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New book denounces neoliberal policies Austin Mitchell’s new book Revenge of the Rich The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand, published by Canterbury University Press, charts the development of a marketdriven neoliberal creed, where governments are devoted to efficiency, cost-cutting and austerity at the people’s expense. Many New Zealanders will remember Mitchell’s best-selling book The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise (1972). In this new, outspoken opinion piece, Mitchell, who was a long-serving British Labour MP for Grimsby, denounces the economic policy of the last three decades as “a long march down DeadEnd Street” – a neoliberal experiment that has benefitted the rich and eroded the “good society” with its welfare state and government commitment to the betterment of the people. In Revenge of the Rich Mitchell considers how neoliberalism became government policy in Britain and New Zealand and discusses its consequences in terms of greater inequality, lower growth and higher unemployment. He believes this book is the first to look at the rise and fall of neoliberalism as the prevailing ideology in the two countries where it was imposed “further and faster” than in any others. The role of the state was cut back and power handed to the market, he says.

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“In both countries industry declined, assets were sold to survive and the social balances, which had been tilted to the people after the war, were tilted back to wealth. Taxes on business and the rich fell as their share of Gross Domestic Product increased. The result, in each country, was a revolt of the people, voting for proportional representation in New Zealand to tie the hands of the politicians and, much later, voting for Brexit in Britain as the people and the regions left behind by the austerity said ‘enough is enough’.” Mitchell says gaps between the rich and the less well off in both Britain and New Zealand have been widened over the three decades of neoliberalism. Ultimately, he would like readers to take a hopeful message from the book: “Things don't have to be this way and alternative policies become possible if governments listen to the people rather than follow an ideology,” he says. In the book’s foreword the Rt. Hon Helen Clark, who was Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008 says: “Agree with it, or disagree with it, love it or loathe it, Austin Mitchell’s writing provokes us to reflect on what our common future could be. It is written in a lively fashion with highly quotable turns of phrase.” Revenge of the Rich The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand: Published by Canterbury University Press. RRP $25

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For parents and grandparents that face problems getting the youngsters in their family to eat good, healthy food, or are unsure what are the right foods to offer them, the new book by Christchurch dietitian Lea Stening provides plenty of helpful information. Released on May 19 to coincide with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, which saw a global focus on children’s nutrition and how children’s health can be improved, Healthy Kids, Happy Lives helps parents and grandparents to understand the nutritional components need to build structure into a child’s diet, as well as the family’s. It shows how to buy and prepare the right types of foods and includes some easy-to-prepare recipes that show examples of good nutrition. A Food Ambassador for New Zealand, with more than 40 years’ experience in paediatrics and sports nutrition, Stening is passionate about helping children improve their physical and mental well-being and performance through better nutrition. Healthy Kids, Happy Lives: Published by Lea Stening Publishing. RRP $25.

Photographic exhibition documents Arts Centre restoration The damage to the Christchurch Arts Centre in the 2011 earthquake and its subsequent closure has been distressing for many of us who went there regularly to enjoy its variety of facilities and activities – often with visitors from out-of-town. Thankfully, this unique complex is being restored, so as time goes on we will be able to enjoy it all again. Christchurch photographer Johannes van Kan has been documenting the Arts Centre’s post-earthquake restoration since 2013. His limited edition, behind-thescenes photographs of the Arts Centre’s restoration are featured in the first exhibition at the Christchurch Arts Centre’s new exhibition space, Pumanawa, which is located in the restored Boys’ High building on Worcester Boulevard. Called Restore, the exhibition of these spectacular, large-format images opens on July 26, and they will be for sale, with all proceeds going towards the restoration of the Arts Centre. More than half of the Arts Centre restoration is now complete but the remainder of this painstaking work cannot be finished unless another $35million is fundraised, says fundraising manager Susan Henson. “Johannes is one of Christchurch’s leading photographers and we are grateful that he has donated his skills and captured the restoration in such an artistic manner – the images can only be described as stunning,” she says.

Photographer Johannes van Kan with one of his artworks.

