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Sydney needs little introduction. Chances are if you’ve visited Sydney a few times, you would have stuck mainly to the beaten track; shopping in the CBD, Bondi Junction and down Oxford Street; lunching in and around the harbour and at Wooloomooloo Wharf, maybe a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach or a day trip to Manly and the Northen beaches on the Ferry. While I’d happily spend every trip doing just this, there are unsurprisingly some pockets of amazingness to be found not too far away from these favourite haunts. A great way to venture in to some new Sydney neighbourhoods is to use the Merivale Group as a starting point. The hospitality superweights, established by the Hemmes family has a growing portfolio of more than 65 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces that are all spectacularly unique. It appears that they have the hospitality midas touch with all their venues, opening to steller reviews for both food and

ambience. On the eastern side of Sydney, Merivale’s Coogee Pavilion is somewhere you can easily spend a day. Complete with petanque, giant magnetic scrabble, ping pong and an in-house theatrette, it’s a venue that ticks the boxes for every age. A market style food court concept inhabits the ground level, offering oysters to wood-fire pizza. On the rooftop the four indoor and outdoor bars, have huge balconies that boast wraparound views of the Coogee shoreline. Coogee is really Bondis little unappreciated sister. You’ll find a swim at the pictureque Whylie’s or McIver’s Baths, one of the few remaining womens only ocean pools, located on the rocks next to Coogee Beach, is right up there with Bondi’s Icebergs pool. Coogee carries a less pretentious air than its Bondi neighbours and has the added bonus of being either the start or finish of the popular Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

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Another infamous place many people visit in Sydney is Kings Cross. But step sideways a few metres and you’ll end up in Potts Point. Worlds apart in terms of sophistication and grandeur, here you’ll find the home to a growing number of Merivale’s restaurants. Behind a door bathed in pink neon on Victoria Street, you’ll find Ms G’s which is ‘modern Asian’ and will be ‘unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before’. The graffiticovered walls, uber stylish lighting and jam jar decorated ceiling are hipster cool. The menu is exceptional too and mashes together the very best combination of Chinese to Vietnamamese, to Korean. While you’re in Potts Point if you’re interested in architecture, you may want to visit Elizabeth Bay House to appreciate the grand old architecture of yesteryear or visit Macleay St which has plenty of clothing boutiques. Potts Point is often referred to as the little France of Sydney, with beautiful tree-lined streets, art deco terrace houses and european styled cafes, you’re bound to spot plenty of expensive sports cars and lap dogs sitting pretty amongst the euro styled locals. You couldn’t mention Merivale without covering the Ivy complex in the CBD. Home to award-winning restaurants, Sydney’s only rooftop pool bar, numerous event spaces and leading fashion and lifestyle retailers, the Ivy ensures the perfect CBD outing starts in George street. While many of us won’t be wanting to don a bikini and head to the super glitzy pool club on the top floor, The Ivy’s Felix and Ash St. Cellar in comparison offer an oasis of relative

maturity. Fred’s and Charlie’s Parkers, Merivale’s highly-anticipated Paddington venues, which opened towards the end of last year, are both venues worth visiting if you hit the Oxford Street shopping strip. 31 kms north of the CBD on the stunning shores of Pittwater, another of Justin Hemme’s renovations, The Newport makes a great pitstop if you’re heading north on a day-trip to the stunning northern beaches of Avalon or Palm Beach. Boasting Australia’s largest outdoor waterfront beer garden, The Newport like all of the Merivale Groups ventures has multiple, eclectic, themed spaces to drink and dine in. With live music often playing and a ‘vintage gymnasium’ with badminton, exercise bikes that can charge mobile phones, ping pong tables, outdoor petanque and concrete table tennis courts, there’s no shortage of entertainment. Like the Coogee Pavilion, the Newport menu is based on a community market concept, where different food stalls feature everything from a grass-fed beef burger and fresh shucked oysters, to spit-roasted pork, fresh pastries and a pizzeria and salad bar too. As a word of warning, if you visit one of Merivale’s venues you’re sure to get hooked. And as you should always be prepared to pack an extra bag to fill with shopping on a trip to Sydney, once you’ve discovered the Merivale venus, also prepare to pack on a couple of kgs from sampling the incredible assortment of mouthwatering restaurants.


