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THE BOATSHED MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS Lots of beautiful gifts to choose from at The Boatshed.

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Indulge your Mum this Mother’s Day with NZ Fudge Farm’s, creamy, mouth-watering handmade fudge or choose from their selection of handmade sweet treats, as beautiful as they are delicious. There are also gift baskets or boxes for all budgets.

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3 SHOPS WEEKEND WORKS @ KAMO HIGH SCH HOOL Explore the technique of pouring acrylics. Learn several interesting techniques and create four small paintings with our experienced tutor, Elena.


Phone: 09 435 0889 or email: cew @kamohigh.school.nz Visit www.cew.ac.nz for details. Brochures are available from your local library or Kamo High School.



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QUARRY ARTS CENTRE KID’S AFTER-SCHOOL ARTS AND CRAFTS The Quarry Arts Centre has plenty on offer for kids in term 2. Craft, clay and art! All classes run for 8 weeks. $20 per session, please see our website for conditions and more details. Bookings are essential! • Craft for 7-14 year olds with Stacy on Mondays, starting 7th May, 4-5:30 pm. • Clay for 7-14 year olds with Del on Wednesdays, starting 9th May, 4-5:30 pm. • Art for 6-10 year olds with Heather on Thursdays, starting 10th May, 3:30-5 pm

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MAY 2018

Creating art from tragedy Models for a day

fashion 7 8 9

Lingerie trends for winter Super women To have and to hold

mother’s day 10

Editor’s note

Mother’s Day photo spread

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health While I wasn’t keen to put myself on the front cover, I did talk my mum into it – my daughter was up for it – and don’t they look adorable! We now have some delightful and special portraits to grace our walls with and pass down through the generations. You can read about our experience in the lead-up to Mother’s Day on page 6. Our lead story is about a local mum who has had an extraordinary journey. She is a mother to four children with one of them now an angel. Losing her child was only one of a string of tragedies and, after each incident, this courageous woman just picks herself up and carries on. Not only that, but the talented artist is using her experiences to help others suffering from grief. She paints free ‘Angel Portraits’ of babies and children and has also opened an arts and grief centre in Whangarei. Photo: Sarahlee Studio ou’re probably wondering what’s going on in this photo. This was part of a lovely experience I had with my mother and daughter at Sarahlee Studio for a three-generational photo shoot. I have been seeing amazing images pop up on my social media timeline from Sarahlee – the talented Whangarei photographer and her hair and make-up team have the ability to make anyone look and feel like a movie star! Go to Sarahlee Studio Facebook page and have a

But don’t be deterred by the word ‘grief’ – this place sounds exciting and, with its bubbly owner at the helm, I’m sure it will thrive! How does she do it? Well her positive attitude helps, along with ‘coffee and chocolate’, she tells me. You can read about the Northland Arts Centre on page 33 and Julia and her family’s journey on pages 4 and 5. Happy Mother’s Day forr next n Sunday! Su

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school ball 16

Dangers of buying your gown online

local legends 18

This month’s local legend Ros Capper

pets 20

Settling in your new feline friend

kids corner 21

Kids corner with Storytime

home trends

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Decorating inspiration for living rooms Design feature - TVs and fireplaces Choosing draper headings and hardware Enjoy more freedom in bed

gardening 27

Versatile camellias

food 28 29 30

Baked eggs for Mum Pork chops with apples, mushrooms and marsala sauce Review - Sun Wah Chinese Restaurant

motoring 31

All-new Holden equinox

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Packard Motor Museum vehicle of the month Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless Award-winning artist brings healing arts to the North Mother’s Day with Michael Botur

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Jason and Julia with Liam (left) and Phoenix and Julia’s portrait of Ezra

Creating art from tragedy Julia Tapp exudes warmth and positivity. But hers is a story that would bring many to their knees. She shares her extraordinary journey with Jodi Bryant.


ulia Tapp was in the midst of painting an angel portrait for a father who’d lost his baby daughter when her own wee son drowned. The kind-hearted multiple-awardwinning Whangarei artist had answered his online plea for someone to paint his baby without the attached tubes when her own tragedy struck. The painting was put on hold and Julia, instead, turned to the father for support. Later that year, by chance, she met another dad whose daughter had died at 38 weeks gestation and who only had one ‘rather confronting’ image of her. “I must admit, I was taken aback a bit but I took a second look and saw that her eyes and ears, mouth and nose were all in the same place and it was only the deterioration. I said to the dad, ‘I can do this for you, I can fix up her skin’ so I restored all her skin and

gave the painting to them.” Julia then finished off the first painting and did another ten Angel Portraits over the following year before she was able to paint her son Ezra; She got up at 4am and painted until 2pm that day. Ezra, or ‘Ezee-bear’ as his family called him, was born with severe autism and always had an attraction to water. One day in 2014, the free-spirited three-year-old escaped out the front gate and travelled 200m before he was found by his dad Jason 27 minutes later in the Ohinemuri River. Paramedics worked on him for half an hour but, as Julia and Jason held their son’s little body on the river bank singing his favourite song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the news was delivered that their boy would not be coming home. “There are no words to describe those moments or how fast it happened,” says Julia,

34. “Everyone tried their best to save him but he was already gone.” They returned to the house where Ezra’s siblings had already heard the news via the gathering press. The harrowing weeks that followed were every parent’s nightmare, coupled with the fact the family were hounded by media. But rather than let the tragedy bring their family down, a strong and positive Julia had other plans. “I know the death of a child destroys families so my husband and I made an agreement. We moved through our grief in different stages and we decided that we could have our space to grieve but not completely shut the other out. For example, you could shut yourself in a room and cry but not lock the door. If someone needed to take a walk, they had to take their phone with them and be contactable. The other rule was to always be truthful with our feelings, even if it hurts the other person. “If anything, Jason and I are growing closer and, since losing our son, we always come back to that moment. Nothing could be as hard as that day. It becomes a new comparison in life.” And they’ve had a lot to compare it to – the

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couple are no strangers to adversity. At 19, a newly-single Julia was living in Whangarei at the home she had shared with her boyfriend when her house burnt down. “I had left the tv running for about three days for the comforting light and noise and was sleeping on the couch when the tv caught fire at 3am. I had an alarm but, being 19 and pretty silly, it didn’t have batteries. It was actually my cat who woke me up. “Being a free-spirited person, I thought ‘Right, my house is gone, I’ve always wanted to live in Hamilton, there’s nothing stopping me’ so I put out my thumb and hitched to Hamilton,” laughs the bubbly mum. “That was the first time I’ve had to re-build my life … it’s happened a few times.” It was there Julia found out she was pregnant. “I worked waiting tables and didn’t have a bed so used to pile all my clothes by the fire and sleep on that while (baby) Zoe slept in a drawer.” Meanwhile, with a strong interest in performing arts, Julia started an entertainment company and trained and performed as a fire dancer, drummer and stilt walker and was joined by belly dancers and face painters and ‘before we knew it, we had a circus’.

“If anything, Jason and I are growing closer and, since losing our son, we always come back to that moment. Nothing could be as hard as that day. It becomes a new comparison in life.”


