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Northland life for medium Kelvin Cruickshank Capturing Memories a 90-year-old’s Whangarei war recollections

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contents Editor’s note


ow have I lived in Whangarei most of my life and not known we have the only kiwi to fly? It was a pleasure meeting Sparky, our onelegged wildlife conservation ambassador and, because he is diurnal (the opposite of nocturnal – I had to look that up!), and tame, I also got to pat him. If you’ve ever wondered what a kiwi feels like, you too can meet Sparky. Find out how on page 21. Here you can also learn what an amazing voluntary job our Local Legends Robert and Robyn Webb do at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre on a 24/7 basis. Unbelievable. After chatting to Robert, I was a little ashamed to admit that I’m a cat person. However, thanks to his natural, relatable and, at times, hilarious story-telling, I can see why he is perfect for the role of educating school children in this field and I came away with a new appreciation for birds.

I also caught up with medium Kelvin Cruickshank, ahead of his Whangarei show this month, about how he is finding life in Northland. He has kindly offered two free tickets to the June 8 event and his shows are amazing so be sure to enter this draw! This month we celebrate Matariki and an award-winning tattoo and art studio, whose murals you can find gracing our city, is celebrating with an exhibition. To find out details and how Memory Lane came about, go to page 4. Speaking of memory lane, I took a trip down it this month with a delightful 90-yearold local man. In our new historical section, he shares his recollections growing up in Onerahi and life at One Tree Point before returning to where it all began. If you can’t imagine Whangarei during the war period, Ian Hodgson paints a vivid picture. Enjoy.

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Wedding fever A bunch of cool boots for winter

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Robert and Robyn Meet the one-legged flying kiwi

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Leaving legacies with street art


Award-winning Whangarei graffiti and tattoo artist Earnest Bradley hated graffiti as a child. “I would wonder why people would vandal other people’s property,” he remembers. But then, as a teenager, he wrote his name on a wall, saw the appeal and hasn’t stopped since. But Earnest’s graffiti these days is different, in fact it’s welcome and, as well as being in popular demand to permanently tattoo his art on people’s skin, he is commissioned by the likes of the council and other corporate companies to brighten up the city. Earnest’s love of graffiti art began during his first year of high school when a friend created an impressive graffiti design on the cover of Earnest’s science book. “After that, I was hooked and started looking deeper into the culture.” He took a workshop which highlighted how to take vandalism to the next stage and it was there Earnest leant how to refine his work in a way to make a career out of it.

He began his official art career in the automotive industry as a qualified spray painter for over eight years before taking up at apprentice position at Immortal Tattoo Studio in the UK. From there, he travelled the world doing graffiti and tattoo art until returning to his hometown of Whangarei. As a result, Memory Lane was established in 2013 between Earnest and his equally arty father Dave. Originally based on Water St, it didn’t take long for the rapidly-expanding business to outgrow its premises. In 2016, Memory Lane Gallery and Tattoo Studio opened on John St, offering a wider variety of services, along with new and talented additions to the team catering for a range of styles from realism to mandala, to fine Maori arts, and everything in between. Says Earnest proudly:“Memory Lane has been lifting the standards and setting the trends since we began.We are well-known

for high-quality, professional tattooing and, of course, all of the impressive modern art that comes from our artists. Our team is very whanau-orientated and, between us, we have a massive support network from our friends, families and loyal customers that have become like family to us and that says a lot about the values and ethics of our team.” Along with co-director Donella Phillips, the team comprises senior artist Devon Tucker, specialising in Mandala; qualified artist Victor Te Paa, who specialises in

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tamoko design and one of the curators of the Memory Lane Gallery art exhibitions; and promising new apprentice Shontelle Wilson. Joining them as one of their guest artists is Currar Whitham-Field, who brings his unique flavor of neo-traditional Japaneseinspired art to the mix; and frequent guest artist Quincy Mike, who specialises in black and grey realism portraits and lettering. The team’s skills have been recognised on an award-winning basis; last year they were winners of the Creative Northland Excellence in Creative Industries Award, as well as finalists in both the business category and people’s choice at the Northland Business Excellence Awards. “We like to talk about crazy ideas and then, before we know it, that small crazy idea one person had, has ventured into an even bigger crazy idea that we all jump onboard with and that was the beauty of the Business Awards - we definitely went in with no expectations and we knew we were the ‘underdog’who ‘didn’t have a chance’. Yet, to get recognised in a professional

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Our aim is to help paint a positive image of graffiti art so that the passion for graffiti is acknowledged and becomes more publicly-appreciated and accepted ... capacity was amazing, and then to win it, was the absolute icing on the cake.” Earnest believes the team at Memory Lane are different, not only because they embrace the many levels of creative arts, but most of their art work is customised to their client and they are not afraid to turn a customer away if their request is not in line with their values. “We are not your generic ‘flip-throughthe-book’and pick a design tattoo. Everything we do is customised to our


client.We listen to your story and put our creative flair to work and produce

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Nikau, Bowls Whangarei,You Travel and at Tikipunga High School. He has also given

through with an artist before committing to getting a piece done. If the vibe isn’t

his time and skills to local school projects and carries out live spray painting demos

right or the tattoo isn’t ‘suitable’, we may not necessarily do the tattoo either. Our

at major events. “The Hatea Loop project gave us the

clients’best interests always come first and everything we do is guided by our values

opportunity to work with the Whangarei District Council and express our passion

and professional ethics. We’ve lost count of the amount of teenagers we’ve turned

for graffiti art, while sharing a vision of brightening up the city and helping

away because they’ve wanted their first boyfriend or girlfriend’s name tattooed on

minimize the vandalism and tagging by embracing local art,” explains Earnest,

their ribs or neck.When we ask to talk to mum or dad first, they usually change their

adding that it was both humbling and a privilege to be approached.

mind pretty quick and a lot of the people we turn away end up coming back later and

“Our aim is to help paint a positive image of graffiti art so that the passion

actually thank us. It’s about having values and caring enough to not let people do

for graffiti is acknowledged and becomes more publicly-appreciated and accepted.

something they might regret.” And Memory Lane’s work isn’t just

We believe that working with corporate businesses helps positively influence the

restricted to peoples’bodies. “The entire studio is oozing with vibrant

public’s perception of graffiti and, at the same time, demonstrates to graffiti artists

art.You walk down the street, and our art is on peoples’arms and legs.You go to

that, if appropriate forums are used, there are no restrictions to the potential reach

other local businesses, and our art is on their walls. Our creative interests are well-

an artist has. We want to show people that graffiti and tattoo art can be a career to

received and appreciated by a lot of people and that, in itself, shows that the culture

take you around the world, and that you can work with organisations in a business

and perception of graffiti and tattooing is beginning to change. That’s always been a

context,” outlines Earnest, who is currently touring Europe, doing just that.

key goal of the team – keep doing what we do best and share it with our people.”

“Just like any other graffiti artist, the main objective is to have the biggest stuff on the

Earnest’s works can be found all around the world but, in Whangarei, grace the

streets and leave some kind of legacy like the guys before our time.”

One of Earnest’s paintings

Memory Lane’s next project is the Matariki Exhibition ‘Sunrise Sunset’ launching June 16 “Sunrise Sunset is all about the setting of one chapter and beginning of another. We are all in different stages and various chapters of our lives so us coming together is all about celebrating our whanaungatanga, kotahitanga and manaakitanga,” explains Earnest. With Victor Te Paa curating the exhibition, Mike Tupaea, Lenny Murupaenga, Anikaaro Harawira, Shane Hansen and many more artists are joining the Memory Lane team for the exhibition. “We are privileged to be able to bring together this calibre of artists in our gallery. We all just click so well, this exhibition is going to be one of the best, if not the best exhibition that we have done to date. We have a lot of creative talent on show so it’s definitely something to put in your diaries, it’s going to be a bit different to what we normally do so it’s really exciting.”

Clockwise from back left: Shontelle Wilson, Quincy Mike, Earnest Bradley, Victor Te Paa, Currar Whitham-Field, Donnella Phillips with daughter and model Shayla Te Maire and Devon Tucker.




ou’d think, living in the Far North would generate less recognition for renown medium Kelvin Cruickshank. But he still gets bailed up at his local

supermarket by fans asking if he can see their mum and selfies in his hunting gear are a common thing. Not that he’s complaining. In fact, since moving to the Bay of Islands nine years ago, Kelvin has fully embraced the Northland lifestyle and has no plans to leave. “I’m a Northland boy now,” says the former Waikato lad. “There’s something about the Bay of Islands that I just love.” Kelvin was living in Auckland when he swapped the city life for one that involved more of his outdoor passions – hunting and fishing. “When I came here I knew nobody,” he recalls. “But I’d spent many years fishing up here and wanted to get out of Auckland. There’s so much to do – fishing, diving, hunting, beaching with the kids, camping, kayaking, getting tuatuas off the beach. I love this place.” He’s also made some friends who are ‘absolutely loyal and basically my family now’. His home, on a small block of land, which includes a horse, four chickens, a dog and a cat, is his sanctuary to return to after his fortnightly Soul Food Tours, with the next one landing in Whangarei on Friday. “I always seem to have a really interesting night in Whangarei. Everyone’s pretty excited to be there and so am I. Because it’s close to home, I seem to be really relaxed in Whangarei. “We’re dealing with some serious, sad stuff but we always have some laughs. It’s about a celebration about those who’ve gone before us.” Kelvin remembers first sensing spirit as a small boy. Confused and frightened, he chose to ignore the extra company and later pursued a career as a chef. It was many years later he stopped to listen to what he was hearing and discovered that the messages were intended for others. Accepting his gift was life-changing and Kelvin subsequently dedicated his life to working fulltime as a medium passing on messages from those who have passed over. Kelvin credits the late well-known medium Colin Fry for helping kick-start his career after Colin asked him to guest star on his UK tv series The Sixth Sense. Kelvin went on to work on New Zealand’s popular Sensing Murder tv series, with two other mediums,

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where their role was to provide evidence towards famous unsolved murder cases by communicating with the deceased victims. Alongside this and wanting to reach out to others while getting the message out about how the afterlife works, he began his Soul Food tours, visiting as many places as possible, including far-flung locations on the New Zealand map. “Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what I was put on this earth to do. However, since the incredible success of Sensing Murder, there’s been such a great demand from people on this side wanting private readings that it is just not physically possible for me to do them anymore. So, the best way for me to be able to put people in touch with the loved ones they’ve lost – and also help them to understand how the afterlife works – is through my live shows.” Kelvin’s shows have the audience in both tears and fits of laughter with many gaining closure as he passes on messages from loved ones. Even the cynical blokes, who have clearly been dragged along by their partners, often

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Kelvin also holds seminars and spiritual

In addition, Kelvin is in the throes of setting up a non-

“From what I understand from my daughter, she picks up things before they

profitable trust called the Kelvin Cruickshank Missing

shows with those involved contributing to the chapters offering their points of view.

happen but children all have the ability, it’s whether they choose to follow it,” he says,

Persons Trust, which will be based solely on donations.

