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Trade Aid’s newest lookbook is out with loads of beautiful, hand made, fair trade décor from around the world to add colour and craft to your home this Spring. Come in store to see our new products or visit tradeaid.org.nz/get-involved/collections to see our Spring Lookbook. As with all Trade Aid products, these treasures can all be directly traced back to the individual artisans who created them. Fair trade is at the heart of all that Trade Aid does, and each product comes with the guarantee that the artisan behind it has been paid a fair price for their artistry.

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Last month marked the 16th year of the Northland Barista Competition. CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! Winner: Rebecca Keene (centre) from Apron Café Second Place: Ben Taiaroa (left) from Logan Mclean Café Third Place: Kayla Sketchley (right) from Smith and Local Café The competition was proudly presented by Northland Hospitality and Altura Coffee Company.

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s Far North mother of five Teena Foster described the moment her baby son stopped breathing (page 5) I could empathise on a deep level. Not only because, after 16 years, the memory still has the ability to reduce her to tears, but 11 years ago, I experienced a similar nightmare. When my own baby son stopped breathing, I was home alone and, assuming he was choking on his dinner, I conducted the back blows I’d been taught in antenatal classes. However, the gagging and convulsing stopped and he was rapidly turning blue so, screaming for help, I rushed him, limp and heavy in my arms, next door, where neighbours tried more back blows and called 111. I couldn’t believe what it had come to as I began to conduct CPR on my lifeless baby, whose face, only minutes earlier, had lit up as he giggled at the airplane game I did with the spoon. I remember thinking: ‘I’ve lost my baby only two weeks before his first birthday!’. Then my neighbour gently tapped my shoulder and informed me he was breathing. I felt like I’d been dealt a second chance and I’d never take anything for granted again. I don’t know what happened but it was suggested that, perhaps due to the throat muscles relaxing, the item had dislodged, enabling breathing. Or perhaps it was a febrile seizure, which he suffered several months later with the same symptoms. The whole thing was a blur but, what I do remember, apart from the sweltering heat bearing down on us on my neighbour’s porch, was becoming aware of the uncontrollable shaking which kicked in while waiting for the ambulance as I hugged my baby, whose still blue and swollen body was now erratically taking in air. I also remember, as his breathing become more regular, the moment he looked up at me, smiled weakly and softly said ‘Mama’. It was the sweetest sound I’d ever heard. During emergencies, some people go into shock and freeze, while, for others, adrenaline kicks in and they move into auto-pilot. I learnt, during this experience, that thankfully I do the latter. However, one must have these skills fine-tuned and there is always room for improvement! I subsequently enrolled in a Choking and CPR course but realised last week that it was over ten years ago! While enquiring about a refresher, I was invited to test my skills on a new QCPR manikin, used for training emergency staff. The outcome was surprising. You can read about this experience on page 16 All this emergency talk is in the lead-up to the Summer Safety Day next weekend. It is a fun and informative day for families and not to be missed. My own kids are looking forward to it, including my precious 11-year-old son with whom, as I suspect is the case with Teena and her boy, I will always have that special bond.

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andemonium will abound at Kensington Park next weekend but the fires, crashes, winching and sirens will not be cause for alarm. The action-packed three hours will take place next Sunday for the fourth Summer Safety Day, which aims to showcase the emergency services and supporting partner agencies available to help Northlanders. Present will be St John NZ, Northland Rescue Helicopter, Fire and Emergency NZ, NZ Police, Whangarei District Council, Northland DHB and Blue Light Whangarei, among others, giving live demonstrations, such as a helicopter winch display, a car crash rescue and fire combat challenges. North Power public affairs manager Steve MacMillan says, although there was an estimated 3,000-plus in attendance last year, this year will be bigger and better still. “So many people have come together and put in such a big effort based on a really fun event last year. We do this because we believe it is so important for our community to be aware of all the services out there to help them 24/7. People should never be afraid to ask for help or advice.” Fire crews from both Whangarei and Kamo brigades will, once again, be running their popular activities, such as the Kids Combat Challenge, the Kitchen Fire Demonstrator and the Escape the House blow-up maze. New this year will be the Escape My House virtual reality set-up, where participants feel like they are inside a burning house with the aid of VR goggles and must work out how to escape. The Northland Rescue Helicopter will be carrying out a winch demonstration with the St John advanced paramedics and a helicopter will be on display outside the hangar for the public to view inside. There will also be a car crash rescue demonstration using the jaws of life carried out by Fire and Emergency NZ, alongside St John and Red Cross; a search and rescue challenge; and a CPR manikin will be available for practising and assessing chest compressions. Active Attitude will, once again, be providing a gymnastics course. Mr MacMillan says that, alongside these activities, police will be highlighting road safety and other campaigns. “They will be demonstrating why not to drink and drive with use of the ‘drunk goggles’ so people can experience what impairment can do to you. There will also be general info on being safe in the community and that violence is not okay, to remember to ask for help. “I suspect sirens will be part of it,” he adds, referring to the popularity of the sirens from previous years. Mr MacMillan says the event also helps recruit volunteers and encourages young people to consider emergency services career options. “It’s about having some fun and, if people can go away from it feeling more educated and share it with their friends and whanau, then it’s a win.” The Summer Safety Day runs from 10am-1pm, Sunday November 12.


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OUR PEOPLE (Left to right): Jared Foster, 14, (nephew) Manaia Aitken, 17, Jasmin Foster, 12, Roger Foster, Teena Foster, Bailey Foster, 16, Jordan Foster, 19, and Levi Foster, 17.

Thankful for the chopper


eena Foster has had so many encounters with the Northland Rescue Helicopter Service that the flight nurse eventually knew her by name. The Far North mother of five’s first experience was due to a suspected ectopic pregnancy. After getting the all-clear, she found herself mid-air once more when she went into early labour at 27 weeks during her third pregnancy. The labour was withheld and Bailey (now 16) was born around the due date. However, at six days old he took a last gurgling breath ‘and was gone’. “We were at home at the farm and I would have normally put him down to sleep but a friend rang up to ask if she could come and see the baby,” says Teena, who was already paranoid after her sister lost two babies. “He had jaundice so when she left, I was sunning him. It wasn’t warm enough to have him outside so we were sitting in the four-wheel drive. Bailey was asleep in the capsule in the back and I had my one-year-old sitting in the front with me. “I heard this last breath gurgle and jumped out of the ute and went running around to him. He was only yellow, he had no other colour and he was gone.” Teena’s husband heard her scream from down the back of the farm and ran in behind her as she was carrying out CPR in the house. “I didn’t realise you can actually overdo CPR and my husband had to tell me to stop as Bailey was breathing again. I would not have known what to do if the maternity services

at Kaitaia Hospital hadn’t shown us a video on CPR and got us to practice on a manikin.” They drove to Kaitaia Hospital where Bailey was monitored. “They said he looked fine and then he did the exact same thing to them. Emergency kicked in and they did a lumbar puncture. Then we waited for a helicopter to arrive.” Once in Starship, Bailey repeatedly stopped breathing and the doctors were at a loss to explain what was causing it. “They called it a near-miss cot death and the doctor said if he had been in bed and I hadn’t heard this happen, I would have walked in on a dead baby,” recalls Teena, who still gets emotional at the memory. The family were sent home with an apnea monitor, which they used for a year and Bailey continued to stop breathing around four times a day. However, the monitor, which was strapped onto his stomach and emitted a constant ticking noise in rhythm with his breathing, would set off an alarm each time he stopped. Then one day Teena’s husband Roger suggested they take Bailey to her chiropractor. “Our son was only looking one way and the doctors thought he might have a hearing problem. The chiropractor discovered Bailey’s neck was all jammed up. He thought it might have been from when I began having contractions while the baby was in the breech position.” After the first chiropractor session, the bouts stopped and never occurred again. Bailey has had no further encounters with the rescue helicopter. However, his mother has.


