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NOVEMBER 2019

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MELBOURNE CUP:

Whangarei A&P Show where urban meets rural

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WHERE URBAN MEETS RURAL It’s that time of year again when the country comes to the city in the form of Whangarei’s A&P Show. This is the chance to experience a dose of the rural life, giving insight into much we take for granted, with plenty of entertainment, shopping and food – all at the same venue. Now in its 139th year, the annual Whangarei A&P Show is one epic show day jam-packed with animals of all shapes and sizes and lots of free family activities, demonstrations and performances. Held at the Maunu Barge Showgrounds December 7, it’s where urban and rural come together to showcase farming heritage and activities. Free activities include pony rides, the Fresha Valley Suzie Moo Show, the Big Dig sawdust dig for fabulous prizes, haybale tractor rides, the brandnew learning trail and a take-home photo with Santa. The Excavator Competition is always a great attraction and a turn with Doug the Digger is fun for all ages. The Sheep-N-Show Sheeplechase is back and, at 1pm, city children get the chance to bottle feed a lamb or goat. New this year is the Learning Trail - a ‘treasure hunt’ activity at the show which puts entrants in the draw to win a family pack of Red Band gumboots and clothing. This activity will see children hunt around the show for letters which spell a word. The word is the clue to find the trade site where they put their entry in the draw. Also new is a Cowboy Challenge - a relatively new sport to New Zealand. Competitors are challenged by 13 obstacles, including see-saws and balance beams. Riders go as fast as they can between obstacles and points are awarded for horsemanship, considering their approach to an obstacle, how the obstacle is handled and the departure. This is extremely challenging for both riders and horses and super entertaining for people to watch. In addition to the demonstration, keen show-goers can ‘Have-AGo’, being led (quietly and safely) through the obstacles.

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There will be a stock judging competition, donkey and mule exhibition and beef and dairy cattle are returning to the show this year. Dairy goats are also back after a long absence. Whangarei Police Dog training will be doing a demonstration at 12.30pm, as well as another spectacular sheep breeds exhibition. And if you still haven’t had your fill of animals, the popular Farmyard nursery and SPCA petting area will be open for animal interaction and fun all day. The performance stage will be alive with action throughout the day, including Whangarei Blackout Cheerleaders, Sue & Bruce’s hilarious Christmas Feast and, a crowd favourite, Billy Black the Woolman and Jonah the pig. Featuring over 100 trade sites, including clothing, cars, tractors, machinery, garden and home wares, food, giftware and treats, there are great shopping opportunities for all. The new Altura Coffee & Food Avenue will give everyone, no matter what their taste, the chance to refuel with a wide range of delicious food, coffee and beverage options. And a great way to end a full-on, action-packed day at the show for adults is listening to some light music with a chilled beverage in the Phathouse Brewery garden bar.

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RURAL REALITIES PROVIDE INSIGHT AT SHOW The Whangarei A&P Show is just around the corner and while there is stacks of family fun lined up, A&P chief executive Chris Mason hopes some important realities will be conveyed through the show. The show is a chance to highlight the good environmental work kiwi farmers are doing behind the scenes. “At present, there are lots of negative and inaccurate messages being repeated about the rural sector and I don’t believe farmers deserve the bad press they have been getting of late,” says Chris. “I’ve never met a farmer who doesn’t love their animals. They care about what happens to them - not just because one cow may be worth $2,000 or because the milk it produces pays the bills.”

“I don’t know a single farmer who doesn’t want to leave their land in a better state than when they got it. There is simply no logical reason why anyone who makes their living from the land and their animals would deliberately go about things in a way that would impact negatively on what generates their livelihood. “Anyone who thinks differently, should come along to the show to see how loved and looked after farm animals are, talk to farmers who are there and experience a little bit of country.” Chris says the A&P Show provides a place for rural people to proudly showcase what they do and answer questions from city folk. Rural learning opportunities also come in the form of various demonstrations and activities.

Chris says farmers are also proud of producing safe and plentiful quality food - and nd this can’t be achieved if they aren’t looking after the animals and the land properly.

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Melbourne Cup: Live broadcast brings festival atmosphere to little Russell

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Editor’s note I have to admit I’m not much of a sports fan,

Also this month is the Melbourne Cup! One of the downsides of working from home is

except when it comes to the big games or

not being part of the office sweepstake and getting caught up in the excitement of this

my children’s. But, as a journalist, you are often faced

From mischief-maker to Black Fern

event. I’m determined to go somewhere this year and take part and the event at the Duke

with a subject you know little about and the only way to learn is to ask and listen.

of Marlborough is sounding good! The Coast’s Drive show hosts, Mel and JT,

Actually, it’s a skill many of us could apply to everyday life. And so it is, that I have come

are this year presenting the Duke’s annual Melbourne Cup day, which gets bigger and

to learn about our Northland women’s rugby team. I have leant that the team was reformed

better every year. Oh to be so organised like some and have booked somewhere to stay

this year after nearly a 20-year absence and boy did they do us proud!

up there in advance – what fun! Mel and JT are looking forward to coming

They may not have won the championship but they did win four of their seven games and,

to Northland for this event – they have strong connections and just love it up here! You can

after their impressive debut season, are well on target toward their head coach’s three-year

read about this event and their Northland recollections, plus how they get on having a

plan to make the premiership division. Savvy features the rugby career of one

bit of a flutter, on pages 6&7. Until next time.

of the Northland Kauri team players. She is former Black Fern Vic Subritzky-Nafatali

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Melbourne Cup: Live broadcast brings festival atmosphere to little Russell

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A popular radio host combo is returning to their former Northland stomping ground next week to present celebrations for the Melbourne Cup.

Mel and JT from the Coast weekday Drive show will be entertaining punters attending the Duke of Marlborough Hotel’s annual Melbourne Cup celebration and they couldn’t be more excited about returning to the place which holds fond memories for them both. “I love sailing in Northland,” enthuses Mel Homer, an avid sailor. “I spent many summers cruising the Bay of Islands and the surrounding coast. One of my favourite places is anchoring off Mimiwhangata. The water is crystal clear, it's just idyllic. I used to cruise these waters with my mum and dad, and now I do it with my kids.” For JT, aka Jason Tikao, some of his early career days were spent in Northland and he recalls ‘having a ball’. “My whole time there was a happy memory. I met some of the best people I have ever met in my life in Northland. It has such a special place in my heart. I loved working for KCC FM back in the day. I remember one summer we were given a brand new Pajero car to drive around in so we could do promos and events. We were in Kerikeri one day, Russell or Paihia the next. I had a ball!” The duo’s friendship goes back to their early days in radio but their on-air broadcasting careers only united early this year to form Coast’s national Drive show from 3pm-7pm. The pair bring a show that is more than just music – they review the big conversation points of the day, have some ideas for the evening ahead and help deliver some fun moments to lighten the drudgery of the evening commute home. And it’s this winning combination that has led to them being asked to host this year’s event held at the Duke on Tuesday November 5 from 12.30pm. The day will include a delicious threecourse luncheon with ‘horse deuves’, a glass of bubbles on arrival, live music and entertainment, and a steeplechase relay. All races will be featured on large screens throughout the venue, including decks and waterfront and, of course, what race day would be complete without the fashion! There will be

Ida says Mel and JT’s Drive show is popular with their punters and many of the companies who have booked tables, listen to Coast. “We’ve never done a live broadcast so this will be fabulous. I think they’re definitely going to bring more of a big festival atmosphere to little Russell which people are going to enjoy. “Mel and JT play off each other and work really well. We’re really looking forward to them.” And it’s reciprocal. “I know for a fact that the Duke of Marlborough always puts on a good time,” says Mel, whose presenting career has included both radio and television. I'm looking forward to the food, the laughs, the winning a squillion dollars on the Melbourne Cup, and meeting the locals and having great chats.” Adds JT: “I'm looking forward to being back with the Northland people again. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel is an awesome place, I've always had a great night out when I've been there, and cannot wait to get back there, and for an occasion like this too, bring it on!” While both Mel and JT haven’t attended an actual event at Flemington itself, they are both keen on a bit of a flutter. “I always partake in the office sweepstake and I have never, ever won,” says Mel. “I have very little idea what I’m doing, but I’ll have a

$1,300 in prizes to be won for Fashion in the Bay for best dressed woman and man. Says Duke of Marlborough event wedding manager Ida Birch: “This event started around seven years ago with up to 60 people but it’s got to the stage now where we devote the whole venue to the event and we’re at capacity with 180 people. Many of them book their tables a year in advance – it’s certainly grown in popularity and we’ve evolved the event with the crowds.” Ida says from 12pm, guests, from as far as Auckland, start arriving ‘dressed to the nines’ in dresses, fascinators and suits, before an afternoon of ‘equestrian frivolity’. “People stay the night before and until the

flutter. I used to live in Melbourne as a child and I vividly remember that we got the day off school when it was Melbourne Cup day. The city just stops – it’s incredible.”

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races live, but that would be an amazing experience,” says JT. “I had a friend from Whangarei who went one year and he gave

out how to read the form guide. Whatever your method, there is something special about

a tip to his mate about the trifecta for the big race. But when he put his bet on, he

yelling and willing a horse over that finish line! You feel like you played your part. I will

accidentally got the number of one of the horses wrong. At least he thought he did! His

normally do one of those Pick 6 race packs, and a stray $5 on a horse I think will win. It's

‘mistake’ was actually the correct order the horses finished in, so he won $28,000 and my

been 12 years. 12 long years. But I'm hoping to fluke a victory this year!”

mate from Whangarei missed out completely! “I don't normally do much sports betting seeing as I'm quite terrible at it, but I do make an exception for the Melbourne Cup. One year I won $88, that year was 2007. Haven't won a cent since! But it is fun to have a flutter,

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From mischief-maker to Black Fern

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BY JODI BRYANT

Northland’s Vic Subritzky-Nafatali describes herself as a ‘bit of a bully’ as a kid so, aged ten, she directed her energy toward the rugby field.

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oday, the former Black Fern has been instrumental in the success of this season’s newly-relaunched Northland women’s rugby team. “I only started playing because I was a bit of a bully, although I like to think I was more a tutu or mischief at school,” grins the 27-yearold. “And really it’s the only place you can hit kids without getting into trouble,” she laughs. And she quickly gained respect on the field: “I just remember the boys in our team always passed me the ball and never hogged it and I still keep in contact with some of them to this day.” Growing up in Dunedin, Vic’s family were mostly involved in league, apart from her aunty, who took up rugby in her late 30s. Aunty and niece played club rugby together before both playing for Otago Spirit, where, at 15, Vic was the youngest team member and her aunty the oldest, at 38. “That was special to me because she always took me to trainings and helped me in my early days of playing,” recalls Vic. However, Vic says she was still just playing the game for fun and making some really good mates when she got the call-up in 2012 saying she had made the Black Ferns squad. She represented the country, playing first five, for five seasons which included two World Cups – one of which they won. During this time, in 2015, Vic moved to Auckland to play for Counties Manukau for

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"It’s the first season having a Northland team in the competition and I’m proud of just how well they adapted to the pressure of learning tactical plays in a very short amount of time ..." says it was just the beginning and the first step in a three-year plan to enter the premiership

competition Northland was vying for this year. After almost a 20-year absence, the Northland Kauri women’s rugby team was reformed this year, following the return of women’s local club rugby, which hadn’t been up and running for several years. The debut season saw Northland go from

division. “For me, it was just getting a team on the paddock and see what happened, then we started to win and next minute, we are sitting at semi-final rugby,” says Cheryl, adding that she couldn’t have asked for a better season in Northland’s first year in the competition.

her commitments at NorthTec Kaitaia Campus, where she is undertaking a certificate in carpentry. And of course, the former Southland

strength to strength, winning four of the seven games played, before being beaten in a tight championship semi-final game last month. But, while it may have ended the season for the Kauri team, head coach Cheryl Smith

Cheryl says Vic, along with other team members, has been instrumental to the team’s success this year. “Vic’s experience really showed the level she’s been at and she brings it every time she takes to the field. It’s just amazing to have that

our papakainga (homestead). Vic followed shortly after, signed up for the carpentry course to gain the skills required

home, says she is ‘extremely proud of the girls’. “It’s the first season having a Northland team in the competition and I’m proud of just how well they adapted to the pressure of learning tactical plays in a very short amount of time because it really is a step up from their club trainings. “We had girls who were travelling from Wellsford, Whangarei and us in Kaitaia to make

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semi-finals footy in your first year… there’s not much you could ask for.” With the season over for our Northland team, Vic is focusing on playing seven-aside around

a couple of seasons, during which the team won the Farah Palmer Cup – the provincial

calibre of player in the team. “She is very much the soul of the team, she brings the spirit to the team and just lifts them – both the young and senior members, and she makes sure everyone is very much inclusive.” Vic, who these days, calls the Far North settlement of Ngataki, 50km north of Kaitaia,

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one training in Kaikohe a week. So, trying to sort combinations in that time was rough but we finally got there in the end. And making it to

girl is enjoying the Far North lifestyle. “I enjoy the warm weather and how relaxed the people are here and I’ve especially cherished reconnecting with my whanau and

for renovating the homestead, and has never looked back. “Living in Ngataki is so cool because I just think about my mum growing up in the area and the good times she had here. And my grandad Hector Subritzky, my mum’s dad, and brother are buried there too.” Vic cites highlights from her career to date as receiving player of the Canada series as a Black Fern in 2015, winning the Farah Palmer Cup in 2016, making the ‘dream team’ of the World Cup and then winning the World Cup in 2017. “If I was to offer advice to aspiring young female rugby players it would be to not let anyone say you can’t do it. If you set your mind to something, no matter what sport it is, you can achieve it with a bit of drive. “And take every opportunity you get because if you don’t, someone else will.”

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Spring and summer 2019 designs have been dominating our retail clothing stores since July and thankfully, after the drudgery of winter, they are glorious!!

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he colours dictated by international fashion houses have moved away from the restricting mustard, rust, brown and khaki of winter, offering fresh and earthy options for summer that are vibrant, sunshiny, dramatic, jewel-coloured, natural and white, with denim still a strong focus. Clothing this season resonates natural fibres: cotton, linen, rayon, silk, bamboo, hemp, or regenerated cellulosic fibres such as viscose, tencel, cupro, model and lyocell, as they breathe and they biodegrade and they are not plastic. Environmentally, we are becoming very conscious of what we are wearing and our contribution to clean green New Zealand. Thoughtful, in tune designers are delivering garments that appeal to the consumers by ticking every clean green box. This has been a rapid development in clothing manufacture as suddenly designers and fashion houses are being made accountable. For the new age natural fibre girl, linen is still a main stay in all its forms and creasing is part of the deal, in some cases exaggerated purposely. Straight leg or cropped pants embrace the waistline inviting the ageold tuck-in and blouse look or the half-tucked one to reveal just a hint of the fitted waist band. Relaxed-style dresses focus on colour and comfort rather than form, often with pockets, and the floaty floral dress is huge, with its hemline dropping and dropping.

Always in the loop hailing natural fibres with a touch of spandex, is the eternal jean. This summer, New London jeans and shorts have hit the spot with the latest looks. Thank you Mallets as we have loved our inheritance. The Chelsea Capri with its colourful top-stitched backside is such fun teamed with any t-shirt, the Dorset wide-leg cropped with chunky rope belt works brilliantly with a white sneaker and the light denim Markel Capri features the slick side stripe that has hit the pants world by storm this year. By popular demand, we have brought back Not Your Daughters Jeans (NYDJ). Ranging from size zero to 18, they are vanity-sized so you can drop a dimension or two instantly. Like Vassalli they have a higher rise for comfort and offer a range of shades and styles. Their classic Marilyn jean is a perfect fit for women who prefer a straighter style leg to skinny and, like Vassalli, they have some stock on hand. Junk Food Jeans are back in Dargaville in November. Renowned for their reasonable pricing and generous size range, they walk out the door. We are excited with our new brands this season. We have selected designers who are upbeat and current, who are passionate about their fabric choices and individuality along with being environmentally friendly. Roll on sunshine, it’s time to treat yourself.

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FASHION

Left: Designer/Model - Ziah Taihia-Thompson, Garment Title - Hineteiwaiwa #86 Middle: Designer/Model - Breh Herataka and Nia Cogle, Garment Title - Uenuku #88 Right: Designer/Model - Dallabee Te Rangi-Herataka, Garment Title - Mahuika #87

The Rotary Club of Whangarei South and Bernina Northland were very proud to present the 42nd Northland Fashion Awards on Saturday September 28 at the Forum North Exhibition Hall.

Left: Designer - Iris Metcalfe, Model - Caitlin Sugrue, Garment Title - Leone #12 Middle: Designer/Model - Iris Metcalfe, Garment Title - Giovanna #3 (Supreme Northland Fashion Designer of the Year) Right: Designer - Iris Metcalfe, Model - Zadie Hurrell, Garment Title - Pierre #18

AND THE WINNER IS ...

NORTHLAND!

42 years is a long time, whatever way you look at it. In fashion and design, it’s a dozen lifetimes and then some! So to wow an audience with breathtaking outfits & costumes, and still hear the comments “it’s the best show ever” you know that this is the premier fashion event in Northland. Even the judges (Hayley Clarke, Rachael Robertson and Ruth Gayford) struggled at times to separate the winners from the runners up, and made the comment that some outfits are as good, if not better, than what you might see in the shops. Age was no barrier, with contestants as young as intermediate school age, meaning we will continue to see amazing creations for many years to come yet. Part of the success of this year’s event was having Ahi Events and Marketing running the show on behalf of Rotary Club of Whangarei South. Their expertise and organisation added that extra zing to the night, and enabled a matinee show for the first time ever. The matinee show was nearly sold out, and although billed as part dress rehearsal, was applauded as top notch and a real credit to the entrants & models. Sandy & Tim Robinson, from Bernina Northland, kept the schools engaged and advised students where needed to ensure they were “show ready” come the big day. They were delighted to present overall winner, Iris Metcalf, with a brand new Bernina Overlock/Coverseam machine, valued at $2,999. The Steve Haywood Extreme Elegance Award was handed to Molly Halvorson for her creative and inspiring designs. Rotary Club South president, Steve Christmas, praised all entrants and models (who were often the same person!) for the courage to create and showcase

their talent, and announced that Hikurangi School was the school that they felt made the biggest impact on the students and the show, winning a Bernina sewing machine and a Panasonic 40” smart TV. It is a prize that they don’t take lightly, as they want to encourage schools and students to get involved in the creative world of design and fashion. As in previous years, without the generous support of sponsors, this event would never happen, and Rotary South are deeply grateful for the ongoing (and growing) number of, and support, of sponsors. It is humbling that they continue to see the great opportunity that the event offers young people, providing a pathway to a career, in what is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. Kiwi North and Bernina Northland will be showcasing many of the outfits from the show over the next couple of months, and any photos of the show can be purchased from Sarah Marshall by contacting her on sarah@sarahjmarshall. com or through her website https:// shop.sarahmarshallphotography.co.nz/ berninafashionawards2019/ Next year’s show will be on Saturday September 26, 2020, with entry forms coming out soon. So if you are inspired by what you have seen on the night or the photos in the paper, “consider putting your talents in the fashion lights of Northland, and get an entry into the 2020 43rd Annual Bernina Northland Fashion Awards,” says committee member Vince Cocurullo. “As, every year, we try to make the show bigger and brighter than before. However, this can only be done by encouraging the very creative and talented Northlanders entering in the show.”

ROTARY CLUB OF WHANGAREI SOUTH WISHES TO THANK

All sponsors and entrants of the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards 2019 for making the event a fantastic success! We look forward to seeing you all at our 43rd event on Saturday 26th September 2020! 12 | SAVVY


Designer - Jade Malins, Model - Hannah Hawkinson, Garment Title - Daisy Chain #68

Designer/Model - Luka D’Anvers, Garment Title - Daddy’s Girl #52

Designer/Model - Breh Herataka, Garment Title - Hinenuitipo #8

Designer - Zane Lange, Model – Kiri Cooper, Garment Title - Sneeky Beeky #13 Photos: Sarah Marshall Photography

AWARD RESULTS

FASHION

Designer/Model - Neve MacLean, Garment Title - Broken Hill Main Drag #81

First Time Entrant Sponsored by People

Evening Wear Sponsored by Henderson Reeves • 1st – Mikayla Hammond with “Golden Hour” #5

Open Wearable Art Sponsored by McLeods Brewery • 1st – Tric Gray with “Lady Puriri” #74

• 2nd – Caitlyn Salvigny with “Black Beauty” #2 • 3rd – Iris Metcalfe with “Giovanna” #3

• 2nd – The Papermill with “The Tree of Life” #73 • 3rd – Alarnya Ashby with “Caprinae” #71

Potential $100 Cash goes Breh Hetaraka for her outfit “Hinenuitipo” #8

Student Fashion Design Sponsored by Z Northland

From Trash to Fashion Sponsored by Vince Cocurullo

Best School Sponsored by the Rotary Club of

• 1st – Iris Metcalfe with “Leone” #12 • 2nd – Molly Halvorson with “Flower Boy” #14

• 1st – Dyvani-Lee Thomason-Daly with “Epsilon Pegasi” #78 • 2nd – Casey Zimmer with “Home” #70

• 3rd – Caitlyn Salvigny with “Man’s Femininity” #9 • 3rd – Zane Lange with “Sneeky Beeky” #13

• Highly Commended – Mikayla Harwood with “The Pink Victorian” #77

Whangarei South Bernina B35 Sewing Machine and 40” Panasonic smart TV goes to Hikurangi School

Cosplay Sponsored by Ricoh • 1st – Neve MacLean with “Broken Hill Main Drag” #81

Open Fashion Design Sponsored by Whangarei District Council Creative Communities • 1st – Iris Metcalfe with “Pierre” #18

• 2nd – Wayne Carroll with “Obi-wan Kenobi” #85

• 2nd – Rachael Pedersen with “I Fought Fashion and Lost” #16 • 2nd – Mikayla Hammond with “House on the Hill” #17

Marshall Photography Sessions go to Jade Marsden with “Golden Hour” #5 and Lucas Halvorson with “Flower Boy” #14 Extreme Elegance Sponsored by Steve Haywood Master Jeweller $800 Steve Haywood Jewellers Voucher goes

Student Street Wear Sponsored by Mediaworks • 1st – Molly Halvorson with “The Liberty Dress” #25 • 2nd – Hannah Bretschneider-Weber with “Wolf of Munster” #26

to Molly Halvorson

• Highly Commended – Caitlyn Salvigny with “Body” #22 • Highly Commended – Zane Lange with “Passion for Yellow Fashion” #23 Designer/Model - Ella Farrier, Garment Title - The Dingle Dangle Bird #46

Open Street Wear Sponsored by the Elaine Gurr

Northland Top Model Sponsored by Sarah

Supreme Northland Fashion Designer of the Year Sponsored by Bernina Northland Bernina 1300 Overlocker goes to Iris Metcalfe

Endowment Trust through Perpetual Guardian • 1st – Rachael Pedersen with “A few of my Favourite Things 1” #28 • 2nd – Rachael Pedersen with “A few of my Favourite Things 1” #29 Masquerade Sponsored by Inprint Graphics • 1st – Ella Farrier with “The Dingle Dangle Bird #46 • 2nd – Lily Craig with “La Rosa Maria” #40 • 3rd – Katie Gwilliam with “Funky Trunky” #36 • Highly Commended – Amber Woodworth with “Mythical Medusa” #47 • Highly Commended – Wyatt Standing with “The Collector” #48 Junior Wearable Art Sponsored by Arthurs Emporium • 1st – Luka D’Anvers with “Daddy’s Girl” #52 • 2nd – Zoe Sands with “Bitzy” #51 • 3rd – Thea Gray with “Ab Fab” #50 • Highly Commended – Ziah Taihia-Thompson #86 • Highly Commended – Dallabee Te Rangi-Hetaraka #87

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• Highly Commended – Nia Cogle #88

Prices valid from 13 Nov - 24 Dec 2019, T & C’s apply Student Wearable Art Sponsored by Creative Northland • 1st – Jade Malins with “Daisy Chain” #68 • 2nd – Ayla Maunder with “On the House” #69

Designer/Model - Lily Craig, Garment Title - La Rosa Maria #40

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“one of a kind” so our creative team worked to design a bangle with symbolic meaningful designs on it with real drum stick ends. It really was an amazing experience!

Owners & Founders of Kia Kaha Jewellery Anton Sullivan & Lesley Parkin have been in the 2nd hand market with a combined experience of over 30 years. Their latest project has been to launch Kia Kaha Jewellery, which is very much localised to Whangarei currently, but has big ambitions. Although not Jewellers themselves Anton & Lesley have many years experience in the trade & work alongside current artists and jewellers, while also employing their own in-house jeweller. Kia Kaha Jewellery has started to redefine what a shopping experience for jewellery should be from a customer’s perspective & has grown quickly over the past 3 months. We love taking a customer’s dream & making it come true. One of our first creations was for a drummer who wanted something

“Every week I seem to have someone from the industry coming to us for some kind of contact and partnership” says Anton. “Although this is wonderful for our business we intend to keep our feet on the ground.”

days, and refurbishing their store on Dent Street, Kia Kaha Jewellery is committed to bringing quality new exciting designs to the market, giving a new lease of life to the jewellery industry. Kia Kaha are committed to bringing a personalised/fun experience for each customer with a high standard of customer service. We will ensure the customer is listened to, providing a truly enjoyable experience.

Kia Kaha stands for “Stay Strong” and this is represented throughout our business model by ensuring we have fun along the way to reach our goals. Kia Kaha Jewellery brought out Mr Harry Haywood’s workshop in recent weeks and this has allowed us to expand our workshop capabilities & plan for future growth. We also own part of a leading edge CAD(Computer Assisted Design) company which uses the latest technology & together will be bringing new exciting ideas and innovations to the industry.

