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with all its charm and character

Women in Business


arts, home trends, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, pets & fishing


Supporting our community

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OUR PEOPLE & PLACES 4 - Exploring Kerikeri with all its charm and character WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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6 - Skin Cancer & Care celebrates its third year in Kerikeri 7 - Serve the community FASHION 9 - DR. Martens a history of rebellious self-expression

Editor’s note


his month’s Northland adventure takes us to Kerikeri and, despite the weather, what a warm and welcoming place. Of course, I’m talking about its people. I found that everyone I encountered was only too happy to make recommendations, even if it meant steering me towards opposition! This is called true community spirit – where everyone is helping each other out – and Kerikeri has it in spades. On this note, a special thanks to Anna Hamilton of Treghan Luxury Lodge and the onsite Little Black Gallery, for her wealth of knowledge and providing a multitude of options for things to see and do and recommending Stay Kerikeri as an accommodation option when I couldn’t make the dates work to take up her kind offer. Unfortunately, when we visited Kerikeri, many of the businesses were still to re-open post-lockdown. The only good thing about this was it narrowed down the list considerably. So please bear in mind that most businesses are now open!

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During our time in Kerikeri, I was getting so involved in our activities, I nearly forgot about photos but one of the kids has picked up my phone at some stage and taken a shot of me trying to be a pro golfer. At least there is no ball in sight around the tee area so that one must have travelled some air … You can read about the places we visited from pages 4-6. Happy reading,

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Exploring Kerikeri with all its charm and character Kerikeri has often been a detour stopover for lunch enroute to Doubtless Bay for me so to actually spend a night there was something new.

Beautiful soaps at the Old Packhouse Markets


t turns out, there’s heaps to do and one night doesn’t do it justice so it was challenging narrowing down my ever-accruing list. In the end, this was helped by a number of factors; businesses still closed post-lockdown (now mostly re-opened) and the weather. Also, being a family trip, I decided to leave the vineyards (although they are family-friendly) of which there are plenty, for another occasion. Kerikeri’s central location makes it perfect for exploring the Bay of Islands and the rest of Northland but Kerikeri itself oozes charm and character. An attractive, vibrant and progressive town, rich in history, it boasts the country’s oldest wooden building, Kemp House (1821) and the oldest stone building the Stone Store (1832) both set on the riverside amongst walks and eateries. We arrived on Saturday in time to catch the end of the Old Packhouse Markets (also open Sunday) which were conveniently enroute from Whangarei. Northland’s largest market, this place was thriving with lively music and you could tell it is the hub where many locals

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conduct their weekly catch-up. There was all sorts here, including a wide variety of fresh produce and edibles and stalls of jewellery, fudge and more. I got distracted browsing the beautiful paua-wrapped handmade soaps and ended up purchasing a few for gifts, while my children’s stomachs rumbled. With plenty of options for lunch, including two in-house cafes, an artisan bakery and deli selling local cheeses, my boys opted for pies from the pie stand before we headed into town to my favourite sushi place where, I’ve noticed, the friendly lady always pops a few extra pieces in. Next it was onto our accommodation, Stay Kerikeri. Originally Abilene Motel, this 70s three-star establishment was taken over five years ago by Northlanders Bill and Paula Schwass, who saw its potential and conducted a complete refit. Using their vast travelling experience, they turned out topend contemporary and fashionable boutique apartments and studios. Their taste proved a winning formula and it went on to win the Expedia Best Redeveloped Accommodation category in the New Zealand Hospitality

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The Plough & Feather on the riverbank

Set on six hectares with adjoining café

Rainbow Falls

Awards in 2017 and Tripadvisor Excellence Awards for several years running, amongst

code. So, I was pretty keen to get them out and make the most of the physical activities that

other accolades. The spacious rooms have a light and breezy

Kerikeri and its surrounds have to offer. This was found in Waipapa at the TeeTree Café Golf

offering an all-day menu and homemade cabinet food with indoor and outdoor eating areas, this is also a good option for bringing

Less than a minute’s stroll from the car park brought us to the first look-out platform where

ambience and are comfortably homely with aesthetically-placed bright, trendy splashes

& Archery Range. We were given a bucket of golf balls, along

younger families (and the dog) with its small animal farm and large children’s play area.

mist. Another few minute’s walk took us down to the bottom for a different vantage of the

of character throughout. The balconies have large tables offering the option of al fresco

with a couple of undercover bays and, in beautifully-manicured and peaceful surrounds

The range of package deals include families, corporate, party and other functions, with

water tumbling into the popular swimming hole. From here, the track continues onto a

dining prepared from the fully-equipped kitchens. After going for a wander around the

punctuated only by rooster calls, whiled away the next half hour aiming balls at targets, or,

happy hour deals, golf concession cards and a winter archery competition also on offer.

more adventurous trail through native forest, eventually emerging at the Kerikeri Basin.

beautiful sub-tropical gardens, sculpted by Bill and Paula over the years and taking in the pool

for some of us, ahem, clubs at balls. The kids had a ball (sorry) with all memories of cyber

After this fun and relaxing activity, we turned off to visit the Rainbow Falls. Kerikeri is blessed

We returned to our accommodation – aptly named, as we quite happily would’ve stayed

area, we soon settled in. I’m pretty sure, by memory, upon arriving

land forgotten as they lived in the real world. Then it was onto the archery for some bow and

with a unique river system, incorporating an abundance in waterfalls, which eventually

in that night – to relax and think about dinner options before setting out for the short walk

at a motel as children, the first thing we would do was make a beeline for the hot chocolates,

arrow action. Again, it was great to see the competitive spirit come out in my boys in real

runs out to sea at the Bay of Islands via the Historic Stone Store area and fabulous Plough

into town. We ended up at the locally-owned Burger

pool and games room. These days, it’s the WiFi

life, rather than idly adjacent on screens.

& Feather pub (more on this later).

