Our Place Magazine Issue 40

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Issue 40 Jun / Jul 22

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Issue

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In the most simplistic terms, Matariki represents Māori New Year. The truth is it represents so much more and this year, for the first time, Aotearoa will formally recognise Matariki with a public holiday on 24 June. To celebrate, Flavours of Plenty is proud to bring the Matariki Dish Challenge to the Bay of Plenty and shine a bright light on some of our culinary stars. Eateries from around the region will showcase a dish that celebrates local and highlights Matariki. While mystery judges will determine the region’s champion the public can have their say too by rating the dishes they tried. So, this winter get out and discover something new in your own neighbourhood. BOP Matariki Dish Challenge runs from 13th June – 17th July.

Go to www.matarikidishchallenge.co.nz to see all the great entries


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We kind of just fell into theming this issue around the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. It just seemed that all roads led us to creating this issue that’s packed with solid advice, inspiration and great ideas around sustainability, and generally living more lightly and locally. Firstly, finding ourselves in a debate about what we can actually recycle kerbside in Tauranga made us realise that there were more grey areas in our knowledge than we’d like to admit. So we contacted Tauranga City Council (and poked around online at tauranga.govt.nz) to settle some arguments and clarify some finer points... Our story on recycling (page 46) was basically writing itself. Next off, a random visit to the shop at Remaker (the sustainability hub in the CBD) reminded us about the seriously impressive eco-friendly products that are being created in this community (34). We weren’t sure what to think when our creative director Christopher vaguely mentioned something about upcycling furniture, then promptly vanished into his man cave for the weekend. But sure enough, he emerged dishevelled yet triumphant, clutching the images for the photo essay (55). In his words, “Watch out Freedom furniture!” Changing habits to be kinder to the planet is often just about small manageable steps. We hope you find a couple of interesting ideas in this issue to help you along your way. Until next time, The Our Place team

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A Good Vintage



What’s Up


Getting creative with waste



Seasonal Kitchen

In the Stars

Recipes by Holly McVicar

Matariki events in Tauranga Moana 25

The Little Big Markets

Three powerhouse fashion designers




Style Mavens

Meet the stallholders

Waste Not

The Inside Story



Excellent local eco products

Youth art project

Great Shakes

The Whole Picture

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What’s Up Sweets for my Sweet But First Dessert, Tauranga’s first dessert-only restaurant, has just launched its winter menu. Whether you fancy something oozing with chocolate, such as a Chocolate Lava S’more or maybe something something with a pinch of chilli and hint of whisky like the Honey Parfait (pictured, left), you’ll find something to hit your sweet spot. There’s a menu of plated dishes as well as cabinet offerings you can peruse — each one like a work of art on your plate. The drinks are just as just as good, with an extensive cocktail menu (Chilli Chocolate Martini! Tangy Rosebud!), plenty of wines, and coffee by local experts, Excelso Coffee. → butfirstdessert.co.nz @butfirstdessertnz

Day & Night Avenue Pizza has moved into new digs in Tauranga and big plans are afoot. By night there are excellent 16” Pizza Pies (Classic, P&F (pork and fennel), Pepperoni and Roast Mushroom), dine in or takeaway. By day, the site is going to be operated as Lloyds Deli & Grocer. Styled as a NYC-style deli, loaded sandwiches are the order of the day; think housemade pastrami on rye, or meatball, and Folk Brewers coffee. Pizza open now, deli is imminent. → 70 St John St, Tauranga @avenuepizza @lloyds_tga

Bread Winner Lucy’s Gluten Free is a collaboration between Raglan local Lucy Donaldson and Volare Bread. The range of bread includes The Seedy One, The Sourdough One and The White One, and all loaves are vegan (which isn’t the case for many gluten-free ranges). When Lucy decided to cut gluten from her diet, she started experimenting with baking at home. “Eventually I got to a point where I thought my bread tasted better than anything I could find at the store, which is when I approached Volare,” she says. Local stockists include Good Food Market, Vetro and Bin Inn Pāpāmoa. → lucysglutenfree.co.nz Order via breadbox.co.nz for delivery to BOP ($50 minimum) 17

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Get on Board Mount Longboards has a brand spanking shopfront at the Mount to showcase its surf-inspired clothing, which includes its 100 percent cotton, classic-cut tees with handmade prints, as well as hoodies, caps and more. Owner Kate Evaroa’s son Mataio designed the store and fittings. “He worked with local businesses to achieve the amazing result,” she says. “My family made longboards back in the 70s and we’re now remaking these for the store. We have a collection of retro and pastels single fins and we already have orders.” The shop opened with the new Blue Hawaiian Longboards shirt, which has a vibrant 1950s print and coconut buttons. → Shop 2, Cruise Deck, 169 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui mountlongboards.com

True Colours Nectar is the big, bold and colourful arrival on the Strand (in the former Takara site), where lush greenery is flourishing in planters and trailing down from the ceiling. Come early for pastries, or enjoy a brunch of (plantbased) maple chai French toast. If dinner is on the cards, maybe start with an ika mata, then share a harissa lamb shoulder with hummus, pickled red onion and herbed yoghurt. Lots of outdoors seating means this will be a fun destination, year round. → @nectar.eatery

Creature Comforts Marlow was founded in 2020, and with a couple of stores already in Auckland, it now has a boutique in downtown the Mount. Offering “premium athleisurewear”, the comfortable range spans activewear, knitwear, outerwear and loungewear. This means you can pick up a great gym outfit, a lightweight knit or a linen dresses. But as it’s winter, the quilted coats and long winter jackets are looking pretty attractive right now! Given how many gyms and yoga studios we now have in the Bay, it’s worth noting that certified fitness instructors who are actively teaching are elegible for 25 percent off. → Shop 2, 121 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui marlowstore.com 19

In the Stars Matariki is a cluster of stars that reappear annually, signalling the Māori New Year. Matariki Tauranga Moana events range from fry bread workshops and carving exhibitions to the much-loved kite day.

Matariki is a cluster of stars that reappear annually, signalling the Māori New Year. It’s a time to reflect on what has passed, and what lies ahead. The theme for the Matariki Tauranga Moana 2022 programme of events is Tupuārangi: Heavenly Treasures. Tupuārangi means ‘to grow in the sky’. He is the star within Te Kahui Matariki (the Matariki cluster) that has a strong connection to all of the birds that tangata whenua traditionally harvested and ate throughout the year, and also the tree-foods that grow above our heads, like fruit and berries. The Matariki Tauranga Moana programme is in full swing right now, so we take a look at some highlights. Some events are free, others require online bookings.

There’s a load of fascinating, educational and fun workshops, from making Rēwena Māori bread (11 June) to an Ipu/Flax Basket workshop (11 June). Rhian Smith’s Kōkōwai/Painting with Whenua (12 and 25 June), will give you the chance to prepare your own pigments and paint your own artwork, along with talking about how to respectfully harvest whenua without leaving a trace. Timeless Portraiture / Maumaharatanga (26 June, 2 and 3 July) is an opportunity to bring out special taonga or items, such as a favourite pounamu worn by your kuia or a coat worn by koro, and be photographed to create a new memory (see the beautiful photograph on the page opposite). Visit theincubator.co.nz/matariki-2022

The Historic Village

For the tamariki

The Incubator at The Historic Village always has a fascinating line-up for Matariki and this year it’s the biggest programme yet, with an array of toi Māori arts events running 3 June to 10 July. Manākitanga — An Exhibition of Whakairo gives you the chance to see skilful work from renowned traditional and contemporary Māori carvers who live in Tauranga Moana. He Uku Maioro is a show of uku (clay) works by Tauranga Moana artist Que Bidois, and the Te Pou Arataki exhibition celebrates the work of Whakatāne artists, Tame Iti and Joanne Black. Matariki 2022 Cinematic Showcase, at the Village Cinema, is running four weeks of Māori film (16 June to 7 July). And the Matariki Village Market (19 June) is always a highlight — the whole of The Historic Village will be in action on the day. Expect raranga (weaving), mahi toi, jewellery, crystals, wellness practitioners and rongoā, mirimiri (massage), plenty of kai, local Māori musicians, kapa haka performance and more.

There’s a special Iti Pounamu with Aroha for Matariki — songs, stories and fun for under 5s at the library (Mount 9 June and Tauranga 14 June). Kids can get involved in the Matariki Star Hunt at Tauranga Art Gallery throughout June, and of course there’s the much-loved Matariki Kite Day on 19 June at Fergusson Park. The whole whānau is also welcome to the community day, Matariki Ki Mauao Festival on 24 June at Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park. Discover our area Come along on the Ōtūmoetai Pa Historic Bike Tour (18 June), where you’ll learn about Tauranga’s history and explore some of our off-road trails, guided by Reweti Te Mete. He will share his vast knowledge about why our region, with its vast resources, was important and popular for both Māori and European settlement. For full line up of events, with dates and times, visit mytauranga.co.nz/matariki 20

Portrait: Anahera from Visual Lens Creations

Left: Artist Rhian Smith will guide you at the Kōkōwai/ Painting with Whenua workshops. Below: Timeless Portraits/ Maumaharatanga sessions can awaken the nostalgia of your whakapapa.






