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WHANGAREI SHORTLAND STREET STAR’S DOUBLE LIFE
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Laurel Devenie was just settling back into life in her hometown of Whangarei when she got the call to play nurse Kate on Shortland Street. But, rather than choose between the two, she combines both lifestyles. She tells Jodi Bryant about her double life. “
xcuse me, Are you that girl Kate off Shortland Street?” asks a man at Whangarei’s Canopy Bridge. “Yeah,” smiles Laurel Devenie. “Ahh, kia ora,” says the man, clearly chuffed, before heading on his way. Laurel, aka Kate, takes it all in her stride. “It’s actually really nice,” says the 35-yearold. “I feel like it’s part of the job and it’s not about me, it’s really about the magic of tv.” Laurel has played the role of Kate Nathan on the popular New Zealand prime-time soap for the last two and a half years. Raised in Whangarei, she attended Whangarei
Primary, Intermediate and Girl’s High. After being away a number of years, she had
she drives to Auckland Sunday night. There she is based in a shared ﬂat at Point
just returned north, moved in with her new partner and signed the lease on 116 Bank
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St as a performing arts/community space centre when she got the news she’d landed
make-up and shooting scenes. “When I ﬁrst started, it hits you like a
the role of Kate. “It all happened so quick. I had just
ton of bricks – it’s exhausting. Shortland Street is a well-oiled machine that is unlike
two weeks to start a year-long contract in Auckland.”
any other. It has the fastest turnaround television than any other in the world. I’ve
But, rather than give up her newly-formed and adored Whangarei lifestyle, Laurel chose
really grown a respect for it,” she says, adding that it is ﬁlmed two and a half
to combine the two. Her weekdays on the Street begin when
months before being televised. Laurel loved the show as a teenager and
would watch with her mum with many of the actors becoming her idols. Are there any divas? “Actually no. You hear stories and there have been in the past but it’s really chill. It’s a lovely culture there. Over time I’ve got to know everyone well and I’m very close to Jen, who plays Leanne, as we share a dressing room. She is nothing like her character.” Which raises the next question: “How similar are Laurel and Kate?” “In lots of way we are and lots of ways we’re not. Often you are using parts of yourself. Kate can deﬁnitely be quite bolshie and put her foot in it, and I can do that. She’s quite righteous too but also changes her mind and apologises. “I love Kate. She’s really staunch but extremely emotional. Kate’s particularly nosy and gets involved. Sometimes you ﬁnd yourself saying something and you think ‘Kate, shut up!’”
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Photos this page: Matt Klitcher And what about Kate’s attire? “Well, let’s just say, I have a very different
pumping but there’s nothing, no pathways that you can see. It’s a confusing time. It’s like
for her, which toured internationally, so she doesn’t cite landing the Shortland Street role
Street won’t last forever but, unlike many of her peers, has no ambition
style to Kate,” Laurel smiles. Kate’s main purpose was the mother of a
barren landscape. “The ﬁrst three or four years were really
as her big break. “I don’t believe in big breaks. The notion
to pursue the Hollywood dream. “I think my work is here. We have a strong
transgender teenage son called Blue. “It was really the ﬁrst of its kind so a lot
uncomfortable and poor. We put on a lot of shows in the Scout hall putting our skills to
of a big break implies that you’re lucky. It’s been a meandering and I see this as another
theatre industry and television is growing but you have to enjoy being part of the
of it has been Kate coming to terms with accepting her daughter as a son, although
the test. I remember we had a booking line in our ﬂat and we’d be busy making costumes
amazing chapter. You spend a long time planting seeds and suddenly everything
creation of it here. In New Zealand, it’s not so much about the competition, it’s about seeing
I’ve had some other really cool storylines this year.”
on the ﬂoor. But I was learning how to produce, direct and initiate. I guess it just
starts to grow.” One of these seeds is Company of Giants, a
how you can contribute.” And that’s one of the things she loves
Kate’s relationship with Mo Hannah means she works closely with his on-screen sons
bled into starting to get work and I valued both things.
collective of theatre-making talent for which she is founder and director, and Whangarei-
about Whangarei, which she dubs the ‘land of opportunity’.
Curtis and Jack – a reﬂection of her own life with her partner and his two children.
“There is a lot to do here, a lot of gaps to ﬁll. If you have an idea here, the chances
Laurel’s father Stuart Devenie, pictured with his two onscreen daughters.
“(In character), We’re really a workingclass family dealing with a lot of things. One
are no one’s doing it. I’ve done some of my favourite creative projects here because
minute I’m chasing a mystery virus around the Street, next I’m having a blind date and
they’re needed. It’s a place not so much about competition, it’s about contributing
then I’m breaking my nose,” she laughs, referring to Kate’s recent uncharacteristic
and I really value that.” She also loves the ‘pockets of interesting
drunken night which ended in disaster. “I actually cringed when I read it and you
people doing wonderful work in all sorts of areas’.
have to do these scenes (such as dancing) with no music but I loved breaking my nose.”
“I love the fact that you have to engage with a wide and diverse range of people
Another highlight has been working with her dad, actor Stuart Devenie, who recently
in a town like Whangarei - in larger urban centres it’s easy to end up socialising with
made a Shortland Street comeback as Kate’s on-screen father. “His character Neville was on the show a few years ago before I was. He’s (Neville is) such a cad. Dad and I have done a couple of plays together before but we both thought this was pretty special.” With her mum a former actress, Laurel, an only child, grew up around theatre. The family moved to Whangarei from Christchurch when she was eight and she took part in school musicals and was involved with Northland Youth Theatre. However, Laurel took the academic road and enrolled in university before realising it wasn’t for her and taking some time out. She gravitated back towards drama, which conﬁrmed this was her niche, so enrolled at Toi Whakaari drama school, graduating with a degree only to discover, like many actors, that life on the other side of drama school was a struggle. “At drama school you’re challenged beyond belief and you graduate and you’re
“I realised I was on the right track but there was a real moment where I was playing
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“It’s an old-school community hall and we just wanted to save that building,” she says of
course for English language teachers.” Laurel had just withdrawn her savings
the vibrant community arts and performance space it is today.
and paid the non-refundable fee for the
There are now over a thousand people
course when she decided to give her dream another shot. “I made a commitment to make it work.
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I quit the course and any non-related jobs
(See page 33)
and decided, if I had to live on white rice and noodles, then I would but, whatever I did, it had to be related to the industry, even if it
With these projects ticking away, she doesn’t exactly come home to Whangarei each weekend and relax. Then there’s
was sweeping the ﬂoors.”
watching a week’s worth of Shortland Street
The phone rang the next day and she was offered a directing gig and, from there, everything started to ﬂow.
On Demand to critique her performance. “It’s really important to watch it because you learn a lot. You can see when you’ve
A theatre-maker in every sense, Laurel has done gigs at theatre schools and production
nailed a scene and when you could have done more.”