“We had this massive group of entertainers and travelled with the Waikato Chiefs and All Blacks. We did some amazing shows for the public but that all came to an end when I

Ezra, 18 months, with siblings Liam, 6 and Zoe, 9

“Zoe and Liam loved Ezra to bits – they were Ezra’s little defense crew. All he could do was hum so they would lie there and hum together,” says Julia, smiling at the memory.

broke my leg.” Julia was 26 and performing when it

Four years on from the tragedy, Ezra’s name is mentioned every day and Julia is

happened but she picked herself up and finished the set before hopping off the stage

intent on preserving his memory by turning her boy into art. Because Ezra didn’t talk,

and driving home. “I went to bed and when I woke up it was

he would stand on his mum’s feet to get her attention. Julia now has Ezra’s baby

huge.” Unbeknown to Julia, she had broken

footprints tattooed on her feet with a mix of ink and his ashes.

her leg four times since the age of 13 but, because they were internal fractures, they

“Jason thought it was a bit weird at first but I explained that ashes are so grey and our

went undetected. Because she was dancing and stilt walking on multiple breaks, by the

boy was so beautiful.” In addition, Ezra’s heart valves were

time they were discovered, she had stage four osteoarthritis. Multiple operations were

donated to help young children suffering from severe heart defects.

unsuccessful. By the time Julia met musician Jason she

“We lost our boy but could give the gift of life to two other families at least.”

had a second child Liam and had been in an abusive relationship so was wary of men. But

Before Ezra’s death, Julia already believed in the after-life and more-so when well-

the couple soon became inseparable… and then Jason was diagnosed with stage four

known mediums Kelvin Cruickshank and Sue Nicholson passed on messages from

down to ‘a bit of intervention from someone else’, Phoenix arrived the day before Ezra’s anniversary and at the same time of 3pm.

kidney cancer which had metastasized to his lungs and lymph nodes.

her son. At one of Kelvin’s shows, he spent an hour talking about Ezra and has written

Now aged two, Phoenix is almost identical to his older brother.

Angel Portraits alongside her new arts and grief centre.

“It was called Wilms Tumor, which is a child cancer and he was 27. At that point

about him in two of his books. Then there are the upside-down rainbows

Wanting a fresh start, Julia and Jason moved to Whangarei last year with Zoe, now

“After my son passed away, he really taught me just how precious life is and how

Jason was one of the oldest people in the world to have it and they flew out teams to

and the fantail which flies inside and perches on Jason’s coffee cup and chirps

15, Liam, 12, and Phoenix. And, so far, things are looking up: After seven years, Jason was

you don’t need to be able to talk or have the same abilities as everyone else to express

poke and prod and stare at him.” Jason’s kidney – described as ‘one giant

while the couple have their breakfast. And then came the birth of the couple’s

declared cancer-free and is, once again, making music after a four-year grief-induced

yourself. My focus has now turned to, not just producing art, but teaching art and

tumor’ – was removed, along with around 30 lymph nodes. His 12 lung tumors were

second son together Phoenix. Complications entailed an early delivery,

drought. Whangarei surgeons carried out a

passing onto children and special needs and people going through grief. The art doesn’t

treated with a mix of radiation, chemo and herbal treatments.

which happened to be a year to the day Ezra died.

successful knee replacement, which has made a vast improvement to Julia’s mobility

have to be good, you just have to get it out of your system.

During this time, Ezra was born and, although he never spoke, to Julia and Jason,

“I said, no, not on the day Ezra died. It would have been unfair on Phoenix and

and quality of life. The couple purchased a home, the kids have settled into school and

“Since moving to Whangarei, we have totally re-built our lives. You reach a point

he was perfect.

unfair on Ezra,” recalls Julia.

Julia’s dream of opening an arts and grief centre has come to fruition.

where you go ‘Gosh, so much has happened. I’ve really just learnt to laugh my way

Throughout their heartbreaks, Julia’s art has evolved to reflect their journey

through life.”

However, in what the Tapps are putting

Following Ezra’s death, Julia began the New Zealand Child Loss Support Group page, which quickly gathered momentum with grieving families. She runs this and her

and she has continued to study and gain qualifications in the arts and teaching fields. She still puts her heart and soul and personal funds into painting an average of 50 Angel Portraits a year and is booked up until September. These are painted and donated free for families who have lost babies or children and often involves restoring colour, removing tubes or placing the child in the parent’s arms. “I figure, what am I giving up really? I am giving up about six hours of my time which I can certainly spare to help someone with their grief and give them a beautiful picture they can hang on their wall without fear of judgement.”


To read about Julia’s art centre, please go to page 33

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y nana was the type who lined the hall with framed family photographs. The conglomeration that, when finally removed, left rectangular outlines where the wall paper hadn’t faded. As a child, I would stand and marvel – especially at the portraits of nana. I would stare at her captured youth, searching for resemblances in the porcelain, unlined skin. They were there in the same kind smile and twinkly, pale blue eyes and the grace with which she held herself. These days, silly selfies just aren’t the same and, although I lean more towards minimisation on the hallway-front, had decided a nice, regal photo for my grandchildren to compare with vestiges of their wrinkly granny, would be grand. A milestone birthday this year prompted me into action, coupled with spotting a series of timely and lovely generational portrait posts on my social media timeline by Sarahlee Studio. I decided to not delay – already we had missed my nana by a few years and the pampering and posing would have been right up her alley! My mum Jan, on the other hand, is a tad shy and needed a bit of convincing but my daughter Jayla, like most nine-yearold girls, was all for it. We met Sarahlee at her studio on Rust Ave for a styling consultation first. She was very welcoming and we sat on the plush couch and discussed what we had in mind. She advised us to think of colours that would compliment each other for our group shots (no easy task when your favourite colour is magenta and your mum and daughter are red heads!) and to try and steer clear of bold prints that would portray the era. Timeless was the aim. On the day, we excitedly hauled our bags of clothes and accessories into the studio. Even mum had come round


and was looking forward to a morning of pampering and spending time with her family. The team were waiting to greet us as we arrived and were also in good spirits. They were the lovely Danelle Knight of Style Plus Hair Design and Kasey George Makeup Artist. After the ‘Before’ photo, the team discussed the look we would like before getting to work with our transformation. We soon relaxed into our pamper session, surrounded by friendly morning banter, while Sarahlee was busy hanging the outfits and preparing the photo sessions to ensure it ran smoothly. During this time, she would also pick up a video camera to discreetly film snippets of our experience to later create a personalised video.

Next it was time to don our first ensemble. We had decided golden, bronze hues would suit mum and Jayla’s colouring and I always love an excuse to bust out a little bling so we went for these shades in our group shots, along with that best friend to many a red head – green! It does feel awkward posing for photos. One never knows how to stand or where to put their hands. But Sarahlee directed us into poses that flatter, often getting into poses herself and making it seem natural. We underwent several outfit changes and were definitely getting into the swing of things. For a bit of fun, I donned a gold flapper dress and, with wind in my hair, performed a bit of a shimmy. With my mum and daughter peeking and giggling around the corner we were all laughing. Even Jayla forgot her shyness and was soon dancing and skipping around the studio. It was a lovely bonding experience and we decided to follow it with a girls lunch out. After-all, we couldn’t just go home that glammed up!

