EastLife July 2019

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July 2019



Spanish adventures – livin’ la vida La Linea! Harlequin director’s good ‘Company’ McCombe’s comb – artistry in action Local craftsman, sharp skills


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IN THE FASHION GROOVE: Trend-setting youngsters can set parents back a dollar or two when it comes to their yen for labels and designer styles. And, these days. dressing to the nines can start at a very young age. But, now, there’s an easy way to source sassy kids’ clothing at less outlay than scouring the top shops. Read about Little Outfitters’ re-loved clothing initiative on page 27.

Ph 09 271 8000 www.eastlife.co.nz Editor: Helen Perry 09 271 8036, editor@eastlife.co.nz Sales: Jackie Underhill 09 271 8092, jackie@eastlife.co.nz Sales: Kate Ockelford-Green 09 271 8090, kate@eastlife.co.nz Design: Clare McGillivray 09 271 8067, clare@eastlife.co.nz Design: Claire Robertson 09 271 8061, media@eastlife.co.nz

Win, win for Jon! The EastLife team likes to think every magazine we put out is a winner – with our readers, at least! However, when it comes to putting up against other publications across the nation, the nerves sure do set in.

every month Jon’s skills showcase in all three magazines, helping us to maintain the quality of writing I expect in every edition.

So, on heading to Christchurch last month with other members of the Times Media team for the annual Community Newspaper Association Awards, I expected the competition to be stiff. It was, especially as the number of categories had narrowed – and there were heaps of entries!

What’s more, the twin win was an extra ‘quill’ in his writer’s cap – in December last year he was also a finalist in the prestigious Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards, his portfolio ranking highly in the Best Provincial/Community Sports Journalism category.

But what a wonderful moment when EastLife senior journalist, Jon Rawlinson was announced Runner-up Best Senior Sports Journalist (across both newspapers and magazines) with his EastLife portfolio. But, then, a further surprise – just as he was about to leave the stage, he was also named Best Senior Sport Journalist for his portfolio from sister magazine, Rural Living. I was later given to understand his third portfolio from the group’s SOUTH magazine nearly toppled his EastLife entry... but it didn’t! Not, that I would have minded as

So, it was cheers all round as a somewhat euphoric team ensured it celebrated in style before returning to Auckland and the

And, now that it’s all over for another year, we are nose to the grindstone as the team looks to bring you stories on locals whose talents deserve showcasing. With that in mind, I hope readers enjoy our arts Q&A with theatre director Grant Meese, Jes Magill’s chat with a hairdresser whose talents extend to burlesque and some travel insights which are bound to inspire holiday thoughts. There is plenty more to provide an hour of relaxation, so grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!

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However, while his dual Christchurch accolade (in this hard fought category) was cause for rejoicing, the good news trebled when Botany and Ormiston Times (also a Times Media publication) won the Community Newspapers Best Front Page – a testament to the skills of its editorial, photographic and production teams.

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July ➤ EXPOS & FESTIVALS Elemental AKL festival July 1-31, various locations Auckland-wide This new festival, designed around the elements of air, fire, earth and water, is set to warm up winter. Featuring free and ticketed events (including such highlights as the Craft’d Wine + Spirits Festival and Tectonic Shift, a musical voyage aboard the Endeavour), Elemental AKL explores the cultures that make Auckland such a vibrant place to live. For a full programme of events, see aucklandnz.com/ elementalfestival.

➤ MUSICALS & THEATRE The Book of Everything July 6-27, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga Based on the award-winning children’s book of the same name, by Guus Kuijer, this stage show captures a magical story about a child learning to act when faced with fear and injustice. For more information visit hlt.org.nz.

for details and see page 12 to read our Q&A interview with director, Grant Meese. Eating the Wolf July 31 – August 3, from 8pm, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga The Food Show Lemmy (of Motorhead Auckland fame) suggested we July 25-28, ASB Showgrounds, ‘eat the rich’ but the 217 Green Lane West, Epsom heroine of this play Whether you’re on a seafood diet isn’t interested in rich or a ‘see food? diet!’, this show is sure pickings. A retelling to have something suited to all tastes. of the Grimms’ grim Foodstuffs ranging from the exotic and story of a woman the ‘garden-variety’ to wines, craft beers who goes to the Divas Through the Decades and so much more, this event provides ‘dogs’, this version of July 22, from 11am, Somervell a smorgasbord of treats, tips and Little Red Riding Hood Church, 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, products. See foodshow.co.nz sees the tables well and and July 23, St Columba Church, for details. truly turned! See hlt.org.nz/ 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany whats-on for details. Showcasing music by some of the Company greatest divas of the modern age July 27 – from the 1940s on – this show ➤ MUSIC & DANCE – August 10, Harlequin Musical reveals that the world has known Theatre, 563R Pakuranga Road, plenty of women who can roar. NYO Celebrates Howick If powerful voices and dramatic July 6, from 7.30pm, Auckland With all due respect to Beyonce, ballads are likely to set your toes Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City if you like life maybe you ought a-tapping, this concert is for you. The New Zealand Youth Orchestra not put a ring on it. Unmarried More information accessible via and New Zealand Youth Choir at the age of 35, Robert (the operatunity.co.nz. share their talents at the Town protagonist in this stage Hall this month. Celebrating the comedy) weighs up orchestra’s 60th and the choir’s the pros and cons 40th anniversaries, these budding Peter & the Wolf Live of maintaining stars are sure to shine. More July 21, from 11am & 2pm, his epic run as a information at nzso.co.nz. ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 bachelor. Will Mayoral Drive, Auckland City he change his The Royal Family Tour During a performance suited to all the tune and fall July 6, 8-9.30pm, BNZ Theatre, family, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic comes in step with Vodafone Events Centre, to thanks to an Oscar-winning animated the wedding 770 Great South Rd, Manukau film and the musical skills of the march or If William, Harry and the rest of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. buck the trend the ‘Windsor possie’ had moves See apo.co.nz/whats-on for and remain a like these performers, the Queen details. singleton for the would, most certainly, be amused! rest of his days? See These hip hop championshipharlequintheatre.co.nz winning dancers are all set


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Orchids July 17-20, from 7.30pm, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland The talents of acclaimed Kiwi choreographer, Sarah Foster-Sproull are again set to bloom when this show takes to the stage. A study, through movement, of the female psyche, this show is sure to have the audience on its feet too. Details via qtheatre.co.nz.

to step up and deliver during this one-night-only show. See thepalacedancestudio.co.nz/ events for further information. New Zealand String Quartet – national tour July 7, St Mary’s Cathedral Church, 446 Parnell Road, Parnell Playing their way across the country, the New Zealand String Quartet is proving that good things come with strings attached. On July 7, the quartet will perform in their one (and only) Auckland show presenting music from the 18th-20th Centuries. For full details, see nzsq.org.nz. All You Need is Love July 28, from 7.30pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City Okay, so people keen to see a celebration of one of the most famous music groups of the 20th Century might need a little more


than ‘love’ to land themselves a ticket but, thanks to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, such a show is likely to be worth every penny. Showcasing 30 Beatles’ songs, this concert is a homage to a band that set the beat for millions. See apo.co.nz/whats-on for more information.

➤ ARTS Estuary Art Awards Exhibition July 6 – September 1, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick Award-winning work showcasing the ecological value of the Tamaki estuary will be on show at Uxbridge. Visit uxbridge.org.nz/ gallery for more information. Howick Art Group Mid Winter Exhibition July 18-22, Fencible Lounge, 25 Uxbridge Rd, Howick Award-winning work by some of

the most talented local artists will be on display at Howick Art Group’s showpiece event at Fencible Lounge this month. The 2019 exhibition is dedicated to stalwarts of this local group (Beryl Bettis, David Sabourin and Graham Pettit) who have passed away during the last year. See howickartgroup.org.nz. New Zealand International Film Festival July 18 – August 4, times & venues vary, Auckland City When it comes to moving pictures, this festival is the ‘reel’ deal! Featuring films - from international and home-grown talent - this year’s line-up expects to impress. For a full schedule, visit nziff.co.nz.

➤ FAMILY FUN Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends August 2-4, Spark Arena, 42-80 Mahuhu Cres, Parnell Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? There can be only one answer to that question! A giant of children’s

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Matariki on the Waterfront July 5-7, times vary, Silo Park, Cnr Beaumont St & Jellicoe St, Auckland City Celebrate Matariki in style at Silo. In addition to a feast of warming winter kai – with more than just a taste of hangi on the menu – to workshops, performances and more, this event is set to be a ‘star-studded’ affair. See silopark.co.nz for further information.

entertainment is set to get his skates on in August when the mightiest of mice and plenty more Disney characters hit the ice at Spark Arena. See sparkarena.co.nz for details.

➤ MOTORING & RACING CRC Speedshow July 20-21, times vary, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom If it has four wheels (or two) and revs, you’re bound to find it (or something for it) at this annual show. Celebrating all things automotive, this event will suit hot Rods and cool custom-ers alike. See asbshowgrounds.co.nz for more information.

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Sir Barry Curtis honoured It was a buoyant gathering of friends, former colleagues and business associates plus more who turned out during Queen’s Birthday Weekend to celebrate, recognise and honor Sir Barry Curtis’ many civic achievements throughout Manukau and the Auckland region. As a long-serving mayor of the former Manukau City, Sir Barry was instrumental in spearheading the city’s progress during his mayoralty from 1983 to 2007 and during his previous terms as a councillor as well as while serving on the Auckland Regional Council. Photographer CARMEN BIRD was at The Apothecary to record the event, organised by Howick councillor Sharon Stewart.





