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Whangarei actress takes ight as Mary Poppins on Auckland stage


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OUR PEOPLE 4 - Whangarei Talent fills Mary Poppins’ shoes on Auckland stage 5 - Returning to leather fashion 50 years later

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Editor’s note


ur cover story musical theatre actress Shaan Kloet (formerly Antunovich) has always aimed for the stars; her stage debut was playing Molly in the musical Annie with Whangarei Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools – she was aged eight! Since then, the 30-year-old has graced many a stage and television screen and cites her latest role of Mary Poppins, especially as it’s a personal beloved show, as one of her favourites yet. Read about how this show is progressing and when it opens on page 4. Another familiar name around town is Dave Boyd. Many will recognise his name from a business he owned for 30 years but those around in the 70s may remember a popular leather handcraft shop Dave ran on Vine St before that. At 71, he has decided to get the creative juices flowing once more by resurrecting Kopper Moth and has been pretty chuffed to discover some of his original wares still floating round. Read his story on page 5. This month our regular contributor Alex Badham begins a new column sharing the home build journey she is embarking on with her husband and

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young family. They have found their slice of paradise and it will be interesting to follow their journey each month as the build progresses. And our fishing connoisseur John Vowless always has the yarns. Even if he doesn’t always manage to get out himself, he knows and talks with a lot of people and collates and shares his report each month. You will find this on page 14. On that note, next month, John will be joined by a young teen ultrakeen fisherman from the Far North, adding his input with the fishing scene up there. We also hope to bring you his story – he is pretty hardcore! Watch this space. Meanwhile, hope you find something of interest. Please send ideas to: savvy@northernadvocate.co.nz

10 - The truth about laser hair removal HEALTH & WELLBEING 11 - What’s a Microbiome anyway? 11 - Is your company culture healthy? 12 - My experience with cataracts 13 - Exercise is medicine LOVE IT HERE 14 - Packard Motor Museum vehicle of the month 14 - Fishing tips & tales with John Vowles 15 - The flea lifecycle 16 - Immersing self in the experience 18 - 10 days of creativity SAVVY HOMES 21 - Love your planet, love your sleep 22 - Making a small space look bigger 24 - Diaries of a new home build 26 - What is an ‘as is, where is’ property and what should I be wary of? 27 - Let’s talk linen


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IT IS THAT GORGEOUS TIME OF YEAR AGAIN Autumn is slowly slipping into our minds – cooler temperatures, exquisite showers of rain and the refreshing flush of green that our wonderful home is renowned for. The excitement of summer weddings have become fond family memories for 2020, new engagements have us busy planning for the beautiful days yet to come and birthday surprises leave us in awe of the love we are surrounded by. With everything that is new and stunning happening here in Northland, the Global girls are also taking care of precious pieces that have been adored for years. Repairs - With a specialty repair jeweller who is a big part of the Global Diamonds



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Whangarei Talent fills Mary Poppins’ shoes on Auckland stage


Perfecting the art of flying across the stage and saying supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards have been some of the challenges of playing Mary Poppins in the Auckland musical but for Whangarei’s Shaan Kloet, it’s a dream come true. Although Shaan was well-familiar with the role – she played Mary Poppins with Hamilton Operatic in 2017 – she says working with an entire new cast and creative team, this time through Amici Trust, means has meant the experience is quite different. “Although I am playing the same role, everyone brings something different to their characters which then does have an effect on how I play the role. Also, there is brand new choreography so the dances are different, because we are using different people, their skills set is different. It’s really cool to see and be a part of,” says the classically trained soprano. She says, two years on, the words to the songs came back naturally but relearning how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and then saying it backwards wasn’t quite so easy.

Shaan appeared on Three’s The Café in December.

The multi-award winning musical is adapted from the original film and has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004 with its catchy tunes including the mischievous A Spoon Full of Sugar and the riotous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The story is set around the turn of the century London with the dysfunctional Banks family, where patriarch George, a wealthy financier and wife Winifred, are at their wit’s end and in high need of an au pair.

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But Jane and Michael are boisterous brats and have done their best to terrorise a list of nannies into abandoning ship. A miracle arrives in Mary Poppins, the mysterious and magical nanny, who appears on the doorstep of the troubled Banks family just when her services are most required. Poppins returns decorum to the household and promptly decamps, by flying off. This allows George's own former nanny, Miss Andrew, to return and set about controlling the children with Victorian thoroughness. But Miss Andrew's techniques backfire and Poppins returns and takes charge of the Banks children with unwavering confidence. “Like the film and without giving away how it happens, expect flying, magic and mystery on stage,” says Shaan. Formerly Shaan Antunovich, she grew up in Northland where her family still reside and own the business she works for. Although currently living in Auckland, she travels to Whangarei at least once a fortnight and has plans to relocate with her husband. Since graduating from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, the 30-year-old’s career highlights include singing with Rob Guest, a soloist at Christmas in the Park at both Christchurch and Auckland, Opera in the Garden, playing Grizabella in Cats, Elphaba – the green witch in Wicked and touring with Pirates of Penzance. She has also made tv appearances on Stars in Their Eyes and NZ X Factor and most recently appeared on Three’s

The Café interviewed by Mike Puru promoting Mary Poppins. “The promotional side has been awesome,” she says. “Being on The Café was cool but I think the coolest thing has been the photos taken by LK Creative in Devonport. The whole team behind the photo shoot was awesome.” The cast has been rehearsing since early January and Shaan says everything is tracking wonderfully for the April 1 opening. “The show is in a great place, the cast and team are so talented and the technical side of the show is huge but everyone is aware of what needs to happen and it is always amazing to see how it all just falls into place once we get in the theatre. “The experience has been great – I have met some awesome people and also I am working with some people who I have known a really long time which is always epic. I am really excited - it has been a goal of mine to play a lead in Auckland, and I love the show so to be able to do it twice and twice as Mary Poppins is pretty cool.”

