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Celebrating Opera North’s 25th anniversary with Silver Linings

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OUR PEOPLE 04 - Jack’s journey: Transitioning from the voice of an angel 04 - Opera North celebrating 25 years with Silver Linings

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t would usually be quite a cringe-worthy topic asking a teenage boy about his voice breaking, but not with Jack Trubshaw. He easily told me about the transition of his vocal chords as his singing career journeyed from that of boy soprano through the ranges to where it now rests at base. It is hard enough for this age group having to speak and not knowing what pitch is going to come out, let alone sing. During this crucial time, Jack lost his beloved singing teacher and founder of Opera North, Joan Kennaway, and his finely-tuned vocal chords derailed further. But now he’s back on track and, while he says it’s still a struggle to refine his sound, he still loves singing and it takes him to his happy place. Jack is a member of Opera North, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month with a concert called Silver Linings. And it’s not just classical we’re speaking here – the 90-minute show will also feature modern pop and rock where soprano meets electric guitar! Tune into pages 4&5 to read both Jack’s journey and that of Opera North. Have a great Easter.

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Transitioning from the voice of an angel

Joan instantly recognised the perfect pitch and uncharacteristically signed him up on the spot. Recalls Jill: “From about the age of two he was singing all the time but, at four, I remember thinking to myself, ‘Gosh, he’s really got a voice that’s in tune’. It was just this beautiful high little boy soprano sound and it was just lovely.” Musically-talented herself, Jill approached her equally musical parents who knew Joan Kennaway. “I discussed it with them and we decided to wait until he was five and then I took him along to her. “She listened to him and I said, ‘So, what do you think?’ and she said, ‘Yip, I think he’s great’. But she said, ‘Just one thing; can he read? Because he’s got to be able to follow the lyrics along’. He was a really good reader and I said, ‘Yeah he can read’. So she took him on and never looked back.” After a little training from Joan, Jill says Jack’s voice became the ‘voice of an angel’. Joan wouldn’t usually take on kids so young but once said in an interview: “He comes in to see me and his eyes light up – how can I not teach that?” “She basically made an exception for him,” tells Jill. “Aged seven, she said, “Jack, I think you’ve got perfect pitch’. He said, ‘Have I?’ And she said, ‘Do you know what that means?’ He said, ‘No.’. And she said, ‘It doesn’t matter; if I ask you to sing me an A or a B, you can sing it straight away and you just know’.” Under Joan’s tutelage for the next eight years, Jack thrived and joined a choir performing in various concerts, regularly singing in vocal competitions and then becoming an active member of Opera North.

But it hasn’t been an easy, natural journey for Jack. With the tragic loss of his beloved singing teacher in 2018, the Year 13 Huanui College student spent a year in limbo with no guidance during the crucial years his voice transitioned, which took its toll on his vocal chords. As a result, his voice derailed somewhat. “I think Jack was quite lost for that year,” recalls Jill. Says Jack: “After Joan fell ill, I didn’t have a singing teacher for about a year and I picked up a lot of bad habits which kind of destroyed my voice so I’ve had to work to fix it and kind of had to retrain.” During this time, Jack’s voice was merging from soprano – the highest pitch, to alto – the lower female range, tenor – the highest male range and is now settling at base. “When I first started, I didn’t need as much training as I do now, I could just sing. Now, I have to focus on every single note and the technical side of it rather than just singing. It’s much harder to produce a nice sound effortlessly and you’ve got to use your body rather than just your vocal chords. I’ve now got quite a small range.” Before she died, Joan peered him with his current singing teacher Lisbe Jooste, who helped guide Jack’s voice back on track. Says Jill: “He went through a tough time but it was so nice to finally hear him singing freely again. He’s got some beautiful tone to it.” Among Jack’s biggest support group are his family with grandparents in their 80s who still sing in the Whangarei Choral Society choir and Jill, a member of Opera North. His brothers are also musically-talented and one of Jack’s favourite pastimes is singing together as a trio.

Jack and Joan had a close bond and he thrived under her singing tutelage.


When tiny tot Jack Trubshaw opened his mouth and the sweet soprano strains of his favourite nursery rhyme came out, his mother Jill detected a talent and stood him before esteemed singing teacher Joan Kennaway.



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“I have two younger brothers and they’ve already got bigger ranges than me which is so frustrating. They’re not as into (singing) as I am but they’re definitely good at it. “I like singing songs that have lots of emotion. I do kind of go into a zone when I sing, I just really love it. It relaxes you and it takes you away. It’s kind of a de-stresser when you can just sing and enjoy it.” Jack is now described by many as having the rare talent of “perfect pitch”, which Joan picked up on all those years ago, and this also lends itself to the art of conducting. Says musical director Emma Couper: “The great thing about Jack is his musicianship. He can hear what everyone is singing. He doesn’t need to rely on the piano. Having that ability within him is pretty much the best trait a young conductor can have.” It was Opera North pianist and conductor Clare Henderson who suggested Jack try his hand at conducting. “It had never occurred to me until about a year ago when Clare suggested I try it but I found it pretty enjoyable. It’s a challenge and quite different to singing. I thought it was just waving your arms around, you know, but it’s a lot more than that. You’ve got to try and communicate what you’re saying through your hands and keeping the beat is the main aim but also try to portray loads and keeping everyone in tune

