Autumn 2022 Active Retirees Magazine - New Zealand

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Fifteen members of Probus Wellington Central signed up for the “Ride the Rails” tour


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SOUTH ISLAND GRAND TOUR 15 Days - $5999 / 13 Days - $5499 / 10 Days - $4799


17 Sep 22, 06 Oct 22, 22 Oct 22, 17 Nov 22, 19 Nov 22, 02 Feb 23, 18 Feb 23, 02 Mar 23, 25 Mar 23, 29 Mar 23,13 Apr 23, 15 Apr 23, 22 Apr 23 Day 1: Home pickup, join luxury touring coach for journey to Wellington via Taupo, Wellington (2 nts Rydges Hotel). 2: Te Papa “Gallipoli - The Scale of War” Exhibit. 3: (13 Day Start) Cruise Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton, continue along east coast via Kaikoura to Christchurch. (2 nts Pavilions Hotel). 4: CHC at Leisure. 5: (10 Day Start) Arthurs Pass, (optional: Tranz Alpine Train $196), Greymouth, Shanty Town - pan for gold, ride Steam Train (1 nt Ashley Hotel). 6: Fox & Franz Josef Glacier (1 nt Bella Vista Fox Glacier). 7: via Haast Pass, Wanaka to Queenstown (2 nts Heritage Hotel). 8: Tour Arrowtown. Evening cruise Lake Wakatipu on TSS Earnslaw, Dinner & Show Walter Peak. 9: Scenic Cruise Milford Sound, Te Anau. (1 nt Distinction Luxmore). 10: Invercargill, Bluff, Optional: Stewart Island. (1 nt Ascot Park Hotel) 11: The Catlins, Dunedin. (2 nts Distinction Hotel). 12: Olveston House, Larnach Castle & Dinner (Exclusive to Gold Club Tours only!) 13: Mt Cook (1 nt iconic Hermitage Hotel). 14: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch (1 nt Pavilions Hotel). 15: At leisure until return flight (inc), met & returned home. *varies on tour & home location.

EAST COAST & ART DECO NAPIER - 8 DAYS $3399 HIGHLIGHTS: 4 Star Accomm, ROTORUA 2 Nt, GONDOLA, TE PUIA GEOTHERMAL PARK, TOLAGA BAY, GISBORNE 2 Nt, LAKE WAIKAREMOANA, NAPIER 2 Nt, ART DECO CLASSIC CAR TOUR! GANNET SAFARI CAPE KIDNAPPERS, WINERY VISIT, LAKE TAUPO CRUISE, TAUPO 1 Nt 21 Aug 22, 28 Sep 22, 26 Oct 22, 15 Feb 23, 15 Mar 23, 19 Apr 23 EX: Auckland, Tauranga + MORE. EX: Wellington, Chistchurch + MORE: Flight Package $199pp - inc return airfares + home pickup & return. Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation $250 per room - inc breakfast (We recommend including pre tour accommodation).


22 Aug 2022, 22 Sep 2022, 17 Oct 2022, 3 Nov 2022, 3 Feb 2023, 1 Mar 2023, 15 Apr 2023 EX: Christchurch. EX: Auckland, Wellington + MORE: Flight Package $199pp - inc return airfares + home pickup & return. Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation $250 per room - inc breakfast (We recommend including pre tour accom).

NORTHLAND COASTS & CAPE - 7 DAYS $2999 HIGHLIGHTS: ALL 2 Night Stays! 3 & 4 Star, HOKIANGA, TANE MAHUTA, MANEA FOOTPRINTS OF KUPE, NINETY MILE BEACH OFF-ROAD TOUR, CAPE REINGA, KERIKERI - STONE STORE & KEMP HOUSE, WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE, Russell - at iconic DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH HOTEL! KAWITI GLOW WORM CAVES 20 Aug 2022, 24 Sep 2022, 09 Oct 2022, 04 Nov 2022, 03 Feb 2023, 04 Mar 2023, 01 Apr 2023 EX: Auckland, Tauranga + MORE EX: Auckland, Christchurch + MORE: Flight Package $199pp - inc return airfares + home pickup & return. Pre/Post Accomm $250 per room - inc breakfast.

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ON THE COVER The Duke of Marlborough has been Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827 and holds New Zealand’s first liquor license.

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The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell


Nature and History combine on D’Urville Island


Looking after your health when travelling


Fifteen members of Probus Wellington Central signed up for the “Ride the Rails” tour


How do you rehydrate when drinking wine? You probably know that alcohol causes dehydration and you’re trying to find the best way to rehydrate quickly


Aoraki Salmon and wine pairings


• Johnsonville • Wellington Combined • Newmarket • Rotorua East Plus many more...

chairman’s message WE are living in challenging times, but together we are strong and resilient. Throughout the past two years, many Probus members have been telling us how much they value their connections with their Clubs and fellow members, more than ever. We applaud Club committees who have found creative, safe ways of gathering. On behalf of the Board and Team in Parramatta, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those members that have taken on the very important responsibility of leading their Club this year. To those that are no longer in office, I thank you for the contribution you have made to your Club’s success. My home is in Brisbane which has been greatly impacted by the recent devasting and tragic storms and floods in Queensland and New South Wales. A catastrophic event like this affects all of us. Thank you to all of you who have reached out to enquire about the health and safety of our team and fellow Probians. Our hearts go out to our Probus members and their families who have suffered from this wide-spread calamity. Life is full of ups and downs. One day, you may feel like you have it all figured out. Then, at a moment’s notice, you’ve been thrown a massive and unexpected test of courage. “Why me?” You would not be alone in asking that question. Learning how to overcome challenges help you remain calm under pressure and enable you to share your knowledge with others facing adversity. We have all experienced some low points over the last couple of years. Some of us may handle or even hide it better than others. But the truth is, whatever you are going through, there are others who have been through it too. In Probus, our members are never alone because our Probus community is such a wonderful source of support and friendship. I recently read an article that provided me with yet another good reason to join my Probus friends for morning tea and

some uplifting and happy conversations. The story said that coffee and tea may reduce the risk of stroke or dementia... The other preventative medicine I personally recommend is laughter. Laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Laughter also works as an effective distraction from things that cause anxiety and anger. The ability to laugh, or at least smile, when times get tough, is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety. While a little stress actually helps to motivate us into action and to focus on the problem, laughter helps us to focus on the solution and achieve more productive outcomes. So, when times get tough - laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. This is why being a member of Probus helps us in every aspect of our lives. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. I encourage all incoming Management Committee members, and in fact, all members to focus on why we joined Probus. We all need Probus fun and friendship to make the most of our retirement. Recently we announced the theme for Probus Day 2022 which is ‘Probus provides unlimited possibilities in Retirement’. Enjoying each other’s company will be on the agenda with planning well underway for Probus Day celebrations which will start on Saturday 1st October and continue throughout the month. We will be celebrating all that Probus offers with so many opportunities for members to stay active, engaged and connected.

Chairman Probus South Pacific Ltd



Our Stay at the Duke By Joan Gestro

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on this outstanding spot is the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, established in 1827 and is the first licensed hotel in New Zealand since the infamous days when Russell was a whaling port. It’s not surprising to hear that this fine hotel won a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Excellence from Hospitality New Zealand. It’s a 19th-century hotel complete with modern facilities and a traditional twist. A lovely spacious restaurant and two large verandas overlooking the Bay, serve an extensive menu and wine list. There’s lots to do and see in this quiet slice of paradise, check it out you’ll be delighted. We felt relaxed as the hotel staff is always there to spoil you. The Duke of Marlborough is just 4 minutes’ walk from Russell Museum and the historic Pompallier House, a few cafes and restaurants to choose from, also a French cafe offering authentic French pastries, and who would want to pass that up! Paihia is a 40-minute drive and 20-minute boat ride across the bay.


TWIN COAST Driving from Tauranga on our way to Whangarei, Cape Reinga and on to the West Coast, was a road trip filled with unusual natural history and cultural folklore. Tauranga to Whangarei is an enjoyable sixand-a-half-hour drive, with the compulsory coffee stops.

Whangarei Be careful where you book for accommodation, going on Google’s information on the three HUNDERTWASSER ART CENTRE.

best motels in Whangarei, the one we chose for the night, left much to be desired. But we didn’t have to look very far for a great place to dine at Quay Restaurant on the famous Whangarei Wharf; great place to wander around restaurants, cafés, gift shops, including an interesting sculpture of a waka. A must stop and explore the amazing new Arts Centre.

