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GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THIS MOTHER’S DAY! Indulge mums with an array of both NZ and overseas hand-made chocolates, creamy and mouth-watering old-fashioned fudge. Gifts baskets available. Plus don’t forget our popular icecreams, coffees and other sweet treats. Phone: 09-438 3327 | Shop 3, Town Basin, Whangarei

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5. TUTUKAKA SURF CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY! ‘Mum’ is such a very small word for something that means ‘everything in the world’. Come and explore our fabulous range of gift ideas from homeware to jewellery, clothing to canvas arts. Parking is easy and free. Gifts wrapped with LOVE! TUTUKAKA SURF BEACH SHOP, Marina Road, Tutukaka. Ph 4344 135 TSbeachshop Find us on Facebook

6. COMMUNITY EDUCATION WHANGAREI CLASSES FOR ADULTS @ KAMO HIGH SCHOOL Abstract landscapes are a step up from copying nature! Discover how to analyse a landscape; the structure, style and colour scheme and transform a realistic landscape into a unique stylised abstract painting. View examples online www.cew. or at the CEW office. Enquiries ph 435 0889 or email nz. Brochures available from your local library or Kamo High School.




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Celebrating mums



4 Mother and daughter Julie and Annemieke Luiten at The Press — Cafe in the Park


5 Mothers and business women Bernadette Norman and Kylie Fagan


6 Carol Paki and Carlene Paki-Taare are mother and daughter in a lolly shop!

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7 Charmaine O’Shea ... the champion of women

19 Kia Cerato Hatch



8 Tips & tricks from the runway 9 Fashion for a cause

23 Free for all!

Health & beauty


MAY 2014


10 Relaxing home spa ideas 11 How to look good the morning after 13 Living with loss

O’SHEA helping women achieve their potential

PHILIPPA Mannagh Pregnant thoughts, warts and all


Home trends 15 Leigh Bramwell looks at winter decor 18 Puriri — the ecosystem tree

Three tips to a happy life

with Leigh Bramwell


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Following are three tips to creating a happy life: 1. Surround yourself with people who celebrate you. all of you! These people are in allowance of you — not in judgment of you, they receive you, as you are — good, bad beautiful and ugly! They encourage and support you to create the life you truly desire — not the life they desire of you. They empower you, to change the things that do not contribute to you reaching your targets. They know what it means to be kind and caring. They have your back. 2. Be Honest with yourself. You are the only one who knows yourself better than anyone else. You are the one who has to live with the actions you take, the words you say. You will always be there for you. Be honest about the things you require to change in life, about what you really want to achieve & where you truly wish to be. It’s much easier and effective in moving forward, creating a life you desire. 3. Be Present. Have you ever sat with someone at lunch or dinner, or had someone over to visit who spent most of their time on their cellphone? Who had the ‘lights’ on but no one was home? Have you been that person? How does it make you feel? This doesn’t honor anyone, including you. It sends a message saying ‘I don’t value you or myself for this choice’. Truth is — you, we have choice and choice creates! If you need to be somewhere else, be there. If you have business to tend to — take care of that before you visit people. Respect yourself and others enough to change the things that no longer make you happy. You deserve to be happy! Sharon Gibson is a LIFE & STYLE Coach based in Northland. Contact her at 0212 442 811 or

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Luitens have recipe for success by CAMERON LESLIE


others and daughters tend to have a special relationship anyway, but Whangarei’s The Press — Cafe in the Park owners have taken their relationship to the next level. Julie and Annemieke Luiten are not only owner-managers of the cafe located at the iSite on SH1, they are mother and daughter. Working with family can sometimes have its troubles but this charismatic duo seem to be a good fit despite their differences. Maintaining a professional working environment and keeping customers happy is priority number one for the Luitens — something customers can easily gauge as they walk into the funky cafe perched next to Tawera Park. ‘‘Working with mum is challenging on a daily basis,’’ jokes Annemieke, while piling up one of her speciality fritter stacks. ‘‘We’re definitely better, there was a learning curve with coming into a very busy hospitality business where we both had slightly different ideas on how things should be run.’’ Julie agreed there was a bedding-in process, but now, six months after starting the

Annemieke Luiten, left, and her mum Julie work side by side in their cafe at Whangarei’s Information Centre in Tarewa Park. business together, the pair seem to have it sorted. ‘‘[Disagreements] never go home, we sort out our differences,’’ Julie explains of their relationship. ‘‘I still give her a kiss and a cuddle the next day and all is forgiven, it’s quite big ask for her. ‘‘It has taken us a good six months to learn the words compromise and

communication.’’ Julie openly admits 26-yearold Annemieke keeps her in line in a professional manner, with mum saying she’s guilty of giving too much away. Although, when you’re some of the first faces visitors to Whangarei see you would hope for a warm welcome. ‘‘There has to be an energy when you walk into a place like

this, 80 per cent of customers are already on holiday. You know yourself when you walk into a cafe there has to be an energy about the place and you go ’this is pretty sweet, we’ll eat here’,’’ Julie said, adding her family has been in Northland all their lives. ‘‘We love Whangarei, we love being here.’’ ‘‘We promote Whangarei so therefore our faces have to the

happiest, smiliest, faces they see.’’ However, plying tourists with Altura coffee and local produce is a part of their business they wish to change. Now the summer influx of visitors has waned, the Luitens are hoping more locals will check out their little slice of paradise. Annemieke, however, is weary of people’s preconceived ideas about what the cafe used to be. ‘‘It’d be really good to pull some locals out, everyone says it’s far away but it’s not really. It’s previous preconceptions about the place, that it is a tea room or cafeteria and it’s a little bit different now. ‘‘You don’t get the same kind of food, you’re not going to find deep fried items, the music is going to a little bit upbeat, the surroundings change all the time. It’s somewhere that, as locals, you could come to and be like ‘yeah this a Whangarei cafe’. ‘‘People don’t know we’re here, they don’t need information about Whangarei so they don’t know there’s a cafe and they don’t stop.’’ Even if locals have been slow in catching onto this quirky cafe, one thing for sure is this mother and daughter team have the recipe to success.

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With Mother’s Day next weekend we took the opportunity to ask two Whangarei businesswomen alll about mums


Kylie Fagan

Owner of Malletts Fashion

Marketing Manager Homeworld Design & Build Ltd

What is the most important role you have as a mother?

What is the most important role you have as a mother?

Being there when my kids need me the most. Teaching them manners, and good morals

To raise our two daughters with a sense of responsibility, empathy and high self esteem.

What was the most important thing your mother told you?

What was the most important thing your mother told you?

To treat others like you would like to be treated yourself.

Mum taught me to never be afraid to stand up for my beliefs.

What challenges do you face now that your mother never had to deal with?

What challenges do you face now that your mother never had to deal with?

Mum didn’t work fulltime when we were kids. I think the balance of work and family for mothers is a lot more challenging now.

I worry about cyber bullying, especially as our eldest is getting closer to teenage years, so I guess technology, while it adds many positive aspects to kids lives including learning, it can also be a bit of a minefield with what they can be exposed to.

And what challenges did your mother have that you don’t face now? School Holiday Programmes and After School Service is essential for working mums, but Mum wouldn’t have had that available to her.

What was on your school sandwiches and what is on your kids’ ones?

What was on your school sandwiches and what is on your kids’ ones? To be honest they aren’t too different. I try to avoid packet foods and give them different sandwiches and fruit. I bake when I can and they love home made bikkies.

I never liked sandwiches ... Shhhh don’t tell my girls that. They hate them, but I keep making them. Plain Olivani sandwiches for them as they don’t like spreads.

What did your children do to make you most proud?

What did your children do to make you most proud?

They make me proud every day, but just getting out there and playing sport makes me really proud of them. I love Saturday mornings at the park watching the kids.

I’m proud of my girls every day, but they make me most proud when they are giving something their all. Whether its one of their various sports or something at school, when I see them trying hard, and enjoying it then I’m so proud.

What was your favourite toy as a child? I can’t remember a specific toy, but absolutely loved my rollerskates, and the piano.

What was your favourite toy as a child?

And your favourite book?

Strawberry Shortcake dolls

There were so many, I read a lot! Probably the Famous Five books were the most memorable, and Pippi Longstocking!

And your favourite book?

What is your nicest memory of you with your mum?

Famous Five books, and when I was really little it would have been My Cat likes to Hide in Boxes.

Going to Fiji and spending the whole week sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Mum loved the sun, and I remember her and I spending a lot of the week reading and soaking up the sun. Not quite so pc today with the risks of too much sun.

What is your nicest memory of you with your mum? Our Sunday Ice Creams at Oriental Bay in Wellington

How would you most like to spend Mother’s Day?

How would you most like to spend Mother’s Day?

Breakfast in bed, then coffee outside in the sun, followed by a family trip to the beach in the afternoon with fish and chips for dinner on the beach. Fingers crossed for a fine day.

Hopefully a nice sunny day spent relaxing with my family, and hopefully dinner cooked for me ;)

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nitial thoughts lead me to the arcade movie and the theme song Sugar Rush, my second thoughts were ... yum! Chatting to owners Carol Paki and daughter Carlene PakiTaare, the name Sugar Rush was already picked out well before the children’s movie Wreck it Ralph played in the cinemas. Carol’s sweet history goes back to the well known Sweet Temptations store in the Strand Arcade where she worked and her daughter hired out cake tins. Carlene says this was phase one of the bigger picture. When Sweet Temptations sadly closed their doors the mother-daughter team had a good idea where they were headed with the constant confirmation from numerous people stopping Carol in the street to enquire if she was to open a lolly shop, soon Sugar Rush was born. The beauty of this hidden gem is the nostalgic element. Grandparents come in and find sweets that they enjoyed when they were young. ‘‘It is so nostalgic when people come in,’’ Carlene says. From cake tin hire, cake decorations, made to order cakes, fudge, chocolates, pick and mix, the biggest selection of Jelly Belly products in Northland, through to gifts and sweets of every kind Sugar Rush is one popular shop. Approaching their first anniversary, the pair say the location is ideal and the foot traffic in the Civic Arcade is constant.


