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Editor’s Note What is this exciting feeling Whangarei? When I wander through town or walk the loop with my family on the weekend, I am sensing change. There is something happening in this city that makes happiness rise up from deep within, it gets me inspired again like living in an ever changing vibrant city many years ago. I look around and times are moving here. There is a renewed energy that is fuelling the ﬁre to see change and bring back passion and pride to our hometown. Good things take time but we are at the stage now that the puzzle pieces are coming together to form one complete LOVE IT HERE picture. Look around at the paradise we live in. I was lucky enough to get away for a night recently and rent a seaside bach in Waipu. I stood on the deck overlooking Mount Manaia in the distance and the surf rolling in thinking, why do we travel overseas to tropical islands? I’m excited for what 2016 has in store and I can read the same feeling upon others faces as we welcome the change and breathe in the new. From the regular community events to the well-used walking tracks, Whangarei has a new feeling and I’m loving every step of the journey. Whangarei: Love it Here! Let 2016 be your new chapter.
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Chatting to Emma Harrington from Learn 2 Surf Waipu Cove about their latest yoga retreats ﬁlls me with peaked interest and motivation to get my name down. The combination of yoga, surﬁng and indulging in health and ﬁtness seems to be a winner.
icture this: Waves break softly on the distant shoreline. You’re sitting on your yoga mat breathing in the sea air and clearing the cluttered thoughts from your mind in a safe circle of women. Rejuvenating your soul and touching base with nature again. Morning tea is served and nutritional advice passed on as you learn new ways to stay healthy. Health tips and recipes are discussed as you ready for the ocean and head out for your ﬁrst (or ﬁftieth) surf lesson. Hours later, grainy salt covers your tired body, ready for the catered lunch from Cove Cafe and a few more Yin Yoga stretches to wind down for the day. From here there is the option of taking a guided coastal walk to top off the day, that is if you have more energy to burn.
Juggling three young grommets, Ryder (8), Ruby-Rose (6) and Asher (4), Emma and husband Daniel live their passion as a family and ﬁnd fulﬁlment seeing others discover the love of surﬁng for the ﬁrst time. “This is a natural extension of our family,” Emma says, “seeing people really happy is what it’s all about.” Some of the feedback from past Learn 2 Surf yoga retreats include, “Learn 2 Surf Waipu Cove (and Emma) put on the most fantastic day for us. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Welcoming, organised and on top of everything!” The family business started when Daniel, head of Physical Education and Health at Bream Bay College brought surﬁng into the curriculum. Inquiries for training ﬂooded in and soon there were ﬁve weekly groups arriving for coaching at the local beach.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Welcoming, organised and on top of everything!”
Soon Emma was qualiﬁed also, and now manages a team of talented coaches to inspire the 64 children who enjoy learning to surf on a weekly basis. Emma is planning another retreat this year and due to the seasonal nature of the sport will be anticipating three to four events over the summer months each year. Just bring a towel and yourself she says, how easy is that! 021443224 www.learn2surf.co.nz
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High On Life
We spotted stingray and shoals of kingﬁsh out at sea. with a connection to the land, growing up on a farm, to which he returned after 10 years in the army. He then took to water, teaching himself how to dive in the early 70s as a means to put food on the table; starting with no instruments and working on the basis of if there was air in the tank, he was good to go, and when there wasn’t, it was time to come up! It went from a ‘dive to live’ need, to a ‘live to dive’ hobby that gave him some of the
needed some aerial shots of Bream Bay for a
a complete stranger, with instructions to wave like a mad
most memorable experiences of his life which included swimming with humpback whales, dolphins and orcas.
publication I was working on so when I saw one of Rusty Russell’s photos on facebook, I messaged to
woman when I saw him circling the sky. Within seconds of meeting him and his delightful wife Penny, I knew I was
After nearly forty years, the weight of the tanks started to take their toll and he needed to ﬁnd something to occupy
ask him if he had any more. “I have lots of photos, but suggest you get in the gyro and I’ll take you and you can
in safe hands. Penny graciously said she’d wait on the beach while Rusty took me ﬂying.
his time as he slid into retirement. Not ready to join the geriatrics on the golf course; Rusty decided to buy a gyro
get whatever angles you want. I can land on Uretiti beach and pick you up if that suits.”
