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Adrenaline & Adventure in Northland WHANGAREI HEADS Camping but not as you know it

Plus Tourism, DOC Campsites, Local Legends, Lifestyle and Biz Advice, Recipes, Home Trends, Health, Fashion and Beauty




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he rush is over and you should now be relaxing and hopefully enjoying what Northland has to offer - whether it’s day trips to our dazzling beaches or perhaps you’re camping. Maybe you’re even planning the next holiday. Inside, we have a list of all the Northland Doc campsites. MERMAID POOLS, MATAPOURI But if roughing it isn’t your style, what about the next step up? One of our lead stories casts the spotlight on a new venture by a local woman who takes the stress out of packing, setting up, bickering spouses, demanding sprogs, plus all that in reverse with the washing at the end. If you’re in search of something to do, we feature another new venture – the Adrenaline Adventure Park. I know my kids are chaffing at the bit to get there and, after chatting with the owners and hearing all the fun had, even I’m keen! While we couldn’t possibly feature everything there is to do in our region, why don’t you check out one of the i-SITEs for some insight? Their brochures are updated every year with all these new endeavours. Oftentimes our tourists are more clued up on our area than we are when it comes to local hot spots. In fact, it was some international tourists who told me about the magical Mermaid Pools at Matapouri several summers ago. It’s now a regular on our summer to-do list and good, free fun with a little hard work getting there (I probably wouldn’t recommend for pre-schoolers unless you’re an adventurous family) but the reward soon becomes apparent. So make like the visitors we talk to on page 29 and become a tourist in your home town!

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A word of thanks from Anne of Craicor Make 2018 your best year yet Seven ways to hit the ground running in 2018 Surf’s up in Mangawhai Heads Celebrate a good hair day every day






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It’s camping girls but not as we know it


iana Staveley has fond memories of care-free road-tripping and camping with girlfriends after graduating from university. Add husbands, kids and pets into the mix and those subsequent camping holidays became not so relaxed. The idea of an easier way began brewing. “Three girlfriends and I set off around Coromandel with a station wagon, a biggish pup tent, sleeping bags, a cooker and coffee plunger. Camping nowadays is still great but quite a lot of stress and work; organising and packing the equipment, putting up the tent, feeding and looking after everyone’s needs. All for odd moments of tranquillity and some beach time, to have to do it in reverse at the end.” A girls’ weekend away in the outdoors without the usual stress of making it eventuate was looking appealing. “What if the tent was already set up and you didn’t need the trailer? You wouldn’t need the bloke’s help and he could stay at home with the kids. What if there were nice, comfy camp beds made up with linen and you didn’t have to deal with all the washing back at home? You’d pack only your togs and PJs. Imagine hanging with your girls away from it all where you could drink, laugh and eat cheese. Now there’s an idea!” Feedback from others, involving hilarious stories of camping nightmares, proved Diana, who is happily married and has a daughter and a dog, wasn’t the only one with these wistful thoughts. With a lot of encouragement and, after practising the experience last summer with several groups of friends, Diana launched Perfect Four in October.


Based at Whangarei Heads, a 45-minute drive from town, the site is situated on a coastal farm with a backdrop of Mt Manaia and walking access to a beautiful, deserted long, white sandy beach. A large, modern canvas tent with sturdy camp beds are set up beforehand so groups of four can simply show up to be met by Diana and shown the ropes before she leaves them to enjoy the experience. “It’s comfortable, modern camping. There are flush toilets, and hot showers onsite but no power or wifi.” Guests simply bring a bag of clothes, food and drinks – there is a camp kitchen with gas fridge, bbq and cooker onsite. “I think the experience starts with the anticipation; planning meals, cocktails and treats. Then the fun of a girls’ road-trip. Really the whole experience is up to them - it’s their girl-camp. “There is plenty to see and do; walk Mt Manaia, have surf or SUP lesson, yoga … or just enjoy doing nothing much, being outside and having a beach to themselves. At night, they can have a campfire, watch the stars, listen for Kiwi and experience the fun of a big girls’ sleepover.” A Girl Guide leader, Diana has been organising camps for girls and women since before cell-phones were invented. “The tents and equipment have changed but what hasn’t is the fun of being outdoors; the simplicity of daily tasks, the wonders of nature and the joy of sleeping in a tent with your friends.” She says the name Perfect Four comes from the vision of

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the perfect four women camping experience. “Four people fit nicely in a car, there are four glasses of wine in a bottle and four is perfect for playing cards. Four is just a number that seems to work in life – and it just so happens that our fabulous Perfect Four tent is ideally set up for a luxury four-lady experience.” The feedback has been ‘super-positive’ and she’s finding it popular with all ages, both locals and Aucklanders, for girlsgetaways, hens nights, birthdays, as well as for Whangarei Heads events, such as the Wild Kiwi and Easter Arts Trail. “I’m one of four sisters and am still really close with my uni friends. I get how nourishing girl-time is for the soul. We women become so absorbed with keeping the men, children and animals in our lives happy, that we forget to take time out for ourselves. “As my best friend says: ‘There is a reason the airline safety briefing says to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. You can’t help anyone if you don’t’. Sometimes we forget to breathe.” For more For entry details, information, go to: see page 31 www.perfectfour.co.nz


A fabulous onenight mini break, for you and three friends

OUR PEOPLE It’s entertaining for all the people on the water and for those watching. A lot of dads get out there on the blob and send their kids flying.”

On track to be living the dream BY JODI BRYANT


ake two fearless Hukerenui farm boys with a passion for adrenaline adventures, a big dream, a lot of hard slog with help from family and friends and what do you get? A pumping Adrenaline Adventure Park in Northland. Growing up on a Northland farm, brothers Cody and Klay Rouse were never short of adventures. Scaling trees, building tree huts, quad biking and wake boarding along the river were just some of their antics. “There was a lot of friendly, brotherly competition going on,” recalls Cody. “Since the age of 18, I had this dream to build a full-size wake boarding cable system but it’s definitely evolved along the way.” With the backing of parents Roger and Leanne and sister Jayme Whetton, the family began searching for the ideal land when they chanced upon a nearby 12ha fresh-water lake for sale on 110ha owned by an elderly family friend. Together, with the family friend, they worked the land and lake, with Cody sourcing a company to make the equipment as their idea evolved. After a winter of hard labour, the Hikurangi Adrenaline Adventure Park, ten minutes north of Kamo, opened in November, amid much anticipation from locals, and has since

seen hundreds of thrill-seekers flock to the remote location. Today it boasts a blow-up obstacle course, featuring the popular Blob, a 45m slide, which fires people into the 12m-deep (at places) lake, human foosball, six glamping tents, cabins, paintball, a wakeboarding cable system, jet skiing, kayaks, paddleboards, a swimming area and with plans to add claybird shooting, mounting biking, horse trekking, motor cycling and more. While no bookings are required during weekdays, weekend bookings fill up quickly with the park popular for end of year school trips, camps, holiday programmes and team-building with groups travelling from near and far to partake. Says Cody’s dad Roger: “It’s entertaining for all the people on the water and for those watching. A lot of dads get out there on the blob and send their kids flying.” The blob is an inflatable bubble which one person jumps on to and catapults another person into the lake. “We’ve got families who rock up and stay here till 5pm and the kids still don’t want to go.” While Jayme runs the admin side of things from abroad, Leanne added the feminine touch setting up the glamping which hosts up to 60 people. “My wife has done a beautiful job setting it up. We didn’t

want to start putting buildings around the place as we have kiwi reservices 100m from where the tents are sitting.” Some of the kiwi have GPS trackers which are available to school groups to find kiwi in the wild. There are age restrictions on certain activities and participants are given a safety talk prior to partaking. Life jackets are worn and Cody and Klay have undergone first aid training and a lifesaving course. Despite reaching their summer deadline, because of the popularity of the park, the family are still rushed off their feet. “We’re pretty buggered actually,” laughs Roger, when asked if they have time to partake in the adventure park they created. “After closing we usually have a bit of a play,” says Cody. “I love the water – in the summer I spend more time on the water than land. “We’re definitely on track to be living the dream.”

