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Backcountry Couple’s Retreat WITH A DIFFERENCE Ken and Susan outside one of the basic huts they stayed in along the way, Royal Hut, a former musterer’s hut in South Canterbury.







It may not be everybody’s ideal couple retreat but for long-time local outdoor enthusiasts Ken and Susan McIntyre tramping the length of New Zealand along the fabulous Te Araroa Trail has been a wonderful bonding exercise. Last year was their first as a couple without any of their three sons living at home, so in September they set off boldly from Cape Reinga to conquer the much-heralded 3000km Te Araroa Trail the length of the country to Bluff. Both highly-respected local teachers, they took the last term off school and made it as planned to Stag Saddle near Tekapo in time to head home and restart school. They plan to finish the Tekapo to Queenstown section in the April school holidays and the final leg to Bluff this Christmas. No walk in the park, this is believed to be the world’s newest longdistance through-hike. The McIntyres battled their way over tough and gruelling terrain, tackling everything from blazing beach sun to howling southerly gales, downpours, steep cliffs, gnarly roots, knee-high mud and treacherous river crossings. However, both say their four-month tramp was one of the most incredibly enriching and rewarding experiences of their lives. It had also strengthened their relationship in so many ways. “We were able to live in each other’s back pockets for four months,” says Ken. “We were a real tight unit. We just did the business each day,” he says. “It’s not always easy for a husband and wife to share a common interest, but we do, and we made a fantastic team,” he says. “We weren’t pushy of one another.” “It was the simple life,” says Susan. “A pack on our backs walking, and all we were concerned with was the weather, where we would sleep that night and what was for tea.” Mac’s Mince - nicknamed by their kids, became a staple. “We made a huge jam pan of it and dehydrated it into meals before we left and posted it to people we knew around New Zealand to collect,” says Ken. Breakfast was porridge, lunch was a pita bread with salami and cheese and they carried a Marmite jar with tiny treats like cherry tomatoes, grapes and mushrooms. Morning tea was a half a One Square Meal bar each and afternoon tea, half a Mars bar. Whittaker’s Dairy Milk or Berry and Biscuit chocolate was saved for “the big moments” when they were really struggling and overwhelmed.

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Susan (left) and Ken on the Tongariro Crossing.

As they made their way along the old tramping tracks and trails, and bunked down in all manner of backcountry huts - some very rough, the McIntyres met a myriad of interesting walkers who shared a common interest – many of them migrant workers stuck in New Zealand, or Kiwis. They got to experience true Kiwi kindness along the way with a dairy farmer on the outskirts of Kerikeri pulling over to give them a bag of fresh strawberries saying, ‘I think you need these more than I do’. Another farmer on the road into Waitomo stopped to give them a cold beer on his way into town to watch an All Blacks’ match. People in North Island towns like Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Palmerston North were incredibly friendly, and Ken’s main goal upon arrival was to scout out a good coffee after days surviving on tea. “We would take pictures of our café food and send it to our boys, who’d say, ‘We think Mum and Dad are just walking between restaurants,” says Susan. Crossing flooded streams in the Taurarua Ranges in very poor visibility, torrential rain and gusting winds left no margin for error as they followed the ridgeline at about 1200m. It was during trials like this that Ken, the frontman and organiser of the long-running Wakatipu High School 12-day Branches Camps for almost 20 years, put all of his outdoor recreation teaching skills to the test.

The team at the Flyer fell in love with the Back Country’s Retreat front cover story this month. If you really want to see New Zealand, make sure to read this and get inspiration from the local couple who are completing the Te Araroa Trail. Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy this issue of The Flyer. A waterfall they enjoyed on the Waiau Pass.

Back home in late January Susan had shed 14kgs and three dress sizes, while Ken, who had had to buy new smaller clothes in Wellington, had lost 9kgs. “We can really say we have truly seen the country now – aspects of our own backyard that we had never explored,” says Ken.


“I did a good face-plant down a 4-metre drop at one point, falling with a pack on my pack, near Arthur’s Pass,” she says. “It wasn’t elegant. I was upside down shrieking while Ken was calling that he had my pack.”

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They averaged 22kms a day. “You had to pitch the tent as soon as you arrived as if you sat down you couldn’t get up again,” says Susan.

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Queenstown’s gutsy ultra-runner nurse Brooke Thomas, 32, has so far managed to raise almost $30,000 for Heart Kids after completing the gruelling Te Araroa Trail in a record-breaking 57 days and 12 minutes in late January. Not only did Brooke blitz the record of 66 days, 7 hours, set by Australian runner Lucy Clark last summer, but she pulled off the massive feat as a heart patient herself fitted with a pacemaker/defibrillator. Brooke takes in some stunning scenery along the Motatapu section of the trail.

She says it was hugely satisfying for her to be able to inspire other heart patients and help Heart Kids after herself being fitted with the pacemaker in her early 20s. “It was a really cool mission for lots of reasons,” she says. Brooke is very grateful for the amazing support she received from her family who support crewed her along the entire way, and took care of the logistics.

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It was “really tough” but also extremely rewarding. “There were definitely some very hairy moments like in Arthur’s Pass (Canterbury) when there was a lot of rain and flooding throughout the country and I was on my own crossing some gnarly rivers,” she says. “It was pretty terrifying at times, but I came out feeling so much more confident in myself than I went in.”

