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Many of them don’t stay cute for long but they can make great companions, and wouldn’t I know, I talk to mine often! (crazy cat lady disclosure!) So, you really have to adopt for the right reasons. A brief glimpse into SPCA life is on page 6. Our cover story is about a local mum who bravely gave up her nursing career to follow her dream of becoming an artist. It took me many months to persuade a hesitant Jan to allow me to write her story and convince her that her talent is worthy. And now her flair has been recognised by Creative Northland, she is unleashing some of her work in their Seaweek Exhibition. You can read her story on pages 4 & 5. Have a great month.

t was a dangerous undertaking, me venturing into the SPCA because I’ve been known to take in the odd stray that’s followed me home. It never went well in the past and I’ve learnt; I didn’t do my homework first and of course our resident cat would not take kindly to an intruder taking over her home and getting all the attention. Sometimes it works out and the family who visited the SPCA while I was there had already thought about compatibility. The fact that I already have a lovely cat who was rehomed to us was the only thing stopping me taking a cute fluff ball or two home so I felt safe paying a visit recently to check out the goings on during peak season. My daughter accompanied me and I didn’t count on her falling in love with the dogs, one in particular pulling quite the doleful eyes at her. But never fear, we came home empty-handed – our cat definitely would not have been happy with a canine newbie to the family. It’s hard leaving them all behind though, especially when you hear some of their early beginnings’ stories. And, right now, with 250 cats and kittens alone in Whangarei SPCA care, these animals, who didn’t ask to be born but are the result of cats who have not been desexed, are in high need of adopting or fostering.

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Every day, Jan Leitch longingly peered out the bus window at the art school she should have been attending while on her way to work at the hospital.


very fibre of her being wanted to draw and create. Instead she was nursing people at the end of their lives. However, it was this vocation which lead to her decision to follow her dream. “Being in the privileged position of caring for people at the end of life showed me that you must be brave enough to chase your dream, even if you never get there. Life is a journey and we all have the same final destination - you just have to make sure you are on the right bus.” Jan’s earliest memory of art is reading the Garfield strip on the back of the paper and trying to replicate her own version. Her dad would always hand the back page over the breakfast table to his avid comic-loving daughter so she could absorb the cartoon.

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Then he started ordering the Beano comic to be delivered with the newspaper but was quite

“Nursing opens your eyes to real human suffering, sadness and death… So much death.

taken with it himself. “It drove me crazy that he always got

I really struggled to switch off my emotions at the end of the day. People stay with you. I often

to read it first. He would hide it inside the ‘sensible’ paper and pretend it hadn’t arrived

came home and cried after a hard shift. We all know we are going to die one day, but I realised

yet!” recalls Jan, who grew up in Scotland. “I grew up before Netflix so cartoon hour

it could be literally any day, even later today. “The bus to the Old Royal Infirmary

was a big event in our house. We would race to the lounge and I would watch entranced

(hospital) passed by the Edinburgh Art College on its route. I remember thinking how p***** off

as Tom and Jerry chased each other around causing chaos.”

I would be if this bus crashed and I was killed when I knew I shouldn’t even be on this bus. I

Jan subsequently drew caricatures of people wherever she went and spent most

should be on the bus to the art school.” Jan’s parents backed her to do a private

of her high school years ‘hiding out’ in the art rooms during breaks.

foundation year at Leith School of Art and she remembers her dad being blown away, saying

However, art wasn’t seen as a valued or realistic career choice in those days, so she

he’d had no idea how talented she was. This led to them paying her fees for art college. Jan

took a few gap years while trying to figure out a direction.

also won a scholarship to undertake a master’s degree – exclusive to one student each year.

She fell into nursing after witnessing her aunt go through terminal cancer. “It made

However, her nursing qualification meant she wasn’t eligible to receive it.

sense as I loved looking after people and I could take it travelling.”

But becoming a mum has been the best education, she believes, and after her art hit a

After qualifying, Jan worked as a relief nurse across acute medical and surgical

lull while she undertook this role amid a move to New Zealand, it was resurrected with a

wards, hospice and nursing homes.

comment from her daughter.

An extract from a book Jan is working on about Millie the Mangrove Mouse who sails out to sea in search of where the rubbish is coming from and rescues sea animals along the way: “There’s a furry wee mouse with a can for a house floating around in the sea. What’s that you say? That’s not a house? You’re right, it’s man’s debris.”

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Jan documented her five-year-old’s transition to school last year.

“After my relationship broke down, I was suddenly a single parent of two young children living on the opposite side of the planet to all my family, and I couldn’t go home. I took my kids for a walk through the mangroves with my neighbour. My daughter was five and she

Jan at work on a charcoal drawing.

turned to my neighbour and asked if she had seen the mouse that just ran past.

thought. I love that I can take a drawing and

an artist for me is believing in myself and

like sculpting dust particles on paper; concentrated drawing where I can luxuriate

have it express an emotion. When my kids laugh at something I have drawn or written,

showing my work,” she muses. Many of her works include animals, her

skipping a beat. ‘She had the prettiest yellow dress on.’

on the details. On the flip side, I do a lot of digital drawing when I am doodling

the sound of their laughter is magical. Human connection though art is a little like

favourite subject to draw. “There is so much variety in form and

“Pure imagination. I got home and I drew a mouse for her. We all laughed and it felt

thoughts or little cartoons. Fast, immediate description of a particular emotion or

magic though.” Jan is currently working on several

every colour combination imaginable. Their outfits are better than any fashion show I have

good. It had been such a long time since I had laughed. I knew then I owed it to my kids to

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keep up with my art and my ideas and not lose hope. How can I ask them to try if I'm not going

eight and five, who inspire her every day. She runs a Facebook page called Chalk ‘N’

On any given day her characters take her traveling to the depths of the ocean, to having

to? I decided to get back on the art bus!” At the beginning of last year, Jan undertook

Charcoal - a space where she ‘thinks out loud’ and a platform for some of her sketches.

a picnic on the moon and it’s manifesting these make-believe adventurous scenes that puts

“My neighbour squealed and said ‘No!’ “‘That’s a pity,’ replied my daughter, without

“I love charcoal drawing as it’s a bit

a writing for picture books module at NorthTec. It was led by a lady called Margaret Cahill, who

“I think sometimes the hardest part of being

Jan feels grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from.