In amongst this, he is filming Haunted Hollywood in America – a show he was head-

adding that it usually wanes around age seven due to distraction.

“Often, people are so stressed out that they can’t

hunted for amongst many other mediums from around the globe and which involves a

“I think the key is to let them speak first and not get in their face about it and, when

work or they can’t work while they are searching for

mix of detectives, scientists and mediums. “It’s fascinating but dangerous. It’s

they’re ready for the answer, they will ask and when they ask, I will explain.”

a missing family member. The trust will take the pressure off

incredibly draining and incredibly sad. Basically, it’s horrific. At one point they rang

Many a time, Kelvin says, he has seen horrific images he’d rather not have and it’s

by stepping in and paying the bills for them while they are

and said, look you can pull out if you want but I said: ‘Nah mate, I started it, I’m gonna

the cases involving children who’ve been harmed which affect him the most.

finish it boots and all.’ “It’s pretty cool working together and it’s

However, a stand-out case occurred only months ago and is one Kelvin cites as a

When Kelvin got the news that Raymond had been returned home, he burst into

A common assumption is that he can predict lotto numbers and Kelvin finds it

been an absolute privilege to be involved. We’re just trying to help people who’ve got

career highlight. Eighty-four-year-old Hamilton man

tears, then drove to Hamilton out of his own pocket just to give the family a hug.

hilarious when he hears himself referred to as ‘That Sensing Marlin Fulla’.

people who have disappeared and we’re tracking them down.”

Raymond Stirling had been missing nearly a month when his daughter-in-law attended

“It was a very special time of my career for sure and there was no exchange of

“I mean, because I can communicate with dead people, how does that make me able to

When he’s not on location, Kelvin works from home and is dad to daughter Jade, 8,

one of Kelvin’s shows and he told her Raymond was not in the river where they

anything but a hug.” But then, Kelvin points out, he does a lot

speak to fish?” He does, however, believe more people

had been searching. “Apparently, he talked to me all night

out of his own pocket, something his critics - and he’s had his fair share – probably

are becoming more open-minded. “I think Sensing Murder changed the

because I was talking in my sleep,” says Kelvin. “So, I got up and brought up Google

don’t realise. His ticketing prices have remained the same for the last 15 years. “I

minds of a lot of people but also I think people who have met me over the years

Maps. He said: ‘I’m here’. He just wanted to go home.”

always use the koha that comes from that to go to places like Greymouth and Hokitika

now understand. It’s supposed to be a taboo subject but our loved ones don’t turn into

Following Kelvin’s new locations, Raymond’s son finally discovered his

because the koha puts me in a place to go and help those people. It’s swings and

monsters when they die. It just so happens that I can see them, it’s just the way I am. I

father’s body.


can’t be anyone else. “At the end of the day, we’re all striving

Kelvin enjoying the Northland lifestyle

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who, like her older brother, who has left home, is showing signs of Kelvin’s gift.

retreats and has recently released his eighth book about his experiences and featuring some of the stand-out moments from his

for happiness and balance. I’ve had a lot of cool stuff but also a lot of rough stuff happen. I’ve lost a lot of friends and family, just like everybody else. You can’t change it but it’s the way you manage it. Helping people and seeing their sadness leave them is the best thing about my gift. It’s like their dark cloud disappears and that brings the most joy for me.”

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How possibly can I write about trends for winter 2018 when we have just attended (vicariously of course) the royal wedding of the year!! Cropped baggy jumpers and wide-leg trousers pale in comparison to the pomp and ceremony of this delicious ‘A-List’ occasion where designer ensemble, after designer ensemble, walked on by for all the world to see. What better stage to observe and ponder the latest wedding trends worn by the rich and famous as they appeared!! Such a potpourri of hats, fascinators, shoes, clutches, diamonds and frocks. Oh to be olive-skinned, brown-eyed and willowy. Amal Clooney rocked that little mustard number with her saucy hatinator and minimal jewellery, while Victoria Beckham, forever solemn, in long, lean navy, splashed out with spikey red heels. Floral dresses seem refreshingly popular, long and flowing or catching the knee, although Pippa Middleton’s Hepburn patterned mint outfit, with its high round neckline and contrasting godets, aged her ten years. Lady Kitty Spencer was magnificent in a forest green Dolce & Gabbana dress. Teamed with a perfectly-matching head-hugging fascinator, her contrasting mustard clutch and shoes accentuated the dramatic floral skirt, giving her the appearance of a walking piece of art.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were disappointingly tame in their choice of head pieces this time round – no two-metre deer antlers or peacock feathers. Eugenie screamed conservative in her wee pill box hat and Beatrice’s dull little addition was no more than a fancy hair clip. Nude shoes were preferred over black for ensembles all in one colour, if they hadn’t chosen matchy-matchy and the colour of the shoes generally dictated the colour of the clutch bag. Kate wore neutral shoes with her soft yellow Alexander McQueen outfit, pulling in the yellow with the flowers on her fascinator and earrings. She looked superb one month after giving birth, low-keying her look in a garment she had worn three times before, and good on her. It wasn’t her day. The greatest reveal of all though, must be our glorious bride. How clever was she to carry off that perfectly minimal effect in her Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller design dress? No unnecessary embellishments, she didn’t need them, just white triple silk organza expertly crafted to compliment. She wore the dress, the dress definitely didn’t wear her. Hasn’t it been great to witness the marriage of two perfect strangers on a world stage? Hasn’t it been exciting watching this refreshing, romantic fairy tale unfold before us, in direct contrast to the constant doom and gloom tales we usually get? After all, it’s given us such a lot to talk about!! Oh, and ankle boots are still a major essential this winter.



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Matariki: time to reflect on how soft we’ve become BY MICHAEL BOTUR

Getting your groceries to your car without a Pak N Save cardboard box? Not tough. Running the well-lit Hatea Loop in comfortable shoes? Still not tough, sorry. You know who had it genuinely tough? New Zealand’s first settlers. Arriving in the year 1200ish on handmade vessels which braved almost 3000 kilometres of ocean: that’s tough. Those first colonists landed, built shelter, explored, got to know where to find safe food to feed their people, and planted the crops they brought – yams, taro, kumara and gourds. The importance of nurturing crops is what the Maori festival of Matariki was all about; in mid-winter, the constellation Europeans call Pleiades (Mata Ariki – little eyes of God) heralds the start of a new season and a new year, like the Solstice. Old food stores would have been running thin in winter, but Matariki meant new crops could now be planted. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died in the last year. Festivities and feasting took place. Crops could be pulled up or put in the

ground with cold fingers fighting through frozen soil; seafood and birds could be collected by rugged people wearing flax shoes boldly scaling cliffs and braving the ocean without a wetsuit. Would any of us have survived in ancient Maori times, or are we a bunch of softies/pansies today? Just last week, I caught myself feeling like Bear Grylls for undertaking the monumental feat of scaling Whangarei’s tallest mountain – dun dun dun! – without a cellphone. Impressive? Not really. The mountain is more of a hill, a couple hundred metres high. Yes, I daringly left my cellphone at home, but there were tonnes of people around if I needed an emergency dose of some soothing Michael Bublé music. The track up Parihaka had been generously improved by Whangarei District Council. It was pampering, really. Going up Parihaka I spotted many kumara pits where our nation’s first people had to carefully cultivate kumara, positioning it close to the sun with basalt rocks to capture heat. They had to haul all foods up to their mountain fortress, actually – shellfish especially (the middens of shells are there today to remind modern-day pansies how spoiled we are.) The years 1200-1900 would have been excruciatingly difficult for the early Maori and Pakeha, so when you’re celebrating Matariki on the dancefloor, sipping a beverage and gobbling canapes, be thankful you didn’t have to forge your own shoes, skin a moa to make your dress or wait weeks to brew that glass of champagne. We’re not going to stop being soft, but at least we can be mindful about it.

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isn’t a new tip. But business success really does start with the basics. So, you want to hit your desk knowing what your top three priorities are for the day to get done. 3. Are you breaking down your business goals into bite-sized chunks? Having a weekly goal or intention is great for fueling focus. You know exactly where you are heading and can say ‘no’ to something if it isn’t aligned to what you need to achieve. When you start setting weekly goals you will notice how realistic your own

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timelines are. This is an eye opener! 4. Look at delegating areas of

entrepreneurs, many of them are mothers. Not only

running the household and the biz. Think virtual assistant or online

are they running their own business, but the family as well. While time appears to be the enemy, we find, after digging deeper it is something else. The good news is that it is an easy fix!

shopping. When someone can do something in one hour that takes you four hours...it is more efficient to outsource. That way you can spend more time in your genius zone and selling. 5. Exercise. Yes, not rocket science again but

The discovery is that they are multitasking. At the time it feels efficient and

so good to deal with mental chatter. Have a walk, run or whatever your gig is and let

keeps the never-ending to-do list small. But the reality is, this way of working is energy-

your brain download. I know that my brain loves knowing it is going to have time to just

draining and evidence shows us that broken focus makes the outcomes less effective.

let go, be creative and problem-solve while walking the dog. Plus, it is a great time to set

When you are jumping from one task to another it is said to make you 40 per cent

and visualise your day intentions. We get more of what we focus on. And our

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yourself the gift of focus!

my clients: 1. Check to see how many tabs you have open when you are working? Only have open the one or two you need to get your work done. By closing down the others, you give your brain and habit the chance to not want to jump into something else. Quickly, just for a minute!

