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e were surprised to hear that Opua had been voted the most hospitable town in New Zealand. I think I could be safe in saying that most non-sea farers associate it with the car ferry to Russell. So, I decided to pay Opua a visit and give it the spotlight it deserves within these pages. I drove up one Sunday on a long weekend and ended up wishing it wasn’t just a day trip. Yes, it always helps peoples’ moods when the sun is shining, and this day was a beauty, but I got the feeling it is generally a very welcoming and happy place – hence their recent accolade. The place was humming and if I’d had the time, I would have happily parked up under a tree and people-watched; groups were piling off tour buses and heading towards waiting vessels and bike tours, families were unloading cars and packing their boats ready for a day on the water (a little envy crept in here), the wharf was lined with fisher (men, women and kids), the iconic general store had a constant flow, picnickers were lazing on the green, the café was a focal point, people smiled and called hello as they walked along the marina boardwalk and, of course, the car ferry queue snaked up the hill.

No wonder the international yachties feel so at home there and are in no hurry to return. But the hospitable quality must be contagious – or they too hail from hospitable countries – for I was welcomed onto their boats and offered a cold drink and even invited to join one couple on a boat trip to a winery. Oh, if only I’d allowed more time! I love hearing what brings yachties all the way to our country and how they find it – and in these cases it involved a lockdown. You can read their stories on pages 4 & 5. Also, we are celebrating the 140th anniversary of the A&P Show this month. Records of its earlier days are scarce but A&P chief executive Chris Mason has made some comparisons based on photos she’s found. With many events cancelled this year, this one is still going ahead and it’s got an exciting line-up for a fun, family day out! Happy reading, and until next month…


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Opua, the small settlement in the Bay of Islands, is often bypassed for the nearby bustling Paihia but was recently named most hospitable destination in New Zealand. Jodi Bryant hangs a right to see just how hospitable this town is.

pua, meaning ‘place of the flower’, is believed to have been named Newport in the original 1870s plans for the town. The well-known sailing haven is often the first port of call for tired sailors to make land after crossing the South Pacific and recently topped Airbnb’s latest local Hospitality Index for receiving the highest percentage of five-star guest reviews in the country in the year to June 2020. Opua resident James Remi is not surprised. Having grown up in the area but then living in Wellington, he returned earlier in the year and enrolled his kids at Opua School. “They love it,” he says. “It’s a friendly place and it’s really beautiful.” Opua School, established in 1886, has an easy-going policy of enrolling the children of overseas families moored in the bay for months at a time – making it a highly international school for a small community. Opua has an estimated population of 700 with a higher percentage of international residents. As well as being the first port where sailors can clear customs, it is a popular destination for cruising yachts owing to its sheltered, deep water anchorage at the 250-berth marina, along with the numerous marine facilities. The town centres around the marina, where there is a café, the Opua Cruising Club, hosting regular social events, a takeaway shop and a general store, which has been in operation for over 100 years, and the many marine services.


Opua locals James Remi and his kids Laura-Jane, 6, and James, 8 often fish off the wharf.

Opua is often described as a quiet alternative for exploring the Bay of Islands – apart from the Bay of Islands Sailing Week in January, the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, when the town hosts hundreds of guests. It's also renown for the Pou Herenga Tai/Twin Coast Cycle Trail to Kawakawa and walking tracks and beaches, flanked by bush-clad hills full of native birds, including kiwi. But it is probably more well-known amongst landlubbers for its car ferry across to Russell.

hen Audrey and Bruce Toal sold their ranch in Texas and set sail for New Zealand in 2018, they planned to spend several months here. But one year on, and out the other side of a kiwi lockdown, they are happily part of the community. Only it’s fraught with the uncertainty that any day they could be asked to leave. The couple are awaiting visa renewal and, if declined, being the cyclone season outside of New Zealand, their options would be to fly back and either leave their boat on the hard or ship it back. “We love it here but we’re all in this uncertainty that we could be asked to leave any day,” says Bruce. The couple had a horse ranch in Texas when they bought their boat Wild Orchid in San Diego. They spent two years travelling back and forwards preparing it for the journey. Then mid-2018, they sold the ranch, put their belongings in storage, drove the rest to the boat and set sail. Wild Orchid, named by Audrey for her love of the flower, is a 2010 58ft Beneteau Oceanis and one of the largest of its kind. Their plan was to make it to New Zealand in the first year where they’d spend the cyclone season (November 1-April 30). All was on track when lock-down happened. “Some (yachties) went to Fiji thinking they


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hen lockdown struck New Zealand, American couple Jeff and Molly Bolster purchased some groceries and sailed across to Urupukapuka where they spent 65 days of bliss in a bay combined with tramping and exploring. “It wasn’t a hardship at all,” says Molly, from their 1991 40ft Valiant Chanticleer moored in Opua. The keen sailors, from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had retired from their jobs; Jeff as a history university professor and Molly running a small non-profit using a traditional vessel as a classroom for local environment education. With the possibility of sailing around the world, their first-year plan was to reach New Zealand and ‘chill’ during cyclone season. “We sold our house, put our stuff in storage, gave our cat to our daughter and the plan was open-ended for a few years,” says Jeff. “Part of the plan was the expectation that it would be punctuated with the ability to fly home to see the kids,” explains Molly. “Which we did. And our daughter was here when lockdown started so she scooted home.” The couple have two children – a son, 28 and daughter, 31. Their daughter and her friend had been staying with them on their boat and were using her parents car to travel around the South Island, three weeks into a six-week holiday. “They were waiting to cross over on the Picton car ferry on the eve of lockdown and got stuck there. They flew back to California, leaving our car in Blenheim with a big-hearted bloke who owned a garage and we didn’t see them again,” Molly explains. “We retrieved the car ten weeks later! But it was all good in the end.”

Jeff and Molly Bolster on Chanticleer love it at Opua Marina.

In the bay where they spent lockdown, there was limited internet coverage. However, there was enough to receive snippets of news and the tramping kept them sane. “The first thing we did (after lockdown ended) was go to a restaurant in Russell – we were a little sick of our own cooking – and I went to the library. I’d run out of books and I love libraries. The Paihia library is a very special spot,” says Molly. The couple now spend their days, sailing, working on the boat, walking and biking trails. “The two trails are a divine asset. Just to be able to get off the boat and go for a two-hour walk like that is a feast for the eyes,” enthuses Molly, who has been enjoying the bird life. Their routine also includes going to the Old Packhouse Market in Kerikeri for coffee.

Like many of their marina neighbours, they too are feeling blessed to be where they are right now. “Here it is sane and safe and we come from a country that is insane and unsafe at this moment in history,” says Jeff. “All the yachties recognise that New Zealand has been welcoming and the people here have been really friendly and it’s just a great place. We feel lucky because we’re not feeling worried every day about getting sick. Back home, there is also a lot of anxiety and depression and fear. We think it was all handled very well in this country and most places have made a hash of it. “People here are just reasonable, they aren’t being jerks about it,” he said, adding that they both recently voted for their home elections, paying for a courier service. “It was quite expensive to get that little envelope back.” While they miss their friends and family back home, Jeff says, “At this moment in history, we’re actually pretty happy not to be there and that’s a sad thing to say. The thought of not wanting to be in our country right now is pretty disturbing. But, of course, the great concern for international yachties is how long Immigration New Zealand is going to allow the marooned yachties to stay. “Honestly, most of the yachties who are here, are just feeling incredibly appreciative. For the time being, we really appreciate the shelter from the storm and we’re all spending money and

Our People obeying the laws and trying to be good folks but that is the single cause of concern. “We’d all done these very long passages which is wearing on boats and Opua is known as the perfect place to fix your boat. You come in and you’ve been at sea for months or at these small islands where you can’t buy much and you get here and there’s just access to these refit services. The marine trades here in Opua are top-notch and it has a reputation that radiates out as far as the Caribbean. I’d been hearing about the Bay of Islands for 40 years – it’s known in international yachting circles.” Adds Molly: “New Zealand is the land of the vistas. It’s spectacularly beautiful and the people are welcoming and friendly. There’s a nice peace, whereas at home it’s always busy and hectic. And I think we buy into the outdoor activity, right up into the bungy jumping.” she laughs. Jeff: “I will say that with driving on the left on these twisted, tortured roads – we give a lot of credit to your road builders – they’ve put roads where there shouldn’t be roads!” “It’s a white-knuckle sport,” laughs Molly. The couple have made friends with their fellow yachties and shop owners and regularly dine at the local Marina Café and attend the club trivia night and watch the sailing races. “Opua doesn’t look like much on the map but it has everything you would want.”

"New Zealand is the land of the vistas. It’s spectacularly beautiful and the people are welcoming and friendly."

CONTINUED could return but we weren’t willing to take the risk so decided to stay put. We didn’t want to get stuck in a less developed area. We love it here, we really do, it’s a great place to be.” After spending 21 days on passage crossing the Pacific Ocean to get here, lockdown wasn’t too dissimilar. They spent the duration doing projects on the boat with Audrey undertaking virtual work-out classes and they utilised the nearby bike trail frequently. Post lockdown, they pulled the boat from the water and had it serviced, refit and refreshed, making use of marine services in Whangarei, Marsden Cove and Opua and have been using their car to access further afield hiking trails to continue enjoying the scenery. Audrey now attends bootcamps, along with Les Mills classes in Kerikeri, and they both enjoy frequenting the cafes and wineries. Bruce has also joined the Opua Cruising Club after members found them a small sailboat to borrow for races in exchange for some repair work to it. “I’d say we’re the luckiest of any of our friends anywhere during lockdown,” says Audrey. “This

Audrey and Bruce Toal sailed across from San Diego on Wild Orchid.

