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

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

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

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

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

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

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Golly gosh dare I say it – it’s Spring, what a mild winter and the powers that be are predicting a long hot summer, that is definitely something to look forward to. We had an interesting month with a lot of calls from people wanting to know just how relevant their current CV is against market value and some, I can say, were very pleasantly surprised. Curious too? Give us a call we would love to chat. Till next month, take care and keep warm.

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Skypath – A BRIDGE TOO FAR? When the idea of SkyPath – the walking and cycling link across Auckland Harbour Bridge – was first mooted, I was delighted. Although I believe another harbour crossing for vehicles is desperately needed, the ability to cross between the Shore and the city on foot or bicycle makes sense.

HOLIDAY JETSET: From Loobie’s Story, the Jet Setter is a fabulous collection of dynamic colour and print garments ideal for jet setting across the globe to exotic summer hot spots as this gorgeous St Tropez midi dress illustrates. With warmer weather on its way, there no time to waste in planning a holiday wardrobe which will take you from the beach to a banquet or from relaxed seaside dining, to sauntering through resort shops for family goodies – Loobie’s Story, is a great place to start.

However, I am disappointed at the Government’s decision to fully fund SkyPath when the intention was for it to be financed by private sector funding in partnership with Auckland Council, with users paying an entrance fee to help fund its construction and operation. Now, the NZ Transport Agency Board has confirmed $67 million of the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) will go towards SkyPath as part of a larger $390 million walking and cycling investment package in the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (the NLTP). I can’t help but side somewhat with the NZ Taxpayers’ Union which condemns the greater sum as a ‘stunning spend up’.

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Did this government bailout come about because the private sector was reluctant to invest and where does it leave taxpayers? I understand even the entrance fee, which might have helped funding, may be dispensed with.

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Would the money be better spent on improved roading? Surely, $390 million invested in our main transport links would see more traffic freed up at peak times? Just last week it took me 22 minutes to drive from the Drury onramp of the Southern Motorway to the Papakura onramp at 9.30am in the morning; that’s about four kilometres which should take about five minutes. I felt nothing but pity for the long train of trucks crawling the same route – surely few could have met schedules – and what’s that doing to our economy? A cycle/walkway is also being built adjacent to the motorway in this area and, again, I can’t help

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That aside, I don’t doubt acting associate Transport Minister, Simon Shaw’s words when he said: “More and more Kiwis want the freedom to cycle safely around their towns and cities” but I do wonder whether their desire to do so will translate into masses of people cycling or walking to work, especially in winter wind and rain. In which case, are we indulging leisure activities at huge expense to taxpayers and is this investment in cycle infrastructure more urgent than ensuring our main transport links are up and running properly? Just ruminating, of course – as like many fellow Aucklanders, I have plenty of time to do so during my (unnecessarily lengthy) commute.

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I do see the benefit for those on the Shore being able to walk or cycle to city jobs, entertainment and more, however I wonder if this move and, indeed, the decision to spend a massive $390 million on our national waking and cycling infrastructure, will help solve Auckland’s congestion problems and those that hamper other cities.

wish it was put to one side until motorway improvements around Takanini are complete. I’d also love to see the onramp heading north from Papakura improved – the vehicle backup there most mornings, and subsequent blocking of the intersection at Harbourside Drive, is frustrating and dangerous.

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Transport Minister, Phil Twyford has said: “This will be a transformational project which will give Aucklanders the freedom to walk and cycle from the Shore to the city, all while taking in an amazing view.”

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“I always felt that she deserved the best.”

The inspiration behind the philosophy of New Zealand’s biggest retirement village company.

Back in 1983, Kevin Hickman, a former policeman turned private detective, investigated a resthome fire in Christchurch and did not like what he saw. “To me it was crazy, the standards were so poor’’ Kevin recalls. “I thought, what would I want for Mum?” “I’d want a single room, with an attached ensuite. Not a shared ensuite, because that creates enormous problems.’’ And so, Ryman’s philosophy that care has to be ‘’good enough for Mum’’ was born. Kevin teamed up with business partner John Ryder. Ryman – a combination of Ryder and Hickman – Healthcare was registered, and they bought their first property to convert into a resthome in 1984. When Myra started looking at retirement options, Brenda and her family knew it had to be the very best. Myra is a very special Mum, so Brenda needed somewhere she could trust for her to move into.

Brenda says she has noticed a massive change in her Mum Myra since she has been living in Ryman’s Evelyn Page village in Orewa. “She knows everyone, has become really social and tries new things like table tennis. She is in a lovely place, is healthy and enjoying life.”

Care is at the heart of what Ryman do. And it’s got to be good enough for Mum, or Dad! Since Kevin and John established Ryman Healthcare more than 30 years ago, the company has grown to become the largest retirement village operator in New Zealand and a trusted operator in Victoria, Australia. However, Ryman’s core philosophy remains the same. Care is at the heart of what Ryman do. And it’s got to be good enough for Mum, or Dad!

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Mr Burns September 14-30, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City Since TV’s The Simpsons first aired more than 30 years ago, it has become a fixture of modern popular culture. So, although it’s a rather macabre idea, it’s also very credible that even in the aftermath of an apocalypse, it would not be forgotten. This play – a dark comedy inspired by a colourful cartoon – explores the nature of stories and mythologies seeking to understand why certain narratives endure.

September ➤ EXPOS & FESTIVALS Meet the Villagers September 16, 10am-4pm, Howick Historical Village, 2R Bells Rd, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga The past comes to life at Howick Historical Village with the chance to meet the locals – well, actors in period garb – as they demonstrate how it was to live life in 19th century. See fencible.org.nz for more information. Moon Festival September 22, 5-9pm, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga When East meets East, a funfilled fest’ is bound to ensue. The Moon Festival (which marks the end of the harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere) comes to our backyard this month featuring cultural performances, stalls and much more. For additional information, see ourauckland. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Auckland Heritage Festival 2018 September 29 – October 14, times & locations (Auckland wide) vary Celebrating the heritage of the people of Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau), this festival comprises of more than 200 events throughout the Super City.

Exploring our varied cultural roots wherever they may be, from the Bharatiya Mandir Hindu temple, to Eden Park and Karangahape Road, it includes everything from exhibitions, walks, talks and tours, to a vintage market day and more. For a complete schedule, see heritagefestival.co.nz.

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man! During this comedy-drama, audiences will see Matthew – a trendy advertising executive – discover new depths in his own life while learning that the almighty dollar isn’t the only thing worthy of worship. Details via hlt.org.nz.

Orientation September 5-15, from 7.45pm, the Loft, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City When East meets West, the twain can combine harmoniously, but that doesn’t mean that heartbreak’s off the menu. Following a young Chinese-Pakeha woman, this play tells a tale of ‘brazen sexploration’ of love and sexuality in modern-day New Zealand. See qtheatre.co.nz for more information.

Cradle Song September 18-22, from 8.15pm, Loft, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City Faith is not always a good thing to have! As this chilling play unfolds, two young women travelling through Ireland discover that the supernatural is all too real when confronted with the spectre of Briar Faith. For more details about this award-winning thriller by Te Rehia Theatre Company see qtheatre. co.nz... if you dare!

Crying Men September 6-8, times vary, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland City Who says real men don’t cry? Choreographed by Arts Laureate, Neil Ieremia, this show explores issues of masculinity through three generations of Pacific men. Further information available via asbwaterfronttheatre.co.nz.

Rendered September 18 – October 3, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland City When a New Zealander defects to ISIS, Major Aria, and her mercenary accomplice, must locate them in this play by acclaimed Kiwi playwright and novelist, Stuart Hoar. And, when a kindergarten teacher receives an offer from an American visitor, all six of these characters find their lives

Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne September 8-29, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga When Matthew has a eureka moment he soon worries if those who know him best will think this ad’ man has become a mad

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inextricably entwined as this tale of intrigue, danger and espionage unfolds. See details about this play – a world premier – at atc.co.nz/ whats-on. Eugenia October 3-6, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga Inspired by Eugenia: A Man, a book by Suzanne Falkiner, this HLT Studio play sees gender politics confronting society in both 1916 and 2016. Set in Wellington, it tells the story of Eugenia Falleni, who dressed and lived as a man, who was accused of murdering his wife. See hlt.org.nz/whats-on/hlt-studio for more information.

➤ HOME & GARDEN Auckland Home Show September 5-9, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane From plush country mansions to compact apartments in the sky, there is no such thing as the typical Auckland home. However, with a vast number of exhibitors presenting their ideas and wares, this show is sure to have something for any home... or castle. More information at aucklandhomeshow. co.nz.

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➤ MUSIC & MUSICALS A Night With the Beatles September 7, 7-10pm, Remuera Club, 27-33 Ohinerau St, Remuera While tribute act Abbey Road, isn’t quite the ‘fab four’, this quirky quad has developed a reputation for their brand of homage to one of music’s greatest groups. Hosted by Auckland Singles - which seeks to help singles become couples - this celebration of the work of a famous foursome is sure to pack in a crowd. Details via remueraclub. co.nz or aucklandsingles.co.nz. Classical Hits September 7, from 7.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City From Schubert and Tchaikovsky to Debussy and New Zealand’s own great Dame, Gillian Whitehead, a variety of composers will be celebrated by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. For more information, see nzso.co.nz. Auckland Youth Orchestra concerts September 8, from 7.30pm, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Dr, Papakura and September 9, from 2.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City Fresh from its European tour, the Auckland Youth Orchestra is set to celebrate its homecoming. For further information, visit ayo.org. nz/concerts. Tennessee Waltz September 10 & 18, 11am-1pm, Somervell Presbyterian Church, Corner Greenlane and Remuera Rd, Remuera, and St Columbia Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Downs If you’re even just a little bit country, this is the show for you! Featuring performances by such stars as John Denver, Johnny Cash,

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Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton, this Operatunity concert will likely see plenty of fans who’ll stand by their man while walking the line all at the same time! Details via operatunity.co.nz The Dire Straits Experience September 27, from 8pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Queen St, Auckland City Although the Sultans of Swing may have swung off the radar of popular music many moons ago, this tribute act is still ensuring many are unashamed about twisting by the pool with their brothers (and sisters) in arms. So, after calling (up) Elvis, how about you and your friend grab Romeo and Juliet and head down that telegraph road to the city – which isn’t really so far away – to enjoy a little solid rock? This show promises to cost very little money for (far more) than nothing! Details via direstraitsexperience.com. Russian Tales September 27, from 7.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City Sick of rushin’ around? Then you should be ‘Russian’ into the city this month to sit back, relax and

enjoy music by two of Russia’s greatest composers, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Details about this and other shows by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra are available via apo.co.nz/ whats-on.

