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3 Northland families share their recipes for

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Editor’s Note


There is a festive whisper drifting through the air, and I love it!

In this Christmas edition, we talk to a few Northland locals celebrating Christmas in a unique way.

From the relaxed beach getaways to expats partying with friends when families live afar to the traditional backyard Christmas days with family en masse. It’s an exciting time to unwind with loved ones and catch our breath from the year that’s whizzed past. Personally, when the time comes, I’m looking forward to lying in the hammock under a tree, cold beverage in hand and surrounded by loved ones. What is Christmas without the company of others? Better still, a selfless gift from a stranger? Remember, it’s easy to get caught up in the commercial hurricane and loose sight of what really matters. The Salvation Army have been inundated this year with people offering to sponsor another families Christmas - what an amazing opportunity to change lives. This Christmas season, look outside your world as you know it. Maybe you could reach out to one neighbour, one stranger, one person worse off than you? Wherever you are and whoever you are with, let’s look after each other. It’s a great thing to teach our kids too. Merry Christmas SAVVY readers!

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Photography Michael Cunningham John Stone Design


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Three Northland families share their plans for a Northland style Christmas








Christmas gift guide




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Celebrate a good hair day every day! The only thing constant is change Fitness with Carolyn Hansen

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OUR PEOPLE Michelle Morpeth - Outdoorsy NZ

How do you spend Christmas?

the months ahead – I’m such a water baby! I always feel very lucky to be a New Zealander on Christmas Day.

What traditions do you still carry on from when you were young? Leaving out a drink and a snack for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve, Christmas stockings for the kids, and last but definitely not least: eating too much. Oh – and the prospect of a summer holiday spent on, in, and around the sea!

What has been the best present you have ever received?

My family is made up of: my husband Brenton and three year old son Nate – and our 6 month old ‘bump’, due Waitangi weekend! Both Brenton and I have a pretty big extended family, too – we’re very lucky.

What does Christmas mean to you? I think it’s a day to take stock of how fortunate you are. I always end up feeling a bit overwhelmed on Christmas Day, enjoying being surrounded by the most important people in my life and feeling the love in return (and no, it’s not just the champagne)! To me, it also really signals that summer has arrived with so much fun outdoorsy stuff to look forward to in

My maternal grandparents lived in England, and every two or three years they would come out to visit us for Christmas and to go sailing. Those times in my childhood when they managed to make it over for Christmas seemed like the best present ever, even if all seven of us ended up crammed into a small yacht for three weeks…

What do you do for others at Christmas time? I think it’s a good idea to donate some children’s gifts and food to a charity that distributes them to families who would otherwise miss out – it’s pretty heart-breaking to think of children seeing and hearing all about Father Christmas and presents and a lovely meal (in the media and from their friends), and then it doesn’t happen for them…

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Tell us how you will be spending Christmas this year: I’ve always been the outdoorsy type, and now I have an online community for outdoorsy mums. It’s totally true that everything just tastes better outside - so, of course we have a Christmas picnic on the beach on the Tutukaka Coast planned! Some of the most special Mums in my life will be there – my Mum, my sister, my mother-in-law, my sister-inlaw, and all of our kids. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and we’ll spend a relaxing day watching the kids play, tree climbing, rope-swinging, taking a dip, eating far too many treats, and letting it settle with a stroll along the sand. Then it’s back to the picnic for round two ;)

Jane Frazerhurst - The Motherhood

We don’t all get together every year these days but we


still try to do it as often as we can.

What has been the best present you have ever received? A trampoline when I was seven! I still remember the magic of coming out and seeing it on Christmas morning.

What do you do for others at Christmas time? I like to support local so contribute to local charity collections. In the past I have been involved with toy collections and making up food parcels for local families.

Tell us how you will spending the day this year:

My family is made up of: I come from a pretty big family – even though my own family was originally a family of four (now my sister and I have had children the family has of course now grown), my dad is one of seven so I have numerous aunties, uncles and cousins. There are many occasions that you need to shout to be heard!

What does Christmas mean to you? Christmas is about family. I feel that it’s important that we gather with friends and family and spend it together. I lived in London for many years and I was always the one organizing Christmas and making sure that we did

I imagine it will be an early start with a 3 year old and a 4 year old. This is the first year that they will both really understand what Christmas is all about – and the excitement is building already. Once we have calmed down the girls after the excitement of Santa visiting and opened a few presents, we will head off to join the rest of the family at my parents place for a family champagne breakfast (because Christmas day is about the only day you can have bubbles at breakfast), followed by a big traditional family lunch. The kids will probably be bouncing off the walls by then so running them around in the garden, playing hide and seek with their cousins, and maybe a game of backyard cricket will burn off some of the lunch. If the weather is nice there is always time to squeeze in a swim! And anyone who can might try and sneak off for a little sleep!

Jo Rogan-Gibson - Mad Hatters Pottery My family is made up of: Me, hubby, Niamh and the cat

What does Christmas mean to you? An opportunity to spend time with people who matter the most to us. Old friends and new... About having fun and

something special. We used to have “Orphan’s Christmas Parties” as it can be hard to be a long way from home at Christmas and getting together and celebrating with friends always makes it easier.

seeing the magic of Christmas for the young ones. Our Christmas “family” make up is very different now that we live overseas. Our family is the rich tapestry of friends we have met since being in NZ. Funnily the majority of them are ex-pats...