Fiasko, which had a pumping Saturday night vibe, on the main street where we could watch

we could take in the 27m high breath-taking cascade of water surrounded by plumes of

Kerikeri nightlife in action. I ordered The Eddie – a beef burger with double cheese, pickles, onion, tomato, lettuce, mustard and aioli and, when I return, that’s what I’ll order again. There’s a reason why The Eddie is listed top of the menu. These were definitely not your average burgers and the kids were equally happy with theirs. The next day our luck had run out weatherwise so our planned trip to Aroha Island had to be called off. Back in January, some German tourists mentioned that they were on their way to visit this island and, having never heard of it, I had to Google map its location. The TeeTree Café Golf & Archery Range

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N Some of the cheeky birds at The Parrot Place

The Sun Conure at The Parrot Place

Although closed until October, the

The Parrot Place also runs a successful

caretakers had kindly offered to show us around. The island is a 12ha sanctuary in

breeding and rearing programme with a range of parrots, both hand reared and aviary bred, for sale, as well as a pet supplies store offering

the Kerikeri inlet linked to the mainland via a causeway about 12km north-east from Kerikeri. It is a natural haven with a wide diversity of New Zealand plants and birds, including the rare North Island brown kiwi.

a huge range of paraphernalia. There is also a large activity park for kids alongside the coffee kiosk ‘Sweet Tweets’. It was lunchtime and, upon enquiring on

From October, visitors are welcome by day or to stay in the range of accommodation

local dining, the recurring recommendation from locals was the Plough & Feather.

which includes the Aroha Kiwi Holiday Home, beach or bush campgrounds and cottages

Based in the prime waterfront location of the Kerikeri Basin, the Plough & Feather is

where they can enjoy swimming, bush walking and kiwi spotting in peace and tranquillity.

an English-style pub with a Northland twist. Sunday lunchtime was humming with groups

Also used for retreats, conferences and other special events, Aroha Island is an important

of happy diners both inside and out on the enclosed and cosy veranda overlooking the

archaeological site where middens, stone alignments and heaps, terraces and two burial

river and its passersby. Our service was friendly and prompt. I

grounds have been discovered. Transferring Aroha Island onto the summer

ordered the fish and chips – gurnard that day and delicious – while the twins soon devoured

list, instead, we went on a parrot safari. The Parrot Place is a Bird Display and

their ham and pineapple pizzas and the oldest enjoyed a chicken tikka masala. I will definitely

Breeding Centre with approximately 300 birds, including 50 varieties from all over the world.

be back for more of this ambience with both family and friends.

Paths lead through subtropical gardens with water features flanked with both open and closed

Happy and full, we took a stroll by the river before heading for home with a plan to

aviaries. But that’s where the serenity ends. “Hello” squawked the friendly cockatoo

stop enroute at Makana Confections for a sweet treat. However, this, along with many

upon our entry before we were each handed a bowl of nuts and seeds to feed the birds.

other businesses was still shut at this time, so we called in at the next stop along the

Pug, the Australian King Parrot, Tiki, the Indian Ringneck and Speckles, the cockatiel,

way – The Rusty Tractor Cafe – for a small takeaway cookie.

were each deposited onto the kids, to their delight, and began eating from their bowls

Thank you Kerikeri and it’s warm, welcoming people for giving us a lovely time.

before our attention was diverted by Snowy, the mischievous 50-year-old short-billed Corella, who sneezes and dances on command. The colourful array of exotic birds was a sight to behold as we strolled alongside and through the walk-in aviaries with many entertaining us with their antics and cheekily calling out ‘hello’ on our passing.

Special thanks to Stay Kerikeri, Plough & Feather, TeeTree Café Golf & Archery Range and The Parrot Place for their hospitality.

Plough & Feather fish and chips. Photo: Max Cadenhead


oting a lack of dedicated skin cancer services in the Far North Dr Dorothy Dowd, clinic principle and owner, set up this independent clinic in Kerikeri to provide screening and management of skin cancer and other skin conditions. Dr Dowd grew up in Auckland and graduated with MBChB at the University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin. She has 40 years of experience as a General Practitioner over which time she gained additional qualifications including diplomas in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Travel health, Nutrition and over the last 15 years diplomas in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, Dermoscopy and Aesthetic Medicine enhancing her experience in skin conditions and rejuvenation aesthetics. As a fellow of the Royal College of GPs and an accredited Skin Cancer Doctor with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, Dr. Dowd has developed skills to perform complete skin cancer checks, including dermoscopy, essential for accurate diagnosis, digital photography and surgery for management of skin cancers. Dr. Dowd has spent her life dedicated to patient care believing in a holistic approach with continuity of care and sharing of information with other professionals to optimise patient management and ensure quality and equity of care. Continuing the holistic approach Dr Dowd and her team support methods for prevention of skin cancer and

the clinic has also developed skin reparative and rejuvenation programs for all ages and all skin types. Dr Dowd attended Medical School at a time when women medical students were rare and doctors were expected to work 24hours 7 days a week. Married with a young growing family she decided to begin her career as an academic enabling her to better manage career with family life. While in Palmerston North she taught Veterinary students, followed by moving to PNG teaching preclinical Medical students and completing her residency in the enriched learning environment of Port Moresby hospital. On return from Papua New Guinea she set up her own General Practice in Palmerston North living and working there for 20 years with her veterinary husband while they brought up their 7 children. During that time she was active in striving for better and more equitable care for patients, and was involved with the College of General Practitioners, in hospice development and development of an afterhours care facility. More recently she has returned from working 20 years in Australia having worked in a wide variety of general practices and indigenous health centres then developed her own practice on the Sunshine Coast also teaching GP registrars. Her experience includes clinical work in Vanuatu and developing with her husband a tourist orchid garden in Bali. Now settled in Kerikeri with her veterinary husband, her time is spent between home, the clinic and various hobbies including family, her cats, gardening and her love of orchids.

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After 20 years of life in the chaos of Auckland, Samantha Davey returned to the North to serve the community that has always held her heart.


amantha grew up in Totara North, often staying with her grandparents who owned the local store. “Community was central to their way of life,” Samantha explains, “Everyone knew everyone, and the community was there to support you.” It’s an ethos Samantha carried with her through life, and into her business when she returned to Northland. Training and learning from the best in Auckland and after qualifying as a dispensing optician, Samantha moved to Kerikeri almost two years ago, bringing her knowledge and experience home. She partnered with local optometrist Anita Pistorius, and together they purchased Lowes & Partners in Kerikeri. They rebranded to Kerikeri Optometrists before reopening in August 2018. Anita and her family made Kerikeri their home in 2016. Anita had already developed

Samantha Davey

a strong rapport with her clients under the previous ownership, so when Samantha

Anita and Samantha decided to join a cooperative – a group of other independent

who has 25 years of optometry experience, specialises in keratoconus, Ortho-K,

approached her with the idea of a partnership, it was a natural step.

optometrists from all across New Zealand. “We regularly chat online, providing support

and specialist contact lens fittings, while Samantha’s passion is assisting those with Irlen

Being independently owned and operated means that the clients’ needs are held with

and advice to each other, and get together at least once a year. Being a locally-owned

Syndrome. Irlen Syndrome is a visual perception

utmost importance. “Our clients are not simply a number to us.

