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Celebrating the festive season Day/Night in the life of a fire-fighter


health, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, art, fishing and home trends


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‘DOOR KNOCKING’ AT THE TOWN BASIN Our international boating visitors’ stories

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OUR PEOPLE 14 - Returning to Town Basin 20 years later 15 - From war-torn countries to the tranquillity of Whangarei’s Town Basin

December 2019

contents Editor’s note

16 - Working for Retirement or Living the Dream? 17 - Volunteer Fire-Fighting – More Than Meets The Eye FASHION 18 - Festive Season 19 - The power of body positivity 10 - The Golden ticket BEAUTY

Often we walk past the boats moored at the Town Basin and marvel at their outer

12 - Top 5 tips to get glowing this holiday season 13 - Free beauty qualifications in Whangarei

splendor. But down within their quarters, their usually lurks a story of some kind

14 - A healthier alternative in hairdressing at Bravado

and I just love this time of year when I get to jump aboard and find out what brings

15 - Get the look: 4 ways to wear impactful red lipstick

these adventurous people to our city. This year I discovered an ultra-friendly

17 - Keey your eyes healthy

16 - Make 2020 your best year 18 - The A, B & Cs of skin vitamins

Canadian lady who has returned 20 years after first arriving here when she gave

18 - Staying true to yourself this Christmas

birth in Whangarei Hospital. She and her husband courageously set sail again, this

paraphrase what he’d said into the translator

time with their teenage daughter, and are now enjoying the space and facilities

on my phone and show it to him to make sure it was correct – we got there in the end!

Whangarei has to offer. Next door to them was a young American

Still, Maurice deserves a book and I believe this is in process.

crew. You’ve got to admire the ambition of someone who has the foresight to see that

Read their stories on pages 4, 5 & 6. Also, in light of all the fires at the moment,

not everyone reaches retirement and their ultimate goals, so works hard in their early

I thought it timely to highlight the role of a firefighter – particularly a volunteer who has a

20s to live out the dream now! Then, further along, we have the affable

day job and young family and, for this I found Steve Jennings. Read his story on page 7.

French veteran surgeon Maurice who, after retirement, has spent the last ten

As you may have noticed it is the festive season – town has been crazy since

years saving thousands of lives in war-torn countries. Maurice deserves a much longer

November so I hope you’ve started your shopping … Don’t worry, I haven’t either and

story than what I have tried to capture in a small space and it’s certainly challenging

from pages 25-31 we have a gift guide to help with ideas.

conducting an interview with a language barrier. It highlighted how rusty my five

Have a wonderful Xmas and catch you in the New Year.

years of high school French has become but thank goodness for Google Translate!

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Meet our International seafaring visitors to the Town Basin BY JODI BRYANT

Susan and daughter Adrien aboard Shenemere.

Returning to Town Basin 20 years later Twenty years ago, a heavily pregnant Canadian, Susan Koning and her South African husband Martin, sailed into Whangarei where she gave birth to their first-born Justin. The birth made local headlines as Justin was one of the first babies born for the year 1999. Now the couple have returned bringing their subsequent child, a now 18-year-old Adrien, while Justin, 21 next month, focuses on his diving career back home. “After Justin was born, we sold our boat Topaz here in Whangarei and flew home with the baby in a backpack,” Susan remembers, while sitting aboard Shenemere at the sunny Town Basin. The couple spent the next 20 years raising their kids in Miami before deciding to carry out the same circumnavigation they’d done earlier. They arrived in Whangarei late November and the day Savvy Magazine came by, Martin was in Auckland buying a car so the family could tour New Zealand. They plan spending six months in Whangarei to wait out the cyclone season.

Selling their home and leaving their jobs, they set off 18 months ago with a then 16-yearold Adrien who was not keen on the venture which entailed leaving behind life as she knew it. “She didn’t want to come. She thought Miami was the centre of the universe and all her friends were there. But then you take said teenager and put her out on the ocean and you have to be self-sufficient and you grow up real fast,” says Susan. “She’s got the geography lessons and realworld social side and embraced the positive aspects of it. It’s been a far more positive experience than what her friends are still doing back home and now she is forced to go look for her peers when we arrive in a place. Her

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eyes have opened.” Indeed, after the photo was taken, Adrien was on her way to her voluntary work at the Hospice shop. “She’s keen to volunteer and keep busy, gaining experience working with other people while in the process of applying for a student work visa,” explains her mum. Passing the long passages in between countries can be challenging and, like any family, they have had their moments, especially with a teen on board, while many would wait until their kids have flown the nest, says Susan. “You have to have a solid semi-functional family dynamic in order to survive this,” she explains.


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The initial five-year circumnavigation plan is so far looking to be six as they have stayed longer than intended in places they like. “We have to be very frugal and are on a strict budget,” says Susan, adding that their Miami rental property mostly funds their lifestyle. Since arriving in Whangarei they have enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones. “We love the Town Basin, it has easy access to everything and facilities, it’s a great community and has a real good vibe. “We also had a real good time here and have some special memories.”

As Maurice Brisard relaxes on board his 50ft aluminium sloop Karmocha with a glass of French champagne, it’s hard to imagine the other life he carries out saving lives in war-town countries. The 78-year-old affable Frenchman has certainly led an extraordinary life. A surgeon for 50 years, his first recreational passion was climbing mountains. But, after reaching 8,000m on the south summit of Mt Everest in 1991, an avalanche landed him in hospital putting an end to his climbing hobby. A friend and world-renown navigator suggested he take up sailing instead. “I’ve always liked challenges,” says Maurice, who can also speak Dutch, Polish and a little English. “The boat is a challenge. Before it was climbing, but each day I learned.” He has since taken on many voyages, including sailing solo for four months around Antarctica. “It was just me and the big iceberg and the huge albatross flying over,” he recalls fondly. After retiring, Maurice was approached by Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian medical organisation with projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases, and has carried out missions in war-torn countries saving thousands of lives over the last ten years. “I have been amongst the pure misery of the world. It is a risky job every day and so they don’t send for the young doctors

with young families, they want experienced doctors,” he explains. Maurice has seen some truly horrific sights - his tablet holds some of the before and after images from the successful surgeries he has performed - and it is clear many of his patients have touched his heart. These include rescuing an unborn baby from the mother’s womb after she was killed, reconstructing faces which have been destroyed by bullets and performing multiple amputations daily on both adults and children. He has the photo with a 20-year-old Palestinian man giving the peace sign from his hospital bed two days after performing surgery on the spot to remove a bullet from his heart. In October, Maurice sailed into Whangarei aboard Karmocha, which he says means ‘freedom of myself’ and also is a combination of his son Jean-Charles and daughter Karina’s names, as well as his own, from Tahiti. He has resided there the last 36 years. “New Zealand is the best country to repair the boat, I think, with the quality of the engineers and workers on the boats. It’s a good life here in New Zealand and the listening and kindness of the people touches my taste and liking for life,” he says, adding that he always looks forward to arriving at new destinations and meeting new people. And the voyage from Tahiti to Whangarei wasn’t without its adventure. After a storm


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Maurice aboard Karmocha

ripped the main sail, Maurice lost his footing on the stairs and tumbled to the cockpit causing extensive hematoma down his back, making the final ten days challenging. But the active doctor has mended now and spends his days cycling to destinations, which have so far included Opua and Auckland. “I like this country because I am so active and, the other day, I cycled to Opua and went across to Russell but there were no places left to stay so I went to Paihia and rode back to Opua and then the kind lady in Russell phoned back to say they had room so I rode back. I covered 247km in two days.” Maurice is also a keen philosopher and, it’s during his sailing adventures, that he puts life into perspective. “I’m very relaxed here and, as well as working on my boat, I have time to write my

philosophies and a bit of an autobiography. “I like to appreciate the beauty I see and hear around me. Yesterday I was sitting in a restaurant and there were two couples. One lady was normal and the other was pretty but I could see that the beauty was in the normal-looking lady because she was in love, it was in her eyes. “Why I say that is because a woman in love is more beautiful than the coquettish. The beauty is not about the plastic but it is about love. That was my philosophy for the day,” he finishes with a smile. And on that note, while Karmocha undergoes repairs in Whangarei, Maurice, originally from Burgundy, will be flying home to France for Christmas. “I like New Zealand but I miss my children. I have to see them.”

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Working for Retirement or Living the Dream? No Regrets from Young American Sailor

Eric Laakmann didn’t want to risk following the trend of saving for retirement, then living his dreams, so the young American set about taking a much different and more courageous journey. After college, the keen sailor from Washington saved like mad from his job at Apple engineering and then managing the engineering of the Apple Watch, and was able to purchase Zephyr, an Outremer 55 Light catamaran, and have enough savings to sail for several years. In April 2018, and still in his twenties, he set off alone and, after much adventure, including coming face to face with glaciers larger than cars, and sharing the passage to New Zealand with a giant venomous centipede, arrived in Whangarei in November with three additional passengers. “I knew that saving for retirement until I was 65 and then living my dreams is a flawed compromise at best,” he explains. “You might have all the money you ever wanted but who knows what kind of shape anyone’s health will be in at that point? Was it the right financial decisions to set sail? Definitely not. Was it the right life decision? Without a doubt.” He adds: “This Mark Twain quote comes to mind: ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails’.” With that in mind, he left everything behind to live out his dream and first headed to Alaska, picking up crew he met along the way. It was there the first adventures began.