What traditions do you still carry on from when you were young?

What traditions do you still carry on from when you were young? My dad is one of seven. So Christmas in our family is usually a pretty big occasion. Last year we had 30+ for a traditional sit down family dinner. We move all the furniture from the living room and hire tables and chairs so that there is room for everyone. Christmas dinner is pretty traditional – baked ham, roast vegetables and occasionally a turkey. We all pitch in and help – dividing courses up between different members of the family.

Spending time with family, all being together at the same time. Even though my family as an adult living overseas is different from what “family” was as a child. Grandparents, aunty, uncles, cousins etc.....

What has been the best present you have ever received?

would have to say that other significant days like mothers day and birthdays are more important. The present I have chosen for myself for my birthday and Christmas is my Doterra oil essentials kit. I love to give presents rather than receive them. The magic of Christmas is saved for my daughter and I think as an adult it is great to relive all of that magic and sparkle through our children.

What do you do for others at Christmas time? This year we will be participating in the Salvation Army adopt a family. As we are fortunate to be able to have a traditional Christmas we know that this is not the case for others so its important for us to give to others, donations to the foodbank and the Christmas tree at K-Mart. I think by doing this its shows our children what the traditional view of Christmas is about sharing and caring....

Tell us how you will spending the day this year: We will be smoking salmon first thing. Some will be for breakfast to have with our neighbours. About 11 we will be travelling down to friends in auckland for Christmas dinner with the salmon, we have done this for the last 5 years. In the evening we gather at another house for a Christmas supper and an evening filled with games – which we are in charge of this year...., awards ceremony, pass the parcel and secret Santa and of course an inordinate amount of alcohol washed down with more food..... This is our NZ family Christmas. Boxing day will be spent with other friends and young children and we will head back home later that day....

As a child is would have to be a rocking horse. As an adult the giving of presents doesn’t matter to me anymore but I


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o not only can you learn some excellent skills which will last a lifetime, but you can also make some excellent friends who can also last a lifetime. Yvonne says its lovely seeing graduates keeping in touch on Facebook and meeting up even if they are overseas, they always catch up when they are back and they usually pop into the school to say hello. Graduates are always welcome back with open arms and never leave the Evolution family. The courses offered at Evolution are short and no time is wasted with things you don’t need or will never use in the industry. Time is spent doing the things that are required and utilised. Courses run from as little as 12 weeks through to 21 weeks and there are a few different ways to study. You could start on a level 3 Beauty Consultancy course and work up to the level 4 Beauty Specialist and then onto the level 5 Swedish Massage course or you can just jump straight in on any of the levels. You choose. If you are not sure, the lovely team at Evolution School of Beauty & Massage are there to help and talk you through all the options. “There are some big changes happening right across







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The only thing constant is change BY CORINNE AUSTIN

You know what they say - the only thing constant in life is ‘change’


ife is like a roller coaster ride or the unpredictable oceans that surround us. They have their ups and downs and storms and calms. Every ride, every wave, every swell, every splash, every wind, every day is different. And it’ll always be like that. And life is very similar. No one day is the same as another. No one person is exactly the same as another. No one situation is a complete replica of another. There is always difference, there is always variability, and there is always change. This is the unwavering pattern of life. So it makes sense that health and fitness is no different either; health and fitness, after all, is just another element of our ever-changing rollercoaster of day-to-day life. Yet, we seem to constantly chase this notion of ‘balance’, this ideal of health and fitness perfection (which, in itself, is uniquely subjective to each and every one of us) as if it exists, and as if one day we’ll find this destination that we’ll happily settle for, and that we’ll be happy to settle with for life.

It’s important to both realise and respect that we each have our own individual ideals about strength or fitness, eating regimes, movement patterns, daily health rituals, body aesthetics, flexibility, and all manner of all things wellness-related. And as such, our personalised ideas of what our unique point of ‘balance’ is are going to differ from one person to the next. Regardless of our differences, and despite how goaloriented or health-savvy we are, there is quite possibly not ever going to be an end destination with your

health and fitness, nor is there likely to ever be. Why? Because we are destined, as creatures of forever seeking greener pastures, to always be on the search for the next best thing. It is most certainly in our best interests, then, to simply try to keep improving upon what we already do or what we already know, and make peace with the fact that there is no one destination, but just an endless channel of adventures, discoveries, challenges, and triumphs! We are also destined to fall off the wagon, because, let’s be frank, none of us can be perfect ALL of the time! And how boring would life be if that was the case! I’m a great example! I (clearly) love the health and fitness stuff I both practice and preach daily. But I too can stumble and trip! Throughout the winter I worked my butt off, both nutritionally and physically, to become fighting fit for a charity boxing match (that never eventuated, but we won’t revisit that!). Since then though, I have relaxed, unwound, implemented some restorative practices (in exercise and food contexts!) and ‘undone’ some of the great stuff I had achieved. And I recently had a weekend away with my fambam and I over-indulged more than I have in a very long time.

changing wants and needs and desires.

