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to the next! Another year has come to an end and for the EastLife team it was a 12-month whirlwind of meeting inspirational locals whose talents covered so many different avenues.

HAND IN THE DIRT: Once again visitors to the Auckland Botanic Gardens are being treated to outstanding artworks in this year’s Sculpture in the Gardens Trail. Clevedon sculptor, James Wright’s Hand in the Dirt is proudly featured on this month’s cover of EastLife, just one in this impressive exhibition of extraordinary sculptures. This is the third time James’ work has been featured on the trail. See more on pages 10-11.

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Throughout, I was constantly amazed by the abilities, flair, know-how and inventiveness of the many people we interviewed as well as their commitment to getting things done. It seems unbelievable that nearly seven years have gone by since EastLife was launched and I have seldom had to wonder where the next article or interview was coming from. And, now, as we launch into a new year and a new decade, already I am excited about upcoming events and prospective achievers who have started to cross my path. There are so many positives to highlight although I’ve also come down hard on actions that I have had to think long and hard about and with which I haven’t always agreed. Sometimes answers to a problem seem simple when in reality

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In the meantime, Kiwis across the nation last month watched as another tragedy unfolded at Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty. It was only a year ago a colleague gifted her dad a visit to the island; I had kept the contact details in hope of gifting a similar trip to my husband. That is unlikely to occur now. Like others I was shattered by the loss of life and the terrible injuries some survivors have suffered. My husband was born in Whakatane and, up until a year or two ago, I regularly visited the nearby Bay of Plenty town, Kawerau, to see an ageing friend who has since



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passed away. Subsequently, I have always felt a special affinity for that part of the Bay. I now hope spirits and livelihoods will recover from this blow. In the meantime, it’s all about the future, starting with a new year, a new decade – 2020 is upon us bringing change and fresh challenges. I’m sure we will all be watching the world stage as the United Kingdom tries to deal with Brexit and, surely, we will be watching the USA too as Donald Trump embarks on an election year. Many other nations will, no doubt, be in the limelight too. But for now it’s warmest thanks to all our readers and advertisers for their support – here’s hoping for a fruitful year ahead and one which brings much better times than 2019.



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Colourful characters, cute kids, and a wealth of Christmas cheer were all part of the festive spirit when Howick’s annual Santa Parade hit town last month. The weather played ball bringing locals and visitors out in force to greet the man of the moment – Father Christmas, himself. Photographer WAYNE MARTIN kept his lens firmly focused on happy faces and the joyful mood.

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Warm and generous support has helped a special fundraiser, Augustine Life, to raise funds for a grieving family which recently lost a husband and dad in tragic circumstances. Held at the Cordis Hotel, the event featured four fashion shows showcasing Augustine, Charlo, Amaya and Stella Royal labels, a L’Oreal lipstick station and inspirational talks from three speakers, Casey Kopua (former captain of the Silver Ferns) , Kanoa Lloyd and Claire Freeman. Kerre McIvor was MC. Photographer CARMEN BIRD also ensured her photography skills benefited the event.







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A Christmas party spent trackside combines the best an end-of-year party has to offer – food, wine, summer, the social scene, sport and entertainment as was the case when realty company, Barfoot & Thompson sponsored its annual Christmas at the Races event at Ellerslie Racecourse. An afternoon of racing was followed by an on-site party which gave guests a chance to celebrate the year that was. Photographer CARMEN BIRD captured the glamorous side of the event.











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EXPOS & FESTIVALS Auckland International Buskers Festival January 24-27, various locations, Auckland City From the waterfront to the city centre, street performers will take centre stage during this event. With acrobatics, dancing, music and so much more on the menu, birthday celebrations don’t come much bigger than this! See for more information. Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival January 31, 6-11pm, Captain Cook Wharf, Auckland City The story (and history) of our city will be celebrated in fine style thanks to this event. Featuring performances on land and water, this festival (hosted by the 19 iwi of Tamaki Makaurau) seeks to capture the region’s rich waka history. Visit ourauckland. Auckland Pride Festival February 1-16, times and venues

Summer in the Square January 9 – February 9, Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland City After a short hiatus for Christmas, Summer in the Square kicks into gear again with a comprehensive programme of live music, movies, children’s entertainment and more. For a schedule, search ‘summer in the square’ at aucklandlive. vary, Park Rd, Whitford Auckland What could be better Beginning than sipping a glass (or a with the Pride few) among the vines? Well, Gala on Feb 1, this throw in a veritable smorgasbord series of events (which also of food from cheeses to salads, includes The Big Gay Out and antipastos and more – all set to the the Same, Same but Different tune of blues and jazz – and you’ll Writers’ Festival) seeks to celebrate discover a feast for the senses. For diversity and deliver a fabulous information about this ‘grape’ day experience. For more information, out, see see 100 Glorious Years of Song February 3, from 11am, MUSIC & MUSICALS Somervell Presbyterian Church, 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, and APO Orchestral Summer School Feburary 11, St Columba Church, Finale Concert 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany January 17, from 2.30pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City From Art Deco to ABBA, Disney to Disco and everything in between, Roll over, Jack Black, there’s a the 20th Century was a magical, new school in the Town Hall! The musical period. Billed as a ‘joyous talents of students from Auckland romp through time, this concert Philharmonia’s summer school seeks to celebrate what we loved will be put to the test as they so much about the way we were. present a programme of classical Details via favourites and more. See for details. Summer Jazz Festival February 1-2, Fencible Park, Groove in the Grapes Picton Street, Howick January 18, 2-9pm, Turanga Creek Louis Armstrong said: “If you have Organic Vineyard, 133 Whitford


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to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” However, those who don’t know much about this musical genre can discover exactly what it is and why it keeps toes tapping locally this month as the festival hits town. Details via howickvillage.

COMEDY Louis Theroux – Without Limits January 10, from 7.30pm, The Civic Theatre, Cnr Queen St & Wellesley St West, Auckland City Since working on the infamous Michael Moore’s TV show, TV Nation Louis Theroux has become infamous in his own right. This BAFTA-award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and (some would say) comedian, is adept at relating to people as he gently exposes the absurdities behind some of the most controversial views. During this show, Megan Phelps-Roper (who appeared in Louis’ The Most Hated Family in America expects to give Louis controversy aplenty to work with. See


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ARTS Clevedon Art Trail January 25-27, locations vary, Clevedon  Auckland may have been around a while longer but even after just four years on the calendar, this event has become a local institution. Showcasing the rich range of creative people within the Clevedon area, this trail has many a tale to tell. See

FAMILY FUN Cardboard City January 11-12, from 12-4pm, Silo Park, cnr Beaumont & Jellicoe streets, Auckland City Auckland Council might think that it takes years of planning for any building to break ground, but little ones are about to prove them wrong! Supplied with recyclable cardboard and all the tools necessary, children can play their part in building the city of the future (well, near future anyway) on Auckland’s waterfront. See for details.

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Jack Whitehall – Stood Up February 1, from 8pm, Spark Arena, 42-80 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell Jack’s back and he’s not taking anything lying down! Living proof that the UK’s posh folk know how to tell a joke or two, Jack Whitehall has become a star of stage and screen over recent years for good reason, as this stand up show will (most likely) confirm. See jack-whitehall for details.

Waterworld – Mission Bay January 3-8, session times vary, Mission Bay Beach, Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay A giant, inflatable obstacle course, this ‘pop up’ attraction is sure to keep children (aged 5 and up) busy and active. And, aside from reminding us of a most forgettable movie, it’s likely to be fun for adults too. See for full details.

this event can expect ‘curiouser and curiouser’ to be guaranteed. Featuring a range of performances, and coinciding with Sculpture in the Gardens, this free event is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. See whats-on for details.

