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WEDDINGS Second Time Around Harmony

Local gay couple’s journey to the altar



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OUR PEOPLE 4 Absence makes the heart grow fonder 6 Hindsight, experience & wisdom create harmony second time around

September 2019


WEDDINGS 8 Wedding Planning Checklist 9 Stress-free wedding dress choice 10 Flowers, dresses 11 Suited and booted, Rings 12 Venues & cakes 13 Lighting & music with Belltech 14 Tips for the mothers of the bridge & groom 15 How to make your high heels more comfortable

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ur lead story’s bride, Alex, has some wise words of wisdom she’s learnt with the benefit of hindsight. And she should know; Alex and her husband have each had four weddings, with two to each other. And second time around is much more harmonious with the knowledge they have both gained along their individual and mutual journeys. I think her insightful words can apply to anyone’s situation. Read Alex and Richard’s story on page 6. This month we also feature the journeys leading up to Chris and Geoff’s same-sex marriage. What started across the globe with a wife and children for one, a chance encounter, devastating loss and impulsive holiday to New Zealand - culminated in a fabulous Northland wedding after the law was passed. Read their story on pages 4-5. If you are planning a wedding, check out the Wedding Guide with all the latest trends.

WELL BEING 18 Skin preparation for the big day 18 Is it time to tell yourself a better story? HEALTH 20 The greatest project you will ever work on is… 21 Intraocular Lens (IOL) options

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder BY JODI BRYANT

When Geoff and Chris bumped into each other on the street in Portsmouth, it was one of those ‘eyes across a smoky bar’ moments. Over a decade later, and after navigating many obstacles along the way, they married in an intimate ceremony in Northland.

Geoff (left) and Chris (right) say they had the perfect wedding day surrounded by friends and family.

“We literally bumped into each other in the street in Portsmouth,” remembers Geoff. “I

Chris was out gay all his life. The relationship was only platonic at this stage.”

decided to travel to New Zealand to seek respite from the trauma. The two took a

New Zealand made it easy to keep the UK in ignorance and gradually old friends became

suggested a coffee and we shared our histories. While drinking that coffee, we both realised how

Meanwhile, Chris had just been accepted for New Zealand residency when they met and,

campervan tour around Northland and, it was during this time, they fell in love.

disconnected. There was a cover story but we both hated the lying, especially to the family,

much we gelled and how much one’s weakness was the other’s strength. Our relationship since

after selling his house and resigning from his job, he left the UK with the mindset that either

Geoff subsequently moved to New Zealand in 2005 where they lived together, marrying ten

and more especially to Geoff’s three sons.” So, for Geoff’s first Christmas in New

has always grown on this basis.” However, at the time, Geoff was married

‘absence would make the heart grow fonder’ or ‘out of sight, out of mind’. The former proved to

years later. “We never really did the engagement and

Zealand, the couple paid for his sons, then in their 20s, to travel to New Zealand to ‘see

with a family and had ‘always put up a barrier to his gayness’.

be the case. Tragically, Geoff’s wife was suddenly

‘popped the question’ thing,” Chris, 58, recalls. “From numerous discussions, we both knew

Dad’s new life’. “Upon their arrival, we had to immediately

“I knew I was gay but had married and stayed faithful to the family I was in, whereas

diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, which took her life just ten weeks later and Geoff

how the other was thinking. We always knew we would get married when the law so allowed

sit them down and tell them the truth else it soon would have become obvious,” Geoff

so when the law was passed, we simply turned to the calendar to work out the ‘when’.”

recalls of the poignant time. One of the twins realised something major

Because the couple both had family in the UK who they wanted to attend the wedding,

was coming and sat and held his dad’s hand while the news was delivered. The singleton

they allowed a long period of planning. They also revolved around school holidays for the

sat quietly with a tear rolling down his cheek and the other twin got up and walked out into

grandchildren and so a date of December 31 was set.

the raining night. Says Chris sadly: “He sat in the middle of

But first, they faced the daunting and highly-emotional admission to Geoff’s family

the drive with the rain pouring down and, after a short while, his dad said he would go out to

that he was gay. While Chris’ family always knew he was gay and happily accepted Geoff,

him but the twin brother said: ‘No, I’ll go out and speak to him’. About 10 minutes later, they

69, into the family, Geoff’s family were unaware. “Because of his sudden move to New

had not returned so Geoff went out to find the twins both sitting in the rain with an arm around

Zealand following the death of his wife, nobody was aware of his ‘coming out’,” explains Chris.

each other’s shoulder.” Geoff sat down with them - all three got

“In New Zealand, everyone who got to know him were immediately aware and fully

soaked and, although this occasion is seared into his memory, Geoff can’t recall what was

accepting. The distance between UK and

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The wedding party included two groomsmaids (local girlfriends), two best ladies (their younger sisters), two ring boys (Geoff’s grandchildren) and two witnesses (Geoff and Chris’ older brothers). The wedding was in three parts; The main non-religious ceremony held under a large marquee attended by 140 guests in the late morning, the wedding meal in the courtyard garden, which was catered by outside caterers using the couple’s kitchen and attended by 52 guests. Finally, all guests returned for a New Year’s Eve party back in

the marquee. Geoff reminisces: “It was a perfect beautiful sunny day, but the heavens opened almost on the stroke of midnight to bring the whole event to a soggy end!” So how has married life been since? “Frankly, no different to the 10 years running up to the wedding, except we have now got all the legal protection that marriage brings.” While Geoff’s sons realise Chris isn’t trying to be a ‘step-mother’, “We think it would be fair to say they don’t adore him “The subject was not raised again. We all got on with the holiday and the boys got to know Chris a bit but, nearing the time for their return home, I knew the silence had to be broken.” Geoff subsequently took his sons on a

Geoff and Chris say they feel blessed to be a team for the rest of their lives and now with love and support from both their families. All communications with the boys and

but have learned that he is no threat to them or their dad and are, therefore, happy to accept the situation. “Having been blessed with a good strong

breakfast they have jointly run since 2006,

family scenario and three wonderful sons then stepping straight into a perfect gay relationship

trip to Rotorua and, while having dinner at a restaurant, said: ‘You must have a million

their partners and visits to family homes have been achieved with good grace, manners and

which boasts large, scenic grounds and with all floral arrangements from their gardens.

allowing me to be who I really am, makes me the luckiest man,” reflects Geoff. “I have lived

questions to ask – now is the time’. The questions flowed and Geoff admitted

humour, says Geoff, and that included their wedding day.

“We did set a colour theme for guests of pink and blue but asked for this to be semi-smart

the best of both worlds.” Geoff and Chris say they feel blessed to be

he had hated the lies and suggested he send an email to friends and family in the

The obvious venue was from their awardwinning Kerikeri countryside retreat bed and

only,” describes Geoff. “However, the wedding party was in black and white and silver.”

a team for the rest of their lives and now with love and support from both their families.

UK explaining his new situation to prevent the boys returning home to ‘face the music’. However, his sons opted to maintain the lie, which continued for a further ten years, but for a few close relatives, who were accepting and supportive. Then came a situation whereby it was impossible to avoid telling Geoff’s sister-inlaw. She immediately cut all ties with Geoff, while still communicating with his sons and their own now growing families. Everyone now knows about Geoff’s relationship and reacted positively. “I have five grandchildren and, yes, the distance between us does tug at the heart strings but, on balance, life in New Zealand is such that a return to UK is not anticipated.” Geoff says that, while it is believed his sons aren’t ‘madly happy’ about the situation, they do recognise that their dad is happy, cared for and enjoying his life so are prepared to accept the status quo.

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Hindsight, experience & wisdom create harmony second time around

With four marriages each, including two to each other, and tens of thousands of kilometres of ocean’s divide, it’s been quite the journey for Alex and Richard, who finally reunited with a ceremony in Whangarei this year. And this time round, their relationship is a lot more harmonious with the benefit of hindsight, experience and wisdom. “It was a wonderful time (the first marriage to each other) but it was also quite fraught because I don’t think we had the maturity to deal with some of life’s problems,” reflects Alex, 64. “I think you learn some things are very important in a relationship and it’s about not being so self-centred. Rather than getting irritated with each other, perhaps actually hear each other more and be a bit more loving and kind to each other.” Alex and Richard, both from the UK, were divorced with kids when they met in their late 20s. Alex had taken part in a ‘life changing’ university course that Richard was also on and the participants subsequently formed a social group, which partook in annual family camps. Alex and Richard met on this camp and noticed a spark. Alex, who had a son and Richard, two daughters, married in a registry office and ten years of marriage ensued. However, after various life struggles typical of that stage in life, such as working full-time jobs, kids, a large mortgage, and not having the support to work on their issues, they separated. “Friends and family were surprised,” says Alex, a social worker. “As, to some people, we had been seen as the ‘perfect’ couple. One friend commented that we restored his faith in relationships when he saw us together. However, pressure and stress and a lack of knowledge about how to ‘fight for a relationship’, won the battle.” They married other people and those marriages lasted over 20 years, producing another two children each. But both Alex and Richard agree, in amongst the happy times and family richness, were difficulties.


