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On cyber bullying All thoughts of a cheery greeting went by the way after watching Breakfast on TVOne. In the wake of model, Charlotte Dawson’s tragic death, and closer examination of cyber bullying, several TVNZ staff members read out abusive messages received via email, facebook and twitter. I was appalled.
Whitford resident Natalie Hugill rose above life’s challenges to transform herself on the theatre stage. Today, the versatile performer has morphed into characters such as a dazzling burlesque queen, model, teacher, MC, actress and dancer just to name a few. Capturing the vintage feel of the 1950’s, Natalie steps into her pin-up girl persona for EastLife with the help of a ‘55 red Buick Century Riviera owned by David Parker. Photograph Wayne Martin
Although the authenticity of two is questionable, nevertheless I know these type of insults are not uncommon. Having struggled, many times, to have faith in the human race, I am again dismayed that ordinary people can be so filled with ire that they are impelled to send out such vindictive words. I have long been discouraged by facebook messages placed by people about their former ex’s, friends and other people who annoy them. Mostly, I have dismissed these as immature, attentionseeking or, at best, impromptu and driven by anger. I am not shocked but disappointed. Hate mail has, of course, been around since humans learnt to write. While I have always believed in the
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freedom of speech and that public figures need to develop a thick skin, I also consider such letters as mischievous at best, cowardly at worst. But after Charlotte Dawson’s death, I wonder just how long we Kiwis will condone this kind of spite. It also makes me wonder how those same authors would react if on the receiving end of similar messages and what they would actually do if they met someone who had made acrimonious statements about themselves. We all know people we don’t especially like or get on with; whose ways are not our ways, who do or say things that irritate or annoy, but none should prompt the kind of vicious attacks being posted on media sites or sent directly to people in or out of the public eye.
will always be around. I like to think common decency will eventually prevail and that instead of resorting to personal attacks such people will, instead, debate opinion or issues in a sound and fair manner. Yet, depressingly, there are those who continue to infiltrate what has been largely regarded as the wholesome Kiwi psyche to such a degree that recipients can slip into deep depression or even take their own lives. It is a sad indictment on society that it occurs, is condoned by the very fact that it continues and that we as a nation think so little of others, and ourselves, that we accept it as ‘ just a part of life.’ What are we teaching the next generation?
As to answers, I have none. Yes, we can stop subscribing to facebook, cancel twitter accounts and just press the delete button when the first inkling of a barbarous email appears on our screens, but I’m sure the instigators of hatred and malice
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This month... 6 10 questions in 10 minutes Specsavers favourite Kiwi cricket umpire
7-10 out & about Around the town
12-13 interview Artist Graham Young – painting our coastline
Ellerslie flower show
Chris Bezencon – tattoo artist
• Brotherly rivalry at polocrosse • Essentials
Honorary Consul General for Ireland – Rodney Walshe
• Bold and blue • Blunt umbrellas • Pamper
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25-38 Lifestyle • South coast of Australia • In love with Italy • Bike ride family challenge
39-49 health, beauty and fashion
50-60 food • Homemade cider steps • Holy land garden • Dining guide
61-73 home • Ellerslie Flower Show • Bronze medal for local • New tableware range • Regular columnists Bill Potter, Richard Galbraith, Greg Roy, Eric Chase and Nick Neben
• A look at the new Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI • New Mazda 3 launches • Review – Total Wheelspin www.eastlife.co.nz
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While some would contend certain umpires ‘shoulda gone to Specsavers,’ thankfully, Anthony (Ant) German, did! After recently being voted the Specsavers Favourite Kiwi Cricket Umpire, the Howickian grassroots umpire and coach spoke to EastLife about his winning ways.
Anthony German ‘
To be a good umpire, at any level, you need good eyesight and hearing, a calm demeanour, good concentration skills and a thorough knowledge of all rules and interpretations.”
How did you come to enter the Specsavers competition? My 11-year-old son, Max, entered me and only informed me after the event! But I’m very pleased that he did. Part of the fantastic prize package was four tickets to the test [Black Caps v India at Eden Park] so I was fortunate enough to be able to take the whole family – my wife, Nadine, and our two boys Max and Brad. As an amateur umpire, do you ever receive criticism from spectators or parents? Infrequently, I get a bit of stick from the sideline ‘experts’, but I’m fortunate to possess a sense of humour and I’ve found being half deaf helps! In Max’s team we have a small group of dads who share the umpiring duties so we take great delight in giving ‘good humoured ridicule’ to each other if we think someone got a decision wrong! Do you think volunteer umpires receive enough recognition? Generally volunteer umpires are there to support their children. We get considerable pleasure from seeing our children active and happy so recognition is not really a consideration. Fortune would be good, but no need for fame. Have you ever considered becoming a professional umpire and, what would be your dream match in which to stand? No. But a match on the beach in Hawaii probably wouldn’t be all bad! What does it take to be a good umpire? To be a good umpire, at any level, you need good eyesight and hearing, a calm demeanour, good concentration
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skills and a thorough knowledge of all rules and interpretations. That said, this leaves a few ‘work-ons’ for me! Is grassroots cricket alive and well in New Zealand? I think so. There are plenty of teams in the younger grades, although the number of teams per age group reduces as the kids get older. The influence of their heroes in the Black Caps cannot be overstated – kids love winners. Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club has produced a few Black Caps over recent years. Are there any others who you think could play for our national teams? The club has an abundance of
talented kids. Both of my boys, Max and Brad, are pretty handy (proud dad talking!) so we remain forever hopeful. Which umpires do you admire most and why? Having spent some time with Billy Bowden the other day at Eden Park, I have to say he impressed me. He has real passion for cricket and seemed like a conscientious and humorous fellow. What would be the first thing you would do if you became head of the ICC? Make the Direct Referral System (DRS) compulsory for all teams in all countries in all international games.
Personally, I would be greatly in favour of the DRS system. At times the action happens so fast that it would definitely be helpful to be able to check the footage to ensure the correct decision is made. Players and umpires alike make mistakes, so I feel it’s better to be correct rather than sorry. If you could invite any three cricketers – dead or alive – to dinner, who and why? Ian Botham, Shane Warne and Sashin Tendulkar. All are legends and I’m sure all would be very good company for differing reasons. But I would make sure Warny [a renowned twit-erer!] left his mobile phone at home! www.eastlife.co.nz
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derby drives big crowd All sorts of weird and wonderful contraptions helped make last monthâ€™s inaugural Beachlands and Maraetai Trolley Derby at Omana Reserve, a huge success. Young and old showed they had the skills in the shed and behind the wheel to roll out winners! Photographer JANET KEELING was there to capture the action for EastLife.
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howick in the park military tattoo Locals made peace, not war, as they joined in the fun at the Howick Lions in the Park Military Tattoo held at Pakurangaâ€™s Lloyd Elsmore Park recently. Photographer JANET KEELING was at the popular annual event.
1. Jasmine Burger and Jenna-Mae 2. Maggie and Olivia Lu 3. Gareth and Jayden Beatson 4. Margaret Dillimore and Michael Griffin 5. Deanna Webster and Alesha McFarlane 6. Dennis and Sandy Schoeman 7. Amanda, Harry and Phil Muir 8. Stephen, Elliot and Alex Guyan 9. Britta Wilson and Carole Wilson 10. Mark Purdy 11. Michael Owarn, Joanna and Melvern Wells 12. Linda Wilson and Valerie Ellar 13. Sele and Hamish Batteron 14. Bev and Ken Baird 15. Michelle and Ian Gould 16. Robert and Sam McCallum 17. Sophia Beatson 18. Tane Newbold 19. Aprakorn Srisook 20. Izzybella
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WIN! Lazy Days book Lazy Days – Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle, by Graham Young is a book for people of many persuasions. Art-lovers, leisure-seekers, interior designers and book fiends will be among those who covet this new March release, published by New Holland and available from all good bookstores. (RRP $59.99). Furthermore, locals will also appreciate the inclusion of scenic parts from around our own district. The good news is EastLife has a copy to give away to one lucky reader. To enter the draw visit www.eastlife.co.nz then click on the competitions link and complete the form. One entry per person/email address; entries close March 31, 2014. Winner notified by phone or email.
Artist books When HELEN PERRY met a Young man who has embraced old(er) New Zealand bringing rusting sheds, battered weatherboards and beat-up ‘Combis’ brilliantly to life on canvas, she discovered a painter who has embraced an iconic aspect of Kiwi living.