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nd… it’s the show’s 140th anniversary! The December 5 event, held at Barge Showgrounds, is an annual highlight and, unlike many other long-anticipated events this year, is going ahead to bring you an exciting line-up. A&P chief executive Chris Mason says, 140 years ago, the show held at Kensington, looked very different. “Photos portray ‘settlers’ in their long frocks and bonnets of the era, with all men wearing hats and many of the horses present being those the people travelled there on. The show seemed to be looked forward to by the country people as one of the chief days-off in the year! When you think of the difficulties the settlers at Whangarei faced, the problems they had to solve and the way in which they sometimes succeeded and sometimes failed, you can imagine that a good day out at the show would be a highlight on the social calendar.”

This year, as well as being jam-packed with animals of all shapes and sizes at every turn, there are tons of free family activities, demonstrations and performances. Some of the regular favourites will be returning, such as the Fresha Valley Susie Moo Show, haybale tractor rides, the Big Dig sawdust dig, mounted games, logger sports and wood chopping, highland dancing and, of course, the popular Farmyard Nursery and SPCA Petting Arenas. The Excavator Competition is always a great attraction and a turn with Doug the Digger is fun for all ages. Children can also have the chance to bottle feed a lamb or goat. There will also be bumper balls and a chance to ride the mechanical bull, along with bouncy castles, Catch-A-Fish, tea-cup rides and the traditional ‘laughing’ show clowns make a

return. Johnny’s Mobile Egg-Cup world is also coming to the show this year. There will also be a Polo X demonstration at lunch time in the Mounted Games Arena, plus vintage and classic cars and a display of tractors throughout the decades. The performance stage will be alive with action throughout the day, including Billy Black the Woolman, Sue & Bruce’s Christmas Feast, kapa haka, Whangarei District Brass Band and there will be chilled beverages in the Phathouse Brewery garden bar. “As well as our 140th celebrations, our target is always a great family day out. Children will have lots to see and do, including a visit to Santa’s grotto for a photo; Have-A-Go farming activities, joining in the fabulous Kumarani Circus workshops and Creative Northland and Whangarei Libraries’ ‘Be Inspired by Natural Fibres’. And we are delighted to welcome shearing back at the show after a long absence, as well as introducing a Cattle Breeds Expo,” Chris says. Trade sites are selling fast, with a good mix of old and new already booked. These include clothing, cars, tractors, machinery,

garden and home wares, food, giftware and treats. It isn’t too late to book but closing date is November 13. There will also be the great selection of coffee and food. Show Bags will again be given out for the first 200 people through the gate on the hour from 9am-1pm. Competitions are the heart of the show – not only in the animal rings where there will be sheep, dairy goats, horses and ponies competing for ribbons and trophies – but also in the Home Industry section where making, baking and creating are celebrated. Entries and schedules for the show and more information can be found online: www. whangareishow.co.nz

Chris says, according to the scarce records from earlier A&P Shows, one of the most hardfought competitions was a ploughing match which required the entrants to plough a quarter acre between 10am-3pm. “It was evidently a very tight timeframe for the task! “The basis of the show was essentially the same as it is today – competing for the rewards of excellence – be that a trophy or a special ribbon or medal; ‘showing-off’ the biggest and the best animals, performances, baking or crafts and sharing ideas and information to make Northland life a better place – all while socialising with other like-minded people. “The show of yesteryear and the show of today would not be possible without the many people who make it happen – from the Society Board members, volunteers, exhibitors and competitors - who all willingly give their time and energies to participate in the annual A&P Show.” The A&P Show provides a place for rural

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The second reaction is where damage occurs. A single sulfur hydrogen molecule will pair with three oxygen molecules creating S03, or what is known as a sulfate group. The protonated sulfate is known as Cysteic Acid. Cysteic acid then eats the protein out of the hair. In the case of chemical services, OLAPLEX works by pairing with the single sulfur hydrogen bond faster than the three oxygen molecules can. WHO IS OLAPLEX FOR? OLAPLEX is beneficial for all hair types. Whether your hair is Colour Treated, Texture Treated, Virgin or anything in between, it is damaged on a daily basis. OLAPLEX assists in both preventing that damage and repairing it, returning the hair to a virgin like state. OLAPLEX is compatible with all manufacturers chemical service products. Your hair is an investment, and the only accessory that you never take off. In fact, it’s the only thing short hort ou of plastic surgery that can change the way you feel about yourself. Everyone wants beautiful, healthy, manageable shiny hair and with OLAPLEX, that can become a reality! Need help in starting your OLAPLEX hair journey? Answer a few questions and get personalized recommendations for your hair routine at Xtreme Shampoo Shop & Salon.


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Your skin’s job is to look after you, protecting your body from the world outside (and it does a very good job!).


e know that the sun is the number one cause of ageing skin. It’s estimated to cause around 80 per cent of the signs of aging - ahh! It’s not just days at the beach, but regular daily exposure to UV over a lifetime that creates the most damage. That’s why using daily UV protection is the most important thing anyone can do to keep their skin healthy and looking its best. Your skin deserves the best protection, every day.

What actually is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and protects you from UVB Rays. The SPF measures how a sunscreen protects your skin in comparison to non protected skin. SPF 30 filters 97 per cent of UVB rays and SPF 50 filters 98 per cent UV rays. The most important part is to make sure you are wearing SPF daily and reapplying every 2.5 hours. UVA, UVB, UVC—what’s the difference? UVA stands for Ultraviolet A (Aging) and is a long wavelength ray that penetrates right into the skin's dermis layer and is associated with speeding up the skin aging process. UVA rays damage the cell’s DNA and cause long term damage and can contribute to looking older. They are out from the beginning of the day to the end with no lessening of UV strength. UVA can penetrate the clouds and through glass and because of this you don’t need the sun to be out to cause damage. Sunscreen is needed all year round (including winter!) regardless of whether the sun is out or not to protect your collagen, elasticity and skin. UVB stands for Ultraviolet B (Burns) and are a short wavelength ray that damages the outer layers of the skin causing sun burning and dark spots on the skin. UVB rays are only out when the sun is out as it cannot penetrate the clouds and is responsible for the “Tan”. While people think a tan is a healthy look, it is in fact the skin trying to protect itself from UVB radiation damage. UVB rays also play a big role in causing skin cancers and this damage can start from a young age and manifest as you get into your middle years. Being sun smart and using sunscreen helps protect from this. UVC stands for Ultraviolet C (Cancer) and are the shortest wavelength waves and the most dangerous. Luckily most UVC rays are so short they rarely reach the atmosphere and are absorbed by the ozone layer. However, with the ozone hole UVC rays are being filtered through in small amounts. UVC can also cause damage to the eyes, so don’t stare directly into the sun and get into a habit of wearing sunglasses!

Chemical v Physical sunscreens, what’s the difference? Chemical sunscreen absorbs into the skin and prevents sun damage. A physical sunscreen is made of minerals like Zinc and Titanium Oxide. It sits on top of the skin and reflects the UV rays. Both chemical and physical formulas are very effective sunscreens. Chemical sunscreen works well with those that are active and sweat while mineral sunscreens work well with people who have sensitive skin as Zinc helps with skin healing. Mineral sunscreens are also great for re-applying as they form an almost instant protection layer. So, why do I need to wear it even inside? Sunscreen should be part of your daily routine regardless of whether you spend a lot of time outside or not. Remember UVA rays can penetrate glass. That cup of tea by the kitchen window can be breaking down your collagen. Daily sunscreen use also protects skin from visible blue lights (from laptops, cell phones tablets and halogen lights), infrared (from heat sources like ceramic cooktops, fires). These sources penetrate deeper than UVA/B rays and speed up premature aging. I know I need SPF but I hate the stickiness of sunscreen on my skin! Help? There are many new generation sunscreens that are not thick and sticky, and it is very important to find a sunscreen that you feel comfortable to use. Mineral sunscreens like Skinsmiths Daily Defence Sheer SPF 30 from Caci is lightweight and sheer, giving you a strong SPF Protection without the sticky feeling. It’s great for re-applying as it is weightless and provides immediate protection. Not only does Skinsmiths Daily Defence Sheer protect against UV Rays, you have the added benefits of protecting the skin from blue light as well.

It should be specifically made for the delicate skin around the eye area as it can cause reactions around the eye. The best way to get SPF around the eye is an eye cream that has an SPF like Murad’s Essential C Eye Cream SPF 15 and wearing sunglasses. The dark circling some people get under the eye area is generally caused by microcirculation issues or thin skin rather than pigment from sun damage. What happens when you don’t wear SPF? Without SPF you will start to see uneven skin tone, dark spots and fine lines in your late 30’s, by the time you are in your mid 40’s you may start to see wrinkles from collagen and elasticity loss and dryness. And by the time you are in your early 50’s, lines will be deeper and skin will start to feel leathery with obvious collagen and elasticity loss. This is just the start, damage to the DNA of the cell will lead to pre-cancerous cells. We can manage this simply by wearing SPF daily!

Top sunscreen recommendations for different skin types: • Acne prone/oily - Oil-free light weight sunscreens are best suited for oily/acne prone skin. Look for mattifying benefits.

Sensitive - Mineral sunscreens work well for sensitive skin because the minerals help the skin to heal. Look for a sunscreen that has no fragrance and added soothing ingredients like Caci’s Skinsmiths Daily Defence Sheer that also soothes and calms with Liquorice Root Extract. Dry - Steer away from matte sunscreens and look for sunscreens with added hydration. Mineral sunscreens work well with dry skin as they create a natural radiance and a sheer tint does wonders to add a glow like Murad's City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50 available at Caci. Aging - Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product that you can get. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays with Vitamin E and added antioxidants to neutralise freeradical damage.

Want help choosing your SPF? Chat to the team at Caci on social media or in clinic during a free skin consultation.

WHAT ABOUT THE UNDER-EYE AREA? DOESN’T THAT NEED PROTECTION TOO? It is not recommended to put SPF under the eye area unless it has been ophthalmologist tested.

