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MARCH 2018

WEDDINGS When two cultures combine Shaan Antunovich gets married! LOCAL WEDDING PICS, IDEAS AND SUPPLIES

Plus Fishing Column, Local Legends, Conservation, Fashion and Home Trends!



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Editor’s Note


e may be nearing the end of wedding season but I bet there’s a whole lot of brides-to-be currently out there poring over wedding magazines. If you are one of them, we thought we’d add our own local flavour to the mix. As well as show-casing a range of some of the many services Northland has to offer, this month we feature two local weddings. One was the lovely Shaan Antunovich whose singing career has thrived from a young age. In fact, as a 16-year-old, she sang at my own wedding many years ago! She had the night off at her own wedding but, fittingly, danced to a song she’d previously recorded. Our cover couple’s wedding was unique in that two cultures combined. I just love all the cultural touches they added to their day, complete with leis, the hula and the haka! What an empowering and emotional day that would have been. We also have a double-page spread of local wedding photos – there’s bound to be someone you know. Just look at the stunning array! This month is not just for the brides-to-be;

06 fashion Upcycled with Grace Polwarth – You are invited to ...

08 beauty Beautiful hair begins with a healthy scalp Pigmentation: Why it happens and how to treat it

10 health Premium intraocular lenses Build yourself a priceless exercise habit

12 wellbeing How business is like a marraige 13 weddings! 28 love it here!

Pot of gold in remote Whangarei corner Home-coming for Whangarei Kiwi Packard Motor Museum vehicle of the month Fishing tips and tales with John Vowless Sculpture in Hihiaua Peninsula Superrecogniser with Michael Botur

we’ve got a large dose of conservation inside, some more good fishing yarns from our local fishing veteran and, if you’re a seasoned driver looking to put your skills to good use, there may be a calling for you. Have a look inside!

32 local legends 34 pets

35 kids’ corner 36 home trends

Five most wanted fireplace designs for 2018

Rekindled Love on Bank St Tips for better sleep Decorating ideas with Resene Window dressings make a healthier home Gardening with Alter-natives

44 food Recipe - roasted tamarind lamb Review - Thai Chefs

Editorial .................Jodi Bryant – jodi.bryant@nzme.co.nz Advertising ...Jan Hewitt – ads@northernadvocate.co.nz Cover Photo ................... Monique and Cara Photography


46 arts 47 giveaways!

Contributors ..................................................Michael Botur .........................................................................Abbey Cameron .......................................................................... Natalie Tolhopf

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y m e r e J & Shaan By Jodi Bryant

When Shaan Antunovich got engaged to Jeremy Kloet she knew the perfect wedding venue.


utukaka, the backdrop of her childhood summer holidays, held many special family memories, which included her beloved late grandad Eddie. “We spent many school holidays learning to swim, dive and play cards all under the supervision of my grandad,” recalls Shaan, a successful musical theatre performer. “My grandparents later brought a bach in Tutukaka so our whole family could spend the summer holidays together.” However, not long after, her grandad became sick and passed away at his favourite place, Tutukaka. The bach has since been sold but a memorial seat – ‘Eddie’s Seat’ - remains on the property and was one of the couple’s photo locations. Shaan and Jeremy met at an Auckland gym where Jeremy was teaching gym classes and ‘All of a sudden my interest in the gym increased!’ says Shaan, 28. The two got together after meeting again at the Wellington Sevens and, for the next five years, travelled, bought a house together and adopted their Pomapoo (Pomeranian and Poodle mix) Indy. They tied the knot in November last year in a weekend-long event focusing on spending time with their family and friends. The celebration began with a causal dinner on the Friday night with tacos and Mexican beer served from a ‘gorgeous food truck’.

Photos: Amy Kate Photography

Instead of a group of bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple decided to have an ‘I Do Crew’, which consisted of a group of close friends and family who they spent the weekend preparing with. Then, for the ceremony and photos, they had a best man and Shaan’s maid of honour was her younger sister Hannah. While Jeremy, 31, and his I Do Crew began the day at the Ngunguru Bowling club, which included lunch and drinks, Shaan and her team spent a relaxed morning in the bridal suite getting pampered and prepared. “Our ceremony was another way of being able to include all of our loved ones,” says Shaan. “My parents are not together and I am close with both my dad and my step dad so the ‘walking down the aisle’ role was something I was finding slightly stressful. However, we were lucky enough to find a solution which added to the specialness of our day; My step dad, Kevin, applied to be a marriage celebrant, went through the process and was successful. This meant that my dad was able to walk me down the aisle and my step-dad was our celebrant. I felt extremely lucky and, for both Jeremy and I, it added something personal and special to our day.” Because one of the couple’s goals for their wedding day

was to mix and mingle with all their guests in a relaxed but classic atmosphere, for the reception, they opted out of the traditional head table and guest seating plan. “It took a while for people to get the hang of it on the day but, once dinner was served and everyone found a seat, it was the best idea. Jeremy and I ended up sitting at a table with our close family friends, some older relatives and an aunt and uncle who travelled all the way from America and, looking back, it was one of my favourite moments from the day,” recalls Shaan, who now goes by the name Shaan Kloet. As for music, fellow musician and friend Kawiti Waetford serenaded guests and the couple’s first dance was accompanied to the song ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’, which Shaan, who has recently finished playing Mary Poppins in the Hamilton-based musical, had previously recorded. “Over-all, we had the most amazing weekend, full of love, laughter, family and friends. The weather was meant to be stormy and wild. However, our day was perfect. The sun was shining and we could definitely feel my grandad’s presence at the wedding. My husband and I believe that grandad would have been so proud to have all of his family in his favourite place on such a special day.”

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Weddings n o n n a h S & a i t e L By Jodi Bryant

When Letia Hill showed up early for her wedding in January this year, for once she wasn’t running on ‘Fiji Time’. “I had to wait on the side of the road until all the guests had arrived so there was no Fiji time for once in my life,” she

Stadium. “It was my side against Shannon’s. As we are both slightly competitive, we knew it would be a great way to get

While their reception was held at Shannon’s workplace, he was under strict instruction to leave everything to his team

laughs, referring to her native country’s slower pace. Letia, an administrator and EA at Northland DHB and

each family to meet each other and have some fun. “Important note: my side won but it was tough competition!”

that day, as well as switching his phone off. “The rule was, Shannon was not allowed his phone for

Shannon Hauraki, executive chef and general manager at Absolute Caterers, met as teens. But it wasn’t until their late

The wedding, held in a vineyard at Tutukaka before 180 guests, was a blend of the couple’s cultures – Maori and

the day and the team knew not to call him about anything related to work. He wanted to always have Absolute Caterers

20s that they became friends while taking part in a cooking club with mutual friends each week.

Fijian. Among other touches, the flower girls wore tapa custom-made dresses while, ring bearers, Leigh-James and

do the catering as it is such a big part of him. He did really well to stand back, especially as they had three other events,

“What would usually end up happening is, with Shannon being a chef, we just used to eat his food that he made,”

Callum, along with Letia’s dad Jack, wore tapa shirts and the page boy wore a pounamu gifted to him by the couple.

including one major one going on that same night.” Both the Absolute Caterers and Toll Stadium crew rallied

Letia laughs. The two, both 35, became friends with Shannon developing

Letia was transported via a family friend’s white T Bird, along with her father and boys. After her early arrival, her

around to make the day special and the cuisine included a Fijian curry from one of Shannon’s Fijian chefs and

a bond with Letia’s boys Leigh-James, (now) 12, and Callum, 8. “Shannon loves doing the same things as the boys -

nerves melted away when she spotted Shannon waiting at the other end of the aisle.

Shannon’s famous award-winning Pina Colada Fritter. The cake, a semi-naked chocolate cake with peanut butter

surfing, skateboarding, Play Station, basketball. He also coaches Callum’s rugby team. He has had a lot of influence

They signed the register to one of her late grandfather’s favourite Jim Reeves songs playing in the background.

ganache, was made by Shannon’s mum, from whom his culinary skills derive.

in their upbringing and is always teaching them new skills and responsibility.

“He used to love singing to him and, while this was playing, his sister, who is in her 90s, stood up and sang it. It was such

“Planning our wedding definitely had its stressful moments but I honestly loved my day,” reflects Letia, now Letia Hauraki.

“It was important to me that Shannon understood the commitment he was, not only making to me, but my

a beautiful moment.” On arrival at the reception, leis (shell necklaces) were

“It was perfect and was truly the best day of my life. What truly made our day amazing was we are very blessed to

boys before we got too serious. He already had built a relationship with the boys while we were friends so knew

handed out to guests as a welcoming from Letia’s family, while the new couple and bridal party were welcomed with

both have big, beautiful families and friends we have made and shared who have now become a part of our family. The

what he was in for.” Letia describes another turning point: “I will always

an ‘overwhelming’ powhiri by Shannon’s family. Later in the night, Letia and her bridesmaids performed an

people who share your special day with, that is what makes your wedding.”

remember the moment when he sang and played the guitar to me and we were just friends at this point but I definitely

impromptu hula for Shannon.

looked at him different since then. He later said that this was a part of his game plan to get me to like him. He has such a beautiful voice but I’m still waiting for the next time he is going to serenade me.” They had been together five years when Shannon proposed, organising a breakfast for Letia’s family and his parents at her mother’s house on Christmas Day. “I didn’t think anything of it as it was something Shannon did all the time. I thought it was odd though the boys were extra excited and so was my mother. Shannon stood up said a few beautiful words about me and the boys and then got down on one knee and proposed in front of our family. It meant so much that our family got to witness it and he had asked my two boys and also my father for their blessings prior.”