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Jan now draws most days either with charcoal or she creates digital fast everyday scenes with a humorous spin, drawing directly into Photoshop.

Jan in her happy place.

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A Glimpse into Life at the SPCA

The Disney Princesses today awaiting adoption.

set on Leo so he is once again brought out for first cuddles. The family are advised on how to settle their new kitten in with their current cat and are


taken out to reception to fill in paperwork. It’s a happy ending for Leo and, if it’s to


t’s 10am Saturday at Whangarei’s SPCA. There’s a resounding chorus of dogs barking out the back from the kennels housing around 35 canines. Inside, it’s a more quiet affair as many of the bundles of feline fur sleep huddled in balls at the back of their temporary homes which are in the midst of house-keeping. Others are in inquisitive moods and waltz up to the front of their cage playfully batting at outstretched fingers while their more adventurous peers scale the front of their enclosure in an impressive display of acrobats. Every so often, they stop and peer at their onlooker and a not quite developed ‘meow’ comes out. “Meep.” A farming family from Ruatangata enter. Mum and dad and their two sons are in search of a female kitten as a companion for their male one-year-old tabby, who they rescued off the farm. “We found Grub at about three months old sick and feral,” explains Jo Pivac. “We decided he needed company. All our animals have been rescued off the farm so we thought we’d adopt a kitten today.” As if on cue, the acrobats and the cuteness seem to step up a notch. “It’s like they’re all saying: ‘Pick me!’,” Jo muses as her and the family deliberate. At reception, a woman comes in with her two toddlers while the dad waits at the fully-

be a repeat of last Saturday, 17 of his peers will also be adopted. However, this varies and there are just as many animals coming in, if not more, as there are going out. Last year, over 40,000 animals sought shelter in an SPCA centre around New Zealand. In Whangarei, around 3,000 animals are brought to the centre annually and, each year, around 900 animal abuse complaints are investigated. The majority of the incomings are during kitten season, when cats breed during the warmer months, stretching resources at SPCA shelters to the limit. Last year, SPCA saw 16,711 kittens arrive at centres nationally. There are currently over 250 cats and kittens under the Whangarei SPCA centre’s care, with Leo meets his new family – (from left) Jacob, 14, Wayne and Jo Pivac with Sean (obscured).

laden car with the other kids and a box. They are off on holiday and have managed to catch

have been taken from owners due to neglect or abuse, staff members explain.

some it’s too late. Before a kitten can be adopted at eight weeks old, they require

some wild kittens they discovered running around their property on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile, the Pivacs have made a decision. A friendly, courageous tabby kitten

round-the-clock care, veterinary treatment, and somewhere warm to snuggle, eat, and be

The dogs have fallen silent now. It’s feeding time, explains inspector team leader Helena

has won them over and, according to the names and descriptions on their doors, they’ve

monitored. Their medical and behaviour notes and

Sweeting before revealing the four ‘Disney Princesses’ she is currently taking home and

narrowed it down to being either Lexie or Leo. Lexie, Leo and Louie are tabby siblings

information is entered into SPCA’s animal database. They are given their own unique ID

bringing to work every day. Ariel, Belle, Merida and Moana, as she has

found in Dargaville one month earlier. All three kittens spent time in foster care to gain weight

so they can be tracked at every stage on their recovery, right up to finding a new family.

named them, were found dumped on the side of the road in a box near Maungaturoto before

before being desexed and ready for adoption. “We’re hoping it’s Lexie, as we think a

Says SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen: “Every animal that is adopted from SPCA has been

Christmas. Helena recons they were probably part of a litter of typically seven with only the

female would get along better with Grub,” enthuses Jo.

desexed, which helps prevent unwanted litters being born into a lifetime of struggle and

females discarded. She believes they are a Cattle Cross type

However, a staff member is called in and a quick check under the tail reveals that the

suffering. Pet owners wanting to help SPCA should get their pets desexed too. It is our

with possibly a tad heeler in them, due to the speckles.

family have chosen Leo. There is a wave of disappointment before it

hope that one day kitten season will be less of a problem.”

“It depends on the parents, but I would imagine these girls will grow to a medium size.

is explained that Leo is desexed so shouldn’t have a problem being compatible with Grub.

Meantime, it’s good news for Leo’s siblings; Lexie and Louie also found new homes just

They are active, agility sports dogs and would suit someone with a lifestyle block.” The Disney Princesses are coming up ready for adoption or will be joining the array of other The Disney Princesses when they first arrived.

many in foster homes. Most are found in various states and for

canine residents who are now dolefully peering out their kennel doors. Many of these dogs

That’s it, the Pivacs’ hearts were already

days after being cleared for adoption.

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out more about Caci’s Skin Health Plan and their payment options at www.caci.co.nz Taking care of your Skin Health Kiwis are beginning to understand the need to take care of their skin and that there is no one-size-fits-all. Whether you’re 24 years old and are looking for preventative options or you’re 57 years old and want help with pigmentation and wrinkles – Caci’s focus, as it has ever been, is to personalise a plan of treatments and skincare that works best for that specific individual. Good skin = confidence. Confidence = happiness. It’s important to do something that makes you feel good — because when you feel good, you look good. That’s what matters most. Retinol and vitamin-based skincare Vitamin-rich products can be your secret weapon this year! We all want treatments and products that nourish our skin, we can get this with active ingredients made up of all the vitamins our skin wants and needs. Vitamin A is the key component in retinol, which is a hot topic in the skincare game. Retinol is that ‘Fix it’ ingredient. It helps with a range of skincare concerns for a range of ages, from acne to ageing and hyperpigmentation. It does this by encouraging healthy skin cell production and generates the good stuff – i.e. collagen. Murad’s Resurgence Range stocked at Caci provides a range of retinol-based skincare that caters to a broad age range.