“We’d both be quick to say we’d never wish those times not to have been, not when there are four beloved adults that came from those relationships. But you feel a sense of failure. There was always some strength in our marriage and I missed his kindness and gentleness.” During their long time apart, they had no contact and, in 1991, Alex moved to New Zealand, where she had lived as a teen and fell in love with the country. It was after her separation, during a visit to England in 2008, Alex decided to attend one of the camps and was reacquainted with Richard and the same friends from the beginning. “I had got in touch with him first to check if he was ok with me being there, because he may have felt uncomfortable,” says Alex. “We caught up there and both got on really well just as friends. Our friendship started from there.” Through this friendship, they rediscovered the mutual kindness and support they had enjoyed with each other in their previous time together. Years later, Richard’s marriage had ended and, with a growing awareness that his love for Alex was still real, he moved to New Zealand

where they eventually decided to give their relationship another go. Alex and Richard, now 67 and retired, moved north to Whangarei and began a new chapter in their lives when they married in February this year in a ceremony that grew from a ‘cup of champagne in a tea cup with a slice of cake’, to a full marquee at Alex’s oldest son’s small business in Marua for over 100 guests. “It’s embarrassing having your fourth wedding,” confesses Alex. “We were aware that four marriages sounds a little excessive – almost ‘flighty’ – and you don’t want to make a big deal of it. But many of our friends and family were very pleased about us being back together – some think that we should never have parted – and we wanted to make it more of a celebratory occasion. “Knowing that life is sometimes complicated and disappointing, it is none-the-less a testament to the love and kindness that we have for each other, our seven children and friends and family. It was about every one that was there, the contribution of their very presence and their laughter. There was so much goodwill, so much kindness, it was just a wonderful day.”

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The wedding played out in front of a backdrop of Totaras, tropical rain, pasture and pigs. And, like most weddings, it wasn’t without its unexpected events. “At one point, the rain hurtled down, the pig on the spit caught fire, due to the rain knocking out the motor, and then the kids’ tent blew away and wasn’t seen for days. Relatives helped to stop the marque collapsing in the torrential rain by using broomsticks to hold the roof up whilst cascades of water narrowly missing the chairs and dressed top table. The walk-in chiller, where all the food was being stored, almost flooded. It was a contrast to the first wedding all those years ago in a dingy registry office with a meal for a select few in a very smart restaurant. “Yet, somehow the life and the hope and the love at this wedding was like a rich warm soup on a cold day.” Life today is ‘hugely different’ to the first time round as a couple, says Alex. “We’ve learnt stuff but we’re still learning. I think we were looking for the answers in the other person when we have to be our own answers and, if you can share that life with someone, that’s great. “I think when you’re older, you are more accepting. You don’t fight the small battles and have more gratitude for what you do have, rather than what you haven’t got. Certainly, Richard and I are full of gratitude for each other. We all want to come home to somebody but perhaps it works best when we learn to come home to ourselves first. “Our story could be seen as one of failures and disappointments, or you could look through the lens of love, second chances and forgiveness, knowing that nothing in our lives is lost or wasted. The fabric of our lives is sometimes richer for twists and turns.” Adding a humorous take also helps. “As Richard said: ‘They used to save the smaller tier of the wedding cake for the christening, I suppose we could save ours for our funeral’. “Some things just seem funnier when you’re older.”

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WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST Even a simple wedding requires attention to detail.

12 MONTHS Set budget Draft guest list Set wedding date Choose and book the venue Hire photographer

10 MONTHS Select bridal party Chose vendors Set up wedding registry Select a celebrant



Order your wedding dress Reserve accommodation for guests Order cake Book florist

Send out invitations Order favours Shop for bridal party gifts



Finalise details with all suppliers Apply for marriage license Attend dress fitting Buy accessories Confirm transport Hen and stag night out/bridal shower

Book honeymoon Order bridesmaids’ dresses Buy wedding rings


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I emailed the internet company and asked if they had thought of a try-on service. Well, one

brother had an idea. My brother is Spike the artist and he has

offer to make your bridesmaids dresses as well - that would complement the wedding dress for

thing led to another, and I set up a try-on service for their internet wedding dress business. This

an art gallery at The Old Dairy Factory in Maungatapere. He offered me space in his

those heirloom wedding photographs.

is blossoming into a hub of activity. The newest addition is Bridal Fare.

worked well, but there were still problems that would cause stress. The dresses came in an

gallery – good idea – shared rent. It took quite a while and a bit of money to set up the boutique,

Future plans In the future I see Bridal Fare becoming

Hello, my name is Tina Williams and I started Bridal Fare.

airtight bag in need of steaming (not an easy job I can tell you) and there was still the possibility

but I am committed to this business and was prepared to spend some money to set it up.

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of things not being quite right with the dress. I wanted to have a service that would take

Bridal Fare Boutique

flower girls, mother of the bride/groom and female guests as well. A sort of one stop shop.

away the stress of the wedding dress choosing and purchasing and this was not doing that.

Bridal Fare is a boutique of high-quality wedding dresses at reasonable prices.

As our business grows, we will require sewers (of any capability) and a place to

So, I stepped out on my own and set up a boutique.

We offer many services to help you have a stress-free wedding dress choosing time. You

expand into for the sewing factory. At the moment Bridal Fare has two workers,

Finding a good quality, average priced dress we liked, we still had our doubts - would the dress look as good and the quality be as

Why Maungatapere?

can change the dresses around to find the perfect dress for your occasion – or we can

myself and a lovely seamstress who, in the past, made wedding dresses for her own

I looked at every avenue for a building for my boutique – but leases were too high to

create it from scratch. Paying off your dress is a great way of

boutique – Kay Watson. Come on over and have a look at the

good as the photo portrayed?

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spreading the cost of your wedding. We also

boutique – I look forward to meeting you.

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A TOUCH OF ROMANCE Flowers add ambiance to your special day No matter what your budget, flowers are generally an important aspect of your wedding adding romance, atmosphere, creating

florist you believe will do a good job. Word of mouth and personal recommendation is also a good way of picking a floral artist.

impact and visual appeal. Traditionally they were a sign of fertility, warded off evil and masked unpleasant odours!

Talk to friends who have recently married and see who they recommend. There’s plenty of inspiration online too. After you’ve

There are many considerations when selecting flowers for your big day, such as the overall wedding theme, the colour

decided on your theme and colour schemes, visit your florist with colour swatches to discuss and chat about your options.

scheme, the season and whether it’s a formal or informal celebration. Styles could range from classic, to wild or

You will need to plan your flowers carefully and order for the bride, bridesmaids’ and flower girls, the groom, best man,

contemporary and there’s an amazing range of options when it comes to colour, shape and size.

attendants, page boys, mothers and grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and ushers.

A good florist will help you choose what’s best for you and your budget. Ask to see a portfolio of their work before settling on a

Don’t forget the all-important floral decorations for the wedding ceremony and reception venue.


Your chance to dazzle

Finding the perfect wedding gown may take you on a search

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of many different options, whether you buy, hire, make, borrow, inherit or have it designed.

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Bridal fashion trends are constantly changing. Simple, well-tailored elegance is still on trend and collections for 2020

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you plan to keep your gown as an heirloom, hiring can be an excellent option for the budget conscious bride.

in individuality, but it will cost you more than a readymade dress. Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas and styles

Your wedding gown need not be traditional bridal style, colour or price. Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits and maxi

with you, as well as what suits you and your personality. Bringing photos, a piece of lace or item of jewellery is helpful for inspiration.

dresses for something just that little bit different. There are plenty of choices that are off-beat and not traditionally bridal.

Beautiful wedding dresses are available ‘off the peg’ at specialist bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many

After the big day you may want to preserve your dress which will involve cleaning by hand or dry cleaning by

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Today’s grooms are more fashion-conscious than ever

These days most grooms are not afraid to express their own style and it seems that anything goes from suits and ties to shorts and jandals.

Hire, buy or borrow, whatever suit style you choose be sure it’s design, fabric and fit will flatter you and that it’s appropriate for

Much depends, of course, on the theme of the wedding, the venue and the degree of formality. Day time weddings lend themselves

the season and the occasion. Ensure it’s cleaned, pressed and tailored for ideal length too. When it comes to the

to slightly less formal wear. Brides are usually consulted to ensure the continuity of

reception, you’ll want to be able to move freely and to dance without the outfit being too tight.

the wedding theme, but grooms should try a variety of styles to see which suits their height and body shape

There’s a choice of off-the-rack suits which can be tailored to fit or made to measure suits for those

best. Those of medium height and build can wear almost any style, but for other body shapes, the cut,

wanting special a little more special. Still popular locally are morning suits and darker coloured

style, length and fit should all be considered. People will be looking at you as a couple so it’s important you

lounge suits. For those wanting something more casual, trousers and a waistcoat are a

put on a unified show. The groom usually wears something to distinguish

good option. Occasionally those not used to ‘dressing up’ might go for a pair of moleskins

him from his best man and groomsmen. They might wear the same suits but different coloured shirts or

and handcrafted leather boots. The choice of footwear will also depend,

perhaps a differently styled jacket. Think about how the groomsmen will look alongside the bridesmaids -

to some extent, on the style and formality of the wedding, along with the key colour theme. Traditionally the male attendants all wear matching footwear.

will the style of their outfits, and colours, match? Small touches make all the difference such as

Let’s not forget the hair which will need styling several weeks ahead of the wedding to give it time

waistcoats, coordinated ties, pocket squares, matching socks, braces or special cufflinks which work together to

to settle for the photographs. Extra care with the cut and conditioning will ensure all the men look their best. A

blend with the tone of the ceremony and overall colour scheme. Perhaps they can be matched with the flowers the attendants will

manicure will have his hands looking good for the photos. The fathers of the bride and groom will also want

be wearing? Popular colours for ties are silver, grey, navy or even a splash of colour, stripes or checks to tone with, or match, the bride’s outfit or flowers. Few people these days know how to tie a tie so make sure someone (possibly an older guest) knows how to do it properly!

to look their best and a bit of coordination between all parties will ensure that there are no fashion faux pas on the day. Generally speaking, there should be the same level of formality for all the men with the fathers perhaps distinguishing themselves with different coloured waistcoats or ties and matching their buttonholes to match the bride and grooms.

