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JULY 2019

Why local women are getting their kit off!

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health, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, leisure, arts, home trends, women in business and giveaways.

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SPECIAL KERIKERI EDITION

LIVING THE COASTAL DREAM BY THINKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE

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July 2019

contents

Outside the square Calendar Girls come to Kerikeri Things to see & do in Kerikeri Women in Business - Bay of Islands Health Retreat Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival

FASHION & BEAUTY 16 17 18

Editor’s note

Getting it right - Polwarth Design New Zealand’s iconic business celebrates 25th birthday Two things you do that kill your hair

HEALTH & WELLBEING

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his month our focus is on Kerikeri, described as Northland’s favourite subtropical town. As well as a doublepage spread highlighting free things to see

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and do, we showcase some of the locals and what they have been up to. Andrea Thackwray lives in the picturesque secluded coastal spot of Mahinepua. Many, like myself, will not have heard of it. I’d been as far as Te Ngaere Bay, north of Kerikeri and marvelled then at the breath-taking, remote vista but, little did I know, that just over the hill, was another hidden gem and Andrea gets to call this her backyard!

Sunshine and skin, Part I The happiness fallacy How to trick your brain into forming a new healthy habit New experience with glaucoma

LOVE IT HERE! Also, we shed light on why some local women are stripping off in the middle of winter! Read this story on page 6 … ‘Til next time.

But her lifestyle hasn’t come easy. Read her story on pages 4 & 5.

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The Great Plate 2019 Growing Local Packard Motor Museum vehicle of the month Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless Comic Convention head to Whangarei Whangarei Public Dog Park

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Sleep hygiene 5 ways to choose & use pendant lighting in your home How property buyers can spot a healthy home Three stunning bathroom designs No grey area The colour psychology of green Building a new home - with Platinum Homes Savvy Showhomes with Generation Homes

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This season’s gardening with Alter-Natives

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This month’s giveaways

The journey of custom-made jewellery… Have you ever experienced the full force of emotion that hits when you open that special box? The box that holds something so precious? It may be your Grandmother’s diamond engagement ring re-imagined into something to be treasured by generations to come. A pendant to celebrate achieving a personal milestone that

you have worked so hard for or the ring that holds the most magical promise – the one that will go on to tell your love story forever more. The journey of custom jewellery starts right here, with us at Global Diamonds. We love taking the time to chat with you, exploring every beautiful option and sketching by hand the ideas

that we collect over our time together – your story is lovingly interpreted by our experienced designers. When your carefully considered design makes its way to the workshop, these ideas really come to life! Rough and raw beginnings – a block of gold, dust and diamonds transform into the precious gift that is handcrafted jewellery.

Hammers, files, punches and doming bocks, your metal is forged with fire and steel by our hand – hands that now know your story. Attention to detail, proportion and balance, it all comes together with traditional techniques that have been practiced for centuries and passed from one generation of jewellers to the next. These traditions, along with our passion and your stories, will spill from that special little box each and every time you open it. Come on in and have a chat with our team. This could be the first step on your own jewellery journey. Christine Price Designer Goldsmith from Global Diamonds

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OUTSIDE THE SQUARE

BY JODI BRYANT

Andrea in her happy place with family. Photo Michelle Fox

BY JODI BRYANT To outsiders, Andrea Thackwray looks to be living the coastal dream and she’ll be the first to declare her happiness. But dig a little deeper and you will discover it has not been an easy journey for the bubbly, active entrepreneur, who is constantly thinking outside the square to make ends meet. Despite much adversity, the solo mum of four has, not only carved out a successful career, but turned out four beautiful daughters with their own successful professions. Originally from Christchurch, Andrea had started a business career with a dozen staff working for her by the time she was 21. Also, a dive instructor, she met her daughters’ father in the 80s and moved north where he owned land at Mahinepua, north of Kerikeri. They purchased around 4.5 hectares of nearby coastal-front property and spent the following years clearing and transforming the land while building. However, the relationship became increasingly volatile and Andrea left it in 2011. Despite her attempts at ploughing on being constantly thwarted, and with a sizeable mortgage, Andrea never gave up.

“All my girls have had to chip in,” she says gazing beyond the expanse of deck and wellkept lawn to the sparkling jewel-like ocean that is her backdrop. “They’ve all got a bit of drive in them I’d say.” In terms of the setting, Andrea’s daughters have had an idyllic upbringing with ample outdoors opportune but it wasn’t without its hard work; Whether it was digging up horse manure for their vast vege garden, harvesting the crop or providing the fresh catch of the day, with the intent of living off the land. And

then there’s the common country drawback; the 35-minute car ride into school at Kerikeri, which in true spirit, Andrea puts a positive spin on. “I have a lovely relationship with the kids because I’ve spent so much time in the car with them – 35 minutes talking about their day. Not everyone gets to do that.” But despite the good chat, Andrea entertained the idea of moving to Kerikeri and it was this which lead her to the successful business she runs today.

Andrea and family all together at Christmas

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Penny with some of her catches

“When I was contemplating moving, I thought wouldn’t it be clever for real estate agents to be able to show people the properties via video for viewers to watch at home.” However, this was in the days just prior to internet-viewed video footage and real estate agents didn’t jump on board with the idea. But, accommodation providers did. And so Promotional Videos was born. Beginning with simple video equipment, the family company soon evolved using helicopters - and then drones - and underwater cameras to produce videos for businesses which air at the likes of the Cathay Cinema in Kerikeri and nationwide. The family have made videos promoting restaurants, vineyards, real estate, accommodation, markets, horse trekking, surf schools, photographers and gyms, to name a few. While the youngest girls initially acted in the videos where necessary, the two oldest, then in their teens, also played important roles. Michelle, now 27, has always been an avid photographer/videographer and started her own business from the age of 14 breeding, videoing and selling Ragdoll kittens. She once had a waiting list of up to 40 customers who would fly from all around the country for the popular cats. Today, Michelle, married to ‘tech genius’ David, who she met in primary school and has three kids with, films and edits videos commercially for Promotional Videos, artistically bringing them to life with music and effects, while living just across the bay from her mother. Bridget, 26, was basically forced into the business while still in high school, Andrea admits with a laugh. “She took online web design lessons at 16 so she could help me and her sister with the business in the early years. This was when the four kids and I were on our own and it was hard to make ends meet so we were able to up our game.” And it was to be the start of something much bigger for Bridget, who went onto forge a successful web design and social


Bridget on her adventures

media marketing company which enabled her to travel the world with her laptop. Today Bridget and boyfriend Topher (short for Christopher) are navigating the globe in Jeep Gunther (named after Gunther Holtorf who spent 24 years driving around the world). The duo, with their Jeep, are taking on 70 countries, through seven continents over three years to carry out assignments for the likes of National Geographic and WWF promoting environmental issues and share their discoveries with breath-taking and clever imagery through global media channels and social media. Their Instagram page Expedition Earth has well over 200,000 followers. Then there’s Penny who always had a passion for the outdoors and, at 16, is already sponsored by Aimrite Spearfishing and has over 4,000 followers to her Instagram page featuring her impressive adventurous freediving catches. And 15-year-old Holly is a master at app development and has already developed a couple of her own. As for Andrea, she feels she has combined her love for beautiful scenery, a passion for

... You reap what you sow if you put your priorities and direct your energy in the right place ... filming and a desire to spend time with her family, to create the ultimate business. “One of the best things about our job is the amazing opportunity to learn about so many different products. One year we did 12 economic development videos for the Northland Regional Council and learnt about agriculture, horticulture, forestry, aquaculture… and found ourselves filming such interesting things as the paua and kingfish farming research being done at NIWA, wood processing plants, new kiwifruit research, meat processing plants and things that normally time doesn’t permit us all to learn about.” And this business led to the development of tourism website See and Do New Zealand, which utilises their Promotional Videos skills, showcasing the country’s beautiful tourism spots and featured to potential tourists around the world. After Michelle’s husband David

Bridget and Topher on their journeys with Gunther

invented animated gif buttons, linking the site to other tourism companies both nationally and internationally, See and Do NZ has web traffic of over three million video views per year. Plus, it lends itself nicely to their main business, providing a huge library of stock footage which clients are happy to use for their own videos. The family team have travelled all around the country – at times with the newest baby in the front pack - shooting footage for skiing destinations, parachuting, bungy jumping, rafting, caving, and more. “It has been a wonderful bonding experience with the kids, pushing all of us to do amazing things,” reflects Andrea. “The girls and I have produced well over 100 scenic videos around New Zealand and have enjoyed learning about our beautiful country travelling to all the different corners to film it as a family together.” And then, back home, there’s the family patch, a work in progress and a stunning one at that. Over the years, Andrea has carved out her land to maximise the views and hosted her daughter’s wedding onsite. Ever the entrepreneur, she hosts backpackers on a regular basis, providing board for labour,

the most recent guests creating stairs leading up to her top tier of land with breath-taking picturesque views over the bay. Although the two oldest daughters have left home and, with the younger two in school, it never gets lonely for Andrea – as she works from her water-front office, her loyal long-haired Weimaraner dog Louie is never far from her side. Then there’s Tipsy, the chihuahua, the five Ragdoll cats aesthetically sleeping on each of the girls’ beds, Echo the Quaka the parrot, who cheekily watches goings-on through the kitchen window, and the rabbits. And come Christmas, it’s a full house every year with all the family descending and that is when Andrea is at her happiest. “I always put the kids first. If Michelle comes over with the babies, I stop what I’m doing as that’s the reward. I feel majorly proud of myself and what I have achieved but it’s the time together that we spend that means the most. I always feel connected to them – even with my daughter travelling the world. You reap what you sow if you put your priorities and direct your energy in the right place and what I like to reap is the love of my family.”

