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hoWicK, botany, PaKuranGa and surrounds

June 2014

KITCHENS are cooking

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Amy Richardson-Impy


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                              

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   

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  

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       

                                  


         

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


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

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Ushering in winter Hi everyone, Hopefully Queen’s Birthday Weekend proved a relaxing time for all and an opportunity to steel yourselves for the cold months ahead – sadly, no more long weekends until the end of October!

The recent cold snap, which saw local temperatures plummet for a day or two, was a timely reminder that as the shortest day nears, Mid-Winter Christmas parties are the way to add cheer to the home. So Christine Bull from Inner Concepts used her creative talents to help put readers in the mood. Our cover shot this week by Wayne Martin is a glowing tribute to Christine’s ability to delve into the kitchen cupboards and find inexpensive items which will, nevertheless, shine on the MidWinter Christmas table. Find out how she does it on pages 53-54.  Photo Wayne Martin

Ph 09 271 8020 Editor: Helen Perry 09 271 8036, Sales: Rachel Watts 09 271 8019, Sales: Caroline Boe 09 271 8091, Sales: Gina McNeill 09 271 8020, Design: Clare McGillivray 09 271 8067, Photography: Wayne Martin Manager: Karla Wairau 09 271 8083, Managing Director: Reay Neben 09 271 8012, Publisher: Times Newspapers Ltd 50 Stonedon Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland. PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 Like us on facebook: eastlifemagazine DISCLAIMER: Articles published in EastLife do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers or editor. All material is provided as a general information service only. Times Newspapers Ltd does not assume or accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, the accuracy or appropriate application of any information in this newspaper. All the material in this newspaper has the protection of international copyright. All rights reserved. No content may be reproduced without the prior written consent of Times Newspapers Ltd.

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However, with a bit of luck some readers will escape to warmer parts for a few days at least – one way to forget winter blues! As for me, I’m just back from Wellington – see story in our lifestyle section – and I’m returning to the capital again this month for a conference. My May visit was fabulous – the perfect weather for three whole days – but I’m not so confident about the next. Just hope there are no gale winds when I fly in. Winter wanderings aside, for those who like nothing better than to tuck up on the couch with a cuppa and a crossword, there’s great news. This

month EastLife introduces a new crossword and puzzle page – just the thing to keep us occupied when the weather keeps us indoors. In addition, this month’s comprehensive kitchen feature will assist readers planning to build new or renovate an existing kitchen – tap into bright ideas and companies which aim to make the process easy. Also, read about one local couple’s renovation success. We also showcase a gorgeous yuletide setting for those keen to celebrate Mid-Winter Christmas. Christine Bull from Inner Concepts shows us how to put together a festive table with the minimum of effort.

Finally, before departing I must mention the distressing news delivered to our office recently. Readers will remember the February EastLife article on Colin Prentice, foundation principal of Macleans College. Sadly, Colin has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia and is facing a very tough few months. We wish him and his family strength and fortitude at this difficult time. The team here is thinking of you all. On that note, it is difficult to say cheers, I’ll just be happy if readers pick up EastLife again next month.

Photographer, Carmen Bird covered two Pink Ribbon breakfasts for our Out and About pages even though many more were held locally helping to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. I salute all those caring locals who turned out in support of such a worthy cause.

Helen Perry Editor

This month... 6 10 questions in 10 minutes Ex-Howickian Shona Pickup

7,8,11 out & about Around the town

12-13 what’s where

Things to do in June

14-15 house swap Great way to see world

16-17 interview Local boffin, Dr Andrew Daley keeps watch on ultra-cold atoms



Pak United progeny has eye on All Black future

23-34 Lifestyle • Wellington’s Colonial Cottage • Cruising the Americas • Irvine Welsh in town • Easy winter reading • Puzzle time

kitchens pages 58-67 35-47 health, beauty and fashion

• Corporate dressing • Moochi dress week • Style radar • Adult acne advice • Dealing with depression • Pamper

48-52 food • Beefing up winter • Gluten-free chocolate lava cake recipe • Dining guide • Taste

53-71 home • Mid-Winter focus • Out of Europe • Cooking up kitchens • Regular columnists

72-76 BUsiness • Connections expo • Comment • Profiles

77-79 drive

• Indian Motorcycle arrives in New Zealand • Mazda3 SP25

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Ten questions in ten minutes with

Shona Pickup

Shona Pickup was a driving force behind Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer fundraising in the Howick area for more than a decade. The former long-time Howick resident, now living in Snells Beach, was also named Howick Community Board Citizen of the Year in 2006, accepting her award on behalf of all volunteers in the area. She is involved with a multitude of organisations but describes herself as “no-one special, an ordinary gal – 64 years young – who just loves people and has tonnes of energy!” EastLife recently caught up with this much respected former local.

I have been co-ordinating Pink Ribbon here for the past four years – as always we start slow but last year was simply awesome with heaps of fabulous volunteers collecting for the two days. I will be doing it again this year. Have you been directly affected by breast cancer, either yourself or a loved one? No, I have never had breast cancer (or any other cancer) but I have been really involved with many friends who have suffered from the Big C and also during my seven years working as a volunteer at South Auckland Hospice, I saw too much of this particular cancer – many young people as well. If so, did this prove to be motivation for becoming involved with Pink Ribbon? I just saw the need in our area for a co-ordinator so just took it on – I actually did Pink Ribbon before my involvement with Hospice, which spurred me on even further. Is enough being done at a government level to reduce the risk of and to treat breast cancer in New Zealand. And, either way, what more needs to be done? Hard question. There are so many needs these days. I feel more should be done BUT so do all the other worthy organisations. We are lucky that Pink Ribbon does really well with the generous people here in New Zealand. Of course, we are always in need of more people to be more aware, including men – they, too, get breast cancer. I always say to our males, “You like women’s breasts?”; “Yes”; “So Give!”

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Do you still have strong ties to Howick, Pakuranga and Botany and is there any chance of your returning to the area to live? I will always have strong ties to Howick; many of my closest friends are still there – after 35 years I made many! But, I have found paradise up here at Snells Beach – simply fabulous. What have you been doing with yourself since moving to Snells Beach? Have you become involved in other community activities/work and do you still keep up the tennis and walking you once did? I am, of course, still involved with Pink Ribbon and Hospice but also Rotary, Probus, Garden Circles and I work two days a week at a fabulous shoe boutique in Warkworth – Imelda’s. Say no more – I have many shoes. The gammy shoulder gave out so tennis has gone by the board but I still power walk daily and love a game of social bowls. When preparing to leave Howick in 2009 you said your dream on going north would be “too get to know someone there who has millions of acres and they give us five acres to build a hospice.” Any chance of that dream coming true in the near future? No millionaire came to the party but we have bought a double section and building of a new Warkworth hospice will begin next year. Of course, there’s still plenty of fundraising to do so I’d like that millionaire to come forward .... and he can take me out too! You were one of the local Olympic torchbearers for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Why were you selected and how did it feel? Yes, I did carry the Olympic Torch. I was in the same team as The Mad Butcher [Sir Peter Leitch] – now there’s one awesome guy. The Variety Club recommended me – I was a

Building of a new Warkworth hospice will begin next year. Of course, there’s still plenty of fundraising to do so I’d like that millionaire to come forward .... and he can take me out too!”

volunteer for Variety Club; that was also fun and rewarding. If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why? Mother Teresa – just to feel her faith,

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When you left the region in 2009 to move north, it was goodbye to 10 years of organising and supporting Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer fundraisers around Howick. Are you still involved in Pink Ribbon events or fundraising for breast cancer research?

strength and love for others. Lady Gaga – I think she’s simply awesome (I reckon Mother Teresa would like her too!). John Key – would love to hug him and tell him he’s A-OK! If you could be Prime Minister for one day, what would be the first thing you would do? Prime Minister for a day? I need a year! But given the chance I’d organise a game of golf at Kauri Cliffs with President Obama – my golf wouldn’t be too good but, oh, the chatter would be grand.

pink ribbon fundraiser Pink wigs, pin curls and full hems bobbed out in full force for the ‘50s style Pink Ribbon Breakfast at the General Store Restaurant which raised more than $1000 recently. EastLife photographer CARMEN BIRD was part of the rock ‘n’ roll action. 1. Stephanie, Kevin and Rhianna Pollard 2. Tracey Turner, Julie Smith, Michelle Spooner 3. Grace and Gemma Pollard 4. Tracey Ryan 5. Troy Stevenson, Brigette Legg

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The Beach House looked pretty in pink last month as local businesses linked arms for a successful Pink Ribbon Breakfast which raised more than $2000 for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. Locals, Margaret Ann Large, Fiona Richardson and Loreen Bryant were behind the event which Margaret Ann started four years ago in honour of her mother-in-law who battled breast cancer. Photographer Carmen Bird was there.





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Winter Pastimes Live Day June 15, 10am-4pm, Howick Historical Village, Bells Rd, Pakuranga Welcome winter in true Victorian style and indulge in indoor activities that would do the ancestors proud. Join the villagers at the Howick Historical Village as they spin wool (bring a ball of wool and needles!), weave, knit and make lace. Have a go at old indoor games, indulge in a warming spot of winter cooking, and make some toys with the Tinderbox man. It’s Victorian toys galore too with string driven toys such as cup and ball, ring toss, spoon and bead, and many more. For more info and tickets see

visuals. Marvel at the skill of shadow manipulation through the human form as a story about a teenage girl venturing into an unknown world unfolds. Suitable for children ages 8 and up; tickets are available from For a visual taster, visit

JUNE 2014 ➤ ENTERTAINMENT Annie June 13-29, The Civic, Cnr Queen and Wellesley Sts, Auckland CBD Everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan has arrived in New Zealand! The acclaimed British production of Annie – one of the best-loved musicals of all time – is here to entertain children and adults alike. Leading the stellar cast is mistress of the stage and screen, Su Pollard, and West End and TV veteran David McAlister. Other stars include Frazer Hines best known for his work on Emmerdale and Dr Who, and Sue Hodge and John D Collins both of ‘Allo ‘Allo fame. And of course, the highlights of the show are Annie and her gang of friends made up of a local cast. Tickets begin from $69 and are available from Shadowland June 3-8, The Civic, Cnr Queen and Wellesley Sts, Auckland CBD Cross over to the dark side and be entranced by stunning choreography, exhilarating music and the shapeshifting illusions of Shadowland. Created by American contemporary dance troupe, Pilobolus, Shadowland has received international acclaim for its mix of evocative dance, breathtaking acrobatics and poignant

New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival Sunday, June 15, Imperial Building, Fort Street, Auckland CBD Wine connoisseurs can expect some ‘grape’ tastes at the second annual NZ Boutique Wine Festival this month. More than 20 boutique vineyards from around New Zealand will showcase some 200 wines across a huge range of varietals. Explore wines from different regions, enjoy fantastic food and wine pairings, hear live music, and participate in blind tasting seminars. In addition to master classes, a two-course set lunch is available to VIP visitors. Early Bird Tickets (before June 7), $29, include entry, festival glass and first tasting. General admission, $39 online before the event or $49 at the door. Limited $89 VIP tickets include two-course lunch with matching wines. See

➤ CHILDREN Howick Kids’ Market June 21, 9am-11am, Howick Community Church, Picton St, FREE Who says business is just for adults? Howick Kids’ Market has 25 market stalls run by enterprising children brimming with toys, games, books, DVDs, and clothes at fabulous prices. Meet other like-minded children and grab a bargain from these savvy youngsters. A yummy sausage sizzle awaits too! Email nikster_nz@yahoo. com for stall bookings or more info.

Schools Trash to Fashion Awards Entries close June 16 Start scavenging for trash that can be turned to fashion! The annual Schools Trash to Fashion competition is now open to all students aged 5-18 years old. Enter through the school or as an individual (up to 17 years), and be in to win thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes! This year’s theme is Around the World. Entries close June 16; see for entry forms.

➤ AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Little Poland in Pahiatua May 29-June 28, Polish Heritage Trust Museum, Elliot St, Howick, FREE On November 1, 1944, a train from Wellington to Pahiatua transported 733 children and 102 adults to the Polish Children’s Camp in NZ which they named ‘Little Poland’, their first home here. This year marks the 70th anniversary of their arrival and to

commemorate this historic occasion in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography, a photo exhibition will be held at the Polish Heritage Trust Museum. For more details see ‘Whitest Tama in the Roopu’ May 29-June 28, official opening June 5, 6.30pm, Uxbridge Creative Centre, Howick, FREE A young boy sits nervously waiting his turn to sing a solo version of Amazing Grace in the cold auditorium of Wakatipu High School. On one side of the Te Roopu o Kawarau Maori Culture group sits a scary lady with a miniature Casio keyboard and on the other, a little pakeha lad close to tears. Central Otago in the early ‘80s was an interesting place to start a journey of discovery that continues to this day. This exhibition features a series of photos about redefining an identity within the changing face of New Zealand.


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SAFARI NIGHT AT ZOO ➤ OUTDOORS Safari Night June 6, 4.30pm-10.30pm, June 7-8, 3.30pm-8am, Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs Walk on the wild side at Auckland Zoo and discover life after dark. Two Safari Night options beckon – one for the whole family, and one just for children (ages 8 and above) which includes a sleepover, too! Both include a classic Kiwi barbecue dinner followed by a torch-lit adventure. Discover lions on the prowl, hippos scavenging for late-night snacks, nocturnal bats rousing, an elephant gnawing on bamboo, or rhinos out for a late-night stroll. And if the children survive the morning after the Kids Only Safari Night, they’ll be fed with breakfast and a morning tour. Email for bookings or more information. Volunteer Planting Days June 15 & 29, 10am-12pm, Waitawa Regional Park, Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd, east of Clevedon Calling all tree huggers! One of Auckland Council’s newest regional parks needs help planting thousands of trees this winter. Leave a green legacy in this 188 hectare recreational

paradise which is proving to be a haven for kayakers, walkers, bikers, and horse riders. Suitable for all ages, no experience is needed and park rangers are available for assistance. Dress warm and in sturdy footwear, bring a cold drink, spade, gloves, raincoat, sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Planters will be rewarded with a sausage sizzle at lunchtime. For more info email mags.ramsey@ Doggy Day Out June 16 & 30, 5.15pm, Macleans Park, Macleans Rd, Eastern Beach, FREE Set doggy tails wagging with some fresh air, canine fun, and a scrummy treat at the end for good behaviour. This is a chance to meet other dog owners, discover a new walking route and have a barking good time with a boisterous bunch of four-legged friends. Gather at the southern end of Eastern Beach at The Esplanade for this guided walk; no bookings required. Contact chris.earl@ for more information.

