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February 2015

Kyle Mills


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   

      

                      

     

    

             

                                         

    


       


  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot under the collar What a warm welcome to the New Year – temperatures up between 25 and 28 degrees on many days this past month – seemingly endless sunshine (and humidity) but not a lot of wind so outdoor entertaining has been particularly pleasant. We have barbecued and eaten outside on many nights, often sitting on the deck until dark – magic!

Red roses stand for love, romance, beauty and passion, appropriate sentiments for this month’s EastLife which includes a wedding feature to assist couples set to walk down the aisle together. And, of course, red roses also symbolise the ardour of couples acknowledging their love for each other on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Inside you’ll also find plenty of gift ideas and dining options for this special celebration.

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However, the garden has begun to suffer and while conscious of the need to conserve water I couldn’t let my plants die of thirst so the sprinkler has been out, albeit sparingly. I’ve also made a special effort to leave some bowls of water around for the birds. While you could say it has been all sunshine and roses these past weeks I can’t say I’ve been impressed with some local driving – so many motorists running red lights and I do mean red! Worst still, for one who has always had a lot of sympathy for cyclists, I nearly took my husband’s not so accommodating side when three cyclists dashed across my path as I

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Auckland during my break (after the official holiday period had ended).

Dressed in cycling kit and heading towards The Plaza, these three stooges just carried on through the red light which had halted all other traffic. Two managed to race clear but the third, realising his error just stopped – right in my path. Had I not moved off so slowly I would have hit him. As it was, I too stopped and knowing my own light was due to turn red, was worried that it would be me that was hit by oncoming traffic.

Fortunately, the accompanying traffic appeared to be travelling at a steady 95-100 kph; not a lot of revenue for the Government pot on that day, me thinks! Anyway, now that schools are open again and roads are busier than ever, I do hope motorists will take more care on urban roads and be aware of the dangers that too much haste can present.

Frankly, I was livid, so I’m hoping one of the red light cameras earmarked for our district will be at this intersection where elderly people from a nearby rest home and college students cross daily.

And on that note, I really do welcome in this new start to 2015 – we have an exciting line-up of articles and features in the months ahead kicking of this month with a super mix of sport, travel, health, fashion, beauty, Valentine’s Day suggestions and a wedding feature – enjoy!

In the meantime, I’d welcome a greater police presence in general at busy intersections where red light running and queue jumping have become chronic. In my mind, that would be better than the three speed camera vans and one police officer with hand held camera I encountered between Rotorua and

Helen Perry Editor

This month... 6-7 Q&A Lee Radovanovich – anyone for tennis?

8-10 OUT & ABOUT Around the town

12-13 community calendar Sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson

14-15 interview Trevor Sai Louie – a class act

16-17 interview Like us on facebook: eastlifemagazine

was turning on a green arrow from Ti Rakau Drive into Edgewater Drive.

Songbirds Everett and Phyllis Thorburn

world cruIsing - pg 32-33 30-41 lifestyle • World cruising • Outdoor reads • NCEA tips • Puzzle time

42-52 health, beauty and fashion

21-29 Weddings

• 12 top tips • Reserve early • Essentials • Wedding planner

• A captial cuppa • Food bites • Toast to summer

18-19 interview Kyle Mills – ready to bowl ’em

• Back to work fashion • Polo sports fashion • Valentine’s Day treats • Beauty counter • Feel good for life

53-60 food

• Valentine’s recipes • Dining guide • Taste

62-71 home

• Locals star on new TV show • Out of Europe • Antique antics • Safer gardens • Regular columnists

72-77 BUsiness • Dion Nash triumphs • Comment

78-79 drive

• Howick rod hot property

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 Lee Radovanovich Serving up entertainment in sport and making a ‘racket’ on the radio, Rado (aka Lee Radovanovich) has settled in Seattle and is set to make moves on the American property market. EastLife posed a few questions to the Pakuranga-raised former Kiwi tennis star about his grand slam life on and off court.

Did you enjoy growing up in Pakuranga and did St Kentigern College help develop you as a tennis player? It was a great place to grow up for sure. It feels like I spent all my time at Lloyd Elsmore Park, playing soccer and cricket. My wife and I looked at buying a house in the area before we moved to the USA. We thought it would be a great place to raise a family. At Saint Kents, the headmaster and my teachers were really understanding and supportive of me being away 4-6 months playing tennis around the world. I was really lucky, I would often get to school late and leave early for trainings and they let me get away with it, which was pretty great. I doubt you could do that now! Why did you move to Seattle and what will you be doing there? We moved here because my wife, who’s American, took a job at Microsoft Corporate HQ. Although I’m taking a few months off to renovate our old Cape Cod-style house, I’ll be involved in property investment/ development and management as well as sports broadcasting going forward. What was the highlight of your tennis career? Playing Junior Wimbledon in 19981999. I was so nervous because it had always been a dream of mine. I remember walking onto the court and thinking ‘this is perfection!’ The grass courts there are even better than the most perfect golf greens, not a blade of grass out of place or even a bump. I remember feeling bad that I was scuffing up their courts when I was playing! You won your last major event – The NZ Tennis Championship (formerly NZ Residential Championship) – in 2004. How did it feel to finish your

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career on such a high? I had actually stopped playing six months before that and had been coaching for a while, but I missed the competitiveness of playing. I trained for two days after having six months off and was so unfit, but I managed to find a way to win. It was great to go out with a win and especially because I haven’t played a match since. You have a back condition (sacroiliitis). In layman’s terms, what is it, and was this condition the primary reason your tennis career was cut so short? It’s like having arthritis; joint pain. I started having issues when I was around 19 or 20. I would come back to New Zealand for treatment, take time off, get fit and then go back on tour, just to get injured again. Eventually I couldn’t get fit enough to last with the big boys so I knew I had to stop. I’ve recently begun doing yoga in Seattle and that has worked wonders. I wish I did it back when I was playing tennis five hours a day! You have also been involved with coaching and working for Tennis NZ. Any plans to continue in this regard? When I worked for Tennis NZ I was travelling with our best kids and teams around the world trying to pass on my knowledge to them. I coached for 10 years in New Zealand and spent seasons in New York (in the Hamptons) coaching the mega wealthy and their wives and kids. However, I stopped enjoying myself as it’s pretty physical being in the sun all day hitting tennis balls. I’ve retired from coaching, at least for now. How strong was tennis as a sport when you were playing and how strong is it today? When I was young, Tennis NZ was in good shape and I had amazing

opportunities to travel the world from the time I was 10 years old. I was fortunate to go to Europe, the USA, Asia, and South America regularly, so I had lots of experience and played with the best in the world. This level of competition was ideal. I’m now a little out of the loop as far as specifics go, but Tennis NZ has had challenges with getting the funding and leadership required to be successful. Young players need to live in Europe year-round to train, play on clay and compete against the best in order to be successful. These days, kids aren’t always getting these opportunities. Although they might go to Australia once or twice a year, they are still at a big disadvantage. Do you think New Zealand could produce world greats in future and could Marina Erakovic (world 39) climb higher up the rankings? There’re a lot of players who I worked with [when coaching] who now play for US colleges. Such opportunities are the best way forward. It might be unrealistic to be a ‘world great’ when you are from New Zealand, but I think our players can have tennis careers at a variety of levels. I think Marina has been, or is at, her peak. If she had better movement, she could improve her ranking. However, she has done great to get where she has. Who would you say is the greatest tennis player and why? Right now, Roger Federer, because he has won everything and is an artist on the court. But I think Rafael Nadal (who is probably the best competitor the game has seen) will overtake Federer’s record of grand slam titles by the time he retires. For me, that would make him the best.

There’re a lot of players who I worked with [when coaching] who now play for US colleges. Such opportunities are the best way forward. It might be unrealistic to be a ‘world great’ when you are from New Zealand, but I think our players can have tennis careers at a variety of levels."


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How did you become involved with broadcasting? I came back from the States for Christmas one year and was asked to provide a few comments for Radio Sport. Things went well so I became their expert commentator at the Heineken Open and ASB Classic. I love commentating on tennis; it’s now my dream job and I’m currently chasing that here in the States. You were also a talkback host for Radio Sport, how was that experience? It was pretty cool and scary at the same time. It was particularly entertaining when the All Blacks or

the Black Caps lost and people rang in for a bit of a crack. Once, I also had a caller sing me a song he wrote for me, which was a bit weird! Overall, being a host is super challenging and can be lonely if you don’t have any calls. I think I once spoke for 15 minutes on air with no calls and no breaks; that was a tough day at the office! Going forward, will we still hear Rado on the radio? Yes, I will be contributing on Radio Sport from Seattle, looking at what’s going on here and around the world; I’ve also been back recently to call the tennis, which has been great.

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If you could be president of the USA for a day, what would you do first and why? I would take a ride in Airforce One and read up on all of America’s dirty little secrets! If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? Stefan Edberg, because I loved his backhand and the way he served and volleyed. Roy Keane, he would have a few good stories I reckon! And Eric Cantona, because I’m a big Manchester United fan. I think with those guests, it’d make for quite a night!

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Buskers entertain on city’s Perfect weather saw the crowds turn out along the waterfront for Auckland’s 15th Annual International Buskers Festival at Anniversary Weekend. Performances such as juggling, dancing, comedy, fire-eating, acrobatics, trick cycling and a contortionist left audiences stunned by the skill, dexterity and wit. GARRY BRANDON was there to capture the action.


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anniversary day on the coast Beautiful Anniversary Weekend weather meant locals flocked outdoors to the beach, park and to local restaurants where wining and dining were a favoured pastime. EastLife photographer JANET KEELING called into several Pohutukawa Coast cafes where patrons were clearly enjoying the fare. 1. Rebecca Van der Laan & Natalie Saies-Allen at Bach’n Maraetai 2. Steve & Letitia Driver in their Ford Model A Speedster at Maraetai Beach 3. Martine Thorpe & Brian Jones at The Wharf Café, Maraetai Beach 4. Brian Edmonds at The General Store Restaurant, Whitford 5. Eileen O’Sullivan & Richard Turnbull at Pepperjacks, Pine Harbour

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➤ music Clevedon Jazz, Wine and Food Festival February 14, 11am-7pm, Auckland Polo Club, 102 Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd, Clevedon No need to roar or wine (unless you want to!) about the lack of entertainment in Clevedon, because once again Clevedon hosts an event expected to set those toes a-tapping... with all that jazz! Featuring award-winning local wines, food stalls, crafts, music, face painting, a bouncy castle and more, this fest’ is set to offer a feast for the senses. This year, the line-up includes: Nathan Haines and Band, Rodger Fox and Erna Ferry with Spiral, the soul/funk stylings of the Hipstamatics and big-band music from the Auckland Jazz Orchestra. So, bring along a blanket and enjoy a fun Valentine’s Day or outing with the family. See Splore Music Festival February 20-22, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Orere Point From music, art and more, there’s no place quite like Splore! Billed as a boutique music and arts festival like no other, Splore 2015 will feature the soulful sounds of artists including Trinity Roots, The Correspondents, Samuel Truth, and DJ Hudge, just to name a few. See for details. Ayrlies Summer Opera in the Garden March 1, 11am–6pm, Ayrlies Garden, 125 Potts Road, Whitford Forget tiptoeing through the tulips with Tiny Tim, this summer it’s time to enjoy high culture surrounded by one of our region’s most splendid

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gardens. Headlined by acclaimed soprano, Anna Leese, and bringing the best of Kiwi opera talent together to perform a selection of favourites, this event will assail the senses with summer scents and scintillating sounds. Bring along a blanket and a picnic – or pre-purchase a gourmet food hamper – and relax while enjoying opera stars in fine voice. And be sure to explore the 12+ acres of gardens at your leisure before the concert begins at 2pm. See nzopera. com/2015/ayrlies. Elvis in the Gardens March 1, 11.30am-6.30pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa For the sixth year, Elvis will be shaking his pelvis amongst the flowers. Featuring a number of ‘Elvi’ as well as a Priscilla all the way from Dallas, this event is once again set to stand as a tribute to ‘the King’s’ timeless music. And with children’s activities – including a bouncy castle – on offer, Elvis in the Gardens will have visitors of all ages ‘all shook up’ in more ways than one! See for more information about this FREE event. Memories are Made of This March 3, 11am-1pm, Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick Considering Dean Martin often arrived on stage direct from the bar, it’s surprising he could remember the words to any of his songs! However, we can’t beat the memories he (and other wonderful performers of yesteryear) gave us, many of which are set to be performed at the Picton Centre. Featuring timeless classics, including famous war songs to commemorate the centenary of the Anzac spirit,

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➤ GARDEN Heroic Gardens Festival 2015 February 14-15, various Auckland locations There’s no need to hold on for a hero when Auckland has so many ready to lead us down the garden path this month. Developed to raise money for Auckland’s Mercy Hospice, the Heroic Gardens Festival presents green-fingered flair at its finest, with plenty of inspiration to be obtained along the way. For a sneak preview of all gardens involved, more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

this concert will be voiced by such modern-day performers as Scot Hall, Susan Boland, Karl Perigo, TessaMay Brown and John Cameron. See for details.

➤ home & garden Begonia Circle Festival and Show February 21, 9.30am-4pm and February 22, 10am-3pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa Offering the chance to view abundant begonia blooms and learn from expert growers, the Auckland Begonia Circle Festival and Show is expected to delight those with a nose for these flowers. Since being founded by enthusiastic growers in the 1990s, the circle (also known as ABC) has flourished, with such festivals attracting keen crowds. Members are again preparing plants of all kinds for the sales tables. See for more information.

NZ House and Garden Tours 2015 – Auckland March 6, locations vary Step inside some of the country’s most impressive addresses during the 2015 NZ House and Garden Tours. The first leg covers the city fringe and central suburbs of Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Parnell. Visitors will discover homes we’d all love to own, including a little art-filled apartment set on top of the old George Courts building in Karangahape Road. The tours then wind their way through Cambridge (March 13), Wairarapa (March 20) and Queenstown (March 28). Proceeds will help support The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. See nz-house-garden-tours-2015.

➤ entertainment VEX Robotics Competition February 28-March 2, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau


What’s what with the ‘bots? Visitors to the Kiwibots’ VEX Robotics competition will soon find out! Designed to inspire a passion for science and technology, Kiwibots was formed with the support of Massey University. It allows young people to build robots, while developing skills, meeting others and having fun in the process. With New Zealand Schools holding the title of World Champions for the past five years, it seems Kiwi kids are robotics kids too! For more information see

➤ sport Go By Bike Day February 11 As part of Bike Wise Month – designed to celebrate cycling as a favourite pastime – Kiwis are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and cycle to work or school on February 11. The day forms a centrepiece of Bike Wise Month which features numerous events, including recreational rides, bike festivals and family fun rides throughout the country. See BMW Polo Open February 22, 10.30am-11.55pm, Auckland Polo Club, 102 ClevedonKawakawa Road One simply hasn’t lived until one’s played a chukker or two, m’ boy, as those with a nose for the polo know! However, while polo may be the sport of kings, it certainly isn’t lost for that common touch in our neck of the woods! Fun for all the family – and people from all rides of life – in addition to the club championship and exhibition matches, visitors will experience a varied event complete with celebrity guests, giveaways, fantastic fashion, the traditional ‘stomping of the divots’, and, when the day is done, the official Heineken After Party. See

Auckland Cup Week February 28-March 7, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera The opening day of New Zealand’s richest and most glamorous week of racing is again set to make every post a winner! From high stakes racing – including the Group I $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby, the Group III Darley Plate, Lindsay Mile and Otakiri Reserve Nathan’s Memorial – to the Prix de Fashion and Punter of the Year competitions, rich rewards await. In addition, thanks to the Picnics and Ponies area, Cup Week is not just for those who’re all a flutter (when betting or otherwise!) but an enjoyable family-focused event to boot. See The Burger King Road to the Title: Joseph Parker vs The Technician March 5, 7.00-11.30pm, Sir Woolf Fisher Arena, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau What’s on the ‘box’ in March? If South Auckland’s-own ‘Explosive’ Joseph ‘Jurassic’ Parker has anything to say about it, it will be his fists doing the talking during a clinic of pugilistic excellence! In addition to

seeing the ‘Kiwi champ’ (previously featured in EastLife) taking on American challenger Jason ‘The Technician’ Pettaway, visitors will also witness a top rate undercard. See for details.

➤ FAMILY FUN Summer Escape Weekend – Auckland Explorers February 27-March 1, Chosen Valley Christian Camp, 53 Turner Road, Ararimu From kayaking and rafting to mudslides, a flying fox, a confidence course and many more activities, outdoors and in, Auckland Explorers’ annual weekend escape is designed to make the most of summer. Although designed primarily for members – Explorers is a club for gifted children and their families – all are welcome during the course of this funfilled family event. Children (aged 4 years and up) and parents learn skills while having fun. Prices vary depending on length of stay; see for full ticketing details or to register.

➤ Markets Howick Village Market Every Saturday, 9am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick Classy Crafts Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick Beachlands Mini Market and Carboot Sale Second Saturday of each month, 9am-12noon, Beachlands Chartered Club, Wakelin Rd, Beachlands Pine Harbour Fresh Market Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon


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Botany Town Centre Summer Fun Run & Walk February 15, 9:00am, Botany Town Centre, Cnr Ti Rakau & Te Irirangi Drive Later this month, many locals will take a tour of the town during the Botany Town Centre’s Summer Fun Run & Walk. With 5km and 10km courses (which both start and finish at the town centre) from which to choose, locals of all ages and fitness levels will find fun at every turn. What’s more, spot prizes will also be up for grabs. Entry details available at

Clevedon Village Market Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 PapakuraClevedon Rd, Clevedon Pakuranga Night Market Every Saturday night, 6pm12midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza Botany Night Market Every Wednesday night, 5.30pm11pm, beneath Hoyts Cinema, Botany Town Centre

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He has enjoyed various roles on stage, TV and Hollywood for nearly 30 years, his latest, a small part in a much-anticipated martial arts movie sequel. NATALIE BRITTAN finds out how one of New Zealand’s pioneering Chinese actors began his career. He’s no tall poppy but if Trevor Sai Louie could pinpoint what sets him apart from the rest at auditions it would be experience and confidence.

my time there were fewer than 100 who were Asian in the school but now more than a quarter of the school is Asian.�

“Many casting agents say it’s not hard to choose me because my experience shows. In the early days it was also a lot easier to get a role because there were very few Chinese actors.�

Had he been born today, the “concerts and sports-mad� Trevor imagines he would have a very different life.

The long-time Hunua resident, who has a small role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, says having the drive helps too. “It’s a bit of vanity and ambition, saying ‘I want this job, I can do it, I’m good and I’ve got screen presence’.� Add to that a huge passion for the performing arts and the rest is history. “I have early recollections as a fouryear-old at the old Strand Theatre in Onehunga – watching a movie for the first time and being totally fascinated. I was pretty much a regular movie goer from then until the television days.� Growing up as a second-generation Chinese New Zealander in the 1950s, the seasoned actor, known for his role as Mr Hong on popular TV show Outrageous Fortune, had a different life to his Chinese contemporaries. “Dad provided us with music lessons and the freedom to play sport. We had free access to many activities and could do a lot of things – it wasn’t just work and study.�

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In fact, the nine-time marathon runner was even in the First XV rugby team at Auckland Grammar. “I loved the real rough and tough of the game and getting bashed – very few Chinese played [rugby] then. In

“There are more opportunities today. I might have played rugby as a professional and there wasn’t much drama at school then but had there been I would’ve probably made my start earlier.� Trevor joined the Papatoetoe Light Opera (now Manukau Performing Arts) in the ‘80s and became a regular stage presence, but the real turning point was inspired by a TV show called Hanlon. “A couple of young Chinese guys wrote to the Listener questioning the role of a Chinese played by a European. They said ‘why don’t you cast a Chinese to do the job’? So I wrote to the Listener and said, ‘here I am’. They came back suggesting I contact TVNZ and get an agent.� Thus began Trevor’s foray into the movie industry with a role in Illustrious Energy about Chinese miners which was filmed in Central Otago. One thing led to another. “It was fortuitous really. When I was down there the producer suggested I have a cup of coffee with a lady from Walt Disney Pictures and that led to The Rescue.� Though not a full-time actor, Trevor always found a way to make it work with his job as a car salesman – a role from which he recently retired after nearly 40 years.