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Calendar Girls comes to Kerikeri

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A bunch of Kerikeri ladies are braving the elements and baring nearly all for entertainment while simultaneously raising money for child cancer.

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erikeri’s Stage Door Theatre Company is presenting the popular play Calendar Girls and locals were quick to put their hands up to participate. Calendar Girls is the heart-warming, humorous and moving play that has toured the world, raising money for cancer charities since it was inspired by a true story in the 90s. When the husband of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute member fell ill with cancer, the group were determined to raise money for a new sofa in the hospital waiting room via a calendar, but not just any calendar. The loveable cast of mature ladies decided to be bold and go nude for their cause, and they consequently took, not only Yorkshire by storm, but the whole world. Originally a smash-hit movie, followed by equally wellreceived plays and musicals, the idea to bring it to Kerikeri was by The Stage Door Theatre

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Company committee member Jenny Blackler. “I’ve been involved in amateur theatre for almost forty years, on the stage and behind the scenes, including some directing,” explains Jenny. “I had been thinking for some time that it would be good to present a play, with an adult cast, the intent being to attract and entertain an older audience.” Producer and co-director Jackie Matthews says they had no trouble finding cast members which involves six main ladies representing various months. “We had approximately 18 ladies and three men (needed as husbands and photographers) who auditioned and we only needed nine ladies for parts in the play – a good turn-out considering they all knew they would be nude on stage, albeit covered.” While most of the cast members are from Kerikeri, one hails from Rawene and two from Russell and they have been rehearsing three times a week since May for the show,

which opens August 1 until August 4 at The Turner Centre. Early childhood educator Janine Snowling, who plays the role of Ruth – Miss November, says it was her New Year’s resolution to try new things which lead her to attend the audition. “While being offered the part of Ruth was very exciting, learning the production is a fundraiser for child cancer meant my decision was clear. Being an early childhood teacher, I could think of no better way to spend cold winter evenings than having fun rehearsing with a really fun group of people for a good cause.” Miss October’s Les Robinson was at the UK opening of the Calendar Girls stage show in Yorkshire with the original cast members. “All of us Yorkshire folk got right behind it. It was a story we could all relate to in one way or another - after all there can’t be many people who haven’t lost a beloved family member or friend to the dreaded ‘C’. “I have always longed to take part in this

production to help raise money for such a great cause. My best friend in the UK, Deena Payne, (ex Viv in Emmerdale) toured in this show as Cora and it was her naked back which was displayed on the London buses promoting the show. Not that it needed much promoting. Everyone wants to see Calendar Girls! “The Calendar Girls story is inspiring, brave and, above all, full of love and sisterhood. I’m proud and honoured to be a member of such a great Kerikeri cast playing Chris.” Additional to the show, Stage Door are producing their own calendar. A further six women have been lined up to pose for the remaining months for the calendar shoot. The Kerikeri Calendar Girls Calendar, funded by local businesses and photographed by Flash Gordon Photography at various locations around Kerikeri and Russell, will be available to purchase before, during and after the show, with $5 from each sale also going to the Child Cancer Foundation. This, too, was Jenny Blackler’s idea and a charity close to her heart. “I have two grandsons who have had cancer, and survived it, after lengthy, and gruelling treatments. They are both well and happy today because of these treatments. I cannot say how grateful I, and my family are, to the all the wonderful people who helped to achieve this.”

Tickets are available from iticket online and The Turner centre during work hours. $35 adults and $20 students.

(Left to right): Janette Walker as Annie, Miss February, Les Robinson as Chris, Miss October and Gill West as Celia, Miss September. Photo: Flash Gordon Photography.

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THINGS TO SEE DO ROLAND’S WOOD Roland’s Wood is a four-hectare piece of ‘English woodland’ with a Northland twist, on Inlet Rd, Kerikeri. It was created and generously bequeathed to the people – and dogs – of Kerikeri by benefactor, Roland Sansom.

Bluebells at Roland’s Wood.

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Roland’s Wood is open free to the public, year-round, with something different to see each evolving season, such as the bluebells in early spring (pictured). Visitors are welcome to wander through the woodland and to bring their dogs either on or off the lead.

Also known as Wairoa Stream Falls, Te Wairere Falls is a hidden gem. The access to this waterfall was lost for possibly 60 years, despite being just a short walk from central Kerikeri.

Roland Sansom was a man with a dream to create something beautiful and lasting. He wanted the woods to be a place where people could enjoy bringing their dogs and letting them run around off the lead, free to investigate interesting things.

Public access to the waterfall was restored and it re-opened in April 2017 after a massive volunteer effort.

Roland’s Wood is a place for a family outing at any time of year with a variety of walking tracks and routes through the woods. The woods are also a great adventure playground for children to explore, discover and enjoy.

Along with the 2km track following the stream, a new footbridge was built spanning the Wairoa Stream.

The woods provide a place for dogs, and their owners, to socialise. Many people take their dogs every day for walks, including people who walk dogs for the SPCA. For more info, go to: www.rolandswood.org.nz

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This walk, suitable for kids, leads across farmland to the site of the first mission settlement in New Zealand.

This short, easy walk suitable for strollers, begins at the carpark and leads to the stunning Rainbow Falls on the Kerikeri River. Here they are three viewing platforms where you can watch the water tumbling into a popular swimming hole below. The third platform is at the head of an historic weir that supplied the first electrical power to the early Kerikeri township. Remnants of the Kerikeri hydroelectric station and weir are still visible and an information panel is situated at the rest area. The Te Araroa Trail joins the Kerikeri River Track at this point and carries on down the hill towards the Kerikeri Basin. You may hear tui call from the surrounding native bush, and see fantails flitting about while you walk. For more information, go to: www.doc.govt.nz

1.1km one-way, 40-min easy walking track From the stile at the roadside, the track leads through farmland to Oihi Bay and the Marsden Cross. This stone monument marks the first mission settlement and first Christian service conducted in New Zealand. Once at Oihi Beach, there is a small stream to cross, which runs dry most of the year. You can also take a short bushwalk through the remnants of New Zealand’s first European orchard to another memorial commemorating one of New Zealand’s pioneering families, the Hansens. For more information, go to: www.doc.govt.nz

THE STONE STORE Built in 1832, the Georgian-style Stone Store was originally a Missionary Society warehouse but assumed various roles including a trading post, library, barracks and boys’ school. It also served as a general store, a tradition that continues today in the atmospheric ground-floor gift shop. A browser’s delight, the shop stocks an amazing range of authentic goods reminiscent of those traded in the early 19th century, alongside unique New Zealand merchandise. Museum displays can be viewed upstairs for a fee.

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IN KERIKERI THE OLD PACKHOUSE MARKET The Old Packhouse Market in Kerikeri is Northland’s largest market, with many of its stalls undercover making it the perfect destination on a rainy day. The market is open every Saturday 8am–1.30pm and Sunday 9am–1.30pm. It has two in-house cafes, an artisan bakery and deli which sells local cheeses, freshly caught and smoked fish from Doubtless Bay, locally produced condiments and sauces and oils. The market also has a Market Store & Café open Monday – Friday 7.30am–3.30pm stocking local artisanal products. All food is freshly-made on the premises using locally-sourced ingredients where possible. The Saturday Market’s focus is on showcasing Northland, with Northlandgrown, and Northland-made products and produce. With approximately 100 vendors, Saturday’s market features an amazing array of Northland artisans, artists, health and beauty products, wines, fresh produce and more.

There is always plenty of hot food choices, such as oyster po boys, mussel fritters, smoked ribs, gourmet sandwiches, Indonesian and Thai street food, pies, hangi and more.

Sunday’s market has much of the above with a more eclectic mix and includes a range of vintage and recycled vendors.

Each market day has live entertainment, plenty of free parking, and a cash-out facility on-site.

