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Getting Married?

Bride drives herself to own wedding on a Harley

Everything you need to know

Finding each other online and remarrying 23 years after first wedding … to each other


Fashion, Health, Beauty, Art, Gardening, Fishing, Café Review, Lifestyle & Love it Here

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Making a Thunderous Entrance


Love at first site


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t’s that time again where we focus on weddings here at Savvy for all those newly-engaged. Inside, as well as finding nearly everything you need to know to prepare for the event, we have featured some local weddings with a twist. Have a read of Mel and Gary’s epic story – this couple re-found each other over the internet and married again 23 years after their first 80s wedding! I came back to Mel with follow-up questions and her story got better and better, as I told her. Her reply: “I have given you the brief version! There’s so much more but not for public consumption!” she laughed. I dare not ask so we can only wonder … Then there’s our cover bride – check out this action-woman’s mode of transport! As Amanda said, her wedding guests were not at all surprised when she rolled in on a Harley Davidson.


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Making a Thunderous Entrance

Amanda Ashby sure knows how to make an entrance. In fact, the rumble from the Harley Davidson she rode into her own wedding resounded throughout the valley. “Originally the idea was I wanted to do a burn-out but I didn’t want to scare the kids so, in the end, I revved it so it rumbled right through the valley,” laughs the motorbike enthusiast. It was actually Amanda’s now husband Nate who kick-started her interest in bikes. The newlyweds, whose families both hail from Kaikohe, had never crossed paths until they were set up 13 years ago. “We just hung around in different circles, I guess. Nate was raised in the country and I was into sports but I became good friends with Nate’s sister. She knew we were meant for each other and organised a beach date for us to get to know each other better… It obviously worked because he stole my heart straight away! “We had similar upbringings and both have a love for fitness and training as well as the fact that we love kids. I guess it was a perfect match.” The couple now have five children, ages ranging between 2-15, who are into dirt biking, while their parents love road bikes, particularly Harleys. “Nate has always loved riding motorbikes and got me into it. We love day-tripping to Cape Reinga or doing a scenic drive to Russell or Opononi through the Waipoua Forest. It’s another world when you ride a motorbike. It’s beautiful and peaceful and you lose yourself on the ride. “The rumble and power you feel when you ride is incomparable, so it was easy to decide that a Harley was going to be the wedding entrance,” says Amanda, adding that she rolled her wedding dress beneath her for the ride.

So, were guests surprised by the bride’s mode of transport? “Not really, I think they were more like ‘Trust Amanda to do something like that!’ I used to joke that I would wear sports shoes in because I would wear sports gear wherever I go. But I decided I’d better give the dress the justice it deserved and ride in in the dress and heels. “Plus, they know Nate and I aren’t very traditional and we wanted a wedding best catered for us.” Indeed, the wedding, held at Whareora’s beautiful Willows on Abbey venue in late January, was not your typical. For starters, the bride only had ten weeks to plan it! “This was actually our second attempt because the thought of organising it seemed overwhelming but, in November, Nate said to me, if you can pull it all off before February, then let’s get married.


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“He was actually joking but then he started freaking once I started putting the deposits down. “We wanted it simple. We didn’t want to get caught up in things that didn’t matter and we wanted to be able to enjoy our day, not just as husband and wife but also as a family unit

together with all of our children. We kept our guest list small at 70 to allow them to be able to enjoy the day with us, mingle with each other and share in the good vibes.” Amanda says the rustic theme and beautiful stretch marquee, which looked like a ‘big white spider web’, made all the elements that were usually unmatched, blend together nicely. “It looked perfectly-planned because it all went so well together but our wedding people and venue host made everything readily-available to use the venue as a blank canvas to create the wedding exactly as we wanted. “My bridesmaids were awesome and helped with all the small details that I might have otherwise forgotten. They entered the wedding venue behind us in a gorgeous black Chevrolet Bel Air.” Determined to incorporate their children into the ceremony, the couple’s ‘baby’ was the flower boy, along with a friend’s daughter, their girls were bridesmaids, their eldest son a best man while their eight-year-old walked Amanda down the aisle as ‘father of the bride’. After the exchanging of rings, their children were each presented with a taonga by their parents to bind them together as a family unit. “Then our marriage was announced as official husband and wife!” Besides rolling up on a Harley, Amanda says the highlight of the day was ‘how perfectly stress-free everything went’. “I am so thankful for all of our wedding people on board that helped make our day beautiful and easy. We had planned a simple, stress-free wedding without too much fuss and it far exceeded our expectations. The day was just flawless.” The couple have recently returned from their honeymoon in Queenstown where they raced each other round the Highlands Motorsport Park in a Mustang and Ferrari and, of course, hired motor bikes to explore the scenery.

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It was love at first site for Mel John and Gary Pepperell, who married soon after. So then how did this inseparable couple reunite over an internet site only to remarry 23 years later? Mel shares her story with Jodi Bryant. “Gary was in the RNZAF as an aircraft engineer and I was teaching in Glen Eden. One night, a couple of my girlfriends took me out to Whenuapai Airman’s Club and it was love at first sight. We were inseparable after that,” explains Mel. Gary was 22 and Mel, 24 and they married at Titirangi War Memorial Church in 1989 in what Mel describes as a ‘full-on 80s wedding’. “There was pink and green eye shadow, big hair, big sleeves, big smell – Opium perfume, a big crowd and a big bill.” “I remember being totally caught up in the drama of the wedding. I was so nervous about all the arrangements – for example, the wedding jag broke down and my dad had to drive me to the church in his red Honda Civic - that I didn’t feel the moment.” However, Mel says the couple led an adventurous life in the following two years. They left New Zealand and Gary took up a contract to work on an aircraft in Belgium. The aircraft turned out to be owned by the Libyan Air Force so, when it was complete, the couple went with it to Libya. “Our time in Libya in the 90s was amazing. They were beautiful people and it was a beautiful culture,” she recalls. “We worked there for a few months, which were during the first Gulf War – needless to say, our parents were a bit worried.” They then headed to Paris, followed by a stint in Istanbul, where Gary worked at the airport and Mel taught. However, during that time, Mel’s father died young so they returned to New Zealand to be with family. “We returned to Istanbul following my dad’s death but I became quite down and things went wrong between us. Grief is a terrible thing. It affects everyone so differently. I left Istanbul and went to the UK.” The couple divorced in 1991 and tried to unsuccessfully reconcile a year later. Deciding to carry on with separate lives, they both travelled the world working, and kept in touch for a couple of years until 1994 when Gary told Mel he was about to become a father. She then pulled away so he could

First Wedding

concentrate on his new family. They both remarried. However, their subsequent marriages didn’t last. It wasn’t until 2010 that Mel re-found Gary through an internet seeking site. “As far as I knew, he was still married so

Gary and Mel after their reunion


I wanted to check in with him to hopefully hear his life was great. I was surprised to hear it hadn’t been as straight-forward as I had hoped. We wrote to each other and, at this stage, we were just two old and dear friends who were catching up.” To reunite, Gary drove across England into Wales to take her out for dinner, before returning the same night. Mel recalls the moment of their reunion: “I waited on the seafront for him and could see him in the distance - it was amazing, just like time stood still. His first line was: ‘I could tell it was you from miles away’. I told him: ‘And I could tell it was you.’ “The funny thing was I had been befriended whilst waiting on the seafront by a drunk old man who I couldn’t shake off. When I saw Gary, I got up and walked towards him and the old guy came with me! He was standing there when Gary and I hugged... it was hilarious. It took a couple of minutes to recover from that before we started talking.” Mel says the huge connection between them was still there and they realised they should never have been apart. “We talked for hours over the next week or so. We had so much to talk about, so much of