Grandparents come in and find sweets that they enjoyed when they were young ...

Sweet shop full of

MAGIC & MEMORIES ‘‘Customers range from day to day and person to person.’’ Often kids are seen being rushed past the windows before the temptation of a bright candy shop overtakes them, or they stand in the doorway staring down the contents in the shop, the pair laugh. Apparently people start drooling when they come in and I certainly was no exception. What stands out the most is

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the magic and the memories that flood back for people when picking out hard sweets such as humbugs, butterscotch, cough tablets and blackballs. Often, the sweets tell a unique story and prompt these precious memories into the here and now.

Sugar Rush owners Carol Paki and Carlene Paki-Taare.

■ Find them in The Civic Arcade, Lower Bank Street. Phone (09) 4387984 just in time for Mother’s Day!

Come and celebrate our 1st birthday at Sugar Rush. We stock fantastic range of confectionery from old style favourites to delectable modern treats - lollies, chocolates, deliciously flavoured fudges, custom made cakes and cake related decorations. Whether you have a wedding, a business event or birthday party - we can create ‘sweet’ arrangements for you with FREE gift wrapping!

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Charmaine helps put North farming on the map by PHILIPPA MANNAGH


orthland Chartered Accountant and dairy farmer Charmaine O’Shea has recently been named the NZ Dairy Woman of the Year. ‘‘Incredibly humbling,’’ are the words she uses to describe the experience and chatting over the phone to Charmaine, it is clear how much she means this. Proving to be a very busy lady these days, Charmaine advises that you just make time to do it. The win has helped put Northland farming on the map and Charmaine is proud to see us on New Zealand’s radar. With more than 20 years’ dairy farming and financial expertise, Charmaine has played an important role in improving the profitability of the New Zealand dairy industry through strong financial, environmental and people performance. This included her involvement in the working group that set up the NZ benchmarking tool called DairyBase that is widely used today in the dairy sector. While recently speaking to a room full of local businesswomen at the Whangarei Business Women’s Network, Charmaine says this is when it started to sink in. Here they were gathering to hear her speak on ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ and as she introduced herself to these wonderful women one by one, she realised this is what she was living. ‘‘I have a passion to support and encourage women to achieve their potential,’’ she says. On being named Dairy Woman of the Year Charmaine said she would use the opportunity to continue her vision to improve the financial, environmental and social sustainability of the industry. ‘‘I have a very practical leadership style which has evolved over the years through working with the rural industry in both my farming career and in my accounting practice. I’m looking forward to developing that within a corporate environment through the global women’s leadership programme, and I’ll be embracing the opportunities that emerge as I complete the programme.’’ Charmaine works full-time in her accounting practice in Whangarei, and brother Shayne


I have a passion to support and encourage women to achieve their potential

manages their farm partnership. She said their business and farming skills are incredibly complementary and she continues to milk cows on public holidays ‘‘to keep it real’’. The panel acknowledged Charmaine’s commitment to dairying which she demonstrates through her own continued professional development, as well as supporting and mentoring other women in the business of dairying. Charmaine’s prize is a Fonterra-sponsored scholarship to the Global Women, Women in Leadership programme valued at $25,000. The programme will give her 12-months exposure to globally focused women in leadership roles across the New Zealand business sector. ‘‘It is an amazing opportunity,’’ she says, ‘‘and a special mention needs to go to the wonderful team at Johnston O’Shea Chartered Accountants, who keep the office running while I am away!’’


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lot of the looks on the runway at this year would require some serious dosh to replicate. There was a cascade of new trends that will be seen on the backs of fashionistas during the upcoming spring/ summer season. But for those without a celebrity’s budget there are plenty of pieces and styling tricks that can be stolen from fashion week without hardly making a dent on the wallet. From the white shirts by Dion Lee to the crop tops and flirty skater skirts at Alex Perry — there’s a slew of new looks and styles you can try at home — or that may already be hiding in your wardrobe.

Bonus tip: accessorise with a smartphone

CRISP WHITE Head-to-toe white was everywhere on the runway at this year’s fashion weeks. If you’ve got white in the wardrobe, get it out, layer it up and you’ll be on-trend.

MENSWEAR-INSPIRED COATS You wouldn’t be out of place this season if you stole a suit jacket out of your boyfriend’s cupboard and paired it with a white shirt and slouchy, yet tailored black trousers. Carla Zampatti and Alex Perry both showed long suit jackets with structured shoulders that made the model’s bodies appear elongated. Dion Lee showed a blazer with cut-out and twisted fabrics at the elbows.

REWORKED DENIM Although denim jeans did not make an appearance on the runway, its powdery blue hue featured in several shows and the material was used in many new ways. Denim played a key role in Dion Lee’s show, with one of the hero pieces in the collection being a clean white jacket with blue denim sleeves.

SANDALS AND LACE-UP LEATHER STILETTOS Shoes seen on the runway fell into two main categories: chunky thick-soled sandals and lace-up heels. Alex Perry, Maticevski, Bec & Bridge and Carla Zampatti sent models down the runway in towering high heels, which resulted in several spills, including one of Perry’s models who toppled like a giraffe on the glass-topped runway. Feet were given a reprieve from the heels at Ginger & Smart, Dion Lee, Haryono and the New Generation shows, where the wore comfortable, strappy white sandals.

PROTEST T-SHIRTS Off the runway the models found their

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RUNWAY voice by sporting protest t-shirts designed by Ollie Henderson, a 23-year-old model, artist, musician and activist. Henderson hand-printed and dished out 100 white t-shirts to her friends and colleagues printed with phrases like Welfare Over Wealth, Save the Reef, Reject Racism, and Welcome Refugees, Save Lives. Whip up one of your own at home.

ROSE GOLD This metal has been popular for a couple of seasons now, but it found a new

Now that everyone is equipped with a smartphone, fashion week has become a frenzy of updating Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. Attendees at fashion runway shows watch the presentation from behind their photo app on their iPad or iPhone, frequently ignoring the person next to them due to the demands of updating social media sites. Celebrities, well-known fashion bloggers, TV presenters and magazine editors spend their days at fashion week dashing in and out of the bathroom changing their outifts. Mostly guests will match their dress to the show Jessica Mauboy, for instance, wore By Johnny at By Johnny and Ellery at Ellery. Once the celebrity or blogger is photographed by the papparazzi or fellow bloggers, their image is instantly uploaded to social networking websites, giving a publicity boost to their own profile and to the designer. Hence, to appear like a fashion week insider simply hold your phone and look busy.

pair of underwear would be a priority. Underwear seen on the catwalk were triangle bras and full briefs, reminiscent of Bridget Jones-style pants — but in black, not beige.

LACE, LACE, LACE Lace, mostly black, is back in a big way. Whether embellished (Carla Zampatti) or in neon (Alex Perry) lace is anything but a grandma’s fabric this spring/summer season.


freshness at this year’s Australian fashion week. Ginger & Smart models wore delicate rose-gold ear cuffs, while at the Ellery, they were adorned with Indian-style facial jewellery in rose gold and punkinfluenced nose rings.

Tucking your long hair into your top was seen on the runway at the New Generation show and all over the street. This has to be one of the cheapest and easiest trends to steel from fashion week.


With Kate Middleton’s visit down under, the 32-year-old Royal would have found plenty of polished, elegantly tailored sheaths to her liking on the runway fashion week. Dresses of demure length were seen at Christopher Esber, — AAP Ginger & Smart and more.

Many of the dresses on the runway were sheer or featured cut-outs that left little the imagination. If you’re going to step out in an Ae’lkemi dress or an Alice McCall number then investing in a decent


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A sell-out crowd supported Lost In Space: The Runway, the third such annual community fundraiser and the second to give all profits to Whangarei’s two Women’s Refuge Centres, Tryphina House and Te Puni o te Aroha Maori. The show’s theme this year reflected the Len Lye exhibition at the Whangarei Art Museum. While a stylish range of men’s shirts, women’s daywear, partywear and streetwear delighted the audience, NorthTec design students brought even more wow factor with a range of wearable art pieces made from plastic carrier bags. Inspired by the Lye paintings, the collection pushed the boundaries of art and fashion, creating chic, playful garments, tutor Edele MacDonald said. The pieces by students Adriana Hayden, Kuulei Werohia, Delwyn Milich and Chantal De Sousa are on display at the museum. Other designers whose work graced the Runway were Charlotte Davidson, Jessie Rose, Julz Pyle, Tracey Harvey and Marcia Underwood of the Wonderwood men’s shirt brand. While showcasing fashion talent, the event got off the ground through the efforts of show designer Andrea McKay, a senior stylist at Addiction Hair, and museum director Scott Pothan. As well as a band playing in the foyer as guests arrived, the evening offered refreshments including food donated by longtime supporter of the refuge centres, the La Familia cafe. Other sponsors included belltech, Calders Design and Print, Cheers Wedding and Party Hire, Dress to Impress and Ovenbird coffee makers.

