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Welcome to Issue No 36 of Eastlife A bit of a shock to the system this change in weather. But I guess it had to come sooner or later. On the positive we are getting closer to the shortest day, it only seems like last week I was making a similar comment but in fact it was last year. Talk about time flying we are now approaching our 10th year in business at Total Focus Property Ltd and what an amazing 10 years it has been. We have been humbled by the support and encouragement we have received from you and thank you dearly for your past, present and ongoing business. until next month, take care

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Looking for a home... soon! Over the past weeks I’ve been constantly asked how our house building is going. “Don’t ask!” I reply. Despite signing our contract virtually on Christmas Eve, work has yet to begin with Auckland Council consents only coming through early in May – so much for the 20-day turn-around.

UPLIFTING EXPERIENCES: As sportspeople gear up to go for gold during the Olympic Games in Rio, this month we speak with former Olympic weightlifter and long time East Auckland local, Precious McKenzie. The four times Commonwealth Games gold medal winner (pictured on our cover with the very same weights he lifted to win) discusses his life in sport, his upcoming 80th birthday, and shares thoughts on whether our country could soon secure its first ever Olympic weightlifting medal. To read more, see pages 6-7.  Photo Wayne Martin

It seems with every query the council clock is stopped and only re-started when the query is resolved. Obviously, our plans gave rise to some questions and some extra cost! So, here we are seven months since starting out on the whole ‘build your own home’ gambit with not even the pre-construction meeting under our belts; that’s coming up on June 13 – hooray! Of course, knowing there was plenty of building activity going on, particularly around Pukekohe, I was prepared to be patient, or so I thought – patience is a virtue which has escaped me, it seems. But, honestly, I’m starting to despair

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Undoubtedly, we will get there but keeping the faith is difficult. Like the boll weevil said to the farmer: “I’m looking for a home. I gotta have a home!” And, quick, because our former home (which we are renting) is back on the market, so we could soon be homeless – living in the car isn’t quite our speed! Despite worrying when we will have a permanent roof over our heads, I’m having a grand time. Editing EastLife has brought me into contact with so many fabulous people who live right within our own district.

She first met Precious at a Telethon event in the CBD when he demonstrated his strength by lifting her above his head. This prompted her to ask him for an ‘interview’ on which she based her project and earned a high mark. I still have it in my care. We also talk to a man who’s clocked up many hours on a time-consuming hobby and we asked chair of the Greater East Tamaki Business Association, Richard Poole, about his favourite item at home – in this instance, it isn’t his wife! Once again, check out the WIN page and remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook; we’d ‘like’ you too if we could! Till next month – enjoy!

This month, the magazine profiles an old friend, Commonwealth Games, weightlifting gold medallist, the incredible Precious McKenzie who lived locally for many years. Precious holds a special place in my memories as he was the subject an essay my daughter wrote while still in intermediate school – she’s in her 30s now!

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community calendar June 2016 ➤ thEatrE & comEDy crave June1-4,timesvary,HowickLittle Theatre,1SirLloydDr,LloydElsmore Park,Pakuranga Exploring the limits of the mind when faced with pressures of love, loss and desire, Crave is a poetic drama directed by a talented, young director, Alex Gleed. To read more about Alex, see our May issue at eastlife.co.nz and for details about this production, visit hlt.org.nz/ whats-on/hlt-studio. that bloody woman June9-26,timesvary,SkyCity Theatre,78VictoriaStWest, AucklandCity “With a title like this, we’d better be more specific,” said a certain EastLife writer before making good his escape from the office! Based on Kate Sheppard’s fight for women's right to vote, this play explores how one ‘bloody woman’ in particular changed the world. Billed as a ‘kickass punk rock opera’ this production seems certain to show the struggles of suffragettes in a strange new light. See atc.co.nz for further information. the Elephant thief June15–July2,timesvary,QTheatre, 305QueenSt,AucklandCity Whatever else happens during Indian Ink Theatre Company’s latest production, we can be sure that at least one particular pachyderm will steal the show. Set in a future where India is the most powerful nation on earth,TheElephantThieffollows Leela Devi as she battles corruption, poachers, fanatical leaders and supreme beings, all with her father’s elephant in tow. Created by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis (of Kissthe

Fish and Krishnan’sDairy fame), this story of unlikely love and revolution has toured the world and now returns home. See indianink.co.nz for details.

➤ muSic & DancE nztrio loft Series – zoom June12(from5pm)&14(from 6.30pm),Q’sLoftTheatre,  305QueenSt,AucklandCity During an intimate concert series, audiences will muse on the works of a variety of musos. From rhythm and blues to classical action, this first concert will be followed by two more (Glow and Flare) in September and November. See qtheatre.co.nz/ whats-on for details.

➤ thEatrE & comEDy the great gatsby June9,11am-1pm,PictonCentre, 120PictonSt,Howick America has produced many a talented writer, but few of the measure of great Scott. Since F. Scott Fitzgerald rattled out his engaging novel, set amidst the roaring 20s of Gershwin and Berlin, there may have been

bad moon rising: the creedence clearwater revival tribute June18,from8pm,HowickClub,  107BotanyRd,Howick If people wonder how you knew that about Bad Moon Rising’s plans to take the stage at the Howick Club this month, you can tell them you heard it through EastLife! yes, this Travelin Band is comin’ Up Around the Bend to entertain Fortunate Sons, Proud Marys, Sweet Hitchhikers and even a Suzie Q or two. For details, contact the club via howickclub.co.nz.

Scheherazade June25,from7.30pm,Auckland TownHall,QueenSt,AucklandCity 1001 Arabian Nights will all be rolled into one splendid evening at the Auckland Town Hall this month. Billed as an ‘orchestral fantasy’, this performance is set to showcase the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at its very best. For details, see the concerts section at nzso.co.nz.

Everything anyone Ever wanted June21-25,Q’sLoftTheatre,  305QueenSt,AucklandCity Integrating dance, dialogue, music, song and film, EverythingAnyone EverWanted features the Black Sheep Productions collective exploring the notion of happiness itself and whether such a concept is even viable in a modern world detached from religion and dependent on technology. See qtheatre.co.nz/whats-on for details.

leo & lulu June26,from7pm,TheCivic,cnr Queen&WellesleySts,AucklandCity On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a Leo Sayer CD. Since then, this world famous falsetto has seldom failed to make me feel like dancing – ironically or otherwise. So, what more reason would one need to head to the Civic this month? Well, how about if we said there will be a Lulu too! Two British pop legends for the price of one seems

many incarnations of The Great Gatsby. However – despite the efforts of Redford to DiCaprio – this is one tale that can’t be upstaged by a camera. Best seen on stage, this elegant and intriguing drama of love, class and money is coming soon to Howick. See daytimeconcerts. co.nz for details.

like a deal that’s bound to Put a Little Love in your Heart. Tickets via ticketmaster.co.nz. italian baroque June27,from6.30pm,AllSaints Church,17SelwynRd,Howick you don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy the rich sounds of classical music, but it does pay to be partial to baroque. As the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra continues itsInYourNeighbourhood series, locals will hear major works from such composers as Vivaldi, Torelli and Corelli – Arcangelo that is, not the mandolin-wielding Italian captain of the same name! See apo.co.nz. nederlands Dans theater June29–July2,TheCivic,cnrQueen &WellesleySts,AucklandCity If you think you can dance it’s unlikely you’ll still think so after this show! A rare opportunity to experience one

of the world’s finest contemporary dance companies awaits, with four works by world-renowned choreographers. A masterclass (for professional dancers) and workshops (students) are also on offer. For full details, see aucklandlive.co.nz/ndt.

➤ art auckland festival of Photography June-July,exactdates,timesand locationsvary(Aucklandwide) Capturing life as it actually happens, photography often confronts us with the most stark and startling imagery. As the Super City celebrates this art form, two local galleries will present exhibitions: AsLongasthereare Animals,at Monterey Art Gallery, 5 Cook St, Howick (June 4-25) and TheNon-LivingAgent, at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga (June 11-24). In addition, galleries city-wide will host a wide-ranging mix of works – of particular note, Ilan Wittenberg’s confronting BareTruthexhibition on at the Northart Gallery. See photographyfestival.org.nz.

this year! And, to celebrate, Ellerslie is throwing the mother (England) of all birthday parties, complete with entertainment, food and a horse or several – on course, of course! For more information visit ellerslie.co.nz. manukau kids Scooter Duathlon June6,9am-12:30pm,BarryCurtis Park,163ChapelRd,FlatBush A triathlon unlike any other, this run-scooter-obstacle event will see year 4-8 students tackle a challenging course which winds its way through Barry Curtis Park. For full details and to register (as an individual or team) see bsgevents.co.nz. mid winter christmas Party June24,July1,8&15,AlexandraPark, GreenlaneWestRdandManukauRd, Greenlane Dreaming of a mid-winter Christmas? If so, dust off those sleigh bells and head on down to Alexandra Park for a festive night of harness racing, food and fun. Visit alexandrapark.co.nz/ racing for more information.

➤ family fun matariki Dawn June1-30,everyWedtoSun,from 7pm,StardomeObservatory& Planetarium,670ManukauRd,Epsom Other events may feature starstudded line-ups, but never on quite the same scale as this! To kick off the Maori New year in fine style, Stardome is presenting a show which abounds with myth and legend. See page 30 to read more. annual mid-winter Plunge June12,from10am(registration11am), PublicBoatRamp,MaraetaiBeach Calling all polar bears (and cubs)! It’s time to turn a cold shoulder or two to winter woollies and show we’re made of sterner stuff during the Maraetai Annual Mid-Winter Plunge. So, take a dip, take a bow and dive into this chilling experience. Scrabble tournament June18-19,from10.30am,Pakuranga Plaza,CornerTiRakauDr& PakurangaRd,Pakuranga

➤ SPort & fitnESS Social bicycle ride June5,10am-2pm,PakurangaRotary PathwayRide,PrinceRegentDrive, Pakuranga If you love to ride your bicycle and like to ride your bike, this one’s for you! On June 5, riders of all levels of experience are invited to saddle up during a ride from Panmure Bridge to Farm Cove. To register, of for more information, email The Bike Maintenance Shop – thebmshop@ hotmail.com. Queen’s birthday raceday June6,from10.15am,Ellerslie Racecourse,80AscotAve,Remuera Coincidentally, as the majority of New Zealanders decided not to ditch the Union Jack from our flag, we will get a day off for our Queen’s birthday again

Minding our Ps and Qs is always important in polite company but it’s especially so when $800 of gift vouchers are on the line. If we need to spell out how this competition works, it’s probably not for you! For more details (or to register) see the events section at pakurangaplaza.co.nz.

➤ markEtS howick village market EverySaturday,8am-12.30pm, PictonSt,Howick classy crafts FirstSaturdayinMarch,followedby firstandthirdSaturdayofthemonth untilOctober,theneverySaturdayin November-December,9am-1pm,All SaintsCommunityCentre,CookSt, Howick Pine harbour fresh market FirstSaturdayofthemonth(winter timetable),8am-12pm,PineHarbour Marina,JackLachlanDr,Beachlands clevedon village farmers’ market EverySunday,8.30am-12pm, ClevedonShowgrounds,Monument Rd,Clevedon clevedon village market EverySunday,9am-2pm,Clevedon CommunityCentre,1PapakuraClevedonRd,Clevedon Pakuranga night market EverySaturdaynight, 6pm-12midnight,underThe Warehouse,PakurangaPlaza

➤ family fun touch & go June19,1-4pm,ChristianAviation, 459AirfieldRd,ArdmoreAirport, Papakura For millions living in the world’s most isolated places, even a small accident or minor illness can be life threatening. Fortunately, thanks to the hard work of the


Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), answers to prayers for help often arrive on the wing. To demonstrate just how MAF is able to reach out to those in need, members of the public are invited to get up close and personal with its aircraft and crew. More information available via mafnz.org.nz.

botany night market EveryWednesdaynight,5.30-11pm, beneathHoytsCinema,BotanyTown Centre alfriston country market FirstSaturdayofeachmonthexcept January,9am-12pm, AlfristonCommunityHall, MillRoad,Alfriston

Precious McKenzie – raising the bar When it comes to uplifting stories, precious little could detract from the achievements and raw grit of one giant of the weightlifting world in particular. Ahead of the Rio Olympics, JON RAWLINSON spoke with long time East Aucklander, Precious McKenzie, about his inspirational life. Since moving away from our region, he’s become precious to everyone at Albany’s Settlers Village, in more ways than one. I give his unit number to the receptionist and her face lights up. She says: “Oh, you’re here to see Precious. He’s such a lovely man!” Less than 5 feet tall, Precious McKenzie may not tower over the world around him, but I’m quickly aware that I’m in the presence of a legend. And, I soon discover that’s there’s much more to this fourtime Commonwealth Games gold medal winning weightlifter – he’s also a thoroughly nice bloke, made immediately apparent as we discuss his impending 80th birthday. “When you hit a big birthday, you usually have a big party then it’s all over, so we took a 28-day cruise with the family instead,” he smiles, “The six of us had a lovely time, travelling around the Pacific; that’s the way to celebrate such a big birthday, isn’t it?” In addition to his four Commonwealth golds (for England in 1966, ’70 and ’74; New Zealand in 1978), and representing Britain at the 1968, ‘72 and ‘76 Olympics, Precious has worn many laurels. He has

also claimed numerous British and World championships and records in weightlifting and power lifting (a form of weightlifting which, bizarrely, is not an Olympic event!), as well as inductions into halls of fame.

What’s more, the energetic pocket rocket even came out of sporting retirement two years ago, proving that what goes on in ‘Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas’ and can be heard around the world.

However, his MBE (awarded in 1974) is the most precious to Precious.

“The Americans wanted to induct me into the World Hall of Fame for Power Lifting, but to qualify I had to be competing. So, I made my comeback in Las Vegas and broke four [over 75 years group] world records! I was capable of doing more but my back was giving me trouble and it’s important to take notice of the warning signs.”

“It was such an honour! Everybody wanted to know why the Queen held my hand for so long after presenting it. The reason was that she asked me if I was still lifting weights, and I didn’t want to answer! At last, I replied saying ‘yes, ma’am.’ I was just so stunned at meeting her and that she took so much interest,” he laughs. “Did you know I’m actually one of the Queen’s favourite athletes? I know this because, years ago, when the All Blacks were invited to Buckingham Palace, she asked Sean Fitzpatrick to pass her regards to Precious!” Despite retiring and moving from East Auckland to Albany, there’s little sign of Precious slowing down. He continues to give workplace safety and back injury prevention seminars and to coach gym goers at the retirement village while keeping up with weight training.

While Precious rose to the top by the sweat of his brow, he says he owes a lot to family and coaches – many who were close friends – and to others who inadvertently helped him to achieve.

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“I think the main reason I became what I am is because I was fighting against those who said ‘you cannot do it!’ Those who said I couldn’t succeed inspired me more than those who said I could; it was like putting fire to petrol for me!”

encouragement keeps him going. Elizabeth, his wife, remains his rock. “If it wasn’t for my wife, Elizabeth, I wouldn’t be here. She gave me the power by sticking with me through thick and thin. Behind this strong man is one very strong woman!”

However, there is one person who has long been in his corner, whose

Olympics – the weight of expectation Despite a most successful Commonwealth Games record, it’s remarkable that Precious McKenzie never clinched an Olympic medal. Then again, in weight lifting’s history, neither has anyone else representing New Zealand.

In particular, Precious is impressed by Richie Patterson, who claimed Commonwealth silver in 2010, finished 14th at the 2012 Olympics, and followed with gold in the men’s 85kg at the Commonwealth Games two years ago.

However, Precious believes this lack of laurels is set to change very soon. “I recently went to see some of the weightlifters who were hoping to qualify for Rio. They were training hard. It will all come down to hard work and talent, and our young sportspeople definitely have that.”

“Richie is very good, and a nice guy too. The way he’s lifting, he’s capable of gold and I’m confident he will win a medal of some sort.”

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Looking back on his own Olympic experiences (representing Britain on three occasions), Precious is

disappointed that medals were elusive. He says steroid use – particularly amongst athletes from communist countries – made for an uneven playing field. Money also influenced outcomes as professionals competed against amateurs. Today, despite professionalism becoming (more or less) standard in Olympic competition, Precious believes its impact has soured the games somewhat. “There are too many sports now,

and so many team sports, which makes it very expensive for host nations to stage. Traditionally, the Olympics were meant for those [Greco-Roman] sports and I think it should return to that,” he says. “The modern Olympics were meant for amateur athletes but, these days, most are professional. Only people and countries that have money get in. I wish the games could [go back to the way they were] but I do understand why they won’t, there’s just too much money at stake.” www.eastlife.co.nz

I think the main reason I became what I am is because I was fighting against those who said ‘you cannot do it!’ Those who said I couldn’t succeed inspired me more than those who said I could; it was like putting fire to petrol for me!”

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Only way is up – The rise and rise of a legend Success alone doesn’t necessarily spell out inspirational stories; it’s the obstacles overcome along the way which make them so. In this respect, few have surmounted as many hurdles for the love of sport as Precious McKenzie.

invited to train at another gym. Kevin was running late and when I walked in, a white guy said ‘get the hell out of here!’ Kevin was very embarrassed. No matter how good I became, I couldn’t compete against whites, only coloureds.”

Born in South Africa, the gifted gymnast took up weightlifting by being in the wrong place at the right time. “I walked into the wrong gym! Someone directed me to a weightlifting gym, which had gymnastics equipment as well,” he explains.

Barred from competing for South Africa at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Precious was at last accepted on to the team in 1964, provided he was segregated from white athletes; he refused this invitation. Then, a chance encounter saw him pursue his sporting goals abroad.

