Winter 2022 Active Retirees Magazine - New Zealand

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Doing Central Otago’s rail trail by car instead of by bike delivers all the same sights and experiences with a greater level of comfort.


I travel to the Christchurch region often and frequently dine out. Having got to know what’s on offer I am itching to put it out there.



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Departure: September, October, November, February, March, April

Day 1: Home pickup, join luxury touring coach for journey to Wellington via Taupo, (optional: Northern Explorer Train to Wellington - NZ$199 pp peak season, NZ$159 pp off peak) Wellington (2 nts Rydges Hotel). 2: Te Papa “Gallipoli - The Scale of War” Exhibit. 3: (13 Day Start) Cruise Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton, then continue along east coast (optional: Coastal Pacific Train to Christchurch - NZ$139 pp peak season, NZ$79 pp off peak) via Kaikoura to Christchurch (2 nts Pavilions Hotel). 4: CHC at Leisure. 5: (10 Day Start) Arthurs Pass, (optional: Tranz Alpine Train NZ$199 pp peak season, NZ$149 pp off peak), 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: Day at leisure until return flight (inc), met & returned home. *dependent on tour and home location. (Trains not available on all dates)

EAST COAST & ART DECO NAPIER - 8 DAYS 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 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 Te Rua Manga or The Needle is a mountain on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. It has an elevation of 413 metres above sea level.

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Rarotonga: A wonderland of beaches and azure seas. Abundant fish life. Captain Tama’s Lagoon cruising at Muri Beach. Book now for your winter getaway.


Drive Otago: Why bike ride to Central Otago, when you can choose to go by car.


Christchurch is open. Take a fresh look at Christchurch.The garden city that is open to show you around and just 40 minutes up the road to the North Canterbury wine region.


Sailing holiday: Travel further afield to Croatia and have a foodie experience. 7-day sailing voyage, from April to October. Do book soon.


An Artist’s view to what it takes to venture into the canvas with paint and imagination.

Chairman’s message I do hope that you, your family and friends are well. News of COVID infections continue to make news including last month’s announcement that New Zealand’s Prime Minister and her family had tested positive. So, now that travel restrictions have been lifted, is this how the “new normal” feels? Perhaps you’re like me and you are continuing to maintain increased hand washing, wearing a mask in some circumstances and awareness of distancing. Pleasingly, there is an air of positivity amongst the members we meet when visiting Clubs, many of whom are meeting again on a regular basis. It is heartening to hear of clusters of Clubs are planning larger gatherings and events, getting together for a variety of celebrations on Probus Day or throughout the month of October. Probus Day on the first of October also commemorates the United Nations Day of the Older Persons. Our special day will be acknowledged by the lighting of Auckland’s 328-metre-tall Sky Tower in Probus colours of blue and gold. As you well know, a key objective of Probus Clubs is to bring people together, it promotes the fact that social connection makes us feel better. Our members often share their experience that having good relationships with others increases their general wellbeing. Currently there are many Probus Clubs across New Zealand that are thriving and there are also those that are not. Despite the fact that there are new members joining Probus daily, our overall membership

is declining due to a number of factors including the Pandemic, affecting many member-based associations like ours. However, the potential for growth, is significant when you consider the number of retirees in our population. Now that most Clubs have held their Annual General Meetings, some of you have vacated a position on your Club’s Management Committee and may be thinking about future pursuits. If you have enjoyed your Club roles, may I recommend you consider sharing your knowledge and experience by taking another step forward by exploring a regional position. There are a variety of opportunities available, including roles as Probus Ambassadors, who are members nominated by their Club to work with PSPL and fellow Membership Representatives to grow Probus membership. Our membership growth program centres around Clubs working together locally in a cluster or group of approximately 10 -15 Clubs that join together to specifically focus on member retention and growth as well as joining together for social events. If you are interested in helping to grow Probus in your local community, I encourage you to contact PSPL on 0800 1477 6287 (toll free) or Email:

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Cook Islands’ iconic Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is regularly voted Best Pacific Island resort for families in annual Readers’ Choice Awards such as those run by Holidays with Kids and Out & About with Kids. Renowned for offering Kids & Teens Stay & Play Free (to age 16), The Rarotongan’s relaxed island beach resort vibe makes it a firm favourite with families of all ages

and sizes – and ideal for holidays with the grandkids. Along with the popular Moko Kids Club there’s a Games Room, extensive Daily Activities Programme plus a wide range of complimentary activities including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tennis and gym.

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tide underwater wonderland, Aroa Lagoonarium Marine Sanctuary, getting up close and personal with the friendly, iridescent tropical fishes. Guests of the resort are truly spoilt as the well-established Lagoonarium is located directly off The Rarotongan’s secluded white sandy beach. Children will delight in making friends with the beautiful rainbowcoloured tropical fishes such as sunset wrasses, butterfly fish, angelfish, parrotfish and squirrel fish while in the clear warm lagoon. If your granchild is not a confident swimmer, they can don a snorkel and simply stand in the water to still have an awesome experience connecting with wild marine life. Or they can join the Resort’s friendly Activities Team for the daily fish feeding near the water’s edge. Either way they will be making unique lifelong memories.


New Multi-million Dollar Upgrade The Rarotongan has recently undergone a new multi-million dollar upgrade including new bathrooms, lagoonfront dining deck (perfect for a sunset cocktail), Reception, 24/7 Gift Shop, Games Room and much more. As part of this major work the Resort has just launched new 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom Beachside and Beachfront Interconnecting Family Suites, enabling families to enjoy separate bedrooms, separate bathrooms, separate TVs, separate mini-bar fridges and separate microwaves. The wide range of accommodation options (including some which are self-catering) along with the prime beach and lagoon location directly on the sheltered southwest coast, free kids club, lagoonfront restaurant & bar, large beachfront swimming pool

and extensive free activities make this the ideal great-value, familyfriendly resort for any South Seas holiday, for families big and small. And if there’s anyone in the family who prefers staying adultsonly (perhaps the grandparents?),

The Rarotongan offers a beautiful boutique sister resort right next door for guests aged 16 and over, Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach. Sanctuary guests enjoy access to all facilities and services of The Rarotongan. 

