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NEW EV PROPOSALS LACK FORESIGHT What a kerfuffle the Government’s new electric vehicle legislation has caused. On the surface, rebates (but not the taxes) may seem appealing but what about the wider ramifications?
NEW BOARD GAME: Kaupapa, created locally by Rosie Remmerswaal (pictured on our cover) and Kuruho Wereta, is helping learners and speakers of te reo Māori to master the language and have fun at the same time. Launched earlier this year, the innovation has aroused the interest of libraries, schools and community groups who have seen its potential as an educational tool as well as a form of entertainment. Read more on pages 16-17.
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Undoubtedly, most Kiwis recognise that Co2 emissions need lowering but, really, is this the best way to go about it especially as burning coal to help provide electricity to run electric cars is also costly in the way of Co2 emissions. Further more, with NZ looking to reduce coal mining, (which has its own ramifications), the Government was content to import nearly 1.1 million tonnes of coal last year according to MBIE data. I’ve previously expressed concerns about the environmental effects of mining lithium for EV batteries and the lifespan and disposal of those batteries. But, now, battery lifespan takes on new significance. Although the Government is offering a $3450 rebate to used EV buyers, who would want to if the remaining life of the battery is perhaps five years or so? With the cost of replacing that battery likely to be more than $5500, any incentive is cancelled out. As government income from petrol taxes and road user chargers diminishes will there be a ‘new’ EV tax to replace that income? But the big problem is the overall cost of both used and new EVs.
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The Hyundai IONIQ 5, a mid-size SUV is listed at $79,990 for the 2WD base model; the top of the line model, limited AWD model is $112,990. How many New Zealanders have that kind of money to spend on a car? Of course, the $8625 rebate is not available for new EVs over $80,000 but if one is able to pay even $60,000, then perhaps the incentive is unnecessary. More importantly, most folk probably realise the true cost will be on those who can least afford to spend mega bucks on a car and will be penalised with taxes to provide those incentives for those who may not need them. Most Kiwis, it seems, spend about $10,000 on a car, with the next leap up being about $20,000. Where will the additional tax, leave people with limited budgets? I consider myself financially comfortable but the thought of paying about $60,000 for a new car is terrifying as is being penalised for buying a new, medium size petrol or dieseldriven vehicle for which my budget is $35,000 tops. What’s more, suggestions that a compact, used Nissan Leaf would be an ‘affordable” EV option leaves me gobsmacked. It would not meet my needs and I don’t want a Leaf let alone a used one. I require a new, medium size vehicle capable of lasting many years. My ‘inappropriate’ 2010
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EDITOR diesel Holden Cruze has done 224,000 kms with barely a hiccup and while utes, large SUVs and vans driven by diesel (and probably petrol too) could well disappear in time I don’t believe now is that time especially as there are no alternatives for such vehicles used not only by farmers but tradesmen and others too. Some commentators have reasoned that all the utes in Auckland are hardly being driven by “farmers and electricians!” This could imply the rest are driven by people who don’t need them; that’s naïve. Utes and vans are used by builders, plumbers, painters, sportspeople, musicians, lawn mowing contractors, fencers, glass and joinery contractors, gardeners and landscapers to name a few! And, that doesn’t count families who carry a lot more than the weekly groceries. I could say more but, for now, I just see problems for those who haven’t the money for crippling taxes which may ultimately curtail vehicle ownership. Sadly, cycleways and expensive public transport will not suffice if that were the case.
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WIN! A SHOWTYM ADVENTURE SERIES BOX SET Fans of Kelly Wilson’s children’s books will, no doubt, be dismayed that the author of Keeping up with the Kaimanawas fame has called ‘whoa’ on her popular Showtym Adventures. But there’s good news too. Thanks to our good friends at Penguin NZ, we have a box set to give away. It features a copy of each of the eight books in the series (including the final instalment, released earlier this year, Syd the Muster Pony). eastlife | july 2021 |
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PLEASE NOTE: Information regarding times & dates of these events was correct at the time this issue went to print. However, due to the pandemic, events may be postponed or cancelled. In some cases, tickets may be limited or social distancing measures employed as appropriate. Readers are advised to check events online for updates.
EXPOS, EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS Elemental AKL July 14 — August 1, various locations, Auckland Serving up ‘events and experiences celebrating the culture, cuisine and creativity of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland’, this eclectic festival will show our city in the most favourable light, with venues across the region, including Howick’s Polish Heritage Trust Museum. For a full programme of events visit www.aucklandnz.com/ elementalfestival. The Auckland Food Show July 29 — August 1, 10am-5pm, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom Why wait until Christmas to eat, drink and be merry? No set menu, this event dishes up a smorgasbord, with everything from product displays to cooking demonstrations and, of course, enough food and beverages to
have any belly wriggling like a bowlful of jelly! Further information at www.foodshow.co.nz.
MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE Bee Gees Las Vegas Show July 2, 7.30-10.20pm, The Lounge, 186 Wellington St, Howick There was a time when disco could be summed up in two letters: ‘B and G’. This tribute show is set to boogie back to a time when disco was king and ‘dancing queen’ was topping the charts. Details via www.facebook.com/ thehowicklounge. Everything After the Hero’s Journey Now – July 18, times vary, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland City A new play by the award-winning Shane Bosher tells the story of the heroic efforts of characters facing a pandemic that may have begun decades ago, but still plagues the world — HIV/AIDS. Inspired by the documentaries, How to Survive
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a Plague and We Were Here this show examines the human desire to survive and thrive. For more visit www.qtheatre.co.nz. Mauri Tau Now – July 18, session times vary, Silo Theatre, 283 Karangahape Rd, Auckland City A ‘star-studded’ cast of Maori artists present stories about the nine whetu (stars) that make up the Matariki constellation in this audio play, written and directed by Scotty Cotter. For more information visit www.silotheatre.co.nz. Madagascar — the Musical July 8-18, times vary, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City If you like to ‘move it, move it’ best get a move on before this colourful and energetic show sells out! A live stage adaptation of the ultra-popular animated film of the same name, Madagascar is a riotous adventure sure to appeal to all members of the family. For more information visit www. Madagascarthemusical.co.nz.
The Viewing Room July 10-31, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga Chester Dumbrosky is not prepared to let the little matter of passing over deter him from passing on his wisdom. Returning on the day of his wake, Chester attempts to set the record straight and make (somewhat belated) amends during this intriguing black comedy. Additional details at www.hlt.org.nz. Luck of the Irish July 12, from 11am, Somervell Presbyterian Church, 497 Remuera Road, Remuera, and August 9, from 11am, St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Loaded with jigs and jollity, this performance is intended to take audiences on a musical ride to the Emerald Isle featuring songs ranging from stirring, heart-felt ballads to light-hearted tunes. See www.operatunity.co.nz/concerts for more information. HCYT — July shows July 22-25, times vary, Harlequin
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Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre presents two shows in July, Charlotte’s Web and Hairy Maclary and Other Kiwi Stories. Details (including show times and dates) via www.hcyt.org.nz/season. Aretha July 24, from 8pm, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City A show celebrating a woman, a diva and a legend, Aretha expects to earn plenty of r-e-s-p-e-c-t! Along with other Kiwi musicians (including Boh Runga, Bella Kalolo and Vanessa Stacey) the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will showcase the songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. More information via www. apo.co.nz/whats-on.
Wonderland Glow Show July 28-30, times vary, Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick
Anyone who thought Alice in Wonderland could not be any curiouser may scratch their heads but little ones are bound to enjoy this outlandish twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic book. From a mad March hare to dancing flamingos, this glow-in-the-dark puppetry performance is billed as ‘upbeat, weird and wonderful.’ See www. glowshow.co.nz.
ARTS Estuary Art & Ecology Awards & Exhibition Now — August 28, Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick This exhibition explores the ecological importance of the Tamaki Estuary as art meets nature. For further information, visit www.uxbridge.org.nz. Slow Wonder Now — November 21, Auckland Art Gallery, Wellesley St East, Auckland City Although we often overlook its importance, without light we can perceive nothing. In this
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exhibition, Bill Culbert negotiates how light and its absence impact on our experience of everyday life. Further information via www. aucklandartgallery.com. Short Stories — Jane Thorne July 8-27, Tues-Sat, 10am-3pm, Railway St Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket Jane Thorne (aka ‘the bug lady’, who has featured in EastLife in the past), is back with a new body of work inspired by the paintings of Katherine Mansfield. To view more of this talented artist’s work, visit www.littleblackbugs.com and see www.railwaystreetstudios.co.nz for details regarding this exhibition. East Auckland Art Trail July 14 — August 1, various locations, east Auckland Coinciding with the Elemental AKL festival, the East Auckland Art Trail is designed to showcase top stops among the region’s creative hubs, from Pakuranga to Clevedon, including the Polish Heritage Trust Museum, Te Tuhi, Uxbridge Arts & Culture, Green Gables and
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more. For further information, including a range of itineraries, for more information visit www. eastaucklandtourism.co.nz. Howick Art Group Midwinter Exhibition July 15-18, 9am-4pm, Fencible Lounge, 25 Uxbridge Road, Howick Delivering more than just a splash of colour through the dark days of winter, Howick Art Group’s annual exhibition sees the work of talented locals on show. See www. howickartgroup.org.nz.