Trillian Trust Funfest January 16-19, 9am-5pm, Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau From free rides to live entertainment, market stalls and more, this summer celebration seems set to kick off 2020 in fine style. For further information, see


In a Curious Garden January 18-19, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa While it’s arguable whether the world itself has already slipped through the looking glass, or down a rabbit hole, visitors to

ASB Classic January 6-9, times vary, ASB Tennis Centre, 1 Tennis Lane, Parnell A favourite event among some of tennis’ top talents, this tournament is set to see stars such as Serena Williams hot in the city as they take it to the net. For more information, visit Tour De Ranges January 11, from 7.15am, begins and ends at Clevedon A&P Showgrounds, 107 Monument Road, Clevedon Auckland is not just a concrete

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jungle, a fact to which participants in this annual event would attest. Taking in some of the most splendid scenery the southeast Auckland region has to offer, this road cycle event winds its way down country roads and over the Hunua Ranges. For more information see tourderanges. NZB Karaka Million January 25, from 3pm, Ellerslie Racecourse, 100 Ascot Ave, Remuera We don’t need to offer a million reasons as to why this annual raceday attracts some of the very best in the racing business. However, in addition to top action on track, this event offers plenty more. Visit

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NE W SH AP E TO GA RD EN S The Sculpture in the Garden trail at Auckland Botanic Gardens never fails to impress and this year’s exhibition is no different – yet again extraordinary works by extraordinary sculptors are making their impact on visitors. Twenty impressive sculptures by experienced and emerging New Zealand artists are on display until March 1, the result of the curatorial panel of Linda Tyler, Rachel de Lambert and Brett Graham pouring over scores of submissions before making their choice. Those selected are bound to delight, surprise and raise conversation. Auckland Botanic Gardens manager Jack Hobbs says everyone at the gardens has been excited by response to the display which occurs every two years. “There were 90 submissions and I feel the 20 selected have a great range of styles, themes and materials. They include art works from some of New Zealand’s best as well as from new and emerging artists,” he says. In addition to the diverse range of new, contemporary sculpture, the permanent collection of 22 sculptures, already established, add to the overall appeal of the exhibition. Over the course of summer, between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors are expected to attend the free event, which covers a two kilometre trail. What’s more, an onsite café, plus lovely picnic areas, mean there’s no need to go hungry while enjoying a few hours wandering.

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 We have regular fishing days, cruising rallies and also a monthly meeting with a speaker. We are now looking to start power boat training because a lot of new migrants are showing an interest in buying boats. Water safety needs to be emphasised and taught.

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Pakuranga resident and a former local board member, Wayne Huang, was last year elected Rear Commodore Power (power boats) at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, the first member of Asian descent to be elected to management. Wayne holds a Masters of Commerce in economics from the University of Auckland and has many years of business experience but he has long been a power boat and fishing enthusiast, a passion shared by his family and which prompted him to become a member of BBYC in 2012. We asked Wayne about his present role and its challenges.

As a member of BBYC for eight years we understand you are a great believer in being active in the community. Is BBYC your only interest in this area? No. I have served on the Sunhyhills School Board of Trustees and for several years I served on the Botany Local Board (including as deputy chairman). I was also an inaugural member of the Howick Local Board. How is it that you joined BBYC? I’d always wanted a power boat and saw it as an interest my whole family could enjoy, Buying one has meant we can enjoy days out on the water, including fishing, but as part of a club we can also enjoy social activities and have had the opportunity to meet and make many new friends. Did you expect to be elected to your new role last year and what was your reaction? Not at all so I felt humbled and privileged to be given such a responsibility. I also felt my election reflected the club’s openness, inclusiveness, and commitment to connect to the wider local community. Since taking up the position what have you been specifically involved in? I have been especially keen to integrate new settlers and youth into our culture of water sports. BBYC is a key centre for local water sports in our community. Subsequently, our first bilingual seminar on an introduction into

BBYC was attended by some 150 local residents. Afterwards 14 local youth plus three adults enrolled for our ‘learn to sail’ school holiday programme and 24 new people joined the club the following month. More than half were new migrants living in the Howick ward. I am always trying to encourage participation and interest among local youth so with about 50 recently registering for BBYC’s junior learn to sail school holiday programme (starting January 13, 2020) I was thrilled. Many of these have come from local migrant families due to that successful bilingual seminar in September 2019. However, now we need more coaches and tutors. There are opportunities for volunteers to be involved and BBYC will train people to be coaches. Even though you are Rear Commodore Power, you seem to have taken an active interest in sailing too – can you also sail and if not would you consider learning to sail? I have owned my power boat for seven years and loved it, as do the family, but more and more I have become keen to sail so now I crew on a yacht every Friday for the members’ races. I’m learning as I go and I’m really enjoying it.

buying boats. Water safety needs to be emphasised and taught. What is your role when such activities take place? My role is largely as a facilitator for the group and events but I go out too, especially on fishing days; my 10 year old son loves to come too – he is mad about fishing. Our last fishing day was organised in conjunction with the Big Fish Bay & Tackle Co and had 69 entrants. It was a fun day with prizes and was open to the wider community. Is there any other area, or activity (or more) you would like to see introduced? Yes, I am really keen to foster more sister club and international co-operation. BBYC is the second largest yacht club in New Zealand with great potential to grow. We need to consider how we can fully utilise that potential. By encouraging more international student participation, including through holiday sailing and boating programmes, we will have more to invest into equipment, facilities and training. Building our water sports programmes will benefit local and young people. BBYC is keep to further develop the youth sailing facilities at Granger Point.

On the flip side, what kind of power boat activities does the club host?

Other than boating/sailing do you have any other hobby interests?

We have regular fishing days, cruising rallies and also a monthly meeting with a speaker. We are now looking to start power boat training because a lot of new migrants are showing an interest in

Absolutely – my beautiful bird park. Seven years ago I bought the Whitford Bird Park from renowned artist, Blake Twigden, and it has been a passion ever since; it has also been a learning curve. I’ve

added more birds to the park and I also joined the Auckland Bird Association to help me learn. Subsequently, I have been a vicepresident of the club. Definitely, my garden and my lovely birds – pheasants, canaries, finches, parrots and others – keep me busy. What do you do for a ‘day job’? I have my own educational school in Highland Park and in light of that I want to use my international experience and network links to generate interest in, and to benefit all groups I am involved with. If you could be Minister of Recreation for a day what is the first thing you would do and why? I would facilitate a nationwide water safety programmes covering boasting, sailing, on-shore fishing, beaches, lakes and so on. Water safety is more than learning to swim although that is, of course, so important in a country like New Zealand. If you could ask any three people (living or dead) to dinner who would they be and why? In terms of boating, Grant Dalton, CEO of Team New Zealand for the Americas Cup. Also top New Zealand yachtsman, Peter Burling who was helmsman on the winning yacht Emirates New Zealand at the 2017 America’s Cup and, without doubt, the late Sir Peter Blake, a national hero, who served not just his community but the world in a very special way (e.g. Oceania environmental protection). All these men are great role models for our young people. eastlife | january 2020 |


 “It has been amazingly supportive and loads of Kiwi businesses offered to help out – our signage was done by a Kiwi for a great price, our baristas, Hiro and Eve, were both found through that channel and our cups are supplied by Decent Packaging (known as Innocent Packaging in NZ). Finally, we felt we were on the right path.”