practice, it means we’re never alone.” Maintaining independence from corporate

disorder that affects approximately 11 per cent of the general population. For people

We value the relationships with our clients, spending about an hour with them for an

or chain type stores has also allowed Samantha and Anita to explore specialist

with dyslexia, epilepsy, ADHD, Asperger’s, and other sensory/learning difficulties, the

eye test. We want to help people to see what matters to them and to do that with integrity, we

services. As well as offering comprehensive eye examinations, 3D retinal imaging,

correlation is much higher – sitting between 40-60 per cent.

need to get to know them.” When rebranding to Kerikeri Optometrists,

glasses, contact lenses, drivers’ licence vision screening, sunglasses, and repairs, Anita,

People often report having difficulty with reading or avoid it completely and say that the words move or dance around the page or disappear entirely. Some people say they see colours flickering or that the line of text moves like a wave. These are some of the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome. The encouraging thing is that there is treatment available. There are screeners at some Kip McGrath and in certain schools, but Kerikeri Optometrist is the only place north of Auckland that offers full treatment for Irlen Syndrome. With the addition of Jason Kumar joining the team in February bringing his brilliant work with dry eye and his interest in glaucoma and paediatric optometry, a wide range of vision essentials and specialist services are covered. Together Anita and Samantha are a dynamic duo, and along with their fabulous

Anita Pistorius

team, they serve the vision needs of clients from all over Northland.


Our Kerikeri community is home proud

They know, like New Zealand First, that jobs and growth are essential for community resilience. Economic prosperity depends on investment, not hollow political promises


Z l d First Fi t supports t investment i t t iin our provincial i i l towns t d has h ew Zealand and acted decisively to ensure they are supported financially. The modern Kerikeri airport, the best in Northland, shows the value of the Provincial Growth Fund, created when New Zealand First formed the government in 2017. A sum of $1.75million from the Provincial Growth Fund guaranteed the completion of this long-awaited facility. Kerikeri now has an amazing aviation gateway welcoming people home and drawing visitors to the warmth of the Bay of Islands. The Kerikeri community has waited for decades to see the Waipapa roundabout funded and built. Once again, New Zealand First delivered on its promises to find the funding, $9 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for this infrastructure. This is the absolute opposite of promising 10 bridges without funding, planning or political muscle. Kerikeri boasts some of the most fertile soils, substantial water supply and fantastic growing climate. Consequently it has a vigorous horticultural sector which increases year by year. In the day, it was a mandarin, lemon, and citrus growing story. Now, gold has replaced green and orange. The kiwifruit enterprises reflect hard work, risk management and commitment. No enterprises however can thrive without consistent access to a reliable workforce. New Zealand First understands this. Which is why it announced over $1 million at the Kerikeri orchard for horticultural workforce development. For Kerikeri, we have backed enterprise, infrastructure and tourism. This will continue as New Zealand First takes local solutions to Wellington and ensures that our Northland towns get their fair share of investment, jobs and growth.




a history of rebellious self-expression Dr. Martens appeal to people who have their own individual style but share a united spirit – authentic characters who stand for something. People who possess a proud sense of self-expression. People who are different.


n a stylistic level, Dr. Martens’ simple silhouettes allows their wearers to adopt the boots and shoes as part of their own individual and very distinctive style; on a practical level, their famous durability and comfort make them ideal for the unforgiving world of gigs and street fashion; and then finally on an emotional level, they are a badge of attitude and empowerment. The history of Dr. Martens began in 1901 in the Northamptonshire, England. The brand was born in an era rife with social change, and the boots quickly became a countercultural symbol. Their popularity as a working-class boot made them a favorite of skinheads of the era. The important thing to note is that 1960s skinhead culture wasn’t heavily focused on race, but rather financial station and social standing; in fact, initially, skinheads were a multicultural group, and Dr. Martens’ place in pop culture was purely regarding class. In the ’70s, Dr. Martens would truly come to dominate British culture. Ironically, in the decade when the shoes were standard issue for police in the UK, they also became associated with everything counterculture. As



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the mods and skinheads splintered into various genres of the era like Glam, Punk, Two-Tone Ska — and even Goth — there was one distinct thing that all of these various groups shared: Dr. Martens. With the decline of punk, hardcore, and really, rock music as a whole, Dr. Martens sales declined sharply in the 2000s. Fortunately for the brand, as with many legacy brands in the US and UK, designers wanted to collaborate with Dr. Martens to celebrate and revitalize the boots. Under Dr. Martens new owner, clothing behemoth Permira, Dr. Martens has continued its commitment to its legacy identity. Opening brick and mortar stores, further investing in the ’Made in England’ heritage subbrand, persistent nods to its history and continued collaborations are all ways that the company taps into Dr. Martens’ iconic reputation. Dr. Martens remain popular today, though its position in the culture is quite different than it was even 25 years ago. The boots are now a fashion statement rather than a style identity. They are often used to punctuate a street look or hearken back to a retro fit, but they are no longer a ubiquitous youth culture staple. Regardless of what musical genre or subculture is pioneering the latest trend, one thing is certain however: Dr. Martens are sure to be on the forefront (and, technically forefoot). Working-class or upper-crust, there’s no denying the grit, influence and impact of a sturdy pair of Dr Martens.

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How amazing was Lockdown?


y initial reaction to the government decision to shut down for a whole month was one of shock, disbelief and then absolute excitement at the prospect of being forced to spend 30 uninterrupted days at home. I don’t think I’ve ever had the joy of experiencing that length of time off before. No visitors, no visiting, just staying at home choosing to do whatever I wanted whenever it suited. Bliss!!! Life during that month would have been almost thrilling had it not been for that gnawing fear of infection and the pending catastrophic implications on the New Zealand economy. Like all non-essential businesses, our Dargaville and Okara shops were locked up and abandoned that dark Wednesday, leaving thousands of dollars of beautiful winter stock hanging behind closed doors. Fires had to be put out in those first few ‘fear of the unknown’ days and they were, flame by flame, room by room. Retrospectively, though, those uncertain times have actually forced some unprecedented game changes in businesses, especially ours. For the first time in decades the rag trade has banded together to re-align the fashion seasons. Thus, instead of new season summer clothing arriving in wintery July, it is now set to arrive late August/ September which makes far better fashion sense. Winter sales have also been backtracked eight weeks to make up for the equivalent amount of trade lost during lockdown and this is only working because independent retailers have banded together nationally and are sticking to the same game plan.

Karen and Cheryl at Polwarth Design are passionate about ‘Inspiring You’ to look and feel amazing every day.