➤ ARTS Dane Mitchell – Iris, Iris, Iris Now – February 24, Auckland Art Gallery, cnr Kitchener & Wellesley Sts, Auckland City An exhibition of installation art, Iris, Iris, Iris investigates diverse meanings of the word which can represent a flower, part of an eye or a camera and a Greek goddess. At EastLife, we think ‘Iris, Iris, Iris... Iris’ would be a better name but, then again, we’re not among New Zealand’s most respected artists! For details about this exhibition – which is practically guaranteed to be ‘eye-catching’, see aucklandartgallery.com. Effervescent Dreaming September 6-25, 10am-3pm (Tuesdays-Saturdays), Railway St Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket Parallel lines are essential if one is to run a railroad. However, when it comes to a ‘Railway’,

➤ COMEDY Bill Bailey – Earl of Whimsy September 29, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland Heading to the Old Bailey in merry old England is no laughing matter but when a certain old Bailey from England comes to Auckland, a verdict of hilarity is practically assured. During the New Zealand leg of his Earl of Whimsy tour, we bet Bill will kill us with laughter or die trying! See abpresents. com.au for details.

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there’s no fixed pattern, which is fitting because that’s exactly why abstract artists, such as Maraetai’s Kirsty Black, continue to enthral those with a nose for fine art. Visit railwaystreetstudios.co.nz for details, and see pages 40-41 to read our interview with Kirsty. Group of Friends exhibition September 7-30, 10am-3pm (Fridays-Sundays), Green Gables Art Gallery, Hawthornden Reserve, 66 Cook St, Howick Art lovers are sure to enjoy this exhibition which sees friends with a penchant for the creative coming together to share their wares with proceeds set to benefit the South Auckland Totara Hospice. For further information see howickartgroup.co.nz.

➤ FUNDRAISERS Sowers Trust Howick High Tea September 8, from 2.30pm, The Picton Centre, 120 Picton St, Howick If helping those who help our community is your cup of tea, it’s high time to lend a hand. Designed to raise funds to support the good work of the Sowers Trust – which provides mentoring and social services to children, youth and their families – this event is set to cause a... stir! Contact the trust (via sowers.co.nz) for details.

➤ FAMILY FUN Badjelly the Witch September 22 – October 13, times vary, The Pump House Theatre, 2A Manurere Ave, Takapuna If Tim and Rose can’t rescue Lucy the cow from the clutches of a certain witch, they may never have milk on their eggs again! Spike Milligan’s classic tale is about to come to the stage once again. See pumphouse.co.nz for details.

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NOTION LAUNCHES NEW FASHION SITE Fabulous fashion was in the spotlight last month at the national launch of new online fashion platform, Notion, home to an array of New Zealand fashion designers and some of the country’s brightest emerging talent. The event, held at St Matthew-in-the-City, attracted a strong turnout of fashionistas and photographer, CARMEN BIRD, was there to capture the ensembles. 1. Showcasing Notion style 2. Renee Clayton & Zeisha Fremaux 3. Colin Mathura Jeffree, Andrea Manahan, Tia Grace & Eilis Power 4. Natalie Williams, Erin Sokolowsky, Megan Fairley & Luke Bird

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NEW SALON EXUDES STYLE The opening of new salon, Howick Hairways, in Fencible Drive, was cause for celebration recently. Owner Sarah Pitman, has taken over the former Harvey on Moore salon, giving it a new name and a dĂŠcor makeover. She welcomes the opportunity to attract clientele who appreciate easy parking, a friendly atmosphere and talented stylists. Photographer, CHRISTEL KELLY MOORE joined the festivities. 1. Martin Pitman, Sarah Pitman 2. Lee Dubber & Kerryn Dawson 3. Ursula Muaulu & Annette Lindsay 4. Joanne Wright 5. Joanne & Crystal Verry

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dancing the night away Students from both the Botany and Mt Albert campuses turned out in their finery for the Elim Christian College Ball at Ellerslie Racecourse Function Centre recently. More than 400 attended the glamorous event which took its theme from William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photographer LISA MONK focused on belles and their beaus. 1. Briar Snell, Matthew Lee, Rachael Buckley, Nathan Slaney & Sarah Buckley 2. Kaito Yamaguchi, Kensho Takagi, Kaiya Fukushima & Kyogo Sawada 3. Angela Smit & Tui Williams 4. Tylah Williams & Shelby Van Deventer

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RISQUE cabaret WINS WARM APPLAUSE Burlesque show EnchantĂŠ Cabaret, at Uxbridge Art & Leisure attracted a razzle-dazzle crowd many of whom dressed to the nines for an occasion which exuded glamour, opulence and allure. Buoyant showgoers caught the attention of photographer CHRISTEL KELLY MOORE. 1. Sanaya Master, Farida Master 2. Verity Johnson, Dion Murphy 3. Trillian 4. Lilly Loca 5. Martin Carroll, Kate Preswell 6. Georgia Anderson, Ashley Anderson

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Gain a new appreciation for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with two Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concerts that will both entertain and educate. Part concert, part interactive talk, Unwrap the Music: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is the chance for you to go ‘behind the scenes’ of Scheherazade as presenter Graham Abbott reveals what makes this orchestral suite so special. Next, hear the suite in its entirety alongside two dazzling Tchaikovsky pieces in Bayleys Great Classics: Russian Tales, celebrating two of the greatest composers in Russian history.

Starring Operatunity’s fabulous Three Tenors, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Derek Hill and Kalauni Pouvalu, we pay tribute to some of the world’s greatest singers of all time including Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso and Mario Lanza. We feature many of the signature classics, both famous opera and well known ballads that these artists were famous for. Some of New Zealand’s finest artists singing some of the most famous opera of all time! Tickets $35 including lunch. Tuesday, October 9 at 11am St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Book on www.operatunity.co.nz or toll free: 0508 266 237

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The work of some of the finest singers to take to the stage will be showcased during this daytime concert by Operatunity. From Pavarotti, Caruso and Mario Lanza, to Joan Sutherland, and Maria Callas, timeless music will come to life soon. For more information about this show, visit operatunity.co.nz. And, don’t forget to enter our draw to be in to win one of THREE double passes to the Botany performance (Oct 9).

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Dr Bruce Page

Thirty three years ago Dr Bruce Page joined Marina Medical practice embarking on a ‘wonderfully fulfilling’ career in general practice which just a few years earlier he could never have envisaged. Last month he formally retired although he will maintain contact with the practice through his continuing co-ownership role in the neighbouring Marina Specialists, in partnership with plastic surgeon Mr Martin Rees. EastLife asked Dr Page about his long career and NZ healthcare in general.

Tell us about your medical training and your history with Marina Medical. I graduated from University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1980 then began life as a house officer at Greenlane Hospital. That lasted exactly one week before I decided a medical career wasn’t for me. I left and worked for a pharmaceutical company for more than two years before deciding to complete my medical registration year. Returning to hospital medicine I completed a couple of house officer years and gained a Diploma of Obstetrics. A chance phone call saw me join Dr Tony Edwards at Marina Medical in 1985. I was 28 with no experience in general practice – patients must have been most forgiving! In 2009 I shifted the practice from the old marina building into the first of the three new marina buildings. Designing the general practice (Marina Medical) along with the adjoining specialist practice (Marina Specialists) was a challenge, the results of which I am very proud. My wife Juliet helped with the interior design and I think we have achieved something very special. Patients still say: “How do you get any work done with that view?” Today the new management team is doing an excellent job and the future looks bright. Do you have any special interests? I am a bass guitarist and have played in several bands, including being part of the music team at Elim Church on Botany Rd for the past 26 years. The mostly young people in the band (the saxophonist is older than me – just!) are probably waiting for me to pack up my bass and go but I’ve said I’ll still be playing when I’m in a wheelchair and on an IV drip.

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I have also been the doctor at Western Springs Speedway for the past 35 years. Wonderfully, I have a very long-suffering wife – and a very expensive pair of hearing aids. Those local residents were right – Speedway is a noisy place. Did you always want to work in general practice? I like the continuity of care that general practice offers as opposed to the short term relationships of the other specialties. Dealing with all aspects of healthcare, you are never bored. You never quite know what’s coming through the door next and you have to be prepared for anything. What role has your wife Juliet played at the practice? Juliet has had a number of roles. She is a registered nurse but has not worked as a practice nurse as such, instead providing supportive roles such as helping with recalls, giving flu vaccines, looking after the books. And, much to the horror of my fellow staff members, she makes my lunch! Juliet also has a flu vaccination business of her own, vaccinating employees in the workplace, including staff in some local schools. She has also carried the bulk of parental duties, raising our four children. We found a story written by our second son, Elliot, when he was nine years old. He wrote: “Dad works long hours. We only see him on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.” Elliot is training to be an emergency medicine specialist. You’d think he would have learnt! In the past you were among those GPs who delivered babies. Do you regret this loss from GP care? For the first 18 years in general practice, I delivered babies – some

1600 in all. I loved it despite many nights with little or no sleep, driving backwards and forwards to the old National Women’s Hospital and the former Howick Obstetric Hospital in Selwyn Road, then later to Botany Downs Maternity Unit. The weekend my first son was born I had four other deliveries with one of those women in labour at the same time as Juliet – I kept forgetting which end of the bed I was supposed to be at. I was back at work on the Monday seeing 30 patients; in those days you wouldn’t dream of taking time off. Sadly, obstetrics was ripped away from GPs (thank you Helen Clark), denying women the option of having the continuity of care that only GPs can provide. GP obstetrics paid very poorly but it kept a practice buoyant with a steady stream of new little patients! The last baby I delivered is now 15 years old – I think she would agree we have a special bond! What are some significant changes you have seen in general practice? I think the three most significant are: 1: The demise of GP obstetrics; 2: The intrusion of the computer into the consultation room; 3: The changing funding streams which have seen the advent of capitation payments attached to patient enrolment. While the loss of obstetrics was all bad, there are both good and bad aspects attached to the other two issues. The computer is a powerful tool but can, and does, get in the way of the doctor/patient relationship. We find ourselves sitting in front of it at home for hours on end, checking results, correspondence, and writing letters and emails. Government funding through the