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swaps newsprint for Carbon Kopi Some readers may remember Natalie Brittan, a popular writer who worked on EastLife for several years. She’s moved on – literally – immigrating to the UK two years ago with her husband Chris and their two young children. ANGELA KEMP caught up with Natalie from her London home and heard the transition hadn’t been as smooth as she’d hoped but after some initial trials she has embarked on a new journey. Chris finally had his surgery a week before Christmas 2018.

In the EastLife office Natalie Brittan was renowned for her delicious home baking which her colleagues were lucky to sample on a numerous occasions. So, it came as no surprise when we learned she and husband, Chris, had opened a café in the UK capital. Natalie met British-born Chris while a student in Auckland working towards a BA in linguistics from the University of Auckland followed by a journalism diploma at AUT. Chris worked for an IT company in East Tamaki before he set up his own company, Ginger IT. After graduating, and on the lookout for a job, Times Media magazine editor Helen Perry quickly identified Natalie as a young talent and wasted no time employing her.

“He was discharged on Christmas Eve but was back in hospital with an infection on New Year’s Eve,” Nataie says. “I drove Chris to Bristol and stayed in a hotel with Ellie while his parents looked after Leah during the surgery. They were great and really looked after us.

Carbon Kopi, London.

And, it seems there was some foundation to her niggling fears when doctors found abnormal results during a health check for Chris.

“And, I was right, she turned out to be a fine journalist, skilled feature writer and a great baker to boot!” Helen recalls.

“Initially, we didn’t worry too much as Chris has had slightly abnormal results for most of his life. We thought the doctor was just being overly cautious,” Natalie says.

In fact, Natalie’s interest in cooking led to two of her favourite assignments – “interviewing Sky City chef Nic Watt when he first came back from London and opened MASU restaurant was big for me at that time and I loved covering Nadia Lim’s My Food Bag story,” she says.

“But, as we later found out, his decision turned out to be prudent when one of the scans came back with a shadow – a 7cm tumour on the adrenal gland. It was so big it was putting pressure on the liver as well. The usual course of action is to remove it immediately.

After leaving magazine life for a stint at AUT as its web editor, Natalie and Chris became parents to Leah, now aged five. Then on New Year’s Eve 2016 when Natalie was newly pregnant with her second child, Chris suggested he’d like to return to the UK.

“He was diagnosed in September, two months before we were due to leave New Zealand. Bringing our move forward, Chris headed off with Leah to get the ball rolling with the NHS for surgery. I waited behind with Ellie to sort out the move. I missed Leah’s third birthday and we were apart as a family for a month.”

“I was kind of expecting it at some stage of our lives but I felt the timing was awful,” she says. “The Brexit vote was still sinking in and six months later Grenfell [tower fire] would happen which seemed to compound my sense of foreboding.”

Settling down to life in England, the couple initially lived with Chris’s parents in Devon while Chris went for hospital appointments in Exeter. After a fraught couple of months, including several lost referrals,

“The next six months were rough, he was constantly down with something or other, and was generally weak and in pain.” Eventually, the couple decided to relocate to London and Chris resumed work when he felt well enough. “We’re not country people and craved the pace and reliable internet of the big smoke plus all the city comforts that we were used to Auckland,” says Natalie.

On their fifth attempt (which they had decided would be their last) the Brittan’s successfully secured a corner site in Hammersmith and named it Carbon Kopi in deference to New Zealand’s affinity with black and the Malay word for coffee. Natalie says they received invaluable help setting up the business through the ‘Kiwis in London’ Facebook page. “It has been amazingly supportive and loads of Kiwi businesses offered to help out – our signage was done by a Kiwi for a great price, our baristas, Hiro and Eve, were both found through that channel and our cups are supplied by Decent Packaging (known as Innocent Packaging in NZ). Finally, we felt we were on the right path.” Chris and Natalie now take it in turns to work in the café at weekends while the other looks after Leah and two-year-old Ellie.

“We’d always toyed with the idea of opening up our own café, and after more than 20 years in IT, Chris was ready to do something different; this was going to be our chance to start anew.”

In the short time it’s been open, Carbon Kopi has been lauded as having the best coffee in London but as yet customers haven’t sampled Natalie’s tasty baking.

Although neither Chris or Natalie had very much hospitality experience, Natalie had waited tables as a student, and Chris had helped in his grandfather’s butchery as a young lad.

“I haven’t made anything for the customers because there’s alot of red tape involved to have my home kitchen certified by the council and we don’t have a kitchen on the premises.”

“Once the decision was made, it was incredibly difficult to find the right premises. Some required too much work; others didn’t have the right conditions. Some vendors didn’t accept our offer, while others would go for another offer at the last minute despite initially accepting ours and, in some cases, the demand for financial security was too high. We lost thousands in legal fees and shop design fees.”

While the journey from journalist to coffee shop owner hasn’t been easy, Natalie says with perseverance it’s possible to build a new career even in a metropolis such as London. So, if you find yourself in London and yearning for a proper Kiwi coffee, pop into Carbon Kopi at 11 Margravine Rd, Hammersmith – you’ll receive a little taste of home. eastlife | january 2020 |



snapshots A top tip for beating those ‘back to work blues’, planning a holiday can help us look forward to new horizons in more way than one. Although the likes of Australia, France, Thailand and the USA may (for convenience or the attractions they offer) be top of many a ‘must-see’ list, here are a few insights into less-often considered destinations.



Man, oh man, what a destination! The Middle East may not seem like the most tourist-friendly region to visit but this small monarchy on the shores of the Arabian Sea is rated one of the world’s safest by the World Economic Forum. With plenty for history for architecture buffs – from forts to mosques – it also boasts some of the world’s most luxurious resorts.

On the bucket lists of many a nature lover, these islands offer a rugged beauty that’s likely to appeal to all. Famous for providing Charles Darwin with evidence for his theory of evolution, this Ecuadorian territory features wildlife not found anywhere else on Earth. Overnight stays on most islands are not permitted but others (especially Santa Cruz) do have hotel accommodation.



From Monaco to Andorra and Luxembourg, Europe’s smallest countries attract tourists for good reasons; by comparison, Liechtenstein is more often overlooked. And yet, just a short hop from Zurich, Switzerland, this tiny principality boasts amazing alpine scenery and magnificent medieval castles.

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Considered safer to visit than many of its neighbouring countries, this English-speaking Central American nation was once home to the Mayan civilisation. In addition to Mayan ruins (in particular, at Caracol and Xunantunich) Belize’s Barrier Reef and stunning Caribbean beaches are sure to impress.

BO TS WA NA In the savanna, the African savanna, the lion sleeps. Home to a stable, democratic government, Botswana doesn’t tend to make the news quite as often as some of Africa’s more tempestuous countries. From grasslands to wetlands, safaris take tourists to see a rich range of wildlife, from lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and zebras, to many less famous species.

MO NG OL IA On the trail of adventure? Keen to get off the beaten track and experience a mix of culture, nature and history? Mongolia could be made to measure. Whether you want to trek across the Gobi Desert on camels, ride on horseback through grassland, experience a home-stay with a nomadic family or even explore the cultural free-for-all capital of Ulaanbaatar, this central Asian democracy is an adventure lover’s dream.

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Achieving the sweet life is no easy feat. Renowned for their preserves, the Barker family has discovered a recipe for success but it’s one which was nurtured from humble roots, as this beautifully-presented book reveals. Beginning with elderberry wine, the business grew thanks largely to No.8 wire ingenuity and a dedication to turn a cottage industry into a major food producer.