Artist, Graham Young may be Britishborn and raised but the warmth and feeling he has for New Zealand is evident in every brush stroke of paintings that have found their way into homes here and around the world. Raised in an era when sons from working class families were generally expected to leave school, learn a trade and help support the family, Graham never considered going to art school despite his obvious ability. But his childhood passion for painting never diminished although it was relegated to hobby status for many years. Today, after a lifetime career in the print industry, he is also an
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internationally recognised artist whose realistic and vibrant work captures a slice of laid-back Kiwi living that seldom fails to charm. Furthermore, publishers, New Holland is set to release Graham’s new book, Lazy Days – Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle, this month. Featuring a wide selection of his work, it highlights a fascination with signposts of the past, the architectural heritage of our towns and disused agricultural machinery hidden in long grass on older farms. Graham happily admits his penchant for corner dairies, coastline baches and country barns. What’s more his paintings have also www.eastlife.co.nz
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our local coastline
Left, Graham Young with Kawakawa Bay Boatsheds, top right, A Summer’s Stay, lower right, Maraetai Wharf.
embraced scenes from our own Eastern corner of Auckland – Maraetai Wharf, Kawakawa Bay Boatsheds and Manukau Haven to name a few. Many more could easily reflect our Pohutukawa Coast beaches and bays.
And it seems admirers have clearly recognised this intrinsic element. Not only has his work appeared on calendars and greeting cards, he now receives commissions from around the world.
“I had my first exhibition at Howick’s Monterey Gallery back in 2005 and since then the gallery has sold more than 44 of the 150 paintings I have done in recent times,” Graham says. Former gallery owner Sandy Starr says the North Shore artist’s uncanny knack for depicting nuances of everyday life – old buildings, smidgens of landscape, iconic vehicles, leisure spots and summer dream times so often taken for granted – just seems to connect with people. “His paintings don’t hang on our walls for long; they are soon snapped up and we are often asked for more of a similar ilk.” While Graham managed to enjoy www.eastlife.co.nz
five years of full time painting when his wife’s work took them back to their homeland, England from 2006 to 2011, he has, for the most part of his life, fitted painting around his print career and today is still sales manager for Capital Press Ltd in Penrose. “I trained as a photolithographer because my parents saw art purely as a hobby. They thought I needed a good trade to set me up in life. And that’s how it went for many years. “I only painted in my spare time experimenting with everything from portraits to landscapes.” It wasn’t until Graham, his wife and two children immigrated to New Zealand in 1982 and he fell in love with the light and colour of New Zealand, that he began to develop the unique, contemporary style he is known for today. “Coming from Liverpool and dark English winters, I was struck by
the blue skies and sense of light everywhere. That light and brightness has become an integral part of my work.” In the introduction to his new book, Graham reiterates an initial desire for his paintings to be “snapshots of the laid-back lifestyle that New Zealanders revel in; walking, socialising, relaxing, usually in an unpretentious way with little fuss or elaboration.” And perhaps one of the reasons why he has related to this picture of Kiwi life, is his own personality – open, unassuming, humble. Graham is genuinely delighted that people love his work; he enjoys highlighting points of special interest and loves to inject an element of humour too. “I have always worked on the premise that if my artwork is going up on someone’s wall it should be an engaging and meaningful image.”
“There was a time when I had my own business and painting went on the back burner. I was just too busy. Then came the return home and five years of finally making a living from art.” However, coming back to New Zealand and re-entering the property market here meant going back into the print industry but this time there has been time for Graham to also concentrate on his painting. “Mostly I work at home from my own photographs but I don’t spend too long on preparatory drawings. I get down to the canvas work pretty quickly and I’m thrilled when I can capture the essence of those carefree scenes and show how our surroundings contribute to our happiness.” eastlife | march 2014 |
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at Te Tuhi with an exciting line up of activities including art workshops, creative games and entertainment as well as stalls and exhibitions. Fun for the whole family, unleash creativity and prepare to see new and beautiful objects of art. BYO picnic or lunch or sample the mouth-watering fare at the centre’s award-winning cafe.
➤ music ➤ art Arts Festival Out East 2014 Various locations Locals who live, breathe, and make art have the chance to explore a diverse range of creative talents at the second Arts Festival Out East, a biennial month-long festival held at various locations in east Auckland. Check out art and sculpture exhibitions, laugh out loud with live comedy, watch musicians on stage, be absorbed into the world of theatre and watch a festival movie or two. Visit artsfestivalouteast.org.nz Estuary Artworks Awards Ceremony March 13, 6.30pm, Uxbridge Centre for the Arts, Uxbridge Rd This mixed media, contemporary exhibition features finalist works selected for the Estuary Artworks Awards 2014. The Estuary Artworks competition uses the exploration of visual arts to raise the profile of the Tamaki Estuary, encouraging community awareness of the need to protect this life source. Vote for your favourite artwork for the People’s Choice award. Te Tuhi Carnival March 22, 11am-3pm, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Reeves Rd, FREE Roll up, roll up, for an art explosion
Manukau Concert Band – Outdoor Concert March 8, 1.30pm-3pm, Crawford Reserve, Picton St, FREE Enjoy the sound of a full 40-piece wind band in the beautiful amphitheatre at Crawford Reserve. Pack a picnic and a blanket or just sit on the grass and bask in the music. 3 Tenors & A Soprano March 11, 11am-1pm, Picton Centre, Picton St Hear the powerful vibrato of three of New Zealand’s finest tenors and a talented soprano as they soar through some beautiful arias and internationally famous songs. With a bit of banter, and a bit of fun, soprano Susan Boland will attempt to keep the three tenors Derek Hill, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Cameron Barclay in line and show them how it’s done. Tickets, $32; see daytimeconcerts.co.nz.
➤ COMMUNITY Botany Community Day March 8, 10am-3pm, Botany Town Centre, FREE Watch local talents put on their best shows in the square outside the food court as community groups and public figures gather to promote their services.
➤ film & theatre Bookworms Play March 1-22, Howick Little Theatre, Pakuranga Rd Throw some men into a ladies book club and all hell breaks loose. All hope of the perfect evening of literary classics goes out the window resulting in flared tempers and aroused suspicions as the members’ daily lives unravel into a saga to rival even the most outrageous fiction. Tickets, $28 per person; visit iticket. co.nz to book. Bright Days Ahead March 17 & 19, 6.30pm, Rialto Cinemas, Broadway, Newmarket Bright Days Ahead tells the unlikely story of new love and freedom in retirement when a married woman joins her local senior’s club. Part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival and supported by L’Oréal Paris, tickets are $30 with proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Receive a L’Oréal Paris gift bag, glass of bubbles, and pampering at the L’Oréal Paris beauty station. See frenchfilmfestival.co.nz
Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer March 20, 7pm, Vodafone Events Centre, Great South Rd, Manukau Hear the riveting true stories of Tom Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton, and survive three famous expeditions. Tom Crean is brought to life by Aidan Dooley who tells Crean’s story of human fortitude on his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Tickets from $10-$35 with entry free for under 5s. Book at ticketdirect. co.nz or phone 966 1743.
➤ sport Sir Barry Curtis 10km March 16, 9am-12pm, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga Rd Join the Pakuranga Athletics Club for a fun run or walk at Lloyd Elsmore Park. Opt for 5km or up the fitness ante with the 10km. The run is a quick and scenic point to point course for the young and old. When the hard work is over, sit back and enjoy after event festivities. Tickets $5 to $40; see sirbarrycurtis10k.co.nz
➤ sport Round the Bays March 9, 9.30am, Quay St, Auckland CBD Walk or run the picturesque 8.4km course from the CBD to St Heliers for charity or for fitness. Run solo, sign up with friends, or join a team and fundraise for a chosen charity – there are more than 100 charities registered including SPCA Auckland. Be a part of this energetic event as thousands
pound the tarmac together – see roundthebays.co.nz to register or for more info.
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events | eastlife ➤ business Bubbles for Bookkeeping Babes March 4, 1pm, BNZ Business Centre, Highbrook Drive, FREE Calling women who are in business, or do the books for someone else. Here’s a chance to enjoy time out with other like-minded women, have a bit of fun and hear from Leanne Graham, who progressed from teenage mum to one of the country’s top internet entrepreneurs. Leanne was pivotal in Xero’s global growth before becoming an investor and CEO of GeoOp, a business app for mobile workers. Hosted by Astill Hawke & Assoc, chartered accountants. Funds raised go to Kidz First Children’s Hospital. Phone 985 9791 to register.