3 I LIFESTYLE

art for everyone

The Christchurch Art Show held it’s fourth consecutive show at The Events Centre, Wigram Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch from June 15 - 18. Described as a show with “art for everyone”, the Christchurch Art Show, over four days showcases works by New Zealand artists. At only $10 for entry in to the show it’s an inexpensive way to peruse artworks in a gallery meets tradeshow style setting. All artworks are for sale. A feature of this years event was the “biggest ever wall of art” measuring 21 metres long. The wall held a signature work of the top ten artists that the public voted they wanted to see return from the 2016 show. The 2017 top ten artists were; Joel Hart: Joel creates multi-dimensional, pop-culture inspired urban works, often incorporating women. Marie Kjestrup Adams: Marie uses bold brush strokes, line, colour and layering to create expressive, free flowing works capturing movement, flair and the excitement of every day life. Liz Turnbull: Liz’s works explore our landscape. She has a fascination with light, water and the outdoors and how our landscape’s mood can be changed by light alone. Odelle Morshuis: Recent pieces are paintings of figures framed with layers of engraved glass. Joe McMenamin: Joe’s flowing organic patterns that ripple through his works have won him a following throughout New Zealand. Jane Riley: Jane’s artworks depict the beauty she sees and interprets with tremendous energy, passion and flair, often incorporating textures of sand, gemstones, shells and other natural materials. Janyne Fletcher: Jayne is an Otago-based photographer who clearly knows the nuances of the region’s weather and land. Megan Huffadine: The objects and forms in her work are derived from the Central Otago locale. Seeds, remnants and discards are sketched from memory, scale is altered and then these are developed into new forms. Susan Hurrel Fieldes: Susan’s printmaking works are abstract and often focus on the solarplate, collagraph and drypoint methods. John Burns: John’s artwork is bold. Some have stories, some are crazy, gentle, mad, kind, thoughtful, different and thats a word I hear a lot about my art, and a word I like... to be different. If you haven’t been to the Art Show, you should definitely add it on to your 2018 ‘to-do’ list.

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CUISINE I 4

christchurch gets a little high it’s like going through the cupboard in to narnia. enter the doors to the little high eatery and you’ll feel like you’re in another world (or city at the very least!) If you’re looking for a new breakfast, lunch or dinner spot, The Little High Eatery is it. The newest addition to High Street is calling the old Mackenzie Willis building home. With an upmarket foodcourt/foodtruck concept, you can choose from eight different eateries; Bacon Brothers, A Mouse Called Bean, Eight Grains, Noodle Monk, Base Pizza, El Fogon Grill, Caribe Latin Kitchen and Sushi Soldier. Far from the standard mall-style foodcourt, the attention to detail at Little High is impeccable. Each of the eatery zones has it’s own distinctive decor, adding to the market feel. Caribe Latin Kitchen has a brightly tiled bar and eclectic mix of prints on the wall and Bacon Bros has the front of an old truck at the counter. The lighting is impressive with each eatery decked out with an ambience to match. Over at El Fogon the chunky rustic pendants are turned down low creating a very authentic Latin American grill feel, where in stark contrast over at Eight Grains the lights are up high, illuminating the minimilist Japanese kitchen. With over 40 craft beers from all around the world to choose from and sake, sangria and margaritas, you’ll be forgiven for popping back here time and time again to make your way through the drinks lists. The menus won’t disappoint either. Handed a buzzer upon ordering at each of the eatery counters, there are no rules as to how many diferent options your group samples. Many of the menu items are designed to be shared, making a perfect opportunity to sample a variety of the the mouthwatering dishes on offer. A spicy serving of Quesidillas at the Caribe Latin Kitchen washed down with a Dos Equis Lager was my pick. To be honest i’d be happy making this my go-to choice, was it not for the fact that evey plate that past my eyeline looked incredible. I’ve added the dumplings at Eight Grains and a bowl from Noodle Monk to my next visit wish-list, but I know that i’ll keep going back to make my way around the venue. For those still working in the CBD, a coffee from A Mouse Called Bean which used to be housed in the Re:Start Mall and a breakfast burger from Bacon Brothers would be a great pick. It’s so good that i’d even suggest heading in for a mid-afternoon snack. Maybe opt for somethig slightly left-field with a Japanese green tea ice cream or churros. It’s proving to be sublimly popular so finding a seat on the weekend can be a gamble, but with long opening hours (from 7am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and open until midnight Thursday-Saturday) you’re not restricted to head for just lunch or dinner. Being able to park in the Wilsons carpark right outside the front door adds to the appeal too. At this stage until the new venue buzz dies down a little I wouldn’t suggest turning up with a big group. It’s easier to jump on the end of one of the longer shared tables or bar leaners than secure a table or booth during peak feeding times. www.littlehigh.co.nz

slip in to these a detachable sole in your choice of colour takes them from house shoe to outside-ready in a snap Stylish, simple and incredibly comfortable Mahabis slippers are described as “a luxury unisex slipper brand combining scandinavian design principles and european craftsmanship.” Mahabis are designed in London and produced in Portugal. The lining is super soft sheep wool, which sculpts to the shape of your foot making them super comfy. The clever feature of this slipper is that they can be worn both inside and outside by clipping on a sole. Replacement soles can be bought in a variety of colours. They’re more expensive than your average slipper, but their sleek scandinavian-like look would make them a perfect gift for that someone who has everything. Available online at www.mahabis.com


5 I CUISINE / HEALTH

PEA GUACAMOLE Don’t think peas belong in guacamole? Try this fantastic recipe from SYDNEY’s Papi Chulo restaurant! INGREDIENTS 5 avocados 400g peas + extra for garnish 3 jalapeno chillies 3 cloves garlic 2 eshallots

25g toasted sunflower seeds Dash of fish sauce Juice of half a lime Salt Coriander for garnish Good quality corn chips

DIRECTIONS 1. Take the flesh from each avocado and gently mush them up in a bowl while still keeping them chunky. 2. Please peas into a blender and pulse. Add to avocados. 3. Finely chop garlic and jalapeno, and add three quarters to avocados (may have to add more to taste later on. 4. Slice eshallots finely and add to avocados. 5. Finally, mix everything together and season with salt, lime juice and fish scause. There should be a balance of tangy, spicy (may need to add more jalapeno and garlic mix), and salty. 6. To serve, place in serving bowl and sprinkle garnish with extra peas, sunflower seeds and coriander. 7. Enjoy with corn chips!

