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For-lawn hopes I’ve been extremely irritable of late; every little thing seems to annoy and I know why. It’s those berms, the ones all around Auckland with the long grass, in some places knee high!

A LONG WAY TO THE TOP... even when you’re on a roll. On this month’s cover is a local derby girl who’s determined to make it on skates, Holly Brady – aka Holly Golighty. Roller derby is not just a hobby to Holly; this plucky young competitor is intent on making every turn a winner in a highly competitive sport which really does sort the women from the girls. To read more, see our interview with Holly on pages 38-39 Photo Wayne Martin

Ph 09 271 8020 www.eastlife.co.nz Editor: Helen Perry 09 271 8036, editor@eastlife.co.nz Sales: Jackie Underhill 09 271 8092, jackie@eastlife.co.nz Sales: Cathy Renolds 09 271 8019, cathy@eastlife.co.nz Sales: Kate Ockelford-Green 09 271 8090, kate@eastlife.co.nz Design: Clare McGillivray 09 271 8067, clare@eastlife.co.nz

For as long as I can remember I’ve appreciated neatly cut lawns, the longer they grow the more shorttempered I become. Once cut, I’m sweetness and light (well, some of the time). Tidy, mown lawns calm me but of late, wherever I seem to go, I find unkempt roadside berms. We’ve always mowed any grass outside our properties but I notice in some streets, the occupants of some houses have foregone mowing the strip of public lawn fronting their homes. Perhaps, they don’t think it’s their responsibility. And, I see that. I believe public land is ultimately the council’s responsibility and that it is their job to keep berms in order. After all, we are not permitted to park on berms (even though some people do) and we cannot plant them, so, I wonder why should householders mow them? Apparently to keep rate rises down! Council estimates $3million a year is saved by asking homeowners to mow berms.

Of course, budget aside, it would be nice if council felt the same – that the appearance of the city it manages was something to be proud of! However, if the powers that be have deemed it is the job of property owners, I suggest forgetting any berm principles; just take to them (and the berms) with a lawnmower…and I for one will be a nicer person to know! On another note, ANZAC Day looms and once again we remember those who fell at Gallipoli during the First World War and at subsequent conflicts. I hope readers will make the effort to attend either the moving dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum or one of the local RSA parades. We still live in turbulent times, although, thankfully, here in New Zealand, we are in far

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Finally, I am often asked about my family, who I have written about in the past (usually as part of dining out experiences) so, I thought I would just mention that the ‘children’ are now busy adults with active lives. But I just had to relate the efforts of my daughter and grandson who took part in the recent NZHL Xrace at Totara Park – four kilometres of bush tracks with 10 challenges on route. Dads, mums and children of various ages all took part. My elder grandson came fourth (out of 97, 8-year-old boys) my daughter finished seventh out of 475 mums and, together, the two came 23rd out of 1075 teams. Forgive me for boasting but I am so proud! Until next month.

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Council will mow some berms – in a few exceptional and listed circumstances – but otherwise it’s up to us and it seems a pity that some folk would rather leave the ‘gateway’ to their homes, unattended. I like to think we all take pride in our city and that keeping berms neat is a reflection of our civic pride.

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WIN! thE PlaNEtS – DoublE PaSSES When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars then maybe, just maybe you’ll be there to hear the scintillating sounds of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra! During this performance, the work of Gustav Holst will express, through music, the identities of our solar system’s heavenly bodies. Pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky also feature. See apo.co.nz/whats-on for details. EastLife has THREE double passes (Auckland Town Hall, May 10) to give away.

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WIN! aN aNzac bIoGraPhy Pack New Zealand may have been born of a treaty but many would argue our nation came of age during a war. Two new biographies from Auckland University Press, OdysseyoftheunknownANZAC and GallipolitotheSomme sees the First World War through the eyes of those who were there, exploring its affects on two ordinary (yet extraordinary) men. To mark ANZAC Day, we have a pack including copies of each of these poignant books (available from April 12) up for grabs. • David Hastings:OdysseyoftheunknownANZAC, RRP $34.99 | Auckland University Press • Alexander Aitken (edited by Alex Calder):GallipolitotheSomme RRP $34.99 | Auckland University Press www.eastlife.co.nz

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➤ aNzac Day Parades & services April25,locations&timesvary Contact Howick RSA for details of dawn & civic services – howickrsa.co.nz, or call 09 534 9702. For information about other services, visit rsa.org.nz.

the retirement lifestyle & travel Expo April14-15,from10am,Ellerslie EventCentre,80AscotAve, Remuera Why become ladies and gentlemen of leisure when we enter those ‘golden(card) years’? Living the high life after we hang up our boots may not seem too easy but, as this expo shows, there’s much to look forward to, including travel packages specifically tailored to baby boomers who’d rather go out with a bang! See retirementlifestyleexpo.co.nz.

During this event, budding thespians follow in the footsteps of some of the best to ever tread the boards with scenes from old Bill’s back catalogue, including some of his lesser-known works. See sgcnz.org.nz for details.

buddha’s Day multicultural festival April7-8,10am-4pm,FoGuang ShanTemple,16StancombeRd, FlatBush Help promote harmony for a peaceful society at this free family orientated festival which includes Bathe the Buddha ceremony, a baby blessing ceremony, Dunhuang and cultural performances, Lion dance, arts and crafts, vegetarian food fair, Prince Siddhartha exhibition and more.

➤ muSIc & muSIcalS the ‘70s Show – featuring the backbeats April7,from7.30pm,Hotel Clevedon,26KawakawaBay Rd,Clevedon No, this is notThat‘70s Show, it’s The ‘70s Show. Feeling dazed and confused? If so, perhaps the Backbeats can clear things up when they rock out 1970s style at Hotel Clevedon. See facebook.com/ ClevedonPub for details.

➤ thEatrE Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival April7,1-7pm,BotanyDowns SecondaryCollege,575Chapel Rd,Botany If all the world is, indeed, a stage why we would go watch Shakespeare’s plays at all! Okay, so the old bard might not have been quite on the money with that line but his work has become pivotal in how we see our world.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR tops the bill for this upcoming performance. In addition to French masterworks, audiences will also be treated to the premiere of Tupaia by home-grown talent, Salina Fisher, too. See nzso.co.nz for details. White chapel Jak April22,3-6pm,TheLounge,  186WellingtonStreet,Howick Sample the sweet sounds of fabulous acoustic foursome, White Chapel Jak, while savouring the sweet dishes during a leisurely Sunday afternoon at The Lounge. See thelounge.nz; reservations essential. because you asked for it! April23&24,11am-1pm, SomervellPresbyterianChurch, CornerGreenlaneandRemuera Road,Remuera,andStColumbia PresbyterianChurch,480TiRakau Drive,BotanyDowns Billed as offering ‘the best of the best in melody and memory’, this show is guaranteed to include audience favourites. As all numbers featured – whether they be pop, classical or rock ‘n’ roll tunes – have been specially requested by people intending to attend, BecauseYouAskedforit! proves that good things come to those who ask. See operatunity.co.nz.

Nz International comedy festival April26–May20,times& locationsvary Looking for a few giggles? Then here’s an event we can really wrap our laughing gear around. This year’s fest (sponsored by Best Foods Mayo) expects to serve up a mirthful ‘spread’ of top talent. For starters, there’s the Comedy Gala (on Hosted by Arj Barker) where audiences will wolf down a veritable smorgasbord of guffaws. And, there are plenty more courses to follow. For a full ‘menu’, see comedyfestival.co.nz. In particular, check out Arj’s own show (Organic May 18 & 19 at SkyCity Theatre). Be advised, however, his show warns that it may contain traces of nuts... only traces?

➤ famIly fuN Eye on Nature April14,11am-5pm,Auckland BotanicGardens,102HillRd,  TheGardens Take a journey through New Zealand’s native wonderland during this free family day. In addition to learning how to identify native trees and their special uses over the years – everything from

navigation and construction to providing food and medicines – visitors will discover how to protect this magnificent resource. See aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz/ whats-on.

➤ art bill clarke exhibition April6-29,GreenGablesArtGallery, HawthorndenReserve,66CookSt, Howick The work of artist, Bill Clarke, takes centre stage at Green Gables. See howickartgroup.co.nz. veronica herber April9–May12,MalcolmSmith Gallery,uxbridgeArts&Culture Centre,35uxbridgeRoad,Howick Masking tape may be an unusual medium but the messages veronica expresses are intended to help us all see our world in a new light. As part of the Arts Out East Festival, this talented artist will present an installation work at Uxbridge. See uxbridge.org.nz. unseen, unknown, unveiled April23–May25(openingApril21, 2.30pm),MalcolmSmithGallery, uxbridgeArts&CultureCentre,

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➤ comEDy comedy Night fundraiser – Paul Ego and friends April7,7.30-9.30pm,HowickRSA, 25WellingtonSt,Howick The (Paul) Ego has landed! Along with fellow witty wanderers, Melanie Bracewell and Nick Rado, Paul (from Tv’s SevenDays, aka Pak’nSave’s ‘stickman’) will deliver plenty of shtick to delight audiences. Proceeds from the event will help the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Contact the RSA via howickrsa.co.nz.