through your hands. A lot more goes on than what I first saw. “It’s definitely opened more doors to me.” Jack will be debuting his conducting talents to the public at this month’s Silver Linings show alongside Jill, also performing. “I used to love it while he was singing boy soprano as he’d be sitting or standing beside me,” remembers Jill. “He had me on one side and his grandmother on the other all singing the same soprano - that was really good value. But now (as his voice has changed), he’s moved to other parts of the choir. These days I just really enjoy going to practices with him.” He will also be performing alongside others who have inspired him over the years. They include Lisbe, to whom he is grateful to have taken on his tutelage. He also cites music theory teacher Margaret Williams, who passed away in recent years and, of course, Joan. “She was a great role model in my life. I’d go to her once a week after school and she was so easy to talk to and get along with. She was always encouraging.” Adds Jill: “They had a really good bond. It was really upsetting for Jack when she died. She had a lot of pride in Jack and she set him on his journey. She really basically brought him to life with music.”

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Back in 1997 a group of 18 singers and guest artists debuted a concert in a Glenbervie garden, unsure if anyone but their families would show. To keep costs low, the stage was made up of fruit bins loaned by Huanui Orchards and the singers had to “walk the plank” to mount this makeshift platform with the piano set up on the lawn in front. More than 500 attended and Whangarei’s Opera in the Garden was well and truly born becoming an annual summer event and attracting an audience of over 1,000. Opera North was established in 1996 by acclaimed opera singer and musical director Joan Kennaway and her equally well-known baritone husband Rick, specifically to develop the talents of aspiring young singers and to create opportunities for Northland singers to perform. With a long-held vision of an annual summer outdoor festival of operatic and classical music, Joan’s dream was realised when she acquired an orchard in Glenbervie called Operacado which provided the suitable garden venue for her dream. Joan passed away in 2018 three years short of Opera North’s 25th anniversary, which her Opera North family plan to mark with a “Silver Linings” show at Forum North this month. The 90-minute presentation will tell the story of Opera North over its quarter century as the beating heart of Northland’s musical cultural community. The organisation that nurtured the talents of Kawiti Waetford, Sophie Sparrow, Luke Bird

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A sense of certainty The arrival of autumn has brought with it a confident reassurance – our world is still moving to its own ancient rhythm, reminding us that not all is different and that life is ready to move into the next season.

My favourite season! As a fresh, settled cool replaces radiating heat, we start to ponder our upcoming wardrobe and all of the goodies we will be adding to it. We become so engaged in the creation of collections that work cohesively and your jewellery should be no different. Jewellery is often thought of as an extravagant treat. A special way to celebrate a momentous milestone or achievement but it is so much more than that! It is a part of who we are and how we feel. It allows us to express ourselves by wearing unique miniature pieces of art that pull intense colour or subtle muted tones in a classically natural way, it accentuates our style and really is the perfect full stop to any outfit. On the trend front we are seeing a colour palette of malted chocolates, dreamy ivory, deeply luscious greens and velvety reds. This, along with the long slow

change in daylight, the softly falling temperatures, the gradual movement in fashion, all draws my eye towards our exquisite selection of coloured gemstones. What will we wear and when? What are we going to do with these deeply enticing treasures? We are going to style like we have never styled before! We are going to team our simple and completely gorgeous handmade green tourmaline earrings with a sheer fabric and yellow hardware, creating the ultimate ‘take control’ outfit. Don’t forget the dark red lip. Our sterling silver, marcasite and opal ring is the perfect touch of feminine texture against a slouchy loose knit in Smokey lavender – think relaxed brunch on a Saturday morning at the Basin and, for our pattern lovers, how could you go past the natural beauty that is champagne? The rich browns,

blush pinks, mustard yellows that all spill out from the dramatic rainbow that is champagne diamond. Go on. Go paisley with extra panache! Style it up ladies. This is a sensational time of year. Revel in the rich tones that the cooler months bring. Layer your favourite textures that are so deliciously luxurious and remember… Your jewellery is a part of who you are. Jewellery drives the way you feel so draw confidence from your Global Diamond pieces and, most of all, jewellery is the perfect full stop to any outfit! Come in and see the girls. Style it right! Christine Price.

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Health & Wellbeing

EYES & AGEING Changes that occur in our eyes as we grow older can have a big effect on our vision.


rom the age of about 45 years, you should have your eyes tested every few years to check how well you can see and to look for signs of common problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. All of these problems can be managed better if picked up early.

Keep your eyes healthy Did you know? Your eyes need three times as much light when you’re 60 as they did when you were 20? • Use good lighting. • Eat well – especially fruit and vegetables. • Wear sunglasses – reduce your risk of cataracts. • Quit smoking – reduce your chances of developing cataracts and other eye conditions. • Stay a healthy weight – being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, which can lead to sight loss. • Exercise – this stimulates good circulation, increasing oxygen intake which is important for eye health. • Sleep well – as you sleep, your eyes are continuously lubricated and irritants, such as dust or smoke that have accumulated during the day are cleared out.

Presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness) Get regular eye tests and wear the correct lenses As we age, the ability of eye lenses to focus decreases gradually. This makes it hard to focus on things that are nearby (known as presbyopia) and is the reason many people over the age of 40 need reading glasses. Reading glasses: • help the eye to focus on things that are nearby • need to be gradually increased in power as the eye loses its focusing ability

do not speed up or slow down the changes happening in the eye.

Cataract Clouding of the lens within an eye is called a cataract. Your risk of getting cataracts increases with age and many people over the age of 60 years have cataracts. Some cataracts may require surgery. Surgery is usually only advised when the vision has become so blurred that it's difficult to carry out normal visual tasks.