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Laurel is aware her time on Shortland
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Whangarei hairdresser’s passion for saving animals leads to homeland of the Sumatran Tiger BY JODI BRYANT
s a child, Jess Ayres would bring home ‘stray’ dogs, collect stick insects and rescue kittens from under buildings. These days, the Whangarei mother and hairdresser has moved onto saving larger animals – wild ones in distant countries. “I’ve always had a passion for animals,” says the Kamo-based 33-year-old. “But, being a very social, outgoing person, I decided to work my way up through the hairdressing industry.” She opened her own salon Foxy Locks Hair Boutique two years ago but, last year, the keen traveler decided to travel to Thailand with partner Brendyn and children Levi, 5 and Ayla, 3, which reignited her passions for both travelling and animals. “We decided to take the kids along because I believe exposing the children to culture, lifestyles, different environments and different wildlife will only beneﬁt them to become more accepting and grounded in their upbringing. “On my previous travels I would ﬁnd time to visit sanctuaries, zoos, encounter parks and, in Thailand, I stumbled across an
‘elephant sanctuary’, where the desire to ride elephants from visitors, pushed the industry. It was this moment I decided I would do a little research into the plight of the Asian Elephant and the effects of riding. The family visited a sanctuary which rescued elephants from riding and logging companies and private ownership and focused on positive animal welfare, allowing the animals to live out the rest of their life with their own choice of being involved with visitors and workers. “On our way to the elephant sanctuary we passed about ﬁve different elephant riding venues on our three-hour ride into the jungle. It was heart-breaking. Once at the sanctuary,
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Jess with the Galapagos tortoise
I realised I was very limited to the expertise that was needed to help these elephants. This was when I realised my real passion was with large, wild animals and I decided, on my return to New Zealand, to follow this passion of animal welfare,” says Jess. She enrolled in a one-year Animal Management – Captive Wild Animals full-time Unitec course via correspondence, which involves zoo work experience. This entails juggling the business – she still works in the salon Tuesday-Saturday, with travelling to Auckland Mondays for work experience, school and day care. “My family are very supportive of this new journey. It has involved a lot of juggling and I have had to employ a nanny to care for my kids every Monday morning as my partner begins work at 5.30am. I leave Monday morning to go down there and return Monday night. My study is ﬁtted in between my work in the salon and Sundays. It’s very busy!” Her work experience involves following a keeper and includes helping with the bathing, feeding, grooming and general care of the animals in that section, along with learning about captive breeding and healthcare. Jess says she has found the journey to be very challenging with the course content extremely hard. However, the practical side of the work placement is amazing. “It is challenging to learn all the details of animals in the zoo facility. The bio background, taxonomy and husbandry skills and knowledge needed for every single animal is very full-on and takes a lot of studying and research. But the great outweigh the hard. “I have had several amazing moments already; bathing an elephant, feeding meerkats, holding a goliath stick insect and giving a Galapagos tortoise a neck scratch. After completing my section in carnivores,
I had the pleasure of spending a few days with the Sumatran Tigers.” She says, after a lot of research into the plight of the tiger in the wild, and the ‘amazing’ work the Stay Wild Tiger Trust does in Sumatra, she decided to focus her energy and support towards this programme. Stay Wild is based in Batu Katak, Sumatra, a small community on the edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park and a 200ha Karst forest which is being threatened by mining. In order to save this area from destruction, the trust is providing opportunities, resources and conservation education to the communities living around the forest to empower them with knowledge to lessen further disruption of the forest and its inhabitants, which includes the Sumatran Tiger. Protecting the tiger, the alpha predator, ensures the protection of the whole ecosystem. Although she will be a qualiﬁed zookeeper at the end of her course, Jess says she is more drawn to helping overseas. She will aim to work several days a week at an accredited facility while juggling her hairdressing, which she still loves, and plans to do an annual overseas trip of up to two months to volunteer. She hopes to include her children and partner in the journey. “I’m hoping a little change I can make into the future of our earth and sustainability will roll on into their mindset and generational change.” The ﬁrst trip kicks off in December when she is heading to Batu Katak to volunteer. This will involve tracking and recording data on cameras in the jungle to monitor the ecosystem for the Sumatran Tiger. This data will help support their quest in protecting the forest from being mined. She will also be assisting in English classes for the local children as part of their environmental lessons.
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Nail your skincare routine Get the basics right, and your skin will thank you for it. Cleanse daily, follow that up with a nourishing moisturiser, and always top it off with broad spectrum sunscreen during the day to ensure your skin is healthy, hydrated and protected. By taking regular care of your skin, you
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The ﬁrst thing that comes to mind when I think about Kerikeri, is the abundance of big, juicy oranges! Now you are probably wondering: ‘Sarah, why are you talking about oranges right now?!’ Well the vitamin C in oranges, regular exercise, eating well, sleep, and hot baths (to name a few), all have one thing in common… they activate our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). In a nut shell, the PNS supports the body in be able to effectively rest and restore itself, which helps strengthen the immune system’s defences against bugs, colds, and other illnesses that tend to strike when we are at our weakest. With winter well and truly here, it is the perfect time to be focusing on what you can be doing to better support your immunity. Now the majority of us are pretty good when it comes to taking extra supplements, but the one thing we tend to overlook is good old self-care. Self-care is a huge player in enabling our bodies to rest and restore over winter. However, it has developed a stigma over the years. People tend to see it as self-indulgent, or as a sign of weakness for those who can’t handle the jandal. As a result, we push our bodies to the extremes, say yes when we mean no, and wind up getting sick and having to take a few days off to recuperate. This mindset needs to change. Self-care is not a sign of weakness, and it certainly isn’t self-indulgent – it is the sign of ultimate responsibility and self-awareness. Self-care is about knowing what is most important to you in your life and putting in place regular
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Health isn’t everything… but without it, everything else is nothing…. The greatest project you will ever work on is…
here is no substitute greater in signiﬁcance than the person staring back at you when you look in the mirror. That’s right, the best project you will ever work on in this lifetime, is YOURSELF. Sure, if you are a parent, your children are also a great life project but for the remainder of your life, whether or not you have children,YOU will remain to be, your greatest project. Nothing and no one can ﬁll your shoes. No one can fulﬁll those dreams you have. No one can prevent you, or push you into doing something you know you need to do, or are meant to do, unless YOU ﬁnally decide to do it. Mostly everything you have ever wanted or accomplished will likely have been challenging to some degree. Some things will have given you instant gratiﬁcation, while others took much longer to achieve. Sometimes you may have struggled and sacriﬁced time, money, effort, sweat, blood and tears for these things, but accomplishing them brought you much satisfaction.Why? Because no one ever gave them to you for free.You hustled and worked hard for them all.When you work hard to earn something it makes it that much more satisfying. At the end of the day, the person you aspire to become, the life you dream of having, is like a big puzzle kinda project. Taking time out to work on yourself is an extremely important part of this puzzle. So many people don’t give themselves permission to do this, because they might feel guilty, or think there’s not enough time in their schedules to do so. I’m here to tell you that you should absolutely NOT feel guilty and that it IS possible to work a little ‘YOU’ time into your schedule.
Our bodies are the only place we have to live in this lifetime. If we don’t take the time to take care of them, the outcome is usually not a good one.With heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes (just to name a few) all on the rise, we owe it to ourselves to exercise, eat healthy, and work on positivity to sidestep these terrible diseases. Say it loud, and say it proud: ‘Me, me, me!’ OK, maybe you don’t want to shout it, but it IS that important. If you take charge of your health, you get so many good things back.You will have more energy, be more productive, lower
your stress levels and be happier. It’s a fact that the stronger you are, the better you feel. You may think ‘it’s all about me’ is selﬁsh. But consider this: Other people beneﬁt from your ‘YOU time’ too. When you do things that feed and strengthen you physically, mentally and emotionally, you will bring greater patience and a more positive attitude to your relationships. When you are strong, ﬁt, well and happy with yourself and your lot in life, this will beneﬁt others too. Every spouse should have an energetic partner in life, every child deserves a happy parent,
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every boss would rather have a ﬁt and healthy employee. The greatest gift you can give your family, the world and those that love you….is a healthy you! Don’t think of this as a ‘selﬁsh’ project, after all, it’s for YOU. The person who will beneﬁt from it is you, and yes, you are special and important. So focus on you… you’re worth it! The question isn’t can you…it’s will you? Day one or one day.You decide!