DHBs and PHOs may have led to lower patient fees but has also led to greater external control of practices, usually not for the better. There is an ever burgeoning increase in targets, audits, and a variety of complicated funding streams and protocols which change from month to month, seemingly at the whim of people who either know little about the coalface of primary care or are themselves pawns in the “out of control” Goliath healthcare has become. Men are generally thought to be reluctant to see the doctor. Is this attitude a myth and, if not, has it changed over the years? It is not a myth. Traditionally men have been backward in seeking medical attention when unwell and they have also been poor at taking a preventative approach to healthcare. However, it is heartening to witness a gradual shift in these attitudes and I am far more optimistic about this issue than I was 20 years ago. What are your thoughts about the way in which general practices have progressively shifted from solo or small partnerships to large clinics with several doctors, a team of nurses and often other health practitioners too? Are we losing that personal doctor/ patient relationship and the trust patients put in their doctor? It is very difficult for a solo practice to remain financially viable these days and for this reason there aren’t many left. While there are economies of scale with larger practices, it can be difficult to maintain that personal approach. Thirty years ago most patients could name their GP and the practice; these days fewer patients can name ‘their’ GP. This is a great shame, because I firmly believe the most important aspect of a

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therapeutic relationship is the relationship itself. In the race to improve the ‘science’ of medicine we are in danger of losing the ‘art’. Marina Medical is a mid-range sized practice, large enough to be cost-efficient but small enough to maintain the personal touch. What about the standard appointment time – generally 15 minutes – is this long enough? For minor ailments and other straightforward consultations 15 minutes is adequate. Unfortunately, healthcare is becoming increasingly complicated and the demands made on doctors from patients and the DHBs/PHOs are growing. But the problem for doctors is not just the time spent with a patient. These days the demands on time dealing with the dreaded ‘inbox’ are nearly as great as patient contact time. Doctor burnout is a very real phenomenon worldwide and the main cause is time spent on administrative tasks. But, I’m sure many people reading this will be nodding their heads when considering their own industry. We hear the call, for ‘early detection’ but also hear about serious ailments going undetected or failing to be diagnosed correctly. Any thoughts?

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It is important to distinguish between the diagnostic and treatment mistakes made due to a poor standard of care and those that are due to “bad luck”. I really feel for those practitioners who get caught out by a difficult diagnostic situation and miss something important. “There but for the grace of God, go I.” We are all human and we all make mistakes. However, in healthcare our errors can have catastrophic consequences. My advice to young practitioners is to be thorough, pay attention to detail, have processes in place, think outside the square and, above all, ensure you communicate well with your patient. Have you seen an increase in patients researching their condition online? How do you feel about this? In the internet’s early days patients would sometimes arrive in my office with 37 pages of printed material, ask me to read it and to get back to them. Thank goodness that doesn’t happen so often now. I think the public is gradually becoming more discerning. A good rule of thumb is, DO NOT make a diagnosis from researching the internet, but DO research your condition once the diagnosis has

been made by your doctor. I also advise patients to generally avoid reading blogs about their condition. Blogs are rarely helpful. Where do you stand on the question of voluntary euthanasia and assisted dying? I am not in favour at all and, I don’t personally know many physicians who are. We are told that 71% of the New Zealand public favour voluntary euthanasia but what does that really mean? The public often sees certain high profile cases and I fear it is from these that many opinions are formulated. But I think if you sat down with that 71% and took them through all the different possible scenarios which could eventuate if we head down this path then I believe that number would reduce significantly.

What are your thoughts on drugs/ treatments presently withheld by Pharmac or unavailable here on the basis of cost, but which are used in other countries and could be saving lives here? Pharmac may have saved the country a lot of money but I think some of the decision making is driven by cost alone to the detriment of the health of many New Zealanders. Right now I have a patient who is responding well to a drug for a deadly metastatic cancer – it could well save her life. It has only recently been funded after lengthy application process that denied many like her. If you could be Minister of Health for a day what is the first thing you would do? Ask for another portfolio.

I count it as a privilege to have walked with my terminally ill patients and their families through their final illnesses. Yes, many of those journeys have been difficult but let’s not get off the bus just because the road may be steep and winding. I am glad to avoid being part of a medical workforce operating in an environment where this is an option. The majority of Britons thought Brexit was a good idea. Ask them now, and they’re not even out yet!

If you could invite any three physicians (living or dead) to dinner who would they be? I would invite only one – Dr Tony Edwards – he’s a great cook. Okay, okay…you want three, then, Drs John Betteridge and John Malcomson. They’ve both fairly recently retired and can probably give me some tips on life after medicine.

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In kiddie’s good books... The best way to get into your children’s good books is to read to them. Children love a good story and they love to hear it from mum or dad especially when bedtime comes around. Check out this selection for a range of age groups. ELASTIC ISLAND ADVENTURES – PORT MUGALOO Port Mugaloo on MugaMuga Island may seem like a slice of paradise but there is more to this tropical destination than meets the eye. In the second book of her popular Elastic Island Adventures series, Karen McMillan’s intrepid heroes quickly discover that not everyone on this island is quite who they seem to be at first. Ideal for readers aged 8-12, the latest instalment in this series appears sure to entertain creative young minds.

IS IT BEDTIME YET? The first thing many of us learn about parenting is that we should throw out all those books! However, it’s definitely a good idea to hang on to this one! Far from a ‘how to’ guide, this book brings together a selection of witty and often moving stories recounting their own, unique parenting experiences. From tales of birthday parties, hugs and hospital, to (of course!) sleepless nights, Is it Bedtime Yet? proves that however similar we all are, our experiences are never exactly the same. Emily Writes & friends: Is It Bedtime Yet? | RRP $35 | Random House NZ

Karen McMillan: Elastic Island Adventures – Port Mugaloo | RRP $19.99 | Duckling Publishing

PUFFIN THE ARCHITECT

WHO STOLE THE RAINBOW?

It’s doubtful Bob the Builder would have accomplished much more than making a cuppa if it wasn’t for Puffin the architect! In this ingenious little book, Puffin takes her clients on an inspirational tour of her designs – from an otter’s floating home and a pig’s tool shed on wheels, to a platypus’ underground bake house. Along the way, readers discover just how different and intriguing the spaces we call home can be.

This is one mystery where we’re sure the butler definitely didn’t do it! So, who actually stole the rainbow? In this fold-out book, young ones are encouraged to uncover their inner sleuth to reveal the truth. Perfect for budding scientists or any child who’s ever asked such mind-bending questions as ‘why is the sky blue?’, Who Stole the Rainbow? also features a link to an animated video online.

Kimberly Andrews: Puffin the Architect | RRP $19.99 | Puffin

MY OLD MAN HE PLAYED RUGBY ‘My old man, he played one, he played front row in the scrum...’ and so this endearing tale continues. Featuring an all-too Kiwi take on a timeless rhyme by children’s author, Peter Millet, this tale comes complete with a sing-along CD (showcasing the stylings of Jay Laga’aia) and comic illustrations by Jenny Cooper. Sure to have many cheering from the sidelines, this book will be enjoyed by children and their ‘old men’ too. Peter Millet & Jenny Cooper: My Old Man He Played Rugby | RRP $19.99 | Scholastic NZ www.eastlife.co.nz

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Vasanti Unkar: Who Stole The Rainbow | RRP $19.99 | Picture Puffin

HOW NOT TO BE A TWIT AND OTHER WISDOM This book has come out much too late for a certain US president who we best not name! However, there is still time to ensure that the world’s next crop of fools, buffoons, idiots, halfwits, dingbats, drongos, palookas, goofballs, noddies, numpties, chowderheads and (of course) twits are diverted to a more rational course in life. Full of wit and wisdom from master storyteller, Roald Dahl, this book is billed as being ideal for both little people growing up... and big people growing down!

DEAR DONALD TRUMP Long before ‘The Donald’ even thought about protecting ‘Uncle Sam’ by building a wall, Pink Floyd pondered: “Mother, should I run for president? Mother, should I trust the government?... Mother, should I build the wall?” Now, a young Kiwi, also named Sam, is considering the same solution to his own problem, namely having to share his room with an older and difficult brother. In this delightful book, illustrated by Anne Villeneuve, Sophie Siers presents a charming story about the importance of peace, understanding and compassion even in the most turbulent of times. Raised on a Hawkes Bay Farm, Sophie serves up some good old country common sense which is sure to be understood by young readers, although unfortunately, not necessarily by certain world leaders. Sophie Siers & Anne Villeneuve: Dear Donald Trump | RRP $27.99 | Millwood Press

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You don’t have to be Mad to work there... Bucklands Beach legend Peter Leitch severed direct ownership of the Mad Butcher chain three years ago but his name remains synonymous with the brand. Now, daughter Julie and her partner, Michael Morton, have re-secured the business intent of restoring its community identity. HELEN PERRY talked to the woman keen to carry on her father’s legacy. It’s Friday and I’m off to interview the co-owner of a multi-million dollar company; I should wear something fittingly corporate. What the heck, it’s casual Friday so I pull on dress jeans, a jacket and shoes which show a flash of style. I’m glad I did. I meet Julie Leitch at The Apothecary in Howick. She is wearing jeans, a checked weekend shirt and her fair hair is brushed and loose; not at all what I imagined. She hugs me warmly and instantly cements my allegiance – Mad Butcher shopping list coming up! From that moment my preconception of a slick and scary businesswoman goes out the door. I am hopeful she doesn’t see me as the paparazzi set to catch her out. I’m not. However I do start with a tough-ish question: You and Michael Morton [Julie’s partner in life and in the business] have now bought the company back in what could be described as a depleted state three years after it was sold to Veritas. During Veritas ownership, Michael was part of the management team. Do you think people will have confidence that he can now restore the company’s fortunes?’ Julie doesn’t hesitate: “Absolutely. Michael was actually part of our company before we sold to Veritas and was a key player in our success. However, under Veritas the company operated within a more restricted corporate structure, very different from in the past. “Where we could make snap decisions if need be and had the advantage of close team work, which made consultation easy, at Veritas everything had to go before the board and there was little connection between this big company and the community www.eastlife.co.nz

or even the franchisees, in some cases.’

sausages for fund-raising sausage sizzles outside The Warehouse.