Macular degeneration In the over 60-year-old age group, gradual loss of central 'sharp' vision can occur. This is usually caused by changes in an area at the back of the eye called the macula. The macula helps with the sharp focusing needed for reading and other fine visual tasks. If you experience a sudden change in your vision, eg, distortion, reduced near vision or blurred central vision, you should see your doctor or ophthalmologist without delay.



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Glaucoma Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure inside the eye is too high and causes loss of vision. Glaucoma can run in families and is seen more commonly in the over-50 age group. • Most people are unaware they have the disease until it is in an advanced state. • It's important to have regular eye examinations and be screened for glaucoma, especially if there is a family history. • In most cases the condition can be successfully treated with eye pressure lowering drops.

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Not just an Easter Bunny ...

Vet visit Neutering It is a good idea to look into getting your rabbit de-sexed. Not de-sexing your rabbits can lead to unwanted babies, sexual aggression in male rabbits and reproductive cancers in female rabbits. Your vet would be able to advise the best age to de-sex your rabbit.

You may not be able to head out and buy a pet rabbit this Easter, but you now have plenty of time to research them first.


et rabbits are usually inexpensive to buy, but they should not be seen as ‘cheap’ pets. Here are a few things to keep in mind and consider before you add your new family member.

Diet HAY HAY HAY!! Yes, hay is an essential part of a rabbit’s diet. Their diet should consist of at least 80 per cent good quality hay and fresh grass (not lawn clippings). Topflite hay range is an excellent quality New Zealand grown hay. In the range there is Timothy, Lucerne and Meadow. Each of the hays have the following qualities:

Lifespan A rabbit is not a pet that will only be around for a short time, it is important to keep in mind that a properly cared for rabbit can live 7-10plus years! During that time, they require daily interaction, good quality diet and a nice big space to call home.

Timothy Hay Timothy hay is widely known as the best choice of hay for rabbits. It’s key benefits include: • The sweet smell and taste encourage rabbits to forage and help to ensure that their fibre intake is sufficient. • High in fibre and easily digested • Chewing on fibrous hay helps to keep growing teeth ground down naturally • Low in calcium compared with other hay varieties. This reduces the risk of urinary stones, a common condition affecting rabbits that take in excess calcium.

Housing A rabbit should have access to suitable places and supplies to: • rest and sleep in comfort • eat and drink undisturbed • exercise and explore safely hide when afraid or feeling insecure • shelter from the weather including wind, cold, rain and sun • interact with (and escape from) companions • play, chew whenever it feels the need

Lucerne Hay Lucerne (Alfalfa) hay is a high fibre legume hay that contains more protein, digestible

You need a covered in hutch area for sleeping in and a run for play and daily exercise. Overall, the housing should ideally be a minimum of 3m x 2m and a run height of 1m. Remember your rabbit will most likely spend a large portion of its time in the hutch you provide it with so the bigger the better! Adopt over shop When possible, it is a great idea to adopt over shopping for your new rabbit! The SPCA usually have a lot of rabbits that need new homes, so this is a great way to gain a new family member and give the rabbit a loving home!

energy and calcium than grass hay. These differences make Lucerne hay the perfect choice for growing, breeding or underweight herbivores and an excellent treat for mature herbivores. Meadow Hay Made up of rich clover and nutritious grasses, Topflite’s fragrant Meadow Hay is ideal for all rabbits. Nuggets The second most important food to offer your rabbit is a good quality Rabbit Nuggets. One of the best nuggets on the market is the Burgess Excel range. The Burgess nuggets are high in fibre and have all the essential vitamins and minerals that your rabbits need to support healthy eyes, skin and coat as well as having a prebiotic to help maintain good digestive health. Burgess have a variety of different Nugget diets you can offer your rabbit specific to their needs. Rabbits need to be offered nuggets daily and the amount will vary depending on the size of your rabbit. Burgess excel can be found at your local pet stores and some vet clinics.

Just a tablespoon of rabbit nuggets once daily (or twice if your rabbit is over 3.5kg).

A handful of suitable fresh greens twice daily.

The pyramid what your rabbits diet should look like.

A healthy treat.

A bundle of feeding hay at least as big as they are everyday.

Constant supply of fresh, clean water.

Vaccinations Contact your vet for vaccination details. If rabbits aren’t vaccinated and they catch one of the diseases it can be fatal. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 10 weeks of age and then need to be done annually. Teeth/nails Rabbits teeth and nails need to be regularly checked as they both can grow quickly. Sometimes rabbits will need their teeth and nails to be tended to by a vet but a way to help rabbits naturally keep teeth and nails shorter is by giving them things to chew and scratch on in their hutch. Enrichment, toys and treats • Rabbits are intelligent social animals. They need toys and treats to keep them entertained. • For exercise, it is good to have different levels in their hutch so they can climb up and down, hop in and out and have different spaces to hide. • It is important to have different toys in their hutch such as treat balls and chew toys; this will also help with grinding your rabbit’s teeth down. You will find a great variety of toys at your local pet store. • Delicious and nutritious treats are ideal as they promote emotional health, will prevent boredom and can encourage bonding and interaction between you and your pets. There are a lot of different treats available, treats that are naturally high in fibre will be the most beneficial for your rabbits. Having a pet rabbit can be a bit more work than commonly thought, but if you can meet all of the required needs for a rabbit then you can be assured that having a rabbit will be a fun and rewarding new family member. Happy Easter to you all!