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One in seven people over 50 will get Macular Degeneration MD is the leading cause of severe vision loss. One in seven people over the age of 50 years is affected in some way and the incidence increases with age. One in four people over the age of 80 have some vision loss. What is Macular Degeneration (MD)? The macula is the central part of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina processes all visual images. It is responsible for your ability to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. You are reading this using your macula. Macular Degeneration (MD) causes progressive loss of central vision but peripheral vision is not affected. What are the types of MD? There are two types of MD - dry and wet. Dry MD results in a gradual loss of central vision. Wet MD is characterised by a sudden loss of vision caused by abnormal blood vessels growing under the retina. Immediate medical treatment of wet MD is essential if symptoms occur. What are the risk factors? Aside from increasing age over 50 years, MD is thought to be caused by genetic and environmental factors. If you smoke or have a family history of MD, your risk of developing the disease is much greater. Other risk factors include diet and lifestyle.

How can you tell if you have MD? Symptoms may include one or more of the following: • Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent • Difficulty reading or other activities that require fine vision • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision • Poor night vision • Decreased colour sensitivity

Normal vision

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

Blurred and distorted vision

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


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Feeling down in the dumps? Here’s what to do about it. Sarah is an internationally-certified Health and Lifestyle Coach, passionate about helping you live your best life - a life that’s healthier, happier, and way more fulfilling.


t’s easy to feel down in the dumps about life, in fact I’ve fallen into this trap a few times – when job opportunities didn’t work out, when relationships ended, or when my life looked different to my friend’s Instagram posts. But when I sat back and looked at each of these moments, I noticed I was feeling down because I was directing all my attention towards what was missing in my life, or not quite right about the situation. I noticed that focusing on what wasn’t, wasted precious time, mental capacity, and energy that could’ve been harnessed and directed towards making things better for myself. And this is extremely common for all of us. When life isn’t panning out exactly as you thought it would, you immediately jump to focusing on the negative elements. You fixate on the qualities you don’t have rather than the ones you do, the doors that are closed to you rather than the ones that are open and waiting, or on what someone lacks in your relationship rather than what they give.

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WHAT IS Hyperhidrosis? Sweating is normal. In fact, it’s essential: Humans need to sweat in order to regulate body temperature. But some people sweat much more than is needed.


yperhidrosis (hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis) is abnormally excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment. It stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands

▶ Botox and Excessive Sweating Botulinum toxin A (Botox), a nerve toxin that can temporarily paralyze muscle, is often in the news as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. But it has actually been used in many areas of medicine for some time, such as in the treatment of muscle spasms and certain types of headaches.

▶ Does hyperhidrosis go away with age? Hyperhidrosis is not something you outgrow. Contrary to popular wisdom, research shows that hyperhidrosis does not go away or decrease with age. In fact 88 per cent of patients say their excessive sweating has got worse or stayed the same over time.

▶ What causes hyperhidrosis? Eccrine sweat glands are particularly numerous on the feet, palms, face, and armpits. When your body is overheated, when you're moving around, when you're feeling emotional, or as a result of hormones, then nerves activate the sweat glands. When those nerves overreact, it causes hyperhidrosis. ▶ Does hyperhidrosis make you smell? When this fluid comes in contact with bacteria on the skin's surface, it produces a characteristic potent smell. Typically, people who suffer from primary hyperhidrosis (hyperhidrosis not related to another medical condition and not related to a medication being taken) do not have unusual problems with body odour.

Its latest medical niche is the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, which has received FDA approval. Botox injections use botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat. Retreatment is typically needed in four to six months, as the nerves regenerate. Over time, however, patients can go longer between treatments. The procedure is simple. Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area up to one hour before the injections. The physician will clean the affected area and make many injections with a very tiny needle. Bruising, swelling, or tenderness is possible after the procedure, but is generally minor. Patients typically start seeing results in five days, with full results after two weeks. Botox has been a revolutionary treatment for hyperhidrosis and it has helped improve the quality of life for many patients.

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Bay of islands food, beer, wine and local FOOD artisan producers could SURPRISE you!


Mullarkey Tours - Bay of Islands. Small personal tours. Indulge – Have Fun! Experience some of New Zealand’s finest quality wines, craft beers and chocolates. Visit Ake Ake Vineyard, Marsden Estate Vineyard and Makana Chocolate Factory in Kerikeri and Phat House Brewery in Haruru Falls. Depart Paihia i-SITE 1.30pm. 4 hours. $125 per person. Group discount available. The ticket price includes the cost of wine and beer tasting, along with a delicious platter from Marsden Estate Vineyard.

High quality food, wine and beer is not the first thing you think about for the Bay of Islands, yet it should definitely be in your mind on your next trip to the Bay! Paihia and Russell are a five-minute car ferry ride or a 20 minute passenger ferry ride from each other - but which to visit? Don’t choose between them, enjoy both! Here are some recommendations from each side of the bay: Paihia side - Most of the Bay of Islands wineries are based within 20 minutes’ drive. When you’re on holiday, it’s nice to not drive and be able to really enjoy the tastings! So treat yourself to an afternoon Craft beer and Wine tour with Mullarkey Tours. Your driver will pick you up from the Paihia i-SITE and chauffeur you to two wineries, the Makana chocolate factory and end the day off with a craft beer tasting at Phat Brewery in Haruru Falls. Perfect for a group of friends or just as a couple.. suits all sorts – adults-only of course! Foodies don’t feel dismayed – Paihia has some excellent restaurants with different types of cuisine and many with amazing views of the water. Notable eateries – Charlotte’s Kitchen, The Tipsy Oyster, Zane Grey’s, Terra Restaurant, Just Fish and Chips, Bad Habits, Greens and the Third wheel café! To name a few.

www.mullarkeysbayofislandstours.co.nz 021 0277 3446

Omata Estate aerial. Photo: Shoot North Photography

Zane Grey’s Restaurant, Paihia. Photo: Ruth Lawton Photography

Russell side - It is impossible not to relax in amongst the historic buildings and narrow tree-lined streets along the waterfront, it is a perfect place to potter and enjoy the atmosphere – chocolaterier shop, cafes that highlight their own delicacies, casual dining or more a la carte dining, Russell has it all. This side of the bay also has two of its own wineries that warrant a visit. Omata Estate can be walked to from Russell or even Paihia or organise a shuttle to pick you up! Their Rose is spectacular, pizzas and platters are impressive, and the views are quite honestly superb! Paroa Bay winery is also one to be noted, with the Sage restaurant which has its own spectacular views out over the expanse of ocean littered with subtropical islands - just breathtaking. The Gables, Hones Kitchen and, of course, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel are other well respected eateries. Oh, and Pompallier Mission does amazing coffee and croissant at their French coffee house – maybe enjoy a spot of Petanque in the garden! By the way, the sunset is perfect from Russell side! Russell is also full of clubs – the iconic Swordfish Club, RSA and Russell Boat Club – a great way to slot in with the locals. Artisan foods - there are quite a few local chefs that have an impressive array of artisan, award-winning food in the Bay of Islands, all grown and produced locally. Look out for Paradise cakes and relishes, Mahoe Cheeses and locally collected Manuka Honey from Honey Paihia. Thursday afternoons are the farmers market in Paihia, 12.30pm – 3.30pm - pick up some local avocadoes, cheeses, fresh organic orange juices, freshly baked breads, oysters, locally grown veggies and often much more! The Bay of Islands, not just the adventure capital of Northland!

You can’t come to the Bay SEA and not get out on the WATER! THUNDER TRIKE TOURS – PAIHIA Adrenaline packed thrills! Cruise the bay on our custom Kiwi built V8 Chev Trikes! Review - “Absolutely a MUST if you are in Paihia. Did not want to get off! 30 minutes was not enough. Put it on your bucket list for next time you are in Paihia, no matter what age you are you will enjoy it.” Rhonda Guided tours taking in all the sights from Haruru Falls to Opua Marina (30/60min). From 60pp

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The Bay of Islands is world renowned for its spectacular, sparkling waters and so it should be. Only 45 minutes north of Whangarei with 144 islands within the Bay of Islands waters, a maritime playground it truly is! Because of this, there is a plethora of locally owned and operated activities to take part in – fitting all ages, all pockets, the adventurous and the not so. Suited to a day visit or, better still, a few days. The bay has all types of fabulous accommodations to rest up in and plan your day's adventures. One can’t write about the bay without mentioning the fishing – The American writer Zane Grey made the

Fishing off the back of Wildblue Fishing Charters Bay of Islands Photo: Fred Rood Elite Image

Photo: Fred Rood Elite Image

Bay of Islands famous with his accounts of the fishing in the Bay of Islands being the “Angler’s El Dorado” back in 1915. Things haven’t changed too much! Big Game fishing – King Fish, snapper, John Dory whatever you are targeting, there are plenty of fishing charters to choose from with experienced local skippers that really will make sure you get the opportunity to bring home a feed. For boaties, it’s a wonderful place to explore and many bays to park up in. If you are after a bird’s eye view of the island, you can’t go past the highest parasail in New Zealand, or if you want to land on Piercy island at the Hole in the Rock, take the Salt Air helicopter trip.