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The Little Big Markets Photography by ilk Art direction by Maddie Banks

TLBM is a thriving community hub on a Saturday. In this regular feature, we meet some enthusiastic local stallholders with an array of talents, from cooking to painting, that make the markets such a good time. 25

The Little Big Markets


Ruapuke At 8 months, Koa might just be the youngest (and most adorable!) stall holder at TLBM; she’s been coming since she was three weeks old. Her parents Arnau Prades and Julia Oliver (left) moved from Barcelona to the Mount in 2019 — they fell in love with Aotearoa after a trip in 2015. “We always had New Zealand stuck in our minds so we decided to leave our jobs and everything we had in Spain to come back here and start from scratch.” Julia stumbled upon the idea for Ruapuke when she was looking for a good-looking, thin, quick-drying beach towel, and soon realised there weren’t any. They started importing some to gauge demand... “And I can tell you, I would’ve never imagined arriving where we are here today,” says Julia. Ruapuke towels are made of Turkish cotton and are sized in singles, roundies and big. “We love using the big blanket as a family towel at the beach, and in winter, we use the same one to keep cosy watching TV.” Right now, the colourway includes lots of pretty pastels and neutrals, but standby for the spring collection as Julia promises some bold colours. ruapuke.com

Tui Pots Ever had a problem finding cool pots for your plants? Graphic designer Helen Richards (right) had the same problem, so she started painting them herself. “I started painting pots as a hobby years ago. I love being creative, and painting definitely feeds my soul.” During the first lockdown, she decided to turn it into a business, Tui Pots. “It reflects what’s important to me: design and quality, being as eco-friendly as possible, and an opportunity to give back — for every pot sold, I make a donation to the SPCA.” The pots have bold designs and vibrant colours. There are smaller clay pots and a larger lightweight Fibrestone range, all painted with exterior water-based paint (eco-friendly and made locally) so suitable for indoors or out. Plus, she offers accessories, such as bamboo stands and hangers made by husband Jason. She now sells throughout Aotearoa, but The Little Big Markets are still key. “They helped launch my business but also, since we moved here from Cape Town in 2019, they’ve helped us feel right at home. The sense of community at the markets has really made us feel like we’re part of a big crazy extended family.” tuipots.co.nz

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↑ Lakshmi Chanrasekaran is gaining a market following for his from-scratch South Indian dosa. to study as a chef in India. “Before culinary class, I didn’t even know how to boil water,” he laughs. Sure enough, his cooking did take him around the world, including Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, on a Miami-based cruise liner, then eventually New Zealand. Food Point started in March 2019 when he and his wife Uma bought a lunch bar in Macdonald St in the Mount, and soon after, he started bringing his dosa to markets under the ‘Delicious Dosa’ banner. Lakshmi’s sights are set firmly on the whole country getting to know dosa — he’s currently working seven days a week at markets in Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton and of course TLBM. “I want to reach everywhere and create the audience,” he says. “Just like like pizza or burgers have become global, it’s my dream is to take South Indian food to everyone. “At food courts, you see the menu and order, but at markets, people see the skill, see the food, they get excited — it becomes a show!” he says. “Nobody knows what dosa is here, but I’m gaining regulars!”

Food Point’s ‘Delicious Dosa’ “Dosa in South India is like bread in New Zealand — everyone eats it, any time of the day, and every house has dosa batter,” says Lakshmi Chanrasekaran. Through Food Point, he’s introduced many of the TLBM regulars to his gourmet take on dosa. Lakshmi is a classically trained chef from Chennai, so he’s brought his own refined touch to the dish, which is a crepe-like recipe made from stoneground lentil and rice (so gluten-free), which encases delicious masala fillings such as lamb or tandoori chicken, and served with slaw, coconut ginger chutney and lentil dip. He notes that Tauranga has no South Indian restaurants (it’s pretty much all North Indian food), so you’re unlikely to find other great dosa here. Everything’s made from scratch (except the cheese and butter), and he buys all his spices whole. Food Point’s slow-cooked lamb, for example, has about 36 spices. “Nothing is processed.” “I wanted to travel overseas and create something of my own,” Lakshmi says, about choosing

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↑ Dave Thorn (left) and Dre Hart (who’s also on the opening photo), with some of their delicious products. brine and people really love the flavour, which is less salty than supermarket olives,” he explains. “And we’ve partnered with a local truffière for the oil — people love the fact the truffles are grown right here. We’re really proud we can supply local restaurants with a premium Bay of Plenty truffle oil.” You can order product on their site, including gift sets, and other artisan goodies — from Ocho chocolate and Harvest to Hand Hemp Seed Oil to Gathered Game Deer Sticks. You can also read small profiles on a range of Kiwi artisans they don’t currently stock. “Like the team at The Little Big Markets, we value community. We should celebrate and share what everyone is creating, and help each other find the right stakeholders, customers and ingredients,” says Dre. The company now has grown to six full timers, retailing in 250 stores nationwide, and the guys have just entered the Australian market. “Through all of this growth, we’ve kept our regular stand at our favourite market in New Zealand — The Little Big Markets!”

The Kiwi Artisan Co You may have come across Dre Hart’s friendly face around Tauranga — he’s been a market regular for years, most recently as part of The Kiwi Artisan Co. The company was one of those sharp lockdown ideas. Dave Thorn, who had returned from Australia to help his brother with his venison salami business in Southland, saw that other artisans were struggling, especially through lack of sales outlets. This sparked the idea for a company that could create products as well as champion other small-batch food businesses. When he met Dre, he’d just made the first lot of their now-famous Manuka Smoked Olives. Dre soon joined the company, operations moved to Mt Maunganui, and the Kiwi Artisan Co became dedicated TLBM regulars. Dre says their most popular products are the aforementioned olives (perfect on a platter with some Gathered Game Wild Venison Salami) and their own Black Truffle Oil (very tasty on scrambled eggs, Dre advises). “We preserve the olives in olive oil rather than

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When you buy local, it has a positive impact on the whole community. Check out these fantastic products from The Little Big Markets and see all the market dates on our events calendar.

Coastal Flair

Creative Art Connections

Plants have always been a part of Frith’s creative lifestyle so Coastal Flair is the perfect blend. Each kokedama is skilfully crafted in Frith’s studio on the Thames Coast. Sold throughout New Zealand. coastalflair.co.nz @coastal.flair

Mandy is originally from South Africa and now lives in Rotorua. A self-taught artist, she loves working in different mediums, like glass, painting and ceramics. Most her work has an African theme as she loves all the vibrant colours. info@creativeconnections.co.nz

Kiwi Az Creationz

Plant Decor

Stick Hunters

Kiwi Az Creationz is owned and operated by Hamish and Rachelle. They have handcrafted furniture and decor designed from French Oak wine barrels, and have also just introduced epoxy resin tables and art. kiwiazcreationz.com

At Plant Decor, Julia ensures her plants are in great condition and pest free before sending them to a new home. She also provides details of how to take care of the plants you buy. plantdecor.co.nz @plantdecornz

Stick Hunters is clothing for adventurous kids. A local kids’ brand focused on an outdoorsy lifestyle, from jumping in a muddy puddle, to enjoying a beautiful sunny day at the beach. stickhunters.co.nz @stick.hunters


Tildy & Co

Lou George

The Cottage Gallery

Soy candles hand poured in the beautiful Bay, with natural cotton and sustainable wooden wicks. Plus magnesium body products, bath salts and diffusers. Refillable, reusable vessels and no nasties. tildyandco.com @tildyandco

Lou George is a small business in Pāpāmoa with salt bath soaks, natural clay masks, body butters, and salt and sugar scrubs. Its aim is to share amazing products that people love so they never turn to products with harsh chemicals. lougeorge.co.nz

The Cottage Gallery is a boutique craft business specialising in New Zealand pounamu (greenstone), which they carve into beautiful taonga — much loved, special pieces of jewellery. thecottagegallery.co.nz @thecottagegallerynz

Inspired by Jett

Remy & Co

Drawing the Way

Specialising in children’s clothing that’s fun and funky, including vintage-inspired rompers, bloomers and more. Inspired by Jett is handmade locally by a mum with your children in mind, inspiredbyjett.co.nz @inspiredbyjett

Luxurious comfort and quality for your precious baby. These are exclusive sleep pieces designed to make your journey through motherhood easier, while you enjoy the little moments making very precious memories. remyandco.nz @remyandco.nz

Drawing the Way is a Mount-based illustration and graphic design studio run by a couple that spread joy with their maps and paintings of places they visit, as well as custom paintings and quirky portraits. drawingtheway.com @wearedrawingtheway


Me and the Brave

My Little Projects

Enkindler Eyewear

Beautiful 100 percent wool, wide brim fedoras, plus jewellery and apparel for all those brave, authentic and fearless souls. Showroom: 12b Kopukairoa Boulevard, Pāpāmoa. @meandthebrave meandthebrave.com

My Little Projects creates fun, affordable, easy to wear jewellery. The range includes an abundance of earrings and necklaces using laser cut designs, glass domes, crystals and beautiful charms. mylittleprojects.co.nz @mylittleprojectsnz

It’s time to up your shade game and look your sharpest! Head to TLBM to try on some beautifully handcrafted eyewear made from natural woods, carbon fibre and stainless steel. enkindler.co.nz @enkindler.eyewear


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100 percent cotton hooded ponchos towels, surf accessories and custom apparel for everyone in the whānau, from groms to grandparents. Showroom at 12b Kopukairoa Boulevard, Pāpāmoa. noxen.co.nz @noxensurf

Support little businesses and let everyone know about it! Get yourself one of these stylish TLBM tees or maybe grab a tote and fill it with the brilliant, creative products you pick up from locals at the markets. thelittlebigmarkets.co.nz/shop

Ruapuke’s 100 percent Turkish cotton towels will ensure you are always ready for anything, whether it’s warm enough for picnics and beach hangs or cool enough to have them wrapped around you They’re compact and quick to dry. ruapuke.com @ruapuke_







THE LITTLE BIG MARKETS thelittlebigmarkets.co.nz @thelittlebigmarkets

Waste Not Story by Sarah Nicholson

If you want to tread more lightly on the planet, own something handmade and one of a kind, or just know your money is going to a good place, check out these products made by go-getting locals.

We all know there are creative people living in this city, but swing by the shop at Remaker sustainability hub and you may well be bowled over by just how ingenious the locally made products actually are. Making covetable accessories from waste destined for landfill and replacing waste-causing items

with eco alternatives that are a pleasure to use, the local talent at Remaker and beyond has inspired this issue’s theme: ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. Here we speak to wāhine behind some of the Bay’s smartest sustainable products — things that you can feel truly good about buying. 34

Photography on this spread: ilk

Left to right: A vibrant line-up of Ein Malig Beach Bags that are made from billboards; the clever Doggy Treat Bags.