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// Photos. Cook Islands Tourism


epending on how one prefers to interpret history, the name given to the Cook Islands could be considered a wee bit of a misnomer. Because Captain James Cook never actually landed on the most significant island: Rarotonga. But he did set foot on a number of tiny atolls. Another dip into history: in reverence to the great navigator, it was the Russian Navy that gave the name to the island group. This in 1823, 44 years after Captain Cook was murdered. But enough of the murky past. To the touristic present, three generations of my family 8 | issue 35 • winter 2022

recently spent nine nights at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium. It was opened 45 years ago by the then Cook Islands’ Prime Minister, Sir Albert Henry, and the New Zealand Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon. Today, following renovations, makeovers and facelifts, it is a modern hotel, but has never lost the very Cook Island-ish feel to it. Thatched roofs and high vaulted wooden ceilings. Many meandering pathways are flanked by tropical growth. In the foyer a giant carving of a turtle, so heavy it would be difficult to squirrel it away in your carry bag. A detailed model of the “HMS Bounty” of Fletcher Christian and

William Bligh fame. A place to relax, knowing that you are surrounded by local culture and Pacific Ocean history. The favoured gathering place at this resort is the ultra-long Lagoon Verandah, located right above the sea. It now has a brand-new roof right along it for extra guest comfort. A bit like being on the promenade deck of a cruise liner. From there you can slowly savour a Pina Colada, a seafood chowder and a curried coconut chicken. A lasting memory is of the pounding on the reef, located 200 meters from the Lagoon Verandah, that runs along the Te Vaka Restaurant and the famous





Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill; I was captivated by the roaring sound at high tide. A white-water tempest, as it hurled itself at the reef. A thundering crest reached the height of a two storied house as it raced sideways, and collided with another monster coming the other way. And then, like turning off

a tap, all is calm within the lagoon of many silver tiddlers swimming immediately below us. The people who run The Rarotongan tell me it’s a bit like being responsible for the upkeep

of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You start painting at one end, and when you get to the other end, you go back and start again. And so it is with this grand Polynesian dame, with her blend of classic island style combined with contemporary mod-cons. This year the limitless improvements being carried out to this grand Rarotongan lady continue with the addition of a new range of 2, 3, 4 and even, 5, bedroom interconnecting suites in its Beachside and Beachfront categories, making it that much more convenient and attractive for multi-generational family groups like ours. Rarotonga’s Best Dining Views and all-day menu at The Rarotongan’s Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill right beside Aroa Lagoonarium. Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill offers a casual lagoonfront dining experience with a varied menu. It is named after a famous trading schooner skipper, Captain Andy Thomson, one of the most colourful seafarers of the South Pacific. Captain Andy’s historic limestone and coral house still stands across from The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium and has now been restored, expanded and transformed into the 3-Bedroom


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Private Pool Villa Tiare Taporo (Lime Blossom), named in honour of Captain Andy’s schooner the Tiare Taporo which plied the waters between Tahiti, the Cook Islands and New Zealand carrying muchneeded supplies during the 1940s and 50s. Rarotonga’s main township is Avarua. The most impressive buildings are the Ministry of Justice and the Police Station. But located nearby is goodness and hope, in direct “competition” to the stern affairs in these two buildings. This, in the name of the impressive St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In the darkness of Easter Saturday night our family, with lighted candles, entered the cathedral. For over two hours we were literally lifted to the heavens as we were swept up by the fullthroated harmony of the singing by the Cook Islanders. Many years ago, my wife, Ali, and our little Maria enjoyed our first Cook Island experience. We chose to stay in a little beach-side motel on the south-east coast. We needed to purchase some butter. On the main road was a tiny shop. A piece of butter was carved off, with a large knife. It was


then wrapped in brown paper, and laboriously tied up with string! We chose this location because Prince Charles had enjoyed a dip here – at Muri Beach. Today the region of Muri Beach has moved on, and is a preferred holiday area with many boutique low-rise accommodations. So preferred that even the Government House is located near here. It is from Muri Beach that Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes depart at 11:00 am sharp. Suddenly I discovered that I was holding up the departure. As my age is 84, it seems that there was a generational age gap. All 34 tourists – except myself – were wearing jandals and so they quickly waded to the thatch-covered glass bottom boat. No way was I going to splash to the boat in my only pair of Nike running shoes. So, I must have

tested the patience of those on board, as I quickly tore off my shoes, and was assisted on board. Captain Lollipop said a prayer, probably not for salvation, but that we would see plenty of fish. At my age I do not float too well so I viewed plenty of colourful fish, from the glass-bottom vessel. An island lunch beneath coconut palms made for a lovely outing, highlighted by some locals on guitar. You may have heard that Rarotonga does not have a single traffic light. Few buildings are higher than a coconut tree. But there is progress. You can now view the latest Blues or Hurricanes game on TV in the sports bar at The Rarotongan Beach Resort. But remember the Date Line. A Saturday night game at Eden Park, is live in Rarotonga – on a Friday night! Thankfully, the Cook Islands is still very laid back. Where in the world would one see a bantam rooster strutting its stuff, in the check-in area of an airport? 

PRICING: Prices as at April, 2022, subject to change. Return air fare ex Auckland: $860. Twin Beachside Room at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, including tropical (continental) breakfast: $250. Every 30 minutes there is a bus service that circles the island. All day pass: $16. 10 ride concession: $30. Rental car from $70 per day, plus gas. Restaurant prices: Entree: $12-$15. Mains: $22-$39. A cocktail: $12-$19. A beer: $8-$10. Captain Tama’s cruise with lunch: $89. Please check all travel prices as they vary depending on time of year. Before booking any travel overseas, always check insurance options, especially health insurance.

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Doing Central Otago’s rail trail by car instead of by bike delivers all the same sights and experiences with a greater level of comfort. John Bishop took three days to cover the 150kms between Clyde and Middlemarch and thoroughly enjoyed the history, the people, and the scenery. He also found an intriguing ghost story along the way. Words. John Bishop


the Vulcan Hotel in St Bathans, an old gold mining town well off any beaten track, the presence of Rosie, the ghost of a murdered prostitute is a given. “She’s usually about,” says Sue Ingram the proprietor and manager of the hotel. “Sometimes you can feel her beside you or behind you, but when you turn there’s no one there.” St Bathans – population eight – was a prosperous gold mining town in the 1860s, and Rosie (surname unknown) plied her trade with the miners from room one of the Vulcan Hotel where her presence is often heard or felt but rarely seen. At times “she makes noises, bangs doors, rattles keys and is generally a nuisance. She can be a real little toe rag,” Sue says. We came to St Bathans from Clyde, regarded as the starting point of the rail trail and an interesting historic town in its own right. Down the road to Chatto Creek where we met bikers on the ridge behind the hotel having a breather, and then on to Muddy 12 |

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Creek and the almost non-existent settlement of Lauder. We stay at the Mud Creek Cutting, a B&B owned and operated by Kevin and Ross in a 1920’s bungalow with four bedrooms sleeping 8-10 people although we were the only guests that night. There’s underfloor heating in the bathroom – a real boon in winter when the overnight temperatures get a bit low and the mornings are a bit nippy too. Two lounges, an outdoor area and a large kitchen are available for guests. We’d pre-ordered dinner, and Kevin came up with a tasty slow cooked lamb dish with heaps of vegetables from the extensive

garden followed by a tart berry fruit parfait. ($70 per person). Driving the Ida Valley is a highlight. It’s 40kms of long straight road, slightly undulating with verdant pastures reaching up to rugged broken hills. The sky seems close to the earth here, echoing Montana where I experienced a similar feeling. Montana is known as the “big sky state”, and the Ida Valley is a substitute for it in the Oscar winning film The Power of the Dog which was filmed in these parts. Hayes workshop and house is a Heritage NZ site preserving the memory of Ernest and Hannah Hayes and their family who settled in the area in 1882. He was an engineer and made many of his own tools because he couldn’t get any others and he invented others which he sold to neighbours and then further afield. His wife cycled around the district taking orders. Ernest is credited with perfecting the fencing wire strainer, a device still in use today. Also at Oturehua is the Gilchrist


Dunedin and after a fine lunch at the Lazy Goat café, positively the best feature in the small settlement of Outram outside Dunedin, we flew home well satisfied with our excursion and certainly feeling that we had missed noting other than a sore bottom by driving rather than riding. 