Teena, who went on to have two more children, was involved in a head-on collision with all her children in the vehicle. “The kids were mostly fine, apart from one of the boy’s teeth going through his lip. I had my baby girl in the capsule on the bench seat with us and turned to grab her car seat and got side-ways whip lash. The helicopter was called but, as it went to land, the weather changed so it had to return. I ended up going by ambulance – it was a slow ride.” Teena has now had a straight 12-years of not needing the service, and although she is hoping there will not be a next time, can’t sing its praises enough. “The fact that we can live in such a beautiful place that is rural, yet have the peace of mind that we’ve got the air helicopters come out to our rescue if we need it, we feel very blessed.” She says it got to the point where the flight nurse knew her name. “She said: ‘Gidday Teena, I think you might start needing some air miles’. I wish I knew her name but I wasn’t able to take much in. “The team have been amazing every time I’ve dealt with them and they’re so calming. They don’t just see you as a number, but a person and they look after you, as well as your child. “I’m just so grateful to them and Bailey has grown into a wonderful boy. But he goes very silent when I talk about it. “Oh, and my husband recons I don’t snore – I tick!”




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pring/summer 2017 creations have been rocking retail clothing floors since July. While you’ve been sifting through racks of winter rejects, bad buys and late arrivals, spring and summer have been quietly accumulating. We’ve gone very green when it comes to clothing this season. For the natural fibre girl, linen is back in every gorgeous colour of white, neutral, khaki and bold that you can find. Straight-leg or cropped pants scream comfort, with waistlines that invite a half-tucked top, relaxed style dresses focus on colour and comfort rather than form and tunic tops with V necklines or cowl, egg-shaped or swing by labels such as Marco Polo, Chalet and Sabatini are musts. The bright floral dress is making an exciting fashion comeback, reinforced by media stylist for the majority of female presenters – and not to forget Nigella our Emily and Finn Queen in her fitted to the waist floral explosion dress with full skirt and pockets – gloriously 50’s ‘Beach Hop’. The Vassalli jean skirt is the new short this season. It ticks the same boxes. Hits just on the knee and in cotton/spandex mix is tried and true ‘running out the door’ comfort, with sporty pockets and bold-patterned or plain combinations. Match them with that little cotton t shirt and you’re rocking!! Cotton, cotton and more cotton – beats that sticky, fluro, sequinned, polyester any day. There’s a hint of nostalgia for the 70’s this season with the resurgence of the muslin smock top, complete with embellished bodice over full gathers from ‘I Say;’ and the off-the-shoulder peasant top reminiscent of Carnaby Street or Kings Road days, elasticated for permanent comfort. Also hinting 70’s and a baby boomers delight, is the cold shoulder look featured in both dresses and tops which emphasises the very best angle of any aged arm. Thank goodness too for the reappearance of a longer-line dress, fitted or relaxed – didn’t we call it a ‘midi’ in the 70s? Yes, in the fashion world we embrace natural fibres: cotton, linen, viscose, rayon, silk, merino, hemp … in the fashion world we embrace green.

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omen’s bodies haven’t always been treated very kindly by others or ourselves. Sadly, this is often the case with breasts and Berlei has decided that it’s time someone told the story of the daily unkindness women put their boobs through. Recent research conducted by Berlei* revealed women feel bras are generally “unkind” and are “the first thing you want to take off when you get home”. It revealed that 67 per cent had been let down by a bra, either from “straps falling down”, “cups not fitting the shape of your breasts”, “red marks, when you take it off” or “back ache”. As Berlei enters the next 100 years of innovating based on women’s changing needs, its team of Kiwi and Australian designers have developed a revolution in the bra category and are thrilled to launch Berlei’s kindest bra yet; Womankind. Every component of the bra has been designed to make women feel great. From the fabric choices; to the soft, minimalist aesthetic; to the level of padding which is neither contour, nor noncontour.


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ould you consider being a broadcast point for something different in your environment? In the world?

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So, we’re breaking it all down, and giving you all the info on exactly when’s a good time to consider having cosmetic injections, and if they are right for you.

IN YOUR 20s Although lines and wrinkles are not usually a concern when you’re in your twenties, appearance medicine can be used as a preventative measure to help slow the signs of ageing. As we all know, it’s easier to prevent wrinkles, than try and correct them later! “Treating areas before lines and wrinkles develop, relaxes the active muscles before allowing possible wrinkles to form,” explains Caci training manager Fleur Evans.

IN YOUR 30s During our 30s, collagen and new skin cell production slows, skin becomes thinner and signs of ageing start to appear. The forehead wrinkles, crows’ feet and frown lines are often more pronounced because of constant movement of the skin. If you’ve noticed your makeup creasing and sitting in the fine frown lines, then appearance medicine treatments might be right, it will help smooth out the area and reduce the fine lines that have developed, while also preventing them from getting worse.


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IN YOUR 40s In our 40s loss of volume and firmness can occur; this is when appearance medicine and fillers can help rejuvenate our skin, by adding volume, reducing lines, and correcting the signs of aging. It can help soften, but may not completely eliminate them, this is when filler can assist, by adding volume under the skin to smooth out the canvas and give more youthful appearance. Crow’s feet are one of the most commonly treated areas, reducing the lines around the eyes can make you look more refreshed, more youthful, and also make your eyes appear larger. To have any specific appearance medicine questions addressed in absolute confidence, or for more information on the cost of these treatments, have a free consultation at Caci Whangarei, 110 Bank St, or call 09 438 1942.

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And the winner is…


n Saturday October 7, 2017, the entrants to the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards strutted their stuff for the 40th year. As with every show, the judges debated for a long time at intermission to make the call over who they wanted as the winner for each of the categories, some were clear winners. However some categories required loads of debate due to the high level of garments. Whangarei South Rotary Club president Brian Morris, was extremely impressed with the talent coming through this year. So much so the Rotary

Club donated a Bernina B1008 Sewing Machine (valued at $2399) to Whangarei Girls High School. “We want to acknowledge all of the hard work that all of the teachers from all the schools had in getting the student involved,” Mr Morris stated “This year we wanted to acknowledge all of that hard work that the schools did in the background.” Bernina Northland in the Strand Whangarei owners Tim and Sandy Robinson, also acknowledge the high level of standard this year’s garments were. However: “Every entrant needs to have their time in the spot light,” Sandy said. Whangarei South Rotary Club event organiser Vince Cocurullo states: “This year we wanted to really ramp up the show and asked if Venue and Events would run the night, and they did that very well, with tables for the sponsors and 40th anniversary cupcakes for all.” Cupcakes were provided by the team at Cuppacakes in Whangarei. The Rotary Club of Whangarei South wishes to thank all of the sponsors, along with the entrants and supporters of entrants, for, without you, the show would not have been a huge success. A collection of the outfits will be shown at the Bernina Northland shop and from November 11 through to January at the Kiwi North Museum in Maunu, Whangarei. So the category winners were for the 40th Annual Bernina Northland Fashion Awards:

ROTARY CLUB OF WHANGAREI SOUTH WISHES TO THANK All sponsors and entrants of the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards 2017 for making the event a fantastic success! We look forward to seeing you all at our 41st event in 2018!

