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Valentine’s: Meet two very different couples and follow their journeys SECRETS TO LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

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Editor’s Note


didn’t think I was much of a soppy person but I have to admit to uttering an “Aww…” out loud when Jess, who we feature on the front cover, described how Zak proposed. When I heard they had recently become engaged I knew this couple would have a good yarn to tell – they didn’t disappoint. I also suspected it would be in stark contrast to the other couple we feature this month in our Valentine’s edition. John and Shirley Haddow are just lovely – the kind you’d want to adopt as grandparents for your children if they had none. Theirs was a more conventional courtship and wedding of their day and, still together 68 years later, upon meeting them, it was obvious to see why! Of course, I had to ask them their secrets to a

long-lasting relationship. Find out their answers inside. Likewise, our Q&A this month focuses on the same theme. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding it pretty fascinating having an inside glimpse into what others put up with and how they deal with it. I don’t think I’m one to offer advice in this department but I would like to share this wise quote I came across the other day: “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and ceases to be what you love. So, if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” – Osho. If you’re not into the whole Valentine’s thing, never fear - there’s plenty more reading; check out our new fishing column and Local Legends kicks off this month. Read what our first nominee has been doing for the community and perhaps it will prompt you into thinking of other suitable nominees doing good out there. Happy Valentine’s or just happy February!

John & Shirley Haddow Valentine’s Q&A

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13 health Awesome fitness goals for women Treat cataracts for clear vision New Zealand’s personal trainer of the year

16 wellbeing Is your business love sick? Saint Valentine

17 pets Hair of the dog 18 local legends 19 home trends

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23 books Kids’ Corner with Storytime 24 food Almond raspberry love hearts Flames Restaurant - review Beer-glazed pork belly

27 motoring The legendary Mini it here! 28 love Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month Fishing tips & tales Showcasing summer Is your valentine equally as hot as you?

15 Editorial ................................................................. Jodi Bryant Advertising .............................................................Jan Hewitt Cover Photo ....................................... Michael Cunningham

30 arts Our Summer with Whangarei Art Museum 31 give aways!

Contributors ..................................................Michael Botur ........................................................................... Sharon Gibson .........................................................................Abbey Cameron .......................................................................... Natalie Tolhopf

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essica Loftus first began noticing her now-fiance Zak Olsen when he’d come into her bar barefoot, fresh off the fishing vessel and raucously spend all his hardearned cash. “He’d come in either barefoot or in gumboots, being loud and shouting everyone drinks, drinking top-shelf champagne and generally having a whale of a time,” says the owner/ operator of Butter Factory in Whangarei. “Whenever Zak was onshore we would always have to stock up on rum.” Over time, she got to know him, both at work and socially through mutual friends and realised he had a ‘heart of gold’. “He was one of the good ones and was someone worth my time and energy. This was at a point in my life when I was being pretty picky about who I was going to spend my time and energy with,” adds the 31-year-old. Recently single after a nine-year relationship with two years of marriage, Jess was not looking for a relationship and, instead, went about trying to set Zak up with her friend. “We were in Auckland at the NAPTA awards and Zak was in town, fresh off the fishing boat and we invited him to party with us afterwards. Everyone was dolled up to the nines and we ended up having a massive night. “I actually spent a large part of the evening trying to set Zak up with a friend of mine because I had decided that he deserved a good woman in his life – I never thought that woman would be me!” She continues: “We basically ended up spending the night together by default as we were the last two people standing. I told Zak the next morning that last night was a one-off thing and it was never going to be repeated. Zak text our mutual friend in the morning saying: ‘I’ve either made the best or worst decision of my life’.” Says Zak: “I thought she was pretty dope but she’s pretty intimidating though – she’s a real staunch woman. I thought I was either gonna lose my favourite pub or stay attached to it forever.” Over the following weeks the two spent time together while Zak, a Southern Cross fishing vessel skipper, was onshore.

Says Jess: “I had it in my head that he could be a project of mine; refine the rough edges and shape him into being the perfect man for some lucky lady. I had only been officially single for several months at this stage and had really embraced it.” Besides, Zak had a tattoo on his left leg stating: ‘Real fisherman don’t know real love’. “I’ve never been interested in relationships,” explains Zak. “All I’ve ever been known for was partying and fishing. I was married to the ocean first and everything else came second.” Jess continues: “When I started recognising that I was falling in love with Zak I was annoyed with myself. I didn’t want to be in love! Not now, so soon after ending a marriage, and not with Zak! But, in the end, I just went with it and accepted it,” she says, adding that being whisked away on a holiday to Bali probably helped. As it transpired, it was one of the best things to have happened, says Jess. During their first six-months together, she realised how amazing it felt to be adored and with someone who had integrity in what they said and did. Having a baby felt like a natural way to progress their lives together and they were blessed with the arrival of daughter Ariel Pearl Olsen the following year. The couple now co-own and operate Butter Factory and say life with a bar and baby is ‘pretty full-on’. “’The juggle is real’, is a favourite quote of mine. Throw in a partner that goes to sea for a week or so at a time and it’s very challenging, but working through the challenges that life brings us together as a team is what helps make our bond stronger.” On Boxing Day last year, Zak got down on one knee at the water’s edge at Whale Bay – Jess’ favourite place where she spends every Boxing Day with family and friends. “It was unexpected and just perfect with our little one right there with us and people we love up on the beach cheering us on and we celebrated on the beach into the dusk. I have found out since that he was planning on the proposal for last Boxing Day but he wanted our daughter with us and, since she was two weeks late, I was kept waiting another 363 days.”

It was unexpected and just perfect with our little one right there with us and people we love up on the beach cheering us on .... The couple’s Easter wedding day will have traditional elements, including the vows and exchange of rings, while other elements will reflect their lives. Jess will be walking down the beach and Zak will, fittingly, arrive by boat. “We will be getting married on the first of April 2018 which is April Fool’s Day! When we sent out ‘save the date’ messages, a lot of people thought we were joking. “It will basically be a big party with everyone we love and cherish with all the things we enjoy: I love the beach and live music, Zak love boats, and partying. We both share a passion for food so the day will be filled with those things but, most importantly, celebrating love, the love me and Zak share but also the chance to honour all the people in our lives that love and support us. We have an amazing village surrounding us and bringing everyone together to celebrate that love is just as important to us.” Reflecting on their journey so far, Jess says: “I think that when you are not actively seeking to fall in love, that’s when it blindsides you – bam, when you least expect it. “I remember making a list of ideal qualities for what I would like in my ideal partner: good sense of humour, honest, passionate, patient, good earning potential, kind. As it turns out, I was listing Zak, so be careful what you wish for!” And as for Zak’s tattoo stating that real fisherman don’t know real love? He explains: “As things progressed, fishing doesn’t come first anymore – Jess and Ariel come above fishing.” “He says he’s not a real fisherman anymore,” adds Jess with a laugh.


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John Shirley Haddow BY JODI BRYANT


ohn and Shirley Haddow gaze into each other’s eyes adoringly, and it’s plain to see the answer to the question they’ve just been asked. Yes, they are just as much in love today as the day they married, they confirm. That was 62 years ago and they’ve been together 68. “It’s actually deepened,” says John, 83. The couple got together as 15-year-olds in their hometown of Surrey. They vaguely remember each other from Sunday school before that but it was at a New Year’s party at Shirley’s home when they became an item. It was post-war and party novelties, like jelly, were making a reappearance. The teens were playing an array of games but it was the one involving dice which sparked things off. “I think it involved the first person who threw a six, got to kiss the girl sitting on the cushion and Shirley happened to be sitting on the cushion. All the guys were furiously trying to throw the dice and I happened to get it so I shot forward and I think some butterflies happened there,” recalls John. A six-year, long-distance courtship followed; they lived some distance apart and John later signed up for the air force. The love letters flowed. “We still have some tucked away. “We got engaged after four years because, although we both got the green light of approval, Shirley’s father, along with a lot of fathers in those days, wouldn’t approve of marriage until the guy was suitably set up and earning money and, as Shirley’s dad saw it, that had to be when I came out of the air force. When I asked about marriage, you know what his word was? “’Premature’,” Shirley answers, chuckling. They were married in a small chapel in Kent in 1955, aged 21, on Christmas Eve as soon as John came out of the air force with Shirley, a soft furnishing machinist, wearing a dress she’d created. The couple moved into an 18-ft caravan, where they lived for three years and had their first baby. They moved into a cottage before their second baby was due and John, then working in forestry, re-trained as a secondary school teacher. New Zealand was looking appealing after Shirley’s family had migrated and it was spotting an advert for a horticulture secondary teacher in Taumarunui which prompted the couple, by then with two teens, to make the move in an allexpenses government-paid trip. “The children were very excited about this new country,” recalls Shirley. However, Shirley had always felt that their family was not complete and, while working as an aid at Taumarunui Hospital, she, by then unable to have more children, laid eyes on a little boy in a cot.