But rather than feel guilty, I’m feeling ready. Ready for stepping it up, ready for more intense action, ready

Let life be an endless chase for renewed excitement, falling upon unchartered territory, and discovering

for some hard stuff again, and ready for the next chapter.

new and wonderful things. And enjoy the thrill that comes with constant change, and being open to

Because life’s better with four seasons and ever-

whatever your next chapters bring x



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Koy’s Traditional Thai Massage is the original therapeutic clinic in Whangarei previously located on Northfolk Street and recently moved to the current premises - 50 Kamo Rd, Kensington, Whangarei.

Our professional team of four fully qualified therapists have many years of experience and have been trained to the highest standards in Thailand. We provide personal, friendly and courteous services for both men and women with our signature massage being the Traditional Thai massage which, through a fusion of rhythmic acupressure, body rocking and deep assisted stretches,

loosens joints and balances major muscle groups within the body. Our clients can choose from our professional treatments to unwind from the stress of a modern day lifestyle, or just relieve those aches and strains associated with hard work. You will find it a truly positive experience, beneficial for both mind and body. We have consistently heard the same message from our clients – We help them experience less pain, less inflammation and help our clients enjoy moving their bodies more. We are open 6 days a week (Sunday’s by special appointment) from 9.00am to 7.00pm for your convenience and it is recommended that you make an appointment to avoid any disappointment.

Looking forward to see you!


Raised in a traditional Thai family, studied Thai Massage from a young age. Chularnee advanced her skills at medical school in Bangkok. She has worked in very popular Thai clinics in Auckland and decided to move to Whangarei for a change in lifestyle. Chularnee bought Koy’s Massage two years ago and she is looking forward to bring this business to a new level.


Specializing in all aspects of Traditional Thai massage, Promjit graduated from a top massage school then worked in a hospital in Thailand for many years. She is very passionate about the many health benefits Thai massage can offer and will offer her skills and expertise that make for a most rewarding health-improving experience.


If you would like to experience hard deep tissue treatments, Penny is the person to see. The youngest in the team, Penny has a wealth of experience. Penny is new to Whangarei, she trained at medical school in Thailand and worked at top Thai clinics. See Penny, you will feel difference!


A fully qualified therapist from Thailand, Penwun has also been fully trained at medical school in Thailand. Her expertise has come from working at one of the top clinics in Auckland. Penwun will find the sore parts of your body, almost before you can. She helps release knots, improve flexibility and iron out the stresses that modern life brings to your bodies.


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Becoming your own Best Friend is one of the best gifts you can give yourself… BY CAROLYN HANSEN

… and makes life so much easier yet we can spend a lifetime taking care of others, throwing ourselves into their needs, happiness and their well-being.We “rise to the occasion” for him, her, them and it ... and yet, somehow, fail to do this for ourselves. How is it that we can be a good friend to everyone but ourselves? If you can be solid as a rock for others, then course (of course!) you can be that for yourself too. In fact, you MUST be Sometimes we have to take a look deep inside ourselves and flush out feelings, thoughts and self-beliefs that can have us standing in our own way, in the way of “our own Success”. Are you “your own worst enemy”…or “your own best friend”? Do you sabotage “your own actions” or are you firmly committed to “your own health and fitness goals? Do you stay Positive, Focused, are good to your body AND yourself? Do you “OWN IT”? No matter what age you are, you can be your own best friend. You are in very capable hands. It means you like yourself. It means you look after your body and treat yourself like you would treat your own best friend. You don’t keep beating yourself up and continue on doing things that self-sabotage yourself in the areas of healthy eating and exercise. If you are overweight for whatever reason you still know that without doubt that you

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ast month marked the 15th year of the Northland Barista Championships and saw 14 of the region’s top shot pullers go head to head over two gruelling days of intense competition. In the end, only one prevailed. CONGRATULATIONS Jenn Tamati from Quail Café, who nudged out the rest of the pack to become northlands Barista Champ of 2016. The competition was extremely close with positions changing over the course of both days, resulting in a four person showdown going through to the finals round late on day two. With representatives from three local cafes and one boutique shot bar from Waipu, they battled it out with drinks

and performances of such a high calibre that all the finalists were encouraged to consider the national event next year. Competitors prepared 12 beverages in a 15 minute time frame to be scrutinised by four taste judges determining flavour, tactile feel and appearance while two technical judges surveyed all aspects of the baristas movements, procedures and consistency. Head judge for the event, Northland Hospitality’s Robert Tadman said, “The event follows almost exactly the international platform and puts the highest scrutiny upon competitors, even entering such a competition shows a lot of courage and determination. And that the net gain from such an event are the improved standards and skills of baristas



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NorthTec caters for great hospitality


f you’re thinking of a career in the hospitality industry, NorthTec can help you get there with a professional qualification and the confidence to go with it. We have a reputation for turning out great graduates with all the skills and techniques to work in the fast-paced world of restaurants, cafés and bars, whether it’s as part of the front of house team or in food preparation. Our students train in our on-site restaurant and café, under the watchful eye of NorthTec’s experienced and passionate tutors, who have a wealth of knowledge of the industry. The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) is an excellent introductory programme, giving you barista skills and experience in customer service, health and safety and food preparation and service. When you’ve completed this programme you can choose to enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4), which will equip you to work as a café manager, restaurant or bar supervisor, or to supervise general food and beverage service.