➤ Markets Howick Village Market Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick Classy Crafts Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick Pine Harbour Fresh Market Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon Clevedon Village Market Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 PapakuraClevedon Rd, Clevedon Pakuranga Night Market Every Saturday night, 6pm12midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza

Winter Splash June 22, 1pm-3pm, Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, FREE Defy the chill and shake out some


Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens June 26, 8pm-9.30pm, Uxbridge Creative Centre, Howick The camera and world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz swap roles as her life from childhood until the death of close friend Susan Sontag in 2004 takes the spotlight in an archival documentary. The film traces Annie’s photographic life, her artistic aspirations and the trajectory of her career through phases which included the tumultuous ‘60s in California, touring with the Rolling Stones, a mentorship by writer Hunter S. Thompson, and capturing the final candid moments of Beatles singer John Lennon and his beloved, Yoko Ono. Gain insight into Annie’s reflections on life, children and her relationship with Sontag for a better understanding of this influential visual artist. Tickets are $8; visit for tickets and more info.

bright Hawaiian shirts, coconuts and grass skirts for an invigorating swim in the sea with the whole family. Come dressed in your best Hawaiian garb. Registrations open at 1pm, followed by the swim from 2.15pm. There will be heaps of prizes, children’s entertainment and a free sausage sizzle for the whole family. Photo supplied

Auckland Photo Day June 7, all day, all across Auckland, FREE Say cheese, Auckland! For 24 hours the supercity will come alive with photographers, young and old, amateur and professional, capturing varied scenes, landscapes, objects and buildings. Anyone with a camera is encouraged to go utterly snap happy and share their photos for a chance to win state of the art Nikon cameras. The result is a stunning collage of the places we live, work and play and celebrates the different cultural aspects of our city whilst documenting life spontaneously. See Auckland through new eyes – or a new lens! Visit photographyfestival. for more details about the festival and Auckland Photo Day.

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International house swap – way to see world

The key to successful house exchanging is ‘no surprises,” say Leo and Di Abbott but when the couple talked to HELEN PERRY it was clear that throughout 10 years of exchanging homes around the world they had encountered many surprises, nearly all pleasant! Leo and Di Abbott’s home sits waterfront at Bucklands Beach, enjoying sweeping views across the Tamaki Estuary – it’s easy to see why anyone would want to holiday there and they do! This globe-trotting couple’s home has hosted many international visitors and, in turn, Di and Leo have occupied the home of their guests in some far (and not so far) lands. It’s a lifestyle they love, bringing daily adventures, new experiences, cultural eye-openers, taste explosions and a chance to spend more than a few days in a sought-after location without having to factor in accommodation and often transport costs. “It makes travel infinitely more affordable,” the Abbotts agree. “And it allows us to stay away for longer periods; to have a real holiday without the need to be constantly on the go.” But newbie house exchangees need to know it’s not always about ‘like for like’ – houses and lifestyles differ vastly around the world but these world travellers say that’s all part of the fun. “We’ve stayed in charming cottages, palatial ranch houses, compact apartments and rustic villas all with different furnishing styles. It’s all an adventure – what you find in the middle of Paris will be completely different than that on the outskirts of Vancouver.” Having worked hard all their lives, the couple stopped to take stock in 2004 and decided they wanted to do some serious travelling before they were too old. “I was getting close to retirement,” says Leo, whose background is in banking and exporting consulting services largely to Asia. He is also a former honorary consul for Malaysia. “Having lived in various parts of Asia,

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we knew that region well but hadn’t seen much of Europe or the States. We spent a long time researching options and on coming across HomeExchange, an American-based, global organisation, liked what we saw. “We appreciated the comprehensive information on homes available and that exchangees were given every opportunity to learn about each other. Everything seemed to be extremely well run.” Once they decided to register their own home with HomeExchange, Leo says the first thing they had to do was learn how to best promote it. “It’s important to show your home’s assets but not to mislead people. You need to be clear about what is required, and to whom the property is most suitable.” Once on the books, the Abbotts set about liaising with other homeowners, Subsequently, they organised eight back-to-back exchanges in the United Kingdom and Europe which took them abroad for 12 months and gave them, “an absolutely unbelievable time.” Since that first year, Leo and Di have regularly exchanged homes with families in Canada, the USA, various parts of Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Malta...the list goes on. “We also do a lot of Australian exchanges,” says Di. “We have family over there so when we go for a longer period it’s nice to have our own space and not intrude on them yet we can see them regularly. That way, we can also have the grandchildren stay with us for a night.” In all the years they have exchanged houses Leo and Di have encountered few untoward incidents. “The occasional broken glass and that’s about it,” says Di. “We’ve never come home to damage or mess and

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Started in 1992 as a printed, mailed book, HomeExchange has grown into a social network connecting like-minded travellers and helping them to travel to many parts of the world where they live like locals and stay free of charge. Respect, courtesy and open-mindedness are core values of HomeExchange which has facilitated some 50,000 members to browse listings and exchange homes across more than 150 countries all for an annual listing fee of just over $140.”

never had anything taken. Rather, we have made lifelong friends of some exchangees.

leave each other, are contact numbers for relatives and neighbours and often services,” Leo says.

“Yet, not everything goes to plan. I remember setting out on bikes left for our use but we didn’t go far – the front wheel on Leo’s bike came away completely and we were stranded!

“In fact, family members usually make a point of calling in to check everything is okay and even invite us for a meal. On this occasion the homeowner’s brother sorted everything for us. We had a courtesy car until the family vehicle was again available.”

“And there was the time Leo put his hand through a spring-loaded letter slot which was stuck on some mail. Suddenly it freed itself and like a guillotine sliced into his finger. It was mission to stop blood spilling on the white carpet. He still bears the scars!” Where possible the Abbotts try to swap cars to make transport easy during exchanges. “We’d never had a problem until one car gave up the ghost. But the great thing with HomeExchange is that among the information booklets hosts

Only able to recall three slightly problematic incidents in their decade of house exchanges, Leo and Di agree they are not ready to stop the ‘adventure’ yet. “It’s a wonderful way to see the world and make friends along the way. However, when we’re done with international travel we mean to see a lot more of New Zealand. The exchanges are generally shorter but just as exciting.”

do’s and don’ts •D  o get to know the person or family you are swapping with. Talk on the phone, swap recent photos and video chat over Skype. By the time you swap, you guys should be friends. •A  sk for referrals about prior exchanges. This will tell you a lot about the person or family you are swapping with. •A  gree on the ground rules for your exchange. Sample agreements are provided on as guidelines. •W  elcome your guests by leaving local tips and recommendations for places to eat, drink and shop that might not be in the guidebooks. Have friends drop in to say “Hi”. •D  on’t leave your valuables exposed. Use common sense.

• Exchange cell phone numbers and leave a manual on how things work in your home, when plants need to be watered, etc. • Don’t leave your home a mess or their home a mess. The general rule is to leave the house exactly as you found it, and to take care of the home as you expect your partner to take care of yours. • Don’t mislead people about your home or neighbourhood, market your property honestly. But you should be enthusiastic about why they will like your home. • Don’t cancel as people have spent money on airfare. Respect your obligation. • Don’t worry! HomeExchange is simple and much easier than you think. eastlife | june 2014 |

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Physics whiz going places One of Bucklands Beach’s brightest minds is making his way to Scotland to embark on a new research initiative after more than a decade in academia. NATALIE BRITTAN recently caught up with the accomplished scientist when he visited New Zealand. No matter where he is, Dr Andrew Daley never fails to root for team Kiwi. “When I was in the States and the T20 World Cup was on, I was getting up at half past five in the morning to watch it. I even flew down to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to watch the New Zealand cricket team play the West Indies.”

shores to work as a lecturer and researcher (assistant professor) at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

And when Andrew was in Austria, he crossed over to Rome and Milan to see the All Blacks play.

There, he built up his first research group and his dedication to teaching saw him receive yet another prestigious award – the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award which recognises young researchers who have proved outstanding in their research and teaching pursuits.

Even the America’s Cup was on the agenda taking the former Bucklands Beach boy to Valencia, Spain.

Teaching remains a large part of Andrew’s ethos and approach to science.

With so many sporting interests, it beggars belief that this bespectacled man, only in his 30s, is responsible for major contributions to the international scientific and academic community.

“You often think of scientists as those who lock themselves up in their lab and do crazy stuff. That’s not how it works. If you really want to be successful in science you need to be well-rounded – the ability to communicate, to teach, and put together relevant research projects is extremely important.”

The eldest son of Sancta Maria College principal, Paul Daley, Andrew is one of three talented boys in the family. Initially enrolling for a science and law conjoint degree at the University of Auckland, the “naturally curious” academic entered the physics lab and found his focus, gaining his master’s degree in physics in 2002. He credits his interest in quantum physics to the robust research community at the university. “It was there that I was really introduced to this field and became fascinated by quantum physics very early in my studies. There are some people in New Zealand who are very strong in the field of quantum optics.” He completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and received the prestigious Ludwig Boltzmann award for his research in quantum computing in 2009. Andrew was the first non-European scientist to receive the award which is considered the highest honour for young theoretical physicists under the age of 35 in Austria. Later, he left Austria for American

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In fact, Andrew thrives on meeting people from all around the world. “Just being able to collaborate with so many people is something I really enjoy.” Now, his research is taking him to the University of Strathclyde in Scotland where, as a professor of physics, he will lead a group of six others from Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Russia, China and India. His research lies in the domain of ultracold atoms and the way they behave in temperatures around a billion or a millionth of a degree above absolute zero. Speaking animatedly about a subject Einstein himself would have grappled with, Andrew explains his team’s discoveries will help develop applications both for the present and future. One of the more well known applications for this technology is the invention of extremely accurate atomic clocks, he says. “Ordinary watches based on a quartz crystal may gain or lose a couple

You often think of scientists as those who lock themselves up in their lab and do crazy stuff. That’s not how it works. If you really want to be successful in science you need to be well-rounded – the ability to communicate, to teach, and put together relevant research projects is extremely important.”

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of seconds a month but colleagues of mine in Colorado have just built a clock that would gain or lose one second every 100,000 million years.” This will in turn impact the effectiveness of the Global Positioning System (GPS) which relies on atomic clocks for accuracy. The special properties of these atoms can also be used in quantum communication to send information on light signals. “This allows secure communication where you know for certain when someone is intercepting a signal you’re sending. It’s a future technology for secure bank transfers on the internet and there are banks in Switzerland already using this system,” says Andrew. Then, there are new materials to be explored and engineered so they can behave in the same way these atoms

do but at higher temperatures such as room temperature. “There are experimentalists who cool these atoms and build the materials. We’re theoreticians and our role is to look at the potential applications, connections between materials and these atoms, and setting up and building the road map for where the experimentalists are going.” Because it is such a broad field, Andrew aims to be committed to this cause for the next five to 10 years with no plans to return to New Zealand. “Although, what might happen in the long term is still open, of course,” he says with a smile. The gifted physicist comes home at least once a year, usually at Christmas, although on this occasion it was for his brother’s wedding. “It’s always really nice being back in New Zealand,” says the former

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Poles apart from the norm Spectators usually describe Amy Richardson-Impey’s body-bending talents on pole, silks and lyra as mind-blowing. HELEN PERRY spoke to the talented performer and teacher about a career that has swung to many parts of the world yet remains anchored in Pakuranga. Seven years ago Amy RichardsonImpey was a new mum teaching pole dancing from her then home-based, Pakuranga studio and managing classes around motherhood. Since then she has performed, taught and judged all over the world, particularly the United Kingdom and Europe. She has competed at the World Pole Championships in Jamaica and won the open section of the 2012 New Zealand Amateur Pole Performers competition, the only time that she, as a professional, has been able to compete in this country. “I also write and choreograph shows, and every two years I produce Miss Pole Dancer NZ, the winner of which travels to Europe for the international competition.”

she says. “I have classes operating Sunday to Thursday at my Ben Lomond Cres studio, Polerevolutionz, as well as classes in Pukekohe on Thursdays and Fridays. I also perform at Libertine in the city two or three times a month.” Then, every Wednesday Amy heads for Bayleys Beach near Dargaville where her partner Jo de Carvalho operates Cirque Kumarani. This charitable school teaches circus routines to people of all ages and abilities, incorporates an anti-bullying programme and assist students in learning life skills whilst being whanau-orientated.

Despite the difficulties of managing a family and travelling, Amy’s passion for her craft has never waned.

“I help out on Wednesday evenings then Jo comes down to Auckland at the weekend and we retreat to Kawakawa Bay where my brother and I share a gorgeous place overlooking the water.”