I’m seriously hooked now. The gyro copter leaves you open to the elements so it was like riding on the wings of
copter. The early days were a wee bit challenging, but once he decided to get lessons (!) it changed his whole
OMG – what is a girl to do?! Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, it took me
a bird; albeit one with a noisy engine. We spotted stingray and shoals of kingﬁsh out at sea. The towns of Waipu,
outlook – and now he’s the only Gyro copter instructor on the North Island who can train you to an advanced
all of about .01 seconds to respond with a massive ‘yes please.’
Ruakaka and Marsden looked like Lego villages. My trusty pilot knew the area well. He shared fond memories of
standard so you can take a passenger anywhere in New Zealand.
Now bare in mind I’d only been stalking Rusty on facebook to this point. I didn’t know him from a bar of
the 38 years he’d worked for Culham Engineering; many of them spent at the Reﬁnery. We ventured out to Mount
Tempted? I am, especially now I’ve experienced it for myself. At about $6,000, it’s inﬁnitely more affordable than
soap. Nor did I really know what a gyro copter was, save for the fact it was something that allowed one to be
Manaia which was spectacular up close, as was the Old Lady rock. All too soon it was time to head back to the
the private pilots license that’s currently on my bucket list. Look out for me in the sky next summer.
airborne! No matter, I’d done loop de loops in an open cockpit plane before, so I was open any kind of ﬂying
beach and rescue Penny. Once on terra ﬁrma, I had the chance to get to know
The gyro copter has clearly fulﬁlled Rusty’s objective to enjoy his retirement years with Penny. In fact, he’s so high
experience. ‘Nec minute’ I’m off to the beach, to entrusting my life to
the colourful depths of Rusty’s character and what had inspired him to take to the skies. Ironically his life began
on life, he says he’s glad he doesn’t have to pay enjoyment tax or he’d be broke!
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Evolution School of Beauty and Massage Gain a lifetime qualiﬁcation “ We get a lot of feedback about how we are a bit of a family here”, says Yvonne Palmer, school manager at Evolution School of Beauty & Massage in Whangarei. “We are only a small specialist school and we get to know our students and their families really well.”
o not only can you learn some excellent skills which will last a lifetime, but you can also make some excellent friends who can also last a lifetime. Yvonne says its lovely seeing graduates keeping in touch on Facebook and meeting up even if they are overseas, they always catch up when they are back and they usually pop into the school to say hello. Graduates are always welcome back with open arms and never leave the Evolution “family. The courses offered at Evolution are short and no time is wasted with things you don’t need or will never use in the industry. Time is spent doing the things that are required and utilised. Courses run from as little as 12 weeks through to 21 weeks and there are a few different ways to study. You could start on a level 3 Beauty Consultancy course and work up to the level 4 Beauty Specialist and then onto the level 5 Swedish Massage course or you can just jump straight in on any of the levels. You choose. If you are not sure, the lovely team at Evolution School of Beauty & Massage are there to help and talk you through all the options. “There are some big changes happening right across every qualiﬁcation on the NZQA framework this year,” says Lorna Clowes, Director. “What this means for us is that our short courses may well become much longer as of next year as we will have to ﬁt in with the new qualiﬁcations as they are rolled out. So if you are thinking of training in this industry and you are a little time poor, then now is the time to train whilst the courses are
structured around school hours and families.” The next intake of students is Feb 2016 and places are ﬁlling up so don’t hesitate if you would like to apply. It’s not all about painting nails and faces though. Depending on which course you choose, you will learn about the body and how it works, the science behind some of the ingredients used in products, you will cover some business studies and when time allows there are guest industry speakers and presenters. You also get lots of hands on experience – you even get to work on real clients and of course, you get to have all the treatments yourself! So if you are a prospective student wishing to gain a lifetime qualiﬁcation or even if you just fancy some pampering by the amazing students, give Evolution School of Beauty & Massage a call today on 09 438 6583 or email email@example.com. You can also pop in and have a look around– 115 Lower Cameron St, Whangarei. For more course information check out the website www.evolutionschool.co.nz.
