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1. TRADE AID KEEP YOU WARM THIS WINTER Winter means cool nights in front of the fire or the heater, even here in the winterless north. Create a unique and warm nest with Trade Aid’s cushions, rugs, slippers, kimonos and tea sets and settle in for winter. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm Saturday: 9am – 2pm

The Strand Shopping Centre, Whangarei Phone: 4385799 Find us on Facebook: Whangarei Trade Aid


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3. TUTUKAKA BEACH SHOP RETAIL THERAPY ON THE WAY TO THE COAST The Kia Kaha Clothing range at Tutukaka Beach Shop is loved by our overseas visitors and proudly worn by locals too. Kia Kaha is used as an expression of encouragement and inspiration. Draw your strength and courage from Kia Kaha this winter! Tutukaka Beach Shop, Marina Road, Tutukaka OPEN Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday 10am - 5pm Ph 434 4135 Find us on facebook

4. PAM SAROZ AT DOROTHY ANNE’S FLORIST FLOWERS ON BANK STREET Distinctive floral designs for all occasions!


Dorothy Anne’s floral boutique is under new management. We look


forward to providing top service and personal assistance using high quality fresh flowers to meet your requirements and budget. Shop on line or pop in at 188 Bank Street, Regent. Phone 438 6243 or 438 7370

5. HIMALAYAN TRADING POST 100% PROFITS TO CHARITY Great funky men’s collection in store! warm jackets for winter and soft cottons for spring! Mon - Fri 9.30am-5.00pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am-3pm Ph 430 2040, 89 Cameron Street WHANGAREI

6. RED RUBY FASHION BOUTIQUE We are now relocated to 4 Cameron St, next to Fishers Jewellers. At our new premises we will continue to bring you the premium fashion to WOW your special day! 4 Cameron St, Whangarei. 09 438 7770.




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An attitude of gratitude

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4 Leigh Bramwell talks to Ricardo Mendoza a cabinet maker who is proving a star carver 5 Hairdresser Hazel Newman shows just how it’s done


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Find your ‘je ne sais quoi’ Girl’s best friend

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Beauty comes from within; it’s a multiple of things including happiness, elegance, confidence, charisma and so on. Beauty and happiness are often talked about as one thing, so how do we make ourselves happy and in turn beautiful? Practising an attitude of gratitude is one technique that I’ve found has worked wonders for picking myself up when life’s less than perfect moments happen. Sometimes searching for the “silver lining” is all you need to turn your mood around. When you have a moment of self doubt think of three things you are thankful for. ■ If you want to overcome feeling like you’re not good enough, think of three things that have challenged, you that you have conquered. Be thankful that you had the courage, the ability and the knowledge to get past those hurdles. ■ If you are looking in the mirror and feeling you’re not pretty enough, think of three things that you have that others may not. Be thankful for your nose, eyes, lips, brows etc. They give you the gift of smell, sight and taste that others do not have. Very few people are perfectly symmetrical and even fewer people appreciate it. ■ Want to do something new but think you can’t? Think of three things you can do to move towards your goal, however small those steps may be and be thankful for the opportunity to do each of those things. ■ Be thankful for the people around you; your friends, family, acquaintances. The people who share their lives with you, who care enough to do things for you and with you. Do a wonderful thing for them by telling them how grateful you are for doing the things they do. Trust me they’ll love you for it and it’ll make you happy too. ■ When others are cruel, say offending things ... I believe everything is an opportunity to learn and sometimes the biggest lessons are the hardest ones. A critical comment from someone can trigger self-hate. Instead of holding onto the words, be grateful that you now know what is hurting you and can work towards addressing it. Don’t let yourself be influenced by the outside world, what we see, hear and experience can change our outlook, for better or worse. However small the things you are grateful are; they are worth thinking about. Taking the time to focus on what you have will lift your mood, make you happy and let your beauty shine.



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Ricardo wows with carving skills by LEIGH BRAMWELL


hen Ricardo Mendoza began an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker in the Philippines, he didn’t foresee a career that would involve working on a Luxury lodge project for a Russian billionaire at Helena Bay Lodge development in Northland. Ricardo came to New Zealand eight years ago to work for the innovative Whangarei marine interiors company SMI Group, and that has taken his life down some unexpected paths. The most extraordinary, perhaps, has led him to show off his talent as a carver, with a commission through SMI to carve two massive, timber entrance doors for Helena Bay Lodge. It was a project that took two months, working mainly with hand tools. “When initially we took Ricardo on we didn’t even know