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is needed walking downstairs or jumping off stools in high heels. The eyesight isn’t what it used to be and a whole new conversation around glasses suddenly opens up as we identify other ‘squinters’ or assist ‘forgotten glasses’ sufferers by reading price tags. Unlike our grandmother, the x5 magnified mirror is an essential accessory, almost a pet really. It allows us to pluck our eyebrows, upper lip, nose and under chin

about. Recently, (forty one days ago to be exact), we turned the big SIX O!!! A milestone we’ve celebrated with gusto, as we’re the first women in our immediate family to have made it!! So we’ve strung it out. We’ve wined, dined, lunched, partied, boogied and coffee-ed for days. Our Facebook friends must have been sick of us!! Photos were posted/tagged and shared continuously for at least a week. They say that 60’s the new 40. Maybe that’s true in mind-set, but I know for sure that if we looked like this at 40 we’d have been pretty disappointed!! Physically, though, as 60 year olds, it’s noticeable that more care

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Make 2018 your best year yet!

Seven ways to hit the ground running in 2018 BY NATALIE TOLHOPF



or a lot of us, the new year is a time to kickstart new targets and begin moving in new directions. I personally love this time of the year; there’s a sense of freshness

available, we’ve had a chance to rest and rejuvenate over the holiday period and we’ve celebrated our successes of the previous year with our friends and family.


and if you don’t start now, you might find yourself in the same place this time next year or the next 20; • Take the path of less resistance - whatever your new targets are, you are going to meet some resistance or roadblocks along the way. This is where you get the chance to step up IF you continue to move through or around them. You’ve worked a long day and too tired to workout? You’ve worked a crazy week and simply cannot be bothered cooking that healthy meal? There’s a massive sale on at your favourite store that might take you away from your financial targets? These are all the things that pop up that keep you resisting the level of success you know is possible. Push through; • If it was easy all the time, you wouldn’t be growing – acknowledge this. Be prepared for plenty of challenge and just know that the change you step up into, you become a leade of. Someone is watching you, you have the chance to inspire those people around you, as well as yourself; • YOU are the catalyst – don’t rely on a catalyst to move you forward. You ARE the catalyst. Take action, be accountable, be honest with yourself, keep moving forward! By Sharon Gibson LIFE & STYLE coach | Access Consciousness© CFMW

What a pain – you’re in your office worrying about paying the bills while everyone else is camping at Coopers Beach.

There is a misconception out there that Kiwi folk don’t buy over January. But that’s not true! People might go camping up north, to the bach at Matapouri or down the line to see

whanau. But they take their phones - all is not lost. Relaxation scrolling on social media is a real thing – and people enjoying shopping online. What can you sell, solve and create for ideal clients during this time?

If you, like me are ready to step up into more of what this amazing gift called life has to offer, then here are a few of my favourite tips to assist you: • Start before you’re ready – if you are always waiting for the perfect time or the right moment – it’s never going to come. You are never going to be ready,

oes it feel like your business is as dry as a droughtridden Northland paddock over summer?

You have worked hard all year so don’t put the brakes on now. Take some time before you load the chilly bin for the road trip south with these seven simple tips:

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Schedule some social media posts to run on your platforms over the holidays; Commit to writing one newsletter while you are away to help you bring a new vibe, perspective and realness to your database; Have some New Year specials ready to go. Everyone loves a bargain! You could whip up some funky bundles with stock that needs to go, or services that are automated; Choose a new platform like Instagram Stories and share behind the scenes of your life and biz. People buy from people! Create content. Summer days are great for those creative juices; Create a mind map. Lie in a hammock or in the shade with a cool drink and a notebook. Make a list of all the goals you want to accomplish next year, create some blog topics for six months (only need six) and get writing;

If you focus on making sure you are keeping up the momentum during the quieter times, then you are ready to hit the ground running in February, and not March.

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ith the swelling population of Mangawhai generating over 1,000 beach-goers to the surf beach at a time during summer months, local life guards are certainly kept

on their toes. Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) has come a long way from the days when it functioned using a borrowed reel with a handful of lifeguards operating from a tin shed. That was back in 1963 when the club formed - today the reel has been replaced with rescue boats and the tin shed evolved into a modern club house hosting over 150 members. Yet, due to the increasing population of Mangawhai and surrounding areas over recent years, these upgrades still aren’t enough to cater for the masses who flock to Mangawhai Heads Beach during the height of summer. As MHVLS veteran and local surfer Tony Baker says: ‘Pretty much any day there is a wave and the sun is out, the beach is heaving’. “Mangawhai is growing all the time and, with a whole bunch of different events over the summer months, such as the New Year Eve Party Northern Bass, which saw 8.000 people coming to the area for three-four days, we can often see 1,000-plus people on or around the beach on any given day.

“We have a really strong surfing community in Mangawhai so, whenever

without checking, and often not wearing a life jacket. “Other key things to consider are, if they are surfing or

there is a good swell, the beach is usually 70 per cent local surfers. But most of

paddling with a board, to have a leash, and be aware of other people in the water. Added to this the old ‘slip, slop, slap’,

the time it’s a mixture of both locals and visitors on the beach. We have lots of beach

as we often deal with people who are suffering from heat exhaustion.”

walkers, tourists, freedom campers, rock fisherman.”

He says people are often a mix of both grateful and embarrassed after being rescued.

MHVLS is an independent member of the Surf Life Saving Northern Region (SLSNR).

“Often if people have been pulled out of the waves or from an upturned boat they are in shock. Some people get

Its members include over 50 active life guards and over 100 junior surf kids and

embarrassed and some even get angry. But, generally they are thankful.”

families ranging from the age of seven – to those in their 80s. Members are eligible to train to become

A challenge surf lifesaving clubs face is the expectation that they will always be there.

active lifeguards once they are 14 and are taught water confidence and other skills in the meantime.

“The future of surf lifesaving is uncertain due to lack of funding. And closer to home, the sheer volume of people

The active lifeguards work an average 2,000 hours per season at Mangawhai Heads, conducting up to 100 rescues,

visiting our beaches hasn’t matched our club’s membership growth. We are constantly trying to recruit new members,

first aids and searches per season and up to six after-hours search and rescues per year. And, although some of the

and, at an executive level, trying to secure funding so we can continue to operate and deliver the same services we have

rescues involve locals, Mr Baker says, most are visitors who get caught out.

since 1963.” Although all club members are volunteers, and most of the

“A majority of our rescues are boat-related. Generally, boats that have flipped on the Mangawhai Bar or search and rescue

equipment, such as first aid gear, rescue tubes, flags, fins, inshore rescue boats and engines, are funded by ASB and

call-outs. Most of the “between the flags” incidents are first-aid related where someone has been injured. Often we are just

SLSNZ, along with grants from both the local and regional councils for ongoing training, the rest of the funding comes

helping someone back to shore or moving them back to the safe swimming area on the beach.”

from public donations. This goes towards the operating costs of the club house.

Members have also been involved in a number of awardwinning rescues, including dramatic search and rescues at

Tony’s own involvement began when he was 18 years old – over two decades ago - when the club president said: ‘You

sea. “People should never turn their back on the ocean or

guys are local surfers and know the beach and conditions better than anyone else so why not become one of our

take its amazing power and energy for granted. A lot of our rescues involve people who are oblivious to the dangers

lifeguards?’ He joined the club and has never looked back.

in the sea, often late in the day, close to dark. We are often fishing people off the rocks because they didn’t know that the tide comes in, and rescuing people who have launched their boat at the boat ramp and headed out for a day’s fishing


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“It has given me so many opportunities and skills. “We are so lucky to have such an amazing club right on the beach and to be able to give back to our local community by providing lifesaving and education services.”