Celebrating the creativity of Northland with Fashion and Wearable Art from the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards 40th Anniversary show

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Open Wearable Art – Sponsored by McLeods Brewery

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1st - #82 Alarnya Ashby – Burning Desire 2nd - #74 Carol Crossley – Balloon Skirt 3rd - #81 The Papermill – Dreams of Alice

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1st - #95 Tori Evans – Greenwich Mean Time Travel Police – Bodkin 2nd - #93 Cordelia Forward – Party Girl 3rd - #101 Meryl Frear – The Time Traveller Dinosaur Hunter HC – 92 Vivienne Shepherd – Miss Flora ist; Florist and Vanquisher of Fascists

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First Time Entrant Award – Sponsored by People Potential

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1st - #32 Levonne Smith – Resolving Issues 2nd - #35 Kaylee Powell – No Grey Areas 3rd - #30 Danica Sketchly – Kimono

Masquerade – Sponsored by NDSL (RICOH) 1st - #48 Rachael Jackson – Sandy 2nd - #40 Ella Farrier – Showy 3rd - #36 Amber Woodworth – The Joker

Junior Wearable Art – Sponsored by Z Northland 1st - #54 Luka Dánvers – Bags to Ball Dress 2nd - #58 Abby Jaques & Kaela Mann – Nature Warrior 3rd - #63 Lisa Penivao – Moana, The Innocent HC - #62 Halee Giles – Rainbow Fish

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#98 Erin Ward – Curtains to Catwalk

Northland’s Top Model - Sponsored by Sarah Marshall Photography #12 Celina Yang – Wild Embers

Extreme Elegance Award – Sponsored by Steve Haywood Jeweller #2 Megan King – Reck’lace’ in Red

Northland’s Designer of the Year – Sponsored by Bernina Northland #32 Levonne Smith – Resolving Issues So if you are interested and want to be involved next year, contact Tim or Sandy at Bernina Northland, or email awards@ northlandfashionawards.org.nz.

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When you study at NorthTec, we prepare you for the real world and give you the skills to provide fantastic customer service in your chosen field. You can learn new skills and put them straight into practice using our purpose-built facilities, including a working hair and beauty salon, a professional kitchen with an on-site restaurant and café, and computer labs using the latest technology. From hairdressing to hospitality, and from beauty therapy to business, you’ll learn all the techniques to give your customers a fantastic experience which will bring them back to you time and again! With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy the chance to make new friends, learn from each other and get plenty of time with your tutors. They are all highly experienced, with strong industry connections, and you will benefit from their passion and knowledge for their subject. Our graduates are sought after by our local service industries, so you’ll have a great head start in launching your new career! Diane Crocker completed two one-year hairdressing programmes at NorthTec, equivalent to an industry apprenticeship, and went on to fulfil her lifelong dream of owning her own salon. She launched Classic Hair Design, in Whangarei, in May 2015 and the business has gone from strength to strength since then. Diane says: “It is going really well and my clientele is growing all the time. I have some amazing clients and I love being in business and following my dream. “I really love being my own boss, and the satisfaction of having a business and watching it grow. Everything I learned at NorthTec has helped me follow my dream path and given me the foundations I needed. I am very appreciative of the tutors there and what they did for me, and I would highly recommend to anyone to go and study hairdressing at NorthTec.”

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e could think of the health of our body like a business. We are, in theory, the CEO of our own company - the company of our body and its health. And, in the same way as a CEO must act in the interests of their business or company, we must think and act in the interests of our own health and

wellness. After all, we are the proud owners of a family business that we have inherited through our DNA: our body. The decisions we make on a daily basis affect our lifespan and the ad and, if necessary, nece ecessary, turn around unhea healthy conditions hea quality of life we lead unhealthy age. age before they do damage. your life in peak health and d sides The end goal is to live you tions ns that that can can take e you y out long step disease conditions course rse, this rse his brings before your time. Of cou course, additional challenges ges and d responsibi rresponsibilities ibilit lities lit in decision-making and requ requires equires equ s us u to o understand the effects ects of our day-to-day decisions on our long-term ong-term ong rm health and wellness. We need to get to kno “normal know w our o “norma rmal state”. stat tate”. e”. In today’s world, stress is never Unchecked, ver far away. away way.. Unch U ncheck nch ecked, it can eck cause a permanent state of inner tension vital er ten tensio sion and unease. It is vita itall for ita for over our own “n “normal al state”, which is the poi point nt each of us to discover n balance, balance, relaxed and happy! bala at which you feel completely in ome so used used to str stress that they no longer realize e how how Many people become far out of balance their eir lives have become, Contrary to popular ular belief, beli elief, ef, stress st and a hectic schedule do not equate with effic efficiency ficiency cy and productivity. Quite the opposite: In the long term, th they damage the body and mind impairing our ability ab ty to function. Our health is builtt on four our pillars: physical activity (exercise), nutrition,, mind-sett and a stress management. These components closely s are closel sely interlinked and completely dependent nt on one another. They are the foundations of good d health and wellness. ula It’s a simple formula and not too difficult to implement with the right mind-set. This is the glue that holds the other three things together. her. The stress component nt is easily controlled with ition iti your fitness and nutrition lly only program so you really ent an and that have ONE thing to implement is making sure yourr mind-set is right and concurrent with your ur long-term life goals. You could think of the components as a four-legg four-legged egged chair. Each is essential in its own right and we need all four to ensure stability. The message e here is,, “Don’t “ neglect even ven one off thes tthese hese hes e


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components for any length of time!” Also it doesn’t make sense to drill into a complicated solution for one area if you are neglecting the basics in another area. Doing just the basics in each area can go a long way towards a healthy lifestyle. Next, the aim of every business is to make a profit. In terms of our health, profitability means moving and feeding our bodies with the raw materials that will produce the maximum amount of energy. ody as a power unit, a macro-econ conomy con omy th that at con consis sists of We should think of our body macro-economy consists multip mul tiple le small sma ent enterp erpris rises. If yo you u opti o ptimiz mize miz e the t inp input ut to you yourr body b ody’s ody ’s cel cells, ls, you will ill multiple enterprises. optimize body’s gain maximum output and use the ener nergy gy you have to the be best st adv advantage energy and, in our case, building a lifestyle tha thatt is is enjo e njoyable, viable and enjoyable, sustainable for the long haul. From time-to-time we need to perform orm a risk management assessment. The older we become, the more important it is for us to apply the principles of risk management to our health. Compare the benefits to be gained by taking a good amount of exercise (both structured and incidental) during the day to the risks of choosing the low-effort (or no-effect) option. As you get older, you need to follow a more sustainable strategy. The biggest mistake you can make to age prematurely and set the stage for disease is to skimp on exercise. Lastly, do a business sustainability assessment. This means making a real effort to break any bad lifestyle habits that you identify. Many of the illnesses associated with growing older are the result of decades of unhealthy living. While it’s relatively easy to find short-term solutions to health problems, our aim should be to develop a holistic, long-term strategy for our health. Work on maintaining your personal balance by ensuring that, on average, you are doing the right things for your body and by reducing stress through effective time management, just like a CEO. I really hope you can see now that maintaining a healthy body is like running a successful business – the same economic theories and principles apply. YOU are the CEO of your own health….start making executive decisions today!