Lesley Parkin & Anton Sullivan

Kia Kaha.

Whilst still in its very early

Kia Kaha Jewellery

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BEAUTY

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with New Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Products from Paul Mitchell

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little maintenance goes a long way with Awapuhi Wild Ginger®’s popular trio of hair products. Designed to create and maintain sleek, effortless looks with very little maintenance, this trio of products—our Dry Shampoo Foam, No Blowout HydroCream and Anti-Frizz Hairspray—will allow you to wash and go, extend your look and prevent frizz before it starts. Each product is infused with KeraTriplex® and natural awapuhi extract to improve hair health. Ready to get to styling? We’re rounding up the best ways to work these gamechangers into your daily and weekly routine. Preserving Your Blowout from Day One Hair never looks better than when it’s fresh out of the salon chair. You can keep your blowout

looking great day two and three by being proactive from day one. Spray our Anti-Frizz Hairspray on styled hair to give it flexible hold, or spray it onto your palms and smooth over hair to tame flyaways. This medium hold hairspray also works as an effective humidity shield, blocking humidity from interfering with your style throughout the day. Once the day is done and you prep for the next, extend your blowout with the help of our lightweight Dry Shampoo Foam that absorbs oil for fresh-looking hair without residue. Shake well, dispense our dry foam into your palms and work it into your hair. Start at your roots and work it evenly into your scalp until it’s dry. Effortless Styling on Fresh Hair Your hair is refreshed—you’ve washed it with

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The North Haven Hospice Shop in Whangarei’s CBD will be the place to be for a showcase of stylish Hospice Shop clothing plus upcycled fabric fashion. The Hospice Shop has partnered with Creative Northland, ANOagainreuse and Belltech to present what is described as a ‘topnotch’ fashion show. Creative Northland is committed to making the local arts sector dynamic, thriving, influential and productive. Its recent event, the Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival, was supported by the Hospice Shop, which provided fabric and sewing machines for young designers to use. Eco-label ANOagainreuse prides itself on producing sustainable and ethical garments and household items that are almost 100 per cent upcycled, mostly using garments and textiles that charity shops have been unable to sell. Creating a top-notch show atmosphere will be helped by Belltech’s event staging, sound and lighting. The Fashion Show starts at 5.30pm, Thursday November 28 at the Hospice Shop, corner of Robert St and James St. Free entry but bring purses or wallets for the opportunity to purchase outfits and accessories. North Haven Hospice Shops help turn second-hand goods into first-class care and support for people who are living with a life-limiting illness, their families/whanau and carers.

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BEAUTY

FREE massage, beauty and spa qualifications offered in Whangarei Anyone considering a new career in the trillion dollar, ever growing wellness industry need look no further than Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Spa located in CBD Whangarei.

The government’s new free education policy for eligible students means any programme with Evolution School could be FREE! The NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage programme is enrolling now for 2020. This excellent programme covers Swedish massage, pre ad post event Sports massage, Infant massage and onsite massage as well as lots of other really interesting stuff. Attendance is only three days a week and all school holidays are off! Evolution School is the only provider of this NZ Diploma in Northland. The NZ Certificate in Beauty Therapy programme starts again in 2020 and covers facials, waxing, make-up, manicures, 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 NZQA approved and so are eligible for student loans and allowances.

EVOLUTION SCHOOL OF BEAUTY, MASSAGE & SPA Enrolling now for 2020 Intake! NZ Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

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Evolution School is also in the process of applying for approval to run the NZ Certificate in Nail Technology for 2020 so watch this space for more details! Evolution has small classes to ensure there is plenty of tutor/student attention. There is no upper age limit – you just have to be 16+. The majority of graduates say their time with Evolution School was life-changing in so many ways. Come and see why! Give Evolution a call today to ask about your new exciting career – 09 438 6583 or pop in and have a look around – 115 Cameron Street, Whangarei or ‘book an amazing treatment with our fabulous graduates at our brand new graduate clinic on John St. Book by emailing evolvegraduateclinic@gmail.com,” says Lorna Clowes, Director. “It’s a new initiative whereby graduates gain employment within the safety of a mentored clinic until such time as they have built up their clientele and can go out into the world of business on their own.” For more visit www.evolutionschool.co.nz


BEAUTY

HOW DOES A MEMBERSHIP AT CACI WORK? Get to know the ins and outs of the memberships at Caci.

Membership is the best way to maximise your treatments at Caci, and get access to a range of rewards and other benefits

exclusive Caci guarantee*. Typically, your treatment schedule will include 6-8 sessions for each area, with treatments set up at

exclusive to Caci customers. But if you’re not quite sure what it’s all about, the idea can be a little confusing. That's why we’re breaking down exactly

specific intervals as advised by the team at Caci. • Amerase This cosmetic injectables option makes it

how it works and why it’s worth signing up to one to help achieve your skincare and beauty goals. Keep reading to find out all the details!

easy for you to manage your treatments to maintain a smoother, wrinkle-reduced complexion. Results can last up to 3 or 4

The first step Your first step at Caci is your free consultation, where you can discuss the concerns you have

months, and you also have the option of adding on dermal filler too. • ChillSculpt Caci’s award winning body shaping plan

and find out which treatments would be best for the results you want to achieve. From there, you’ll be advised which membership options

discounts) when you sign up! – book your free consultation today.

includes at least 4 treatments, at intervals of at least 5 weeks.

A schedule of treatments As part of being on a membership, you’ll get a

Treats and rewards You’ll also get exclusive rewards as part of being a member at Caci– including 20% off beauty therapy services, complimentary

schedule of regular treatments to ensure you get lasting results.

treatments from our rewards menu and 10% off our range of Skinsmiths skincare products.

would be best suited to you.

If you’re interested in any of Caci’s memberships, now’s the perfect time to find out more. Until Christmas the team are offering double the treats (think free facials, beauty services and

Check out the different options: • Reformaskin Caci’s specially developed Skin Health Plan, you’ll get 15 skin conditioning

Easy payment options Just by signing up to a membership, you’re already saving more than you would if you were having the same amount of treatments

treatments each year, with the option of adding more advanced treatments (such as microneedling or Fractional C02 Laser) to

individually.

target specific concerns. • Freedom Laser Hair Removal that comes with our

so you can set up easy weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debit payments to suit your schedule, as well as Q Card.

Caci also offer a range of payment options

ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL LOOK DATE: Monday 18th November 2019 TIME: From 5.15pm VENUE: Caci Whangarei 14 Clyde St Join us for an information evening all about our advanced skin treatment and cosmetic injectables options. Find out how our Registered Nurses can smooth, plump, contour, define and enhance your natural look. PLEASE RSVP 09 438 1942 | whangarei@caci.co.nz WE'RE FOR YOU

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HEALTH

Why do some of us need glasses?

How do we see: 1. Light Rays Travel from an object to the eye. 2. As light passes through the eye, the light rays are refracted (bent)by the cornea, aqueous humour, lens and vitreous humour. 3. An upside-down image (picture) is formed on the retina. 4. The photoreceptors on the retina send nerve impulses along the optic nerve to the brain. 5. The brain interprets the impulses and allows us to see the object the right way up. If the cornea or the lens is not the right shape, or the eyeball is too elongated or too round, short, this will affect the ability of the eye to refract light and refocus it accordingly on the retina. The resulting difficulties in seeing are

Short-sighted or Myopia • A person who is short-sighted can focus clearly on near objects but cannot focus on distant objects.

• A long-sighted person can see distant

• This is because the lens is to thick (eg with development of a cataract) or the

objects clearly but cannot focus on near objects.

eyeball is too long. • Light from distant objects is focused at

• Light from a near object converges to a point behind the retina, so the image

a point in front of the retina within the vitreous jelly resulting in a blurred image.

called visual defects and include: • Myopia (short-sightedness)

• Short sightedness can be corrected with a concave lens.

• Hyperopia (long-sightedness) • Astigmatism

• To correct this refractive error and get the image onto the retina we use a minus

These defects are not usually due to disease or illness but are simply a result of how

Long sightedness. Hypermetropia or Hyperopia

(concave) lens to diverge the incoming rays of light.

is a blur. • This is either because the lens is to thin or the eyeball to short. • Long sightedness can be corrected by

• This weakens the overall refractive power of the eye and pushes the image back onto the retina.

the body grows.

using a convex lens. • To get the image onto the retina, we must add power to the overall refractive power of the eye by using a plus (convex) lens. These convex lenses are basically your traditional magnifying glasses and can make your eyes look enormous at high power.

Astigmatisim • The cornea surface provides the majority of the refractive power of the eye. • In a normal eye, the cornea surface is perfectly spherical like a basketball. • However, many patients have some degree of astigmatism, where the corneal surface is shaped more like a rugby ball. Thus, one axis of the cornea is steeper than the other. Therefore, the eye cannot focus the light equally on the retina causing blurry, fuzzy or distorted vision. • Astigmatism can be present at birth or develop gradually.

• Spherical correction alone will not work for these eyes. For astigmatism, we need to add a cylindrical shaped lens to correct the refractive aberration along one axis. When we check for glasses, we determine the amount

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of cylinder power, and the exact angle axis this cylinder needs to be oriented to work. • Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, laser or refractive surgery.

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HEALTH

DON’T WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR

START YOUR NEW YEAR’S FITNESS RESOLUTION NOW When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the best start is a head start.

BY CAROLYN HANSEN ANYTIME FITNESS, WHANGAREI

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you don’t have to wait for the first of January to start living the way you want to live right now. If you begin now, you will be better prepared to cope with the stressors of the upcoming holiday season, you will be more motivated to eat sensibly and not pack on those two – three kilos most people gain over the Christmas holiday season. Think of how motivated you will be when you realise that you can do well during the holidays, the rest of the year should seem easy by comparison. If you choose to wait until after the holidays, you are essentially telling yourself that you are only able to succeed under certain conditions and long-term success is not very likely. In fact, starting now will ultimately benefit you — here are some great reasons why:

f you are one of the many people who will be making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get in better shape, but have been unable to have long-term success, do something different this year. Contrary to what you might think, NOW is one of the best times to start eating healthier and exercising. The Christmas holidays are a time of year when people tend to eat more, exercise less, and generally make less progress towards their goals. But developing good nutrition and exercise habits now will help you survive the holiday season with minimal setbacks and you may even be in better shape at the start of next year. If you are planning to get healthier/fitter in

A New Beginning Has No Start Date The countdown to a new beginning starts every day you wake up, not every first day of the New Year. Don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or January 1st to begin what you already know you want to achieve.

2020 - why wait? There’s nothing magical about January 1st, the date has no significance. If you are serious about making next year your year,

Staying A Step Ahead Of The Game By starting now, you will be one step ahead of

yourself. Where you thought you would be in January, you could be in by December. The pressure of giving yourself a deadline has its perks, but preparing yourself BEFORE the deadline has even bigger perks. You have time to work out the kinks. Guaranteed, the holidays will pull you in many different directions, but you can test your resolution mettle and see how you react to a threat to your schedule. Maybe you will decide your commitments are unrealistic and you may need to scale back your workout goals to only twice a week. Perhaps instead of trying to fit in some exercise each day, your schedule would better accommodate training every other day. By January 1st you can have a plan in place and a reserve of alternative ideas to achieve your goals.

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itting down after dinner one night this week, I saw three different skincare ads on TV within an hour, all promising instant youthfulness. Then, scrolling through Facebook, I counted eight different posts that came up on my feed; from videos showing serums that can erase pigmentation, to pens that can inject hyaluronic acid by high pressure to plump out lines, to treatments that can vaporize the skin giving it an immediate tightening effect. Everything seemed to promise instant results. This photo won me the Best Before & After Results and I’m proud to say that changes to healthier skin for this client did not happen instantly. In fact, it took over a year! The point I’d like to make here is skin needs time to metabolise nutrients, to make healthy cells, to regenerate and repair. It can’t do this in just a few days.

A life cycle of a keratinocyte (skin cell) is anything from 20 to 60 days depending on your age so, for someone to say you’ll have new skin in seven days, is simply not credible. The other important point to make is changes can’t happen after one facial treatment or using products for just a few days. I compare it to a weight loss journey – a healthy weight can’t be achieved by having one gym session with a personal trainer and eating healthy every now and again.

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The changes achieved in this example involved: 1. Discipline and commitment from the client. Adopting a routine morning and night, every day. 2. Regular two-monthly in-clinic visits for deep treatments and progress check-up.

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hen visitors to the Packard Museum walk into our ‘Old

Packard Room’ they often remark on how big the cars are. Packard was known for its huge, gorgeous, luxury motor vehicles but there is one car in the line-up which has been referred to by some as the ‘baby Packard’. Our 1921 Packard Single Six Runabout is neither huge nor particularly luxurious but it is cute. In 1915 Packard produced the Twin Six (V12 motor) which became their flagship car. However, the car was expensive and only available to those with money. During

the First World War, Packard also produced trucks. After the war, truck sales slowed down, so to boost their sales, in 1921 Packard made a scaled down version by taking one bank of the Twin Six engine to provide a 6cyl. power plant and calling it a Single Six. However, buyer reaction to this car was initially less than enthusiastic. The car was highly priced compared to other comparable vehicles on the market meaning those who could afford the car preferred to purchase the more powerful and prestigious Twin Six and for those customers that it did impress, it was too expensive. Successive models were dropped

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ctober was an interesting fishing month with quite a lot of heavy rain and strong winds making Whangarei Harbour often quite dirty. The fish don’t like dirty water and this was likely why our beautiful harbour hasn’t fished quite as well as it has in recent years. However, a few snapper and kahawai have been caught even as far up as the Onerahi area. There’s quite a few

undersize snapper around but the kahawai have been of good size. In the next few weeks I would expect harbour snapper fishing to improve considerably and kingfish should show up as well. Incoming tides, heavyish sinkers and long traces with oily baits, fished on the edge of our many channels, is a good option. Your trace should come off the sinker which enables your baits to move around in the current - this works better than a ledger rig under the boat. Baits well away from the boat also help and another effective rig is your mainline attached to your sinker and a flasher rig with hook sizes from 3 to 6 as the trace. DO NOT use a new shiny sinker with any rig… I have proved many times new sinkers put the fish right off. New sinkers should be left outside on an exposed fence rail or similar and not used until they are dull. This applies to sinkers on any rig and at any depth.

Frank Chandler’s recent Kaipara catch... Some very large gurnard, nice snapper and kingfish.

Outside the harbour, catch rates have been much better; out from the Waipu and Ruakaka rivers in 10 to 20 meters has provided some good snapper. Drifting with a sea anchor and using softbaits or lures has worked well. Dragging a bait with the same rig as for harbour fishing can also work well. The Mokes, the Hen, the Chicks and 50 to 60 metres out from Ocean Beach are all worth using your sounder to find schools of fish; good snapper are being taken in all these areas. The Kaipara Harbour continues to fish very well for good snapper, very big gurnard and a few kingfish, and our Northern Harbours and the Bay of Islands are fishing quite well but, as the weather and water warms, they will get better. Roll on summer in the beautiful North - we live in a fishing paradise!

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Archie McCahon’s bronze bells

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When selling a property, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of strangers looking through their house when they’re not present. However, holding an open home is often the best way to show off the place to

for anyone to come back and deactivate later,” Lampen-Smith recalls.

potential buyers. Welcoming house hunters (and let’s

Sellers should talk to their real estate agent or salesperson about how the actual

be honest, a few nosy neighbours) to a property does come with privacy and

open home will be conducted. “Ask if there will be a sign-in register,

security risks that vendors should be aware of – and plan for.

where visitors provide their name and contact information when they arrive at the

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showing. This is a helpful tool for the agent when it comes to following up with potential

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buyers, and, in the case that something is damaged or stolen during the open home,

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the information can be passed onto police,” Lampen-Smith says.

Lampen-Smith suggests sellers prepare by taking note of any items of sentimental or monetary value that should be removed from the property. “Think about items that could easily be slipped into a pocket or handbag, such as jewellery, silverware, small electronics or even the prescription medication stored in your bathroom cabinet. Tucking them away in your sock

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“Ask if there will be a sign-in register, where visitors provide their name and contact information when they arrive at the showing.”

drawer or under your bed won’t do the trick,” Lampen-Smith says.

The agent is required to be present at the viewing and shouldn’t leave potential

Something that’s often overlooked by sellers opening their house to potential

buyers alone at the property. Ideally, the agent should accompany visitors as

buyers is the risk of identity theft. It might sound far-fetched, but sellers who leave

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important documents like passports, bank statements or credit card receipts

could ask that a second person from the real estate agency be on-site during the

lying around, are leaving themselves vulnerable. Lampen-Smith recommends

open home, to greet visitors at the door, ask them to sign in and wait until the agent

these sorts of documents be tidied away and stored somewhere secure.

is free to show them through. Sellers who still feel uneasy about

Next, do a digital sweep of the property. The family PC or office desktop

having an open home could ask the agent to show the property ‘by appointment only’

should be switched off and password protected. USB sticks or hard drives that

to potential buyers. “There’s no law saying you must have

are loaded with personal information should also be stored securely.

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Looking your best There’s a reason they call it ‘beauty sleep’

There’s no longer a Guinness World Record given out for the longest period without sleep.

depressed or moody. You may also have trouble focusing, paying attention, learning and

(and why you look awful when you’re tired). Sleep is the body’s most effective way to heal

Why? Because today it’s considered too dangerous to forgo sleep (keep in mind that

remembering, all of which prevent you from performing at your best.

itself – without it, the entire body deteriorates quickly. When you’re sleeping, the body absorbs

they still track things like the deepest free dive and the most cockroaches eaten in a minute!)

A recent study by Harvard Medical School shows that 30 per cent of office workers in the

nutrients and amino acids at a rapid pace to repair and rejuvenate. You look older and

US aren’t getting enough sleep to perform at

function worse because your cells are depleted.

Our secret? Sleep. Bear with us a moment – we know it’s not the

So what makes sleep so important?

• If you spend a night away from home – for example, in a hotel – do you notice that you sleep better?

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It can often be the forgotten room of the house, but the significance of great bedroom design is undeniable.

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Bring out the BEST in your bedroom

he amount of time we spend in the boudoir boosts the importance of creating a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere throughout. It’s the one place we get to relax and recharge our batteries, and considering the significance, the task of redesigning a bedroom can be overwhelming. Whether you prefer simple and cosy or dark and moody, a little strategic styling can transform a drab bedroom into a significantly peaceful, restful one. But where to start? “First, you need to understand what you have to work with,” says Resene colour consultant Rebecca Long. “Are there any pre-existing elements? Carpet? Drapes? Bedspread? It’s important to understand what you have to work with to ensure that your updated colour scheme will look great alongside your pre-existing elements.” Think about your colours. A well-planned colour palette is the skeleton of any comfortable and harmonious space, and this is where the colour wheel comes into play. It provides us with two schools of hues: warm and cool. Colour psychology suggests that the two differ greatly when it comes to the emotions they elicit and the way they are perceived. The cool colour group is comprised of blue, green, purple and grey, and any of their shades. They tend to evoke relaxation and calmness. Blue, for example, is a serene colour, offering a familiar visual reminiscent of the sky and ocean.

“Resene Duck Egg Blue is proving very popular in bedrooms,” says Rebecca. “Its soothing, modern nature creates a very relaxing, effortless place to sleep.” Green also offers a comforting, familiar sight, because so much of nature is green. It promotes restoration, peace and rest. Its central wavelength encourages a feeling of balance. Try Resene Unwind (a lichen green, with a blend of green and grey), Resene Quarter Coriander (a tranquil pastel green), Resene Carefree (an opalescent watery green) or Resene Boulevard (a grey blue and green amalgamation). Violet has spiritual and royal connotations. It exudes luxury and quality. Purple also increases contemplation and meditation. For a sultry, moody feel, try Resene Deep Purple or Resene Sumptuous, both right royal deep purples. You can either use cool colours as the space’s main paint colour or as an accent among neutrals. “Resene Double Rice Cake is a beautiful, crisp white that will bring warmth to many bedrooms,” says Rebecca. On the other hand, warm colours include orange, red and yellow shades, along with their various tints. These warm colours produce excitement and attract attention. Red is alleged to increase heart rate, so it might be best when not chosen as the entire wall colour in a restful space like the bedroom. However, red also ties to feelings of power and love for many, so it can work well when used as small pops of excitement, such as a bedside table, artwork or as a feature behind the bedhead.

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benches and armchairs and ottomans. Traditional elements like wall panelling and mouldings provide luxuriance, while bold lighting and metallics bring the scheme up to date. Mirrored furniture provides instant elegance, as do fur throws and rugs. Colours tend to sway towards feminine schemes of soft pinks and purples and metallic golds and silvers alongside charcoal greys. Many other great options for bedroom design themes are cultural. Asian bedrooms are minimalist in furniture selection and accessories. Sleek, rectilinear bedframes are common. Usually, Asian palettes include black, white and one bold colour like red. Medium-toned hardwoods complement this style well. A Mediterranean design theme offers a relaxing ambiance for a bedroom. Natural

Orange is the combination of red and yellow; it is attention-grabbing. Use orange similarly to red – for accent walls or fun children’s rooms. Yellow is friendly and creative. It promotes optimism and buffs confidence, making it ideal for bedroom linens or drapery. Whichever colour or colour combination you choose, ensure you trial it on a small patch first. “When testing out a new colour, paint out two coats of a Resene testpot on a large piece of card and move it around the room,” says Rebecca. “Check that it works against any preexisting elements.” Wall coverings can also be useful for introducing coloured elements. A fun patterned wallpaper or painted wood panelling can serve to liven up the space.

Think about your colours. A well-planned colour palette is the skeleton of any comfortable and harmonious space ....

Once you’ve chosen a colour scheme,

stone and decorative tile embody this approach. As well, geometric and floral

consider a theme, in particular those that lend themselves well to a bedroom.

patterns often appear and can be used on comforters and area rugs.

A countrified, shabby chic theme is characterised by light, flowing fabrics and

Perk up your colour palette and theme with accessories.

a cool colour scheme. Furniture selections generally include white metal or wood that

“Accessories are a great way to bring the room together,” says Rebecca. “Think rugs,

retains its natural stain. Fabrics and accents are rustic and simple,

throws, cushions, plants and lighting. Make sure to keep accessories simple and minimal

and often incorporate vintage acquisitions. Rough picture frames and simple glass vases

to avoid the room looking too busy.” Whichever design style you pick for your

botanical greens too. Try Mother Nature or Resene Family Tree.”

are often included. Coastal themes parallel strongly with rustic

bedroom it should be comforting to you, personally. Unlike other rooms of the home,

It’s important to pay attention to the size of your room, warns Rebecca, and whether or

styling. Lighter, cooler colours are important, and materials are raw and unembellished.

the bedroom is private and your opinion is ultimately all that matters. Select a colour

not it has good, natural lighting. “If you have a small room with minimal natural light, large bold

A more dramatic approach can be taken by adopting a glamorous theme, with an

scheme and a theme that will guide your design to become a comfortable space for you

patterns may be too strong in your space.”

upholstered headboard, tufted bedside

to recharge and wake up refreshed each day.

“The botanical trend is huge at the moment. Think palm leaf wallpapers, deep green walls, large oversized plants and copper accents. The Resene Range 18 fandeck features great

B U I LT F O R L I F E

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Marcus Bracey is the owner of, and hands-on builder for the Northland Stonewood Homes Franchise. With many years of home building experience under his belt his knowledge of the industry and attention to detail is evident in every home he builds. “My philosophy has always been to treat every house I have built as if it were my own,” he says. Marcus is involved in every build and many of his homes have gone onto achieve success in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, including recent category and gold awards. Stonewood Homes Whangarei are a small dedicated team and pride themselves on their good relationship with clients, many of whom are repeat. As well as having a wide range of plans available for perusal which can be customised to suit the individual, clients can also approach the team with their own design ideas. Every care is made to make sure that your build is everything you’re hoping for. Working with clients to achieve their dream home is what sets Stonewood apart and the results speak for themselves. View the Marsden Cove Stonewood showhome at 60 Stace Hopper Drive, Marsden Cove Thursday-Sunday from 11am-3pm or by appointment.

“Building at Marsden Cove, or wherever, I have no hesitation recommending Stonewood’s Whangarei. They have embraced my ideas to design a bespoke version based around two of their standard designs. The finished house is exceptional, fully meeting our expectations. It is a pleasure to see such attention to detail in this day and age”. Joe & Cheryl (May 2019)

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LED mirror use is on the rise and is quickly proving itself as one of the most unique ways to introduce new, energy-saving lighting in your home. People are always thinking of creative and functional ideas that can help save energy and make the bathroom experience more comfortable. Whether it comes from the installation of new flooring and plumbing, or the introduction of a new shower drain into the routine, there are many ways to give your bathroom a more luxurious feel. What is an LED Mirror? An LED mirror defines a specific type of bathroom mirror that has been equipped with an LED mirror light. A mirror with LED lights can provide some ambient backlighting, or a stronger and brighter shine when you are trying to see even the smallest of blemishes on your face. Whether you are looking for something to enhance your daily routine, or you want to add a bit of flair and creativity without taking up extra space, then this is a perfect investment for you. Why LED Lights? You will find that more people are making the switch to LEDs. Consumers are seeking out LED bulbs for any and all lighting solutions, including for lamps, overhead lights, computer screens, headlights, bathroom fixtures, outside structures, and much more.