FALLS Ask your Doctor about Canterbury’s Falls Prevention Service, Steady as you go, exercise classes and green prescription exercise classes. FALLS are not a normal part of ageing and many falls can be prevented. FALLS are the most common injury in older people. Falls by older people are usually due to poor balance and weakened leg muscles. * Women are one and half times more likely to fall than men. * ½ of all people over 80 years fall each year & 1/3 aged over 65 years will fall. * Many falls and subsequent broken bones can be prevented. * Many of these broken bones have life changing and life threatening results. Ask your Doctor about Canterbury’s Falls Prevention Service, Steady as you go, exercise classes and green prescription exercise classes. These are all designed to build up your muscle strength and improve your balance. Walking and all other exercise that you do on your feet is good for muscle strength. Half an hour at least three times a week is beneficial. If you are over 50 years and have broken a bone as a result of a bump or minor fall talk to your Doctor about osteoporosis or contact your local Osteoporosis Society for more information, Trish at trish.adams200@gmail.com The Osteoporosis Society of Canterbury Inc. have their AGM on Wednesday July 12th at the YMCA Hereford Street at 2-30pm. There will be falls prevention specialists to give advice and help. All Welcome

mulled wine mulled wine is one of the seasonal sTAPLES we can’t get enough of. The key to its success is using some quality ingredients (stay away from the casked wine!) INGREDIENTS 1 bottle of full-bodied wine (Shiraz, Merlot or Malbec work well) 1 vanilla pod 1 large orange 1 large lemon 1 teaspoon cloves 4 star anise 5 cracked cardamom pods

2 cinnamon quills broken in halves 1 teaspoon whole green or black peppercorns 10g grated ginger 1 bay leaf ¼ of a whole nutmeg, grated Brown sugar, to taste 100ml water

DIRECTIONS 1. Combine all spices in a pot. Heat on high until small wisps of smoke rise and the aroma floats up into your nose. 2. Add the water and continue to heat until the mixture begins to look like tea. 3. Turn the heat down, add wine, and give a quick stir. 4. Squeeze the juice of the orange and lemon into mixture, adding the remainder the fruit as well. Heat until hot, but not boiling. 5. Add sugar. Be sure to taste so you don’t sweeten too much. Once you’ve reached your desired sweetness, leave to infuse on a low heat for 10-15 minutes. 6. Strain solids, and then add back to pot to keep warm. 7. Decant wine into preferred vessel and enjoy!

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LAW / BEAUTY I 6

what is important to you? It is interesting what people perceive as important beauty/appearance items when asked to name the three items they couldn’t do without if told they were going to a desert island indefinitely. A cross section of males and females ranging from 52 to 95 years old were asked the question. Oddly only one person asked if they would be there on their own. Their replies follow:

Elizabeth - 68 Coconut oil - It can be used internally and externally, hair brush, nail scissors.

Francis - 73 Sunglasses, hairbrush, nail file.

Susie - 63 Moisturiser with sunscreen, mouthwash and lip gloss (Chanel Exotique no 12)

Jo - 75 Magnifying mirror, tweezers and sunscreen.

Go ask your friends. It can lead to an interesting discussion!

JoAN - 95 Dior foundation, Oil of Olay moisturiser and a ‘good’ lipstick.

ANNA - 59 & SARA - 62 Oddly two sisters Anna and Sara both chose identical items: moisturiser with sunscreen particularly for the lips, smudgy charcoal eye pencil and mouth wash.

Philip - 69 A huge cake of soap, piksters for cleaning my teeth and an endless supply of mouth wash.

Pene - 52 Scissors, mirror, scrubbing brush.

Mike - 66 A toothbrush so my teeth aren’t caked in raw fish, moisturiser to keep sun and salted skin from going wrinkly and a comfy pillow so I get my beauty sleep.

JOHN - 82 The biggest, thickest supply of loo paper, Laphroaig mouth wash, (for those in the dark, this is actually single malt whiskey and a hairbrush.)

CAPACITY

WORDS FLEUR MCDONALD As lawyers, we are required to meet with our clients and take their instructions in order to help them complete the particular legal task(s) they are planning. Sometimes when we do this, we need to take a little extra time to consider our clients legal or mental capacity to make decisions. Mental or legal capacity is a client’s capacity to make a decision. Decision making requires that a client: • understands the decision they are having to make • can discuss with us the possible options available to them in a way that shows they appreciate the risk and or benefit of those options • understands the impact that a decision, or the lack of a decision, may have on them or their loved ones • is able to articulate and discuss all of the above with us. It is important to note that the level of capacity required isn’t the same in every situation. For example, to make a Will the test is whether the client knows they are making a Will and the effect of doing so, whether they understand the extent of the assets they are dealing with and finally, whether they comprehend the moral claims which they ought to give effect to. However, when giving instructions to complete Enduring Powers of Attorney the test is whether the client understands the consequences of granting a power of attorney and the nature and effect of the power they are giving. This is the test even in a situation where the client is no longer capable of managing their own affairs. Having these discussions with our clients