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35uxbridgeRoad,Howick If the Devil’s in the details, often enough, so too is the truth. During this exhibition, artists will attempt to draw our focus to ideas and things which may be (in some cases quite literally) overlooked. For more via uxbridge.org.nz.

➤ markEtS hunua village St Patrick’s market March17,10am-2pm,HunuaVillage Green&Hall,HunuaRd howick village market EverySaturday,8am-12.30pm, PictonSt,Howick classy crafts Indoor market FirstandthirdSaturdayofthe monthuntilendofOctober andtheneverySaturdayuntil Christmas,9am-1pm,AllSaints CommunityCentre,CookSt,Howick clevedon village farmers’ market EverySunday,8.30am-12pm, ClevedonShowgrounds, MonumentRd,Clevedon clevedon village market EverySunday,9am-2pm,Clevedon CommunityCentre,1PapakuraClevedonRd,Clevedon Pakuranga Night market EverySaturdaynight, 6pm-12midnight,underThe Warehouse,PakurangaPlaza botany Night market EveryWednesdaynight,5.30-11pm, beneathHoyts,BotanyTownCentre alfriston country market FirstSaturdayofthemonthexcept January,9am-12pm,Alfriston CommunityHall,MillRoad, Alfriston Pine harbour fresh market EveryFriday,4-8pm,PineHarbour Marina,JackLachlanDr,Beachlands

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Auckland cup Day There were those who had a flutter and those who were all a-flutter at the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day (day two of Auckland Cup Week) which fare-welled the summer racing season at Ellerslie last month. While some banked on winning on the track, others hoped lady luck would be on their side in a new fashion competition – the Hawaiian Airlines Style High Flyer in which judges roamed the course on the lookout for the best dressed! EastLife photographer CHRISTEL KELLY MOORE captured her own selection of well dressed racegoers. 1. C  harlotte & Olivia Moore 2. Anna Lee &  Lisa Henderson 3. Vik & Priya Shankai 4. Russell O’Brien & Nicki Smith 5. Samantha Parsons & 

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A HEADY AFFAIR Hats off to all those who wore their best Easter bonnets for the Women in Rotary, High Tea which took place last month at the Howick-Pakuranga Netball Centre, Lloyd Elsmore Park. The ‘hats and handbags’ theme was supported in style, with all funds and other goods being donated to women in need or to Rotary projects. Photographer CHRISTEL KELLY MOORE headed to the event, too. 1. Katrina Cole, Janine Hickmore, Cynthia Paterson, Ruth Wheadon 2. Pam Deal 3. Ashwini Sadhu, Annita Maharaj-Booth 4. Belinda McMahon, Michelle Marsden, Vicki McAllistair-

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30 YEARS CELEBRATED Past and present volunteers of the Pakuranga and Howick Budgeting Service joined guests in celebrating the organisation’s 30th birthday at the Te Tuhi Centre in Pakuranga last month. Originally a group of seven people, with a shared vision of compassion, set up the Pakuranga Home Management and Budgeting Centre. The present name was adopted in 1992 with volunteers continuing to play a major role. Photographer JANET KEELING helped mark the anniversary. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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TRolley Derby fun It was a real family day out at this year’s GJ Gardener Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby held last month at the Omana Regional Park. Friends and family members cheered on ‘drivers’ who were aged six years and over as they hurtled along in a variety of contraptions. Photographer JANET KEELING captured the many faces of happiness! 1. K  obus, Mienke, Mariska & Karmi Steyn 2. Lara Oliver & Gracie Sarich 3. Acacia, Paka John, Eden & Aston Brown 4. Winter Green, Meila Sachs & Sarah Collis 5. Madi Russell, Sophie Hyde &

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Q&A Gary Graham with NZ Warbirds Association

Just as hotshot pilots need dependable ground crews to keep everything (air)ship-shape and Bristol (bomber) fashion, so too does the NZ Warbirds Association. While Ardmore Airport-based, Gary Graham, may be a reliable kind of guy, he’s also a dab hand at keeping Warbirds’ flyboys (and girls) rolling in the aisles – when they’re on the ground, preferably! With ANZAC commemorations set to launch at Ardmore, we chatted with this witty Beachlands and Maraetai-raised office administrator.

How and when did you begin working for NZ Warbirds and what does your role involve? I started in November 2014. My mother, the previous administrator, fell over and broke her wrist so she couldn’t write the cheques (a novel thing!), which upset some people who wanted those cheques. I came in to help out and I’ve been trying to leave ever since! My role involves a lot of paper shuffling, tapity tapity on the keyboard, talking – a LOT of talking (the stories around here are fantastic!) – and doing the Ops Order, our regular-ish newsletter. I also get the dubious honour of being told off for most things that upset pilots, like not organising the correct weather. It also involves moving aircraft and arguing with other people about who gets to go in the spare seat! What is NZ Warbirds doing at Ardmore to commemorate ANZAC Day? Every year our members get together and liaise with the RSA to do a flypast with as many aircraft as possible, culminating with a massive flypast of the Cenotaph. This year, we also hope to fly our two WW1 aircraft, joined by the Harvard Formation Team,

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TigerMoths, CT4’s, Chipmunks, Stearmans, Bird-Dogs, Mustang, Kittyhawk, Spitfire, Trojan... pretty much anything we have. This is all paid for out of the pockets of our members because they want to show their appreciation to the men and women who protected our freedom. I’ll be on the airfield watching them take off and land again approximately 45 minutes later. It’s a real spectacle to see so many different makes and models flying at the same time. If I’m lucky, there might be an owner who takes pity on this dishevelled looking waif, and straps me to the wing; I’m not fussy how or where I fly! What does NZ Warbirds do and why is it so important? We are passionate about preserving our flying heritage. We don’t want to just have the aircraft in a static environment. We want people to come and see them flying; even go for a flight in one (or more) of them. It’s important that the next generations see what advances in technology there have been in air travel and defence. What is it about aircraft (old warbirds in particular) that spins your wheels?

The history of them; each and every aircraft has its own story. When you get up close and personal with them, you just have to wonder how these things stay up in the air. Think of the best roller coaster ride you’ve ever been on then multiply the feeling by seven, divide by nine, and add the smell of banana – that’s how much fun flying is!-

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What do the people subscribed to Ops Order think of your sense of humour? Have you cracked any funnies that went down like led balloons?

What flying experience do you have? Were you ever in the RNZAF?

Generally its well liked and can certainly generate a bit of conversation in the bar on Sunday evenings. I’ve had about five complaints in the three years or so that I’ve been doing the newsletter, but that’s what it’s for! Otherwise, all the blokes would just let their wives do all the talking for them (can I say that? I feel a complaint coming on...). I’m never nasty, but I do like finding out how far beyond a line I can go. You know something isn’t funny when you have to explain it. Usually it’s an in-joke that not a lot of people would get. Did your parents ever ground you when naughty? Was it effective in clipping your wings, ensuring

Absolutely. Three boys in Beachlands, how could we NOT be naughty? We were raised before the lawyers took over so we were smacked, not hit. I think my parents did a pretty good job. My ex’s disagree! They think more smacking was required.

No, I did not serve. They wouldn’t have me anyway because they’re not allowed to smack anyone! As for flying experience, I’m strictly a passenger. Have you ever owned any aircraft yourself? What’s your dream aircraft and have you ever flown in one? No, I owned a boat. If my motor stopped, I put a line over the side, cracked a beer and rang the coastguard... try doing that in a plane! Incidentally, did you know the propeller is for keeping the pilot cool? It’s true... watch how hot he/she gets if it stops! Easy! A Hawker Hurricane. I’ve loved them ever since I can remember but, no, I’ve not been in one... yet! www.eastlife.co.nz


Gary (right) with Warbirds’ GM, Trish Reynolds “aka T-X, a Terminator reference”!.  What’s the most fun you’ve ever had up in the air – flying or otherwise? Aerobatics - hands down the best thing you will ever do, with or without clothes. I wonder if I could persuade someone to take me to do aerobatics without clothes... we shall see! An old song tells of ‘magnificent’ men in their flying machines. In your experience, which one word best describes the flyers you’ve come to know? Nutters, but I mean that in the nicest possible way. The stories they tell of their experiences

flying would blow your mind. Air Force stories, Airline stories, private flying stories, they can be absolutely hilarious! In general, how crazy are pilots and how alarmed should the general public be? Airliners are just big buses to these guys and gals so don’t be alarmed. They’re extremely well trained. However... put them into a Chipmunk, TigerMoth, CT4 or the Heavy Metal (Harvard, Mustang, Spitfire, P40) and they’ll turn into Mr Hyde – still as safe as ever but just let off the leash. If you could grow any plant

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or raise any animal (real or imagined) what and why? I would grow a concrete palm because plants need to be that hardy if I’m expected to look after them. And, a unicorn... well, you asked! If you could be Prime Minister for one day, what would you do first and why? My answer would get me in trouble, so here goes: Fire all bureaucrats, clip-boarders and knee-jerkers and make them get real-life jobs. Then they’d appreciate the fact that common sense and self-preservation are

inherent in most people and we don’t need them interfering in our day-to-day lives. If you could invite any three famous people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? Dynamo (magician). I love magic. Magic is how planes fly! Ron White (comedian). Part of the Blue Collar group of comedians. I just love his stuff. Phil Collins (of Genesis fame). He’s a fantastic musician (one of my inspirations) and has a really good sense of humour. Plus he could afford to pay the bill.