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Dust off the family armour & your bunny ears for Medieval Madness

10am-3pm this Easter Sunday at Kiwi North.


fter having to cancel our January 31 Medieval Madness 2021 event due to a local Covid case, we are giving it another go! Our annual Easter Sunday event has now become “Medieval Easter Madness”, combining regular activities from both events. So if you can envisage lords, ladies, princesses and archers hunting for that elusive Easter bunny card that will earn them an Easter egg, it will be hopefully something like that.

We are very grateful that both Clan Celtica, the awesome tribal thunder drumming band from Auckland, and the equestrian team, including mounted archers, were able to change to the Easter weekend. They will both be giving performances during the day. There will also be belly dancers, minstrels, traders, jugger, face-painting, blacksmith, activities with Whangarei Medieval Club, and Caro’s Crazy Critters with pony rides and lots of farmland babies for the kids to interact with. Lots of foodies and great coffee. The day includes free entry to the Museum and Kiwi House, Tai Tokerau Northland’s only opportunity to see live Kiwi and Tuatara plus

various species of native gecko. The Museum tells stories of the local natural and social history, and everyone is welcome. The Kiwi North resident vintage clubs will be open and big trains, mini trains and tractor will be giving rides. Everything is crossed that the April weather is kind to us and we can all go ahead and finish the summer with a fantastic family event! Entry is at Gate 2, Kiwi North, SH14, Maunu, Whangarei. Only $10 entry for adults, all children FREE.



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he Whangarei Heads arts community is delighted to bring you another Arts Trail this Easter Saturday and Sunday April 3 & 4, 10am - 5pm. Artists from Onerahi to Whangarei Heads open their studios and community spaces each Easter to show and sell their art, so it’s a great time to get family and friends along to meet the artists and see their workspaces and creations, from ceramics to photography, painting to jewellery, and metalwork to hot glass. After Covid cancelled last year's event, we have been busy collating a group of wonderful artists and several halls in the Whangarei Heads area as well. A variety of art and crafts are on display and for sale

at Tamaterau Hall, Taurikura Hall, Parua Bay Community Centre, and McLeods Bay Hall. So grab your whanau and friends and make a weekend of it! Please bring cash on the day as well as not all of the artisans have EFTPOS on-site. Maps will be available at the halls on the day and online on the websites below. Please check the Facebook page and website for the latest information. Facebook: Whangarei Heads Arts Trail@whangareiheadsartstrail Website: www. whangareiheadsartstrail.org.nz Any enquiries please contact: Jolene Pascoe, Creative Advisor, Creative Northland, jolene@ creativenorthland.com

Over 30 local artists have their fingers and toes crossed hoping that 2021 Whangarei Heads Arts Trail will go ahead without any Covid hitches. Thanks to Creative Northland this year has a great line up of new work so we are all really hoping our local supporters will come and visit our exhibitions over Easter weekend



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Things to Do in Northland Hot Diggity Band

Legends of country rock are heading to the Bay of Islands this May.


he Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival is forging ahead with plans to hold the popular three-day event after having to cancel last year’s festival due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Festival organiser Shirley May says the decision to try again this year has not been an easy one as the festival can only be held if lockdown restrictions remain at Level 1. However, the venues, musicians and community are keen to try again. The festival is featuring almost 50 New Zealand bands, with some available because they are currently unable to travel overseas. Legends include Susanne Prentice, from Christchurch, Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, Eddie Low with Midnite Special, and Jodi Vaughan who will be performing as Sisters in Country with Aly Cook. “It’s a who’s-who of New Zealand’s top musicians,’’ Shirley says. Despite having no overseas acts, some of the performers will bring their versions. Partially-sighted singer Bevan Gardiner is doing a tribute to John Denver, Hot Diggity Bluegrass will have the crowds stomping their feet with their energetic songs and the Karen Davy Band is planning a tribute with “The NZ Dolly Parton Experience”.

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Suzanne Prentice

Karen Davy

Multi-award winning guitarist Phil Doublet will be performing with his new wife, Lana, who has also been bagging some awards of her own for song writing. Champion fiddler Marian Burns is back to delight the crowds with her skilful musicianship and comedy repertoire while another performer known for her jokes and crowd rapport is Joy Adams who will be performing with the band Three Plus One. Other highlights include Koltrain, The Songsmiths from Wellington, Coopers Run, the Dan Cosgrove Band, New Zealand Variety Artists Club Rising Star award winner Carson Taare and internet sensations The Harmonic Resonators.

Shirley says the festival, which has been running for 32 years, has become an iconic event which brings tourists to the Bay of Islands during the winter season. “It is only possible with support of the local accommodation businesses which help us with free rooms for the musicians. It brings a lot of people to the North and we hope it can go ahead again this year, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.’’ Badges cost $80 for three days and are on sale now through the festival website, www.countryrock.co.nz. Day passes are also available. All tickets will be fully refunded if the festival has to be cancelled.

