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BRINGING THE BEST OF BMW TO BOTANY. Auckland City BMW are thrilled to announce the opening of our new dealership in the first half of 2019. This new state-of-the-art facility will change the car buying experience and be built to the latest BMW Group Future Retail showroom standards.

We pride ourselves in excellent customer service, and we are proud to announce that the Auckland City BMW dealership team recently accepted national awards for achieving the highest level of customer service within vehicle sales and aftersales criteria.

The BMW brand stands for quality, style and innovation and our new dealership will epitomise this. Customers will be able to immerse themselves in a fully automated and digital experience with the latest point-of-sale offerings and digitalised virtual configurators.

And with our experienced team behind the new East Auckland dealership, plus the ability to provide an even more personalised local service, we are set to achieve similar accolades.

We’ll also have our BMW Product Geniuses on hand to answer all your questions and make the most of BMW’s intelligent features. Plus with a luxury of space to view the entire model range, visualising yourself in your new BMW will be easy.

The dealership will be located on Te Irirangi Drive near the corner of Accent Drive and construction is scheduled to begin in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there, however in the meantime please visit the team at Auckland City BMW in Newmarket.

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What a crazy month July was, despite the usual gloomy weather the world of real estate seemed to pick up pace. Lots of solid enquiry, good attendees to the open homes and there appeared to be a bit of buzz out there. Long may it last. And keep those calls coming in, especially if you are just a little inquisitive about the value of your home compared to your CV. We are more than happy to give you our thoughts whether you are thinking of moving home or not. Till next month, take care and keep warm. QUOTE OF THE MONTH Have you liked In the heart of the Village us on Facebook We have found something rather special, nestled between the village & the “You are today where your yet beach, this charming circa 1940’s bungalow has that yesteryear x-factor but thoughts have bought you; with all of today’s modern conveniences. Spacious with stunning timber floors, you will be tomorrow where your

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Situated on the seaward side of highly sought after Takutai Avenue this home is certainly impressive from the road. But once inside does its magic truly unfold with captivating sea views over Half Moon Bay and the Marina. On arrival, the ground level offers three generous bedrooms, one full bathroom and an extra living area plus double garaging and separate laundry nook. Whilst upstairs we have the lounge and dining overlooking Half Moon Bay and the marina, entertainers’ kitchen, master suite with ensuite, study and a powder room. A highly sought after location in the Macleans catchment with nearby quay side restaurants where you can watch the word sail by, catch the ferry to the CBD, or perhaps escape to Waiheke for the weekend, or simply take a short stroll down to the beach for a swim or walk along the sand. Imagine having that holiday feeling 365 days a year . Ref: TFP38168

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Council matters... August is often regarded as one of winter’s worst months but at least we are a step closer to spring and daylight hours are getting longer. I’ve always worked on about an extra 30 minutes of daylight a month after the shortest day and, although this can vary, I calculate that we are now benefiting from at least 34 minutes of added daylight since the winter solstice. That really cheers me!

RISQUE THINKING: Why should we pick up tickets to Enchanté Cabaret? Well, with at least two top locals performing – Sophia St Villier (pictured on this month’s cover) and Lily Loca – this cavorting cabaret is bound to offer a night to remember. With female empowerment at its core, the modern burlesque/ cabaret revival is proving many Kiwis are still keen to embrace a little titillation. See page 6 for details.  Cover photo Ayesha H Photography

Ph 09 271 8020 Editor: Helen Perry 09 271 8036, Sales: Jackie Underhill 09 271 8092, Sales: Cathy Renolds 09 271 8019,

On a personal note, I am also cheered to see a former colleague and past editor of EastLife’s parent company, Times Newspapers Ltd, Phil Taylor, standing for council after a vacancy was left by the sad passing of former Howick councillor, Dick Quax. Phil was editor of Howick and Pakuranga Times and Botany and Ormiston Times for a number of years and is known for various voluntary roles. He is also a regular DJ on the not-for-profit community radio, EAST FM, which broadcasts through Howick. Of course, coming from a family with wide musical connections, I also know Phil as a talented drummer whose music knowledge has furnished me with some great EastLife articles. But knowing he also has a sound understanding of local body politics and excellent communication skills, I can see why he is keen to be an

advocate on council for his (and our) community. Because he always keeps in perspective that Howick ward is part of the greater Auckland picture where its voice should not just be heard but have an impact, I have to wish him well. Other locals candiates include Jessica Collings, Jim Donald, Damian Light, Olivia Montgomery and Paul Young so, ‘may the best man or woman win!” But, right now I don’t believe Auckland ratepayers are on to a winner with Auckland Council’s proposal to provide $1million in funding towards the design and development of a 30 plus metre statue of Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother, on the headland of Bastion Point (Takaparawhau). I’ve always admired cities which feature an abundance of artworks and statuary (for example, Aussie neighbour, Melbourne) but when I heard about council’s commitment to the Ngati Whatua o Orakei proposal, I was flabbergasted. Normally, I would have no issue with a recognisable monument, representative of our Maori heritage, towering high above the Waitemata Harbour. However, at a time when the city is struggling with many social issues from homelessness and housing needs to poor mental health support, neighbourhood crime (such as shop invasions) and

hospital upgrades, not to mention Auckland’s biggie – transport and congestion – it seems a friend’s rye comment that perhaps this statue should be a ‘white elephant’ was pretty much on the money. This is not the time to be asking ratepayers to fork out more for what is essentially, ‘non essential’ particularly when wages in many sectors have barely moved in years yet costs keep rising. I’ve sucked up Auckland’s fuel tax and grudgingly accept further proposed government fuel taxes, but when council seems to have little civic pride in keeping our berms (and other public places) free of rubbish and overgrowth (I wonder what tourists think of them), I am not keen to pay for a statue – no matter now significant – at this time. Of course, how the people of Ngati Whatua o Orakei spend their money is up to them and if they are happy to foot the entire bill then the choice is theirs. It shouldn’t be something with which ratepayers have no choice.

Helen Perry Editor

Sales: Kate Ockelford-Green 09 271 8090, Design: Clare McGillivray 09 271 8067, Design: Claire Robertson 09 271 8067, Photography: Wayne Martin Published by Times Media Ltd Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre, Botany, Auckland. PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 Like us on facebook: eastlifemagazine DISCLAIMER: Articles published in EastLife do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers or editor. All material is provided as a general information service only. Times Media Ltd does not assume or accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, the accuracy or appropriate application of any information in this magazine. All the material in this magazine has the protection of international copyright. All rights reserved. No content may be reproduced without the prior written consent of Times Media Ltd.

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This month 5


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31-35 Food

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 astLife photographers E focus on local events

12-13 Q&A

• Taste • Dining Guide • Recipes

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Righteous reads for ‘dad’

with St John volunteer Kate Hargraves

23 puzzle time

14-17 travel

24-28 fashion, beauty & health

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• Top Order • Beauty Counter • Regular columnists

Crossword and sudoku

• Lilac Dawn

• Small bathrooms big on pizzazz • Out of Europe • Home good living Prospect • The healthy home Jo built

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WIN! zIWI chEWS for DoGGy DENtal hEalth! Doggy breath is not nice but feeding loved canines natural, healthy chews is one way to actively improve their teeth and gums. What’s more, Ziwi’s new range of oral chews and treats are not only effective at removing plaque and tartar but taste great, too – at least, that’s what the dogs say! This new selection of lamb and beef products help maintain dental health through a gentle, abrasive action when chewed. All chews are air-dried and free from flavour enhancements, colouring, hides and preservatives commonly used in other oral chews. There’s a great selection but thanks to Ziwi, EastLife has four packs of chews to give away (value $50 approx). it includes Lamb Trachea, Lamb Tripe, Lamb Drumstick and Beef Weasand – read more about these products on page 21.

WIN! tENNESSEE Waltz DoublE PaSSES Keen on country? Then this daytime show is not to be missed! While Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers, Dolly Parton, John Denver, Johnny Cash and other such music stars can’t come to our town all at the same time – these days it’d be especially hard for some of them, in particular! – thanks to the talents of operatunity, we can still enjoy more than just a taste of the Grand ole opry! What’s more, we have ThREE double passes to the Botany show (sept 18) up for grabs. see for more details about this show.





August ➤ ExPoS & fEStIvalS baby Show auckland August 17-19, 10am-5pm, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom Children do not come with instruction manuals but, thankfully, there are plenty of people out there who have some experience of raising little ones. This threeday show is ideal for those new to parenting (or about to be), with demonstrations and exhibitors all under one roof. What’s more, visitors can expect to pick up all sorts of paraphernalia – from consumables to pushchairs, car seats, cots, the list goes on – at bargain prices. For more information, see

Enchanté cabaret August 11, from 8pm, Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick on this enchanted evening – particularly when howick’s sophia st Villier and Whitford’s Lilly Loca hit the stage – guests can expect more than just a little risqué fun. While Lily has graced the cover of EastLife in the past, sophia practically jumps off it this month, fresh from spending nine-years entertaining many an upper crust gent with a stiff upper lip in the UK. however, she says women tend to be in the majority at shows such as these.“Women love the glamour of wearing elaborate costumes of feathers and rhinestone. Everything is heightened and sensual and the moves come with working with your own strength,” ms st Villier says. Loaded with glamour and opulence, this event sees top burlesque acts set to prove that if life isn’t a cabaret, old chum, then it darn well should be! For details, visit uxbridge.


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festive August 5, from 3-5pm, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 11 Vincent St, Howick Why wait for Christmas to get into the festive spirit? Beat the rush and join the manukau Concert and manukau Academy Band as well as soloists and other ensembles. see for details.

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Winter romance August 13, from 6.30pm, Somervell Presbyterian Church, 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera The best way to warm up this winter? Find yourself a hot body (or even just an old faithful one) to snuggle up to. And, to show them just how much their warmth is appreciated, treat them to an evening out when Auckland Philharmonia orchestra makes beautiful music. Featuring romantic music by Bach, Vivaldi and more, this in Your neighbourhood concert is likely to prove a stirring experience. Details via

NzSo & the Phoenix foundation August 3, from 7.30pm, Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland City Unlike the TV show from which The Phoenix Foundation shares its name, this band has never needed to rise from the ashes... or be re-booted! As artistically relevant now as when formed in Wellington

James morrison – a celebration of Ella and louis August 16, from 8.30pm, Aotea Centre, Queen Street, Auckland City You should never go down to the centre of town without first consulting EastLife magazine! Failure to consult our pages could mean you’ve missed out on seeing James (James) morrison (morrison)

auckland home Show September 5-9, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane From plush country mansions to compact apartments in the sky, there is no such thing as the typical Auckland home. however, with a vast number of exhibitors presenting their ideas and wares, this show is sure to have something for any home... or castle. more information at

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trumpeting out classics celebrating the work of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. see motel california – Eagles tribute show August 18, from 8pm, Beachlands Club, Cnr Wakelin Rd & Third View Ave, Beachlands Buy their albums and you might be able to check out the Eagles any time you like, but being welcomed by the motel California this month requires we head to the Beachlands Club. see for details. landslide – fleetwood mac/Stevie Nicks tribute Show August 25, 8-11.30pm, The Lounge, 186 Wellington Street, Howick When this act belts out Landslide, it’s almost certain to bring down a crowded house – or The Lounge, at least! While Fleetwood mac’s members may be getting older, including their newest addition (a certain neil Finn), this iconic band is still developing new generations of fans due to the sincerity of its music. ‘mac’ might not be back in town, but this tribute act is sure to do their legacy justice. For details see When the Sun comes after rain August 26, from 2.30-4pm, East City Wesleyan Church, 219 Burswood Drive, East Tamaki Teaming up with howick Brass, the Pakuranga Choral society will commemorate the end of the Great War with great music from the period. For more information, visit turning Point August 30, 7-8.15pm, All Saints Anglican Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, Howick Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but when it comes to string things, four is the magic number!