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orgeous as you are and truly someone of grace and elegance, but sometimes when we look at our photos we wonder where it’s all gone. What we see in the mirror can be so different to what the camera shows us. So over the next few months I’m going to cover tips and tricks to look good in photos and how to capture the best version of you. Let’s start with the curse of many photos for men and women, young and old. The dreaded double chin is one of the main reasons so many of us duck for cover when it’s picture time. We all get it. We all hate it. You know that mysterious second chin that spontaneously appears anytime we’re faced with a camera. Why is that every time we say “Cheese” our neck comes up to meet our chin and the whole lot morph’s into wrinkles. The truth is that you don’t look like that in real life, so don’t believe it when you see it. And I’m going to tell you how to get rid of it for good! When we smile we instinctively tuck our chin in, lift our heads back and
widen our cheeks. This normal. But pair that with the intimidation of being in front of the camera, we tense up and it doesn’t look so good anymore. The remedy for this is to stick your chin towards the camera, pushing your head forwards and elongating the neck. Then tip your chin down slightly or bring your forehead forward. You will fell strange but trust me; it feels weird and looks great. From the side you can see that I am projecting my head away from my body. Yes, this in this view it looks bizarre but that’s not what the camera will see. The camera can only see from one angle and that’s all you have to worry about. From the camera’s point of view this will deﬁne the jawline and help hide everything a wee bit more. Many great photographers use this trick and it’s a stable of every model’s repertoire, so much so that Tyra Bank’s nicknamed the move “The Turtle”. It’s simple, easy to do and will make a huge difference to how you look in photo’s. Try it, you might be surprised at how well it works!
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Stress less For most of my adult life I have suffered from stress and anxiety and for the last 3 years have been unable to work. I’m going to be 60 next year and I want to take control of my life. I live alone, except for my dog who keeps me going, but I do get lonely. Please help. Julia, Whangarei
The new year is here! In fact, February is already fast approaching!
hat we have to understand about stress is that it can
survival mode. In our modern world it’s almost impossible
be hugely debilitating to the body and can actually cause
to avoid stress but you must try to control it rather than let it control you.
all sorts of health issues. Stress knocks the immune system out of kilter which can then
By taking control of your life you’re taking the ﬁrst steps to doing just that.
week. 9) Begin a Gratitude Journal or Magic
go on to produce inﬂammation, pain, anxiety etc. It’s a bit like a Catch 22 situation and it’s
Try setting yourself small goals – a friend of mine, who has recovered from cancer,
Moments Jar. 10) For seven days, get up half an hour
really hard for the body to regain its natural balance. It takes time and patience but you
walks every day locally and has just clocked up the kilometres from Bluff to Cape
earlier than you ordinarily would. Sit in the quiet, plot your day, stretch,
will get there. Anxiety is a normal occurrence that acts
Reinga. Get out and meet people with your dog.
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1) Find and cook one healthy new family friendly recipe every week.
13) Deﬁne, plot and plan one over-riding goal for 2016.
tiger !), the anxiety should subside. So, once the ﬁghting is over, and the threat—
Pursue a hobby – amateur dramatics, singing, art etc – a great way to meet new
2) ‘Be the calm, not the storm, and watch your world transform.’ Try
14) Pay attention to your immediate world. Switch off, be present, and
which triggered the response—has been eliminated, our body and mind should
people and make friends. There are some great natural supplements
return to a state of calm. However adrenalin fuels stress and for some people the body
you can take to help with stress and anxiety. Magnesium - a lack of magnesium tends to
15) Use words and actions that promote your own happiness – it’ll be
almost becomes addicted to this, anxiety escalates and can be very disrupting,
magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem.
3) Minimise non-work screen time (ALL devices) to just one hour per day,
contagious. 16) Set aside 7 minutes daily to breathe.
making it difﬁcult to function normally. Anxiety symptoms can be mild or very
Vitamin D - there’s evidence that stress, fatigue, and depression are connected to
and always be switched off by 8pm. 4) Get rid of one item every week. Be
Restoration of diaphragmatic breathing is like our life blood. If
intense, but either way they are scary and often disruptive to daily life. Milder anxiety
low serum levels of vitamin D. The best way to get Vitamin D is from sunshine but
ruthless! 5) Acknowledge and destroy two bad
you do nothing else on this list, make sure you DO try this.
symptoms are ﬂutters in the chest, adrenalin rushes, muscle tension or pressure,
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Attempt them all with an open mind, and an open heart. And may the ‘Sweet
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wish to help you make a lifechanging (or habit-making) start to your 2016. I have provided a checklist below of 16 points to enable the start of 2016 to be super sweet for, and to set you up for a truly successful year ahead. Just as you’d eat an elephant one bite at a time (as the saying goes), the method in which you make positive changes in your own personal life is no different. By taking smaller, more manageable bites, you will create an awesome positive spiral which is guaranteed to gain momentum day by day.