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Hihiaua Cultural Centre

Reclaim, Restore, Renew At the heart of Hihiaua Cultural Centre is a vision to reclaim, restore, and renew traditional knowledge and practices.


n line with this, we began the month of March with a special celebration on the coast - the dawn re-opening of Mokau Marae in Whangaruru. A special new feature on the back of the meeting house is their local guardian, a sea bird named Tukaiaia, designed and sandblasted on by some of our carvers. The work (pictured) demonstrates how traditional knowledge and designs can be expressed in contemporary forms. Next up was the Tai Tokerau Māori Business Awards hosted by Te Hiringa. Hihiaua was humbled to receive the award for Best Not-ForProfit, which was dedicated to our previous chairman, the late Richard Drake. Our thanks go out to all those that helped make the Stage 1

development possible, and to all those that fill Hihiaua with life and laughter. Congratulations to our whānau HĀ, History of Aotearoa and the other inspiring Māori businesses who were also successful on the night, including the supreme winners North Drill Limited. Moving into April, we are looking forward to hosting Paora Tiatoa’s exhibition, Beauty & the Beast, which will showcase a selection of screen-prints that reimagine Māori images from the British Museum. His works will be on display from April 9 until May 1 and the public are welcome to attend the opening at 5pm on Friday April 9. Second up is the first Kākano workshop run by HĀ, which will take place at Whangarei

Girls' High and Hihiaua Cultural Centre between April 12-16. Students will actively engage in local history through the use of art and create a piece that represents our history and what they envision for our future. The public are welcome to view the final artworks at Hihiaua on Friday April 16 at 6pm. Our gallery also welcomes new works by Aroha Anderson, Peter Brammer, Alicia Courtney, Mike Looker, Maree Kimete, Alan Squires, and Paul Olsen, among many others. Pop down for a visit to see for yourself and keep up-to-date with what is happening at Hihiaua by joining the Hihiaua Cultural Centre and Friends of Hihiaua Facebook pages or see us on Instagram.

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1951 Studebaker Champion


erhaps the most radically designed motor vehicle in the car collection at the Packard Motor Museum is our 1951 Studebaker Champion. Studebaker, based in Indiana, was founded in 1852 and produced horse-drawn vehicles. Interestingly, their first car, produced in 1902, was electric and they didn’t move to petrol until 1904. Over the years, they developed a reputation as a styling leader. However, by 1949, the company was facing stiff competition. Hence the introduction of the ‘next look in cars’.

Fishing tips & tales Mahi-mahi are a fish known for their impressive fighting ability and for being very good eating. These fish have stunning colouration when first caught; a bright green-blue back fades into a golden belly with small black spots on its sides. Iridescent colours are seen on freshly-caught fish - the dorsal fin is electric blue and other fins are yellow or orange, Mahi-mahi are not caught in big numbers around New Zealand but a few are caught during our gamefish season.


The 1950/51 Studebaker was considered radical. It had a three-point front styling which incorporated a spinner front grill, complete with a circular chrome moulding and propeller hub in the centre. Because of this, the car was nick-named the ‘Bullet or Bomber Nose’ by many people. The car was designed by Virgil Exner and featured a doubleended body with integrated mudguards. It was designed to look like an aeroplane with its wrap-around rear window giving a similar feel to a Douglas DC3 cockpit. To add to the aerodynamic look, the boot-handle mimicked a tail-plane and the bonnetemblem was a stylised miniature aeroplane. The design came out in three models, the low-priced Champion, the mid-range Commander and the longer wheelbase Land Cruiser. These cars were years ahead of the competition and proved a winner with 1950/51 being the best years of sales for the company. The Champion is powered by a 169ci side-valve straight-six engine of 80bhp. In 1951, Studebaker introduced its new 232ci V8 engine (rated at 120hp) in the Commanders and Land Cruisers. Interestingly, the ‘Pink Ladies’ in the 1978 movie ‘Grease’, drove a pink convertible Studebaker ‘Bullet Nose’. These cars are considered a true classic of their era. Unfortunately, Studebaker ceased operation in 1966.


Tim Mann was recently fishing with his boys way out behind the Poor Knights Islands in 1000m deep, and, using marlin lures, his three boys, Ashton, Quin and Joel, each caught one of these amazing fish - well done guys. I guess dad as skipper and a watchmaker got the timing just right. Outside Whangarei Harbour, snapper, kingfish, kahawai, and trevally fishing has been productive with slow jigs, lures and soft baits all getting results, especially in depths of 15m and more. But!!! our harbour is fishing very well for snapper from the entrance right down past

Ashton, Quin and Joel Mann each caught a mahi-mahi on a recent fishing trip with their dad.

Kissing Point. Wesley, whose yacht is on a pole mooring at Kissing Point, has been rowing a short distance toward the lift-up bridge and catching good-sized snapper. Other boat owners from this area have also been successful. When you are catching fish, make a note of the tide. Tides play a big part on when the fish bite. I have a good spot just outside Parua Bay, only fishes on the last two hours of outgoing tide. Another spot I like a bit further out will fish most tides (not many spots do this) and another spot back toward Onerahi fishes best the first three hours of incoming tide. A good moon phase will fish well the first two hours of outgoing as well. Fish often and take notes - over time you will get more successful. Ask other fishers you encounter at the ramps - while some spots are top-secret, most anglers are happy to be helpful. Fishing magazines can also be a big help with baiting types/most successful bait presentation methods etc. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area, get out and enjoy it. – John Vowless

Reef O’Donnell with a recent trevally catch at Mangonui.