Eric recalls: “We'd been in an anchorage surrounded by 12 brown bears, as well as woken up to Zephyr getting clipped by a medium-sized iceberg while at anchor at 4am one time.” Before heading across the South Pacific, they sailed to Mexico and, in May, 2019, Eric set off with a crew of six across the pacific to French Polynesia. Eventually, the crew all went their separate ways and Roxy Darrow, from California, jumped on board. “Roxy and I met during a beach frisbee game. The funny thing is that we didn't even like each other when we first met but, through shared experiences, we developed a trust in each other that has endured the now 3,000 miles we've sailed together.” In August, they arrived in Vava'u Tonga where Lauren Michelle Fritz, from Idaho, who was working as a whale swim guide for the season, and Abby Dahl, from Oregon, who was working at an eco-resort, also joined them. “Lauren had taken some basic sailing courses before leaving Tonga but had never done an overnight. Roxy has been boat hitchhiking from the US on her long journey to Japan and Abby had zero sailing

experience. Arriving in New Zealand was the culmination of the longest sailing trip each of us had ever done,” reflects Eric. The group arrived in Whangarei because, after 19 months of sailing, Zephyr was in need of a little TLC. “Whangarei is a legendary oasis for facilities to get proper work done on your vessel. That, and it is so nice to be in a proper town with everything, from department stores to yoga studios. Regarding New Zealand, I can honestly say that it is one of the friendliest places on earth that I have ever visited.” Eric describes a highlight of the trip as pulling Zephyr up to the face of massive tidewater glaciers in Alaska. “Some were easily over 100m tall. It is unreal to watch in real time, a geological event. At some glaciers, every few minutes a piece of glacial ice, bigger than a car, would fall off, creating an explosive splash and sound. It was also a stark reminder of environmental changing ongoing on our planet and had the acute effect of making

Eric, Lauren, Roxy and Abby aboard Zephyr


climate change even more salient.” The cited lowlight was of much smaller proportions but still too big and too close for comfort: “In Tonga, we had a massive venomous centipede escape on board. One morning, while peeling leaves off bok choy, a 10cm centipede slithered out onto the floor. It took the shortest possible route to one of the most inaccessible parts the boat, a nearby wire/pipe conduit. Inside the conduit, it was inaccessible and we had to accept that we would be sharing our home with the beast until we could find him in the open and kill him. “Wikipedia did little to dampen our fears as the page listed the species as ‘highly venomous’, ‘extremely aggressive’, ‘anxious’, and ‘difficult to kill’. The movie ‘Alien’ comes to mind. Getting peaceful sleep was difficult. We nick-named the centipede Ted because saying ‘centipede’ was too much. We also had to make a rule that he was not allowed to be mentioned at night. “On passage to New Zealand, we luckily managed to kill it. Much celebration was had on board that night,” Eric chuckles. Eric says one of the most valuable experiences of the sailing trip has been taking on crew. “I've learned so much about myself, others and life from sharing my home. Through sharing in all of the high moments and overcoming all of the challenges of sailing a small boat across a big ocean, you develop a team dynamic that I haven't found matched by any experience on land.” The friends have since flown home for Christmas while Zephyr undergoes repairs but will return in January. # To follow the travels of Zephyr or to contact Eric, follow their Instagram account @ voyageofthezephyr.

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– More Than Meets The Eye

Onerahi brigade firefighters (from left): Bernie, BJ, Dane, Steve and Clancy before the Sky Tower Stair Challenge.



It’s 6pm and Steve Jennings is just about to tuck into a much-anticipated Sunday roast with his wife and three children when his pager goes off.


veryone’s eyes meet across the table in a silent acknowledgment of resignation. They know the drill. Wife and kids are used to surrendering their husband and dad to a worthy cause. Steve has just five minutes to get to the Onerahi Fire Station to join the crew aboard the fire truck before it departs toward the emergency. It is then he is briefed on where they are heading but it’s not until they arrive,

that the fire crew will realise the full extent of the situation. “You never know what you’re going to turn up to, how bad it is or who and how many are involved,” says the 45-year-old. “But the MVA’s (motor vehicle accidents) stand out the most in my memory. Typically, they aren’t pretty to attend.” The crew could also turn up to a vehicle, house or scrub fire, house flood, public hazard, such as a tree fallen on the road, a commercial building smoke alarm activated, someone locked out of their house or vehicle, medical event, such as a heart attack, or a cat stuck up a tree. “Yes, this actually happens,” Steve confirms. “Although we have only had one in the five years I’ve been involved.” Steve became a volunteer fire fighter five years ago after getting a taste for carrying out voluntary work as a teen. It derived from his love of the water which lead to volunteering for surf lifesaving for ten years and then Coastguard for another ten. After moving to Whangarei 11 years ago, he wanted to try something different and, following some encouragement from a friend who volunteered at the Whangarei Heads Brigade, decided to give fire-fighting a go. He was surprised to discover a lot more to the role than meets the eye, beginning with

the training; twice a week for up to six months, before undergoing a week-long recruitment training course and subsequent weekly training, along with additional optional courses to gain qualifications. Then there’s the community role fire fighters play, such as visiting schools and pre-schools and various community events to educate about fire safety. Steve is also the Onerahi brigade’s health and safety officer. A big event each year is the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge which fundraises for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. This involves much planning, organising, raffle selling and other fund raising, not to mention the rigorous training involved and the event itself.

Steve and wife Lana with (left to right): Reece, Jade and Amiee at the recent Christmas Festival

(which he stayed for the duration after no call-outs!)

After the Sky Tower Stair Challenge

All this, Steve fits around his day job as Northland regional manager at Southeys Group (hydro excavation specialists), and family life. “It’s not easy and sometimes you just have to take annual leave to do it,” explains the dad to Jade, 12, Aimee, 9, and Reece, 7. “We have a saying that family and work come first but it’s not always easy to say no to helping someone, no matter what you’re doing, so sometimes compromises need to be made with the understanding and support of the family. I’m very lucky in that regard.” As well as a pager, Steve has an app on his phone. It can activate while at work, asleep, during dinner, kids’ sports and birthdays and, most recently it meant missing the family Fireworks Spectacular show at Toll Stadium while fighting a scrub fire on Abbey Caves Rd. “I know my wife Lana and my family fully support what I do. Yes, she has her moments of ‘You've got to be kidding, Really? That's four times today!’ or ‘I’ve just dished dinner!’ But she understands the why. “With work, it depends on what I’m in the middle of, sometimes you can’t just drop what you’re doing,” says Steve, adding that if he has been fighting a fire the night before, he will always show up at his job on time the next day. The worst aspect of the job, says Steve, are the MVAs and medical calls when the result isn’t what was hoped for and it’s impossible not to take the mental impact home.

“You can’t help but take it home. It’s not something you can just turn off and on. It’s how you deal with it that matters.” The team cope by talking about it at the station afterwards and sometimes this is ongoing. “It depends on what the incident was that we have attended. There are times, at the end of a hard fire, where a chat over a beer is appreciated. If it’s been a traumatic incident, then a more official debrief is done and counselling is offered. “Mental wellbeing is something that FENZ (Fire and Emergency New Zealand) and the station is pretty big on and they want us to talk, if not to each other, then to specialists. But we have a pretty solid crew here at Onerahi and we are happy to sit down and listen when someone needs to talk. I have to say though, I have a fantastic wife who is very understanding and is always there for me. If I need to talk, we make the time to talk. I really couldn’t do this without her.” So why does Steve do it? “Simply put, I like to help people and, saving someone’s home or life is a big deal. I also love how it’s a big extended family at the station. We all look out for each other and jump in and lend a hand when someone needs it.” And the roast will keep. “My lovely, understanding and incredibly tolerant wife puts it aside for me to have when I eventually get home.”

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fave is a silk velvet hand beaded bolero jacket from Jetsetbohemian.

What has been your career high to date? Opening my own boutique - long may it

Who is the SisterGolden woman? A SisterGolden customer is someone that

remain a high! Favourite accessory? Sunglasses and

likes beautiful fabrics and interesting, unique pieces. Someone who appreciates individual

scarves followed by chunky silver cuffs and rings.

style, and is into slow, sustainable fashion. How would you describe your style?

Must-have beauty product? SPF30 sunscreen, hat and scarf.

Juxtapositional. Describe a typical day at SisterGolden?

Who would be your dream dinner guest? Someone who does the cooking! I think Rick

It is pretty manic as Tui, Rosie, Bella, and I work with our customers and load inventory.

Stein. He is cheerful and easy company. I don’t want to have to work too hard!

Which New Zealand & international designers do you admire? I enjoy NZ

What will you be wearing on Christmas day? Would have to be a Silk or Cotton

designer Miss Crabb, great silks, our favourite fabric. Internationally, I love Italian brand Attico.

caftan - Elegant and accommodating of overindulgence.

cotton’s, ornately embroidered dresses and jackets perfect for that summer wedding or Christmas event. Handmade jewellery, clutches and accessories finish off every look and ensure SisterGolden customers never have to worry about someone else wearing the same as them. The boutique layout has been specially designed for customers to discover with ease, that unique piece that speaks to them, in a welcoming, comfortable space where you can take your time and enjoy the experience.

SisterGolden is a carefully curated boutique offering a cool 70s aesthetic, combining lush silks, fresh cottons, a treasure trove of sequins, beads and embroidery, limited ranges, vintage and one-offs. Plenty of handmade accessories, jewellery and homewares with a focus on slow fashion, up cycling and sustainability. Online soon and in-store now.