Describing herself as an ‘Obsessive Compulsive Creative’, Sarahlee’s focus on modern glamour portraits stems from her belief that being ‘photogenic’ is a myth. “Anyone can have beautiful portraits. Cover girls on magazines need a team of people to look that good and we are that team for the day. It really is a transformation inside and out. With a skilled photographer, the most camera-shy people will just light up and feel and look incredible. The most important thing to me is that they enjoy every moment of it. “I get to show someone a side of themselves they have never seen before. I create legacies and want to create images that, not only give you confidence every time you look at them, but you are proud to pass on to the next generation.”

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One in seven people over 50 will get Macular Degeneration MD is the leading cause of severe vision loss. One in seven people over the age of 50 years is affected in some way and the incidence increases with age. One in four people over the age of 80 have some vision loss.

What is Macular Degeneration (MD)?

How can you tell if you have 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

Symptoms may include one or more of the following: • Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent • Difficulty reading or other activities that require fine vision • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem

to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. You are reading this using your macula. Macular Degeneration (MD)

• Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision • Poor night vision

causes progressive loss of central vision but peripheral vision is not affected.

• Decreased colour sensitivity

What are the types of MD?

Macular Degeneration Eye health checklist • Have your eyes tested and make sure the macula is checked

There are two types of MD - dry and wet. Dry MD results in a gradual loss of central vision. Wet MD is characterised by a sudden loss of vision

• Don’t smoke • Keep a healthy lifestyle, control your weight and exercise regularly

caused by abnormal blood vessels growing under the retina. Immediate medical treatment of wet MD is essential if symptoms occur.

• 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 • Provide adequate protection for your eyes from sunlight

Blurred and distorted vision

exposure, especially when young

What are the risk factors? Aside from increasing age over 50 years, MD is thought to be caused by genetic and

Amsler grid

environmental factors. If you smoke or have a family history of MD, your risk of developing the disease is much greater.

The Amsler grid may be used to detect distortion in vision where straight lines appear wavy or bent and to see if there are dark spaces or empty patches in the vision. Go to http://mdnz.org.nz for an amsler grid and further

Other risk factors include diet and lifestyle.

Normal vision

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A new way of eating helps you burn fat

Many of the multitude of health benefits of IF are related to changes in hormones, gene expression and improved functioning of cells. With IF, you simply restrict the hours you eat each day rather than what you eat. No conscious ‘dieting’ required! The simplest version of this way of eating is to eat just two meals a day in an eight- hour window. For example the first being around 11-1pm and the second around 6-8pm. There is no restriction of food groups or macronutrients which many mainstream weight loss type diets require leaving you constantly craving for what you can’t have. Once you get used to it, it’s really easy to stick to as hunger is not an issue from reports of people who eat this way. IF is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals that doesn’t change what you eat but when you eat. You can choose between having breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner, but avoid having both breakfast and dinner. While typical diets often yield lackluster results replete with weight regain, practicing IF fosters sustainable, automatic fat burning than typical calorie-restricted diets despite similar calorie intakes! In fact, most of the time you will be keeping your calories the same but you will be eating bigger meals during a shorter time frame. You will love the simplicity of this type of eating. Eating two meals a day allows you to eat one less meal, which also means planning one less meal, cooking one less meal and stressing about one less meal. It makes life a bit simpler and that is a good thing. Perhaps most importantly, IF is one of the simplest strategies we have for taking fat weight off while keeping good weight on (muscle tissue) because it requires very little behaviour change. It falls into the category of ‘simple enough that you’ll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make difference.’ Given the known benefits for metabolism and all sorts of health markers, it makes sense that IF could help you live a longer and healthier life.

t’s no secret that typical calorie restriction to lose weight tends to be miserably unsustainable. Most people who use this method end up binging or consuming low-calorie ‘frankenfoods’ in an attempt to fill an ever-expanding ravenous black hole. But what if I told you there was a way to indulge without restriction while stoking the fires of your metabolism, boosting energy, saying goodbye to cravings, and likely losing even more weight than with typical dieting? This new way is a type of scheduled eating plan where you simply restrict your normal daily eating to a 6-8 hour window of time without cutting calories. It’s called Intermittent fasting (IF) and is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Research overwhelmingly supports the notion of ditching the ‘three square meals a day’ approach in favor of IF and it can do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.

Today, modern science has proven that fasting yields the following benefits: • Promotes insulin sensitivity - crucial for health, as insulin resistance or poor insulin sensitivity contributes to nearly all chronic diseases; • Normalizes ghrelin levels, also known as your ‘hunger hormone’; • Increases the rate of HGH production, important for health, fitness, and slowing the aging process; • Lowers triglyceride (blood fat) levels; • Helps suppress inflammation and fight free radical damage.

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Dangers of buying your gown online In this day and age, a young person can find almost anything online - from snack food, to brand new laptops and cellphones.

ut when it comes to one of the most exciting purchases of a young woman’s life - a dress for her school formal - fashion retailers advise teens to think twice before clicking the ‘checkout’ button. With ball season going strong and with sites selling evening and cocktail dresses constantly appearing on the internet, many girls are choosing to buy their ball gowns online - often for under $200. However, specialists say they are hearing from countless young women ending up with dresses that are ill-fitting, poorly-constructed and often made from low-quality materials, making them difficult to alter. Dress retailer Rebecca Waldron said she is constantly serving girls whose dream dresses have turned out to be anything but. “Girls come in and tell all kinds of horror stories,” said Mrs Waldron. “They’ve bought their dresses in what they thought was their size, and they don’t fit properly at all. What they’re buying from those sites doesn’t match what they see in the photo. It’s really disappointing for them.

Most people think that a site that ends in .com or .co.nz is legit, but that does not mean it is from New Zealand or the US Without trying it on, they’re taking a big risk.” Fellow dressmaker Carolyn Henson said business has ‘dropped dramatically’ for her since girls started buying ball gowns on the internet. However, the number of clients asking for alterations to their online bargains has skyrocketed. “I am altering more dresses this year than ever before,” said Mrs Henson. “Those dresses are not made to measure. You send your measurements, and they select something similar to your measurements. So chances are they will need major alterations.” Mrs Henson said she most often has to take in dresses that are ‘way too big’, putting panels into dresses that are several

sizes too small. However, she said, some dresses simply cannot be altered. “I had one girl who bought three dresses online to get the right one.” Dress designer Rasha Taylor said she receives ‘around five calls a week’ from girls that have ended up with ‘a glorified rubbish sack’ for a ball gown. She said New Zealand has become a target for international online dress scammers who peddle poorly-made replicas of designer wedding, evening and cocktail dresses using New Zealand domain names. “Most people think that a site that ends in .com or .co.nz is legit, but that does not mean it is from New Zealand or the US,” said Mrs Taylor. “Countless scam sites disguise themselves as Western businesses.” She mentions one ‘New Zealand’ site which is registered in Hong Kong. “They are an agent that has multiple factories they

source gowns from. They are not qualitycontrolled.” She said one of the biggest problems for New Zealanders buying from offshore sites is they are not covered by the Consumer Guarantees Act, and thus have no rights of return or refund. Therefore, they undergo the costly process of having their gowns altered - a service Mrs Taylor does not offer. “Many of the online ball dress disasters I have seen would require so much work to fix that the customer is far better off buying a whole new dress,” she said.