Ask for recommendations. 8) Be alcohol, reﬁned sugar, and caffeine free for a minimum of one
enjoy your life as it passes before you.
to see everything with a clear head, and a calm perspective. It’s amazing how much less stress you will encounter.
habits. You don’t need bad things in your life.
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LOVE MUSSEL REVIEW
On a Tuesday night in Whangarei you would think that restaurants would be on the quiet side and you would commonly be shufﬂed out the door as the evening grew darker. were satisﬁed every step of the way. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and relaxing on a sunny summers evening, offering a rustic ﬂare with room to chat, mingle and unwind. The tasteful decor was noticed as was the excellent music choices.
We are very lucky to have the Love Mussel Restaurant
We enjoyed a red wine as we sat back and soaked in the beautiful view. I noticed the runners on their daily
in town where all food is lovingly prepared on site by Michelin Star Chef Jay Maunder and his team. However
loop passing by, the buzz of harbour side life and people out and about looking for a delectable bite to eat as the
this night as Jay was in Melbourne, talented Chef Nicola Bosworth was at the helm and presented customers
holiday period began. The winning entree went to the scallops: cauliﬂower
meals to the same exacting high standards. I am excited to experience the upstairs Wine and Tapas Bar next time
puree, bacon crisps, cray bisque and baby herbs. The perfect way to start a light summer meal, with options on
since hearing so many great things about it. I am sure the Love Mussel will be pumping over summer
the menu to pair with appropriate wines. We also ordered the lovely fresh crab and mussel stack with guacamole,
and beyond, it’s the sparkle at the waterfront that has been missing for too long.
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he clever design, well-proportioned spaces, smart use of materials and attention to detail have resulted in a superb home set in an equally beautiful two acre garden. The project got underway in 2002, when Roger and Jan started looking for a lifestyle block in the areas. “The real estate agent showed us this – it was chest high in grass but you could see the potential of being right on the river yet with an elevated house site,” Jan says. The ﬁrst stage was to build a garage with a self-contained loft above as temporary living quarters, and to begin work on the land. Roger swears he dug hundred and hundreds of holes. “We’d buy trees from Auckland and locally, bring them home and dig more holes,” he says. Following the natural contours of the land, they established lawns and planted many natives and exotics, including the South African native virgilia, whose purple ﬂowers are irresistible to parakeets. The buildings Jan and Roger wanted for the land were designed by architect Nick Traviss and once the loft was complete it took Roger, a former boat builder, two years to build the main house. The open plan living area with two sitting areas, a dining space and a kitchen is ﬂanked on one side by a master suite with bathroom and walk in wardrobe, and on the other, accessed by a glassed walkway, two guest suites. The living area opens via stackers on to the big, curved deck overlooking the river.
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The main house also contains an additional bathroom, small ofﬁce space, concealed laundry and storage, and a spectacular loft area used as a library, ﬁlled with memorabilia and books old and new on every topic imaginable. This magic space is tucked under the seriously large, curved, exposed macrocarpa beams that support the roof. They had to be lifted into the space by crane and they give the house huge character, as well as balancing the richness of the jarrah ﬂoors below. Timber features are a standout of the house. Roger made the jarrah bench unit for the kitchen himself, and it was so solid that when it was complete he couldn’t roll it over to sand the underside,
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The garden has also kept them busy, although, surprisingly, it’s relatively low maintenance and much of the work in it has been for pleasure rather than necessity. With the house on the market to facilitate a move to Auckland to be nearer to family, they are gearing up to separate themselves from their favourite areas – the front lawn running
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Trend No. 6 – Go Gold!
It’s not really NEWS anymore, but a lot of people are still getting used to it! Copper is in, but it doesn’t always go with everything, so will always be on the fringe. Gold is classic and will work for all seasons. In summer pair it with tropical greens, vibrant corals with fresh white. In winter, add rich navy or the darkest purple for a luxurious look.