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beautiful, designer bathroom products for a fraction of the cost of some of the bigger players, and they’re committed to helping more Kiwis create beautiful bathrooms without spending too much money. One of the ‘wow factor’ products Millen produce is a demisting LED mirror. Available in a range of sizes, it features LED lights around

• LED lights release the same chemicals as the sun, helping you to feel more energized

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Enjoy the best of Whangarei living by securing your new home in our newly released Parklands Estate next to Jane Mander retirement village at the top of Fairway Drive. To make an appointment to view this location, please contact Tony Watkins 027 706 6590, tonyw@generation.co.nz Visit our show home at 12 Kahukaka Road, One Tree Point, (15 mins north of Waipu). Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm

Summer is on its way and things are hotting up on Northland’s property market. Take Generation Homes as an example of a building company forging ahead offering a host of new property ownership opportunities to meet high and continually increasing demand. This top 10 national building company is growing various subdivisions in Northland,

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with examples being Totara Parklands Estate; Parklands Estate and The Landing, to name but some. Generation Homes has recognised that demand for house and land packages in Northland is not waning. In addition to extending existing subdivisions, new ones are being established, with Parklands Estate a case in point. Summer action on the Generation Homes calendar includes expressions of interest being taken for a slice of the Parkland Estate subdivision pie; the opening of a new show home at Totara Parklands Estate; and the release of stage three home and land packages at The Landing. Home and land packages are available now for stage three of the popular subdivision known as The Landing. And the wait is over for those wishing to call Parklands Estate home, with expressions of interest currently

being taken. Meanwhile, early 2020 action will include the February opening of Totara Parklands’ show home. Generation Homes key Northland staff David Skudder and Tony Watkins say interest has been high in all three subdivisions. Totara Parklands Estate is proving popular amongst mainly young families and first and second home buyers. Part of the appeal is the range of section sizes, which range between 435m2 to 809m2, and the opportunity to purchase a house and land package for as low as $700,000. As the name suggests, the estate is enhanced by surrounding parks and woodland areas. The release of stage three sites at The Landing has been eagerly awaited. The Landing is hitting all the markets with interest


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Show Home Open Admiral Way opposite Tutukaka Marina shown by young families, the semi-retired and the retired. This east coast seaside location embraces all that is magnificent about living close to the beach in the winterless north. Water vistas, a marina, and stunning views north to Mount Manaia on the Whangarei Heads are on offer. House and land package prices in this safe harbour start at $650,000, with site sizes ranging between 600m2 and 800m2 - most are north-east facing and offer a level building platform. Parklands Estate is Generation Homes

reserve and recreation reserve) is set to appeal to people of all ages and stages. A show home

newest Whangarei subdivision. Twenty-two home and land packages are available in

will open at Parklands Estate in March. “Exciting property ownership prospects are

stage one of this sought-after subdivision, with prices starting at $750,000. There’s no

available in the greater Whangarei area with a

skimping on section sizes, with sites ranging from 600m2 to 850m2 in size.

selection of top subdivisions and associated wonderful lifestyle opportunities available. On top of that, Generation Homes offers nearly 80

Generation Homes Northland managing director David Skudder says this attractively

architecturally designed house plans to choose from,” David says.

sited subdivision (which hugs both a scenic

Homeworld have released a new subdivision in the vibrant hub of Tutukaka, conveniently located near the marina, cafes and shops.

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Window shape and placement is critical. Corner butted windows, high windows and shaped windows can be complicated to cover and there are limited options. •

Automation? You should include this with your electrical plan and make provision before the gib goes on. There are options

that can be retro fit but give yourself the choice. Ceiling mounted drapery? Plan this with your builder as you will need mounting timber or joists in the correct place. This also applies if you want your tracks mounted well above the architrave.

Shutters or blinds inside the window and door frames? Consider this when choosing your joinery handles and opening configuration. Not all options work together. For example some ranch slider handles are so large they can restrict the drop of an

inside fit blind. You’re moving in When? Gasp! Aim for a minimum of 10 weeks ahead if you are considering drapery, automation or Shutters and 4 to 6 weeks for blinds. Delays can occur that are out of our hands but we will

Time lines

work with you towards a happy result.

Congratulations! You have chosen your flooring and colours and now you are ready to choose your window furnishing. Visit the Frazerhurst Showroom and bring along paint swatches, flooring samples, photos of furniture and art works, cushions or duvet covers - anything that can help with collecting a concise range of fabrics and samples for a successful site visit.

The last step for a professional finish to your project is the site visit: This is best performed when the gib is up and the carpet is down. Final measurements are critical for floor length drapery.

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Please do your homework! Panic will not save you now. No point in begging and pleading.

I don’t mean to lecture and I know you are exhausted from the entire process. Carpet, tiles, timber, paint colours – you mean I should choose a different colour for the ceiling as well as the walls? And all this is after you have chosen the exterior cladding, the roofing, the joinery, will this ever end?

Please do not stop until you have chosen your window furnishings as well. All too often we have clients that have put all this effort into their beautiful new home or renovation and not given consideration (or budget) to what is required for the final touch.

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

HEDGES, SO MANY OPTIONS BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD

You may want a hedge to provide shelter from the wind, to block the neighbours, or screen an unattractive view.

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our hedge can be formal – a tightlyclipped, perfectly straight row. Or informal – a row of mixed plants left to grow to their natural height and width. The type of plants you buy for your hedge should be ideally suited to your site. Take into

Trim the top of the plant, this encourages your hedge to grow thick and strong – remember little and often is best. Once it starts bushing out, you can start trimming the sides as well to keep it thick and growing all the way to the ground.

Edible Hedges

Bird-friendly hedge

account climate, soil type, sun, shade, frost, and water. Then look at the overall size you want your hedge to get to, there is no point planting Leyland Cypress when all you want is a 2m privacy screen from the neighbours. First things first, prepare the area for

Remember to fertilise twice yearly, spring and late summer, after the slow release fertiliser tabs have run out. This keeps your hedge growing strongly. Clip your hedge if required. Twice-yearly for slow growers and perhaps 3-4 times a year for

Why not plant a hedge that you can eat. Some edible plants that hedge well are: • Feijoas – Several varieties available • Guavas – Red or yellow fruiting types • Rosemary Tuscan Blue – For a low formal clipped hedge

planting. Spray or remove existing weeds and grass. Improve the soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure.

fast-growing plants – if you want to keep that tidy, formal look.

(feed those native birds) • Swamp flax – Not a hedge as such but a very effective low windbreak and soundproofing barrier. • Five finger – A lovely tropical looking plant which does well out at the coast. • Taupata – The berries feed the birds and it

Then: • Set up a string line (for perfectionists) and mark your spacings. • • • • •

Dig your planting holes, about twice the size of the root ball. Add slow-release fertiliser tablets to the hole. Plant your hedge firming down the soil as you go. (No need to stomp hard!)

Quick-growing hedges • Lily Pillys – Two varieties available. These are another very quick growing hedge with new growth coming through orangey red. • Griselinia ‘Broadway Mint’ – In ideal conditions these can grow reasonably fast,

Water the plants well, not just a light sprinkling. If you can, mulch the plants with something like bark or post peelings, this helps conserve water over the summer months. Remember to keep it away from the trunk.

upto 1m a year. Nice bright green foliage that trims well, and a dense habit make it a good privacy hedge. Photinia ‘Red Robin’ – Fast-growing as well as looking good with all the new growth coming through a bright red. She-Oaks – Very fast-growing, usually used as a shelter belt. Great for bigger properties. Mexican Alders – Another very fast-growing tree, usually used as a shelter belt on bigger properties.

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Ornamental hedges • Camellias – Late autumn/winter flowering in pinks, reds and whites. Can be kept as a lovely trimmed hedge from 1m to 3m tall. Nice dark glossy leaves. • Westringea – Fine leaved hedge with purple or white flowers. Trims well to 1-1.5m •

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The Falls Estate isn’t just retirement, but an appetite for living

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Next Open Day

Friday 29th November 2019 10.30am – 12pm We invite you to join us for morning tea and a relaxed discussion about Retirement Living, followed by an opportunity to view the Village facilities and any homes currently for sale. Family or friends are welcome too. RSVP by Thursday 28th November 2019, please call 09 437 5844

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OCTOBER 2019

SPRING HEALTH Healthy living ideas & inspiration inside

Whangarei’s Summer Markets

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One of the many faces of depression

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Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Fitness, Entertainment, Homes Trends and Giveaways.

Couple’s whopping 100kg weight loss journey! See pages 29-39


TUI MASSAGE THERAPY HAIR, BEAUTY AND MASSAGE

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Tarnia Clarke opened Tui Massage Therapy in Maungatapere three years ago. Locals get to enjoy a 3 in 1 service with hairdressing and beauty treatments available along with a therapeutic massage.

4-26 October Philip Buffett-McKibbin “Outdoor” - oil paintings

Tui Massage Therapy Corner of Mangakahia Rd and SH14 Maungatapere Phone Tarnia 027 227 4397

1-23 November Gabi Pfaender “Crimson Icon” - prints & paintings

SUMMER DO 2020

CELEBRATING QUARRY ARTS ROOTS with a week of classes: • Ceramics • Painting • Drawing • Printing • Natural Earth Building & Painting with Clay

Visit Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei Open Mon-Sat, 9.30am - 4.30pm Phone 09 4381215 www.quarryarts.org

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION WHANGAREI WEEKEND WORKSHOPS @ KAMO HIGH SCHOOL Paint your very own floral portrait in this one day art workshop. All materials provided. View an example at the CEW office.

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

NZ FUDGE FARM TREATS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Fudgaccino coffee, Fudge ice cream and Devonport chocolates all at the Fudge Farm. Bring the kids down for a treat during the holidays.

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October 2019

contents Editor’s note

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ne in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. According to a 2016/2017 New Zealand Health Survey, this includes depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders. But there will also be many undiagnosed. Too many suffer in silence but through the likes of some well-known figures opening up about their own struggles and fronting campaigns, there is definitely more mental health awareness these days. Here, we have one brave local, who has come forward to share her journey with us and how she chose to deal with her own well-being. You can read Mona’s heat-warming and inspirational story on pages 4 & 5. In this health edition of Savvy, we also feature a local couple who, between them, have lost almost 100kg! Daniel and Jaimee realised they were unhappy with their lifestyle and, deciding they wanted to

become positive role models to their son, upheaved life as they knew it. Now, they can’t believe the people in the ‘before’ photos are them! Check out their story on page 6. Whether you’re wanting to give your own lifestyle an upheaval or phase in small changes, you’ll surely find something of interest within these pages.

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OUR PEOPLE 4-5 Walking the dark, lonely path to self-worth 6 New lifestyle demonstrtes role modelling to son

SAVVY FASHION STYLE GUIDE 18-21 This season’s latest fashions BEAUTY 22 Bow down to the GHD Curl Revolution LOVE IT HERE 24 Lighting up Diwali celebrations in Northland 25 Packard Museum Vehicle of the Month Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless 26 Artisan Markets GIVEAWAYS 28 This month’s giveaways SAVVY HOMES 30 Sleep tips for children 31 Time to spring into some extra cleaning 32 Make the most of your hallway 34 Building a new home: Q&A with Platinum Homes 35 Simple self-care: How a mindful home can impact on your health 36 Savvy ShowHomes: A1 Homes 38 What to ask when you’re asking for a home loan 39 Gardening with AlterNatives

SAVVY HEALTH 8 Mind, Body & Salt It’s all about quality of life! 9 Are you wanting to get motivated and feel supported in your health and wellness? Elevate your fitness with our best summer offer yet! 10 Take a fresh look at your health Dream Cream 11 The path to holistic wellness 12 Calling all Kiwis to take a stand against breast cancer 13 Pink Loop 14 Three small words that can transform your life, relationships, health and business 15 Blindness / low vision? 16 Free massage, beauty and spa qualifications offered in Whangarei 17 Medical microneedling My self-care realisation

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of us who are looking for new ways to reduce our impact on this amazing planet we all call home. Recycling precious jewellery is one perfect solution. The added loveliness is that these creations are often crafted with techniques that have been lost to the world of jewellery, bringing the romance of a forgotten era to your personal collection. The mystery of the past wrapped up in this jewellery always intrigues and incites wonder – what tales could it tell? What stories will be added during the next chapter of its journey? Will some of them be yours? You will never know what you will find in those three cabinets overlooking our workshop, but what we can tell you is that they will always hold beautiful, loved jewels. They will always be a special place to find planet friendly pieces and they will always be full of mind-blowingly fabulous value!

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OUR PEOPLE

Walking the dark, lonely path to self-worth

BY JODI BRYANT

Tears streamed down Mona Hanekom’s face as she stared at the images of herself. All she could say was: ‘I am beautiful!’

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his was the turning point for the then 35-year-old, originally from South Africa, who, unbeknown to her, had been suffering depression for years. ‘Blessed in abundance’, Mona, whose real name is Minette, says she had no reason to feel the way she did. “I grew up on a beautiful farm in a small town in South Africa. I was very privileged and have an awesome, loving family. There was never a shortage of anything – no abuse, drugs or alcohol. So, feeling unhappy in myself made me feel very guilty!” Being a pastor’s wife added to her guilt. “I would think: ‘I’m a Christian, I shouldn’t be feeling this way’.

“I just couldn’t do that to him or them. I imagined them crying and saying: ‘Dad, I miss mum’. Thinking how I would react in a situation like that if I had to lose my husband - it would be heartbreaking.”

Gideon and Mona during their cruise ship Gatsby photo shoot.

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And now I can say with honesty, religion has nothing to do with depression!” The couple moved to New Zealand 11 years ago and have called Whangarei home since. However, Mona believes her depression started while still in South Africa. “I left a great job in Cape Town and moved back to the little town I grew up in. I was happily married, but had no job, no purpose.” Six months before immigrating, they welcomed a baby and she believes the excitement of moving to a new country kept her going. However, another baby and raising children without family support, excess weight, the lack of sleep and subsequent bad diet, topped with postnatal depression, eventually took its toll and Mona sunk into a silent, bed-ridden depression. “I never really felt like the ‘beautiful, confident, 63kg girl my husband married again,” says Mona, 37. “I was constantly tired with no energy, no vision, no purpose. “It’s this evil cycle you’re in, a dark pit and it’s so deep and so dark and lonely. It’s someone asking you: ‘How are you?’ and you answer: ‘Great thanks!’ but on the inside, you’re screaming out: ‘Help me!, I’m drowning, I don’t want this.’. “People would say that exercise helps but exercise is seriously the last thing you want to do. All I wanted to do was sleep because, when you sleep, you don’t have to think about it. And every morning you get up thinking: ‘Today is going to be an awesome day!’... and the awesomeness never shows up,” describes Mona.

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things. I’ll be waiting on the other side. Part of

own cream for my skin and you get some

this is because of the knowing that we’re all struggling in our different ways and a marriage

amazing natural products. Again, just like with processed food, the manufacturers can

resonate with the couples he works with through counselling and, by

needs to be the safe place where we can ‘suffer safely’. So, I made sure she could. We did

hide anything under ‘fragrance’. “Once I switched to more natural products

promise ‘in sickness and in health’ after-all!” Late 2017, the couple had a rare

is when I saw another big difference. Our bodies are like a car - if you put dirty

sharing her story, Mona also hopes it will help those going through it, while contributing to her own heeling.

opportunity to take a three-day cruise and this was when Mona had her revelation.

fuel in it, it’s going to give you problems. Gut health is so extremely important and

She recalls: “There were cocktails galore, shows and dancing every night. I had some

has been linked to depression; diet drinks, aspartame, sweeteners, energy drinks... is the

money saved up and told Gideon I would love to get some studio photographs done while on

worst thing you can put in your body. I followed a very strict Keto/paleo diet,

the cruise. On Gatsby night, we got dressed up, I did my own hair and make-up, and we

except for my one spoon of sugar in my morning coffee - I couldn’t give that one up!”

went for our photo shoot. “We only spent five minutes in the studio

Now, it’s rare for ‘the beast’ to raise its head in Mona’s life but she is aware of the triggers.

and then off we went to celebrate Gatsby night. The photo reveal was the following evening;

“I’m doing great most days but sometimes hormones can play a role, or takeaway food

the first one popped up on the computer screen and I started crying. By the final image,

after a long day of work and no energy for cooking. I know that for me it’s triggered by

It was the thought of her husband Gideon on his own with the kids that kept her from

the tears were streaming down my face and all I could say was: ‘I am beautiful!’

processed food so I just need to take a look at what I’m eating. When I find myself in that

taking her own life. “I just couldn’t do that to him or them. I

“I always felt that I wasn’t good enough, pretty or worthy.”

dark pit again, fasting really helps to get rid of the toxins.

imagined them crying and saying: ‘Dad, I miss mum’. Thinking how I would react in a situation

Mona turned to her husband and, through her tears, told him she wanted other women to

“Gideon can pick up on my energy and he’ll support me until I feel better. And the

like that if I had to lose my husband - it would be heartbreaking.”

experience seeing themselves the way other people see them, as she had just done.

funny thing is, now when he asks me: ‘Are you okay?’, I still answer with: ‘Yes, I am’, even

Mona says it was only her husband who really ‘saw me’.

Although it was a lot of money for just five minutes in the studio, it was money well spent

though I’m not. “I still can’t talk about how I’m feeling when

“He saw the daily struggle of not wanting to get out of bed, not wanting to shower, not

because it kicked off the amateur photographer’s career, sparking the ‘I Am Project’.

I go under. I think something changes in your body that makes it impossible to talk about it.”

wanting to cook or clean, not even having the energy to smile. He was the one that had to pick up the pieces, working two jobs and keeping the kids and household going, while always telling me: ‘You’re beautiful’ and: ‘I love you’, with a smile. He’s the most amazing guy. He is my best friend and I couldn’t even share with him what was going on because I didn’t

“It’s a dark, lonely, hard path to walk and so many people struggle with it. Growing up in South Africa, there was always a bad stigma around depression. It’s the kind of thing that gets swept under the rug. You don’t show that you’re struggling. It’s a hard thing to talk about, even now when I’m through it. But I went from being bedridden

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Their journey has helped Gideon

with depression to absolutely loving me and on my journey to health, I realised there’s a lot of people struggling with depression and loving themselves. Today, Mona’s business is thriving and the self-taught photographer recently received an accreditation from The Portrait Masters. “Portrait photography is my passion. If I can help one woman out there who doesn’t feel good about themselves, then I’ll be happy. I don’t want anyone else to feel the way I did. I want to change the way women feel about themselves.”

“Love is tested when things get tough and it’s not reciprocated – but it also grows it. Too many give up when the going gets tough, and that’s the last thing a depressed person needs to also worry about.” The project focuses on portrait photography

know myself, to be honest.” As a trained professional counsellor and

for women, giving them the chance to experience being a model for the day and

relationship coach, it was an extremely powerless and frustrating position for Gideon to be in.

capturing their beauty and worth. Coinciding with this, Gideon’s mother was

He explains: “There’s nothing worse than knowing what a person needs but nothing you

visiting, and Mona opened up a little about her feelings, thereby opening her eyes to the fact

suggest or offer is received or applied. Part of the frustration is perhaps a lack of empathy

she may have been suffering from depression. This began Mona’s heeling journey and,

on the spouse’s part – not really knowing or understanding what the depressed person is

deciding to forego medication, she began a lifestyle upheaval, beginning with cutting out all

going through because it’s so outside of your own experience and framework.”

processed food. “You know, they’ll put anything in processed

Gideon believes a spouse suffers as much, albeit differently, with these feelings, while

food to make it cheaper and taste nice so that you’ll buy it again. They care more about their

trying to look after themselves and the family. “Love is tested when things get tough and

bottom line than human life. So, anything with numbers in the ingredients, I stopped buying.

it’s not reciprocated – but it also grows it. Too many give up when the going gets tough, and

“I lost 22kg and felt so much better but knew I had to make further changes.”

that’s the last thing a depressed person needs to also worry about.

She began thinking, not only about what she was putting in her body, but what she

“I just made it my mission to reassure my wife that I’m here, not going anywhere, and she

was putting on the outside. “Our skin is the biggest organ we have and will absorb

can take all the time she needs to work through

anything we put on it, I now make my

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New lifestyle demonstrates positive role modelling to son BY JODI BRYANT

‘Fooling themselves’ with ‘healthier potato chips’ was the first step in a Northland couple’s two-year weight loss journey of a combined almost 100kg and counting. But Daniel and Jaimee Sterling soon realised this method wasn’t going to work so ditched the chips, upped the ante and saw radical changes. “It took several month’s trial and error; we started by eliminating certain things, which led to a time of fooling ourselves, buying ‘healthier

potato chips’ for example, but eventually we knew we had to eliminate this altogether,” explains Jaimee, 37. And this was no easy feat for the Waiotira couple who say they stopped bringing many unhealthy food types into the house because ‘self-control is not high in either of our traits’. When they met in 2009, they describe themselves as ‘Probably middle of the road – not healthy but not at our worst’.

Continues Jaimee: “After we got together, we began to put on the weight, eating plenty of takeaways, baking and junk food. We didn’t lose weight for the wedding (in 2010) – instead we seemed to put on more!” After the wedding, Jaimee joined Weight Watchers and lost around 20kg before falling pregnant with their son Sam, now eight. However, bad habits returned and both Jaimee and Daniel, 39, gained further weight.

Jaimee and Daniel at Pumping Iron Gym.

The turning point came in late 2017 when it became apparent Daniel was reacting to wheat, dairy, soy and nuts. Eliminating these items from their diet, started the Sterlings on a path to healthy eating, although Jaimee admits she took some convincing. “Dan started to push me to join him on eliminating some of the obvious unhealthy things, which initially I was not that receptive

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to. I took it as a bit of an attack on how we were living and, although he was right, I didn’t like it at the time! It took a bit of time before I started along the same track and doing it together made it much more doable.” Seeing results helped also. After both losing weight, they reduced their carbs and sugar consumption, which eventually led to The Ketogenic – low-carb, high healthy fats - way of eating. They also began including exercise. “For the first time, I was doing organised exercise classes twice a week at Activ8,” says Jaimee. “This was very hard to begin with but, with each class I ‘survived’, I figured I could do this. I began to really enjoy it and saw the changes to my body and fitness.” Dan joined Pumping Iron gym and, after several months, encouraged Jaimee to join him so they began doing strength workouts together which helped with body shape. They now incorporate around three-five workouts into their week. Naturally, there have been obstacles along the journey, causing their new habits to take a slide.

Says Daniel: “We both, of course, have our moments when things get tough; lack of time, low motivation. But we work through it and keep going. It is so much easier with all of us eating this way; removing temptations from the house and with both of us going to the gym, it encourages the other.” “It took me a while to realise that it’s ok to have a few days off the gym,” adds Jaimee. “As long as you get back up and go again after that. There will be days where you eat something you shouldn’t, but don’t give up because of it. It’s about realising this is a journey, not any overnight change, and maintaining consistency towards where we want to be.” So far Daniel had lost a whopping 52kg and Jaimee 44kg, having gone from size 22 to size 12. “We both have further to get where we want to go but already the changes have been huge. We now do things that we previously wouldn’t have considered. Improved fitness means more willingness to get out and do things that we previously wouldn’t have and we are loving the extra energy. We go bush walking, we bought dirt bikes so we could all go out together, we work outside all day and don’t need to rest every hour. “Our 10th wedding anniversary is next year and we want to do a three-four day hike to celebrate it, something that previously we would not have been fit enough to consider. We want to be role models for our son, not leading him into a lifestyle that we were unhappy with ourselves.” As well as relishing being able to shop in ‘normal’ shops, they also cite positive mental changes with the strengthening of their relationship. “Prior to this, we were not in a great relationship space and, by doing this together, it has given us shared goals and brought us together.” Both Daniel and Jaimee have received many positive comments of support and several friends have even joined in on their journey. “As cliché as it is, if we can do it, anyone can. Our journey is not over - this is now our lifestyle and not some fad diet. We look back sometimes and can’t believe the ‘before’ people are us!”

Jaimee and Daniel two years ago on a work trip to Poor Knights Marine Reserve ‘not only overweight and fairly unhappy with ourselves, but also too self-conscious to join in on the snorkelling activities’.

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Come and enjoy our beautiful garden setting with stunning ocean views. Relax with a cup of coffee, lunch or one of our many treats all made on site on our sheltered deck with breathtaking views or in our garden surrounded conservatory. We are fully licensed, serve breakfast, lunch and a large variety of homemade cakes, cookies and snacks. Hours: 7am to 5pm - Weekdays 9am to 5pm - Weekends

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THE GARDENS One of the highlights of a visit to the Gallery and Cafe Helena Bay Hill is the beautiful garden setting. You are welcome to wander and relax in the garden during your visit. You’ll find many sculptures placed among the subtropical plantings, giving inspiration for your own landscaping ideas. The Gallery & Cafe are set in a lush subtropical garden with magnificent bush and sea views over Helena Bay on Northland’s east coast, on the scenic coastal route to historic Russell in the Bay of Islands. We are situated approximately 30 minutes north of Whangarei and an hour from Russell. You will find a warm welcome at the gallery and fully licensed café where you are welcome to wander and relax in the beautiful garden during your visit. We welcome enquiries about our artworks and visits to our Gallery, Cafe and garden.

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Salt has been used in healing for thousands of years. Salt therapy, using halogenerator

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antibacterial and absorbent. With the use of a halogenerator to grind the pharmaceutical

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grade salt to a fine powder, visitors to the salt room relax and breathe in the salty air and

vary and sessions required is based on how people respond to their time in the salt room,

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Salt therapy is a safe and natural aid to existing medical treatments.

Dry Salt Therapy can be effective in the relief of symptoms for a wide range of health issues, most notably respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis and skin issues such as acne and eczema. Allergies, acute colds and influenza symptoms may be relieved by salt therapy. Athletes have also discovered salt therapy can improve performance.