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Livin’ the life

in Lisbon? While we may all long for a Spanish caravan to take us away, now it’s even easier for some lucky young New Zealanders to drink in the atmosphere – not to mention the port from Porto! – when working their way across the Iberian peninsula.

“The new working holiday scheme will help to strengthen links, and to deepen the relationship between New Zealand and Portugal still further over the years to come.” For details, or to apply for this scheme, email: email vistos@ mne.pt.

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Thanks to a new working holiday scheme, up to 50 young Kiwis (aged 18-30) will be able to spread their wings and pay more than just a flying visit to Porto, Lisbon or anywhere else in Portugal each year, working there for up to 12 months.

Iain Lees-Galloway (Minister for Immigration) believes the agreement will underpin a strong relationship between the two countries.

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Pouakai Circuit scenic showcase Anniversary weekend 2018 provided JOHN SPILLER an opportunity to dust off his tramping boots and sign up for the three day, two nights, Pouakai circuit at Egmont National Park in Taranaki. This trip was a Howick Tramping Club outing and an alternative to the arduous one day ascent of Mt Taranaki other club members had chosen. Here’s is John’s account.

After a five hour road trip from Auckland our party of five met up at the North Egmont visitor centre where we were to stay the night and sort out route options. As dusk approached, the mist which had shrouded the mountain partially lifted and we had a glimpse of the summit, enjoying a spectacular sunset to the west in anticipation of the hike to come. According to Maori legend, Pouakai supports Taranaki and anchors him. The name means ‘the pillar or source of food’. And indeed, the lowland forest contains nikau, titoke, kohekohe and puriri trees, all of which would have provided an abundance of food for native birdlife which in turn supported the indigenous people of the area as a ready food source. On the other hand, we settled on cereal and fruit for our breakfast next morning before packing up and descending into the forest on the Ram Track. We five decided on taking the anti-clockwise direction which meant day one was the longest and hardest. Even though we initially dropped in elevation,

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once we left North Egmont, the heat and humidity of the forest meant we were soon drenched in perspiration. This made navigating tree roots and drop offs tricky; sweat that beaded on our brows ran down into our eyes.

is often photographed with Mt Taranaki as a backdrop. The trick here was to remove our shirts, soak them in the tarn water and put them back on. The cooling effect was immediate and very welcome.

The track descended to the Kokowai Stream and then on to a swing bridge which crossed the larger Waiwhakaiho River. A short breather afforded views of the river before we crossed Kaiauai Stream and started the long uphill climb (550m) to the top of Henry Peak (1220m).

We soon reached Pouakai Hut but to our dismay it was full to overflowing with like-minded walkers, and no bunks were available. With no intention of going any further after an eight hour slog, our inflatable sleeping mats proved indispensable and we each claimed a spot on the floor for the night ahead.

That was the toughest part of the trip because on leaving the sanctuary of forest cover, the full heat of the sun beat down on us. A procession of wooden steps led to a viewing platform on Henry where we dropped packs, breathed deeply and absorbed the glorious 360 degree views. A swig of water completed the break and we were soon dropping down a series of ladders to begin the sidle around Maude (1220m), the next peak en route to Pouakai Hut. A gentle climb brought us to a small tarn (Mountain Lake) which

Meals were prepared, feet inspected for wear and some people managed a discreet wash in the nearby bush. As darkness approached we settled into our sleeping bags and hoped that the sardine-like stack of bodies across the hut floor wouldn’t deteriorate into a sonorous chorus of snorers. Refreshed, we woke on day two, prepared our breakfast meals and packed up our gear as quickly and quietly as possible leaving some bodies still sprawled and asleep on the floor.

A short climb back up onto the plateau was an opportunity for a group photo with the big mountain behind us. A fellow traveller duly obliged and pressed our camera shutters for us. This was to be the easiest day as we headed down a narrow track flanked by distinctive, but fairly common pahautea trees. A 200 metre descent led us to the Ahukawakawa Swamp which was formed about 3500 years ago and is home to about a third of the park’s plant species. This area forms the headwaters of the Stony River (Hangatahua) which is protected for its cultural, historic and scenic values. After two and a half hours walking, we reached Holly Hut and were relieved to find that there was no one else there. Bunks were self-allocated and packs partially emptied in readiness for lunch, however, the lure of a splash in Stony Creek’s cold waters was too much of a distraction. We put boots back on and headed down the track past Holly Hut until we found the sign indicating Bells Falls. www.eastlife.co.nz


There, we turned off and about 10 minutes later we reached Stony River. The spectacular falls were upstream a few hundred metres so we found a suitable pool and braved the icy alpine water. It was too cold to stay in long but it did the trick and we were refreshed and reinvigorated. The only problem was the half hour uphill climb to the hut. Back at the hut for lunch, a lone young female tramper joined us and proved to be the only other occupant of the 30-bunk hut that night. We chatted and in the evening returned to a higher point on the track for more photos. It was a stunning night with another glorious sunset, however, the (seemingly) hordes of sand flies that appeared at dusk severely modified the experience. Day three again dawned fine and clear and we were soon ready to start the four-hour trek back to North Egmont and our parked cars. I set off on the uphill track that sidled around the slopes of Mt Taranaki a few minutes ahead of my four companions and as I came around a corner, on a flatter section www.eastlife.co.nz

near a small gully, there was a loud crashing across the other side as two large Billy goats emerged from the bush.

browsing possums. Evidence of volcanic activity was provided by the ‘Boomerang’ slip which we had to cross.

Glaring at me in annoyance at having disturbed their peace they bounded away up the track. Fortunately they weren’t waiting in ambush further on as they were a sizeable pair with well developed horns and tufted beards.

The latter is a scree and rock slope with only a narrow ledge to help with footholds. Another notable feature in this area is the ‘Dieffenbach’ cliffs, towering columns of lava high up the mountain slopes.

This was a lovely morning to be out on a mountain track. I was feeling fitter after the previous two days exertions and, as the patchy cloud of the previous days had disappeared, the views were amazing.

The water runs red in this area where manganese oxide seeps from the earth into the Kokowai Stream. A little further down the track we could see the North Egmont visitor centre and lodge in the distance. We quickened our pace.

I ambled on as the track climbed steadily away from Holly Hut. The rest of the group eventually caught up when I stopped at a track intersection (a club rule so we all know where everyone is) and we enjoyed snack bars and fluids while casting our eyes over the Pahautea Forest to the west.

Gradually we met more people on the track, some return day walkers and some doing the full crossing to Pouakai Hut and out via Mangorei Road.

There were a large number of trees that, from their denuded and bleached appearance, appeared dead, probably casualties of

A downhill section with lots of formed steps led to our starting point where we gratefully dropped our packs and removed our heavy boots. At the visitor centre we enquired about a shower and were very grateful we could use the lodge facilities one last time – a

very welcome ablution after three days away from home comforts. The Pouakai circuit is a moderate to hard trip with some back country skills and experience being required. It is fairly easy to navigate but it’s always best to take a map. After heavy rain it is not always possible to cross the Kaiauai Stream as there is no bridge. A shelter is provided at the top of the descent to Kaiauai stream but this is only relevant if approaching from Pouakai Hut, not North Egmont. Caution is always advised when tackling our back country tracks; up to date information is usually available online from DOC or from DOC visitor centres. Hut fees are $15.00 per night with pre-purchased tickets or you can use your annual hut pass. I would certainly recommend this walk for capable walkers and groups. For more information on the Howick Tramping Club visit www.sporty.co.nz/howicktramping or for membership enquiries call Janette Medforth ph 536 6459 or 021 739 885. eastlife | april 2018 |

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bobby, thE lIttlESt War hEro When our diggers went to war, some of the smallest soldiers made the biggest sacrifices. In this charming children’s book by historian, professor and former soldier, Glyn Harper, one of the smallest heroes takes centre stage.

Maths is all around us and, with the support of families and teachers, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their everyday play.

Along with his best friend, Jack, Bobby the canary is assigned to the Royal Engineers and tasked with digging tunnels deep under no-man’s land. It’s his job to ensure that his men don’t fall victim to deadly gas. Brought to life in illustrations by Jenny Cooper, Bobby,thelittlestwar hero tells the story of two birds of a feather who both long to fly free.

To support children in this area give them practical experiences through doing, saying and using real life materials. By exposing them to early math concepts they will generally have a more positive attitude and feel more confident towards maths by the time they hit school. Children will develop early math skills in a variety of areas, including problem solving and reasoning, number concepts, geometry, time, measurement, patterns and relationships.

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Here are some simple math activities for parents and teachers to engage children:

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• Count food items at snack time (e.g. 5 crackers, 20 raisins, 10 baby carrots). • Use a calendar to count down the days to a birthday or holiday. • Practice simple addition and subtraction using small toys and blocks. • Help sort washing – matching socks, big shirt/small shirt. • Tidy up – putting similar items together. • Play games in which they are directed to jump forward/ backward, up/down. • Set places at the table – a cup for me, a cup for you. • Find shapes within their environment.

