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2 | Fundraising

Pink-themed walk to raise funds for breast cancer Pink Star Walkers are getting ready to pound the streets for breast cancer at the 2017 Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) Pink Star Walk in Christchurch. Events are also being held in Auckland and Wellington, taking place during October and into November as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsored by Estee Lauder Companies. The annual fundraiser is a noncompetitive fun walk, with no training required before participating – just a willingness to join a group of enthusiastic women, men and children in support of those affected by breast cancer. The walks are held in the twilight hours, providing a unique experience. There is a party atmosphere at the finish line with entertainment provided; walkers are encouraged to celebrate and have a fun evening out together. The BCFNZ Pink Star Walks are open to all ages. The walking courses are a mix of five kilometre, 10km, or half marathon (21km) option, depending on location. In Christchurch there are the 5km and half marathon options. The course must be walked, not run, and participants are

encouraged to dress in pink, with many groups co-ordinating their costumes as a team and registering to fundraise. Registration is through the dedicated event website www.pinkstarwalk.co.nz. The registration fee covers the costs of holding the event and a small donation, with walkers encouraged to set up fundraising pages so friends and family can sponsor their efforts. Funds are raised through a combination of entry fees, personal sponsorships and donations. The Pink Star Walk includes a prewalk warm-up. Walkers follow the route marked by pink balloons, and rehydrate via water stations available around the course, manned by volunteers, who are there to support and encourage participants. At the conclusion of the walk there’s a festive atmosphere with music, entertainment, and prizes awarded to best-dressed individuals and teams, as well as spot prizes. “Our Pink Star Walks are a great way to show your support for friends, family or colleagues affected by breast cancer,” chief

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Leadership | 3 Flying is another passion in Rob Hoult’s life.

The importance of leadership

Following a 30-year career as an officer in the New Zealand Defence Force, Rob Hoult left the service and established his consultancy Team Leader Leadership Development Limited. Forward 50 talks to Rob about his career change, his passion for leadership and why we need good leaders across all sectors of our community.

You were in the defence force for 30 years what made you decide to step back into ‘civy street’? I’d run out of things to do! I’d made the decision back in the late ’90s to limit my career for the sake of gaining stability for my family, and had made the Selwyn District my home. The army had been fantastic in allowing me to work in niche areas and thus not have to move around over my last 10 years of service.

Were there challenges moving from military to civilian life and if so what were they? Surprisingly, there were very few challenges. My roles in the military had been quite autonomous, and most of them had required wide engagement across other government departments and organisations in the private sector. The hardest thing was leaving the security of a salary and accepting the uncertainty that goes with owning and running your own business. I’m pretty laid back, but I also must confess that I found people out of the military are a little more relaxed about keeping to time – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing of course. I also had to go and buy a lot more clothes…there’s something about the ease and convenience of having a uniform. That said, I love being able to wear the work clothes I want to wear.

When did you first discover your passion for leadership and what triggered it?

you’re in charge! I’ve never considered myself as a particularly good leader – like many others, I am pretty conscious of what I’ve got wrong, and it’s not good to get too big for your boots.

Poor leadership is disastrous to a team or group. The group won’t achieve the things it sets out to do, there will be conflict within the team, and the end result is that people leave the team because it does not give them what they both deserve and need as a human.

What are the essential characteristics of an effective leader and are these innate to a How did you develop your Team Leader person or can they be learnt? programme?

There have been literally thousands of books written on the topic of leadership, but that said, I do have my opinion. Leadership effectiveness is pretty much determined by personality – things like being curious and open-minded, conscientiousness and determination, being interested in and getting along with other people, and having enough confidence to take on challenges. So, whilst these things are to a degree innate, most people have some capacity for leadership, especially if they are willing to learn and listen to feedback. I also think it’s important that those in leadership roles understand that they are there to serve their followers, as much as their followers serve them.

Why do you see strong leadership as important – in the business community and in society as a whole? Leaders are the people that work out what needs to be done to make the world safer and more prosperous for their people (tribe, team, company, family, sports group etc.) and then harness the individual efforts of many into a strong and unified collective effort. It’s all about understanding what motivates the people that make up the team and pointing them in the right direction to get the important things done.