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Excitement on the horizon for long time Afare owner, Mandy Edge. Mandy Edge, wellknown owner of Afare for the last 37 years has something exciting to announce, yet she has struggled with sharing the news. It was a mix of emotions when her long - time business sold and she explains this new chapter in her life as bittersweet. It took three days to build up courage before Mandy could break the news to her core group of staff. She credits a great deal of her success to having hired the best staff for the job over the years and their close relationships. They have experienced many milestones together over the years. Mandy could trust that everything would get done and to the highest standard whether she was there or away. Tears and floods of messages from the girls came as a surprise when the news broke and Mandy felt humbled reading that she had taught them a lot in life and that she was a mentor to them all. “Thank you for what you have done for us and the community. You’ll always be my biggest mentor in life no matter what,” said Hayley Corney. Another core staff member, Ayla Hawkins sent, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me Mandy over the years. It really means a lot to me.”

WHERE TO FROM HERE? In true Mandy fashion, she won’t be putting her feet up for quite some time. Alongside her new parttime job during daylight hours and opening an upmarket air bed and breakfast near the city, she will be busy training to qualify for the World Championships in August. Spending more time with Stuart will also be high on the agenda, something that was always a juggle owning a successful business and raising a family. Twenty years into the business, Mandy worked right up to the birth of her daughter, Rachyl and she came everywhere with her. Often known to be having a nap in a closet while service continued, Mandy’s commitment to Afare and the love for her clients is admirable. Many of these dear clients will clearly remember these moments of her journey. For this reason, she has gone to each of them to say goodbye. “That’s just my way. I just want to say a big thank you to my family, the staff and my clients. I couldn’t have done it without them,” she says. Her family always surrounded her with support especially in the early days and when catering large events across town. Such as catering for 750 people, a la carte for the Forestry Awards. “We booked the kitchens out all over town, 35 staff on the floor and 10 in the kitchen. Everything was down to the last five minutes,” she says, “we started a week before, giving the girls tasks each day and pulling family in.” Switching off is strange for Mandy at this stage, realising that she has nothing to worry about and check in on. At first she couldn’t sleep, “I was always up at 5:30 am to fit training in around business and first at work,” she says. Mandy had set the standards high, always ensuring the work cars were washed each week whether they were clean or dirty and the smart uniform, which changed every six months, was one to be proud of. Her values were always clear, a high expectation of customer service, respect and trust. Everything was a team effort and a discussion between the girls, so everybody felt involved in decision making. The new owner, Jason Olliver from Spit Roast in Christchurch has employed a new Manager, Nicki Knier to oversee the business and plans to hold off changing something that is working so well in the community. Sitting at the waterfront cafe in the sun, looking ahead to all the possibilities, Mandy says with a satisfied smile upon her face, “It’s time to go out with a bang, it’s time for us to live a little!”

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Ros Capper wished there was a handbook when she found herself in the role of caring for her terminally-ill husband for three years. So, in a bid to guide and support others in that situation, she penned her own.

he Accidental Carer was published last year as a result of Ros’ experience caring for husband Mike while he had cancer. “It’s accidental because no one plans to be a carer I wouldn’t think,” explains Ros. “I noticed all the written material out there was not written by people who had done it, it’s written by professionals who have watched someone do it.” After being delivered the news that Mike was terminally-ill, the couple went home with a lot of questions. “One of our questions was: if it’s a shortened life, and we don’t know how short, how do we make the most of now?” One way to do that was by having their then four-year-old granddaughter Minna stay overnight each week. “She taught us a lot about staying with the ‘now’, just by being a four-year-old and, often if I was thinking about the past or the future, not in a helpful way, Minna would come up with a ‘Knock-knock joke.” They also prioritised what really mattered to them, while creating happy memories, based on favourite things and people. But Ros was noticing the lack of help for carers like herself. “Approximately 25,000 new people each year are going to be carers. Mine was palliative care which, by its nature, is temporary but a lot of people are having their lives hugely impacted all the time. “When your family member is given an end of life diagnosis, you’re starting from scratch and this was unexpected to me, as it is to most people, so you’re starting an enquiry really to find out what this is about and how can I engage with it well? And, of course, our medical system is set up for the person who is unwell.” She began taking notes and was introduced to a research team at the University of Auckland, who were impressed by her writing and asked how they could help. She subsequently joined their Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group as a co-researcher and the group supported Ros to write her practical guide. It was presented at an international palliative care conference in Madrid, followed by Ottawa and quickly gathered momentum. The book, features the stories of five people, including Ros, as they undergo the emotional and physical challenges

“One of our questions was: if it’s a shortened life, and we don’t know how short, how do we make the most of now?” of giving palliative care to a loved one at home. Written in accessible English, it also includes practical ideas for people in the community to help those who are sick and to support the carers. “People are uneasy around illness and they don’t want to get it wrong – the result can be isolation, both for the ill person and the carer.” One of her key learnings was reaching out for support and being specific about the kind of help needed. As a result, friends would cook meals, others took Mike to appointments or sat with him while he listened to his favourite opera music.


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“Sometimes they were people to call on for conversations that matter. I did get tired and overwhelmed over the three years so gradually, it came to me to reach our more and more.” Towards the end, Ros says she and Mike fell in love again. “Mike wasn’t sleeping so well – well we both weren’t – so round about 5.30am, I’d be sitting by his bed and the birds would be starting for the day and we began to reminisce about the good times we had. As these best times came to mind, we did fall in love again, which is wonderful.”

For more information or to obtain a book, go to Ros’ website: accidentalcarer.com. Ros will also bring copies of her book to North Haven Hospice when she gives a series of talks on May 16 during Hospice NZ Awareness Week with a focus on May’s theme - Compassionate Communities.

Compassionate Communities Caring for the dying and bereaved is everyone’s business Compassionate communities refers to a public health approach to end of life care whereby death and dying is seen, not just as a medical issue, but a social issue. It aims to enable all of us to live well within our communities to the very end of our lives. This is a relatively new concept in New Zealand. North Haven Hospice is a champion of Compassionate Communities in Northland. Their vision is to help grow “compassionate communities that work together supporting people to live and die well”.

Think about it • • •

End of life and bereavement care is a normal part of society Good end of life care involves us all Everyone has a role to play

Talk about it • • •

Have conversations about death and dying Plan ahead Be creative in breaking down barriers

Act on it • • •

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Settling in your new feline friend!


ringing home, a new kitten or cat is such a fun and exciting time! But you must remember that they are probably not feeling that way initially, as it’s quite daunting for them moving to a new home. So we need to take things slowly with them and make sure that they are comfortable in their new surroundings. The first thing you want to do is ensure you have the right equipment for the settling in period. Talk to your local pet store to ensure you are fully-equipped for this new adventure! For the first night, make sure your feline is confined to a safe space like a laundry or a bathroom with a litter tray. If they are given the run of the house right away they can have toileting errors in unwanted areas of the house. Remind children of ground rules around your new cat or kitten. Remind them not to startle him or her and to keep the door shut until they are settled. If they don’t eat too much for the first day or two, don’t be too concerned as this is normal behaviour when they are a little nervous and should get back to normal eating habits as it settles. Find a treat they like as this comes

in handy when trying to get them back inside once they start exploring. Introducing your kitten to another pet family member is a very important part of settling in. It is important that you don’t change your existing pet’s world too much as you want them to not feel threatened. Dogs tend to accept new kittens faster than cats as cats are not fans of sudden change so take your time to introduce them slowly and positively with treats and lots of love to make them know everything is ok. As your feline friend adjusts, he or she will show signs of wanting to explore outside of their safe haven. Make sure pets or other family members don’t startle them as they explore this new territory. And do it in small doses, with the use of a kitten harness or just simply carrying your kitten around with you initially before letting them down. Provide your cat with a scratching post that is tall enough for them to extend themselves to scratch. Encourage them to use it by sprinkling catnip or dangling a toy at the top. Your furniture will love you for it!