General store which looks like it hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1902. It’s still operating and is a fascinating look at the past retailing practices when salespeople worked behind large counters and got everything out for the customer. No self-service here.

Middlemarch is the end of the rail trail and on many trips bikers are taken back to Clyde so it’s not clear how much benefit Middlemarch gets from this. Other towns along the way certainly do. Travelling independently, we stayed overnight and continued our journey the next morning to

GETTING THERE: Start the rail trail at Clyde, 85kms (67 minutes by car) from Queenstown or drive north from Dunedin, 198 kms (2 hours 25 mins). Buses are also available. Both Dunedin and Queenstown have major airports with frequent flights to other centres. John Bishop is a Wellington based travel writer and Probus member. See his work at


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The Coromandel Peninsula is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Our 8-day Coromandel Winter Escape incorporates some of the best sights and beaches of the area, including the historic Gold Mining town of Waihi, Whangamata, Driving Creek Railway, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach and Whitianga, while travelling at a relaxed and leisurely pace. 8 DAYS

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CHRISTCHURCH; LOTS TO SEE AND DO I travel to the Christchurch region often and frequently dine out. Having got to know what’s on offer I am itching to put it out there. Words. Joan Gestro

Another New Zealand experience! Come along with me to a myriad of attractions; To begin, I would like to share the dining experience at this homely restaurant for its authenticity in cooking methods. Casa Nostra. Chef and owner Felice Manucci cooks from the heart authentic Tuscan fare, along with


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Now on to some sight-seeing; there is so much fun to be had!

Punting on the river Come on board, relax, admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens, the changing face of the city centre, while gliding along the Avon River in our Edwardian-style handcrafted boat, poled along by our Punter. Private charters are available to book from the Antigua Boat Sheds departure point.

Restored Heritage Tram his wife, and gracious host, Paulette, to spoil you. Crispy succulent polenta crumbed squid, Eggplant Parmigiana, Cannelloni Piemonte, (v) Ravioli di Zucca (v) some of dishes we shared. YUM! We chose Umani Ronchi Podere Montepulchiano, D’Abruzzo. Pre booking a must. An extensive wine list is available. Email or call 0274 363 049.

Enjoy the sights folks; Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens, Turanga Library, and Margaret Mahy Playground, the many retail stores, bars and eateries at The Terrace, Cashel Street & Riverside Market, delights for the foodie in you! Arts Centre for art lovers such as yours truly, New Regent Street. Then on to Gondola experience; Gaze upon stunning unique


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views of the City, Lyttleton Harbour and beyond from the summit station situated atop the Port Hills. Spectacular 360-degree views of Christchurch, Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Includes many walking tracks.

Lyttleton Christchurch’s first European settlers landed here in 1850 before trekking over the Port Hills to establish their new home. We drove from Sumner to Lyttleton through an impressive road tunnel coming out onto

breath-taking views over the harbour. A colourful town; bohemian artists, cafés, quirky shops and restaurants. Lyttleton’s heritage buildings and the heart of this historical town has reinvented itself as one of the most creative communities in the Christchurch region.

Turanga Library The $92 million, fivelevel, modern public library in the Southern TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL AT NIGHT. (PHOTO: Hemisphere, also claim CHRISTCHURCHNZ) to fame: it’s the home of New Zealand’s largest digital touch-wall the Discovery Post-earthquake, restoration is Wall. Choose a book, relax in an underway, with opening scheduled armchair. Bliss! mid-2027. Sir Edmund Hilary’s New Zealand flag, from Scott base, is Christ Church Cathedral currently being restored to take its Its foundations were laid in 1864. place again in the Cathedral. 

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NORTH CANTERBURY WINE REGION North Canterbury and particularly the Waipara Valley is home to some of New Zealand’s finest wine. Charmian Smith finds it’s a region of “terroir-ists” – winemakers for whom the terroir determines the style of their wine.


of New Zealand’s earliest vines were planted in Canterbury in the 1840s by French settlers in Akaroa – their little sickle-shaped pruning knives can be seen in the local museum. However, the modern industry developed in the 1970s and ‘80s after Dr David Jackson of Lincoln University started planting trial vineyards around the region. Much has happened in the 40 years since the region’s first commercial winery, St Helena at Belfast just north of Christchurch, startled the wine community by winning gold medals for its 1982 and 1984 Pinot noir. While several early vineyards were planted on the plains west of Christchurch and on Banks Peninsula, the Waipara Valley 45 minutes north of the city soon became the heart of the wine region. For many years the outlying vineyards languished in the shadow of Waipara, but are now brought together under the North Canterbury umbrella. The wine region officially stretches from the Waiau river near Cheviot south to the Rakaia, west to Waikari and east on to Banks Peninsula, giving a cohesion especially for the small producers outside the Wairapa sub-region. West of Waipara, through the Weka Pass in the Waikari area 18 |

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are the small but acclaimed Bell Hill and Pyramid Valley vineyards planted on limestone soils. North of Waipara, on the banks of the Waiau, is the large, export-oriented Mt Beautiful; south of Christchurch at Burnham on the original vineyards planted by the Giesen brothers in the 1980s are Straight Eight Estate and until recently Lone Goat. A handful of other small vineyards are dotted round Banks Peninsula, and on the outskirts of Christchurch are a few other producers which are mainly function centres with their own wine labels. It’s the variety of soils, aspects and climates across the region that is so fascinating, according to Vicki Tutton from The Boneline. Her vineyard on the terraces of the Waipara river just after it emerges from the gorge, can ripen big reds such as the cabernets, she said. “At the other extreme you’ve still got all the racy vibrant whites. I think as a region we really have a lot of diversity.” Sheltered from the cool easterlies by the Teviotdale Hills, heated by the nor’westers, the Waipara valley stretches from Glasnevin, past the Hamner Springs turnoff to Omihi in the north. Here you’ll find some of the finest Canterbury wines and most of the region’s cellar doors. The valley’s varied geology and soils, including river gravels, silt,