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Eye floaters Floaters are tiny specks that can be seen in your field of vision, especially when you look at a lightcoloured area such as a blue sky or white wall.


hey are created when tiny clumps form in the clear, jelly-like substance (the vitreous humour) inside the eyeball. Eye floaters are suspended in this ‘jelly’, so they move when your eyeball moves. If you try to look directly at them, the floaters may seem to disappear. Floaters can come in different sizes and shapes. Some floaters look like small dots, while others appear like threads or little hairy clumps. In most cases, floaters are normal and harmless. However, a sudden increase in their number may indicate damage to particular internal structures of the eye. This requires professional attention. Eye floaters in vitreous humour The eye contains vitreous humour, which is a clear, jelly-like substance that helps maintain the shape of the eyeball. Vitreous humour acts as a shock absorber when the eye is pushed out of shape. The vitreous is more than 98 per cent water but is two to four times more viscous. Floaters are suspended in the vitreous humour, which means they move around.

Floaters in your peripheral vision tend to go unnoticed, but sometimes particles can cross in front of the central vision. Symptoms of eye floaters The characteristics of floaters can include: • They can be different shapes, such as tiny spots, flecks, clear little bubbles, threads or webs. • They are particularly visible when looking at a light-coloured area, such as a blue sky. • The floaters move as the eyes move, often with a slight lag. • Large floaters can present as diminished areas of vision, but this is very rare. If a floater troubles you, you can try looking up and down, and from side to side, to swish the vitreous humour and move the floater out of the way. However, this does not always work. While some people find floaters troublesome, they are typically harmless and surgery is not indicated. Floaters increase with age The retina is a thin film that lines the inside of the eye. It is made up of light-sensitive cells known as rods and cones. Rods and cones detect shape, colour and pattern, and pass the information to nerve fibres. Nerve fibres collect in a bundle at the back of the retina, forming



the optic nerve. Visual information is relayed from the retina to the brain via this optic nerve.

• vitreous humour pulling at the retina, when moving or turning your eye quickly

Floaters tend to increase with age because the vitreous humour pulls slightly away from the retina and degenerates with advancing years. This separation of vitreous humour from the retina can cause small shreds of jelly to break off and form more floaters. At first, this can be irritating. Eventually, the brain can become accustomed to the floaters and may decide not to ‘inform’ you of their presence.

• retinal detachment • migraine, either with or without associated headaches • postural hypotension – getting up quickly from a kneeling, sitting or lying position resulting in dizziness and vision disturbance • high blood pressure • a blow to the eye.

Damage to the retina with age In some people, the age-related detachment of the vitreous humour from the surface of the retina could cause tears in the retina. Tiny droplets of blood may appear as a fresh crop of floaters. Short-sighted people and those who have undergone surgery for cataracts are at increased risk of tears to the retina. Untreated retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment. In this condition, the retina comes

Floaters are usually harmless. However, you should seek immediate professional attention if you experience a sudden increase in floaters, particularly if they are accompanied by flashing lights, or a new big floater. This is especially important if you are short-sighted or have had an operation for cataracts. Your eye care professional will use specialised equipment to examine both the vitreous humour and the retina of your eye, to determine whether there has been any

away from the back of the eyeball. Permanent loss of vision can result if immediate treatment is not sought.

tearing or detachment of the retina. Retinal detachment is treated with surgery.

Flashing lights and floaters Sometimes, floaters can be associated with flashing lights or ‘auras’. This can be caused by events including:

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How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions? We’ve all been there. January sees us filled with inspiration to be better and do better!


o, we make New Year’s Resolutions about how we will improve our personal lives and change our behavior - lose weight, eat healthier, get in shape, or exercise more. The sad truth is that by mid-February when the year gets into full swing, some or all those good intentions can fall away as we juggle competing priorities. That’s why February is a great time to tackle our New Year’s Resolutions in a practical way. Rather than simply kissing goodbye to our January intentions, try reactivating them in February. “This is the year that I . . .” How do you want to finish that sentence? What, then, can we do when we find our resolutions fizzling?

Start by making overall goals for your health, a mission statement for your health and wellness. Looking over the last year, in what areas have you felt disappointed? This time next year, what things in your health would you like to have accomplished? Are there areas that you consistently neglect? Ask yourself: “What do I need to do to nail my health and fitness goals this year?” Part of getting in better shape means changing how you live; from what you eat to how you schedule your time. But what many people forget is that changing everything at once can be so overwhelming that we end up going back to old behaviors.

and success, not by trial and error. Exercise or eating better isn't a once and done thing, it is a lifestyle change. The term "lifestyle change" might sound scary, but by making small changes over time, it won't seem so harsh. Most of us think consistency is everything which is why it’s so easy to fade by February once we find ourselves slipping even slightly. When we eat too much, miss our target weight loss, or don’t get to the gym for a few days, we conveniently give up - taking an all-or-nothing stand so that when we don’t achieve all, we have a built-in excuse to settle for nothing.

The results will surprise you.


By setting aside specific times or days dedicated solely to doing the work that will move you closer to your end goals is what will get you there in the end. Change is possible, but only if you personally want it. Understand, change means giving up our old ways, ways in which we have grown accustomed. But as we close doors to our old self, we open doors to a wonderful new life . . .

Don't beat up on yourself if you slip. Just get back on track as soon as possible. Think of the benefits you will gain. For example, when planning to exercise more or eat better, make a list of how your new changes will help you. For example: “I will feel fantastic. I will enjoy better health. I will reduce my chances of disease. I will manage my weight better. I will feel calmer. I will have more energy”, and so on. To keep you on track, keep a written list to ensure you don’t forget your longterm plans when life gets hectic in the short term. This list is “YOUR WHY” and referring to it from time to time will motivate you. And, even with your goals firmly set, don’t focus on them, ask: What’s the process that might get me to this goal? Then obsessively focus on the process and forget about the goal.

