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Local place names rediscovered in new book

history has been a lifelong passion, but his 22 books also include The Riddle of Richard Pearse (1973) and Denis Glover: His Life (1999), which were both Book of the Year finalists. He has twice won the JM Sherrard Award for New Zealand Regional History for The Port Hills their meaning and gives a short history of Canterbury University Press (CUP) has communities. English, French and Mãori names of Christchurch (1978) and Banks Peninsula: this month published Place Names of Banks Cradle of Canterbury (1990). He balanced his are included – many of which Andersen Peninsula and the Port Hills, by award-winning writing with a busy career as a secondary sourced directly from kaumãtua 100 years ago. regional historian Gordon Ogilvie. school English teacher, including 24 years as Tribal differences and spelling variations are With a deep knowledge of this part of also captured, but mysteries still remain, with head of English at St Andrew’s College until his New Zealand, Ogilvie challenged himself to the origins of some unresolved. retirement in 1993. In 2000, he was awarded write a comprehensive successor to Johannes an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the “Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton Harbour and the Andersen’s Place-Names of Banks Peninsula, first Port Hills of Christchurch offer a wonderfully University of Canterbury in recognition of his published in 1927. diverse and kaleidoscopic array of names that contribution to the province’s literature. He “Andersen’s work is rightly regarded as speak of the area’s Mãori and colonial history received an ONZM for services to historical a classic, but it’s been out of print for many research and writing in 2008. and the people who have been there before years. This new book is a much-needed you,” says Ogilvie. successor and is an important addition to “I’ve always found the history of places Gordon’s acclaimed histories of the region,” intriguing and this area is particularly CUP publisher Catherine Montgomery says. fascinating with whalers, flax traders, boat Ogilvie’s new book is a history of the builders, French Catholic priests, Mãori place names of Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton pã, shooting ranges, timber-milling, farming, Harbour, the Port Hills and suburbs including brickworks, breweries, malt works, battle sites Papanui Library, in conjunction with Papanui Heathcote, Halswell and Tai Tapu. He has also and vineyards all represented.” High School, has launched a new programme been able to include rarely seen sketches and Ogilvie has visited most of the area over called GenConnect. The programme was paintings from the Alexander Turnbull Library many years of research and leisure activities started at Upper Riccarton Library in 2016 and Christchurch Art Gallery collections. and says “researching the book was quite an and following its huge success, Papanui Ogilvie says researching the linguistic and adventure”. Library is offering this service to residents in cultural significance of place names was that area. “My life’s ambition has been to write on something of a salvage operation, because the hills and peninsula because I love them The idea behind GenConnect is to many of the people and places identified in the so much and wanted to share the love and increase interactions between the younger book are no longer around. knowledge with others. I’ve done that now generations and older adults by providing While that was a challenge, the new version and hope readers take what I took from it – free technology help. If the programme is the excitement of discovery.” benefits from resources not available during successful at Papanui Library, it will be offered Andersen’s research a century ago. as a regular programme during the school Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the terms. Port Hills by gordon ogilvie. Published by “The National Library’s Papers Past online

Gordon Ogilvie as a young man, and in recent times.

Gordon Ogilvie’s new book, Place Names of Banks Peninsula and The Port Hills

Bridging the technology & generation gap

database allowed me to go back to almost the very beginning of some place names – finally settling arguments about the origins of place names like Okains and Le Bons Bays. Maps from the National Geographic Board, museums and galleries also helped,” he says. The book provides names, explains

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Young people born in the age of digital technology, and known as digital natives, can navigate most aspects of it with ease, as they have an innate understanding of how it works. But for people who are “digital immigrants” and have to learn how to use it so they can enjoy the benefits, they might find it takes a bit of practice and perseverance before they feel comfortable using it. Technology is not particularly intuitive.

