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Contemporary works feature at annual art event

Today, October 26, marks the start of the annual four-day Art in a Garden event at Flaxmere, near Hawarden in North Canterbury. This spectacular garden, which has been named as a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust, provides the perfect backdrop for the springtime art exhibition. This is the 15th year the event has been held, with the works of more than 90 contemporary New Zealand artists being featured. As always, it covers a broad spectrum of artworks, including large-scale installations, paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, glass and jewellery.

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There are two guest artists exhibiting. The first is painter Amelia Guild, who grew up on High Peaks, a high country station in the upper Rakaia Gorge. After leaving home for study and overseas travel, she returned to her roots in the country, and her work demonstrates her love for farm animals, including cattle, deer and farm dogs.

While strolling around the extensive range of exhibits, visitors will be treated to live music on each of the four days, starting at 11am, and finishing at 2pm on the first day and 3pm on the remaining three days. Picnic lunch boxes, local wines, tea, coffee and dessert treats are available at the streamside café. The event will raise funds for St John Amuri through gate sales, sales of children’s paintings and a raffle with three prizes to be won. First prize is a wall tile by ceramicist Christine Thacker, entitled Waiheke Island 2009. An established ceramicist with an international reputation for innovative form and approach to medium, Thacker was born in New Plymouth in 1953 and now lives in Herne Bay, Auckland. She has been a practising artist since 1974. The second prize is two nights’ accommodation for two people at Village Lake Apartments, Hanmer Springs. The third prize is a Harris Meats meat pack and two Ravensdown vouchers (each for one 40kg bag of Nitrophoska).

The second guest artist is Americanborn sculptor Doug Neil. He works with various forms of New Zealand stone, and The gates at Flaxmere open at 10am his work has been exhibited at many New each day, with gate entry $25 (cash only), and there is plenty of parking available. Zealand sculpture shows and galleries.

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A film producer’s ‘remarkable’ project very ‘late career move’ – I was 62 when we started the project and 65 when we finished.

Were there any particular challenges to overcome? I had a few steep learning curves to climb, and finding funding is always a challenge. But we had Sheila’s resilient spirit to inspire us to keep going. Christine Dann, left, with Sheila Natusch on location while making the film.

Banks Peninsula resident Christine Dann, who is both a writer and an environmentalist, took on the role of producer for the New Zealand film, No Ordinary Sheila. The film tells the life story of historian, illustrator and writer, the late Sheila Natusch, who died on August 10 at the age of 91, just days after the film was premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Forward 50 talks to Christine about the project.

What drew you to research the life of Sheila Natusch? Encouragement from the film’s director, Hugh Macdonald! But I had already used some of Sheila’s books (on maritime history, native plants, southern New Zealand, and foraging) as reference works when working as a researcher for TVNZ’s Natural History Unit in the 1980s, so I already knew what a great writer and illustrator she was. After I met her I found that she had an interesting life story and a great personality as well.

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‘remarkable’. What were her particular qualities you saw as remarkable? She was an extremely determined and resilient woman – essential qualities for her to be able to achieve what she did at a time when higher education and professional work for women was not common or easy. She was also exceptionally creative and skilled with words, and with her brush and coloured pencils.

How did your research on her life lead to your being asked to produce the film about her? I was already working with Hugh Macdonald as his producer, so it was more a matter of picking up the research task as well – but I was already an experienced researcher and I love doing it.

Was that the first film you have produced? It was the first feature documentary for cinema release that I have produced. A

Christine Dann.

Would you like to produce You are well known for more New Zealand films if the your ‘green’ philosophy. Were opportunity arose? environmental concerns part of Definitely. Telling ‘our stories’ is such the production process? an important thing to be doing – in any

One of the reasons I was drawn to Sheila’s story was her love of nature, which I share, and her lack of interest

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in ‘stuff’ – the whole unsustainable consumerist catastrophe that is doing so much damage to our air, soil, water and wildlife. She got so much joy out of life from learning and from sharing what she learned, from creating books and drawings, and from her many friendships with interesting people. She’s an inspiring example of how to live a good life without leaving a mess behind.

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Retirement Villages Security, companionship, support and on-site healthcare are just some of the reasons why you might be contemplating the move to a Retirement Village. But, the implications of buying in a Retirement Village are varied and often seem quite complex. It’s not the same as buying a residential property. The most important thing to remember is that this decision is about you and the type of lifestyle you want. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are thinking about the move to Retirement Village living.