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Your most powerful tool this winter BY SARAH TRASS

Happy Matariki! I find the timing of this celebration quite fitting, as June is typically when we start to feel a bit flat. If you’re sitting there thinking ‘yep that’s me!’, you’re not alone – one in four are significantly affected by changes in season, clinically referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The cold snaps in the weather can affect our appetite, our weight, our desire to leave the house, as well as how we view ourselves and the life we lead. The majority of us can find ourselves focusing on everything we haven’t achieved over the last six months, or beating ourselves up over the so called ‘failures’ we’ve encountered along the way. So, what can we do to stay motivated this winter? With Matariki giving us a boost of inspiration, beat the seasonal blues by changing your mindset. Start by focusing on all the positive things that have been happening for you this year, and how you can bring more of this into your life over the next few months. What specifically made these things work well? What do you need to continue doing, and what do you need to let go of? To help you get going, reflect on the following: • What activities have made you feel good about yourself? What needs to happen for you to bring more of this into your life? • Who do you love spending time with? How can you build on these relationships?

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• What habits around food and exercise work well for you? How can you continue to commit to these, even when the days get chilly and grey? • What self-care rituals do you need to schedule in JUST FOR YOU, that leave you feeling more centred and re-energised? Taking the time to build your self-awareness will be your most powerful tool going into winter. Focusing on what brings you greater health, happiness and fulfilment, puts you in a position of choice and emotionally strong in the face of life’s squally patches. Create a life you love this winter!


f you are about to start strength training exercise for the first time, or you are getting back into it after a long layoff, you may think being labelled a “beginner” or “re-beginner” is not desirable. And you’d be wrong. Being a strength training beginner is awesome. The first several few months of training is when linear progress is at the highest level it’ll ever be. This means you can get stronger, fast and create a radical change in body composition (muscle/fat ratio). The only real way we can increase our metabolism and the rate we burn fuel, is with strengthening exercise to maintain or

Activities that used to wear you out are barely a challenge anymore. Spend your time wisely – when you are just starting out, practically any progressive strength training program will produce some results, but some will produce significantly better results than others. Your sole purpose as a beginner trainee should be to learn a few basic movement patterns you can master quickly, and then get stronger with those exercises. This will build a solid foundation upon which you can later customize for your specific goals. The real question should be: What should a trainee do to maximize the returns from her



Cool things happen when you start strengthening exercise time spent in the gym, so she doesn’t just achieve some results, but achieves the most

manageable for most people, but it’s been proven to be effective for building

results possible? Three things: Use compound exercises

strength. Improve performance every workout. You must do better than the last

that train basic movement patterns that can be learned quickly. This should include

time you performed the same workout. Perform more repetitions with the same

a squat, deadlift, and pressing movement; a row and chin-up variation is great, too.

weight, or add more weight. If you do those things, you’ll achieve excellent results from a

Stick to the basics and you’ll be well rewarded as these big movements will

minimum time investment. Strength training allows you to highlight

effectively and efficiently hit every muscle in your body unlike working one little

your strengths so you can bring out the best in you. There are many additional

muscle group at a time. Perform 2-3 total body workouts per

reasons women should strength train, but those should be enough to convince you get

week. This training frequency is not only

started now, or to continue the journey.

increase our lean mass. It’s also one of the very few ways to make bones denser, a perk that is especially important for women. Lifting something heavy, like a dumbbell, makes bones bear more weight, and in exercise, stressing your bones is a good thing. If you eat well and train consistently, the first few months of your strength training journey are immensely rewarding. Take advantage of this high rate of progression and this reality is what makes being a beginner so damn awesome and motivating to keep you returning for more. You will notice you start to carry yourself differently When you approach strength training seriously, with purpose and a desire to get strong, after a few months your body feels different, in the best way possible. You start to walk differently. You stand differently. You even sit differently. You just carry yourself in a more confident manner. And it feels incredible. When performing daily tasks, you feel muscles activate in a way you never paid attention to before. Getting stronger allows you to discover your body in a new way outside the gym, and it’s really cool. Daily activities become easier, and less tiresome Once women have been strength training for a couple of months they notice how much easier daily tasks become.

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Nutrition and supplements supporting eye health

Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) receives many questions about nutrition and supplements. This includes numerous enquiries about various websites claiming to offer miracle cures for macular degeneration. It is important to know the facts in order to avoid misleading advertising and false claims. We trust this article dispels myths and provides you with guidance on nutrition for eye health, including supplementing your diet. The key eye health practices to follow include: • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet • Eat leafy green vegetables and fresh fruit daily • Eat fish 2-3 times a week • Choose low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI • Eat a handful of nuts each week • Limit intake of fats and oils • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, control weight and exercise regularly • Consider taking a supplement in consultation with your doctor. The Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS 1 and 2) are two major clinical trials conducted by the National Eye Institute in the USA. The initial study in 2006 followed 3640 individuals for an average of 6.3 years between 1992 and 2001. In 2006, the AREDS group began a second study called AREDS2 to determine if the AREDS formulation could be improved.

The formulation of supplements (vitamins and minerals) that plays an important role in eye health is outlined in the ideal daily AREDS formula: • Zinc (as zinc oxide) 80 mg • Copper (as copper oxide) 2 mg • Vitamin E 400 IU • Vitamin C 500 mg • Lutein 10 mg • Zeaxanthin 2 mg Diet and supplements are not to be confused as a cure for macular degeneration. The AREDS identified the impact of taking the AREDS formula as: • Those with intermediate stage MD reduced their risk by approximately 25% • Those with late stage MD and loss of vision in one eye reduced their risk of developing severe changes in their other eye by approximately 20%.

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Reading the True Tales of Onerahi piqued the interest of our editor Jodi Bryant and one contributor’s memories, in particular, stood out. Suspecting she now lives on part of what was once his family farm, she tracked the now 90-year-old down and was delighted to discover him living nearby - fit, agile and with a memory still sharp as a tack.


an Hodgson has worked Whangarei land most of his life, beginning with his before and after school chores – and antics - on the Onerahi family farm. The school boy milked cows by hand before heading to Onerahi Primary, then situated where the airport currently is. After school he returned to milk again and later helped with the family milk run. “Onerahi at that time was starting to increase and had a population of about 350,” Ian recalls from his homely Onerahi lounge shared with wife Muriel. “My brother Bert started the milk run in 1928 and pulled a cart with two layers of milk bottles until a van was purchased in 1937. We called ‘Milko, Milko’, as we delivered milk to the doors.” It was a family affair; Brother Harry carried out his milk delivery around Beach Rd by bike with up to 15 bottles in two bags strapped to the frame, while their sisters washed and sterilised the bottles. Roads were metaled with the completion of the airport and power was supplied around that time, making life easier. Their father, who had previously farmed in Cumberland, where stone walls were extensively used, built a stone wall on the property. Ian and his siblings would harness their horse, who would pull the sledge, and cart rocks to his father to build this wall. Part of the wall remains today at the now Dragonfly Springs wetlands. But it wasn’t all work – on Sunday afternoon there was often time to have fun and Ian twinkles mischievously as he recalls: “I would dig up a fairly wet clap of cow manure and my sister would wrap it in about six layers of paper - and gently leave it lying in the middle of Church St. “This was in the mid-1930s and it was mostly business people with their new cars usually loaded with friends or family sight-seeing and going down to the beach. A large hedge along the footpath gave us good

Haymaking time on the Onerahi farm 1939. Ian (front) with a family friend and dad up the ladder building a hay stack. coverage so it was the first car that came along, stopped to investigate what was in this lovely looking parcel. It was irresistible and, we were watching with great excitement as the driver retrieved and slowly undid the layers of wrappings. “Toward the last wrapper, the paper would start to get a bit soft until, finally the truth was revealed usually with fingers poking into the valuable contents. An almighty ‘Shit!’ was spoken and, out the window, the lovely parcel was despatched. Amid peals of laughter from the back seat, the humiliated driver took off in a cloud of dust. “We had a lot of fun over that – you had to make your fun in those days,” finishes Ian, chuckling at the memory. The 1939 war caused disruption for everyone. “Labour was in short supply and, with my brothers and father away, it was difficult for us to continue supplying milk so my sister Rene left high school and, at 15, got her driver’s licence and kept up the milk supply during this period.” With the arrival of the New Zealand air force personal in 1942, Onerahi became a hive of activity.