SYMBOLS OF LOVE With this ring I thee wed At the engagement stage, few couples give thought to the wedding rings, often

have a gem set east to west. Still popular is a simple solitaire – a classic choice. Pearls

leaving their purchase until closer the wedding. But it does pay to have an idea

are ever popular, along with crystals. For men, two-tone rings are popular such

of the wedding ring you’d prefer when shopping for the engagement ring.

as white and yellow gold together. Black zircon rings are also gaining in popularity

Will you wear the engagement ring and the wedding ring together? Probably, so

along with titanium, tungsten, white gold and black diamonds. Trending are rings made out

the rings will have to fit well together on the finger and complement each other. Most

of natural materials such as wood- great for the man who doesn’t want a ring that’s too

choose the same metals, but yellow and white gold can also look chic depending on

precious. Don’t forget the all-important accessories

the design. If the setting and style of your engagement ring is very detailed, a plainer

like earrings, headbands, brooches, bracelets and the thank you gifts for the bridesmaids

wedding ring will offset it better. Contemporary trends range from rose

and groomsmen. Traditional gifts might include a bracelet, a matching necklace or

gold which flatters all skin tones, to mixed petals, vintage-inspired designs, blooming

earrings in a presentation box with a beautiful quote. For the best man and groomsmen,

flowers, vines and cluster styles which adds a feminine touch. Another idea is to

cuff links, tie clips and watches would be ideal if opting for jewellery as a thank you.


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GORGEOUS FINISHING TOUCHES Transform your venue The reception venue is an opportunity to show your style and bring all the components together for one final visual statement

is the limit when it comes to beautifying the reception venue with plenty of decorations to announce to the world you are finally

which will contribute to a relaxed ambience after all the stress. Planning for the décor should be an essential part of your

married. Inflatable letters are currently in vogue, as are lights that can be hired that spell out ‘Love’.

overall plan for the big day. Flowers, wedding table decorations, place cards, napkins and individual personal touches will all

Marquee hire is another popular choice and there are several hire companies who hire out, not just marquees but all manner

need coordinating. Many couples seek help from friends to decorate the reception venue but there are also specialist

of ‘props’ such as ceiling canopies, chandeliers, crockery and cutlery. Some will even set up and dismantle the props making

companies and wedding stylists who hire out all manner of items such as chandeliers, vintage table settings, bunting and more.

your day just that bit easier. If you are hiring a marquee, you may need to factor in the hire

There are all sorts of ways to personalise your reception venue with including welcome signs and seating plans. The sky

of wedding furniture, crockery, glassware, table linen, toilets, lighting, heating, flooring, tables, and chairs.

BESPOKE CAKES The wedding cake symbolizes good fortune and fertility TV shows featuring amazing wedding cakes have become very

of the decoration begins. Whether classic, modern, fun, funky,

popular which might go some way to explain why the wedding cake has taken on greater and grander importance.

sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped, the icing can reflect almost any colour scheme or theme.

Options are as broad as the imagination these days and could be round, square, stacked, cup-cakes or how about

Practical considerations include the number of guests and whether the cake will be served as dessert. If you are getting

metallic icing, a nude cake, a fruity theme or something to match your shared interests? Trending right now is having one cake as

married in the height of a Northland summer, consider the warmer climate and choose a cake that will not melt before the

centrepiece and several others which are offered as dessert. There are some excellent cake designers around who are

end of the reception. After the meal, the bride and groom traditionally make the

only too happy to discuss your ideas and offer samples for the all-important taste test. Most of them will also have an album of

first cut of the cake together. This first piece is shared between the couple with the groom feeding the bride first, then the bride

photos and a website for you to view a range of their work. Once the culinary masterpiece has been made, the artistry

feeding the groom. Then it’s shared with guests during the reception.

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Don’t leave this ‘til last! Common mistakes that wedding and event planners make when it comes to getting technical. al.

Venue? Check. Catering? Check. Suits and gowns? Check. Invitations? Tedious but, check!

Exterior – Do you have an entranceway or maybe even some trees and bushes you’d like

There is so much to do when you’re planning your special occasion it’s no wonder you miss

to light up? Show the guests the way by making the exterior look just as glamorous!

out one of the most important parts: Lighting and Sound.

Patterns and Monograms – any picture, any shape or pattern: we can project anything pretty much anywhere.

LIGHTING When your guests walk into the room you want them to go “wow!”, right? To compliment your

AUDIO How often have you been somewhere where

beautiful decorations and table layout, have you thought about lighting the room? Not only

the microphone doesn’t work properly, or the music is too quiet? We’ve got packages

can you transform the look of the room, you can also add functionality for the guests to dine

that will suit any occasion – including battery powered speakers for a remote ceremony; a

by but also something to party to after the first dance.

small package for a quiet occasion right up to large speakers for a good ol’ knees-up. Band packages, wireless microphones and more.

Uplighting – lights shining up the interior walls to create columns of light. This is a really cost-effective way of making a room look sleek

ADVICE AND DESIGN We work in some of the most popular venues

and you can choose your own colour scheme! Starting from just $20 each*, your room will be

around Northland so there’s a good chance we have some tips and tricks up our sleeve

full of your favourite colours. For a bit extra, you can take control of the lights throughout the

to make your big day nice and easy. Take advantage of our Setup/Packdown service* and

evening and have different colours for dining, speeches and the party.

for bigger setups we can even stay on-site to play your entrance music, offer DJ/Band advice

Dance Floor – this is the second most

and more. Check out our Instagram page @belltechevents to see what we did with Forum

important place to light as there will be plenty of photos taken. We supply party lights to get

North, the Canopy Bridge, ASB Stadium and more!

people moving and a smoke machine if you want to make the light beams look even cooler.

How will lighting and sound fit into your vision

Festoons and Fairy Lights – create a beautiful, homegrown feel by hanging these string-style

and make your special occasion stand out from the rest? We’d love to hear from you.

lights around the room. Not only do they look cool but they provide functional light. There are

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Photos are a permanent reminder of your daughter or son’s special occasion. Choosing an outfit that compliments the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses is important. A tone that blends rather than photobombs is preferable – shocking pink, orange and fluorescent colours will marker peg you in every photo and, even though you’re important, it’s their day.

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To capitalise on more daylight hours, summer wedding season coincides with daylight saving: October 29-April 5. Give yourself plenty of time to look for an outfit. Summer stock starts arriving in store in August, September. If your wedding is in February, March, you need to start looking now, even though we have a second summer delivery, your best selections are available early in the season.


To avoid guests turning up in the same outfit, don’t shop from chain stores or select labels that are mass produced, unless they are hot off the press. Choose a limited-edition label from an exclusive, privately-owned shop. They’ll know exactly how many they had in store and who they sold them to.

Not sure what to wear for your special day? Get inspired at Polwarth Deign.


Buying your mother of the bride/groom outfit can sometimes be the hardest choice you have ever made. Therefore, it’s always good to get a second opinion from someone who really counts - often the bride, your daughter, sister or a close friend. Including a third, fourth or fifth opinion can complicate decisions. It’s interesting how egos and hidden agendas can come into play, especially if you’re looking too good!!!


Photographing your favourite dress choices is an option when your support person is unable to attend. Modern technology enables you to gain a second opinion from anywhere in the world, sometimes within minutes. Still, photos often don’t show the real essence of you and your outfit, so try sending a three-second video of your twirl. Not only do you see front and back, but the viewer can also gauge your body language as you wear it. Wearing heels enhances your posture but take your socks off first!!! Not sure what to wear for your special day? Get inspired at Polwarth Deign.


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Husbands often like to be included in the decision-making when buying your perfect outfit. Always give him a choice of at least three outfits, when seeking his advice. Model the exorbitantlypriced dress first as it’s often a nice buffer for preparing him for the lesser-priced garment that you prefer and gives him others to compare with. Leverage is always a good option as well; if he’s stalling on price, take him shopping after he’s bought the new car or tractor.


Don’t be afraid to practice your smile and your stance before the big day. Photos provide memories so why look five kilos heavier because you posed full frontal with your legs apart and your eyes closed. Try standing with knees touching, your best foot slightly forward, arms behind your back, and leading from the hip. You’ll fine down your silhouette and lose five kilos!! Tongue behind teeth and eyes on the camera, chin slightly down... It’s sounding like a golf swing!!! Come in store and we’ll show you.


Lastly … attention all mothers of the groom. Gone are the days when the bride’s parents paid for the wedding and our side supplied the alcohol. Weddings are far more equal now, so we are not second best in the pecking order. We ‘mothers of sons’ are not ‘only mothers of the groom’ anymore. I will never be a moth at my sons’ weddings – there will be two butterflies. Cheryl and I and the team look forward to dressing you this season.




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1. Measure Up It sounds obvious, but if you’ve never had your feet properly measured, then how do you know what size shoe you should be splashing your cash on?

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Before you throw down your plastic, ask to have your feet measured at your footwear store. Like clothes,

soles. Otherwise, using a cheese grater to gently rough up the bottoms will achieve a similar effect.

shoe sizes can vary depending on the brand. No matter what style you’re buying, there should be a little

6. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare If all else fails, pack some deodorant and chic plasters

space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe to avoid your toes curling upwards.

in your clutch as a quick fix. Apply a little deodorant to your heel and either side of your food to prevent

But it isn’t just the length of your feet that need measuring, either; you need to account for your foot

friction (that can lead to blisters), while cutesy plasters will help cover up looming blisters and will make you

width. Wearing a shoe that’s the wrong width for your foot is just as bad — this can contribute to foot damage

appear less ‘fashion victim’ and more fashion forward. 7. Walk It Out

like bunions and hammertoes (when toes permanently fuse downwards in a claw shape).