Check out this tongue in cheek account, which has an endless ream of memes and videos about all the hilarious things kids get up to. As well as being pretty funny, it helps make parenting reassuringly relatable. Created by mum of four, Anna, from Utah, she says: “Parents like to know that they aren’t the only one who has served cold cereal for dinner three nights in a row and worn the same yoga pants for the last few days ... and nights. When your kid is throwing a fit in the middle of the grocery store, you think back on the photo you recently saw of the kid who put his mum’s new lipstick all over his face and hair and you think, ‘OK. I’m not alone. I can do this.’”

She ran the whole North Island on her own with a few friends joining her on the odd leg in the South Island, closer to Christmas. A friend also kayaked the 90km (in one day) stretch with her along the Whanganui River making for much-needed laughs. “I had really amazing, cool support when I arrived in the huts and such wonderful welcomes as the story about what I was doing had filtered through, especially in Queenstown and Invercargill,” says Brooke. “All the walkers and runners along the Te Araroa Trail become like a little community, sharing stories each night.” “Doing a through-hike like this is such an epic experience,” she says. “Of course there are always going to be sections that you would rather skip out, and running on the roads and highways is definitely not my idea of fun. However, there is always so much more satisfaction in completing something that has really challenged you at the time.” Brooke, who’s always loved running, says she hadn’t been too strict about her training until she met local AerobicEdge coach Adam Keen after lockdown last year. She then began a serious, five-month training programme with him, running between 80 and 150kms a week with some gym work and swimming when she could fit it in around her work at Lakes District Hospital.

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And even after all that, she’s not putting her feet up just yet. “I’m contemplating the Motatapu Marathon (March 6), but I think I’ll wait for the Three Peaks in Dunedin (March 12 – 14).” Once the borders re-open she also has her sights set on some major endurance events overseas.

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THE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC - QUEENSTOWN Queenstown Events Centre Time: 11:00am–2:00pm

Bring your favourite, most loved Teddy Bear and picnic down to the Teddy Bears Picnic in Queenstown. Hosted by Queenstown Lakes District Council, there'll be whanau fun for all ages with live performances, story telling, bubbles, free sausage sizzle, food vendors, face painting, colouring in, magical characters, life sized bears, sports games, bouncy castle, horizontal bungy and more! Wet weather venue will be inside the Queenstown Events Centre.

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CHOICE (MUSICBYCHOICE) ALBUM LAUNCH Sherwood Time: 7:30pm–10:00pm

Choice, aka Musicbychoice, are celebrating the launch of their new album "Amongst the Tall Trees". Joining them, with her exceptional lyrical ecstatic dance and divine vocals on track 3 of the release, will be the magnificent Marie Dorin. "Amongst the Tall Trees" fuses folk roots with eclectic rhythms ranging from d'n'b to dub to ambient trip-hop using a combo of acoustic instruments and electronic sounds.

MAR 15

BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH Queenstown Events Centre Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Brain Awareness Month is a chance for the Neurological Foundation to connect with its supporters throughout New Zealand and share with them the new and exciting breakthroughs that have been happening in the lab. During this event, Professor Abraham will be talking about his work on brain plasticity and Alzheimer’s disease. He has made promising breakthroughs into potential therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

He and Wilding & Co business partner, Mathurin Molgat, established Waste to Wilderness almost a year ago, an off-shoot of their hugely successful environmentally-heralded wilding pine operation. The pair turn wilding pines into essential pine oil, much of which is exported overseas for use in the wellness industry. Both men are passionate about ridding the district of wilding pines and replacing those with mass plantings of native seedlings. In a hats off, sustainability trifecta Waste to Wilderness uses the wooden pallets leftover from the local construction industry, commercial, and Michael’s neighbourhood, food scraps and green carbon waste, or mulch, from their distilled wilding pines to give back to the local land. The pallets form the basis of a modular native seedling planting system. They’re planted out with ‘pods’ of self-seeded natives in a rich homemade mix of Michael’s now locally-renowned home compost and the pine mulch. Waste to Wilderness regularly supplies local planting projects with mulch and compost. Michael, who also sells large bags of his homemade compost at his Speargrass Flat gate for only $5 to help the community, says there’s an astronomical amount of food waste ends up in landfill. “I understand about two tonnes of food waste a week is remaining once Kiwi Harvest has collected leftover produce from our local supermarkets,” says Michael. “That equates to a year’s car driving in CO2-equivalent methane emissions per week.” He’s hoping more priority can be given to even greater waste minimisation locally, particularly harnessing that food waste and putting it to good use.

MAR 19

CODE-SWITCH Queenstown Memorial Centre Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

"Code-Switch" is a collaborative live cinema experience combining film, dance and live stage theatre that explores what happens to young people when dreams, values, and social contexts clash. Follow the illusions and disillusionment of two students whose lives are a little bit like all of ours: Hemi, the artistic and naive blank slate, and Anna, the ambitious and determined over-achiever. From choosing between passion and financial stability, to juggling the pressures of family and culture, the decisions they make will have consequences – whether they like it or not.