Trustpower recently commissioned Ruth to create a range of bags, with straps made from seatbelts, that can be worn as a satchel or backpack. For each one sold at Remaker, it donated one to a child in need. Another new product for Ruth is a mod laptop bag made from truck curtain offcuts (which are harder to source), also with recycled seatbelt straps; she has bins made from the same offcuts with old bike tubing around the top. She even makes cool doggy treat bags that have an inner-tube handle and a snap-shut closing system made from broken metal measuring tape. She’s working on a shoe bag with the same idea. You’d assume waste products are pretty easy to source, but it’s often not the case. Ruth’s constantly on the hunt for regular suppliers of materials she can upcycle. “If a car has an accident, the seatbelt will be cut out and replaced. A lot get wasted but actually getting my hands on a seatbelt is hard,” she says. My local garage now calls me when they take out seatbelts, and my neighbour, who collects things, puts seatbelts in my letterbox.” It even took Ruth a while to source cherry pips, something which she’s now able to buy for her cherry pip heat pillows (the Swiss alternative to our wheat bags), which smell good and are washable. Ruth uses Remaker’s space and sewing machines and only sells through its shop and site. Having the shop in the CBD allows her to do prototypes and small runs of products to gauge interest before ploughing ahead in production, which also reduces waste. “I don’t have time to do Instagam or a website. This way I can stay on a small scale and still sell my products, and reach a wide audience. For me, Remaker is my marketing outlet.” Available in store at Remaker, 27 Spring St, Tauranga CBD and remaker.co.nz

EIN MALIG Want to know what retired billboards and old car seat belts have to do with stylish accessories? Well, please read on... The glossy, vibrantly coloured, capacious bags from Ein Malig are the ideal beach bag for long days on our beautiful beaches, and they offer the added bonus of being waterproof and durable. “It really started from those plastic bins you see people taking to the beach,” says Ruth Love, the Swiss-born founder of Ein Malig, which means ‘unique’ in German. “You need two hands to carry them, and I was fed up with the handles breaking all the time. With my bag, I can fit everything I need for the beach, they will last, I only need one hand, and I can even use it to wash out my wetsuit.” And here’s the kicker — the bag, which also comes in a ‘shopping’ size, is made from a retired billboard, so it’s diverting plastic waste from landfill. Billboards are made from high-quality PVC, and usually have a short life span. At first, Ruth had trouble sourcing them, but when she started working at Remaker sustainability hub, she was able to secure a contract with Trustpower to use their old billboards. Ruth’s stylish, imaginative products extend beyond just billboard beach bags. The same PVC is used in her bold backpacks. “These colourful backpacks have been fashionable in Switzerland for the last 30 years, but they’ve been a bit slow catching on in New Zealand,” says Ruth. “They’re often marked and scratched, and New Zealanders still really struggle with the concept of buying something — maybe for a lot of money — that doesn’t look perfect. I feel we’re trying to get over that hurdle — that’s why I’m grateful to Remaker, as we’re trying to make a change.” 35

“It’s easy to sell a green product to a green person; it’s hard to sell to someone that doesn’t care. I want to be able to sell to a broader audience who might not care about the cause but appreciate style and beauty.”

sell to someone that doesn’t care. I want to be able to sell to a broader audience who might not care about the cause but appreciate style and beauty.” She cites her in-laws as her test case. “They don’t really care about these issues, they don’t believe in climate change. I want to create a product that they will invest their money in, because it’s stylish. And that means their money is going somewhere good.” There are smart roomy tote bags that Stephanie, as a mother of two, created with beach trips in mind. They can fit towels, lunches, drink bottles and wetsuits, as well as being strong enough to be filled to the brim at the market. Her satchels are a slim-line bag plus she has lovely baskets and pot plant covers in the same fabric. “The plant covers are very affordable and people have bought them as a gift hamper to fill with goodies — they can then be used for plants afterwards.” Stephanie discovered the fabric when Tauranga company Caleys Blinds brought in offcuts to Remaker (where she works as the store and space manager) to see if the material could be upcycled, as it was going to landfill. She was inspired: “When I saw it, I knew exactly what it could be! I knew it would suit me and my family and my style.” And so Brooke was born and Caleys has kept supplying offcuts to Stephanie, who has now converted her garage into a sewing studio. Stephanie gives 5 percent of every sale to charity, offer free repairs on her products and only releases bags on the 10th of the month, to encourage conscious consumption and give people time to consider their purchase.

One Small Change Stephanie Brooke was working at Bin Inn Pāpāmoa in 2020 when she noticed it was selling expensive, imported bin liners. “I realised I could get the material locally, so I went to the bosses and pitched the idea of making them myself,” she says. Her One Small Change reusable bin liners are still for sale there today (as well as FreshChoice Pāpāmoa), along with stockists around the country. The bin liners are made from PUL, which is guaranteed to be able to be washed in excess of 300 times (Stephanie reckons it’s more like 1000 times), before needing to be replaced. She makes freezer bags from the same durable material. They’re soft, waterproof and food safe and you can store any solid food, such as meat, chopped fruit for smoothies and sourdough. Just pop the food in and fold over (or clip) the top. “Take them along to your butcher or deli to avoid single-use plastic bags,” says Stephanie. “The bags will store your steaks, sausages or deli meats safely in the fridge or freezer. Just do a hot wash between uses and sun dry.” Currently the bags are waste prevention products made from virgin plastic, but Stephanie is focused on constantly improving her environmental footprint and is hopeful to eventually use 100 percent PET PUL (made from recycled plastic bottles). Available at onesmallchange.co.nz (also lists stockists) and remaker.co.nz and in store at Remaker @onesmallchange_nz

Brooke Stephanie is also behind the bag company Brooke, which uses rescued window blind fabric to make smart bags. “My big aim is to create a bag that people don’t realise is waste,” she says. “It’s easy to sell a green product to a green person; it’s hard to

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Clockwise from top left, some of Stephanie Brooke’s stylish and practical designs: the Brooke Pot Plant Cover; Brooke Tote Bag; One Small Change Reuseable Bin Liner. 37

Left to right: Crafty Gatherer Bamboo Bread Knife and Fly Swat.

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offcuts from projects, and we still use salvaged materials where we can,” says Tess. Their handy Sauerkraut Muddlers and Garden Dibbers are all made from recycled timbers, and are great pressies for those makers and growers in your life. You can avoid toxic (and, it has to be said, often useless!) fly sprays by using the most natty handcrafted swat you’ve ever seen. It has a recycled tōtara handle (salvaged from a building site) that’s oiled with raw linseed oil, a leather head (made by a local), and it’s finished with brass bolts. There are two other products (also available from Remaker shop) that will help you avoid inferior mass-produced items involving plastic. The BBQ Grill & Hot Plate Cleaner is handcrafted from locally sourced macrocarpa. One end is a flat scraper, and the other cleans your grill by burning into the shape of your specific barbecue (on its first use, you burn the grill marks into the wood). No more nasty metal fillings on the grill! And the Bamboo Bread Knife is made from a sustainable fast-growing timber that’s hardy and durable, and grown without chemicals and irrigation. Check out the range of other handy, sustainable products online.

Tess and Marco Partridge are well-known locally for their approach to sustainability and organic gardening. They share their knowledge through workshops and generally empower people to make choices that’ll help regenerate the planet. On their property, they grow their own food, and live simply and locally, and it’s here they also design and build their Crafty Gatherer eco products for home and garden. “We are a slow made brand, meaning everything is handmade in New Zealand in small batches,” says Tess. “We collaborate with other clever artisans, and also skilled local people to help with parts of the process, so we can have less impact through miles and less waste.” If you’re a keen organic gardener, you may already have one of their hefty steel Forkstas, a product that’s designed to aerate the soil before planting, without turning it over and damaging the delicate life below. But Crafty Gatherer also offers a range of smaller home products, many of which are made from recycled materials. “We use local companies for materials, and we’re always being asked if we want materials from people, whether it’s an old rimu door or

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“I started out making multipurpose products from the jump, so you can address the issue of toxins and plastic use all in one go.”

VETO Living in a grubby student flat was Charlotte Greer’s inspiration for starting her cleaning product company, Veto. At the time, she was studying a degree in economics and management focusing on sustainable development and circularity, so making it zero-waste and affordable was a given. “I saw that what I was studying and what was happening in practice was very different — sustainable products often had a high price point and many were not available in New Zealand as we’re so small,” she says. “I started looking at it as a poor uni student, thinking, what products are feasible to create, and what makes sense for my life? For example, I don’t need a metal straw, that’s not an essential.” Charlotte set about identifying and creating products that would be affordable, and effective for both cleaning and reducing the impact on the earth. Veto Washing Powder kicked it all off — a laundry detergent and dishwashing powder in one, packaged in a compostable paper bag. “I started out making multipurpose products from the jump, so you can address the issue of toxins and plastic use all in one go,” she says. “From that point, it was quite a natural progression — more or less me figuring out what I could use in my own house and then trying to make it!” Veto’s range now also includes the Soap Slab, Oxygen Bleach, Porcelain Powder and Wonder Bar for clothing. All multipurpose, handmade, vegan and plastic free. Charlotte also offers a range of sustainable tools that complement the products, such as a wooden scrubbing brush. First Veto product people should try? “That’s like asking if you have a favourite child!” she laughs. “But if you’re looking to reduce plastic, it would probably be the Soap Slab. It cleans at least five areas of your home, like your oven door, glass shower door and kitchen floor.” She says the size of the soap is perfect when space is at a premium, and it’s designed to replace up to five plastic bottles of liquid detergent and lasts at least six months. Charlotte, who’s also the project developer and social media manager at Remaker, has great social content that shows how to best use Veto products. Available from vetozerowaste.online (also lists stockists), remaker.co.nz and in store at Remaker @veto.zerowaste

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↑ Misty Lady Vacuum Seal Bags are created from an innovative biofilm. Their most innovative product thus far is the Misty Lady Vacuum Seal Bags — ideal for when a successful fishing trip means you need to vacuum-pack and store your extra catch in the freezer. “Regular vacuum seal bags are made from multiple layers of different types of plastic, so are not recyclable — they have a one-way path to landfill,” says Melissa. “Misty Lady is a biofilm bag that’s home compostable and worm safe.” Misty Lady has been recognised in various global awards for sustainable packaging design and sustainable product design, and the product is making a larger scale impact as it’s used around the world by the likes of seafood companies, as ice packs and a recent potential customer is eyeing it up for pizza. Salt Bags also offers worm-friendly cotton bags, including mesh market bags, large carry-all canvas bags, and pretty furoshiki cloth to wrap, carry or hold your things.