limestone and clay, with various microclimates, aspects and altitudes make for a diversity of sites, varietals and wine styles – “Liquid Geography” as Terrace Edge eloquently names its riesling. There was a time when Waipara hung its hat on riesling as the variety that did best, but that was because no other region had claimed it, Greystone winemaker Dom Maxwell and Vicki agree. North Canterbury riesling are certainly fine – those from old vines at Burnham can be wonderfully ethereal – but the diversity of terroir leads to a diversity of varieties that sing in the region. Dom thinks Chardonnay and Pinot noir do particularly well on lower slopes east of the highway where Greystone’s vineyards are. “We are protected compared to some more exposed places and both of those varieties are fairly sensitive. We have soils that allow for good drainage, and you can’t


grow big crops. There’s no way you’d set up here if you wanted to be a big commercial grower. Both those varieties respond very well to moderate crops and the inherent nature of the wine that comes from the soils here – clay, limestone, sandstone – adding noticeable textural characters to the wine.” While good, commercial Pinot noir can be made that is consistent from year to year, some of the more prestigious winemakers, such as Greystone, Black Estate, The Boneline and Pegasus Bay, prefer to let the terroir of different blocks shine through. That takes time in the vineyard and winery, tasting and smelling individual barrels, working with natural ferments, natural malolactic and nothing added but tiny bit of sulphur for bottling, as Dom explains. “We all know our only point of difference is our patch of land,” he said.


Vicki adds: once you understand the different soils in your vineyard blocks and learn the characteristics of the grapes the vines produce, you know what to do in the winery. “You handle the vineyard better but you’re always driven by what’s underneath. You can’t get away from that, but it becomes a really nice relationship with the place.” She and her family established

The Boneline more than 30 years ago but she says it’s going to take many lifetimes – and a group of people who stay with it – to get to the bottom as the finishing point keeps moving. Dom explains that when you’ve been around long enough to know the land is going to do a certain thing, you either chose to work with it or against it. Needless to issue 35 • winter 2022




say, the wineries that work hardest to express their piece of land are also converting to organic or biodynamic practices, and some, like Greystone, are seriously working to reduce their carbon footprint. While there are some larger, corporate vineyards such as Waipara Hills and Pernod Ricard’s Camshorn at Glasnevin and Omihi Vineyard here, many are family-owned and often have other operations such as sheep or olives to supplement their income. Some are so small that the owners have to do everything, from vineyard work to marketing and pouring wine at the cellar door if they have one. “It’s hard yakker especially for small vineyards. You can’t get away from any of the work yourself. Vines don’t go to sleep for three weeks. You can’t leave vines,” Vicki says from hard experience. It may verge on a subsistence

much in 10 years because you are still evolving, Vicki adds. Several vineyards have been sold in the past few years, often to foreigners who may not understand what they are getting into, and there’s a big pressure for land for dairy conversion.  DOM MAXWELL, GREYSTONE’S TALENTED WINEMAKER.


model, living on what you can grow and make, but its small businesses like The Boneline, George’s Road, Terrace Edge and Torlesse that give a character and a sense of authenticity to a wine region. It’s understandable that some people sell up. It’s such a long term thing, you can’t – you don’t achieve


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Croatia has launched a ‘Sailing Croatian Restaurants Route’ on their Private Yacht Tour experiences. The seven-day voyages run from April to October this year. Guests are able to follow Sail Croatia’s recommended route, or if they prefer, can create a personalised itinerary with the help of their local skipper, the cost of which is included in the package. The recommended route departs from Split and takes passengers to some of the most eclectic and highly sought-after restaurants in Dalmatia, with calls to Hvar, the Pakleni Islands, Stari Grad, Vrboska and Makarska. These unique foodie experiences are set in surroundings including vineyards, cliff faces, fishing villages and UNESCO-protected sites. As well as


Guests are guaranteed a truly unique, insider’s guide to gourmet dining in Croatia. “From restaurants hidden down cobblestone alleyways to traditional konobas, from UNESCO sites to Michelin star dining, Dalmatian dining has it all.” 

sampling the likes of local seafood and quality cuts of meat, guests can order Croatian delicacies such as peka, which is a traditional slow cooked dish of meat and vegetables prepared over an open fire. Prices are from €387pp and offer private sailings onboard yachts ranging in size from six to 10 people.

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The fare includes return airport transfers, insurance and Wi-Fi. Grant Seuren, Sail Croatia director, said: “We can’t wait for guests to sample our new fine dining route, as all restaurants have been hand-picked for their glowing accolades or tales of premium foodie experiences from our skippers and past customers.

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ESCORTED TOURS Proudly New Zealand owned and operated Scenic Southern Splendour

Including Stewart Island Departs 23 Sept, 11 Oct, 26 Nov 2022, 3, 25 Mar, 20 April 2023 – Limited Seats 9 days | $4399pp share twin Fly to Dunedin (3 nights) full of Scottish Heritage, visit Albatross Colony, Botanic Gardens and Chinese Gardens, lunch at Larnach Castle. Coach through The Southern Scenic Route – The Catlins. Overnight Invercargill, fly to 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).

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

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Featuring Carmen on Cockatoo Island Departs 24 November 2022 5 days | $3899pp share twin Fly to Sydney (4 nights), central 4 star hotel, all breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches. Sydney sights including the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi and Double Bay. North Beaches, famous Mail Cruise on the Hawkesbury River. Morning tea and lunch included along with commentary. Charter ferry across to a brand new island performance in the middle of Sydney Harbour – CARMEN. Sit back as Carmen tosses her hair, stamps her feet and the whole world falls under her spell! Be spellbound by those irresistible Spanish tunes, sultry story, and dark undercurrent of Carmen. Hear the flirty Habanera and the famous Toreador song amid a spectacle that features fire-twirling, car crashes and fireworks. This will be a night to remember! Farewell sunset cruise and dinner on Sydney Harbour before returning to New Zealand. Due to limited availability, you will have to be quick to get seats on this one. Including return airfares from Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch and FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch areas (25kms from airport).

Featuring Tranz Alpine & Coastal Pacific Trains Abel Tasman National Park & Queen Charlotte Sounds 9 days | $4199pp share twin Departs 20 Oct 2022 10 days | $4350pp share twin Departs 8 Feb, 15 Mar, 12 April 2023 Christchurch (2 nights) including Tramcar restaurant. World famous Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth – Punakaiki overnight where we stay right on the beach. Visit Pancake Rocks, Charleston and the Nile River Rainforest Railway journey. Via Westport to Nelson (2 nights). Cruise the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park with lunch. Picton (2 nights) via Blenheim. Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Cruise on the Sounds to Lochmara Lodge where we enjoy lunch. Join the scenic Coastal Pacific train along the stunning coastline via Kaikoura to Christchurch overnight before flying h ome. I ncludes r eturn a irfares f rom Wellington ( ask a bout o ther c entres). All breakfasts and dinners, quality accommodation, full size touring coach with experienced coach driver, all sightseeing and cruises. Tour manager, free home pick up and return from Wellington (25km from airport). 10 day tour stays extra night Picton and luncheon cruise in the Sounds.