“Entry Payment” is paying for. What ongoing fees are there? Will those fees change? If so, how will they change? On terminating your Agreement, what money will be refunded to you? How is this calculated? What costs will be taken out of any refund and when will you receive it?

Safeguards – are there any safeguards? If the Retirement Village you are looking at is registered, it will either have a Statutory Supervisor or an Exemption The Lifestyle – what kind of lifestyle do you want? Think about the things that are Certificate. Make sure you understand what a Statutory Supervisor is. If the “must haves” for you and pick a Village Village isn’t registered, they should have which enables you to achieve your goals. an exemption certificate. Ask to see the Look at different Villages to ensure that the Village you pick ticks all your boxes. Exemption Certificate. Ask why they have an Exemption Certificate. Your future – does the Village have Hospital or Dementia level care? If your The decision to move into a Retirement needs change, are you able to move within Village is not one you should rush. Take the Village to a different level of care? Who decides if you need to be moved to time and consider all your options. Make a checklist of the reasons for and against a different level of care? What are your and involve your family and friends rights in those circumstances? Will you have priority over a new resident? What in your decision-making process. It is happens if there is no available space? also important to ensure you have the appropriate legal and financial advice. Title – there are four common legal structures used in Retirement Villages. As with all areas of law, it is important They are Cross Leases, Leases for Life, that you seek good advice from a team Licences to Occupy or Unit Titles. You who understand how this area may impact are required to seek legal advice before on you and your legal requirements. At you sign an Occupation Right Agreement Harmans we have experience dealing so make sure your lawyer explains how the Village you are interested in is with estate planning strategies. Give structured. Fleur McDonald a call on 03 352 2293 to The money – make sure you understand arrange an appointment to discuss your situation. exactly what your purchase price or

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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 castles of Predjama and Bled, picturesque open-air markets, unesCo World heritage travel is all about the journey, but it’s also about sites, historic palaces and the spectacular Plitvice Lakes. a highlight will be the small-ship cruise along the adriatic sharing the experience, and that’s the beauty of travelling with a group. Coast, visiting some of the most beautiful Croatian

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World Osteoporosis Day, which was marked on October 20, aimed to raise awareness of bone health. Our bones are living tissue, with an outer shell and dense structures within. Bones are designed to be light, strong and have some flexibility. They provide structural support for our bodies and are involved in the production of blood cells and mineral storage. While we generally think of osteoporosis as being a disease of old age, as this is most commonly when it is diagnosed, the ground work in preventing the onset starts well before then.

lifting weights as well as using your bodyweight as resistance. While activities such as cycling and swimming have a range of valuable health benefits, these activities are not considered weight bearing. One of the factors that affects those with osteoporosis is the increased chances of broken bones, especially as balance is compromised with age and inactivity, leading to increased falls. In fact, approximately one in three people over the age of 65 will fall in any one year. Osteoporosis will increase the chances of these falls leading to fractures.

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Cup & Show Week a chance to dress up spectrum, which reflect the light (bold brights and delicate light brights); the other 50 per cent are enhanced by duller, light-absorbing clarities of colour (strong deeps and soft, dusky gentle muteds). Anyone can wear any colour as long as they wear it in the brightness or clarity that most enhances their hair, skin and eye colour. There are several key colour trends this season. Navy is enjoying a huge resurgence and is being called ‘the new black.’ Navy is a colour that suits many people. Just choose it in an intensity that suits your clarity, e.g. bold, bright navy teamed with a bright colour for brights, delicate, clear navy teamed with clear white or a delicate light-bright colour for light-brights, strong, dark navy for deeps and soft, smoky, greyed navy or French navy for gentle muteds.

Kate Middleton or MP Paula Bennett) you are a straight and your best assets are your shoulders and legs. Most straights are self-conscious of their stomach and ‘spare tyre’ and will be flattered by a more tailored, structured silhouette, e.g. a tailored jacket teamed with a top that sits outside your skirt, on or below the hips, with a pencil skirt. Tailored shift dress shapes also look fantastic on a straight, as do empire line dresses. Avoid fitted bodices that come in sharply at the waist, teamed with full skirts as these are best on a curve women with a waist and fuller hips. The volume of this silhouette will overwhelm a straight and draw attention away from their best assets.