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CPR put to the test


t’s been over ten years since I underwent a CPR course and I have been intending to do a refresher. Still, I was fairly confident in my abilities when I was invited to put them to the test via a manikin which would assess my skills. Known as Resusci Anne, the relatively new QCPR manikins is one of only a few in Northland to come with the latest technology that are now being used for training frontline ambulance staff. St John - Northern Region acting district operations manager Wally Mitchell describes the manikins as excellent tools for coaching individuals on how to improve their technique in producing effective chest compressions. “Chest compressions are now proven to be the most critical part of CPR when it comes to surviving out of hospital cardiac arrest with normal brain function,” he explains. “The recent changes in CPR are resulting in more patients surviving to discharge from hospital with good outcomes.” I ask Wally if the ratio is still 30 compressions to two breaths, which he confirms. However, the focus today is on continuous chest compressions as a common mistake people make is not starting CPR early enough or not having the confidence to continue. “People usually panic because they think they’re not doing it right or they stop to make (emergency) phone calls, or they don’t start CPR because they don’t like the thought of having to do the breathing. My message as an intensive care paramedic is that doing something is better than nothing and, if you choose to only do chest compressions, then know how to do them well.” Chest compressions are exhausting, Wally tells me. An average adult chest requires between 20-30kg downward force to compress to the required 5-6cms. Ideally a person should continue for no more than two minutes but, if alone, it is recommended to carry on for as long as necessary. And with that, I am put to the test. Although in real life, CPR would usually take much longer, the timer is set for one

SAVVY EDITOR Jodi Bryant, Conducting continuous chest compressions with 20-30kg downward force proved exhausting. minute so I take my position and start pumping the chest. When one minute is up we wait for the screen to flash the result. “12 per cent!” This is tragic. Wally flicks through the device to see where I went wrong. Apparently, the rhythm was good, along with the hand position, but I just wasn’t pushing down hard enough. I sit the test again. “Two percent!” Wow. I am on a downward slide. It turns out my placement wasn’t quite in the right spot and, still, I wasn’t pressing down hard enough. I ask Wally if he has enough time for me to nail this. A pass is 80 per cent but right now, things would be looking up for me at 13 per cent, although I’d really rather leave knowing I am capable of possibly saving someone’s life. I undertake another practice test, watching the screen as it corrects me. Finally, I am into a rhythm that seems to keep the machine happy. I’m ready for one last attempt. I get into position – knees close to the torso, arms straight, and begin pressing up and down with gusto.

BY JODI BRYANT At between one and two thirds-two compressions per second (between 100 and 120 compressions per minute), Wally is right; this is exhausting! He points out that this manikin is also not a large torso and the larger the person, the harder one has to press. Finally, I stop and, not feeling too confident, look doubtfully at the screen. “85 per cent!” Phew! I feel like celebrating but tell Wally that, although I feel I would know what to do in an emergency situation, I’m not sure I would remember just how hard to press as it felt like I was doing some serious damage. He replies that broken ribs and bruises are secondary – saving the life is more important. “If you step up and do something, you’re giving the person a chance. If you do chest compressions 100 per cent effectively before emergency services arrive, you’re definitely significantly increasing the patient’s chances of having a good outcome. Considerable evidence now supports the concept that quality CPR ultimately, not only saves lives, it can also make a huge difference to the ongoing quality of the survivor’s life.” Resusci Anne will be at the Summer Safety Day where members of the public can test their performance and be offered guidance. For information about First Aid and CPR courses, visit: www.stjohn.org.nz

■ St John - Northern Region acting district operations manager Wally Mitchell prepares to take Resusci Anne to the Summer Safety Day for the public to practice their chest compressions.



Tui Chiropractic was established in January 2017 by Tarn de Ridder. Tarn grew up rurally in Whangarei, riding and competing horses after school and on the weekends. After a nasty fall resulting in back pain, Tarn discovered chiropractic for the first time and was amazed at how much better she felt and how her body could perform and function better. Tarn went on to spend the next five years studying chiropractic at New Zealand College of Chiropractic, and the following two years practising in Upper Hutt. After moving back north with her husband to enjoy the great lifestyle Whangarei has to offer, an opportunity arose to realise Tarn’s dream of opening her own practice in Maunu, and Tui Chiropractic was born.

Tarn’s passion is helping the Whangarei community achieve greater health, naturally. Chiropractic is a natural form of healthcare which focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors recognise that when the spine’s function is compromised (through injury, repetitive activity or micro stress), communication between the brain and body is compromised, leading to recurring injuries, pain or ill health. Tui Chiropractic sees patients of all ages – from new borns to elderly and everyone in between. The clinic is located at 425 Maunu Road, next to the Tui Medical Centre. Phone 09 438 1642 for an appointment or book online at www.tuichiropractic.co.nz

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Chocolate Milk from Brown Cows? BY JODI BRYANT


hildren today have a different view of the world; Money comes from machines in the wall, eggs are from the supermarket, peas from the freezer and chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Some of these myths – especially those related to rural matters - are what organisers of the Whangarei A&P Show are hoping to resolve when families come to this year’s event held December 2. “The Show is about bringing the country to town,” explains Chris Mason of the Agricultural and Pastoral Society. “In the past, most families in the city had relatives in the country and would spend time on their farms. However, that is not so much the case anymore and many city kids are now quite removed and have no idea what goes on in the rural sector around them.” And it’s not just the children who need educating, says Chris. Often parents are oblivious too. “We shouldn’t underestimate what people don’t know – I’ve heard children being told by their well-meaning but misinformed parents that animals are skinned to get fleece – and it’s that sort of thing that should inspire people to come to the show.” The Whangarei A&P Show first began in 1877 and, with the exception of three shows during the World War years, this will be the 137th show. Held at Barge Showgrounds, there are 120 sites 18 | SAVVY

showcasing the trades, such as tractors, trailers, cars and machinery, to drones, giftware, house and garden wares and food. Events will include show jumping and mounted games, hay bale stacking, highland dancing, livestock, axeman and excavating competitions and an inter-schools TeenAg competition. New this year will be Logger Sports competitions, along with the 20 finalists on display from the Northland’s Ideas Competition - The Pick. There will also be a new demonstration arena with lots to watch and join in, including Billy Black Woolman and his trusty partner Jonah the pig, the Wonky Donkey Man, world renown children’s book author and his sidekick Kaha the Kea, Blackout Cheerleaders, Cuban Salsa Dance, Miyagi Kan Goju Ryu Karate, Whangarei Rock ‘n Roll, plus Santa will be ready for photo opportunities and to hear those last-minute wish lists. Also present will be Sweet Suzie Moo and the popular Fresha Valley Suzie Moo Show, which helps children learn where their milk comes from and how to make cream and butter. They also learn how to milk a cow and, at the end of the show, can try their hand at milking. Chris believes a highlight is the chance for children to pet animals in the SPCA Petting Arena and to get up close and personal in the Farm Yard Nursery.

“Many children don’t get that opportunity in their daily lives and it is important in a country like ours where agriculture and animals play such a key role. One father told me last year that his daughter freaked out when approached by any kind of animal, no matter how small or where they were, but after spending a day at the show, she was much more confident and he would be back this year so she can build on that further. “Most of us will have fond memories of A&P Shows from our youth,” continues Chris. “The A&P Show is a kiwi tradition and Whangarei is so lucky to have one of the best shows – it has great diversity, lots of support from community groups and businesses and it really does bring a mix of the great things about country life to the city. Barge Showgrounds is a beautiful spot and just five minutes from the heart of town – where else would you be able to find shearing, wood chopping, 280 calves, lambs, goats, sheep, cattle and over 300 horses, while still having a terrific coffee, yummy food and shopping? “The A&P Show is about making family traditions and childhood memories to pass down through generations – that’s why it should be on everyone’s calendar.” Gates open at 9am and close at 4.30pm. Gate admission is $10.00 per person. Children five years old and under are free.

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he Whangarei A&P Show brings town and country together and celebrates everything that is great about rural living in Northland! So much to see, experience and enjoy: You will see the largest array of animals in one place – lambs, calves, cows, bulls, ponies, horses, goats, rabbits, pigeons, poultry, guinea pigs and more! Come and watch Suzie Moo help milk cows, separate cream from the milk, churn butter and feed calves at the Fresha Valley educational event. Watch Billy Black the Woolman and his pig Jonah

Craig Smith, famed for his award winning book and song, the million selling ‘Wonky donkey’, is at the show with his books! Santa is on hand in a special grotto ready for photos and to hear last minute wish lists. Plus many other free activities including The Big Dig, Hay Bale Stacking Competitions, Have-A-Go rural activities, vintage tractor rides, Bop-A-Longs!

performing on stage to showcase kiwi cultures. Home Industry Competitions – meet some local talents in baking, making and creating. Pony rides, mini-jeeps, the Big Dig and bouncy castles for the little ones.