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our lives to fill in. During this time, my grief poured out of me again - grief over my dad and losing Gary. In retrospect, we were too young to address the issues we had when dad died. Being older, it was easier to understand what had happened to me and us. We talked and talked for a while and decided we had to be together. “Everything between us was easy - all the best relationships should be ‘easy’. We saw the history we had and the things we had in common. There was definite love there over all the years we’d been apart. It was now difficult to be apart as there was a sense of belonging.” Mel says their close family were surprised at the reunion, yet supportive. And both Mel and Gary’s girls, from their subsequent marriages, got on very well. Ironically, it was through the same website, that Gary’s other daughter, adopted-out at birth, tracked her father down after 26 years. After living in various countries overseas, they decided to return to New Zealand together – ‘just as we had left together in the 80s’. Their second wedding, in January 2012 – 23 years after their first, was in stark contrast; it was in a registry office in England. “It was no-fuss, no party, no car. We just walked there and it was so emotional, just as you might hope your wedding would be. It was quiet, but beautiful, with just our children and a few close friends.” Today the couple have settled in Whangarei, where Mel spent the first year of her teaching career, and has wonderful memories of Northland. “We bought a lifestyle block and started running our business from there and enjoy every minute of life in Northland. Our girls are here with us and we are well-settled after dashing around the world for a couple of decades.” Reflecting on their journey Mel says: “I don’t regret any of the past happening. If it hadn’t, we might not be where we are today ... happy in Whangarei!” She adds with a twinkle: “Gary was and still is my toy boy.”

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Katharina Cox was travelling around Australia with her friend’s partner when she bumped into her future husband from Whangarei. She’d just finished high school in her native Germany and was on a work holiday in 2006 with a friend and her Kiwi partner when her friend had to return to Germany. “So, me and her partner were at a camp ground in Bowen, Queensland, when Chris and his friend rocked up in an old Bedford camper. He had been living and working in Aussie since he was 17 but had had enough of the Gold Coast lifestyle and was travelling up the coast,” she explains. The two hit it off and Katharina (Kat) ended up jumping ship and travelling with them up the coast. The pair were friends for around a month before winding up together. They continued on in Australia for the year, where Chris met Kat’s parents when they arrived to visit and, as Kat’s visa was coming to an end, they decided Chris would join her in Germany. “But first, we stopped over in New Zealand for three weeks so I could meet his family before I whisked him off to the other side of the world,” she laughs. They had been living in Germany several months before discovering they were pregnant with their first son Felix, now ten. Several weeks before his birth, they married in an old castle with only Kat’s immediate family and a couple of friends present which, Kat says, wasn’t very special and with none of Chris’ family present. They spent Felix’ first year in Germany Hash browns. before moving to New Zealand in 2010,

Chris, Kat and family on their recent wedding day where they have been Whangarei-based since. The couple had two more children – Mason, 5, and Spencer, 2, and started their own business repiling and moving houses. However, having now attended kiwi weddings herself, Kat, 32, began to realise what Chris, 34, and his whanau had missed out on. “We always joked about having a wedding at the marae but the aunties were quick to point out the amount of work that would be included. And now that I have a couple of tangis under my belt, I understand! But then Chris suggested early last year, with it being our ten-year anniversary, we should have a party for that, and the planning began from there.

Chris and Kat at their first wedding in Germany

“The aim was to have no one have to do anything on the weekend and we could all just spend time and enjoy everyone’s company at the beach. Our amazing business partner let us use his beach house at Ngahau Bay where we erected a marquee and hired five caravans for our family and friends to spend the weekend with us.” In lieu of a celebrant, Kat’s best friend, whose husband is also best friends with Chris, was the ‘Still do lady’ – a perfect touch, says Kat, and, in a ‘crack-up’ moment, the song Baby Shark, a favourite of the couple’s two-year-old son, was sung, which everyone joined in. A week before the wedding, Kat’s parents flew in from Germany as a surprise, which Chris and Kat’s brother, in New Zealand on a working holiday visa, were in on. “It was amazing having them there and I can say that it was the best day of my life – the whole weekend was; Having all our favourite people in one place, everyone having a good time, celebrating us and the amazing people we have in our lives.” Kat reflects that their December 2018 wedding couldn’t have been any more different to their first. “Our wedding in Germany was very lowkey and it sort of always bugged me a bit, not having had a nice wedding with all our family and friends, which made this one even more special. Finally, we were able to have our day. We organised it all ourselves and made sure we loved every aspect of the weekend and it was us to a tee. “The only thing we haven’t done yet is have a honeymoon, but we’ll get there one day.”



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Seven Tips to Make Exercise a Lasting Part of Your Life



Is exercise on your list of goals for this year? Have you been trying to make exercise a regular part of your life but have been struggling with a way to make that happen?

fter all, exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways of improving your physical and mental health. This includes reducing your risk for serious health problems, easing depression and anxiety, boosting your energy and mood and relieving stress. No matter your age or fitness level, you can use physical activity to help you feel better, look better, and enjoy life more. The key is to change your approach to exercise and think about what you do that helps or, sometimes, hurts your chances of success. Here are seven tips to make it easier to plan, prepare and commit to your workouts: - Plan ahead Your busy schedule means you need to plan and prepare for your workouts ahead of time. Map it out - Work out a timetable for gym days and the workouts you’ll do on those days. Pack up - The night before, pack your bag with everything you need – workout gear, shoes, water bottle, etc. - Give yourself time Establishing an exercise program is not just about having goals or making a plan. You need to invest time before you reap the benefits. This allows you to: Work on your schedule – it takes trial and error to see what works best with your schedule. Learn the exercises – we weren’t born knowing how to exercise. You need the time to learn the moves and practice good form to work the correct muscles.



Build strength and stamina – Your body needs to get accustomed to working out before you can reap the benefits. - Focus on health NOT weight loss Focus on the joys of exercise and movement instead of losing weight. Take pride in your body getting stronger or your new ability to able to exercise longer, even if it’s just in baby steps. Most likely what motivates you runs much deeper than a specific set of numbers on a scale. Identify what it is for you. Maybe you want to have more energy for your children or grandchildren or you want to be in more control of your health whatever is your core motivation - connect to it. As you improve your health and feel better about yourself, any excess body fat will begin to fall off naturally. But the overall improvements that you will be making with your health will transform your entire life for the better. - Avoid stop and start syndrome One great way to kill your confidence is to constantly start and stop your exercise routine. It’s common for people to get psyched up and dive into working out and then drop it altogether when the craziness of life intervenes. But if you start and stop all the time, you are setting yourself up for a never-ending cycle, where you won’t see any progress. Don’t try tackle the world in a day. Think baby steps. Think of what you can do and schedule today even if it’s small increments of time that you eventually build upon. Commit to what you CAN achieve, at least at first.