Following Restore, Pumanawa – which means natural talent – will be available for hire on a weekly basis by artists, photographers, designers and members of other creative organisations at a cost of $300 plus GST. Ms Henson says the bright and lofty upper-floor exhibition space has been especially designed for community use. “The high-vaulted ceiling, meticulously restored paintwork and woodwork, and natural light make it a perfect space to exhibit. It’s also within close proximity to other art establishments in the central city.” Offering the space to artists and artsfocused community groups at an affordable rate perfectly aligns with the Arts Centre’s goal of fostering arts, culture, education and creative industries in the heart of Christchurch, says Arts Centre CEO André Lovatt. “Our day-to-day focus is restoring these unique historic buildings, but the driving force behind it is to create a home for creative entrepreneurs in the heart of the city. We’re determined to be more relevant to our community than we have ever been and this is another way of achieving this.”

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A new career after 50

industry. I loved the interaction with my 40 staff, their customers and the suppliers that help a business function, but towards the end I felt that it had become repetitive. To put it this way, I felt like I was someone who loved climbing mountains, but that I had climbed every mountain numerous times and therefore it had lost some of its challenge. After taking six months away from work, I undertook a computer course at ARA as a step towards getting back into the discipline of getting up early (attending the 8am course) and being committed to achieving something worthwhile. (I would recommend this to anyone). Computer knowledge is essential and without it, your confidence will suffer.

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Redundancy, a move to a new town, or just the desire for a new direction can mean a change of career in middle age and beyond, which can be both daunting and exciting. Forward 50 talks to Alistair Hazeldine, who was 57 when he decided to make the move from vehicle sales to real estate, about why he did it, and how it has changed his life.

leaving high school and working in Christchurch for the same company for 34 years – in vehicle sales for seven years, sales management for 11 years and dealer principal for the last 15 years. In that time I had seen and participated in a wide variety of changes and always understood that adaptability is a key to keeping ahead. I always wish to maintain an open mind and accept change as inevitable and believe that you are better to go with change than waste a lot of energy trying to object to it. Good times Although I have lived in several parts of New don’t last, but nor do bad times either, and if Zealand, Christchurch is home and it is exciting you keep moving forward and don’t dwell on to see the improvements around the city as the anything for too long, it’s best. rebuild continues.

What work were you involved in previously and for how long? I had been in the motor industry since

I really enjoyed my time in the motor

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Coming from a senior position in an industry that I knew ‘inside out’ and starting fresh is challenging. It feels awkward to find yourself asking a lot of questions (and there is a lot to learn), where once you were the person giving the answers. That said, you are the only one feeling this way so you have to put these feelings aside.

I chose real estate as my new career as it allowed me to continue to meet people and most importantly for me, to assist them in making decisions and being a part of things that affect their lifestyle. I selected Harcourts Grenadier as the company I wished to work with due to their outstanding reputation in the market and the strong brand values they stand for. I felt that with starting a new career, it was significant to select a company that had a high market presence and one that had moral values I could relate to. Selling real estate is different from selling motor vehicles, as with motor vehicles stock was easier to obtain, whereas in real estate it’s all about getting something to sell, i.e. a listing.

Real estate involves weekend work but this hasn’t affected my voluntary role with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union as a grade advisor for under-8 rugby, as this occupies Saturday mornings, leaving the afternoons free for open homes. My wife loves biking and we are often away at the same time, and with all of our five children having grown up and left home, my responsibilities as a father have changed slightly and I don’t need to be at home as often as I did when the kids were younger.

What have been the challenges, the impact on your family and your lifestyle, and what have been the rewards?

Remember that you are in control of your destiny and that changing a career at any age will ‘throw up’ concerns, but you must firmly believe that ‘anything is possible’ if you truly want it.

I have to say that the earthquakes affected my ability to function in unexpected ways. Our family home in Sumner became unlivable, as it was hit by a boulder, and we were ‘white zoned’ for nearly three years, meaning that life seemed

Go for it, and remember there’s no prize for staying in a job or role when it’s not inspiring you. This will naturally be different from person to person, but in my case, I need to be challenged.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about changing career after the age of 50?

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Care Plan has no specific statutory status in New Zealand and is therefore not enforceable at law and may not be followed. When deciding on whether to follow your Advance Care Plan, your health care professional will try to ensure that: • You had capacity at the time the Advance Care Plan was made; • You made your Advance Care Plan of your own free will; • You were informed and understood the decisions you were making; and your Advance Care Plan applies to the current circumstances, whatever they may be.