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1: Sir Barry Curtis; 2: Marilyn Bakker, Wally Rice; 3: Henriette and Elias Nakhle; 4: Reay Neben, Sir Barry Curtis, Sharon Stewart; 5: Rebecca and Simeon Brown with daughter Anna; 6: Anne Candy, Sir Barry Curtis; 7: Allan and Raewyn Pilbrow; 8: Saroj Rambhai, Praful Rambhai; 9: Leigh Auton, Jennie Auton, Warwick McNaughton; 10: Alan Parker, Judith Collins, Val Lott; 11: Angela Dalton, Daniel Newman, Stella Cattle; 12: Diane and Grant Taylor; 13: Kit Wong, Teresa Wong, Charmaine Cole. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Grant Meese It might not matter whether a theatre director really does ‘break a leg’ but much more than good luck is required when preparing a cast to tread the boards, as prolific Harlequin Musical Theatre director, Grant Meese, would attest. Set to direct both the Howick-based theatre company’s next show (titled Company), and the iconic Les Misérables (at The Civic) later this year, EastLife posed a few questions to this former Whitford local about his upcoming projects and his craft in general. What is Harlequin’s next production (Company) about? The story is based around Bobby, a single man who’s turning 30. A group of couples organise a surprise birthday party for him and we gain an insight into all their lives while also learning about a few of Bobby’s girlfriends and his failed relationships. It is a brilliant piece with lots of laughs, lots of ‘oh, that’s me!’ moments and fantastic music as well as an exquisite cast. In November, you’re directing Les Mis, which has been adapted to suit a ‘modern audience’ what does that mean exactly? How different is it to the original? The adaptations are more to do with the music and length of the show than the look. While there have been a few new designs, it is a classic and retains its historical content. It has been cut down [from 3 hours to 2.40] but, in essence, nothing has really been left out. The story remains intact and only small ‘fill’ sections have been adapted, so they still tell the story, but in a slightly condensed time frame. Is there more pressure to meet audience expectations when presenting such a classic as Les Mis? Yes. Many will have seen it before, will have favourite characters, or actors, and will want to relive those memories. When and how did you become

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involved with community theatre? How many community theatre shows have you directed over the years? I did not have the opportunity to study drama at school, but I first went on stage, aged 12, after being encouraged by a teacher. I was in a variety show put on by Peninsula Players based at Whangaparoa Hall. It was their first show and I spent the next 7-10 years being part of that group, learning as much as I could. I later became involved with groups including Auckland Music Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre and, of course, Harlequin Musical Theatre. I had a focus on musical directing but, as my interest grew, I tried my hand at choreographing and, only then, the bigger role of director. To date I have probably directed approximately 30 musicals in Auckland and around the country. Why is community theatre important? I see theatre as one of the many components (also including sport, cultural, educational and many other things) in any individual’s life which builds who we are and what we take through life. Without being exposed to, and involved in, some of these activities – while learning from others and being put out of our comfort zone – we may not find ways to express ourselves and grow. I’m delighted to see so many more opportunities for children

in community theatre. I see this as very positive for theatre of the future and in helping ensure growth and vibrancy in our communities in general. Recently, film and theatre legend, Ian Mune, described directing to EastLife as being more about ensuring creative people are all going in the same direction than directing them as to how to do their jobs. Would you agree? That is so true! You start with a group of actors and a creative team and, by the time you’re a week from opening, you could, potentially, have 200 people working on the production. With so many involved, a director must deliver a clear vision, but you also needs to allow people the creative freedom to do their jobs and meet that vision. While directing is your forte, it’s not been the only role you’ve played, correct? I’ve been very lucky in experiencing most facets of theatre, including playing in the orchestra, acting and as a production manager. I continue to try and involve myself in any way I can so that I understand all areas in theatre while experiencing what I then ask others to do. You’ve directed such shows as: Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, CATS and Grease, to name just a few; which have you most enjoyed directing?

I have so many favourites but, probably, it would have been Phantom. It was not a production that I was originally inspired by. However, once I started working on it I totally fell in love with the story and the process of the show as a whole. What’s your dream production to direct – one you haven’t directed before? I think my dream production would be Dreamgirls. The music is sensational and, teamed with brilliant casting, staging, costuming, lighting and sound, it would be ‘the one’ for me. If you could be Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage for one day, what would you do first and why? I would look at more opportunities for funding our kids to be the creatives, designers and actors of the future whilst ensuring that we fund sustainable models so they can work locally. If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? Freddie Mercury – I would love to hear his stories and maybe he could sing me a song or two. Casey Nicholaw – one of the best musical staging directors I have seen; she combines simplicity, slickness and attitude into great storytelling so I would learn so much from her. Walt Disney – if he was alive now, seeing the world of today, I think I would be enthralled by his vision. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Of course, seeing small children lift up their hats to reveal their identity to family members in the crowd was amusing. I don’t speak Spanish, but I’m pretty sure they were saying something like: “Hey, Gran, it’s me!”

Holy week in Spain In Madrid for a food expo, ROBYN YOUSEF and her husband intended to spend a week visiting business contacts but every appointment they tried to make was met with a firm, “No, we’re on holiday for Easter.” Instead they booked a rental car and drove 600 kilometres south to La Linea where Robyn reports, “we embraced the festive spirit.” Read on…

Spectacular floats, costumes, pageantry, brass bands and masses of incense are all magnificent during Spain’s Holy Easter Week (Semana Santa) but the parades are unique events. Even the most cynical tourist can’t help but get caught up in the amazing atmosphere surrounding these processions which attract huge crowds. We soon discovered that Easter Week is the most important religious celebration in Spain with most towns having their own celebrations and almost every resident being involved in some way. We arrived in La Linea on a beautiful autumn evening just as one of the Holy Week parades was finishing and the town was in full fiesta mode. I was immediately taken by the relaxed vibe and friendly atmosphere. La Línea de la Concepción (its full name) in the province of Cádiz in Andalucia has a population of about 65,000. As in most traditional Spanish towns, the Catholic Church

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crowd was amusing. I don’t speak Spanish, but I’m pretty sure they were saying something like: “Hey, Gran, it’s me!”

dominates the town square, which is the hub of local life and packed with people and activities during this week. Locals of all generations were drinking at tables and relaxing with the entire extended family or “familia.”

Carrying the magnificent “pasos” or floats in the processions are members of associations known as ‘cofradias’ or ‘brotherhoods’.These are a strong Spanish tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.

On Palm Sunday we joined the crowd which crammed into the square and streets, lining the procession route. The Andalusia area is particularly known for ornate and lively Semana Santa parades with extra colour provided by the region’s flamenco heritage. Other northern areas claim more ‘sombre’ affairs. Here in Linea we first heard the approaching procession via music from the town’s large band then we spotted the giant cross which is always carried at the front of the parade. We were soon caught up in the festive spirit although I must confess there was something slightly eerie about the costumers worn by participants. The traditional ‘capirote’ includes long belted robes and a tall conical hat which covers the face – locals

were quick to point out there were no connections to the USA’s Ku Klux Klan! According to history, this style of dress was worn by people during penance. As a sign of atoning for their sins, they would walk through the town with their faces covered so no one would recognise then as sinners hence the parades became known as ‘penance processions.’ Of course, seeing small children lift up their hats to reveal their identity to family members in the

Membership is usually open to any Catholic person and family tradition is an important element to becoming a member. Women and children join the parade too with many wearing black and the classical mantilla (or lace veil). Occasionally, above the noise of the band, I could hear ‘saetas’ or bursts of flamenco music from locals leaning out of balconies overlooking the route. The floats with huge sculptures of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary (some by famous Spanish artists) were festooned with flowers and huge silver candelabras. Floats can weigh more than 1000 kilograms and many brotherhoods www.eastlife.co.nz

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Some things just don’t travel well… Many a traveller has been caught out when shopping overseas. Items which captured the imagination and promised to wow family and friends when brought home may not only fail to live up to expectations but can look downright out of place as ROBYN YOUSEF so aptly explains.

have owned and preserved their pasos for hundreds of years. So, of course, those carrying these works of art needed regular breaks to gather their strength. It took about 40-50 men, called Nazarenos, to carry one float and some – for extra penance – walked barefoot and shackled. On the other hand, I was amused to see some mega trendy sportswear on their feet – they certainly looked slightly incongruous being just visible below the bottom of the float. While Easter is a time for the Spanish to take to the streets and watch these elaborate Passion enactments, the holiday mood also sees plenty of drinking and joyful eating among family and friends. For readers planning an autumn trip to Spain (particularly to the ‘not so sombre’ the south), check out the timing of the Holy Week and try to include these vibrant, memorable parades in your itinerary – visitors don’t have to be religious to find the experience unforgettable. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Two large hibiscus blooms defined my bosom and another two my ample backside – yes, you have probably guessed it. While on holiday in Apia, Samoa, I fell in love with a loosefitting, floaty frock – it looked so exotic and so Samoan.

Island patterns. In fact, that’s all one really needs in laidback Samoa – some cool t-shirts, a pair of jandals and, of course, a couple of lava lavas which will then look gorgeous as a throw to brighten any room when you return home.

I decided it was just the dress to help me blend into the island atmosphere seamlessly and would be perfect for casual outings back home.

But sometimes we never live and learn. In Fiji I was carried away by the culture of an Indian family we stayed with and thought it was extraordinarily exotic to don an ankle bracelet. Then our friends from Fendalton in Christchurch joined us and I was told to “take that silly thing off.” I’m just not an ankle bracelet sort of Sheila, but the ambience of foreign localities is catching.

What’s more, it felt so much better than my sensible ‘travelling uniform’ – a co-ordinated cotton ensemble made especially for women of a certain age and size. No, I like to meld in with the locals when I travel…and I felt the style suited me well. Sadly, I’m inclined to forget that the old chestnut about ‘whatever goes on tour should stay on tour’ also broadly applies to exotic outfits bought in haste when overseas. My little hibiscus number just didn’t look the part at a Kiwi pot luck. But the real rub came when I examined my purchase more closely.

After a visit to Paris, I was determined to return to New Zealand displaying impeccable French style. Sadly, the only garment I could afford, and that fitted me (sort of), was a formfitting, beautifully-cut, but very heavy, woollen coat. It was incredibly chic but so snug that I could only wear it over my underwear! Auckland outings in my French one-piece were obviously very limited.

I always like to support the local economy when travelling so I was shocked to discover my ‘Samoan’ couture was actually made in Thailand. What’s more, the fabric which felt like cool cotton was really 100% rayon!

Dunedin author (and friend), Sandy McKay, recently recalled her delight with the results of a shopping excursion in Kuala Lumpur’s markets while visiting Malaysia.