Hundertwasser Arts Centre Situated very close to the Wharf, is a must to visit. 30 years after it was first designed, the Gallery is finally open. It takes you through a zany and vibrant artistic trip well worth your while experiencing. Map-marked-alt 81 Dent Street, Whangarei Our next stop; Kerikeri, a stone fruit haven, with many road stalls offering a myriad of fruits and vegetables. And did I mention a chocolate factory.

Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory Map-marked-alt 504 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0293 MOBILE 09 407 6800

Stone Store We visited the Stone Store built in 1832. Lovely spot to relax by the inlet dotted with many boats, enjoy coffee, lunch, a glass of wine on the lawn. 6 | issue 34 • autumn 2022


along the coast of Purerua Peninsula, in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where the Reverend Samuel Marsden arrived and settled in 1814, and where the first grapes in New Zealand were planted. The unique and fertile terroir of the Bay of Islands has 200 years of viticulture history. Peter Cooper, a Northlander at heart, after leaving Auckland, where he worked as a corporate lawyer began to develop this piece of paradise high on the hilltop. The Landing has developed into a multi-million-dollar winery that spans 1000 acres of coastal estate with luxury residences, surrounded by breath-taking views:


The Stone Store built in 1832 by the Kemp family, is New Zealand’s oldest surviving building and is now a New Zealand Historic Places Trust site. The Store, with the neighbouring Mission House now form a small museum.

Marsden Estate Kerikeri We met owners Cindy McIvor and her husband who in 1992 purchased this site planted in kiwi fruit. They eventually decided to create their own vineyard; It was their eureka moment, as from the planting of their first grapes in 1992 they achieved many awards: Home of award-winning food and wine: • Winner Beef And Lamb Excellence Awards 2018 & 2019 • ​Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence 2017 • ​Nissan Champion Trophy Wine Of The Show 2013 • ​Outstanding Northland Winery Of The Year 2010 • ​Fonterra Outstanding • Northland Winery 2009 • ​Winner International Chardonnay Challenge The cellar door is open seven days a week, with lunch and dinner cooked by Chef Dale Gartland. After 25 years, Cindy and Rod are

now ready to pass Marsden Estate on to new owners. The vineyard also caters for special events. Map-marked-alt 56 Wiroa Rd, Kerikeri 0293 MOBILE 09 407 9398 Sad to say, this lovely region of Northland, Kerikeri has also been affected with the border closures; the inevitable closing down of many businesses. Our next port of call, in the Bay of Islands, was the resort and winery on Purerua Peninsula.

The Landing Winery An extraordinary paradise situated

The Boathouse, Gabriel Residence, Vineyard Villa, Cooper residence Peter, with the help of winemakers, Rod McIvor, of Marsden Estate, Ben Byrne and Warren Gibson, working with vines grown in the long Northland summers, grown in ancient clay and sandstone soils, produce perfectly crafted wines. Keith Baker, at the Cellar Door, will guide you through the fine list of wines. Enjoy the culinary creations of Head Chef Jackie Smith; Grazing platters, fine dinner menu, Cellar


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Door lunch and many more delights to whet your appetite. The two-and-a-half-hour vineyard tours vary from $250pp to $450pp including travel on their private boat from Wairoa Bay. Or a 55-minute helicopter ride from Auckland. Map-marked-alt 623 Rangihoua Rd, Purerua Peninsula, Bay of Islands MOBILE 09 300 3685 globe-asia

Sovrano Limoncello: The Vest of NZ Spanning five generations, Andrea and Marzia Loggia are part of a rich history in liqueur making. “We emigrated to New Zealand indefinitely in 2007 from Italy, with the desire to start a limoncello business, my family, and Marzia’s family has been making wine since 1880.” Says Andrea. In 2009, after discovering the best lemons in the Bay of Islands and best pure alcohol in the country, they launched Sovrano Limoncello. Liqueurs including Limoncello Cream, Orangello and Orangello Cream, made with New Zealand milk and local oranges grown in Kerikeri. The product is exported to Australia, China and the United States with the ambition to continue to expand their business, and optimism that the economy will bounce back after the current 8 | issue 34 • autumn 2022

COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea and Marzia recently purchased a local winery, Ake Ake.

Ake Ake Vineyard The first grapes, were planted at Ake Ake Vineyard in 1998. John Clarke and Aynsley Quenault purchased the property in 2004. ​John says “We went to the library and took some books out on how to grow grapes and make wine. Our first two wines from 2005, our first full vintage, both won medals. We set about planting more vines and building a winery we now grow seven varieties and source a few tonnes of grapes from other quality growers. Over the next couple of years, we plan to nearly double our

Chambourcin plantings and we planted 400 new Pinotage in 2015”. ​In 2012 converting the vineyard to Organic grape growing began. Ake Ake Vineyard is the only fully certified Organic vineyard north of Auckland. Andrea Loggia and Marzia, are proud new owners of Ake Ake, having bought the vineyard six months ago. The Cellar Door, Vineyard Trail and the Vineyard Restaurant are open every day. Reservations are essential. Map-marked-alt 156 Waimate North Rd, Kerikeri Northland MOBILE 09 407 8230 globe-asia ​


The Church Missionary Society established a mission in 1823 and New Zealand’s first printing press in 1835. The restored Treaty House at nearby Waitangi was an attraction, a road was built from Õpua. The Rev. Henry Williams was impressed by the tranquil bay and exclaimed in a mixture of Mãori and English, ‘Pai here!’, meaning ‘Good here’. When the Colony of New Zealand was founded in that year, Hobson was reluctant to choose Kororareka as his capital, due to its bad reputation; As MUSEUM OF WAITANGI.


the settlement was notorious for drinking, fighting and prostitution, gaining the name “Hell Hole” instead, Hobson purchased land at Okiato, and renamed it Russell in honour of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lord John Russell. Duke of Marlborough Hotel. We were so looking forward to our next stop; Paihia, with dinner at Zane Grey.


Zane Grey Restaurant on the wharf Wonderful spot, restaurant, bar inside or out on the huge deck with lots of comfortable couches and armchairs. No expense, is spared here. With views over the harbour, we had a wonderful meal on the wharf. A definite must do! A 20-minute ferry ride from Russell, the ferries are very frequent. The restaurant and bar were named after the legendary fisherman - Zane Grey. A bestselling American author, Grey indulged his passion for fishing with many visits to New Zealand. He first visited our Far North shores in 1926 and caught several large fish, including a mako shark. Grey then established a base at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands, which then became a destination for the rich and famous.

OUR VISIT TO HISTORIC WAITANGI On 6 February 1840 Waitangi was the site for the signing of a treaty between Mãori and William Hobson, representing the British Crown. More than 40 Mãori chiefs signed a treaty with the British Crown, but to this day, remains controversial.

Waitangi The Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, together with an additional 1,000-acre land block was gifted to the nation in 1932 by the governor-general,

Lord Bledisloe, and his wife. His intention was to create a national historic site to mark the country’s foundation document. The first Mãori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, Ngãpuhi chief Hõne Heke Põkai soon became disenchanted with the consequences of colonisation. He expressed his outrage by repeatedly attacking the flagstaff on the hill above Kororãreka (Russell) 1844. The British reerected it, but it was levelled twice in January 1845 with a fourth attack on 11 March signalled the outbreak of war in the north. We were planning on going to this historic area but two days before our journey began, national news reported that it had been cut down once again. We went up to the site, the flagstaff was temporarily held in place by three steel rods and the site closed to tourists. As we were exploring the area, to our great surprise and delight, we actually heard Kiwis calling. Comfortable in their habitat, not in the least afraid of human intrusion. That was special! Explore the two new contemporary museums, the carving studio, the Treaty House,

traditional Mãori waka taua (war canoes) and enjoy a full programme.

Paroa Bay Winery Perched high above the idyllic Bay of Islands, it is the Moana (ocean) and Whenua (land) who inform and inspire the menu at Sage Restaurant. From the end of the fishing line cast into the sea to the orchard doors of their suppliers and onsite gardens. Focus is on locally grown and sourced ingredients which combine seamlessly into a uniquely creative brand of New Zealand cuisine. With a broad-ranging menu that features some of the freshest offerings from the ocean — all sustainably fished and line-caught — and some of New Zealand’s world-renowned natural produce, the chefs work to strike the perfect balance between creative flair and allowing their ingredients to be savoured as they are. With all dishes thoughtfully matched from wines directly from their own cellar door, the culinary experience is full-circle. It is a considered and intuitive approach that pervades. issue 34 • autumn 2022




prohibitive on this trip, we settled for the spiritual experience of just being amongst it.