Hey all you keen fishos. Fishing has been going well in the harbours. There’s been lots of snapper feeding up in the shallows of the harbours and we’d recommend straylining a few of your baits there and you should get a good feed of snapper. We heard the fishing has been really good around Rangiputa and Mangonui too of late. Stay safe out on the water – always check your swell and wind maps before going out. Good luck! – Far North Kings

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How to give your home (and life)

The Post-Covid Workout In the past, home gyms - if you could even call them that - got a bad rep.


quipment was shoved into a dirty uninspiring corner of the garage, wedged in the room that stores all the junk or, worse still, left to clutter up the living room or bedroom. Nowadays, people are more than happy to park a car outside or a sacrifice a room in the home to become a permanent space for fitness and wellbeing. We’ve seen this trend rise with homeowners in New Zealand since the first Covid lockdowns, as people made use of yoga or workout apps streaming online. Now that working from home a couple of days a week is still going strong, people are keen to get on track to a healthier self without heading to a gym. Here are a few key steps to start creating your dream home fitness set up. The first step is to write down a wish list of all the equipment you would use if you were going to the gym. It is important to craft the space around your fitness journey. Some of you might be able to afford one or two machines, others just mats, dumbbells and weights while others might have space and budget for a complete high-end home

gym that replicates the entire gym routine. Organisation is key to making a fitness area work, so lay out the space the right way from the beginning. In a professional gym, everything has a place and sufficient space to properly use the equipment, so don’t try to squish gear into a nook that is too small because then it won't get used. Give yourself some breathing room. Next, invest in a good organising system for

storing equipment pieces - big heavy things on the ground and lighter pieces on wall to free up floor space. Don't overlook the functional aspects of the space. If equipment such as the cross-trainer needs plugs, then work out a layout plan before you get the electrician in to add more. Lighting in professional gyms is usually quite bright to make people feel alert and invigorated

BY LAURA HEYNIKE, ONEROOF whereas home lighting is usually minimal and warmer toned, unsuitable for a workout environment.Again, an electrician can up-spec lights or even just swap out bulbs for white instead of warmed toned shades. Some high-end home gyms have specific lighting plans drawn up to create different zones for different workouts in the space. A flow of fresh air is critical, so consider a cooling heat-pump in or even just a fan. Opening a garage door might not be so great in winter's sideways rain or the entrance isn’t getting fresh air flow. Flooring is crucial. A concrete floor, hard and attracting dust and dirt, just isn’t going to feel like a healthy sanctuary! I recommend part of the flooring is easyclean vinyl with a section of rubber matting for the weights area. Rubber helps with vibrations, gives some structural support for the floor and is also more hygienic. A bonus of lift-out rubber matting is that if the room isn’t 100% dedicated to workout space mats can be removed when the space is needed for something else. Technology is also important for a home gym as more and more people join in virtual classes online. It is much nicer to have a video up on a nice big screen rather than squinting down at a phone or laptop - and it greatly enhances workout performance too.

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The rest of the time, the screen could play music videos for a workout, road scenes for the spin on the stationary bike or be integrated into a gaming network like Wii. You are more likely to keep your fitness habits alive if you have all the tools you need. While you’re at it, make sure you have a suitable sound system, we all know you can do that extra set to finish the song. The interior decor of a wellbeing hub is also important to the experience. Invest in some large mirrors to watch and work on form and technique, particularly for weights, yoga, or dancing. Colour has a physiological effect on the way people work out: greens and orange promote energetic stimulation while white or breezy pastels work for a more zen space. Wood tones in ply walls, storage or a bench seat warm up a space. Spoil people post-exercise with dedicated towels for the gym that have their own storage area. Finally, to keep everything sweet and hygienic add small sanitisation station and appropriate equipment cleaners so the gym stays spic and span for years to come.

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Flame-grilled Pizza Margherita *This recipe makes three pizzas

Pizza Dough • 500gm Spelt flour or Tipo 00 flour or 50/50 each • 1 tsp salt • 350ml warm water (30°C) • 1 tsp active dry yeast mixed into the warm water to activate Mix ingredients together in a mixer or by hand for ten minutes, until you get a sticky, but not wet dough. Cover the dough and let it rise for up to 2 hours or until it has doubled in size. Punch it down and form the dough into a large ball. Cut the ball into three equal pieces and shape each piece of dough into a ball. Set aside and cover in a damp tea towel. Leave to rest for about an hour. Sprinkle flour and coarse semolina or fine corn meal on the bench. Press out the balls and stretch into a thin crust pizza, pressing any air out to the edge. Leave a 2cm thick edge to the base and make the middle nice and thin. Carefully place the base onto the floured paddle, adjust the shape and get ready to add your toppings.


GETTING CREATIVE There’s no better place than Northland for outdoor living. Owner of Home Heating, Kerikeri, Paul Graham says that for those big on entertaining al fresco, you can’t go past the Escea EK Outdoor Fireplace Kitchen.


here’s no better place than Northland for outdoor living. Owner of Home Heating, Kerikeri, Paul Graham says that for those big on entertaining al fresco, you can’t go past the Escea EK Outdoor Fireplace Kitchen. Not only is this outdoor fire a fantastic focal point for any outdoor space, it’s also equipped with everything you need to feed a crowd. The EK Series wood fire features an ember generator, 13-point adjustable cooking plates, grills, meat hooks and even an optional pizza oven accessory - there’s something for everyone. Once the cooking is done, everything slides neatly away under a stainless-steel draw, leaving you with a spectacular roaring wood fire to set the scene for long nights of connecting with friends and family. Thanks to the EK Outdoor Fireplace Kitchen’s new Pizza Oven Accessory, you can now enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza in minutes. Available to purchase as an optional extra, the Pizza Oven Accessory will take your outdoor grilling game to a whole new level and cook pizza to perfection and be the envy of your friends.