What difference can a good leader make and what are the outcomes if the quality of leadership in an organisation is less than ideal?

I first tasted the challenge and satisfaction of leadership as a high school student, both at school, and through the Air Training Corps. If I’m really honest, I think my attraction for leadership roles comes from A good leader makes all the difference. The symptoms being pretty purposeful, and wanting to achieve. It’s much easier to get the things done that you believe in when of a good leader are a highly performing team of people

I spent over a decade designing and running leader and team development activities and courses for all levels of the New Zealand Army and the wider defence force. This has given me a very wide perspective on how to grow capable leaders and high-performing teams. I also had the privilege of leading military teams both in New Zealand and in multi-national contexts overseas throughout my 30-year career. Leaders and teams have similar characteristics no matter what organisation they exist in. Once I understand the culture and context of a client organisation, I am able to use all of my expertise and experience to develop world-class team and leader development opportunities for my clients. One of my highlights this year has been working with the successful Crusaders Super Rugby team. My role was to help them be the very best team members that they could be.

Are there any leaders in New Zealand – in any field – that you particularly admire, and if so why? There are so many outstanding New Zealand leaders that it’s hard to single one out. Two that I will mention are locals – Scott Roberston, the Crusaders coach, who has a very expressive style, yet has a big heart – he completely understands what makes each and every one of his players tick. The other is Peter Beggs, the boss of Antarctica New Zealand. Peter is an incredible ambassador for Christchurch and New Zealand, and leads through very strong values, a sense of fairness and a keen curiosity for possibilities and how we can build a better New Zealand.

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Springtime is country fair time The spring fair and fete season will be in full swing during October, with a range of events around the Christchurch and Canterbury area offering a wealth of local produce, crafts and entertainment. So, make a note of the following dates and events and get ready for a country-style day out, and the chance to do some early Christmas shopping. tUESdAy, octoBER 17

New comedy to premiere in Dunedin Join the Fortune Theatre for the World Premiere of One Perfect Moment, Ellie Smith’s hilarious new work about a mother running from her 60th birthday by hauling her daughter on the trip of a lifetime. The planned idyllic holiday is soon flipped on its head – as it turns out 24/7 contact may be a little too much for this pair! Perry Piercy as Pammie and Bronwyn Ensor (2016 graduate of The Actors Program), as Angel, play two complex and relatable women, bringing to life a whole range of broad comedic characters. Piercy will be making her Fortune Theatre debut this October, bringing with her more than 30 years’ experience as not only an actor but also a lauded vocal

coach and acting teacher. Ensor comes to Dunedin direct from working with Auckland Theatre Company on their critically acclaimed production, Boys. She has also recently worked with Fortune favourite and maverick director, Benjamin Henson as part of Auckland Summer Shakespeare.

Soroptimist International 24th Annual Craft and Market Day – Rangiora A&P Showgrounds Crafts, jewellery, gifts, clothing, plants and garden art, beauty products and m ore will be sold at over 90 stalls to raise funds for the Soroptimists International of North Canterbury, who this year are supporting Wellbeing North Canterbury. Buskers will provide some lively entertainment. Admission $5. SUndAy, octoBER 22 Halswell Community Market – St John of God Hospital, 26 Nash Road

This comedy will touch the hearts and funny bones of every adult that has ever had the dubious pleasure of spending 24/7 for an extended period with a teenager. Young people will hear their own voice screaming that they would rather be locked in a house in Gore for a month than be seen in public with their parents.

Day, the fair offers homemade jams, handcrafts and specialty foods. Secondhand books, plants and the famous white elephant and country auction, rides and activities for the children and a barbeque are all on offer, too. Free admission. tHURSdAy, octoBER 26 The Christmas Country Fete – Glenmark Domain, Waipara Described as New Zealand’s biggest and most popular fete, it attracts thousands from across the country, with over 200 stalls offering gifts, food and wine. Live music, demonstrations and fashion with guest presenter Paula Ryan and her daughter Bridget are all part of the day. For details of admission prices go to their website, thefete.co.nz. SAtURdAy, octoBER 28 Emmanuel Christian School Spring Fair 322a Sawyers Arms Road Enjoy a family day out with home baking, sweets, crafts, market stalls and white elephant, and a bouncy castle for the children. Free admission.

