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May 2019

contents Editor’s note hen Zandy Snell contacted us for our wedding’s edition in March, it was answering a call-out for second-time round marriages. However, we’d

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improved over the years and it’s always accompanied

had a big response to this and, because hers entailed a blended family of eight children, I put her story aside for another edition.

with a sweet little note, all of which I’ve kept

I tried the step-mother thing once. It was hard - and that was only to one child, plus my own. It was the discipline boundary thing that got me the most. Really, there needs to

in my bedside drawer. Some day we’re going to have fun reading through those.

be a hand book. So, I was most intrigued to find out just how Zandy does it. I admired her before she even shared her story.

I like this quote from Zandy: “You’re in their lives for the rest of yours so make the most of everything and don’t sweat the small stuff

Read it on pages 4 & 5 - I hope she enjoys a well-deserved Mother’s Day. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my three. Over the years I’ve received all manner

because most of it is small.” I’m going to try and remember that. Whoever you’re spending Mother’s Day with, make it a special one.

of breakfast in bed; scrunched up pieces of bread with thick chunks of peanut butter, tiny brown diced-up fragments of what was once, I believe, fruit... But, I must say, the menu has

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BY JODI BRYANT With all the kids (minus Paige)

When Ben Snell had groceries delivered to Zandy’s home while she was sick in bed, before they’d even met, she knew he was a keeper. Less than a year later they’d married and had eight children between them.

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he swift family extension entailed a housing up-size so the couple moved into a huge home in Whangarei and, while it’s chaos, it’s a fulfilling chaos, describes Zandy. “Ben and I started talking on June 25, 2017 after we matched on Tinder of all places,” tells Zandy, 35. “We talked online just as friends for a while. Ben was sweet and sent me groceries when I was in bed with the flu for a week without even meeting first. We talked a lot and then he convinced me to meet him two months later, which took a lot of courage from me.” The couple organised a hiking trip the weekend they met and Zandy remembers Ben driving all the way to Auckland to pick her up. “When he turned up, I got butterflies and, as two of my teens ended up coming because their dad was going away that weekend, the whole drive back to Whangarei that night, just watching the way he was with my kids and also seeing how nervous he was but how kind he was, made me get those warm fuzzies. “When we got back to his place we stood out on his deck and he was telling me about the stars - he is a massive space nerd - it was quite romantic and we shared our first kiss. I think it was better that we had become friends first and we let nature take its course.” With Zandy living in Auckland and Ben, Whangarei, weekends were the only chance to grab time together. However, both had children of their own with Ben, 35, having three girls – (now) seven—year-old twins and a nine-year-old, and Zandy four girls, now aged 17, 13, seven and five, plus a 15-year-

old boy. So, it was inevitable the two families should meet fairly early. Zandy recalls: “It was only after a couple of weeks, I brought my kids up to Whangarei to meet Ben’s kids. We turned up quite late at night, so they didn’t get to meet until the morning but, when we got up, all the kids had already found each other and they were all playing together in the bedrooms like they had known each other for years.” Every other weekend, the couple were kid-free so Zandy would travel up alone. However, it wasn’t long before the travel got too much and the decision was made to move north and blend the families. “Our kids had all got along and were best friends from day one so we weren’t really

daunted by it. They were super-excited to have new siblings and being able to share their lives together. “We moved into a huge house – with eight kids in a blended family we needed the room.” When the couple got engaged, family and friends were supportive and Ben and Zandy married June 2018 at Pataua North, where his family hail, with their kids having their own roles in the wedding. It was Zandy’s second marriage and Ben’s first. “I think we knew straight away we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. After failed relationships in the past, we had learnt from mistakes and knew what we wanted. The wedding was just ‘us’. We winged most of it, and just had the people we cared about a lot there. It was about merging our two families together and we did just that in the rain and all.” At home, they soon fell into a routine naturally, although, as predicted, mornings are chaotic with Zandy and Ben both having fulltime jobs – Zandy as a legal assistant and photographer and Ben, a contractor flooring installer. However, both have their roles. “It’s a mad-rush to get everyone organised. It is a little easier now Paige, my eldest, has moved back home as she now drops the Zandy on her wedding day with daughter Paige and best friend Renee

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Asperger’s in the family, but we make it work and the kids all love each other to pieces like blood siblings. They do have their moments like any other siblings; a couple of the kids will be best friends one day and enemies the next but they are close and they always look out for each other, especially at school. They are very protective of each other. Other days they argue like cats and dogs and blame things on each other. Very normal siblings,” Zandy laughs, adding that a new addition is

definitely off the cards. Having a large family was never her plan and people are generally shocked by the number of children. “There are often the old comments like: ‘Do you not own a tv?’ We own several actually,” she laughs. She believes the key to making their large family tick along soundly is taking one day at

“Support each other and always be kind to each other. You’re in their lives for the rest of yours so make the most of everything and don’t sweat the small stuff because most of it is small.”

younger ones at school so I can be at work on time. Ben will take one or two and drop them off and then go to work. Paige will pick them up from school and watch them until we get home, generally around 4:30/5ish. Then I usually take the lead with laundry, homework and bathing kids while Ben cooks and does a bit of cleaning. We always have

his but it can be hard sometimes as usually step-mums just want to be loved as well but

dinner together at the table, we think it is important for everyone to be together at

I know that I am and I know I do so much for his girls and help keep them on the right

that time. Then we get them into bed and we can have the evenings to ourselves, usually

path.” An added challenge is Zandy’s seven-year-

watching a movie or going over Ben’s work admin. I’ll do a bit of photo editing as well.”

old daughter’s high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome.