Mary Poppins opens at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on April 1 and runs until April 18. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Note, an understudy will be filling in for Shaan on April 7, 14 and the matinee show April 11.

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Returning to leather fashion 50 years later

This article appeared in The Northern Advocate in 1971 about Dave Boyd’s leather business Kopper Moth.

He says not a lot has changed in the trade; the tools are the same but the dyes are now water-based. However, the trends are different. “I’ve been making a variety of styles – you’ve got the man bag and

BY JODI BRYANT When a 21-year-old Dave Boyd embarked on

women’s bags have evolved to include pockets for cell phones and key ring holders.”

a leather handcraft career back in 1971, he probably didn’t imagine he’d still be doing it

Dave says no two bags are the same and he can also custom design. As well as bags, he makes belts, hair barrettes, knife sheaths and other leather

in his 70s. He took a break – a long break from the

items, all designed, cut and (some) stitched by hand. Their durability was proven during Dave’s last year in the water filter

industry, and ran a successful water filter business for 30 years. But in January he came

industry when, having realised who he was, his 91-year-old client produced one of his hang bags.

full circle and resurrected Kopper Moth, the popular business he started with a surfing

Dave today has resurrected Kopper Moth.

buddy on Vine St Whangarei. Dave recalls: “I was 19 and a hippy surfer in

from their Vine St base for two and a half

Australia and I bought a pair of moccasins with fringing. They were this authentic American/

years, before going their separate ways. Dave then moved out to Pataua South and set up

Indian sort of thing. Once they wore out, I took a pattern off them and made another pair. Then

a factory where he exported and supplied nationwide before waking up one day in 1990

I decided to start making sandals.” He started receiving orders from friends

and deciding he’d had enough. He sold the business to a man in Katikati

and discovered that he could make a living by selling just two pairs of sandals a week.

who continued to run it until 2005. When Dave spotted the ad for water filters, it seemed the

Dave and his friend decided to go into business together and started Kopper Moth – the

obvious step as he was keen on natural and healthy living. He continued to run the business

name stemming from the popular Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin band names at the time.

for almost 30 years until selling to his daughter and her husband last year before deciding to

Their wares evolved into bags when Reva (famous in Whangarei for her pizzeria)

go full circle and return to leather work. “I thought, well I’m still fit and healthy and

entered his shop with husband Doug one day sporting a fancy leather handbag she’d

active. Travelling didn’t appeal because I’m a homeboy so thought I’d try my creative juices

purchased in Malibu. “I was so taken by it, I asked if I could take

again,” says the 71-year-old. Now living in town, Dave has transformed

a pattern and that became the foundation of a lot of the bags we made.”

part of his garage into a workshop and started from scratch reacquiring the tools.

The business thrived, so much so, that Dave would spot his creations on the street.

Coincidentally, the leather splitter machine he purchased on Facebook turned out to be

As well as sandals and bags, the pair made and sold leather belts and other accessories

his original that he sold with the business 30 years earlier.

“It was still perfectly intact and with my name inside,” says Dave. “It looked as good as new.”

To view more of Dave’s work, go to his Dave Boyd Handcrafted Leather Facebook page or phone 027 419 4870 to view or purchase his products.

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HOME is where the HEART is Autumn Winter 2020 may have to be experienced closer to home this year. BY KAREN MATICH


n the wake of coronavirus, global travelling is less appealing, and we might just have to stay tight for a while and make the most of our beautiful country. And what a stunning country we have. How lucky are we. Fortunately, we are in the situation where our new season stock has arrived in store. With the majority of our suppliers manufacturing off-shore, our companies have had to work furiously to beat the constraints and embargos now in place in order to deliver. We are so grateful for their efforts and our new season stock is just glorious. With the inclusion of refreshing new labels and tweaking the old, there is something for everyone for every occasion this season. Siren merino is rich in colour and styles this year. Mustard, vibrant tomato, khaki, navy, cerise, charcoal and black transform cropped irregular or long line cardis, oversized jumper dresses, hoodies, sheath dresses and warm trackie pants into clever, quality co-ordinates that are edgy and irresistibly priced. Loobies Story, Lania and Trelise Cooper offer magnificent fabrics this autumn in vibrant colours of silk, viscose, rayon and manmade combos. Designer tops, blouses, pleated skirts and dresses are pieces of walking art that put a smile on your face.

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Bulky jumpers teamed with pleated skirts, button front dresses converted to duster coats over New London light denim jeans or long line tunic dresses teamed with skinny pants are just some of the looks. There is nothing dull about these designers and their styles are literally running out the door. Vassalli, our main stay, ticks all the casual wear boxes yet again. Famous for their jeggings, jeans, patterned and plain ponti knit pants, and great cotton shirts, they keep on keeping on. Just as impressive is Australia’s New London jean with standout top-stitching and a super flattering cut. American brand NYDJ jeans begins at a size zero for those who care and Junk Food jeans are all about price point, not to mention Macjays amazing denim pull up which is just so comfortable. This makes for a great denim mix ensuring there’s a perfect jean for everyone. We love the new fresh looks that we have in store now and know they will be perfect for the months to come, whether spent in and around New Zealand or further afield. Purchasing now while sizes and colours are available is the key, whether it’s hot or not, especially now with the uncertainty of future deliveries. Come and see us, we look forward to styling you.


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Our workwear report reflects the changes around how we work now — consider injecting plenty of personality via colour, print and texture to usher in a new era of professional dressing.


o you’re gradually shaking off the lazy days of sleeping in and can no longer walk around in togs all day. It’s business time, and while temperatures are still in the 20s, designers and retailers are slowly preparing to stock their racks and shelves for the first deliveries of autumn already, the perfect excuse to dive into some thoughtful wardrobe options for the working days ahead. Take heed of quality textiles and pieces that can segue easily into next season and beyond — and, more importantly, look after your clothes. While the following outfits offer ideas for injecting some personality into a professional wardrobe through print, texture and colour, the ultimate way to look confident under pressure is when you’re wearing polished accessories and freshly pressed separates that have been tailored to fit you to perfection.

