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MARCH 2014




home for an

afternoon in Paris

HOME trends layering up


& STYLES for winter

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CLASSES FOR ADULTS @ KAMO HIGH SCHOOL Metal wall art is becoming very popular. Make a mural for the garden by painting a vibrant design onto corrugated iron. Brighten up the backyard or disguise the compost heap! View examples online or at the Visit for full details. Examples can be viewed at the CEW office. Collect a brochure from your local library or Kamo High School. Enquiries: email or phone 435 0889.




ELEGANT & BEAUTIFUL SWIMWEAR FROM SEAFOLLY Find paradise in this new Summer Garden swimwear piece from Seafolly. In a fresh new floral print this top has tie back and is suitable for a B to C cup. And the moderate coverage bikini bottom has tie sides for you adjust to your own comfort so it will sit perfectly on the hip. More styles and colours are in store. TUTUKAKA SURF BEACH SHOP, Marina Road, Tutukaka. Ph 4344 135 TSbeachshop Find us on Facebook


HANDMADE NOVELTY KEYRINGS These cute soft toy keyrings are not just all the rage with children - nobody can resist them. Available in a fabulous range of styles and colours. Himalayan Trading Post. Mon–Fri 9.30am–5.00pm, Sat 8.30am–2.30pm. Ph 430 2040. 25 Bank St, Whangarei.



GORGEOUS EVERYDAY WEAR Red Ruby is specialising in event and special occasion wear and we also stock a great selection of everyday wear and designer accessories. Professional style consultant in-store to assist. Red Ruby Luxury Fashion Boutique, 71 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Phone: 438 7770. Email:




RM WILLIAMS BOOTS NOW INSTORE! Whether you are working hard or playing hard. We have got you covered. Newly arrived and exclusive in Whangarei, our RM Williams range encompasses some of the finest boots for both men and women. 100% Australian made with premium leather. Santreno Shoes, The Mall, 49 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Phone 09 438 2224


YOUR ONE STOP LUXURY FASHION BOUTIQUE FOR ALL SPECIAL OCCASIONS Red Ruby is specialising inmother of the bride & groom, weddings, bridesmaids, cocktail & evening wear. We also stock a great selection of designer accessories. Professional style consultant in-store to assist. Red Ruby Luxury Fashion Boutique, 71 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Phone: 438 7770. Email:


COLOURFUL PANTS & TOPS Lovely pants and tops in different styles and endless summer colours! Himalayan Trading Post. Mon–Fri 9.30am–5.00pm, Sat 8.30am–2.30pm. Ph 430 2040. 25 Bank St, Whangarei.




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Shaan comes home for Afternoon in Paris

Our people 4 5 6 7

Florist Jules Smith Rylev Potter Stacy Morrison Gardener Olga Yuretich, winning business Vicki Ogle Wearable arts winner Jeanette Wynyard


8 & 9 Colours and styles for the cooler months




Health & beauty

10-15 Beauty tips and herbal healing


16 The SAVVY girls go GRAND!


19-22 Colours, gardening and a beautiful villa


23 NIssan’s New- Age Pathfinder


24, 25 Opera, theatre and Crown Lynn

Giveaways 27 Be in to win

MARCH 2014




home for an

afternoon in Paris

HOME trends layering up


& STYLES for winter

S AV V Y G I R L S H AV E A G R A N D F R I D AY N I G H T - PA G E 1 6

SAVVY COVER: Elizabeth J Photography

CONTACT US EDITORIAL: Leigh Bramwell, Phillipa Mannagh, Colleen Thorpe. email ADVERTISING:Yuan Zhang. email PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Cunningham, John Stone Produced monthly by: The Northern Advocate, 88 Robert St, Whangarei

wenty-four year old Shaan Antunovich is returning to Whangarei for an ‘‘Afternoon in Paris’’. Shaan is the special guest at this month’s Opera in the Garden at the Kennaway’s Operacado Orchard. She’ll be joined by Opera North singers in an afternoon of songs from well-known French opera and musical theatre, in the 18th annual Opera in the Garden event. A former Kamo Intermediate and High School student, Shaan is a graduate of The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Last year she toured with the sell out ‘‘Pirates of Penzance’’ directed by Raymond Hawthorne. Other cast members included George Henare, Geraldine Brophy, Helen Medlin and Tim Beveridge. ‘‘It was an incredible experience learning from some of New Zealand’s best performers,’’ she said. Other highlights so far have included singing with the Philharmonica Orchestra, playing Nancy in Oliver, Grizabella in Cats and being a soloist in Christmas in the Park. At the New Zealand Singing School, Shaan was awarded both the Excellence and Vocal Excellence in Musical Theatre Awards. She has dreamed of being the guest artist at Opera in the Garden since she first started singing lessons with Joan Kennaway when she was 10 years old. She juggles her busy singing career with managing a

company in Auckland that works with at-risk youth, and recording a CD. You can see Shaan at Opera in the Garden on Saturday March 8 at the Kennaway’s Operacado Orchard, 643 Ngunguru Rd, Glenbervie. The event starts at 3pm, and will include a wide selection of classical and popular Frenchinfluenced songs including Carmen, Phantom of the Opera and LesMiserables. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for children, and can be booked through or from Whangarei Suit Hire, Rust Ave. North Haven Hospice staff and volunteers help with the running of the event, and in turn Opera North gives the Hospice a generous donation. Come along and support Shaan, Opera North and North Haven Hospice!


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Love your body and it will love you back by PHILIPPA MANNAGH with SHARON GIBSON


ules Smith Rylev settles on the word ‘‘honoured’’ when she describes the extravagant wedding she was asked to decorate recently in magnificent Queenstown. Local girl and a loyal client of Bloom flowers Julia Lyons, had her sights set on Stoneridge Estate for her big day and when the request was bestowed upon the team at Bloom Flowers to arrange the flowers, there was only one answer. We will! The spectacular event unraveled via twists and turns when one of the flower boxes got stuck half way down the country. A lost box, no sleep and short time frames kept Jules and Martin on their toes. Gratefully borrowing a friends flower shop near the location, preparations continued and the careful transfer across town took place in their hired car. Due to the amazing quality of Northland’s flowers, everything they required was shipped ahead, all but a couple of arrangements that Jules had carried across country. ‘‘We were still doing flowers when the Whangarei guests were arriving!’’ laughs Jules nervously. ‘‘It’s like stepping into the pages of King Arthur and his Knights,’’ the Stoneridge website describes and from the photos of the event this is the perfect description. Built from nothing, by the hands of a mother and son team, the breathtaking lodge features magnificent views of Lake Hayes and the sprawling gardens surrounding the location. ‘‘Stoneridge Lodge is the dream child of owner Wayne Gore,’’ the owners say. ‘‘When Wayne moved to Lake Hayes with his mother, artist Da Vella Gore, the pair began what has turned into a lifelong passion, reclaiming historic structures and incorporating them into new buildings such as The Chapel by the Lake and Stoneridge Lodge. Buildings crafted from re-cycled timbers and stone, bespoke hand-forged iron work and giant hardwood beams give Stoneridge its distinctive, authentic character and rustic charm. The property is home to magnificent sprawling gardens, tranquil water

Jules has key to secret of happy life


A lost box, no sleep and short time frames kept Jules on her toes

features, sculptures and a boutique vineyard, which all represent decades of dedicated and inspired work.’’ Rustic ambience set the mood here and the flowers Jules chose for the occasion proved so complimentary that the owners mentioned they had never before seen anything like this in the estate. A huge compliment that Jules was thrilled to hear. The reason Jules is where she is today she says, is her belief in the three key secrets to life. Being positive, staying happy and asking the universe for what you want. Jules had only one request to the universe this perfect day, when laying her hard working body down for the evening, ‘‘a room with a view please’’.

We live by the ocean. It’s essential for our wellness. During summer we love our daily dips. When life begins to present as being off balance, we crave a swim in our beloved ocean! It’s a healthy habit, to emerge with a new sense of peace and calm. On the eve of presenting a workshop recently, space opened up for much required ‘peace and calm’ before guests arrived. The waves arrived at greater volumes and strength than normal. King tides. Unfortunately, I got caught in a rip. Quickly exhausted and out of my depth, but with luck on my side, the ocean and loved one delivered me onto the rocks with a mass of bloody battle wounds! What a close call. Sitting on the beach, I lay my hands over the wounds and checked in with my body. I asked, ‘‘What are you trying to tell me here and why so intense?’’ Almost immediately came ‘‘Take better care of your Body’’. I knew I had to — long before that, yet I wasn’t. I am now. So, my question to you is — What is it you crave when your body starts exhibiting characteristics of being off balance? Is it to slow down, to say no, to lessen the constant, stop piling up commitments, unplug from the electronic reality, head to the beach, a nutrition overhaul and body movement? What will it take? There’s no question, the lifestyle many have become accustomed to is one of stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, adrenal pump, sugar overloads, hyper adrenal, toxic overloads and inflamed digestive systems. All the more, moving further away from true wellness. Start today. Take responsibility for your health, for your body and for your life. No one else will. Make at least one healthy choice each day and observe your body loving you back! ■ Sharon Gibson lives in Northland and is a life coach and stylist. To contact Sharon phone her at: 0212 442 811