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Around the acting circuit

If I could wind back the clock I would’ve gone to teacher’s college. Teaching is something I feel strongly about. Although now that I’ve spent time in the classroom I realise how hard it is.”


“At the time the Holden VL was on the market. It was very popular and easy to sell. As a result, my not being there occasionally didn’t matter as I would have pre-sold quite a few cars.” These days, Trevor is a part-time teacher aide at a Papakura school but recently he completed his commitment to the sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Henderson.

and because I love acting. But if I’m playing a New Zealand-born Chinese I can just be myself.” To date, Trevor has been in more than nine commercials, taken on more than 50 stage acting/directing roles, and featured in well-known TV shows and movies such as Xena Warrior Princess, Shortland Street and The Tattooist.

Playing a guard captain, he had his head shaved for the part and although the script was in English, Trevor, who speaks Cantonese, says stereotyped roles are not uncommon.

“Television brings you the ‘fame’ but stage interaction with the audience is really satisfying,” he says. “These days, stage is more demanding whereas screen acting, I can do it by piecemeal.”

“I must admit I don’t like phony Asian accents. I do it because it’s a job

Now that his days on the car yard are over, Trevor is looking to make

his mark from the director’s seat. He has even written a script about the Japanese invading New Zealand during the Second World War and intends to have it produced.

Reflecting on his acting career, Trevor still counts his time on stage as the most memorable with musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, and The King and I – the latter particularly memorable.

“I watch movies from the actor/ director’s eye, and I would love to direct. Whatever happens, it’s mine to have a go and if it comes to nothing at least it’s a record for my children.”

“It was a real privilege because I was acting with my eldest daughter.

Teaching is another domain he would like to explore.

"I had my arm up there with a whip about to beat her and this large Polynesian lady in the front row stood up about a metre away.

“If I could wind back the clock I would’ve gone to teacher’s college. Teaching is something I feel strongly about. Although now that I’ve spent time in the classroom I realise how hard it is.”

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Life’s an opera! A few months ago Everett Thorburn spoke to EastLife about his campaign to name the streets in the new Flat Bush development. This time, NATALIE BRITTAN chats with him and his wife about their colourful life on stage and on the farm.

Farmers don’t often trade in their straw hats for the crown of prince charming but Everett Thorburn is no ordinary farmer. He and his wife, Phyllis, have graced opera stages all around the world, including the United Kingdom and Australia as well as locally. “We both came from musical families,” says Everett, who grew up on a Flat Bush dairy farm, which is now the Firmount Golf Park. “One of my great-grandmothers was a soloist at the Auckland Town Hall – she had a huge voice apparently. My grandmother and mother also sang and one of my sisters was a finalist in what is now the Lexus Song Quest.” Phyllis was the daughter of the late Phyllis Pothecary, a prominent English singer and radio broadcaster raised in Egypt. “They called her the Egyptian Nightingale,” Phyllis says. “She married a Kiwi soldier in the war and was in the first boat of war brides who came to this country.” Although many may assume Phyllis was named after her mother, this was not exactly the case. “On the way to register my birth my father stopped to celebrate. He and his mates got totally sloshed and he put my mother’s name down instead of my name which was supposed to be Elizabeth!” Following in her mother’s footsteps, Phyllis began singing for the church choir where she met Everett, striking a beautiful harmony. A busy man, Everett was active in his musical pursuits at Otahuhu College and on the sports field playing in the First XV Otahuhu team. “At school, we did Gilbert & Sullivan (famous English composers) operas each year and a lot of my teammates were future All Blacks – the likes of Mac Herewini, Waka Nathan and Frank McMullen.” So great was the [rugby] team that it was victorious at the Auckland

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Championships for three years in a row, Everett recalls. “I played in a wonderful rugby team and I’ve seen magnificent creativity displayed on the rugby field – as creative as on the opera stage.” Sadly, after suffering a shoulder injury in 1962, at the age of 23, Everett was not to continue his talents on the field. Turning his attentions to the opera stage, it wasn’t long before he landed a tenor lead role with an Australian theatrical company as the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Initially a temporary arrangement, Everett toured around the country and in Australia despite being engaged to Phyllis. “We had to keep delaying the wedding because they offered him a contract – it happened three times!” says Phyllis. “Everett’s mother was so funny,” she adds. “She said, ‘hang your ring on a nail and have a good time!’ And she kept making wedding cakes but there was no wedding so everyone was sick of eating fruit cake!” A year after the engagement, Phyllis decided she’d had enough, but Everett, on a two-week break from Australia, surprised her at the airport in true Prince Charming fashion. “We decided we’d get married then and there so I could go back to Australia with him,” says Phyllis. After a successful year in Australia, with Everett performing and Phyllis working in theatre production, the Thorburns decided to return home to work on the family farm. “The cows were calling!” Everett says. Whilst on the farm, the couple added three children to their herd and began singing again with encouragement from those in the industry. Amongst many major roles, Phyllis auditioned and scored the role of Eliza in the first all-New Zealand production of My Fair Lady in 1973. “I don’t think any red-blooded farmer in the Waikato could forget her!” says Everett.

After a stellar performance in Perkel Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana, the couple was approached by Donald Munro, the founder of the New Zealand Opera Company.

the Duke of Edinburgh came up to Everett and said, ‘you had a bit of trouble with the crown I see’. Everett said ‘yes’, and the Duke said ‘I know the problem’!”

“He said if we had the chance to get out of the country we should do it,” says Everett. “It happened when East Tamaki was changing from farming to an industrial district. There was no future on the farm and we had to look at doing something else.”

Despite his success on stage, Everett yearned to do more.

Phyllis says after much thought, Everett dropped the bomb one morning. “We were all sitting round the breakfast table and he said, ‘we’ll sell the cows and go to England’!” So, in 1977, together with the young Thorburns aged four, 11 and 12 years, the couple set off for England where they studied voice with tutors at the Royal College of Music in London. Within a year, they were both singing professionally with the Kent Opera company and it wasn’t long before they were performing for royalty – Phyllis for the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Everett for the Duke of Edinburgh. Everett sang the lead tenor and Swedish king in Verdi’s opera A Masked Ball, prompting a comical exchange with the Duke afterwards, Phyllis recalls. “His crown went a little bit cock-eyed and he was trying to put it straight during the performance. After that

The Thorburns lived on a farm in Surrey and Everett would carry out farming work for the landlord in lieu of rent when he wasn’t singing. One day, he chanced upon an article in the British Farming Press about an international trial on artificial breeding in dairy cows. “It was about how effective the New Zealand programme was on dairy cow productivity – compared to America, Germany, as well as 10 or 11 different countries. “The results showed we were so far ahead, at the top of the trial – way ahead of the Brits! I could see a market,” says Everett. Getting in touch with industry contacts in New Zealand, Everett set up a business working closely with the New Zealand Dairy Board and the United Kingdom’s Milk Marketing Board to import New Zealand bull semen and market it to farmers in England. The work was challenging at times. “I was going against old breeding beliefs. Artificial breeding was a bit of a dirty word,” says Everett. “People didn’t like it and didn’t want change and they didn’t understand


Everett's crown went a little bit cock-eyed and he was trying to put it straight during the performance. After that the Duke of Edinburgh came up to him and said, ‘you had a bit of trouble with the crown I see’. Everett said ‘yes’, and the Duke said ‘I know the problem’!”

the huge monetary effect of using better cows.” Despite that, Everett’s business thrived alongside his stage and family life. “They called us the singing bull shippers! “I used to say, farmers keep me sane when I’m singing and when I sing it keeps me sane when dealing with farmers – it clears my head!” He counts the recognition he received in the British dairy industry as his biggest success. “It was probably the most interesting period in my life because I had a business which was all about improving the profitability of the industry. The farmers in Britain and leaders in the dairy industry still thank me for the work I did there.” After 12 fruitful years abroad, the Thorburns decided to come home for family reasons. But life was very different. “We thought there would be singing opportunities in New Zealand but there wasn't much.” They lived in Bucklands Beach for a time and then moved back to Clevedon where Everett started an animal feeder business. Now retired, he and Phyllis continue to be involved in various social activities, and still sing from time to time. Their years in England remain the greatest highlight of their lives. “The whole reason for singing and going to England was to explore our creative potential to the utmost. We had good roles, which stretched us and taught us, but coming back here the cultures were different. The experience changed us as New Zealanders.” After 50 years of marriage, Phyllis says it has been a thrilling journey. “Everett has stabbed me, suffocated me, poisoned me, made me stab myself on stage but we’ve still managed to stay together!”

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Ace on the bowl  – Kyle Mills 

This summer, the Black Caps will take on the world in pursuit of cricket’s ultimate prize. With the World Cup around the corner, JON RAWLINSON fielded a few questions to a man who will be looking to have his way in the middle.

After more than 13 years turning his arm over for New Zealand, Black Cap Kyle Mills isn’t quite ready to call it quits. And, as this hack journalist realised, it’s not the best idea to suggest this fast-medium bowler is off the pace, even at the ripe old age of 35!

takes aim again playing against older guys. But it definitely gave me an advantage – more confidence – when playing within my age group.”

aggressive bowlers, such as Mitch [McClenaghan] and Adam Milne, whereas my role is primarily to keep the run rate down.

Although no one bowler proved a model for his action, Kyle says he paid attention to two quicks in particular.

“These days, I also enjoy opening the bowling with Tim Southee because we both force batsmen to play good shots [or risk getting out].” Test performances seem to dominate his personal highlights’ reel.

Kyle continues: “I was a lot quicker when I was younger. I used to get up to the high 130's, with the odd delivery into the low 140's. However, I still like to be bowling at around the mid 130's when conditions allow.

“It was more a case of [gaining] ideas on tactics. I watched Shaun Pollock and Glenn McGrath closely; there was no point trying to model myself on Brett Lee, because I can’t bowl 155km an hour! But Pollock and McGrath were amongst the best bowlers ever to grace the game – at around the 130 mark – so they weren’t bad ones to watch.”

“There’re many ways to skin a cat; I may not blast wickets out of the ground, but I can bowl good line and length and build pressure. And you have to be smart – those who adapt quickest to the conditions will enjoy the most success.”

Developing as a bowler – and a handy lower order batsman – Kyle found success partnering more aggressive wicket takers for the Auckland Aces and Black Caps, while continuing to turn out – when schedules allowed – for Howick Pakuranga.

Playing as a youngster for Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club and Macleans College, Kyle first found form batting a little above his weight.

“I enjoyed bowling with Shane Bond, in particular. I’d try for maidens while Bondie would bowl super fast and take lots of wickets. We had a good combination there. Bowlers have different roles; we have

“One thirty [kms per hour] is still pretty quick!” Kyle exclaims, taking mock offence. Said hack shuffles in his seat and rephrases the question.

“Howick Pakuranga played a big part in my development. I was often at the club with older guys, such as Sean Roberts, Rowan Armour, Blair Pocock and Alan Hunt. Sean, especially, took me under his wing and guided me,” he says. And sibling rivalry with older brother Heath – now chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association – further encouraged him to pick up the pace. “In backyard cricket there were always a few issues and ‘debatable decisions’ between us! I was always the youngest, so I had to do the bowling; that might be why I turned out to be a bowler! “My brother was with the club too, so I was usually a bit out of my depth,

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“There are a few things I’m proud of achieving, but if I had to pick one, I guess it’d be the test win at Hamilton in 2008 against England [Mills claimed six wickets, including a scalping of the top order]. Test cricket is the ultimate form, so wickets and wins are definitely highlights. “My first test wicket [Matthew Hayden in 2004] was another – a first test wicket is something we dream of. I had a plan to go across and swing the ball back for an LBW; it’s always nice when a plan comes together!” However, since 2009, Kyle has evolved into a short form specialist. “It’s a massive ask on your body to be playing all forms, so I’ve focused on the white ball games. It’s just how it’s

cricket – Can we fix it? With ‘dark forces’ at play, 2014 was a tough year for the ‘gentleman’s game’. Ex-Auckland Ace, Lou Vincent, was banned for life by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his role in matchfixing, and former Black Cap teammate, Chris Cairns will, this year, face perjury charges related to allegations made. However, Kyle Mills – a former teammate of both men – says he has no suspicions that other New Zealand cricketers have been involved in match-fixing and hopes such events will serve as a wakeup call

for all concerned. “I know the difference between right and wrong. When asked questions by the [ICC’s] Anti-Corruption Unit, I’ve answered with honesty and with integrity. I’m a proud New Zealand cricketer and I love playing the sport,” he says. “With players being banned and even jailed, you’d think it would wake the whole cricket fraternity up to how bad this can possibly get. Then, hopefully we can kill this cancer which has become a threat to our game.”

There’re many ways to skin a cat; I may not blast wickets out of the ground, but I can bowl good line and length and build pressure. And you have to be smart – those who adapt quickest to the conditions will enjoy the most success.”

Left: Mills during recent Georgie Pie Super Smash.

panned out. I haven’t officially retired from test cricket, but can’t see myself playing it again,” he says. While injuries are hazards of the trade for quick bowlers, Kyle has been particularly plagued around world cups – in addition to early exits in 2003 and 2011 he missed the 2007 tournament entirely. “I’d like to hope I’m not [jinxed]! Key injuries just happened to occur at these times. With bowling, lots of stresses are applied to the body, so we all deal with injuries,” he says. “I’ve had lots over the years – I’ve had five operations and fought my way back, which is no easy task – but it’s fair to say world cups have been particularly tough roads for me to follow.” While Kyle hopes to take a lead in the Black Caps bowling line-up this time around, he knows fitness is no

guarantee of game time and a recent niggle has hampered preparations. “Playing for New Zealand is a big thing; we need to play well to deserve our places – they don’t just give spots away for free. Hopefully, I’ll be in good form and hold my place throughout the tournament.” Looking beyond the World Cup, a hectic playing schedule has held notions of calling stumps on Kyle’s career at bay. “Playing in the World Cup has been a big driver to keep going, but I might have to reassess afterwards. If I’m in form, enjoying it, and I can still contribute, I’ll take it series by series from there,” he says. “I still love the challenge and get butterflies every time I play. The team has a great culture and we’re playing good cricket, so those things do make me want to stick around.”

Mills mulls over cup Whether New Zealand finishes the season (black) cap or (world) cup in hand remains to be seen. However, Kyle Mills expects the team will be more than just a dark horse or one trick pony in this year’s Cricket World Cup. “Without doubt, there’s no question we could win. Last year, we beat India comprehensively and they held the World Cup and the Champions Trophy at the time.

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"If we hold form, have confidence and come out on top at key moments, we’ll have a good shot.” He adds that while faster, bouncier wickets could favour New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, teams from the subcontinent may struggle in conditions down under. “South Africa and Australia will be

strong, but you can’t completely write off India either – they have quality throughout, and if they play well they’ll be in with a sniff for sure,” says Kyle. “For us, the Australia game at Eden Park [February 28] will be especially important. A victory there should set the whole tournament up nicely and would provide a massive confidence boost.” The tournament follows a hectic schedule for the Black Caps, however Kyle believes the players will be ready to match it with the best in the business. “We have had a lot of cricket, but it’s been the type of tough cricket we’ve needed to prepare and this season the one day game has been our focus. As with any team, to have a shot at winning the World Cup, we can’t take our eye off the ball at any stage!” eastlife | february 2015 |



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twelve essentials for a A wedding is the event of a lifetime. This special day has to be perfect, hence the importance of taking care of even the smallest of organisational details. Here’s a checklist of 12 key elements to take care of along the path to your dream wedding. ♥ The ceremony, the officiant, and the reception: Do you want a civil or religious wedding? Will the reception be in the country, a marquee, in a hotel ballroom or a specialist reception centre? Make sure the location you choose can easily accommodate all your guests. Also think about signing a marriage contract or prenuptial agreement. ♥ The meal and the wedding cake: There are loads of things to think about when organising the meal: the format – buffet, plated or finger food; the menu; perhaps a children’s menu; the bar and the wedding cake. Check for food allergies among the guests. ♥ The invitations: Don’t wait until the last minute to send out invitations if you want the important people in your life to celebrate with you, send invites 6-8 weeks in advance. Remember to indicate the theme


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and dress code. And do think about including self-addressed stamped envelopes for those essential RSVP’s although, today, many couples are happy to receive email replies.

♥ Flowers and decorations: Have you chosen a colour scheme for your flowers and decorative accessories? What are your favourite flowers? How will the tables be dressed? Will you dress the church or ceremony venue?

♥ The atmosphere: What theme will you choose to set the tone for your wedding: a colour, a culture, a historical period? Which DJ or band will spur your guests on to the dance floor? Will you surprise everyone with a unique first dance?

♥ Transportation: Will you arrive by boat, car, horse-drawn carriage, or even by parachute? Whatever your choice, be sure to take your dress and the weather into consideration. ♥ Guest favours: A personalised trinket, gourmet sample, beauty item or a home decor object – have you found the perfect wedding favour to thank your guests for joining you?

♥ Photographer: How will you immortalise your wedding: photos, videos, or both? Plan for an indoor photo session in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on the big day. ♥ Beauty appointments: Hairstyle, manicure, waxing, and makeup – leave nothing to chance if you want to look stunning on your big day. Time your appointments carefully, you don’t want discoloured roots to be visible under your veil! ♥ The dress, suit and accessories: The outfits of bride, groom, and wedding party are usually coordinated. Will you be a vision in white or will you choose to add a

colourful note? And will the perfect dress feature something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? ♥ Wedding bands: Your wedding bands are the symbols of your love; choose them with care. Do you both want gold, silver, or with diamonds? Discreet or extravagant? With or without an engraving?

♥ The honeymoon: A truly idyllic honeymoon shouldn’t break your budget. Are you tempted by an exotic island or a vibrant city? Do you long for local touring or an overseas escape. Do you want snow or sun? Choose destination and timing carefully and stay within your means. With all that in mind, get the calendar, and make reservations early to secure the top experts. Remember, their talents are in big demand as are popular venues.

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Have you made the big decision to get married? Then there’s no time to lose, especially in regard to venues for both the ceremony and the reception. It’s no secret that the best dates are snapped up quickly, especially for the most beautiful settings. Even the services of the marriage celebrant should be reserved early. The first step is to determine whether you want a religious or civil wedding. Then comes the choice of reception venue. The possibilities abound: restaurant, conference centre, hotel, country inn, golf club (or alternative sports club), ski resort, spa, vineyard, orchard, farm, the zoo, botanical garden, marina, cruise ship, cottage, specialist reception venue or even an overseas island such as Rarotonga. The options are as broad as your imagination but, remember if choosing an outdoor location be sure there is a covered area should the heavens open. Narrow down your list of choices by finding out if the venue can accommodate everyone on the guest list. Ask about the services and equipment available, such as tables and chairs, decorations, catering, entertainment, liquor licence,

From this day forward you will not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home.  – Anon bathrooms, kitchen area, and audio and video equipment. Be sure to check what is and what isn’t included in the package.