“The coach there, Kevin Stent, asked me to come and join them. He said weight training would be good for my gymnastics and I fell for the joke! He saw my potential and how keen I was, so he lured me to weightlifting. It wasn’t long until I was hooked!” However, Apartheid stood in his way. “I was getting really good and was www.eastlife.co.nz

“One day, I was swimming, warming up, and a coloured fellow who was looking after the pool said ‘Precious, you’re wasting your time in this country, go overseas.’ That really motivated me. I told my boss at the shoe company where I was working that I’d like to go to England to pick up more skills to bring back for the

company. He found me a job in Northampton; it went from there.” By 1966, Precious was able to represent England at the 1966 Empire/ Commonwealth Games, where he would win his first gold medal. Less than a decade later, however, he was on the move again when opportunity knocked down under. After saying during Christchurch’s 1974 games that he would love to move to New Zealand, job offers poured in. The qualified personal trainer accepted a role at the Panmure Young Citizens Centre. The offer, made by gold medal-winning decathlete, Roy Williams, and former New Zealand softball and basketball representative, Buddy Corlett, was too good to refuse; just desserts proved to be the icing on the cake. “Buddy met me at the airport and took me straight to an ice-cream parlour near One Tree Hill – New

Zealand has the best ice-cream in the world, in England, it’s rubbish!” he laughs. “He then took me on a tour and I was very impressed. Auckland had a big population so it meant there were more people I could teach than elsewhere in New Zealand. Before I even arrived in Panmure, I’d decided that it was the place for me.” Precious settled in Pakuranga, later moving to the Botany area. He won his fourth and final Commonwealth Games gold in 1978, representing New Zealand, aged 42. Despite living here for almost half his life, he says South Africa will always hold a special place in his heart. “When I won my first gold, I had tears in my eyes as the English anthem [Land of Hope and Glory] played. Although England took me in with open arms, it was not the country of my birth. I love NZ too, but you can’t change where you’re born; all these years on, it’s still my country.” eastlife | june 2016 |


Allen Chan with his locally carved, scissor clock, above, and testing his American Milford barber's chair, right. 

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Time is by his side In most businesses, clock watching is frowned upon; at Botany’s Get a Haircut it’s actively encouraged. JON RAWLINSON recently spent a little time with a local hairdresser who has a passion for antique clocks and radios.

Most antiques are considered timeless but, ironically, Allen Chan’s collection is ever present in the present thanks to his particular set of skills. When not providing cut-price hair dos, the local barber – proprietor of Botany’s Get a Haircut – spends his time bringing radios and clocks, once stopped, to life again. “When I have no customers, I’ll be out the back fiddling about restoring things. At the moment, I have about 56 clocks at the shop and maybe another 30 at home,” he says. “I used to have a lot more radios but I have sold some because they can take up a lot of space. I’d have about a dozen or so all up. “All of my radios are very old, from the early 1900s; the oldest is almost 100 years and it still works!”

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wonderful and they’re made from New Zealand rimu and swamp kauri which is beautiful.” Allen began cutting hair in Singapore – “I started out by riding on my scooter with my barbering gear and I cut the hair of labourers very cheap so I could bring some income back to my family. I also cut hair in some shopping malls.” In 2004 he came to New Zealand and worked part time in a barber shop in Highland Park while working in property maintenance too. "After nurturing my skill I set up shop on Ti Rakau Drive – A Fine Cut.” Although he returned to Singapore for approximately one year, in 2014 Allen was back again with plans for his current shop, Get a Haircut. It was then that his twin passions began to work in harmony.

However, pride of place in Allen’s collection is reserved for two of his newest additions, an oversized comb and pair of scissors, complete with clocks, carved by acclaimed Howick wood sculptor, Mark Jones.

“I brought the clocks and radios into the shop because I wanted a theme which is ‘time to get a haircut’. Most barber shops are the same and I want my shop to be very personal. Every object on my walls is part of me and customers find it very homely.”

“He’s my good friend; anything you ask him to carve, he can do it! These two are my favourite because they’re unique, the workmanship is

Since the 1970s, this son of a radio repairman has built up his collection over... time. He also collects other antique items, which he finds online

I brought the clocks and radios into the shop because I wanted a theme which is ‘time to get a haircut’. Most barber shops are the same and I want my shop to be very personal. Every object on my walls is part of me and customers find it very homely.”

and in shops here and in Asia. Of particular note is his American Milford barber’s chair, circa 1919 (see right). However he has no plans to set aside the scissors. “I love to restore beautiful things and cutting hair is like restoring a person from a wild object into something magnificent. It brings a lot of joy and satisfaction into my heart,” Allen adds. “I have no plans to retire, not unless my scissors stop clicking or my eyes fail me; maybe when I’m 80 or 90 or 95, I don’t know! I enjoy cutting because customers love it; that’s what keeps me going.” www.eastlife.co.nz


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Everyone’s in the pink for breakfast at Grangers Warm-hearted locals turned out in force for a pink ribbon breakfast sponsored by Grangers Tap House and Kitchen at Half Moon Bay, to help raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. This year the restaurant’s fundraiser also featured a parade of new season fashions from Augustine, organised by the brand’s founder, Kelly Coe. Photographer CARMEN BIRD was there too.






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IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD 6.30pm, Monday 27 June All Saints Church, Howick OR

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Welcome an APO ensemble to perform works by Vivaldi and Corelli. APO Associate Principal Trumpet Huw Dann, rounds off the concert with Giuseppe Torelli’s sublime Sonata in D major.

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historic high tea



Locals converged on the Howick Historical Village to mark Mother’s Day. Held in Puhi Nui Homestead, the Victorian high tea (A Mother's Tale Today) saw many a mum's cuppa runneth over as they sampled a delightful day. JANET KEELING preserved this historic occasion for posterity. 1. Michaella De Bruce 2. Ruby Hume 3. Alex Clark 4. Ellie & Marie Allbon 5. Kathy Heaton-Brown 6. Colleen Hayter 7. Ashleigh & Amelia Kendall

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Howick Historical Village Step back in time a liVing HisTory MuseuM of THe fenCiBle Period

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Music, Magic and Mythical Stories


Variety Voices, a scholarship choir which supports young New Zealanders in need, along with the Howick Brass Band and Morris Dancers, will be performing. Allie Ph 576 9506 presents woven stories, weaving tales of times of old and new, and Mike the Magician Cnr Lady Marie Dr & Bells Rd, is back with his popular magic show. Join us for a day of music and dance! Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga Open from 10am-4pm Admission fee applies Cafe on site liveday@fencible.org.nz Gift and souvenir shop Free parking www.fencible.org.nz IVING HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE FENCIBLE PERIOD Follow us on facebook


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Q&A Balamohan Shingade with

This month sees the official opening of the new Malcolm Smith Gallery, part of the redevelopment of Uxbridge in Howick and, with it, the inaugural exhibition, Soft Architecture. In light of this big step upward, EastLife asked the gallery’s talented curator Balamohan Shingade, about his challenging role in the arts community.

You were born in Hyderabad, India but how long have you lived in NZ? Why did you decide to move here and how welcoming have you found New Zealanders and those in the art community in particular? I was nine when my family immigrated to Aotearoa, New Zealand so, I had very little say in the matter! I’ve since lived my life here and have been educated in Auckland schools. In fact, as a citizen of Aotearoa and a New Zealander by nationality, I am part of the fabric of our country’s art community. While you hold a masters degree in fine arts, many forgo higher education in this field. How beneficial have your qualifications been to you? At art school, our creative capacities were extended. We were afforded the freedom to experiment, take risks and realise brave new projects that contributed to wider socio-political debates. Elam School of Fine Arts has produced a plethora of internationally significant artists, but many of our country’s best graphic designers (Alt Group), film directors (Florian Habicht), even bands (Split Enz) are also art school alumni. As for myself, I am a curator by profession. What does it mean to be a curator, especially for a contemporary art gallery? Over the past decade or so, the word curating has increasingly been used to describe anything that involves choosing and ordering things – making a party playlist, for example, or artfully arranging furniture. But the word is widely misused and abused. Curate comes from the word ‘cure’, like treating something. Curating is not simply about choosing artists, coming up with a title and calling it an exhibition; it requires being interested in the meaning art produces, its significance and relevance, and as a curator, I am responsible for organising this within the context of the gallery for which I work.

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You were working at Elam School of Fine Arts as a Professional Teaching Fellow. When did you take on the role of manager and curator at Uxbridge’s Malcolm Smith Gallery? I started in January 2015, when the redevelopment of Uxbridge and the launch of the new Malcolm Smith Gallery were imminent. The redevelopment has been an opportunity for us to re-think and refresh our visions, something I believe all institutions must regularly think through. What role in the community and/ or wider Auckland will the Malcolm Smith Gallery play and how will an outer suburb such as Howick – often referred to as the village – benefit from the gallery? Lay people often fear contemporary art galleries so, our ambition is to create an approachable, warm space, but without compromising an artist or his/her work. We’re interested in showing work that is globally minded yet locally rooted. In fact, in the Howick Ward, close to 40% of the total population identify with an Asian ethnic identity. As a location with one of the highest numbers of Asian New Zealanders, Malcolm Smith Gallery aims to connect to a wide network of art institutions, practitioners and audiences around the Asia-Pacific rim to show a leading example in shaping the success of Asian arts and cultural practices in New Zealand. We aim to offer a space for East Auckland with a sense connectedness, a gallery in the idyllic surrounds of Howick that is part of a global conversation on contemporary art. Can art be a profitable investment in New Zealand or is it more about the love of possessing beautiful things? New Zealand’s creative industry adds $3.85 billion to our gross domestic product (GDP) every year, and is a huge contributor to our national employment. But at the individual

level, it would be a terrible mistake to purchase a painting or an object simply as an investment. In doing so, we would fail to recognise the real relevance of art. Yes, art is entertaining and often beautiful, but a good artwork is also challenging. Artists help us make sense of our world. They broaden our experience, understanding, and enable us to imagine the unimaginable. They connect us to the most important questions of contemporary life, like ‘how do we live together?’ With the official opening of the Malcolm Smith Gallery in June what is planned for the second half of the year and what do you consider the ‘must see’ upcoming exhibition to be? There is something thrilling to look forward to in each exhibition and I have challenged myself and the gallery to go a little bit further with each show, whether it is through experimental exhibition design, the publication of catalogues, or supporting artists through brave new projects. After the inaugural exhibition, Soft Architecture, visitors can look forward to the 10th anniversary of the Estuary Art Awards, followed by an exhibition on magic and ritual in contemporary life as well as a series of exciting solo shows for which we are inviting back those artists who were born and bought up in East Auckland, but have since gone on to become internationally significant artists. You’re also an accomplished writer. Who are your favourite authors? Of the countless writers I could possibly mention, my favourites are those I’ve learnt from the most. I admire my mentors and my peers because their writings help me make sense of the world in which we live, most especially, Anthony Byrt, Jon Bywater, Erena Johnson, Tessa Laird, and Allan Smith. Is there a particular medium you prefer? What types of pieces do you

I often find myself more interested in what a particular artwork has to say, rather than what it looks like. I like all media equally, because for me, form follows content."

have on display in your own home? I often find myself more interested in what a particular artwork has to say, rather than what it looks like. I like all media equally, because for me, form follows content. I own several artworks at home, mostly paintings and small objects, but none of them are purchased. Each artwork tells a different story – an exchange between friends, a housewarming present, an engagement gift. If you could be Minister for Culture and Heritage for one day what would you do first and why? The arts industry is facing a $2.3 million drop in funding from the NZ Lottery Grants board this year. For what it’s worth, I’d like to suggest that the arts are not a lottery. I would call for more secure investment in the arts, and would hope to untangle the strange relationship it shares with the lotteries. If you could invite any three artists (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? I’d love to be defeated by Marcel Duchamp in a game of chess, and learn from the founder of conceptualism about leaving retinal art behind—putting art back in the service of the mind, rather than ‘retinal art’ which intends mostly to please the eye. Mindful of making it a good dinner party, I’d also invite the Aucklandbased, D.A.N.C.E. Art Club, a collective of artists (cheating, I know) who facilitate gatherings to open up conversations on contemporary art, making art accessible and very entertaining. Finally, although she isn’t an artist per se, it would be a dream to speak with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, an Indian scholar whose writings give me hope. www.eastlife.co.nz

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The Apartment by Danielle Steel From the moment four young women come together by chance in the Big Apple, through their shared life in an inner-city apartment, they become the best of friends. However, the aspiring shoe designer, writer, Wall Street dealer and medical student are soon to encounter unexpected opportunities and challenges that could alter the course of their lives. • Danielle Steel: The Apartment | RRP $37 | Bantam Press/Penguin Random House

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner The crumbling walls and sagging doors of a house on the Sicilian island of Castellamare do not deter Amedeo and Pina, but will its ‘spirited’

history? Home to Amedeo’s family for generations, the house – which he proudly renames ‘The House at the Edge of Night’ – is alive with stories, legends and, sometimes, miracles. Believed by locals to be cursed, the house was the backdrop for longrunning feuds and the stage for great love affairs and it could change the couple’s lives forever. • Catherine Banner: The House at the Edge of Night | RRP $37 | Penguin Random House

Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge Alarm bells ring loudly when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub. But could this crime herald more than Helen Grace could ever bargain for? Tragedy may be a well-known tune to this intrepid Inspector, but when the killer strikes again, tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an

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Living like the locals in Europe

Ocean-bound for Coromandel Coromandel Peninsula is a popular escape for Aucklanders but forget driving there – for a fabulous, relaxed day out (or weekend away) 360 Discovery’s short, two-hour cruise from downtown Auckland will take you there by sea.

This package brings the story of Coromandel to life. Of course, if you choose to stay overnight and take the ferry back the following day who might want to explore further – lovely beaches, gardens and the famous Waterworks, close to town.

What’s more visitors can also prebook to see a raft of local attractions such as the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, the Waterworks, beautiful landscapes, giant kauri and, of course, also enjoy friendly Corostyle hospitality offering fresh local seafood and more.

The half-day Coromandel Town Explorer operates weekends only, in conjunction with the 360 Discovery’s Coromandel ferry service – note, you can do only one tour a day.

So, why not combine the ferry journey with a half-day Coromandel Town Explorer tour which visits the famous Driving Creek Railway – New Zealand’s amazing narrow gauge mountain railway with superb views from the ‘Eyeful Tower’ viewing platform, unique art features and a replanted native forest. Then join the guided tour section to Coromandel’s most majestic grove of giant ancient kauri. Experienced local guides will unfold the rich story of the Coromandel kauri and the history of the district. During this experience you’ll enjoy a short walk to the picturesque Waiau Waterfall – a treat for photographers!

The tour costs $70 for adults, $35 for children and a family pass (two adults and two children) is $168. Admission into Driving Creek Railway is included. Ferry fares are additional and the ferry leaves Auckland on Saturdays and Sundays at 8.45am returning from the Coromandel at 4.30pm on the same days (the service is available five days a week in summer). One way fares are $55, adults, $35 children; same day return fares are $70 adults, $40 children and $180 per family of two adults and two children. Return fares with overnight stay (or longer) $90 per adults, $55 per children and $235 for the family rate. So ,why not make your day – Coromandel and back by ferry!

Cooking the family dinner, chatting with neighbours and meeting friends for coffee may not seem like typical vacation activities. Yet as travellers seek different experiences many are choosing to live like the locals while on holiday. With this trend in mind, US-based Delta Vacations, the official vacation provider for Delta Air Lines, has been adding serviced vacation residences in destinations across Europe. John Caldwell, president of Delta Vacations says serviced vacation residences are an exciting option for couples, friends and multigenerational families wanting to connect with a city, its people and its culture. “Serviced vacation residences, such as apartments, condominiums and homes, offer more space than standard hotel rooms typically provide. These studio, one and two-bedroom apartments are fully-

furnished, include well-equipped kitchens and are centrally located to serve as a home away from home while on vacation,” he says, adding that Delta Vacations works with top hospitality providers to offer world-class ‘self-catering’ vacation residences that are managed, maintained and cleaned by professional staff. The company can now offer new serviced apartment locations in Prague, Czech Republic; Birmingham, Bristol and London, England, Nice (France), Budapest (Hungary), Florence and Rome (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Edinburgh and Glasgow (Scotland) and Barcelona and Madrid in Spain. These properties are in addition to existing serviced vacation residences offered in Barcelona, London, Paris and the USA, including California, Florida, Hawaii and New York. More than 150 serviced vacation residences are available through Delta Vacations.

Pullman Sydney Airport opens Business travellers who regularly fly over the ‘ditch’ to Sydney may want to check out new 5-star hotel, Pullman Sydney Airport, opening on June 1. The 229-room, luxury hotel is right on trend with an open plan, upmarket design and timeless furnishings. The high-ceiling lobby merges with the Mobius Bar & Restaurant where the solo traveller can observe chefs’ culinary creations in front of the open plan kitchen or small groups can spread out for lunch over a business meeting. General manager of the new Pullman, Bernie Boller says, “airports are no longer considered transport hubs, they are transforming into complete entities where hotels, conference centres, retail and office spaces co-exist. With an up-to-the-minute gym boasting state of the art equipment, the Pullman Sydney Airport also features an Executive Club Lounge which provides a sophisticated, intimate space for

guests to check in, plug in and work remotely, or enjoy some evening canapés and beverages with colleagues. There will also be a range of new meeting spaces and conference rooms plus a private boardroom. Set over 12 floors, the hotel is located on O’Riordan Street, just 600 metres from the domestic terminal and three kilometres from the international terminal.


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Lifestyles of the rich and famous Gerard Murphy, Director, Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel takes a cruise in the Mediterranean. Last month we had a few days cruising on The Med. Each day different, each very special – one day at a vineyard in Provence, the next walking the Formula 1 pit lane in Monaco and the following at the fashionable boutiques of St Tropez. My brother William, a cruise agnostic, escaped his London private school life to join me for these days of luxury! We lived well – leisurely breakfasts on deck, azure seas and terracotta towns the view; casual local lunches followed by more serious evenings sipping champagne; string quartets for pre-dinner entertainment, then five to seven-course masterpieces served on beautiful Versace crockery. Our days were largely spent on foot, exploring ancient settlements and viewing galleries, grand cathedrals, palaces, walled cities and citadels. We stood at the final resting place of Prince Rainer and Princess Grace and we viewed the Mediterranean from Napoleon’s study, walking in his garden, just as he did while in exile from his beloved France. We paused outside Monte Carlo’s famous casino imagining James Bond arriving in one of the Aston Martins parked outside.