- Think of how exercise boosts your sense of well-being Sure, exercise is a great disease preventer and can help you live longer, but what you might find more rewarding is to think about all the immediate benefits exercise provides to your well-being. All of us can use exercise today to get more energy, alleviate stress, increase productivity, improve our outlook, sleep better and feel happier - today! Think about what you stand to gain if you work out today. Maybe it’s a sunnier disposition or the satisfaction in knowing you pushed your body. Just give it some thought or better yet, make a list. - Protect the time you have set aside for exercise Resist the urge to neglect exercising because there are things that you decide are ‘more important.’ Don’t let others treat your exercise time as inferior either. Just as you


would protect the time you have set aside for any other appointment, you need to protect the time you have set aside for exercise in whatever way possible. Life happens, but for the most part you can protect this time. - See exercise as an act of self-love Sometimes it’s easier to drop the expectations of exercise, drop the measure of results, and just move your body because you want to feel good! After all, if our intention is to live a meaningful and healthy life, we will make decisions that support this intention and we live with purpose and design. In return we feel good when we see ourselves accomplishing what we set out to do. The more self-love you have for yourself, the better prepared you are for healthy living for the long haul. Even more, you will start to attract people and circumstances to you that will further support your well-being. But don’t wait! Do it TODAY!


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It’s the leading cause of blindness yet most of us don’t understand what it is or how to prevent it. WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION (MD)?

The macula is the central part of the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina processes all visual images. It is responsible for your ability to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. You are reading this using your macula. Macular Degeneration (MD) causes progressive loss of central vision but peripheral vision is not affected.


There are two types of MD, dry and wet. Dry MD is more common than wet and results in a gradual loss of central vision. Dry MD may progress to the wet for mover time. Dry MD is generally thought of in 3 stages. The early stage is characterized by the presence of drusen. These are small yellow deposits that buildup under the retina,and are easily detectable during an eye examination. Vision is usually unaffected. Intermediate dry MD is characterized by one or more large drusen that commonly result in blurred vision and a need for more light to read. Vision maybe mildly distorted and an early central blind spot (scotoma) may develop. Advanced dry MD, or geographic atrophy, occurs when there is significant loss of retinal pigment and results in a larger central scotoma. This makes reading almost impossible and requires people to rely on their peripheral vision that remains intact. Wet MD is characterised by a sudden and severe loss of vision caused by abnormal blood vessels growing under the retina. Immediate medical treatment of wet MD is essential if symptoms occur.


While Macular Degeneration is normally associated with ageing eyes, an inherited form known as Stargardt’s disease can affect children and young adults. Stargardt disease is a bilateral inherited retina ldystrophy usually affecting the central retina, the macula, resulting in a deterioration of the central vision.


MD is thought to be caused by genetic and environmental factors. People over the age of 50 years are at risk. If you smoke or have a family history of MD, your risk of developing the disease is much greater. Key symptoms may include one or more of the following: • Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision. • Distortion,where straight lines appear wavy or bent. • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem. • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision. If you experience any of these symptoms contact your eye care specialist immediately.


• Have your eyes tested and make sure the macula is checked. • Don’t smoke. • Keep a healthy lifestyle, control your weight and exercise regularly. • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Limit your intake of fats, eat fish two or three times a week,eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily and a handful of nuts a week. • In consultation with your doctor, consider taking a zinc and antioxidant supplement. • Provide adequate protection for your eyes from sunlight exposure, especially when young.


A range of nutrients are important for good macular health. If your diet is lacking these you should consider taking a supplement: • Lutein and zeaxanthin: These are present in high concentrations in a healthy macula. They are found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, silver beet and kale. They are also present in peas, pumpkin, brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn and beans. • Omega3: All fish and shellfish contain omega-3 but higher concentrations are found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, trout, herring, sardines and tuna. • Other nutrients: Your diet should include other nutrients that support good macular health. These include zinc (oysters,nuts,legumes);vitamin E(nuts,whole grains);vitamin C (citrus,berries,tomatoes;and selenium(nuts—especially Brazil nuts).




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OFF TO AN EXPO SOON? Are you booked into an expo or market stall this year?


xpos or markets are a great way to get in front of a lot

of people. That is awesome because people buy from people. Not to mention you need eyeballs on your business! In this month’s column I wanted to share with you my top tips I share with my clients.

Natalie Tolhopf is a business coach and founder of Natalie,


helping business owners to smash through imperfection and mindless

Here are four tips for the stand at the expo: 1. Add wallpaper to the walls (can staple it

Showcase outside of your usual pretty and nice. That way people will want to stop.

up) and/or carpet to make an impact and stand out.

Expos are no good if you play it safe. Really blow up your brand.

2. Make sure your competition or giveaway is something freaking cool...Like a session

scrolling, to create a business of simplicity through action and intuition.

4. Pay more to get on the stage. This will be the biggest converter! If the expo or

with you! But a giveaway that will create a raving fan base and a great review.

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3. Your expo stand needs to be disruptive.

An overlooked part of an expo or market

is the follow-up. We make a connection quickly during the event. One of the tricks is to follow them up afterwards and keep being seen. How do you follow up after an expo? 1. Send an email saying thanks for entering the competition or giveaway. But don’t announce the winner for a few days in a new email. 2. Get them to have to visit your website. Make a special page with a link in your email that announces the winner on your website. 3. Because they have gone to your website you can retarget them with a special FB advert. And hopefully they signed up to your newsletter. 4. After you announce the winner, you can then follow them up again with a new invitation to join your database. Expos are hard work on the day, but the real work is keeping the relationships alive and going. Because I still now, after two years, have clients who remember meeting me at my expo stand.

Please Don’t Kill my Vibe! BY SARAH TRASS


o you have that person, or group of people, that leave you feeling drained? Who appear to thrive on drama and

bringing others down? If you’re sitting there thinking ‘oh my gosh yes!’, you’re not alone – we all encounter these types of people in our lives, and if not managed appropriately, they can start to dramatically impact our sense of personal growth and happiness. So, what can you do to protect yourself from other’s negativity? Most people will tell you to stop hanging out with negative types, but what if this person is someone you

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

can’t avoid - a colleague, a sibling, an old friend? From my experience, the question isn’t how to get rid of them, it’s about

negative pattern of your own. So, cut it out – if you don’t like the energy others are bringing to a situation, shift it towards something more

how we can better manage our own responses. Here are five practical tools and mindset shifts you can start

positive and empowering. 4. Take time to re-charge

using today, to manage how you respond to negative vibes.

After being around someone who drains you, instead of jumping straight into your next

1. Don’t take it personally What people say and do is coloured by their own beliefs

activity or calling someone to complain about the horrible experience you just had, give

and fears, not yours. When people point out the negatives, or seemingly belittle you or those around them, recognise it as

yourself 5-10 minutes to clear your head. Take a walk, read a book, meditate…anything that helps

useful information around what they are internally trying to deal with, rather than seeing it as the reality of your life and current

you decompress and process your thoughts rather than reacting to them.

experiences. 2. Check yourself.