I should have gone for the dependable lava lava (sarong) sold everywhere in gorgeous

“A range of exotic beauties were all splayed out on my hotel room bed – 15 garments all locally

Dainty ankle adornments – not so alluring on sturdy middle-aged legs. made,” she told me. “With accessories to match – shell necklaces, and bright beaded earrings – they looked extremely stylish in sunny K.L And, they were sooooo reasonable!” However, in the cold, hard light of an Otago day, Sandy realised her tropical treasures were totally out of place. “I had to face facts – whenever I wore one of these outfits, I felt as if I was off to a fancy dress party. My Asian ethnic fashion wear just didn’t suit my casual Dunedin lifestyle.” So, next summer, if you see a woman sporting two large hibiscus blooms on her derriere, it could be me. But, I very much doubt it. We all know some items bought on holiday in excited haste just don’t travel well. But do we learn from the experience? For sure I intend sticking to clothing brands I know and trust in New Zealand but... but, I would like to know what happened to that Fijian ankle bracelet ...and... maybe the hibiscus blooms do exude a kind of sunny appeal; perhaps they’ll manage at a Kiwi barbecue after all! eastlife | july 2019 |


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With a raft of holiday deals to the Pacific Islands on offer, decisions are not easy but, for some, it’s hard to look beyond flight specials with Air Vanuatu teamed with various four and five day resort deals in and around the island nation’s capital, Port Vila. What’s more, most of the stay deals include extras such as complimentary breakfast, perhaps a massage, use of water sports equipment and more. So, when keen travellers spot a return airfare such as $599pp (or a little more depending on dates) plus a four or five night resort break coming in at $699pp and upwards, it’s a no brainer that these should be explored. Firstly, flying Air Vanuatu is a breeze – no need to choose from seat, seat and bag, works and the like. Every fare, even specials,

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with Air Vanuatu includes a meal and refreshments. Once landed and checked into your chosen resort, there are plenty of attractions to take holiday makers touring around the island, or on the sea, but for those who enjoy dining and wining, Port Vila, unlike many island escapes, offers a multitude of fine restaurants for eating out. Of course, key resorts have their own attractive restaurants which are generally difficult to bypass but an abundance of independent cafes and highly rated restaurants are a big temptation too. With many offering novel dishes, including superb seafood, plus a number ensuring there is entertainment on offer – The Beach Bar’s fire show is excellent – staying in-house isn’t the only option. A night on the town can make a Port Vila holiday special. Naturally, it is each to his or her own, but Vanuatu, could be just the ticket if never tried before.

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makes for easy riders The New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association has more than 50 groups throughout the country. Totara Park RDA in Manukau was formed 42 years ago in Whitford and is one of its earliest. ANGELA KEMP trotted down to see it in action.

The smile on Rory Phillips face says it all – he’s in his happy place and can’t wait to get started on his weekly ride. Now aged eight, Rory has been coming to Totara Park with his mum from their home in Howick for the past three years. “He’s been coming since he was five and had just started school at Howick Primary,” she says. “I saw a notice about the RDA and decided to get in touch. Rory has Down’s Syndrome and I read online that riding would be very good for improving his muscle tone. “He wasn’t very keen for the first couple of times but he loves coming every week now. It’s really improved his confidence.” RDA is all about providing goalbased riding activities which increase the ability, strength and confidence of people of all ages with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges. Nationally it has more than 3000 children and adults on its books Totara Park has about 55 riders a week who come from south eastern Auckland, including Pakuranga, Howick, Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai, Clevedon, Manukau, Manurewa, and Papakura. Each year it provides 2000 hours of riding therapy for people with disabilities thanks to a loyal team or 60 volunteers. ”They’re not all horsey types, some didn’t know one end of a horse from another when they started and they’ve grown into it,” says Anne Chamberlin, club vice president. “A lot of them, including myself, learned to ride here and look after the horses because they love it.” She’s a case in point: now a sprightly 73-year-old, Anne was a

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“From a therapist’s perspective it’s just incredible because you can get them [the riders] to do things on the horse that they just can’t do on the ground.” Photos Wayne Martin

young mum with a three-year-old and no previous experience with horses when she signed up 38 years ago. “I responded to an appeal for volunteers as I had a physiotherapy background. I wasn’t horsey but was soon hooked. “From a therapist’s perspective it’s just incredible because you can get them (the riders) to do things on the horse that they just can’t do on the ground.” Ben Styles is 12 and has been riding since he was six, taking time out of his wheelchair to sit atop his favourite pony Zoe, a paint coloured pony with a tail most blondes would die for. A confident rider, he likes Zoe best because she’s ‘fast’. But wise Ben knows there’s a more serious and therapeutic side to his regular visits. “I’m not scared of any of the horses and I like coming because it stretches my body and makes me feel more comfortable and it’s fun.”

The RDA team, which includes its own therapist along with others involved such as teachers and physiotherapists work collaboratively to ensure each rider has an individual programme which takes into account their abilities, needs and personal goals. The sessions are held on Mondays and Thursdays plus two small rides on a Tuesday. The club has nine horses (the maximum it can have because of grazing requirements) and the riders’ range in age from just three-years-old to a lady in her 60s (although 90 per cent of riders are under the age of 16 years). Bomb-proof horses are a necessity and to see Totara Park’s mounts at work is a joy to behold. Anne says they are always looking for new ponies and horses and have recently retired Shorty, an ex-racehorse who was a well loved part of the stable for 14 years. He’s now enjoying his retirement at the home of a volunteer. To qualify to be a Totara Park RDA mount, horses and ponies must be patient, fit and well, free-moving

with an even gait, have a great temperament and above all, be willing and happy to work. The horses are kept fresh by allowing pony club and adult riders to lease them. “This gives our horses a variety of different activities on site for non-RDA days and allows them to act like a ‘real’ horse for a while,” says Anne. “Most important is the exercise they get while out with a lessee.” The club started in 1975 in Whitford until moving to its present location at Totara Park Equestrian Centre 10 years ago. It has great facilities including club rooms and a huge undercover arena which enables activities to take place all year round, rain or shine.

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STraight from the horse’s mouth It costs at least $8000 each year to look after the health and welfare of one RDA horse. As the group charges only a minimal fee for its service, this nowhere near covers its running costs. This means volunteers spend many hours and resources on fundraising and sourcing corporate sponsorship to enable the group to carry on operating. It does not receive any Government funding.

This year Totara Park RDA has been lucky to secure a year’s sponsorship from YHI NZ Ltd, leading distributors of automotive and energy products. It will pay for the upkeep of Hershey, a handsome paint horse who likes to keep the rest of the herd in line.

to secure its future and invites enquiries.

But with eight other hardworking horses to care for, the group is desperate for further sponsorship

Further details available at www.totaraparkrda.org.nz

Businesses and individuals can support our RDA by sponsoring a horse and part-sponsorship starts from $100 a month. Oneoff donations of any amount are always welcome.

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WHAT IS IT LIKE STUDYING LAW? Wynyard Wood Solicitor, ALEX BENNETT shares her experience of studying law at university and how it has shaped her and her professional career.

The law is such a perplexing, challenging, inquisitive area of study in which I was lucky enough to have found an overwhelming interest. It took me six years to complete my law degree (alongside a Bachelor of Arts). My lecturers throughout university cherished and encouraged all law students to engage in discussions about the law. This enabled us to challenge viewpoints, judgments and different interpretations – law teaches you to think outside the box. My experience with studying law was difficult but rewarding; there is no right or wrong answer to the law. The work load was large, the cases required to be read were substantial, the assignments were long and the time involved was considerable. Weekends were non-existent for me as a law student, but I would not change my experience in any way. I would encourage anyone thinking of studying the law to do so. Of course, the workplace is different because the hypothetical

My experience with studying law was difficult but rewarding; there is no right or wrong answer to the law. The work load was large, the cases required to be read were substantial, the assignments were long and the time involved was considerable. problems you are given in law school, which go completely to plan, do not necessarily work the same way in the real world. However, the tools and skills I have learnt from law school are invaluable. They have been an asset in helping me learn and build my career. Not only did I gain a valuable and versatile education through law school but I formed lifelong friendships. You spend more time with these friends than away from them and they are with you throughout your career so build those bridges, develop your skills, learn from each other and build a career – in the law or not – of which you are proud.

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One of the best surprises that come from ‘investigating’ yourself, is that you are actually better than you think you are. In my travels to 57 countries of the world so far, speaking, coaching and mentoring, I have been pleasantly surprised, and confirm, we are all nearly 100% the same! You don’t even have to delve too far into the so-called ‘deep and meaningful’, to quickly assess what we all want... the same basic ‘add-ons’ to our ‘Inner Life’. Apart from wanting to eat, drink, sleep, bathe and other such boring life necessities, we all crave some undeniable ‘Human Apps’. The way I interpret this, is very different from the handful of Google sites where these ‘products’ are so named, because, as usual, they are ‘techno-centric’. I prefer to focus on ‘Humans’. You know... that fast-fading ‘species’ which surprisingly, still barely, inhabits the Earth! Here are some initial ‘Human Apps’ for our immediate needs. Some of these Apps are called... training courses, education, examples from key people such as parents, observations... and personal experiences, from which

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Power to the students Teacher Mrs Anita Munshi, has trained the students in peer mediation as part of the PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) programme the school has been involved with for the past few years. The school undertook PB4L because the value in strengthening relationships to help create more positive home and school environments was recognised. This could then result in the removal of barriers to engagement and also improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond.

The Peer Mediation programme is run by Cool Schools with the following philosophy: “Conflict is a part of everyday life; it’s how you deal with it that makes the difference.”

PROGRAMME AIMS: • To raise awareness of conflict and conflict responses • To develop empathy so that individuals listen to each other with understanding • To teach life-long conflict management skills • To develop leadership in giving service to others through peer mediation • To empower individuals in making positive choices for building successful relationships • To grow respectful, global citizens who value diversity and human rights

At Howick Primary School, our primary value of respect for self, others and the environment perfectly suits the aims behind Peer Mediation so the power and agency remains with the students. Some of the students explained what they understood their purpose was and why they chose to become mediators. Miguel said, “us peer mediators help children play together by solving their conflicts and not being bossy, not picking sides etc. I chose to be a peer mediator because I like helping people in the playground and help people make friends.”