MAR 21

DRAX PROJECT & BROODS Coronet Peak Time: 9:00am

Coronet Peak is stoked to host Drax Project and BROODS on Sunday 21 March in an all-ages gig. Drax Project has had a whirlwind few years with their music topping charts around the globe. Their self-titled debut album included hit singles like ‘Woke up Late’ featuring Hailee Steinfeld and ‘Catching Feelings’ featuring SIX60. Brother- sister duo BROODS (Caleb and Georgia Nott) are one of the most celebrated young bands to emerge out of New Zealand in the last decade. The pair recently returned from LA, and this will be one of their first appearances back on home soil.

MAR 28

AMERICAN REFUGEES COMEDY SHOW Searchlight Brewery Time: 1:30pm–3:30pm

The spiciest American imports since Flamin' Hot Cheetos, comedians Gavin Hews and Aaron Barber present the standup comedy show, American Refugees. American Refugees is visiting cities across New Zealand from February 18 to March 28. Americans Gavin and Aaron share hilarious tales of experiencing the world as reluctant ambassadors of truth, justice, and the ever-bewildering American Way.

If funding can be secured he and Mathurin would love to see their pilot project concept, Waste to Wilderness, grow much bigger. “We’ll continue to nurture it in the meantime as it’s the perfect way to combine three waste streams – community and commercial food scraps, transport industry pallets and distilled wilding pine mulch.” “We’ve been working on this for a couple of years,” he says. “My dream would be for the concept to be applied as a means of cost effectively minimising waste and planting out our local walkways, cycleways and road verges.” As a brand, he believes Queenstown needs to seriously look at waste minimisation, with increasing awareness among new sustainable travellers from around the world who will return one day. “We have very high standards of living, stable politics and good geological balance, so there’s no excuse not to be ‘best in class’ internationally for everything,” he says. “It would be great to know we could take a sealed 10-litre bucket of food waste to an established drop-off point on our way to the supermarket each week, but that needs suitable infrastructure,” he says. A similarstyle, non-profit urban farming and community composting initiative, Kaicycle, is operating successfully in Wellington. “It’s nice to see our food waste being utilised, especially in our challenging alluvial schist soils which need as much help as they can get,” he says.

Some Waste to Wilderness veggie boxes made from waste pallets, using Waste to Wilderness rescued food compost and wilding pine mulch.

Waste to Wilderness mulch has proudly supported some 10,000 local native plantings with large demand last year for plantings by Treespace, the Queenstown Lakes District Council in its Jardine Park project, and at Tucker Beach. Michael says he and Mathurin take inspiration from the great work being done by Wanaka Wastebusters over the hill. The Queenstown Lakes District Council already runs regular workshops with Wanaka Wastebusters’ composting specialist ‘Dr Compost’ – Ben Elms.

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Queenstown passive housing consultant Kat McGregor’s skills and knowledge have been in hot demand lately as new homeowners look to be warmer, more sustainable and save on energy bills. Kat launched Performhaus in 2019 amid a growing awareness about the importance of designing healthy, comfortable, energy efficient homes. A friendship with local building scientist Denise Martin, who now works for Oculus Architectural Engineers, introduced Kat to the exciting new realm of passive housing and before long she was hooked on her newfound passion. “I built my own house with what I knew back then but Denise, and studying, taught me so much more,” says Kat. “I will change so much when I do it all again.” She studied through the Passive House Institute of New Zealand and is now in demand, consulting for people all over the country who are keen to build energy and cost-efficient, air-tight homes. “There is a small increase in price per square metre for the initial build because this concept is not what we are used to here in New Zealand, but with forward planning it’s so worth making that sacrifice because of the savings you make long term,” says Kat. “There are also health benefits that come



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from a warm, dry, well ventilated home,” she says. “I tell people to invest in their thermal envelope now and leave the marble benchtop - that can come later,” she says. “I encourage them instead to build passively as much as they can. It’s that important,” says Kat. “Each person needs to work out what’s most important to them in their build, what they value and how this can be incorporated into their home.” Kat does passive housing modelling for everything from apartments and small homes to large homes. “I have a wide range of people coming to me who are all really interested in doing better,” she says. They want to know how their house will perform and whether they can change their concept designs to achieve a much better result.” It’s about encouraging people to be consciously improving the way they build, thinking long-term. There’s been an increase in awareness around sustainability in homes since last year’s main Covid lockdown and people are looking for better construction and design, as well as lower energy bills. “If your thermal envelope is efficient your home will be well insulated, air tight and well ventilated,” she says. “If you don’t have a well thought out envelope based on your location, climate, etc, and at least double glazed, low-emissivity windows with thermal broken frames, your house becomes an energy sinkhole for money.” Kat assists new homeowners wanting to achieve passive housing certification, working off the plans, or to be as energy efficient as their budget allows. It’s all about doing better than we are currently, she says. There are five main requirements for a home to achieve certification: – Continuous insulation

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We may feel a little at times like we blinked and summer was gone but there were some cracker days and periods of beautiful sunshine in between the rain and odd cool snap. February 7, the Sunday during Waitangi Weekend, clocked in a glorious 29.2degC, however, the basin was bracing just 48 hours later when the temperature had dropped by about 18degC! Sunshine returned and according to our weather watcher, David Crow, we can still expect some warmer, drier than normal days during March. “The temperatures were still well above average for the first six weeks of this year,” he says. While some people may feel it hasn’t been the best summer weather, David assures there have definitely been wetter, cooler summers even though January recorded 14 days of rain. “Last month was the first month for many, many months that was only 0.5degC above normal,” he says. “Normally our temperatures now are one to two degrees above normal.