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hirteen years ago, Stacy Morrison embarked on a pottery journey after loosing interest in black and white photography and graphics as a student. One of her supportive tutors suggested a four-year pottery degree and for Stacy, the rest is history. Studying through Northland Polytechnic, this creative local soon graduated and found a job tutoring mental health students at a drop-in centre. Here, she spent nine years observing the importance of art and the rewarding role of using your creativity for something positive. These days, most of Stacy’s work takes place late at night from home, often into the small hours of the morning. With children around, especially a busy two year old, she says she would have handprints all over the art pieces if they had their way. A simple hobby can very easily turn into a life-long passion as Stacy has found out. ‘‘If I don’t make pottery everyday, I feel like I have wasted my whole day,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m impatient. I love that it is an instant finish. Something that is very quick and uses my hands.’’ First the clay is rolled out and cut into shape. A pattern is then made on the clay by use of stamps or cut and joined. It is then placed out to dry before the first firing and after the glaze and colour is applied it goes back in for the second firing. The local polytechnic own a kiln where Stacy and many others go to complete their work. Her pieces range from garden art, necklaces, tiles and hearts to totara posts, crosses, flowers, plates and much more. The most popular designs are the hearts and flowers Stacy says and her favourite are the totara posts as well as any pieces that she is not under too much pressure to make. Stacy’s own heart is a generous one and often when she has heard of people suffering

Hobby turns in to life-long passion from trauma experiences in the past, she does not hesitate to show her love and support through her work, a small gesture that can uplift or help someone on their journey to restoring their life back together. The response is always grateful and to know someone is thinking of them and would make them something so personal speaks volumes. Her artwork is kept affordable because she does not like to charge too much. ‘‘I want to keep the prices down so that everyone can afford them.’’ Gifts under $10 are hard to find anywhere and for this price,

you are also gaining something unique, hand made and local. Northland Pottery also supply local stores such as The Bach and the Helena Bay Gallery. Stacy dreams of an open gallery at her home one day where customers can walk through an art lined garden, admiring the pieces that Stacy so passionately designs. But for now, people are encouraged to give her a call directly or find Northland Pottery on facebook to make orders. Most come from facebook and email she says and Stacy is open to listening to what type of piece you may have in mind.


Stacy’s own heart is a generous one and often when she has heard of people suffering from trauma experiences in the past, she does not hesitate to show her love and support through her work, a small gesture that can uplift or help someone on their journey to restoring their life back together.

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Love affair with roses

Vicki Ogle is dressed to Cure by PHILIPPA ROSS


Olga Yuretich describes herself as ‘passionately crazy’ about roses. ‘‘I just love the romance, perfume and intricate beauty of the flower,’’ she explains; bubbling with enthusiasm. ‘‘Roses have a language all of their own; each type, part and colour has a symbolic meaning to communicate feelings. I love the historical romantic stories behind some of them’’. Her love affair with roses blossomed when a neighbour gave her an Anais Segales and a Veilchenblau rose as a house warming present for her and husband George when they moved to Te Hana 44 years ago. Their 5 acre garden is testament to the couples love of gardening. Together they’ve created a haven with a vibrant yet serene ambience that leaves you feeling as if you’ve been transported to another world — one adorned with roses, magnolia, iris and spring bulbs that are allowed to ramble the way nature intended. Olga has a particular love for heritage roses. She’s helped create gardens at Reyburn House in Whangarei, the Kauri Museum and Totara House in Matakohe; complementing these historical places with flora that has its own romantic story to tell. Take the Rosa Mundi for example. Named after Rosa-mund, a mistress of Henry II who was said to have been murdered by the princess he was forced to marry. Every year on the anniversary Rosamundas’ death, Henry ordered her tomb to be decorated with masses of Rosa Mundi roses. Sustaining New Zealand’s 200 year old history of roses is at the forefront of Olga’s mind at the moment. As convener for Heritage Roses Northland, she’s co-ordinating a pilgrimage throughout Northland in November to celebrate the arrival of the first roses that were brought to New Zealand by horticulturist, James Shepherd and Reverend Samuel Marsden. The Rosa Chinensis Semperflorens — reputed to have been the first rose grown in NZ — is one of hundreds of roses you can enjoy on this time rich tour that pays homage to the extraordinary people like Olga, whose passion for roses have kept their beauty alive for future generations to enjoy. ■ If you want to be a part of the pilgrimage, you can contact Olga on 09 423 7237.

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rounded, down to earth and with both feet firmly on the ground, Vicki Ogle is out to make a killing and shift the antiquated perception that home kill services don’t care about the animal or the customer. Vicki has combined her passion for preserving the health of people, animals and the environment into creating a home kill service that’s a cut above the rest With a multitude of talents hidden beneath the fashionably dressed woman sitting opposite me in the cafe´, you’d never guess that Vicki juggles the role of mother of two pre school children, dairy farmer and entrepreneur. With a background in nursing, Vicki has used her knowledge about how crucial environmental factors are on the body during growth, development and the dying processes into developing organic farming practices on the 160 acre dairy farm shes manages with husband Arron. Vicki also managed to squeeze in a 36 week small business management course with the Te Wananga 0 Aotearoa which she completed in August last year — a phenomenal, in depth course that gave her a solid grounding for the Homekill Services business that Arron and her took over 18 months ago. All their efforts paid off in November 2013 when they received the coveted Best Emerging Business in the Westpac Business Excellence Awards. Credited for their strong leadership and ability to focus on transitioning the team to a new way while investing significantly (both in the business and of their family) to show how serious they are about change — Vicki and Arron have already made a difference. Not one to rest on her laurels, Vicki is now busy organising the New Zealand Homekill conference that’ll take place at their farm in Hikurangi in August this year; an event that’s sure to help her achieve her ambition to win the 2014 Best Small Business Award.

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ntries are open for this year’s Art n Tartan wearable art awards and a former winner shows you can draw your inspiration from all sorts of places. Waipu local Jeanette Wynyard won the ‘Warrior’ section of the Waipu Museum’s last Art N Tartan competition in 2012, with her ‘TsunaMcki Celtic Warrior’ piece. She was inspired to create a samurai-style armour after seeing the tsunami hit Japan. ‘‘When the Japanese went through that tsunami and witnessed all that devastation — my heart went out to them,’’ Ms Wynyard said. ‘‘I wanted to give them a bit of encouragement and strength, and red means passion.’’ The design took her seven to nine months and cost her around $150. The armour plates are made from spray-painted Fresha Valley milk bottles. Other materials include tartan (of which entrants are required to use in 30 percent of the wearable art piece), trinkets, braiding, and boots from an op-shop. Ms Wynyard researched the Japanese samurai and utilised aspects of their armour in the headwear. ‘‘It’s all my own design,’’ she said. She modelled it herself in the show and says in the rehearsals there were plans for her to jump out on stage. ‘‘I tripped over and damaged part of the knee of the armour, but surprisingly I wasn’t hurt — so the armour worked,’’ she laughed. The Art N Tartan award night itself is a colourful and interesting event, she said. ‘‘It’s awesome. I love seeing people’s creativity. It was also cool to see [in 2012] the older generation getting into it.’’ Her favourite aspect would be ‘‘people’s imagination and how diverse [the creations are] — the whole ingenuity thing.’’ ‘‘I like the whole idea of taking something that was just an idea, and turning into a reality.’’

Jeanette Wynyard won the ‘Warrior’ division of the 2012 Art N Tartan wearable art awards.

Tsunami inspires wearable art winner Entries to this year’s competition close on May 2, and entry forms are available from www.waipu The non computer savvy can call Tracy Chapman on (09) 432-0896 or call in at the museum.

Once you have entered, the changes are for the preliminary judging, which has been moved to June 2, Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and for ticket sales dates, which have changed to June 3 for walk-in local sales.

There is usually a long queue and they go quickly, so be prepared to be at the museum early. Tickets for the general public and Eventfinder Tickets will now go on sale Wednesday, June 4.

The new entry form on the website has the new dates and a printed version is available at the museum. All top prizes are in cash and, this year, there is a total cash prize pool of over $6500 to be won.

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What’s in for winter . . . A

s the mornings advance with a hint of chill in the air — it’s a refreshing reminder that autumn is just around the corner. For retail clothing stores the summer season has already passed — all that remains are crammed racks of crashed down stock — bargains galore. Especially for those lucky enough to be a dress size 10 or 18 who take a size 36 or a 42 shoe! Dominating the racks already is more than a hint of the new autumn/winter ranges. So what’s in for winter?? You will be searching for the Saturday sweater, the white shirt, the oversized batwing day or evening top in lurex or sequins, a tailored straight leg trouser, ponti knit pull ups, everything and anything to do with leather or wet-look (and we are definitely not too old!), fun fur-trimmed jackets and vests, that edgy coat in velvet, tailored cotton/silk or merino-trimmed leather and of course the blazer. As for the dress, it is diverse. Go Audrey Hepburn in your figure hugging peplum. Experiment with the understated contoured looks in corrugated or patterned knits from Joseph Ribkoff’s latest collection, not to mention the slinky long line merino and silk sheath dress that Sabatini are doing so well, complimented with drop dead high ankle or mid-calf boots. Pink is the new red and navy is the new black. Don’t panic though, black will always be black. It’s an easier season than last year — tunics have become tulips worn with tight straight skirts or skinny leg trousers. Swing tops are working as layering pieces under oversized shorter tops. This year’s jeggings are sensational. They have weight and texture and in some cases pattern — subtle or bold depending on your sense of fun. For those of us who love natural fibres, don’t discount the man-made fibres of today. Much research has gone into their development with a focus on comfort and breathability. Manmade fabrics are OK. Give them

a go. There is lots of talk of lounging wear, (oh so nice to have the time to experience it) ... think yoga pants, knit waist bands and sloppy batwing tops. So comfortable hanging out with the girls, but he’s going to love you when you strut out in your NYDJ jeans and a fitted top . . .

it’s an interesting winter, ticks all the boxes . . . your black opaque’s with boots hide a multitude of sins . . . Have fun this winter, we certainly will be enjoying the experience too . . . Cheryl Polwart

Leather Trim Zip Dress, 2-Tone Jumper and Laser Cut Leather Pant, 2-Tone Batwing Cardigan and Laser Cut Leather Pant, Sheer Stripe Dress and Laser Cut Leather Pant all from Sabatini. Lumbo, Paris Cat, Swift Exit all Minx Shoes.