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Relaxing home spa ideas Aandwinner top tips If you fancy some pampering but don’t want to splash out on expensive treatments, you can enjoy some relaxing, indulgent and beautifying treatments all from the comfort of your own home. Here are 10 at-home spa treatments to try.

from Orrs

Body scrub Regular exfoliation removes dead cells that can accumulate on the skin’s surfaceand lead to dull, dry skin. For a nourishing body scrub, mix brown sugar and olive oil, using roughly double the amount of brown sugar as oil. You can also add manuka honey, which is beneficial for both dry and acne-prone skin types, and some lemon or orange essential oil for an uplifting scent. Use the scrub in the shower, rubbing in circular motions over the body and paying attention to rough spots such as elbows.

Elizabeth Arden ran a nationwide promotion during Gift with Purchase and Orrs Unichem Pharmacy, Cameron Street Mall, are proud to announce Carolyn Olsen is one of four lucky winners throughout the country to scoop the amazing prize of a full PREVAGE skincare range valued at over $3260. What an amazing prize and what a fantastic result that the winner is one of Orrs loyal Elizabeth Arden customers. Congratulations to Carolyn Here are Orrs 10 top beauty tips for the coming season:

Refreshing foot mask Feet deserve a treat from time to time, particularly after a long run or training session. For an invigorating treatment, mix together equal quantities of oatmeal, cornmeal, sea salt and olive oil. Add a few tablespoons of aloe vera gel to get a masklike consistency then add a few drops of peppermint oil. Apply to feet and massage in. Leave for a few minutes then wash off.

grapeseed oil. Massage into hands in circular motions all over. After a few minutes, rinse off the mixture with warm water and pat dry. Finish with a moisturising hand cream.

Steam facial

Hair treatment

Steaming your face cleanses your pores, promoting clear and glowing skin. Fill a bowl with boiled water and leave to cool slightly so it is not hot enough to burn your skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acneprone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Lean over the bowl for a few minutes with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. You can follow this with a purifying clay mask, or simplytone and moisturise.

You don’t need to splash out to get perfect lustrous, shiny locks. For a natural conditioning treatment, mash an avocado and applyit directly to your hair. Alternatively, for a protein-rich treatment, apply a beaten egg to hair, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.

Hand treatment For a softening treat for your hands, try using a moisturising scrub made from a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of almond or

Milk bath Take a leaf out of Cleopatra’s book and relax in a cleansing and nourishing milk bath. The lactic acid in milk will soften your skin and milk baths can soothe eczema and psoriasis. Add a few cups of whole milk or some milk powder to your bathwater, mix in essential oils and honey (optional) then float rose petals on

top for a luxurious and indulgent treat.

Aromatherapy shower Baths are perfect for relaxing, but if you don’t have one or you aren’t much of a bath person, you can still create a spalike experience for your shower. Choose a relaxing essential oil such as lavender or an uplifting one such as neroli and add a few drops to a damp flannel or sponge. Placeit on the floor of the shower to allow the steam to release the scents.

Skin brightener Papaya and pineapple are great natural exfoliators and skin brighteners due to the alpha hydroxy acids they contain. To tighten and brighten skin, blend papaya with yoghurt and honey and apply as a face mask. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. Alternatively, pour pineapple juice into ice trays and leave in your freezer overnight. Pass the pineapple ice cubes over your skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing.

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If you have puffy, dry or irritated eyes, try a homemade remedy to soothe and refresh. Cool chamomile tea bags and cucumber are good traditional remedies to soothe the eye area, and cool potato slices are good for puffy eyes. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music and lie back with the tea bags, cucumber or potato slices over your eyes for 10 minutes.

Purifying facial For the ultimate at-home facial, begin by cleansing and lightly exfoliating your skin using oatmeal and water. Follow this with a soothing, moisturising or cleansing mask made with natural ingredients such as yoghurt, avocado, strawberries or honey. Finally, pamper yourself with a facial massage using a natural oil such as jojoba, grapeseed or almond. Apply the oil to your hands and massage your face using gentle upward circular motions. This will help nourish the skin and boost circulation. ■ For more lifestyle news see

1. Hydrate your skin for the cooler weather, both face and body dehydrate with the use of fires, heaters and of course wind and rain. Remember to exfoliate first for best results. 2. If you are lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination or you just want to continue that sun kissed look many types of tanning products are available in easy to apply form. 3. Your foundation colour will need an update with the change of season, we all start to loose summer tan and therefore our foundation colour changes. Many new foundations are as light as air to wear so are great for the user who doesn’t like that ‘made-up’ feeling. 4. Visit your favourite cosmetic brand to up date your make up to complement the latest winter fashion colours. Beautiful eye and lip colours in a variety of pallets to enhance your new look. This seasons make up trend is bright, bold and fun. 5. Don’t forget your hands, feet and nails. Invest in a Scholl Express Pedi to keep your feet soft without cracked heels and always finish with a foot balm for softness. New season nail colours are bold and dark, always use a good hand cream to nourish the hands for the complete manicured look. 6. Colour is everywhere, hair can be full head or just a fringe brights, pinks, deep reds, black current purples, inky blues, the brighter the better! Ombre hair trend is very now, at home kits easy to use. 7. Jewellery is chunky, but still bright and shiny. Metallic silver, gold and rose gold feature strongly. 8. Keep yourself well. Take an immune booster or Vitamin C supplement to prepare for the winter chills. Talk to your healthcare professional about the various options best for you. 9. Winter makes us think of comfort food and eating larger portions to keep warm. Consider a weight maintenance product such as Kate Morgan to help keep weight in check over the winter. 10. Fragrance is the final layer before you leave the house, many new season fragrances are floral, sweet and heady. Classics never go out of fashion, whatever you choose, you must love the smell. A fragrance can change your mood, you should put it on and feel fabulous.




How to look good the morning after the night before As the birds begin to sing, or the traffic rumbles below, your eyes snap open; but you’re not sure about where you are exactly. Then as you pull off the sheets you turn over to find a gorgeous guy sleeping soundly next you. At that moment, you catch sight of yourself in the mirror and there’s no easy way to say it: you look hideous. Your make-up from last night has smeared down your face and there are drool marks on your chin. To make sure you look good the next time you wake up next to a cute guy read these top tips.

Go waterproof Although you may go to bed looking gorgeous and glam, come the morning that smoky eye make-up will make you look like you’re auditioning for a part in Corpse Bride 2. As you’re getting ready the night before bear in mind what the future may hold for you and remember you may be waking up next to a hot man

good the morning after the night before you need to carry some at all times. Firstly, as you sneak into the bathroom use Vaseline to smooth and freshen up your eyebrows. Then if you’re make-up is difficult to remove and you have no alternative, use tissue paper and Vaseline to take off any excess mascara or foundation. Finally, you can use your petroleum jelly on your lashes to thicken them up and give yourself a dewy, bare-faced beauty look.

Make do The problem with pulling without planning is that you wake up without your back-up products; no dry shampoo, no moisturiser and no daytime make-up. So, to cope with the unplanned pull you need to make do with household items you

Who knew what a small tub of Vaseline could do? If you want to look

roots and comb, or if you don’t have a comb, shake the flour out of your locks. This should degrease your hair and give it some volume. Although it won’t be your best hair day ever, you’ll look presentable.

Be kissable Chances are the morning after the night before is going to result in a few smooches. To make sure you’re kissable swill some toothpaste in your mouth using some water. You can also use baking soda as a replacement for toothpaste if for some weird reason there is none in the guy’s apartment. To get soft, kissable lips mix a little sugar with lemon and rub the paste onto your lips in circles. They’ll be super soft and leave your date wanting more.

when the sun rises. Use waterproof mascara and eyeliner when you get ready and this should help you stay looking good throughout those passionate, night time sessions and the deep, post-sex sleep. Or to avoid the mess of mascara all together you could always book an appointment for an eyelash tint.

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Smile would never normally use in your beauty regime. For example, if you wake up with a greasy hairdo pat plain flour into your

So what if you don’t have your make-up kit? You can still look picture perfect. Studies have found that people who smiled more were considered more attractive, so flash those teeth girls. If you feel shy about

your not-so-fresh mouth then there are a few foods that you can munch on to give you fresh, clean breath. Try a dollop of yogurt for breakfast as researchers have found that yogurt reduces hydrogen sulphide, which makes your breath smell bad. It also reduces bacteria in your mouth. Other useful foods to nibble on are apples, carrots and berries.

Get the hair do Getting good hair is not easy when you’re playing away from home. Depending on your hair type there are a few little tricks you can use to get trendy tresses the morning after the night before. If you have long hair you can plait it and if you don’t have a hair tie, get creative and use a piece of fabric or even something like dental floss as a tie. Then, when you wake up untie your hair and you’ll have great looking waves. If you have shorter hair make sure you carry a hair bridge with you to build a fab beehive n the morning, or some bobby pins to sculpt some style into your bed hair.