As part of their national tour, the new Zealand string Quartet will present a concert featuring works by Debussy and rock star of his day, mozart. Details via

➤ muSIcalS, DaNcE, cabarEt & thEatrE burn her August 2-18, times vary, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City Those who dabble in politics often end up burnt. Led by a charismatic leader, a new government is set to form. But how will backroom election night deals stack up against the idealistic rhetoric expended on the campaign trail? if fiction is stranger than truth, this play – with a somewhat familiar plot! – will need to be incredibly odd indeed! see Nunsense August 4-18, show times vary, Harlequin Musical Theatre, 593 Pakuranga Road, Howick sisters will be doing it for themselves during this show, which is billed as... habit forming! Promising to lift the lid – or the frock at least! – on everything that probably doesn’t go on behind church doors, this show is likely to see plenty of locals suggesting we get thee to a nunnery, or a theatre at least! For details, visit the Golden Era of musicals August 6 & 7, 11am-1pm, Somervell Presbyterian Church, Corner Greenlane and Remuera Road, Remuera, and St Columbia Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs show tunes take centre stage when operatunity comes to town. Featuring quirky lyrics and magnificent melodies, by such greats as Rodgers and hammerstein, Romberg, Kern and Lehar, The

Golden Era of Musicals is bound to have audiences singing along. Visit for details. Irish celtic – Spirit of Ireland August 15-19, times vary, The Civic, corner Queen & Wellesley Streets, Auckland City Putting their best feet forward – over and over again! – is practically assured by the dancers performing during this show. set in a traditional pub in southern ireland, irish Celtic seems set to be a veritable gem from the Emerald isle. For details, visit aucklandlive. mrs Krishnan’s Party August 22 - September 2, times vary, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland City set in the back room of a dairy, this play is an odd couple drama with more than a few laughs up its sleeve. When James organises a surprise party he soon discovers that his understanding of indian culture isn’t quite as vast as he first thought. see filthy business August 14-29, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland City From the lowest rung on society’s ladder, through sweatshops to becoming matriarch of her own little British empire, Yetta solomon has come a long way in a foreign land. however, whether or not the wisdom she’s developed from her experiences will help her protect the legacy she’s developed remains to be seen. For details about this comedy, presented by Auckland Theatre Company, see

➤ artS liz Payne and amanda Gleason August 3-26, 10am-3pm (FridaysSundays), Green Gables Art Gallery,

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Hawthornden Reserve, 66 Cook Street St, Howick Drop by Green Gables this month to experience the art of Liz Payne and Amanda Gleason. Totara hospice is set to benefit from proceeds from the sale of their work. more details via hikalu clarke – accurate community Projection August 12 - October 21, Te Tuhi (and Pakuranga Plaza), 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga ‘A squat grey building of only thirtyfour stories,’ so begins Aldous huxley’s eerie utopian novel, Brave New World. shopping malls once promised to be centres of community; today, hikalu argues, many have become symbols of hegemonic power. This exhibition, situated on The Plaza’s outer walls, seeks to challenge the very language of consumerism. For more information, see East August 27 - September 30, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick Beginning with an opening event (from 2.30pm, August 25), this exhibition sees the work of urban contemporary artists Cath Love, oscar Low and Elliot Francis stewart take centre stage. Visit for more information.

➤ fuNDraISErS antique & collectables fair August 4, Howick RSA, 25 Wellington St, Howick With donations helping to support the RsA, this fair expects to have a wide range of items on offer from china, crystal, glass and silver, to clocks, books, jewellery, coins and much more. Contact the RsA (via for details.

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ECOLOGY FOCUS OF ESTUARY ART AWARDS Marion Wassenaar couldn’t have been more delighted when she was named winner of this year’s Estuary Art and Ecology Prize at an awards ceremony held at Howick’s Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Arts and Culture. The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core, entries were required to reflect the ecological value of the Tamaki Estuary and encourage action against its pollution. Photographer, LISA MONK was at the event and opening of the exhibition by finalists and winners which will run until August 19. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.








 aul Brobbel & Marion Wassenaar P Emily Sunde & Tyler Francis Emma Ritson & Nicola Woolston Felicity Smith, Graeme Smith & Joy Oxford Jim & Bunny Wheeler Sir James Wallace & Zoe Hoeberigs Danae Ripley & Reece King Marie-Louise Myburgh & Norene Tiller




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STAR-SPANGLED NIGHT There were no fireworks but there was plenty of the red, white and blue when the Rotary Club of Somerville celebrated its 2018 changeover of presidents on the Fourth of July, the USA’s Independence Day. Guests turned out in US-themed costumes – everything from the Statue of Liberty to Abe Lincoln himself! The fun night included dinner, formalities and plenty of Americanisms. Photographer LISA MONK was on the scene. 1. Bridgette Carne, Ashleigh Booysen 2. Colin Botherway, Jan Botherway, Gerald Patterson & Rochelle Williams-White 3. Lise Gittings & Farida Master 4. Dave Hawke

5. Sue Williamson, Mike Williamson, Graeme and Ngaire Leaning 6. Dave Wylie, Jeannette Wylie, Dennis Giles, Irena Giles & Duncan Loney 7. Leone Dunne & Lisa James









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SPECTACLE ON ICE Photographer LISA MONK caught all the action at The 2018 Auckland Ice Figure Skating Championships held at Paradice Ice Skating, Botany last month. Paradice will also host the New Zealand Nationals in October. 1. Synchronized Mixed Age Group Black Ice 2. Ann Kyle and Blake Barraclough 3. Maureen Forrester 4. Alex Hamilton

5. Brooke Tamepo 6. Neske Groenewegen 7. Dwayne Li 8. Marina Chen









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Supporting the Winter Appeal can be as easy as giving a gift to a family when they need it most; from an emergency food parcel or practical aid package of bedding and clothing, to long-term support such as budgeting sessions, counselling support and expert social care. Please support our Winter Appeal today and help ensure that those in need can get the basics of food, warmth and shelter.

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Hot Spots NUN-STOP FUN! Nunsense the Mega-Musical, 4-18 August 2018 “A Hail of fun and frolic” – The New York Times When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters with her Vichyssoise soup, they are in dire need of funds for the burials. They decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. They take over the school auditorium, currently set for the eighth grade production, and mayhem ensues. Tickets on sale now at Harlequin Musical Theatre 563R Pakuranga Rd, Howick

WINTER ROMANCE Musicians from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra are bringing the joy of music a little closer to home this winter. Principal Oboe Bede Hanley and fellow APO musicians perform Bach’s ‘Wedding Cantata’, John Harbison’s Snow Country, Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto and Piazzolla’s Oblivion. This heart warming concert is just the tonic for a chilly winter evening.

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Q&A Kate Hargraves with st john volunteer

With National Volunteer Week recently in the news, EastLife decided that the work undertaken by more than 9000 St John volunteers across the country was too important to overlook. We asked Kate Hargraves about her role as a St John community volunteer assisting patients and family at Auckland Hospital’s emergency department.

How long have you been a St John community volunteer and what prompted the decision? I have been a Friend of the Emergency Department Volunteer with St John for almost five years and my idea to join came from being a patient myself in the Emergency Dept.   This was when I realised that this volunteer work existed. I put it on my ‘to do’ list as I considered it would be a terrific way to give something back What does your role as a Friend of the Emergency Department (FED) involve? It’s really all about help and support for patients and for hospital staff.   When you are admitted to the Emergency Department it’s hardly what would have been planned for the day so, at short notice, a patient can need many things such as contact with family, directions on where to be found, or return to,  some company, a cup of tea or even a phone charger!  As FED volunteers we also assist by serving meals to the patients and helping with tasks which nurses would love to do but often don’t have that extra time to give.  How much time do you devote to this role? I work a four-hour afternoon/ evening shift each week and I have always worked the same shift so I am the ‘Tuesday Girl’. You must assist people from all walks of life, cultures and different circumstances how difficult is this? The diversity of the people we meet gives me a strong awareness of how different everyone’s life is; you develop a skill for working closely with people from different cultures,

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backgrounds and situations. This is one of the most rewarding aspects of my volunteer work as sometimes I absolutely know in these situations I have provided comfort, support and reassurance to patients.     Do you every find your role distressing and if so why? Many patients in ED are elderly, and are often there as a result of accidents or a fall.  After spending time with them it is sometimes apparent that when they return home they have very little or no family support and I worry as to how they will cope on their own. What about the rewards? Can you recall a time when you felt you had really helped someone and that the outcome was especially rewarding? For me this work is very rewarding; it is often about how happy a patient or family member is when provided with a cup of tea and a magazine after hours of waiting but there is a greater reward from those who say little but are comforted by you being with them. Patients may speak little or no English but still know you care about them, even as a stranger. I know then that I make a difference to someone who is having an upsetting and stressful time. Do you ever see any of the patients/family you support again? Yes, from time to time I do, I might meet people in my local area or at the shops and, funnily, when they see me they will say, “I know you,” however, they seldom remember from where.  On realising I was the FED helper at Auckland Hospital we usually have a joke about it. It’s a happy time seeing them well and out and about.

Overall what is the most satisfying part of being a volunteer? Knowing that I have helped someone at a most difficult time, I am aware that if I were in their place, (as I have been), how comforted I would be by this sort of kindness and support.  How does your role differ from that of an operational volunteer? St John is well known for its operational volunteers who provide emergency medical care to the community either by working on ambulances, or by providing first aid at community events. But there are also community volunteers who, like me, provide non-clinical, community-based services, such as the youth programme, Caring Callers, the St John Health Shuttle, Friends of the Emergency Department and more. Did you need any special qualifications or training to volunteer to do the work you are doing? It is important to have genuine care for people and very good people skills.  St John provides comprehensive training for this role.       St John provides many different services, what are some of the volunteer roles our local people can fulfil locally? Further to those mentioned above there is Therapy Pets and, of course, we have more wonderful volunteers who run St John Op Shops which fundraise to support local ambulance stations. Is there any age restriction to being a volunteer (within reason that is)? For many of our volunteer roles, we

have an age limit of 18. If someone is under the age of 18 but keen to help, they should get in touch with St John or maybe pop into their local Op Shop and see if you can lend a hand. Do you do any other voluntary work and if so in what areas? I am a volunteer with several organisations in particular the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. For the past four years I have been area co-ordinator for the foundation’s national street appeal (often known as the pink ladies) overseeing 8-10 sites. I am also Auckland co-ordinator for the Uplift Project, an organisation which sends bras to Pacific women in need. Last year we sent 15,000 bras to Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. This year I am also helping the Auckland City Mission with their Auckland street appeal running in November and December. As a retired business person, volunteer work is my new role and I love it. Kindness is always my guide. If you could be Minister of Health for a day what would be the first thing you would do? A complete review of all hospital staff operation and performance and make 100% sure they are correctly rewarded for the work they do. If you could ask any three people to dinner (living or dead) who would they be and why? Elvis Presley – dinner at Gracelands would be the ultimate fan experience; Mother Teresa – to learn more about her life, first hand, and her mission of kindness to all; Martin Luther King – to personally hear him speaking would be such an inspiration, wise words the world needs more of.