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What do you like most about Whangarei? Whangarei for me,

We popped into SisterGolden to meet with Angie to find out more about the woman behind the boutique.


MEMORIES AT GLOBAL DIAMONDS Creating heirlooms that will be prized for generations is a rewarding part of the job for the team at Global Diamonds in Whangarei. Goldsmith and general manager Christine Price says she values the trust that clients put in her to create beautiful jewellery and never tires of their delight when they see the finished items for the first time. Most of the pieces created at Global Diamonds are to mark big life events, such as engagements, weddings and anniversaries. Christine guides the clients through the entire process, from the moment they walk through the door and she starts to draw up ideas. “It’s about listening to the person and finding out what suits them,’’ she says. “We always find a way to make their wishes come true.”

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Christine says as a manufacturing jeweller, people can see her making the pieces right in the shop.

She says Argyle champagne-coloured diamonds are attracting interest as the mine in Western Australia is set to close down next year.

“That’s really important and helps to build trust. If someone has brought in inherited jewellery to melt down, that is exactly the gold they will get used in the new piece. It’s really important to honour the memories in the jewellery.’’

“With diamonds, you know exactly what you are buying according to the international grading standards, but with coloured stones I always buy them in person.”

From design to completion takes about four or five weeks. “It’s a three-dimensional sculpture. By the time it’s got to the workbench, I know the design intricately.” Christine says her designs are made to be durable and substantial. “You can feel the quality as soon as you try it on.’’ Each item starts as a small gold bar and has to be pressed and crafted into the creative and stunning designs that Global Diamonds is known for.

Once the jewellery has been crafted, the stones are set by Paul Cosson, who has worked with Christine for years. Global Diamonds is owned by Barry and Jenny Trass and, as well as Christine, has a staff of three sales consultants, Katie Johnson, Patricia Pieters and Natalie Taui. As well as custom jewellery, the team has an extensive range of fashion jewellery, including leading New Zealand and international designs by Evolve, Nikki Lissoni, Cudworth and Silk & Steel.

Christine buys the stones for use in the jewellery and loves to find unusual items on her travels. “Everyone likes something to be a little bit different.’’ One recent rare purchase is a Padparadscha natural unheated sapphire that is flamingo pink. The variety of sapphire is one of the world’s rarest and is named after the pinkish-orange colour of a Lotus blossom. “These are incredibly hard to find and the colour is out of this world. It will be made into a stunning piece for some lucky client.’’

“These are very affordable, from as little as $45, and there are some fabulous ideas for Christmas and birthdays,’’ Christine says.

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to get glowing this holiday season! No matter what the occasion, healthy, glowing skin is your best accessory for this upcoming party season. Here are some quick and easy steps from the team at Caci Whangarei to help you prep! Get that glow For that lit-from-within glow everyone craves, you can't go past a Microdermabrasion to ensure your skin is healthy and hydrated. This advanced exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells, encourage circulation and cell renewal and reveal fresher, healthy looking skin. New to Caci? Try one for yourself for only $70! (usually $100) To make it even easier, Caci have a Skin Health Membership, so you can have great skin all year round with a tailored schedule of treatments and payment plan options – perhaps put this on the top of your Christmas wish list! Treat your skin It's the season of indulgence at this time of year, but before you go all out, remember that your skin will thank you for taking it easy! Getting your beauty sleep and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin happy, but for that extra dose of nourishment, Caci’s Skinsmiths Boosters will take your at-home skincare to the next level. Get a brighter, more even complexion using the power of pure Vitamin C. Boost your skincare routine by mixing this raw powder with the Hydration Booster for an extra radiant glow!


The finishing touches Get your beauty basics sorted before the Christmas rush starts! Lash and brow shapes and tints are your secret for giving the eyes a subtle definition that can make a big difference to your holiday makeup look. Plus, you’re ready for a swim without worrying about mascara.

time at Caci


Sign up to a Caci membership before Christmas and receive up to a year of free facials!* 110 Bank St, Whangarei

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Look relaxed and refreshed Cosmetic Injectables temporarily relax wrinkle-causing muscles resulting in softer lines in the overlying skin. The treatment is quick and simple and can last up to three months. Book a free consultation to find out more about our wrinkle-relaxing treatments. Ready. Set. Gift Set! If you’re stuck for gift ideas, Caci have Murad and Skinsmiths gifts starting from just $26. Or pick up a Caci gift voucher – your special someone can then choose their own ‘Treat’ment!

FREE beauty, nail tech, massage & spa therapy qualifications offered in Whangarei Anyone considering a new career in the trillion dollar, ever growing wellness industry need look no further than Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Spa located in CBD Whangarei.

NAIL TECH: The brand new NZ Certificate in Nail Technology covers manicures and pedicures, acrylics, gel nails, nail art, business and more! Attend only three days a week for 20 weeks and then only two days a month for five months (and earn while you learn in the second half!) BEAUTY THERAPY: The NZ Certificate in Beauty Therapy covers facials, waxing, make up, manicures, pedicures, body massage, electrolysis, spray tans and gel nails and a whole lot more! It’s the perfect all-round qualification for anyone wishing to work as a beauty therapist. Attendance is only four days a week with all school holidays off! MASSAGE: The NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage covers Swedish massage, pre and post event sports massage, infant massage and on-site massage, as well as lots of other really interesting stuff. Attendance is only three days a week and all school holidays are off! SPA THERAPY: The NZ Certificate in Spa Therapy covers treatments such as wraps and scrubs, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, Indian head massage, Reiki, EFT and lots more. Attendance is only four days a week for nine months and only in term time. Evolution School is the only NZQAapproved Nail tech, Massage and Spa education provider in Northland and is an


The government’s new free education policy for eligible students means any programme with Evolution School could be FREE!

NZQA Category ONE provider, which means very high quality and now could be FREE for you. You can check if you are eligible by heading to: www.feesfree.govt.nz Don’t worry if you are not eligible for fees free though as all programmes are NZQA approved and so are eligible for student loans and allowances. Evolution has small classes to ensure there is plenty of tutor/student attention. The majority of graduates say their time with Evolution School was life-changing in so many ways. Come and see why! Give Evolution a call today to ask about your new exciting career – 09 438 6583, or pop in and have a look around – 115 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Or “book an amazing treatment with our fabulous graduates at our brand new graduate clinic on John St. Book by emailing evolvegraduateclinic@gmail. com,” says director Lorna Clowes. “It’s a new initiative whereby graduates gain employment within the safety of a mentored clinic until such time as they have built up their clientele and can go out into the world of business on their own.” www.evolutionschool.co.nz

Enrolling NOW and starting Jan 28, 2020.

EVOLUTION SCHOOL OF BEAUTY, MASSAGE & SPA Enrolling now for 2020 Intake! NZ Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

Covers relaxation massage, pre and post event sports massage, infant, chair and lymph massage plus much more

NZ Certificate in Beauty Therapy

Covers facials, waxing, make up, manicures, pedicures, body massage, electrolysis, spray tans, gel nails and more

NZ Certificate in Spa Therapy Includes Indian head, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy and more

NZ Certificate in Nail Technology Covers manicures and pedicures, acrylics, gels, nail art, business and more

40 weeks & 3 days a week attendance 40 weeks & 4 days a week attendance 30 weeks & 4 days a week attendance 20 weeks & 3 days a week and then only 2 days a month

Fees FREE for eligible students!

All programmes are NZQA approved and eligible for both student loans and allowances 115 Cameron St, Whangarei • 09 438 6583 • info@evolutionschool.co.nz • www.evolutionschool.co.nz SAVVY | 13


A healthier alternative in hairdressing at Bravado

Bravado Hair is a new salon in Whangarei which is offering a healthier alternative in hairdressing. The salon is the brainchild of partners Daniel Matene and Regan Moyes. Daniel, who has returned to Whangarei after working in Wellington, says their vision for the salon is to be as sustainable, ethically sourced, recyclable and biodynamic as possible. Daniel says traditional hairdressing is one of the most pollutant industries in the world, so he is keen to embrace change with his new salon. “The salon I worked at in Wellington used sustainable and biodynamic products, and it’s a concept I’m keen to bring to Whangarei,’’ he says. “We believe this is the first step in doing good, not only for ourselves and the industry, but for our clients and the community.’’ Daniel trained in Whangarei from the age of 15 and over the years won many awards for his expertise in hairdressing. One of these

includes winning gold for New Zealand at the Goldwell Colorzoom competitions, being flown to Sydney and Las Vegas to compete on a world stage. His previous salon in Whangarei was Dan BLK Creative. With a passion for styling and training, Daniel is excited by this new challenge. While Daniel is at the forefront of the salon, Regan brings his years of corporate experience up from Wellington and applies it to the running of the salon. While Regan is not a hairdresser, he often helped out at his mother’s salon in Levin when he was young. Daniel says the products they use achieve a more natural effect than products using harsh chemicals. “Our colour products achieve a softer and more natural result and our clients are loving that there is no strong smell and no itchiness on their skin. The colour lasts for the same time as other products,’’ he says.