• How to set up and use your smart phone, tablet or iPad

This is where GenConnect comes in. Technology-oriented intergenerational programmes are a way to bridge the generational pay gap by providing an opportunity for interaction. Students help older adults feel more comfortable with digital technology such as smart phones, tablets or laptops, which might be of use to them. For their part, adults can contribute by sharing local community history and helping

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Putting Amberley on the map

Margot Korhonen, left, Claire Inkson and Trish Coleman at the launch of AmberleyNZ

A group of 37 Amberley business owners have joined forces to launch AmberleyNZ, a new promotional strategy that highlights the wide range of eateries, attractions, boutique retail, experiences and accommodation that Amberley has to offer. They were inspired by the fact that business is booming in Amberley, with 12 new small businesses having set up shop in the town over the last two years. Although Amberley has suffered hardship following years of ongoing droughts and the devastating November 2016 earthquake that impacted the flow of north-bound traffic through the town, these Amberley business owners are determined to build on the unique vibe of their town and cement its reputation as a memorable destination. The project was the brainchild of Trish Coleman, owner of Mumma T’s Trading Lounge, who approached local designer Margot Korhonen from Spruce Design + Marketing to put together a map showcasing all the exciting places to visit in Amberley. Claire Inkson from Claire Inkson Photography then introduced the idea of expanding the project to include more retailers. The motivated trio developed the project scope to promote Amberley, as well as supporting the entire North Canterbury region. The final step in the process was approaching other business owners, who welcomed the “wonderful step forward” for their town. AmberleyNZ was launched in late July at the popular Nor’Wester Café. A Map showcasing all that Amberley and

the wider region has to offer is available from a number of retailers, stores and cafes throughout the town. Trish, Margot and Claire hope that the map and the new promotion strategy will encourage visitors to spend more time in Amberley, while uncovering some of its hidden gems.

neighbouring Amberley Craft Market presents a delightful handicraft experience.

peaceful and unhurried atmosphere in which to relax and unwind.

Offering much more than just shopping, Amberley’s attractions include sculptures, murals, historic buildings, established parks and playgrounds, stunning beaches and a growing network of walking and cycling trails.

The real ingredient that makes Amberley such a unique and pleasurable experience is the people.You will meet motivated locals, inspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who are passionate about local ingredients, products and supporting each another. That’s what makes Amberley the perfect place to eat, shop, pamper, play and stay.

What you will find there…

After some retail therapy and refuelling with sumptuous local fare, you can indulge Just 40 minutes north of Christchurch, and pamper yourself at one of the local hair Amberley is the perfect location for a day trip. salons or beauty therapy clinics. These clinics Previously considered as an ‘ice-cream stop’, Amberley now incorporates a unique boutique and salons use quality products, and provide a shopping experience with plenty of free parking and not a chain store in sight. After exploring the main street, stroll along the side streets to uncover hidden treasures including quirky Kiwiana stores and homeware emporiums filled with everything from Balinese décor to country, modern and vintage-style interior items. Many retailers stock items that showcase the artistic talents of local craftspeople and make ideal gifts. Lovers of fashion are also catered for with two edgy clothing boutiques, along with an iconic clothing store with a cult following built up during two decades of catering for “real women”. When it’s time for a snack or lunch you will find every need catered for, with choices including an authentic French bakery, artisan cafes, fine cuisine and even a craft brewery with wood-fired pizzas. On Saturdays, the highly regarded Waipara Valley Farmers’ Market is a great way to experience local produce and meet the regional growers. The

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Looking your best 50-plus and onwards Looking their best is important to women of any age. Forward 50 asks Personal Style Consultant Joanna Giles of Love Your Look how women 50+ can dress to look great and feel confident.

for your current body shape (which often also changes around menopause) and the modern ways to create stunning outfits out of fashion separates.