• Match lids to pots. • Use songs with corresponding movements to teach concepts such as in and out, round and round. • Encourage children to count items in a book – how many animals are on the page, how many items are blue. • Play body games and counting fingers and toes – (‘pat-a-cake’, ‘this little piggy’) • Involve them in cooking, this will help with counting, measuring, adding and estimating. • Provide standard measuring tools such as rulers, clocks, tape measures, measuring cups and spoons. • Try simple card games to match pairs (snap and memory). Research tells us that children generally show a natural interest in maths from a young age. It’s important that parents and teachers take advantage of this critical time in a child’s education. Finally, let’s all get those conversations about maths going and continue to integrate these into our children’s lives. This will put our children on the path to success in the 21st century.

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On the road... with Bob Howick photographer Bob McCree’s latest book Best Scenic Highways of New Zealand captures some of this country’s most picturesque drives which HELEN PERRY believes will inspire readers to take up the call of the road and see some of these places for themselves.

When Bob McCree laconically says he’s found his way into most corners of New Zealand, I can’t help but think, “Yeah, right!” But despite my best efforts to catch him out I soon discover there are very few places, even in remote areas, which he hasn’t photographed over the past 20 years. In fact, Best Highways of New Zealand is his 16th pictorial book showcasing scenery from one end of the country to the other – a ‘calling’ he never tires of although he admits “with a library of thousands of photographs I’m not on the road as much as I was; about four or five road trips a year just about does it these days!” Like previous publications, this book is packed with iconic images of rivers, lakes and waterfalls, mountains and shorelines, pristine fields, derelict sheds, quaint country stores, historic buildings, busy people, lazy days and so much more. From the Twin Coast Highway in Northland to the Southern Scenic Route from Dunedin through Invercargill to Te Anau and the Milford Road, there is plenty to see on every page – a beautiful book to send overseas, for visiting guests or on the coffee table at home. “I’ve bypassed the cities to concentrate on rural, coastal and back country landscapes hoping it will not only inspire visitors to explore this country but Kiwis too, especially those who seldom venture beyond their city limits,” he says. Covering 16 routes – eight in the North Island and eight in the South Island – Bob also includes a little bit of local history with each area as well as detailed captions for each photograph. But if I’m thinking Bob can now put his feet up for a few months, I’m wrong, Despite nearing his ‘dotage’ – his words in jest, not mine – he has already planned a further five trips out of Auckland this year; after many years on the job, it’s never ‘all in a day’s work’ but rather, “a fresh take every time’ especially

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when it comes to cities which are constantly changing.” “I did quite a bit of photography when I was young but gave it away when I married. “Some years later I picked it up again but only part-time until I was heading for 60, that is. I realised I’d had enough of the air conditioning and heating industry; I wanted to get away from the commercial world.” So, that’s just what he did. On the day of his 60th birthday Bob ‘retired’ so to speak, picked up his camera in earnest and hit the road with the idea of building up the small part-time business he had already established photographing scenic places, gardens and flowers for calendars and postcards. “I’ve always loved the country visually so why not go out and explore parts I’d never seen. Initially, it was mostly for calendars

and postcards, for which there is still a strong market. The books followed. It hasn’t been about making a full time living. Rather I’m doing something I love and bring in a bit on the side, too.” Primarily, a pictorial or landscape photographer, Bob says he steers away from portraiture and weddings but he does photograph flowers and gardens as well as Kiwiana and birds – “the latter can be pretty tricky. They’re likely to flit off just when you’ve got the shot lined up; patience is the key with birds.” “The advent of digital photography was a definite learning curve for me and it took a little while to see the light. However, once I realised its versatility and ease, I adopted the new technology wholeheartedly.” A member of the Howick Camera Club for 30 years – “‘one of the best things I ever did was joining the club” – Bob is also a Fellow of

the Photographic Society of New Zealand and an adjudicator. He was appointed to the society’s Honours Board in 2016. Throughout our chat, I’m still thinking I can catch this man out on at least one destination he hasn’t visited. Not a chance; until he casually mentions, “I haven’t been to the Chathams!” There is no joy in this victory. After all, there’s no driving to the Chatham’s, they’re nearly 1000 kms off shore! I haven’t been there either and while I don’t expect to ever visit, I’m pretty sure if the chance comes Bob’s way, he’ll be off. After all, though he claims to be ‘an amateur’ when it comes to photography, he really is the consummate professional! • Best Scenic Highways of New Zealand, published by New Holland, (RRP $29.99), available at all good bookstores and tourist agencies. www.eastlife.co.nz


Show your stripes… Autumn is in full swing but to date mild weather has decreed layering the way to go for casual occasions demanding easy wear mix and match. This season, Madly Sweetly has come to the party with a collection of florals, spots and stripes to comfortably team with denim.

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This month, EastLife reveals Madly Sweetly’s true stripes – banded together to take one from clement autumn days into the upcoming winter months. Team knit tops with patch jeans – perfect for cheering rugby from the sidelines, a walk in the park or lounging with friend in front of the fire.

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This is it! No stranger to overcoming tragedy in her personal life, Queenstownbased Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland (who writes under her previous name, Amanda Mortimer) knows well that life can deliver plenty of curve-balls. However, as her latest book reveals, armed with the right tools we can be ready to hit even the worst life throws at us out of the park.

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“By purchasing my book people have me as their virtual coach right there at their fingertips,” she says. “I am so passionate about the tools we are sharing in this book, and so confident they can make an enormous difference to individual lives, that I want as many people as possible to discover and understand them.”

This month Vivo Hair & Beauty Howick talk about skin care from season to season. While most of us have well and truly settled into autumn there are still some people trying to catch up with the weather changes. Importantly, our skin needs the right nutrition and hydration to sustain a healthy and glowing look. Luckily, beauty therapist, Lainey at Vivo Hair & Beauty Salon in Howick, knows how to take your skin from one season to the next without any fuss or worry. Lainey’s top tip is a simple, straight forward facial to keep skin woes at bay. “Be sure to stay hydrated and keep your nutrition in check for optimum results,” Lainey says as she shares her own beauty regime. “I make sure I pamper my skin with frequent facials to give my complexion an extra boost,” she says. Using the right products is also

a must, and the Aspect brand is Lainey’s absolute favourite. “There’s just something more powerful about well researched products and Aspect is definitely one of them,” she says.

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“But, how long should a facial take? All you need is 30 minutes to relax, unwind and care for your skin.”

The word ‘autism’ may still cause anxiety and uncertainty, among parents in particular. However, an understanding how ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) manifests at various ages and stages of life, can help carers cope with this challenging range of conditions.

Another favourite? Brows! The perfect brow can give your complexion a lift, and will be the perfect accessory on days when you just want to go makeup-free. Lainey, who is an expert at skin care as well as brow shaping, with more than a decade of beauty industry experience, has just the right offer for her NEW CLIENTS – come in for a 30-minute facial and brow shape for just $59!

Drawing on decades of experience, professors Katrina Williams and Jacqueline Roberts have produced this helpful guide to ensure those affected receive the support and understanding they’ll need from parents in order to lead fulfilling lives.

Pamper, relax and unwind with this stunning service guaranteed to make you feel your best. See you in the salon!

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“I used Audrey’s serum when I was undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. It honestly was a godsend. After my treatment my skin looked like it had really bad sunburn. The oil soothes the burning feeling and kept my skin well moisturised. The oil also has a lovely soft scent. After a few months of using this oil, the discolouration from the radiation treatment has faded and my scar from my surgery has slowly faded too. I am grateful to Julie and Kristina for developing this serum right when I needed it most. This serum was made out of love and concern for a little sister. I know, because my name is on the label.”

SERUM SUCCESS Two years ago Julie Landon’s sister Audrey was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. Fortunately, despite the many personal struggles that come from such a diagnosis and ensuing treatment – Audrey underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment – her positive attitude and loving family support helped in her recovery. Today Audrey is cancer-free. However, when recuperating from her radiation treatment she suffered itching and reddening of the skin much like sunburn and also had to deal with scarring from her operation. She asked her sister Julie if she and business partner Kristina had anything in their range to relieve the effect that radiation treatment was having on her skin – a burning sensation, redness and scarring. As a result the pair developed a skin repair serum which incorporated coconut oil to help reduce the redness and scarring and also to soothe the skin. They called it Audrey’s Serum. “It was so successful, Audrey offered it to other women undergoing similar treatment and subsequently we have received wonderful feedback,” Julie says. “We are delighted that we have helped others and hope Audrey’s Serum will continue to play a role in healing.”

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New skin care range a natural progression

Akari – meaning coconut – is a new natural skin range which is making market inroads in New Zealand, the Cook Islands (from where its name springs) and now, Switzerland. HELEN PERRY talks with the two local women who followed their instincts about the benefits of coconut oil. It took an allergy to insect repellent for friends, Kristina Rarere and Julie Landon to look at making a natural alternative, primarily for their own use. They never thought it would lead to a much wider range of natural skin care products and a blossoming business.

body wash and more – all vegan-friendly, paraben-free and containing no sulphates.

geranium and witch hazel, among other ingredients, it is very gentle even on babies.