Bravado Hair Salon is the brain child of partners Daniel Matene and Regan Moyes

Shampoos and conditioners used at Bravado are also environmentally friendly and are sourced from Italy. “They come in glass jars and our clients can bring them back for a refill so there is no plastic waste.’’ Daniel and Regan promise a pampering experience at their modern salon where they aim to provide a bit of luxury with a natural and organic emphasis. Bravado plans to launch some new treatments soon, including intense treatments to address hair loss, psoriasis and broken ends. Daniel is enjoying reconnecting with clients

as well as meeting new people, and he’s particularly enjoying being back in Northland. Customers can book directly online through the salon’s Facebook and Instagram pages and there are Christmas specials on offer as well as a welcome pack for all new clients! Bravado Hair is at 3c Bank Street opposite the Grand Hotel and the Rose Street bus terminal and Daniel can be contacted at 09 4302 000

All products used at Bravado are sustainable, ethically-sourced and recyclable.

A change for you and your hair means a change for the planet 3C Bank Street, Whangarei Phone 09 430 2000

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Welcome Pack for all new clients Standard Colour, Cut and Blow Wave $179 Summer Spritz Package Includes Balayage, Toner and Blow Wave $229 Summer Glow Package Includes Balayage, Toner, Treatment, Cut and Blow Wave $289



4 ways to wear impactful red lipstick Lusting after a red lip? Makeup artist Louise Rae shares expert tips for achieving the perfect pout. SUFFUSED MATTE A dense matte lip lasts especially well, which is why it is such a perennial party favourite. Lips need to be in tip-top smooth condition for matte formulas because, being less reflective, they show up dryness. Regularly and gently exfoliate with a sugar scrub or a rub of a damp flannel. To create a more 3D effect, add a small amount of a slightly deeper-toned eye shadow with a small, flat eyeshadow brush in the middle of your lip.

FLUSHED STAIN Think of this as starter red, or a way to wear the colour on days when you may not want to stand out. Prep your lips first with a conditioning lip balm. Apply stain of choice with the tip of a ring finger, dabbing from the middle outwards to create a soft, stained look as opposed to one with a defined lip line. Tap any excess colour on to the apples of your cheeks for a finely flushed finish.

SILKY SATIN While it’s always useful to properly prepare lips before applying lipstick, with satin formulas a primer is a must. Being slightly less pigmented and more moist in feel than matte finishes, satins can shift more easily. A range of Prep + Prime products are available to help prevent dryness and feathering while ensuring smooth application and longevity. Satins are a sophisticated and comfortable night (and day) choice.



GLAMOUR GLOSS The trick to creating a perfect and lasting gloss look is to use the same coloured lip pencil or a matte lipstick first, then add a decent amount of your chosen gloss to the middle of the lower lip only. The gloss will disperse across lips naturally and, by applying this way, it will prevent the colour bleeding. Clear gloss or a hint of gold gloss over a red base will do the trick.

We have you sorted with some fantastic gift packages and gift cards - and we can also gift-wrap them and ship them directly to you. Don’t forget to take a moment to pamper yourself during this busy month and make your Christmas or summer appointment today to avoid disappointment, as spots are filling up fast!

Problem Skin Plan - $30 a week for 6 months Package includes - Glycolic peels, light therapy, microdermabrasions, ultrasound infusion, extractions and full range of medicated acne skincare range designed in New York for our clients. (conditions apply)

• Dermaneedling • Hair Removal IPL • Makeup • Facials • Manicures • Body Treatment/Massage • Waxing • Eye Works • Anti-Aging Treatments • Pigmentation Treatments • Acne Treatments • Injectables • Lip Enhancements • Vampire Facials • Non-Cancerous Mole Removal • Non-Surgical Double Chin Removal

Scar Revision Treatment - $19 a week for 12 months Do you suffer from acne scaring known as pox marks or pitting? Book in for a complimentary consultation with Dr Regeling to discuss scar treatment options.

RF Skin Tightening Treatment (1 Hour) - ONLY $130 Our Radio Frequency tightening treatment will help with toning inner thighs, assisting with butt lifting and reducing the appearance of cellulite - followed by a custom firming gel and body wrap.

Gel Mani & Pedi Combo - $100 It’s time to take the toes out of hiding! Get summer ready with our gel mani + pedi combo. No smudging and long lasting shine.

CALL NOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT KERIKERI 3 Homestead Rd Ph 09 430 2201 021 385 186

WHANGAREI Quality St Ph 09 430 2201 021 385 182


WARKWORTH 4 Kapanui St Ph 09 945 2543 021 385 183




MAKE 2020 YOUR BEST YEAR – Transform Your New Year’s Resolutions Into Attainable Goals BY CAROLYN HANSEN ANYTIME FITNESS, WHANGAREI

As another year is quickly coming to a close, thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts are on our minds.

It’s the perfect time to get in shape, eat better, exercise more and become an overall happier

Here are some of my clients’ ‘whys’ I have collected up over the years. See if any of

person. Right? Ever promised yourself that THIS would be the year you got your health back on track, committed to a plan...

them resonate with you:

And then went off the rails faster than ever? We ALL have. Sticking to resolutions is hard work if you don't know the secret. My number one tip for playing the long game of health. Know Your Why For a resolution to stick, it has to be aligned with your core values and connect with what truly matters to you. You have to ’Know Your Why’ and feel truly passionate about the goals you set yourself. If you don’t, then when the going gets tough or your alarm goes off at 5:30am you won’t

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So I can fit my clothes better Because I am sick and tired of feeling

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sick and tired So I can like my body instead of disliking it To give me more confidence to start

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dating again To look good at my next school reunion So I can stop worrying about my weight So I can enjoy traveling more

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So my children will not be embarrassed about me To improve my flexibility and remove the load on my knees To have more energy and stamina during the day To be less self-conscious about my body

have the resolve to stick to your plan. Connect your resolutions to those things that align with your deepest values and sense

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To slow the aging process To reduce the likelihood of my life being cut short from some awful disease

of purpose.

I want to be around to get to know my grandchildren

... the single most important aspect of any health goal yet it is seldom considered and the most neglected ...

This ‘why’ bit is the single most important aspect of any health goal yet it is seldom considered and the most neglected. It’s the driving force that will get you out of bed an hour earlier to get to the gym or plan ahead with meal preparation. Write down the top three things that you would like to achieve, keep it close to you and read it every day. When the ‘why’ is strong enough, this is what will compel you not to think small or play safe, but to dig deep when the going gets tough and stay the course – no matter how many hurdles. This one crucial element in your approach will push you past where you have been before or even beyond what you ever thought was possible or you were capable of.



You know living a healthy lifestyle including exercise will help you feel better and live longer! It’s time to build more confidence, more energy, and more strength. Team up with us today and get started on your plan for sucess! Call 438 8863 • 95 Walton St,Whangarei www.anytimefitness.co.nz

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KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY There’s a lot you can do to keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision.

Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam Getting a dilated eye exam is simple and painless — and it’s the single best thing you can do for your eye health! Even if your eyes feel healthy, you could have a problem and not know it. That’s because many eye diseases don’t have any symptoms or warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat. Find out if you’re at risk for eye diseases Getting older increases your risk of some eye diseases. You might also have a higher risk of some eye diseases if you: • Are overweight or obese • Have a family history of eye disease • Are African American, Hispanic, or Native American Other health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure, can also increase your risk of some eye diseases. For example, people with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy — an eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness.

If you’re worried you might be at risk for some eye diseases, talk to your doctor. You may be able to take steps to lower your risk. Know your family’s health history. Talk with your family members to find out if they’ve had any eye problems. Some eye diseases and conditions run in families, like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. Be sure to tell your eye doctor if any eye diseases run in your family. Take care of your health Protecting your overall health can go a long way toward keeping your eyes healthy! It’s important to make healthy choices and take good care of yourself. Keep in mind that healthy habits like eating well and being active can lower your risk for diseases and conditions that can lead to eye or vision problems, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Follow these tips for healthy vision: Eat healthy foods. Be sure to have plenty



of dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens. Eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids — like salmon, tuna, and halibut — is good for your eyes, too. Get active. Being physically active helps you stay healthy. It can also lower your risk of health conditions that can cause eye health or vision problems — like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Quit smoking. Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs — it can hurt your eyes, too! Smoking increases your risk of diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts — and it can harm the optic nerve. If you’re ready to quit, call Quitline on 0800 778 778 or by texting 4006.

Wear sunglasses. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses — even on cloudy days! Be sure to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. Wear protective eyewear. Safety glasses and goggles are designed to protect your eyes during certain activities, like playing sports, doing construction work, or doing home repairs. You can buy them from most eye care providers and some sporting goods stores. Give your eyes a rest. Looking at a computer for a long time can tire out your eyes. Rest your eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent

Protect your eyes Every day, you can take simple steps to keep your eyes healthy. Use these tips to protect your eyes from things that can harm them:

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are closed from 21st of December until the 12th of January 2019.

Help is only a phone call away 0800 11 0030

eye infections. Always wash your hands before you put your contact lenses in or take them out. Be sure to disinfect your contact lenses and replace them regularly.



David Dalziel and Andrew Watts Ph: 09-972 7022 12 Kensington Ave, Whangarei Fax: 09-972 7026 Email: pceyes@xtra.co.nz Website: www.bit.do/EyeCentre SAVVY | 17


The A, B, Cs of skin vitamins



itamins are chemical compounds found in food that are important for human development, body functions and health. These compounds are vital because our body cannot make them, therefore we have to get them through food. When it comes to healthy skin, there are vitamins that we cannot do without.