Lifestyle change is just like anything else; It takes practice before you get it right. People wrongly assume that they will simply decide to change their lives and everything will fall into place. It doesn't really work like that. It works by trying and having some success and continuing to go back to it. People learn by trial

Don't beat up on yourself if you slip. Just get back on track as soon as possible. Think of the benefits you will gain.



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IS ACNE THE RESULT OF DIRTY, OILY SKIN? It is the common belief that acne is caused by dirty and oily skin. But the truth is much more complicated and I will try to simplify the real explanation.


Oil The skin has sebaceous glands that makes sebum (a ‘skin oil’) which keeps the skin supple and, (combined with the skin’s microbiome) protects it from infection. This is your natural defense barrier. High testosterone levels stimulate the production of oil, hence acne often occurs during the teenage years when testosterone surges, or later on in life when women approach menopause and the ratio of

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The skin microbiome is made of bacteria, fungi and viruses that cohabitate on the top layer of skin.

estrogen to testosterone drops. The problem is not the amount of oil, but rather the quality of oil.

and antiseptics such as benzoyle peroxide (active ingredient in most anti acne products).

Good oil is free flowing, poor quality oil is gluggy, like cottage cheese, getting stuck in the pore

This would destroy all other bacteria putting the skin microbiome out of balance. The skin

dictated by hormones, bacteria and oil. While we cannot do much about our

causing a plug. This is the beginning of acne.

then tends to get dry, red and sensitive.

hormones, we can control the quality of our oil production and the skincare we use. Get

Bacteria The skin has a ‘living layer’ called the

Nina Quan

Layers of skin

How acne develops Two important things to note (1) p.acnes

Managing acne We now understand that acne is mainly

your skin to make good quality oil and do not use products that can put your microbiome

microbiome which includes good and bad bacteria. A balanced microbiome with good,

bacteria feed on our skin oil, and (2) you can never kill 100 per cent of bacteria. So when

out of balance. Our skin is an amazing organ with its own mechanism to self cleanse,

neutral and bad bacteria is crucial to skin health. Most reading materials will suggest that

skin oil is stripped, the few p.acnes that are left will travel to the sebaceous glands in the pore

shed and renew. We just need to provide it the right environment to do its job. Talk to a

p.acnes are the bacteria responsible for causing acne, hence they often suggest that

(where their food is made) to feed and multiply causing inflammation in the pores and this is

skin therapist who can help you understand skin at a cellular level and the cosmetic

skin be cleansed with an oil stripping agent

what we call acne.

ingredients you’re putting on your skin.

Life Coaching … cool, so what is that? Often when people ask me what I do for a living, they usually follow up with ‘Wow, are you serious? That’s actually a job?’ Or ‘Oh, ok so you’re a life-guard?’. I get it, introducing yourself with ‘I help people lead better lives’ sounds pretty intense at a casual cocktail party, but I can tell you this much; Life Coaching is the most rewarding and ‘real’ job I’ve ever had. So, what is Life Coaching exactly? As a coach I work with people in helping them discover who they really want to be, and how to reconnect with

I’ll help you reclaim your happiness, and discover how to live a more energised and fulfilling life. • Private Coaching • Group Coaching • Workshops & Events Once you have the clarity around what you want for your life, you can start creating it.

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hundreds of countries from across the globe

The World’s Greatest Show


– giving them the chance to share ideas and innovations with the rest of the world. The

ast month Stephen Gillingham from House of Travel Whangarei travelled to

first-ever was held in The Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park in 1851, and since then,

Dubai courtesy of Emirates to inspect the progress on the construction of

many of history’s most famous inventions have been exhibited, including the telephone

the NZ Pavilion ahead of the World Expo in Dubai which is set to open in October for a six

in 1876, the ice cream cone in 1904 and even a humanoid robot in Nagoya in 2005.

month period. New Zealand last participated in an

Back in November 2013, Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020 – becoming the first

Expo in Shanghai in 2010, so this is an ideal opportunity to showcase our country in 2020.

country ever in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia to do so.

Dubai can be conveniently accessed from New Zealand by daily direct flights on the Emirates

Who is taking part?

A380 aircraft, or via Bali on Emirates 777-300. The airline offers connections to 160 cities

Among those who have confirmed they’re involved are 192 different countries including

worldwide which gives endless opportunity for the World Expo to be included as a stopover.

New Zealand, as well as several major businesses and educational institutions.

“To see first-hand the scale of the Expo site was very impressive. Travellers to this event will not be leaving disappointed as there will be something for everyone. I would encourage anyone who likes to be inspired and left with a sense of awe to consider attending this world event.”

Dubai Expo United Arab Emirates selected the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. So, what’s happening? An expo is a world fair, bringing together

What will there be to see? The Expo 2020 site will feature pavilions dedicated to countries from around the world, with 75 entertainment events hosted every single day. There will be live performances from world-famous stars,

comedy greats, and cultural experiences. Every day during the 173 days of Expo 2020, a different country will be featured in a cultural showcase that includes parades and other festivities. New Zealand’s day is appropriately scheduled for Waitangi Day Feb 6, 2021 and the fun doesn’t stop at sunset, because there will be fireworks displays and entertainment into the early hours. Basically, it will be massive. When does it all begin? Expo will run for six months from October 2020 to April 2021, with pavilions open and entertainment scheduled between 10am and 1am on weekdays, and 10am to 2am on weekends. Where is the Expo 2020 site? It’s all happening in the Dubai South district, near Al Maktoum International Airport. There will be a lot of dedicated transport heading to the 4.38 square kilometre site, and a metro station is being built that can handle 44,000 passengers per hour. With an influx of international visitors expected, Dubai International Airport is also working to upgrade its runways, while new hotels are springing up near the Expo 2020 site. Consider adding World Expo 2020 to your must-see bucket list this year.