Julie pauses. “I know in my head what I want to say but sometimes I find it hard to express my thoughts in words. But I can say Michael and I are committed to re-establishing strong relations with our suppliers, with the franchisees and the community itself. In the past, we had good working relationships which a large corporate can have difficulty maintaining. Does that make sense?”

“We couldn’t have sent them on sports trips if it hadn’t been for your dad,” I tell her.

It does! So I ask her how difficult it will be to remain competitive in the marketplace now that supermarkets have become more price-savvy. She has no difficulty answering. “It’s one of our jobs to keep them honest,” she smiles. “I am convinced if we weren’t in the marketplace delivering low priced but quality meat, supermarket meat prices would rise. That’s one reason for re-establishing strong and trusting relationships with our suppliers. We want to regain that reputation for high quality, low prices. “Our success relies on that as well as on customer goodwill. I also believe we need to connect more with the 26 franchisees still with us and encourage them to build similar relationships with their customers.” Julie explains that part of her past role was to work with suppliers – “I’m keen to do so again. I’m not really a front of house person, I like to get down to the business working behind the scenes especially when it comes to supporting the community.”

We then talk about her years growing up in Pakuranga. “I attended Riverhills Primary and Pakuranga Intermediate before going on to Edgewater College and, later, MIT,” she says. “I grew up on Edgewater Drive at a time when there were loads of kids in the neighbourhood and you’d always find someone kicking a ball at the park or shooting goals at a friend’s [house]. Those were great times, and yes, fund-raising was a big part of most kids’ sports lives; part of the reason dad always saw community involvement integral to the way he did business.” She then tells me about learning the business – helping out after school and during holidays, before finally joining the company proper in 1996. “I can still break down a forequarter,” she laughs, “and I do like to cook.”

While it’s unlikely Julie will be wielding a cleaver at the chopping block, she knows the coming months will leave no room for anything less that 100 percent commitment to the job. And, that will require some changes to her life. For several years she has been a stay at home mum and talks proudly of Kristin (27) William (15) and Matthew (12). “I’ve also had a penchant for buying and doing up houses but that will go for now although I do want to maintain the voluntary reading work I do with school children. It’s only once a week so I’m thinking that can still work. “However, the important thing now is to concentrate on revitalising the business and working with our franchisees. There’s a lot to be done and Michael and I are keen to take up the challenge.” One last question, “Do people think you’re Mad for buying back the enterprise and taking on that challenge?” “Not at all, friends know I’m passionate about the brand and have just said, ‘go for it, and we are!’.”

“Do you have a favourite cut?” I ask. Again, that laugh – “Yes, two, and they’re at the opposite ends of the meat spectrum – corned silverside and scotch fillet.

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Going the tourist route You can’t go to Vanuatu and do nothing more than sunbathe at a resort especially if it’s raining, as it did on a few days when HELEN PERRY visited earlier this year. But rain or shine, she discovered that there was plenty to tempt Port Vila holidaymakers to explore the island of Efate. Sun, swimsuit, sarong was the plan. The reality? Rain, thunder, lightning. Did it spoil our Vanuatu holiday? Not a bit. Every day was full of surprises and if we were a little short on sunshine we weren’t short on warmth – the Ni-Vanuatu people showed us a great time. Before setting out from New Zealand I did my homework – talked to friends who have intimate knowledge of Vanuatu, read travel guides and went online for advice. Armed with a list of restaurants and attractions I planned to visit, this holiday timetable seemed a shoo-in. Did I manage it all? No. But what I did manage to see and sample has whet my appetite. On arrival we booked two major attractions, the first a personal driver to take four of us around the island of Efate’s ring road in his van (the most common form of transport in Port Vila – cheap and efficient). The second was a day with the crew of Congoola, a 23 metre timber ketch which I understand has been used by both the American and Australian TV series, Survivor. Our day included visiting Tranquility Island Turtle Sanctuary on the nearby island of Moso followed by plenty of snorkelling plus a barbecue lunch on the other side of the island.

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It was also possible for nonswimmers to visit only the turtle sanctuary but we booked the day trip and fortunately struck one of two or three ‘fair weather’ days. Not sure what to expect of the Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme, I soon discovered any presumption of shiny stainless tanks, busy information centre and, perhaps, a café was way off mark. Operating on a shoestring (including donations from visitors) by a dedicated group, the set up was mostly simple concrete tanks combined with plenty of enthusiasm for saving the Hawksbill from extinction. We learned that 30-50 eggs are collected from each nest (leaving about 150 eggs to take nature’s course). The eggs are then hatched in the outdoor tanks where the young turtles are raised until they are about 15 months old before being released into the ocean. The water is kept fresh and clean; the turtles well fed. Hearing how much better their chances were of making it in the big wide ocean than that of their siblings left to their own defences, was heart-warming. What’s more, on this occasion Sydney-sider and keen conservationist, Nancy Sutton celebrated her birthday by paying 5000 vatu (about $NZ60) to release a turtle into the ocean – what a memory to treasure! Although too young for its sex to be determined, this little ‘ninja’ dubbed Nancy T, was carried gently by her sponsor to within metres of the water and set down. www.eastlife.co.nz

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smell the coffee My morning caffeine kick is a highlight of the day. Before my eyes are fully open, I’m shuffling to the kitchen for that first invigorating cuppa! Subsequently, while holidaying in Vanuatu, I was determined to visit the Tanna coffee roastery in Mele, a few kilometre outside central Port Vila – I found a small, basic operation, not what I expected but, boy, was the coffee good.

Sydney-sider, Nancy Sutton releases her ‘birthday girl’, Nancy T. The lapping of the sea apparently guides the turtle to the water, cementing a memory so, if it were a female, it would return to the same beach in a few years time to hatch her own eggs. There was no fanfare, just our small group applauding as brave little Nancy T, made her way into the ocean and swam into the deep. Now, we all hope that wasn’t the end of the story. All sanctuary turtles are tagged so if sighted, or should one return to the island, it will be monitored. Nancy (S) will also receive notification of any sightings of her ‘birthday girl’. The ketch then carried on to the other side of the island where we disembarked at a secluded cove. Confident swimmers were ferried out to the reef for snorkelling; others stayed closer to land either to spot sea life or just wallow in the water. A generous barbecue lunch completed the day.

ROUND THE ISLAND BY VAN The ring road around Efate might only be 122 kilometres, but prepare to spend a whole day exploring its treasures; there are plenty of reasons to stop and visitors often do more than one trip. On first stop was the Rarru Rentapao River falls and then to a nearby turtle farm where we saw examples of four shark species and also fed pawpaw, by hand, to some very big turtles – quite an experience. There was no real need to linger here for much more than 45 minutes although those stopping for a barbecue meal, needed more time. On the other hand, we could have spent several hours at the www.eastlife.co.nz

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falls which were just beautiful. Wandering through the lush reserve (easy walking) we followed a series of small cascades, stopping to sample from the fresh fruit table – pawpaw, banana, melon, kiwifruit, mango, caramelised coconut (yum) and more. At the head of the falls walk was a large swimming hole, the water crystal clear and cold but ‘so refreshing’, said swimmers. We didn’t take the plunge which was such a pity but I’m determined to take my grandsons there; they would love it.

NO WINE JUST CHOCOLATE! So many people I spoke to had sung the praises of Vanuatu chocolate makers, Aelan so, on our ring road tour, this was a must for me. It wasn’t at all what I expected but, boy, that Aelan chocolate tasted good. At first, I thought this rural enterprise, run by a local Frenchwoman, was pretty much a cottage industry until I realised the chocolate produced was first class and going to a variety of markets. While our timing meant a full tour was not viable I did discover this fine, dark chocolate was crafted from native Vanuatu cacao beans, sourced from four different islands within the archipelago, using vintage grinding machinery. All the chocolate was 70 percent cacao beans but flavours definitely varied according to the beans used. What’s more it was very, very yummy with the coconut variety scoring big time. I brought home 10 cakes of chocolate and it didn’t last long! Continue on page 22

Located in what was more or less a huge shed with a café, and also a shop for the island’s famous Summit skin care products (I loaded up with those too), I wondered how successful this operation was. It turned out to be hugely successful. Without going into its history, Tanna has been a thriving business under the leadership of Australian, Terry Adlington since 1998. I learned that the beans come from Tanna Island where they are grown, picked and dry processed before the green beans are sent to Efate for roasting. At present, this is carried out by just a handful of staff (about eight) with production down because, in 2015, Cyclone Pam destroyed some 90 percent of Tanna’s coffee trees. It is a slow (but sure) job replanting and rebuilding. Compared to the 86 tonne of coffee beans produced in 2014 the eight tonne produced last year seems small but each year the team is driven to improve the output. I was so impressed by this whole enterprise and would love to visit the Tanna plantations when they start flourishing again. The resilience shown among workers since that catastrophic cyclone absolutely devastated much of Vanuatu, is something I saw everywhere and reminded me of Roy Ernst’s wise words. The Breakas Beach Resort food and beverage manager said: “Wealth to Ni Vans is life itself.” I felt impelled to help but also felt helpless as to what we could do. That’s why I am set on returning to Vanuatu – it has captured my heart and the coffee is so damn good!