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Blue Vanuatu Air Vanuatu’s wide-reaching call ‘to explore Vanuatu’ convinced EastLife editor hELEn PERRY that the time was right to fulfil a long time ambition to visit this melanesian nation. so, recently, she booked a weeklong escape which also served to celebrate her husband’s retirement after a 55-year working career.

The thought of man about the house coming home from work one day and not going back again – ever – was overwhelming. For most of his working life he worked six days a week and for the past 20 years he worked every weekend so i wasn’t at all sure how i would cope with his being home every day of the year. Rather than deal with it, i decided we should escape – to Vanuatu. i couldn’t have made a wiser decision. i have fallen in love with the island of Efate and its people and i’m enamoured with Breakas Beach Resort where we stayed, about 10 minutes drive from downtown Port Vila. Right on the foreshore, this adults-only resort (18 years and over) with its ‘20 somethings’, ‘30 somethings’, ‘we’re in our 40’s’ and ‘baby boomers’ too, suited us perfectly.

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Built around the year 2000 and owned independently by an Australian businessman, Breakas sits right on the beach among lush rainforest trees and beautiful foliage offering 60 plus individual fale (bures) which were comfortably appointed – i loved the outer, rock-ringed bathrooms, some with semi open air showers, others fully roofed. indeed, the accommodation was spacious and welcoming with hibiscus flowers adding a colourful Pacific note. Tiled floors, king size bed, additional divan, outdoor furniture, traditional thatched roofs – their water tightness during one or two heavy downpours, amazed me – and plenty of room to swing our shell welcome necklaces, meant we were very pleasantly accommodated. not to be compared with the likes of five star Ballagio in Las Vegas, nevertheless Breakas was charming and also afforded us privacy but be prepared for no

TV or WiFi in the fales although television was available in The hut and free Wifi in the foyer lounge, bar and restaurant. We especially enjoyed the terrace restaurant which opened to the pool (beautifully lit at night) and the beach front. The bar area at one end, with its daily happy hour, was always well patronised while on the other side, The hut catered for large dining crowds and also for weddings and small conferences (up to 50 people) amply providing for a variety of needs. i especially loved the adjacent bijou gazebo, lavishly set for two when romantic occasions call for that special dinner celebration. This was further complemented by foreshore dining al fresco style when the weather permits, particularly lovely for in house weddings (see sidebar page 16). There was so much to like about Breakas but for me the appeal

lay in the type of accommodation provided. We could easily have opted for a concrete high-rise or a large, less personal resort, but here, a bond quickly developed between guests with some opting to share outings or to dine together. Yet, for those seeking space or quietude, the poolside or beachfront loungers were places to laze while a daily walk along the foreshore or through treed areas generated an atmosphere of calm and beauty. What’s more, accommodation packages nearly always include a half hour massage and a half hour scuba lesson. i didn’t take up the latter but, wow, that massage was heavenly. i have no compunction about returning to Breakas especially as regular specials such as pay for five days (from $150 per day) and receive an extra two days free, shouldn’t ‘break-as’ the bank. in my mind it fitted the bill perfectly.

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Behind every efficient hotel is a good manager and at Breakas Beach Resort, there are not one but two very good managers heading the house. New Zealand-born, Isaac Boyle has been the resort’s general manager for the past four years although he has been in Vanuatu for eight years all told. Isaac, whose wife Anna Abbock is Ni Vanuatu and operates a wedding and events service, speaks fluent Bislam (the archipelago’s official language. “I actually started my hotel career as a chef at the Heritage Hotel in Christchurch,” he says. “I ended up travelling extensively and during that time transitioned from back of house to front of house working or living in Rarotonga, Fiji and now Vanuatu, which has totally become home. “Both my children were born here and will attend a French speaking school so they will be multi-lingual. I love the community spirit and the warmth

His administration of the kitchen has to be applauded too; who could resist the massive and delicious seafood platters, a taste of France during a French-inspired evening or the great entertainment featured throughout the week? Isaac Boyle

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of the local people.

attractions, transport, dining, tours, currency and more being extremely helpful.

“What’s more, my workplace couldn’t be in a more lovely location with the sea at our door, fresh produce from our community-based garden, and loyal staff. I don’t see me moving back to New Zealand though it’s nice to visit once in a while.” Isaac says he is particularly lucky to have Roy Ernst as the hotel’s Food and Beverage manager and it didn’t take me long too appreciate why. Roy conducted the orientation gathering when we arrived at Breakas, his outlining of resort amenities and services as well as informative advice about Efate’s

I later learned that Roy, originally from Queensland (Australia) and navy-trained as a chef, has lived in Vanuatu for nearly 40 years. When I first ventured this way around 1980 it was to sail around the islands and during that time I fell in love with Vanuatu and ended up opening the Waterfront Bar & Grill in Port Vila, still there today and well patronised. Roy went on the own the Rossi Hotel restaurant, working the Port Vila dining scene for many years. He is now into his 7th year at

With little intention of leaving the island, Roy says living there has given him a very different perspective on life. “For much of the western world, wealth is money but here wealth is life itself. The people accept what they have and are really happy. ‘The food is good – everything is grown organically, no fertilisers or pesticides here – we use Santo beef [from Vanuatu’s Santo Island] in our restaurant, we have fish from the sea and an abundance of fruit and vegetables. We also have kava… it’s strong but medicinally it really does have a purpose. However, we do warn tourists, one glass is enough!”

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Wedding romance “When tables are set up on the sand, the sun is setting and the sea is lapping at the shore, it is very beautiful and the Breakas menus are excellent.”

Pacific Island weddings have almost become a trend among New Zealanders with both Rarotonga and Fiji popular choices. But now Vanuatu is catching the attention of those seeking a tropical location, within a short flight time of New Zealand, and where reliable services are all on hand. Anna Abbock, wife of Breakas Beach Resort general manager, Isaac Boyle, heads Tiare Scent Weddings and Events, a comprehensive service which often makes use of the beautiful Breakas Beach Resort location and facilities. “Along with a list of hand-picked wedding venue recommendations, I can also scout for other locations throughout Efate to find the perfect spot and make the bridal couple’s decision process as stress-free as possible,” Anna says. “All wedding day co-ordination is included in my service and I allow

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Like other Pacific event co-ordinators, Anna can organise everything from celebrant, hairdressers and flowers to cake, entertainment, catering and more. “I’ve being doing this for three years and have owned my own business for the past year. I am passionate about making these special days the best. Anna Abbock two hours before the wedding to check and ensure everything will be on time and set to run smoothly from beginning to the very last special moment.” Anna says while Breakas isn’t the only venue she recommends, she says it is extremely popular because of its beachfront dining.

“I’ve found couples, their families and guests just love it when everything is taken care of. They just arrive, relax and enjoy some pre-wedding pampering. “Importantly, if the wedding is mid-year, when it is cold and often nasty weather in New Zealand, they can count on Vanuatu to be wonderfully warm and nearly always sunny.”

The ‘Just for Two’ basic wedding package is but one of Tiara Scent’s services and is priced at approximately $NZ1900 (varies according to the currency exchange) It includes: • Professional wedding planner to coordinate on the day • Pre meeting on site of the venue • Arrangement and lodgement of all wedding paper work • Celebrant/ Pastor • Bridal posy and buttonhole for groom • Decorated ceremony site and set up with fresh floral on the sand and shower of petals • Bottle of sparkling wine to toast for bride & groom • Use of our sound system during ceremony (Complimentary) • Venue fee • Witness( if required)

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FLYinG on A hiGh! i’ve enjoyed my fair share of international travel over the years but never one quite so convivial as that of Air Vanuatu’s return flight to new Zealand after my weeklong stay at Port Vila. i don’t think i’ve ever encountered a time when virtually the whole flight was in fits of laughter – loud laughter – as we watched the in-house screening of a ‘Candid Camera’ style series of laugh a minute skits. it started with just a few contained giggles then, gradually, as more people looked up at their screens, the chuckles turned to clamorous guffaws which just accelerated

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throughout the programme. This merry flight, which had nothing to do with cheers in a glass, completely dispelled the grumpiness i was feeling at having to leave behind the warmth of the ni-Vanuatu people and also Breakas Beach Resort where we stayed, not to mention the array of diverse dining venues around the island, the crystal clear waters and so much more. From the outset this holiday was a joy. it was so nice to just book as plane seat and not have to think about: do i want seat and bag, the works or the works deluxe?; shall i take food to eat or buy vouchers?;

All we did was book, arrive, board, sit down and enjoy wonderful service both ways. This regular fare, inclusive of a meal and refreshments of choice, earned a big thumbs up from both of us – the perfect start to my husband’s retirement (he ended his 55-year working career two days earlier).

• Air Vanuatu flies from Auckland to Port Vila four times a week. • Fares can range from as little as a $399 return on a seasonal special to approximately $900 return per person, high season with many variables in between. A fare of around $500-$600 return per person is not uncommon.

While in flight movies wasn’t an option, going over i read and coming back i had my laughing gear on just like everyone else!

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And guess what? The time just… flew!

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Get a grip on winter chills What better way to get through those chilly winter evenings than curled up with a turning, twisting, thrilling book? Particularly if it’s a riveting read (such as these new and recent releases from Penguin) which holds us in... suspense!

INto thE WatEr by Paula haWKINS From bestselling author of The Girl on the Train comes a psychological thriller designed to keep readers on tenterhooks. The call Jules ignores from her sister, nel, proves to be the last one she’ll make. however, while caring for her distraught niece, Jules begins to question whether her sister’s death really was of her own making. As long-buried memories surface, Jules could well find herself drowning as this whodunit builds. Paula Hawkins: Into the Water | RRP $26 | Black Swan

PaPEr GhoStS by JulIa hEabErlIN Carl is entering his twilight years and dealing with dementia but there could well be some

memories which this suspected serial killer would rather be left to lie. however, a young woman is about to take him on a trip down a macabre memory lane (and back to the scene of the crime) during a road trip across Texas. if Carl’s memories wake, our heroine will know the truth but may also find herself alone with a man whose thirst for murder is renewed. Julia Heaberlin: Paper Ghosts | RRP $37 | Michael Joseph

aSh arISING by maNDy haGEr Danger is the order of the day once again. in the sequel to The Nature of Ash, mandy hager’s dogged protagonist, Ash mcCarthy, finds that exposing the corruption and lies of Prime minister Chandler and his cronies was not enough. now, he must face the fallout from his revelations during this action-

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SKIN DEEP by lIz NuGENt sinister and unsettling, Skin Deep reveals how all the glitz and glamour of an English heiress can’t hide the truth which lies beneath... or disguise the smell of a decomposing corpse! From the author of bestsellers, Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait, this twisted story takes many a sordid turn. Liz Nugent: Skin Deep | RRP $37 | Viking

Star of thE North by D.b. JohN sometimes fiction is even more intriguing than truth! With north Korea and the UsA are on the brink of war, a young American

disappears without a trace. Recruited by the CiA, her sister must delve into the dark heart of a state shrouded in mystery as this explosive thriller (potentially, in more ways than one!) unfolds. D.B. John: Star of the North | RRP $37 | Harvill Secker

PaNIc room by robErt GoDDarD Billed as ‘a juggernaut of a thriller’, Panic Room is loaded with secrets, half-truths and lies which must be peeled back, layer by layer. Can Blake – the young house sitter for a mysterious mansion – tackle what awaits her in a cunningly concealed panic room? Will her dubious past, at last, catch up with her in a way she least expects? All may (or may not!) be revealed! Robert Goddard: Panic Room | RRP $37 | Bantam Press


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Righteous reads

for ‘dad’

It’s time to reward our dads for all that time they spent reading (and re-reading and re-re-reading!) all those Winnie the Pooh stories by giving him something just a little more to his tastes this Father’s Day – September 2. Keg Bottle Can Whatever their chosen vessel, it’s liable many a dad will down a little of the amber nectar this Father’s Day. The ultimate compendium of 150 brews from across the ditch, this book showcases how our mates in the ‘West Island’ celebrate... or commiserate, when our All Blacks are in town! A book that’s set to prove some gifts are best served cold, Keg Bottle Can is likely to go down well with many. Luke Robertson: Keg Bottle Can | RRP $32.99 | Hardie Grant Books

The Jersey When it comes to footing it with the best on the footie field, we need to ‘earn the jersey.’ However, dads need do little more than drop a hint or two to ear The Jersey by Peter Bills. With contributions by 90 rugby greats – including Richie McCaw, Steve Hansen and Beauden Barrett – this book seeks to reveal how the All Blacks have built and preserved a dynasty of sporting dominance.

