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Summer Holiday Fun & Adventures In Northland FIND OUT WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO DO

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Health, Beauty, Fashion, Art, Food, History & Fishing

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opefully by now you are relaxing into a glorious Northland summer. Perhaps you and your guests are so relaxed, you’re wondering what to do next! To help inspire you, we decided to highlight just a glimpse of some of Northland’s jewels. Most of them are free and the ones that aren’t – well they’re worth paying a bit of money for. While all the hoards hit the shopping centres last month, I was playing tourist in my own backyard, which was a little at odds with all the pre-Christmas stress! But it’s amazing how we can live somewhere most of our lives and still find new places to explore. I still have many I’m yet to tick off. So, while you take a break, I’m going to join you which means next month’s Savvy will be brought to you by a guest editor from the Far North. It will be refreshing to have more of a Far North flavour within our

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Stepping back in time at Waitangi Exploring the Bay of Islands on a shoestring budget Cape Reinga – where two oceans meet Whangarei Heads Dargaville Rail & River Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest Remembering Opo the friendly dolphin Kiwi North Dreamy Kai Iwi Claphams National Clock Museum Tuatara Design Caving Dramatic Whangarei Falls Tahi Café Opening Soon Artisans Fair Market Matapouri – Home to Mermaid Lagoon Mangawhai Activity Zone – ultimate recreational facility Whangarei Quarry Gardens Waipu Golf Club Gallery & Café – Helena Bay Hill Experiencing Marine Reserves Art Beat 2019 Three ways to start 2019 with energy!

LOVE IT HERE 11 pages. But, don’t worry, we’ll still have all our usual columnists and giveaways! So, while many deserve a well-earned rest right now, we hope this also inspires you to get our there and have some adventures. Let us know your own ideas – we’d love to put them on the list to feature next January! Enjoy



Our giveaways page is taking a break this month, but will be back in February with plenty of great prizes to be won!

Editorial Jodi Bryant – jodi.bryant@nzme.co.nz Advertising Jan Hewitt – jan.hewitt@nzme.co.nz Cover Photo Kai Iwi Lakes – Robyn Anderson Published by NZME Northland, 88 Robert Street, Whangarei. savvy@northernadvocate.co.nz www.savvymagazine.co.nz


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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless Conservation Campsites in Northland Survival tips for the holiday road trip around Northland Sharing the love of motorcycles and adventure Bringing Korean cuisine to Whangarei

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True beauty with Anne of Craicor Shop Local with Polwarth Design How to care for your linen clothing

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Great style may not save the world ... Three steps to flawless skin


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Stepping back in time at Waitangi I’m a little ashamed to admit I’m a born and bred Northlander but, as far as I can remember, had never set foot on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. That was until I took part in a cultural tour last month. On our 50-minute tour, we were given head pieces so, within a certain radius, we could hear our tour guide as we walked the grounds. Our guide spoke with passion in his natural story-telling lilt describing how the many tribes within New Zealand have their own dialect, such as pronunciation of ‘Wh’. He asked everyone to practise ‘rattling’ their ‘r’s’ and explained around 4,000 people are currently on a waiting list to get onto free Maori language courses. “Our language is getting stronger and we continue to practise our culture and keep it alive.” We followed him through the visitor centre and gift shop down a board walk through

lush bush, over a bridge past the Whare Waka Café, which hosts a hangi and concert experience during the evenings, to the waka. This ceremonial war canoe is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest at 35m long. Built in 1940 to mark the centenary of the treaty signing, it is made from three giant interlocked Kauri trees, requires a minimum of 76 paddlers and has been recorded travelling up to 27 knots. Up the top of the hill will take your breath away with more than 180-degree views of the bay. In the centre of a large grass expanse is the flagstaff, marking the spot where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6,1840 and flying three flags: the first official flag of New Zealand - the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand from 1934, the Union Jack and, at the top, the New Zealand flag. Standing amid the stunning vista, our guide points out a tree that ‘Aunty Lizzy’ (Queen Elizabeth) planted before explaining the


Being welcomed into the meeting house in a powhiri.

controversy over the treaty and the roles of Hone Heke, Abel Tasmin, Captain Cook and James Busby, whose house – the Treaty House, where the treaty was drawn up - and the fourth oldest in New Zealand, stands behind us. Next, it’s onto the cultural performance, in the carved meeting house, Te Whare Runanga, which stands facing the Treaty House, the two buildings symbolising the partnership between Maori and the British Crown. Opened in 1940, the meeting house is widely admired for its carved intricate detail and we were welcomed onsite with a powhiri and entertained with a rousing 20-minute spellbinding performance involving poi, rakau sticks and waiata enclosed in this magnificent whare.

After photos with the performers, we were really transported back in time walking through the Treaty House and gardens, where James Busby lived with his wife and six children. We were then left to stroll the beautifully-manicured grounds at leisure, taking in the scenery, before heading back up to the impressively extensive and modern museum, with interactive displays and film documentaries further outlining the momentous events which shaped our nation. One could easily while away the hours exploring this site, stepping back in time and discovering the birthplace of our nation while walking in the footsteps of the people who changed history.

The flagstaff, where the treaty was signed, stands amid spectacular panoramic views.



Exploring the Bay of Islands on a shoestring budget

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Exploring the Bay of Islands needn’t be costly. The kids and I recently had a minivacay and, being before Christmas so with little time and money, managed to have an

lurking along the bottom. We headed back to our accommodation at Ti Beach, via the rocks where they went crab hunting. I’d forgotten what a lovely beach it is there with nice sand, Pohutukawa-lined and with large playground and bbq. Our accommodation was right across the road from this with free kayaks and

overnight stay where we crammed in lots of adventures on a shoestring budget. First up was the ferry ride to Russell. We were lucky to arrive at the jetty as Bill’s ferry was about to leave. With seven now-grown-up kids himself, our skipper empathetically offers children the ride for free. Over in Russell, with all the stunning Pohutukawa in full bloom, I got a little distracted taking scenic picture after picture before the kids reminded me we were finding the track to Flagstaff Hill. There are two ways up: along the beach and up a track at low tide, or up the road. The tide was out so we asked some passing tourists the way and set off. Spotting weka along the way was a highlight. It was extremely hot and we’d thought to take some water but, once we made it to the top, were thankful for the brilliant day.

bikes. We walked into town for dinner, admiring the beautifully-lit-up village on the way home. The following day, after a walk into town Ti Beach with Waitangi in the background.

Even the kids, who’d just begun making

were half a minute too late as it pulled away

noises, were rendered silent by the stunning 360-degree vista before us. They sat on the bench and drank in the views – and lots of water – while I took more pictures and read out

from the wharf. Still, I could think of worse places to be stranded and the kids used their pocket money to buy some sweets from the Four Square and we rested and

the inscription on the plaque about the history of this site – famed for flying the first Union Jack before being repetitively chopped down by local Maori.

rehydrated under a tree, before exploring the town some more. Once back in Paihia, the kids remembered the large circular aquarium in the centre of a

We returned the road way, which seemed quicker, and spotted our ferry. But alas, we

restaurant on the wharf so waltzed on in to look at the puffer fish, snapper, and spot the ones

to get a coffee and the $ store for the kids to spend more of their pocket money (for some reason this is a highlight for them wherever we go on holiday), it was time to check-out before heading to Waitangi for a cultural tour. With kids free and New Zealand residents half-price, this is another inexpensive mustdo, even just to walk the beautiful grounds – especially on the day we had. We finished up with a packed lunch under the rouge-infused trees back at the beach, topped with an ice cream treat from across the road, before it was time to return to reality.

Looking out at Russell, below, and the Bay of Islands from Flagstaff Hill.

Cape Reinga – where two oceans meet On the Northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, you’ll find a remote spot where two oceans meet and Maori spirits are believed to return to their ancestral homeland. Cape Reinga is 100km north of the nearest small town of Kaitaia and considered the separation marker between the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. From the lighthouse it is possible to watch the tidal race, as the two seas clash to create unsettled waters just off the coast. In the Maori Language, the name of this location means ‘Leaping Off Place of Spirits.’ The Maori believe that the Cape is where the spirits of the dead leap from the world of the living into the underworld. They turn back for one final glance at Three Kings Island, before continuing on their journey.