5. Choose your time wisely If this person, or group of people, really affects

If you notice a reaction stirring within, from what others are saying or doing, stop and ask yourself what’s really going on

how you feel, be aware of how you spend your time with them. If the time spent with them is

here? What is this reaction telling you about yourself and your needs? Is what they’re saying connecting with a deeper desire

compromising your energy, consider ways you can change the situation to suit your needs.

or limiting belief of your own that needs to be addressed? 3. Don’t feed the negativity It’s so easy to get pulled into gossiping and complaining,

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The Engagement

Congratulations! One of the most exciting days of a person’s life is when that special someone proposes to you. It is a breathtaking moment that will be cherished for years to come. Choosing the ring is a very important part, with a lot of couples both being involved in the process. For a very traditional engagement, the element of surprise is key; whether it is a special night out to a favourite restaurant or a memorable romantic place with symbolic meaning. It doesn’t matter where you propose, the intention is the same, you want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love! Make sure you call your closest friends and family before announcing your engagement on social media. The response to such an announcement can be exciting but overwhelming so take a moment with your other half to relax and enjoy being newly-engaged before taking in the avalanche of comments, calls and texts that will come once the news is out. Subscribe to wedding blogs, make a board on or subscribe to your choice of wedding magazines to help give you ideas and inspiration for your big day!

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Important people on the day

You would normally have the people who are closest to you and your other half who will help make your day special. They will be the ones to assist with the planning and lead up, also being there to help on your wedding day and making sure the day runs as smooth as possible. This decision can be a tricky one, but is exciting and essential. You can have as many people as you want in your entourage, but remember that having more members could also mean more expenses. Here are some ideas on who to consider, depending on how big or small you would like to have your wedding party: • Best Man • Maid of Honour • Flower Girl/s • Ring, coin, and bible bearer • Bridesmaids • Groomsmen • Junior bridesmaids • Junior groomsmen Your Maid of Honour and Best Man will have the most important jobs, assisting you and your groom during the ceremony. They will be entrusted with responsibilities and

Photo: Zandy Snell Photography will have to be the calming influence when under stress. Normally, these two will be the

Bridal Party Wear Once you have rounded up the troops,

the theme and colour scheme for your day and choose outfits for both sides that will

best friends of the bride and groom or close relatives. By tradition, both are in charge of

and they have confirmed as an attendant, you will need to decide on what they will

complement each other without taking away from the most important people, you and

the bridal shower and the bachelor party.

wear while standing with you. Think about

your partner.

THE PERFECT THEME An ideal opportunity to express your personalities Choosing a theme will help with your

A vintage-themed ceremony offers plenty

planning, and make that perfect day more memorable for you and your guests. Your theme will also dictate the colours and styles

of scope for the imagination. Select an exquisite dress or design from a previous era and artfully mix with contemporary

for your dresses, flowers, groom’s attire, invitations, decorations, transport, cake and more. Your venue could also be a key to choosing a theme.

accessories and add table settings and decorations to match your selected era. A wedding set in an orchard, vineyard or garden could suggest a rustic theme with

Industrial is ‘in’, with venues being held in old sheds, retro spaces and warehouses. These venues tend to be a blank canvas

boutique wines, or cider, followed by an interesting photo shoot. A spring wedding might suggest fresh spring flowers such as

where couples can create a unique and alternative look showing off their personality. Another theme that never goes out of fashion and makes the most of our beautiful

daffodils or autumn gives scope for hues of latte and peach. Creating a mood board or scrap book is an effective and fun way of visualising how

region is the beach wedding. Traditionally a more casual style of dress with a seashell theme, maybe even tropical flowers followed

certain colours and textures would look together. You can add pictures of bouquets, centrepieces, dresses, shoes, accessories

by cocktails and a seafood barbecue.

and cakes.

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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. 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 locallyowned handmade jewellery specialist.

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Set the mood with your music Your wedding will require many different tones of music and you will


Choose a celebrant that suits your personality

want to choose songs that are meaningful to your relationship and set the right tone for your theme and vision. Throughout the day you will have key moments, which will involve a specific Registered Marriage Celebrant, and may be performed at any time of the day/night on any day

choice of song, and there will be other times that you won’t mind so much but will need a playlist or background music. Key moments to consider music for are: • Walking down the aisle • Signing the marriage documents • Walking out of the ceremony • Grand reception entrance • First dance

Selecting your celebrant is a very personal choice. You will

Once you decide you should then be offered a personal

of the year at any venue. • The ceremony requires legal documents to be signed in the presence of two witnesses and a

need to take into consideration your religious beliefs, the style of ceremony that you want to have,

consultation to plan the ceremony and discuss vows, readings and poems. The celebrant should also

registered Marriage Celebrant. • If you are members of a church your local minister or priest will

not to mention the personality of the celebrant who will lead you. Make sure you choose someone who will make you both feel at

attend to all paperwork and legal aspects required.

ease throughout your ceremony as it can be the most important (and nerve-racking) part of the process.

• What is your celebrant style? • Can we write our own vows? Do you have a template for us to

Some celebrants are very sombre and traditional, while others can be more flamboyant and humorous. It is important to think

work from? • Do you arrange the wedding license or do we? • Will you require anything

about what type of personality suits you both best and this will lay a foundation for exactly who

additional? Eg. dinner, travel costs • Will you have any other

will make your shortlist. From there you’ll want to chat to them and ask some questions to ensure they are the perfect match for you both.

Questions for your Celebrant:

weddings on the same day? Things to know: • A wedding ceremony requires a

generally conduct the ceremony and if you opt for marriage at a registry office you’ll be married by a Registrar of Marriages. • Only those persons appointed by the Registrar-General as Marriage and/or Civil Union Celebrants and whose name appears in the List of Celebrants in the New Zealand Gazette have authority to solemnise marriages and/or civil unions in New Zealand. • Registered celebrants may also belong to The Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ), who perform many ceremonies, not just weddings.

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• Father daughter dance Aside from these moments keep in mind that there is a large importance for background music at the beginning of your ceremony as your guests are being seated, and at the end as guests mingle. There will usually be a time for socialising before dinner and for the reception as guests are enjoying the evening, prior to your late night entertainment. From here it is dancing time where you can flaunt your choice of DJ, band, or singer for the dance party to follow the events of the day and get everyone up and strutting their stuff. Top 5 Wedding songs for 2019: 1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran 2. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley 3. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri 4. All of Me – John Legend 5. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

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It’s time to say ‘I do’

The ceremony is meant to be the most meaningful part of your wedding day. It is the

The Pronouncement of Marriage The celebrant makes it official with a

main event where you and your other half declare your love for each other, say vows, exchange rings and seal it all with a kiss. Your chosen theme will play a big part in the

statement of “I now pronounce you husband and wife” or, “I now pronounce you married in love and in life”.

ceremony. You may have an archway, a special backdrop, flowers, ribbons and even a certain type of chair for guests, which fits your theme.

The Kiss The highly anticipated public display of affection seen at every wedding, a loving

If you have gone for an outdoor ceremony, then ensure you have a wet weather option for the big moment as the last thing you want is to be caught in the rain on the day.

celebratory smooch!