For example, Marseilles the gateway to Provence was founded by the Greeks in 600BC well before the Romans took over three decades BC. St Tropez has been an important port town since 600AD, the Grimaldi family have presided over the Principality of Monaco for more than 800 years and Portoferraio on Elba was founded by the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1548. Old city walls, forts and citadels sat comfortably beside newer buildings, apartments, restaurants and boutiques. In most parts the modern was remarkably understated. The harbours offered berths for superyachts and old fishing boats alike and narrow streets accommodated all manner of vehicles – bicycles, Vespas and small Fiats through to the lowest and loudest Lamborghinis. People watching was fascinating too – a few with much

bling, but many casually elegant. What’s more the traditional lifestyle of relaxed boaties, old fisherman and stall holders at the town-square market, appeared to co-exist comfortably with the jet set. Harbourside cafes allowed visitors to sit, take an espresso and just watch the Med lifestyle slide by. Our explorations cost little, just a few Euros for entry fees. Exploring on foot required open eyes rather than an open wallet. And, at any time, we could head back to ship and laze around the pool with a cool beverage delivered by attentive crew! Our on-board lifestyle of fine food cost nothing – it was all included. On Sirena we had the choice of a beautiful main dining room and two

speciality restaurants all serving superb cuisine. A buffet restaurant offered more casual fare and an on-deck grill provided poolside options. Speciality coffees and an ice cream bar were included and, while beverages were resort price, pre-purchased packages offered big savings. We enjoyed this lifestyle without being rich. In Rome, I said farewell to William. He had experienced his cruise epiphany. The ship wasn’t crowded, nor regimented. The food was superb and entertainment classy. The port stays not rushed and fellow travellers interesting. Importantly, the views from ship to shore, were just the same for us as for those on superyachts! And we were neither rich nor famous!


Our home was the latest addition to Oceania Cruises’ fleet, Sirena. Carrying just 684 passengers she had the feel of a luxury yacht and docked right in the small harbours of this exquisite corner of the world which meant we could come and go as we pleased.

Like William, clients are sometimes concerned that on a cruise, hugging the coastlines and spending just a day in each port, they will miss many of Europe’s historical and cultural gems. But this coastline offers history and culture aplenty.


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Peace returning to Paris When ROBYN YOUSEF visited Paris in April, heightened security was evident everywhere. France had been on high alert since the January 2015 attacks on the offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo and on a Jewish supermarket in which 17 people were killed and 22 wounded. Further attacks in the city by gunmen and suicide bombers in November last year, left another 130 dead and hundreds wounded. Here’s what Robyn found on her stay in the French capital. The queues of tourists are shorter at the famous landmarks, but in that City of Light and Love – Paris – life is gradually returning to normal after the shocking terrorist attacks last year.

But, the most startling sight for me was the heavy protection by the French Army in the quiet neighbourhood of Mairie des Lilas (just outside the ‘Peripherique’ Ring Road) where we usually stay.

Coming through Charles de Gaulle Airport, baggage checks and general security were predictably rigorous.

The local Jewish School was guarded by soldiers in camouflage gear brandishing machine guns.

There were also soldiers on duty on the parameters of the area’s small shopping centre. With 10,500 troops deployed across the country, including 6000 in Paris, the security operation following the attacks has been the most intensive in recent history.

square outside was much less crowded. Numbers of tourists to the Eiffel Tower dropped after the attacks. That great French icon had 6.91 million visitors in 2015 compared with 7.1 million in 2014 although, before the terror raids, the numbers of tourists were on the increase.

In the heart of Paris, the police presence was also very strong. Locals and tourists alike agreed that this helped them feel more secure.

The tragic events were predicted to cost French hoteliers an estimated 270 million Euros in lost revenue. A trend for visitors to postpone or shorten their French holidays has also emerged.

It was less time-consuming (despite the extra security) being a tourist – lining up to enter the Notre Dame Cathedral was relatively quick compared to other years and the

A long-time resident of the city, Maurice Hazan said that for about two weeks after the attacks,

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day (often amongst shelves of books), help in the shop and read one book every day. And George Whitman would have been delighted with the bookstore café. He had been trying to rent that exact space since the 1960s with a plan to open his own literary café where he could serve his own special lemon pie. The café now serves very tasty (mostly vegetarian food) as well as George’s lemon pie! Sitting in that vibrant café with its picture windows looking out over Notre Dame and the Park of St.Julien-le-Pauvre in early April, the atmosphere was so peaceful and relaxed that any acts of terrorism seemed worlds away.

The legendary Left Bank Shakespeare and Company Bookshop – now with neighbouring cafe on the corner. the restaurants and shops were practically empty, but gradually life was returning to normal. “The impact [of the attacks] has made French citizens very fearful and there is an underlying tension, along with increased Islamaphobia,” he told me. Many of the locals spoke of the overall feeling of dread that pervaded the French capital in the wake of the terrorism. And, even among those who had lived happily alongside Muslim neighbours (predominantly North African immigrants) for many years, I felt a new sense of foreboding. Going to buy our breakfast baguettes (and croissants!), we were really taken aback by the presence of soldiers with guns standing formidably at the entrance to the www.eastlife.co.nz

very peaceful suburb where we have stayed so often. And the solid barrage of army protection around the Jewish School was particularly alarming – all to the background noises of happy kids in the playground. I was also surprised when my husband (a Muslim born in Egypt who has been in New Zealand since 1978) was questioned by French clients he had been dealing with for more than a decade. “Ah, vous êtes encore un pratiquant musulman?” (“Ah, you are still a practising Muslim?”) It was all in jest between old friends, but I felt a definite undercurrent. On the other hand, spring was showing her colours in Paris and the Parisians were optimistic that, with the additional security, change was in the air and they seemed hopeful of a return to a safe environment.

And, even during that difficult time in 2015, an exciting new business was established on the Left Bank. Book-loving tourists generally find their way to the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop with its glittering literary past and bohemian ambience. Now, this higgedly-piggedly shop which specialises in English books, also has a neighbouring café, called the Shakespeare and Company Café. Believe me, patrons can get a seriously good flat white in there! The bookshop was opened by an American, George Whitman in 1951. He died in 2011 at the age of 98 and the shop is now run by his daughter, Sylvia. She works hard to keep her father’s traditions alive including providing accommodation for young writers. Apparently, all he requested was guests make their beds every

Friendly ex-pats talked about the return to normal routine in the capital and looked forward to summer with a positive attitude. Many know the song about “April in Paris” and although this year the weather delivered April showers to the Partisan capital early in the month, when we were there, it lived up to its tradition of being very beautiful at this time of year. Temperatures reached 21 degrees – the chestnuts were in blossom and tables under the trees were occupied by locals and visitors alike – it seems some things never change. The city is always romantic, the French accent is enduringly sexy and you get the best in baguettes, cheese and pastries. Wine is good and alluringly affordable, the people are effortlessly stylish and the presence of history is so powerful. Yes, Paris is always a good idea. Vive la France! eastlife | june 2016 |


Escaping  to Napier If kiwis don't fly then neither need Kiwis when it comes to getting away from the rat race. This month, JON RAWLINSON describes why we Aucklanders need not travel too far to see the sites following his recent flying visit to Hawke's Bay. Oh the joy of leaving Auckland in our rear-view mirror as we travelled the almost empty motorway south, against the Friday commuter traffic! I do love the Super City, but there’s nothing like a weekend escape to get one’s motor running.

is bursting with character; I dare say, almost as much so as its owner, Gerard! Speaking of Marine Parade, lined by many historic homes, this palmladen road is the setting for various seaside attractions – including the controversial, although actually quite pretty, ‘pier to nowhere’ – monuments, fountains, statues and more.

As one of many Kiwis who have seen the world but largely neglected my own backyard, I had never visited Napier before. Now, as one who has, I’ll certainly go back!

A few hours’ wandering allowed us to take a delightful stroll beside the seaside (despite winter looming), and, it’s fair to say, I now love the parade!

Billed as the art deco capital of New Zealand, the city offers much to inspire those with a penchant for history (such as yours truly) as well as lovers of art and architecture (a description which fits my partner like a glove). Looking at the same things for different reasons, we greatly enjoyed such aspects of this eastern destination.

Perhaps the best treat for those who consider the past a blast is the historic prison. Although this tourist attraction presents a chilling atmosphere, in true Kiwi style it’s served with a little gallows humour too.

While some architectural treasures – such as the National Tobacco Company Building and the Customhouse – offered only surface appeal (they were either closed or didn’t offer access to the public at the time), we found others around many a corner. In fact, even Mon Logis, our immaculately tended B&B on Marine Parade, dates back to the 1800s and



















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Going on about a Mission When a journalist is made replete with fine dining, surely a restaurant can expect the best back from the fourth estate! Thankfully, Mission Estate in Napier made my job very easy indeed by providing top notch nosh for two in a historic, romantic setting.

The Old Church operating as wedding venue, its mid 18th century charm appears well preserved. And, for those keen on a tipple or two, the region’s numerous wineries ensure Napier’s glass can always be perceived as more than just half full. Okay, so sightseeing-wise, it might not be on a par (at least in terms of scale) with Paris, Rome, London, Berlin or even (and I know everyone south – and some north – of the Bombays will hiss at this!) Auckland, but Napier is a delightful destination for a long weekend of unhurried, tourism at a far from frantic pace.

My dining companion and I began with fresh bread, hummus, dukkah and olive oil and balsamic dips ($9). Simple, yes, but simply perfect! I followed with fish and chips, aka bush tomato spiced swordfish with olive and verjuice (made from unripe grapes) puree, seared prawns and salted balsamic grapes ($34.50), and a side of fries ($7.50). The missus tucked into Rangitikei chicken breast with orange kumara, gingerbread, scorched almonds, baby carrots and truffled mascarpone ($33.50), plus market vegetables ($7.50) on the side. While their names were more than a mouthful, so too were the meals themselves offering generous portions considering the intricacy of

Mission Estate Winery the cuisine. Mission excelled with as much balance (in terms of flavour) as could be mustered by a big top tightrope walker.

Anglaise, rhubarb sorbet and fresh fruit ($15.50), this tart played her part perfectly, refreshingly capping a most enjoyable meal.

And, the best really was saved for last as we shared the pleasure of a saucy wee tart – of the warm frangipane variety, that is. After generous mains, I wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew by ordering dessert. However, complete with poached rhubarb, vanilla bean crème

Perhaps the biggest shock was the bill – a mere $116 which included a glass of the winery’s own sauvignon blanc. While Mission Estate may serve class by the glassful, its prices are more than reasonable considering the portions offered and, most importantly, the exemplary quality.

A wine old time! Eighth president of the USA, Martin Van Buren said, “I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men” ... well it wasn’t exactly like that for HELEN PERRY but she did follow closely on the heels of EastLife senior journalist Jon Rawlinson when making her way to Napier just 10 days after he made a similar journey. It was a case of snap, last Christmas, when colleague, Jon Rawlinson and I both spotted a Groupon escape to Napier and judged it to be highly appealing. Unbeknown to each other we both bought our spouses the two-night stay at historic Mon Logis on Marina Parade and went about booking our short breaks. As it turned out, Jon beat me to the Hawkes Bay by little more than a week so it was a case of man about the house and I bringing up the rear. And that turned out perfect. We enjoyed temperatures of 24 degrees, no wind and lovely sunny days – so clear that from Te Mata Peak at Havelock North we could just see Ruapehu – but more on that later. As mentioned, we had chosen to www.eastlife.co.nz

lay our head on the very plump and luxurious pillows of Mon Logis (meaning My Lodge), built in the 1860s, turned into a private hotel in 1915 and a survivor of the 1931 earthquake. The pristine exterior paintwork suggested this colonial building would be just as spotless inside and it was – owner and Frenchman, Gerard Averous would make a superb housekeeper anywhere; his attention to detail ensured guest areas, from bedrooms to lounge, were immaculate. For the romantics out there our Pine View room, like the others, was a step back in time, the pretty decor – floral wallpapers, white counterpane, bedstead with brass bed knobs, quality drapes and sparkling bathroom were a delight.

For the romantics out there our Pine View room, like the others, was a step back in time, the pretty decor – floral wallpapers, white counterpane, bedstead with brass bed knobs, quality drapes and sparkling bathrooms were a delight.

Downstairs, the guest lounge exuded homely comfort while breakfast was served in the dining room and what a breakfast it was – a mix of local fresh

fruits, muesli, yoghurt Gerard’s own home made croissants with a choice of preserves, good coffee and a great ham and cheese omelette also made by our host. It did us until dinner time! With just two days to explore, we wasted not a minute, first taking in nearby sights such as charming Ahuriri Village just past the port and various art deco buildings including the surprising art deco home of McDonalds, Taradale. Continued overleaf eastlife | june 2016 |


Te Mata Range From previous page Built on the site of the former Taradale Hotel, or rather hotels, this building is beautifully restored, featuring photos of the original two hotels, the first built in 1869 then destroyed by fire in 1904. Rebuilt, the second hotel succumbed to the 1931 Napier earthquake then, in the general rebuild of the area, the present art deco building was constructed. In 1994 the Art Decor Trust was persuaded to allow McDonalds to open a restaurant in the building rather than see it demolished. Thank goodness, the Trust agreed because today it is well worth a look even if you’re not a burger fan. We also headed up Napier’s Bluff Lookout, and stopped off at the former, somewhat grim, even ghoulish Napier Prison – many a notorious prisoner has stayed there and the only woman to be hanged in New Zealand ended her life on its gallows. Of course, no visit to the Hawkes Bay can pass without some wine sampling and we happily joined four

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others on an afternoon tour with Prinsy’s. Owner and driver Hamish was a relaxed, genial host and in no time everyone had formed a comfortable rapport with him, and each other. As we drove Hamish gave a running commentary on landmarks and locations – new to me and so interesting – but it was the main course of four vineyards that provided a real taste of what this region is renowned for – glorious wines. We visited The Mission Winery, Trinity Hill, Ngatarawa Stables, and Black Barn, each with its own character. And, who could say which was best? Not I – we came home with bottles of wine from each! But it was the journey to the top of Te Mata Peak (where we stopped for cheese and crackers) that took my breath away. On a cloudless, utterly still afternoon, the outlook was stunning and the terrain aweinspiring. I had not been to this high point before and was truly impressed. The winding drive to the top, with its many glimpses of beautiful homes,

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Marine Parade and colourful botanical tapestry detailed in red, gold, chartreuse, mauve, purple and many shades of green, was captivating. To anyone visiting the Hawkes Bay, I highly recommend Prinsy’s as a means to see and learn much of this special part of New Zealand. It’s a rare thing for a host to make several strangers feel instantly at home with each other. Naturally, we managed to pack in several other highlights – The Old Church at Meeanee where

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The Mission was originally sited before being moved in 11 pieces to its present location on Church Rd; a wander around lovely Havelock North village; dinner at The Mission – superb – and another meal at the cosy Indonesia restaurant next door to Mon Logis. We left Napier with a determination to bring our family here on holiday, to sample more of the district’s wines, to explore some of the many enticing restaurants and, perhaps, to enjoy more of the shoreline and the art deco experience. I can’t wait.

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Morrinsville moo-ved us! June brings the last long weekend until October, and while some people will prefer to snuggle in at home rather than battle the traffic heading out of town, there will be a fair few who will do otherwise. But HELEN PERRY believes it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. By choosing the right day EastLifers can escape the city in relative motoring ease even during a long holiday weekend. At the last public holiday – Easter it was – we decided to potter down to Morrinsville in the middle of the four day break and although I hear some of you saying, ‘Morrin-where?’ I can assure you this beautiful Waikato township charmed us. It is well worth visiting. We travelled down State Hwy 1 to Taupiri then proceeded to Gordonton where we took the Piako Rd into Morrinsville. We made it a round trip by returning via the Tahuna Rd, rejoining State Hwy 1 at the Huntly Expressway – blue skies, lush countryside and varied terrain reminded us of our good fortune to be living in New Zealand.

We chose a funky, contemporary venue – Loxy & Co – attracted to its trendy black and white decor, old fashioned white enamel serving plates, original pressed panel ceiling and modern menu. Having had only a coffee and slice of toast early that morning we were ready for lunch – eggs on toast with mushrooms and the local George amber ale for man about the house; a BLT on ciabatta bread for me plus the meanest berry smoothie ever! Have to go back if only to try the mango and almond version! We wanted to taste Loxy & Co’s black Doris cider too but it was sold out! Very disappointing.

But, back to Morrinsville. We arrived just on noon and while the shops may have been shut most cafes were open and the township was buzzing.

Friendly service and the relaxed ambience definitely made this venue a good choice. Afterwards, we strolled the shops wishing we could pop inside – fashion and homewares caught our eye. But we weren’t disappointed when our ‘walking’ tour took us past a host of gaily painted, virtually life-size cows.

A mix of weekend excursionists and Sunday church-goers exiting morning services, crowded into the various eateries.

There they were on every corner and around every bend – all sorts of patterns and colours with ‘come hither eyes!’

We weren’t disappointed when our ‘walking’ tour took us past a host of gaily painted, virtually life-size cows. There they were on every corner and around every bend – all sorts of patterns and colours with ‘come hither eyes!’ "

I later learned there are 42 such comely cows stamping their presence on this Waikato farming community. Visitors can see them all by picking up a map from the information centre and taking in the town’s wider walking trail.

While we only wandered the shopping precinct we did drive around several streets, impressed by the pristine properties – trim lawns lovely gardens, well-kept houses. I wanted to stay. As it was we had only time to pop and see an old friend who was recuperating at the local hospital after a road accident. Two hours later we were on our way home, those back roads almost devoid of traffic. Busy lives often leave little time for meandering but, for those who have the time, Morrinsville is a rural delight worth visiting.