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For Entomologists and Mum The ‘one-hand’ bug catching

Wednesday May 9, 2018, 7pm One night only Admission:Adults $10; Students: $5 Venue: Forum North, 7 Rust Ave,Whangarei Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the Universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But what is the story of its end? Katie will share what modern astrophysics tells us about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what each possibility would entail if there were people there to see it. Booking: visit www.planets.nz or call Storytime 09 438 4406

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Decorating inspiration for living rooms


he living room often functions as a hub of activity for your home, especially when blessed with sight lines to the kitchen, so it makes sense to make it one of the comfiest and most up-to-date rooms in the house. Whether you favour bold and modern or traditional and cosy, keeping an on-trend living space will spruce up your entire home and prevent staleness. Look to the coming trends for inspiration – it’s full force with bold patterns, natural palettes and faux finishes. Greys, charcoals and navy blues are stepping up and replacing black in urbane navy/white combos and navy or charcoal accent walls. “We are seeing living rooms with darker walls, creating drama and depth–colours like Resene Foundry, a shadowy charcoal full of warmth, or Resene Half Bokara Grey, a burnt bituminous charcoal,” says Resene colour consultant Jill Marsh.“Another colour being used is Resene Indian Ink, a stunning blackened blue – quite often used just on one wall.” 22 | SAVVY

While darker hues have seen a rise in popularity, don’t eschew whites just yet. These ‘safer’colours still command a place in the modern home. Inky blues go with almost any colour and pair well with crisp, white trims and white architectural details. Resene Foundry, Resene Dark Side and Resene Regatta, all inky blues, are proving popular, adding richness and depth to rooms. Colour consultant and interior designer Debbie Abercrombie is also seeing a trend towards darker hues. “Navy is playing a very strong part in our interiors, from the greyed off shades in paints covering whole walls for a sophisticated depth and anchoring background, to fabrics with strong navy patterns and textures,” she says.“Team it with vibrant greens to give a fresher look or explore shades of ochre to give a more grounded and elegant look.” Either way, she says, navy is sharp, effective and flexible.“It is timeless and current at the same time.”

Statement sofas or armchairs in navy velvets are also popping up, offering classic and regal touches. It’s part of a trend for tactile, textural fabrics, enticing homeowners and visitors to touch and engage and experience ultimate comfort. Fabric manipulation and fine tailoring of plush velvet is ever present, including pleated, folded and tufted designs. Alongside navy paints and fabrics, earthy hues are beginning to dominate colour schemes. “We are seeing lots of natural linen fabrics for curtains and cushions,” says Jill. “Dark grey carpets have been very popular, but we are now seeing more sandy shades and mid-range colours.” Bright green is proving to be a must this season as well. Climbing plants and shrubbery are currently popular ways to

flaunt this colour trend. But look for bold botanical prints in wallpapers, too. Ashford Tropics AT7071 shows sizable banana leaves that speaks of the tropics, while Fiji Garden AT7092, also from the Ashford Tropics collection from Resene ColorShops, showcases feathery green leaves and magenta blooms. “Not only is it paint being used but wallpaper is also very strong at present,” says Jill. The trends are continuing along a natureinspired path. Butterflies are flittering about everywhere.Wallpaper, drapery and artwork feature these winged beauties – and they’re hard to ignore. They are no longer designated to children’s rooms alone – they take on a more sophisticated look with high-end designers incorporating butterflies into their collections. The mixing of different patterns will be more tolerated this year. Stripes and fleurs-de-lis may be seen on walls together. Accent pillows and rugs may be mismatched as well – think green polka


dots with grey chevron. Mix natural colour schemes with several different patterns and textures to create a fresh and vogue living space. The natural colours and butterfly patterns will be complemented by faux materials. Faux wood beams are a trend overseas (they are lightweight and durable, manufactured with high-density polyurethane and made to look just like the real thing, to provide a rustic aesthetic to any space), and hang above leatherette sofas, which sit atop faux fur area rugs. Engineered quartz will function as console tabletops and living rooms can finally be wrapped in marble with affordable Carrara wallpaper. Brushed metals and three-dimensional light fixtures are here to add some texture. Upgrade table lamps or reading lights to unique, quirky shapes and styles with varying finishes. A brushed brass coffee table frame combined with a soft velvet ottoman is sure to keep your living space on-point this year while maintaining

While darker hues have seen a rise in popularity, don’t eschew

timeless appeal. “Finishing touches are very important,”

whites just yet. These ‘safer’colours still command a place in the modern home.

says Jill.“New homes tend to be very open plan spaces, including kitchen and dining

“Whites and off-whites from our Resene Whites & Neutral fandeck feature strongly in our colour schemes,” says Jill.“Very popular

rooms. These areas are usually defined by coloured/feature splashbacks, feature

colours at the moment are Resene Half White Pointer, Resene Half Rice Cake, Resene Quarter Spanish White, Resene Alabaster and

lighting over tables, rugs and artwork in the living space. Throws and rugs all help

Resene Half Black White.” These colours are soft and neutral and can be used generously in

create your own sanctuary.” Artisanal pieces will take centre

spaces – on all four walls, for example, rather than as a small accent only. They are useful where a darker colour may be too distracting.

stage in our living rooms.Work from contemporary craftspeople, including

Even a lover of bold colours may need whites and off-whites to break up the palette. These neutral colours all pair well with the

glassware, ceramics, modern lighting and woodworking (just not the big chunky

current trend for navy blues, greens and earthy hues. While the current trends have brought playful, fun themes into

recycled wood of past years) will emerge. We will seek out unique, quality, ethical

the home, it’s important to explore your own style. “Check out decorating magazines or explore online,” says Jill.

pieces that are in line with our current love affair with sustainable practices.

“You will find a pattern emerges of pictures you like and this will help when choosing your favourite colours.”

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With Escea’s Flexible Flue technology, there are plenty of design options when it comes to TVs, like this side-by-side TV cabinet and fireplace island combo.




n a lot of ways, TVs and fireplaces make the perfect pairing. When placed on the same wall together, they create an instant focal point. But often the ideal TV position is compromised by fireplace heat and installation restrictions. Until now, that is. Escea’s latest fireplace series allows the TV to be placed closer to the fireplace than ever before, without sacrificing heat or efficiency.

The clearance height is 200mm from the top of the firebox, and that’s without the need for a mantle. “Most people want to have the TV as low as possible for more comfortable TV viewing. Escea gas fireplaces are known for their design flexibility. When their latest fireplace came out with its lowered TV clearance I was stoked to be able to offer this to our customers, as I know how popular TVs above the fire are,” Paul Graham, Home Heating.