The legalities You want to unite your destinies abroad? Find out about marriage legalities in your destination country so you can be sure your union is legally watertight. You and your fiancé should also discuss a marriage contract that clarifies your financial contributions and responsibilities to each other, especially if either of you has children from another marriage. It may not seem very romantic, or one of you may feel the other is preparing to abandon the marriage before it even gets started, but that’s not what it’s all about. A prenuptial agreement shows that you take marriage seriously, as a legal and moral commitment. A future spouse who is well informed before saying “I do” is a worthy counterpart.



The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.  – Anon

secret to your reception

What makes one wedding more fun than another? There’s no need to look far – the secret is in the atmosphere. Here are some tips on how to organise a memorable wedding reception.

The Theme Begin by choosing the theme that will be the foundation of the wedding. This will guide you through your clothing and decorating choices, and it will even determine the wedding favours you offer and the meal the caterer serves.

Entertainment and music If you hire an entertainer along with a DJ or musicians, you’ll have more fun at your own wedding. You’ll both be able to circulate amongst your guests, and there won’t be any uncomfortable lulls. A good DJ is a facilitator who can adapt to the age and tastes of the guests and keep the momentum going. Just be sure that whoever is hired can entertain according to your theme. Some ideas for surprising your guests

The theme can be a colour or combination of colours, an era or a season, a country or a culture, an object or a shared passion. Above all, it should reflect both your personalities.

♥ Plan a unique arrival at the reception. ♥ Provide a guest book that can be a decorative item in your home after the reception.

♥ Set up a photo booth with wacky accessories.

the sky when it gets dark, or plan some fireworks.

♥ Work out a dance routine to perform together or with your wedding party.

♥ Hire a magician, a croupier with casino tables, or a caricaturist to entertain your guests.

♥ Have a karaoke machine at the reception for later in the evening.

♥ Serve custom cocktails, poured by a professional bartender who can juggle bottles and do some spectacular bartending tricks.

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Wedding Open Day at Pullman Auckland Sunday 22nd February • From 1pm - 5pm. We are opening our doors to brides and grooms to-be and their families, to meet our team of wedding consultants and view live wedding set-ups in our Princes Ballroom, Princes Ballroom Terrace, and Top of the Town venues. See what your special day can look like with Pullman and how we can make it a day to remember. The open day is free to attend and includes the following: • • • •

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a time for silver, gold and precious gems It’s well known that summer and romance go hand in hand, the season always seeing an abundance of proposals, engagements, weddings and wedding anniversaries.

an eternity ring was usually given only after many years of marriage. Now, it might be presented after just five years or even on the first anniversary.”

With weddings at their height so, too, are anniversaries and marriage proposals, all of which are likely to prompt a visit to a jeweller.

Anniversaries are also regarded as the perfect time to remodel a ring that may no longer suit ageing hands or may even replace a ring that has simply worn out or was bought when the ring of choice was out of financial reach for a young couple.”

At Howick Village Jeweller, established for some 30 years, owner and master craftsman Chris Schweder says beautiful rings have traditionally been used to cement partnerships or, in the case of eternity rings, to acknowledge relationships that have stood the test of time. Renowned for creating one-of-a-kind jewellery, Chris says, while rings remain a constant, attitudes have changed and younger generations have a different outlook from their parents. “For example, 60 years ago

always offered clients, but it’s delivered in a more obvious and recognisable way.”

Howick Village Jeweller offers versatility of choice with all work done on the premises where clients can see craftsmen working within a visible workshop. But, in particular, the Schweder collection of bespoke jewellery exudes the elegance and creativity associated with this award-winning jeweller. “Schweder is a continuation of the type of service that we’ve

The tailor-made Schweder Bespoke line complements off-the-shelf styles made in-house but are all about capturing the essence of the client in the creation of personalised jewellery be it a ring, earrings, necklace or brooch. “I love to see the inner person then recreate what I see in the form of something truly unique,” Chris says. Indeed, it’s his creative spark which sets the Schweder Bespoke Jewellery concept apart from other options. “My clients like to know that when I make something especially for them, they are not going to have a ‘she’s wearing my dress’ moment.” For many of Chris’ clients, these individually crafted pieces are ideal to mark a significant special occasion.

“It’s not only the original wedding or anniversary that contributes to the special nature of these pieces,” says Chris. “As each year passes, the collected memories associated with wearing what I’ve created continue to gain significance.” There is no time like the present to plan your own special remembrance piece, so call Howick Village Jewellers today and talk to Chris.

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An EcO-hOliDAy DESTinATiOn Do you both long for open spaces and fresh air? You can certainly discover intimate and magical places during a romantic trip to the countryside. Whether you prefer the mountain tops, or remote bush

Love is knowing you have found happiness, a thought times two everyday of your life. A honeymoon that never ends. – Jasmina Siderovski walks, coastal roaming or wine country, this kind of honeymoon will suit the adventurous.

A fivE-STAr DESTinATiOn For a shorter honeymoon, especially one that’s close to home, treat yourselves to a few nights in a luxury hotel suite. Elegance, peace, and sensual pleasures, such as a spa experience and intimate dinners, are on the schedule; what a great way to start married life.

A MySTEry DESTinATiOn Instead of traditional wedding gifts, many couples now invite guests to make a monetary gift which can then go towards the honeymoon. However, why not go one step further by asking family or guests to work together and choose a surprise destination for you and your beloved. Are you brave enough to play along? Just be sure they take your budget into consideration before spinning the globe to pick a dream destination. Have a great honeymoon!

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6-12 Months ♥ Decide on the type of wedding, number of guests and prepare a budget.

♥ Decide when and where you would like

3-5 Months ♥ By now the wedding gown should be

organised or purchased, the style of the groom’s suit chosen and booked or purchased.

your ceremony and reception to be held, check availability of venues and book.

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1-2 Months ♥ Have a trial hair and make-up session. ♥ Contact celebrant, minister or priest, check

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attendants’ dresses should be organised.

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♥ Final fittings for all bridal party members. ♥ Apply to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and

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arrangements, photo preferences, locations.

♥ Contact the people you would like as your

♥ Decide on accessories for the wedding party. Book florist.

of numbers attending. When finalised, consult your caterer.

♥ Choose a colour scheme or theme for your

♥ Finalise your guest list.

♥ Order wine and finalise the menu with

bridal attendants, best man, groomsmen, etc.


♥ Begin the search for the wedding gown. If you decide to have one made, choose the designer and dressmaker.

♥ Draw up a provisional guest list.

♥ Choose and order cake. ♥ Book make-up artist and hairdresser.

and flowers for church and reception finalised.

♥ Re-confirm all arrangements, eg honeymoon, photographer, car hire, hair and make-up, suits, dresses, flowers, venues, caterers, etc.

♥ Wear in your wedding shoes (bride and

friends, things that need doing after the wedding (eg returning hired clothing, taking care of the bride’s gown, storing wedding gifts, etc) and decide who’s doing what.


1 Week ♥ Don’t panic. ♥ Hold a full rehearsal of the ceremony. ♥ Do a dummy run through the journey at the same time and day of the week as the ceremony to be sure transport and timing is correct. Plan an alternative route in case of delays on the day. ♥ Arrange for any hire items to be collected. ♥ Have a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure.

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Local resident and history buff CHRISTINE MILES gives the low down on the history behind some of our thoroughfares and well known places. Take a hot summer’s day, a choice of beautiful beaches, throw in the possibility of a couple of sharks, add a large number of children and you’ve pretty much set the scene for what was, Buckland’s Beaches in the 1800s. In 1849, Alfred Buckland (1825-1903) immigrated to New Zealand from Devon, farming first in Mangere and later becoming a large-scale landowner. He established one of New Zealand’s first stock auctioneering businesses and agricultural merchant houses. Alfred was an energetic fellow who not only knew his livestock, but also had a good head for business, and developed an interest in shipping, stock importing, insurance, horse racing and dogs. In 1861 he purchased 320 acres of land on the peninsula between what is today Bucklands Beach and Eastern Beach. A farm manager oversaw the stock, along with sowing and harvesting oats, wheat, and barley. In the summer, the Buckland

family (consisting of 20 offspring) descended, via buggy, from their city home of Highwic in Newmarket, to enjoy holidays near the sea.

Above, Bucklands Beach 1918 and below, Eastern Beach 1926 – a far cry from today.

However, back then, getting wet past the ankles was a new notion. Modesty was paramount – it was unseemly for older girls and boys, even brothers and sisters, to swim together. The Buckland boys trekked to Eastern Beach, while the girls swam at their own beach, or vice versa. Indeed, Alfred was a wealthy and productive man. Given that many men of his standing would have entered politics, it is perhaps a surprise to discover he chose to direct his energies into helping other farmers understand the business of farming. It appears Alfred also enjoyed adding a little class to the country scene and as a result he played a key role in establishing the Pakuranga Hunt, which was the penultimate of upper class country life back ‘home’ (as in England). Over the years, Buckland’s Beaches have seen great change. There was once a brick works, managed by John

Granger, which was moved when the clay ran out. Shark Bay became Little Bucklands Beach. Two wharves were built for the transport of livestock and passengers and three camping grounds made the beaches a popular holiday destination. Buckland’s Beaches were advertised as ‘a beautiful seaside summer resort’ when subdivision of the land began in 1918. For many years the

area remained a holiday destination but gradually as Auckland began to spread, permanent homes were built. Now residents living there enjoy year round swimming, with a little boating, a little fishing, and long walks along the beaches thrown in. And indeed, some would say, life’s a beach at Bucklands Beach – the name Buckland’s Beaches having disappeared – not only in the summer but all year long.

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Giant snail checked at border Globe trotters are renowned for bringing home souvenirs of their travels, many rare or unusual but not all are welcomed by the people guarding our borders including one keepsake from off the African coast. Biosecurity officials may be accustomed to dealing with problems of titanic proportions but not quite like the one that turned up at Auckland International Airport with a couple returning from an overseas holiday. On intercepting a Giant African Snail, Ministry of Primary Industries staff members may well have prevented a crop and forestry catastrophe. Fortunately the 15cm snail was declared by its owners arriving back from the island of Madagascar where they had found it in a forest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the largest Giant African Snail many of our staff had ever seen,â&#x20AC;? says Craig Hughes, MPIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern border clearance manager, Passengers and Mail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When our inspector tapped the

shell, a number of eggs fell out. We could have had a whole family take residence in Auckland if there hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been border controls in place.â&#x20AC;? Mr Hughes says the Giant African Snail species is a voracious feeder that has caused immense damage to forestry and crops in countries where it has established. It is also known to carry meningitis and, amazingly, can eat the paint and stucco off houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The good thing is they [the couple] declared the snail on their arrival card, thereby alerting our inspector of the biosecurity risk.â&#x20AC;? Mr Hughes adds that passengers commonly (if mistakenly) declare Giant African Snails as sea shells. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realise that the snail will often hibernate unseen at the tip of the shell and only emerge when conditions are favourable.â&#x20AC;?  The incident serves as a warning to check all souvenirs before bringing them home.

While many battle with highway queues, hot stuffy vehicles and dusty roads, the wise ones have climbed aboard a Fullers Ferry to cruise the harbour or to explore island life. Of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s said, variety is the spice of life, and our gulf islands certainly offer that. Fullers can ensure day trippers (and overnighters) enjoy the likes of bird life, vineyards, art galleries, garden and sculpture tours, hiking, biking and, of course, beaches where inviting waters are a cool relief when temperatures reach 28-30°C. With a number of tours and packages on offer there is plenty to please. For example, check out the Vineyard Hopper, a unique and cost-effective hop-on, hop-off Waiheke Island bus service, allowing patrons to visit participating vineyards and to stay for as long or as little as they like without having to worry about driving. Home to some 30 vineyards, Waiheke boasts award-winning wines. The Hopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timetable has been carefully designed so visitors can call at eight key locations via six convenient stops. This means all they need think about is where to spend the day discovering the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gourmet foods and wines then take the return ferry back to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mainlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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Around the world in 104 days! Pakuranga couple Tony and Mary Wilson have never been troubled by seasickness despite spending three months of every other year sailing the seven seas albeit on a luxury liner. Nevertheless, they have experienced the occasional turbulent ocean as HELEN PERRY discovered. When the Dawn Princess docked at Auckland in late January, the ship’s visit immediately saw Tony and Mary Wilson whisk down town to spot their ‘home away from home’ and meet up with former fellow cruisers on the ship’s present voyage. Having sailed on this beautiful cruise ship several times, and looking forward to next year sailing on sister ship, the Sea Princess, which also called at Auckland last month, the Wilsons are quick to praise long distance cruising. “Short cruises aside, we’ve done three 104-day cruises, a 90-day cruise and a six-week cruise and next year we are doing another 104-day cruise,” Mary says. “A lot of people say they couldn’t spend three whole months on a ship but, really, it’s a breeze. “There is just so much to do on board but you also spend a lot of days sightseeing on land. In fact, once hitting Europe you could spend anything from three to 10 days in a row going ashore at different ports. “By the end, you’re ready for a few days at sea just to collapse, catch your breath and rest up.” Tony goes on to say that there are loads of on board activities for people of all ages and interests. These range from lectures and workshops to entertainment, games, movies and more.

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Santorini, Greece

“There are solo and group pursuits; they can be energetic or leisurely,” he says. “For example, we know one couple who never laze around the swimming pool or join in deck sports because of the heat but you will find them playing indoor bowls, cards or attending the likes of a cooking or cocktail demonstration. “With other choices such as computer or photography classes, a book club, concerts, shows, the casino and a myriad of other options there’s no way one could cover them all not to mention visits to the hair salon, spa or gym.” When it comes to dining, the Wilsons say putting on the kilos is all too easy. Restaurants and eateries range from a burger bar and pizza parlour to buffet and a la carte dining, a steak house and various other specialty venues.

While our friends shiver at home, we’re sitting back smug in the deck chair, sunning ourselves. Pods of dolphins and whales often pass by and are always announced. It’s a thrill every time.”

“Meals at all restaurants are inclusive of the cruise except at the steak house where all meals are $AUD25 each,” Tony says. “Dining can be formal or informal and always ample so to work off the calories we do the two-mile circuit of the ship every day. When in port we also try to walk as much as possible.” While European ports of call are the Wilson’s favourite places to visit, they say it is impossible to see everything in one day, so return visits to the same port are


always welcome because they offer another opportunity to see different attractions. “At some ports, tours organised from the ship take passengers in many directions. For example, from Livorno, Italy, it’s possible to visit Florence, Pisa, Siena and more.” While the organised tours are popular, the couple says having done several cruises with the Princess line, they have now formed friendships with other couples who have also cruised on the same ship more than once. “Subsequently, we like to make up a foursome and do our own sightseeing. By sharing costs we save on transport but still have a sense of security by being together. What’s more, itineraries do change and we often encounter new ports of call and there is always something new to see.”

Taj Mahal, India

Muscat, Oman

Cairo, Egypt

All at sea but cruising has taken the Wilsons into many exotic parts of the world as pictured here.

While it has been mostly fair weather sailing for the Wilsons they admit cruises sometimes run into foul weather. “We have missed docking at some ports because of high seas and some passengers have missed embarking or disembarking,” Mary says. “That’s how we bypassed Dublin on one cruise. Terrible weather meant the ship just carried on to the States and passengers waiting to join the cruise in Dublin were flown to the USA to catch up with the ship. Luckily, we both have sturdy sea legs and aren’t bothered by the occasional big wave.” Tony adds the ship is well set up for all illnesses and medical problems including sea sickness.

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“It pretty well has a mini hospital with doctors and nurses available to anyone who is ill. The care is so good some passengers do back-to-back cruises and stay on board for many months. Marvellous, really.”

However, in the first instance, even this sea-hardy couple were a bit apprehensive about such a long cruise, so much so they booked a cabin with a balcony then hardly used it.

The occasional patch of bad weather aside, the Wilsons say three-months of ship board life is totally relaxing. “We unpack only once, do as little or as much as we want and tend to miss a good portion of the New Zealand winter.

“Half way through that cruise, we were so enamoured with everything, we booked a repeat cruise for the next year,” Mary says.

“While our friends shiver at home, we’re sitting back smug in the deck chair, sunning ourselves. Pods of dolphins and whales often pass by and are always announced. It’s a thrill every time.’

“We didn’t bother with the balcony second time around but we did ensure we had a window – I don’t think I’d like three months without being able to see outside. All in all, cruising suits us and we’ve made pretty good sailors – now all we need is that daily tot of Navy rum to endorse our seafaring credentials!”

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Records set at Karaka Bidding next-door to David Ellis can be tough, especially when the Te Akau Racing principal is prepared to write a cheque for $800,000! In a strong finish to New Zealand Bloodstock’s (NZB) recent Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, David Ellis stole the show – purchasing the Fastnet Rock filly, Lot 429. With a total of 22 horses bought for $3,570,000, he became the sale’s leading buyer for a record tenth consecutive year.

Plenty of horsepower at BMW Polo Open Polo may be the sport of kings but this month the hoi polloi and equestrian gentry will gather together for the BMW Polo Open at Clevedon.

well as the traditional ‘stomping of the divots’ – watch out for the fashionistas who do this with their own particular style!

And what an event it promises to be with its mix of high-octane sport, fashion, food, wine, giveaways and, hopefully, more of the fabulous summer sun that has made its presence felt this season.

Of course, when the day is done, the official Heineken After Party will see polo fans celebrating well into the evening.

Fun for all the family – and people from all rides of life – this is the premier polo event of the year in New Zealand with teams vying for the championship. There’ll be exhibition matches (see international stars of the game), as

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“I topped this sale about 23 years ago as a vendor with a filly, and today I topped the sale buying a filly,” he said. “It is something I don’t even think about. The only competition in my mind is the competition I face to buy the good horses. I thought it was a strong sale with sound quality, and the good ones sold well.”

Set to go on Sunday, February 22, 10.30am-11.55pm, at the Auckland Polo Clubgrounds, 102 ClevedonKawakawa Road, this social and sporting event is not to be missed.

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Great outdoor reads ‘ What great outdoors our little islands have! From rugged bush to small town high streets; placid lakes to tempestuous shores, we New Zealanders really do have a wonderful world right on our doorstep. With summer still here, EastLife takes a closer look at some top titles focused on showcasing the treasures that our country has to offer.

hOMETOwn nEw ZEAlAnD Thirty years ago, meter reader, Derek Smith, set out on a mission to record more than just numbers when travelling along his appointed rounds. Inspired by the social documentary style of such photographers as Walker Evans, Robin Morrison and Les Cleveland, the budding shutterbug set about capturing the often overlooked, aesthetic qualities of everyday objects through his lens.

TrAMPing – A nEw ZEAlAnD hiSTOry Strolling down the avenue is not what Kiwis mean by a good walk! Since the early days of our nation, intrepid New Zealanders have put their best feet forward exploring our wonderful, although often rugged, great outdoors. In Tramping, authors Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean explain how our love affair with a good old walk has evolved.

win! nEw ZEAlAnD in wATErcOlOUr EastLife has a copy of this book to give away. To be in to win, simply complete the form under the competitions section at One entry per person/email address; entries close February 28, 2015. Winner notified by phone or email.”