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Sydney town – down memory lane From Phar Lap to Crowded House, the pavlova and Russell Crowe (wait... they can keep him!), our Aussie cousins are often accused of claiming Kiwi success stories as their own. But why should they when they boast one of the best cities in the world with a proud history to match? With the We Love Sydney Town Hall event coming up (June 25-26), it’s the perfect time to pop across the ditch to see why this city is one of New Zealand’s favourite weekend getaway destinations. Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, expects many a Kiwi will go on over to help celebrate an extensive, four-year refurbishment which sees this historic building returned to its former glory. “From the many generations who met on Town Hall Steps to the grand events in the building itself, this is one of the most significant public meeting places in our city," she says.

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• Children’s dress up, with period “Come along on the weekend and . costumes available, in celebration share your stories and memories from of an 1886 Juvenile Fancy Dress Ball. All funds raised at this event will be given to the Sydney Town Hall’s remarkable past.” Ballroom. dancing instructors will also .

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• A re-enactment where an Edwardian lady mayoress will share insights into her role and the civic rules for flowers, food and frocks. • A six-by-five metre floral carpet. Using paper flowers, visitors can help recreate a 1938 artwork which was fashioned using three million fresh flowers to support the war effort.

• A visit to Council Chambers, including the chance to wear a mayoral robe and sit on the Mayor’s historic cedar chair. Children can also make their own mayoral hats. • A paper plane making and throwing competition in honour of aviatrix, Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. For a full programme, see whatson. cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.


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TWO New Masters degrees a bonus The Southern Institute of Technology has some exciting news! It is offering two new Master Degrees for 2016: the Master of Information Technology (MIT) and the Master of Applied Management (MAM). Both programmes are available on site at the Invercargill Campus and can be studied full-time over 18 months. Part-time options are also available. The Master of Information Technology and the Master of

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WIN! A ZEE SOUTHCOMBE BOOK PACK – EastLife has a prize pack including ALL THREE books in Zee’s Caretaker trilogy up for grabs. To be in to win, see the competitions section at eastlife.co.nz. One entry per person/email address; entries close june 30, 2016. Winner notified by phone or email.

New beginnings at world’s end Most stories begin at the beginning but, for ZR (Zee) Southcombe, the best beginnings always occur at the end. After chatting with this interesting author about her craft last year (see EastLife, April 2015 at eastlife.co.nz), JON RAWLINSON caught up with Zee to ask a few questions about her latest works.

Even though Zee Southcombe’s Caretaker trilogy is now at an end – with the third instalment, Beyond the End of the World, released earlier this year – the prolific children’s author and teacher at Kip McGrath Howick hasn’t moved on from her characters completely. “It [Caretaker] is definitely limited to the three books now all released, although I’m now working on a new series that is set 800 years in Lucy’s future,” Zee says. “You Can’t Cure a Witch’s Curse, the first book of this new trilogy, explores Earth’s place in the universe, and whether or not our lives are predetermined. It’s due for release soon and I’m expecting that the trio will be all wrapped up by the end of this year. “I’m also writing some short stories about John and Theo’s adventures. I miss John’s sense of fun, and Theo’s sarcasm.”

While the Caretaker trilogy was illustrated by artist, Jane Thorne – who featured in EastLife’s May 2013 issue – Zee is looking forward to drawing on more skills of her own for future releases. “With books two and three, it was great to see what Jane came up with, and I particularly love the cover art for Beyond. Her work really loosened up and I began to see more of ‘her’ in the drawings. “I’m illustrating this next trilogy myself, which is a new challenge, but I’ll definitely be working with Jane again in future and I’d like her to illustrate the short stories. I’m sure we’ll collaborate further, maybe even on a picture book or two.” Beyond the End of the World sees Lucy and her pirate friends on an adventure to find exotic ingredients for their new bakery. However, she discovers some sinister

goings on as she ultimately finds her place in the world, and learns much about herself in the process. “It’s a bit darker than the first books, and Lucy has to shoulder a pretty big responsibility,” Zee explains. The book adds to her saga which began with The Caretaker of Imagination and Lucy’s Story – the end of the world, both of which have made the finals of this month’s Sir Julius Book Awards. “I’m pretty chuffed about my books making the finals. It’s a sense of validation that maybe it’s okay to break some of the rules (such as having an adult as a main character in a children’s book), and it’s amazing to be shortlisted alongside some brilliant writers.” Zee’s books are available from Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop, or online at zrsouthcombe.com, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks or Nook.

MATARIKI DAWN See Matariki close up in the planetarium and find out why it appears in June this year, heralding the start of Māori New Year.






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Calling all child scribes While writing may be her forte, as demonstrated through her work at Kip McGrath, Zee Southcombe is more than motivated to encourage her readers to become masters of their own imaginations. By producing a new anthology of children’s stories and poetry – her second – Zee aims to encourage a fresh generation of Kiwi writers to pursue this craft. “It’s about giving children a chance to share their ideas and their voice, and hopefully a nudge towards more children’s publications. Writing, and the arts in general, are not always encouraged as careers, so this is my way of saying ‘it can be done’!” Not only will writers (aged Year 10 and below) have the chance to see their work in print, book vouchers are also on offer. For details, see zrsouthcombe.com/anthology for details; submissions close July 8, 2016. Zee Southcombe (right) shares Beyond the End of the World with Kip McGrath student, Perla Attaya (left). 

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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.

Right Ripping Reads... With so many wonderful worlds for children to explore when it comes to reading, the world is their oyster. This month we crack into two top titles.

Spiny Sebastian Starfish Sebastian is a well-travelled starfish indeed! While out searching for his breakfast an adventure befalls this inquisitive echinoderm, which few back home on his reef will believe. The first in a series of picture books by award-winning author Marion Day and illustrated by talented artist, Jane Thorne – who has featured previously in EastLife magazine – this book is sure to have young readers well and truly hooked! • Marion Day & Jane Thorne: Spiny Sebastian Starfish | RRP $25.95 | AM Publishing New Zealand

Jacky Ha-Ha Cracking wise isn’t always the wisest course of action – something certain EastLife writers should know by now! And that’s a lesson Jacky

Win! EastLife has a copy (signed by Marion Day) of Spiny Sebastian Starfish, and TWO copies of Jacky Ha-Ha to give away. To be in to win one of these three books, see eastlife.co.nz. One entry per person/email address; entries close June 30, 2016. Winners notified by phone or email.

Ha-Ha would do well to learn during her time at middle school. In this book, prolific author James Patterson presents a hilarious new heroine, a 12-year-old class clown who uses humour as a distraction from much more serious matters in life. But, if Jacky goes too far, she might just find that the joke is on her! • James Patterson: Jacky Ha-Ha | RRP $19.99 | Young Arrow/ Penguin Random House

Star-studded show to shine To celebrate Maori New Year, Stardome is presenting a show which abounds with myth and legend. Exploring the cultural and astronomical aspects of the Matariki (or Pleiades) star cluster, this show features Maori myths and stories about the formation of the Earth, the Moon and Maori New Year. Visitors can also see the stars of Matariki close up in the planetarium and discover why

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they only appear at certain times of year. The 360-degree planetarium show includes the animated tale of Rangi and Papatuanuku. Audiences will also hear the new story of Rona and the Moon, which tells how shadows on the Moon came to be, as Marama the Moon captured Rona and held her in punishment for her angry outburst. All this and more as Matariki makes its mark on the Stardome!

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.

• 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. Try to stick to the same place.

• 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.

• When your child starts school you will incur many costs. Some of these are: purchasing a uniform, school fees, stationery and before and after school care if required.

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Early Learning Centre • Hours 7.30am-5.30pm, full & part time • Positions for children aged 0-5 years • Our family relationships are important to us. Education Review Office in April 2014 rated our centre in the top 5%. They stated: Consistent, effective teaching practice; Children happy and settled, with a strong sense of belonging; Children involved in rich literacy, numeracy and science opportunities

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6. Is he always in low water? (4,7). 7. Secures the cut-back (4). 8. Shy when given another helping? (8). 9. Gloomy and thirsty, are shepherded inside (6). 10. Sees the things that tourists are supposed to see (6). 12. An accent one finds very tiring (6). 15. Suspend the man with the broken leg (6). 17. The poetry’s come from the old days by word of mouth (8). 19. Broadcasts music (4). 20. Actress everybody’s after? (7,4).

1. With a “Tut!” pretend to get into the van (3,5). 2. A lost art, say, that’s been restored (6). 3. The wife does wish she were back in America (6). 4. A big-wig in semi-retirement (4). 5. Keen the man should take refuge inside (6). 6. The former is said to have been a nosey-parker (5). 11. Having left out a new Goya (4,4). 13. Follows, into a back street, the liar (6). 14. Tax the second vehicle (6). 15. The river to drag is in flood (6). 16. Happy boy put the car inside! (5). 18. Having drawn, we’re told, an amphibian (4).









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Join the celebrity walk 

– step out with an UPPAbaby stroller!

Choosing the right buggy for precious newborns is no stroll in the park but parents wanting the best have been pleading with Baby of the Move Botany owner, Rose Eusoff-Smith to stock the fabulous UPPAbaby strollers – Vista and Alta.

WIN an UPPAbaby Alta worth $1,025!

And, now, they have finally arrived in New Zealand, exclusive to Baby on the Move stores. Highly acclaimed in Vogue magazine and approved by celebrity mums and dads, such as Bruce Willis, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Hawke, Liam Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and many more, UPPAbaby strollers are streamlined and stylish but also practical and durable. Between them they come with a range of interchangeable seats, capsule and bassinet options, various colour choices, plus an extra large, easy access basket (approved to 13 kilograms) tucked into the undercarriage – fabulous for shopping, groceries, nappy bag and more. “These truly are the ultimate in strollers,” says Rose. “Easily manoeuvred, they are designed to adapt as the family grows, catering for newborns through to toddlers. The Vista can transport up to three children without going wider – it makes the perfect single pram and can also accommodate two compatible capsules, two bassinets plus a toddler and second seat. The combinations are extraordinary.”

who want all the features of a full size stroller but in a more compact package and where there is only one child to be accommodated,” adds Rose. The brainchild of UPPAbaby founders Bob and Lauren Monahan, these buggies have soared in popularity worldwide, becoming ‘must haves’ with parents wanting stylish but workable strollers. “Today’s parents are generally very knowledgeable about baby products and many know exactly what they want.

Consider these features:

UPPAbaby Vista – • Adjustable canopy and handlebar • F ull size front and rear facing toddler seat (up to 23kgs) • All weather protection • One-handed, multi position recline • Extra large storage basket • One-step folding frame • Rumble seat capability • Multiple seating combinations • Selection of accessories

UPPAbaby Alta –

Here’s your chance to win this great prize just by visiting Baby on the Move Botany and following the competition steps. SIMPLY: 1. L ike the UPPAbaby New Zealand Facebook page; 2. Visit Baby On The Move Botany store and take a picture of the UPPAbaby logo/BOTM branch you’ll find in store; 3. Post the photo with the comment #UPPAbabyNZ is now available exclusively at Baby On The Move (tagged). 4. When posting, ensure your post settings are on “Public” If you choose to purchase an UPPAbaby Alta during the competition dates you will still be entered in the draw. If you win you will have your buggy purchase price refunded up to the value of $1,025. T&Cs apply. Competition runs until June 10, 2016.

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Fabulous Queenstown provided the backdrop last month for these stunning winter styles from Augustine photographed by CARMEN BIRD. Casual, versatile and upbeat, this range is also about dressing stylishly for the cooler months with an added injection of practicality for weekend wanderings!

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Supporting New Zealand Designers


David Fels, owner of Showcase Jewellers, Howick, says jewellery is all about love – true love, friendship, families, even pieces you’ve fallen in love with. That’s why he and his team love hearing your stories and making your dreams come true.

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The decision to invest in a diamond is a significant and emotional one so it’s vital to get it right. Subsequently, I recommend that you do your research before committing to spending your hard-earned money. To make your journey enjoyable and hassle-free, we offer consultations to assist in the decision-making process and ensure you gain the best value and knowledge. How much you spend on a diamond is very much up to you but the important thing to remember is that unlike a wedding dress, a diamond engagement ring is worn every day of your life so you would be wise to choose something that will continue to give pleasure year after year. After all, a diamond is forever.

DETERMINING QUALITY To determine a diamond’s quality and worth begin with the 4 C’s: clarity, cut, colour and carat weight. These are the traditional considerations when looking at diamonds. However, we would like to offer a fifth C and that’s for the CONFIDENCE to recognise when you are getting quality and value.

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• CUT – The cut of a stone refers to the way the cutter has shaped it to ensure that light bounces within the stone and back out through the top to provide those rainbow colours. If it is cut poorly the light refracts on the inside and falls out through the bottom decreasing the brightness and lustre of the stone. A well-cut stone allows the maximum beauty of the diamond to be realised

giving the best return on your investment. • CLARITY – Most diamonds contain very tiny birthmarks known as “inclusions.” These are measured by standards on a spectrum ranging from the exceedingly rare FL (flawless) through to I3 (Included-3). The fewer the inclusions, the more beautiful the diamond. • COLOUR – The whiter the diamond the greater its capacity to reflect and refract light, thereby creating greater brilliance or scintillation. The highest quality diamonds are described as colourless and are extremely rare. Colour is graded on a scale starting with D (colourless) and moving through to Z (yellow). • CARAT WEIGHT – This refers to the size of a diamond which is measured in units of a carat which is 0.2 grams and further divided into 100 points. A half carat diamond weighs 50 points. This is the easiest factor to determine however, two diamonds can be of equal caratweight but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, colour, and clarity. Diamonds are capable of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. We appreciate that empowering you with the knowledge to understand why is the key to helping you choose your perfect diamond.

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Add a duty-free sparkle Plans are made, tickets are booked and then there is little more to do – other than pack the bags and head to Auckland Airport to wing your way to an exciting destination.

“It’s exciting being part of the travel plans when people include a surprise piece for a significant anniversary, engagement or just because,” says Chris.

Anticipation mounts when you wander through the duty-free shops, contemplating a purchase that is devoid of GST and packed with prestige. Hang on – rewind. International travellers can frequent local businesses with duty-free licences, where customers can take time to plan a purchase and enjoy greater flexibility.

He and his consulting team work with customers to identify colours, precious metals and ideas the gallant plotter may have in mind.

For many years, Village Jeweller, in the heart of Howick, has arranged duty-free shopping for discerning clientele looking for a unique piece that creates a story and enhances their sojourn.

The advantage of having jewellery designed at Village Jeweller is that any slight alteration for sizing can be completed when the couple return to New Zealand.

Artisan designer, Chris Schweder says people can start the consultation process about six weeks before they fly out and collect the completed jewellery when they depart from Auckland Airport.

of having your wedding rings and accessing duty-free purchasing power, too. Just like travelling for dental treatment or cosmetic surgery, the savings made by buying a significant piece without GST can significantly off-set the cost of travelling. “Imagine the fun of completing the formalities with immigration and then arriving at the duty-free collection point to collect that something special to make your holiday momentously memorable,” Chris says. “We love the mystique and excitement of contributing to that special moment.”

“When planning a surprise, our design process is assisted by a few photographs of the wearer and maybe some items of jewellery they already love.”

And, clients know they are entering into more than a faceless shopping experience for a commodity. Rather, they are working with a craftsman to create something they love and which is an exclusive reflection of them.

Of course, many items are planned collaboratively, with the wearer involved in every step of the process. Duty-free wedding rings can also be purchased at Village Jeweller and collected at the airport either on the way to an overseas wedding destination or the honeymoon. Ask Chris about the ways and means

98 Picton Street, Howick, Ph 09 534 7404 villagejeweller.co.nz

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Accessorise! add the finishing touch Doyenne of the fashion and modelling world DENYSE SAUNDERS provides style tips for adding accessories to your outfit.

First impressions really do count! Within the first seven seconds of meeting someone most people have already summed up the newcomer. We all tend to evaluate others by the way they walk, move, do their hair and make-up, and by the clothes and accessories they are wearing.

Of course, this means that if you are judging others (and you are), then they are doing exactly the same to you. People who take time to care for their appearance and clothes look chic and stylish. A little extra attention and care with clothing will ensure garments last for years, and you will always look and feel a million dollars. An easy way to do enhance your overall style is with some fabulous accessories.

Shawls and scarves

Photos James Saunders

Whether you are aware of it or not, we all judge others on the way they look.

Belts A great belt looks fantastic and can be very slimming: if you wear the belt one notch out, you will instantly look slimmer. Hipster belts are very flattering for the not-so-perfect figure. Worn low, slung around the hips, they can hide a multitude of sins. To look taller and slimmer, wear a belt in the same colour as your outfit.

These add interest to an outfit. Choose a coloured, patterned or textured scarf or shawl to go with a plain black outfit and, voila! You have created a whole new look.

Hats and bags

Buy gorgeous scarves and shawls in silk, merino and cashmere – they will last a lifetime and you won’t regret the purchase.

What’s more they add another dimension to your wardrobe. Try several on to ensure you buy a style that suits your face and head

Hats are a stunning way to keep you warm during the colder months and to protect your face in the summer.

shape. A eye-catching hat, worn with confidence, shows style. Buy a funky, new bag each season to keep your look modern and fresh. Opt for bags with loads of personality and make your handbag a talking piece that reflects your personal pizzazz.

Jewellery Wearing jewellery is simply a must, from small pieces to bold, in a myriad of colours. One stunning pendant worn on a plain top will instantly attract attention. Or do as Coco Chanel did and wear layers of long stranded pearls.

Drop earrings are gorgeous, but do be careful where they sit as they will draw the eye to the jawline. If this is not as firm as it once was, you don’t want others focusing on it. A choker chain around the neck tends to cut the neck short, while a necklace that drops to a ‘V’ shape elongates the neck. If your cleavage is lined and wrinkled, avoid wearing pendants that sit between the breasts. The most flattering position is halfway between the neck and cleavage, right on the breastbone.