is difficult. It can be very confronting, both for our clients and for us. In a worst case scenario, our clients can be very offended by us questioning their capacity. This is not our intention. Our intention is to ensure that the legal outcome our clients have set out to achieve, has the best possible opportunity to succeed. We are aware however that if there is a likelihood that our client’s decision might be challenged, one of the first questions that may be raised is whether our client had the capacity required to make the decision in the first place. The best way of mitigating this risk may be for our clients to undertake a capacity assessment prior to completing their legal work. It is best that the assessment be scheduled as close as possible to the appointment to complete the legal work they are contemplated. It is important for us to write to our client’s doctor to explain to them the background of the situation, the legal test that is at issue and to request a detailed report regarding our client’s capacity to make the decision in question. For the reasons discussed above, if you have concerns about your capacity or the capacity of a loved one, it is critical that you obtain advice from a team well versed in dealing with these matters. At Harmans we have a specialist seniors team to help you with any queries you may have. Contact Fleur McDonald on 352-2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation. 1. 2. 3.

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7 I LIFESTYLE / BEAUTY

Twelfth Night comes to Fortune! Twelfth Night is sure to be a raucous, wild production and a great night out for all.

bangin brows show some brow love. treat yourself to a specialised brow treatment. As we age the hair on our bodies becomes lighter and sparser, making it even more important to maintain our brows. A well-shaped brow gives a look of confidence and really balances the face and frames the eyes. It’s also said that eyebrows play the most important role in creating the facial symmetry that makes a person look attractive. There have been many trends with eyebrow shapes and colour, but natural and full eyebrows will never go out of style. If you haven’t got a naturally full brow or you’ve had a long history of tweezering, there’s still hope. There are a few products that actually help to repair damaged eyebrows or create an illusion of thicker brows and in recent years specialty eyebrow bars have popped up, offering expert advice and techniques. To get the low-down on what we should be doing with our brows, Kim Mchugh, Brow Artist and Founder of The Eyebrow Bar on Colombo Street gave us the answers; 1> I’ve tweezed my eyebrows to death over the years, is there anything that can be done? Firstly (and most importantly), step away from the tweezers! A daunting concept but totally necessary to give yourself the best chance of rekindling the ‘Brow Love’. Secondly, book an appointment with me and I can recommend a plan to get your brows back on track. It’s advised to not remove any hairs for at least 4 - 8 weeks prior to your appointment, that way I can see what growth is coming back and which areas need TLC. A ‘Custom Colour Brow Tint’ can be a real savior. It can reveal a fuller, more defined brow literally in a matter of seconds in some cases. It’s also great for giving the brows more depth and helps to disguise the greys. There are some fantastic results-based, growth enhancing serums that are especially formulated to encourage the growth in patchy areas. Come and see me to have a chat as they’re not suitable for everyone... if the damage has been done and the follicle is dead, it won’t encourage any more growth but it may help to prevent

future hair loss. If you’re not keen on a chemical based product then I also recommend trying Castor Oil or Organic Coconut oil. In my experience, applying this to the brow area can also help stimulate new growth and give a lovely glossy finish to the hairs. Time is also key - be patient. In my experience, it can take anywhere from 4 months - 18 months for the completion of your new ‘Bangin’ Brows’. If you’ve tried all of the above but to no avail, then Microblading is for you. Be very careful when you choose your Microblading technician, it’s paramount that you do your research and always choose a qualified and experienced practitioner who has a solid background in brows. I can’t stress that point enough! 2> Can you tell us what your eyebrow revolution treatment entails? The Eyebrow Revolution is my most popular treatment. It starts with a consultation - we have a chat about your concerns and see what we can do to achieve your brow goals. A brow tint and shape is then performed and brow cosmetics are applied to give them a flattering finish. 3> Who do you consider to have perfect brows? I absolutely adore Cara Delevingne’s brows. They’re naturally amazing and have that untouched look which is my favourite. 4> What are we aiming for with our brows.....there seem to be a lot of full browed girls around at the moment? I’m a fan of natural looking brows. My advice to the readers is this; embrace your natural shape as natural never goes out of fashion. Also, invest in a specialised brow treatment, it’s well worth it. www.theeyebrowbar.co.nz

Shakespeare is moving back into the Fortune with this perennially rich, bold and classic. comedy. Even after 400 odd years this tale with shipwrecks, gender bending disguises, traps and some terrific party songs hasn’t lost any of its entertainment value. Since the beginning of 2017, 11 local Theatre Studies students have been working alongside us in every facet of the Fortune organisation to bring you this deeply rewarding meditation on loss, love and lunacy. Under the inspired direction of Benjamin Henson the 2017 Fortune Company will join them to deliver some

playful pyrotechnics. Twelfth Night is part of a biannual collaboration with the university of Otago that give emerging theatre practitioners real world experience working on a professional production. This production marks the Fortune’s second collaboration after the very successful production of Punk Rock in 2015. Twelfth Night is sure to be a raucous, wild production and a great night out for all. To book your tickets head to fortunetheatre. co.nz or call 03 477 8323 – seats are selling fast!