If your body shape comes in at the waist and then flares out at the hips (the classic 1950s’ hour glass silhouette) your are a curve (flat stomach) or softened curve (curved stomach), and like Jennifer Metallics are also big news in Style consultant Joanna Giles tells you Lopez or Beyonce your best features all you need to know about looking your fashion this season.You will see them are your waist and upper body.You may in everything from clothing to shoes, best at Canterbury’s top race meets. feel self-conscious about your derrière handbags and jewellery. There are lots of Over the past 15 years the trend metallic colour choices (rose gold, yellow (constantly checking does my butt look big in this?) and broad hips. To enhance towards less dressy day-to-day wear has gold, copper and silver). Simply choose afforded us few real opportunities, apart accessories in the metallic that best suits your shape, choose soft, feminine shapes that are more fitted at the top, coming in from weddings, to really ‘dress up’. If you your skin tone. Brights and light-brights are attending Cup & Show Week events look best in shiny, light-reflecting metallics, at the waist and with volume in the skirt, this season, take the opportunity to while deeps and gentle muteds suit duller, rather than structured, tailored jackets and pencil skirts. wear something special at the glamorous, brushed metallics. All the metallics work smart-dressy end of the fashion spectrum well with navy. The two curved body shapes look that makes you feel like a million dollars. beautiful in dresses that have fitted Bright, buttercup yellow is a big accent There are many aspects in our lives as bodices with an open neckline that come colour this season.You probably know modern women that are challenging, so in at the waistline and flare out over the that for many it is a very difficult colour take the opportunity to pamper yourself hips, teamed with feminine short bolero to wear, as it can make you look sallow and enjoy the fun aspects of ‘being a girl’. jackets or cardigans. Don’t worry that and unwell. Teaming yellow with navy (a the shorter jackets and cardigans won’t Your biggest Cup & Show Week fashion cooler colour that neutralises some of hide the size of your hips and derrière – question is probably “What am I going yellow’s warmth), wearing it in a smaller to wear?” As always, keep in mind that amount in a pattern teamed with colours these will be minimised by the fullness of your skirt, or the skirt of your dress.You you want to choose an outfit that is in that are great on you, or simply wearing can relax, knowing that everyone will be a colour and cut that flatters you, i.e. it in a garment that is further away from that highlights your face and body shape your face are all tricks for wearing yellow admiring your beautiful upper body and décolletage. assets and draws attention away from any if you love it but find it difficult to wear. features you don’t feel so confident about. Not sure which length of skirt is best BODY SHAPE now you are fabulous 50+? The most COLOUR elegant skirt lengths (and the easiest and Cup Week is the ideal time to enjoy most comfortable to wear) just skim the Choosing colours that suit your hair, dressing up in a feminine skirt or dress. skin and eye colour can take years off Choose the fabric weight and cut of dress knee, fall just below the knee or end part way down the calf. Choose the length your appearance and make you look and jacket or cardigan, or top, jacket and that best enhances your leg shape. The healthy and glowing. Just what you want skirt to highlight your body shape assets for a special occasion! and quietly camouflage any problem areas. general rule is to avoid cutting your leg off at its widest point; finish your skirt or Fifty per cent of women suit clarities of If you have broad shoulders and narrow dress hem just above or just below the hips and go ‘straight-up-and-down’ (like colour at the brighter end of the colour widest point of your leg to create the most flattering view of your leg line. Joanna Giles

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ACCESSORIES Accessories are the ‘links’ that pull your outfit together and nowhere is this more true than in the dressy fashion worn for Cup & Show Week. If you have always wanted to try wearing a matching hat with an outfit, this is the time to do it. Anything from little fascinators to full-brimmed dressy hats is appropriate. Choose the scale of hat to suit your build and the type of outfit you are wearing and the shape to suit your facial characteristics, e.g. angular if they are angular and curved if they are curved. (The shape of your eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, nose, lips and chin will be either predominantly angular or curved). This is fashion that is also practical as a brimmed hat will not only help you look fabulous but will also shade you from the sun. You will definitely want to invest in a

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handbag and shoes designed specifically to complement your outfit. Choose a colour or neutral from your oufit for a ‘matching’ look or a complementary colour such as a metallic.