Of Cook Island heritage, Julie says she and Kristina had always been convinced of the beneficial properties of coconut oil and had a passion for all things natural.

“However, our skin repair serum has had unexpected success with people suffering scarring, or tightened skin from operations or injury.”

“Working together for several years in the corporate relocation industry we had formed a warm friendship based on many common interests including a growing desire to lead healthy and fulfilling lives,” Kristina explains. “With Julie reacting badly to commercial insect repellents we thought, why not make our own? Now, look where that’s led!”

“We started experimenting with formulations using the oil as well as other plant products and with each success we could see opportunities emerging,” Julie says. “What’s more, Akari was both an obvious and appropriate name for our range which has been certified as natural (no preservatives or chemicals) and is clearly marked as having a six month shelf life.”

With demand for their products increasing, the women admit it is no longer practical to produce all products at home even with commercial equipment.

Indeed, four years later, after many trials (and errors) blended with a load of laughs, hours and hours of research and endless study the pair have developed a certified natural skin care range which is gaining momentum among a diverse clientele. Beavering away in the kitchen of a peaceful, Farm Cove home unit, the women have been successful in developing not just the insect repellent but a skin repair serum, day cream, hand and body lotion, scrubs, shampoo, conditioner,

Twelve months ago Kristina resigned from her formal job to concentrate full time on the fledgling business; Julie joined her this year. “We produce and bottle every day during the week; sometimes at weekends too. We even worked Christmas Eve to fulfil a big order for the tourist market,” Kristina says. “The insect repellent remains one of our most popular products, especially in the [Pacific] Islands. Containing basil,

“We are now talking to a local company about producing our shampoo and conditioner and we might need to consider other products in the future,” Julie says. “This would allow us a little more time for marketing.” Meanwhile, the partners are delighted that, as well as interest from health shops and gift outlets, they are now supplying to a major Rarotongan resort and have just fulfilled a large order from Bern. They agree that the Pacific is where they want to primarily concentrate but are hopeful that a global trend towards using natural products, free of chemicals, will result in custom from many other parts of the world. www.eastlife.co.nz


Prevent braces – start at birth

Cherie Roberts – Lactation consultant IBCLC and Yvonne Vannoort – Dentist BDS Otago talk about when braces are required. As a parent, you might think about braces for your child’s crooked teeth when they are teenagers. Contrary to the popular belief that it’s all about genetics, there are a number of things that can be done to help avoid the need for braces. As crooked teeth are a result of small jaws which haven’t grown into the correct position, growing the jaws is critical. At birth, breastfeeding helps to mould the palate and to create the correct suck, swallow and breathing patterns as well as helping to correctly develop the facial bones. The longer mum can breastfeed the better. We understand that breastfeeding can be a struggle for some; that’s why it’s vital to get the correct information and support starting before baby is born. Artificial teats such as bottles and dummies change the suck and swallow pattern resulting in improper tongue movements which stop the jaws and face developing well. As 50% of the growth of the face is completed by age 6 months, getting this right from the start is important. It is important to rule out lip and tongue ties as these affect breastfeeding, impact the suck and swallow patterns and hinder the tongue’s ability to sit in the top

palate. The tongue sitting correctly helps to mould the palate to be nice and wide rather than narrow and high. On introducing solid foods, it is important to feed baby harder rather than mushy foods as this stimulates growth and development of the face and jaws. This is called, ‘baby led weaning’. You can learn more about this online. In non-western cultures extended breastfeeding is common and baby led weaning is the norm. Subsequently, the need for braces is seen less. Mouth breathing rather than nose breathing changes the patterns of facial growth which leads to crooked teeth. Ensure your baby, and older children, breathe through the nose and that lips are together at rest.

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arE heavy metals driving Myopia Control your health problems? CLIVE PLUCKNETT, Naturopath, Bachelor Holistic Health Science, AdvDip Naturopathy, AdvDip Nutrition, AdvDip Western Herbal Medicine, PG Dip Cancer Nutrition Medicine, PG Dip Mental Health Nutrition, PG Dip AntiAgeing Medicine, MBA(Dist), BA, PG Dip Science Colleen was one of our “difficult “ clients. When she first came to us, she was on a cocktail of drugs for blood pressure, thyroid, mood, cholesterol, sleep and hormones. She complained of low energy, being fat and feeling yuk. After carrying out a series of tests, we established that Colleen was low in key nutrients, had high levels of toxicity and high levels of inflammation. Over the next few months we saw some pleasing progress. We found that her “thyroid problem” was no more than a lack of iron, zinc, selenium and iodine. Her mood and sleep issues were being driven by her body’s inability to make the right chemicals. As we worked through the various issues, we hit a glass ceiling that we could not go beyond. Colleen was pleased with her results, but I knew that there was more to come. After a few months, Colleen was still deficient in nutrients, even though we had addressed key issues and she was still taking supplements. Co-incidentally, the nutrients she was lacking were the same ones that could be blocked by heavy metals.

We had initially suggested a heavy metal test, based on Colleen’s silver fillings, but the extra $120 was a bit more than Colleen could afford at the time.

Owner-optometrist of Eyes of Howick, KRISTINE JENSEN talks about causes and control of myopia

Having recently attended a presentation on myopia (shortsight), and its global impact, I was pleased to hear evidence-based methods I can implement to help control both its onset and progression in my young patients.

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Colleen agreed to do the test and whamo! We found our glass ceiling that had been driving the bulk of her complaints. Colleen had extremely high levels of mercury toxicity. The mercury was blocking key vitamins and minerals from getting into her cells and making the magic happen. You need key nutrients to make your hormones and neurotransmitters. Without them the body cannot work effectively. We changed Colleen’s plan to incorporate a heavy metal detoxification programme. It was a slow process, but we shattered the glass ceiling and Colleen reached her full potential. If you have a thyroid, hormonal, auto-immune, or other chronic disease, look beyond symptomatic relief and patch ups. Look for the underlying cause. For Colleen, and a growing number of people, heavy metals is that cause. For more information on accurate and safe heavy metal testing, please visit our website.

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Occurring when the eye focuses light too quickly resulting in an image being in front of the retina, myopia usually occurs when the eyeball is too long. Near vision is clear but blurred at a distance. Most newborns have smaller eyeballs and are therefore born long-sighted. As they reach normal size over the first few years of life, they develop normal vision. For some children, the eyeball continues to lengthen and become myopic; the longer the eyeball, the higher the myopia. Myopia often begins in childhood but can occur at any age, in particular the teen years, or early twenties.

The outlook 33% of the world is myopic with 3% having high myopia. It is estimated by 2050, more than half the world will be myopic with 10% being highly myopic. It is occurring at a younger age and we’re living longer. High myopia carries increased risk of eye disease and therefore blindness from conditions such as maculopathy, glaucoma and cataract.

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plays a huge role in a child becoming myopic. • City living – Put the books down and get outside! • Seasonal variation – there is 50% less myopic progression in summer months • Age – the younger the onset (under 10 years) the greater the risk and faster the progression.

control While there is no cure for myopia, spectacles, contact lenses and refractive surgery can improve vision and there is robust evidence showing how to help reduce the onset or at least slow myopic progression including: • Outdoor activity – aim for 10 hours per week; even a small time outdoors (e.g. 40 mins per day) will have a positive effect • Atropine therapy – low dose drops instilled at night. These relax the eye’s focusing system and appear to be a viable option for slowing progression. • Spectacles – full myopic correction is indicated. In fact, under-correction of myopia may increase myopic progression. Special spectacle lenses, which reduce the focusing burden of the eye with prolonged near work, may be indicated. • Contact lenses – specialised soft and rigid lenses have been shown to reduce progression. If your family has risk factors for myopia onset in your child, feel welcome to contact us. www.eyesofhowick.co.nz

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Spanish chickpea and almond stew Using store cupboard staples and spinach from the freezer, this Seville-inspired stew comes together in under 20 minutes and is sure to be a hit with everyone. You could swap the spinach for other greens, such as chopped chard, or add extra bits and bobs, such as a few tablespoons of capers, olives or chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Perfect as a stew-like soup in a bowl, but you could make it thicker and serve with a side of quinoa.

stalks finely chopped and leaves roughly chopped • 1 Tbsp tomato purée •2  x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes •2  x 400g tins of chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 100ml  stock/bone broth (see Eat Happy for Melissa’s own recipe) or water •2  50g spinach • 1 Tbsp lemon juice •S  ea salt and black pepper •E  xtra-virgin olive oil, to serve

then set aside. Melt the butter in the hot pan, add the onion and pepper and fry for six minutes until starting to soften.

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Tip the tinned tomatoes into the pan, turn up the heat to a medium simmer and cook for 15 minutes, uncovered, to thicken and reduce. Add the chickpeas and cook for another three minutes with a lid on. If you want the stew to be more soup-like, add the stock.

Add the garlic, spices and parsley stalks and fry for one minute, stirring constantly to prevent them from burning, then add the tomato purée and cook for another 30 seconds.