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First race approx. 1:30pm Featuring the Steve Haywood Master Jeweller Fashions in the Field Du off your hats, heels and handbags and dress to Dust imp impress in this years Steve Haywood Master Jeweller Fashions in the Field competition. The Supreme Winner takes home a fabulous prize from Steve Ha Haywood Master Jeweller, and gains automatic entry tto the national final of the Viva Prix de Fashion at Elle Ellerslie racecourse on Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday 3 March 2018.

Enter on the day Categories: Women 40+ yrs Women 18-39yrs Men 18+ yrs

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Christmas at the Races Ruakaka

■ Summer Festival Ruakaka races January 2017


hristmas at the Races is a franchise event run by the NZ Racing Board. With 44 events from Ruakaka to Southland this is a Christmas party experience like no other. You can look forward to a festive atmosphere, delicious food and plenty of entertainment. Having lobbied with the Racing Board for a December race date for Ruakaka, Bill Colgan the Whangarei Racing Club’s GM, says “the opportunity to be part of the nationwide franchise has given Northlander’s a new exciting option for their Christmas parties. It is an easy option, with all the organising done for you, great food and beverage options, and free buses to and from Whangarei”. Bookings and enquiries for the corporate hospitality options have been unprecedented, and the day is certainly shaping up to be one of the biggest corporate Christmas parties in Northland. While a Tuesday afternoon may not suit everyone, for others it is the perfect time to close the office for an afternoon, and bookings from real estate companies, accounting firms, those in the hospitality industry and groups of family and friends have been strong, prompting the addition of a new large marquee area on the hill overlooking the race track. Entertainment on the day includes the exciting thoroughbred racing action, music by DJ and MC Jono Reeves of Going Banana’s, the ever popular fashion in the field’s competition and of course Santa will make an appearance. A big screen will televise all the happenings on course so you don’t miss a thing wherever you are sitting. Funds will be raised on the day for the local St Johns Bream Bay who will be out in their Team Green uniforms collecting gold coin donations for the purchase of a new mannequin to train and educate volunteers and staff. SAVVY will award a special prize to the person on course judged to have the best Christmas themed outfit. For more information head to www.ruakakaracing.co.nz.

■ Hannah Carson winner of the Viva Prix de Fashion at Ellerslie in March 2017. Photo: Auckland Racing Club

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Fashion in the Field 2017


his will be the 11th year the Steve Haywood Master Jeweller Fashion in the Field competition has been held at the Ruakaka races. Traditionally held in September, the Club took the opportunity to move the fashion to our new race date in December, and take advantage of the warmer weather, and the large corporate crowd expected to be in attendance. There are great prize packages in the Mallet’s Women’s 40 years and over, Vivo Hair Women’s Under 40 years, and the Activ8 categories. Entry to the fashion competition is free and can be lodged up until 1.30pm on the day. The Supreme Award winner, selected from the winners of the three categories, not only takes home a fabulous $1,500 prize voucher from Steve Haywood Master Jeweller, but also gains entry to the national final of the “Viva Prix de Fashion” at Ellerslie race course in March 2018. Last year’s Supreme winner of the Steve Haywood Fashions in the Field event at Ruakaka, Hannah Carson, went on to win the Ellerslie event. As part of her $20,000 prize package she is now heading to Melbourne to represent NZ and compete in the fashion in the field at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. We asked Hannah about her experience at Ruakaka, and she said although she felt out of her comfort zone competing in a fashion event for the first time, she highly recommends people just “go for it”. She is enjoying using her creativity to come up with her outfits, and is also loving learning about horse racing - something she had not previously been involved in. And as for her outfit for Melbourne – it’s top secret and still in progress with her hat being created by a milliner in Melbourne, and a dress she purchased on-line currently being altered. We wish Hannah all the best at the Melbourne Cup!

■ Winners and sponsor of the 2016 Steve Haywood Master Jeweller Fashion in the Fields at Ruakaka. Photo: Minette Hanekom Photography

Nga- Hau e Wha- | The Four Winds Wind is said to be the carrier of new things, of a prophecy or message. For Te Rangitu Netana, as a member of Nga-ti

Wai, this pattern is very significant, connecting the people from their past to their future, from their ancestors, to who they are now. The pattern is called Kiri Kiore, it derives from the beginning of time, a symbol of Tawhirimatea, God of the Wind, and so much more.

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Master the art of shabby chic home design


ooking at the same living room day in and day out, you’re bound to get bored of the look and want to undertake some bold new home-decorating ideas. However, it can be overwhelming when there are so many different home design trends to pick between. A design trend to try is shabby chic. This design aesthetic strikes a fine balance between elegance and a lack of structure. However, despite the appearance of a carefree vibe, it’s not as simple as randomly selecting furniture, accessories and paint colours. The essence of shabby chic home design is a sense of carefree elegance, but a good eye for detail is a must. Knowing what to look out for will help you master the art of this popular trend.

New and old If you want to pull off this interior design approach with aplomb, you’ll need to understand the importance of pairing new and old. Sure, the aesthetic welcomes older pieces that look worn and well-loved. However, embrace only older pieces and your home could quickly look like a junk shop - or a very expensive auction house! Select a few trademark pieces - such as a coffee table, wallmounted shelf and rocking chair - that are secondhand. Then,

freshen up the rest of the space with a new coat of paint. Older pieces look fantastic with perfectly-polished wooden floors, too. Think a coat of refreshing Resene Half Tea for your living space or perhaps the paler Resene Barely There. These colours provide barely a whisper of colour, and allow your carefully-selected furniture pieces to stand out in the space.

Get chic If the price tag on some antique chairs or coffee tables makes your heart sink but you want to achieve the shabby chic look, don’t go pulling out the credit card just yet. You can achieve an authentic vibe in your living space without the hefty price tag. Check out your local secondhand store for love seats, rocking chairs, side tables, coffee tables, vases and even candle holders. Wooden items lend themselves best to a spot of shabby chic-DIY. Apply a coat of mint, white or beige paint, then take to the items with some medium-grade sandpaper. You don’t want to sand down the items evenly. Instead, focus on achieving a weathered look, particularly around corners and edges. If you’ve got a fine paintbrush on hand, you can add a few gentle licks of silver paint to the weathered-looking edges for extra definition.

The right colours Shabby chic design pairs neutral shades with pastel tones but it’s important to know exactly what to look for! When it comes to furniture, cream, white or beige is the best choice. Some items will look best if you don’t paint them and instead let the wood’s natural grain shine through, such as dining chairs. Finish them with Resene polyurethane, which will help protect the timber while still allowing the natural grain to show through. Or you can always add a Resene wood stain if you want to bring attention to the natural beauty of the wood. Mint green, pastel pink and duck-egg blue also add to the shabby chic vibe, but be sparing with these colours. Chinaware, glasses, flower arrangements and artwork that embraces these pale shades look great, while gold tones also pair well with pastel colours. If you’re thinking about ways to add gold, a mirror is a good place to start. Metallic shades add a certain sophistication, ensuring a space errs on the side of chic, rather than shabby! Finally, think carefully about furniture placement. While this design trend certainly embraces a sense of mismatched items, you don’t want to over-clutter a space. Pick a piece of statement furniture and place it in the centre of the room, but away from the wall slightly. This will help create the impression of a bigger room instantly.