“And I’ve become busier than ever,”

But Amy doesn’t allow herself much

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rest. Teaching, performing (and judging) as well as spending hours practising her own routines, takes up a lot of time and still involves a fair amount of travel overseas where she has strong ties. “This year I’m off to the UK, Ireland and Germany to teach and perform. I’m also in the process of writing a new, visually magical show which I hope we can take to either Q Theatre or SkyCity in central Auckland.” Although Amy’s workload tends to make others feel exhausted, her time management skills (and the ability to exist on a little less sleep than most) means she can still devote plenty of energy to daughter, Alissa, now seven-years-old. “My former husband and I are on very good terms. We raise Alissa between us and, not altogether surprisingly, our little girl is brilliant on the pole,” says Amy, who sacrificed two years travelling abroad to spend that time entirely in New Zealand so she would not be apart from her daughter. “I’ve only just started to personally train Alissa this year, as I never

wanted to push her into something she wasn’t keen on. But she loves it and this year begged to train on silks. Already she’s proving extremely able.” Amy herself started out as a late dancer, embracing Irish soft sole, then hard sole dancing before going on to train in jazz, contemporary ballet, tap, salsa, hip-hop, burlesque and belly-dancing. At 15 the then Howick College student gained her first taste of the stage in a Harlequin pantomime and at 18 took up exotic dancing for two years before heading to Invercargill to further her training in Performing Arts. But it was pole dancing, bruises, pain and all, that truly captured her imagination leading to a passion for silks (or tissu) aerial acrobatics on fabric and also the lyra, an aerial hoop. “Pole dancing is the most demanding on the body but offers the most range; the performer must use every muscle, every part of the body. Silks is more dynamic and requires extreme upper body strength while

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– Life at a stretch lyra is, perhaps the easiest but also the most painful. “With silks and lyra there is some opportunity to rest – either on the hoop or by using the silk hammocklike. But once on the pole there is no resting.” With her partner also keen to see her master the cyr wheel in which he is an expert, Amy says, “I’ve done a short course but it frightens me to death! There is so much less control and it is easy to damage the hands when training. I rely heavily on my hands so I think the wheel is out for me. But Jo is amazing and talented in other acts too.” In fact, that’s how the couple met. Amy had written a show called Mustard Circus and was producing it in conjunction with Ebon Grayman from Cirque de Soleil. “Ebon recommended using Jo and his brother Matt and once I saw them perform I was blown away. Both were so talented and Jo’s in sync with my own work.” While Amy says it is difficult to

divorce herself from any one area – teaching, judging, performing, writing or producing, teaching is very much at the fore. “Not everyone wants to be a performer or to pursue opportunities which are mostly abroad but they can still enjoy the benefits. I just love helping women of all ages, shapes and sizes to empower themselves through this unique form of fitness! “Pole dancing, which takes in the bulk of classes, is an amazing workout and a beautiful art form! I think everyone has something to gain, whether it is flexibility, fitness, strength and stamina or to boost self-esteem and self-belief, and they can have a great time in a truly supportive environment!” Although some people may see pole dancing merely as fun, for Amy it offers health and fitness benefits, is challenging and is a stunning aerial art form which has furnished her with a wholly satisfying career. “Opportunities have just kept coming my way so whatever the dream I always say, ‘go for it’.” eastlife | june 2014 |


Pak’s All Black on track? It’s tough catching up with an All Black, particularly one so swift on his feet as Pakuranga United’s progeny, Charles Piutau. However, JON RAWLINSON did manage to tackle the 10 cap All Black and Blues fullback recently for a quick chat.

Since his All Black debut last year, Pakuranga United’s Charles Piutau has quickly made his mark at international level. While he may be sidelined with a serious knee injury, Charles says he’ll be backing the men in black for a clean sweep against England in this month’s Steinlager Series, kicking off June 7. “England’s a tough team and they’ll want to win. It’ll be a tough challenge but if the team prepares well, we should go all right,” he says. While his versatility – able to cover a number of backline positions – may be missed during the series, Charles could well play a role in keeping New Zealand’s grip on William Webb secure for four more years. However, he acknowledges that with so much talent around, making the grade is no easy task. “It’s my goal, my dream to be part of a World Cup and it’s just around the corner,” he says, “if you look across the New Zealand teams, a lot of players are playing well. I’ve been reasonably happy with how I’m tracking, but there’s always room for improvement.” Although Charles may spend his playing days in Auckland’s blue or New Zealand’s black, he’s quick to credit Pakuranga’s green grassroots with helping to grow him as a player. He joined the club after leaving Wesley College. “At that time, Pakuranga hadn’t won a Waka Nathan competition, never beaten Ponsonby or won a championship; that helped to motivate me week in, week out. “Wayne [Pivac – then Pakuranga coach], with his experience coaching at ITM Cup level, brought more professionalism to the club. He coached us to develop better football sense and learn game plans and helped me focus on what I was good at, which brought out my confidence.” Charles confirms Pakuranga provided a vital stepping stone in

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his development. “It was massively important. Things happen so fast for some young guys now and they may not even play club rugby, but for me it was a key step to becoming a professional.” In addition to Pivac, the Mangereraised sportsman has benefited from the tutelage of such greats as Gordon Tietjens, Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and John Kirwan. He said all have been influential in various ways, helping to develop different aspects of his game. His brother, Siale – Tongan international midfielder, currently playing in Japan – has also been influential. “I learnt a lot from him growing up. Being older, he played ITM Cup [for Counties Manukau] and Super Rugby [Chiefs and Highlanders] before me. He taught me plenty and I could always go to him with questions about things I needed to work on.” Although a change of colours could be on the cards in the future, Charles is not quite ready to follow his brother’s footsteps all the way to Japan. “I’m pretty keen to go over there and hopefully play alongside Siale before he finishes, but I definitely need to tick off some big goals here first,” he says. When time allows, Charles is happy to give something back to his school and club. “Every now and then, I’ll go back, particularly when there are events for kids or prize-giving, or just to see the premier team play. I’ve also been back to Wesley College to speak to the first XV as well. “It’s hugely important to give back. Players coming to school or the club when I was growing up offered insights into what it’s like to play at a top level and they’d suggest tips as well; it helped, for sure.” While Charles may be Pakuranga United’s only current All Black, he believes there will soon be more to follow, including Blues loose forward,

I’m pretty keen to go [to Japan] and hopefully get to play with my brother, Siale, before he finishes. I definitely need to tick off some big goals here first, though.”

Joe Edwards, and new kid on the block, TJ Faiane, recently selected for New Zealand’s Under 20 side to play in the IRB Junior World Championship this month.

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“I think TJ, who’s just finished at Saint Kent’s, has huge potential. He’s come into training a couple of times and I’ve seen him play first XV rugby; he has a lot of skills.” With the club securing Auckland rugby’s Gallaher Shield for the first time last year, and on track towards pleasing results this season, fans will be hoping Charles will be just the first of a new breed of All Blacks from Pak’!


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– meet your waterloo! Local resident and history buff CHRISTINE MILES gives the low down on the history behind some of our thoroughfares. There’s a short, little street in Howick that bears testament to a mighty battle – the Battle of Waterloo. Sunday, June 18, 1815, was a turning point in world history. The Battle of Waterloo (present-day Belgium), fought between the Allies (Britain and Prussia) and the French, concluded a 23-year battle that began with the French Revolution. The reason for the Allies success was simple, yet powerful: they set out to create communication confusion. Napoleon despatched his commands via men on horses and because of the delayed transmission they became traps for his men whereas Wellington’s own well-planned and well-communicated strategies were efficiently carried out by the Allies. While families in Howick’s own Waterloo Street may on occasion have their own battle over communication failures, the truth is that the street itself is of little significance – it is a quiet and leafy residential thoroughfare far removed from any fisticuffs. It is, however, but a short journey to a very reputable source of local

communication, used in a very different war. The Musick Memorial Radio Station (at Musick Point, Bucklands Beach), originally known as the Musick Memorial Centre in a bid to stop the Japanese from recognising it as an ‘aeradio station’, played a key role in the Second World War coordinating marine and aircraft operations. Coastwatchers were a significant part of New Zealand’s defence. Made up of radio operators and soldiers, they were stationed throughout the Pacific and tasked to monitor the approach of enemy naval and military forces. Reports were relayed to Fiji, and then on to New Zealand through Musick Point. Japanese invasion was considered a very real threat, and for the coastwatchers stationed on Kiribati, it proved to be lifechanging. In 1941, seven NZ coastwatchers – three radio operators and four soldiers – were taken captive on Kiribati and spent the remainder of the war in POW camps.

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Thankfully, both Musick Point, overlooking our lovely Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf and Waterloo Street with its wide berms, mature trees, and cared-for properties, are a far cry from the world’s battlefields.”

Months later a further 17 coastwatchers and five civilians were captured, and soon after, beheaded.

waterloo street Thankfully, both Musick Point, overlooking our lovely Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf and Waterloo Street with its wide berms, mature trees, and cared-for properties, are a far cry from the world’s battlefields.

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Who would have thought it? After days of rain, Wellington turned on the most brilliant weekend when HELEN PERRY visited there last month prompting her to explore much of the inner city on foot. Along the way she discovered the Colonial Cottage – its history, a fascinating insight into bygone days. On a beautiful, windless day it’s easy to admire inner Wellington’s many attributes. It sits on a stunning harbour, is home to many enticing restaurants, and is admired for the likes of colourful Cuba Mall, interesting sculptures, Weta things crawling all around the city, sweeping views from nearby Mt Victoria (at least four cab drivers offered to take me there) and glorious, well-preserved buildings from the past. However, having already done many of the usual tourists spots – The Beehive, old St Paul’s Cathedral, Te Papa and more – the sunshine sent me in search of the old Colonial Cottage, once the home of William and Catherine Wallis, who immigrated to New Zealand in 1857.

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Located in Nairn Street, a steepish step up the hill from the top of Willis Street, it was handy enough to downtown Wellington but I wondered how many visitors had actually taken the time to visit. Despite once staying near the cottage, I had never heard of it. Now, I urge others to do the tour and learn something of its history and the three generations who occupied the cottage before it was bought by Wellington City Council to be preserved as a museum. Amazingly, Winifred Wallis, a granddaughter of the original owner and builder, William Wallis, lived there until the late 70s – with no internal plumbing! An outdoor wash-house, just a step from the house, was added a few years after the house was built and to that a plumbed toilet, the latter possibly around 1899 when Wellington City Council stopped

collecting night soil and introduced a sewerage system. Prior to the ‘new loo’ a long drop at the bottom of the garden, was used. From the beginning, water was brought up from a stream on the property then boiled before being used for drinking, cooking, baths and clothes washing. When it came to the family’s laundry, this was washed in a large, bricked copper, heated by a fire underneath. A resourceful, upper middle class couple, William and Catherine did very well for themselves over time. Unlike many settlers who bought their plots from a map before embarking for New Zealand, the Wallis’ waited till they arrived. They then sought out a section which was accessible (hills weren’t visible on the land development map) and had a stream. William immediately set about building the cottage which features the parent’s bedroom, parlour, family dining room and a scullery downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs. Pregnant when she arrived, Catherine gave birth to her first daughter, Elizabeth, soon after the house was completed. She subsequently bore six more children in the cottage before William built a larger home next door where three more children were born. All except one, who died young, lived long lives with third daughter Clara later occupying the cottage until her death at 92 in 1953. Clara’s daughter Win then remained living there until the late 1970s when Wellington City Council announced it was to be demolished. Unfazed, Win refused to give it up and with community support convinced

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I have been on many similar tours but on this occasion our guide brought the Wallis family to life making the whole experience entirely enjoyable and not just for history buffs.

the long-drop outhouse where its downy-backed leaves proved a highly suitable forerunner to toilet paper.

Two young pre-teen lasses on our tour were fascinated by this snapshot of Settler life and regaled us with their take on things. Then, on spotting a cross stitch sampler with the words of Psalm 23, one of the girls broke into a melodic version of the hymn.

Tours (adults, $8) begin in a neighbouring building where a timeline on the wall documents the Wallis family history as well as other national and world events of the time. Tour guides add many more intriguing snippets of information about the lives and the loves of family members and events of the time.

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I would love to tell readers more about this fascinating family and the cottage with its 19th century settler garden that provided vegetables for the kitchen, housed a few chickens and, like gardens of the era, was abloom with flowers at the front. It is still cultivated today and visitors can spot all sorts of plants including Bushmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend (Brachyglottis repanda or Rangiora). This is conveniently planted at the door of

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Highlights of the Americas Chris Lyons – Director and Tour Host, World Journeys When I mention to friends I am off on a trip around South America it draws little more reaction than a yawning, “Again?” But this time I am truly “going around” South America – cruising from one side to the other, not to mention the entire length, from South to North. Relatively new to cruising, I do find this a great way to experience my favourite continent – waking to a new port, new country and new adventure. 

What better starting point than Buenos Aires, one of the world’s great cities. I allow time to revisit favourite haunts and take in some authentic tango. Before heading out into open sea we stop in Montevideo then Punta del Este, known as the St Tropez of South America, with its glamorous jet-setters and cafe lifestyle. Next stop, Puerto Madryn, still in Argentina but you wouldn’t know it – Welsh is spoken by many locals, having been settled by some hardy Welsh back in the mid 1800’s.  This region of Patagonia is also home to colonies of literally millions of Magellan penguins and huge numbers of sea lions. Sailing south we round infamous Cape Horn to reach Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world.  This is Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), named for its volcanoes, and worth a visit for the spectacular Beagle Channel and the wild beauty of its National Park. Circling albatrosses and whale sightings are common.

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More penguins greet us at your first stop in Chile – Punta Arenas, as we move through the magnificent Chilean Fjords to Puerto Montt. Here we experience incredible scenery to the extent even a Kiwi who loves Milford Sound can be blown away.  Further north, I always enjoy Santiago, but have recently discovered the port of Valparaiso, and am really impressed by its colourful architecture and wonderful seafood.  Here we take a break from the cruise for a thrilling excursion to Machu

Picchu, while the ship continues on to Lima, the capital of Peru. We visit the colourful Pisac Indian markets, and the impressive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo in the beautiful Sacred Valley. Taking the train to Machu Picchu, perhaps the most important archaeological sites in the Americas, is an absolute highlight, combined with Cuzco’s historic blend of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. We rejoin the ship in Lima, and head

Tropical Cartagena is our last stop on the South American continent, a fittingly colourful, walled city with its UNESCO listed Spanish-style colonial centre an absolute dream for photographers. Cruising “around” South America is one of those epic journeys that reignites that sense of exploration and discovery that travel is all about.  Join me in February 2015 to retrace the footsteps of Magellan on the 5 star ship, Celebrity Infinity – and you will truly be able to say you’ve experienced “the Americas”.