PHOTOS: MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM his brother and sister through school, so he started work as an apprentice cabinet maker. “I was working in a big company in the Philippines and there an agency came to our town to hire furniture-makers for New Zealand,” Ricardo says. “I decided to apply and I was very lucky. Both my brother and I came to New Zealand and have been here now for eight years.” Judy recalls that recruiting skilled staff in New Zealand was incredibly difficult at the time so the company had to use an international recruitment agent, and then complete interviews by Skype. But she remembers that Ricardo was one of the top applicants. Since he has been working for SMI the company has diversified somewhat, to not only creating interiors for international superyachts but to also providing interior cabinetry and furniture

he could carve,” says SMI general manager Judy Ward-Butler. “We chose him and some others for their cabinet making skills when we had some very big projects on a few years ago and we needed skilled workers.” They found out about Ricardo’s exceptional talent when the company was downsizing and assessing the skills of all their staff. “Ricardo came into the office and put this incredible carving down on the table and said: ‘I have this skill you can use’. Ricardo grew up in a small town in the Philippines where there were lots of carvers, but he needed regular work to support




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for high-end residences and lodges. And while most of his work is in this area, Ricardo keeps his hand in adding carved detailing to custom furniture table when it’s called for. He enjoys the work and the environment, and likes living in Whangarei. “I like the weather, the views and the people,” he says, adding that he has no plans for return to the Philippines on a permanent basis. “I will stay in New Zealand as I am supporting my family here, with one son studying to be a software engineer at Massey,” he says. “I see the rest of my life staying here, but still visiting family at home.” ■ Ricardo will be showing his skills on the SMI stand at the Northland Home & Leisure Show at Kensington, Whangarei, September 25 to 27.

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Hazel’s on top of hairdressing world with EMMA JELSMA


azel Newman, codirector of Three Hairdressing in Maunu, was particularly successful in the recent competitions. A strong advocate for the NZARH Hairdressing Awards, Hazel sees them as a powerful tool for team-building, personal motivation, staff development and an all-round positive boost for salon culture. The awards themselves create an atmosphere of collegiate competitiveness; driving participants to new heights and giving apprentices and


I LIKEN IT TO A MARATHON: YOU WON’T TRAIN IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP! senior stylists alike renewed focus and energy. Having won five awards herself at the latest competitions — with two of them firsts, and one of them giving her the title of Oceanic Champion — Hazel firmly believes that her success derives from a determination to continually push her own limits. This is an attitude that she encourages throughout the Three Hairdressing salon: so much so, in fact, that 8 of her colleagues also entered the awards this year! And while many may balk at the idea of such intensive practice, training and focus, Hazel says it is exactly that which brings her immeasurable personal, team and business benefits. ‘When people ask me why I compete,’ explains Hazel. ‘I liken it to a marathon: you won’t train if you don’t sign up. I compete because it raises the standard of our industry, it gives entrants a massive confidence boost, it

unites your salon and forces competitors to step out of their comfort zone – but most importantly, it re-energises and re-inspires you! Goal setting, professionalism, dedication and focus; for hair stylists of all ages, from all backgrounds, and from every salon – the competitions provide a level playing field for us all to test our abilities!’ Hazel is also keen to assist stylists in their preparations

for the NZARH Northland Regional Hairdressing Competitions; and having won over 30 awards since starting her career, she is well-placed to do so. Her advice to stylists considering entering is simple: ‘You can’t get there on your own. Reach out to your regional judge and go to your regional competition awareness seminar. Learn the parameters of the

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competition to understand what will gain you points on the floor – there is nothing stopping you from getting the results you want! It’s all just part of the journey.’ ‘Without the support of my models, make up artists, colleagues, and business codirectors Jemal and Katie, it wouldn’t have been possible: the NZARH Awards are a big deal – and we’re just so proud to be involved at this level!’

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RENCH WOMEN wear it best! We have all heard about Parisian style — tailored jackets, red lipstick, artfully rumpled hair from biking through Paris (no helmet law there), stripes paired back with spots. So after spending a week in the City of Love (and fashion) I finally figured out why the French wear it best. It’s because French women walk to the beat of their own drum; they are not trying to fit into anyone else’s image; they are not following trends. They love fashion, take pride in their appearance and being French and, most importantly, wear clothes that fit them and suit their style, not making themselves fit the clothes. Look at French Vogue editorin-chief Emmanuelle Alt, one of my style heroes. With a fashion sense similar to a rockstar girlfriend, Emmanuelle is effortless and chic. “You cannot

Scene from the French film Yves Saint Laurent, above; and right, Jane Birkin.

seduce with the same weapon all your life but it doesn’t mean you can’t seduce,” she said. How fabulous, and could you get more