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he was able to reduce his blood pressure medication. He felt amazing.

accidents and are very lucky to be here with us today.

Deep down, we all know that we should be keeping fit and healthy but actually being

They knew how important their rehab was to get back to a normal life. They have

pro-active is sometimes just a ‘thought’. Just imagine how amazing you could feel if you

shown real determination and commitment to overcome some pretty major injuries.

actioned that ‘thought’! Congratulations to Daniel and Jaimee

The road to recovery is not only physical - the mental fitness is just as important. We

who decided that their health and wellbeing was important and changed their lifestyle to

can help you with both.

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TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT YOUR HEALTH Started in 2001 by Dr Damian Wojcik, the Northland Environmental Health Clinic in Kamo, offers a comprehensive general practice and a range of specialist services including environmental and nutritional medicine and intravenous therapies. High dose Vitamin C (IVC) helps with fatigue, recurrent infections, viral illnesses such as flu, glandular fever and meningitis, wounds, cancer and pre/post operatively for surgery or amalgam removal. IV Metal Detoxification helps with vascular and coronary artery disease, heart conditions, diabetes complications (particularly circulation) and chronic heavy metal poisoning such as lead and mercury. Our skilled and caring nurses cover all needs from immunisations to cervical smears, as well as individual consults around long term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma, providing lifestyle and nutritional advice. For those suffering from thyroid issues,

menopause, sleep issues, adrenal fatigue and other hormonal conditions the doctors prescribe bio-identical hormones made by Compounding NZ who tailor-make prescriptions to suit each individual. If you are in need of detoxification and treatment of muscular or joint injuries our Far Infra-Red Sauna, therapeutic massage and prolotherapy are all options. Dr Wayne McCarthy offers prolotherapy for joint repairs and all chronic injuries. For more complex conditions including cancer and EMF sensitivity the clinic offers new patient consults of one to two hours including diagnosis, treatment plan, appropriate tests, referrals and notes forwarded to the patient’s own doctor. The general practice team at NEHC is made up of five doctors and exceptional nursing and support staff. Other practitioners provide Naturopathy, Massage and Ozone therapy. Naturopath, Bianca, uses bioresonance, nutrition, homeopathy and trauma release to work with deep seated problems. For more information about this innovative practice, please explore the website at www.nehc.co.nz.

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olistic Wellness is an ongoing process. Initially it requires a series of essential steps which, after time, become second nature. If you are ready to embark on the wellness journey but need a little guidance on how to get onto the path, here are six principles that will help you get there. Once you are on the path, life becomes a whole new experience. 1. NUTRITION: Good nutrition is imperative for a healthy lifestyle. Nutrient-dense fresh foods are a must for maintaining a healthy body and adequate energy levels. The more you eat healthy natural foods, the more you will find you want to, and you’ll notice a HUGE difference in your energy levels.

2. WATER: Keeping well-hydrated is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body including your heart, brain, and muscles. Most of us do not drink enough water.

Generally speaking, adults should drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day. Most of us can drink more. 3. BREATHE!: Just as the quality of our food and our water consumption is vital to our well-being, so too is the quality of our breathing. Take a few minutes out throughout your day and spend some moments just breathing. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly, inhale deeply ensuring that only your belly rises and your chest doesn’t. 4. EXERCISE: We’re always being reminded to exercise and for good reasons. Exercise increases energy levels, improves muscle strength, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves brain function, enhances the immune system, lowers risk of heart disease, improves mood, lung

function and sleep. Even something simple like going for a walk is a good start. 5. SLEEP: Adults should be getting seven to nine hours sleep each night. Getting too little sleep creates a ‘sleep debt’ and, eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid, so to avoid ‘sleep debt’, turn off the tv, turn off your mobile devices and treat yourself to some nice early nights.

Shannon Douglas Originally from Whangarei and, after extensive training, focusing on holistic well-being, Shannon owned and operated a wellness clinic in the UK, where she lived for many years. Returning home, she opened The

6. SPEND TIME IN NATURE: Spending time outside has significant and wideranging health benefits. Clinical studies have proven that spending time in nature significantly reduces stress, improves mood and activates DNA segments known to be responsible for healing and repairing the body. We live in paradise! Go out there and benefit from it!

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Calling all Kiwis to take a stand against breast cancer

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reast Cancer Foundation type for Kiwi women, with over 2,500 women a year – or seven a day – diagnosed. NZ (BCFNZ) is asking Kiwis to Every year, more than 650 die. Almost Every year, everyone knows someone affected take a stand more than by breast cancer. against breast cancer 650 New “Thousands of volunteers have on Friday October 11 generously committed their time and Saturday October Zealanders to support our campaign,” says 12 for Pink Ribbon Street die of breast BCFNZ’s chief executive, Evangelia Appeal. Collectors will be cancer. Henderson. “Now we need Kiwis to shaking their pink buckets at give their support and drop a gold coin in nearly 1500 sites across New pink buckets – or you can text PINK to 4499 to Zealand, aiming to raise funds for ground-breaking research into new targeted make a $3 donation. Whether you’re donating time or money, your gift will help us work treatments, medical equipment for hospitals, towards our long-term vision of zero deaths innovative education programmes, and vital from breast cancer,” says Mrs Henderson. support for Kiwis going through breast cancer. BCFNZ urges women to be breast aware Breast cancer is the most common cancer

from the age of 20, as research shows that the earlier breast cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Men can get breast cancer too – about 25 Kiwi men are diagnosed each year. “Everyone should be aware – look and feel your breasts so you can report any changes to your doctor,” says Mrs Henderson. “Consider annual mammograms from age 40, and have mammograms every two years from age 50. Free screening is available between the ages of 45 and 69 through the national breast screening service. Those over 70 should continue to get mammograms every two years, even if you have to pay for them.” About BCFNZ: Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is a not-for-profit organisation that depends on donations and fundraising for its work in breast cancer education and awareness, medical research and training grants, funding medical equipment, advocacy, and supporting women with breast cancer. The BCFNZ’s programmes are evidence-based, overseen by its medical advisory committee. The pink ribbon symbol is a trademark of BCFNZ in New Zealand.

New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women’s hands This October, your breast health is in your own hands – literally. Pre Check, an innovative app from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, will take women into a whole new world of breast health awareness. Visual, tactile and audio cues help you search for signs of breast cancer. When you find one, you can learn more about it before being invited to look for other signs. Once you’ve explored all the symptoms, a ‘how-to’ guide will teach you how to self-check your breasts in the recommended way. You’ll even have the option to set your own reminder for regular self-checks. This will send a push-notification to your phone, urging you to ‘touch, look and check’ and showing you how. “Pre Check is a significant new wellbeing tool for women in New Zealand,” says Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s chief executive, Evangelia Henderson. “It’s an innovation that empowers women and gives them confidence to take control of their own breast health.” The information has been available before but this is a new way of putting it in people’s

• Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, Friday October 11 and Saturday October 12

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• The best way to ensure early detection of breast cancer is to supplement screening mammograms with general breast awareness – know your breasts/know the changes to look and feel for – and see your family doctor without delay, if you notice changes that are not normal for you. • Mammograms do not stop the development of breast cancer, but do reduce the chance of dying from breast cancer by approximately 33 per cent.

Pink Loop Today seven Women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This year 650 will most likely die.Yet 30 per cent of eligible women don’t have regular mammograms. And 60 per cent of young women don’t know the signs beyond a lump. Fact: Cancer can occur at any time. Be breast aware and have a mammogram every year from age 40. Fact: Breast cancer is largely treatable and survivable if detected early enough. Almost 85 per cent of New Zealand women diagnosed with breast cancer live five years or longer. Most of us know to get a breast lump checked out. Changes in the skin (like dimpling or redness), breast shape or size, nipples (turned in or leaking), or unusual breast pain, can all be signs of breast cancer too. Know what your ‘normal’ is and if you notice any changes in your breasts, see a doctor (even if you’ve had a mammogram recently). Most breast changes are not breast cancer but one in nine New Zealand women will develop this disease in their lifetime. These

days, breast cancer is highly treatable if detected early, so start mammograms at 40 and act on changes at any age. • What to do? • Aged 40 - 49 years, have a mammogram every year. • Aged 50 years onwards, have a mammogram every two years. • Aged 70+ in discussion with your doctor • Enroll with BreastScreen Aotearoa (Ph 0800 270 200) for your free mammogram every two years (conditions listed below). • Contact TRG Imaging to book a yearly mammogram if you are aged 40-45. If you are 45 years or older you will also need to book in for the alternate year that is not funded by BreastScreen Aotearoa.

• Mammograms – The Facts • A mammogram is a very low dose x-ray of the breast tissue that can pick up very small breast cancers. • When a breast cancer is found on a mammogram, it can be as small as two millimeters, (the size of a grain of rice) and it is usually not able to be felt at this size. • When a breast cancer is felt, it is on average two to three centimeters in size (the size of a cherry or walnut). • A mammogram involves the breast being carefully placed by a medical radiation technologist (MRT) between two perspex plates on a mammography x-ray machine; the plates gently compress and spread out the breast tissue folds so

anything abnormal can clearly be seen by the specialist radiologists reading the mammogram x-ray images. Around five per cent of women find mammograms painful. For most women, any discomfort is tolerable and lasts for only a short period. The radiation dose from a mammogram is very low and is approximately equivalent to the amount of ‘natural’ background radiation we each receive over a couple of months. The benefit of a mammogram (meaning early detection of a potentially curable breast cancer) far outweighs any hypothetical increased risk of developing breast cancer as a result of the very small amount of radiation exposure received by a mammogram. A mammogram can detect 80-90 per cent of breast cancers. Those missed are often in younger women and women with dense breast tissue.

BreastScreen Aotearoa is New Zealand’s National Breast Screening Programme. They provide free mammograms every two years for eligible women 45 - 69 years. You can have a free screening mammogram every two years through BSA if: • you are aged 45 to 69 years of age • you have no symptoms of breast cancer • you have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months • you are not pregnant • you are eligible for public health services in New Zealand. If you are not eligible for free screening and you have no symptoms, having a mammogram through a private x-ray clinic or breast clinic is your only option. However, if your doctor is concerned about your symptoms, you can get referred to a public hospital at no cost or choose to pay for a mammogram from a private breast clinic.

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Early Detection = Better Outcome Early detection is your best insurance for a cure against breast cancer. Many women wait until they find a lump or notice a change in their breasts before booking a mammogram. This significantly reduces the chance of a positive outcome. TRG Imaging recommend ANNUAL mammogram screening for all women from 40 years of age. Book your mammogram today. Whangarei 09 437 0540 / Kerikeri 09 407 6222 • www.trgimaging.co.nz SAVVY | 13


Three small words that can transform your life, relationships, health and business Having a daily gratitude practice is a hot topic in the health and wellness world.

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ositive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being in many scientific studies. We used to believe that happiness cultivated a feeling of gratitude, but we are now learning that it is quite the opposite. Having an attitude of gratitude is generating more happiness among us. One simple way we can do this is to check whether we are saying three little words that can make us a negative nelly and we probably say them often. These three little words are ‘I got (or have) to’. Cut this phrase out of your vocab immediately. What you can say instead to improve your mood instantly is ‘I get to’. While you won’t necessarily say ‘I get to clean the bathroom!’ with genuine excitement, other situations put the change into perspective. For example: saying ‘I get to go to the gym’ or ‘I get to take my son to soccer practice’, helps you remember that these are opportunities you would miss if they were gone. It’s a simple change that can foster a more gracious mindset and remind you to be thankful and happy throughout your day for the things you normally take for granted. Many of us have conversations that are characterized by a complaint. It makes sense. Human brains have what’s called a negative bias. We tend to notice things that could be a danger. It goes back to our ancestors’ time when being able to spot threats was crucial to survival.

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And before you say that you really try not to complain, when was the last time you said that you had to do something? Maybe you had to go grocery shopping. Or you had to work out. Maybe you had to go to your in-laws for dinner. It’s an easy trap we all fall into from timeto-time but it’s one that can not only make our perspectives on life a little bluer, but can also negatively impact brain chemistry. Fortunately, this is where the tiny language tweak can help. Here’s why it works: ‘I have to’ sounds like a burden, an obligation or a commitment. ‘I get to’ is an opportunity. And our brain responds very powerfully to the way we use language when we talk and the way we use language in our thoughts. Framing our behaviours as something you ‘get to do’ helps you lean into it with more enthusiasm (and helps you appreciate the fact that you are able to even do it in the first place). It brings a sense of opportunity - and a welcoming of the experience, which has a positive benefit for us. So, while positive thinking (and all the perks

that come with it) is about positive thoughts, it’s also about positive attitudes, which can, in turn, cultivate gratitude and appreciation, encouraging even more positive behaviours and, yep, thoughts, too. Complaints, on the other hand? They can leave us feeling more vulnerable and threatened in the world, furthering a cycle of negativity and fear. Practicing an Attitude of Gratitude changes perspective - it can sweep away most of the petty, day-to-day annoyances on which we focus so much of our attention - the ‘small stuff’ situations that bring up feelings of impatience,

frustration or resentment. Gratitude is a vehicle to diffuse self-pity and self-centeredness, increase feelings of well-being and prompt mindful awareness of that which is beyond oneself - of belonging to a greater whole, and of connection to others, as well as to the world. There are no guarantees and we can take nothing for granted in this life. Every day is a gift; every breath is a gift. What we do with our gift is a choice. Choose to use those powerful three words – ‘I get to….’ as many times as you can each day.

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Blindness / Low Vision? Many people think that anyone with impaired vision is ‘blind’. But just as there is more than one kind of vision, there is more than one kind of ‘blindness’.

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ny of these visual impairments may be physical handicaps, but they are not necessarily completely disabling. Total blindness may be thought of as the absence of vision or the inability to perceive light. Partial blindness may involve having good central vision but poor or no side vision — or the opposite. Some people have permanently cloudy or fuzzy vision because of disease or aging, but they can read or see shapes with the help of special lenses or other devices. Other people lack vision in only one eye as the result of a birth defect, accident, or disease but have excellent vision in the other eye. The term ‘legal blindness’ is simply a way to define visual ability that is below a certain

WHERE TO FIND SUPPORT • From October 2019, the Blind Foundation takes on a new name: Blind & Low Vision NZ. It offers practical and emotional support for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision. Visit https://blindfoundation.org.nz/contact/ or Phone 0800 24 33 33 •

Firstport Blindness or a visual impairment may mean that you need support or equipment to enable you to live more independently. https://firstport.co.nz/financial-support-disabilities/blindness-visual-impairments/ Phone 0800 171 981 or Email info@firstport.co.nz

• If you need adaptive technology to engage in work or study, Workbridge may be able to provide you with assistance (either equipment or training). https://workbridge.co.nz or Email: northland@workbridge.co.nz Phone: Whangarei 09 430 2120 / Kerikeri 09 401 7387, or Free phone: 0508 858 858 •

Blind Citizens NZ is advocating for and working towards New Zealand becoming a fully inclusive society, where blind, deafblind and vision impaired people can lead rich, full and independent lives with confidence and dignity. https://abcnz.org.nz/contact-blind-citizens-nz/. Email: admin@abcnz.org.nz or Phone: 04 389 0033, Free phone: 0800 222 694

Low Vision NZ sells equipment and hardware. www.lowvision.co.nz

Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa NZ (VICTA) is an energetic new charity established in 2013 to address the unmet needs of the growing number of New Zealanders with uncorrectable vision loss. www.visualimpairment.org.nz Email: enquiries@visualimpairment.org.nz or Phone: 0800 206 620

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measurable range or level of sharpness. The concept is useful in helping doctors, social service agencies, and others to provide care for visually impaired people. However, only about 10 percent of all legally blind persons are totally without sight. In Australia and New Zealand, an individual is considered legally blind when they cannot see at six metres what someone with normal vision can see at 60 metres. A person is legally blind if their field of vision is less than 20 degrees in diameter. A person with normal vision can see 180 degrees. Low Vision is sight loss, reduced vision or vision loss that cannot be corrected or improved by glasses, medicine or surgery and makes everyday tasks difficult.

people who have limited useful sight, even with their best pair of glasses). Blindness in New Zealand by Age Group 0-21: 2,700 22-64: 8,100 65-79: 4,500 80+: 14,700 Visual impairment is not necessarily totally disabling. Many people with no sight or partial sight may function very well in a variety of dayto-day activities. They all wish to be treated by those they meet with the same thoughtfulness and consideration given to people who have excellent vision. Many will appreciate being warned of your approach by a friendly ‘hello’, so they are not startled. It is also important to remember that people with less-than-perfect sight are usually not deaf, nor are they less intelligent as a group than people with normal vision. There is no need to shout when speaking with them or to ‘talk down’ to them. With so many vital components of the eye, and so many aspects to visual ability, it’s clear that much effort and many kinds of professionals are involved in preserving eyesight and maintaining eye health.

Legally fit to drive. (class 1 or 6) The standard of visual acuity required is 6/12 using both eyes together, with or without correcting lenses. When the vision in the worse eye is less than 6/18 but better than 6/60 corrected, the applicant should be classified as having substandard vision in one eye. It is estimated that there are 30,000 individuals in New Zealand affected by blindness or low vision (low vision refers to

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FREE massage, beauty and spa qualifications offered in Whangarei Anyone considering a new career in the trillion dollar, ever growing wellness industry need look no further than Evolution School of Beauty, Massage & Spa located in CBD Whangarei.

The government’s new free education policy for eligible students means any programme with Evolution School could be FREE! The NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage programme is enrolling now for 2020. This excellent programme covers Swedish massage, pre ad post event Sports massage, Infant massage and on-site massage as well as lots of other really interesting stuff. Attendance is only three days a week and all school holidays are off! Evolution School is the only provider of this NZ Diploma in Northland. The NZ Certificate in Beauty Therapy programme starts again in 2020 and covers facials, waxing, make-up, manicures, 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

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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 NZQA approved and so are eligible for student loans and allowances. Evolution School is also in the process of applying for approval to run the NZ Certificate in Nail Technology for 2020 so watch this space for more details! Evolution has small classes to ensure there is plenty of tutor/student attention. There is no upper age limit – you just have to be 16+. The majority of graduates say their time with Evolution School was life-changing in so many ways. Come and see why! Give Evolution a call today to ask about your new exciting career – 09 438 6583 or pop in and have a look around – 115 Cameron Street, Whangarei or ‘book an amazing treatment with our fabulous graduates at our brand new graduate clinic on John St. Book by emailing evolvegraduateclinic@gmail.com,” says Lorna Clowes, Director. “It’s a new initiative whereby graduates gain employment within the safety of a mentored clinic until such time as they have built up their clientele and can go out into the world of business on their own.” For more visit www.evolutionschool.co.nz


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his is a very popular skin rejuvenation modality and has been shown to enhance and improve skin complexion via activation of the skin’s natural regenerative processes which stimulates collagen synthesis. With expert precision, technique and timing, your qualified skin therapist uses a medical microneedling device to trigger growth factors for building new collagen. Very tiny needles are used to penetrate the top layer of the skin vertically causing localised and controlled damage without substantially affecting the structure of the epidermis. The creation of controlled microchannels in the skin instigates the regeneration of skin cells via a natural process of healing. Awakening the fibroblast that lies within the deeper layers of the skin, healthy collagen is naturally produced. The gentle stimulus provided by medical microneedling is considered far more effective than many other more invasive and expensive skincare treatments. Skin conditions that benefit from medical needling include: acne scarring, fines lines & wrinkles, uneven skin tone & texture and enlarged pores.

Visible results are evident five to eight weeks after the treatment. However, one of the most exciting things about medical microneedling is that after a course of treatments, your results will continue to improve over the next 12 months as the new collagen and elastin settles, strengthens and rejuvenates your skin from within. Before committing to any dermal or microneedling procedure, please make sure your skin therapist is qualified, does a thorough consultation to determine your skin’s suitability, explains to you what happens during the treatment, guides you on the before and after

Patented medical microneedling needles used by Skin Image with tilting plate to adapt to skin surface, preventing tearing and “dragging” of the skin

care, works in a sterile field during the treatment and, most important of all, uses a medical device approved by Medsafe NZ or the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) as medical devices approved by these authorities would need to have gone through clinical trials to confirm safety and efficacy.

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“The greatest gift I bring to the world around me IS me. Yet for me to fully BE me, I need to look after me.”

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Caci’s had a facelift! The team at Caci Whangarei are passionate about helping people feel confident in their skin. And the specialist in skin and appearance medicine now has a new look of its own at its spacious new clinic on Clyde Street, Whangarei.

pinks and greys and there is a dedicated room for the new Diode laser.

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Owner Jenny Lloydd says the newly fitted-out clinic gives a modern look and a fresher style. “Finding these new premises took a lot longer than expected but it was worth it to find the perfect place,’’ she says. “Our customers will notice a huge difference right from when they walk in the door. It’s beautiful.” Caci Whangarei launched in 2005 in a small building on the corner of Bank Street. From those beginnings, the business has grown to employ 10 staff. Jenny says the growth of the business had meant space was very limited. In the new clinic, each therapist has their own large room decorated in soothing

Jenny says skin treatments and appearance medicine have changed substantially over the years with advances in technology. Caci has also introduced memberships, which makes it easy for everyone to access with easy payment plans. Fractional Laser, Caci;s most advanced treatment, is fantastic to rejuvenate ageing skin, to firm lines and reduce wrinkles and scarring, she says. Some of the skin treatments include microdermabrasion, Sonophoresis, light therapy, microneedling, cosmetic injectables, dermal fillers and lip enhancements. “A combination of treatments might be used for different areas of concern,” Jenny says. With Caci’s new Diode laser, hair removal is now a much more comfortable experience and larger areas can be covered more quickly. It’s really good for speed and larger areas such as men’s backs can

now be treated quite quickly. “This October, we are running Caci’s two-for-one laser hair removal offer. Treat two areas for the price of one,’’ Jenny says. Stubborn areas of fat can be targeted with Caci;s award winning ChillSculpt treatment using Cryolipolysis. “Everyone has a finite number of fat cells. ChillSculpt works by freezing the fat cells so that the body recognizes that they are damaged and naturally eliminates them from the body. The good part is that these are not replaced. It’s pretty effective on areas of fat which have been difficult to shift despite diet and exercise,” she says. The clinic also offers a full skincare range, with Murad and Skinsmiths.

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Lighting up Diwali celebrations in Northland The Northland Indian Association Inc (NIAI) is proud to host the Diwali 2019 Festival of Lights on Saturday October 12 at Forum North, Whangarei from 11am onwards.

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the celebrations. The event has

Communities), and Creative Northland whom all support this

attracted audiences of 500-plus attendees sharing in Indian cultural

fantastic community event. NIAI was formed in 2008 when a

activities and cuisine. Ralph Correa, NIAI Chairperson,

few like-minded individuals of Indian heritage came together to promote

says: “Diwali is a celebration of light, positivity, happiness, prosperity and

and celebrate the Indian culture and heritage within Northland.

all that is good. Our aim is to bring Northland whanau together to enjoy

his will be a fun, familyfriendly event showcasing local talent and the Indian culture with the wider community. Not only will there be spectacular Indian performers, but acts from other nationalities

and cultures will be integrated to create a unique experience. Beyond

Diwali has been celebrated in Whangarei and across Northland

the Indian culture, food and facilitate bonds between Indian and the wider

Bollywood will be the special guest performers on the day who are

by the Indian community for many years. However, since the formation

community.” Tickets are available to purchase

bound to wow the crowd. The event is being sponsored

of NIAI at its Diwali Festival of Lights, more and more people of

from the Shiraz Indian Resturant for only $15 each (under 5’s free)

by the Whangarei District Council,

non-Indian descent are joining in

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limited number of tickets are on offer so get yours today to participate in an all-inclusive event which will have live entertainers, henna, a photo booth, spot prizes and more!