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Outdoor Magic

with Tracey, design consultant from Frazerhurst

Do you want to enjoy the magic of relaxing outdoors with the comfort of sitting indoors? Let me guide you through some of your customised options;



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Creating memories - no-frills style By Jodi Bryant


hen Lulu Barten and Hamish Peterson met two years ago and decided to blend their families, they knew they wanted easy living so they could focus on creating memories. They discovered the old hall in Hikurangi for rent, which had nothing but a pot belly stove at one end, a large kitchen and a bathroom and lots of surrounding land. It was perfect. “We wanted to start a new phase in our lives,” says Lulu. “We moved in and lived marae-styles with mattresses on the floor. We all loved it. Everyone else thought we were crazy.” The couple, who met through mutual friends, quickly discovered they had lots in common, including a love of the outdoors, animals, active lifestyles and with family factoring ■ ABOVE: Ethan, Philippe, Lulu, Hamish and Kaleb in at number one. Between them, they have three boys, ages ranging between 9 and 17. Moving into the hall, the family loved the feel of open living. However, Lulu and Hamish knew the boys would need privacy so began thinking about how to create spaces without losing the feel of living in a hall. “We tried to think of room divider ideas. Japanese-style with wood frame and paper but the boys would wreck it in five minutes. We thought of making curtains to somehow suspend from the ceiling but thought it might look like a hospital ward. We needed something cheap and quick to construct.” Then they remembered the pallet factory down the road in Hikurangi. After some negotiations, the couple were supplied with old butter pallets. “I had a van so I would drive up the road and fetch about 10 pallets at a time and ferry them back. Hamish and my son got to work and bashed them together, kind of creating the spaces as we went. It was a bit like Lego really.” Around three days and 50 pallets later, their five-bedroom home was complete. “It was a family effort. My challenge has been not to make it too pretty and have everything matching. It’s not really about what it looks like but what it feels like. It needs to be a home to relax and kick back, have a beer, game of pool or darts, or roast marsh mellows on the fire. It’s somewhere to create memories.” Outdoors the family now have chickens and ducks for their eggs, a lamb and a ram, a large vegie garden, rabbits, parakeets and quail, two dogs and a big white fluffy cat. “It’s all about creating happy memories for our boys. They spend no time on TV or devices.” In discovering how their unity reflected positively on their kids’ behavior, Lulu and Hamish decided to try and offer a farm stay for children who have had tough experiences. They started the lengthy process of becoming foster parents. “We were approached about having siblings come and stay with us and we needed to move super-fast. We had the assessment and house inspection without any rooms and had to be creative and sell our dream and idea of how it was going to look. Luckily, the assessor had imagination. I said I would supply photos when it was done in two weeks, which I did, and I assured her the kids that came to us would have a room with a door.” There have been as many as nine living under the one roof and Lulu says the foster children who stay with the family love it and don’t want to leave. “They see what it is like living in a family where you do stuff together and respect each other. We eat together, cook together, build together, laugh together. We sit around a table and eat and chat about our day. They see how you resolve issues that may arise. There are rules but only basic ones (love, kindness, honesty and respect). It is fun. We love welcoming new kids to our home and family.” Lulu says most people were dubious about their project until they saw their ‘after’ photos. “We spent nearly no money at all and the kids can bash things up in their room and I don’t care about the paint work.” The couple plan to marry in December with the same no-frills principles. “Both of us are very clear about what is important in life: time with family, experiences and making memories. Not money, status, what your house looks like or what car you drive. You can lose all that. You can’t lose experiences and time with loved ones.”


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How to attract Monarch butterflies into the garden By Debbie Oldfield, Alternatives es


he obvious one to start with, is to plant Swan plants. The female Monarch butterflies will soon seek them out to lay their eggs on.

The caterpillars hatch and spend their lives on them, munching

away quite happily till they are ready to crawl away (a few metres) and turn into chrysalises. The swan plants themselves like full sun and adequate moisture. They can grow to 2M tall if not eaten

too badly by the caterpillars. Butterflies are attracted to plants that are certain colours. Purple, yellow, pink, white, orange and red flowers all work well, you may be better off planting these in mass, as a single plant won’t stand out enough, these butterflies don’t have the best eyesight! You should also plant lots of nectar plants to attract the butterflies in. Annuals that are good to grow are Alyssum, Cosmos, Marigolds, Sweet William, and Cleome. Shrubs and trees that also provide nectar are Bottlebrush, Lavender, Gazania, Hebe’s, Flowering ornamental cherries and Echiums. Gaillardia, Lantana and Salvia. The Monarch butterflies can also be lured into the garden by using mushy banana, oranges, and watermelon. Remember to have more Swan plants on hand for when the voracious caterpillars strip the leaves off the ones they are on.





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Enjoy yourself and impress your guests with A’Fare this Christmas Good food, good wine, and great service are the heart of memorable functions. Whether it’s a Christmas do, or a wedding, or anything in between, at A’Fare, functions to remember are a given, but Mandy and Hayley, with 27 years of experience between them, are offering Christmas functions this year at a range of venues.

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■ Meet the friendly team (from left to right) - Hayley Corney, Mandy Edge, Sharelle Tyla and Ayla Hawkins PHOTO: Michael Cunningham


few dates are still available at A’Fare for Christmas, so make your booking now. You might like to consider other venues, such as Northland Cricket’s Plus Pavilion upstairs function room where seating for 100 makes outcatering with the same fabulous food and service an excellent option. A’Fare manages all of Northland Cricket Association’s in-house Christmas functions so this is a venue they’re very familiar with, and it’s even easier because the Cricket Association has its own Liquor Licence, and oodles of parking. With three big race days coming up; Dargaville Race Meet on November 17 at Ruakaka, ‘Christmas at the Races’ on December 19, and the ‘Interislander Summer Festival’ race day on January 6, A’Fare takes care of all the catering, and that means everything from pies and chips to a full buffet meal for clubs and groups. Race season next year runs from May to October 2018. It’s worth considering as an option for a work do or as a way to treat your staff to something special. The races always start around midday so do half the day’s work, and then shoot out to the races for the afternoon. Take advantage of the free buses which run from the Kensington Tavern, the Jovial Judge, and Kamo Club. A’Fare has good relationships with a range of Whangarei venues, including Forum North, Barge Park, and various hotel/motel function and conference rooms, which allows you to choose your spot and have A’Fare organise it all for you. They come to you wherever you are, whether it’s for a small house party or a larger official function. They can make virtually any situation work so you can play host and enjoy yourself without having to worry about the nitty-gritty details usually involved in hosting a group.

Coming up to Christmas, expect their glorious Christmas menus with turkey, and beef with Yorkshire puddings. Champagne ham is always a favourite, especially when it’s followed with the best ever, superb Christmas pudding just like your grandma used to make (minus the sixpences – they’re too rare today). A’Fare’s head chef Ayla, stays up-to-date with food trends and seasonal produce to bring marvellous taste experiences right to your mouth. She designs all the menus and is the driving force behind the kitchen’s huge success. January and February at their iconic A’Fare venue down by the riverside still have several wedding dates available but wedding season is moving in fast and it would be wise to secure a booking soon. Mandy and Hayley have your wedding covered, from the decorations and organising the flowers, right on down to the seating if you need it. But they’re flexible and if you prefer to do it your way, then that can be easily arranged. These clever caterers know the possibilities inside-out and they love the opportunity to help you plan whatever functions you have in mind. Their broad experience means your event flows smoothly and their fine touches where you least expect them produce genuinely memorable occasions unlikely to be quickly forgotten. Mandy and Hayley are available by email any time at: info@afare.co.nz. Otherwise contact them by phone between 9am and 3pm on weekdays. Their out-catering we-come-to-you service makes even the Christmas rush a doddle. You get to enjoy yourself and impress your guests without any of the work, but do book soon while there is still a choice of venues.


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There’s something new going on at Flames Restaurant & Bar in Onerahi

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It’s a new menu and they are now open seven days for Breakfast and Dinner Flames Restaurant has a focus on fresh, local and healthy food with a fusion of Asian, Pacific and International cuisine. For over 10 years, the team has been creating quality food experiences that warm the soul and relishes on the taste buds. Put something truly extraordinary, something completely delicious in your mouth.