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Driving on As we journeyed along this road, funded, so I was given to understand, by the USA, we stopped briefly at various sites including the stunning Blue Lagoon, another favourite swimming spot and such a remarkable colour. No time to linger this trip but marked down for the future. We also passed small villages and saw remnants of former US military airfields as well as other indications of the Second World War presence of American troops. But I was aghast at how two plants, mikania micrantha (common names, mile-a-minute weed or American rope) and mirremia peltata (from the morning gory family, Convolvulaceae), introduced by the American army as camouflage, was so dense and widespread. It smothered native vegetation and I wondered how they could ever be eradicated for,

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indeed, these plants camouflaged everything. We had been urged to stop at the ‘WW2 Museum’ on route – I kept a keen lookout but had to laugh when we spotted a small roadside stall which, nevertheless, was packed with Second World War treasures including coke bottles galore from another era, each stamped with the State from where they originated – real collectables. I later learnt there was a ‘proper’ World War Museum (in a shed) on route which we missed altogether so more to see on our next trip…. and, yes, a next trip is in the pipeline. By time we reach The Havanna, a stunning adults-only resort at the high end of the tourist budget, it was well after 2pm and we were starving. Stopping for lunch, we all marvelled at the garden setting, elegant restaurant and water views. A satisfying lunch, served by waiters with impeccable manners, soon quelled the hunger pangs. Much as we would have lingered

longer, time was marching so we continued our journey, passing by the Tanna Coffee factory but there was no time to stop. Arriving back at our resort, it was 5pm. It had been a long but fascinating trip taking in one spectacular view after another. Our driver Tasso Simeon was an informative and cheerful tour guide who we continued to use for short

trips to town during our stay. I highly recommend taking a private van tour – cost around 15,000 Vatu for two people (roughly $160 for two) although this comes down per couple if sharing with others. The van was air conditioned (a must) and comfortable. I claimed front seat next to Tasso – such fun it was too and I’ve told him well be back. So, next trip, first stop Tasso’s van! www.eastlife.co.nz

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Finnish city declares itself Capital of Space Donald J Trump may have added ‘Space Force’ to his defence programme but little did he realise all he had to do was launch a more terrestrial military campaign, targeted at a small town in Finland, claiming to be the Capital of Space.

itself to such a person,” Männikkö states.

Seinäjoki in western Finland, is apparently well known for the space (fields) surrounding it, and its citizens for their high levels of ambition and can-do attitude – it is said courage, attitude and desire to make dreams come true have always been world-class in this small city.

“We are talking about a successful entrepreneur and a renowned, visionary person who is very passionate about space. The city [Seinajoki] would be delighted to have the Space X founder over for a visit.”

“We wanted to advertise our city in that same spirit,” says the town’s head of marketing, Anu Männikkö.

By declaring itself the Capital of Space, Seinäjoki promises space for all the good things. And even if the surrounding fields literally offer space (in a geographical sense), the town is now talking about space in by all definitions of the word. It promises space for new experiences, bold ideas and happiness among many other positives.

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Subsequently, Seinäjoki intends to tweet Tesla-founder and space visionary, Elon Musk once a day across one week. “It is relevant for the Capital of Space to introduce

He adds that Musk has always set his goals extremely high and been able to see where the rest cannot yet see.

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Spring is officially here so there’s no time to waste in putting together a stunning new season wardrobe and where else to look than Loobie’s Story? This Spring/Summer 2018 collection jets across the globe to endless, exotic, summer hot spots, offering a relaxed yet glamorous get-away style to release your inner goddess. Revel in ankle-grazing Maxi dresses, voluminous silk tanks and a dazzling selection of sequins and sparkles. Dynamic colour and print combinations suggest escaping the everyday and celebrating the season in fabulous, jet-setter style. So, now is the time to re-vitalise everyday dressing with a dash of paisley, fresh florals or a frill or two. Loobie’s Story is sure to dazzle and will effortlessly transition from day to night with a simple accessories swap. Yet again, this label’s free spirited, Bohemian-inspired style is the modern must-have.

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Shine on The 2018 summer promises footwear which can walk the daily walk then do the talk when it comes to a little evening glamour. Slip on loafers and heeled scuffs are big on cut-outs and if you were in the pink over winter look to sky blue for spring inspiration – expect a glimmer of shimmer, too. All styles available from Shoes on Picton, Howick.

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

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Non-ablative means the treatment affects only targeted areas without damaging overlying skin. The IPL laser works by heating up the targeted area. This heat activates the body’s collagen production and this collagen fills in fine lines and wrinkles. For hair removal, the laser works by targeting hair pigment. The hair pigment absorbs the heat and kills the growth cells in the hair. “The result is smoother, more hairless, and younger looking skin in treated areas for our clients,” Siobhan says. “The best part about our IPL being a non-invasive cosmetic treatment is that it can be done in a client’s lunchtime! There is no downtime.” Depending on the desired outcome, a series of IPL treatments may be necessary to achieve the best results, but Adena IPL is a gentler, less intrusive way of achieving amazing clinical results. Siobhan says, “Who wouldn’t want to come back from their lunch break having fresher, younger and more radiant looking skin!” To find out more about how Vivo’s IPL technicians can assist you, give one of our Vivo Hair and Beauty salons a call, or visit us at www.vivosalon.co.nz

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advent of spring brings allergies

“Sanctuary Dental are offering FREE dental treatment to a nominated member of the Franklin district who may need a little extra help.”

It’s spring and here’s the rub! Kristine Jensen, owner-optometrist of Eyes of Howick talks about the allergy season.

Giving back the Sanctuary way YVONNE VANNOORT, from Sanctuary Dental, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany makes an offer too good to refuse.

Yay, it’s spring – full of hope and the hint of warmer weather around the corner! Blossoms are emerging and the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air. But as an optometrist it also means I see a lot of my patients with allergic eye disease.

What is allergy? An allergic response is the body’s defence reaction against a substance it perceives as a threat (an allergen).Common allergens include pollens, dust mites and pet dander. With allergen exposure, the body releases histamine, which causes inflammation of nasal passages and eyes, resulting in sneezing, redness and itching.

What happens in the eye? Do you know someone in the Franklin district who deserves dental treatment – a longstanding volunteer or a selfless friend, perhaps? Here’s a chance to give that deserving person something to smile about.

little extra help. Along with free dental treatment the selected winner will also be the official guest at the grand opening of our new practice in Pukekohe. Do you know someone deserving who we may be able to help in this way?

Our new Sanctuary Dental Pukekohe practice might be able to help bring a smile to some such person’s life. Because we want to honour the efforts of such people, we are offering free dental treatment to a nominated member of the community who may need a

To nominate someone, write a detailed explanation of why the individual deserves to be honoured and email to info@ thedentistpukekohe.co.nz We would love to give them a new smile.

Tiny inflammatory cells under the eyelids and on the conjunctiva, (the fine blood vessel layer over the white of the eye) increase in size, releasing mucous into the tear film. Blood vessels in the eye become red and inflamed (conjunctivitis). Eyelids can become swollen. The eyes will water, often with stringy mucous in the tear film, and will feel gritty and itchy. Rubbing them increases the allergic response as this leads to the release of even more inflammatory mediators. In severe cases the cornea (the clear surface at the front of the eye), can become involved. This is known as keratitis.

As the cornea is a sensitive tissue this leads to discomfort, light sensitivity and even blurred vision.

What helps? • Avoid the allergen – Arrange allergy testing through your GP. If dust particles are a problem, vacuuming or removal of carpets and frequent washing of bed linen can reduce exposure. Pet dander can be minimised by limiting animal contact and grooming pets regularly. Pollens are more difficult, but wearing sunglasses outdoors can reduce exposure. • Flush it out! – Frequent use of artificial tears (preservative-free) can help wash out allergens in the eyes and reduce exposure. Keeping artificial tears cool in the fridge will help reduce inflammation. • Anti-allergy eye drops – These can reduce the histamine released and therefore minimise the allergic reaction. Not all drops are suitable for young children. While many conditions can cause red, uncomfortable eyes, itching is usually the hallmark of allergy. However, if any family member is experiencing these symptoms it is important to have their eyes examined by an optometrist to ensure they have allergy rather than an eye infection which requires different treatment. www.eyesofhowick.co.nz/requestan-appointment/

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ichizen japanese restaurant

Sit back and relax at Five Stags, Whitford, where town meets country. Come on down with family and friends for great food and drinks. HAPPY HOUR (3-6.30pm) EVERY DAY – select jugs $20, select jug ‘n chips $25, 150ml house wine $5.50! Corona buckets – 4 for $25. SUNDAY ROAST, $20 every Sunday 11am-late. Open Mon 3pm-late, Tues-Thurs 12pm-late, Fri-Sun 11am-late and we’re serving breakfast and lunch until 3pm. Book to avoid disappointment!

Intimate, friendly and hidden away at the back of the Chapel Rd Village shops, Ichizen serves a tempting variety of Japanese small dishes for sharing. Come and enjoy the ambience, the sake and a chance to try different dishes – some well known, others an intriguing adventure. Traditional Japanese cuisine with a few western touches, we welcome foodies with a yen for Japanese cooking. Licensed and BYOW only.

1 Whitford Wharf Road, Whitford Phone 09 530 8866 www.fivestagswhitford.co.nz facebook.com/5stagswhitford

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

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rossini italian restaurant

daikoku restaurant botany

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

Have you chosen a venue for your birthday party? Teppan-Yaki is the perfect choice for family and friends’ parties. Our chef’s performance, where delicious dishes are cooked in front of you, will make for fun conversation and entertainment. How about celebrating the birthday of a loved one at Daikoku Botany’s homey atmosphere. One Free Lobster – EastLife Reader Birthday Special – mention this offer when making a booking and receive one free lobster as a birthday gift from us.

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DINING

A taste of tradition Breakfast lunch or dinner, party time or picnic time, cheese is always a winner and now global cheese brand Castello® (which dates back to 1893) has introduced three NEW cheese varieties to its range in New Zealand.

THE LOUNGE Hidden away in the Howick Valley, The Lounge is a fully licensed, boutique function centre with a difference. Our eclectic dēcor and nostalgic ambiance make The Lounge a comfortable, relaxing and incomparable venue for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate functions. We specialise in creating memorable moments for you and those you love. For enquiries visit www.thelounge.co.nz or email functions@howicklounge.co.nz. 186 Wellington Street, Howick Phone 09 535 1397 Email functions@howicklounge.co.nz www.howicklounge.co.nz

• Castello® Creamy Harvarti (RRP $7.99) with a buttery flavour and a hint of tanginess. Made to a traditional Danish recipe, it is easy to slice and its semi-soft, creamy texture makes it versatile enough for cheese platters, recipes or an everyday snack. It’s also excellent for grilling and melting.