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n unlikely vehicle to be found at the Packard Museum is our bright mustard-yellow Skoda (complete with the iconic nodding dog). The Skoda was infamous for being the world’s cheapest car from the 1960s onward but not many people realise that Skoda, a Czechoslovakian automobile manufacturer, was originally founded in 1895 under the name Laurin and Klement; making it one of the oldest European manufacturers around. Initially the company, like many others, produced bicycles then, from 1899, manufactured motorcycles. This made Skoda the first company to have a motorcycle factory in Central Europe. From 1905 the company produced automobiles. In 1925 the company was taken over by Skoda Works and the name Skoda was used from then on. During the 1930s,

Skoda produced a number of models, the Popular, Rapid, Favorit and Superb. However, once WW2 began, the automobile plant ceased producing cars and switched to making military components for vehicles, planes and weapons instead. In 1948, Skoda became part of the communist-planned economy. Skoda retained a good reputation until the 1960s when quality and reliability of the cars declined. By the 1980s, Skoda still produced rear-engine small family cars and commuters that conceptually dated back to the 1960s. In 1991 Volkswagen acquired a 30 per cent shareholding in Skoda and more recently increased its stake in the company to 60 per cent; now producing a popular car. The Skoda at our museum is a 1972

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


i, I hope you all have had a good Christmas and Santa has delivered you some exciting new fishing gear and you’ve had a chance to use it. We have had a lot of windy days In January which has limited fishing activity, but as I write this, conditions are very good - yahoo! Recent reports from the Far North, Rangiputa, Bay of Islands and Mangonui, have been good. Good snapper, trevally and kingfish catches, with quite a few big fish of all species being caught. Frank C headed to the Kaipara Harbour and, using baits and ledger rigs, landed his limit of good snapper in 35m in a couple of hours. This area is not for the faint-hearted but, once learned and treated with respect, can be a magic place to fish. Whangarei Harbour has been a mixed bag with some anglers doing very well and

others really struggling. There have been a few undersized throwbacks and some good snapper and trevally caught mostly bait fishing. The recent weed problem has very much reduced, stingrays are a nuisance at times, so let’s hope the orcas come back soon. Savvy’s lovely editor Jodi got out for an evening fish near Limestone Island and it was a full-time job baiting hooks as baits were being taken straight away by small snapper. However, she landed a few keepers amongst the throwbacks and released an undersized kingi. Outside of the harbour, good snapper catches have been coming from off the sand, out off Ruakaka Beach well down past the Refinery. Anchoring up and a good berley trail is doing the trick. The fish can at times be slow to come on the bite so patience is an advantage. Recently Steve and his mate fished near Three Mile Reef, caught 10 keepers, including a 9lb’er in only 45 mins. Trish and I got out for a terakihi fish and landed four big

four-door Saloon, inspiring plenty of stories. Many Skoda owners loved their cars and these days the older models are quite collectible. If you’re thinking of buying one, you can join the NZ Skoda Enthusiasts Club. Our car is powered by a 1 litre four-

cylinder, water-cooled, overhead valve engine mounted in the rear of the vehicle running through a four-speed all synchromesh gearbox.

terakihi over 40cm and a couple more of these succulent fish, plus two big blue cod also over 40 cm and some yummy gurnard - truly a succulent catch. Getting on the water is not just about the fishing - things you see can help make a very memorable trip. We saw a school of dolphins going past close to the boat, playing, leaping and turning over in the air. Wow! The water under and going past the boat contained thousands of small salps drifting with the current. I scooped some out by hand and it was amazing to look at. (Google Salps.) Calm sunny days, amazing water clarity around the coast, idling along in the boat looking at the bottom in about 10m is very interesting, bringing in large pieces of rubbery bright red foul hooked bizarre looking weed. A huge Albatross landing right behind the boat looking for scraps. A large stingray was in close to shore, swimming just under the surface with its wing tips breaking the water. The view looking back at land can be very beautiful, especially along the coast. Our harbours and coasts are an underated paradise that we are very privileged to be able to enjoy. Happy New Year.

Frank C’s great snapper catch from the Kaipara.

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Savvy Homes is a regular feature in our monthly lifestyle magazine and this is where you will ďŹ nd everything home-related - from new builds, renovations, home trends and more... We have teamed up with local building companies and each month we will showcase one of their homes, outlining their unique design and style. If you would like to contribute or advertise within these pages or offer feedback, please contact: savvy@northernadvocate.co.nz

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The latest house trend:


As a tech-savvy nation, we are great embracers of new technology in almost every area of life, and some of the fastest emerging innovations can be found in our kitchens where we generally demand nothing but the very best when it comes to appliances and equipment.



ven standard items such as dishwashers are improving all the time in terms of performance and appearance - some have no exterior knobs and handles, you simply knock to open. Useful features such as boiling or chilled water taps, and even combinations of the two functions, once seen only in commercial setups, are now a regular component of the home kitchen. Vinny Raju is store manager at Kitchen Things in Auckland’s Mount Eden and he says that the sky is the limit, when it comes to creating a customer’s dream kitchen space. “Of course budget does come into it and a kitchen set-up can range from just a few thousand dollars to $80,000, $100,000 or even more, especially as it’s becoming more common to have two kitchens, one where most of the food is prepared and a main one that’s more for show and entertaining.” He says that the smart home concept is definitely being picked up by tech-confident property owners and the Samsung Family Hub fridges are especially popular.