Paradigm Shift A dress and a blazer is a fail-safe formula for dressing with personality — but ditch the body-conscious, cookie-cutter

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Let’s get real about laser hair removal, we’ve all heard of it, but many people don’t know what to expect, or whether it will work at all for them.


eep on reading to find out all you never knew you needed to know before diving into the world of laser hair removal.

How does it all work? Unlike shaving, waxing or plucking, laser hair removal is a long-term solution to removing unwanted hair - go ahead, do that happy dance! The team at Caci Whangarei use a Diode laser. With Diode, a beam of light is passed through the targeted area, where it's absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft and follicle. This generates heat, which loosens the hair and disables the cells involved in hair growth to prevent future hairs from forming. Are their risks or side effects? If you’re seeing a reputable laser specialist its rare and unlikely, but it can be possible to get a superficial burn or pigmentation.

At Caci, staff are trained at our academy, ensuring we’re delivering safe and effective treatments. Is anyone suitable for treatment? The laser works by targeting colour in the hair shaft and follicle – so the best results can be seen with darker hair. For that reason, blonde, red and grey hairs can be more difficult to remove. Some underlying medical conditions and medications may exclude you from the treatment, as they make the results harder to predict. We recommend coming in for a consultation where skin experts can assess your suitability. How do I prepare before the treatment? For your initial consultation (which at Caci is free by the way!), the team will need to assess your hair type, so avoid shaving two days before, leaving around 2mm of hair growth so they can accurately assess your suitability. Next there’s prep-hairing for the treatment itself – yes, we went there. Prior to treatment, you need to come in with the treatment area clean shaven. We’d recommend shaving the night before or the day of to ensure best results.

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What can I expect during the treatment? You and your treatment provider will wear special glasses to ensure complete safety. Your treatment provider will also wear a face mask to ensure there is nothing transferred through the air while undertaking the treatment.

You will then be asked to lay down and get comfortable before starting the treatment. During the treatment the level of discomfort varies between individuals and depends on the area being treated - but at Caci the team pride themselves on performing the treatments quickly and safely, so it's over in no time! Did we mention that Caci’s Diode laser has a cooling tip? This helps to make the treatment more comfortable. What should I do after my appointment? There’s no downtime after your treatment, although your skin may be pink or even red in the treated area. This is absolutely normal. Redness may last from a few minutes up to 24 hours and it may feel a little like mild sunburn or windburn. If you feel this, you can apply a cold compress to the area, and remember to apply sunscreen to the area daily. We also recommend taking the day off from the gym, pool, spa for at least 24/48 hours to avoid heat or excessive sweating. (No need to ask us twice!) When will I see results? As far as visible results, laser hair removal requires a bit of commitment as one session won’t likely yield much of a difference. But you should start to see results after your second or third treatment. So how many treatments do I need and how much will it cost? For best results, the team at Caci recommend eight treatments, with each treatment performed around 5-6 weeks apart. One of the best options for long-term results is with Caci’s laser hair removal membership – just like a gym membership but for shedding unwanted hair! The cost varies from person to person, depending on the treatment area. Weekly payments can start from as little as $19 per week.

For an accurate quote, we recommend popping in for that free consultation with the team at Caci Whangarei on Clyde St, call 0800 458 458 or visit caci.co.nz.




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The skin’s microbiome is a living layer of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses.

his living layer of microorganisms

bacteria in the products, they can definitely

is the body’s first physical barrier to prevent harmful pathogens colonizing

harm the good bacteria on your skin. Common preservatives like parabens have received

our skin, therefore stopping us from getting sick.

such bad publicity in recent years that many manufacturers have replaced them with

A healthy microbiome is a delicate balance of beneficial, neutral and harmful

other preservatives in their formulation, then label ‘NO parabens’ on their products, giving

microorganisms living in harmony. Any products or action that disrupt this harmonious

consumers the impression that the products are free from preservatives. My very simple test

relationship will cause the skin to become sensitive, irritated, inflamed and in some cases

– if you can dip your finger in your moisturizer every day and it still looks and smells great

develop into acne and dermatitis. So how does the skin microbiome become disrupted?

after a month or so, then it’s certain to contain preservatives.

Soap and harsh detergents

Antiseptics or antibacterial agents

Scrubbing your face with soap or detergents can create a chemical environment that is

Most anti acne products contain some type of antiseptic or antibacterial agents and as the

disruptive to the skin microbiome. The skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic. However, the pH

name suggests they help to eliminate bacteria causing acne. However, if they can eliminate

of most soap is alkaline therefore changing the acidity of the skin and putting the skin

P. acnes, they can also eliminate other good bacteria.

microbiome out of balance.

A sensitive or irritated skin could mean the skin’s microbiome or the stratum corneum

Preservatives Preservatives are used in skincare to kill and

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issues are easily fixed with the guidance of your dermal therapist.

Is your company culture healthy? Investing in company culture is not simply a nice to have, it’s a must have. Statistics show that employee turnover and business success is directly affected by company culture.


ompanies with a defined and healthy culture show a turnover of a mere 14 per cent annually, whereas those with low team moral and culture show a staggering 48 per cent. As a leader, manager, or team player we all notice the impact of poor culture: • Unhappy employees tend to focus on doing the bare minimum, they don’t put their hands up for challenges, and typically they shy away from applying additional effort or interest in personal growth. • Great workers who feel underappreciated or undervalued quit. • Disconnected managers affect team happiness and productivity.