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INGREDIENTS: • 3 Tbsp chopped or flaked almonds • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp butter or ghee • 1 large onion, finely chopped • 1 large red or orange pepper, deseeded and chopped • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1 large handful of fresh parsley,

•2  tsp ground cumin •2  tsp smoked paprika • 1 /4 tsp cayenne pepper

METHOD: In a large, deep frying pan, toast the almonds over a medium heat for just under a minute until golden,

Turn up the heat, drop in the spinach and cook for 1 minute,

covered with the lid, then add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve each bowl with a good drizzle of olive oil and with the parsley leaves and toasted almonds scattered over. Recipe extracted from Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food by Melissa Hemsley, published by Ebury Press, RRP $55.

dining WELLINGTONS RESTAURANT Wellingtons Restaurant is located within the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre and overlooks Auckland’s picturesque Panmure Lagoon. Come and dance the night away in Auckland at our Saturday Dine & Dance, with resident band, Tall Order, bring the girls in for High Tea, or join us on Sunday evenings and bring the kids for a night of fun and surprises with award-winning magician, Alan Watson!

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre 58 Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington. Phone 09 526 3000 www.wellingtonsrestaurant.co.nz

THE LOUNGE Our specialty is personalising each and every event to make them all truly memorable. Surprise your mother/wife with our Mad Hatter Mother’s Day afternoon on Sunday May 15 (1-5pm) at The Lounge. Not only does this include lunch and a high tea with magical table settings, guests will receive welcome bubbles on arrival and enjoy live music all for just $75 per person. Drinks will also be available for purchase at our fully licensed bar. Don’t be late for this very important date. Bookings are essential!

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dining szimpla gastro bar Acclaimed retro retreat in the heart of Auckland Airport’s shopping precinct – Szimpla Gastro Bar – is dishing up delicious food, quality craft beer & good old Kiwi hospitality. We have options for large group bookings from 20-80 people with canapes and set menus available. Consider us for your next birthday venue, engagement function or a catch up with friends before heading to the airport. Brunch from 10am every weekend alongside our expansive all day menu including yummy veggie and gluten free options. We recommend booking – ph 215 1220 or email info@szimpla.co.nz 2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland

five stags Sit back and relax at Five Stags, Whitford, where town meets country. Come on down with family and friends for great food and drinks – HAPPY HOUR (3pm-6.30pm) EVERY DAY. Enjoy $5.50 house wines (standard pour), $20* jugs, $25 jugs* and chips! Open throughout January and February from 11am until late and we’re serving breakfast and lunch until 3pm. Book to avoid disappointment! *Not Emersons, Stella or Tokyo Dry. **Under 13 and from the kids menu.

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PALDO KOREAN BUFFET A take-away and delivery menu has been launched at Paldo Korean Buffet making it easy to eat at home, restaurant-style! Phone in your order to pick up or use UberEats App and wait for delivery – dinner’s done! See the take-away menu today at www.paldokoreanbuffet.co.nz! For your night out or lunch in the town, we offer over 50 hot and cold delicious Korean dishes – a touch of tradition and a dash of contemporary style! Open 7 days – Dinner, $28pp; lunch, $18pp; children under two years, free; 2-10 years, their age plus $4.90.

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A local, family-owned and run establishment since 1993, Rossini Italian Restaurant in Howick prides itself on traditional Italian fare served in cosy, warm surroundings. Family-style meals – hearty, rustic and full of flavour. Check out this well-loved favourite offering lively music, friendly service and excellent food. Affordably priced and BYO, Rossini is perfect for a casual week night meal or for that special occasion. Available for functions 7 days, lunch and dinner. • 20% off your bill on presentation of this advert up to $35 value* *Expires April 30, 2018

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dining amphora Even as the weather cools and autumn dawns, locals continue to ‘fall’ in love with Amphora. Offering dishes from throughout the Mediterranean (such as pastas, calamari and parmigiana), Kiwi favourites (including freshly steamed green lip mussels) and fine Italian and NZ wines, there’s a veritable cornucopia on offer from Amphora. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Quote EAST118 when booking and receive 20% off your bill up to $40 value. Shop 20a, 123 Ormiston Rd, Botany Junction Phone 09 271 6416 www.amphorabotany.co.nz

the apothecary To go hand in hand with the unveiling of our new menus, we’ve created a set menu dinner special for two. Start by munching on ‘The Apothecary Platter’, with salmon, meats, cheeses and breads. Then enjoy your choice of main from our artisanal specials menu. Pair this with a glass of one of our new French wines, or a pint of Lagunitas IPA. Finish with one of our chef’s delightful dessert creations. For $49 a head, this offer is not to be missed. All reservations, please contact us by phone. Reservations: 09 535 9661 27-29 Picton Street, Howick theapothecary.co.nz JU0547

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ichizen japanese restaurant Intimate, friendly and hidden away at the back of the Chapel Rd Village shops, Ichizen serves a tempting variety of Japanese small dishes for sharing. Come and enjoy the ambience, the sake and a chance to try different dishes – some well known, others an intriguing adventure. Traditional Japanese cuisine with a few western touches, we welcome foodies with a yen for Japanese cooking. Licensed and BYOW only. EARLY BIRD BOOKING – book a table before 6pm and receive 10% off – conditions apply. Unit 15, 345 Chapel Rd, Flat Bush. Ph 09 272 8506 Lunch Fri-Sun 12-2.30pm, Dinner Tues-Sun 6-9.30pm. www.ichizen.co.nz

the burbs eatery Tucked away in Farm Cove you’ll find The Burbs Eatery. Frequented by loyal local customers, they come for their daily hit of Allpress coffee and for the delicious food. A selection of sweet and savoury treats are readily on offer from the cabinet or order from the small but perfectly formed menu. All food is made in-house using free range eggs and meat. The Burbs also offers out catering – call the team. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm, and Saturday, 7.30am-2pm. 190 Fisher Parade, Farm Cove Phone 09 576 8840 www.facebook.com/the burbs JU0252-v2

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Weet-Bix ingenuity for a Better Brekkie! Say goodbye to boring breakfasts by starting the day with a delicious yet nutritious brekkie from one of New zealand’s most loved chefs, michael van de Elzen. from a tasty Wake up Shake to the tantalising breakfast trifle, his quick, easy and ultra-tasty breakfasts have been created to inspire kiwis to make the most of the most important meal of the day and, hopefully come up with some ideas of their own.

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INGrEDIENtS • 1 cup frozen blueberries • 1 cup unsweetened yoghurt • 4 Weet-bix™ wheat biscuits • 1/2 cup toasted pecans

Stack up your Weet-bix™ wheat biscuits, mango yoghurt, peaches and banana for an easy and yum breakfast – perfect for big school mornings.

mEthoD using a small saucepan, heat the blueberries and reduce for a couple minutes until thick. take a glass (approximately 270ml) and start to layer your trifle, starting with 1/2 crushed Weetbix™ wheat biscuits followed by a spoonful of yoghurt, then the blueberry mix and pecans. repeat once again. finish with a layer of the crushed pecan nuts. Sit for a few minutes to allow the Weet-bix™ wheat biscuits to soften before eating.

INGrEDIENtS • 2 slices frozen mango (defrosted) • 3/4 cup unsweetened yoghurt (200g) • 1 cup sliced peaches in natural juice (100g) • 2 bananas, sliced • 4 Weet-bix™ wheat biscuits • 1 1/4 cups milk (300ml) • Garnish – desiccated coconut (optional) mEthoD Place mango into a small bowl and using the back of a fork, smash it into a puree, add the yoghurt to puree and stir to combine. take a 270ml glass and start to layer the stack, starting with one crushed Weet-bix™ wheat biscuit then sliced banana and peaches and the mango yoghurt. repeat once again. Pour over the milk when ready. If preferred, blend ingredients into a smoothie. TIP: If frozen mango is unavailable, you can use tinned mango slices in natural juice instead.

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THE QUEEN OF THE WOODSKILLS WhenJaneAllnattstartingwoodcarvingin 1995,afriendwithaneyeforartistictalent recogniseditinherworkandencouraged hertoentertheannualNZNational WoodskillsCompetitioninKawerau. Takinghisadvicethefollowingyear,this petitestrawberryblondefromAuckland turnedupatthemaledominatedevent, clutchingherfirstexhibit.Themen wonderedwhyshewasthereand Janefeltsheertrepidation.

“idon’thaveashow,”shesaidtoher husbandJim,asshetookintheother exhibits. NoonewasmoresurprisedthanJanewhen shewonthreeprizesthatyear;onefirstand twoseconds.Eversince,she’stakenaway prizeswherevershecompetes.She’swon atleast20nationalawards,has80intotal andhasastronginternationalreputation aswell,featuringintheinternational WoodArtCollectionBook.