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stunning top-of-the-line products and recommendations to the on-site salon providing a full range of professional services with her talented team. Whether it is for a cut, style, treatment or colour, the team at Xtreme Shampoo Shoppe will be delighted to help. This month you will receive a FREE hair treatment with any full salon service booked for new clients. Book in today and start your hair’s journey!

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Skin resolutions for the New Year CACI WHANGAREI TALKS TO SAVVY READERS


appy New Year, Happy Skin!

A new year means a new start and, at Caci, we’re taking that to heart with beauty resolutions for happy, healthy skin. We’re starting 2018 fresh with these nine easy steps to help your skin look and feel it’s best. Plus, we’re making it easier than ever for you to start your skin journey with us this year. For the month of January, take up our special offer: enjoy a 30-minute facial for only $50 when you have a free consultation with us!

Resolution #1:Always remember your sunscreen Repeat after us: “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen”. There’s nothing more important in your beauty routine - especially during the Kiwi summer.

Resolution #2: Make a plan and stick with it Our skin benefits from regular care, so keep your complexion at its best by sticking to a routine. It can be hard knowing where to start, but that’s where we come in! Talk to us for expert advice tailored to your skin concerns.

Resolution #3: Get more beauty sleep This resolution can be a difficult one to keep, especially during the festive party season, but trust us – your skin will thank you for it!

Resolution #4:Always remove your make up Happy skin is clean skin, so make sure you’ve removed all traces of the day before going to sleep.

Resolution #5: Treat yourself A little bit of extra pampering goes a long way when it comes to skin! Whether it’s a facial, an at-home mask or an advanced treatment, these added extras to your beauty routine help provide long-lasting effects.

Resolution #6: Don’t sweat the small stuff Make it easy on yourself. Let us help you manage your regular beauty maintenance and skincare treatments.

Resolution #7: Exfoliate regularly Exfoliation helps revitalise skin by encouraging cell turnover. If it’s not already a regular part of your skincare routine, it’s definitely one to add in!

Resolution #8: Drink more water Staying hydrated is key for healthy, glowing skin, so remember to keep an eye on your water intake, especially during these hot summer days.

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Five easy new year’s health resolutions


s another year has come to a close, thoughts of new beginnings and fresh starts are on our minds. It’s the perfect time to get in shape, eat better, exercise more and become an overall happier person. Right? But how many times have you made a New Year’s resolution and never really followed through? If you’ve sworn off them because you fail to keep them, the good news is it does not have to involve a radical overhaul of your life. Here are five meaningful changes to work on: 1. Change your health outlook - Instead of an all-ornothing approach, look at health as a continuum and that every decision you make moves you closer to one end of the continuum (good health) or the other (poor health). For instance, drinking a soda would move you in the wrong direction, while a glass of water would move you in the right direction. By making small, positive decisions, you move closer and closer to good health. 2. Think health not weight loss - The fact is you can lose weight and continue to be unhealthy. But when you change your way of eating permanently, add in more exercise and movement, work to reduce stress, and get healthy amounts of sleep, not only will your health improve, but your body will begin losing the excess weight. Weight gain is a symptom. A side effect of living an unhealthy lifestyle. It is not the problem that needs solving. Shift energy away from fighting the never-ending symptoms of unhealthiness and get right to the root of the problem. Focus on improving your health, and have faith that the inside of your body is changing for the better. In time, your external appearance will align with its internal counterpart. Get healthy and losing weight will take care of itself. The




overall health improvements that you will be making will also want to eat again and again. transform your entire life for the better. 5. Figure out your “why”. This is the single most important 3. Focus on getting active - This means going beyond a aspect of any health goal, yet it is seldom considered. It’s the token workout here or there. Sure, some exercise is better driving force that will get you out of bed an hour earlier to get than none, but the goal of getting healthy means living an to the gym or plan ahead with meal preparation. Write down active lifestyle. the top three things that you would like to achieve, keep it If you were to ever study fit people and their daily activity, close to you and read it every day. you would see they go beyond the two or three structured This one crucial element in your approach will push you weekly workouts. They get up off their butts and they move. past where you have been before or even beyond what you They walk more. They take more steps than the average ever thought was possible or you were capable of. person does, and they spend less time just lounging around. To make it easier for you, I have created a FREE They engage in opportunistic exercise by finding creative 30-minute self-hypnosis MP3 audio to help you implement ways to make their daily tasks just a little more active and healthy resolutions for 2018. intense. Just an extra burning of 100 calories a day pays big dividends to health and body weight in the long term. 4. Focus on eating REAL foods - Forget about calories, focus your energy on slowly changing your eating habits until 50, 60, 70, 80, and then 90 percent of your food intake is made up of whole foods. Body transformation lies not in manipulating calorie intake, but in providing your body Year Round Health Resolutions and mind with whole, nourishing foods that Download Instructions – Type into will do wonders for your body composition your browser bar (top left - not search bar (muscle/fat ratio). in middle of screen) Instead of making an “I want to lose weight” carolynhansenfitness.com/ pledge, try “I’m going to put more vegetables betterme and good stuff on my plate” so the resolution then “Save As” to save onto is a positive action that you can perform over your computer. and over. No name or email Get your butt back in the kitchen and make it a required. priority to discover quick and easy recipes that will allow you to create healthy and tasty meals that you will




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didn’t, rise up to greet you with a renewed resolve to get it right this coming year!

The arrival of a new year always gives a jolt to mind and the body.

It makes sense to put an active lifestyle on that list, because over the years whatever else you need, you’re going to need that body!

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Inspiring 79-year-old woman confirms it’s never too late to achieve your health goals

Helen Crewe flies the flag for seniors, winning international health club competition

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n late 2016 Helen Crewe weighed 79kg, had high blood pressure, was facing type 2 diabetes and a hip replacement and was fearful of walking for over ten minutes at a time. Fast-forward to 2018 and the Kerikeri 79-year-old is 25kg lighter and holds the title of Senior Curvette of the Year. A move across the Tasman prompted a vicious cycle for Helen. “We rented a small home while we were looking to settle,

so takeout meals were the answer most of the time. Being retired, I woke up late most days. Instead of walking, I’d drive into town and a get a coffee with several slices of thick buttered toast or a muffin. I’d get a curry for lunchtime and share a couple of glasses of wine. I kept adding to it because emotionally I was vulnerable and I didn’t care.” As time went by, Helen was mentally and physically debilitated by the aches in her hips and knees, coupled with no exercise. Finally, after alarm bells started ringing, she worked up the courage to visit Curves in Kerikeri. “I knew I had to do something to improve my health. I met Marie, my Curves Coach, who helped me discover a love I never knew was there for exercise, together with diet advice.” Today Helen is fighting fit with no pain in her hips and knees, she’s halved her blood pressure tablets and reached

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her goal weight of 54kg. What’s more, she was crowned Senior Curvette of the Year 2017, an award that is given to an active member 60 years or over across 150 clubs in New Zealand and Australia. Helen is now a mirror of wellbeing with many of the Curves members approaching her during class for advice and even her husband has benefited from her overhaul, losing 7kg. She stresses the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating, especially for seniors. “Exercise, together with a nutritious diet, is the most important thing you can do for yourself with advancing years. Besides the physical benefits, you are only as old as you think you are. Mentally it has given me the drive to be social, take on new projects and add new interests to my life. Sitting around ensures you become old in mind and spirit!” Helen has a new lease on life and is now motivated to do what she loves; be actively involved in the local theatre group, Kerikeri Theatre Company. “I’ve seen a huge improvement in my muscle, balance and mobility. As I got physically stronger, I was happier and more confident to be part of the community. What I’ve learnt is that it’s your life, not a rehearsal, and no second chances. My passions are definitely a reason for living. Now I’ve been involved in two shows, with another two on the way.” Says Curves marketing manager Jacqui Bialocki: “The Senior Curvette of the Year is inspiring to women of all ages. Helen has jumped through many hurdles, but age is not one of them. She serves as an encouraging reminder to never say never. You can reach your goals if you are dedicated and find the right support. At Curves we are designed to improve the quality of women’s lives, no matter what your situation we will support your health goals through.”