Back to the family origins Ian today still working his Onerahi patch

“Hangars were constructed around the school. Hawker Hind light bombers patrolled the northern coastline daily and Rat Island was used as bombings practise, trainee pilots in Tiger Moths flew up from Ardmore about once a week before going overseas, it was thrilling watching them looping, rolling over and diving during their training sessions. But schooling was difficult for those three years of occupation, mainly because of the distraction caused by the take-offs and landings.” Ian recalls the war rationing, with petrol the biggest problem for those who used cars for work. “Four gallons per month didn’t go far and, as a result, car usage was greatly reduced. And some cars converted to gas producers. However, with greatly reduced power, people had to reverse up hills to gain enough power.” Ian’s mother died suddenly during the war so he left school to run the farm with his sister and continue the milk run until his older brother returned and took over the farm. “The eldest got the farm in those days so in 1947 I went to Taranaki and farmed.” It was there he met Muriel and the newlyweds, who celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this weekend, returned to the north in 1954 to take over the other family farm at One Tree Point, which Ian’s father had originally purchased in the 1920s. Due to transport difficulties, his mother had refused to live in such an isolated place so the farm was leased and the Onerahi farm purchased. Instead, Ian and Muriel raised their four children on this One Tree Point farm and they later purchased the land next door, running a dairy and beef unit. In 1981, they sold the farm, building a waterfront home at One Tree Point with Ian taking on the role as caretaker at One Tree Point School. He worked this land for 23 years before retiring aged 76. “I thought I’d better get out of the school

before they kicked me out,” he laughs. “If you meet the kids today, you don’t always recognise them but they always recognise you!” The couple travelled extensively to 73 countries before coming full circle and settling back in Onerahi. “It’s where I was born and it’s quite a nice little suburb. We were going for a drive and quite liked this little cul-de-sac and we saw a lady walking into a house and pulled over and asked her if there was any chance anyone in the area was selling. “She said she didn’t live there but was visiting a friend who did. She went inside and came back out and said the lady inside could be interested. She invited us in and we had a look around, made an offer and here we are.” But the down-size hasn’t deterred an active Ian. He still works his patch, mowing the lawns and tending to his vege garden. And his care-taking days have followed him; sometimes carrying out the odd repair job for nearby widows. And, of course, being a veteran of the area, he knows the history of his new location. “This used to be the Fisher’s farm,” he tells. “In fact, the original cow shed was right here where our house is. They used to make hay for our family. That was the story in those days - we all helped each other out.” Meanwhile, after selling the milk run, brother Bert had established an orchard on the original Onerahi farm until it was eventually sub-divided. “Our family was fortunate to live on the farm where there was always something to do. We always had enough to eat. Onerahi was a good place to spend my first 17 years and now that I am back in Onerahi after 70 years, it is a privilege to be able to spend my remaining years here with Muriel. It’s a very attractive area on our beautiful Whangarei Harbour.”

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FRESH LOOK FOR ART’N TARTAN Anyone who knows Waipu – it’s amazing surf cove, friendly cafes, New Zealand’s best small museum and treasured Scottish heritage - will also be familiar with the renowned annual wearable art contest and show - Art’nTartan.


he show, produced under the umbrella of the Waipu Museum, will, once again, this year be staged in the magnificent Celtic Barn. The Art’nTartan volunteer organising team have been hard at it since the beginning of the year formulating new categories and exploring ways of getting a contemporary theme into what has been a more than successful format over the past seven years. To this end, former artistic director, Helen Frances, has moved into the realm of production manager, bringing all her skills in management and organisation to this new role. The gap has been filled by a collaborative pair comprising collage artist Annie Newall and dancer and performing

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arts guru Jayden Rudolph. Annie has been involved in the arts for some time and works out of her studio in Waipu. She has been a stalwart of Art’nTartan for five years and her entry won the Supreme Award in 2015. Jayden, previously a student at Bream Bay College, has been involved in the show since its inauguration in 2010. He now teaches dance at Bream Bay Ballet and also holds dance classes in Kaitaia. He is one of the instigators of AIM - Art in Motion - a scheme to replace the recently defunct Stage Challenge in secondary schools. New categories too are on the cards bringing another fresh look to the show. The popular ‘black light’ section, though, is once more featured under the title ‘Illumination Creation’. ‘Migration Nation’ has been

included in an effort to encompass the

audience can look forward to seeing a high

many races and cultures who have arrived on our shores throughout history. For the

degree of originality and innovation. Kids will again have their chance to shine.

guys and girls as, let’s face it, girls have one too, there is ‘The Shed’. Not limited

The ever-popular masks section for years 1-8 students have asked the talented young

to men, of course, this section is open to everyone. Throughout history, ingenious

artists to create a ‘glow in the dark’ creature either from their own imagination or one of

inventions and artworks galore have come out of many a Scottish shed and the

their favourite storybooks. New director, Annie Newall, says of the

audience can look forward to seeing these artistic interpretations come alive on stage.

new show: “We will be pushing creative boundaries to the limit”.

Inspiration from the treasures and taonga of Aotearoa will also come to life on stage

The show will again be split into three performances. Friday July 20 at 8pm with

in the now-famous kaleidoscope of scenery, music, dance and lighting effects that are

a matinee the following day and the allimportant Awards Night at 8pm the same day.

planned for this year. Another new section ‘Scottish Surreal’ has proved very popular

Tickets are on sale now and available from Eventfinda or direct from Waipu Museum.

by the number of entries received and the

They sell like hot cakes so be quick!

MATARIKI The Māori New Year

Celebrate Māori New Year and Puanga

MATARIKI SEASON AT THE KAURI MUSEUM Mid-June marks the beginning of Matariki (Māori New Year) when the Matariki star

cluster, also called the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, rises in the sky. For many years, The Kauri Museum has worked with seven primary schools of the old Otamatea area

This winter join Kiwi North to celebrate Māori New Year and Puanga. As an annual

(treasures) will be on display to reflect these core concepts and connect us with

to produce themed story boards for display. This year’s theme is ‘Ngā Ika o Otamatea’.

celebration, Northlanders observe the Matariki festival across the cold months of

the people that have lived these traditions before us. Visitors will be encouraged to

Each of the participating schools has been given the name of a fish, numerous

June and July. This year Kiwi North has focused on

record their reflections on the year past inspired by the exhibition.

in their area, and asked to interpret the subject in any manner they wish. To mark

the lesser known Northland concept of Puanga, who is the mātāmua (elder

By partnering with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Kiwi North will also herald the

the opening on the first day of Matariki,

brother) of Matariki and makes up part of the recognisable Orion constellation.

new year with the lighting of a fire at the heritage park alongside kārero (stories)

Traditionally, the rising of the star Puanga heralds the coming of the new moon which

and star gazing for the Puanga star (Rigel) and Matariki constellation (Pleiades) which

marks the Nga Puhi New Year. Whangarei Museum will look to the past

hopefully will be seen above the horizon before dawn.

to inform our modern celebrations through the exhibition Puanga 2018, from June 8 to

Expert practitioners will also mark this period as a time for passing on knowledge

October 14. Puanga historically was a time for family and friends to gather together from

and protecting precious family and food stores by showcasing their skills in

their seasonal settlements to commemorate lost ones, pass on whakapapa (genealogy)

raranga (weaving), whakairo (carving) and mau rākau (weaponry) displays.

and matauranga (knowledge), and to focus on the preservation and storage of plentiful foods to support the coming year. A collection of carefully curated taonga

For details on these events please contact Kiwi North or keep an eye out on our Facebook page.


Puanga star of the New Year, star of abundance

week course. These are tutored by Whaea Geraldine Jenkins. Participants will learn the correct protocols for harvesting harakeke, preparation of the fibre and then weave their own kete to take home. Bookings are essential for the workshops.

WHEN: Saturday June 16 & Sunday 17, 10am-3pm OR Tuesday July 24 & Wednesday 25, 10am-3pm COST: $40 per person BRING: your lunch, an old shirt/apron, a flat wooden board, a blunt knife WHERE: The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe QUERIES: email: admin@kaurimuseum.com or call (09) 431-7417

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two workshops scheduled, the first held over a weekend and then a later, mid-

WHEN: Friday June 15, 10am-2pm WHERE: The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe QUERIES: email: admin@kaurimuseum.com or call (09) 431-7417


Our 2018 Matariki programme also includes the opportunity to attend a raranga flax weaving workshop. There are

June 15, Bernard Makoare will demonstrate the making and playing of traditional Māori musical instruments, taonga puoro, followed by a preview of the exhibition. The afternoon will be dedicated to kapa haka performance before students return to school. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

‘Mim Ringer Gallery’


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As part of our Matariki 2018 celebration The Kauri Museum is pleased to offer Raranga Flax weaving classes with Whaea Geraldine Jenkins. Come and have a good time Learn about working with harakeke (flax) and gift the kete you make to someone special. Beginners are welcome! Bookings are essential. What to Bring: Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm your lunch 16 & 17 June 2018 an old shirt or apron Tuesday and Wednesday a flat wooden board per person 24 & 25 July 2018 a blunt knife



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Preparing to get a new puppy


etting a new puppy is probably one of the most exciting times you can have in your life. The adventure begins firstly by deciding that the time is right for you and your family to take on the responsibility of caring for and nurturing a puppy for their lifetime. What breed do I get? Big or small? Long hair or short? High energy or low energy? There are so many different factors that come into play when deciding what is the right puppy for you. Make sure you choose a breed or specific puppy that fits with your lifestyle as this is crucial to a long-lasting enjoyable relationship.

If you don’t like going walking at 6am and again at 6pm, then getting a border collie or a boxer probably isn’t a wise choice as the activity levels these dogs need are very high, so be aware and do your research to make sure you’re making a near-perfect person to puppy match. Once you’ve decided on your puppy, you must be cautious where you get it from. Make sure you are purchasing from a reputable breeder or a trusted local pet store, but don’t discount looking at a rescue puppy as there are always rescue puppies in need of homes. You then want to make sure you do your checks on any prospective puppy, on their health, vaccinations etc, and

that you learn a bit about their litter history, parents age and temperament etc. Sometimes it’s suggested to find a neutral vet and ask to meet breeder there and have a vet look over the puppy before taking the final step to ensure it’s in tip-top condition. It may be a small cost to you but the benefit of knowing before you take a puppy on that it is in a healthy condition, is well worth the cost. Lastly, before you pick up and take your puppy home, it is always better to be prepared so an earlier visit to a few local vets to find the one you are most comfortable with is recommended. Also talk to your local pet specialty store and they can assist you in making sure you have prepared for the arrival with help on your puppies diet, bedding, training, water and food bowls, flea and worm treatment etc. Also investigate puppy classes to get them and you off to an ideal start to puppy life. Day cares are a possibility if you plan to be away from your puppy during the week which will also help with socialisation. Finally, ensure your property is well-fenced and puppyproofed to ensure optimal safety of your puppy. You should now be well-prepared to bring a new puppy home and start the wonderful journey of raising and enjoying your new friend.