THE WEST COAST On the highway to the West Coast, heading to Dargaville, we came across a pie cart that sold Paua pies... we immensely enjoyed a first, we could have easily eaten a second, thought of our waistlines and decided... no! We were served by a delightful wahine and also filled our water bottles from a freshwater tap at the back of her van. Great service by the roadside.

Dargaville Museum


Sage Restaurant


It is the connection between the breath-taking surroundings and the menu that sets Sage apart — one of the most beautiful natural environments on the planet. Paroa Winery have a new wine maker on-site working on the latest harvest to produce a vintage due out by the end of the year. Watch this space!

We were looking forward to taking selfies under the Lighthouse at the farthest extremities of New Zealand, and casting our eyes, once again, on the meeting of the waters of the South Pacific and Tasman Sea. A very spiritual sight to behold, as we had already witnessed this place on a previous trip in good weather, therefore, we can vouch for that. A visitor to this place is in for an amazing treat. As the weather was

MANGONUI We loved Mangonui, it’s a quiet sleepy little town, great browsing through the shops and a great restaurant by the seafront. We had salad loaded with tender prawns, fillet steak with wine to match, served by a most informative and attentive waiter. The iconic Mangonui fish shop, on the wharf, often thought of as the best fish and chips in the country, we, of course, totally agree! As we can speak from experience, lunching on the best fish; lightly battered, cooked to perfection, very succulent indeed. The fish shop is built out onto the water, relaxing, lovely spot, we’ll be back to the famous Mangonui Fish Shop. Be aware of the hungry, cheeky seagulls. 10 |

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The world-renowned Dargaville Museum is a fascinating mustsee attraction. Located in Pou Tu o Te Rangi Harding Park with its magnificent views overlooking the district, town and the Northern Wairoa River. Dargaville Museum tells the fascinating stories of the Kauri Coast: from early Maori life represented by the 16-metre pre-European waka, the replica gumdiggers camp, shipwreck relics, to the masts of the ill-fated Greenpeace protest ship, the Rainbow Warrior.


Waipoua Forest and Tãne Mahuta

We can post no compliments about the food the local pub offers.

Our walk in Waipoua Forest, on the main highway to the Hokianga, not far into the walk, suddenly brought us face to face with Tãne Mahuta... ‘Lord of the Forest’. When you catch your first breathtaking view of this magnificent tree, you can almost feel Tãne Mahuta’s strength and ancient presence, and its overwhelming size made us look like dwarfs. A moving and spiritual experience!

Hokianga We were on the last leg of our Far North, Twin Coasts experience. We caught the car ferry to Opononi, on the Hokianga harbour, where Opo the dolphin lived and died. Opo was a bottlenose dolphin who became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1955/56 for playing with the children... Her death was reported

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort


nationwide, and she was buried with full Mãori honours in a special plot next to the Opononi War Memorial Hall. At Opononi Point there once was a generous expanse of soft sand where light planes used to land; In 1920, Fred Ladd’s plane landed on the beach near here. Typical of much of the Hokianga erosion is taking its toll and the quantity of sand is now much reduced. One can still see sand dunes on the distant hill around the harbour.

ESCORTED TOURS Scenic Southern Splendour

Southern Explorer

Featuring overnight Doubtful Sound cruise Departs 19 Oct 2022, 20 Jan 2023 8 days | $4299pp share twin

Fly to Dunedin (3 nights) full of Scottish Heritage, visit the Albatross Colony, Botanic Gardens and Chinese Gardens, lunch at Larnach Castle. Coach through The Southern Scenic Route – The Catlins. Off the beaten track and through rural heartland and rugged coastlines! Overnight Invercargill, fly to magical Stewart Island (2 nights). Explore Oban and enjoy cruise of Paterson Inlet, Ulva Island. Back to Invercargill and join our coach for the short journey to Queenstown (2 nights), sights Arrowtown and farewell cruise including Gourmet BBQ dinner to Walter Peak. Includes return airfares from Auckland/Tauranga/Wellington/ Christchurch (prices available for other centres), all breakfasts & dinners, some lunches, full size touring coach, quality accommodation, all sightseeing mentioned, experienced Tour Manager. FREE home pick up and return from Auckland/ Tauranga/Wellington/Christchurch (conditions apply).

Queenstown (2 nights) including sights, TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak dinner cruise, coach to Manapouri and through Wilmot Pass to join our overnight cruise to the unspoiled and unforgettable Doubtful Sound. Twin share cabins with private bathrooms, stunning scenery, onboard nature guide. Coach via Riverton, visit Te Hikoi Museum featuring life size displays and engaging stories of how our Maori and European ancestors adapted to survive on natures edge. Invercargill (2 nights) including visit to Bluff, enjoy a visit with lunch at Bill Richardson Transport World, (optional day trip to Stewart Island). Travel through spectacular Catlins to Dunedin (2 nights) including sights and guided visit to Olveston House. Includes return airfares Auckland/Tauranga/Wellington and Christchurch. Quality accommodation, sightseeing, full size touring coach, overnight cruise Doubtful Sound, all breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches. FREE home pickup and return within a 25km radius Auckland/Tauranga, Wellington or Christchurch Airport. Ask about costs from other centres.

Featuring Hurunui Garden Festival

Departs 26 October 2022 7 days | $3999pp share twin from Auckland/Tauranga/ Wellington | $3650pp share twin from Christchurch Fly to Christchurch (2 nights) special Tramcar Dinner, sights (optional day trip to Culverden Fete), morning tea Iron Sculpture Park. Travel through Weka Pass on a heritage train. Hanmer Springs (3 nights). Visits to homesteads and gardens throughout the area, spectacular landscaping, artworks and owners on hand to share their visions with you. Enjoy entry to the renowned hot springs. Coach to Kaikoura with lunch including crayfish (if available) and onto Blenheim for overnight. Visit the Omaka Aviation Museum with its WW1 and WW2 exhibits. Lunch and glass of wine at a vineyard before flying back to home ports. Including airfares from Auckland/Tauranga/Wellington and Christchurch. Quality accommodation. All breakfasts & dinners. Some lunches and morning teas. Visits to a variety of gardens. Full size quality coach. FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland, Tauranga or Christchurch areas (conditions apply).

Our tripping around the Far North, was a bit of a whirlwind. If you are time rich, I would suggest, take a little longer and enjoy the peace away from the madding crowd. Bon voyage! 

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Including Stewart Island Departs 18 April 2022 – Limited Seats 8 days | $4149pp share twin

Hanmer Springs Springtime Gardens

The hotel’s lounge bar is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi in public areas, spa services, and laundry facilities. There’s also the convenience of self-parking. With a stay at this 4-star Omapere hotel, you’ll be 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Pakia Hill Lookout, the sand dunes, from where you can slide down to the beach to your heart’s content. and 3.2 km (2 mi) from Opononi Beach. Map-marked-alt State highway 12 Omapere MOBILE 0800 358 888

Southern Vista

Featuring Dark Sky experience at Aoraki/Mt Cook Departs 28 Sep 2022, 14 Feb 2023 - Seats Limited 8 days | $4080pp share twin from Auckland/ Wellington or Tauranga 6 days | $3495pp share twin from Christchurch Fly to Christchurch (2 nights), visit French township of Akaroa, Giants Garden and dinner on the Tramcar Restaurant. Onto the scenic Aoraki/Mt Cook, stay at the Hermitage (2 nights). Voted the world’s largest International Night Sky Reserve we enjoy an experience we will long remember (weather dependent). Take a turn at the telescope to see the stars and planets as we thought never possible. Enjoy a 3D presentation in the Dome which sits alongside the Sir Edmund Hilary Museum. We leave this incredible area and head to Wanaka before on to Queenstown (3 nights). Day trip to Glenorchy and TSS Earnslaw cruise and gourmet BBQ dinner at Walter Peak. Includes return airfares from Auckland/Wellington/Tauranga (Christchurch passengers join on Day 3 and fly back from Queenstown). Quality accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners, some lunches. Quality full size touring coach and experienced driver, Tour Manager from Auckland back to Auckland. All sightseeing including Dark Sky Experience and Dome Presentation. FREE home pick up & return Auckland/Wellington/Tauranga or Christchurch areas.