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Exploring Whangarei Heads The beautiful Whangarei Heads, right on our back doorstep, is rich in history, stunning scenery, enchanting places to explore, and with a gem of a watering hole where you can grab a fab bite to eat. Jodi Bryant outlines some ideas for a day spent in this neck of the woods. We all love our grand maunga Mt Manaia but, this day, I decided to try climbing a different mountain. So, to the more inconspicuous nearby Mt Aubrey it was. From a small carpark on Reotahi Rd, leads the track up many flights of stairs where, within 15 minutes, you emerge at a large platform rock with breath-taking views overlooking the circular white sand expanses of Marsden Bay port across the harbour to one side and the McLeod Bay settlement to the other. Mt Manaia looms majestically close by as it does throughout the walk. To be honest, this would be a riveting adventure in itself if you can handle a few steep stairs, with plenty to look at on the way up, before grabbing some stunning shots and heading back down. But we pushed on, keen to explore. Being part of the remains of an ancient chain of volcanos in the area, which includes Mt Manaia, the Mt Aubrey walk is scattered with volcanic rocks – both small and large – which is part of the appeal. More on that later. There was more uphill and flat before the ascent, which seemed to go on forever. There are steps but it still requires careful tread. Finally, we reached a point with the option of heading right, along the coastal walk back to the car park, or left, which takes you down to Little Munro Bay. We opted for the latter and were rewarded with some more spectacular photo opportunities before viewing the steep ongoing road ahead. On this scorching day, it was a challenge but the ice cream from the cafe at the top made up for it. All up, it took us two hours but that was with a lot of photo stops and 20-minute sit-down at the cafe. Next time, I will go the coastal way for some more scenic exploration. And now for some history: Ever wondered


about all those large rocks? The Whangarei Heads area has a variety of different extinct and weathered volcanoes that erupted over a period of about four million years to approximately 20 million years ago. To cut a long story (with lots of big geological words) short, as a result, formations were formed below. Clearly, I am no geologist and you can read the full story on these in the True Tales of Whangarei Heads. Little Munro Bay has some good examples of these formations and another fascinating formation is the natural wharf at Taurikura Bay. But I grew up with the Maori legend, that the natural volcanic rock causeway disappearing into the sea is an unfinished work for the great chief Manaia whose wahine was across the harbour. Before it was finished, he had tired of her and the bridge was never completed. There are so many intriguing legendary stories of the area but that’s probably enough history for one day. For now, it’s almost time to go home. But there’s just one more stop …


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Parua Bay Tavern A popular stop-off for a cool drink or meal

still, there are tables above on the large decks

is the Parua Bay Tavern. There you can sit at a picnic table or lounge on a beanbag on

– both enclosed or exposed. Then there’s the interior, steeping in history.

the expansive waterfront lawn and admire the extensive views, including the mountain you’ve

The original Parua Bay Tavern opened in the 1880s on Ritchie Rd, before it was destroyed

just conquered. Or watch people arrive by boat via the tavern’s own jetty!

by fire in 1937. The following year, the licence was transferred to the old Creamery site where

Kids are kept entertained frolicking on the lawn, climbing the large Pohutukawa tree or

it remains today. While overlooking the bay where the orcas

walking along the jetty. For a better outlook

and dolphins swim amongst the moored boats, enjoy a delicious beverage or sample from the Parua Bay Tavern’s famous classic menu, which includes their popular fish and chips, calamari, stone-baked pizzas and burger selection. Not only is the tavern popular with Whangarei Heads locals, many make it a special destination for lunch, dinner and celebrations or even just a drink. The venue hosts a large number of big screens showing all the latest sports, a fabulous music system, a TAB self-service and pool tables. Cheers, it’s time to wet the whistle and tuck into some yummy kai.


Dargaville Rail & River

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Dargaville Rail & River run a guided self-drive rail tour on the Dargaville branch rail line that takes you through countryside that not many people get to see. It gives a totally different perspective of our amazing countryside on the modified golf carts. You will see native forest and run alongside the mighty Northern Wairoa river and then cross it on a 500m bridge and through tunnels. There are two trips; one is 2.5 hours and the other is 7.5 hours in duration with custom trips an option. This is a totally cool way to travel and is suitable for all ages and a must-do. Give them a call today! Phone John on 021 238 7869 www.portdargavillecruises.co.nz

Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest

Remembering Opo the friendly dolphin

Tane Mahuta – the ‘Lord of the Forest’, is a giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest. Its age is estimated to be

Opononi became famous during the summer of 1955-1956. A young, wild female bottlenose dolphin swam into the harbour and enchanted residents of the Northland seaside town. She had no qualms about human company and would perform stunts for locals, play with objects like beach balls and beer bottles, and allow children to swim alongside her – some even riding on her back. As word got out, hordes travelled by car or bus along dusty, unsealed roads to stay in the camping ground or the hotel, both of which quickly became booked out. She was featured on television and became a famous national icon. However, escalating fears for her safety led to a special protection order for Opo, which came into effect at midnight on March 8, 1956 and carrying a 50 pound ($100) fine. But that day, the much-loved dolphin didn’t arrive at the beach as she usually did. Opo was found dead the following day, jammed in a crevice between rocks. Mystery surrounds her death; some people suggested she had become stranded while fishing, others that she had been killed by fishermen using gelignite. The magic summer was over and the saddened community buried Opo in front of the beach where she had entertained so many. Opo was memorialised in a stone statue erected in 1960 outside the Opononi Hotel down the road from her grave. After suffering vandalism, the statue was replaced with a bronze casting in 2013.

over 2,000 years and, at around 52 metres tall, is the largest kauri known to stand today. Other giant kauri are found nearby, notably Te Matua Ngahere – the ‘Father of the Forest’ and, with a trunk over five metres in diameter, believed to be the widest girth of any kauri tree in New Zealand. The Tane Mahuta is much higher than Te Matua Ngahere - but doesn’t have the same impressive bulk. It was discovered and identified in early January 1924 when contractors surveyed the present State Highway 12 route through the forest. This year the tree was considered threatened by kauri dieback, a generally fatal disease which has already infected nearby kauri trees. DOC initiated a plan to protect and save the tree.

Kiwi North Holiday happenings for everyone in the family all in one very special place! A relaxed familyfriendly environment with free parking. Northland’s only Kiwi House with kiwi feeding 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily. Tuatara encounter after 11am kiwi feeding Monday, Wednesday and Friday, January 7-30. Two great special exhibitions in the Museum. The world travelling ‘Anne Frank, Let me be myself’ exhibition closes February 3 and selected artworks from the Museum collection’s on display for the first time in ‘Art from the Archives’ until May 12. On the Heritage Park, explore the Clarke Homestead and other heritage buildings. The big trains will give rides January 9-25, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 10am to 2pm, with the mini trains Wednesdays only. Put Sunday January 27 in your diaries as Kiwi North winds up the school holidays with the hugely popular event Medieval Madness. The Clan Celtica band will be with us again plus jousting, men at arms, lords and ladies, food and fun! Add to the day by coming in costume and you might win a prize. This event includes entry to the Museum and Kiwi House. Kiwi North is open for our community and visitors 10am to 4pm every day. We look forward to welcoming you this summer. 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei Phone 09 438 9630 www.kiwinorth.co.nz

Dreamy Kai Iwi Just 30 minutes from Dargaville, these three dune lakes were formed by the accumulation of rainwater in depressions of sand. Underlying ironstone prevents the water from leaking away. Renowned for their jewel-like beauty and clear waters, each of the lakes is fringed with pure white sand and there are shallow areas that are ideal for swimming; you can also fish for rainbow trout or paddle a kayak. There are hiking tracks leading around the lakes and two popular camping areas – Pine Beach and Promenade Point. The lakes comprise Lake Waikere, Lake Kai Iwi and Lake Taharoa, the third largest dune lake in New Zealand and, at 37 meters, is the deepest known dune lake in the country. SAVVY | 7


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Claphams National Clock Museum Our world-famous collection is a must-see! Claphams National Clock Museum is a unique visitor attraction presenting one of the largest collections of clocks in the southern hemisphere, established in the 1940s by Whangarei resident Archibald Clapham. Come ‘face-to-face’ with these amazing timepieces, hear the unique chimes

and cuckoos, whilst learning about the international history of clock making. Discover exquisite and rare clocks.

Tuatara Design

such a privilege to represent on behalf of so many talented local artists!

Founded 15 years ago, and still in our original Bank Street “heritage buildings” location, Tuatara Design Store’s regulars come from far and wide to see what’s currently in-house whenever they’re in Whangarei. Our gallery/store is home to the work of over 200 New Zealand artists, authors, artisans, and designers. This collection is a unique “one-stop-shop” for inspirational art, local landscapes, Kiwiana culture, Maori culture, gifts, homewares and jewellery. We have books by locals, a kids’ section, the iconic Moko Tees range, a vast array of jewellery, including NZ greenstone pounamu. Upholding traditions and being a kaitiaki of taonga is one of our important roles, and it’s

sustainability of creative industries for our next generations. For everyone who is interested in our future developments, we

We also look to the future and the

encourage you to join our “friends and supporters” community. Tuatara will send occasional news of special auctions of particular items or other special events. If you would like to hear about our special events that may not be otherwise advertised, please email us on enquiries@ tuataradesignstore.com or join our Facebook page: Tuataradesignstoreandgallery 29 Bank Street, Whangarei Phone 09 430 0121 www.tuataradesignstore.com

Guided tours are an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. The museum has an extensive souvenir and gift shop.Located in Whangarei’s Town Basin Marina, visitors can enjoy the many waterfront cafes, galleries and shops. Open daily 9am-5pm. Dent Street, Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei Phone 09 438 3993 claphamsclocks.com

Caving The Abbey Caves Reserve is scattered with giant, limestone rocks that date back millions of years and, in their midst, are three significant caves: Organ, Middle and Ivy. Nathaniel and Amelia Clotworthy settled on 409 acres here in about 1860. Their house in the limestone outcrops resembled an Irish ‘abbey’ leading to the name. The house was destroyed by fire in 1920 but the site is still marked by chimney remains. A grave of one of the Clotworthy children also remains from 1884.

The Organ Cave is the largest of the caves; you will see the large over-hanging stalactites which look similar to church organ pipes. Middle Cave and Ivy Cave are smaller caves but equally interesting and it is possible to enter and exit at different points. In all the caves you will see thousands of glow worms. Take a torch and expect to get your shoes wet as you will be wading through water. Waipu Caves have stalactites, stalagmites and a galaxy of glow worms. Bones of bats, birds, amphibians, and reptiles are commonly found in caves. Some caves also contain remains of fossil invertebrates, often of

previously unknown or locally extinct species. Torches are a must and wading through water and clambering over mud banks may be necessary. There is a cold shower outside the cave that you can use to clean up afterwards. There is also a walk up through the bush past the caves, taking you up to a view point with amazing views. It is roughly a 90-minute walk at a leisurely pace. The walkway route has orange markers to help navigate your walk. Note: Caves can fill with water quickly. Before entering, always check the previous week’s rainfall.