... one thing I’ve learnt over the years is that love is very much misunderstood in our society. I picked this up some years ago that love should be spelt C.A.R.E ... “He was three years old and I said to the staff ‘What’s wrong with that little fellow?’ and they said his mother couldn’t cope. He had these big blue eyes …” John continues: “He had an intellectual disability and epileptic fits and so, for me, fostering him was too big an ask.” However, a subsequent calling through their Christian faith lead them to reassess that decision. “Richard was quite a handful – it turned out he had oxygen starvation at birth so he had brain damage – but we ended up adopting him and, after a year, we found out he had a twin brother so we were challenged again.” The twins were reunited when Leonard joined the family and the Haddows raised them on Great Barrier Island, where they volunteered, before moving north. Whangarei residents for 28 years, the ‘inseparable’ Onerahi couple now have five grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren and count themselves as blessed. “I think that very long courtship gave us a very thorough knowledge of each other, there were no surprises. Naturally there are times in life when one or the other of us has got a bit hot under the collar but I think it’s about not holding onto anything and letting things go.

“We don’t have secrets and we have a joint bank account which we’ve always had. And one thing I’ve learnt over the years is that love is very much misunderstood in our society. I picked this up some years ago that love should be spelt C.A.R.E and strongly I’ve found it so true at times when I’ve been challenged and found that the romantic love was evaporating a little. Just in caring and putting yourself out to care - it’s amazing. So, I think love built on serving one another is the sort of love that lasts.” He adds that the couple don’t have many interests in common with Shirley keen on needlecraft while John likes reading and scientific study that leaves Shirley ‘stone cold’. However, they are both fond of the garden and used to partake in regular bush walks. So back to that first question: “(Our love) has actually deepened. You start with a romantic love but the youth fades. I’m now Shirley’s caregiver but I think what has sustained us has been our Christianbased faith, we had excellent role models in our own parents and, at the time we were married, divorce wasn’t a run of the mill thing like it tends to be today.” John admits it has been challenging in recent years as, both Shirley’s caregiver and house-keeper. “Women are natural multi-taskers so it’s been a learning curve for me taking on the role as caregiver along with some of the housework.” He looks over at his wife and best friend and twinkles: “Shirley often says to me: ‘Now you know how it was like for me’.” Their eyes meet as she chuckles back.

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This month Jodi Bryant asks several couples how they met, how long they have been together, a brief glimpse into their journey together and their secrets to a long relationship:

Mike and Leanne Cummins, married 39 years Mi Lea Leanne: “I can remember crying helplessly whilst signing the register in the church my parents had been married in and thinking: ‘Oh my god, what am I doing?’

“It was 1979, and I was 20 years old. Mike was 27, and we met at work. After I left that job I needed a partner for a ball, so called him to see if he would go with me. We tha wer were engaged a few months later.

“Here we are nearly 39 years later, four lovely children, and two grandchildren whom we adore, and still together, still happy. It took me at least 15 years to realise I couldn’t change him! Once you accept your partner for who they are, warts and all, it becomes a lot easier. “For me, the secret to a successful relationship is respect, trust and friendship. At the end of the day, you have to like the person you are with, and have fun with them. I love, love, love weddings, I am a terrible romantic, so I became a Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant. The common thread I hear when I ask couples what will make their relationship successful is communication (often the hardest thing to do) and kindness.

Brent and Melissa Noone, together 18 years, married 13 Mel: “We met through a mutual friend on a ‘one-night’ fling… which has turned out to be a few more nights… and three children later. “We are best mates, four weeks apart in age, both stubborn, and totally opposite in nature. This combo works for us. We have had our share of highs and d lows, with many more highs. There’s been so many journeys over the years and more to come. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously - there is a lot of humour between us and we like to banter and it’s ok to give in sometimes. We believe in oneanother and acknowledge each other’s skillsets, spending time together/ identity together and spending time apart/own identity for us is important. Also, it sounds cliche, but going to bed with things resolved helps. ’s “By the way, we don’t do Valentine’s - never have and we’re unlikely to start. It’s y day! ay! celebrated every day!”

Alan and Jenny Vaile, together 45 years, married 41 Jenny: “We met in 1972, aged 14 and 16, at a Horahora Hall dance. I was immediately attracted to Alan’s best friend Ian – Ian was our best man four years later. “We live beside the Waipu River and have three children – two daughters and a son – and four grandchildren. “My advice on sustaining a long relationship is to not take things too seriously. We have a lot of fun together and are always laughing and giving each other a hard time. We also have some doozie arguments. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is for enjoying and so is marriage.”

Mike and Jordan Ford, Ford together 17 years, married 16 Jordan: “We met when I was 17 and Mike was 24 at Elim Church in Whangarei. He was sitting in front of me and I whispered to my friend I’d like to marry someone like him. “After six months of dating, Mike ordered me a Caltex fuel card to help me out as I was flatting and not earning a lot of money. The card arrived in the mail along with a congratulations voucher! I had won a scenic helicopter ride! I was so excited. It said I could take one person with me. I rang Mike excitedly saying I had won a ride on a helicopter and would he like to come. He agreed. “As we were flying, I said: ‘This is amazing - it’s like a $100 prize’. He said: ‘More like $500’. ‘Do you think?’ I asked. “Still completely oblivious we arrived at Proctors beach on a beautiful sunny day with a picnic set up! I was like, this is an awesome prize I’ve won. Then when he got down on his knee it all made sense that he had planned it all! “Seventeen years later we have four kids, a cat, three chickens and 500 cows. We purchased our first dairy farm in Maungaturoto 18 months ago. “He’s my best friend, we love hanging out and working together. A big must for us is time away without the kids; we usually have at least four weekends a year (thanks grandparents) where we go away and stay at a bach or hotel so we can hangout stress-free of kids and just enjoy each other’s company. We also enjoy hanging out in the evenings once kids are in bed, either watching a movie or having a spa or relaxing outside next to the outdoor fire. “Our fights don’t last long these days - who can be bothered ignoring each other for days? One of us usually says sorry quickly (usually Mike) but they used to last a lot longer. “We also love our family time and dinner around the table at night is a must. No TV and Wi-Fi is turned off, we talk about our day and connect, laugh and hear all the stories of everyone’s day.”

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hen do you decide to chuck, discard, toss or burn that once-loved ‘go-to’ garment? What is the indicator, the shock factor, that a treasured piece of clothing, once so comfortable, is no longer aesthetically or physically pleasing to wear. What is the turning point?? Was it that painful day when those favourite black trousers turned into nibbling hipsters, despite constant adjustment, or the knee-length skirt concertinaed into a mini? Was it the outing when the zip or seam gave way, or you spied your reflection in the mirror and hoped it was your sister? So you’ve gained weight!!! Let’s not beat yourself up about it. It hasn’t been a miserable transition really has it? You weren’t forced to indulge in Christmas

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Evolution School is the only massage education provider in Northland and is an NZQA Category ONE provider which means we are very high quality and now we could be FREE for you too!” Evolution School also has a fabulous brand-new NZ Certificate in Spa Therapy programme starting in


March 2018. This lovely programme is for anyone with some experience in massage or beauty and covers treatments such as wraps and scrubs, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, Indian head massage and lots of other yummy stuff. Attendance is only four days a week for nine months and only in term time. Again, Evolution School is the only spa education provider in Northland and to enable them to create a completely different look and feel for their spa students, Evolution has renovated a new premise in Whangarei. You could be qualified by Christmas on either of these programmes! “Each day of this programme starts with shoes off, a tea ritual and a meditation session before commencing the learning. We know students will gain a lot more than just the programme content – personal growth, mindfulness & peacefulness to name but a few! And again, for all eligible students this programme is also FREE!” says Lorna. Enrolments are being taken now for the 2018 intake for all programmes – beauty, massage and spa – and if you do need a student loan, all programmes are NZQA-approved and fully eligible for loans and allowances. There is no age limit – you just have to be 16-plus.




nyone considering a new career in the billiondollar, ever-growing wellness industry need look no further than Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Spa located in CBD Whangarei. With the government’s new free education policy for anyone who hasn’t undertaken more than a 60-credit programme previously, there are great savings to be had as all eligible students will be able to study on any programme with Evolution School for FREE! Evolution School has a brilliant new NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage starting in February 2018.