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Scale Modelling Workshop Storytime’s Neil Lambess will be hosting a workshop for scale modellers on Saturday June 9. These workshops are designed to teach you the basics of model assembly, painting and decaling. All starter kits purchased from Storytime come with free entry to the workshop. If you want help with other kits, admission is $8 per person.


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“I’d take him home and go see some of the local vets and they would show me different things to do with the birds,” he recalls. Then a couple of traffic accidents put an end to his driving career so, deciding he ‘may as well do something useful’, threw his efforts into creating a bird recovery haven. Wife Robyn joined him and the pair have voluntarily run the award-winning Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, along with a small team of volunteers, since 1992. “We’ve either got to be totally dedicated or bloody silly,” he laughs. “I think it’s a bit of both.” Up to 1,300 birds from 200 different breeds come into the centre each year – some via free courier - from areas



t’s 1am and Robert Webb is keeping an eye on the screen in his Glenbervie home. He’s watching a kiwi try to hatch and it’s clear it’s having a bit of trouble. Jumping in his car, he drives the 13km across town where he begins peeling the shell away from the hatchling. After weighing and measuring the chick, he places him in a warm bed before returning home to his own. The next morning, his email is flooded. “The funny thing is, I’ll have a number of emails from around the world from people who were watching it happen live.” A normal bedtime for Robert and his wife Robyn is 2am. They have devoted their lives for the past few decades to rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating over 1,300 birds each year. Robert was a heavy haul truck driver and, on the way to Auckland, would spot injured Harrier Hawks on the side of the road, so would stop and put them in his cab.

within Puhoi to Cape Reinga and both coasts and it’s not just the natives – every wild bird is taken in, from sparrows, to albatross, to kiwi.

for cats. But it’s not just cats that are the main culprit. Dogs and humans are

onto Matakohe-Limestone Island at around six weeks.

“We get about 20 a day – Wood Pigeons and Harrier Hawks are the

two of the most common. “The way we look at it is, birds

“A fresh Kiwi egg will take about 75 days to hatch. We have a special light

most common. The Wood Pigeons get drunk on guava berries and fly into

were here before we were. We’re the predators so we should do what we

that we shine on the egg so we can see what’s inside it. After about four or

windows and the Harriers get hit on the road.”

can to look after them. They were quite happy before we came along and

five days, you can see a little red dot and that’s the embryo,” Robert explains.

Then, of course, there’s the bait pinchers who’ve managed to get

started constructing modern buildings with all these windows for them to fly

“Towards the end, you can hear the kiwi inside the egg calling.”

themselves hooked and are brought in with the baited hook still attached.

into. The birds have to put up with a hell of a lot.”

Robert explains that, once the Kiwi lays her egg, she will not stick around

And there are repeat patients; Robert recalls a wood pigeon, which had flown

As for dogs, they are the biggest problem for the Kiwi population, with

to incubate it. Instead the male usually takes on this role but ‘He will roll it out

into a house window in Maunu, which they banded and released. Twelve

many owners ignorant as to their dogs’ capabilities. The centre receives

of the nest if he can’t be bothered’. Many do not survive and he

years later, the same bird came in again, having hit the house next door.

around 12 injured Kiwi a year, usually from a combination of dogs, traps and

encourages those who find a Kiwi egg to bring it into the centre.

Spring is the busiest time at the centre when baby birds are easy target

vehicles, and hatches up to ten in the hatching facility, before releasing them

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year are released and about 55 of the 70 Harrier Hawks. “If visitors come here and there’s not many birds to see then that’s good because that means the birds are out there where they should be.” However, there are some permanent residents – the talking tui and Sparky the Kiwi, who has been handraised since discovered in a gin trap as a baby and had his leg amputated. Now 13, and accustomed to daylight and being handled, he has become an ambassador for wildlife conservation and the only ‘flying’ Kiwi in the world as he accompanies Robert around New Zealand visiting schools and organisations for educational purposes. “He takes to flying no problem at all. As soon as we take off, he curls up in the carry box on my knee. Sometimes, in between flights, I’ll take him out on this grass verge outside Auckland Airport so he can have a feed of worms. He loves his worms – he’ll eat 300 worms a day - and, of course, people driving past – well they see him and nearly have a fit,” laughs Robert. “I saw this joker walk across the road and he was looking over and he stood there watching so I called out and said: ‘You can come have a look if you want’ so he came over and said he couldn’t believe his eyes and no one else would believe it either. I said: ‘Well, they’re gonna think you’ve finally popped your cork so you better give me your phone and I’ll take a photo’.” The team also host up to 6,000 local school children who visit the centre each year as part of its hands-on education programmes teaching how human impact disrupts the environmental balance. With camera monitors set up to watch from their home and taking the odd feathered patient home, it’s a job that’s 24/7 but Robert’s not complaining. “I used to bump into some of my old fellow drivers and they’d ask what I was doing with myself now. I used to have them on and say: “Well, I work at a place where I can take home a different bird every night and I don’t get into trouble.” You could see them really thinking what sort of job I’ve got and I could just imagine them thinking ‘Where the hell could I find a wife like that?’!” Now in their late sixties and early 70s, the couple have no plans to give up their 24-hour, seven-day a week service. “I’ll never leave here until they take me out in a box. It’s been 17 years since we’ve been on holiday and it’s certainly not for the money,” Robert laughs. “We do this because we feel we’ve got a responsibility for the wild birds. When Robyn and I started this centre we had to learn to speak up for the birds and could not see the reason for putting a bird to sleep because he had one leg when he could be used for educational reasons. “When you see a bird fly away, you realise you’ve done something well in life.”

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Meet the one-legged flying Kiwi BY JODI BRYANT

Ever imagined what a real life Kiwi feels like? This month, for a gold coin donation, you can find out via Sparky the onelegged Kiwi. Sparky resides in Whangarei and is unique for several reasons: besides his mono-limb, he is the only kiwi who handles human touch, and the only flying kiwi in the world. Many are unaware that Whangarei hosts this rarity and Rainbows Relics owners Sandy and Ian Benjamin are keen to do something about it, while raising money for Sparky and his peers. “The Kiwi is our New Zealand icon and I cannot believe how many people are uneducated about them,” says Sandy. “We’re allowing the chance for people to come and meet Sparky, touch him and have their photo taken with him here at the shop for a gold coin donation, with all the proceeds going towards the Bird Recovery Centre.” Thirteen-year-old Sparky was found as a youngster trapped in a gin trap and, as a result, lost his leg. Unable to survive in the wild, he was hand-raised and became a permanent resident at Whangarei’s Native Bird Recovery Centre. “He’s a friendly kiwi and is no longer nocturnal – he doesn’t know any different,” explains Sandy. His tame nature has allowed Sparky to become an ambassador for promoting wildlife conservation and the centre founders Robert and Robyn Webb take Sparky all over the country for education purposes – hence his flying status.


The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre is a nonprofit organisation run by volunteers who rehabilitate injured or ill birds before returning them to the wild. The idea came about when Sandy went for a walk one day near the couple’s antiques and collectables shop and bumped into Robert Webb. “I asked him how things were going and he mentioned how tight things were. I came back, got the cheque book and gave him a donation but that started me thinking what else I could do to help.” An idea began to form and she asked Robert if he would loan Sparky for a day and set him up in a temporary ‘kiwi sanctuary’ at the front of the shop for people to come and meet and touch (but not hold). This is taking place on Saturday June 16 from 10am2pm for a gold coin donation per person and includes a free sausage sizzle. “So many people don’t know what a Kiwi feels like and it’s not what you expect!” Sandy says the customers she has mentioned it to are putting it in their diaries and are just as excited as she is. “People are saying it’s always been their dream to see or touch a kiwi. I heard of a tourist in Palmerston North who asked how they could touch a kiwi. So, they hired a car and drove all the way to Whangarei to see Sparky. “I want so many people to have the opportunity while collecting as much funds as possible. I’m hoping to fill this jar up twice!” Sandy and Ian are already planning a much larger ‘Stage Two’ fundraiser for the Bird Recovery Centre; they are hoping to seek funding of up to $100,000 a year between five companies to become sponsors of a new manager for the centre. “This would allow Robert to hire a manager to train to run the centre so he can travel around the country to educate. The centre runs programmes teaching school children about the wild life programme – the next generation is a vital part – if we don’t teach them right, we’ve lost so much. “People need to know that Robert and Robyn have given up half of their lives and dedicated it to helping animals who can’t speak for themselves. They are going to retire one day and we need other people to step up. I can relate this theory to what our business is based upon: The craftsmanship that our forefathers did, the majority of cabinetmakers today can’t do because it’s a lost skill and that’s exactly what’s going to happen to our bird recovery centre if we don’t help them.”

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Yoga teacher turns pilot BY JODI BRYANT

When April Nicole set out from South Carolina with a temporary working holiday visa, the yoga instructor had no idea she would settle in the Far North of New Zealand with a local man and change her career path to become a pilot. But she credits the courageous Far North women and their ‘can-do’ attitudes for the latter – something that had only been a dream until she set foot on our soil. “I really wish I had started flying when I was younger,” says the 30-year-old. “But I never had the courage to get up and do it. It seemed so out of reach. “But when I moved to Northland, I saw a culture of women who could do anything – women on motor cross bikes, catching big marlin, driving tractors, dairy and beef farming … Moving here and starting a new lifestyle inspired me.” April arrived in New Zealand three years

ago after traveling around South East Asia and Australia. After working her way up the country bungee jumping and in search of penguins, she arrived in the Far North and carried out work in exchange for board before finding a job growing produce at Masters Bros and where she met her partner Tim Masters. “I only planned to be here just long enough to make money and then move onto the next place,” she recalls. “But I love the Far North and how the wide open spaces give you a sense of freedom and it was here I met my best adventure buddy! “Some of my first memories of the Far North are going horse riding and deepsea fishing. Also, eating lamb meat for the first time and driving on the beach. I have always loved trying new things and being adventurous. Flying seemed like a dream job but how could I ever afford it? Would I be smart enough? Would I be brave enough?” With the encouragement of Tim, April

several days, April has moved onto advanced training in a Cessna 150 with the aim of obtaining her private pilot’s licence while studying for Civil Aviation Authority exams. She currently has around 25 hours solo flying under her belt and she and fellow flying students were recently honoured at a Wings ceremony. Deciding to go all the way through to commercial training, April has been encouraged and inspired by her new friends and adoptive family in the Far North. “My ‘adopted’ kiwi nana, Lesley Rogers was the first female pilot to fly solo at the KAC (Kaitaia Aeroclub), which I imagine would have taken a lot of guts back then. I look up to her for that. “With the help of my instructor, Jim Summerfield, my confidence has grown and I am on my way to reaching my goals.” Not only has she become part of the community, but April is throwing herself into supporting the KAC – a club she is contacted the Kaitaia Aeroclub. As a result,

clearly proud of – with fundraising towards purchasing a new aeroplane.

she carried out her first half-hour flight and was hooked.