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“People really do use all of its functions: the camera that lets you see what you’re running out of while shopping for food, and the meal planner app which provides recipes at the touch of a button.” Induction cooktops are another area where technology is reducing cooks’ workloads while enhancing their culinary results. Modern versions offer multi-zone options for flexibility and Neff is a brand that constantly innovates in this area of the market. One of their top-of-the-range products is a 4-zone induction cooktop which allows you to place pots anywhere and heat them where they stand. As a cook, you have precise control over all the zones and a frying sensor monitors the set temperature and keeps it steady, so goodbye singed steaks. Depending on the model you choose, Neff induction cooktops range from around $4000 to $6000. Steam ovens are gaining in popularity as health-conscious consumers seek to cut back on unnecessary fat and avoid any reduction in goodness and nutrients caused by cooking in a

Neff is a popular and innovative brand; Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator has a wi-fi enabled touchscreen; Smeg’s Oven and Blast Chiller enables you to freeze immediately after cooking; prices for multifunctional Falcon ovens start at $7000.

conventional oven. One of their biggest advantages is the fact that you can cook several different things at a time with no worries about cross contamination

While sleek and streamlined appliances

lean towards more traditional style in terms of

looking great, they perform very well.

of flavour or smells, because each is in its own sealed bag.

are the order of the day in contemporary style kitchens, there’s still a big market for

cookers, with the British Falcon range a regular best seller. They too come in a wide colour

Raju says that Smeg’s combo oven and blast chillers are an increasingly popular

Vinny Raju says that his customers tend to be serious cooks who are happy to pay for

products such as the iconic Smeg fridge, which comes in a big range of colours and includes

palette, with a choice of induction and gas hobs. Raju says that his customers often choose an

kitchen feature. “The chiller freezes food so fast, immediately

quality and he is excited about his store’s new demonstration kitchen which is opening next year.

special designer editions, such as the Union Jack model. It’s complemented by a small

especially bright one in order to make a striking, personal, kitchen style statement.

after cooking, that there’s no time for freezer burn to occur and you can store the food for far

“I think it’s fine to take appliances home and simply read the instructions, but when you watch

appliances collection, so your kettle, toaster and cake mixer all match for a unified effect in

While a multifunctional Falcon oven can be as much as $12,995, with entry level models

longer than in a conventional freezer. “Best of all, you can make your own ice-

a professional chef cooking with them it gives you a much better idea of what’s possible.”

the kitchen. In villas and bungalows, home cooks often

around $7000, these appliances are designed and built to last a lifetime, and as well as

cream in just minutes!”


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How to get to sleep If you have difficulty falling asleep, a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed.

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ew people manage to stick to strict bedtime routines. This is not much of a problem for most people, but for people with insomnia, irregular sleeping hours are unhelpful. Your routine depends on what works for you, but the most important thing is working out a routine and sticking to it. Sleep at regular times First of all, keep regular sleeping hours. This programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine. Most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep every night. By working out what time you need to wake up, you can set a regular bedtime schedule. It is also important to try and wake up at the same time every day. While it may seem like a good idea to try to catch up on sleep after a bad night, doing so on a regular basis can also disrupt your sleep routine. Make sure you wind down Winding down is a critical stage in preparing for bed. There are lots of ways to relax: • a warm bath (not hot) will help your body reach a temperature that's ideal for rest • writing ‘to do’ lists for the next day can organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions • relaxation exercises, such as light yoga stretches, help to relax the muscles. Do not exercise vigorously, as it will have the opposite effect • relaxation CDs work by using a carefully narrated script, gentle hypnotic music and sound effects to relax you • reading a book or listening to the radio relaxes the mind by distracting it

• avoid using smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices for an hour or so before you go to bed as the light from the screen on these devices may have a negative effect on sleep If you need more ideas, you can get help and advice from your GP. You should also contact your GP if you have insomnia that lasts for more than four weeks. Make your bedroom sleep-friendly Your bedroom should be a relaxing environment. Experts claim there's a strong association in peoples’ minds between sleep and the bedroom. However, certain things weaken that association, such as TVs and other electronic gadgets, light, noise, and a bad mattress or bed. Keep your bedroom just for sleep and sex (or masturbation). Unlike most vigorous physical activity, sex makes us sleepy. This has evolved in humans over thousands of years. Your bedroom ideally needs to be dark, quiet, tidy and be kept at a temperature of between 18C and 24C. Fit some thick curtains if you do not have any. If you're disturbed by noise, consider investing in double glazing or, for a cheaper option, use earplugs. Keep a sleep diary It can be a good idea to keep a sleep diary. It may uncover lifestyle habits or daily activities that contribute to your sleeplessness. If you see your GP or a sleep expert, they will probably ask you to keep a sleep diary to help them diagnose your sleep problems. A sleep diary can also reveal underlying conditions that explain your insomnia, such as stress or medicine.


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The colours that anchor our homes are becoming far more interesting.


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n the decorating world, what we’ve come to know as character neutrals are paint colours that make for a much richer interior look – and they are trending. These are not the tans and beiges of the 90s, nor the onedimensional greys of the 00s and 10s. They are neutrals with soul. It’s complex variations like nude taupe, mushroom taupe, new-age greige, terracotta and deep-smoked coffee browns are taking their turn in the spotlight – think Resene Zorba, Resene Otter, Resene Tide, Resene Santa Fe and Resene Barista. While you may love brights, there is a place in every home for whites and neutrals too. These are the colours that designers turn to again and again to create a classic palette for their clients, and often their own homes. They provide a perfect canvas for building varied décor themes both outside and inside. Until recently, the most popular neutral colours have been leaning toward flat, cold and steely greys, but things are changing. Marilyn Cleland says she’s certainly noticed how soft brown tones are returning to the popular palette, which has been eclipsed by grey over the past few years. “These new mushroom smoky pinks and nude taupes could also be described as new generation neutrals. They are used to complement stronger colours, as soft grey neutrals once would have. They also add a warmth when used next to cooler-toned colours.” Marilyn believes that new-age greiges – a grey beige blend – can shine in both cool and

warm colour schemes. She finds them very relaxing background colours to live with. “Greiges sit comfortably between greys and browns and are fabulous trimmed with the greatest neutral of all – white. They allow a widely varied range of accessories and furnishing colours to shine – yellows, duck egg blues, blacks, coral tones and the new spice tones. These can all live happily together,” she says. With the new mushroom smokey pinks in mind, Marilyn suggests considering Resene Wafer and Resene Shabby Chic. The first is described as a pink biscuit, the latter as a faded peach-edged pinky beige. Resene Urbane, meanwhile, is a pale milk beige – polished and sophisticated. Such colours show how neutrals offer a haven of delightfully muted colour choices with endless combinations possible. And neutrals with extra character also provide a more soulful backdrop for combining brighter, more intense feature colours into your scheme. While character neutrals are trending, Marilyn’s adamant grey will never be overlooked as a choice of wall, door, window or furnishing colour. It’s a universal colour, she says, that closely morphs into lilacs and blues, which blend well with warm taupes and mushroom tones. She suggests Resene Archive Grey, a dusty dawn grey, full of a quiet old-fashioned charm, and Resene Half Copyrite, with its tint of leaden, salt-bleached grey, as ideal choices. Interior designer Heather Lochhead has noticed clients are, in general, keen to include browns in their schemes but aren’t ready to eliminate grey completely. They’re mixing the two. She’s found Resene Quarter Ironsand is a popular, smoky warm brown with an undertone of dense grey.