The couple have three of the girls fulltime, apart from every second weekend, and Ben’s

“At first it was a struggle as we hadn’t quite got the diagnosis, so it was tough for

girls every second week. All the kids are together under the one roof that weekend

Ben’s girls to fathom why Maddie would say

some sometimes ‘mean’, straight-up things. But they have grown to know Maddie and that she is different and has different needs to them and they know when to leave her alone. With my kids, they have grown up with her the way she is and have always known she was different and know when it’s ok to talk to her or play with her and when to just leave her be. “Life can be interesting with so many different dynamics, especially with an

which leaves every other weekend kid-free, apart from the eldest teen.

have to stay on the same page so that we can keep things ticking along. “I think it is just best for blended families and all families really to take this approach and think about the bigger picture. Think about how you want what you do to impact your kids’ lives, especially when they are grown. Support each other and always be kind to each other. You’re in their lives for the rest of yours so make the most of everything and don’t sweat the small stuff because most of it is small.” And she attributes a lot of the success of their blended family to her husband: “He is loving and kind and compassionate and has welcomed my kids with open arms and is

best thing that has ever happened to me and I love him immensely. I am forever grateful for

goes and does her own thing.” ‘Bubble weekends’ are spent having

him and couldn’t imagine life without him.” So, what does Zandy love about being a

adventures, where possible, including hiking, snorkelling or road trips. “Sometimes if we

mother? “I love being able to watch all these little

don’t want to go anywhere we kind of just go into a bubble where it is just us and we’ll

people grow and learn and being one of the influences in their lives. I’m hoping I’m a

generally watch movies, eat good food and spoil ourselves. We work hard and Ben

good influence… I honestly can’t wait to see how they all turn out as adults. We usually

is slowly teaching me that it is ok to treat ourselves sometimes.”

have our little conversations about what we think the kids will be and how they will be

Zandy admits being a step-mum can be very hard and, like most, she struggles at times.

and where. They turn into funny stories but I really can’t wait.”

“I think the one thing I struggle with the most is discipline. I feel like there is

And how is she spending Mother’s Day? “I don’t think we have the kids that

a boundary there, even though I have no problem with Ben disciplining my kids when

weekend so it will be a ‘bubble weekend’ for us,” she smiles.

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collection of Hokitika greenstone. Each item is personally selected by Chrissy. “It’s very important to me and my customers that they are receiving New Zealand pounamu and we know who carved the pieces and that the stone has not left New Zealand to be processed.’’ A huge range of quality New Zealand T shirts for the whole family is also available. “As independent retailers, it is our job to know our stuff,” she says. Chrissy travels overseas and to New Zealand gift fairs to bring the latest looks and styles to her customers which keeps The Boatshed on trend. Tracee, Sharon and Robyn, along with Chrissy, run the seven-day business and are all trained in fitting customers with the perfect swimsuit for each unique body shape and what suits them. “As we branch into winter, I have brought in a range of ponchos in lovely warm and colourful shades. Some have buttons or zips

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“We specialise in making up very popular gift baskets and boxes of goodies. Nothing is too big or too small.We will gift wrap it all,’

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The Greatest Gift we can give our children, and five tips for more flattering photos…

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6. Eyeballs are not fully grown at birth. The eyes undergo considerable growth especially during the first two years of life, with a second growth spurt occurring around puberty. The length of the eye of a new born is about 16.5 mm, while that of a full-grown adult is about 24 mm. 7. An eye is composed of more than 2 million working parts.

8. Only 1/6 of the human eyeball is exposed. 9. Corneas are the only tissues that don’t have blood. 10. The human eye weighs approximately just under 7.5 grams. 11. An eye cannot be transplanted. More than 1 million nerve fibres connect each eye to the brain and currently we’re not able to reconstruct those connections. So, no we do not take eyes out when doing cataract surgery. 12. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved. 13. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see colour. 14. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.

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deliver something more meaningful than a smaller number on the scale. Health and fitness shouldn’t just be about how you look in your ‘after’; it should be about how you feel and the lifestyle you’ve created to ensure you maintain the ‘after’ well into the future. If you’re tired of always focusing on fat loss, then demand more. Choose other goals to focus on, and other great reasons for eating well and moving your body. This new way allows MORE - more food, more energy, more strength, more health, more happiness and more out of your life. See for yourself what can happen to your body, and mind, when you make eating well and getting strong a priority. Make health and fitness a process that enhances and fits into your life, not something that dominates it.

I asked four women to share what fitness was to them before they approached training and nutrition this new way, and after they did so. What did they discover that was more valuable than losing weight or shrinking down? Here’s what they had to say, and their experiences reveal incredible results you would never see in a photo: “As I dove deeper into my own health, I found a woman I was really freaking proud to be. I learned how to communicate with, rather than dictate to, my body and started treating my health as an expansion rather than a never-ending (maddening) exercise in shrinking.” – Courtney

“Before: Too many different exercises, too many repetitions, too much fluff. Now: Mostly old-school barbell training, fewer reps, focus on strength! Several years ago, at age 48, I could not even hold onto the bar; now at 54 I can do 5-6 dead hang pullups, no kidding.” – Helen

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3 WAYS TO BOOST HYDRATION FOR AUTUMN AND WINTER Now that colder weather is on its way, here’s how to autumn and winter-proof your skincare routine.