Shopping locally has also been a huge outcome of Covid. Local businesses are the nucleus of our community and supporting them during this vulnerable time has been highlighted on a ‘use or lose’ basis. With the borders closed and no international travel, New Zealanders are holidaying and shopping in New Zealand. We love meeting travellers who have decided Northland has much more to offer than that Alaskan Cruise or Nepalese trek. The Covid experience has challenged non-essential businesses to push their comfort zones and encouraged innovation within the down time. For us, the learning behind enhancing our online shopping platform and social media presence has been huge. It was our only link with the outside world and we finally had time to do it. Teaching our ‘first time’ on-line shoppers, usually over the age of 65 to add something to a ‘cart’ has been very rewarding. It’s nice to be back in our new-normal now. Shops restaurants, hotels, golf courses and resorts are all open, sports are back on track, hairdressers have finally caught up, and the queues have gone, along with social distancing and contact lists. I think we have gained a new appreciation and respect for all the things we were forced to go without during lockdown and it's great to see everyone enjoying them - at home. Welcome back to our local, family-owned fashion boutique.


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Karen is warm and snuggly in LOOBIES STORY Stevie Gilet rabbit vest, SEDUCE Animal print Sweater and VASSALLI merino relaxed pant.

Cheryl is in her favourite look with LANIA pinstripe charter shirt, ZAFINA wool mix coat and stoke NEW LONDON Jean. Accessorised with the tan BUXTON leather bag.

Beauty Photos: Bryce Zhang

Cause for celebration at Caci Whangarei’s Caci Clinic has emerged from Covid-19 lockdown to a glittering award.


he clinic has been awarded the coveted Caci Gold Clinic Award for the first time. Owner Jenny Lloydd says the award is especially satisfying because the scoring is determined by a number of factors, with the most important being customer happiness and satisfaction. “It was quite a thrill and so nice to know our customers have helped us win this award out of 53 clinics throughout New Zealand. “It’s lovely to have a successful story after all we’ve been through as a country,” she says. The awards were affected by the lockdown. In previous years, the clinic teams would gather in Auckland for an annual conference and gala dinner. “This year the Covid-19 restrictions put a stop to that. So, the Caci awards team got creative and held a virtual award ceremony which we could all watch. “Our team gathered at the clinic where we had set up a screen. I had to sneak away to do a recorded speech to be broadcast and my team didn’t suspect anything. There was a short delay and then I could hear them all screaming,’’ she says. The Whangarei clinic opened its spacious new rooms in Clyde Street, Whangarei, in September last year. Jenny says moving into the new building has had a massive impact on the business,

with customer appreciating the modern look and spaciousness. In the new clinic, each treatment provider has their own large room decorated in soothing pinks and greys and there is a dedicated room for the new Diode laser which makes the hair removal process faster and more comfortable. Jenny says Caci offers treatment and payment plans, making Caci affordable and rewarding customers with extra membership benefits. “Our customers love being able to pay in manageable bite-sized chunks which makes it easy to sign up for skin treatments, cosmetic injectables or hair removal. “We had quite a wave of customers coming in the doors at the very first chance they could when we opened up again after lockdown,’’ she says. Customers travel from as far as Kaitaia and Mangawhai to the clinic, treating themselves to a day out in Whangarei and to get their treatments done. Caci now has 11 staff in Whangarei, and Jenny is delighted the business has continued to grow over the years. “We first started in 2005 in a small building on the corner of Bank St with a staff of two. I’ve been eyeing up the top award for a long time, and I couldn’t be more delighted for the team.’’

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or some, their lips have started to appear thinner and less defined as a result of the natural ageing process. For others, their lips have always been narrow with a less pronounced cupid’s bow. Make-up can create the illusion of bigger lips. However, many lipsticks are prone to smudging, distorting and bleeding into the vertical lines known as 'lipstick lines' above the mouth. Lip fillers (dermal fillers) are substances injected into your lips. They fill lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas. They are effective for smoothing out 'Lipstick Lines' or 'Smokers Lines' around the mouth, as well as other troublesome areas on the face. Fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on things like the type of filler and where it's injected. They usually last between 6 and 18 months. If you have fillers, the rest of your face will continue to age as normal. Most dermal fillers used in New Zealand contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid.

What to think about before you have lip fillers If you're thinking about having dermal fillers, be clear about why you want them. Having dermal fillers is usually safe if it's done by an experienced and suitably qualified practitioner. Check the person doing your dermal fillers is on a register to show they meet set standards in training, skill and insurance. Book a consultation before you have the procedure. Ask about: • the practitioner's experience and qualifications • the name of the product and how and where it's made • any risks or possible side effects • what will happen if things go wrong What happens when you have lip fillers An anaesthetic cream might be used first to numb your skin. Injections are given around the area of your lips or face being treated. It might feel uncomfortable but should not be painful. The treatment usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Afterwards The affected area may be a bit red, sore and swollen. Any swelling or bruising should settle down in a few days. You should be advised about what to do to help reduce the risk of side effects.

This includes not wearing make-up immediately after the procedure and avoiding alcohol, coffee and the sun. Risks The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the y and procedure was done correctly the type of filler used. Speak to your practitioner about the risks. Serious problems are very rare are but can include infection, a lumpy appearance under the skin, the filler moving ing away from the intended treatment area and scarring. Benefits in summary • A safe and cost-effective way to enhance your natural appearance • Lip fillers lend volume and definition to create bigger lips, producing a sensual, more pronounced pout. • Gives a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. • Can help turn the corners of the mouth upwards. • The treatment is non-invasive with virtually no recovery time necessary; you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment. • Non-permanent and will naturally break down.



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PEGs in cosmetics & skincare

Health & Wellbeing


f you look at the ingredients list of your moisturiser or foundation (unless you’re using dermaviduals prescribed by me), chances are you will find one or more PEGs in there. PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds used in skincare as emollients (to soften and lubricate skin), as emulsifiers (to help bind water-based and oil-based ingredients) and as agents that help to enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. PEGs are normally accompanied by a number, eg PEG-6, PEG-100, PEG-400 and so on. The number indicates their average molecular weights and melting points. Often, PEGs are connected to another molecule, eg PEG-100 stearate means polyethylene glycol with an approximate molecular weight of 100 daltons is attached chemically to stearic acid. PEGs themselves are generally safe because they are biologically inert. However, my main concern about PEGs in skincare is their ability to enhance the penetration of other ingredients. So, if your skincare contains undesirable ingredients like colourants, perfumes or preservatives, PEGs will help these penetrate the skin causing irritation and sensitivity. The reason for this sensitivity is our skin does not make colourants (melanin is not a colourant), perfumes or preservatives, so the skin perceives them as foreign bodies and will react to try to get rid of them. The reaction is redness, inflammation and sensitivity. This is our skin telling us it’s not happy. The more damaged or compromised the skin, the better the penetration, so we have a continuous cycle of skin getting more sensitive, and without understanding the root cause, we try new products which is likely to contain PEGs and other skin sensitisers to which we find we’re still sensitive. Most people

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) then give up and believe they have sensitive skin. The skin is an amazing and complex organ that is our body’s first line of defence. THE SKIN KNOWS ITS JOB. We just need to feed it the right nutrients and protect it from physical, chemical and mechanical damage so it can do its job optimally. For more information on skin nutrients and how to best protect your skin, get in touch for a skin consult.