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Heather, who is a fan of moody colours, says neutrals are ideal on their own or to anchor a scheme, providing a soulful backdrop for brighter, more intense feature colours. For example, grey and strong beige tones can be successfully married with beautiful mustards and charcoals. She is particular to Resene Tuna, a bluey-charcoal, which is a hit with camel and beige. Resene colour expert Christine Hodges was asked if the popularity of these complex neutrals – the tans and beiges - heralds an adieu to grey? Greys still have their place, she assures, but browns are on the move up on the popularity scale. “I am finding people are liking the warmer tones, rather than the stark black or white, so yes, there’s been a move over to the luscious chocolates,” she says.

Interior designer Kathrine McDonald says that when she mentions neutrals to the bulk

She’s noticed that the warm, grey-brown of Resene Fuscous Grey is trending, for both the

of her clients, they think white combined with grey. “Greys and white are so fresh and go with

interior and exterior of homes, and pairs well with Resene Quarter White Pointer. Resene

a coastal locality,” she says. “I have very few clients who, regardless of

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trends, say they want beige or brown colour. Resene White Thunder, a true grey, and

undertones – creates a point of difference and looks great with brass and timber. She’s

Resene Sea Fog, a white with a hint of grey, remain very popular amongst my clients.

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“I find browns can put you in a challenging position to work with. Greys are easier to work

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What is a body corporate? Understanding the different kinds of home ownership in New Zealand can be confusing.


uying a unit title property, such as an apartment or townhouse, means you automatically become part of a body corporate, but what does this mean for you? What is a unit title? Unit title ownership, also known as a ‘strata title’ or ‘stratum estate’, is most common in a building where there are multiple owners, like townhouses, units or apartments. As a unit title owner, you own your apartment or unit outright and anything else listed in the record of title, such as garages, car parks and private outdoor areas. You also have an undivided share of the common property, such as lifts, lobby areas, driveways and shared gardens. Owning a unit title means there are different obligations to your standard house and land ownership. They are governed by the Unit Titles Act 2010, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of a unit title owner, so that the group of units can be managed effectively. What is a body corporate? When you buy a unit title, you automatically become a member of the body corporate, which is made up of all the unit owners acting as a group. What does a body corporate do? Body corporates handle the management and maintenance of the building and property. Most day-to-day decisions of the body corporate can be made by a body corporate committee or with the agreement of 50 per cent or more of the unit owners. Some decisions will require the agreement of 75 per cent or more of the unit owners. The body corporate must hold an AGM (annual general meeting) at least once a year to discuss issues and vote on them.

What does it cost to be a member of a body corporate? You will usually pay an annual fee (a levy) to the body corporate, which will go towards budgeted body corporate expenses. The fee will include costs like insurance and management expenses (by an external contractor), contributing to a long-term maintenance fund (LTMF) and any services the body corporate arranges for its members (for example, rubbish collection and cleaning communal areas). Any body corporate costs that have not been included in the budget are also payable by the unit owners, usually by way of a special levy. What should I know about a unit title before I buy? When buying a unit title, the seller must give you the following information about the unit and the body corporate before you buy: • A pre-contract disclosure statement, which the seller provides before entering into an agreement for sale and purchase. • A pre-settlement disclosure statement, which the seller provides after entering the agreement for sale and purchase, but before settlement of the sale. • Any additional information you request about the body corporate. (You may need to pay for this.) Additional information could include the insurance policy for the property and information about any other liabilities, such as repair bills and maintenance fees. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have a site called unittitles. govt.nz which covers everything you need to know about unit titles, including unit owners’


responsibilities, how body corporates work, money and maintenance and a short guide to unit titles. Real Estate Authority (REA) chief executive, Kevin Lampen-Smith says: “As with any property purchase, it’s wise to seek legal advice. Your lawyer or conveyancer can help you understand the body corporate rules – your obligations and what you can and can’t do with your apartment or townhouse.” Talk to the neighbours Chatting to other unit, apartment or townhouse owners can be beneficial. Not only will they be able to give you their opinion on what it’s like to live at the property, but they will also be able to give you an owner’s perspective on how the body corporate functions – if it has been working well, if any works are outstanding or if there are matters that have not been logged in the body corporate meeting minutes. Things to think about before you buy a unit title property When buying any property, it’s important that you do your homework. Here are some questions you may wish to ask when buying a unit title: • Can I have a copy of the body corporate’s rules?

• Can I get copies of the minutes from the body corporate’s meetings? • How are the body corporate’s finances managed? • Can I see the financial reports and budgets from the previous years? • Are there regular fees I need to pay? If so, how are these collected? • Are all the owners’ levies up to date? • Does the body corporate have a longterm maintenance fund? • What is the body corporate’s long-term maintenance plan? What does it cover? • Does the long-term maintenance fund have enough money in it to pay for the repairs and maintenance detailed in the plan? • Is there any major maintenance due and are there funds to complete it? • What is the building’s insurance policy? • How many units or apartments are owner-occupied? • Of the tenanted properties, are the rentals long or short-term? • How much soundproofing does the unit have? • How are disputes handled? • Does my unit or apartment come with a parking spot or do I need to purchase a separate title? • Is there any visitor parking?