Salt Bags Melissa Woods is from a family of surfers and all-round ocean lovers, and the importance of protecting the ocean from plastic is one the main drivers behind Salt Bags, the company she founded with husband Reuben. Melissa says people’s focus is nearly always on the way plastic affects sea life, but she points out that’s not the sole reason to look after the ocean. “There’s the deeper, scientific side to how the ocean affects human health — it’s essential to our wellbeing. It’s a place of healing, it calms your brain and mind, it’s good to look at it, good to be in it...” The Woods take their innovations created for the corporate sector (under the company Salt of the Earth) and make it available to consumers in smaller quantities through their Mt Maunganuibased company, Salt Bags. “We say ‘own your impact’ and we want to try to create behavioural change,” says Melissa. “It may not seem you are making much of a difference but even the smallest decision helps.”

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Great Shakes Katie Short is a star of Tauranga’s bartending scene and now she’s also the talent behind Mingle + Me, a cocktail catering and bartending service that’s bringing the good times to you. Captivating, colourful and spirited — a chat with award-winning Bay-based bartender Katie Short is a little like slurping on one of her sought-after cocktails. “I love living here!,” she exclaims when asked about life in Bay of Plenty. “I will have been here 10 years in October and honestly, this place is incredible. My favourite thing would have to be the community aspect — everyone here wants to support local, they want you to succeed, they will recommend you to friends and they will hire you repeatedly.” Katie got her first taste of hospitality in her home town of Whangamatā as a 16-year-old waitress, so when she moved to the Mount at 18, she “naturally went straight into hospitality and slipped into bartending”, eventually moving from late night bars to restaurant cocktail bartending. Fast forward a decade and the vivacious blonde is one of the best in the biz, citing winning the Bay Hospitality Awards for ‘Outstanding Bartender of the Year’ three years running and previously placing second in a La Maison Cointreau cocktail competition as career highlights. Another is being tasked with creating and slinging custom cocktails at the recent wedding of legendary musician Tiki Taane and wife Rachel at the Orua Beach House in Hahei. “Oh my goodness! What an amazing experience!” she says. “Rach and Tiki were super fun to deal with, we made cocktails that represented their personalities [two of which were enigmatically named ‘Rachel’s ring of fire’ and ‘Tiki’s tea bag on the beach’] and honestly, the queue for the bar didn’t stop all night. An absolute pleasure to be a part of.” She’s recently launched side hustle Mingle + Me, a cocktail catering/bartending service (born, as many of the best new things have been, out of those long Covid lockdowns), that’s infiltrating a host of local events, one delicious drink at a time.

“Mingle + Me was an idea I had during the first lockdown,” Katie recalls. “I was sitting at home with two flatmates who gamed literally the entire time. So I was internalising a lot: ‘What am I doing with my life? I can’t live off a hospitality wage forever and I certainly can’t live off a wage subsidy. What can I do with the skills I already have?’ Mobile cocktail catering came to mind. “I started talking to people about it and, before I knew it, I actually had people approaching me to cater for them, so I guess you could say I was swung into it pretty quickly.” It’s not all mimosas all the time though. When questioned about career challenges, Katie’s response is, “Say goodbye to your social life! “Hospitality, specifically working as a bartender, is the most socially unsociable job you’ll ever have. Wanna hit a friend’s birthday? Nope, not happening. Family event? Sorry we need you,” she says. “I mean, back then it was, I think it’s a little more lenient these days… “And most recently, losing my mum while trying to start Mingle + Me, keeping business focused when my personal life was a shambles, was definitely the biggest challenge. But luckily for me, I have a sensational support network who, when I’m feeling defeated, shake me and say, ‘You’re crazy Katie, you’ve got this’. And I know I do. Sometimes we just need a reminder though, hey.” “Jeeeezzzz, what a question!” is Katie’s reaction to being asked what makes a good bartender, and — even harder to answer — what sets her apart from the pack? “I think consistency makes a great bartender. It’s easy to follow a recipe and make a drink but can you do that with a 500-capacity bar with 10 deep around the whole bar and at speed? It can be pretty full on in some bars,” she laughs. “I would hope my quick wit and banter is what makes me great but it’s more likely my speed and 44

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↑ Katie Short loves to experiment and create new cocktails but her personal go-to drink is a negroni. doesn’t know what they want,” she explains. “Asking what their flavour preferences are (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy etc) and just going with my gut. I like making them try something they maybe wouldn’t normally order and hopefully they enjoy it. “I wouldn’t say I have a specific favourite drink to make, but I definitely have a favourite drink, which will always be a good negroni. Nothing beats it, trust me.” Katie’s tips and tricks for those wanting to make their own cocktails at home: “Quality starts with ingredients. Fresh is best. Lemon or lime juice is best freshly squeezed and if not, buy a cold pressed juice — Homegrown is best or Grove products. This can change your cocktail completely. Don’t buy Pepe Lopez for a margarita, use 100 percent agave tequila. Please, for the love of god, do your research with spirits, or like, drop me a DM, I got you.”

consistency. I alway endeavour to make the drink the same every time and I’m super excited to learn about products so I can mix with them — I love being creative. Anyone who knows me knows I love making something you’ve never tried before and ideally you’ll like it. Trial and error though, right?” What’s trending in the drinks scene at the moment? “Spicy margaritas!” says Katie. “Everyone loves a spicy marg, which I’m super happy to provide, because I also love a spicy marg.” She also loves to experiment — “brain secretions” as she’s called them on her social media platforms — though Katie says there’s still a way to go before getting her more innovative creations on the menu. “Generally with private gigs people want pretty straightforward stuff like espresso martinis and mojitos. In terms of the Bay’s palate in general though, it’s definitely getting more sophisticated, which is exciting to see!” Some current favourites to make/drink? “I really enjoy making a drink for someone who

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Ever fallen victim to 'wish-cycling' — when you dump rubbish into the yellow bin and hope for the best? We address some of our nagging doubts by asking the experts at Tauranga City Council. So you’re across most details of what plastics and metals can and can’t be recycled in Tauranga, but some items kick off pangs of doubt every time you drop them into the yellow recycling bin? In truth, most of us have fallen into some ‘wish-cycling’, so we decided to ask Tauranga City Council to clarify some finer points that might be causing household debates. Let’s start with a couple of basics you may well know. Firstly, in Tauranga, we can only recycle plastic number 1, 2 and 5 (so it pays to keep that in mind when choosing products to buy). Secondly, your recycling should always be clean, so be sure to so rinse out cans, bottles etc.

Lids As far as lids go, size does count! Metal lids Your standard size jam jar (about 380g) has a lid big enough to recycle. Anything smaller than this (eg beer bottle tops) can not be recycled as they are too small and fall through the machines. Plastic lids Milk bottle and soft drink lids are also too small for the machines to be recycled (but see note about Precious Plastics later in this story). Larger lids, like large yoghurt and ice cream containers, are big enough to be recycled (if number 1, 2 or 5, of course).

Cans Aluminium cans can be recycled, but we’ve seen some conflicting information doing the rounds about the question, 'to squash or not to squash?' Apparently it doesn’t matter either way here in Tauranga.

Aerosol cans are also ok to recycle, but please make sure they’re empty.

Aluminium Foil plates can be cleaned and recycled. Other food-grade aluminium, such as tin foil and Easter egg wrapping, needs to be big enough to be captured by the machines. To do this, make sure it’s clean, then screw it up into a mass about the size of a tennis ball — this may require collecting it for a time, until you have enough to recycle.

Paper Paper and cardboard needs to be clean to be recycled and it’s preferred (not essential) that you remove staples, binding, cellotape or plastic envelope windows before you place in the yellow bin. Magazines are fine to recycle, whether they're shiny or matte. Plastic-coated containers (such as milk and juice) are a no go, as is the glossy paper wrapping around reams of photocopier paper. These products have multiple layers of materials that hinder the recycling process. Metallic wrapping paper and cellophane is not recyclable. These fall under the soft plastic category, which gets jammed in the machines. Other wrapping paper that has a similar feel to magazine paper can be recycled. Pizza boxes are ok to recycle if they have no food or oil on them (if this is the case, you probably aren’t getting a delicious pizza, but that’s a whole other issue). For unclean boxes, you could 47

possibly add it to your home compost bin, if you have one.