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Sex, drugs and Irvine Welsh In town for the Auckland Writers Festival, Edinburgh-born author, Irvine Welsh, took some time to chat about books, drugs and latest novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins with JON RAWLINSON. It’s said you should never meet superstars, lest they prove insufficient. However, with Irvine Welsh, this was not the case. But I did expect more Scottish vernacular to spill from his ‘blethering coupon!’ Since the release of his first novel, Trainspotting (1993), this Welsh man from Scotland has churned out a dozen books, all featuring language written as it’s spoken. “If you’re telling a character-driven story, you have to be true to them and the world they inhabit. That means trying to authenticate the way they speak and think.” Not a fan of authors who are “in their own heads,” Irvine seems as much a thespian (not a lesbian – but we’ll get to that!) as a writer. Playing multiple characters on the page, rather than stage, he speaks to the man on the street, much like one vaunted predecessor. “Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s been appropriated [by intellectuals],” Irvine responds, “but he was about people crowding in town squares, shouting down performers and throwing things at them. It was a very raucous, involved atmosphere. “That’s the genesis of literature, people’s stories from all levels of society. We’ve moved away to salons and rooms stuffed with books, but it was never meant to be like that.” If literature attempts to reach the core of our identities, obsession is often what we find there. This is certainly the case with stories by Irvine Welsh, who says decent art results from a struggle for recognition and identity. “It’s important for cultures to find their voice and have confidence in themselves. People need a place where cultures can incubate. With the World Wide Web and globalised consumerism, everything’s sucked up into the mainstream very quickly, before it has a chance to find its feet.” Although drugs often take centre stage in his books, as characters try to make (albeit strange) sense of their

Everything’s a search for identity when you’re young... we feel overcontrolled and there’s little opportunity for genuine transgression. So, when we can punch holes in the walls that close in on us, we enjoy it.”

world, the obsessions these arouse are all too common. “We make addictions out of everything, shopping, tv, exercise, sex, eating; all become compulsions. We’ve been reprogrammed by our consumer society. We’ve made this zoo that doesn’t work, and all we really have is our choice of obsessions. It’s an odd state of affairs; we’ve built a strange trap for ourselves.” In chasing the dragon, many of Irvine’s characters find no concrete answers for why it is they ‘choose something else’, other than the frail explanation that ‘drugs are fun!’ But when society takes the wheel, can such means be justified? “Everything’s a search for identity when you’re young,” quips Irvine. “We feel over-controlled and there’s little opportunity for genuine transgression. So, when we can punch holes in the walls that close in on us, we enjoy it.” He says drugs provide the power to modify behaviour and act in ways that

 would otherwise be unacceptable, to society and ourselves. “Life is about celebration, festival and intoxication. We’ve always had a drug society, but intoxication has been separated because of fewer reasons to celebrate, less employment and educational opportunities. It’s not so much about celebrating life as hiding from it, creating a false wellbeing, anaesthetising ourselves from the world.” In wake of the recent ban on legal highs, I asked Irvine whether this would channel people towards more means to seek identity and control. “Banning encourages people to take drugs; if it’s banned there’s a mystique about it. Nothing gets young people more excited than saying ‘you can’t do this!’ And, with more illegal drugs about, people will try more.” With his latest release, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, Irvine turns from obsessions with heroin to body image. The book portrays a dance macabre between Lena – an overweight artist – and Lucy – a fanatical, bisexual fitness instructor with more than one peculiar bent. Irvine says inspiration for this book resulted from a gym visit. “A trainer was shouting at another woman,

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who burst into tears! I thought ‘why would you pay for that?’ So I began postulating what kind of relationship they had. I wanted to look at the obsession over body image and dieting. In Britain we talk about the weather, in America they talk about food. “If somebody’s overweight, we think we need another product, to consume differently, an exercise package, a dietary programme or slimming pills... so consumption is a problem that can only be sorted out by more, or different, consumption.” With Sex Lives, Irvine put his Scottish characters aside. However, a return to the ‘Fit ay the Walk’ is on the cards. “I’ve been based in the States for five years, but my next book is [mostly] set in Edinburgh,” he says. “I think it’ll be called, A Decent Ride. It won’t be focused on those characters [from Trainspotting]. Instead, it has Juice Terry from Glue, with a new character... it’s a mix of old and new.” After speaking with Irvine, I became one of more than 50,000 attendees of the Auckland Writers Festival, watching as he captivated his audience during the event. Whether this junkie-come-literati will return to New Zealand with a new book in hand is yet to be seen, but, if so, many would agree that it’d be, well, ‘barry!’ eastlife | june 2014 |


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Regular ferry users say travelling to the city by boat beats working days spent fuming in long traffic queues and clogged motorways. And now Fullers has a great bonus offer available.

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Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler While he may be no stranger to danger, Kurt Austin is about to undertake one of his most dangerous missions yet in the twelfth book by author, Clive Cusslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NUMA Files Adventures. Austin, head of the NUMA Special Assignments team, may have defended the USA against some horrifying threats, but this time his enemies are more deadly than ever! RRP $37

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wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to discover her idyllic family life might well be over. In this novel, author Jane Fallon takes readers through a dark and intriguing tale of secrets and lies. A gripping page-turner, perfect for anyone with a skeleton or two in their cupboards! RRP $37

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New children’s book, Blackie the fisher-cat by Janet Pereira, will keep little ones hooked. Featuring a grandpop, a caravan, a cool campground, a river, fishing and, of course, Blackie, an adventurous cat who loves to fish, it’s sure to bring back memories for parents who camped and fished as kids. In fact, they’ll probably want to go fishing right away, they may want to take your own youngsters, and they are sure to think, “aaawwwww!” Because it’s that kind of book. What’s more Blackie’s story is based on a real one that just tugs at the heart strings – yes, a real cat that loved fishing and a real grandpop. This delightful story follows the unexpected friendship between a cat and a grandfather who loves to fish. But, Blackie is no ordinary cat. Blackie is a cat with character; a cat with a kind heart. She also knows what’s good for her – food, fishing and friendship!

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win! blackie the fishercat Janet Pereira’s heart-warming tale is illustrated by talented artist Gabriella Klepatski, who beautifully captures the magic of New Zealand’s coastline. This book is one to pop into the ‘pressie’ stash but Craig Potton Publishing is also giving EastLifers a chance to WIN a copy for themselves. To enter the draw just visit then click on the competition link and complete the form. One entry per person/email address; entries close June 30, 2014. Winner notified by phone or email. But if you really want to secure a copy, Blackie the fisher-cat by Janet Pereira, published by Craig Potton Publishing is available from all good bookstores. RRP (paperback) $19.99; (hardback) $29.99.


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Unitary plan implemented well The Auckland City Council recently released its proposed Unitary Plan in response to Auckland’s ever increasing urban sprawl, traffic congestion and the disappearance of communities as we know them. In summary the proposed Plan recommends increased zoning for medium density housing taking into account the residents’ needs. If done well these new developments can foster communities that enhance constituents’ wellbeing, recreational facilities and arts and culture. The multi-awarded Kensington Park Estate is a perfect example of the Unitary Plan implemented well. “Organisations which embrace the challenge of designing medium density estates that are highly liveable and durable become leaders in their field, but what you do on a day-to-day basis to help home owners engage is just as important,”

landscapers, builders and home owners that are key to this development’s achievements. “Our success in both awards and home sales are a testament to the dynamic people who help make Kensington Park Estate one of New Zealand’s most admired property developments, with some of the best architecture, building methods, open space, streetscapes, communities and marketing,” said Mr Ogle. says Dan Ogle, senior development manager of Kensington Park Estate. “Little things that make home owners feel welcome and appreciated can happen through community events, marketing and well maintained facilities. Otherwise Estate is just another word. “Our world class facilities range from Pétanque courts and vegetable allotments to a sauna, gym and pools. The location was carefully chosen and

sits metres from picturesque Orewa beach and the Alice Eaves Native Bush Reserve.” Kensington Park Estate has won a number of prestigious Asia Pacific Property Awards for this clever development. “We knew that Kensington Park Estate had ‘got it right,’ but we were still humbled and proud to win three international awards. We recognise it’s the great Kensington Park people, architects,

Kensington Park Estate has more than 225 home owners. Another stage has recently been completed, offering families and couples options ranging from two or three bedroom terrace homes and duplexes to one, two and three bedroom apartments. Contact the Estate on 0800 57 67 392 or visit one of the show homes at 1 Puriri Avenue, Orewa, any day between 10am and 4pm.


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

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The launch of a new, top tier range of heating products by Goldair has come just in time for winter. Each product in the platinum range is designed to complement modern home décor using minimalistic and clean design lines, whilst being highly functional. For those with moisture issues in the home check out Goldair platinum dehumidifiers (RRP 12L, $449.99 or 20L, $699.99). Designed to reduce the level of humidity from the air, they are portable, come with a three-year warranty, are ideal for all rooms and can reduce damp to make your home safe from mould spores, while keeping the air fresh.

babu MErino bLankEtS PErfEct baby wraP Most New Zealanders know the value of merino when it comes to clothes, blankets and accessories – warm, soft, washable and durable. In particular, merino’s ability to wick moisture away from the skin and regulate temperature makes it a great fabric for babies. With that in mind, New Zealand-designed brand, Babu, has created a quality line of merino clothing and blankets for little ones. Featured here: Babu Merino Buggy Blankets RRP $99.

PrEGnant? thEn turn to bLackMorES GoLD chair with SEnSE of hiStory Retaining 1930’s style through its unlikely combination of hand-moulded metal with distressed vintage cigar leather, this gorgeous chair is themed on the famous Second World War fighter planes, achieving a unique riveted body with an eyecatching historical look. The Aviator Club Chair is an excellent feature chair that has all the comfort, curves, style and leather you’ll need for your special room. Every home needs a handsome, beat-up leather chair. RRP $2450. Available from Urbano Interiors.

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Pregnancy is an amazing journey, but it can bring uncomfortable symptoms for mums during gestation and breast-feeding. Subsequently, Blackmores has formulated Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding GOLD to be kind on delicate digestive systems. Available as easy-to-swallow, small vanilla-flavoured capsules, which contain a low-constipation and low-nausea dose and form of iron, they also provide 20 important nutrients, including 12 vitamins, seven minerals and odourless omega-3 fatty acids as well as betacarotene (no vitamin A). The iodine dose is based on recommended NZ pregnancy supplementation guidelines and the odourless fish oil content is of high quality without a fishy aftertaste. Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding GOLD RRP $29.95 (60s) Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding GOLD RRP $52.95 (120s)

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The change of season is properly upon us and fashionz editor PETRINA WILSON says the time is overdue for sorting through the wardrobe to ensure there is plenty of suitable clothing for current temperatures. More often than not, a lot of what we pull out of our drawers and cupboards, at this time of year, looks more tired and worn than last remembered. After all, several months have gone by since the winter woollies were tucked away. But the real issue may be budget – can you afford to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, especially when you like the finer things in life, including designer labels? If you are in a dilemma, don’t despair. I have a few failsafe tips so you can make the right decision each time you purchase an item without having to blow the budget. But you’ll still be able to enjoy the best of fashion.

Be realistic By being realistic about your lifestyle you will soon have a clear idea of which items of clothing you can invest a little bit more in. For example, what environment do you work in? If you work in an office/corporate situation then you’ll need to dress accordingly. A quality suit that is well looked after will last a few seasons. If you can buy three pieces such as a jacket, skirt and trousers then you will have different options without having to buy two jackets, usually the most expensive item.

Build on this and invest in another three-piece suit, in a different colour, which can work back with all your co-ordinates. This will provide you with at least six outfit options, possibly more. For example one suit in grey, another in black and you may be able to mix and match quite a bit. If you work on your feet all day, also invest in quality footwear. Not only will you be more comfortable but a well-made pair of shoes can last for years. Don’t forget soles can be replaced, as can tips of heels so don’t disregard footwear in need of a little TLC. It may seem boring shopping for business clothes but given the amount of time spent at work, opting for well-designed and tailored suits as a start, means you don’t have to buy such major items again for a couple of seasons.

Mix and Match With the abundance of fast fashion emerging on the market, it can be so easy to opt for quantity over quality. However, shopping this way leaves huge gaps in the wardrobe to replace season after season. By investing a little more in core staples that provide outfit longevity,

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you will have the flexibility to mix and match base items with a few new accessories. This will allow you to enjoy seasonal trends without having to over-stretch that budget.

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A classically crafted leather handbag will always be a sophisticated accessory even if you’ve draped a $9 scarf around your neck and a good pair of shoes... as the saying goes... you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes!

Well, this tip is simple – when on a budget invest in the classics. A beautifully tailored blazer will make you feel a million dollars each time you wear it, even with a $19 top underneath.

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I am heading away on a winter cruise and want to pack very lightly, any tips on how to do so?   

of shine or sparkle, for those more dressy occasions.

A: My best advice is to plan well.

Shoes, jeans and jackets are always the heaviest items in a suitcase. All you will need is a dressy and a casual shoe that co-ordinates with black basics, one pair of jeans and one winter weight coat, if required.

There is nothing worse than over packing, having oversized, heavy suitcases or having too few clothes. We all know that horrible feeling when you aren’t dressed quite right for an occasion; you just don’t feel like yourself. Start right away by making lists and store them in a place where you will regularly look at them for ease of adding to and editing your cruise wardrobe. Pack one colour as your base or layering colour or possibly two if you want a very different day and night look e.g black and white. My preference for ease of travelling is to choose black because most of us have black shoes and accessories.

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Pack some lightweight NZ merino pieces such as a layering top and a cardigan – they keep you warm minimising the need to take heavy coats and jackets. Cardigans and light outerwear is where you can add a bit of colour. At Repertoire, we stock the most gorgeous long NZ merino cardigans in beautiful vibrant colours this season. Also pack blouses, tops and tunics in fabrics that do not crease. High quality polyester is lightweight and easy care – the last thing you want to be doing on your holiday is ironing! Lastly, don’t forget a lightweight rainproof jacket. Bon Voyage!

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So, I asked a dear friend of mine, who just happens to be a beautician, for her expert advice and she told me emphatically that I should definitely make some changes to my skincare routine during the colder months.