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Light up Glaucoma to save sight There are thousands of New Zealanders right now who are at risk of going blind.
t’s estimated 91,000 Kiwis over the age of 40 have glaucoma, but only half of
When to get checked Glaucoma New Zealand recommends
them know it. That leaves 45,000 people who could potentially lose their eyesight. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand –
people have an eye examination by the age of 45 then every five years after that until age 60. After 60, examinations are recommended every three years.
that’s why Glaucoma New Zealand is urging people to get behind its annual July appeal. The annual appeal, Light up Glaucoma,
Those with risk factors, such as a family history of glaucoma or steroid use, should be examined earlier. Anyone
is in its tenth year and raises awareness and funds to help Glaucoma New Zealand continue its sight-saving work. Glaucoma is the name given to a group of
who notices a change in their eyesight should book an eye examination as soon as possible. Donations to the annual appeal can
Normal Optic Nerve
Glaucoma Optic Nerve
diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. The nerve ﬁbres progressively die taking away the peripheral vision ﬁrst. Therefore,
awareness about glaucoma and remind
• public meetings to share important
be made via Glaucoma New Zealand’s website www.glaucoma.org.nz (click on Support Us).
there are no symptoms until the disease is quite advanced. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, which is hereditary.
people of the importance of getting regular eye examinations, because it could potentially save the sight of thousands of people.” Known as the silent thief of sight,
information on glaucoma and treatment options • nationwide glaucoma support groups • free glaucoma resources
Participating optometrists, ophthalmologists and pharmacies will have Glaucoma New Zealand collection boxes on display.
A family history of glaucoma can increase your risk of the disease tenfold. As New Zealand’s population ages,
glaucoma has no early symptoms. “By the time you do notice symptoms, it’s too late because irreversible damage
• its Eyelights newsletter which goes out to over 8,000 Glaucoma New Zealand members and their families.
For more information, email info@ glaucoma.org.nz or phone 0800 GLAUCOMA (0800 452 826).
more people will be at risk of developing glaucoma. Currently one in 10 people over the age of 70 have glaucoma. Worldwide, 4.5 per cent
has already been done to your eyes. Our annual appeal raises awareness about how crucial it is to get regular eye examinations to help stop people unnecessarily losing
of the population has glaucoma – 64 million people – and that’s expected to grow to 111.8 million worldwide by 2040.
their sight.” We need funds to save sight
Early detection is critical While the statistics are sobering, Glaucoma New Zealand chair Professor Helen Danesh-
The appeal also raises funds. Glaucoma New Zealand is a charity and relies on the generosity of the public. Funds raised from the annual appeal go
Meyer says, with early detection and treatment, blindness from glaucoma can be prevented with medication, surgery and
towards a range of Glaucoma New Zealand initiatives including: • its 0800-support line
laser treatment. “That’s why it’s so important to raise
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erikeri township is a mix of boutique and designer clothing stores, excellent cafes, restaurants,
endeavored to spread the Christian message amongst Māori. Younger visitors will love the hands-on Children’s Chores
EAST COAST BEACHES – Don’t forget Kerikeri is 20 minutes from the gateway to the Bay of Islands – Paihia,
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S blues guitarist Austin Walkin’ Cane, iconic Kiwi band the Nairobi Trio and Australian bluesman Lloyd Spiegel are among the outstanding acts lined up for the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival in August. The three-day event, being held on August 10, 11, 12, is an annual gathering of many of the top musicians of New Zealand and Australia as well as special guests from further abroad. With 40 bands, split evenly between the genres of jazz and blues, the festival offers a jam-packed weekend of quality live music. Organiser Shirley May, who was last year awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to the music industry, heads a small non-proﬁt trust which puts together the event each year, often with very little outside funding. She has always strived to put the best bands she can muster together for a weekend of fun, and while the co-ordination of so many people in the middle of winter has its challenges, she says it is made
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worthwhile by all the smiling faces of musicians and festival goers. Headline act US artist Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar expert from Cleveland Ohio, who has played all over the world. An amputee, his name comes from when his was performing in Bourbon Street, New Orleans, when a homeless man called out to him. His impressive performance record includes performing with music legends such as Gregg Allman, ZZ Top and Bobby Rush. Iconic New Zealand jazz band, the Nairobi Trio, is making its festival debut, with their show promising musical gems referencing New Zealand’s geographic beauty and cultural diversity.
Australian bluesman Lloyd Spiegel is including the festival as part of his New Zealand tour. He is described as a guitarist almost without peer, and is recognized as one of the top 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time. Other top acts include Midge Marsden and Chet O’Connell; Dreams, the Fleetwood Mac Experience; Joe Carbery Swingtet, Jam Sandwich and Toni Swain. Tauranga band Kokomo is back at the festival after a break of a few years, and top Australian bands include the Dale Robbins Band, Andrea Kirwin and Barry Charles. Crowd favourite Japanese band Chihiro Yamazaki + Route14 Band is returning with their masterful instrumental numbers.
Three-day badges cost $60, and day passes cost $40. Badge can be ordered online now through the festival website, www.jazzblues.co.nz or at any of the seven venues in Paihia, Waitangi and Russell during the weekend. Kokomo, Tauranga
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Long-time Whangarei resident Denis Hewitt recalls a time when it was said ‘Northland sank a couple of inches into the sea’…
uring the Second World War, while all of Europe and the British Empire’s soldiers were struggling to contain and defeat Nazi Germany, Japan decided to make the most of the situation and expand her territories into the Paciﬁc. Australia and New Zealand were there for the taking and Japan knew it. We were defenceless. What few ﬁghting men we had were already involved in the European conﬂict. Even if they were at home, it was impossible, as it still is now, for New Zealand or Australia to defend themselves against a strong nation such as Japan in the nineteen forties. We didn’t have the manpower, the guns, the boats or the ammunition. We never will. Both Australia and New Zealand were completely defenceless. Mother England was on her knees as was the British Empire. None of them could possibly come to our aid. We were done for. My poor parents and all the other parents and people in New Zealand were horriﬁed. I can’t imagine how they felt. Or can I? A ruthless, cruel enemy at our doorstep and there was nothing that they could do to save their children and their fellow New Zealanders. There was absolutely nothing that they could do but prepare for the worst. And then came the Americans! When the battle-weary American troops arrived in Wellington, the Wellington people lined the streets in their thousands and cheered and cheered the Americans. God bless America! New Zealand thought that they could save us. The Americans were not nearly so conﬁdent. They thought that they had lost New Zealand. The troops that arrived in Wellington at that time were worn out from ﬁghting in the tropics. They were emaciated, injured and suffering from tropical diseases, particularly malaria. The Wellington people took them into their homes and fed and cared for them. The Americans loved them for that. Meanwhile, thousands of other American servicemen were arriving in other parts
of New Zealand. These included younger soldiers who were just learning to ﬁght. Many thousands arrived in Northland, Whangarei in particular. We welcomed them with open arms. We welcomed their airplanes, we welcomed their tanks, we welcomed their massive guns and all of their modern ammunition. Such was the weight of all this gun power, it was said that Northland sank a couple of inches into the sea! Most of all we welcomed the men. They were such pleasant and polite young people. Very generous, a bit bewildered and homesick. We billeted them in our homes and our daughters danced with them at night. The USA had learnt a valuable lesson from the disaster in Pearl Harbour. When they came to New Zealand, they dispersed their troops over a wide area and attempted to conceal most of the camp sites. There were American camps, it seemed, under every block of taraire trees that surrounded Whangarei: Maunu, Maungatapere, Kensington Park, Moody Ave and Three Mile Bush, Kamo. It was well that they did conceal them as the Japanese had launched
We never heard from our American friends after the war. Sadly, we realise that most of them died in the Paciﬁc, ﬁghting for their freedom and ours.