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– Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems During the past year there’s also been a greater awareness of the health benefits of good home insulation, Kat says. Denise is an expert in moisture management and is now working with Asthma New Zealand assisting in creating healthier homes for Kiwis. “If you’re living in a cold, damp house then your body can’t usually work to the same optimum it can when you’re in a comfortable 20degCelsius environment,” says Kat. Dampness is a big problem in Kiwi homes, she says. It leads to mould which can affect people’s well-being. “This community is so amazing with its better living groups who want to see people healthier and more comfortable in their homes,” she says. “They all look out for each other and help each other.” Ultimately, Kat would like to see the German Passive House co-housing concept operating in Queenstown. This can be developed in the form of apartments or clusters of smaller homes that all share communal facilities, recreational spaces and vegetable gardens. For further information and to get in touch see www.performhaus.co.nz

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F BOM – (Frankton, Arrowtown, Queenstown) Can you help someone find a way to live when you’re lost yourself? Set in the suburbs of 1940s Paris, a psychiatrist counts the days until his retirement. He lives alone in his childhood home and has neither friends nor family. Often, he resorts to drawing bird caricatures of his patients instead of taking notes. His social life consists of brief conversations with his meticulous secretary, Madame Surrugue, who has reigned over the clinic for more than thirty years. The two of them have no relationship outside the office, where everything runs smoothly and uneventfully. Until one day, that is, when a young German woman called Agatha arrives and demands to see the doctor and he soon realises that underneath her fragile exterior is a strong and fascinating woman. The doctor and Agatha embark upon a course of therapy together, a process that forces the doctor to confront his fear of true intimacy outside the clinic. But is it too late to reconsider your existence as a 71-year-old?


Well, we have entered the tween and teen combo in our house and I can’t say I like it too much. I either don’t know what they are saying because they’re mumbling, or I don’t know what they are saying because it’s a language I don’t understand. The word ‘yeet’ has been thrown around far too many times. As this is a new stage in parenting for us, and I’ve been out of the teaching ‘game’ for four years now, I’m not firing on all cylinders when it comes to knowing what I’m doing. However, I do have some advice for those who are in the same boat. If it’s a teenage boy, get them to repeat back what you said, otherwise NOTHING will happen. Realise that because of their changing bodies, sleep starts evading them in the evenings but certainly doesn’t stop them sleeping in in the morning which is tricky when the bus swings by at 8am. Stories they tell have no structure, linking sentences or even sense.

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That if you get a smile, treasure it, as who knows when the next one is coming and it’s probably only the caffeine high.

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That giving them coffee in the afternoon to get them moving is also a BAD idea.

That boys will wear the same clothes for a week. That girls will wear the same clothes for three hours at a stretch. Being an “influencer” or “Youtube star” is actually a life goal. That doing chores is child labour and “I have rights”. It’s not all bad though. We are able to have more jokes around the house that are actually funny and not just fart jokes, (don’t get me wrong, fart jokes are funny, but not for every situation).

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They are certainly more capable in helping us in the house, (whether or not they do is a different story). Dinners can be prepared by them. Babysitting is nearly going to be enforced upon them. Muuuaaahhhhhh. They generally have friends that we like who come around. We can sleep in on the weekends because they want technology so they make sure that the younger ones don’t wake us up. It’s quieter in the house when they storm off to their rooms. They are pretty good at taking their siblings to the park or for a wee bike ride. They haven’t realised that their pocket money is not at the current rate of what it should be. They want to see the world be a better place with less pollution and more care for people. So as you can see it’s pretty much a 50/50 split as to the pros and cons of them being in the house. But I do love them so I should probably keep them for a wee while longer. Be safe


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History in March March 24, 1874 Birth of Harry Houdini Born as Erik Weisz in Hungary, Houdini is most famous for his escape acts, illusions and magic tricks. His family emigrated to the US when he was only five years old and soon found themselves in a dire financial situation, requiring Erik to work as soon as he could. He had a passion for magic and after initially focusing on card tricks, he soon began experimenting with escape acts. His big break came in 1899 when his wife, Beck, another performer, managed to book him onto the main US vaudeville circuit as the headline act. Tours through the UK and Europe soon followed and Houdini became the highest paid performer of his time. He escaped handcuffs, straitjackets, barrels, water filled containers and being buried alive, he even dared his audience to come up with new ways to restrain him, a challenge often taken on by police departments and jails. As well as being a performer on stage, he made a number of films, was extremely active in his role as President of the Society of American Magicians and went through a phase of being an avid aviator. Houdini died unexpectedly on October 31, 1926, from a ruptured appendix having ignored doctors' recommendations for immediate surgery, choosing to continue performing instead.

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In what is a win-win for the arts and business locally, Eichardt’s is extending an open invitation for local businesspeople to use its five-star, upstairs Parlour room for functions, meetings, or even just to entertain a client. A small fee may be charged for larger gatherings requiring staff.