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The trickiest part of an Advance Care Plan may be discussing your wishes with your loved ones. Many of us don’t like to give much thought to the decisions we may be called on to make should our loved ones be ill and unable to communicate their wishes.

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A new approach to achieving health & fitness The role of genetics, and how it relates to people’s nutrition, exercise and health is an absolute game changer when it comes to Kiwis improving their lives, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says the science of genetics has been around for some time, but the ability to measure it cheaply and easily is quite new. “Only recently have we begun to understand how important genetics is when it comes to people’s health. No longer is science saying what is best for everyone but rather what is best for each person based on genetic make-up,” Mr Beddie says. Health professionals and exercise professionals can now use tools to provide info on their client’s genetic make-up, and more importantly, what this means for their exercise, nutrition and general wellness needs. “The key thing is understanding different genetic types respond differently and have different needs. So we now have the tools so that exercise and nutrition can be structured for optimum health in a way that is most enjoyable, based on a person’s genetic make-up. “Some people are built for short, sharp bursts of energy and these same people respond well to a competitive environment. Some people, on the other hand, need slower, strength-based activities. There are others who prefer to work out alone and they may respond well to light weights or yoga or moderate steady exercise. “We know that, if considered a sport, exercise continues to be the number-one sport in New Zealand, having more participants than rugby, netball and cricket combined. “There are currently an estimated 550,000 members of gyms and exercise facilities alone. But exercise is now just one of the many components to wellness. Many providers of exercise now offer far more holistic products and services, from dietary advice, to stress management. “Genetic profiling tools support this by proving detailed information that exercise professionals can then use to coach better health and wellness outcomes. Research confirms all this.” Mr Beddie says last month one of the world experts in the genetic fitness approach, Dr Cam McDonald, toured New Zealand with ExerciseNZ, bringing the latest research and best implementation to more than 250 exercise professionals around the country. He says no longer is science saying what is best for everyone, but rather what is best for the individual, based on their genetic make-up. And not just that, what is best for one person right now, may be different when they age. “So we see the need for genetics and timing to be optimal for a person to reach their best health. Health and exercise professionals can now use tools to provide information on their client’s genetic make-up and, more importantly, what this means for their exercise, nutrition and health,” Mr Beddie says.

ACC & work-related hearing loss On January 1, 2011, the rules governing work-related hearing loss covered by ACC changed. Prior to this date, all rehabilitative costs, for example hearing aids, were covered by ACC irrespective of the degree of hearing loss attributable to work-related causes. ACC now makes a contribution or part payment towards the cost of hearing aids purchased by the claimant, provided the work-related component of their total hearing loss is six per cent or greater. Further to this a correction is made from about the age of mid-50s onwards to take into account the effects of ageing on hearing loss as we get older. Many individuals make their ACC claim for work-related hearing loss too late in life, where the effects of age push them under the six per cent threshold and their claim is declined. Therefore, it is prudent to make your claim for work-related, or industrial hearing loss as it also known, sooner rather than later, thus improving your chances of success and the claim being accepted. ACC will pay for the running costs of your hearing aids, i.e. batteries, and will make a contribution to any repair your aids may need outside the manufacturer’s warranty period. In summary, ACC will allow you to ‘top-up’ to purchase the hearing aids of your choice that are compatible with your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Under the present regulations ACC will consider replacing your ACC-funded hearing aids every six years. “It is important to make your ACC application now, do not put it off, as time will work against you,”, audiologist Greg Foote says. If you are not satisfied with your present hearing aids, provider, require more information or wish to investigate making a claim for work-related hearing loss, make an appointment for a free no obligation consultation with Merivale Hearing Clinic. Phone Greg Foote on 356 2324 today.

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Benefits of yoga more than physical

Mind-body practices such as yoga have been around for a long time. In fact yoga can be dated back over 5000 years. In more recent times yoga has become more accepted in the mainstream, with exercise options in this area increasing. This includes a big surge not just in mainstream exercise facilities, but also standalone studios offering specialist mind-body exercise options. According to New Zealand national yoga advocate and teacher Persephone Singfield, “As yoga becomes more diverse in what is on offer, more people can easily access it. No matter your age, gender, body shape or size, there’s a form of yoga out there for you.Yoga has become more accessible by different brands creating styles of yoga practice for every market.” There is plenty of research to indicate that getting your heart rate up and working with heavier weights and intensities is beneficial. Equally, there is understanding on the other side that indicates the inclusion of more gentle, mindful exercise practices can also have positive effects on health and exercise levels. For many, the option of intense workouts is not appropriate. When injury, ability or life stage prevents high-intensity activity, a mind-body workout such as yoga is essential to staying active. Those who do enjoy a more intensive exercise workout are also finding the addition of a more focused workout amongst their higher-intensity session adds to their exercise enjoyment, and