AND BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL We have worked hard as a top quality retailer of fine women’s clothing and fashion accessories to seek out just the right styles to fit the needs of our customers.

This autumn, we have partnered with many of the leading designer labels to bring you the exact style you are looking to wear for work, play or that special occasion.


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t’s sad, but autumn is officially upon us, summer has been great and the warmer weather will be around for a while. However cooler mornings and nights will start creeping in and with that the need for an extra layer or two, so it’s time to concentrate on the new season of fashion desirables ahead, it’s also a great idea to start looking at what you need, so you don’t miss out on sizes colours and statement pieces. Shades of silver greys, chocolate and navy are showing very strong in Europe and

Time to consider that extra layer America worn with black and a splash of colour. Navy is great with crisp white and cream/ ivory tones. Cardigans are a great and stylish way of adding extra layers over a singlet or cami with jeans or shorts, dresses and skirts. Long sleeves are also great for this. Fashion isn’t just the latest trends, it’s about a style that looks good on you and makes you feel great. Something that suits your body shape. All trends are not for everyone they are hard to keep up with and can be a disaster if you don’t feel fabulous. If you are unsure, classic is always the best solution, it’s never out of style. All fashion and statement pieces are available at Gaabo right now.



With 2014 in full swing, Gaabo girls are hard at work and excited for the new season. Once again bringing you the latest fashion trends this autumn.

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ome 22 years ago Passion, a bustling hair and beauty salon, opened in Maunu Road and there began a thriving business that has seen many transformations as times, technology and fashions have changed. However, there has remained one constant over these years, and that is owner Paula Davies nee Jeeves. Paula always knew that she was destined for a career in hair and beauty from a very young age, and her natural flair and personality were well suited to the industry.

Paula’s has always been in the industry and despite many changes, both personally and professionally, the passion still glows within her. Just over two years ago Paula survived a serious life threatening craniotomy that doctors expected would end her life. Being the fighter that she is, Paula pulled through the surgery that was followed by intensive chemo and radiation therapy. With an MRI earlier this year confirming that there are no signs of the tumour returning it was time to rethink her life strategy. Paula says “These life experiences really change your priorities and while I am still passionate about the industry I felt a need to make some changes in my life and take time out to enjoy my family. Our time is so precious; you never know when your time is up so you have to live every day to the fullest. There have been so many people who have touched my life in so many ways since I was first diagnosed. For me, these people have been so incredibly supportive throughout the ordeal and their kindness and ongoing support have bought me to tears on so many occasions. I want to give a heartfelt thanks to my staff, customers, suppliers and the local community for 22 years of amazing relationships, of joy and of tears, celebrations and transformations. It has been an amazing privilege to be a part of your journey and I thank you for being a part of mine.” I am leaving you in capable hands with Hazel, Jemal and Katie, having a combined 52 years’ experience. Hairdressing for 18 years, Jemal Guitry is an established Whangarei based stylist and has a background of business management experience. Katie Hood has been hairdressing for 20 years and has a wealth of management experience, focusing on leadership and coaching dedicated to the hairdressing industry. Hazel Newman has been hairdressing for 14 years and she is incredibly driven when it comes to competition work and is one of only eight finalists for the 2014 Industry NZ HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR AWARDS. For this competition she worked on a collection of three images, which are now being utilised as the branding for the new salon. Also joining the team are Sarah Smith and Larissa Roberts - both hairdressers who currently work at “Passion for Hair”. Sarah Smith has been hairdressing for 11 years and is looking forward to growing and working with the new team. Larrisa Roberts has been with Passion for 15 years, starting her journey as a nail technician and after changing career paths she is now on her way to completing her hairdressing apprenticeship. Once again thank you to all those who have supported myself and the Passion team over the years.

“I would like to thank all of Passion’s customers over the years, and also say a massive Thank You to my amazing staff ” From 11th of March Passion will be under new ownership, changing its name to Three Hairdressing

09 438 8218 74 Maunu Road, Whangarei

PA S S I O N F O R H A I R IS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Introducing the new owners of “Three Hairdressing” Jemal Guitry, Katie Hood and Hazel Newman. With an abundance of hairdressing experience between the three new owners of the formerly named “Passion for Hair”, the salon is in great hands - with each partner bringing their own unique skillset to the team. The team aims to provide their clients with a high level of quality hairdressing, with a focus on modern, beautiful work – maintained through continuing professional development and training. The team at Three Hairdressing would like to wish Paula all the best for her new adventures and we look forward meeting all our new clients in our wonderful new salon environment.

OPENING 11th MARCH Appointments can be made now by phoning 09 438 8218

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Collection for Industry NZ Hairdresser of the Year Awards 2014 | Photography – Karen Ishiguro | Model – Michelle Mason | Makeup- Rebekah Banks | Hair – Hazel Newman




Be confident in your skin Having scars and marks from acne can seem like double punishment — first you had to deal with the pimples, now you have marks on your skin as a reminder. Most of the time those reddish or brownish marks are left behind after a pimple eventually fade with no need for treatment, however deeper marks need intervention from a professional treatment provider. At Caci Whangarei our Registered Nurse offers collagen induction to improve skin texture, lines and scarring. Sometimes referred to as micro needling or dermal rolling, Collagen Induction uses a dermal roller - a surgical instrument comprising of fine micro-needles. These needles cause micro-wounds within the dermis layer of the skin. The skin reacts to these by producing collagen. Over a course of treatments collagen fibres strengthen and elasticity is increased. The new collagen produced reduces the appearance of skin indentations when dermal rollers are applied to lines wrinkles and scars, including acne scars. Collagen induction therapy is an alternative to laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and strong chemical peels.

THE BENEFITS ■ Increased effectiveness of active products ■ Minimal risks ■ Short healing time ■ The process is fairly painless ■ No risk of permanent injury to the dermis ■ No sun-sensitivity after treatment ■ All skin areas can be treated ■ The body produces its own collagen

WHAT SORT OF RESULTS I CAN EXPECT? ■ Improved skin texture ■ Restored elasticity ■ Softer lines and wrinkles ■ Increased skin tightness ■ Reduced appearance of scarring and pigmentation At Caci Whangarei, we recommend collagen induction treatments in conjunction with microdermabrasion to keep the

skin constantly exercised. This ensures the cells are continuously producing new collagen fibres which strengthen over time to produce a thicker layer of tissue which ‘fills in’ the cavities left by scars and wrinkles. By completing a course of treatments you will see a combination of instant and long lasting results. Collagen induction is offered at Caci as a one off treatment or as part of our Reformaskin® skin treatment program. Reformaskin® is a combination of the best skin treatments with premium skincare products to make it easy and achievable for clients to reveal the best possible skin for them. The Reformaskin® program uses skin correcting treatments to target a range of skin issues including pigmentation, wrinkles, redness, open pores and skin markings. There are six different Reformaskin® programs. To start, each client

has a consultation to discuss their skin goals. Depending on their needs and the level of skin damage a program is recommended to suit them. The Reformaskin® program offers an affordable interest free payment plan. Payments for the total program are broken into bite sized pieces and spread across the year, making the cost manageable. Plus all Caci clients who are program members enjoy elleca rewards: complimentary facials and a 20% discount on all standard beauty therapy services. So find out how you can be more confident in your skin by calling Caci Whangarei on 0800 458 458 to speak to one of our team about coming in for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your individual skin concerns. We look forward to seeing you in the Clinic soon, — Jenny and the team at Caci Whangarei.

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REVEAL YOUR SKIN’S SECRETS 1 DAY ONLY! Thurs April 3rd Linda our Skin Specialist is available by appointment to analyse your skin with the new Murad YouthCam.

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How did you become interested in the hairdressing industry?

As a young girl I loved going to the salon with my mum, I loved the glamour of the hairdressers and I loved the smell of the salon. I love everything that goes along with it (including the hard work!). I love that we get to make women feel wonderful about themselves we get to meet the most interesting people. When everything else comes off — your clothes, makeup and jewellery — the beauty of your hair stays with you.

How would you describe your personal style? I love fashion but tend to be on the modern yet sophisticated style. I love dressing up and that


QUESTIONS with Teresa McInerney

from Villa Hairdressing

progressing. I get ideas from films, fashion, magazines and people around me. I am also fortunate that I get to travel to places like New York, Sydney and Europe which is a great way to experience what’s going on in the hair industry. Sydney Hair Expo is one of our main salon training destinations.. We also have great educators from Goldwell that go to Europe and train to then educate us on the latest trends.