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recreaTion | 5 Taking a break on the Camino.

Cycling for fun, friendship and health

A group of Magpies ready for the start of the A20 ride at Twizel.

What began back in 2004 as a couple of cyclists that the flat or include some hills, Min says. wanted to ride with people of similar ages and level, “Rides are either hard and fast, shorter and cruisy, without being ‘trashed’ by younger riders, is today a large or something in between. When feeling fit enough I group of cycling enthusiasts known as the Magpies. occasionally join an earlier Saturday group who do 90 “In the beginning it was very much a recreational to 100 kms from Princess Margaret to Soutbridge or ride for an informal group,” says group member Min Kirwee and back.” Sarginson, who joined the group in 2006 at the invitation Cycling, while mostly enjoyable, can also be hazardous, of founding member Eric Hunter, following her first Le as one member found out to his cost. Min recounts the Race. event: “One of the original Magpies, who was by then “When I started, there were would be about a dozen riders on a nice day, then it grew and grew and now there can be over 50 riders, with close to 100 who would call themselves members of the group.”

in his 70s, called into my office in Lyttelton one day asking for a glass of water to help swallow a couple of Disprins he had bought at the chemist. This was before the earthquakes – he was doing ‘long bays’* from his home in North Shore to Princess Margaret, then round to Motukarara, over Gebbies to Governor’s Bay then on to Lyttelton.

together with the trips they do out of town always great fun. “It was particularly beneficial after the earthquakes to get out and do something that felt ‘normal’. I have made some great friendships through it as well.” Those friendships and connections have led to trips elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas. “In 2014 a group of us went to France and followed the 2000 Tour de France course. In 2015 some of us went to Spain, following the Camino, and last year we went to Sardinia and Corsica.

“A dozen or so of us go to Blenheim each year at Show Weekend and ride the Grape Ride circuit one day There is a mix of ages, and both men and women in and a shorter ride around the vineyards on another. I the group, she says. also do a family ride, which has become an annual event, somewhere different each year – A2O last year, which “There were two regular women, both very good is the Alps to Ocean trail /road ride from Mt Cook to “He looked a bit off-colour so I offered him a ride cyclists when I joined the group, but there are lots of Oamaru. This year we are going to Havelock North and home. He said a ride though the tunnel would be good – women now, in ages ranging from early 40s to 80-plus.” rather than having to ride up over Evan’s Pass then home next year New South Wales.” There are rides every day except Thursday and Sunday, via Sumner. It transpired he had crashed coming down Min says anyone looking for a way of keeping fit and all year round, and the cyclists take a variety of routes. Gebbies Pass and was down the bank out of sight when making new friends is welcome to join the Magpies. “It’s his friend, who was following him, thought he had gone “We start at Princess Margaret Hospital, and from open to all-comers.You only need a bike.” there some might go up the hill to the Summit Road, and on so continued on his way. from there go to either Gebbies Pass or Godley Head, “When he arrived home, his wife made him go to * Long bays was a popular ride of about 75kms then back, or stay on the flat. the doctor, who put him straight into hospital. He had comprising a circuit from Princess Market Hospital broken his back and spent days in traction before being “A favourite ride is out to Waterholes Road, then (PMH) out to Tai Tapu, on to Motukarara, over Gebbies allowed to go home in a brace. He was back on his bike Coe’s Ford or Motukarara/Green Park, then return – Pass Rd, round to Governors Bay, on to Lyttelton then within weeks, and is still riding, but fortunately long bays up over Sumner Rd /Evans Pass to Sumner and back to always with a stop at The Store in Tai Tapu.” are out of bounds for the moment.” The group has the numbers to break up into three PMH via Heathcote, Centaurus and Cashmere Rds. Since or more different groups, depending what sort of ride Min says that in addition to the health benefits gained the closure of Sumner Rd following the earthquakes it can’t be done now. people want to do that day, where they want to go – on from cycling, the group also provides a social getAWAITING COPY Ad Number: FG10516 Artwork: FG10516 Size: 9x8 Description: WOODCROFT ESTATE LIMITED Account: Forward 50 Colour: F Filename: FG10516

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The art of garden design

Landscape designer Joanna Hamilton grew up on a farm in Canterbury and went to boarding school in Christchurch. She says nature, wildlife, plants and the changing seasons were very much part of her life from an early age. Following university, travel and teaching, Joanna had children and during their early years developed a passion for gardening. After moving to Auckland with her family she returned to teaching while “coming to grips” with a humid climate and developing a love affair with subtropical gardening. She decided on a career change and studied landscape design at Unitec for two years.