On the other hand, great cultures with loyal, happy employees show a stark difference – employees apply themselves to their work, they’re an active part of the team, they’re generally happier and healthier, and they bring far more creativity and enthusiasm to their work regardless of position or pay. So, what makes the difference? I believe it goes far beyond free yoga classes or fruit boxes in the lunchroom. It’s about… 1. Working together to define your company’s core values and developing a shared understanding around how each and every employee can contribute to this through their work. 2. Prioritising health and wellbeing and learning how as a team you can generate and maintain the energy you need to perform at your best. And, 3. Building trusting and transparent relationships by assessing the behaviours and systems that may be dragging you down. Whether you’re aware of it or not, every company has a culture. Smart companies who want to stick around for the long game, attract their most engaged staff, and retain happy, healthy employees, never leave their culture to default. Get in touch today to discuss the different ways I can help you in achieving a happier, healthier, and more engaged team.

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My experience with Cataracts I was having problems with my eyes, seeing massive BY MR J HICKS shadows and halos around the lights.


he glare was just too bright and, long

range, I couldn’t see much, especially when I was playing golf and couldn’t see where the golf ball went. So, I decided to go to the local

who looked after me that day were fantastic, explaining everything to me in detail and asking if I needed to ask them any questions. The first operation was done. I was doing really well at home afterwards

optometrist about my eyes and to get some driving glasses. I was told by the optometrist that I

until the anaesthetic wore off and had a bit of discomfort in my eye. I didn’t take the Panadol which, thinking back now, I should have done.

shouldn’t be driving because my eyesight was too bad and I also had cataracts in both eyes. I made an appointment with my GP and asked if he could refer me up to the hospital for a

Next day I went back for my post operation visit. The shield came off and I noticed a big difference. After the first eye operation, I noticed the colour, brightness and clarity was

but took the Panadol this time and had no trouble at all after that. Practically, I’m so thankful to get both of my eyes done as I can see things that I couldn’t

I can see where the ball goes instead of asking the other players where my ball has gone. I now tell the other golfers where their balls are on the course - they call me ‘Eagle Eye’.

cataract assessment. A family member took me up for my appointment at the hospital and I was told

just incredible and how far I could see. I had my second cataract operation the following week and had some discomfort again

see before, like while fishing, I can see the birds working far in the distance now, whereas before I couldn’t see that. Now, while playing golf,

I’d personally like to thank my ophthalmologist and his team for a wonderful job that they did for me.

again not to drive because of how bad my eyesight was. I was also advised that the waiting list for the cataract operation at the hospital was a 4-6 month wait. I didn’t like the fact that I wouldn’t be able to drive for that long!!! I decided I didn’t want to wait and rang the hospital and cancelled myself off the waiting list so that someone else could take my place. Instead, I rang and made an appointment in private. My optometrist discussed the ‘ins and outs’ of the cataract surgery and what it entailed. I understood that I needed an operation on both eyes. The day of the first operation, I was relaxed because I knew it had to be done. Everyone

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Exercise is Medicine The all-natural, no pill prescription for better health and a longer life People have spent decades waiting for a miracle pill to get into better shape, lose weight, feel better and live longer. But what if that miracle drug already existed? And what if those results were just the beginning?


After all, prevention is always preferable to

It’s so effective, there is no doctor, procedure,

treating disease as once symptoms present themselves they can cause even more health issues and complications that can require even

pill, surgery, nutritional supplement or medication on the planet that can even come close to providing the positive health effects

more drugs to control.

exercise does. None of those things can build you a strong, energetic, youthful, disease resistant body.

The illness issues that are becoming more prevalent in our modern world are mostly


related to eating the wrong types of foods, avoiding proper exercise, getting too little quality sleep and ingesting man-made toxins.

Proper exercise is really nature’s ultimate medicine we know of. It builds and strengthens muscle and bone and it also changes the way

Would you like more energy, a more alert and nimble mind, a stronger heart, stress relief, be better armed to fight a cold or the flu, combat

your DNA behaves, making it less likely that you will get heart disease, cancer, dementia or diabetes, that your arteries will harden or that you will suffer from anxiety and depression.

magine a medicine – a wonder drug, with a list of potential side effects that read like

almost every health issue. All you need to do is take the right dose, at the right time

this: Reduced risk of disease by 80 per cent, improved blood sugar regulation, healthy weight loss, better brain health, lower blood

to benefit from the world’s most effective medicine. It can give strength to the weak, energy to the tired, health to the sick and

cancer, heart disease and diabetes and heal injury or wounds faster?

pressure, improved mood, stronger muscles, thicker bones, better circulation, better coordination and an ability to function day-today at a higher level and for a longer time?

youthfulness to older people.

This really isn’t a sounds-too-good-to-be-true pill, but what it is, is an invitation to activate your body’s remarkable ability to heal itself - an ability that is significantly improved when you

can help you deal with and bounce back from them more quickly and successfully. Boosted strength and fitness truly has over-all healing effects that work together on multiple body and

make exercise a regular part of your life.

brain systems to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, proper strengthening exercise positively enhances nearly every

If this wonder drug existed, you’d take it wouldn’t you?

Lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating a healthier diet may be enough to prevent and even treat conditions ranging from diabetes to cancer. Being stronger and fitter gives us a huge advantage over all kinds of injury and disease.

Well, it does exist, and you can take it, starting today. Research has proven, time after time that EXERCISE IS MEDICINE. It has real, measurable and lasting positive effects for

It makes sense that prescription medications should NOT be the first treatment option when someone is on the verge of developing a sickness condition when it’s still possible to prevent it. For example, pre-diabetes.

Boosted strength and fitness truly has over-all healing effects that work together on multiple body and brain systems to improve physical, mental, and emotional health.

More good news in that even in the event these or any other health issue befalls you, exercise

organ and body system. It is reassuring to know that it may very well save your life one day as there is no more powerful medicine than the self-healing capabilities of your own body. Nature really is the best medicine.