Bay of Islands

You can also fill your days on the LAND land with GREAT ADVENTURES! The Bay of Islands is often thought of as a water playground – but you can also fill your days on the land with great adventures; walking, cycling, culture and history! There are a huge variety of walks to choose from that cater for all abilities. Kauri forests, waterfall tracks, lookouts and, of course, taking a ferry out to Urupukapuka Island and walking 1km or 11km of track. Walking and staying overnight at Cape Brett in the DOC hut at the end of the peninsula is a real experience and a must-do on many walkers’ lists. A local favourite is the 17km walk from Paihia to Russell, taking the coastal track via Opua, catching the car ferry and, via a series of steep steps, bush and boardwalks through the mangroves to Russell where you can catch the passenger ferry back – you can even do a short detour on the way to Omata Estate Vineyard! Cycling is a well known Kiwi pastime in the past four years. The Bay of Islands has created a cycling mecca suited to everyone. From Opua, you have the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail that stretches 87km from the East to West Coast in Horeke and is a spectacular ride that you can cycle in sections and get shuttled by van back and forth. The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park is a world class attraction featuring everything from fast, flowing berms, rollers and

Russell to Paihia Walk, Orongo Bay section. Photo: Shoot North Photography

jumps, to family-friendly trails that make the most of the elevated views of the Bay of Islands. Almost 50km of trail for beginners through to experts. The mountain bike hub has bike hire, a café and the most superb pump track – great for kids and anyone wanting to try a trick. On your way to the Mountain Bike Park, you will pass the awardwinning Waitangi Treaty Grounds which is New Zealand’s most important historic site. It is easy to spend a day or two here and immerse yourself in the culture and history – incredible grounds, two interactive museums, cultural performances, tours and more – a very special place. Thunder Trikes is a thrill on land; you will be driven on their Kiwi built V8 Chev Trikes for a tour of a lifetime that gives you an exhilarating ride from Paihia to Haruru Falls and Opua. Russell is another incredibly beautiful and historic place. Russell holds an important place in NewZealand's history, being the country's first seaport, its first European settlement. There is a decent hike up through magnificent Kororareka Point Reserve to Te Maiki Hill where a party led bythe famed Maori chief Hone Heke felled the flagstaff for the final time in 1845 sparking the Battle of Kororareka, the first of the Northern Wars. Take in New Zealand's oldest surviving church, Christ Church built 1836, where bullet holes from musket fire of the Northern Wars can still be seen in its walls, and New Zealand's oldest factory the 1841 Printery, Tannery and Bindery at Pompallier Mission. Oldest factory makes it sound somewhat dull! Pompallier Mission is anything but – it’s set on the water’s edge and is a stunning French building set in gorgeous grounds. The tour is well worth it here. You can also take in the whole of Russell with Russell Mini Tours. Of course, you have all the restaurants and cafes to enjoy there as well – many of them part of the history. To relax after a day’s adventure – you can sit and enjoy fish n chips on the beach in either Paihia and Russell in true Kiwi style.

Taken on Urupukapuka Island


Cycle Coast to Coast from Opua to Horeke on the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail – 87km Based in Opua at the start of the trail - Hire mountain bikes, step throughs, e-bikes - Kids bikes and accessories - We can shuttle you back and forth along the trail - Group discounts – we cater for 24 riders! - Perfect half day trip with no shuttle is Opua to Kawakawa return - Full bike service and repair shop on site

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Happy Divers, HMNZS Canterbury Wreck. Photo: Paihia Dive

Grab a kayak – take a guided tour or self–guide, the calm waters of the inner Bay of islands and the Waitangi river is a perfect place for the less experienced and there are options for those that want a bigger challenge! Scuba Divers - the Bay of Islands is home to beautiful reefs and protected marine reserves. There is a large diversity of marine life that makes the Bay of Islands perfect diving all year round.

We also see many species that pass through seasonally. There are two wrecks in close proximity: the HMNZS Canterbury out in the Bay and the Rainbow Warrior in the Cavalli Islands. Paihia Dive take trips and run courses all year round. There are also snorkelling trips with Bay of Islands snorkelling. Of course there is the famous Hole in the Rock – cruise past the spectacular islands, bays and beaches, and if the weather is right, it’s a great buzz to cruise through it. All the skippers have a good knowledge of the local history and some can tell a few tall tales too! Often some of our amazing resident dolphins will join you and play in the wake of the boat – they love the exhilaration of riding the wake! Want to take in the Islands at a more leisurely pace? Well there’s the sailing option too, by catamaran or single hull, or even join the Tall Ship the R Tucker. All provide day sails and short adventures in the islands. For all the boating and parasail charters, you can be collected from Russell or Paihia. The Bay of Islands is only a short hop north from Whangarei and surrounds – come join us for a tropical adventure.

PAIHIA DIVE – BAY OF ISLANDS • Rainbow Warrior Wreck • Canterbury Wreck • Stunning reef dives • Learn to dive and discover a whole new world • Discover scuba for those who just want to try it out • Full range of dive courses • Paihia Dive Club – for only $100 a year you get a massive amount of savings on diving, gear and courses • Group discounts, stay and dive packages

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Waitangi by night

– an exclusive experience A new evening experience will be available at Waitangi during the summer months. Experience Waitangi like never before with afterhours museum access, a gourmet barbecue and games on the Treaty Grounds. The two contemporary and interactive museums; Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi and Te Rau Aroha, will be open with expert staff on hand to answer questions and explain how the treasured taonga and images were curated. A gourmet barbecue is served at Whare Waka Café, with organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. After the barbecue, visitors make their way to the Upper Grounds to enjoy dessert and drinks under the Pohutukawa trees. Guests can partake in a game of cricket and other activities on the lawn in front of the Treaty House and take time to reflect on the importance of this special place to all New Zealanders.

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DISCOVER LOCAL LUXURY AT PAROA BAY WINERY “There are few places in the world where you get the sense of land emerging from the ocean; where sky, land and sea are continuous - Paroa Bay Winery is one of these places. Our estate features three luxury villas, a boutique vineyard and restaurant Sage. Our experience is continuous; from the considered architecture of our villas, the carefully selected local ingredients on our menu and the artisanal quality of our wines, offering complete relaxation and luxury in a truly awe-inspiring setting. thelindisgroup.com - 09 403 8270 - pb@paroabay.com


Admirals View Lodge & Motel is a family owned, friendly motel which offers a range of quality selfcontained accommodation in central Paihia, Bay of Islands. Relax in our quiet, sunny, spacious rooms in central Paihia which are close to restaurants, cafes, beaches and a great base to explore the amazing Bay of Islands. Northland has much to offer so come talk to us, we want your time in the Bay of Islands to be the best it can be. Ph 0064 9 402 6236 - info@admiralsviewlodge.co.nz www.admiralsviewlodge.co.nz

TARLTONS LODGE COUPLES RETREAT Tarltons Lodge is in Paihia, in The Bay of Islands. Our location is only a short walk to Paihia’s beachfront restaurants, shops and activities, yet provides a complete absence of any traffic noise, where a tranquil silence pervades. Each of our guest rooms include an exclusive hot tub on an adjoining, private terrace and command a breath-taking ocean view. It is the ultimate haven to relax and re-energize, the perfect venue for honeymoons, anniversaries, and tranquil, romantic escapes. www.tarltonslodge.com 09 402 6711

RELAXING PAROA BAY CHALETS Our Chalets offer open plan living, private decks, and an outdoor spa where you can listen to kiwi-song at night. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully fitted kitchen; -this is a perfect setting for relaxing with family and friends. If you prefer to dine out Paroa Bay Vineyard and Sage Restaurant are within walking distance, and for those who enjoy the water, Long Beach , Jacks Bay, and Elliot Bay are all close by Phone +64 27 403 7411 - www.paroabaychalets.co.nz


Genuine Kiwi hospitality in this magnificent 20th century house, with elevated uninterrupted water views. Close to beaches, town, restaurants and vineyards! 5 luxurious suites to relax in the lodge, and a selfcontained 2 bedroom cottage for 4 people. Come as a couple or book the lodge as a group up to 16 guests- walking, families, wedding, special celebration. Includes a memorable “Foodies” breakfast on the deck. Midweek specials. Arcadia offers that little bit extra.

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BAY OF ISLANDS FARMERS’ MARKETS Small Markets with Big Heart. Established in 2004, the Bay of Islands Farmers‘ Markets are a collective of passionate and dedicated growers and producers who are all about connecting the community directly to their food.

Benefits of buying at your local Farmers’ Market


s an authentic Farmers’ Market, everything sold by the vendors have been verified to have been grown or produced by them within the Northland region. There’s something about cooking only with local ingredients from small scale producers that you can trust. Produce from Farmers’ Markets are often more nutritionally dense than that which you can buy at the supermarket, not to mention tastier! The sub-tropical climate we enjoy in the North allows a great variety of the freshest locally grown seasonal produce, cheese, preserves, free-range eggs, artisan foods and beverages. Chat with the growers about what you‘re consuming much of the produce sold is minimal or spray-free, or organic practices are used. You can even ask about tips and tricks for growing your own vegetables in your garden – these guys know their stuff! If you’re just popping into the Bay of Islands for a weekend getaway there‘s plenty of options for picking up pre-dinner nibbles or lunch with award-winning cheeses from Mahoe Cheese (who have picked up gold medals for their Cumin Gouda and Blue Cheese from the 2020 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards), gorgeous

artisan breads, the freshest tomatoes, the perfect avocado, decadent macadamia nuts, the tastiest berries, or freshly squeezed orange juice. Pull up a chair or a bit of grass and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with live local musicians. Bay of Islands Farmers‘ Market’s Christmas Market will be held on Thursday Dec 24. Avoid the rush of the supermarket on Christmas Eve and pick up the freshest produce, artisan foods and beverages in the open air for Christmas Day. The Bay of Islands Farmers’ Markets hold two markets per week, rain or shine, in Paihia on Thursday afternoons from 12.30 - 3.30pm on the Village Green, and in Kerikeri on Sunday mornings from 8.30am - 12pm in the Post Office carpark on Hobson Ave.

Food that is grown locally is higher in necessary nutrients and antioxidants. With higher nutritional value comes more flavour. And because local crops are picked when in season, your food does not run the risk of being harvested prematurely, like foods that go to supermarkets.