Do take care of your jewellery. Chemicals in hairspray, make-up and nd March If in doubt, wear earrings and a perfume not good for jewellery Available from: 22are bracelet, or earrings and a necklace, and neither is heat, so don’t leave or a bracelet and a necklace, but not jewellery lying in the sun and don’t all three. That way, you can be sure wear it while sunbathing, swimming that you haven’t overdone it. or cleaning the house.






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COUNTER waSh away achES anD PainS! Arnica has been used for centuries to relieve everything from bruises and muscle tightness to inflammation and sprains. It is ideal after exercising, or for a quick pick-me-up. Weleda's new Arnica Sports Shower Gel provides an Arnica-laced shower experience to ease weary limbs and enliven the soul. Its gentle, skin-nourishing cleansing formulation overflows with organic arnica combined with refreshing rosemary and lavender. This perfect exercising partner is free of synthetic ingredients including artificial preservatives, colourants, fragrances. Weleda Arnica Shower Sports Gel RRP $20.90 (200ml)

bruSh uP your makE-uP Apply makeup badly and you’re sure to blush but with the right set of brushes glamorous women will have the foundation for that perfect look. That's where the Designer Brands 7-Piece ‘Make Me Up’ Pro Brush Set comes into play. This selection of professional grade brushes, one for every purpose are made from the highest quality, soft but durable synthetic bristles which are vegan-certified. Each brush is individually labelled with the set containing: a Foundation/Buffing Brush (for liquid and powder foundation); Large Powder/ Blush Brush (for that instant airbrushed look); Angled Contour Brush (for defining features); Ultimate Brow Brush; Blending Brush (apply eye colour effectively); Eyeshadow Brush (ideal for shimmer and cream eyeshadows) and Liner Brush. (RRP $29.99).

facE maSk bringS thE balancE back! Facial spots and blemishes can be the bane of life but Manuka Doctor’s ApiClear Purifying Face Mask is a deep cleansing mask designed to efficiently withdraw impurities hidden beneath the skin’s top layers. The mask contains a powerful combination of anti-bacterial Manuka honey and purified bee venom (PBV™) , grape seed oil, aloe vera juice, witch hazel and kaolin clay. Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Face Mask RRP $49.95 available online and at selected pharmacies and department stores.

SlEEP boX not to bE SniffED at! Studies show that 35% of New Zealanders either do not get enough sleep or experience a poor standard of sleep on a nightly basis but now Matakana Botanicals has created the ‘Sleep’ Sniff Box. Each sniff box contains aroma beads infused with a special aromatherapy blend of neroli, camomile and lavender essential oil, the latter well known as a natural sleep aid. The lavender for this range is grown, hand-harvested and steam-distilled on site (north of Auckland) to extract the essential oil. This rests for six months before being used in Matakana Botancials products including the Sleep Sniff boxes aimed at encouraging deep restful sleep. RRP $9.90. www.matakanabotanicals.co.nz

Stick it to Dry liPS! Dry or chapped lips are generally a by product of winter but clever people will keep a Karen Murrell Moisture Stick close at hand. Perfect for the change of season, the Karen Murrell Moisture Stick instantly treats your pout with a hit of calorie-free hydration and protection topped with a touch of healthy and natural shine. This cosmetic ‘must-have’ includes a combination of lip-rewarding natural ingredients designed to keep lips protected and can be applied over Karen Murrell lipstick colours or used as a lip gloss or lip plumper. It can also be used to smooth unruly eyebrows. Karen Murrell Moisture Stick RRP $29.95 available at selected pharmacies and health food stores nationwide. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Drs Gabriel, Harrison, Sutton and Van Pelt are cardiologists at Middlemore Hospital and provide a private cardiology service with the Auckland Heart Group at Ormiston Hospital. They are committed to providing comprehensive assessments and management of outpatients and in-patients at Ormiston Hospital including exercise treadmill tests, echocardiography and vascular ultrasound, stress echocardiography, heart and blood pressure monitoring.

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The Auckland Heart Group is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society and has Healthcare Partnerships with Sovereign and nib.

I had to ask on many occasions where the mental illness lay. One day when I was visiting one of our government funded homes, a client came up to me and begged to be taken off clozapine (a drug). He said it was like being in a mental prison, screaming to get out, but no one could hear him. He said that he would rather die than take it again.

People such as Dr Bill Walsh from the Walsh Pfeiffer Institute in the USA were showing the world what was possible, without mindnumbing drugs; only New Zealand wasn’t listening. Now here is the tragedy. There are hundreds of committed and devoted support workers, executive teams and board members working diligently, doing what has always been done, but with a new coat of paint. The results remain the same. Millions of dollars are spent, with more needed for the next mindnumbing drug. Now, I work with one client at a time, with a very small team. I am achieving better results than I did with 400 staff, 70 plus centres and in conjunction with one of the most “progressive” DHBs in NZ. I live in hope that the drug companies will lose their power, that devoted people will be given the direction they deserve and clients will have a chance to live normal lives. Personally, I think there's more chance of Mary Jane finding me to say she made a mistake. Visit our website for more information.

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I was told numerous times that mental illness was genetic and that there was nothing that could be done; real healing was not possible; drugs were the only answer and not to deviate from the well-worn track.

That started me on a hunt. I found institutes and foundations around the world achieving amazing results.

Dr Niels van Pelt

Other clinic locations: Glenfield, New Lynn, Papakura, St Heliers

There is not much I regret in my life, but right up there with getting dumped by Mary Jane, in primary school, are my years as a CEO of one of the largest non-governmental health providers.

Well, the well-worn track was going nowhere. The sector celebrated because someone had walked to the letterbox after three months; that someone had progressed to a point that he was able to make the decision to take his own life and that the new five drugs were successfully combating the symptoms of the first ongoing drug.

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CLIVE PLUCKNETT, Naturopath, P.G.Dip. Anti Aging Medicine, P.G.Dip. Cancer Nutrition, P.G.Dip. Mental Health Nutrition, MBA, BA, P.G.Dip Science

I arrived in the job all bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to change the face of mental health in New Zealand. I soon became bogged down in government contract details, bureaucrats who were fascinated by their own egos, and medical professionals who were committed to maintaining the status quo and their domains.

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

Four foods THAT COULD DULL yOUR GRIN A set of dazzling pearly whites is the best accessory we can have but consuming certain foods and beverages in excess can do more harm than good to our teeth. Products high in sugar or starch, especially when consumed regularly or excessively, can create optimal breeding grounds for plaque build-up. Here are four foods to be mindful of:


Potato chiPS


fizzy DrinkS, SPortS anD EnErgy DrinkS

While they make our taste buds happy, beware of foods that go crunch. Potato chips are made of starch that tends to hide in between our teeth and carbs that linger are an open invitation for bacterial growth.


While soft drinks are a somewhat obvious offender, not many people realise that sports and energy drinks also contain sugar. The combination of sugar, carbonation and acids can cause damage to our pearlers.

DriED or PicklED fruitS anD vEgES

EXPErt tiP: “The key is to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. I recommend using Grin 100% natural, Kiwi-made toothpaste after every meal or at least three times a day.” –DrTony Mutukumira,seniorlecturer, MasseyUniversity


citruS fruitS anD DrinkS

The longer a sugary or acidic item stays in the mouth the more damage it does. Even though it is natural, the sugar content combined with the sticky texture of dried fruit, in particular, means it clings to our teeth, overstaying its welcome.

While being rich in vitamin C, proceed with caution as fruit that is high in natural sugars and acids, such as lemon or oranges, can erode our tooth enamel over time. Moderation is the key.

Ormiston Weight Loss Service Welcome to the Ormiston Weight Loss Service. Our service is intended to offer our community a surgical choice and clinical support, to assist in taking ownership of your health and moving forward to a greater place of wellness.

food-holding capacity of the stomach so the patient has a feeling of fullness after eating very little. Without hunger pangs, the person tends to lose interest in overeating and is more likely to stick to a low-kilojoule diet.

Bariatric Surgery assists in weight loss and may be recommended as a last resort when diet, exercise and medication have not been successful and if obesity related conditions such as heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea and type II diabetes have worsened, among other problems.

When you choose Ormiston Hospital Weight Loss Service for your surgery, you choose the most experienced surgeons, treating you in the wellestablished Ormiston Hospital.

The aim of the surgery is to reduce the


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mercury fillings

YVONNE VANNOORT, from Santuary Dental, at Bishop's Gate, Botany south talks about the use of mercury in fillings and the case for removing them. Many people ask us what we think of mercury amalgam fillings. The answer is logical and the science irrefutable. Mercury can’t be good for us! Mercury as a heavy metal is well known for causing issues. Historically, the ‘mad hatters’ went mad because of the mercury they used in the felting process when they made top hats. In this century, the school dental nurses used to give mercury to children to play with as it is the only metal which is a liquid at room temperature – its fluidity is interesting to observe. Today, a mercury spill is an emergency. The clean-up process requires expert attention and the site will be cordoned and isolated! How is it then that we accept this same material in our mouths? (and our light bulbs for that matter!) Our bodies being so incredible, tolerates this and other toxins remarkably well. We have systems that work continuously to detoxify us. However, problems start when our detoxification systems become overloaded. This will be different for everyone depending on age, genetics and exposure to all sorts of environmental toxins in the air

Digital-eyes need dose of deep reading Kristine Jensen, Owner-Optometrist of Eyes of Howick talks about tired eyes resulting from extended 'screen' time and the benefit of still reading paper print. This month I am hosting an optometry focus group during which I’m really looking forward to showcasing the local Howick area to my guests and to our open discussion on changes that have occurred in each other’s businesses.

Historically, the ‘mad hatters’ went mad because of the mercury they used in the felting process when they made top hats.

we breathe, the food we eat, and anything else that we come into contact with over our lifetime. So it does make sense that we limit our body’s exposure to this toxin. On a daily basis, we also see teeth that have cracked because of mercury fillings. These teeth are painful when biting and when encountering hot or cold food and drinks. Often the cracked portion of the tooth has fallen off. Removing them [mercury fillings] can preserve the tooth longer term because our new materials bond to the tooth structure and hold it together. We are careful how we remove mercury fillings so that you are protected from the mercury that comes out and we research carefully which replacement materials to use.

• Seven hours is the average time spent each day looking at a screen • 50% of screen time is spent on phones or smart devices

Having been part of this exclusive group for several years now, I meet with a dozen of my optometry colleagues twice a year, to share ideas and discuss business trends.

It is interesting that 70% of those surveyed suffer tired eyes with more than 60% being aware that they struggle to see their screen clearly.

We each take a turn to host the meeting in our local area and, as we are all from different regions, we may meet anywhere from Northland to the wild West Coast of the South Island.

Further research has shown we not only suffer more eye strain when we read on a screen versus paper but neuroscience reveals our brain processes the visual information differently.

I find the meetings are a great way to explore what’s new in the world of eye care that will be of benefit to our clients.

When reading from a screen we tend to ‘skim a screen’ or dart around a web page, whereas when we read from paper we use a practice known as ‘deep reading’ whereby we become totally immersed in the meaning and information of the words. This leads to better data retention or plot recognition.

Reflecting on the 20-plus years that I have been practising, what is undisputable is the evolution of technology; not only how it has been incorporated into our businesses and assists with eye examinations but also how technology impacts on the lives and eyes of our patients. It is known that Australians and New Zealanders are the highest smart phone users in the world as shown by a recent survey of 18-34 year olds;

We also take the time to discuss with clients which materials are best suited to replace their mercury fillings and to ensure they know all the options and costs so that they can make the best decision.

• 66% use three or more digital devices each day to access the internet

 4% of participants use a smart •9 phone

While I am no different to the participants in the study with my digital device usage – and I love always having new information at my fingertips – I think we should be encouraged, especially our kids, to maintain and develop our ‘deepreading brain’ and to pick up a good book or magazine and get lost in it! www.eyesofhowick.co.nz

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Benefits of a personal trainer If you feel you have reached a point in your training where you aren’t getting enough out of your exercise routine or that your progress is slowing down, you may need to consult an exercise professional. More than just an instructor, a personal trainer can help you come up with the right workout plan to meet your goals. Whether it’s losing a few kilos, toning your body, building muscle or just improving overall fitness, a personal trainer is there to motivate and support you. There are great benefits to hiring a personal trainer: You are more likely to achieve the goals set by yourself, but also goals set by someone who knows how to safely and effectively push your limitations. Ensuring you are performing the correct technique when completing exercises. Exercises completed

incorrectly can lead to injury that could put a temporary stop to your training. By doing them properly, you stay safe and also receive the maximum benefit from your workout.

trainer is right for you, why not book a consultation with a trainer in your club. Most fitness facilities will offer the first consultation at no cost. It is an opportunity for you to talk through what you would like achieve and any concerns you may have.

Trainers are experienced and educated in supporting you to achieve the results for your lifestyle. With a bit of planning, all obstacles can be overcome.

If there is more than one trainer at your club, it’s important to select the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and who specialises in the area that you want to focus on.

Your trainer always has your best interests in mind and cares about you and your success. Each session you spend with your trainer is time to focus on you and only you! You will be provided with consistent feedback to help you better yourself and achieve your goals.

Personal trainers were once like you, setting their own goals, sometimes achieving them but a lot of the time struggling to match their own expectations.

Most folk have entered a gym and worried about what they look like doing an exercise or have compared themselves to others. Your trainer will help you recognise all your successes, big and small, even when you can’t see them yourself. Through this support,

trainers will hold you accountable and motivate you. If unsure as to whether a personal

Their main goal is to make you believe in yourself and believe that what they offer can change your life for the better. Your trainer will be up for the challenge, are you? – Submitted by the team at Jetts Fitness Highland Park

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The perfect recipe –

bell tea and the great new zealand baking book When it comes to matchmaking, heaven has nothing on the clever brewer who has taken ‘tea and bikkies’ to new heights by matching Bell Tea to delicious goodies found in the Great New Zealand Baking Book. As a proud sponsor of The Great New Zealand Baking Book, the Master Brewer at Bell Tea has selected a number recipes from the new baking book that are ideal when served with a selection of Bell teas. For example try: • Lemon Fudge Slice (by Michelle Pattison) – served with a Bell Berry Burst Tea • Chocolate Fudge Slice (by Sam Mannering) – served with Bell Raspberry & Lime Tea • Plain Scones with Cream and Jam (by Peta Mathias) – served with Kenya Bold Extra Strength Black Tea • Date Scones with Butter (Peta Mathias) – served with Bell Pure Green Tea

• Oat Biscuits (by Jacob Brown) with accompanying cheese board, honeycomb and figs – served with Bell Green Blackberry & Pear • Passionfruit & Macadamia Coconut Truffles (by Megan May) – served with Bell Green Grapefruit & Lime

WIN! Bell tea prize pack! What’s more, because tea and baking go hand-in-hand, Bell Tea is offering one reader the chance to win three boxes of Bell Tea – Green Tea Blackberry & Pear, Green Tea Pink Grapefruit & Lime and Bell Raspberry & Lime – and a copy of The Great New

Zealand Baking Book (value, $68). Enter on the competitions tab at eastlife.co.nz. One entry per person; entries close June 30, 2016. Winner notified by phone or email. With such a great prize up for grabs EastLife just had to share a recipe from the book and we’ve chosen:

Chocolate Fudge Slice (from the team at Colenso Cafe) matched to Bell Tea Raspberry and Lime! Servings 36  Prep time 15 mins, plus cooling Skill Level: 1 (Easy)

BELL TEA MATCH: Bell Tea Raspberry & Lime (serve still and chilled) Everyone agrees chocolate and raspberry are a great combination, this match creates a flavour encounter that perfectly balances the tart and sweet tastes held in both.

INGREDIENTS: • 4 x 250 g packets vanilla wine biscuits • 1 cup sultanas • 500g butter • 2 cups sugar • 2 tsp vanilla essence • 1 cup good-quality cocoa powder • 5 eggs, beaten lightly

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METHOD: Crush biscuits in a food processor, or with a rolling pin and place in a large bowl. Add sultanas and mix. Dice butter and place in a mediumsized saucepan. Partially melt butter, then remove from the heat and add sugar, vanilla, cocoa and eggs. Stir until combined and butter is melted fully. Pour into crushed biscuits and mix well. Turn into a 24cm square cake tin, press down firmly and leave to cool in the fridge. Cut into 36 squares. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. It makes enough to feed many! TIP: The chocolate should look smooth and glossy; do not overcook it. www.eastlife.co.nz

DUMPLING DELIGHT! The race is on to check out Susie’s Dumplings! This novel Highland Park eatery deals purely in these traditional, northern China family favourites, now appreciated by much of the world and popular among Kiwis too. Importantly, Susan and her husband, ying, aren’t delivering just one dumpling recipe to local foodies who love the ease of eating these bite size treats, but a whole raft of them – dine-in or take-away. Suzie’s Dumplings opened last month in the Highland Park Shopping Centre, and those who have discovered these savoury tidbits are surely counting themselves lucky? For between $12 and $14, hungry patrons can dine in on a carton of 20 dumplings in a range of yum flavours – pork and chive, pork and cabbage, beef or lamb with onion and carrot, chicken and prawn, prawn or mussel with chive and egg, vegetarian and more. A selection of sauces such as soy, fish, sweet chilli, BBQ, mustard and oyster, plus sesame oil, lemon juice, white vinegar and garlic mince make tasty accompaniments. Free tea is available with dine-in orders and dumplings come boiled, steamed or fried but for steamed and fried dumplings add an extra $1. In every likelihood, dumpling lovers will be there in their droves so a word for the uninitiated – get your skates on and try these delicious dumplings.