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Jackson, Jacob, Alice and Brianna all saw their role as problem solving and Caitlin thought that as well as solving problems, peer mediators helped everyone get along and be happy. Zoe chose to be trained because she could see her value in solving issues and because she is not bossy or a person who takes sides. Principal, Leyette Callister acknowledges that an opportunity such as this enables students to develop their leadership skills, which bodes well for their futures as well as for playground harmony. “We are proud that they are willing to step up and support their fellow students in this way.”

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ABIGAIL AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUN So the popular TV theme tune asserts ‘it all started with a big bang’. But how did our universe really begin? Designed to shine a little light of understanding about how everything came into being, this charming book makes for an ideal bedtime story for young, enquiring minds. A magical journey through time and space, Abigail and the Birth of the Sun also features bright, colourful illustrations. Matthew Cunningham & Sarah Wilkins (illustrator): Abigail and the Birth of the Sun | RRP $19.99 | Picture Puffin

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MAKING THE TRANSITION TO SCHOOL LIFE Rockabye Early Learning Centre takes the care and education of young children seriously. Today, centre owner CARYN MAWKES has some tips on preparing children for school life. Starting school is a big step for children AND for parents. The most essential part is to ensure you and your child settle into school as calmly and happily as possible.


The transition to school can take time and it is totally normal for parents to feel as if they are on an emotional roller coaster. But, it is important to keep negative emotion at bay in front of your child. Children can easily pickup on these feelings which might make them apprehensive about school.

• Begin with 'transition to school visits' where you may have the opportunity to meet the teacher and be shown around the school.

To support you and your child in this exciting new school chapter, here are three important steps:

PLAN • When deciding on a school consider: the school prospectus, Education Review Office Report (ERO), contacting the school directly, word of mouth and, most importantly, see if you are in zone for the school you are interested in.

• Before starting school talk to your child about this exciting new transition using positive language.

• Encourage your child to take responsibility for personal belongings. This is all part of developing self-help skills which will be required at school.

SETTLE • A little organisation goes a long way to easing children into school routines. Ensure he or she is at school well before the bell goes. This will provide a chance to sort out his/her belongings, talk to peers and to settle into the day. • Discuss with your child as to where after-school pick up will be.

• Look at the school’s values and see if they suit yours. Most schools have websites with up-to-date and relevant information.

• Talk with your child about how the day went; ask, “what was the best part of your day?” This keeps the experience positive.

• When enrolling your child ensure you put down his/her name as early as possible to give the school time to plan for its teaching team.

• Talk openly with the teacher as to how your child is settling in. Once children gain a sense of belonging, they will confidently explore the new school surrounds, socialise and form friendships.

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At FORSYTH BARR we often meet with people nearing or in retirement who are considering how much money they need and how much they can draw down from their investments on a regular basis. The spectrum of views on this question ranges from those who wish to spend their last dollar to others who don’t wish to tap into their capital at all, perhaps intending to leave it all to the kids.

By Jon Rawlinson I know how Nelle must have felt, to some extent – some stories are just too tough to tell, leastways to tell them right. After her Pulitzer prize-winning debut novel, (To Kill a Mockingbird) met with widespread acclaim, Nelle (Harper) Lee became lost for words. However, almost 60 years later, another writer has found them.

In her book Furious Hours – Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, Casey Cep delivers a ‘true crime’ story of a ‘voodoo reverend’ who collected a fortune in insurance, following ‘misfortunes’ of friends and family, escaping the long arm of the law but not the hand of justice. Also renowned for assisting in the research of Truman Capote’s ‘true crime’ masterpiece, In Cold Blood), Ms Lee prepared extensive notes about the case from which Ms Cep draws. If that’s where Furious Hours finished, it would still be well worth reading. But (I would say) thanks to the indefatigable self-assurance of youth, Ms Cep carries on to give readers so much more – part two offers a mini biography of the reverend’s lawyer, and, in part three, readers are treated to a biography of Ms Lee herself. With Furious Hours, Ms Cep demonstrates adept (almost athletic) abilities with words and a maturity in her writing which is often found only in the lines (and between them) of grizzled, gnarled veterans. As with Mockingbird, readers of Furious Hours will find a www.eastlife.co.nz

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There are some rules of thumb for this calculation but since none of us can foresee the future there are always a lot of unknowns, such as:

“Through her efforts, Ms Cep acts like an enthusiastic investigator re-examining a cold case. However, after many furious hours, she is still unable to conclusively determine why the mockingbird of Alabama simply stopped singing.”

• What age do you expect to live to? • What lifestyle choices will you make in retirement? • How much investment risk are you prepared to take? • What investment returns are realistically achievable during your retirement years? While achieving a good

When dealing with our clients on a personalised basis we look at their full situation and how different investment mixes can help meet their investment objectives while still enabling them to sleep at night. We are friendly and approachable and will take time to understand and discuss your personal situation to assist your retirement decision making. The Auckland East team, whose views and opinions are expressed in this article, are Authorised Financial Advisers with Forsyth Barr in Auckland East. To arrange a meeting to discuss your investment objectives in confidence, call (09) 368 0170 or visit the office on the corner of Ti Rakau and Huntington Drives, Botany, Auckland. Submitted by Forsyth Barr Auckland East

This column is general in nature and should not be regarded as personalised investment advice. Disclosure Statements for Forsyth Barr Authorised Financial Advisers are available on request and free of charge.

book written by a young woman but driven by an old soul. So, why did Harper Lee never publish a work so many waited so long to read? Through her efforts, Ms Cep acts like an enthusiastic investigator re-examining a cold case. However, after many furious hours, she is still unable to conclusively determine why the mockingbird of Alabama simply stopped singing. And yet, instead of detracting from the work of either author, it adds to it – the only thing better than a mystery solved is one that will never die.

Local focus, global view If you are considering your current investment arrangements and want professional local service, backed by leading international and New Zealand research, market data and investment experience call David Morgan, Mark Steele and Esha Puggal on (09) 368 0170 or visit their office on the corner of Ti Rakau and Huntington Drives, Botany, Auckland. 0800 367 227 forsythbarr.co.nz Disclosure statements for Forsyth Barr Authorised Financial Advisers are available on request and free of charge.


In 2015, a little less than a year before her death, Ms Lee did publish a second novel, however Go Set a Watchman (effectively a sequel to Mockingbird) was not the book she had promised to deliver for decades. Now, Casey Cep picks up where Ms Lee left off.

Of course, someone with substantial assets, like Bill Gates, would have a very different attitude to investing $500,000 compared to someone for whom that sum must provide for them for 30 years.

investment return is important to everyone, risk and return often go hand in hand. We often find that people are quite unaware of the range of investment risks they may currently be taking.


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Reloved fashion for kids Kids’ high fashion on a budget – who’s kidding who? Well, not Little Outfitters, a newly launched re-loved online marketplace. This Auckland-based, one-shop platform, where parents can cycle their children’s designer clothing and accessories, encourages parents to sell their pre-loved children’s clothing and, in so doing, enables other parents a lower-cost, more environmentally friendly alternative to buying new. Founder, Lucy Kirkwood says: “We’re not adding more materials to the world. We’re consciously recycling better ones.” From Kenzo to Nature Baby, designer children’s brands for 0-10 years can now be bought, sold, and re-loved from the site which offers mobile usability and instant payment.

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Howick’s world record-holding

Salon Savant

In 2017 Howick-born, London-based hairdresser Lauren McCombe stormed Toni & Guy’s 400-strong global salon competition being honoured for having the most clients and highest takings for the company, globally, since it opened in the 1960s. Still holding this record and now back home, Lauren shares with JES MAGILL what was involved and where to from here.

Early on the signs were there that Lauren McCombe would become a very talented hairdresser. Her mother was a stylist and, at nine years old, Lauren was braiding her friends’ hair during recess at Cockle Bay Primary School. She became so busy she started taking appointments. “When I was 12 I did ball hair for Macleans College girls and made a bit of money,” she says. Soon after, she styled hair for the cast of a production at her own high school, Howick College. At 14 she was already growing a clientele but there was a show down looming because as much as she loved styling hair, she felt the opposite about school. “In Year 9 and 10 I felt quite lost and angsty. I was creative and had my own style; I felt I didn’t fit in. I was “distractive” but the teachers still seemed to like me,” she says. “Sometime during Year 10 I really didn’t want to be at school any more. I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser. Mum and Dad understood this and were supersupportive but probably nervous too.

“Then Mum mentioned the Toni & Guy hair salon in High Street in the city. At the time it was the country’s best salon and training academy. Mum knew the manager Bronwyn, and took me to meet her. “Although I was obsessed with hairdressing I had never been to a salon. I was completely overwhelmed. The music was blaring, some of the stylists had tats and pink hair. Being introduced to creative people was a revelation. “While Bronwyn styled my hair I found the courage to ask for a part-time job and she took me on, although it had obviously been jacked up beforehand. Every Saturday I caught the 6.30am bus into town and worked 10 hour days, sweeping floors, wiping mirrors, cleaning loos and generally helping out. The staff adored me and took me under their wing.” As well as her weekend job Lauren trained in her own time on Monday and Tuesday nights after school for five hours working towards her cutting and colouring qualifications. Although talented there were some frustrations and tears: “I couldn’t

get my straight blow dry right – it took me 12 attempts.” That was a mere blip for this salon savant. When Lauren was just 14 and a half, Bronwyn offered her fulltime work. “It was a proud and significant moment and I was miserable at school; something had to give. But, to leave school you needed to be 15 so an exemption was organised and I said goodbye to Howick College six months early. “It was such an exciting time. I bought a car for $500 and to gain driving experience, Dad drove my car in to pick me up and I drove home, feeling on top of the world. “However, it was a difficult time too. I saw less of my school friends and was too young to socialise with the girls at work. So I simply worked harder and at 17 I qualified in cutting and colour. It was funny because initially I hated colouring hair; then ended up travelling the world teaching others how to do it.” About this time Lauren had the chance to travel overseas for six weeks and Bronwyn organised a week of training for her at the


famous Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. “I loved it,” she says. “I felt right at home.” Back in New Zealand the following year she achieved the largest clientele list and the highest takings for Toni & Guy High Street. But on clocking up seven years there and now 19 years old with $20,000 saved, Lauren knew it was time to travel. She needed a gap year, a chance to be “free.” She had grown up quickly. Knowing what she wanted to do early in life meant starting her career really young and entering the adult world before her time. She had missed some of her adolescence. It was definitely time to spread her wings. Staying with relatives in London, Lauren made it her base while travelling through Europe and Scotland. Initially, just “being and shopping”, she felt a little overwhelmed but soon found her stride, replacing her entire wardrobe with a vintage look before realising after two months she missed her hairdressing life. “Bronwyn suggested I contact Gary, the owner of Toni & Guy in



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Tell it to us straight, Lauren – Kiwi style defined “A lot of Kiwis are great at being their own people and being more effortless with their hair,” says award-winning hairdresser Lauren McCombe, when asked for her take on New Zealand hair styles since returning from London.