Purchasing food at your local Farmers’ Market ensures that your money is kept in the local economy. When you spend your money on produce from local producers, you’re cutting out the middlemen, buying directly from the producer who, in turn, buys from local businesses! Produce from Farmers’ Markets are often cheaper than what you find at the supermarket, too.

When it comes to food and crops, sustainability is all about the resources used to produce, harvest, transport, and store the food. Since Farmers’ Markets distribute locally, they use significantly less resources. This results in more benefits for the environment as a whole.

Check out their Facebook page @boifarmersmarkets, Instagram @boi_farmers_market, or their website www.bayofislandsfarmersmarket.co.nz for more details

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Northland Community Foundation supporting Te Tai Tokerau into the future Within the next 50 years the Northland Community Foundation (NCF) hopes to be a significant community funder for Te Tai Tokerau.


CF plans to reach this goal by investing funds on behalf of generous Northlanders for charitable causes. NCF has so far been promised $18 million worth of funds, gifts made by people through their wills, which are planned for charitable causes. When these funds are realised, they will be invested by NCF to establish long-term (endowment) funds, and the interest made on these funds each year will be delivered out to charitable causes according to the donors’ wishes. This way the funds and the services they provide for will be retained and grown in perpetuity.

Recently Sport Northland CEO Brent Eastwood, Whangarei Boys High School Principal and Chair of the Northland Secondary Schools Association Karen Gilbert-Smith, Northland Community Foundation (NCF) manager Greta Buchanan, and Don Saunders, Chair of Opera North, met with Gareth Foster to discuss his plans for his funds promised in his will for Northland. Mr Foster plans to establish three endowment funds to support top achieving male youth in Sport, Opera, and Education for Te Tai Tokerau. These are all areas close to Mr Foster’s heart that he sees as important for the future of Northland. Foster has lived in Northland all his life and thought this was a great way to give back to his community “Giving makes me feel good, it’s great to give something back to the community I have lived in and loved for GoldenNorthland snapper reef fish my whole life,” says Gareth. Sport Chief Executive Brent Eastwood is thrilled with

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Gareth’s promised gift for Sport in Northland. “Once realised, the new named fund will be significant for the sports of athletics, equestrian and swimming in Northland, enabling the high achieving males in those sports to benefit from the annual scholarships that will result from the fund.” he says. Karen Gilbert-Smith (Chairperson of the Northland Secondary Schools Association) believes that these funds can have a knock-on effect: “By making a difference for one student that has a flow on effect, a pay it forward mentality where we create awareness and plant the seed that giving a hand-up rather than a hand-out to others can make a huge difference”. Don Saunders stated that: “Opera North is

Left to Right: Brent Eastwood (CEO of Sport Northland), Don Saunders (Chairperson for Opera North), Gareth Foster, and Karen Gilbert-Smith (Chairperson, Northland Secondary Schools Association), and Greta Buchanan (General Manager, Northland Community Foundation).

excited by the prospect of ongoing scholarship support for young tenors wishing to pursue studies and advancement in Operatic singing.” With the support of NCF and the promised fund holders Foster was able to discuss what is currently available for each sector, what the current and future community need is, and how funding would be best delivered. Ms Buchanan of the Northland Community Foundation states: “This is really the perfect case scenario for all of us. There is a real dearth of community funding available for Northland and establishing these longterm endowment funds, that are invested forever will create a significant asset for our community’s future”.

If you would like to make a gift in your will get in touch with Greta on greta@northlandcommunityfoundation.org.nz or 021558224.

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WHANGAREI GARDEN DISCOVERY – Art in Gardens Tour Spring has well and truly sprung, and the perfect time to enjoy nature in all its lush glory. Now is the time to get tickets to the upcoming, Whangarei Garden Discovery – Art is Gardens Tour being held on November 21 and 22.


he Whangarei Quarry Gardens events team have been working hard to find 16 outstanding gardens for enthusiasts to enjoy, and take inspiration from over two days. Many of the gardens are completely new to the Discovery tour, making it a very exciting green-thumbed foray into our local backyards. A key aspect of this years’ event is that having faced such a difficult year, we need to find ways to celebrate our time spent at home

during lockdown. For many, this has been a hugely difficult year, and the emphasis here is on creating your own backyard sanctuary – a place that nourishes us when times are tough. A place to be safe and happy when we need to hunker down. You don’t need a big backyard; just a bit of time, sweat and a whole lot of imagination. All of the proceeds of the tour go towards the Whangarei Quarry Gardens flood relief fund. On July 17, a 500-year storm tore through Whangarei Quarry Gardens, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Four of the gardens on this years’ tour belong to fellow volunteers of the Whangarei Quarry Gardens – Trustees Dan Johnston and Liz

Williams, and Gardening Crew volunteers Marion Buckler and Iris Symonds are opening their superb gardens to the public in support of raising funds for their beloved Quarry Gardens. They have all been part of the team at the Gardens for many years – and their support towards the project is nothing short of astounding – especially in the last six months when every volunteer involved has worked astonishingly hard to restore the Gardens. It is a great treat to be able to enjoy their private backyard sanctuaries. Iris and Colin Symonds have a delightful Orchid and Tillandsia collection showcased in a smaller urban property; while Dan and Mary Johnston’s

large country garden has more of a Tuscan feel with olive trees, a vineyard and sculptures from France that adorn the pristine gardens. In addition to these superb backyards to explore, local artists were invited to join the tour – exhibiting works for sale in several gardens, making this the first Art in Gardens Tour for the Whangarei Garden Discovery. The idea was to enhance the tour, while at the same time, supporting the local arts community – embracing the notion that we are all in this together. There will be a Pop-up Garden Art shop on both days of the tour at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, along with plant stalls and a sausage sizzle. This store will have a range of affordable artworks for sale and will be open to anyone visiting the Quarry Gardens over the weekend and does not require a Discovery ticket. It will be the perfect opportunity to find a unique piece for your own backyard, and get Christmas presents that will be absolutely cherished. Tickets are available for $30 from Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei and Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Members of the Quarry Gardens get a discounted price of $25 (to be purchased at WQG). So be sure to get out and enjoy nature, and support this wonderful community event.

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Art in gardens tour November 21 st & 22 nd

16 Gardens to Discover during this two day celebration of Whangarei’s wonderful backyard sanctuaries. Several gardens will feature artworks for sale by great local artists - a wonderful opportunity to purchase an original for your own garden oasis. Whangarei Quarry Gardens will also host a Garden Art Pop-up Shop (open to all visitors), sausage sizzle and plant stalls on both days from 9am.


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MUG CONVENTION OF SHOTS PHYSIOGNOMY Hangar Gallery presents Mug Shots and the Convention of Physiognomy, a group exhibition of artists endeavoring to portray the human face, from realist portraiture to impressions of identity.

Life of Byron by Barry Squire


rtists are keen observers of the human condition and have a comparative understanding of portraiture as compared to ‘likeness’ or ‘essence,’ of

a subject. The classic ‘mug shot’ consisting of a profile and front-on image was designed so, within reason, a person may be identified at an official level. In particular it is used in archiving a suspect’s portrait for police records. Mug shots are often quite a brutal rendition of a subject. Physiognomic enterprise in portraiture relies on making an assumption based on the facial features of the subject. The portrait of world renowned artist Tracey Emin by Sally Spicer shows a direct gaze full of confidence, painted from an observational perspective, her face demands attention. Barry Squire’s ‘Life of Byron’ is an expressionist work where the artist has backed away from realism to express more intimate and passionate values based on personal knowledge of the subject. ‘Who Run’s the World,’ by Cathy Tuato’o Ross is a powerful drawing of a young woman whose gaze is both challenging and questioning.

Tracey Emin by Sally Spicer

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Auckland photographer Hayley Theyer’s skillful portraiture is of a gothic nature. ‘Mandrake and Adder Snake’ and ‘Toads Spittle and Sow Thistle,’ convey witty, yet confronting images of young women in old world attire with influences based in the realm of old knowledge. Politicians are represented by Jamie Chapman whose portraiture is of a social realist nature. The portraits are vibrant, and express the personalities of the subjects. Some faces are blurred while others are colorfully rendered but all are painted with considered brushstrokes, expressionist, unrestrained, somewhat tongue in cheek. Brett a’ Courts powerful ‘Te Ua’ the prophet, is an interesting contrast to Scott McFarlane’s subtle ‘Portrait of S Luskie.’ Hanging alongside in the great mishmash montage Barry Squires’ ‘One great artist lectures another,’ waves the finger in a typical oil paint “told you so.” In the middle of this wall lies Alastair NesbitSmith’s ‘Boy,’ a large and free observation of a subject, gestural, immediate, while capturing the energy of the subject. A self portrait by Virginia Guy has a sense of loneliness and an intimacy.

Who runs the World? By Cathy Tuato'o Ross

Lucy Annabella Squire’s innocent observation of her father shows how a child responds to painting a portrait. ‘Bird’ by Peter Bradburn explores the theory of phrenology in a well drafted linear work. Ceramic artists are also represented with Oodee Elait creating fanciful mugs with faces. Many other artists are included in the exhibition that runs until November 20.

Call me Tiger by Peter Donovan

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1947 Packard Custom Super-Clipper Touring Sedan


nuggled in at the Packard Motor Museum, between our 20-foot long 1948 Packard Henney Hearse and the older 1930 Packard Hearse, is the rather elegant 1947 seven-passenger Packard Custom eleg Super-Clipper Touring Sedan. Su Packard first introduced its ‘Clipper’ range (named (nam after the sailing ship) in 1941. The Clip Clipper was designed by the highly reputable ‘Dutch ‘Dut Darrin’. The design was lower and wider than any other car in the industry, and the more luxurious series 160 and 180 Clippers were fitted luxu with one of the most powerful engines of its time Interestingly, the Clipper model was the time. first firs car to locate the battery under the bonnet. The Th cars sold well because of the advanced styling. However, the outbreak of war meant the styl Detroit factory had to shift its focus to defence De prod production rather than civilian vehicles. Once the war wa was over, the Clipper was re-introduced but the original impact of the model was lessened.