What do you enjoy about it? Studying garden design opened up so much more than an expanded plant knowledge – it developed an awareness of space, form, proportion, the interplay of light and shade. There was much to learn about construction materials, hard landscaping elements as well as soil, climate as well as building codes and standards. My love for plants remains paramount – how plants can be employed to create form and structure in a garden, provide screening and shelter as well as texture and colour is always to the fore in my planning.

Joanna has been designing gardens across the Auckland area for 17 years. Her projects include large and small city Do you have a signature or gardens, courtyard and apartment gardens, country and coastal properties. She is one favourite style? of 19 talented garden designers selected Not really, although despite Auckland to participate in the 2017 Auckland verging on the subtropical, I do like to Garden DesignFest. see some seasonality in a garden. I admire formal gardens, but those that don’t have Forward 50 talks to Joanna about designing gardens, and gets some ideas for some seasonality are too static for me. garden downsizing. I’ve designed a lot of subtropical

What drew you to garden design?

Living in Christchurch, I had loved everything about the English garden style, which suited the nature and character of the city and worked well with the climate and marked seasons. Needing to get to grips with the warmth and moistness of Auckland, the lack of clear seasonal demarcation and the fact that a whole new plant palette was possible, I saw an opportunity to expand my knowledge and apply it in a professional way as well as developing another personal garden.

gardens in the past, but more recently have moved towards creating gardens with less of a definite ‘theme’. I enjoy working with families to make gardens that are relaxed and useful and happy places to be in. These frequently include vegetable beds and fruiting trees, places to sit and places for children to play.

Do you have favourite or particularly memorable projects? Creating gardens for families are often the most satisfying projects.

One aspect of Joanna Hamilton’s entry in the Auckland Garden DesignFest.

What was your inspiration for your entry in this year’s Garden DesignFest? By DesignFest standards it’s a small garden with the largest useable area fortunately on the north side. I wanted to make the most of the other much smaller spaces around the house and to make some visual impact, especially on the eastern side, which the kitchen and living room look out to.

What should people think about when downsizing into a smaller section? • Make the most of all available space both horizontal and vertical. Even on the shady side of a house where the space may be narrow and confined, an ambience can be created, so that it’s a pleasure to pass through or to look out on from inside. • Don’t feel everything has to be smaller — a few large planters/pots make more impact than myriad little ones.

dimensional space that’s so important in small gardens.

What do you think is the biggest challenge of downsizing? Deciding what you don’t need anymore, resisting buying more things you don’t need and as far as the garden is concerned not creating a cluttered feel especially on decks and patios.

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Exercise for a healthy heart Cardiovascular disease (including heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 33 per cent of deaths annually. Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease, with 172,000 New Zealanders currently living with heart disease and limited by its impacts. To onlookers it can seem straightforward to make changes with the threat of disease or early death, but for many of the New Zealanders who are inactive or at risk of heart disease due to insufficient exercise, or unhealthy food choices, making the change to a healthier lifestyle can often be in the ‘too hard basket’. The statistics are alarming but are often not enough reason for an individual to take the first step to change habits, even if health issues are starting to arise.

get moving is by offering the support and encouragement they need. This could be offering to exercise with them, letting them know how easy it can be and that they are able to work at their own pace. Exercising with them could be something as simple as a walk or a stretching session to begin, or you could offer to take them along to your gym. Positivity works better at motivating people, so focus on achievements rather than stumbles. Encourage them to talk to or get information from someone who can give them good advice, either from a reputable online resource, or from a qualified expert. The first visit with an expert need not involve any actual exercise. Many exercise professionals will offer an introductory meeting to find out how it all works.