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Departs 27 October 2022 13 days | $7799pp share twin from Auckland Fly direct from Auckland to Hobart (3 nights). Enjoy sights: Tasman Bridge, Battery Point, Salamanca Place, Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Travel thru Derwent Valley, Russell Falls, Tarraleah Gorge to Queenstown (2 nights). Cruise Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness, Hells Gate, Strahan. Visit Cradle Mountain National Park, two nights at Smithton. Visit to Woolnorth Farm on the far north west tip of Tasmania and Stanley. Lunch Hellyer Road Whiskey Distillery. Stay Launceston (2 nights), cruise magnificent Cataract Gorge and check out the Swiss-style Grindelwald Village. Visit Legerwood to view the War Memorial Tree carvings, meet a Tasmanian Devil at the East Coast Nature World and visit Bicheno and Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks and crystal clear waters. Includes return airfares from Auckland, quality accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners and several lunches, all entrances and sights as mentioned, 5 star luxury touring coach, professional tour driver, experienced tour director from NZ. FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland area. Ask about other centres.

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Departs 28 Oct (limited seats) and 4 Nov 2022 5 days | $2099pp from Auckland/Tauranga Coach to New Plymouth (3 nights) Novotel Hobson. Visit a variety of fabulous festival gardens, iconic Len Lye Gallery. Travel Forgotten Highway via Whangamomona. Overnight Chateau Tongariro before a visit to the renowned Hamilton Gardens. Includes full size touring coach, quality accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners, entrance to Festival Gardens, FREE home pick up and return from Auckland/Tauranga (25kms from airport).

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Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 to proudly continue the spirit of cultural expedition cruising the company pioneered in the 1950s. Building on its British roots, the new company has a global cultural cruising outlook dedicated to providing guests with the opportunity to ‘see what others don’t’. Swan Hellenic prides itself on taking its guests to see what others don’t, visiting small and lesserknown ports of special cultural, geographical or wildlife interest as well as bucket list famous cities. Above all, however, our guests visit many uniquely remote places beyond these ports of call, boarding Zodiac boats and exploring at sea level to come ashore in rich unspoilt areas of our planet that often cannot be accessed in any other way. Every cruise proudly combines geographical exploration of the most extraordinary places on earth with cultural and scientific discovery, involving renowned experts who offer eye-opening lectures and are on hand for informal questions and discussion. Briefings before and recaps after each disembarkation supplement these lectures and talks, stimulating a relaxed social environment that encourages the sharing of experiences. Swan Hellenic’s purpose-built ships feature elegant Scandidesign interiors, extensive outdoor spaces and dedicated expedition facilities. SH Minerva and SH Vega, 24 |

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two new 5-star Polar Code PC 5 expedition cruise ships with icestrengthened hulls, respectively launched in December 2021 and arriving in September 2022, each accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious suites and staterooms, the majority with large balconies. All ships feature 3 dining venues – the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Pool bar & Grill. All offer a wide choice of food and beverages, from healthy snacks and nutritious cuisine, balanced to meet the needs of physically demanding expeditions, to local specialities and lavish gastronomy, supported by a world-class cellar of classic vintages, new-wave natural wines, premium spirits and craft beers. The staterooms and suites are each a true home from home and all feature panoramic sea views, a fireplace, original works of art, comfortable couches, premium

pocket sprung mattresses and Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and sheets. A pillow menu offers customised head and neck comfort during rest, while a large flat screen TV, espresso machine with Illy premium coffee, tea making facilities with the finest Kusmi teas and a minibar with refreshments enhance relaxation at any time. In-room dining is of course available at all hours. Swan Hellenic’s ships are all built with advanced hygiene technology to the latest standards in consultation with world-leading onboard hygiene expert, Vikand. In addition, all our onboard air conditioning systems incorporate UV sanitisation using state-of-the-art technology. As a final reassurance, Swan Hellenic’s booking policy provides full protection and complete peace of mind for all guests. 


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you’ve been reading about the incredible voyage to The Marquesas Islands aboard the working freighter, Aranui 5, and you’d love to do it but you’re a bit nervous, we’ve got a fully escorted seventeen-night tour coming up from NZ in August 2023. Perhaps you’re travelling alone or perhaps you haven’t done a huge amount of travelling, perhaps you’re not confident in other countries or perhaps you just enjoy travelling as part of a bigger group? This could be the one for you. Here’s how it works. We’ll have a chauffeur driven luxury car collect you from your home (if you live within 35km of the airport) and drive you to the airport where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and your tour host, Shar. There will be time to start getting to know each other before departing Auckland, bound for Papeete. Whilst in Papeete, all your transfers will be taken care of, your pre/post cruise accommodation 26 |

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and we’ll also be doing some sightseeing and exploring around the island. Then it’s off to board the Aranui 5, a custom-built vessel designed specifically for this itinerary. The ship works as a freighter delivering goods to the remote islands but, because this has proved to be a fantastic experience for cruisers, they’ve also included plenty of passenger space as well as a restaurant, bars, lounges, pool and more. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and down-to-earth, with a friendly crew who love to show guests to this unique part of the world. You won’t find any glossy, professional shows like on the larger liners, but you’ll find a crew who love to pick up the ukulele and teach you their songs and dances and have a good laugh while doing so. The itinerary itself sees you visiting beautiful Fakarava, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Fatu

Hiva, Ua Huka and Rangiroa. You’ll see both the gorgeous spots loved by tourists as well as the remote Marquesas Islands where it’s like stepping back in time so you can see the real Tahiti. Your host, Shar Jones, will be with you all the way and happy to help with any concerns you may have. She’s a busy mum of four, has worked in the travel industry for a number of years and is sure to provide you with many laughs throughout your trip! 

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this fully packaged trip, please contact Shar on 0800 485 846, email or see


MAKE MEMORIES IN THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS THIS SPRING LOOKING for a special getaway where you’ll learn some history, see amazing sights, eat delicious food and make lasting memories? The Marlborough Sounds, Life in the Sunken Valleys tour is for you. In November, Driftwood Eco Tours is running the five-day tour for up to eight guests. Guests can book now. Driftwood owners Rose and Will Parsons recommend grabbing a few friends and travelling to the Marlborough Sounds for a special holiday before international travel takes off again. “Our Life in the Sunken Valleys tour is ideal for making lasting memories,” says Will.“We cover a lot, but the pace is relaxed. So you can enjoy one another, as well as everything


you’ll see and do on the tour.” Tours start at Havelock, where guests head to a remote part of the Sounds aboard a launch with experienced skipper Gary Orchard. Expect fishing (blue cod in season & snapper), wildlife spotting (dolphins, little blue penguins and gannets) and amazing views along the way. Stay at Waitata Lodge to hear birdsong and eat delicious food.