➤ garden Garden Soiree March 8, 4pm-7pm, Abbeville Estate, Nixon Rd, Auckland Airport Doll up a la Parisian chic and experience a garden party with flowing champagne, foie gras and French toast, with a French musical trio that will serenade you straight to the cobbled streets of Paris. A special fundraiser for Alzheimers Auckland featuring renowned foodie Peta Mathias, this event will charm the
socks off all Francophiles. Tickets, $120 including food, beverages, entertainment and return transport from the CBD. Phone Alzheimers Auckland on 622 4230 for tickets. Gala in the Garden March 30, 11am-3pm, Alberton House, Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert, FREE Dress up and kick up those boots for a grand day of fun, food and music for the whole family. The historic Alberton House is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a fast-moving line up of Morris, Maypole and Bollywood dancing, as well as food, craft stalls, live music and an Old Macdonald’s mobile farm. Entry on the day to the heritage building is half price at only $5, and free for children. See alberton.co.nz for more info.
➤ festivals Howick Festival of Wheels March 22, 10am-2pm, Barrel Inn, Cook St Rev up for a spectacular display of drag cars, bikes, hot rods, vintage cars, classic cars, muscle cars, sprint cars and more. A chance for locals to showcase their motoring pride and joy, the festival will also feature stilt walkers, spot prizes, clowns, face painting and live entertainment.
Those keen to display, head to Barrel Inn or the Howick Village Business Association for registration forms or download them from howickvillage. co.nz. All display car owners go in the draw for a $100 dinner voucher from Barrel Inn. Festival of Food and Wine March 22, 10am-10pm, Ti Papa Special Events Centre, Brookby Rd, Brookby Wine and dine the day away at the first Festival of Food and Wine featuring top food, wine and beer producers in a breathtaking location. Sample exciting new flavours in a village-style festival with the Culinary Marquee for cooking demos and classes, the Wine Lounge and Cheese Lounge for dedicated wine and cheese connoisseurs, and picnic on The Lawn whilst enjoying live entertainment. Tickets $32 to $75 and are available from iticket; return festival shuttles depart from Botany at 10am and 1pm, and from the festival at 6pm and 10pm. See thefestival.co.nz for more info.
➤ 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
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Show us your tats! These days, tattoos are taking their place as a mainstream art form as JON RAWLINSON discovered. Fashions come and go and over the years so has the place of tattoos in society. Today there may be a few lingering perceptions that they are the reserve of sailors, bikers and jailbirds, but local artist, Chris Bezencon, says tattoos are becoming “the ultimate form of self expression” amongst people from all walks of life.
“Since I started in the business almost 30 years ago, I would have produced at least 50,000 tattoos. Over that time, there’s been a significant rise, not just in the number of people, but also the number of tattoos they’re having done.” The long time local resident and owner of Eastside Tattoo Studio in Howick says the number of professional artists plying their trade in Auckland has also increased – from approximately 15, to more than 300 – and so has the range of designs. “Back in the day, it was reapers, panthers, eagles, all the cliché designs you could imagine. Some of those designs still remain, but their complexity has completely evolved,” Chris says. “People used to come in and pick something. Now, nearly 100% come in with their own basic designs. Personalisation has become very big, both in meaning and subject of the art, and that’s awesome. If you’re modifying your body with a tattoo, it should really provide an expression of who you are.” Although tattoos are currently accepted in many walks of life, Chris says it’s important to remember that social conventions are in constant flux. “There’s definitely been a relaxing of social standards, but while society has conservative and liberal swings, the legacy of a tattoo is fixed forever. You have to have a moral conscience when tattooing somebody because you could limit their career choices in future.” Chris prefers not to tattoo hands, faces, feet or necks. “These areas are either very high www.eastlife.co.nz
wear – so the tattoo won’t last – or people will find it difficult to conceal them for job purposes. If you tattoo someone’s neck or face, you basically restrict them to a life of fulltime tattoos. On the other hand, I can pull my sleeves down and no one would know I have any at all!” In terms of design choices, Chris says there’s a resurgence of old school, Americana designs, however, trends come and go. “For two years it was almost as if tribal style tattoos were all we did! Their popularity was fuelled by Leo Zulueta, who ignited a worldwide fad. His work was inspirational and amazing styles branched out. It’s still lingering, but evolving. “There have been a lot of other mini fads, such as white ink and glow in the dark tattoos. I try to keep away from gimmicky fads and focus on stuff I know is safe and will last. White tattoos don’t generally last, they oxidise pretty fast, and unless I know something’s 100 percent safe, I won’t touch it.”
Personalisation is now very big, both in meaning and subject of the art... so, if you’re modifying your body with a tattoo, it should really provide an expression of who you are.”
In terms of gender balance, Chris says women make up a large proportion of his customer base. And the numbers will surprise some. “Years ago, approximately 70 percent of the work I did was for women and it’s probably the same to this day. Generally, they get smaller tattoos, but more of them, whereas men go for fewer, larger works, such as sleeves. “Women’s lower back tattoos were quite popular. People branded them as ‘tramp stamps,’ but I’ve always said that it’s actually quite a feminine place for a tattoo. If it’s positioned correctly and means something to them why not?” While the next fad or trend could be right around the corner, predictions can be tough to make, even for a seasoned professional. “I wish I knew what was coming next! I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but it’s an unpredictable trade. Tribal came and went, although there’s a good chance it could come back.
“I guess it’s like music, you have resurgences. “Art tends to go through phases of fusion, so people might start to combine tribal pieces with other styles and they will become popular as well. Who knows?” Because their social acceptability could change and designs are liable to fall out of favour, Chris advises people to think before they ink! “Where someone’s head is at when they’re 18 is not going to be the same as when they’re 30. I offer three main guidelines: do your homework to find a good studio and artist, get something that really means something to you and, finally, place it well. I believe that’s the recipe for no regret.” eastlife | march 2014 |
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Ireland and New Zealand Itâ€™s said those from the Emerald Isle are blessed with the gift of the gab, and JON RAWLINSON soon found that long-time Howick local, Rodney Walshe fits the bill. To understand why Irish eyes all over the world are smiling on Saint Patrickâ€™s Day, itâ€™s wise to seek the â€˜Consulâ€™ of a Walshe-man! Dublin-born, Honorary Consul General for Ireland in New Zealand, Rodney Walshe, has made this country his home, raising a family and living more than 40 years in Howick before moving to St Heliers just last year. Consequently, he has developed a keen understanding of the similarities and differences between Kiwis and our Gaelic cousins. â€œThereâ€™s a natural affinity between Kiwis and the Irish,â€? he says. â€œI read a phrase that I think applies: â€˜there are three things you need in life, a backbone, a wishbone and a funny bone.â€™ That, in some ways sums us up. â€œI was in Dublin in November watching the Irish lose in the last minute to Richieâ€™s boys. Yet the supporters didnâ€™t complain, blame the ref or the All Blacks. â€œInstead, they welcomed the Kiwi fans as friends and joined in the celebrations. I guess weâ€™re similar in that way, weâ€™re friendly, we donâ€™t take things too seriously, enjoy laughing and thrive on good company.â€? Saint Patrickâ€™s Day is a time for the Irish to â€˜craicâ€™ on with festivities and Rodney says heâ€™s pleased to see the day celebrated worldwide.
â€œWhile March 17 is always a fun day, itâ€™s much more. Itâ€™s a day to be proud to be Irish, enjoy being Irish, and ensure non-Irish friends and family also enjoy our culture.â€? He says his most memorable St Patrickâ€™s Day was when the Sky Tower was first lit up in green. â€œIt was a great moment, standing in Queen Street as daylight faded; the tower steadily became a shining beacon of green and visible for miles.â€? After sending a photograph of New Zealandâ€™s landmark to friends and work colleagues in Dublin, other corners of the world soon became â€˜Irish-isedâ€™ too! â€œThat photo triggered something and suddenly other iconic landmarks went green, such as Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, the Pyramids, the Toronto Tower, the Tower of Pisa and more,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™re even hoping to get a small but bright green light in Antarctica in future!â€? Rodney was appointed Honorary Consul for Ireland in 1976, rising to his current role 10 years later. He became the first on-the-spot point of contact for the Irish Government with the local Irish community. â€œIâ€™m the longest serving head of any mission in New Zealand and the longest serving Honorary Consul in the Irish Consular Service. â€œOver the years, responsibilities have grown and the services have become
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equivalent to those offered by an embassy, except we donâ€™t act on a political or senior diplomatic level.â€?