Modern living allow as much room (or time) to ‘grow our own’ as many of us would like. But, as this book reveals, even those with more petite gardens can reap quite the harvest. In addition to helping readers maximise what space they have available, Paul West also reveals how to make the most of time we do have around the home to cultivate abundant gardens.



Since first being published back in 2007, Day Walks in New Zealand has become a ‘go-to’ guide for people keen to explore our country’s great outdoors. This new, revised edition goes one step further – many, many steps, in fact – to add to an already comprehensive tome. Featuring day walks to full-day tramps, this book has plenty of new paths to tread.

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While not quite every woman and every man may love their caravans, vans have become a quintessential part of a typical Kiwi summer for many, as have RVs. In this book, Don and Marilyn Jessen deliver a practical guide for purchasing and maintaining an RV while also providing a glimpse into the lives of those who drive them. Whether people are looking for a way to make the most from a summer road trip or thinking of selling up and living life on the road, RV There Yet? is sure to prove an invaluable resource. Don and Marilyn Jessen: RV There Yet? A guide to owning and using a recreational vehicle in New Zealand | RRP $39.99 | Bateman Books







Michael Barker: Barker’s of Geraldine – 50 Years Preserved | RRP $60 | Mary Egan Publishing

Forget heading into the great wide open, it’s paths that lead to the great unknown that are more likely to take us to places we’ve never been. However, because a little knowledge of the unknown before we set out can be an advantage, legendary tramper and mountaineer, Geoff Spearpoint, has provided this detailed guide for exploring the Southern Alps. Including personal accounts of his favourite trips, this book is sure to be favoured by those who choose the paths less travelled. Geoff Spearpoint: The Great Unknown | RRP $59.99 | Potton & Burton




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The perfect gift for every home – here and abroad. The new 2020 Howick Community Calendars are a showcase of the local district – both past and recent. Perfect for Christmas gifts, your own home or for friends and family overseas. Buy now for just $20 with profit from each calendar benefitting a local community group.

Crawford’s bus in Picton Street (cira 1915). The Marine Hotel is opposite the Howick Town Hall.

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With its vast, tree-lined grounds, Howick Primary School can count itself fortunate. Principal, Leyette Callister says with plenty of trees of varying degrees of climbing difficulty, children are encouraged to test their confidence and grow their tree-climbing skills. “The school is active across a wide range of initiatives,” Mrs Callister says. “We have a very active parent community which has successfully fundraised over the past two years for a new junior playground, shade cover for the large junior sandpit area and also, a “SolaGola Walkway Canopy” for the senior school. “Ongoing projects include further “SolaGola Canopies” in the junior school and development of our Garden to Table/Enviro Classroom.”

during the annual student leaders’ trip to Wellington, pupils visited the “Immersive Creations” classroom and Parliament House. At the latter they were welcomed by Howick MP, Simeon Brown. During the year ‘tech angels’ who assist teachers in classrooms and run technology in assemblies visited the Motat Mindlab where they explored digital technologies. “Digital technologies are well advanced at Howick Primary with maker spaces popping up in classrooms and technological designs and capabilities being developed,” Mrs Callister says. “Two advanced groups have designed a number of innovations.”

Principal, Leyette Callister with 2019 graduating Year 6 students wearing the special leaver’s shirts sponsored by the PTA. Sonshine Ranch, The Maritime Museum and Wero White Water Park. Students also participated in yachting and tree planting. “As a new Enviro school, we are also focused on having Zero Waste; installing systems to educate our students and community,” Mrs Callister says. “By employing a specialist enviro teacher for two days per week, students and teachers will be supported in using student ideas to develop our school grounds and to shape the future of

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Be organised – BE IN CONTROL

Rockabye Early Learning Centre takes the care and education of young children seriously. Today, centre owner Caryn Mawkes has some helpful tips becoming more organised.



Principal of Pigeon Mountain Primary School, Ian Dickinson, outlines the school’s education philosophy. Schools invest a great deal of time thinking strategically in order to be confident that their core statements and values are fit for purpose in this ever-changing world. At Pigeon Mountain Primary School we have spent a great deal of time in 2019 looking closely at our vision of providing ‘Education with a Heart’. We have sought out the voices of our students, teachers and parent community for their perspectives. What we have learned has filled us with great satisfaction that the vision is even more relevant now than it was in 2001 when it was first introduced. Through consultation with our community, we learned that parents felt the statement resounded with them strongly. “I think this vision truly expresses the need of the times. I have always appreciated how the school [PMPS] develops values in the students. In a world which is increasingly becoming divided, empathy and love is truly what is needed,” said one. Another said: “Small things can have a HUGE impact not only on academic and learning successes, but also on personalities and behaviour and can model them [students] on to a good path of citizenship. That, for me, is Education with a Heart!”

Our students also expressed strong opinions with some pointing to specific events and features which they appreciated. For example: “Pigeon Mountain doesn’t just teach you about maths, writing, reading and life skills. It also teaches you about kindness and how to be a good person.” “I think it is good having ‘Education with a Heart’... Monday morning assembly and talking about our school values. I love the way our school runs under that vision and that we are a school that cares about the environment too.” So, with feedback from many of our stakeholders, we reached the conclusion that heading into 2020, and beyond, providing ‘Education with a Heart’ is not only the perfect vision statement for our school but it is a way of being all those things which we aspire to bestow on our students.

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Everyone seems to complain about being so busy nowadays. That’s no surprise considering the wealth of information, activities and opportunities we have at our fingertips. But it also means that one of our most precious resources, ‘time’, is becoming even harder to control. A big part of not having enough time is the fact that people are not organised enough. If you’d like to add a bit more order to your family’s life here are seven ways to become more organised. • The weekly menu – The most time-efficient way is to plan the meals a week ahead. This will make your supermarket shopping a whole lot quicker. In the morning, pull anything out of the freezer that needs to defrost during the day and chop up some veggies. If there is anything you can do early to make the dinner time rush go smoother, do it. • Family calendar – Keep a wall calendar in the kitchen with every family member’s comings and goings: school activities, work schedules, travel dates. Digital calendars may be helpful for those who are IT-savvy. • Cupboards – We all know that there is never enough storage in our homes. It is a lot easier to find things when they are stored

and labelled appropriately. Using smaller containers is a great way to organise bits and bobs i.e. – sewing box, first aid kit, arts & crafts. • Laundry – Doing a load of washing every day adds only minutes to your daily routine. This will mean you do not have to spend your entire weekend doing loads of washing. • A ‘go bag/basket’ for the car – Why not keep all the gear your family takes on outings in one bag in the car. This will ensure you always have a picnic blanket, ball, sun screen and umbrella for those impromptu moments. • Unwanted items – Fill a box with ‘things’ you’re unsure about and pack it away for a year. Be sure to write the date on the outside. If you don’t use anything in the box for an entire year, you don’t need it and can get rid of it.  • Mail and correspondence – Sort mail, invitations and school newsletters when they are received. Either trash, file, respond, or take the appropriate action — don’t let mail and other papers build up. It’s always easy to think and plan when everything around you is in perfect order. Good luck in being more organised and hopefully these helpful hints will provide that fresh start you’re looking for.

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TAN TIME! For the extrovert, Piha from the New Zealand Swimwear Company (makers of Moontide) brings the freedom and spirit of New Zealand’s beach life to the world. The playful side of all Piha girls runs through the entire collection, providing superb swimwear for those whose hearts truly lie outdoors. Colours of nature are strong – deep lagoon and brighter sea foam are reminiscent of the world’s oceans while sunset ginger and cantaloupe add the sun’s zest. Bandeau’s are in abundance, with or without straps, 80’s boob tubes or sexy zip fronts, team with a skimpy pant or go the whole retro hog with a deep, high-waisted option. The continued reconnect with nature brings multiple options for florals or go for splicing, clashing graphics – there are no rules with this mix and match trend.