French than that? Emmanuelle will never be heard to say a woman is too old to appear in Vogue, and you can feel that being echoed on the streets of Paris. Women in their 60s on bikes with Repetto ballet flats, tailored dresses and scarfs. Isabel Marant slouchy leather pants, shirts and tailored blazers and Saint Laurent heels — Emmanuelle doesn’t want to suffer in clothes. It’s the French way — they want to feel comfortable, to express themselves, to feel great in their own way. Another French style icon, Ines de la Fressange, is synonymous with her daily uniform, a simple but polished combination of high-waisted cropped trousers, white top, light jacket, and flats. This utterly refreshing lack of conformity is the cleverest way to always look appropriate and never dated, and it’s the tried-and-true secret among

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French women of her generation. It’s the epitome of personal style, of the art of dressing like a woman, one with a job, and things to do beyond going to an event to get her picture taken. What’s more effortless — or chic — than that? Other French style icons include Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and, of course, Coco Chanel. She is remembered for her classic suits and penchant for tweed and pearls and, though this seems a tad old fashioned, her taste was revolutionary for women in the 20th century. Mixing prints and textures, how chic, how daring. And the Chanel bag is still a must-have serious fashion statement — it’s the top of my long list. So let’s follow the French and discover our je ne sais quoi once and for all! — Rodelle Payne


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Beauty gurus share secrets EcoTools Beauty Team members give a how-to guide for an easy and inexpensive way to do a trendy hair and makeup look


OW is the perfect time to renew your look and embrace the season. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours at the salon or break the bank updating your look. A few expert tips will have you looking radiant and feeling confident, turning heads no matter where you go. EcoTools Beauty Team members and expert stylists Teni Panosian and Christine Symonds have created a complete makeup and hair look that is easy to achieve at home with the right tools. “This season is all about beautiful skin with small pops of colour,” says Panosian, YouTube beauty sensation and the voice behind


Step 1: Prep your skin with your moisturiser or primer. Then apply a light foundation or BB cream in small circular motions using your brush for an airbrushed effect. Step 2: Apply concealer under the eyes beginning at the inner


YOUTUBE SENSATION: This season’s trend in makeup is fresh and radiant skin with small pops of corner and extending to the outer corner and along the side of your nose. Then, blend out the concealer to create a brightened under-eye area. Step 3: For breakouts or dark spots, dab concealer and use a small stippling motion to blend it out. Then, set it by applying a translucent powder under your eyes and to your T-zone. Step 4: Add warmth by

applying bronzer along the hollows of your cheeks, hairline and jawline, and add a pop of pink blush to your cheeks. Finish the face by adding highlight powder to the high points of your cheekbones. Step 5: Swipe a peach shadow across your lids up to the crease. Use a blending brush to work purple eyeshadow into the outer half of the crease and blend



A granule like material mixed with essential oils, vitamins and minerals while massaging the body is a restful, invigorating and cleansing experience, aimed to exfoliate dead skin cells and hydride the body’s largest organ (the skin). Lymphatic body massage technic helps get rid of body’s waste and toxins while increasing blood circulation reliving tension of the body and helping the nervous system. To finish off the treatment we use our own FACEDOCTORS Himalayan Honey oil, leaving you feeling revitalised and fresh.

down to the outer corners of the lids. Apply a dark brown shadow just at the outer corners of the lids for a little definition. Step 6: Finish with a couple of coats of mascara on the top and bottom lids and a sheer pink gloss on lips. “Complement your new makeup look with soft, effortlessly chic hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Symonds,

Step 1: Start by partially blow drying wet hair to remove moisture. Step 2: Finish blow drying with a full round brush, focusing mainly on the ends to create movement. Try a hair brush with cruelty-free synthetic boar hair bristles to create shine. Step 3: Gather top section of hair and clip it out of the way. Leave enough hair on each side above the ears to create two small braids. Secure with an elastic band. Step 4: Drop the top section previously clipped up and gather all the hair into a low ponytail, leaving out the two side braids. Bring the two braids together in the back of the head and secure tightly with a small elastic band. Step 5: Undo low ponytail and elastics around the ends of the two small braids (not the one that just secured the braids together). Pull lightly at roots of the pulled-back hair on top of the head to create texture. _ BPT