Wellington Wearable Arts DON’T MISS OUT on this iconic show – back bigger and better than ever!

Departs 29 Sep, 4, 6 and 11 Oct 2022 4 days | $1999pp share twin Already selling fast! Return airfares from Auckland/Tauranga or Christchurch to Wellington, stay three nights at the central Novotel Hotel (all breakfasts and dinners included). Platinum Plus seats to the amazing Wellington Wearable Arts with two hours of nonstop entertainment. Day trip to scenic Wairarapa including Greytown and Martinborough with lunch and wine tasting under the vines. FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland, Tauranga or Christchurch areas. Book now as only limited seats already on some departures.

East Cape Panorama

Departs 15 Oct 2022, 7 Feb, 8 Mar, 2 Apr 2023 6 days | $2499pp from Auckland, 6 days | $2599pp from Tauranga, 7 days | $2799pp from Wellington or Christchurch Fly to Auckland (overnight). Coach through to Whakatane for overnight. Pacific Coast Highway – an epic stretch of road with picture postcard views of Opotiki, Te Kaha, Whanarua Bay to Hicks Bay Motor Lodge for overnight with magnificent views. Follow the rugged coastline through to Te Araroa, Ruatoria. Lunch at Tokomaru Bay then onto the wharf at Tolaga Bay. Gisborne (2 nights), Wainui Beach and the famous Eastwoodhill Aboretum. Coach to Rotorua for overnight before heading back to Auckland via Hamilton. Return airfares and 1 night accommodation in Auckland, full size touring coach, quality accommodation, all breakfasts, dinners and some lunches, sightseeing, free home pick up and return Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch*. (Conditions apply).

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D’URVILLE ISLAND Words by John Bishop


up the first morning our tour party was at the Wilderness Lodge on D’Urville Island I looked out the window to see a family of four weka feeding on the lawn. They were both oblivious to the humans peering at them and unafraid. Later, they were curious enough to approach, no doubt looking for a feed. They are part of the joys of seeing wildlife in the wild. On the five days I was on the island and the surrounding waters, we saw king shags, cormorants at sea, seals on rocks, saw and heard robins, kakas and tuis on land, ate plenty of fish, but didn’t spot any deer although they are on the island. D’Urville is free of possums and rats but there are stoats and their eradication is controversial because some property owners won’t have strangers of any kind walking across their land. Wilderness Lodge in Catherine Cove set in 200 hectares of regenerated bush is the major accommodation with beach front units and two large baches. Units are clean and comfortable but it’s not a luxury stay. Meals are provided in the licensed café where Cathy Tatnell, a chef who previously had charge of the kitchen at a Nelson vineyard, presides. Cathy’s partner Craig operates a water taxi and does fishing charters. They’ve been here for two years and chose the life because they wanted a business where they could work together. I am here with Driftwood Ecotours, 12 |

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a Kaikoura based tour operator started in 2004 by Will Parsons who’d previously been a farmer around Blenheim, and his wife Rose whose family connections to the area go back to the 1860s. D’Urville Island is now their most popular tour and Will tells me he has done it 30-40 times now. “That kickstarted my passion,” but it was his wife Rose’s idea to turn his passion into a business. “We realized that people needed to know about the lagoon and the beauty it contained. “We started bespoke tours with

one or two people – almost all international tourists passing through the area who took time to go on an interesting walk with us.” Some time later, and now based in Kaikoura, they started Driftwood Ecotours which operate across New Zealand. D’Urville Island was named by the French explorer, Jules Dumont D’Urville who made two explorations around parts of New Zealand in the 1820s and 1830s – after Cook but before we were claimed as a British colony. It’s about 30 kms long and 10kms


daughters aged 13,15 and 17 are at boarding school. The youngest is at home. To live here, she tells the group ,“you have to love yourself.” It’s a very seductive place. “You get beaten down by the winds, and then they stop, and the sun breaks out and it’s magic.” 

wide and about 40-50 people live on the island, the population varies a bit according to which of the owners are in residence. Terry Savage and his wife Sue live here because they like the life including the solitude and the isolation. He’s a seafarer who came ashore and had the place as a holiday home in the days when he was working at the old NZMC factory in Nelson.

Outdoors types like our tour group revel in the connections with nature. Our tour party of eight is mostly over 70 years of age, and for one member this is her 70th birthday present. The delights of the island for nonecologists are in the people and their stories. We talk to Becs Forgan who runs a sheep and beef farm at Patuki with husband Gus. Two of their three

GETTING THERE Go by boat, your own or a charter, from Picton, Nelson or Wellington. Cars and foot passengers can cross by ferry from French Pass on the mainland to the jetty at Kapowai on the island.

John Bishop is a Wellington based travel writer. He visited D’Urville Island as a guest of Driftwood Ecotours.


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🛌 Get lots of rest


The desire to travel remains strong across Aotearoa New Zealand and travellers now recognize in a COVID world, avoiding illness when hitting the road requires some additional safety precautions. Here we’ve pulled together some easy tips to help you get out and about, so you can stay healthy while you enjoy our amazing country. Whatever you do, be sure to get out there in the next few months because plane loads of our international friends will soon be here to enjoy all that Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer.

Wear a mask

FACE-HEAD-BANDAGE Travel only when you’re feeling well

We’ve all been there: waking up with a cough or running nose, not feeling rested— yet, not wanting to miss out on that next holiday. It’s important to listen to our bodies and only travel when we are feeling well. If you have any questions about pre-travel symptoms, or are unsure if you should travel, please contact your GP or Healthline before setting out on your journey.

🥕 Eating healthy

We’ve all heard our parents say it at some point in our lives (and chances are you’re the one saying it to the little ones in your whānau now): eating a balanced diet is one way to help you stay healthy while on the go. We’ve got you covered during your travels with a new range of vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based food options on our ships.

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HANDS-WASH Wash your hands regularly

MASK-FACE They might be hot and slightly uncomfortable but wearing an N95, KN95, or P20 mask is one of the best things you can do to remain healthy when things like COVID, the common cold, or flu are circulating through the community. That’s exactly why Interislander requires masks when travelling during outbreaks— to help our staff and customers travel safely at a time when we know there are a lot of people unwell in the community.

Travelling when you’re tired could put you at a greater risk of getting sick. Getting lots of rest before and while you travel will allow you to make the most of your holiday but even a little perk like the Interislander Plus Lounge can help recharge the batteries. The Plus Lounge is an 18+ environment where you can enjoy upgraded seating, complimentary food, and drinks with the best hosts sailing the Cook Strait. For those not fussed about free food and drink we also have a new, improved Queen Charlotte Lounge aboard the Kaitaki offering a quiet, child-free place to relax and enjoy the view.

Thinking back to when you were young and taught to wash your hands... singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice or reciting the alphabet means our hands are washed in a way that destroys any viral particle or bacteria we may have picked up. It’s a simple act we can each do to help keep our vulnerable whānau safer and continue the enjoyment of travelling.

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By Mick Calder, Probus Wellington Central

FIFTEEN members of Probus Wellington Central signed up for the “Ride the Rails” tour starting in Christchurch on 22 July and hosted by Pete Salvesen and John Anderson of Endeavour New Zealand. There were some concerns that the rain deluge and slips the previous weekend might mean a change of plans, but all was well.

Day 1: Assemble in Christchurch It took a bit of juggling to get all of the team to assemble at the Golden Star Motel in Christchurch on time as some took the ferry and a leisurely drive while the main contingent chose to fly. True to form they were met at the airport by tour guide Pete Salvesen, and transferred to the motel by minibus. He demonstrated his attention to his client’s welfare by going back to the airport to pick up one stray from a later flight and the rental car users. The trip began with a visit to the local Speights Ale House for the Endeavour tour’s ‘Meet and Greet’, which allowed us to get to know our hosts Pete and John, plus transport 16 |

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coordinator Roger Greenslade, as well as catching up with mates. The first drink and the snacks were “free” which was a great way to start the trip, especially when that was on top of a complimentary bottle of wine and some fudge in our motel room.