OPEn SEASOn While it may seem like an angler’s life revolves around tales of the one that got away, according to Dave Witherow, getting away from it all is precisely what fishing is all about! Of course, catching a few fish does enter into it, but this Kiwi pastime is just as much about men (and women) seeking escape from domesticity and daily cares to find their inner hunter-gatherers.

The result is Hometown New Zealand, a visual feast of photography featuring homes and baches, shops and garages and many other strange and wonderful subjects.

From the development of statesponsored tracks and huts in the 19th century, to the establishment of tramping clubs and, more recently, battles to found and protect national parks, this book explores why we like to hike!

In Open Season, Dave takes readers on a tour of some of New Zealand’s finest (often most secluded) fishing spots; however, readers also meet the crafty characters who frequent them. A great read for the frenetic fisherman and the armchair angler alike.

• Hometown New Zealand. Photographs by Derek Smith. Published by Craig Potton Publishing. RRP $29.99.

• Tramping – a New Zealand History, by Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean. Published by Craig Potton Publishing. RRP $69.99.

• Open Season – An Angler’s Life in New Zealand, by Dave Witherow. Published by Random House. RRP $39.99.

nEw ZEAlAnD in wATErcOlOUr If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then this book must be worth a billion! Showcasing paintings by 30 leading artists, New Zealand in Watercolour provides a new perspective on some of our country’s treasures. From landscapes to people, iconic places to hidden corners, this book explores and explains through artistic eyes. Complete with captions from the artists explaining their approaches, along with artist profiles, New Zealand in Watercolour is sure to inspire. • New Zealand in Watercolour, by Denis Robinson. Published by New Holland. RRP $49.99.

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In the silence they heard a faint â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cheep, cheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; then a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tweet, tweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring and the forest is full of nesting birds and Little Kiwi and Little Sister have never seen so many chicks, so they decide to count them all. Join Little Kiwi on a counting adventure and meet all the cheeping

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell someone how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bright and distinctive artwork of favourite things, from pretty sweets to sparkling stars, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an

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NCEA survival guide in February it won’t make sense in November when you try to revise it. Ask for help when you need it and ensure you understand everything you put into your book.

As Year 11-13 students embark on what may be the most important year or years of their secondary education, not all will be prepared for the step up. Former dean MANDY GUNDERSEN provides some guidelines on tackling the start of what may prove an exacting year. The first week or two back at school will be a whirl-wind of information – how a course will be structured, when and how it is assessed, classwork and homework expectations. Then, just as you are getting your head around all of that, teaching will begin and with it a mountain of new content and skills you may not be tested on for another 10 months. Those first weeks may seem daunting, particularly for Year 11s, but here are a few tips to make the most of your subject introduction weeks: • Organisation of paperwork: With every new subject comes course outlines, assessment timelines and, later, handouts and worksheets. This is the time to be honest with yourself. If you’re not one to glue stick everything into your book then invest in some clearfiles and slide papers in

as you receive them. If information and assessments are available via your school ultranet, ensure you save your own copies.

• Progressive subjects: For some subjects, such as geography or history, the topics are stand alone and students may be able to pick up that subject even if it wasn’t studied the previous year. All subjects teach skills, which carry through from Year 9, some, such as science, maths, languages and others, teach content via an ever-advancing path. This means that what is taught one year will almost certainly be re-encountered the following year at a more complex level. If you had weak areas in a subject during the previous year you will need to address these as quickly as possible. It is not the teacher’s job to re-teach the previous year’s work. Subjects which are progressive in nature, cannot be picked up in later years if not studied in the previous year, highlighting the need for long term planning when selecting career subjects.

• Assessment planners: Have at least one full year planner and write in all assessment dates and when assignments are due. Add in extracurricular commitments so you have a clear picture of the timeframes provided to complete everything. • Consider your subject choices: There is some flexibility to change courses during the first few weeks and again, it is a time to be honest with yourself. Generally, you should be taking a subject because it interests you (not your friends or family); one you have achieved solid grades in the past and you need it for future study or career prospects. Also, if studying a subject for the first time, you may find it’s not what you expected.

Approach the teacher and discuss your concerns. Ten months is a long time to spend studying a subject that is wrong for you. • Speak up in class: Imagine you are given a book written in Spanish (or another language you cannot speak). It won’t matter how many times you read that book it won’t make any sense. Learning a new subject is the same. If it doesn’t make sense

King’s College among the Best King’s College in Auckland is renowned for delivering an education that enables students to fully explore their potential. The learning journey of each student is personalised through NCEA and the Cambridge International Exam pathway. Academic results place King’s among the very top schools in the country. Students have recently won scholarships to Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown, along with places at Oxford and Cambridge. Such institutions look beyond academic achievement and also consider an all-round involvement in learning. This is an area of particular strength for King’s students, with every individual taking part in sport, cultural activities and community service. King’s College also has an extensive programme of education outside the classroom. For example, all Year 10 students spend a month on an

Adventure Challenge, including a week at the school’s Ahuroa Venture Camp, a week on the maxi round-theworld yacht Steinlager II and 11 days at the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre in Tongariro National Park.


Students who board enjoy day trips in the weekends for activities such as scuba diving, surf lifesaving and barista training. King’s College accepts boys from Years 9 to 13 and girls in Year 12 and 13. Further information can be found at

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Helpful hints â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure children sit down to eat enabling eating times to be relaxed and sociable. â&#x20AC;˘ Serve small portions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a large portion can put children off. They can always ask for more. â&#x20AC;˘ Watch the drinks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as these can fill small tummies up. â&#x20AC;˘ When possible eat with your children so they can see you eating the same food.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Make food fun and attractive on the plate. This way it will be inviting for children to eat. â&#x20AC;˘ Be a good role model. When children see others enjoying a food, they are more likely to try it and enjoy it themselves. â&#x20AC;˘ Avoid giving snacks right before meal times. If your child asks for food just before a meal, try to think of an activity to divert their attention. â&#x20AC;˘ Renaming food with cool names can convince reluctant eaters to try them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; power peas, apple moons (thinly sliced), banana wheels, broccoli trees, carrot swords to name a few. â&#x20AC;˘ Remember to praise your children when they are trying new foods. Finally, converting your children from being picky eaters won't happen over night, but over time their tastebuds will change. The more opportunities you give them to try new things, the less fussy they will be. Good luck â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are so many food ideas online to help you with this challenging part of raising children.

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in dogs Owning a pet brings many joys but when illness strikes pet owners usually have many questions. Here DR ANDREA GITS explains the need for vaccination against parvovirus. Parvovirus is a virulent viral infection that affects dogs, especially puppies and adolescent dogs. It is one of the main diseases vaccinated for. In affected dogs, parvovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea which leads to severe dehydration and metabolic disturbances, shock and sometimes septicaemia if secondary bacteria becomes involved. It is still a problematic, distressing and often fatal disease in dogs more than 30 years after it was first identified. Treatment for parvoviral infection centres on supportive care and aims to support the patient. This means intravenous fluid therapy with added electrolytes and possibly dextrose, pain relief, anti-nausea medication and dedicated intensive barrier nursing. Antiviral medication can also be used. Parvovirus is a very hardy virus which can live in the environment for long periods of time and still be very infective. It is shed in gigantic numbers by infected dogs in their stools, and is readily carried on shoes and clothing to new areas so it is considered ubiquitous in our environment. The vaccine itself is very good and gives great protection so it is important to have your puppy and adult dog vaccinated as recommended by your veterinarian. The reason that puppies need

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a different and more intensive vaccination protocol than older dogs is because puppies do receive some protection from their mother against this virus in the form of maternal antibodies.


Ironically though, these maternal antibodies can also make the vaccine ineffective and we need to wait for them [the antibodies] to drop away to be sure that the vaccination works. Therefore, your puppy needs multiple vaccines, as overcoming this maternal antibody effect happens at variable times in different individuals.



We recommend that unvaccinated puppies do not venture into public places such as parks and streets until 10 days after their final vaccination. This ensures they have mounted a good immune system response to the vaccination. The last puppy vaccination is given when the puppy is 14-16 weeks old. Please phone us if you want to check if your dog is up to date with its vaccinations or if you have any queries about the vaccination protocols that we recommend.

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Personal and household essentials are many and varied. Some are determined by practicality, some by need and some by pure desire. Essentials may be about making the workload easier, providing for health and wellbeing or simply ensuring the total look be it fashion-wise or décor directed. Take a look at this month’s Valentine’s Essentials.

Be truly romantic this Valentine’s Day Our range of beautiful silver, stainless, gold and diamond jewellery is on SALE! Show just how much you care with jewellery your loved one will want to wear always… NZ Jewellers is located at Botany Town Centre Ph 277 7746.

On your rocker with Lujo While summer’s almost done, let’s hope the sun has a few good days left for us yet. Particularly if we can find time to relax in Lujo’s new Rocker Sun Lounger. Poolside or on the patio, the sleek and stylish curves of this lounger mean it’s sure to become a fixture of many local backyards. And, thanks to its clever design, it can be adjusted into multiple lounging positions for the ultimate laid back experience. Hand crafted in New Zealand from Kwila hardwood, Lujo loungers (RRP $1995) are only available online at Free delivery nationwide.

ONLY THE FINEST CHOCOLATE WILL DO Treat your loved one to a memorable taste sensation with our marbled Sea Shells, our chocolate sprinkled truffles and our finest pralines this Valentine’s Day. Discover a world of sweet indulgence with lots of Belgian chocolate treasures. Available at all leading supermarkets.

NZ JEWELLERS Your Manufacturing Jeweller LOVE HONEY Love Honey wine (RRP $36) is made from a blend of Manuka and other native honey, giving the depth of Manuka’s rich honey flavour, with spice to lift the palate. It is perfect with dessert, or with a cheese board. It can also be enjoyed in place of sherry, before or after dining. Wild Bounty Multifloral honey is a unique blend of wild native New Zealand Manuka, Kamahi & Rewarewa Honey. Kamahi & Rewarewa honey contains high levels of antioxidants and provides many health-maintaining benefits. As all are aware the uses and benefits of Manuka honey are vast. Mention this advert and grab this 1 kg pack for only $35! Visit for more details, also available at our store New From Zealand at Flat Bush, Ph 577 5788

Why not give a Prenzel Liqueur and Chocolates TO your Valentine?... Treat your special person with a gift of liquid luxury. Choose from a wide variety of flavours at The Prenzel tasting room in Whitford. From peach or lemon to chocolate or butterscotch there is a flavour to delight all. Pair your favourite liqueur with handmade truffles from House of Chocolate – luxury! Visit Prenzel of Whitford to select your gift and enjoy a tasting at the same time or shop online at We gift wrap too….

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Fragrant rooms make scents! A quarter of a century ago, entrepreneur Colyn Devereux created the gorgeous bath and body brand, Les Floralies. For many years the company was based in East Tamaki but recently, it relocated to a ‘green’ botanical farm in Matakana where Les Floralies has been re-launched as Matakana Botanicals. This fragrant new collection includes candles hand-made with local beeswax and room diffusers, which take their inspiration from the evocative aromas of the Matakana landscape. Perfect for Valentine’s giving look for Mandarin & Verbena, Rose & Peony, Lime & Grapefruit and Cocoa & Vanilla. Diffusers (250ml): RRP $35.00; Candles (35 hour burn time): RRP $25

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Postie’s drape collar blazer is a ‘must have’ back-to-work essential that can be mixedand-matched with any of these outfits to create a smart office look. Add ruched ankle pants for a dash of summer floral flair.

Monochrome is a trend that can make anyone look and feel stylish. Pair Postie’s check blouse with Postie’s zip detail pants for a no-fuss outfit, great for an on-the-go day in the office.

A tunic dress can be styled with anything and is flattering on most shapes. Both Postie’s printed chiffon tunic, and tunic with belt, look great with sandals or wedges and the Postie drape collar blazer.

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I do, I will & always Kagi Jewellery has released its Eternity Collection in time for the most romantic day of the year, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Redefining the concept of forever, Kagiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eternity collection is a fresh, youthful and modern take on the eternity ring concept. The concept of the eternity ring was first created in the 1960s by now well-known diamond merchant De Beers. A traditional eternity ring comprises a band set with a continuous line of identically cut diamonds to symbolise never-ending love. Kagiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eternity Collection centres around a Celtic-inspired, intricate floral knot, reminiscent of an infinity sign â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to this love there is no start or end. Featuring hundreds of handset cubic zirconias in a never-ending composition, this ring is the perfect way to say: I do, I will and always come Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. The collection features a matching sterling silver eternity ring ($115) and eternity necklace pendant ($125).

From top left: Loobieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story Mariposa Top RRP $249, Ashley & Co Mini Bar Blossom & Gilt RRP $9, Deuce Dello Zephair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Raspberry Breeze RRP $89.90, Ooby Ryn Everdeen Cape RRP $399, San Pellegrino 6-pack Aranciata Rossa RRP $13.99$15.99, Loobieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story Montana Top RRP $299, Ashley & Co Soothe Tube Blossom & Gilt RRP $22, Ketz-ke VIP Dress RRP $169, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 RRP $129, Deuce Mayfield Fabric W Red Paisley RRP $99.90, Matakana Botanicals Rose & Peony RRP $34.90, Chambord Liqueur 700ml RRP $49.99, Chambord Liqueur Vodka 700ml RRP $49.99.

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Home-grown This season we have got our eye on some great labels, all home-grown right here in New Zealand. Here are a few Kiwi designers to watch.

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1. Lucy Mcintosh – Meddle jacket RRP $999, Divine shirt RRP $265, Soul skirt RRP $285 2. Deborah Sweeney – Mohair Jumper RRP $365, Blanket Wrap Cape RRP $479, Stretch Velvet Stovepipe RRP $319 3. Chaos & Harmony – Heartbreak RRP $369 4. Kowtow – Performance Cape RRP $359, In Real Time Top RRP $149, Automatic Pant RRP $199 5. Blak Luxe – Clash Top RRP $199, On the Run Pants $249

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Polo-rising fashion Former fashion editor LULU WILCOX, celebrity stylist to the BMW Polo Open 2015, knows this year’s event will attract avid fans and fashionistas. While a diverse crowd is expected, most will want to dress to the nines. Here Lulu gives first timers some ideas on how to dress for one of the biggest celebrity events of the summer. Polo fashion is a chic twin sister to racing fashion. It combines elegance, glamour and style resulting in a fun, carefree and very stylish, fresh look. With polo’s origins being in China and Persia, styles referencing these countries should be refreshing with the fairer sex using gorgeous fabrics styled into short or maxi dresses or, perhaps, a crisp white shirt and linen pants. In general, think casual, chic daywear – NO cocktail dresses. The polo isn’t as formal as the races, but not as casual as the beach, so go for something in-between that’s comfortable and appropriate.  Colourful is fine but not sparkly, if you would wear it to a bar on Saturday night don’t wear it to the polo. Remember, the polo field can sometimes be windy so don’t wear anything too short or too floaty. An elegant, well-cut shift dress for the tall and slender, or a longer kaftan if some cover is preferred. Should the weather remain as hot as it’s been and you plan to wear shorts, they should be knee-length or just above – not too short – the look is resort plush not beachcomber layabout.

Ladies’ footwear – definitely no stilettos; sinking into the grass is not classy. Glamorous sandals, this season’s stunning wedges or sophisticated loafers should be the order of the day. Wearing appropriate shoes will also make it possible to participate in the “divot-stomping” on the field during half-time. Headwear for the polo should not include fascinators; save these for race day wear. Instead, opt for Panama hats, woven fedoras or something with a wide feminine brim – very chic! Accessorise with a ‘less is more’ attitude; styley sunglasses are an absolute must – wear your best pair for eye protection and looks. Be sure to carry an adequate handbag to hold all the things needed for a day out of doors – sunscreen, small bottle of water, hairbrush, makeup and more. If windy, pack a light wrap, too. Now, for the gents. Smart casual, collared shirt (linen perhaps), chinos or ‘polo’ t-shirt with dress jeans and light linen-look jacket or sports coat for a more classical look. Think light, plain colours or understated stripe or check. Ensure your belt suits your trousers.

Lulu Wilcox, right, at last year’s Polo Open with Natalie Chan. No short shorts, athletic singlets or Hawaiian shirts – this is not the place. And forget thongs and running shoes, too; go for leather loafers, a light-coloured, casual pump or a short boot.

Photo Norrie Montgomery

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I Diet and Exercise and Still Cannot Lose Weight CLIVE PLUCKNETT, Naturopath, P.G.Dip. Anti Aging Medicine, P.G.Dip. Cancer Nutrition, P.G.Dip. Mental Health Nutrition, MBA, BA, P.G.Dip Science Susan was a CEO of a fairly large company.   She was ambitious, driven, and successful.  She was used to getting what she wanted and was understandably peeved that she could not reach her ideal weight. 

The effect of cancer, and cancer treatment, on appearance can really lower spirits. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we started our Look Good Feel Better workshops over 25 years ago. The work we do helps women, men and teens with cancer improve the way they look, making a real difference to their confidence, strength and positivity.

Cancer, and cancer treatment, has many impacts. One that The support we give is free to anyone with any cancer, and can be very hard to bear is the toll it takes on appearance. extends right across New Zealand. We rely entirely on donations, At Look Good Feel Better weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been supporting women, men the generosity of the cosmetics industry and the work of volunteers and teens with cancer for over 25 years. Our workshops help people cancer improve the way they look, letting them to keep going. By donating to Look Good Feel Better youwith help face the world with more confidence, strength and positivity. make a difference to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives when they need it most. The support we give is free to anyone with any cancer, and And every dollar goes directly to running the workshops. extends right across New Zealand. We rely entirely on donations, Please visit our website or find us on Facebook to contribute. the generosity of the cosmetics industry and the work of


volunteers to keep going. By donating to Look Good Feel Better you help bring smiles to faces that have had little to smile about. And every dollar goes directly to running the workshops. Please visit our website or find us on Facebook to contribute.




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We eventually negotiated that Susan would fill out my on-line questionnaire. I would analyse it and come back to her with a planned consultation.  My questionnaire kept getting pushed to the bottom of Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Doâ&#x20AC;? list, until a school reunion loomed and suddenly getting into shape assumed a high priority.  When I first met Susan, I would describe her as a woman from a medieval painting.  She was large, but in good proportion.  I remember her first words (the first hint I had that she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Buddhist) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look, my time is precious.  I need to lose 20 kilos for a school reunion.  Can you make it happen?â&#x20AC;?  My reply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can make you lose 20 kilos in four weeks, but you would not like the way you look or feel.  Forget weight loss, start thinking fat loss and a healthy body.â&#x20AC;? 

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My first contact with Susan was through her PA, not an ideal situation for a naturopath.   Margaret, the PA, was very clear on what Susan wanted.  She was less clear about the information that I needed.  

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Susan said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have tried every diet and exercise programme, yet I still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shed the weight and if I do, I put it straight back on, with extra.â&#x20AC;? We ran some tests on Susan. She had an underactive thyroid, high levels of inflammation, high levels of toxicity, low progesterone levels and other stuff going on. 