Believe it or not, the way you walk in running shoes is different to how you should walk in high heels. The

2. Shop Smarter Understanding the minutiae of your feet will help make

correct posture and muscle engagement will help to minimise the impact on your feet, as well as avoid pain

shoe shopping easier — for example, if you have wider toes which can make pointed shoes pinch or

on your joints. Engage your abs and stand up straight, and walk heel-to-toe, using your hips and legs to

ache. If it’s height you’re after, consider wearing a platform heel — they help alleviate pressure and share

propel forward. It should be more of a bounce than a regular stride — this is your time to channel your inner

bodyweight with the ball area. Similarly, a chunky heel will also allow your weight to be more evenly

Beyoncé. 8. Tape Up Your Toes

distributed, meaning there’s less pressure on the front of your foot.

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3. Break ‘Em In If this heel hack hasn’t been drummed into you by now,

your big toe as toe #1). According to foot experts, there’s a central nerve in between these two toes that

then we feel sorry for you. You wouldn’t depart on a road trip without fuelling your car first, so why would

contributes to foot pain, but stress on this nerve can be alleviated when supported by the other toe.

you take your heels for a special day without checking they’ll last the distance?

9. Break It Up Don’t peak too early by putting your shoes on hours

Pop on a pair of thick socks and walk around your house in your new shoes for a few hours. This will help

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at a table. Your toes will thank you for it later. 10. Soak It In

a zip lock bag with water and place inside the shoe. Put the shoe in the freezer overnight and your shoe

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will stretch as the water freezes inside the bag and expands the shoe.

Follow this up by smoothing on a nourishing foot balm before jumping into bed.

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At Caci, we are aiming to enhance your natural look, and part of this process is getting to know you and the results you would like to achieve during a free consultation in clinic. Each treatment is personalised and we understand that you don’t want to look frozen or overdone – you simply want to look and feel your best. Upon arriving to your initial consultation, you will first be asked to fill out some forms to make sure we’re aware of your concerns, which treatments you’d like to discuss, along

with your medical history. It is important that we ensure your suitability for cosmetic injectables treatments – your safety comes first. You will then meet with a Caci treatment co-ordinator to begin your consultation. Our treatment co-ordinators are experts in all of our treatments at Caci; they’re the best at putting together the best treatment plan options based on what you need. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your initial concerns with you, talk through anything you’d like to change or improve and then have a closer look at your area of concern.


What to expect during your cosmetic injectables consultation

From there, your treatment co-ordinator will recommend a tailored treatment plan that would be best suited for your needs as well as results. We take the time to educate and answer any questions you have around how our treatments work and our payment options available too - you can pay for your treatments weekly, fortnightly or monthly – just a like a gym membership! After your complimentary consultation with a Caci treatment co-ordinator, you will be booked in for an appointment with one of our highly-trained registered nurses for treatment.


Choose a clinic that is reputable and has treatment providers specifically trained to carry out injectables

Make sure to ask exactly what product is being used – sometimes a special offer might be too good to be true Don’t be shy to share the results you

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CACI WHANGAREI HAS HAD A MAKEOVER! Caci Whangarei is now located at 14 Clyde Street – a bigger, better and brighter premises with state-of-the-art facilities that offer first-class skin treatments. The lovely team at Caci Whangarei are passionate about delivering what they call ‘Skin Confidence’. Skin confidence is hugely powerful and can be truly life-changing. The team are here to help you feel confident in your skin. Over the last 11 years, Caci have become one of the most trusted names in the skin and appearance industry in New Zealand, known for providing real results, within their safe, and welcoming clinics. Today they continue to be dedicated to matching you to the best treatments and technology.

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1. Get some Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), in particular omega 3, are the building blocks of ALL cell membranes, skin cells included. Healthy, permeable cell membranes increase absorption of vitamins and minerals, hold in water and nutrients. The fatty acids in skin cell membranes also play a huge role in forming the skin’s natural protective barrier. 2. Avoid cleansers containing surfactants Common surfactants used in facial cleansers are sulphated detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. These have foaming properties which strip the skin’s natural oil leaving it feeling tight and gives a perception of a deep cleanse.



he warmer months of January, February, and March are probably the most popular months for weddings, so most couples will be starting to prepare for their big day now. Very often the skin is not given a thought until much closer to the date when you’re trialling makeup artists. And then, it’s all about coverage.

There is nothing more beautiful than glowing healthy, hydrated and smooth skin for the big day, or any day! Achieving this is about getting the stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin) in good health. If this is healthy, cellular function underneath the skin will perform at its optimum preventing dryness, redness, acne, sensitivity or inflammation. Here are three simple starting points.

3. Avoid moisturisers and foundation containing emulsifiers Emulsifiers are chemical agents that bind oil and water to make an emulsion giving creams a nice consistency. In some ways, they are worse than surfactants in cleansers because in moisturisers and foundation, they sit on the skin’s surface all the time and continuously strip and damage the skin’s protective barrier. Common emulsifiers are polysorbate, stearate, steareth, cetearyl and ceteareth. If you are consulting a photographer for the perfect photos, a dressmaker for the perfect gown, a hairdresser for the perfect cut and colour etc, please consider consulting a skin professional to help get your perfect skin for your wedding day.

Is it time to tell yourself a better story? BY SARAH TRASS

My life’s not what I expected it to be. I didn’t do as well as I should’ve.

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hese are statements I hear a lot during the start of a coaching journey. People beating themselves up because what they expected to happen in certain areas of their lives didn’t, or they keep pushing for particular outcomes time and time again and wind up feeling frustrated because the results don’t change. What I’ve discovered in coaching people, is they feel this way because their lives aren’t matching the stories they are telling themselves, and it’s this misalignment that is causing them pain and suffering. We all have stories that we tell ourselves, and it is within these stories that we find meaning in how we should look, how we should behave, our relationships, our jobs, our successes, and our life milestones. Our stories are also what sets us up for how we feel, the actions we take, and ultimately what we believe we can achieve with our lives. However, what happens when these stories don’t serve us, or have become outdated? The short answer is - they limit us. They keep us feeling stuck and they rob us of the ability to see the bigger picture of who we truly are and what we want for our lives. So, when you’re experiencing difficulties, and coming up against resistance in your life, the answer isn’t to keep trying a different action hoping to get a different result, the answer is to step back and ask: ‘What story am I telling myself right now, and how might this be getting in the way of me experiencing what I truly want?’

Are your stories holding you back from living a life you truly want? Book in your free 30-minute consultation today to discover how coaching can help you rewrite these, and start living a more empowered and fulfilling life.

Let’s trying this together right now. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and work through the following: 1. What area of your life are you feeling unhappy/less satisfied with at the moment? 2. What are the reasons you are feeling this way? (these are your stories) 3. Take a look at these stories and notice the language you are reinforcing, and how this makes you feel. Does it empower you, give you hope, show responsibility for your own choices and actions? OR does it pull you into a state of helplessness and blame? 4. Reflecting on your stories, what is the deeper need you’re trying to meet here? E.g. to feel safe, loved, secure, strong etc… Are the stories you’re telling yourself truly helping you meet this need? 5. Finally, if you were to meet this need in a healthy, more empowering way, what story would you like to tell yourself moving forward?

BUILDING ON FOUNDATIONS FOR Nearly half of all New Zealanders will experience mental illness at some stage in their lives. They’ll either experience it themselves or know friends, family or colleagues with a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Week in September is an opportunity to check on your own work and

life balance. There are many activities being held nationwide to uplift personal wellbeing, through workplaces, schools and kura and communities.

and family and social wellbeing (taha whanau). Connection with the land (whenua) forms the foundation.

According to the Mental Health Foundation NZ, health depends on a good foundation which can be represented as a house with four walls. The walls are represented by spiritual wellbeing (taha wairua), mental and emotional wellbeing (taha hinengaro), physical wellbeing (taha tinana)

A group of Whangarei based community organisations are working together to promote the four dimensions of wellbeing and the actions you can bring into your life. When all four walls and the foundation are strong, people feel strong and able to withstand challenges in life.

“I had got to the stage where I was very unwell. I was barely functioning as a human being. I could see and hear people that no one else could but they looked real to me. The voices in my head were telling me to do things I would not normally do and I had blown it with my family and friends.

AN INSPIRING STORY ABOUT SASHA TOIA Mental health problems come in all the colours of the rainbow and the right treatment can be just as difficult to pin down. For Sasha Toia, of Whangarei, it took 12 years and nearly cost her life before she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. “In my 20s I had what most people would say was a highly successful life, working in the media where I had dreams of being a screenwriter, living overseas with my husband, with a beautiful house and lifestyle. I had everything but felt I had nothing and I didn’t know why.’’ She returned to New Zealand, but her life continued to spiral out of control until she found herself unable to hold down a job and involved in crime. She was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and the medication did not help at all.

“I lost everything: My husband, my home, the respect of my family and the community. It was a traumatic and frightening time. I needed help.’’ She spent several weeks in Whangarei Hospital where she finally received the correct diagnosis and medication and was referred to Arataki Ministries where she lived at Arataki House for a year. The service helps residents work through all of their life issues and provides support with living a healthy lifestyle. “They saved my life in every way. They made me believe in myself again, that I had lots to contribute to society. They made me feel cherished.” Sasha continues to take medication to keep her schizophrenia under control and leads a disciplined life where she walks for an hour every day, is careful with her diet, makes sure she has plenty of sleep and does not overload her worklife. Learning to say no is an important part of self-discipline, she says.