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Email us at savvy@northernadvocate.co.nz nominating your Local Legend! Be sure to outline the good deed, along with some background information about the nominee after you have sought their permission. Each month we will publish a story and photo showcasing the Local Legend’s mission/achievement and they will receive a $100 New World voucher, thanks to New World Kerikeri! Vouchers can be redeemed at any New World store

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Raetea North Side




DOC manages more than 200 campsites throughout New Zealand and 13 locations in Northland. They are places to relax, enjoy and explore the outdoors. The DOC camps are great fun and tend to attract more down-to-earth people looking for a more genuine camping experience. DOC campsites are often in some of the best locations around the country, and especially in Northland. DOC sites are often described as basic, offering ‘back to nature’ style accommodation and facilities – and this is reflected in the price with adults generally $13 a night. In the top 10 list of most popular DOC campsites, Northland takes out four of the top spots - Otamure Bay, Maitai Bay, Puriri Bay and Uretiti Beach - and it’s not hard to see why.

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay)



Relax at New Zealand’s northernmost campsite; go surfing or walk the Te Paki Coastal Track.

Camp in a picturesque setting, and swim or walk the tracks.

Directions: Camp located at the end of Tapotupotu Rd off Cape Reinga Rd (SH1), 3 km south of Cape Reigna. Access: Gravel, steep sections. Booking: Not required - first come, first served

Directions: Follow signposts from Waitiki landing, off SH1, for 16km along Te Hapua Rd and then Spirits Bay Rd Access: 16km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served




Maitai Bay



Camp among trees behind the white sand beach; go surfing and fishing.

Camp on the outer Karikari Peninsula in sheltered and private campsites.

Directions: 3km north of Ngataki along SH1 turn into Rarawa Beach Rd Access: 4km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served Note: Take care in the water as the beach may be dangerous.

Directions: 25km southeast of Kaitaia on SH10, turn into Inland Rd at Karikari Peninsula and follow, then into Matai Bay Rd Access: 2km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served.



Camp in one of the last remaining lowland coastal forests. Look for kukupa/kereru (wood pigeon), short tailed bats and kakariki/parakeets



Directions: 18km southeast of Kaitaia along SH1, at Mangataiore. Follow the ‘Raetea Reserve’ sign, and cross the stream ford to the campsite. Access: Gravel




Camp close to kauri trees and look out for kiwi and short-tailed bats. An 18bunk hut is also available Directions: Turn off SH10 at Pungaere Rd, 600m north of Waipapa and follow signs to the camp Access: 7km of gravel Note: Fires only allowed in the firepits provided.

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Waikahoa Bay



Camp among pohutukawa trees beside a sandy beach. Look out for rare brown teal/pateke Directions: From Whangarei, turn off SH1 at Whakapara into Russell Rd. Turn right at Helena Bay into Webb Rd. Continue to Mimiwhangata Coastal Park turn off Access: 9km narow, winding gravel road not suitable for campervans and large vehicles Bookings: Essential over Summer, ph (09) 433 6554. Tent only

Campsites 7 – 9 are on Urupukapuka, an island of significant historical and cultural importance. A great spot for fishing, swimming and water sports. Directions: Ferries to Otehei Bay leave from Paihia and Russell daily during the peak season, water taxis run year round, or arrive by private boat Information & booking: Phone Paihia i-SITE on (09) 402 7345, book online during peak season or phone the DOC office on (09) 407 0300. Access: Boat only


Urupukapuka Island



Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf, walk for 15 min east along marked Otehei Bay track to the top of the hill from where you can see the campsite.


Sunset Bay



Otamure Bay (Whananaki)

Cable Bay


Directions: Go past Hikurangi on SH1, turn of at Whananaki North Road and travel 27km. Campsite is 4km past Whananaki shop and school Access: Sealed Booking: Essential over summer, ph (09) 433 8402



Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf end, turn right and follow the track towards the southern end of the island, about 30min.


Puriri Bay




Camp in a beachfront setting with large pohutukawa trees for shade.

Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf end, turn right at the end of the wharf and follow the track towards the southwest end of the island, about 30 min





Trounson Kauri Park




Nestled on the edge of an ancient kauri forest. “Shh... can you hear that? It’s a kiwi!”


Directions: Turn off SH12 at Trounson Park Road, 35km north of Dargaville Access: Sealed from South, gravel from North


14 Overlooking the mouth of the Whangaruru Harbour, with sheltered waters for swimming and boating.




Camp behind the sand dunes at Uretiti Beach and explore the nearby Waipu Caves or walk the coastal track at Mangawhai Heads.

Directions: Turn off SH1 into Russell Rd, 15 km north of Whangarei. After 30 km (north of Ngaiotonga), turn into Whangaruru North Rd. Access: Sealed. Booking: Essential over summer, ph (09) 4336160. Note: Vehicle access to campsite closed Easter to Labour Weekend.

Directions: Signposted directly off SH1 Access: Sealed


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Your choice for summer window furnishing


ollershades from Frazerhurst© are a huge favourite, thanks to a winning combination of style, value and flexibility. You’ll find the solution that’s just right for any style of interior. They deliver exceptional value for money over their lifetime because their simple styling means they don’t have to be replaced when new decorating trends come along. New Zealand Weathermaster® are quality New Zealand-made to suit New Zealand conditions and have a three-year guarantee! So what are your choices? Light filtering is a smart choice if you want light and privacy at the same time, such as in a bathroom. Choose a Blockout fabric if you want darkness and privacy. For bedrooms, you enjoy a better night’s sleep when your window coverings don’t leak light around the edges. With blockout fabric, installed with side channels to ensure a snug fit, your sleeping space can stay dark until it’s time to wake. Sunscreens shade the sun and glare, while also offering a certain level of daytime privacy and you can still see the view. Kitchens and conservatories often only need sunscreens. Twin bracket systems offer the convenience of a


sunscreen or light filtering and a blockout in one window. For living areas, dual shades are perfect. Weathermaster® have linked systems for spanning extra-wide windows and doors and a special clutch mechanism that makes it easy to raise large shades. Wet environments benefit from window coverings treated with Duraguard®, a stain repellent, and if there are dust mite allergies in your family, Sanitized® fabrics are available. Child safety is a critical issue that has been addressed with specific safety devices, such as child-safe tensioners to eliminate the risk of strangulation on cords. Weathermaster Rollershades can be automated for hard-to-reach windows. If you have an atrium or foyer window that’s way beyond your reach, an automated rollershade is an ideal solution. Shades can be raised and lowered using a remote control or with a Smart phone

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Protect your investment as well as your health