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The level 4 programme teaches you about operational systems, procedures and guidelines in the industry, and you’ll also learn supervisory skills, along with liquor control and human resource requirements. After either or both of these programmes you’ll be able to go straight into work in a café or restaurant. For those who dream of becoming a chef, NorthTec also offers a level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced). This programme will prepare you to work as a senior chef – you’ll be ready to prepare advanced dishes in a professional kitchen. You’ll learn to plan and produce a broad range of dishes, and you’ll be able to develop and design advanced menus. The diploma programme will also enable you to plan and monitor workflow and supplies in a commercial kitchen, manage operational staff requirements and relationships, and manage operating procedures and compliance requirements. To enrol or find out more about NorthTec’s hospitality programmes, call 0800 162 100 or visit

Andrew Thompson – Hospitality student “My brother studied cheffing here and he’s gone on to do really well. This training has a good reputation and it’s local. The best part of the course is the good vibe of the people and the environment. You’re made to feel welcome and the tutors treat you as an equal or a colleague rather than as a student. They get better outcomes by doing that so it works well both ways. “Baking is a challenging part of the course for me because I’m too rough and knock too much air out of cake mixes, but it’s also the area I want to get involved in. “This qualification will enable me to have the freedom to travel and work. My first priority is to get full time work and save. I’m new to the industry so I’ll have to start at the bottom but if you show you’re keen and you’re onto your work, you can progress fast. I’d love a baker’s job and eventually want to have my own baking business.”

ENROL NOW FOR 2017 If studying and gaining skills are on your to-do list for 2017, take a look at what NorthTec has to offer. As the region’s leading tertiary education provider, we deliver high-quality education with a strong career focus and a practical, hands-on approach. Best of all, our industry connections can help you find employment in your chosen field and set you up for a rewarding future.

“I adore food – and I love learning how it’s made so other people can enjoy the best of it too. Having done level 4, I’m back now to get the diploma because it will give me more opportunities for work and a better life for my growing family.” Shahn Allen - Cookery student

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Elbows Off the Table, Please, by Jo Seagar, published by Random House NZ, RRP $50. Photography by Jae Frew.

Chop Chop, by Brett McGregor, published by Random House NZ, RRP $45. Photography by Jae Frew.

Pork involtini is an Italianinspired dish of thin pork loin slices that are beaten flat, stuffed, rolled into logs and tied. Makes: 8 Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS 8 slices pork loin, schnitzel thickness 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 3⁄4 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino grated rind of 1 lemon 1⁄4 cup chopped Italian flatleaf parsley 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, no stalks 2 Tbsp chopped chives (chive flower petals can be included, too) salt & freshly ground pepper to taste 1 egg 8 slices shaved streaky bacon 8 thin lemon slices, no pips

8 sage leaves 125g butter 1 ⁄4 cup flour to dust Grainy Mustard Sour Cream Sauce: 2 cups white wine or chicken stock 3 Tbsp grainy mustard 250g sour cream 1 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

METHOD One at a time, place the slices of pork between two sheets of plastic wrap and, using a meat pounder or hammer, pound out to as thin as possible. In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan or pecorino, lemon rind, chopped herbs, salt and pepper with the egg. Mix well. Lay a rasher of shaved bacon on the bench. Place a pork slice on top. Divide the crumb mixture into 8 sausage shapes and place one on the pork slice. Fold in the ends and roll up like wrapping fish and chips. Place a lemon slice and sage leaf on top and wrap the

bacon round like a bandage. Secure the roll with silicon baking bands or kitchen string. Repeat for all the pork slices. In a large frying pan that can fit all 8 involtini, melt the butter over a mediumhigh heat. Place the flour in a shallow plate and roll the involtini in the flour to lightly coat. This helps them to brown nicely. Add the floured rolls to the pan and cook on all sides for 10-12 minutes depending on thickness. They should feel quite firm when pressed. Transfer to a roasting dish and keep warm in a medium oven as you prepare the sauce. Add the wine or stock to the frying pan and place over a medium-high heat, scraping all the cooked brown bits up from the surface. Simmer until reduced by half, then stir in the mustard, sour cream, salt and pepper. This just needs to be warmed, not boiled. Transfer the involtini to a serving plate. Snip off the bands or string. Serve with the sauce on the side. ■ From Elbows Off the Table, Please, by Jo Seagar.




5 coriander roots, scraped clean 1-2 small bird’s-eye chillies to taste 80 g palm sugar, grated juice of 2-3 limes fish sauce to taste Mussels: 1kg green-lipped mussels, cleaned and debearded 2 lemongrass stalks, finely sliced small bunch of fresh coriander 4 Tbsp crispy shallots (see below)

METHOD Place the garlic, ginger, coriander roots and chillies into your mortar and pestle and pound into a paste. Place the paste and the remaining dipping sauce ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Arrange the mussels in your steamer, place over the pan and cover with a lid. Steam until just opened. Remove the mussels as they open and discard any that do not open, cover and set aside. Place a little salt on a

platter or board to create a nest for the mussels. Top with an opened mussel in its shell. Drizzle a teaspoon of the dressing over each one and scatter over the sliced lemongrass, coriander and crispy shallots. TOP TIP When the mussels have just opened and are plump, remove from the steamer straight away for best results.