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Get rid of your bulge Let’s face it, we’ve all had that moment when those jeans just won’t zip up the whole way (queue the awkward bed dance, while trying to hold your breath and squeeze on in). Or the adorable little bulges of back fat, that roll over the bra, and show through in a tight top, it’s annoying. I know I’ve been doing my crunches, but it’s still there! Caci have come through for the team with their new non-surgical fat reduction treatment which freezes and destroys fat cells, called ChillSculpt. Freezing fat cells sounds a bit crazy, but it’s safe, and it works. Once the cells have been treated, they die, and then are processed through the body with all of our other waste. It’s a pretty simple process really and only takes an hour, plus the team at Caci

Step 1: Start Cryo-cooling

they will book you in for a free consultation and you can see if would be right for your and your rolls! What happens at a ChillSculpt™ treatment? Wondering exactly what happens during a ChillSculpt treatment? Check out the steps below so you know exactly what to expect before your first treatment. 1. A cool pad is applied to the area, which acts as a membrane between your skin and the machine.

Step 2: Immediate Cryo-reaction

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people read, watch videos, relax or even take a nap. 3. Afterwards the treatment provider will briefly massage the area as it will feel like a semisolid cold lump. With massage this disappears within minutes. 4. With no downtime time needed, you’re free to continue your lifestyle as normal. Although some redness and tenderness can be expected for a day or so. Visible results can appear

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F YOU’RE like many busy women, you may have discovered that your shower is the only time you have to yourself each day, away from the stress and responsibilities of everyday life. Making the most of each shower will allow you to take the time to cleanse not only your body, but also your mind. With these five simple tips, you can wash away your worries and make each shower an enjoyable escape.


are really great and there’s not really any downtime after the treatment. After a few sessions over a few months you will notice your shape changing, and those stubborn little budges will be reduced…and that size 12 pair of jeans, just might turn into a size 10 - Boom! If it sounds like a bit of you, just give Caci a call –

2. Your treatment provider will then position the hand piece/s on your area of concern – a strong vacuum effect and controlled cooling occurs. A pulsing motion and very cold sensation soon becomes tolerable numbness, this lasts for the duration of the treatment which takes approximately 45 minutes. During this time many

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in as little as three weeks after the first treatment, a minimum of four treatments in the same body area over a period of six months is recommended to achieve the best results. A review will occur three months after the first treatment. ■ Call Caci on 0800 458 458 to book your free consultation.

Start with a deep breath and clear your mind. Commit to leaving worries and stress at the shower door, and instead focus on positive, energising thoughts. Envision a carefree weekend activity, or recall the sights and sounds of a soothing tropical getaway. Channel your attention on creating positive energy.


Set the mood with the right music and lighting. If you shower in the morning, give yourself a burst of energy with upbeat music and a brightly lit room. Conversely, if you’re winding down the day, mellow tunes and dimmed lights will help slow your pace.


Moisturise your skin from head to toe with a hydrating body wash that leaves skin feeling soft and radiant.


Though you may be tempted to let the steaming water soothe your skin and tired muscles, be wary of keeping the heat up too long. Excessive hot water can be harsh on your hair and skin, and strip skin of moisture. Instead go for a lukewarm or slightly warmer temperature and finish with a cool blast to help seal pores and invigorate your spirit.


Even if you’re short on time, commit to indulging in one pampering treatment each day, such as deep conditioning your hair or exfoliating tired skin. With these few simple changes, you’ll be able to make the most of each shower, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.

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We all want to look our best in photos, let’s face it, pics are around for a long time. Following are some tips from the experts.

Learn how to snapshot your good looks By Lisa Lyford


eryn, our new Gorgeous Me photographer, shared her favourite tip with us during our last makeover — “work it like a turtle”!


Most people think you should tilt your head up to avoid the double chin and this does work but it also narrows the eyes because they’re looking downward . Instead slightly push your head forward from your shoulders, like a turtle popping its head out. I did say “slightly”.


Some people are naturally photogenic, lucky things. For others, it takes practice. Have a small laugh or think of something funny just before the picture is taken, that will relax you and give a gorgeous friendly

POSE: Work out your best profile for Selfies.

pose with a natural smile.


Avoid your face shining by using matte foundation. Colour match is important — see above.


Do you blink at the wrong time, just when the camera clicks? Here’s a wee trick for you, close your eyes and when the photographer is ready, open them.

shots, turn your body to a more slim three-quarter angle, with one leg a little to the front.


Photos taken from “slightly” above you are actually more flattering. I’m not suggesting you drop to your knees the moment a photo is about to be taken. This is a great tip for selfies: hold your camera slightly above you. If the camera is too high though, it can make you look short.

WORK YOUR BEST GET THAT ANGLE FOUNDATION Rather than looking at the camera face on, turn your head a COLOUR RIGHT bit to the side, it can be very flattering. Work out your best profile. The same applies to full-length

If your foundation colour is too light and doesn’t tone in with your chest, it will illuminate in the photos.