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uying a new bed is a big investment and should be the most expensive item of furniture in your home. We spend one third of our lives sleeping and, as I’ve mentioned before, a good night’s sleep is the ‘elixir of life’. But how do we protect this investment? In days gone by we simply placed a blanket on top of our mattress and thought this was going to give the protection it needed … what others called a mattress protector! Oh dear, those where the days… long gone, together with the milkman. The question is, how could a simple blanket protect our mattress in terms of dust mites, mildew and mould? Sadly, it didn’t. Beds, these days, generally come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and, in that period of 3,650 nights, with the exception of time away, we have to consider all the moisture our bodies give off while asleep. Plus, the little accidents that occur, the amount of skin flakes we produce, and the times we changed our babies’ nappies on top of the bed… Fortunately, in this day and age, we have choices, like a water-proof mattress protector, and, no, you don’t need to be incontinent to need one. It’s not a piece of plastic like the ones we used on our children’s beds many years ago when they were not fully potty trained. The fact is we lose an average of a cup to half a litre of body fluid, as well as a million skin flakes each night! Consequently, unprotected mattresses and pillows create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mould and dust mites which all contribute to asthma, eczema and rhinitis/allergies. Furthermore, we also need to look at protecting our investment in terms of the manufacturer’s warranty. Please be aware, that if your bed has a 10-year warranty against manufacturing faults and something went wrong over this period, it is very clear that, if your bed is in an unsanitary condition, the manufacturer reserves the right to refuse service until you get it professionally cleaned. That’s a pretty good reason to purchase a waterproof mattress protector at the same time you purchase your new bed. Plus, they have either a five or 10-year warranty. It is vitally important that your mattress protector is washed on a regular basis - at least once a month. They are fitted like a fitted sheet with expandable sides which will fit thin or thick mattresses and can be tumble-dried up to 60 degrees. The waterproof membrane is breathable and some of them have a TENCEL (Natural Eucalyptus-based fibre) sleeping surface which will maintain an even surface temperature and is good for sensitive skin. These protectors are also available as pillow protectors and enjoy the same benefits. Just be aware that it is best not to close the zipper fully on the pillow protector as it will make your pillow feel different. Plus, they are not ‘noisy’. P.S. Please remember information is always free, so if you have a question or a concern, please do not hesitate to call us on 09 438 3550, seven days a week. I also recommend you have a look at the BedsRus website and we promise to do our best in matching you to your perfect sleep. We offer a ’30-Day Comfort Warranty’, conditions apply. ‘Til next time…

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Using colour to accentuate home features



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nterior design trends are forever changing, but the one constant is that neutral shades will always be a hit for homeowners. However, sometimes you need to add a dash - or a bucketload - of colour to your living room, kitchen or bedrooms in order to bring personality to these frequently-used spaces. In many cases, it’s a good move to use colour to accentuate your home’s features. From fantastic crown moulding, to charming living room alcoves, a pop of blue or a stripe of red can makeover a space. Stick with the neutrals in most instances, but add a splash of colour here and there. Here are some fantastic decorating ideas if you’re ready to experiment with colour and bring out the best of your home. Feature fireplace If you’ve got a fireplace in your living area, consider turning it into a focal point by cleverly using paint. Perhaps you want to create a warmer, cosier living area. You can quite literally take inspiration from your fireplace and embrace wild shades of red, orange and deep yellow. However, you don’t have to paint the whole room these colours. You can paint the fireplace itself and keep the walls a warm cream, such as Resene Half Dutch White. This is the perfect way to balance practicality with a love of fierce, fiery shades such as Resene Smashing and Resene California. Look upwards Are you living in a quaint villa or homely bungalow? If so, you may have beautiful archways in your home - for instance, between the living area and hallway. You can draw attention to such features by using bright paint shades. Because archways are just one element of your home design, painting them a daring shade is not as risky as going over all the walls. Shades such as mustard and eggplant might be too much for your entire living room, but they are perfect for archways. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with colour but have been hesitant, this might be your chance to totally revitalise your property, without going overboard. Focus on the ceiling Have you considered taking a bit of liberty with your ceiling? While many homeowners paint it a very similar colour to their walls - or white - these aren’t the only options available. For instance, dark ceilings are increasingly in vogue and can create a dramatic mood in the living room. If your ceiling has interesting features or you have decorative crown moulding, this could be the perfect approach for your home. While a dark ceiling is a bold move, if you pair it with cream walls and tan furniture, you can achieve a remarkably striking aesthetic. Play up the floor Looking up is all well and good, but have you looked down? Wooden flooring looks fabulous in any home, so if you’ve got such a feature in your property, be sure to play it up! While polished floorboards are popular if you’re going for a sophisticated, classic look, there are other options. For instance, you can play up this natural material by painting your floor a crisp white such as Resene Double Alabaster - and investing in cool white and grey furnishings for a touch of Scandinavian chic. Go a step further and add a stencil, if you dare. Pick a deep hue or vibrant shade, such as Resene Seachange, and apply an abstract or floral stencil print to the centre of your floor. Pick curtains or accessories that also play up the same shade, for an integrated look.

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Food DONNA HAY Photography: William Meppem Styling: Hannah Meppem

Keeping it light Prawn, pink peppercorn and avocado salad

• Sea salt flakes • 1 cup watercress sprigs

Serves 2

• 1 tsp pink peppercorns, crushed • 1 Tbsp finely grated lemon rind

• 1 cup snow pea shoots • 1 avocado, chopped

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Turkuaz Cafe – It’s affordable for a whole family, fast and good BY CHARMAINE SOLJAK

Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine

We are now fully licensed!

Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Turkish influence, our café is well known for serving fresh, tasty and good-value food. Come and dine with us for lunch, dinner or something in-between. Now you can enjoy a glass wine or try a bottle of Turkish beer for a change!

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REVIEW: Turkuaz Cafe, 24 Rathbone Street, Whangarei


t didn’t take long for me to say “I love coming here”. I giggled when asked to review the food at Turkuaz Cafe. I’ve been eating everything on their menu for a few years now. I had been to the gym, had had a quick shower and was in that frame of mind to have something fresh, tasty and soon-ish. You order at the counter and I opted for a small Chicken Iskender with an extra falafel and a glass of Crossroads Merlot (because this was for Savvy). Jason ordered the Chicken Iskender, fries and garlic bread because he had earned it he said. The young woman on the counter was efficient and patient while we chose sauces, made up our minds and changed them. Food arrived on the table within five minutes. The Iskender meal comes with a range of salads, chicken and your choice of sauces. The tabbouleh is fresh with that lovely nutty texture and full of flavour. The dish is served with fresh tomato, cucumber salad, fresh crunchy lettuce, red cabbage, slices of pita bread, hummus dip and the kebab chicken topped with chosen sauces. It was presented perfectly for the style of food which I ate most of with my fingers. Turkuaz Cafe was busy that night; Two large groups dinning in the corner, quite a few couples and, as we left, there was a line developing at the counter. One of my girlfriends was there with her daughter who had just been to her sport. Her comment to me was perfect: “Our family eat here every week, normally on a Friday night. It’s affordable for a whole family, fast and good”. I thought that sums up why my family are also eating at Turkauz Cafe once a fortnight too. Every time I dine there I see friends and business colleges enjoying the food and vibrant atmosphere. If you haven’t been to Turkuaz Cafe yet you are in for a visual feast. The lavish Turkish cushions covered in wonderful fabrics are comfortable and a bit of fun for the kids. Bright lamp shades and decorations that transport you to experience people with an eye for colour, spirited style and a passion for fresh food! Turkuaz Cafe, Rathbone Street, is a family-run business and our family has watched their families grow, have babies and develop a successful business in Whangarei. You’re missing out if you haven’t been in for a while. We paid $53 which is perfect for what we ate with a glass of good red wine. I remember growing up in the 70s and Friday nights were fish’n chip nights. This is so much better for my family than that!

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It’s a new menu and they are now open seven days for Breakfast and Dinner Flames Restaurant has a focus on fresh, local and healthy food with a fusion of Asian, Pacific and International cuisine. For over 10 years, the team has been creating quality food experiences that warm the soul and relishes on the taste buds. Put something truly extraordinary, something completely delicious in your mouth.



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Photographer and prop stylist / Babiche Martens. All props photographer’s own.