SPORT & FITNESS Aotea Square Ice Rink & Ice Slide Now — August 1, Aotea Square, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland City A small corner of Auckland’s CBD has become a (sl)ice of Paradise thanks to Paradice Ice Skating. While our local rink in Botany is sliding through winter, for a limited time, we can also experience a winter wonderland in the heart of the city. For more information visit www.aucklandlive.co.nz.
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BIRTHDAY HONOURED It was a right royal occasion when Auckland City Councillor for Howick, Sharon Stewart hosted a special Queen’s Birthday high tea in June at Fisher House, a property Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, and other members of the royal family, have visited in the past when it was the home of the late Sir Woolf Fisher.
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MOVIE APPLAUDED Guests turned out in force for the world premiere of the Larry Keating movie, Garden of Evil Hope, focused on Brazil, and including the tragic murder of the late Sir Peter Blake and the near death attack on eco-warrior Captain Pete Bethune.
The event was supported by Share Boating NZ, which facilitated sponsorship from local and international companies, and worked with Doc Edge Festival to promote the recent film festival. It attracted many people from east Auckland where Share Boating founder, and Whitford resident, Wayne Huang is Rear Commodore Power at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. Photographer CARMEN BIRD was there too.
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He’s a friendly enough young man but Elliot Johnstone intimates that he’s prepared to intimidate by playing hardball with his fastball to the tune of ‘chin music’. “You don’t want the batters to be too comfortable in the batter’s box. If I have to go close to hitting them, to get them off my plate, I definitely will,” the Howick Pakuranga Hawks and Auckland Tuatara pitcher says. “I’ve been clocked at 94 miles per hour, which is about average in Major League Baseball (MLB), but coaches have told me they see potential for me to increase my velocity even more.” His father’s business, Howick Funeral Home, is an ironic setting in which to chat with Elliot, considering his pitching is as lively as it gets. The former Star of the Sea student is now hoping to star in America’s minor leagues and, thanks to a contract with the New York Mets, he’s on the road to ‘the big show’. “I’m a mid-season signing, so I’ll be going to [The Mets’] Florida Spring training centre. They’ll put me through my paces and we’ll see where it goes from there. I’ll probably start playing rookie ball with the Gulf Coast League Mets and then, maybe, on to the minor leagues,” he says. “When I was young, I thought it would be cool to play Major League ball but now this opportunity’s presented itself, it’s a surreal feeling.”
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JOHNSTONE’S MILESTONES Far from a mainstream sport in New Zealand, baseball is America’s pastime; it’s also a common pastime for Howick’s Johnstone family. Elliot Johnstone was introduced to the sport through his older brother, who also played for Hawks, then known as the Diamondblacks. Interestingly, Elliot hasn’t always bet on the Mets. “Growing up, I was a Boston Red Sox fan, just because they were one of the only teams shown on TV here. Then I went to Guam on a little league trip where they had a baseball hat store. I saw a Washington Nationals hat, thought it looked good, and I started following them.” Asked if he’s still cheers for the Nationals, Elliot answers quickly and (it’s fair to say) tactically: “No. I’m a Mets fan now,” he laughs. He has a hard row to hoe, slugging it out for The Mets’ farm (development) teams. However, this resolute right-hander could reap rich rewards should he reach the Majors (where the average annual salary is a shade under US$5million and top pitchers earn tens of millions) and join the likes of Steven Adams (basketball) and Scott Dixon (motor racing) as one of New Zealand’s highest paid sportspeople. But Elliot has competition in trying to become the first Kiwi in Major League Baseball. Two others are currently plying their trade in the minors: ex-Hawk and Tuatara, Kyle Glogoski, with the Philadelphia Phillies’ Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and Ben Thompson, a former NZ Diamondblack, with an Atlanta Braves’ affiliate. www.eastlife.co.nz
Indeed, Elliot will need to ‘bring the heat’ in the heat of a Florida summer to progress but, in addition to his fastball, this wily reliever has more weapons in his arsenal. “My second best pitch would be a slider and I also have a sinker and a change-up too. I like to rotate through those to keep them guessing. You want to give the same amount of energy whatever the [type of] pitch so it can deceive the hitter,” he explains. “I used to be a starting pitcher but became a reliever when I joined the [Auckland] Tuatara  and that’s where I think my mojo is, where I’m most comfortable. There are different roles — from coming in after only a few innings if the starting pitcher isn’t doing well, or in the middle innings — but I think I tick the right boxes.” While busy ticking boxes Elliot’s likely ticked off more than just a few players in the batter’s box along the way. And yet, he’s not afraid to fill his boots when stepping up to the plate himself. “Some people might laugh but I rate myself as a hitter!” he smiles. “I have hit some home runs over the years including a grand-slam [with bases loaded]. I do think the odds of me getting at bats as a relief pitcher [in the USA] are pretty low, but when I do, I’ll be swinging, for sure.”
“Dad saw an advertisement in the Howick and Pakuranga Times [for the club] and Hayden and Blair then started playing,” he recalls. “So, since I was born, I’ve pretty much, lived and breathed baseball down at the field and in the dugout [at Lloyd Elsmore Park]. I started, with tee-ball, aged four, and I’ve been playing non-stop ever since.” The plucky pitcher says the Hawks were instrumental in helping him hone his skills. “The club was hugely beneficial. Scott Campbell, who played triple-A [minor league] with the Toronto Blue Jays back in the day, ran clinics for young players, along with his brother Aaron. We’ve just had huge talent, with some of the best guys in New Zealand baseball coming through the club; that’s always going to be helpful.” After being selected for the Hawk’s men’s team at just 16, Elliot began to turn heads. Unfortunately, ambitions to play college ball were cut short by injury. Instead, he became a foundation player with the Auckland Tuatara in the ABL (Australian Baseball League) in 2018. “When I was selected [for the Tuatara] that started my professional career. Having a pro’ team here is growing the game and giving kids more opportunities to play in front of major league scouts,” he says. “I’ve played for New Zealand at age-group level and I was going to debut [for the NZ Diamondblacks] alongside my brother Blair at the World Baseball Classic in Arizona last year. Scouts had expressed interest and if I pitched well, a contract could have presented itself. Then the pandemic hit.” However, Elliot did realise a dream — he was named ABL’s Rookie of the Year for 2020. “I’d say that’s one of my biggest accomplishments. I didn’t find out until we were under lockdown. I ran inside and told my partner, then rang dad who couldn’t believe it!” Although he’s never pitched an elusive no-hitter — where not a single hit is scored — Elliot has chalked up a handful of shutouts over the years whereby players may make it on base but none find their way home. “If I can make the Major Leagues one day and become a closer, I guess my dream scenario would be striking out the last guy in game seven to win the World Series; that would be awesome!” eastlife | july 2021 |
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The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists have been invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary – to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway, and to encourage action against its pollution. With a prize pool of $10,000, the Awards Ceremony will celebrate the winning artworks; chosen for their innovative and intelligent response to ecology and the Tāmaki Estuary. Malcolm Smith Gallery, UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick. Phone 09 535 6467 www.uxbridge.org.nz
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ON BOARD WITH LANGUAGE of interest in board Covid-19 saw a resurgence oducts emerging but games with several new pr aland as Kaupapa, none so unique to New Ze tearoa and devised for a bilingual Ao rners of te reo suitable for speakers and lea know more. Maori. EastLife wanted to
Rosie Remmerswaal and Kuruho Wereta at the launch of Kaupapa.
Kuruho Wereta and Rosie Remmerswaal met by chance nearly three years ago when both were visiting friends at Umupuia Marae. They didn’t know then they would become friends, flat mates, and the instigators of a word description game aimed at helping anyone learning te reo Māori. However, in little more than two months they were sharing premises and ideas to help Rosie learn te reo Māori from scratch and for Kuruho to discover a new love for the language he had grown up with. “I grew up in Ōtaki, which is well known for its strengths within te reo Māori and I had a bilingual and bicultural upbringing. As I matured I felt the desire to expand my experiences, so I left Ōtaki to pursue a career as a ranger. “However, I’ve always maintained a strong connection to my Māori arts background through carvng
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and weaving but didn’t have many opportunities to kōrero Māori every day.” On the other hand, Rosie, with Pākehā, Dutch, Irish and Swedish ancestry, grew up with very little te reo Māori. “But, as I learnt more about my role as a Pākehā upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, I wanted to learn,” she says. And, learn she did with startling pace and fluency. “It’s a beautiful language and a vessel for ways of thinking, wisdom and world views which have arisen from this very place we are blessed to call home. The more I learn, the more passionate I become about supporting Māori culture, reo and, ultimately, tino rangatiratanga.” Serious talk but, it was this desire that set her on her new
learning path with Kuruho’s encouragement. Although he has recently returned to live and work in Ōtaki, since bringing their game project to fruition, he and Rosie are still working closely together, expanding their newly formed company, Kura Rēhia. “Over time, our flat in Maraetai became more and more bilingual,” Rosie says. “Kuruho would teach me about whatatauki (Māori proverbs) and I’d share new things I was learning with him. Subsequently, Kuruho was inspired to take his reo to the next level and took up night classes. “One night we were playing a board game and decided to try negotiating the English words using te reo Māori. It was fun but clumsy so we created a similar word game by cutting up pieces of paper and hand writing our own clues in Māori.”