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Peter Bills: The Jersey – the secrets behind the world’s most successful team | RRP $44.99 | Macmillan Publishers

If your ears are burning, perhaps James Patterson is writing about you; if your pants are a-flame as well, then, you’d better believe Harriet Blue is on your case! In the third book of the ‘Harriet Blue’ series, the intrepid detective must ‘go rogue’ to seek revenge against her brother’s killer. Can she stay ahead of the long arm of the law until she can rein in notorious serial killer, Regan Banks, or will it be she who ends up behind bars? James Patterson: Liar, Liar | RRP $37 | Century Australia

Jock’s Country – The Best of David Henshaw Why buy dad socks & jocks for Father’s Day when just the one of those will do nicely? An iconic Kiwi country character, Jock has made mirth at the hands of cartoonist, David Henshaw, for many years. Even though David, sadly, passed away in 2014, Jock lives on in this book. David Henshaw: Jock’s Country – The Best of David Henshaw | RRP $39.99 | David Bateman Ltd

Many a Muddy Morning If it has four wheels, Mark Warren is all for it! From rallying in a Landrover to rescuing ski-bunnies, this classic Kiwi has a passion for machines of all sorts. In Many a Muddy Morning, Mark tells the story of a farmer managing the affects of ‘Rogernomics’. Sure to appeal to petrolheads as well as farmers, this book shows that sometimes life should be approached at full throttle. Mark Warren: Many a Muddy Morning – stories from a life off road and on the land| RRP $36.99 | Harper Collins NZ

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber When the robots take over, maybe we’ll all be out of work but, until then, it seems like we’ll all just have to keep punching that clock. In this book, David explores a 1984-esque line of thinking, discovering how work, in the modern age, has become more a about occupying idle hands than producing goods. Fortunately, however, he also proposes solutions for escaping the cycle of consumerism and freeing ourselves from work – which is most definitely a four-letter word! David Graeber: Bullshit Jobs – a theory | RRP $55 | Allen Lane / Penguin Random House

My Life, My Fight by Steven Adams One superstar athlete wasn’t enough for the Adams family! While shotput’s great dame, Valerie Adams, aimed for gold medals, her brother, Steven dreamed of the near impossible, that this Kiwi kid could go all the way to the NBA. In this biography, OKC center, Steven Adams, shares his story, from his childhood in Rotorua to his meteoric rise to the top of basketball, becoming the highest paid New Zealander in sport. Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight | RRP $40 | Penguin eastlife | august 2018 |


Keeping pets safe in winter most pets are part of the family and their everyday care a priority, but sometimes it’s easy to overlook or unwittingly forget the basics of best possible care. however, our ever-vigilant sPCA has provided a few tips to help protect pets from the elements this winter. Keep them warm and dry A cosy bed is a must. Pets should have somewhere warm to curl up during the colder months. Cats, in particular, love the security of an igloo and horses really benefit from a winter coat. Cosy waterproof coats for domestic animals can be found in pet stores, or knit them a cosy jumper. heat pads will keep pets warm when temperatures dip and are very beneficial for elderly, young, and ailing pets. Adequate shelter is important during rainy or frosty weather. if your pet is outdoors, a well-insulated, warm, waterproof and windproof shelter is essential. help older pets cope with cold older animals, especially those

with arthritis, usually find cold weather challenging. Take extra care to keep them warm and dry. Arthritic animals will be more comfortable if they have a bed (or more than one) which has plenty of padding for arthritic joints, and is elevated above cold floors. Be careful when exercising an arthritic or older pet as they can find walking on slippery surfaces difficult. What to do in a storm if weather is severe, bring pets inside to protect them from risks such as falling debris, high winds, heavy rain and more serious dangers such as fallen power lines and lightning strikes. some small animals may seem happy in an outside

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So much said for simple life

with preschoolers Rockabye Early Learning Centre takes the care and education of young children seriously. Today, centre owner Caryn Mawkes suggests how children’s cooking fun can establish early learning skills. Did you know that cooking with your child is the best way to teach principles of good nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits for life. Studies have shown that children are more likely to try new foods (i.e. fruit and vegetables) when they have a hand in preparing them. And, as children are exposed to new ingredients, they are also expanding their stock of acceptable foods, setting them on a path to be ‘good eaters’ for life. But, did you also know that cooking gives pre-schoolers an early grounding in science, math, language, art, and even reading? The kitchen offers abundant lessons in basic chemistry – discovering how certain ingredients combine, react, and change as they cook. Getting your child to describe what he/she sees, tastes, and feels feeds their vocabulary. It also exposes children to an array of different colours and textures and provides them with a whole new creative palette. Basic math skills, from simple counting to fractions, can be introduced in the kitchen. As you add ingredients to the bowl or pan, ask your child to count along with you. Introduce the concept of fractions with the use of measuring cups and spoons. Preschoolers can

understand the definition of ‘half’ even if it’s too early for them to learn much more. Cooking can promote both language and literacy. When cooking with your children, and using a recipe, read it out loud together, introducing your child to new words and terms. For pre-schoolers, even if they can’t yet read, this will help introduce letters, promote literacy and build their vocabulary. As children grow older, they can continue to reap the benefits of cooking. For example, cooking foreign cuisine can introduce them to different cultures. While in the kitchen, talk to your child about how the food and ingredients look, feel, smell and taste. Generally, picky eaters, who have helped prepare food, and like its look and smell, will be more willing to give new foods and dishes a try. While grocery shopping, invite your child to find different fruits and veggies they haven’t tried before and then incorporate their choices into your meal plans. Fine motor skills are enhanced when little fingers tear, stir, and pour. Enjoy this quality time in the kitchen with your child, you never know they could be a ‘Master Chef’ in the making.

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“Life is more complicated now and we seem to want more for ourselves and our children,” she says. “In a competitive world education is key but expensive, and parents often feel pressure to provide the very best for their children. But if we just spend time listening to our kids we can help consolidate familial relationships more than providing ‘things’ can.” Ms Chatwin’s comments follow the publication of new research by Sanitarium Weet-Bix, released as part of the company’s Simple is Good campaign. More than half of the survey’s respondents said they felt under more pressure to provide for their families than their own parents with most concerned that digital devices were negatively impacting their family life. “Work life balance is a constant struggle for some families and parents who work to support themselves and families can feel like they are burning the candle at both ends; balance takes time and planning.” To help parents enjoy the simple life, Ms Chatwin has provided some basic advice: • Plan! A simple daily outline will give you direction and confidence to achieve whatever you want. • Set rules around social media and device usage. • Rest! We all have busy lives with lots of things we really have to get done. Rest and put your feet up, turn off the TV and just chat with your kids. • Take time to relax, exercise or simply do something that means having fun, chill out with your family and make time for yourself too! • Plan breaks/holidays or outings, which can be easily achieved. Things don’t have to be grand for them to be meaningful, especially for children. The simplest things can be the most fun; a nice lunch and a walk on a sunny day or a trek around the rocky shore even when it’s blustery can be energising and fun! • Don’t overcomplicate meals and food. Simple is good when it comes to everyday, family meals. Whole foods and raw fruit and vegetables can be quick and healthy! The Simple is Good campaign is designed to encourage Kiwis to celebrate a more straightforward approach to life, Weet-Bix senior brand manager, Jane Grayson, adds.

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Remember when we wouldn’t have a breakdown if we couldn’t logon for a night or two to play Fortnite, be condemned to eating off paper plates because the dishwasher went on strike, or be kept in the dark because our sensor-controlled lighting wouldn’t enlighten us as to why it’d gone on the fritz? Sanitarium remembers, as does psychologist Sara Chatwin.

“Many of us here are also parents and we saw increasing discussion that modern parenting could feel overwhelming at times. The influx of conflicting new dietary trends has meant parents can feel an added layer of complexity to maintaining an appropriate balance for our children,” she says. “We hope the new campaign will start a conversation among families on how we can all work to together to create a simpler way of life and take that approach to how we eat as well.”


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1. Standing up, she proclaims she’s a man (5). 2. Shut up, it’s stuffy (5). 3. The German took the doctor back by cab (6). 4. As a consequence, there’s a change in Ulster (6). 5. A sweet that’s not sweet enough? (4). 6. Two sailors in “The Pig” are troublemakers (5,1,3). 12. Do they strike a doelful note in a vase? (9). 13. Getting the colour can take time (4). 15. The redhead and the frisky pom play together (4). 17. Once you ask questions, reveal all (6). 18. Soften when given another loan (6). 20. She’s caught in a fib (5). 21. Put up an enclosure that’s not at all nice (5). 23. Though lit up, inside there is a shadow (4).


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Lilac dawn soft bespoke shades of lilac and lavender are at the fore of Witchery’s August collection, inspired by the effortless street style of Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg. Catering for both urban routine or an after-dusk rendezvous, around the clock elegance is at the heart of this collection that evokes a sense of nonchalant everyday glamour. stunning in Witchery’s new season’s key shade, a soft touch trench tempers clean-cut lines evoking feminine opulence – its tactile, modern and oh, so pretty. Pair with an elegant soft pleat skirt and the updated sling-back Adeline kitten heel or simply add a print scarf to a make a sophisticated statement. 1. Witchery Soft Touch Trench, RRP $299.90 2. Witchery Bethea Box Crossbody, RRP $109.90 3. Witchery Adeline Heel, RRP $179.90




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Top Order… spring speaks ‘new’, a chance to throw off the weight of winter and take a fresh risk with your wardrobe. And, why not do it with a selection from mADLY sweetly’s spring/summer range 2018? With plenty of mix and match options, ranging from subtle textures to laid-back contrast prints, which express your individuality, it’s not yet time to bring out the sleeveless, backless, high rise look.

still cool temperatures call for light weight shirts and sweaters to start the season so, this month, EastLife looks at mADLY sweetly’s ‘top’ choices which draw on elements from previous collections yet offer chic, easy- wear appeal. This season’s range exudes the promise of adventure – so, what’s on your agenda? Whether it’s a spring escape or dinner at a new restaurant, mADLY sweetly is sure to have something for you!

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ViVo’s EVERYDAY hairos This month TEREZE TABER talks with one of Vivo hair & Beauty’s Everyday hairos as she raises money for the Cancer society When her workmate Earl died of lung cancer last summer, olivia Keiser’s idea of shaving her head to raise money for cancer suddenly became something she had to do.