What is the biggest challenge in your hairdressing career? For me it would definitely be my hands! I suffered terrible dermatitis, as many hairdressers do. I was told by everyone to give up. I refused, I loved hairdressing so much there was just no other option. I

What would you say about your team members? Daniel has been with me the longest — 5 years. He was 16 when he started with us and has just done so well. With a string of awards to his name already, he has certainly made a name for himself in this industry. He is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, I love his energy and passion for all things! Daniel has been talented enough to represent Villa at NZ Fashion Week. The salon is always entertaining with Daniel around — we love him. Jayne and I have been friends forever. We’ve had some amazing years spent working in London together. Jayne is one of the most brilliant hairdressers I have had the pleasure to work with. She has had her own own "Toni & Guy" salon in London and has had great success. I am so grateful she came home to settle down and I am extremely fortunate to have her. Jayne will be increasing her days to take on the 2 days of which Michelle worked and welcomes her clients. Nghina is our newest addition to the Villa family. After only 1 year she is just fantastic!! I am so excited for her and her future in hairdressing, as she is a total natural!! Through her fantastic efforts Nghina keeps the salon running seamlessly. Thanks goodness for her!!

What is the most important change to happen in your career?

is one of the favourite parts of my job. I am in a very image conscience industry so you definitely need to put your best fashion foot forward and stay on top of what’s going on.

How do you keep on top of style trends? As a hairdresser you firstly have to learn and perfect the craft of hairdressing, then you develop your creativity. This process never ends, you have to continue learning and

used to travel to Auckland every month to have cortisone injections from New Zealand’s top skin specialist. I used to have to apply cream then gladwrap my fingers then put on cotton gloves at night for them to heal. Most nights I would scratch them off then sit for an hour or so with a bag of frozen peas on my hands to take down the swelling and itchiness. But with lots of determination (and many nights scratching) I made it through. Back 25 years ago when I started, we neutralized a lot of perms!

How do you connect with clients? That’s a really easy answer ... listen!! Considering the individuals unique features, needs and style, we create the ultimate look for our client.

What do you think defines good customer service I recently had a new client contact me to thank me for her amazing hairstyle. She had loads of compliments and loved the

experience of our salon, she felt she was treated like an old friend. I believe that making clients feel welcome and comfortable is the most important part of our service. That they know they are in the very best hands and that they have a wonderful experience.

How would you describe your own business — Villa Hairdressing? A sophisticated boutique salon creating effortless style.

Definitely the biggest change would have to be buying out my business partners half of the salon. Michelle and her family are off on a new adventure to live in Aussie and we all wish her the absolute best. I’m really looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me as being sole owner. With the support and continued loyalty from my team, we will continue to provide superb hairdressing and the excellent service which we are known for.

Tell us 3 things that would surprise us about yourself: I camped for 3 months (in a pup tent) around Africa; I travelled down the Nile for 4 nights in a faluca (which is a fancy name for a dingy with a sail); I own a campervan (my sister calls it a glampervan and wants to have girls’ weekends away in it!)


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FROM LEFT: The reception area, waiting room and consultation room.


Celebrates clinic expansion T

he Tui Medical Centre was established in 1990 by Vasantha and Geir Bjornholdt. The doctor and physiotherapy couple came to New Zealand with their 2 children for holidays 2 1/2 years earlier and fell in love with Whangarei. Both worked at the hospital here in their respective fields before they purchased and completely revamped the 2 homes on the corner of Tui Crescent and Maunu road into clinics. Vasantha ran the physiotherapy clinic until she sold it 2 years ago. The general practice outgrew the old building despite several extensions over the years. More space was needed and recently the centre opened its new rooms which has doubled its capacity. ‘‘We can now accommodate 4 full time GPs’’, says Vasantha, the business manager and codirector. ‘‘Moreover when the renovations of the building next door are complete we can provide specialist and allied health provider services. The physiotherapy clinic is currently not in operation but will be in the very near future ‘‘. The new clinic is modern and spacious with a large waiting area incorporating a separate children’s play area. It also features a purpose built operating theatre where skin cancer and other types of surgery is carried out. There is ample off road car parking.


Tui Medical Centre owners Vasantha and Dr Geir Bjornholdt, left; and the medical centre building, above. The Tui Medical Centre is a Cornerstone accredited practice which means it has passed the stringent criteria and standards as stipulated by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Doctors Geir Bjornholdt and Paula Mathieson are Vocationally Registered GP s and College appointed teachers. Doctors Dirk Ziegert and Kylie Cox are in the GP registrar program which means they are fully qualified doctors specialising in general practice. This means that all four doctors are keeping up to date with modern medicine and general practice. Apart from the usual general






practice services, the team can deal with 1st trimester pregnancy care, family planning incl. Jadelle and Mirena insertions, emergency medicine incl. fracture management with plaster casts etc., etc... The doctors look after 2 rest homes and can provide home visits when required. The team of well qualified and friendly nurses and helpful and efficient receptionists will ensure that your visit to Tui Medical Centre will be a pleasant experience.

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Verrucas common ... and contagious Herbalist LES helps address health issues the natural way

Bad habits that are good for you Ever promised yourself that this year you were definitely going to give that bad habit the flick, only to give into your vice again after only a couple of hours? Well, the good news is that ‘bad’ habit may not actually be as harmful as you think. Here are 5 common ‘bad’ habits that are actually good for your health.


Most of us love a good gossip, whether we’re giggling over a colleague’s new romance or passing an opinion on someone’s outfit choice or behavior, and the good news is that gossiping could actually be good for us. Not only does listening to gossip help us to learn more about the characters of those around us, bonding and having a laugh with your peers also releases feel-good hormones which help to relieve stress and anxiety.


Although drinking too much coffee can be detrimental to your health, in smaller quantities the popular hot drink can actually be good for you. When drunk in moderation (no more than three cups per day), caffeine can speed up your metabolism, boost exercise endurance and reduce your risk of gallstones and kidney stones. A study by the Harvard Medical School has also found that women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to be depressed, while separate research has shown that drinking three cups cuts

risk of age-related diabetes.


It’s the bane of school teachers everywhere, yet research suggests that fidgeting may be no bad thing – at least in us adults. Research suggests that fidgeting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day, helping you to keep off those excess pounds. To further increase your calorie burn, try to squeeze in more incidental exercise, such as getting up to change the channel rather than using the remote control.


Swearing: it’s not big and it’s not clever... but studies suggest that in certain situations it may actually be good for you. According to a study by the University of East Anglia, swearing at work could help employees cope with stress and maintain solidarity. Meanwhile, researchers at Keele University’s School of Psychology found that swearing can provide effective short-term relief from pain. However, the study also notes that swearing should be reserved for crises only, as the higher the daily swearing frequency was for participants, the less pain relief they experienced.


OK, so repeatedly missing showers may not win you any friends, but if you are ever tempted to skip a shower here and there, research suggests that you could be doing your health (and the environment) a favour. Daily washing not only strips your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated and supple, it could also strip your skin of good bacteria that help to prevent disease. If you do decide to skip a shower, just try to do it on a day when you won’t be vigorously working out! ■ For more lifestyle news see

My 8 year old son walks round barefoot all summer and has a large verruca under his big toe. Getting it frozen off at the doctors seems to be the only course of action but I’m wondering if there are any natural treatments I can try first. I’m always being asked about verrucas which are small, bumpy growths on the soles of the feet, often with a tiny black dot, or dots, on the surface. They are also known as Plantar Warts. They’re caused by the Human Papiloma Virus so, in other words it’s a viral infection that tends to be more common in young people and children rather than adults. This virus invades the skin through small cuts or cracks, causing the outer layer of skin cells to grow rapidly. It’s a condition often dreaded by families with young children and one that mums can become very concerned about. Many adults have recollections of getting painful verruca treatments in their youth

and now dread that history will repeat itself with their children. Verrucas are not dangerous and only hurt if they are in a weight bearing position or being pinched by footwear. However, they are highly contagious. Verrucas love warm moist skin, in fact they thrive in these conditions and are very contagious and easily spread in such environments. One blessing is, that as we get older the skin isn’t quite so warm, or quite so moist and as a result verrucas are generally no longer attracted to the skin. The homeopathic treatment that I would suggest is a remedy called Thuja which is of plant origin and has been shown

to be of great benefit in this condition. It can safely be given to children and for advice on dosage consult Gillian, the brilliant naturopath at Hardys in Kerikeri. Themba herbal skin cream can also be very effective and can be applied liberally to verrucas, even hourly if possible when your child is at home. Themba contains kigelia extract, calendula, lavender, aloe and wheatgerm oil and a number of podiatrists use this cream to treat verrucas. It’s perfectly safe for young children and is also available from Hardys in Kerikeri. A couple of capfuls of apple cider vinegar can be added to bath water or used in a foot bath.