As a result, the friends took this basic version of Kaupapa to their reo Māori classes and received enthusiastic responses. It prompted them to explore further. Over the next two years they continued to develop the word game so that it could be played at any language learning level – beginners can use it to learn new words while fluent speakers are able to create a fast-paced, playful Māori immersion game. “The design and feel of the game has evolved over many renditions,” Kuruho adds. “The design we eventually landed with is inspired by the patterns of nature and pūrākau (traditional narratives) as expressed in whakairo (carving) and weaving such as haehae, pākati and taratara ā Kae. There are stories and meanings deeply rooted into the foundation of these patterns.” www.eastlife.co.nz
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A successful launch day.
In 2020 the friends founded, Kura Rēhia with the aim of creating more games, resources and events for bilingual Aotearoa. Working closely with graphic designer, Aroha Tamihana (Maimoa Creative) and translator, Hemi Kelly, they chose environmentally responsible, independent New Zealand company, Soar, to manufacture the game. It was formally launched in early May at Umupuia Marae where the pair met, down the road from the flat where the game began. Having poured heart and soul into organising the Te Reo o te Rēhia launch, these entrepreneurs are now keen to expand their reach and make the game available to broad range of organisations and environments. “There is enthusiasm from libraries, www.eastlife.co.nz
kura (schools) and community groups which, like us, see te reo as vital to how we have fun together as whanau and friends,” Rosie says. “We would like to continue developing fun resources for speakers and learners of te reo Māori.” Kuruho adds: “The world can be so serious and difficult to navigate at times and there is a lot of mahi for all of us at Tiriti partners in Aotearoa. However, there are hidden treasures in the act of play. “When we play our neutral pathways can expand at a rapid rate; this creates a space for deep learning to take place in a form which is disguised as fun; that’s very healing. Our mission is to support Aotearoa to become an authentically bilingual nation where everyone can thrive.” eastlife | july 2021 |
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Why not make meals a family affair with everyone putting forward their favourite meal ideas? With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of easy meal options.
With everyone having such busy lifestyles, it may be helpful to plan meals for the week; this will take away the stress of having to think about cooking each day.
When raising a family, one of the hardest jobs is coming up with appetising dinner ideas every night and finding time to cook!
when you arrive home. • Use left-over roast meat and turn it into a shepherd’s pie or a frittata. • Schedule an afternoon each week to plan meals and shopping lists. • Pick one night a week to have a designated meal, such as ‘Taco Tuesday’ or ‘Sandwich Saturday’. This helps simplify menus and grocery lists. • Embrace colourful fruit and veg. Children eat with their eyes; the more colourful and fun a plate of food looks to them, the more delicious it will appear. • Lemons, oranges and limes, can be frozen whole. Take them out and grate the zest (still frozen) when needed for cooking. • Cheese can be frozen. It’s best to grate hard cheeses, such as cheddar or parmesan, before freezing. Leftover cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta and feta cheese can also be frozen. • Storing onions and potatoes together makes them both spoil faster. Store potatoes in a dark place to stop them going green.
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TYNDALE PARK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Tyndale Park Christian School is proud to be part of the local community and hopes to continue to be a blessing not only to the neighbourhood but also to the wider east and south Auckland community. On May 29, 2021, Tyndale Park Christian School held a family fun day and anniversary dinner for alumni and founding and present day families to celebrate its 40th birthday. Although the weather forecast was not ideal, and it did rain quite heavily in some suburbs, the morning in Flat Bush was cold but basically rain-free — a blessing from God! Tyndale Park Christian School is an independent school which assists parents by providing a Christ-centred education which encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God. Preliminary meetings to set up the Tyndale Park Christian School Trust were held in the
latter part of 1980 by several members of the Bible Baptist Church of Auckland. This resulted in the formation of a Trust Board, with the first official recorded meeting of the board held on February 3, 1981 at the home of Mr C Channing. During the summer of 1980/81 a start was made on the construction of the school buildings. This involved thousands of hours of voluntary labour – an aspect of school culture which is embedded in our school DNA. These labours of love have always been a characteristic of the work at Tyndale Park Christian School. www.eastlife.co.nz
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With family likely to be connected with that community for a long time, and because education plays such a significant role in a family’s life, it is important to find a community which supports their values and expectations. At Pigeon Mountain Primary School, we are incredibly proud of our community and recognise the benefits of a cohesive group not only to the school, but for the individuals and families that compose it.
During these Covid-affected times, many of us have reflected upon the important things in life. For some, finding a sense of belonging has been high on our list of priorities. This has been particularly important for those who are recent arrivals in Aotearoa New Zealand and have families remaining overseas. The sense of separation may been heightened, but taking comfort and pride in belonging to the ‘Team of 5 million’ helps.
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At Pigeon Mountain School, we are extremely proud of the team we represent. We are diverse, but we are united by our whakatauki ‘Education with a Heart’ and everything it represents. Being here for our community, and striving to include and involve them during their children’s time at our school, is something we work tirelessly to do.
Join Our Team! Set on a beautiful spacious site, our school grows young people with a heart! Encouraging a strong focus on student Wellbeing, Pigeon Mountain Primary School loves to involve our community in everything that we do!
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WORLD FOLK TALES
PARTNERS IN SLIME
MOOSE THE PILOT
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Age-old fables from a wide range of cultures take on new life in this book. Including some tales Kiwi children may already know to more obscure stories, World Folk Tales is a veritable treasure trove complete with illuminating and enlightening illustrations.
Some would say there’s money in muck but, as Jake and Cooper discover, there’s plenty of scratch in slime too! Selling homemade slime might be a great way to fund rollercoaster rides at Adrenalin World, but if their new ‘magnetic neon gloop’ (devised with the assistance of a scientist uncle) could cause havoc and send their entire venture off the rails. Ideal for readers aged 8-10, this book promises ‘a rollicking recipe for disaster’.
High jinks and high adventure are par for the course for Moose! When a distress call comes in over the radio, Moose must draw on his aviation skills to fly to the rescue, as this award-winning book reveals. Fans of flying machines and daring aviators are sure to enjoy this uplifting story.
Billed as ‘Dirty Dancing with a supernatural twist’, this new book for young adults (aged 12 and up) sees Evie Thomas in a spin when she meets a tall, dreadlocked, adventurous and daring young man. Evie doesn’t believe in love so her new dance partner can’t possibly change her mind, or can he?
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When Georgia sets up a fake twitter account set up with the sole intention of praising her bestie’s business, it could be considered a stroke of genius or the... Worst. Idea. Ever. This witty and sharp new novel from a bestselling author takes readers on a twisting (and twittering) journey as Georgia learns more about her dear friend than she could ever have imagined.
Set in Victorian England, this book expects to reveal that fiction really can be stranger than truth. When Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders arrives on the outskirts of her village, Nell (due to her birthmarks) becomes the troupe’s ‘leopard girl’. Although forced to join the circus at first, Nell soon discovers her new identity could prove quite the opportunity.
Prizewinning author, Sunjeev Sahota, shares a powerful novel. Inspired (in part) by his own ancestry, this book shows how family ties can see common themes – from love, oppression and trauma to the pursuit of freedom – stretch out across generations and from one side of the world to the other.
The twenties may have roared and the sixties swung but the eighties were electric, especially for four talented and glamorous siblings, the children of a legendary singer. From the author of bestselling Daisy Jones & The Six, this book is focused on an unforgettable night and a family faced with a choice that could change their lives.
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“I don’t think it’s really a choice to write for this age group [junior fiction], it’s just what seems to work best for me.”
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Heart and troll – LOCAL AUTHOR’S STORY SET TO STONE Trolls do not just live under bridges (or online), as JON RAWLINSON discovered recently.
Memories of memories are at the heart of the latest book by acclaimed children’s author, Leonie Agnew, The Memory Thief. “Since I was a kid, I was intrigued by the name ‘Garden of Memories’, which is next to Uxbridge [Arts and Culture Centre] in Howick – it was an important piece which brings the story together. It [the book] is more magical realism than a fantasy book because it’s set in an actual, real-life place,” the Pakuranga local says. Billed as ‘a magical, spine-tingling novel about a girl (Stella) who wants to escape her memories, and a troll (Seth) who is desperately trying to remember his,’ Leonie’s book also draws on memories yielded from another garden further afield. “When I was a writer in residence at Otago University , I used to visit the Dunedin Botanic Garden a lot – it’s lovely and has some wonderful statues,” Leonie explains. “I knew I wanted to set a story there. One night, I ended www.eastlife.co.nz
up reading about trolls from Scandinavian mythology online and so it all started to fit together.” A troll by night, Seth turns to stone when the sun rises. Unlike mythological trolls, Seth feeds on the memories of others. “I read trolls are allergic to iron, which fits nicely, as the Dunedin Botanic Gardens are fenced in with iron. Also, there was a sign at the garden saying ‘Open from dawn until dusk’, which would mean the gates would be closed to him at night, the only time when he could move around,” Leonie explains. “Seth can’t retain his own memories so it’s a mystery to him as to how he got there, where he came from and whether he will ever get out.” Since the release of her first book, Super Finn, in 2011, Leonie has had a number of works published, including The Importance of Green (2013), Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand (2014) and The Impossible Boy (2016). For the most part,
BUY THE BOOK! Leonie Agnew’s latest book, The Memory Thief will be available from bookstores and online from July 10, followed by an official launch from 2pm, July 17 at Howick Library. Leonie Agnew: The Memory Thief | RRP $19.99 | Puffin
she focuses on junior fiction, for readers aged (roughly) 8-13 years. She has either won awards, or reached award finals, for a number of her books.
junior fiction novel, so there are not a lot of them in there, but Kieran is incredibly talented and he [captured the characters] really well.”