â€œThis, in effect, is the highest and only honour that Ireland bestows,â€? Rodney says, â€œso it was quite an honour to receive it.â€?
Last year, Rodney was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for Irish Community Service, an honour for outstanding contributions made to Ireland by Irish emigrants and their descendants.
No stranger to accolades, in 2000 Rodney was appointed an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to New Zealand tourism and the community,
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down Pat! the NZ Tourism Council and Tourism Auckland, he has undertaken numerous roles within the travel and tourism industry. He is even a director of the iconic Auckland theme park, Rainbow’s End. Widely travelled, Rodney says he holds a special place in his heart for both his adopted homeland and the land of his birth.
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st patrick – irish but not to the core Come March 17, people all over world go green, see leprechauns and look for pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. New Zealanders are no exception. With the Emerald Isle having endeared itself to Kiwis, we, like others, have embraced St Patrick’s Day celebrations but perhaps there are things readers didn’t know..... Who was St Patrick, was he real?
“I travel a lot and visit Ireland once a year. I have to keep my knowledge of the vernacular sharp!” he quips. “New Zealand combines so many facets similar to other countries but only here will you see them all. And Auckland is a magnificent city; there’s nowhere else I would wish to live.
It was a great moment, standing in Queen Street as daylight faded; the tower steadily became a shining beacon of green, glowing throughout the night and visible for miles around.”
and claimed the New Zealand tourism industry’s highest honour, the Sir Jack Newman Tourism Award in 2007. A past president and life member of the Tourism Industry Federation (now TIANZ), former Chairman of
“It’s the gateway to New Zealand, a major tourism destination, with its volcanic cones, beautiful harbour, native bush, black sand on the west coast, and the museum... not forgetting Rainbow’s End, of course, where my ancestry assures me there must be a pot of gold!” An aficionado of Irish humour, Rodney has an instinctive liking for witty statements imbued with common sense. “‘If every mistake you make is a new one, then cheer up, you’re making progress!’ This really implies that there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, providing you are prepared to give things another go and do them better next time,” he says. “Another of my favourite Murphyisms is, ‘the sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up!’ This says a lot about the Irish outlook on life and provides words to live by.”
He was most definitely real and was the man largely responsible for converting Ireland to Christianity in the 4th century. Where did he come from? We’ve all heard the phrase ‘more Irish than the Irish’ (apologies to the English). Well, this could apply to St Paddy who was, in fact, not Irish but was of Roman parentage and today would probably be called British. How did he first arrive in Ireland? As a 16 year-old, named Succat, he was captured in a raid by the Irish King, Niall of the Nine Hostages, and sold into slavery. He worked as a herdsman for six years on Slemish Mountain in County Antrim. How did he become a missionary? After six years as a slave, Patrick escaped from his master Milchu and fled to France. Legend has it he dreamed that the people of Ireland were calling him back so he returned as a missionary. When did he die? It is thought he died on March 17 between 460 and 490 ad. He is said
to be buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Northern Ireland. What is the connection between St Patrick and the Shamrock? Again, legend has it that in attempting to make clear the three-in-one principle of the Holy Trinity to the pagan King Laoghaire, St Patrick found the three-leafed shamrock a convenient teaching aid for explaining the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. What is shamrock? Shamrock is a form of clover – Trifolium Repens (known in Irish as seamair bhan) or more likely Trifolium dubium, its name derived from the English form of the Irish word ‘seamrog’, which translates as little clover. Commonly misinterpreted as a symbol of good luck, the shamrock was, in fact, often bad luck for the Irish as, in the 19th century, it became a symbol of rebellion against the English and those caught wearing it would find themselves at the end of a noose.
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Life has its dramas but one established Whitford performer has made the best of hers. NATALIE BRITTAN chats with Natalie Hugill, better known as Lilly Loca, a talented star who is carving a niche in the colourful worlds of vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque.
Living La Lilly Loca She has played hundreds of stage roles and personas, but playing the victim was not a path Natalie Hugill willingly chose as a child. After being bullied as a five-yearold at a local school, Whitford lass, Natalie transferred to Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Howick when she was eight. At about the same time she began attending drama classes at Uxbridge Children’s Theatre, now the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. “I was going through some really bad times with bullying and when I went there I finally found a place where I was accepted.” Now 26, the long-time Whitford resident still remembers her first play, Oliver Twist. “I played a girl called Lockup Lottie, a character created for the play. And my first line was ‘he’s a bi’ ov a looker, ain’t ‘e!’” she says convincingly. Unfortunately, respite was brief for the then budding actress who was soon faced with the vicious claws of her old tormentors at high school. “I went to Howick College for a term
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and all the people who used to bully me at primary school went there – and they had grudges. They gave me a hard time. So I thought ‘screw this!’ and went to St Mary’s. It was the best decision I could’ve made.” The family moved briefly from Whitford to Howick while Natalie attended the Catholic girls’ college in Ponsonby.
However, life as a student at the University of Auckland was an entirely different scene. “I found the transition really hard because in Waikato everybody was super friendly,” she says. “I went into a bout of mild depression for about 6 months because everyone [at the university] seemed so cold! They kept to themselves and I wasn’t used to that.”
She began working for an advertising company, but the recession hit and the company was liquidated. Strangely, Natalie wasn’t devastated. “It was the worst six months of my life because I wasn’t performing. Losing my job was one of the best things that ever happened to me.” That’s when she came to the realisation that she was stopping herself doing what she loved. “What life’s worth living if you’re not doing something you enjoy?” she asks.
In sixth and seventh form drama, her love for performing continued to flourish as Natalie began playing outlandish characters such as an “androgynous” devil, and a woman in a mental asylum – “they eventually killed me in the end – as you do.”
Then she discovered Stage Two Productions, the university theatre club. “Again, theatre came in and saved my life. Everything works in circles. I finally found a place where I felt comfortable and people like me.”
On leaving school, Natalie received a scholarship from youth magazine, Tearaway, to study drama in Hamilton which led to her first year of tertiary studies at Waikato University.
Today, looking at the tall, striking blonde with scarlet lips and nails to match, it’s hard to believe this confident and bubbly young woman has ever felt depressed, bullied or neglected.
“It was awesome and so quintessentially rural New Zealand. The dairy boys who had been milking since five in the morning would ride their four-wheel motorbikes up to the lecture door, take off their gumboots and do a lecture!”
ADULT LIFE & CAREER
Meanwhile, the performer within began exploring new avenues and the sultry mediums of burlesque and cabaret appealed.
Graduating from university in 2008 with a double major in English and Classics and a minor in Theatre, Natalie decided to put on her “adult hat” and get a “real job”.
“As a performer you don’t necessarily want to be pigeonholed,” she says. “I love theatre because that’s my roots and that’s what I grew up in but I’ve kind of evolved.”
Striking a balance between paying the bills and fuelling her love for acting, Natalie discovered a love for teaching through ThePerformance. net, a school of performing arts with classes held around Auckland. Later, armed with a teaching diploma, she branched out into high school drama.
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The many faces of Natalie Hugill clockwise from far left – beach model; a politically incorrect redneck – one of her masculine drag king characters; burlesque dancer and alter-ego Lilly Loca.
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These days, the multi-talented starlet is best known as her burlesque alter-ego Lilly Loca, a vivacious entertainer and “mistress of disguise” dolled up in a jet black pin-up wig, tight corset, fishnet stockings and bordello heels. Touted New Zealand’s Queen of Burlesque by the Herald on Sunday, the 1.7m tall Natalie also dabbles in the world of modelling, dressing for vintage-themed shoots as a pin-up girl and gracing the fashion runway. But it’s not always glamour and beauty either. The bodacious beauty is an accomplished ‘drag king’ who transforms into masculine characters as part of her burlesque repertoire, resulting in Natalie embodying a hairy dwarf, lecherous Frenchman, awkward geek and politically incorrect redneck amongst many other personas. In between roles, the ambitious go-getter formed her own production company, Va-Va-Voom Productions, with its tagline of “Putting the Va-VaVoom into Vaudeville”. “I’ve always been interested in vaudeville,” says Natalie, known www.eastlife.co.nz
affectionately as Nat. “I love variety entertainment and vaudeville has that aspect to it.”
job but after a year of full-time performing, Natalie had to reassess the situation.