I explained to Susan: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your thyroid is underactive so you are not burning the calories you would if it was functioning normally, so you could eat the same diet as your twin sister and she would lose weight while you would not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have high levels of inflammation. This is coming from the way your body is dealing with daily stress.  Your body is too busy getting you ready for action to properly deal with the food. As a result it puts it straight into fat.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have high levels of toxicity in your lower gut.  The body stores toxins in fat so, when it comes to shedding the fat, the body will resist losing its storage depots.â&#x20AC;? We went through all the findings of the tests and their impact on Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fat loss. Instead of putting her on a fat loss programme, we addressed her nutrient deficiencies, supported her thyroid, reduced inflammation, supported the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stress response, and then did a detox programme.  Susan reached her 20 kg weight loss goal, but what was more important is that it was 20 kg of fat that was lost, not muscle.  Retaining muscle is the key to retaining fat loss, as muscle cells burn up 30 times more calories than fat cells.  Read Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full story at our website and see if it rings any bells for you.

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Eye health foresight pays off was off to see Dr Polkinghorne for a consultation. [image 2].

Practice manager at Howick Village Optometrists, Frith Jenkins is accustomed to supplying vision solutions to clients but when she was faced with an operation to repair a macular hole in her own eye, the experience turned out to be very different from what she imagined. Working in the health industry can have good and bad points. One of the good points is making sure you have regular eye examinations. Another good thing is working for a business which believes in constantly updating and acquiring equipment to further enhance the practice and give the optometrists the ability to diagnose potential conditions. In 2012 Howick Village Optometrists purchased an OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomographer) and I offered myself up as a guinea pig for the practice scans. There were three optometrists in the room with me and when the image came on screen I had all three craning forward then muttering, “Mmmm, what’s that?” [image 1]. Now talk about, ‘right place right

time!’ It turns out I had a macular hole slowly developing. Something that would not have been noticed by me for some time but, with the OCT, it was detected and information forwarded immediately to an ophthalmologist for an opinion and further consultation. The macular is located at the back of the eye and when it is not working correctly it affects the central vision. I am rather partial to being able to see and, of course, started thinking of all the worst scenarios. My ophthalmologist Dr Philip Polkinghorne wrote back saying we wouldn’t need to do anything at present but told me to monitor the macular regularly by self-checking with an Amsler grid and of course by utilising the OCT machine.


It was decided that I would need a vitrectomy, a bit of laser and a gas bubble inserted. It is always good to discuss the process and any side effects of any surgical procedures. The surgery itself was amazing. I was conscious throughout (with sedative) and could see everything happening. We all tend to forget that the eye is an organ and is very sensitive and extremely valuable.



I did as advised. Then, towards the end of 2014 the OCT scans were showing significant changes so it

All went well with the surgery [image 3] and, now, several months later I am still monitoring my vision with the OCT and regular specialist appointments. My vision has been affected and it will be several more months before I can look at new lenses and better vision. I cannot stress how grateful I am to work where people matter and where the health of the eye is just as important, if not more so, than those things we can actually see.

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Personal enhancement procedures Respected plastic surgeon, MARTIN REEs from Marina specialists addresses the desire by many people to improve on biological features they were born with or changes that have occurred through ageing.

Human nature is such that many of us are not content with how we look or ‘who we are’ for some reason. Nearly all of us have an aesthetic sense that we use to recognise what is beautiful in life; a flower, a bird, child or one’s partner; even one’s self! Equally there are some creatures, sights or people that we do not like to look at as our aesthetic sense of beauty is offended, which is an unpleasant experience. we all have a strong sense of personal identity from seeing ourselves in photos (as other people see us) or in the mirror as we usually see ourselves ( the reverse of how we actually look!) some people are unfortunately born with features that are outside the ‘normal range’ (biological variation). some of us as we age change considerably and become something we are not used to seeing...a face or body reminiscent of our mother or father! That person looking back at me is no longer ‘me’ as my brain remembers but the image of an old man or woman. so many patients tell me things like this. The photos taken at a family wedding often catch one unawares, ‘side-on’ showing that humped or hooked nose, or a thick, fat neck that isn’t obvious from the front when looking in the mirror. This may precipitate a person into seeking professional advice from a

what is vitally important is to engage with a plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with; someone whose integrity you can trust, who has many years of experience with well-honed surgical skills to produce consistently good results with a minimum number of unwanted side effects.”

plastic surgeon as to what can be done to ‘reverse the clock’ or take 20 years off the face. some people like to ‘grow old gracefully’ and simply accept themselves as they are. They are perfectly content with themselves and their lives. others struggle with the effects of ageing and want to fight against it as strongly as possible.

what is vitally important is to engage with a plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with; someone whose integrity you can trust and who has many years of experience with well-honed surgical skills to produce consistently good results with a minimum number of unwanted side effects.

Modern surgical techniques and medical advances can produce some astounding transformations for the better. Big improvements are often possible; sometimes subtle changes are all that are needed.

This person must be able to offer high quality surgery and be available for post-op care and support. No one regrets buying quality. Going for the cheapest price with a

holiday thrown in at a distant and exotic destination may be a good idea at the time but I’ve seen many complications and bad results from ‘cosmetic tourism’. It is much better not to go to someone whose credentials, skills and training cannot be easily ascertained. At Marina specialists we offer quality surgery in a quality facility with quality after care by highly skilled surgeons with many years of training and surgical experience to produce results you will be pleased with and we can be proud of!

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Finding lingerie and corsetry that fits perfectly is not always as easy as it seems without the assistance of an experienced corsetiere. Maree Kay is arguably this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most experienced corsetiere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she started in the business 57 years ago. Her experience in fitting bras, other undergarments and surgical garments is unmatched. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maree louise Underfashions is a basic corsetry shop with special emphasis on medical garments and providing bras and prostheses for women who have been through breast surgery, but we also have a good range of top quality regular bras and undergarments,â&#x20AC;? she explains. As an affiliated provider to the

Ministry of Health, Maree is able to claim funding on behalf of women who have had a mastectomy, either partial or full or with congenital needs, or who have undergone reconstructive surgery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This funding allows the ladies to purchase a prostheses and bras to get them back on track,â&#x20AC;? she says. Maree is soon to travel to samoa to help breast cancer survivors. with her will be a number of prostheses and a range of bras donated by Triumph International. Christine Nicoll is now being trained as Mareeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant corsetiere. with a background in nursing and sales and marketing, Christine is enjoying her new challenge. Maree louise Underfashions caters for the fuller figure with bras up to a size 28 and a cup K and also sells maternity bras, surgical hosiery, compression hosiery, flight stockings and sleeves. The shop also caters for

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Countless women, who have been through breast cancer surgery, have stepped out of Maree louise Underfashions in Papakura with renewed self-esteem.

Maree Kay and Christine Nicoll men, selling surgical hosiery along with hernia belts and corsets.

have a garment that fits their body shape and type perfectly.

Bra alterations, including the sewing of extenders, providing pockets for holding prostheses in place, converting bras to front fastening and replacing hooks and eyes, is all part of the wonderful service provided by Maree louise Underfashions. Thanks to this service, the Maree louise Underfashions team ensures clients

For one-to-one service, ring Maree and Christine to book an appointment or call at the shop, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or saturday 9am-1pm. Maree louise Underfashions 113 Great south Road, Papakura. Ph 298 0999



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– get them back on track

For many of us, New Year resolutions may have been pushed aside and forgotten or we may have already missed the boat on some of the goals we set. But rather than dwell on this depressing thought why not take the opportunity to re-light the fire you had when entering the New Year? Our goals are no less important now than they were on December 31. We have probably just become swept up in ‘life’ and those factors that can sometimes become all-consuming. When you re-visit your New Year resolution, stand back and look at your goal in a new light. Creating an emotional connection to your goal will increase the likelihood of realising your resolutions.

Why is your goal important to you? Losing weight for example, is meaningless unless you have an emotional motivation. A number on a scale is entirely irrelevant by itself. Ask yourself what is the actual reason you want to lose weight? Is it to improve your health, to feel better in tight-fitting clothes or to perform better on the sports field? Visualisation is a great tool; how will it feel when you achieve your goal? Aim to create an image of what it might look like. It is these emotional connections to your goal, and the personal satisfaction in achieving something worthwhile, that you should aim to tap into. Post images on your fridge, create

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When you understand your goal, you can monitor progress in terms that best reflects how you are tracking. While you may use bodyweight as a measure, you should also choose other measures that relate to your goal. If, for example, you want to fit into smaller clothes, measure your waist. You may be surprised to find that it can reduce, even when your bodyweight doesn’t change. Before and after photos can also be a good measure. It is never too late to revive New Year resolutions. They are just as important now as they were at the start of the year. You just need to re-focus on what it means to you and how it will feel once goals are achieved.




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FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE Author: Claire Turnbull Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) RRP: $30 Reviewed by: Helen Perry

As I read, I couldn't believe how much author Claire Turnbull has packed into this 272 page A5 size book. Foodies will surely appreciate her simple eating out guide of good options/bad options at ethnic restaurants. For example, eating Thai? Good option – lean meat, fish or tofu stir fried with veggies and nuts, served with boiled rice; bad option – curry puffs, spring rolls, red/yellow curries with coconut milk.

I put off and put off reading Feel Good for Life mainly because I’ve been privy to more than a few books offering recipes for healthy living and, apart from fearing a ‘sameness’, I wondered, if yet again, I would end up feeling guilty for my sins. While, somewhat surprisingly, most of those books actually proved to be good reading, I still dug my toes in when another encouraging guru came my way. Of course, that’s because I’m not remotely good when it comes to healthy eating and living and don’t want to be reminded of it. Working long hours, seldom exercising, eating many ‘wrong’ things means I have paid for it – i.e. struggled with weight. But I am not unhappy. I’ve done the gym thing, and loved it for a time. I also go through periods of extremely

healthy eating and loads of walking – but eventually bad habits return. I tell you all this because Feel Good for Life really impacted on me and I believe it is a book which will help many people in similar predicaments. I particularly liked this book because it didn’t just tell readers what they should be doing but provided loads of

Healthier options for eating in or for take outs have also been included. Add to this some sound advice on mindless eating, reactive munching and, importantly, one’s ability to say, ‘no thanks’. Some of this book may seem like commonsense but it goes far beyond the obvious. With graphs, illustrations and charts, it gives readers a clear directional picture on their journey to healthy eating and healthier living.

This whole book is a recipe for feeling good. Loosely, it starts with managing madness and ends with using your soul as a compass in all phases of life. From the preface to the summary, there is much to gain. It would be all too easy – or perhaps not – to go though Feel Good for Life, chapter by chapter, page by page, because it is very much a case of reading through individual sections and thinking, “now that’s really excellent, even I can do that!” And it is inspiring that Claire Turnbull, who has her own private nutrition practice and is also a busy mum with a six month old son, not only practises what she preaches but is motivated to encourage others. I should add this is the first book of this nature I have felt compelled to keep for myself. I may never achieve all Claire's recommendations but I do feel encouraged to take more responsibility for living healthier and believe this is a book which will help me do just that.

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New generation cleanser After a long late night out most women look for the fastest, easiest and most effective way of removing make-up and now Garnier is set to launch an internationally successful cleanser that captures skin residue like a magnet. Micellar Cleansing Water is a multi-purpose face cleanser which employs Micellar technology to deliver a 3-in-1 solution – removing make-up and impurities from face, eyes and lips whilst cleansing and soothing. Unlike traditional cleansers Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water captures impurities like a magnet with no need to rub or rinse. In traditional cleansers, surfactant – compounds that hold on to water and catch impurities – act one by one to remove impurities. In Micellar Cleansing Water, the surfactants are grouped in a Micellar sphere. Together, they capture makeup, sebum and impurities within the sphere. Impurities are then trapped within the Micelles which are carried off by the Micellar water and are eliminated with no rubbing or rinsing required. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (RRP $12.99) available from selected supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores from next month.

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OIL TO MAKE SKIN GLOW! Manuka Doctor’s new Brightening Facial Oil will have your skin looking radiant in no time at all. Formulated with powerful plant extracts, this new beauty product quickly absorbs into the skin to brighten and smooth uneven skin tone. Its key ingredients are manuka oil with a combination of anti-oxidant rich oils including argan, tamanu and rosehip, to help protect against oxidative damage, whilst deeply nourishing to hydrate, revitalise, even out skin tone and restore skin suppleness – use a few drops after cleansing, morning and night, under your day or night cream. Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil (RRP $29.95 30ml) available at Life and Unichem pharmacies, selected department stores, and The Manuka Doctor concept store, Auckland City.

Limited edition Trilogy Body Wash cleans out rivals Trilogy Botanical Body Wash takes a fashionable turn with a limited edition dress-up designed by iconic New Zealand fashion label Hailwood. Renowned for his distinctive fabrics and chic designs, Hailwood has lent his creative flair to this popular certified natural body product. Formulated from a delicate blend of aroma-therapeutic oils, nondrying cleansers and invigorating pure plant extracts, the Trilogy Botanical Body Wash’s uplifting formulation combines kawakawa, the native New Zealand pepper tree, and antioxidant-rich amla fruit to invigorate and rejuvenate, with soothing French lavender oil, cooling cucumber and calming chamomile. Only available in New Zealand for a limited time, this gorgeous Hailwood collaboration makes Trilogy Botanical Body Wash a super-stylish addition to any bathroom. Trilogy Botanical Body Wash (500ml RRP $29.90) available from selected Farmers, pharmacy, department and health stores nationwide.

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UNLOCKing NATURAL BEAUTY The therapeutic benefits of evening primrose oil have long been recognised with herbalists using it to treat many conditions and symptoms such as chronic headaches, ageing, eczema, acne, joint pain, obesity and PMS. Now, Weleda’s new Evening Primrose Body Care range has been artfully crafted to assist mature skin. It is packed with revitalising evening primrose oil to improve the skin’s natural barrier and protect against moisture loss while helping to increase cell regeneration and leave skin feeling great and looking beautiful. The new range includes: • Evening Primrose Revitalising Body Wash – This creamy body wash gently cleanses the skin with the active ingredient of fermented coconut. Skin is left feeling refreshed and replenished with the inclusion of essential fatty acid-rich evening primrose oil, which stimulates the skin’s natural defences and protects it from dryness and damage. RRP $20.90 (200ml) • Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Oil – A nourishing body oil which revitalises the skin and helps maintain and improve firmness and elasticity. It includes cell-regenerating inca nut oil which intensely hydrates skin and infuses it with vitality. RRP $37.90 (100ml) • Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Lotion – Firms and strengthens maturing skin as the Omega 6 fatty acid-rich evening primrose oil boosts the skin’s metabolism, giving a radiant, longlasting finish. Powerful anti-oxidants in the wheat germ oil extract absorb into the skin to unlock and enhance plumpness. RRP $36.90 (200ml) Available from all good health food stores and pharmacies nationwide. See page 20 to enter the draw to win a gift pack of the Weleda Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Care range.


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Beans mean business Beans and machines have been good for business according to one local entrepreneur who’s set to introduce Kiwis to a new brew, as JON RAWLINSON discovered. When carefully measuring out single source coffee beans to create the perfect cup of espresso, it’s evident Reiss Gunson is a bean counter in more than one way. The founder of Londinium Espresso – a chartered accountant and lawyer – is committed to serving up the perfect cuppa. “We’re a small, craft business roasting the coffee ourselves and looking to bring in high end, single origin coffee for New Zealanders to experience,” says Reiss, who recently shifted Londinium’s base of operations from England to East Tamaki. Locally-born and raised, Reiss headed to London in 1998. While he says he always intended to start his own business – dating back to his days of first studying economics at Macleans College – it wasn’t until 2004 that he took the ‘plunge.’ “I bought my first roaster and started the business then [part-time]. A few years later I chucked in my job, working for electronics and technology company The Laird Group, to tackle the business full time,” he says.


“I still wouldn’t say I’m a big coffee drinker, in terms of volume, and I never had a great epiphany where I knew coffee was going to be my life. “I do enjoy coffee and the craft aspect, but I’m commercially focused too. In life you have to balance what you love with what you can make a living doing.” Named after the Roman word for London – where the business began – Londinium was chosen to represent English identity with an Italian connection. Carving out a niche in the market, Reiss set about supplying single source beans. “We’re not a roaster which can compete on a price basis; we’re a boutique business, absolutely tiny in comparison to some. “We use a London brokerage to locate the world’s best beans. The way we survive is by producing interesting coffees that afford the terroir [special characteristics] of the land on which the coffee was grown.” Continued overleaf

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From previous page Reiss says the best way to understand the difference between single source and blended coffee is by comparing it to wine.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee has a lot of parallels to wine, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think those parallels have really come across in New Zealand quite yet. Coffee is blended mainly for consistency, in terms of product and price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar to Champagne; non vintage is about creating a similar taste year on year, regardless of climatic conditions, whereas vintage is about showing off the unique characteristics of a particular year. Similarly, each single origin coffee will taste different year on year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it almost has its own personality.â&#x20AC;?

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Interestingly, Reiss says once ground, coffee can go stale within just 30 minutes; however, providing beans are packaged correctly and kept in a cool place (but not the fridge or freezer), they can stay fresh for up to six weeks. A couple of years back, Reiss saw an opportunity to move his business beyond beans. Although the company was already supplying Italian lever espresso machines, as well as grinders, he wanted to make them more accessible to home users. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not an engineer, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bean counter,â&#x20AC;? he quips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different with our own brand of machines is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shrunk them down so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dominate kitchen space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re easy to use and reliable, and if there are any problems, we can deliver parts within 3-4 days, with no customs delays or language barrier in dealing with Italy to overcome.â&#x20AC;?

to sell However, Reiss says Londinium machines are ultimately designed to do one thing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;to allow people to


I do enjoy coffee and the craft aspect, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m commercially focused too. In life you have to balance what you love with what you can make a living doing.â&#x20AC;?

make coffee at home which is on a par with any served up in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best cafes.â&#x20AC;? While manufacture of the machines remains based in England, Reissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; return to New Zealand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for family reasons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the establishment of an East Tamaki showroom sees the business with a foot on each side of the globe. With the businesses infancy behind it and thanks to the internet, Reiss is set on making Londinium a globally recognised and respected brand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our core market is discerning individuals whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really into their coffee and small businesses. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also looking forward to supplying Kiwi cafes,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are loving our beans and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sold more than 300 machines in two years across at least 30 countries. The guy who makes them for us said weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be lucky to sell 20 a year, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely pleased with how the business is going so far!â&#x20AC;?


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Sweet Valentine’s treats In celebrating Valentine’s Day it stands to reason that sweethearts and lovers should begin and end festivities on a dulcet note. And how better than with a delicious cocktail starter at an intimate dinner for two concluded by a mouth-watering dessert? Recipes and concoctions abound but here are just a few suggestions to ensure your Valentine is thrilled!

Pompelmo Paradise ingredients: • 30ml vodka • 10ml orange liqueur • 30ml fresh grapefruit juice • 150ml Sanpellegrino Pompelmo

Chinotto Cobbler

method: Place all ingredients in a blender then add an equal amount of ice. Blend until smooth and serve immediately in tumblers, with a sprig of mint for garnish. A perfect summer afternoon pick-me-up!



• 400ml Sanpellegrino Chinotto • 90ml cherry Juice • 1/2 lemon, juiced • 1/2 orange & 1/2 apple, diced

Cut orange and apple pieces then place in a one litre carafe. Add the cherry juice, lemon juice and Chinotto. Fill the carafe with ice and serve immediately in tall glasses, making sure each gets a few pieces of fruit for maximum flavour.

Hazelnut Dacquoise with Blueberry Cream Some things just work together... mince and cheese, peas and carrots, Sonny and Cher (well, maybe not so much them!) and, of course, nuts and berries.