Ignite your tastebuds WITH GARLIC MAyONNAISE HASH CAKES Makes12,serves4

ingrEDiEntS: • 2 large Agria potatoes, peeled • 1 large golden or orange kumara, peeled • 1 spring onion, finely sliced • 1 tsp caraway seeds • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning or similar • 3 tbsp Best Foods Mayonnaise with a Touch of Garlic + extra for serving • 1/4 cup self-raising flour • 1 egg, beaten • Oil for frying • 1 avocado, sliced • handful rocket leaves • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce

mEthoD: Grate peeled potato and kumara. Squeeze out as much juice as possible using a clean tea towel or paper towels then place in a large bowl. Add sliced spring onion, caraway seeds, seasoning, mayonnaise, flour and egg and mix well. Heat 2-3 tbps of oil in a medium frying pan. Place tbps of the kumara mixture in the pan and flatten slightly with back of a spoon. Cook 1-2 minutes each side until golden and cooked through then drain on paper towels or a wire rack. To serve layer the kumara fritters with sliced avocado and rocket leaves then add an extra dollop of garlic mayonnaise to the top and drizzle with sweet chilli sauce.

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win! four-Pack of bESt fooD mayonnaiSE rangE If you love the sound of these yum new mayonnaise flavours then best you enter EastLife’s competition to win a four-pack for yourself. To enter the draw visit www.eastlife.co.nz. Click on the competition link and complete the form. One entry per email address/person; entries close June 30, 2016. Winner notified by phone or email. See page 46 for product details.

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All round table pleaser! Planet Earth Stew Serves 4

Ingredients: • 1 tbsp coconut oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped • 2 tsp chilli flakes • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 broccoli, cut into small florets • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces • 1 small fennel bulb, sliced • 1 small courgette, sliced into 2cm rounds • 2x 400g tin chopped tomatoes • 100g yellow split peas • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves • 200-300ml vegetable stock • 100g tin cooked chickpeas, drained • Salt and pepper • 130g Coconut Collaborative natural yoghurt • 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped

The mild autumn is behind us and winter is starting to make itself felt with cooler nights calling for heartier fare. With this in mind, The Coconut Collaborative have come up with a delicious, Planet Earth Stew to warm readers through. It’s dairy-free and vegan-friendly making it easy to indulge in this healthy substitute to winter’s classic stews without the guilt.

Fish of the Month

monkfish From Oceanz Seafood, The Hub, Botany Monkfish (also known as Stargazer) is renowned for its lack of beauty however it’s good to know that ugly fish can taste great. In the South Island, Monkish is even called the “poor man’s lobster” due to its succulent flavour and firm flesh.

method: Heat a large, deep frying pan or casserole dish and add the oil. Fry the onion, garlic and ginger with a little seasoning for approximately eight minutes until softened. Add the spices and stir, adding a tablespoon of water if the mixture

looks to be sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the broccoli, carrots, fennel, courgette and a little more seasoning and fry for a further five minutes.

low heat for 45 minutes. Add the chickpeas and simmer for a further 15 minutes, adding the leftover 100ml of stock if you prefer a slightly thinner consistency.

Add the tomatoes, yellow split peas, coriander leaves and 200ml of the stock and boil gently over a

Serve with Coconut Collaborative yoghurt and a sprinkling of coriander leaves over the top.

All’s fare with rich awards Wickes-ever way the judges vote, the cream is liable to rise to the top when Jo Elwin, Ray McVinnie, Jeff Scott and Nici Wickes proclaim who’s tops in taste during the 2016 New Zealand Food Awards. Run in association with Massey University, the awards see food and beverage manufacturers, primary food producers, service providers and ingredient suppliers compete for a place at the industry’s top table, Massey University vice-chancellor, Steve Maharey, says. “The awards celebrate the best in New Zealand for food

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and beverage production manufacturing, nutrition, enterprise and food safety. "It is an opportunity for companies to generate recognition for their brands in an industry that makes up New Zealand’s largest export earner.” Last year’s Supreme Award winner, Magills Butchery Ltd from Te Awamutu, made more than a meal from its slow-cooked pulled Hereford beef. Owner, Mike van Der Hoeven, says winning the award has seen the business reap very real rewards.

“Retail sales of the product have grown, we have signed up with My Food Bag and we have been approached by a commercial partner for an innovative and exciting new venture. This has all been fantastic for our business,” he says. “The awards offered a great opportunity to gain feedback on our brand and learn more about how other businesses are being innovative. My advice to other food producers is to take advantage of this competition!” Entries close July 15; see foodawards.co.nz for details.

It is also one of those confusing fish whereby a New Zealand species and a European one share the same name but are not the same fish. However, their qualities are not too different so if you are following a recipe from Europe you won't go too far wrong. Monkfish can be found on the continental shelf around New Zealand, in waters of anything from 60 to 600 metres deep. Relatively abundant, with the majority caught over the winter period, this suits the fact that this fish works really well in dishes such as a curry, or in a recipe with a strong tomato-based sauce. It is excellent in any dish that requires a firm-fleshed fish, and is particularly good roasted or barbecued. The secret to good monkfish, like any fish, is to make sure you don’t overcook it. It can easily become tough, so cook only until it is just done. It is rich in vitamin D and selenium, so don’t pass it by when you want a satisfying winter feast! www.eastlife.co.nz

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There’s nothing Szimpla than dropping in at a popular gastro bar for a taste of great food and atmosphere. Stop and linger before or after a flight, and revel in the magic of Szimpla’s beautiful Balinese courtyard and contemporary decor. Close to accommodation and the airport; forget the hassle, just sit back, relax and enjoy the Szimplicity. Weekend brunches from 10am.

A local, family-owned and run establishment since 1993, Rossini Italian Restaurant in Howick prides itself on traditional Italian fare served in cosy, warm surroundings. Family-style meals – hearty, rustic and full of flavour. Check out this well-loved favourite offering lively music, friendly service and excellent food. Affordably priced and BYO, Rossini is perfect for a casual week night meal or for that special occasion. Available for functions 7 days, lunch and dinner.

From our boats to your plates – At Oceanz we pride ourselves on the consistency and freshness of our seafood and on the awardwinning takeaways we have been serving our customers for more than 10 years.



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• CHECK OUT OUR MOST POPULAR TAKEAWAY – the Skippers Meal, featuring two pieces of fish, one serve of chips and two squid rings for only $11.50!







With seating for 120 and a discreet dining area Lone Star Manukau is perfect for big families, work or sport groups who wish to celebrate together. Any occasion is welcome. Children are always welcome – they have their own menu and don’t forget to tell us if it’s your birthday!

Your favourite Thai restaurant since 1998. After 18 successful years in the heart of Howick, Benjarong is a household name in the east, consistently maintaining its tradition of menu, service and decor excellence.

COME IN and TRY the NEW MENU at The Apothecary Licensed Bar and Eatery!

• OPEN FOR DINNER OVER QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND – NO SURCHARGE! 5pm-late • Check out lonestargrabameal.co.nz – new meal deals updated daily at 8.30am 792 Great South Rd, Manukau. Ph 985 0590. Cafe open Monday-Sunday 5pm until late. Bar open Monday-Sunday 4pm until late. www.lonestar.co.nz

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Dedicated foodies will love this Howick jewel which is committed to ensuring customers experience the authentic taste of Thailand, with many contemporary flavours from their homeland to select from.

Planning a function? Choose The Apothecary for your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday! We’ll make your function one to remember! No function fees! Email info@ theapothecary.co.nz – special conditions apply.

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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.

glutEn-frEE DonutS SwEEt SurPriSE Many a sweet-toothed foodie considers donuts to be the ultimate treat food – and, now, being a Coeliac doesn’t mean missing out on a hard to resist favourite. To celebrate the recent Coeliac Awareness Week GFTreets launched a new 6-pack of Cinnamon Sugar Coated Donuts and these delicious, glutenfree treats can be found in the freezer section at selected supermarkets and speciality stores. RRP $8.99.

go, go Dough yo! nutritiouS lunchES all wraPPED uP! Look what’s sprouted in the supermarket aisle! At the forefront of a new global food trend for Sprouted Grain bread products, Farrah’s has released its NEW Sprouted Grain Wraps! Simply put, a sprouted grain is in the transitional period between a grain and a plant. This increases digestibility and improves the protein quality of grains, which increases their B vitamin and fibre content. Containing ancient grains, these wraps are highly nutritious – perfect for those seeking extra nutrients and a lighter alternative to bread! Try pairing with hummus and fresh veggies for a wholesome lunch Available in the bread aisle of your local supermarket. RRP $5.99.

On the surface, the very idea of doughnut yoghurt sounds nuts, but on second thought, maybe it’s not such a crazy idea. Combining the flavours of freshly baked cinnamon doughnuts oozing with raspberry jam, and thick ‘n’ creamy probiotic yoghurt, this new variety is the result of creative thinking from The Collective. However, this dishy delight is available only until the end of July, (RRP $5.50 per 500g tub).

SolD on golD Can’t find a match made in heaven? Stiff cheese! But if you’re really serious about a drop designed as a most fitting accompaniment to hard cheeses and spicy or savoury dishes alike, Allan Scott’s Riesling 2014 could be the answer. Due to its balance of citrus and spicy floral characteristics, this vintage is gold in colour, and it’s good as gold too – as two gold medals at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards goes to show. Allan Scott Family Winemakers Riesling 2014 is available now (RRP $18) from supermarkets and liquor outlets.

bESt fooDS SPoonS out morE of thE bESt! Flavour addicts seeking extra bite should check out four new tasty mayonnaise flavours from Best Foods – Mayonnaise with a touch of Garlic (no chopping hassles), Mayonnaise with a spark of Chilli (awakens the fire within), Mayonnaise with a pinch of Mustard (add a dollop to mashed potatoes) and Mayonnaise with a zing of Lemon (citrus zap for yum salads). Using its Lite Mayonnaise as the base, Best Foods has added rapeseed oil, garlic oil, chilli paste, mustard seeds and lemon juice to give meals that extra special something! Best Foods Flavoured Mayonnaise range (RRP $5.49 each) available at supermarkets nationwide. For recipes using the new Best Foods flavoured mayonnaise – created by ambassador Jo Wilcox – visit www.bestfoods.co.nz

oat-ragEouSly DEliciouS anD Quick brEakfaStS! Gone are the days of endlessly stirring the pot! Harraways have cut down the cooking time of Steel Cut Oats from 20 minutes to just 3 minutes! If your mornings are rushed, simply pop Harraways Steel Cut Oats into the microwave for 3 minutes for a quick and healthy breakfast packed with so much goodness! Available in three delicious flavours – Original; Brown Sugar, Sultana and Cinnamon; Apple and Honey – Harraways Steel Cut Oats make daily breakfasts so easy without the hassle of preparing your own fruit! Available in supermarkets nationwide. RRP $4.49.

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MY Favourit e Thing It could be said Richard Poole, chair of the Greater East Tamaki Business Association and managing director of MiTek NZ Ltd, has a better eye for shapeliness and form than some men as he showed when EastLife asked him, “What’s your favourite, thing, Richard?” Here’s what he replied.

I’ve seen the light! When EastLife asked me to talk about my favourite thing, all sorts of items ran through my mind but then I realised, this really needs to be something I see and take pleasure from every day. Then it was easy. There’s one thing in the house which has become an all-time favourite – a superb Italian lamp, the purchase of which I must give credit to my wife. About four years ago I came home from work and she announced: “I’ve got something to show you. We don’t have to buy it – we can take it back.” “What is it?” I asked, apprehensively. “It’s a lamp,” came the reply and I immediately thought...’it’s going back. We don’t need another one.’ Before the big reveal, this astute woman explained the lamp was made in Italy in the 1950s and at some stage had made the journey to New York, where it had graced the home of, probably, an Italian family. Eventually it was relinquished for sale, which is how New Zealand

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interior designer and owner of Mid Century Design, Bridget Hanley, came to purchase it for her Parnell showroom. Bridget said she hadn’t seen a lamp like this before, hence the price. I thought, ‘Yeah, right, they all say that.’ Well, I walked into the family room and there it was. I was gobsmacked. Sitting on a dark brown, tapered Bakelite plinth, was said lamp, featuring a large round, fired porcelain bowl in a beautiful turquoise blue with dark blue and green vertical bands plus several formed by molten glaze, running

down the base. Typical of the era, it came with a large off-white shade. Normally, when it comes to vintage pieces, I’m more interested in cars and planes, but this lamp immediately had me hooked and for some reason the molten glaze reminded me of Mt Vesuvius. While I was looking it, mesmerised, the wife muttered the price but I wasn’t even listening – I just said, "I love it, it stays.” So, that’s how we came to acquire one beautiful, vintage lamp which now sits proudly on the sideboard near the dining table. We leave it

turned on most of the time and the soft glow from the LED bulb hints at a happy Mt Vesuvius. It reminds me that my favourite thing isn’t just any old lamp, but a vintage Italian jobbie and Bridget was right, we’ve never seen another like it. Four years later, I still glance at it several times a day and I think to myself, “Yep, what a beauty. You can sit there just as long as you want.” I’ve taken no notice of my wife’s recent suggestion that it might be lonely, that it would look even happier as a pair adding a sense of balance to the room. “He’s perfectly fine just as he is,” I said.

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for rundown Mangatawhiri Castle Auckland’s heated property market is causing anything but a meltdown in prices in outlying rural districts. And as ANGELA KEMP reports, the near half a million asking price for a former well-known ice cream parlour takes some licking. If you have a taste for country living then a architectural folly known as, The Castle, in Mangatawhiri might satiate your appetite. The former café will be familiar to many readers who, when travelling on State Highway 2 before the new bypass was built, stopped at The Castle for icecreams. It’s heavy fortress-style doors have been shut for a few years but were thrown open this month when The Castle hosted open home viewings. It’s the first time it’s been on the market for 26 years and is attracting plenty of interest according to Barfoot and Thompson agent, Stephanie Alderlieste. “There has been a huge amount of interest from people from far and wide, some with great ideas of what they would like to do with it,” she says.


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“Many locals have also visited and the feedback has been positive with a fair few wanting to see The Castle

returned to a local attraction and facility for the local communities to enjoy again.” Developed by Jim Banner (who also built the Banner Theatre in Kaiaua), the building was sold to Doris and John Pratt in 1990. The Castle Café, or ice-cream castle as it was affectionately known, earned a legendary reputation for its huge ice creams and friendly service. After the couple passed away the property was handed down to their

three daughters and was leased out to other operators but none achieved anything near the level of success the Pratt’s enjoyed.

been re-wired. One turret ceiling is decorated with a medieval mural alluding to castles of a far earlier era. Stephanie says The Castle presents a unique opportunity to feature a business in a dramatic way or to be a sturdy, fortified home.

The building is for sale for $425,000 plus GST. It comes with no land and the accommodation comprises a large open plan area complete with a large kitchen and two circular turret rooms.

“The whole district, Mangatawhiri, and surrounds, has seen an up surge in people moving here. Auckland is an easy commute and with great local attractions and country schools, I see the area growing more and more.”

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Furniture. Simply.



Inside Vision

style, quality and craftsmanship Eurocucina 2016, Milan’s world famous international kitchen furniture exhibition, this year forecast streamlined kitchens with a strong stone presence. But, it seems Alexis Stanaway, kitchen consultant at Inside Vision in East Tamaki, stole a march on the prestigious fair when she designed a sumptuous new kitchen and scullery for a new build in Orakei.


Over many months of consultation with homeowners, who had a clear idea of what they wanted in this home and expected from a kitchen, Alexis says she built up a strong rapport and understanding with them. “The ultimate outcome was a kitchen that works beyond expectations,” she says. “I was also asked to design cabinetry for the home’s five bathrooms, bar area, laundry, office and gallery space.

• Experienced team of kitchen designers • Customised and modular cabinetry • Family owned and operated business

"The challenge was to create opulent bathing areas plus kitchen, scullery and laundry (as well as all the other areas) with a sense of flow yet which were functional and also exuded understated luxury.


“To achieve this, it was important to use top quality materials for both looks, practicality and durability. The lady of the house is a great cook, who entertains frequently, so the kitchen had to measure up in every way.”


And, indeed, it has but not without Alexis going the extra distance to ensure her client’s wishes were carried out to a tee.

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“I was asked for full height cabinetry (to the ceiling) in a white gloss but not lacquer. At that point the only suitable gloss choice was either

The challenge was to create opulent bathing areas plus kitchen, scullery and laundry (as well as all the other areas) with a sense of flow yet which were functional but also exuded understated luxury."

a Dezignatek or an Arborform Foil finish but neither was available to accommodate the 2700mm high stud. “However, as a designer, I am constantly researching products and discovered that DezignaTek was about to launch a new acrylic gloss finish which came in the 2700mm required. I suggested this to my clients and it has been a huge success.” Keeping to the minimalistic style requested by her clients, Alexis ensured the main kitchen featured Caesarstone benchtops (island with waterfall top) induction cooktop, concealed extraction unit, dishwasher, double door fridge/ freezer, concealed rubbish receptacle, recessed handles on drawers and cupboards plus plenty of lighting. “Adequate lighting is often overlooked yet it is indispensable in a kitchen. In this case, the homeowners recognised its importance and welcomed the inclusion of direct and indirect lighting. Flooring was all solid timber extending into the dining and family areas. However, tiles were the choice of flooring in the scullery, bathrooms and laundry.” www.eastlife.co.nz

Stepping from the main kitchen to the spacious scullery gave Alexis further room to be creative with such great space. Because of its size, the scullery has plenty of storage including drawers and tall glass cabinets. Further cooking facilities come in the way of gas hobs, a table top oven plus a microwave. Once again, there is a concealed extraction fan, dishwasher and rubbish receptacles. A stunning blue/green glass splashback – Coral by Image Glass – adds a finishing touch with ‘wow’ factor and really complements the stainless steel bench tops beautifully. While she may have designed easy

clean, no fuss service areas, Alexis has ensured they all emanate quality, style and a feeling of luxury. “I believe they will still look fabulous in 10 years and won’t date either. I’d have to say it is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve worked on and the outcome has not only fulfilled the original brief but also resulted in a great deal of pleasure.”

Cedar, New Zealand’s premium cladding TimberTECH director MARK RALPH provides welcome advice on how to keep exterior cedar looking its best at all times.


Cedar is a miracle timber if ever there was one. It’s a better insulator than brick or concrete, it keeps noise out and is supremely durable. That’s why it is one of New Zealand’s favourite claddings.