This great programme covers relaxation, sports, infant, onsite and chair massage, as well as nutrition and lots of other really interesting stuff. It’s a one-year course with attendance only three days a week. All school holidays are off too! “This is a programme for anyone really serious about their massage career,” says Evolution School director Lorna Clowes. “Graduates can work anywhere in the world, on superyachts or cruise ships, or start their own businesses. The earning potential is great. Attendance is only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with some home study, work experience and only in school term time.

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When it comes to great skin, getting that covetable glow is all about taking your skincare regimen to the next level – and that’s where exfoliation plays a key role! Exfoliation helps promote healthy, glowing skin and can visibly improve the appearance of blemishes, clogged pores, pigmentation and uneven texture. Think of it as an extra pick-me-up to help your skin look its best. How does it work? Our skin naturally produces new skin cells and sheds old ones in a continuous process but, over time, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin and cause a variety of problems from dullness to flakiness. Exfoliation is the process of removing these dead skin cells, helping to encourage cell turnover and revealing a brighter complexion as a result. As this is a more intensive step than your regular cleansing, toning and moisturising, it’s best included as an occasional supplement to your daily routine.

Our solution: For even better results, we offer a Microdermabrasion treatment in clinic that is designed to deliver visible and immediate effects. This advanced skin treatment uses crystals which are blown onto the skin’s surface under pressure and suctioned away simultaneously. This skin resurfacing process encourages circulation and cell renewal, giving you refreshed, smoother skin and a vibrant complexion. At Caci, we make it easy to look after your skin. Our Microdermabrasion treatments are part of a specially-developed Skin Health programme, which is tailored to suit your needs with 15 skin conditioning treatments a year, extra discounts and benefits, and interest-free payment plans.

CACI CLIENTS SHARE THEIR SKIN JOURNEYS “I am on the Skin Health Plan, Reformaskin, and could not recommend it more highly. It has allowed me to take control of my skin and it looks the best it ever has! I used to be so self conscious of having no makeup on, but now I can feel confident with just my moisturiser and sunscreen! The programme and skincare has literally changed the way I feel about my skin and the longer I am on it the better it gets! Thanks Caci!” Caci Silverdale client, Natasha.

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– looking at the whole picture


ver many years of providing skin treatments, we have seen incredible advancements in the industry within New Zealand. There are a huge variety of different services offering skin rejuvenation. The one thing we have found to be true is that there is no magic wand or treatment that will be successful unless we look at each client as an individual. However, there are a couple of things that are true regardless of your age, genetic makeup or skin conditions you may suffer from. We choose to live in the worst country in the world for UV radiation and skin conditions in relation to our environment. So, the most important fact is that, if we wish to repair the health of our skin, we must first protect it from our harsh environment. Another important truth is that our diet plays an extremely important role in the health of our skin. It is vital that we also consider this to correctly diagnose and prescribe a treatment plan that suits each individual client. It is not enough to offer a service to our clients and expect results if we don’t look at the whole picture. At Skin Revision, we complete a full skin diagnosis using the most advanced Observe skin scanning technology. Advanced skincare and in salon treatments ensure we are now seeing results that are comparative to surgical procedures without going under the knife.

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Phlings is a new ultimate skin rejuvenation and tightening treatment that is comprised of two anti-aging treatments that can be used in combination or separately - Microneedling and Phi-Ion. The micro needling procedure is aimed at stimulating microcirculation and the natural process of collagen production and regeneration with documented studies on these results. Micro-punctures are inflicted by hand and by using a Phi Needle Pen system over the facial skin areas. Microneedles penetrate the skin creating microchannels and the procedure is considered to be painless. During the treatment, a specially-designed patented solution is applied to the skin surface and subsequently absorbed. After the treatment, the client is issued with homecare product and detailed instruction for application and care.

AFTER Treatment results include: skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation, hydration, increased skin tone and smoothness causing existing wrinkles to be less visible for a youngerlooking skin. Results can be visible 24 hours after the treatment. Phi-Ion treatment is based on the creation of a series of minute dots adjacent to the tension lines on the skin. This process triggers an instant contraction and tightening of the skin fibres to create a lifting, remodelling and rejuvenating effect. This treatment is used to treat specific areas of concern and is a revolutionary method capable of achieving results comparable to the results of cosmetic surgery including: eyelid correction, neck lift, scarring, lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, nasal labial folds and marionette lines.


Awesome fitness goals for women (that don’t have a damn thing to do with fat loss)

“Screw fat loss,” she declared. “I’m going to get strong.”


hose words were uttered from a gym member’s lips seven years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since. She isn’t the only one choosing health and fitness goals that don’t have a damn thing to do with weight/fat loss, and she is reaping the countless rewards a new path provides. According to most women’s magazines, commercials and products, it’s easy to assume losing body fat, fixing flaws, and looking better are the only reasons a woman can have to move her body and eat well. If a woman is on a cardio machine or even squatting and deadlifting in the gym, it’s because she’s trying to ‘tone up’ and fix her flawed features. If a woman eats a healthy meal, it’s because she’s ‘watching her weight’. It’s true though, women have a history of relentlessly striving for weight/fat loss. For years (even decades) that’s all they can focus on. Shrinking down and burning fat is the sole reason they exercise or go on a diet or even strength train. They diet and program-hop searching for the ‘holy grail’ magic program that will finally deal to their stubborn fat stores and deliver a happier life. I’ve done it all too, and thankfully, through the years, I have discovered numerous other (and way better) health and fitness goals women can have instead of losing weight or fat and fixing imperfections.

BY CAROLYN HANSEN For example, to: • Feel awesome in our body. • Increase stamina and energy levels. • Increase physical strength. • Increase physical strength even more. • Learn new abilities and skills. • Have pain-free movement. • Improve overall quality of life. • Build and maintain muscle mass. • Increase bone mineral density to ward off osteopenia and osteoporosis. • Maintain independence with the passing years. • Improve balance, co-ordination and stability. • Help relieve anxiety and stress. • Improve mental and emotional health. • Boost performance in other sporting or recreational activities or whatever the hell else we want to do better. • Kick self-imposed limitations to the curb. • Improve sleep quality. • Be able to declare:“I did that.What else can I do?” • Contribute to personal self-care. • Carve out some ‘me-time’. • Keep the ‘energy dial’on high. • Be more instead of feeling obliged to pursue all things ‘less’.


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Do something, simply for the hell of it, because we can. Invest in immediate and long-term health. Reveal to ourselves how strong we truly are. Achieve cool goals like deadlifting twice our bodyweight or busting out our first unassisted chin-up, or anything else we deem important. Be a good role model for our children and others. Maintain our sanity (they don’t call strength training sessions ‘barbell therapy’for nothing). Do something because it’s important to us, makes us happy, and to heck with what anyone else thinks. Discover our unique strengths and abilities, and to further expand them. Make health and fitness something we get to do instead of something we have to do. Build health, energy and a body that serves us, to be able to do things that bring happiness, joy and fulfilment.

If you’ve had enough of constantly chasing weight/fat loss or using the scale as the sole indicator of your success, try tackling some of the goals shared above. Harness the power that gets unleashed when you say: “Screw fat loss, I’m going to get strong.” You will be amazed, as so many women have been at what happens to your body and mind when you change your approach to health, fitness and nutrition.

Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make every day. I WILL be stronger than my excuses.



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Treat cataracts for clear vision


f your vision has become blurry, cloudy or dim, or things you see are not as bright or colourful as they used to be, a cataract may have developed in one or both of your eyes. Many people say that their vision with cataracts is similar to the effect of looking through a dirty car windshield. As a cataract begins to develop, you may not initially notice any changes in your vision. Gradually, as cataracts progress, you may begin to find that it interferes with your daily activities and you may experience symptoms such as: • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision; • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light; • Sensitivity to light and glare; • Seeing halos around lights; • Faded or yellowed colours;

• The need for brighter light for reading and other activities; • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription; • Double vision within one eye.

RISK FACTORS Besides advancing age, cataract risk factors include: • Diabetes; • A family history of cataracts; • Extensive exposure to sunlight; • Smoking; • Obesity; • High blood pressure; • Previous eye injury or inflammation (swelling) in the eye; • Long-term use of steroid medication (especially combined use of oral and inhaled steroids).