their results. Mind-body refers to a state where interactions and connections are made between your mind, your body and the world. Generally speaking, a mind-body exercise form is one in which the pace is slow enough for this connection to be focused on. That’s not to say there isn’t a sense of being connected on a run or during a weights session, but this is not the main focus of the activity. The benefits of yoga go beyond the physical, although this is one of its attractions as part of an exercise routine. The main physical benefits relate to the stretching component, bringing benefits such as reduced muscle tension, improved range of movement in the joints, better muscular co-ordination and increased circulation of the blood to the body. Where yoga really becomes the star of the show, however, is in its stress-reducing and relaxation benefits. With people living busier lives, constantly connected to stimulation and data even during downtime, the need for consciously created mindfulness becomes more important. It is an opportunity to slow down and connect, with mind and body. “I often say to my students that we are losing touch with how to live a simple life and that’s putting our health and happiness at risk,” Persephone says. “Carving out time to practise yoga leverages our downtime massively. For example, the difference between taking time out to breathe and connect versus watching

TV to blob out is huge when it comes to our overall well-being. “My students report significant changes in their lives as a result of attending the yoga course. They sleep deeper, they are happier, less stressed, and are practising the tools that yoga gives them throughout each and every day. Overall they are more connected to living a meaningful life.” While the injury and health risks associated with more gentle mind-body practices are lower than those of a higher-impact or intensity workout, keeping safe and exercising at a level that is suitable for you is just as important. The first sign that you are in the right place to get a safe and effective mind-body workout is that the instructor or facility does an activity pre-screen to make sure there are no risks, or things to think about before starting that would indicate participation is a risk. Secondly, the teacher or instructor should offer modifications throughout the class to enable all participants to achieve at the right level. From October 2017, the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) will be recognising yoga teachers through their new Registered Yoga Teacher registration level. Those registered at this level will hold relevant knowledge and skill to deliver safe and effective yoga to New Zealanders.

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By Chris Lyons, Director and Tour Host, World Journeys If group travel conjures up images of hordes of tourists following a guide with a megaphone, think again! Small group travel today can be the ultimate way to travel to some of the world’s most exciting, challenging and exotic countries. I am in the enviable position of hosting small groups of Kiwi travellers each year to the likes of South America and Africa, and can honestly say it’s the way to go! You may not have friends who share your particular ‘bucket list’ of travel desires, but you don’t like travelling alone. Perhaps tackling a foreign language is too daunting, or you simply don’t have the energy to do it all yourself. Booking a small group tour takes care of all of that. There is company to share the experiences with, all the nitty gritty details are taken care of by someone else, and your host is there to smooth the way should anything unexpected happen. World Journeys creates and operates a range of small group tours each year, selecting our most-loved destinations such as the game parks of Southern Africa, the beauty and traditions of Japan, and the epic ports of the Mediterranean. Some of these journeys include a cruise – whether that be Holland America Line in the Med, or a small ship in the Galapagos Islands. Other journeys take roads less travelled, such as our itinerary in still-developing Madagascar (perfect for avid travellers!).


New for 2018 is a ‘Croatia & Slovenia’ journey, which has a little taste of Venice and Mostar thrown in. There is so much to savour – the karst caves of Postojna, the castles of Predjama and Bled, picturesque open-air markets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic churches, palaces and bridges as well as the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. A highlight for many will be the small ship cruise along the Adriatic Coast, visiting some of the most beautiful Croatian Islands. Wine and food tasting along the way gives you a true glimpse of local life. In fact, food and wine is always a highlight of our travel, and we often include a farewell dinner at a ‘hidden gem’ favourite restaurant enjoyed only by those ‘in the know’. Most of all, I love the conviviality of travelling in, and hosting, a small group. There’s always company if you want it, or time to do your own thing every now and then. And every person brings something to the mix. There may be a keen photographer in the group, who you can follow to get the best shots, or a fashionista, who will call upon my haggling skills to buy jewellery or textiles in the markets. Many lifelong friendships have been forged on tour, and many return again to travel with us in subsequent years. Travel is all about the journey, but it’s also about sharing the experience, and that’s the beauty of travelling with a group.