Helpful beautician suggested I add a serum underneath my daily moisturiser and if using a gel to change to a cream. “After all, the

main objective is to keep the skin well hydrated,” she explained. “By using a serum under your daily moisturiser you will gain the extra protection your skin needs.” She also pointed out that if I was going to expose my skin to extreme conditions such as snow, it was essential to use a sun block, as the sun’s reflection from snow can damage the skin 20 per cent more than direct sunlight. Oh, and her final piece of advice was not to put down that water bottle. “We need to keep our bodies well hydrated all year round,” she said. “And don’t forget to exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead skin cells. Try adding a couple of drops of Vitamin E oil to your body moisturiser too; every little bit helps.”  – Emma Smith

Moochi dress week success Moochi Dress Week has just celebrated its fourth year and word on the street is it’s just getting bigger. That’s because on the street, everyday shoppers (not just those in the fashion scene) are talking about it, tweeting about it, and posting Instagrams. And indeed, Moochi Dress Week celebrated everything that’s good about being a girl. That meant short dresses, long dresses, preppy dresses, feminine dresses, heck, even jumpsuits. If you’re a girl in a place like New Zealand these days, you’re pretty lucky. You can creatively express yourself every day through fashion, and Moochi has definitely tapped into that. For the Winter Dress Week Collection 2014, Kellie Taylor and the team

did something a little different. They enlisted the help of five very individual women to help create five new Moochi pieces for the campaign. The five faces of the Moochi NZ Style Set project, Jessie Bush, Alisa Xayalith, Tanja Gacic, Katherine Lowe and Teresa Moore, are all empowering Kiwi women who live here and overseas. They strive each day to better themselves and break boundaries in music, fashion, blogging, photography and modelling. Subsequently, they pitched into this exercise with the same energy and enthusiasm, each contracted to create a unique dress design for the event. Being into fashion, as they are, they agreed they learnt a lot from the experience. “It’s one thing to

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write about fashion at the end of the production line; it’s another to experience it from the beginning.” As clichéd as it sounds, the Winter Dress Week Collection really did have

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Check mate If there is one huge trend we are seeing this season it is all about checks and plaid. Like most things that have been in fashion, this reinvented fashion statement has been updated and brought to life from where it once dominated in the 90’s. Worn refined or with a grungy twist, plaid shirts, dresses or coats, paired with leather and slouchy sweaters; you’ll be winning every time – check mate! Stock photo

Acne advice for women

Did you know that one in five women between ages 25-40 experience adult acne? Well, they do, so we caught up with Trilogy’s in-house beauty expert, Corinne Morely, for some helpful guidance on how to tackle it head on, and for advice on which Trilogy products to use. Help – I’m not a teenager so why do I still get spots? Adult acne is generally caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum can clog pores, attracting bacteria and causing inflammation. Breakouts are usually a result of over-production of sebum, caused by hypersensitivity or hormonal imbalance or change. As well as monthly fluctuations in hormone levels, women experience major hormonal changes during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause, which is why these are key times in life that we often see adult acne appear. Some medications can also play a contributing role.  Stress is another factor which can cause your sebaceous glands to become carried away, resulting in breakouts at times of acute stress. Chronic, long-term stress can cause hormonal changes leading to oilier, spot-prone skin.  What can I do to prevent a blemish emergency? The right balance and blend of natural oils in your skincare is not only beneficial, but essential for a healthy, beautiful complexion.  People

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with oily skin often use too harsh a cleanser which strips away oil whilst also destroying the skin’s protective mantle. This leads to a vicious cycle of oil overproduction and uncomfortable surface tautness. Exfoliate gently! Stay away from harsh facial scrubs and anything which has rough abrasives in it.  Look for natural AHA, kaolin clay and jojoba microspheres which gently polish away any debris. 

If hormones are making your skin sensitive or reactive, an SOS product such as Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum can be worth its weight in gold. A delicate blend of pure plant ingredients, especially chosen to soothe fragile or irritated skin, it helps to calm inflammation. And if prevention fails and you find yourself in an emergency situation, call in the big guns and grab your Trilogy Blemish Control Gel! Companion products: Trilogy Blemish Control Gel can be added to any skincare regime as a go-to treatment, but for oily and combinations skins, ideal products to use in conjunction with it are Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser, Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ , and Trilogy Balancing Face Lotion.

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Depression: That very dark place

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

I was standing in the queue at the supermarket, with my harvest of salmon and a fine pinot noir (it’s okay, it has resveratrol in it), when a woman came up to me and said, “you’re that naturopath from EastLife aren’t you?” “Gosh,” I thought, “I’ve made it. Is this what happens to Brad (Pitt)?”  While I was basking in momentary glory, the crunchy question came, “my husband suffers from depression. How can you fix it with natural medicine?” Right, your standard supermarket conversation.

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You take it for granted that you’ll always be able to see the that Prozac is aifdrug that treats ed that you’ll always able to in seethe theeyes of those you love. Imagine lightbeshining you symptoms. It does not treat causes, and it comes with side effects.  A eyes of those you love. Imagine ifYour you Vision isI put couldn’t… priceless, whyis notyou on my wise face. “Wellthat’s based person deficient in Prozac, but on the latest studies, depression it can be a useful short-term strategy. Vision is priceless, that’s why you peace of mind. is associated with aHowick number of can’t cut corners with it. At Village factors, including dysfunctional “Okay so what should I give him?”  rners with it. At Howick Village cortisol, imbalanced hormones, low Optometrists we leave no stone unturned BDNF, high homocysteine, vitamin “There are nine key categories s we leave no stone unturned deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, low of depression.  All are treated when examining your family’s eyes. cholesterol, under/over methylation, differently.  If you just treat a person amining your family’s eyes. pyroluria, dysglycaemia, free radical generically, you can actually make damage, high level of inflammation, Book an appointment todaya them worse.” an appointment today high omega 6:3 ratio, food allergies, low thyroid function, hormonal We escaped while she loaded her car. for your peace your peace of mind. dysfunction,of heavymind. metal toxicity,



aspartame toxicity, and/or a whole lot of other stuff that impacts on neurotransmitters. The trick is to find out which ones are driving his depression.” 

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While I was packing my groceries, the conversation continued. “So, what should I give him?  He is currently on an anti-depressant”.  

I did finally get to work with Mr Supermarket. We found that he had extremely high levels of inflammation, a food allergy, a leaky gut, an underactive thyroid, testosterone aromatising to oestradiol, mercury toxicity and he was chronically deficient in key nutrients.  The full details of his recovery appear on our website. 

Oh yes, this is so very easy. About then, my 16-year-old son clicks in. “Papa, can we just go? Please?” I wonder how Brad copes.

Depression is not normal, yet by the year 2020, one out of every two people will have suffered a serious depressive episode.

I escape to the car park, but my new friend is not to be deterred. “Well, what do you think of Prozac?”

If you are depressed, you are not suffering from a deficiency of some drug. There is something in your body that is unbalanced.  At bewell, we work with you to find underlying causes and fix them.

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induction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always perform a skin consultation before the treatment to find out our clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; objectives and educate them on how Dermapen works,â&#x20AC;? says Jody. During treatment, the skin is prepped beforehand with medical grade vitamin A and, after, clients are monitored carefully to ensure they are caring for their skin correctly. At About Skin, the highly skilled team uses a needle length of 1.5mm for even better results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also use a numbing agent that makes the treatment as comfortable as possible for all our clients.â&#x20AC;? At other clinics, Dermapen treatments are usually more than $400. However at About Skin, they are just $280! Experience the difference today and book for a FREE CONSULTATION at: About Skin, 5 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 576-1550.

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range of services The new lifestyle options available to residents in the Half Moon Bay Marina locality have been enriched by all the new shops, cafes and restaurants within the new Marina development. What is less well known is the huge increase in the number of visiting specialist services now available at the Marina. Located on the top floor of the Compass Building, between the gym and the Marina Medical general practice, Marina Specialists now has 19 visiting specialists consulting and some operating too. Specialities covered include plastic surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, orthopaedics, spinal surgery, oncology, general surgery, urology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, psychology, podiatry and physiotherapy. Since its inception four years ago, the operating theatre has been busy with surgeons carrying out skin cancer surgery to a high standard, plus hand and cosmetic surgery that can be done under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation. Quality instrument sterilisation, pulse–oximetry monitoring, resuscitation gear and defibrillator are all part of the modern facility to make sure your surgery is done safely.

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Not having to travel to Manukau or Remuera for consultations or surgery is a huge saving in time and cost, plus a great convenience for our patients. Specialist theatre nurses are available on-site for all post-operative wound care. Whatever your ailment, ask your GP for a ‘local referral’ – there is a high chance one of our specialists will be right for you. See you soon! eastlife | june 2014 |


Local gym changes lives For years she chauffeured her daughters regularly to and from Howick Leisure Centre but it was only a year ago that Howick woman, Andrea Martin decided she would visit the centre for herself. EastLife takes a look at what occurred and where she is now.

Her daughters were regulars at Howick Leisure Centre on Pakuranga Road, an Auckland Council-run community centre, and had benefited from its comprehensive facilities which included a fitness centre.

Rodney went straight to work, tailoring a programme for Andrea that was reviewed regularly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main thing was looking at her lifestyle, making sure she earned her treats instead of just having them,â&#x20AC;? says Rodney. Going to the gym three to four times a week, Andrea worked hard both on her nutrition and working out.

While Andrea had contemplated joining the fitness centre, she says it took more than sheer willpower to actually sign up.

And earlier this year, encouraged by Rodney, she amped it up by joining the gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six-week weight loss challenge and signing up for their running club to train for completing the Round the Bays run.

Meeting fitness team leader Rodney Lawless, there was no beating around the bush and he pressed Andrea for a decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was somebody giving me the push to do it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sometimes you just need that shove,â&#x20AC;? she says.

Results were phenomenal. Andrea lost nearly 8% body fat, five kilos, and improved her blood pressure and cardiovascular performance, resulting in third place in the weight loss challenge.

rodney Lawless and Andrea Martin She also managed to complete Round the Baysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8.4km course in 51 minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no mean feat considering she could only run 300m before training. Today, Andrea runs weekly with the gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running club, something she could never have imagined in her past â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfitâ&#x20AC;? life. Importantly, her lifestyle has been transformed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel happier in myself,

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As a mum of two active girls, aged six and 16, Andrea Martin felt her lifestyle wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a shining example. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My fitness level was awful; just terrible. I was not being a very good ambassador for the children.â&#x20AC;?

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Music a motivator Olly Coffey is the National PT Manager for Jetts Fitness New Zealand. He is a REPS-registered Skills Active Assessor and plays an important role in ensuring our personal trainers are fully equipped to meet the diverse needs of all Jetts members. As we slip into winter, it can be a challenge to resist that natural lure to hunker down and go into hibernation mode. Here are three easy ways to stay motivated.

You can take control of thoughts that sabotage your best efforts and view them differently. A blanket view that you do not like exercise is not practical.

Think Positive

Exercise comes in many forms, and it is just a matter of finding the right exercise plan for you. If you are screwing up your nose at this point, speak to an exercise professional for ideas. State objections to exercise, and they will find something that suits and motivates you.

Our experiences influence the way we think, feel and behave. They shape the way we view the world and the actions (or inaction) we take, with many of our decisions being performed at an unconscious level. For example, if you previously failed to achieve your weight loss goals, you may subconsciously dismiss the idea of starting an exercise plan “because it didn’t work last time”. You may also have an engrained view that you don’t like exercise, or it is a time-consuming chore!

Music Motivates You Did you know that humans and songbirds are the only creatures that automatically feel the beat of a song? Dr Kraus (Professor of Neurobiology at North Western University in Illinois) says, “Our bodies are made to be moved by music and move to it.” Our


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hearts will synchronise to the beat and our arms and legs will swing naturally to the tempo. There have been a number of studies which have shown that music increases a person’s sense of motivation during a workout. Participants ride faster, produce more power and cover more distance when listening to faster tempo music as compared to slow tempo music. Although participants didn’t find the exercise any easier, when music played faster, they chose to accept, and even prefer, a greater degree of effort. So turn up the beat and move!

Step It Up High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an advanced method of cardiovascular training. While there

is no set formula on how to structure HIIT sessions, the basic premise is to alternate high intensity and moderate bouts of exercise. A ratio of 2:1 is common. This means working at near maximum effort for, say, 40-60 seconds and then working at a lower intensity for 20-30 seconds. Repeat sequence for a set duration. These sessions are short because the intensity at which you work is high. Benefits include increased resting metabolic rate, enhanced glucose metabolism, improved athletic conditioning and improved fat burning. Effective workouts can be completed in a short time. Incorporate motivating music into your HIIT training. Set up a playlist of 2 fast songs and 1 slower song and adjust your tempo to match.


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Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free? A food allergy is an immune response to a protein in a food that can be fatal – think nut allergy with an anaphylactic reaction. A food intolerance does not involve the immune system and whilst it may produce some uncomfortable symptoms it is not life threatening. So, a food allergy means keeping that food completely out of the diet, whereas with intolerance one just needs to reduce the intake to a tolerable level for that individual.

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GINNY MCARTHUR – Outlook for Life. Ginny is not only a nutritionalist and personal trainer but also a marathon runner and regular on Newstalk ZB.

mean the offending food group is bad for you! Whilst many of us could do with making changes to our diet, taking out a whole food group can lead to an unbalanced diet and long term health problems. For instance, if you take out whole wheat you still need to get B vitamins and fibre from somewhere. If you take out dairy you still need to get calcium from somewhere.

Many of us will cut out food groups in an effort to lose weight. But this can only ever be a short-lived and not necessarily healthy option.

Coeliacs have a life-long intolerance to a protein found in gluten, they have to totally avoid wheat, rye, oats and barley. Even a small amount can damage the gut permanently.

By eliminating a food group and reducing calories, you will lose weight, but that doesn’t necessarily

Lactose intolerance is caused by the body being unable to break down milk sugars and causes bloating,

cramping and diarrhoea. Reducing dairy can reduce symptoms. Taking sugar out of the diet is very on trend at the moment. As it requires taking out all processed foods that contain sugar, it will make one eat a diet containing more whole foods and therefore making one feel better. However, taking fruit, carrots, beets, pumpkin and kumara completely out of one’s diet, due to their sugar content, means missing out on a huge range of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants.

In conclusion, if you are not a coeliac, but feel bloated by gluten, then by all means reduce it and replace with kumara, brown rice or quinoa. If you are lactose intolerant be sure you eat broccoli, spinach and calcium enriched soy or rice milk. Yes, please cut out refined sugar but enjoy fresh fruit in moderation and plenty of vegetables. In short, focus on a wholefood diet that provides a wide range of nutrients for optimal health.

Peak Pilates works wonders Pilates and physiotherapy combined has numerous benefits for general health and fitness but when it comes to injury rehabilitation, results are life-changing. In fact, Half Moon Bay woman Diane McIntyre’s road to recovery from a severe spine injury began at Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy in Botany Road. “I couldn’t move and couldn’t work for four months – I had a ruptured disc in my spine and needed surgery.” However, the Christmas and New Year holidays and a long ACC surgery list meant Diane had to wait. In the meantime, she began visiting Peak Pilates regularly for specialised one-on-one sessions with Peak Pilates manager, Charlie Connolly. Later, when specialists took a look at Diane, they deemed surgery unnecessary. “They said, ‘We don’t need to do surgery with you. Whatever you’re doing, it obviously works, so keep it up’.” Today, Diane is back at work and largely pain free. “I still go to Pilates classes three times a


week – it’s part of my lifestyle now.” Focused on correcting posture and improving spinal support which prevents chronic back and neck pain, classes range from beginner to advanced and are suitable for all levels and conditions. In addition to Pilates, the Peak Pilates team provides physiotherapy, sports massage, acupuncture, dry needling, sports strapping, kinesio taping, chinese cupping as well as exercise prescription. Pilates is an effective tool for the rehabilitation of injuries and injury prevention. It is also helpful for conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis and sciatica. A low-impact form of exercise, Pilates has more than 600 exercises involving stretching, balancing and learning proper breathing patterns. It provides many benefits ranging from posture correction to improved mental concentration and focus. Call into this registered ACC provider today! E510326B

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food Moreish flavours

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add beef to winter dinners

Here’s a chance for keen cooks to beef up winter with quality, free-range and organic meat delivered fresh to the home by boutique, online butchery, Moreish.