HELPFUL TIPS Performing a complete eye exam, your ophthalmologist can tell you whether cataract or another problem is the cause of your vision loss. No studies have proved how to prevent cataracts or slow the progression of cataracts. However, doctors think several strategies may be helpful, including: • Have regular eye examinations. Eye examinations can help detect cataracts and other eye problems at their earliest stages. Ask your doctor how often you should have an eye examination; Quit smoking. Ask your doctor for suggestions about how to stop smoking. Medications, counselling and other strategies are available to help you; • Reduce alcohol use. Excessive alcohol use can increase the risk of cataracts; • Wear sunglasses. Ultraviolet light from the sun may contribute to the development of cataracts. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays when you’re outdoors; • Manage other health problems. Follow your treatment plan if you have diabetes or other medical conditions that can increase your risk of cataracts; • Maintain a healthy weight. If you currently have a healthy weight, work to maintain it by exercising most days of the week. If you’re overweight or obese, work to lose weight slowly by reducing your calorie

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intake and increasing the amount of exercise you get each day; • Choose a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Adding a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables to your diet ensures that you’re getting many vitamins and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables have many antioxidants, which help maintain the health of your eyes.

SURGERY There are no medications or eye drops that will make cataracts go away — surgery is the only treatment. A cataract may not need to be removed right away if your lifestyle isn’t significantly affected. In some cases, simply changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision. Once you are diagnosed with a cataract, your ophthalmologist needs to monitor your vision regularly for any changes. When a cataract causes bothersome vision problems that interfere with your daily activities, your ophthalmologist may recommend surgery to remove the cataract. With cataract surgery, your eye’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens or IOL). This is usually done as a day-stay procedure. If the eye is healthy, the likelihood is that cataract surgery will restore good vision.



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New Zealand’s Personal Trainer of the Year says

DITCH BRUTAL FITNESS REGIMES New Zealand’s Personal Trainer of the Year is encouraging Kiwis to ditch fitness brutality.


orthland’s Corinne Austin, who recently won the Exercise Association of New Zealand’s title of Personal Trainer of the Year, says that the adage of ‘No pain, no gain’ belongs back in the early 2000s, as it intimidates those with well-meaning fitness aspirations. “I’m a personal trainer and even I don’t ‘smash it out’ every day,” she says. She believes the tough attitude in fitness comes from a need for penance for increasingly bad lifestyle decisions and endless pressure to feel attractive. “We’re health and fitness professionals that have been so focussed on the fitness that we’ve forgotten about health. Science tells us that we need health and fitness together. Fitness doesn’t equal better health unless we’re addressing all facets of health.” Corinne is determined to spread her unorthodox fitness gospel across New Zealand. The judges described the Whangarei trainer as being: ‘beyond sets and reps and into care of the total person’. Exercise, Corinne says, is a stressor in its own right so providing our body with exercise modalities that complement our experience of life and stress is critical. “Especially for those who already have too much stress – a lack of proper sleep, a bad diet, sitting at a desk for hours, career pressures, repeated illnesses, or personal circumstances – exercising with intensity is counter-productive.

“We need to challenge the mindset that hard-core exercise is a cure-for-all.” Corinne has been undergoing ongoing training in exercise physiology and functional health with the Kaizen Institute of Health in Australia. She now integrates her 12 years of industry experience with the Kaizen approach (Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning continual improvement). Corinne says most people just need to add extra movement into their day and she started a network of movers four years ago called FitMIn. The now 2500-strong group across New Zealand has one simple goal: to encourage each other to get out and move. “It’s focus is on reigniting the fun and play elements of movement or fitness, and making the most of your body.” Corinne started her fitness company Fit Fix ten years ago, but you won’t find Corinne, her trainers or any clients sweating away in the city centre. Fit Fix is located on the Austin’s ten-acre lifestyle block in idyllic Glenbervie, just minutes from Whangarei city, where she lives with her husband Shane, and their two girls. And now, after a 23-year career in IT, he is training to become a personal trainer too, working with men over 50. “We’re pretty determined to alter the current paradigm of exercise from something that only fit people do, to something that everyone is motivated to do.”

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Is your business love sick?



ave you come back to work longing or loathing to be with your business? It’s time for a check-up with Doctor Love. As with any relationship, we can get complacent, over-eager, not be on the same page and well... bored. Establishing where you are at right now can help you create a better relationship with your business. What kind of relationship do you currently have with your business?

The love affair Do you take one last look at your email before you go to sleep? Do you wake up to see who has liked your social media post? Are you wanting to spend your spare time in your business? If you identify with this, try setting some boundaries around work and family time. Leave your phone in the kitchen during dinner. Buy an alarm clock so that the phone stays out of your bedroom. Try closing all your apps and tabs while working, and focus on single tasks. You will be more efficient and have more time to spend on other things. You might even get

to spend time with friends. Being with a group of friends outside of your business, helps keep perspective.

Saint Valentine BY SHARON GIBSON


was chatting with two clients today about Valentine’s Day, curious

Apparently, one account from the 1400s: St Valentine was a Catholic

to know what their ‘buy in’ with this occasion is. Both had a fairly

priest beheaded for helping Christian couples wed. Valentine’s derives from

understated tone about it, saying that it wasn’t really a big deal; a nice dinner

the latin word ‘Valentinus’, meaning worthy, strong, powerful.

at home and a fresh flower from the garden would be gratefully received!

How much do you know about St Valentine? Whatever it is to you,

I remember working in the fashion industry with a bunch of good-looking

I mostly enjoyed the idea that we celebrate this day in honour of loving

and amazing girls. Valentine’s Day would roll around

and of romance. The festival of love as it’s referred to in some countries.

why you went into business. Take five minutes to write down the reasons

annually and it would be the same girl on the receiving end of glorious

Whether or not you jump on the love wave this Valentine’s Day, my

(a bit like a gratitude journal). This will help remind you why you fell in love in the first place.

bouquets of roses and chocolates you could almost guarantee when the

spirit of love goes out to you all to enjoy and love you first and foremost!

One minute you are full of love for your business and then next can be all off. Don’t

delivery came in, it was not yours! By recommendation, I jumped onto

Treat yourself with the same kind of celebration you would another and

worry, this rollercoaster feeling is completely normal as an entrepreneur.

Google to find out what the story really is after a client ‘sold’ me her

then include the other(s). What if you could acknowledge your worthiness,

Natalie Tolhopf is a business coach and founder of Catapult Your Business, helping

interpretation of it and, I must admit, I am plesantly surprised at how light-

strength and power today? This has been fun to write about, as

business owners to smash through imperfection and mindless scrolling, to create a business of

hearted the energy of Valentine’s Day is. I can hand-on-heart say that I’m

I originally began writing about ‘How to Avoid Divorce’! What a contrast!

simplicity through action and intuition.

usually very ‘anti’ the commercial hype of it all.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you folks! Enjoy your February!

Love lost Do you feel like you are just going through the motions? Are you doing jobs that you really dislike? Do you feel like you would rather get a job? Often, we do tasks that aren’t in our genius. Look at ways to delegate tasks that you loathe so you can spend more time doing the tasks you do love. Connect each day with the reason

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– The importance of dog grooming We all like to look and feel our best so why shouldn’t our dogs?


rooming is not just about keeping your dog clean, smelling nice, and looking its best - it’s also about maintaining your dog’s physical health and wellbeing. Grooming your pet is a good opportunity to check them for any abnormalities or skin problems, such as ticks, fleas, hot spots, lumps, or issues with their nails, teeth, ears, and eyes. These easy checks are a good way to spot potential issues early and find a suitable solution. Ideally you want to begin training your dog to adjust to being groomed while it is a puppy. Even just the process of washing and drying initially is a good start. If you leave it too long to start grooming training or you

start when your pet is an adult, it may have a little trouble adjusting to the new experience,

long-haired dogs, especially in the Northland summers as they feel the heat more than

Always check with your local pet supply store on the appropriate brush for your dog’s

especially with areas, such as ear cleaning and nail clipping. This early start to the

their short-coat counterparts. They also generally require longer grooming sessions

coat as this can be confusing when being confronted with 20 different options!

grooming experience is also a great beginning in socialising, especially if you use

compared to short-haired dogs, as they take longer to dry and a little longer to

People, now more than ever, are going down the road of having their dog

a professional groomer as your dog will have contact with other dogs in the salon and

brush their coat. They also spend more time standing with the scissoring or clipping. This

professionally groomed as it can be less stress on the owner and the dog. Just be

different people other than their immediate family members. Regardless of how you

is not to say dogs with short coats do not require grooming – grooming is beneficial

sure when choosing your groomer, to take into consideration your pet’s temperament

decide to groom your pet it should always be a positive experience and reinforced in

for all breeds, regardless of the length of coat. Simple brushing can help to remove

and previous exposure to grooming as an experienced groomer can make the world of

a positive manner in the form of treats and lots of love and affection when starting and

dead hair, dirt, and dandruff. It also helps to bring out the natural oils in the dog’s coat.