Carves Works by local wood carver, Jane Allnatt, are about to go on show in Howick. JESMA MAGILL talked to her about her career. Jane Allnatt’s fan base is thrilled. Finally, this celebrated wood artist and long-time Cockle Bay resident is holding another exhibition of her timber carvings, 17 years after her last showing. Thirty two works, covering a variety of themes will be on display at the Howick Information Centre 10am-4pm, April 7 to 14. Most of the works have not been seen publicly and all will be for sale. Jane’s absence from exhibiting has simply been about supply. “I might only carve five or six competition pieces a year. Some of these are sold at the time or throughout the year and it takes time to accumulate enough other pieces. And some pieces I’m just not ready to part with!” Jane says. She’s also busy with regular commission work carving 21st birthday ‘keys’, of which she might make 10 to 15 a year. Most of the keys, made from Pacific Kauri, are hand carved and hand painted and can depict any theme. “As well as traditional key shapes, I’ve made bibles, wakas, guitars – any forms really that are meaningful to my clients.” visitors at the exhibition will see The Tree of Life, which won first prize in the open category at National Woodskills last year. A surreal and beautiful homage to love and nature, it depicts a naked couple embracing and entwined within a tree. Shadow Dance features another couple, this time dancing a tango; the figures seem so real you swear they’ll move any second. Then there’s the award-winning fun piece, Kiwiana featuring a Buzzy Bee toy sitting atop a large pair of iconic Kiwi footwear, jandals. Finding inspiration for her work from the world around her, Jane’s pieces show a love and respect for nature, family and heritage; often with a touch of the ethereal. All her works are beautifully polished, alluring and soothing to

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her name with pride... law did a little turning and carving and collected some of it, which I’ve been lucky enough to inherit. Maple is another favourite.”

hold. Some are very complex and cleverly engineered, with moving, functioning parts.

out, how I’m going to make the form work. Other people’s fun is enjoying the end product.”

So, how does she transform seemingly inanimate blocks of wood into works that seem to glow?

Jane has worked in many mediums: bone carving, leather work, copper, clay, painting, and even producing bespoke jewellery, but carving timber has consumed her for some time now.

“First I have an idea, then l decide on the best way to make the idea a reality based on my experience of different materials. “I begin the design phase with a series of sketches and these evolve until the concept begins to live and breathe. I then might start carving straight away or make a plasticine mould. Once I start working, I shape most pieces with hand tools,” Jane says. “The fun for me is in working things

People talk of the warmth of timber, that it seems to glow with an inner life; how carved wood encourages the viewer to hold and caress it, as a talisman or lucky charm. “Timber – it’s so pleasing to work with and I use all types. Lebanese Cedar is a favourite; the timber I use came from trees felled on the grounds of All Saint’s Church in Howick years ago. My father-in-

Working with New Zealand native timbers, Jane needs to watch the consistency and says knots can be problematic. “The consistency of Kauri timber, for example, can vary and then there’s the challenge of carving in bulk. Using large pieces of timber, the wood doesn’t get a chance to dry in the centre, so when you work into the middle, moisture is released and the wood can start to crack.” Timber without much grain is her preference. “Hard woods are so hard you can

take only little pieces at a time and work with those. You do get nice crisp edges with hardwood, though. Soft woods such as pine are difficult to carve – going against the grain is like trying to cut string.” Unique; it’s a word used too liberally these days but it’s completely appropriate when describing the work of this artist. The daughter of artistic parents, her earliest lesson on creativity is of taking walks with her father as he encouraged her to notice details, such as dappled light coming through the trees, and she’s simply never stopped noticing. I ask her what other possible mediums there are for her to master? Jane hesitates, then replies, “I haven’t worked with glass yet….” So, watch this space.

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Vigilance required with all email and internet communications Director at Fencible Law, Richard Galbraith, talks about the need for internet vigilance.

I look back in amazement at the way communications have changed for all of us over the past 20 years. I recall, when leaving law school to enter the profession in a ‘top tier’ city firm, that there was only one or two computers per floor of a large CBD law firm; email hadn’t been heard of and we used the “computer” only to look up our firm’s trust account balances. Now, 25 years later, we all fire off emails and communications from computers, tablets and phones. We just take it for granted that the communication is private between parties. However, simply put, this is not the case. It is frightening what hackers can do. Just this week I watched Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, being interviewed on CNN after admitting that Fackbook users’ accounts had been hacked by Cambridge Analytica. So even the most well-resourced businesses are open to attack and must be vigilant.

altering bank account numbers on bank deposit slips and on invoices to customers. Sadly, we now have to cast a suspicious eye over all correspondence received by email. The lessons from all of this are: • If you have any doubt whatsoever about an email, don’t open it. Make a phone call to the sender to ensure it is legitimate. • Be extra vigilant if paying funds into an account through an email authority. It only takes a few seconds to make a call to verify the account details. • Do not open attachments from anyone you don’t know. Phone the sender first to ensure the email and attachment are legitimate.

We know Jacs From youth camp controversies to passing comments on gas (exploration) and dishing out plenty of ‘gestures of goodwill’ in the Pacific, our PM has been on her toes of late. But there has been more keeping Ms Ardern buzzing about the beehive, as these bites (based on reports from her office) indicate.

U. N-concerned Recently, our PM hosted Viet Nam’s PM, Nguyen Xuân Phúc. “Viet Nam is an influential member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The visit is a valuable chance to discuss pressing regional issues,” she stated ahead of the visit. No indication was given whether Ms Ardern would echo United Nations concerns regarding human rights abuses in the communist, one-party state.

Russia... what a ‘nerve’! Following a nerve agent attack in the UK, our Jacs has bared her teeth to the Russian bear. “There is no plausible alternative explanation that this came from anywhere other than Russia,” Ms Ardern recently deduced.

We bet her comments hit Russia almost as hard as an H-bomb!

Poor me... poor you? Tackling child poverty was one of this government’s key election platforms, but is the country cash rich and data poor on the subject? Recently, Ms Ardern commented on a ‘correction’ by Treasury, which now concludes that the Families Package would lift 64,000 children out of poverty by 2021 and not 88,000 as indicated in December. “Best advice remains that about 14%-15% of children live in households earning below 50% of the median income before housing costs. This is totally unacceptable,” Ms Ardern confirmed. “Our target is unchanged by Treasury’s correction. [Our] goal would see one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the world... we have [a] moral obligation to ensure children are free from the burden of poverty.”

We recently had a cyber security expert visit our firm. During this “Despite the international outcry, year, I will be inviting him to the Russian reaction has been speak to Howick businesses and cynical, sarcastic and inadequate. individuals about ways to ensure they and their businesses are “Outrage at the brazen and ORTS • SPsure secure online. Hopefully, business obligation Kiwis callous use of chemical weaponsIES •AnLE NDINGwe’re ILDING SOCIET • BU ESwell IS • CLUBS OM owners will see the benefit and D GALBRA would say was met... as long is fully We&stand in PR ITHjustified... RY TA BURKE • • TESTAMEN RICHAR LEANNE ON the S •numbers IPthe OTECTIwith attend. SH I have recently heard of hackers as add up. UK.” • ESTATES • PRsolidarity • ON Y LS TI IL ES IL LA M W NC • FA RE • CE T TY • ADUL LEN • LI CUSTODY • PROPER ES • LISA AL • ELDER LAW EYANCING MILY LAW • SFER

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Prices steady but longer selling times Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on the local real estate market happenings.

The local real estate market continues to show no real direction either way with prices, but the days to sell are well up on the usual. REINZ sales statistics for February in our area, Eastern Beaches, show our median price had a small increase over January’s – $1,000,000 to $1,020,000. Looking at the median for February last year, we are down approximately 1% - which is neither here nor there; from 2 years ago we are up 5%. The days to sell show a different pattern. We usually run at around 30 days, however, this jumped to 65 days. The last time we had numbers like that was back in mid2008; those with a good memory may remember this was the last

time the market took a significant and prolonged step back on the median price. There is a difference, however, in the driving forces behind the market from 2008 and today. We still have a steady and growing demand for homes and interest rates are still at very attractive rates, even for fixed two and three year rates. The current market seems to be opening up more opportunities for different buyers and I’ve noticed a marked increase in young families looking for homes to take them through the school years. With this, the adage, ‘location, location, location’ is dominant. We have had good enquiry and

busy open homes resulting in multiple offers on properties in and around the village. The number of properties for sale in the area on realestate.co.nz is currently sitting at 444, slightly up from last month’s 437 and still well up from 347 in the month prior. Throughout 2017 the number of properties for sale was typically 350 to 390 in any month.

increased by 6 days to 49, the highest number of days it has taken to sell a property in Auckland for nine years.

For Auckland overall the trend was similar – the median bounced back up to $858,000 from the previous month’s $820,000 but not quite back to the prior month’s $870,000. For February, 2017 the median was $827,000 so a 3.7% increase year-on-year.

However, take Auckland out of the national total and the median is $450,000, an increase of 8.4% from the same time last year.

The number of sales rounded out at 1,600, up on the previous month’s 1182 and up slightly on the 1568 in the same month last year. Of interest, 356 properties were sold by auction in Auckland in February compared to 462 properties in February 2017. The days to sell

Nationally, the pattern is different due to the provinces delay in following Auckland trends. The median price hit $530,000 in February, a 6.9% increase from $496,000 in February, 2017.

The total number of properties sold nationally in February was 6373 – up by 1.2% year-on-year. However, following Auckland’s trend, the median number of days to sell a property nationally increased by four days from 40 days in February 2017 to 44 days in February, 2018. Please feel free to contact me anytime on 0274 966 966 to discuss your property needs.