Seeing red colour favourites tend to dominate our wardrobes, our decor, our gardens and even our mood with the various hues being applauded or rejected. red is the one colour that can’t be ignored. It signifies passion, power, fire, energy, courage, ambition, action, eroticism, seduction, lust, blood, war, danger, strength, leadership, excitement, anger…and so the list goes on. People all over the world love red – a red ferrari, red shoes, a red rose or a red dress can define one’s personality. It can excite our physical senses, stimulate the appetite, and grab one’s attention. Women at a party wearing red may feel strong and sexy but, take note, other women may tighten their grip on their partners!

Some say it’s best to avoid red when entering any sort of negotiations especially where situations could become tense – the high visibility of red may spell danger!. on the other hand, when it comes to selling, red may prompt buyers to take action and, of course, when a night of romance and passion is on the cards, what better colour than red? red is also a significant colour in many cultures. for example, red was used by ancient romans to dress their Gods, a red kimono in Japan defines good luck and happiness, in India and china brides traditionally wear red to bring good luck but in South africa it is the colour of mourning and in the russian language, red means beautiful – surely readers won’t dispute that?

The 17-year-old’s voice becomes soft with the memory of her friend. “Earl worked in the pack house part of the building with me. i’m not sure if he was sick before i started there, but it happened pretty quickly.” Earl was not the first person olivia had known to have cancer. “i have family members in south Africa who have been sick. But it was the first time i had seen its effects first-hand.” Eager to fundraise for the Cancer society in 2016, olivia took part in Walking stars, a midnight half marathon through Auckland City. Then in 2017, with waist length hair, she had the idea of donating it for a wig. olivia had 36cms of her hair cut for Freedom Wigs and she gave the payment to the Cancer society.

Through a friend, she had heard that Vivo often supported local fundraising events with hair vouchers. Vivo were soon on board and, as a kick-start to olivia’s fundraising, the company gave her a $150 voucher to raffle before the event. Vivo gave olivia a second voucher of $250 to raffle on the actual day of the shave and, naturally, they provided a professional hairdresser to do the job right! Plans were made to shave olivia’s hair in a public space where interest would be generated and where there was a chance to raise more money. A station was set up outside Vivo howick and, in front of a curious crowd in the heart of howick village, two Vivo stylists plaited olivia’s hair into sections before cutting them off for the donation.

she knew then that she wanted to donate hair again, but at the time of Earl’s death, it wasn’t quite long enough to just cut it.

Troy, the manager at Vivo howick, then shaved off the rest of olivia’s hair.

“To have enough length it had to be shaved,” she says matter of factly. so, that’s what she decided to do. however, olivia not only wanted to donate her hair, she wanted to use the event to raise money for the Cancer society.

“my head isn’t nearly as cold as everyone told me it would be!” olivia exclaimed, with a big smile, running her hand over her newlyshaved head. “Thank you so much Vivo for supporting me, i couldn’t have done this otherwise”.


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forGEt thE ouch! shaving can cut, waxing can hurt but, bodEze Body sugaring Gel, manufactured in new Zealand, is a hair removal gel which has enhanced the age-old tradition of sugaring. it includes the additives of all natural kiwifruit extract, lemon juice and aloe vera to remove unwanted hair from the roots effortlessly, resulting in smooth, hair-free skin which can last for up to six weeks. so why body sugar with bodEze? The benefits are multiple – reduced breakages and ingrown hair, easily washes away in water, gentle on all body areas, less discomfort than waxes, long-lasting results (for 4-6 weeks), reduces hair regrowth and bodEze strips are reusable. so, plenty of good reasons to keep bodEze Body sugaring Gel (RRP $110 pack of four) in the bathroom cupboard.

oN thE ScENt for bEautIful haIr From the shores of morocco, to the carnivals of Brazil, indulge in an international scent adventure with oGX. Rich and rewarding, the Argan

oil of morocco, Brazilian Keratin Therapy, Cherry Blossom, and Coconut milk hair care collections are an awesome combination of four different shampoos and conditioners. here EastLife shines the spotlight of the Ever straightening + Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner, a blend of coconut oil, keratin proteins, avocado and cocoa butter to help strengthen and soften hair. Designed to smooth the cuticle for strong stresses, expect a luxurious glow and luminescent shine. Available at pharmacies nationwide RRP $18.99 each.

PurEly oNE for thE SKIN A good cleansing session is therapeutic and important to skin health. While it should rinse away dirt, pollution, excess oil and makeup, it should also soften and leave the skin’s moisture balance undisturbed. Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Foam is deep cleansing and gentle. A nATRUE Certified natural face wash for normal to combination complexions, it is formulated using marshmallow root to rehydrate, soothe and condition with witch hazel working


to preserve moisture and to tone. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, it is derived from coconut oil, fermented sugars and amino acids exuding the scent of lemon, orange and lavender. Designed to remove makeup and environmental impurities without stripping the skin, Weleda Gentle Cleansing Foam (RRP $31.90) is available from selected health stores, pharmacies and Farmers stores.

trEat, ProtEct, maINtaIN, aDmIrE Fragile skin around the eyes, tends to reflect our age, health and the way we feel; it needs special care. Coming to the rescue of puffiness, fine lines and dehydration, Fernz Firming Eye Cream includes a blend of nourishing plant extracts plus new Zealand Bee Venom which supports elasticity for improved skin texture. it is designed to produce a firm, smooth, youthful appearance. however, sun damage also causes skin ageing so Fernz has released Fernz Daily Care UV Protection Cream, with UVA and UVB protection. An sPF30 cream, it is enriched with manuka honey for its moisturising and antibacterial

properties. FERnZ Firming Eye Cream (15g, RRP$45.90) and FERnZ Daily Care UV Protection Cream (150g, RRP$28.80), available at selected pharmacies and retailers nationwide.

PEarl of a ProDuct Those yearning for smooth, pearl-like skin may be in luck. niVEA has just unveiled its latest volume-filling pearls to actively counteract signs of ageing, so skin looks fuller, firmer and younger. niVEA skin scientist Ken Lee says as people age, the skin gradually loses the ability to produce enough hyaluronic acid and collagen, which can lead to skin dehydration, loss of volume and more pronounced wrinkles. “niVEA Cellular Anti-Age Volume Filling Pearls….supplies the skin with a concentrated formula of hyaluronic acid, collagen booster and creatine to supercharge skincare routines and produce outstanding anti-ageing results,” niVEA Cellular Anti-Age Volume Filling Pearls (RRP $32.99) are part of nivea’s anti-ageing range which includes a day care and a night care cream (both 50ml and RRP $27.99) and an eye cream (15ml, $27.99). eastlife | august 2018 |


Beating cancer naturally is bloody hard

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. I was at one of those highfalutin events, where men who look like penguins and beautiful women, who clearly do not feel the cold, bring champers which taste different to my $10 supermarket specials. I found myself in a group of people who clearly knew a great deal about health. I listened attentively as one woman described her liposuction. Looking at her closely I could tell that she had omitted the Botox and tattooed eyebrows. The question I had been dreading arrived. “Oh, and what do you do?” “I am a naturopath”. There was an awkward silence, much like one that comes when announcing to your parents that you are gay. Madam Botox broke the silence by saying that she had known someone with cancer who had done the “natural thing” and died. I bit my tongue and diverted the conversation to the weather. The success rate for conventional medicine is abysmal. That is why more and more people are turning

to natural medicine. BUT, if you choose the natural medicine route, you do have to do it properly. Cancer likes toxicity, inflammation, a particular environment, its own food supply, a compromised immune system and so much more. There are a lot of things that it doesn’t like, such as an oxygenated environment, specific alkalinity, heat and lots more. Once it gets a foothold, it is not just about tinkering here and there. It is a war on all fronts. All the things that cancer needs have to be taken away and all the things that fight cancer have to be in place. A little bit of this and a little bit of that may fluke it in some cases, but life is more than a fluke. I get happy when I hear that someone has decided to work with the gifts that they have been given, instead of slay, burn and poison. I am sad when I see that they are tinkering around the edges. If you would like to know more about cancer and what a natural cancer fighting programme might look like, please visit our website.

you’ve got glaucoma – So what now? Owner-optometrist of Eyes of Howick, KRISTINE JENSEN talks about monitoring glaucoma risk. You have been diagnosed with glaucoma – what can you do to ensure your vision lasts a life time? Be partners with your eye care professional (ECP) but own your condition. The risk of optic nerve damage and visual field loss remains with a glaucoma patient for life, so it is important to be fastidious with treatment regimens and ensure you attend scheduled appointments with your ophthalmologist or glaucomaaccredited optometrist. Become fully informed by asking questions and become a member of Glaucoma NZ – it ‘s free to join!

• Healthy weight: A high BMI is associated with high IOP, but there is conflicting evidence about the association with glaucoma. A high BMI is also linked to sleep apnoea. • Sleep apnoea syndrome: Is associated with glaucoma, so if you snore, exclude sleep apnoea.

Consider your lifestyle • Aerobic exercise: Walking, jogging, cycling or swimming lowers intraocular pressure (IOP) and blood pressure. • Healthy blood pressure: While high blood pressure is not associated with high eye pressure, patients with hypertension are likely to have compromised circulation to the optic nerve, therefore it should be controlled through medication or lifestyle changes. On the flip side; if blood pressure is over treated this can also contribute to glaucoma progression, again due to poor blood flow to the optic nerve head. • Cholesterol: Treatment of high blood cholesterol is recommended, but also a diet high

Disclaimer: This article is general information only and is not to be used as a substitute to professional, personalised advice. The views are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or editor.

in healthy fats; omega 3 and 6, may reduce the risk of glaucoma.

• Antioxidants: There is evidence that a balanced diet including green leafy vegetables, colourful vegetables and canned and dried peaches can reduce glaucoma risk. • Gingko biloba (GB): Human studies have shown variable results but there is strong evidence that GB improves ocular blood flow, fights free radical cell damage and benefits mitochondria ( the power houses inside living cells). This all leads to a theoretical benefit for those with glaucoma. Talk to your ECP before making any changes to your medications or supplements and remember that gingko may be contraindicated in patients who already take a blood thinner such as aspirin, warfarin or heparin.

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how dentistry has

changed YVONNE VANNOORT, from Sanctuary Dental, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany talks about the changing face of dentistry

My first year of training at dental school in 1985 was just before AIDS was discovered. We simply washed our hands and didn’t wear gloves. AIDS changed everything. Standards of cleaning and infection control which we use now were just not thought about then and every year our standards have been raised higher and higher. For example, our sterilisation room has advanced equipment, very rigid procedures in place and constant checks of compliance with worldwide codes. Back then I couldn’t dream of the technology which we almost take for granted because we use it every day. The use of lasers in dentistry was unheard of; now we use lasers for many surgical procedures in the mouth, the advantages being improved healing times and comfort. CAD CAM technology allows us to manufacture restorations and crowns that replace missing parts of teeth accurately and beautifully in one appointment. Digital X-rays, which significantly reduce the amount of radiation, and three dimensional cone beam images which reveal issues not otherwise seen, are

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quite remarkable. Importantly, we now have reliable filling materials which avoid the use of mercury in the mouth; silver fillings contain 50% mercury. What’s more we understand the need to remove these old mercury fillings very carefully so that patients are not exposed to even more mercury when such fillings need replacing. We have methods such as intravenous sedation to relax and calm patients through any treatment so that the experience is easy and comfortable. There is absolutely no need to be brave!