Depending on individual sizes What advice do you have for and body shapes, what types of women over 50 who want to garments are most flattering dress ‘on trend’ without looking for women in this age group? as if they are trying too hard to I believe every woman is beautiful. Beauty is not a particular size, shape, age or skin or appear young? Women 50+ often mention to me that they are worried about looking like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’, but it is actually a problem I rarely see. My bigger concern is that women sometimes have a tendency to veer too far the other way, and dress too old for their age, ‘mutton dressed as dead.’ To avoid this tendency, remember that Baby Boomers rule the world! Because Baby Boomers are such a large proportion of the population they are re-creating the rules for how women dress at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. Just look at what celebrities like Hallee Berry (50), Michelle Pfeiffer (58), Christie Brinkley (63), Helen Mirren (72) and Judi Dench (82) are wearing and looking absolutely stunning in. To feel confident about dressing well for your age group, choose a celebrity Muse to get ideas of the fashion looks you could try. It is important to stay up to date with fashion and easy to lose your confidence and get left behind. For a confidence boost and to keep up with current fashion trends that will suit you I recommend joining a Style Course to learn which colours suit your eye colour and current hair and skin colour, (these change as we age), which clothing cuts work

hair colour. Any woman, whether a size 6 or 26+, can look great in colours and clothing cuts that highlight her assets and quietly camouflage any problem areas. The first step is learning which colours suit you and which cuts of clothes suit your body shape. The problem is we are all trying to get a tailor-made fit from off-the-rack garments. The secret to getting a great fit is to choose garments that are designed for your body shape. This is based on your build, frame or silhouette. There are three female body shapes, Straight, Curve and Softened Curve, and each has unique assets and problems areas and comes in every size. Straights go ‘straight up and down’ with no waist or hips, but have great shoulders and legs. They feel conscious of weight around the tummy and upper hips (muffin top, spare tyre). Kate Middleton and MP Paula Bennett are Straights. They look great in ‘long lean’ clothing that defines shoulders and legs and bypasses the tummy, e.g. volume in top garments and fitted in trousers and skirts. Curves go ‘all-in-and-out’ and have beautiful curvy waists and upper bodies and a totally

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flat tummy (so are very rare). They feel conscious of carrying weight on hips, bottom and thighs. They suit fitted garments on top that cinch in at the waist and suit lots of volume in pants and skirts. Racquel Welch and Jennifer Lopez are Curves. Softened Curves have developed a little tummy after having kids or getting older. They have beautiful upper bodies (especially their décolletage) and suit top garments that have a wider open neckline and soft shaping at the waist. They suit relaxed trousers and skirts that hang straight but have a lot of fabric in them e.g. ‘drape not cling’.

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you a youthful glow, whereas colours that don’t suit you can age you, making you look dull or even unwell. Your eye colour and current hair and skin colour determine what types of colours will suit you. The great news is that everyone can wear every colour, as long as they wear it in the clarity or strength that best suits them – and you don’t need to carry around a colour swatch to get a perfect match. I teach clients this Clarity Based system to help them use colour combinations to elongate their silhouette and make them look taller and slimmer. Half of us look best in clear, fresh, brighter colours at the light-reflecting end of the spectrum. (Bright and Light-Bright). The other half of the population is most enhanced by richer, light-absorbing colours from the duller

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Incapacity & the elderly Trustee As a nation, our population is ageing. Alongside this is an increase in the number of people who can no longer continue to manage their own affairs due to mental incapacity. Where the incapacitated person is the Trustee of a family or discretionary trust that can make the administration of the trust, all but impossible.

of the Court …” 1 and, as with s 43 above, only where the incapacitated Trustee is being replaced. The Courts also have an inherent jurisdiction to remove an incapacitated trustee if the Court is satisfied that it is in the interests of the beneficiaries and where “… the continuance of the Trustee would prevent the trusts being properly executed …”2

As most trust deeds require that Trustees act unanimously, if one Trustee is incapacitated, and therefore unable to act or participate in decision making, it will leave the remaining Once the incapacitated Trustee has been Trustees, and the Trust itself, in limbo until removed, any real property owned by the such time as that incapacitated Trustee has trust will need to be transferred into the been removed. names of the new Trustees. The removal of an incapacitated trustee can An Enduring Power of Attorney in relation be effected by: to Property (EPA Property) cannot be used