There are different stages to a ceremony and it is totally up to you as to how you make it work, but the event should go something

documents. At what point during the ceremony this occurs depends on the celebrant and personal preferences,

like the following:

however most people like to do this after the kiss. While this is happening there is usually entertainment of some sort, which can come in the form of a reading, musical

The Procession This is the part where everyone walks

performance or having your song of choice played to the guests.

the front. The order of appearance generally starts with the family making their way to their seats, before the groom enters and takes his place up the front. You can either have

The Closing Remarks Your celebrant wraps things up with a few last words and usually ends with something along the lines of, “friends and family, I give

the groomsmen walk the bridesmaids in or have them stand up front before the groom enters with the bridesmaids entering one by

you, Mr and Mrs...”.

one. Lastly we have the entrance of the bride. Perhaps an important thing to consider for this is the music that will be playing as this happens. You may choose to have a separate

With the close of the ceremony you will exit together as a married couple. This is the time for confetti if you are having any, and most people choose an upbeat song to walk out to

song for the bridal party entrance and the bride’s entrance, or can make it all happen within one song.

which can add to the atmosphere and create a magical ending.

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Signing of the Legal Documents This is the time to sign your marriage

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The Recessional

Post Ceremony Congratulations Before you rush off to do photos you may want to spend some time greeting your guests allowing them to offer their words of congrats. This is also a great time to tick off family photos.


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highlight the significance of the vows. This may also include a reminder of your duties and roles in marriage. The Exchange of Vows Your vows are your promises to each other. You may repeat the familiar “to have and to


hold, for better or for worse” vows, or recite ones you’ve written yourselves. The Ring Exchange Tip: If you are going to sign your marriage

The giving and receiving of a ring is a custom of many cultures and formally seals the marriage. Symbolically the unbroken

documents during the ceremony ensure you set up a signing table to make this process

shape of the ring recognises the unbreakable vows of marriage and is intended to be worn for a lifetime.

easier. Most importantly, remember a visually pleasing pen, as having an ugly one will be noticeable in the photos.

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LOVE YOUR CAKE There’s plenty of history and symbolism associated with wedding cakes


Time to relax and let the celebrations begin

Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests

When deciding on a venue you need to consider a number of factors:

and the couple. However these days wedding cakes are more of a centrepiece and the options available are as broad as your imagination.

A large portion of your budget will be allocated

• How many people will be attending? Is there enough room for everybody? • Do you want the ceremony at the same place

to your reception so your choice of venue needs careful thought. There are many options when it comes to where you can enjoy your reception so have a scout for what suits your theme and needs

as the reception? (This could save time and money.) • Is there a wet weather option – for both your ceremony and reception?

and set up multiple viewings so you get a great idea of what is out there. Think about the closeness of the reception venue

• Where is the venue located? Is there guest accommodation, transport and enough parking?

to the ceremony, the time of day, type of food and entertainment you’d like. Would you like a formal sit down meal with table service or a buffet (which might be more cost effective)?

• What time of year are you getting married? Weekend weddings in the typical high season (November to March) will need bookings very well in advance. Ask about mid-week or winter

cake designers will have an album of photos and a web site for you to view their range of work.

Visit your shortlisted reception venues and check what is included in their price per head. The functions team should give advice on how much

season options, which may offer you a big cost saving. • What does the fine print say? It pays to find

reflection on your style and taste. Whether classic, modern, fun, funky, sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped, the icing can reflect almost any colour scheme

alcohol to order per head for toasts and meals. If you’re on a tight budget, ask if you are able to bring your own alcohol. If you are hiring a marquee you may need to factor

out exactly what is included in the price quoted. Some places charge more for things like set up or tablecloths.

in the hire of crockery, glassware, table linen and toilets, lighting, heating, flooring, tables, and chairs. There are local hire companies offering everything

You should expect to receive a contract that includes everything you have agreed on, including payment terms, deposit information

from vases to chair covers, candelabras and more.

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Cakes can be round, square, stacked, cup-cakes, croque-enbouche, meringue, ice-cream, sorbet, chocolate, red, yellow, pink, depending on taste and your theme, even something to match your shared interests. There are some excellent cake designers in Northland, who are only too happy to discuss ideas and offer samples for the all-important taste test. Most

Once the culinary masterpiece has been made, the artistry of the decoration begins. Your wedding cake will be a main talking point and should be a

or theme, so make sure you portray this to your cake creator. Practical things to consider when choosing your cake is the number of guests and whether the cake will be served as dessert. If you are getting married in the height of summer, consider choosing a cake that will not melt before the end of dinner and speeches. The bride and groom traditionally make the first cut of the cake together. This first piece is shared between the couple with the groom feeding the bride first, then the bride feeding the groom. Then it’s shared with guests during the reception.


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PHOTOGRAPHER Time to relax and enjoy the start of your new life together Choosing the right photographer is right up there with choosing the right dress. Your wedding day will fly by so it is really important you have the good photos to help the memories last longer. First of all it is important to know that all photographers have a different style to their photography. Some are more traditional, and others like to be more artistic. The best way to establish what style you and your partner prefer is to click through a few wedding blogs online. These blogs are a great tool as they feature multiple ‘real weddings’ of all sorts of styles and themes. Not only will this help you with inspiration for almost every aspect of your day, they feature photography from hundreds of different photographers which gives a massive variety of examples for your own photography choices.

end time for their package. It is important to make sure that they will cover all parts of the day that you need them to. 4. Do you bring a second shooter?

clarify if there is any limit to the photos you will receive. Most photographers take thousands of photos but you will find that you won’t see them all, so it’s great

Second shooters are great for those moments you can’t redo such as the first

to make your expectations clear from the beginning.

2. Have you ever photographed at my venue? This is a question to ask if you plan on

look as the bride walks down the aisle. With one photographer it is hard to have

6. Do you charge any extra costs (eg. travel, meals, or accommodation)?

using your venue for your images. Some couples prefer to go off site to a special

images from both angles, looking down the aisle to the bride, as well as towards

There can be extra costs associated, such as meals and travel fees, especially if

location for images and in this case you can always ask for suggestions from the

the groom at the altar. Second shooters are also great for documentary photography

your wedding is not within the city your photographer is based, so it is always best

photographer as to what park or local area would work well for what you want.

where you want photos of the lads getting ready, as well as the ladies.

to check. 7. How much is the deposit?

5. How many images should I expect to see from my wedding and how are these

Every photographer is different so confirm this when you chat with them.

Most photographers state this in their pricing booklet, however there are some

provided? Once again, usually this is stated in their

8. When is the full balance due? The usual answer is between four and two

who leave this open giving only a start or

pricing booklet but if not, make sure you

3. How many hours are included in your package?

weeks before the wedding,

Questions to ask your photographer: 1. What is your photography style? By this stage you should know what you prefer in terms of style and you probably have already analysed the photographer’s portfolio and approve of their work. However the best way to know if it is a right fit is to ask them this question before you say anything yourself and if it matches your vision, then that is one tick beside their name.