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he Himalayan Trading Post is one of New Zealands finest examples of how a business can have a profound effect on the growth and development of people and their communities. Founder Kaari Schlebach and her partner Paul Currie moved from Dunedin to Whangarei 21 years ago. They’ve since become an integral part of the community, developing a Buddhist centre and a retail outlet with the sole purpose to benefit others. The Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre (Centre from which Love and Compassion Flourish) was established in 1998 on Parakiore Hill in Whangarei; opened by Kaari’s Buddhist teacher, the late Venerable Thupten Tulku Rinpoche. The idea for a shop was born out of a need to create an income that would sustain the Centre and contribute to the much bigger picture they had in mind — one that would enhance the welfare and wellbeing of people in New Zealand and the Himalayas. ‘‘It seemed a simple enough solution at the time. It’s been hard work, though, and a steep learning curve, but extremely rewarding,’’ she smiles, nearly convincing herself she’d do it all over again if she had to! ‘‘The shop is a charitable company that’s owned by The Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Trust. We buy goods using an ethical Fair Trade approach and have built strong relationships with suppliers across Thailand, India and Nepal - including Tibetan refugees and organisations, Indian fair trade organisations, ethical manufacturers and street vendors, ’’ Kaari explains. ‘‘It’s such a great feeling to know how much difference the funding we pay for goods makes to the communities. To see the beaming smiles on peoples faces when we scoop up the entire contents of their stalls is priceless. ‘‘Watching what we call ‘happy workers,’ as they create hand-crafted items, is one of the most fulfilling parts of the job. The stories behind all the different items we’ve bought over the years would make an

A treasure trove of goodies — and love interesting book.’’ Now in its ninth year, The Himalayan Trading Post has moved to new premises on the corner of Cameron and Walton Street to house the increasing treasure trove of goodies Kaari keeps finding! Fashionable

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Stand up — it may improve your sleep Can’t sleep? Research suggests a sedentary lifestyle could be to blame EXERCISE may not be too stimulating before sleep — it may even be helpful, according to a recent survey conducted for America’s National Sleep Foundation. In a poll of 1000 adults aged 23 to 60, those categorised as ‘‘vigorous exercisers’’ were almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to say they had a good night’s sleep ‘‘almost every night’’. ‘‘There seemed to be a dose-response effect,’’ says Dr Christopher Kline, a sleep researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, one of five experts the National Sleep Foundation chose to advise on poll questions and interpret results. ‘‘The more you exercise, the better you’ll sleep.’’ But ‘‘the biggest bang for your buck was from no-exercisers to light-

exercisers’’, Kline says. ‘‘You get the most benefit from exercise when you move from no exercise to just a little exercise.’’ Whatever your exercise habits, you’re more likely to have trouble sleeping if you sit too long during the day, the survey indicated. Respondents who sat for less than eight hours a day were twice as likely to say they had ‘‘very good’’ sleep quality than those who sat for eight hours or more. ‘‘If you spend the rest of the day sitting down, a lot of the health effects of exercise are negated,’’ Kline says. No research before had connected sedentary behaviour with poor sleep, he says. No difference in the quality of their sleep was reported by those who exercised at night and those who exercised earlier in the day. ‘‘This was the finding that was somewhat surprising to me,’’ says Dr Daniel Shade, a sleep specialist with

Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. ‘‘We would say you shouldn’t exercise closer to bedtime than four to six hours. The thinking was you would be hyperactivated, hyperaroused.’’ As a result of this finding, he’ll probably alter the advice he gives patients, Shade says. ‘‘You might tell insomniacs they should exercise earlier in the day,’’ he says. ‘‘But if you are normal, apparently it doesn’t matter when you work out.’’ What’s important is the more you exercise, the better you’ll sleep, ‘‘so we can tell our patients to keep moving’’, Shade says. Exercising late doesn’t interfere with their sleep, according to those working out at Club Julian in Pittsburgh after nine on a recent night. Dana Sabo, 43, teaches fitness classes three nights a week after work. ‘‘I definitely sleep better,’’ on nights she teaches, Sabo says. ‘‘I shower and go right to bed.’’ ‘‘If I don’t work out, I have a hard time falling asleep,’’ says Kayci Lebak, 22, a patient advocate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre’s Passavant hospital. In the poll, by WB&A Market Research for the National Sleep Foundation, 18 per cent of respondents described themselves as ‘‘vigorous’’ exercisers, 25 per cent as ‘‘moderate’’ exercisers and 48 per cent as ‘‘light’’ exercisers. Nine per cent said they didn’t exercise at all. Eighty-three per cent of vigorous exercisers, 77 per cent of moderate exercisers and 76 per cent of light exercisers — but only 56 per cent of non-exercisers — described the quality of their sleep as ‘‘fairly good’’ or better. The quality of their sleep improved on days they exercised, said 62 per cent of vigorous exercisers, 54 per cent of moderate exercisers and 49 per cent of light exercisers. Eight per cent of vigorous exercisers, 14 per cent of moderate exercisers, 16 per cent of light exercisers and 24 per cent of non-exercisers said they had difficulty falling asleep. It took vigorous exercisers just 16.6 minutes, on average, to fall asleep, compared to 20.5 minutes for moderate exercisers, 22.6 minutes for light exercisers and 26.3 minutes for the sedentary. Twice as many non-exercisers (34 per cent) as vigorous exercisers (17 per cent) take medicine to help them sleep. Only 40 per cent of vigorous exercisers, as opposed to 46 per cent of moderate exercisers, 55 per cent of light exercisers and 72 per cent of the sedentary, reported feeling tired during the day. More than twice as many of the sedentary (14 per cent) reported having difficulty staying awake at least once a week while driving, eating or engaging in social activity than did those who exercised ( 4-6 per cent). Just 22 per cent of those who sat for less than six hours a day described their sleep quality as ‘‘fairly bad’’ or worse, compared to 25 per cent who sat for less than eight hours and 30 per cent for those who sat for more than 10 hours.


Living with loss Herbalist LES helps address health issues the natural way My Dad, who was only 55, has only been gone since the end of November and I am definitely going through the angry stage of my grief. I feel like this stage is really starting to effect me and change my personality almost and I wonder if I will ever return to being the normal, loving ‘Jenny’ again. I feel like part of me died with my dad. I don’t feel I can, at present, return back to the same me because I’m so angry that my dad had to die. I find myself being defensive and angry at others with their ‘perfect’ lives. They don’t understand what its like to see your loved one, your parent, the person that’s been there for you from the start diminish before your very eyes, until you want them to go so they aren’t in pain anymore. When I get comments like ‘you’ll get there’ and ‘time’s a great healer’ I just don’t want to hear it. The old me would have appreciated those comments from people that care and love me, but now I have nothing but anger. I think it’s because all the words in the world won’t bring my dad back. The hardest part is knowing that this loss is forever. It has left me with so much anxiety and fear. First of all, you’re not alone in feeling like this, Jenny. Anger and a feeling of ‘why did this happen to me?’ is extremely common, especially if a loved one has been struck down by a distressing illness, like cancer, in the prime of their life. When someone close to us dies we all react differently to our loss and, although there is a recognised grieving process, no two people will grieve in exactly the same way. Much depends on our unique personalities, life experiences and the circumstances of the bereavement. But all of us are likely to experience a very wide range of feelings, which will vary greatly in the days, weeks and months following a bereavement. Feelings of resentment will surface when a person looks around them and the world is just carrying on as normal despite the immense loss that person is experiencing. It just doesn’t seem fair. I can speak from personal experience as my much loved dad also died at a relatively young age from cancer and although all these loving comments seem pointless they are true. You don’t ever get

over someone you love dying but you do get used to living with it. I know that sounds ridiculous to you at the moment but you have to be kind to yourself and try to talk to the people who love you about your feelings. Don’t turn your back on them please. Over time the pain of losing a loved one begins to lessen. You will slowly come to terms with what has happened and begin to get on with your day-to-day life again. There will be an acceptance that while life may never be the same again, you will be okay and able to adapt to your new situation. Physically your energy levels will come back and your sleeping patterns will return to normal. In time you will learn to live with your loss. Keep a bottle of rescue remedy with you in your bag and use it when you feel overwhelmed with grief. Or email herbalist Rixt Botello and get her to make you up your own special flower essence Filisa, the Sutherlandia frutescens plant, is a brilliant supplement to take — used for centuries by the Zulus to ‘put the heart back’ into widows of slain warriors and to ‘take the war out’ of the ones who returned. Filisa is completely nonaddictive and very gentle and works really well to help with grief. Filisa and Rescue remedy are available from Hardys in Kerikeri and Greenworld in Kaikohe. ■ If you have a question for Les, please e mail her on:

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Warming up for winter is about more than just the temperature. Certainly laying in some firewood or installing a heat pump are good moves, but creating visual warmth is important too. One of the quickest ways to add visual heat to an area is with a feature wall. An expanse of red, orange, ochre, donkey brown or hot pink will make a difference, and no, you won’t need to break out the paintbrush, because wallpaper is the new paint. For a Russian billionaire who asked British artist Mark Evans to create wallpaper for his home, the cost was $23,700 per square metre — around $2.84 million to wallpaper just two rooms of his Moscow house. Happily, most wallpapers cost far less than that, and there’s ABOVE: The black and white wallpaper, above, adds style and warmth to this bedroom. been a huge resurgence in their RIGHT: Several small rugs in a large or awkward area can define spaces and create traffic flows. popularity over the past few years. Even better, you don’t need to wallpaper an entire room — wallpapers are being used on feature walls and as focal points, and even as framed artworks. This allows you to choose a paper as bright and loud as you want, as it’s unlikely to be overpowering if you limit it to one area. Even in New Zealand it’s easy to find the perfect Time for a rug, then. traffic paths, and pull together wallpaper, whether you want There are plenty of reasons for seating arrangements. something traditional, introducing a rug to your lounge Choosing a style and pattern historic, contemporary, postor bedroom. They provide also requires some thought and modern, artistic or bizarre. warmth and comfort, give you a pre-planning. As well as the big paint and focal point for your colour For example, a rug with a paper retailers like Guthrie scheme, hide any unsightly centered design will work in an Bowron and Resene, you can areas of flooring, dampen noise, open area, but will have to be find exquisite local and and are easily moved from place centered under furniture. In imported wallpapers from to place. rooms with awkward around the world at design Deciding on the size of your proportions or corners, an stores and on-line. rug is probably the first decision overall pattern is safer. And if you have a creative/ to make. To determine the You can make use of a pattern tech streak, you could have a maximum-size rug that will fit in or colour to change the If your room style is sleek and smart, fold go at making your own. There a living room, subtract about a perspective in a room. A rug your throws neatly over the sofa when are companies that will print metre from the room’s width and with a horizontal-stripe pattern not in use. decals for any space, so it’s length, which will create a frame makes a narrow space look possible to decorate your of flooring between the rug and wider, while a deep tone will home in a very personal way. the walls. If you want a rug for create a focal point and can And some of these decals are the dining room, choose one that make a room look larger. removable, so you can take them is about 1200mm wider and While contemporary rugs look with you when you’re moving, longer than the table so the great in modern spaces, they or if you get sick of them. If only chairs will stay on the rug when don’t always work well in Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden pulled out. In a bedroom, decide traditional settings. On the other had known that when she had to whether you want a rug or rugs hand, traditional rugs can work leave behind the famous ‘murial’ alongside the bed, or on which as a piece of art in a modern, that adorned her living room does under the bed with an area minimalist room. And don’t wall. right around the edge. If so, forget that smaller ones make make sure you’ll have a great wall hangings and cushion RUGS minimum of 800mm on each side covers. and at the foot of the bed. Hard flooring is lovely in the Using several small rugs can THROWS warmer months, but cold tiles or be effective in a large room or an wooden floorboards underfoot For those times when nobody open-concept space, such as a Traditional rugs can be used on both lose some of their appeal when has lit the fire and room is just living/dining room. They help to floors and walls to warm up rooms for the temperature drops. not cosy, curling up in an old define different areas, create winter.

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Rob McDiarmid, managing director of Kitchen Things Whangarei explains to Savvy readers the benefits of steam cooking ...


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can taste the difference – and even measure it in a laboratory! Steam cooking not only preserves intense, natural flavours, but even more importantly precious vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Scientific tests have proven the clear benefits of steam cooking compared with conventional methods. Steamed food has a vitamin content of up to 50% more than boiled food. Steam cooking ensures the best possible food quality and contributes significantly to a vitamin-rich and healthy diet.

There are two different types of steam ovens. Whichever one you choose, you can look forward to delicious, healthy food.

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team ovens and combination steam ovens are very popular for a number of reasons. They are simple to operate and can be used for a wide variety of cooking requirements. They also offer a healthy alternative to conventional cooking. Steam cooks food quickly while retaining its nutrients, colour and flavour. It also keeps food moist, which makes it well suited to cooking seafood and fish. Vegetables also are particularly suited to steam cooking.

Steam ovens Steam ovens operate without pressure in the temperature range of 40 – 100°C. Ideal for vegetables, fish, side dishes, desserts and much more.

Steam combination ovens Steam combination ovens which combine steam cooking with traditional cooking functions. They offer all the functions of ’steam only’ ovens along with Fan forced cooking. By combining both dry and moist heat, perfect roasting and baking results can be achieved. Some offer all the functions of high-end conventional ovens and even a food probe with or without a lead. Combination-steam ovens continue to be the fastest growing sector of the appliance market. And they are not just about steaming vegetables to retain all the nutrients, colour and flavour – they can also be used to grill and sear meat, ensuring all the moisture is retained. The true genius behind this combination oven is the combination mode which uses both dry heat and steam to maintain exact humidity levels. The extra humidity transfers heat faster ensuring exactly the desired atmosphere, reducing shrinkage and weight loss while also improving cooking times and results. The combination-steam oven is also simply the best product for reheating food or meals because it doesn’t allow the food to dry out.

Tradition meets innovation: steam cooking is a centuries-old tradition The origins of today’s steam cooking lie in China, where steaming food has been the main

method of cooking for centuries. Long before our time, doubleskinned pans were used to keep the food separate from the water. The benefits of this gentle method of cooking were underestimated for a long time in the West. With a steam oven you can now enjoy this tried and tested method at home every day, with the added convenience benefits electronic controls! A steam oven is a real allrounder and makes the perfect partner for an oven and a cooktop. Preparing individual side dishes or making a complete menu — the steam oven can cope with all this and more!

More flavour & more vitamins Why steam cooking is so healthy?Food prepared in the steam oven is a real feast for the senses, from the intensive, authentic taste to the pleasantly al dente consistency. The principle of steam cooking is as simple as it is effective: food is gently enveloped in hot steam. The immediate exchange of heat ensures rapid cooking without the need for heating-up time. The food is not immersed in water and so retains flavour and vitamins, reducing the loss of nutrients. This gentle cooking method is particularly suitable for delicate foods such as tender vegetables and fish, but also for meat and potatoes.

Healthy living Steamed food contains more vitamins and minerals, and tastes better In steam ovens, fresh food is prepared extremely gently. You

Cooking with steam has long been in the repertoire of chefs de cuisine. Increasing the humidity in the cabinet optimises baking and roasting results: soft, delicious- smelling bread with a shiny, appetising crust as if fresh from the local baker or a roast as tasty as in a restaurant. Because the bread dough is subjected to steam in the first step of baking, it rises better. Moisture is introduced after the meat has been sealed and continues cooking at a lower temperature. This achieves even and perfect results.

Quantity-independent cooking The cooking duration is always the same: 100 g or 1 kg – the cooking duration is the same no matter what the weight is. One portion or a meal for the whole family, frozen or fresh food, the cooking time remains the same in a steam oven. Weighing and working out cooking times is no longer necessary. A steam oven is a valuable helper when blanching food before freezing and for bottling. It is also ideal for gently defrosting frozen food. And when re-heating cooked food, this appliance showcases another of its many talents with short, gentle regeneration without drying out. ■ For more information on steam cooking ovens, please see Kitchen Things — the specialist in cooking appliances. Showroom is located at 4 Gumdigger Place, Whangarei, or phone 09 438 2911. Rob McDiarmid

by TERRY LOBB I was at the Wellington Wedding Show recently, looking at options for a client’s up-andcoming wedding. I had spent Saturday morning working through her personal colours and talking dress styles for the bridal party, four differentshaped girls in all, including the bride. I also had time to work through personal colours for the mother of the bride. On the Sunday, we did a bit of personal shopping for the bride for more casual wear and then wandered through the show. Nice to be able to wander through without the thought of going to a ‘‘trade show’’ looking for items to purchase for clients but more about making connections and for my young bride to be able to see what is available. We had a fun time and she came away feeling like the whole experience had been worthwhile and picking up lots of ideas. There is always a crossover with my work from interior design to personal styling and the show had just that as, about half-way around, I spied a cute little retro caravan. All decked out in pink, red and grey with polka dots, it was an advertisement for a business and very eye-catching. I was most impressed with the soft colours used on the exterior and interior and added detail of pressed tin features. I have a fascination with small spaces and being able to make things work well within that space and those who know me know that I’m on the lookout for a smallish retro caravan or campervan. Mainly for a personal project of wanting to rebuild or finish one that is partially finished inside. It is really not different from a house interior, but on a much smaller scale. For a home to work successfully there must be good traffic flow, storage, light, workable spaces, quiet spaces and so on. In a caravan or camper van it is perhaps a little harder to achieve all of those things, but it isn’t impossible. If you are permanently living in one then it has to work well and most who live this lifestyle don’t usually have the clutter and live very minimalist compared to a house because there simply isn’t the room. A weekend or holiday camper or caravan is a little different as it suits a more casual purpose and doesn’t need to be equipped for full-time living. I recently viewed a cute little retro caravan owned by a local couple. It was small but was a

four-berth, being one double bed at one end where the table dropped down and a set of bunks at the other end for the kids. Perfect for this family of four. Every inch of space that could go into storage was taken. The armrests at the sofa end (bunk bottom) opened to neatly fit bottles and bits and bobs. Often these spaces are solid or nonexistent. When we camp (tent), we are quite often minimalistic in what we require. It is a breakaway from everything we use in our day-to-day living in order to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of a well-earned holiday. Campers or caravans used for holidays should be no different, unless you are not used to roughing it a bit. They should be decked out in easy-care finishes unless you are wanting to do housework every day. The spaces are small so it is a matter of keeping within the space but making the most of storage and what you can do without rather than trying to cram everything in. Having the basic essentials makes life easier when you are away like cooking facilities, washing up, a small workbench and access to power if it isn’t self-contained, good storage and perhaps a toilet. Beds need to be easily made up and dismantled because they are often dual purpose and suit a different purpose in the day time. Drawers or cupboards under beds or seating and cupboards or shelving often run around the caravan for extra storage. The caravan we had, had drawer fronts that lifted up to open and this was the locking mechanism when travelling. Water was pumped rather than a standard tap. That was always a novelty. I think interiors are often best kept light and bright to help keep the space open. I love piped and buttoned squabs especially if they are sprung squabs. It is the little details that make it a treat to view and the extra thought that goes into the layout and how the space is to be used that make the time spent away all worthwhile and stress free. I’m still on the lookout . . . but I think it will be some time down the track. Wishing you all a happy, stress-free, relaxing weekend. ■ Terry Lobb is an interior/ kitchen designer and personal colour and style consultant. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation or have a query about product discussed you can contact me on 027 602 3298 or


Puriri: ecosystem tree

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Puriri is a fantastic choice of tree to have in your garden, parkland or forest. They look stunning, provide shelter and food for birds and insects, and create their own ecosystem. They make great specimen trees in gardens and parklands as they form a wide canopy and can be trimmed to have a straight trunk and the top forms a large mushroom shape. They are large trees so be sure you have plenty of space. As well as looking great, puriri trees are great for wildlife. When they are bigger they provide nesting sites and shelter for many birds and (if they are in your area) geckos. The intermittent year round flower and fruiting makes it an excellent source of winter food for tui and kukupa (wood pigeon). Puriri also form their own little

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Puriri moth, top, and a kukupa eating . plans can help incorporate puriri and many other wonderful native plants in to your projects so contact Sean Brill at AlterNatives to find out more.