• Castello® Traditional Fetta in Brine (RRP $7.99)is made using a classic recipe to create a full flavour with a balanced, tangy finish and slightly crumbly texture. It’s precut into convenient cubes, ready to add to salads, pizza, pasta and baked dishes.

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These delicious new cheese varieties are available at participating supermarkets nationwide and to help readers appreciate their goodness check out the opposite page for Castello® cheese recipes.

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

588 Chapel Road, Botany Town Centre Ph 271 2001. Open 7 days, 9am-10pm www.doolanbrothers.co.nz CON0108-v2

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CREAMY HAVARTI RISOTTO BALLS INGREDIENTS • 50g butter • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2 rashers beef bacon, diced • 3/4 cup Arborio rice • 500ml chicken stock, simmered • 2 tablespoon finely shredded basil • 200g Castello Creamy Havarti Cheese • 1/2 cup plain flour • 2 eggs, lightly whisked • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs • Vegetable oil, to deep fry • Tomato chutney, to serve

METHOD Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and beef bacon; cook for five minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in butter. Add the simmering chicken stock to the rice, a ladle full at a time, and stir

continuously until the stock is absorbed. Continue adding the stock, a ladle full at a time, stirring continuously, allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Cook for 15 minutes, until the risotto is creamy but the rice is still firm to the bite. Set aside to cool completely and then stir through the basil. Divide the block of Castello Creamy Havarti Cheese into 24 pieces. Roll one tablespoon of risotto mixture around each piece of cheese. Dust each ball in flour, dip in egg and roll in breadcrumbs until completely coated. Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Deep fry the risotto balls in batches for 3-4 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown and the cheese centre is soft. Drain on paper towel and then serve immediately.

PASTA, MUSHROOMS WITH GARLIC AND HERB FETTA INGREDIENTS

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Prepare spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Melt butter in a fry pan and add shallot, garlic and almonds. Gently fry for a minute and then add the mushrooms. Fry for a few minutes until coloured, then add the capers and lemon zest, stir through. Drain the spaghetti and toss it together with Castello Fetta Cubes in Oil with Herbs and Garlic and the mushroom mixture. Roughly chop the oregano and parsley, sprinkle over the pasta. Season to taste and serve.

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400gm dried spaghetti 1 Tbsp butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 10 almond, finely chopped 300gm sliced button mushrooms 2 Tbsp capers Zest 1/2 lemon 2 x 100gm packets of Castello Fetta Cubes in Oil with Herbs and Garlic Handful each of fresh oregano and fresh parsley Salt and pepper to taste

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Taste

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.

PURE AND SIMPLE

DRINKING DOWN THE L’OR While a quality espresso may often serve as the pièce de résistance of a evening’s meal, it’s not usually the best choice of nightcap. However, thanks to new L’OR Espresso Ristretto Decaffeinato, we can indulge without losing sleep over it later on. Rich, robust and bold in flavour, featuring hints of toasted almonds, this decaffeinated coffee (available at supermarkets, RRP $8.49 per 10 pack of capsules) is quick and easy to prepare too, whipped up quick smart in Nespresso machines.

Harvested right here in New Zealand, PURITI is the real McCoy. Loaded with goodness, this genuine Manuka honey relies on the good, old fashioned hard work of the humble honey bee to deliver natural flavour by the jar-full. New to specialty stores and pharmacies nationwide from September 1, PURITI’s range includes lozenges (RRP $14.99), snap packs for energy on the go ($33.95) and, of course, golden Manuka honey ($140 per 250g jar). It seems PURITI is set to prove there is no substitute for the finer things in life. For details about this range see puriti.co.nz.

THIS WILL, THIS WILL, ROKU! The sun may have set on the days of the Raj, but in the land of the rising sun, a new age for gin has been brewing. Developing top shelf spirits not usually associated with Japan, Beam Suntory presents ROKU, expected to rock established producers to their core. In accordance with the Japanese tradition of ‘shun’, botanicals in ROKU are harvested at the peak of their flavour. Beam Suntory’s ‘Lost in Translation’ whisky broke records by selling for a cool $300,000) but those keen to sample its latest wares need not break the bank – ROKU gin is available at the RRP of $64.99 per 700ml bottle.

TASTY WAY TO HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL Kiwis have some of the highest average cholesterol levels in the world so, with health in mind, Harraways has developed Harraways Oat-activ® a new fortified, single serve oats mix and a New Zealand first for hot breakfast cereal. Delivering a ‘double action’ in reducing blood cholesterol levels via the addition of natural plant sterols, combined with beta glucan (a soluble fibre, naturally occurring in oats), the Harraways Oat-activ® range comes in two flavours – Original and Cranberry – with single sachet packs (RRP $6.99) available from New World and Pak’nSave stores.

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LITTLE MISS HITS THE MARK A little grace may go a long way but it can also pack quite a punch! Miss Conduct, Mac’s latest offering, may seem like a dainty brew due to its subtle mix of malts and hops but this golden drop is not shy when it comes to flavour. Just as that shrinking violet by day may knock ‘em dead on the roller derby track at night, this 5.2% ABV pilsner loves to rock ‘n’ roll! Available now in 330ml bottles from supermarkets, liquor outlets and on tap at Mac’s Brew Bars (RRP $16.99 for 6 packs and $27.99 for an even dozen), Miss Conduct appears the perfect reward for bad behaviour!

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OUT OF EUROPE

FROM THE BAR SIDE... IM-PORT-ANT DESIGN: Born of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s most famous export, port, has come to be synonymous with this coastal European nation. So, it’s no wonder furniture designers from Karpa have chosen to honour their boozy heritage with this spectacular bar cabinet. Designed to emulate the colours and textures of the Douro Valley, this fibreglass work of art features a gold leaf interior and can be rotated 360 degrees for easy access to those top shelf tipples. The perfect gift for entertainers (or dads) who have almost everything else – but never like to be caught short without port! – this cabinet can be shipped to New Zealand on request by contacting Karpa via karpa.pt.

Showcasing Inspired Kitchen Design Our kitchen showroom in Highbrook showcases a series of stunning kitchens for you to walk through, each one complete down to the last detail. The journey to creating your perfect kitchen begins at Kitchens on Highbrook. VISIT OUR SHOWROOM:

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The winter chills Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on the local real estate market happenings.

The local real estate market is having a quiet winter but there are some signs that things will pick up again in the spring. But, firstly to the figures for July just released by REINZ. Our local median price fell back -6.8% from June to settle at $1,015,000. This is also down -7% from 12 months ago and -5.6% down from 24 months ago. Since the start of the year the median has bounced between $1,099,000 and $990,000 so, presently, it is near the lower end of that scale. Sales volumes were sluggish with 107 sales for the month, down from June’s 134 and down from July 2017’s 115. Two years ago, through winter, we saw sales volumes in

the 180 to 190 area. Last winter this dropped back to the 110 to 120 so at 107 we are pretty low. Looking at what’s for sale currently, realestate.co.nz is showing 349 properties for sale in the area compared to 318 last year, 338 last month and 403 the month prior to that. At 49 days to sell, it is at their highest (excluding over the Christmas periods) we have had since August 2008 which, looking back, is the last low price point in the current cycle. Auckland overall had a similar result. The median at $835,000 was down from last month’s $850,000, and last year’s $836,000. Sales volumes were 1712 which, again, is less than last month’s 1860 but an improvement on the same month

last year at 1677. Days to sell were 41; last month it was 40 and last year 37. In July 2016 it was only 30 days. For the country overall, the July median, at $550,000, was down slightly from last month’s equal record high of $560,000, however, up 6.2% from July last year’s $518,000. And, if you take the Auckland figures out of the national equation, the rise from last year is 8.6% from $419,000 to $455,000. The days to sell remained pretty static at 37. The number of properties available for sale nationally decreased from 22,123 to 21,288 – 835 properties less or a 3.8% decrease compared to 12 months ago. This is the lowest level of inventory nationally in the past 12 months. As mentioned in the opening of this report, we are getting many past and new vendors talking about coming to the market in the spring so, assuming this is trending

We are getting many past and new vendors talking about coming to the market in the spring so, assuming this is trending across the board, we should see an increase in activity levels as the weather warms.”

across the board, we should see an increase in activity levels as the weather warms. Other factors shaping the market is the recent announcement by Reserve Bank Governor, Adrian Orr, that Interest rates look set to remain low until at least 2020 and migration numbers out from Statistics NZ show we had a fall in net migration gain for the year ended July 2018 but this still numbered 63,779, with just over half settling in Auckland. Please feel free to contact me anytime on 0274 966 966 to discuss your property needs.

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HERE COMES SPRING

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Vickie Bowers, centre director of UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture, invites you to celebrate spring with theatre and fine dining in the heart of Howick.

In New Zealand we have the ongoing debate of whether spring kicks off on September 1 or at the equinox on September 22.

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EVENTS Never mind – a date to fix in your diary is Friday, September 21 when you won’t want to miss Laura Collins and the Back Porch Band here at UXBRIDGE. This will really get you in the mood – toe tapping, good old southern blues on the back porch and soulful ballads. Songs from Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters.... Make it a date – with luck it will be a balmy evening and you can go alfresco with a pre-show platter and a glass of wine. Just remember to pre-book your platter.

As the clocks go back and it gets warmer we are really excited about starting our evening bistro. We have a special launch on Wednesday, October 10 when we welcome our guest chef, Toshiyuki Nakanishi from award-winning restaurant, MASU.

Toshiyuki will tempt you with his amazing 5-course degustation sharing platters. Check out the menu and book online at www.uxbridge.org.nz Advance Notice! See the Dream Team The LADYKILLERS return to UXBRIDGE on Saturday, November 17 Tickets $45 or $52 are selling fast – get in quick!

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Black books spot at Railway Those who make tracks to Newmarket’s fashionable Railway Street Studios can expect to view more than just a splash of vibrant colour during a solo exhibition by Maraetai abstract artist, Kirsty Black.

rhythm and exuberance,” she says.