Accentuate your cheekbones and give yourself a healthy glow by using blusher. Make-up artists say this is a “must do”.


Apparently looking towards light just before a photo is taken, will make your pupils smaller and help reduce red eye. Lisa Lyford is the founder of Gorgeous Me, free DIY personal styling and makeover advice. Send your questions for Lisa to




Short-term memory loss? Check B12 levels Herbalist LES helps address health issues the natural way I am in my 70’s and generally very healthy. Just lately I have been forgetting silly things — where I put my car keys, shopping lists, appointments etc. It may just be my age but can you advise on some natural supplements which might help. I don’t have a problem remembering things that happened years ago and I try to do the crossword and Sudoku every day to keep my brain active. I am not taking any medication apart from glucosamine for my joints and Vitamin C. — Bob W Short-term memory loss can be upsetting and annoying and so your frustration is completely understandable. Sometimes, as we get older, our B12 levels drop and this can affect the memory as well as many other bodily functions. Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is vital to every cell in the body and it affects every system — nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine, ear, nose and throat. It should be easy to get all the B12 we need from our diet as it comes from every single animal product — meat, fish

and dairy. For example a 100g chunk of cheese provides your recommended daily amount of 2.5mcg. But, as we age, the stomach shrinks and produces less of the acid needed for B12 absorption to take place. Sage contains active ingredients that boost the chemicals that trigger transmission of messages within the brain. When scientists from the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria in the UK tested 44 people, by having them take either sage or a placebo, results showed that those given sage performed better in a word recall test. To blend your own massage oil, add up to 6 drops of sage oil to 30ml of a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed and massage into the temples. Or place one to two drops of sage oil onto your pillow at night. I recommend that you take Thompsons 3rd Age Senior multi-vitamin/mineral which contains a number of ingredients that can potentially be of benefit to you. Health Post have a number of supplements to aid memory. I like the Microgenics Gingko 6000 complex. This also contains rosemary which has been traditionally used to improve memory and has been shown to have antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals. Also, here are some practical tips to consider: ■ Decide on one place for your wallet, purse and keys and put them there as soon as you come in. If you park in a car park, always put the ticket in the same place — habit is reassuring. ■ Use a wall calendar to remind you to do

Kids need plenty of good sleep Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is a prelude to a great night’s sleep, which is critical for young bodies and brains. Here are helpful ways to create healthy bedtime habits for you and your family. Books before bed: Electronic devices are a part of life. Even some young children may spend a portion of time each day using tablets, mobile phones and e-readers. However, the light emitted from these devices can hinder sleep, so make sure you incorporate screen-free time before bed. Substitute electronics with good oldfashioned books, storytelling time, board games and puzzles. Brush Up: Children and parents should learn more about preventive dental care and the importance of a healthy oral care routine. They can also give back and help

other children in the community who may not have access to dental care. Brushing is a fundamental healthy habit. Kids are never too young to learn how to take care of their smile. Set a schedule: Sticking to a set bedtime for kids may be difficult at first for you and your children. But once everyone adjusts to the schedule, the benefits will be made clear. A consistent bedtime policy will be easier to enforce, and kids’ internal clocks will likely adjust to the schedule over time. To determine an appropriate bedtime for your school-age kids, factor in the Mayo Clinic recommendation of nine to 11 hours of sleep a night. For better sleep and healthy smiles, create bedtime routines for you and your family that are easy to follow.

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things or use the calendar on your mobile phone and set reminders. ■ Write a list before you go shopping and leave it somewhere visible — the centre of the kitchen or secured to the fridge with a magnet. Reaffirm things by telling yourself out loud where you have left or put them. All products mentioned are available from or tel: 0800 148

148 As always please check that any supplements mentioned are compatible with your current medication. If you have a question for Les please e mail her on ■ If you have a question for Les please email her:

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We have been perfecting our craft over many years of trade, and continually work at honing our skills. Always seeking to learn more, the team has attended international training events, engage in high fashion hair photographic work and participate regularly in national competitions.

Three team members qualifying for the Supreme Team to compete at the Nationals in October 2015

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Northland Hairdressers Make the Cut! In a brilliant show of talent, Northland hairdressers have scooped up a fantastic result at the recent NZARH Northland Regional Hairdressing Awards, held here in Whangarei.