“I don’t think it’s really a choice to write for this age group, it’s just what seems to work best for me,” she says. “Awards are nice to have but that’s never the aim. I just write what interests me. Winning isn’t all that important but being a finalist, at least, can help ensure books are published.”
A former Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School teacher, more recently Leonie has worked at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Ellerslie. However, thanks to a study grant, she is honing her talents even further, working towards a Masters degree in Creative Writing. She is also looking ahead to releasing yet another junior fiction novel.
Complete with an endorsement by renowned writer and illustrator Chris Riddell and illustrations by Wellington-based Kieran Rynhart, The Memory Thief could well steal hearts of judges. “I’m really lucky to have a quote from Chris. I met him a couple of years ago during the Auckland Writers’ Festival – he asked to read The Memory Thief then gave me a quote. That was massive; I was very excited,” Leonie says smiling. “It’s quite unusual to illustrate a
“I’ve just finished another book but I can’t really talk about it yet,” she says.. “It’s a bit of a return to my Super Finn style, with humour and everyday kids.”
To read EastLife’s 2016 interview with Leonie, see our September 2016 e-edition, accessible via www.eastlife.co.nz. eastlife | july 2021 |
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PUZZLE NO. 82
1. Herb does drill and there’s silver in it (6). 2. Look down on the boy with the mince-pies (7). 3. Are such sheets a weight on the bed? (6). 4. Waiting for the big noise to come in (6). 5. Cut to point, always (5). 7. Are tight and steal something (5). 13. It’s a double bend, you fool! (3). 14. Heightening as I run into the arena (7). 15. Keep shaking the vehicle (5). 17. Return from work (6). 18. A hundred and fifty and a quarter is light (6). 19. Fish is a hothead and loud (6). 21. Is case it might be the piano room (5).
6. Putting in the fruit squash one’s to be quick (4,2,4). 8. Having got in front, one is pleased with oneself (4). 9. How the warder will speak to the prisoner who has it? (4). 10. Yours has a fine point (5). 11. Twist, but not Oliver (4). 12. Grapes one brought out for a VIP (9). 16. Empty the sack (9). 20. Get the ticket in advance (4). 22. The nut clapped the accountant in jail (5). 23. A certain royal lady is outside (4). 24. It’s the head or tail of a cobra, miss (4). 25. The beauty with wrinkles to hide arrives (10).
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FLOWERS AND MORE
s on s ea s e h t of g in g n a Ch It’s the change of the seasons but there’s no time to relax... The dried flower revival is letting us get quirky and creative during these colder months!
t has been pouring with rain, thunder and lightning are coming and going at their own will and it’s cold! There is little flowering in the garden for picking – it is that time of the year which feels strange with summer flowers, like cosmos, trying to be cheerful yet bulbs, such as earlicheer, starting to flower along with hellebores. I was, however, out trying to pick when heavy rain struck and I had to shelter in my She Shed. My She Shed was developed last year in what was our shed for hand rearing calves for school Ag Days. Over summer I was hanging a lot of flowers and foliage for drying there but it is now too cold and open. Instead, I have taken over our hot water cupboard which is full of roses hanging from my clothes drying rack – no room for drying clothes anymore! This is the first year I’ve dried flowers. When they started to make a comeback, the concept took me back to my younger days of dusty, very average looking displays. What is available now is so vastly different, it’s like night and day. At The Wild Rose we have dried and preserved flowers from Japan, China, Europe and Australia. Some of the preserved rose heads are of such good quality it’s hard to tell the difference between a living rose and a preserved one. These sit alongside locally grown flowers and foliage which are also dried. I grew strawflowers over summer for the first time. They grew to be taller than me and flowered over so many months but, finally, they had to make way for spring
bulbs in my picking garden. The last of them I dried and it is hard to tell if they are fresh or dried which makes them such a versatile flower to grow. I also grew bunny tails, however these grew to be about knee high to a grasshopper, albeit that there were a lot of “tails” on each plant. When my father rang to ask if I would like him to pick some while he was at the beach I was delighted. My mother wasn’t, she cursed the bunches of bunny tails drying at her house. I am even more delighted now that there is a worldwide shortage of bunny tails – can you believe it! I know the dried flower revival will come to an end, but while it’s here I am totally embracing it. I love that you can be quirky and creative; at The Wild Rose we are putting dried flowers in terrariums and large egg cups which are perfect for the ‘not so perfect’ flowers. In the fresh flower world it is all about stem length and being long and beautiful. In the real world, and just like us, not all fit this mould. Dried flowers and their many uses are just right for the ‘non-perfect’ in the flower world, and for that I love them as that is exactly what I grow in my garden.
Melanie Kennerley Melanie Kennerley, Master of Science (1st Hons), DIP and Interflora qualified florist, local business woman. melanie_kennerley
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ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE STYLING & ORGANISING –
living better for less er and owner of sustainable Howick-based professional organis bie Hyland is often styling business Hunter Gatherer, Deb iture and home wares seen purchasing quality clothing, furn ng with a difference; in local Op shops. But this is shoppi with a purpose. it’s sustainable and ethical purchasing for the environment, JES MAGILL discovers how it cares consumers money too. strengthens communities and saves
In the world of Op shop patronage things sure have moved on since this writer’s experience in the mid-1970s. She thought her recycled style of “dress for less” looked great but most other people thought it oddball. And, back then, those same people shuddered at the thought of welcoming second hand furniture and décor into their homes. Fair enough, Op shops weren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some resembled garage sales more than stores and required shoppers to trawl through shabby, poorly presented wares. But these days they have lifted their game by stocking better quality goods then by displaying them creatively, customers are enjoying more pleasing ‘retail’ experiences. Five years ago, when Debbie Hyland started thinking more seriously about creating a business around home organising, styling and sourcing quality, preloved items then finding them new homes, she experienced nothing like the Op-shopper resistance this writer did in the 70s. She did face some push back though to the disruptive retail model when she was growing up in South Africa in the 1980s. Born and raised in Cape Town, she started exploring stores which sold pre-loved goods when she was 15 years old, much to her father’s horror. “Dad never understood my fascination for dingy little shops in unsavoury areas and reminded me constantly I had a generous Woolworths allowance. But this didn’t deter me. I simply preferred finding something special and unique, items not everyone else would have,’ she says.
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“Over the years I also realised, as well as finding special garments in Op shops there were many hidden treasures to discover for my home; items that weren’t mass-produced but quality furniture and decorative pieces that came from a time when artisan trades and skills were valued.” Little did Debbie know at 15, the seed for a sustainable business concept was taking hold. Fast forward three decades, and on the other side of the world, she finally launched that concept, Hunter Gatherer, on Facebook and Instagram to test the waters. “I’d always wanted to be involved with sourcing, reusing and upcycling beautiful pre-loved items and inspiring others to live with better for less. Decluttering and living sustainability is an important part of my vision and helping families move through clutter to calm. “Form follows function and a clear space means a clear mind – it feels like a breath of fresh air and gives a light feeling. Decisions can be better made when your options are well placed, tidy and appealing to the eye, whether it’s a closet space, pantry or a room in the house.”
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DEBBIE’S SUSTAINABLE LIVING PHILOSOPHY: • Aim to live more simply and sustainably • Buy less – we don’t need 15 coffee cups! • Curate possessions regularly – sort, simplify and let things go • Go for welcoming spaces with clever touches of affordable, sustainable luxury • Life’s too short for shabby scatter cushions • Bedrooms are important places of refuge, ideal for luxurious retreats
TOP DECLUTTERING AND REDECORATING HACKS: • Decluttering and redecorating go hand in hand • Avoid overwhelm – think about changing function and décor room by room rather than tackling the entire house • Start with categories, focus on one thing, grouping creates order • Effective, attractive storage is really important, especially with kids in the house • To find Op shop treasures, visit stores regularly
DEBBIE’S CREATIVE BACKSTORY: Debbie’s backstory is as intriguing as the Op shop treasures she now comes across every day in Auckland. After leaving high school she focused on becoming a creative, studying interior décor and then, on completing a make-up course, she was employed by a national theatre company as a make-up artist. Fifteen exciting years in the film and fashion industries followed, including creating her own resort wear label and establishing herself as an interior design stylist. Visiting friends at the luxury resort Drakensburg, near Cape Town in 2014, Debbie chanced across Matt Hyland, a “boy from Waiuku” and a specialist in steel frame construction. Romance wasn’t even in the picture for Debbie at that time but there was something special about this “relaxed and interesting guy”; indeed, romance blossomed. A few years down the track, the couple formed a family and welcomed their son Tama into the world, a brother for Debbie’s daughter Tatum. However, after living and working overseas for 15 years Matt was keen to return home to New Zealand. With Tama eight months old at the time, Debbie put her business interests on hold while the young family travelled half way across the world and made East Auckland their home.