Vitamin A is the undisputed number 1 skin regenerator and normaliser. It is absolutely necessary for skin cell repair, renewal and regeneration. In my opinion, any products with claims of anti-ageing benefits cannot do without Vitamin A. There are many B vitamins, the ones that are important for skin health are B3 (niacinamide) as it stimulates microcirculation, reduces pigmentation, helps mitigate acne and congested skin. B5 (D-Panthenol) supports wound healing, B6 (pyridoxine) and B7 (biotin), both these vitamins enable the skin to metabolise lipids and protein, B6 further supports the immune function of the skin.

Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant, it works by neutralising free radicals which cause oxidative stress and damage to skin cells. Vitamin C also helps repair sun-damaged skin and control hyper-pigmentation. New research suggests that it also stimulates and regulates collagen production.

Naturally, the best way to get your vitamins is through a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. But did you know that your body distributes the vitamins you ingest to your vital organs first (brain, heart, liver, kidneys etc) and

Vitamin E is the perfect partner to Vitamin C. These two work together when it comes to fighting free radicals. Vitamin C ‘sacrifices’ itself to neutralise free radicals, then Vitamin E comes along to ‘revive’ it. Apart from being Vitamin C’s best friend, Vitamin E is a vital ingredient for soft and supple skin.

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your skin can absorb.

Award Winning Skin Therapist Phone 022 394 1184 Skin Image Paparoa: 2004 Paparoa Valley Road Skin Image Waipu: 86 The Centre

he first thing that comes to mind when you say Christmas, is family. Now, no matter how much you love your family, spending time with them over the holiday season can be draining. Often we can find ourselves slipping into old behavioural patterns, playing a particular role within the family dynamic, dropping good habits to accommodate others, or getting pulled into squabbles. All in all, this results in feelings of frustration towards yourself and others. It doesn’t have to be this way. The key to experiencing a joyful Christmas with the family comes down to staying truthful to who you are and your needs, regardless if others see things differently. For example: • If you like exercising during the week when others prefer to watch TV/take a nap/sunbathe… don’t worry about it, simply go move your body. • If you don’t eat certain foods that other’s serve, that’s perfectly acceptable, just make sure you’ve brought what you need with you and have it available during joint meals. • If you need time to yourself to recharge, then take that time and let others know you’re popping out for a bit. The main thing here is, give yourself and others a chance to accept and see you as you are, rather than feeling you have to become a different version of yourself during this time. It is this tension within that causes frustration. Now it’s natural to feel a little uncomfortable when reading this, as family are often the ones who resist change in us the most, and it feels easier to revert back to the version of us they want. YET the long term benefits are far more rewarding when you give yourself

and others a chance to accept and see you as you are.

sure it contains the right vitamins for your skin, at the right dosage, in a delivery system that

Nina Quan

Staying true to yourself this Christmas

I’ll help you reclaim your happiness, and discover how to live a more energised and fulfilling life.

only what’s left over goes to the skin? So, if you are feeding your skin with great skincare, make

Sarah is an internationally-certified Health and Lifestyle Coach, passionate about helping you live your best life - a life that’s healthier, happier, and way more fulfilling.

So, to support you in staying true to yourself over Christmas, reflect and answer the following: 1. What habits in my day-to-day life make me feel good, that I want to maintain over the holidays? 2. What do I need to have in place to be able to follow through with these? 3. What situations, or people, cause me to compromise on my habits and sense of self? 4. What personal boundaries, or code of conduct, do I want to have in place when it comes to these situations or people moving forward? To wrap this up, I’ll hand it over to Dr Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Have a wonderful and safe break, Sarah x




Exquisite and Unique gifts for those who have everything. THE GALLERY


The Gallery has a wide-ranging collection of art by established and emerging New Zealand artists, many of which are Northland based – this includes contemporary Maori and Pacific artists. There is an outstanding selection of paintings, wood art, handmade furniture, sculpture, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Our catalogue changes frequently, so please make an enquiry and we'll confirm with you.

Come and enjoy our beautiful garden setting with stunning ocean views. Relax with a cup of coffee, lunch or one of our many treats all made on site on our sheltered deck with breathtaking views or in our garden surrounded conservatory. We are fully licensed, serve breakfast, lunch and a large variety of homemade cakes, cookies and snacks. Hours: 8am to 5pm - Weekdays 9am to 5pm - Weekends

Group Bookings Planning on visiting us with a small group? We are always happy to take group bookings at anytime of the year, and function inquiries are welcome even outside these business hours. Contact Janet Phone/Fax: 09 433 9934 Email: helenabaycafe@gmail.com

THE GARDENS One of the highlights of a visit to the Gallery and Cafe Helena Bay Hill is the beautiful garden setting. You are welcome to wander and relax in the garden during your visit. You’ll find many sculptures placed among the subtropical plantings, giving inspiration for your own landscaping ideas. The Gallery & Cafe are set in a lush subtropical garden with magnificent bush and sea views over Helena Bay on Northland’s east coast, on the scenic coastal route to historic Russell in the Bay of Islands. We are situated approximately 30 minutes north of Whangarei and an hour from Russell. You will find a warm welcome at the gallery and fully licensed café where you are welcome to wander and relax in the beautiful garden during your visit. We welcome enquiries about our artworks and visits to our Gallery, Cafe and garden.

Open for: • Breakfast • Lunch • Delicious Cakes • Functions • Paintings • Glass Works • Carvings • Jewellery • Sculptures • Ceramics • Gift Vouchers

1392 Old Russell Rd, Hikurangi Phone/Fax: Gallery 09 433 9616 or Café 09 433 9934 Hours: 8am to 5pm - Weekdays 9am to 5pm - Weekends www.galleryhelenabay.co.nz www.facebook/galleryhelenabay

Gift Vouchers available for the Café & Gallery

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1962 Daimler Ferret Armoured Car



n intriguing vehicle at the Packard Motor Museum is the Daimler Ferret Armoured Car. It looks like a small tank, which it is, except with wheels instead of tracks. The Ferret was developed in 1949 in response to a need by the British Army for an updated light armoured vehicle to replace their WW2 Daimler Reconnaissance Scout Car (the Dingo). The Ferret went into production in 1952 and was manufactured through to 1971. It was used throughout the British Commonwealth, including New Zealand and Australia. The Ferret was similar to the earlier Dingo, but larger, heavier, more powerful and able to house a fully enclosed fighting compartment carrying a crew of two (commander and driver). It was robust enough to carry loads like AntiTank missiles.

The first model was the Mark 1, this vehicle had no turret and was lightly armoured. The lack of turret meant the gunner was dangerously exposed when operating the machine gun. The museum’s armoured red car is the Mark 2 version. This vehicle has heavier plating than the Mark 1 and was chine designed to operate a machine ersable gun in a one-man fully traversable turret through 360 degrees. While the turret protected the gunner, it made de the vehicle more conspicuous. The Ferret was small and fast enough to be useful in an urban environment ent but strong and agile enough with its 4x4 drive rive to negotiate rough terrain. Its size meant it was transportable by air. The NZ Army operated six Mark 2 Ferrets from 1961 to 1982; ours coming from a government auction.

The Ferret is powered by a 130hp 6-cylinder Rolls Royce petrol engine with a preselect gearbox, speed - 93km per hour and fitted with a 7.62 Browning MG (Nato 308) and six smoke grenade launchers.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


i, I’m going to start with diving; Whangarei Harbour scallop diving is and has been very good. The scallops are very fat, even though water temperatures are still a bit low, and they are in good numbers. A recent group collected 70 scallops in short time and, when measured, only two were undersize, the rest were mostly well above the size minimum - Yahoo! Divers are also getting a few crayfish - it’s a good time to put on a wetsuit. Harbour snapper fishing has been a bit inconsistent; some anglers are getting limit catches in short time. David D and a mate report that, at the end of November, they caught their snapper limit in three hours and got a few kahawhai for smoking as well. They also caught and released seven stingray and, although we have a good number of rays in our harbour, catching this many is unusual.

Reports I’ve had, seem to show snapper fishing at present is much better up toward Onerahi. If you are struggling in your favourite spot, move up about 200 to 500 metres and try again. No good? Move up again. Repeat until you find the fish - this seems to be working. Outside the harbour is a mixed bag; torpedo fishing off Ruakaka Beach has been mostly poor but boats fishing out toward Three Mile Reef area are reporting good snapper catches of nice conditioned fish 350-400 long and are getting some good gurnard catches in 20 to 40 meters. The difference seems to be that most of the successful boat fishos are using softbaits and slider jigs. The action of the lures is making the fish strike. Most of the gurnard are being taken on lures also. Quite a few John Dory are also being caught, mostly on smaller whole fish baits. Out behind Guana Island and out at the Hen and Chicks islands, snapper catches

have been very good and bait seems to be as

Getting out for a fish? Don’t dismiss

good as lures in these areas. Windy days have been a limiting factor,

bait altogether, but taking and trying different types of jigs and lures will very

especially on the West Coast, and has reduced fishing opportunities for smaller boats.

likely increase your chances, especially in deeper water 15 metres plus. When

Further north, Bay of Islands, Oakura, Mangonui areas are all fishing reasonably well

using any type of lure, drifting with a sea anchor out will greatly increase

but, once again, lures are better than baits, but some good-sized kingfish are being taken,

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Artist - Rodrigo Rozas


n Saturday January 25 the covers will be thrown back to reveal the two-day exhibition, revealing a multi-faceted array of top-quality art, with the potential to draw crowds from near and far. This will be the fourth annual One Tree Point Combined Arts Exhibition to be held in the marquee at Marsden Cove Marina, showcasing the work of 40 top Northland artists. The various genres on display include

– Painting, Leatherwork, Sculpture, Fibre, Photography, Pottery, Fine Woodwork, Jewellery and many more.