Dramatic Whangarei Falls At the edge of Whangarei, is a park containing the dramatic Otuihau Whangarei Falls. You can view the picturesque 26.3m high falls from above via viewing platforms or a walk loops around the waterfall, down to the bottom, crosses a footbridge and back up the other side. The walk is the uppermost section of the complete Hatea River walk and accesses AH Reed Memorial Park. You can walk all the way to the Whangarei Town Basin via Mair Park or Mt Parahaki for a more challenging bush walk taking several hours.

Tahi Café Opening Soon The Tahi Café will be opening for the summer season on Thursday December 27 - daily from 8.30am to 4pm until early February. Tahi is a 780-acre conservation retreat located in beautiful Pataua North. With three boutique holiday cottages located on the property, Tahi is also the producer of a range of award-winning manuka honeys. The menu will consist of a range of brunch and lunch dishes, cabinet food, People’s Coffee and specially-made Kohu Road Manuka Honey Icecream. The Tahi property has been restored over the last 14 years with over 300,000 native plants added, lakes and wetlands reintroduced and kilometres of pathways and walking tracks established. These walks are open to the public every Sunday from December 30 until February 3. Sign in at the café, grab a map and head off to explore the property; you may spot some of the 70 species of bird that now call Tahi home. Tahi Cafe is a flat 2km walk from the Pataua footbridge, or a 27km drive from Whangarei via Whareora or Harris Rds. Tahi NZ, 1824 Pataua North Road, RD5, Whangarei Phone 09 436 0082, 022 585 2536, www.tahinz.com, Facebook @tahicafe 8 | SAVVY

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Matapouri – Home to Mermaid Lagoon

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Matapouri is a spectacular white sand coastal beach where, at low tide, you can trek over a steep track and down to discover the beautiful turquoise Mermaid Pools. These popular coastal deep rock pools need to be accessed at low tide so check the tidal charts first so you don’t become stranded. While an idyllic spot, it needs to be respected

Artisans Fair Market Vacations are about making memories of people and places that you can bring to mind at any time to give your mood an instant lift. That’s why we buy souvenirs - they remind us of memorable holiday experiences. Come and browse the Artisans Fair Market where you’re sure find something to make your time in Northland a heart-warming memory. Whether you’re looking for a beautifully-crafted and useful item for home or a unique, decorative piece that you can display or wear, you’ll find it at the Artisans Fair Market. We have gorgeous gifts for people of all ages. Whangarei’s colorful and vibrant market is set in the beautiful location of the Town Basin marina under the stunning canopy of the Victoria Bridge - a perfect photo opportunity for your holiday album. Be sure to spend a good part of your Saturday browsing the Artisans Fair Market for a unique piece to take home that has been hand-made with the love of an artist and skill of a crafter. Refresh yourself with a late breakfast or satisfying lunch from one of our food stalls while you take in the picturesque surroundings. The Artisans Fair Market market runs every Saturday over the summer from 9am1.30pm on the Victoria Canopy Bridge in Whangarei and we’d love to see you there!

as large waves can crash over the rocks and become dangerous to swimmers with incoming tide. From Matapouri, there is a walkway via the coast to Whale Bay with splendid coastal views (40 minutes one way).

Mangawhai Activity Zone – ultimate recreational facility Where can you go to find an extensive playground, outdoor fitness gym, state-of-the-art skate park, bike pump tracks, tennis, netball and basketball court, all-weather cricket pitch, junior soccer field, walking tracks, and bbq and picnic areas all in one location? Mangawhai Activity Zone’s where it’s at. Thanks to the ongoing drive, dedication and generosity of Mangawhai residents, this ultimate recreational facility is a popular destination spot for both locals and out-of-towners. The family park caters for all ages and includes a pirate ship, tunnels, flying saucers and a flying fox with the skate park hosting large national events. This project in coastal, idyllic Mangawhai is ongoing with new features continuing to be added.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens Waipu Golf Club Northland’s best-kept secret is out: Waipu Golf Club is the place to be! Offering a links-style course with breathtaking views of Bream Bay, it is a golfer’s paradise. Waipu Golf Club is open 364 days of the year and has a naturally sand-based, all-weather course with a number of holes with challenging layouts, testing rough and superb greens. There is a covered practice range, and golf clubs, trundlers and carts are available for hire. Open from 8.30am daily, the thriving Tee Café is a great place to enjoy beverages and lunch while taking in the view. Situated on State Highway 1 between Waipu and Ruakaka, it is approximately 90 minutes from the Johnsons Hill tunnel, and a similar distance from Kerikeri. Officially ranked 36 in the top 50 golf clubs in New Zealand, Travel and Hospitality Awards voted Waipu Golf Club the Northland Golf Club of the Year 2018. Come and see what everyone is talking about. All visitors are welcome, but tee bookings are essential. Phone the Golf Shop, +64-9-432 0259 or email waipu@golf.co.nz. www.waipugolfclub.org.nz

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical oasis created by volunteers in the remnants of a former stone quarry. Nestled in the Western Hills of Whangarei, only minutes from the CBD, they are the perfect place to take time out from the hustle and bustle with a peaceful walk through these tranquil, lush gardens. Set on over 24 hectares, Whangarei Quarry Gardens features a lake, waterfalls, picnic areas, forest walks, sculptures and several historical quarry remnants. A multitude of flora and fauna make their home in the forested hillsides. Native birds such as tui, kereru (wood pigeon), piwakawaka (fantail), and kotare (kingfisher) can be seen flying and foraging throughout the forest. Quail Café sits overlooking the Waiarohia Stream that meanders through the Gardens. This is a great starting point for a walk, and a wonderful place to refuel and relax. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-3pm, visitors can relax with their renowned excellent coffee, delicious morning tea or have lunch in the tranquil setting that is Whangarei Quarry Gardens. The Gardens have been developed over 20 years thanks to the sheer hard work and dedication of volunteers. The restoration of this site has been a true-blue community project, and is a real showcase for what wonderful things can achieved when we pull together and get behind a great idea. Whangarei Quarry Gardens rely on fundraising and donations to keep the gardens flourishing, so please do pop a donation in the box next time you visit. The Gardens are open 7 days from 9am-5pm.

Gallery & Café – Helena Bay Hill The Gallery & Cafe are set in a lush subtropical garden with magnificent bush and sea views over Helena Bay on Northland’s east coast, on the scenic coastal route to historic Russell in the Bay of Islands. You will find a warm welcome at the gallery and fully-licensed café where you are welcome to wander and relax in the beautiful garden during your visit. The Gallery has a wide-ranging collection of art by established and emerging New Zealand artists, many of which are Northland-based – this includes contemporary Maori and Pacific artists. There is an outstanding selection of paintings, wood art, handmade furniture, sculpture, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Relax in the garden-surrounded conservatory or on the sheltered deck while taking in the breathtaking views with a cup of coffee, lunch or one of the many treats all made on-site. The café serves breakfast, lunch, occasional dinners and a large variety of homemade cakes, cookies and snacks. Open seven days 9.30am-5pm, kitchen open 10am-3pm with cabinet food, breads and dips or platters available after 3pm. SAVVY | 9


Experiencing Marine Reserves

in Northland

Looking for something fun you can do with the entire family? Free community guided snorkel days, held at Reotahi (end of Beach Rd, Whangarei Heads) are a great family activity. All the equipment and an experienced guide is provided. You might spot pipefish, triplefins, spotties or nudibranchs – there is always something new and interesting to see. Register at the event on the day. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures are in place on the day. Dates are January 12, February 10, 24, March 10 and 30. Free Community Guided Kayak Days will also be available February 23 and March 24 (these ones require pre-registration) and a Pataua Drift Snorkel experience on March 18. The events are free but koha is welcome. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on website: www.emr.org.nz and www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct For more info, email: info@emr.org.nz



n February 2, 2019, ‘Artbeat’, Whangarei’s free, family-friendly interactive creative day turns 23 years old and will be celebrating the fact ArtBeat is a finalist for Best Community Event 2018 at the NZEA Awards in 2019. Artbeat is growing into a fine young adult, says Creative Northland GM Hinurewa te Hau. “It’s colourful, fun, creative with lots of friends and plenty of energy!” The Creative Northland event team say the coming event hasn’t changed. “It’s just a bit more refined and expanded, with great activities and entertainment for all ages.” The Fairy Grotto is now Neverland, with games for kids, as well as the popular face painting station. Janine Ayerst-Paraone brings her distinctive teepee and creative whanau to run the Interactive Zone with hands-on arts experiences for children. Over by the roses, in and around the Whangarei Youth Space building, the Youth Zone area is where youth and adults can try setups by ESports Gaming Whangarei and look at what NorthTec’s Digital and

Applied Arts and Te Wananga of Aotearoa’s Maori Arts have to offer for courses. On the stage, MC Toast from More FM introduces a day full of performance talent. Take up a rug, or patch of grass by the stage and make a day of it with a picnic or partake from the many food stalls present. The Food Market has expanded, containing tables and chairs so people can sit and enjoy all the food and beverages at leisure, before wandering around the Art and Crafts Market. Once again, there is a great array of artworks for sale by local artists at their stalls - so if you love Art, don’t forget your wallet! An exciting new development to ArtBeat this year, is an interactive Art Zone Block 9W. Co-ordinated by Jarred Taylor from Cloud42 Arts, artists create interactive (day and night) family-friendly artworks adjunct to ArtBeat. The old RSA bowling green will host this event from Friday Feb 1, 6pm10pm to Sunday Feb 3, 4pm-6pm. Whether you already know and love ArtBeat or want a fun, free family day in great surroundings of beautiful Cafler Park, then roll on up on Feb 2, 2019 - you won’t be disappointed.