For best proportions, try to match the size of your screen to the size of your firebox.

Blend the TV into the rest of the accent wall and to ensure that both the fireplace and the TV have a few common, connecting design elements

For a seamless look, inset the TV into the wall cavity.

Store AV equipment away in hidden cabinetry to the side of the cavity, or underneath the firebox.

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CORD/ROPE Acorns and tassels with plain twisted or braided cord. Luxury and charm.

ARTISAN: Get artistic or creative with something of your own design. Try playful pompoms or maybe antlers for a rustic masculine look.

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Versatile camellias BY ROSE KRAAKMAN


lthough they have a bad rap for being messy (Any heavy flowering plant with masses of gorgeous blooms is going to be a wee bit messy at the end of flowering), camellias flower reliably and heavily, year after year with little attention. Even dense, older trees can be revitalised and made more elegant by thinning out branches and pruning ‘so a bird can fly through’. Their flowers are like the roses of winter and there is no doubting the beauty of camellia flowers. They have many different shapes, colours and perfumes. But in a world not short of spectacular blooms, camellias offer so much more. As tough evergreen shrubs with attractive foliage, camellias provide structure and substance to the garden all year round and can be grown with ease in a wide range of climates. When they’re not in flower, camellias make an attractive plain green backdrop for other plants. They’re adaptable to a huge range of landscape uses and fit any size or style of garden. Camellias make good dense hedges; ‘Setsugekka’ is a popular sasanqua often planted as a hedge, use ‘Paradise Joan’ if you’re after a rich Watermelon red with gold stamens, and, with its slow dense growth,

planted Camellias will need to be watered in dry periods with a thorough soaking

attractive red new growth. It has spectacular black-red flowers. There is even a ground cover Camellia called ‘Marge Miller’ with double pink

every 4-5 days. The best time to prune Camellias is

flowers. Good for cascading down banks, filling in under trees and amongst shrubs.

soon after they have flowered, before they put on their new growth. Fertilize after

When you are planting your Camellia, make sure you enrich the soil with plenty

pruning – they like organic fertilizers such as Roksolid or sheep pellets, which will

of compost and slow-release fertilizer. Keep them mulched with a 10cm layer, keeping

also build the humus in the soil. Or use a special Camellia fertilizer for acid soil-

the mulch away from the trunk. Newly-

loving plants.

‘Yuletide’ is perfect for a shorter hedge. With its supple branches, ‘Moonlight’ is a variety of camellia easily trained into an espalier on a fence or wall. For standardising or topiary, try ‘Volcano’ or ‘Brushfields Yellow’, with their upright form. Camellia ‘Buttons and Bows’ has lovely formal double flowers in shades of soft pink, looks fabulous as a standard or a column. To keep a Camellia confined to a tight space, prune each year after flowering to shorten the side branches. This will encourage more branching (and hence more flowers) to grow close in to the main trunk. For containers, ‘Night Rider’ is a good choice, with its slow growth rate and






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INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp Butter, for greasing ramekins 1 Tbsp Butter ½ medium Onion, finely diced 1 clove Garlic, finely diced 1 bag Baby spinach ½ cup Cream 400 g Smoked salmon, we used Regal Cold Smoked 4 large Eggs 1 serving Bread, of your choice, toasted DIRECTIONS • Set oven to 200°C. Grease 4 ramekins with first measure of butter. • Heat butter in a medium pan, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. This should take 3-4 minutes. • Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Add the cream and reduce by half until the sauce has thickened slightly. Season to your liking. • Arrange the ramekins in a shallow baking tray and divide spinach evenly among them, followed by the cold smoked salmon. • Make a small dent in the middle of each ramekin and crack an egg into it. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the egg whites are just set. Serve with buttered toast.

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Pork chops with apples, mushrooms and marsala sauce INGREDIENTS Butter 50 g 750 g 1 cup

Pork chops Button mushrooms, sliced

2 Tbsp 2 tsp

Olive oil Brown sugar

2 2 Tbsp

Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and sliced Flour

3 Tbsp 1½ cups

Marsala Chicken stock

250 g 1 to taste

Creme fraiche, lite Salt and pepper

2 Tbsp


DIRECTIONS • Slash the back fat on the chops in several places to stop • •

them curling when they cook. Sauté mushrooms in 40g butter for 5 minutes, set aside. Add olive oil and 10g butter to pan. Add apples and sugar and cook for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Dust the chops with the flour, using the same pan cook for 5 minutes each side over a low heat. Add Marsala. Cook for 5 minutes.

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A taste of Chinese culture


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The oldest, a huge fan of pasta and with a typical huge pre-teen appetite, ordered the Fried Beef River (beef fried rice noodle) and even he could hardly make a dent in it. His verdict: “Very spectacular dish.” Miss Nine, with a much smaller appetite, ordered the Sweet Corn and Chicken Soup and enjoyed spooning rice and mixing it from the large bowl we ordered. “Yum!” she declared. Master Seven ordered the Garlic Roasted Pork Ribs, which I was eyeing up and eventually tried – delicious – and Master Nine’s eyes almost popped out of his head when a whole fish arrived on a plate. He had ordered the Pine Nuts Deep Fried Whole Blue Cod and enjoyed picking off all the nuts but I’m not sure he knew what to do with the rest of it! It didn’t matter because several spoonfuls in, came the “Mum, I’m full!” from round the table.

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We decided to get a mixed platter for entrée to sample several of the items. The Cabbage n Pork Mince Won Tons and Rohan Vegetable Spring Rolls went down a treat with the kids and we adults really enjoyed the Siu Maai, Haa Gaau and Pan Fry Sweet Corn Dumplings, which were

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exquisite. The former was arranged with a display of upright dry noodles, which was promptly knocked over by a flailing arm of one of the kids as the waitress carried it out. Perhaps this would’ve

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any of us associate the red building on lower Bank St as the King Dragon but it is now called Sun Wah Chinese Restaurant. I was asked to review it during school holidays so it was a family affair. The kids have been learning Chinese at school so were only too happy to try out their new lingo while having a treat dining out. My memory doesn’t stretch far enough to remember the décor from the first time I visited this restaurant on a school trip in the 1980s but I’m guessing there are still some original features. The large wall hanging depicting an Asian village kept the kids entertained as they carried out their own rendition of ‘Where’s Wally’. “Spot the baby”, “Spot the man in the hut”. Meanwhile, a water feature, complete with gold fish trickled in the background, along with soft music. Our two waitresses were attentive and informative, explaining the menu and popular dishes. They giggled when Master Nine called out “xiexie” (thank you) when his drink was delivered and smiled patiently every time he insisted on calling it out thereafter.

I liked the way the kids’ meals were brought out first and ours were straight after: the Sweet n Sour Pork with Pineapple. This was a definite hit and no ordinary sweet n sour pork. It was an authentic recipe with an aromatic flavour and declared “Next level!”. I had ordered the Chinese Eggplants with Pork Minced. I’ve been buying eggplant (aubergine) a bit lately and mine always turns out chewy but clearly these people know how to cook eggplant – it was cooked to perfection and true melt-in-your-mouth

been the prime time to practise the word sorry (dui buqi) they have also been

material. There was no way we were going to

learning in Chinese! Although we loved our entrée, in

waste this delicious food and the waitress delivered us containers to take it home for

hindsight, we probably shouldn’t have ordered it for, when our meals arrived,

the following night’s dinner – even the soup and the fish!

the kids’ eyes bulged. We had no idea they would be so large!