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And, for children, we know how important it is that each dental experience be positive and nurturing. The opportunity for us to help set good habits for life can be achieved early. Good facial development can also be assessed and influenced by our orthodontic care avoiding the need for more treatment at a later age. Today, we are assessing adults for sleep apnoea and treating tongue tied babies. We also “drill and fill” when necessary, and we do it in such a different and better way than when I started all those years ago. Dentistry has changed for the better, thank goodness!

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Putting a permanent smile on people’s faces Pro Tips

For someone who fainted at the sight of blood as a dental assistant at 16 years old, Ugie has come a long way. Her reputation as one of the top clinical dental technicians in Auckland and other parts of New Zealand precedes her. It was her love of aesthetics that led Ugie Moodley to put a permanent smile on people’s faces. You know you are in great hands as you hear Ms Moodley talk passionately about state-ofthe-art technology she uses to create a smile from prostheses the size of a little finger to that replacing all the teeth. “It is a blessing to be privy to all the new technology as it updates. Each course attended allows us to actually work with new materials and techniques, which makes being a clinical dental technician at this time very exciting and rewarding” she says, keeping herself updated by regularly attending workshops and courses. Most partial dentures have anchors called clasps which are used to retain the denture in your mouth. These can sometimes show and ruin a beautiful smile. “Now we are equipped with technology to resolve this. There are so many combinations that are now available that is hardly ever the same for each patient.

returned to NZ I was referred to Ugie at Niche Denture Centre by my sister-in-law and now I can smile confidently. In Mae Salvador fact I feel like smiling all the time. Thank you Ugie for my beautiful smile.”

Ugie Moodley Clinical Dental Technician PG Dip Clin. Tech. (Otago); B Tech Dent Tech (SA)

If light metal frameworks have to be used you can be rest assured that they are nickel and beryllium free” she says. With more than 20 years of creating dentures it is no wonder Ugie has clients locally and around the world that sing her praises. Mae Salvador says “for me a smile is the prettiest thing a lady can wear. But I didn’t always feel that way. I had my previous set of dentures made overseas and I was embarrassed to smile. It was an awful feeling as they didn’t even work properly. When I

Pamela Harrison says “I am very happy with the service I received. I got exactly what I needed with great Pamela Harrison respect and friendliness. The best dental practice yet.” Niche Denture Centre has its own onsite laboratory which means you don’t have to wait a week sometimes more for a repair or a reline. These can be taken care of onsite, helping you back into your smile almost immediately. Niche Denture Centre is situated conveniently on ground level with ample parking right outside the building and easy to access even for clients on wheelchairs.

If the corners of your mouth are red and irritated, you may have a condition called Angular Cheilitis. This can be treated with a topical antifungal ointment but if the condition reappears it may be caused by the reduced vertical dimension of your dentures. Your dentures need to be checked on a regular basis, once or twice every 2 years. It is like WOF for your car only your dentures become a part of you and have to function far greater feats than your car.

At Niche Denture Centre the hot cure process is used to ensure 100% guaranteed quality dentures.

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Try our latest flavours of the month and experience a range of new products with a real taste difference. EastLife is always on the lookout for new products to tantalise the tastebuds of our readers.

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SomE lIKE It hot... or colD! Tea for one or more, any time of the day, is super easy with the Red seal’s range of delicious ‘hot and cold’ fruit and herbal teas and, now, with three new flavours adding extra zing, there’s every reason to (tea) party! mint & matcha, orange & Tumeric and Tropical use hot or cold water and are gluten-free with zero sugar. For a cold drink, brew for 3-5 minutes in tap water, add ice cubes and garnish to suit. Brewing hot? Water should have just boiled when poured. Draw for 3-5 minutes to required strength. Alternatively, use as the base for fabulous cocktails – visit Available in supermarkets nationwide (RRP $3.99 box of 20 teabags).

it takes a ‘Collective’ effort to ensure charities such as Garden to Table can continue to grow. With the assistance of celebrity chef, Al Brown, The Collective has produced a new gourmet probiotic yoghurt, Rhubarb and Gingerbread. With proceeds earmarked to help Garden to Table’s efforts to ensure children learn how to grow, harvest and prepare seasonal produce, Al’s tart and spicy creation is available (RRP $5.79) from supermarkets now.

KIcK Start thE Day oN a hIGh Break the fast with the Cathedral Cove naturals Breakfast range of super Cereals and Lightly Toasted muesli. minimally processed, low in sugar, and free from refined sugars, dairy, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, they are made from raw, activated or very lightly toasted ingredient and include the likes of chia seeds, goji berries, cacao and coconut. super Cereals come in three flavours, all gluten-free, vegan and paleo while the organic Lightly Toasted muesli is made with oats carefully roasted in local honey and macadamia oil to give a golden flavour and light, crunchy texture. Four options: Raw Activated super Cereal (400g, RRP $15.49), Raw Paleo super Cereal with Goji and Vanilla Bean (350g, RRP $15.49), Raw Paleo super Cereal with Cherry and Cacao Bean (350g, RRP $15.49) and Lightly Toasted organic muesli (400g, RRP $12.49).

m&m’S – morE mmmmm! During winter, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a good mag’ and knocking a block off – of chocolate, that is. m&m’s range features all the flavour of those delicious little morsels in family-sized blocks. however, that doesn’t mean we have to share! From Cookies, Crispy mint, hazelnut and Fruit & nut, to Crispy Coconut, this range dishes up a hefty dose of milk chocolate goodness... just (about) what the doctor ordered! m&m’s blocks are available from supermarkets nationwide – RRP $3.79 each.

froozE, SucKErS! Plant-powered energy snacks don’t sound too alluring but when a basket full of these (also famously known as Frooze Balls) hit our editor’s desk, our team was practically salivating like Pavlov’s dogs! While these delicious goodies (of Revive Cafe fame) are not new to the market, enticing new dessert-inspired flavours had our team waiting with baited breath for said ed’ to return from holiday. From Fudgetastic and Lemon Cheesecake to salted maple and Dark Forest, the new additions (RRP $2.19 for 70g packs, or $5.99, 224g pottles) were gratefully (and greedily!) received.

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dining Bring in this advert a nd receive 10% OF F your bill Max imum d eduction $35. Off er August 31 ends , 2018

five stags

ichizen japanese restaurant

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 (3-6.30pm) EVERY DAY. Enjoy $5.50 house wines (standard pour), $20* jugs, $25 jugs* and chips! SUNDAY ROAST, every Sunday 11am-late, $20 or $26 with a drink combo (select beers and house wine 150ml). Open Mon 3pm-late, Tues-Thurs 12pm-late, Fri-Sun 11am-late and we’re serving breakfast and lunch until 3pm. Book to avoid disappointment!

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.

*Not Emersons, Stella or Tokyo Dry.

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Unit 15, 345 Chapel Road, Flat Bush Phone 09 272 8506 Lunch Friday-Sunday 12-2.30pm, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday 6-9.30pm



doolan brothers

the burbs eatery

Doolans Brothers Botany serves a fine array of pub food, encompassing New Zealand’s freshest produce. Plus, it’s the best place to bring the little ones for a feed. All kids meals are served in Bento Boxes with a healthy snack, wedges and a dessert. They will love it, and you will love how quiet it keeps them. Just $12.50 all day, everyday. Sundays are a great day to spend relaxing at Doolans in our sunny beer garden, it’s worth giving the beach a miss.

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.

588 Chapel Road, Botany Town Centre Ph 271 2001. Open 7 days, 9am-10pm

190 Fisher Parade, Farm Cove Phone 09 576 8840 burbs CON0108-v2

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Winter Select Teppan Lunch

rossini italian restaurant

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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*

Time to experience our Winter Select Teppan Lunch – Wakanui beef and king salmon cooked at your table by our qualifed Teppan-Yaki chefs – $38 includes dessert. Lobster tail and beef eye fillet combination also available – $48. We now offer NZ grain-finished Wakanui beef, known for its exceptional quality, incomparable flavour and tenderness – Early bird dinner specials from $30 – Mon-Thurs, order between 5.30-6.30pm. Open 7 days: MonSat 12noon-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm, Sun 12-2.30pm, 5.30-9pm. 1F ASB Bank Building, Botany Town Centre, Parkway Dr, Botany Phone 09 273 8222

*Expires August 31, 2018

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father’s day at the pullman


Fathers and fathers-to-be, this is your day to be spoiled. Enjoy awesome food from our BBQ Smoke House, taste handcrafted beers and whiskeys, treat yourself with a hair cut or beard trim by Barkers Groom Room, play some games with your kids and above all, have an epic time with your friends and family. All fathers will be gifted with a $50 voucher to spend at BBQ’S & More. Adults: $79 per person. Children aged 1-12: $2 per year of age.

Hidden away in the Howick Valley, The Lounge is a fully licensed, boutique function centre with a difference. Our eclectic dēcor and nostalgic ambiance make The Lounge a comfortable, relaxing and incomparable venue for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate functions. We specialise in creating memorable moments for you and those you love. For enquiries visit or email

Princes Ballroom Terrace, Pullman Auckland Sunday, September 2 – 12noon-3pm Contact Hilda Cross – phone 09 353 1000 Email

186 Wellington Street, Howick Phone 09 535 1397 CR0181


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Smoked Kahawai & Kumara Chowder Fancy a little ka pai kai? Providing a fusion of traditional maori recipes and modern cooking techniques the Puha & Pakeha food truck takes Kiwi cuisine to the streets of Auckland. To track down the truck, see the ‘Where to find us’ page at But there’s no need to wait as, thanks to this recipe courtesy of Puha & Pakeha (aka Belinda and Jarrad mcKay), our boat’s already come in! makes approx 3 litres

INGrEDIENtS • • • • • • • •


1 medium carrot, finely chopped 1 stick celery, finely chopped 1 brown onion 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 250g potato, peeled and roughly chopped

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Place carrot, celery, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, potato, kumara and stock in a large pot. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20mins or until vegetables are tender.

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TimE KEEPs on sLiPPinG... INto thE futurE: ironically, in the past, EastLife took a look at some futuristic looking clocks from switzerland – see our september 2015 issue. But, time doesn’t stand still and neither does L’Epee, which has since released new sci-fi designs. Particularly fascinating are the Balthazar designs, which hint at a Terminator-esque fate for humanity – interestingly enough, emerging as robots they do, indeed, seem set to take over much of man’s labours. Bad Sherman

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A LiTTLEYOU oF FANCY ……! WHAT WhAT YoU FAnCY...! Vickie Bowers, Centre Director of UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture, proposes a little indulgence.

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We “alittle We all all know know the the old old adage, adage “A little of what you fancy you of what you fancy doesdoes you good”good” – and who are we to argue! and who are we to argue! August at UXBRiDGE August at UXBRIDGE is is packed packed with with entertainment. entertainment. The month begins with ThE The month begins with THE ChAnGELinG, directed by CHANGELING, directed by michael hurst. The following Michael Hurst. The following weekend LLoYD sPiEGEL plays weekend LLOYD SPIEGEL plays his amazing acoustic blues on his amazing acoustic blues on Friday, August 10 – a truly high Friday 10 August - a truly high energy performance. energy performance.

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Home good living Prospect howick’s stockade hill is well known to most Aucklanders even those living outside of the suburb. But visitors, and even locals, may not be familiar with Prospect hill – the name originally given to a restored 19th century villa located virtually on stockade hill and recently listed for sale. hELEn PERRY took a closer look at this landmark’s past and its present day owners. Auckland’s historic houses hardly compare with those found throughout Europe but at 155 years old – at least in part – Prospect hill is indeed a grand old lady. i actually viewed the property when it went on the market some 11 years ago and marvelled at its history, gardens and ambience – just stepping through the gate was a thrill. i could see then how

this gracious property had been cherished so when i heard it was again on the market, i was interested to learn what had occurred in the ensuing years. i was surprised that since 2007 the property has changed hands more than once, its present owners, Geoff and Barbara Thompson, now preparing to sell. “We were absolutely charmed by this property when we brought it and although it had been wonderfully maintained we naturally looked to make our own mark. But as time went on we realised it is a big property for just two people and have decided it’s time for something a bit smaller.”