Continue beating until stiff peaks form, then add the hazelnut mixture and fold in. Line 3 trays with baking paper and draw three small and four larger circles. Pipe the meringue mixture into the circles and bake for 1 hour before allowing to cool.

Bringing together the best of both, this delightful recipe (courtesy of OOB Organics) features deliciously nutty meringue and is perfect for people with gluten allergies.

Blueberry cream


In a pan, add the fresh blueberries, water and caster sugar. Stir over medium heat until blueberries break down. Pour mixture through a sieve and place back on the heat until mixture reduces to a thick syrup.

Dacquoise • 250g hazelnuts • 6 egg whites • 300g caster sugar • 2 tbsp cornflour • 1 tsp salt Blueberry cream • 1/2 cup fresh OOB blueberries • 1 tbsp water • 50g sugar • 2 tbsp icing sugar • 500ml cream • Flowers to garnish

Whip double cream with icing sugar and fold in half the blueberry syrup. Assembly


oven for a final 3 minutes.


Put hazelnuts in a bowl and mix with the cornflour and 100g of caster sugar. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 150C. In a food processor, chop the hazelnuts until coarse then spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 3 minutes and stir. Bake for a further 3 minutes before stirring again. Put hazelnuts back in

In a separate mixer bowl, add the egg whites and beat until frothy. Add the remaining 200g of sugar as it is mixing and turn up the speed.

Assemble by spreading a layer of cream mixture on top of a meringue circle. Drizzle with blueberry syrup and repeat step with each meringue layer. Decorate completed dacquoise with fresh blueberries, extra syrup and cornflowers. Serve and... enjoy! eastlife | february 2015 |


A toast to summer Speight’s Summer Ale A cold beer on a hot summer’s day is one way to stay ‘ale and hearty especially when the brew is Speight’s Summer Ale. Joining the Speight’s Craft range of batchbrewed beers which have won international recognition at recent beer awards, Speight’s Summer Ale is a great example of the refreshing style of beer that so many Kiwis enjoy. Brewed using Munich and pale malts with a generous amount of Amarillo and Cascade hops, this great-tasting beer balances biscuity malt sweetness with hop bitterness with a little citrus and spice thrown in. RRP $24.99 per 12-pack of 330ml bottles. APV 4%.

Perrier Limited Edition Long the reserve of the sophisti-cats, now even alley cats are enjoying the refined flavour of Perrier. Taking it to the streets, Perrier has released a limited edition range of bottles with packaging designs by leading street artists. Featuring interpretations of the classic brand by JonOne, Sasu and Kobra, these famous green bottles better not fall off the wall! What’s more, with every bottle purchased, Kiwis will have a chance to win a trip to Melbourne, a city well known for its flourishing street art scene – entries close March 8, 2015. RRP $3.99 per 750ml bottle, or $9.99 per four-pack of 330ml bottles.

Win! A twin pack of Perrier Limited Edition – EastLife has Perrier Limited Edition up for grabs. Prize includes 750ml and 330ml bottles (one of each) in a presentation box. Simply complete the form on the competitions page at to be in to win. One entry per person/email address; entries close February 28, 2015. Winner notified by phone or email.

Höpt Soda Whether barbecuing with friends, entertaining the family or simply in need of a ‘cool one’ from the fridge after mowing the lawn, Kiwis enjoy a great thirst-quencher. Now the choice is easy. Forget the usual sweet fizzies and juices and opt for Hopt! With less than half the sugar of most leading soft drinks Hopt Sodas are refreshing in more ways than one. Created by blending real hop extracts with intriguing flavour combinations try Salted Lychee, Pear and Basil, Watermelon and Mint, and Elderberry and Herb. RRP $7.99 per four-pack of 330ml bottles.

A drink, a drink, a drink for Lilly the Pink, the Pink... well, we all know how that one goes, don’t we? Summer’s here and the time is right to sample some fluids. So, this month we have a few top tipples to enjoy. WARNING – some of these products contain alcohol, so be sure to drink responsibly... or not, we’re not your mum!

Sun Dog Cider It’s said only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun, but we Kiwis sure love to catch a few rays too! So, while we’re about it, what better way to keep cool than with a brand new Kiwi-made cider? Bold, fruity and refreshing, Sun Dog combines apple cider with flavours including Feijoa and Mandarin and Strawberry and Lime. Be careful when drinking in this beverage when in the sun, however, with an ABV of 4.5%, this dog does have a bite! RRP $9.99 per four-pack of 250ml cans.

CHIA Some say CH’A, others say CHIA, but both say cheers when it comes to enjoying healthy drinks! Drawing on the goodness of chia seeds – considered one of nature’s ‘superfoods’ – these blends bring together a plethora of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, electrolytes and more to deliver a nutritious tipple. Combined with fruity flavours, including blueberry, blackcurrant, orange and passionfruit, CHIA is designed to be a healthy drop which doesn’t leave taste at the door! RRP $5.00 per 275ml bottle.

Ch’i Herbal Lemon and Lemon Grass & Lime Get on the (lemon) grass! Summer sun and ‘celebrating’ can sap up our strength. Thankfully, CH’I Herbal Lemon and CH’I Lemon Grass and Lime are designed to revitalise and refresh even during the busiest of seasons. Inspired by Chinese medicinal thought, and modelled on blends once believed to boost ‘ch’i’ (or Qi) and balance the energies of our bodies, CH’I has become a popular tipple. With these two new varieties, there’s never been a better time to hit the herbal! RRP $3.79 per 330ml bottle.

Charlie’s Straight Up Cola

Cheer up, Charlie, there’s room for you too! Ever since Mr Ellis first made his ‘Marc’ in the drinks biz, Charlie’s has become a popular brand. And, following the recent launch of its Straight Up Cola Charlie’s winning ways seem set to continue. CEO Craig Cotton from brand owner, The Better Drinks Co, says: “We’ve included real kola nuts and natural malt [with] no chemicals, numbers or words we can’t pronounce; and we’ve pulled back on the sugar as well. We reckon we’ve cracked it – it tastes bloody good!” RRP $2 per 350ml can (or $5.99 per four-pack).

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


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what better way to spend a Kiwi summer than with a barbecue and a brew? Combining two favourite, seasonal flavours, Mr. Beak’s Beef Burgers with Pale Ale are packed with onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme and parsley, along with tangy citrus notes from the pale ale. And to ensure cheesy grins, try Mr. Beak’s Beef & Cheese Burger patties which feature chunks of real cheese. Mr. Beak’s burger patties are available in packs of four (RRP $6.99) exclusively from Countdown.

Tea for two, or four, or more, doesn’t get much better than a cuppa made from newly launched t-sips’ unique blends. Hand-crafted, using whole leaf teas, rough-cut herbs, fruit pieces and flowers, the premium ingredients unfurl within silky pyramid tea bags to release essential oils, gorgeous colour and an exquisite aroma! Choose from 10 elegant blends of the world’s finest specialty Ceylon teas. Flavours include Ceylon Black Tea, Ginger Peach Black Tea, Ceylon Cinnamon spiced Tea, Mango Green Tea, Green Jasmine Pear, Hibiscus Rosehip strawberry, Tropical lemongrass and more. Bag yourself a colourful designer tin of t-sips, available from smith & Caugheys in Auckland. RRP $11.99.

GEt tHEE tO tHE GREEK! yOU sPIcE UP OUR LIVEs! since securing a Cuisine Artisan Food Award in 2012, Jenny stewart’s chutney has delighted taste buds throughout New Zealand. Although Jenny’s now retired, the flavours she’s created have developed a cult following. Available in Medium, Hot and Extra Hot – in 300ml (RRP $14) and 500ml jars – Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney features a tamarind base, sugar and a secret blend of spices, with no artificial colours and preservatives. Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney is available from Farro Fresh stores and specialty food stores; visit for stockists.

If the gods are smiling on Mt olympus then those checking on ‘God’s own’ will really be grinning now that yoplait has created two new Greek style yoghurts – honey and vanilla – in handy four packs. with honey or vanilla beans, they are thick and super creamy with a hint of sweetness – a nutritious snack any time of day. It’s perfect for fluffy pancakes, bircher muesli or mixed with fruit, seeds and nuts and is a good substitute for cream in many recipes. yoplait Greek style yoghurt, available in supermarkets nationwide. RRP 4-pack $4.99.

GO tOGEtHER LIKE MILK & cOOKIEs DEEPLy DIPPy ABOUt sUMMER! If there’s one way to spread the love this summer it’s with lisa’s three, new delicious dips. Created to make outdoor entertaining easy, they combine mouth-watering Mediterranean flavours with locally-grown New Zealand herbs, to deliver exciting gluten-free options to tantalise the taste buds. Check out lisa’s Basil Pesto Hummus with Parmesan & Baby spinach, (RRP $4.59) and lisa’s Preserved lemon Hummus with sesame, Pistachio & Avocado oil (RRP $5.29). But don’t miss out on lisa’s Triple Dip – beetroot, cream cheese & basil pesto (RRP $4.79) – you’ll love this mix of fresh basil pesto, cream cheese, Greek yoghurt and beetroot pesto. stocked at supermarkets nationwide.

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This sweet little number for Valentine’s Day is one great cookie – in fact, it’s several great cookies beautifully boxed and designed to make lovers’ hearts melt this Valentine’s Day. Gifted Cookies is a deliciously fun way to surprise your Valentine and makes a mouthwatering change from flowers or chocolates. However, there’s no need to go short on chocolate with the choice of flavours including white Chocolate & orange and Hot Chilli Chocolate as well as salted Caramel & Peanuts (sooo yummy) and classic favourites, Anzac and Choc-ABlock. Gifted Cookies come with a choice of gift cards, printed with your personal message and can be sent anywhere in New Zealand on Valentine’s Day from $45 delivered. order from



Anyone staying in this part of the country and in no mood to cook should check out the tiny and totally unassuming Omokoroa Takeaways just up the road from the beach – fantastic! With all the usual deep fries plus some, it also offers a huge range of Chinese dishes, meal packages and other treats, beautifully cooked, generous in size and reasonably priced. Best takeaways in a very long time! Well done, you guys.

Yippee – at last a tasty salad to help kick all those extra holiday kilos. There may be plenty of Caesars in the district but it seems most other salads have been assassinated but not at Barracuda. The Eastern Beach restaurant has come up trumps with a yummy Thai beef salad that’s big on size and small on price. A feature of Barracuda’s specials menu which runs Tuesday to Thursday evenings and at lunchtime, it is just $12. Applause please, no need to bring out the knives on this great venue.

ON THE PIER: Also at Omokoroa but decidedly more upmarket in a nice, casual way, the Omokoroa Boating Club restaurant and bar with deck sitting literally above the ocean waves, is a must to try. Diners couldn’t ask for a more relaxing spot to dine or socialise. A gorgeous outlook and simple but tasty menu – the burger did it for us – it’s well worth a whirl for lunch or dinner.

NEATLY THAIED AT MARINA: Former Aucklanders now living in Perth were back in the City of Sails for a summer holiday and having not seen the restaurant development at Half Moon Bay, were treated by friends to dinner at Marina Thai. With ‘Mrs’ being a ‘plain’ eater and not into ethnic dining nevertheless she gave it a go, opting for the sizzling lamb

Sunshine unlimited was almost the highlight of the Christmas/New Year break but not quite. Holiday meanderings turned up outstanding morsels for foodies.

on vegetables as a ‘fairly safe bet’. She later told EastLife she was truly surprised and delighted at how much she enjoyed not only the gorgeous location but the first Thai dish she could genuinely give the ‘thumbs up.’ The rest of the party spoke equally highly of their seafood dishes and the ‘sense of elegance’ whilst in the midst of a busy cafe scene with a ‘great view’. Isn’t it wonderful when our special ‘eastern’ qualities are a hit?


There’s no place like Half Moon Bay Marina for boats, sea and a touch of Thai.”

Heading for Tauranga? Then be sure to dine at The Phoenix located down on The Strand. Relaxed ambience, fine service (not easy when a restaurant is packed) and a ‘something for everyone’ menu. But the biggest tick goes to management for placing a range of ball games on the adjacent reserve, not just for their own patrons but for others too. What’s more, suntan lotion is freely available for the use of its diners – now how impressive is that?

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shadowy and heavy, rich colour palettes of claret and rich Prussian blues lie behind the new sabatini Home range and home decor enthusiasts are sure to love the natural mineral colours – blueygrey, winter berry, earthy red, and plant-based aztec prints in merino wool, cotton and metallics. Hints of leather add more texture.

Featuring subdued yet classical interior pieces such as textured throws, scarves, decorative pillows, ottomans, evening bags and necklaces, the collection has a romantic and escapist feel to it.

“The sky is the limit when it comes to where we would like to take the sabatini brand,” he says. “with over half a century in the knitwear trade, developing a luxury knitwear homeware range was a no-brainer.”

Managing director Tony Milich says sabatini has always been at the forefront of directional fashion, so it made sense to venture into designing a homeware collection.

Each piece in this exciting new collection has been designed and made in New Zealand and is now available at leading homeware boutiques around the country.

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Visionary knitwear label sabatini is set to wrap up the interiors market after developing a collection of sophisticated homewares based on its philosophy of hand-finished designs with an intricate fabric base using the finest yarns from around the globe.

Schreuder moves on TV Some will never be the handyman around the house our fathers were, but one Cockle Bay lad is hoping to follow in his father-in-law’s bootsteps during TVNZ’s Our New Home. During the new show, which begins February 8, Jono Frankle and his wife Karen will attempt to turn a fix-er-upper in west Auckland into a profitable property. And they’ll have more than a little help from Karen’s parents, Tom and Robyn Schreuder, of Farm Cove. “Karen and I have been looking for our first home for 8-9 months and haven’t found anything,” Jono says. “We saw this as an opportunity to learn how to DIY and potentially make some extra cash to boost our deposit. I just can’t wait to learn but, being the only male on the show with no building experience, I’ll need to learn fast!” Competing against two other families, the local foursome will have the chance to secure a deposit for Jono

and Karen and a $100,000 prize. While DIY experience may be limited for tennis coach Jono, Karen (a nurse) and Robyn (a hairdresser), Karen says the family does have a secret weapon in the form of the family builder: “Dad!”

Jono and Karen Frankle with Tom and Robyn Schreuder.

Goran done it? While Jono kicks up a racket, Robyn suffers hair-raising experiences, and Karen nurses ambitions of DIY success, another former local will also take centre stage during Our New Home. Radio Sport presenter, Goran Paladin, will prove he has more than just a face for radio as he hosts the show. “[When] the opportunity came, I champed at the bit,” he says, “Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think I would be a TV host, but the concept really appealed to me. It’s going to be a big undertaking, but I can’t wait to see the families sell their homes and do well.”

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Goran – who featured in EastLife last year – recently took his own first step on the property ladder. “I was stoked, but reality quickly crept in when I realised areas needed urgent attention and simple things became hazardous! I really didn’t want to be taking a shower and fall through the particle board, so, my

house renovation began in earnest. “It can be hard work doing up a house, but when it’s your own, it’s pretty satisfying.” • Our New Home begins on TV One (February 8) and unfolds SundaysTuesdays from 7.30pm. Check listings for details.

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So desirable There is a lot of interest in antique ivory at the moment. This intricately carved, fat, smiling Buddha is known as Budai in China. Originating in China as Budai, the laughing Buddha statue depicts a Chinese deity from preBuddhist folklore.

Caring for Antique Ivory Preserving antiques is no easy task â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their care and cleaning is as diverse as the materials they are made from. Today, EastLife features a few basic tips on caring for antique ivory.

This deity is referred to as Hotei in Japan, and is one of the Seven Lucky Gods, Shichi Fukujin, with Hotei being the lucky god of happiness and abundance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thus his fat, smiling appearance. Budai is often found in business establishments because of his association with happiness and abundance. This is where the idea developed that rubbing his belly brings good luck! Antique carved ivory artefacts are becoming scarce as they go into collections and are unavailable on the market.  The prices are climbing and will continue to rise as these rare pieces become scarcer. This Buddha and other rare, antique ivory items can be found at The Antique Shop, Howick.

Years of ivory poaching resulting in the decimation of elephants, rhinos and tigers, has seen international regulations put in place by CITES to limit the export, sale and purchase of ivory. In fact, these rules are being hotly debated worldwide right now with even stricter laws being called for in some parts. Although these regulations are adhered to by many member nations not all countries are aligned to CITES which is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is to regulate and monitor imports and exports of endangered species to ensure their long-term survival in the wild is not threatened. However, antique ivory does not fall under the rules for regulated ivory and age-old carved pieces often show exquisite craftsmanship.

For those who may have a piece it is timely to remember ivory should be handled with great care. Wear white gloves if possible and if unavailable wash hands carefully to remove oils and dirt. Ivory is porous and can be easily damaged and stained. It also tends to dry out with age and will react to its environment. It is sensitive to humidity and fluctuating temperatures; the sun will bleach it and contribute to cracks (avoid direct heat or light); water and cleaning solutions are also destructive to ivory. Therefore, when storing keep the humidity level at 45-55 per cent and temperatures to no more than 18-22° C. Too much moisture can cause mould, mildew and warping. Keep clear of corrosive or coloured materials.

Because ivory tends to dry out with age, the older the ivory, the more brittle it is likely to be. It has been suggested that wrapping ivory pieces in soft cloth saturated with mineral oil or glycerine, then allowed to sit overnight before wiping off the excess in the morning, can help preserve ivory. But it is best to consult an expert. Storage drawers should be lined with a chemically stable cushioning material such as polyethylene. For additional protection, wrap the artefact in unbuffered, acid-free tissue paper, and store in a sealed polyethylene (ziplock-type) bag. Well washed unbleached muslin may be substituted for the tissue. When cleaning ivory donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to remove the surface coat pigment or patina as it helps protect the piece and is an indication of age. Extremely dirty pieces should be referred to a professional conservator, as well as pieces that are dyed, pigmented or inlaid.

THE ANTIQUE SHOP The Antique Shop is one of the few left in the city stocking jewellery from different periods and everything from industrial lighting to furniture. It is open 7 days a week, alongside The Apothecary, so stop in for a browse while your other half reads the paper with their coffee.

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Highly secure, Boca do lobo’s Private Collection range of luxury safes is a tough act to crack, but they’re highly stylish too. with models ranging in size to suit anything from watches and jewellery to any old gold bars we may have (Fort) Knox-ing around the place, precious possessions and keep sakes can be kept safe and sound. If these beautiful boxes are good enough for Harrods, they’ll do for us too!

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Timber for Dining style interiors

JACQUI GODFREY interior designer at Forma Contemporary Furniture suggests effective ways to making dining spaces stylish.

Wood has always been a favoured material used in shaping your surroundings either at home or at work. Its unique characteristics give a pleasant, natural ambience to any living environment and it can be used for flooring, wall panels, ceiling panels and many more areas.

WALL PANELS Using native timber for wall panels is a functional as well as decorative option. They are efficient in providing insulation and soundproofing as well as durability and ease of replacement. Wood wall panels can reduce construction costs by providing a consistent look and an aesthetic finish.

CEILING PANELS Wood ceiling panels can add definition to any space with their rich, warm characteristics. Veneered or solid wood finishes are the usual choices when it comes to adding ceiling panels. Timber panels can provide a consistent, traditional look to any living environment and, if used correctly, timber can also have creative, contemporary applications. Using native timber sarking internally creates elegant lines adding depth to a room whilst also creating a stunning feature.