THREE WAYS TO START 2019 WITH ENERGY! Ask yourself, what can you delete

BY NATALIE TOLHOPF Before Christmas your capacity for new ideas was as dry as a drought-ridden Northland paddock over summer. That short but relaxing camping at Coopers Beach has done you the world of good. A lot of new energy and renewed faith in your business is wafting around like a summer barbie. And your brain is firing out ideas while you watch the kids jumping off the wharf. When we step back from the day-to-day reactivity we can see the woods for the trees and find the easy solutions that are in front of us. Being in flight and survival-mode can make us indecisive. And having to make so many decisions all of the time is energy draining. Now what? How do you capture and bottle this inspiration so that when you are back at the office you will actually make these ideas happen and not just become a summer fling?! How to start 2019 as you mean to go on: First, close the loops. This is a concept that will help you to finish what you started. Being a finisher is really important when growing your business. Write down all of the open projects that are taking up your energy, and headspace.

from your to-do list and delegate this year? What is draining your energy around this project? Make a decision! Secondly, commit to taking action. This will mean starting to plan your week with pockets of time for projects. The ones you had all the ideas about over summer. Acknowledging them and giving them a space to take flight. Dedicating time to work on your business and not in it will create momentum. Consistent strategic action is a discipline worth focusing on each week. The new ideas won’t happen when you find time, but only when you make the time. Again, it is all about making a decision. Lastly, book in your next holiday. Rest and relaxation stops the rushing. The adrenaline-paced, helicopter brain needs regular breaks. How are you going to start 2019? Natalie Tolhopf is a business coach and founder of Natalie Tolhopf.com, helping business owners to smash through imperfection and mindless scrolling, to create a business of simplicity through action and intuition. www.natalietolhopf.com

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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month

1925 Packard Sports Tourer BY GERALDINE CRAW


erhaps one of the most elegant Packards in our collection at the Packard Motor Museum is our 1925 Sports Tourer. This eye-catching car is certainly the epitome of summer touring and is one of the most unusual and highly sought-after by Packard collectors. The Sport Model was distinguished by a much lower radiator, hood and cowl as Packard designed the car to be four inches narrower and five inches longer than the standard model. The Tourer followed the European look of carrying the twin spare tyres on the back

rather than side-mounted, making it look longer and sleeker than other vehicles. This car was also one of the first designs to come out with four-wheel brakes as, prior to this, motor vehicles were only fitted with back brakes. This model introduces the Packard straight eight motor (a world first) that was to become emblematic of the stately power, performance and smoothness attributed to Packard for many years to come. The motor is 358 cubic inch producing 85 horse power. If you lower the canvas top, you will discover dual windscreens, the normal one

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless

Carter Jack, 10, with his magnificent snapper caught in the Whangarei Harbour

at the front of the car and a second screen placed in front of the back seat. This, of course, was to keep the wind and bugs off the passengers as they were driven along. To add to the passenger comfort, is a canvas robe that was able to be pulled up


around them. Originally many early cars were produced with canvas robes but today it is rare to find a vehicle with the robe still in place. Visitors will notice this car is a right-hand drive as the car was restored in Australia which is where Graeme Craw purchased the vehicle.

’ll start by wishing you all a best wishes

work well in these spots and keep a popper

for a good 2019. Be safe on the water and good luck for your fishing trips.

rig handy as kingfish show up quite often. Inside Whangarei Harbour has been a

Reports around the Chicks, depths of 15 to 45 metres, have been fishing well

bit inconsistent but should give up a feed at this time of the year. In the channels, use

for good condition snapper, lots of berley and lightly-weighted straylines with whole

a heavy sinker and a trace at least as long as the depth of water you are fishing in

pilchards/ piper or baby squid baits catching good-sized snapper and occasional

and medium-sized tough baits and expect snapper and trevally to good sizes, although

legal kingfish. Softbaits, slow jigs and lightly-weighted

at times there are lots of nuisance small snapper. Generally incoming tides are better

flasher rigs are also working very well. Coppermine Reef at the chicks has been ok

but either tide can fish well, a good current flow is a must.

for tarakihi, small hapuka, and good-sized trevally and snapper.

Fishing the edges of our many harbour sandbanks can be very productive/exciting.

A little inconsistent, but the 30-metre foul off Ocean Beach has produced some big

Again, use long traces and good sinker. The first half of the tide, either in or out, is often

snapper, worth a look over Christmas. Bream Bay is fishing well; gurnard off the

the most productive. Expect snapper to good size and trevally and kahawai.

Power Station in 5 to 15 metres, snapper out in the middle at 14 to 18 metres with

The Onerahi area should be fishing well by now; signs earlier in the month have

softbaits, flasher or ledger rigs, slow jigs and lightly- weighted straylines all giving results.

been good with snapper, some good trevally catches and a few kahawai in the channels

The four-post marker has seen good snapper even in the middle of the day.

and around Limestone Island. A tip: new shiny sinkers, especially when

Peach and Smugglers Coves are always worth a look, as is in close at the Old Woman.

close to the hook, will put the fish off the bite. Leave your new sinkers on a fence rail

Current must be running, straylines, bigbaits for snapper, smaller hooks, oily baits, or

outside until they weather and go dull - this can make a huge difference to your catch rate.

flasher rigs for big trevally. Softbaits also

Good Luck.


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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 quite 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.

Raetea North Side



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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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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the holiday road trip around Northland Planning your perfect road trip can be an exhausting ordeal, but if you put a few basics in place you can avoid unnecessary disasters


hether visiting friends, family or escaping to the beach, if you’re planning on joining the mass exodus heading out of town, a little bit of planning never goes astray. Planning your perfect road trip can be an exhausting ordeal, but we’re here to help. MAINTENANCE Regular servicing is the key. It’s not just an oil change and filter, but an extra pair of eyes over your vehicle to point out and warn you of any potential failings to ensure vehicle longevity. Vehicle maintenance also includes checking and replacement of air and fuel filters, brake, transmission, cooling system and driveline fluids that will all require replacement at some stage of the vehicle’s life.

In case of an emergency, it also pays to carry the following: • A first aid kit • Water & snack food • Blanket and an umbrella • Blade and a life hammer • Hi-vis jacket • Torch

If you don’t require a service but want the assurance your vehicle will get you from A to B, consider a pre-trip safety inspection. This includes giving the vehicle a onceover to ensure it’s safe. Check items such as lights, drive belt condition and adjustment and worn or leaking cooling hoses. Critical items such as steering, tyres, brakes and seatbelts are also scrutinised to make sure that it would at least pass a WoF. AA Members can receive a 16-point check for free ($19 for non-members). Visit aa.co.nz/safetycheck for further information. BE PREPARED Make sure you have a car charger and cable suitable for your phone. Smartphones are brilliant for using the GPS (if the car doesn’t have it), checking in with the family, letting the Instagram community know just what you are up to at every step of the trip. Nothing spells stress more than having less than 5 per cent battery life in the middle of nowhere. Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during peak daytime travelling times. If possible, leave early or wait till later in the evening to avoid holiday congestion (especially on long weekends or the end of the school holidays). Ensure you have enough fuel in the tank; you never know when you’ll have an unplanned detour for a bit of spontaneous fun or because of a road hazard.

STAY ALERT To help stay fresh, hydrated and alert, pop an ice-filled chilly bin in the car, it doesn’t have to be big but just enough to keep drinks and food cold. Chewing gum is a handy tip as the repetitive process increases circulation and alertness. Put your favourite music together in a playlist. Keep it upbeat to keep your mind active on long haul drives. Take a break every two hours. Get out and stretch those legs, it also gives the mind a rest from driving concentration. Make sure you have a good night’s sleep before heading off. And avoid driving while hungover. EXPLORE New Zealand has some stunning scenery and historic places of interest to visit. Take some time to plan your journey and include some sightseeing. Not only will it break up a long trip, you’ll most likely learn a thing or two about this amazing country. It doesn’t all have to be about the destination, the journey can also be fun along the way.

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LITAS First Birthday Ride

Rachel MacKinnon – one of the founding members

Sharing the love of motorcycles and adventure Come ride with us... we’d love to have you


he ‘Litas’ is a worldwide women’s motorcycle group, originally formed in 2015 and now in over 29 countries. Their focus was to connect moto-obsessed women who valued community and individuality and shared a love of motorcycles and adventure. It was important to those involved at the outset that all women felt included regardless of the model of bike they rode, where they came from or how old they were. Members are connected through this one common interest in a sisterhood that strives to build

other women up. When you join The Litas, you’ll form friendships with people you may never have otherwise met and those in this network think that is a beautiful thing. There are eight established branches in New Zealand ie Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Manawatu, Nelson, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. The Whangarei Litas held their launch ride a year ago on the December 16 2017 organised by five founding members. Approximately 40 or more bikes turned up

ridden by both men and women who wanted to offer their support to this newly formed group of women motorcyclists. Since, female membership of the Whangarei Litas has grown to approximately 40 registered members. They’ve held rides, celebrated International ‘Female Ride Day’ and held ‘Garage’ events supported by local business Motorcycle Lab who have shared their support and expertise with the group from the outset. The Litas Whangarei recently held their first Birthday Ride albeit a little early on

Saturday November 17. However the weather was good and the group enjoyed a great turnout. Fellow Litas from Hamilton also rode up to support the event. If you are interested in joining and would like more information go to: www.thelitas.co/ newzealand and your FAQ’s will be answered.