Opera North is pleased to present this variety concert in aid of the Cancer Society's Domain Lodge. Young talent both vocal and instrumental, with the soloists and chorus of Opera North will feature at the concert. Come along and be entertained by some of Whangarei’s finest talent and support this very valuable place that provides a ‘home away from home’ for cancer patients and their families. Concert starts at 2pm on Sunday 13 October in the Capitaine Bougainville Theatre (Forum North) Date: Sunday 13 October 2019 Time: 2pm • Venue: Capitaine Bougainville Theatre Tickets through TICKETEK Adults: $30 • Seniors: $25 • Children: $15 24 | SAVVY

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PACKARD MOTOR MUSEUM – VEHICLE OF THE MONTH

1937 Coventry Eagle Pullman Motorcycle BY GERALDINE CRAW

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motorcycle manufacturer that most people haven’t come across is Coventry Eagle. At the Packard Museum we have two of these machines on display; a 1936 Coventry Eagle Silent Superb model and also of special interest, due to its quirkily designed pressed steel fabricated frame, a 1937 Coventry Eagle Pullman. Coventry Eagle was originally a bicycle manufacturer. They produced bicycles under the name Hotchkiss, Mayo and Meek but after Meek left the company, they changed their

name to Coventry Eagle. In the late 1890s they started experimenting with motorised bicycles and by 1899 had produced their first machine. They went on to produce motorcycles from 1899 to 1939. The company was based in Coventry, England and were well known for their reliability and care of finish of their motorcycles, some models doing well in the racing scene. Interestingly, the company didn’t produce

their own engines and so their motorcycles were powered by well-known units such as Villiers, Matchless, Blackburne, Sturmey-Archer and JAP during the marques life-time. Our 1937 Pullman is powered by a Villiers twin port single cylinder, two stroke engine running through a four speed Albion gearbox, chain driven to the rear wheel. The Pullman attracts a lot of attention due to its rarity and unusual design. One

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of the oddities of the bike is that the engine sits within a pressed steel frame (unlike conventional tubular frames of the day) and the use of leaf springs fitted for the rear suspension plus a back bumper like a car. In the 1930s, Coventry eagle launched a range of sports bikes under the name of ‘Falcon Cycles’ which became a division of the Tandem group after the Second World War. Production of motorcycles finished in 1939.

snapper and her dad caught another monster snapper. Outstanding fishing for someone so young. Well done Cameron! Frank Chandler travelled over to the Kaipara Harbour and braved the strong currents and conditions which can make fishing difficult at times. He did well, I’ve seen

t’s good news; our fishing has picked up

some big fish amongst them. Most of these

the photos; a great catch of big gurnard up to 3kg, a good feed of nice snapper and a good

considerably. Snapper catches outside Whangarei Harbour have been very good lately. Peter Donker and a couple of mates

were caught using ledger rigs and bait but five were caught using softbaits. Then, a few days later, Peter was out on his own fishing

kingi - well worth the effort. The good snapper fishing out in Bream Bay and off the East Coast and Islands

out from Uretiti and again caught his snapper limit using only softbaits this time. He landed

should continue to get better, although good catches are being taken on bait. At this time

another big snapper of 15lb, which had swallowed his nuclear chicken softbait right down - this is rare when using softbaits.

of year, softbaits, slow jigs and other lures can be very effective also and great fun. Likewise, the West Coast is also likely to get

Other anglers who have done well recently are Bill Boyle, who caught and

even better. Inside our Northern Harbours is still a bit

released several nice snapper and came home with a 15lber, and a few more 35 to 40 cm, in only a couple of hours. Phill Newman

slow but expect this to change as the water warms up. The further north the harbour, the sooner the snapper will turn up, but when I’m

came home with scallops, crayfish and, also out from Ocean Beach, he landed a good

writing next month, I expect to be able to give you some positive harbour reports.

snapper feed. Nine-year-old Cameron White went rock fishing with her dad at Whangarei Heads with

Make sure your boat/motor servicing is up-to-date and your safety gear is in good condition and readily available. Enjoy your time

fished two spots at the Chicken Islands recently and caught their limit of snapper with

spectacular results. Using large fresh kahawai bait and no sinkers, Cameron landed two huge

Cameron White, 9, with her very impressive snapper caught off the rocks.

on the water and good luck. Tight lines.

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REYBURN HOUSE GROUNDS TOWN BASIN

The Market Ladies

Saturdays - from Labour Weekend until Easter

It’s that time of year again when we all start to emerge from our winter routines, spurred on by the lengthening days and softening temperatures.

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h, springtime. Robin Williams called it nature’s way of saying, ‘let’s party!’ Fragrant flowers and fresh green buds on the naked trees, bright colours sprinkled across neighbourhood gardens. It’s about this time that we start to dream of the days of summer in ernest, too. And you know what that means, right? Market season! This year you’ll still find Whangarei’s two premium summer markets at the Town Basin but they’re moving along the loop a bit while construction work is carried out to create the much-anticipated City Park. The Artisans Market and the Canopy Night Market will both be spending this one season beside the iconic Reyburn House and the Northland Society of Arts studio. Once again, Labour Weekend will kick off the market season with the Canopy Night Market on Friday October 25 from 4pm, and the Artisans Market from 9am on Saturday 26. The Artisans Market has been around for many years in various locations but always with the best range of local artisan products, fine art, handcrafts and gourmet food items. Hundreds of locals and visitors to the region visit the market every Saturday over the summer in search of those perfect and unique gifts, either for themselves or for someone special. Many of the Artisans are well known far and wide for their distinctive work and every year the market also welcomes new producers of gorgeous hand-crafted products. When it comes to variety in food, the Canopy Night Market hosts a wide array of

street foods at monthly Friday evening markets. This season, in the car park along Reyburn House Lane, you’ll be able to come and enjoy a relaxed evening picnic by the Hatea River. Bring the family and a picnic blanket, be well fed and suitably entertained. If a picnic dinner isn’t your thing you can always take a meal home with you to enjoy at your place. Either way, it’s not a bad way to finish the week, don’t you think? If you haven’t visited either of your local markets for a good look around then you’re

missing a prime opportunity to support local, encourage sustainability and move toward a more environmentally conscious economy. Locally produced items generate less environmental pollution because they have a much smaller carbon footprint and they keep your money in the local economy. That’s good for everyone and all of us doing a little quickly adds up to a lot of positive change. You’ll find that many of the market vendors have made a noticeable effort to reduce their waste. One such innovation is the introduction

of The Plate Exchange at the Canopy Night Market. The idea is simple - rent a plate for your meal and get your deposit back when you return it. The food vendors will put your meal selection straight onto the plate, no packaging to dispose of. That’s smart. Obviously, you’re welcome to bring your own plates if you wish, and we encourage that kind of action. You’ll also notice the presence of a recycling station to encourage thoughtful disposal of waste. We’re all getting better at remembering to take our shopping bags with us to the supermarket and The Market Ladies will be encouraging you to do the same at the markets. Keep your eyes peeled for a bag exchange at the Artisans market as well. Make a visit to your local markets one of the regular features of your summer!

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THE GIRLS CLUB HOUSE TOUR 2019 www.girlsclub.org.nz

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10 Individuals work as a Team Every two years a group of local ‘girls’ get together to organise and host the ‘Girls’ Club House Tour’ with every cent raised going to North Haven Hospice, Whangarei.

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Members have come and gone since the Girls’ Club was first started in 2009, but the dedication to the cause has not, with Hospice receiving over $150,000 to date from this fundraising event. The 2019 House Tour focuses on the Bream Bay area from One Tree Point to Langs Beach, and features a fascinating mix of houses ranging from a gorgeous wee beach bach, through to canal-front homes and an original villa. Stunning hilltop locations and waterfront properties will showcase sweeping sea views. Delicious lunches are available to pre-order with ticket purchases, to ensure a special day out. This is an opportunity to support your local hospice while having a ‘fun day’ with friends or family and if you are thinking of building or renovating, there is no better way to spark your imagination with ideas and inspiration. None of this would be possible without our homeowners who generously open up their homes to share their beautiful spaces, thoughtful ideas and their own sense of style.

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Three days of walking in the Bay of Islands from October 18-20. There are 18 walks to choose from encompassing the beauty of the bay and bringing to life the cultural and historic elements that are unique to this part of the world. To ensure you get the best out of the walks we have local guides to lead you all the way. Our guides are all passionate and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands area and bring something extra to the walking experience. Each walk has no more than 20 people, so get in quick to book at BOIWalkingWeekend.co.nz The weekend makes walking accessible and affordable around the islands, many walks are on private land you can only do on this weekend, and many give you a fantastic flavour of the Bay of Islands visiting vineyards, oyster farms and even having breakfast with the locals.

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WE HAVE 1 KERIKERI SHOW DOUBLE PASS AND 1 WHANGAREI SHOW DOUBLE PASS TO GIVEAWAY! Night Fever is jetting into Forum North on November 12 and Turner Centre November 13 to recreate the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience in a theatre-style production with over two hours of LIVE engaging entertainment showcased through vibrant state-of-the-art lighting, impeccable sound and, of course, a handpicked international cast! Tickets are on sale now at your venues box office.

WIN FOR 2 PEOPLE Friday October 18 The Omata Estate Vineyard Walk – which gives you a wonderful walk, finishing up with wine tasting, delicious food and lots of laughs! Saturday October 19 Kayaking through the mangrove forest you will kayak up the Waitangi River – the kayak is a relaxing paddle up the sheltered waters of the historic Waitangi River, experience the amazing unique horseshoeshaped Haruru waterfall, and a lovely bush walk back.

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November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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1. Establish a regular sleep pattern Regular hours of sleep are important. It will help

5. A snack before bed may help It’s harder to sleep on an empty stomach. A light

your child understand when it is time to sleep. Also, your child will have better sleep. Bedtime

snack can help. Your child should not have a heavy meal within one to two hours of going to bed.

shouldn’t vary by more than an hour between school and non-school nights. The same goes for

6. Caffeine is a stimulant

the time your child wakes up.

Caffeine is found in many popular drinks. These include coffee, tea and cola soft drinks. It can make it

2. A consistent bedtime routine It is good to have the same routine before bed

harder to get to sleep. Your child should have as little of these as possible, and certainly not after lunchtime.

each night. This will help prepare for sleep. Quiet activities are good e.g. reading a book or being

7. Take care with daytime naps

read to or having a bath or shower. In the half hour before bed, there are some things you don’t

It is normal for young children to nap during the day. As your child gets older, they will need less sleep.

want your child to do. These are more active games, playing outside, TV, internet or mobile

This means they will need to nap less. The number and length of naps depends on your child. If your

phone social networking and computer games.

child naps after 4pm (except for the very young) it can be harder to get to sleep at night.

3. Make sure the bedroom is comfortable The bedroom should be quiet, comfortable and dark. Some children like a night light. This is fine. Make sure your child sees the bedroom as a good place to be. You can help do this by not using it as a place for punishment.

8. Exercise and time outside Daily exercise is an important part of healthy living. It also promotes good sleep. Time spent in bright daylight does the same. Outdoor exercise achieves both things. However, it is best to steer clear of heavy exercise in the hour before sleep.

4. Bed is for sleeping, not entertainment

Sleep Tips for Children

TV, computers, mobile phones and other things that distract your child are not good for their

9. Work with your doctor If your child is sick or isn’t comfortable, their sleep

sleep. Keep them out of the bedroom. Needing the TV to go to sleep is a bad habit. This can

will suffer. Some children suffer from specific sleep problems such as frequent nightmares, snoring or

easily develop, but you don’t want it to happen. It’s also better if you can check on what your

sleep apnoea. It is important that these problems are dealt with. If you think ill health is involved, discuss

child is watching.

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We often get asked here at Frazerhurst about cleaning drapes and it’s not a simple answer so I have outlined your options: Option 1: By far the simplest and safest – Pay a professional to do it! Option 2: Read the manufacturer’s instructions if any were supplied. Option 3: Follow the below steps: Prevention is the key to long-term satisfaction. Step one: Make your home as dry as possible with air movement so there is a minimum of moisture on your window coverings. Step two: Keep dust at bay. The best way to do this is vacuum your window dressings. Both inside and out. By this I mean get in behind your blinds and drapes as well as the

Time to spring into some extra cleaning?

face side and vacuum up into the pleats.

Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst

If you do step one and two you will rarely need to do anything else as mould only grows when there is moisture and dust.

CLEANING: Spot cleaning can be done on most fabrics. Always begin with cold water and a soft cloth with no detergents. If you must go a bit deeper, try a very mild detergent. Never use a bleach solution unless you can test it in an inconspicuous corner. If you still want to wash your drapes, check with the fabric supplier if possible. • Vacuum drapes first to remove as much dust as possible then take them down. • Remove hooks, rings and trims before cleaning. • Cold or warm hand wash with wool approved detergent. Do not soak. Do not bleach. Do

UV PREVENTION: Rotate your curtains periodically so that the leading edge that gets the direct sunlight is

not wring or rub. • Do not tumble dry. Drip dry in shade, fabric side down. Do not use pegs or fold over

swapped to the inside edge. Consider a layer of in inexpensive sun protection inside your window frames such as

clothes line. • For best results re-hang to dry (put towels down to collect any drips).

Weathermaster Sunscreen rollers or a sheer fabric from Frazerhurst.

• Avoid wet coated sides touching.

We hope this helps you keep your window furnishings looking fantastic for many years to come. With Compliments from Frazerhurst: 146 Lower Dent Street Whangarei.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HALLWAY Corridors and hallways throughout the home are often overlooked when it comes to designing a new house or doing renovations. While these small spaces may often feel simply like avenues to get to and from various rooms in a building, with a bit of knowhow and design inspiration, they can become fashionable and functional areas in their own right.

Make them feel bigger Hallways can feel small and cramped, especially if filled with a lot of clutter. However, this space is often where visitors get their first impressions of your home, so it pays to spend a bit of extra time making hallways feel inviting and spacious. Start by clearing all clutter off the floor possible. Try not to leave umbrellas, bags or shoes in this area, unless they are behind a cupboard door or in a designated holder. Paint walls a white or neutral coloured shade like Resene Quarter Truffle. Light walls tend to make spaces look larger, whereas dark ones can enclose them. Utilise mirrors along walls and in strategic corners to help reflect natural light and open up the space. Windows and skylights are also great for this if you are designing the home from scratch. When it comes to lighting, use uplights to reflect light off the ceiling, which makes them appear higher than they are. Avoid using low-hanging pendant lights as they can make hallways feel smaller.

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add a built-in bench seat to invite guests and residents to recline with a book in this cosy nook. Wall-mounted bookshelves add to this decor scheme, along with cosy cushions and throw rugs perched on the seat. Bright pops of colour can be utilised with dramatic effects in your entranceway, such as Resene Galliano, especially near your front door or on the ceiling. Unexpected combinations and patterns can add character to your home, so go ahead and wallpaper that feature wall or splash out on that statement rug. Storage solutions While hallways can be small, they also often have a realm of storage opportunities waiting to be discovered. Bespoke shelves can be made to ďŹ t perfectly in these tight quarters, hiding away beneath bench seats or lining the walls discreetly. Unused areas can beneďŹ t from having shelves added to store everything from throw rugs and books Unique decorations One creative way to bring your hallway to life is

through to photo frames and knick- knacks. If you do like to use the hallway for storing

to use it as a mini art gallery or photo exhibition. Hang clusters of your favourite paintings and

items such as car keys, umbrellas, shoes and hats, make sure you do this effectively. A coat

pictures in groups on the walls, or space them out sparsely for a modern, sleek effect.

stand that doubles as a hat holder and umbrella stand can sit in a corner next to the front door

Family photos look great in hallways, especially when displayed in creative ways.

without taking up too much space, as can a shoe rack. Upcycle a second hand one using

Collect antique and vintage photo frames to mount photos in and hang these as a group

Resene paint colours to complement your hallway colour scheme, or paint it in a bright

on walls for a retro chic vibe. Different sizes and shapes look great when hung in clusters

pop of colour for a unique accent. Put hooks on the walls for keys and other

like this. If you have the space in a wider hallway,

small items or keep these tucked away in small shelves.

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Q&A with

Dean McGonagle, Platinum Homes Northland

BUILDING A NEW HOME

Dean McGonagle is the owner of Platinum Homes Northland and has been involved in every aspect of the building trade from small renovations and additions, large coastal homes, light and heavy commercial. Dean particularly enjoys the residential build side of the industry as it entails dealing directly with the homeowner while working towards achieving their desired build in a designed partnership process.

What is a construction schedule?

together for a smooth ride. During the build, it

All reputable building companies or Project Management services will have a construction

is also important to communicate to the client each week on where their build is up to, along

timeline, schedule or planner. In effect, these control the day-by-day activities for the

with the online viewing they have access to. The communication drills down into more

subcontractors and suppliers to help assist with a smooth build process. The smoother the

specifics so they feel part of the process.

process, the faster the build is to complete and all this assists with a good quality outcome.

What specific quality control methods does my builder carry out to ensure

A construction timeline will invariably be signed off 100 per cent once the building

the quality of my home? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every person

consent has been approved. Some companies are providing access for their clients through

involved in the construction industry turned up on time and completed such magnificent

a log-in to the internet so they can follow the progress of their home. These are more of an

work that Project Managers and Construction Supervisors were not necessary? Well life, as I

overview rather than going into it in too much detail. A good construction timeline is one that

have discovered, is about checking, checking and then checking again, no matter who you

does not move too much throughout the build so it is about being realistic without enough

are. This is something we believe in strongly at Platinum Homes and a culture whereby

pressure applied to stick to what is scheduled. At Platinum Homes, we have a regular

everybody is happy to check and be checked as we are all wanting the same outcome which

weekly meeting and, at the end of this meeting, a new timeline is emailed out to

is a beautifully-built home on time for the homeowner.

all stakeholders involved in the process of building the new home. Even if the schedule

Quality control means, to me, regular site visits to check how the home is fitting together.

does not change, it is still sent out so there is true consistency of communication. It becomes

Over 40 contractors and suppliers involved in one new home build means that there is room

crop of contractors and suppliers is key but,

engineering, signed variations and allowances

habit-forming for the contractor and suppliers to look each week to see how the work is

for error or confusion. Add in weather and supply issues, and we have a recipe for things

as I have learnt in life, nobody is perfect and when under the pressure of time mixed with

and the colour charts. These are all points to focus on when doing a quality audit.

progressing in relation to their individual specific works onsite.

to not always go to plan onsite. A good quality control process again relies on consistency,

weather and supply issues, things just happen. It is important that there is also a culture

Yet again, ask your builder or building company what type of construction timeline

It is also very important to have a confident decision-maker in the role of Project Manager.

alertness and, above all, early detection. Early detection is the number one focus for me

of rectifying things quickly so they do not affect the next person on the new build

they use and what your specific quality audit for your home looks like.

This individual is directly responsible for overseeing the schedule and, like a chess

personally as the earlier you find something, the more cost-effective and less disruptive it is

conveyor belt. At Platinum Homes, we have an online quality control system. This way we

This can be another step in your decisionmaking process of ‘choosing the right building

board, controls the pieces so they all fit

for all involved. Obviously having an excellent

have everything at our fingertips – the plans,

company’ to build your new home.

RECAP FROM LAST MONTH’S Q&A Our topic last month explained what ‘best practice’ is when choosing your colours and other personal choice items for your new home. We touched on the various

creates less regrets – everything is also decided ahead of time allowing a more enjoyable process throughout the build. We also talked about demystifying

methods that different building companies or independent architectural or design

allowances and variations. This is really important to understand as these have a

companies will use to achieve the best results for you.

direct influence over your final budget and it is important to track them carefully. The

After experiencing all the different types of systems involved in this personal

focus on this area leads to less wastage of time and potential friction.

selection process, I have found the time period between your initial plans being

Allowances will more than likely involve your kitchen, carpet, tiles and other similar

completed/contract signed to the structural drawings and building consent being

items. Because these choices can vary greatly, there is the need for the allowance

approved, to be the best and most valued time to complete the journey of personal

figure to be placed in your contract specifications.

choice items. This involves colours, floorcoverings, kitchen and final electrical

So, remember to ask the designers, builder or building company before signing

layout. This way you maximise your time without feeling rushed over some very

up, what their processes are in helping you determine your final selections, especially

important decisions. The benefits of this period allows attention to detail and

in relationship to your budget. It is key to getting this step right.

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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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Simple self-care: How a mindful home can impact on your health Alex Badham, Designer & Owner of www.gathered.nz

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struggle with the term ‘self-care’. What does it mean? How do we fit it in to our daily routine? Does it really involve expensive supplements, hours at the gym, salt baths, crystals, and weekly facials? How can simplifying my home and routines contribute to my health and wellbeing? I’ve had seasons when self-care was a regular part of my daily life and times when I’ve let a lot of things slide. Because

Well-being could be described in much the same way; only giving space, mentally and physically, to things that are good for you, that make you happy, that fill your cup. Mental health and physical well-being are equally important and I guess both can be influenced by where you live. However, creating a space in your home free of clutter

of my shifting personal experience, I’ve dedicated a lot of energy to find what selfcare really means, developing the actions, behaviors, and habits that are necessary for my wellbeing. Alongside this is the gradual commitment to a more minimal home filled with only the things that I love and appreciate for their simple beauty and functionality. The two are inextricably linked. Minimalism is described as ‘realizing what is impeding your path, then taking action’ and shedding the unnecessary possessions, distractions and impediments to your best life.

where you feel invited and relaxed is the ultimate form of self-care in my mind. It may look different for everyone. It could be a bedroom with fresh linen and treasures collected from your travels or a bath surrounded by candles. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to concentrate on the fact that you have given this time and space to yourself. No matter if your living room looks like a toy shop has exploded in it (like ours currently does), at least here, in your space, you are happy. Until next time, Alex.

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What to ask when you’re asking for a home loan Low interest rates and easing restrictions on home loans may be making property ownership look more attainable for some buyers, but that doesn’t mean mortgages are easy to get. “If you’ve got your deposit tucked away and you’re seriously looking for somewhere to buy, it’s a good idea to start shopping for a mortgage before you need one,” says Real Estate Authority (REA) chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith. “The home-buying process can move fast, and it makes things much easier if you’ve already got a lender on side. This is known as pre-approval and it can take a lot of the uncertainty out of knowing what you can afford.” First up, a lender will want to know how much deposit you have. Most lenders expect first home buyers to have at least 20 per cent of the amount they want to borrow. With the

average New Zealand house price now at $550,000, that means you’ll need to show that you’ve saved $110,000 if you want to buy a property at that price. They’ll also ask you how much you earn and how much you spend, along with details about any other debts or loans you might have. “While the bank or financial institution needs to make sure you’re a safe risk, there are two sides to this relationship,” Lampen-Smith says. “It’s important that you feel confident about what you’re signing up to before you commit.” He says that your first question – after how much they will let you borrow, and what the interest rate will be – should be about fees: what will you have to pay for taking out this mortgage? For example, will you have to pay a low equity fee if you have less than 20 per cent deposit? Will there be any penalties if you pay off a chunk of the mortgage early? Can they waive your normal account fees if you take out a mortgage? Sometimes a lender may want to loan you more than you’re comfortable paying out of

BUYING

your weekly income. “Remember that you must be able to afford the repayments and you don’t have to borrow up to your highest limits if you don’t want to,” Lampen-Smith says. “Ask what the best way is to structure the mortgage based on your circumstances, and whether this is flexible if things change.” For example, are you better off with a table loan (where you sign up to make regular payments for a set term up to 30 years), or will you be able to pay it off faster if you have a revolving credit loan or offset mortgage? Also, will you still be able to afford the mortgage payments if the interest rate goes up? If the property needs a lot of renovation work to become liveable, could an interest-only loan work? Lampen-Smith says the lender or a mortgage broker should be able to explain all the pros and cons of these different loan types, including how they’ll affect your payments and the total amount you’ll have to pay. Most lenders will require you to have insurance for a property when taking out a mortgage. You may be encouraged to get this

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

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AMAZING AVOCADOS BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD

vocados do really well here in Northland, if the soil and drainage is just right. You see, as fantastic as avocados are, they can also be a bit fussy, but with a bit of love and attention, they will fruit just fine. Avocados despise ‘wet feet’, so improve drainage of your heavy clay soil with gypsum and compost well before planting, and consider planting your avo’s on a slope, or a mound. Choose a warm, frost free position for them, remembering that many avocados can reach a height of 5–10m at maturity, so leave room for these gorgeous trees. Over the hot summers you may find your avocado looking a bit average, especially in its first few years. Avocados aren’t known for their vigorous root systems, and this can cause them to dry out much quicker than many other plants, so make sure you water them when it’s really hot. The other thing to remember about avocados is that each variety has a different flowering ‘habit’, which sees avo’s categorized into two groups; A and B. Now, avocados are partially self-fertile, which means they may produce some fruit on their own, but their yields will be increased if you can put in one tree from each group. AVOCADO – BACON (B FLOWERING VARIETY): The best cold tolerant avocado, Bacon will grow to a manageable height of 4m in cooler climes. Fruit is a medium size and quality and appears on the tree from June –

late July and, unlike most other avocados, will fall from the tree when ripe. Can bear fruit in as little as four years. AVOCADO – FUERTE (B FLOWERING VARIETY): Another great cold tolerant variety, Fuerte produces small, pear-shaped fruits with a dark green skin and a fabulous nutty flavour. Fuerte can be quite a large, spreading tree reaching a decent height of about 8m x 12m, so give it some space. Fuerte has a tendency to produce fruit every second year (between June and October), and can take about six years to produce fruit. AVOCADO – HASS (A FLOWERING VARIETY): Possibly the most popular of all avocados, Hass bears incredibly flavoursome fruits that keep well. A handsome tree to about 9m x 10m, Hass is fairly cold and frost tolerant once established, and will bear its delicious fruit between September and January. AVOCADO – REED (A FLOWERING VARIETY): Large, round, thick-skinned variety with a smooth, green skin and a rich flavour. Reed avocados store well in the fridge once cut. This variety grows to a manageable 4m x 2m, and will bear fruit after three years or so. Fruit matures between November and March. A word of warning regarding all avocado types – many parts of the plant can be highly poisonous to some animals such as horses, cattle, goats and birds.

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

Varieties generally available are: UNIQUE – One of the earliest ripening varieties, Feb/March. Very sweet and juicy, medium sized fruit. Self-fertile. GEMINI – Has a smaller, smooth skinned dark green oval fruit with a highly-flavoured flesh. The flesh is a little gritty. Is self-fertile but will crop better with another variety nearby. Ripens in March. APOLLO – A vigorous growing variety with large, aromatic roughskinned very sweet fruit. Partially self-fertile but pollination with a different variety is essential for large fruit. Ripens in March. MAMMOTH – Large round to oval fruit, with gritty flesh but a great flavour. Is self-fertile but will have larger fruit if pollinated with another variety nearby, such as Triumph. Ripens in March/April. TRIUMPH – Medium to large-sized fruit. Flesh is slightly gritty but with good seed to pulp ratio. Lovely sharp flavour. Bears heavily if pollinated with another variety, such as Mammoth. Ripens in April. BRETT’S DELIGHT – An improved selection forming a compact, medium-sized tree. A heavy cropper with delicious, large, thin skinned fruit. Smaller growing at just 1.8 x 1.2m

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OUR PEOPLE 4 Absence makes the heart grow fonder 6 Hindsight, experience & wisdom create harmony second time around

September 2019

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WEDDINGS 8 Wedding Planning Checklist 9 Stress-free wedding dress choice 10 Flowers, dresses 11 Suited and booted, Rings 12 Venues & cakes 13 Lighting & music with Belltech 14 Tips for the mothers of the bridge & groom 15 How to make your high heels more comfortable

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BEAUTY 16 Redken hair products 17 What to expect during your cosmetic injectables consultation

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ur lead story’s bride, Alex, has some wise words of wisdom she’s learnt with the benefit of hindsight. And she should know; Alex and her husband have each had four weddings, with two to each other. And second time around is much more harmonious with the knowledge they have both gained along their individual and mutual journeys. I think her insightful words can apply to anyone’s situation. Read Alex and Richard’s story on page 6. This month we also feature the journeys leading up to Chris and Geoff’s same-sex marriage. What started across the globe with a wife and children for one, a chance encounter, devastating loss and impulsive holiday to New Zealand - culminated in a fabulous Northland wedding after the law was passed. Read their story on pages 4-5. If you are planning a wedding, check out the Wedding Guide with all the latest trends.