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Kerikeri is celebrating its 200th birthday this year with Tuhono Kerikeri! – a six-month long programme of events marking its bicentennial. A pop-up information hub is on display at the Kerikeri Library for people to learn more about some of the exciting things coming up that they can look forward to. The six-month long celebrations mark the signing of the Deed of Sale on November 4, 1819, which enabled the Kerikeri Mission Station to be established, and settlement to take place leading to the establishment of the community that we know today. Two buildings associated with the original mission – Kemp House and the Stone Store – are today cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Two other significant places within Kororipo Heritage Park – including Kororipo Pa, the fighting stronghold of rangatira Hongi Hika, and

Tuhono Kerikeri! project event co-ordinator June Pitman says the bicentennial is an opportunity for the wider community of Kerikeri to come together and become actively involved and engaged in celebrating their sense of space, place and unity. “We are seeking expressions of interest from anyone planning or intending to hold an event through from October 27-April 26 and if they can weave a bicentennial thread into their event, then we can include that in the official Tuhono Kerikeri! bicentennial programme of events and help promote it.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

help. We are lucky to be in a position with this wonderful facility we have, to help people. What makes your business unique from others in its genre? I think what makes us unique is our genuine care for everyone who

Name: Philippa Cooper Business name and when it was established: Bay of Islands Health Retreat, 2014

Talk about how the idea derived: I had formerly run my own gym on a lifestyle block, south of Auckland, and our current gym ‘Training For Life’ is very similar to this. I built that business up whilst also working for a local law firm and bringing up two daughters. I believed that fitness did not just belong in a gym setting and I had developed an outdoor obstacle course and mud run, along with lots of running tracks – the perfect environment for boot camps and for sports teams to train. Whilst there, I met my husband Pete who also had a passion for sports fitness. We’ve always been different to standard gyms. We provide a safe and fun environment for those who would not typically go to a gym and take a real interest in each individual’s health and goals. We aimed to provide variety – personal training, including training people for body building and sporting events, boxing fitness, indoor cycling – we trained people for endurance events, such as Ride for Cancer, and set them up on wind trainers over winter. We took our clients along to triathlons, cycling events and mud runs such as the Tough Guy series. But all the while I was getting frustrated

comes through our door. We can do this as we are a small business. As soon as people arrive, they relax and realise we are just like them. We

Describe your business: The health retreat is a small, holistic health retreat which provides

provide a family atmosphere where they can make themselves at home. We surround them with the support and knowledge they need and subtly guide them on their way. Everyone

a safe and friendly environment for all to come and learn how to get healthy again, become confident, lose weight, detox, de-stress

has different needs and we find what works for them. We are continually ensuring each day works well for our clients and that they get

and find a form of fitness that will help them continue this lifestyle. Our Training For Life gym works perfectly with our retreat and also provides a valuable training option with support

stay if they are needing to refocus or de-stress. Probably one of the more recent reviews sums it up very well:

the best results possible, including follow-up support. We are not an ‘alternative’ retreat. We do not search bags and take away cell phones. What they learn must be something

for the local community, and most have not yet realised what is on their doorstep! Our facility is unique in the range of personalised retreats

“Being overweight and unfit with medical issues starting to appear is what brought me here. I’ve been on a few other retreats

they can continue with in their everyday lives – so we visit local cafes and markets to keep it real. We offer variety.

we can offer which include yoga retreats, boot camp retreats, wellness and weight loss retreats; detoxing, de-stressing, overcoming depression and finding a way forward being

(including very expensive ones in Australia) but my visit to the Bay of Islands Health Retreat I found truly transformational. If you’ve got a week to spare and you want to lose weight,

What makes for a successful business in your eyes? One which gives a great and quality experience, plus exceeds the clients’

the aim of many these days. We provide the perfect place, complete with spa, sauna, and saltwater pool, for overseas and out-of-town

centimetres and get fit, this is the place to come.” Marty Howard June 2019.

expectations. Their stay must be positive and, in some cases, life-changing. We do all this with good old-fashioned life balance –

guests to have a healthy holiday, whilst getting to explore Northland’s history and experiences. What has been some of the customer

Why are you passionate about what you do? Our goal is to make people as healthy as possible and to show them that small and easy changes can make a huge difference to

healthy eating (all diets catered for), wellness coaching, reducing stress and detoxing, fitness and getting out in nature. We employ others to help with the running of our business,

feedback? We have a high rate of repeat clients. Those who have been on retreat know they can call on us any time and come and

their physical and mental health and quality of life. Like most of us, I have already lost too many friends and am doing whatever I can to

and we utilise the wealth of knowledge in Northland for clients requiring physio, massages, and specific holistic treatments.

with not being able to help people more with the dietary and holistic side of their lives. I am always studying and improving my knowledge and skills, and, after becoming a member of the Australian Institute of Weight Loss Consultants, I started training to become a Wellness Coach, all with the vision of one day running my own health retreat. I had always hoped to relocate to Kerikeri where friends live, and a visit triggered this dream into becoming a reality when we came across the perfect rural property, moving in a couple of months later. Although the move went smoothly, the process itself was very hard. We had never worked in hospitality and had not foreseen the costs and compliance issues involved in setting up such a business. We worked extremely hard but have also created a healthy life for ourselves in doing so with healthy food, balanced exercise, and making such a difference to people’s lives which shows us how important it is to keep going.

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Matt King

Your MP for Northland Update from Matt I’ve spent most of my life here in Northland, and so it has been an absolute privilege to represent this region in Parliament for nearly two years. Northland is a vast and diverse electorate, with many small towns and rural communities. This makes it fitting that I’m National’s Rural Communities spokesperson.

What I’ve been up to

The last five years have seen record growth in Northland, with many positive signs for the future. We’ve benefited from investment in digital connectivity through the Rural Broadband Initiative, which my colleague Amy Adams oversaw as a minister in the last Government. Thanks to a great team, my electorate office has been able to assist many constituents with their issues. This is rewarding work, and the team is proud of many successes. Even though we’re entering the coldest part of the year I’ll still be busy, so if you see me out and about in Northland, come and say hello.

Future of Education meeting with Nikki Kaye, Kerikeri It was great to have Nikki Kaye in Northland as part of her Future of Education roadshow. We heard what people think about the Government’s proposed education reforms, and we discussed how these could affect our local schools.

Warm regards,

Matt King Member of Parliament for Northland

What’s happening at Parliament

Opening of the brand new Bay of Islands Airport In late June I attended the opening of the brand new airport in Kerikeri. This is a great investment in the local economy, and one that will bring huge benefits to Northland. It’s great that with the airport’s added capacity, it’s possible for the number of flights into Kerikeri to double, or even triple.

Meningitis outbreak - petition to the Health Select Committee Shane Reti (National MP for Whangarei) and I presented a petition to the Health Select Committee in late May. We are calling for the Committee to conduct an inquiry into the Northland Meningitis outbreak. There was a delay of 22 days from the day Meningitis qualified as an outbreak in Northland to the day it was officially declared. We think that this delay put lives at risk. After the outbreak it took Pharmac 14 days to order the vaccines. When the vaccines were finally ordered, the Government opted for a targeted approach, where 20,000 vaccines were provided to children under four and those aged 13 to 19. National uncovered that the Government was advised that an extra 33,000 vaccines were potentially available for PHARMAC to buy. They decided not to because of price. Northlanders have been let down. Funded by the Parliamentary Service. Authorised by Matt King MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

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Visiting Seeka’s new facility in Kerikeri My colleagues from National’s Provincial Priorities Caucus visited Northland in April. I took them to Seeka’s brand new world class packing and cool storage facility, which we were told has doubled capacity. Jobs created by Seeka are important to the local economy, and it’s positive that businesses like Seeka want to invest in our region.


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Elijah Zane Echeveste from Texas

Two Bluesy Blondes, photo by Nick Granville

More overseas acts than ever will make the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival extra special this August.

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Dezzie D and the Stingrayz bring the 1940s alive.

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rganiser Shirley May says the festival is now truly international, with two US acts, one Japanese and 10 Australian bands as well as many top musicians from throughout New Zealand. The iconic three-day festival will feature about 47 bands playing at seven venues in Paihia, Waitangi and Russell. Mrs May, who has organized the festival for the past 34 years, says there have never been as many overseas acts, and there are some real treats in store. US artist Steve Arvey is regarded as one of the world’s best cigar box guitar players. Box guitars have become very popular in the music world, and he has been one of the leaders of this movement. Fellow US artist Elijah Zane Echeveste, from Texas, has performed all over the US and his original music is a combination of Texas Blues, Latin, Soul and Blues Rock. Top Australian artists include James Southwell, who is one of the leading blues performers in Australia and performs regularly with Angry Anderson.