Spend evenings by the fire or soaking in the spa. Enjoy your days on foot and travelling by 4WD. See ancient forest, historic farmland and traditional Mãori sites. Come along to visit an island, talk to locals, immerse yourself in nature – and getaway somewhere special with friends. Find out more: 

Discover Untamed New Zealand Chatham Islands Nature and Heritage Tour Enjoy the generous hospitality of your local hosts in their home overlooking the sea. Let them share historic and geological sites, to which they have private access. Hear their stories and discover the fauna and flora unique to these breath-taking islands. Duration: 8 Days / $5,750

Marlborough Sounds, Life in the Sunken Valleys Discover the natural and historical wonders as you journey by sea and road, the labyrinths of the Pelorus Sounds. Return from your adventures each day to home comforts. Includes a special day trip to D’Urville Island to meet a local historian. Duration: 5 Days / $3,300

Molesworth High Country Station Tour Admire the autumn colours of high country and east coast Marlborough, where we will introduce you to our farming friends. Duration: 4 Days / $3,350

Kaikoura; From Mountains to the Sea Where the Seaward Kaikoura Range meets the Kaikoura Canyon, is an area steeped in culture and natural history. This tour will introduce you to the area’s kaitiaki and the warm hospitality of the locals. Duration: 5 Days / $4,450

D’Urville Island; Nature and History Combined Tour A once in a life time trip to D’Urville Island, in the remote reaches of the Marlborough Sounds. Try blue cod fishing, meet the locals and hear stories from the island’s early history. As written about in Active Retirees by John Bishop. Duration: 5 Days / $3,850 0800 708 844 |

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retirement villages sector has launched an awards programme to recognise sustainability initiatives across the industry. John Collyns, Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA), said sustainable development and living has become increasingly important for retirement villages and the wider community. "We are aware that there are many retirement villages who are going the extra mile to create sustainable living initiatives. These awards will recognise the best operator-led and the best residentled initiatives." There are three categories for the awards – The APL Operator-Led Sustainability Initiative; ResidentLed Sustainability Initiative, and a Resident-Led Gardening or Landscaping Initiative. The independent judging panel will be led by the Green Building Council. 28 |

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Mr Collyns said the entry criteria was broad to allow for entries across a very wide range of villages and projects. "For the sustainability categories, we are looking for examples of sustainable building design and construction, waste minimisation, recycling, efficient energy use or emissions reduction." "We are also looking for other environmental projects such as wetland conservation or restoration, projects to increase biodiversity, or native planting." "The judges will be looking for projects that focus on continuous improvement, create a positive environment for long-term change, and innovation that demonstrates environmental or social sustainability, or both." Mr Collyns said retirement villages and residents were rightly proud of

village gardens and landscaping. "Many operators and residents are creating sustainable gardening initiatives, from growing vegetables and flowers to recycling and beehives. The gardening or landscaping category will be looking for projects that focus on good gardening outcomes, resident and community involvement and projects that enhance the village’s living environment." Entries for the awards close on Matariki, 24 June 2022. The top three finalists in each category will be invited to the Retirement Living and Aged Care Joint Summit in Christchurch in August. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 24 August 2022. There will be a trophy and $1,000 cash price for each winner in each award category. 

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you ever considered purchasing gold as an investment? Gold has been revered as a respected precious metal throughout the world from as early as 650B.C (when the first gold coins were made) and has seen a steady growth backed by constant demand and a controlled supply – making it a valuable investment choice for any smart investor. But is it still worth investing in gold today? Are you too late to the party? Not quite – here are some reasons why even today, gold is worth it. 1. Gold can be passed down the family tree: You can choose to invest in gold even today, as it retains and maintains its value over the ages – it is a tangible

asset you can pass down your family tree from generation to generation, making it a great way to preserve your family’s wealth in the ages to come. 2. Gold is the safest way to go all cash: When we are struck with global crisis’ such as the one we just went through, your other investments will likely take a sharp hit as the world economy struggles to keep up. To safeguard your capital, gold is one of the safest ways to go all cash - as it still acts as an investment giving you steady returns but also protects your wealth against the repercussions of a crumbling economy.

3. Low Supply & High Demand: Gold has and will always be in short supply and high demand. You’ll never need to worry about owning gold and not being able to resell it for a higher value. It is always in demand and people will be willing to pay a premium price to take it off your hands.

How much should I be investing? This is relative, many people choose to hold a chunk of gold as a means of diversifying their investment portfolios, which means they want to put their eggs in more than one basket. As a retiree with any new investment choice, you should start small and slowly accumulate, giving you the power to control your finances. The current price of gold is $2,398.15AUD for one ounce, and $77.10AUD for one gram. 37% higher than the price 5 years ago.  To be continued...

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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. The sector offers a long-proven record of generating attractive income for Kiwi investors. Since 2008, the percentage of 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. According to Statistics New Zealand, in 2020 there were estimated to be almost 332,000 residents in the 75+ bracket, the target population for retirement villages. This demographic is forecast to increase greatly – creating a shift in the population structure that will continue to drive increasing demand. 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 30 |

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compete for market share with large scale retirement villages in major cities. The JLL Retirement Village Forecast (as reported by Stuff, 9th July 2020) states that 18,000 new retirement village units are needed by 2031 to house New Zealand’s ageing population. Significant development activity is forecast to match this growth and unlike many other industries, senior living development and investment opportunities have proven to be unaffected by the pandemic. Another significant trend is the growing demand in the regions and well-located 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 Income Generator – specialist funding of premium retirement assets that deliver attractive, solid returns – while helping create quality places to live. Building wealth and wellbeing, to help Kiwis live more comfortable lives. 


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Greetings dear readers, I’m Joan Gestro but better known as Joan O’Connor to art lovers and art buyers. Forgive me for being bold enough to say that I was born creative; with an awareness early in life of colours, forms, structures and moods around me. These perceptions, in time, prompt a creative mind to express with ease and self-satisfaction. My creative journey began with pencil, charcoal, progressing to paint in all its forms, eventually channelling me deep into an artistic, creative journey. Although I have worked in all media, these days it’s mainly acrylic, pen and ink, pastel, enjoying the use of transparency of colour, depth and textures that

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one can achieve with some of these medias. I love colour and use it without reserve or hesitation. Therefore, one can describe my work as impressionistic because of the use of imaginary and abstract colours. You’ll find me every day in my home studio; I get edgy when I’m not painting or drawing! Thankfully this doesn’t happen too often as I crave to get back to my happy space where I can be found dressed in my ‘Coat of many Colours’. The deep interest in Art, initially had begun for me early in life. Creativity has over the years transferred my feelings and emotions into the love of bold colours; it’s use makes a painting come to life, creating emotion,

excitement, enticing the viewer deep into the painting. I also get great satisfaction in teaching my skill, having held many fun and successful workshops in the past fifteen years. I have been exhibiting my work in private exhibitions and galleries having won awards and trophies for my work. I enjoy working in all media as each holds its own magic. My work has gone to overseas buyers; the United States, Malta, Greece, Japan as well as in New Zealand. Please enjoy the images of my paintings that are available for purchase. Feel free to get in touch, I’ll be glad to hear from you. Mob: 0273220342 


INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION HEAVENLY BEINGS: ICONS OF THE CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX WORLD REVEALS OVER 100 BEAUTIFUL ICONS EXPLORE beauty and meaning in the devotional art of the Christian Orthodox faith in, Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World – on now at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. This profound exhibition explores the dynamic role of icons in the lives of pilgrims, priests and everyday believers. Survey this ancient visual tradition through an ambitious exhibition of more than 100 captivating icons dating from 1350. The most ambitious exhibition of icons to be staged in Australasia, Heavenly Beings unites exceptional examples from private and public collections across Aotearoa and Australia. In doing so, it lifts the veil on a profound and rich tradition that is alive and well in Aotearoa. The exhibition brings together masters, such as the Cretans, Angelos Akotantos, Andreas Pavias, Nikolaos Tzafouris and Constantine Tzanes, whose holy subjects vibrate with life against shimmering gold leaf backgrounds. Discover the great guardian saints who gave hope to ordinary people throughout the ages: Saints Nicholas, George, Elijah, Paraskeva and many more, beloved as healers, warriors, consolers and miracle workers. Revealing the beauty and power of icons that serve as ‘windows into heaven’, Heavenly Beings: Icons unites exceptional examples from across the world to reveal a timeless tradition.

Ħ E A V E N L Y � E I N G S Icons of the Christian Orthodox World Until Sun 18 Sep

See for ticket details, Heavenly Beings special events and more.  Image credit: Saint George and the Dragon Crete, circa 1500. Private collection, Canberra.

Mother of God and Child Crete, 17th century. Private collection, Canberra.

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RESEARCH SHOWS ACTING ON HEARING HEALTH LEADS TO HAPPIER LIFE • 41 per cent of New Zealanders with hearing aids are happier than before diagnosis, and nearly one in three report better relationships. • But while more than half of New Zealanders (53 per cent) think they have hearing loss, only 1 in 4 intend on scheduling a hearing test. A global survey has revealed the importance of diagnosing and managing hearing loss if we want to be happy and healthy.1

Staying healthy and happy Regular health checks are an essential preventative health measure – it’s a truth we are all aware of. But all those medical appointments can be time consuming and stressful. So why prioritise hearing health? What impact can treating hearing loss have on someone’s happiness? That’s what hearing specialists Audika and group YouGov wanted to know. Interviewing 24,000 people from 14 countries, including 1,703 New Zealanders, Audika and YouGov sought the answer. 36 |

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Life-changing hearing The results were compelling. 41 per cent of New Zealand hearing aid wearers are happier than before diagnosis. The survey revealed that the impact of a diagnosis could be transformative; 1 in 4 hearing aid wearers report a ‘life-changing’ difference. Hearing loss is one of New Zealanders’ biggest worries when it comes to ageing (45 per cent), after forgetfulness (57 per cent). Though it’s so often worried about, many aren’t taking action to look after their hearing. Only one in four are planning a hearing test in the next 12 months – compared to 39 per cent who intend to get an eye test. The top health concern for Kiwis is memory loss/dementia (68 per cent), but 85 per cent aren’t aware there’s an association between hearing loss and dementia. Treating hearing loss early, before or in mid-life, is one of 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia recognised by landmark 2020 study in The Lancet.2

Love your ears, love life The research showed how treating hearing loss impacts relationships.

While many New Zealand hearing aid wearers (37 per cent) would previously pretend to hear better than they could, since treating their hearing loss, over half (51 per cent) now report having better conversations. “The upsides are clear – many reported improvements in relationships and communication with their family.”, says Michael Severn, audiologist. “We need to be kinder to our ears, because you can reduce your risk of hearing loss.” His advice? • Turn your headphones down • Wear ear protection when directed • Get tested regularly and from an earlier age

“A GLOBAL SURVEY HAS REVEALED THE IMPORTANCE OF DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING HEARING LOSS IF WE WANT TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY.” Visit Audika’s expert team Audika can give you an immediate insight into your hearing status with a free online hearing check. They also offer free hearing checks for people over 18, and now is a perfect time to get a check. SuperGold members can get $2000 off the Optimal hearing device range until August 31. Visit to find your nearest clinic, book a free hearing check or take Audika’s free online hearing check. 



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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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ADJUSTABLE BEDS – EASE AND COMFORT AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON Buying a new bed is an important decision and not one that should be rushed. These days there are so many options, it can be hard to decide on just one. An adjustable bed, is a great solution. With an adjustable bed you can move the bed to your desired sleeping position and there’s added benefits such as being able to raise your head to read. When you buy an adjustable bed, you’re buying a bed that can be altered to exactly what you want.

• 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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WANT TO ENJOY A HEALTHY, FUN-FILLED RETIREMENT? GET MORE ACTIVE, NOT LESS SAYS ACTIVE+ ACTIVE+ one of New Zealand’s largest multi-disciplinary rehabilitation suppliers, is busting the myth that retirement is all about putting your feet up and taking it easy. Instead, the health and wellness brand is calling for older Kiwis to get more active – not less – if they want to enjoy the benefits of a long, fun-filled retirement. By 2051, there will be 1.18 million people aged 65 and over in New Zealand, a leap of 165% since 1999. At that stage, older people are expected to make up 26% of the New Zealand population. Some sources1 estimate that healthcare costs will have increased by almost 100% by 2030. “Our population is ageing fast, with a proliferation of health problems. It has long been assumed such problems were directly caused by ageing, and could, therefore, be neither prevented nor treated,” says Kath Broad, an Active+ Physiotherapist, and Clinic Director at Active+ Dominion Road. “However, numerous studies have shown that ageing by itself is not a cause of major health problems until people are in their mid-90s. In fact, the problems we’ve ascribed to ageing are due to disease – much of it preventable – such as loss of fitness and negative attitudes to growing older.” Active+ has recognised this, and developed a number of services, which can be either ACC or privately funded, to enable older Kiwis to maintain their health 40 |

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and fitness. These include Pilates and yoga classes, physiotherapy, dietitian consultations, counselling and personal training. “Joining a group exercise class at a physio clinic is well worth considering,” says Kath. “These are different to general community based ones because they are led by physiotherapists. Physios are able to recognise and diagnose many movement difficulties and are the best qualified for adapting exercises to suit all abilities. They’re a great choice if you’re getting older and unsure about how to boost your activity and fitness levels.” “A lot of people have never been to a gym, and don’t want to go or are afraid that they may hurt themselves. This is where exercise classes can be useful. The environment is more targeted to people who may not be as physically capable, or simply need some additional support.” As well as the obvious fitness benefits, Kath points out that physio led exercises can reduce the risk of falls, which can result in older adults incurring serious injuries – even leading to hospitalisation. “Numerous studies have shown that working on strength and balance can reduce the risk of falls,” she says. “Physios are able to detect early difficulties with movement, strength and balance, and prescribe exercises to assist. This could be easy home exercises, such as calf raises and one-leg stands – or muscle strengthening

routines, like lifting light weights and doing yoga.” The loss of function and resilience associated with ageing can often be influenced by activity: physical, mental and social. The team at Active+ suggest working through the following checklist to boost activity levels. 1) Find an exercise that you enjoy. Whether it’s swimming, walking, Pilates, or a kick-about with the grandkids in the park, look for activities that you love and look forward to doing on a regular basis. 2) Set realistic goals. Build up gradually so you don’t push yourself too hard and get discouraged. You could start by doing some light stretching while you watch TV or get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. 3) Do it regularly. Aim to do something every day and ideally 2.5 hours of moderate activity over a week. 4) Get support by exercising with friends. Join an exercise class or talk a friend into going for a walk or a bike ride with you. Your motivation and your body will thank you. 5) Improve your flexibility. Stretching, Pilates, yoga and bowls can all help you stay supple. That will help you carry on doing things like washing your hair, getting dressed, and even tying your shoelaces. To be continued... 