MAKEUP Choose your makeup colours to complement your personal clarity and the colours in your outfit. Good water-based (not oil-based) skincare and foundation will keep you looking fresh all day, even if you perspire. Choose products with a good sun-protection factor and apply sun block over all exposed skin so you don’t get burnt. Burnt, bright red skin is not the fashion look you are going for! Dust loose powder over foundation to soak up any excess oil produced on a warm day and take a small mirror and lipstick (with a retractable lip brush)or gloss for touch ups during the day. The best makeup application to avoid looking overly made up focuses on highlighting your eyes or lips, but never both e.g. bright or dark lips teamed with light coloured neutral eyes or smoky eyes teamed with a less intense lip colour. Have fun dressing up! Enjoy the opportunity to pamper yourself and enjoy being a woman. If you would like help choosing your outfit for Cup & Show Week or if you have any questions feel free to contact me (Joanna Giles, Personal Style Consultant & Makeup Artist at Love Your Look) at jgcosmetics@gmail.com For Cup & Show Week fashion, I highly recommend Park Avenue Fashion, which has an excellent range of exclusive outfits and accessories to match.


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Nick Ledgard. Photo credit:Tony Benny

Lifelong interests pursued in retirement

By Christine de FeliCe For many people reaching retirement, stopping work brings the opportunity to take up new pursuits and interests. But for nick ledgard of loburn, it has meant a continuation of two lifelong interests – trees and the environment. now 72, nick started his working life as a trainee with the Forestry research institute (now sCiOn), where he remained until retiring in 2011. Most of his working life was spent in rangiora and Christchurch, where his role as a scientist for the institute involved the growing and management of trees, both native and introduced, in hill and high-country environments. “i ended up working with wilding pines, that was in the 1980s, and i still do,” says nick. “i’m still actively involved in wilding pine control. i’m also interested in farm forestry, with trees being grown for amenity, shelter and erosion control, not just for commercial interests.” As a specialist in high-altitude forestry, nick became involved with sir edmund hillary’s himalayan trust, spending 20 years with the organisation supervising the reforestation programme in the sagarmatha national Park in nepal for the benefit of the local community. The main focus of the project was nurseries and outplantings, with a full-time staff of six local people. he has been a member of the new Zealand Farm Forestry Association for 40 years, with his knowledge and experience of the sector being passed on to new generations through his teaching at the school of Forestry at the University of Canterbury. students are also shown the practical side and the process of growing trees at nicks’s own property, where he has eight hectares planted in trees. together with a colleague, he also manages a 380ha wilding forest near lake Coleridge. As with trees, nick’s interest in the natural environment also began at an early age. As a schoolboy in Auckland where he grew up, nick became interested in birds after his brother became involved in a local bird club. When he came to Christchurch in 1972, nick joined the new Zealand Ornithological society and his fondness for birds has continued. Much of his time, especially during the summer months, is spent actively involved in the work of the Ashley-rakahuri rivercare Group, and he has been the chair since 2004. Formed in 1999, the group’s aim is to

protect and enhance the status of native birds inhabiting the Ashley riverbed. the main species are the wrybill, which is the only bird in the world with a sidewaysturning bill, and apart from a few pairs in Otago only breeds on Canterbury’s braided riverbeds, plus the endangered black-fronted tern and the black-billed gull. the work of the group involves predator control by trapping, and weed control, as the birds must have open shingle on which to nest. As well as stoats, weasels, ferrets, rats and feral cats, hedgehogs also endanger the birds by stealing their eggs, nick says. “human disturbance is another problem, especially during the breeding season, so we put signs up to alert the public, and we keep an eye on the birds. Our work has been very successful. there was a decline in numbers previously, but most species are coming back up, with today’s populations in considerably better shape than they were in 2004.” this success prompted interest from people living in areas around other braided rivers, nick says, and following a seminar held in rangiora in 2007, an umbrella group, Braid inc. or Braided river Aid, was formed to facilitate similar activities elsewhere. however, while these groups are playing an important role in species conservation, nick believes the government’s target of a predator-free new Zealand by 2050 will be extremely hard to achieve. As you would guess, nick is very much an outdoors man. “i’ve always enjoyed being outside, and spending minimum time at a work desk in front of a computer.” Aside from his teaching and volunteer work, he is a member of the rangiora tramping Club and the tuesday Walkers, and up till he was nearly 50 he took part in triathlons. For anyone who has retired, nick believes it is important to stay as physically and mentally involved in activities as they can. “you need to pursue your interests, whether that’s being physically active or sitting reading a book. Put yourself in a positive frame of mind and unless you have no choice, try not to focus too much attention on health issues.” nick’s wife enjoys her golf, and is also involved in volunteer work. the two share their loburn property with 40 sheep, chickens and a cat.

Nick Ledgard, back right, with a group of Nepalese locals.

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