While images of fit-looking people doing great things can be motivational for regular exercisers, for someone new these That’s where friends and family come in by offering support and encouragement for same images can be quite intimidating. The reality is that while the media promotes someone who needs motivation to make changes – changes that may save their life. unrealistic body types, a look around a gym or exercise facility these days shows just A good place to start is with getting how diverse exercisers are, when it comes active, as being physically active can reduce to age, size, fitness levels and health status. the risk of getting heart disease by 50 It’s worth knowing that every minute per cent. There are also important extra benefits through eating a healthy diet and of exercise counts, with benefits not smoking. The benefits are not just for increasing with time spent. The general those wanting to prevent heart disease, as recommendation is that 30 minutes a exercise can also lower blood pressure, day, on most days, is enough to have a and assist with reducing weight, which are significant health impact. And the 30 both risk factors for heart disease. minutes does not need to be completed in A good way to support someone to one session.

Baby boomers getting keener on keeping fit Christchurch is seeing a substantial increase in demand from the older ageing population for fitness, exercise and personal trainers, according to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie. He says they now know not only that exercise is needed as people age, but also why this is the case. There are many providers catering for the ageing market, something that was rare 15 years ago. Waikato University health and behaviour doctoral candidate Wendy Sweet says today’s ageing population, especially in the developed world, have many advantages over previous generations – not least access to research into ways to stave off age-related conditions. Mr Beddie says Baby Boomers who have not yet retired are in an excellent position to take advantage of significant positive benefits of exercise as well as increase both their life expectancy and their enjoyment of their later years.

people who are already in the older age demographic, starting now will have huge benefits, and the corollary of that is the earlier the better. People should think of exercise as their body’s retirement savings system – the sooner people start, and the more they do, the better they will be. “The key thing in starting now is do so in manageable micro-steps. In many cases finding an activity that the person enjoys is key, be it dancing, tai chi, yoga, Pilates or going to the gym. While there is a lot of information and guidelines about how much activity to do, in the short term the focus should be on forming a habit of being active – and using this to build towards long-term regular exercise.” Mr Beddie says hundreds of Kiwi personal trainers, gyms and fitness facilities are seeing a surge in older people seeking to get fitter.

“ExerciseNZ is excited that there has never been so much interest in how Kiwis are ageing. With the last of the Baby “Living longer is not enough anymore. We Boomers heading into retirement over the know people want to live better and longer, next decade, they are not only the next by being active now. generation of older people but they will be “We believe the key message should be the fittest ever in our country’s history,” Mr regardless of age, start now. Because even Beddie says.

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Property ownership issues For many New Zealanders, their home is their biggest asset so it’s worth taking some time to think about the way you own your home. There are two common legal forms of property ownership in New Zealand. A majority of couples own their properties as joint tenants. The significant feature of this form of ownership is that on the death of the first spouse, the property automatically passes to the survivor by way of a rule of law known as Survivorship. It doesn’t matter what’s in your Will, your surviving partner will take the entire property in his or her own name. The second common form of legal ownership where two (or more) people own property together is as tenants in common. Quite simply, this form of ownership allows for property to be owned in distinct shares – most commonly as tenants in common in equal shares. Significantly, the rule of survivorship does not apply and as a consequence what happens to your share of the property on your death depends entirely on what you state in your Will.

Life Interest Will If property is as tenants in common, you are free to leave your share of the property as you choose in your Will. Often, a couple will leave a Life Interest in their share of the property to their spouse or partner. This is called a Life Interest Will. A Life Interest Will leaves your share of the property to your Executor(s) / Trustee(s) with instructions that they AWAITING COPY Ad Number: FG10447 Artwork: FG5448 Size: 18x4 Description: HARMANS LAWYERS Account: Forward 50 Colour: F Filename: FG5448

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Residential Care Subsidies As discussed above, if property is owned as joint tenants, on the death of the first spouse or partner, the whole property passes to the survivor. Should the surviving spouse or partner require longterm residential care at a later date, they will have to meet the Ministry of Social Development’s (the ‘Ministry’s’) criteria before qualifying for a Residential Care Subsidy.