A significant point of difference here is that this is a Working Exhibition, where the public can watch and talk to the artists, as they are immersed in their creations. If you are interested in the learning process of art forms or want inspiration for your own creative endeavours, then this is the place to be during the Northland Anniversary weekend. This event is a proud promoter and supporter of emerging artists and, to this end, the committee does not charge a commission on sales, allowing the public to acquire highquality art at realistic and affordable prices.

Artist - Leslie Cleary

A big thank you to the wonderful sponsors who help make this event happen - Macsway Scaffolding Ltd, Totalspan, Westmorland Homes, Creative Northland, Bream Bay Realty, Marsden Cove and Coast (NZME). To ensure a great day, there will be plenty of signage, parking, great food, delicious coffee and only a gold coin donation to enter. If you forget your cash, don’t worry Eftpos will be available for more convenient shopping! Bring the family along to this spectacular summer event supporting the creative community in one of Northlands most beautiful locations.

Artist - Dennise Brownlee



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Northland fine artist Chris Wilkie takes a journey into Captain Cook’s ‘strange realities’ in his exhibition at the Hangar Art and Framing Gallery in the Regent, Whangarei.


hris is well-known in Whangarei for painting the murals on prominent buildings in the 1980s. His largescale murals and public works have featured all over New Zealand. Recognised today as an oil painter, his current work comprises paintings and graphite drawings on art paper that has been scorched at the edges to evoke the fragments of New Zealand’s past. His latest exhibition is inspired by Captain Cook’s role in New Zealand history 250 years ago. Chris was living in the South Island and stood on the same rocks in Dusky Sound

where Captain Cook had traded baubles with local Maori and where New Zealand historian Dame Claudia Orange found a trade marble under a rock. This symbol of early contact between Maori and Cook is featured in his painting Trevolution. Chris says Captain Cook and Joseph Banks and his crew heralded vast changes and upheavals to Aotearoa and around the world, becoming a champion to some and a figure of derision for others. “My work has moments of fantasy about past and present. I like to jump into the deep with my art.’’

Hangar Gallery specializes in showcasing the diverse talents of Northland artists who are part of the region’s grass roots arts culture. Chris’ style layers symbolism over dramatic New Zealand landscapes, each detail depicting aspects of Cook’s encounters with the tangata whenua. The artworks are moody and evocative, and at times whimsical, as he urges people to find the human side of our shared history. The multi award-winning artist works as an art teacher at Bay of Islands College and is currently living in Opua.

Among his major awards are the Northland Jubilee Art Award in 1988, the Invercargill Licensing Trust Art Award in 2012, and the prestigious Woolf Fisher Trust’s Fellowship in 1995. His works are held in many national, international and private collections. Hangar gallery owners Barry Squire and Megan Corbett are both artists in their own right and enjoy hosting exhibitions of Northland artists in their restored villa in the Regent which they bought about three years ago. Previously they had their framing business in Kamo. Hangar has opened six exhibitions this year, including solo shows and group exhibitions. Hangar Gallery specializes in showcasing the diverse talents of Northland artists who are part of the region’s grass roots arts culture. Highly qualified and experienced, Barry and Megan both have degrees in applied arts and find this knowledge has been helpful in the picture framing business where they strive to show each artwork off to its best advantage.

The Hangar gallery 14 Cross St, Regent is open from Monday to Saturday. Chris Wilkie’s solo exhibition opened on November 22 and runs for a month.

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t can seem so overwhelming, opening the cabinets to a mass of products, random bits and bobs, first aid, beauty tools and long expired ‘testers and gift sets’. In terms of layout, if you are lucky enough to be able to design or redesign your bathroom from scratch, storage is king. There are a huge range of beautiful cabinets, vanities and storage solutions available on the market today. Get creative with what textures and tones you love in the rest of your house, and create a space which you love spending time in. For me that includes, natural textures and fibres (towels, bath mats and counter tops), a big deep bath for a weekly soak and magazine, a huge mirror cabinet to store all of my skincare jewels, and lots of natural light, if possible. As a self-confessed skincare and bath lover, I tend to spend a lot of time in my bathroom. And even though I have developed quite good habits, in terms of only buying what I love and use, I still manage to be overrun by products I don’t use daily which clutter up the cabinets, bath side and counter top.

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You will find that if you use the same mindful approach to buying beauty goods as you do to the rest of your home, you will create a ‘capsule’ of products which you know and love and store and display them beautifully in your bathroom for maximum relaxation. Get rid of the free samples, unused gift sets, expired bath products and even try to go plastic-free, something we are trying to aim for at The Gathered Home. This month I am setting myself a small challenge to declutter those cabinet drawers and create a capsule of the products which I use daily and get rid of the rest. You can follow me @ gatheredstore. Alex

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10 out of 10 for KiwiBuild in Whangarei With the objective of putting home ownership within reach of more New Zealanders, KiwiBuild Whangarei launched in May 2019 to the eager anticipation of many.


he properties (three completed homes and seven in development) were proudly launched to the market by Gregg Marsland and Lisa Gray from Ray White Whangarei who had over 40 hopeful purchasers through the first open day - and even pre-inspection offers (made off the plans) on the homes. "Buyer interest piqued early in the marketing with several offers prior to the first open homes, record attendance at open homes and such a diverse pool of interested buyers." said Lisa Gray. "Our first purchasers were a young couple in their twenties struggling to get on the property ladder - who settled in four weeks on their new 3 bedroom home. Over 90% of the homes sold in the first 4 months of marketing, with the final sale completed in October - just seven months after they launched, and with several people missing out on the property." "Helping 10 Northland families - mostly young, and a few with kids - onto the property ladder has been a highlight of my career! It is humbling to see people achieve dreams which they thought were out of reach." said Gregg Marsland.

The aim of the KiwiBuild program was to restore the dream of home ownership to families throughout New Zealand, by providing eligible first home buyers with exclusive access to a range of fixed price modest starter homes - which in Whangarei were priced from $460,000 to $500,000 ($10,000 below Whangarei median sales prices at the time.) All purchasers had to complete a prequalification process and were only eligible if they met these criteria: first home buyer

or ‘second chancer’; family income under $180,000 (single person under $120,000); citizen, permanent resident, or on a residency visa and living in New Zealand; and intend to live in the home for three years. The affordable, quality homes located in Kotata Heights were built by a leading NZ builders - including Jennian Homes, Generation Homes, Classic Builders and Signature Homes. With the Northland region at the forefront of

population growth nation-wide, recent figures show the Whangarei population is skyrocketing by nearly two thousand people a year and with prices also rising the demand is still here for affordable housing options. "We look forward to seeing further legislative changes to encourage more people towards home ownership - whether this be the assistance for shared home ownership currently being mooted. However, in light of current circumstances like immigration, regional shifts, lower mortgage rates, changes to the CGT and an economy which incentivises property investment we believe it will be harder for many to attain their home ownership dream." said Gregg Marsland

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Platinum standard to home building

The team at Platinum Homes Northland aims to provide a platinum standard of service.

Business owner and sales manager Dean McGonagle says specialist training in customer service has paid off, with the team achieving top sales results nationally for many years. The team all strive to ask pertinent questions and really listen to the hopes and dreams of their clients. The quality of design and fixtures is a point of pride, with Dean stressing that he always wants to be able to see homes they have built stand up to the test of time. Technology has helped improve the standard of service, with clients and contractors kept fully informed at all stages of the building process with a weekly diary featuring photos and details of progress. Dean says photos taken on site can immediately be added to client portfolios, making the construction a much more collaborative process. “Good working relationships are important because, after all, we’re all in it together,’’ he says.

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When it comes to housing, Platinum Homes’ Whangarei area salesman Danny Keane has really done it all. This Jack of all trades started in the building industry as an 18-yearold. Over the years he has worked as a site manager for a property developer and selling homes all over the North Island. After moving to Auckland, he worked with a lot of first home buyers on house and land packages, including helping them secure finances. He also learned how to draw house plans, built some

Far North

houses himself and worked in Australia for a large house building company. Back in New Zealand since 2011, he enjoys showing people the lifestyle that is possible at Marsden Cove. He has adapted to the ever-changing building environment and enjoys all aspects of building homes for clients. He understands the stresses involved with undertaking what for most will be the biggest investment of their lives and guiding clients through the entire process.

Building your new home? Look no further than the experienced team at Platinum Homes Northland. We are renowned for exceptional build quality on large, small or multi-builds, and all at a price that can deliver the best value. We have a range of new and build ready plans or we can create a unique plan that is just right for you and your family.

Nigel Turner puts his heart and soul into being a trusted advisor for his Far North clients. His 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force honed his organisational skills and attention to detail. Passionate about the Far North and its people, Nigel is immersed in his community and his downto-earth nature makes him highly valued by clients and his team. Nigel is fully invested in helping his clients and

has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Far North District Council’s rules, and possible land issues each micro area has. Because of his passion and eye for detail, he also watches over the builds and keeps construction honest, reporting any quality issues he sees for the best interests of client and company. Known as a straight shooter, clients trust him to get the job done well and on time.