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1939 Packard Convertible Coupe 120


t the Packard Motor Museum, two Pac sheds house hou our 40-plus Packard cars on display. In the second d


from a genuine Packard convertible which he had purchased from Wellington. The car was restored as a two-door convertible and painted

shed which we refer to as our New w Packard Shed, most of the cars are darker colours, except for fo one. Our bright red 1939 Packard Convertible Convertibl Coupe stands out from

bright red. This became Graeme’s flagship car and sat at the entrance of the original Packard

the crowd. This car started life as a Packard sta

at the entrance of the museum but is one of the cars we frequently use in our marketing. It’s a

120 Straight-eight four-door sedan, Strai painted black. Graeme Craw b spotted spotte the car parked on the side of o the road in the Auckland suburb of Remuera with the sub sign ‘‘For Sale, £80.00’ on the windscreen. Graeme did a deal, windsc purchased the car and it was purcha as the family car for almost used a 20 years. However, Howeve by the 1980s, the car needed restoration. restoration He stripped the body off the chassis and replaced it with the panels re

and Pioneer Museum which Graeme opened in Titirangi. Today the red convertible doesn’t sit

hybrid of two Packard vehicles, the 120 Sedan and the Convertible Coupe. The 1939 120 model was a significant car for the Packard company. The 120s were termed ‘junior’ models and were priced to be affordable for a wider range of buyers. 1938 was a disastrous year for the Packard company with sales dropping almost 50 per cent but the introduction of the 120 model saw sales rise again. Our 120 convertible runs with the standard Packard straight-eight motor, this one being 282 cubic inch (or 4.6 litre).

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


arch and April are usually our best fishing months and if recent catch rates at the tail end of February are anything to go by, we could be in for a ripper of a fishing period. The Whangarei area is fishing very well. Recent trip reports I’ve heard; Mike fished just outside Parua Bay, no secret spot, rig or tide, he got his limit of good snapper in very short time and has repeated this three times. Plenty of fillets for his visitors and family. Glen and Glen also fished a little way outside Parua Bay. Experienced fisho’s, they also caught a good snapper in short time. These guys were using running rigs and mullet bait. This set-up works well when the current is running. I was walking my dogs in the evening on Onerahi’s Beach Rd recently, when a red car pulled up with Shane and Ken

inside who said hi. They had a very small boat and outboard in tow and had fished a short distance from the Onerahi boat ramp. They also had a very impressive snapper catch thanks for the snapper guys, very fresh and very tasty! A workmate, Jed, went out with his father in law Stu, they softbaited while drifting with a sea anchor out and were fishing 30 metres deep off Ruakaka. The fishing was very good, with ‘nuclear chicken’ soft baits working particularly well. They tried many different softbaits and the fish weren’t fussy but weren’t interested in small black baits. These guys also got their limit with some very good-sized fish caught. I went out recently with Glen Baker and we targeted those succulent terakihi. Terakihi fish are best either side of tide change, either top or bottom of the tide and come on the bite as the current slackens. We put in a lot of effort - gear, bait, sea conditions, lunar fishing calendar, bite times - and we had a very good

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day with the first terakihi caught within five

consistently successful, record their trips,

minutes. The fish were a good size and fat. It was lots of fun on softbait rods and braid lines. A shark was a nuisance, chasing our fish. It

date, conditions, tide times and height, lunar calendar, water temp, bite times, time of day, rigs and bait used etc. These factors

managed to hook up on two lines at the same time then jumped out of the water beside the

can make a big difference to consistent catch rates. So, if you’re planning a trip, you

boat with our rigs hanging out of its mouth. Sorting this out cost us half an hour of fishing

look up your book and see what did and didn’t work this time last year. it’s a good

time but we still managed plenty of fish and, to top it off, landed a very large packhorse

starting point. Another tip: shallow water fishing very early in the morning or fishing

crayfish that got tangled in my line. Yahoo, what a day.

the evening into darkness is usually much better than during the bright sunny day.

I talk to a lot of fisho’s and the ones who are

Get out there and good luck.

The Flea Lifecycle There are around 2000 different flea species in the world but the Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the most common flea we see on both dogs and cats.


ound on prehistoric fossils from the dinosaur era, fleas have evolved with clever adaptations to become longlasting and successful parasitic pests. The flea life cycle has two phases; the on-host parasitic phase of the adults and the off-host/ environmental stage of the eggs, larvae and pupae - this makes them tricky to eradicate! The time it takes fleas to reproduce is hugely variable – when all the temperature and humidity are optimal, new fleas can be created within 12 days, but when temperatures and humidity are too high or low, it can take six months to occur.

Why is the flea life cycle important? Well, we need to think of the whole flea population as the problem, not just the visible fleas on your pet. For every flea you see on your pet there are probably many more but they are good at hiding in their hair! Seeing five fleas on your pet also means that somewhere in your pet’s environment there are about 100 more lifecycle stages undergoing development to become new fleas. The adult fleas we see are actually just the tip of the flea iceberg!

Here’s five Golden Rules to help keep your pet flea free: 1. Protect ALL your pets against fleas. Cats and dogs share the same fleas so don’t leave any pets untreated because you ‘think’ your cat doesn’t get fleas – he does – he’s just better at hiding them than your dog! 2. Protect your pets with a trusted flea treatment ALL year round Don’t leave pets unprotected over winter. In the New Zealand climate fleas really are a year-round problem. Preventing an infestation is easier than treating one. On average New Zealanders are only using eight weeks of flea treatment on their cats and 11 weeks of flea treatments on their dogs per year. This is simply not enough to

protect them and prevent flea infestations in your home. It takes very low temperatures to kill fleas off, about -1°C for five days, so they can survive in the environment and in our houses all year round in most parts of New Zealand. 3. Check you’re using the right product correctly See your vet or pet specialty store as they supply only trusted flea products. Make sure you read all the instructions inside the packet before using, so that you apply the product correctly, and get the right pack size for your pet’s accurate and recent weight - don’t just guess their weight.