And her shows have made waves nationally, bubbling to the surface of mainstream media and earning her coverage in The New Zealand Herald and The Dominion Post.
“You put your heart and soul into something and yet it doesn’t turn as a good a profit as you’d hoped,” she says. “There’s just not enough work, I can’t make a decent living off performing and producing. It’s next to impossible. Too often I hear, ‘we can’t pay you but we can give you free publicity’.”
The basis of her work has also been very much character-driven. “I’m a character-based performer so I have various characters that I inhabit. It’s like Catherine Tate or the guys from Little Britain – they’re my idols.” Naturally, comedy is an essential ingredient in these roles. “My husband thinks I’m incredibly dry,” she says. Husband Shane Hugill works for an electrical manufacturing company and sparks flew when they met at a party back in their high school days. “We’re polar opposites!” Supported by her husband and parents in Whitford, the busy performer, producer and teacher took the plunge last year to see if she could make a living from show biz. She gave up her teaching
She puts this down to the type of industry she’s chosen. “Burlesque and cabaret is still quite niche. These days in theatre and dance circles if you break even that’s the bonus.”
A NEW CHAPTER Just 10 minutes from her family’s rural lifestyle home, Natalie’s new project is well underway at the Te Puru Community Centre in Beachlands. Started late last year, Defying Gravity Performing Arts is an academy teaching dance and drama to children aged 5-12. Encouraged by the response of locals who knew her background, Natalie
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says the community centre was eager to have her on board. “They said ‘please, please come and teach’ as they are a trust and need to be supporting the performing arts. It’s all worked out really well.” While her time in the spotlight has been rewarding, the young entrepreneur, who also runs a monthly networking event for women called Business in Heels, is looking forward to the new challenge and focus. “My academy comes first,” she says. “It’s been great to get back into teaching; I really missed it. I’ve always had a huge passion for enriching others’ lives and for getting students to reach their potential.” But it’s certainly not the last of Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret shows. “If I don’t perform for a certain amount of time I suffer withdrawal symptoms. “I love interacting with crowds. Every performer enjoys being on stage; it’s not a vanity thing. I’m at home on the stage – it’s where I’m happiest, it’s where I’m most comfortable and it’s what I was meant to do.” eastlife | march 2014 |
Artists James Wright and Becca Bolscher with their floating sculpture Whakaruru.
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Discovering form As Arts Festival Out East kicks off in earnest this month, 15 sculptural works will be displayed from March 1 until March 16 as part of the Discovering Form sculpture trail organised by Uxbridge, Howick’s Creative Centre at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush. Open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 9am-5pm, entry is free and all works are for sale. NATALIE BRITTAN paints a picture of the artists behind two art installations featuring at the exhibition.
Follow the rabbit trail The rabbits have come out to play in the tranquil grounds of the Fo Guang Shan Temple but Antoinette Ratcliffe’s little bunnies are not as innocent as they seem. Antoinette’s work entitled ‘All Aboard’ and featuring a group of five, small painted ceramic rabbits with a dark side, is available for sale as a collection or separately. Invited by Uxbridge curator Emma Topping to exhibit, Antoinette says the peaceful temple setting serves as contrast and adds another dimension to her unusually noir-themed work.
rabbits don’t have fangs but have many other layers which tie in well with the theme of the sculpture trail, Discovering Form. “Even though they’re sculptured they are more of a flat canvas for me to discover which reveals different tones in different light.” The animal lover and full-time vet nurse says her job is the main source of inspiration. “I find it’s my richest resource.... animals have a good sense of humour and they get into some strange situations sometimes!”
“My little bunnies are little zombie bunnies that have puddles of blood around them but they’re just having some peaceful time out with the Buddhists – which is unusual for them – they’re having a little holiday!”
In fact, it was an unfortunate incident with a rabbit on the operating table that became the catalyst for All Aboard. “I was training a student once, and we did a late-night C-section on a bunny and the baby came out stillborn.”
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A tale of two artists Clevedon artists James Wright and Becca Bolscher could not be more different but their love of art is what unites them. James’ work is hard and steely; Becca’s is soft and pretty. He is an established artist known for public works at the Pukekohe War Memorial and the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and she is an emerging artist. Together, they are creating a 1.9m high ‘floating’ sculpture called Whakaruru (Maori for guardian). It was the rural township and James’ reputation that helped the two artists meet. “I’ve lived in Clevedon all my life so I knew James lived down the road,” says Becca. In fact, James recalls a conversation with Becca’s parents at the local shop telling him about their daughter’s talents, “as proud parents do”. www.eastlife.co.nz
Then, last year, James and his wife, Cheryl, started an art gallery in Clevedon called Art Industry, which Becca was keen to be a part of. “Her work came into the shop and I was like, ‘wow’! I fell in love with it. From there I wanted to reach out and do something together,” he says. That opportunity came early this year when James was invited to exhibit at Discovering Form by sculpture trail organiser and Uxbridge curator, Emma Topping. One of Becca’s pieces at the gallery struck a chord with the well-respected artist of 15 years. “For me it was about discovering the form of Becca’s work and I wanted to look through it. To me it was a window; I wanted to see more, and take it to another level,” says James. Becca’s work is based upon the
asked if she could shake, rub or clear its lungs to bring it back to life. “In the end, she finally understood it wasn’t going to be revived and saw the humour behind it.” The surprise element is also very much a part of Antoinette’s ethos.
This influence is described on her website as “giving the installations an awareness of a quiet, sinister suspense as the visitors are watched by the shiny candy-coloured zombie animals that are almost lickable themselves.”
“The basic structure of horror movies often has innocent people trotting around and something happens, the car dies...and they find themselves lost in the dark or in an undesirable situation.
Antoinette holds a Master of Arts from The School of Media Arts in Hamilton and her work has been featured at Wallace Arts Trust Pah Homestead in Auckland, the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park near Morrinsville, Waikato Museum of Art and History and Thistle Hall in Wellington.
“I like making characters you would potentially stumble across with a graphic novel-look that just pop out wherever.”
She has also exhibited as part of fringe festivals in Auckland and Hamilton and various art spaces throughout New Zealand.
Buddhist mandala, a meditative circle composed of many granules of coloured sand.
Contrast is particularly evident. “We’ve taken the softness of the conceptual idea and put it into a hard material to keep it looking feminine.”
She says the location of the sculpture trail was ideal. “I’ve always been drawn to circles and with this exhibition coming up, it was quite fitting as well.” The former hydroponics farmer says nature inspires most of her work and James agrees – “it’s hard not to be, living in picturesque Clevedon valley.” “Nature just resonates here. You’re often close to birds and animals so you have a real affiliation with them.” Featuring a bigger circle “protecting” a smaller circle, the sculpture is made mostly from corten steel, a hardy medium James says is designed for the outdoors. “Corten steel is made from copper and nickel so it has longevity, and its natural patina looks after itself.”
The collaboration is a “seed” that will hopefully “blossom” and “open doors” for Becca, a visual arts graduate from the University of Auckland. “We talked about me being a mentor,” says James, who has no formal art training and qualifications. “But Becca has much more to offer and teach proving you can teach an old dog new tricks!” As to the outcome of the journey, nobody knows, but the artists are hopeful that new discoveries will be made. “It’s going to be a journey. We’re making a piece for people to discover, but it’s also going to be a discovery for us. “It’s going to be big and bold but, at the same time, quite harmonious.” eastlife | march 2014 |
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Local resident and history buff CHRISTINE MILES gives the low down on the history behind some of our thoroughfares.
Who’d have believed it? Sir Francis Drake (1542-1596), revered by some, feared by others, is the face behind Howick’s Drake Street. He was famous – or infamous – on several counts. Interestingly, it was never a clear case of British admiration versus Spanish loathing. A sea captain, navigator and a politician of the Elizabeth era, nevertheless, his forte was as a pirate, or privateer as those who supported his activities might prefer. He had a special interest in Spanish ships with their cargoes of silver and treasure. Not only did he plunder these ships at sea, he also raided Spanish and Portuguese ports in the New World and the Atlantic.
Drake also holds the ignominious honour of making the first English slaving voyages, bringing Africans to the shores of the ‘New World’. But his greatest claim to fame was being the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, rewarded his efforts with a knighthood in 1581 and that same year he became mayor of Plymouth and a Member of Parliament.