Whangarei Showhome: 67 Stace Hopper Dr, Marsden Cove, Ruakaka Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Weekend 11am-3pm Call Danny 021 064 1006 or 09 430 0029! Far North Showhome: 4 Bosuns Way, Haruru Falls Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Weekend 11am-3pm Call Nigel 021 687 643 or 09 402 7969!

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From when you go flatting in a cramped inner-city apartment to buying a first suburban home, if you're strapped for cash, then space is probably not in abundance.


on't fret, however, because that does not mean you are doomed to live in a tiny cramped box until you move, as there are numerous decorating ideas for making even the smallest of spaces seem like a lavish palace in comparison. Break out your work pants and call some of your friends to assist - it's time to start decorating! Go big Interior designers recommend using large furniture to make a room seem bigger. Though it may go against what seems like common sense, certain key items of furniture, such as a bed, make a room appear larger. Sticking with the bed example, using a large, comfy bed makes you cut down on other cluttering pieces which then brings the focus back to the bed itself as a centrepiece, with space all around it. You'll have floor space to get up in the morning, walk around, change your clothes or just sit and relax, basking in the breathing space of an unclogged area. Smart bookcases Another way to maximise spatial efficiency

is to make the furniture itself multipurpose. Rather than a free-standing bookcase jutting out of the wall, if you have the option, then make the wall itself the shelves! Shallow shelves that are a part of the wall are great for storing the same things as a normal bookcase but take up less space. You could even place them beside and around your centrepiece bed, allowing you to utilise them as bedside cabinets as well as shelves. Being a part of the wall also means wall bookcases can go up higher, using more of the space a wall provides for storage. Think about colour There are two things to avoid when considering colour: darker hues and mixed colours. Darker colours instantly shrink a room, whereas a different coloured ceiling and wall allows the eye to define where one meets the other and better judge the space.

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Instead, opt for lighter colours such as Resene Black White and use it, alongside similar hues, for both your walls and ceiling. With this type of light colour coating everything, your eye will find it hard to judge where the ceiling is in relation to the walls and it will seem larger. Windows to another dimension A great way to open up a small space is to add large mirrors. They use this trick in elevators to expand the space and make it seem like the area is twice as large, which helps people who are claustrophobic. The same effect can apply to your living room or bedroom with the simple addition of a large-scale mirror, or a medium-sized feature mirror. Like a window to another room, these mirrors will give the illusion that you have more space than you actually do. For your cupboard door in the bedroom, consider a floor-to-ceiling mirror design instead of something solid. To curtain or not to curtain? Leaving your windows curtain-less will give the room a sense of openness, help bathe it in daylight and introduce a sense of space as the great outdoors is allowed inside. However, it's understandable that you might want a little privacy so curtains may be a must. If that's the case, don't worry because there are some great options to choose from. If you like the elegant look of a solid fabric, try ceiling-to-floor Resene Waltz curtains to create a strong line that appears to stretch the window, and thus, make the room seem taller. Alternatively, you could go for a lighter curtain such as Resene Harmony Voile to cover the window up, but still let plenty of daylight in.

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Marcus Bracey is the owner of, and hands-on builder for the Northland Stonewood Homes Franchise. With many years of home building experience under his belt his knowledge of the industry and attention to detail is evident in every home he builds. “My philosophy has always been to treat every house I have built as if it were my own,” he says. Marcus is involved in every build and many of his homes have gone onto achieve success in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, including recent category and gold awards. Stonewood Homes Whangarei are a small dedicated team and pride themselves on their good relationship with clients, many of whom are repeat. As well as having a wide range of plans available for perusal which can be customised to suit the individual, clients can also approach the team with their own design ideas. Every care is made to make sure that your build is everything you’re hoping for. Working with clients to achieve their dream home is what sets Stonewood apart and the results speak for themselves. View the Marsden Cove Stonewood showhome at 60 Stace Hopper Drive, Marsden Cove Thursday-Sunday from 11am-3pm or by appointment.

“Building at Marsden Cove, or wherever, I have no hesitation recommending Stonewood’s Whangarei. They have embraced my ideas to design a bespoke version based around two of their standard designs. The finished house is exceptional, fully meeting our expectations. It is a pleasure to see such attention to detail in this day and age”. Joe & Cheryl (May 2019)


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TUTUKAKA SHOW HOME Admiral Way, Opposite Tutukaka Marina is Homeworld’s new Residential Estate. These are some of the last available flat sections in the Tutukaka area. Located adjacent to the marina complex entrance, right in the heart of Tutukaka, is Homeworld’s new subdivision Admiral Way, featuring 17 premium, flat sections, ranging in size from 600sqm – 800sqm. Occupying one of these sections, is Homeworld’s newly completed showhome, ‘The Tutukaka’ and this is open every Thursday and Sunday for public viewing or by appointment. The attractive 180sqm barn/boat shedstyle home features a generous open plan living wing connected to the three-bedroom, two-bathroom wing via a cedar entranceway. The cedar centre of the home is a unique and striking contrast to the two, winged areas comprising dark coloured vertical weather board.

While the bedrooms are carpeted, the living area and entrance feature a durable wood-look stone polymer planking – new to the market and proving very popular. Other unique features to this plan are the composite stone bench tops and window splash back. Both the covered portico and expansive decking make this home ideal for entertaining.

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Of the 17 sections within this subdivision, three are already under contract and, with limited flat sections remaining in the popular Tutukaka area, which is only a half-hour drive from central Whangarei, this subdivision is likely to be sought-after.

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Looking to make a change and get out of the city?


re you ready for a quiet country property where the kids, chooks and maybe even a couple of sheep can roam? Buying and looking after a lifestyle block might look like an easy life but buying a lifestyle property can be a complex business. There’s a lot to love about living in the country, but you need to do more preparation for buying a place there than buying a pair of gumboots and comparing the merits of ride-on mowers.

What is a lifestyle block? If you’re looking for some fresh air and open space, or even just some peace and quiet away from the city, a lifestyle block can be a great option. While there’s no official parameters or land classification on what a lifestyle block is, a good rule of thumb is that the average block is just under four hectares. If you’re unsure whether a property is a lifestyle block, you can enter the address at www. qv.co.nz and look for the ‘Building Type’. Some councils also provide this information. A few things you may want to consider It’s always important to do your research when buying any kind of property, but rural ones come with a whole extra set of things to think about. It might be tempting to focus on the dream wish list, but you should also compile a list of issues to be aware of (and people who can help you learn about them). Some issues to be aware of might be: • How is the plumbing and septic system? Will this need to be upgraded? • Are there local schools nearby for your kids? If so, will a bus come pick them up? • Do you get broadband and cell phone reception? Check internet providers to see if a new broadband line will be able to be set up (don't just assume that if the neighbour has the internet, you'll be able to get it as this is not always the case).

• Is the property a flood risk? Check distances from local rivers and wetlands to ensure that the property is not a flood risk. More land means more responsibility, and this can be tough to maintain. You’ll be responsible for mowing the lawn, clearing debris and maintaining your garden, among other strenuous tasks. Make sure that you’re up for the challenge, or that you’re able to afford help with more difficult jobs. The real estate agent’s role If the property you like is being sold by a licensed real estate agent, remember that you can ask them anything you like about it. Generally real estate agents work on the seller’s behalf to get them the best possible sale price and conditions of sale. It’s important to remember this when you’re talking to a real estate agent about a property that you’re interested in. Rural real estate agents have special skills in this area, and they’ll be able to help you figure out what information you need to make a well-informed decision. It’s also a good idea to get your lawyer onboard early to check titles, consents and other information that you gather in the process. If you’re looking for specific type of property or if this is an investment for you, it might pay to hire a buyer’s agent. They can help search for properties and find out all the information about them, then bid at an auction or negotiate with the seller on your behalf. Check for covenants, easements and other restrictions that might impact the property It might feel like you’re getting away from it all when moving out of town, but rural developments can be subject to rules that restrict what you can do. Ask your lawyer to check if there are any covenants on the property that might have an impact on a future


business you may run there or any planned building projects. You don’t want to invest in an alpaca herd for your new dream property only to find that it’s not allowed to carry any livestock, or to discover that your subdivision plans are not permitted by council rules. Rural properties (like all properties) can also have easements on the title that relate to access, water or power. Ask your lawyer to check the title and work out what the easements are, and how they will have an impact on your rights and responsibilities as an owner. For example, if the title allows a neighbour access to a piece of their land through your property, do you have any right to limit the type and frequency of that access if you buy it? Be aware too that there may be ‘unofficial’ easements operating; the current owners may have an informal arrangement with their neighbours, but this may not remain when the property passes into new ownership. GST on lifestyle blocks Be aware that there may be tax implications if you’re planning to use the property as a business. In general, if it is currently being used for a business that is tax-registered – whether that’s selling organic eggs, grazing stock or running a B&B – then the seller will probably add GST to the price. This means you’ll pay an extra 15 per cent unless you are also registered for GST. Ask your lawyer or accountant to check if the house or any other buildings on the property are GST-exempt. They will also be able to advise you on whether you need to be GST-registered. Inland Revenue’s property tax decision tree is a good place to start when trying to figure out your tax obligations. Water and access right considerations Things that we take for granted when living in urban environments, like water, sewage