CRISPY SHALLOTS & GARLIC These are easy to make and I love the earthiness of flavour and the amazing texture they add to salads, stir-fries and a good old laksa. To make your own, slice some shallots the night before, toss them in a little cornflour and leave them to dry overnight. Then heat a good few glugs of vegetable oil and simply fry them slowly. I keep the temperature at 150ºC. As soon as they start to become crisp and golden, remove and drain on paper towels. When cool, put them straight into an airtight container. The garlic can be done in the same oil, at the same temperature, but watch it closely — you don’t want to let it get too dark as it will become bitter. ■ From Chop Chop, by Brett McGregor.

You can do most of the hard work before your guests arrive then simply throw it together and serve. Serves 8 as a starter Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS Dipping Sauce: 1 tsp chopped garlic 1 tsp grated ginger

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The stuffing used in this chicken is a good option for gluten-intolerant eaters. We like to serve the eggplant salad warm but it is just as delicious served at room temperature. Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS Stuffed chicken: 2 1⁄2 cups jasmine rice 1⁄2 cup golden sultanas 1 red onion, sliced 5 cups chicken stock 50g butter salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 size 18 free-range chicken, skin on, boneless (ask your butcher to debone) 100g pine nuts zest of 2 lemons 1 ⁄2 cup roughly chopped Italian parsley cooking string, for trussing 2 Tbsp olive oil for rubbing chicken skin Eggplant salad: 4 eggplants, sliced into 2cm rounds 1 Tbsp dried oregano 50ml good-quality olive oil seeds of 1 pomegranate salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 punnets cherry tomatoes 2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves Salad dressing: 3 Tbsp sherry vinegar 1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses 1 Tbsp good-quality olive oil

METHOD Preheat oven to 180C. Place rice, sultanas, onion, stock, butter, salt and freshly ground black pepper in an oven dish. Cover with tinfoil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes,

until rice is cooked, then stir with a fork and allow to cool. Lay chicken out on a board lengthways so that the breast is on the left and the thigh is on the right. Open tenderloins up so that chicken is flat. Overlap one thigh over the other thigh so there are no gaps in the chicken. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lightly toast pine nuts by dry-roasting them in a frying pan for a few minutes, stirring regularly to avoid burning. Allow to cool slightly. Once stuffing is cool, mix in lemon zest, parsley and cooled pine nuts. Check seasoning and adjust if necessary. Spread stuffing in a horizontal log across the chicken, leaving enough space on either side to roll up. Roll up away from yourself, making sure you keep the thighs of the chicken overlapped while rolling. When complete, the seam should be on the bottom. Using cooking string, tie up each end of the chicken and then tie in the middle. Rub skin with olive oil and season with salt. Put chicken in a roasting tray and cook for 40-45 minutes until golden and the juices run clear. Allow to rest, covered, for 10 minutes before slicing. To make the salad, toss together eggplant, oregano, oil, pomegranate seeds, salt and freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Transfer to an oven tray and roast at 180C for 15-20 minutes until golden. For the dressing, lightly whisk vinegar, pomegranate molasses and oil together. When eggplant is cooked, toss with cherry tomatoes, basil and dressing. Serve straight away with the sliced chicken. ■ From Little & Friday Every Meal, by Kim Evans and Sophie Beck.

FRESH BAY, ROSEMARY & LEMON SQUASHED POTATOES This is an impressive side dish that looks inviting and tastes great, too. Serves 6 Prep time: 25 minutes Roasting time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS 36 small new season potatoes (Jersey Bennies or Perlas are good) 4 small stems fresh bay (about 20 leaves) 4-6 stalks fresh rosemary grated rind & juice of 2 lemons 1 ⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil sea salt flakes & freshly ground black pepper



A great combination of some of my favourite foods. This is a pretty salad, and looks great on a platter as part of a buffet or when you are taking a side or salad dish to a party. Serves 6 Prep time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS 100g packet (about 3 handfuls) fresh baby rocket handful of Italian flat-leaf parsley 2 cups seedless grapes, halved 2 firm but ripe avocados, peeled, stoned & chopped 1 cup cubed feta cheese 1 cup toasted fresh walnut halves 3 spring onions, finely sliced Dressing: 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp white wine vinegar 1 Tbsp liquid honey or agave syrup sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

METHOD Rinse the rocket and parsley and spin in a salad spinner to get all the excess water off the leaves. Place the greens in a salad bowl. Add the grapes, avocado, feta, walnuts and spring onions. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and, just before serving, drizzle over the salad and toss to mix. The secret to a great green salad is crispness, with dressing added just before serving. To toast nuts: Heat the walnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium-high heat, stirring, for 3-5 minutes until lightly coloured, smelling really fragrant and heated through. Cool before storing in a zip-lock bag or airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months. ■ From Elbows Off the Table, Please, by Jo Seagar.

Preheat oven to 200C. Scrub the potatoes and boil them in their skins until just tender, about 15-18 minutes. Drain and cool so that they can be easily handled. Place the bay stems and rosemary stalks in a roasting pan and squash or flatten the potatoes into the leaves. Press them down so their skins split and they squish open. Whisk together the lemon rind and juice with the olive oil and drizzle over the squashed potatoes. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the leaves are scorched and the potatoes crispy golden brown. You don’t eat the leaves but their lovely flavour has been imparted to the potatoes. I often serve the potatoes on fresh cuttings of bay and rosemary for great presentation. ■ From Elbows Off the Table, Please, by Jo Seagar.