Transferring the Trust Property

1. Using the Trust Deed Where there is a specific power of appointment held by someone who is alive, and who is not the incapacitated Trustee, they can use that power to remove a Trustee, whether that Trustee is incapacitated or not. This may require having a difficult conversation with an ageing Trustee but will save all parties anxiety, time and money. 2. Section 43 of the Trustee Act 1956 If the Trust Deed is silent as to who holds the power of appointment, or the incapacitated Trustee is the Trustee with the power of appointment, s 43 can be used to remove the incapacitated Trustee but only where that Trustee is being replaced by a new Trustee. 3. Section 51 of the Trustee Act The Court can, under s 51, exercise its power to remove an incapacitated Trustee but only when it is “inexpedient, difficult or impractical to do so without the assistance

end of the spectrum (Deep & Gentle Muted). It’s important to get your colours rechecked at least every six to seven years as we all lose colour in our skin and hair as we age. The clarity you suit will also change when you change your hair colour, so get checked anytime you have a drastic change.

What are the staples that form the basis of a versatile and stylish wardrobe? There are several tricks of the trade for turning a wardrobe full of separates into stunning co-ordinated outfits.You can also use these tricks for packing a small co-ordinated travel wardrobe and as the basis of your shopping list for effectively adding to your current wardrobe this season. 1. The Base: a Base is an all-one-colour look created by wearing a top and bottom in the same colour and then adding a differentcoloured outer layer and a necklace or scarf that references both colours. 2. Bring Bottom Colour Up: when wearing two contrasting colours e.g. light top with dark bottom or dark top with light bottom you will need to ‘bring the bottom colour up’ to create symmetry in your outfit. Simply choose a necklace or scarf the same colour as the bottom garment to bring the colour up. Our eyes like symmetry and you will look co-ordinated. This principle is particularly important if adding a third or multiple additional colours to an outfit. 3. Capsule Wardrobe Formula: 2+2+5=20 Two ‘suits’ e.g. an outer and bottom that work together as if they were a suit + two necklaces or scarves the same colour as the bottoms of the ‘suits’ + five tops that work with all the other items = 20 different outfits. Each top has four outer layer combinations.

What about jewellery – is this a matter of personal taste or are larger, chunkier pieces not so appropriate in this age group? Accessories are the links that turn separates into great outfits and are also a great way to express your personality and personal style. Which jewellery (earrings and necklaces), scarf-tying techniques, glasses shapes, hair style and necklines suit you is governed by whether the natural shape of your inner facial characteristics (eyebrows, eyes, nose, cheeks, lips & chin) are more angular or more curved. Inner facial characteristics often change as we age, so get yours checked at least every seven years. When choosing jewellery also keep in mind your personal style and scale.

Do you have any suggestions for what to wear as the seasons change from winter to spring? Trans-seasonal dressing is an excellent technique to use as the seasons change. Simply layer merino under lighter-weight tops, e.g. chiffon top with merino underneath and a jacket or cardigan over the top. Alternatively, you can use a lighter-weight top without an under layer and use an outer layer that you can remove if you need to. Just remember, if your outfit is like a suit, but the top you wear underneath and the pants are contrasting colours on top and bottom, add a necklace the same colour as the pants, as that ties the top and bottom together symmetrically and allows you to remove your matching outer layer if you get too warm and you will still have a co-ordinated outfit.

for this purpose, as this document deals with personal property and does not extend to property owned as a Trustee. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has confirmed that an Attorney appointed under an EPA Property cannot sign an Authority & Instruction Form for an incapacitated Trustee. That being the case, an application to the High Court will need to be made for a Vesting Order, under s 52 of the Trustee Act 1956, to vest the trust property in the names of the new Trustees. As Trustees get older, regular meetings of the Trustees will be critical for the on-going management of the Trust. At Harmans we have experience in dealing with trust law and estate planning and can help you to ensure your Trust operates as it should. Give Fleur McDonald a call on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation. AG v Ngati Karewa and Ngati Tahinga Trust 5/11/01, Randerson J, HC Auckland M2073/99



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Resort-style retirement living in Geraldine