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property to come up with a trapping plan. “Once they’re trapped, I assess their condition, take them to the vet for de-sexing, treat them for parasites and hopefully return them back to their home. In cases where they can’t be returned, I need to work something out. The kittens I tame, fix and rehome. “Some of the kittens are wild or in terrible condition. If you don’t get the kittens while they are young, they become wild and can have a pretty hard life as a stray, if they even make it that far, and then have kittens of their own in a few months. It’s a terrible


cycle that starts with people not de-sexing or abandoning their cats.”

elleigh Rudolph never aspired to become a ‘cat lady’ but, with a phone that rings red-hot, coupled with a kind heart, her home is bursting with over 30 kittens. But she’s not your average cat lady; For the last few years Kelleigh has been on a mission to reduce the unwanted cat population, fielding an ever-increasing flow of requests for help with stray cats and kittens found on properties. “I’ve always loved animals since I was a child,” she explains. “After seeing how many unwanted puppies and kittens there are and how the shelters are always overflowing with them, I started a Facebook page called M.A.D. Mission Animal De-sexing about four years ago to help people de-sex their dogs. Then dozens of people asked me to help with stray cats and it’s been non-stop since.” Kelleigh, who recently moved to Whangarei from Auckland, deals with hundreds of cats and kittens a year and features regular photos and video updates on her Facebook page. She says, while it’s helpful when people can trap the cats themselves and take them to the vet she is usually required to go to the

Kelleigh’s mission has become a full-time voluntary job and, although she gets help


with some of the de-sexing costs in Auckland, she funds the rest herself. The kittens are adopted out for a small adoption fee to help with some of the other costs, such as traps, cages, bedding, petrol, kitty litter, food, treatments and medications and vet bills. Her phone has turned into the ‘cat phone’, she says, and, not only have the cat calls followed her, she is now getting requests locally. “So many people need help catching stray cats and kittens and, now that I’ve moved to Whangarei, I’ve started getting messages from people here but, the problem is, I’m yet to find somewhere in Whangarei to get these cats de-sexed. I have to take them back to South Auckland to get it done because it’s much cheaper.” Over January, she has taken in more than 50 kittens and currently has around 40 in her care with some at foster care and more waiting. “That’s way too many but luckily adoptions are good at the moment and a lot of people like the idea of adopting a rescue kitten that’s had a rough start. My goal is to get these kittens fixed up and into homes to be cared for.”

Describing the scene at home, Kelleigh says: “They demand their breakfast as soon as I open the door in the morning, litter trays and cages need cleaning, bedding needs washing and medication to be administered – it can take hours and doesn’t take long before you have to do it all over again – all while people are asking for help with trapping or adopting enquiries. It sure keeps me busy!” As for pets of her own – Kelleigh and her husband have two dogs and a cat Freddy, who luckily, don’t seem to mind their guests. In fact, Freddy welcomes all the newbies by running up and cleaning their faces. “He was one of my sickest rescues a few years ago so it’s like he knows what they are going through,” Kelleigh muses. There have been many similar success stories. “I often get kittens who are on death’s door and somehow manage to nurse them back to health. I’ve had emaciated, starving kittens so, to later be adopted and then get awesome update photos of them looking rather round and settled in their homes, is a pretty special moment considering I’ve seen where they’ve come from. The sickest ones are my favourites - when they pull through,

I’m so relieved.” But perhaps the biggest success story is the starving stray kitten who went on to become a tv celeb. “Champagne was living in a garden in South Auckland. Her mum was a wild stray and Champagne was so starving she had been eating the wood chips in the garden, which had blocked her bowels. “Champagne couldn’t poop and dribbled wood chips out of her back-end for weeks. She had to be manually emptied at the vets but wasn’t getting better. After the fourth visit, the vet said: ‘We can’t go on like this, you might have to think about euthanizing her’. “I remember having a meltdown in the vet carpark and, as a last resort, decided to message Anne Batley Burton from the New Zealand Cat Foundation. Anne took Champagne on, somehow fixed her and Champagne now lives in a mansion and featured on The Real Housewives of Auckland show eating cooked chicken from a silver dish on the table! “Seeing them a part of someone’s family makes all the hard work worth it. Some people are still dumping or disposing of unwanted kittens when there’s no need to. There are people out there who want those kittens and will give them a great home.” Of her role, Kelleigh says: “It’s timeconsuming and hard work but needs to be done – you can’t just leave them there like that to breed and starve.” # If you are interested in sponsoring a spay, fostering or adopting cats or kittens, visit Kelleigh’s Facebook page: M.A.D. Mission Animal De-sexing/Kitty Catcher. Kelleigh is this month’s nominee for our Local Legends $100 New World Gift Card, thanks to New World Kerikeri. If you know of a suitable nominee, email:

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New creative colour for home trend BY TRACEY HARVEY, FRAZERHURST

Complements of James Dunlop

Introducing PANTONE® Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

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PANTONE Color of the year 2018 Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful blue-based purple, Ultra Violet (18-3838) communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet, suggests the mysteries of the cosmos,” explains Pantone. “The intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.” Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a refuge from today’s overstimulated world. Purple has long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Consider musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi

Hendrix. Seen as a bold colour choice by many, Pantone believes Ultra Violet symbolises unconventionality and artistic brilliance. So, what better colour to inject individuality and life into your interior than this inspirational shade of purple? How do we bring this punchy Ultra Violet in to your home? This colour calls for you to be creative. It’s definitely a strong colour and, as such, will work fabulously as an accent; use it on cushions, throws, ceramics, wall art and tableware. Or combine it with the popular trend of bringing the outdoors inside and add some purple flowers to your room scheme with one of the many choices of floral fabrics that feature purple from our fabric houses, such as James Dunlop, Warwick, Charles Parsons, Textilia, Hemptech and many more. Layering shades of lilac, mauve, amethyst and purple to achieve an overall scheme that is cohesive but not overwhelming would all work brilliantly.

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Four ways to use dark hues in your kitchen


ark shades are all the rage at the moment - but it’s essential to use them appropriately. Otherwise, your home will look more like a dungeon than a sophisticated space for entertaining friends and family! From shades like Resene Bastille and Resene Diesel, there are plenty of moody shades that can totally revamp your kitchen. However, it’s vital that these deep hues are used in the right fashion. Here are some tips for embracing mysterious colours, such as ink black, navy, slate and shale in one of the most frequented rooms of the house. As with any home renovation project, don’t hesitate to grab a few testpots and sample how a particular hue will look before you make the change. Horizontal stripes Horizontal black or slate stripes look stunning in the kitchen, and are a smart way to embrace bold shades without going over the top. A white kitchen island with a thick, horizontal stripe running around its perimeter is quirky, without being too daring. Try pairing Resene Sea Fog with Resene Fuscous Grey, for instance. You could add hanging lamps with black chains and paintings in black frames to play up this dramatic feel as well. By incorporating white too, you’ll be primed to enjoy a kitchen that’s smart, without feeling closed in. Hanging globe lights Globe lights are a fantastic solution when you want to embrace black, navy or deep grey in your kitchen’s interior design, but are worried about how bright the space will seem. Opt for globe lights that have a warm, yellow glow to them, rather than emitting a stark, white light. This will ensure the area is lit up in an inviting manner, rather than seeming austere. You can then play around with dark shades, whether on the floors, a feature wall or for a kitchen splashback. Or be totally daring and paint your kitchen’s ceiling a majestic hue.

Dark kitchen island Perhaps dark walls, flooring or ceiling is just a bit much for you. If so, consider embracing black or grey by investing in a quality kitchen island. This piece can take pride of place in your kitchen, acting as a focal point.


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It’s a great option if you’re fond of entertaining friends, enabling you to chat to guests with ease while preparing food. You can also serve up nibbles on your kitchen island, then move into your dining area when the main meals are ready for dishing up. A glossy or matte kitchen island in a dark hue adds a sense of sophistication. Pairing it with cream walls will help keep the space feeling open and light. When you’re cooking, you don’t want to be scrambling around in a dimly-lit space, so this is an ideal compromise if you want to embrace darker shades without giving up practicality. Marble, dark grey and brick Marble is the ultimate in luxury, used in kitchens and bathrooms around the world. If you’re adamant about embracing dark colours but want to create a space that feels balanced, consider playing up different textures. For instance, a cream marble countertop, light grey painted backsplash and matt jet black cupboards work together remarkably well. By playing with glossy, rough and matt finishes, your kitchen will have a unique point of difference. Plus, the use of light grey and speckled cream marble helps balance out the dark shades of the cupboards. Along with inset lights - think small halogen varieties above key food preparation and cooking areas and you’ll be set!