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hile we’re sad to see summer go, there’s plenty we’re looking forward to about autumn and winter too – from the chance to pull out our coats and boots again to nights in watching Netflix! Like any other seasonal change, however, it’s a good time to take this opportunity to rethink your beauty routine. What’s working for you right now, what’s not, and what can you do to make sure your skin is fullyprotected and hydrated as we head into the new season? Read on for our top tips and tricks on getting ahead of the winter chill and cold weather-proofing your skincare routine!

cream-based alternative like Skinsmiths Cream Cleanser, and switching to a rich moisturiser with plenty of emollient, occlusive and humectant ingredients to soften, attract moisture to the skin and help seal it in. We’d recommend trying Skinsmiths Hydrating Moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, mango seed butter, shea butter and glycerin are all powerhouse ingredients to look out for. You can also layer serums and face masks into your routine to provide more hydration and use a face mist to spritz your skin whenever you’re feeling particularly dry. A favourite hydrating mist to use is Murad’s Hydrating Toner.

Smart swaps to make with your skincare products Now is a great time to consider switching some of your staple skincare products for creamier, more nourishing versions that pack a bigger punch in terms of hydration. This is especially important for dry skin types, but everyone can benefit from more moisture in the colder months! Try swapping your gel cleanser for a

Take your hydration levels up a notch For hydration at a deeper level, it’s worth popping into Caci Whangarei and trying out a skincare infusion. This skin conditioning treatment uses sound wave technology and micro currents to push an infusion of skinboosting ingredients deeper into the dermis, where it can more effectively hydrate, reduce redness and encourage collagen production and cell turnover.

The result? Glowing, hydrated, happy skin. Plus, this May, have a free consultation at Caci Whangarei and try a skincare infusion for only $70 (usually $120). Be gentle with your skin When it comes to winter skincare, there are a few small changes you can make on an everyday basis that will make a big difference. For example, did you know that using water that’s too hot while washing your face can irritate delicate skin and contribute to redness? While it might be tempting, we say stick to lukewarm water to be as gentle as possible with your skin, and

use a mild, non-irritating cleanser. It’s also a good idea to avoid heavilyfragranced products as these can cause irritation, and moisturise as soon as possible after washing to minimise moisture loss. With the right prep and a hydrating treatment every now and then, you (and your skincare routine) will be able to take winter in your stride.

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pedicures, body massage, electrolysis, spraytans and gel nails and a whole lot more! It’s the perfect all-round qualification for anyone wishing to work as a beauty therapist. Attendance is only four days a week with all school holidays off! The NZ Certificate in Spa Therapy programme is also being offered again in 2020 and is for anyone with some experience in massage or beauty. This lovely programme covers treatments such as wraps and scrubs, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, Indian head massage, Reiki, EFT and lots more. Attendance is only four days a week for nine months and only in term time. Evolution School is the only massage and spa education provider in Northland and is an NZQA Category ONE provider which means very high-quality and now could be FREE for you. You can check if you are eligible by heading to www.feesfree.govt.nz

Don’t worry if you are not eligible for fees free though as all programmes are NZQAapproved and so are eligible for student loans and allowances. Enrolments are being taken now for the July intake of the NZ Dip in Wellness and Relaxation Massage as places are limited. Evolution has small classes to ensure there is plenty of tutor/student attention. There is no age limit – you just have to be 16-plus. The majority of graduates say their time with Evolution School was life-changing in so many ways. Come and see why!

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e are always so careful about what we put inside our stomachs. We read the ingredients panel to make sure there’s no sugar, fat, salts, colourings, preservatives etc in the foods that we buy, but when it comes to products that we put on our skin, many of us are not so discerning. Here are five ingredients that are used in skincare which do not add any value or nutrition to your skin and my simple guide on how to recognize them.

1. PERFUME/FRAGRANCE is the number one skin irritant that can cause sensitivity. It is used to mask unpleasant smells from other chemical compounds in skincare and as a cue for quality and efficacy. How many times have you opened a skincare product, taken a sniff, then exclaim ‘Oh that smells delicious!’? 2. COLOURANTS - the two most common colours used in skincare are yellow and pink. Yellow is to mask the oxidation process, for example if you cut an apple and leave it for a few minutes, it oxidises and goes brown. Same with products, as soon as you open the lid, the ingredients oxidise (especially Vit C) and become brownish so the yellow tint hides this. Light pink connotes softness, gentleness and luxury. 3. PRESERVATIVES are nasty and you don’t need to be a chemist to spot a product with preservatives in it. If it is something that you can open, dip your fingers in it every day, leave it in the bathroom and it still looks and smells delicious after

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COSMETIC CHEMISTRY 101 several months, then you know for sure it has preservatives in it. 4. MINERAL OILS are sometimes called paraffin, liquid paraffin, white oil, paraffin oil or paraffinum liquidum. It is a liquid by-product of refining crude oil to make gasoline. It gives a feeling of smoothness because it just glides on and acts like glad wrap on your skin. It forms an occlusive film which can cause the pores to clog up. 5. EMULSIFIERS – this one is not so easy to identify as there are many agents that can act as emulsifiers. Manufacturers use them as an inexpensive way to combine the oil and water phases of an emulsion. There are too many to list here, but here are common ones I see in all products: PEG-xxx, stearic acid, triethanolamine, ceteareth, cetearyl, cetyl, polysorbates. Emulsifiers bind to the skin and ‘dissolve’ the natural skin lipids holding the cells together, which causes the skin to become ‘leaky’. The skin then suffers from trans-epidermal water loss, then it becomes drier and drier. This is the beginning of an impaired skin barrier. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your skin therapist who should be able to help you interpret the ingredients panel so you can make sense of all the long scientific terms.