“This exhibition, Effervescent Dreaming is a continuation of my work. The colours are bright and joyful but there’s still has a sense of

Kirsty has been exhibiting her work (which has previously featured at the New Zealand Art Show, Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards

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“I think it’s important to take a bit of time out of daily life and do nothing except daydream and weave a story, which is what I’m trying to do through my paintings.”

and Estuary Art Awards) for approximately 13 years. While some artists may dip their brushes into various genres, Kirsty has remained a faithful practitioner of the abstract, mostly using acrylics. She lists an impressive range of influences: “There are so many! Growing up, my absolute favourite was [abstract

pioneer, Wassily] Kandinsky and others from the Bauhaus [modern art] movement. More recently, the UK’s Terry Frost, [American] Mark Rothko and plenty of New Zealand artists – I particularly like Judy Millar.” Effervescent Dreaming runs September 6-25; see railwaystreetstudios.co.nz for details. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Paint it, Black Art is confrontational. It demands and expects something from us. It insists that we engage with it to develop our own perception. Recently, JON RAWLINSON discovered that life is perhaps at its most tangible when viewed in the abstract.

Ironically, Kirsty Black is never one to refrain from displaying her true colours. From her Maraetai studio, this motivated abstract painter shares her unique way of looking at life and the human condition. “I see painting as a form of storytelling. Abstract art is all about colour – which plays into emotions – lines and how they move through a painting. For me, it allows people to use their imaginations, to come up with [their own] story, while appreciating a work’s form and composition.” While, more generally, realistic genres – such as still life, landscape or portrait – may provide meaning on the surface, abstract tends to demand the viewer dive a little deeper. This can seem daunting, however, all we need do is free our eyes and our minds will follow. On the other hand, Kirsty believes abstract offers more scope for viewer perceptions to develop. “I had a chap who was talking about a painting of mine he had bought and, for him, the piece was all about music – he could see a guitar in it – which was great but it wasn’t ever what I intended,” she says. “If someone asks me what I www.eastlife.co.nz

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see in one of my paintings I’ll tell them, of course, but then I’ll usually ask them what they see and, if that’s not the same thing, that’s great, it’s all part of the fun.” It seems, while a work of art may be created from one perception, once complete it (effectively) takes on a life of its own where there is no limit to interpretation. Originally from Berkshire, England, Kirsty has lived in numerous countries due to her father’s career in finance. “We moved around a lot when I was a kid. We lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa – all over the place really. Because we travelled so much, I was often left to my own devices and left to entertain myself, which usually meant writing stories or drawing and painting.

“I’ve always loved abstract and never been too interested in realistic art. My mother – who was very creative full stop – really liked abstract works as well. Her father, who was a geologist and volcanologist, was a fantastic story teller; he could draw anything, make things out of clay – he was very interesting.” This penchant for telling tales saw Kirsty intent on becoming a journalist until graphic design set her (literally) on a different course. “I spent a large portion of my school years here, and while I was at [Otago] university, I studied English, art history and playwriting. Absolutely no consideration went into it [deciding to study graphic design] whatsoever. I just thought it looked like fun.” Her qualifications in graphic design

If someone asks me what I see in one of my paintings I’ll tell them, of course, but then I’ll usually ask them what they see and, if that’s not the same thing, that’s great, it’s all part of the fun.”

from AIT (now AUT) led Kirsty to travel the world again before returning to New Zealand in the early 2000s. Since then, she has dedicated herself to her art. “Abstract seems to be more widely accepted in New Zealand than, perhaps, it was 10 or 15 years ago. Certainly, at the art shows, there appears to be more abstract works than there used to be. “I’m making a living from it – I could be making a better one,” she laughs. “Some of the smaller galleries, including one in Howick [The Monterey], have closed, which is a shame, but there are some people doing really well and quite a few Kiwi artists these days who do only original work.” Asked why she does what she does, Kirsty’s answer is delightfully (and artfully) simple: “Because I love it.” eastlife | september 2018 |

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Dragon boat crew in the pink... When Gina McDonald walked into EastLife’s offices, she didn’t look at all like a ‘dragon lady’! However, it soon became clear to JON RAWLINSON that this polite (yet driven) woman is not one to be trifled with when out on the water. Battling cancer can make most challenges look like a walk in the park but, in the case of a group of positive-minded women, its become a ‘paddle on the lake.’ Worldwide, dragon boat racing has long held an association with breast cancer awareness and with the remarkable women who have fought and in so many cases, overcome the disease. “When the first dragon boating teams started competing, research by Canadian doctor Don McKenzie, showed that the sport would be good for developing upper body strength in those who had suffered breast cancer,” says Pink Dragons’ team paddler, Gina McDonald. “And, with dragon boating one hundred percent behind breast cancer awareness, it is an activity a great many of us, who have been challenged by the disease, are making the most of.” Dragon boat crews usually comprise 10 or 20 paddlers, as well as a drummer (who sets the pace) and a sweep (who steers the boat). Races cover 200, 500 or 2000 metre courses (definitely not a case of rowing gently down the stream!) so every ounce of strength and determination is needed. Fortunately, these characteristics

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are in no short supply among the Pink Dragons. “The 2km race is my favourite,” says Gina. “Obviously, you can’t go at top speed the whole way. We usually know from training what we’ll be doing on the water. We have to focus on our own boat and what we’re doing in order to win.” Paddlers are placed in boats based on such factors as size, strength, experience and whether they are a left or right handed paddler. Although she now paddles with dragons, Gina once rowed for Saint George – Saint George’s Rowing Club in Panmure, that is. “I only rowed for two seasons, in my 20s, and we were terrible!” she laughs. “But, It was lots of fun and very social. Dragon boat racing also has that social side.” An East Auckland local, Gina first dipped her oar into her new sport after being treated for breast cancer in 2015. She has discovered that, sometimes, steering straight into the storm is the only way to go. “Early detection saves lives – it’s so common. Every day in New Zealand nine women are diagnosed but I had no symptoms. When I was diagnosed, I had absolutely no idea – the radiographer was uncertain about something and said there

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“We’re on a recruitment drive and looking to rebuild. The only prerequisite is that you need to come to training and give it your best. It is a lot of fun, and it’s not to hard to develop the skills needed. Anyone can pick it up.”

was a 10% chance it might be cancer. I am so grateful to him.” After her treatment, dragon boat racing offered Gina the chance to play a part in raising breast cancer awareness while being surrounded with others who were all in the same... boat. “I’m not a naturally athletic person but when I first looked into dragon boating racing, I thought ‘they’re not too intimidating’! It went from there,” she says. “It’s a great sport. We train at Westhaven; it’s just lovely to be out on the water with view of the Harbour Bridge and the Sky Tower – it is very uplifting.” In fact, through the sport Gina built up her own stamina and was in shape to tackle the Tongariro Crossing last summer – “I was so proud of myself as I had wanted to do it for years and thought I had missed the opportunity. I achieved a bucket list personal goal plus I received my first ever sports cup from my team for outstanding achievement.” But dragon boat racing is still firmly on her agenda. The Pink Dragons didn’t compete at this year’s nationals due to lack of crew – see adjacent story – but Gina hopes they’ll be there next year.

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“Among New Zealand’s breast cancer teams, Wellington’s team (Cansurvive) is probably the best at this point, they came first at the nationals this year and, recently, placed third in Italy,” she says. Cansurvive competed at Florence’s International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission Participatory Games, which (effectively) serves as a world cup. Entrants don’t need to qualify but pay their own way, which can require Herculean fundraising efforts.

It’s an amazing regatta and I would love to compete there; that’s the ultimate goal. “Most regattas have a ceremony at which Avril Lavigne’s song, Keep Holding On is played to honour those who have died and those who are currently fighting the disease. We wave flowers in the air and then they are scattered in the water. We all usually cry because it is very emotional on a lot of levels.” Of course, when members of any sports team move away, are

injured or retire (for example), teams must recruit to cover losses. And, at this time, the Pink Dragons are in dire need of new members. “Right now the team is focused on ensuring it has all hands are on deck for the coming season so we would welcome all enquiries.” And, with a full boat, who knows, the Pink Dragons could soon be on course to securing a national title! “I hope so,” Gina replies. “With the right mix of committed people it’s certainly possible.”

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS... Dragon boat racing may seem best left to the experts, but Pink Dragons’ crew member, Gina McDonald, says anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer can join their team. Down on numbers, it needs new recruits to keep racing and to raise awareness of breast cancer in the process. “We’re on a recruitment drive and looking to rebuild. The only prerequisite is that you need to come to training and give it your best. It is a lot of fun, and it’s not too hard to develop the skills needed. Anyone can pick it up.”

During the season (which begins next month), the team can compete shorthanded in some events – either in a smaller boat or by ‘borrowing’ crew from other teams – but that’s far from ideal. The only way to guarantee they’ll be at their best is by securing a full crew, preferably in time for their first regatta. Age is no barrier – Pink Dragons’ paddlers have ranged in age from mid 30s to late 60s, which is young compared to some. “Our drummer is in her 70s,”

Gina says. “Younger people tend to be fitter but there’s no real age limit.” Anyone keen on taking up the sport should dive right in – see pinkdragons.org.nz for details. With so many experienced teammates on board to keep their boat on course, it’s never a case of sink nor swim. But don’t be fooled; when these ‘fiery femmes’ enter the water, it’s not all for fun and games. “Oh, no, we want to win!” Gina exclaims. “That’s for sure!”

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‘Box’ rooms growing trend How often have homeowners wished for extra room? Not just cupboard space but a whole room. They may need an office, a play room or a spill zone for visitors or teenagers. For some, it might be a smaller, purpose-designed room for a home-based business – hair salon, beauty therapy, art studio – or maybe a construction firm needs an on-site office, lunchroom, or meeting room. The requirements for an extra room can be many and varied and after fielding numerous requests, Chris van Wyk, from Crown Portable Holdings, realised many people were not only in need of an extra room but one that was tailored to their specific requirements. “We took this trend on board and have now delivered a number of purpose-built, portable rooms to customers throughout New

Zealand, including a beauty therapy treatment room, chocolatier kitchen, a cricket breeding facility, ablutions blocks and numerous lunchrooms to name a few.”