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Why we love the new Pizza Oven Accessory Ready in minutes The EK Series Pizza Oven Accessory gives you a large, wood-fired pizza in just 5-10 minutes. So you can spend more time getting creative with your toppings, and less time waiting to eat. Cooked to perfection The hooded design directs heat down onto the top of the pizza, ensuring evenly melted cheese, while the pizza oven bricks give you a crispy pizza base. Enjoy mouth-watering wood-fired pizza, every time. Designed for pizza lovers Constructed from stainless steel, the EK Pizza Oven is easy to assemble, and the removable brick base makes cleaning a breeze. To make sure your hands stay clear of the smouldering embers, the EK Pizza Oven comes with a long-handled Pizza Paddle. Now you can cook Australia and New Zealand’s favourite pizza, Pizza Margherita, on the epic EK Outdoor Fireplace Kitchen at home

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Extra virgin olive oil - to paint on the base 2 tins cherry tomatoes, crushed and drained (or 3 punnets of freshly chopped) 4 Tbsp tomato paste mixed into the cherry tomatoes 1 tsp smoked paprika – to sprinkle over Finely chopped sprigs of rosemary, oregano and thyme in equal amounts – to sprinkle over 4 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated and sprinkled 3 mozzarella balls (125g each) cut into thin slices and well drained Salt and pepper from the grinder Fresh basil leaves

To Cook Slip the pizza off the well-floured paddle and onto the hot stone. Cook for 3-6 minutes. When the base is looking nut brown and the topping is melted, remove it with the paddle and place it on a board to cut. Add more basil leaves and curls of parmesan to serve and enjoy. For more information on the Escea EK fireplace Kitchen or to see the full range of Escea outdoor fires visit homekerikeri.co.nz. Or, pop into the showroom at 4 Skippers Lane, Waipapa to see them in action.

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The storage problem

you wish you had There is nothing like a holiday soaking up a wine region's delicately crafted drops, and then taking a few bottles home to savour.


ith more of us exploring our world class wineries around New Zealand there is a whole new problem to solve: where to store these good wines when you get home. Or, at least, the bottles that don’t make it straight into a glass! When storing wine, you don’t need to have a purpose-built wine cellar, although that is pretty boujee if you can! Instead, there are ways to integrate wine storage into your current home. You can store wine in one of two ways: refrigerated and on show, or hidden and non-chilled. Steve White, owner of Stonyridge Vineyard Waiheke, says kitchen designers in the past have got it all wrong when storing wines in an open rack integrated into the cupboards. “A kitchen is quite possibly the worst place to store wine because it is so warm, unless you go for a refrigerated option." White prefers the French brand Eurocave wine fridges. "The technology is the best and the ambient lighting makes your collections


quite a feature, with your most prestigious labels on display." In our design studio our clients often have an integrated refrigerated cabinet as part of their kitchen design wish list. We always clarify - will this unit be for storing and display purposes or is it for consumption - because we approach the design and product specification differently. A non-refrigerated option for wine storage generally means an out of view solution; somewhere in your home where it is cool dark, such as a basement or on the south side of your home. Or think about the unused spaces under your stairs, wardrobes, or under-utilised cupboards.

The collection needs to be stored horizontally which will assist with keeping the cork damp (if your bottles have them) and the sediment away from the cork. You can also maximise the number of bottles you can store which means more wine. I am a fan of the black wall-mounted racks. They are perfect for building wine storage under stairs, as they come in different heights so can be staggered to fit under the tread. I’ve also found that they are a perfect width to fill in those small nooks behind cupboard doors, and are often, conveniently, the depth of a bottle. Going for a high-end bespoke solution is also a good option if you have a dark and cool place that you would like to make the most of.

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Go all out with a luxurious timber or stone veneer and steel material combination with LED lighting angled to highlight certain labels. Specify quality drawer runners that present your collection at ease while optimising the number of bottles (or cases) you store. And if you have the space to have this unit enclosed, but still on view, specify UV tinted glass to protect your precious bottles from sunlight. Wine storage doesn’t always have to be just about utility. Think about your lifestyle in your home or apartment before you select custom, in stock or refrigerated storage for your wine. Then it is just about building your collection to fill it!


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for a better night’s sleep Sleep. We all do it, but many of us don’t do it well. A good night’s rest is essential to a healthy existence, protecting you physically and mentally as well as boosting your quality of life.


nfortunately, many of us struggle to fall asleep, have bad dreams, can’t wake up in the morning and then feel constantly tired! If you’re having trouble sleeping, one of the first things to consider is your bedroom. In order to get a restful night’s sleep you need the right setting, which means a clean, peaceful and welcoming room. Many of us are unknowingly sleeping in a bedroom that’s simply not fit for purpose, and that environment could be the key cause of a restless night. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to transform your bedroom into a space that encourages a peaceful night’s sleep. Here are our top tips: ✔ When it’s time for bed, make your room completely dark. This can be achieved with a blackout blind or curtains, an additional window dressing, or even an eye mask. ✔ Maintain an ambient temperature in your room. If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t sleep soundly. We recommend a cool temperature of around 16-18° C.