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder BY JODI BRYANT

When Geoff and Chris bumped into each other on the street in Portsmouth, it was one of those ‘eyes across a smoky bar’ moments. Over a decade later, and after navigating many obstacles along the way, they married in an intimate ceremony in Northland.

Geoff (left) and Chris (right) say they had the perfect wedding day surrounded by friends and family.

“We literally bumped into each other in the street in Portsmouth,” remembers Geoff. “I

Chris was out gay all his life. The relationship was only platonic at this stage.”

decided to travel to New Zealand to seek respite from the trauma. The two took a

New Zealand made it easy to keep the UK in ignorance and gradually old friends became

suggested a coffee and we shared our histories. While drinking that coffee, we both realised how

Meanwhile, Chris had just been accepted for New Zealand residency when they met and,

campervan tour around Northland and, it was during this time, they fell in love.

disconnected. There was a cover story but we both hated the lying, especially to the family,

much we gelled and how much one’s weakness was the other’s strength. Our relationship since

after selling his house and resigning from his job, he left the UK with the mindset that either

Geoff subsequently moved to New Zealand in 2005 where they lived together, marrying ten

and more especially to Geoff’s three sons.” So, for Geoff’s first Christmas in New

has always grown on this basis.” However, at the time, Geoff was married

‘absence would make the heart grow fonder’ or ‘out of sight, out of mind’. The former proved to

years later. “We never really did the engagement and

Zealand, the couple paid for his sons, then in their 20s, to travel to New Zealand to ‘see

with a family and had ‘always put up a barrier to his gayness’.

be the case. Tragically, Geoff’s wife was suddenly

‘popped the question’ thing,” Chris, 58, recalls. “From numerous discussions, we both knew

Dad’s new life’. “Upon their arrival, we had to immediately

“I knew I was gay but had married and stayed faithful to the family I was in, whereas

diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, which took her life just ten weeks later and Geoff

how the other was thinking. We always knew we would get married when the law so allowed

sit them down and tell them the truth else it soon would have become obvious,” Geoff

so when the law was passed, we simply turned to the calendar to work out the ‘when’.”

recalls of the poignant time. One of the twins realised something major

Because the couple both had family in the UK who they wanted to attend the wedding,

was coming and sat and held his dad’s hand while the news was delivered. The singleton

they allowed a long period of planning. They also revolved around school holidays for the

sat quietly with a tear rolling down his cheek and the other twin got up and walked out into

grandchildren and so a date of December 31 was set.

the raining night. Says Chris sadly: “He sat in the middle of

But first, they faced the daunting and highly-emotional admission to Geoff’s family

the drive with the rain pouring down and, after a short while, his dad said he would go out to

that he was gay. While Chris’ family always knew he was gay and happily accepted Geoff,

him but the twin brother said: ‘No, I’ll go out and speak to him’. About 10 minutes later, they

69, into the family, Geoff’s family were unaware. “Because of his sudden move to New

had not returned so Geoff went out to find the twins both sitting in the rain with an arm around

Zealand following the death of his wife, nobody was aware of his ‘coming out’,” explains Chris.

each other’s shoulder.” Geoff sat down with them - all three got

“In New Zealand, everyone who got to know him were immediately aware and fully

soaked and, although this occasion is seared into his memory, Geoff can’t recall what was

accepting. The distance between UK and

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The wedding party included two groomsmaids (local girlfriends), two best ladies (their younger sisters), two ring boys (Geoff’s grandchildren) and two witnesses (Geoff and Chris’ older brothers). The wedding was in three parts; The main non-religious ceremony held under a large marquee attended by 140 guests in the late morning, the wedding meal in the courtyard garden, which was catered by outside caterers using the couple’s kitchen and attended by 52 guests. Finally, all guests returned for a New Year’s Eve party back in

the marquee. Geoff reminisces: “It was a perfect beautiful sunny day, but the heavens opened almost on the stroke of midnight to bring the whole event to a soggy end!” So how has married life been since? “Frankly, no different to the 10 years running up to the wedding, except we have now got all the legal protection that marriage brings.” While Geoff’s sons realise Chris isn’t trying to be a ‘step-mother’, “We think it would be fair to say they don’t adore him “The subject was not raised again. We all got on with the holiday and the boys got to know Chris a bit but, nearing the time for their return home, I knew the silence had to be broken.” Geoff subsequently took his sons on a

Geoff and Chris say they feel blessed to be a team for the rest of their lives and now with love and support from both their families. All communications with the boys and

but have learned that he is no threat to them or their dad and are, therefore, happy to accept the situation. “Having been blessed with a good strong

breakfast they have jointly run since 2006,

family scenario and three wonderful sons then stepping straight into a perfect gay relationship

trip to Rotorua and, while having dinner at a restaurant, said: ‘You must have a million

their partners and visits to family homes have been achieved with good grace, manners and

which boasts large, scenic grounds and with all floral arrangements from their gardens.

allowing me to be who I really am, makes me the luckiest man,” reflects Geoff. “I have lived

questions to ask – now is the time’. The questions flowed and Geoff admitted

humour, says Geoff, and that included their wedding day.

“We did set a colour theme for guests of pink and blue but asked for this to be semi-smart

the best of both worlds.” Geoff and Chris say they feel blessed to be

he had hated the lies and suggested he send an email to friends and family in the

The obvious venue was from their awardwinning Kerikeri countryside retreat bed and

only,” describes Geoff. “However, the wedding party was in black and white and silver.”

a team for the rest of their lives and now with love and support from both their families.

UK explaining his new situation to prevent the boys returning home to ‘face the music’. However, his sons opted to maintain the lie, which continued for a further ten years, but for a few close relatives, who were accepting and supportive. Then came a situation whereby it was impossible to avoid telling Geoff’s sister-inlaw. She immediately cut all ties with Geoff, while still communicating with his sons and their own now growing families. Everyone now knows about Geoff’s relationship and reacted positively. “I have five grandchildren and, yes, the distance between us does tug at the heart strings but, on balance, life in New Zealand is such that a return to UK is not anticipated.” Geoff says that, while it is believed his sons aren’t ‘madly happy’ about the situation, they do recognise that their dad is happy, cared for and enjoying his life so are prepared to accept the status quo.

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Hindsight, experience & wisdom create harmony second time around

With four marriages each, including two to each other, and tens of thousands of kilometres of ocean’s divide, it’s been quite the journey for Alex and Richard, who finally reunited with a ceremony in Whangarei this year. And this time round, their relationship is a lot more harmonious with the benefit of hindsight, experience and wisdom. “It was a wonderful time (the first marriage to each other) but it was also quite fraught because I don’t think we had the maturity to deal with some of life’s problems,” reflects Alex, 64. “I think you learn some things are very important in a relationship and it’s about not being so self-centred. Rather than getting irritated with each other, perhaps actually hear each other more and be a bit more loving and kind to each other.” Alex and Richard, both from the UK, were divorced with kids when they met in their late 20s. Alex had taken part in a ‘life changing’ university course that Richard was also on and the participants subsequently formed a social group, which partook in annual family camps. Alex and Richard met on this camp and noticed a spark. Alex, who had a son and Richard, two daughters, married in a registry office and ten years of marriage ensued. However, after various life struggles typical of that stage in life, such as working full-time jobs, kids, a large mortgage, and not having the support to work on their issues, they separated. “Friends and family were surprised,” says Alex, a social worker. “As, to some people, we had been seen as the ‘perfect’ couple. One friend commented that we restored his faith in relationships when he saw us together. However, pressure and stress and a lack of knowledge about how to ‘fight for a relationship’, won the battle.” They married other people and those marriages lasted over 20 years, producing another two children each. But both Alex and Richard agree, in amongst the happy times and family richness, were difficulties.

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“We’d both be quick to say we’d never wish those times not to have been, not when there are four beloved adults that came from those relationships. But you feel a sense of failure. There was always some strength in our marriage and I missed his kindness and gentleness.” During their long time apart, they had no contact and, in 1991, Alex moved to New Zealand, where she had lived as a teen and fell in love with the country. It was after her separation, during a visit to England in 2008, Alex decided to attend one of the camps and was reacquainted with Richard and the same friends from the beginning. “I had got in touch with him first to check if he was ok with me being there, because he may have felt uncomfortable,” says Alex. “We caught up there and both got on really well just as friends. Our friendship started from there.” Through this friendship, they rediscovered the mutual kindness and support they had enjoyed with each other in their previous time together. Years later, Richard’s marriage had ended and, with a growing awareness that his love for Alex was still real, he moved to New Zealand

where they eventually decided to give their relationship another go. Alex and Richard, now 67 and retired, moved north to Whangarei and began a new chapter in their lives when they married in February this year in a ceremony that grew from a ‘cup of champagne in a tea cup with a slice of cake’, to a full marquee at Alex’s oldest son’s small business in Marua for over 100 guests. “It’s embarrassing having your fourth wedding,” confesses Alex. “We were aware that four marriages sounds a little excessive – almost ‘flighty’ – and you don’t want to make a big deal of it. But many of our friends and family were very pleased about us being back together – some think that we should never have parted – and we wanted to make it more of a celebratory occasion. “Knowing that life is sometimes complicated and disappointing, it is none-the-less a testament to the love and kindness that we have for each other, our seven children and friends and family. It was about every one that was there, the contribution of their very presence and their laughter. There was so much goodwill, so much kindness, it was just a wonderful day.”

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The wedding played out in front of a backdrop of Totaras, tropical rain, pasture and pigs. And, like most weddings, it wasn’t without its unexpected events. “At one point, the rain hurtled down, the pig on the spit caught fire, due to the rain knocking out the motor, and then the kids’ tent blew away and wasn’t seen for days. Relatives helped to stop the marque collapsing in the torrential rain by using broomsticks to hold the roof up whilst cascades of water narrowly missing the chairs and dressed top table. The walk-in chiller, where all the food was being stored, almost flooded. It was a contrast to the first wedding all those years ago in a dingy registry office with a meal for a select few in a very smart restaurant. “Yet, somehow the life and the hope and the love at this wedding was like a rich warm soup on a cold day.” Life today is ‘hugely different’ to the first time round as a couple, says Alex. “We’ve learnt stuff but we’re still learning. I think we were looking for the answers in the other person when we have to be our own answers and, if you can share that life with someone, that’s great. “I think when you’re older, you are more accepting. You don’t fight the small battles and have more gratitude for what you do have, rather than what you haven’t got. Certainly, Richard and I are full of gratitude for each other. We all want to come home to somebody but perhaps it works best when we learn to come home to ourselves first. “Our story could be seen as one of failures and disappointments, or you could look through the lens of love, second chances and forgiveness, knowing that nothing in our lives is lost or wasted. The fabric of our lives is sometimes richer for twists and turns.” Adding a humorous take also helps. “As Richard said: ‘They used to save the smaller tier of the wedding cake for the christening, I suppose we could save ours for our funeral’. “Some things just seem funnier when you’re older.”

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thing led to another, and I set up a try-on service for their internet wedding dress business. This

an art gallery at The Old Dairy Factory in Maungatapere. He offered me space in his

those heirloom wedding photographs.

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Future plans In the future I see Bridal Fare becoming

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airtight bag in need of steaming (not an easy job I can tell you) and there was still the possibility

but I am committed to this business and was prepared to spend some money to set it up.

THE place to come, not only for the wedding and bridesmaids dresses but dresses for the

How did it all begin?

of things not being quite right with the dress. I wanted to have a service that would take

Bridal Fare Boutique

flower girls, mother of the bride/groom and female guests as well. A sort of one stop shop.

away the stress of the wedding dress choosing and purchasing and this was not doing that.

Bridal Fare is a boutique of high-quality wedding dresses at reasonable prices.

As our business grows, we will require sewers (of any capability) and a place to

So, I stepped out on my own and set up a boutique.

We offer many services to help you have a stress-free wedding dress choosing time. You

expand into for the sewing factory. At the moment Bridal Fare has two workers,

Finding a good quality, average priced dress we liked, we still had our doubts - would the dress look as good and the quality be as

Why Maungatapere?

can change the dresses around to find the perfect dress for your occasion – or we can

myself and a lovely seamstress who, in the past, made wedding dresses for her own

I looked at every avenue for a building for my boutique – but leases were too high to

create it from scratch. Paying off your dress is a great way of

boutique – Kay Watson. Come on over and have a look at the

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boutique – I look forward to meeting you.

morning tea or lunch at the Office Café you may get a surprise. The Old Dairy Factory in Maungatapere

A few years ago, my daughter was a bride to be – it was wedding dress time. She tried on quite a few dresses, but the price tags were way too high for our budget – we turned to the internet.

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A TOUCH OF ROMANCE Flowers add ambiance to your special day No matter what your budget, flowers are generally an important aspect of your wedding adding romance, atmosphere, creating

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

impact and visual appeal. Traditionally they were a sign of fertility, warded off evil and masked unpleasant odours!

Talk to friends who have recently married and see who they recommend. There’s plenty of inspiration online too. After you’ve

There are many considerations when selecting flowers for your big day, such as the overall wedding theme, the colour

decided on your theme and colour schemes, visit your florist with colour swatches to discuss and chat about your options.

scheme, the season and whether it’s a formal or informal celebration. Styles could range from classic, to wild or

You will need to plan your flowers carefully and order for the bride, bridesmaids’ and flower girls, the groom, best man,

contemporary and there’s an amazing range of options when it comes to colour, shape and size.

attendants, page boys, mothers and grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and ushers.

A good florist will help you choose what’s best for you and your budget. Ask to see a portfolio of their work before settling on a

Don’t forget the all-important floral decorations for the wedding ceremony and reception venue.

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Finding the perfect wedding gown may take you on a search

of styles to try before you buy, your dream dress might be

of many different options, whether you buy, hire, make, borrow, inherit or have it designed.

right there on the rack! Once chosen, your gown can be expertly-fitted and altered if necessary.

Bridal fashion trends are constantly changing. Simple, well-tailored elegance is still on trend and collections for 2020

Hiring a wedding gown often lets you have that dream dress for less than purchasing it or having it made. Unless

feature short skirts, feathers, pant suits and trousers. Having a gown designed and made just for you is the ultimate

you plan to keep your gown as an heirloom, hiring can be an excellent option for the budget conscious bride.

in individuality, but it will cost you more than a readymade dress. Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas and styles

Your wedding gown need not be traditional bridal style, colour or price. Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits and maxi

with you, as well as what suits you and your personality. Bringing photos, a piece of lace or item of jewellery is helpful for inspiration.

dresses for something just that little bit different. There are plenty of choices that are off-beat and not traditionally bridal.

Beautiful wedding dresses are available ‘off the peg’ at specialist bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many

After the big day you may want to preserve your dress which will involve cleaning by hand or dry cleaning by

are imported, so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you select to be ordered from overseas. With a wonderful range

experts. Preservation techniques include hanging or storing in an acid-free box away from light.

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SUITED & BOOTED

Today’s grooms are more fashion-conscious than ever

These days most grooms are not afraid to express their own style and it seems that anything goes from suits and ties to shorts and jandals.

Hire, buy or borrow, whatever suit style you choose be sure it’s design, fabric and fit will flatter you and that it’s appropriate for

Much depends, of course, on the theme of the wedding, the venue and the degree of formality. Day time weddings lend themselves

the season and the occasion. Ensure it’s cleaned, pressed and tailored for ideal length too. When it comes to the

to slightly less formal wear. Brides are usually consulted to ensure the continuity of

reception, you’ll want to be able to move freely and to dance without the outfit being too tight.

the wedding theme, but grooms should try a variety of styles to see which suits their height and body shape

There’s a choice of off-the-rack suits which can be tailored to fit or made to measure suits for those

best. Those of medium height and build can wear almost any style, but for other body shapes, the cut,

wanting special a little more special. Still popular locally are morning suits and darker coloured

style, length and fit should all be considered. People will be looking at you as a couple so it’s important you

lounge suits. For those wanting something more casual, trousers and a waistcoat are a

put on a unified show. The groom usually wears something to distinguish

good option. Occasionally those not used to ‘dressing up’ might go for a pair of moleskins

him from his best man and groomsmen. They might wear the same suits but different coloured shirts or

and handcrafted leather boots. The choice of footwear will also depend,

perhaps a differently styled jacket. Think about how the groomsmen will look alongside the bridesmaids -

to some extent, on the style and formality of the wedding, along with the key colour theme. Traditionally the male attendants all wear matching footwear.

will the style of their outfits, and colours, match? Small touches make all the difference such as

Let’s not forget the hair which will need styling several weeks ahead of the wedding to give it time

waistcoats, coordinated ties, pocket squares, matching socks, braces or special cufflinks which work together to

to settle for the photographs. Extra care with the cut and conditioning will ensure all the men look their best. A

blend with the tone of the ceremony and overall colour scheme. Perhaps they can be matched with the flowers the attendants will

manicure will have his hands looking good for the photos. The fathers of the bride and groom will also want

be wearing? Popular colours for ties are silver, grey, navy or even a splash of colour, stripes or checks to tone with, or match, the bride’s outfit or flowers. Few people these days know how to tie a tie so make sure someone (possibly an older guest) knows how to do it properly!

to look their best and a bit of coordination between all parties will ensure that there are no fashion faux pas on the day. Generally speaking, there should be the same level of formality for all the men with the fathers perhaps distinguishing themselves with different coloured waistcoats or ties and matching their buttonholes to match the bride and grooms.

SYMBOLS OF LOVE With this ring I thee wed At the engagement stage, few couples give thought to the wedding rings, often

have a gem set east to west. Still popular is a simple solitaire – a classic choice. Pearls

leaving their purchase until closer the wedding. But it does pay to have an idea

are ever popular, along with crystals. For men, two-tone rings are popular such

of the wedding ring you’d prefer when shopping for the engagement ring.

as white and yellow gold together. Black zircon rings are also gaining in popularity

Will you wear the engagement ring and the wedding ring together? Probably, so

along with titanium, tungsten, white gold and black diamonds. Trending are rings made out

the rings will have to fit well together on the finger and complement each other. Most

of natural materials such as wood- great for the man who doesn’t want a ring that’s too

choose the same metals, but yellow and white gold can also look chic depending on

precious. Don’t forget the all-important accessories

the design. If the setting and style of your engagement ring is very detailed, a plainer

like earrings, headbands, brooches, bracelets and the thank you gifts for the bridesmaids

wedding ring will offset it better. Contemporary trends range from rose

and groomsmen. Traditional gifts might include a bracelet, a matching necklace or

gold which flatters all skin tones, to mixed petals, vintage-inspired designs, blooming

earrings in a presentation box with a beautiful quote. For the best man and groomsmen,

flowers, vines and cluster styles which adds a feminine touch. Another idea is to

cuff links, tie clips and watches would be ideal if opting for jewellery as a thank you.

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GORGEOUS FINISHING TOUCHES Transform your venue The reception venue is an opportunity to show your style and bring all the components together for one final visual statement

is the limit when it comes to beautifying the reception venue with plenty of decorations to announce to the world you are finally

which will contribute to a relaxed ambience after all the stress. Planning for the décor should be an essential part of your

married. Inflatable letters are currently in vogue, as are lights that can be hired that spell out ‘Love’.

overall plan for the big day. Flowers, wedding table decorations, place cards, napkins and individual personal touches will all

Marquee hire is another popular choice and there are several hire companies who hire out, not just marquees but all manner

need coordinating. Many couples seek help from friends to decorate the reception venue but there are also specialist

of ‘props’ such as ceiling canopies, chandeliers, crockery and cutlery. Some will even set up and dismantle the props making

companies and wedding stylists who hire out all manner of items such as chandeliers, vintage table settings, bunting and more.

your day just that bit easier. If you are hiring a marquee, you may need to factor in the hire

There are all sorts of ways to personalise your reception venue with including welcome signs and seating plans. The sky

of wedding furniture, crockery, glassware, table linen, toilets, lighting, heating, flooring, tables, and chairs.

BESPOKE CAKES The wedding cake symbolizes good fortune and fertility TV shows featuring amazing wedding cakes have become very

of the decoration begins. Whether classic, modern, fun, funky,

popular which might go some way to explain why the wedding cake has taken on greater and grander importance.

sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped, the icing can reflect almost any colour scheme or theme.

Options are as broad as the imagination these days and could be round, square, stacked, cup-cakes or how about

Practical considerations include the number of guests and whether the cake will be served as dessert. If you are getting

metallic icing, a nude cake, a fruity theme or something to match your shared interests? Trending right now is having one cake as

married in the height of a Northland summer, consider the warmer climate and choose a cake that will not melt before the

centrepiece and several others which are offered as dessert. There are some excellent cake designers around who are

end of the reception. After the meal, the bride and groom traditionally make the

only too happy to discuss your ideas and offer samples for the all-important taste test. Most of them will also have an album of

first cut of the cake together. This first piece is shared between the couple with the groom feeding the bride first, then the bride

photos and a website for you to view a range of their work. Once the culinary masterpiece has been made, the artistry

feeding the groom. Then it’s shared with guests during the reception.

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Don’t leave this ‘til last! Common mistakes that wedding and event planners make when it comes to getting technical. al.

Venue? Check. Catering? Check. Suits and gowns? Check. Invitations? Tedious but, check!

Exterior – Do you have an entranceway or maybe even some trees and bushes you’d like

There is so much to do when you’re planning your special occasion it’s no wonder you miss

to light up? Show the guests the way by making the exterior look just as glamorous!

out one of the most important parts: Lighting and Sound.

Patterns and Monograms – any picture, any shape or pattern: we can project anything pretty much anywhere.

LIGHTING When your guests walk into the room you want them to go “wow!”, right? To compliment your

AUDIO How often have you been somewhere where

beautiful decorations and table layout, have you thought about lighting the room? Not only

the microphone doesn’t work properly, or the music is too quiet? We’ve got packages

can you transform the look of the room, you can also add functionality for the guests to dine

that will suit any occasion – including battery powered speakers for a remote ceremony; a

by but also something to party to after the first dance.

small package for a quiet occasion right up to large speakers for a good ol’ knees-up. Band packages, wireless microphones and more.

Uplighting – lights shining up the interior walls to create columns of light. This is a really cost-effective way of making a room look sleek

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and you can choose your own colour scheme! Starting from just $20 each*, your room will be

around Northland so there’s a good chance we have some tips and tricks up our sleeve

full of your favourite colours. For a bit extra, you can take control of the lights throughout the

to make your big day nice and easy. Take advantage of our Setup/Packdown service* and

evening and have different colours for dining, speeches and the party.

for bigger setups we can even stay on-site to play your entrance music, offer DJ/Band advice

Dance Floor – this is the second most

and more. Check out our Instagram page @belltechevents to see what we did with Forum

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people moving and a smoke machine if you want to make the light beams look even cooler.

How will lighting and sound fit into your vision

Festoons and Fairy Lights – create a beautiful, homegrown feel by hanging these string-style

and make your special occasion stand out from the rest? We’d love to hear from you.

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many ways of doing this so it looks tidy and effective.

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Photos are a permanent reminder of your daughter or son’s special occasion. Choosing an outfit that compliments the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses is important. A tone that blends rather than photobombs is preferable – shocking pink, orange and fluorescent colours will marker peg you in every photo and, even though you’re important, it’s their day.

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To capitalise on more daylight hours, summer wedding season coincides with daylight saving: October 29-April 5. Give yourself plenty of time to look for an outfit. Summer stock starts arriving in store in August, September. If your wedding is in February, March, you need to start looking now, even though we have a second summer delivery, your best selections are available early in the season.

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To avoid guests turning up in the same outfit, don’t shop from chain stores or select labels that are mass produced, unless they are hot off the press. Choose a limited-edition label from an exclusive, privately-owned shop. They’ll know exactly how many they had in store and who they sold them to.

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Buying your mother of the bride/groom outfit can sometimes be the hardest choice you have ever made. Therefore, it’s always good to get a second opinion from someone who really counts - often the bride, your daughter, sister or a close friend. Including a third, fourth or fifth opinion can complicate decisions. It’s interesting how egos and hidden agendas can come into play, especially if you’re looking too good!!!

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Photographing your favourite dress choices is an option when your support person is unable to attend. Modern technology enables you to gain a second opinion from anywhere in the world, sometimes within minutes. Still, photos often don’t show the real essence of you and your outfit, so try sending a three-second video of your twirl. Not only do you see front and back, but the viewer can also gauge your body language as you wear it. Wearing heels enhances your posture but take your socks off first!!! Not sure what to wear for your special day? Get inspired at Polwarth Deign.

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Husbands often like to be included in the decision-making when buying your perfect outfit. Always give him a choice of at least three outfits, when seeking his advice. Model the exorbitantlypriced dress first as it’s often a nice buffer for preparing him for the lesser-priced garment that you prefer and gives him others to compare with. Leverage is always a good option as well; if he’s stalling on price, take him shopping after he’s bought the new car or tractor.