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Under current Ministry policy, only the income from a life interest is assessed in an application for a Residential Care Subsidy. There are strong anti-deprivation clauses in the Social Security Act 1964. Any decision to place your home into a tenants in common structure must be for legitimate estate planning purposes and not as a device to qualify for a Residential Care Subsidy. Changing the way you own your home must also be done in conjunction with the rules and regulations set in place by the Ministry. As with all areas of law, it is important that you seek good advice from a team who understand how this area may impact on you. At Harmans we have experience dealing with estate planning strategies. Give Fleur McDonald a call on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation.

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In/Visible Landscape 2017 by Wayne Barrar

Part of a Whole by Nina Overg Humphries, which is part of the ‘ARE Pasifika programme.

New & current works included in public art exhibition

Included in the public art display in Hagley Park is this impressive stainless steel sculpture, Terminator T-Rex by gregor Kregar

feature on a large banner on the outside of the Canterbury Museum, and billboards at seven locations across Hagley Park, with further pieces displayed inside the museum. The Glass Archive is a large body of photographs exploring the extraction, arrangement and circulation SCAPE Public Art moved from its biennial model to an annual, six-week season of Public Art in 2016, launching new of diatoms and other microfossils for scientific study. Diatoms are comprised of tiny silica skeletons, remnants works and showcasing the extensive current catalogue of of algae from millions of years ago and are often found as major public artworks. fossils in diatomite deposits. Glass slides of diatoms were Over the past 19 years SCAPE has become the largest sold to amateur Victorian microscopists, and have been producer of new contemporary artwork in New Zealand. photographed by Barrar through a microscope, enabling us Providing a unique point of difference for the city, the to view the detailed forms and patterns not normally visible artworks are ambitious and high impact, enhancing the to the naked eye. urban centre and raising the profile for public art in Seven-large billboard works in Hagley Park including Christchurch. ones of fossil marine diatoms photographed through a Christchurch-born artist Wayne Barrar and Aucklandmicroscope complement a large banner on the front of the based Anton Parsons have been named as part of Time in Canterbury Museum, and a giant colour pigment print in Space (territories and flow), the curated element of the the main foyer, both featuring arranged diatoms. SCAPE Public Art 2017 season. Anton Parsons’ work comprises two impressive Wayne Barrar’s In/Visible Landscape 2017 drawn from sculptures, Myopia 2017 and Acquiesce 2017, which are his extensive series of photographs, The Glass Archive, will forged from metal. They are located at Christ’s College The 2017 season of SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch, which runs for six weeks from October 7 until November 18, will again showcase a wide range of art and art-related activities for the public to enjoy and marvel at.

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new-generation OF Suzuki Swift By Ross Kiddie Bang on cue a new-generation Suzuki Swift has landed. If my memory serves me well, the last time a complete newcomer arrived here was mid-way through 2011. Sure, there have been upgrades and enhancements along its lifecycle, but a model with a completely new shape and new engineering has been a while coming. Yet, Suzuki know the value of Swift in the markets where it is well-established, and the concept hasn’t been tinkered with, it is still the cheeky, small liftback that will slot into its market segment, easily filling the role of its predecessor. The new model arrives in four variations with the option of manual transmission in the entry-level car (GL). It lists at $19,990; $2000 adds automatic transmission. An automaticonly GLX lists at $24,500, while a sporty RS model, sits at $25,990. The latter is a three-cylinder 1-litre model which has a turbocharger to promote that sporty feel. The test car was the latter and I’m not convinced it will be the volume seller. The entry-level and mid-grade models share a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine, and I’m picking the GLX will be the car of choice. I’m due to drive it soon but in the interim the wee turbo three-potter is a great deal of fun and, once again, I must relate to the honesty of Suzuki’s small engine. My old work car was a Suzuki Alto and I just adored the sound and harmonics of the engine. The new Swift’s unit is obviously quite a lot more refined and quieter, but you can’t help but notice that there is something out of the ordinary. Suzuki rate it with 82kW and 160Nm. Peak power is

A lot of the latter can be put down to the fact that the new Swift as a series is quite light (945kg), therefore there isn’t a lot of load going on the tyres, which promote a neutral handling feel. I took the test car on my usual Hororata loop, and although it isn’t a demanding drive the Swift RS quickly grew on me as a competent highway Add into that a miserly 5.1-litre per 100km (55mpg) combined cycle fuel usage average and you have a car that is traveller. both fun and thrifty. It works quietly and will corner briskly without complaint, developed low in the rev band at 5500rpm, while maximum torque is available all of the way from 1500rpm to 4000rpm, which means a broad spread of power. These are healthy figures that will promote a 9.5sec standstill to 100km/h acceleration time, which is pretty good for a 998cc engine.