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HONEYMOON Time to relax and enjoy the start of your new life together Your honeymoon is a private celebration of your new life together. It’s a chance to relax, unwind and chill out after what’s likely to have been a frantic time in the lead-up to the wedding. We are lucky to have a wealth of beautiful locations on offer in our own backyard, from boutique countryside accommodation, chalets in the mountains, riverside cottages to seaside resorts. However, if you are planning to head overseas, then there are plenty of options available. It is best to contact a travel agent to get an idea of destinations, which are great for your idea of honeymoon, but within your price range. When considering your honeymoon, it is important to think first about the ‘when’. Will you and your partner jet away as soon as possible, or would you both prefer a couple days of family time before your first major adventure as newlyweds. Romantic escape options cater to all tastes but the unifying theme for honeymoons is romance and cuddles, often with a touch of luxury flowers, champagne or chocolate and all with seclusion and grand views such as lakes and snowcovered mountains. Hot springs and spa pools also lure honeymooners. Private cottages offer all sorts of surprises from sumptuous interiors to outdoor bathing and candlelight suppers. You could rent a house on a glorious beach, go camping, or glamping in a renovated bus. Perhaps indulge in a first-class hotel while

doing some fun-filled activities like a luxury helicopter, wine tasting tour or a personalized 4wd drive tour complete with refreshments. New Zealand destinations are popular with honeymooners, and those looking for a touch of romance, include Northland and the Bay of Islands, Waiheke Island, the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Taupo and the Wairarapa. The scenery of the South Island is quite different, with winter honeymooners being able to enjoy mountain views and snow-based activities. Popular destinations include Nelson and Blenheim, the West Coast, Queenstown and Wanaka, Milford Sound and Christchurch. Congratulations!

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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month

1923 Packard Single Six Tourer BY GERALDINE CRAW


historically significant Packard for the Whangarei area is the museum’s right-hand drive 1923 Single-Six Tourer. The Packard was the first Service Car used to

carry passengers, mail and freight to and from the Whangarei Heads area.

with one of the largest Packard ns in the world. Bill Harrah Collections

Ben Jagger and his older brother Harold operated the cream and passenger boats from Taurikura. They acquired

collected 1,450 automobiles, but on his death, most st were sold, with only 175 cars being

the Service Car and ran it two or three times a week in conjunction with the cream launch.

donated to o set up a new museum. Graeme saw the car for sale in the USA and when he

In 1932 the Packard and business were sold to Mr and Mrs Percy Wright from McKenzie Bay. The Wrights ran the

discovered d it had been a Service Car in Whangarei, well, he had to buy y it didn’t he? The car was returned to Whangarei

Whangarei Heads service for several years. However, once the Wrights sold the business, the Packard disappeared.

and added ded to the Packard Museum’s collection. In 2013, when Whangarei’s new bridge, Te Matau a Pohe

Eventually, the car was discovered by an American collector in a barn. This gentleman shipped the car back

opened, the Packard Service Car was the first official car to cross the bridge, leading the parade.

to the USA. The car ended up in the Harrah’s collection,

Packard’s single-six motor, first manufactured in 1921, was

a six-cylinder version of their successful twin-six motor first produced in World War 1. The initial single-six cars weren’t as popular as the twin-six, so Packard re-styled the cars making new models that were more graceful like this fiveseater tourer.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


he inner Whangarei harbour is fishing very well at present. Snapper catches are more consistent and, while there are still a few undersize fish, many anglers are releasing all snapper under 35cm and are still getting limit catches of good-sized fish. A few kahawai and kingfish are also being caught. Around Limestone Island and across to Rat Island is fishing well; the edges of the sandbanks with long traces on incoming tides, drifting with the current in the channels using straylines or softbaits, casting poppers around channel markers for kingi’s and casting straylined baits amongst the mangroves up in the tidal creeks. All these areas and methods are getting good results and this should continue for a month or two. Fishing outside the harbours has been a bit limited by the wind, but those getting out are catching good snapper, kingis and kahawai at the Chicks and Hen Islands. My neighbour, Harmen, was crewing, delivering a yacht and sailed on the outside of the Hen and Chicks to take advantage of a favourable wind and, towing lures at daybreak, caught a good-sized blue fin tuna and a very large mackerel - great eating.

Most of the Norths harbours will be fishing well at the moment. On the west coast, shore surfcasting at Mitimiti has been good for kahawai and occasional good snapper and the Whangape Harbour is similar and has had good kingi livebaiting at the entrance. Game fishing has been a bit slow; water colour and temperature is good but wind has been a limiting factor, a bit less wind will very likely result in more fish being taken. Reefy areas in 45 or more metres are providing terakihi, golden snapper and pink maomao and, if you go well out on a nice calm day, those succulent blue nose are being caught to good size. Scallops have come under a lot of pressure lately and are starting to get a little harder to find and experienced divers are getting a few good crayfish. We should have plenty of good weather for a while yet, and a bit less wind will make fishing outside more viable and comfortable. However, our northern harbours are worth learning as they can provide very good snapper, kahawai and kingfish and, once learned, are exciting rewarding places to fish. Tight lines.

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Hot Rods and Custom Cars meet Wearable Art at Rev Up Whangarei 2019 BY TIM ROBINSON


hat on earth do classic cars and bikes have to do with wearable art, you might ask? At first glance, it does seem a bit of a stretch to connect them! But when you include a wearable arts vehicle-themed category in the 2019 Rev Up Whangarei show, it suddenly makes perfect sense. The Repco Rev Up Whangarei Event on April 27 is the third year the show has been held, and it’s going to be better than ever, with more vehicles on display, plus Bikes & Trikes, more entertainment and fabulous prizes.

Open to the public, spectators’ entry is free. However, club members will have gold coin donation buckets floating around the event, with all proceeds going direct to Whangarei Youth Space. Rev Up Whangarei coordinator David Seymour says the event is coming together well. The committee is very appreciative of the support from a range of sponsors, along with the encouragement to run the event from the CBD retailers. The event will see over 300 cool classic cars, hot rods and a great assortment of bikes and trikes gathered in the Whangarei CBD, where the public can get up close and admire the hours and hours of work that owners have spent renewing and maintaining their amazing vehicles. This year has seen a new category added; wearable art, inspired by the vehicles in the event. Anyone interested in creating a costume, outfit or accessorising an existing outfit that evokes a passion for cars and bikes, can enter and win an awesome prize on the day. Bernina Northland have

The wearable arts will be judged in two parts; before the event, and on the day in the Cameron St Mall. If you are interested in entering, go to the website https:// or visit Bernina Northland in-store in the Strand Arcade, Vine St Whangarei. sponsored the category, in a nod to their commitment to the renaissance of sewing and creating that is growing each year. Bernina Northland’s Sandy and Tim Robinson said it was a no-brainer to support the event. “Given we are major sponsors of the Northland Fashion Awards, held later in the year, and we are committed to encouraging the wonderful creative talent here in Northland, we’re delighted to sponsor this event.”

Public Open Day 10am - 3pm, Tuesday March 12, 2019 Whangarei Heads Come and see international and kiwi artists hard at work on amazing unique collaborative pieces of art. Groups of artists from the mediums of metal, wood, glass, ceramics, fibre, paint, and print work together to create one vision. This all takes place under the watchful eye of Mt Manaia at a gorgeous beachfront location in Whangarei Heads. A crepe truck will be onsite to sell something yummy to eat. This is a free entry event and is an amazing day out not to be missed!

March Events About CollaboratioNZ Every second year, adventurous artists from across the world that are keen to work in tandem with others, gather in Whangarei, New Zealand, to share and learn new skills. They grow their art-practice whilst collaborating to produce wonderful, unexpected art-pieces in a sublime setting in the stunning Whangarei Heads.