Day 2: TranzAlpine to Greymouth and back The TranzAlpine train leaves Christchurch at 8.15 am so the team were up at sparrow-fart to board our minibus for the five

minute ride to the station. KiwiRail improved the experience of the trip across the plains and foothills with their commentary on the geomorphology of the area which added to our information. We needed to pay attention to answer the travel trivia quiz distributed by Pete. He told us that the winner would receive a chocolate fish. The journey through the foothills and the Waimakariri Gorge showed us some of the effects of the heavy rain earlier as the rivers were swollen and discoloured



by the excess sediment from all the slips and slides. This section, between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass is considered a masterpiece of railway engineering and according to Kiwirail is the section for which the TranzAlpine is most famed. The commentary advises that during the ascent to the high plains of Craigieburn, there are 16 short tunnels and four dramatic viaducts, including the 72-metre high Staircase Viaduct. We had five minutes to admire the chilliness of Arthur’s Pass while extra engines were added for our dive down the 1 in 33 incline through the Otira tunnel. Actually it is one engine for extra power and another for backup in case of breakdown in the tunnel. The tunnel opened in 1923 completing the last section of the railway through to the West Coast. We made it through without incident, paused to shed the engines and trundle on to Moana and the picturesque Lake Brunner. Further on the Grey River was somewhat swollen as well but nothing to be concerned about.


The schedule allowed us an hour in Greymouth and while some went in search of tourist attractions most looked for food even though there had been a plentiful supply onboard the train. Unfortunately queues formed quickly at most establishments so the eating time was less than satisfactory; not a good look for the hospitality sector. We mounted the minibus for the trip back to Christchurch and were treated to an informative commentary from Pete about the history and geography of Greymouth and the surrounding area – gold, coal, forestry, and tourism along with some subtle hints for answers to his questions. Our first stop was the Otira Hotel with host Lester, an eccentric collector of this and that and one thing and another. Some would call it an antique collection while others

might refer to it as an assortment of second-hand goods. Unfortunately the pub is not licensed so there was no beer. The trip back through the pass and down past the Bealey, Flock Hill, Castle Hill and Porters Pass stirred a few memories. We stopped in Springfield for a stretch and a pee, then cruised past the giant Fonterra dairy factory which is the result of changing land use on the plains with dairy cows replacing sheep, beef cattle and arable cropping. Back in Christchurch at 6.00 pm some of the team opted for takeaways while others trooped down to the Westfield mall to issue 34 • autumn 2022




sample the food variety on offer. A great day.


Day 3: Christchurch A free day in Christchurch allowed us to choose our own schedule of activities. Most of us elected to take the tram ride to get a feel for the shape of the city as it is still rebuilding after the earthquakes of 2010 et seq. For past residents of the city, it was a matter of finding a couple of familiar landmarks like the Bridge of Remembrance and Ballantynes while trying to adjust to some of the new structures in between. The new library in the Square impressed visitors with the open layout and the light, plus the lookout over the city from the roof gardens. Pete was on hand to satisfy most tourism wishes providing transport for some going to the Air Force Museum or to see the remaining devastation in the northeast parts of the city. To our delight Endeavour Tours provided us with a complimentary continental breakfast which we and others used as a substitute for our dinner since we were due for an even earlier start for the Coastal Pacific ride to Picton.

Day 4: Coastal Pacific to Picton An early start meant we endured one of those nights of waking up intermittently to check on the time to be sure we did not oversleep. We all turned up in good time for the transfer to the station and settled in for the very scenic journey up to Picton. The trip was made more enjoyable by being in a group of like-minded and friendly old codgers. Personally, it was the first time I had seen the sunrise in quite a few years with the added attraction of a perfectly cloudless day. The low light cast well-defined shadows over the foothills which made for some 18 |

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extensive photographic exercises. The train journey provides a chance to see the engineering feats of reconstruction of the road and rail after the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Some of it is awesome. We arrived in Picton 15 minutes early and quickly transferred to the Picton Yacht Club hotel, which meant that (technically) we had more time to explore the delights of the town. A Covid-19 ravaged tourist town on a Sunday afternoon presents little in the way of interesting activities so for the travellers exhausted after an early start and a full on morning of concentrating to find the answers to Pete’s Quiz the Olympics provided the perfect answer. We congregated at the Irish Pub for drinks before walking along to the Da’s Barn restaurant for a very convivial dinner and a lot more chatter.

Day 5. Picton to Wellington. The last day of our trip was marred by the persistent plurality – it rained a lot. Even so, we all gathered for the launch trip except for one who is prone to motion sickness. A wise decision as the launch moved about quite a lot at the point

where Queen Charlotte and Tory Channels meet. Despite some misgivings about a launch trip in the wind and rain it proved to be a fascinating experience as we visited a mussel farm and a salmon farm with our skipper giving us useful information on the seeding, feeding, growth and harvesting of mussels on the lines hanging from the rows of buoys. We were treated to a generous serving of the fine products and gained some Omega-3. The salmon farm in Ruakaka Bay gave rise to more information about the feeding and harvesting techniques plus advice on the predatory nature of the seals looking for a meal. It may not have been the best weather for feeding the blue cod in Double Cove since the spectators became almost as wet as the fish. However, the general view was that the trip was worthwhile. Back on shore, we wandered along to a local cafe for a bite of lunch, or a place to keep dry, as we waited for the ferry. The trip across Cook Strait was uneventful and we arrived in Wellington to heavy rain. The group thanked Pete and John again for a wonderful trip and we set off home – satisfied. 

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do you rehydrate when drinking wine? You probably know that alcohol causes dehydration and you’re trying to find the best way to rehydrate quickly. Alcohol is a diuretic which means it makes you produce more urine. It does so by blocking the release of a hormone in your brain called antidiuretic hormone (ADH). ADH is released by your pituitary gland, and in normal circumstances, signals to your kidneys to reabsorb water. Because alcohol blocks the release of ADH, it means your kidneys flush out more water. Taking your time, rehydrating slowly is the best approach. One of the most important questions to ask is when to rehydrate after drinking alcohol. Taking your time after a night out and rehydrating over several hours is by far the best approach. That way, your liver is clearing the alcohol from your bloodstream while you continue to rehydrate. Making sure you drink water between each alcoholic drink and also straight after your night out is key. Otherwise, you run the risk of waking up with a hangover and all the symptoms of dehydration that come with it. Drink in moderation and within recommended limits. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions

including food allergies, it is best to consult your doctor before taking food supplements. If you’re a wine lover, looking for more than just rehydration, it’s worth considering Fleck Mineral Water instead of your typical New Zealand drinking/bottled water. Fleck is a mineral water from Queenstown with minerality that’s much higher than other local waters. We correctly think of typical New Zealand water as very pure but it is also lacking in minerals. The health significance of this is not well-appreciated here but as a recent European scientific paper put it, in a nutshell: “Epidemiologic studies completed in different countries by different teams of researchers since 1960 have consistently reported chronic health

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effects of naturally occurring low mineral water or artificially softened water (specifically water low in magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca) or bicarbonates)“ – Kozisek (2020). In 19 EU countries, there are rules or guidelines for calcium and/or magnesium levels in drinking water. Fleck’s calcium levels are more typical of a European bottled water and right in the “goldilocks” zone for content of this key mineral. When you drink Fleck with your wine, its near optimal levels of calcium and magnesium ensure healthy hydration. Another thing, when you drink Fleck alongside our elegant wines, its higher bicarbonate levels buffer acidity, which can help open up some of these wines. Central Otago is the home of Fleck and some of our most elegant wine styles – a perfect match. Enjoy your wine, especially New Zealand wine and look after your body with Fleck Mineral Water. 



and wine pairings

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Champagne is a classic match for coldsmoked salmon, and the appropriately named BillecartSalmon Brut is the perfect match for this member of the Aorangi portfolio. The name is a fortuitous coincidence – the house was established in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon – but the wine they created works particularly well with the fish because it contains a high proportion (40%) of Pinot Meunier, the lesserknown member of Champagne’s vinous trio. Blended with 30% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it adds a stylishly acidic edge that cuts the richness of the salmon while the rounded fruitiness of its fellow grapes plays nicely with the fish’s mouthfilling texture and savoury flavour. Particularly good with the hand rolls.