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After the war, there was a huge demand for cars by the American public, but due to the lack of steel and issues with labour, between 1941-1947 Packard only produced around 110,000 Clippers. The 1946-47 years were a transitional time with little change to the initial Clipper design. The industry in general used this period to develop their true post-war models which came out late 1947. In 1946-47 Packard extended their Clipper line-up by adding the seven-passenger Custom Touring Sedan. This was built by Henney on a 148-inch wheelbase. Options available for the interior included all wool upholstery and carpets as well as seven interior courtesy lights. These cars were fitted with the powerful 356 cubic-inch side-valve, straight-eight engine, rated at 165 hp and built with the Packard nine main bearing crankshafts.


Hey all you keen fishos, the fishing up north has been phenomenal. There’s plenty of fish coming in getting ready to spawn. These fish are anywhere from 5m to 40m and there’s plenty of them. I (Kurt) have been out over the weekend and found that soft baiting is the most effective way of fishing. The colour soft bait that has been working for me is New Penny. So get out there with your friends and family and catch a feed. Also, remember; limit your catch, don’t catch your limit. – Farnorthkings

John's wife Trish landed possibly the ugliest fish he has had on any of his boats; this large spotted stargazer. Golden snapper reef fish

We have had better weather recently, more anglers getting on the water and some very good fishing. Whangarei Harbour, from the middle out to the entrance, is fishing very well; good snapper catches, many fisho’s getting limit bags, the average size is pretty good and, a few kahawai and kingi’s are also being caught. It won’t be long before the snapper are right down to Onerahi and in reach of even the smallest boats. Further out, the fishing is very good; there has been a lot of baitfish schools rounded up by hungry snapper, kahawai and kingfish. Sliders, softbaits, and slow jigs are working well along with straylines with big baits/hooks. Watch out for bird activity - this is exciting fishing. Trish and I have done very well, as have many others, catching good numbers of terakihi and many of these are big fish. We have also landed a few snapper and yummy blue cod on our terakihi rigs. This is a good time to fish for terakihi as, if your luck is in, occasionally you will land a small hapuku or John Dory.

Along the “Mad Mile” in close, quite a few snapper and kahawai are being caught, using ledger rigs cast well away from the boat. Also, straylines with big baits drifted down your berley trail are working well. This is an area I’ve fished for about 40 years. On our recent trip, my wife Trish landed possibly the ugliest fish I’ve had on any of my boats; a large spotted stargazer. I have never seen one before and a quick Google check said: “firm white flesh, very good eating”. They were right. Another fairly rare fish to catch is a frost fish but Dianne Sketchley recently landed a beauty. These fish are mostly found washed up on the beach. In 50 fishing years, I have only seen five or six of these unusual impressive fish caught, mostly in deep water near offshore islands. Get out there - we live in a beautiful, magical area – and make the most of it. – John Vowless

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FRIENDSHIP & FLAVOURS at the Fat Camel Café Cafés are at the centre of Israeli social life, and that is the atmosphere brought to Whangarei by the Fat Camel Café team over the last 11 years.


wners Shlomo Elisar and Idan Ben Ze’ev love to make all of their customers feel welcome and comfortable and pride themselves in creating a great atmosphere that draws regulars and tourists alike. “We’ve built a nice community here. We want people to feel like this is a second home,’’ Shlomo says. Modelled after a typical Tel Aviv café, the menu offers a wide variety of typical Israeli street food, using fresh local ingredients and traditional spices. There are lots of salads, and meals cater to a wide variety of dietary requirements from the meat lover to vegetarians and vegans. Shlomo says the menu is full of variety, and naturally lean and healthy, typical Israeli street food. “Coming from a food culture, we make sure the food is high quality and made with fresh ingredients. Spices in Israeli food are influenced by the flavours of the Middle East.” He grew up as the youngest in a large family and gravitated to watching his mother cooking in the kitchen. “Cooking became second nature.’’ Like many New Zealanders, Israelis love to travel and that is how Shlomo and Idan ended up in New Zealand years ago. Shlomo was backpacking in Australia in the 1980s when an Israeli friend told him he would be crazy to miss New Zealand. Here, he met a Kiwi woman and after owning a restaurant in Auckland, now lives on a beef farm in Waipu with his wife, Nomi, and three children. Idan’s path to Whangarei was through friends from his kibbutz at home, who lived in Kamo. He also loves the outdoors lifestyle of Northland and made his home here.

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The pair set up the Fat Camel café in Quality Street, Whangarei, about 11 years ago and have built up a staff of about 12, covering seven days a week from 9am to 9pm. “We have a great team, and our staff are from all over the world, as well as three Kiwis.” A great addition to the café has been Israeli chef Danny Kratz, who also moved to New Zealand with his family about 18 months ago after working as a chef in hotels in Israel. To add to the atmosphere of the Quality Street shopping mall, they instigated live jazz music on Fridays over the summer, which all the neighbouring shops help pay for. From a small space, the café has expanded into the neighbouring shop and can now seat up to 74 people. They also offer catering services of finger food for functions and weddings, which can be held at the restaurant or taken to other sites. “We’ve been very grateful for the community support after the Covid lockdown and we are back to normal despite having no international tourists at the moment.’’ People might not be able to travel overseas at the moment, but they can find some international flair at Fat Camel Café.

“We make great coffee too.’’

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named best of the best! The Hihiaua Cultural Centre, sometimes described as Whangarei’s best kept secret, is now in the national spotlight having won a prestigious award for its architecture.


esigned by Moller Architects and built by Arco Construction, Hihiaua was the winner of the public buildings category of New Zealand Institute of Architects National Awards this week. Looming large on the riverbank at the end of Herekino St, it has become a venue of choice for scores of events since it opened last year. What was once an industrial boat building facility has been transformed by renovation into an awardwinning cultural icon. The Hihiaua Cultural Centre has been named as the winner of the Community Buildings category at the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) National Awards. This award follows the win for Moller Architects in the institute’s regional awards announced in August. The NZIA has run an awards programme since 1927. The peer-reviewed programme is the leading awards programme for the New Zealand architecture profession and construction


Changing habits for the better


he Changing Habits Recipe Book features more than 140 fresh, new recipes combined with previously published family favourites. From classic categories for everyday meals, entertaining, sweets, condiments and fermented treasures, this is real food, full of flavour and back to basics that nourishes the body for greater health. The book can be purchased at changinghabits.co.nz BANANACACAOCHIP BREAD Makes: 1 loaf; Prep Time: 10 mins; Cook Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 1hr10 mins

Ingredients • 2 tbsp coconut flour, sifted • 1/2 tsp Changing Habits Seaweed • Salt • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 2 cups almond meal • 1 tsp vanilla essence* • 1 tsp Changing Habits Cinnamon • Powder • 2 tbsp Maleo* • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 3 bananas, very ripe

industry. The New Zealand Architecture Awards recognise outstanding achievement; they acknowledge innovation, design excellence and significant contribution to architecture in New Zealand and to the wider culture. The story of the Hihiaua Cultural Centre is not new and has its genesis decades ago when the Māori elders and leaders of Whangarei agreed that Whangarei needed its own cultural centre to reclaim, restore and renew Māori arts and culture. Out of this vision has risen what is now an architectural icon, standing between two rivers, housing a whakairo workshop, creative spaces, meeting places, gallery and a new waka shelter with its own launching gantry. It is not just the architecture or the feng shui, but the spirit of the wide variety of people who choose to visit, work and learn which makes Hihiaua so special. The centre is designed and founded on matauranga Māori principles for all people as


a unique place of cross-cultural experiential learning. As part of the thriving Hihiaua precinct, the centre hosted during the first year of full operation, more than 50 major events and exhibitions. This weekend sees the opening of the 10-year anniversary exhibition of Te Tai Tokerau Māori Arts Collective. Named “Nga Toki”, this major exhibition featuring some of the best Māori and Aboriginal artists, is sponsored by Creative NZ and Creative Northland and will be open throughout November. The Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust is supported by the Whangarei District Council, Te Puni Kokiri, Foundation North, Lotteries, Creative Northland and the Provincial Growth Fund. Planning for the next stage of the Hihiaua development - an even more unique, creative performance, exhibition and conference venue - is well underway. Keep up to date with what is happening via the Hihiaua Cultural Centre Facebook page.


ome occasions deserve more than just a cupcake, e so try our amazing High Tea menu and feel just a little bit fancy for the afternoon! In our garden setting surrounded by th he lush greenery and fragrance of the garden centre, you’ll enjoy a fine selection of scones,, delicate sandwiches and sweet treats, with your choice of drinks from our premium selection.


4 organic free-range eggs 1/3 cup Changing Habits Cacao Melts (chopped) or Cacao Chips • Optional Add Ins: Add chopped Changing Habits Dates, shredded coconut, walnuts or chia seeds for added texture (you may have to adjust the liquid). * Refer to Condiments section for recipe in the Changing Habits

Method • Preheat oven to 180C. • In a large mixing bowl, sift together coconut flour, salt, bicarb soda and almond meal. In a food processor place vanilla, cinnamon, maleo, coconut oil and banana and blend until smooth and combined. Add the eggs and blend until combined. • Pour wet ingredients into dry and continue to mix them together. • Fold in cacao melts or cacao chips plus any optional add ins to the mixture. • Lightly grease a loaf tin and pour the batter in, allowing some room for the bread to rise. • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Orange & poppy tea cake Mini sweet tart Sweet slice Chocolate Truffle Scone with jam & cream Tea sandwiches Mini Savoury tart Mini quiche


per person with a regular coffee or tea

Please inform us at the timee of booking if there are any dietary requirements. Available att 10.30am & 1.30pm Monday - Friday, and from 1.30pm on the weekend. Bookings require at least 24 hours notice. To book please call Café Botannix Whangarei on 09 4304070 ext 6 or email botannixwhangarei@gmail.com

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Women in Business

WAY TO THE DREAM Stephanie Porowini always wanted two things; to have four children and to be a real estate agent. She now has both, plus some, and is loving life.