No Reserve Art Auction Saturday March 16, 2019, Live Auction Starts 1pm Preview, Live Music, Silent Auction 11am-1pm Forum North, Whangarei This is your chance to buy some amazing original collaborative artworks from international and kiwi artists in a no-reserve art auction. You will be blown away by the quality and originality of the work on display in the mediums of metal, glass, wood, fiber, print, ceramics and jewellery entwined. The artists will also be onsite to chat about the inspiration behind each piece. Live music, silent auctions and preview start at 11am and live auction begins at 1pm.

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The Savvy team often review Whangarei eateries in the evening hours but today we headed off to Treat Cakes and Pastries for morning tea. The Treat space is in the old Blue Revolution shop in The Strand. It has been designed by the owners to be used in multiple ways from birthday parties to cake decorating workshops and corporate team building and high teas. The café was quite busy when we arrived and, although there’s not a huge amount of seating, there are options with café tables, a recycled couch and macrocarpa window bar leaners. The atmosphere is casual and relaxing and we chose a corner table with a glimpse of the Treat open kitchen with cake maker Krystal finishing off a wedding cake. The cabinets are rich and plentiful with all pastries made on site. The sweets selection is something quite special with a huge variety of mouth-watering delectable treats. A decadent black forest cake was lovely and moist with a perfect balance of cream cherries, berries and chocolate. We also tried Treat’s salted caramel donut which was an old school variety; soft and fresh, slightly yeasty with plenty of flavour and a big shot of salted caramel dripping off the custard. It’s not all sweet treats though! The Treat sausage roll is a back-to-basics example with an actual real pork sausage wrapped into

puff pastry. It was more sausage than pastry. Treat also have a duo of fresh healthy salads and great fresh filled roll choices that are baked each morning. There are healthy smoothie options too - their green smoothie was delicious and filling. To accompany the food, we couldn’t resist trying a ginger lemon tea, which was fragrant and refreshing. Barista, Yoshimis flat white was lovely with great flavour from the Vittoria beans. We loved the look of Treat and their genuine service lead by owner Rob, was great.

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ou have the patio and you have some suitable outdoor furniture but each year you have to throw the squabs out as they have perished or faded to a shadow of their former colour. Don’t despair, our wonderful fabric suppliers have some great news for you. Solution-dyed acrylic indoor/outdoor fabrics, olefin/polyolefin/polypropylene which give the best possible resistance against colour fading from direct UV exposure. The production of these yarns is generallyenvironmentally friendly, being recyclable and resulting in minimal waste. There are so many amazing colours and prints now it is hard to choose and many have a lovely soft hand feel for comfort against your summer bare legs. There are even a few options for outdoor sheer patio drapery.

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TIP FROM JAMES DUNLOP When upholstering for the outdoors, it is important to use outdoor reticulated foam which allows water to reticulate or drain away ensuring the cushions dry quickly and maintain their shape, comfort and durability. They come in three densities – soft, medium and firm. When outdoor reticulated foam is combined with quality high-performance fabrics and manufactured using a mesh base, the furniture’s cushions will dry out easily and effectively and thus provide comfort and superior performance for years to come.

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ur favourite quote here at Gathered is essential to consider when purchasing wedding gifts for our nearest and dearest. If it’s not useful and if it is not beautiful, do not buy it. This summer we have four fabulous weddings to go to and each requires a thought – what is the perfect gift? An important thing worth remembering is that most couples have invested so much time, energy and money into making their wedding day a unique experience for their friends and family, as well as for themselves. The least we can do as guests is give a bit of time and thought into gifting something worthy to make their day truly wonderful. Many couples help their friends by setting up a gift registry or creating a personalised list for their guests to choose from. Both of these methods are a good way of ensuring the couple is going to get what they want and need. Don’t go for something ‘similar’ to what they have suggested. Find what they have asked for. Use the retailer they have set up their registry in because it represents the product quality that they want. As the gift purchaser, you also have licence to consider your tastes too. Do you like the

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Joshua Lee - General Manager of Millen and allows them to make significant savings, which are passed on to the customers. While people may be fooled by expensive brands with Italian names, in reality all these bathroom products are made in China. Millen products are of equal quality and sell at a fraction of the cost. One of Millen’s exclusive products (developed by Chen) is a stainless-steel tray that can be fitted under the base of the shower, with tiles affixed to the top. This prevents water from leaking into the floor underneath. “If you have a shower upstairs the water can sometimes seep through the tiles into the floor below,” says Lee. “This tray is an excellent way of preventing this from happening.” These can also be made to fit into the wall recesses where the shampoo and soap is stored within the shower. Towel rails are one of the most popular items sold through Millen and represent excellent value for money compared with

Millen Showroom other suppliers. They have a range of colours and styles for every taste and budget. One of the ‘wow factor’ products Millen produce is a demisting LED mirror. Available in a range of sizes, it features LED lights around the edge that can be turned on by activating a small, nearly invisible, button that appears as a small circle on the mirror. The mirror can be used to provide bright light, yellow light, or demist at the touch of the button. “Before I started working at Millen I had a toilet bowl crack and the plumber who came to fix it charged me $1,000 for the job. He didn’t even let me choose the bowl. For the equivalent service from Millen, including a new bowl and installation, you would pay around $500.”

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Beds R Us Whangarei talks to Savvy readers on some tips for a quality sleep...


veryone knows eating cheese before bed equals terrible dreams, right? If you’re struggling for some shuteye, you count sheep … don’t you? When it comes to getting quality sleep, not all advice is good advice – and not all bad advice is actually true. Check out some of the most common sleep myths below. You might be surprised!

Napping is good Everyone has those days when you just need a quick nap on the sofa. Unfortunately, if repeated too often these power naps can be troublesome for your body. Short snoozes reduce your ability to get a good night’s rest, and a study by the National Sleep Foundation showed napping also triggered inflammation in the body, which can have considerable health implications over time. In any case, you don’t need a study to tell you it’s common to wake up feeling worse! Counting sheep helps you get to sleep Despite what you might’ve been told as a child, counting sheep can actually delay getting to sleep. It’s better to steady your breathing and visualise a relaxing scene like lying on the beach or taking a warm bath. You can catch up on sleep over the weekend If you’ve had a hectic week with little sleep, spending extra hours in bed to pay off your ‘sleep debt’ can be tempting. But sleeping until noon lessens the chance

of you falling asleep at your usual bedtime – setting up a new, unbalanced sleep cycle for the week to come. Exercising in the morning is one of the best ways to improve your sleep quality. It’s fine to drink caffeine before bed Sure, there’s coffee on restaurant menus – but that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to order it. Caffeine interferes with your body long after you’ve drunk it and drinking coffee or Coke – especially close to bedtime – can really affect your quality of sleep. Limit your caffeine intake by the early afternoon to ensure you fall asleep easily. Being warm is good for a blissful night’s sleep Cosying up in a pair of pyjamas might make you feel sleepy – but beware of overheating, as that can result in a disrupted sleep. Having a bath, then allowing your body to cool right down can be a good way to ensure a restful night. Eating cheese gives you nightmares We’ve all been told time and time again eating dairy before bed can result in intense nightmares … but this is actually untrue. We wouldn’t recommend loading up on the cheese right before you hit the hay – overfill your stomach up with anything and it’s hard to sleep – but if cravings persist, a slice or two won’t hurt. One thing that isn’t a myth is the importance of sleeping in a bed that matches your body’s needs – and replacing your bed every 7-10 years.