Photos: Monique and Cara

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oday, there is a growing emphasis on looking good, feeling good, being well and living longer. None of these things can happen unless you get into great physical shape. Physical fitness is the key that opens the door. And a proven key to achieving these ideals is strengthening exercise. It is one of the best and healthiest things you can do for yourself. The negative aspects of a sedentary or no exercise lifestyle are widely publicized. The connection between obesity and diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dozens of other life threatening diseases has been proven by numbers that have been well crunched. Proper exercise supported with REAL food and great health – (way more than simply “not being sick”) are on the same side of the coin, just as no exercise, poor food choices and bad health are on the flip side. Being strong and fit has a positive impact on day-to-day quality of life as well as overall quality of life. As your strength and endurance is improved all of your physical abilities improve. Vitality and zest for living increases along with self-esteem and selfconfidence. You will be a happier, saner and more motivated person. Your attitude and outlook on life will be much more positive. You will feel better than you would without exercise and you will look better too. Getting started and sticking with the new habit such as an exercise program can be challenging – especially the first few weeks. You’re likely wondering if you have the will to stick to it for the long haul. Turning a strengthening exercise program - and all its benefits - into a habit and a permanent part of your life is a matter of sorting out your priorities. Surely being healthy, having loads of energy and disease proofing your body is high on your totem pole of important things in your life? This is your “why” and will help keep you going over time, boosting your internal


motivation which is something that needs to be built and strengthened alongside the exercise component. After an initial “break-in” period of about 60 – 90 days, an exercise program does become more enjoyable. In fact, you’ll start enjoying “me time” so much that you actually look forward to it and find you no longer need as much willpower to do it. Excuses no longer hold any weight, and you don’t allow anything to get in its way of doing it. Clothes start fit better and you start to see real changes in how you look and feel. You’ll feel an excess of energy to do something extra each day in the way of a leisure or fun activity that you have not had the motivation to do for a long time. When you’ve reached this stage, your exercise program becomes a priceless habit, something that no amount of money can buy. It is a rewarding and very important part of your life. The benefits FAR outweigh the effort of actually doing it. Think of it as a special gift that only you are empowered to give yourself. You will become a stronger, leaner, happier, better you. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. Begin your journey today. It’s all there for you – just reach out, take it and make it yours. If you truly want to take command of your life, have loads of energy, vitality and wellness – your muscles, body structures and systems need to be in tip-top condition…strong and resilient throughout the adult years. The goal is to make sure our “health” span matches our “life span” so an exercise program is not an option so much as it is a necessity of life. It does not make good sense to live your life now so that doctors and drugs are needed later. If you do it right, exercise is the only prescription you’ll ever need.

Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make every day. I WILL be stronger than my excuses.



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How business is like a marriage By Natalie Tolhopf

When you decide to get married, you are making a commitment. Not just to each other but declaring to the world that you are here for the long haul.


hen a couple speaks their vows, they are stating that they will do what it takes - In sickness and health. Committing to your business in the same way helps you through the tough times. Because the real work begins after the honeymoon period! Not to mention a business and a marriage are both lifechanging - both require trust and respect. Both involve money and require you to work on them daily!

Here are 10 ways to increase your commitment levels to your business: 1. Register the business name - Nothing sings commitment like registering your business name. It screams ‘I am here for the long term!’ 2. Trademark - Full ownership of your love and dedication to your brand. 3. Exit strategy from your job - Making a plan and setting a date to commit to your business is motivating. 4. Invest money in marketing, advertising and coaching - Just like your wedding day, you want it to be memorable so take care when you are setting up and invest in your business. 5. Print flyers, banners and business cards - This helps with your professional image and your credibility.

6. Getting your car sign written - Definitely a declaration that you love what you offer! 7. Buy the domain name - Depending on the co.nz or the .com, it could cost a bit more. But if your future is world domination, investing in the .com is a great idea. 8. Plan revenue generating actions each day or week - This is a good habit to get into. Each day or week you should be mindful of how you are going to make money. 9. Open up bank accounts in your business name - This just gives you warm fuzzies when you go online. Makes it all feel like a real commitment. 10. Email all your friends and family letting them know about your business and any new additions!

Natalie Tolhopf is a business coach and founder of Natalie Tolhopf.com, helping business owners to smash through imperfection and mindless scrolling, to create a business of simplicity through action and intuition. www.natalietolhopf.com





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Congratulations! When you first get engaged, you want to tell the world! After that first rush of excitement, you start to think about your wedding day itself. We have put together a fantastic guide to all things wedding-related to help you have a fantastic day without any stress. You and your partner will be making lots of decisions in the lead-up to your wedding, from the rings, the engagement through to the honeymoon. You both probably already have lots of ideas as to what you would like, and so may your parents, friends or children!

The day

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Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life, and we hope that this Wedding Guide helps you to plan the perfect day for you and your partner. Each page is packed with ideas, advice and showcases some of the amazing companies and businesses we have in our region who can help to turn your dreams into reality!

Your marriage vows are a time to express your love for each other in front of family and friends

As we begin, here are some of the first things you need to consider: Announcing your engagement – you can place an announcement in the local paper, send out cards or update your status on Facebook! However you do it, make sure it reflects you as a couple. Deciding where you will get married is another early decision, as this also determines if you are using a priest, a celebrant or minister. The venue may also dictate the number of guests you can have, or the availability of dates. You will need to think about colours and themes for the bridal party, so that flowers, shoes and accessories all co-ordinate. Your honeymoon is also important! Will you be going away immediately or waiting a while? Do you want to soak in the sun and relax or explore new countries and try new experiences? Wherever you go, letting them know it is your honeymoon can sometimes see you receive some special attention! Have fun making all these decisions as each one becomes part of the amazing memories of your special day.

Your vows are an important part of the wedding ceremony and the memory of them should be with you throughout your married life together. Your vows are the key promises that are the foundation of a happy marriage. Chat with the marriage celebrant to check out the requirements as far as vows are concerned. Legally there could be a couple of important words that need to be included in the ceremony and your marriage celebrant will be happy to advise you. If you decide to write your own vows, it can be difficult to get started but bear in mind they should be simple but meaningful. Discuss and agree with your partner whether you’ll both say the same words or each write individual vows. You should agree on the general tone, such as romantic or light-hearted. If you are stuck for words, write from the heart. Think about what you love most about your fiancé, what are his special qualities, why do you love him and what does marriage mean to you? You might recall a special memory you share or talk about when you first fell in love. Your vows shouldn’t be too long. Write a draft, read it aloud to friends and adjust until the words express exactly what you want to say.

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WEDDING GUIDE 2018 Planning checklist Northland-inspired wedding Northland is a fantastic place to get married with great weather, sunshine, stunning beaches and bush-clad countryside. When you first get engaged you want to tell the world! An engagement party can be a lot of fun, as well as a way to bring together family and friends. Northlanders are spoilt for choice when it comes to fabulous settings for your wedding photographs or a venue for your wedding ceremony or reception. Whether you are having a small intimate wedding or a larger affair, organising your big day is probably the biggest event you’ll ever have to plan for. We have put this informative publication together to assist you with your plans and make your wedding day a pleasurable one, a day never to forget! We will take the stress out of your wedding planning, by giving you the latest in trends for 2018, tips on budgeting for your big day, suggestions on how to make your day run like clockwork and ‘run to plan’. The planning is all part of it – so have fun and do as much together as you can. Planning and organising your wedding together is good practice in the art of compromise!

Even the simplest wedding requires careful planning to ensure everything runs like clockwork Six months or more before your wedding • Decide on the type of wedding, number of guests, style of reception and a budget. • Choose the venue and time for the ceremony and reception. • Check venue and caterer availability and book. • Select and book a celebrant or meet the minister or priest at your church. • Secure your best man, groomsmen and bridal attendants. • Draw up a provisional guest list! Decide on a wedding theme and colour scheme. • Choose the type of music. • Select your wedding gown. • Look for a photographer and/or videographer. • Order wedding transport.

• Finalised ceremony details including music. • Ordered invitations and other stationery. • Compiled the wedding gift list or organised registry. • Ordered the cake. • Booked the florist. • Bought the rings. • Chosen gifts for attendants, each other, parents and mementos for guests. • Booked wedding night accommodation and honeymoon travel. • Had a trial makeup and hairstyling.

Three months before you should have: • Chosen attendants’ dresses and outfits. • Arranged hire and fitting for menswear. • Decided on the reception menu with the caterer.

The last one-two weeks: • Confirm post-wedding arrangements with attendants’, parents and friends returning hired clothing, care of bride’s gown, storing wedding gifts. • Prepare speeches. • Wear in shoes, bride and groom.

Over the final four-six weeks: • Confirm all arrangements for the ceremony and reception. • Have final fittings for men’s outfits, bridesmaids, and bridal gown. • Organise hen and stag parties. • Prepare a final seating plan for the reception and write place cards.

The last week’s tick boxes: • Ceremony rehearsal. • Check attendants’ understand their duties at the service and reception. • Manicure and pedicure. • Ensure you have the marriage licence from the Department of Internal Affairs. Three working days are required to process the application. • Run through the programmes for ceremony and reception, checking all the details, such as who is collecting flowers, order of service, cake delivery. • Drive the route to ceremony venue to check transport times. • Plan a detour route in case of delays. The final days: • Collect any hired items for the reception. • Arrange for the honeymoon luggage to be delivered to the reception venue. After the honeymoon: • Write personal thank you letters for gifts received.

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Budgeting Tips

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Planning a wedding is a big financial undertaking, so you’ll want to get the most for your money and not be plagued by unexpected expenses.

Choosing your wedding photographer or videographer is right up there with choosing Mr Right. To help you make the right decision, Northland photographer, Sarah Marshall, has some tips.

Read the fine print about deposits and refunds. If you decide later to cancel or alter any of the arrangements with your venue, caterer, photographer, chauffeur, will you get your money back? Make sure all quotes are gst-inclusive and not added later when payment is required. Be aware that extra time and distance to your venue can incur increased charges for transport, photographer, celebrant and catering. Once guest numbers are confirmed with the caterer you will be charged per head for that number even if someone doesn’t attend on the day.

1. Fall in love with their work. The best photographer is one whose work gives you an instant emotional reaction. Fall in love with their style. Think about what you like best - do you like the photojournalism style or prefer more posed? (Most photographers will do both) Do you like the way they edit their images (is it consistent?) and will that style remain timeless and classic in your album 30 years from now?

Standard marquee hire may not include linings and a dance floor. Hire of tableware cutlery and glasses may incur loss and breakage fees. You may also need insurance cover with some companies. If you hire a hall, you may be expected to pay for commercial cleaning following the event and you can be charged for overtime by the band and/or the venue. Delivery charges may be additional to the cost of your flowers or cake and suit alterations or gown fittings may not be included in the purchase price or clothing hire fee. Even postage of fancy-sized envelopes for your invitations costs more than standard sized ones. Get all quotes, agreements and confirmations in writing and keep them as a record until the wedding is over and all payments have been made.

2. Look at lots of photos! Professional photographers and videographers will have a website (not just a Facebook page) and won’t just show you a ‘Greatest Hits’ collection but a full wedding day. Make sure the work you are shown comes from real weddings, with all the pressures that come with a fast-paced wedding day. 3. You get what you pay for In Northland there is a huge variation in price for wedding photography and video - some charge under a thousand dollars, some over $4,000. While time spent on the day and items included in the package contributes to the quote, mostly you’re paying for the experience, reputation and skill of the person behind the lens. A top photographer can make a low budget wedding look incredible but an inexperienced one can make even the most lavish one look disappointing.

4. Seek out word on the street Ask friends and other wedding suppliers to recommend a photographer or videographer, or give you feedback on those you are considering. Maybe even ask to see their wedding images (if they are not already on social media!). 5. When looking at packages Don’t just look at the price, but also the value. Will you just receive digital images on a USB or will there be prints or an album as well? Some photographers offer these as added extras. After your wedding day, your photos and video will be all you have to tell your story to your children and grandchildren, so make sure you choose a photographer that can capture your day and offer you a tangible product. 6. Book early Photographers and videographers are usually the next thing booked after the venue. It’s not uncommon for good ones to be booked more than a year in advance. You can place a deposit to secure your wedding date in their calendar and know that you have your preferred photographer there to capture your special moments. And finally, even if you LOVE the photographer’s work – make sure you both like the photographer too! You might find you spend more time looking at the photographer than your partner so make sure you meet pre-wedding (if you can) to see if you gel.