Planting season starts soon by KATIE HILFORD


ecosystem with many ferns, astelias and other epiphytes finding their homes in the branches. Having so many hiding places then attracts many New Zealand insects. As if that wasn’t enough, puriri play an important part in the life cycle of New Zealand’s largest native moth, the puriri moth. Ecological reports and planting

The long awaited planting season is looming, we’ve had a bit of rain which will help soften the ground and once the soil is nice and moist you can pull out your planting spades. Our plant stock is increasing by the day and our re-vegetation stock is making its way into our new site ready for purchase. The key to successful planting is to have a reasonable plan established before starting. Knowing how many plants you need and how far apart/where you want to space them, working this

out prior to planting will save you time, making it a straight forward planting event. Once you have your plants and quantities selected you can space your plants out in manageable sized planting sections and prepare yourself with fertiliser and digging equipment. I find if I’m planting large areas with small plants, that taking the pots/planter bags off a dozen or so plants first and then planting them saves a lot of time, you can whip around and dig your hole and plant your plant in one swift move. If you try this make sure the plants will not dry out while they’re waiting for

you, this can happen quickly if there’s no pot or bag attached. Ideally your plant hole should be at least twice the size of the pot and the plant planted no deeper than the surface of the potting mix, I like to add slow release fertiliser to all my plants while planting as it gives them a healthy start to life. If I haven’t done so already I make sure there’s mulch or bark to put around the base of the plants as this helps to suppress weeds and contain moisture. Mulch mats are a good idea to as they take awhile to break down so suppress weeds for longer.

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Save some money by buying your pip and stone fruit trees as bare rooted plants, (no bag/pot) ready for planting straight away. Come in and see one of the staff at our new nursery at 101 Kioreroa rd and we can take down your order and contact details then phone you in June/July as soon as your plants come in. You will need to pick them up and plant straight away. Prices Pre ordered, bare rooted trees $28 each or 4 for $100 (+ any royalty fees if applicable) Bagged trees/stock in shop $35 each (+ any royalty fees if applicable) Below is a list of trees that can be ordered. Peaches — on a peach rootstock, good for lighter soils Blackboy — self fertile Golden queen — self fertile Nectarines — on a peach rootstock, good for lighter soils, both of these ones are good for Northlands humid conditions. Mayglo — self fertile Redfree — self fertile Cherry Compact Stella — self fertile Plums — all on a plum rootstock,

suitable for average to heavy clay soils. Most need a pollinator or do better with a pollinator, ask our staff for details. Billingtons early — ripens Dec, yellow flesh, red skin, self fertile. Black Doris — ripens Feb, red flesh, red skin. Coe’s golden drop — mid season, yellow flesh, yellow skin. Duffs early jewel — ripens Dec, yellow flesh, red skin, self fertile. Elephant heart — ripens Feb, red flesh, red skin. Greengage — mid season. Hawera — ripens Feb, red flesh, red skin, self fertile. Luisa — ripens Jan/Feb, self fertile, + Royalty fee $8 (limited numbers, order early) Omega/George Wilson — ripens Feb, red flesh, red skin. Santa rosa — ripens Jan, yellow flesh, red skin, self fertile. Wilson’s early — ripens Dec, yellow flesh, red skin, self fertile. Almonds Mona Vale — self fertile

Pears — all need a pollinator Packham’s triumph Taylor’s gold + $2 royalty fee William bon Chreatian Winter Nelis Crab Apple Jack Humm — self fertile Apples — available on dwarf, small, med, and large rootstocks (see staff for details) Crab apples make fantastic pollinators for apples. If there’s another apple tree in the neighbourhood it will pollinate your tree, if not you will need to buy a suitable pollinator — see staff for details Braeburn — self fertile Fuji Granny Smith — self fertile Lady in pink/Pink lady +$3 royalty fee Monty’s surprise Pacific Rose +$2 royalty fee Royal Gala — self fertile Splendour

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overheard a customer at a Kia dealership talking to her partner about the media car which was waiting for me on the forecourt. She said something like: ‘‘Oh, look at the lines on that.’’ The car she was talking about was the new Kia Cerato hatchback. That’s something I don’t always notice in a car, the appeal of its physical looks. And yes, the Cerato hatchback is a clean, sleek car to look at, its five-door body style oozes character, it also looks a little sporty with its big 18in two-tone alloy wheels and subtle body adornments. The Cerato hatchback has been under the pen of Peter Schreyer’s Kia design team in Korea, a unit which has produced several startling designs out of the Kia factories; they are sharp, tasteful and work with the functional design needed for an everyday driving role. The Cerato hatchback joins the sedan which landed here early in 2013. The five-door sits at roughly the same price point with the entry level model listing at $29,990 (1.8-litre). The test car was the high-grade, 2-litre model with full leather trim at $40,490. It also gets heated and cooling seats, dual zone climate control, touch screen satellite navigation, steering wheelmounted paddle shifts for the six-speed automatic gearbox, electric sunroof and three-mode sport/normal/comfort steering feel selector. The latter is just one part of the technology Kia is developing into their cars. They are full of specification and represent value for money purchase. Personally, I think Flex Steering is a little gimmicky for it doesn’t alter the handling characteristics at all, just merely loads or unloads the steering feel as the driver prefers. But it is there and it is certainly not a bad thing. Inside that rather pretty body shell is a useful environment for four adults, it can take three adults across the rear but it is a bit of a squeeze widthwise. Otherwise there’s plenty of head and leg room and the seats are supportive, containing the body well. The leather feels soft to sit on, especially up front where it is perforated to allow the use of cooling fans.

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‘‘Look at the lines on that!’’ The Cerato in all forms isn’t a big car, but at 4.3m in length it does sit towards the mid-size models and for that reason it makes good use of its proportions, it is certainly comfortable. And it is comfortable in terms of suspension, the tube beam rear axle does limit freedom of movement a little, a fully independent rear would be a lot more compliant, but for its limitations it does ride well with sensible spring and damper rates and a ride quality well suited to the ruts and bumps which make up Christchurch’s roads.

I took the test car on a hilly loop. Through the twists and turns the Cerato hatchback has positive steering response and tidy handling manners. As mentioned, the Cerato in this form sits on big wheels with grippy Nexen rubber (215/45). Grip in first instance is well supplied, turn in is direct and the balance of the car in general is composed. What little body movement there is is well contained and the suspension is relatively composed.

Under the bonnet sits a 1999cc, twin-camshaft, 16-valve engine. It is rated by Kia with healthy power outputs of 129kW and 209Nm. The 2-litre model comes only with automatic transmission, the six-speeder works in harmony with the engine promoting lively behaviour when required and positive response to throttle request. The engine is very smooth and refined, it is the result of a lot of technological development

and it shows with its performance and efficiency. Some of the more important figures list at 8.9sec to reach 100km/h and 5.8sec to make 120km/h from 80km/h. Like most vehicle manufacturers these days, fuel efficiency has been a key engine making ingredient, and the company lists the hatchback with a 7.5-litre per 100km/h (36mpg) fuel usage figure. That equates well to the 8.6l/100km (33mpg) figure showing on the test car’s trip computer readout, along with a 6l/100km (47mpg) figure, travelling at 100km/h in sixth gear, the engine turns over at just 1950rpm. The result of these key figures is relatively lively performance along with satisfactory fuel usage results, the latter impressive because the evaluation car had travelled less than 1000km during the time it was in my care, the engine was tight and not at the optimum point for fuel economy. As much as the Cerato stands out with all of its features, there’s no doubt that the hot hatchback has returned, several manufacturers have small capacity turbocharged models which are carving out a name in that part of the market. Interestingly, Hyundai have an entrant there, the Veloster in both turbocharged and non turbo forms. Hyundai and Kia are linked through a parent company and share a lot of design elements and componentry. I’d like to see the Veloster’s 1.6-litre turbo engine in the Cerato, I think there’s scope there to market a quick, sports-orientated version which would appeal to the younger set. It certainly has the looks and basic ingredients to start with.

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Hideaway offers luxuries of life by PHILIPPA MANNAGH Pulling into the idyllic driveway surrounded by rolling hills and orchid fruits, hubby and I were met with waves and smiles, like we had returned home to some dear friends after being away a while. It was the hospitality that stood out at Ipipiri Lodge, it felt warmly familiar and immediately comfortable and inviting. Bed and Breakfast accommodation varies so much depending on where you stay. This is the beauty of holidaying in this style, you get to meet the people behind the business and experience a slice of their life and luxury for a while. Each time I am lucky enough to be invited to a home stay or bed and breakfast, it makes me more confused as to why we New Zealanders often forget this fun accommodation option. The three guest rooms follow a naturally Northland theme, the Russell, Paihia and the Bay of Islands room. Upon arrival to our suite, the ‘Paihia room’ we found those personal touches that mean so much, a cool bottle of wine and chocolates accompanied by a beautiful home made card. Other guests staying at the time were settled in on the patio already. Sharing wine, food, tales and not forgetting to mention the home grown hot chillis for a bit of fun! All whilst soaking in the country air as every layer of stress fell away in an instant. We soon joined them for a drink, noting the array of different animal life which had also made themselves home at the lodge. Munching on fresh figs and peaches from the tree beside us, we chatted into the night until the luxury bed called our names. Soaking in a glorious shower off our room before sleep took over, was the perfect way to end a busy day. Bird life called in the distance as our bodies relaxed

Weekends are for family fun by PHILIPPA MANNAGH

and we were swept away in luxury for the night. We awoke to the smell of a cooked breakfast. Farm eggs, bacon, tomatoes, hash browns, sausages, mushrooms and a selection of cereals and yogurts. Fresh juice lined the end of the table and a strong coffee was placed in our hands as we made ourselves at home. There is something about sharing food with strangers that can connect people quickly. Is it the ritual, the openness or some kind of vulnerability that takes place? After a leisurely tour of the beautiful grounds and many more laughs we were set to leave this lovely home. It didn’t quite seem long enough but I suppose it never does.