“With Tatum settled in school and Tama in a buggy, I began exploring the local area and discovered a handful of wonderful Op shops and the lovely people who worked there.” As the children grew so did Debbie’s business idea in which she could finally indulge her sustainable shopping expertise and take it further. She started “flipping” furniture (industry-speak for selling online). “Initially it was tables and chairs and then I offered to declutter and redecorate rooms for friends.” This not only thrilled her friends, it gave Hunter Gatherer the confidence to go forth. Most of Debbie’s clients are interested in supporting a sustainable world but don’t have the eye and/or the confidence to seek out covetable Op shops treasures for themselves. Before she heads out ‘shopping’, Debbie visits her clients in their homes, familiarising herself with their tastes and lifestyles. Then she goes ‘scoping’ for ideal pieces. Once found she sends photos to her clients, checking she’s on the right track and when affirmative responses are returned, she makes the purchase. With a great eye for beautiful, sustainable form and function, Debbie knows how to help make interiors look special. By creating and curating welcoming, interesting spaces where people can live more meaningful lives, she gives them soul. eastlife | july 2021 |
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HONOURS FEMALE FORM Videris modernised lingerie collection, in new purposeful colours, aims to honour the female form and uphold comfort.
Designed to be comfortable for a heavier bust which needs
relief from the traditional elastic shoulder strap, the cup fabric has been extended up to a wider fabric strap allowing for the weight of the breast to feel more supported. Simultaneously, the cradle shapes to follow the bust at the side seam. Also new to the range is the embroidered ‘Blossom’ capsule, available in each bra style (RRP
$95) and in bikini and high waist knickers (RRP $40 & $43). Inspired by a vintage handkerchief sourced in a Florence market, Blossom’s feature shades are Olive Green and Shield Black. At the core of Videris Lingerie is a commitment to environmental consciousness. Every style is made from biodegradable Tencel™, a
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Following the global success of its debut collection, the Videris range has been extended to include the new ‘Sarah’ bra (RRP $90), with a soft-cup style and a flattering, scooped sweetheart neckline – new shades are Maven (indigo navy) and Bold (rosy red) .
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Ice cool Botany-based Black Ice might compete on ‘water’ of a different nature, but when dressing for success, there’s more than just a touch (or stitch) of salt on their skin. Teaming up with Kiwi clothing brand, Saltysea, could well prove a winning combination for our national synchronized ice-skating squad. “Prior to [the pandemic] Black Ice team sourced their training uniforms an overseas activewear company,” Stephanie Saxton from Saltysea says. “But, because of the impacts of Covid-19, the team decided they wanted to work with (and support) a New Zealand provide, so they reached out to me.” Saltysea’s activewear and swimwear is also available to the general public.
To read more about Black Ice (who are based at Paradice Ice Skating) and the team’s incredible winning record, see EastLife’s June 2020 issue – e-edition accessible via www.eastlife.co.nz.
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ost ‘eye-catching’ Our eyes are our m of rtant to take care po im s it’ d an e ur feat but also only our eyesight t no , ct pe as y er ev ing the eyes. the skin surround
By: Shoshana Eisner, pharmacist and founder of QED Skincare From wrinkles to bags, dark circles, and puffiness, the eye area will show it all! Somehow all the stresses of life are magnified in this central area of the face. The skin around the eye area is different to the skin over the rest of the face. Simply put, it is far more delicate and thinner, too. Perhaps you have noticed that you never get pimples in this area of the face? That’s because there are minimal oil glands around the eye and fewer oil glands means less natural protection in tis area. This makes the eye area more prone to dryness, fine lines and early signs of ageing.
With this in mind, the eye area needs a heavier-duty cream to protect and fight the signs of ageing, whilst also being light enough to absorb into the delicate skin. Eye cream has two main purposes. One is to improve the appearance of the area, making it look fresh, rested and youthful. The second is to protect against future damage. A good eye cream, with the right hydrating ingredients, should reduce the appearance of fine lines and help plump this area. It should promote a dewy appearance but, most importantly, it should provide nutrients to prevent further damage. The right ingredients in your
eye cream can also reduce dark shadows, brighten and generally improve the youthfulness of your appearance.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE CREAM? As with all skin care, choosing the right eye cream is very personal but it should target all your concerns. There are many creams on the market and much of the decision making comes down to your preferred texture and feel. Don’t be fooled by fancy ingredients and instead look for natural ingredients which are antioxidant rich. If you are prone to irritation, avoid eye creams with
added scent which can also cause dryness and, potentially, more damage and wrinkles.
HOW DO I APPLY EYE CREAM? The texture of the eye cream will depend on your preference and determine how it should be applied. A light texture, which is formulated to avoid dragging the skin, should be gently swept around the eye area. Thicker or a heavier eye cream should be tapped on, in order to prevent dragging and damage to this delicate area. To learn more about QED skincare visit www.qedskincare.com
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R E T N U O C BRUSHING UP ON TANGLES Say goodbye to knotted, tangled hair – leading hairbrush brand Mita, is back with its latest edition, the TangleProTM 3D Detangling Oval Brush now in limited edition blue. Equipped to combat all types of tangles, for all types of tresses, the innovative 3D design features a flexible base which moulds to the shape of the scalp. The brush moves in the direction of each brush stroke to reduce hair breakage and drag. Strong, flexible nylon bristles provide ultra-comfort and gentle detangling. Suitable for wet and dry hair and recommended for all hair types, the TanglePro 3D Detangling Oval Limited Edition Blue Brush (RRP $14.99) is available from Unichem, Life and leading Pharmacies nationwide.
LUSCIOUS LIPS Clarins Lip Comfort Oil just keeps getting better with eight new delectable Shimmer shades now in stores. Offering bright, vibrant colours with multi-dimensional shine, Clarins Lip Comfort Oil provides the perfect combination of intense pigments and highly concentrated fine pearls. Lips are visibly plumped and enhanced with multiple reflections of light. So much more than a gloss, these Lip Comfort Oils are formulated with a highly-nutritive trio of organic macadamia, hazelnut, and jojoba to nourish, protect and beautify the lips. Lip Comfort Oil Shimmer (RRP $47) available at selected department stores and pharmacies.
SKIP THE SALON WITH NEW ARDELL BROW TINTS How now gorgeous brows? Just by taking the brow game into your own hands it’s possible to have the perfect brow look – DIY has never been more relevant and it’s so easy. Created using water activated, semi-permanent dye, Ardell Brow Tints cover all hair types (including grey) and are formulated with extracts of camellia leaf, ginger root and horsetail fern to nourish brow hair. Paraben-free and available in four shades, simply mix the powder colour with the activator, apply, wait and wipe off to reveal beautifully defined brows for colour that last up to two weeks. So, drop the pencils and the pomade and give yourself fuller, longer-lasting arches in seconds without the time or expense. Now that’s worth taking a brow for.
NEW PERFUME BLOSSOMS New fragrant creation, Olympea Blossom by Paco Rabanne, is a divine contrast between an outburst of flowers and absolute sensuality. First, a peppery hint of freshly-cut roses brings along sparkling blackcurrant sorbet. Its airiness heralds a flirtatious meeting between delicate vanilla notes and cashmere wood – the perfect accord, leaving a musky, soft and sensual trail. Paco Ravanne Olmpea Blossom EDP (RRP $119, 30m; RRP $$164, 50ml; RRP $220, 80ml), available from Farmers and Life Pharmacy.
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THE LATEST IN MYOPIA PREVENTION RESEARCH Kristine Jensen, Eyes of Howick owner-optometrist talks about how myopia is on the rise with the World Health Organisation estimating 50 percent of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
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Myopia, or short-sight, occurs when the eye has clear vision at near but not at distance. Usually occurring due to elongation of the eye itself, it is progressive, particularly during childhood and teenage years. While myopia may be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or even laser corrective surgery, these corrective options do not mitigate the risks associated with high myopia – cataract, maculopathy, retinal detachment and glaucoma.
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Modern lifestyles, which shift away from outdoor time and an associated increase of near activities, are considered to be a risk for myopia development.
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WHAT DOES NEW RESEARCH SAY? A China study screened more than 120,000 children aged 6-8 years who had been confined to home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The prevalence of myopia in this group was 1.4 to 3 times in 2020 compared to the previous five years.
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The authors’ state that children of this age group may be particularly sensitive to environmental changes this being a critical period for vision development.