Rock walls and taraire trees beside Rotomate Rd where the Americans had an army camp during World War two.
had dollars to spend and give away to the kids. Chocolates and lollies and freshly-baked bread covered in lard were freely given to lines of Kiwi kids. Sadly, some Whangarei shopkeepers ripped our Americans friends off by grossly overcharging for food and other goods. I was told that the Americans were overwhelmed by the local people’s hospitality and they tried to reciprocate by helping wherever possible. They helped re-form Three Mile Bush Rd and helped build some of the stone walls. Many must have died here. Train loads of injured ﬁghters were off-loaded at the American hospital at Whangarei Boys’ High School. Others died in training exercises, especially when practising landing on our beaches. Much to the horror of our teenage Kiwi boys, who were training with them, the American soldiers used live ammunition, even when training. The Kiwis soon learnt to keep their heads down! I am unaware of any places where the Americans were buried in Kamo or Whangarei so I expect that it is true, as I have been told, that all the bodies were returned to the USA. Certainly, when they left Kamo they were very tidy, cleaned up and took everything with them. Apart from two concrete pads, you would never know that a huge army was camped in Three Mile Bush. We never heard from our American friends after the war. Sadly, we realise that most of them died in the Paciﬁc, ﬁghting for their freedom and ours. In many places, in many other parts of the world, where our Kiwi soldiers fought and died, great memorials have been built in their memory. Those people were, and generations later, still are, just so grateful for the sacriﬁces our young men made in ﬁghting for their homes. I ask you, is there anywhere in Whangarei or Kamo where a memorial has been built to similarly remember those gallant young American soldiers and airmen who saved our country from being overrun by a ruthless enemy? Many thousands of those young Americans died ﬁghting in the Paciﬁc. I have yet to ﬁnd a memorial reminding us and thanking them. In fact, sad as it really is, most of the people now living in Whangarei have no idea that thousands of American soldiers actually lived in Whangarei during the war and their very presence and their heroic efforts in the Paciﬁc conquered a ruthless enemy. Without the Americans neither you nor I would be here today!
Thank God for the Americans
a small sea plane from a submarine near the Hen and Chickens Islands. This plane ﬂew over Northland, Whangarei in particular, presumably looking for the Americans and also for ideal places to land on our beaches. My father, Captain Arthur (Bill) Hewitt was second in command of the defence forces from Auckland to the North Cape. From all the available information that he had received it appeared that the Japanese intended landing in Bream Bay, Ruakaka, Marsden Point, Uretiti and the Whangarei Harbour. In Three Mile Bush, Kamo, there were at least four separate army camps. There were at least two American camps and, as I have been told, two New Zealand camps. One American camp was beside Rotomate Rd under the taraire trees. The other was in Forest View Rd. The late Robbie Pohe said that this camp comprised mainly African Americans. He commented on how pleasant they all were and how they, with the other Americans, endeared themselves to the Kamo residents. When my father visited the Three Mile Bush camps, he was amazed to ﬁnd that the ofﬁcers’ tents had carpets on the ﬂoors! Dad’s house never had a carpet on the ﬂoor! The soldiers were well looked after by their own people. They were ‘wealthy’ compared to us Kiwis. The men had silk stockings to give away to our girls, and their mothers. They
– Abridged from the True Tales of Kamo.
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“Night duty just seemed to ﬁt our
Vinnie enjoying retirement in the country with husband Jack. Photo: Liz Inch
lifestyle.” This entailed 11pm starts and 7am ﬁnishes and Vinnie would arrive home by 7.30am as Jack, a self-employed builder, was heading out the door. She would then get the kids off to school, before closing the curtains on the day and retiring to bed. But Vinnie, 69, doesn’t feel like she missed out on anything and she certainly didn’t let her nocturnal lifestyle affect her role as a mother.
BY JODI BRYANT
he thought of carrying out 40 years of full-time night shifts would make many shudder. But for Vinnie Walters, who raised two children during these years, it suited her to a T. It’s weeks after her retirement but, after being actively immersed in renovations to their country cottage with husband Jack, Vinnie ﬁnally takes time to reﬂect. Vinnie was 17 when she began nurse training at Whangarei Hospital. She completed this in 1971 but put her career on hold to have a family. In 1978, she returned as an enrolled nurse and worked in women’s health/gynaecology. Here she began night shifts, which evolved to Monday-Friday, allowing weekends off. Women’s health later combined with surgical services and Vinnie worked in this surgical short stay ward ever since. “I did a day shift stint once and it was terrible!” she exclaims. “I had to get up at 5.30am, leave home at 6.30, get home at 4pm and there was washing to be done, tea to be cooked – I felt like I was on-the-go all the time.
“I seemed to have more opportunities because, when you’re on dayshift, you have
a big achievement these days’. “There was always an adult at home so
Retirement plans include a cruise with Jack, who has been retired himself for ﬁve
to ask for time off. If there was a school activity, I’d go to that. If there was a funeral
we didn’t need to worry about childcare. The way life was, you needed two incomes
years, more time with her four grandkids and Vinnie has no plans to return for the
to go to at 10am, I’d schedule my sleep around it.”
to have a decent life and that’s the way life still is today. The good thing was we always
odd shift. “No, I’ve fully-retired as I might get itchy
Described at her farewell as ‘one of the Whangarei Hospital Legends’, her
had the weekends together.” Indeed, the weekends were spent getting
feet and would just want to come back and do more.
colleagues are still mystiﬁed as to how she survived those hours.
that much-needed Vitamin D and ﬁtness ﬁx with games of tennis, along with Mondays,
“Just keeping in contact with a few of the girls from work is what I want to do and
“How have you managed all those years doing ﬁve nights a week and sleeping
fresh from a weekend off, before heading back to work that night.
day trips and I’m hoping to get back into tennis.
in the day and then going back to sleeping normally at the weekends?” they
In her ward, Vinnie was renowned for many medical skills, and has mentored
So how might Vinnie be settling into normal functioning hours now that she is
questioned. “It is the ultimate mystery to us all. All we know for sure is that night shifts
countless new graduate nurses and staff and was often called on for advice from
retired? “Actually, I’m waking up so early in the
have just suited you and we know they have certainly suited us!”
peers, who described her as a ‘pool of resources’ while able to remain calm and
morning it’s unreal. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, I still just keep waking at
“I’d often have a split sleep,” Vinnie explains, adding that she could probably
composed and with a cheerful sense of humour even on her ﬁfth night.
5.30am! So now I just get up and go for a walk around the block ten times. I do have
sleep standing up. “When the kids went to school at 8am, I’d jump into bed and
“It’s the comradeship built up over all those years and every-day contact with
a little nod off in the afternoon because, I don’t know, I got up too early I suppose.”
usually wake about 1pm and do chores or shopping or go to appointments. Then the
staff I will miss. I even miss it now. The friends you make become life-long friends.
kids would come home so I’d get tea ready and hop back in bed at 7.30pm, then get
“I loved the job. Of course, you’re going to have your odd patient who’s not
back up, shower and go to work.” Vinnie says, after Jack arrived home from
compliant but, on the whole, they’re just lovely. They felt really grateful for what you
work at 5.30pm, they would always eat dinner together as a family ‘which is quite
did and you just felt you wanted to do more for them – it’s part of being a nurse.”
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t a time where people are spending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars looking for the perfect cat or dog, there is a potential goldmine of heart-ﬁlling, soul-soothing, life-changing pets that are right under our noses. They might only be a fraction of the price but are equally, if not more, fulﬁlling than their more expensive counterparts!