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She now works at Arataki Ministries as a Community Support Worker and is a Consumer Networker for Te Taitokerau Tangata Whai Ora Network (TTTWON) to strengthen links to community support for individuals and families affected by mental illness and addiction.

She is also part of the Northland District Health Board’s advisory panel on mental health issues. “I love my job and helping people find their way back to a healthy and productive life. I am passionate about my work and feel blessed to have every one of my colleagues in my life.’’ She says Arataki Ministries CEO Louis Tousain has been instrumental in helping her to fulfil her potential. Sasha’s life experience proves invaluable to helping her clients, and she doesn’t tolerate half-hearted efforts. “Treating mental health issues is not about popping some pills to fix everything instantly. “It really doesn’t work like that. They have to be prepared to work on every aspect of their life, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. They have to put the work in and there’s a lot of pain with that. “If they want to be free of the demons, they have to want it bad.’’ Sasha is now reaping the rewards of her own hard work, with a happy and fulfilling life, a job she loves, overseas trips and the reignition of her dreams to be a screenwriter. “I finally have a life where I am content and I feel really blessed. The mind is such a powerful thing: If you believe you can’t then you never will, but if you believe you can then you will,’’ she says. “And I am pretty determined.”

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The greatest project you will ever work on is… There is no substitute greater in significance than the person staring back at you when you look in the mirror. That’s right, the best project you will ever work on in this lifetime is YOURSELF. Sure, if you are a parent, your children are also a great life project but, for the remainder of your life, whether or not you have children, YOU will remain to be your greatest project. Nothing and no one can fill your shoes. No one can fulfill those dreams you have. No one can prevent you or push you enough into doing something you know you need to do, or are meant to do, unless YOU finally decide to do it. Mostly everything you have ever wanted or accomplished will likely have been challenging to some degree. Some things will have given you instant gratification while others took much longer to achieve. Sometimes you may have struggled and sacrificed time, money, effort, sweat, blood and

tears for these things, but accomplishing them brought you much satisfaction. Why? Because no one ever gave them to you for free. You hustled and worked hard for them all. When you work hard to earn something it makes it that much more satisfying. At the end of the day, the person you aspire to become, the life you dream of having, is like a big puzzle kinda project. Taking time out to work on yourself is an extremely important part of this puzzle. So many people don’t give themselves permission to do this, because they might feel guilty, or think there’s not enough time in their schedules to do so. I’m here to tell you that you should NOT feel guilty and that it IS possible to work a little ‘YOU’ time into your schedule. Our bodies are the only place we have to live in this lifetime. If we don’t take the time to take care of them, the outcome is usually not a good one. With heart disease, cancer,


“Exercise not only changes your body. It changes your mind, your attitude and your mood!” obesity and diabetes (just to name a few) all on the rise, we owe it to ourselves to exercise, eat healthy, and work on positivity to sidestep these terrible diseases. Say it loud, and say it proud: Me, me, me! Ok, maybe you don’t want to shout it, but it IS that important. Fitting in time for yourself is essential for the most basic healthy habits like a couple of strengthening exercise sessions a week to keep all body structures strong, supported by healthy eating (ie REAL food, not processed). If you take charge of your health, you get so many good things back. You will have more energy, be more productive, be happier, and you will lower your stress and risk of body or brain disease.

You may think “it’s all about me” is selfish. But consider this: Other people benefit from your “YOU time,” too. When you do things that feed and strengthen you physically, mentally and emotionally you will bring greater patience and a more positive attitude to your relationships. When you are strong, fit, well and happy with yourself and your lot in life this will benefit others too. Every spouse should have an energetic partner in life, every child deserves a happy parent; every boss would rather have a fit and healthy employee. Don’t think of this as a “selfish” project, after all, it’s for YOU. The person who will benefit from it is you, and yes, you are special and important. So, focus on you…you’re worth it!

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INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL) OPTIONS The lens in our eye is responsible for 25-30 percent of the eyes focusing power. The natural lens is removed when patients have cataracts, injury to lens, or wish to be glasses-free. Once the natural lens in the eye has been removed, the eye loses its ability to focus light and images clearly onto the retina. Before the development of artificial lenses, hard contact lenses or very thick eyeglasses were the only options for correcting vision after cataract surgery. Artificial intraocular (within the eye) lenses were developed in the early part of the 20th century. Dr. Harold Ridley implanted the first artificial lens in 1949 in London. He noticed that Perspex was inert in the eye, after seeing RAF (Royal air Force) pilots of World War II with pieces of shattered canopies in their eyes. Since the 1970s, cataract surgery techniques and artificial lenses have continued to evolve and develop. Artificial lenses are made of inert (or non-reactive) materials, such as PMMA, silicone, and acrylic. Just like natural lenses, artificial lenses have refractive power, or the ability to bend light, which helps to focus light rays and images on the retina. Because of this refractive power, it is now possible to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness with artificial lenses. A consultation with an Ophthalmologist will guide the patient as to what choices are suitable. Taking into consideration eye health, vision and lifestyle. Traditionally with cataract surgery, the lens is removed and replaced with a monofocal lens that corrects the patients’ vision for distance focus (most will need glasses for reading). Occasionally a patient will request to be made nearsighted (usually have a job that requires close-up work) and have glasses for distance. The axial length and the corneal curvature are essential measurements to predict the correct lens power of an intraocular lens. This measurement is called a biometry and needs to be done prior to surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL’s) 1. How are Multi or Trifocal IOLs different from the single focus IOLs? Single focus IOLs are fixed-focus lens implants that are designed to provide good distance vision. The new lens design creates multiple focal points, so patients can see well at varied distances. Multifocal and Extended Depth IOL’s offer a greater independence from glasses after cataract or clear lens extraction surgery. 2. Could I be a candidate for a Multi or Tri focal lens? If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and/or presbyopia you can be eligible. However, eyes must be healthy and not afflicted with severe diabetic retinopathy, uncontrolled glaucoma, or advanced macular degeneration. 3. What if I’ve already had RK, LASIK or another eye surgery? Can I get these lenses? Yes, you may still be a candidate. You will require additional testing such as corneal topography and corneal pachymetry to assist in proper lens calculation. 4. After receiving one of these Multi or Tri focal lOL, will I still need glasses at times?



Most patients can conduct much of their daily activities without glasses, but results do vary. Circumstances where glasses were sometimes needed included night driving, reading very fine print, and poor light or contrast of print.

7. Do Multi or Trifocal IOLs cost more than standard lenses? Yes Multi or trifocal lenses do cost more than standard lenses. The cost will depend on the lens suitable for you (multifocal, trifocal lenses, and/or a Toric lens (for astigmatism).

5. Is there an adjustment period or side effects after surgery? It can take one to 12 weeks for the brain to learn to ‘see’ up close and distance with the new lens. Some people report halos or glare around lights. For most, this issue diminishes over time. However, for some, it never completely goes away. More people report that the ability to see near and far greatly outweighs any visual side effects associated with these IOLs.

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A vivid, thoughtprovoking mural to now grace a formerly decrepit wall in downtown Whangarei has been taking passers-by on a mesmerizing visual poetic journey.


rtist Olivia Garelja has been working on the project, commissioned by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) outside their Water St premises, for the last six weeks and, against the odds during the middle of winter, completed it last week. “Passers-by have been so supportive and open to discuss the mural out of interest from the beginning, what it was developing into and to find out more about the process… to get it to the stage it is now,” comments Oliva. “It has become, from my perspective, an educational piece that tells a powerful story at a time where, as a nation, we are starting to look at preservation and full circle outcomes.” After moving from Auckland, Olivia, 30, through a connection at Creative Northland, was provided with the opportunity to submit a mural concept for selection. “I feel humbled to have been selected to be able to give meaning to this wall that speaks a larger message about our surroundings and realistic goals to be reminded of for years to come. A message that is so pertinent: ‘If the sea is well, If the land is well, the people will thrive’.” Public favourites have included the bee on manuka, Kiwi, Red-band gumboots, flying tui and the ocean scene. The original concepts considered existing photographs that NRC own that Olivia was able to knit together and propose a blended overall scene. The wall itself, created several challenges; being in a neglected state, jutting out in places and south-facing. “This posed a new way of thinking about murals and ways around making it work and be long-lasting. Luckily my (Matarau-based) home studio is a large shed as it allowed me to paint on separate panels without the constraints of weather and at any time, so many nights I was singing and painting myself through the evening,” says Olivia.

NEGLECTED TOWN WALL COMES TO LIFE She says the project has taken around 120 hours within six weeks from sign-off to completion, around her full-time work as a sign writer. “It’s been a bit crazy-busy, but in the best way possible. I have been able to reign in support from some beautiful people around me.” A self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to art, Olivia has always been fascinated with artistic exploration and recalls, from the age of four, ‘destroying myself emotionally if I was to go over the black outline’ of a colouring book. Aged eight, Olivia attained first place for painting her rendition of the newly-published book Nickety Nacketty Noo Noo Noo by Joy Cowley and Tracey Moroney. She achieved a scholarship to attend AUT and do Graphic Design, where she also studied photography, later photographing many large events around Auckland before embarking on a career in IT as a back-up to her creative side.

“I feel humbled to have been selected to be able to give meaning to this wall that speaks a larger message about our surroundings and realistic goals to be reminded of for years to come.“ “The last 10 years have actually made me further realise my passion and creative skill that I shouldn’t ignore. I was able to offer the IT industry something unique that allowed me to realise the potential of a creative person within these jobs. In saying this, I have come back full circle to a creative-based industry to further support my skills as a creative where I work as an artist after-hours and on the weekends currently.”