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Two ways to boost your motivation right now


ithout a doubt one of the most common things people say to me is that they lack motivation to get what they want. Let’s face it, we all experience moments when sitting on the couch sounds way more appealing than getting all sweaty at the gym. But how is it that some people can bounce back after falling off the bandwagon, when others can’t? Is it because they have more self-control? Or, are they just inherently better? The answer is… of course not!

The main reason you’re struggling with motivation comes down to two key things: 1. You’re not focused on something that’s truly important to you, OR… 2. You’re not focused on the right habits that keep you moving forward.

Sarah is an internationally-certified Health and Lifestyle Coach, passionate about helping you live your best life - a life that’s healthier, happier, and way more fulfilling.

If you fall into camp one, it’s not that you lost motivation to keep going, you simply lost focus on why you’re doing it. When it comes to making a change or stepping up and taking your life to the next level, you have to be emotionally connected to the outcome. If the reason why you’re doing it isn’t compelling enough, you will find excuses and distractions to avoid taking action, versus finding reasons to commit. Solution: Stop and ask yourself what’s important to me? What is it that I’m prepared to roll my sleeves up and work hard for? Once you’ve identified what drives you, use it as a reminder to fire yourself up for the day ahead.

I’ll help you reclaim your happiness, and discover how to live a more energised and fulfilling life. • Private Coaching • Group Coaching • Workshops & Events Once you have the clarity around what you want for your life, you can start creating it.

If you fall into camp two, you know what you want and why, but you’re most likely letting yourself get distracted. Swiping through social media, constantly checking and replying to emails, and attending to the constant stream of ‘urgent’ tasks, will make you very busy… busy doing things that don’t help you move forward with your biggest goals. Solution: Set three actions for yourself to complete EVERY DAY that moves you one step closer to achieving what you want. Block out time for activities that you know distract you, so that the rest of the day is free for you to focus on your chosen activities. This habit only takes four minutes to do, and, as a result, you will have hours of clarity and focus to get you moving and motivated again.

If you’re looking for additional support and motivation to start living a life you love, book your free 30-minute consultation with me today!

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Making your dog comfortable this winter D

It’s true Northland is called the Winterless North, but that is not always the case. While we may not get snow, it does still get cold. We all rug up and put on an extra layer but what about your pooch?

ogs should always have access to warm and dry shelter even if they are outside dogs. A few suggestions for an outside dog include a kennel with flaps in the doorway to block the wind, or putting the kennel under extra shelter. Insulation kits can be purchased for some kennels to keep them nice and warm. The addition of a warm dry bed helps and some people find it easier to put a waterproof mat in the kennel and have blankets that can be washed and changed regularly. Having a good bed for you dog is essential all year round but especially in winter. Some dogs will show more signs of struggling with arthritis during the cooler months.

If this is the case consult your vet, however providing a good bed can help with this problem as well as the addition of a joint supplement. Osteo beds and trampoline beds are the most popular for dogs suffering joint issues but it is also recommended to have a good bed from an earlier age to help prevent or slow joint issues. As we ourselves like a comfy bed for a good night sleep, your dog will appreciate it as well! Another option that is suited to dogs who like to play with beds, is putting a coat on your dog. A waterproof one is preferable if they are outside dogs. A lot of dogs also have pyjamas to help them stay warm during the night.

These are often the warm knitted or polar fleece style coats you will see. There is a huge option of warm dog clothing, from the knitted and polar fleece styles, to the oilskin or waterproof options. Something about Northland sees the waterproof options being the most popular. Another thing we can encounter in winter is thunderstorms. There are a range of products from homeopathic remedies, Thunder Shirts (a snug fitting shirt that helps to calm your dog like the way you wrap a new born baby) to Adaptil - a pheromone-based product that can help alleviate anxiety in your dog. See your vet or local pet store for info on these products as they can then help work out what is best for your dog.

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Supporting our community

Wild and Wacky



ild and Wacky tours was invented one day when I was driving my 1987 Citroën 2CV around the special countryside of New Zealand. Venturing out in Bluebell puts me into my absolute happy space so I decided to share this experience with others as it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Our tours include weddings, birthdays, wine and mystery tours so dare to be different get your ducks in a row and come and join us on a fun-filled journey. For larger groups we also have an 11-seater Wild and Wacky van so tell me where you want to go and I will create a special tour for you.

Kiwi North


iwi North brings a new communitylead exhibition to Whangarei this winter. Whangarei Museum’s Takahiwai School exhibition is born out of a project by Takahiwai group Friends of the Berm, on the southern edge of Whangārei Te Rerenga Parāoa. Old bus shelters on the main road provided the perfect focus to clean up their neighbourhood and create safe spaces for youth to gather. In 2019 the bus shelters were brightly repainted by the community and their surroundings replanted with small native gardens. Positioned opposite Takahiwai Marae and both old schoolhouses, the shelters were well positioned to acknowledge the past history of the school and its pupils through new signage and this exhibition. Takahiwai School is one of several small schools that were established in Bream Bay over the last 150 years. Takahiwai opened as a Native School, at the heart of its tiny farming community. Native Schools were the sites of conflicting agendas as Central Government developed their curriculums and methods with national assimilation of Māori culture in mind. However, locals’ desire for education and opportunity for their youth buoyed these schools’ success and helped students

succeed in both Māori and Pākehā worlds. It took three requests signed by residents over thirteen years for the Takahiwai community to get their own school. Takahiwai Native School opened in 1902 using buildings which were shipped across the harbour and lugged up a hill from the Taiharuru School and post office which had previously closed down. Only in 1947 was the term ‘Native’ replaced by the more appropriate ‘Māori’, although these still operated separately to Public Education Board Schools. New subjects were introduced to include aspects of Maori culture such as kapa haka and weaving workshops. An original piupiu

made at Takahiwai School during this time has been kindly loaned for the exhibition by the Clyde family. The 1960s were a time for radical change worldwide and only then did New Zealand’s schools come under one system. Takahiwai was notably the first school to come under the control of the Auckland Education Board, becoming a public school in 1960. In Kiwi North’s Takahiwai School exhibition, artefacts from Whangarei Museum’s Collection help bring to life key moments from the school experience, similarly shared by many across the country. Past school pupils share their personal memories of getting to school through cow