Barbecue lamb with tomatoes and courgettes Serves 6 • 1kg boneless lamb leg • 4 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 tsp grainy mustard • ¼ cup chopped rosemary • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 2 tbsp olive oil • 4 courgettes, cut lengthways • Salt and pepper • 4 tomatoes, cut into thick slices • ¼ cup basil leaves DRESSING • 2 egg yolks • 1 tsp grainy mustard • Juice of ½ lemon • ½ cup olive oil • ¼ cup chopped mint

1. Place the lamb, garlic, mustard, rosemary, lemon and 1 tbsp olive oil

Pineapple skewers

3. Preheat a barbecue to a medium heat. Cook the lamb for 20 minutes

Makes 10 • 1 pineapple, peeled, core

1. Cut pineapple into evensized chunks.

into a large bowl or sealable plastic bag. Toss until the lamb is well-

each side or until done to your liking. Remove, cover and set aside.

removed • 200g creme fraiche

coated, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Place the remaining oil on the barbecue. Season the courgettes

• 1 Tbsp honey or rice syrup • 1 Tbsp chopped mint

2. Place creme fraiche, honey, mint, basil and zest in a

Remove from fridge 1 hour before cooking.

and cook for 3 or 4 minutes each side until golden and delicious.

• 1 Tbsp chopped basil • Zest of ½ lemon

small bowl and stir well. 3. Preheat a barbecue plate

2. To make the dressing: place the yolks, mustard and lemon into a blender. Drizzle in the oil slowly until you have a thick but pourable

4. Place the tomato slices on a platter. Add the courgettes and top with slices of lamb, drizzle the dressing, and garnish with basil.

Thread 3 or 4 pieces on each skewer.

• Demerara sugar to sprinkle • A splash of liquor

to medium heat. Sprinkle skewers with sugar.

• Extra honey to drizzle (optional)

Barbecue for 2 minutes each side until golden.

consistency. Add the herbs and season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve warm with a splash of your favourite liquor and extra honey if using. Dollop over the creme fraiche.

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FOOD Photographer and prop stylist /


Babiche Martens. All props photographer’s own.

Lamb kebabs with courgette and butter bean salad

Coriander dressing with mussels and cockles

Serves 4 • 600g lamb steaks, cut into 2cm cubes • 1 red pepper, cut into 2cm cubes • 1 large red onion, peeled, cut into pieces • 2 Tbsp olive oil • 2 cloves garlic • ½ tsp cumin and paprika • 2 Tbsp chopped rosemary • 1 tsp brown sugar • Zest and juice of 2 limes • 2 courgettes, sliced • 200g flat green beans, blanched • 1 cup large butter beans • ¼ cup Italian parsley • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar • 2 Tbsp olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

Serves 4 as a starter DRESSING • 2 cups coriander • 1 green chilli, seeds removed • ½ tsp cumin • 2 cloves garlic • ½ cup olive oil • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 1kg mixture of mussels and cockles, scrubbed • Crusty bread for serving

To serve: 1 cup natural yoghurt, juice of lemon, 1 cup chopped mint 1. On bamboo skewers, thread lamb, pepper and red onion alternately. 2. In a small bowl mix oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, rosemary, sugar and lime. Massage into kebabs and set aside for 20-30 minutes to marinate. 3. Set barbecue to a high heat. 4. Cook skewers for 4 or 5 minutes each side until cooked through and nicely browned. Set aside to rest. 5. Cook courgettes on hot plate for 4 or 5 minutes each side. Place courgettes in a bowl. Add green beans,

1. To make the dressing: place the coriander, chilli, cumin, garlic, olive oil and lemon into a blender. Blitz until well combined. Set aside until required. 2. Heat a barbecue until hot. Place the shellfish on to the hotplate and cover. They will take a few minutes to open. Place on to a large platter and drizzle with dressing. 3. Serve with warmed crusty bread.

butter beans, parsley, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. 6. Combine yoghurt, lemon and mint in a small bowl. 7. Serve skewers on a platter with salad served alongside and yoghurt dolloped on top.

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Enrolling NOW for 2018 ARTS From 1 January 2018, NorthTec programmes will be fees-free for eligible first-time tertiary students. Find out whether you are eligible for Fees Free study in 2018 at www.feesfree.govt.nz.


If you’re a creative person with a flair for arts, NorthTec can help you prepare for your dream career. Our arts graduates make a huge contribution to our region’s renowned creative industries, from working in arts administration and curating, to producing your own art for sale through Tai Tokerau’s many galleries and artistic outlets. You can develop the skills and techniques to create fabulous artwork in our purpose-built arts centre, and study the market to understand how you can shape a career doing what you love. We teach you to look at the creative world with a view to your future employment opportunities. Courses on offer include*:

LEVEL 4 New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design

This qualification is designed for school leavers and for adults who can demonstrate introductory skills and experience in arts, crafts and/or design.

LEVEL 7 Bachelor of Applied Arts - Visual and Digital

With this degree programme you will be able to take personal art and design ideas, underpinned by research into contemporary practice, through to quality finished products in selected media. It has a strong practical focus and subjects on offer include drawing, art history, sculpture, photography, graphic design, clay, glass, printmaking, animation, digital graphics, game design, interactive design, mobile device design, moving image, social media marketing, visual effects, video production and web-based design.

LEVEL 7 Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art

This degree enables you to develop traditional skills in a programme that is steeped in Māori language and culture. You can choose from raranga (weaving); rauangi (visual arts) or whakairo (carving) as your kaupapa toi (art form). With highly experienced and passionate tutors, you will also complete taumata atakura (core) and elective courses.

Applied Arts graduate: Megan Dickinson Self employed - Curator at MD Gallery “Twenty years ago I had the idea to open a gallery but I put it aside until now. I opened the MD Gallery in downtown Whangarei mid-2017, and for me it’s all about curating. Deciding to do my degree in applied arts was a real turning point for me. “Committing to that study gave me the opportunity to contemplate things that mattered to me and gave me the confidence to rediscover what I was good at. The tutors were practising artists themselves with solid reputations and they were beyond dedicated in sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience. When I finished the degree in 2014 I went into recovery mode for a while then I entered the Corban’s Art Awards and won second place in the sculpture section. That re-awoke my creativity. “At around that time I started work at The Shutter Room as a curator and was there for a couple of years. I exhibited some of my own photograms (photos made without a camera) and installations there. The transition from The Shutter Room to running my own gallery was prompted by turning 50. It was ann ‘if not now… when’ moment so I started looking for premises and found this high-foot-traffic site in early 2017.

“I curate both group and solo shows here, mostly for Whangarei artists, ranging from emerging to established. There’s been a gap in Whangarei for a fine art gallery space and I’m now providing that space. I’m into making connections between the viewer and artist, and showing viewers how to hang a mix of photographs, paintings and prints together. “My focus now is to establish both my client and artist bases, but to me the best part of having the gallery is hanging the work – the curating.”

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Summer Bucket List

Packard Motor Museum vehicle of the month 1919 Packard Opera Coupe.



ver wondered where these old cars have been? The stories they would tell if they could? Our 1919 Opera Coupe has one of those stories. The Opera Coupe is the oldest Packard in our collection. The unusual body was designed and built by J.B.

Judkins company, who built a number of bodies for the Packard Motor Car Company.


PHOTOS: Northlandpix Photography

orthland is always a top destination for Kiwi and overseas visitors during our long, hot summer. We want everyone to have the holiday of a lifetime, not just sunning themselves on our beaches, but also enjoying what our thriving creative community has on offer. While you can find the majority of Northland galleries and art events in the Northland Art Guide released in October, there are others that will feature in the 2018 edition. For example, the Creative Industries Award winners at the 2017 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards, Memory Lane Gallery in the centre of Whangarei and Steve Hayward Master Jeweller at the Town Basin. South of the city, Meraki Gallery in Ruakaka and Gutry Art Gallery in One Tree Point, both exhibit work by local Bream Bay artists. In Kamo, Jessie Rose has a new gallery and, north of Kamo, you can’t go past the Hikurangi Art Station for an eclectic range of Northland art. When you head further North, Te Pu o Te Wheke Arts is right in the centre of Kaikohe and, in Ahipara, Roma Gallery is open throughout summer selling work they’ve spent all winter creating. Over in Dargaville, Flax and Fibre sell harakeke that they have grown, prepared, dyed and weaved on-site. Event wise, the Quarry Art Centre have their Summer Do on January 8 and Northland Anniversary weekend is jam-packed with events, including the Ngapuhi Festival on Saturday January 27 at Toll Stadium, which will also be the home to the Toi Ngapuhi exhibition running from Thursdsay 25 to Saturday 28. The One Tree Point Art and Craft Working Exhibition is on Saturday and Sunday at One Tree Point and Medieval Madness is at Kiwi North on Sunday. Creative Northland is excited to bring you ArtBeat 2018 on Saturday February 3 from 10am-4pm at Cafler Park in Whangarei. This is Whangarei’s largest interactive arts festival where you can create all day and be entertained for FREE. Come along, listen to the continuous entertainment on stage and have a laugh with MC Luke Bird or drop the kids off at the Resene Interactive Zone and Plus Chartered Accountants Fairy Grotto while you shop at one of the 50+ stalls selling delicious food, local art and craft. With so much to do this summer, there’s no excuse not to be inspired and get creative.