Layer by layer and piece by piece, let us help make this moment unforgettable. We would be honored to celebrate this day with you.

Make your own special memories with a destination wedding at The Kauri Museum Choose from a selection of venues including the Volunteers Hall, Historic Pioneer Church or Totara House to suit your own unique requirements. Visit http://www.kau.nz/about/venue-hire/ or contact admin@kaurimuseum.com for more details.

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Celebrate your wedding at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell Bay of Islands

Celebrate your wedding at a New Zealand icon in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers a unique wedding experience where you can embrace the history and charm of New Zealand’s first licensed hotel, which has been operating since 1827. Located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell, The Duke is a truly majestic setting providing a stunning wedding destination for you and your guests.

BALL ROOM The Duke of Marlborough’s grand ball room, with ornate ceilings, low hanging



The Duke has an on-site wedding co-ordinator

chandeliers and polished wooden floor boards, opens up directly onto sun-filled

with experience in planning and delivering tailormade, personalised weddings to guarantee a truly memorable day. We manage all of the detail

Being New Zealand’s first licensed hotel, we pride ourselves in having an extensive wine

decks overlooking the sea. The ball room is filled with individually upholstered chairs

list offering 100 different wines. We offer a range from New Zealand’s finest wines and

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and tailor the menu to ensure a memorable celebration for you and your guests.

The Duke can provide the total wedding experience with 25 rooms (increasing to 38 in December this year) catering for your guests and a bridal suite. There are three levels of accommodation with stunning waterfront rooms with views across the picturesque harbour, family rooms when you need extra space which open up onto an internal sun deck and our convenient standard rooms.

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Days like these are made to be treasured! Global Diamonds is one of Whangarei’s leading jewellery boutiques – specialising in unique, quality handmade jewellery. At 17 Rathbone St, you will find a dazzling array of diamond rings and wedding bands. A rainbow of coloured gemstones and a luxurious selection of divine bridal jewellery. You will also meet the fabulous team of talented designers and goldsmiths who are dedicated to helping you find or create jewellery that will capture your memories for a lifetime to come. With an on-site workshop, Global Diamonds invites clients to explore their cabinet collections or delve into the world of bespoke and customdesigned jewellery. The options are endless, but the helpful team will guide you through the design process, helping you to select the perfect

stones, the perfect metal and the perfect style so your jewellery tells your story. Global Diamond’s jewellery is made with passion and finesse, you can see the attention to detail and feel the pride they take in all of their creations. Engagement and wedding rings are a specialty of the Global Diamond team. They understand the importance of the perfect proposal, the perfect wedding day and celebrating life’s biggest milestones.

“Thank you so much, once again, for creating my special ring. It’s perfect! The best, genuine customer service – going above and beyond, excellent advice and beautiful creations. If anyone needs jewellery, redesigns or help deciding what you need/want, then this is where you have to go. Will see you again soon for the next one. Thank you x” TS

Just as each client is wonderfully unique, so too are their biggest life moments and Global will work tirelessly to reflect this in your jewellery, ensuring each piece is suited to your lifestyle and personality. Your jewellery from Global Diamonds will become a treasure that reminds you of your most special times with each and every glance of your hand. Remember your romantic engagement. Remember your gorgeous wedding day. These memories will last a lifetime and your jewellery will become a family heirloom, to be cherished and enjoyed by generations to come. Global Diamonds – They are your locally-owned handmade jewellery specialist.

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Wedding Hair Prep your locks for the big day by getting your tresses into tip-top shape in the months before. DIET Drink lots of water. Follow a well-balanced eating plan and if you are dieting before the wedding, make sure your hair doesn’t suffer. Include protein, iron and a vitamin supplement. Green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and omega 3 rich salmon will help hair look healthy and glossy. SHAMPOO Invest in a professional salon shampoo and conditioner. You will notice the difference and it will ensure your hair is in top shape. TRIM Have regular trims to remove split ends.

The Makeup PROTECT Stay out of the sun and chlorinated waters. MASSAGE Head massages will stimulate the scalp and healthy hair growth. Treat yourself or massage when washing hair. For an extra treat before the wedding, an Ayurveda head massage with essential oils is both relaxing and great for hair. Book a consultation with a hairdresser who specialises in weddings. Bring photos of looks you like. It helps if you have already got your dress. The style and neckline of the dress influences the hairstyle and whether it suits your hair down or up. Decide whether you want to have your hair done in a salon or if the hairdresser needs to come to you and your bridal party.

To make sure you look picture-perfect all day, have your makeup professionally applied. Book a trial with the makeup artist. Ask what products they use, their make-up should be suitable to look good, last all day and look good in photography. Prep your skin at least six months before the wedding. Drink water, exercise, use a good moisturiser and have facials. Dewy is romantic, but make up sliding off the face is not. Foundation should be matte and set with powder. Mineral make up is a good choice to avoid the caked-on look, and will reflect light without the shine.

Use a base with sun protection. Keep eye shadows simple and natural. Have lashes dyed and brows shaped. Use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. The eyes can be boldly defined with lashings of mascara or get your makeup artist to apply false lashes or extensions for extra batting power. For lips, stick to soft pinks and natural tones. Use a blush in a soft pink or copper undertone. Have regular manicures six months prior to the wedding to get nails in shape. Neutral tones or French manicure look sophisticated but not overstated. Put disposable makeup cloths, face spritzer, cotton buds and your lip colour in your day bag for freshen ups.

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WEDDING GUIDE 2018 The Reception Venue Once you have decided the date, size and style of the wedding, it’s time to appraise reception venues, which can be booked up to a year or more in advance. Time of day, type of meal, number of guests and budget will all come into the equation and, if possible, visit several venues for a fair cost and service comparison to be made. Look at the room(s) available for your reception and find out what flexibility there is to decorate if for your theme. Enquire about catering arrangements, whether in-house or self-catering. Check if they have a full liquor license or BYO and whether they charge bond and corkage fees. Will the venue be exclusive for your wedding or used by others at the same time? Is there an in-house wedding planner? Will the sound system be adequate for your live music or DJ? Ask about deposits, cancellation policies, noise or time restrictions and any additional charges for public holidays, cleaning, breakages or insurance. Get all quotes and bookings and payment plans confirmed in writing. Liaise regularly with the venue’s manager or wedding coordinator prior to the reception and confirm final guest numbers by the agreed date.


When choosing the menu for your wedding reception, you’ll be factoring in the time of day, guest numbers, the location, the style of the wedding and your budget. Buffet An ever-popular style allowing for a variety of food to be presented for a variety of appetites. Be guided by the caterer as to the number of dishes you will need for the number of guests, who generally help themselves from a long-tabled buffet. Handy hint: to avoid crowding the buffet table at smaller venues, try a ‘floating buffet’, where large platters are brought to seated guests who serve themselves.

Things to consider: Date and Availability Weekend weddings in high season will need booking well in advance. Ask about midweek options, which may be a big cost saving. Do You Want the Ceremony in the Same Place as the Reception? If your guests are coming from afar, this works well as there is no need to arrange transport between different venues. Is there an In-House Caterer? If you want to bring in an independent caterer and there is an in-house one, check there is no charge for doing this. What do you need for bridal party and guests? If you want a special honeymoon suite, many venues will include this in the hire price. If there is no accommodation, are hotels or motels in close range? Entertainment Does the venue have a sound system and dance area? Does it offer entertainment options or what will you need to bring in? Expertise Is the venue used to hosting weddings? Ask to see photos and testimonials. Wedding Coordinator Does the venue hire include this service? This is helpful as the person can guide you through the day. Drinks What bar arrangement do you want? Is there a BYO facility and what is the corkage?

Fine Print Be detail-focused in what the venue offers. Find out what is included in the venue price. Does it include set up, table costs, furniture? Ask for a contract which includes everything you have agreed, plus payment terms and deposit information. When searching for your wedding venue, there are essential questions to be answered. Q. What’s the decor like? Q. Does it fit your wedding style? Q. Will you have to spend a lot of money on flowers and decorations to make it beautiful? Q. Is there an in-house caterer, and do you like that type of food? Q. Is there a limit as to which caterer you can use? Q. Are there adequate coat-check and bathroom facilities? Q. Is there a liquor licence and will you be allowed to bring your own? Q. What’s the cancellation policy? Q. Is there a payment schedule? Q. What deposit is required? Q. Are there any hidden costs? Q. Before you sign the contract, read it carefully. What are the overtime charges? Q. Is there room for a band and/or dancing? Q. Where will you take photographs? Q. Who will be supervising and troubleshooting on the day of your wedding? Q. Can you meet them now? If it’s an outdoor location, is there a back-up plan for a rainy day?

Self-catering Barbecue, picnic or buffet, this low-key style can stretch the budget as you can buy in bulk or BYO with family and friends. It does take organisation, however, and can be ‘time- expensive’ in terms of purchase and preparation.

Handy hint: it’s the fashion to serve canapé food for guests standing at table leaners, but older guests need seats.

Handy hint: hire a chiller trailer to store fresh salads, meats, desserts and cold drinks Canapes A sophisticated and often cost-effective option, a canapé/bowl selection is great for a mid or late-afternoon cocktail wedding. Ideally cater five or six different canapés for a two-hour reception or about nine canapes for a reception lasting four hours. Ensure your guests know it isn’t a full course dinner.

Plated menu This is a seated meal of three-five courses and a more expensive catering option that also requires table staff. Usually there is a choice of two or three dishes per course, allowing for taste preferences and special dietary requirements. Handy hint: space the various courses of the meal both for the enjoyment of the guests and realistic cooking and serving times for the caterers.

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WEDDING GUIDE 2018 Beautiful Blooms Evoking mood and atmosphere, a wedding is not complete without flowers

you think will do a good job. Word of mouth and personal recommendation is also a good way of picking a floral artist.

No matter what your budget, flowers are generally an important aspect of your wedding adding atmosphere, creating impact and visual appeal. Traditionally they were a sign of fertility, warded off evil and masked unpleasant odours! There are many considerations when selecting flowers for your big day, such as the overall wedding theme, the colour scheme, the season and whether it’s a formal or informal celebration. Styles could range from classic, to wild or contemporary and there’s an amazing range of options when it comes to colour, shape and size. A good florist will help you choose what’s best for you and your budget. You might ask to see a portfolio of their work before settling on a florist

Talk to friends who have recently married and see who they recommend and have a good look online for inspiration. After you’ve decided on your theme and colour schemes, visit your chosen florist with colour swatches and chat about your many options. You will need to plan your flowers carefully and order for the bride, bridesmaids’ and flower girls, the groom, best man, attendants, page boys, mothers and grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and ushers. Don’t forget the all-important floral decorations for the wedding ceremony and reception venue.