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Kensington, one of the wealthiest districts in the world. I remember wearing a 1970’s velvet shift dress and a silk turban with a giant bow to the interview. I felt fantastic. “Gary wanted to hire me on the spot but Sarah the manager wasn’t so sure. Lauren heard her say: ‘I don’t think she’s ‘Kensington’ Gary and you can’t just hire her because of her hat!” But he did. There were 27 stylists in the salon and not as many celebrities as you’d assume. “Celebrities pay hairdressers to go to their homes to avoid the paparazzi. Our clients were mostly from old money, lawyers and other professionals. There were several lesser-known duchesses too and Saudi princesses would fly into London to have their hair done by me.” www.eastlife.co.nz

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Three months into her new role Lauren won the stylists’ Best Dressed Award – definitely a coup and the best way to gain clients. Five months later she took the lead there with the largest client list and highest takings Then came that prestigious honour from Toni for having the most clients and bringing in the most revenue for the company globally. Winning scholarships and hairdressing competitions in the UK meant London was definitely Lauren’s town and despite working 70 to 80 hour weeks she still found time for burlesque dancing. “I learnt the classic-style burlesque; it was so empowering. I started with a group but someone saw me dance and asked me to perform solo in bars around town and it just went from

there. For me, it’s about the world offering opportunities and just having to take them on.” Back home for 18 months, Lauren is now freelance hairdressing and quietly weighing up options before her next career move. She’s ambitious but doesn’t need to be at the hottest salon in town. It’s also a given she’ll open her own salon some day. She definitely has more balance in her life and more time for her other passions – fishing, surfing and golf. So, how did Lauren become so good at what she does? “For me hairdressing comes from the heart. It isn’t work – I haven’t worked a day in my life. It’s what I love to do and I truly love seeing my clients look and feel beautiful.”

“I find Kiwis love low maintenance and more seem to use fewer colours. A lot of young women maintain a natural, innocent look with their hair and there are young mums with top knots and cute little lobs. I see lots of blondes too, probably inspired by our love for beaches and summer” So what’s with the trends? “The 70’s are back, with fringes, layers and shattered little haircuts. The 60’s are showing up too with a little back combing and short fringes even Twiggy crops. Popular colours at the moment are autumn tones – burgundies, browns, coppers, mustards and forest greens, too.” Lauren says you can give the most fashionable, latest hair trend to the most fabulously dressed woman but if it doesn’t suit her it can look the most unfashionable cut in the world. “Style and trend is about a haircut suiting the client and enhancing her features. That’s what makes a fashionable haircut and also the confidence to own your hair. Once you can do that, you’re on point!” eastlife | july 2019 |


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‘Best Salon’ TITLE FOR VIVO HAIR SALON incontinence Addressing

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The votes are in – Vivo Hair Salon has won Best Hair Salon in New Zealand’s biggest beauty competition, the Bauer Beauty Heaven Best in Beauty Awards. The 2019 Best in Beauty Awards received more than 400,000 votes, more than all previous years! This is the third year in a row that Vivo has achieved this prestigious accolade – not bad for a company which entered the hairdressing industry only nine years ago. What’s the secret of Vivo’s success, you might ask? Actually, there’s no secret at all. The simple formula is this: we offer our clients the best in top tier hairdressing services with incredibly competitive prices. This means more than 90,000 people across New Zealand return to their favourite Vivo Salon each year at one of our 85 privately owned locations. However, there is one big difference and that is, Vivo is absolutely confident standing behind our stylist’s work – we offer a Hair You’ll Love or Your Money Back Guarantee. We have a most comprehensive internal training programme for hairstylists in New Zealand, facilitating more than 300 educational training classes per year for our talented teams. You can be confident that when you visit a Vivo stylist, you’ll receive the latest in hair training and education.

By now, you’re surely wondering how you can experience Vivo for yourself! We would love to offer you the chance to try one of our New Client Packages, catered for a variety of clients’ needs: • New Client Balayage or Ombre Package • New Client Cut & Colour Package • New Client Kerasilk Keratin Treatment • New Client Blonde Ambition • New Client Full Head Foils Package Each New Client Package also includes an Olaplex treatment, because we want to start your hair service off right. If you’re not sure what Olaplex is, it’s a scientifically formulated bondrebuilder, which repairs the damaged disulphide bonds in your hair. These ‘bonds’ can be damaged during the chemical process of dying your hair. Olaplex allows helps rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of your hair and protect it from future damage.

I was driving to work on a gloomy Saturday morning listening to a podcast on constipation, as you do. I was pondering the two new clients I was going to see. One was a woman who had suffered from urinary incontinence since the birth of her son some seven years ago. The other was a man who had undergone a radical prostatectomy and was suffering from urinary leakage.

electro magnetic therapy and biofeedback. I already utilise both these modalities, but incontinence demands a very powerful and specific response.

I pondered what it would be like having to wear a clip on my penis or wear nappy pants or pads. The sheer inconvenience of not being able to do things for fear of slippage or smell…….silent prayer: “Please God, not me”.

The machines in operation are extremely impressive. They are also hugely expensive, which may explain why there are none in Auckland. Before I sell my children, I thought that I would make sure that people want this service.

After I had finished the consultations, I was gobsmacked at the resilience of the human spirit. Both clients accepted their conditions as a normal part of their journey. The male client’s wife will undoubtedly be nominated for a sainthood.

In a moment of madness I contacted some urologists and provided them with the science supporting the use of the machines……. no response.

We have some great successes with urinary and faecal incontinence, but the percentages are not where I would dash out to buy a bottle of bubbles. For some time, I have followed the progress of a technology which is a combination of pulsed

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The Swiss have taken this to a new art form in a device used extensively in Europe, by doctors. Scientific tests show a success rate of 75%, without the risks associated with surgery and mesh.

I have no idea what it is like to live with urinary or bowel incontinence. So, here I am, asking you. Do you want this service? Would you use it? For more information regarding this service and pricing, checkout: Coregood Physiotherapy (www. coregood.co.nz). This clinic currently provides this same service to the greater Wellington area. If this is a service you may use, please drop us an email.

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TIME TO GLOW UP! BEE COMPLETE BEAUTY ENHANCER The hard-working honey bee has again come to the party for the sake of good health and beauty in Manuka Health’s new range of dietary and beauty supplements which leverage the benefits of New Zealand Bee Propolis and Royal Jelly. In particular, Manuka Health Beauty Enhancer is formulated to promote skin radiance and plumpness, provide support for ageing skin including pigmentation and skin elasticity, and to provide protection from damaging free radicals. Developed with an advanced form of hydrolysed collagen, it is easily absorbed and supports the skin’s collagen metabolism, helping to increase moisture and delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This high-performing, beauty powerhouse, with the magic of Royal Jelly, also includes evening primrose oil, grape seed extract, biotin, vitamin C and zinc.

FOR SMOOTH OPERATORS Making our special men feel valued, especially on Father’s Day, is easy with any one of Natio’s new collection of Father’s Day gift sets. These natural grooming products are infused with natural plant extracts and essential oils. Father’s Day sets include: ‘ready’ (RRP $28.99) with Natio for Men Daily Face Wash and SPF 30+ Face Moisturiser; ‘travel’ (RRP $24.99) with handy 50ml sizes of Spice of Life Body Wash, Daily Face Wash, Firming Face Moisturiser and Smooth Shave Gel in a Natio toiletry bag; ‘groom’ (RRP $31.99) with three full-sized products – the Daily Face Wash, Firming Face Moisturiser and Smooth Shave Gel, all in a Natio toiletry bag; and ‘confidence’ Father’s Day gift set, (RRP $39.99) a limited edition gift set with Smooth Shave Gel, Calming Aftershave Balm, and SPF 30+ Face Moisturiser in a toiletry bag. Available from Farmers and selected pharmacies. www.eastlife.co.nz

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How do I know if I have glaucoma? Winter is a great time to give your health a warrant of fitness. Visit your GP for a well man or woman assessment, have a skin check, visit your dentist for a routine check and as it is now Glaucoma Awareness Month Kristine Jensen, owner-optometrist at Eyes of Howick reminds readers to have an eye health check.

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a disease which causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve in the back of our eyes. The million plus nerve fibres within the optic nerve progressively die, initially resulting in subtle loss of peripheral vision, therefore, vision loss remains undetected until the disease is quite advanced.

an eye exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. The disease can be managed to prevent further damage. With timely treatment and good education, people with glaucoma can retain excellent vision throughout their lifetime.

Anyone can get glaucoma, however the following are considered to increase risk: • • • • • •

A family history of glaucoma Significant short and long sightedness High blood pressure Past or present use of steroid drugs Previous eye injuries Migraines or poor peripheral blood circulation (Raynaud’s)

The prognosis if you have glaucoma Glaucoma is incurable and causes permanent damage to the optic nerve. While the nerve cannot be repaired the good news is glaucoma can be detected during

YVONNE VANNOORT, from Sanctuary Dental, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany talks about how IV sedation can ease help with dental treatments.