We don’t know the first owner. The car was designed to carry two people in the back, with a chauffeur’s seat in the front. A small fold-down seat is attached to the right, front door, in case you would like to take a doorman with you. Also in the back of the car are glass vases for fresh flowers. These features speak volumes about the car and what sort of person would have owned it. However, the 1919 Opera Coupe was a car with a double six engine (V12) developing 85hp and getting up to speeds of 90 miles an hour - a fast car for its day. This made it the perfect car for ‘booze runs’ across the Canadian border. During the 1920s, alcohol would be transported to the US as the USA government had outlawed the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating liquors. This period is commonly known as ‘Prohibition’. During this time, the car was allegedly owned by a notorious counterfeiter and bootlegger, high on the FBI wanted list. The car was fitted with a copper tank in place of the backseat to facilitate the carrying of large quantities of ‘joy-juice’, as it was called. However, it seems after a police chase, the car was abandoned in a ditch. Customs ceased the car and auctioned it off. It found its way to Jerry Stone who was looking for a challenge. Jerry painstakingly rebuilt the car. Eventually the car was put up for sale. Graeme Craw spotted the car in an American magazine. He purchased it and imported it into New Zealand. The car now sits in the Packard Motor Museum as part of the Packard story.

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Riverside SUPers – A great way to get fit and beat your time

Messing up the land for Christmas culture BY MICHAEL BOTUR


arl Roberts was in Noosa, Australia in 2005 when he spotted a guy stand-up paddle boarding with his dog. He was intrigued and so went about bringing the sport to Northland. “I thought, ‘that looks unreal’, but when I came back to New Zealand in 2006, I couldn’t buy one so I found an old wind surfer and used that as a board and made the paddle.” He continued to improvise while awaiting the arrival of a paddle board he’d imported. When it arrived, Karl received multiple envious comments so ordered several more for his mates before deciding to sell them himself. Karl, the Riverside Drive Marina manager, has owned the recently-renamed Waterman’s World for around nine years and moved the business closer to the Hatea Loop on the Riverside Drive Marina complex several months ago. It incorporates the latest water sport equipment and shares a space with the newly-opened Kafe. Since becoming one of the first to stand on water in Northland, he has watched the sport take off and, for the last six years, has raced with the Riverside SUPers, a group of stand-up paddlers who meet every Tuesday evening to race at the Town Basin. “Each time I sold a paddle board, I would mention it to them and it just grew.” The group now has up to 40 paddlers ranging from 11-year-olds to those in their 70s, with the biggest age group the 50-70-year-olds. The 4.1km races start at the Canopy Bridge, through Te Matau A Pohe bridge and back with different races based on ability levels. “Everyone likes to race, you can’t help it – if you’re in the last place, you still want to try and catch the person in front of you and if you’re in second to last, you don’t want the person behind to catch you. “It’s a great way of getting fit and trying to beat your time.” Riverside SUPers also host the annual Bridge to Basin challenge, which attracts world champs who pass on tips to fellow paddlers. “We race all year round and, in winter, we wear flashing lights. If someone new shows up – they are shown techniques – and, at the end, we load our boards onto the cars and go and have a cold one and something to eat at The Quay.” Riverside SUPers meet at the Town Basin car park every Tuesday for a 5.30pm race start.


y darling wife finds it culturally satisfying to drag the bleeding severed carcass of a Californian into the lounge as part of our cultural responsibility to worship an Israeli political activist. Most people call that putting up a Christmas tree – and those trees come at a cost. Nurturing then dumping Christmas trees is one example of how we’ve altered our landscape to look and feel satisfying to us. Crops, ornamental gardens, shade trees, riparian planting and weeds have all played their part in bending the islands we live on into looking like the islands we came from. If Pakeha could dump snow on the summer streets to remind us of the northern hemisphere, I’m sure we would. Whether you’re English, Welsh or Scottish and you have roses, daffodils or thistles on your property, you’ve probably introduced something to your environment you to scratch a cultural itch. If not you, then the people who came before you likely took care of that job, whether you asked them to or not. It’s about spiritual comfort. People estranged from their cultural needs are worse-off in terms of spiritual health. Pretty much everyone who has ever arrived in NZ has altered the country a little bit so it reminds them of spiritually significant places. This is why on the street not far from my home a church is bedecked with images of date palm trees, oases and head scarves. Not exactly Kiwiana, but that stuff all seems normal if you worship a man from Mesopotamia. The first people who settled NZ brought taro, yams, kumara and gourds as well as animals from their homeland. Later waves of people like Captain Cook dropped off pigs and chickens. After that, acclimatisation societies introduced birds, bugs and bunnies. All the comings and goings brought weeds, too, unfortunately – not that any plant considers itself a weed. As my botanist friend Dr Nicola Day informs me, the definition of a weed is simply any plant existing in a terrain outside its natural habitat. The more competitive seeds thrive when humans give them an opportunity to thrive by disturbing the land, especially as a result of farming. I did try to convince my darling wife to buy a native NZ tree for our lounge this Christmas, to no avail. The disposable tree in the lounge makes my wife feel culturally satisfied. Sigh. I’m off to mow the lawn, which is a mixture of Kentucky Bluegrass (a species originating in Europe and Asia) and “Bermuda grass” (Mediterranean.) I’ll be watching out for the prickles of Onehunga weed – introduced from everywhere except Onehunga. I’ll wish my lawn was made of an NZ native grass species, but that wouldn’t look “normal” in Kiwi culture. There’s something wrong about that.

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What brings you to the north? Each summer, more and more tourists are flocking to Northland. Jodi Bryant stops a few and asks: What brings you to the north? What are you up to here? and What have you enjoyed about it?

here but, the first time I saw Whangarei, I didn’t like it. Now I love the beaches, the weather and the people are very friendly.” David: “I don’t like Auckland. There’s too many people and too much traffic. Whangarei’s nice, it’s pleasantly warm and it rains - I like rain. “She likes it and, if she likes it, then I’m happy.”

Mangawhai and enjoyed swimming and the view and sliding down the dunes.” Axel: “We also climbed Mt Manaia yesterday and went right to the top. That was really good. We’re just taking a look at the Falls now and then heading to the Bay of Islands.” Camille: “The beaches here are really beautiful and I didn’t expect the colour and the big spaces. The further north we go, the more beautiful the beaches.”

Vandy and Eric from San Francisco

Eric: “This is our second time in Whangarei. We sailed here and stay for six months during the cyclone season in the tropics. We’re about to go to Auckland airport as we are heading home to see our kids for a month. “We love it here. Everything is really convenient and there’s a lot of marine services.” Vandy: “We bought a car and have visited Kiwi North, been to a Kiwi release, the Falls, Waipu Caves, the botanica gardens, movie theatre. We also went to Waitangi Day and the hiking around here is fabulous. “Next year we’re gonna try to get up to 90 Mile Beach.” Eric: “The people here are really friendly. We know fellow boaties as well as locals. The other day I went to Burnsco and it took me ages because I now know all the employers there.”