LIFESTYLE / FITNESS I 8

On pointe want a ballerina style pyhsique like natalie portman in the black swan....then give barre fitness a twirl. Has anyone asked you to try barre fitness? While barre has origins in dance, the rhythmically challenged shouldn’t worry. Most barre classes follow the same basic structure. You’ll most likely start with a warm-up, then move in to some planking and push-ups, do a series of arm exercises (sometimes with hand weights), and then continue at the bar with a lower-body section to work your bigger muscles like the quads, glutes and calves. You’ll also put your core to action with a series of either bar or mat based exercises. A class will finish off with some relaxation and stretching. The isometric contractions that make up the bulk of a barre class occur when the muscle tenses without changing length. Isometric exercise is a great way to maintain muscle strength. If you’re wanting to sculpt a leaner longerlooking and more graceful physique aka Natalie Portman in Black Swan then here we breakdown the different types of Barre THE KEY BENEFITS ARE: training for you. • toned arms and back • sculpted thighs and lifted seat TYPES OF BARRE: • strong, flat abdomen BARRE3 • firm elongated muscles Ballet meets yoga and pilates • improvement in your coordination Using a yoga mat, ball and ballet barre. • increased flexibility and posture including improvement in your overall postural PURE BARRE alignment Similar to Barre3 but with a cardio kick. • strength and endurance Ball, ballet barre and hand weights. • increase in energy and body awareness BOOTY BARRE Created by celebrity fitness instructor Tracey Mallett. Ball, ballet barre and resistance bar.

Lyndal Woodham brought Bootybarre to New Zealand, back in 2013 and in 2015 she had the honour of becoming the NZ Master Trainer for Bootybarre, enabling her to grow the brand in New Zealand. Created by celebrity trainer Tracey Mallett in 2009, it’s now taught in 25 different countries. Lyndal has since set up the On Pointe Studio where she teaches classes for all ages and fitness levels. Barre fitness stems from the exercises ballet dancers use to keep fit and trim. Can you tell us how your bootybarre differs? What are the key health/ mind benefits of attending your classes? Bootybarre is a fusion fitness of Pilates,Yoga and Dance, you don’t have to be an expert or have any previous experience. We use the barre for support and resistance and it helps with our balance. Its about coming and moving your body and creating long lean muscles. In our classes we focus on small muscles groups, creating awareness of these areas and how to engage and contract them efficiently to get the best benefit from the class. Its all done to fun upbeat music, boutique class sizes and in a comfortable inviting environment. For the over 50’s (and those who don’t lean towards being ballerina-like) is On Pointe still a good place to head? And what would be the best class to start with? Age is only a number and this workout is for anyone, both male and female. We have a beginner barre class on Saturday mornings 8am which is always a great place to start so you can get a feel for the class and the flow of it. From there you’ll go one of two way - realise you love our little cardio blasts or not! So we have Bootybarre Plus which incorporates cardio blasts to get the heart rate up or we have our flex & flow / Sculpt classes where we have therabands attached to the barre and we use these throughout, ditch the cardio and enjoy a nice long stretch at the end. You don’t have to have been a ballerina in a previous life to come and enjoy the class, we encourage you to take things as hard as you want, we give plenty of modifications and variations so each individual can take the workout to their desired level. Its not about comparing yourself to the the person next to you. Its about you getting the most of your own workout and walking out of the room feeling a little taller, toner and sore in all the right places. Lyndal Woodham - Owner and Instructor

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CAN WE let the bath do the running? Research published in the Journal of Temperature found that an hour-long soak in hot water produced similar anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses as 60 minutes of moderate physical activity. “It seems that activities that increase heat shock proteins may help to improve blood sugar control and offer an alternative to exercise,” lead study author Steve Faulkner from Loughborough University wrote. “These activities -such as soaking in a hot tub or taking a sauna - may have health benefits for people who are unable to exercise regularly.” It’s critical to point out a few limitations of the study. For starters, the experiment only monitored men, so it’s difficult to say if the same effect would happen in women. It also only included 14 volunteers, which is an extremely small sample size. More research

needs to be conducted before scientists can come to any official conclusion. And, of course, you should still continue to exercise regularly. That being said, the study does offer some more promising insight into the healing effects of hot water. The science of hot baths is seemingly only delivering good news!