Ipipiri Lodge embraces the meaning in their name and looking around at the Kiwiana on the walls, it all speaks the same language. As we left through the front foyer, we were given a lasting reminder of where we had been. There, displayed on the wall was a copy of the Ipipiri area, the Eastern Bays. It reads, ‘‘IPIPIRI is a map of the Bay of Islands, researched and compiled by Allan Murphy Shortland. The sole aim of the work has been to record, and thus preserve for history, the original names used by our ancestors who first settled this beautiful place’’. And that’s exactly what this true hideaway is, beautiful. ■ Ipipiri Lodge Philippa Mannagh Hosts: Elaine and Graham 216 Ness Road, Waipapa, Kerikeri Phone: 09 407 4159

Autumn would have to be my favourite season, especially when we are treated to one like we have just experienced. Come the weekends, we all look forward to our new tradition: Family Fun Day! A while back the four of us sat around the table and wrote down ideas for these days — we put together quite a mix. Now, on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons someone has a turn to choose an activity on the list. This has been one of the best initiatives put in place around here! So far, we have completed the new bridge walk, gone bmx’ing, bush walked, spent a day at the beach and today, a wide open park to kick the ball around in. We are spoilt for choice here in northland and no matter where you live there is bound to be some beautiful green space somewhere nearby. A short walk up the road, our family has the Onerahi Rugby Grounds. With ball in hand and not

forgetting the eager dog, this was the most relaxing activity on an afternoon as beautiful as this, to do as a family. It kept everyone happy. Mum lay on the grass in the sun and dad got to spend time doing what he loves (football) with his new little football fans. The sun shone high in the sky, people walked their dogs and the peace and quiet here is the type you so desperately desire to box up and bring out later when you need it. Find yourself a wide open space this weekend. It is good for your soul.




North artists have stong presence by SCOTT POTHAN Two concurrent exhibitions of contemporary indigenous art are making waves at the Auckland Art Gallery right now. My Country-Contemporary Art from Black Australia and Five Maori Painters are bringing in both the crowds and media debate about the relative place/ displacement of indigenous artists in Australia and Aotearoa (and the reverence with which Maori artists are treated by arts institutions in Australia compared to the relative invisibility of any but the few famous Aboriginal artists in major galleries and biennales). Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Star Gossage are two of the Five Maori Painters in the exhibition and both are strongly connected to Whangarei. I talked to Kura about art in the North: Kia Ora Kura, you and Star Gossage are exhibiting at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki Five Maori Painters which is set to tour to WAM next year. This seems a larger version of the show at WAM in which you both featured a couple of years ago. How was this comparative experience for you, working with a much larger institution? I am showcased along with Robyn Kahukiwa and Emare Karaka as a senior artist and supposedly we were the forerunners or

‘Mothers of the Contemporary Maori Women’s’ Painters movement from the 1970s & 80s’. We each came onto the scene from our own perspectives, me with my formal Modernist Expressionistic training having gone through Ilam School of Fine Arts at Canterbury, Robyn from her Graphic design background and Emare, self taught and reflecting her associations with expressionist painter Philip Clairmont, Colin McCahon, and Arnold Wilson. We are acutely aware that we are political painters. The exhibition shows a fast forward movement towards the next generation of painters like Star Gossage and Saffronn Te Ratana. The situation for us at all levels has not changed. We are still failing in education, we still represent a large percentage of the population in prisons, and a large number of Maori are unemployed and artists like Robyn have been actively supporting Kai for Kids in our schools. Another fast forward movement is occurring from a kaupapa Maori driven visual response to that of belonging to an indigenous paradigm. Apart from the issues not changing, this exhibition seems to be well supported in terms of resourcing and documenting conversations with the artists. The space at Toi O Tamaki is fantastic. The Gallery is alive with artists’ talks at all exhibitions there.

Artists were strummed into action from the start of this initiative. Talks were arranged and a symposium was held and now the exhibition is going to tour next year. I think there are many discussions to be had amongst the artist group, the gallery, the Maori art world and the wider audience. Maori Art writers, historians, educators and curators need to come together. Te Tai Tokerau has after all, been a crucible of creativity for many hundreds of years. Do you feel that this is well reflected in our institutions in the North ? Over the last ten years or so, maybe longer than that, some significant exhibitions have been brought to the North via the Whangarei Art Museum. What is significant for me as an artist, and art educator is that the Whangarei Art Museum has kept abreast with what is currently happening in the rest of the country in the art world. I think a lot more could be done to support the expertise we have had working for us. The North has produced leading New Zealand artists in the late Ralph Hotere and Hone Tuwhare. Others include Selwyn Murupaenga, Muru Walters, Marilynn Webb, the late Buck Nin, Shane Cotton, Diane Prince and many others. Today, the Northern artists, the next generation, have a strong presence all over the world.

Exhibition extended until 6 July 2014

Whangarei is currently branding itself with the ‘Love it Here’ and ‘Sense of Place’ campaigns, do you think the proposed Hundertwasser Arts Centre in the city fits these criteria? My priority is and always will be to develop and support a sense of place with tangata whenua. My people in the North are the guardians or the kaitiaki of Te Tiriti O Waitangi. Even more important to us is He Wakaputanga. Where is the support for Hihiaua the City’s Cultural Centre? What is the connection of Hundertwasser to Whangarei. As you are about to retire from your position on the Creative NZ Te Waka Toi advisory board do you support the concept of a Maori Gallery within the proposed HAC? Why couldn’t we have a Maori Art Gallery anyway? Why does it have to be within the proposed HAC? What do you think is the future landscape for the development of Maori arts in Te Tai Tokerau? The development of Maori Arts in Te Tai Tokerau is exciting! I am currently tasked with a project to set-up Te Kura Toi O Te Tai Tokerau through North Tec. The recent large gathering, organised by Toi Maori Aotearoa, of the 7th Indigenous artists hui at Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe in support of the Ngapuhi Festival and funded by Te Waka Toi, Maori Arts Board of CREANZ was fantastic.

Kura Te Waru Rewiri, left with Scott Pothan and Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai.

Prominent, established, acknowledged and emerging artists came from all over the country and as far afield as Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Canada the USA and the UK. The Ngapuhi Festival exhibition was beyond all expectations. 2015 will see Te Tai Tokerau hosting the international Weavers Conference in Ahipara. Tarai Waka in Taipa with Hector Busby is well underway. Whakairo Rakau practitioners have met at Waitangi. Ahuareka Ngati Hine will highlight Kapahaka. Maori arts in Te Tai Tokerau is alive and well. The job I have to do is to get the Kura Toi going in 2015. We will have a degree from Te Wananga O Aotearoa that will specialise in Whakairo, Raranga and Maori visual arts. ■ Scott Pothan is Director of the Whangarei Art Museum

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Pregnant thoughts ... warts and all Wife, mother, journalist . . . PHILIPPA MANNAGH reveals the highs, the lows and the challenges in life


y the time this column gets into your hot little hands, I am several months down the track of my pregnancy and still I think ... what is happening . I have received a huge amount of feedback on this topic — a very common one it seems. It’s nice to hear that saying things how they are sometimes, is really helping people and offering raw emotions to relate to. This was my main purpose when I hesitantly decided to write down my feelings for all to read. So therefore, I write on ... Entering the second trimester. I have been feeling ... moody. I am still tired but it is lifting and although I am tired, sore and slow I can’t seem to put myself to bed at night. I crash at about 3pm and want to sleep after tea, then stay up late pottering around, so this is very much self inflicted. Mainly, I have been realising how big my kids are. It keeps hitting me, the age gap these siblings will have and I hope that it is ok. I hope they bond. I hope they get on and I hope they feel close. Miss Seven has stood out in terms of maturity lately, and it gets me excited and proud, anticipating what she is going to be like with the baby. She is squirming with joy and counting

down the days already. Master five ... well he just wants a brother. Someone won’t be happy. I have to say, I am being very impatient as I am not one to really enjoy pregnancy. I was talking to another mum-to-be about this and we agreed that it is wiser to just be honest about these things. Some women love it, some women don’t and another friend explained it perfectly. They felt a bit claustrophobic. I could relate. After all these years in complete control over my body, I am in a position again where I am being shared. I am being depended upon. Needed, drawn from and I’m obviously changing from the

fitter body shape I had grown to love. Some mothers may not understand this as life inside you is the most incredible thing you can ever experience and of course, I agree. This time around however, I would like it all to hurry up. I would like to have a healthy newborn in my arms now and start to feel like me again albeit the breast sharing for a while! Weirdly, the newborn phase doesn’t daunt me at all. I know what is coming, I know there will be a period of blur but I know it passes pretty quick and with the support of my strong coffee again and a day-byday approach I will be on the other side of things. There is also something absolutely magical about this quiet time at home with a new baby. I have been soaking up the moments with Master Five and Miss Seven, conscious of time-sharing to come and finding it hard enough sharing myself fairly between two! I am planning a few short trips away with the older family this trimester and making the most of moments before I get too huge and uncomfortable. I have sudden freak-out moments — babies, nappies, spew, pooh, toys, washing, highchairs, rusks… but most days I try to embrace it. I have turned a massive corner, pulling out far more positives than scary thoughts and deep down I know this will be easier than I think. I know it will be alright, and I know this little person will complete our family just perfectly. You can follow my pregnancy diary week by week on Facebook: littlemissexpecting for some good old fashioned honesty.