Svetlana and David from Auckland Svetlana: “We recently moved up from Auckland and are looking for a place to live. My job brought us north. “I’m very happy to be moving

(Left to right): Tan, Lee and Tee from Malaysia

Camille and Axel from France

Axel: “We’re travelling around New Zealand for about one year. We came to Whangarei on advice from a Kiwi and we’re on our way through to Cape Reinga.” Camille: “We went to Pataua – it was really nice. We jumped off the bridge. We’ve been to

Tan: “We came to New Zealand to visit friends in Auckland but have three days to explore Northland. I love how natural it is, like the water falls. Also, the food is good and there’s lots of scenic views.” Lee: “(Northland is) a very peaceful place.” Tee: “I’ve enjoyed it here.” Tan: “Also, the information about New Zealand is very good at the i-Sites and through the brochures and online. We were coming back from Cape Reinga yesterday and didn’t know where we would go so I began looking up information about Whangarei on my phone and found a bnb straight away.”

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Lee Brogan Elemental

ABOVE: Lee Brogan, Elemental #7, 2017, Digital Print on Archival Paper

December 11 - January 14 2018 Community Gallery, Whangarei Art Museum, The HUB, Town Basin

ABOVE: Elemental exhibition opening 11 December 2017, photo courtesy Marcel Allen

RIGHT: Lee Brogan, Elemental #8, 2017, Digital Print on Archival Paper


he Whangarei Art Museum has an exciting new exhibition on, Elemental, by local artist Lee Brogan. Brogan creates sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking and her recently exhibited work has been in cast glass, pate de verre glass and mixed media. She is one of only a few proponents worldwide using the ancient Egyptian technique of pate de verre as a sculptural discipline, a process she developed herself and which has won her awards. Elemental brings together pate de verre sculptures, digital prints and Brogan’s images come to life with a new venture into video works that permeate the gallery with their sounds. Brogan has a fascination with the Celtic tradition of “elementals”, the spirit-beings said to dwell within the natural world, and the universal, instinctual feeling that water is a living being. Water is essential to life, but water also holds the power to mesmerise us with its beauty, to hypnotise us with its rhythm, to calm, sooth and reconnect us with our bodies and minds. Water interacting with light reveals the universe within. Stone is the other fundamental element in these works. Brogan’s ancestors were gumdiggers in the Kawakawa area and she feels a close connection to the Bay of Islands. The local landscape is strewn with volcanic rock, half buried or jutting from the ground. These works originate within a few hundred metres from her home on the Purerua peninsula, where large volcanic boulders are still being uncovered, hidden in the undergrowth. “As above, so below” Through altered and enhanced imagery we slip sideways into a parallel universe, closely aligned to our own, but where the microcosm becomes the macrocosm and vice versa. We are never quite sure what we are seeing so the imagination searches for meaning in the abstract. These works are deliberately ambiguous, water could be stone, stone could be water, ice, mist, ocean. Reflections in the water morph into abstract patterns in the presence of wind.

The moving image work is abstract and impressionistic, with layers of sound that create a meditative quality as the elements move, merge and dissipate to the rhythm of natural forces. What is real, what is imagined and is there a difference? For more see www.leebrogan.com You can also see Lee Brogan’s upcoming show Alchemy which opens at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri on January 17, 5.30pm and runs until March 30, supported by the Dalton Trust. 30 | SAVVY



114g Mary Kay Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask WE HAVE 2 SETS TO GIVE AWAY January is a month for detoxing - a fresh start. Your skin can get a fresh start to the year too with the Mary Kay Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask. SAVVY Magazine has two 114g masks to giveaway (RRP $50 each), for those with problem skin, with dark spots and lingering discoloration. The wash-off mask is formulated with mineral clay ingredients, kaolin and bentonite, honeysuckle and navy bean, and activated charcoal, an ingredient so powerful it can bind up to double its weight in pore-clogging impurities. Nikita Parker is the Whangarei stockist for Mary Kay and products can be bought at marykay. co.nz/nikitaparker and by calling 021 08392379. (RRP $50 each)

Let’s face it – sometimes we all need a bit of an energy boost to make the most of our day. But what we don’t need is to feel terrible about our choices! Introducing Berocca Forward, a healthier energy drink that is now available in a convenient glass bottle. With 50% less sugar than other full sugar energy drinks and added B and C vitamins, minerals magnesium, zinc, and the natural stimulant guarana – Berocca Forward puts more of the good stuff in and keeps more of the bad stuff out. To help give you a boost of positive energy this summer, Savvy has teamed up with Berocca to giveaway four bottles of Berocca Forward! @beroccaforward #positiveenergy #BeroccaForward


Event Cinema Double Movie Pass WE HAVE 2 DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY

Event Cinemas Whangarei is the place to go to see all the latest movies on the big screens! This month marks the release of Pitch Perfect 3 and Maze Runner: The Death Cure. But don’t worry all the family favourites to keep the kids entertained are playing too, Ferdinand, Paddington Bear 2 and Coco as well as so much more! We’ve got two double passes to give away to see a movie of your choice thanks to Event Cinemas on James Street, Whangarei!






Traditional toffee made with wicked amounts of real New Zealand butter, laced with macadamia chips, coated with milk chocolates on both sides and dusted with macadamia fines. Served in serious slabs. 250g box RRP $25.00. We have 2 x 250g boxes to giveaway.

Congratulations to our December winners:

2. Garnier Tissue Masks - John Hiki - Christine Jolly - Maryann Clifford


Makana Very Berry Toffee Crunch or Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch


1. Have a Hoot Book/ Chewellery Set - Margaret Morrison - Josie Storrie




3. Marcel’s Crepes & Blinis - Peter Galloway - Rex Carmichael - Karen Toy - Margaret Sandford 4. Mother Earth Fruit Sticks & Oaty Slice - Fran Thetford

- Barry Young - Roberta Jones - Bev Shoosmith - Rex Barrett - Raewin Woodhouse - Jim Simpson - Olive Shanks - Leanne Jackson - Greg Anderson

5.VIP ME cucumber calming crème - Tania Dixon Nicky Sinden Tee - Helen Musker - Graham Withers Hutchwilco Lifejacket - Dean Ludgate

Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Fine Friendly Dining Try our Seafood or Greek platters Fresh from the kitchen Tasty Gluten free options Altura Coffee / Smoothies “2CAFES& GOLF COURSES”

A fabulous one-night mini-break for you and three friends, valued at $450. Includes all equipment hire and set-up, bedding and linen. BYO food and drinks. Prize is for a night of your choosing during the daylight savings period, subject to availability and four weeks’ notice. Competition open to women 21 years and over only. Perfect Four terms and conditions apply.

to enter To enter the SAVVY giveaways go online www.savvymagazine.co.nz and fill out the form.

■ Entries close 5pm, January 24 2018 ■ Winners will be notified by email and your prizes will be posted out.

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Start The New Year With A New Lifestyle - Next Open Day Friday February 9th

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- Secure - No garden to maintain - Great views - No stairs - Open plan living - Wonderful neighbours - Fully refurbished You don’t have to wait till Open Day for your personal tour – call Ros on 4375844 – don’t miss out! The Falls Estate lifestyle retirement village provides residents with an active lifestyle and a range of advantages you wouldn’t expect to find in conventional suburban living. Secure your new home with a $1,000 deposit (fully refundable). *These properties are not for sale on the open market, for retirees only meeting entrance criteria.

Living at The Falls you’re part of a welcoming, active and friendly village community. Secure in the knowledge that your present and future housing needs are being met, you can relax and live life to the fullest. Our beautifully designed homes in our lovely Retirement Village, are available for sale right now. The Villas offer wonderful amenities and

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a great lifestyle option on grounds full of colour and flat for easy access. The spacious living design provides a bright and open space for you to enjoy your days with friends and family. The décor is in neutral, elegant tones which allow you to add your own personality to your home - after all it is your home.

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