Some of our unique tours on offer are: • Walking and cycle tours throughout New Zealand • Waiheke Island wine tours • Mystery day out in van (Be into win one FREE seat on the first tour - dates to be confirmed) For bookings, call Mandy on 0272067220 Email: wildandwackytours@gmail.com FB: Wild & Wacky NZ tours

pats, daily malted milk, discipline with the strap, raising calves for Calf Club Day and other adventures common to children growing up in the rural New Zealand at the time. We are sure that many of our visitors will relate to these memories, and will have their own stories to tell. Throughout its 71 years, Takahiwai School remained central to the education, mischief and social activity of Takahiwai’s youth. The recollections shared in this exhibition are testament to the importance of the school and its teachers to Takahiwai, which remains a close-knit kainga (village) today. Kiwi North thanks Takahiwai’s Friends of the Berm, Dr Niki Francis and everyone who contributed their memories of attending Takahiwai School for bringing this exhibition to life. The ‘Takahiwai School’ exhibition will be in the Mim Ringer Gallery, Whangarei Museum at Kiwi North from June 19 to October 26 2020. It is included in general admission and seniors are invited to take advantage of the current Seniors Winter Special with half price entry for the months of June, July and August. All are welcome but groups please book. Kiwi North is open 10am-4pm, seven days per week Gate 1, 500 SH14 Maunu, Whangarei Ph: 09 438 9630 or www.kiwinorth.co.nz

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Supporting our community

Lockdown - Covert Art Operations

Hangar Gallery




Hangar Gallery in the Regent Whangarei is hosting an art exhibition in July called Lockdown, Covert Art Operations.


PHOTOS: 1. Confined by Megan Corbett 2. Fenceline, (detail) by Peter Bradburn

ll the artwork to be exhibited was created during the recent global

3. Isolation Paper by Cathy Tuato'o Ross 4. Blocks by Chris Schreuder

pandemic lockdown. "Our aim is to curate and exhibit art created during lockdown. We want to support creative endeavors and show art lovers what was happening in artists’ studios throughout Northland over this time. Artists and craft makers are often solitary in their making,

From the Easter egg pictures sellotaped in front windows to online art projects

working alone is business as usual, and to show the wider community what has been created over the few last months will be an uplifting and interesting exhibition experience," says Hangar


gallery's curator Megan Squire.

sha shared on social media, people have b been inspired to produce art during the pandemic. Many artists and crafts peopl people used lockdown to explore ativit some have embarked on their creativity, creating one piece a day as a visual diary of their lockdown time. While artworks may capture a sense

MORE INFORMATION The exhibition can be viewed at Hangar Art and Framing, 14 Cross St, Regent from Friday July 3. Works range from virus-inspired ceramic sculptures, to embossed isolation prints, jewellery with messages and still life paintings of vegetables.


Covert Art Operations

artwork made in a pandemic lockdown

ere have ha been Historically there periods in time where ere artists artis have ar responded to their situation and created artwork due to social, economic and/or

down and quietness that emerged during the lockdown. Other works take inspiration from

environmental issues - the current global pandemic is one such time.

day-to-day life, from the beauty of the season to basic domesticity.

DESIGN STORIES ArtEVentspace & online

Show runs 3rd July - 8th August 2020 Sho

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of uncertainty and isolation felt by some individuals, others are inspired by the slowing

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Quarry Arts Centre



Once an abandoned quarry and now a thriving creative space, the Quarry Arts Centre plays an important role in the Northland arts community.



he Quarry Arts Centre owes much to the vision and drive of prominent potter and artist Yvonne Rust (1922 – 2002) who played a key role in its formation in the early 1980s. She had long wanted an artistic community where craftspeople could use a range of raw materials to create exciting and experimental work. A decommissioned quarry in the hills above Whangarei provided the perfect site. From 1980, and initially under Yvonne’s direction, local artists and community workers turned Waldron’s Quarry into a working space for craftspeople. The Northland Craft Trust purchased the quarry site in 1983 and appointed the first manager, stained glass expert Sam Halstead. The Trust continues to oversee the site under a full-time manager and administrative staff. The Quarry has undergone major changes since the 1980s. Old buildings have been demolished and new spaces developed but the original organic look of the place remains. The Northland Craft Gallery opened on the site in February 1984 and provided an important venue for local artists. Now known as the Yvonne Rust Gallery, the space was refurbished in 2011. A new wood-fired kiln opened

in 2017. There is now a cafe, a cooperative store selling the works of resident artists, and the Quarry shop stocks a wide range of clays, glazes and ceramics tools. Like-minded groups operate from the site – Te Kowhai Print Trust, woodturners.

The Great Plate 2020 July 10 – 24

The Great Plate which has been running for 14 years is a highly-anticipated major fundraiser for the Quarry Arts Centre. With close to 100 artists participating, as always, it promises to be a stunning event. Each year established and emerging artists from around the country donate plates to the Whangarei-based art and craft organisation that supports art and artists. The Quarry Arts Centre holds a stunning exhibition of the plates in the Yvonne Rust Gallery and puts them all up for auction on Trade Me. The funds raised greatly help in the running of the Quarry Arts Centre which is a non-profit organisation that fosters and promotes Northland’s creative spirit. We cater for all aspects of the community from beginners to professionals, special needs groups and existing artists. This year, proceeds will go toward purchasing a much-needed new electric kiln so that we may continue providing our ceramic firing services for years to come.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our contributing artists for making this event such a success. Without people like them generously giving up their time and creativity, the Great Plate would not be the successful event that it has become. We aim to have 100 plates decorated by artists from around the country. The plates can be decorated in any way they wish and in whatever medium they desire. The world is their oyster. Once the plates are received back at the Quarry, they are catalogued, photographed, and prepared for the Great Plate 2020 exhibition opening at the Yvonne Rust Gallery. The exhibition opens on July 10 at 5.30pm and coincides with images of the plates uploaded onto the Trade Me site for the online auction. The auction is open until the closing of the exhibition on July 24. There is a ‘People’s Choice Award’ of $500 to be won by one lucky artist so don’t forget to cast your vote.



trade.me/greatplate THE QUARRY ARTS CENTRE: 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei

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1939 Packard Twelve Touring Sedan


isplayed in the Packard Motor Museum are several vehicles that have served as official government cars. One of these is our 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Sedan (seven-seater). This car was ordered by the American government during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt who was well known to favour Packards. Packard first manufactured V12 powered motor cars (named the Twin Six), from 1915 until 1923. These cars were the main-stream model until they were replaced by the straight-eight engine that was cheaper to manufacture. However, due to competition in the luxury car market, in 1932 (in the middle of the depression) Packard reintroduced the V12 model to supplement its straight-eight vehicle line. Packard aimed to produce a luxury car with high performance that buyers would rate as superior to any of their contemporaries. The company succeeded with their new V12. The Packard Twelve

was a magnificent car, both in luxury and quality. It was comfortable, easy to drive and powerful. Optional extras on these models included a burled walnut instrument panel, a push button radio and a column gear change, which our car has. The redesigned V12 differed to the earlier Twin Six in that it had a two-barrel down-draft carburettor, hydraulic valve lifters and larger engine capacity (473 cubic-inch), giving it twice the horsepower (from 90hp to 180hp). Three body styles were available in the closed sedans, built on either 134 inch or 139 inch wheelbase with all cars built to customer order. Only 446 Packard Twelves were manufactured during 1939. The last Packard Twelve was completed on August 8, 1939, one month before the outbreak of WW2. This was the close of an era of American motoring grandeur, the like of which may never be seen again.

Fishing tips & tales During lockdown, we had so much good weather and calm seas and, since lockdown, we have had a lot of strong winds and rain, considerably reducing fishing opportunities, especially for boaties - it doesn’t seem fair! However, boaties who have managed to get out, have done okay, even in Whangarei Harbour. A rowboat fisher caught an



impressive 18lb snapper on a hand line out from one of our outer bays, another angler

exciting during winter. Strayline big, tough oily baits into stirred-up seas off weedy rocky

Now if only we can organise a mix of big swells, pounding seas for the shore

landed and released his best ever snapper at over 80cm long, also inside the harbour.

outcrops. Many very big snapper are caught this way over winter and good kahawai and

fishers, followed by a few calm windless days for the boaties. Get out there when

Harbour fishing may have slowed but patience and knowledge can still bring good

trevally are also welcome catches, but, if targeting trevally, using smaller hooks and

safe - winter fishing can be a heap of fun and often very productive.

results. Over winter, the outer harbour is best and fishing in the channels with long traces

baits will improve catch rates.

– John Vowless

(running rig) using tough baits like mullet/salted bonito or salted whole small squid, patience

Hey all you keen divers and fishos! The bay has been holding lots of crayfish

and fishing very early morning or evenings, will give the best chance of a good snapper feed. If

from the depth of two-seven meters. We have been out most weekends and

trevally is the target, use oily bait and smaller 3 or 4/0 hooks.

have been getting really nice crayfish so if you are keen enough to go into the cold

There’s been some good catches of snapper, trevally, kahawai and occasional nice

winter water, we encourage you to now as the crays will be moving out to deeper

kingfish at the Hen and the Chicken Islands and having plenty of berley helps (weather

water soon. There has also been some nice work-ups of kahawai around ‘Pooh Bear

permitting). There are reports also of a few of those succulent terakihi being caught in

Island’ and in around Hihi with snapper underneath and all good eating fish so get

depths of 50m-plus. Along our coast after a blow and as soon

out onto the water and test your luck. Stay safe and have fun.

as it is safe, rock/shore fishing can be very

– Kurt & Reef

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Should you buy a house before getting married? BY RUPERT GOUGH

As far as life stages go, a mortgage and marriage often happen around the same time. So if you are getting married and looking to buy a home, how do you juggle the finance?


mortgage comes down to two main hurdles: deposit and income. From the bank’s point of view, being defacto or married doesn’t usually alter your income, but it can significantly affect your deposit. The ideal deposit for a mortgage at the moment is 20 percent but we are still seeing mortgages available with as little as a 10 percent deposit. So if you had a 20 percent deposit but needed to pay for a wedding, you could use some of those savings and still get a mortgage. One thing to know is the additional cost of borrowing more than 80 percent on a house,

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though. Let’s say you are buying a house for $500,000 and you have $100,000 of savings (a 20 percent deposit), but your wedding is going to cost you $30,000, leaving you only $70,000, or a 14 percent deposit. A mortgage with a 20 percent deposit will almost always get those great 2.65 percent rates we’re seeing but less deposit can mean the rate jumps by around 0.75 to one percent for the entire mortgage. For this example, that’s an additional $3000 to $4000 of interest every year until you can prove your mortgage is below 80 percent of the value of the property. In most cases, dropping below 20 percent deposit will significantly increase the cost of the mortgage. You have a few options and your choice will be down to your personal preference. 1. Buy a cheaper home leaving you enough money for a 20 percent deposit and to pay for a wedding. Financially speaking this is the more sensible outcome but won’t appeal to some. 2. Buy a home and delay the wedding. To manage this, you will need to be able to save up for a wedding over and above your mortgage payments. 3. Talk to the Bank of Mum and Dad. Be very clear about what the money is for though. If it’s to pay for the wedding, that’s great. If it’s to help with the deposit, discuss whether they would like the money back when the house is sold etc. 4. Borrow more and keep some available for the wedding. As in the example we looked at above, this is the most expensive option but allows

you to buy and have a wedding closer together. I would suggest declaring to the bank that you are intending to get married and want to keep some of your deposit. The bank will ask why you aren’t using all of your money anyway. If your entire deposit is made up of KiwiSaver, you can’t borrow more than you need and use that money to pay for a wedding. If, in the example above, you were buying a $500,000 house and you had $100,000 in your KiwiSaver, the bank is not allowed to loan you more than the $400,000 you need (because that would amount to using your KiwiSaver for something other than your first home). After six months, you may be able to go to the bank for a top-up but getting a top-up over 80 percent LVR is difficult so you would need your house to have increased in value. You can also, obviously, get married first and continue saving for a house but if house prices continue going up this may, financially speaking, be the most expensive option. If a house is worth $500,000 today and $550,000 in two years, then it has cost you $50,000 extra (plus interest over the mortgage) to have your wedding early. If you are looking to buy a home and get married, the choice you make will be largely personal and probably mostly emotional and that’s completely fine. But it’s worth knowing the numbers to see the effects of the decision you’re making. – Rupert Gough is the founder and CEO of Mortgage Lab and author of The Successful First Home Buyer.

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Today’s feature walls


Are feature walls still a thing? As long as there are walls in a room, they certainly will be. How we treat a feature wall may change from year to year as we track the fashions, but they will always be an extremely handy way to add personality, character and definition to a space or room.