Olivia says, she ‘truly loves it here’ in the ‘amazing creative community of Whangarei’ and is able to regain at least two hours of her life per day by not sitting in traffic. With the completion of the NRC project, Olivia will now focus on some exciting murals she is painting from her studio, for Rainbow’s End, where she formerly worked as their full-time mural artist. She also has plans for a solo exhibition, along with several smaller works, including a mural for a Hospice shop in Auckland. “This (NRC) work has been quite different to my other work and I was able to develop a visual poetic narrative across the wall incorporating detail of thought into cultural importance and visual significance. It has been a pleasure to work with NRC to get greater understanding of outcomes that are key and significant to their work throughout the region. It evolved to include multiple focus points and stories that one can take from it.” While there are always hours that can be spent perfecting scenes, Olivia says it’s also important knowing when to put down the brush and celebrate the achievement and seeing viewers’ reactions reflect how uplifting the work is for her as an artist. Viewers’ reactions have included parents with their kids figuring out geographical locations on the Northland map and Olivia says it has been great to see people off their devices, talking and pointing to the parts of the painting while they wait for their Domino’s Pizza from nearby or taking time out from the markets. “Many are amazed at the level of detail and movement on the wall. Some have said they find areas very mesmerizing, which was humbling to hear, as it just showed the various level of details were being noticed and they were able to speak more to viewers taking them on a visual poetic journey.”

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1940 Packard Club Coupe



very smart looking car in our New Packard Shed is our dark green 1940 Packard Club Coupe. This car was imported by Graeme Craw from the USA and therefore is one of our left-hand drive vehicles. By 1940 the Packard Motor Corporation completed a four-year expansion program making the Packard manufacturing complex the biggest in America; a 3.5 million square foot compound sprawling across 35 acres. This expansion allowed the company to step into a new market and produce a range of midpriced cars. These medium-priced cars helped bolster Packard’s recovery from the lower volume sales of the Depression.

The new line of 1940 cars were designated as the 110, the 120, the 160 and the 180 and were available in the following body styles: a business coupe, a club coupe with two auxiliary rear seats that could be folded away, a touring sedan, a club sedan, a convertible coupe or a convertible sedan. These vehicles were built with all steel bodies. These cars were rated high in the fun category as they were great to drive, solid, powerful and reliable. The design of the business coupe and the club coupe took on a sportier look than the more sedate styling of the sedans. The 110 was fitted with a six cylinder, 245 cu.in, 100 hp engine but the 120 was powered by Packard’s standard

eight cylinder, 120 hp, 282 cu. In. engine. The two ‘senior’ models were driven by 160hp ‘super-eight’ motors. 1940 was the first year Packards were fitted with air-conditioning (an industry first) and

from 1935 onward, these vehicles were manufactured with independent front suspension. 1940 also saw the Packards fitted with safety glass windows as a standard. In 1940, the 120 Club Coupe sold for $1095.00.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


nother month gone, daylight earlier in the morning and it’s great for my

between 30 to 40cm. Evenings are fishing better than during the day and Whangarei harbour’s

weekend 6.30am walks around Beach Rd Onerahi. Regardless of the weather, the harbour is beautiful and always interesting; birds, fish activity, stingrays

eastern bays have also fished quite well at times in the evening. Baits and small softbaits are working well off the shore, a few kahawai are also being caught.

cruising so shallow, their wingtips are coming out of the water. Then there are the many things that come ashore with the tide like the very large

Bigger snapper are mostly still a bit scarce in close, the exception is fishing off the rocks where there is plenty of foul and a good surge, big baits, whole piper and small squid fished

porcupine fish I found recently. Over many, many years of fishing, I’ve seen many of these fish washed ashore but most measure about 20cm - this one was nearly 35cm. It’s an

without sinkers is very effective. The snapper in the Bay of Islands have been a bit slow in close but some good limit bags have been taken at the Black Rocks. It’s worth a look.

interesting fish; the many spines on its body and head are poisonous and permanently erect, it’s skin and intestines are also poisonous and, when threatened, it can inflate itself to the size

Out of Whangarei, some good snapper fishing reported from out in front of the Ruakaka and Waipu river mouths and out further toward Three Mile Reef over the sand will be worth

of a large football hopefully making itself too large to swallow. Larger specimen should be handled with care as they have strong jaws and are capable of biting off fingers.

a look. Softbaits and lures can be lots of productive fun, slow drifting is a good way to find the fish and, if you have a bigger boat, Hen Island and the Chicks are fishing ok for snapper

I have reports of a few snapper being caught around the entrances of many of our northern harbours - no monsters, but nice eating fish

also. If you are really keen, then the Mokohinau Islands snapper fishing has been pretty good. Tight Lines

John with the big porcupine fish that he found washed up on Beach Rd

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4. Ditto for a wardrobe door. It’s a door so there’s no need to draw attention to it. Wrap the room in one colour and it will appear more seamless, allowing your eye to rest on the more interesting aspects of a room. 5. Choosing too many colours for a space. Keep your colour palette under control. 6. Choosing a bright colour from a small paint chip. Use a Resene testpot. Look at the colour painted in the biggest size you can in the room and with all the furnishings. Paint the colour on a piece of card and prop it up behind the sofa, hold it next to the curtains, check it with the carpet. Do this in both the day

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and night light. Colour can do strange things to a space. A seemingly intense enough beige/ neutral can wash out to nothing on an exterior house wall that’s blasted by the sun. And a green can be overpowering in a room when the colour is bounced back on itself from the walls.

painted in a Resene testpot on various sides of the house to test your colour.

7. Displaying everything. Collections

11. Choosing an exterior colour

are wonderful. So are heirlooms and treasures from your travels. But don’t try and

scheme using two neutral variations that sit next to each other on the

show them off all at once. Visually it’ll be so busy there will be nowhere for the eye to rest.

chart. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule but, more often than not, the wall and

Change the displays with the seasons. Bringing them out of storage will feel like being reuniting

Mixing white and a colour brings out the truth

its non-coordinating flaws. Paint is easy and

trim colours look much better if they are two clicks away from each other, not just one. So,

with long lost friends and your room will look better too.

in a colour, so a pastel will pop (or scream) against white.

affordable to change so if the scheme doesn’t work with future flooring, just break out the

use Resene Double Sea Fog on the cladding, and Resene Half Sea Fog on the trims (not

paint brushes.

straight Resene Sea Fog).

8. Painting all the walls white until

9. Creating a colour scheme that

you renovate or ‘just while the kids are young’. If you are choosing white walls,

ignores the existing flooring because it will be changed in a year or three. It’s

10. Choosing too light a colour for an exterior. Natural light, especially in this part

12. Changing your mind. For your budget’s sake, stick with the plan once you have made it.

be sure you have fabulous furniture. White will silhouette the furniture in a way no other colour

better to choose wall colours that work with the not-so-favourite flooring. This will make

of the world, will knock back the intensity of any colour, so err on the side of a darker or more

Do your homework then trust yourself. Changing your mind about the tiles or the layout of the

will. Creams or taupe are far more forgiving.

it disappear instead of drawing attention to

saturated shade. Always view a large sample

bathroom will cost extra time and money.

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Q&A with Dean McGonagle, Platinum Homes Northland

BUILDING A NEW HOME When is the best time to make personal selections on my new home?

Dean McGonagle is the owner of Platinum Homes Northland and has been involved in every aspect of the building trade from small renovations and additions, large coastal homes, light and heavy commercial. Dean particularly enjoys the residential build side of the industry as it entails dealing directly with the homeowner while working towards achieving their desired build in a designed partnership process.

The same process applies to items like the floorcoverings. The selections are, not


All building companies or individual builders will have different systems they follow for helping clients select their final ‘personal choices’ such as kitchen design, floorcovering selections, exterior cladding, roof style, colour etc. Some clients/architects will already have completed this stage before approaching a building company, so it allows the builder to get quotes reflecting the client selections. At Platinum Homes Northland, we provide inhouse personalised assistance to help finalise these selections as part of your specifications. From my experience, personal selections are best carried out after the building contract has been signed as this coincides with the

Last month we really drilled down on contracts with their terms and conditions,

Milestone payments have, for many years in the industry, created friction

guarantees and the milestone payment procedure under the Construction

around fairness. The new Construction Contracts ACT now provides this fairness

Contracts ACT. We discussed the necessary steps you should follow, such

for both sides. It is important that the building company provides you with

as involving a trusted advisor to review on your behalf. Commonly the trusted advisor

examples of what you might expect to see when receiving a payment schedule and

would be a solicitor. We mentioned thoroughly investigating

what your processes are once provided with one.

the guarantees the building company or individual builder uses to provide security

Happy building! And remember, it is very important that you do your homework and

for your financial investment and the quality/ longevity of the home once completed.

choose the right building company to look after your new home investment.

only about what floorcoverings are chosen, but also the final areas of where the different floorcoverings will go. You have many different floorcoverings to choose from – carpet, tiles, timber floor, exposed concrete etc, and how these will all work in together is part of your colour consultation. Because these choices can vary greatly, there is the need for the allowance figure again in your contract specifications. In summary: So… ask the designer, builder or building company before signing up, what their processes are in helping you determine your final selections, especially in relationship to your budget. It is key to getting this step right.

period during which the structural drawings and engineering are being completed. This

It is also important to remember that the majority of clients are working towards a

in many ways, the most likely is that the building company has a kitchen manufacturer

Be aware of all allowances in your contract and make sure they are reasonable and fair. Be

allows time while it goes through the building consent process. This is the fun part and

budget, so ensuring selections are made prior to construction starting, enables the client to

they often use and they provide guidelines to help with accurate allowances.

aware that a variation on that allowance can go up or down depending on your final personal

doesn’t need to be rushed, it’s the time for you to focus on those personal choices that will

have confidence they will meet their budget and reduce the risk of wasting time and

It is hard to get a fixed price for a kitchen when there are so many variables.

choice. Also, this can be another step in your

make your home unique to you. We have also found this speeds up the time it takes to get

potential friction.