Motorcycle Lab offers a range of services including:

New Suzuki motorcycles • Second-hand motorcycles Full Service and repair workshop (all makes and models) WOFS • Riding gear • Parts Tyres & Batteries and home to Northlands only Dynojet 250i Dyno machine.

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Bringing Korean cuisine to Whangarei Hann Sang Korean BBQ Restaurant. 14 Rust Ave, Whangarei BY JODI BRYANT


Come visit us by the bridge on Rust Ave & experience

AUTHENTIC KOREAN BBQ & CUISINES With complimentary side dishes*


Buffet Lunch Mon - Fri only $14.50 pp 14 Rust Ave, Whangarei Phone 09 459 6195 Open Monday to Friday LUNCH: 11.30am-2.30pm DINNER: 5pm-9pm

Restaurant and Bar Flames Restaurant has a focus on fresh, local and healthy food with a fusion of Asian, Pacific and International cuisine. They have a new winter menu and are open seven days for Breakfast and Dinner. Put something truly extraordinary, something completely delicious in your mouth! 8 Waverley Street Onerahi, Whangarei 0800-132610 info@flameshotel.co.nz www.flameshotel.co.nz


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t’s a good thing Lisa and Ray Yang decided to settle in Whangarei 21 years ago because, in that time, they have brought many employment opportunities, not to mention eateries, to the region. And one of those is the Hann Sang Korean BBQ Restaurant on Rust Ave. It was wanting to provide a better lifestyle for their young children which brought the South Koreans here. The kids have now flown the nest, but Lisa and Ray have stayed put, falling in love with the peaceful small city, despite Ray being a high-flyer in many other cities around the globe. “I love Northland,” says Ray. I like the fishing and the people. I’ve been in more than 50 countries for business but all the people here are nice and welcoming.” Ray was an aeronautical engineer back home, before becoming a successful property developer, where he was based at the Twin Towers, planning and developing the city below. Since moving to New Zealand, the couple have developed many successful businesses around Northland with Ray now owning the

Motor Barn and Lisa, after training in New Zealand food safety handling, opening a sushi bar, café and, one year ago, Hann Sang. Lisa wanted to introduce Korean food to Whangarei and is hands-on in the kitchen with another full-time Korean chef. “Korean food is healthy,” explains Lisa. “It is based around Kimchi, which is fermented vegetables loaded with probiotics which are good for digestion. Also, the Korean barbecue draws all the fat away from the meat, plus the various dipping sauces. Being tucked up a tiny lane on Rust Ave, alongside the railway track, many still don’t know the restaurant is there but those who have been, always come back, say the couple. The most popular menu item is the traditional Korean table top barbecue – a unique and enjoyable experience where the selected ingredients are wheeled out on a trolley for diners to cook themselves on a barbecue grill plate in the centre of their table. But diners can also choose from a wide variety of Appetizers, Traditional Entrees, Hot Sizzling Plates, Soup and Stews, Rice and Noodles, Big Pots, Set Menu and Kids Meals. The restaurant, with its attractive venue and unique menu, is situated at 14 Rust Ave, Whangarei.


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“I want to complete the Diploma in Cookery, get some more work experience, then travel, eat and explore different cuisine all around the world. We’ve just done the City and Guilds Food Safety Certificate which is internationally recognised, and I managed to gain a distinction so that’s a plus for my CV.” Leah Land - Cookery

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Is your BBQ summer-ready? Many Kiwi homes have a gas-powered Barbecue outside. These are great for cooking during the summer, but can also pose a fire risk if not stored and maintained correctly. Here are some tips for reducing the risk of fire when using Barbecues and gas cylinders.

The soap bubble test A common cause of Barbecue fires is gas leaking from where the barbecue hose fits into the cylinder valve. Whenever you connect a gas cylinder to a barbecue, make sure it’s hand tight. You can do this by turning the gas cylinder on, and then pouring a little soapy solution (1/4 cup of water and a squirt of liquid suds) over the valve. If any bubbles are created you may have a gas leak. Turn the valve off and replace the cylinder O-ring.

Barbecues Barbecues are potentially dangerous when used carelessly or when consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Treat your barbecue the same way you would a stove: don’t drink and fry, and avoid leaving cooking unattended. Ensure you regularly check and maintain any fittings and connections. Use the soap bubble test to make sure there are no leaks. Leave plenty of clear space around the barbecue. Make sure there is no nearby debris that could catch fire. Supervise children at all times when using the barbecue. Remove all excess fat from the barbecue after each use.

Gas cylinders Use the soap bubble test to make sure gas cylinders are secure and not leaking. Make sure the cylinder is turned off when you’ve finished using it. Have all gas appliances serviced according to manufacturer instructions. Store and install cylinders in an upright position.

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Staying WATER

in Northland

SAFE Water is a big part of Northlanders’ lives, whether at home, at the pool, on the beach or at the lakes.


njoying our beaches, lakes and pools this summer can be both fun and safe, especially if you follow a few basic safety tips.

At the beach

Understanding how waves, wind and tides affect conditions at the beach is vital to keep yourself and others safe from danger. Busy Northland beaches are patrolled

Learn to swim

It is important you and your children are able to swim, even if you are not actively involved in water sports. Unfortunately drowning is New Zealand’s third-highest cause of accidental death: approximately 120 deaths occur each year. Swimming lessons are available for all ages and levels of ability. Swimming is enjoyable, low impact and one of the best types of exercise available. For more information, contact your local public swimming pool usually through your local council.

Always supervise children near water

Keeping a watch on your children when they’re near water is the single most important precaution you can take. Parents

• If you are in trouble, keep calm and raise

by surf lifeguards. On patrolled beaches, surf lifeguards put up yellow and red flags. The area between the flags is constantly monitored and is the safest place to swim at the beach. Lifeguards are there to help, so you should always listen to their advice.

Recognising rips

A rip is a strong current of water running out to sea. They can be very dangerous to swimmers as they can sweep you out to sea quickly and easily. To keep yourself safe, it is important to learn how to recognise rip currents. Typically they appear as calm patches of water with waves breaking on either side.

Other useful tips

to the instructions of lifeguards.

the lifeguards to say ‘I need help’.

Play it safe. Depth can often be hard to judge,

For more information about staying safe

so avoid diving into a pool unless you know

in the water, Water Safety NZ has a very

its deep enough, and remember to check for

informative website to help –

others before entering the water.


Respect rivers

A basic understanding of rivers and a

New Zealand’s sun can be very hot between

water can help keep you safe.

11am and 4pm during summer, when the

When swimming in a river, always check

long for skin to become burned. Here are

down stream and avoid pools that run out

some quick tips for staying safe in the sun:

into a stretch of rapidly moving water. Never

SLIP into a shirt — and SLIP into some shade,

jump or dive into a river without being sure

especially between 11am and 4pm.

of what’s below the surface, to avoid spinal or head injuries. If you get caught in the current, don’t fight

SLOP on some sunscreen before going outdoors. Use an SPF30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wipe it on at least 15 minutes

it, but head downstream to a suitable landing

before going outdoors – use approximately


one teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm and

Swimming pools

Swimming pools and spa pools are part of

• If in doubt, stay out of the water

wonderful opportunities for family and

• Know your limits

friends to get together and have fun, but you

means a responsible adult keeps young

• Read and obey the safety signs

still need to be careful. Remember these tips:

children in their care both within sight and

• Never swim or surf when tired or cold

within reach.

• Consider other people in the sea

Proper supervision in and around water

ultraviolet rays are fierce, and it doesn’t take

for hazards (such as floating timber) up and

life for many New Zealanders. They provide

can do something unexpected.

Enjoying New Zealand’s sunshine

healthy respect for the power of moving

• Never swim alone

know from experience how quickly children

Always obey the pool’s safety rules and listen

your hand in the air. This is the signal to

The area close by a pool is often slippery – so walk, don’t run, around the pool.

leg, your body and your face. Reapply every two hours, and also after physical activity, swimming or towel drying. SLAP on a hat with a brim or a cap with flaps. WRAP on a pair of sunglasses. Choose close-fitting, wrap-around glasses. For more information, visit www.sunsmart.org.nz.

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» Baylys Beach » Ruakaka

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in Norrthland

Being safe on our roads Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. Police is committed to reducing death and injury on our roads, and we work alongside our road safety partners to do this. But we cannot do it alone, we need everyone’s help to keep our roads safe. Seatbelts A third of drivers and passengers who die on our roads aren’t wearing their seatbelts – seatbelts save lives. Regardless of how fast you’re travelling, wearing your seatbelt properly will reduce your risk of getting injured – or even worse, dying. Being properly restrained reduces your chance of death or serious injury in a crash by 60 percent in the front seat and 44 percent in the back seat. That’s why New Zealand law requires drivers and passengers in cars and other motor vehicles to wear seatbelts and child restraints. In the last three years, over 284 people who died in NZ crashes were not wearing their seatbelt. Many of these people would still be alive today if they were safely wearing their seatbelt.

Driving and hand-held mobile phones Nobody wants to share the road with a driver who isn’t paying attention. When you’re driving, your focus should be on the road and getting everybody in your car to the destination safely. Put the phone away and keep your eyes on the road, this includes when you’ve stopped at traffic lights. Things can change around you in a split second, and if you’re not paying attention you may not have time to react and avoid a crash.

Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your driving, so if you drink at all, don’t drive. • Call a taxi. • Take a bus or get someone who hasn’t been drinking to

Under the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 drivers can’t use, while driving, a hand-held mobile phone to: • make, receive or terminate a telephone call

drive you home. • Think ahead - it’s always easier if you have a plan.