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a variety of elements or different colours in the room already – you’re not introducing a patterned element. Feature walls can help define a space within an open-plan areas, say behind the dining table, or on the bedhead wall of a bedroom. You can either choose a tonally darker colour than the rest of the walls, or go for something with contrast. A warm coloured feature wall will appear to advance towards you so is good for visually shortening a long room. A dark, cool feature wall will make the wall seem to recede so will make a smaller space feel larger.




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Another very easy way to achieve an instant feature wall is by using wallpaper. There are so many patterns, colour and styles in the Resene Wallpaper Collection, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Current looks include whimsical painterly scenes that make the entire wall look like an artwork, as well as bold botanical designs. Shaping up Letting loose your inner artist is easy with some Resene paint and a roll of masking tape. Geometric shapes, with strong angles and straight lines are easiest, just arm yourself with masking tape. Asymmetrical shapes are often more pleasing to the eye, especially on a large scale, and often give you the illusion of more space. Adding shapes to your walls – or the floor and even the ceiling – is a relatively simple way to stamp your personality on your home, add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral palette,

Polka dots can be a fun way to decorate a child’s bedroom. Rather than cover a whole wall, try creating patterns out of small groups of different size dots. To get perfect circles, cut a stencil from thin card or use a round sponge applicator.

For a more retro circle design, try interlinked outlined circles of different sizes.

Go for a 3D effect in a bedroom or sitting room with triangles of all shapes and angles butting up together in different shades of white to dark grey.

Contrasting lines in a bold geometric pattern is a very modern, stylish way to add interest to a wall. Go asymmetrical rather than repeating the same shape to add drama and interest for the eye.

Diagonals or stripes in graduated shades of the same colour, or using complementary colours, can add extra dimension to a small or square room. When using different colours across one wall remember lighter shades at the top will open the space up, while using darker shades at the top can decrease the ‘looming’ sensation of a large wall expanse with a high ceiling.

Resene testpots are often the perfect amount of paint to paint a shape on a wall so you can transform a wall quickly and easily. make plain rooms more dramatic and often

Once you have gained in confidence, you could try softer more relaxed curves

create the illusion of more space. Some good general tips are to keep busy geometric designs to only one wall of a room,

and circles, or freeform shapes. Sketch your design on the wall first or scaled down on a

and to use the same or complementary shades throughout the space. That way the wall will

piece of paper. Or you can create a stencil first that you

be integrated into the whole room, rather than being jarring or overwhelming.

can tape to the wall and paint around. Or find a central point and use a string and chalk to draw

Think about incorporating your shape design into the room the same way you would a piece

an arc. Spend a little bit of time practising with a good cutting-in brush for the perfect finish!

of art. Of course, a fun exception to that might be in a kid’s playroom where a collection of bright, bold and even clashing colours might be just the thing for creating a fun, creative space. Resene testpots are often the perfect amount of paint to paint a shape on a wall so you can transform a wall quickly and easily.



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of borrowing from the Bank of Mum and Dad BY RUPERT GOUGH

For first home buyers, getting help from parents is more common than you might think.


ortgage brokers report around 70 per cent of first home applicants have some sort of help from what is colloquially known as the Bank of Mum and Dad (or BoMaD). Banks report a slightly lower percentage; anecdotally around 60 per cent. For most people, the help comes with their deposit. Banks require that mortgage applicants have “genuine savings” of at least 5 per cent of the purchase price, but beyond that, parents can help applicants as much as they like. Assistance with income for the mortgage is far less common, mainly due to the complicated way that banks calculate the ability to pay for a mortgage. There are generally three ways that applicants receive deposit assistance. The first is a gift that is not required to be repaid; a form of early inheritance. The second is a long term loan that isn’t required to be paid until the property is sold in the future. Usually these don’t have an interest component but can sometimes require a share of any future capital growth. The third is a loan that requires regular payments to be made. This most often happens if the parents need to raise a mortgage on their own home to help their children. Repayments are made to cover these mortgage payments but they do reduce the applicant’s income. There was some speculation that the Covid-19 lockdown would increase the number of applications that involved parents. However this doesn’t seem to have eventuated for two reasons. The Reserve Bank’s removal of the LVR restrictions should

soon make it easier to get a mortgage with a low deposit. And secondly, the main difficulty that applicants are having at the moment is uncertainty around income, and assistance from parents doesn’t often help this situation. If you have temporarily lost your job, simply adding your parents - who are likely reasonably close to retirement - to the mortgage doesn’t often have a significant impact to the overall application. One thing that first home buyers should spend more time on is the legal documentation around the gifting process. Banks only require a very brief declaration as to whether the funds are a gift or a loan. But the money that is provided as a deposit can get caught up in matrimonial assets if the right documentation is completed. First home buyers and their parents need to make sure the terms of the gift or loan are clearly set out in the very beginning. No one likes to plan for a divorce but it is better to have the documentation there in case the worst should happen. The banks don’t mind home buyers receiving an early-inheritance type gift or a long term loan, as long as the applicants have their genuine savings and as we’ve seen, having some sort of help is very common, particularly in Auckland. I suggest talking to your lawyer about the gift at around the same time as you apply for pre-approval. The documents can be drawn up and finalised at the same time as the settlement documents for your new home. – Rupert Gough is the founder and CEO of Mortgage Lab and author of The Successful First Home Buyer.


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to Make a Small Bedroom

Look Bigger

Cut Clutter Nothing makes a bedroom look as small and cramped as clutter. One of the easiest ways to open up your space is with a good purge – get rid of excessive knickknacks, items that belong in other rooms of your home, and anything that is unneeded or unattractive. You don’t want a bare, sterile room, but you don’t want overload either – instead, find the happy medium with just a few pieces of artwork, photos, collectibles, or other accessories. If you have a small bedroom, you’re not alone – it’s one of the most common

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airy, open feel in the bedroom. Not every piece needs to be legged but try to have at least

room, but you’ll make the space look larger if you stick with small prints and plenty of solids.

footage, but luckily, there are decorating tricks to fool the eye into seeing your bedroom as

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This is especially true on your bed, which is generally the largest item in the bedroom.

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Whichever you choose, you’ll make the room look larger by painting the shelves the same

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to printed sheets and throw pillows. Stick with light-to-mid tone colours to help visually

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Hang Mirrors Every bedroom needs at least one full-length

Walls While large bedrooms can make great use

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mirror so you can check out your outfit from head to toe, but the small bedroom can use

of drapes or blinds that contrast with the walls, in a small bedroom, it’s better to match your

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