Although the desserts menu looked delicious, we were all so full that no one even

At Sun Wah, there is the option of a buffet or menu. As well as entrees, the

asked if they could have dessert! The restaurant was quite lively for 6pm

menu includes a range of Cantonese style fried dishes, casseroles, soups,

with another family celebrating a birthday, complete with singing and cake. The dress

vegetable dishes, spicy dishes, seafood, steamed food, siu mei (barbequed

code is casual and the drinks are cheap. With our doggy bags, we filed out of the restaurant

meats), delicacies and desserts.

full, happy and amid a chorus of “xiexies”.


All-new Holden equinox delivering five-star safety The all-new Holden Equinox, the newest entrant in the competitive SUV medium segment, has added to its appeal with the announcement the new model has received 5-star recognition by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate.


NCAP provides consumers with transparent advice and information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different vehicle models in the most common types of crashes, as well as their ability - through technology - to avoid a crash. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies. The key to Equinox’s impressive safety credentials is its combination of active and passive safety features, designed to prevent accidents and protect occupants during accidents respectively. “We’re thrilled the appeal of the new model has been further accentuated with a high scoring 5-star safety rating,” said Marnie Samphier, General Manager – Marketing. “This rating provides significant independent third-party endorsement of the safety of the all-new Holden Equinox, which will strengthen its appeal amongst all drivers – especially families. “This is hugely important all year round, but especially so during Christmas holidays, when there is increased volume of traffic on the road covering bigger distances.” The 5-star rating is applicable to all variants in the range, from the $35,990 LS with 1.5-litre engine through to the

2.0-litre LTZ-V coupled to the smooth-shifting new ninespeed automatic. Passive and active safety features expected from a vehicle of this class are found throughout, including six airbags, two ISOFIX child seat attachment points, Rear Seat Reminder and Rear Park Assist with Rear Camera. Models from LS+ and above benefit from advanced HoldenEye Safety Technology (consisting of Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning), as well as Blind spot alert and Rear cross traffic alert. The HoldenEye is also the enabler of the Driver Seat Alert, a new aid which vibrates either side of the driver’s seat alerting the driver of a potential collision threat. The safety alert seat uses a variety of sensors and cameras to help decide when to activate the warning. “Equinox also features a very loud audible seatbelt reminder chime, which can only be deactivated by doing up your seatbelt before starting the car,” said Ms Samphier. “Some drivers may find this irritating, but we make no excuse for engineering safety into our vehicles. The easiest way to turn it off is to make belting up a habit as soon as you get into the vehicle.





“If this feature helps to prevent even just one injury-related accident, then it’s done its job and will negate a considerable amount of pain and suffering.” A feature of the new Equinox, and one which has been extended to every new Holden in the range, is 3-years/100,000km free scheduled servicing as well as other Complete Care benefits such as 3-year roadside assistance and 3-year warranty. “While these don’t factor in the 5-star ANCAP result, they certainly contribute towards enhanced peace of mind motoring for Holden drivers,” said Ms Samphier. “It’s safe to say, now is a great time to get into an all-new Holden Equinox.”

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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month

1932 Packard 900

Geraldine Craw Walk into our ‘Old Packard Room’ and your eye may be taken by a smart blue and black car with an unusual grill – nick-named the ‘Shovel Nose’. The body style is a coupe sedan and under the bonnet is a straight eight engine of 319 cubic inches generating 110 horse-power. This motor was known as the light eight.

at the height of the depression. The idea was

The Packard 900 was Packard’s first attempt to produce a cheaper

to lure buyers from rival car makers; but with the advanced styling and modern features of the 900, the car was desirable to buyers in the

entry-level vehicle into the luxury car market and also to boost sales

Packard market. Therefore, buyers who would have purchased the Senior Packard cars

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless Just got off the phone from Pete, a very good Whangarei Harbour fisherman. In recent days, with a bad moon phase and wrong tide, he came home with six snapper around 400mm and one measuring 620mm. Snapper and kahawai are still being caught throughout the harbour and a few trevally, gurnard and kingfish. The snapper are

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.

travelling well up to the Town Basin area – anglers, fishing from the shore near the western end of our lift-up bridge, were recently seen with a substantial freshlycaught snapper. The Onerahi/ Limestone Island area has slowed a little but is

tended to buy the 900 instead. Consequently, this model was produced for one year only. When viewing the car, one of the most noticeable features is the ‘shovel nose’ grill, a design that was only produced on the Packard 900s. Henry Ford claimed that this car’s styling influenced his 1933/34 Ford V8 Victoria. Our particular 900 has a very interesting story. It was the display car exhibited at the January 1932 New York Auto Show. It was purchased at the show by Robert McDougall, a well-known Christchurch biscuit and confectionery maker (Aulsebrooks) who also donated the money to build the McDougall

art gallery in Christchurch. Robert McDougall used the car after the show to tour extensively around the USA. Before returning to New Zealand, he decided to replace his left-hand drive 900 with a right-hand drive version, but was told that no car of this style was available. The Packard factory then offered (no doubt with a financial encouragement) to change his present car to right-hand drive. This done, in spring 1932 the car was shipped to New Zealand. Graeme purchased the vehicle in 1975 and was the fourth owner. It is one of our rarest cars and reputedly the only right-hand drive Packard 900 in the world.

providing reasonable snapper and kahawhai catches. Harbour shore fishing has also

harbours. Big trophy-sized snapper are being caught in good numbers amongst the better

continued with good snapper and kahawhai. A couple, recently walking our Whangarei

eating fish around the 400mm size, a lot of big kahawhai are around and some very

Loop, stopped and looked into the water off the Canopy Bridge and saw large schools of

impressive kingfish are being landed. Sometimes forgotten, we have some good

mullet, a lot of eels and a very large flounder. This appears to show our harbour water is

trout fishing in the north. The most wellknown area is the Kai-iwi Lakes. All methods

in good shape. During Easter, many anglers found harbour fishing a little slow (it was

are legal here so you don’t need to be a fly fishing expert but, at the moment, Rabbit flies

another bad moon phase) but those who fished around the entrance, along the Mad

and Booby flies with very short (8cm) traces fished right on the bottom, are working very

Mile and out in front of the Power Station in 16 to 20 metres, reported good snapper on

well. These clean water rainbow trout are very good eating.

bait and softbaits. If you haven’t tried slow jigs, have a yarn to your favourite tackle

A tip: when fishing anchored in a current, rig up a softbait and cast it well out the back,

shop - I have heard of several anglers doing very well with this method.

then put the rod in a rod holder. If the current is strong, you will need a heavy jig head. This

Further North, pretty much all of the beautiful, magic fishing areas are fishing

often produces a nice big bonus snapper/ kahawhai or even kingfish.