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Travel from Tokyo to Yudanaka with its famous ‘snow monkeys’, the Old Town of Takayama, the castles and palaces of Kyoto, poignant Hiroshima, and more.

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HealtH & Beauty I 8 for it! A barrier cream is really important to supplement for your skin – it will enhance your routine but it won’t replace it. prevent lipid depletion when you are outside in the elements, as is a good sunscreen – which is easy to forget in winter! Your skincare programme should be tailored to winter weather and if your skin still feels dry, see your skin specialist for some hydrating winter facials.

Skin care in the cooler months

Taking care of our skin during the winter months is important to keep it looking good. Forward 50 asks Dermal Therapist & Micropigmentation specialist Pip McGregor of Making Faces NZ about combatting winter conditions and how to maintain that healthy glow throughout the year.

Apart from seasonal factors, ageing also affects our skin, so what ongoing care, including factors like diet, would you recommend to keep our skin looking fresh and youthful for as long as possible?

The skin is our largest organ – the healthier you are on the inside the nicer it will look on the outside. It is important to treat the air and extremes in temperatures of going skin holistically, so not only from the outside from a toasty house to a cold car are the in but also from the inside out. A good perfect conditions for broken capillaries. These vitamin C internal supplement is essential combined with the fact that we don’t tend to as the body cannot make collagen without drink as much water in winter and many of us adequate vitamin C. I also advise plenty of bypass the sunscreen – all of these factors can good fats in the diet and a good-quality omega lead to less than glowing skin in winter. supplement to prevent ageing. Combine these with a lowered sugar intake – sugar causes glycation (fine wrinkles) in the skin and excess consumption can cause premature ageing.

We know winter can have How should we address those adverse effects on our skin, so issues? what are the main issues we have While many of these issues are environmental there are definitely ways to to deal with? combat dry, irritable winter skin. Try to keep New Zealand winters can wreak havoc on the skin, mainly due to the constant exposure to heat pumps and air-conditioning that dries the skin out. Also, the crisp, dry

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Are there any particular types of skincare products for our face and body that will work best on an ongoing basis? From the science I have seen on the subject the best products available topically for ageing have either ascorbic acid or vitamin C, retinol or alpha hydroxy acids. It is important that they are used correctly so get some advice before self-medicating. There are huge advancements in the skincare industry with stem cell therapy so watch this space… and never ever forget your sunscreen!

My advice is read the fine print. So many adverts for over-the-counter products for big corporates will make bold claims that I believe to be little more than clever marketing. Therapeutic brands you buy over the counter have very strict guidelines on the depth they are allowed to penetrate to in the skin – thereby not affecting the skin structure in the slightest. Note that companies say, “reduce the appearance” of wrinkles – not the actual wrinkle. Sometimes those horrifically expensive, beautifully packaged creams are little more than just beautiful bottles designed to smell and feel luxurious. I like to see the science behind a product rather than the packaging – find an expert who you trust because it can be a minefield of information out there!

Is regular exfoliation important, and how often should it be done? I recommend a gentle enzyme exfoliant rather than a manual exfoliant (e.g. beads, husks, anything rough). Enzyme exfoliates slough away dead skin cells only – think of it like Pacman on the surface of the skin. While the rough exfoliates can feel good at the time and super smooth straight afterwards, they can cause microscopic abrasions on the skin, which will actually make it rougher the following day. Alpha hydroxy acids, papain, bromelain and vitamin C have enzymatic exfoliant properties that can be gentle enough to be used every day. This gives you a glow and also allows for greater penetration of serums and moisturisers.

If there was one product or Serums are now widely promoted procedure that we should always as being a key factor in skincare. use to maintain healthy, glowing skin, what would that be? Do your recommend them and if For an anti-aging treatment, I can’t go past so, what role do they play? micro needling – the research and the results Serums are important in a good skincare prescription, but again they must be used correctly. To increase the absorption of a serum you must have an adequately cleansed skin, and it is best to use serums at night when cell turnover and regeneration occur. A good serum is like a high-dose, concentrated

speak for themselves – combined with a good homecare system of course. There is no point in spending money on facials, then to use poor-quality products at home. It’s what you do every day that really makes a difference to your skin. Oh, and sunscreen – your mum was right about sunscreen!