Trend No. 2 - Mix Metallics and Metals
Trend No. 7 - Source Artisan Goods
The 1950s and 1970s are hot trends in fashion design collections right now, and it is no different in interiors. Midcentury Modern with brass, gold and metallic ﬁnishes are popular right now. Get ready to embrace some retro bling!! Worried it’ll look garish?! Tone it down by pairing it with natural and raw ﬁnishes like wood, concrete and marble.
Choosing artisan goods isn’t just about choosing something you like - it’s a choice to buy local and a choice to support your community. Embrace this trend, be inspired by local ﬁnds – buy locally made and hand crafted goods. From tassels to macrame and crochet, to pottery and glassware, to artworks in all mediums…there is sure to be something for you if you know where to look! Don’t be afraid to mix vintage and artisan items with mass produced goods – It’s perfectly ok to pair a Moroccan rug next to a Kmart coffee table, for example. Try these sources: www.felt.co.nz, www.etsy.com, Artisan Fair Whangarei or the Crafty People Markets Whangarei.
Trend No. 3 - Pretty Pendants.
While we still love a good chandelier, 2016 is the year for the statement pendants! Keep it traditional by placing over the dining table, or modernise your bedroom by hanging over each bedside table, and don’t forget to make a feature of your stairwell! Be brave, be creative, take a risk and have fun….they are replaceable after all!
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Trend No. 4 – Texture To Touch
Texture is the key to achieving an interesting interior. Layering different textures can add depth to your space. Think faux fur, suede and brushed velvet for cushions and throws, and organic cotton and linen bedding for bedrooms.
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pen your world to light and fresh air, but shut out those harmful ultraviolet rays. WEATHERMASTER Awnings help keep your home cool and protect valuable carpets and furniture fabrics from fading. Open your home to fresh air and sunshine, but shut out intruders and annoying insects with Amplimesh Security and Insect Screens for doors and windows. Open your eyes to modern style in blinds. Shut out unwanted glare and harmful rays with WEATHERMASTER blinds in sunscreen and blockout fabrics. At FRAZERHURSTS we can style and secure anything that Opens and Shuts. We supply curtains and drapes in beautiful classic or modern fabrics, all sorts of blinds and stylish awnings, umbrellas and security and insect screens. What’s in store for the future of your interiors? The ‘Pantone Color Institute’ provides colour trend forecasting.
When 80% of human experience is ﬁltered through the eyes, they understand that the choice of colour is critical. For 2016 they have chosen a pink, Rose Quartz and a blue, Serenity. “Tones that convey compassion and a sense of composure. A symbolic colour selection; a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” Frazerhurst has been pushing the boundaries with window coverings in Northland since 1983, providing the highest quality window fashions, matched with their professional cando customer service. Nothing is off the shelf – everything is custom made to suit customer’s needs... Just phone Frazerhurst 43-83-986 or pop in to the showroom at 146 Lower Dent Street Whangarei. Let the team show you around and arrange for your obligation free design consultation, measure and quote.
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Immortal Guardians (Spirit Animals : Fall of the Beasts #1), by Eliot Schrefer, Scholastic $16.95 Readers of the ﬁrst series of Spirit Animals will be pleased to see this fantasy series begin again. It’s been several months since the events of The Evertree (Spirit Animals #7) and the world of Erdas is rebuilding after a destructive war. But trouble has reared its ugly head once more and Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan must return to action. Writer Schrefer takes elements of Norse mythology and winds them into his tale, set in a parallel world where some children are able to summon their own special spirit animal. Quite the page-turner with lots of suspense and action, this will appeal to intermediate-age readers who are into fantasy-adventure and are inspired by the idea of kids and animals on a quest to save the world.
The Wonder Garden, by Jenny Broom and Kristjana S. Williams,WideEyed Editions, $39.95
A glorious, over-large hardback book that explores ﬁve dazzling habitats – rainforest, desert, coral reef, woodland, and mountain range – and the creatures that live there. Everything about this book sets out to impress – from the gorgeous cover, with its gold-embossed gates leading the reader in, to the fascinating facts and perspectives about the creatures that populate these diverse areas of the earth. The colours and artwork are luxuriant, and inspire the reader to pore over, enjoy and learn. Fascinating for those who are learning to appreciate the beauty and intrigue of the natural world.