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Mother’s Day: My mum versus Tupac’s mum BY MICHAEL BOTUR



The Northland Arts Centre opens its doors today, making a Whangarei mum’s dream a reality.


ulia Tapp returned to Whangarei last year and, with husband Jason, has created a space in central Whangarei offering art, craft and performance classes, as well as grief classes to help with healing. Julia is an internationally award-winning artist 17 times over, specialising in photo realism via air brushing, particularly custom portraiture. Her canvas’ also include vehicles, faces and bodies, shoes and handbags, to name a few and, as well as portraits, her subject range includes wildlife, fantasy and classical. Julia and her musician husband previously ran a performance school so the centre will also offer lessons in rainbow and black light poi - leading onto fire dancing, music and singing. Julia plans to hold grief classes once a month and, while she says she is not a trained therapist, she is qualified as both an artist and teacher and has the personal experience to prove that art can help overcome grief. The couple lost their three-year-old autistic son in a horrific accident several years ago and believe his passing has gifted them the strength to help other families living with grief and special needs. “My vision is to provide a safe place where people can learn, express and create and deal or help heal from any grief or barrier that they might be facing. We have found so much healing in the arts, we want to share this passion with the community.” Her classes, accommodating ten, cater for school holiday programmes, night classes, teens and youth – ‘They can pimp their own sneakers or skateboard decks’, students with disabilities and the elderly. Many of the classes are at a reduced rate or free, funded by the custom art classes. A merchandise shop at the front, also helps sustain the art centre, and provides resources used in the classes, many of which are imported. However, Julia is a fan of upcycling – her shop at 10 John St is adorned with creations she has made from egg cartons and light shades, to name a few – and she encourages donations. “I get donations of buttons, string, all sorts. There’s no specific list we can make art out of.” The Tapps are now at the end of their personal funding and require another $10,000 to finish their dream. They are hoping for back-up funding from organisations and donations and have set up a crowdfunding page to give the centre its final boost (Givealittle: N.Z child loss support & creative arts therapy). Another exciting plan in the pipeline is to bring the ‘Feeling Fab’ Auckland pamper days for those suffering loss or abuse, to Whangarei. “I was one of the ones being pampered and now I’m on the voluntaring crew,” says Julia. “I am working with the Auckland team to make this happen as an addition to the arts and grief centre and free to the community. “It is a big vision but big visions become reality with a little support. I have trained for this (arts centre) for eight years now and it’s our moment to shine and show the world that, no matter what happens, you can overcome it and rise above the challenge.”

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• Bravest thing Sally Botur ever did: Told little Mikey’s French horn teacher he wouldn’t be coming back (cause little Mikey was too pussy to do it himself.) • Biggest tribute Tupac ever gave to his mum: Released the single ‘Dear Mama,’ which went platinum and was in 2010 added to the National Recording Registry in the US Library of Congress as a cultural item of national significance. In the song, Tupac proclaims “Even though I sell rocks/It feels good putting money in your mailbox.” • Biggest tribute Mike ever gave his mum: Acknowledging Sally Botur in this Mother’s Day column thousands will read. Love you, Skwumshine! xoxo


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upac Amaru Shakur didn’t have the best judgement in life. He went to jail for something really nasty, wielded a baseball bat during a fight at his own concert, and was named after violent terrorists. There’s one thing he got right, though: respect for his mummy. Now, my mum doesn’t resemble Tupac’s mum, at first glance. The differences are subtle but distinct. For example, Tupac’s mum was an African American radical who hung out with terrorists, whereas my mum is a British doctor and weekend gardener who enjoys Ruth Rendell and Shaun The Sheep. All mamas show love for their sons in different ways. For example, Tupac’s mum stopped smoking crack for her son; my mum shows her love by ironing my undies. What they have in common is both mums raised precocious young men who couldn’t keep their mouths shut, so this Mother’s Day, I’d like us all to read the following, pause and reflect on how great our mums are, whether you’ve got more of an Afeni Shakur-type mum or a Sally Botur-style mum. • Most impressive thing about Tupac’s Mum: She ran with a gang of prison-breaking bank robbers on the FBI’s Most-Wanted list • Most impressive thing about Mike’s mum: Unrivalled collection of little glass hedgehogs on the kitchen windowsill. • Bravest thing Tupac’s mum ever did: Appeared on stage to unite with Biggie’s mum Voletta Wallace against violence





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April 24 - May 27, 2018

Whangarei Art Museum is pleased to present Fight Flight - a Community Gallery exhibition of monoprint, collage and drawings by Northland-based artist Anneke Muijlwijk.


his exhibition is set against the sobering backdrop of the devastating stories of women and children that take, as their subject

matter, the grim reality of families living in constant fear. It draws upon Muijlwijk’s work as both a therapist and artist, and references her experience in the fields of Human Geography, Town Planning and Social Sciences. Produced in part, as a response to her Artist Residency on the Greek Island of

FREE entry, daily 10am-4pm. Entry via the i-SITE, The HUB: Town Basin.

Skopelos, the works reflect the marks of trauma washed on its shores and encapsulated in the ruins of abandoned buildings. Mundane objects becoming mean weapons or poignant reminders, buildings that are no longer houses, and houses that are no longer safe homes. Although the works draw on events involving specific environments and its people, it is intended that the art work remains open to readings relevant to broader themes of relationships, identity and belonging, and that it may facilitate reflection on timeless relationships between people and place.

Working with images on paper is an

and New Zealand), and studied art at

important part of her non-artist career as a counsellor/therapist and because her main modality is Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) the page is used as a therapeutic tool: by drawing the issues on paper there is a potential for the clients to change

Melbourne’s RMIT University, graduating with MFA with Distinction in 2010. Fight Flight features Safety Plan with Dog (2017) - a finalist in 2017’s Parkin Drawing Prize. She participated in artistin-residencies in Portugal, Spain, USA

their perceptions about themselves, their experiences and their world of possibilities. Anneke has dual nationality (Dutch

(New York and Vermont) and Greece. She works as a counsellor/therapist and mediator in Northland.

Image credits: Anneke Muijlwijk, Safety Plan Nana, 2018. Monotype on paper 34 | SAVVY



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The SAVVY give aways, go online: www.savvymagazine.co.nz and fill out the form. ■ Entries close 5pm, Thursday May 24, 2018 ■ Winners will be notified by email, and, unless otherwise stated, your prizes will be posted out.

NZ Fudge Farm stock a variety of sweet treats

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TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WE HAVE ONE SWEET GIFT BASKET FROM NZ FUDGE FARM TO GIVE AWAY NZ Fudge Farm stock a variety of sweet treats including one of the finest fudges in the world, reminiscent of days gone by. Ann and Larry Johnstone established the NZ Fudge Farm in 1992 on their farm at Tangiteroria, perfecting the guarded recipes passed down by previous

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Winners of this prize will need to collect from the NZME Northland office, 88 Robert Street, Whangarei.

NZ Fudge Farm are giving away a Mother’s Day Gift Basket full of delicious sweet treats including their famous fudge. The winner of this prize will need to collect from the NZME Northland office, 88 Robert Street, Whangarei.




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WE HAVE TWO REDKEN FRIZZ DISMISS MOTHER’S DAY PACK CK TO GIVE AWAY, THESE PACKS ARE VALUED AT $69.00 EACH This prize will be drawn on Thursday May, in time for Mother’s Day

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