Steve Arvey from Florida

The fourth headline act is Dezzie D and the Stingrayz, transporting audiences back to the 1940s and 1950s jazz, jump and swing music. Other highlights include musical tributes to Amy Winehouse by Auckland singer Lisa Hawkeswood and Fleetwood Mac by Karen Davy’s Dreams showcase. Japanese band Chihiro Yamazaki and Route 14 Band return from Japan, to showcase their exceptional musicianship. Mrs May says JT and the Saxman backed by the Koltrain band will be popular, as well as pianist Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus and the Dale Robbins Band. Crowd favourites Brilleaux, from Wellington, and Kokomo, from Tauranga, also return. Two Bluesy Blondes, featuring jazz singer Erna Ferry and Julie Lamb is another exciting lineup, she says. “We are really fortunate to have musicians of this high quality at the festival, and there will be something for everyone.’’

A three-day pass costs $80, which gains access to all venues all weekend as well as the free shuttle bus.

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New Zealand’s iconic business celebrates 25th birthday Caci has been on a skin confidence mission since 1994 and this year they’re celebrating 25 years in business. Caci, New Zealand’s most trusted skin treatment and appearance medicine provider has been delivering great results since 1994. The New Zealand family-owned

beauty therapists, treatment co-ordinators and supporting roles. “We’re the leaders in the skin and appearance industry – and we wouldn’t be

brand is synonymous in the industry and, with over 50 clinics throughout the county,

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Caci co-founders, David and Jackie Smith discovered a business opportunity that they

part of the business, delivering great skin is their real passion.

knew would be ‘revolutionary – something that could truly make a difference with peoples’

Jackie explains that Caci is built on a passion for delivering, what they call ‘skin

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can be truly life-changing. We are not here to judge if your skin concern is good or bad or

edge to pack up and move back home to New Zealand and ‘give it a go’.

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he right amount of sunlight is so good for us because it directly influences our feel-good hormone (serotonin). That’s why being outdoors generally makes us feel happier. We also need sunlight to help us make Vitamin D, which helps prevent bone disease (osteoporosis) and impaired immunity. It’s recommended that we get 10 to 20 minutes of sunlight each day to stay healthy. The sun radiates numerous types of waves including UVA and UVB. UVB are shorter rays which hits the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) causing damage that you can see and feel like redness, inflammation and burns. UVA are longer rays able to penetrate the epidermis and into the dermis where they destroy cells essential for healthy skin. Their

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Sunlight produces three main types of UV rays

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The happiness fallacy

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recently sat down with someone who desperately wanted to be happy. They were frustrated because it felt too hard – they had tried countless different things and still weren’t seeing any changes. I hear this a lot, people saying: ‘I’ve tried everything, it just doesn’t work’, and as a result they give up and believe happiness is this mystical trait for the lucky few. Happiness is not a trait we are dealt, it’s something we cultivate, and I believe this is where the problem exists. People spend the majority of their day caught up in negative or critical thoughts and expect to turn their whole life around in an instant by doing one-off things that promote joy, positivity and happiness. It doesn’t work like that. Cultivating a more positive mindset, and in turn life, requires consistent effort. Now you might be sitting there thinking ‘What! Why does something so simple as ‘happiness’ require effort?’ The reason it takes effort to cultivate more happiness in our lives, is because we’re designed that way. We have a negativity bias.

between 11am to 3pm when sunburn occurs. UVA occur all year round, from sunrise to sunset, at the same intensity, even on cloudy days. Because UVA rays bypass the upper skin layer, we can’t see or feel the damage so we tend not to wear sun protection in the winter or on cloudy days but this is when skin stem cells, fibroblasts (cells that make

collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid) are damaged causing our skin to age. Most sun damage and photoageing is a result of exposure to UVA on a daily basis – gardening, driving, walking. That is why it is important to protect your skin even in winter, not just when on holiday or down at the beach. Protection can be sun-wise clothes, hats and a good broad spectrum sunscreen which can protect from both UVB and UVA rays. Next month, I will be sharing about SPF’s, the pros and cons of chemical vs physical blockers.

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As our brain evolved over time it was critical to learn from negative experiences, as they guaranteed survival. To prioritise survival, our entire body is wired to find and respond to negative stimulus more efficiently and intensely than positive ones. In fact, 2/3 of the neurons in our brain are geared towards hunting down negative experiences, which are stored in our long-term memory, whereas only 1/3 is dedicated to finding positives, and even still these are stored in our short-term memory. Although we are wired this way, it doesn’t mean you can’t overwrite it. This is where the effort part comes in. Just like any muscle in your body, your brain needs to be trained consistently and consciously to develop strength. This starts with your decisions and bringing awareness to what you are choosing to say, believe, and act upon each and every day. Do you choose to overlook the good in your life, perpetuate suffering, blame, drama and scarcity? Or do you focus on opportunity, abundance, responsibility and hope? Your mental state becomes neural traits. Therefore, over time, if you consciously pull yourself up on your daily choices and act on them, by putting yourself in a more empowered state and focused on turning situations into positive experiences, you will physically re-shape and rewire your brain for the better.

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HEALTH

How to trick your brain into forming a new healthy habit…

BY CAROLYN HANSEN ANYTIME FITNESS, WHANGAREI

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e all have them… habits that we wish we didn’t have. Sometimes they become so ingrained we don’t even notice we are doing them. But bad habits can interrupt our life and prevent us from accomplishing our goals. They can jeopardize our health - physically, mentally and emotionally. And they waste our time and energy. We all want to be healthy, strong, energized and happy and we may wonder why so many of us have habits that take us in an opposite direction. Whatever habit you are trying to break, or somehow you haven’t yet found the key to success with…consider this:

unconscious (or at least ignored) to your awareness. It does not mean beating yourself up about it. Make a list of things you would like to change, and then pick one. Look at what you are getting out of it? In other words, how is your habit serving you? Most of the time, bad habits are simply a way of dealing with stress or boredom. Everything from overspending on a shopping spree to drinking every weekend to wasting time on the internet can be a simple response to stress or boredom. This doesn’t have to be a long, complex process. You will figure it out - and you will have some good ideas about how to switch it

up for healthier outcomes. It’s great news that one simple step at a time, done over time, leads to powerful changes in your life. Substituting healthy habits for unhealthy ones rewards you with more stamina, better quality of life – and a healthier, happier you! Once you get the ball rolling, you will soon start to look better, feel better and have more energy and vitality. Personal motivation is instantly increased which, in turn, makes it easier to continue to incorporate more healthy habits into your routine. Building slowly over time will help you

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create a new lifestyle - in a relatively painless way - that you will be able to stick with. Here is what Janice, one of my coaching clients, said recently: “I definitely have changed my habits for the long term. While I don’t have all of my bad habits kicked, I am replacing them with good ones and I feel like the bad habits are slowly being squeezed out.” Don’t Break the Chain – One helpful tip is to use a calendar and a red marker. Every day (or week) you do the new behaviour, simply put a big red ‘X’ on the days you do it. Once you start building a pattern, you won’t want to see any blank areas that ‘break the chain.’ Use this technique for one month and you will find your new habit will largely be formed. By using this method to create a new habit, you are tricking your brain into creating a new positive neural pathway. Once the habit is formed, you can use it to serve as a gateway to bigger changes that can truly change your life. A journey of a thousand miles really does begin with a single step. So, be your own coach, get yourself going and kick your bad habits to the curb to ensure you reach your health and fitness goals.


HEALTH

MY EXPERIENCE WITH GLAUCOMA A STORY BY ONE OF EYE CENTRE’S PATIENTS

I was 47 years old when I was seen by my Ophthalmologist and was told I had normal Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) on OCT Scan. I didn’t have Glaucoma yet. I was referred to my Optometrist for follow-up. Diagnosis In 2014 my intra ocular eye pressures (IOP) had risen 23T15 and I had an inconclusive screening visual field. I was referred to the Ophthalmologist for further tests and advice. I had an OCT scan (Optical Coherence Tomography) done which is an imaging method used to evaluate any damage to the optic disc and ganglion (GCA). My scan results showed large cupped discs and a right splinter hemorrhage. My GCA’s were within normal range. There had been a change between my OCT scan in 2010 and this one. Once progression of damage is shown you are diagnosed with Glaucoma. Thank goodness I had gone for regular checkups. I thought my eyes were fine, no problems with my vision but... Glaucoma I was 51 years old when I was told that I had Glaucoma. I was commenced on Travatan eye drops daily in both eyes. Glaucoma is the name given when pressure causes damage to the optic disc at the back of the eye. There are many types of Glaucoma.

The green ring outlining the gradual enlarging of optic nerve “cup” shows the progression of the Glaucoma disease

on a regular basis to keep an eye on the progression of my Glaucoma. I found the first eye drops, Travatan, made my eyes feel like golf balls and I could hardly touch my eyelids as they were so tender to touch. I was changed to Timoptil Xe 0.5%0D (once daily) BE (both eyes). My IOP was 10T13. At my 6month recall my IOPs 13T13 and my optic disc measurements stayed the same. My GCAs were within normal range. I was managing the Timoptil eye drops quite well with no side effects. I was given a 1vear recall. One year later I had another right splinter hemorrhage. My IOP was raised 25T22, so my eye drops were changed again. This time to DorTim BD (twice a day) BE (both eyes).