Not only do guests get to enjoy the lakefront, first class grandeur, but The Parlour is also exhibiting works from some of the Wakatipu’s most talented artists and creatives as part of the new post-Covid offering.

that the mecurial Maestro, Salvatore Calabrese found inspiration to take his favourite elements from his morning meal and combine them into this contemporary classic!

Art consultant Kate Blomfield, of Tantra-Art, came up with the idea after working with Eichardt’s to exhibit works in The Parlour for a VIP guests’ cocktail function. The artists stayed on to meet the guests and Kate says it was a huge hit. “The room looked so stunning that we thought this could be extended to now share with others,” says Kate. Eichardt’s sales and marketing manager Jamie Martin and her team got right behind the concept. The Spire around the corner has also been curated with art. “The Parlour is so incredibly beautiful, and like everybody, numbers are down. It’s now open for local business people to enjoy hosting small functions and meetings in a unique private space surrounded by amazing art,” says Kate.

End of the candle

Kate taking in the art in the Parlour.

Among the local artists featured are bronze artist Fiona Garlick, stone sculptor Shane Woolridge, Jessica Winchcombe with her handcrafted jewellery, illustrator and print-maker Emma-Kate Moore and watercolourist Alan Waters. Rangi Nui Rabbits’ Charlotte Mill features her bespoke rabbit fur furnishings, alongside visiting West Coast jade sculptor Jeff Beck and prints by Port Waikato-based artist Jimmy James Kouratoras, who’s Maori and Greek heritage is reflected in his stunning work.

One step closer to a

LESS WASTEFUL WORLD THIS MONTH WE'RE.... turning old candle jars into storage containers!

Clean the wax out

If you love candles in pretty jars but feel bad for throwing them away after they're burnt out, consider using them as storage containers. Here is a hassle free step by step guide on removing the wax.

1. Burn your candle as much as possible. 2. Put the jar into the freezer overnight, this will make the wax shrink. 3. Use a knife or similar to pop the wax out, it should now come off in large chunks rather than small shavings. Reuse the jar!

4. Any remaining wax can be removed with hot water. Depending on what your jar is made of, be careful not to use boiling water as that might crack the jar. 5. Do a final clean with soapy water. 6. Use the jars for tea & coffee, pens, kitchen utensils, make-up brushes, tools, a money pot, etc.



METHOD 1. Measure and add all ingredients to shaker 2. Add ice and shake vigorously 3. Strain into chilled Martini glass 4. Garnish with slivers of grapefruit peel and serve.

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NEVIS VALLEY TRACKS with Karolin Frohnert Medium

1-4 hours

This month's Must Explore is slightly different from our usual: Yes, there are hiking trails but driving to and from the trail head is just as rewarding as the hike itself. The Nevis road is accessible from both ends – Bannockburn and Garston, but if you have a 4WD that can deal with the odd ford, I would highly recommend driving from Garston. Turn off the main road on the left just before the township, signposted Nevis Road/ Welcome Rock Trails. From here, keep climbing up the gravel road until you reach the plateau overlooking the Garvie Mountains, there are a number of farm gates to open and close so don't get too comfy in your seat. From here you drive along the valley and gently drop down towards the river. This is where the fords are so keep an eye out and make sure you assess the rivers properly before crossing. This can be a whole lot of fun if done properly but could also end your trip abruptly if you get stuck! You'll continue on down the road past a derelict powerhouse, old sluicings and mining huts, all are well worth a quick stop and if you're anything like me you'll love exploring them. Once you get through the village, the road becomes easier so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. This is where a lot of the hiking tracks start, so feel free to pick one to

Views across the Nevis.

have a look around. We explored Scotsman's Creek, parking on the verge on the main road and heading up into the hills on the left. Climb as far up as you like and enjoy the views before coming back down the way you came. All trails are exposed to the elements so make sure you're prepared for the weather. Continuing along the road you'll come to a grassy area by a stream which is often used as a camping spot or for a refreshing dip. From here the road climbs towards Duffers Saddle where it splits. Both options lead to Bannockburn, but one should only be attempted with proper 4WD vehicles as the road is uneven and a bit unpredictable. If you want to take it easy, just follow the main road, but again, if you're up for an adventure and are prepared, swing left at the fork. There are no real fords on this stretch of road, but instead a series of off-camber and rutty sections that require attention. You'll eventually get to a large waterwheel which is worth stopping at again, and from here it's only another 30 minutes or so to the end of the road. If you don't have a proper 4WD vehicle, you can take the gravel road from Bannockburn all the way to Nevis village and just retrace your steps on the way out.





Some of my earliest memories involve running around in a grass paddock in my bare feet. The feeling of liberation and excitement that comes with the lightness and freedom of shoeless movement and the sensation of the warm grass between my toes. I always felt I could run faster and further with nothing to separate me from the earth, and somehow more connected as well. Feet are the foundations of the physical body. We are an upright species, with almost all our movements beginning from these helpful and often neglected parts of the body. It’s time we recognised and respected our feet for what they are, where they take us, and how important a role they play in our ability to move freely and easily from toddler to maturity.