“When buying a unit title property, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what you’re committing to. Remember that you will be sharing common property and responsibilities with those around you,” says Lampen-Smith. REA


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Natalie Collinson, Design Consultant.

When shopping for shutters, ask about the following:

It’s hard to beat the eye-catching appeal of custommade timber shutters for a winning combination of durability, functionality and style.

1. Tension adjustment screws (to prevent issues with drooping louvres later). 2. Mortised hinges (these look better in a frame install and from the outside on bi-fold panels). 3. The wood from which they are made (never buy pine shutters, which can bleed sap). 4. Rabbeted edges (this prevents light gaps through the centre where the panels meet). 5. Side rails at least 38mm in thickness (which prevents warping of the panel). 6. Ask for references and reviews – all shutter companies are not created equal.


op-quality shutters are the investment that will repay you with versatile heat and light control through every season. The Spanish introduced shutters to America, where they gained popularity before spreading to the rest of the western world. Large plantation homes in the southern states of the USA often used the wider louvred-style shutters, giving them the name plantation shutters. Today’s Shutters come in many different styles and louvre sizes. - The 65mm louvre is more traditional and is a great choice for average-sized rooms with normal ceiling heights. If you have huge rooms with soaring ceilings, the 91 or 116mm louvre may be a better fit. Shutters designed with a divider rail are a popular choice. They allow for closure of the bottom louvres for privacy, while the top louvres can be left open to enjoy the view and natural light. It’s harder to get that kind of function with curtains, drapes or blinds.

What can you expect when you choose Weathermaster Shutters from Frazerhurst? Top-quality, custom-made. “At Weathermaster® we only use premium quality kiln dried Basswood for our Shutters because Basswood is light, strong

of your windows through to the fine finish of our Shutters you will witness a craftsman’s

and extremely stable, which makes it perfect

attention to detail in every stage.”

Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst


for the exacting manufacturing processes we follow. From the careful measurement

View our Shutters tab on our website for more information and inspiration. www.frazerhurst.co.nz/blinds/timber-shutters or visit us at 146 Lower Dent St to view our samples.

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Your mindful home - Hello 2020! Alex Badham, Designer and Co-owner of www.gathered.nz


omething about the beginning of a new decade seems to inspire people to engage in reflecting on all the things they have achieved in the last 10 years and where they want to be in the next 10. Summer holidays have been spent lazing on the beach, wine in hand, discussing goals and aspirations for our work/businesses, home and our family life. So how do we get started with all of the planning and doing? Personally, I love the opportunity to reflect on the last year and what it is that I achieved both personally and professionally. The new year brings 365 new days of possibility for everybody, this year we get a bonus to bring us up to 366 days! So how do we combine all of the aspects of modern life and start making things happen in 2020. Firstly, I think looking at the new year as a whole is the best place to start. Get out the calendar or wall planner, or if you are extra fancy, create a shared digital calendar on Google. Add in all of the things you know you have coming up, trips, events, birthdays, deadlines. This way you get a good look at

what you need to prepare for and you are not taken by surprise throughout the year. Next, I like to use my diary to start planning monthly. The act of carefully writing all of my commitments in a diary is something I’m not quite willing to give up yet! Often, I plan in three-month blocks, so by the time I am back at work I know what’s happening January to March. As much as we try to live as slowly and mindfully as possible, we still have businesses to run, school events and childcare to organise as well as building a house for our little family this year. More on that later... The weekly and day-to-day running of things is where lists come in so handy. Often we sit down on Sunday night after the kids are in bed and discuss what is coming up this week, write short lists for errands or things that need to be done. Keeping these lists to no more than eight or so items, keeps things manageable and helps if you easily get overwhelmed by never-ending jobs to do. Staying organised is the best way to begin living more mindfully, allowing you to enjoy the time you have created for yourself to do the things you love. This year we are building a new home for our family of four which is going to be such an adventure and we cannot wait to get stuck in. If you are interested in following us on this journey, check us out on Instagram @thegatheredhomenz. Happy planning and hello 2020! Until next time, Alex.


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Do swimming pools add value to a home? DARIA KUPRIENKO / ONEROOF.CO.NZ

The recent surge in temperatures will have many buyers thinking anew about properties with swimming pools. Why endure a stressful car journey to the beach, when you can cool off and unwind at home?


ut can swimming pools give listed homes an edge when it comes to landing a buyer? And what do buyers want when it comes to home with a pool? Prestige Real Estate International agent Greg Burgess says

when it comes to pools, the deal-breaker is location. “It has to be facing north or west and be on the sunny side so you can sit down, have a beer and enjoy the pool,” he says. Outdoor pools can also be an issue for families with small children or older couples. “Young parents need a good indoor-outdoor flow where babies can run and a retired couple would rather have a garden and plants instead of the pool,” Burgess says. Top end of the market agent Ross Hawkins, says baby boomers looking to downsize often seek out apartment blocks that have swimming pools with pool maintenance covered by the body corporate. “We are finding that multi-unit developments or apartment developments

that have a common area swimming pool suits the older generation,” he says. Hawkins says the type of pool is important when trying to attract buyer groups, with infinity and spa pools in high demand. “The cost of constructing a swimming pool has gone up - like any construction cost - and if the house already has a pool, even if it’s a bit outdated, redoing tiling, plastering and modernising it will be a lot cheaper than making it from scratch,” he says. Hawkins says “A lot of families with children interested in the properties which have outdoor pools. They are wanting it for entertainment for when their kids’ friends and their parent come around. It’s a good way to keep kids off the streets and have nothing to worry about.” Pools are the future for avid swimmers, he says.

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Thursday 20th February 2020 10.30am – 12pm We invite you to join us for morning tea and a relaxed discussion about Retirement Living, followed by an opportunity to view the Village facilities and any homes currently for sale. Family or friends are welcome too. RSVP by Wednesday 19th February, please call 09 437 5844


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