✔ A tidy room makes for a tidy mind… and a restful night’s sleep! De-clutter your bedroom and create a space that’s clean, neat and simple. Even just relocating the laundry basket, stacking up some books or blitzing your bedside table can make a real difference. ✔ Say no to technology in the bedroom! That means avoiding televisions and computers. Having access to these will urge you to switch on when you can’t drift off, which in turn can lead to even more disturbed sleep. ✔ LED displays are particularly troublesome when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. When it’s time to snooze, switch off your mobile phone, tablet, and any alarm clocks with a digital display. ✔ Avoid treating your bedroom like an extension of the rest of your house. That means you shouldn’t use it for work, watching TV, eating, and even talking on the phone. Save the bedroom for sleep. ✔ Add special touches to the space, which will help you feel more connected and peaceful. Family photographs, plants, flowers and ornaments will help to create a room that’s pleasant and relaxing. ✔ Avoid using certain colours when decorating. Remember that bright reds, yellows and oranges are jarring, while browns and whites are boring and drab. Instead, choose soft, muted tones that will make you feel calm. Take the time to really consider your bedroom. Realise that you have a duty of care to yourself, and should therefore create a sleep area that’s as effective as possible. Boost your wellbeing by making your bedroom more sleep-friendly – you’re worth it! Pop into BedsRus Whangarei today. The friendly team are equipped with knowledge and products that’ll match you to the perfect sleep.

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Dive into on-trend




he most popular tones range from deep darks like Resene Twilight Zone and Resene Indian Ink, to sapphire tones such as Resene Bewitched and Resene Wishing Well, nautical navies like Resene Safehaven and Resene King Tide and even more vibrant versions such as Resene Wet N Wild and Resene Submerge.

DARK AND DRAMATIC While midnight blues are often used to create looks with luxury and drama, when mixed with the right tones and textures, walls that have been fully submerged in truly dark blues can be made to feel casual too. Balance them with beachy textures like timber, linen, palms, rattan and sisal for a softer look. Or, dress them up with brass and gold details.

Dusted Blue, but it’s also a great match for dark earth reds such as Resene Courage or even mixed with pretty pastel pinks, such as Resene Ethereal, and blushes, like Resene Despacito. Top tip: Be cognizant of lighting when choosing a dark wall colour, as you may need to increase it or redirect it to get a moody effect that’s free from glare – and appropriate for the activities that will be taking place in that space. Look for shades like Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Bunting and try them with celadon greens like Resene Rococo, ochres like Resene Influential, spicy reds like Resene Jalapeno or toffee tones like Resene Swiss Caramel. Resene King Tide, with its touch of indigo, looks lovely layered under lighter tones like Resene Time After Time, Resene Excalibur and Resene Half

GREEN MEETS BLUE Aquas, which are also having a moment, have brought a touch of green influence to the deep blue trend as well with shades like Resene Fast Forward, Resene Artemis and Resene Green Meets Blue trending. While the trio looks great together, you can also try them with a sharp yellow-white like Resene Rice Cake, a toasted

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orange like Resene Twisted Sister or a terracotta like Resene Moccasin or Resene Raging Bull. Soften out the look with softer grey that have a hint of green or blue, such as Resene Secrets or Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, or go for a trendy milky beige-pink like Resene Urbane or Resene Spring Wood. BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Punchier blues have been surfacing, too. Shades like Resene Wet N Wild, Resene Submerge, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Bewitched are being used to define a room on furniture or layered on top of midnight and navy blues to bring further depth to dark looks. Try a pure sapphire like Resene Bewitched with bold reds like Resene Havoc, bright whites like Resene Alabaster or vibrant yellows like

Resene I Dare You. For a bolder versions like Resene Wet N Wild or Resene Endeavour, try painting a console table in an otherwise neutral room to make a real statement, or use them in smaller doses alongside equally electric pops of a hot pink like Resene Irresistible. Happy hues like Resene Moana and Resene Tomorrow can really attract attention. Try them with smouldering reds like Resene Pohutukawa or Resene Dynamite, soft yellows like Resene Moonlight or Resene Chorus Line, or paler clear blues like Resene Slipstream or Resene Mystery. TAKE IT TONE-ON-TONE A tonal colour palette that’s anchored by midnight or navy blue can create a space that’s both classic and elegant. Layering in plenty of




lighter weathered or denim variations will add strength and depth to the look while breaking things up visually. Try Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Excalibur, Resene King Tide and Resene Time After Time together in a room you’d like to relax in, such as a bedroom or a lounge. If you’re feeling brave, bring Resene Twilight Zone onto the walls, use Resene Excalibur on a major piece of furniture, such as headboard in a bedroom or a dining room table, then layer in Resene King Tide, Resene Time After Time and Resene Indian Ink on accessories, chairs, light fixtures, trims, floors – you name it. Contrast is king in a tone-on-tone look, so aim for plenty of variety and visual texture. To take it a step lighter, opt for Resene Safehaven on the walls, try Resene Liberty for

your statement piece of furniture, and layer in accents of Resene Bismark, Resene Raindance, Resene Moby and Resene Lazy River for interest. LIGHTER LOOKS While this trend generally sees deep and darks shades taken to the walls, you can still bring in moody midnight blues making an impact on furniture. Try a petrol blue sofa in a room with greyed-white walls, such as Resene Quarter Emerge or Resene Black White and timber flooring finished in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash waterborne wood stain. Then, bring in accessories in a high-octane orange like Resene Jailbreak or Resene Party Zone, a golden yellow like Resene Cleopatra or Resene Thumbs up, or desert pinks like Resene Just Dance or Resene Sunbaked.




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