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For Teresa and her talented team at Villa Hairdressing, the NZARH Awards offered a fantastic opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone; to push the limits of their abilities, and above all to raise the profile of the hairstylists and their salon. It’s a win-win situation — for Teresa in particular! Winner of the NZARH The Colour award, after 26 years in the industry (and after many competitions) Teresa still finds the experience thrilling — and it gives her an extra measure of respect for competing stylists. ‘I take my hat off to anyone who has the guts to compete,’ says Teresa. ‘It takes real commitment: it’s great exposure for your salon, great for the team and great for your clients! I’m looking forward to the Supremes, but most of all, to bringing all of this experience back to my clients here in the salon.’ Teresa and her talented stylists have competed in a number of competitions for many years; and with yet another success under their belt, they’re looking forward to attending the Supremes in October.

With nine stylists from Three Hairdressing taking home 14 awards this year, business owners Hazel, Jemal and Katie are absolutely ecstatic with the recent NZARH competition results. The Maunu-based salon always encourages their stylists to compete, as they strongly believe that the benefits for both salon culture and personal growth are huge. Their clients are also benefiting from the extra focus and energy involved in competition prep; with their awardwinning stylists having practiced and trained for months leading up to the big day. ‘These competitions continue to raise our standard of hairdressing,’ explains co-owner Hazel Newman, ‘from pushing creativity and techniques through to team building and staff development, we see the NZARH Awards as a truly valuable opportunity!’ With 3 of their team — Misty, Vanessa and Hazel herself — continuing on to compete at the Supremes in October, and with Hazel having also won Oceanic Champion, the journey is far from over for this successful team: congratulations Three Hairdressing!

Northland Hair Company Kerikeri-based Northland Hair Company were also great contenders at the NZARH Northland Regional Hairdressing Awards, with senior stylist Laurel scooping up the prestigious Oceanic Hairdressing Masters Award for The Conversion. This event saw Laurel using all of her technical and creative ability to show the evolution from one style into another: showcasing versatility, fashionsense, out-of-the-box thinking and technical skill in one action-packed arena. Laurel thoroughly enjoyed the experience: not simply because of her success, but the entire process of preparation, training, experimenting, practicing and competing left her feeling invigorated and re-inspired. ‘It’s all about striving for excellence,’ says Laurel of the NZARH Regional Awards. ‘Perfecting your skills, improving your cutting, your colouring, and your hair-up skills. It keeps us looking at what’s current in the fashion world, and in turn it offers our clients the absolute latest in technique and fashion!’ Competing at the Oceanics will offer Laurel the opportunity to showcase her talents on a trans-tasman stage, and while bringing fantastic exposure for Northland Hair Company, and potentially another award to add to the shelf.

Strand Salon For intermediate stylist Emily Openshaw, the fantastic salon culture and supportive atmosphere at the Strand Salon played a large part in enabling her to take home the NZARH Next Generation award for The Style. Emily also won 4th place at the recent Auckland competitions; a huge achievement for this young up-and-coming stylist. As Emily is quick to point out, however, it was the 4 months of preparation, the endless hours of coaching and support from her boss and mentor Marilyn, and the patient encouragement from her salon team that really boosted her to the top. ‘I’m just so grateful to Marilyn, the Strand Salon stylists and our clients, and everyone who has been involved in this part of my life,’ says Emily. ‘I am so proud of this achievement — I have learned so much; it has inspired me and given me such a confidence boost!’ With the Supremes coming up in October, Emily has another run of late nights ahead of her: luckily she knows her supportive salon will be right behind her.


Vanessa Carter Three Hairdressing


Hazel Newman Three Hairdressing


Suzy Ralston Strand Salon


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Misty Fenton Three Hairdressing


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Hazel Newman Three Hairdressing


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IMAGES FROM TOP: ■ Winning style in senior colour from Teresa at Villa Hairdressing ■ Laurel Stratford from Northland Hair Company - Multi-talented stylist in all aspects of hairdressing ■ Vanessa Carter from Three Hairdressing with her cutting award, and Misty Fenton working on her winning look ■ Emily Openshaw from the Strand Salon with her winning model

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Laurel Stratford Northland Hair Company


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There are easy ways to add light to a dark bathroom or to close off part of an overly-large living area without going to the expense and inconvenience of major renovations. Simply adding a pop of colour can transform a problem space

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Make a cool canvas mat to brighten your room you will need:

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Step 1 Carefully rule out a rectangle in the canvas measuring 140cm x 90cm (or to whatever size you wish). Cut it out. Take doublesided tape and lay it along one edge on un-primed side of the canvas, pressing it firmly into place. Remove backing tape, and fold canvas over with the tape. Press firmly down and smooth out air bubbles. Repeat on remaining three sides, so that all four sides have a folded edge.