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The Thompsons say, from the outset, they were fascinated by the home’s history. “The main portion of the house, started life as a Fencible Cottage and dates back to 1863,” Geoff says. “it was built on half an acre of land for Captain John Charles irvine, a retired army officer who became the last resident magistrate at the howick Courthouse. he named the property Prospect hill after his family home in ireland. ‘it seems, a lean-to was later added to the back of the house, which also served as a Presbyterian manse, and records indicate that as time went on, various owners came and went including a howick Borough, mayor, the Clifton family, (the house was called Clifton house for the duration), and the Pritchard’s to name a few.” over the years, various changes interfered with the integrity of the original design but when Prospect

hill was owned by Leighton Dixon and his wife, Barbara, the couple commissioned one of new Zealand’s pre-eminent architects, John Gummer to carry out fresh design work. The builder was John Christensen of howick. Both men had a passion for craftsmanship and detail, ensuring work was to the highest quality and in keeping with tradition. The house was re-piled and painted in colours sympathetic to its time in history, the kauri floors were sanded and the lean-to removed from the rear of the house to make way for a new addition. “That was well before our time,” says Barbara, “but, like most owners, we have added our personal touches including insulation in the roof, walls and underfloor.

We have repainted, re-carpeted, and revamped the main bathroom. new floor to ceiling curtains and Roman blinds, as well as automated blinds in the lounge, are added enhancements and we also exposed kauri floorboards in the family area off the kitchen. “As we refurbished, we also noticed what a well built house this is. Exterior timber, the ceilings, floors and gorgeous wrap-around verandah…everything is so well preserved and sturdy.” Keen gardeners, the Thompsons have also added various new plantings to the lush grounds, all in keeping with the style of the property and complemented by the pool, garden art, brick and wrought iron work and more. “it’s such a pleasure to sit in the sunny garden room; it never takes long before we spot such an

abundance of bird life.” With the house in tip top order and beautifully refurbished, there really is nothing for new owners to do. however, because ‘Prospect hill’ has a historic Places Trust listing, it means anyone wanting to make exterior changes in the future will need permission from council and the historic Places Trust. This listing also protects developers from getting their hands on the property, demolishing the house and building multiple dwellings, something the Thompson says would be a tragedy. “We are hopeful new owners will continue to nurture this property’s rich heritage and enjoy its elegant accommodation which includes wide halls, high ceilings, generous bedrooms, study, a fabulous back to back fireplace separating lounge from dining and so much more,” the couple concur. “All this and just a step or two from transport links and howick village, yet so private and secure too.” Prospect hill at 40 Ridge Rd (corner of howe street) howick, is being marketed by Total Focus Property Ltd,

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The healthy home Jo built Homes of the past were seldom environmentally friendly but, today, architects, designers and builders are mostly intent on producing houses designed to reduce overall environmental impact during and after construction. JES MAGILL talks to architectural designer Jo Hitchcock about creating sustainable homes. When Jo and Greg Hitchcock bought a three-bedroom, single story Fyfe Home at the northern end of Bucklands Beach Peninsula in 2007, it was the perfect chance for Jo to use just about every sustainable building design principle she’s perfected as an architectural designer with a passion for sustainability.

is the two level void, 6.3m high and 4.5m wide at the front of the home, made possible when the footprint was extended 3.2m. On the ground level, this extension holds the gloriously sunny lounge and on the mezzanine level is Jo’s light-filled office overlooking Musick Point and Howick golf course. Through the office on the south side is the main bedroom and open-plan en suite.

On a north-facing site the home was already ideally positioned for the sun but was in need of some smart energy-efficient design that would create a healthier home for the couple and their children. “You’ll be amazed how many homes aren’t orientated for the sun – it’s the biggest driver in achieving energy efficiency,” Jo says.

Downstairs, the lounge flows through to a large open plan kitchen and living spaces where light and sun come through to varying degrees, depending on the season. Three bedrooms and a bathroom in the children’s east facing wing were renovated and a laundry was also added.

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In preparing for the renovations,

Jo and Greg pulled up the carpet in the living room and found a pristine concrete floor beneath. When additional concrete flooring was laid alongside 40 years later, and both were sanded and polished, they looked virtually the same. “We couldn’t have matched it better had we’d tried,” says Jo. Now an aesthetic feature of the living spaces, the concrete floor is also a vital factor of the home’s energy efficiency. “The two-level void pulls light deep into the plan, especially in winter. The sun comes in at 75 degrees in the summer, which keeps heat penetration to a minimum and, in winter, the angle is 33 degrees, bringing the sun in just about to the middle of the house. It warms the concrete pad during the day and releases the heat later, when the temperature cools.” Underfloor heating was installed in 1971 and that’s still in use in the bathroom and hallway.

The Hitchcocks added a wood burner two years ago and you won’t see any heat pumps here. Jo reckons they’re often relied on because of poor design. Instead, her heating and cooling solutions have a familiar-sounding, down to earth practicality about them. “Hot air rises,” she says, so on occasion, when it gets too warm in her office, she turns on the ceiling fan to circulate the air and push it back down to the living areas. Next in the arsenal of air temperature control are the high windows on the north side, opened by remote control from her desk. If more air flow is needed they’ll open the windows on the south side too, creating a current which pulls the cooler air through. Although the main bedroom faces south, windows to the east and west bring in more light and airflow and the open plan en suite keeps the space airy. The towel ladder is one of Jo’s rescued finds, spotted

Jo’s found and treasured faves: Architectural designer Jo Hitchcock has a great eye for detail and she has an eye for a bargain too. Better still, she has a talent for rescuing objects and transforming them into treasured heirlooms. Here she talks to JES MAGILL about some favourite pieces in her own home.

Technically, Jo Hitchcock (right) isn’t sitting on a coffee table in the living room of her Bucklands Beach home, she’s sitting on what used to be a wire wove bed. When she first saw it, surplus to requirements at a Cooks Beach bach, she said to her husband, Greg, “I can do something with this.” Greg was doubtful but Jo loved the angles of the frame and when she shared her vision with her dad for its rebirth as a coffee table, he offered to do the work for her. He threaded steel rods through both sides, added extra rimu planks to form the top, and formed a padded seat down one end. She loves it and she’ll never part with it. The globe on the table beside Jo is

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actually a four-dimensional chess set – a very special gift from their neighbour, a design engineer who had emigrated from Poland. In his highly original design, made from custom wood cut on a CNC machine, the chess pieces surrounding the circular board are held in place by magnets. “It’s one of the most precious things we’ve ever received,” Jo says. The lounge suite behind is another family heirloom, a recently recovered 1970’s Morgan lounge suite that belonged to Jo’s nanna. As well as still looking good, this suite has huge sentimental value. As a designer, the story of Morgan Furniture is an important one for Jo.

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Jack Morgan, a European immigrant established J.D. Morgan Ltd in Auckland in 1944 with a vision to “provide New Zealanders with comfortable quality furniture at affordable prices.”

Inspired by the clean lines of Scandinavian design, Morgan furniture was certainly popular and these retro lounge suites today are revered by lovers of mid-century, quality design.

This home, designed by Jo, is energy-efficient and incorporates best sustainability practices. lying abandoned at the side of a house they once rented. Too much glazing? “There is such a thing as too much glazing,” says Jo. “People often chase a view to the exclusion of all else but sometimes it’s not worth it.” As well as creating issues for keeping rooms at even temperatures, Jo adds that too much glass creates problems for furniture placement. “I always design with furniture placement

in mind. If there’s glass overload, it restricts where furniture can go. It limits the amount of available wall space too so that placing TV screens and art work becomes problematic.”

Fundamentals for an energy efficient, healthy home on a budget •C  orrect orientation of the house for the sun is paramount. • Ensure good levels of insulation • Minimise thermal breaks.

Energy efficient, healthy homes: Next level fundamentals • Keep heating costs under control by minimising reliance on conventional heat pumps. • Say goodbye to electric hot water cylinders; instead install an efficient hot water heat pump system. $1 of power provides approximately $4 worth of water depending on the outside air temperature. The system can

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FERns sET To FiRE... AGAin When the Black Ferns face the Australian Wallaroos twice in August, a little savage-ry and love (or aroha) for the game will likely go a long way. Although the fixtures will take place prior to the All Blacks v Wallabies tests, Ferns’ number eight, Aroha savage, is quick to point out that these crossditch clashes will not be ‘curtain raisers.’

Considering the fierce rivalry involved, the Ferns could well serve up quite the main course, leaving the ABs supplying just desserts during their Bledisloe Cup encounters. in november, Aroha could well be in the Ferns’ ranks as they attempt to clip the wings of the UsA Eagles at Chicago’s soldier Field. Yet, no test match is ever a lay down misere; during her career – embracing three rugby and one rugby league world cup campaigns – she has seen the quality of international women’s rugby rise. “All the other countries are catching up so it’s getting harder to come up with ways to beat the world,” she says. “But because most of us have been playing rugby (pretty much) since we could walk – it’s our ‘mother game’ – that has to be an advantage to us.” As discussions on pay equity in sport, this apprentice builder believes success on the field is crucial to ensuring rugby’s women have the flexibility needed to train and compete. “i’d like to think women’s rugby could [achieve pay parity] in future. i didn’t even expect to be getting contracts this year, though, so you never know,” Aroha says. “it’s all about bums on seats; the [women’s] game is growing and definitely attracting more and more people to come and watch.”

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“You need to change your wording on that, they’ll be double tests!” she says. “Every time i pull on the black jersey it’s special but to be playing before the All Blacks would be amazing... i think we can [win two from two]. All the girls have been training hard and excited to take them on.”

Storm warning? Aroha savage may have moved on from her old stomping ground of Eden Park, but the former storm loose forward believes Auckland could well be poised to claim the Farah Palmer Cup, as Jon RAWLinson discovered. For 18 years, a storm was raging in new Zealand women’s rugby. Dominating the game to a degree that would make a Crusader envious, the Auckland storm claimed 15 titles from 16 tournaments. For the last two seasons, their trophy cabinet has been missing a most coveted piece of silverware, the Farah Palmer Cup, but it appears the team is a long way from running out of puff. “Auckland’s tradition of success is one that can’t be broken and the team culture there is awesome,” former storm forward, Aroha savage, says. “They’re definitely going through a lull but they are a really strong side so i do expect to see them in the finals again this year.” Aroha played five seasons with the storm (2008-12), winning five

titles in the process, and yet, in 2016 she helped the Counties heat break Auckland’s enviable seven season winning streak. “Years ago, there were way too many girls missing out on provincial rugby because we were all under Auckland. Counties gave more of us a chance to be seen at that next level,” she recalls. “Winning the cup with Counties was massive – it took us three years but we got there.” Following a sojourn to hong Kong last year, this gutsy Black Fern will strengthen the heat. however, her team will have to face the storm without the leadership of inspirational former coach (also an ex-Auckland coach and captain), Davida suasua. Aroha says Davida (who featured in EastLife’s July 2017 issue) leaves big boots to fill.