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Plenty of diversity for movie lovers at 2017 NZIFF The Christchurch leg of the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) runs from August 3-20, and once again there is a diverse selection for movie lovers to get their teeth into.

Sheila Natusch on her honeymoon, 1950

Sheila, in which his cousin, writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retraces a long life dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history.

The life story of this natural historian, There are plenty of international offerings to illustrator and writer, now in her 90s, is a select from, but one with a strong local flavour beautiful, truly Antipodean journey. Born in is Human Traces. Filmed in the South Island over 1926 on Rakiura (Stewart Island) to the Traill family, Sheila’s early childhood memories 25 days, the film is written and directed by Christchurch-raised Nic Gorman, who was part include a near-drowning at the hands of of the Court Theatre’s improv group in the city schoolmates – this and other life misfortunes she shrugs off casually. Growing up in the for eight years before moving to Wellington in deep south led to an adventurous resilience, 2004. which saw her climb multiple mountains, cycle Human Traces stars Sophie Henderson from Picton to Bluff and write dozens of and Mark Mitchinson as a husband-and-wife groundbreaking natural history books, including scientist team sent to rid a Subantarctic her magnum opus, Animals of New Zealand. island of pests. When a mysterious young man Produced by Christine Dann and featuring (played by Vinnie Bennett, who attended Aranui beautiful historic footage of the lower High’s drama academy) arrives at the remote south in the 1930s and ’40s, this film offers research station, secrets threaten the couple’s fascinating glimpses into life as one of few relationship in a hostile wilderness, 750km female students at Otago University, and south of New Zealand. The film was shot in two South Island locations, Banks Peninsula and covers Sheila’s friendship with Janet Frame and their subsequent and unsuccessful foray into the Catlins. teaching. “I’ve long been fascinated by the dark history A move to Wellington in the ’50s saw Sheila of Subantarctic islands,” Gorman says. and husband Gilbert Natusch take up residence “Our fictional location is loosely based in Owhiro Bay, while she had professional stints on Campbell Island. I was researching its at the National Library and Correspondence geography and the upper slopes of Campbell School. Island reminded me of Banks Peninsula with Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and its tussock spurs, volcanic rocks and sharp unconventional life story which ranges from outcrops. We amalgamated this location with the southern wilds to the rugged Wellington the rugged and dramatic coastline of the coastline, where Sheila still lived until very Catlins to create our island on the screen.” recently, without car, TV, lipstick or alcohol, The film’s cinematographer, John planning to “get the last bit of fun out of life Chrisstoffels, has been teaching filmmaking that there is”. - Jo Randerson at the University of Canterbury for about 25 The 2017 NZIFF screens at Hoyts years. About half the crew is from Christchurch, Northlands, Hoyts 4 and the Isaac Theatre including producer Nadia Maxwell and Royal. See the website for dates and production designer Martin Gorzeman. times. The World Premiere will be held on the second night of the Festival on August 4 at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The festival line-up also includes eight New Zealand-made documentaries. New Zealand artists, artisans, extreme sportspeople and energetic adventurers will be celebrated on screen with highlights including Head Like a Hole receiving the biopic treatment in Swagger of Thieves, 40 years of gay history as told through personal interviews in 100 Men, and the life’s work, and approach to life, of Swissborn contemporary jeweller Kobi Bosshard in Kobi. One with particularly heart-warming appeal is Hugh Macdonald’s (This is New Zealand) fascinating and inspiring doco, No Ordinary A scene from Human Traces

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A recent photo of Sheila Natusch, now in her 90s

HYUNDAI I20 cross, THE TRENDY HATCHBACK Price - Hyundai i20 Cross, $29,990 Dimensions - Length, 4065mm; width, 1760mm; height, 1529mm Configuration - Four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive, 1396cc, 74kW, 134Nm, four-speed automatic. Performance - 0-100km/h, 11sec Fuel usage - 6.7l/100km