This is why you need to attend your recalls as Glaucoma is a progressive disease and there are different drops they can use as it progresses to stop loss of vision. Visual Field test In 2017 I had my first visual field (VF) test. The machine reminded me of a big sound machine. I had to wear an eye patch and push the button every time I saw the dot of light in the sound bowl of the machine and then do the same on the other eye. This test shows whether you are losing any part of your peripheral (or side) vision. Even though these tests do take some time, the staff are there to reassure you and I’ll be doing them yearly from now on. They’re worth it.

I have been diagnosed with Open-Angle Glaucoma which is the most common type. Risk Factors It was a huge shock as the information I had been given had said ‘It was most often due to a strong hereditary factor.’ (Hang on a minute ... no-one in my family has Glaucoma!!) I haven’t had any injuries to my eyes, I certainly don’t have high blood pressure - I have low blood pressure. I’m not on any prescription medication. Mum says that I didn’t have any other eye conditions (Myopia or very longsighted) when I was young. I thought: ‘Why

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Stable at last My OCT RNFLs and GCA have been stable since the beginning of 2017, I had been on DorTim BD BE for a year with only minimal side effects (the drops sting a little bit when putting them in). I have just had my check-up and my IOP is llTll. The best they have ever been. The treatment for Glaucoma is to reduce our eye pressures and to prevent the progression of the eye disease as any damage to the optic nerve when it occurs is irreversible. The staff at the clinic discussed Glaucoma New Zealand with me when I was first diagnosed. I joined then and there, and I have received regular, up-to-date information. I like to attend the local and Glaucoma conferences in Auckland so I’m aware of what’s happening out there in the Glaucoma world. I will continue to go to my appointments when my recall is due because I want to prevent the progression of this silent disease that sneaks our sight which we can’t get back. I’m aware that I need to do my eye drops twice a day to both of my eyes for the rest of my life. I don’t have an answer for why Glaucoma chose me, but I will try my hardest to slow its progression down. I want to be able to see.

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THE GREAT PLATE 2019

The Quarry Arts Centre’s iconic annual fundraiser The Great Plate is back and fast approaching!

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ith close to 100 artists

The plates come in all shapes, sizes and

participating, as always it promises to be a stunning event. Each year established and emerging artists from around the country

materials - wood, metal, ceramic and mixed media, they may have been hand-sculpted, thrown on a pottery wheel, painted on, glazed, woven or collaged.

donate plates to the Whangarei-based art and craft organisation that supports art and artists. The Quarry Arts Centre holds a stunning

This year’s organizer, Sally Spicer says: “With such a broad range of artists and so few limitations of what can be done with a plate

toward the running costs of our ever-growing community arts centre. Participating artists gain exposure of their creative talent and the

The Great Plate is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an original artwork while supporting one of Whangarei’s most well-loved

exhibition of the plates in the Yvonne Rust Gallery and puts them all up for auction on Trade Me. 2019 is the 11th year running for this

form there can be unpredictable and exciting results. The variation and imagination served up on the humble plate is truly impressive and the whole team at The Quarry love seeing the

public have a rare opportunity to get their hands on a unique artwork or two… or more, it can be very difficult to narrow down your selection” says Sally Lush, manager of the

creative institutions. The opening event promises to be a great party, so come along and join in for a first chance to view the plates on Friday July 12

fabulous event which is a must-visit for art enthusiasts and collectors alike. The Quarry Arts Centre invites artists to create or decorate

plates as they come in!” “The mission of The Quarry Arts Centre is to nurture the creative spirit of Northland and

Quarry Arts Centre. Great Plates can be viewed in The Yvonne Rust Gallery at The Quarry Arts Centre from

from 5:30pm.

a plate to donate for exhibition and auction.

the facility is dedicated to the pursuit, development and display of creative practice. The funds raised by this event go

July 12-27 with the Trade Me auctions being live from 5.30 on Friday July 12 with closing of the auctions at staggered times on Sat July 27.

You can bid online at www.trade.me/greatplate or for further information, call (09) 438 1215 or visit www.quarryarts.org

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Get your hands on a unique artwork on a plate by established and emerging New Zealand artists at The Great Plate fundraising auction

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Growing Local

Growing Local is our new temporary exhibition telling the history of people growing and selling food locally in Whangarei...

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hangarei has always been an important area for growing food due to its volcanic soils and climate. Local Maori tribes had massive areas for gardening crops like taro and kumara, such as at Tawatawhiti at the base of Parihaka. They were also very quick to start growing and selling some new European crops when they were introduced by missionaries and traders in the early 1800s. While there were large gardens in Kamo and along the peninsula which were probably partly used for trade, the first purely commercial garden was located on the banks of the Hatea River, the area we now call the Town Basin, by John Petingale in the 1850s. He exported mostly fruit to Auckland markets. At this time nearly

were for family use but several were large market gardens selling their produce locally and to Auckland from where it was distributed around the country. As the local population grew and other areas in the country caught up on market gardening, many Whangarei grocers bought Auckland produce from auction houses like Turners and Walders Ltd.

Further markets were opened up by turning produce into canned foods, jams, cordials and wine. Local factories include Clark Bros. and Henry Driver’s canneries and Reed Brothers and Hoey & Sons bottling plants. A bigger population in the mid to late 20th century meant that gardens were being transformed into residential developments. For

are leading us in whanaungatanga, developing relationships through shared experiences and working together, providing people with a sense of belonging. They are inspiring us to get back to our roots and get back in our gardens to feed our families, our neighbours and those in need. The community gardens featured in the exhibition are Pehiaweri Marae Gardens,

example Dobbie’s Wairere orchards between Mill Rd and Parihaka became Whangarei’s first state housing location and the large Western Hills Bypass now cuts through Edmund Weaver’s Valley Farms and Vineyard. The growth of supermarkets in the 1970s dramatically changed the way we distribute and buy food. Food insecurity or poverty are very common now, and especially seem to effect children. Meet some of our local community gardens that

beautifully portrayed in video by CNorth, Maunu Garden Project and Wai a Ariki Food Forest Onerahirahi. This exhibition combines well with Kiwi North’s annual Senior’s Winter Special with half- price entry for all seniors, seven days per week, June, July and August. Entry includes both the Kiwi House and Museum. Kiwi North has disabled access including a lift so we welcome our senior community to visit, staying warm and dry with us this winter.

every early European settler family had their own peach and citrus orchards and vegetable gardens and home industries. Preserving and bottling excess helped families get by in winter. Extra goods could be purchased from general grocers, butchers and fruiterers on Rathbone, Bank and Cameron Streets. Many are surprised to learn that at the turn of the 20th century, Northland had New Zealand’s largest fruit growing industry. In the late 1800s the area within three kilometres of the current city centre was covered in gardens and a huge variety of orchards. Many of these

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PACKARD MOTOR MUSEUM – VEHICLE OF THE MONTH

1931 Packard Club Sedan BY GERALDINE CRAW

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number of the Packard motor vehicles on display at our museum have arrived with feminine names, affectionately given by their previous owners. We have kept these names as they form part of the unique history of these cars. Our 1931 Club Sedan is one such car. The mascot on this particular vehicle is commonly called ‘Daphne at the Well’ hence the car’s prior owner named her Daphne. However, the correct name for the mascot was actually Adonis (from the Greek fable). This mascot is one of the rarer Packard mascots and was only produced from October 1929 to Dec 1932. The car was purchased by Graeme Craw from Guy and Betty Slaughter of Hawaii, with

Graeme being the third owner. Initially the sedan was purchased new from a Packard dealer in Hawaii by a Mr Seichi Kawamoto for US$3,100. Mr Kawamoto owned the car from 1931 through to 1959. In 1952 he painted the car grey. At some point after this the car was parked up in a shed. In 1959 Guy Slaughter discovered and purchased the Packard. The car had to be towed to his residence as the ignition key couldn’t be found. Guy did extensive tidy-up work on the vehicle (it was found to have termites in the wood) and eventually it was finished and he used Daphne in a number of parades and shows. In 1990 Guy put the car up for sale and

Graeme Craw purchased and imported her to New Zealand. He then repainted the car back to

its original Packard blue with black fenders. The vehicle still carries its Hawaiian number plates. Daphne is fitted with Packard’s smaller standard straight eight motor (319 cubic inch, 100hp). Also, wood or wire wheels were optional.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless

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Local Kathy Whiting with her recent catch from outside the harbour.

he shortest day has gone but now the colder weather is on its way. As our weather changes, our fishing changes but winter can produce exciting fishing. I have heard several reports of good kahawhai, trevally, and gurnard catches along our Northern west coast beaches and in our western harbours. Although Whangarei Harbour is cooling and everyone believes snapper have gone from the harbour, a really keen fisho, Frank C, recently went out to try out his new fish finder and took along a few rods. Frank was fishing in the inner harbour, put his baits out and played with his fish finder. His inattention to his rods meant he missed a few strikes, but he came home with a decent snapper catch including good fish 350-500mm long. Frank reported one of his favourite baits, mullet, was not working but pilchards and ballyhoo worked very well. Some reasonable snapper have been taken drifting near no. 7 bouy at the harbour entrance and in the main channel from mid harbour out toward the entrance. A lovely lady, Kathy Whiting, even went for a harbour swim on the shortest day and reported it was cool but pleasant - maybe the fish are thinking the same way.