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Bright-not beautiful Wynyard Wood consultant, RICHARD OSBORNE, whose specialties include commercial law and intellectual property law, writes on issues concerning the business community The 2 year bright-line test for property sales has been around for a while – if you sell a residential property (including bare land) acquired after October 1, 2015 (other than your family home) within 2 years any gain is taxable. This test is in s CB 6A of the 2007 Income Tax Act. It is a backstop. It applies if none of the other (misunderstood) property tax provisions in ss CB 6 to 12 apply. There is a main home exception in s CB 16A – the bright-line test doesn’t apply if the property has been used as the vendor’s main home. This exception can be used on only two occasions during the bright-line period and doesn’t apply if there is a pattern of buying and selling the main home. This is intended to give relief to those who must sell their home because of misfortune or moving employment or business. The Government is changing the 2-year period to 5 years, simply by amending s CB 6A and changing the number. The extended regime applies to land acquisitions after the date the amended legislation comes into force. As with the 2 year bright-line test, the period usually starts with the

date of land registration (but in some circumstances it could be the date of acquisition). The period ends with the date a contract of sale is entered into. The start and finish dates need to be worked through carefully. The main home exception stays the same. Therefore, there are layers of application: for land acquired before October 1, 2015, no brightline test; for land acquired after that date but before the new regime, a 2-year lock-out period; and after the new regime comes into force, a 5-year lock-out period. Those trying to slip into the 2-year period need to be careful of ss CB 6 to 12. There are wide association principles which can drag the unsuspecting into the taxable property transaction category. The triggering events for taxation are wide, including various levels of development and subdivision and land zoning changes. The fundamental taxation section applies: where land was acquired with the purpose or intention of resale any gain is taxable. The bright-line test was designed to overcome difficulties in proving purpose or intention but the rule is still in the background subject to some exceptions.

Mediocrity is the new ‘acceptable’ Wot? Part 1 Bill Potter – The Business Maverick. Bill is an international Keynote Speaker, MC and FriendCoach, who has made presentations in 57 countries so far. www.speakers.co.nz/our-speakers/all-speakers/billpotter www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRhF22nARM Growing up, I used to hear ‘helpful’ comments like... ‘she’ll be right’, ‘that’s near enough’ and ‘that’ll do’. Too often, the end result was based upon ‘near enough being good enough’. Just imagine your surgeon thinking like this... just before your operation. Hello? A useful quote is from Srinivas Rao, CEO at ‘Unmistakable Media’, who said... ‘If you want to live an exceptional and extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of... a normal one.’ Or, ‘an average life’ too. Business author Seth Godin, concurred with... ‘Is there a difference between average, and mediocre? Not so much.’ ‘Mediocrity’ is morphing into the new excellence’, especially where it involves the narrow agendas of a range of groups, bent on a variety of self-gratifications! Just being ‘good’ is a serious impediment to becoming ‘great’! Great at whatever you do, is not so difficult to achieve. Action some very simple attitudes, leading to more dynamic behaviours, which can result in ‘excellent’ results. Almost

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Holly’s rockin’ ‘roll’ When the going gets tough, Golightly gets going! Recently, JON RAWLINSON spoke with a young woman determined to succeed in the hard-hitting sport of roller derby... or bust heads trying!

Meeting Holly Brady (aka Holly Golightly) at her day job I’m immediately taken with the irony that she’s in charge of health and safety. I can honestly say, considering this accounts assistant (at Placemakers Pakuranga) has a fearsome reputation for causing carnage on the track, I’ve never felt quite so safe! Despite her rather diminutive stature, or perhaps because of it, Holly has risen quickly in a sport with a growing fan base – roller derby. She now plies her trade for the Auckland-based, Pirate City Rollers league’s all-star squad, the All Scars, where it seems terrifying things can come in small packages. I ask whether her co-workers are scared to break Placemakers’ health and safety rules. “They are, actually! I might be a really sweet, innocent-looking person but, apparently, I’m quite hard to say ‘no’ to!” she laughs. “I think I take people by surprise [on the track]. Everyone was quite shocked when they found out I competed in this sport, but it’s not as dangerous as many people seem to think; probably no more so than rugby.” In roller derby (essentially) two teams skate around the track with one from each (jammers) attempting to score points by lapping opposing players. But there’s a catch – in

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some cases, very big ones – in the form of opposition blockers going hell for leather trying to stop them. I assume the petite Ms Golightly must be a jammer. I’m wrong. “I’m usually a blocker,” she reveals. “We have had some really successful small blockers and, on the other hand, some good big, strong jammers who just bowl their way through. I don’t take up too much space on the track so my strength isn’t physical; it’s more an understanding of the game, where I need to be and how to execute certain plays. “It’s a really satisfying feeling when you nail a move or you’ve just played a very good game. And, it’s also quite fun when you end up flying through the air, which I do sometimes, because of my size!” Originally from Papakura, Holly first learned about roller derby from a co-worker when working at Ardmore Airport. “I used to swim and play a bit of badminton and I ride horses but, although I was given roller blades when I was young, I never really took to them; I was too clumsy,” she explains. “In movies, I saw people skating and they always looked really graceful and I wanted to be graceful too. When I first signed up I could barely stand up on skates and still didn’t know too much about the sport but I soon found out!”

A few years on and this Pirate continues to find herself hitting the deck, although much less often. Holly rattles off a list of injuries, the worst of which actually occurred during training, courtesy of a much smaller opponent than most. “I was knocked over by a little kid at the skate park and broke my hand in several places. It goes to show that anyone can get knocked down if not expecting it. “Being quite small, I’ve had a couple of concussions where people have hit me in the head, but we’re taught how to fall safely and helmets, mouth guards, kneepads plus other equipment is compulsory,” she continues. “Oh, and we have a number of nurses who play, they come in handy!” Despite the best of precautions, this isn’t tiddlywinks so it’s not surprising to hear that those close to her (including her partner, Joe) worry that Ms Golightly might suffer a heavy fall. “My grandmother came to my first game and vowed never to come back! I did take quite a beating though. My mum watches regularly and doesn’t worry too much – I’ve always been a rough and tumble kid – but my dad and his partner worry more,” Holly says. “I think they still see me as small and delicate; I may be small but I’m definitely not delicate!”

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THE PIRATES LIFE FOR HER Most mainstream sports sport little in the way of imagination, or are just nonsensical when it comes to such aspects as team names – what is a Sunwolf anyway? However, roller derby serves up delicious humour with as much pageantry as pro wrestling, albeit without the script. Nicknames such as Bad Jelly the Bitch, Skate the Muss, Blockness Monster and the like add to this aspect asserts Holly Brady (aka Holly Golightly), an Audrey Hepburn fan. “When I first started, I was actually known as Helen Des-Troy – my middle name’s Helen – but I changed it. I was never much of a destroyer but I am quick on my feet. I did consider that [using a Brady bunch-style name] but couldn’t think of anything.” I suggest: Marsha Masher. She laughs. “Oh, that’s a good one! Although, as I’m the middle daughter in my family, I’d have to be Jan,” she pauses briefly, “and no one wants to be Jan!” Playing to the crowd is part of the fun, with heroes to cheer and villains to hiss. “I wouldn’t say I’m either [a hero or villain],” Holly responds. “I’d class myself more as a ‘bunny in the woods during SnowWhite! I’m really more of a support player, doing the hard work, but not the one scoring points or giving the big hits.” Beyond the witty team names, player nicknames and costumes, roller derby is taken quite seriously by competitors and fans alike; it’s not all just fun and games, as demonstrated during the Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, February 1-4. Despite an impressive run, Team Aotearoa fell short of medals, with Canada taking bronze and the USA tipping Australia in the gold/silver playoff. www.eastlife.co.nz

Being relatively new to the sport, Holly didn’t travel with Team Aotearoa this time but hopes to do so in future. Meanwhile, she is looking forward to her next overseas tournament (in Australia over Easter weekend) and the next annual NZ Top Ten competition. Based on past experiences touring abroad with Auckland’s Pirate City Rollers, Holly says the world is beginning to realise that underestimating Kiwi teams is done at their peril. “In 2016, I was in the Pirates’ B team [Broadside Brawlers] which won a tournament in Japan. We were quite surprised and very proud of ourselves. I was also [with the premier All Scars] in the Big O in Oregon where we won three of our four games,” she says. “Most people didn’t know much about us, so we often took our opponents by surprise. Over the last couple of years, we’ve had a massive climb in rankings and become better known.” And, there’s room in this sport for men too. In April, a New Zealand men’s team will compete in the Men’s World Cup (Barcelona, April 5-8) for the first time. Mixed contests are not uncommon either. “It’s a lot of fun playing against guys. They’re usually bigger and stronger and use that to their advantage, but their teamwork isn’t always as good,” Holly explains. “At the end of last year, the NZ women’s and men’s teams played each other and the women absolutely slayed the guys. It was a lot of fun to watch! “One of the coolest things in this sport is that women come first,” she adds. “you say either ‘roller derby’ or ‘men’s roller derby,’ but in most sports it’s the other way around.” If this ever was a man’s world, it seems it is the femme fatales who still rule the roost on the roller derby track. eastlife | april 2018 |

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