While April is heading home this month with Tim to meet her family, she has no plans

“I love the views and the hands-on learning style. It took me about 10 hours of

to return there permanently. She is hoping to gain New Zealand residency this year –

flight training before my first solo flight in the Technam Microlight. I was both terrified and

another stepping stone towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a scenic tour pilot.

excited.” After three hours of solo flying spread over

“I love showing tourists this beautiful gem I now call home.”

Experience the astonishing music Shortly after a rousing send-off and inspirational words during the Whangarei

the scholarship fund which will aim to support opera singers who wish to plunge

Queen’s Service Medal for services to music. Staging the popular Opera in The Garden

funeral of Joan Kennaway, the chance to honour her life in music in perpetuity soon

into a career in operatic music. The official launch of the fund will be announced at

event at her home in Glenbervie near Whangarei was realisation of a life ambition

began to take shape. Joan Kennaway QSM died in February

a champagne gala held at Forum North immediately after the concert.

for Mrs Kennaway. She regarded the event as a way to introduce opera to people who may

this year, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes from a multitude of her

Giving the opportunity for everyone to experience opera, whether on stage or as

not have experienced live opera singing, but in a relaxed and more informal atmosphere

singing colleagues, students and friends, particularly from members of the Opera

an audience member, was a passion for Mrs Kennaway, a renowned soprano who, at the

of a garden picnic scenario. The event has now been running for

North choir, which she founded. There are now plans to launch a Joan

height of her career, was one of the most successful performers in New Zealand.

22 years with proceeds from the events past used to help singers like tenor Kawiti

Kennaway Scholarship fund with a musical concert aptly named ‘Because of Joan’ as

renowned performer Helen Medlyn. One of the most successful of Mrs

Mrs Kennaway was runner-up in the 1970 Mobil (now Lexus) Song Quest;

Waetford and soprano Sophie Sparrow extend their studies and launch their careers

way of extending what was a life mission for the much-loved musical director, teacher

Kennaway’s former students, Hayden Tee, will headline the concert. Fresh from taking

winner of Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga and Gisborne aria contests; a

already through what was formerly known as the Opera North grant.

and mentor. The concert, to be held at the Capitaine

lead roles on Broadway and the West End, Mr Tee, who hails from Maungaturoto, will

national touring concert artist (including with the Sydney Opera); an acclaimed

Bougainville Theatre, Forum North Whangarei on June 16, will feature many

be a popular item. The Opera North choir will also be on

musical theatre director; later one of New Zealand’s top singing teachers and voice

of her former students who are now enjoying much international success, and

stage with many members lucky enough to have solos to sing.

coaches; director of the annual Opera in the Garden held near Whangarei; and yet more

include some invited guest stars, including

Proceeds from the concert will launch

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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month

Peugeot v-twin motorcycle, 1904 Geraldine Craw One of the treasures found at the Packard Motor Museum is our collection of 65 classic (mostly British) motorcycles,

Cycle and Automobile exhibition

ranging from 1904 to 1972, demonstrating to visitors the chronological development of

Motobicyclette’ which used a new form of technology – the internal combustion

the motorbike. Our oldest motorcycle is the 1904 Peugeot V-Twin built as a racing machine. Because of this, the 726cc V-Twin has no

engine. This made Peugeot the first manufacturer of motorcycles.

kick start, no brakes and no clutch, yet is reportedly capable of 70mph (113kmh). The

in 1904, Vincenzo Lanfranchi set the one kilometre speed record at 123k/h with his

rider sat well back on the frame meaning he or she needed to lean right forward to

Peugeot V2 prototype, fitted with a similar engine to our bike.

hold the handle bars, therefore lowering wind resistance. Initially neither googles

Some early motorcycle race tracks were on a ‘board-walk’. Board-walk

nor helmet were worn as no-one saw the need for them and at that point they hadn’t

racing was a type of motorbike racing popular in the US and Europe in the

been invented. Prior to making motorcycles, Peugeot

early 1910s–1920s. The race was run on a circular or oval track made of planks.

built bicycles. This bike demonstrates how the first motorcycles were really a bicycle

Later these early bikes were used in another form of racing – the Wall of

with a strengthened frame to carry a motor. At the end of the nineteenth century, many

Death. This track was a nearly vertical, circle-shaped track that most riders

individuals built motorized bicycles but Peugeot became the first manufacturer to

considered a crazy challenge. Racing motorcycles became popular

put a dedicated power-cycle into production. Peugeot designed its first proto-type

with most manufacturers entering a machine, thereby pushing technological

motorcycle which it presented at the 7th

advances forward.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless Sunday, May 20th: I’m walking my dogs around Beach Rd Onerahi, its 6.15 am, a runabout comes out from the ramp at the end of Port Rd, sun is just coming up, no wind, flat-calm, a stunning vista! As the runabout passes the Onerahi jetty, one fisherman yells loudly: “YAHOO-OOO!”, They open the throttles, flat out heading for the entrance. Yahoo indeed, we are so lucky to live with such a magnificent resource on our doorstep. Water temperatures have dropped and harbour fishing has slowed. However,

there’s still an occasional snapper being caught, along with a few kahawhai, trevally and kingfish. Recently a very good kingfish was caught on a cut bait near the yellow bouy. The area from Urqharts Bay out through the entrance and Busby Point will likely hold a few kings through the winter. Also, very recently some good snapper have been caught out from One Tree Point. The ‘Mad Mile’ has been providing some good-quality snapper fishing. A couple of guys I know were recently in this area, saw

in 1898. Production of motorbikes commenced in 1901 with the ’Zl

Peugeot motorcycles quickly became part of the motorbike racing scene and,

some surface kahawhai action, used lures but caught nothing so, while drifting, dropped over strayline baits, two drifts - 14 snapper of very good size. Three Mile Reef is another area that has been producing good-quality snapper recently. Out over the sand in front of the Refinery/Powerstation in 16 to 18 metres is worth a look. Also, the Hen and Chicks, with burley and big fresh baits for big snapper, smaller hooks and oily baits will work well for trevally to good sizes. As the water temperature drops, terakihi will come on the bite in depths of 50 metres or more. Also, hapuka will come on the bite, and trevally catches will increase. During May, gamefishing has been pretty good, particularly for striped marlin. At times, surface action, involving schooling marlin, has been very exciting.

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New-look showroom to mark 35 years Celebrations will abound for Frazerhurst’s 35th birthday this month and they’ve got a fresh new-look showroom to host them in.

In addition to the refurbishment, customers can enjoy annual birthday discounts across the entire range of Weathermaster products for both indoor and outdoor ranges. Frazerhurst showroom consultant of the last four years Tracey Harvey and the team would like to invite you in to celebrate 35 years of being a locally-owned business while being inspired by the latest trends. “Our newly-refurbished showroom is contemporary and comfortable with our product displays being our focus. We have a large table to lay out your ideas, a toy box for the little assistants and a comfy chair. A cuppa could even be on the cards. “All of our visitors are welcomed and given our full attention. We are here to help make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible.” As far as trends go, Tracey says that when buying in their drapery sample range, the local team have their discerning Northland clients’ needs and tastes for window dressing solely in mind.

“We keep up-to-date by regularly reviewing and researching national and international design, architecture and apparel trends, as the three are linked. The recent trend has been for minimalism with industrial looks and cool colours with subtlety and calm as the focus. “However, we have noticed many of our Northland clients wanting something a bit more expressive. They want texture and warmth and a bit of whimsy thrown in to keep the mood light and fun. “With our diverse range of drapery suppliers, there is definitely something for everyone. This season, particularly, is strong on blue colours in every tone - chambray, denim, royal, sapphire and steel.” Frazerhurst are proud suppliers of New Zealand Weathermaster products. Quality is guaranteed, as is being kept up-to-date with on trend colours and new innovations and being locally and New Zealand-made means a minimal carbon foot print. Many Weathermaster products are PVC and

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providing cuts ready for customers to create their own cushions and wall displays. “So join us for the month of June at 146 Lower Dent St and take advantage of the once a year birthday discounts on the entire Weathermaster range or take away a funky free re-usable shopping bag. Double the feel-good factor with Frazerhurst.”



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“The smaller dimensions of the DF Series suit renovators, but this is a very versatile fire that doesn’t even need walls or cavities to install – making it appealing to those building new as well,” says Molloy. As well as saving on tradesman time to install, Escea’s DF Series with Direct Vent Power Flue technology also offers higher efficiency, better reliability and more heat output than other gas fires in the same category. With 4-star efficiency and 5.6 – 7 kW of heat, the DF Series is a great option for customers looking for a heating appliance that is kind on both the eyes and the wallet. Like all Escea fires, the DF Series comes with a variety of fascia and fuel bed options and Escea’s Smartheat app, allowing customers to turn their fireplaces on from anywhere.