The Spanish were more experienced in such big journeys and Drake used these to his advantage, seconding a Spanish pilot and looting Spanish maps.
Howick’s Drake Street boasted its own ‘seafarer’ in its early days. Walter Langdon, known as ‘Tui’ for his whistle, is remembered for many things, including his penchant for wearing a full-length oilskin coat and a sea captain’s hat year round. But, there was nothing pirate-like about him. He wasn’t even a sailor, although he did own several dinghies that he hired to picnickers at Howick
He married Sarah Doughty who was ‘in trouble’, adopting the child as his own and going on to father seven more children. He delivered the mail with a cheerful ‘honk honk’ or ‘toot toot’ before there was an official postman. He told stories to children and gave them sweets. He fished, and took his catch from door to door in his wheelbarrow. For the son of a lord, student of law, classics and Latin, with a title and a castle to inherit, Langdon’s life in
Howick was a far cry from the one he was born to. It would be safe to say, though, that he had far fewer enemies than Sir Drake. Langdon – Howick’s own ‘seaman’ - is buried in All Saints churchyard in an unmarked grave. On Drake’s death from dysentery at sea in January 1596, when he was about 55, his body was dressed in full armour, placed in a lead casket and dropped into the ocean. Both graves unmarked; both men remembered.
To add insult to injury he continued to maraud Spanish ships on his way around the world while, oddly, leading religious services on board his ship twice a day.
Beach. For those who needed a ‘cuppa’ he sold hot water boiled in a large copper on the sand.
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Angling for a SOUTH COAST HOLIDAY Australia is a popular holiday option for many locals. In fact, so familiar the territory, many folk feel they’ve seen it all but HELEN PERRY suggests a sojourn to Sydney’s South Coast may result in some new experiences. A surprise overnighter to Greenwell Point on Sydney’s South Coast revealed yet another smidgen of Australia I hadn’t explored and what a picturesque and historic region it turned out to be. Offering a diverse landscape of coastal beaches, forest, mountain and rural countryside, the area is truly lovely. We drove down through the southern tablelands on the route which eventually takes one to Canberra, veering off to access the coast through Kangaroo Valley. The scenery was green, tropical and peaceful – well, not so peaceful for some of the journey. As we drove, the sound of thousands of cicadas was almost deafening, even from inside the car. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. The chirping went on mile after mile – quite phenomenal. We stopped at one point and walked under some trees where a cloud of cicadas whirled in the air while others rested on the branches. Bounded and largely interlinked with the Illawarra region, the South Coast is renowned for its stunning beaches, from hidden gems to sweeping sands, and its wilderness. However, I was also charmed by historic townships and villages with trendy craft shopping highlighting the indigenous and European heritage of the area. Our timetable meant I managed just a small taste of the area but my hosts have urged me to return with the family and stay a week or so in their Greenwell Point holiday home. And that’s what I intend to do but for those who don’t have the luxury of family accommodation, there
are many other attractive options including some delightful B&Bs. On the way down our ﬁrst true stop was Kangaroo Valley originally home of the Wadi Wadi people. In the early 19th century the district was settled ﬁrst by cattlemen and then by Irish settlers who, by all accounts, delighted the region’s inhabitants by bringing with them their moonshine-making skills! Before arriving at this quaint township, travellers cross the impressive Hampden Bridge with its amazing castellated sandstone towers looking more like a piece of Europe than Oz! The river below provides kayaking and canoeing opportunities; the surrounding bush, walks and scenic outlooks. A wander through the town revealed galleries, woodcrafts, collectibles, a colourful sweet shop, homewares, jewellery, cafes, pubs and more. We stretched our legs then set out again for Nowra, just 15 kilometres from Greenwell Point.
‘ That evening we wandered along for a meal in the club’s Chinese restaurant. Bistro meals were also available but the extensive Asian menu was just too tantalising to resist. We might have stayed on for the entertainment or a quick ﬂing in the casino but instead made the short walk home where we sat on the deck, quaffed a wine or two and just enjoyed the warm night air.
While lacking the historic charm of say, nearby Berry, nevertheless this busy township ﬁelded a good range of shops including an enticing fashion boutique where I was persuaded to buy far more than I needed.
I so regretted that we had only a couple of days in these parts. There were so many beautiful beaches to explore. In the Jervis Bay area, the locals would love to keep secret beautiful Honeymoon Bay then there was Callala Beach, Currarong and Hymans Beach to name a few.
After stocking up on a few household products we left Nowra behind and duly arrived at our ﬁnal destination – a spacious, comfortable property with peeps of the sea and just 100 metres from the Greenwell Point Bowling and Sports Club with its idyllic views over the Crookhaven River.
Further south, past Ulladulla, the coastline continues to enchant and throughout the whole region, attractions range from the delightful Jindyandy Mill through to foodie and farm trails, wineries, festivals, RSL and other clubs, cycleways, hiking trails, horseracing, cinemas and
Travellers cross the impressive Hampden Bridge with its amazing castellated sandstone towers looking more like a piece of Europe than Oz!” theatres, museums and markets. Water activities (ocean and river) are part and parcel of the coastline where visitors can enjoy ﬁshing, diving, surﬁng, waterskiing, sailboarding, canoeing... the list goes on. Before heading back to the Sydney suburbs we made a three-hour stop in the charming township of Berry with its boutique shopping, gourmet food outlets, handmade crafts, charming restaurants and the kind of historic buildings that keep photographers happy for hours. And, yes, I shopped some more, not able to resist the wares of local artisans – a very cool and leafy town. But all good things must come to an end – at least for a while. I farewelled the South Coast reluctantly, conscious that I had enjoyed but a mere glimpse. I would suggest that others, too, would ﬁnd much to please in this largely unheralded corner of Australia.
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In love with Italy World Journeys director KATE GOHAR knows ‘when you dance down a street with a cloud at your feet’ that’s not just Amore it’s Italy in all its splendour. Here she provides just a taste of its breathtaking beauty. Pienza, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Umbria and Pompeii – before I even arrive, I am seriously pre-disposed to adore Italy. Those glorious syllables just tumble around my tongue as lovingly as a great red wine or some rich Italian cheese. My appreciation of culture and history plus centuries of wonderful wine and food, must surely make Italy my spiritual home. Venice is breath-taking in so many ways. St Mark’s Square, despite the perpetual crowd, is enough to make visitors gaze about in dumbstruck awe. The Doges Palace is awash with engraved wooden ceilings, marble chimneys with lavish, delicate carved decoration, paintings, friezes and stuccoes while glimpses of the lagoon and San Giorgio, through tiny windows along the Bridge of Sighs, immediately transports you to the Romantic period when prisoners, passing from court to cell, farewelled their freedom with a sigh, thus giving the bridge its evocative name. The city centres of Florence and Rome have hardly changed in centuries; stunning buildings and piazzas host hordes of visitors from home and abroad, restaurants and historic shops burst with colour and tantalising smells feed all the senses. An atmosphere of timelessness pervades every nook and cranny. Even the Trevi Fountain in the centre of Rome casts a unique spell – crystal waters tumble beneath the feet of Neptune and his two Tritons, one struggling to control a spirited horse while the other animal appears far calmer, perfectly symbolising the
‘ contrasting moods of the sea. I can’t resist throwing a coin over my shoulder into the water to guarantee my return. The Amalfi Coast is positively magnetic, even for Kiwis who have their fill of beautiful coastlines at home. It may well be the intoxicating mix of centuries-old vineyards, enchanting Costiera villages with winding medieval streets, the scent of lemon groves, endless whitewashed buildings precariously clinging to the cliffs and the unashamed ostentation of Positano that elevate this to an area that should not be missed.
On 24 August, 79AD, Mt Vesuvius literally blew its top, spewing molten ash and gas into the atmosphere. The debris engulfed the surrounding area suffocating the inhabitants of the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Once thriving communities disappeared and the cities remained buried until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today and provide an extraordinary insight into life during the Roman Empire. And, finally, on to luscioussounding Pienza, Montalcino et al. These Renaissance gems dot
One can completely understand the impulse that has me almost leaping from the car and moving into a dilapidated stone farmhouse much like Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) in Under the Tuscan Sun.”
the countryside through Tuscany and Umbria; the narrow streets, organic farms, UNESCO world heritage sites and Etruscan hillside towns, all bursting with charm, are a complete delight. One can completely understand the impulse that has me almost leaping from the car and moving into a dilapidated stone farmhouse much like Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) in Under the Tuscan Sun. Wherever you are, it is easy to find a small restaurant where Mama cooks local specialities exactly as her family has done for centuries. Accompany this with a delicious local wine – it’s no wonder I’m in love.