Rock fishing can be very good over the cooler months; big unweighted baits cast out just past the weedline can be very productive for big moocher snapper often to trophy size. Strong gear is needed to stop these powerful fish from busting you off in the weeds and rocks. Kahawhai and trevally are also regularly caught rock fishing - use smaller oily baits for trevally but you will still need strong gear as they get to good size and are powerful fighters. Fishing outside the many beautiful Northland Harbours during winter is also often very good. Most of our popular fish can still be caught, numbers can be down a bit but average size is usually better, plus those succulent terakihi and gurnard become more available. Also, as winter progresses, smaller hapuka are often caught much closer to shore and often amongst terakihi. While deeper inshore water provides much of the fishing, getting in close to rocky, weedy shorelines and casting a big strayline bait can return big snapper. Anchoring up in close, putting out a good berley trail and straylining big baits can be very exciting, producing good snapper, occasional kingfish and kahawhai while using smaller oily baits can turn up trevally of good sizes. Tight Lines.

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Comic Convention headed to Whangarei this July

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ver since I was a kid, I have had a love for the art and literature-fused medium we call the Comic Book. This artistic medium makes over several billion dollars a year at the cinema alone, billions in merchandise sales and, not to mention, the comic store and book shop sales. Sadly, the art-form is constantly demeaned and treated as childish. No other art-form or literature is treated this way. You might expect as someone with a degree in film, history in stage production writing and performing, a diploma in arts, that I would think the same. All these other art-forms hold a higher value in this generation. But that is not the case. Comic books deserve more as they are the basis of modern mythology. Majority of children the world over know who Batman or Spider-Man is, and so, early on, they learn so much from the stories they tell. Good versus evil. Right versus wrong. Truth versus lies. Comics offer clear and conscious guidance and are an important

learning tool. They are colourful illustrations and texts which can provide a world of knowledge and fantasy. This brings me to the PLUNGE Indie Comic Convention. A year ago, at the opening of the Northland Art Centre, Hinurewa Te Hau (GM, Creative Northland) asked who I was and what I did. I mentioned I was into comic books and that

I used to own Comic Trade, a comic store in Whangarei. She asked if I was interested in doing a convention based around comic books. I told her that, yes, it had been a distant future plan but, as I had to close it, I hadn’t given it much thought since. With the support of my partners at Rising Sun Comics in the United States and Hinu’s Aru & Hinu

team at Creative Northland here in Whangarei, we are doing just that; putting on a comic book and pop culture convention and calling it Plunge Indie Comic Convention (Plunge). With a team of local artists and the backing of the community, we are all set to put on our first ever convention. Our aim is to show youth and the community that there are opportunities for a career in arts and literature within comic book-related industries. Also, to provide a place to gather knowledge from those in the various domains so our young people can find avenues towards creative fields. So that is what the PLUNGE convention is all about; celebration, education, information and more.

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oing for a play at Whangarei’s Public Dog Park on Pohe Island should be a much cleaner and drier experience for dogs and their owners after a recent upgrade. Whangarei Public Dog Park is managed by an enthusiastic committee and supported by the Whangarei District Council (WDC). The area is fully-fenced with two shelters from the sun or rain and equipped with water troughs for the dogs. In a major upgrade that started in February, the park’s agility gear was removed, its surface was dug up and re-contoured, drainage was installed across it, paths were re-surfaced, new

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turf was sowed and agility equipment was reinstalled. The $250,000 job by council contractors Enviro360 took longer than planned when grass grew slower than expected and reseeding was necessary in some areas. The park reopened at the end of May. WDC staff and contractors thank dog owners for their patience and hope the improvements will please all who have been loyal to the park. The Dave Culham Drive Dog Park is very popular and gets a lot of use. The group that help manage it have made many suggestions for improvements and each year it is becoming better for users.

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Suggestions include: • Get up at the same time every day. Soon this strict routine will help to ‘set’ your body clock and you’ll find yourself getting sleepy at about the same time every night. • Don’t ignore tiredness. Go to bed when your body tells you it’s ready. • Don’t go to bed if you don’t feel tired. You will only reinforce bad habits such as lying awake. • Get enough early morning sunshine. Exposure to light during early waking hours helps to set your body clock.

before bed. Once you retire, remind yourself that you’ve already done your worrying for the day. • Try relaxation exercises. You could consciously relax every part of your body, starting with your toes and working up to your scalp. Or you could think of a restful scene, concentrate on the rhythmic rise and fall of your breathing, or focus on a mantra (repeating a word or phrase constantly). GENERAL SUGGESTIONS Other lifestyle adjustments that may help improve your sleep include:

IMPROVE YOUR SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT Good sleep is more likely if your bedroom feels restful and comfortable. Suggestions include: • Invest in a mattress that is neither too hard nor too soft. • Make sure the room is at the right temperature. • Ensure the room is dark enough. • If you can’t control noise (such as barking dogs or loud neighbours), buy a pair of earplugs. • Use your bedroom only for sleeping and intimacy. If you treat your bed like a second lounge room – for watching television or talking to friends on the phone, for example – your mind will associate your bedroom with activity.

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endant lights are having their time in the spotlight. They’re bringing their special blend of illuminated magic to kitchen benches, creating bedside ambience and play a starring role over dining tables. Let’s face it, in wintertime, when the sun sets at around 3.30pm, you need the right sort of light to get you through the long hours of darkness. That’s why they outshine the rest of the world in their ability to create environments with ambient light that gives that cosy charm we call hyggeligt. Pendants play a crucial role in this scene-setting and, over the years, I’ve asked the designers how to make these beautifully sculptural lights work best in different situations. Here’s what I’ve learned: 1. How high to hang it New Zealanders tend to hang pendants far too high. That’s why I can be a bit pedantic about hanging pendants. In a dining situation especially, you don’t want the light so you’re looking up into the workings of it. Rather, the aim is to achieve an intimate pool of light, to calm the mood. I think between 550mm and 710mm above the top of the table is optimum. When you’re seated, the bottom of the pendant should be just above your eye-line, so if you’re tall, take this into account. You don’t want the fixture to interfere with conversation. Same goes with kitchen bench lights — install them low enough to create mood, but not too close to the work surface that you bang your head. 2. A shape that suits Much of this is personal preference but a tall ceiling might suit something long and tubular, while timber shades can soften and complement an industrial aesthetic. A circular pendant looks fantastic hung low

over a coffee table or oval dining table and if you have a distant view to preserve, a pendant with a horizontal plane doesn’t restrict the outlook. 3. Which LED for me? While LED lights have many, many bonuses (they’re energy efficient, cooler than incandescent bulbs, last longer than your average Married at First Sight relationship and have opened up a world of design flexibility), they’re also not conducive to cosiness. The reason? They tend to have a cool, blue light. Even those labelled ‘soft white’ might not quite do it. Do your research, choose a low colour temperature and before buying, actually get the retailer to show you the LED bulb turned on. 4. Consider the inside colour Did you know that some pendants are designed with coloured reflectors which alters the ‘tone’ of the light? Some pendants have multiple-layered shades so the light is never seen directly as glare, but spills down beautifully. Take a look at the difference this makes to different pendants in a showroom. You might use the exact same bulb but, depending on the colour of the reflector, it changes the tone of the light remarkably. 5. Get flexible The location of a pendant light does not need to be dictated by the position of the ceiling rose. Today’s cables (braided, coloured) are part of the design choice and allow you to loop and swoop the flex to move the light to any area that suits — over a favourite reading chair, the piano or a coffee table. For true hygge take on a theme, always keep the ambience on the down low. Turn off the technology, light some candles and a pendant or two, and the colder nights of winter will slip blissfully by.