Moreish director, Nicola Boniface, says comfort food often gets a bad rap when in fact it can be some of the most delicious fare on offer during the colder months. “At Moreish, we encourage Kiwi cooks to take comfort food out of its comfort zone by offering moist, delicious cuts such as corned beef, lamb shanks, beef short ribs and more, to really embrace beautiful cuts of meat that should be celebrated – not decimated!” says Ms Boniface. “Once the beef and lamb arrives at Moreish, the beef is hung for 10-14 days prior to boning and slicing to provide customers with well-aged, tender beef. “Lamb sizes vary throughout the year depending on when the lamb season is, but they are always lovely lean lambs of the highest quality.”

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With its gate to plate concept, Moreish promises full traceability of all its meat, from the moment it leaves the farm in Manawatu, through the butchery process until it arrives at your door.

Among the Moreish offerings there are favourites such as the corned beef – simply pop it in the slow cooker, cover with water and add a slice of orange rind, a tablespoon of vinegar, one of golden syrup, a few peppercorns, a bay leaf – then leave it to do its thing! A hearty, warming meal, serve with homemade mustard sauce, mash and steam vegetables and you have a tasty dish that banishes all memories of corned beef that’s tough as old boots or curling at the edges! Nitrate and preservative-free, there are no ’nasties’ in this beef. Lamb lovers are also in for a treat with Moreish hind lamb shanks. Try these as a traditional Sunday roast

with family and friends – thick, meaty and French-trimmed, these premium shanks are simply divine when roasted. Serve with homemade gravy and a medley of roast Mediterranean vegetables drizzled with balsamic vinegar – yum!

And for a feast that’s extra fancy, Moreish beef short ribs are a tasty way to impress guests. Similar to lamb shanks, they are best when slow cooked or even double cooked.

If shanks and slow cooking is your match made in heaven, give your slow cooker some added love with Moreish forequarter lamb shanks.

For double cooked deliciousness, slow roast the beef short ribs in your choice of marinade or juices for three to four hours then finish by grilling or barbecuing. Sticky, sweet and rich, this is comfort food with flair.

At their best when slow-cooked and served with a smooth, creamy mash, these shanks are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Whip up some rosemary gravy and you have a meal fit for culinary connoisseurs.

Moreish sources all its beef and lamb from Clarkson Farm, an organic farm in the Manawatu which successfully integrates conventional practices with organic. For more information visit

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e t a l o c o Ch Lava Cake Well-known former Pakuranga couple, Neville and Judy Green now run home-based Gluten-Free Made Easy workshops in Pukekohe and operate an online recipe club. This is the second in a four-part series featuring gluten-free recipes.


METHOD Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease 4-5 ramekins with butter and dust with cocoa powder. Place flours and

To make Macca’s methods more transparent, the fast food empire recently launched a campaign which prompts: ‘Always wanted to ask us about our food and get the honest truth? Ask any question... and we’ll answer them. It’s that simple.’ Well, maybe not quite so simple. Surely McDee’s wouldn’t give away their secret ingredients, would they?

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Beat the eggs and sugar to combine approx 2 minutes. Add the chocolate butter mixture and mix. Fold in the flour mix and pour into prepared ramekins to 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Invert over a serving dish while still warm. Dust with icing sugar. Serve with whipped cream, yoghurt or ice cream.

Can we handle the truth? Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese... special sauce? While TV clown, Krusty (of Simpson’s fame) makes special sauce by leaving mayonnaise out in the sun, his real world counterpart, Ronald McDonald remains tight-lipped about his recipe.

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gum in a container and mix together. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl along with the butter. Gently melt over a pot of boiling water. Keep warm.


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As the shortest day of the year draws near and winter woollies come out for an airing, it’s a great reminder that now’s the time to celebrate the change of season. CHRISTINE BULL from Inner Concepts, Howick suggests the best way to do this is with a Mid-Winter Christmas Party. Our Mid-Winter Christmas Party is a highlight in the year, a great opportunity to bring out festive decorations and organise a warm, friendly gathering for family and friends. The most exciting part of this traditional get-together is the stressfree atmosphere that is often missing in December when there are work pressures, gift shopping, holiday planning and a calendar crammed with dates to see all the family before or on December 25. What’s more, in mid-June it’s wonderful being able to cook a hot and comforting Christmas dinner without melting in the kitchen! I’ve always loved the idea of a white Christmas and while this may not be achievable in Auckland, we can still come in from the cold, greet guests with a glass of mulled wine and tantalise the tastebuds with platters of edible treats before sitting down to the main event.

This year I have used a natural linen tablecloth as the base topped with deep red velvet runners. The latter are rich and tactile, bringing warmth and cheer to the table – so suitable for winter! I’ve used a collection of glass jars in various sizes from the kitchen cupboard to form the centrepiece, trimming these with gold ribbon.

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Creating a setting that is stunning yet inexpensive is an achievement and something we can all do – lots of tea light candles is the secret here. Their flickering light will set the mood for a perfect night.

Try using an ornate mirror as a tray for glasses of bubbles and newlypicked ivy from the garden will add a fresh touch to the table. Continued overleaf


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spiced cranberry and pear cupcakes Midwinter Christmas celebrations can be catered for in a variety of ways. Why not invite a few friends over for high tea and include these festive spiced cranberry and pear cupcakes with white chocolate?

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From previous page Secret Santa gifts will add an element of fun. Here I’ve popped gifts for guests into red bags at each place-setting. I made holly leaves from the remnants of a brown paper bag and adorned these with green glitter before attaching them to the bags with a peg. Remember, any presents should just be small tokens so look for funny or cute items at the $$$ stores where you’ll be spoilt for choice. Most importantly, relax and enjoy your celebration. It should be about sharing good times and creating an atmosphere for friends to enjoy; a night to be remembered by all.

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• 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • 1 3/4 cups sugar • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil • 4 large eggs • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract • 2 Bosc pears (500g), cored, peeled and diced • 1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed, plus some extra for decoration • 100g chopped white chocolate Preheat oven to 170°C. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and spices and mix together in a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined

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well. At low speed, mix in pears, cranberries, and chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until incorporated. Spoon batter into cupcake liners until three-quarters full. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

Icing Ingredients • 200g white chocolate, chopped • 280g unsalted butter, softened • 140g icing sugar, sifted

• 1 teaspoon mixed spice Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds each time stirring periodically. Use electric mixer to beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar and mixed spice until light and fluffy. Beat in melted white chocolate until smooth. Pipe the icing on top of cooled cupcakes, top with a cranberry and dust with extra icing sugar.


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GEMMA HUDSON interior designer at Forma Contemporary Furniture provides sound advice on giving family living the cosy touch. The living room is often one of the busiest rooms in the house – a Hub for family and guests, and a multiactivity area for chatting, reading, watching TV and doing homework. Making this space practical, cosy and interesting is sometimes easier said than done. A lot of the ‘wow factor’ in a room comes from the accessories and smaller things with which you dress it. From artwork to cushions, a rug or a statement piece of furniture – these are the elements that make a room come together.

A great place to start is by using an accent colour and then subtly repeating it throughout the room, experimenting with a single hue. Scatter cushions are an easy and cost-effective way to do this. Lighting, vases and ornaments are all pieces you can use to add some colour and brighten up a space. These can all be changed out depending on your mood or season and can be mixed up to create a different colour palette, rather than starting from scratch again.


A small piece of furniture such as an ottoman or a chair is very effective at adding a ‘wow factor’. It draws attention without being too overwhelming because of its size. Try integrating your accent colour or pattern into this piece and tie it together with scatter cushions. New Zealand homes are all about open plan living and have the kitchen, dining and living areas all in one. This is where rugs are another important accessory. They are a simple way of defining a space, and adding another dimension to a room. They evoke warmth and a ‘cosy’ feel, and can range from thick shag pile to sisal. Artwork or a wallpaper feature wall is a fantastic way to add some pattern or colour, which can be easily changed out. There are some amazing wallpapers available, with so many patterns, colours and textures to choose from, and if you are only covering one wall it can be quite cost effective.


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Nature’s lighter side GIA CHANDELIER – Inspired by nature, Portuguese designer Andre Teoman was named Bright Young Talent at the recent Light and Building Show in Frankfurt, Germany, following the development of his spectacular Gia chandelier. Featuring hand-sculpted, polished brass calla lilies, his design draws inspiration from nature as well as contemporary lighting fashions.

“Usually my designs for KOKET are inspired by the latest trends of the fashion world. This is one of the most ephemeral worlds where trends are set every six months, and for me it is a great inspirational source,” he says. “The idea [with the Gia chandelier] was to bring the best gift a lover can give to a piece of lighting that will last forever…. without watering!”

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Kipling said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nor lose the common touch... yours is the Earth and everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in it...â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. JON RAWLINSON suggests this could be sound birthday advice for Elizabeth mark two, even though Britannia no longer (technically at least) rules a third of the world! Following the recent visit by her daughter-in-law, Kate, our Queen (Elizabeth II) could do with an added dose of the common touch, seeing as she may now have some fresh competition for the affections of we commoners! To mark Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday, this year EastLife celebrates all the little people that enable royalty to blossom with a closer look at the English daisy. From the Asteraceae family, the dainty, English daisy (Bellis perennis) is also known as the lawn daisy, or common daisy. Native to most parts of Europe, these hardy perennials have become naturalised throughout the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temperate regions.

The English daisy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as with the common people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; may seem to consist of one body but, in fact, each daisy comprises a multitude of tiny yellow flowers growing on leafless stems at their centres. It is important to note that there is a wide range of flowers that carry the name daisy and look very similar, which are not related to this species at all. In fact, some of these imposters, such as the oxeye daisy can be quite problematic. And, speaking of oxeye, while the young Princess Lilibet may not have been called Daisy, her sister, Margaret, may well have been.

Strange as it first seems, Daisy is sometimes used as a nickname for Margaret. However, once noted that the French name for the oxeye daisy is marguerite, it all makes sense. Tangent exhausted, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get back on course! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thought that the common name, daisy, originates from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, due to the flowers closing their heads at night, and Bellis perennis, roughly translated from Latin, means pretty everlasting. This does really sum up the common daisy quite well; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good looker, but hard to shake! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, gardeners should think carefully before planting as eradication, once established, can be tricky. But how can you not admire a flower that has also become a symbol of children or innocence, perhaps due to the age-old childhood practice of making daisy chains.




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Kitchen star of major renovation

Kitchens are called the hub of the home for good reason – it’s where cooking, conversation, entertaining and daily living take place. So, when Tony and Mary Wilson redecorated their Sunnyhills home, they told HELEN PERRY the kitchen, dining and family room were completely renovated to suit many uses. Tony Wilson has been a practising magician for 55 years but even he couldn’t turn a trick to match the magic performed by a team which has expertly revamped the house he and wife Mary have occupied for 28 years.

After the removal of several walls and doors, conversion of the laundry to a butler’s pantry, and relocation of the kitchen plus all-new cabinets, benches and appliances, the re-design meets their needs perfectly.

Heavily involved with various organisations, in particular the Brotherhood of Magicians, Tony and Mary are accustomed to hosting meetings and entertaining on a large scale.

“We no longer entertain on quite the same scale as we used too,” admits Tony, “but we still have large crowds here and the former layout was not only outdated but flowed awkwardly.”

Looking from the kitchen to the butler’s pantry.

Subsequently, when remodelling the downstairs kitchen, they required plenty of light and space with good storage plus open plan flow to family and dining.

Built as a Fyfe showhome in the 1970s, Tony purchased the house in the mid-1980s by which time a family room, fourth bedroom and a semi en suite had been added to the back of the house.

looked from the kitchen, over the brickwork, to the new family room on the other side. The added bedroom and bathroom stepped off the family room.

At the same time Mary wanted somewhere to stow dinner dishes and pans out of sight when she had guests.

To do so the former owners cut through the rear wall of the kitchen leaving the exterior clinker bricks in place. A wide arch-shaped ‘window’

“We did a big renovation a few years ago, adding a full storey on top, but downstairs we kept to the original floor plan. This time it’s been a major

throughout,” Tony explains. “Downstairs, the wall between the dining room and the old kitchen area has disappeared and we removed the old kitchen entirely so that a new, re-configured kitchen could be relocated to one side which also meant shifting the former laundry wall back a few feet. Continued overleaf eastlife | june 2014 |


Two views of the kitchen before renovation started. The arched window wall and the wall behind the stove have been completely removed as have all kitchen fittings.

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“As a result what was a very large laundry (which stepped off the kitchen) has been reduced in size to contain a compact area for washing machine, drier and broom cupboard while the bulk of the area is a butler’s pantry with new cabinets, benchtop, splashback, sink and storage to match that of the main kitchen.

Kitchen cabinets feature a two-pot lacquer finish in Resene Masala – a gorgeous deep mocha shade – which contrasts with cream Corian bench tops. The whole look is accentuated by a Resene Tea splashback behind the induction hobs in the main kitchen, and half tea in the scullery.

“On the recommendation of our builder and architect we chose Elite Kitchens & Cabinets to do the two kitchen areas and we’re thrilled at the way they have turned out.” With the former exterior brick wall also gone there is no barrier between the new island bench with breakfast bar and the family room with its free-standing wood-burning fireplace. A heat pump is a bonus for quick

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Aluminium trim on the multitude of soft touch drawers means no external hardware except on the cupboards in the butler’s pantry. Mary opted for Fisher and Paykel appliances including a 760ml oven and twin door fridge/freezer unit. Underfoot, 66 metres of American oak timber flooring has been laid throughout the dining, kitchen, family and butler’s pantry adding to the sense of light and space.

What was a very large laundry has been reduced in size to contain a compact area for washing machine, drier and broom cupboard while the bulk of the area is a butler’s pantry (left) with new cabinets, benchtop, splashback, sink and storage to match that of the main kitchen.”