COLD-SMOKED SALMON SLICES Cold-smoked salmon’s gentle smokiness and whisper of sweetness are nicely accentuated by white wines with well-rounded fruit edged by lively but not-too-assertive acids. This trio fits the bill nicely. Aoraki Cold Smoked Salmon Tournedos Serves 4 as appetisers Tournedos usually refers to wrapping a beef fillet cut in bacon. Many species of fish are excellent to grill but lack a little depth in their taste. Wrapping small fish fillet steaks, in Aoraki cold smoked salmon, adds a subtle smoked, salty sweet flavour.

Ingredients • 200g Aoraki Original Artisan Cold Smoked Slices • Thick fillet of fish (monkfish, ling or elephant fish) • Cherry tomatoes • Salt & pepper to taste • Olive oil • Skewer or toothpicks

Method 1. Cut steaks about 1 inch thick through the fillet. (It’s important not to cut them too thick as it will take longer to cook, which would overcook the smoked salmon). 2. Lay a fair amount of cold smoked salmon out in a strip. 3. Roll the salmon around the edge of the steak tightly. 4. Secure the ends of the strip of salmon with a skewer or toothpicks. 5. Season and grill in a hot pan or BBQ carefully turning each side twice until cooked. 6. Remove skewers and serve with cherry tomatoes that have been blanched and partially peeled. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil.

Helpful hint: It is possible to increase the size of small steaks by placing two back to back and wrapping them together with the cold smoked salmon strips. Skewer together and grill.

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Aoraki Smoked Salmon Hand Roll Serves 4 as appetisers

Ingredients • 100 grams of Aoraki Hot or Cold Smoked Salmon • 4 half sheets of nori • 2 cups of cooked sushi rice • Slices of avocado and cucumber • Sprouts and any other vegetables • 1 tbsp Japanese style mayonnaise ‘Kewpie’

Helpful hint: Once you’ve made a roll, use a pinch of rice to glue the loose end of the nori sheet down.

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Method 1. Place 1/2 a sheet of nori shiny side down diagonally in your nondominant hand. 2. Spread a ping pong sized ball of cooked sushi rice onto the third of the nori closest to you. Do this in the shape of an upside-down triangle. 3. Add the smoked salmon and selected garnish evenly in a line along the center of the rice triangle. 4. With your free hand, fold the bottom corner of nori closest to you snuggly over the rice and roll into a cone. You can serve with a soy sauce (we recommend a citrus soy like Ponzu).


FOXES ISLAND BY JOHN BELSHAM LA LAPINE 2013 It’s Sauvignon Blanc but, as the vintage suggests, not as we know it. Made from hand-harvested grapes, it is fermented with wild yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels before being put aside to rest for a few years before release. Sauvignon Blanc can be a good match for cold-smoked salmon, but the ubiquitous youthful, upfront styles can often be too aggressive for the velvety texture of the fish. It is the spicy, faintly charred notes of the oak that make the difference here, echoing the smokiness on the plate. It’s easy to find dried flower and orange rind characters on the nose, both of them contributing nicely to the match. The taste combination is equally successful. The wine’s well-rounded texture meets the salmon point-for-point, but it retains enough lively acidity to keep everything nicely refreshing. It works well with either of the suggested recipes, but combined with the sort of meaty fish species suggested for the tournedos, it’s a standout.

FORREST ESTATE MARLBOROUGH ALBARINO 2020 Albarino, the ‘great white’ of Spain’s Galicia region, is beginning to make a name for itself in New Zealand, and Forrest Estate is one of the variety’s local pioneers. Once again, it is the notes of dried orange peel in the bouquet that begins the link with the fish. Sliced peach and apricot impressions are content to loiter in the background. Lively acids on the front palate put an edge on the salmon’s rounded texture, while the well-rounded fruit flavours accentuate its savoury richness. A great match for either recipe, or for the salmon on its own, on grainy toast or as part of a green leaf salad.

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MUDDY WATER CHARDONNAY 2018 From Canterbury’s Waipara subregion and the winner of several awards, this no-holds barred Chardonnay has the power to match the equally uninhibited flavours of hot smoked salmon, even in combination with spinach, potato and onion ingredients in the hash. Impressions of pan-roasted hazelnuts, grilled peaches and browned butter on the nose are followed by creamy characters that sit perfectly with the runny egg yolk and mascarpone in the dish.

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With power-packed savoury notes, mouth-filling texture and a tempting melange of flavours, hot-smoked salmon has enough versatility to partner a wide range of white or, unusually for fish, red wines. Go forth and have fun! Aoraki Smoked Salmon Antipasto Serves 4-6 as appetisers The warm months of summer call for hot climate flavours. Fortunately, New Zealand grows some amazing Mediterranean style vegetables with intense flavours. In this dish, slow roasting condenses these flavours and provides a perfect pairing for the sweet, smoky taste of Aoraki Smoked Salmon.

Ingredients • 2-3 packs of assorted of Aoraki Smoked Salmon (Hot or cold smoked) • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes • 1 x capsicum cut into 6 • A dozen or so quality olives (pits in) • 1x small eggplant cut lengthwise • 1 x head of garlic top 1 cm cut off to expose the cloves • 1 x small onion, skin on, cut into quarters • Some Mediterranean herbs, basil, thyme etc • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil • 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone cheese • Sea salt and cracked pepper

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 175° C 2. Toss the tomatoes, capsicum, onion, olives, eggplant and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with sea salt and cracked pepper. 3. Spread out on a tray and place into the oven. Cook for approximately 45 minutes or until soft 4. Choosing a long platter, place the mascarpone in the middle. Create a divot in it and fill with olive oil. 5. Arrange the roasted vegetables and Aoraki Smoked Salmon around the mascarpone and serve with crusty bread slices. 6. For the bread, squeeze the garlic out of each clove to create a creamy spread.



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is World Hearing Month, an annual campaign to promote ear and hearing care worldwide. With a 2022 theme of ‘To hear for life, listen with care,’ this global initiative from the World Health Organisation provides a reminder to get your hearing checked – wherever you are in the world. However, according to new research1 commissioned by Audika, Kiwis are not leading the pack when it comes to looking after their ears. 53 per cent of New Zealanders believe they have some degree of hearing loss – yet only one in four intend to book a hearing test. The primary health concerns 26 |

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for Kiwis are memory loss and dementia (68 percent of participants) – yet 85 percent are unaware of the associated risk between hearing loss and dementia. According to a landmark 2020 study in The Lancet, treating hearing loss early – before or during midlife – is one of 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia. The research also examined the health and happiness of those who wear hearing aids compared to those who don’t, pre-and-post testing. 41 percent of New Zealanders with hearing aids saying they now live a happier life, nearly one in three also reported improved relationships, and one in four said it had made a

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SIT BACK AND RELAX WITH A RECLINER These days most of us are spending more time at home. Because of this, there’s never been a better time to make sure you are making the most of the home you have. Turning your space into a sanctuary where you can feel your most comfortable is more important than ever. One way to add that extra comfort element is to add a recliner to your home.

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RECLINERS come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Choose a recliner that suits your home, from the traditional, yet classic fabric recliner chairs, to more modern and sleek leather recliner suites. Recliners also vary in their functionality - there are your standard manual recliners, but there are also some more advanced recliners that are equipped with powered controls ensuring that you have ultimate comfort in all seating positions with just the push of a button. No matter what recliner you opt for, a recliner allows you to correct your posture through multiple seating positions. You can put your feet up and recline to read a book or watch TV, then when you get tired, you can lie back with your legs up and have a rest without moving from your seat at all. Recliners feature a quiet, smooth and easy operation, making some of life’s more difficult tasks, simple and easy. Some modern designs also combine extra features such as USB ports, cup holders and adjustable headrests, meaning you can create the ultimate lounging experience in your own home. Explore an extensive range of recliner sofas and chairs at your local Harvey Norman Store today. The team at Harvey Norman can assess your needs and help you select the perfect recliner so you can start living life with ease. Shop in-store at one of our 27 Furniture and Bedding stores nationwide or head online to 


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• Being able to adjust your bed can help with health issues such as poor circulation, heart burn and breathing problems. • If you and your partner prefer to sleep in different positions, you can choose a split model. With a split bed base, each side of the bed can be independently moved – one person can have the bed laid flat to sleep while the other can lift the back up and read in bed at the same time. • Another advantage of a split bed is that you and your partner can each select the mattress comfort you desire – even if one person prefers super firm and the other likes their mattress soft, there’s no compromise needed. • The base can be paired with different customisable headboard styles to suit your bedroom décor. Select from upholstered headboards or beautifully crafted timber designs. As well as having movement features, upgraded models have additional functions such as vibrating massage settings, speakers, Bluetooth capability and under bed lighting. You deserve a rejuvenating, restful sleep every night, so head into your local Harvey Norman and let our sleep experts help find the perfect bed for you - an adjustable bed might be just what you’re looking for. Shop in-store at one of our 27 Furniture and Bedding stores nationwide or head online to 