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The menu:

The menu is limited ... but what it had was adequate — and cheap! For the six SAVVY girls it cost $13 in food for the night. On the menu were American hotdogs ($3), bacon, cheese and onion toasties ($2), pies ($3) and mini pizzas ($3). The toasted sandwiches were a huge success ... the best in town was suggested ... they were so good, in fact, one of our girls was tempted by a second. The white wine was fine, $7 a glass ... but make sure you ask for it from a bottle, as cask wine is also available. The red wasn’t to the liking of our ladies, a bit sweet. But that wasn’t a problem at all, they were happy to move on to gin!

What was on our mind:

We’re six SAVVY girls who meet on the last Friday of every month at 5pm for a couple of wines and snacks. It’s just enough to catch up ... and then get home in time for Corrie! Each month we’ll let you know where we went and what we found, and, if you’re keen, join us!

Rough on the surface but grand at heart

The staff:

Very unassuming. She served us with a smile and then left us to it. Perfect.

What would we change?:

Where we went:

Knowing this is a public bar we didn’t expect the flash platters and expensive wines of other establishments in Whangarei. We doubt many punters to Shunters drink red wine so asking for more expensive stock would be silly. For what it is the bar is just fine.

Shunters Bar at The Grand Hotel 2 Bank Street, Whangarei; 09-438 4279


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First thoughts:

At 5pm the place was fairly quiet. Our first SAVVY girl was there on her own for 1/4 of an hour but certainly wasn’t feeling out of place. With a couple of other punters joining her at the table she learnt a fair bit about this public bar and what it offers. There was a room of pokies, an automated TAB - one of the locals helped us place a bet, pool tables and large TVs for sport and, of course, the races. It really is a working man’s bar — but we knew that when we booked a date here.

Real Estate was top of the list with one of our team selling her home and the rest of us enjoying the task of finding her a new house. The Advocate’s Property Guide became our written companion with open homes to look at Saturdays and Sundays. With our friend downsizing the thought of shopping for new furniture also had us excited. Jury service was another high on our list. The same SAVVY girl buying a new house was also down for jury service. It was a busy month for her! The night markets were something we were keen to have a look at so headed there after our evening at The Grand.


A pleasant evening. We didn’t win on the horses, although it was great to watch the race ... and certainly something different. Next time we’ll be having a go on the pokies and play a few games of pool. Nice, cheap and cheery. Jeans and jandals are the order of the day.

Patrons, from left, Henare Niha, Brent Poppen, Tom Holland and Dayelle Keinzley catch up at Shunters Bar at The Grand Hotel.

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It’s fun being a kid! PHILIPPA MANNAGH let’s her little-girl voice convince her to give it a go in Paihia and finds another free treat for kids in Whangarei.


or a mama who has lost her edge over the years, a stop off at Action World in Paihia during my daughter’s pippin’s camp did not get me that excited, in all honesty. I thought I would happily sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy watching her spread her wings and build up her own confidence. Well, that it did. But what surprised me the most, was my little-girl voice inside telling my big-girl brain to let loose and give it a try — to be a kid again! The childlike Pippa won this argument and before I could think of the next reason to not take part, it was all on... The first heart-stopping ride was the massive slide — inside a slippery bag type thing for that matter. The young girls sat at the base of the slide cheering us mums on and although once at the top there was no way I wanted to carry through with it, the look on the girls faces were full of expectation. I haven’t felt such adrenaline run through me since I was a teenager — and this was a safer option. Next was the tight rope and it was much harder than it looked, even the practise rope closest to the ground. Ignoring the inner voice telling me I was scared of heights, I climbed the ladder to the real tight rope, all the time wondering what I was thinking but this combined rush of excitement, danger, challenge and craziness appealed to the person inside whom I once was. I also had a point to prove to my daughter, to be brave and give things a go — I had to practise what I was preaching. This place is so much cooler than I thought and a day spent here would be a wonderful one. Action World offers a giant water slide, bungee running, roller races, mini golf, animal

life, barbeque facilities, refreshments, rock climbing, balance beams and various trapezes plus much more. The owners were more than hospitable, chatting away casually and happy to make our visit one to remember. Albeit the stiff arms in the morning from working the trapeze, I felt like this place had knocked a few years off my age and pushed me to new levels that I had forgotten existed. ■ Action World, Paihia


ad and little miss had braved Whangarei’s BMX track the week before, and had arrived home covered in mud, stones and smiles — a tomboy’s dream. This father’s dream also, passing his riding passion down through the generations. Following several requests to show the whole family her new


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skills, we found ourselves at the old BMX Park on Riverside Drive behind the skate park. A lot of work has been done down there, now providing a really cool track that almost tempted mum to jump on and have a blast! Families arrived with the same idea, a perfect way to release that last bit of energy deep inside the young ones bellies before settling down for a lazy Saturday night dinner of chicken and buns and the peace of sleeping children. Youthful faces lit up as first attempts were conquered and fear took the back seat. What would start as cautious beginnings ended in brave pace and a newfound confidence within, proud that they had risen up to the challenge. Our wee master is not yet as confident on two wheels so he chose to race around the outside of the track while his sister rode. He pretended he was on a bike, which seemed to keep him extremely happy trying to keep up. For the spectator, the scenery down there is beautiful next to the harbour and proves a good time to relax. Layback in the grass as your children discover a place that kids can be kids, bruised knees and all. Good honest fun — and it’s free. One satisfied and tired family equals lazy evenings and late summer routines. Love it Here! ■ William Fraser Memorial Park, Riverside Drive, Whangarei

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non-competitive and non-commercial surfing event is bringing people from all over the world to Waipu Cove to connect and share stories in New Zealand for the first time. The Cove Fish Fry has been organised by surfing enthusiast Mike Cunningham from Whangarei and will run at Waipu Cove on March 9 from 8am. After attending six fish fry events in Australia, Mike thought it was time to bring the gathering to New Zealand and Waipu Cove was the perfect spot. ‘‘It’s a gathering of likeminded people. ‘‘It’s not a mainstream event, it’s not for mass-producers of boards. It’s for your average surfer who loves surfing.’’ Mike’s approach to spreading the word about the event mirrors the values of the gathering. The event has been shared organically around the world through social media interest and word-of-mouth, rather than a big marketing campaign. Six months ago Mike, who works as senior photographer for the Northern Advocate newspaper and SAVVY magazine, launched the Cove Fish Fry blog, and from there international surfers and shapers have been in touch to confirm they’ll be attending. He has taken advice from one of the organisers of the first fish fry in San Diego. ‘‘The thing he said was keep the Fish Fry format as original and as simple as possible. Because what it is, is a gathering of people in a park. Don’t go crazy and spend lots of money and have peripheral things like stalls and stuff happening.’’ Mike encourages people to come with their kids and a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach meeting and talking to other people, and even try riding a totally different style of surfboard, whether it be fin-less, a fish board, or a traditional Hawaiian paipo. ‘‘Come to the place, bring a surfboard, your family, some lunch and stories. ‘‘Hopefully people come away

Surfer and surfboard shaper Christian Wach from California talks to local Ruakaka surfer and shaper at Waipu Cove, where the First Annual Cove Fish Fry will be held, below left; Northern Advocate and SAVVY photographer Mi chael Cunningham

International surf event to be hosted in Waipu from it with a buzz about the different directions in surfing you can take and how you can make your own equipment, because there is nothing more exciting than riding what you have made.’’ Fish fry events happen in the US, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Ireland and many other countries, and could be staged in other parts of New Zealand too. ‘‘I’ve already have people interested in starting a South Island one, which I really support.’’ There will be collections of surfboards from local enthusiasts on display and anyone making surfboards in their backyard is encouraged to bring along anything they have made. Surfing is popular in Whangarei for many reasons, Mike says.

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1. The original scheme for the house strongly signals the entrance with the warm terracotta orange of Resene Tia Maria. It does the same job as a boldly coloured front door, which in this case isn’t visible from the street. In contrast, the more recessive earthy colours of Resene Napa (lighter) and Resene Masala (darker) are used for the main body of the house, the higher side fin wall and the lower garden wall. 2. With its subtle undertones of green, this scheme anchors the house into its high country style garden of tussocks and grasses. At the base and for the left-hand fin walls, Resene Chicago is a masculine, almost bitter, grey while the smoky grey green Resene Lemon Grass is used for the main part of the house. Resene Quarter Lemon Grass lightens the finish on the fascia and eaves. 3. This scheme gives us a more playful, slightly regal scheme of purple and gold, interpreted in the summery harvest Resene Double Wheatfield for the main walls and fascia. The scheme is anchored by using a stronger version of Resene Pavlova on the lower garden wall. The sophisticated greyed lilac of Resene Fedora becomes a bold statement on the entrance and side walls — there’s no mistaking where to find the front door! The eaves are kept warmly quiet with the classic Resene Pearl Lusta.


4. Soft as the dawn mist, Resene Quarter Delta sets the scene for a calming three-way tonal scheme that’s easy on the eye. That colour is also used on the eaves, and is joined by the deep charcoal of Resene Baltic Sea on the side wall, with the earnest dark grey of Resene Stack on the lower garden wall. This is a scheme that would suit the seriousness of city environments.



Contrary to some popular belief, modern architecture can open the creative floodgates in terms of colour. With the various strong planes created by the plaster exterior of this house, there’s opportunity to treat each one quite differently for either a subtle shift in tone or a more striking contrasting scheme.