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Operatunity’s summer concert presents famous songs from all the best eras of the 20th century with sentimentality, silliness and lots of costumes and glitz! Famous items include: Imagine, Born Free, I Will Survive, We’ll Gather Lilacs, You’re the Top, Keep the Home Fires Burning and Downtown, plus our artists display even more talent with a Louis Armstrong impersonation, tap dancing, and much more! Tickets $35 including lunch. Tuesday, February 11th at 11am St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Book on Or toll free: 0508 266 237

Escape the city to the Clevedon countryside, where you will find Hinge & Co. The restaurant and bar that joins communities both locally and afar. We love bringing people together for all types of events and functions or to simply enjoy our lunch or dinner dining experience. Our menu is crafted by talented head chef, Daniel Mueller, with a rustic, sophisticated influence – an experience not to be missed. Live music over the summer season. Unique pastry kitchen with French pastry chef. 442 North Rd, Clevedon, Ph 09 948 0125 Wed-Fri 11.30am-late, Sat & Sun 10am-late – bookings recommended



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Harsh summer sun can wreak all kinds of damage on beautiful hair but TONI & GUY Purple Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to neutralise brassy tones and keep colour strong. Smokey lilac tones are the latest trend and this ‘purple shampoo and conditioner’ aim to keep bleached hair, purple shades and hot Scandic locks healthy. Pearl extract boosts vibrancy and shine and keratins keep hair smooth. Made for blonde, grey and silver hair, the TONI & GUY Purple range is infused with violet pigment to neutralise yellow and orange tones and to combat colour fade and the dulling of bleached hair. TONI&GUY Purple Shampoo and Conditioner, (250ml RRP $17.99), available from selected Countdowns, New Worlds, Pak‘nSaves and Farmers stores.

The outdoors beckon but for many people thoughts of sun burn, dry skin and other negative reactions are a dampener. To help those with sensitive skin to enjoy time in the sun, NIVEA’s new Sun Sensitive Protect SPF50, is a light, non-greasy sunscreen developed for sunsensitive skin. It is enriched with natural aloe vera and chamomile to protect skin from sun-induced irritations such as discomfort, redness and itching. The addition of moisturising Vitamin E helps protect and repair the skin during and after sun exposure. This 4-hour water resistant SPF50 lotion does not contain chemicals which harm coral reefs. It is available in a 100ml (RRP $12.99) and 200ml format (RRP $9.99) from supermarkets and pharmacies.

Hair has a new shape, thanks to the Curl & Straight Confidence Hair Dryer (RRP $129.99) from Remington. Featuring 2-in-1 functionalities, the two innovative curling and smoothing nozzles allow for that desired freshly blowdried look. The complimentary 45mm round brush fits perfectly around the new curling nozzle and requires less movement to help effortlessly create a bouncy blow out by gently distributing consistent heat across the brush. The dryer’s extra wide, slim smoothing nozzle allows for precise smoothing whilst you dry, so every day can be a good hair day. And forget about frizzy, dull hair because the ionic conditioning technology provides 90% more ions* for smoother, shinier hair.

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EYE-CATCHING! It’s party time when girls love their lashes to have loads of allure and the edited line up of eyelash essentials from Ardell are made for the job. For fluttery falsies that fly under the radar, try barely there Ardell Naked Lashes, a collection made with feather-soft and lightweight fibres. These ultra comfortable beauties are made for all-day wear when the 9-5 unexpectedly becomes more of a 5-9! Alternatively, Ardell Individuals are made up of 10-20 hair fibres knotted together to create one streamlined ‘single’ lash fibre for a customisable lash look or, give eyelashes a boost with Ardell’s range of Wispies, with criss-crossed knotting for feathery, full lashes which still look natural. Naked Lashes (RRP $16.99; Individuals and Wispies from RRP $14.99).

ANYONE FOR COFFEE? A morning caffeine fix is a must for some people but now a new beauty essential is a coffee fix for skin! Frank Body from Mecca is a coffeebased natural skin care company with a strong vegan offering. Coffee (beans and seed oil) is used in all its products which range in price from RRP $11 to RRP $24. These include cleansers, scrubs, facial masks, moisturiser and lip balm. One example from the range include the Original Coffee Scrub (200g RRP $19) made from a blend of roasted and ground robusta beans, sugar and salt to give skin a deep exfoliation and also enriched with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to hydrate and nourish.




The attributes of NZ deer milk has gained prominence with the launch of the kotia skin care range. Nurturing sensitive skin around the eyes, kotia’s Brightening Eye Cream works on puffiness, dark circles or crow’s feet, thanks to its unique blend of high-performance, hydrating ingredients including green coffee extract to improve skin micro circulation and reduce dark circles and puffiness; hyaluronic acid to help moisturise and protect and cucumber to soothe, cool and refresh. Deer milk promotes cell growth and regeneration, protecting skin against environmental stress. kotia Brightening Eye Cream (20mL RRP $63.00) available from Farmers, Unichem & Life pharmacies.

EastLife editor Helen Perry is hugely impressed with the New Zealand-made kotia skin care range based on deer milk. Having used the hydrating day cream, the regenerating night cream and the rejuvenating serum for several months she is loving the nourishing effect. Now, she’s excited about the latest addition to the range – a purifying toner. Designed to improve skin tone and assist in skin brightening, it is formulated to provide moisture while soothing and repairing damaged skin. The key ingredient is, of course, deer milk but the inclusion of vitamin A and amino acids also helps to slow sign of ageing and promote skin cell growth. The new kotia purifying toner (RRP $40) is available from Unichem and Life pharmacies.

For all luscious lash lovers, mascara is the magic wand that can make eyelash dreams come true. Now, Wet n Wild has created the perfect gift set in the form of its Mini Mascara Collection (RRP $19.99). Look no further than this selection of five mini mascaras including: Wet n Wild’s Max Volume Plus Mascara for extreme voluminous lashes with no clumping or smudging; the Mega Volume Waterproof Mascara (waterproof, sweat-proof, humidity-resistant); the Mega Protein Mascara, (high-performance formula to promote healthy-looking lashes with maximum visual impact) and Wet n Wild’s Mega Volume Mascara perfect for your everyday office look. Available from Farmers stores.

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CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH AT RISK OVER FESTIVE SEASON YVONNE VANNOORT, from Sanctuary Dental, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany talks about caring for children’s teeth during the summer holidays. With so many sweet foods and soft drinks coming to the fore over summer holidays, good dental health, especially for children, can be a challenge. So, here are a few suggestions to help children maintain good tooth care over the festive period. Take care with sticky foods which cling to teeth and have the potential to cause more harm than other foods. Raisins are often given as a healthy alternative to sweets but they are high in sugar and can stick in the grooves of the teeth thereby promoting decay. Try to keep fizzy drinks in moderation and encourage youngsters to drink plenty of water. Fizzy drinks are so acidic that they dissolve the teeth quicker than you would expect. They should be an occasional treat only!

to music? Let the kids choose their favourite song and brush to the end of it so you know they have brushed for long enough. This is really important if they are teenagers with braces on their teeth which are more at risk of decay.

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School camps seem to be a time when they also forget to brush or haven’t taken their tooth brushes with them – make sure you check their toilet bags before they go.