On the Water Queenstown Bay has always been the focus of tourism activities on the lake. With its numerous wharves, it has seen the comings and goings of boats of all shapes and sizes, from steamers to excursion boats. Rowing boats were available for hire on Queenstown Bay as early as 1881. Margaret and Irvine Templeton ran a boat hire business for several years from 1954 which was a popular option for families as it was an affordable activity.

“You had Christmas and New Year... then it would be quiet until Easter, then it would pick up again. It was cheap on our rowing boats... I think it was half a crown for half an hour. Some of these boats took five or six people. People would have a picnic in the park, and then their children would row across the bay, and that was cheap.”

with Adam Chalmers

Templeton's Boat Hire

Photo – Lakes District Museum

Margaret Templeton

Many things in life start out simple and get complicated – shoes are a great example. The very first protective footwear was made of thin strips of animal hide or woven plant fibres. Just enough to protect the feet from getting thorns or torn on rough ground, no more than that. It stayed this way for millennia with shoes being more of a slipper than a rigid structure. Gradually cultural fashion trends evolved, and the modern shoe was born. No longer were the feet capable of doing their own thing. We needed to improve on evolution and create something we had managed to live without for all of human history – a thick cushioned sole. For better or worse, we ended up with cushioned, insulated, technologically

TURN OFF THE LIGHTS Children in a Templeton hire boat

Photo – Lakes District Museum

March 27 | 8.30pm-9.30pm Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.

Photos: Courtesy Lakes District Museum. Be sure to get along to Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown to check out the popular FOUNDATIONS exhibition reflecting the early township development in the district. FOUNDATIONS is an exhibition of early survey maps from around the district. Previously too fragile to display, the maps have been digitised and printed for everyone to enjoy. They are accompanied by some of the museum’s favourite archive images and artworks from local artists.

Lakes District Museum is open every day from 10am - 4pm.


Irvine Templeton

Photo – Lakes District Museum

Ways you can take part this year: • Switch off your lights for an hour • Take part in the first-ever Earth Hour "Virtual Spotlight" – www.earthhour.org/take-part • Attend an online event via the Earth Hour website.

advanced shoes. Great for walking on concrete and keeping our feet warm, while simultaneously being terrible for the development of the muscularity, proprioception and mobility of our feet and ankles. We exchanged strong healthy feet for the comfort and artificial stability of shoes. Just as wearing a neck brace to protect a healthy neck from damage would weaken it over time and create dependency on the brace, we have become dependent on shoes. When you don’t move a muscle what happens to it? It atrophies. In other words, use it or lose it. To adequately use the 29 muscles in your foot you need to test them on various types of terrain through a combination of standing, walking, running, jumping, and actively engaging your toes. Most shoes not only insulate the foot, they also create a false arch that prevents the need for many of the structural synergistic muscles to engage, causing them to weaken. You can test this out by finding an area with lots of different shaped rocks and walking about on them in bare feet for a while. You’ll notice just how many muscles are activated when required to do so. An excellent practice for getting back in touch with your feet is to lower into a deep squat in bare feet until your heels are on the ground, then sit like this for two to five minutes. If this is difficult, find something to hold onto so you can get your heels down and build up to doing it free-squatting over a week or two. Your toes will have to engage to balance you from tipping over backwards and your ankles, calves, and the soles of your feet will get a wonderful stretch. Feet need love and regular challenge. They like to feel the earth beneath them, to stretch and get strong. Free them regularly from the rubber prison of the shoe. Let them glide over the grass and burrow down into the dirt. Remember childlike joy. Feel more connected to nature. Develop integrated strength in your lower limbs. Liberate your feet. Connect with Adam at www.awakenintelligence.com





Nutrient-packed sprouts at home.

HOME SPROUTING MAKES A COMEBACK Home sprouting has been making a comeback globally and the Wakatipu seems to be no exception with what appears to be a resurgence of interest locally. Garden centres around the country were rushed off their feet in a post-Covid lockdown craze of grow your own vegetables and it seems sprouting now may be proving to be a welcome addition.


Almost any grain or seed can be successfully sprouted and local and international experts say sprouts are proving to be a popular, cheap and nutrient dense way to pack a healthy punch into meals. American sprout king Doug Evans regularly heralds the incredible power of sprouts online. They are very rich in nutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C and high in fibre. They also help reduce digestive inflammation and serve as a powerful prebiotic bolstering the microbiome. Doug says sprouting doubles the amount of the food itself and seeds contain everything they need for the first week of life, so you just add water and grow. Gibbston Microgreens’ Chris Wilkinson says even prior to the Covid crisis there was a big movement back towards self-reliance and grow your own, with sprouting and microgreens all part of that. Microgreens are full of active minerals and phyto-chemicals, especially in the first few weeks. They can be grown at home in all manner of materials, such as hemp fibre, hessian, soil and paper towels. Microgreens need light to grow with the likes of radish, basil and other herbs usually taking from seven to fifteen days or so while sprouts are ready in about five. Broccoli sprouts are full of cancer fighting free radicals as they contain a highly powerful compound called sulforaphane.