This is where we live, we occupy a tiny sliver of land set in an enormous body of water, which covers roughly a third of the planet’s surface. Yet, what do we really know about this ocean? Have we even been paying it the slightest bit of attention? Simon Winchester’s ambitious tome sets out to at least get us to do that – to take notice of where we are and recognize what a huge taonga the Paciﬁc is. Organised around 10 essay-chapters, he concentrates on developments from the middle of the twentieth century onwards, -- covering such disparate topics as coral reefs, cyclones, nuclear bombs, surfboarding, transistor radios and more --to arrive at a view of the Paciﬁc that is as wide and expansive as the ocean itself.
Nonstop Nonsense, by Margaret Mahy with pictures by Quentin Blake, Orion Children’s Books, $14.95 A collection of fun poems and short quirky stories to chuckle over. First published in 1977, this new edition will allow today’s generation of readers to meet the man from Fandango (who pays a visit once every ﬁve hundred years), the word-wizard who casts a spell over the Delmonico family and many other unforgettable characters. Horrakapotchkin! – wonderfully witty nonsense from 2 very unforgettable characters themselves – our own Margaret Mahy and the brilliant Quentin Blake.
Clara’s Cookbook: Recipes that Reﬂect a Love and Respect for Animals, by Clara Donne, Taina Henderson, $19.95
Clara was just 6 years old when she made the decision to become vegetarian. With the aim of encouraging others to do the same, she’s put together this book of easy and tasty, meat-free recipes. Her message is simple: ‘you can lead a good life without killing animals – so why would you?’ The emphasis is on enjoying healthy eating with friends and family, without sacriﬁcing animal lives. In addition to the tasty recipes, it includes clear advice on adopting a vegetarian diet with helpful information regarding the staples of beans, rice and grains. Headings and illustrations are bright and inviting, and the book is spiral-bound and printed on durable card, so will stand many years of use in the kitchen.
The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett, Bloomsbury, $19.95 A charming, funny and deliciously scary story featuring a clever little girl called Amanda, her imaginary friend called Rudger, and a truly terrifying, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing villain, Mr. Bunting. Full of emotion and adventure, Harrold’s writing has been favourably compared to that of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman; and Emily Gravett’s illustrations are suitably sinister and eerie. A suspenseful read-aloud for upper-primary level and older – 10 to 110 -- this is a book that you experience, so be prepared for moments of stunned and wide-eyed silence. Fantastically imagined, delightfully illustrated, deserving of a place on everyone’s bookshelf.
The RolyPoly Baby, by Catherine Foreman, Scholastic, $18.95 The roly-poly baby rolled on the ﬂoor. Then she rolled and she rolled and she rolled a bit more… Off the mat, past the cat, under grandfather’s chair, through the kitchen – and out the door! Uh-oh. Where is roly-poly baby going? The child-like illustrations have a gentle appeal for the very young and the words roll along just like the baby does, deceptively simple and with a faultless, freeing rhythm. This is a delightful read-aloud for babies and toddlers, and cements Catherine Foreman’s place at the forefront of children’s picture books in New Zealand. (Conﬂict of interest: I have professional connections to lots of books and authors, but I never rave about books I don’t love.)
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Much like a 3-D printer makes objects by laying down one layer of material at a time, these collectable models are built up by overlapping thin cardboard sheets. Just layer and glue until you have your completed model. Using recyclable cardboard, organic glue and rice-based inks, these inspiring models are designed right here in Whangarei.
(or do you try to come up with a million plus excuses, yet again.) Is this because you’re afraid …. 1. it could take away your freedom 2. it could reveal how bad things are and you would rather NOT know. 3. you could have to give up things you like doing 4. not enough time 5. you can’t be bothered 6. it’s just too hard Making excuses is not going to make things go away. A budget shows if there is problem, and then puts us in a position to make things better (if we want to). Think of a budget as a chance to… Plan – “A step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective” Prioritise – what is important and what can be held off Prepare – for what is likely to happen throughout the year
e all know it, times are busy, faced-paced and often stressful these days.