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A Lovely proposal
Our site allows people to get exactly what they want on their special day. On The Lovely, an artisan water pitcher from a Hawke’s Bay boutique can sit beside an axe from Mitre 10.”
EastLife’s wedding guide last month may have set bridal states of mind aflutter, but now they can relax with a unique gift registry crafted by a former local lass. The young entrepreneur explains her idea to NATALIE BRITTAN.
It’s no secret that harried brides spend much of their time on the online site, Pinterest. A virtual mood board and source of inspiration, Pinterest users take an image they like from anywhere on the internet and ‘pin’ it to their own page for future reference. But late last year two friends, Sarah Melrose and Georgina (George) Kivell, both newly married, decided to take it a step further and came up with The Lovely, free online gift registry based on the Pinterest layout. George, a former Howick and Whitford girl, says she gleaned inspiration for The Lovely from her mother Michele, and grandmother, Marjorie Robinson, who helped with her own wedding early this year. “I was the first grandchild to marry so I had a lot of attention– we did the whole wedding process together.” A branding and design professional, George had always admired the gifts www.eastlife.co.nz
Marjorie received for her wedding more than 50 years ago which led to the close-knit family reminiscing about gift registries back in the day.
what they want on their special day. On The Lovely, an artisan water pitcher from a Hawke’s Bay boutique can sit beside an axe from Mitre 10.”
“We provide a starting point with our inspiration page and people can add literally anything they find in an online store.”
“The mother-in-law of the bride would write down a list of all the things the couple wanted and guests could phone her and tell her their gift choice,” says George.
In fact, George can testify firsthand because she used her own wedding to test The Lovely concept.
How it works
In order to modernise this age-old tradition, George and Sarah put their creative hats on to design a site that offered options not just limited to kitchen essentials made obsolete by today’s practice of living together before marriage. As a result, choices are as varied as they are gorgeous, featuring specialty pieces from design mavens such as Simon James Design and Douglas + Bec. “We wanted gifts that look beautiful for the home, last a lifetime and are worth keeping,” says George. “Our site allows people to get exactly
“My husband received an axe, a spade and a barbecue – that was very cool.” It was also a chance for George and Sarah to improve the interface. “We had really good feedback. We designed it from the bride and groom’s aspects so from the guests’ experience it needed a little bit of work,” says George. “Our friends and family were very honest about what they thought.” In addition to items that people can choose autonomously, George and Sarah have compiled some handy suggestions and ideas that make it easier to find items of desire.
• Choose gifts from anywhere on the internet using the Pinterest-like The Lovely interface. • Send the page URL to guests and they can reserve the item they’d like to purchase. • The reserved gift is then emailed to the buyer and the gift is marked as ‘taken’ and no longer available to other guests. If the buyer decides not to purchase the item, it can be returned to the registry list page via this same confirmation email and becomes available once more. • The buyer can then purchase the gift via traditional bricks and mortar stores or alternatively online, all the while knowing they have purchased something the recipient really wants. eastlife | march 2014 |
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James gang Whether scoring a triple century or cycling from Wellington to Auckland, success in sport comes from taking one session at a time and counting off the milestones, as JON RAWLINSON discovered. It’s a long way home when you’re riding alone. With only a couple of years in the saddle, Anita James faced a daunting task when some 800km of road lay ahead of her in the recent BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge. Fortunately, the former Howickian and Pumpkin Patch designer had family – also originally from Howick – and friends to help her along. “The Challenge is basically New Zealand’s Tour de France but it’s also about raising money for charity and it’s for a wide range of riders,” says Anita, who was well prepared after training on country roads in Franklin and Clevedon. The seven-day ride was a family affair for the James gang, with the cyclist’s brother, Jason, also competing. Drawing on local knowledge and his own experience of the Challenge a few years earlier, Anita’s father, Richard James, helped ensure his daughter would be well prepared. “We would do the ‘Twilight loop’, out through Drury, towards Clevedon and up Twilight Road. It was good experience, offering a gradual incline and windy roads. “Dad knows the area very well and had training mapped out,” says Anita. “A lot of cyclists train here. I think local drivers are more aware of them on the road and you certainly don’t come across as many dimwits in cars as in some parts of Auckland!”
You certainly don’t come across as many dimwits in cars [here] as in some parts of Auckland!”
Unfortunately, after a training accident in Huntly, Richard was stopped in his tracks just weeks before the event. “Dad’s wheel was caught between the rail track and the road at a crossing,” Anita says. “We were slowing down, but still travelling at around 28ks. He cracked two ribs, pelvic bone and suffered internal bleeding. After swerving to avoid him, I just bounced off the road with little more than a scratch! “When we realised the extent of his injuries I knew, no matter what, dad wouldn’t be riding in the Challenge.” With her father out of commission, Anita wondered if she could handle the epic ride. However, after a few days in hospital, Richard continued as a vital cog in the James’ team wheel. “Dad was there every step of the way, cheering us on. His advice on aspects such as recovery was fantastic. In some ways, it was better for me having him as support; he ensured we had everything we needed and my eldest brother, Stacey was also there maintaining the bikes.” With her younger brother Jason
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rides again! competing in the elite category, riding at a quicker pace, Anita was somewhat daunted at the prospect of riding alone but soon found company. “It was hard the first two days. On the first stage, we rode up the Rimutaka Ranges. The weather was awful, one to two car lengths visibility, low cloud and misty rain; it was tough going! But dad had said if I could get through stage one, I could go all the way, so when I reached the top, I was elated and knew I’d be fine.
“Physically I could do it, but it was mentally challenging too. Riding with others of similar ability helped. We all tried to be positive to help each other and, because I didn’t really know them, I was less inclined to show how tough it really was. In some ways this was better. Had I been with dad, I might have said ‘I can’t do it’!”
earlier – in her group. Anita undertook the final stage on February 15, from Glen Murray to Pukekohe, with her brother Jason, who had been slowed by a knee injury, joining the group. She finished in the middle of the pack of approximately 200 riders. “As tired and sore as I was, the final stage was my favourite. I was fizzing because after moving to Pukekohe about a year ago, I knew the roads well, how to ride them and just how close to home we were. The feeling when seeing friends and family waiting was amazing.” Anita’s next goal is a 160k ride around Lake Taupo in November; however she’s unsure if she will participate in next year’s Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge.
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Brothers White on target Hunua brothers Jason and Martin White are kicking up their heels after both were selected to play in the Sponsors Classic hosted by Counties Polocrosse Club at Abderry Park, Glenbrook on March 8 and 9. On learning that Jason would be in the Takanini Feed’s team and Martin in the Rural Delivery team they admitted that playing against each other in a major tournament would be a different experience. “Naturally, we’ll each be doing our utmost for the team we play for and if one or the other of our teams happens to come away with honours, we’ll be thrilled for each other,” says Martin, who’s a Year 13 Sacred Heart College student. The boys have been members of the Counties Polocrosse Club since it started five years ago. Both have represented New Zealand at under-16 and under-21 level and both played for the NZ under-21 team against the New South Wales team at Otorohanga last month with New Zealand triumphant in both tests. Now the brothers are looking forward to the Sponsors Classic, which is a major fundraiser for the New Zealand World Cup Tour Fund; the next polocrosse world cup being held in South Africa next year. “The Sponsors Classic hosts the best of New Zealand polocrosse,” Jason says. “Each team plays under a sponsor’s banner with teams going head to head. Skilled horsemanship, sportsmanship and superb horses are key ingredients to winning.” As always, the eight teams for
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this year’s event will be made up of New Zealand past and present world cup players, male and female, under-21 representatives and also development players. Each team must field at least one under-21 player and one female player with all players being New Zealanders. A real treat for any sporting enthusiast, in particular horse lovers, polocrosse is an exceptionally skilled game and exciting to watch but shouldn’t be confused with polo. Polocrosse is a cross between polo and lacrosse with riders using a netted stick to throw the ball. The Sponsors Classic promises to be action-packed starting on the Saturday with the final being run on the Sunday. Full catering will be available at the field and the public is welcome to come by and watch the games. EastLifers who fancy an exhilarating event in the country will find this provides a great day out with the chance to see what makes this sport so skillful.