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leadlight door opens into the hall, which retains its timber-panelled dado, deep skirting boards and timber arches and architraves. Colin and Wilma have furnished it with many pieces bought locally, including an old wooden telephone, framed mirrors and photographs, and a timber and brass barometer. ‘‘We were living in France before we came here so we had to leave all our French furniture behind,’’ Wilma says. ‘‘So most of the furnishings for the house have been sourced in the area, and we even bought the dining table from the people who owned the house before us — it was perfect for the place.’’ Wilma chose mainly neutral colours to maximize the light in the villa, but had to make an exception in one of the bedrooms. It had been papered in rose-coloured wallpaper, and was far too pretty to replace. It’s now set off by a white painted bay window behind the bed, and white skirting boards and paneled ceiling. Another of the bedrooms has its own period fireplace, and French doors to the verandah. The lounge also opens to the verandah through French doors, but the piece de resistance here is the original fireplace, an ornate work of art with a carved and turned timber surround, a cast iron firebox and tiled hearth. A traditional bull-nosed verandah offers ample outdoor sitting space and provides an easy transition to the garden, which has a mix of exotic and native planting, with many mature trees. There’s an old brick path along the front, a picket fence, and climbers growing up the verandah posts on both the house and Colin’s office, which is a pretty studio in matching style just across the garden. ‘‘It’s been very special for us to live in this villa in Whangarei,’’ Wilma says. ‘‘It’s a wonderful historic building that should be kept for the future of New Zealand.’’ Moving further south to be closer to their daughter, Colin and Wilma know they’ll probably never replicate the charm of Dalhousie, and they don’t plan to try. They love to travel — they spent four months in South East Asia last year — so their next home is likely to be a ‘lock up and leave.’’


t’s mainly thanks to a Brisbane taxi driver that Wilma and Colin Lynch came by their beautiful villa in Hatea Drive, Whangarei. The English couple were en route to New Zealand for a holiday and their Aussie cab driver asked them where they were off to. When they told him, he extolled the virtues of his home town of Whangarei, and during their visit, they decided to take a look. They loved the city, its convenience, its proximity to beaches and bush walks, and its beautiful old villas, but they never dreamed then that they’d one day be living here. ‘‘But our daughters came to live and work on this side of the world so we applied for our residency to live here too,’’ Wilma explains. She and Colin were renting a house in Devonport when they saw the Hatea Drive villa for sale on the internet, and they came to Whangarei to see it. ‘‘It was nestled away in Hatea Drive — the perfect setting — and we loved it as soon as we saw it,’’ Wilma recalls The villa was built in 1912 by the Kay family from Scotland. Mr Kay was in the British Army in India, and named the house Dalhousie, after the place in India where the soldiers had their summer retreat. When Wilma and Colin bought it, it still had most of its original features, and simply needed some repairs and redecoration. The project took two years, during which time Colin and Wilma did a lot of the labouring work, employing tradesmen for the specialist jobs. The carpets were removed and they were delighted to discover beautiful kauri floors underneath, some of which had never even been polished. ‘‘The kitchen had lino, hardboard, and chipboard over the floorboards, and we had to source some kauri from Hamilton to repair it,’’ Wilma says. It’s now sanded and polished, and tones perfectly with the T and G ceiling, timber joinery and cupboards, and a beautiful fire surround which houses a fully restored coal range. While the kitchen may be the heart of the house, the hallway is the centerpiece. A beautiful

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: When Colin and Wilma first saw the villa, nestled into its Hatea Drive garden, they knew they had to have it; the dining table suited the space so well that Colin and Wilma bought it from the previous owners; underneath layers of lino and hardboard, the kitchen had a beautiful kauri floor which has been repaired, sanded and polished; his beautiful rose coloured wallpaper in one of the bedrooms was a bonus and has simply been enhanced with white painted woodwork; the hall is a masterpiece of villa renovation, with a leadlight door, polished floors and timber dado. LEFT: An ornate fireplace is the focal point of the lounge, which opens through French doors to the verandah; Colin’s office across the garden can double as a sleepout or artist’s studio.


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Alter-Natives Nursery and Landscaping continues a monthly column of helpful tips on gardening and related topics. by SEAN BRILL


ouldn’t it be great to have geckos, birds and native insects in our backyards. Before that can happen you need to know what sort of plants and habitats they need. Some birds are easy to invite around like tui or wood pigeon as they mainly need food. -For both birds, native plants that produce nectar and fruit will encourage them Lizards and some of the rare native birds like tomtits need both food and habitat. The best habitat for indigenous wildlife is a native area and many of New Zealand’s lizards are only found in existing bush and forest areas. To find out what kind of wildlife you may have in your area, or to improve existing native vegetation so you can encourage native wildlife to come and stay, it is important to know how the ecosystems are being affected and by what. This is where ecological reports can be useful as it can give you information about what habitats you have already. Improvements such as replacing plants back in to the system, reinstating the water table, and pest control, can all improve the vegetation and allow wildlife to thrive there. For example if you have a small patch of bush in at the end of your farm and it is being grazed it’s likely there is little or no under

growth and the large trees will likely be the same type, this is not a healthy native forest and some forest birds and lizards like our Northland green gecko will not live there because there’s very little food for them and there is too much trampling for skinks. If there was a greater range of vegetation, both under growth and in the canopy, bell birds, tomtits and even more tui and fantails would call it home. This would help increase the number of ground cover and hiding places for skinks to take cover. Wildlife will use your back yard if it is suitable, so if you have a large area of bush or land not being productive, or own a back yard on the boundary of a bush park you may benefit from an ecological report being conducted. If you would like to chat to our ecologist, have him visit your site, or have ecological plans drawn up then please contact Sean Brill at Alter-Natives

A Tomtit, left, and a forest gecko, right.

WE’RE MOVING! We are shifting premises at the end of March. Our new site at 101 Kioreroa Rd is tucked in behind the dog pound and will be bigger and better than ever. We are combining our Waipu production nursery, with our Port Rd nursery so we will be able to offer you a better selection of plants, have more staff available to help you, and have a larger volume of plants readily available for those bigger orders. Our Port Rd nursery will be open as usual till we shift. See you at the new site — Ian, Debbie, Katie, Sean and the rest of the team at AlterNatives

Planting up an effluent/septic field by DEBBIE OLDFIELD If you need a bit of help finding the right kind of plants to put in your effluent field then come down and see us at Alter-natives. We have lots of suitable plants, knowledgeable staff and a printout we can give you listing all the plants that work well. The two main reasons for putting plants on effluent fields is to soak up excess wastewater, and to absorb nutrients so they do not get into the ground water and pollute our streams. Certain plants do this job better than others; they have a high transpiration rate, are fast growing, and are tolerant of damp soil. There are two common types of effluent field, the 1st has dripper lines on the ground surface covered with a mulch, with this sort of system you can plant any of the grasses, shrubs and big trees that we suggest in our printout. The other system has underground pipes with small seepage holes buried about 60cm below the ground surface. With this 2nd sort of system care has to taken to put in the right type of plants. You need to avoid any deep rooting trees or trees that have masses of feeder roots, as they can damage or block the seepage holes along the pipes. Your planting can be purely practical - made up of 1 or 2 plant species and planted quickly and cheaply. Or if your septic field is

Carex-secta, left; Phormium tenax, right; and cabbage tree below, are all great for effluent fields going to be close to the house and very visible you can put a bit of thought and effort into it and get a great looking garden. Katie (our landscape designer) can even draw up a landscaping plan for you to help tie the effluent field into your garden/ landscape. Another thing to think about is that not all effluent fields will be damp. E.g. a 5 bedroom house can have a large septic field engineered for up to 12 people, if there are only 2 or 3 people living in the house the field will be relatively dry. Also if you have very free draining soil (sandy) it will be quite dry as well. We generally recommend planting at 1 plant per square metre; this is for a mixed species planting using big and small

plants. If you wanted to use mainly grasses then more plants would be needed, groundcovers and big trees you could use a bit less. Now this can be quite a big job so feel free to call in and see us for a quote, either for just the plants, or to take all the hassle out of it we can do the entire job for you, from planning the plant layout, to planting, and mulching.

The Alter-Natives team: Sean Brill, left, and Debbie Oldfield.




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by ROSS KIDDIE I get the feeling it’s going to be a big year for Nissan New Zealand. It has started the year with new product and a reasonably fresh line-up from 2013. Of note, Nissan NZ has a new mid-size car, the Altima, a comprehensive Pulsar line-up has just landed, there’s a sporty new Juke turbo and the subject of this evaluation, a fresh Pathfinder is now sitting in dealers’ showrooms. The Pathfinder has been a key vehicle for Nissan in many global markets. In New Zealand it has been a steady seller. The new Pathfinder lands in three variants. There is only one engine at present and that is a 3.5-litre petrol-fueled V6. The prices range from $54,990 for a two-wheel-drive ST model. Fourwheel-drive adds around $5000 to that car and topping out the range at $65,990 is a four-wheeldrive high specification Ti model as tested. The new Pathfinder is more civilised and the engineering elements are vastly different, the engine sits east-west across the front, and drive is normally sent through the front wheels, think X-Trail and Murano, especially the latter, the driveline is similar. And the suspension is fully independent all round — wishbones up front while multiple links locate the rear axles. That’s not saying the Pathfinder isn’t suitable for offroad travel, the engineering elements promote a strong feeling of comfort and control, it is still strong with genuine offroad potential. The Pathfinder is also a seven-seater, so it also equips itself well in the family role. The rear seating area has been well thought out with easy entry and egress, while leg room is a little tight in the third row it is a very useful area for children or for adults on a short journey. That area compromises the load area a little which isn’t huge until the third row of seats is lowered. As part of the Kiddie-family entertainment upgrade we purchased a wide screen television for our lounge, I picked it up in the Pathfinder and it nestled easily on the long, flat floor rear of the second row. And one other aspect I like with the load area is the

Price: Nissan Pathfinder Ti, $65,990. Dimensions: Length, 5008mm; width, 1960mm; height, 1767mm. Configuration: V6 transverse, four-wheel-drive, 3498cc, 190kW, 325Nm, continuously variable automatic. Performance: 0-100km/h, 9.7sec.