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The Kidskin Young Adult Myopia Study (KYAMS) looked at sun exposure of children aged 8-12 years and also compared this to their myopic status. It confirmed that spending more time outdoors during late adolescence and young adulthood was associated with lower risk of myopia onset during this time. While there are several factors such as genetics and environment involved in myopia development, researchers concluded that the risk of myopia would be reduced by 50% if children increased outdoor time from one to three hours per day. A Taiwan study, conducted from 2014 to 2019, and including more than 20,000 children aged 5-6 years, compared the prevalence of myopia in this group after a 2 year intervention period of increasing outdoor time to two hours per day, in comparison to a cohort of children of the same age before the intervention was implemented. The study showed myopia prevalence reduced from 15% to 8%. These studies reinforce that more time spent outdoors to delay myopia onset works and how we spend our time as children can affect visual outcomes in adulthood. All the more reason to get outside with our kids! Some fun ideas include:
Results of a closer to home study, were published recently; the Kidskin study 1995-2002 involved 1776 children aged 6-12 years in Perth to evaluate a reduction in sun exposure on the skin. As an aside, a clear link between increased outdoor time and reduction in myopia was shown. Participants who spent more time outdoors during childhood had a lower incidence of myopia in young adulthood.
• Explore a beach you have never been to such as Waitawa Regional Park between Clevedon and Kawakawa Bay • Wander through the beautiful grounds of Auckland Zoo • Ride a bike around Barry Curtis Park • Scooter through Parnell Rose Gardens, down to Judges Bay, then venture across the foot bridge and keep going for lunch at the Viaduct.
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BATTLING SLEEP PROBLEMS IN
pregnancy? gone through Many women who have out disrupted and pregnancy will know ab e fact is, the effects uncomfortable sleep. Th t in any aspect of life, of pregnancy can be fel nt sleep cycle. including the all-importa
When sleep quality is poor due to physical discomfort, troubling nightmares, or an overactive mind, then staying awake — and alert — throughout the day can become quite the challenge. Here are some pointers to help you get the rest you need:
Physical factors: Changes your body goes through during pregnancy can easily get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Breast tenderness, back pain and seemingly random bouts of nausea can be difficult to keep under control.
Even when those symptoms aren’t present, there’s no escaping the night time bathroom breaks which generally become more frequent as baby grows against the bladder. Every woman is different, so take a trial-and-error approach to find the right sleep solution for you. Start by adding a few extra pillows to your bed, and try sleeping with one between your legs and one under your shoulders. Some women also find it easier to sleep in a reclining chair. Consult your doctor as to whether magnesium, (often recommended) or perhaps a herbal remedy, can be taken to assist with sleeping.
Recovering lost sleep: If sleepless nights no longer provide enough rest to get through the day, the next weapon of choice is a nap. Tackle any chores in the morning then get your energy levels back on track by taking an afternoon snooze a few times a week, but don’t overdo it. Remember, hitting the hay at a reasonable hour is your best bet against next-day fatigue. Your body needs all the hours of sleep it can get to carry you through your daily routine, which is why health-care professionals emphasise the importance of an early bedtime for pregnant women. Sometimes a warm bath or shower (especially during these cooler months) will help you drift off to sleep.
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rience a range of of the month and expe rs ou av fl t es lat r ou y Tr al taste difference. new products with a re
STICK TO STIX! Ensuring youngsters eat snacks which taste good but are low in sugar can be difficult, however, Healtheries offers parents a helping hand with its range of snacking products. Newly added is the latest Potato Stix flavour – Salt & Vinegar, crunchy potato snacks, baked, not fried, and containing 50% less fat than regular potato chips. Each serving also contains less than 1g of sugar and is free from artificial colours and preservatives. Potato Stix are perfect for school lunch boxes and afternoon snacks on the run. Salt & Vinegar joins the Potato Stix family of existing flavours – Chicken, Roast Potato, Sour Cream & Chives and Cheese. Healtheries Potato Stix (8 x 20g serve multipacks RRP $4.49) in supermarkets nationwide.
WHITTAKER’S DOES THE HOKEY POKEY! Jumping in with both feet, the team at Whittaker’s is all in on a new addition to its range, which packs quite a crunch. Featuring aerated honeycomb pieces encased in milk chocolate, Whittaker’s Hokey Pokey Crunch is a permanent addition, available (in 250g block, 50g slab and mini slab multipacks) from supermarkets nationwide.
RINGING TIME… SOUP FOR SUPPER Winter calls for comfort food of the best kind and it’s hard to go past the latest from Wattie’s Plant Proteinz – two vegetarian-friendly soup flavours – Smoky Spanish Style Tomato Soup with Lentils and Sri Lankan Style Curried Veg Soup with Coconut cream (both 330g RRP $.4.50). Plant Proteinz aims to introduce more plant protein into diets without compromising taste or convenience. Available in select Countdown, Pak n Save and New World stores.
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Cutting through the chills of winter, the latest additions to the Bell Tea Herbal Infusions range are already perking up cups across the country. Including Citrus & Elderflower, Pure Peppermint, Hibiscus & Blueberry, Rooibos Chai, Camomile & Passionfruit and Ginger, Lemongrass & Lemon, this delightful half-dozen (RRP $3.49 per pack) is sure to see many call: ‘time for tea!’
KILLER BEANS OUT SPROUT COMPETITION A new range of flavour-packed Killer Beans looks likely to bury boring meals forever. Launched by F.Whitlock & Sons the new range offers a taste adventure. Just amp up the microwave, slap a saucepan on a hob or crank up the oven – these high protein, 99% fat-free Killer Beans include: Fuego, bathed in a punchy tomato sauce fired with a dose of chilli; Smoky Campfire, a posse of plump beans in a smoky BBQ sauce, and Killer Beans Fred’s Ballistic Tomato and Basil, a medley of mouthwatering beans in a rich tomato sauce with a hint of garlic and basil. Now in supermarkets (420g RRP $3.00).
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INTO THE POT WITH SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGE This time of year may be bleak but it’s ideal for feeding the soul and nurturing health with fresh, nutritious fruit and vegetables. 5+ A Day project manager Carmel Ireland says lower sunshine hours and shorter days can lead to a loss in energy and put a strain on mental health but wise mealtime choices can reverse the ‘winter blues’ and boost immunity. In particular, winter fruits are a powerhouse of vitamins so, in season kiwifruit, tamarillos and lemons are to be relished, Navel oranges, too. “All these locally-grown fruit provide a high level of vitamin C which supports immunity and is critical to managing chronic diseases, heart health and blood pressure,’ Ms Ireland says. Winter is also the perfect time to embrace slow cooking methods and to try www.eastlife.co.nz
new recipes using in season vegetables. “Soups, stews and roasted vegetables really come into their own at this time of year with parsnips, carrots and potatoes being seasonal favourites which form the base of many budget-friendly, family meals,” Ms Ireland says. Keep up green vegetable intake with kale, broccoli and fresh herbs, all a source of beneficial vitamins and minerals as well as excellent dietary fibre. Also check out vegetable superstar, cauliflower. It can be roasted and spiced or mixed with other vegetables to bulk up a meal. Options abound but this simple yet delicious parsnip soup makes for an easy weekend lunch.
ROASTED PARSNIP & GARLIC SOUP Serves: 4-5 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 50 minutes
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5 parsnips 6 cloves garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp ground turmeric 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup milk of choice Pinch salt & pepper
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Sprouts Chilli flakes Coriander leaves Cashew nuts Olive oil
METHOD: Preheat oven to 200°C. Peel and slice parsnips into small pieces and place on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove tray and add unpeeled garlic cloves. Return to oven and bake for a further 15 minutes until parsnips & garlic are tender Peel the skin off the garlic cloves and set aside. Place the parsnips into a pot with the vegetable stock and bring to a boil Remove the parsnips from the pot and place in a food processor with garlic, turmeric, milk and pepper. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture back into the pot and mix well. Bring to the boil again, and simmer for 10 minutes Serve warm soup in bowls and garnish with chilli flakes, sprouts, coriander leaves and cashew nuts. eastlife | july 2021 |
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y l u J y r D ! y r d o not s Forget that pre-dinner gin, convivial glass of wine or Saturday beer – go dry for July is the call. Since the Dry July campaign arrived in New Zealand in 2012 more than 40,000 Kiwis have raised in excess of $6 million to support cancer patients, their families and carers. Now, CEO of Dry July NZ Trust, Katie Evans is again appealing for support. “Off the back of a challenging 12 months, we are again asking all New Zealanders to raise money for our beneficiaries this Dry July —
If rising to the Dry July can challenge, you these still party with two delicious mocktails:
organisations who need our support now more than ever.” Supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ, Bowel Cancer NZ and Look Good Feel Better in 2021, as well as new beneficiary PINC & STEEL, which focuses on cancer rehabilitation physiotherapy, funds are well shared. Other targeted programmes include Prost-FIT, an exercise programme designed specifically for men who have had, or are having, ongoing treatment for prostate cancer, and also a bowel cancer specialist nurse for those undergoing bowel cancer treatment. Although Dry July is primarily about helping others, the individual health benefits can’t be ignored. Increased energy levels, weight loss, a better
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• Build in a highball over ice • Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel
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OUT OF EUROPE
A STEP UP: Under-floor heating might be preferred in many a modern home but keeping our feet (at least) as snug as bugs in rugs can still be accomplished the old fashioned way, thanks to new fashions in rug design. In particular, Rug Society’s Mira, Oscar and Lola designs offer a modern look, whether used as
rugs or wall hangings. Seeming to introduce touches of modern art into the home, these rugs show that form and function can work hand-in-hand. These (and other) pieces from Portugal’s Rug Society are available by contacting the company direct – see rugsociety.eu.