WOOD FLOORING Wood is commonly used for flooring because it is hard wearing, easy to maintain, ecofriendly and, most importantly, it adds an aesthetic touch to any home or office. It never goes out of style and its quality lasts a lifetime. Also, it is easy to match with any kind of décor – it combines well with contemporary or traditional designs.

Sharing a meal together with friends and family is a perfect way to create good times. Today, as we live our busy lives it’s comforting to know we can take time out to chat and enjoy great food together.

Creating a dining space that is welcoming, comfortable and functional ticks off the basics, however, by adding a few extra embellishments, you can transform your space into a stylish, relaxed spot. Whether your dining area is indoors or out you can add your magic and personal style. With a move toward open-plan, the dining area is generally incorporated with the kitchen and living so everything is in one place and the cook can join in. Adding a screen or a potted plant can help define the space and make it more intimate. Once you have your dining space, create the mood by adding some furniture and dressing the room. Dining spaces have traditionally been quite mellow in colour with darker hues being used on most walls or at least one. With most homes having monochromatic schemes in whites and neutrals, accessories can add colour. The key element to any dining area is the dining table and there are many options. An extendable dining table gives flexibility to sit the everyday people in your life, along with the extras, when they pop in. Glass top tables offer a glossy reflective quality to the room. White or frosted coloured glass will keep the focus on the table top.

There has been a move toward round tables, and whilst they sometimes take a little more space, they allow for all our different sizes. Adults can squeeze up next to kids and with a pedestal base there are no wasted corners. Timber tables give warmth to a room. Dining chairs are a big one to consider; they need to be functional. Upholstered chairs provide extra comfort but the fabric dictates the level of practicality. With food around, especially where children are present, polycarbonate chairs tick a lot of boxes. They are easy to clean, light to move around and some are stackable. Once your dining canvas is ready, it’s time to add the fun bits. Layer up the table with textured or coloured placemats or serviettes, have different serving plates in levels, lovely glasses and clean, shiny cutlery. Add a centrepiece with feature salt and pepper shakers and a vase full of flowers. Cook up something tasty and you are set for a great time – indulge!




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Enhance your wardrobes with inspiration from Innovative Interiors Wardrobes and home storage have evolved to become stylish elements of the home and form an integral part of a well-planned and a functioning living environment. Innovative Interiors can transform your cluttered home with the installation of stylish new wardrobes and a range of house and garage storage. Fit out your contemporary home with beautiful walk-in wardrobe systems that make getting ready in the morning a breeze, or add a standalone wardrobe to your bungalow or studio. Space efficiency is what we do best and it doesn’t stop at the bedroom. If you need extra storage, chances are we can build it for you – desks and home offices, bookcases, toy storage, laundries and garages. Innovative Interiors has also launched a new range of garage cabinetry called Formula. Available installed, or flat-packed for the DIY homeowner, the Formula garage range not only tidies up the ‘man cave’ but is a favourite for the creative client who wants to organise hobby or study material. “We help our clients to maximise space in even the most challenging areas, which in turn increases the usability, enjoyment and visual appeal of the property,” says Linaire Vipond, sales manager at Innovative

Interiors. “Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer creative and effective solutions.”

Residential design consultants Gemma, Shona, Berwick and Isaac all come from extensive backgrounds in the kitchen, building and interior design industries. “We will visit our clients on-site or in the home, or work off plans with home owners,” Gemma says. “ We’re here to make the process as easy as possible and we offer a free consultation service that comes with a no-obligation quote.”

comes with an extensive selection of accessories.

With a showroom and factory in Mt Wellington, and a new showroom in Albany, the design team provides a complete and customised service from design through to manufacturing and installation.

• The Euro Range – the premium wardrobe solution suitable for contemporary walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms, and includes the ultimate range of sophisticated accessories.

Can’t find a builder? We can! If you need small alteration work completed so we can install your new wardrobes, our project manager Murray Clinch can assist.

• Stand Alone Wardrobes are also available and are a great solution if you don’t want the hassle of building work. The melamine sides and top panels allow the wardrobes to be installed into an empty corner of a room that may not have built-in wardrobes (think 1920’s bungalow or studio flat).

Clients can view the wardrobes on the website, choosing from:

Mention our PROMO CODE ‘Beach House’ when we prepare your quote, you will receive 50% off wardrobe accessories! Showrooms are open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.

• Sliding Doors complete the look and provide a superior finishing touch for any wardrobe, office or storage space. Sleek aluminium frames that glide along the tracks with the lightest touch, fitted with a range of panel options. These doors also make excellent room dividers. All products are made in New Zealand and have a 10-year guarantee on workmanship and componentry. Visit our designers at one of our easy to find showrooms. Bring your plans or measurements and we can start brainstorming on the spot, or phone 0800 80 30 50 for an on-site appointment.

• The Traditional Range – ideal for less complex storage options, wall mounted and offers exceptional value for money without compromising quality or style. • The Classic Range – an elegant, floor-mounted wardrobe system and

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Doctor’s script for safer gardens While gardening may seem like a placid pastime, there are some dangers out there which need to be considered.

The good doctor recommends the following safety measures: • Gently water the garden and potted plants to minimise airborne droplets and dust

Dr John Liddle from Nursery and Garden Industry Association of New Zealand (NGINZ) says it pays to take care when working with soil. “Soil is rich with living organisms which are beneficial to plants and generally cause no harm to animals or people,” he says. “But soil can also contain organisms that are not beneficial, such as a type of legionella bacteria, which is commonly found in the environment. In rare cases this can cause legionnaire’s disease.” Not all those who come in contact with the bacteria will fall ill, and symptoms will vary from person to person, and from mild to severe flulike symptoms. However, the disease can prove life-threatening, with the

• Read warning labels on bagged composts and potting mixes before use • Wear gloves and a dust mask when handling soil, including bagged products

most at risk including smokers, the elderly and people with existing respiratory illnesses and weakened immune systems. “Gardening is a popular pastime enjoyed by thousands of New Zealanders and, apart from the obvious cost savings associated with growing your own, the positive

psychological benefits can best be described as ‘food for the soul’,” Dr Liddle says.

• Open bagged products slowly using scissors and lean the bag away from your face • Dampen potting mixes before use

“Following some simple safety precautions will greatly minimise the small risk there is. If people want to find out more they should refer to the Ministry of Health’s Safer and Healthier Gardening pamphlet.”

• Make sure working areas (particularly sheds or greenhouses) are well ventilated • Wash hands when finished

Way to pot plants Favoured by those keen on green but short on space, potted plants can provide edible treasures and bursts of colour indoors and out. However, a few tips can go a long way to ensuring potted plants last the distance. Container gardening will maximise space in any garden regardless of size. Pot herbs and lettuce close to the kitchen, or liven up an outdoor space with potted colour. Veggies can be potted if space is at a premium. Here are some top tips from Daltons to keep container plants healthy: • Thoroughly wash old containers before reusing to ensure there is no contamination from fungal diseases or overwintering insects.

are raised above floor level on decks or patios to allow water to drain. • Always use new potting mix each time as it provides adequate drainage and includes long term, slow release fertilisers. If potting mix has been sitting around in the shed for a long period, it may no longer provide adequate nutrients. • When planting, potting mix should be firmed into position; don’t compact it excessively, however, as this will make it harder for water to penetrate to the roots of the plant. • Regular and thorough watering are absolutely critical to the success of container plants.

• Choose containers suitable for the particular plant, taking into account how much room it will need to grow. For instance, flowering annuals may require small pots, while herbs or easy-to-pick veggies – such as lettuce or dwarf varieties – will require larger containers. Even bigger plants – including shrubs or small trees – need larger containers still.

• As they’re in confined spaces, container plants deplete soil of nutrients more quickly. However, if growing potted annuals, herbs or quick maturing vegetables, a good quality potting mix should contain enough nutrients without needing additional fertiliser. Other plants and potted vegetables may need a top-dress now and again – try Daltons Goldcote fertiliser.

• Check the large pots and containers have adequate drainage holes, and

• Shrubs grown in containers over a long period of time will need

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applications of slow release fertilisers every few months in the growing season. • Depending on the specific species, it’s also worth re-potting plants into fresh soil every few years. • Finally, check container plants periodically to make sure they have not become root bound.

Making light work! Developed in response to customer feedback, new Easy Lift potting mix is lighter than usual, but still heavy on performance, according to Colin Parker, Daltons’ general manager. “We saw there was a need for a lighter option for gardeners who struggle when transporting potting mixes so we designed Easy Lift Potting Mix, a lightweight, high performing option which is more convenient and manageable to carry,” he says. Blended from natural, renewable ingredients, Easy Lift contains coco fibre for improved water retention and healthy root growth, as

well as an added Permawet wetting agent to ensure even moisture distribution. Daltons Easy Lift (RRP $11 + GST per 25 litre bag) is available from Bunnings and garden centres. For a chance to win one of three bags see page 20.  – Heidi Wood

New year, new rules ‘ Nick Neben is a director of specialist renovation company Smith & Sons Howick and a time-served builder of more than 30 years experience.

Haven’t we had an absolutely brilliant summer! The weather reminds me so much of the Christmas holidays we used to have at Mt Maunganui. Long, hot days swimming in the surf, building sand castles, collecting pipi and our evening ritual of a dip in the Mount’s hot, salt water pools. Upon leaving the hot pools we kids were normally dressed in our PJs and often treated to a pineapple fruju or, if we had been really good, a buzz bar. Life was pretty good as a kid growing up in the 70’s. This Christmas we managed to enjoy a week away down in Tauranga and couldn’t not go to the hot pools at the Mount. They were as I remember them, but the Mount really has gone through some changes. Gone are all the baches with big

sections full of tents and caravans strategically placed to accommodate all the family and their friends. Large apartment blocks casting long shadows seem to be the norm. I understand we have to make way for change and progress, but seeing the demise of the “Kiwi Bach” is sad. Closer to home old photographs are just about all there is left to remind us of the way Cockle Bay and Howick served many inner city Aucklanders for their summer holidays. A majority of the dwellings were modest beach baches serving as holiday homes for the more well off Aucklanders. Now with a new year upon us, January 1 has seen several changes regarding the Building Act with the Government’s New Year’s resolution to stamp out cowboy builders and

January 1 has seen several changes regarding the Building Act with the Government’s New Year’s resolution to stamp out cowboy builders and pass some of the onus back on to you, the homeowner, in regards to maintaining your home.”

pass some of the onus back on to you, the homeowner, in regards to maintaining your home. The ‘Building Amendment Act 2013’ follows on from the introduction of the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme that came into play in March 2012. It is now illegal for any builder to carry out building work over $30k without a proper contract in place. All builders are required to present their clients (or potential clients)

with a Disclosure Statement outlining important details about their company, insurance policies, guarantee and warranty information, key contact people etc. All building work must now have a 12-month maintenance period which requires the builder to attend to any defects or repairs for 12 months following practical completion (note this excludes contracts signed prior to 2015). Upon completion of the work, the builder must present the client with a ‘Maintenance Schedule’ with all relevant information regarding maintenance requirements, insurance policies, and warranties or guarantees. My advice to anyone out there who is considering undertaking some repair work or renovations around the home is to remember, ‘Restricted Building Work’ needs council consent and must be carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner.

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Rental property is a profitable investment for many Kiwis but chasing rents, finding reliable tenants, attending to maintenance and coping with unforeseen costs is something many landlords prefer to leave to property management experts. some property owners live abroad or travel frequently; others are busy with careers or other businesses; some just lack the skills or confidence to oversee a property and to deal with tenants.

will want to stay because the accommodation is attractive. when choosing a property management service look for a company with sound credentials and which offers a comprehensive and professional service to all landlords from first time to long-standing property investors. Be sure the company understands the importance of personal service and is not distracted by other side business interests.

They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to look after their rentals properly and often they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a complete understanding of the Tenancy Protection Act or rule changes which occur from time to time.

For those seriously considering a rental investment or who already have one but now find its upkeep, supervision and other requirements burdensome, look for a company which handles:

with many people more comfortable leaving the problem of rents, bonds, maintenance and tenant behaviour to an agent, they can remove themselves from the arduous business side and often maintain a more comfortable relationship with their tenants.

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An agent will not only inspect properties regularly but will remind and encourage owners to keep rentals in good order so they will attract tenants with similar high housekeeping standards who

Property investment is not to be taken likely but once done investment in a property needs to be preserved to bring about the desired rewards.

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Turn on the sun! Sun and insulation have been given the priority nod when Kiwis choose a home. In fact, nine out of 10 people canvassed in the recent annual Homestar/ survey rated them as ‘important’ or ‘very important’. Designed to show what New Zealanders consider essential in a home the survey showed the preference for high levels of insulation and orientation for sun far outstripped expectations. Last year orientation for sun was rated as important by 86%; this time it rose to 91%. A high level of insulation was previously important to 82% but is now ranked as important by 90%. National marketing manager at, Paul McKenzie said the increased preference was surprising. “We knew from the last couple of

years that most Kiwis rated good sun and insulation as important – even so, a leap of 8% was pretty substantial.

lighting and double glazing was important to nearly three quarters of those surveyed – up from around 50% since last time.

“This shows the real-life performance of a home, rather than cosmetic features, is increasingly crucial. Home sellers wanting to command a top price would be well advised to look at issues such as insulation before they put their house on the market.”

And, roughly half of people thought it important for a home to be built from sustainable or environmentallyfriendly materials, up from a third.

The research surveyed nearly 1000 homeowners around New Zealand. Nationally, 77% of respondents said making their home more energy efficient was a priority – a 12% increase on 2013. Around half aim to do this in the 2015 year. Kiwis thinking of selling their homes believed it was worth upgrading performance – 88% thought energyefficient features had the potential to attract a price premium.  Other aspects of energy use and sustainability had also grown in importance. Features such as LED

Water-saving, however, was still close to the bottom of the list, with only 37% of New Zealanders saying water efficiency was important when choosing a home.

sun sense applauded The growing awareness of performance and quality over superficial factors in housing has been welcomed by Alex Cutler, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council. She says a home that’s designed and built for health and efficiency has a positive impact for families, bringing lower household costs and better quality of life. “These figures [from the survey]

show this isn’t a passing trend. New Zealanders increasingly understand that homes should be built to capture free warmth from the sun and be wellinsulated and ventilated to be healthy all year round. “A home designed for warmth and efficiency will be cheaper to run and bring health benefits over the long term so economically it makes much more sense. New Zealanders have clearly cottoned on to this.”

Auckland’s housing affordability ‘ Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on the local real estate market happenings.

I hope you all took some time out and enjoyed the amazing weather over the festive season. The real estate market has already kicked off for the year and expectations are that we will have a similar year to 2014 – relatively low sales volumes and competition for well priced and well presented properties. Looking back on how we finished up 2014 the REINZ statistics for December show that the median price for our area hit a new high of $825,000 (with 181 sales) for the month. Comparing this to December 2013 at $727,000 (with 146 sales), this represents a very scary 13.5% increase in the median in a

12-month period and going back to December 2012 when it was $620,000 an even scarier increase of 33% over a 24 month period. Looking at the same 24 month period, the median across all New Zealand moved from $389,000 in December 2012 to $450,000 in December 2014 – a 15.7% increase; and for all of Auckland from $535,000 in December 2012 to $678,000 in December 2014 – a 26.7% increase. That’s not far off double the national movement. In line with these figures are the just released findings from Demographia. Demographia surveys the affordability of housing in 378 metropolitan areas in nine different

Demographia surveys the affordability of housing in 378 metropolitan areas in nine different countries by comparing their  median house price to their median gross household earnings and has again rated  Auckland as ‘severely unaffordable’.”

“major” cities (but 14th out of all 378 areas). As of the survey date of September 2014 it now takes 8.2 times the median income to buy the median house in Auckland – this has steadily increased from 6.4 in 2011, 6.7 2012 and 8.0 in 2013. Demographia regards anything above 3.1 as being unaffordable, scaled from moderately, rising to severely. Topping the least affordable major city was Hong Kong at 17 to the most affordable being Detroit USA at 2.1. Auckland’s dramatic price rise has many contributing factors and this is something that I will talk about in coming issues.

countries by comparing their  median house price to their median gross household earnings and has again rated  Auckland as “severely unaffordable”. Moreover we have moved up to 9th position of the least affordable

However, arguably the single biggest factor is the metropolitan urban limits set by the old ARC that have constrained land supply for more than a decade with there being some, but not a lot of relief on offer, under the new unitary plan. eastlife | february 2015 |


business Money doesn’t buy happiness It’s been said, ‘God makes, apparel shapes, but it is money that finishes the man’ a sentiment that could be taken literally if some business owners earning between $200,000 and $1.15 million are to be believed. According to MYOB research money doesn’t buy happiness and SME operators earning in this elite income bracket say they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance. In fact, many appear to be trading off higher earnings for other areas of their life, according to a survey, conducted by Colmar Brunton, of more than 1000 business owners and operators around the country. Satisfaction was highest amongst operators earning between $40,000 and $74,000 (59%), followed by those with revenue between $75,000 and $199,000 (53%). In higher earning businesses of between $200,000 and $999,000 annual revenue, operators found it hard to enjoy a satisfying work/life balance (47%), while operators of businesses, earning between $1 -$5 million, were least likely to find time to enjoy life (39% satisfaction). However, over half (53%) of SME operators reported they were satisfied with their work/life balance, while just over a quarter (26%) said they were dissatisfied. MYOB New Zealand sales manager

(business division), Scott Gardiner says the survey shows that business life is a rollercoaster ride.

Sole traders (no employees) reported the best work/life balance, with 55% satisfied and 24% dissatisfied.

“Work/life balance is an important measure for business. The primary drive for the majority of our SME operators isn’t revenue growth or expansion. Most enter business to pursue a passion or to create something they enjoy – so achieving work/life balance is a key part of their success.”

Micro business operators (1-5 employees) were more likely to be unhappy with the balance they could achieve (31%), while 51% were happy. For operators of small businesses (6-19 employees) work/life balance was particularly hard to find, with satisfaction levels low (39% satisfied, 27% dissatisfied).

According to the survey, the youngest and the oldest of Kiwi business operators were happiest with their work/life balance.

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Those who started out early – the Gen Y operators (aged 18 – 29) said they were fairly happy with their lot, with 53% satisfied and 21% dissatisfied.

businesses of under two years, found it hardest to balance work and life, with just 41% saying they were satisfied and 29% dissatisfied.

Least content were the Gen X operators (30 – 49) of whom 48% were satisfied and 27% dissatisfied, followed by the Baby Boomers (50 – 64); 52% satisfied and 27% dissatisfied.

Between two and five years appears to be the ideal period for achieving the right balance, with 59% satisfied and 21% dissatisfied.

The key to happiness, however, appears to be found after retirement. The traditionalists (65+) showed the best understanding of how to achieve the ideal work/life balance – 69% showing satisfaction; 20% reporting dissatisfaction. The age of a business also highlighted the ups and downs of work/life balance. Operators of start-up

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As a business passes five years, operators again struggle to balance their commitments (49% satisfied, 33% dissatisfied), but satisfaction increased once businesses reach the highly established stage (10 years +). Although it could be expected that a sole trader doing virtually everything in a business might find little time to have a life, it seems the more staff an SME takes on, the more pressure the operator faces.