One night in Bangkok

Review – Thai Chef’s Restaurant, 69 Bank St, Whangarei


hai Chef’s Restaurant certainly pays attention to detail, from the ornately-decorated premises to the quirky recipe names and their finely-chiseled fresh vegetables. The Bank St restaurant opened its doors over a year ago, as part of a successful franchise from Thai native and chef Nattachai Changrattanachaichok (Chang), which he founded from a food caravan when he first moved to New Zealand 17 years ago. He chose the Whangarei premises because, as soon as he stepped into the unique and iconic building, “I knew I could turn it into a little palace”. Indeed he has. Diners have the option of table and chair seating, or the original plush leather booths, which wrap around the circular bar in the centre of the large room, adorned with exquisite décor of maroon and gold ornate detail. The quirkily-named menu items are a talking point: Duck in Love, Mr Bean in Bangkok or Naughty Pig, for example. The menu is extensive with pages of appetisers, curry or noodle dishes, wok creations, beef or fish variations, traditional Thai salads or their signature dishes. Recipes at Thai Chefs are unique. Chang himself heads home on a regular basis to seek out new recipes to adapt and add to the menu. For appetisers we opted for the Thai Dim Sim – steamed pork marinated with water chestnuts and shiitake mushrooms, then wrapped in a thin pastry and served with homemade dipping sauce. I’m not usually a fan of Dim Sim but, I have to say, after having a little taste, I think I could be converted. My choice was Rainy Season: lightlybattered mushrooms with minced pork and prawns, served with Thai sweet chilli sauce. I always order mushrooms and, although this was a different take, they didn’t let me down. For mains we ordered Bangkok Showtime and Royal Nut. Bangkok Showtime had a very tropical flavor: mixed seafood with prawns, squid, fish fillets and scallops, sautéed in Thai whiskey and tomato sauce with cashew nuts, pineapple chunks and veges. This all served in half a scooped-out pineapple! I hadn’t tried coconut rice before until tonight but I would highly-recommend ordering it. The Royal Nut would have to be my all-time favourite. This entailed large pieces of crispy chicken sautéed with roasted cashew nuts, served in a crispy, edible bowl. Delish! I just loved the scalloped edges and elaborately-sculped edible floral creations. You definitely need a minute to study what’s on your plate before tucking in. The helpings at Thai Chefs are so generous that, in hindsight, we realised we didn’t need to order an entrée, for we couldn’t finish the mains. We were offered the desserts menu by the attentive staff and, after initially turning it down, the Coconut Cheesecake caught my eye. Shortly after we had a delicious, decadent citrus-flavoured cheesecake in front of us, along with a large slice of Choco

Mocha. A taste confirmed that we had made the right choice and we took the rest home for morning tea the following day. We were seriously impressed with Thai Chef’s cuisine and have been raving about it ever since. - Jodi Bryant

Book Review by Kelly Shepherd, Store Manager at Storytime



hroughout our lives we are drawn to books by our favoured authors. An author who makes a story come alive and creates characters we bond with as we travel their journey with them. Stacy Gregg is such an author for many young fans. This month I thought it fitting to ask one of these fans and a frequent Storytime customer to review Stacy’s new book. Gemma like many other young readers, is looking forward to meeting Stacy when she visits Whangarei on Friday November 10. Stacey will be visiting selected schools and speaking at the student ■ Gemma Morton-Jones and Kelly Shepherd Golden Librarian awards before arriving at Storytime at 3.30pm for an in-store book signing and an opportunity for us all to meet one of New Zealand’s most popular writers.

Reader’s Review by Gemma Morton-Jones (Age 13)

The Thunderbolt Pony by Stacy Gregg


tacy Gregg has done it again with her new book The Thunderbolt Pony! When I saw this book at Storytime I immediately thought I have to get it. After reading her last books “The Princess and the Foal, The Island of Lost Horses, etc.” I couldn’t wait to see how this new adventure turned out. When the earthquakes strike in Kaikoura, South Island, Evie Van Zwanenberg finds herself facing the elements, in a fight to get to safety. Alone except for her pets, Jock, Moxy and Gus, Evie finds herself struggling to keep her “condition” under control. With limited food, three hungry animals, and long hard journey, Evie must learn to trust her companions’ instincts as her condition worsens. Like the other books, Stacy uses flashbacks to help the story move along. Although this book doesn’t delve into history like some of her others, the flashbacks do help us understand how traumatic it was. We learn about Evie’s grief, her therapy sessions and her overactive imagination. Not just for horse lovers this story takes you on a journey with Evie through friendship, devastation, loss, perseverance and both personal and geographical challenges. I give this book five out of five, it definitely lived up to expectations, it kept me on edge, a real page turner! Recommended reading age 9-13.



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■ Jupiter and satellite Juno - GETTY IMAGES

s we head into summer we bid farewell to Saturn and face a summer without any planets in the evening sky until Jupiter returns in late March. Observers will turn their telescopes to the deep sky objects, the nebulae around Orion being the easiest to locate. If you want to get started, I recommend a good set of binoculars on a night with a new Moon. See me at Storytime or the Planetarium for advice. 2017 has been another year of milestones for space exploration. We had a very successful event with NASA’s Dr Natalie Batalha exciting an audience of almost 300 at Tikipunga High School last month with news that planets are everywhere. It seems inevitable to me that one of those distance planets has life looking in our direction wondering if we exist. There has also been the spacecraft exploring the gas giants. Cassini took her final image as she was sent into the heart of Saturn in September after almost 20 years in space, and Juno continues to defy the intense radiation and magnetic fields to probe the interior of Jupiter. The information gathered has taught us more about our solar systems origin and early years than we ever knew before. We celebrate Matariki at mid-winter but Christmas is the best time for observing the cluster. They are easily found using Orion’s belt (you may know them as the base of the pot) to head north to the red eye of Taurus and almost the same distance again. It’s about a hand span from Orion to Matariki. And news just in, the first inter-stellar asteroid has been spotted. A/2017U1 passed about 24 million kilometres from Earth in mid-October. Someday in the future we might use these visitors to carry our spacecraft well beyond the solar system, or even ourselves. And on that note of science fiction, I’ll sign off for the year in the manner of my favourite star ship captain … Make it so!

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Discover Sculpture Northland

By Abbey Cameron, Regional Marketing and Events Creative Northland


he Whangarei Quarry Gardens in the heart of the Western Hills in Whangarei are celebrating their fifth biennial Sculpture Northland event from this weekend until Sunday November 12. The much-anticipated event provides a wonderful platform for 43 Northland artists to exhibit their sculptures in the stunning natural landscape of the lush subtropical gardens and lakeside. The Whangarei Quarry Gardens Marketing and Event Manager Kerry Marinkovich says this is by far the biggest Sculpture Northland yet. “We have an amazing array of creative works; from small delicate ceramic pieces to three-metre high sculptures of wood and steel. This year we will see works from Bruce Young, Trish Clark, Jin Ling, Greg Barron, Peter Brammer, Julie Cromwell and we are very happy to welcome back Claire Nicholls. We also have many artists that are new to Sculpture Northland, which is hugely exciting and the Gardens transformation by the many creations will be nothing short of spectacular.” All of the works are for sale offering something for every price range with some pieces starting at $25. The dedicated team of garden volunteers have been working overtime to prepare the gardens and to provide a huge array of plants for the plant sale which will be held on Saturday and Sunday November 4 & 5. This is always a favourite for local visitors, and a great chance to meet the people behind the scenes at the Gardens. This is the major annual fundraiser for Whangarei Quarry Gardens and a labour of love, relying on donations and the hard work of volunteers, making it a true community project. Come and support your local artists, and the wonderful community project that is, Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Entry is $5 per person or $10 per family (up to 4 people), with doors open 9am-4pm daily until Saturday November 12. For more information, go to: their website www. whangareigardens.org.nz or find us on facebook.facebook. com/SculptureNorthland