However, home was calling, so a move back to Whangarei came just before child number five was born. It was a bit of a spanner in the works for Stephanie when she gave birth to Shelby in 2017 and he was diagnosed with a heart condition, and later, Down Syndrome. Already juggling four children, and a special needs baby, Stephanie suffered postnatal depression but has come through the other side better than ever, and with even more passion and reason for what she does. “I am doing this for my family to give them a future and to teach them about having a work ethic,” Stephanie says. Now a portion of every commission Stephanie makes from selling houses is donated to Kind Hands who provide respite care for families like hers with disabled or medically fragile children. “Kind Hands have changed a lot of peoples’ lives as well as mine,” Stephanie says. “It makes me feel really good that I can help to give families time away when they need it,” she adds. Business is going well for Stephanie and she says Northland properties are selling fast. “The local market is booming at the moment, and I recently sold seven houses in seven days.”


rowing up in Northland, Stephanie started her working career at age 18 as a sales rep and soon after, began as a features rep for the local newspaper and started Savvy with the sales team. Leaving this job in 2003 to have her first child meant Stephanie was on her way to one of her dreams. Four children later and after a move to Australia in 2012, Stephanie decided it was time to make dream number two happen. “One January I had a New Year’s resolution to get my Real Estate license so I did it,” Stephanie says. Since then she has never looked back. Selling property on the Gold Coast of Australia was a lot different from home but Stephanie excelled, being voted the number one agent for two years running.


Greeted with”hola” as you enter Red Mexi Casa’s vibrant interiors & casual atmosphere is the perfect destination for friends & family to make great memories over tequila cocktails tapas, tacos or Red’s renowned gourmet pizzas which are still available and just as good as you remember! See the full menu online & book via their website to secure your next dinner date. www.redmexicasa.co.nz.

SUMMER HAPPY HOURS $10 cocktails and daily discounts in our TEQUILA BAR during summer! Happy hour prices from 4:30pm

Open Evenings: 6 Days MON - SAT from 4.30pm NOV/DEC Christmas function dates are filling fast. 30+ lunch groups welcome from 12-3pm private arrangement.

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Like us, your dog needs essential nutrients to live life to the fullest. But what nutrients does your dog need, you may ask? There are the six essential classes of nutrients dogs need for optimum healthy living.


ater is 60 to 70 per cent of the average adult dog’s body weight. Although you can get some of your dog’s water needs from food (dry food has up to 10 per cent moisture, while canned food has up to 78 per cent moisture) your furry friend will need access to clean fresh water at all times. Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. Proteins can be found in all kinds of food, such as animal-based meats including chicken, lamb, turkey, beef and fish which are considered your complete amino acid profiles, and also in vegetables, cereals and soy which are considered incomplete proteins. Fats are very important to your dog’s diet as it provides them with a concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells, needed for the production of some hormones, and are required for absorption and utilization of certain vitamins. Fats also provide insulation and protection for internal organs. Carbohydrates give energy, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are important for reproduction of your dog.

While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs such as the brain to keep your dog smart and on the ball. Vitamins are found in all foods and are necessary in dogs for normal metabolic functioning. Some vitamins are made by the body but others must be obtained through their diet as the body cannot make these. Minerals are nutrients that cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions. All these essential nutrients can be found in most pet foods. The higher quality the food, the more your furry friend will benefit. When it comes to wet or dry food, both can have benefits. Dry food is believed to be better for a dog’s teeth. Wet food provides more moisture, which is especially helpful for those dogs that do not drink a lot of water. For more information and the best advice about your dog’s diet be sure to visit your local pet store or vet.

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HOW TO GET A BIGGER HOUSE when you can't afford one Maximising space you are in is something I am passionate about. I did a consultation this week which highlighted several solutions for those who want a bigger house but can't afford one.


lthough there are impressive pieces of furniture out there that can serve certain space needs - such as pull down beds or folding desks - sometimes transformable furniture is not enough. The first step is to identify what works and doesn't work for you. Do you need another room for a growing family, or a spare bedroom for guests? Is your master bedroom sufficient with ensuite? Is a walk-in wardrobe high on your list? The most common request from homeowners I get is how to get more space for the kitchen and dining area. I often discuss expanding up or out. Some homeowners can expand out to the line of the deck and more often than not this fix can create the perfect house for a growing family. A follow on would be to create a new deck from that point with steps into the backyard,


which would still give ample green space. It’s really about figuring out the wish list, the probability, the compromises and then bringing it back to the budget. If an extension is out of the question, my second go to is the garage. It is a huge space devoted to making sure cars are safely asleep at night, but it could be transformed into a hang-out space for teens or a guest room. Many garages will already have plumbing, which is a bonus, but you'll need to get consent to turn it into something legally habitable. My last tip is to look at reconfiguring the walls and floor plan of your home. Just because the current walls have been there from the beginning does not mean they provide the optimum living space. Before you go knocking walls down, get professional advice. You don't want to take out a load-bearing wall. But even those can be altered, if you have a clever engineer who is able to redistribute the weight. It may just mean a support column which can be integrated into the new floor plan. If you have gone through these tips and can implement one of them then you are well on your way to hitting your dream home wish list. The number one thing to remember is to have your priorities, and your budget clearly worked out.

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HOP INTO BED with Better Health Healthy living – it’s a mindboggling mix of activewear, green juice, super foods and zucchini noods… When is there time for a moment of zen?


elieve it or not, one of the most important factors in improving our health is the simplest but, at times, the most difficult to come by – sleep. When the hours of the day race away from us, sleep is often the first to be sacrificed. A dawn gym session or a moonlit dinner date may cause us to make shifts in our sleep schedule – but the reality is that exercise, nutrition and sleep are all key players for our health and wellbeing. It’s important we get a healthy serving of all three.

Sleep is the human equivalent of hitting the reset button. It’s our way of letting our body processes take some time to restore and get ready for another day. Take our brain; there’s not one of its principle operations – from learning, memory, creativity, attention and emotional regulation – that aren’t enhanced by catching adequate Zzz’s. Dive deeper into the role sleep plays in other areas of our health, and a lack thereof gets a lot more problematic. Obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure and a decline in mental health all have strong ties to inadequate sleep. If you’re looking for reasons to spend more time in bed, this is it – a good night’s sleep can work wonders for your health. ✔ Sleep can boost your immunity If your immune system is taking knocks, a lack of sleep won’t help. While we sleep, our body produces and releases certain proteins that target infections and inflammation – ultimately fending off nasty bugs. ✔ Cravings? It could be for sleep Struggling to shed those few extra kilos? While we can’t promise sleep will directly assist in those

healthy weight efforts, studies have shown that sleep deprived people have increased levels of hunger stimulating hormones and less of those that suppress your appetite. ✔ Sleep helps your heart health Sticking to a regular sleep pattern is good for your ticker too. Consistently good snoozes help our hearts by reducing cardiovascular inflammation. Studies have shown adequate sleep can positively improve your heart health. ✔ Rest your head and your thoughts It doesn’t take much more than a restless night’s sleep to have you feeling moody the following day. Those who suffer from chronic sleep debt may find themselves feeling down, anxious and stressed – it’s a double-edged sword, as sometimes these feelings evoke sleepless nights. Sleep is an important part of mental health, so keep it in check, where possible. Through the wellness minefield; three pillars have withstood the test of time; movement, nutrition and sleep. We’ll leave the first two to the experts; but if you’re wanting to talk sleep, you’ve come to the right place.

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FRUIT TONES GO BOLD We often look to nature for colour inspiration for our homes. This season, it’s time to look beyond the greens and earthy browns of the outdoors… and focus instead on the fruit bowl sitting on your kitchen bench. It could be a source of inspiration for more than just a healthy diet.


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ne of the most appealing and delightful design trends this year is the appearance of fresh, vibrant fruity colours. There are greens in shades of apple, avocado, celery and mint as well as berry pinks, tomato reds, shades of mango and rockmelon and new-look bold citrus shades. They come together in unexpected combinations for spaces that are invigorating, fresh and lively.

GROCER’S GREENS There are many green trends around at the moment and is the colour that is centre stage when it comes to fruit shades. It’s the colour that grounds the trend, working well with everything from pinks to deep reds and burnt oranges. This makes sense given the leafy surroundings of most fruiting plants. The Resene The Range fashion colours range has many such greens. There is the bright granny smith apple colour of Resene FOMO, the soft and soothing Resene Aura and the mint freshness of Resene Kandinsky. Pair these greens with pops of blood orange in Resene Jailbreak and the raspberry of Resene Candy Floss. It’s a bolder, brighter spin on the class rose pink / sage green. Or visualise the shade of a watermelon rind paired with the juicy pink flesh such as Resene Glorious.