Our great coffee cup issue "100% compostable, recyclable, biodegradable, made from plants..." There are a lot of different statements made on single-use coffee cups these days, but what you really need to know is this: they can not be composted or recycled anywhere in Tauranga. Unfortunately, cups made from plant-based material, known as PLA, are yet to be a great eco alternative. There’s no countrywide standardisation, and most have a plastic interior lining making them difficult to recycle, so they simply aren’t accepted for recycling across Aotearoa. And as far as the compostable claims go — this requires a commercial composting station (as a certain temperature is required to break down the cup) and Tauranga doesn’t have one. In fact, you’re hard pushed to find many across the country. Instead, an insane amount of these cups are dumped in our landfill via the red bin (one estimate by the Packaging Forum was 295 million each year in New Zealand), along with other products with the commercially compostable label, like PLA plastic cups, coffee lids and courier bags. The composting process requires oxygen that landfills don’t offer, so if and when these items break down, they release methane, a greenhouse gas that is about 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In summary: long live reuseable cups! Continued on page 48


Some items NOT recycled kerbside in Tauranga → metallic wrapping paper → plastic-coated milk containers → beer bottle lids → plastic milk bottle lids → single-use coffee cups and lids — no matter what they claim! 48


Some items that ARE recycled kerbside in Tauranga → paper → tin cans & aluminium cans → tin foil (in a tennis-ball sized mass) → large plastic yoghurt containers and lids → milk bottles (not lids) → Remember plastic has to be # 1, 2 or 5! 49

Reality check → Recycling products is great and all, but the reality is, it should be a last option. If we use something once then chuck it in the bin — even if it’s the recycling bin — it’s still a huge waste of resources and a massive burden on our planet. Plastic, unlike glass, can't be endlessly recycled either. The ideal is definitely the three Rs: reduce (buy less!), reuse, and then, a very distant third option, recycle. → Can you refill cleaning products or jars of dry ingredients at a local store? Can you buy in bigger sizes to save on packaging? Can you jump online to find out how some cleaning and food products could be homemade (less money, preservatives and chemicals)? It’s all about making small, manageable changes over time!

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a Container Return Scheme that would incentivise people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling and/or refilling in exchange for a small refundable deposit. (Kiwis stockpile, litter or send to landfill about 1.7 billion beverage containers per year!) This approach has proved successful overseas and, in fact, New Zealand had a scheme like this until the 80s. Note, this will NOT include the dreaded single-use coffee cups. The other main point was around improving kerbside collections across the board in Aotearoa, so everyone would have their food scraps collected (most cities don’t offer green bins like Tauranga and consequently New Zealand has around 300 tonnes of rotting food scraps releasing methane) and everyone would have the same items collected and recycled kerbside. In transforming New Zealand's recycling system, the government is aiming to increase the quality and quantity of materials collected for recycling, reduce our emissions, and recycle more resources through our economy and nutrients back into our soil. Ⓟ

Batteries Household batteries can be recycled at the local transfer station, as can products such as vaping pods and devices, and mobile phones with batteries. Soft plastics You can take your soft plastics to the Tauranga drop off location at Countdown Bethlehem — this includes cracker wrappers, bread, pasta and rice bags, metalicised wrappers (eg chip bags), toilet paper packaging, courier envelopes — bascially any plastic soft enough to be scrunched into a ball. This scheme is managed by the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme (recycling.kiwi.nz). Precious Plastics There is good local news about the smaller plastic lids that can't be recycled. Envirohub have a Precious Plastics project, which is essentially a small community recycling facility. It's collecting these lids and making them into items such as earrings, clocks and more. Collect your lids, then take them to the drop-off point at Remaker sustainability hub (27 Spring St, Red Square, Tauranga CBD). For more information, visit: envirohub.org.nz

Looking ahead The Ministry for the Environment has just finished a public consultation on proposed changes for waste collection at a national level, given our country has comparatively low rates of recycling. A key discussion point was around introducing

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Slow Lane Traffic and parking stressing you out? Feeling blah and want to improve your mental and physical health? Like to do your bit for the environment? The Wednesday Challenge can kick start new habits! 63

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↑ The bus can be a relaxing way to get around the city. → Steve Ferris has swapped the car for his electric skateboard. Previous page: Signing up for the challenge at TLBM. your town. You smile smugly at the thought of all those people in gridlocked traffic. You arrive at work in a zen state and, who knows, maybe that time has afforded you the headspace to work through creative ideas for work. Scenario two: you board a bus, sit back with a great book (or close your eyes to meditate) and relax until your stop, starting the day as serenely, as you mean to continue. Wednesdays could mean less congestion on our roads, including the chaotic streets around schools, which would translate to less pollution and improved health (just 30 minutes exercise a few days a week is enough to reduce depression, anxiety and bad moods!). It could also create more connected communities. “Covid has seen our work and life patterns change. A lot more people have been working from home, going from Zoom call to Zoom call, doing workouts via YouTube in the garage,” says Heidi. “We’re encouraging people to get back out there on Wednesdays to rebuild connections, take the time to ride, wait for the bus, offer someone a lift…”

Did you know that Tauranga is the most car dependent city in Aotearoa? Only 5 percent of us use alternative modes to the single occupancy car. The Wednesday Challenge is a community initiative encouraging us to travel differently on a Wednesday. Instead of jumping in your car by your lonesome, we’re being asked to consider catching a bus, carpooling, or to bike, scooter, skate, walk, run or even catch the ferry. “Lots of us have spent time overseas and it’s the cities that aren’t full of cars that are usually our favourite places — so why can’t we make Tauranga feel more like them?” says Heidi Hughes, project director. “Bustling cities with full buses, people out on their bikes or walking… We can’t magic up a metro or miles of bike lanes, but it’s easier than people think to choose a different mode. And if we all choose the same day, we might just see a tangible change in our streets by the end of the year — that’s our goal.”

Why take part? Been complaining about the traffic? Of course you have, it’s one of our favourite pastimes in Tauranga! Now let’s imagine a day where your blood pressure and frustration levels aren’t sky high by 9am. Scenario one: you jump on your bike (walking’s also excellent), say mōrena to your neighbour over the fence — rather than roaring past in your car, and as you pedal leisurely (the wind in your hair! birdsong!), you take in a whole new perspective of

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Heidi Hughes gets pedalling.

→ A group of ambassadors are spreading the word about the challenge, such as Steve Ferris, owner of Tauranga’s The Flooring Room. Until the Wednesday Challenge, he’d driven his car to work for 20 years, but now he’s been jumping on his electric skateboard or bike — he’s enjoying the fresh air, a faster commute and time to destress, without the road rage that he used to endure daily. “I’ve never taken a bus, bike, or skateboard to work, until now! I feel like after 20 years of driving, my eyes have been opened to a whole new way of getting to work!” he says. “I love a challenge. Hate the traffic. I want the feeling of making a difference and I want to get fit. I really hope Tauranga gets behind this and people realise how easy it is.”

push, there are a host of prizes, including a $4000 shopping spree at Mount Maunganui’s My Ride bike shop (you’re automatically entered when you sign up) and a $1000 monthly prize package is up for grabs for all involved. Heaps of schools, more than 60 businesses and organisations and a host of neighbourhoods are already signed up. You can also set up teams on the site (eg your workplace or neighbourhood) and you can see who’s at the top of the leaderboards.

So what’s new? → A carpooling app is being launched in Tauranga as part of the Wednesday Challenge. Liftango is an internationally renowned shared transport facilitator and Tauranga is the first place in New Zealand to get it. Businesses can register on the Wednesday Challenge site and set up the Liftango app so they can carpool with other registered Liftango users to get to and from work.

The target “We’re aiming to reduce car dependency in Tauranga over the year with a target of 20 percent of regular drivers participating in the challenge,” explains Heidi. “We currently sit at around 5 percent, so if we all choose to make a difference just one day a week, we would see tangible change. Think winding the clock back 10 years on Tauranga traffic!”

→ A ferry trial will launch in spring (you can pre-book ferry tickets now on wednesdaychallenge.co.nz). Wednesdays will be a whole lot more fun when you can jump on a ferry between Downtown Tauranga and Pilot Bay in the Mount to get to and from work, get to meetings or even just to go out for lunch. Plus, a convenient Wednesday commuter ferry service will also run between Omokoroa and Tauranga CBD.

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Winter’s Bounty Words & Recipes by Holly McVicar Photography by ilk

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↑ Glorious late-autumn/early winter produce at Holly’s fingertips right now includes silverbeet, guava and macadamia nuts, as well as apples and lemons. She’s enjoying the process of establishing a new vegetable garden and planting fruit trees now she’s returned to the Bay of Plenty. I was fortunate to have a love of fresh produce and good food passed down to me through many generations. Growing up on a beef farm and large horticultural property in Katikati, my parents introduced us to their passion for food and travel, and our garden was always full of climate-defying produce. Self-sustaining was a way of life back then, but it was yet to have a label. I earned pocket money by raising animals and selling fruit and vegetables, and had free rein in the kitchen with whatever was growing on the property at the time. This grounding saw me working in food from a young age, from a job at a local vineyard restaurant at high school to cooking schools and working in boutique lodges. I completed my chef qualifications simultaneously with a Bachelor in Earth Sciences,

and have subsequently worked around the world as a geologist and project manager. After the upheaval we’ve been through these past few years, I was incredibly glad to gain a spot in the MIQ lottery late last year and to move back to the Bay of Plenty with my husband and two wonderful children. I hope to give them the upbringing I had — connecting the environment with the produce we eat, and being close to family. One of my first missions at our new home was to establish a vege garden. My (hopefully abundant!) produce, along with that of all the local growers and makers I plan to meet, will be the inspiration for this recipe column (and recipes I post on @madebyhollys). The food will be simple to make, full of flavour and celebrate the best produce each season has to offer. 68

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Spiced Carrot & Ginger Soup

This is a simple take on a recipe that won a culinary award many years ago. The carrots growing in my vege garden are destined for this warming soup that’s ready in 30 minutes. Pair it with some crusty fresh bread for the perfect winter meal. SERVES 4 20ml olive oil 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 20g fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional) 500g carrots, peeled and sliced

1L stock (chicken or vegetable works well) 100ml cream Lime crème fraîche 50ml crème fraîche Zest and juice of ½ lime 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander Place the oil and turmeric in a large, heavy-based saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli (if using), then cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent but not browned. Stir in the carrots, add the stock 69

then simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. While the soup is cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the lime crème fraîche in a separate bowl, then season to taste, and set aside. Puree the soup with a stick blender until smooth. Just before serving, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and swirl with crème fraîche, to finish. Serve with your favourite bread, if desired.