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When treating skin, Nina adheres to the principle of corneotherapy – ‘It’s a methodology with its core principle being the repair and maintenance of the skin barrier defence systems. If this is healthy, the skin is automatically supple, hydrated and glowing’. Corneotherapists are generally skin treatment practitioners or medical estheticians, although some dermatologists also practice Corneotherapy. An understading of skin anatomy & physiology allows the corneotherapist to treat the problems at the root cause as opposed to treating symptoms.

Nina currently operates two Skin Image clinics - out of Paparoa and Waipu. The Paparoa clinic won an award for New

MARKETING MADE EASY - TWO SIMPLE WAYS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS Not all marketing ideas need to be difficult or expensive. BY NATALIE TOLHOPF It’s more important to get your message out there consistently than it is to be fancy. Taking action moves your business forward. Here are two marketing ideas that are simple to use right now in your business!

• Gives you continuous clarity around who your target market is AND how you are solving their problems. A great way to come up with blog ideas is to look at the frequently-asked questions you get. Also, if you are part of an online business group, you will see questions posted. If you are blogging weekly, this is very powerful as you will be seen as an expert in your marketplace. • SEO. Search Engine Optimisation...Those fancy tech words you hear banging about

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The best way to grow your business is to do what scares you. And let’s face it, seeing

It is the fastest way for someone to start building a relationship with you. When someone likes you, they trust you and then

your own face, hearing our own voice… Well it really encourages growth in your self-belief muscles.

they will buy from you. You don’t need to have fancy equipment either. Grab your mobile phone and get chatting to it. 2. Blogging One of the keys to staying in business is having eyes on your website. The fastest way to do this is by blogging. It does two things... (It actually does like a billion but here are two!):

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Packard Motor Museum – vehicle of the month

1937 Packard Super Eight

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and lighter, ensuring driving became an enjoyable experience. The 1937 Packard Super Eight, the name given

The first woman to drive an automobile over a long distance was Bertha Benz in 1888, the wife of German automobile inventor, Carl Benz. In the United States, in 1900, Anne Rainsford-French-Bush was the first woman

to Packard’s largest and most expensive eight-cylinder automobile, was the epitome of these advancements with

to receive a licence to drive a car. She obtained a ‘steam engineer’s licence’ which entitled her to operate a four-

uring the 1930s, the Packard Motor Company improved their cars to make steering smoother

independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes and an improved clutch and gear shift action. The car retained the classic features and graceful lines of earlier Packards but with a new sloped grill fitted with chrome vertical bars that gave the

wheeled vehicle powered by steam or gas. By the late 1930s the automobile had set women on the road towards greater freedom and job opportunities. The Packard super eight was outfitted specially to attract the eyes of women who preferred quality in fit, finish and handling. Packard salesmen reportedly had a

vehicle a unique look and operated as thermostatically controlled

saying, ‘open the hood to attract a man, open the door to sell to a woman’.

shutters. These opened or closed to control engine heat.

The museum’s 1937 Super Eight was built in Detroit for the English market. Unlike its American counterpart, it uses

By making these changes, Packard attracted a new segment of buyer and driver, the woman.

a 12-volt electrical system and is right-hand drive. This car is approximately 18 feet long, a little longer than the cars most women drive to the supermarket today.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless First, I’d like to talk about the moon. The moon controls the tides which obviously affects our fishing.

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y grandfather was a commercial fisherman and studied the moon’s effect on fishing. He always said three days either side of full moon was the worst time to fish, the fish are there but don’t seem to feed. Many very good fisho’s also strongly believe this to be the case, so they don’t go fishing either side of the moon, even if all other conditions are good. Over Easter we had some good weather so Trish and I went out for a fish after a six-month lay-off. I expected the fishing to be slow, maybe we would get a feed. Wrong! The fishing was frantic; bites within minutes of bait in the water. We caught and released about 30 snapper around the 28 to 33cm size but came home with a good snapper feed, plus two big kahawai and three trevally and released a decent kingfish. A couple of fisho’s fishing the Onerahi area of Whangarei Harbour also did very well, not as many fish but better average sizes. Mark lost a large kingfish after a battle on light softbait gear as well as landing four nice-sized snapper about six minutes from the Onerahi ramp. Some great results also came from the middle of the harbour, with limit bags of nice snapper. I saw some impressive photos of very good snapper taken off the west coast as well… So much for the moon theory, well for Easter 2019 anyway. Brett and his mates went out for gamefish off our east coast. Poor water quality saw them come inshore to 50 metres and try for snapper, baits in the water and no bites, so one onboard dropped down a stick bait and caught snapper immediately. He repeated this several times, baits still zero, out came softbaits, also with immediate results. They came

A good snapper feed

home with limit bags of nice snapper. I’ve also heard some interesting bait stories. Experienced, very successful anglers, who have their favourite baits, finding that other baits they don’t usually like are completely outfishing their favourites on recent trips. Very long traces have long been the best rig for harbour fishing in the current, but another very good harbour fisherman reported very good results on weighted flasher rigs. It seems that if you are on the water and the fish aren’t biting, try different methods and/or baits. It could make a big difference. Tight lines, John Vowless

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The Camera Obscura Sculpture