Table Decorations Wedding favours are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or reception. According to Wikipedia, the first favours were bonbonniere, a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones, containing sugar cubes or confectionary shared amongst aristocrats. These were later replaced by almonds coated with sugar - the bitter sweetness of a marriage, or so they say. Italian weddings to this day often include a small parcel of sugar-coated almonds. Today’s bridal couples can be as creative as they like with favours but something sweet to eat is pretty much certain to please, without being overly expensive. For instance, a single exquisite chocolate, perhaps with a liqueur centre, or a bag of lollies. They can be in character with the theme of the wedding. You can personalise your favours by decorating the box, paper or fabric in which they are contained.

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The perfect Wedding dress Every bride wants that once-in-a-lifetime dress Finding the perfect wedding gown may take you on a search of many different options, whether you buy, hire, make, borrow, inherit or have it designed. Having a gown designed and made just for you is the ultimate in individuality, but naturally, it will cost you more than a ready-made dress. Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas and styles with you, as well as what suits you and your personality. Bringing an illustration, a piece of lace or item of jewellery is helpful for inspiration. Beautiful wedding dresses are available ‘off the peg’ at specialist bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many are imported, so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you select to be ordered from overseas. With a wonderful range of styles to try before you buy, your dream dress might be right there on the rack! Once chosen your gown can be expertly fitted and altered if necessary. If you are having a dress made, choose a pattern and some stunning bridal fabric and let a skilled dressmaker create an exquisite gown for you. With an inspiring selection of silk, satin, lace, brocade and voile, there

won’t be another gown exactly like yours, and it won’t be as costly as a designer dress either. Be sure to choose a reputable dressmaker and always ask to see examples of their work before you decide. Hiring a wedding gown often lets you have that dream dress for less than purchasing it or having it made. Unless you plan to keep your gown as an heirloom, hiring can be an excellent option for the budget-conscious bride. Expensive and exquisite dresses are often to be found in the for sale columns, or on Trade Me.

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Many have been purchased or imported from overseas and you may discover a genuine designer bridal gown at a fraction of the original cost. You can always have it refitted or altered with beading, add a sparkly belt or trim to your personal taste.

These days most grooms are not afraid to express their own style and it seems that

Your wedding gown need not be traditional bridal style, colour or price. Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits and maxi dresses for something just that little bit different. Try summer sales at designer boutiques, as well as chain store racks and mail-order companies. With style and imagination, a simple dress can always be beautifully and uniquely enhanced with classy accessories.

Today’s grooms are keen to create a look that suits their own personality while enhancing the bride’s outfit.

anything goes, from suits and ties to shorts and even jandals. Much depends, of course, on the theme of the wedding, the venue and the degree of formality. In Northland, anything goes. The groom usually wears something to distinguish him from his best man and groomsmen. They might wear the same suits but different coloured shirts or perhaps a differently styled jacket. Men too come in all shapes and sizes and care should be taken to choose a suit, or outfit to suit body type. For formal weddings, a tall, thin guy might suit a double-breasted jacket and pleated trousers but a shorter male may suit a longer jacket and

tailored trousers. Small touches make all the difference such as coordinated ties, matching socks or special cufflinks which work together to blend with the tone of the ceremony and overall colour scheme. Just as the bride may work on a health and beauty program, so too can the groom. Why not work out together as a couple or go on a healthy eating plan and exercise together? Let’s not forget the hair, which will need styling several weeks ahead of the wedding to give it time to settle for the photographs. Extra care with the cut and conditioning will ensure all the men look their best. A manicure will have his hands looking good for the photos. Don’t forget the all-important finishing touches, such as shoes, socks, cufflinks, watch and a belt.

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Pot of gold in remote Whangarei corner

By Jodi Bryant


hen Suzan Craig purchased over 300 hectares at Pataua North to develop and provide a natural environment for family holidays, she couldn’t have imagined that, only several years later, that land would produce award-winning honey sold at the prestigious Harrods in London. Following the land purchase, Suzan’s dad, environmentalist Dr John Craig and his wife, moved on-site to guide and help a team, including local Maori, develop it into the award-winning tourist attraction it is today. Tahi was named after the Ohuatahi Mountain flanking the property and, over

the last 13 years, a dedicated team have worked the run-down cattle farm, with the mission of restoring it to its former glory while preserving both its ecological and cultural heritage. Back in the day, the rich, fertile landscape

damage their delicate wings, are not used, nor do they collect bee venom, which can harm or kill the bees. And, rather than stripping the hives of honey, bees are left

of Tahi was alive with a vibrant indigenous culture and home to generations of Maori.

care, Tahi bee-keepers rarely wear gloves when working with them.

When European settlers arrived, they transformed the landscape, clearing the

This knowledge is passed down to future generations through Tahi’s Bee Friends in

native forests for building material and fuel, introducing intensive farming and a host of

Schools programme. This involves providing bee hives and suits to several local schools,

pest species, including stoats and possums, that decimated the native wildlife. Wetlands

with a bee-keeper working with the children, before the honey is harvested by Tahi and

were drained, the birds disappeared and the land lost its mauri (soul).

given back to the schools and sold as a school fundraiser.

Now, 14 wetlands have been restored, ranging in size from small ponds to lakes

Guided by their ‘Four C’s’ philosophy - conservation, community, culture and

spanning five hectares, over 300,000 indigenous trees planted, and, after ongoing

commerce - in addition to the honey, Tahi offers a seasonal café and a small

pest control, almost 70 bird species are in residence, including kiwi, and numerous

eco-tourism retreat, featuring luxury accommodation, in the form of cottages and

native fish species are returning. Up to 20,000 manuka trees are planted

bungalows, as sustainable income streams, which funds the project.

each year, many of which produce nectar for birds and bees. The latter go on to produce

Guests can reconnect with nature by partaking in guided historical walks, bird

100 per cent natural manuka honey sold in 20 different countries.

watching, private tours of the honeyprocessing shed and even don a bee-

Tahi spokesperson Lesley Vincent explains how Tahi honey came to be sold at Harrods:

keeping suit to watch nature’s workers in action. There are also mountain bikes

“My late husband and I went to London in 2013 on behalf of Tahi where we had a

available and horse riding for trekking along the beach or trails.

stand at a food show. We were busy talking to all sorts of people and, on the last

Throughout the year, Tahi is a hive of activity hosting schools, open days

day, in the last half hour of the show, two ladies turned up and were chatting to us

and walking groups. The next open day is Saturday March 24 with the aim of

and, next minute, out came these Harrods business cards. They are now a strong

spreading awareness about the property and sustainable business.

supporter of Tahi.” Tahi bee keepers have a mutual respect

Says Lesley: “A lot of people who live in or around Whangarei haven’t heard of Tahi

with their bees – pollen traps, which can

or been here. It’s a one-way road so many people haven’t ventured out this way. Those

with one box of honey per hive to keep them fed over the winter. As a result of this good

who do, love the tranquillity and back-tonature aspect that Tahi provides.”

wet or


Tahi’s open day

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fter a notable absence, kiwi will, once again, roam free throughout the Pukenui Forest on Whangarei’s Western outskirts. It’s been an elaborate, ten-year slog for the Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust to intensively manage the 1,700 hectare land and reinstate it to a standard safe for kiwi to live. This involved controlling mammalian predators – a different task to eradication, explains Pukenui ranger Bevan Cramp. “Being on the mainland, eradication of mammalian pests isn’t really an option as waves of pests continuously reinvade the area. This means the aim is to control the pests, rather than try and completely remove them, which is a huge task and an effort we can’t let subside if we want to give our native species a place of refuge.” The translocation will take place on March 17, when 12 of the 40 adult kiwi destined for Pukenui Forest, will be transported from predator-free Motuora Island, in the Hauraki Gulf. They were originally sourced as eggs or chicks from Ngati Hine rohe, in Whangarei before being raised to maturity on the island. The remaining kiwi will return to the forest over the next three years, with further kiwi sourced from Matakohe/Limestone Island to supplement the population. All kiwi will be fitted with transmitters and closely monitored for at least a year.


Home-coming for Whangarei Kiwi ... never let dogs and kiwi meet in the first place, which means not taking dogs into kiwi zones ... Pukenui Forest was logged in the 1920s but has since regenerated and is now the largest remaining remnant of native forest in the Whangarei district. Managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Whangarei District Council (WDC), the forest is a mix of both old growth and regenerating forest with greatly varying terrain, encompassing mountains, valleys and countless streams. Additionally, there are several important Maori archaeological sites, including defended pa sites and kainga (villages). “The varied terrain and forest types within Pukenui Forest provide a multitude of different habitats for many native species,” says Bevan. “This includes several bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate species, as well as several rare plant species. Species of note are kukupa, long-tailed bat, tomtit, tui and ruru, as well as occasional visitors, such as kaka and pateke.” Bevan says, in the past, species such as North Island kokako, riflemen, kakariki and, of course, kiwi would also have lived there. However, due to human impacts; the introduction of mammalian predators such

Bevan Cramp (Pukenui ranger) and Ben Lovell (Assisstant ranger) during a kiwi handling exercise at Purua NW of Whangarei

Bevan Cramp (Pukenui ranger) handling a kiwi at Riponui NW of Whangarei

as dogs, mustelids, possums, rats and feral cats, many species have become locally extinct within Pukenui. “It is not unlikely that extinct species, such as piopio, huia and laughing owl would have also dwelled here before these species were lost completely,” he adds. Bevan says it’s unclear how long kiwi have been absent from the area after the population was wiped out by predators. “The last report I know of was locals hearing kiwi calls around Woods Rd four

for a long time yet which would include the translocation of other species in the future.” Bevan says it has been a long road with Pukenui Forest Trust working alongside DOC, WDC, Northland Regional Council and local hapu, but well worth it. “It’s a massive accomplishment of which a huge amount of people have, in some way, been involved. This includes, not only the previously mentioned parties, but also sponsors, school groups, Northtec students and other volunteers who have contributed

or five years ago. However, this was not confirmed. We can say with certainty they were still in there in the 1990s as there are records of dogs killing kiwi in the area hence the reason we are really pushing the no-dog message ahead of March’s release.” Dogs are the biggest killers of adult kiwi in Northland and any dog is capable of doing so, he says. “The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to never let dogs and kiwi meet in the first place, which means not taking dogs into kiwi zones, such as Pukenui Forest, the Whau Valley Dam catchment and Coronation Reserve.” The kiwi translocation is but one step of

in different ways over the years.” To celebrate the DOC approval of the translocation, a public ceremony will be held at Maunu Primary School on March 17 at 1pm to welcome home the first of the kiwi before they are placed in pre-installed release boxes in the forest, from which they will be released later that night. Meanwhile, public meetings will be held at the Quarry Gardens March 7 and Hurupaki School March 8 to engage the wider community about Pukenui Forest, kiwi and the threat uncontrolled dogs pose to the kiwi.

many on Pukenui Trust’s journey to return the forest back to its natural state. “The aim of all this is, not only to return kiwi, but to restore the Pukenui Forest to the pristine native ecosystem that it once was. We hope to further enhance the forest

Northland Hospitality ty Proudly supports the rust! Pukenui Forest Trust! We are giving a donation n from e and the sales of Kauri coffee ery best wishing the Trust all the very for the upcoming kiwi release! lease!