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Lemon Yoghurt Cake

This can be a large cake (I baked the one above in three separate tins), baked as a loaf or made as muffins or mini-loaves, and I’ve given options for both a drizzle or buttercream icing. When in season, add a large handful of fresh raspberries or blueberries into the mixture before baking. SERVES 12 ¾ cup rice bran oil 2 large free-range eggs 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind ¼ cup lemon juice 1 cup unsweetened Greek yoghurt 1 cup caster sugar 2 cups self-raising flour Lemon Buttercream 125g salted butter, softened

2 cups icing sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice Lemon Drizzle Icing 1 cup icing sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice For the cake, preheat the oven to 160°C and grease or line your selected tin with baking paper. Mix together wet ingredients, then add the sugar and mix well until it’s dissolved. Gently fold in the flour until just combined. Bake until golden brown and the top springs back when pressed. I find a 20cm round springform tin takes about 50 minutes, a loaf tin takes an hour, and the mixture divided into 12 muffin/mini-loaf tins takes about 20 minutes to bake. 70

For the lemon drizzle icing, mix ingredients well until smooth, then drizzle over cake when cool. For the lemon buttercream, use a cake mixer to beat the butter and icing sugar until pale and smooth — around 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and combine. The scraper attachment on a stand mixer works well here and eliminates bubbles in the mixture. Top the cooled cake with buttercream. Tip Before transporting a cake iced with buttercream, pop it into the fridge for the icing to firm up for the journey. For more recipes and local produce inspiration, follow @madebyhollys



Style Mavens

We chat to the powerhouse women behind three of New Zealand’s fashion success stories — Blak clothing, Chaos & Harmony shoes and Saben bags (a brand that is celebrating 20 years, no less). 72

← Blak’s Teresa Hodges (left) and Beks Anderson of Chaos & Harmony in the bridal section of their Blakchaos boutique. Opposite page: Roanne Jacobsen of Saben.

in Italy —the first collection was 2009. I was super passionate about creating shoes with a design focus. At the time, the market was limited in styles that I wanted to wear, and great designs that I knew other women would also love.

We sat down with the forces behind three of Aotearoa’s best-loved fashion brands (Saben’s Roanne Jacobson, Blak’s Teresa Hodges and Rebecca (Beks) Anderson of Chaos & Harmony) for a chat about empowering women, the beauty of life in the Bay, and the brands coming together at the Blakchaos boutique. And we mark a very big birthday...

How would you describe your brand, and what sets it apart?

When did each of you launch your brands, and what got you going?

Teresa Blak was created to give women confidence, with styles that make them feel their best and allow their personality to stand out. We focus on timeless pieces that feel effortless. Our aim is to uplift women and it’s so humbling to see the confidence in someone’s face when they find that perfect outfit. We chose the name Blak to reference that little black dress in your wardrobe that you always rely on to make you feel amazing for every occasion.

Teresa We launched Blak Basics back in 2007 after identifying a huge gap in the boutique market. Customers had a choice in high-end dressy clothes, but not a lot for everyday luxury staples in their wardrobe. Basics quickly expanded to all of the brands under the Blak umbrella you see now — Luxe, Love, Basics, and more recently Bridesmaids — to cover our customers’ needs and allow the brand to continue to grow.

Roanne Saben is the new best friend you didn’t know you needed. A Saben piece is one that empowers women — something of a talisman to give women the confidence and preparedness to take on her day.

Roanne 2002. I was living in New York at the time, working in bars, saving my tips and living the classic ‘struggling artist’ life. With the little money I did have, I would save to buy myself something extra special. That something was always a bag. I became somewhat of a connoisseur (a bag lady, if you will) and as much as I loved them, there was always something amiss. They were beautiful but weren’t big enough for daily use. Or they had all the bells and whistles to hold the chaos of my life but I couldn’t take them from work, to dinner and drinks. That’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

Beks Chaos & Harmony shoes are distinct in design and comfort. We love creating effortless designs that add to a woman’s style or the look she wants to create.

Tell us about the opening of the Mt Maunganui boutique, Blakchaos? Teresa Blakchaos opened in 2013. Beks and I had become friends a few years earlier, and after starting our own businesses had often caught up to share advice and insights into growing our companies.

Beks Chaos & Harmony was founded in 2008 after a year of studying footwear and accessory design 73

Left to right: New season gems: the cosy Amy Sweater in purple from Blak and The Limitless Boot (arriving June) from Chaos & Harmony.

Beks Both Teresa and Roanne have an ease about them that flows through to their brands. Their focus on customers and creating a beautiful experience is something we identify with. They are also both hard-working women that pursue their dream despite the circumstances they face, which is admirable, especially in our small New Zealand market.

Out of this, the idea of our collaborative store evolved. We could see the vision of women stepping into the store and it feeling like a place of sanctuary. We saw it as a place where we could also collaborate with like-minded luxury brands such as Saben, to offer women the best of the best. We love that our customers can come to us for a complete outfit for a special event or their everyday lives.

Beks and Teresa, what do you love about living in the Mount?

How did the relationship between Blakchaos and Saben come about?

Teresa I love that I can own a creative, successful business and still live somewhere quiet and beautiful. My children bike to school five minutes down the road, and we’re so close to the beach. The Bay of Plenty is also an easy access point to many parts of New Zealand. Mt Maunganui is a little hub of successful creative businesses; it’s such a supportive environment.

Roanne We’ve always loved the Mount and we had a stockist who was shutting their business at exactly the same time Blakchaos was opening. We first fell in love with their product and their fit out, and when we met Beks and Teresa, we understood their personal and business values aligned with ours as well. Beks Saben came on early in the piece. We knew it was a well-recognised brand with classic styles that would work with what we were doing at Blakchaos. We like the idea of brands being both stand-alone and complementary.

Beks There’s a freedom we experience here in Mt Maunganui. Many of our employees have kids, so the lifestyle that the beach brings for our families gives us the energy and inspiration to continue to create the future. It’s a great place to pull you back to reality, to be present and not be consumed with the world around you.

What do you admire about and identify with in the other two brands?

And what’s it like running a business (or two!) from the region?

Teresa Women taking on the world!! Chaos & Harmony and Saben both have incredible leaders creating absolutely beautiful pieces. All three of us believe in uplifting women and bringing out their inner confidence, which is so important to me.

Beks Initially, when we began our business, it felt as though it was a disadvantage to be in the Bay, especially as a fashion brand. However, as time has gone on, and especially given the last two and a half years, we are more grateful than ever to have our business positioned here. The majority of our business is e-commerce so we

Roanne Blak and Chaos & Harmony stand by our same core values, that is, beautiful functional product delivered with outstanding customer service. 74

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Saben’s latest collection, Into Eden, features this beautiful Odile Crossbody in Ivy.

What was the first bag you designed?

can offer an amazing experience regardless of where we are located.

It was a belt bag that you could wear around your hips or across your body, and was made of industrial weight sail cloth, so I needed a sail maker to produce the sample for me. Things only got serious when I moved away from working with CMT (cut, make, trim) outworkers and found a manufacturer so I could build ranges rather than one-off designs. However, it’s taken years of life experience to finesse our designs so that beauty and functionality maintain equal importance.

Teresa To be honest, it was never that hard to be regional, and with the new world of Zoom and digital communication, it’s become even easier. Auckland is quite close and it’s always nice for a change of scenery and to be in touch with the city. It’s also important for me to spend time in our shop there, to keep understanding our customer base.

Roanne, congrats on 20 years in the biz! How does it feel to reach that milestone?

Do you spend much time in the Bay of Plenty?

It’s surreal, weird, incredible… I keep having moments of ‘did I really do all this?!’ I’ll remember a moment in time, like an anniversary or one of my boys’ birthdays, and remember the bag I was wearing or the collection I was designing at the time and all the memories hit me with the feels.

We visit at least once a year — there’s something about the Bay, especially in summer, that makes you feel like you’re overseas. Driving through Paeroa, having a look around “just one” antique shop, ooh-ing and aah-ing as we drive through the gorge… When the boys were younger we spent time in Ōpōtiki and driving across the bay towards East Cape. We’ll often visit the Mount (if you visit the Mount and don’t walk up, are you even in the Mount?!) and Rice Rice Baby is our go-to place for dinner. Ⓟ

What were some of the highlights and challenges along the way? Twenty years of business has made me very aware that every day brings highlights or challenges, and in the best case scenario, both. Everything worth having is worth fighting for.

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The Finer Details

Warwick Aitken has a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence, whether it’s working with the renowned Newman/Haas Racing team or running the highly respected Beachside Builders. 77

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Little did Warwick Aitken know that when he signed up for an automotive apprenticeship as a teenager, he would go on to spend more than 15 years travelling the world, pursuing an impressive engineering career in the highoctane world of car racing. His time designing and building some of the world’s fastest cars, and working in the extremely high-stress environment of racing pits, gave him secondto-none engineering expertise, hands-on problem solving skills and the ability to keep a cool head under pressure. The skills garnered in those years have contributed to the success of his building company, Beachside Builders, which has a reputation for delivering high-quality homes with an X factor. Warwick fosters trusted client relationships, has exacting standards for his projects, and constantly shares his enthusiasm and knowledge with his valued employees.

Tell us about your career abroad with racing teams I did my apprenticeship in Tauranga and then left for England when I was 19 to take up an exciting opportunity working on a race team founded by F1 drivers. After five years as part of that team, I went on to travel then work as a crew chief on an F2 team. That was when I got an offer I couldn’t refuse — working in the USA as part of the legendary Newman/Haas Racing team, whose driver was Mario Andretti [one of the most

successful Americans in the history of motorsports]. I was part of the team that designed and built the cars, and during the races I was also on the left rear tyre in the pits. We went on to win two Indy championship series, making it one of the most successful teams in the history of CART [Championship Auto Racing Teams] and IndyCar Series.

engineering and planning skills to work and designed and built a three-level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom home. I basically managed and built the project by myself, which really pushed me to learn about the technical parts, but also led me to discover a real passion for building. I explored this further and worked on a few labour-only projects, but then went all-in by setting up Beachside Builders 28 years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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What was the most rewarding part of that career? Just to be part of that engineering team — to be so involved in the technical decisions about a car that must be highly competitive, very safe and able to go the distance at speeds around 400kmh.