“Davida coached me at Auckland and shifted to Counties about the same time i did – i guess she could see potential for more competition too. “she’s a massive loss. she’s been like a mother to us so, when she announced her retirement, it was a big shock. her knowledge and experience will be missed.” in addition, the heat is losing more impressive firepower with Black Ferns Renee Wickliffe and Portia Woodman headed to the Bay of Plenty. Defending champs, Canterbury, will likely also be in the mix come september, Aroha believes. “Canterbury will be rearing to go, for sure! They’ll test Auckland, Counties and Bay of Plenty this year. The competition is just so tough now so, who knows, they could go back-to-back.”

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Less listings and average sales numbers Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on the local real estate market happenings. As winter progresses, it appears less and less people are coming to the market; shows 338 properties currently for sale in our area. This continues the downward trend from 382 last month and previous months of 403 for May, 441 for April and 459 in March. Sales numbers for our area, just released by REINZ, were 134, two more than June 2017 but down on last month’s 161. Days to sell were 44, up from last month’s 41 days. The median price continues to hover in the $1-1.1 million bracket and rounded out

the month at $1,089,000, up from last month’s $1,049,000. We are 2% up on the median price from 12 months ago and 1% down from 2 years ago. On the ground there are still good numbers attending open homes with there being very genuine buyers. However, many people are having difficulty finding a property to suit. The median for the month, Auckland-wide, was $850,000. In June 2017 the median was $856,000 so, like our local market, Auckland overall has settled back but holds relatively steady.

Days to sell at 40 was the same as last month, but up slightly from June last year which was 38 days. The number of sales across Auckland was 1834, down from May’s 2445. Twelve months ago there were 1822 sales and 12 months prior to that, 2640 which shows how much the market has quietened from its heyday. The number of sales across Auckland was 1834, down from May’s 2445. Properties available for sale across Auckland are at their lowest in nine months – 8356, down from 8560 at the same time last year. This downwards trend shows across the country with the number of properties available for sale decreasing by 3.8% from 23,507 to

22,605 – 902 properties less than 12 months ago. also reported there were 8136 new listings for the month; down 10% on the same month last year. Sales numbers across the country for June decreased marginally, down to 6034 from 6131 in June 2017. However, the median for the country is up 5.7% to $560,000 from June last year which was $530,000. If excluding Auckland from the national figures, the median is $460,000 – up 7% from the same month last year which indicates it is the Auckland market bringing the national figures back. Please feel free to contact me anytime on 027 496 6966 to discuss your property needs.

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This means we are now legally required to gather more information from you and to take reasonable steps to verify the information provided is correct. At a minimum we will need to obtain the full name, date of birth, nationality and address of our clients and verify this information is correct against a reliable, independent source. The best way to verify your identity would be to bring your passport when engaging our services. We are also required to verify your current address by sighting a document, for example, a utility bill or bank statement. This must be in your name and must not be more than 3 months old. But it doesn’t stop there! if you have a trust or a company, further information is required. For example, if you have a trust your lawyer will need to identify and verify the identity of the settlors, the trustees and obtain the full name and dates of birth of the beneficiaries as well as the trust’s source of funds and/or source of wealth.

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Pick me! After living a few more years, you begin to realise, to your abject horror that, despite your increasingly positive opinion of your wonderful self, your assessment is not always shared by them ‘decision-makers’. often, ‘they’ do not pick you for something important to you. They pick another. ‘i say, wot!’ What kind of asteroid have you landed upon, eh? of the gazillion available planets, you fav’rite parents chose the meanest one in the Galaxy! oh poep. What to do? Please hang in there Team, until Part 2 in EastLife, september, oK. Ta.

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Winnie’s the one To quote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Don’t Panic!” With Ms Ardern on her ‘baby break’, Mr Peters – who some would argue hitchhiked his way to the top – has kept the ship of state from sinking as acting PM, as our take on the latest reports from New Zealand’s top office suggest.

Winston Labours on... Amid the outpouring of (in some cases rather verbose) well wishes following the birth of Jacinda Ardern’s baby girl, the PM’s temporary replacement voiced his own congratulations. “Can I extend very best wishes to all the family at this very happy time,” Mr Peters said and, without waiting for an answer, continued to do so anyway: “Like the rest of the country we welcome the news of the birth of a healthy baby and are naturally delighted for the new parents.” Lengthy celebrations with whiskey and cigars may contributed to the need for brevity with his statement but, almost certainly, this had more to do with the need for the former National MP to get to grips with running a Labour-led government.

with other countries to ensure chemical weapons are never used under any circumstances.” New Zealand is among a number of countries to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Trump trumped by Peters? The family that plays together may stay together but, following some recent backtracking by Donald Trump, so too can the family that crosses borders illegally. “Separating families at the southern border was concerning,” our Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, said.

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“The practice of separating children from their parents and detaining them was simply not a humanitarian approach and any reversal of that practice should be welcomed.”

Good chemistry can aid the transition of leadership in politics but bad chemistry is definitely out, New Zealand’s acting PM and Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control believes.

While ‘The Donald’ is not commonly known for being swayed from his chosen course, it seems New Zealand’s none-too-significant political clout went some way towards his change of heart.

“It is vital that the international community comes together to ensure the prohibition on chemical weapons is upheld,” Mr Peters said following fresh calls internationally for a ban on such weapons.

“The coalition government conveyed its concerns to the US Embassy in Wellington [relaying our] views,” Mr Peters said. “It appears the US President has heeded the outcry by signing a new Executive Order which allows ‘family unity’.”

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M5 rides on 20” alloys shod with Pirelli P Zero rubber.

M5 to the four What we have right here, ladies and gentleman, is quite possibly the ultimate sleeper. A sleeper is a car that looks all mainstream and proper, but has the kind of performance that will not only knock your socks off, it’ll rip your toenails out at the same time and you’ll enjoy the experience.

Top right: BMW sales manager at Auckland City BMW Eric Zhang, welcomes the arrival of the new BMW M5; Bottom right: Select ‘Sport’ mode and a synthesised exhaust growl that matches engine rpms is played through the car’s stereo system; the engine sounds quieter with the windows down than up, which is weird. M5 feels smaller than it is when you’re behind the steering wheel; Bottom left: The latest version of BMW’s 4.4-litre V8 engine with M Twin Power turbo technology helped new M5 win World Performance Car 2018. BMW’s new M5 is, by the company’s own admission, ‘a luxurious four-door business sedan with a taste for the track’. And that’s what makes it crazy, mental fun. M5 doesn’t look a lot different to your everyday 5 Series. No flared guards, no tacky wings and spoilers, no ridiculous graphics. Just a set of tasty wheels, a carbon-fibre roof and a smattering of discreet M5 badges. Under that clean, conservative and sneaky styling lurks a V8 which can be sedate when grandma is riding shotgun, yet can be as subtle as a plane crash when you have a hankering for an automotive adrenaline rush that just keeps on giving. The twin turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 is carried over from the previous M5, albeit with a bit of a tickle-up that has boosted power and torque to mind-altering 441kW (close to 600hp) and 750Nm respectively. M5 is only available with an eight-speed automatic, and it’s a conventional auto, not a dual

clutch. Want a manual? Tough luck. But don’t sweat the lack of a third pedal; the auto is superb, and paddle shifts make it entertaining. The extra grunt and the lack of a manual aren’t M5’s headline news. For the first time in history, an M car is all-wheel drive (ignoring the M SUVs of course). BMW M cars and rear-wheel drive have been synonymous for, like, forever, so having the V8 drive all four wheels is a bold departure. Purists would expect that new M xDrive all-wheel drive would dumb things down. However, even in 4WD mode when the driver gets all excited the stability system (DSC) will allow the rear end to step out a little before bringing everything back in line. Better still, 4WD Sport mode allows even bigger rear-wheel slides, and in the third mode, 2WD, things get a little crazy. Or at least that’s what the PR says. To activate 2WD the driver also has to switch stability control off. BMW NZ expressly

forbade EastLife from turning DSC off as it’s for track only, and voids the insurance.

incarnation. And at $199,900, it’s also cheaper.

So, we’re not going to tell you that in 2WD with DSC off, the M5 can make like a grin-inducing, tyre smoking drift car, because rules are rules, right?

It’s impossible to single out specific highlights because M5 excels in every way. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable, which is why EastLife was happy to leave it in Comfort mode 90% of the time.

What we can tell you is that with three xDrive modes, three modes for the variable suspension damping and electronic steering, and three modes for the engine characteristics, things can get a tad complicated.

Grip is immense, and with so much torque on tap this thing rockets out of corners like you wouldn’t believe. BMW claims a zero to 100km/h time of a mere 3.3 seconds, however, overseas testers have recorded 2.8 seconds!

Good news is that there’s a simple solution to this mass of modes. Find the combinations which suit driving to work in rush hour, and for scaring your passengers stupid during a Sunday morning blast on the backroads, then save, and turn them on and off, with one push of bright red M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.

That’s exotic supercar quick, as in insanely quick, and it’s a four-door luxury sedan with an ultra-plush leather interior, and almost every comfort, safety and convenience feature known to mankind.

Despite the added heft of the all-wheel drive system, new M5 is slightly lighter than the previous

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Airbag recall– a long and winding road In wake of recalls on hundreds of thousands of car airbags, JON RAWLINSON shares his own experience being driven crazy. ‘They should recall Judith Collins,’ a social media wag by the name of ‘Rod Long’ opines, ‘She’s been an airbag for 15 years!’ Fifteen years might not be a long time in politics but more than two years driving a car with a safety feature that could have (ironically) killed us was more than enough for me. Recently, Kris Faafoi (Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs) joined the chorus of dissatisfaction regarding the progress of airbag recalls. “As at the end of May, there were 53,013 vehicles in New Zealand which still had the most dangerous Alpha airbags. That’s 53,013 families and whanau travelling in cars with airbags which are at risk of exploding and sending fragments throughout the vehicle. Since the recall was implemented at the end of May over 22,000 vehicles have been remedied,” he says. A further 306,029 (from 490,004) vehicles with Takata airbags are also yet to be replaced, Mr Faafoi adds. The Minister’s comments prompted me to recall my own recall experience from 2016-17. After

discovering my partner’s car might be affected, I contacted Mazda. The company confirmed we would be advised as soon as possible. During the next nine months, the All Blacks lost, ‘we’ won the America’s Cup, a Prime Minister resigned and (so it turns out) my partner – pregnant for part of this time – was driving a car with a potentially fatal flaw. Then, we finally received our recall letter. I emailed Mazda asking why this took so long to process. The company’s GM of sales and marketing, Glenn Harris – it’s amazing how quick we journalists are kicked upstairs! – responded: “With respect to your case, while

we were recalling similar vehicles to your own in late 2016; this was specific to a range within a prescribed VIN range which did not include your vehicle at that time... We are working to resolve this matter as soon as information is provided to us. However, that doesn’t necessarily come through in a linear manner; such is the nature and scope of this recall and its application.” Although I appreciate these are massive recalls, I am dismayed Mazda took so long merely to confirm whether our car was affected. However slight the risk may have been that our airbag could have blown up in our faces, shouldn’t we have had the right to make an


informed choice as to whether to take up `that risk or, instead, put the car up on blocks? In light of the more recent rounds of recalls, my advice is that everyone should check takataalpha and keep checking as the list is subject to change. If a vehicle is included, best assume it is affected; contact the manufacturer but be prepared to receive the same ‘creative’ definition of ‘asap’ as I did. It must be said that (proportionately) only a small number of deaths have resulted worldwide from these faulty safety features but that’s cold comfort to the families of those most unlucky few.


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