Step 2 Turn the mat over so the primed side is facing you and use the masking tape to make a variety of different sized and shaped triangles, all over the canvas. Make sure that all three sides are outlined in masking tape with no gaps so the shape is well defined when you apply the paint. Press the tape down firmly.

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before you open them, and using a mixture of Resene Lickety Split, Resene Kermit, Resene Top Secret and Resene Tutti Frutti, paint the inside of each of the masking tape triangles.

Step 4 Take the three foam dabber brushes and dab them in three different colours of paint, making sure the surface is evenly covered. Use them to make three circles, each smaller than the last, stacked on top of each other to make another tree shape. Remove the masking tape carefully, and do any touch-ups that are necessary with the medium-sized artist’s brush.

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Celebrating 10 years of happiness C elebrating 10 years of ethical trading is no small thing in retail; however Kaari Schlebach, founder of Himalayan Trading Post (HTP), feels a particular sense of fulfilment with how HTP has been supported and developed during its time in the Whangarei CBD. “The motivation to establish HTP has always been to bring as much positive benefit as we can to the community and beyond, to help improve in some way every being we interact with. It is a family style local business where you have the Monks helping in the shop alongside and part of our store manager Monique Danes team.” 10 years passes quickly yet visiting HTP is still like entering a different world. Time slows as you browse the enticingly arranged goods, and an undeniable sense of goodwill exudes from the lovingly handpainted store. Why is this? What imbues HTP such an embracing, calming atmosphere? “We are all very happy here, it’s a great place with great neighbours, landlord, customers, staff and volunteers” says Monique.

HTP is part of a not for profit Charitable Trust that assists the Monks and Nuns of the Tibetan Buddhist Centre Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling of Parakiore Hill in Kamo to offer peaceful teachings and community programs on meditation and happiness. HTP has evolved from a small merchandising stall that accompanied the Monks while on a NZ wide Sand Mandala tour, through a couple of other CBD locations, to its current premises on Walton and Cameron Streets corner. HTP values the importance of the working relationships it has with all its suppliers, “We feel we represent our customers when we are travelling to purchase products from the different countries of the Himalayan regions and therefore we do our best to know the true story of the origin of the products and how the purchase may affect the lives of all the people involved. We hand choose our products for Northlanders to enjoy, looking at every aspect of every purchase; we take time to investigate, we are cautious, and above all we strive to make ethical choices. “ In addition to its broad selection of clothing and

giftware HTP currently may have the largest selection of singing bowls in New Zealand, each being unique in sound, tone and design. Alongside these harmonic bowls you will find beautiful soft Indian cotton scarves, Nepalese-made NZ-wool

mittens, wrist-warmers, beanies, gloves and slippers: and of course HTPs own gorgeous range of hand-crafted and designed silver jewellery. With the future looking rosy, Kaari and her welcoming team invite you to join them in

celebration: treasures abound in Whangarei’s most colourful shop — where you can be confident that every penny you spend is finding its way to a truly worthwhile cause.

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You will find the Buddhist Centre at the top of Parakiore Hill just North of Kamo, overlooking Whangarei and the city surrounded by native bush.

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Owner Kathryn Darroch is proud to announce that at the 2015 Rodney Wayne Annual Awards the Salon and Team took away one of the three Supreme Achievement Awards for outstanding performance as well as being a finalist in the Enterprise Award category for marketing excellence. Kathryn and her Team were also finalist’s for the Rodney Wayne “Salon of the Year Award” .







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KRISTY Rogers Loves to create looks that meet our clients’ daily lives and enjoys teaching them how they can recreate the look for themselves. As our Kérastase Ambassador Kristy attends regular education courses in Auckland and brings this knowledge back to our team. Kristy always takes the time to listen to what her clients want and loves making people feel good about the way they look when leaving the salon.

Salon Manager, brings the latest styles and trends to the team and ensures all her clients are looking their best when they leave the salon. Morgan has over 9 years’ experience and has a passion for recreating and re-designing individual looks for her clients. She has a great eye for colour and is always looking for ways to enhance people’s looks by using the right colour combination that will last. Morgan specialises in creating a beautiful look that will inspire you to look your best every day


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The newest member of the team but has been hairdressing for 10 years, 3 years in Perth, Western Australia. Cerise believes in providing the best experience for her clients while making them look and feel special. Cerise knows the client is the most important person in consultation and with the systems we have at Rodney Wayne she can achieve the look the client wants with a flair every time.