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new retirees literally have a ‘wealth’ of options as they gain access to the funds they have built up over a lifetime. There are many choices to make on how to manage it. The stakes are high, since no one draws down their money more than once, or gets any practice runs before cracking open a nest egg. No pressure, but it will be hard to recover your funds or build them up again if anything goes wrong. The other important thing to know is that people don’t typically spend consistently throughout retirement. There are usually higher expenses early on (as we tick off the bucket list). Spending generally then falls during the middle stage before picking up later in life due to increasing health costs. So, studying our options, planning and getting quality advice become more important than ever. 30 |

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HOW MUCH RETIREMENT MONEY SHOULD YOU USE AT A TIME? The retirement calculator shows just one way to draw down savings, using a rule of thumb called the ‘life expectancy rule’. This means stretching savings for as long as you estimate you’ll live. It’s not the only one, however. The New Zealand Society of Actuaries have offered four rules of thumb that can help us make decisions on how to draw down our funds in different situations:

The Life Expectancy Rule: Each year, take out the current value of your savings divided by your average life expectancy at that time. This is for those who want as much income as possible during retirement and are not focused on leaving an inheritance.

The 6% Rule: Each year, take out 6% of the starting value of your savings. This is

good for those who want to spend more at the start of retirement, when they are more active, and who are not focused on leaving an inheritance.

The Inflated 4% Rule: Take 4% of the starting value of your savings, then increase that amount each year with inflation. This works well for people worried about running out of money, or those who want to leave a legacy.

The Fixed Date Rule: Run down your savings to a set date. Each year, take out the current value of your savings divided by the number of years until that date. This is good for those who are okay with living off of NZ Super after their chosen date.

KEEP YOUR RETIREMENT MONEY IN THREE BUCKETS During retirement, there are three challenges to overcome with the money you have: • Liquidity: For the short term (0–3 years), you need money to live on and cash on hand in case of an emergency. • Income: For the medium term


Spreading funds across all three buckets help prepare for decades of retirement. It all comes down to when you will need to spend the money – and you can invest accordingly to match your needs. You’ll need to review your situation each year and move money from long term to medium term, and from medium to short. This helps to make sure your savings will be there when you’ll need them.

Budgeting for retirement (4–9 years), you need money invested that can spin off a regular income for when you’ll need it. • Inflation: For the long term (10 years plus), you need money invested that can keep up with inflation. Money loses its buying power over time, so in the long term it can’t be just stuffed under a mattress – by the time you’re ready to spend it, it will have lost

much of its value. The solution to these three challenges is to have your savings in three buckets: • The short-term one can hold cash. • The medium-term bucket can be filled with income-producing investments such as bonds. • The third long-term one can hold growth assets such as shares or property.

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retirement with costs such as rent or mortgage payments. These can take up a large portion of retirement budgets. Take basics into account too such as insurance, maintaining the house and car, or replacing a major appliance. Build in some funds for the unexpected, such as dental care. Think about the big things that might need to be paid for later on as well – like a new car, new roof or repainting the house. You can make your retirement budget with our budgeting tool: budgeting-tool#/welcome


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rates of return.The Midlands Income Fund has a Risk Indicator of 1 (low) (2) . Your money is not invested for a fixed term (unless invested in our Wholesale Fund) and whilst we suggest that you should hold the investment for a minimum of 2-years, unlike bank term investments which cannot always be broken without cost, we normally only require five days’ notice of intent to withdraw. Established in 2004, Midlands Funds Management Limited is licensed by the Financial Markets Authority as a manager of registered schemes that invest in loans secured by first mortgages and overseen by an independent supervisor, Trustees Executors Limited.

Why do borrowers come to Midlands?


and foremost, our team of specialists have you at the heart of everything we do! We have the opportunity to be close to each and every one of our investors. Midlands has nearly 800 investors and over $100 million in funds under management. As an investor your funds are pooled with other investors in the Midlands Income Fund. The Fund provides investors with quarterly cash income which can be added to your investment OR assist in topping up your income. The Fund targets (but doesn’t assure) a pretax return of 2.5% to 3.0% above New Zealand registered bank 1-year term deposit rates (for the quarter ended 31 March our annualised pre-tax return was 4.80%(1)). Our experienced team of professionals ensure that your investment is carefully, responsibly and expertly managed. This diligence is reflected in our consistent returns and low default rate. Many of our directors, shareholders and staff are invested alongside you in our funds.

Where is your investment placed? The Fund invests in a quality diversified loan portfolio secured by first ranking mortgages over residential, commercial, and rural land and buildings spread throughout New Zealand. A balanced portfolio is maintained across sectors, mortgage types, Loan to Value Ratios (LVRs), servicing capability, exit strategies, interest rates, maturity dates and locations. The Investment Committee adjusts the strategy depending on our market view, sector preferences and risk-reward dynamics. As at 31 March the portfolio had a weighted average LVR of 47% with no sector’s weighted average LVR above 50%. Most of our loans are on a floating rate basis.

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RETIREMENT VILLAGE INDUSTRY INVESTMENT The thriving senior living sector continues to enjoy sustained growth driven by significant demand from the baby boomer generation. It’s a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down as life expectancy also increases. And one which offers a long-proven record of generating attractive income for Kiwi investors.


key target population for retirement villages is those aged 75+. According to Statistics New Zealand, in 2020 there were estimated to be almost 332,000 residents in this bracket. This key demographic is forecast to increase greatly – creating a shift in the structure of the population that will continue to drive increasing demand for the retirement sector. Since 2008, the percentage of 34 |

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New Zealanders aged 75+ living in villages has risen from 8% to 14%. The retirement village industry is New Zealand’s largest supplier of new dwellings and contributes significantly to easing the shortage of new housing. John Jackson is the Executive Director of Senior Trust Retirement Village Income Generator and has been involved in investment in the sector for 22 years. He believes the current surge in demand reflects

the concerns of many senior New Zealanders about social isolation, security, and a desire for a good quality of life in their golden years. Currently in New Zealand, 422 villages provide a total of 36,500 dwellings - the six largest retirement village operators are Ryman, MetLife Care, Oceania, Summerset, BUPA and Arvida. These key players compete for market share with large scale retirement villages in major cities. Expected growth will put the total retirement village population at just over 81,000. Significant development activity is forecast to match this growth. Unlike many other industries, senior living development and investment opportunities have proven to be unaffected by the pandemic. A significant trend is the growing demand in the regions and welllocated urban areas for boutique, independent villages with a less corporate, more intimate, and more innovative experience and service. Many independent operators offer elevated levels of facilities and services in stunning locations – defined as naturally occurring retirement communities (NORC). Their climate and recreational opportunities attract a high proportion of retirees. Senior Trust focuses on this segment of the retirement industry by supporting and funding experienced, capable retirement village operators who deliver high quality retirement villages at the premium end of the market. It focuses on loaning to villages in NORC locations which are becoming increasingly popular with discerning seniors seeking the best for their retirement. Senior Trust builds wealth and wellbeing, by investing in premium, retirement assets that deliver attractive, solid returns for investors, while creating quality places to live. To help Kiwis live more comfortable lives. 