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urchasing a house that’s warm and dry is a priority for many property hunters, but how can buyers identify a ‘healthy’ home? Real Estate Authority (REA) chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith says there are a handful of key traits to watch out for. “A house that’s hard to heat can make you sick and miserable. In many cases, the key is good insulation,” Lampen-Smith says. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of 18 degrees in our homes. Insulation is often the most practical and cost-effective way to make a house more energy-efficient. An insulated home is warmer in winter and cooler in summer, which can provide health benefits like reducing mould and damp. “Ask the agent or seller if the property is insulated, the type of insulation used and when it was installed. Ask your building

inspector to check the state of the insulation,” Lampen-Smith suggests. Lampen-Smith explains insulation should be replaced or topped up if it’s less than 12cm thick, doesn’t cover the whole ceiling, has become wet or damp, or been damaged by rodents or birds. “If a property you’re looking at isn’t insulated, it’s a good idea to budget for the cost of doing the work, as your health (and your wallet) will thank you in the long term.” There’s support available for some buyers, such as a Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation grant. Some local councils also allow property owners to add the cost of insulation to their rates and pay this back over time. When working to identify a healthy home, Lampen-Smith says it’s important to watch out for dampness. Signs of dampness include musty smells, damp or mouldy wardrobe contents, mould forming behind paintings or

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Ask the agent or seller if the property is insulated, the type of insulation used and when it was installed furniture, or mould or watermarks on ceilings or walls. “Condensation on windows, especially in bedrooms, isn’t necessarily a sign of excessive dampness if it only happens occasionally during winter,” Lampen-Smith explains. Ideally, the house will have extractor fans in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry that are vented outside. Fans should not be vented into the roof space. Good curtains can also help a house retain warmth. “It’s important to note that curtains aren’t

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ou’ll likely spend a very small proportion of your day in this space. However, the right interior design and fittings can make all the difference. From high-end shower heads to soothing wall colours, a bathroom makeover will ensure your morning - or evening - routine is a pleasant one. Here are some bathroom design ideas that may suit your home.

Coastal cool There’s something very peaceful about the ocean, so why not draw inspiration from it for your bathroom’s interior design? There’s an obvious link to incorporating a coastal theme into your bathroom’s aesthetic: water. Some might call it a cliche, but fresh hues that are reminiscent of the sea are nothing to shrug at. Try your hand with paint shades such as Resene Seachange or Resene Breathless. The former is a measured, ever-so-slightly mysterious blue, while the latter is a breezy light blue that’s sure to help create a relaxing feel. Shells and pebbles are a decorative essential - place these items on shelves and window ledges. There’s no need to go

overboard, as sometimes less really is more. A framed image of an anchor, ship or your favourite beach spot adds an additional ocean-friendly touch, too. In terms of the frame itself, play with shades of cool white, seafoam and dark blue, such as Resene Alabaster or Resene Zinzan. Prints with flecks of gold also add a point of difference. Whatever shade of blue you pick, keep the other accents crisp white for maximum contrast. Choose slate or dark tan tiles over wooden floorboards for a sophisticated feel. Plus, remember the luxury towels - deep blue or crisp white look equally stunning, particularly if you stack them up on an open shelf to add further splashes of colour. Zany zebra You don’t need to adorn your bathroom in black and white stripes all over - in fact, this might cause you to squint! However, you can certainly draw inspiration from one of the most aesthetically striking creatures in the animal kingdom. A zebra’s stripes make it stand out, and the same approach in your bathroom will really make a statement. However, consider adopting

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Have you ever wondered why art galleries are usually always white? So that artwork takes centre stage and keeps the eyes moving.

‘Perfect’ interiors appear in almost every place from magazines, online and even on billboards. However, not all of us are living this way, but many of us aspire to. Sometimes we’re simply just not in that space because we’ve moved into a new home, embracing the interiors we already have or working out what we want and need. And sometimes that means waiting for the perfect piece of furniture or taking time to find the perfect paint colour. Although not exactly a new trend by any stretch, white will never go out of style because it can be paired with almost anything. It isn’t as scary as you think and it doesn’t mean sacrificing colour. Choosing a white colour is probably one of the hardest things to decide on considering the plethora of whites, off-whites and cream colours available. Some of the first things you may like to consider are:

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affect how the colour appears in each space. If you plan on carrying the same colour

2. The style of your home and what era it was built.

throughout the home you can see how it will be different in spaces with more light versus

3. Existing furnishings and fixtures e.g. native timber flooring.

spaces with less. But you can also counteract this to some extent by working in the same

Resene colour consultant Alex Pedersen suggests thinking of a describing word for

palette using the different strengths of colour i.e. in a hallway that is darker with little light you

the space you want to achieve because it will help you to narrow down the palette. “(White)

may use a half or a quarter strength of the main colour.

is calming and soothing in an environment that is fast-paced and always on the go,” Alex says.

While beautiful white walls have many advantages, the worst thing about a white

“You can use whites in any room; it’s about getting that balance, contrast and interest with

room is ‘getting it wrong’. Whites have an undertone of another colour, for example, blue,

texture through furnishings and accessories.” She suggests always using a Resene

red, green, brown, yellow, and sometimes we select an undertone that doesn’t complement

testpot and painting onto card so it can be moved around the room to see what it looks

the space or furnishings. One of the best ways to find out what undertone works favourably

like at different times of the day. “Light will

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• Keep to the same palette. • If using versions of white in the same

large swatches in the in-store colour library. Once you have narrowed down your options to

room, make it two steps on the chart. One is not always enough to notice

a few colours, you can try out Resene testpots of them on large A2 card.

the difference and can sometimes look mismatched.

“Because whites pick up on its surrounding environment, they can take on the colours

• Add texture, gloss and pattern. Add a big shaggy throw, hand-knitted cushions

around them. For instance, if you have a lot of green items, your white will pick up a green

and glossy vases. A pop of colour or greenery will add warmth.

tone. You can use this to your advantage; say you have a lot of native timber with red

If in doubt, look for a versatile white, such as Resene Black White, Resene Sea Fog

tones, using a green-toned white will assist in diffusing the colour,” says Alex.

and the Resene Alabaster range, which are the most adaptable whites and complement

One of the most common problems in a white colour scheme is not enough contrast.

most homes and styles. Or for more traditional homes or where you’d like a little more warmth,

Contrast can be achieved through texture, pattern and gloss, using materials that are

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GREEN “Green, which is nature’s colour, is restful,

soothing, cheerful, and health-giving.” - Paul Brunton

I Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst

t gives me great pleasure to inform you that we have passed the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year is now behind us. My thoughts turn to nature and the outdoors. Apparently, the interior design industry has also turned its thoughts that way. This is what the Pantone colour institute (the foremost authority on trend colours) has to say about the season’s colours. “Raw materials reflect the beauty of nature’s natural state. Gritty textures are unfussy, organic, curved

shapes and lines are uncontrolled. Colour stories are reflected in a palette comprised of mossy, wild and yellowy greens offset with muddy off-whites, a pink-infused taupe and a mineral gold metallic.” What I feel really matters with our interiors is how we feel when we walk in that room! So how does the colour green make you feel? It has strong associations with nature and immediately brings to mind the lush green of grass, trees, and forests. It is often described as a refreshing and tranquil colour.

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and was once the preferred colour choice for wedding gowns in the 15th-century. Even today, green M & M’s (an American chocolate candy) are said to send a sexual message. Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in a ‘green room’ to relax. Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal. Those who have a green work environment experience fewer stomach aches.

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BUILDING A NEW HOME

Q&A with

Dean McGonagle, Platinum Homes Northland

Dean McGonagle is the owner of Platinum Homes Northland and has been involved in every aspect of the building trade from small renovations and additions, large coastal homes, light and heavy commercial. Dean particularly enjoys the residential build side of the industry as it entails dealing directly with the homeowner while working towards achieving their desired build in a designed partnership process.

and timelines being met.

Q: What should you ask when you see ‘allowances’ in your contract? A: With allowances, ask how these were

RECAP FROM LAST MONTH’S Q&A

It is simple, once again, ask your building company what their processes are for allowing

obtained. Are they from quoting, estimating or a ‘best guess’ from experience? Ask as it

We discussed quality control measures that building companies have in place and

you managed visits to view your new home being constructed.

is important to know the building companies’ processes. It is important to trust that these

the ability to find out what these are and how they are implemented. Remember

figures are a true and accurate reflection of the actual scale of work involved.

to ask and find out who the designated quality control person is for your home.

The process I most commonly see is a ‘best guess’ from experience. This is okay but

In line with choosing the right building company to build your new home comes

then ties back into the level of experience and reputation the company has. If the company

with discovering the kind of credibility the company or builder has. The disclosure

has negotiated rates with subcontractors and suppliers then estimating allowances can be

documentation will assist with some of this and may also provide you with some basic

an easy task. This is an area for the most potential grief

questions to ask the building company about prior building experiences and reputation.

and budget overruns so it is a major factor in achieving a positive result around meeting

Probably one of the most important

reminders is the detail of your contract, plans and specifications. Not everybody understands floor plans and contracts can be daunting to read. However, it is a large investment and it is important that either you have your solicitor help or the building company walks you through each step – my advice is do both as it is important that you know what you are getting. We also discussed that it is important to know what is not included – this is the area of most grief when building as it creates surprises and surprises mean extra cost and conflict. Let us try to avoid both.