“You can sprout almost any seeds, but avoid your average garden seed varieties which are sometimes processed with fungicides,” says Chris. For sprouting and eating, use organic or seed varieties that are recommended for sprouting.” It’s important to flush sprouts out three times a day at least, so as not to harbour bacteria, however, it’s important to recognise that they’re not recommended for pregnant women because of this. Social media has prompted a whole new revival of sprouting and growing microgreens at home with people sharing knowledge, he says.

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Besides the more common sprouting seeds and grains like alfalfa, mung beans, chick peas and lentils, chia seeds, quinoa, flax seeds, sea asparagus, sunflower shoots, buckwheat and shiso (a mint-type herb) all make for delicious flavours. Shungiku, the chrysanthemum leaf, is a bitter garden green with the sweetness of celery and carrot thrown in. While Chris produces around 12 varieties for local restaurants and cafes there’s also been an upsurge in demand for their home deliveries of mixed varieties of living punnets.

Share this salad with a friend or partner for an easy, colourful lunch or supper that's full of flavour. You'll also get 3 of your 5-a-day!

What you need: 1 broccoli, cut into florets 1 large red onion, cut into chunky wedges 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar ½ tbsp honey 250g brown rice 1 small avocado, sliced ½ small bunch coriander, roughly chopped 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 1 red chilli, finely sliced

Method: 1. Heat the oven to 200°C. Scatter the broccoli and red onion on a baking tray with 1 tbsp of the sesame oil. Roast for 20 mins, or until the broccoli is tender. Leave to cool a little. 2. In the meantime, boil the rice and leave to cool. 3. Whisk the remaining sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Toss the broccoli, rice, onion and dressing together in a large bowl, then gently mix in the avocado and coriander. Divide between bowls and top with sesame seeds and chilli. 4. For an extra substantial meal, add a portion of chicken breast, salmon or tofu, and/or some leafy greens.




Can you believe we are in March already? Oh my goodness… This month my little girl starts primary school… Where did that time go???? with Karolin Frohnert



A busy weekend recently as finish line commentator at the Coast to Coast, Klondyke Corner end of day one and New Brighton Beach end of day two, also the longest day. Many athletes from Central Otago taking part and victory in the World Championship longest day for Dougal Allan and Simone Maier, both from Wanaka. Nice to read out some familiar names as they came across the finish line, like Kat Bulk, Alex Martin, Rosa Scott, Mike Gibb, all from Queenstown, Stu Geddes from Alexandra and young Annabel Girvan, originally from the Maniototo, as well as others. Brendan Quill (Quilly) sharing the mic with us as well as Coast to Coast legend Steve Gurney, living in Queenstown these days. Local marketer Mark Wilson was there too, so we were well represented. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of this iconic New Zealand event with entries open on March 6 so you’d better be quick as this year’s 39th edition was sold out!


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As a working mummy of two, it’s hard to keep your nails looking and feeling healthy – yes, even if you do own a beauty salon!! This month, I’ve put together the different nail shapes available and the factors that can affect our nail growth. A regular manicure or pedicure is recommended each month to help keep them healthy. Nail shapes can be altered to suit

Factors that affect the nail growth:

• Client's preference

Health – The shape, integrity and colour of the nail can be affected by diseases of the lung, heart, kidney, liver and thyroid.

• Fashion As you can imagine, this podcast series is not always easy to listen to and has some tough emotional segments. The episodes are centred around victims telling their stories: how they were lured into trusting Cosby, why they remained silent for so long and what impact it had on their lives. Each story dramatically highlights a repeating pattern: being groomed, pressured to accept pills or drugged drinks, losing physical control and then Cosby denying the abuse despite obvious evidence. Their emotional accounts are contrasted by the more matter-of-fact storytelling of journalist and host Nicki Weisensee Egan whose own career is tightly intertwined with the victims' journeys having worked on the Cosby case for years. At the beginning of the series she briefly discusses Cosby's challenging early childhood and rise to fame, before diving deep into his years as an active offender. In only six impactful episodes, she chronicles the struggle to bring down a TV icon who was so well loved that few believed the allegations against "America's Dad". This podcast doesn't shy away from emotional and graphic descriptions using voice recordings of victims, their loved ones, lawyers, TV shows and Bill Cosby himself to retell a story we are all unfortunately too familiar with.



• Working conditions

Age – The growth rate of both fingernails and toenails slows as we get older and the protein in the nail becomes more brittle and prone to splitting.

• Shape of the hands • Condition of the nails

Medication – Medication may affect the rate at which fast-growing cells in the body reproduce.

Diet – While serious vitamin or mineral deficiencies may affect the nails, diet does not generally cause abnormal nail changes, except in cases of severe malnutrition. Climate – Blood increases in hotter climates therefore increasing nail growth. Damage – If the nail is damaged, nail growth can be affected. Lifestyle – environmental factors i.e. hands in water or chemical solutions daily.







Recommended for wide nail shapes, as it will give the effect of the nail appearing longer.

Best suited to small, thin hands.

The weakest shape of them all and can fluctuate with fashion styles.

The strongest shape, following the shape of the fingertips. Usual shape for men and for people whose jobs require nails to be short.

Best suited to tapered hands, often regarded as the most desirable shape, though this can change with fashion.

Good for French manicures.