Mary says in addition to this extensive kitchen/dining/family revamp, the house has been re-wallpapered and recarpeted throughout. “We have also tiled two bathrooms from floor to ceiling, fitting new vanities, frameless glass showers, heated towel rails and new mirrors too,” she says. “A third bathroom was given new wallpaper and the bath was resurfaced while new toilet suites now grace all the bathrooms.” One of the biggest additions to the Wilson home is a new, re-aligned front entrance with fully-enclosed front porch while, inside, access to the original dining room from the downstairs lounge has been relocated and a door from the internal garage to the former kitchen has gone too.

“We now access the garage through the butler’s pantry,” Mary says. While most of the new work has been carried out downstairs, redecoration throughout has meant this double storey home looks like new. “Fortunately, the upstairs needed only a light makeover – paint, paper and carpets – except for our en suite which was totally stripped and updated. “We stayed with family while the project was carried out but, despite the amazing efforts of our builder and contractors, it has taken six months, a long time to be away from home. “Naturally, we are thrilled with the outcome and very glad to be back home. Now it is time to make use of the new additions and enjoy them.”

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Kitchens on superior level Over the past 28 years, Superior Kitchens in East Tamaki has built a solid reputation for design and custom-build excellence with locals and beyond. The expert kitchen design team shares some new innovations with EastLife. While the days of having butlers are long gone in New Zealand, traditional butler’s pantries are making a comeback – in style. “We’re seeing a resurgence of walk-in and butler’s pantries especially in new builds,” says Superior Kitchens senior designer, Annette Jenkins. “Some of them are so big they’re nearly as big as the kitchens themselves!” These days, however, butler’s pantries are a different kettle of pantry compared to the ‘olden days’. Equipped with nifty Mondo corners, sleek shelving and drawers, wine fridges as well as wine racks and wine glass holders, the modern day pantry is a standout feature of the kitchen. Annette says the amount of room created is something homeowners appreciate. “It’s an extra workspace that’s really functional and can be aesthetically pleasing too. A beautiful work bench, lots of storage and lovely lighting – what’s not to love?” Constantly working to keep up with emerging consumer demands and industry trends, Superior Kitchens is a leader in customised kitchens and uses only top of the range materials and fittings for the very best results.

engineered stone bench has been very popular of late. “We have just added a whole new range of colours to our already extensive selection and many different textures and effects can be achieved with these.” When it comes to cabinetry, less is certainly more, adds Annette. “Handleless options are becoming increasingly popular for a contemporary and minimalist approach. Another alternative is recessed handles. Tucked away and hidden, these are clean, simple and work like a dream.” To complement these options, Annette suggests acrylic gloss doors that are currently all the rage. “The material is simply beautiful – durable and seamless with a glossy appearance, these doors can be easily maintained.” Importantly, all the newest materials and colours are incorporated into new kitchens with a focus on quality, service and value.

its team to include a dedicated retail manager and project manager for a more professional, hassle-free experience. “We pride ourselves not only on our service but on our after-service as well. Whether there are issues that need ironing out or after care advice, we have key personnel to ensure our customers receive the very best.” Offering a FREE 3D computer design service, measure and quote, the kitchen experts meet with clients in their own home or in the showroom which offers a wealth of variety and inspiration. Whether it’s modern, country style, French provincial or retro chic, the Superior Kitchens team has every design under the sun sorted. It also extends its design expertise beyond the kitchen boundaries to laundries and vanities for a cohesive interior. Thorough and detailed, the team goes through the kitchen design process with a fine tooth comb, ensuring clients approve of and

“Whatever it is, hinges, mechanisms or material, we make sure it’s longlasting and has quality to withstand the test of time.”

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understand every single element that goes into their kitchen before the final production date. “At the end of the day we want our customers to be happy. “We always see a job through to completion and are more than happy to go back to our clients to rectify an issue they may not have identified in the early stages,” says Annette. For a superior experience that exceeds all expectations, call:

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At Jag Kitchens we specialise in custom-sized kitchens designed and built to a variety of budgets. We have a complete range of materials covered by our 10 year warranty. Ask about our sophisticated 3D computer design program (see how your kitchen will look before it is built). Whether you are building a new home or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen contact Jag Kitchens. Our showroom is open seven days a week or a visit to our website will give you lots of information and photographs.

Visit our showroom OPEN 7 DAYS Inside Danske Mobler, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 days. Ph 271 3131.


Kitchen ideas hot from the oven Tired, old kitchen stifling your culinary flair? Has the family outgrown the kitchen space? Then perhaps it’s time to think about a new kitchen. EastLife asks Malcolm McLagan, owner of Jag Kitchens about the latest trends and tips. The fast-paced world of kitchen design is brimming with fresh ideas for inspiration but narrowing these down can be a real challenge. Luckily, Jag Kitchens’ owner Malcolm McLagan knows a thing or two about trends. “Gloss white cabinetry is becoming increasingly popular for its ability to create space and light whilst achieving a polished look.” Block colours and simple lines are also on the rise, with fewer kitchens featuring intricate woodgrain cabinetry. One of the biggest trends is thinner benchtops, says Malcolm. “We see a lot of thin benches overseas in Europe and Australia – 20mm as opposed to the chunky 50mm we’re used to here. It has no bearing on the strength of the bench.” Material-wise, stone benches are staying firmly put. “These are sleek, versatile, and the varieties are simply endless.” However, people should spare a thought for good quality cabinetry – the bones of the kitchen. “Top quality stone benchtops generally last forever but the cabinetry won’t if people take shortcuts. Choose high quality, moisture-resistant Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) for best results,” Malcolm says. Waterfall ends remain strong on the benchtop front. “We’re still seeing a lot of these because they promote a clean, simple and contemporary image that many home owners love.” As for kitchen sinks, shapes are changing with more square and rectangular sink bowls featuring. “While traditional stainless steel is still big, we’re seeing some clients opt for Silgranit sinks (granite) as a coloured alternative – it can look really smart.”

Kitchen FAQs Jag Kitchens was launched nearly 10 years ago by long-time locals,

These days, gloss white cabinetry is becoming increasingly popular for its ability to create space and light whilst achieving a polished look.”

Malcolm and Lesley McLagan, who have extensive experience in the kitchen industry. A family-owned business with Malcolm and Lesley’s son, Nick, overseeing the production and manufacturing process, Jag Kitchens’ expertise in professionally designed, custom-sized kitchens has won over thousands of home owners. Jag’s expert design team has successfully guided numerous clients through the kitchen design process and have come up with a list of questions to consider: What is the likely cost of a new kitchen? Kitchens can range from $8,000 to upwards of $50,000. However, before setting your budget it’s important to first consider these factors: • Size: How big is the actual area of the kitchen? • Type of material required: Materials for cabinets and benchtops can have a significant bearing on cost as can extra features. • Building work: Spaces may need to be opened and rearranged, so don’t forget to factor in materials, gib stopping and other costs – plumbing, electrical work and gas fittings.

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Modular or custom-sized? Modular kitchens are kitchens composed of standard-sized components such as drawers and cabinets that are mass-produced. While they help save money, these often leave extra space which has to be corrected with filler panels. Modular kitchen cabinetry will stop well short of ceiling height, whereas custom-sized kitchens can have cabinetry right up to the ceiling, utilising space. Modular is more affordable, but not by a huge mile thanks to computer design software and technology.

MDF which is waterproofed and will not swell. Don’t neglect the quality of hinges, drawer runners and pull-out mechanisms as they keep the kitchen working every day. Companies with reliable, 10-year warranties or transferrable warranties will offer invaluable peace of mind. What about council approval?

Which materials should I use?

If there are no structural changes to the house, you will not need permits or consents. All internal, nonstructural (non load-bearing) walls can usually be altered or removed without council permission but talk to a qualified builder.

Materials can impact costs, so there are two main factors to consider:

I have talked to several companies but received conflicting advice.

• Lifestyle and purpose of the kitchen: A family with active children or those with a rental property will require a more durable kitchen. A good, practical, well-designed kitchen with lower cost materials will work just as well as a kitchen with high end, designer materials. Material choice determines the durability.

Be sure to deal with a company with access to a full range of materials. Be wary of hidden agendas. Is the kitchen company tied to a specific manufacturer? If you suspect this, make sure they back their recommendations with valid reasons and try asking for different materials to gauge their response.

• Quality of materials: The life of a kitchen is extended by the type of board the cabinets are made from and the hardware used. Many kitchen companies and all modular kitchen suppliers construct their cabinetry using particle board, which swells when exposed to excess moisture and spillage. A few manufacturers use higher quality, moisture resistant

Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly fit the room without resorting to filler panels, Jag Kitchens has its own manufacturing plant and also uses a sophisticated 3D computer design programme. Remember, Jag Kitchens designs and builds to all budgets. Their advice and design service is FREE OF CHARGE. eastlife | june 2014 |


Design flair shines at LaBella Quality workmanship and creative design are a marriage made in heaven when it comes to kitchens. And at LaBella Kitchens in Howick, design and quality co-exist in harmony resulting in beautiful kitchens that make a statement in the home. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Craig and Rochelle Riley, the well-established boutique business specialises in kitchen design, manufacturing and installation solutions. While Craig uses his extensive building and cabinetmaking knowledge to engineer these solutions, Rochelle relies on her interior design training to visualise and design concepts that make a kitchen stand out and be truly individual. What’s more, Rochelle has recently completed an Intermediate Level 4 Kitchen and Bathroom Design course run by the prestigious National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NKBA) and is well on her way to achieving more advanced certification. The talented couple has recently welcomed a new designer on board who brings with her more than 20 years’ industry experience. Like Rochelle, Karen Brown is a qualified interior designer, having graduated from the renowned Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. She has also completed her Intermediate Level 4 Kitchen and Bathroom Design course from the NKBA. Kitchen design is in her blood too. Her father was a kitchen designer and cabinetmaker and, from a young age, Karen has been immersed in the industry and its developments. Both Karen and Rochelle have a knack for coordinating colour and design in the home and their skills and advice are invaluable for clients who want a kitchen that complements the character of their home.

Both Karen and Rochelle have a knack for coordinating colour and design in the home and their skills and advice are invaluable for clients who want a kitchen that complements the character of their home.”

expertise extends beyond the kitchen and into the rest of the home. Whether it’s bathrooms, laundries, wardrobes, studies, or even specialised wine cellars, they can deliver a customised product that looks stunning and is made to last.

The creative team’s forte also lies in other design elements such as lighting and texture, creating subtle detail balanced by strong features.

With an on-site factory and elegant showroom all housed in the same building, LaBella Kitchens offers a seamless service from consultation through to installation and continues to look after its clients well after completion.

In addition, the LaBella team’s

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more than 20 years’ international experience and together with his apprentice, Luke, manufacturing is a well-run operation in the factory with Claire managing accounts and sales enquiries. Importantly, all the latest trends and technology are embraced at LaBella. Using top of the range materials from global names such as Blum and Hafele, the savvy design team is constantly on the lookout for new products and ranges they can introduce to clients. So, whether clients are seeking a complete overhaul, a brand new

kitchen or a custom design that is bound to impress, LaBella Kitchens has the answer. For the crème de la crème of kitchens, call into:

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Of memories and progress Nick Neben is a director of specialist renovation company Smith & Sons Howick and a time-served builder of more than 30 years experience. Being born in the 1960s, I have been lucky to enjoy a part of my life without computers, the internet and mobile phones. I remember milk costing four cents and coming in a glass bottle. I remember the days of encyclopaedia salesmen, Buzz Bars and change out of a dollar when going to the movies. I suppose my biggest memory as a young boy was when we bought a TV. It was black and white and we were the only family in our street to own one. On weekends our lounge would quite often have 20 or more bodies scattered across the floor with everyone’s eyes glued to the box. I remember one day Dad returning home from work very excited. A

salesman had visited him that day and given him a sheet of plastic. You are probably wondering how on earth a sheet of plastic could hold such excitement! Strategically placed over the screen of our black and white TV, the plastic transformed to a multi-coloured array which, on reflection, I see was crude, but, still, it was my first introduction to ‘colour’ television. Things have changed somewhat in the past 40 something years, but I am glad that I live in a country that embraces change and progress.

things right. The 1990s saw us adopt new materials and a new way of building, which has come back to haunt us in a way that no-one would ever have imagined – leaky building syndrome and systemic failure! When I attended a breakfast launch at Benchmark Building Supplies in Naenae back in 1996, I, along with a large group of good builders, were introduced to something that at the time was going to be the best thing the New Zealand building industry had seen in a very long time. “What was it?” I hear you say. Chemical-free timber. It was supposed to be the revolutionary timber that would produce perfectly straight framing and provide the country with a 100% truly green building product.

Innovative Kiwis have led the world, pioneering everything from aviation through to sports, science and medicine.

Chemical- free timber was milled in just the same way as its predecessor, boric treated timber.

However, we haven’t always got

Manufacturers believed that by kiln

drying the timber and sucking all the moisture out, it would be free from insect attack as the likes of borer and other infestations dislike dry, tasteless timber. While boric treatment did not protect the timber totally from rot, it was sufficient during the building process to protect it from exposure. Fantastic in theory, but unfortunately, no one ever considered the timber would be subjected to rain during construction and sweating once encased between gib linings and exterior fibre cement cladding. Chemical-free timber is, of course, only a part of the systemic failure associated with the leaky building syndrome. Next month, I’ll explore some of the other attributing factors. I do urge anyone who may suspect they own a leaky building to seek professional advice. It’s a problem that won’t just go away on its own.


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Real estate questions and answers ‘ Remax, (Zest for Realty) Principal Licensee Eric Chase, MREINZ, gives his take on the property market.

My oldest daughter, out of university for a couple of years after completing a three-year degree with honours and then spending a year doing her post graduate, earns around $40,000 a year. Between them, she and her boyfriend earn about $100,000 so how will they get to a point of affording a home in the city they grew up in? A lot of people are asking such questions right now, I guess the answer is they must save for about 10 years and then buy a home in Huntly! Perhaps the electric super train will

be through to there from Auckland by then and they will commute by rail to visit mum and dad! With a national population of a little over 4,000,000, how does living in Auckland become so expensive? We can talk about the net migration which is reported to be the highest since 2003 with more than 4000 more people coming to New Zealand than leaving in the month of April alone and some 34,000 permanent and long term residents moving mostly to Auckland or Christchurch in the past 12 months. Don’t forget, these figures are skewed somewhat by fewer Kiwis leaving for Australia than in previous years. Things aren’t as attractive there as they once were.