Style file: bathroom


enovating a bathroom is unlike any other room in the house. Because it is water-prone and gets a lot of traffic, you need to ensure that the bathroom is, not only functional, but meets the demands of a room which is used on a daily basis. The bathroom is a well-used room. However, the actual time we spend in the bathroom can be quite short for many of us. Aim to create a room which induces memories and tickles your senses, and you may find yourself relaxing in the bathroom a little longer than usual. Remember to consider your lifestyle to determine the functionality of the bathroom that is personal to you. Brick beautiful If you’re drawn to exposed brick, this can work well in an industrial or chic style bathroom. Working with exposed brick will create a warm feel and enhance your décor. You may opt to have just one or two walls of brick to set an accent and paint the rest of the walls white to soften the colour palette. If you like the look of bricks but not the colour, paint over it. Distressed white brick wall adds a touch of class. Exposed brick walls are porous. If they are not sealed prior to painting a lot of paint can be absorbed into the surface. Use Resene Sureseal pigmented sealer over exposed brick or any porous surface in a bathroom situation. It hardens the surface so that any topcoats of paint can’t be absorbed into it. Wood is a good go-to material that complements a brick accent and creates a modern and urban look. Simple and rustic A modern rustic theme is a favourite in homes and retail spaces everywhere. It’s easy to achieve a minimalist style topped with rustic charm.

Bathroom trends still favour the use of whites, but soft pastel watery-toned grey, blue and greens are being used more often as well, such as Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, Resene Half Emerge, Resene Half Gull Grey and Resene Quarter Frozen. Natural texture reveals itself through the use of wood; reclaimed wood features, solid wood beams, sliding door, shelving and wooden bath caddy. If you’re feeling creative and like the idea of playing with dark and light colours, a monochrome theme can be dramatic and alluring if done well. Think: black wall paint broken up with a half wall of white subway tiles which leads to a stunning black geometric floor pattern. Marble Black painted walls (or ceilings) add drama and mood to a marble-themed bathroom, while copper, brass or gold fixtures add warmth, class and style. Play around with marble tiling styles, sizes, colours and arrangements: herringbone, oversized squares, delicate hexagon-shapes, subway tiles. Find your perfect design style that makes you say ‘Yes!’ out loud. And don’t forget structural details including your bathroom door and window frames.

country, shabby chic or modern and fresh bathroom, a soft colour palette will quickly create that relaxing atmosphere. Choose colours that reflect the luxe appeal. Silky, lilac/mauve colours are expressed in Resene Essence and Resene I Do. For lush peachy almost nude pinks, go for Resene Sazerac or Resene Just Right. Try Resene Half Surrender or Resene Concrete for silvery hues. The use of paler colours, larger wall tiles, decorative detailing and large mirrors make bathrooms appear larger and lighter than they might actually be. Using an interior designer who is skilled in bathrooms can be of great help as they know just how to utilise space well and are up-to-date with newer fittings and fixtures, lighting and heating. You can add romantic charm to a neutral-coloured bathroom with the addition of pastel colours in the form of decoration, including a vase of flowers, bathroom towels, floor rugs and wall art and decoration. Bright and bold Be brave and add a bold colour statement to your bathroom. Painting the ceiling is just one way to achieve this effect. “Bright and bold colours that are being favoured are Resene Red Red Red or Resene Hullabaloo – these are often adjuncts

Indoor and outdoor If a memory transports you to a place that brings a smile to your face, such as a tropical holiday, you can transform your bathroom to make you feel like a world away. The ingredients to bathroom therapy are earthy colours of green, grey and blue. Try Resene Half Eskimo, Resene Breathless, Resene Breeze or Resene Half Tasman. Remember good ventilation and steam extraction is a must-have. Plants will help to create ambience. You can’t go wrong with oversized plant pots with a towering large leafy plant or tree, hang plants from the ceiling at varying heights and if you’re prepared to go all out, a plant wall will be a standout piece. Wood, pebbles and concrete surfaces reinforce that outdoor-feel. Add comfort with soft furnishings, such as an upholstered chair, patterned floor rug and towels. A freestanding bath with a rustic wooden stool will add extra charm.

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t’s time to look after the most precious people in our lives: our children, and consider the best options for our little ones to sleep well. It’s important we give them the support they need so they wake up refreshed and ready for their growing bodies and minds. Sadly, so often our children get the hand-me-downs or the old foam swab to sleep on and we tend to think that’s all they need. Let’s face it, some don’t weigh very much. But how wrong can we be. Firstly, a quality inner-sprung mattress is the most important item they need. Children need a healthy sleeping environment, especially since they spend more time sleeping and napping than the average adult and are in the prime of their growth spurts. They need the best support we can afford to give them. And it’s not only good support, but the state of the mattress is as important. Old mattresses tend to harbour all sorts of nasties and this will affect your child, particularly if they suffer from asthma or any other allergies, i.e. eczema, etc. What size bed? Most children only need a standard single bed (91 x 188cm) or long single (91 x 203cm), depending on the size of the room, but a king single (107 x 203cm) is wider and a good choice for slightly older kids. With regards to the base, there are options. The standard platform base that matches the mattress is the ideal, as it has the same guarantee as the mattress and takes up less floor space. But yes, any mattress can be placed on a slat bed, which normally includes a headboard. These allow greater air circulation and possible storage underneath, but a word of advice: keep it uncluttered as the mattress does need to breathe and it allows for regular vacuuming for those who are asthmatic. Sometimes space can be an issue when the room needs to be shared with a sibling. One of the options is bunks. What young child doesn’t dream of bunks? But a word of warning: New Zealand currently does not have mandatory safety compliance for bunks made here or imported. We do care about the safety of your children so have made the decision to only sell bunks that are fully compliant (ASNZS 4220:2010). Some of the issues that you need to be aware of is they are not recommended for children under the age of 9 on the top level. Also check that the ladder is high off the ground, so as to stop crawling children finding their new adventure! The height of the mattress on the top must be so that the guardrail is high enough to stop your child from rolling over the top and the gaps between the rails must not be more than 9cm as little limbs and heads can get stuck. The bunk obviously needs to be very sturdy so the unit does not topple (always give them a good shake in store). There is more information on One last point is to make sure there is enough space between the bottom and top level, so when you kiss your children goodnight, you don’t end up banging your head. We also stock backpacker bunk sets in single and single/double duo which hold larger adults. The other space-saving option is a trundler bed. This has a king single on top and a single is stored below, which comes up to the same level.

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Book Reviews



Kids’ Corner with Storytime Product Reviews

Annual 2

Chemistry: Happy Atoms

A New Zealand Miscellany edited by Kate De Goldi & Susan Paris (Hardback $39.95) A contemporary take on the much-loved annuals of the past, this book is aimed at 9 to 13 year olds but will intrigue readers of all ages. After the success of last year’s Annual, author Kate De Goldi has once again gathered together a beautiful collection of all-new works from New Zealand’s best writers, illustrators, and poets. Annual 2 is bursting with stories, essays, interviews, poems, comics, and amazing works of art. Within its pages you will find the unexpected, including a new song by Bic Runga. This brilliant collection is full of ideas that will inspire any young writer.

When I was first shown Happy Atoms in a catalogue I had to get them in, and they did not disappoint. This physical and digital teaching tool that lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way. Create molecules from the plastic atom models, connecting with the magnetic bonds. Discover your molecules identity by scanning them with the app, then explore their real world properties. Chemistry has never been more interesting and safe, only wish I had this when I was at school.


Construction: Matador Matador is a construction set with wooden blocks that get connected through wooden pins. The blocks have holes to fit the pins. The idea was generated over 100 years ago: a father watched his children getting frustrated while playing with wooden blocks; any complex structure they tried to build simply collapsed. Being an engineer, he designed a wooden toy construction set made of blocks that could be connected with wooden pins. The idea took off and has delighted many generations of children. The possibilities are almost limitless, from static models to moving machines. Matador will encourage your child to put together their own ideas. Matador is now available exclusively from Storytime, come and have a look at our acrobat – he never gets tired!

Aotearoa The New Zealand Story Written and Illustrated by Gavin Bishop. (Hardback $39.95) ‘A truly special book, Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story deserves a space on every bookshelf, to be taken off and pored over, thumbed and treasured, time and again’ This message appears on the back of this book and as you turn the pages you have to agree that this is a book that is a must have for every home, every library, every school. Every page opens to a new topic and I learnt more New Zealand history from this book than I thought possible. If there is one book you should have in the family library, this is it.