9 I HEALTH / FITNESS

Christchurch Heart Institute and the Heart Foundation First to Work with Cardiovascular Charity Partnership Ryman residents and staff raise $330,000 for heart research

canterbury tracks mountain biking is a great way to get the blood pumping. Canterbury has some stunning mountain bike tracks with terrain varying from super flat to moderatly hilly. From the leisurly Bottle Lake Forest to the stunnigly scenic Lees Valley, we’ve rounded up a few favourites; McLeans Island Track It is a well built, fast, smooth track that everybody will enjoy. 10.5KM MAIN LOOP - 30 MINUTES 2KM RIVER LOOP - 8 MINUTES Add an extra 2km’s with this little detour out towards the river. 5KM CORINGA LOOP - 15 MINUTES Head under the bridge for an extra 5km’s extending the ride into a figure of 8. The track is made to be ridden in one direction so make sure you’re heading the right way! Bottle Lake Forest Bottle Lake is a great place to find varied and fun mountain biking.You can spend a couple of hours going around with the kids, or go hard for a 45 minute workout. At the halfway point you can also reward yourself with a coffee or ice cream. BOTTLE LAKE FOREST - 45 MINUTES - 2 HOURS Crocodile Track Through the cattle stop, the single track winds down over farm land and through a small plantaion before coming out at the Halswell Quarry. Apart from a small up hill section, it is all fast down hill, single track. HALSWELL QUARRY TO THE START OF THE CROCODILE - 15 - 20 MINUTES

Why should you get back on your bike as you get older? 1. It’s easy on the joints. When you sit on a bike, you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, unlike walking, when you put your weight on your legs. 2. It’s a great aerobic workout. Aerobic exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals— which may make you feel young at heart. 3.You’ll build up muscle. As you get older, you lose muscle mass. Keeping your body fit starts with simply riding your bike often, While your buttocks and legs are the obvious muscles being put to work, you’ll also use abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright and to a smaller degree your arms by holding on. 4. Pedaling builds bone. Resistance activities, such as pushing pedals, pull on the muscles, and then the muscles pull on the bone, which increases bone density. 5. It’s great for your wellbeing. Even half an hour of daily exercise has been observed to improve people’s subjective mood and well-being!

Wharfdale Track / Lees Valley An hours drive from Christchurch, the Wharfdale Track is very accessible, and offers a great challenging ride with fantastic scenery.You can choose to ride the single track through the Beech forest to the old Townsend Hut site and turn back and return the way you came, or carry on along the 4WD track to Lees Valley Road and back to Oxford via Ashley George Road. There is also the option to stay a night at the Wharfdale Hut.

CAR PARK TO WHARFDALE HUT - 4 HOURS ONE WAY WHARFDALE HUT TO LEES VALLEY ROAD - 1.5 HOURS

The Christchurch Heart Institute is working alongside the Heart Foundation as part of an innovative approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) research, following a significant donation of $330,000 from Ryman Healthcare received on the 31 May 2017. The 2016-17 charity partnership between Ryman Healthcare and the Heart Foundation, which has funded the Heart Foundation Clinical Fellowship, will support a clinical research study, looking into the scope and make-up of cardiovascular disease in residents of Ryman Healthcare facilities. Associate Professor, Chris Pemberton, of the Christchurch Heart Institute, based at the University of Otago, Christchurch, is behind the idea to run the study which will provide a clearer picture about the CVD risk in New Zealand’s retirement healthcare sector. “It is exciting to be working with the Heart Foundation, who have informed residents of Ryman Healthcare facilities about the study, laying the foundation for the project to proceed. Ryman residents who volunteer to take part in the study, will benefit from increased awareness of their overall health and any cardiovascular risk. The information we gather at the Christchurch villages and others around the country will be used to raise the standard of cardiovascular care in New Zealand,” he said. The study will begin at Ryman retirement villages in Christchurch, and gradually roll-out across the country, which is something Pemberton is looking forward to. “We want to get going in 2017, firstly putting systems in place, with a view to starting the first of the studies later this year.” The Christchurch Heart Institute, a

University of Otago Research Centre, is renowned globally for their contribution to CVD research. In particular, the discoveries of blood hormones associated with heart disease which have led to specific blood tests for heart issues, now being used routinely in clinics all around the world. “This project is aimed at taking what we know in a hospital setting and applying that knowledge in the primary health sector. Leading to better management of cardiovascular disease, before hospital admission becomes necessary.” Heart Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Duncan, is delighted to have been part of the Ryman Healthcare charity partnership for 2016-17. He believes Ryman’s donation will undoubtedly support many people in the aged care sector who are impacted by heart disease, which is New Zealand’s biggest killer. “Given the high incidences of heart disease in the aged care sector, this will make a significant contribution to the management of heart disease among the aged.” Ryman Managing Director Simon Challies said heart health had been a popular cause. Over the past 12 months the Ryman family has been busy with knitting, barbecues, art shows, raffles and head shaves to raise as much as possible for the Heart Foundation. “We all know what a great job the Heart Foundation does and it has been a popular charity with residents. We’ve had a record year for fundraising with residents and staff participating in a whole lot of fundraisers. They’re big-hearted people – if you’ll excuse the pun – and we are delighted to match their fund-raising dollar-for-dollar. The $330,000 raised is a new record for Ryman.’’

LEES VALLEY ROAD - 3 HOURS

Christchurch Heart Institute A University of Otago, Christchurch, research group based in the School of Medicine at Christchurch Hospital. World renowned for our contribution to cardiovascular disease research. Including discoveries of blood tests to identify specific heart conditions, now being used routinely to diagnose and guide treatment all around the world.