BY ROSS KIDDIE If you’ve been thinking about buying a small, trendy hatchback but have been struggling to find one which has easy entry and egress then Hyundai has the car for you. As its nomenclature suggests the i20 Cross is based on the i20 hatchback, but it is a car that has had the suspension raised 20mm so that it sits taller from the road and makes getting in and out far from a chore. The i20 Cross also gets a lot of cosmetic enhancements, there’s a body kit, big wheels and roof rails, which make it stand a world apart from the cheeky wee hatchback it is based on. In fact, if you use your imagination you could also look at the i20 Cross and think that it was a downsized sport utility vehicle, it looks muscular. That’s a good marketing ploy by Hyundai. SUVs are the big movers in the market today and the i20 Cross certainly looks the part, yet it gets about its business with all of the functionality of the car it is based on. Under the bonnet sits a 1.4-litre, twincamshaft, 16-valve engine. Hyundai rates it with a 7k4kW power output, along with 134Nm of torque. Consequently, it is no powerhouse, but it does get about its business, unflustered and in a smooth operating manner. It is also a fuel miser. When I picked the car up, it was a little low on fuel but the salesman said it was good for the distance, and even though I took it back almost empty I did cover enough kilometres to form a thorough evaluation. According to the manufacturers, the i20 Cross gets a 6.7l/100km (42mpg) combined cycle average. During my three days with the car it was constantly listing around 8l/100km (35mpg) which was mostly recorded at highway speed, also returning a 6.2l/100km (45mpg) instantaneous figure at 100km/h, the engine turning over quite busy at 2700rpm. The latter figure is significant because the i20 Cross drives out through a four-speed automatic gearbox. Regular readers will relate to my many comments that the more gears you have, the smoother the transition of drive and the easier the engine operates.

Four-speed gearboxes are used only rarely these days and I’m surprised Hyundai hasn’t given the i20 one of those fabulous sixspeeders it has in other models. That aside, the engine is honest but there are times when as a driver you are wishing it would change down or up, but distance between gears doesn’t always suit the power outputs. Under acceleration, the wee 1.4-litre engine works hard to provide an 11sec standstill to 100km/h time, along with a 8sec time to make 120km/h from 80km/h. It must be remembered, though, that the i20 Cross isn’t designed to be a hard charger and for its role it is quiet and capable, and the engine is a delight, it enjoys working the entire rev band. I didn’t take the test car far, but I did put it through a couple of challenging corners and I can report it feels delightful through the steering and has control and balance not ordinarily expected to be in a car which is priced for the budget market ($29,990). The suspension is a mix of struts up front and a tube beam rear axle system. The spring and damper rates are set a little on the firm side, not so much that the ride is compromised but the benefit is in the way it arrests body movement in a corner. Even though it sits tall, body movement is gentle, not awkward. Grip is supplied by high-quality Pirelli Cinturato tyres (205/45 x 17in) and, as mentioned, they are an inch bigger in diameter than the standard i20 and they contribute to the strong steering feel and sharp corner turn-in. I was quite delighted with the way the i20 Cross handles, it is quite purposeful. In terms of in-cabin detailing, Hyundai has certainly upped the ante in terms of quality plastic and trim elements. The switchgear is beautifully made and the appointment is firstclass. When I took the car back to the dealership I inquired about price, and even though almost $30k is on the ticket, there may be some movement from that through Hyundai New Zealand. That being the case it may tempt in more ways than one.

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Wisdom in a grandparent’s life of meals

Smoked fish and broccoli pasta This is a tasty adaptation of a recipe used in Te Kohanga Reo O Ngaio in Wellington with great success. The children there love it. Grown-ups will love it too. INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp canola oil 2 tbsp white flour 1½ cups low fat milk 50g Edam cheese, grated 250g dried pasta, farfalle or penne 1 head broccoli florets