While their big city colleagues may earn more, the MYOB research showed that business operators outside the main centres enjoyed a significantly better quality of life. Only Manawatu/Wanganui bucked the trend, with operators reporting the country’s worst work/life balance. By contrast neighbouring Hawkes Bay, on the East Coast, boasted the country’s best balance for SME operators. Wellington – with the least revenue growth of the main centres – was the best city in the country for achieving the ideal balance, while Christchurch business operators reported the lowest levels of satisfaction with the city’s rebuild putting massive growth pressure on the region.

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Buying a business and

what you need to know

Dreams of owning a business often remain just dreams especially when fears of failure creep in but it doesn’t have to be that way. Many employees have wanted the chance to control their own destiny by putting their own ideas to work for financial reward. Whatever the reason for stepping out to set up or purchase a business, such a move has many attractions. The very idea can boost one’s sense of selfworth, provide personal satisfaction and offer possibilities of financial gain. The flipside is the move may also feed insecurities, self-doubt and perhaps end in financial disaster. After all, pitfalls along the way to selfemployment are why many people cling to the security of a 9-5 job. So how does one go about setting up for success and not failure when buying a business? Firstly, decide if you are business ready. Build a profile of key things you enjoy and of your strengths – your ideal business will contain many of these. List your weaknesses and things you don’t enjoy. Determine how much you are prepared to risk, ideal work hours and any potential impact on lifestyle and income needs. Operating a business takes up a significant chunk of time, so before purchasing be sure you are ready for this. Secondly, consider your skill set. While some skills can be learnt on the job, or imported, your specific strengths can immediately add value. When searching for the right business, regularly check what’s on offer through sites such as and newspapers. Contact key brokers who operate in your interest area and investigate appropriate associations and let them know of your interest. Consider advertising for what you want – talk to your accountant and others who may know business sellers. Having searched, enquired and found what you believe to be the ‘right business’, make sure you have it right. Be sure to understand your chosen industry – what drives it and what’s important to be successful?

Owning a business can be rewarding but be sure you have passion and a vision plus the necessary skills to add value. In buying a business or franchise do your homework and consult with professionals.”

Ask yourself if it is something you can add value to and have a vision for. Will it deliver the desired lifestyle? Talk to people in this field for a better understanding on how the industry works and where it’s going. Find out where the competition lies and how the business is positioned to operate in light of any market threats.

negotiate purchase. Determine what is a fair price. Find out what plant and stock is and isn’t included in the sale and ensure these are listed and valued appropriately. Also, that any goodwill (intangible assets) is appropriate to the strength and earnings of the business.

Buying an existing business offers advantages, including a customer base and, often, experienced staff. These all help as you take the big step with confidence. For more information on buying a business visit

Investigate the loyalty of current customers and find out who the key customers are, what they represent in the way of sales revenue, and how easy it will be to transfer their business across to a new owner? Insist on a breakdown to see where revenue is coming from and find out about the current owner’s relationship with these clients. There will also be relationships with suppliers, perhaps a landlord, maybe a franchisor and staff. Find out the contractual arrangements and if they in writing. Are they suitable and can they be easily transferred to a new owner? Key factors for any business are profitability and ability to generate sufficient revenue to service loans, pay expenses, wages, the owner’s salary and a profit. No profit and you’re buying yourself a job, not a business. Ask to see accounts from the past three years and discuss them with your accountant. If all looks good, go deeper to verify all information is correct. Review all systems, leases, contracts, employment matters, any intellectual property and ensure these are legally sound – ideally, use a lawyer. E52296-v2

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Dion Nash –

when the bowling’s over While it remains to be seen whether the Black Caps will face triumph or disaster during the Cricket World Cup, JON RAWLINSON spoke with a former cricketer who makes a living from dealing in both.

Just as there’s a fine line (and length) between glory and failure in sport, the difference in business can be equally tough to negotiate. However, by facing challenges on the front foot, former Black Cap, Auckland Ace and Howick Pakuranga pace bowler, Dion Nash, has taken his place in the boardroom, building a business on the back of a successful sporting career. The founder and director of men’s grooming products company, Triumph & Disaster, says skills developed during his playing days have come in handy in business, but cricket came first. “The ‘right’ thing to say is that it’s important to think what you’re going to do after sport, but I’d chuck all my eggs in one basket and commit; and when that basket falls and the eggs break, it’s time to find a new basket! “It’s tough to become an international sportsman while working to be an accountant at the same time! Players should develop other interests intensely while playing, as long as [they] commit to the task at hand. Later, put those skills of a good sportsman into the next stage of life – I think there’s a natural transition from sport to running a business.” Dion’s degree – a BA from Otago University – has also come in handy. “I’ll be honest; I went to university mainly to buy time until I made the cricket team! I was keen, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I now use that degree all the time; anthropology and sociology offer solid grounding in understanding people, and business is ultimately all about people,” he says. The idea of following the common post-match career paths of commentator or umpire didn’t suit Dion. “Being an umpire would be my own, personal hell; I gave them so much grief! As far as commentating, an old girlfriend of Adam Parore’s once said ‘commentating; isn’t that all the bad

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and none of the good?’ I looked at her thinking ‘my God, you’re wise beyond your years!’ “Some people love commentating, though, and I do enjoy doing bits and pieces from time to time. But, whenever I do radio, I think of my uncle who used to work in his garden with a transistor and I always question whether or not I’m ruining his gardening! It’s a good way of staying centred.” Dion established Triumph & Disaster in 2011, after first learning the ropes in business. “The hardest thing about making the transition was that I didn’t really know the value of a dollar. You can’t expect to go straight from being an international cricketer to being an international business mogul, it doesn’t work like that,” he says. “I worked for 42 Below and Bacardi; it was a huge learning curve. On seeing this ex-sportsperson stroll in with a box of booze to hawk, [people] took great pleasure in telling me ‘no’! It hurt my pride, but I just had to focus and work out how to get them to buy my vodka. "I now feel like I’ve made the Under-16 rep team – everyone thinks I have a bit of talent, but there’s still a long way to go.” When transferred from wicket to boardroom, leadership skills proved useful for Dion, who captained the Auckland Aces and, on a number of occasions, the Black Caps. “John Graham, our manager [Black Caps] had two rules – I apply them both. The first is Wifls (‘what I feel like saying’) – anyone can speak their minds – and Sudi (shut up, do it!). “Robust team discussion is essential for getting all options on the table, but when management or the captain makes a decision, the second rule applies. There may be a hundred ways to skin a cat, but once a decision is made the team must focus and work together.”

John Graham, our manager [Black Caps] had two rules – I apply them both. The first is Wifls (‘what I feel like saying’) – anyone can speak their minds – and Sudi (shut up, do it!)”

Such discussions often took place in cricket when Dion served as vice captain alongside Steven Fleming. “I was instinctively quick to react, whereas Flem’ tended to take more time to assess. This led to tension, but it was a good, healthy working relationship and brought out the best in decision making. "Tension between leaders can work, as long as it’s backed by respect and you’re all focused in the right direction.” While sport has winners and losers,

in business everyone needs to be able to win to ensure sustainability, he adds. “By building healthy business structures and systems, the competition takes care of itself. Whereas [in both] you’ll need to keep an eye on the opposition too – if they have a nasty fast bowler, you’ll definitely want to make sure your helmet’s in good shape!” In recent years, many athletes head straight from school into professional sport therefore missing out on higher education. However, business ventures have proved a valid path for former and current athletes.

From Craig Dowd (D3 Tape), Geoff Allott and Stephen Fleming (Quality NZ), Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Ali Williams (For Everyone), to Mitchell McClenaghan (CleanPaleo), and the various efforts of Adam Parore and Marc Ellis, it’s clear that celebrity sells. And yet Dion wants Triumph & Disaster to succeed on its own merits, not by standing on his shoulders alone.

On the home front, Dion and his wife, former Silver Fern, Bernice Mene, are also busy raising their three children, Solomon (8), India (6) and Jett (4). With quite the sporting pedigree (Bernice’s parents were also accomplished athletes) the children may well follow in the family’s footsteps.

“My star is forever fading, but the brand is still on the rise.

“I hope they’re good at sport because I’d like them to enjoy it. But whatever they do, I want them to grow up with a sense of adventure. It’s important that kids find their own way,” Dion says.

"A bit of renown may have opened a few doors but in the USA, for example, no one really knows who I was or what I did, but they do know what they see in our brand.”

“Sport can help develop respect, discipline and team ethos, so players have a better chance of coming out the other end as good people; and that’s all we want for society, isn’t it?”

What, If? ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impost0rs just the same... yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son.’  – Rudyard Kipling When establishing Triumph & Disaster, Dion was lost for a name until a line on an old plaque gifted by his father caught his attention.

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“I was working on branding and I looked up at this plaque. It was as if ‘triumph and disaster’ were in bold, they just jumped out. Kipling’s poem is full of advice from father to son about how to be a man; that fits nicely with what I was trying to say about our brand and products.” And this advice has been beneficial to Dion, on field and off. “I’m very proud of my cricket career – I won some games and did some good things; lost some and did some bad things too, so I had both my triumphs and

disasters along the way. Learning to treat those two imposters the same has definitely served me well.” Sporting a variety of grooming products – including shaving creams, soaps, moisturisers and sunscreens, Triumph & Disaster’s range is designed to evoke old fashioned values from simpler times. “I read an article about Rod Stewart when I was about 18. When asked the secret of his youthful looks he said Oil of Olay. So I stole a pot from my mum’s bathroom and I've used Olay since then. I worked out that if I looked after my skin, I felt better.


CleanPaleo gift box Since Black Cap and Howick Pakuranga cricketer, Mitchell McClenaghan bowled into the EastLife offices to tell us about CleanPaleo we’ve seen his company go from strength to strength. The East Tamaki-based business is focused on replicating diets of Paleolithic man, without preservatives, chemicals and difficult-to-digest foods. While Mitch may be busy with deliveries of a different nature (during the Cricket World Cup) his team has generously provided a fantastic gift box containing: one bag/box each of Original Crunch breakfast blend, Fruit Fusion breakfast blend, Native Vanilla protein powder, biltong, Mixed Berry CoGo Bites and Mango Peach CoGo Bites – quite the breakfast of champions! RRP $150 approx. Visit to enter the draw. Click on the competition link and complete the form. One entry per email address/person; entries close February 28, 2015. Winner notified by phone or email. To read more about CleanPaleo, see EastLife’s April 2013 issue, online at

“When I came to start the business, I thought there were no cool products specifically for men. "It all started around shaving – which is handed down from father to son, in a way – and I was trying to tie it all into a sense of ritual.”

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The Property Juggernaut rolls on….. Fencible Law Director, Lawyer & Entrepreneur, RICHARD GALBRAITH, with his take on current legal & business issues affecting our community. First of all I would like to wish the Howick, Pakuranga and Botany community a happy New Year and all the best for 2015. Of course, it is always interesting to ponder what the year may have in store for us all.

I am not sure what the long term social implications will be whereby children remain “beholden” to their parents and are less likely to become truly independent.

Will house prices continue to rise at the phenomenal pace that we have seen over the last couple of years?

No doubt, we will probably see more joint ownership between friends too, as well as multiple families residing in the one dwelling.

Sadly that will really be dependent on whether or not onshore and offshore investors think they can still make an easy $50-$100K per annum (tax free) by putting their money into the Auckland property market.

This will see us, as lawyers, continuing to grapple with complex family arrangements where we assist in balancing the interests of the parents against the support and assistance they wish to give their children.

Personally, I would prefer to see investors put their money into businesses where jobs are created for our youth and real benefits flow into the community.

And, as new arrangements evolve, it will be important to ensure all transactions are properly carried out with all parties protected should arrangements need to change.

Business investment doesn’t have a guaranteed return and can involve an incredible amount of hard work, so, my thoughts are that we will see investors in Auckland continue to be obsessed about the property market.

After being fortunate enough to spend Anniversary Day on the Hauraki Gulf, cruising back along the Tamaki Estuary and watching the vibrant family life along Bucklands Beach promenade, I can see why people from all over the world wish to settle in this great country.

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Bill Potter – The Business Maverick. Bill is an international Platform Speaker, who has presented in 57 countries. Terrific 2015 Team! In my December 2014 column, you will have read that... ‘LOL’ actually represents my unique concept... ‘Line-of-Life’. If you didn’t, here is some advice... Keep Up!!! So, on January 1, 2015, I begun my Life19. Cats only have 9 lives. Poor deprived little critters. We start at the ‘Baby’ phase, followed by the ‘Toddler’ phase. The ‘Child’, ‘Adolescent’, and ‘Adult’ phases follow. We travel from ‘dependent’ through ‘interdependent’ into ‘independent’. We go from ‘in our family’, to ‘leaving home’ and finally into ‘setting up our place’. All nice, clean and familiar. But what about phases that you choose for yourself? You now change the word ‘phase’ for... your LOL (‘Line-of-Life’). You can have as many ‘Lives’ as you choose. Number them chronologically. There are no rules, references or restrictions for this concept. Naturally from the moment you turn up in the world, you will call it your... LIFE1.

might choose to start your LIFE2 at 11 months, because you could now ‘walk’ into your history. You might choose to start your LIFE3 at five years, as you launched your school journey. And so on. Sometimes circumstances may interrupt one of your ‘Lives’. For example, in LIFE4, there could have been a family break-up, or you moved to another town or you had an illness or accident. Such an event could, herald in... your LIFE5. So why tell you this? I call it the ‘New Start Response’ (NSR) so favoured by our inner being, like ‘new year resolutions’. Link your move into your ‘Next LOL’, with a significant ‘journey’. New beginnings are nourishing! Ultimately, you decide. In my personal transformation programme, KIFS: The ‘University of Life’ 3Percenter Course©, for serious Go-getters, we focus on giving you the best all-round instruction, on living ‘Best Life’.

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Different generations spending habits Authorised financial adviser and Howick Village local, Mark Steele, provides answers to financial queries from local people.

It is common knowledge that current retirees and baby boomers have the perception that generations X, Y and Z spend too much, save too little and need to think about their financial future more. As an adviser, I have two key roles. One is to offer investment advice to people who have money to invest. The other is to offer financial planning advice for people who want to set goals for the future and make a plan to achieve them. The latter group is usually aspirational Gen X, Y and Zs who are making a decision to break the trend and live the life they desire. These roles give me insight as to how different people and generations treat their money. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I see so far. Most retirees and baby boomers, who have a current net worth of more than one million dollars, generally spent their 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prioritising familyfocused expenditures such as buying a house, a car and building a savings portfolio. They were taught by their parents who grew up during the great depression when having to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make doâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;just getting byâ&#x20AC;? was the norm. Also, as a bonus, retirees and baby boomers have enjoyed many years of workplace retirement schemes that no longer commonly exist.


Email financial questions and comments to: mark.

Things are different now. For one, the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;normâ&#x20AC;? for Gen X, Y, Zs is instant gratification. They grew up in a time of insecurity, with 9-11 and banks cheating people. It has given them a â&#x20AC;&#x153;who knows what tomorrow will bring?â&#x20AC;? and to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;why not treat myself?â&#x20AC;? attitude. Team this with historically low interest rates, ease of credit from lending institutions and the fact that everybody is doing it, and it is no surprise that the younger generations (myself included) have a different attitude about money. If younger generations want the life they expect they must be smart and self-disciplined due to today's new financial environments.

Auckland South East owner of financial personal trainers, enableMe, DIANNE BARLOW, offers the following financial advice. The idea of retirement is simple. Having worked hard your whole life, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time when you are supposed to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. In reality, it is never that simple and most people, instead of looking forward to this stage, are nervous about the financial implications that it brings. Time and time again, we commonly see people continuing to ignore pending retirement by burying their head in the sand, even if it leads to denial or a form of financial anxiety.

The principles used by our more mature generations are still crucial and should be applied but it requires careful thought and planning to avoid the path that the current financial world will pull them towards.

Simply, to have a lifestyle you enjoy in retirement you need to make some decisions today. In order to make the right decisions you need a strategy and an action plan. Most importantly, you need to execute these.

With this in mind, I am confident that over time there will be a new perception of the younger generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money habits that is admired by all.

For most people, retirement is not about investing in financial products, because in reality few people have surplus money to invest.Â

Note: This article is general information only and is not to be used as a substitute for personalised advice. A disclosure statement is available from Mark Steele on request and free of charge.

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Planning for your future starts today

In fact, a high proportion of people will be going into retirement with a mortgage and no savings so buying shares or financial products is not an option on any level. Instead of investing, the first step to retirement is to make sure you are mortgage-free before you hit retirement.  If you are not mortgagefree then you need a plan to sort this.  Time is of the essence; more so than ever before.  The sooner you start, the sooner you take control back. 



Remember, before you start, you must diagnose your financial

situation. You need to understand what your retirement will look like and what it will cost.  For most, there is going to be a shortfall between what they are likely to have and what they will need.  A bridge must then be built between the two.  For many this is a very sensitive process that takes some bravery to confront.  You need to be free of emotion. It can be challenging but you simply need to be getting ahead because falling backwards is not an option. Whilst everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals are different and their situations are unique, universally, planning for your future is not supposed to cause anxiousness and retirement should not be ignored. 

Dianne Barlow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Business Owner Level 2, Van Den Brink House (The Westpac Building) 652 Great South Road, Manukau Phone 0800 897 898

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Chris Fayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strike Force jet engine-powered drag car certainly warmed things up. 

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Howick hot rod is choice Two thousand classic cars, 50,000 people, a couple of motorised chilly bins, a modified ride-on lawnmower and a petrol-engined barbecue table converged on Kumeu, west of Auckland, for the 21st annual The Sound Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival in January. One car that stood out amongst the acres of mile deep paint jobs and glimmering chrome was Dannemora couple Howard and Carol Bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning 1936 Ford coupe.

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The Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 350 cubic inch (5.7-litre) V8 powered hot rod won the coveted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award, which was voted on by visitors to the show. It was also judged as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;best hot rodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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Howard Bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi award-winning 1936 Ford was built at home over a five-year period and painted by John Lisle at Cascade Autofinish in Pakuranga. Photo Alistair Davidson hot rodders from around the country and as far away as America.

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joins Super Black Racing New Zealand racing star and double world touring car champion, Paul Radisich, is set to join Super Black Racing in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship (V8SC) as team principal, providing the team with additional support and mentoring.

McLaren has launched a limited edition 650S to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the line to finish 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th at the 1995 Le Mans race. In honour of this achievement, five special editions of the McLaren F1, badged the McLaren F1 LM, were commissioned â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one for each of the cars that finished.

Radisich has extensive experience in V8 racing after spending years behind the wheel as one of New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top drivers and brings a whole new set of skills to Super Black Racing. Tony Lentino, Super Black Racing owner, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul has been involved with Super Black Racing from the start and has already been a major help to us, so to officially have him involved this season is great. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that we have Prodrive Racing (PRA) and Paul (Radisich) both behind us, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure we have the right formula to give this thing a good go.â&#x20AC;? Super Black Racingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driver, 19-year-old Andre Heimgartner from

Originally from Auckland, Radisich made his name on the international circuit after winning the Touring Car World Cup in 1993 and 1994. Auckland, will have his first official race of the season in the PRA Ford Falcon at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, February 26 to March 1.

The 650S Le Mansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; styling was inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR, including iconic roof-mounted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;snorkelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; air intake.



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This fully-integrated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;snorkelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; channels airflow to the familiar 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, while also providing enhanced aural drama within the cabin.



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The front wings feature subtle louvres to reduce pressure over the front wheels, increasing downforce. Visual carbonfibre features throughout the limited edition model, including the front splitter and rear bumper.

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