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Almond raspberry love hearts A treat for your loved one for Valentine’s Day – a simple heart-shaped cake made even more beautiful by the addition of seasonal berries. ! Ingredients

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Standard flour Icing sugar Ground almonds Cinnamon Butter Eggs Vanilla essence/extract Raspberries

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Heat oven to 190 degC. Grease two individual heart-shaped cake tins. Sift flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Stir in ground almonds and cinnamon and make a well in the centre. Pour the melted butter, egg whites and vanilla into the well and stir just enough to combine. Divide mixture between prepared tins and scatter surface with raspberries. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and set. Remove from tins, dust with icing sugar and serve warm with a little whipped or runny cream on the side, if desired.

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hen you go anywhere to dine you’ve been before your view is always coloured by the last experience. That’s why we return to favourite haunts with spectacular memories of family, friends, food and laughter. I returned to a restaurant this month I honestly have not been to for some 12-15 years. The last time I visited Flames Restaurant in Onerahi, it was a gregarious celebration with a LOT of beer. Not a classy evening - it was something raucous. This visit left me wondering when the place had changed so dramatically. It was a last-minute decision to dine out so we called to make a reservation and ‘review the food’. Arriving on a hot afternoon, we were seated immediately and were thrilled with the option of dining on the patio under the shade sail with the breeze gently coming through. The restaurant was gearing up for a busy evening when I ordered a Pinot Gris. The menu was good - a bit of everything with inspiration from all corners of the globe, vegetarian, gluten or dairy-free options available as well. I spied the Louisiana Prawn, Jason couldn’t resist Mexicana Mussels as our starters and the teens ordered garlic bread and chunky fries.



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The Mexicana Mussels arrived looking lush for Jason. Teens being teens, there’s not much to be said for garlic bread and fries: “Yes, they’re good.” The mains came out and we oooh-ed and aaaahhh-ed at the Ratatouille. It’s a meatless dish, colourful, comforting and hearty. This dish exceeded our expectations. It was served with ‘polenta’. We will be back for this again when the weather cools. My Kai Pad Mit is a Thai-styled stir-fried chicken and was perfectly balanced. That sounds funny but Thai cooking is all about timing. When you add the ingredients it has to be at the right time. I also discovered our chef ‘In Ae’ was locally trained at Northtec so her skills were a win-win at our table.

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Beer-glazed pork belly A

bottle of tasty craft beer, a little honey and belly of pork, low and slow in the oven and the rest is history. This is perfect party food as it can be easily cooked a day or even two in advance. I like to criss-cross score the pork skin with a sharp knife to allow the flavours to really get in and I let it marinate for three or four hours before putting into the oven.

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! Method

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Pork belly Fine salt Freshly ground black pepper Honey Dijon mustard Garlic, grated Beer, I used IPA craft beer


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Score the pork skin, being careful not to cut too deep. Rub salt and pepper all over the pork. Melt honey, mix with mustard, garlic and beer. Lay a sheet of baking paper in a roasting dish, pour in the marinade. Place the pork in and turn over a few times to fully coat. Allow to marinate skin side up for four hours in the fridge. Turn pork over so skin side is down, cover with another sheet of baking paper and cover the entire roasting dish tightly, sealing closed with foil. Slowly braise at 140C for 3 hours. Remove from oven, allow to cool a little then press with a heavy weight. Place in the fridge overnight. Remove foil, paper and pork. Warm up cooking juices and bring to the boil, reduce down to a sticky glaze. Place pork skin side up on a tray, brush with beer glaze and gently reheat for 30 minutes at 170C. Brush pork again with beer glaze then place under the grill to crisp up and brown the skin, watching to achieve a golden glaze. Allow to cool a little then carve up and eat.


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2010 - Present

s the 1960s fuel-starved disco era dawned, the Mini was gripped by the colossus of British Leyland. A number of celebrities, including comedian Spike Milligan and model Twiggy starred in Mini ads to keep the punters keen. Plus, Beatle George Harrison’s famous 1966 Mini Cooper S played a starring role in the group’s 1967 movie “Magical Mystery Tour”. Even Enzo Ferrari, Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, had three classic Minis in his garage. The most 1970s-esque Mini was the Clubman 1275 GT. Available in many colours, including tasteful brown, the 1100cc engine meant the GT was the hottest Mini of its era.

“The BMW Mini was given an overload of automotive steroids. Bigger, heavier and with features like CD player, air con and traction control. It was a huge seller.”

1980s During the 1980s the Mini still soldiered on. The original Clubman bit the dust in 1980 and the car was now badged as Austin Mini. Limited-edition specials, including Red Hot and Jet Black sold well. The ERA Mini Turbo, billed as the spiritual successor to the Cooper and 1275 GT, was a modified Mini City with a 70kW turbocharged 1.3-litre version of the regular Mini engine. The Mini also starred in Geoff Murphy’s 1981 New Zealand road comedy, Goodbye Pork Pie (and a later model in Matt Murphy’s 2017 sequel). In 1988, the Mini became part of the Rover group and production continued.

1990s Under the Rover name, the Mini was still popular. Starring in the British TV comedy series Mr Bean further cemented its cult status. Just short of the brand’s 40th birthday, the last of the original Coopers was being produced. An uprated 1.3-litre engine, bright colours, spotlights and extra creature comforts made for a good package in the eyes of buyers. By 1999 more than five million Minis had been produced but production under Rover wound up.

2000s BMW Group takes over production of the Mini and at the 1999 Paris Motor Show, an all-new Mini was launched. The BMW Mini was given an overload of automotive steroids. Bigger, heavier and with features like CD player, air con and traction control. It was a huge seller. The base-spec Mini One, followed by the Cooper and supercharged Cooper S, completed the initial range. Providing grunt was a 1.6-litre four cylinder putting out 88kW and 160Nm of torque. Thanks to supercharging, buyers got 129kW in the Cooper S, while the Mini One had 70kW and a 1.4-litre four cylinder. A diesel was offered later in the production run while later convertibles and Clubman variants proved popular. The second-generation BMW car was shown in 2006, which saw the John Cooper Works programme become part of Mini.

MINI Coupé The current decade has brought us even more from Mini ie the 4WD, 5 door Countryman, the 2 seater Coupe, Roadster and larger Paceman. Add the performance of the Cooper S convertible powered by a 2-litre petrol engine producing 141kW just to remind fans the options are ongoing. Plus with the 2017 launch of David Brown Automotive’s ‘white glove’ Mini Remastered. During its lifespan, the original Mini was produced at various factories by BMC, then British Leyland and, finally, the Rover Group, later bought by BMW in 1994 when development on an all-new Mini started. There are some 469 Mini clubs in the UK and at least another 260 world-wide including NZ. The car is continually voted one of the most favourite cars of all time and, in 2014, voted Britain’s favourite car ever. With the appeal of this ever-popular car still gaining momentum, Mini’s international appeal shows little sign of slowing down.


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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month 1924 Packard, seven-seat, straight eight, Tourer.


he number plate reads ‘CD9’and she’s the vehicle that began Graeme Craw’s love of Packard motor cars. The first owner, the Hotel Cargen of Auckland purchased the 1924 Packard to collect guests from the Railway station. Changes in ownership eventually saw the car sitting on a lawn for sale at Mt Maunganui. Now Graeme’s story begins. Graeme, his wife Moira and Moira’s sister went to a stock auction near Te Puke. They purchased ten Angus heifers but, at the end of the auction, thirteen sheep came up for sale. Graeme, who couldn’t resist a bargain, bought the sheep. Except he had a problem, he couldn’t transport the sheep and cattle together.

Graeme’s sister-in-law told him of a big, old car for sale and maybe he could buy that to cart the sheep. Graeme purchased what turned out to be a Packard Tourer, with a straight eight motor. He pulled out the back seat and carted the thirteen sheep to his farm at Anawhata, West Auckland. Graeme was impressed with the Packard’s engineering but, in 1954, he sold the car to a friend, Bruce Anderson. Bruce restored the vehicle and used it extensively on Vintage Car Club events. The car then passed through several more owners before being put up for sale at New Plymouth in 1974. By now Graeme was seriously collecting Packards so he was keen to

Fishing tips & tales


buy the car back. Unfortunately money was short. He went to the bank manager for a loan but ended up with money to buy hay! Money procured, the family drove to New Plymouth to collect the car. On the way home they stopped near the top of Mt Messenger for a cup of tea. However, driving up the hill from the other direction was the bank manager and his family. The manager spotted the Packard and called to Graeme: “Mighty fine load of hay you’ve got there, Graeme!” Today CD9 is displayed at the Packard Motor Museum. It’s possibly the oldest production straight eight in the world.