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property surge in Northland has seen median house prices rise more than three times what is being experienced nationally. Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show Northland’s median price rose by 17.5 per cent and it is one of the strongest performers of New Zealand’s regional centres. It has never been a better time to build a home in Northland and top 10 national building company, Generation Homes, is offering house and land packages at the Landing @ Marsden. Surrounded by the clear blue waters of the magnificent Northland east coast, the Landing @ Marsden enjoys the protection of the Whangarei Harbour, plus the much

sought after views north towards Mount Manaia on the Whangarei Heads. This seaside location offers a relaxed approach to life, and is an easy 36km from Whangarei city centre, or a scenic 140km from Auckland CBD. Infrastructure improvements in Northland are giving Kiwi first home buyers and investors confidence in the long-term future of Whangarei’s housing market, offering better returns than many other markets. More than $17 million from the Regional Growth Fund is set to be invested in Northland and the government is considering plans to upgrade rail infrastructure to link Northport to Auckland. Road infrastructure works are already underway, including the Puhoi to Wellsford


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motorway extension, which will encourage further growth in the region, putting Northland within easy reach of Aucklanders. Managing Director of Generation Homes Northland, David Skudder, says the sites for sale at The Landing are developed to maximise sun and views, with the majority of

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them north-east facing. “There is easy access to main roads, the beach and boat clubs, and a shopping centre which will meet the future needs of a growing community.” House and land packages, including 3-4 bedrooms, start from $625,000, and you’ll find the right style for your new home from one of Generation Homes nearly 80 architecturally designed house plans to choose from. Envision your new home located only 2km from Marsden Cove Marina, which offers a variety of shops, cafes and eateries to enjoy.

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What, Summer Planting, are you Crazy?


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


ong hot humid days and nights are not usually the optimum conditions to be planting (for us, or some plants), but many plants respond well and put on growth when they get their roots out of pots and into some cool moist soil. The key is knowing your soil and water or, more precisely, planting in a way that conserves water in the soil.

Sit plant in the hole at a height level with the soil surface. Back fill with the remaining soil. If you are planting on a slope, it is a good idea to mound some remaining soil on the lower side to make a ‘well’.

Steps for successful summer planting. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball, fill with water and let it soak in. Immerse your plant in a bucket of water in its pot to ensure the root ball is thoroughly wet, soak till air bubbles stop coming from the root area. In the bottom of the hole, when the water has drained away, mix expanded/presoaked water storage crystals, 50:50 soil and compost, and ‘The Gardener’ slow release fertilizer tablets. In soils that are clay, mix in gypsum with the remaining soil.

Hibiscus Then your water doesn’t drain away and when you get those occasional summer down-pours, it means the water soaks in around the plant and doesn’t just run straight down the slope. Finally, spread mulch 80-100mm thick around your plant, keeping it away from the trunk, and water your plants in well. Remember to keep well-watered in hot dry weather, usually several times a week.

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Looking good in the nursery now. • Cordyline - ‘Show Off’, attractive purple new growth, maturing green. This clumping Cordyline is excellent in hot, dry places. Perfect in narrow gardens against walls. • Hibiscus - fabulous bright colours, yellow, orange, red, and mauve. Try the vigorous, hardy Hibiscus rosa-sinensis with a striking red flower as a hedge or screen. • Murraya paniculate - nothing beats the scent of this shrub on a hot, balmy evening. Lovely foliage and also makes a great hedge or screen. • Callistemon ‘Red Cluster’ - one of the smaller growing bottle brush growing to 2m, flowers providing nectar for birds. • Succulents - the sort of plants you can have in pots and not worry about when you go away on holiday. The plant and leave alone type, our grannies loved them for a reason. Plenty here to choose from at Alter-Natives.

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WE HAVE TWO BOXES OF EACH FLAVOUR TO GIVE AWAY Traditional toffee made with wicked amounts of real New Zealand butter, laced with macadamia chips, coated with milk chocolates on both sides and dusted with macadamia fines. Served in serious slabs. 250g box RRP $25.00.



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Win a skincare gift pack from Living Nature, the perfect mix of skin-pampering essentials to prepare your skin for the big day. The set includes Living Nature’s certified natural Charcoal Clay Mask, Skin Revive Exfoliant, Vitalising Cleanser, Extra Hydrating Toning Gel, Nourishing Day Cream and Radiance Night Oil. RRP $286.00 | One Living Nature Skincare Gift Pack to give away.

To enter the SAVVY giveaways, go online: and fill out the form. ■ Entries close 5pm, Wednesday March 20, 2019 ■ Winners will be notified by email and, unless otherwise stated, your prizes will be posted out.


Opera in the Garden 6 DOUBLE PASSES Event on Saturday March 9. Winners will be drawn on Wednesday March 6. Join us for an outdoor matinee concert in Kennaway’s beautiful garden, to enjoy an afternoon with the Opera North soloists and chorus. Our special guest artists are Joel Amosa, winner of the prestigious 2018 Lexus Song Quest and Maia Mila Amosa who has won major success in singing competitions throughout NZ. Kawiti Waetford will also be performing, having twice appeared as our guest artist in 2013 and 2017. ‘Our Amazing World of Music’ theme features classical and popular songs from well-known Opera and Musical theatre (including Lion King) plus, international folk songs. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience singing of the highest calibre; an occasion not to be missed.




to enter Congratulations to our February winners:

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Speights T-Shirt - Rosemary Ellis Imagine Collection - Helen Musker

Dalan Gift Pack - Jan Grindrod

Come and share our 20th Celebration, explore Magical Mangawhai this walking weekend with guided walks for all levels of fitness and interest. This great prize includes 2x Troubadour Tickets ($20) Friday, 2x Walks ($50) of your choice Saturday (excludes Bus, Water Sports & Waipu Caves) + 2x Food and Wine Festival ($50) tickets Saturday afternoon. Bookings are essential for more details + booking information www.mangawhaiwaking. Or call 094315950.



No one issues you with a manual on the birth of your child, but luckily you can now find all the information you need on pregnancy, birthing, babies and toddlers under one roof, with the arrival of the new Autumn Edition Baby Show, taking place at ASB Showgrounds March 9-10. If creating a family is on your mind, or you’ve got young ones already – this show is a must-do. It has the best baby retailers and brands in one place, as well as seminars by some of New Zealand’s top parenting and early childhood experts, to give you the advice you need to get off to the best possible start. Savvy is giving away two Baby Show packs, valued at over $100. The pack includes a double pass to the show, Baby Banz earmuffs, Bio Oil 25ml bottles, Swisse UN Pregnancy Supplements, Baby Online Baby On Board Sign, Water Wipes pack and Teething Balm from The Nude Alchemist. Bring the whole family – there’s face painting and entertainment for littlies, extra-wide aisles to accommodate buggies and a well-equipped parent’s rooms. Autumn Baby Show Auckland March 9-10, 2019 Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 9am – 4pm ASB Showgrounds

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WE HAVE FIVE CDS TO GIVE AWAY From Whangarei’s number one radio station comes Mix: All The Greatest Hits! Featuring 38 of the biggest tracks from the Mix playlist, perfect for those long Northland summer road trips. Mix plays the biggest hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, and now you can take Mix where ever you go with Mix: All The Greatest Hits. Available now at all good retailers and on Apple music. SAVVY | 35

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