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Arriving just in time for winter entertaining, the collaboration between Jenny Drury, founder of New Zealand fashion label Ketz-ke, and boutique ceramicist, Yon Kavvas, of Claybird, features a serving plate in two attractive designs – Splat and Drip. In line with Jenny’s love of hosting, these creations are a stylish combo featuring Claybird’s perfectlyimperfect hand casting and a signature infusion of sand from Waihi Beach. The bold designs are overlaid as a nod to Ketz-ke’s much-loved statement prints.
The link to picturesque Waihi Beach is significant for both Jenny and Yon, each having strong family ties to the area. The 28cm serving plate is the third piece in a series which the creatives have devised – the first two pieces, a mug and cake plate, sold out quickly. The new plates are now available from www.ketzke.com. Each plate is hand cast and hand painted so numbers are limited.
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MORE INVESTMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION EXPECTED rs are In March 2021, the way property investo of our taxed in New Zealand changed. Many types of investors ask how will this impact the offer? investments Southern Cross Partners ager at HEATHER KENTSLEY, investment man t these Southern Cross Partners, talks abou property taxtation changes.
Earlier this year the Government surprised Kiwi property owners with a raft of tax changes. As a result, new builds now have an advantage over buying existing properties for property investors. The main changes incentivising new builds are:
Extending the bright-line test from five years to ten years for properties subject to a binding agreement dated on or after March 27, 2021. But exclusions apply for all new builds, which are only subject to a five year bright-line test. Interest deductions on
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residential property are being phased out. For all residential property acquired on or after March 27 this year interest deductibility will not be allowed from October 1, 2021. Interest on loans for properties acquired before March 27 this year can still be claimed as an expense, but the interest deductions will be phased out from October 1, 2021. An exclusion applies for new builds. The changes provide a clear indication that the government wants to drive property investors to build new homes, rather than buy up existing properties. We’re now starting to see the impact of these changes at Southern Cross Partners. But it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. As the tax advantage of investing directly in property decreases, more people are asking us about our investments. They see it as a way to have an investment supported by property, without having to buy an investment property.
The result of the increase in new build applications we are receiving is a healthy number of new loans available on our investment platform to invest in with rates from 5.00% to 7.00%* (subject to availability) So as much as changes to taxation for property investors took many by surprise, a few months on it’s easy to see how the market is adapting and that it creates more opportunities for Southern Cross Partners and our investors. Every investment has risks, so it’s important to understand the risks associated with any investment product. To find out more visit www. southerncrosspartners.co.nz.
Disclaimer: Southern Cross Partners is licenced to provide peer to peer lender lending services under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. This article is general in nature only and has not taken into account any particular person’s objectives or circumstances. We recommend you speak with a financial adviser before making any investment decisions.
Get monthly returns from 5.00% p.a.* that make the most of your savings, so you can make the most out of life. Sometimes it can be hard to balance the need to save for your future, as well as enjoying the adventures that pop up every day. Our unique investment model offers you the flexibility to do both. At Southern Cross Partners, we offer mortgage secured loans that allow investors to pick and choose their level of involvement. With current returns from 5.00% p.a.* paid out monthly. Talk to us today about a new, flexible way to invest, minimum investment $50,000.00.^
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FROM THE EXPERT’S DESK
EXPLAINING GSS BONDS
KIM REICHE is director of two renovation franchises, runner-up, Franchise of the Year 2019 and had project wins for the People’s Choice 2020 plus Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
Apply the same lack of planning, preparation and finishing to a renovation and you’ll have a very different disaster on your hands and a very expensive one to boot. For a successful renovation, it’s critical to get the base right with considered planning, expert preparation, and detailed finishing. All require the experience of a professional in order to achieve the stunning result you’re seeking. Planning is a discipline. It doesn’t come easy, which is why so many of us avoid planning and like jumping into action quickly. It’s also why so many projects fail – poor planning.
Successful renovation companies understand that detailed and thorough planning is the first cornerstone to be put in place and it’s definitely worth doing well. As the Boy Scouts motto goes: Be Prepared. Significant effort and skill needs to be invested in the preparation stages of your renovation. After all, it’s no good having a floor which looks fabulous at a glance but has subtle yet extremely annoying lumps and bumps that you then need to live with. The icing on the cake will be your end result. This is where quality finishing shines and where the wow factor becomes evident. Do not be tempted to skimp on the finishing touches. Instead, showcase the high standard of your renovation through high end paint finishes, classy cabinetry, clever lighting and stunning surfaces. Get all of this right and you can have your cake, and you’ll want to eat it too!
House overdue for a renovation? Relax and let Refresh manage the entire project for you, even if you live out of town. Refresh is your local home renovation specialist – we’re locals who live in the area and can manage your project from start to finish. Refresh Renovations can renovate kitchens and bathrooms right through to complete home renovations.
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There are two types of GSS bond: ‘use of proceeds’ bonds and ‘sustainability-linked’ bonds. All of the GSS bonds currently on issue in New Zealand are ‘use of proceeds’ bonds where funds raised are directed towards specific projects which have a positive social or environmental benefit. In contrast to ‘use of proceeds’ bonds,
Investors can have motivations other than financial returns for holding GSS bonds, such as meeting an ESG mandate or to align with their values. With global trends in responsible investment, sustainability, and ESG accelerating at a rapid pace, GSS bonds are one of the few tools available to fixed income investors, an investor group that has previously had few options when it comes to ESG investing. An understanding of the specific features and risks of these bonds will enable investors to decide what place, if any, they may have in their portfolios.
For a no obligation discussion contact your local Forsyth Barr Investment Adviser, Pam Cussen, David Morgan or Mark Steele, on (09) 368 0170 or 0800 367 227, or visit their office at Highbrook Business Park, 60 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki.
* Forsyth Barr Limited is a Joint Lead Manager to the offer and receives fees for this role including a fee based on the amount of bonds subscribed for by its clients. The offer is only offered to investors resident in New Zealand. Details of the offer are contained in the Terms Sheet. Potential investors should read the Terms Sheet thoroughly.
Local focus, global view If you are considering your current investment arrangements and want professional local service, backed by leading international and New Zealand research, market data and investment experience call David Morgan, Mark Steele, or Pam Cussen on (09) 368 0170 or visit their office at Highbrook Business Park, 60 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki.
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At the crux of it, money raised through the issue of GSS bonds will all go towards projects that contribute to positive environmental, social, and/or sustainability outcomes.
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What happens when you bake a cake without knowing what the ingredients should be at that time and you don’t have enough time to bake the cake in the first place? Then you mess up the icing! You end up with a bit of a disaster. Luckily it doesn’t take much to bake another cake.
Last month Precinct Properties issued the latest “Green bond”* in the New Zealand fixed income market. Precinct joins a growing list of companies that have opted for this relatively new type of financing. In this article we unpack some key issues around the increasingly common issuance of Green, Social, and Sustainability (GSS) bonds and how they can help investors incorporate responsible investment, sustainability, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) objectives into their fixed income portfolios.
‘sustainability-linked’ bonds do not finance particular projects, but rather the general activities of the bond issuer.
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AM I INTERESTING?
ENTERING INTO A RELATIONSHIP?
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Keen to protect your assets? ZAID MOHAMMED from Wynyard Wood outlines the importance of Contracting Out Agreements when couples wish to protect their own assets. Typically, at the end of a de facto relationship or marriage, the general presumption under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 is that all relationship property (including the family home, family vehicle, furniture and chattels regardless of when or how it was acquired) will be divided equally between the parties who have been living together in a relationship for more than three years. Often, people don’t want their assets shared, especially if they are bringing into the relationship substantially more assets than the other party. To protect their assets, parties are able to enter into a contracting out agreement (or more commonly referred to as prenup) to determine the ownership and division of their property upon death or separation. When should you enter into a Contracting Out Agreement? Talking about what should happen if the relationship ends can often be overwhelming and overly negative, but if your new relationship is becoming serious and you have property you want to protect, it is probably a conversation you should have as soon as possible.
Other times when you may also wish to discuss this option is when you purchase your first home and make contributions of unequal amounts or if you have children from a previous relationship and wish to protect their future inheritance. It is important to note that this process takes time. It is not a process you want to rush because you are getting married or have been in a relationship for three years. There are certain requirements that must be met for a Contracting Out Agreement to be valid. These are: • The agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. • Each party must obtain independent legal advice before signing the agreement. • The signature of each party must be witnessed by their lawyer. • The lawyer who witnesses the signature must certify that they have provided independent legal advice as to the effects and implications of the agreement. For more about entering into a Contracting Out Agreement, call Zaid Mohammed, (09) 969 7903 or at email@example.com.