What attracted you to the building industry? After my wife Tracy and I had our children, Brandon and Corey, we decided to return to the Mount, where I am from, so our children could enjoy the same lifestyle that I had growing up. When we got back, we needed a house, so I put my 78

My son Corey works with me, so it really is a family business, but also, we try to bring that aspect of family through every part of the business, which I think differentiates us from other builders. When you treat your staff as family, hire people who love what they do and where they live, and create an environment where they’re encouraged to grow and bring their best skills to the table, you gain loyalty and trust. This, of course, also instils pride in our team members, who really take ownership of the work they do, and represent our brand when they’re out and about in the community. Relationships are really everything in this business (and any other, for that matter). We work hard on our brand to make sure it resonates with our clients, and we pride ourselves on our professional, well-groomed, organised team that share our values. We take the same approach with our contractors by building strong relationships to ensure

Story: Clarissa van Emmenes House photography: Jereme Aubertin Portrait: ilk

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↑ After 28 great years of Beachside Builders, Warwick still loves his work. ← Outstanding details abound in the house that won Gold in Master Builders House of the Year 2020 (also opening image). Opposite page: Warwick (on right) in his days as part of the legendary Newman/Haas Racing team.

quality and consistency for our clients. We like to work with trusted companies to help support the local market.

How do you achieve great client relationships? We don’t simply come to the site and build a house, we really focus on translating architectural plans and collaborating with clients during each step of the process to create a home. And if you’re building an architectural forever home, there really isn’t much room to go off-plan; it needs to be perfect and that’s the expectation.

With 30-odd years of experience, I think my multilayered approach of hard work, engineering experience, and passion for the business and the community adds a definite advantage to our business, and offers something invaluable to our clients.

For more about Beachside Builders and to view many of its previous projects, including the awarding-winning Pāpāmoa property pictured here, visit beachsidebuilders.co.nz 79

The lowdown on Beachside Builders → Specialises in high-quality renovations and architectural homes across the Bay of Plenty that complement the beautiful coastline and its natural elements. → More than 20 years of experience in architectural concrete builds, featuring concrete block basements with unispan and tilt panels. These are houses that can withstand the Bay’s harsh elements. → Was awarded Gold in the Master Builders House of the Year 2020 for a cedar-clad beachside Pāpāmoa home. The project was a showcase of high-end detailing and excellent craftsmanship, both inside and out.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, or maybe even more when it involves complex feelings. We find out about a course that allows youth to express their thoughts and stories through art. 82

↑ Left to right: The Hediger’s painting is cut up for framing; Liam guides the students each step of the way. Opposite: Upcycled bedsheets were used for the project’s sustainable artworks. During the first lockdown, Liam Makawe was struggling with issues of identity, especially around his Māori heritage. Feeling unable to share his thoughts, he headed for the garage and started painting. He later saw how people connected with his work, and realised how powerful it can be to use art to process personal issues. This understanding inspired him to lead a seven-week art project, designed to support Tauranga rangatahi (youth). “It’s about how valuable it is to share personal stories, thoughts and feelings through art, Liam explains. “The project empowered students by having a safe environment where they can be as open or reserved as they please, a space with no judgement or expectations, and where they can connect with the community.” Remaker sustainability hub was central to the project and, fittingly, only recycled and donated materials were used to create the works. Bed sheets from op shops were used in place of canvas, giving the budding artists a chance to create large-scale works. “Remaker made it possible for me to get the Creative NZ funding needed to host this project, as well as the physical space to create freely alongside a strong, resilient and supportive team,” says Liam. The course offered insights into everything from framing, transporting and curating art, to events and community work. You can now head along to Remaker to see the culmination of the project in an exhibition called He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata — read on for thoughts from some of the artists involved.

years ago. Given they are siblings, it’s unsurprising that one of their main take-outs from the project was learning to work together, allowing each of their voices and artistic ideas to be heard. “Learning how to incorporate sustainable practices in our art was also a challenge at first, but then we found that we could do a lot more interesting things with materials we don’t normally use,” says Rolph. The final colourful artwork incorporated elements from both countries, such as bear, birds, trees, rivers, snow and stars. Ella Mae Mcgowan (21) is familiar with taking a sustainable approach to her artwork. She’s usually found creating bespoke hand-bound books from recycled and sustainable products, including materials from nature. During this project she wrangled with the physical challenge of working on a large sheet, but says she learned to go with the flow when her ideas didn’t pan out. “It taught me the importance of doing art for fun as opposed to being so scripted and set with my approach,” she says. Ella Mae’s piece is called I Find Flight. “The bigger part of the piece is built on the confusion around gender identity, and the way society dictates every element of our lives, down to how we choose to present ourselves to others,” she explains. Art student Alani McKenzie (18) also found the project gave her a sense of artistic freedom: “I learned … to paint whatever comes to your mind or express what you’ve been feeling that day.” The hunt for upcycled material also led her to meet inspiring people. As for the meaning of her piece: “I’m showing that the whole world is a crazy place; just having to deal with this crazy world we live in.”

The stories The Hedigers — Rolph (23), Herman (17) and Lucy (14) — wanted to share the experience of leaving their home in Canada and migrating to Aotearoa a few

He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata is on throughout June at Remaker, 27 Spring St, Tauranga 83

City Centred It's time to have some fun in our city centre. We take a closer look at the latest and greatest activities, including late nights with friends, family activities, and of course food, glorious food...

Here’s a challenge for you — think differently. Think differently about Tauranga’s city centre! It’s about time we all did. Sure, there have been some big challenges and those challenges haven’t disappeared. After all, the CBD is going through transformational change and the disruptions will be with us for some time as developments roll out.

And you've probably read the odd bad-news stories about the city centre 'dying’. But is it really? We think not. Yes, it still has a way to go to become a fully revitalised CBD but even now we're seeing the launch of some pretty amazing and exciting offerings. It's a good time to take a fresh look at just what you, your friends, and the whole family can experience. 84

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↑ Left to right: Falafel Metro offers one of the CBD's best lunches; Rosebud cocktails at But First Dessert. Opposite: Macau's mod-Asian menu and great service is a highlight of The Strand's lively scene. also take away to enjoy at home, are works of art, and they’re created from scratch by chefs on site. The high tea is definitely high on our to-do list.

A taste of the new There’s an ever-increasing number of exciting new eateries opening in the city centre. Here are four of our favourites right now…

Nectar Brand new on The Strand, Nectar is a super-colourful and comfortable all-day eatery where you can enjoy a morning coffee or not-your-usual brunch of crab, bacon and chorizo benedict, as well as small plates and shared mains such as whole market fish. Latenight drinks are also on offer, and the many seating areas and fun design gives it a big-city vibe. It’s a place to hang out and to connect.

Picnicka With a menu built on locally sourced produce, and standout design and interiors, Picnicka is the CBD's new bar and grill. From the team behind top-notch local eateries Clarence Bistro and Alpino, this is an allday affair from morning pastries, delicious light lunch offerings, cocktails and snacks at the bar, and dinners with an array of oysters, and magnificent chargrilled steaks from the Argentinian woodfired barbecue. Situated at Thirty Eight Elizabeth, we can feel another ‘this is the place to be’ sensation coming on.

Casual Kitchen Grant McLellan spent over 35 years chasing exotic flavours across the globe, cooking for clients from a variety of cultures in hotels and super yachts. Now he’s bestowing his love of fresh, great tasting food on us! Casual Kitchen, just open on Devonport Road, offers a range of flavoursome and nutritious readymade meals. Grant’s created realistic portion sizes that cut down food waste while still leaving you satisfied. He uses in-season local ingredients to ensure freshness and reduce food miles, and biodegradable packaging and plastic-free delivery, so your convenience doesn’t harm the environment.

But First Dessert Across the road from Picnicka, you'll find Tauranga’s first dessert-only restaurant, But First Dessert. It’s a divine way to finish off an evening with beautifully crafted desserts, a glass of your favourite wine or one of its spot-on cocktails. This vibrant spot on Elizabeth Street reminds us of the intricate care the French take with their patisseries. The cabinet options, that you can 85

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Fintan Magee's The Wall Builder. Take a wander to discover Tauranga's huge array of impressive street art. ↗ Opposite, clockwise from top left: Relax outdoors, no matter your age; hit the shops; dance at La Mexica. 86

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and make friends. Rochelle O’Loan is an enthusiastic regular and reckons it’s one of our city’s “best kept secrets”. Read about her experience on the 12 Hours in the City page on Downtown Tauranga's site. Own a dog? Love Vegan food? Need a night out with the boys? Keen to add some excitement to your work day in the city centre? Want to check out the latest eateries, boutiques and homeware stores? We're ready to share a host of experiences that you didn’t know were possible, on offer right now, in the city centre. To help you rediscover the CBD, check out the revamped Downtown Tauranga website — you’ll find an array of carefully curated experiences. Select a profile that suits you best, see what’s on offer and choose what meets your needs. You can experience your city centre, your way. Ⓟ For the best of the city, visit downtowntauranga.co.nz

Heart of the action Are you looking ahead to the weekend, wanting a fun day out that the whole family will enjoy? The city centre is bursting with activities that will have mum, dad and the kids entertained. Suzanne Shilton is a local mother of three and she’s made it her mission to find Tauranga’s best family friendly activities. She shares some of her favourites on the Family Fun page on Downtown Tauranga's site. You’re bound to discover something new! After dark, Downtown Tauranga has a host of different offerings for grown-ups. Our city is heaving with nightlife on the weekend, so check out its site for the best spots to dance the night away until the early hours. If electronic and house music, or drum and bass isn’t your vibe, then why not give social dancing a go! At La Mexica’s Wednesday dance night, you can learn the steps, experience different cultures 87

The Whole Picture By Clarissa van Emmenes

Mariana Sala wants to challenge perceptions around keto-friendly food with her range of Miss Keto frozen meals that are preservativefree, packed with wholefoods and perfect for busy people.