1 tsp canola oil ½ red onion, diced 2 tbsp capers, drained, rinsed 4 cloves garlic, crushed 175g smoked fish, flaked 2 tbsp lemon juice ½ cup parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS Cheese sauce In a saucepan fry the flour with the first measure of canola oil until it begins to colour. Gradually add the milk, mixing thoroughly to disperse the lumps. When all the milk has been added bring to a gentle simmer and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir through the grated cheese. Set aside. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling unsalted water until al dente. Remove the pasta from the pot and set aside. Bring the water back to the boil and cook the broccoli until just cooked. While the pasta and broccoli are cooking prepare the smoked fish by flaking it. Gently sauté the onions and capers in the second measure of canola oil until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat and stir through the smoked fish, lemon juice and parsley. To finish the dish, gently stir together the pasta with the broccoli, white sauce and smoked fish mix. Recipe supplied by the Heart Foundation. For more heart-healthy recipes go to www. heartfoundation/recipes food. Not a chemical name in sight. The plant sterol is for extra LDL-cholesterol lowering, the gelatin and soy lecithin contribute texture, As you tidy up after your usual breakfast of the food acid protects it from spoiling, and the porridge, you brush away the odd brown sugar colour is natural vitamin. All grown by nature. crystal from your table napkin. The fats we really need for life and health, “Nana I don’t want you to die!” declares and especially heart health, are in highest granddaughter, who has stayed the night. concentrations in plant foods – liquid oils, nuts, “I am not dying”. seeds, avocado and liquid oil-based, margarinestyle spreads. We do not need separable animal “Yes you are, you ate sugar!” So what did granddaughter eat for breakfast? fat (dairy cream, meat fat, chicken skin) because Well nothing. She went to the fridge for a glass we make animal fat ourselves.Yet the lean and low fat parts of animal foods do carry nutrients of milk.Yours was “trim” for your high LDLwe need. Fat has highest kilojoules per gram of cholesterol, kilos to lose, Dad dying of a heart all foods, and like added sugars, can be rapidly attack and Mum having breaking bones. “That’s overeaten before our bodies signal that we got too much sugar”, she says. are full. Animal fat and added sugar are logical “There’s no sugar added to milk!” you say.You targets for losing weight. show her the ingredient listing on the carton : Research shows that eating high intakes of “Ingredients: Fresh, low-fat milk”. animal fats together with low vegetable and fruit No sugar there. She’s not convinced. intakes are linked to heart attacks compared with eating plant oils in place of animal fat, with high amounts of fruit and vegetables with some Off to the internet with your little master wholegrains, dried beans, nuts and fish. mathematician you go. That trim milk proves to have 40 per cent fewer kilojoules (less fattening), 90 per cent less animal saturated Latest New Zealand stats reveal that 75 per fat (to lower LDL-cholesterol), 10 per cent cent of 45 to 75 year-olds are ‘overweight’, more protein and 14 per cent more calcium increasing our heart, diabetes and osteoarthritis (both needed for older health), than its full-fat risks, and driving us into inactivity. counterpart. It had a mere extra 0.2 grams of Numbers of us using LDL-cholesterolnatural milk sugar (lactose), no difference at all. lowering meds, blood pressure meds, or On the label of your wholegrain bread, she also diagnosed type 2 diabetes or osteoarthritis, found one gram of sugar in a slice (to start the all double from the 45-54 years age group to yeast) – a mere speck! the 55-64 age group. And that’s only counting A dash of sugar for flavour hurts no one. those diagnosed. Despite half of us being on Foods oozing in added sugars – sweet bakery, blood pressure meds by age 75, 30 per cent desserts, sweets, sugary drinks and chocolate, have high blood pressure by age 55-64 rising to are the sugary spoilers of top health eating. over 40 per cent in the over 65s. Use of LDLThe World Health Organisation and American cholesterol meds rises from 10 per cent in the Heart Association say limit added sugars to less age 45-54 years age group to more than 30 per than two tablespoons (five to six teaspoons) cent by the 65-plus age group. of added sugar a day for healthy kids and The science of eating patterns is highly adults, but Diabetes NZ halves this amount for complicated. Matching all the research to diabetes, which is also right for weight control. someone’s personal set of health risks and nutrient needs, in terms of three meals a day, can be complex. If one little message sets you Next on granddaughter’s food patrol is your fretting over one gram of one ingredient in LDL-cholesterol-lowering margarine-spread. foods, it can start a roller coaster to tip your whole eating pattern on its head. “Ooh”, she says, “that’s black coming out of the ground; it’s a bleached chemical-like plastic.” The fine-tuning messages of eating for health risks come from the synthesis of millions of Another ingredient check finds – water, sunflower oil, canola oil, gelatin, salt, plant sterol, dollars of medical research around nutrients, food, and dietary patterns. soy lecithin, milk powder, food acid, carotene (natural vitamin for colour) – it’s all

By Janice Bremer, Consulting Dietitian, Christchurch

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