Ensure you have plenty of snacks such as cheese, celery and carrot sticks on hand for children. Cheese is especially good at helping to balance the acidity of acidic foods and drinks.

One last point – if an accident occurs, and teeth receive a knock, do go and see a dentist to register the accident with ACC. A knock to a tooth can result in the tooth dying later; that’s when such registration becomes important.

In terms of brushing, families can make the experience fun by brushing together; you can even try brushing each other’s teeth! And why not try brushing

So, take steps to stay safe over the holidays and, hopefully, there will be no broken teeth in your family. We are here to help if you have any questions.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE TEAM AT HOWICK VILL AGE DENTURE STUDIO It was a busy lead up to Christmas for the team at Howick Village Denture Studio with little time to catch a breath! Not only was the team leader and head clinician, Leah Taylor, flat out at the studio creating beautiful smiles in time for her clients’ Christmas photos… but she has also been crazy busy behind the scenes with several other ventures! Each year Leah and her family host a large Christmas luncheon at their home for some 80-120 people. All

guests bring gifts for the Auckland City Mission. Toni Ryan, Howick Village Denture Studio’s front office manager, turned 50 and Leah made her cake (one of her hobbies) and if that wasn’t enough, Leah performed a medley of Christmas songs at the Howick Horticultural Society’s Christmas function. “The team is just loving being part of the Howick community,” Leah says. The studio closes over the

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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.

SUMMER... BETTER BARBECUE! Silver Fern Farms is delivering a couple of new upper cuts (in the nicest possible way!) to consumers. With its Beef Brisket and Venison Tri-Tip Grill Steaks, the company is inviting us to ‘extend our culinary boundaries’. While venison may already be ‘deer’ to our hearts, the Beef Brisket features a southern US-style, slow-cook spice rub, which is sure to go down well this barbecue season. Keep an eye out for this delicious duo (at supermarkets nationwide) wrapped in new recyclable cardboard sleeves.

HEROES ‘H A IL E D ’ PERFECT MATCH Bubbles may have been the order of the evening on January 1 but, as those lazy summer days roll on, Mission Estate’s Jewelstone Rosé is made to measure. Promising delicate aromas of red berry fruit and fresh strawberry with subtle, sweet spice, this Rosé made up of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) is available for a limited time only.

COLLECTIVE EFFORT, TROPICAL TREAT Mix coconut, passionfruit and hibiscus together and the result is a yoghurt that (pretty much) sums up the taste of summer. Created by Kiwi chef, Michael Meredith, and The Collective, this probiotic yoghurt is available from supermarkets nationwide (RRP $5.79 per 500gm tub), What’s more, proceeds from sales are set to assist The Fred Hollows Foundation in helping improve life for blind people throughout the Pacific.

Some fruit may look ‘the pits’ but deliciousness is more than skin deep. Aside from a few well-earned ‘beauty spots’, Hailstone Heroes nectarines are set to prove a tempting treat this summer. Carrying spots caused one of the worst hailstorms to hit the Hawkes Bay, Hailstone Heroes nectarines (available in three varieties: Hunny, Classic & Pearl) are perfectly intact beneath the skin. According to The Yummy Fruit Co, one-third of all food is wasted – Kiwis waste 1.8 billion dollars’ worth of food each week. For this reason, the company has launched this new range, featuring fruit that’s nourishing, healthy and tasty, even if it may not win any beauty contests. By picking up bags of these tangy treats (from selected supermarkets nationwide until the end of January), people can ensure good food doesn’t go to waste – which also helps our growers recover – and bag a bargain at the same time. eastlife | january 2020 |



Cookbook Why do we call it fondue? Because it’s fon-to-do, of course! Add in a little drop of beer and this recipe (from The Camping Cookbook results in a dish that’s ideal for social, communal feasting around a camping stove. INGREDIENTS

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PAPER BOT TLES – PROBABLY THE BEST IDEA EVER? Ten green bottles may not last long when hanging on a wall but (unless they’re recycled) they could hang around elsewhere for a very long time. So, in efforts to produce more sustainable packaging, Carlsberg is working to develop the world’s first paper bottle. “We are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fibre Bottle so far,” Myriam Shingleton from Carlsberg Group says. “While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market.” Made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres, the prototypes are 100% biobased and fully recyclable. The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal are also working with Carlsberg on the initiative.

• 1 clove garlic • 1 can beer • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese • 1 tbsp cornstarch • 1 tbsp mustard • Salt, pepper, herbs to taste • Dippers: broccoli, potatoes, carrots, endives, bread

TOOLS • Stove • Pot • Knife and chopping board • Long-handled spoon • Forks

PREPARATION To prepare dippers, blanch chucks of vegetable and set aside. In a bowl, mix cheeses with herbs, pepper and cornstarch. Rub the cut sides of a garlic clove around the bottom and sides of a fondue pot. Pour

SUMMER WITH SIMON GAULT When Simon says it’s time to eat, we can expect the best. More than just a cookbook, Summer is a celebration of the way Kiwis spend the season, resting and relaxing while sharing food with family and friends. For everything from quick-fix barbecue dishes to rich pickings for picnics, full meals and more, this book serves up recipes designed to be synonymous with summer.

Tip: If it is stable enough, a camping stove is perfect for supporting a fondue pot while keeping it warm on a low flame.

beer and mustard into the pot, stir and slowly bring to a simmer. Gradually add the cheese mixture into the beer. Keep stirring until the cheese is completely melted. Season with salt and herbs and serve. If the mixture becomes too thick, warm on a lowmedium heat.

THE CAMPING COOKBOOK One need not be a camp leader or camp mother to turn out ‘Top’ recipes when canvassing the great outdoors as this book reveals. Released just as Kiwis head out tramping and camping during summer, The Camping Cookbook is a handy helpmate (no weighty tome this) packed full of recipes which can be quickly rustled up whether we’re halfway up a mountain, relaxing in a campervan, or settling in around a campfire.

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pork salad Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 4 NZ pork leg steaks, each 150g or 1cm thick • Salt and pepper • 1 tsp vegetable oil • 1 tsp sesame oil Salad: • 1/2 cucumber, finely sliced • 300g green beans • 200g sugar peas • 300g bean sprouts • 1 bunch coriander, leaves only • 2 whole oranges – segments • 200g mesclun mix or rocket or salad greens

METHOD Heat the vegetable oil and sesame oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Season the pork leg steaks with salt and pepper and fry in the pan for 4-5 minutes on each side. Set aside to rest and cool. Mix all of the dressing ingredients

Dressing: • • • • • • • •

2 tsp sesame oil 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp castor sugar 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp coriander stalks, finely diced 1 tbsp soy sauce Juice of 2 oranges, squeezed after segments have been removed • 2 tsp grated ginger • Salt and pepper

together in a measuring jug and set aside. Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside. Once the pork has cooled, thinly slice and toss with salad. To serve, generously pour over the salad dressing.

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Two local companies have scored accolades in the recent House of the Year awards –  both winning their categories against stiff competition from around the country. OUTDOOR LIVING WINNER ALL MAGIC A modernist, contemporary, threelevel home, with a magic view overlooking the Tamaki Estuary, has won the national category for Outdoor Living in the 2019 House of the Year awards. Built by small family-owned East Auckland company, Lite-

House, which specialises in bespoke design and construction excellence, the Farm Cove home was designed for relaxed living with a resort type feel. Created with multiple entertaining areas, the innovative design with eco-friendly building materials and

technologies set new standards for home sustainability excellence. Lite-House managing director, Bryce Ardern, says he is thrilled to have won, not only four awards at the House of the Year regionals, but to also have won the national award for Outdoor Living.