Being a mum is a big responsibility DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Care Centre

Mothers are very special people and, when we are not even aware of it, we are constantly being watched. Everyday our children are watching and learning from us, habits and attitudes that will often become their own. The way we spend our money developed when we were young. The watching and learning from our mums and dads started when we were born and along with it, the habits — sometimes good, sometimes bad. Our kids watch us juggling debts and are learning from it. Learning how we deal with the situation and how we get through. Do we send conflicting money messages to our kids? One minute spending up large next minute saying we’ve got nothing. Are we teaching our kids how to save for things rather than giving them everything because we feel ‘they’ll miss out if we don’t’. Are they learning from us that to fail is okay, and it is in fact one of life’s worthwhile experiences. Being a mother — what a responsibility ‘‘It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings’’ says Ann Landers. Instead of a recipe this month I’m sharing a piece written by Erma Bombeck that sums it all up When God was creating mothers, on His sixth day of overtime the angel said, ‘You’re fiddling around a lot on this one." God replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She’s to have 18,000 replaceable moving

parts, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a kiss that cures anything from broken legs to disappointed love affairs ... and six pairs of hands!" "Six pairs of hands? No way!" the angel said. God said, "And the challenging bit is the three pairs of eyes mothers need. One pair that sees through doors, another in back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t be able to see, another in front for looking at a child who’s goofed and saying, ’I understand, and I love you’, without speaking." The angel said, "Lord, take a break. Tomorrow..." "I can’t," God said. "I’m close to creating something so like Myself. Already she can heal herself when she’s sick, feed a family on a pound of minced beef, and get a nine year-old to stand under a shower!" Touching her, the angel said, "She’s too soft!" "But so tough!" God replied. "You can’t imagine what this mother can endure." "Can it think?" asked the angel. "Not only think, it reasons and compromises," God said. Running his finger across the mother’s cheek, the angel said, "There’s a leak!" "It’s not a leak," God said. "It’s a tear." "What’s it for?" asked the angel. "It’s for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness and pride." The angel declared, "Lord, You’re a Genius!".’

Where opportunities break the door down JO DANILO escaped to Northland from wintry England three years ago and finds the Kiwi way of life refreshingly different. She shares with SAVVY readers the things that make her stop and smile. In Northland, you can become involved in EVERYTHING. If you want to (and sometimes even if you don’t want to). All you have to do is put your hand up and go for it. As long as you don’t want to be paid. The nice thing is, you have a voice here. Yes, really - some cause, or somebody, somewhere, has need of your very skills or your time, or something you can provide. Before we landed in this green and blue land, my husband, a fell runner back in England, had his eye on a race held in the Bay of Islands. He sat at his computer,

with the brown, sludgey moors outside, ooh-ing and aah-ing at the green and blue photos, and marvelling at the beauty of the Cape Brett Challenge. If he could have an opposite to him, it is probably me. I can manage half a kilometre before collapsing in a heap, so I viewed the same photos of precipitous, downright crazy trails with horror, and cringed at the impossiblity of the race. But when we arrived in New Zealand and April loomed, a cloud of depression settled over my husband’s curly head. The Cape Brett Challenge was not

happening anymore. It was kaput. Oh, there was moaning and groaning for a good few weeks. Believe me, it was weeks. And then my husband happened to meet the founder of the race, cheeky, chipper Graeme Brown. He had a bit of a moan to him, and Graeme said: “Well why don’t you organise it next year?” And,

with some help and advice from lovely Graeme and friends (and a little bit from me), he did. The nutty competitors were so happy to be running that race again. One runner said it made his year. As for me, I chanced upon the wonderful Project Jonah in my early days here. I love dolphins, and could hardly believe that, for not much time and money, I could become a fully fledged Marine Mammal Medic. Me! And so that’s what I became. The Northland dolphin and whale population are so terrified of me trying to give them mouth to mouth that they haven’t stranded ever since. I’m an excellent dolphin deterrent, as you will know if you’ve read previous Savvys! The upshot is, if there’s a club that doesn’t exist; an event not happening in your local area that should be happening; dolphins, kiwis, kauri or small children to save, then put your hand up! Goodness knows what will happen.







....................................................................................................... Switching to a richer moisturiser, like Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream, is the simplest way to banish dry, dehydrated skin. This intensely nourishing yet easily absorbed face cream envelopes the complexion with an instant hydration barrier, locking in vital moisture and protecting skin from the drying effects of winter. Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream does double duty as a face mask too. Apply it in a thick layer, leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse or tissue off for an intensive moisture surge.

2. THE GO-TO SHADE KAREN MURRELL LIPSTICK — CORDOVAN NATURAL RRP $29.95 ....................................................................................................... Designed to be easy to wear and suited to any complexion, it’s no wonder that Cordovan Natural is the best-selling colour in Karen Murrell’s lipstick collection and was the first colour that she created for failsafe everyday wear. The go-to shade combines deep tones of burnt cinnamon with uplifting dashes of warming peach that leave lips with a perfectly warm and inviting pout. ‘‘I designed Cordovan Natural to be an everyday lipstick shade that can be worn anytime and anywhere.’’ — Karen Murrell, Creative Director, Karen Murrell Lipsticks

3. YOUR PERFECT MATCH GARNIER MOISTURE MATCH .......................................................................................................


With Garnier’s new Moisture Match range, finding your perfect match has never been easier. Moisture Match is a new generation of moisturisers and cleansers customised to match specific skin needs. Four collections within the range are tailored to the most common skin concerns — dry and sensitive, dull skin, oily skin and normal skin types. We have two normal to dry skin products to giveaway.

4. EVERDAY ESSENTIALS EMU AUSTRALIA DEUA SNOOD .......................................................................................................


EMU Australia’s essentials collection features everyday must haves for the coming season. Oversized scarves anbd sarongs ar available in a variety of prints and shapes with yardage prints dominating this autumn season. Made from soft light weight Merino wool, colours are vibrant and fade resistant. We have a Deua snood to give away.



L’ORE´AL PARIS PRE´FE´RENCE WILD OMBRE´S, RRP$17.99 ....................................................................................................... Discover the latest trend in home hair colour with L’Ore´al Paris Preference, the first in the world to give you that ‘it girl’, fashionable ombre´ look - in the comfort of your own home. This easy to use formula, with a specially designed brush applicator allows you to achieve a two-tone colour finish on your hair. The application method offers either a subtle or bold look for a style that is uniquely you, the application brush will apply the lightening cre`me solely to the desired area of your hair to create the ultimate on-trend ombre´ look. After application, the conditioning shampoo leaves hair feeling healthy and smooth for a professional finish. We have a L’Oreal Paris Ombre for dark blonde to medium blonde hair, and one for light blonde to blonde to give away.

SAVVY MAY WINNERS To enter the Savvy giveaways go online to, click on Giveaways and fill out the form. Otherwise send in your entry to Savvy Giveaways, Northern Advcoate, PO Box 210, Whangarei. Please note email entries will no longer be valid.

■ One entry per person


■ Entries close 5pm Monday May 26, 2014.

Abba tickets: Jill Henderson Garnier Moisture Match Range - Goodbye Dry: Noelle Granich Garnier Moisture Match Range - Start a Fresh: Cheri Jordan Garnier Moisture Match Range - Shine Be Gone: Ti Mansfield Garnier Moisture Match Range - Protect & Glow: Sally Laurie Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream: Glenys Bucknell Weleda Rose Smoothing Masque: Sally Spicer

■ May winners announced in Savvy on Saturday June 7, 2014 ■ April winners please collect your prizes before 5pm Monday May 26, from 88 Robert Street, Whangarei

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Start NOW! Change your life Be qualified by Christmas. This can be your year to change your life and get that dream job you have always wanted or even to open your own business. Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Holistic Therapies in central Whangarei has been doing what it does so well, for 4 years now. Small groups, great tutors & heaps of industry support ensures that successful graduates leave with excellent skills in a range of level 3 – 5 beauty and massage qualifications. Graduates are working locally and internationally.

“Our International Diploma option gives our graduates the ability to work anywhere in the world and with the International Spa Association statistics showing our industry is still one of the fastest growing worldwide, opportunities are endless”, says Lorna Clowes, Director of Evolution Schools. “We had another 100% success rate last year in our International Diplomas, which just proves our policy of small groups and plenty of specific tutor focus, works for our students. We have outperformed any other beauty and massage

provider in Northland time and time again and our student evaluations show that they really enjoy being an important part of the team here with us, rather than one face in a sea of thousands of students” So whether you want to stay, study, work, live and play in Northland or the rest of the world, the way to do it is with a qualification from Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Holistic Therapies. They are experts in this industry and do nothing else! Your future is indeed their passion and their experience and results speak for themselves.

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Savvy May 2013  
Savvy May 2013