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he Camera Obscura Team; Diane Stoppard, Felicity Christian and Trish Clarke are delighted to have been granted funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) so that construction of the Camera Obscura Sculpture can commence this October and open in May 2020. The Camera Obscura will be the first of a suite of unique tourist destinations on the popular Hatea Loop walkway. The PGF is doing an incredible job of funding projects which will lift Te Tai Tokerau Region’s tourism potential. Timatatanga Hou (meaning – new beginning), it’s Maori name was gifted to the sculpture which will be sited at the foot of Te Matau å Pohe bascule bridge by the Hatea river. Te Kåpehu Whétu Kura have agreed to be Guardians of the sculpture. The soaring 8m high and wide spiral steel sculpture houses a Camera Obscura room. The public enter via a curved corridor and arrive in a light- filled room. The view outside is projected upside-down and back-to-front all over the walls, floors and ceilings through a hole in the wall. It is a magical experience and also an educational one. An Obscura is

a real- life demonstration of how the light travels in straight lines and works just like the eye or a camera. The fully-consented internal room is wrapped in a steel exterior which reflects Whangarei’s shipbuilding history. Standing at the base looking up will feel like a ship’s hull whilst the stainless steel body wrap will unite the stories of the river. The spiral-stepped roof suggests the aperture of a lens and the form of the snail. The team have been supported by Creative Northland who will ‘umbrella’ the project. Without the support and guidance of Creative Northland and the WDC (who will own and manage the structure on behalf of the people of Whangarei), Whangarei would not be the home of what will be the world’s largest sculptural Obscura! The local community have also hugely supported the project with local contractors, businesses and the public donating funds, materials and services. This is an example of a community-led project being driven by the community, for the community.

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Your mindful home Mindful gifting Gathered.nz is an online home and gift store based in Whangarei and run by mother and daughter, Ashley and Alex.

We would be the first to admit that we love to receive beautiful gifts, after all we do own a gift store.

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iving gives us the same, if not greater, sense of joy. The act of giving a well-considered and beautifully-presented gift allows the thoughtfulness of the moment to hold as much value as the gift itself. As you all know, gift giving can be a tricky thing to master. The range of goods available can either be overwhelming or completely underwhelming. Most of the time you are shopping for something that doesn’t quite exist until you lay eyes on it. Attempting to shop more mindfully means paying less attention to aggressive marketing campaigns and taking your time to remind yourself of your own values as well as those of the intended receiver of your gift. Shopping for someone you love should be an enjoyable experience.You know what they are

interested in and you know their style, as well as the things that are important to them. All it takes is a little bit of time and thought. As a consumer you hold the power to change the world. By shopping more mindfully and doing your research on the goods you buy, you are casting a vote for your values. Ethically-produced goods and sustainable practices are becoming more important to us as consumers and as business owners. Many people are choosing to shop

locally and supporting small businesses, which, in turn, creates a vibrant and healthy community. Mother’s Day is approaching. Instead of stopping off at the service station on the way home for a card and a Lotto ticket, ask your Mum what she is loving, spend the time thinking about what it is that makes her happy, go forth and give. Until next time, Alex Badham, Designer and Owner of www.gathered.nz

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Choosing the right drapery lining Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst

An educational yarn by the textile house James Dunlop and Frazerhurst Curtains and Blinds.

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indows play a major role in controlling the temperature within a home. During winter it is easy to lose heat, and in summer it is easy to overheat a home if windows are not appropriately covered. Professionally fitted, lined drapery can reduce window heat loss by 40 – 60 per cent when closed*. There are many advantages to drapery lining: 1. Creation of a thermal insulation layer. 2. Protects soft furnishings from sun damage. 3. Resistance to dust and mildew. 4. Creates a dark room environment (dim or black out). 5. Protects the fabric from harmful UV rays. 6. Improves drapeability. 7. Stronger acoustic properties with more layers.

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TYPES OF DRAPERY LINING THERMAL or 1 Pass/layer of coated acrylic suede. Its advantages are insulation and

on colour chosen). It is a popular lining due to its colour options, washability and noise

energy savings, helping to keep rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

reduction properties. It has a soft, thick handle which adds fullness to light weight

A certain amount of light will pass into the room with this construction. Thermal lining

fabric such as sheers.

protects soft furnishings from fading and are also treated to resist mildew.

SILICONE coated lining creates a soft handle and has the benefit of not holding any dust.

BLACKOUT or 3 Pass/layer of coated acrylic

Providing protection from elements such as sun and moisture. This product is washable,

suede. Offers the same benefits of thermal lining but also totally eliminates light. This will minimize any risk of natural flaws in the fabric from showing through. It also adds body to the fabric and provides a stable base for roman blinds. TRIPLE WEAVE lining is a woven construction of three layers of fabric bonded together. The Dimout option can allow a small

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his superb contemporary 220m² four-bedroom family home, situated in the stunning Marsden Cove Canal development, showcases a fabulous functional design with many inspiring ideas. Certainly this is an address to be proud of. From the moment you walk in and look through the picture window overlooking the large entertainer’s deck with a sunken garden, you know you are entering a home with a difference. Quality materials have been selected to guarantee a high-end finish that will be admired for years to come. The James Hardie Oblique Cladding and Autumn-toned schist pillars and chimney complement each other beautifully to make this a very modern, cleaned-lined and stylish home. This Pavilion Style House features two separate wings: one for the bedroom/ bathroom area and the other for the roomy

Resort Style family living area which provides easy access to the private sheltered courtyard. The raked ceilings in this part of the home give it an overall very spacious and luxurious feel. A beautifully appointed separate lounge with a cosy gas fire allows for entertaining, while the children can enjoy the benefits of a TV lounge in the other. Completing this wing is the fabulous kitchen with its indestructible and very practical Dekton Bench top. With


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Simple Tips for Instagramworthy bathroom design

Considering embarking upon that journey into grout, dust and, of course, an over-blown budget?