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JULIA BANKS PROBIAN PROFILE AFTER leaving Palmerston North Girls High in 1961 (where I had the same name as the Headmistress – Julia Wallace!) I went to Teachers’ College. Now 78, I am still teaching English, in one-on-one after-school lessons, but in between I have had a varied career. In 1970 the City Council held a song-writing competition for Palmerston North Centenary. Then aged 26, with children aged 2, 3 and 4, I wrote "COME HOME TO PALMERSTON NORTH", and sang it on TV in the Finals – and WON! I received $200, my recording was broadcast throughout the year on 2ZA and a copy was buried in the Time Capsule to be retrieved in 2070. Over those years I was the vocalist for a dance band and had some wonderful roles in musical shows. Looking back, I see I have acted in 38 different stage shows and written scripts for 20 shows and musical reviews. We moved to Auckland, but in 1979 my marriage ended leaving me with the three children. Deciding I needed a change from teaching, I approached NZ Apple and Pear Marketing Board suggesting I should be selling their product. They agreed – so I became "Julia Just from Just Juice!" Four years later Radio 1ZB was advertising for a Senior Production Writer. After sitting their 3-hour written 42 |

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Creative Exam, to my amazement (having no qualifications in the field) I was hired and began several fascinating years writing, singing, producing and voicing commercials. I continued performing onstage, now for Howick Operatic Society, and in 1998 a friend asked me to write a panto for her to direct. "CINDERELLA- GIRL OF TODAY" was a success and the following year HOS commissioned me to write another panto – and direct it myself! I came up with "HERCULES – THE PANTO!" NZ Play Bureau offered to become my agents for both pantos, enabling them to be staged across New Zealand. I sent my "HERCULES" script over to Samuel French Ltd in London and to my delight they accepted it. "HERCULES" has thus been performed in various countries around the world. Howick Little Theatre, where I was also acting in plays, asked me to write them some fundraisers. After attending one of these, the Managing Director of Corporact hired me to write their scripts and perform at conference shows for many big international corporations over four years. For about seven years I enjoyed performing in an Old Time Music Hall. In contrast I formed "The ENO Sisters" – like The ANDREWS Sisters and "equally effervescent!" We were

popular entertainers over the past 17 years. In 2012 I became bored when playing Scrabble with Trevor (my wonderful husband since 1991) and invented "SQUABBLES – THE GAME OF VERY CROSS WORDS" (like Scrabble on steroids!) I was thrilled when the CEO of well-respected Holdson Games wanted his company to produce it. SQUABBLES hit the market throughout New Zealand, then Australia. Next it was specially produced for distribution across UK by a London games company. For the past 10 years Trevor and I have looked forward to our meetings at Howick East Combined Probus Club. The Club is full of interesting friendly Probians. This February I entertained members with "WORD PLAY" – some of my fun poems and topical parody songs. I am now on the Guest Speakers list and about to present these at other Probus Clubs. I look forward to some more fun times ahead! 


A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY A group of members of Karori Probus went to the National Library for a guided tour and spent an interesting hour at two Exhibitions.


OUT FOR A MEAL! Since early February 2022, members of the Newmarket Probus Club have been showing some real interest to join with others and go out for a meal. Here is a picture of Harry having a wonderful time with the Dining Out Group at the Beach Club. All groups have been out dining this year and have recorded ‘great value for money’ at places such as the Beach Club and Foundation on George. All these groups have thoroughly enjoyed eating out together again, and all report a genuine wish to continue to do so!

Members of Boulcott Probus Club boarded the East West Ferry at Days Bay for a great day out. They were very excited as the sea was calm, and it was sunny, and they felt that it was a great time to catch up with each other. The skipper anchored off to Somes/Matiu Island for lunch. They all enjoyed a hearty meal including varied snacks for starters followed by a superb BBQ lunch. The time passed so quickly for them that they couldn’t believe it was already time to return to Days Bay.

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AN AMAZING OUTING The members of Wellington Combined Probus Club went on an outing to Karori Cemetery. Curator Barbara conducted a tour of part of the Cemetery. After the tour, the group retired to The Shepherd’s Arms on Tinakori Road for lunch. All the members had an interesting and enjoyable outing!

MARCH MIDI WALK AT QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK The members of Kapiti Coast Probus Club went walking in groups to explore the tracks and had a wonderful time together for fun and exercise. The March walk through Queen Elizabeth Park took the group on some unfamiliar tracks on a lovely morning which was enjoyed by all.

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OUT AND ABOUT The members of Kaiapoi Combined Probus Club planned and went out on a wonderful trip to a sculpture park in North Canterbury called Rusty Acres. They all had an amazing time looking at the lovely metal sculptures in the relaxed garden. The members then went to a historic hotel called The Plough for a wonderful lunch. It was a most enjoyable day for 38 members.

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THE MYSTERY BUS TOUR The members of Levin Combined Probus Club went on an amazing bus tour to view the works of the new Manawatu Tararua Highway Project. After viewing these massive works, the members proceeded to Carolyn’s Creative Interiors, at Aukaoutere to their venue for Lunch in a converted barn. They all enjoyed the delicious lunch and the lovely spot with a lovely shop to browse in and gardens to wander. After Lunch they were taken to The Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery Centre at the Esplanade where they were given a guided tour. The members had a wonderful time seeing Keruru, Tuatara, including some juvenile ones, king fishers, and hearing the Bell Bird.

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The members of the Manurewa Ladies Probus Club went on a fantastic outing to West Lynn Gardens. Though cloudy at first, the sun came out later as they all wished! The members arrived at West Lynn Gardens for morning tea and not just plain biscuits but chocolate ones too! They all had a great time wandering around the grounds amongst the beautiful Bromeliads. A few balancing acts were also performed by some of the eager and enthusiastic ‘young girls’ who were cheered on by the other ladies. More frolicking was done down the road at the Te Atatu Boat Club after they all enjoyed their delicious lunch selection from the buffet.




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