Introducing John Vowless

ohn moved to Whangarei as a ten-year-old and began fishing as a teen. He admits to not being very successful until getting help from two ‘very good’ local fishermen. He subsequently joined Whangarei Line and Light Rod Club and, amongst ‘great comradery’, learned plenty more. He went on to represent the club in two national competitions, winning champion boat angler in 1992 and co-winning champion team. In the same competition in 1996, he was second place boat angler and won the boat teams event again. Says John: “I have been lucky enough to catch some significant fish - a 12.77kg (28.94 lb) snapper from a 12ft 8hp Parkercraft at Hen Island. This fish earnt me a New Zealand line class record. Shortly after this, records stopped being recognised in pounds so this record will not be broken.” John was instrumental with Grim Reaper jigs when jigs were new and exciting and caught a huge variety of fish species on them, including many kingfish over 25kg. He

successfully chased club and New Zealand records for a number of years. “The catch I am most proud of is a 52kg (114lb) Hapuka I caught on a trip to the Three Kings Islands in 1989 each fillet weighed 20kg!” He held the New Zealand (and club record) until a couple of years ago. These days, John fishes for pleasure and the table but still has regular contact with many fishers and a sound knowledge of who is catching what, where, and when, along with what method/rig/bait/lure is working best. John wrote the Whangarei Area Report for NZ Fishing News magazine for 24 years. He will begin his new

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orthland has had a boomer of a summer with great weather and events to keep our visitors happy and February has more in store for everyone. One of the key events for February will be the Northland Pasifika Fusion Festival on Saturday February 24 at the Hihiaua Peninsular starting at 10am. The inaugural festival in 2015 had around 5,000 people attend and has grown in popularity each year with 10,000 people attending in 2017. The many Pacific Island community groups living in Northland showcase their culture, music, food and colourful costumes on the day, strengthening the culture diversity in our region. For art lovers, a must-do is visit the Whangarei Art Museum, which is free and open to the public daily. Throughout February they are exhibiting part of their own collection to showcase a true summer in Northland - four seasons in a day! With both contemporary and historic works, you’ll be transported to Northland’s wonderful coastline and region while also delving into iconic memories of our past.

If you get to the Quarry Arts Centre before February 7, you can see their group exhibition ‘Portraiture and Figurative Works’ showing artists responses to the human form in a selection of portraiture and figurative work in the Yvonne Rust

holding workshops to engage with the public to find out what the needs and aspirations are in the community. These workshops will be held in Whangarei and Kaipara in late February and in the Far North in early March.

Gallery. This will be followed by an exhibition by Alice Astell. Further afield in Hokianga, this year’s summer pop-up

The workshops will cover visual arts/ 3D, performing arts, music, film and media, new technology and heritage. So keep

show at Village Arts is ‘Hokianga Re-mix’ an eclectic mix of art, vintage collectables and pre-loved designer wear. And in

an eye out on for updates on where these workshops will be held, along with what other

their side gallery, for the first time, is ‘A&D Upcycle. Recycle’ featuring up-cycled furniture, handmade craft and gifts.

creative activity is happening in our beautiful region. Alternatively, pick up a copy of the Northland Art Guide at

Creative Northland are in the midst of planning a regional public arts consultation where they will be looking at

any i-SITE or download it from the website above for where to go to see, buy and experience art in Northland.

Is your valentine equally as hot as you? MICHAEL BOTUR


hether fat, thin, fine or fugly, the person you’re partnered with on Valentine’s Day should be the same level of hotness as you. If not, the relationship may not last. What boffins call ‘assortative mating’ means we go for people who are similar to us in terms of values, personality, socioeconomic standing, size and shape. If you want to mate with somebody reeeeeally familiar for Valentine’s Day, you could always go with somebody who resembles your mum or your sister. Gross? Yes. Satisfying? Absolutely. I have a friend who married a woman so similar in looks to him that not only are they both a precise 7.28/10 on the hotness decile scale, the two appear to be twins. Maybe they met through a Jaime and Cersei Lannister fan club, I don’t know. They have the same hair and eyes, moles and even jawline. Will their brotherly love last forever? Will they always be the exact same hotness? So long as they make the same faces in those gross Facebook photos I show all my friends, science says yes: decades from now, they will end up looking more identical than ever. Research by social psychologist Robert Zajonc found married couples can begin to resemble one another because

subtle shifts in facial wrinkles and muscles will occur in synchrony between lifelong partners. Starting off with

partner’s facial expressions in empathy (like the way me and my wife react when we examine our son’s lunchbox after it’s

‘chance similarities’ based on upbringing, diet, lifestyle et cetera, couples will eventually get wrinkles in the same

been forgotten about in his schoolbag all summer.) What about the opposite of all this, though? If lasting

places from cringing at heat pump adverts together, or squinting under a Northland sun while gardening together,

couples are couples that resemble one another, should you be worried if you’re a 6 and your partner is a 9? My beautiful

or celebrating Beer o’Clock or 4:20 together every day, like lovers do. Zajonc’s research even suggested laughing or

wife has been a 10 out of 10 from the get-go, so that’s all well and good for her.

crying at things at the same time shapes faces similarly. This is because your face is moulded when you mimic your

The problem is, after I’ve had a few Valentine’s beers, I’m pretty sure I’m a 12.


Night & Day Saturday 10th March 2018

Join us for a spectacular outdoor matinee concert in the Kennaway’s relaxing garden setting to enjoy another afternoon of memorable songs by the Opera North soloists and chorus. This year we are fortunate to have as our special guest artist, Northland’s own Sophie Sparrow who joins us before she leaves to further her studies overseas. Our theme this year is “Night and Day” which lends itself to a broad range of beautiful operatic and musical theatre melodies. Premier Sponsor

Starts 3pm, Kennaway’s Operacado Orchard. 643 Ngunguru Rd d, Glenbervie. Adults $35, School age children $15.

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he Whangarei Art Museum is delighted to announce an exhibition of works from the Whangarei Art Museum Collection to showcase a true summer in Northland - four seasons in a day. With both contemporary and historic works, get transported to our wonderful coastline and region while also delving into iconic memories of our past. A variety of media is represented in this exhibition; watercolour painting, oil painting, printworks on paper, photographic images, and three-dimensional objects in ceramic and cast glass make a diverse collection on display. Over 30 works exhibited in the Community Gallery present a familiar theme of summer, from pohutukawa groves to iconic headlands and harbour estuaries ranging from 1888 until 2011. Celebrating the season with imagery that depicts classic summer ideals - the beach, the boat and the bach across centuries to show, not only stylistic changes developed through individual artist’s careers, but changes in our environment and traditions. George Woolley’s 1921 oil on canvas

Image credits: George Woolley, Pohutukawa, 1945, Oil on Textured Paper

Image credits: Eric Lee-Johnson, Opo the Opononi Dolphin Hokianga Series, 1955-56, Photograph.

Gathering Toheroa, 90 Mile Beach is an example of how times have changed - the

Northland’s coast features many harbours, enclosing headlands and splendid beaches

Artists featured: Albert Aldis, Peter Alger, Alfred Batty, Beatrix Dobie, Ida Eise,

gathering of the large bivalve shellfish is now prohibited as a result of overharvesting

- summertime’s quintessential factors. Not always calm and sunny, the coast can reflect

Robert Ellis, George E. Woolley, Christopher Hazzard, Henry Kirkwood, Eric Lee-Johnson,

by a growing population following WWII.

many different moods. Summer humidity brings mist, overcast skies and cyclones.

John Perret, Joy Porterfield, Colleen RyanPriest, Rona Swallow, Kitty Airini Vane,

Conditions can range from drought to flood, neither extreme welcome by farmers nor

Kennett Watkins, Minnie F. White, Adele Younghusband, Ron Zaneveld.

holidaymakers but captured nonetheless by paint and ink in scenes from the Whangarei Harbour, Woolleys Bay Matapouri, the Dukes Nose Whangaroa and Cape Reinga. Our Summer represents a cross section of the Whangarei Art Museum Collection and artworks synonymous with the lifestyle brought about when the pohutukawa trees flower, the sand is too hot to stand on and the bays of Northland are full of boats. An asset to the city, the Whangarei Art Museum Collection assists with the museum’s purpose of making art free and accessible for the enjoyment of citizens of the region

FREE entry, daily 10am-4pm. Entry via the i-SITE, The HUB: Town Basin.

and its visitors over our Northland summer.

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