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underfloor container which is good for transporting wet belongings or, as in my case, the New Year’s Eve Indian takeaway, it kept the food stable and hot. Up front the Pathfinder is new age, the in-cabin area is fresh, appealing and laid out well for the driver who has a command over the controls. Comfort has been made a high manufacturing priority although I’d prefer cloth trim, the leather model has large body forming seats and spaciousness which equates to comfort. Incidentally, the two seats up front are heated for winter

warming. The Pathfinder is well specced for its price. Other major inclusions are electric sunroof, cruise control, dual zone climate control, while for safety there’s a five-star ANCAP load of goodies. Under the bonnet sits the venerable quad-camshaft engine for which Nissan has scooped many awards. It is a widelyregarded engine which sits in a multitude of Nissan product. It drives through a continuously variable automatic, a gearbox Nissan have developed well to cope with the high torque loading of the engine.

The power outputs are rated at 325kW with 190Nm of torque. These figures are healthy, and I guess they need to be to shift the Pathfinder’s bulk. At over twotonne it is quite hefty but there is easily enough power and the Pathfinder will cut out an under 10sec time to make 100km/h from a standstill. The engine feels enthusiastic, it works through CVT unimpeded and responds to throttle input willingly. At the same time it also works quietly and effectively. One of the areas of development Nissan have worked hard on over the years is that of fuel efficiency

from the big V6, and in the Pathfinder it is now rated with a 10.2l/100km (28mpg) combined cycle average. That sits well with the 9.9l/100km (29mpg) figure during my time with the test car and a 8l/100km (35mpg) figure travelling the legal limit (engine speed 1550rpm). The Pathfinder also shows its class when it comes to handling. It steers comparatively well for an SUV with strong turn-in and reasonable accuracy. Interestingly, it sits on rubber manufactured in the Czech Republic, the all terrain Continental tyres (235/65 x 18in) equip themselves well for all types of terrain also offering good information of what they are doing in relation to the road surface. Weather conditions were perfect when I took the Pathfinder testing, there had been overnight rain but there was a sunny sky. At ground level there was enough moisture to test grip levels, although such is the way the Pathfinder puts power to ground it was hardly challenged by the conditions. I took it up a moderately steep track and by dialing in fourwheel-drive lock mode through a console mounted switch it eased up the clay surface with just gentle pressure on the throttle. In that situation the Pathfinder’s progress can be kept at a slow pace, enhancing comfort over the rough sections and the feeling of driver control. According to those within the greater Nissan enterprise in New Zealand, the new Pathfinder has established well in the large SUV market. Interest is high and I can see why, it is practical and sophisticated. It’s not always that these ingredients come together in a successful SUV package but the Pathfinder has all of those qualities. It certainly deserves its time in the limelight.


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A year in the life of Opera North

Hearty laughs at theatre’s latest show At the Whangarei Theatre Company, rehearsals are well underway for the hit comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner, written by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon. The story has all the elements essential for the French farce style, starting out faintly possible, and finishing with something like chaos, but having a happy(ish) ending. Bernard’s wife Jaqueline is going to visit her mother, so he decides to invite his mistress Suzanne to stay. He invites his friend Robert to join them for

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dinner, not knowing Robert is his wife’s lover. He even books a Cordon Bleu chef to prepare a fabulous meal. The chef’s name is Suzette. Jaqueline then changes her mind about going to her mother’s but it is too late for Bernard to cancel his arrangements. He has no choice but to lie about why these people are there. In the true farce tradition , there is a great deal of pretending to be someone else, appearing in nighties, bribery, expensive coats, misunderstandings, and in this case Suzette’s mean and jealous husband. A guaranteed laughter-filled show, with many witty oneliners that have made this comedy so popular. The show is held in the Hatea Room, with table snacks included in the $30 ticket price. The bar will open from 7pm, and the show starts 7.30pm. It is the sort of show that has people leaving with a smile on their face. This will be for a short season of only five performances, starting March 14, and continuing Thursday, Friday and Saturday until March 22. Bookings are available from Whangarei Suit Hire.

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Enjoy a wide selection of classical and popular songs from well-known French Opera and Musical Theatre, including Carmen, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.

Saturday 8th March 2014Starts 3pm Kennaway’s Operacado Orchard, Glenbervie. Adults $35, School age children $15.

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True to the ethos behind our mission statement, Opera North has been involved in several concerts, aimed at both giving local singers a chance to perform and to help raise funds for several worthy causes. The singing year started with our most successful Opera in the Garden ever. Around 1000 people descended on the Kennaway’s beautiful garden to hear a concert featuring local guest artist (and former pupil of Joan Kennaway), Kawiti Waetford. The Daffodil Variety Show in August was the brainchild of Rick and Joan as a way of thanking the Cancer Society’s Domain Lodge for putting him up (and putting up with him) during his cancer treatment. The Opera North team arranged, at quite short notice, a show which featured many of the talented local artists, including dance, hiphop, drama and youth groups, along with Opera North. A capacity audience was entertained at Forum North resulting in an excess of $10,000 being raised for Domain Lodge. In October, the annual Showcase was a sellout event. A highlight was the presentation of Bursaries to Rhiannon Cooper and John McDonald to help them further their musical studies. A Bursary was also granted to Luke Baker at a later ceremony. The musical year was rounded off with a ‘‘Kiwi Christmas at Kiwi North’’ in the museum and participation at the Annual Mayor’s Concert. Opera North singers also joined with other local societies in concerts. These included The Brahms Requiem, with Whangarei Choral Society and The Northland Sinfonia in which Emma Couper was soprano soloist, and Joan’s Tweeters joined Consortium in their ‘‘Amahl and The Night Visitors’’ in December with Jack Trubshaw playing Amahl. Later that month, Jack appeared again together with several Opera North singers and soloists, Emma Couper, Tracey Barnier-

Willis and Rick Kennaway in Handel’s Messiah put on by Whangarei Choral Society. This year promises to be even busier.

Shaan Antunovich in Oliver, above, and below, one of the performers in Kiwi Christmas at Kiwi North last year.

■ Opera in the Garden, March 8: The Opera in the Garden outdoor concert is one of the most enjoyable events on the Northland musical calendar as the Opera North singers, together with their special guest artist, entertain with a magnificent afternoon outdoor concert starting at 3pm. The programme’s theme this year is ‘‘An Afternoon in Paris’’, featuring well known songs from Carmen, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and many more from classical and light hearted operas and musicals. This year’s special guest artist is Northland’s rising star Shaan Antunovich, well known for her recent performances including the musical comedy ‘‘The Pirates of Penzance’’. Shaan has

completed studies at the New Zealand Singing School and was awarded Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance and Vocal Excellence in Musical Theatre. Accompanied by the Opera North soloists and chorus the18th Opera in the Garden concert is going to become one of the most memorable events yet. Tickets $35 adults, $15 school aged children Venue Details Set in the beautiful garden surroundings of the Kennaway’s Operacado Orchard at 643 Ngunguru Rd, Glenbervie the concert takes on a festive atmosphere as everyone is encouraged to bring along a chair, blanket, refreshments for interval, and a keen ear to enjoy the singing and musical accompaniment.