Little & Friday Every Meal, by Kim Evans and Sophie Beck, published by Penguin NZ, RRP $50. Photography by Lottie

Elbows Off the Table, Please, by Jo Seagar, Random House NZ, RRP $50. Photography by Jae Frew.

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may find there’s not that much walls space left, and that it will be nicely broken up and interspersed with other elements. If you’re unsure of diving into a bold colour for your walls, add accessories like rugs, cushions and lamps, in the colour instead. These are more easily changed if and when you tire of the colour. Opt for over-sized accessories to add drama – a large

mirror or artwork leant against a wall, a big squishy statement sofa, striking light fittings or a heavily textured rug. If your home has high ceilings, a full wall of a dark or bold colour may be overpowering. Instead, use the visual trick of bringing the pale ceiling colour down the walls for about 50cm.

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ell that time of year has come again and the guests are due to arrive, but for those of us who are not expecting family and friends during the festive season, most of us will be planning a good healthy break, relaxing…. hopefully. But a lot of us at this time of year, who only get a break now, are also looking at doing some tidying up, late spring cleaning, decluttering and maybe looking to upgrade a few pieces in our homes. We at BedsRus, are not only bed specialists who have many beds in stock for that last minute replacement, for those thinking of upgrading the guest bed, or rather moving the current bed into the spare room and spoiling ourselves with a new bed, we also have or can obtain many other items to help upgrade or update your boudoir, the total bedroom package and some. Due to the size of our retail space, we cannot possibly have in stock or displayed in our showroom, all that we are able to offer…. We would need a rugby field or two. So if you come in and are looking for new furniture, headboards, linen, lamps, cushions, paintings or that special piece, tchotchkes and have an idea…, we can find what you are looking for or die trying. We do have a range of furniture catalogues for you to take home and ponder over, as well as some in store catalogues and websites to visit. As an example, we have an extensive range of headboards, in wrought iron, wood and the upholstered padded varieties in hundreds of finishes and colours that we can order to suit your style. You



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Your own slice of paradise! BY ISABEL KRAUSS


ere you as inspired by the beautiful gardens at the Whangarei Garden Discovery last weekend as I was? I was amazed by the variety and beauty of the gardens displayed – and in awe of those people who created their own little paradise! Of course, many of these gardens have slowly evolved over years and no doubt required a lot of work and effort from their passionate owners! However, you can save yourself some precious time if you think about the layout and plant selection before going ahead and planting out your garden.

It’s getting to the tail end of the planting season now, but it’s never too late to think about the next steps! Clever planting design doesn’t only require knowledge about your section or piece of land, plant knowledge will help you determine which plants will thrive in your place – and if you want a low maintenance garden it’s much better to work with the conditions rather than against them. Mix that with a bit of creativity regarding the layout of your planting and you have got a good recipe for a great garden. A damp patch in your garden can be turned into a beautiful wetland oasis and a shady spot could be the perfect place for a lush subtropical garden! Be inspired by what you can do rather than dwelling on the things you can’t. At Alter-Natives, we can help you to get started, from a quick site visit to discuss your site and plant options, right through to drawing up a detailed landscape plan. That does not only have to include plants – it can also include details of decks and pathways and will be made to suit your requirements and vision.

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he Mazda 3 is one of New Zealand’s most popular compact models. Unpredictable spring weather can throw up unusual opportunities to test new cars in unexpectedly extreme conditions. The latest version of the Mazda 3 proved up to the challenge. As one of the country’s most popular compact models, the current Mazda 3 is well established, and a frequent sight on our roads. The latest updates involve exterior refinements, with definite improvements at the front of the car, and similarly minor enhancements inside. But the most noticeable and significant improvements are underneath, delivering much better ride and handling. Mazda has developed a new way of integrating the powertrain and chassis, aiming to improve the driving dynamics. Like its competitors, Mazda has felt compelled to give it a name, GVC, which is G (for g-force) Vectoring Control. Not that the Mazda 3 was any slouch before, but the new set-up provides an assured, agile and confidence-inducing ride – even in extreme wet, windy and stormy conditions. A peak-hour journey across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and on to the Northern Motorway during weather-warning-level cross-winds and driving rain, could have become a harrowing experience in some cars. But the Mazda ploughed on through with confidence and assurance. The steering is firm with enough feel to reassure the driver he

is in control no matter the weather. The cockpit wraps around the driver and the front of the cabin feels much roomier than many other popular compact competitors. This is partly because the traditional hand brake has been replaced by an electronic button between the two front seats. We tested the top-of-the-range SP 25 Limited model, which retails at $47,495. For that you get leather seats, an electronic sun roof, and a raft of other driver assistance and safety technology. There is a small screen that pops up on the dashboard immediately in front of the driver, which in turn projects a headsup display of the speed limit on to the windscreen. Whereas most companies call these systems heads-up displays, Mazda describes its system as Active Drive Display. The Limited also has Blind Spot Monitoring and a raft of other driver assist and safety features such as lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and driver attention alerts. Apart from the improved handling, probably the most useful innovation is the easy-to-use adaptive cruise control, which can maintain a set distance between you and the vehicle in front, no matter how fast or slow it travels. It is simple to engage by buttons on the steering wheel and quickly gains driver confidence. The Mazda 3 continues to be powered by either a 2-litre or a 2.5 litre engine. The SP 25 Limited tested is fitted with the latter engine, which delivers 138 kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