All over Northland there are countless numbers of pets in need of rescue within numerous rescue organisations. One of the oldest and busiest being the SPCA, which is full of fantastic people who care for all these pets in preparation that someday someone will come along and invite them into their lives. The feeling you get when rescuing a pet is one of the best feelings you can have. Sure, it may not feel like the biggest thing in the world to you, but, to the animal and the people in places like the SPCA, it means everything! Every year thousands of pets are taken in by the SPCA and they try diligently to ensure the best outcome for all of them. But they need help from prospective pet buyers to consider looking beyond the glitz and glamour of the pedigree pet world and opening their homes to these wonderful rescue canines and felines. There was a time it was maybe deemed a little unfashionable to own a rescue pet and there has been a common misconception that rescue pets are aggressive, badly trained, not sociable, have health problems etc… This is simply not the truth as rescue pets are every bit as cute and cuddly as a pedigree and there is never a pet adopted out of the SPCA that is not suitable. All pets are checked over by vets and vaccinated. They also have behaviour and temperament assessments and, if there are any medical or temperament issues, then any prospective adopter will know about these from the start. Because all this work has been put in by the SPCA staff and volunteers, it means that
they can then help match you with a rescue pet that suits your family, your lifestyle and, most of all, your personality! So, if you are thinking about getting a new pet or have room for one more, then take a visit to the SPCA or any of the other recognised rescue organisations and help make some new memories for some pets who probably haven’t had too many good ones! And if you don’t have space in your life for a pet but still want to help, then maybe take a look at volunteering or making a donation to a rescue charity. It’s the next best thing to adopting a pet!
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• How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot • How to Bee
• Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands • Bobby, the Littlest War Hero • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts • I am Jellyﬁsh
Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story Explore! Aotearoa New Zealand’s Great White Sharks Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures • The New Zealand Wars Staff Pick:Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story This wonderfully bold and abundant book, large in format and scope, takes us from Aotearoa’s prehistory to the modern day with stories of the people, places and events that have shaped us. The dramatic and details illustrations, with taha Maori integrated throughout, are completed by minimal text providing context and inspiration to ﬁnd out more. A book for every home, school and library.
• Lyla: Through My Eyes • My New Zealand Story • The Thunderbolt Pony Staff Pick: Lyla: Through My Eyes A dramatic teen-view of the Christchurch earthquakes. Lyla is at the mall when a big quake strikes. Having lost touch with her friends and family, she ﬁnds her way home through a crumpled city. The long days and weeks that follow bring new challenges, and Lyla works with others to help with the clean-up and opening their home to those in need. A vivid insight into terrifying events and the impact on those who experienced them.
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• Hineahuone • Te Tamati me te Aihe • Tu meme Tui Staff Pick: Tu meme Tui The skilful use of kawaha (colloquialisms) and playful huarite (rhymes) all in te reo Maori plait a courageous tale of manu (bird) against predators. Balanced by stylishly detailed illustrations of native wildlife and fauna within Aotearoa, the adventure starts with Tere Ta ﬂittering from plant to plant. He comes across ground-bound and scratching Taita Takahe and is intrigued by his quirky difference.
• Because Everything is Right but Everything is Wrong
PICTURE BOOK AWARD
eyes of Soﬁa’s family and community in a simpler but charged time. A joyous reimagining of the dark chapter in New
• Granny McFlitter & the Champion Knitter • I am a Jellyﬁsh
Zealand’s immigration history, told superbly with humour, warmth and corn beef stew.
• That’s not the Monster we Ordered • The Gift Horse • The Longest Breakfast Staff Pick: I am Jellyﬁsh Delicious jokes and humour drift through this book, beautifully matching the evocative and playful illustrations. With deft rhythm, the text gently educates and informs the reader about the secret life of jellyﬁsh while entertaining with laugh-out-loud moments. Colours, style and page production all come together to create a perfect story about the perils and triumphs of an unlikely sea hero.
• Into the White • My New Zealand Story : Dawn Raid • Pieces of you • The Traitor and the Thief Staff Pick: My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid A seriously funny story following Samoan life in Porirua in the 1970s, Soﬁa Savea gives us laugh-out-loud moments as she gets a milk run, saves for boots, and observers her crazy brothers’ antics. An era of protest is recreated through the
Here you see what our staff picks are in each of the seven categories. Pop into Storytime for an entry form where you can cast your vote in our ballot box. There’s a $50 store voucher for the person who picks the most winners, and another $50 drawn randomly from all completed ballots.
Each year the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announce their nominations in late June, just like the Oscars. The winners are being announced this year on August 8 at a lavish banquet in Wellington, and we at Storytime thought we’d have a bit of WIN a fun and see what you would pick. $
• Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures Staff Pick: Giants, Trolls,Witches, Beasts Myths and legends from around the world featuring witches, dragons and mythical creatures are brought to splendid life in a range of comic formats. Each tale has its own distinct style and colour palette. A skilful use of different viewpoints and a range of frames and layouts make for lively reading and bring a freshness and vitality to the familiar and lesserknown tales, providing a rich visual storytelling experience.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION • Because Everything is Right but Everything is Wrong • Catch Me When You Fall • In the Dark Spaces • Sticking with Pigs • The Traitor and the Thief Staff Pick: The Traitor and the Thief When Sin is caught thieving in the market, he is taken to a special school to learn new skills. These skills will put his life in danger but they will also save him. He will learn who to trust, and earn a new life packed with adventure and excitement. This book is full of action, fun, secrets, spy-craft, derring-do, untrustworthy classmates, a castiron set of rules, steampunk goodness and a dose of thrills.
BOOK OF THE YEAR Staff Pick:Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story When we ﬁrst saw this book at Storytime we fell in love, every page opens to a selfcontained double-page spread on some aspect of New Zealand’s history. There was so much that we didn’t know in this book that we were still enjoying it months later.
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ew Zealanders have a bit of a love affair with villas and bungalows. Sure they have their downfalls, like being cold and drafty with questionable layout and ﬂow. But we forgive them for these sins because they’re relatively easy things to ﬁx and we’re suckers for a renovation. At the end of the day, villas and bungalows have the kind of street appeal, charm and character that you just can’t buy new, yet mixes perfectly with new. With that in mind, here’s a guide for how to modernise a character home the right way.
Insulate & Heat The biggest downfall of an older character home is that energy efﬁciency was really not on the radar when they were built. No insulation, drafts and a lack of heating appliances are issues you want to address early on for the sake of your health and comfort. Address insulation ﬁrst by adding it to the ceiling and ﬂoor then walls if you have the budget. Rattly sash windows can be draught-proofed and retroﬁtting with double glazing is always a good option too. For the most natural looking gas ﬁreplaces that have the added bonus of convenience and heat, you can’t go past a Gas Fireplace. While the perception is that gas ﬁreplaces are costly to run, the truth is a modern, close-fronted gas ﬁreplace costs the same to run as a wood ﬁre.
GUIDE TO MODERNISING A VILLA OR BUNGALOW
Connect old with new One of the most important things to get right when modernising an old home is the cohesion of the new with the old. Without good aesthetic ﬂow, any extension will feel disjointed and ‘hacked on.’ This doesn’t mean the new part of the house can’t be clean and modern, this look works well in villas and bungalows, but make sure you continue the same colour schemes and materials throughout the home for continuity. Jessop Architects always speciﬁes the kitchen to keep the look consistent with the whole of the house. So, for example if dark oak wardrobes and cabinetry has been used in the bedrooms and laundry, this matches the kitchen.
Honour Heritage Where you can work with existing features of the home, these are likely to be of a very high quality. The original ﬂoors of bungalow or villas, for example, typically have solid tongue and groove ﬂoorboards made from native timbers. Try to recycle what you can, such as old doors and ﬂoorboards. Restoring them back to their former glory is cost-effective and rewarding. Just beware of rot and borer with ﬂoorboards – if there’s too much, you might want to look at laying new ﬂoor over top. This is often a better option than replacing completely as you could come across issues once the ﬂoor is taken up. For sourcing additional character features, try Trademe. You can also buy new at Bungalow & Villa. They specialise in manufacturing renovation products for character homes and can even custom-make products.