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ROOM to GROW When your children wake up, what do they see? Careful consideration of colour, style and quality can make children’s bedrooms fun and comfortable now, and adaptable for their needs and wants as they grow older.


he environment in your children’s bedrooms can affect their sleep and their moods. The look and feel of their bedrooms can determine their desire to spend quiet time at play there – that’s peaceful time for you! – and to share their personal ‘home’ with friends. Let’s start with colour. Psychological research indicates that soft, soothing tones make an ideal background, while the everpopular pinks, purples and lime greens are great for feature walls and accents. This allows your child to stamp their personality and preference on the room without overpowering it. • Red rooms can promote activity, which is probably not ideal when you’re trying to get your child to sleep. By all means, use it

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as an accent, but save large doses for play areas elsewhere in the house. • Yellow used in small amounts or softer tints, such as Resene Softly Softly, is cheerful, sunny and inviting, and is a popular choice in nurseries. Too much really bright yellow, however, can be hard on the eyes. • Blue relaxes the nervous system – soft shades of blue, such as Resene Three Wishes, stimulate the body to produce calming chemicals. If you want to use stronger or darker blues, combine them with a lighter shade or bright accents to stop the room from closing in. • Green is the colour most strongly associated with nature and can have calming, relaxing effects. Try Resene

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be selected to last just as long as your child’s fairy or farmyard phase, furniture should endure. Pieces with

works well if you’re looking for a gender neutral space that you can pretty up with pinks and purples or team with blues for a cool and restful space. Even if your child really likes a

in feature walls and pick up decorative themes (think farmyard, fairies, cars, or artwork. The wall behind the bed is a great space for a feature wall – your child into the room but it won’t keep them awake if they are trying to go to sleep while it is light. Duvet sets and accent pieces may

major shifts in childhood opinion. When making decorating decisions, most parents want to guide their child’s thinking to ensure a reasonable outcome. In terms of major purchases, it pays to visit

can see and enjoy it when they come

inclinations. And remember, you can always repaint furniture using Resene Lustacryl (semi-gloss) or Resene Enamacryl (gloss) to keep up with

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a classic style, in softer colours, are likely to outlast years of changing


stores without your child first, selecting a couple of options you’re

Wall art – This can be fun, kid’s-style art or more adult pieces, such as old-fashioned nautical maps to go with a boat theme, or textbook/encyclopaedia-style pages to complement a butterfly theme. A collage of fabrics, photos or other mementos can make a great piece of personalised art for your child’s bedroom. Or let them play on the walls for themselves – try Resene Blackboard Paint or Resene Magnetic Magic Paint and let them create their own artworks in their own spaces.

Create a glow-in-the-dark effect with Resene FX Nightlight and give your child something to look at while they drift off to sleep.

Fun floor mats – Try, for example, surfboard style mats to go with beach-themed settings.

Do you remember having the same linen and duvet set for most (possibly all) of your childhood? These days, many parents replace their children’s linen and duvet sets every two to three years.

happy with, so your child can have a choice instead of free rein. For most children, as long as they have some say in the new look, they’re happy.

Storage, storage, storage – Children need a little empty floor space to play in, so keeping toys and other belongings tucked out of the way is important. Storage units that slide under the bed, largecapacity wardrobes, dressing tables with plenty of drawers, and wall-bracket shelves can all help ensure that there’s a place for everything in your child’s room. Paint them in favourite colours from the Resene KidzColour collection and use them as a room feature.

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We spend one third of our lives in bed and many of us are uncomfortable in them. And as Chris Hawkins from Beds R Us points out, a lot of people see quality bedding as a luxury when, in fact, it’s a necessity. “We go and spend a whole lot of money on a car or lounge suite but how much time are we actually going to spend on a lounge suite, as opposed to our beds?” she asks. “Getting a good night’s sleep is all about rest and recuperation. Resting your mind, as well as your body, is a vital part of the recipe for living a happy and healthy life. Waking up feeling well-rested is such a great way to start the day.” The team at Beds R Us Whangarei, have a combined 40-odd years’ experience in the bedding industry. The Whangarei franchise is locally owned and operated by Chris Hawkins and Kevin Jones and their team of three fellow bedding experts: Corgi, Dave and Cass. The team are long-time locals and, because they specialise exclusively in bedding, the customer can be reassured of a stress-free experience. The large store has a wide variety of bed bases, mattresses, bedroom furniture, linen and dressings. When customers step into their showroom at 7 Gumdigger Place, a team

member will take the time to find out if there are any issues with the old bed and what the customer is expecting from the new bed. “We have the expertise to fit you to the right bed,” says Chris. “People buy a new bed for all sorts of reasons. It can be wanting or needing to change the size, or perhaps the feel. People often don’t realise that, as we age, our bodies change and so our needs change. “There are loads of options so we listen first, then, based on that information, try to narrow the options down. While the customer is lying on the bed, we will also check your alignment. Having the right support from both the mattress and pillow is vital to ensure that your spine and neck are both aligned correctly.” Their range of Sleepyhead beds are New Zealand-made and there are several different support systems and comfort layers available to suit a variety of needs. There are beds suitable for hot sleepers, people of various size or weight and those who are bothered by partner disturbance. A common myth is that soft mattresses are bad for the back.

“People come in and say: ‘I want a firm mattress - I’ve got a sore back’, and I say: ‘Ok, let’s talk about that’,” says Chris. “Nowadays you can get a soft bed that gives you outstanding support.” She adds: “Back issues are often the result of trauma or even from what you do in your daily life. So, a new bed will help but it won’t The team of long-time locals are here to help (left to right): always fix the problem Cass Sinden, Kevin Jones, Chris Hawkins, Corgi Smit & Dave Stainburn. completely.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, a good To make it easy for the customer, Beds mattress will last approximately nine-ten years R Us can sort delivery and set up of but they say, if you don’t sleep well, you should the new bed and even take the old one consider replacing it every five-seven years. away, if desired. For your peace of mind, Beds R Us offer a 30-day Says Chris: “We’ve got the knowledge comfort warranty on most of their ranges. They and we pride ourselves on matching believe buying a new bed is a valuable investment you to your perfect sleep. We get such a in your health and well-being but comfort is buzz when we talk to customers down ultimately a very personal choice. If you are the track and the first thing they say to not happy with their recommendation, they will us is: ‘I’m so in love with my bed’.” exchange it for you (Terms and conditions apply).


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

Time to spray for peach leaf curl BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD


But its not just peaches that are affected by this disease, its nectarines, peachcots and peacherine trees too! The Latin name for this fungal disease is ‘Taphrina deformans’ and it does live up to its name by deforming the leaves and sometimes fruit on your trees causing them to become puckered, curled, get a reddish tinge and become much thicker than normal. Heavily infected leaves will fall, and shoots are often stunted and distorted. If left untreated the problem will get worse year-after-year and reduce the tree’s ability to produce lots of fruit. There are a few things you can do to combat this leaf curl, starting when you initially plant the trees. Try and plant them somewhere with good air movement to cut back on the likelihood hood of fungal problems. Then in late autumn when your leaves are starting to fall for the winter it’s time to apply a clean-up fungicide.

A copper-based fungicide spray is used for smothering the fungal spores that take up residence over winter in different parts of the tree, but mainly in the buds. When applying your copper-based fungicide, good coverage is required as fungal diseases can be harboured everywhere including the rough crevices of the bark, so spray until your trees are dripping wet all over. This should be applied while the leaf and flower buds are still closed – right before the buds burst. Once again spray till dripping wet as you need to create a surface barrier to protect against the fungus. Follow this up with another copper spray 10-14 days later – particularly if you’ve had lots of wet weather. Do not spray once the flower buds are showing as copper sprays are very toxic to bees when wet (fine when dry though). These simple measures should see you well on the way to producing lots of fruit and having healthy (leaf curl free) trees.

It’s nearly citrus season! BY ROSE KRAAKMAN


Lemons available

onsider planting citrus trees in your garden, they don’t take up too much room and are well worth planting as they can bear quite heavy crops. By planting several different varieties you can have a continuation of citrus fruit all year.

• • • • •

How to care for your Citrus tree • Plant in a sunny sheltered position, with free draining soil. • Fertilise twice a year with citrus fertiliser - early spring and late summer. • Remove all the baby fruit from your new tree the first year, this allows the tree to put all its energy into growing/ establishing itself. The second year remove half the fruit, after that leave it to do its own thing. • When planting, add compost, mix in well. Add gypsum if you have clay soil.

Orange varieties available • • • • • •

Washington Navel ripens July-Aug Blood Orange ‘Moro’ ripens July-Aug Carters Navel ripens August Blood orange ‘Caracara’, ripens Aug-Sept Best Seedless, ripens Sept-Nov Harwood Late, ripens Nov-Mar

Genoa ripens Dec-Feb Lisbon ripens July-August Meyer ripens all year round. Lemonade ripens July-August Yen Ben ripens July-August

Citrus grown on Dwarf rootstock are perfect for growing in pots. Plant in a quality potting mix and top dress with slow release fertilizer in spring and late summer.

Common problems with citrus

Mandarin varieties available • • • • • •

• Scale insects – Use Conqueror oil to kill them • Brown leaves – needs shelter from cold winds • Tree sheds leaves – cold winds or wet feet, improve drainage and erect shelter. • Small fruit drop off – as citrus are such heavy flowering trees they will drop the small fruit and leave what the tree is capable of holding. • Yellowing leaves - apply a proper citrus fertiliser. This has the proper nutrients that your citrus tree needs.

Miyagawa ripens April-May Okitsu ripens March-May Miho ripens April-May Silverhill ripens June-August Richards Special ripens Sept-October Encore ripens Nov-Feb

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Ribbon pasta with salmon & peas INGREDIENTS • 2 cups Peas • 350 g Pappardelle pasta • 400 g Smoked salmon • 1 to taste Salt & freshly ground pepper • 3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil • ¼ cup Basil leaves

DIRECTIONS Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling, salted water for 10 minutes or according to packet instructions until it’s just tender to the bite. Add peas to the pasta for the final 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain well. Add salmon to the pasta, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss well. Serve dish garnished with shredded basil. Tip: Fettuccine are flat pasta ribbons about 5mm wide, while pappardelle are broader strips of pasta about 15mm20mm wide. Either pasta would work well in this dish.