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SHOOTING THE CURVE: Even in Sweden, when the snow covers the ground, it’s easy being green. As these curving benches show, sustainable seating has become quite the design trend in Europe. Utilising recyclable materials, this seating is given the name IOU, following the concept that what is borrowed from nature should be returned. When installed with accessories (including planters), IOU comes alive, particularly when Baltic winters mean many a Swede prefers to shop in indoor malls. While this seating (made from recycled timber and plastics) is primarily designed for public spaces and businesses, smaller versions are also available for the home. Contact Green Furniture Concept via greenfc.com for details.

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with public days, July 15-16. A $5 ticket gives entry to the Merchants’ Mall where all manner of needlework and other craft materials will be on sale and, for a gold coin donation, visitors can also access the needlework exhibition showcasing some of the country’s finest embroidery pieces. Tutors from the United Kingdom, the USA, Australia and from throughout New Zealand will lead a number of one and two-day workshops and though primarily for members, anyone with a real interest in embroidery can contact the convenor, Diane Martin 09 5277 194 or visit the website www.conference2016.co.nz if they want to register for a class.

‘Fur’ winter comfort when temperatures plummet the ultimate snuggly embrace is as close as the touch of a button. Shut out the cold with a luxurious Sunbeam Feel Perfect Heated Throw featuring a dense faux fur top with a reverse side of cuddly micro fleece, designed to complement any lounge room or bedroom, adding style and warmth to a couch or bed.

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Homeowners across the land are seeing the light when it comes to LED technology which has brought about a revolution in lighting up buildings of all description. To this end, 100 percent Kiwi-owned lighting specialist, LightingPlus has introduced to the New Zealand market a huge range of stylish, energy-saving LED products which have won favour with homeowners renovating or building new. The company experts know lighting is an exciting and important part of any new home build, renovation or décor scheme and, that proper use and positioning will bring warmth to a room, highlight interesting features or provide the right light to achieve important tasks. And if LED lights offer high performance and low energy consumption, they also come in decorative, traditional or modern styles. What’s more, LightingPlus has LED solutions to suit most budgets and lighting needs. Whether looking for something functional or keen to make a decor statement, LED lighting stretches across many tasteful designs including pendants. New LED pendants are not constrained by the need to consider how and where traditional incandescent light bulbs need to be placed. As such, the shapes and styles that are becoming available are some of the most stunning and creative seen to date. And, thanks to extremely long life of the light source, they can be confidently

hung in hard to reach places – no hauling out the ladder three months later to replace a blown bulb. Of course, with any new technology it pays to consider possible drawbacks and weigh these up against advantages. The great thing about LED lighting is that there are no significant drawbacks. What’s more, the potentially higher cost of purchase is quickly offset by the energy savings. A great way to add a personal touch to any space, consider various pendant options. The soft light provided by a fabric shade pendant will help bring a warm atmosphere to the table – perfect for dining, relaxing and entertaining. An adjustable suspension will give flexibility to bring light to the right height above a table and also means a pendant can be created that is suitable for all ceiling heights. LED versatility is one of the reasons it has become so popular, with

new LED light bulbs (or lamp) technology also capable of turning a conventional fixture into an energyefficient one. Lasting much longer than traditional light bulbs and, at a fraction of the cost to run, there is an LED replacement lamp available for almost any domestic application. Furthermore, with more than 23 years industry experience, LightingPlus is committed to providing customers with quality, value and fashion. Giving customers honest advice and sharing knowledge is a key part of the company’s philosophy to help them find the right lighting solution. But, with a multitude of lighting options available, the LightingPlus team knows making choices can be confusing so matching customer needs with that huge range of styles and price points is what it does perfectly. This makes the process a pleasurable, no pressure experience. And do check out exciting exterior

products from SG Lighting, Norway, which offer a quality, long-lasting finish. In many cases the patented coating has a 20-year guarantee. Stylish and functional they can provide security or reveal stunning features and materials. Remember, the outside of your home is often an overlooked area but it deserves to be seen. And it’s important to provide enough light so family and friends can sit, relax and entertain around the barbecue. LightingPlus has worked with the trade and homebuilders consistently over more than two decades, offering the right product and the right advice for the job at hand. Trained consultants can provide designs and draw up lighting plans, working with clients to provide more than just great prices. LightingPlus welcomes trade accounts and has a special discount offer for home building. Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner we can light up your life!

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A little bird told me.... Little boys with few toys at hand will likely prove a handful even for their parents but when one grandfather was left with two young grandsons for a day – and no kiddie equipment – he came up with what might be called a ‘half baked’ idea. NANNY spills the beans. “We’re going to make bird food,” he declared a day or two out. Then he went shopping. And back he came with unsalted peanut butter, 450g dripping, packet of dried fruit, packet of pumpkin seeds, raisins, molasses, breadcrumbs, bag of wild bird seed, plastic netting and a number of accessories such as string and staples.

fingers were, indeed, kept occupied but 'Grampsy' was left exhausted. And, if Nanny thought she had dodged the feeding of the five thousand...birds, she was in for a surprise. “What happened to my kitchen!” she cried. “Don’t ask” he replied. To give grandfather his due he’d made a fair job of cleaning up the greasy, slippery dripping that seemed to coat ever surface, including the floor which was also littered with stray seeds, globules of peanut butter, a spattering of breadcrumbs and more.

Now the moral to this story is: if early birds miss the worms, they will still get fed albeit it late in the day. On the other hand, while feeding the birds is admirable, if your 30 minutes of pleasure is at the expense of two days preparation and several hours of mess and muddle, capped by utter exhaustion, then check out the competition below because our friends at Creative Woodcraft have put up a great prize for bird lovers – two bird feeders plus wild bird seed valued at just over $100. No mess, no distress and the birds as happy as Larry; Grampsy, too.

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The next step was to find the tui food book – packed with recipes for feeding native and other birds. Next step was to make three or four mesh feeders to hang in the trees and also to gather some small sticks. A couple of hours later all was ready. Next day, this grandmother headed for work, grandsons arrived full of excitement about the make and bake operation.

Patience is a virtue and some birds need plenty of it when waiting or their winter breakfast, the homemade kind that is!

Before long the trio were apparently hard at work mixing and moulding this with that; coating the sticks with molasses then rolling in seed or breadcrumbs; melting the dripping, adding the fruit and so on, the three year old, wildly enthusiastic; the six year old, perhaps a tad too interested in slipping the ipad into the pile of ‘essential’ equipment.

But, he was no match for a wily grandfather who said no gaming for the birds! And, so, it was all hands to the stove, then up the ladder to hang the mesh-filled containers and to delicately balance sticky sticks covered in molasses and seeds amongst the tree branches.

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As the sticks are gently warming through, put the nuts, fruits and bird seed into a mixing bowl. Crack the egg (discarding the shells) and bind all the ingredients together, until everything is nice and sticky! Remove heated lollipop sticks from oven and turn heat up to around 70ºC. While the sticks are still warm (but not too hot), start to form the lollipops. Grab a small handful of the mixture and form it into a ball around the stick. You can, of course, vary the size of the lollipops.

Put the newly formed lollipops back into the hot oven on the baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes. Once they appear nicely toasted, then they are done. Take the toasted lollipops from the oven and coat the whole of the lollipop and the stick with malt. Then return them to the oven for

around 5 minutes. Allow the lollipops to cool completely before putting them out into the garden. You can hang them up or insert them into bird feeders that may already be hanging in the garden. Any leftover lollipops can be stored in an airtight container for several days. eastlife | june 2016 |







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Thermal window upgrade provides greater comfort It’s been a long summer for much of New Zealand, but nights are now turning colder and thicker duvets are coming out of the closet. The change of seasons is a timely reminder to think carefully about the place of energy-efficient windows and doors in your plans for a new home. In the average New Zealand home, space heating accounts for about a third of total energy use. So potential savings through better conservation can be significant – not to mention the increased comfort levels and health benefits of a warmer home. There are several window and door upgrades that take energy efficiency to a high level. They come with an extra cost, but the investment can be a smart move, especially in colder parts of the country. Thermally broken windows and doors offer a significant thermal upgrade. APL Window Solutions has a mainstream residential range

of thermally broken ThermalHEART products in its three brands of Altherm, First and Vantage. These brands are used by G.J. Gardner around the country. Customers, therefore, have the opportunity to step up another level if they choose. The extra cost, over and above standard residential product which is double glazed, is in the vicinity of 15-20% for a whole house of ThermalHEART windows and doors. For this premium, you can expect enhanced thermal performance of around 30%. Thermally broken technology addresses the high conductivity of aluminium window frames and can almost be seen as the metal’s equivalent of double glazing. A nylon thermal insulator is inserted in window and door profiles to ensure that cold transfer is minimised and

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In addition to the positive impacts on interior comfort and power bills, Low-E double-glazing keeps the internal glass temperature warmer and thereby reduces condensation on the inside of the glass.

Low-E is an abbreviation of ‘Low Emissivity’ and is a coating that cuts down on long wave radiation through the glass from inside or outside the

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Hemp grower's ‘grass act' It seems only a matter of time before a law change will legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand. Watching developments closely is hemp grower Penny Young. She talked to Angela Kemp. Often it’s personal experience that sparks a passion to help not just yourself, but others, as is the case with Penny Young. As an intensive care nurse, motherof-three Penny has seen more than her fair share of people in extreme pain. At a personal level, she’s been treated for a painful medical condition and is married to an anaesthetist who is a chronic pain specialist. Their youngest child, fiveyear-old Henry has seizures. Recently, she harvested her second crop of industrial hemp on her 20-acre Paparimu block in the shadow of the Hunua Ranges. As secretary of the New Zealand Hemp Industries Association, Penny is actively campaigning for food regulations to be changed to allow the whole plant to be consumed to enable its wide-ranging health benefits to be universally available. Although many people associate hemp with its sister plant marijuana (cannabis sativa) there are more than 600 cultivars of industrial hemp of which just one is grown for marijuana. It’s a popular misconception that they are one and the same, something the NZHIA is keen to correct. Industrial hemp is a cannabis varietal which has been cultivated specifically for industrial production. It has a minimum of the psychoactive substances commonly associated with smoking marijuana, most notably THC. Moreover, the cannabis cultivars

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referred to as hemp contain more CBD, an important cannabinoid only fairly recently recognised as having potentially remarkable medical properties. At present local growers such as Penny, and Richard Barge in Howick, are not allowed to sell any product other than hemp oil for human consumption. All cannabis plants can produce hemp oil, but usually only industrial hemp is used. Hemp oil is typically almost free of THC and has no psychoactive properties. As a dietary supplement, hemp seed oil has been dubbed nature’s most perfectly balanced oil and is a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals as well as essential fatty acids. Penny says it can help with a wide range of medical conditions from arthritis to ulcers. It can be used in salad dressings or smoothies and has a nutty dense flavour. Hemp oil is also used in soaps, beauty creams, hair care products and is a natural cleaning agent. Penny sells hemp oil in Clevedon under her business Moumoukai Hemp Ltd. She is freezing the residual plant material from the oil production until a law change will allow its use. Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the world who have banned hemp seed foods as a class C Drug. As soon as she is allowed, Penny wants to sell high protein flour and hulled hempseeds which are considered ‘superfoods’. “The health benefits of hemp are enormous both on a personal and

environmental level,” she says. “Hemp is naturally pest resistant so requires little or no pesticides. It is a quick growing crop and is remarkable for cleaning heavy metals from contaminated soil such as in old orchards which have been subjected to years of intensive spraying. “The plant is highly nutritious and includes protein and essential omega 3 and 6 as well as 9 fatty acids. There is no harm in taking hemp products at all. I give it to my children every day and believe they are much healthier for it. You cannot get high off hemp.” If the Government gives the go-ahead to medicinal cannabis, Penny says she has another block of land set aside for the special cultivar as it cannot be grown alongside industrial hemp.

Whilst everyone involved is agreed that more scientific research is needed to fully understand its effects, the NZ Drug Foundation concedes there is some evidence that certain cannabis products can help with: nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, long-lasting pain, muscle problems due to multiple sclerosis or paraplegia, anxiety, sleep problems and movement problems due to Tourette syndrome. It also points to promising evidence that cannabis (hemp)-based medicines can help with epilepsy and seizures. There is also research occurring into the usefulness of cannabis to treat cancer, type II diabetes, psychiatric disorders and inflammation. Penny believes that full cannabis www.eastlife.co.nz

‘ extract should be more of the focus as opposed to synthetic-cannabis. The strains need to be titrated. Different strains for different pains. A number of high profile cases around the use of cannabis for pain relief have prompted Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne to announce a review of the guidelines for its use. Former Council and Trade Unions president, Helen Kelly, who has terminal lung cancer, had her application for medical cannabis turned down earlier this year by the Ministry of Health. She says it’s the only product she takes that allows her to sleep at night. It has also been revealed that broadcaster, Paul Holmes and cricketer, Martin Crowe both used cannabis before their deaths also without official approval. The Ministry of Health has the power to authorise the medicinal use of cannabis products, the application must be put forward by a medical specialist on behalf of the patient. There have been few applications and ministerial approval has been

The plant [hemp] is highly nutritious and includes protein and essential omega 3 and 6 as well as 9 fatty acids. There is no harm in taking hemp products at all. I give it to my children every day and believe they are much healthier for it."

granted for only a small number of patients. Some 70 New Zealanders have been granted approval to use medical synthetic-cannabis spray, Sativex, but most patients must fund the $1000-a-month prescription cost themselves. Using cannabis or cannabis-based products as medicine without the proper approval is illegal. “Both my husband and I have read about many studies which has shown the effectiveness of full-plant medical cannabis in treating chronic pain,” says Penny. “The industry needs to be regulated and the sooner this happens the better it will be for the health of the country.” She adds that when the Government eventually bows to the evidence supporting the use of medicinal cannabis she hopes licences will be awarded to members of the NZHIA who are already licensed to grow industrial hemp.

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Hemp at the heart of a growing rural economy The NZ Hemp Industries Association believes that more people farming hemp could help to revitalise rural economies.

the soil, requiring no pesticides, fungicides and herbicides resulting in a more environmentally sustainable use of available farm land.

It says hemp, an industrial cultivar of cannabis, can provide three times the current rate of return of other traditional land uses of between $400 to $4000 per acre.

Potential hemp farmers need to apply to the Ministry of Health for a permit to cultivate, breed, import or sell seed, and must pay a fee of $500 or so per licence.

Another bonus of growing hemp is that it cleans and reconditions

Certain conditions must be met including having a secure site not less


than five kilometres from a school. The growing area should not be visible from the road. Two responsible people must sign the application on which police checks will be carried out.  Only cultivars with less than 0.35% THC can be grown. Further details from the Controlled Drugs Advisor for Medicines Control on 04 496 2018, or email medicinescontrol@moh.govt.nz. eastlife | june 2016 |


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Jane Wilsher, from Elite Property Management, talks about dealing with “P” contamination. In last month’s column I addressed the very real problem caused by the presence of methamphetamine (meth or P) in rental homes. I talked about the issue of P, what a P lab is and suggested some ways of avoiding them. Finally, I discussed how to recognise the problem. If you do discover evidence of a P lab you will need to know how to deal with the contamination. The damage to property where meth is manufactured can be extensive plus the people who live in these properties can suffer serious health consequences such as breathing problems, skin irritation, stinging eyes, headaches, nausea and fatigue as well as potentially long-term, life threatening illness. To deal with the contamination, comprehensive testing by an approved and certified contractor should be carried out to establish the full extent of any issues.

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The primary area of contamination will be the “cooking” area. Contamination can spread to walls, floors and ceilings including the gib, insulation and even the framing of the property. It can

also spread to electrical appliances, sanitary ware, ventilation systems and more. In the worst cases, substantial deconstruction of the structure will be necessary before the house can be rebuilt. The full clean up must be done by a company trained in dealing with the removal and disposal of hazardous material. The Ministry of Health guidelines in New Zealand are very stringent so the work required to meet those specifications is extensive. The cost can be huge but may be covered by insurance. Once the decontamination is complete, full testing will need to be carried out again. When the results of these tests are within the Ministry of Health guidelines the property will then be considered “safe” to allow tradespeople back in to rebuild. All of this will need to be done before the house can be tenanted again. Clearly avoiding all of these issues in the first place is the best thing that the landlord or property manager can do. If you are seeking new tenants in an existing rental or considering buying an investment property for the first time we would be happy to offer help and guidance through this process. We can also advise on other tenancy issues so please get in touch.

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The one million median has finally been breached for our area, Eastern Beaches. REINZ figures released for sales from April show that 214 properties sold and the median rose to its highest ever at $1,050,000 – up 6% from March 2016, 20% from March 2015 and 37% from March 2014. Looking at it another way is that there are now more houses selling over one million dollars than under – quite scary. Sales volume at 214 is much the same as March’s 213 but is the highest April figure for sales since 2009. The current level of supply appears to have dropped on the last couple of months with realestate. co.nz showing, as I write this, 272 properties for sale in our area, compared to the same time last month when there was 349. Looking at Auckland as a whole, the median for April was $812,000, down from March’s $820,000. Sales volumes were 2805 – down from 3230 in March but slightly better than last April’s 2759. Across the nation, the median price was $490,000 for April, an increase of $35,000 (7.7%) on April 2015, but down 1.0% compared to March. Excluding the impact of the Auckland region, the national median price rose $29,000 to $382,000 compared to April 2015. Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury/Westland and Otago all reached new record median prices in April. Central Otago Lakes recorded the largest percentage increase in median price compared to April 2015, at 25.2%, followed by Waikato/Bay of Plenty at 19.1% and Taranaki at 15.1%. In comparison, Auckland recorded the fourth largest increase in the median price at 12.8%. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Have to spin it to win it ‘ I’m up in the morning with the TV blaring, gnashing my teeth sitting watching the Blues.

Rugby, once amateur, then professional is now a capitaldriven farce, it’s like an amp’ which has been turned all the way up to 11."