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1. James Cook named the Sandwich Islands in 1778, what are they known as today? 2. On which ship did Charles Darwin make his famous expedition, which led to his evolution theory? 3. Where is the Sea of Tranquility located 4. What colour jersey is worn by the winners of each stage of the Tour De France? 5. Which Williams sister has won more Grand Slam titles? 6. How many time zones are there in the world in total? ANSWERS 1. Hawaii 2. HMS Beagle 3. The moon 4. Yellow 5. Serena 6. 24

Thought I would never see the day when work started on the construction of a multi-sports turf in Queenstown. This has been long overdue and I cannot help but think what this means for those involved with some of our long suffering sports who will benefit when work is complete. As I have written before, I can remember when hockey teams used to practise on the asphalt at the Queenstown Primary School then the rather sub-standard, tatty phone box-sized turf in Frankton. Now we get set to roll out the real deal later in the year at the Events Centre. For me, I could not understand that in the alpine winter environment we lived in we did not have an all-weather turf! Sometimes it is all about numbers. Prior to my time on the Queenstown Lakes District Council I had tried to support others in the community who were doing their best to get the ball rolling. Being on the inside has made it a tad easier to gain traction and win the support of fellow councillors and staff. Not only will hockey reap the rewards, but also other sports that can play on the turf. The other benefit will be in ground rotation and management in winter. This will be a fabulous addition to our community and a real positive as we see this project being delivered through these Covid times.


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Alan wearing his 'bird safe collar'.

Any cat owner will understand the joy that cats bring to the household but unfortunately some of their activities when they are out on adventures can be quite troublesome. Cat predation on native wildlife is one specific behaviour that causes considerable concern within our community.

What impact do cats have on our wildlife? Unfortunately cats have a significant negative impact on a number of rare and threatened native species, particularly birds that rest, feed or nest on the ground or in low vegetation and along riverbeds. Although it is well known that feral cats are more of a risk to our native wildlife, pet cats do contribute to the decline in native species within New Zealand. This is particularly a problem during the vulnerable fledgling period.

How can I prevent or reduce my cat’s predation on native birds and lizards? • Feed your cat well with a complete and balanced diet and ensure that they’re appropriately fed and looked after while away on holiday. • Make or buy puzzle feeders for your cat to help provide enrichment. • Puzzles can reduce hunting on native wildlife by encouraging cats to act out natural hunting behaviours to obtain their food. • Trim your cat’s nails regularly as short nails may hinder your cat’s ability to catch lizards and skinks. • Cat collars with multiple bells attached reduce the predation on native birds. Only cat specific collars with ‘quick release’ mechanisms


should be used to reduce cat collar injuries. Cats can learn to hold their neck still and silence the bell when hunting so using multiple bells and regularly changing the bell may help. • Brightly coloured ‘Birdsbesafe’ collars are more effective at reducing predation on birds than bells. They should only be worn with a quick release collar.



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Do you want to use the internet to improve your life? Learn the basics over four weeks. There are 2 modules to choose from. Small class size and lots of encouragement!

Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm Remarkables House, 26 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton


Module #1: Intro to the Internet

Module #2: Internet Safety

• Confine your cat indoors at night (native wildlife are particularly vulnerable at dawn and dusk).

Week 1: Pursuing Hobbies

Week 1: Online Bullying & Abuse

• Consider keeping your cat indoors permanently, or contain your cat with cat fencing around your property or cat enclosures. Most cats can live happily indoors if they have the appropriate environmental enrichment.

Week 2: Finding the Right Device

Week 2: Staying Safe Online

Week 3: Communicating with Family

Week 3: Social Networking

Week 4: Reducing Dependance on Others

Week 4: Digital Information

• Provide a selection of toys, scratch posts and climbing frames for your cat to play with to reduce boredom. A recent study has shown that cats who had 5-10 minutes of daily play showed a 25 percent reduction in the number of prey they brought home. • Protect native wildlife in your garden by locating bird feeders away from cover where a cat might hide and putting animal guards around trees where a nest is seen. • Do not take your cat away with you to conservation areas.


Weekly clinic on Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm Level 1, St Johns rooms, Douglas Street, Frankton

*Computers are provided.



Intro to the Internet

Internet Safety

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As the first signs of summer flowers and vegetables begin to wane, it’s time to plan and prepare your autumn and winter garden. In dry areas you will still need to water regularly to get the best out of your late summer garden. Autumn is natures planting time as the ground is still warm and the first of the rain helps new plants, trees and lawns get established.

• Plant new trees, shrubs and ornamental plants as they will have time to establish over winter.

• Pull out any summer herbs and vegetables that have finished producing and add to your compost bin.

• All of your spring flowering favourites are now in store. Slugs and Snails are the main pest of bulbs, especially when the leaves are just emerging from the ground. Use pellets to control this problem.

• Plant seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, winter lettuce, brussel sprouts, spinach, carrots, leeks, silverbeet and winter herbs. • Prepare winter flower beds for planting with compost and garden fertiliser..

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• Keep watering during any dry spells, especially your new plantings. • Autumn is the ideal time to sow or repair your lawn as it can establish itself over the winter months.

• Daffodils can be planted any time from late February to the end of May. Early planting gets them off to a great start, as they will begin to develop their roots and settle in ready for spring growth.

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