4. Use a dual action pet treatment Use a pet flea treatment that kills BOTH adult fleas AND targets another lifecycle stage too. Advantage, Advocate and Seresto all kill adult fleas on your pet and larval flea stages in the pet’s surroundings. The active ingredient is shed in pet’s dander and hair around their sleeping areas and so larvae are exposed this way. 5. Exercise your patience! If you already have a flea infestation it may take 2-4 months to control flea populations. Fleas that are seen during this time are not adults that have survived previous treatments, but are new fleas still emerging from their cocoons. They will be killed soon after they jump onto their host… provided the host has correctly applied treatment on them. Remember it’s always better to prevent an infestation than tackle one!

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Immersing self in the experience BY MEGAN DICKINSON

Local landscape photographer Alan Squires has had a very industrious start to 2020 with the launch of his first book titled Whangarei and a solo exhibition of large scale photographic works at MD Gallery.


reating and self publishing a book is a huge achievement in itself, but Squires went that little bit extra to ensure the publication was home grown, working closely with local business Calders Design & Print Ltd to ensure both the printing and hand binding of the book happened right here in Whangarei, and it worked wonderfully. The one hundred page, hard backed publication features an outstanding selection of both colour and black & white images of rural and coastal scenes from Langs to Whangaruru. Whangarei is a celebration of our region through his eyes and the lens of his trusty camera. It's a unique photographic journey that also acts as a historical visual document of our growing region. Born in Auckland in the 70s, self taught photographer Squires has travelled extensively, living overseas for some fifteen years. “I've always had a camera. I still have my first photo, taken as a six year old, of the old camp bus parked up in the Hunua Ranges in Auckland. There's a chap just walking out of shot and he’s wearing a tremendous pair of flares! My dad loved photography, he would present slide shows to us kids of his travels overseas and we were enraptured by it all. But I never really got hooked completely, probably because dark rooms and chemicals did not particularly appeal to me.

But something definitely awoke in me with the advent and immediateness of digital photography.” He settled in Whangarei eight years ago and its safe to say he's smitten with the region. His personal connection to the region is evident in his work. ”That view as you come up over the Brynderwyns - home” he says, gets him every time. Something many of us can relate to. It was a natural choice to use the image home, for which Squires has become quite well known, as the feature shot for the cover of his book. So what was the impetus to create a book? “The maritime setting of Whangarei beguiles with an ever changing bustling harbour and a varied-dramatic coastline with glorious beaches. I’ve spent many a day on the sand at the height of summer and not seen a soul, and

I like that. You can go bush where there are great tracks and trails. I’ve seen kaka rollicking

while Northland was never really highlighted in their books of New Zealand. Invariably the

through the treetops of Te Whara (Bream Head) and the view from the top is sublime. At night

obligatory images of Cape Reinga, an aerial of the Bay of Islands and for good measure Tane

you can hear the distinctive calls of kiwi while Marsden Point glistens like a small city across

Mahuta would appear. Never anything from Whangarei...well,

the harbour. As a youngster I devoured the landscape

maybe the Whangarei Falls but that was it. What really kick-started my photography was

photography of Andris Apse, Craig Potten and the aerial photography of Whites Aviation. To

a desire to celebrate Whangarei’s awesome landscape environment in a way that had not

me their efforts were mainly concerned with the beauty and majesty of the South Island

really been achieved before.” Squires is also very proud of his recent solo exhibition Whangarei at MD Gallery which consisted of thirteen photographs selected from the book, these he also had printed locally by Neal Martin of Photo Restorations on 100% cotton paper. It gave visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the large format images from viewpoints that are not accessible to everyone. And no, he doesn't use a drone to capture the images, preferring to climb the mountain himself and click the shutter, immersing himself in the experience.


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10 days of creativity

coming with the Whangarei Sculpture Symposium VI (WSSVI)

The Whangarei Sculpture Symposium (WSSVI) is back for a sixth season from March 9-19 2020; and this year the new locale is the Hihiaua Cultural Centre.


ere the sculptors provide a live exhibition for the viewing pleasure of the general public, art lovers and art collectors; as they work away on blocks of limestone, hard stone and/ or wood to transform them to art-pieces in front of our eyes. The WSSVI theme is ‘Regeneration – renew, restore and reclaim’ focusing on the natural environment in Northland and the preservation of our natural resources: water, land, air and coast. As these values align with the Department of Conservation, they have generously come onboard as a sponsor this year.

We have a great line-up of Northland local sculptors: David Taylor, Miriam von Mulert, Tracey Willms Deane, Els van Drunen, Peter Schouten, Trisha Fisk, Brian Mitchell (sponsored by Te Wananga O Aotearoa), Justin Murfitt, Dion Jakich and Paul Harris. Out-oftown sculptors (with some first time attendees and some returns) include Rex O'Brien, Lawrence Makoare, Jocelyn Pratt, Paul Olson, and Todd Sheridan. This year we also have Malcolm West joining us from the UK.

Anthony Dunn and Graham Nathan, sponsored by Te Wananga o Aotearoa at the 2018 WSS, and winning two awards; have paidit-forward by providing a scholarship for Maori Erstich and Tash NIkora to participate this year. As in 2019, Creative Northland has provided a scholarship for a Sculpture Northland artist and this year it’s Terice Pomare - an up-and-coming artist who is excited to work beside more experienced sculptors. Hosting the event at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre brings new opportunities to expand, such as the edition of a side exhibition from March 9-28, displaying artworks by current and past participants. WSSVI is a free public event and the site is open to the public daily from 9am - 5pm, where you will be greeted by one of the friendly Lions Whangarei volunteers. Saturday March 14, 10am - 2pm has a family/whanau focus, with many interactive activities provided by Whangarei Libraries and Creative Northland. WSSVI culminates in a Live Auction on March 19, 2020, sponsored by Ray White Realty Ltd, where the completed sculptures will be auctioned to the public and award winners announced for the Whangarei District Council Supreme Award, Whangarei District Council Parks Award, Resene Award and the People’s Choice Award. For full details, and artists’ bios check out our facebook page www.creativenorthland.com and listen to The Hits for event updates.