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NZR Tank Locomotive

A62 (steam engine)


t’s not all cars at the Packard Motor Museum. Our oldest vehicle is a steam locomotive built in 1873, referred to by us as ‘Dubs’. In the early 1870s the Hon. Julius Vogel proposed the Public Works Act which kicked off the establishment of the NZ railways. A whole range of tank engines were ordered from England and Scotland. They were labelled with a letter indicating their class. The A of the A62, designated the first engines used to build this railway system. Twelve Dubs engines were ordered from Henry Dubs’ Glasgow locomotive works. Our Dubs started life in Dunedin where the first rails were laid. Eventually Dubs ended up hauling logs across the

beach tressels from North Piha to the sawmill at Glen Esk. Sometimes sand blew in from the west and built up on the rails so workmen were engaged to keep the track clear. However, it wasn’t uncommon for the locomotive to tip over. We have some great photos of Dubs being hauled back onto the track by men using ropes and timber-jacks. Today you would use a crane. In 1926 Dubs was retired and displayed outside the Otahuhu railway workshops. She sat there for 32 years until Jack Ryder purchased and shifted her to his museum in Avondale. Ian Insley dismantled the engine to shift it and start restoration.

Fishing tips and tales with John Vowless


John is a familiar and friendly face at Onerahi Garage – serving as a trusted mechanic for over 40 years and renown for sharing a good fishing yarn with customers.

Late 1990s, Graeme Craw purchased Dubs and took delivery of several truck-loads of A62 parts. These were transported to the Packard Museum. Now the daunting task of putting the engine back together confronted Graeme and his team. It turned out most parts were stamped with the Works number of the engine and whether they were left or right. Many hours were spent sandblasting, welding, painting etc. New water tanks were made and a new matai tongue and groove cab completed. Finally, the early whale-oil headlight, which, much to Moira Craw’s disgust, had sat on their dressing table for years, was fitted. Project completed. Visitors can view Dubs A62 in our Steam Room.


ishing in Whangarei Harbour is very good at present and likely to continue, possibly right up until Easter. While there are a lot of undersized fish, there are also a lot of very good snapper. The average takehome fish size is about 380mm, with many over 500 and up to 800mm being caught. Ledger rigs with firm baits; mullet, salted anchovies/squid/ mackerel and freshly-caught jack mackerel and kahawai are all working well. Fish the edges of channels and sandbanks and cast your baits as far as you can - the bigger fish are further back. Tide movement is very important - the first three hours of incoming tide is very good, with the biggest snapper often being caught during the second and third hours. The first few hours of outgoing tide can also be good. The Onerahi, Rat Island, Limestone Island area is fishing very well - you don’t need to travel far! There are some good kingfish throughout the harbour also - jigs/poppers/live baits and even snapper baits are getting good results. A few kahawhai also being caught. The Takahiwai/Skull Creek area is also fishing well. Kayakers are doing well with baits, and one kayaker reported casting soft baits over the sand banks and catching good fish in good numbers. For the divers, the recent rain hasn’t done any harm. Scallops in the harbour are in good condition and in good numbers.

5.30 pm, Onerahi locals Tiana Wilson and hubby Donny got a call from a mate to head up north to a special spot to catch a BIG snapper. They got the gear ready, carried out some hasty boat repairs and left at 11.30pm. At 2.30am they arrived at Rangiputa, where it was too late to find accommodation so, to protect their fishing gear, the boys slept in the boat while Tiana had the ‘luxury’ of sleeping in the car. At 5am, Tiana is woken by the boys with a spotlight in the face. Once in the boat, it was calm seas and out to the secret spot. Using soft baits, some nice 3-6kg snapper were caught. Donny landed his first 20lber (9kg), Tiana changed her rig, 5/8oz soft bait head and seven inch “Z-man Jerk shadZ Motor Oil soft bait, released the bail arm and, when it hit the bottom, clicked the reel into gear and the rod doubled over, reel screaming. After a powerful initial fight, the monster was netted, barely fitting in the net.

Tiana Wilson Immediately weighed, a colossal 34lb (15.5kg), yahoo! The boys had given Tiana stick regarding her gear; a powerful 15kg rod and a big 1200 reel. This was not soft bait gear, making this catch even more amazing! Well done Tiana.


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Sculpture on Hihiaua Peninsula What better way to end the summer than following the journey of a group of extremely talented artists sculpting over 10 days?!


he Whangarei Sculpture Symposium is a biennial event back for a fifth season. Located on the Hihiaua Peninsula from March 12-22, 2018, 20 artists will gather to provide a live sculpture exhibition that is open to the general public, art lovers and art collectors as blocks of Oamaru stone, hard stone and/or wood transform in front of your eyes. We have a great line-up of Northland locals: Miriam Von Mulert, Elijah Revell, Els Van Drunen, Dave Taylor, Justin Murfitt, Natasha Smyser, Peter Schouten, Trisha Fisk, Ross Mann, and Susan Dinkelacker. Out-oftown artists with some first-time attendees include: Trevor Nathan, Lawrence Makoare, Paul Olson, Rhyll Stafford, Rex O’Brien Steve Molloy and Tai Meuli. From across the ditch, Australian-based artist, Nicholas Compton joins us and we welcome Anthony Dunn and Graham Nathan, both receiving a scholarship from Te Wananga O Aotearoa to participate.

The theme for 2018 is ‘journey’ based on first encounters, exploring and navigating. We are furthered inspired by the Sestercentennial 250th anniversary of the voyage of the Endeavour captained by Lieutenant James Cook, which commemorates his exploration of our coast. When life ends, life will begin anew whether it’s through reincarnation or the beginning of someone else’s journey, life continues on. These experiences - physical, natural or historical influences -inspire the design of the sculpture. This is a free public event which culminates into a live auction on the last day where 18 sculptures will be auctioned and the announcement of two selected art pieces will be purchased by Whangarei District Council and Te Au Marie 1769 Sestercentennial Trust. As in previous years, visitors to the site have an opportunity to nominate their favourite work for the Quest Whangarei People’s Choice Award.

Everyone is invited. Free Entry. Public viewing 9am-5pm every day. Save the Date Auction: Thursday March 22, 5.30pm. Auctioneers – Ray White Realty Ltd The site will close to the public from 1pm March 21 and re-open at 2pm March 22, where the public can have one last look at the sculptures before prize giving at 5:00pm and the live auction at 5.30pm. For full details and artists bios, check out our website: www.creativenorthland.com


How to tell if that marriage is gonna last By Michael Botur


once had a couple of friends who were Christchurch high school sweethearts. They had their wedding while the rest of us were still finding nudie mags in an alleyway. They appeared to have discovered the secret to everlasting happiness. They were divorced by the time the rest of us were just settling into mid-20s, yearlong partnerships. Honestly, we never saw the breakup coming. They were good Christians and they made beautiful babies together. I even bought them a $40 wok as a wedding present, confident that their love would be forever metaphorically stir-fried. The wok is now split in two, presumably, and spends every second weekend with dad. Perhaps being in a de facto, hipster relationship without marriage is the answer? Take my sister: she’s been with her man nearly 10 years and he’s not looking like he’ll ever put a ring on her (but seriously, Pete, if you’re reading this: put a ring on my sister already, bro.) I have another couple of friends who had a mint wedding at a Kerikeri orchard, had a child together, honeymoon, and spent five figures on their wedding. People came from all over the country to attend. Three months later: divorced. And it wasn’t as if they were hot enough to easily find somebody else. Where is the consistency? Where are the indicators of a couple’s likelihood of endurance, if kids and woks don’t guarantee lasting love? Despite Generation Snowflake’s reputation of having no time for tradition, divorce rates are declining rapidly, from about 13 per 1000 existing marriages in 1998 down to 8.7 per 1000 in the last year counted. However, marriages are trending downward at the same rate, too. Because marriage is being devalued by so many of us, I’m going to recommend a few ways to keep that relationship going AFTER the marriage, because it sounds like marriage isn’t really tying a knot on a relationship at all.

Advice to keep lovers together – and this is no joke: • Let both partners have the right to socialise any night of the week so they can become spiritually satisfied as an individual with a distinct identity outside of the house • The dinner table is the ideal place to air all your frustrations from the day without shame • Frequently try new things, either on your own or together, such as going to new destinations, eating new foods, trying interesting sports • Presents can be expensive, but they are deeply meaningful. Splash out with time and money and get your lover something today.

This is coming from a man who found true love as a skinny Wellingtonian vegan poet, aged 23, back when my lady was a teenage, pierced, spiky-haired artist sceptical of everything in the world – and especially sceptical of love and marriage. We got married five years ago and we’ve been together ten. Love you, Sarah ;o)


Night & Day Saturday 10th March 2018

Join us for a spectacular outdoor matinee concert in the Kennaway’s relaxing garden setting to enjoy another afternoon of memorable songs by the Opera North soloists and chorus. This year we are fortunate to have as our special guest artist, Northland’s own Sophie Sparrow who joins us before she leaves to further her studies overseas. Our theme this year is “Night and Day” which lends itself to a broad range of beautiful operatic and musical theatre melodies. Premier Sponsor

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By Jodi Bryant


t takes a pretty brave person to sit in the passenger seat with a learner driver sans dual controls, but Larry Webb doesn’t get nervous. Besides, after years of training many hundreds of learner drivers in all types of vehicles, he’s a master at grabbing the wheel and steering the vehicle through precarious situations. Larry, 82, has volunteered as a driving instructor at People Potential since the Whangarei-based education services provider began its Driving Mentoring

Programme three years ago. “I’ve been driving all my life and retired a couple of years ago and thought, ‘Well I’m not just going to sit around and do nothing’. I thought I’d use my experience and qualifications to help other people,” says Larry. Larry’s own driving career spans almost 70 years and began, aged 15, when he delivered groceries around Whangarei in a van. A later job involved transporting the steel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge during the construction of the side clip-ons. Amongst many other driving occupations, he was a tour driver in both Australia and New Zealand, a highway patrol officer for the Ministry of Transport, and owned his own driving school, involving trucks, buses, motorbikes and cars, where he also trained driving instructors. More recently he was a casual bus driver before retiring. So, with all this experience under his belt, Larry put his hand up to pass on his knowledge to 16-24-year-olds, who don’t have access to registered vehicles or mentors. “I want to see people get ahead. The Whangarei driving schools do an excellent

job but I just feel that the students need that extra bit of help. There’s more volume of traffic on the roads these days and cars are faster, a lot of young kids today can’t handle the speed because, as we understood at Victim Support (where Larry also volunteered for years), your brain doesn’t develop until your 20s. “I was a voluntary fireman for years and have seen some shocking scenes. I don’t like seeing people get hurt or killed on the roads.” One would think, going from a driving school, where cars are equipped with their own passenger pedals, to sitting in the passenger seat unaided, would be unnerving, but Larry is not fazed. There’s been plenty of times when he has had to reach over and grab the wheel. “I always tell my students to hold the steering wheel up high in case I have to grab it. I’ve stood on the step of the bus and grabbed hold of the steering wheel when the guy said he couldn’t go across the bridge. When you’re sitting left of the person and trying to steer a vehicle, you have to have some sort of knowledge how to gauge the distance.”