Q: What if I want to make changes after construction starts? A: The answer to this is yes, of course you can. This is your home and at the end of the build process everybody wants the best for the client and to have a home that they know is individual to their wants and needs. However, this can be a part of the build that is very frustrating for both client and builder and one that invariably happens far too often because not enough time and understanding is given to the client before the build process starts. Too many times I see people trying to

budget and getting the things you wished for included in your new home.

company ask what the processes and personal

workers on site. Second, and one we have

rush this part because of both sides being over-keen to get underway with construction.

Q: When should I make all my decisions

the building company has to guide you through this area. Getting this part of the build process

not fully understood yet, is the financial and reputation damage it does to our industry when

I am a big believer in not starting construction until all facets of the personal

about colours and product to go into my new home?

correct means little or no regrets. Later in the year I will come back and visit

somebody does not play their part in taking this seriously. Clients now have a large role to

choice areas are decided. This may sound difficult to some but, with the right systems

A: This is definitely an area where building companies most differ in processes.

this area in more detail with some helpful tips on getting the best results to avoid that

play as well in understanding and following the compliance that is necessary for everybody to

and personal in place, this is easily achieved. Without repeating myself over and over – get

Designing, engineering and the actual build process will not differ much at all as there

regret feeling.

be safe. I grew up in the industry believing that

this right and you minimize the risk of regrets. It is reasonably costly to make changes after the

are tight regulations in place to make sure compliance is adhered to. The decision-

Q: When the build starts will I be able to go on site?

you had no right to restrict a client from a building site when it was their own home being

build starts and, with changes, comes delays to timelines, budget blowouts and sometimes

making around colours, floor coverings, kitchen design and many other personal

A: The residential building industry has gone through a huge evolution in the past 15 years

constructed. They are making the largest investment of their lives and then get told they

poor-quality creeps in.

choice options is probably the most important area for a client but one where the least focus

and I have found that both sides – client and building industry are still struggling to grasp the

are restricted from many aspects of it while under construction. I must admit, for a long time

and attention to detail by building companies gets applied.

seriousness of the regulatory legislation around Health & Safety. Whether it be an independent

I struggled with this concept but, as things have evolved, I better understand the ‘why’ now.

Guidance through this area using experts is paramount to a client achieving the final

builder, a building company, subcontractors or suppliers to the site, everybody has to start

Compliance to this legislation by one and all means a safe and better managed site which

personal touches to complete their new home. When looking to choose the right building

taking this area far more seriously. First and obviously, for the safety of all

results in budgets being achieved for both client and builder, better quality, less damage

Next month Dean will be covering common residential build contracts, further detail of what a guarantee should possess, terms and conditions, milestone payments and he explains the terminology of payment schedules and practical completion. Watch this space!

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Danny has designed and sold over 300 new homes in the complex Whangarei and Kaipara areas. He’s worked through the industry’s the ever-changing environment, and his knowledge of design techniques, the building process, and site-related and council requirements is secondto-none. Above all, he respects and understands the investment you have made, and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure a successful build.

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property surge in Northland has seen median house prices rise more than three times what is being experienced nationally. Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show Northland’s median price rose by 17.5 per cent and it is one of the strongest performers of New Zealand’s regional centres. It has never been a better time to build a

This seaside location offers a relaxed approach to life, and is an easy 36km from Whangarei city centre, or a scenic 140km from Auckland CBD. Infrastructure improvements in Northland are giving Kiwi first home buyers and investors confidence in the long-term future of Whangarei’s housing market, offering better returns than many other markets. More than $17 million from the Regional

home in Northland and top 10 national building company, Generation Homes, is offering house and land packages at the Landing @ Marsden. Surrounded by the clear blue waters of the magnificent Northland east coast, the Landing @ Marsden enjoys the protection of the Whangarei Harbour, plus the much sought after views north towards Mount Manaia on the Whangarei Heads.

Growth Fund is set to be invested in Northland and the government is considering plans to upgrade rail infrastructure to link Northport to Auckland. Road infrastructure works are already underway, including the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway extension, which will encourage further growth in the region, putting Northland within easy reach of Aucklanders.


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House and land packages, including 3-4 bedrooms, start from $625,000, and you’ll find the right style for your new home from one of Generation Homes nearly 80 architecturally designed house plans to choose from. Envision your new home located only 2km from Marsden Cove Marina, which offers a variety of shops, cafes and eateries to enjoy. Families have all they need at their fingertips, including a primary school at One Tree Point only 250m away, and a local high school at Ruakaka. The Landing @ Marsden will include a childcare centre by the end of 2019.

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Your planting experts from Alter-Natives Nursery & Landscaping talk to readers on this season’s gardening!

LIBOCEDRUS PLUMOSA. KAWAKA

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Libocedrus Plumosa

ommonly referred to as a New Zealand cedar, Libocedrus plumosa (kawaka) is not a true cedar at all but actually belongs to the cypress family and closely resembles cypresses of the Northern hemisphere. It has a distinctive conical crown and papery bark that separates in long narrow strips and hangs from the trunk. Although a forest giant of over 20m, its slow growth rate means it can easily be kept at 3m for a smaller space or screening. Kawaka can be kept in a large container or wine barrel, try growing it in a container and decorating it at Christmas time! It makes a beautiful specimen tree with a slender pyramidal shape perfect for

BY ANDY AVERY

formal planting schemes. Attractive foliage of bright green scale-like leaves are arranged on flattened fern-like branchlets. Kawaka is an important native to plant in Northland as, in the past, it was selectively milled to near extinction for its red wood which was used for house shingles and in cabinet making. It grows well in areas of high rainfall and naturally starts life in the bush so is suitable for sun or partial shade. It is a good idea to add compost at planting time and some water storage crystals, then mulch well with a 100mm layer of bark, or similar material. Water deeply once or twice a week over the first summer to establish.

Libocedrus Plumosa

PROTEAS, THE ‘ROYALS’ OF THE PLANT WORLD

Leucospermum

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roteas have beautiful flowers, there are no other flowers like them. Bold and fascinating, some with silvery petals and dark tips with a colour range from green, white pinks, through to burgundy and

Protea

red. All are bird-attracting. Protea magnifica, the Queen Protea, is spectacular with a rounded growth habit and large soft deep pink to red flowers in springsummer. This beauty is slow-growing. Protea cynaroides, or the King protea, is a large spreading shrub producing terminal soft

pink flower heads on long stems from winter, through spring and early summer. Very large flowers and quite stunning. Proteas thrive on neglect but must have full sun and very well-drained soil. They need an open position with plenty of air movement so

when they look healthy it can feel like a real accomplishment. After a couple of years getting them established, Proteas will need regular pruning to keep the plant dense and garden-worthy. The alternative is they begin to look too leggy, and lose all the lower foliage.

even our native Rewarewa is part of the family of proteacea which is wide and varied. It includes Grevillea, Telopea, Banksia, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Protea, Macadamia to name just a few. They grow in many forms from ground covers to tall trees

Accord, Cream Passion and White Wings make a good quick growing screen. Cherry Ripe, Gold Rush, White Knight, Knockout, Ignite and Fireworks are smaller rounded bushes. Aussie Crawl, Royal Mantle, Gaudi Chaudi, New Blood, Drummer Boy and Mt Tamboritha being

are perfect for coastal conditions or a windy site. They grow well in sandy or clay soils. Bark, sand, or even stones from your driveway can be mixed in the soil at planting to improve drainage. Do not fertilize or add compost as Protea do not like rich soil and are phosphate sensitive. Spread a bark mulch around them

The easiest way of combatting this is to cut flowers for the vase each year, giving you a wonderful display inside while also keeping your plant pruned. Never prune to bare wood as your Protea may not re-sprout. The Latin name ‘Protea’ comes from the Greek God Proteus, who could change his

and everything in between. Grevilleas are very free-flowering and in our mild climate you can have a grevillea flowering virtually all year-round providing colour in your garden and food for nectar-loving birds such as Wax-Eye and Tui. Flowers are a spidery shape and come in a range of colours from

some of the ground cover varieties we have here at Alter-Natives. Leucospermum AKA Pin cushion flowers are spreading bushes, usually wider than high. Large pin cushion-shaped flowers in shades of yellow through to orange and red from spring until early summer. All are bird-attracting. Harry

after planting. Because they are such a prized plant in the garden and also not fast growing,

form at will. Protea are native to South Africa (where they have named their cricket team after them!) with some from Australia and

green, yellow, peach, pink, orange, red, burgundy, multi coloured and white. Some varieties such as Moonlight, Robin Hood, Bon

Chittick, Tango, Kula Sunrise, HighGold and Scarlet Ribbons are some of the varieties we have here at Alter-Natives.

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