Shake up the Layout Villas and bungalows are all about street appeal, but the back of the house is a different story. It’s like they used up all their energy making the front of the house and just ran out of time when it came to the back. Typically, the homes were designed around a central corridor with rooms opening off each side, with the bedrooms and living rooms at the front of the house and the kitchen and laundry at the back. This back section is known as the ‘lean to’ and its connection with the backyard of the house makes it rife for renovation. A popular solution for these homes is to open the back rooms up and create one large kitchen, dining and living space with outdoor patio or deck that ﬂows onto the backyard. Adding large doors and windows maximises light and space in this area. Another bonus of this is the front of the house is left untouched structurally so you get to keep the best of the character features.
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Traditional room Warm up a deep navy room, ﬁnished in Resene Indian Ink, with red accents and grey, with Resene Persian Red, Resene Bastille and Resene Negroni. Project by Kate Alexander. Photo by Bryce Carleton.
WAYS WITH NAVY Navy blue is a classic colour that will always be on trend, whether it’s in the fashion arena or the home. Interior designers and homeowners cautious of using such a deep hue indoors should take a look at these creative tips to introduce the tone without making a house seem smaller and darker. Statement wall For those bold enough to paint walls in this colour, start small with a feature wall or two. Too much dark colour in one space can make rooms appear smaller, so try coating one wall in a shade like Resene True Blue and keeping the others neutral in a cream or white colour. Break up the dark expanse with contrasting mirrors, picture frames and pieces of art that will help the blue appear lighter and more interesting. If you want to step things up with a bit of texture or pattern, a navy blue wallpaper can add interest to a room and work well with light wooden furniture in a kitchen or dining room. Dining furniture If the thought of coating your walls in navy doesn’t appeal, stick to pieces of furniture. One room blue works well in is the dining room, especially if you want to add a touch of understated glamour and opulence to the design scheme. Look for sleek, square wooden chairs and a large table to coat in a glossy shade of navy, or make the room ﬁt for a royal with ornate furniture items covered in the colour. 24 | SAVVY
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Windows and doors A current decorating trend that is as
dark ﬂoorboards. Team with splashes of crisp white, exposed wood and bright red,
effective as it is simple is painting doors and window frames in a contrasting colour to the
such as Resene Red Berry, for a modern take on a sailing design. Avoid being too obvious
rest of your home. This works especially well against a white backdrop, such as Resene
with anchor imagery, and instead allow your colours to do the talking.
Alabaster, with navy windows and doors providing a point of difference. You can also
replace door knobs and window shutters to match the new blue decor, or get funky
Bathrooms are some of the easiest areas to update in the home, as often all it takes is a
with patterned ﬁxtures in a navy and white design.
change of towels for the room to feel new again. Soap dispensers, toothbrush holders,
any artwork and other decorations that are kept in this room can all be switched out
White and neutral kitchens look great when they have a bit of colour added, and
with dark blue replacements.
a splashback is a great option for this. Navy tiles, whether glossy or matte, can
Outdoor furniture Homes that feel too small for navy or are
quickly update this space and work well with stainless steel appliances, or choose a
already quite dark can add touches of the classic colour in their outdoor decor. Sun
favourite navy for a backpainted splashback.
loungers, tables and chairs in the colour make for a modern update on traditional
Dinnerware Navy plates, cutlery and glassware look
fantastic with almost any colour scheme and design, and are an inexpensive way to
Pop of colour If you’re on a strict budget or are simply
introduce this trend into your home. Food can look dramatic and vibrant against darker
trying navy on for size, consider small ways you can introduce it to rooms. Get your
crockery, so your cooking will look better than ever.
favourite navy paint colour in a Resene testpot and use it to paint frames, small
accessories or a feature on furniture. Couch cushions with a hint of the colour in the
Seaside homes, or those taking inspiration from nautical designs, can incorporate navy
pattern, candle sticks, painted frames and even napkins can all be a subtle way to add
everywhere from striped linen through to
navy to your design scheme.
Modern Room Deep blue is perfect for modern day living. Team a deep blue wall painted in Resene Indian Ink with Resene Teal Blue, Resene Midwinter Mist, Resene Silver Aluminium and Resene Kalgoorie Sands. Project by Kate Alexander. Photo by Bryce Carleton.
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Drapery solutions for difﬁcult to dress windows Some windows are just hard to dress and it seems easier to ignore them. Let the team at Frazerhurst give you some ideas.
DIFFICULT DORMERS AND SMALL WINDOWS These small, tucked-away windows can be a pain to dress due to their small size and awkward location. You need to aim for a minimal look. Try Blinds or Shutters from the New Zealand Weathermaster® range. Fabric Romans will also look wonderful.
ROUND OR PORTHOLE WINDOWS
In a dramatic and exciting example like this one, you’re best options are Venetian Blinds, Verosol® pleated blinds, Vertical blinds or Shutters. All of these have an angled headrail option. If you have even-height windows, you could hang drapes on the outside of the frame to make your windows look like one cohesive unit.
You have two choices here: Embrace the look with a rail mounted well above with ﬂowing drapes and hold backs each side, framing the window to create a romantic frame. Or choose a Rollershade in a colour to match the wall. Mount it high above the window so it is visually out of the way during the day but can be rolled down at night.
THE BAY WINDOW
There are lots of different options for New Zealand’s muchloved bay windows. Try working inside the bay with panels that cover each window. Consider anything from the New Zealand Weathermaster’s® range of blinds and shutters. Consider treating the whole bay as one single unit with a track and drapery option of ceiling to the ﬂoor fabric or frame the window by following the bay with a bent track and curtains. Why not do both!
Our love to hate favourites. We love the room being ﬂooded with all that natural light but we hate the UV insidiously eating away at our interior furnishings. New Zealand Weathermaster® has two excellent options; The elegant Honeycomb construction Whisper® blinds and the metal-backed pleated Verosol® blinds. Both can be manual or automatically operated.
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FEIJOAS, SUCH AN EASY FRUIT TREE TO GROW! Feijoas are a really hardy fruit tree. They can handle dry coastal conditions (once established) right through to damp winter clay.
BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD
Varieties generally available are: Unique – One of the earliest ripening varieties, Feb/March.
Mammoth – Large round to oval fruit, with gritty ﬂesh but
Very sweet and juicy, medium- sized fruit. Self-fertile.
a great ﬂavour. Is self-fertile but will have larger fruit if pollinated with another variety nearby such as Triumph.
Gemini – Has a smaller, smooth-skinned dark green oval fruit with a highly-ﬂavoured ﬂesh. The ﬂesh is a little gritty.
Ripens in March/April.
Is self-fertile but will crop better with another variety nearby. Ripens in March.
Triumph – Medium to large-sized fruit. Flesh is slightly gritty but with good seed to pulp ratio. Lovely sharp ﬂavour. Bears
They do grow best in full sun but will grow quite happily in
Apollo – A vigorous growing variety with large, aromatic
heavily if pollinated with another variety, such as Mammoth. Ripens in April.
half day shade as well. They grow reasonably quickly into a good-sized shrub/small tree at around 4m tall, and 3m wide. Or they can be kept smaller with regular pruning and they do
rough-skinned very sweet fruit. Partially self–fertile but pollination with a different variety is essential for large fruit.
Sellowiana – This is a seed-grown Feijoa which is great for
Ripens in March.
hedging. No guarantee of what type of fruit you may get, may be small, may be good sized, may crop heavily or not at all.
Brett’s Delight – An improved selection forming a compact, medium-sized tree. A true heavy cropper with delicious,
Any fruit is an added bonus when these are used principally as a hedge.
make a great hedge. All varieties (apart from Unique) fruit much better when planted with another variety to pollinate them. And as the varieties all ripen at slightly different times, you could buy one of each and get a long feijoa fruit season rather than a glut all at once.