Although Larry or his students have never caused an accident – “I never let it get to that point” – he’s had his fair share of close calls himself; he once was transporting a bus-full of passengers down Arthur’s Pass when the brakes collapsed. “I only had a split second to think; I could either go over the edge of the ravine and kill everybody onboard or take the one-way bridge, where a small car with two girls was coming towards me.” He opted for the latter and the collision caused the car to spin around sideways where the rubber tyres acted as a buffer, enabling the bus to stop. Thankfully, no one was hurt although a shaken Larry later collapsed on the road. Teaching driving is in art in itself, Larry believes. “You’ve got to teach people to control the vehicle. Don’t let the car control you – you tell the car what to do. I won’t put them on the road until I think they’re safe.” Larry’s lack of nerves seems to have a flow-on effect to his students. “It just becomes a second nature. The students all get out and say they don’t feel so nervous now. I love when they come back and say to me that they really enjoyed it and can they come out with me again. It really gives me a lift. “I’m working harder now than before I retired but I don’t mind doing it because I want people to be safe on the roads.”

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Whangarei driving programme, which has been turning out skilled, young drivers for three years, is in need of more volunteer instructors. People Potential launched its Driving Mentoring Programme in 2015 in partnership with other local businesses. It is aimed at 16-24-year-olds who don’t have access to registered vehicles or mentors, and has produced around 200 restricted licensees. However, demand is increasing – last year the Whangarei-based education services provider turned out 85 restricted licence holders alone, and a further 16 students gained their full licence. Says People Potential managing director Andrea Ross: “We are passionate about helping our students get their drivers licence. This is a huge undertaking - one we couldn’t do without the support of our volunteer mentor drivers and the support of Road Safe Northland. “We would love more mentors from the community to help us as so many of our students don’t have access to warranted cars or people to teach them how to drive.”

Although initial sponsorship of the programme has dropped over the years, People Potential has continued to remove as many barriers as possible to help young people obtain their licences, including an allocated car, trained mentors and, more recently, a car simulator.

“While the simulator is not going to replace any driving practice, it is fabulous for people who have never been in the driver’s seat before,” comments Andrea.

The programme contributes toward 30 of these and includes several driving lessons with AA and about two hours a week with a mentor.

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“The trainee driver programme gives young people the chance for better jobs and

sitting their restricted licence.

more independence by allowing them to get their restricted licence,” Andrea says. “When someone gets their licence, they experience success and, sometimes for people, it is their first taste of success. A licence can be a barrier to work so it is an essential life skill, especially in Northland where our public transport system is limited.” Larry Webb has been a driver instructor at People Potential since the course began and says he loves teaching the students. “Being able to help them get their restricted is a privilege.” Volunteers must have held their full licence for two years and will need to be patient, open-minded, non-judgemental, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. To register your interest, please phone: Te Awhi at People Potential on 09 437 7593

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Who let the dogs out?


The importance of socialising your dog!

ur dogs love us. We get them as puppies, we feed them, we love them and they, in return, love us back unconditionally. But we assume that, because our dog is so loving towards us and was born into a litter of six puppies etc, that they will automatically love other dogs. This is almost never the case. In fact, in some instances it can be the complete opposite. Socialisation encourages our dogs to be dogs, and when we talk about them being a dog, we mean in the sense of their behaviour. Dogs, like us as humans, must learn early on how to act in social situations, what’s acceptable behaviour and what isn’t. Socialisation in the correct manner is extremely important for your dog going forward - a bad early experience can really restrict your dog’s ability to interact with other dogs

in a positive and enjoyable way in the future. Like everything with dog’s, socialisation should always start out slowly and in a controlled environment. Socialising a new puppy or dog should be done one-on-one initially, on lead control and with lots of treats. It is important the dog understands that meeting a new dog is a positive thing. This controlled socialisation applies to all dogs regardless of personality. Dog parks, for instance, are not controlled and are better suited to dogs that have good off-lead control and have been properly socialised prior. Puppy classes will always give them a good dose of initial socialisation at an early age. Day Cares are a great option when thinking about group play, as there is someone there to mediate, control the tempo and reassure the dogs. It also means your dog will meet and interact with dogs, other than family and friends’ pets, which really

increases their socialisation training. Understanding body language is important when socialising your pet. You can find diagrams or videos on the internet or through your local vet or dog trainers showing you different signs of body language that can be warning triggers for unwanted behaviour. If these are not observed correctly, it can lead to potential issues in a play environment. A properly socialised dog has so many more benefits to them and their owners. Dogs being able to take part in group play are stimulated physically and mentally to a level we just can’t get with normal walks and play time. Life as an owner also improves as walks, going to beaches or parks become easier and less stressful! But, most of all, you get to enjoy watching your dog playing and interacting with other dogs safely and happily, as they were meant to.

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Kids’ corner Book Reviews

Gentle Giant Wetapunga - Non-fiction $24.95 Not many creatures have been on earth for 190 million years but our tree-dwelling Wetapunga is one of them. Award-winning Whangarei author Annemarie Florian uses factual text and poetic prose to describe the amazing facts about this ancient insect. Terry Fitzgibbon’s realistic illustrations make the weta appear to jump off the page. Together they beautifully capture this real-life story of Wetapunga. This book is a must for your bookshelves, whether you love or hate the humble weta.

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- $17.95 A lot of us remember learning to read using Joy Cowley’s amazing books, the whimsical rhythm and rhyme encouraging us to read more and more. In this year’s New Year Honours, Joy Cowley was appointed as a Member of the Order of New Zealand, recognising her strong contribution to literature and literacy. You will start to see her beloved books get republished this year celebrating Joy as one of New Zealand’s most prolific and successful writers. Start your collection with Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo.

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t might be summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about a new fireplace design for 2018. You want it to be ready in time for winter after-all. And even in summer when the fireplace is out of action, living spaces with fires still ooze charm and cosiness. The fireplace has long been the focal point of the room it inhabits and that’s when it sticks to a conventional installation. When fireplace designs push boundaries, the whole house is taken to a new level. And with the innovation of modern fires (especially gas), there’s more freedom to be creative than ever before. Here are our picks for the five most wanted fireplace designs for 2018.

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This Melbourne home has incredible views over the ocean, but it’s the concrete fireplace installation that still manages to steal the show. Working as a zone divider in the large, open-plan space, Escea’s ultra-wide DX1500 gas fire is the feature element. It is the perfect design solution for those wanting the flow of open-plan living while breaking up the vastness of it with clearly defined zones.

A bolted pre-cast concrete panel surround on a doublesided fireplace is the gravitational heart of this home. Concrete in its raw state is a hot look right now and perfect for this modern industrial home with exposed trusses. The restrained and neutral palette makes for a sophisticated look with masculine appeal. Design by Dravitzki Brown Architecture

Another popular look for fireplaces in 2018 is the ‘floating hearth’. It looks stunning and contemporary in polished concrete (as seen here), but also in marble, concrete, timber, stone slab or sandstone. It also has the advantage of doubling as a shelf for displays and ornaments. Design by Brendon Gordon Architecture.





For all the perks of inner-city living, two things you often compromise on are privacy and lush garden views. This central city villa extension shows that with some innovative thinking, this doesn’t have to be the case. A low and strategically-placed window surrounds an Escea DL850 gas fire with granite faced stone surround. Creating a connection to the exterior garden, without losing privacy to the neighbours. Design by Rowe Baetens Architecture

A new take on the double-sided fireplace is peninsula, or island-style, so that it is installed at a lower height in the room. This look is perfect when you have a large, open plan room and you don’t want to compromise your views.

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REKINDLED LOVE on Bank St It was the completion of two house renovations and a new home build which began a love of interior design for Tanya Maich


his sparked a passion for transforming furniture and household items to fit in with the décor, which then lead the former teacher and mother of two pre-schoolers to discover Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. From there evolved her business Rekindled Love Furniture. Tanya purchased her first tin of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in 2013 and instantly fell in love. “I loved how you could take something ordinary and make it look extraordinary or bring out the hidden detail and interest on a piece simply by painting with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan and finishing it with a quick wax. The best part of all of is that

there is generally no need to sand or prep before painting. So together, the ease of use and amazing outcome, not to mention the compliments from guests, inspired me to do more and then turn this into a business, inspiring others to do the same.” Tanya ran workshops for a year before she made it a business in February this year. Her workshops teach a variety of painting and other decorative techniques, which doubles as some ‘time-out’ for many participants. Tanya also does one-on-one coaching.

“When coming to see me, customers can get all the support and technical knowledge they need. As a hand-picked stockist for Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan, I attended

paints they realise how easy they are to use and quickly start ‘mentally

redecorating’ their furniture and household items. There is a wave of excitement that comes over people when they realise that, with little effort, they too can create a look that they may have believed was reserved only for the ‘experts’.”

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Tanya herself is constantly inspired to try new techniques and rekindle her love for

knowledge onto the workshop attendees and clients who visit the store.

pieces that have lost their lustre. A close second to this is inspiring others.

“What I notice the most is that using these paints opens up a latent creativity in people and this can be attributed to the quality and ease of use of the product! As soon as people start using these

When coming to see me, customers can get all the support and technical knowledge they need

“I love seeing people gain the confidence to give this system of painting a go and seeing their pride when they share their painted projects with me.” Visitors can pop in to the shop to buy paint or use the onsite resources, including brushes or Tanya’s technical knowledge. This can be done at any time of the day, including lunch breaks.