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Don’t be afraid to practice your smile and your stance before the big day. Photos provide memories so why look five kilos heavier because you posed full frontal with your legs apart and your eyes closed. Try standing with knees touching, your best foot slightly forward, arms behind your back, and leading from the hip. You’ll fine down your silhouette and lose five kilos!! Tongue behind teeth and eyes on the camera, chin slightly down... It’s sounding like a golf swing!!! Come in store and we’ll show you.

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At Caci, we are aiming to enhance your natural look, and part of this process is getting to know you and the results you would like to achieve during a free consultation in clinic. Each treatment is personalised and we understand that you don’t want to look frozen or overdone – you simply want to look and feel your best. Upon arriving to your initial consultation, you will first be asked to fill out some forms to make sure we’re aware of your concerns, which treatments you’d like to discuss, along

with your medical history. It is important that we ensure your suitability for cosmetic injectables treatments – your safety comes first. You will then meet with a Caci treatment co-ordinator to begin your consultation. Our treatment co-ordinators are experts in all of our treatments at Caci; they’re the best at putting together the best treatment plan options based on what you need. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your initial concerns with you, talk through anything you’d like to change or improve and then have a closer look at your area of concern.

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What to expect during your cosmetic injectables consultation

From there, your treatment co-ordinator will recommend a tailored treatment plan that would be best suited for your needs as well as results. We take the time to educate and answer any questions you have around how our treatments work and our payment options available too - you can pay for your treatments weekly, fortnightly or monthly – just a like a gym membership! After your complimentary consultation with a Caci treatment co-ordinator, you will be booked in for an appointment with one of our highly-trained registered nurses for treatment.

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Make sure to ask exactly what product is being used – sometimes a special offer might be too good to be true Don’t be shy to share the results you

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Find out if Cosmetic Injectables are right for you. Book your free consultation at Caci Whangarei by calling us on 0800 458 458 or request a consultation at caci.co.nz

CACI WHANGAREI HAS HAD A MAKEOVER! Caci Whangarei is now located at 14 Clyde Street – a bigger, better and brighter premises with state-of-the-art facilities that offer first-class skin treatments. The lovely team at Caci Whangarei are passionate about delivering what they call ‘Skin Confidence’. Skin confidence is hugely powerful and can be truly life-changing. The team are here to help you feel confident in your skin. Over the last 11 years, Caci have become one of the most trusted names in the skin and appearance industry in New Zealand, known for providing real results, within their safe, and welcoming clinics. Today they continue to be dedicated to matching you to the best treatments and technology.

Visit the NEW Caci clinic in Whangarei this month and make the most of these special offers: • Make any purchases at Caci Whangarei, have a treatment or sign up to a membership during September and be in to WIN a Caci skincare package valued at $500! •

Have a free high definition skin analysis with expert Linda Sharrem, September 17&18 – book your spot! Plus, for readers that have not tried a skin treatment at Caci – try one of our skin conditioning treatments for only $70! (Usually up to $120)

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1. Get some Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), in particular omega 3, are the building blocks of ALL cell membranes, skin cells included. Healthy, permeable cell membranes increase absorption of vitamins and minerals, hold in water and nutrients. The fatty acids in skin cell membranes also play a huge role in forming the skin’s natural protective barrier. 2. Avoid cleansers containing surfactants Common surfactants used in facial cleansers are sulphated detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. These have foaming properties which strip the skin’s natural oil leaving it feeling tight and gives a perception of a deep cleanse.

SKIN PREPARATION FOR THE BIG DAY

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he warmer months of January, February, and March are probably the most popular months for weddings, so most couples will be starting to prepare for their big day now. Very often the skin is not given a thought until much closer to the date when you’re trialling makeup artists. And then, it’s all about coverage.

There is nothing more beautiful than glowing healthy, hydrated and smooth skin for the big day, or any day! Achieving this is about getting the stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin) in good health. If this is healthy, cellular function underneath the skin will perform at its optimum preventing dryness, redness, acne, sensitivity or inflammation. Here are three simple starting points.

3. Avoid moisturisers and foundation containing emulsifiers Emulsifiers are chemical agents that bind oil and water to make an emulsion giving creams a nice consistency. In some ways, they are worse than surfactants in cleansers because in moisturisers and foundation, they sit on the skin’s surface all the time and continuously strip and damage the skin’s protective barrier. Common emulsifiers are polysorbate, stearate, steareth, cetearyl and ceteareth. If you are consulting a photographer for the perfect photos, a dressmaker for the perfect gown, a hairdresser for the perfect cut and colour etc, please consider consulting a skin professional to help get your perfect skin for your wedding day.

Is it time to tell yourself a better story? BY SARAH TRASS

My life’s not what I expected it to be. I didn’t do as well as I should’ve.

SAVVY NEWS FLASH Savvy is excited to announce that our Skin Health contributor Nina Quan, has just been awarded New Zealand’s Jr Corneotherapist of the Year! Nina was named winner in the category of Jr Corneotherapist of the Year, along with Best Before & After Photos at dermaviduals’ annual Clinic Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate the amazing work Nina does. Congratulations on Nina’s achievement and Savvy is looking forward to working with Nina to bring more skin knowledge to Northland readers!

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hese are statements I hear a lot during the start of a coaching journey. People beating themselves up because what they expected to happen in certain areas of their lives didn’t, or they keep pushing for particular outcomes time and time again and wind up feeling frustrated because the results don’t change. What I’ve discovered in coaching people, is they feel this way because their lives aren’t matching the stories they are telling themselves, and it’s this misalignment that is causing them pain and suffering. We all have stories that we tell ourselves, and it is within these stories that we find meaning in how we should look, how we should behave, our relationships, our jobs, our successes, and our life milestones. Our stories are also what sets us up for how we feel, the actions we take, and ultimately what we believe we can achieve with our lives. However, what happens when these stories don’t serve us, or have become outdated? The short answer is - they limit us. They keep us feeling stuck and they rob us of the ability to see the bigger picture of who we truly are and what we want for our lives. So, when you’re experiencing difficulties, and coming up against resistance in your life, the answer isn’t to keep trying a different action hoping to get a different result, the answer is to step back and ask: ‘What story am I telling myself right now, and how might this be getting in the way of me experiencing what I truly want?’

Are your stories holding you back from living a life you truly want? Book in your free 30-minute consultation today to discover how coaching can help you rewrite these, and start living a more empowered and fulfilling life.

Let’s trying this together right now. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and work through the following: 1. What area of your life are you feeling unhappy/less satisfied with at the moment? 2. What are the reasons you are feeling this way? (these are your stories) 3. Take a look at these stories and notice the language you are reinforcing, and how this makes you feel. Does it empower you, give you hope, show responsibility for your own choices and actions? OR does it pull you into a state of helplessness and blame? 4. Reflecting on your stories, what is the deeper need you’re trying to meet here? E.g. to feel safe, loved, secure, strong etc… Are the stories you’re telling yourself truly helping you meet this need? 5. Finally, if you were to meet this need in a healthy, more empowering way, what story would you like to tell yourself moving forward?


BUILDING ON FOUNDATIONS FOR Nearly half of all New Zealanders will experience mental illness at some stage in their lives. They’ll either experience it themselves or know friends, family or colleagues with a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Week in September is an opportunity to check on your own work and

life balance. There are many activities being held nationwide to uplift personal wellbeing, through workplaces, schools and kura and communities.

and family and social wellbeing (taha whanau). Connection with the land (whenua) forms the foundation.

According to the Mental Health Foundation NZ, health depends on a good foundation which can be represented as a house with four walls. The walls are represented by spiritual wellbeing (taha wairua), mental and emotional wellbeing (taha hinengaro), physical wellbeing (taha tinana)

A group of Whangarei based community organisations are working together to promote the four dimensions of wellbeing and the actions you can bring into your life. When all four walls and the foundation are strong, people feel strong and able to withstand challenges in life.

“I had got to the stage where I was very unwell. I was barely functioning as a human being. I could see and hear people that no one else could but they looked real to me. The voices in my head were telling me to do things I would not normally do and I had blown it with my family and friends.

AN INSPIRING STORY ABOUT SASHA TOIA Mental health problems come in all the colours of the rainbow and the right treatment can be just as difficult to pin down. For Sasha Toia, of Whangarei, it took 12 years and nearly cost her life before she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. “In my 20s I had what most people would say was a highly successful life, working in the media where I had dreams of being a screenwriter, living overseas with my husband, with a beautiful house and lifestyle. I had everything but felt I had nothing and I didn’t know why.’’ She returned to New Zealand, but her life continued to spiral out of control until she found herself unable to hold down a job and involved in crime. She was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and the medication did not help at all.

“I lost everything: My husband, my home, the respect of my family and the community. It was a traumatic and frightening time. I needed help.’’ She spent several weeks in Whangarei Hospital where she finally received the correct diagnosis and medication and was referred to Arataki Ministries where she lived at Arataki House for a year. The service helps residents work through all of their life issues and provides support with living a healthy lifestyle. “They saved my life in every way. They made me believe in myself again, that I had lots to contribute to society. They made me feel cherished.” Sasha continues to take medication to keep her schizophrenia under control and leads a disciplined life where she walks for an hour every day, is careful with her diet, makes sure she has plenty of sleep and does not overload her worklife. Learning to say no is an important part of self-discipline, she says.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK SEPTEMBER 23-29 To celebrate the group of Whangarei based community organisations will be setting up stations at the Cameron St Mall. Wellbeing coaches will be available to chat to you on how you and your family can stay healthy and positive.

She now works at Arataki Ministries as a Community Support Worker and is a Consumer Networker for Te Taitokerau Tangata Whai Ora Network (TTTWON) to strengthen links to community support for individuals and families affected by mental illness and addiction.

She is also part of the Northland District Health Board’s advisory panel on mental health issues. “I love my job and helping people find their way back to a healthy and productive life. I am passionate about my work and feel blessed to have every one of my colleagues in my life.’’ She says Arataki Ministries CEO Louis Tousain has been instrumental in helping her to fulfil her potential. Sasha’s life experience proves invaluable to helping her clients, and she doesn’t tolerate half-hearted efforts. “Treating mental health issues is not about popping some pills to fix everything instantly. “It really doesn’t work like that. They have to be prepared to work on every aspect of their life, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. They have to put the work in and there’s a lot of pain with that. “If they want to be free of the demons, they have to want it bad.’’ Sasha is now reaping the rewards of her own hard work, with a happy and fulfilling life, a job she loves, overseas trips and the reignition of her dreams to be a screenwriter. “I finally have a life where I am content and I feel really blessed. The mind is such a powerful thing: If you believe you can’t then you never will, but if you believe you can then you will,’’ she says. “And I am pretty determined.”

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The greatest project you will ever work on is… There is no substitute greater in significance than the person staring back at you when you look in the mirror. That’s right, the best project you will ever work on in this lifetime is YOURSELF. Sure, if you are a parent, your children are also a great life project but, for the remainder of your life, whether or not you have children, YOU will remain to be your greatest project. Nothing and no one can fill your shoes. No one can fulfill those dreams you have. No one can prevent you or push you enough into doing something you know you need to do, or are meant to do, unless YOU finally decide to do it. Mostly everything you have ever wanted or accomplished will likely have been challenging to some degree. Some things will have given you instant gratification while others took much longer to achieve. Sometimes you may have struggled and sacrificed time, money, effort, sweat, blood and

tears for these things, but accomplishing them brought you much satisfaction. Why? Because no one ever gave them to you for free. You hustled and worked hard for them all. When you work hard to earn something it makes it that much more satisfying. At the end of the day, the person you aspire to become, the life you dream of having, is like a big puzzle kinda project. Taking time out to work on yourself is an extremely important part of this puzzle. So many people don’t give themselves permission to do this, because they might feel guilty, or think there’s not enough time in their schedules to do so. I’m here to tell you that you should NOT feel guilty and that it IS possible to work a little ‘YOU’ time into your schedule. Our bodies are the only place we have to live in this lifetime. If we don’t take the time to take care of them, the outcome is usually not a good one. With heart disease, cancer,

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“Exercise not only changes your body. It changes your mind, your attitude and your mood!” obesity and diabetes (just to name a few) all on the rise, we owe it to ourselves to exercise, eat healthy, and work on positivity to sidestep these terrible diseases. Say it loud, and say it proud: Me, me, me! Ok, maybe you don’t want to shout it, but it IS that important. Fitting in time for yourself is essential for the most basic healthy habits like a couple of strengthening exercise sessions a week to keep all body structures strong, supported by healthy eating (ie REAL food, not processed). If you take charge of your health, you get so many good things back. You will have more energy, be more productive, be happier, and you will lower your stress and risk of body or brain disease.

You may think “it’s all about me” is selfish. But consider this: Other people benefit from your “YOU time,” too. When you do things that feed and strengthen you physically, mentally and emotionally you will bring greater patience and a more positive attitude to your relationships. When you are strong, fit, well and happy with yourself and your lot in life this will benefit others too. Every spouse should have an energetic partner in life, every child deserves a happy parent; every boss would rather have a fit and healthy employee. Don’t think of this as a “selfish” project, after all, it’s for YOU. The person who will benefit from it is you, and yes, you are special and important. So, focus on you…you’re worth it!

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INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL) OPTIONS The lens in our eye is responsible for 25-30 percent of the eyes focusing power. The natural lens is removed when patients have cataracts, injury to lens, or wish to be glasses-free. Once the natural lens in the eye has been removed, the eye loses its ability to focus light and images clearly onto the retina. Before the development of artificial lenses, hard contact lenses or very thick eyeglasses were the only options for correcting vision after cataract surgery. Artificial intraocular (within the eye) lenses were developed in the early part of the 20th century. Dr. Harold Ridley implanted the first artificial lens in 1949 in London. He noticed that Perspex was inert in the eye, after seeing RAF (Royal air Force) pilots of World War II with pieces of shattered canopies in their eyes. Since the 1970s, cataract surgery techniques and artificial lenses have continued to evolve and develop. Artificial lenses are made of inert (or non-reactive) materials, such as PMMA, silicone, and acrylic. Just like natural lenses, artificial lenses have refractive power, or the ability to bend light, which helps to focus light rays and images on the retina. Because of this refractive power, it is now possible to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness with artificial lenses. A consultation with an Ophthalmologist will guide the patient as to what choices are suitable. Taking into consideration eye health, vision and lifestyle. Traditionally with cataract surgery, the lens is removed and replaced with a monofocal lens that corrects the patients’ vision for distance focus (most will need glasses for reading). Occasionally a patient will request to be made nearsighted (usually have a job that requires close-up work) and have glasses for distance. The axial length and the corneal curvature are essential measurements to predict the correct lens power of an intraocular lens. This measurement is called a biometry and needs to be done prior to surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL’s) 1. How are Multi or Trifocal IOLs different from the single focus IOLs? Single focus IOLs are fixed-focus lens implants that are designed to provide good distance vision. The new lens design creates multiple focal points, so patients can see well at varied distances. Multifocal and Extended Depth IOL’s offer a greater independence from glasses after cataract or clear lens extraction surgery. 2. Could I be a candidate for a Multi or Tri focal lens? If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and/or presbyopia you can be eligible. However, eyes must be healthy and not afflicted with severe diabetic retinopathy, uncontrolled glaucoma, or advanced macular degeneration. 3. What if I’ve already had RK, LASIK or another eye surgery? Can I get these lenses? Yes, you may still be a candidate. You will require additional testing such as corneal topography and corneal pachymetry to assist in proper lens calculation. 4. After receiving one of these Multi or Tri focal lOL, will I still need glasses at times?

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Most patients can conduct much of their daily activities without glasses, but results do vary. Circumstances where glasses were sometimes needed included night driving, reading very fine print, and poor light or contrast of print.

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5. Is there an adjustment period or side effects after surgery? It can take one to 12 weeks for the brain to learn to ‘see’ up close and distance with the new lens. Some people report halos or glare around lights. For most, this issue diminishes over time. However, for some, it never completely goes away. More people report that the ability to see near and far greatly outweighs any visual side effects associated with these IOLs.

8. How do I know if I am a candidate? Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for these new IOLs. These questions with a YES or a NO answer will provide some indication of whether you might be a candidate for premium lenses. If you have said yes to all the boxes above, then you may be a candidate.

6. Will I require additional eye surgeries after a Multi or Tri focal lOL While the goal is to treat your nearsightedness, farsightedness, loss of focusing power, and cataract all at once, it is possible that additional procedures, such as LASIK, may be required to reduce astigmatism, fine-tune your vision, and meet your expectations. Consult with your doctor and surgeon to make sure you understand the issues associated with these lenses and what additional procedures might be indicated to ensure your ultimate satisfaction.

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BY JODI BRYANT

A vivid, thoughtprovoking mural to now grace a formerly decrepit wall in downtown Whangarei has been taking passers-by on a mesmerizing visual poetic journey.

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rtist Olivia Garelja has been working on the project, commissioned by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) outside their Water St premises, for the last six weeks and, against the odds during the middle of winter, completed it last week. “Passers-by have been so supportive and open to discuss the mural out of interest from the beginning, what it was developing into and to find out more about the process… to get it to the stage it is now,” comments Oliva. “It has become, from my perspective, an educational piece that tells a powerful story at a time where, as a nation, we are starting to look at preservation and full circle outcomes.” After moving from Auckland, Olivia, 30, through a connection at Creative Northland, was provided with the opportunity to submit a mural concept for selection. “I feel humbled to have been selected to be able to give meaning to this wall that speaks a larger message about our surroundings and realistic goals to be reminded of for years to come. A message that is so pertinent: ‘If the sea is well, If the land is well, the people will thrive’.” Public favourites have included the bee on manuka, Kiwi, Red-band gumboots, flying tui and the ocean scene. The original concepts considered existing photographs that NRC own that Olivia was able to knit together and propose a blended overall scene. The wall itself, created several challenges; being in a neglected state, jutting out in places and south-facing. “This posed a new way of thinking about murals and ways around making it work and be long-lasting. Luckily my (Matarau-based) home studio is a large shed as it allowed me to paint on separate panels without the constraints of weather and at any time, so many nights I was singing and painting myself through the evening,” says Olivia.

NEGLECTED TOWN WALL COMES TO LIFE She says the project has taken around 120 hours within six weeks from sign-off to completion, around her full-time work as a sign writer. “It’s been a bit crazy-busy, but in the best way possible. I have been able to reign in support from some beautiful people around me.” A self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to art, Olivia has always been fascinated with artistic exploration and recalls, from the age of four, ‘destroying myself emotionally if I was to go over the black outline’ of a colouring book. Aged eight, Olivia attained first place for painting her rendition of the newly-published book Nickety Nacketty Noo Noo Noo by Joy Cowley and Tracey Moroney. She achieved a scholarship to attend AUT and do Graphic Design, where she also studied photography, later photographing many large events around Auckland before embarking on a career in IT as a back-up to her creative side.

“I feel humbled to have been selected to be able to give meaning to this wall that speaks a larger message about our surroundings and realistic goals to be reminded of for years to come.“ “The last 10 years have actually made me further realise my passion and creative skill that I shouldn’t ignore. I was able to offer the IT industry something unique that allowed me to realise the potential of a creative person within these jobs. In saying this, I have come back full circle to a creative-based industry to further support my skills as a creative where I work as an artist after-hours and on the weekends currently.”

Olivia says, she ‘truly loves it here’ in the ‘amazing creative community of Whangarei’ and is able to regain at least two hours of her life per day by not sitting in traffic. With the completion of the NRC project, Olivia will now focus on some exciting murals she is painting from her studio, for Rainbow’s End, where she formerly worked as their full-time mural artist. She also has plans for a solo exhibition, along with several smaller works, including a mural for a Hospice shop in Auckland. “This (NRC) work has been quite different to my other work and I was able to develop a visual poetic narrative across the wall incorporating detail of thought into cultural importance and visual significance. It has been a pleasure to work with NRC to get greater understanding of outcomes that are key and significant to their work throughout the region. It evolved to include multiple focus points and stories that one can take from it.” While there are always hours that can be spent perfecting scenes, Olivia says it’s also important knowing when to put down the brush and celebrate the achievement and seeing viewers’ reactions reflect how uplifting the work is for her as an artist. Viewers’ reactions have included parents with their kids figuring out geographical locations on the Northland map and Olivia says it has been great to see people off their devices, talking and pointing to the parts of the painting while they wait for their Domino’s Pizza from nearby or taking time out from the markets. “Many are amazed at the level of detail and movement on the wall. Some have said they find areas very mesmerizing, which was humbling to hear, as it just showed the various level of details were being noticed and they were able to speak more to viewers taking them on a visual poetic journey.”

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PACKARD MOTOR MUSEUM – VEHICLE OF THE MONTH

1940 Packard Club Coupe

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very smart looking car in our New Packard Shed is our dark green 1940 Packard Club Coupe. This car was imported by Graeme Craw from the USA and therefore is one of our left-hand drive vehicles. By 1940 the Packard Motor Corporation completed a four-year expansion program making the Packard manufacturing complex the biggest in America; a 3.5 million square foot compound sprawling across 35 acres. This expansion allowed the company to step into a new market and produce a range of midpriced cars. These medium-priced cars helped bolster Packard’s recovery from the lower volume sales of the Depression.

The new line of 1940 cars were designated as the 110, the 120, the 160 and the 180 and were available in the following body styles: a business coupe, a club coupe with two auxiliary rear seats that could be folded away, a touring sedan, a club sedan, a convertible coupe or a convertible sedan. These vehicles were built with all steel bodies. These cars were rated high in the fun category as they were great to drive, solid, powerful and reliable. The design of the business coupe and the club coupe took on a sportier look than the more sedate styling of the sedans. The 110 was fitted with a six cylinder, 245 cu.in, 100 hp engine but the 120 was powered by Packard’s standard

eight cylinder, 120 hp, 282 cu. In. engine. The two ‘senior’ models were driven by 160hp ‘super-eight’ motors. 1940 was the first year Packards were fitted with air-conditioning (an industry first) and

from 1935 onward, these vehicles were manufactured with independent front suspension. 1940 also saw the Packards fitted with safety glass windows as a standard. In 1940, the 120 Club Coupe sold for $1095.00.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless

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nother month gone, daylight earlier in the morning and it’s great for my

between 30 to 40cm. Evenings are fishing better than during the day and Whangarei harbour’s

weekend 6.30am walks around Beach Rd Onerahi. Regardless of the weather, the harbour is beautiful and always interesting; birds, fish activity, stingrays

eastern bays have also fished quite well at times in the evening. Baits and small softbaits are working well off the shore, a few kahawai are also being caught.

cruising so shallow, their wingtips are coming out of the water. Then there are the many things that come ashore with the tide like the very large

Bigger snapper are mostly still a bit scarce in close, the exception is fishing off the rocks where there is plenty of foul and a good surge, big baits, whole piper and small squid fished

porcupine fish I found recently. Over many, many years of fishing, I’ve seen many of these fish washed ashore but most measure about 20cm - this one was nearly 35cm. It’s an

without sinkers is very effective. The snapper in the Bay of Islands have been a bit slow in close but some good limit bags have been taken at the Black Rocks. It’s worth a look.

interesting fish; the many spines on its body and head are poisonous and permanently erect, it’s skin and intestines are also poisonous and, when threatened, it can inflate itself to the size

Out of Whangarei, some good snapper fishing reported from out in front of the Ruakaka and Waipu river mouths and out further toward Three Mile Reef over the sand will be worth

of a large football hopefully making itself too large to swallow. Larger specimen should be handled with care as they have strong jaws and are capable of biting off fingers.

a look. Softbaits and lures can be lots of productive fun, slow drifting is a good way to find the fish and, if you have a bigger boat, Hen Island and the Chicks are fishing ok for snapper

I have reports of a few snapper being caught around the entrances of many of our northern harbours - no monsters, but nice eating fish

also. If you are really keen, then the Mokohinau Islands snapper fishing has been pretty good. Tight Lines

John with the big porcupine fish that he found washed up on Beach Rd

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The transition to EVES has been seamless due to the commitment of our team and the support of the wider EVES business. We would like to thank you – our clients and our community – for trusting us and letting us show you that we are still the same team, providing the same top-notch service. We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to being even more ‘Exceptional. Every day’.

As a well-respected leader in the real estate industry, we understand that real estate can be stressful - whether you’re selling, buying or trying to find the right tenants. We aim to alleviate that stress. Our proven record of success spans decades and our team includes some of New Zealand’s most respected and successful managers, salespeople and property managers. We’re also backed by passionate auctioneers, a talented in-house marketing team and a dedicated training team. We’re innovative and respected, and want to give everyone who deals with us the best possible real estate experience. We work hard to get results - and it’s our dedication that makes us stand out from the competition.

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12 TRAPS for

beginners

Colour expert and stylist Megan Harrison-Turner warns of what not to do when starting out. 1. Using a standard ceiling white with a neutral colour scheme. If you are using a colour off the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection on your walls, use a paler version of it on the ceiling, and not a standard white. 2. Leaving skimpy skirting in natural wood or painting them an accent colour. If you have a small skirting (so not a decorative villa or bungalow-style skirting) paint it the same colour as the wall, but in a higher gloss level. It will appear slightly paler as the gloss reflects more light, but it won’t draw attention to itself.

Resene Albescent White over Resene Anagylpta wallpaper with accents in Resene Desperado. Project by Gem Adams. Photo by Wendy Fenwick.

Spring

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3. Highlighting skirting boards and scotia when the room has a low or standard ceiling height. This will create two horizontal lines, which sandwich the walls and makes the room feel smaller and the ceiling lower.

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Resene Apple Blossom and Resene Wax Flower with accents in Resene Woodland and Resene Gingko. Project by Gem Adams. Photo by Wendy Fenwick.