“It truly is such a fantastic home to live in. The warmth and brightness, the solid secure feel, and its connection with the land through its many different sheltered outdoor living areas, not to mention the outdoor fire and the pool, are amazing. We love it.”

SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRED Hein & Nikki Mackay always planned to make their new Beachlands home something special, but they never imagined their Scandi-inspired property would take out a prestigious title in the 2019 House of the Year awards. So, when their home, built by Stonewood Homes Auckland East, won the Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 - $750,000 category, they were delighted. Customised from an existing Stonewood Homes design, the showpiece of this four-bedroom, two bathroom home, with whiteon-white colour scheme, is the

large open plan kitchen and living hub which leads to an expansive outdoor area with wrap-around deck and swimming pool. Stonewood Homes Auckland East franchise owner, Jeff Wilson and general manager, Jean Dougherty say the Mackay’s deserved much of the kudos for the win. “They are a great team, who planned meticulously,” Jean says. “However, it would be remiss of us not to thank our team as it was their brilliant craftsmanship, attention to detail and care for providing exceptional service that made the House of the Year award a reality.” eastlife | january 2020 |



playing the angles A fateful accident in his twenties had tragic consequences but it also set George Taamaru on a road he may never have travelled, as JON RAWLINSON discovered.

It’s a hot summer’s day so I’m not best pleased to walk 10 minutes or so from the closest parking spot to meet George Taamaru at his Auckland City workplace. However, after chatting with this inspirational, yet unassuming sportsman, I’m not quite so fussed about the walk back, thankful that, unlike George, I have two good legs to help me manage it. Since losing a leg in a motorbike accident, the former Panmure local has often found the road ahead of him particularly challenging. How does he do it? He makes the most of what he has. “You have to try and find the right angles and use different techniques,” he says of sport and life in general. “I do different planning than able-bodied athletes; I have to find different ways, ways which work for me. It’s all about attitude and determination, in order to achieve anything.” In recent years, this former Cook

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Islands rugby league rep’ and Paralympic powerlifter has shifted his sporting focus to waka ama – known internationally as vaá racing.

achieved by able-bodied athletes, yet this accomplished paddler does his best to ensure nothing holds him back.

Club, George trains on the Tamaki Estuary, so tackling fresh water (as he will need to at nationals) requires added preparation.

In competition, waka ama can reach speeds averaging up to (approximately) 20 kilometres per hour over a 1km course (according to Waka Ama NZ). Considering the world record for running a kilometre stands at an average of just over 28kph, that’s pretty quick! It’s faster than most can run on two good legs.

From sprints (250-500 metres) up to marathon races (30-75kms) waka ama (or va’a) racings feature individual and team events. Next on George’s agenda is the National Sprint Championships at Lake Karipiro, Jan 12-18.

“The boats are heavier [less buoyant] on fresh water so we need to work harder. When training on salt water we sometimes use tyres to slow us down [to simulate added resistance] and we also do some fresh water training on Lake Pupuke too.”

“You need leg strength as well as upper body strength. [Able-bodied] athletes can be much faster than I am because they can kick off both feet,” George explains. “A lot more core work is needed than with kayaking and, probably, more muscles are involved with waka ama. The main difference to dragon boating [a similar sport] is that you paddle on both sides of the boat.” George might not be able to push his vessel to the highest speeds

“I compete in sprints as well but I prefer the longer races because there’s more strategy and endurance [both physical and mental] required. Also, I still need to lose more weight to be better in the sprints. ‘When I was competing in powerlifting [in the 2000s], I weighed 158kg – and I’m still a big guy. I’ve had to lose a lot of weight because the lighter you are, the faster the boat can go.” Primarily, as a member of the Panmure-based Tamaki Waka Ama

Since the 2018 World Championships in Tahiti, George has been on course to securing top honours, something he hopes to do with the New Zealand team at this year’s IVF (International Va’a Federation) World Sprint Championships in Hawaii. All going well, the Tokyo Paralympic Games is also in his sights. “Hawaii is my main focus. Getting to my fourth Paralympics is definitely a goal, but I wouldn’t ring the bell too early. It is a much higher level and I still need to lose weight, but if

“Getting to my fourth Paralympics definitely a goal, but I wouldn’t ring the bell too early. It is a much higher level and I need to lose weight, but if I stick to my diet and keep training hard, I know I can do my best on the day.”

I stick to my diet and keep training hard, I know I can do my best on the day.” In general, Kiwi and Tahitian athletes tend to top the boards at international level, with Australian and American competitors also taking a bow from the top of the podium often enough. In addition to his own efforts on the water, George has been involved in coaching for the past five years or so – especially with sessions suited to adaptive paddlers – helping ensure New Zealand continues to fare well in waka ama. But sport is not all about winning, he adds. “We’re doing events through Waka Ama New Zealand to introduce young ones to the sport. Developing discipline and the right attitude to life is so important whether they go on to compete or not,” he says. “I grew up going fishing on waka ama with my grandfather, so I also love that we’re helping carry on a traditional [practice].”

Photo courtesy of Marguerite Langford, MGL Photography (Aus)

AN UPLIFTING STORY George Taamaru isn’t bulletproof but, especially since an accident in 1992, he has given everything in life his best shot. “I was in my early twenties, in Rarotonga, when I had the [motorbike] accident. Before that, rugby league was my main sport – I was picked for a few games for the Cook Islands and played a test against Great Britain,” he says. “When you’re young you feel bulletproof, you do silly things. I didn’t know I had lost my leg until I woke up in hospital; I felt like I was nobody anymore, like I was useless. It was [devastating], very much so.” George’s road to recovery was not a case of smooth sailing, but determination proved his

guide, especially after moving to Panmure in the late 90s.

and the Paralympics, in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

“I asked myself: ‘what’s next?’ I had to just get up and try something. Coming to New Zealand was a great option; it gave me a fresh start. I studied business at AIT [now AUT] and, as I enjoyed the gym, I became interested in powerlifting.”

“I took gold at the 2002 World Champs in Malaysia. I’ve won about five [international] medals in total and I think I’m still number one in New Zealand for Paralympic bench press.”

This tenacious Cook Islander rose to the occasion after making contact with paralympians through his gym near Panmure’s Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre, then known as Swimarama. From the early 2000s, he represented New Zealand at various championships including the Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) Para Sport sections

George also secured numerous national medals and titles before another accident (of sorts) put an end to his powerlifting ambitions in 2009. “I tore my left pectoral muscle. I tried to nurse it through swimming but every time I went to the gym, it hit me again. Finally, I said ‘no, this has to stop!’ I always knew I would find another sport – you can’t let things like that hold you back.” eastlife | january 2020 |


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Forget butterflies in your stomach, think butterflies in the garden – beautiful to watch and a great way for youngsters to truly understand the lifecycle of a caterpillar transforming into a winged beauty. Butterflies love visiting flowers which are rich in sugary nectar and they are particularly fond of brightly coloured flowers. It’s a great idea to grow plants which flower at different times of the year and include a goodly range of flowering plants to attract a wider variety of butterflies. Butterflies can also help pollinate flowers and some vegetables and fruit and nut trees too, so they’re fantastic garden helpers. Plants which attract butterflies can be grown in a sunny garden and also in pots on balconies and patios; both the flowers and the butterflies will put a smile on your face! Our friends at Yates tell us the easy way to grow a patch of flowers butterflies will love is to sow a packet of Yates® Butterfly Field Beneficial Insect Mix seed.