They say you are what you eat, and if Mariana Sala is anything to go by, her keto-based diet must be bright and healthy. Mariana is the brain (and heart) behind Tauranga-based Miss Keto, a range of nutritious, readymade keto meals prepared by experienced chefs. Like many other innovative start-ups, Miss Keto came to life during the pandemic. Mariana owns the popular Quantum Vis cafe in Cameron Rd, opposite Tauranga Hospital, frequented by health-conscious hospital staff, patients and families. When the cafe closed its doors temporarily due to lockdown

restrictions, the team looked at ways to continue serving their loyal customers. “We started including home delivery and frozen meals during the 2020 lockdown, and our customers started asking us to include more ketofriendly options,” says Mariana. “We had already incorporated keto options (gluten- and sugar-free) in our menu, so it was a natural extension of that. Originally from Argentina, Mariana grew up with an appreciation for the health and lifestyle benefits offered by simple wholefood. This interest led her to buy Quantum Vis four years ago with her 88

↑ Left to right: Keto-friendly pizza bases and Keto Sweet Treats, such as Peppermint & Cacao Slice. ← Mariana at home with husband Lloyd, and children Olly and Eva. husband Lloyd, so she would have the opportunity to work with chefs to create menus, and share her love of good food. When she became a mum to Eva (6) and Olly (9), Mariana also experienced first-hand the challenge of balancing a busy work schedule with raising kids, and the day-to-day demands of running a business and household. Consequently, she broadened her focus to meals that were not only healthy and convenient, but also delicious for the whole family. “For me, it’s not about going on a diet or losing weight — although with keto that can be an added extra, it’s about eating food that comes from nature and that isn’t loaded with sugar or preservatives,” says Mariana. Unfortunately, especially if you’re a busy professional or a working parent, the options are pretty limited when it comes to healthy, high-quality, frozen meals. You usually choose either convenience or health. “My goal with Miss Keto is to eventually offer family packs and make it really kid-friendly. I don’t believe that keto should be only reserved for people who want to lose weight, and it’s definitely not about going to extremes.” Mariana says that switching to a keto lifestyle improved her gut health, hormone and energy levels, without having to count calories. Eating a diet rich in superfoods such as ginger, cacao, spices, bone broth, leafy greens, along with the right amount of good fats such as coconut, olive oil, avos, seeds and nuts, has enabled her to fully embrace her love of food without compromising on

flavour or having to follow an unrealistic eating plan. “There have been so many benefits in adopting keto in our family, so I felt inspired to create a healthy, modern community that can also benefit from simple wholefoods-based nutrition, with the added convenience of being pre-prepared, and oven, microwave and air fryer safe,” says Mariana. All Miss Keto meals are prepared by chefs on site at Quantum Vis. “This allows us to have tight quality control and ensures our selection is always fresh,” she says. The down-to-earth, flavoursome recipe run from butter chicken, chicken soup and pies such as beef cottage or smoked fish, to vegan cauliflower and cashew ginger soup. “It’s keto but for everybody,” says Mariana. “We know that keto can sometimes have a bad reputation for being all butter, bacon and bulletproof coffee. However, our goal is not elimination, our goal is to invite our community to add more wholefood, more real food to their diets without compromising taste or convenience.” For Mariana, it all comes back to holistic health, which means, as far as she’s concerned, a treat or two is par for the course. Beyond her wide selection of meals, the Miss Keto menu also includes Keto Sweet Treats such as ginger crunch, raspberry & lemon bars and a decadent mocha & hazelnut slice, so eating well definitely has its bonuses. Miss Keto meals are available at Quantum Vis (850 Cameron Rd, Tauranga) or at missketo.co.nz Delivery is available for all central North Island. 89

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These two need no introduction… but we’ll do it anyway Congratulations to Holland Beckett Law’s newest partners, Leesa Speed and Georgina Smith. Leesa joined the Family Law Team in 2015. A relationship expert of a different kind, Leesa is your go-to whether you are entering a new relationship or exiting an old one. As a senior and respected family lawyer, Leesa is on the panel of Lawyer for Child, and is a regular advocate in the Family Court. Outside of work, she is actively involved in the Papamoa community, and is a Board of Trustees parent representative for Golden Sands School. If you need legal advice or representation in court proceedings, Leesa does it all with care and compassion. Georgina came on board as a senior lawyer in the property and commercial team and carries 15 years’ legal experience, both here and abroad. She advises on a range of matters including loan and security structuring, commercial leasing, property development and conveyancing. From one field to another, you will find Georgina on defence for the Mount Maunganui Hockey Club. Georgina uses her governance skills on the Tauranga Hockey Association board, as well as being ‘part of the crew’ at Tauranga Musical Theatre.

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Tauranga Farmers’ Market 7.45am–12pm, Tauranga Primary School, 5th Ave, Tauranga



Mount Mainstreet Urban Farmers Market 8am–12pm, Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka, 137 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui

June 2O22 6.

Mt Maunganui Re:generate Fashion Market 10am–2pm, Mount Maunganui Sports Centre.


Bingo Night 6.30pm, Pizza Library, 314 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui, eventfinda.co.nz


Good For Laughs Comedy Series 7.30–9.30pm, CBK (Craft Bar & Kitchen), 20 Spring St, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz

Connected — Mac Summer 9pm–1am, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, eventfinda.co.nz


Ipu / Flax Basket Workshop* 11am–1pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, eventspronto.co.nz

The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 18– 19.

Guy Williams — Here Comes Nothing! 8pm/7pm, 16th Avenue Theatre, 164 16th Ave, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz


7 Days Live 7.30pm, Trustpower Baypark Arena, ticketek.co.nz Matariki Market* 9am–2pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga, theincubator.co.nz/matariki-2022

Tom Sainsbury: Snapchat Dude Live 7.30–9.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz 10.

Skatescool: Roller Disco 12–2pm & 3–5pm, Greerton Hall, 1263 Cameron Rd, Tauranga. Door sales only.

20– 26.

The 59th National Jazz Festival jazz.org.nz


Jazz Festival: Here Comes the Judge 8–9.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, jazz.org.nz Matariki, Tupuārangi and Advocacy Science* 7–8.45pm, Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga. Free, but register at eventfinda.co.nz

Rēwena Māori Bread Workshop* 1.30–3.30pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, theincubator.co.nz/matariki-2022 14.

Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge 8.30am–12.30pm, Trustpower Arena Baypark. eventfinda.co.nz


Social Media Strategy for Creatives 10am–1pm, The Kollective, 145 17th Ave, Tauranga, events.humanitix.com

17– 18.

University of Waikato Tauranga Campus Open Day 10am, University of Waikato, Tauranga


Midnight Sun (artwork) by Sarah Hughes Willow St bus stop, Tauranga CBD.


Jazz Festival: Ella & Joe 6–7.10pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz Jazz Festival: Midge Marsden 8–9.30pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz


Business Women’s Network (BWN) Speaker Series 2022 12–7pm, Trinity Wharf Tauranga, 51 Dive Cres, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz Jazz Festival: The Songs of Eva Cassidy 6–7.10pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz




Jazz Festival: Jazz at the Mount 9.30am–5pm, Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka, 123–141 Maunganui Rd. Free.


Jazz Festival: The Joe Kaptein Quartet 6–7.10pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, eventfinda.co.nz

25– 26.

The Little Big Markets: Jazz Festival 10am–3pm, Tauranga Waterfront Carpark


Women on Top: Inspirational Speakers 6–9pm, Elizabeth Cafe & Larder, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga, eventbrite.co.nz

July 2O22 1



The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui. 17.


The Little Big Markets 9am–2pm, Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui


Medieval & Historical Martial Arts 7.30–9.30pm, Greerton Community Hall, 1263 Cameron Rd, Tauranga, bayvenues.co.nz NZ String Quartet: First Light 7.30–8.45pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz

Stacking Rings Workshop 1.30–4.30pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, workspacestudios.co.nz Silver Earrings Workshop 9.30am–12.30pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, workspacestudios.co.nz


The Black Seeds: Love And Fire Tour 2022 9pm, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, totarastreet.co.nz Truffle Dinner 6–9pm, The Trading Post — French Bistro, 1 Hall Rd, Te Puke, eventfinda.co.nz

Ring Making Day, Tauranga 10am–4pm, The Artery, The Historic Village, Tauranga, workspacestudios.co.nz

Matariki Glow Show* 11am & 1pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz Sunny Side up Children’s Film Festival 9am–5.30pm, The Historic Village, Tauranga, eventfinda.co.nz


The Feelers — Communicate 21st Anniversary Tour 8pm–12am, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, eventfinda.co.nz


Reb Fountain Iris Tour 7.30pm, Totara St, Mt Maunganui, totarastreet.co.nz

23– 24.

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2022 9am–5pm, Trustpower Arena Baypark, eventfinda.co.nz


Divas & Diamonds 7–9.20pm, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, ticketek.co.nz


Emma Dilemma Spit Album Release Party 7–9pm, The Jam Factory, The Historic Village, Tauranga, emmadilemma.org


Skatescool: Roller Disco 10am–12pm & 1–3pm, Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, Tauranga. Door sales only.


TJS Jazz Jam 6.30–9.30pm, Mount Social Club, 305 Maunganui Rd.


Fife Lane + Smith & Sheth Winemaker’s Dinner 512 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui, eventfinda.co.nz


Blindspott Volumes Tour 2022 7.30–11pm, Trustpower Arena Baypark. eventfinda.co.nz


Barrel Room Blues with Mike Garner Duo 7pm, The Barrel Room, 26 Wharf St, Tauranga

*For more Tauranga Moana Matariki events, see page 20 & visit mytauranga.co.nz/matariki 2

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