4. Ditto for a wardrobe door. It’s a door so there’s no need to draw attention to it. Wrap the room in one colour and it will appear more seamless, allowing your eye to rest on the more interesting aspects of a room. 5. Choosing too many colours for a space. Keep your colour palette under control. 6. Choosing a bright colour from a small paint chip. Use a Resene testpot. Look at the colour painted in the biggest size you can in the room and with all the furnishings. Paint the colour on a piece of card and prop it up behind the sofa, hold it next to the curtains, check it with the carpet. Do this in both the day

Resene Black White and Resene Nero, with shades of grey in Resene Gravel, Resene Delta and Resene Atmosphere. Project by Megan Harrison-Turner. Photo by Melanie Jenkins.

and night light. Colour can do strange things to a space. A seemingly intense enough beige/ neutral can wash out to nothing on an exterior house wall that’s blasted by the sun. And a green can be overpowering in a room when the colour is bounced back on itself from the walls.

painted in a Resene testpot on various sides of the house to test your colour.

7. Displaying everything. Collections

11. Choosing an exterior colour

are wonderful. So are heirlooms and treasures from your travels. But don’t try and

scheme using two neutral variations that sit next to each other on the

show them off all at once. Visually it’ll be so busy there will be nowhere for the eye to rest.

chart. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule but, more often than not, the wall and

Change the displays with the seasons. Bringing them out of storage will feel like being reuniting

Mixing white and a colour brings out the truth

its non-coordinating flaws. Paint is easy and

trim colours look much better if they are two clicks away from each other, not just one. So,

with long lost friends and your room will look better too.

in a colour, so a pastel will pop (or scream) against white.

affordable to change so if the scheme doesn’t work with future flooring, just break out the

use Resene Double Sea Fog on the cladding, and Resene Half Sea Fog on the trims (not

paint brushes.

straight Resene Sea Fog).

8. Painting all the walls white until

9. Creating a colour scheme that

you renovate or ‘just while the kids are young’. If you are choosing white walls,

ignores the existing flooring because it will be changed in a year or three. It’s

10. Choosing too light a colour for an exterior. Natural light, especially in this part

12. Changing your mind. For your budget’s sake, stick with the plan once you have made it.

be sure you have fabulous furniture. White will silhouette the furniture in a way no other colour

better to choose wall colours that work with the not-so-favourite flooring. This will make

of the world, will knock back the intensity of any colour, so err on the side of a darker or more

Do your homework then trust yourself. Changing your mind about the tiles or the layout of the

will. Creams or taupe are far more forgiving.

it disappear instead of drawing attention to

saturated shade. Always view a large sample

bathroom will cost extra time and money.

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Q&A with Dean McGonagle, Platinum Homes Northland

BUILDING A NEW HOME When is the best time to make personal selections on my new home?

Dean McGonagle is the owner of Platinum Homes Northland and has been involved in every aspect of the building trade from small renovations and additions, large coastal homes, light and heavy commercial. Dean particularly enjoys the residential build side of the industry as it entails dealing directly with the homeowner while working towards achieving their desired build in a designed partnership process.

The same process applies to items like the floorcoverings. The selections are, not

RECAP FROM LAST MONTH’S Q&A

All building companies or individual builders will have different systems they follow for helping clients select their final ‘personal choices’ such as kitchen design, floorcovering selections, exterior cladding, roof style, colour etc. Some clients/architects will already have completed this stage before approaching a building company, so it allows the builder to get quotes reflecting the client selections. At Platinum Homes Northland, we provide inhouse personalised assistance to help finalise these selections as part of your specifications. From my experience, personal selections are best carried out after the building contract has been signed as this coincides with the

Last month we really drilled down on contracts with their terms and conditions,

Milestone payments have, for many years in the industry, created friction

guarantees and the milestone payment procedure under the Construction

around fairness. The new Construction Contracts ACT now provides this fairness

Contracts ACT. We discussed the necessary steps you should follow, such

for both sides. It is important that the building company provides you with

as involving a trusted advisor to review on your behalf. Commonly the trusted advisor

examples of what you might expect to see when receiving a payment schedule and

would be a solicitor. We mentioned thoroughly investigating

what your processes are once provided with one.

the guarantees the building company or individual builder uses to provide security

Happy building! And remember, it is very important that you do your homework and

for your financial investment and the quality/ longevity of the home once completed.

choose the right building company to look after your new home investment.

only about what floorcoverings are chosen, but also the final areas of where the different floorcoverings will go. You have many different floorcoverings to choose from – carpet, tiles, timber floor, exposed concrete etc, and how these will all work in together is part of your colour consultation. Because these choices can vary greatly, there is the need for the allowance figure again in your contract specifications. In summary: So… ask the designer, builder or building company before signing up, what their processes are in helping you determine your final selections, especially in relationship to your budget. It is key to getting this step right.

period during which the structural drawings and engineering are being completed. This

It is also important to remember that the majority of clients are working towards a

in many ways, the most likely is that the building company has a kitchen manufacturer

Be aware of all allowances in your contract and make sure they are reasonable and fair. Be

allows time while it goes through the building consent process. This is the fun part and

budget, so ensuring selections are made prior to construction starting, enables the client to

they often use and they provide guidelines to help with accurate allowances.

aware that a variation on that allowance can go up or down depending on your final personal

doesn’t need to be rushed, it’s the time for you to focus on those personal choices that will

have confidence they will meet their budget and reduce the risk of wasting time and

It is hard to get a fixed price for a kitchen when there are so many variables.

choice. Also, this can be another step in your

make your home unique to you. We have also found this speeds up the time it takes to get

potential friction.

To explain this further, let’s say the floor plan has been finalised, meaning it has been signed

decision-making process of ‘choosing the right building company’ to build your new home.

underway with the build of your new home. I have found the benefits of attention to

This brings me to the next question: What are allowances and variations

off by the client. The floor plan, for example, will show where the oven, cooktop or fridge

detail at this stage invaluable and it helps create less regrets. If the clients can get 100

and how does this relate to personal choices?

will be positioned. However, until the kitchen manufacturer better understands your wishes

per cent of what they want before the build starts, it makes a smooth build process.

There may be some allowance items placed in your contract. A good example of this is the

like pot drawers verse cupboards, benchtop style and the like, they are unable to provide a

Everything is decided ahead of time.

kitchen. Allowance figures can be determined

fixed price to your builder.

Next month Dean will discuss: What is a construction schedule? What specific quality control methods does my builder carry out to ensure the quality of my home?

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Nigel loves the Far North and all that it has to offer. As a local living in the wider Kerikeri area he is very familiar with the whole of the Far North region. If you are looking to build a new home or purchase some land to start the process then call Nigel today. We have standard plans as well as the facility to draw personalised plans.

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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TIPS TO REDUCE SNORING Does your partner keep you awake at night? Here are five top tips to reduce snoring. Snoring can cause broken sleep and tension between couples, often resulting in one person sleeping in a separate room due to the noise.

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noring is a common problem that occurs when air doesn’t move freely through your nose and throat, causing the surrounding tissue to vibrate. However, snoring doesn’t have to be a nightmare – there are things you can do to help reduce it. Here are our top five tips for reducing snoring: 1. Change positions Snoring is worse when you lie on your back. Try sleeping on your side. If you’re worried about rolling onto your back during the night,

use a full-length pillow as a prop to keep you on your side. You could always try sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pyjama top to prevent you rolling onto your back. 2. Lose weight Being overweight can make your snoring worse. It increases the chance of fat tissue pushing down on your throat, therefore making your snoring worse. 3. Avoid alcohol Drinking alcohol makes snoring worse as it relaxes your airway muscles even more than usual. The more you drink, the worse your snoring may be. 4. Stop smoking

We all know smoking is bad for your health in general, but it’s also bad for snoring. It damages your heart, lungs and causes nasal congestion, which increases snoring. 5. Replace your pillows Allergens such as dust mites and pollen can irritate your airways and make your snoring worse. Make sure you buy new pillows every six months (dust mites live in pillows) and keep

your bedroom (and house) sparkling clean. If you or your partner’s snoring is still a problem, ear plugs can help minimise the sound. Still snoring or getting worse? If the problem persists or you have any symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea such as daytime sleepiness, long pauses in your breathing or waking up frequently for no reason, please visit your doctor.

Here at Beds R Us Whangarei, we’re all about helping Northlanders sleep better to live better. We are specializing in beds and mattresses. It’s our core business and we know it better than anyone. Most importantly, we’ve learned how to guide our customers through the purchase process to find their dream bed simply and enjoyably.

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF SKIN CANCER INSURANCE? I plan to be sitting under an awning on my patio this summer and I have worked out that the cost of the awning is actually a skin cancer Insurance.

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et’s talk a bit more about your insurance options. Frazerhurst are Northland’s exclusive stockists of Weathermaster Kona awnings and for

my insurance money they tick all the boxes. Weathermaster’s worldwide search for the best solutions for New Zealand conditions

SOME OPTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER Pitch Control for Kona awnings is an optional adjustment function that allows you to vary the pitch of the awning from -5˚ to -40˚ to better control shade.

Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst For those days when you’re not home, you can

brings you a range of innovative heavy-duty awnings. The Weathermaster Kona folding arm awning is purpose- built for patios, terraces and decks.

also have added insurance with a wind, sun, or motion sensor or have it programmed for certain times of day.

Up to seven metres wide, with a possible projection of up to four meters, robust folding arms support the awning completely. Made to

there is also a comprehensive five-year warranty! You will love the fabric quality and choice

your specifications, this awning adds style and comfort to outdoor living areas. Just so you never have to leave the lounger, you can have your awning motorised with full

of colours and designs. One hundred per cent Solution Dyed Acrylic. Water Resistant

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Enjoy relaxing outside on your deck Enjo or patio p this summer – beneath the cool comfort of a Weathermaster coo Kona Folding Arm Awning!

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Rain Hood for Kona is a stylish accessory that will provide improved fabric protection from the elements and extend the life of your awning’s fabric.

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Are you planning for summer yet? No pressure, but you should be. Call into the Frazerhurst Showroom at 146 Lower Dent St Whangarei and view your options.

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TIPS

FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS

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truggling to get on the property ladder and feeling fed up? You’re not alone. Real Estate Authority (REA) research has found that more than half of all first home buyers – even the ones who successfully buy a property – find the process stressful and overwhelming. “We know it’s hard for people when they’re trying to buy their first home – it’s a complex legal process and a huge financial deal,” says REA chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith. “We want to empower them to feel more confident and in control when they’re making such a big decision.” 1. SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES You’ll already know that saving is a big part of getting ready to buy, but do you know what else you need to do? Getting financial advice from a qualified advisor could be a useful step in your planning. Owning a property means you’re responsible for all the maintenance and repairs – and for paying rates and insurance. Owning an apartment may also mean you need to pay

body corporate fees. These costs can be a bit of a shock to the system if you’ve rented for a long time. “It’s also a good idea to get conditional pre-approved finance arranged so you can move quickly when you spot a property you really like,” Lampen-Smith says. “Having conditional pre-approval lets you know the price range you can buy in and it shows agents and sellers that you’re a serious buyer. It’s also crucial if you’re planning to bid on a property at auction.” Don’t forget to explore ways that you might be able to get help from the government. There are various forms of assistance available if you’re a KiwiSaver member, buying in certain areas, want to buy a former Housing New Zealand property or are Māori and want to live on your ancestral land. 2. NEEDS VS WANTS Many first home buyers discover a big gap between what they’d like to buy and what they can afford when they first start looking. “Sit down and write a tight list of what your

BUYING

absolute must-haves are, then work out what you’re willing to compromise on,” LampenSmith says. If you’re thinking about pets and children arriving in the short-to-medium term, think about how these will change your needs. Will you need to be near to childcare or schools? Will you need a fenced property? “If you’re the sort of person who likes a good list, we’ve got a useful ‘researching the property’ checklist on settled.govt.nz that will help you keep track of all the questions to ask about a property. This is especially useful if you’re looking at more than one property at a time.” 3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Don’t let your desperation to find somewhere blind you to a property’s faults. “Do as much research as you can about a property,” Lampen-Smith says. “That means getting a lawyer on board to make sure all the paperwork is in order and to help you understand if there are any issues. We also recommend getting a qualified building inspector who has professional indemnity

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insurance to prepare a comprehensive report on the property.” If you’re worried about paying for this kind of report before you make an offer (due to a lack of time or funds), you can make them a condition of your offer. Remember that paying for good advice is an investment that will buy you more peace of mind than a quick onceover by a mate. 4. RECOGNISE YOUR LIMITS Buying a ‘doer-upper’ is a Kiwi tradition, especially for first-home buyers, but we’re not all blessed with the right skills. Factor this in before you make an offer on a ‘renovator’s dream’. “Be honest with yourselves about how much DIY you can really do, especially if you’ve got pets and kids,” Lampen-Smith says. “Getting professionals in to help will cost more, but it will also make the process faster. It may also be better in the long term when it comes to selling the property if any work has been done properly with the right consents.” For independent guidance and information on buying or selling, check out settled.govt.nz.

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HANDING OVER KEYS BRINGS SMILES ALL ROUND Cavern Homes Solutions’ past customers are often so proud of their new build, they are happy to open their homes for potential clients to walk through. BY JODI BRYANT “We find we don’t really need a show home, as such, as most of our clients are happy to show their houses off,” says owner Ken Dugdale. Ken has been in the building industry for 45 years and formed Mangawhai-based Cavern Homes Solutions six years ago. It soon became a multi-award winner, including gold in the Master Builders House of the Year – a feat Ken is super-proud of after designing the home himself. The team of six are all Northland locals, including Ken’s wife Karen, a qualified interior designer, who carries out all the interior and colour consultancy and retails carpet and tiles from the office. Foremen John and Paul, along with Ken, have a combined 90 years’ experience in the building industry and the team turn out around 12-15 quality homes a year all over Northland. A standard 250sqm build takes up to four and a half months from council approval to

handing over the keys and Cavern Homes gives a guarantee start and finish date with a promise of paid accommodation outside this estimate. Ken prides his business on their honest approach with no surprises at the end of the job. “What makes us stand out from other residential building companies, is we give a genuine fixed price, rather than an estimate, from the groundwork right through to the finish. That is our reputation – we stick to our price and that’s what puts us ahead of the others.” Examples of what is included in this price estimate are: the architect site visit, surveyor set out, geotech engineer compaction test


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labour, floor coverings, septic, water tanks and the post-build clean-up.

showers, free-standing bath, air conditioning, solar panel and Alexa voice system.

Pricing also includes construction insurance and a ten-year Master Build Guarantee, which

“Adding solar pays for the extra cost of air conditioning, keeping it warm in winter and

includes deposit protection. If customers want to make changes, given notice, it doesn’t cost

cool in summer – doing our part saving energy and looking after the environment,” adds Ken.

them an added admin fee. Cavern Homes also has inhouse geotech,

“Having voice and phone control of lights, appliances, air con and tv is a marvel if you

structural and foundation engineers, and with no franchise fees, these elements also help

have arthritis. Alexa will also record your shopping list, just like a personal assistant.”

keep the price low. Cavern Homes build a range of plans

Homeowners are welcome onsite during the build and the team are in constant

varying from their popular brick and colour steel roof three-bedroom, with a family room

communication throughout the process. Photos of each major stage are taken, along with a

and separate lounge, to large homes valued at up to two million. But it’s not restrictive;

video walk-through if the owners are based out-of-town.

customers can choose any cladding they wish, adapt plans or bring in their own.

So, what has kept Ken in the industry thus long?

“We build to the specifications of the owner,” says Ken. “Customers come to us with

“It’s putting a smile on peoples’ faces at the end of the job. I love going over the ideas with

plans and ideas and we take it from there. It all depends on their budget and what’s going to

them, right down to their landscaping and just working with them as a team. Seeing their eyes light up, as we hand over the keys, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

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RENOVATING a bathroom is unlike any other room in the house.

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Because it is water-prone and gets a lot of traffic, you need to ensure

BRICK BEAUTIFUL If you’re drawn to exposed brick,

the bathroom is, not only functional, but meets the demands of a room

patterned floor rug and towels. Romantic and sensual, whether your bathroom goal is to achieve that French country, shabby chic or modern and fresh bathroom, a soft colour palette will quickly create that relaxing atmosphere. Choose colours that reflect the luxe appeal. Silky, lilac/mauve colours are expressed in

to a marble-themed bathroom,

Resene Essence and Resene I Do. For lush peachy almost nude pinks,

this can work well in an industrial or chic style bathroom. Working with

while copper, brass or gold fixtures add warmth, class and style. Play

go for Resene Sazerac or Resene Just Right. Try Resene Half Surrender

which is used on a daily basis. The bathroom is a well-used room,

exposed brick will create a warm feel and enhance your décor. You may

around with marble tiling styles, sizes, colours and arrangements:

or Resene Concrete for silvery hues. “The use of paler colours, larger

however the actual time we spend there can be quite short for many

opt to have just one or two walls of brick to set an accent and paint the

herringbone, oversized squares, delicate hexagon-shapes, subway

wall tiles, decorative detailing and large mirrors make bathrooms

of us. Aim to create a room which induces memories and tickles your

rest of the walls white to soften the colour palette. If you like the look of

“Bathroom trends still favour the use of whites, but soft pastel

tiles. And don’t forget structural details including your bathroom door.

appear larger and lighter than they might actually be. Using an interior

senses, and you may find yourself relaxing in the bathroom a little longer

bricks but not the colour, paint over it. Distressed white brick wall adds a

watery toned grey, blue and greens are being used more often as well,

Indoor/outdoor If a memory transports you to a place that brings

designer who is skilled in bathrooms can be of great help as they know

than usual. “Painting a bathroom needs to

touch of class. “Exposed brick walls are porous.

such as Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, Resene Half Emerge, Resene

a smile to your face such as a tropical holiday, you can transform

just how to utilise space well and are up to date with newer fittings and

take into account the unique function of the room and its close proximity

If they are not sealed prior to painting, a lot of paint can be absorbed into

Half Gull Grey and Resene Quarter Frozen.”

your bathroom to make you feel like a world away. The ingredients to

fixtures, lighting and heating.” You can add romantic charm to a

to steam, water and a myriad of soapy products. A tougher type

the surface. Use Resene Sureseal pigmented sealer over-exposed brick

Natural texture reveals itself through the use of wood; reclaimed

bathroom therapy are earthy colours of green, grey and blue. Try Resene

neutral-coloured bathroom with the addition of pastel colours in the form

of paint that can tolerate all that a bathroom throws at it is required.

or any porous surface in a bathroom situation. It hardens the surface so

wood features, solid wood beams, sliding door, shelving and wooden

Half Eskimo, Resene Breathless, Resene Breeze or Resene Half

of decoration including a vase of flowers, bathroom towels, floor rugs

Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom waterborne

that any topcoats of paint can’t be absorbed into it.”

bath caddy. If you’re feeling creative and like

Tasman. Plants will help to create ambience. You can’t go wrong with

and wall art.

enamel or Resene Lustacryl Kitchen & Bathroom waterborne semi-gloss,”

Wood is a good go-to material that complements a brick accent and

the idea of playing with dark and light colours, a monochrome theme can

oversized plant pots with a towering large leafy plant or tree, hang plants

BRIGHT AND BOLD Be brave and add a bold colour

says Carolyn Atkinson, Resene online colour consultant.

creates a modern look.

be dramatic and alluring if done well. Think: black wall paint broken up with

from the ceiling at varying heights and if you’re prepared to go all out, a

statement to your bathroom. Painting the ceiling is just one way to achieve

“These products have a finish that contains extra anti-bacterial silver

SIMPLE AND RUSTIC A modern rustic theme is a favourite in

a half wall of white subway tiles which leads to a stunning black geometric

plant wall will be a standout piece. Wood, pebbles and concrete

this effect. “Bright and bold colours that are

and fungicides to resist bacteria and mould. The surfaces will need

homes and retail spaces everywhere. It’s easy to achieve a minimalist style

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being favoured are Resene Red Red Red, Resene Golden Tainoi, Resene

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such as an upholstered chair,

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Shine a little light

in homes, integrated with other modern

the floor around the bath to illuminate it.

technology, including heating and security as well as state-of-the-art sound systems.

Always make sure that the lights in your bathroom can be dimmed according to the

What’s more, operating these systems is no longer a case of flicking a switch. These days,

occasion. Bedrooms also need multiple light sources - especially mood lighting, and a

wireless lighting keypads are a style statement in themselves, coming in a range of colours and

mix of central light bedside lamps and even floor lamps can be used in varied ways for

finishes, including matte and gloss. The kitchen generally has the most

different times of the day or even the year. A popular alternative to stand-alone bedside

comprehensive needs in terms of lighting and it goes without saying that task lighting is an

lamps at present, is to have a pendant light hanging above each bedside table. Because

integral element of your plan. You’ll probably find yourself using a combination of light

we expect such versatility from our living areas these days there are many possible

sources, perhaps with a spectacular pendant as the main focal point, track lighting over the

combinations when it comes to lighting and it very much depends on the style of home

bench and island then soft, under-cabinet lighting to create atmosphere.

you live in, the amount of space you have to light up and even the age and stage of your

If you have cabinets with clear glass doors, or even open shelving for displaying

family. In new homes, simple downlights can be sufficient for basic lighting while standing

attractive items such as glassware or crockery, consider installing lights above to

lights, wall sconces and even lights to highlight artwork, all combine to bring about a pleasant

illuminate your treasures. LED strip lighting is ideal for this purpose.

atmosphere. In terms of materials trends in the lighting

In lighting, like so many other parts of life today, technology is bringing huge changes.

just say what you need and we can make it happen.”

In the bathroom, there are lots of new options to consider and the days of a bare bulb

market, Jake Henderson says that while an industrial vibe is still popular with homeowners,

While he didn’t actually invent electric light, Thomas Edison certainly did come up

In terms of new advances, Henderson says that LED lighting is among the most exciting.

hanging on a wire, from the ceiling, are well and truly over. Again, allowing for task lighting is

the edges have softened somewhat. “We’re seeing a lot of organic materials such

with the first viable, relatively long-lasting lightbulbs and today’s innovators continue

“What can be achieved is honestly only limited by your imagination,” he says. “There’s

your key to design success. Shaving, cleaning your teeth and applying

as leather, cane and even crocheted shades, which are all textures of nature. Raw metals like

to improve upon his discoveries. Jake Henderson is an Auckland lighting

even LED illuminated wallpaper, which I think is pretty amazing.”

makeup and even putting contact lenses in, then taking them out, are all activities that

brass and copper are also coming through.” Henderson says that the range of lighting

designer at Firefly Light and Design in Devonport. He says that while some clients

LED (light-emitting diode) has been developed as an efficient, energy-saving

require good lighting. Sconces either side of the mirror are one option, or lighting fixed

that’s available these days is so extensive people can feel a bit overwhelmed.

want all the smart features, such as the ability to turn lights on and close blinds via a

alternative to traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs. LED bulbs last for over 50,000

to the wall above it can work well. You don’t want directly overhead lighting in this situation

“That’s why lighting designers help them make the right choices and work closely with

smartphone app on the way home from work, others require a more simple strategy.

hours, using around 85 per cent less electricity, which is quite a staggering difference.

because it will probably be too harsh. LED strip lighting can be very effective in bathrooms too

clients, finding out exactly what they need for their own home in terms of task lighting and

and an emerging trend is to set up-lights into

overall effect.”

“There are so many options now - you

LED lighting is now playing a big part

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replace the existing window frames. Retrofit double glazing is the process of replacing your single glazing with double glazed units. The process is quick and unobtrusive. Benefits of double glazing Good double glazed windows: • can halve heat loss through windows • significantly improve thermal comfort in your home • reduce external noise • reduce or remove condensation build-up in cold weather. • boost energy efficiency – save money on power and gas

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retrofit double glazing. Once double glazing is installed, you will never

window heat loss by about 20 per cent to 30 percent, compared to double glazing

need to upgrade again and are adding substantial value to your home.

Double glazing is a way of creating an insulating gas layer - either normal air or

Checklist for double glazing For best performance, look for the following:

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special heavy gases - between two panes of glass. It lets in as much sunlight as single-

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within the framework no matter what the shape is. There’s no need to install new

glazed windows but is better at holding in heat. Double glazing is standard in most new

resin section in the centre of the aluminium joinery or frames made from an insulating

steel (instead of aluminium) - these spacers separate the glass panes to

expensive joinery, hire builders or get council consent.

houses but it’s also worth installing in existing homes if your existing windows require

material, such as uPVC or wood. These are less likely to attract condensation and will

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substantial repairs or replacing. If you need to prioritise, install double glazing to the main

lose less heat than windows with standard aluminium frames. Compared to standard

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

PLANTING UP A SEPTIC SYSTEM

– New Builds Or Reviving An Old System BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD

T

he two main reasons for putting plants on septic fields is to soak up excess wastewater and to absorb nutrients so they do not get into the ground

water and pollute our streams. Certain plants do this job better than others; they have a high transpiration rate, are fast growing, and are tolerant of damp soil. There are two common types of septic field; the first has dripper lines on the ground surface covered with a mulch. With this sort of system you can plant any of the grasses, shrubs and big trees that we suggest in our printout. The other system has underground

pipes with small seepage holes buried about 60cm below the ground surface. With this second sort of system, care has to be taken to put in the right type of plants. You need to avoid any trees that have masses of feeder roots as they can damage or block the seepage holes along the pipes. Your planting can be purely practical - made up of one or two plant species and planted quickly and cheaply or if your effluent field is going to be close to the house and quite visible, you can put a bit of thought and effort into it and get a great looking garden. One of our staff can help you with ideas to help tie the effluent field

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