New collection by Ngapuhi poet Briar Wood has environmental message


nly three percent of poetry and fiction published in New Zealand is by Maori writers, making this new collection, Rawahi by Ngapuhi poet Briar Wood, an important arrival. Anton Blank, editor of Ora Nui, New Zealand’s only Maori literary journal, says: “I’ve published Briar’s work in two editions of Ora Nui. Her writing is carefully nuanced, alive with a sense of place, and grounded in Maoritanga. It is poetry that is rewarding and deserves a wide audience.” Well-known Pasifika writer Serie Barford also has praise for Wood: “In her new collection, Briar Wood’s evocative poems transport us between archipelagos and continents. Her poetry teems with colour and light.” In Rawahi (meaning ‘overseas’), Briar Wood weaves lyrical seascapes revealing people and places inspired by her home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her travels and time living overseas in Europe. As bach doors open on moana and moorland, the deep-sea currents bring languages of faraway and words from the foreshore. Poems in the collection Rawahi travel on emotional and linguistic voyages to make aroha from the movements between 34 | SAVVY

people and places. Briar says: “I’ve always spent time by the moana, at the tatahi (beach) and had planned to write a book about it, kept notes. Like a lot of people, it’s where I go to connect to elemental aspects of life. By the time I came to publish some of those poems, wahi, place, had become a vital theme.” She continues: “I hope the reader will take away a shared love for wordspace, places, wahi and a shared consciousness of the fragility of ecosystems. The poems are playful, and sometimes use metaphors from books and children’s literature because so often in Aotearoa a relationship as children to the sea and whenua (land) is a formative one. There’s a tension between the world of fantasy and imagination, and that of scientific knowledge.” “But there’s also the sense that however vast it seems, the whenua, ocean, sky and the creatures in it are not inexhaustible. It’s vital that the resources we still have are tended carefully.” Wood weaves together intersecting journeys with memory, in poetry which carries with it oral traditions, narrative, ancestrytelling and waka of whakapapa. These sky-borne sea lines are inspired by earthly encounters. This is poetry that is radiant and

illuminating. Rawahi has been produced with a stunning cover image by highly-regarded Aotearoa New Zealand artist Reuben Paterson. About the author: Briar Wood grew up in South Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Until 2012, she lived and worked as a lecturer in Britain, where she published poetry, fiction and essays. Returning to Northland places, where her Te Hikut ki Hokianga, Ngapuhi Nui whakapaka resonates with ecological concerns, she now combines travel, occasional lecturing and a focus on writing. Rawahi by Briar Wood Published by Anahera Press; October 16, 2017; PB; RRP $25.00.

GIVE AWAY We have a copy of this book to give away to one lucky Savvy reader. To enter, go online to www.savvymagazine.co.nz and fill out the form. ■ Entries close 5pm, Wednesday November 22 ■ Winner will be notified by email and your prizes will be posted out.

Daddy, where do Northlanders come from? SUPERRECOGNISER

By Michael Botur


■ Photographer Lawrence, played by Quinn Smith, unveils his idea for ‘December’.


he Octagon Theatre’s Christmas show this year is Calendar Girls. This true story is about a group of women from a village in Yorkshire, who, following the death, from leukaemia, of one of their husbands, want to raise money to buy a setee for the waiting room at the cancer wing of their local hospital. They decide to produce a calendar with a difference. Each month will show one of the women doing the things that women at the WI do, like knitting, cake making, flower arranging etc. with one small difference; they will have no clothes on. The calendar is a huge success and enough money is raised to build a new wing in the hospital. The director, Jane Barr, says she was very lucky to find six women who were prepared to take their clothes off on stage though at no stage is there anything in poor taste. The author, Tim Firth, says. “The art of the play’s nudity lies in what is withheld. The choreography is best described as ‘fabulous concealment’.” This very amusing and clever play is about women: their relationships and the fun they have together. There are some men in the cast; two husbands and the young man who takes the photos. The director was worried about finding a young man who would be willing to work with a bunch of middle-aged women. Fortunately, just the one came to auditions. Quinn has recently left school, where he enjoyed drama, and wished, with the recommendation of his drama teacher, to pursue the hobby. He seems to enjoy, or at least tolerate, the frivolity of rehearsal time. This has been a challenging play with a cast of 14, lots of scenes and hundreds of props. including over 100 sunflowers. In keeping with the theme of the play, the proceeds of the Gala opening night will be donated to North Haven Hospice, the catering team also forgoing two thirds of their charges for the night. Calendar Girls opens on Thursday November 16 and runs to December 3, including three Sunday Matinees. Dinner, with complimentary wine, will be served before the evening shows and lunch served before the matinees. Tickets can be purchased at The Piggery on Walton Street.

kay, my children have never asked me that. They’re 6 and 4. They have no concept of what north means. They only vaguely understand ‘land.’ But it’s useful to be able to deduce information about people you meet in Te Tai Tokerau based on their names and faces. Hell, just yesterday I interviewed somebody at a medical community event and when I got his name I instantly identified which Auckland Samoan aiga he came from. It’s a gift in that it ties in perfectly with my skillset as a journalist, creative writer and (former) cartoonist. It’s also a curse because when I superrecognise a face in the supermarket, I can’t stop staring until I get a result from searching my mental database. Creepy, yes, but hey, I make a living as a writer. Superrecognising pays the bills. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in the Whangarei District and High Court, that’s a good opportunity to reflect on where Northlanders come from. I certainly had to appear in court in mid-October. No, not like that – it was because I’d been called up for possible jury selection. Once inside court, my super recognition skills went into overdrive. There were people I’ve interviewed for news stories. I had friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends amongst the jurors, legal staff, witnesses and defendants. The names pronounced in the court room (or, if they were Maori names, mis-pronounced, unfortunately) were a perfect cross-section of Northland society. The surnames of the witnesses were mostly quite common Pakeha names indicating what one of their old British ancestors did for a job or where they came from. Then there was one witness whose name was one hundred percent Dutch, complete with a ‘van’ or ‘van der’ in the name somewhere. Typical Northland Dutchie (or South African?). Like the names of many Northlanders with English ancestry, the judge’s name was traceable all the way back to the Norman conquest. The lawyers and the defendants: both Scottish. Not from the Waipu settlers, though. Another defendant had a first name traceable all the way back to Biblical Israel. That’s kind-of unusual when you think about it, but it’s also typical Northland. Hell, my wife’s even got the same first name (it wasn’t her on trial, though.) I’m not saying we’re a community built by people who constantly have to go to court (that’s Australia). What I’m saying is the names you hear and see around Northland give insight into the cultural groups whose history shapes our community.

Emory explores the lives of the residents of Oak Tree Lane


embers of Whangarei's Pen-Ultimate Writers Group have co-written a new book, titled 'Emory.' It was a different venture from the critiquing they usually did when meeting, and a step into the unknown Many of them are previously published; Derin Attwood with The Token Bearers Fantasy series, Anna Williams; SimplyParenting (a book for new parents) and Remember the Moon, Clare Matravers;The Sapphire series, Alison Davie; film writer and director to Danny Alexander and Crazy Happy, for which she won Best Writer at the Toronto Film Festival. They, along with Theresa Herleth, Kamala Jackson and Rob Burt, found Emory a step away from their comfort zones. Emory is set in the 1980's and explores the lives of the residents of Oak Tree Lane. It required extensive research to ensure it encompassed the attitudes of the people living in NZ and the essence of the times they lived in. The group continue to work on their individual projects and meet fortnightly, to critique each other's writing, while a new joint project simmers in the background, ready to be discussed in 2018. Emory will be launched on Saturday, November 4, 10.30am, at Whangarei Library. Emory can also be obtained by clicking on www.wordlypress.com


■ DECEMBER SURPRISE Marie, Chairwoman of the WI, played by Jean Millington, bursts in on the ‘December’ test shoot...

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