PEACHES AND APRICOT The current darling of the colour world, peach and apricot has morphed out of the recent trend for pinks of all shades. For interiors, these colours have taken on a sophisticated husky hue – much easier to use within a room, and surprisingly versatile. Look to the new The Range fashion colours collection for any number of peachy pinks, from Resene Just Dance, Resene Soulful and Resene Soulful. JUICIER CITRUS Previous trends for citrus shades have favoured soft, pastel tones of lemon, pale lime green, sorbet strawberry and subtle apricot oranges. The new mood for citrus is stronger with deeply saturated shades, lightened with warm neutrals and natural fibres. Orange is definitely having a moment in this colour scheme. Bold shades such as Resene Twisted Sister and Resene Tangerine on walls pair well with Resene Moccasin, then subtler tones of Resene Moonlight or Resene Yuma for a layered effect. Other new generation citrus shades to introduce at home are the lime green of Resene Spring Fever, the tangy lemonyellow of Resene Turbo. BERRY, BERRY NICE Shades of red will almost always find a way into

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our home interior design palette, because they’re versatile, inviting colours and the new trend finds them emulating everything from chillies to blackberries. Tomato-toned reds have been increasing in popularity for a while now, creating energetic, vibrant spaces. Look to Resene Poppy and Resene Jalapeno. These work well for any room that can take a punch of energy, perhaps a bathroom, a kitchen or a child’s bedroom. Many warm and inviting purple-toned berry and grape shades are also finding favour at the moment – look at Resene Blue Night with its blackberry depths, Resene Wanaka for a hint of blueberry and Resene RSVP for a bruised grape. TROPICAL TASTES Bold, heated yellows and golds are everywhere at the moment, with good reason. Yellow is known

to impart an energy boost; walking into a yellowhued space will almost always feel your mood lift. Much like the colour saturated oranges and citrus shades out now, on-trend yellows are deep and satisfying, reminiscent of tropical mangoes, rock melon and pineapple – Resene Touche, Resene Hypnotic and Resene I Dare You. They work nicely in tonal layers for a stunning, highimpact space, best suited to large rooms, but can also work in some unusual combinations for maximum colour effect. USE YOUR NEUTRALS A fruit-inspired palette can be a daring choice and one which can overwhelm if not handled correctly. The impact can be tempered by paying attention to the neutrals to team them with. Warm whites can soften the hard edges of

bolder colours, while emphasising their base tones. Cool whites, and grey-based neutrals will brighten up a space, with crisp edges. Consider if the dominant colours are they warm yellows, cool reds or even neutral greens? Selecting the right neutral will make the most of choices without it turning the space into a fruit salad of competing colours. FINDING INSPIRATION If you’re unsure how to build up a palette inspired by the colours of fruit, take A trip to a local farmer’s market, or simply the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket will provide plenty of inspiration to build a palette. Notice the endless variants of colour and how they all work together. If nature can make a colour scheme work, so can we.

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Would you like to tick all the boxes this summer? BY TRACEY HARVEY, FRAZERHURST

It is not often in the window furnishing industry that you find a product that does tick all the boxes.

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UV protection Day time privacy Night time room darkening Easy to clean Quiet Stylish

We here at Frazerhurst are very pleased to introduce our latest Weathermaster® family member: VERISHADEXT™ Take advantage of beautiful light control with VeriShade XT™. The individually curved fabric vanes feature an alternating light filtering and room darkening fabric panel. FUNCTIONAL DESIGN For seamless indoor-outdoor living, conveniently walk through the individual fabric vanes whether they are opened or closed. Free from noisy connecting chains and bottom weights, VeriShade XT™ operates quietly and softly settles back into position.

FLEXIBLE LIGHT CONTROL Easily adjust the level of privacy and light to suit your requirements by rotating the fabric vanes to angle the amount of light entering the room. For room darkening, close the shades completely. WIDE APPLICATION VeriShade XT™ is perfect for large windows and sliding door applications as they can neatly stack to the left, right or split stack for an unobstructed view or complete access to the doors. CHILD (AND PET) SAFETY Designed with child safety in mind, VeriShade XT™ fabric has no connecting bottom chains or weights, providing a safer home environment for children and pets.

FABRIC BENEFITS Made from 100% polyester, VeriShade XT™ fabric features durable properties such as fade resistance, Ultra Violet (UV) protection to help preserve the fabric and home furnishings from fading, as well as dust resistant properties for easy maintenance. OPERATING SYSTEMS Chain & Cord Featuring a heavy-duty beaded chain, simply rotate the fabric vanes to the desired position, or use the cord to stack the shade. Traversing Wand For a cordless and enhanced child safe solution, opt for the Traversing Wand operation. Using just one hand, simply rotate the fabric blades and draw the vanes across.

Packed with the features and benefits that will put a tick in each box. Call into the Frazerhurst showroom down Lower Dent St in Whangarei and view the range of stylish and on trend colour fabrics.

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HARD OR SOFT ZONES? Why renovators shouldn't ignore what's beneath their feet BY LAURA HEYNIKE

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ut picking flooring for a renovation, quick refresh or new build can be daunting. Where do you start? I always suggest to clients to think about separating your home into hard and soft zones. A bedroom would be considered a soft zone, while a kitchen or bathroom would be a hard zone. But the tricky bit is deciding about the spaces in between. Do you want your lounge to be a soft zone? Do you merge hallways into the hard zone category, as a high traffic area that gets a lot of wear and tear? If a lounge or living room is open plan to the kitchen and dining area then it makes sense to include it with those hard zones. Using the same material helps to create the appearance of an expansive space with unlimited flow, whereas breaking the line to just carpet the lounge space can make the area look smaller. If you want to cosy it up, you can always soften that part of the room with a large feature rug and layered textiles to make it into the perfect Netflix spot. Once you have decided which rooms are which zones, then you can decide what combination of materials you want. When we are putting together the palette of materials and colours for clients we first listen carefully to what functions they need - things like whether they have pets or children, whether anyone is asthmaprone, and if parts of the house have extensive exposure to the sun.


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Once we know this, we can suggest appropriate flooring materials. The top four flooring products we like are engineered timber, laminate flooring, polished concrete and carpet, but there are dozens more. And all four of these products have an enormous variation in styles, tones and functional performances, so there is plenty of choice. Figuring out the pros and cons of each product is a process of elimination, especially if function and performance is driving the decision criteria. There are trade offs: you might choose a laminated product over engineered timber because of budget constraints, yet prefer the feel underfoot of real timber versus the laminate. With carpets, wool is luxurious underfoot (and personally my favourite), but if you have high sun exposure, then a nylon cut pile would be more suitable. Choosing flooring colours is the last part of the decision-making. Everyone has their own preference, so while I can’t really tell you which colours to choose, I can tell you to think of three colour families -

cool-based, warm-based and ‘greige’ (grey-based beige). Right now, I am really loving carameltoned woods and moving slightly away from the blonde-toned wood. Caramel tones warm up grey-based colour schemes and give a luxurious ambiance to the whole home. You can also pair caramel wood with both cool and warm based carpets depending on what you love. Think about how the materials work with each other. For example, when choosing flooring for the hall or rest of the house, make sure it works with your bathroom tile as the two materials are going to edge up to each other. Finally, make sure your flooring palette is consistent with the rest of your decor. Start with your bathroom tiles, then lay out samples of the materials that transition from hard and soft zones, and tweak your paint scheme so that everything seamlessly works together. If you aren’t confident with understanding the pros and cons of a product that you are interested in, the sales people at your local flooring retailer are experts who really know their stuff, or seek advice from an interior designer.

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NO WARDROBE? Here are three cool alternatives When charged with making over a bedroom, the first things I assess is the size of the room quickly followed by how well the wardrobe is designed.



t’s another story when there's no wardrobe. If there is one thing I’ve learnt as an interior designer, it's that storage is a big issue and can be the cause of many an argument. But just because your bedroom doesn't have a fitted or free-standing wardrobe doesn't mean you are doomed to a lifetime of clothes left messily on the floor. Here are three alternatives that might just ease those storage woes.

1. The open storage wall I recently got a job redesigning the look of a hotel's guestrooms. I've opted to remove the wardrobes and replace them with a simple open storage wall - sometimes with an integrated desk or makeup space and LED lighting. If designed properly, an open storage wall can look on trend and become part of your bedroom's decor. I'm in love with perforated metal as it gives an industrial feel without feeling too solid or heavy in a room. Try mixing a caramel toned wood shelving or drawers to warm up the metal uprights for a stylish balance look. 2. Do it yourself The solid freestanding wardrobes of yesteryear have been and gone. Most free-standing wardrobes now are 1.8 metres in height, made of thin yellowing melamine and offer a single rail, which means you have a storage space that doesn't reach full ceiling height and has a lot of wasted space in the lower half. The best way to

tackle this is a build your own kit, like the Elfa collection from Mitre10, or keep your eye out for freestanding units that go slightly beyond the standard solution. Ideally you want to evaluate what your clothing ratio is. For example, do you need more space for business shirts or your shoes? Make sure the storage combination works for you. 3. Go compact Lastly if you are more of a shoes and T-shirt person, opt for a set of drawers and a small collection of clothing accessories to be stored in a compact dual function rack like the Nikkeby from Ikea, NZ designer I’ll Hang it Here or the Clothes Hanger from Fifo. A great way to introduce a little bit of colour and show off your favourite fashion pieces is to have these powder coated to your interior accent colour. You can style your room with your very own curated collection like a retail store - a hit for teenage girls or those who like to live on the minimalist edge.

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Stonewood Homes Whangarei welcomes New Home Consultant Julia Russell to the Sales Team


tonewood Homes Whangarei welcomes Julia Russell to the Sales Team. Having worked in a number of different industries including teaching, laboratories and management, Julia brings a wealth of knowledge with her. Originally from Taranaki, she has lived in Northland for over 15 years – much preferring the warmer climate. Julia lives in One Tree Point with husband Craig and two daughters, and has recently undertaken home

renovations, building a 2nd storey onto their own home. Previous management position has allowed her to develop good communication skills, and with a love of interiors/homewares she is well suited to help clients bring their ideas to life.

Julia joins Vynka Short in the sales team

Vynka has been with the Stonewood team for 5 years, and is well established in the building industry. Vynka’s passion and dedication

to her clients is reflected in the comments received when a new home is completed. One client recently stated “It was obvious Vynka was passionate about our build and was always very receptive to our ideas. Stonewood has a gem to be cherished”. 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. Talk to our team today about bringing your plans to life

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