up and play without spending a long time mastering the many variables. Despite looking amazing, the players don’t have as many animations as Fifa does and shooting for goal I found to be horribly frustrating. The default camera view is something you’ll want to change immediately too. There are great additions though including a nice Stadium Building tool. {33}

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NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THE OUTLOOK FOR SOMEDAY IS WELL KNOWN AS ONE OF NZ’S BEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUDDING FILM-MAKERS TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AND HAVE FUN! The challenge is to create a film - up to five minutes in length - on an aspect of sustainability. You can use any kind of camera, and work within any genre - documentary, horror, music video, bromance... or some wack new genre that doesn’t even exist yet! There are loads of amazing prizes and Special Awards up for grabs.

Special Award winner Susan Smirk and The Outlook for Someday ambassador Kirsten Morrell at The Outlook for Someday Awards 2010

Winning film-makers, John Oliver Tait, Lujia Lu and Jason Wordsworth with Mayor of Auckland Len Brown and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman at The Outlook for Someday Awards 2010

Dreaming of a career in the tourism industry? Get a taste of what it's like with the Ultimate Work Experience. Be in to win a day working behind the scenes at one of our country's biggest tourism attractions, Rainbow's End. To enter, answer three questions about the past, present and future of New Zealand tourism. The winners will be those with creative answers that show an understanding of trends in tourism today, and what these trends could mean for tourism tomorrow. If you are one of the lucky two winning students, NZSkillsConnect and ATTTO will fly you to Auckland for a day (if you are from outside of Auckland), meet you at

Go to for all the information you need to enter, and to check out the winning films from last year. Entries must be in by 30 September, so get brainstorming!

the airport and whisk you away to Rainbow's End in VIP style. You'll have the chance to find out how New Zealand's biggest adventure theme park operates and to talk to the senior management team.

This competition is only open to students currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school and aged 15 years or older on 1 April 2011. Go to for all the competition details and to enter. But hurry, because entries close on 30 March 2011.

outside Wellington. Runners-up also receive cash prizes and a package of literary subscriptions. The judge for the 2011 Award is New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate, Cilla McQueen. The winner and shortlisted poets will be announced on National Poetry Day, 22 July.

Lace up your walking shoes, grab your water bottle, and join New Zealanders across the country in The Big Walk 2011! The Big Walk is an event ALL New Zealanders are invited to take part in. Taking place in ten iconic locations around New Zealand on Sunday 3 April, participants choose from a 2.5, 5 or 10 km walk in some of our most beautiful walking spots. All proceeds from The Big Walk will help raise funds for Foundation for Youth Development’s (FYD) youth programmes.

FYD programmes use the great outdoors, inspirational classroom leaders and world class mentors to help kids from age 5 to 18 keep on track, develop confidence and self-belief, and create goals for the future. The cost is $2 for students, $5 for adults or $10 for the whole family. Walks take place in Kaikohe, Auckland, Coromandel, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Tokoroa, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Christchurch and Southland. To find out more visit

The search is on for the best and most original poems from Aotearoa New Zealand’s young writers - so pick up the challenge and liberate your words! The 2011 National Schools Poetry Award is calling for entries from Year 12 and 13 students. You could win a cash prize of $500, plus $500 for your school library. In addition, the winner and nine shortlisted writers will take part in a masterclass with leading New Zealand poets at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters, with flights and accommodation provided for students

The entry deadline is 15 June, so put your most powerful words together and express the world through your eyes. For some tips to get the words flowing, go to: and check out the Poetry Kit. You’ll also find information on previous Awards and how to enter your poem. The National Schools Poetry Award is organised by New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious creative writing programme, the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. {35}

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