Battling the ever-rising cost of housing Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on local real estate market happenings.

The just released figures for April 2014 for our area have seen the median price settle back to $765,000 – down from last month’s record high of $770,000 – on the back of a very average number of sales of 185. By comparison, in April 2013 we had a median of $691,000 with 217 sales. The Reserve Bank has been trying to cool the market down and the Government, as part of its plan to get more homes built and help drive down house prices, are promising to temporarily lift tariffs and duties on 90 per cent of building materials involved in building a new home. However, predictions are that house prices, and especially those in Auckland, will not fall but keep rising.  Some of the reasons cited for this are: • The drive by Government to increase the population –

especially in Auckland. • Construction standards in New Zealand continually rising – eg weather-tightness, earthquakestrength standards, increasing overall construction costs. • A loss of skilled people to Australia and a big fall in apprentice numbers in the past five years has decreased the number of licensed builders and other related trades. • The availability and rising cost of developing land for home construction.

Perhaps both will happen simultaneously. Now, that will have everyone complaining about the downturn in the market. We’re in a bit of a local bubble at the moment because prices are rising mostly in Auckland and Christchurch.

We can also talk about the Asian invasion, but the reality is that Auckland’s infrastructure planning hasn’t coped too well with its own growth.

I reckon there’s about 12 months to two years of this to run before it all levels out again. By then my kids will earn a bit more and may be able to buy a home here in Auckland.

There are new subdivisions occurring on the outskirts and plenty of housing activity surrounding the proposed new Unitary Plan but these subdivisions are mostly just receiving resource consent now and it will be another two years before the Unitary Plan is definite.

If you’re buying I advise holding on long term once done, but if you’re selling there is no time like the present! A great time to sell and move to the country, if ever there was!

So, for the next six to 12 months

But, please, don’t all move to Huntly because then my kids won’t be able to buy a home there either if things keep going up and up here!

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• A lack of other safe investment opportunities continuing to drive investors into residential property. At what rate these increases will continue at remains to be seen and if we see a change of government this year what effect will that have?

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With the average price of a home in Auckland rising to about the $700,000 mark, will my children ever be able to afford a house in their hometown?

For the next six to 12 months the market should remain buoyant until either lending tightens further or more sections and inner city apartments become available.”

the market should remain buoyant until either lending tightens further or more sections and inner city apartments become available.

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Time to make a change – come to Pine Harbour! Homeowners looking for an exceptional lifestyle, near the seaside, have been smitten by new Pine Harbour residential development, The Brae. With construction about to begin, four of the 12 marina homes have already been snapped up with others under consideration. And why wouldn’t they be? Embracing appealing elements of the iconic Kiwi boat shed, they exude contemporary style, the design combining luxury and comfort. Appropriately named The Brae, a Scottish term describing a steep hillside, bank or a slope to the sea, this refreshing enclave of 12 architectdesigned houses is being built by Jalcon Homes. Jalcon is the key partner in the first two stages of a more comprehensive development which will eventually encompass 427 terraced houses and apartments varying from two to five storeys. First stage construction starts next month and is expected to be completed early next year. When finished, The Brae will be followed by The Quarters, consisting of eight two and three-bedroom apartments, and an attached terraced row of eight houses, the complex designed to emulate marine industrial buildings of old.

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business Connections expo East Tamaki and Highbrook businesses turned out in force to showcase their products and services at the successful two-day Business Connections Expo, held last month at Waipuna Conference Centre, The Crossing, Highbrook. Hosted by the Greater East Tamaki Business Association, more than 60 companies took part in the event which included a series of well-attended seminars. EastLife photographer WAYNE MARTIN was there.

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Due Diligence Needed When Selling Your Home Fencible Law Director, Lawyer & Entrepreneur, RICHARD GALBRAITH, with his take on current legal & business issues affecting our community.

In days gone by, vendors could simply sign a listing authority with an agent or list their property on TradeMe without really giving any thought to potential future claims against them. We were lucky to live in a society where the old maxim, caveat emptor, applied. It was, let the buyer beware and let buyers make their enquiries as to the property’s suitability. Vendors would simply say to purchasers, “here’s my house for sale, have a good look around and if satisfied with it after making your own enquiries please make an offer.” The leaky home situation that arose in respect of properties built just after the new millennium, coupled with notable cases of vendor and agent deception, has changed the old system for good. Previously if vendors knew there was a problem with their property they could market it with no obligation whatsoever to disclose the problem (as long as there wasn’t deliberate concealment or misrepresentation).

Furthermore, where it would appear likely to a reasonably confident agent that a property may be subject to hidden or underlying defects, the agent must obtain confirmation from the vendor “supported by evidence or expert advice” that the property is not subject to those defects or ensure the purchaser is informed of any significant potential risk. An agent cannot continue to act for a vendor where the vendor instructs the agent not to disclose defects. For those planning to sell their home but think there may be some building defects, or any defect with the property, it pays to consult a lawyer prior to signing a listing authority with an agent so the lawyer can advise you of your duties and obligations. At the same time your lawyer is in a position to also advise on the proposed method of sale. If there is a problem it is best dealt with from the start of the listing process and that the appropriately worded purchasing “as is” clause is inserted so there will be no future redress against you.

What is sad? Part II

Bill Potter – the Business Maverick. Bill is a Speaker, FriendCoach*, Thought Leader and... The 3Guy*. If you’re normal... you’re emotional. Yes, you are. In fact, we mere mortals are a ‘bundle of emotions’ according to Paul Ekman, a prominent American psychologist (who became 80 years young in February) and is a pioneer in emotions and facial expressions. He introduced what he called, ‘the Six Universal Emotions’. No, I’m not telling you. Oh, all rightee then. They are... anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise. But wait. There’s more – amusement, contempt, contentment, embarrassment, excitement, guilt, pride in achievement, relief, satisfaction, sensory pleasure and shame. Wow! So, you emotional devil, you, how many emotions have you experienced so far, today? More than you thought, right? Hello? You’re normal then. Phew! You have permission to laugh, cry, worry, exclaim, yell, blush, tremble, leap about, sigh, apologise, grin or dance, whatever!

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Working for small businesses When the right connections are in place, businesses flow without disruption, freeing up a wealth of time and resources. That is the ultimate goal for Telecom Business Hub Tamaki account manager Robert Laban.

Robert Laban has been providing small and medium-sized businesses with effective, personalised telecommunications solutions since the very beginning of Telecom Business Hub. “I was part of the very first Telecom Business Hub team when it launched more than five years ago and I’ve seen it go from strength to strength,” he says.

As a result, he knows how best to satisfy different businesses and their needs, saving them money, time and stress. “I especially pride myself on being able to find every little bit of saving for my customers – every single cent helps.” In particular, Robert’s expertise is targeted at local businesses from East Tamaki to Beachlands. “We’re very fortunate to be based in the heart of East Tamaki where it’s a hive of commercial and industrial activity. It’s a very concentrated, niche hub with a variety of businesses made up of trade and manufacturing to corporate and specialist areas.” Offering a face-to-face service, Robert visits clients in their own environment to understand the business at grassroots level. This helps him identify ways of improving or simplifying existing systems which can have a huge impact on the way businesses work. “We find the best suitable plan for each customer and are flexible enough to tailor it to different customer’s needs,” says Robert. “At the same time, we offer a total package and condense everything our clients need into one simple

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However, Robert’s experience dates further back to when he served with Telecom’s outbound customer care team more than a decade ago.

I especially pride myself on being able to find every little bit of saving for my customers – every single cent helps.”

bundle so customers can have everything required in a cost-effective manner.” As the fast-paced technology environment continues to evolve, Robert keeps his finger on the pulse so he can inform his clients of newer and better solutions on the market. “We review our clients’ accounts regularly to ensure they’re receiving the best value for their money, and that they have the most up-to-date systems and applications in place. We also inform them from time to time of any special offers that may be relevant to their business,” says Robert. Robert serves as the go-to tech and communications expert for each business, making sure everything is running smoothly as it should be.

robert laban Best of all, clients can get in touch with him directly for all needs and problems. “Gone are the days of having a phone book full of people with different responsibilities and having to contact each of them individually to solve a particular problem,” he says. “Here, our clients deal with one person all the way and we will liaise with all the different parties on their behalf for a smooth and fuss-free process.”

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Right now, Telecom is offering attractive contracts for mobile phones, says Robert. “Our Ultra + plans make a lot of sense for businesses with multiple mobile devices. We have both contracts and open term options which allow people to connect and disconnect whenever they need to.”

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on target with local property market Because bubbles may burst and speculators can go bust, dealing in property is not always as safe as houses. However, Sirpa Gunn from the Conveyancing Shop says, in any market, forewarned is forearmed. “Property can be a risky business, but with locally-focused, professional advice, risk can always be kept to a minimum.”

“The prices in this area have really climbed, which shows just how much people want to live here,” Sirpa says. “Fortunately though, there are still many affordable options, particularly with new developments, such as those in the Ormiston area.” While new developments have their advantages, Sirpa warns that they also present additional pitfalls for buyers to overcome. “When buying an existing house, you can see exactly what you’re getting before putting pen to paper. But, with a new build, it’s essential to go over the contract with a fine tooth comb to be sure of avoiding any nasty surprises.” Providing a complete range of conveyancing services on a fixed-fee basis, Sirpa and her team can ensure all the Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. “Buying a home is liable to be the

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Operating from its Bishop Gate premises in Botany, the Conveyancing Shop has seen an increased demand for its services over recent years.

biggest purchasing decision most people will make in their lifetimes, so it’s always daunting, particularly for first home buyers. “By providing our services on a fixedfee basis, we reduce the uncertainty involved. Customers can call with any query, without having to worry that they’ll be billed for it at the end, for example.”

“Because we work on fixed-fees for standard transactions, it costs us in the long run to help sort out problems later on. That’s why we provide lots of seminars – many are tailored specifically for first home buyers or immigrants – to be sure people have the information they’ll need to avoid common pitfalls before they’re encountered.”

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afTer HaLf a cenTUrY after 52 years in the motor industry, Bob McMillan is hanging up the keys to his business. McMillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement is the result of the McMillan family selling its 50 per cent share of team McMillan BMW to current co-owner collins asset Management. The purchase, which is effective June 30, involves representation of all three brands in the current Team McMillan portfolio, specifically BMW, Mini and rolls royce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 72 years old in a couple of months and have been in the motor industry for almost 52 years,â&#x20AC;? said McMillan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to leave with BMW at the peak of achievement


iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m planning on enjoying my retirement, starting by indulging in some serious overseas travel with my wife Kerry.â&#x20AC;?

in terms of attaining number one position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m planning on enjoying my retirement, starting by indulging in some serious overseas travel with my wife Kerry.â&#x20AC;? McMillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is synonymous with new car sales in auckland.

Managing director of BMW new Zealand, nina englert said auckland was the biggest market for premium vehicle sales in the nation, but also the most competitive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership has undoubtedly contributed to the overall success of BMW locally, not least of which in 2012 and 2013 when BMW achieved leadership of the premium segment.â&#x20AC;? McMillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just been limited to running a successful dealership. in addition to a lifetime of service in the automotive industry, he has also taken an active role in charity fundraising and community matters.


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More space, more pace EastLife motoring writer ALISTAIR DAVIDSON reminisces on his first roadtest 25 years ago and compares it to its 2014 successor. Test driving the new Mazda3 SP25 reminded me how old I’m getting. Not because the car is targeting the Grey Power brigade, but because a blue Mazda 323 GLX sedan (Mazda3’s ancestor) was the first car I road tested. The story appeared in East City News which was published by Times Newspapers, the same company that brings you EastLife magazine.

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That was back in 1989, a scary 25 years ago almost to the day. I hand wrote the story double-spaced on A4 paper, and posted the newspaper a selection of prints that I had processed by the local chemist. I still have those black and white negatives and prints stored in a cardboard box somewhere under the house. Nowadays I email my images and word documents, and thousands of my digital road test photos are archived on a portable hard drive that’s the size of a smartphone. This technology pales into insignificance compared to what’s happened in the car industry. Take Mazda323 and Mazda3 for example. The car I road tested quarter of a century ago was assembled in New Zealand. We all know how that ended up. That 323 GLX had seat belts. Mazda3 SP25 hatch, tested here, has ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control, dynamic stability control, air bags, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear view camera, the list goes on and on. The advancements aren’t limited to safety. Mazda’s SkyActive technology results in impressive performance, economy and emissions from a relatively big, normally aspirated engine (2.5-litre four-cylinder in SP25) when other carmakers are leaning towards smaller, turbocharged units.

There’s full Bluetooth integration for your smartphone (who thought that would happen 25 years ago, when the iPhone was still 18 years away), a heads-up display, and auto stop (the engine automatically turns off when the car is stationary, then back on, to save fuel). Although many of these features certainly aren’t new or even that dramatic when comparing this car to the outgoing second generation Mazda3, there are huge gains in refinement, integration, and how well they work. The 2.5-litre engine in SP25 (the other models have a 2.0) develops 138kW and a hefty 250Nm of torque. There’s plenty of torque available from low rpms for that delightful ‘punch’ when you first get into the throttle. Smooth and responsive, the engine pulls strongly right through its rev range.

This test car came with a sweetshifting, six-speed manual transmission, a refreshing change from the plethora of multi-mode automatics.

and new Mazda3 is no exception. It rides on a longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs than the old model, which means more cabin space.

The 2.5 and manual is a great combination, and my pick of the line-up. You can only get a manual in the SP25 hatch; SP25 sedan is auto only, as are all the 2.0-litre variants.

Interior fit and finish is first class, rivalling some benchmark European offerings. A rotary control knob on the centre console is quite BMWesque and intuitive to use, while a large, almost free-standing display screen on top of the dash also has a European favour.

This positions SP25 hatch as the sporty one in the family, and it has the looks to match with its ‘long nose, short rear’ styling and SP25 specific 18” alloy wheels. Although it’s not a ‘hot hatch’ in the true sense of the term, SP25 is surefooted, nimble, and a thoroughly enjoyable drive. Yet the suspension isn’t too firm, and the steering and ride don’t feel busy. Small cars are getting bigger inside,

Standard equipment is comprehensive, particularly as this isn’t the flagship model. Mazda3 SP25 is a really good car. It’s refined, beautifully built, goes well, looks great, and at $38,395 it’s superb value for money. All that’s missing is a slot in the sound system for my 25-year-old cassette tapes. eastlife | june 2014 |


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