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steel frame is as light as Sunday sponge cake, resulting in even greater manoeuvrability and outstanding cornering ability. Say goodbye to struggling in and out of a low car, as the Explore’s high seating position not only provides easy entry/exit of your vehicle but also offers excellent visibility. Once you sit inside and gaze out the steep windscreen, your head untouched by the high ceiling, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how spacious it is. Oh, and did we mention the boot is rather generous? More than enough room for your groceries with the rear seats up, while when down, the boot opens to ample space for your prized haul from the local weekend market. Rising fuel prices will be less of a concern in the Explore, powered by its 1.2 litre DualJet engine, as the 5-speed manual gets 4.7 litres per 100 km and the auto 4.9 litres per 100 km*. Not only is the Explore hyper fuel efficient, from 1 April 2022 it will also qualify for the Government’s Clean Car Discount, meaning you can claim $2,490.34 back on a manual and $2,129.48 back on an auto. You’ll feel safe as houses all day long in your Explore, no matter in a bustling city or joyriding the open road. With a host of safety features – including Anti-locking Braking

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Retirement Villages Association (RVA) has recently completed a national programme of meetings with retirement village residents to share its Blueprint for the Future. The blueprint, which was launched last year, includes providing residents with a stronger voice, strengthening the complaints process and working with the Te Ara Ahunga Ora – Retirement Commission (formerly the Commission for Financial Capability) to monitor re-licensing times so best practice standards can be developed. The forums in Tauranga, 38 |

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Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland were chaired by former Seniors Minister and MP the Hon Tracey Martin, who has recently stepped down as an independent member of the RVA’s Executive Committee. RVA Executive Director John Collyns said the meetings were extremely positive and excellent progress was being made with the industry collaborative approach aimed at addressing residents’ concerns and issues. “We understand that a review of any legislation as proposed by the Retirement Commission is appropriate at some time but

we have always felt that more pressing issues currently exist for government,” said Mr Collyns. “The growth of our sector, the fact more than 100 Kiwis are choosing to move into a retirement village every week and the overwhelming satisfaction levels among residents clearly demonstrates we have struck the right balance between robust regulatory oversight and effective self-governance. “However, we accept there is always room for improvement and refinement around certain practices as our sector and our offering evolves. The blueprint sets out the tangible and definitive steps


we will be taking to achieve that goal.” The Blueprint for Change addresses weekly fees (fixed or a predictable increase, ceasing when a unit is vacated), commits to making sure operators re-licence vacant units as quickly as possible, pledges to ensure the terms around transfers to care are transparent, and addresses any perceived or real “unfair” clauses in Occupation Right Agreements (ORAs). Mr Collyns and RVA president Graham Wilkinson attended all forums to give presentations and answer questions. A frequent question was around the role of Statutory Supervisors – who monitor the financial position of a village and the security of residents’ interests. “There appears to be a lack of clear understanding over the legislative role of the Supervisor and the RVA will explore how we can improve awareness and understanding of this,” said Mr Collyns. Other points included the use of ‘re-licensing gains’, transparency around the business income and outgoings and greater ability to FORMER SENIORS MINISTER AND MP THE HON TRACEY MARTIN,

negotiate terms of ORAs. Mr Collyns and Mr Wilkinson addressed all points, providing details wherever possible on where residents could access the information they required. “We agree there is a role for continuously educating operators and residents about the re-licensing process and to encourage best practice including dealing with potential drawn-out re-licensing times,” said Mr Collyns. Ms Martin said the RVA has committed to exploring what more could be done to support a more streamlined transfer to care both inside the sector and where they could with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development. “The retirement villages sector agrees that the move to care should be transparent. The RVA is identifying where improvements can be made, and will work with operators and regulators to ensure the process around the move is as transparent as possible. “It was also acknowledged by both the RVA and residents at the meeting that there could be some more clarity on wording in the ORAs around “intentions” to provide care facilities.” Ms Martin said that following each forum she enjoyed informal

discussions with residents. “There were very few who were not happy with their village and none who wished to leave their village. “At the Auckland forum, a member of the residents spontaneously asked all those residents who felt that their village had kept them safe during Covid to raise their hands. Almost the entire room raised their hands. Residents attending again and again verbalised how happy they were in their villages.” The RVA recently commissioned research into retirement village residents’ degree of vulnerability. “The research covered almost 1,700 residents across 105 member villages. It showed that there was a very small minority of residents who might be considered vulnerable,” said Ms Martin. “Nevertheless, the RVA is launching a trial with Fairway Resolution across 11 Auckland villages with a confidential service to allow residents to discuss any problems no matter how small, with a skilled person.” Due to other commitments, Ms Martin is stepping down from her RVA role with former MP and former Senior Citizens Minister Hon Jo Goodhew taking on the position. 

For more information please contact John Collyns, RVA Executive Director, on 021 952 945 or

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“WHEN YOU ARE ORGANISING A WILL, YOU NEED LEGAL AND FINANCIAL FIRMS WHO UNDERSTAND YOUR SITUATION AND OFFER GREAT ADVICE.” Not all lawyers and financial advisers are the same and we would like your help to know what you think! This year AgedAdvisor New Zealand launches it’s legal and financial services platform for hints, great tips and user-led assistance in finding the legal/financial firms that others like you have been happy with. Aged Advisor Founder, Nigel Matthews, says the site’s growing success is thanks to the thousands of reviewers that take the time

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JOHNSONVILLE PROBUS VISIT MEMORIAL PARK Members from Johnsonville Probus Club visited the Park. The members thoroughly enjoyed the day trip and got to see the beautiful UK memorial tree which comprises the trunks of an English Royal Oak and a New Zealand Pohutukawa which intertwine to form one single canopy.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN A group of 11 members from Wellington Combined Probus Club met for a game of Quiddler. With a new dictionary provided by John as a prize, the members played for the title ‘the best for Scrabble and Quiddler’. It was game on as the members competed against each other for the title. In the end, Sherryl and Denise were presented with 1st and 2nd place.

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PHOTO COMPETITION Members from Newmarket Probus Club decided to have a little fun with their cameras and participated in the Newmarket photo competition. A total of 83 photos were submitted and some of the members decided to judge and choose 3 winners. Members Rosemary, Moyra and Jenny all took first place with their spectacular images. All the members who participated thoroughly enjoyed getting creative by taking pictures.

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FORGOTTEN WORLD ADVENTURE Sixteen members from the Rotorua East Probus Club travelled to Taumarunui to the Forgotten World Adventures for two nights. The members had dinner at the RSA in Taumarunui where they stayed the night. Four members took the option of the 20-tunnel trip on the rail carts. The remaining fourteen members travelled on the Jet Boat for a two-hour ride down the Wanganui River. Once the boat ride had come to an end, a bus picked up the members to join the other four members for lunch. After lunch, they all travelled on the rail carts to the Whangamomona Hotel for the night. The next day, they boarded the bus back to Taumarunui and then home via Lake Taupo.

A VISIT TO THE ROSE GARDEN Members from the Probus Club of Kapiti Coast enjoyed a trip to Rose Garden. Despite a gloomy weather forecast, seven of the members had a lovely trip to see the roses at Wellington Botanic Gardens and lunch at Picnic Cafe. It was warm, partly sunny and dry for a walk down from the Cable Car, then after lunch through Bolton Cemetery to catch the train home. A great day was had by all.

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This year, there was only two things standing in the way of Kaiapoi Combined Probus Club from having a marvellous day. The weather and the Traffic Light Red, New Zealand’s new covid strategy. But the Club were not deterred as they had hired a hall just in case and also arranged for tea and coffee for the members. The event turned out to be a great day. The Club also played a game called "Battle of the Sexes" where the men had to answer questions that ladies would know and vice versa. The ladies won by one point!

Members from Karori Probus Club enjoyed a wonderful meeting, catching up with old friends. Member Julia decided to wear her pearls as she once did back when she cooked on television. A great day was had by all.

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS In 2021, the Combined Probus Club of Kerikeri celebrated their 20th anniversary with a luncheon at Kingston House for 51 members and invited guests. A certificate acknowledging the twenty years was presented by Wayne McDonald the Northern District Chairman to Barbara, the new President for 2021/2022. Neil, Acting President of Rotary congratulated the Club on 20 years of activity since Kerikeri Rotary established the Club. Kingi, the outgoing President spoke about the very first meeting of the Club and how it had expanded to 130 members at one point. Currently, the Club has a membership of 60 members. Judy who was one of the original members and currently still is was asked to cut a 20th year birthday cake. A very pleasant afternoon followed with a beautiful lunch provided by a local catering company.

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Thirty-five members, friends & partners of the Richmond Probus Club spent three days and two nights meandering through the West Coast. The rain was expected but did not stop the members from venturing on their welldeserved trip. The first stop was at Murchison where members enjoyed a hearty morning tea before heading into the Buller Gorge. Some of the highlights of the trip included a 2KM walk at the Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve to view some of the spectacular scenes of the river and surrounding trees. Some members even decided to walk the Tree Tops walk in the rain whilst others enjoyed winding down with a hot coffee at a cosy café. A great trip was had by all.




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