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athroom renovation can be a tricky business but well-worth the effort. How can you ensure that your bathroom renovation project meets the expectation? Check out these quick tips to ensure your project meets the timeline and budget you set for it. Planning Speaking of time and budget, the first step is to work them into a plan. Work out how much money, time and effort you can afford to spend on the project and stick to it. Generally, it’s expected that you’ll go over budget by 10 per cent or more, but adequate planning and clear vision can avoid this. The best way to do this is first decide on your design aesthetic. What do you want the bathroom to look like? Does it need to fit into an overall home décor scheme you envisage? Asking yourself these questions means you won’t figure it out part-way through the build and have to make some last-minute, expensive choices.

in the world of bathroom fixtures. New technologies in Plumbingware means that you no longer have to have chrome, chrome and more chrome: you have the choice of stainless steel or even colour-coated options. Match these with interesting tile patterns or perhaps an unusually shaped bathtub or sink to get a pop of interest in a too-often ignored space. If you’re going for a classic look or aren’t sure if you’ll be selling up in a few years or not, consider adding these touches of interest with non-permanent features, such as artwork or a well-designed vanity stool. This is particularly vital with a monochrome palette. Here you may like to consider adding a broadleaf plant, bronze for a bit of opulence, playing with patterns, or if you’re wanting to make a bold statement, an accent of pink.

Style So what is your style and how can you achieve it? There are endless possibilities

Quality When choosing these fixtures, as important as it is to find the right style, it is vital

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to ensure your fixtures are high-quality ones. Bathrooms are one of the more expensive rooms to renovate and choosing low-quality fixtures can mean replacing them quicker than you anticipate. This is particularly important with colour-coated tapware. If you’re planning on installing coloured tapware, opt for PVD-coated or electroplated options and be sure to check the manufacturer’s warranty statement, both for length of time and installation requirements.

Final Words Renovating a bathroom can be energy-consuming work but it’s not an unobtainable endeavour and with adequate planning, a bit of soul-searching and product research, you can reap the rewards of your efforts for many years to come.

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Most people know that it’s a good idea to seek advice from a lawyer when buying a property.

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f you’re signing a binding legal document that involves the biggest financial transaction you’ll probably ever make, it makes sense to engage an expert to help. However, a lawyer or conveyancer isn’t just there to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on the contract. You should see them as a valuable source of support throughout the property buying process, not just someone to push the paperwork through at the last minute. Things can move fast in property transactions so it’s smart to start talking to a lawyer as soon as you start looking through ‘for sale’ ads. Here’s what to ask them in the first instance:

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Are you a conveyancing specialist? It might seem obvious, but you really do want a lawyer that specialises in property transactions and knows the insand-outs of what you’re wanting to do. You may already have a great family lawyer, but if this isn’t an area they specialise in, then look elsewhere – you could even ask them for a recommendation.

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How much do you charge? Different lawyers and conveyancers have different fee structures, and pricing can vary dramatically, so it pays to have a clear understanding of what they will charge you from the get-go, and when it will be due.

3

What clauses should I add? Your sale and purchase agreement can include clauses, such as a finance clause that means the offer is subject to you getting loan pre-approval from your bank. Talk to your lawyer about your individual circumstances and what clauses should be included in your contract, to best protect yourself. Talking about this early on will save you time when it comes to making an offer and the real estate agent or salesperson asks what clauses you’d like in the agreement.

4

Can you explain the LIM to me? A LIM is a council file that includes all the information held about a particular property. These files can be chunky, complex and full of very detailed

BUYING

information about resource consents, zoning information, natural features that affect a property (like flooding) and more.

Ask your lawyer or conveyancer to look over these documents and explain them to you, so you fully understand all aspects of the information. Your lawyer will know what to watch out for when reading through the documents and is the best person to spot any red flags for you.

5

What do I need to know about a unit title property? If you are buying a unit title property, the seller must provide you with certain sets of information. Talk to your lawyer about the information you are entitled to and ask their advice on whether you should seek any further information.

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Will you check my sale and purchase agreement before I sign it? Don’t sign anything before your lawyer or conveyancer has read over it. Remember, a sale and purchase agreement is a legally-

binding document and there’s no going back once you have signed on the dotted line. Buying a home is a big financial decision, so it’s well worth taking the time to ensure you’ve done your due diligence and received the advice you need.

SELLING

What will happen on settlement day? Settlement day is when the property transfer goes ahead, and

the house becomes yours. This day is the culmination of a lot of hard work and stress, but before you pop the champagne, several things need to happen in sequence between your lawyer, the seller’s lawyer, and your bank or lender. This can take time, so it’s a good idea not to be sitting outside the home at 9am with a moving truck. You can find a helpful settlement checklist on settled.govt.nz, the independent government website for buyers and sellers.

If you’re not sure where to find a lawyer, you can ask family or friends for recommendations or check out www.propertylawyers.org.nz (part of the New Zealand Law Society) to find one in your area.

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENTIRE HOME Aesthetics are important in your home - you want to achieve the right look with carefully-selected paint colours, furniture and accessories.