BILL POTTER — The Maverick Thinker. Global Speaker. Personal Power Coach. Bill has already made personal presentations in 57 countries. http://www.speakers.co.nz/our-speakers/allspeakers/bill-potter/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRhF22nARM Oh, Hello. I’m sure you have read ‘Am I Interesting? Like... really?’ Part 1... in the June issue of our wonderful magazine. The really interesting people will have done so because they would have been interested ... Well done – Part 2, is just for you. We’ll start with a handful of my ‘Rules for Being Really Interesting’.
the chosen activities. Just be in them! Rule 5: It’s the ‘biggie’. Please pay attention. Hello? ‘Be interested in people’! I know, I know. It’s so simple, it’s embarrassing. Now go have a lie down. Yet, much social media does the opposite! Dale Carnegie wrote: ‘You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people... than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.’ Now, go out and become even more interesting. Cheers.
Rule 1: ‘Beware of being selfabsorbed’. It will remind you to stay balanced when sharing your space with others. Talk enough about ‘yourself’ to help stimulate others to talk about ‘themselves’. Don’t hog the conversation! Rule 2: ‘reveal your interestings’. Yes, I created this word... because I can. Kapeesh. This will make both parties even more ‘interesting’ from the exchanged information. Rule 3: ‘Be an intelligent asker’. Become ‘an awesome listener’. Being an awesome listener, is a deliberate decision. Do it! Rule 4: ‘Participate in as many interesting activities as possible’. You don’t have to be terrific in
Here is a little help: www. independent.co.uk/life-style/ seventeen-ways-become-moreinteresting-person-a8254121.html My newly upgraded international Course... LeaderSpeak©, is available. It is only for achievers who want to lead and inspire, but who do not feel sufficiently confident to do either yet. My Course is a ‘maverick’ experience, because... I ‘do it differently’. Most Leader courses do not! If you’re courageous, you know what to do. Contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
THINKING ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS? If your new relationship is becoming serious and you have property you want to protect, a Contracting Out – or Prenup – Agreement is probably a conversation you should have sooner rather than later. Contact Wynyard Wood if you’d like to know more about a Contracting Out Agreement. Tel. 09 969 0126 JU0910-v18
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VAX FACTS — ROLLOUT ROLLS ON While ‘hard and early’ was the Government’s plan with regards to lockdowns, ‘slow and steady’ appears to be the approach for vaccinations. “Just as in 2020 we asked the team of five million to stay home to save lives, in 2021 we need the team to get vaccinated to save lives,” Ms Ardern said in mid-June. “From the end of July we will enter a new phase of our vaccination programme when we start receiving the bulk of our vaccines and are able to broaden the rollout to the wider population.” Vaccinations for frontline workers and members of their households, people aged 65 and over and some people with specific health needs are already underway. The remainder of the adult population will be invited to make a booking over the coming months.
DAWN RAIDS SORRY (TO BE) SAID Apologies might be as useful as ‘thoughts and prayers’ in changing the past but they can at least be used to acknowledge it. “An apology can never reverse what happened or undo the damage caused but we can acknowledge it and we can seek to right a wrong,” Ms Ardern said regarding a recent formal apology for the infamous dawn raids of the mid 1970s, which targeted the homes of Pacific families in efforts to enforce immigration policies. “The emotional harm caused by them remains etched in the living memory of those who were directly impacted… Communities at the time felt targeted and terrorised and there is clear evidence the
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raids were discriminatory and have had a lasting negative impact.” The formal government apology (initially scheduled for June 26) was postponed due to the recent increase in Wellington alert levels.
PEACE ON-LINE? The Government acted quickly after the March 2019 terror attack in Christchurch to make changes to firearm legislation; now, a hui — He Whenua Taurikura, a country at peace — will go further to protect Kiwis, our Prime Minister expects. “This inaugural hui brings together community, civil society, academia, the private sector and government to listen, share and learn — both knowledge and experiences, Ms Ardern said of the hui, which began on June 15. “[It] will look at how we can all contribute to making our country more inclusive and safe.” The aim of the hui is to develop a National Centre of Excellence, which will focus on ‘generating research and public discussion to prevent and counter violent extremism, understand diversity and promote social cohesion.’
HAILS FROM THE QUEEN Although the ranks of NZ’s knights were recently depleted by one, thanks to Queen’s Birthday Honours, they are replete again. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and beyond for the benefits of us all,” the PM said in early June. Three east Aucklander’s were included in the new contingent: • Michael Daniell – Knight
The second term blues don’t appear to be deterring our Prime Minister from her appointed rounds, which included a visit to National Fieldays in midJune. Despite more than one or two challenges – including a healthy dose of ‘bubble trouble’ – Jacinda Ardern still seems intent to deliver, as this column by the EastLife team (based on reports from the PM’s office) indicates.
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, services to business, healthcare and governance • William Denny ONZM – Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, services to medical research • Sergeant Gurpreet Arora – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, services to the Police and ethnic communities From rugby great Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford and tennis veteran, Ruia Morrison, to ecology Professor Carolyn Burns, nursing notable, Judy Kilpatrick, and Te Reo advocate, Hinewehi Mohi, the PM sung the praises of a number of those named. “While I can only ever talk about a few individually, I hope all of those honoured today feel rightly proud of their achievements and, on behalf of all New Zealanders, I thank them for their work and sacrifice,” Ms Ardern said. The full list of recipients is accessible via www.dpmc.govt.nz search ‘queens birthday honours’.
LOWERING EMISSIONS — ADVICE, PLAN... ACTION? To a certain extent, emissions are inevitable — especially hot air generated by committee meetings. However, planning is an essential precursor to action, says our PM. “The [Climate Change] Commission makes clear, for the first time, that delaying action will only make the effort harder and more expensive for the economy in the long run,” Ms Ardern said following the release of a report from the commission in early June. “It predicts that not taking action now will cost us 2.3 percent of GDP by
2050, almost double the cost to our economy of acting now.” Covering sectors ranging from construction and energy to agriculture, transport and more, advice from the commission is wide-ranging; the Government will now look to take action, by producing a plan. “We can see from the Commission’s advice there is more to do. We need to ensure the way we get around, how we grow our food, and where we get energy from to keep our homes, schools, and hospitals warm is consistent with our climate targets,” the PM added. “How we’ll do this will be set out in an Emissions Reduction Plan that will be published before the end of the year.”
FOR QUEEN & SCIENCE Two great Dames have claimed top offices. Soon after confirming Dame Cindy Kiro will take office as Governor-General later this year, the Prime Minister announced Dame Juliet Gerrard will continue in her role as Chief Science Advisor. “Juliet has made an enormous contribution, particularly in relation to our response to Covid-19 and the eruption at Whakaari/White Island,” Ms Ardern said in June.” Now that her appointment has been approved by the Queen, Dame Cindy Kiro will replace Dame Patsy Reddy as Governor General for a five year term beginning in October. “I am delighted Dame Cindy has accepted the role,” Ms Ardern said. “She has a highly distinguished and lengthy career in academic and leadership positions and has made significant contributions across a number of fields.” www.eastlife.co.nz
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Extra support for an independent spirit Having dedicated her career to aged care, Margaret was still working well into her 80s Now 96, it’s surely her turn to enjoy some relaxation, but she’s never been the type to sit still for long. So when Margaret needed a little extra support, while retaining her independence, Summerset’s serviced apartments were the perfect option for her and her family. “It’s a great middle ground,” Margaret says. “It’s nice to know there’s some extra help and there’s always someone around if I need them, and it’s good to have the security of being in a village. At the same time, I still go out and do my own thing.” For Margaret’s daughter Lorraine, her mum’s boundless energy is awe inspiring. “She’s amazing! She’s always been energetic and very sociable. She’s still very much a carer and often checks up on others at the village, even if they are actually younger than her!”
A beautiful home When Margaret’s health took a turn and living at home became difficult, she started researching her options. As a keen gardener, she was impressed with Summerset from the moment she saw the stunning landscaped grounds at the village. The spacious lounge areas, stylish apartments and large communal areas also ticked all the boxes. “I’m so happy with my apartment, it has a lovely big bedroom and bathroom,” Margaret says. “The village has a good layout and feels very open, not cramped. For me, it’s important to have nice surroundings, and the gardens here are beautiful.”
Margaret chose the serviced apartment option so her laundry and housekeeping is taken care of, which is added peace of mind for the whole family. “It’s just so good to know that Mum has the support, and we don’t have to worry about security,” Lorraine says. “It’s great that there are care options available too, should she ever need them. Now that she’s settled in, we can all see how happy she is.”
Friendship and community For a livewire and a social butterfly like Margaret, the community spirit at the village has been the biggest bonus. “Everyone here is so friendly, we all keep in touch and we look out for each other,” she says. “That includes the staff too, I couldn’t fault them. It makes you feel safe.” With various activities, outings and gatherings on the calendar, Margaret’s a regular at bingo and craft group. And having friends right down the hallway means there’s always someone who’s keen for a catch-up and a cuppa.
“It’s just so good that Mum has the support. We can all see how happy she is.”
“We often have morning teas, but I think the wine and cheese afternoons are the most popular! Social gatherings are so important, and it’s lovely to have people around to chat with.” To find out more about serviced apartments at Summerset Heritage Park, contact Frank on 09 950 7962 or visit summerset.co.nz/ellerslie. We have a stunning range of serviced apartments available now from $399,000!*
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