Which is your eye?

Past traumatic dental experiences can prevent people from reaching oral health goals. However, for those who fear dental treatment, IV (intravenous) sedation can be of help.

It would be easy to presume that if you can still drive and read clearly that your eyes are healthy but, unfortunately, this is not the case. It is for this reason that glaucoma is known as the silent thief of sight.

Are you at risk?

How can IV sedation help you?

Both Teresa Hsu, my optometrist colleague at Eyes of Howick and I specialise in the detection and treatment of glaucoma. We recommend having your eyes examined by age 45 years. With our expertise and specialised equipment we can examine your optic nerve along with other factors to establish any risk and recommend a time for future screenings.

This form of sedation is a kind and comfortable alternative to lying in the dental chair feeling stressed about the treatment process. Dental phobia and anxiety is very real for many people and today, there is a focus on changing dental experiences for the better.

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With IV, a comfortable line is inserted into the arm or hand through which the sedative is given. This is topped up frequently according to what is needed.

With glaucoma affecting more than 90,000 New Zealanders, and likely many more who remain undetected I encourage you to have your eyes examined to ensure your eyesight lasts a lifetime.

Clients are conscious (unlike a general anaesthetic) but very relaxed during the procedure and usually rouse feeling quite refreshed. Usually, there is also little memory of the procedure.


Not only is this technique useful

for people who are anxious, it is also helpful for those who gag easily or are about to undergo a long or more difficult procedure. Breathing and heart rates are constantly monitored and strict safety guidelines are followed. With extra training and by achieving higher level examinations, dentists are qualified to administer such sedation. Nursing assistants are also qualified for their part. Before such a procedure, clients need to have an empty stomach and should not eat or drink for four hours before the appointment time. Afterwards, they must have someone to take them home and to stay with them for the rest of the day. They cannot drive for that same day and on arriving home it is essential to rest – many sleep for a few hours. Please contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation with our dentists.

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Fiji dental students:

high praise for Howick studio Howick Village Denture Studio loves supporting the Smiles for the Pacific charity. Over the years, Leah Taylor has lectured and mentored in Fiji, helped with charity fundraisers and now, for the first time, has mentored fifth year dental students from Fiji. Two of the six students, Simran and Krupali, have just spent time at Howick Village Denture Studio learning from the team. They will also visit clinics of the charity’s executive members during their stay. Here are some of their observations from their Howick visit... “Leah Taylor of the Howick Village Denture Studio has been a delight to watch. The patient interaction, the quality of work and the warm, colourful environment all make this studio the complete package. “Here I learnt about some technological advancements which are not found in Fiji and saw the most warm and open communication by Leah, Julie and Toni. Their work is as natural as the set of teeth a person grows when young. “I am utterly happy and very lucky to have had the chance to observe the work being done by the team at Howick Village Denture Studio! It was beyond any expectations I had for this visit to New Zealand. “While not being a patient, I would very much recommend this practice to whoever I possibly could because of the quality of

Krupali, Leah Taylor, Toni Ryan, Julie Lim and Simran Singh (seated)

work and service seen. I was truly speechless by the whole experience and thank Smiles of the Pacific for the opportunity to come here!

effective communication with the patient and between staff members to ensure that exchange of information has been done successfully.” – Krupali

“Back in Fiji, we do not have a prosthodontic service as such, but if it ever does come to Fiji, I think a large part of the population would very much benefit from it.

“As final year students, the opportunity to come to New Zealand and observe, experience and, most importantly, learn all the fields of general dental practice, has so far been a most exciting and fruitful experience.

“Back home, a large percentage of the older population is either partially or fully edentulous and need to travel long distances for the multiple visits needed to complete the steps required to fabricate their dentures and finally to take them home. These sort of settings where lab and clinic work is incorporated in a compact setting would be beneficial to the population in need. “A larger part of the success of dentures can be attributed to

“Being from a small island nation – Fiji is still a developing country – we young dental students have been aided with some of the most essential resources by the Smiles for the Pacific charity. We are so very grateful for that. “Members of the organisation have welcomed us warmly for observational attachments at clinics in Auckland. One of them has been Howick Village Denture

Studio where the very kind and generous, Mrs Leah Taylor, has shown us the wonderful work that she does every day – giving back people their smiles and the confidence along with them. We have been amazed by her work as a dental prosthetist and how happy her patients are when they return to their homes. “The field of dentistry in Fiji is not as highly regarded as it is in New Zealand so we hope to learn and make the most of everything that Mrs Taylor, along with the Smiles for the Pacific charity, has offered us. Not only will we take everything back home as a wonderful memory, or a journey, but we will use whatever we have learnt to improve the dental systems of Fiji and give back to the people of our nation.” – Simran Singh

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Pickled shiitake

Meadow Mushrooms are available at all major supermarkets and produce stores nationwide.

WITH POACHED EGGS, AVOCADO, MUSHROOMS & TOAST Pickled shiitake are a great addition to many meals. Try them in tacos or burgers, with barbecues, meats or veggies, pan-fried halloumi or sausages, tossed through salads and rice dishes.

Serves: 2 | Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 250ml white wine vinegar + 1 tablespoon • 1 bay leaf • 6 black peppercorns • 2 tsp sugar • 100g shiitake mushrooms • 1 sprig thyme • 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil • 150g mushrooms such as Portobello or button, sliced • 4 eggs, at room temperature • 1 avocado, halved and peeled

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• 2-4 slices bread, toasted • To serve – tamari toasted seeds, smoked paprika, chilli sauce or freshly ground pepper Tamari seeds • 1 cup pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds • quarter cup sesame and linseeds, • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce

METHOD Place vinegar, bay, peppercorns and sugar in a saucepan with

150ml water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well.

Put the shiitake and thyme in a heatproof bowl and pour over the liquid. Cool then refrigerate overnight or for up to 5 days, stirring occasionally.

Arrange pan-fried mushrooms on the toast and top with the eggs. Add the avocado and top with the pickled shiitake. Scatter with tamari seeds and smoked paprika, chilli sauce or pepper.

When ready to serve, heat oil or butter in a frying pan and cook the second group of mushrooms with a sprinkle of salt. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Crack in the eggs and cook for about 3 minutes.

Tamari seeds: Toast seeds in frying pan over a medium heat (about 4 mins), stirring until just browning. Remove from heat, stir through tamari sauce and tip onto a tray to cool. Store in airtight container. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Stalks stem plastics Plastics have been given the heave-ho by many consumers but who would have thought that one company would take the innovative step of producing green packaging ‘from and for’ its own products? Committed to sustainability, Meadow Mushrooms has already dispensed with using plastic punnets to hold its mushrooms thereby eliminating the equivalent of 2.5 million plastic drink bottles in just one year. The cardboard punnets currently used are biodegradable and compostable. But, now, in a momentous move, Meadow Mushrooms (partnering with the Biopolymer Network and scientists from Plant and Food Research) is

using mushroom stalks to develop a ‘green’ punnet to replace the current biodegradable punnets. Biopolymer Network’s CEO, Sarah Heine says when many crops are harvested there is often a large volume of organic waste produced which may have only low-value options for disposal. “Biopolymer Network has worked with the mushroom stalks for a number of years and has looked at several promising ideas, however, packaging seemed like an obvious area to work on,” she says. “We have been able to create products which look good and offer functional

attributes such as strength and printable surfaces.” Because mushrooms are sensitive to moisture, they can be affected by exposure to odours in the air, and are very susceptible to bruising and discolouration. The mushroom stalks add extra strength to the punnet even if it gets wet. Stalk punnets will feature a unique breathable coating and a breathable film, which will allow for an extended shelf life, both in-store and at home. Meadow Mushrooms is also trialling a bio-degradable film for their products, which if proven successful, will be implemented into their packaging.

MEMORY – ‘MUSH’ ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT After a long day at work (or a hard night out on the tiles) it’s common for us all to feel a little ‘mushy-brained’ and struggle to recall all events of the day or evening. Ironically, however, a recent study suggests a little more ‘mush’ can do us a world of good. Eating mushrooms lowers the chances of mild cognitive impairment (mild dementia) in people over the age of 60, researchers from the National University of Singapore claim. “We’re taking a lot of heart from this research,” John Barnes, CEO of New Zealand-based Meadow Mushrooms says. “We know a diet rich in colourful fruit and vegetables is good for us, but the superfood status of mushrooms is still shrouded in secrecy.” Approximately nine from 100 participants in the study, who www.eastlife.co.nz

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ate more than two portions of mushrooms per week, were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, compared with 19 from 100 among those who ate less than one portion. Although researchers could not confirm a conclusive link between brain function and mushrooms, they are a major source of ergothioneine (an antioxidant and antiinflammatory) as well as nutrients and minerals such as vitamin D, selenium and spermidine, which protect neurons from damage. “Mushrooms are New Zealand’s fourth most popular vegetable,” Mr Barnes adds, “It’s good to know so many of us are eating something that not only tastes delicious but delivers positive health benefits.” eastlife | july 2019 |


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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.


OFF KNOCKING OUR BLOCKS It’s hard to play it smooth when talking about Green & Black chocolate – particularly with our mouths full! However, it is easy to write that the new Smooth range is quite delicious. Made from ethically-sourced cocoa, this chocolate has become a popular treat in the UK and is now available (in Cocoa, Mint, Orange & Almond and Salted Caramel varieties) from New Zealand supermarkets – RRP $3.79 per bar. After sampling the range, it’s fair to say our team is Green & Black all over!

COLLECTIVE’S ‘CULTURES’ CLUB If we’re honest, even the best-behaved little ‘angels’ may bug us from time to time. Luckily, the folk at The Collective have banded together to help parents bug ‘em back! Delivering a virtual army of good bugs, Kefir Probots are designed to ensure little tummies are well fortified with the beneficial bacteria they require. Available from supermarkets (RRP $1.90 per 100g pouch), Probots come in four tasty flavours – Banana, Blueberry, Mango and Strawberry.