If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the Christchurch Heart Institute Trust. Contact: Lorraine Skelton on 03 364 1063, or lorraine.skelton@cdhb.health.nz


LIFESTYLE / MIND I 10

‘right size’ not necessarily ‘downsize’

garage are all important. Schools zones, which can add value to some suburbs would be less important, but might be factored in when considering resale value. Many of the smaller homes today are on cross leases or unit titles, which a lot of buyers shun, but because of that they are do not downsize your dreams, but do carefully consider getting a puppy or purchasing a big often more affordable, and shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked. As long as the solicitor goes over it, I personally don’t see the downside and I own a cross leased home myself.” old house in your later years! Future proofing should also be a consideration when looking for a new home. Will the owner be likely to need to make the home handicap friendly in the future? Likewise, health As we get older, it’s no surprise that we find ourselves “downsizing” in many different ways. One of which might be getting a newer or smaller house, a more managable garden or a smaller and safety should be considered. Are there any tripping hazards or other potential risks? “We sold a small home recently that was subject to approval from the buyers physio that ramps and dog. It’s a very common phenomenon as we enter the golden years. handrails could be adequately installed, for instance.” But it might not be so much about ‘downsizing’ the square metres of your house or the kgs While it’s important not to downsize your dreams in terms of house or pet, it’s important of your dog that matter to you most, but more the location of the property relative to family to future proof your selections and start thinking about what’s going to work for you in a few and ammenties and the exercise requirements of your breed of dog. Over 50 it’s all about years time. finding the right size for you. The trend toward pint-size pooches has been well documented since 2000 but has accelerated in recent years, in part because of an aging population of baby boomers. For many Single story, with a low maintenance garden, proximity people who have had labradors their whole live, they might consider a miniture labradoodle which is a lot smaller and doesn’t require quite so much exercise, yet is similar in temprament. to amenities, including healthcare and proximity to A dog’s energy levels and temperament can be just as important as it’s size. Do you have the public transport as key. energy to deal with a puppy who wants to destroy every shoe in sight? Adopting a pet from the SPCA is a great way to find a new companion without having to put yourself through the puppy - Laurie Sutton, Ray White faze. When you go in to the SPCA to meet their adoptees, they take the time to find out a little about you, your lifestyle, your property and your experience with animals. They’ll also offer advice, to help ensure you find the perfect companion to suit your needs. It’s also worth considering that many multi-units and assisted-living communities have size restrictions, which make it difficult to bring larger breeds with you if you need or want to move. Going hand-in-hand with what animals you should consider when you hit your later years come decisions about property. Laurie Sutton of Ray White says, “In my experience, ‘mature’ downsizers generally choose location based on being close to family, especially if there are grandkids, friends, work or lifestyle. Some may like the facilities of some of the new sub divisions like Pegasus or Clearwater, but I think the other factors take priority. The newer areas do offer the advantages of all the mod cons, plus good insulation and double glazing, not to mention EC safety, all of which would be desirable, particularly for an older person.” New homes being built today are often built smarter than the sprawling homes of the past. The better design that usually comes with 21st century living means smaller homes can feel just as spacious. By moving to a smaller place, the obvious benefits such as lower monthly electricity bills, contents insurance and house maintenance are reduced. There’s also a benifit in moving to an area that has a sense of community, where you can get to know the neighbours, rather than isolation and privacy. In terms of desirable features, Laurie would suggest looking for “single story, with a low maintenance garden, proximity to amenities, including healthcare and proximity to public transport as key. Safe neighbourhoods, security, and good parking, ideally an internal access

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11 I BOOKS

Dior New Couture Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier Available from Superette Sharks Photographed by Mr Michael Muller Available from Taschen

Sir Mario Testino Available from Unity Books Online Les Dîners De Gala by Salvador Dalí Available from Book Depository

coffee table books to add to your collection what do your coffee table books say about you?

In the Company of Women Available from Collected

Let’s face it: the coffee table book is not just a book; it’s an item designed to showcase a little snapshot in to the owners interests. It’s always intriguing to see what kind of books people put out on their coffee table. Are they arty books or travel based? Do they look like they’ve been well read or are they just there for show? Coffee table books are now often used by interior stylists to instantly transform a surface by adding some pops of colour and a little sophistication to your home. The 1970s cookbook that surrealist painter Salvador Dalí created with his wife Gala is unsurprisingly bonkers, featuring 136 recipes with dreamlike illustrations by the artist, and including a chapter specifically dedicated to aphrodisiacs. In the Company of Women features profiles of a broad cross-section of more than 100 inspiring, creative, successful women – from Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of New York’s The Studio Museum. Another slightly odd, definitely intriguing choice, Women in Trees is edited by a woman named Jochen Raiss, who has been collecting amateur photographs of women in trees from flea markets for around a quarter of a century. Weird and wonderful, this strangely touching book has captured moments of pure happiness enjoyed by unknown women from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Sharks coffee book would be one to add to the table for pure shock factor, the large scale images taken by Michael Muller literally jump off the pages!