To explain this further, let’s say the floor plan has been finalised, meaning it has been signed

decision-making process of ‘choosing the right building company’ to build your new home.

underway with the build of your new home. I have found the benefits of attention to

This brings me to the next question: What are allowances and variations

off by the client. The floor plan, for example, will show where the oven, cooktop or fridge

detail at this stage invaluable and it helps create less regrets. If the clients can get 100

and how does this relate to personal choices?

will be positioned. However, until the kitchen manufacturer better understands your wishes

per cent of what they want before the build starts, it makes a smooth build process.

There may be some allowance items placed in your contract. A good example of this is the

like pot drawers verse cupboards, benchtop style and the like, they are unable to provide a

Everything is decided ahead of time.

kitchen. Allowance figures can be determined

fixed price to your builder.

Next month Dean will discuss: What is a construction schedule? What specific quality control methods does my builder carry out to ensure the quality of my home?



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TIPS TO REDUCE SNORING Does your partner keep you awake at night? Here are five top tips to reduce snoring. Snoring can cause broken sleep and tension between couples, often resulting in one person sleeping in a separate room due to the noise.


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We all know smoking is bad for your health in general, but it’s also bad for snoring. It damages your heart, lungs and causes nasal congestion, which increases snoring. 5. Replace your pillows Allergens such as dust mites and pollen can irritate your airways and make your snoring worse. Make sure you buy new pillows every six months (dust mites live in pillows) and keep

your bedroom (and house) sparkling clean. If you or your partner’s snoring is still a problem, ear plugs can help minimise the sound. Still snoring or getting worse? If the problem persists or you have any symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea such as daytime sleepiness, long pauses in your breathing or waking up frequently for no reason, please visit your doctor.

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF SKIN CANCER INSURANCE? I plan to be sitting under an awning on my patio this summer and I have worked out that the cost of the awning is actually a skin cancer Insurance.


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truggling to get on the property ladder and feeling fed up? You’re not alone. Real Estate Authority (REA) research has found that more than half of all first home buyers – even the ones who successfully buy a property – find the process stressful and overwhelming. “We know it’s hard for people when they’re trying to buy their first home – it’s a complex legal process and a huge financial deal,” says REA chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith. “We want to empower them to feel more confident and in control when they’re making such a big decision.” 1. SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES You’ll already know that saving is a big part of getting ready to buy, but do you know what else you need to do? Getting financial advice from a qualified advisor could be a useful step in your planning. Owning a property means you’re responsible for all the maintenance and repairs – and for paying rates and insurance. Owning an apartment may also mean you need to pay

body corporate fees. These costs can be a bit of a shock to the system if you’ve rented for a long time. “It’s also a good idea to get conditional pre-approved finance arranged so you can move quickly when you spot a property you really like,” Lampen-Smith says. “Having conditional pre-approval lets you know the price range you can buy in and it shows agents and sellers that you’re a serious buyer. It’s also crucial if you’re planning to bid on a property at auction.” Don’t forget to explore ways that you might be able to get help from the government. There are various forms of assistance available if you’re a KiwiSaver member, buying in certain areas, want to buy a former Housing New Zealand property or are Māori and want to live on your ancestral land. 2. NEEDS VS WANTS Many first home buyers discover a big gap between what they’d like to buy and what they can afford when they first start looking. “Sit down and write a tight list of what your


absolute must-haves are, then work out what you’re willing to compromise on,” LampenSmith says. If you’re thinking about pets and children arriving in the short-to-medium term, think about how these will change your needs. Will you need to be near to childcare or schools? Will you need a fenced property? “If you’re the sort of person who likes a good list, we’ve got a useful ‘researching the property’ checklist on settled.govt.nz that will help you keep track of all the questions to ask about a property. This is especially useful if you’re looking at more than one property at a time.” 3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Don’t let your desperation to find somewhere blind you to a property’s faults. “Do as much research as you can about a property,” Lampen-Smith says. “That means getting a lawyer on board to make sure all the paperwork is in order and to help you understand if there are any issues. We also recommend getting a qualified building inspector who has professional indemnity


insurance to prepare a comprehensive report on the property.” If you’re worried about paying for this kind of report before you make an offer (due to a lack of time or funds), you can make them a condition of your offer. Remember that paying for good advice is an investment that will buy you more peace of mind than a quick onceover by a mate. 4. RECOGNISE YOUR LIMITS Buying a ‘doer-upper’ is a Kiwi tradition, especially for first-home buyers, but we’re not all blessed with the right skills. Factor this in before you make an offer on a ‘renovator’s dream’. “Be honest with yourselves about how much DIY you can really do, especially if you’ve got pets and kids,” Lampen-Smith says. “Getting professionals in to help will cost more, but it will also make the process faster. It may also be better in the long term when it comes to selling the property if any work has been done properly with the right consents.” For independent guidance and information on buying or selling, check out settled.govt.nz.


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HANDING OVER KEYS BRINGS SMILES ALL ROUND Cavern Homes Solutions’ past customers are often so proud of their new build, they are happy to open their homes for potential clients to walk through. BY JODI BRYANT “We find we don’t really need a show home, as such, as most of our clients are happy to show their houses off,” says owner Ken Dugdale. Ken has been in the building industry for 45 years and formed Mangawhai-based Cavern Homes Solutions six years ago. It soon became a multi-award winner, including gold in the Master Builders House of the Year – a feat Ken is super-proud of after designing the home himself. The team of six are all Northland locals, including Ken’s wife Karen, a qualified interior designer, who carries out all the interior and colour consultancy and retails carpet and tiles from the office. Foremen John and Paul, along with Ken, have a combined 90 years’ experience in the building industry and the team turn out around 12-15 quality homes a year all over Northland. A standard 250sqm build takes up to four and a half months from council approval to

handing over the keys and Cavern Homes gives a guarantee start and finish date with a promise of paid accommodation outside this estimate. Ken prides his business on their honest approach with no surprises at the end of the job. “What makes us stand out from other residential building companies, is we give a genuine fixed price, rather than an estimate, from the groundwork right through to the finish. That is our reputation – we stick to our price and that’s what puts us ahead of the others.” Examples of what is included in this price estimate are: the architect site visit, surveyor set out, geotech engineer compaction test




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live in the house and pay the mortgage so they have the last say.”

permanent power to the house, all plans and council fees, scaffolding, all materials and

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them an added admin fee. Cavern Homes also has inhouse geotech,

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structural and foundation engineers, and with no franchise fees, these elements also help

have arthritis. Alexa will also record your shopping list, just like a personal assistant.”

keep the price low. Cavern Homes build a range of plans

Homeowners are welcome onsite during the build and the team are in constant

varying from their popular brick and colour steel roof three-bedroom, with a family room

communication throughout the process. Photos of each major stage are taken, along with a

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“Bright and bold colours that are being favoured are Resene Red Red Red, Resene Golden Tainoi, Resene Celery or Resene Hullabaloo.”

showers to remove free moisture that can mist and trickle on walls causing marking on the paint to appear.” If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, let Resene help ... we’ve got you covered. Here are a few bathroom crushes we really think

RENOVATING a bathroom is unlike any other room in the house.

would win the best ‘bathroom reveal’.

Because it is water-prone and gets a lot of traffic, you need to ensure

BRICK BEAUTIFUL If you’re drawn to exposed brick,

the bathroom is, not only functional, but meets the demands of a room

patterned floor rug and towels. Romantic and sensual, whether your bathroom goal is to achieve that French country, shabby chic or modern and fresh bathroom, a soft colour palette will quickly create that relaxing atmosphere. Choose colours that reflect the luxe appeal. Silky, lilac/mauve colours are expressed in

to a marble-themed bathroom,

Resene Essence and Resene I Do. For lush peachy almost nude pinks,

this can work well in an industrial or chic style bathroom. Working with

while copper, brass or gold fixtures add warmth, class and style. Play

go for Resene Sazerac or Resene Just Right. Try Resene Half Surrender

which is used on a daily basis. The bathroom is a well-used room,

exposed brick will create a warm feel and enhance your décor. You may

around with marble tiling styles, sizes, colours and arrangements:

or Resene Concrete for silvery hues. “The use of paler colours, larger

however the actual time we spend there can be quite short for many

opt to have just one or two walls of brick to set an accent and paint the

herringbone, oversized squares, delicate hexagon-shapes, subway

wall tiles, decorative detailing and large mirrors make bathrooms

of us. Aim to create a room which induces memories and tickles your

rest of the walls white to soften the colour palette. If you like the look of

“Bathroom trends still favour the use of whites, but soft pastel

tiles. And don’t forget structural details including your bathroom door.

appear larger and lighter than they might actually be. Using an interior

senses, and you may find yourself relaxing in the bathroom a little longer

bricks but not the colour, paint over it. Distressed white brick wall adds a

watery toned grey, blue and greens are being used more often as well,

Indoor/outdoor If a memory transports you to a place that brings

designer who is skilled in bathrooms can be of great help as they know

than usual. “Painting a bathroom needs to

touch of class. “Exposed brick walls are porous.

such as Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, Resene Half Emerge, Resene

a smile to your face such as a tropical holiday, you can transform

just how to utilise space well and are up to date with newer fittings and

take into account the unique function of the room and its close proximity

If they are not sealed prior to painting, a lot of paint can be absorbed into

Half Gull Grey and Resene Quarter Frozen.”