• create, send or read a text message or email • create, send or view a video message • communicate in a similar or any other way. Penalties are an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.


Drivers can use a mobile phone to make a call while driving only if it is an emergency situation and unsafe or impracticable to stop the vehicle to make the call.

medicine. The impairment offence treats illicit drugs and prescription medicines the same because both can impair a person’s

Alcohol limits when driving Alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in about a third of all fatal

As with alcohol, it is an offence to drive while impaired by drugs. Qualifying drugs may be legal, illegal, or prescription

ability to drive safely and be a road safety risk. Police may carry out a compulsory impairment test (CIT) on drivers they suspect of driving under the influence of drugs under the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers)

crashes. If you are in any doubt at all about being safe or legal to drive after drinking, don’t – it’s not worth it. The alcohol limit for drivers – aged 20 and over is:

Amendment Act 2009. If the test shows that the driver is impaired, it will be followed by a blood test.

• 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath (mcg). The blood alcohol limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (mg). Aged under 20 is:

Speed limits

• The limit is zero. The law says you must not drive if the amount of alcohol in your blood or breath exceeds these limits.

whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed. Less speed means less harm in a crash. Drivers who use their vehicles in an anti-social manner

The number of alcoholic drinks you can have before you reach these limits depends on many factors, including

are a threat to public safety and can cause excessive noise, disruption and intimidation. The 2009 changes in the Act strengthened existing laws and ensured that penalties became appropriate to prevent repeat offending.

For more information visit www.police.govt.nz/advice/driving-and-road-safety/being-safe-road-rules-and-reasons.

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whether you are male or female, your size and how much food you have eaten.

In any crash – no matter what the cause – the outcome depends on speed. It’s the single biggest determinant in

Saving Lives

Distractions Speed

SPCA’s top tips for keeping pets safe this summer

in Northland

With the warmer weather upon us, SPCA wants to remind animal owners to be vigilant in the care of their pets over the summer.



n the summer months, SPCA sees an increase in the volume of complaints relating to animals without shade, animals lacking fresh water, and dogs left in hot cars. “All of these welfare calls can be avoided by owners putting provisions in place and planning ahead for their furry family members,” says SPCA CEO, Andrea Midgen. Dog owners should also be aware that with the introduction of MPI’s new Animal Welfare regulations on October 1, they can now be fined $300 for leaving their dog in a hot car. “Dogs left in cars is a common welfare issue SPCA responds to over the summer. The interior of a car can heat up very quickly on a sunny day. Leaving the windows slightly open has very little effect. This situation can be extremely dangerous - even fatal - for dogs and is entirely preventable. “It is our hope that owners will be mindful of the new regulation and the risk to their dogs - and think twice about leaving their dog in a car on a warm day,” says Ms Midgen. “Summer is an enjoyable time of year for pets and people, and there are simple steps animal owners can take to make sure their pets are safe and happy too.” Help your pet stay cool and enjoy a happy summer by following SPCA’s summer safety tips: Dogs in hot cars If the purpose of your trip is not for your dog, leave them at home. If you must take your dog with you in the car, bring fresh water and a water dish for them and always take your dog with you when you leave your car. Leaving a dog in a car on a warm day is a risk, as they can quickly suffer and die in hot cars. The new regulation to protect dogs means, if you leave your dog in a hot car and it becomes heat stressed, you and the owner of the vehicle can be fined $300. If you see a dog suffering in a hot car, take immediate action by finding the dog owner or call the Police or SPCA. Do not smash the car window as this can put both you and the dog at risk. Exercise for pets Exercise your pets early in the mornings or in the evenings, so they won’t overheat. Avoid long and strenuous walks on warm, sunny days, and steer clear of prolonged sun exposure. Take your pets to an area that has shade or a place for them to swim so they can take a break to cool off, and if they want to slow down or stop, follow their lead. Water for all Ensure your animals always have access to clean, fresh drinking water. In summer, keep their water bowl in a shaded spot to avoid it warming up. Just like us, pets don’t like warm drinking water. You can also leave shallow dishes of cool water in shaded spots outside to help wildlife keep cool and hydrated. Water may also be used to mist pets to help them keep cool.

Sunburn Pets that are fair-skinned or light-haired are particularly susceptible to the sun’s harsh rays. Skin cancer occurs commonly in dogs and cats and, even though the fur provides some sun protection, your pet needs a sunblock applied every three to four hours to areas of their body that have no, or little, hair. You can buy pet-friendly sunscreen to rub on the tips of their ears, on the end of their nose, and on their stomach – these are the most commonly sunburnt areas. Normal sunscreen ingredients include zinc oxide, which can be toxic to animals, so a pet-friendly sunscreen is best. Shade Ensure your outside pets, including horses, goats and poultry, have access to shaded areas to avoid the sun. Bear in mind the shade moves throughout the day so make sure to have multiple shade sources so your pet is protected regardless of time of day. Mature trees provide excellent shade but, if you do not have access to these, artificial shade can be simply and inexpensively constructed from shade cloth or tarps. Paws for thought Your dog’s feet can get burnt and blistered on the hot ground, particularly hot pavements, asphalt or scorching beach sand. Hot black iron-rich sands are found along much of the Western Coast of the North Island and can cause huge damage to the paws of your furry friends. Check if it is a safe temperature by holding the back of your hand on the pavement or sand for five seconds. If it is too hot for you to hold your hand there then your pet shouldn’t be out walking on it. Pets requiring extra care In the summer months, pet owners should take extra care with older or overweight pets, brachycephalic breeds (such as Pugs, British Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs), and those suffering from cardiac conditions. These pets are more susceptible to falling victim to heat stress.

For dogs • Half-fill a shallow children’s pool for your dog to bathe in – just make sure they can get in and out easily. • Put ice cubes in an indoor bowl and freeze a big block of ice for their outdoor bowl. • Doggie ice blocks are also a great way to keep them hydrated – just freeze your dog’s favourite treat in water, inside a Kong, or an icecream container. • You can find cooling mats at most pet stores – these can be used as crate liners or as beds, and can be helpful for other animals too.

For cats • Make sure your cat has some shaded, cool spots to lie down in. • Place ice water in glasses and bowls around the house – cats are notorious for drinking out of any water container they can find. • Stroking your cat with a damp cloth is a great way to keep them cool (if they will allow it!) – the best places to attend to are their paws, bellies and the outside of their ears. • Brush your cat regularly – matted fur works as insulation, and will mean your cat can overheat more easily. If you have a long-haired cat and decide to shave them, leave at least a full inch of fur to help prevent sunburn. For small animals • Relocate your small animal to a cooler part of your home. • Place ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel, a small frozen icepack, or a wet tea towel in their enclosure for them to lean against. • Small animals need to stay well hydrated, so fruit and vegetables high in water content, such as celery and apples, are a great and delicious way to help them avoid dehydration. Be careful to make sure the vegetables you feed to your small animal are appropriate for their dietary needs. Know the symptoms of heat stroke • Excessive panting • Unsteadiness • Restlessness • Abnormal gum and tongue colour • Excessive drooling • Collapse If you find an animal suffering from heat stroke • Move the animal into shade or an air conditioned area • Offer the animal a small amount of lukewarm water to drink • Spray or soak animal’s neck, abdomen and inner thighs in lukewarm water • Use cool but not cold water (do not use ice as this causes blood vessels to constrict, limiting heat loss) • Take them to a vet ASAP

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How to care for your linen clothing BY ROSIE HERDMAN

Prepare for a long summer lounging in linen by caring for yours correctly. Ah, linen; the perfect comfortable, breathable material. With its pleasingly light, yet sturdy texture, it’s the perfect fabric to wear over summer. First things first — what is the actual difference between linen and cotton? While both are natural fibres, cotton comes from the cotton plant and linen is made from the flax plant. Linen is said to be the world’s strongest natural fibre, and this means it’s a durable fabric that, with proper care, will last for a long time. Linen is thought to have natural ‘wicking’ properties, meaning it attracts moisture away from the body, hence why it’s an excellent choice to wear in the warmer months. So, what’s the best way to care for it? WASHING Unlike most other fabrics, it’s recommended that most of the time you don’t dry clean linen unless it’s a very structured suit or blazer. The chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can react with the linen, and weaken the fibres. Like cotton, linen can also shrink so a lukewarm or cold water wash is the way to go. It’s recommended not to bleach linen, even if it’s white already, so whether you’re machine washing or hand washing, choose a detergent that’s gentle and free of brighteners and bleach.

DRYING Linen is a fast-drying fabric, so because of this, it’s usually best to air-dry anything made from the fabric, lying flat. If you do want to use a tumble dryer, dry on a very low heat setting and remove from the dryer while it’s still damp to avoid it becoming crispy and brittle, or shrinking. Laying linen clothing on a towel and then on a clothing rack is a good way to avoid marks in the fabric. WRINKLES Some would say part of linen’s charm is it’s slightly crinkly, textured look, but if you’re not a fan of too many wrinkles, you can iron on a mediumhigh setting while the fabric is still damp. White linen can be ironed on both sides, while with dark linen it’s best to iron on the reverse side to avoid fading or shiny patches. If your fabric is already completely dry, spraying it with water from a spray bottle then ironing is a good idea. STAIN REMOVAL If you happen to get a mark on your linen clothing, don’t fret! For coloured linen, it’s ideal to patch-test any stain removers on the seam on the inside of the garment with a cotton tip to see if it will lift the colour off. Try baking soda and water as this is less likely to weaken the fabric and lead to rips later on.