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Tips for better sleep


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Sleep is the ‘chief nourisher in life’s feast’. It heals and restores the body, facilitating growth and playing a major role in maintaining general health and vitality. Sleep also assists mental function - helping everything, from memory storage and retention to enabling new learning and development. It really can make a big difference in how productive and successful you are in life. Spend more hours in bed! • Set your alarm later. How many times do you hit the snooze button on your alarm in the morning? Many people set their alarm for half an hour before they really intend to get up. Set the alarm for when you need to get up rather than when you should get up and benefit from the extra zzzzz’s; • Cool off your love affair with the TV, the arch enemy of sleep. Late night TV programmes, not only keep you out of bed, they can actually keep you awake. If there is a late night programme you really want to see, it’s worth taking two minutes to set it

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your brow, cheeks and chin relax; • Keep a pen and paper handy. When your mind keeps racing with ‘gotta do’ thoughts, write them down. There will be no need to lie awake worrying about remembering them; • Don’t stress about sleep. Volunteers in a sleep study were offered $25 if they could fall asleep quickly. Researchers found it took their subjects twice as long to fall asleep as another group who weren’t under the same pressure. If you are still wide awake half an hour after turning out the lights, get up and leave the bedroom. Go somewhere where the lights are low and either listen to soft music or do some light reading until you feel tired. If sleeplessness becomes a regular problem for you, talk to your doctor. It may be a symptom of something more serious.

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DECORATING IDEAS you can do in an afternoon and enjoy for years Do you ever dream of beautiful interiors but the real life fact is: you simply aren’t blessed with the luxury of time when it comes to home decorating?


hankfully, decorating doesn’t have to be timeconsuming. Whether you want to focus on the living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or kid’s room, there are plenty of useful tips which will quickly turn your house into a home. Because it’s not about how much space you have, but what you do with it. For even the busiest of people, let’s look at some easy home decorating ideas to help you achieve a fresh new look in no time.

Repaint inexpensive furniture Occasionally, you can find a gem in an opshop. Sometimes it’s perfect the way it is, and others need a little attention. Furniture is the usual culprit that many people love to bring back to life. Tired wooden furniture generally just needs a quick sand and paint. Christchurch Resene Colour Consultant, Brooke Calvert, recommends using Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel, Resene Enamacryl Gloss waterborne enamel or Resene SpaceCote Flat Waterborne enamel, which can achieve a distressed vintage look if desired. “Repainting old furniture is a great way to keep costs down and you can select any colour you desire to work with your current style. It is very important the preparation is done correctly to ensure you get a long lasting result,” she says. “To achieve 40 | SAVVY

an all over even finish, apply Resene No.4 Sleeve or alternatively a good quality brush, such as the PAL legend brush.” “To save your time sanding varnished surfaces, try using Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer for an adhesion coat prior to painting the topcoat.” For a neutral palette, painting a table or chair white offers that clean and crisp look and stands out in a living space which is alive with colour in other decorative forms. If you have your heart set on a plain wooden chair but want to add a little pizazz, you could add a decorative pattern to the chair back by painting over a stencil. Allow to dry and apply a second coat. Once dry, peel off the stencil.

Change the layout of your furniture When you change the layout of a room it can completely change the dimensions, making it feel as though you’re stepping into an entirely new home! First, consider what should be the room’s new focal point and arrange furniture around it. This could be a fireplace, a piece of art or architectural element. Keep the layout user-friendly. For example, when you’re sitting on the sofa, the coffee table shouldn’t be out of reach when you want to place your drink glass down. If you’re looking to move away from the ‘aligned’ look, consider a diagonal arrangement.

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Move your furniture around and don’t forget the little details such as rug placement. The three rug placement options are: all furniture feet on the rug, all furniture feet off the rug, and just the front feet on the rug. Small rooms can still ooze comfort, functionality and cosiness by rearranging small pieces of furniture to create an intimate setting. Opt for less intrusive furniture such as large sofas which can suffocate the space.

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heights, too. If you’re feeling super creative, you could paint the plant pot. When using terracotta pots, the pot must be sealed from the inside out using Resene Terracotta Sealer to prevent any moisture seeping through to the paint finish, which will cause it to peel off. Apply a coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer prior to painting glass jars and finish with a topcoat to create adhesion.

Paint the walls and paint details in contrasting colours Make your walls stand out by painting details in contrasting colours such as shelving and window frames. “Try The Range fashion colours for a subtle combination or a strong burst of colour, there is plenty to choose from such as Resene Dawn Chorus and Resene Dark Side – an excellent on-trend combination,” Brooke says.

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It might seem a little daunting when it comes to creating an eclectic look in your home,


but try a small space first to help you feel confident with the look you’re going for. To create a cohesive eclectic look, start by picking a favourite object in the room and


identify the colour and design of that object to work out what elements will complement it.


Mix floral print items with a bold, striped throw or solid textured duvet. Go for a mixture of prints which have difference shapes, sizes and styles but contain a similar colour

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Repaint your bookcase


Make your bookcase pop by refreshing its look using Resene paint. “Choose Resene Chalk Dust for a subtle classic white. It is a limestone white and creates a soft but definite mark. Try Resene Chalk Dust with peach brown ochres, pastel peaches or faded greys, such as Resene Calibre Resene Sazerac or Resene Quarter Baltic Sea.” Also, consider

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Window dressings make a healthier home

By Tracey Harvey, Frazerhurst


eeping the warm summer or cold winter air away from your windows with curtains and blinds from Frazerhurst is the best way to control the temperature in your home. Curtains and Blinds create a pocket of air between them and the window, holding the adverse conditions at bay. How curtains are installed is more important than their material or thickness; Ensure your curtains and blinds form a good seal against all sides of your window frame. Even traditional net curtains are OK at keeping heat in, as they generally sit quite close to the window. Floor-length curtains are more effective than windowsill-length curtains as they disrupt the downward movement of cool air. Do you have an asthma sufferer in your family? Natural products, such as linen, cotton and wool, will absorb the moisture in your home better than man-made fibres making a dryer allergen-free home. Luckily there are many beautiful choices of Natural fabrics available at Frazerhurst, including some New Zealand- made options.

Care and cleaning for prevention. We often get asked how to get rid of mould and mildew stains but this is really the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. What you need to do is work on your prevention. Dust your window dressings with a clean feather or microfiber duster and vacuum regularly with a low suction – soft brush attachment. If you find you need to spot-clean, use a clean, soft cloth in a little lukewarm water with a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid) well rung out so the cloth is just damp. It is best to dab at the mark, rather than scrubbing. With Rollershades, small marks can often be removed by a light rub with a rubber eraser. Aluminium and Polymer Venetian blinds, such as Masterwoods®, can be immersed in water with mild detergent and moved around gently but do not immerse the head rail and make sure you hang them fully-opened for thorough drying. Timber blinds and Shutters, such as Countrywoods®, should NOT be in contact with water. If you have e-cote™ lacquer, you will need to regularly apply silicone-free furniture polish. Whisper® honeycomb and Pleated blinds can also be immersed but not the Nightfall or

Midnight options. Ensure you tilt to drain the water and rehang in the fully open position to dry. To preserve pleat retention, raise the blind regularly. If you would like to discuss your options for healthy home window treatments, come down to Frazerhurst showroom at 146 Lower Dent Street and meet the team. Customers come first at Frazerhurst©.

Frazerhurst… keeping your home healthy since 1983 “Well installed curtain and blinds will reduce heat loss through your windows by up to 60% for single glazing and 50% for double glazing”. *Energywise.govt.nz

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HEAT LOSS FROM WINDOWS · Warm air moves toward cold glass · Heat is lost through unprotected glass “The way curtains are installed is more important than the curtain type, even Voilles and Netts are effective at reducing heat loss”. *Consumer.org.nz

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Olive trees, for fruit, oil or hedging

By Debbie Oldfield Alter-natives Nursery and Lansdcaping


hese graceful trees are wind, salt and frost-hardy and will grow almost anywhere in New Zealand. They are not that fussy of the soil they are to be grown in, but prefer a well-prepared hole with lots of compost, especially if heavy clay soil is where they are to be grown. Olives are highly-ornamental trees, as well as good fruit producers. They are very tolerant but do best in a sheltered position. It is important that your Olive does not dry out when the fruit is developing, and they do well with an annual application of general slow-release fertilizer. One tree can provide up to 30kg of fruit. Size matters when it comes to deciding what variety you are going to grow. For pickling, large olives are a better choice. If you are going to press your olives for oil, size is not so important. How much oil they contain as a percentage is more important. You can still pickle ‘oil’ olives - all going well, they will taste great. Just understand they may be smaller, so there is less flesh relative to stone than with a larger pickling olive. A lot of the olive varieties need to be pollinated with a different variety. Olives pollinate by wind from trees located within 20–30 meters so it is ideal to plant at least one other variety as a pollinator.

Here are a few of the varieties that are more commonly available: • Ascolano If size matters, then this variety is perfect for you. The attractive very large fruit that ripen green are great for pickling. Ascolano are fairly disease-resistant. Pollinate with other varieties, such as Frantoio and Leccino. • El Greco El Greco is an attractive tree even if just grown for its silvery green foliage. It has a compact mature size of just 3mx3m, making it the perfect-sized tree for a smaller urban section. El Greco are self-fertile but are not known to fruit easily in New Zealand. This may be to your advantage as you don’t end up with lots of very hard olive stones flying around when you mow under your tree. Good oil content. • Olives J5 J5 is a well-shaped tree that is perfect for the Northern gardener. J5 can be used both for pickling and for oil when the fruit ripens mid-season. Grows to 4X3M • Frantoio This is a tidy and compact sized tree at 4mx3m, with an early, heavy crop of mediumsized fruit. The oil from these olives has a peppery fresh pressed taste and is great for

using for dressings and dipping. They pickle well as an eating olive and are an all-round easy-to-grow variety. Very high in oil content. • Koroneiki An attractive smaller growing olive tree bearing large crops of small fruit. Well suited to coastal areas. Ideal for hedging and screening. Very high yields of high-quality oil or can be pickled. Hardy. 6M • Leccino Superb Tuscan oil selection that performs well in most parts of New Zealand. Healthy and vigorous, and tolerant of the cold once established. A medium-sized olive used for both pickling and oil. Very strong grower getting up to 10M tall, so needs more pruning. Pollinate with Frantoio. A good pollinator for other varieties.

• Rakino Olea Rakino is a shapely, small, open, tree suitable for both inland and coastal situations. A prolific summer fruiter, its flavoursome fruit is ideal for pickling. Suitable for warmer areas, including Auckland/Northland. 3X3M • Mission A vigorous upright grower. Bears a heavy crop of smaller sized Olives which are best pickled. Grows well in the cooler regions. Self-Fertile 5M • Carolea Carolea Olives are medium to large-sized olives grown both for oil and pickling. It has a good oil yield and small nut. The oil is considered to be a good quality one. Will need a pollinator. 4X4M

Feijoas, such an easy fruit tree to grow!