and access, can require more involvement in rural areas. Many rural lifestyle blocks are not connected to sewage schemes and instead rely on septic tanks or other sewage disposal systems. Check the water sources for the property – if it has its own bore, are there limits on the amount of water you can draw from it? What is the process for ensuring it is safe to drink? What happens to wastewater and sewage? Are you prepared for life with a septic tank? Will the current owner ensure the tank is empty as a condition of sale? If you’re buying a block with an existing dwelling, you’ll need to understand what type of system has been installed and whether it has the appropriate permits or consents and if there are any ongoing maintenance obligations. If you’re looking at a bare block of land, you should make sure you know whether resource consent will be required for sewage disposal and what the current council requirements are. It may also be necessary to ensure that any current resource consents are transferred to you on settlement. When it comes to access, will you share a private road or right of way with other properties? What will be your responsibilities and potential costs for maintaining it? Don’t forget that your neighbours may be involved in unglamorous activities at ungodly hours – check the zoning rules for nearby properties if you’re worried about noise, smells or traffic. You might think it’s lovely to have stock grazing out the window, but are you ready for a milk tanker driving past every morning? Be aware that the LIM will not always alert you to any pending or current New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) decisions regarding local highway linkages that often divert traffic away from urban centres in favour of immediate rural areas on the town boundary. Check with NZTA if you think your property could be affected by road changes. Questions to ask the real estate agent You may want to ask the real estate agent these questions to help you decide if the property is right for you and your family: • How far are the closest shops and amenities? • Where are the local schools, and does a school bus come near the lifestyle block? • Is there a motorway nearby and are there any NZTA plans for it? • What is the soil type, and which crops/ plants suit it best? • Am I allowed to graze stock on the property? • Can I subdivide the land? This information has been sourced from settled.govt.nz.


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Paul Beazley from Eves real estate in Whangarei said CoreLogic figures said Whangarei prices had grown off a surge in the Auckland market since 2014 and from people moving north. Auckland values had also stagnated then slipped but had been shown to be recovering and growing. "It was on the cards that the prices would

Whangarei house prices have taken their first dive in six years as house prices outstrip local wage growth.

"I feel house prices are going to pick up next year after being stagnant in the last year,

level off for a period but I don't think we will see a drop, and I do think there is still a shortage of

especially in Auckland," he said. OneRoof editor Owen Vaughan said

stock which will keep the prices firm. "I think we are back to a normal real

The latest figures show the average value of a house in Whangarei has fallen 1.4 per cent

A drop in interest rates and house values would lead to better affordability, especially for

separate housing market figures from the company and its data partner Valocity

estate market. Low interest rates, availability of stock, and a growing population will

- the only provincial centre in the country to show a drop.

first-home buyers, he said. Tasker said it may also be a good

supported indications of a slow-down in Whangarei in the last quarter.

contribute to a strong market over the next year," Beazley said.

It follows six years of growth during which property values have risen about 60 per cent.

opportunity for property investors to return to the market because rents were not going down

"This could be due to the market there hitting a price ceiling as affordability issues

Outside New Zealand's largest cities, many provincial centres showed strong growth.

Over roughly the same period, the average household income has risen 32 per cent to

like house prices. Figures show 1025 residential properties

that have plagued the Auckland market spread north.

Hastings gained the most at 18.7 per cent, followed by Gisborne (17.7 per cent),

$94,550. The housing figures come from the

were sold in Whangarei in the year to September compared with 1090 for the same

"The bounce back in the Auckland market, and the rise in listings there, could also be a

Whanganui (15.8 per cent), Palmerston North and Invercargill (13.6 per cent), Rotorua (13.4

September 2019 CoreLogic QV House Price Index.

period the previous year - a drop of 65. The highest number of sales occurred in

future drag on prices as Auckland buyers turn away from options north of Wellsford."

per cent), Napier (8.7 per cent), Kapiti Coast (8.3 per cent), Nelson (7.1 per cent), New

Northland Property Investors' Association president Mike Tasker said

Kamo, where 198 houses were sold in the 12 months to September, followed by Tikipunga

Vaughan said homeowners in Whangarei should temper any thoughts of a collapse in

Plymouth (6.1 per cent), and Queenstown (3.1 per cent).

the latest drop in values was "bloody surprising", given the burgeoning housing

(116), and Onerahi (105). Whangarei nurse Kenneth Alo bought

the market though, because house values have risen 78 per cent in the past five years and

CoreLogic head of research Nick Goodall said the negative result for Whangarei

market over the past few years. "Things appear to be moving. You still see

a three-bedroom weatherboard house in Kamo for $395,000 in June last year against

were bound to start levelling off at some point.

highlighted that despite record low interest rates and a generally positive outlook, not all

'for sale' signs on the side of the road and a couple of weeks later, 'sold' signs go up.

a valuation of $255,000 after renting in Raumanga for an year.

However, CoreLogic's comment about low wages rings true because the wages here are

The house has changed ownership 12 times since 1982 when it was bought for

a lot lower than other centres."

$59,000 against a valuation of $27,000. "I was looking to buy around the $400,000 mark but couldn't find any up to that price that was a bit tidier. Am happy with what I got at the time. The neighbours are good.

This could be due to the market there hitting a price ceiling as affordability issues that have plagued the Auckland market spread north

markets would continue to grow forever. "While many analysts, including ourselves, are expecting nationwide growth to increase next year, there will be varying degrees of growth around the country."

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Merry Christmas from the team at Frazerhurst Curtains and Blinds!

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in all the wrong places. Factors such as your size, shape, weight and health will influence the

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then that this can lead to poor sleep posture. As a result, many people suffer from back pain,

type of bed most suitable for you. “If you are waking up stiff and sore or if your

to develop a range of beds that help Kiwis get the support they need every night. The

lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and hip pain, which their bed can exacerbate.

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you sleep is just as important as looking after it when you’re awake.

It’s worth considering we spend approximately a third of our lives in bed and the quality of

Approximately 80 per cent of all people will suffer some kind of back pain in their

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STAGE 3 SECTIONS ON NS S Surrounded by the clear blue waters of Northland’s magnificent east coast, the Landing@Marsden enjoys the protection of the Whangarei Harbour, plus the much sought after outlook towards Mount Manaia on the Whangarei Heads.


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



uava moth is becoming the bane of most fruit growers’ existence. I have had them for the last threefour years in my feijoa trees and the fruit has just gone to waste. They are also starting to appear in my lemons, mandarins and plums. This year, I am going to start being proactive and do something about it. I’ve bought myself some Neem oil and a Hortex Hose sprayer to make it as easy as possible.

Here’s a bit of information on guava moth: • It is well-established in Northland and has made its way down to the Waikato and Coromandel over the last few years. It was first discovered in Northland in 1997. • They attack a wide variety of fruit, such as feijoas, plums, guavas, peaches, nectarines, macadamia nuts, lemons, mandarins etc. • Female moths lay their eggs on the young fruit and adjacent leaves and, upon hatching, the larvae burrow into the flesh causing considerable damage and loss. They are very hard to spot at this stage as they leave only a tiny pin-prick size hole as they go in. • Guava moth can breed all year round as there are so many different types of fruit they infect. They can build up to quite large numbers if not controlled. Have you got guava moth already? What to look out for: • Check for immature fruit drop - fruit will often drop before it is fully ripe. • Check windfall fruit regularly for markings, such as exit holes or small discolouration, or bruised-looking fruit. Killing those little blighters! This is hard to do. Using several methods is your best hope of controlling the population. Pheromone Traps - These work by replicating the pheromones produced by female moths in order to catch male moths. This will also give an indication of infestation and tell you when to spray. Neem Oil - Spray your diluted Neem oil all over your fruit trees, taking care to spray all the fruit. Best done when your trap shows the moths are present and when the fruit

Guava Moth is developing. rate, turn the hose Spraying should on and pull the be done fortnightly. trigger. An easy On stone fruit, it way to spray all the can be done from fruit trees in your petal fall to fruit being garden. (This sprayer ready. It’s advised to can be used with any spray the tree again after liquid chemical - remember pruning and when they are dormant. to clean it out if you happen to To make this job easier, try using the use it with weed killer.) Hortex hose sprayer in conjunction with your Neem granules – Sprinkling Neem or Neem oil. The sprayer attaches to your hose, all Sea-Hume Granules around the drip line of you have to do is place the appropriate amount trees, especially where the fruit is falling. This of (Neem) spray in the sprayer’s plastic bottle/ will help control the larvae stage of the guava reservoir, set the dial to the correct dilution moth’s cycle.



Removing infected fruit - Remove rotting fruit from the ground and dispose of it, and mow regularly beneath fruit trees. This is effective because the moths pupate in the leaf litter and fruit pulp (or so we believe). Avoid composting fallen fruit as the moths can complete their lifecycle in some compost systems. Covering your fruit - Cover the fruit or the entire tree with fine netting as the fruit first starts to develop. Fruit only becomes infested with the larvae if the moths can lay their eggs on the fruit. Don’t cover the tree during flowering as the flowers won’t get pollinated by bees, birds or other pollinator insects. Biological Control - As the larvae tend to pupate close to the soil surface, chickens may well be helpful in reducing the numbers. Oil/Solar traps – There has been success with homemade solar lights that have been made into oil traps. There are examples of them online if you Google them. For best results, it's worth talking to, and working together with neighbours and your local community to really get on top of the problem.



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