Here are the simple steps to create a butterfly garden with Yates Butterfly Field seed mix: 1. Choose a bare, sunny spot in the garden and dig some Yates Thrive® Natural Blood & Bone into the soil. 2. Scatter the seed thinly over the soil and rake lightly into the surface. Firm down, water gently and keep moist throughout the germination period. 3. Tiny seedlings will emerge in 10-21 days. 4. Water the flower patch regularly and feed with liquid fertiliser such as Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to help the plants grow and encourage lots of colourful flowers. 5. You’ll start to see the first flowers at about 10 weeks, though results will vary depending on the climate and time of year.

This mix contains a vibrant blend of nectar-rich flowers to attract and provide food for butterflies and also food for caterpillars.

Other flowering plants butterflies love include sunflowers, lavender, pentas and daisies. So, grow some butterflyattracting flowers at your place and enjoy watching these beautiful insects when they visit your garden.

By Mark Steele, Forsyth Barr As we enjoy the festive season, reference is sometimes made to the so-called ‘Santa Claus Effect’, which is a tendency for sharemarkets to perform strongly in late December and into the New Year. One of the theories behind this phenomenon is that holiday cheer makes people more optimistic, with research confirming positive sharemarket returns in a significant percentage of festive seasons over the past few decades*. This wasn’t the case in 2018. With the S&P500 index of the United States, shares were more than 9% lower for the month of December. Whether or not the ’Santa Claus Effect’ is experienced, we recommend meeting with us and preparing an Investment Plan which is suitable for all seasons. We will take the time to learn about your individual circumstances and determine a suitable selection of investments to meet your investment objectives.

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Every month in EastLife we take a look at official releases from the Prime Minister’s office, which often includes a little tongue-in-cheek commentary regarding political successes and disasters. However, in December, a disaster hit which puts all others into perspective. WHITE ISLAND ERUPTS Less than 10 months after a most unnatural disaster in Christchurch, a natural disaster in the Bay of Plenty has prompted a compassionate response from our Prime Minister. “To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief at this moment in time, and in your sorrow,” Ms Ardern said soon after December’s White Island eruption. “We grieve with you, and we grieve with them.” Although lives were lost, others were saved, thanks to the efforts of emergency services. “I want to acknowledge the courageous decision made by first responders and those pilots who made an incredibly brave decision, under extraordinarily dangerous circumstances, to get people out. As a result of their efforts, a number of people were rescued from the island.”

CHRISTCHURCH CALLING... On 15/03/2019, a call to prayer was followed by an act of terror unparalleled in New Zealand’s history. Our Prime Minister appears determined that her call, in response, will continue to resonate. “The March 15 terror attack showed the lengths terrorists and those who support them will go to magnify their harm beyond the borders of any single country,” she said late last year. “Social media was used in an unprecedented way as a tool to promote an act of terrorism and hate. We are working together to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

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Ms Ardern comments came in regard to a workshop hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington designed to block efforts to share live footage of terrorist attacks.

opportunity to fix roofs, windows and walls to provide modern, comfortable classrooms that are great for kids to learn in,” the PM added.

“This workshop is about ensuring the Crisis Response Protocol is an effective tool that will help prevent social media being used again in the way it was on March 15,” she added.


“Because of the Christchurch Call to Action, I’m confident companies and governments are better prepared to respond quickly, and in a coordinated way, to prevent the mass dissemination of terrorist and violent extremist content online.”

“Last year, 685 New Zealanders are believed to have taken their lives. Each of those deaths was a tragedy and we must do more to support people in distress, or struggling with addiction,” Ms Ardern said of the opening of the new Suicide Prevention Office in late November. It follows the allocation of $40 million for suicide prevention in Budget 2019.

CLASS HALF FULL? Some may argue the best way to improve children’s education is to pay teachers more, but our Government is betting that upgrading schools couldn’t hurt either. “I’ve visited plenty of schools and I’d be hard pressed to name one that didn’t have need. You hear horror stories about kids learning in damp, mouldy classrooms,” Ms Ardern said in December. “Nearly every school and community in New Zealand will benefit from this windfall investment. I’m proud that students and teachers will be the first to benefit from our infrastructure upgrade.” Money received from these one-off grants (equating to $693 per student) will allow schools to improve facilities, covering everything from roofing and guttering to heating and lighting. “This package [$400m for state schools] is a real shot in the arm for our schools, giving them the

Hundreds of lives could be saved should one of this government’s most recently implemented initiatives prove a success.

Twelve million over the next four years has been earmarked for a Maori and Pacific suicide prevention community fund, the PM added. “We know Maori and Pacific are over represented in suicide statistics and we need to find and support new community responses which will help change that. [the fund] will be used to [help] design and deliver culturally responsive suicide prevention initiatives.”


The issue in question was a promise Mr Faafoi made to assist in an immigration matter. “Kris was not the Associate Minister of Immigration at [the] time, and he had no ministerial responsibilities for immigration matters,” Ms Ardern added. “While Kris’s communication didn’t have the clarity I expect, the Minister has assured me he never actually took any actions that sought to influence the case... This should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner and I’ve made my views on that very clear to him.” We guess that clears that up.

NO TIME TO WASTE? There was a time when plastic was considered fantastic but times and tides have changed. Following on from the Government’s ban on ‘single-use’ plastic bags, the PM plans to go even further to reduce plastic waste. “Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste,” Ms Ardern said last month. “We can ensure that New Zealand’s future is not full of throw-aways but of smart innovations and practical steps to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Our Minister of Broadcasting may have been guilty of a little miscommunication of late but our PM has made every effort to ensure her views on Kris Faafoi’s faux pas are loud and clear.

The next step will focus on phasing out packaging and beverage containers (including meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers) made from PVC and polystyrene in exchange for recyclable alternative.

“I’ve told Minster Faafoi I expect better from him,” Ms Ardern said. “Minister Faafoi has apologised for his poor handling of this issue.”

Other measures include implementing a return scheme for drink bottles and cans, further regulations for e-waste.

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Lot 3 – Contact Phill today to discuss | Lot 8 - Under Construction View today Situated in a unique cul de sac at the bottom of Musick Point this family home is a rare find. Built by Finesse Residential a well known local builder renowned for Quality and Style this home will not disappoint. The ground floor is home to a large open plan living/dining and kitchen area that opens up onto a level entry deck and private courtyard. The tranquil setting and natural surrounds are captured by large floor to ceiling windows in the living area that let the natural sunlight pour in. Internal access double garaging allows for ease of grocery unpacking and the provision for a lift makes for a reliable future proof retirement living solution. The first floor of this home has been well thought out to suit many different lifestyles. The large master suite has a walk in robe and an ensuite fit for a King with its very own bathtub. All bedrooms are large doubles and the family bathroom has ample storage. The versatility of the large 4th bedroom allows for a media room/library or a study space.

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The Palms Hattaway Avenue consists of a variety of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom designs to suit different lifestyles. In sought after East Auckland and only a block away from Bucklands Beach the location is in easy reach of Half Moon Bay Marina, shops, restaurants & commuter ferries to Auckland City and Waiheke Island. These homes feature a modern kitchen with top Miele appliances. Sliders open to fenced courtyards and easily managed landscaped lawns supremely positioned for privacy, sun and sociability. Tiled bathrooms and quality chattels and finishes throughout. They even have interior lifts, which is great news for retirees. Exteriors exude a sharp contemporary aesthetic with double-glazing and insulation offering superior heat retention and inter-dwelling acoustic management. • Purchase direct form the builder • 10 Year Master Build Guarantee • Complete Turn Key package including appliances and landscaping

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