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f you like it Californian-style, KMS has you covered. Inspired by the vibe and vibrancy of California, KMS hair care has taken the culture, diversity, and spirit of the free and easy lifestyle and bottled it. But it’s not just about the good times. Founded in 1976, KMS has continuously inspired and revolutionised the hair care industry over the past 30 years. Due to constant advances in technology and innovative combinations of natural ingredients, KMS is always energizing. KMS products are arranged conveniently into START, STYLE, and FINISH categories to help you select the best combination for your hair type: START Prime for the perfect style in wet or toweldried hair. START products feature the AHA Structure Complex. They prime by improving the outside and the inside of the hair, ensuring STYLE products can adhere evenly. STYLE Shape, mold, and craft your style - your

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ummer holidays, long days at the beach and warmer weather calls for a no-fuss routine. The team at Caci

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trick with this step is, regular application! Keep a sunscreen

Treatments range from at home products (exfoliators and masks) through to advanced treatments in clinic, like regular

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To find out more on how you can have a perfect skin condition in summer, book your free consultation by calling 0800 438 438 or book online at www.caci.co.nz

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This last treatment started with a double cleanse and hydration toner, which smells soo fresh, and includes grapeseed and cucumber. This was followed by a divine pomegranate fruit enzyme mask which does an extraordinary job of pore-refining and brightening. Something new I’ve not experienced yet was the Collagen Sound Wave Infusion which gets to work as a personalised concentrate in a hydration base. The whole experience is topped off with a fabulous soothing mask massage.

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ing Part of my Caci Clinic Skin Health Plan has been maintaining good clear skin. I work out a lot, I’m in air-conditioning six hours s pure for my show each day and, at times, I’m dehydrated so it’s pleasure when the ladies at Caci Whangarei get to work on obably restoring my skin. Summer is a time where you and I probably wear less and really love having our skin looking youthful.


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The only New Year’s resolution list you need….. Its New Year’s resolutions time! Again. Many of us wonder if we should even bother…. Some of us do get excited about the New Year as we start it with a clean slate. It’s like the beginning of a new race, one that begins in January and ends in December. This coming New Year, what goals would you like to achieve? Would you like to be healthier? Would you like to be stronger, fitter, have more energy? What would you like to weigh? Would you like to look and feel better? I’m fairly sure we would all like to improve on all of those life-enhancing qualities. The trouble is, even with the best of intentions the enthusiasm to make healthy changes tends to fade once we realise we can’t change everything overnight. You may have noticed that many resolutions or goals seem to be “all or nothing”? You start off red hot and fired up and then a glitch occurs and it all goes to hell in a handcart. That’s because life isn’t perfect, stuff happens to get in the way of our schedules and because rigid resolutions can only exist in a perfect schedule – it gets all too hard, all too quickly. Want to make this coming New Year different? Rather than full out resolutions that are likely to fail, why not take this opportunity to make small resolutions right now for better health and wellbeing that will last forever! Bottom line, we’re all a work in progress, so it pays to keep things simple. Set Your Intentions for the Day First thing in the morning, check in with yourself for what you want to achieve for the day, review what is important to you. Not a huge list, just the basics.

Pack a Lunch You’re Excited About If you’re packing lunch for work, don’t be all like, “the mixed greens will be satisfying”. They won’t, so get real! Add some protein, some light cheese, nuts or seeds – yummy, satisfying texture that will add crunch, taste and deliciousness. Forget that “all or nothing” mentality that causes so many people to fall off the wagon before they get very far down the track. Exercise Whenever You Can Walk more, park further away, get busy outside, and include more incidental activity throughout your day at every opportunity. Just DO something. Aim for Progress Not Perfection Always, always try and do a little better. Once again, broken record here, not the “all or nothing” – just a bit better than you did last week or last month. And don’t forget to stop and enjoy the achievements along the way, and pat yourself on the back for all that you’ve done so far. Habits Not Motivation And yes this is another of my broken record moments. Habits make for positive change. Motivation fails you when you’re too busy trying to live your life and all those glitches keep getting in the way. Take a little time to consolidate small habits and keep on keeping on. Focus on Health Not Weight Rather than grandiose statements about dropping large amounts of weight which doesn’t result in long-term change, instead, approach your weight loss goals with more specific results in mind for example, improved health, increased


fitness, strength and energy or feeling happier. That way losing weight will be an added bonus rather than the driving force and you will make sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle for long term success. Drink Less Alcohol Reducing your alcohol consumption is one of the best things you can do for your health. Even moderate consumption of alcohol has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Drinking less by default assists all other New Year focuses by giving you the clarity and motivation to improve your health and happiness. Most people can agree that they feel better with less or without alcohol in their lives. It’s an added expense and it dulls your shine – not to mention the numerous detrimental effects it has on your health. Eat Less Packaged Food and More Real Food This coming new year look at decreasing your reliance on processed and packaged foods and look at eating more REAL food. More quality protein, more healthy fats, more healthy carbohydrates and so on. Real/whole foods not only contain nutrients but also enzymes, necessary for every chemical process in the body. These enzymes can only be found in whole, natural foods. If you have gotten lazy with meal preparation a great resolve is to get your butt back into the kitchen preparing meals from scratch. I hope that your little inner voice (the healthy-minded one) is calling out to you! Is it saying? “Go for it! Achieve your health, fitness and weight goals once and for all this coming New Year - bite the bullet and reach your dreams! Get healthier! Get fit! Get freakin’ awesome!


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Summertime games and more … With the long, lazy days of summer, the outdoors beckon and we have assembled some of your favourite toys and games for the beach and bach this summer. Of course, we have lots of books and toys for indoors too, just in case the weather isn’t great for a day or two.



Waster Bounce Balls

PVA and Wooden games for Outdoor Play

Waboba has grown to become a lifestyle brand about having fun, being outside, going on adventures, embracing your inner child, refusing to grow up, staying active, letting loose and enjoying time with family and friends in the simplest form. All you need is a ball! Anytime. Anywhere.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Brainbox games for concentration and recall Break out a box of Brainbox cards and challenge each other to a random question after concentrating on the card for 20 seconds. What colour was that flag? Brainbox have a range of subjects including Science, Horrible Histories, Marvellous Inventions and many for. Hours of fun and learning for just $30.

POGO STICK KITES & AIR RAIDERS Who doesn’t like to fly!

The original pogo stick is back Safer than ever with non-slip

Simple Octopus kites are available in 8 difference

foot and hand grips, the

colours, at $12 each they’re so much fun you should keep one in the car at all times. Xtreme Air Raiders have a range of flying toys to keep the

pogo stick is an old favourite that kids love. Several sizes available to suit all ages,

kids entertained all afternoon.

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Great fun for all the family, the Easy Days range of traditional games in outdoor format start from just $20. Check instore for the range, there is something for every family to enjoy this summer.

Making your own creation

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– how the outdoors affects our indoors

The colours and patterns of nature have always found a way into our homes and it’s more endemic than you might think. It’s much more than a tendency to choose browns and greens with timber finishes.

The other reason a natural look to our design remains popular is our growing

When you think about it, almost every colour originates somewhere in nature

eco-awareness and desire for sustainability. Materials that reflect our external

and when we see colours in surprising or inspiring places, we naturally try to replicate

environment but don’t deplete it, like bamboo and engineered stone or woods, are

it at home. And, of course, it’s not just about colour. Natural textures and materials are

increasingly popular, as are natural fibres such as cane, flax and rattan.

also finding their way in from leaves and straw to woven rattans, wood grain and silky


flowers, as are organic curves and swirls. Why do we keep coming back to nature in

Painting from a natural palette does often make us think of brown. The good news is

design? It’s been well-documented that spending

modern browns are deeper, richer and more interesting.

time in nature is beneficial to our mental health, so why wouldn’t we bring the

Think about warm browns such as Resene Brown Pod or the coffee-hued Resene

outdoors in? It simply makes us feel good, whether it’s a beautiful leafy wallpaper

Sambuca. Try them paired with wood stain in Resene Colorwood Iroko or the subtle

print, a soothing sea blue on the walls or filling your home with plants. It’s an easy

warmth of Resene Half Tea. These deep browns also work incredibly well with

way to turn your home into a revitalising and restorative retreat and embrace the

contemporary creamy whites like Resene Half Spanish White.

philosophy of biophilic design which emphasizes human adaptations to the

You could veer into darker rockier territory with stony shades such as Resene

natural world. It’s particularly true here where, even in

Quarter Bokara Grey or try spicier brown tones in Resene Spice for a more desert-

cooler climates, we like to have that easy flow between indoors and out. These days

themed natural feel. Opt for highlights in shades of aged paper or oat such as Resene

when, particularly in cities, our homes are getting more intensively-packed, and we’re

Napa or Resene Parchment. These also work well with the trend for warmer beige tones

losing those big backyards we grew up with, it’s even more important to find that natural

like Resene Artisan and Resene Earthen. The over-riding feel of all these shades is

connection in the designs, textures and colours of our interiors.

warmth to create a space that is comforting and calming without ever being dull or dark.