Unlike the continuously variable transmission in the 1.2-litre Swift, the RS gets a traditional six-speed automatic, which incorporates steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that enhance the sporty experience.

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Of course, if you select the standard drive mode the engine management protocols provide the impetus to suit each and every driving condition, but the point I’m making is In terms of the interior, the controls are located sensibly that if you feel like a spirited drive, select the manual setting and the in-cabin detailing is fresh and high quality. It’s a and the wee RS takes on a different demeanour. mixture of the successful formula Suzuki has developed in The engine responds willingly, and while the turbo boost its small cars along with the additional components that isn’t dramatic there is a long sensation of forced induction, modern car buyers are demanding. I’m referring to the large it feels lively and to a subdued extent, forceful. touch screen display, which commands attention in the Until I drive the GLX, I’m suggesting that the RS version central console. It is home to the communication functions, has spring and damper rates slightly firmer. Not that they audio and satellite navigation. It also allows the connection take away any of the occupant comfort levels, but there of Apple Car Play and Android Auto. is a feel within the suspension set-up that suggests there When I look at Star Media’s car park I see a solid is some connection to the high-performing Suzuki Swift representation by Suzuki, we have Altos and Swifts, which of eras gone by. The RS also gets wheels an inch bigger were chosen for reliability and economy, exactly the criteria than that of the entry-level model, and even though they which Suzuki values highly as a manufacturer. I wonder how don’t carry a huge tyre size (185/55 x 16in), there is direct steering feel and controlled handling. long before the newcomer joins our fleet.

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Chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta and sun-dried tomato Chicken lends itself to a variety of flavours. This recipe helps to extend the chicken portion while at the same time offering an infusion of flavours and moisture into the chicken breasts, which also helps to tenderise the meat. It can be served hot with this mustard sauce and vegetables or sliced cold for salads and sandwiches. IngREdIEntS 2 chicken breasts To make the stuffing: 4 Tbsp fresh, whole grain breadcrumbs 4 Tbsp ricotta cheese 2 Tbsp sun-dried tomato, sliced 1 tsp lemon zest, finely sliced

1 Tbsp basil, finely chopped 2 tsp slivered almonds or hazelnuts 100mls water To make the mustard sauce 75mls lemon juice 1 Tbsp cornflour 1 tsp whole seed mustard 75ml water 1tsp honey

MEtHod Cut the chicken breast in half cross-wise then slice each piece of chicken almost in half to form a “butterfly like” steak Combine all the stuffing ingredients except the water into a bowl and stir well. Place 2 Tbsp of the stuffing onto half of each butterfly of chicken then close to form a parcel. Secure each stuffed parcel of chicken with a toothpick or string. Place the stuffed chicken breasts into a shallow baking dish with the water. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180°C until cooked. Remove the toothpicks/string carefully from the stuffed chicken and set the chicken aside in a warming drawer. To make the mustard sauce pour the juices from the baking dish into a glass ovenproof jug, add the lemon juice, cornflour mixed with the water, mustard and honey and microwave on high stirring as it thickens. Serves 4. Each serving contains: Energy 960 kJ/ 230 kcal, Protein 31 g, Fat 6.5g, Saturated fat 2.4g, Carbohydrate 9.6g, Sugar 3g, Dietary fibre 1g, Sodium 185mgs vARIAtIonS After squeezing the lemon for the sauce I usually put the remainder of the whole lemon into the baking dish with the stuffed chicken breasts and water and cover while it cooks to draw out more of the lemon flavour.

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Make your favourite salad using a variety of greens e.g.lettuce, rocket, baby spinach or mesclun mix, coriander or basil. Add sliced avocado and sun-dried tomatoes. Slice the chicken and toss through the salad and serve with Tzatziki or Thai salad dressing. Recipe supplied by dietitian Lea Stening. For online advice on healthy eating go to her website leastening.com.

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