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The last stage is under construction at McKenzie Lifestyle Village but there are still good sites available. There are also a number of affordable villas ready for immediate occupation. The beautiful Leisure Centre is very popular with the residents, who make full use of the swimming and spa pools, gymnasium, craft room, library and lounge area. Outside, the bowling green is also popular, along with Petanque, Mini-golf and Table Bowls. This coming summer will see Croquet being played on the Village Green. The residents’ monthly activities calendar boasts the following: bowls events, concert going (Operatunity), shopping trips, lunch outings, yoga, housie, Qigong (Tai Chi), happy hour, knitting, quiz nights, cards and games, book club, Bible discussion, craft sessions, and there are regular visits by the hairdresser

(weekly) and the podiatrist. The residents enjoy an enviable resort-style lifestyle. It is also surprisingly affordable. A former Christchurch resident, Judith, says, “We couldn’t have all this for what we are paying if we were still in Christchurch.” Another resident, David, says, “My wife and I have never been so well off as we are now we have moved to McKenzie Lifestyle Village.” Geraldine is a great little town with a very pleasant microclimate. There is plenty to do in and around the town with art galleries, theatre and cinema, interesting shops and boutiques, two museums and a wide range of good places to eat. For the more adventurous there are river and forest walks nearby, opportunities for biking and a choice of two local golf clubs. For more information you can talk to David Connolly about this on 0800 84 55 24.

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A new business built on skills & experience Starting a new career or business after the age of 50 can be both exciting and daunting. Forward 50 talks to educator Kate Brown about how she developed a consultancy business where she could use her skills and experience in a new and rewarding way.

What age were you when you decided to leave teaching to start your consultancy business? I was 58.

What prompted you to make that change after a long and successful career as an educator? I had been working overseas in International Schools for 17 years and wanted to bring some of the best practice in international education into New Zealand schools.

learning needs and with a focus on understandings not memorisation. We have to educate our students for their future not our past.

You have had considerable overseas experience in education, so does that help you in your business and if so, how? For the last 14 years I have been working with the International Baccalaureate Curriculum (IB), which is concept-based and delivered through inquiry pedagogy. I became a workshop leader for the IB, going round the world leading professional development for teachers in IB schools. I had also had several stints of working with the IB to develop their curriculum, and with this experience, and my understanding of the gains of a concept-based curriculum for student learning, I began my mission to support New Zealand schools to create the best possible curriculum for their students.

What have been the greatest challenges What advice would you give anyone in starting and running your own considering starting a new business business and what are the rewards? after the age of 50? The challenges: drumming up business and staying organised. I find I have to be very disciplined to organise myself, having worked to bells for over 40 years. The rewards: a great sense of pride in what I have achieved, working with a variety of amazing New Zealand educators in different settings, and being able to organise my own time. When I wish to pick up my grandchildren from school and kindy my current boss is always willing to let me out early!

What is the main focus of your consultancy? My main focus is supporting schools to develop a curriculum that is engaging for students, relevant to their

Work hard and don’t falter at the setbacks – just class it as experience and move on to the next opportunity. Have faith in your own ability. Go for it. Join a networking group – I joined Venus. This not only gives you the support of other motivated business people with networking opportunities, but also provides workshops and education sessions on the nitty gritty of how to get your business buzzing. If there is something in your business you don’t like doing (e.g. accounting), get someone else to do it. Don’t waste your time and worry over something that is not building your business. Enjoy the journey and constantly remind yourself of how amazing you are.

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Exercising as we age has many benefits With the recent release of the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Ageing Strategy there is an increased focus on living not just longer, but also maintaining health and wellbeing by creating opportunities in a range of areas for older people.