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hat said, there’s no point decorating your property to perfection if kitchenware, bed linen and all other items under the sun don’t have a place to live. Having adequate storage space will take your home from cluttered to cool. Plus, being able to find items you need at the drop of a hat makes everyday life that much easier. Whether the kids’ rooms are disaster zones overflowing with toys or your kitchen pantry is a mish-mash of canned goods, chinaware, dried produce, pots and pans, it might be time to sort out some clever storage solutions. And the best part? Many of these smart storage ideas look as stunning as they are practical - meaning you don’t need to compromise your home’s style. Stew over these storage ideas Whether you’re a keen cook or prefer to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible, extra storage space is always a benefit. If your home has a contemporary vibe to

it, consider frosted glass-fronted cupboards with polished metal handles for a sleek look. Alternatively, clear glass might be a better choice if you want to easily see what’s stored inside the cupboards - a smart move if you’re running around after a busy family. Depending on your kitchen’s existing layout and design, adding cupboards could be a significant renovation job or a minor weekend task. Either way, the end result will be worth it. Consider utilising your vertical space, too. Take a look at your kitchen’s current storage options - are your cupboards and drawers mostly located below waist level? While storage areas beneath kitchen islands and countertops are commonplace, more homeowners are looking toward the ceiling and finding ways to make the most of their space. While overhead cupboards can add extra room, they can quickly crowd out a small space. If your kitchen is on the petite side, consider utilising your vertical space with floating shelves that won’t visually clutter the space.

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No more storage nightmares Once you’ve rearranged the kitchen, it’s worth turning your attention to the bedrooms. Whether you’re trying to cram four season’s worth of clothing into your wardrobe or have bed sheets spilling out every nook and cranny, a restful space can quickly become your worst nightmare. If bedrooms are feeling cramped, a fresh shade of paint can visually open the space up - think Resene Half Sisal or Resene Half Joss. It’s easier to incorporate quirky or colourful furniture into these rooms if you’re working against a neutral backdrop. Cube-style open shelves against a wall are a smart option - particularly for kids’ rooms. Given that everything can be seen, it’s much easier for children to know where things belong, making tidying up a breeze. Consider painting each shelf or cubbyhole with a different paint colour – it will brighten it up and can help remind children what to keep on each colour level. Let your children help choose the paint colours to use from the Resene KidzColour range. Deep-set windows are a haven for storage - often, window sills act as an ideal space for smaller knick-knacks that can otherwise clutter a room. Beds that are raised off the floor offer a unique opportunity for storing clothing that’s not currently needed. Invest in shallow wicker or plastic containers with wheels attached, ideally with a lid so everything stays dust-free. Simply roll the

A squeaky-clean bathroom Is your bathroom unsightly, with everything

difficulty with, a shelf unit is a smart idea. That’s because you can stack square wicker

you could even colour-code them with your favourite Resene paint colours.

units under the bed for an easy fix to an overflowing wardrobe. After all, there’s no

from the hairdryer to jars of cosmetics and cleaning products taking over the space?

baskets on it - a great way to store loose items. Consider assigning each family

With the right storage options, not only will be things easier to find, but your home will

point having your entire collection of shortsleeved Hawaiian shirts taking up valuable

A simple metal-frame moveable shelf unit adds a pseudo-industrial vibe and

member a basket for their bathroom goods -

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HOW MANY HOURS OF SLEEP DO YOU NEED?

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by on and the amount you need to function optimally.

feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least seven hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per

fill in the gap. The best way to figure out if you’re meeting

night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality,

your sleep needs is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day. If you’re logging enough

though, it’s a recipe for chronic sleep-deprivation. Just because you’re able to operate on six or

sleep hours, you’ll feel energetic and alert all day long, from the moment you wake up until your

seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean you wouldn’t

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14 – 17 hrs

11 – 19 hrs

12 – 15 HRS

10 – 18 hrs

1 to 2 years old

11 – 14 hrs

9 – 16 hrs

3 to 5 years old

10 – 13 hrs

8 – 14 hrs

6 to 13 years old

9 – 11 hrs

7 – 12 hrs

14 to 17 years old

8 – 10 hrs

7 – 11 hrs

Young adults (18 to 25 years old)

7 – 9 hrs

6 – 11 hrs

Adults (26 to 64 years old)

7 – 9 hrs

6 – 10 hrs

Older adults (65+)

7 – 8 hrs

5 – 9 hrs

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Q&A with

Dean McGonagle, Platinum Homes Northland

BUILDING A NEW HOME Q: Does Your Builder Provide an Independent Guarantee?

Dean McGonagle is owner of the Platinum Homes Northland and he has been involved in every aspect of the building trade from small renovations and additions, large coastal homes, light and heavy commercial. Dean really enjoys the residential build side of the industry as he gets to deal directly with the homeowner and work towards achieving their desired builds in a designed partnership process.

processes are normally pretty standard – from design consultation to the handing

RECAP FROM LAST MONTH’S Q&A

A: Many building companies provide construction guarantees – some don`t. This is a

We discussed the importance of choosing

they will be installing into your home proving

over of the keys is a process that each company should have refined and should

very important part of your selection process. I believe the guarantee process should

the right building company and the suggested processes in how to go about

that they use products that will be fit for purpose and have warranties in place.

be able to provide approximate timeframes and steps where you will be required to

be mandatory, providing the potential new home builder with genuine security of their

achieving this. We described what we thought would be ‘best practice’ when

We discussed choosing your builder as early as you can and working with them

participate in decision-making and also where payment milestones are due. This all

investment. I also believe the guarantee should be independent, meaning that, once

dealing with the size of investment that one normally does when building a new home

in the design of your new home as well. This way you will be more satisfied that the

means you can plan things with payments, site visits and an approximate shift in date.

signed, the building company becomes a third party to the whole process. This way

and what you should be looking for in a building company.

design will fit your budget. Often there is a large disconnect between design and the