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There’s no need to resort to wand waving when attempting to make a small space look bigger, nor is there a need to push out walls to create a room with a bigger footprint. There are various tricks and tips you can take on board to accomplish this aim. Paint colour is certainly one of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions for expanding your space visually, making it appear to be larger than it really is. However, it is important to recognise that light colours behave differently than dark colours, just as warm colours behave differently to cool colours. In the same vein, different colour choices will do different things for ceilings, walls and floors as all these factors can completely transform and open up a small space – almost like magic, but without the wand. Generally speaking – and, yes, there are certainly exceptions – dark colours tend to make a room look smaller. This is because some dark colours visually advance, making the walls seem closer than they actually are. For the safest solution to make a small room appear bigger, try painting it a light paint colour that has cool undertones. Resene Colour Expert Carolyn Atkinson recommends Resene Black White, Resene Quarter White Pointer, Resene Half Rice Cake and Resene Wan White as popular options but encourages looking to colours beyond basic whites. Colours like blues or blue/greens

are some of the best choices, she says – particularly paler to mid-toned varieties. These hues work especially well because of the way they recede from your vision, making spaces appear further away and therefore much bigger. Look to Resene Remember Me, Resene Slipstream, Resene Half Dusted Blue, Resene Breathless, Resene Breeze or Resene Eskimo for some of the most approachable options. Adding stripes is another trick suggested by Mount Maunganui painter John Murphy. He recommends adding horizontal stripes on your walls to help visually expand your space. “Pick one - maybe two walls – to give the striped look and they’ll look elongated. Use contrasting colours to create the illusion of depth,” he says.



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Light colours versus dark colours Light colours have higher Light Reflectance Values (LRV’s), which means they reflect more light than dark colours. Light colours, therefore,


help small spaces feel more alive, bright and airy. Light colours visually ‘open up’ spaces


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If all your walls/ceilings and trims are painted the same pale white or off-white neutral

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colour, there is nothing in the way of definite colour that arrests the eye. This strategy can

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Painting the floors (along with your walls, trim, and details) in different shades from the same

Warm colours advance and cool colours recede, affecting the perception of depth.

colour family – such as pale grey or light blue – will make your whole space look larger. With

The science behind this is that the eye adjusts when focusing on colours of different

a monochromatic space, you can go as neutral or as out-there as you want. It’s committing to

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Diaries of a new home build Hello and welcome to our new column which follows along with us as we navigate our first new home build! BY ALEX BADHAM


e are equal parts nervous and excited about this new venture to build a modern home for our young family which allows us to live the slow intentional lifestyle we moved back to Whangarei for. If you are interested in the building process or looking at building your own home, we would love you to follow along.

Alex and David with their children Nikau and Cleo.

THE LAND AND INITIAL DESIGN STAGES We began looking for a block of land in 2019 at the same time as attending open homes every weekend. We were open to the idea of buying an existing place or building but ultimately the decision was made by the lack of properties available that met all of our criteria. We (literally) stumbled across the section on an evening walk and saw a slightly dishevelled ‘For Sale’ sign on the section with a phone number. Three months later and we are now in the initial design stages for our first home build. As we had been looking for properties which suited us and our young family, we had a few non-negotiable criteria which the design had to meet. We spoke at length about how our home had to accommodate for our lifestyles; We love to entertain friends and family and wanted a low maintenance house which would allow us to enjoy getting out and about over the weekends. We didn’t want our home to have unused space, so we have tried to incorporate as many clever storage solutions into a relatively small footprint as possible. The process so far has been relatively stress-free, possibly due to having a flat section to work with and a strong aesthetic for the overall form of the house. A small and efficient footprint as well as prioritising warmth and ventilation throughout the home have helped us to work as a group to get the initial design work started. We are about a week away from having our plans finalised and will be sharing ideas and designs as they come in! In the meantime, you will find us on Pinterest scrolling through endless ideas. Follow us @ thegathererdhomenz for weekly updates and design inspiration. Alex and David.

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What is an ‘as is, where is’ property and what should I be wary of? More and more New Zealand homes are being sold ‘as is, where is’ after the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes.


hese properties are often listed at a lower price and can be tempting for first-home buyers with DIY dreams. We take a look at the risks you may face as a buyer and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

What does ‘as is, where is’ mean? Marketing a property ‘as is, where is’ can be a way to alert potential buyers to the current state of the property. ‘As is, where is’ properties may have: • suffered substantial damage — commonly in a high natural disaster area or fires — and been written off by the insurers • been approved for repair — but no repairs have been carried out • not had insurance at the time of a natural event • weathertightness issues • unconsented alterations. Real Estate Authority (REA) chief executive, Kevin Lampen-Smith says: “While ‘as is, where is’ properties in New Zealand have generally suffered damage through natural events, they can also be listed ‘as is, where is’ because of owner neglect, an estate sale, or a mortgagee sale.” What could this mean for you as a buyer? If you’re interested in buying an ‘as is, where is’ property, the most important things you can do are take extra care with your due diligence and make sure that you contact insurers to establish whether you can insure the property before making an offer. Before signing a sale and purchase agreement, seek independent legal advice and clarification from your insurance provider. Your bank or lender will want proof that you have arranged property insurance before settlement, even if you have conditional preapproval with your finances.