your bathroom to make you feel like a world away. The ingredients to

fixtures, lighting and heating.” You can add romantic charm to a

to steam, water and a myriad of soapy products. A tougher type

the surface. Use Resene Sureseal pigmented sealer over-exposed brick

Natural texture reveals itself through the use of wood; reclaimed

bathroom therapy are earthy colours of green, grey and blue. Try Resene

neutral-coloured bathroom with the addition of pastel colours in the form

of paint that can tolerate all that a bathroom throws at it is required.

or any porous surface in a bathroom situation. It hardens the surface so

wood features, solid wood beams, sliding door, shelving and wooden

Half Eskimo, Resene Breathless, Resene Breeze or Resene Half

of decoration including a vase of flowers, bathroom towels, floor rugs

Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom waterborne

that any topcoats of paint can’t be absorbed into it.”

bath caddy. If you’re feeling creative and like

Tasman. Plants will help to create ambience. You can’t go wrong with

and wall art.

enamel or Resene Lustacryl Kitchen & Bathroom waterborne semi-gloss,”

Wood is a good go-to material that complements a brick accent and

the idea of playing with dark and light colours, a monochrome theme can

oversized plant pots with a towering large leafy plant or tree, hang plants

BRIGHT AND BOLD Be brave and add a bold colour

says Carolyn Atkinson, Resene online colour consultant.

creates a modern look.

be dramatic and alluring if done well. Think: black wall paint broken up with

from the ceiling at varying heights and if you’re prepared to go all out, a

statement to your bathroom. Painting the ceiling is just one way to achieve

“These products have a finish that contains extra anti-bacterial silver

SIMPLE AND RUSTIC A modern rustic theme is a favourite in

a half wall of white subway tiles which leads to a stunning black geometric

plant wall will be a standout piece. Wood, pebbles and concrete

this effect. “Bright and bold colours that are

and fungicides to resist bacteria and mould. The surfaces will need

homes and retail spaces everywhere. It’s easy to achieve a minimalist style

floor pattern. Marble Black painted walls (or

surfaces reinforce that outdoor-feel. Add comfort with soft furnishings

being favoured are Resene Red Red Red, Resene Golden Tainoi, Resene

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in homes, integrated with other modern

the floor around the bath to illuminate it.

technology, including heating and security as well as state-of-the-art sound systems.

Always make sure that the lights in your bathroom can be dimmed according to the

What’s more, operating these systems is no longer a case of flicking a switch. These days,

occasion. Bedrooms also need multiple light sources - especially mood lighting, and a

wireless lighting keypads are a style statement in themselves, coming in a range of colours and

mix of central light bedside lamps and even floor lamps can be used in varied ways for

finishes, including matte and gloss. The kitchen generally has the most

different times of the day or even the year. A popular alternative to stand-alone bedside

comprehensive needs in terms of lighting and it goes without saying that task lighting is an

lamps at present, is to have a pendant light hanging above each bedside table. Because

integral element of your plan. You’ll probably find yourself using a combination of light

we expect such versatility from our living areas these days there are many possible

sources, perhaps with a spectacular pendant as the main focal point, track lighting over the

combinations when it comes to lighting and it very much depends on the style of home

bench and island then soft, under-cabinet lighting to create atmosphere.

you live in, the amount of space you have to light up and even the age and stage of your

If you have cabinets with clear glass doors, or even open shelving for displaying

family. In new homes, simple downlights can be sufficient for basic lighting while standing

attractive items such as glassware or crockery, consider installing lights above to

lights, wall sconces and even lights to highlight artwork, all combine to bring about a pleasant

illuminate your treasures. LED strip lighting is ideal for this purpose.

atmosphere. In terms of materials trends in the lighting

In lighting, like so many other parts of life today, technology is bringing huge changes.

just say what you need and we can make it happen.”

In the bathroom, there are lots of new options to consider and the days of a bare bulb

market, Jake Henderson says that while an industrial vibe is still popular with homeowners,

While he didn’t actually invent electric light, Thomas Edison certainly did come up

In terms of new advances, Henderson says that LED lighting is among the most exciting.

hanging on a wire, from the ceiling, are well and truly over. Again, allowing for task lighting is

the edges have softened somewhat. “We’re seeing a lot of organic materials such

with the first viable, relatively long-lasting lightbulbs and today’s innovators continue

“What can be achieved is honestly only limited by your imagination,” he says. “There’s

your key to design success. Shaving, cleaning your teeth and applying

as leather, cane and even crocheted shades, which are all textures of nature. Raw metals like

to improve upon his discoveries. Jake Henderson is an Auckland lighting

even LED illuminated wallpaper, which I think is pretty amazing.”

makeup and even putting contact lenses in, then taking them out, are all activities that

brass and copper are also coming through.” Henderson says that the range of lighting

designer at Firefly Light and Design in Devonport. He says that while some clients

LED (light-emitting diode) has been developed as an efficient, energy-saving

require good lighting. Sconces either side of the mirror are one option, or lighting fixed

that’s available these days is so extensive people can feel a bit overwhelmed.

want all the smart features, such as the ability to turn lights on and close blinds via a

alternative to traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs. LED bulbs last for over 50,000

to the wall above it can work well. You don’t want directly overhead lighting in this situation

“That’s why lighting designers help them make the right choices and work closely with

smartphone app on the way home from work, others require a more simple strategy.

hours, using around 85 per cent less electricity, which is quite a staggering difference.

because it will probably be too harsh. LED strip lighting can be very effective in bathrooms too

clients, finding out exactly what they need for their own home in terms of task lighting and

and an emerging trend is to set up-lights into

overall effect.”

“There are so many options now - you

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A healthier, warmer & drier home

with DOUBLE GLAZING A lot of your home’s heat can escape through windows, especially if you already have well insulated ceilings, floors and walls. One way to minimise this heat loss is by providing insulation for your windows.

replace the existing window frames. Retrofit double glazing is the process of replacing your single glazing with double glazed units. The process is quick and unobtrusive. Benefits of double glazing Good double glazed windows: • can halve heat loss through windows • significantly improve thermal comfort in your home • reduce external noise • reduce or remove condensation build-up in cold weather. • boost energy efficiency – save money on power and gas

Join the growing number of Northlanders who are discovering the benefits of

• Low-emissivity (low-E) glass - allows light and heat in but reflects some of the escaping heat back inside the room. Double glazing with low-E glass cuts

retrofit double glazing. Once double glazing is installed, you will never

window heat loss by about 20 per cent to 30 percent, compared to double glazing

need to upgrade again and are adding substantial value to your home.

Double glazing is a way of creating an insulating gas layer - either normal air or

Checklist for double glazing For best performance, look for the following:

without low-E. • Multiple layers of good seals - to keep

Double Glazing & Glass Northland can replace the glass with double glazing

special heavy gases - between two panes of glass. It lets in as much sunlight as single-

• Frames that have a thermal break or are made of insulating materials - a plastic or

draughts, moisture and noise out. • Spacers made of plastic or stainless

within the framework no matter what the shape is. There’s no need to install new

glazed windows but is better at holding in heat. Double glazing is standard in most new

resin section in the centre of the aluminium joinery or frames made from an insulating

steel (instead of aluminium) - these spacers separate the glass panes to

expensive joinery, hire builders or get council consent.

houses but it’s also worth installing in existing homes if your existing windows require

material, such as uPVC or wood. These are less likely to attract condensation and will

reduce heat loss and condensation at the glass edge.

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substantial repairs or replacing. If you need to prioritise, install double glazing to the main

lose less heat than windows with standard aluminium frames. Compared to standard

heated areas of the house as well as to large windows. If you have an older home, you can upgrade your windows without the need to

• Inert gas filling - such as argon, between the glass layers. This is a

take you through the process expertly, quickly and economically. Book in

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by about 20 per cent and uPVC or wooden frames by about 40 per cent.

to nine per cent compared to double glazing with air filling.

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Your planting experts from Alter-Natives Nursery & Landscaping talk to readers on this season’s gardening!


– New Builds Or Reviving An Old System BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD


he two main reasons for putting plants on septic fields is to soak up excess wastewater and to absorb nutrients so they do not get into the ground

water and pollute our streams. Certain plants do this job better than others; they have a high transpiration rate, are fast growing, and are tolerant of damp soil. There are two common types of septic field; the first has dripper lines on the ground surface covered with a mulch. With this sort of system you can plant any of the grasses, shrubs and big trees that we suggest in our printout. The other system has underground

pipes with small seepage holes buried about 60cm below the ground surface. With this second sort of system, care has to be taken to put in the right type of plants. You need to avoid any trees that have masses of feeder roots as they can damage or block the seepage holes along the pipes. Your planting can be purely practical - made up of one or two plant species and planted quickly and cheaply or if your effluent field is going to be close to the house and quite visible, you can put a bit of thought and effort into it and get a great looking garden. One of our staff can help you with ideas to help tie the effluent field

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into your garden/landscape. Another thing to think about is that not all effluent fields will be damp. For example, a fivebedroom house can have a large septic field engineered for up to 12 people. If there are only two or three people living in the house, the field will be relatively dry. Or if you have very free draining soil (sandy), it will be quite dry as well. We generally recommend planting at one plant per square metre; this is for a mixed species planting using big and small plants. If you wanted to use mainly small growing grasses, then more will need to be planted per metre. With groundcovers and big trees, you could use a bit less. If you need help finding the right kind of plants to put in your effluent field, then come down and see us at Alter-Natives nursery. We have lots of suitable plants, knowledgeable staff and a printout we can give you listing all the plants that work well. Now this can be quite a big job so feel free to call in and see us for a quote, either for just the plants, or, to take all the hassle out of it, we can do the entire job for you, from designing the plant layout, to planting, staking and mulching.

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