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t was nearly 20 years ago when Honda introduced its sport utility vehicle – the CRV. CRV is a common abbreviation for compact recreational vehicle, but by all accounts it is what we have largely termed an SUV. The CRV is mid-size and it is still true to the original concept, even though it is now well through its fourth lifecycle. Honda has just refreshed the CRV which suggests it is on track for another generational change in a couple of years’ time. For 2015 the CRV gets a mild facelift up front with the inclusion of daytime running lights, there are bigger wheels, and it gets a heap of fitment inclusions, most for safety. The test car was badged Sport NT, and it is the range-topping model within the line-up. It sits at $54,990, bearing in mind that the range starts at $38,990 for a two-wheel-drive, 2-litre variant. For its price the Sport NT represents amazing value. The level of fitment is way too comprehensive to list in detail, but major items include full leather trim (heated seats up front and electrically adjustable), satellite navigation, active cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, and electric sunroof. For safety the list is very comprehensive, new features include collision mitigation braking and lane watch camera which is linked to lane keep assist and lane departure warning, these features on top of what are now deemed to be usual safety inclusions. Under the bonnet sits Honda’s tried and trusted four-cylinder, twin-camshaft engine of 2354cc.

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It is rated with 140kW and 222Nm of torque. As we have come to expect from Honda, it is an engine which is quite peaky at the top end. If you take into account that maximum power sits at 7000rpm and peak torque doesn’t arrive until 4000rpm, there’s a belief that it needs to work hard to achieve results.

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I’m on the home stretch Wife, mother, journalist ... PHILIPPA MANNAGH reveals the highs and lows, and the challenges in life ...


t was time to kick my own butt. It’s now the thick of winter and fitness wise, I have felt like i’m going backwards. This is a dangerous place for me. One sunny afternoon I decided to pull out my favourite coloured pens (stationary obsessed), a glass of “afternoon” wine and a massive piece of paper to stick to the fridge. Mapping out term three, I realistically added the fitness goals that I want to be seeing for myself again. Little Miss Fit began this journey and she is not going to give up! The finish line for my personal challenge is October and with this spring month fast approaching, I have calculated how many weeks are left and what I need to do. I firmly believe that if you

can get your thoughts to paper a transformation can happen. Don’t lock it all away in your head… get it out and start visualising your end result. I have now set aside days to fit in different types of exercise with a big focus on food these coming months. I am starting small again, a brisk walk around the block is 10 points! Winning. Recently, I stumbled across the Viking Diet and I have to say that it makes a lot of sense to me. Move over Mr Paleo. Oily fish, red meat only a couple of times a week, lots of fruit, vegetables and grains mixed in with plenty of outdoor time. My meals this month will revolve around routine and

planning. A soup focus twice a week, a Sunday night roast like the olden days and no bread until the weekend. Saturday… anything goes. You have got to have one of these days, usually it makes you realise how crap an “anything” day can make you feel once your body is healthy again. I am also trying for 3litres of water a day but the frosts have taken with them my love of the stuff. I am struggling with this. Early nights, epsom salt baths, belly breathing, positive thoughts, yoga and great company are the keys getting me through this winter. What are your secrets? I would love to hear from you. Follow the last few months of my fitness journey at facebook/littlemissfit Pip x LIKED MEDIA, 021-2960496 facebook/littlemissfit

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Credit card pitfalls on holiday DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Care Centre

We went on holiday a few weeks back, needed to hire a car and check into a hotel. What happens when we pass over our credit card? When the person at the desk swipes your card, the bank is electronically asked to “block”* or reserve part of your line of credit to cover the expected cost before you go out and use it for other vacation purchases. At a hotel they often put a hold of $100-$150 (this is covering incidental expenses that may incur e.g. phone calls, mini bar purchases etc). When hiring a car they will take into consideration the cost of rental, petrol and sometimes insurance. There is nothing wrong in them doing this the only issue comes if, when you leave on your holiday, your credit card is getting close to its limit and this block means your credit limit has been met. *An authorisation (block) on a credit card works in the same way as a debit hold on a transactional account. Once the credit card transaction is authorised the funds are held aside until the transaction is presented by the merchant or for a maximum of 5 calendar days Make sure you contact your bank at least 2 -3 weeks before you go travelling to advise your travel plans. The bank

computer could put a freeze on your card should it see funds being removed from another country – this is done for your safety but can cause unpleasant moments should you be trying to pay for a product and your card is frozen. Pay your credit card bill before you leave therefore knowing funds are available, also check your credit card expiry date. Take back-up funds in other forms like cash, eftpos card, or even a second credit card Find out the banks that are a Global Alliance Bank with your bank to avoid fees. Note: Apologies - In Last month’s article on Twins acknowledgment to Dustin Rowles for some quotes was left off.

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