Q: Can a building company provide a

the new home builder can rest assured that they will automatically be looked after in

We also described what the legislated documentation building companies must

final contract price. We also talked about letting your builder

timeline to completion? A: In short, the answer is yes. While it

the advent of something happening to the building company. In-house self-funded

provide now to reassure you they are fit to build your new home. Part of this

do all the lodging of consents so they follow the design, costings and final approvals in

will be an approximate date, the building company, as stated above, should have

guarantees have risks attached to them but they are very good if the building company

documentation is also providing the products

readiness to start construction.

refined systems whereby they can provide this. Few building companies will guarantee

is a safe company and this is determined by the legislated documentation they must

way you get an unfiltered list to choose one

content about what has happened, what is

a date as there are so many external agents that can affect this happening but if the

provide as stated last month and above. You should also be looking for a guarantee

or all to call. This is probably close to the largest financial and emotional investment

happening currently and what will happen on your project. If you are building some

building company has good processes then the date should be fairly accurate. Each

that runs alongside other protection mechanisms like the Construction Contracts

you will make in your life so it is important to really know who you are dealing with and

distance from where you live, I feel photos are an important part of the process as well.

company usually has a project management system that they operate off and this is the

Act 2004, Consumer Guarantees Act and the Fair Trading Act. Your solicitor should be

who will be handling your investment.

Good communication will relieve you of stresses throughout the project as, often,

internal guideline to running a streamline construction process – from this they should

reviewing this robustly on your behalf when reviewing your contract paperwork.

Q: What style of communication should you expect from your builder throughout the

there are things a client needs to do and this can be a prompt for a smooth build

be able to provide the timelines within reason, as explained.

Q: How do you check on a company’s

whole process of building? A: Communication, in nearly everything

process. It can also be used by the company to forewarn when a milestone payment is

reputation? A: The only people who really know what

we do, is the number one ingredient to a successful life. Outcomes, good or bad,

due so, if your money is invested, then you have been given clear guidance of when

a building company is like to do business with are its past clients who have personally

can normally be attributed to the style, quality and quantity of communication you

this will be needed.

experienced the whole process, be it good or bad. Ask the company for references from

receive. Building a new home is no different and, again I stress the size of investment

Q: Can a building company provide you a step-by-step look at the whole process to

past clients, even to the point of requesting if you could speak to some. If you truly value

warrants the respect of consistent and truthful communication.

building a new home? A: This question ties in with the previous

the size of your investment, you could ask for the last 10 people they built for and this

I believe the communication should be in written form and should include serious

one about communication. Building a home is like a complex jigsaw puzzle where the

In June’s edition, Dean will explain: • What quality control measures a building company should have in place; • How to make sure the actual team under the company owner have the skills necessary to put a new home together? • What you should ask when you see ‘allowances’ in your contract; • How transparent is the quotation/ specifications? • And much more...

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Danny has designed and sold over 300 new homes in the complex Whangarei and Kaipara areas. He’s worked through the industry’s the ever-changing environment, and his knowledge of design techniques, the building process, and site-related and council requirements is secondto-none. Above all, he respects and understands the investment you have made, and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure a successful build.

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Front row: Claudia, Angela Back row from left to right: Rose, Shona, Tilly, Kane, Andy, Kirsten, Ian Fox (old owner), Phil Grindle (new owner), Debbie

BUSINESS AS USUAL AT ALTER-NATIVES You may have noticed some new faces if you’ve been plant shopping at Alter-natives recently. Phil & Rebecca ………… the new owners!

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hey joined us here at Alter-Natives a few weeks ago, right in the middle of one of our busiest times of the year, so it’s been a steep learning curve for them. As for the rest of the staff, nothing’s changed, we are all still here, some have been here for quite a while, although you may never have seen some of them. They work behind the scenes in production growing our plants and keeping them in

prime condition for the shop. A key member of production staff is Andy who looks after our larger grade trees, natives and ferns. He also has the job of pest and disease control. Over the last six months, Andy has been using/ trialing organic alternatives to harmful chemical sprays. We have been seeing increased numbers of beneficial insects such as Ladybirds and Praying Mantis throughout the nursery.

Helping with sales are Rose, Tilly, Candace, Keith and Emma. Between the 6 shop staff, they have well over 120 years plant experience! Whether that is selling them, planting them, growing them or even studying them. Keith and Candace both work part time in sales, as most of the week they are selfemployed landscapers drawing up plans for gardens or planting them up. They both have amazing plant knowledge. Rose has owned her own garden centre for 26 years before joining the AlterNatives team a few years ago. She also has an amazing plant knowledge, especially exotic plants. Debbie has been working here the longest at around eight-nine years (she’s lost count) and before this she spent 15 years working in various plant nurseries in Auckland and Whangarei. Tilly has spent one year studying at Northtec before joining our team 10 months ago.

Also involved in the production team are Kirsten, Angela, Shona, and new to the team after studying horticulture at North Tech, Tania. Between them, they have about 10 years’ experience with plants. They all have their areas of plants to look after, and they take great pride in keeping these areas looking good. Busy planting natives for revegetation and effluent fields is Kane. He also makes sure our vehicles are running smoothly and takes care of the irrigation, and anything else that needs fixing around the place. Floating between sales and production is Claudia, who’s been working part time with us for about four years now, she works at one pace (flat-out) keeping the retail area stocked and full of plants. Debbie keeps the office ticking over and running efficiently. A fair bit of crystal ball gazing is part of the nursery business, with forward orders and estimating plant numbers, sometimes over a year in advance.

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