Older adults that are not active are missing out on many of the benefits of being active, and it’s not just about being able to live a full life. There are very real benefits to all aspects of life that sedentary older adults are missing out on through their inactivity. Any physical activity is better than none at all. It can be as simple as aiming to sit less and get out and about more, adding movement into everyday tasks, as well as seeking opportunities for more structured exercise. Many exercise facilities, recreation centres and pools offer classes and sessions that are most suitable for the older exerciser. While exercising can be added to regular tasks, the advantages of getting involved with a facility or group are many, including being able to access expert advice. As well, it has been proven that spending time with others adds to our sense of wellbeing. The Healthy Ageing Strategy vision is that

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While medical care and access to medical services is an important part of the strategy, the focus is also on developing communities, encouraging active and connected lives and preventative services. However, adults aged 65 years and over are more likely to be sedentary than those under 65 years. These activity rates decline even more as adults aged 75 years and over are less likely to be physically active than those under 75 years.

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“older people live well, age well, and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities”; it seeks to maximise health and wellbeing for all older people. Getting involved in several physical activities is best, allowing variety and benefits across a range of activity areas. Anything that gets your heart rate up and makes your breathing heavier will have a positive effect on aerobic levels and heart health. Balance exercises will help prevent falls, and strength exercises can assist with maintaining posture and help with daily tasks.

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If you are a senior and new to exercising, it is wise to start off slowly. Do speak to your doctor before starting or increasing physical activity. They are likely to be supportive of your increased activity, and can offer advice on making sure any medical conditions or injuries are managed. The Ministry of Health suggests older adults do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five days or more per week. They have several resources available on their website to help you on your way to physical activity as an older adult.

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Price - Kia Rio LX, $22,490 Dimensions - Length, 4065mm; width, 1725mm; height, 1450mm Configuration - Four-cylinder, front-wheeldrive, 1368cc, 74kW, 133Nm, six-speed manual. Performance - 0-100km/h, 11sec Fuel usage - 5.6l/100km

operating manner. Not surprisingly, it feels a little different I HAD to think hard trying to remember the paired with a manual but the result is still last time I picked up a manual evaluation car. satisfactory performance. The engine is rated It was six months ago and that wasn’t even a with a 74kW power output along with 133Nm car as such, but Toyota’s Land Cruiser 70 light of torque, both outputs realised just a little truck. lower than previously, 6000rpm and 4000rpm The latest manual to come my way was respectively. Although those figures are still from an unexpected source – Kia’s new Rio. high, in manual form, the engine pulls from low However, amongst the four variations it’s only revolutions. the entry-level model that has the manual The gearbox, too, is a beauty, the shifts option. Prices start at $22,490 for the LX as are clean and precise and the gearing is well tested, automatic transmission adds $1000, matched to the power outputs. There are also while an EX variant sits at $25,490 and the fuel economy benefits to be gleaned from the range-topping Ltd is listed at $26,990. way the engine and transmission are matched, These are budget prices for what would be that taking into account the engine is a bit deemed a well-made desirable, small hatchback. busier at highway speed than I was expecting, When I say small, it would be noted that the turning over at 2400rpm at 100km/h. That new Rio is longer and wider than the model aside, there is still an instantaneous fuel usage it replaces, but it is just a fraction lower. The reading of just 5l/100km (56mpg). I made an latter makes no appreciable difference to entry early reset of the trip computer and during my and exit, it is still an easy car to access and it is time with the test car it never consumed more better for its new proportions. than a 7l/100km (40mpg) average which sits The Rio can’t really be considered a fivewell with Kia’s claim f 5.6l/100km (50mpg). seater; there are three seat belts in the rear I took the test car on my normal scenic but it is tight back there, although head and leg highway route. The Rio cruises the open road room are plentiful. quietly and has solid road presence. When it In terms of styling, the newcomer shares comes time to tackle the odd corner or two many of the similarities for which we know it has deliberate steering and nice chassis the model, it’s not flashy but it is far from balance, that taking into account the rear conservative and is easily a strong contender in suspension has limited movement due to the the five-door hatchback market. use of a cross beam tube axle, which doesn’t offer the freedom of a fully independent type. Up front sits a 1.4-litre engine, regular readers will recall my recent Hyundai i20 Cross Nevertheless, the spring and damper rates have been worked out intelligently, there is just the evaluation, the Rio shares the same driveline and it stands out for its willing nature and quiet right amount of firmness needed to arrest body