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It has a distinct sound but delivers satisfyingly brisk acceleration. It is hard to credit the current shape of the Mazda 3 has been in our market for years, and yet it remains one of the bestlooking of the compact models on the market. Car spotters will have to look closely at the latest version to identify the various models in the range, because Mazda has adopted a minimal badging regime – the SP25 Limited has larger wheels and smarter alloys than cheaper models, as well as different badging on the grille to house some of the technical wizardry on board. Little else distinguishes it from the three lesser models in the range — but new owners will appreciate the raft of features they get for paying the $14,700 over and above the base model as soon as they drive their car. If your wheels are under review right now, this is perfect for your Christmas wish list.



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The Summer Do Art School at the Quarry Arts Centre 7th – 11th January 2017 LEARN – PARTICIPATE – DO


workshop at the Summer Do is the perfect Christmas present for yourself or

others! Why not have an adventure of discovery exploring what’s creatively possible and take the opportunity to step into the Quarry Arts Summer Do from 7th to 11th of Jan 2017. Immerse yourself among like-minded artists, experimenters or creatively curious. This season the Quarry Arts Centre brings together an outstanding line-up of professional, inspirational tutors to act as mentors and guides to help bring out and develop the hidden talents of each student. It is a week to learn from scratch or develop existing techniques or just bathe in the inspiration of the workshops and the creative and encouraging environment. Offering artistic exploration and hands-on learning, you will get the opportunity to engage with your inner creative and produce a completed body of work in your chosen medium to be proud of. The Summer Do is one of only a handful of arts schools taking place in the country and we are very fortunate to have it happening right here in Whangarei. Courses range from three to five days and are affordably priced to meet our Whangarei artistic and creatively curious community. Classes are kept small with from 7 – 10 participants in each workshop. Julie Cromwell will be sharing her tutoring skills in ceramics and her huge personality guiding students through beginner to advanced. Students will be throwing, building, glazing and even playing with fire with raku firing. David Taylor leads an inspiring carving course using Oamaru stone, giving you the know-




7th to 11th January 2017 @ Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei

how to make real your carving ambitions. Print maker Marty Vreede comes from New Plymouth bringing “Analogue Ink & Digital Data”. Explore print making techniques from the 14th century woodcut through to present day lasercut images. A modern twist to the tradition of print-making. Jenny Crundwell will be sharing her extensive experience and tutoring hours with inspiring art silver clay creations. Not only will students create pieces of fine silver jewellery but they will experiment mixing ceramics and fine silver to create unique pieces. Lena Zankl is coming back to Whangarei to wave her magic wand at all painters and wouldbe painters. Using oils, acrylics and other mediums, Lena will be sharing her talents and knowledge. Abstracts in resin and interactive oil paints is a workshop lead by award winning glass artist Karen Irwin. One of a very few tutors nationally in this medium, resin and interactive oils opens up a new concept in abstract painting and surface finishes. In the heart of Whangarei City the Quarry Arts Centre feels like an island of calm in a sea of noise. Surrounded by regenerating bush and enclosed within the Western Hills, the Quarry provides an oasis where artist can come and concentrate their attention fully on their work with no distractions from the outside bustle. As said by previous participants ; “I was given a workshop at the Summer Do for Christmas and it is the best present I have ever had” ; “The Sumer Do isn’t just a place to learn about something creative, it is a place where you can understand what it is to enjoy and pursue what inspires you” ; “The Summer Do was the very start of a long passion for making pottery” ; “The Summer Do is my summer holiday” Workshops start 9.30am. Exceptionally yummy lunches are available for less than $10 per head. Sublime coffee and cakes are also available onsite at the Quarry Arts Studio Café. For individual prices or information contact the Quarry Arts Centre: email workshops@ or register on the website at or phone 4381215.


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with Julie Cromwell Wheel work, hand building, glazing & raku firing Five days - 7th – 11th Jan $460 inc materials


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with Karen Irwin Abstract on board Three days - 7th – 9th Jan $280 inc materials


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Welcome To Cosy Cosmos SUZA SCHIELE 12 December 2016 – 19 Feburary 2017 Whangarei Art Museum – Te Manawa Toi is pleased to present ‘Welcome to Cosy

IMAGE CREDIT: Suza Schiele, Red Polymona, 2011, Oil on Canvas

Cosmos’ an ongoing body of work by Suza Schiele in which she invites viewers to ponder on the origin of life, the perplexities of human existence and complexities of identity.