Debbie Oldfield


eijoas are a really hardy fruit tree. They can handle dry coastal conditions (once established) right thru to damp winter clay. They do grow best in full sun but will grow quite happily in half-day shade as well. They grow reasonably quickly into a good-sized shrub/ small tree at around 4M tall, and 3M wide. Or they can be kept smaller with regular pruning or trimmed into a hedge. All varieties (apart from Unique) fruit much better when planted with another variety to pollinate them. And as the varieties all ripen at slightly different times, you could buy one of each and get a long feijoa fruit season rather than a glut all at once.

Varieties generally available are: • Unique One of the earliest ripening varieties, Feb/ March. Very sweet and juicy, medium- sized fruit. Self-fertile. • Gemini Has a smaller, smooth-skinned dark green oval fruit with a highly-flavoured flesh. The flesh is a little gritty. Is self-fertile but will crop better with another variety nearby. Ripens in March. • Mammoth Large round to oval fruit, with gritty flesh but a great flavour. Is self-fertile but will have larger fruit if pollinated with another variety nearby, such as Triumph. Ripens in March/April.


Bret’s Delight

A vigorous growing variety with large, aromatic rough-skinned very sweet fruit.

An improved selection forming a compact, medium-sized tree. A true heavy cropper with

Partially self-fertile but pollination with a different variety is essential for large fruit.

delicious, large, thin skinned fruit. Smaller growing at just 1.8 x 1.2m

Ripens in March. • Triumph

• Sellowiana This is a seed-grown Feijoa which is great for

Medium to large-sized fruit. Flesh is slightly gritty but with good seed to pulp ratio. Lovely

hedging. No guarantee of what type of fruit you may get, may be small, may be good-

sharp flavour. Bears heavily if pollinated with another variety, such as Mammoth. Ripens

sized, may crop heavily or not at all. Any fruit is an added bonus when these are used

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Roasted tamarind lamb

3 Tbsp Tamarind paste 2 tsp Curry powder 1.3 kgs Lamb, leg of

Mango and Vietnamese mint relish

! Directions

1 3

Mango, stoned, peeled and diced Vietnamese mint leaves, thinly sliced, or 4 if you prefer 2 Tbsp Fresh lime juice


1. 2. 3.

Garnish 1 tsp 2

4. 5.

Fennel seeds Spring onions, curled

Score the top of the lamb as for a ham. Combine the tamarind paste and curry powder. Rub into the lamb well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking. Return the meat to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Place the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan. Add 1 cup of water. Roast for about 1½ hours, until cooked to your preference. Meanwhile, combine the relish ingredients. Remove the meat from the oven, tent with foil and stand for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with the relish and garnish with the fennel seeds and spring onion curls.


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Roger and John

Thai Chefs, Bank St

REVIEW by Charmaine Soljak


relished writing this month’s food review. Our family loves Thai food! We have been everywhere in Whangarei. There is something super-friendly and inviting about Thai restaurants. Tonight, we called and booked at Thai Chef’s Restaurant on Bank Street. As a venue, it’s relaxing. I went when it first opened with work colleagues and was pleasantly delighted again tonight. The waitresses really influence the occasion for diners and, reflecting now, they assisted in providing a great, relaxing evening with an authentic cheerfulness and, of course, wonderful Thai food. We were seated quickly and ordered drinks. The menu is extensive, which is easy to see by the numbers, with gluten-free options a bonus. We ordered as soon as the drinks arrived. I have to add here, I loved the Main Divide Riesling – Yummm!

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Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine Tick for the entree of Dim Sim, which were so fresh, the minced pork inside was wonderfully hot from the pan, marinated with water chestnut and shitake mushrooms and wrapped in a thin pastry and served with an excellent dipping sauce. I can’t go past duck when I’m eating Thai and always love a bit of humour. So, I was giggling as I ordered the Sexy Little Duck. Jason ordered the Veges Wok with chicken, Tamihana chose the Fried Rice with lamb, given his week of Crossfit, and Sophia opted for Crispy Chicken. The food again came out fast. The duck was very tender and came out with gently-cooked zuchinni, beans, leek, a lovely wash of fat noodles, chilli and a carrot blossom garnish. The fried rice was exactly what you would expect. Fried jasmine rice with fried eggs, onions, tomatoes, spring onions, mixed vegetables and lamb. The young fella was smiling and full by halfway through his plate. Sophia’s Crispy Chicken was a mountain of crispy chicken, lightly coated with breadcrumbs, loaded with cabbage, carrots, cauli, spring onion, capsicums, green beans and onion, in a medium spicy chilli sauce. My Sexy Little Duck arrived and I was busting to try it. The roasted duck was cooked in an aromatic homemade chilli paste. It was perfectly-balanced, and of medium heat, as requested. It came in green beans, leeks, courgettes, capsicum

and shredded kaffir leaves. I eat duck in every Thai restaurant I go to. This is the best, which I would never say lightly, and I debated with myself over writing this. We regularly dine in three of our favourite Thai restaurants and, because of this dish, it will now be four. Jason’s Veges and Chicken Wok with Jasmine Rice was exactly what he wanted after a very early morning start at work. Tender cuts of chicken, swimming in bok choi, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, garlic and leeks, all pleasingly crunchy in a sweet oyster sauce. A brief exchange with our waitress about her family home in Thailand and her grandfather’s duck farm left warm images in my mind of a country with clever food and a brilliant culture. Many of the Thai restaurants in Whangarei fall down at the dessert menu. There is nothing like a good meal, then the dessert just doesn’t stack up. Not the case when dining at Thai Chef. I was absolutely thrilled with the dessert menu. After lots of laughter that we had finally cracked a Thai restaurant with decent dessert, we quickly ordered Lemon Cheesecake, Sweet Sticky Rice and Choco Mocha. All amazingly tasty and lived up to our expectations! A very happy family ended the night telling each other we had a good time. It was an upbeat visit and the food offers plenty of flavour for the cost. Book soon you’ll be back like we will be.

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Mark Graver: In Series

Mark Graver. So With Present Time- Rivulet I (2016). Archival inkjet pigment print on paper.

March 9 – May 27, 2018 Opening Friday March 9 at 5pm - all welcome.

Graver completed a B.A. Hons Fine Art in 1988 and M.A. Printmaking in 1995 in the United Kingdom before moving to New Zealand in 2003. He is a curator, tutor and author of the printmaking handbook Non-Toxic Printmaking (2011, London, A&C Black). He has sat on printmaking selection panels in China, Bulgaria and New Zealand and curated international print projects in the UK and Australia and his works are held in many international public collections.


hangarei Art Museum is pleased to present In Series, an exhibition by Northlandbased award-winning artist printmaker Mark Graver. Printmaking lends itself to series-based work. There is a long tradition of editioning and working in suites, collected folios or narrative sets (Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, Picasso’s Vollard Suite, Goya’s Disasters of War, Hokusai’s Views of Mt Fuji etc. By Working ‘In Series’, Graver allows for a wider and deeper exploration, evolution and development of linked ideas. In Series features eight interconnected bodies of work influenced by memory, place and time. Artworks correspond technically, conceptually and through content, often with related images being manipulated and developed from a single source to

Mark Graver. Hobart (2018). Archival inkjet pigment print on paper.

form bodies of work with multiple, nonhierarchical entry and exit points. The works in this exhibition are all original prints, predominantly made using photographic images, computers and archival inkjet pigment printers

at Wharepuke Print Studio in Kerikeri, Northland - New Zealand’s only dedicated Non-toxic Acrylic Resist Etching workshop. Established by Graver in 2005, the studio’s practice avoids the use of unnecessary toxins and exposure to harmful substances with a focus on safer printmaking practices and techniques - for the artist and the environment.

ALSO OPENING Friday March 9 at 5pm Kushana Bush: The Burning Hours Our Summer: From the Whangarei Art Museum Collection

+ PLUS: Seaweek-end at WAM, Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11. Come and see a special pop-up display to celebrate Seaweek in conjunction with Our Summer.

Mark Graver. The Mirrored Lake (2018). Archival inkjet pigment print on paper.

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GIVE aways


Kimera is a subscription box providing monthly care packages to students around the country. Offering some much-needed wellbeing,




a dose of home love, and some exciting pick-me-ups, Kimera was started by students, for students. Each box of goodies is valued at over $50 with an average of 6-8 items from food, drinks, stationery, cosmetics, games, and


novelty items. The versatility of the boxes ensures that there’s something


for everyone. Uni can be a stressful experience so it’s nice to treat a friend

This unique clutch features a repurposed leather outer with a nubuck finish; vintage floral liner from a repurposed curtain and detachable wrist strap. Also features handmade polymerclay zip toggles! Valued at $78, this beautiful accessory is a one-off!

or family member to let them know you care. They deliver everywhere in NZ and can be purchased as a one-off gift or on a monthly, annual or semester basis. We have three boxes to giveaway to kickstart your kids for 2018 uni life.

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Dr Matire Harwood’s work is helping shape indigenous health policy in NZ. A University of Auckland clinical researcher, she is focused on tackling some of the biggest health inequities in our society and was awarded the L’Oreal UNESCO Women in Science NZ Fellowship last year. Make International Womens’ Day your day with a morning tea event on Thursday 8 March 10.00am to 11.15am. Dr Harwood will talk about effecting change from where you are, pushing past barriers and how we can change our own paradigm to achieve equity in our communities.

Congratulations to our February winners: Deep Spring Light - Wayne Scott - Jonathan - Sue Davies-Young - Yvonne Edwards - Noelene Bryden

Stella Artois Apron - Tyana Hansen - Cilla Murray - Richard Easton Fudge Farm Gift Pack - Louise Kini

Makana - Bryson Shrimpton - Polly Barach

Winners will be drawn on Tuesday March 6 2018.


4 MANGAWHAI WALKING WEEKEND 15 – 18 MARCH IS OFFERING THE CHANCE TO WIN AN EXCITING WALKING WEEKEND PACKAGE FOR TWO VALUED AT $120.00 Come and explore Magical Mangawhai this walking weekend with guided walks for all levels of fitness and interests! This great prize includes 2 Troubadour Trail tickets Friday, 2 walks of your choice Saturday and 2 Food and Wine Festival tickets Saturday afternoon. Bookings are essential, for more details and booking information see www.mangawhaiwalking.co.nz Winners will be drawn on Friday March 9 2018.


Join us for a spectacular outdoor matinee concert in the relaxing Kennaway’s garden setting to enjoy another afternoon of memorable songs by the Opera North soloists and chorus. WE HAVE SIX DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY This year we are fortunate to have as our special guest artist, Northland’s own Sophie Sparrow who joins us before she leaves to further her studies overseas. Our theme this year is “Night and Day” which lends itself to a broad range of beautiful operatic and musical theatre melodies. So bring your blanket or chair and refreshments and settle back for another great performance. Winners will be drawn on Wednesday March 7 2018.

Prizes will need to be collected from the Northern Advocate office, 88 Robert Street, Whangarei.


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