movement along with the compliance needed for comfort. Interestingly, the Kumho tyres are smallish in stature at 185/65 x 17in, and they are a low rolling resistance type, which help promote realistic fuel usage figures. They are also quiet-riding and don’t complain about New Zealand’s course chip seal. They also provide secure feedback to the steering wheel and are directional when presented with a quick corner. There are a plethora of small cars landing in the global market at the moment, especially those from Korea. The interesting thing to note

is that many of them are now arriving in hybrid form and I’ll be evaluating several in the next few months. For those who like the traditional, the Rio is there to please. I’m not sure how many manual units will be sold, New Zealanders just like their autos way too much, and with only $1000 difference the automatic is by far the most tempting proposition. However, Kia here must be confident it can sell the stick-shift in enough numbers to justify its inclusion in the line-up. If I was a Rio buyer it would be the one for me.

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No age limit in show business

Nickie Wellbourn as Sister Mary Lazarus

Scene from Sister Act

The latest production from Christchurch theatre company Showbiz Christchurch demonstrates that, while many of today’s popular shows feature a young cast, there are still opportunities for the more mature singers, actors and dancers to perform on stage. Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy is the company’s final production for the 2017 season, and as marketing manager Wendy Riley explains, the story requires a number of the cast members to be in the older age group. One of the principal nuns, Sister Mary Lazarus, is being played by longtime Showbiz member Nickie Wellbourn. Nickie has been involved in theatre for over 30 years, and played her first role for Showbiz in their 1987 production of Chicago. She describes Sister Act as a “blessing in disguise”, and says that while many stage productions feature young actors and dancers, this one calls for a more “worldly-wise” cast, and even though it is a role that requires some physical effort, she is thoroughly enjoying it.

production. I’m enjoying being part of it. It’s also an opportunity for some of the company members, who are not suitable for some other shows, to perform.” Both Nickie and Diane say there is no age limit to being part of a theatrical company like Showbiz, whether on stage or behind the scenes. “People don’t realise that for any show there is a whole production team back stage. And I appreciate that, because I couldn’t do what I do without them,” Nickie says. And as Diane points out, “Showbiz has opportunities for all age groups. There is no age limit, and we have a large team of volunteers and helpers.” Wendy Riley says many Showbiz members juggle careers with their voluntary theatre activities, finding the time to rehearse and perform in the evenings and weekends.

“It’s great being with the same age group and catching up with people and being all together. I’m looking forward to opening night.”

“It’s a big commitment – for rehearsals and during the season.”

For productions when she is not on stage, Nickie is involved in much of the backstage work, including makeup. Like many of the Showbiz company members, she has a full-time job, but outside work she is “fully immersed” in theatre activities, including being artistic director for a corporate entertainment organisation. She has also been part of the Canterbury Children’s Theatre and other theatre groups.

About Sister Act - A Divine Musical Comedy

Wardrobe manager for Showbiz Diane Brodie QSM has been involved with the company since 1973. She is responsible for keeping all the company’s costumes in tip-top condition and organising fittings for every production, a role she calls a “lifetime vocation”. “I enjoy the creativity involved, the contact with people and the general excitement of being caught up in the productions, but it’s very challenging too.” Diane says Sister Act is “one of the most enjoyable shows” she’s been involved with. “It’s great fun. It’s a joyous show, and that rubs off on the whole

Wardrobe manager Diane Brodie

The Showbiz team is “like a big extended family, and a lot of joy comes out of it”, Wendy says.

The story follows the exploits of 1970s wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier as she escapes from her gangster boyfriend. Having witnessed him commit a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle of the nuns and their uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent, she inspires the nuns to create a more contemporary choir and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches her ex-boyfriend Curtis, who arrives with his gang to settle the score with Deloris. The Showbiz Christchurch production of Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy will be presented at the Isaac Theatre Royal from September 8-23.

Scene from Sister Act

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Research shows health and social benefits of arts participation

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