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tears we cannot stop: A SERMON TO WHITE AMERICA In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece “Death in Black and White,” Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to share his views in Tears We Cannot Stop. Dyson makes it clear to readers that he wants more than guilt, he wants action and change. He wants readers to wake up to “what it means to be black in America”, and actually do something about racism. Like any book dealing with deep issues such as race, this book is sure to ruffle some feathers, make more than a few wince and really anger others. Nothing is sugar coated. At just 228 pages, it’s anything but a quick read.Yes, there’s controversy in Dyson’s views but it will also open a lot of eyes. AN EXCERPT: On the invention of Whiteness: “Beloved, let me start by telling you an ugly secret: there is no such thing as white people. And yet so many of them, so many of you, exist. Please hear me out. I know you’re flesh and blood. I know that you use language and forks and knives. I’m not talking about your bodies or your garages or your grocery stores. I’m talking about the politics of whiteness. I’m talking about an identity that exists apart from the skin you’re born in. I’m talking about a meaning of race that supersedes the features you inherit when you come out of the womb. You don’t get whiteness from your genes. It is a social inheritance that is passed on to you as a member of a particular group. And it’s killing us, and, quiet as it’s kept, it’s killing you too. Race has no meaning outside of the cultures we live in and the worlds we fashion out of its force and energy. Whiteness is an advantage and privilege because you have made it so, not

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MOTORING I 12

THE SPECS PRICE Suzuki Ignis Limited, $22,500 DIMENSIONS Length, 3700mm; width, 1660mm; height, 1595mm CONFIGURATION Four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive, 1242cc, 66kW, 120Nm, continuously variable automatic PERFORMANCE 0-100km/h, 12sec FUEL USAGE 4.9l/100km

SMALL & SPORTY WORDS ROSS KIDDIE

It’s not easy making a small car look stylish. However, Suzuki is the master at it, take their recent models – Celerio, Baleno and just recently, the Ignis, they are all trendy, funky models which relate to a large cross-section of car buyers. The Ignis is brand-spanking new and is dubbed by Suzuki as a small sport utility vehicle. That sums it up well, it has the looks of a SUV, but at just 3700mm it is squat and will appeal to those who like easy entry and exit along with a tallish driving position and, of course, a budget price. The newcomer starts at just $18,990, automatic transmission will add $1510, while the Limited variant, as tested, sits at $22,500, although if you want two-tone paint that’s an additional $490. Interestingly, the Ignis in Limited form is just a four-seater, there are only two seat-belts in the rear and the configuration lends itself

more to adaptable load carrying options. However, there are Isofix child seat tethers for those who have young ones in tow. If you want to seat three across the rear, the entrylevel GLX is a five-seater, albeit it would be tight widthwise for adults. The Ignis is also a car which lends itself to sporty appeal. Sure, it’s not a rocket ship, but with the way it can be dressed and optioned it has specification and features which will make it stand out even more amongst others. Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre, fourcylinder engine and it is engineered for economy along with respectable power outputs. Suzuki rate it with a 66kW and 120Nm outputs, even though torque peaks tallish in the rev band (4400rpm), the engine works freely thanks to the matching of it to a continuously variable automatic transmission. According to Suzuki’s advertising material,

the Ignis will return a 4.9-litre per 100km (57mpg) combined cycle fuel usage average. In my opinion that would be quite achievable, during evaluation time the trip computer was constantly showing 6.9l/100km (41mpg) with a 5l/100km (56mpg) figure cruising quietly at 100km/h, the engine turning over slowly at just 2000rpm in the tallest part of the gearing. It has taken me a long time to warm to CVT transmissions, but today’s units are so normal, the Ignis works through the gearing much like a traditional automatic. There’s even a sport mode which will hasten engine revolutions should the driver decide a little bit of extra oomph is needed, say for a highway overtake. In terms of performance, that can be achieved in around 7.5sec, while a standstill to 100km/h time of 10.9sec is not to be sneezed at. The engine is a willing worker and charms with its quiet operating manner and lively response – that’s another bonus of CVT, the engine works unimpeded through the transmission. The Ignis sits on a new platform and, although it isn’t sophisticated, it has been designed as a weight-saving structure along with a suspension set-up that will allow for controlled balance when the corners arrive. Even though rear wheel freedom is hampered a little by a torsion beam tube axle, there is just enough movement so that mid-corner bumps and ruts don’t upset body balance nor directional stability.

At almost 1.5m, the Ignis is quite tall, and body movement over softish spring and damper settings is noticeable. However, steerage is unaffected and directional accuracy is quite sharp. I’d like to have a little more steering feel through the wheel, but in this modern age of electric power steering systems most mainstream cars get a light, as opposed to a firm feel. Providing the grip are high quality 16in Bridgestone tyres, even though their footprint is small at 175/60, there is an underlying feeling of grip and control, and for that reason the Ignis feels quite athletic, which considering its simplicity underneath, is commendable. In Limited form the Ignis is comprehensively equipped. All models represent value for price, but there are a few goodies in the Limited which you may not expect in a car for this price such as satellite navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control with speed limiter, and digitally controlled air conditioning, just to name some of the major items. It also has a high safety specification. Even though it is marketed as a sport utility vehicle, it must be remembered the Ignis is two-wheel-drive (front) only and it isn’t engineered for life off-road. However, if you are after a car which is just a little out of the ordinary with interesting internal shapes and colours, and an exterior look which is standalone, then the Ignis is the car for you.

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