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Is a chorus of swans a swan-song? F

or the next three months the art museum will be aflutter with Swans — swanning amidst a parade of Crown Lynn — a dainty ballet Chorus of Swans and assorted Crown Lynn carnival of animals across a blue backlit staged-lake. This engaging set-piece installation that I have greatly enjoyed curating includes many Kiwiana classics drawn from several local collections. It is predominantly collated from the notable Crown Lynn expert and historian Val Monk, local identity Heather Thorburn, and other local private collectors. It’s almost an urban myth, that Crown Lynn Swans have become a Kiwi mnemonic for a golden-age of New Zealand history in the mid-twentieth century when our tastes were very insular. In retrospect it seems that everyone had them in the parlour. But in fact they did not. I was raised in a family where Crown Lynn and the Swans in particular were anathema! To my strictly modernist mother they represented all that she aspired to disdain in our household. There is a deep irony in the monopoly that Crown Lynn and its New Zealand production competitors held. Their ubiquitous department store products became as emblematic of Kiwi parochialism, to those like my mother who disliked all

this over ornamentation, as the Swans and ornaments now enjoy, as true emblems of a bygone era. Many of these current swan-swooning mythmakers, were not even born in the 1940s and 50s when a plethora of swans in multicolour glazes were at the height of production. Now they are reproduced again, everywhere joyously, in a wave of nationalistic nostalgia. They adorn tea towels, T-shirts and furnishing fabrics. I have since come to love these lusciously baroque Crown Lynn Swans — have I crossed the divide/lake to post-modernism? I now collect Crown Lynn and even have a Swan! Swan Lake is probably the most universally known ballet of all time (the music by Peter Tchaikovsky is playing in the

gallery space), and ironically, given the ‘Crown Lynn’ pseudoroyal status, all wild swans are protected by statute of Queen Elizabeth II who came to the Throne in 1952 at the height of ‘Swan-mania’. It is easy to see then, why Crown Lynn Swans designed by David Jenkin, the Chief Designer at Crown Lynn in the late 1940s, remained so popular in kiwi homes for so long. They remained in production until the mid-1970s in various forms and colours. Black Swans are the rarest. Jenkin also designed that kiwi kitchen icon — the ‘beehive’ mixing bowl, showing that he could, in fact, move from austere art deco to 40s baroque design with ease. At Whangarei Art Museum, we first exhibited Crown Lynn in September 1999 in a huge sand

dune installation by artist Rodney Fumpston titled Crown Lynn Cornucopia. This was one of three artist projects commissioned by WAM for the NZ Society of Potters Convention that year. Fumpston was subsequently commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery to recreate a similar installation in its public window gallery. Many New Zealand artists have paid homage to Crown Lynn Swans, notably Martin Poppelwell with his large-scale Te Papa Study for Strip in June 2011; Paul Raynor exhibited 40 Wild Swans; and swans also feature in John Parker’s mural for New Lynn Railway Station. New Lynn was the home-base for Crown Lynn up to its closure in 1989. In 1983 celebrated Wellington gallerist Peter McLeavey was among the first to treat Crown Lynn seriously as art objects. Six years before Crown Lynn’s demise, he exhibited Crown Lynn ceramics from the same era, in his gallery alongside one of the first exhibitions of Adele Younghusband linocuts since her death. This diminutive exhibition had a big impact on me at the time and continues to resonate with the substantial Younghusband collection housed at WAM. Mid-20th century New Zealand and Australia, were what we now think of as nations awash

with competitive rugby fever, but were in fact just as obsessed with dance and classical ballet. The Russian Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova toured New Zealand in 1926 to a flourish of media attention. Of course, the famous kiwi Pavolva dessert was invented to celebrate the prima ballerina, and much of the white matt-glazed Crown Lynn, including the Swans, are often colloquially termed’ meringueware’ in deference to Pavlova and her visit. Kiwi homes across the country had those instantly recognized ‘op-shop’ framed ballet-themed prints by Carlotta Edwards (189401977) in every lounge room. Crown Lynn Swans, I believe, are inextricably linked to an early 20th century Kiwis’ love of classical ballet and, of the course the ultimate ballet — Swan Lake — and its Chorus of Swans. And at the art museum we have made some serendipitous connections with the three concurrent exhibitions. Len Lye Lost In Space celebrates his 1932 London sci-fi ballet Quicksilver; and we have included some Crown Lynn glazed Kiwi vessels alongside the Graham Percy Kiwi illustrations to give context to a very visual and engaging program at WAM for the New Year. — Scott Pothan, Founding Director, Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi

Exhibitions Open

17 February – 20 April 2014

The New Zealand Artist Abroad, 2003, ink and pencil, 760 x 560mm. Wellington City Council Art Collection. Used with permission of the Estate of Graham Percy.


Curated by leading art critic, curator and poet Gregory O’Brien ONZM, showcasing the charmingly anarchic illustrations of this well-respected but little-known artist. In association with Exhibition Services Tours, City Gallery Wellington and Gus Fisher Gallery, The University of Auckland. All artworks courtesy of the Graham Percy Family Trust.

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A CHORUS OF SWANS: THE CROWN LYNN MENAGERIE Installation of Crown Lynn ceramics from Northland private collections


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Milestones and smiles for 2014 Wife, mother, journalist . . . PHILIPPA MANNAGH reveals the highs, the lows and the challenges in life


ow is 2014 treating you? I have been listening to the big response out there, that for a lot of people thinking back to 2013, big life events happened and not so pleasant ones. With a struggling market, times were still very tough for the majority and many were keen for a break. If this is you or not, come join the masses in the boat who are looking to this 2014 ahead with hope and expectation for new things, grabbing opportunities and enjoying life — us included. Our family have a lot of changes coming up and although bittersweet some of them, I am looking forward to the lifestyle and balance that this will bring. The biggest change, at present, is that master five has started primary school and although this mum held back a few tears, he was so ready. This will also bring smiles. Only driving in one direction each morning smiles. New independence smiles. Soon to be walking themselves to school smiles. Much longer days to get work done smiles. Tired children who may start to sleep in smiles. At the time, the preschool years seem to last forever. The nappies, sleepless nights, the crying, random tantrums, the dependence on you, the thick fog and of course the chaos. Well, I can’t say the chaos seems to fly away with the aging stalk and life is even busier than before, but in a different way. Suddenly, before your eyes, your children know themselves better, you can reason with them (most of the time), you don’t need to use toilet reminders or play the rock a bye baby game. Teachers know

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more about them than you do and you realise a new season has begun and you need to keep up! Since when were we so uncool? Life rolls in seasons and although sometimes it is hard to move into the next, you will always be met with a handful of positives on the other side.... and, if there are no handfuls waiting, then just try to find one. Grab all the positives you can. My friends and I call these ‘‘our little moments’’. GRAB THEM! Smell them, feel them, and soak them in further than before, deep into your heart and soul, capture them for as long as they let you. Life moves too fast. www.littlemissfrugalblog Philippa owns LikedMedia, a Social Media Management Service. Email her on or check out her website:

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JO DANILO escaped to Northland from wintry England two years ago and finds the Kiwi way of life refreshingly different. She shares with SAVVY readers the things that make her stop and smile.

I lived in the UK for 35 years and, do you know, I never once met a Prime Minister. It makes sense, in a country of 63 million people, that one person manages to keep missing another, and I never actively sought him out. In New Zealand, where there are 59 million less people cluttering up the country, it seems it’s impossible not to meet the Prime Minister. In fact, this Waitangi Day, I had to ask John Key, very politely, to stop stalking me. Three years ago we went to the Waitangi Day ceremonies as newcomers to these gorgeous green isles. We decided to do the whole thing — camped out in the middle of everything and clocked up twenty minutes sleep, got up for the dawn karakia, listened to the protestors, sleepwalked to the flagpole for the Navy band, ate mussel fritters, watched wonderful wakas gliding across the bay (including one that sank). Had dinner with the Prime Minister of New Zealand . . . Sorry, what was that? Go back to that last one? Okay. Well, yes, we ended up sitting very close the PM in the Thai restaurant. His security men, complete with black suits and curly wires in their ears, made for a Matrix-style atmosphere. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Keanu Reeves walk past, dodging bullets. After dinner the security guys queued up to pay for their meal separately. That would never have happened in the Matrix. Fast forward to this year. Another trip

to Waitangi, this time for the benefit of our visitors, Ian and Wendy from Warrington, England. We watched the Navy band, listened to the Maori singers, craned our necks as the flag went up. Had dinner with the Prime Minister again . . . This time, it was different venue. We thought we were safe. But then a Matrix man walked in and scanned the diners suspiciously with his x-ray vision. Ten minutes later, here comes John Key, and sits right next to us, much to the delight of Ian and Wendy (who also had never met a Prime Minister before). I was brave that evening (a rare event). ‘‘John,’’ I said, ‘‘Please stop following us.’’ I explained. He laughed, and had photos and a long chat with my youngest. The Matrix guys stood poised at the ready, perhaps in case I tried to nick his chips. So, until next year, Mr Key . . .

How to deal with school year costs DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Care Centre I was reading an article the other day that said a survey has been done where families reported spending on average $372.67 per child to equip them for school. This figure would have a lot to do with area and school but be it $120 or $300 it is still a large outlay especially just after Christmas. Let’s not give ourselves a headache over these facts and figures let’s do something about it. Planning: It’s never too early to start planning ahead — plan to put a little money aside for next year’s back to school costs. Designate a separate bank account that can’t be accessed through an

efpos card and start saving. Priorities: Saving even a small amount regularly can make a big difference e.g. $5 each week will add up to $260 back to school costs for next year. Make this a priority in your budget — remember a budget is a picture of what is happening throughout the year and what we need to prepare for... Preparation: Buying stationery in bulk can be a cheaper option than buying items one at a time. There are usually some good offers throughout the year so maybe it is worth preparing yourself ahead of time. Check out the stationery list you get this year, keep a copy and use this as a guide.


Talking about planning, I was given a couple of bags of plums and needed to plan what to do with them before they attracted the fruit fly. I chose to make a really lovely Red Plum sauce that I thought I’d share the recipe with you. 1 1/2kg plums, 150g onions, 3/4 litres vinegar , 1 tbsp salt, cloves and ground ginger, 1/2 bag of sugar Remove the pips from the plums and then put them with the sliced onions in a large pot with vinegar and seasonings. Add sugar and cook til pulpy. Mash or sieve for a smoother texture. Bottle while hot. Great as a sauce but also if you make up some meatballs with mince, finely chopped onion, egg to bind and seasoning to your choice — fry these up, pour off any fat add the plums sauce and heat through serving with rice and a salad (delicious) .





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