EQC’s website has a lot of information about the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes and how to find out if a property you’re considering buying has had an EQC claim on it. Different insurance scenarios for ‘as is, where is’ properties damaged in a natural disaster Suffered substantial damage and has been written off by the insurers. These properties have damage so severe that insurers consider the cost of repairing the property to be uneconomical. The original homeowners will usually receive a cash settlement to put towards the cost of demolition and building a new house. If you are considering buying an ‘as is, where is’ property that has been written off, you need to think about whether you are prepared to buy a property that cannot be insured. It’s wise to get a geotechnical report done to find out whether rebuilding a new house on the land is possible. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that it may be difficult to insure a replacement house on the same piece of land, if there has been no insurance for a length of time. Talking to insurance companies or an independent insurance broker will give you an idea of your options. Been approved for repair, but no repairs have been carried out This means that the insurers have decided that the property can be repaired. It’s likely that a cash payment was made to the owner to settle the insurance claim, but they have not used it to make the repairs. Building costs often increase over time, so you’ll want to make sure that you fully understand the cost of repair when making an offer on an ‘as is, where is’ property. Engaging experts is essential. Paying that bit extra to get a qualified building inspection and/ or engineering report done will give you a clear picture of the property — remember that this is a visual inspection and the building inspector or engineer will not be able to cut holes in walls or carry out other invasive testing. No insurance at the time of the natural event The cost of repairing this type of property will fall on the owner. This may be reflected in the sale price.


It’s sensible to ask the real estate agent for any proof of repair, so that you can understand what work may have been carried out. It would also be wise to work with an independent insurance broker to explore the best insurance options for you. Your first port of call may be contacting your current insurance company. Having an existing relationship with an insurer means that you have already been assessed as a good risk.

You can ask for a review of an EQC cash settlement if the original settlement did not meet the reasonable costs of repairs.

Insuring an ‘as is, where is’ property Ask the real estate agent who the property is insured with and whether any claims for damage have been made with EQC and the private insurer. You should also ask the real estate agent if there are any claim numbers available. And, ask the real estate agent, EQC and the private insurer lots of questions to get a full picture of what ‘as is, where is’ actually means for this property. This will let you know if any insurance claims exist. Make sure that as the buyer any EQC or private insurance claims are assigned to you. Where the property has been sold by mortgagee sale, it is unlikely the mortgagee will have insurance on the property before settlement. You may wish to talk to an insurance broker about options for insuring the property before settlement. “Taking extra care to do your homework is especially important with ‘as is, where is’ properties. Not spending the time and money to get a full picture of the property you are purchasing can be very expensive and stressful,” Lampen-Smith says.

Cost of repairs While the cost of an ‘as is, where is’ property is often lower to factor in the repairs needed, you have no buffer if something goes wrong. It is always wise to set aside money to cover extra due diligence and to include a decent contingency amount in your repair budget. You can request a review of an EQC cash settlement if the original settlement was not enough to cover the reasonable costs of EQC’s repair strategy.

Settling a deed of assignment Transferring an insurance claim to a new buyer is called ‘assignment’. A Deed of Assignment is the most common document, and your lawyer or conveyancer can help with this. Transferring the claim may allow you to take over the rights to the claim (ie: the right to any insurance payout). What if damage has been missed or there’s been a failed repair? Talk to your lawyer or conveyancer if you discover that damage to the property is missing from the insurance claim, or if there’s been a failed repair. They will be able to help you with a request to review the original claims.


What if the property had a private insurance claim? With private insurance cover, a new owner may not be entitled to the same benefits as the previous owner. This is because the policy is held by the individual, not the property.

Some things to think about before buying an ‘as is, where is’ property • Has a building inspection or engineer’s report been carried out? • Look especially at high-risk areas: • Chimneys, foundations and retaining walls • Houses on slopes • Properties with multiple types of foundations • Houses with irregular design shapes or split levels • Unreinforced concrete block walls • Leaking or cracking • What land zone is the property in? TC1, TC2, TC3, etc • Are there any other potential natural hazards, eg coastal? • Can you insure the house before settlement? • Have you sought legal advice? • How can you reduce the risk of further damage? “It’s important to think through the reasons why you want to purchase an ‘as is, where is’ property. Make sure you set aside time and money to do your due diligence and set up a strong support team to help you weigh up whether this is a good option for you,” says Lampen-Smith.


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hat is it? Plant origin; derived from cellulose

Linen has moderate sunlight resistance so will fade and, in time, break down in our harsh Northland sun: - The best option is to protect it from the direct sun and also the reflected light should be factored as well. Some options for protection

fibres that grow inside the stalks of the flax plant.

are to have curtains lined with a quality lining, hang a sheer sun filter fabric between them and direct light or put up sunscreen rollers such

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Linen is considered to be the strongest of the natural fibres, particularly when blended with a man-made fibre such as nylon. Some of the reasons behind linen being overlooked in favour of manmade options can be countered by a few simple steps.

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Eating, laughing & enjoying Alex Badham, Designer and Co-owner of www.gathered.nz

The long summer evenings that we are lucky enough to have here in Northland give us the opportunity to open our homes to our friends and family.


venings spent eating, laughing and enjoying each other’s company are some of our favourite ways to share our space. Entertaining at home doesn’t need to be a big pre-planned event, sometimes the best nights are impromptu; When an afternoon cup of tea extends into a pot-luck dinner with the kids roaming free outdoors. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi lends itself to entertaining in your home with simplicity and ease. It is about recognising beauty in the imperfect, being content with what we have and understanding that the act of hosting people in your home isn’t about perfectly matched linen, but about the connection and experience you have with your guests. Simple foods made from fresh ingredients, candles on the table (why not?!) and good conversation are much more memorable than your host having the latest homewares and nervously watching you to make sure they don’t get broken. This month at home we have been sorting through our crockery, cutlery and dinnerware. Getting rid and donating of the pieces that we don’t use and keeping pieces we enjoy using daily. Nothing is kept for ‘special occasions’ and everything is very well-loved. Even Nana’s trifle dish, which has a new life as a beautiful fruit bowl until Christmas when it is filled and in its element again with sponge, custard and way too much brandy. Until next time,

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