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PATTERN AND SHAPE Of course, nature is all about going a little bit wild now and then and the right wallpaper can be a dramatic and impressive way to do it. Floral wallpapers are definitely having a moment, but these are not the fussy, dated patterns you may remember from Grandma’s

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kitchen. Floral wallpapers now run the full spectrum from delicate to impressionist or bold. Our current fondness for nature-inspired interiors is also expressing itself in accessories like vases, mirrors and art that PAINT THE RAINBOW Keeping to a natural palette in your home

are organic and imperfect in shape. Think round mirrors, curved pots, and even the

is no barrier to the use of on-trend bold colours. If the sea is your natural inspiration,

swirls and patterns of stone benchtops.

think about a palette of on-trend teals. Tropical sunset shades are another

TEXTURE, TOO Texture is important in any décor design

inspiring natural trend-rtmaking us think of warm escapes. Think of that graduated

as it prevents it from seeming flat and uninteresting, as well as being simply nice to

sky you get in a perfect sunset from the ice blue like Resene Bluetooth, through dusky

touch. Elements such as un-dyed rope, hessian,

oranges like Resene Whiskey Sour and soft pinks like Soulful to deep reds like Resene

canvas or rattan bring a natural feel to your room and soften it, no matter what

Red Berry. One other thing to consider when you’re

your colour scheme. Think about how you can embrace fibrous, soft material

painting from nature is imperfection and detail. If you’re using something like a plant

finishing touches in everything from rugs, wall hangings and cushions to floral

or leaf for inspiration really look at how it’s coloured. Often there will be graduating

arrangements and light fittings. It extends to using sustainably recycled wood or bamboo,

shades, or even contrasting colours in the space of one leaf or petal. Look at how

which can connect to your colour palette with a Resene Colorwood stain if necessary.

flower colours work with leaves of the same or surrounding plants.

Top tip: If you have a window that looks out on to a beautiful tree or plant, make a

For something more organic, and if you fancy yourself as something of an

feature of it in the room. Go with a neutral wall around that window and consider

artist, consider free-hand painting, or more safely, stencilling and plant-inspired

painting the frame the same colour as the wall, so your showcased plant really pops in

design on the wall.

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Stonewood Homes


Enjoy the best of seaside living in the ‘winterless north’, at one of our subdivisions at The Landing@Marsden in One Tree Point (titles just issued). Visit our Show home: 347 One Tree Point Road, One Tree Point. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm. Contact: Tony Watkins 027 706 6590, tonyw@generation.co.nz

HOME WITH A DIFFERENCE From the moment you step inside the new Stonewood Homes Marsden Cove Showhome, you will know you are walking into a home with a difference.




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he first impressive feature of the 220sqm home is the boardwalk entrance and the railway sleeper pergola leading towards a glass expanse looking through to the back yard and beyond. To the right is the living wing encompassing a designer kitchen with butler pantry with formal lounge on one side and family room on the other. This flows onto the cosy outdoor entertainment area. A large timber deck with stacker doors connects the two wings. The accommodation side features four

bedrooms, main bathroom with tiled shower, and a separate powder room. The master bedroom is a sight to behold with its bold but tastefully-decorated floral feature wall and beautifully appointed ensuite. The showhome has only been open a month and is receiving very positive feedback. Visitors just love the design and layout and appreciate the attention to detail and high-quality finish. They say it has a very private, but open feeling with a nice flow. They also like the fact there’s an accommodation wing and a


25 Corsair Drive, Maungatapere | PO Box 10024, Te Mai, Whangarei Phone: 09 438 6399 | Fax: 09 438 6396 | Mobile: 0275437751 many of his homes have gone on to achieve success in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, including recent category and gold awards. Stonewood Homes Whangarei are a small dedicated team and pride themselves on their good relationship with clients, many of whom are repeat. As well as having a wide range of plans available for perusal which can be separate living wing. As one client recently says: “If first impressions count, you guys have done it again!” Marcus Bracey is the owner of, and hands-on builder for the Northland Stonewood Homes franchise. With many years of home building experience under his belt, his knowledge of the industry and attention to detail is evident in every home

customised to suit the individual, clients can also approach the team with their own design ideas. Every care is made to make sure that a client’s build is everything they’re hoping for. Working with clients to achieve their dream home is what sets Stonewood apart and the results speak for themselves.

he builds. “My philosophy has always been to treat every house I have built as if it were my own,” he says.

Come and visit our luxury Award winning show home


Contact Simon on 0275437751 or 094386399


SHOWHOME COMING SOON • Specialising in recreating period-style villas, bungalows & cottages • A member of the Master Builders Association • Individualising a plan to suit your unique lifestyle situation • 10 Year Masterbuild Guarantee thrown in

Marcus is involved in every build and

Call Jaimie Duder for an appointment to see all the Heritage homes building options available to you.

View the Marsden Cove Stonewood showhome at 60 Stace Hopper Drive, Marsden Cove Thursday-Sunday from 11am-3pm or by appointment.

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Another visit to the skin doctor and another ‘ring of fire’ or blast of dry ice to the sun-damaged areas and I am reminded of the importance of sun protection – slip, slop, slap! Clothing, sunscreen and a hat ... but what are we doing to protect our furnishings?


e know that UV rays are damaging our homes. We expect fading, even in the shadiest corners of our homes. UV can break down the fibres of our soft furnishings and plastic attachments can turn brittle. But we love the Northland Summer! Let’s start with our options for a ‘Slip’ or clothing for our homes: I would dress my home in the Weathermaster® Alpha External Drop Screens for windows, patios and decks. They come in a choice of Sun screen fabrics, from Planasol or Panorama. UV-stabilised and PVC-coated polyester with special heat and UV control properties. Made to measure. Full external protection from the Sun.



Now let’s ‘Slop’ on some sunscreen for our home: Nothing is easier, or more cost-effective than rolling down a made-to-measure Weathermaster® Sunscreen or Light-filtering roller blind. Control of heat, light and UV, while still maintaining your view and privacy. Full internal sunscreen. Here at Frazerhurst, we also offer a wide range of made-to-measure sheer curtains that, with fullness, are very effective at diffusing light and can act as a barrier to flying insects that sneak in, as well as keeping pollen at a minimum helping hayfever sufferers. My favourite accessory, A Hat …for your home: Weathermaster® Awnings and Umbrellas are the perfect total sun protection, just like a widebrimmed hat. Innovative design and premium materials ensure good looks and performance yearafter-year. A variety of widths, projections and configurations will have your patio or deck looking dapper and feeling cool this summer. Although we cannot guarantee against the harmful effects of Northland UV, we can help towards delaying the process, in a stylish and attractive way. Call into our showroom at 146 Lower Dent Street and view your options. I’m off to the beach, where’s my hat?

It’s time to get sweaty! The summer brings with it sweltering heat and blinding light. You can make your summers more bearable with the right window treatments! At Frazerhurst we know which window treatments can beat the heat. From shutters and sunscreen to awnings and umbrellas, see how you can transform your home and cool down this summer.

Call now for a FREE In Home Consultation 146 Lower Dent St, Whangarei Ph 09 438 3986 | 0800 10 27 10 | www.frazerhurst.co.nz 34 | SAVVY

Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst

“Customers come first at Frazerhurst”

WANT TO WIN AT LIFE? Here’s how to give yourself a head start Life isn’t all fun and games – but we still want to feel like we’re winning.


nd while there’s all sorts of tips, tricks, hints, hacks and lists around to help you succeed and achieve, it’s important to get the basics right first. Our secret? Sleep. Bear with us a moment – we know it’s not the sparkly, exciting answer you were expecting. But we’re serious. There’s no longer a Guinness World Record given out for the longest period without sleep. Why? Because today it’s considered too dangerous to forgo sleep (keep in mind that they still track things like the deepest free dive and the most cockroaches eaten in a minute!) So what makes sleep so important? Here’s the top ways that sleep can determine whether you succeed or struggle: STAYING PRODUCTIVE Staying up an hour later or getting up extra early may seem like you’re cramming more into the day. But if you’re not getting enough sleep, these extra hours aren’t making you more productive, in fact it can be quite the opposite. Sleep deprivation can make you feel anxious, depressed or moody. You may also have trouble focusing, paying attention, learning

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and remembering, all of which prevent you from performing at your best. A recent study by Harvard Medical School shows that 30 per cent of office workers in the US aren’t getting enough sleep to perform at their best – and that this reduced performance equates to 8.4 minutes in every hour of completely wasted time. That’s more than an hour of staring out the window, ‘zoning out’ during a meeting or blankly looking at your computer screen – all because your body’s just too tired to focus. LOOKING YOUR BEST There’s a reason they call it ‘beauty sleep’ (and why you look awful when you’re tired). Sleep is the body’s most effective way to heal itself – without it, the entire body deteriorates quickly. When you’re

sleeping, the body absorbs nutrients and amino acids at a rapid pace to repair and rejuvenate. You look older and function worse because your cells are depleted. KEEPING YOURSELF HEALTHY Sleep is fundamental for your immune system and overall health. Some studies show that even low levels of sleep deprivation can reduce your white blood cells, which are part of your defence against infections and viruses. If you’re unwell, you’re unable to function at your best. In fact, if you skip sleep and end up getting sick, you’ll need to more than make up for what you missed in order to recover! So, if you’re aiming to better yourself personally and professionally (and you’re reading this article, so let’s assume so) achieving great sleep health helps take care of all the rest. A good place to start is to check you’re sleeping on the right bed. Ask yourself: • Do you wake up feeling tired, stiff or sore? • Are there visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress? • Does your mattress ever feel uncomfortable? • Is your mattress more than 10 years old? • If you spend a night away from home – for example, in a hotel – do you notice that you sleep better? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to think about replacing your bed. Have a chat to the friendly, experienced staff in-store at Beds R Us Whangarei. After discussing your needs, we’ll help match you to your perfect bed. Then the rest is up to you – going to bed on time, eating well, keeping devices out of your bedroom, keeping regular hours – all the basics. Best of all, if you’re not happy with your new mattress once you take it home, many models can be exchanged free. Sometimes it takes a real night’s rest – not just lying in-store – to know for sure that you’ll wake up ready for a winner of a day.

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