They’re in for a mauling (in more ways than one) by the Lions – down 19-0 after just 11 minutes. I’m struck by two things: 1) I’m a rugby tragic, and 2) by God, I moan a lot!

This month, whichever month it may be before this finally goes to print proves the second point, in that this moan needs to wait its turn, and my masochistic early Sunday rising verifies the first.

pondered whatever happened to their rock ‘n’ roll, I’m wondering whatever happened to my ruck and maul! It seems to me that organisers are no longer worried what we fans think – as this dawn chorus suggests, we’re addicts who’ll watch anyway, whether we like it or not.

The Blues haven’t exactly set the world on fire – aside from the odd exception – for many years now. But there’s something very different this year, it’s all about the ‘bang-bang.’ While this tournament began with a straight forward Super 12 20 years ago, it now has a bizarre

competition structure. It’s become as well balanced (in terms of talent distribution) as a one-legged,

inebriated sailor on shore leave. But that’s not what draws my attention this dismal morning; instead, I’m fascinated by how my rugby now seems to be packaged in a hip hop wrapper. There’s an urban myth which suggests fast food giant KFC dropped the name Kentucky Fried Chicken because the meat on its menu was no longer chicken, replaced by genetically engineered creatures. Not true, of course, but could our favourite oval ball code be going through a similar rebranding? For a start, the competition’s logos include a simple ‘S’, and one which says: ‘Superugby’, which could be read as: Super-Ugby.

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It’s now all about capturing the attention (and therefore the cash) of the hip kids, including 12-yearold girls who barely recognise that there’s a silly game connected with this pop culture performance somehow. All those who’ll skip through those annoying ‘rugby breaks’ on their mobile phones to see what Nicki and Parris have in store for them – unless, of course, SBW takes his shirt off (not playing this year won’t stop him!) – must be catered to. Rugby, once amateur, then professional is now a capital-driven farce, it’s like an amp’ which has been turned all the way up to 11 – by the way, BRMC, ask Spinal Tap whatever happened to your rock ‘n’ roll, they artfully poked fun by picking at its corpse!

And, then there’s that promo’ song in which Nicki Minaj (yes, I had to look up her name because I’m not a 12-year-old girl!) tells us about how she wants someone to ‘bang bang’ all over her, as a hip, young, (empowered?) female dance crew demonstrates why we need a bad girl to blow our ‘minds.’

I could go on but it’s late (or early, depending on your point of view). The final score’s 43-5 – not that that matters too much these days – and I can go back to bed; I guess that’s why they call them the Blues, I’m reminded.

This is hash tag ‘Super Bang, Bang’, I am told. Interesting that the choreographer shares a surname (well, almost) with a man who was minister of propaganda, I think.

Then it hits me! Maybe Super Bang Bang isn’t all just the brain fade of a posse of marketing morons; maybe that’s why my guys lose so often, they simply didn’t pay Parris enough attention when she was teaching them how to tackle.

I know I sound like an old crank adverse to change, but just as BRMC

– By Jon Rawlinson www.eastlife.co.nz

Six wheeled Peugeot Peugeot is set to launch a solution to East Auckland’s commuter chaos. Targeted at lifestylers on the move, the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV will be available with its own rechargeable electric scooter that fits uniquely into the boot. Customers can also order a 3008 with a rechargeable e-Bike, built by Peugeot. Although the new Peugeot 3008 SUV carries the same model name as its predecessor, it is an entirely different vehicle from the ground up. It’s the first SUV based on the company’s all-new EMP2 platform.

A heads-up instrument panel consists of a high-resolution 12.3” screen with futuristic graphics. (Overseas model shown) With a range of diesel and petrol engines available, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV will offer powerful performance combined with ultra-low consumption.

The vehicle is larger both inside and out, and features an enormous boot volume of 520 litres.

Zealand, allowing us to actively compete in what is now the largest segment of the Kiwi market”.

An entirely restyled interior has an almost futuristic dashboard, all-new wireless charging dock, 8” touch screen, numerous state-of-the-art driver aids and latest generation i-Cockpit with personalisable head-up instrument unit and driving themes.

Rose believes the New 3008 will become a key selling model line in New Zealand.

Simon Rose, divisional manager Peugeot New Zealand says, “The arrival of the New 3008 SUV is the first of multiple SUVs due to launch in 2017 and will mark a significant turning point for Peugeot in New

“Indications are we will have an exceptionally high level of standard driver assistance and active safety functions versus key market competitors, and include both petrol and diesel variants from launch.” Due to arrive in New Zealand early 2017, final specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

Sweet suite The Bentley motorcar has always been associated with handcrafted luxury and now a new level of excellence is launched in the Middle East with the introduction of the latest Bentley Suite at The St. Regis Dubai in Al Habtoor City. The ultimate statement of luxury beyond compare, the suite reflects the bespoke craftsmanship of the pinnacle Bentley Mulsanne model. This collaboration between Bentley Motors and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is part of the growing collection of acclaimed signature Bentley suites – currently also located at The St. Regis New York and The St. Regis Istanbul. The suite features hand-crafted www.eastlife.co.nz

finishes and one-of-a-kind furnishings, combining the comfort and confidence associated with Bentley and the impeccable elegance of The St. Regis brand. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, the custom-designed onebedroom Bentley suite features a spacious entry foyer, generous living room and dining area, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hotel’s gardens, luxurious bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and dedicated dressing area. Highlights include rich wood finishes, leather accents on handcrafted furnishings, Bentley-painted walls with polished steel detailing and a sleek walnut veneer ceiling. In the living room, an exquisite

Above, consistent with Bentley’s ‘hidden delights’ concept, the main wall slides back to reveal a television screen and five Breitling clocks keeping time across major gateway cities. Below, the lavish bathroom.  Photos supplied LED chandelier, inspired by the Mulsanne headlights, takes centre stage above the 12-seater smoked fiddleback veneer dining table. In addition to the Bentley suite, The St. Regis Dubai offers guests an exquisite Bentley Mulsanne as its signature in-house car. eastlife | june 2016 |


Pop culture, fandoms and personal development Part 1 of people’. Hmmm. Sounds like marketing. Hopefully all ‘clever’ marketing managers and universities have already worked that out, n’cest pas? Or not.

Bill Potter – The Business Maverick. Bill is an international Keynote Speaker, MC and Coach, who’s presented in 57 countries so far. www.speakers.co.nz/ our-speakers/all-speakers/bill-potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRhF22nARM If you are like me (Heaven forbid...) you usually go to the movies, to see, well... a movie. What a revelation, eh? Whether you like the concept, the cast or the promise, you rarely go into the theatre (or your Netflix, computer, Smartphone et al) to acquire some personal development.

A Fandom is... ‘a sub-culture composed of fans characterised by an empathy and camaraderie with others, who share a common interest.’ Good news. As they say in the deep south...’It ain’t a sub-culture no moh, honey! It be headin’ into ‘mainstream’, like fast, man.’

What about this ‘personal development thingie’ link, you may ask. Well, go on then. Re-visit the movie, Groundhog Day (1993). Google ‘What I learnt from Groundhog Day’. Choose from several websites. I hope ‘coaches’ read this. More about this, in the next Issue of EastLife, OK?

Well, actually, you should. If you take your notebook and pen along, you can write down some gems or experiences that can make you a more competent and confident person. You might also choose to become an enthusiastic member of a positive and enhancing ‘Fandom’. You really can!

So, if you want to be ‘with it’, finish reading this, and go check out all your Fandoms. Know what makes ‘em tick and more importantly, why you’re in ‘em! Oh, and if you are in business, ‘fandom satisfaction’, ‘pleasure’ even, is the new ‘customer service’. ‘Customer’, is a dumb title anyway!

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Bank experiences Sharemarket foRtunes withdrawal symptoms

Local Authorised Financial Adviser DAVID MORGAN discusses the opportunity to invest on both sides of the Tasman.

As property prices rise, first home buyers are increasingly seeking assistance from some Body who can help. In the year to March 2016, $148 million was withdrawn by ANZ’s KiwiSaver members to purchase first homes, compared with just $62 million in year prior, John Body from ANZ says. “The average first home withdrawal by our customers last year was $18,361, compared with $10,611 in 2013... As KiwiSaver balances grow, more people are taking advantage of the option to withdraw some or all of their money to help buy a new home.” On average, ANZ first home buyers withdrew $18,361, compared with $10,611 in 2013, and the total number of withdrawals increased by 188% over the past three years, Mr Body confirms. He adds that people need to know how the system works so they can take full advantage of Government rules regarding first home withdrawals from KiwiSaver. “For instance, you need to have been a member of KiwiSaver for at least three years before you

John Body can make a first home withdrawal. And, people would need to regularly contribute at least 3% of their income to KiwiSaver for a minimum three years in order to qualify for a HomeStart grant,” he says. “But you really make the most of this benefit when you have been contributing for five years because the Government will potentially give you $1000 for each year you have been contributing, up to a maximum of $5000 per person. You can double that if you are looking to build your first home, subject to conditions on the purchase price of homes and income of buyers.” For information, or to apply for a HomeStart grant, see hnzc.co.nz.

Homes games won’t spare the Hansen While Steve Hansen may usually be associated with the All Blacks, he’s now keen to shine the right light on men (and women) of White. Named Ray White Global Brand Ambassador, the Rugby World Cup-winning coach sees certain similarities between the two organisations. “The Ray White Group shares a defined family history built on a culture of tenure together with loyalty. The group has shown persistence and determination that has provided a long term successful formula,” he says. “My association in sport, particularly rugby, has many of the same synergies. I have been proud to influence and mentor www.eastlife.co.nz

career paths of outstanding people, not only specialising in what they do on the sporting field, but more importantly, as part of the community.”

Those with an eye on the share market will have observed the contrasting fortunes of the New Zealand and Australian share markets over the past year or so.

companies are still high relative to interest rates, they have fallen in percentage terms as share prices have been bid up quicker than the increase in company earnings.

For the year to the end of March, 2016, the NZX50 index had gained almost 16%. Our not-so-lucky neighbour’s ASX200 index sank by more than 13% – a stark contrast in fortunes.

Whilst you mightn’t bet against a market that has proved itself to be very resilient in a world of low interest rates, market analysts aren’t forecasting a repeat of the capital gains of the past 12 months. However, with interest rates remaining at record lows, New Zealand dividend yields between 6% and 7% are very attractive to investors seeking regular income.

Some reasons behind these differing outcomes are well understood. The slowdown in construction in China weighed heavily on the price of iron ore; the big Aussie miners’ shareprices dropped and led the Australian share market down. Here, despite falling dairy prices, our comparatively high dividend yields proved irresistible to investors seeking income in a world of rockbottom interest rates. Interestingly, both these outcomes came as a surprise to some. Winding the clock back a year, the Australian share market already appeared attractively priced compared to New Zealand’s. Australian company earnings looked to have a better growth outlook and interest rate increases were on the cards, threatening to take some of the appeal out of those New Zealand dividend yields. So where to next for the New Zealand and Australian markets? Although dividends from some New Zealand

By some measures the Australian share market looks even better value. The drop in the price of their key exports (iron ore and coal) led to a significant depreciation of the Australian dollar versus the US dollar and the RBA cut interest rates. This has supported a recovery in Australian manufacturing, a construction boom and sustained economic growth. More significantly, perhaps, commodity prices have started to recover and the share market has followed suit. April saw the ASX200 index gain over 5%. For investors, the New Zealand and Australian share markets support two complementary strategies; regular income and capital growth. Which is most important to you? And are your existing investments tailored to achieve the desired outcome?

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Ray White New Zealand’s chief executive, Carey Smith, adds that the appointment is particularly exciting for the real estate organisation.

Contact Mark or David, your local Authorised Financial Advisers.

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Who pays the bill? We commented in an earlier EastLife article on a High Court case which decided that residential tenants were not liable for unintentional damage to premises e.g. a cooking pot full of oil caught fire and burnt down a house.

the rental property suffers loss or damage caused unintentionally by the tenant or the tenant’s guests because Part 4 could be read back into the Residential Tenancies Act provisions.

Wynyard Wood consultant, RICHARD OSBORNE, whose specialties include commercial law and intellectual property law, writes on issues concerning the business community

The High Court overturned the longstanding rule that residential tenants are liable if they accidently cause damage to their rented premises. This is in contrast to commercial tenants. There, the concept is different: the payment of rent is deemed to include insurance cover by the landlord.

The decision has been upheld by the Court of Appeal in Holler v Osaki [2016] NZCA 130. So, did ss 268 and 269 in Part 4 of the Property Law 2007, which exonerate commercial tenants from liability from risks that could be insured against (fire, flood etc), also apply to residential tenants?

The insurer can’t step into their shoes and pursue the tenant. As a matter of statutory interpretation of the residential tenancies and property law legislation, the High Court considered the same result should apply to both commercial and residential tenancies.

How do those sections relate to ss 40 and 41 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 which impose legal liability on a tenant for intentional and negligent damage caused by the tenant, their guests and invitees to the premises?

The Court of Appeal confirmed the High Court’s analysis of the words, policy and legislative history behind s 142 and Part 4.

Insurance industry commentary to date on this points out that (1) the decision will significantly affect recovery claims against tenants, except where the damage was intentional; (2) there is a policy disconnect between making the tenant responsible for the premises under the Residential Tenancies Act but not making them financially responsible for failure to do so, given that they have day to day control of the premises, and, most importantly, (3) tenants should still take out contents insurance (which generally has a $1m liability cover) to deal with intentional damage and damage to neighbouring property.

The Court held that residential tenants are immune from a landlord’s claim (in most cases, an insurer claim) where

Both landlords and tenants should play safe by ensuring they are insured for foreseeable risks in this area.

The complication for the Court of Appeal was 142 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, which excluded Part 4 from residential tenancies but allowed the Tenancy Tribunal (where the dispute first arose) to look to Part 4 in determining the law relating to land leases.

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Right ‘Hon’ Key Hon-estly, some PMs just don’t know how to Bee-hive! Despite our outspoken PM being ousted from the House by David Carter, Speaker of the House, in May, Mr Key had plenty more to say on a range of issues, such as these little ditties – based on reports from Mr Key’s office, as seen through the eyes of the EastLife team.

Budgets, drugs and John Key Fresh funding for Pharmac will save lives, the Government expects. A little more than two months after a petition calling for funding of Keytruda – a drug to treat advanced melanoma – was presented to Parliament, Mr Key confirmed a $124m funding boost over four years for the Government agency. However, the PM was quick to confirm that allocation of funds is at Pharmac’s sole discretion. “Pharmac said this extra money will allow it to consult on funding new treatments across a wide range of health areas, including for advanced melanoma, Hepatitis C, and brain tumours. This will be welcome news to those who are suffering from these debilitating and lifethreatening illnesses,” Mr Key said.

Key’s CERT-ain something If something smells ‘phishy’, it’s probably the spam! During last month’s Cyber Security Summit, Mr Key was talking tough, announcing that the Government will be taking it to the net in efforts to fight cyber crime. “Our focus on cyber security is about helping to safeguard New Zealand’s economy. It’s about making sure we remain open for business and ensuring Kiwis are safe online,” he said. “Just like running water and electricity, connectivity has become a vital piece of infrastructure for business [and] we simply cannot grow and succeed in today’s digital age without it.”

While EastLife understands Keytruda won’t be funded, Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, has declared that a similar drug, Opdivo, will be.

Mr Key confirmed $22.2 million will be employed to establish New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), tasked with defending businesses and infrastructure against cyberattacks.

Dr Coleman’s office confirmed that, while the petition raised awareness about the need for funding such a drug, it wasn’t a deciding factor in securing the money and the Minister has been keen to have a melanoma treatment funded all along.

Working in partnership with the Government and private sector, CERT will provide information and advice to help individuals, businesses and organisations prevent cyber incidents, and deal with their aftermaths, Mr Key says.

Overall, the additional funding confirmed in this year’s budget will bring Pharmac’s total budget to $850m.

“Our investment from Budget 2016 underpins our commitment to cyber security. It’s a concrete step towards better protecting New Zealand against cyber-attacks... [CERT] will help us to better understand the active and emerging cyber threats and cybercrime landscape.”

“Many of the drugs to treat these illnesses [specifically melanoma, Hepatitis C, and brain tumours] are cutting-edge and extremely expensive, which puts them out of reach of most New Zealanders unless they are publicly funded,” Mr Key said. “Last year, New Zealanders received around 3.5m of publicly funded medicines and this latest announcement will mean thousands more will receive potentially lifesaving treatments.” www.eastlife.co.nz

CERT is expected to be established by early next year.

Backing the saddle again Proving that more than just a little spin should be expected in politics, John Key seems set to do more than just one good turn for tourism.

The New Zealand Cycle Trail has already been extremely successful in attracting high-value visitors to the regions and getting them to stay longer, with regional economies experiencing positive spinoffs such as a growth in jobs.”

Ahead of the recent 2016 budget announcement, Mr Key (as Tourism Minister) confirmed that a $45 million boon on the cards, including $25 million in additional funding over the next four years for the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Nga Haerenga. “The New Zealand Cycle Trail has already been extremely successful in attracting high-value visitors to the regions and getting them to stay longer, with regional economies experiencing positive spinoffs such as a growth in jobs,” he said. “This new funding will support work to connect some Great Rides so communities can benefit from visitors spending more time on trails, as well as linking visitors to regional tourist destinations.”

Already, the Government has turned over $60 million to develop and maintain the trail network. Fresh funds will be used to link four trails in the Central Otago region. The new $45 million tourism package will also be used for other projects including: new facilities at the Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre, Rotorua; Queenstown Bungy; a lodge on the Timber Trail Cycleway, Waikato; various regional tourism infrastructure projects, and targeting of growth markets such as India and the USA. “This builds on the wide range of government support already in place to assist the tourism sector to provide high-quality experiences that attract high-value visitors all year round,” said Mr Key. “The new funding, which is in addition to the over $130 million a year the Government currently spends, aims to help all regions realise their tourism potential and reap the economic benefits that it brings.” eastlife | june 2016 |


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