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Using insulated panels for superior thermal efficiency, Chris says the portable buildings are made even more comfortable with the use of Expol underfloor insulation and LED batten lights among other features. “It’s all about providing a wellconstructed room not just a backyard shed,” he says. “What’s more, we’re also seeing a growing

That was two years ago and Chris says things haven’t slowed down since. “From the beginning we set

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Last wishes – Have you told family? Making last wishes known to family or close friends is important – it allows them to know exactly what you want in the way of a service or final farewell and knowing that will lighten their burden at a time when they will be grieving. Unfortunately, we seldom know exactly when our time will come. So, no matter how old you are, but especially if you’re elderly, it is important to tell your loved ones your final wishes. Death can be a rather difficult and unpleasant subject to deal with, and you might be inclined to leave it up to your loved ones to decide what they want to do after your death; after all, you won’t be around to see what happens. However, not expressing your last wishes may leave them struggling with many difficult decisions that can arise around funeral planning such as open casket or not? A simple or elaborate ceremony? What type of reception? Flowers or in memoriam donations? Burial or cremation?

Added to the burden of their grief is the matter of paying for all these arrangements so outlining wishes before it matters can be a blessing for family members when the time to leave this life does arrive.

Talk and plan: Tell the family (or a lawyer/ minister/close friend if you have no family) the things that are important to you but also settle matters such as celebrant’s payment or donation, perhaps an organ donation might be called for; talk about where you want your service to be or whether you want a service at all. A general discussion about death could be the starting point for creating a website in your memory, or a book or video about your life; all are modern and lasting ways to say goodbye and tell your life story if you so wish.

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Hazel Lanyon Is it possible to do some part time or voluntary work while living at Eastcliffe. If so, have you taken advantage of this and, if so, in what way?

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We can certainly continue doing whatever we did before moving here, as well as taking advantage of the great facilities here. Tiri, my Sheltie, and I have kept up our weekly visits to the care home of another

retirement village, and we have also been attending a school where I encourage children to read, by reading to a dog (Outreach Therapy Pets is organised by the SPCA and St John’s. We have to pass tests and be reassessed every two years). Tiri and I now visit people in our own hospital and care wings at Eastcliffe.   The only limit to what we can do is how much we can fit into our own time.

Retirement resorts generally offer many opportunities to socialise. Is this true of Eastcliffe on Orakei and what are some of the social activities you enjoy? We attend Tai Chi twice each week and this helps to keep our minds and bodies healthy. Managing the residents’ bar is always interesting and rewarding. Taking part in The Residents’ Committee and the Entertainment Committee is also very worthwhile because, apart from the social side, it’s very gratifying to put something back rather than taking all the time. It’s a nice way to say thank you to the management and staff of Eastcliffe for the consistent efforts they put into making our lives easier and happy. Physical activities aside are there other hobbies or interests that you enjoy which Eastcliffe caters for. Perhaps you have taken up a new interest since moving there? Our situation is slightly different to most because we are still a couple. We use Eastcliffe as a base and nearly every day we travel out in the city and often visit Takapuna, Devonport, the museum and more. The real bonus is knowing that at the end of our trip(s) we can return to a clean, warm and dry apartment. The above mentioned makes our life interesting, but never boring.

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Di & Barry Mora What about the social life outside of the village – is there an opportunity to go to concerts, the theatre or to dine out at local restaurants or are you restricted in any way? There are daytime concerts which we attend, university and more. We often go privately in our own car to evening concerts in the city but we always enjoy coming home to our Eastcliffe apartment. We don’t feel restricted in any way.

Hazel Beale What is it about life at Eastcliffe that attracted you in the first place and has it lived up to your expectations, if so in what way?

How would you describe your apartment, and does it suit you your present lifestyle and time in life?

When we were considering going into a retirement village, Eastcliffe, its location locality and views, as well as the size and design of the townhouse available convinced us to come. We are very happy with our move to an apartment in the main building where we enjoy amazing views across the harbour.

I am so pleased I came to Eastcliffe more than 16 years ago. Life here has proved to be a wonderful experience for me. It is so comfortable, secure and warm, with great facilities and very caring staff. I never have to worry about anything. The harbour views are magnificent and it certainly is lovely to live in this apartment; rather like living in a 5-star hotel. www.eastlife.co.nz

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Retirement resort, Eastcliffe on Orakei enjoys one of the best locations in Auckland with stunning, northfacing views over Bastion Point to the Waitemata Harbour. Being close to the waterfront and Auckland’s CBD provides residents with many opportunities not available for retirees living far from attractive amenities such as Tamaki Drive, The Viaduct, Auckland Art Gallery, theatres and the War Memorial Museum. EastLife asked residents what they especially loved about living at Eastcliffe.

Joan Macaulay As an active retiree who still enjoys exercise what does Eastcliffe offer in the way of physical activities and how do they meet your needs? • Athletic exercises on the TV screen to music • Aqua aerobics in the swimming pool • Well-equipped gymnasium • Tai Chi • Yoga I’m so lucky to have so much choice – it’s hard to decide which

to do. I finally opted for Tai Chi and the taped athletic exercises. They are both twice a week and I also spend 30 minutes in the pool and 10 minutes in the lovely hot spa one day a week. All these exercises take place here in the building and take only half an hour each. They are all most enjoyable and really do help to keep me fit and able to enjoy life in my mid-nineties! I’m so thankful that they are all available here at Eastcliffe on Orakei.

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We know Jacs You win some, Winston others. Despite handwringing, Mr Peter’s didn’t make himself dictator for life, like China’s Li Keqiang, or lose NZ at the track. So, now that ‘Jacs’ is back – and Winston’s back in his box; well, as much as possible – it’s time to return to our regularly scheduled column, based on reports from the real PM’s office. Equal pay, fair play?

the power to get into a job and gain qualifications with our support,” she said at the scheme’s launch.

According to the IRD, the maximum Kiwis would receive in paid parental leave over a six week period is $3231.30 before tax. During Ms Ardern’s six week ‘baby break’ she received her full wage (approximately $54,352) so it’s nice to hear she plans to donate some of this sum to charity.

Recipients (18-24) will receive the equivalent of their benefits while seeking certain qualifications; employers will top up incomes to (at least) the minimum wage. “Mana in Mahi [will support] young people into training and apprenticeships and dealing with skills shortages... It’s a win-win – they get off the benefit and enjoy the dignity of work while encouraging employers to take on apprentices they might otherwise not have trained.”

EastLife asked the PM’s office if she will be donating all earnings above the $3231.30 cap any other New Zealand citizen would receive. Unfortunately, no reply was provided in time for publication. However, Ms Ardern has announced that she (along with all other MPs) will not see a pay increase for a while at least. “Cabinet agreed to freeze MP Pay till July 2019, and to reassess the funding formula used by the Authority to ensure it is fair and in keeping with this Government’s expectations and values.” So we suppose it all balances out.

Nurses & teachers – fighting fit? Thanks to recent pay deals, some are set for healthier bank balances; others, including primary school teachers, remain up in arms. “[Education support workers] do vital work helping young children with severe learning and behavioural challenges,” Ms Ardern announced. “I am delighted to say they will finally be paid fairly for the crucial work they do.” These workers can expect their rate to increase to between $21.67 and $25.70, depending on experience. Nurses also received a shot in the arm recently after their union struck a deal (following strikes) with District Health Boards. “This settlement rightly delivers the biggest pay increase nurses have seen in a decade and will put 500 more nurses in our hospitals,” the PM said. “Nurses have felt undervalued over recent years. We needed to listen to their concerns and respond in the interests of

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PM, Jacinda Ardern with her Clarke and baby Neve.  nurses and patients.”Meantime, primary school teachers are still taking it to the streets demanding a better deal from the Government.

Life... support The Government will spend $275 million to improve Auckland City Hospital, Starship, and Greenlane Clinical Centre, the PM confirmed; Auckland DHB will kick in $30 million dollars over three years. “This is a huge investment and will ensure the DHB can continue to deliver safe, quality care to its 500,000 patients,” she said. Hopefully, this ‘shopping spree’ will yield more benefit than a Band-Aid over a gaping wound.

Bag ban saves world? With many already choosing to forgo plastic bags, everyone else is now on board (whether they like it or not) with ‘saving the planet,’ Ms Ardern asserts. “We’re phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment,” Ms Ardern said. “65,000 Kiwis signed a petition calling for an outright ban. It’s also the biggest single subject

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school children write to me about.” Thanks to the counsel of these 65,000 (and some little ones), 4.5 million (or so) Kiwis will soon shop without free bags, to be phased out over the next 12 months. “We are a determined to face up to New Zealand’s environmental challenges. Just like climate change, we’re taking meaningful steps to reduce plastics pollution so we don’t pass this problem to future generations... We need to be far smarter in the way we manage waste and this is a good start.” Following such a ‘good start’, all we need is for Donald Trump to sign the Paris Agreement, curb the world’s runaway population growth, completely switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and turn back the clock 40-50 years and... job done, planet saved!

Train(ing) on track? The Mana in Mahi (Strength in Work) programme will see more Kiwis in work, the PM believes. “Our young people have so much promise – we’re going help bring that promise to life by giving them

“It may be a small number of people who need this service, but at the moment we’re not meeting that need,” Ms Ardern said, when allocating $8.4m for a new secure facility for ‘extremely vulnerable New Zealanders’. “These people... and the staff who care for them deserve fit for purpose facilities.” Located in Wellington, the facility will care for high needs intellectual disability and mental health patients.

KIWIs: Act up Visa may be accepted ‘everywhere you want to be’, but with a Twit(erer) in the White House, some might think twice about flying to the USA. And yet, the KIWI (Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors) Act, could see our businesses in for a bigger slice of the American pie. “The KIWI Act will increase trade and investment,” Ms Ardern said following ratification by ‘The Donald’. “Assisting business opportunities in the US and elsewhere through trade... is a key pillar of this Government’s economic strategy.” www.eastlife.co.nz

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Be the first to view our Lakeview Apartment plans - pre-selling* now! Summerset at Heritage Park’s brand new Lakeview Apartments offer the exclusive experience of lakeside living in the heart of Auckland. Designed for the over 70’s, each apartment is warm, modern, finished to the highest standard and soon to be completed for you to make your own. From your apartment you can access the stunning rooftop gardens, take a stroll around the lake or enjoy the recreational facilities around the village.

View plans and pricing today Summerset at Heritage Park 8 Harrison Road, Ellerslie

You’ll find a range of one, two or three bedroom homes available for you to choose from. Give us a call today to organise your visit to Summerset at Heritage Park. We would love to show you around our beautiful village and facilities.

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