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Tom (the piper’s son) may have gone on the lamb with pre-processed, stolen pork, but his namesake (from The Baker’s Son) is more law-abiding when sourcing ingredients for his pies. Following in their father’s footsteps, brothers Tom and Ben (sons of Eddie, of Dad’s Pies fame) are becoming the toast of the town thanks to their own range of delectable pastry parcels. From the award-winning Mince & Cheese, to Angus Steak, Steak & Cheese, Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken varieties, The Baker’s Son pies are available at supermarkets nationwide.

ROUGHY GOES DOWN SMOOTH In life (as in fishing) one must expect to take the rough with the smooth. Ideally savoured after landing ‘the one that didn’t get away’, Emerson’s Orange Roughy (ABV 4.2%) is billed as a ‘hazy, happy pale ale’. Based in Dunedin, Emerson’s has developed more than just a few brews to become toast of the town, including this winning ginger drop. A top catch, Orange Roughy is available in single 330ml cans (RRP $4.49) and 6 pack bottles (RRP $24.99) from supermarkets and liquor stores nationwide.

SIP YOUR WAY TO A BETTER WORLD Enjoy great taste and less waste with Blended freeze-fried coffee. Expertly roasted, brewed and freeze-dried, Blended coffee not only tastes delicious but aims to keep the planet clean and green with fully home compostable packaging and a ‘Buy One, Plant One’ commitment. For every pack purchased, Blended plants a tree to contribute to a heathier planet and cleaner air. Choose from two varieties – Earlybird, for its vibrant flavor; and Daymaker, full-bodied with rich, smooth tones. Available at supermarkets nationwide (90g resealable bags RRP $10.99). www.eastlife.co.nz

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VINTAGE ROUNDUP Wine columnist and connoisseur, DENNIS KNILL, gives his view on new releases and award-winning vintages.

As the winds of change continue to sweep our wine industry with new and interesting varietals there is so much happening and so much to report. One of the most exciting developments is the progression of blended wines. With the reasons for blending varying from one winery to another, most wineries blend their wines to improve the quality or to enhance their wines.

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Winemakers usually ferment the grapes separately before the actual blending takes place. The process itself can be categorised into two broad forms – wines produced with more than one grape variety, or wines using the same grape

In New Zealand our wineries tend to follow the classic French model. Typical red blends include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. Typical white blends include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer and semillon. Even if you prefer the tried and true there is still plenty of adventure to knock you off your drinking perch. Here are two with their own flavours and personalities that will not disappoint:


The cheerful ambience, consistent quality and a traditional Italian menu which has kept loyal patrons returning for more, over and over, has made La Padella a local favourite for years. Although fully licensed – with exceptionally fair prices – the restaurant also offers a BYO wine option coupled with great service. But La Padella is on the move – SOON! The restaurant will continue to trade at Highland Park Shopping Centre until the end of August this year but in September it will move to 3 Moore Street in Howick Village. Watch this space for the start of an exciting new era! Dine In and Takeaway 505 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park Phone 09 537 2099

but grown from different vineyards or regions. Blended wines crafted with more than one grape combination are the most common.


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red shed palazzo Yealands Estate Single Vineyard ’18 pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling RRP$25 A gentle but well balanced trifecta of lively fruity aromas making this compelling all round drinking

Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels ’09 cabernet sauvignon, merlot RRP $61 An exceptional duet with rich concentrated flavours not lacking in structure while delivering great balance

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Q&A Heritage Homes With auckland south

Almost 20 years into the new millennium, the building industry continues to offer exciting new innovations and ideas yet there are elements from the past which still attracts home buyers who love the old world character of former times. With that in mind, Nick and Kylie Bosanac have embraced both contemporary and colonial building styles to offer an all encompassing service. Today EastLife talks to them about the Heritage Homes side of their business.

Your guiding principle in business has been ‘Building Beautiful Futures’. What does this mean? For us it is threefold. Firstly, our brand tagline is, “Let your Heritage start with us”. With our homes the nostalgia surrounding a character home can carry on as we construct a future which is beautiful in every way – from the timeless look and quality to features which ensure your unique home meets all the requirements of future-proofed living. Secondly, we are committed to helping our communities build beautiful futures by engaging in industry groups which drive improvement and community projects. Similarly, the third point is about us being a family business so, with each new home, renovation or extension, we are crafting the future for our team and family too. How important is it for you to stay abreast of new industry regulations, council requirements and avenues of protection for you and your clients?

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While the charm of older villas and bungalows have left loving impressions on our hearts, their upkeep and re-work to keep them warm and dry has scarred us. So, Heritage Homes are driven to change this perception. Every time a new policy or procedure is introduced, we know it will raise the bar. It ensures our workmanship and materials meet or exceed modern standards, as well as future-proofing to ensure each new Heritage Home will stand the test of time. This means our clients’ homes will be built using the most up-to-date methods and products to protect their biggest asset! How is Auckland’s ‘building boom’ progressing? Are you busy or has demand for new homes from your company slowed? We are busier than ever! There are a number of new communities under development, especially www.eastlife.co.nz

Building a home can be stressful so a good relationship with your builder makes all the difference! We build bespoke homes and whether they are first homes, or dream homes, no two are the same, nor are their owners. Nick and I work directly with clients from the very first meeting to final hand over and beyond! Some of our favourite builds have been with clients who have built their first home with us and then subsequent homes. It is exciting to be part of their ongoing journey.

in Franklin. We are also seeing a trend for minor dwellings to meet changing family circumstances as well as additions and restoration projects so people can again fall in love with their present home. If someone looking to build in southern Auckland asked you where is the best place, where would you recommend? I’m a country girl. My heart will always belong in green fields. But we love the rural/urban mix of Paerata Rise which promises a blend of both worlds. We are proud to be build partners there and think it will meet many different needs. There seems to be a growing number of East Aucklanders moving out this way! Nick did his apprenticeship in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In general, how do the houses you’re building for locals here compare to those favoured in ‘Trump-country’? The thing I love most about building homes in New Zealand is the weather even at this time of year! Michigan winters are cold so foundations have to be extra deep. Here, we take on new building technology from all over the world so much faster than it would be picked up back there. Considering his occupation, is Nick a handy handyman at home or is he inclined to call in the pros when it comes to jobs outside his professional expertise? Nick: A builder’s home is never finished – we are too busy building homes for other people… Kylie: So let’s just say, my pink tool kit gets a LOT of use…. How involved in the business are you, Kylie? Is it full time and how

much do you need to know about building practices in general? It’s definitely a full time gig. My background is in the civil industry and client relationships, so there are lots of crossovers, but, Nick and I have still have many discussions and teaching moments about things you didn’t even know houses need! Tradie life, happy wife! Kylie, you are well known for using quotes and wise sayings in relation to building a home. Do you have a favourite? I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to them, but my current favourites are Covey classics: Begin with the End in Mind and Put First Things First. Both have a myriad of depth and applications… you fill in the blanks as you see fit, but in my role, these is one big priority – to help our clients to be clear on what they want so that we can all see the vision for their home. Before they start a build project how important is it for clients to have a rapport with you both?

Do you think it is important for Heritage Homes to be capable of building different styles of housing and to build houses which fall into vastly different budgets? Yes, definitely! Every family has different needs, tastes and budgets and these change with the ebb and flow of family life. While we have a great range of pre-designed plans, we happily alter or design bespoke homes. We don’t build with a cookie cutter approach, our solutions aren’t either! We work with each client to design and build a home they love which includes as much of their wish-list as possible, within their budget. Can you provide one piece of advice to people considering building or renovating? Our advice is universally applicable…Take time to get it right! We constantly find the clearer we all are on the feel and look clients want for their home, the smoother and less stressful it is building dreams into reality. With so many choices, it can seem a little daunting but we are there to help! We have even put together a Dream Book for each client to inspire them and help organise build ideas. eastlife | july 2019 |



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Resurrected and renewed! The impressive, flower-filled, glass display cabinet in the window of Howick’s newly named, Marigold Merchant may be blossoming but in a past life its purpose was very different. Florist, Anna Brice took over the former Bloomsbury Flowers earlier this year and has just rebranded but a new moniker wasn’t the only innovation. Her gorgeous ‘display cabinet’, fronting the shop window, was once a glass funeral casket believed to be about 100 years old and originally sourced from the

Auckland War Memorial Museum. Neighbouring retailer, Ted Waters had it in his former store, the Howick Antique Shop, however, when he decided to convert the premises to a restaurant, homes had to be found for his remaining wares. “I had my eye on a gorgeous French baker’s table,” Anna says.

“When I secured it for the shop, Ted suggested I might also like to use the glass casket. How could I say no? “It’s the ideal width and height for displaying plants and flowers with access through the two glass end doors. As I understand it, these were integral to the design so the deceased could be placed for

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display then easily removed before burial.” With this type of casket no longer common in funeral parlours, it is, perhaps, fitting that this particular item has foregone its former association with death and is, instead, home to living plants and flowers – some might say, what better alternative?

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Now, a new generation of ultra sleek, exceptionally hygienic toilet can be tailored to a consumer’s personal preference and bathroom design.

Kohler’s introduction of a pneumatic in-wall tank (in addition to the conventional mechanical in-wall option) has big implications for the aesthetics of a bathroom.

The Kohler collection of Grande wall-faced toilets all feature the same sleek, sophisticated bowl design with straight-skirted sides but the rest of the components are down to individual preference – the type of flush system, seat, flush plate and even height of the appliance.

Small air pumps (connected to the flush plate) are used to flush the cistern, which means the flush plate can be placed anywhere within a three metre radius of the toilet. This creates unlimited aesthetic choices as the plate can be placed in alignment with existing cabinetry/architectural features or


other fixtures. There are three choices when it comes to seats – all of which are quiet close and vertical quick release. The more conventional wrap-over seat is a classic, timeless design while the slim version is self-explanatory. The elite seat includes an LED night light plus discreet fragrance dispenser. Flush plates, in polished chrome, offer a wide choice – from the

more geometric to the softer, more organic designs. There are six designs in all. The innovative rimless pan design is a game changer in terms of hygiene and easy, effortless dayto-day care while the ultra-efficient flush system, coupled with a pan interior, which is both smooth and rim-free, ensures all areas are easily accessible for thorough cleaning.