However, a lot of us seem to be on the same journey to slow time and appreciate the little treats we pass everyday in life. The long summer break comes at a perfect
time to re-group, re-connect and re-adjust the way we will do things over the next year. The school gates are locked and there’s no mother’s call to rush out the door in the morning. Bags are hung up for a solid period of time and if you are like us, the days are more relaxed and
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now’ Alan Lakein
ﬁlled with laughter outside from happy children, sun streaming through the windows. As the year begins I often feel that it’s a brand new opportunity.
Small steps will get you a long way in the
It reminds me of a deserted beach and I’m looking as far as the eye can see to the horizon,
but I can’t quite make out what the beach looks like at the end. There’s fresh sand that has never
end One thing at a time Stop to smell the ﬂowers
been walked on, a quiet that calms the mind and a sense of opportunity that only a new year can
bring. For some, the last year was rough and new
I made a point to call back some child-like thinking that we tend to loose sight of as we grow.
And lastly, if you are sitting at the top of a big hill like Willow- Mae here in this picture,
(backwards if you must) but take the opportunity to explore something new and
of our getaway last month and it made me think. She sat there gazing over the water, everything
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Look around you Be thankful for the small things
unsure about how to get down, then ask someone for help, go down cautiously
learnings have been taken on board. I watched my daughter explore the small hills
was new. Everything was big in her world, a tiny spec on the hill with her whole life ahead of her.
2016 a good time to put together a budget
Take a big breath in….
DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Centre
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“The new engine is Peugeot’s excellent 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol turbo one that pumps out 81kW of power and 205Nm or torque.”
modern transmission and better engine make the littlest Peugeot a viable option When Peugeot launched the latest 208 in New Zealand, the car came across as a pleasant enough little vehicle, with a few glaring faults. Chief among them was that it was not only saddled with an automatic transmission with only four gears, but that it was a French automatic transmission with only four gears. Gear shifts were awful and largely unexpected, almost never happening when you wanted them to, and, if by chance they did, it was almost certainly accidental. Once again, an awful automatic transmission ruined an otherwise good French car. But things have suddenly improved for the 208, as the facelift has not only brought a few exterior changes, a couple of new colours and an increase in standard speciﬁcations, it has also netted the little 208 a new engine and, rather brilliantly, a new six-speed automatic transmission. Peugeot distributor Sime Darby Automobiles has taken the pruning shears to the 208 range on the release of the new version, cutting the number of models available to just two. Only the new engine and transmission are available. The new engine is Peugeot’s excellent 1.2-litre three-
cylinder petrol turbo one that pumps out 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque. Compared to the 1.6-litre fourcylinder naturally aspirated engine previously available in the 208, the 1.2 brings a slight 7kW decrease in power, but a fat 45Nm of extra torque. Not only does this slice a full second off the 208’s 0 to 100km/h time (now 10.9 seconds), but also drops fuel consumption to 4.1L/100km for the combined cycle. The 208 Active opens the range at $27,990 and comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, a tyre pressure monitoring system, front fog lights, manual air conditioning, LED daytime running lights and a seveninch touchscreen infotainment system. The 208 Allure tops the range at $30,990 and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a cornering function to the front fog lamps, cruise control and a speed limiter, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, a leather steering wheel, satellite navigation and a reversing camera. Autonomous city braking is an option on the Allure model and comes packaged with the mirror link function for connecting a phone. The Allure also can have an
optional panoramic glass roof and 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Active can be optioned with textured matt-ﬁnish paint (ice grey or ice silver) for $750. The matt paint ﬁnish is an interesting option that, unlike other matt paint ﬁnishes, Peugeot says requires no special maintenance. This kind of ﬁnish can look good on, say, a supercar, but on a small Peugeot it looks like they forgot to paint it. Still, the biggest improvement to the 208 has to be the fantastic six-speed transmission. Being hooked up to a great little engine helps, but having a sensible, modern number of gears transforms the 208 into a fantastic little car, around town and on the open road. The rev engine and slick transmission now make the most of the wonderfully agile platform the 208 sits on, making it fun to ﬂick around a winding road, as opposed to frustrating. The smallest Peugeot also has a reﬁned, remarkably supple ride for such a little car. The increase in equipment the facelift has provided and the engine and transmission it deserves turn the 208 into an attractive option. Amazing what a facelift can do.
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