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The Eastbourne Herald, 19 October 2019

EB label takes on industry giants by Carl McRae

Fortune favours the brave, as the expression goes. The celebrated metaphor certainly applies to an Eastbourne woman, Teresa Hall, who has met cut-throat streetwear industry giants head on with her own unique urban clothing line, Blackhead Streetwear. The label was founded in 2018, when Teresa decided the best way to exhibit her artwork was to create a living exhibition. The Malaysian-born, New Zealand artist, designer and photographer, had the idea to display her artwork on urban streetwear, as opposed to in studios or galleries. Conceptually, that was just the start of her vision and eventually the bigger picture would unfold. Teresa had noticed that kids were constantly chasing overseas brands and she set about trademark registering her own brand name and began working on a logo, hoping that her style would resonate with a localised rap and hip-hop audience. “From our very first day, we’ve always tried to make designs that we are proud of,” Teresa says. “A straightforward, unisex streetwear that is high quality and comfortable and most importantly sourced responsibly. Teresa also decided that she would make conscious choices regarding materials including single-use packaging, which would promote sustainability. For her, it was not enough to simply source cheaper premium apparel locally, to push through volume for a quick buck. “It w as ess ent i a l to me t hat ou r manufacturers lived and worked responsibly, ensuring that they too, believe in our company philosophy,” Teresa said. “Responsibly sourcing our products is deeply ingrained within our brand ethos, we endeavour to continually support companies and factories who ensure their staff ’s health and wellbeing is at the forefront of the business.” For that reason, Blackhead Streetwear has partnered with AS Colour, whom Teresa describes as one of the finest ethical businesses in New Zealand. Their international factories are hand-picked after confirmation of safe, fair and humane working conditions for employees. She believes fair trade is the right

Garden Stuff with Sandy Lang

Teresa’s Blackhead label and designs hit the streets of Eastbourne, finding favour with local youths.

way to be good to the people who manufacture her clothes for her. Teresa says she is truly committed  to protecting and preserving the world that we live in. “We are acutely aware of the effect we are having on our planet,” she says, “which is why we have chosen to limit the use of plastic within our products and our packaging. Our products are tissue-wrapped and shipped using DHL Express Flyer bags made from recycled materials. We hope that as our peers become more plastic conscious, further recycling facilities will be more accepting. ” Teresa says she is also passionate about providing artists with a platform . “I’m prepared to work with local artists and designers,” she says, “and help them to get their art out there in the world. To me, it’s more about getting my cubist artwork and the designs of others out there on a New Zealand made garment, something to be really proud of.” Teresa is meticulous about the brand and packaging, and the more organic her company becomes, the better she will feel about her contribution to the planet and sustainability. Locally, Blackhead clothing can be purchased in the Village through the Artisan Co-op shop in Rimu Street. Her full range and company ethos can be viewed on her website; http://www.blackheadclothing.com/

CHRIS BISHOP MP FOR HUTT SOUTH

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Lower Hutt Office: 04 566 8580 66 Bloomfield Tce

Authorised by C. Bishop, 66 Bloomfield Tce, L. Hutt

October/November: Late spring. Frost over. Start summer crops now. Plants need water, light and minerals. They soon die without water (life’s chemistry is in water). Death from darkness/ shade takes longer (no energy). Death from mineral deficiency takes longer still (but is just as sure). Mineral deficiency: Without access to a cocktail of minerals dissolved in the soil water, a plant’s internal chemistry goes awry. Malnourished plants are vulnerable to pests and diseases. The symptoms are pests and diseases, but the underlying problem is malnutrition. Same with malnourished children… CEC: Our sandy Eastbourne soils are low in mineral nutrients. This because of sand’s low cation-exchange capacity (CEC). Soil minerals are quickly washed down below the rootzone. Increase CEC by increasing the dead plant material in the soil – spread/dig-in compost, mulch with tree chip. Increase-maintain: But raising CEC means only that soil minerals will be lost more slowly. You must also add minerals to raise/maintain soil mineral status. Also keep adding soil minerals to replace those lost when plant materials leave your property (e.g. as food). Minerals: The ‘macronutrients’ are the minerals required in largest amounts - nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Meanwhile, calcium, sulphur and magnesium are also required in fairly large amounts. The ‘micronutrients’ (also called ‘trace elements’) are iron, boron, chlorine, manganese, zinc, copper, molybdenum and nickel. These micronutrient minerals are just as essential for healthy plant growth as the others - but are required only in tiny amounts. Fertilisers: Garden centres sell bags of general fertiliser that contain the macronutrients N, P and K. Sometimes these also contain the micronutrients. Get the bag with the added micronutrients (trace elements). Your sandy soil will have low CEC, so fertilise little and often. A ‘slow-release’ formulation does this for you. If you worry about using a fertiliser made with ‘mined’ minerals you can buy ‘natural’ animalbased fertilisers (e.g. sheep pellets, blood and bone), or plant-based fertilisers (e.g. seaweed). But the amounts of N, P and K in these products vary very widely. Also, the amounts of the micronutrients. I would still buy a bag of a commercial micronutrient (trace element) product. Last: You can’t know exactly how much of each mineral you need without expensive soil tests but better to use some fertiliser than none. Also, the addition of micronutrients (trace elements) could well address a critical deficiency in your sandy soil… Sandy Lang slang@xtra.co.nz

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