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Roast winter fruit with port and spiced mascarpone INGREDIENTS • 1 knob Butter, to grease dish • 3 Pears • ½ cup Caster sugar • 1 Vanilla bean • 2 Oranges, juice and zest • 2 Tbsp Water • 4 Tamarillos, peeled but left whole • 3 Persimmons, peeled and halved • 1 cup Port • 4 stalks Rhubarb, cut into 10cm lengths • 1 cup Mascarpone • 1 tsp Ginger, ground • ½ tsp Cinnamon, ground • 1 tsp Honey, warmed DIRECTIONS • Preheat oven to 170C. Grease a baking dish with butter. Halve the pears and remove the cores. • Put into the dish, hollow side up. Sprinkle with sugar and dot each with ½ tsp of butter. • Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds over the pears. Tuck the bean into the dish. • Sprinkle over the orange zest and juice. Add the water. Cover tightly with a lid or use foil and roast for 45 minutes. • Add prepared persimmons and tamarillos to the roasting dish with the port. Recover and return to the
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SLOW COOKED BEEF CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS • 1½ kgs Shin beef, on the bone • 1 sprinkle Flour, to lightly cover meat
• 2 Carrots, diced • 2 stalks Celery, diced
• ½ cup Balsamic vinegar • 2 cups Beef stock
• 3 Tbsp Oil • 4 cloves Garlic, ﬁnely chopped
• 2 Bay leaves • 2 sprigs Thyme
• 1 tin Tomatoes • 1 Potato, diced
• 1 Onion, ﬁnely chopped
• 1 cup Red wine
• 1 small handful Parsley, to garnish
DIRECTIONS the rest of the oil. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8
• Preheat oven to 160C. Dry beef with paper towels and dust lightly with ﬂour. Heat an ovenproof dish on a high heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil and brown the beef bones on all
minutes or until the vegetables soften but
sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
not brown. Increase the heat and add the balsamic vinegar. Cook off for 2 minutes making sure to scrape the bottom of the
• Reduce the heat to medium and add
dish to release all of the ﬂavour stuck to the bottom. Add the wine, bring to a simmer and cook till reduced by half. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the
• Cook for an hour. Remove the tinfoil and cook for another hour. • Remove from the oven and allow to rest
meat back into the dish and add tomatoes
for 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley and
and potato, bring to a simmer. Cover with tinfoil and place in the oven.
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Restaurant and Bar
t was a miserable, wet midday in
Whangarei so stepping into the cosy bustle of Essence Café was a welcome relief. There are plenty of tables to choose from – either at the front where you can watch the city life, or out the back for more privacy. Alfresco dining is also an option but not this rainy day. This day, the tables were occupied for a mix of business meetings, general catch-ups, or by those taking a quiet moment and reading from the range of publications on offer. The cabinets were brimming with choices,
While the mains were cooked, I sipped on my mocha, which was seriously delicious! I’ve never had such a creamy
not to mention the blackboard menus, so it was a process of elimination, eventually whittling it down to the creamy mushrooms on toast ($14 served with a poached egg) or the roast chicken and camembert panini for $11.20. I opted for the latter, along with a moccaccino and a slice of cheesecake pecan pie, $5.50 for afters. My dining partner ordered the ‘Eggs Benedict Essence Style’, which is served on toast ciabatta, topped with baby spinach, two hash browns, poached eggs and homemade
moccaccino – yum. The mains were brought out at just the right time and were beautifully-presented. Actually, everything was. Even the eggs benedict plate was decorated with a paprika swirl pattern, perhaps in a nod to Matariki? The serving of bacon was generous and the consistency of the eggs, mixed with the hollandaise sauce was perfect. As well as roast chicken and camembert, the panini came with tomato, red onion, spinach and with spicy plum sauce on the side. I deﬁnitely made the right choice here!
hollandaise for $16.50 or $20.00 with bacon. This was followed with a slice of vegan, gluten and dairy-free Snickers Slice, $5.50. The blackboard includes menus for both breakfast and lunch (Essence is open until 3pm fyi), a kids’ menu, plus a specials menu, which includes a choice of custom-making your own big brekkie by adding sides to the bacon and eggs. We seated and our waitress asked the order in which we would like our food served, which was nice. At some places,
The waitress delivered our sweet treats and this was a treat alright – eating cheesecake during the day and with a topping you wouldn’t ﬁnd in a supermarket variety. Both were delectably-creamy and caramelly infused with a nut ﬂavour throughout. It was a struggle, but I was brought up to eat everything on my plate so did. Plus, I cannot waste top-quality food like this. However, dinner that night, if any, would be very light indeed. The setting is pleasant, as are the staff, the
you’re bombarded with everything at once so some of it goes cold, or it is delivered in the wrong order.
menu extensive and well-priced and the food is staggered at just the right times. Oh, and it’s ﬁlling and scrumptious!
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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month
1970 NZ Trekka
BY GERALDINE CRAW
‘I remember these, what a terrible vehicle’, or ‘These were great’, is the mixed response by gentlemen of a certain age, to the blue Trekka displayed in our English Shed. The Trekka is the only motor vehicle to
the running-gear for our wool. However, this was too much for the department of
be designed and mass-produced in New Zealand. While other vehicles were built,
Elwood did a deal with Motokov and procured the parts they needed.
none reached mass-production. Between 1966 and 1973, 2,500 Trekkas were built.
With a high proportion of the Trekka produced in New Zealand and the Skoda
The Trekka was initially designed by Phil Andrews’ Motor Lines company, a
kit purchased at bargain prices, this made the Trekka almost the cheapest road-going
ﬁrm which imported Skoda vehicles. It was manufactured by Motor Holdings,
vehicle available in New Zealand at 899.00 pounds.
Otahuhu. The vehicles were locally built and the running-gear was from the Skoda
The vehicle was aimed at farmers, giving them a cheaper option to the imported
Octavia, imported in kit-set form from Czechoslovakia.
utes and FWD’s. The production model was two-wheel drive with limited slip-diff ﬁtted
Now the story gets interesting. The Trekka was a product of import
Industries and Commerce of the day, they couldn’t deal with the concept of a barter, despite wanting to conserve overseas funds. In the end, Phil Andrews and Brian
to many. However, the lowering of import tariffs
restrictions designed to encourage higher New Zealand content in locally-assembled
in the 1970s saw the end of New Zealand’s local vehicle assembly and the Trekka
vehicles. Phil Andrews negotiated with the Czech
lost its advantage and eventually ceased production in late 1973.
company Motokov for the supply of the Skoda mechanical kits. It seems Motokov
There are relatively few Trekkas left but its story has become recognised as a part
knew New Zealand had a surplus of wool and indicated they were keen to barter
of ‘Kiwiana’. It is a uniquely New Zealand product with a place in popular culture.
Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless The shortest day has gone, we are in the
Softbaits, slow jigs, and ledger rigs are all
middle of winter and plenty of ﬁsh are being caught. Some very good snapper are being
catching nice ﬁsh or slow drifting while softbaiting. Try dragging a bait on a long 5-10
caught off the rocks in the Bland Bay area and, at this time of year, rock ﬁshing from
metre trace with the sinker above the swivel - the bouncing, dragging sinker disturbs the
Mangawhai, all the way up to Cape Reinga can be very good. Plenty of trophy snapper
bottom and the bait comes wafting along behind - this can be very effective.
come into the wash to feed. Big baits, strong gear and a good burley trail can make exciting,
Those succulent terakihi are now on the bite, mostly in depths of 50 metres or more.
rewarding ﬁshing. Amongst the bigger ﬁsh, are good eating medium-size snapper and often
‘Terakihi terrors’ rigged on softbait rods are very effective when used with small tough
good trevally and kahawhai. Torpedo ﬁshing is also a good way to winter ﬁsh from both of our
oily baits like salted bonito. These rigs will also handle the occasional small hapuka we
northern coasts. Out of Whangarei, good snapper catches
get amongst the terakihi during the winter and into spring. Deploying a softbait and/or
have been coming from patches of foul in 15 to 20 metres of water out from Waipu.
slow jig and leaving your rod in a spare rod holder can often increase your catch.