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A BUG’S LIFE: When it comes to interior design, it’s often the littlest things that have the biggest impact. For this reason, Portuguese designers, Boca do Lobo, have released a range designed to get under one’s skin. Inspired by the intricate beauty of ‘creepy crawlies’, the Metamorphosis range – which includes mirrors, tables (even a snooker table), sideboards, light fixtures and more – sees nature blend with artistic nurture to produce intriguing results. As with all of Boca do Lobo’s products, Metamorphosis pieces are not available in New Zealand stores but can be shipped here by contacting the company via bocadolobo.com.

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New kitchen sells house Charming villas and bungalows of the past continue to attract many home owners seeking character and good ‘bones’ but while the architecture may appeal, most still want modern conveniences and designer pizzazz especially in the kitchen.

“I asked the KOH team to use the original footprint h but to design a kitchen wit contemporary style, good .I storage and ease of use of int po wanted it to have a e lik difference and not look re. something from a DIY sto y ctl rfe pe red The team delive on my brief.”

So, when Brendan started to renovate his Onehunga home for sale he knew a kitchen refit would be an important selling feature. But it wasn’t until driving past Kitchens on Highbrook in East Tamaki that an impromptu stop saw him settle on a kitchen which suited his home, his budget – AND was key to selling his house! “Older homes often had small kitchens but mine was relatively spacious. I asked the KOH team to use the original footprint but to design a kitchen with contemporary style, good storage and ease of use. I wanted it to have a point of difference and not look like something from a DIY store. The team delivered perfectly on my brief. ” Between them, KOH director Andy Wood and Brendan decided on white melamine, soft close cabinetry with contrasting timber effect to add a warm yet streamlined appearance. White butcher’s block tiles formed the splash back and Brendan asked for plenty of drawers (including

corners drawers) to be included in the design. “A pocket pantry added more storage and KOH made sure we had a functional but stylish breakfast bar. Furthermore, the sloping sarked ceiling created an added feeling of spaciousness and light,” says Brendan. “Naturally new appliances were installed so the end result was both practical and elegant. “Most importantly when the house went on the market the kitchen

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Bruce Stuart – Legally honed

“These days, many people spend so much time playing with their phones [and] many schools no longer have woodworking and metalworking classes. I think many people are missing out on some important creative outlets.”

By keeping his skills sharp and forging ahead, one Clevedon local is intent on ensuring his craft doesn’t become (ironically) a lost art. JON RAWLINSON explains. Bruce Stuart practices a profession which dates back to the dawn of civilisation but his lifelong hobby – now the root of a budding business – has involved honing skills which are more visceral and, in some cases, more artistic. Known as Lost Arts, his side business shares a love of crafts by providing knifemaking courses. “People don’t just end up with something which they’ve made themselves, they also come away with a skill and an experience too,” the Clevedon-based lawyer says. “Some need more help and direction than others but, no prior expertise is required. As long as they can follow instructions, they will come away with a functional knife.” While most of Bruce’s students make knives suited to hunting, fishing, butchery or cooking, some have worked on less orthodox designs. “One young guy made a cleaver with a very bizarre shape – I think he’d seen it in a computer game. I didn’t think it was particularly practical but he was rapt with the results, which is the most

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important thing.” Lost Arts seeks to ensure ancient skills are not lost to modern generations. “The oldest tools ever discovered were made 3.2 million years ago – hand-making them has been part of our evolution ever since,” says Bruce. “These days, many people spend so much time playing with their phones [and] many schools no longer have woodworking and metalworking classes. I think people are missing out on some important creative outlets.” Originally from England, Bruce’s passion for crafts began as a child. “I used to make all sorts of things from sandals and belts to wallets or whatever else took my fancy. I guess it was a creative outlet,” he recalls. “I made my first full knife when I was a teenager. I was in a Scottish pipe band and I wanted a dirk (which is really more of a short sword) and a sgian-dubh, worn in a piper’s sock. Back then, you couldn’t just buy them so I had to make my own.” Although some of his earlier knives

were more suited to rural pursuits, such as hunting and fishing, he’s also produced others for use on the home front. “I’ve made all sorts of knives, including chef’s knives – I really do enjoy cooking because you can do something creative every day. “I’ve also made several more Scottish knives, with presentation boxes, which are great as twentyfirst presents and the like. They’re handmade from sterling silver, which I send to Scotland to be hallmarked. I try to make replicas as historically accurate as I can. Modern versions of old things just don’t look right to me.” Bruce set down roots in south east Auckland (Clevedon) approximately 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that Lost Arts joined the Clevedon Art Trail. “I know James and Cheryl [from Clevedon’s Art Industry gallery] well and they’ve been helpful and supportive. We probably would be a more unusual stop but the trail generated interest and we did get a few people taking on our courses as a result.”

Looking ahead, Bruce aims to expand Lost Arts further by adding leatherworking and even bookbinding courses to its repertoire. And, when he ‘lays down the law’ once and for all, he hopes it will provide a source of income in retirement. Until then, Bruce’s craftwork continues to serve as the medium he needs in order to scratch his creative itch. “As a lawyer, I solve other people’s problems but I don’t really create anything; designing and making things acts as a counterpoint for me to my day-to-day work,” he explains. “I do have a creative drive. I’ll often see something and think ‘I’ll have a go at making one of those’ without having a clue how to go about it. But that’s never stopped me; I just figure it out as I go along.”

For information on Lost Arts’ courses – a great gift for Father’s Day – see lostarts.co.nz. www.eastlife.co.nz

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We know Jacs While political media may have poured over the finer points of the Budget 2019, EastLife zeros in on what the ‘Wellbeing Budget’ (and other recent matters) means to Jacinda Ardern, as these summations (based on reports from the PM’s office) reveal.


off when our collective wellbeing is improved.”

From rival-party-supporting ‘covergirls’ to ‘who hacked what, if so and when’, Budget 2019 was headed off at the pass last month as EastLife’s June issue went to print.

Of course, such spending comes at a cost. However, it appears Ms Ardern remains resolute that the country has the cash to splash.

However, now that the dust has settled, here’s a summation of what our PM believes plans for the public purse will mean for our country.

“The Coalition Government’s... investments are not possible without a strong economy. We continue to run a strong surplus, hit the lowest levels of Government debt in eight years, and record levels of growth that are the envy of comparable economies,” she added.

“We have so often heard New Zealanders calling for early intervention and investment in challenging issues to save both money and lives in the long run. That is exactly what this Budget delivers,” she said, soon after Simon Bridges’ – oops, we mean Grant Robinson! – had released his ‘Wellbeing Budget’.


“I’m proud we’re getting on with the job of fixing really difficult issues like mental health, poverty and family violence because they affect so many.”

Among the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours was an accolade that many an East Aucklander would argue was a long time in the offering.

From a (slight) boost to the unemployment benefit, investments in mental health care and an increase in funding to low decile schools, to tackling child poverty, improving public transport and addressing climate change, the Budget may be perceived to serve as a boon to some but a bust to others.

“It is with sadness that we recognise Yvette Corlett as a Dame Companion for her pioneering contribution to athletics,” Ms Ardern said when confirming the names of the 183 recipients of this year’s honours. “Yvette’s recognition at this level was long overdue, but I’m pleased that she knew she was to become a Dame before she passed away.”

And, yet, the PM believes, many of the allocations of public money will serve to advantage society as a whole. “When our children do better, we all do better. Breaking the cycle of violence saves us costs down the line but, more importantly, it makes us a better country and it makes children’s lives richer and more fulfilling... everyone is better

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“[The] Budget shows you can be both economically responsible and kind. We are turning the corner on issues others have written off as too hard for too long – while keeping the books in order.”

A former Howick local, Ms Corlett (nee Williams) had previously received New Year’s Honours (an MBE and CNZM) in 1953 and 2011 respectively; she passed away earlier this year. “As the first New Zealand women to win an Olympic gold medal she was a trailblazer. In addition to her ground-breaking athletics success

she undertook lifelong service to sport as a volunteer and administrator,” Ms Ardern added. Another local acknowledged was Pakuranga’s Anne Howell, awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to the community and education. Further notable recipients include: theatre’s Roger Hall, filmmaker, Fran Walsh, and rugby league’s Graham Lowe. A full list is accessible via dpmc.govt.nz.

RAINBOW NATION... A one-off, $1 million dollar endowment from the public purse will help improve the mental health and wellbeing of young members of the rainbow community, the PM believes. “The Government takes mental health seriously and this fund helps to tackle one of New Zealand’s long-term challenges of mental health,” Ms Ardern said during last month’s establishment of the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Trust. “The trust will administer the payment of annual grants to support organisations that improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes in rainbow communities, with a particular focus on organisations that support young people. “This is a community proposed and driven idea... the Government is proud to make it happen.”

WHEN THE TROOPS COME HOME Although our military presence in the Middle East is being wound down, the PM is ramping up

funding (from $2.4 million in 201819 to $3 million per annum for the next three years) in order to help stabilise the region. “Four years ago, New Zealand made a commitment to [help] train the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) and lift [its] capability to defeat and prevent the resurgence of ISIS (Islamic State). “Over the next 12 months, New Zealand will be able to wind down and conclude that commitment,” the Ms Ardern confirmed. In addition to all 95 of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Iraq-based contingent, 15 percent of those stationed in Afghanistan will be returning home, reducing our commitment there from 13 to 11 personnel. But this doesn’t mean our PM is ready to wave a farewell to arms entirely. In addition to deploying billions under the Government’s Defence Capability Plan to purchase new Hercules aircraft and other (very) big boy’s toys, Ms Ardern has welcomed the addition of a new warship into service. “The commissioning of a ship is a significant moment,” she said. “[HMNZS] Manawanui will come to represent our country, and through the actions of the ship’s company, will represent our values as a nation.” The latest incarnation of Manawanui (the fourth navy ship to carry this name) is expected to follow in her forerunners’ wakes, representing our national values through such activities as search and recovery, and inspecting hazards in sea lanes. www.eastlife.co.nz

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