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French chicken breasts with cherry tomatoes


his fabulous recipe from


my new book, Essential, makes such an easy

• •

2 Chicken breasts, skin on 2 Tbsp Butter

impressive no-fuss dinner for two. Browning the chicken

• •

1 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved ¾ cup Chicken stock

breasts in a pan to add flavour and then finishing them off in a

1½ tsp White wine vinegar, or tarragon vinegar

low-temperature oven ensures they stay tender and juicy. Partner

with baby new potatoes and a mixed green salad.

2 Tbsp Mixed soft herbs, such as parsley, chervil and tarragon, chopped

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 150C fanbake. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and set aside. 3. Heat 1 Tbsp butter in an

Turn to brown other side for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock and vinegar and bring to a simmer. 4. Transfer to preheated oven

ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat.When butter starts to turn brown add chicken, skin-side down,

part (about 20-30 minutes,

and cook for 4 minutes until golden brown.

and bake until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a skewer in the thickest depending on size of chicken). Transfer chicken to two warm serving plates to rest.


5. Taste cooking juices in frying pan and adjust seasonings. Mix in most of the herbs, reserving some for the garnish. 6. Return pan to stovetop and simmer for 5 minutes, adding remaining butter at the end and whisking until glossy. 7. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with remaining herbs to serve.


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Study LOCAL The first year of study is now fees-free for eligible first-time tertiary students. Find out whether you are eligible for Fees Free study in 2018 at www.feesfree.govt.nz.

Enrol by 29 June

When you study at NorthTec, we prepare you for the real world and give you the skills to provide fantastic customer service in your chosen field. NorthTec’s hospitality training facilities are world-class, with a working café, bar and restaurant, plus a fully outfitted barista training room. Our tutors are experienced, passionate and well connected to local industry, and our graduates are sought after by employers both local and nationally. If you’re new to professional catering, a great place to start is the Level 2 New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality. It’s a fees-free programme which will give you a great grounding in the skills required in the industry. You’ll also learn about health and safety in the workplace and get assistance with problem solving and self-management in the hospitality industry. If you have already completed the level 3 and 4 Cookery programme, you can enrol for the advanced level 5 programme. Courses on offer include*:

• New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) • New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage (Level 3) • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) • New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage (Level 4) • New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5)

Cookery (Advanced) Graduate – Karan Randhawa “I’m working as Commis Chef at The Quay in the Town Basin. It is in Cuisine Magazine’s top 100 New Zealand restaurants and one of only two in Northland on that list. It is number one in desserts – and I love making desserts. My tutor told me about this place and I started as a kitchen hand for a month when I was still studying. In that time I was also helping the chefs with prep work, and then I was offered full-time work as Commis Chef once I finished my study. “The NorthTec training was exactly what I needed for my work here. I am familiar with the processes and now my confidence has grown a lot. I’ve already created a new dessert that has been added to The Quay’s menu. I love the work here and I’m now starting to explore other areas of the kitchen including making entrees.”

Karan’s employer, John Salisbury - Head Chef at The Quay “We offered Karan a job part time while she finished her study and she was particularly keen on working with pastry and desserts. Practical skills count a lot here so in a working trial we watch for skills in food prep and food handling and it was clear Karan knew what she was doing. The theoretical training from her NorthTec course meant Karan had an understanding of the processes behind cooking and why we do what we do, so it means I am confident to leave her to get on with her work without having to check over her shoulder. When Karan finished her training we offered her a job full time as Commis Chef. “We are now starting to move Karan to different sections in the kitchen so she can expand her skills and experience. We haven’t employed someone from NorthTec before but in the future it will be a good port of call for us. We now have contact with one of the tutors there and we can let him know if we have opportunities that may suit a graduate.”

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Flames’ new menu goes down a treat


Flavor ofChina


Flames Restaurant, 8 Waverley St, Onerahi, Whangarei


he first thing you notice when pulling into the Flames carpark are the numerous fairy lights twinkling through the palm trees, lending a welcome tropical feel on this miserable, wet night. Inside, it’s lively with both families and couples dining, accompanied with tasteful background music. We’re shown to our table and promptly delivered drinks before perusing the new menu. It was a tough call between the Lamb and Scallops but I decided to sway from my usual style and try the recommended Deconstructed Beef Welly. This is described as thick-sliced scotch over creamed spinach, puff pastry and crispy onions with butternut puree and jus (gravy). The kids went for the Go Fish – Pan-fried fish, served with a fresh salad, and Kids Kai Pad Mit – a traditional northern Thailand-styled stir-fried chicken dish with cashew nuts and fresh vegetables in Flames’ own special mild chilli sauce with a side of Thai rice.

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Come visit us by the bridge on Rust Ave & experience While we waited for this, I admired the classy black and white décor, offset by the numerous fairy lights shimmering through sheer curtains in the windows and the water feature trickling in the foyer by the bar. The fish, despite being batterless, was gobbled up – every last morsel - along with the bowls of fries shared between us and, apart from a few veges remaining, the thai dish went down well. As for mine, it was an unusual combination, but it worked. The filo pastry, mixed with the flavoursome sauce, melted in the mouth and I would go as far as to say it was top-class. Oh, and if you didn’t like spinach before, I think you will after this dish! For dessert, the kids ordered what must have to be every kid’s delight: the Old Fashioned Kiwi Sunday. This consists of scoops of creamy New Zealand vanilla ice cream stacked in soft marshmellows and smothered in a topping of your choice, then topped with a Buzz bar, freshly whipped cream and sprinkles. We also ordered Homemade Apple Crumble, which uses Granny Smith apples with hints of cinnamon, served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and a splash of salted caramel sauce. I ordered the Baklava, which involves cashew nuts, honey and citrus, baked in a filo pastry and served with a special cream raspberry sauce. I was stoked with my choice and the kids gave me a taste of their apple crumble which was just as good. Needless to say, the bowls were left fairly clean. I said last time we’d return. We did, and we will again.

AUTHENTIC KOREAN BBQ & CUISINES With complimentary side dishes*


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

Restaurant and Bar Flames Restaurant has a focus on fresh, local and healthy food with a fusion of Asian, Pacific and International cuisine. They have a new winter menu and are open seven days for Breakfast and Dinner. Put something truly extraordinary, something completely delicious in your mouth! 8 Waverley Street Onerahi, Whangarei 0800-132610 info@flameshotel.co.nz www.flameshotel.co.nz SAVVY | 33



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NEW Living Nature certified organic baby skincare range gift pack. WE HAVE THREE TO GIVEAWAY! Nurture the most delicate skin with Living Nature’s new certified organic skincare for babies and toddlers, ‘Kelebaby. The New Zealand-made range includes a Body & Hair Wash, Body Lotion, Bubble Bath, Massage Oil and Barrier Balm. Available at selected pharmacies, health stores and livingnature.com. RRP $229

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‘consistently great coffee’ Monday - Friday 6.30am-2pm, at 22 Reyburn Street (right beside Resene Paints). Here at Go Go Espresso, I am passionate about serving delicious, locally-roasted ‘Manaia Espresso’ coffee for busy people on the run. While I’m making your coffee, check out my quirky treasures and local crafts. Laugh-out-loud moments are a frequent occurrence at Go Go. Friendly, regular customers who love the coffee and the Go Go vibe... come on in and join us! Go Go Espresso, caffeinating Whangarei since 2010.


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Congratulations to our May winners:


WE HAVE A MOCCONA PRIZE PACK WORTH $75 TO GIVE AWAY, INCLUDING THE PETER ALEXANDER-DESIGNED FLORAL GARDEN MOCCONA JAR, A MUG AND $40 PETER ALEXANDER VOUCHER. Moccona has partnered with sleepwear designer Peter Alexander to create four stylish limited-edition designs for its iconic 200g Classic jars. The collection features four beautiful motifs, all of which are printed on the glass so that once the coffee has been enjoyed, the jars can be upcycled for use around the house. They’re perfect for displaying flowers, sugar cubes, cosmetics, sweets, stationery, or make-up brushes – and will look gorgeous adorning your home! The limited edition Moccona x Peter Alexander jars are available in supermarkets nationwide from May, RRP $20.99.

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An Opera North production, ‘Because of Joan’. Saturday, June 16 at 7pm. Celebrating the life of the late Joan Kennaway QSM at Whangarei’s Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North. Featuring Helen Medlyn, Hayden Tee, Kawiti Waetford, Sopie Sparrow, Luke Bird and Emma Couper. Winner will be drawn on Wednesday June and notified by email.

Kelvin Cruickshank Live Soul Food


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WE HAVE ONE ADULT DOUBLE PASS TO GIVE AWAY TO THE WAIPU ART‘N TARTAN AWARDS NIGHT, SATURDAY JULY 21. Art’nTartan Wearable Art Awards 2018, Kawiti Waetford Hayden Tee Helen Medlyn Sophie Sparrow Maia & Joel Amosa John McDonald Luke Bird Emma Couper

Venue: Waipu Celtic Barn - July 20 & 21, 2018. This year’s event will be split into three shows. A magical ‘opening night’ performance, followed the next day by a fantastic afternoon ‘matinee performance’ and finally topped off with an inspiring ‘awards evening’ of light and sound. Showcasing creative endeavours from around New Zealand. So come on, let your fancy take flight and step into a world where tradition meets fantasy! Public tickets available through Eventfinda. SAVVY | 35

The Falls Estate isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just retirement, but an appetite for living...

Join Us To See What You Are Missing Next Open Day Friday 13 July at 10.30am

To confirm your attendance at the open day please call

09 437 5844 94 Boundary Road, Tikipunga, Whangarei www.fallsestate.co.nz

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