nspired by idiosyncratic microbiological research and the “pagan, colourful optimism” of Modern Art, her paintings and mixed media sculptures evolved from spontaneous chance creation. Exhibited together, they form a wunderkammer with a collection of subjective images and objects hovering between microbiology, science fiction and art history. “Looking at life in a drop of pond water I saw something - a fleeting glimpse, a transient clue - then it was gone. Ever since I have been attempting to make this encounter palpable…It’s those first glances that entice to take a closer look, those first moments of ‘seeing’, when reality and imagination have not yet separated and everything is possible, that are most magic and motivating ...” ‘Welcome to Cosy Cosmos’ might be regarded as a microcosmic memory theatre, evoking internal seeing and unexpected feeling, a sensual space inviting discovery, reflection and creation, ultimately embarking on a playful journey delving into one’s own imaginative spaces. Suza Schiele was born in Germany and grew up in Turkey where her parents

where employed by the German Institute of Archaeology. She lived and worked in Europe as an Interior Designer before she came to New Zealand in 1992. After raising a family, Suza enrolled at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, studying under artists such as Derrick Cherrie and Michael Parekowhai. During her studies she received ‘The University of Auckland Masters/Honours Scholarship (2001)’ and the ‘Scott Ellery Medal’. She graduated with a BFA in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2003. The exhibition includes a community collaborative project in which viewers are invited to contribute to the expansion of a large mural. Participants will contribute by creating spontaneous drawings and incorporate them onto a large black Velcro canvas which will develop throughout the duration of the exhibition. The work aims to engage a diverse range of people including those who seldom visit a museum to come in an express themselves creatively. Whangarei Art Museum will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing day and will reopen on the 27th December 10am – 4pm.

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Plan, Prepare and Prioritise


Parenting column by Michael Botur

MICHAEL BOTUR is a Whangarei writer

Kids vs Carpet

DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Centre


t’s incredibly easy to overspend at Christmas. This time of year we start to plan what and who we are buying for (or do we?). The decisions we make are often made because we get caught up in the hype of Christmas and don’t really think about the long term effect this will have on our budget for the rest of the year. Once again, I encourage you to not find yourself getting into more debt, when you don’t actually have to. Give yourself the chance to relax and enjoy Christmas for what it really is all about! Enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Thanks again for the opportunity to share with you over this year, from us all at the Anglican Care Centre we wish you all a blessed Christmas.

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each week and you’ll never go on an overseas holiday again. Maybe your belly is ruined because of your diet of leftover Nutri Grain

more. Here are a few tips about how to protect that most irreplaceable, valuable, beloved asset in

which you feel compelled to eat because every box costs $7 and each time your child leaves a half-eaten bowl they’re wasting $1.50. Maybe what’s ruined is your chance of ever having sex with anyone but your wife again. Something that’s undoubtedly ruined is your carpet. Perhaps your children have tracked a trail of mud inside because they’ve spent their entire lives barefoot. Perhaps your carpet has coffee stains from where you’ve spilled your coffee at 6.01am, tripping over McDonald’s Happy Meal toy that wasn’t even worth bringing home in the first place, all so you could get to your crying child and coddle them and assure them there are no monsters in the closet (although to be honest, you’re afraid to check ‘cause you saw some M. Night Shyamalan movie last night and

life – your carpet.

1. Instead of multiple squirts of carpet cleaning spray which costs $1 with every pump of the fingers, just aim the squirt bottle at your child

2. 3.

instead to keep ‘em off the damn carpet in the first place. Blanket the entire floor of your house with wall-to-wall Thomas the Tank Engine Rugs. Or Chuggington, if you’re on a budget. Play the ‘Carpet-Is-Lava’ game nonstop, 24-7, 365 days a year so your child pretty much


gets around the house hopping from couch to couch and cannot touch the floor Get yourself elected as a Member of


Parliament, vote in a Sugar Tax and ban Fanta, purely in the interest of preventing spilled Fanta from destroying your carpet. Have a vasectomy at age 12 so you never

it really got you thinking, What if… .)

father the bloody kids in the first place.


She may be partial to a frilly dress


ooking at this picture, I vividly remember her older sister at this age. Christmas is just around the corner and so are the present orders. No longer can we get away with a frilly dress or a sack full of dollies and puzzles, the bar has been raised. Not ones to be sucked in by high ticket items nor iPad’s for our tween generation, we try to keep the focus on giving and of course Santa for the younger two, he is the one who delivers the smaller gifts these days. One from Saint Nicholas, one from the parents, usually a sack full of things they need for the new year at the end of their bed and the rest are from various family members and friends.

Miss Two will know not much better this year. Dazzled by the shiny lights, I imagine, open platters of food and a late nap time. I’m sure that unwrapping the paper will be the highlight of her day as well as being around family. She may be partial to a frilly dress. Santa may or may not make his annual snowy foot presence throughout the house and this year, we had better remember to leave him a cookie and milk (or a beer, as he wasn’t too impressed to have missed this last year. Mornings are made up of the pitter patter of different sized feet, some not so little now but still as excited. Squeals of delight and “I told you sos”, before the squabbling begins.


Squishy hugs in the bed and a late breakfast, followed by pleas to open presents arranged under the tree the night before. Our eldest is Santa savvy this year, so she steps up to the role of his little helper. Her role is to keep the magic alive for the others as she knowingly smiles as she enjoys planning the surprises with the adults. My bet is that we have one more year of magic with Mister middle child and then the focus will be shifted to Miss Two, with years of excitement ahead to share and re-live the magic through her eyes. Thank goodness we still have years of young magic to sweep through the house, it will be a sad day when it’s all gone.


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