Andrew Rawlingson has been getting good results from his jetski, ﬁshing well out between Hen Island and Sail Rock in 50-60 metres and using slow jigs and ﬂutter jigs. Using his sounder to ﬁnd ﬁsh congregations, he has caught good snapper. Andrew uses a sea anchor to slow his drift right down and reports that this makes a big difference. Also varying his technique; slow retrieve/ fast retrieve/jerky retrieve, if the ﬁsh aren’t responding, he changes his technique. It can make a big difference. If you are chasing kingﬁsh, there are reports of good kahawhai schools in the Taiharuru and Ngunguru areas, some with some very good kingﬁsh below them. Are you a shellfish gatherer? A twoyear ban on all shellfish gathering in Whangarei from Snake Bank and Mair Bank starts July 1. You would be wise to contact the Ministry of Fisheries for details. Tight lines.
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Keep your mental health up over winter BY MICHAEL BOTUR
• I’m here to listen whenever you want to share. If you are having low moods every day, phoning Lifeline is a good start and may lead to your doctor helping out (phone 0800LIFELINE or text ‘Help’ to 4357). Winter worsens our mental health for lots of reasons - there’s no daylight after work, it’s challenging to do washing or exercise, and Winston Peters is Acting Prime Minister. There are a few simple and shame-free instructions you can follow, though, to get your moods in a good place, and it all starts with owning your moods. Be like my liberal pinko friends and use phrases like “I’m anxious” or “I’m worried” or “Recently I’ve been unhappy… .” Don’t tell people to “Swallow some concrete pills” or “Sack it up.” Instead, try saying these sorts of things to people you care about: • Tell me how you feel about that. • Are you eating and exercising right?
And now, some winter mood-lifting advice for you: Cross That River You won’t ﬁnd spiritual satisfaction by binge-watching Lightbox. Instead, doing something as simple as walking a loop of a cul-de-sac you’ve never been down will help you feel happy. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, who emerged from a druggy kitchen in his 40s then completely revolutionised his life, “If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river.”
Have muddy mini-adventures. In healthy doses, risky activities can stimulate brain function and relationships or reduce symptoms of depression. You should ﬁnd going into the wilderness and getting wet and muddy is wholesome, cheap, and replenishing. I personally go hiking and mountain-biking. There is even an entire therapeutic specialty around this: Adventure Therapy. Don’t dwell online (unless you’re on Depression.org.nz) Reading vicious whiny hipster rants on The Spinoff may seem like therapeutic problemsharing, but sitting alone in one place staring at a bright screen late into the night is bad for your sleep, and bad sleep means bad moods. Piles of evidence tells us that faceto-face human contact is better for keeping depression away than lurking online. Find someone today to share a cuppa.
Depression isn’t just a bad day Head to TheLowDown.co.nz or Depression.org.nz. Both websites offer checklists helping you distinguish the ﬂeeting disgruntlement of having your short story rejected by Landfall from clinical depression which requires a medical intervention. Walking around the block isn’t dorky Kids and teens think walking is wack and driving is dope. They’ve got it all backwards though: walk around the block and you’ll feel less anxious about your neighbourhood, your brain will release delightful hormones, your blood pressure will ease, and you’ll receive mental stimulation including ideas for excellent NZME columns.
The Owl and the Pussycat Returns Whangarei-based theatre collective Company of Giants is bringing back their familiar classic The Owl and the Pussycat for this weekend only at ONEONESIX. As part of a fundraising effort before they head to central Auckland to present it at the Civic Theatre’s Winter Garden in association with Auckland Live, four shows have been slotted for Whangarei. The show was a hit with audiences at its inception in an empty shop front in Cameron St in 2014. It went on to be the ﬁrst show presented in what is now known as ONEONESIX - just before the company took over the building’s lease in collaboration with the Whangarei District Council. Today ONEONESIX continues to be maintained by Company of Giants, and has become a vibrant community, arts and performance space. Says director Laurel Devenie: “It is a piece that has pleased audiences of all ages wherever we’ve gone and we are excited to bring it back to Whangarei, a little sharper
than it was last time with a few more musical numbers to get people going. “It is full of joy, colour, magic and delight and celebrates a world where people that don’t belong anywhere, ﬁnd companionship and communion. The characters are rambunctious and out of control and are very hard not to fall in love with!” Adapted from Edward Lear’s classic poem The Owl and the Pussycat, the show is set in Whangarei, with the ﬁve-part ensemble drawing on their own experiences growing up there to create the fantastical show. The Owl and the Pussycat kicks off in Whangarei today with two shows a day before the company heads South. This is a tale of delight and wonder set to the dusky hues of a late-night jazz club and a small guitar and is a show that appeals to all ages. Coffee and treats will be available. 116 Bank Street - Saturday July 7 & Sunday July 8. Tickets $15 adults, $10 concession, $7 children under ﬁve.
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Rangi-whakaoma (Castlepoint), Wairarapa. Photograph by Michael HallHall
An exhibition developed by Te Papa that celebrates a great Polynesian voyager’s connections with New Zealand. Kupe is regarded by many iwi (tribes) as the ancestor who discovered this country. Kupe Sites, a touring exhibition from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explores the stories of Kupe’s encounter with New Zealand through names of various landmarks and places and even the name Aotearoa. Some iwi tell the story of Kupe setting out from his homeland Hawaiki in pursuit of Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, a giant octopus. Others recount how Kupe, in love with his nephew’s wife, took her husband ﬁshing, left him out at sea to drown, then ﬂed from the family’s vengeance. Whether he was the pursuer or the pursued, Kupe and his stories are of immense importance to the many iwi who trace their whakapapa (genealogy) back through him. While the stories vary, they all celebrate a remarkable voyager who settled a new land and charted a route through the Paciﬁc for later navigators to follow.
Te Kawau-a-toru (the pet shag of Kupe), French Pass, Marlborough. Photograph by Michael Hall
Kupe Sites presents these stories through photographs of places from four areas that have strong traditions of links to Kupe – Northland, Wairarapa, the Wellington region, and the top of the South Island. The exhibition has its origin in research undertaken for the exhibition Voyagers: Discovering the Paciﬁc at Te Papa in 2002. Kupe was one of four notable Paciﬁc voyagers whose achievements were
celebrated in that exhibition. Te Papa researchers, along with photographer Michael Hall, visited the four areas and worked with iwi there to capture these powerful images. Kupe Sites offers visitors a unique encounter with New Zealand’s past and reveals the signiﬁcance of landscape and memory in portraying a key ﬁgure in the country’s history.
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At Smith’s Sports Shoes, staff take shoe shopping a step further by providing a gait analysis, taking the guess work out of purchasing the correct footwear. The team can ﬁt customers into speciﬁc needs, including running, walking, cross-training, trail, tennis, indoor court, netball and more! All staff members are well-trained and their expertise is just one aspect which makes this store unique. Smith’s Sports Shoes is your one-stop-shop and caters for all ages, for all price points. They have a winter clearance in July with great savings across hundreds of pairs of shoes. To celebrate this sale, they are giving away a New Balance sports pack, including a gym bag, a backpack, a running cap and four pairs of socks, valued at $200.
- Kathy Smith - Maianne Egert Cocavo Packs - Katrina Hall - Jennifer Smith
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The Falls Estate isnâ€™t just retirement, but an appetite for living...
Join Us To See What You Are Missing Next Open Day Friday 13 July at 10.30am
To confirm your attendance at the open day please call
09 437 5844 94 Boundary Road, Tikipunga, Whangarei www.fallsestate.co.nz
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