Competing for New Zealand against NSW recently Jason (top) and Martin (below), show their skills.
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When retirees buy into Eastcliffe on Orakei they buy into a stunning complex offering a secure, safe lifestyle where they’ll never have to worry about home maintenance again. But if they expect retirement life to be dull at this outstanding location then they are in for a surprise. Not only is Eastcliffe a bustling community of active residents, the gated boutiquestyle resort, overlooking Bastion Point and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, features exceptional facilities. A 12-metre indoor, heated swimming pool with views of the sea, plus heated spa and fully equipped gym, tempt even reluctant swimmers into the water and give them a yen for ﬁtness. There is a ﬁne dining restaurant with resident professional chef, bar facilities and sports lounge, craft room, beauty room, hairdresser, library, indoor bowls and dance ﬂoor. In addition residents can join in-house bridge and mah-jong clubs, attend on-site church services and be entertained by many visiting artists.
Managed by experienced, skilled staff, the presence of a night security guard on the premises seven days, from 6pm until 7am, offers assurance and comfort. Eastcliffe on Orakei also encompasses a small hospital with a registered nurse available to residents wanting to discuss any health issues. Resort manager Cherie Schoﬁeld says Eastcliffe offers a high level of independence for residents yet also provides a vast range of services so that even the changing of a light bulb becomes a thing of the past. “All maintenance, no matter how small, is carried out by staff so residents, regardless of whether they are in an apartment or a free-standing townhouse, need never worry about gardens, house repairs or on-going maintenance. This means they can get on with enjoying their life and the many activities we offer.” While some retirement villages may offer similar facilities, few enjoy a location such as Eastcliffe’s. Northfacing with the rolling green ﬁelds of Bastion Point framed by sweeping
sea views, the resort is handy to the waterfront, 10 minutes to the city and close to many public amenities including cafes and shops. Transport for shopping and outings is provided while an ever-changing social calendar provides for the outgoing and those who prefer to stay close to home. In addition, the hospital facility provides care should a breakdown in health occur down the track.
AT A GLANCE: • 12-metre heated indoor swimming pool • Heated spa • Fully equipped gym • Fine dining restaurant with resident chef • Indoor bowls • Yoga and Tai Chi classes • Bar/sports lounge • Craft room, beauty room and dance ﬂoor • Library • Hairdresser
The good news is Eastcliffe on Orakei has some apartments available right now in the main building. Importantly, prices are immensely affordable giving entry to an attractive home with a lifestyle to envy. For those looking to take a new step in retirement living, where they can be assured of comfort, luxury, security and outstanding care, then it’s time to take a look at Eastcliffe on Orakei – you will love what you ﬁnd.
Eastcliffe on Orakei Retirement Resort Available now: One bedroom apartments in the main building, priced from $245,000.
CONTACT US All occupational licenses for units at the village are secured by a first ranking encumbrance over the village land in favour of the Statutory Supervisor.
217 Kupe Street, Orakei, Auckland. Phone: 521 9015 Fax: 521 9011 Website: www.eastcliffe.co.nz E510257
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One year on… and going strong! They say time flies when you are having fun …. And Connections In The Home home-based childcare and education is no exception!
praise from families When we were looking for child care options for Henry, we researched in-home child care and decided that the flexibility, consistency and a home environment was the best fit for us.
The year has flown by for Sarah Harford and Vicki Toussaint who say highlights have included welcoming many new educators and meeting wonderful families who are committed to ensuring their children are placed in quality and nurturing care. “As with a child’s brain development, the first three years are about laying foundations and Connections In The Home recognises it is vital that children are handled with care, precision, and with absolute respect,” says Sarah. “These are the values of the business which is about people, children and adults. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do and we have both passion and absolute respect for all involved.”
Connections In The Home has been fantastic to deal with. Sarah and Vicki are very approachable and know their educators and business well.
They promptly identified for us Henry’s educator, Angela, and very quickly she has become a welcoming, stable and fun influence in Henry’s life.
Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.” – Gabrielle Bernstein
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Connections In The Home as it has been a great choice for our family.
Connections In The Home supports a mixture of home-based educators – home educators, nannies and au pairs.
– Lucy Schwaner and Jami-Lee Ross I started back at work fulltime 6 months ago after having my first baby.
Vicki says it is this group of inspirational women that keep her and Sarah motivated on a daily basis.
As all mothers know it’s extremely hard to leave your baby with someone else. However, the Connections team has been nothing but fantastic.
“We know that if educators feel supported they will have more to give the children both emotionally and physically. It is such an important job they do and we value that!” The past year has also seen the creation of sessions such as weekly groups, ‘Crazy Craft’, ‘Magic Mat Time’, and ‘Beachlands PlayTime’ as well as regular outings. Connections In The Home is located in the heart of Howick and with Sarah and Vicki both locals, being part of the village is important to them. To this end Connections In The Home is a member of the Howick Village Business Association with Sarah and Vicki keen to support local events. The Cook Street-based ‘Connections
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Cottage’ is also designed to represent a ‘secure base’ for educators, parents in the community and the team – “we want anyone parenting or working with children to know they can call in at any point and feel welcome.”
with membership to the NZ HomeBased Early Childhood Education Association and Toy Libraries. Social events are planned so that friendships can develop.
Now, as they move into a second year, they are excitedly planning ahead.
All children have a Learning Journal with Individual Development Plans, learning stories and photos which provides a record of their learning and is a keepsake for later in life!
Educators have opportunities for professional development including full first aid training, school preparation, and Child Protection training. They are also provided
So, from Vicki, Sarah, Debbie, and office ‘rock’ administrator, Louise, thank you for all the support over the last year. We look forward to meeting many more of you in the years ahead!
Tai enjoys his many outings, music, craft days and group activities. I love reading his personalised book of his activities throughout his day. I couldn’t be happier leaving my boy in the loving care of the Connections team. – Kirsten and Steve
For more information on becoming part of the Connections team of educators or for childcare call Vicki or Sarah, 533 3512 or email admin@ connectionsinthehome.co.nz www.eastlife.co.nz
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Book a great ‘knit’ Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed animals, often with over-sized heads, that have appealing, human-like features and are extremely cute – just the kind of toy that makes a great gift and is often cherished by little ones.
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• Genuinely love babies, toddlers and young children • Have experience as a parent, nanny or teacher • Have a safe, clean and tidy home • Have a fully fenced outdoor area • Are keen to meet new people and have some fun
Now Belgium-born and raised author, Cilla Webb, has created 10 cute and cuddly knitted Amigurumi toys, ‘booking’ the colourful patterns for others to enjoy.
Each personality comes complete with a ready-to-wear wardrobe that defines its character including a superhero cape, mask and boots; swimsuit, slip-flops and summer skirt; karate trousers, sport bag and towel; pyjamas, slippers and blanket or Santa hat, vest and boots among others. Each project requires intermediate level knitting skills using knit, purl and basic sewing skills. Many youngsters could tackle this endearing craft and, of course, many, mums and grandmothers would also enjoy these patterns if making for their offspring or grandchildren.
then we would LOVE to meet you NOW! WIN! Amigurumi Friends pattern book – This hot new crafting trend is just the ticket for young or old to enjoy. Thanks to New Holland, EastLife has one copy to give away. To enter the draw visit www. eastlife.co.nz then click on the competitions link and complete the form. One entry per person; entries close March 31, 2014. Winner notified by phone or email.
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In Amigurumi Friends, knitters can choose from Miss Sheep, Miss Fox, Miss Puss, Master Donkey, Master Monkey, Master Woolf, Master Wabbit, Master Teddy, Miss Squirrel, Master Giraffe and Miss Mouse.
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• Amigurumi Friends by Cilla Webb. Published by New Holland. Available in bookstores this month. RRP $29.99
Photomurals ramp up kids’ bedrooms Thinking of revamping the children’s bedrooms before winter? Then think photomurals. Resene colour consultant, Sarah Gregory says the Resene Kids Club 2014 range includes several collections with irresistibly charming wallpapers for children. Photomurals come in four to eight pieces and take over an entire wall and include floral, world maps, cityscapes and forest and beach scenes – something for everyone. Many also follow the nostalgic theme which dominates the 2014 season. “The designs are really interesting,” Sarah says. “They’re just as I remember having my wallpaper when I was little. You would have a colour with lots of little prints for one wall, then a large pattern that matches it www.eastlife.co.nz
so you can mix and match.” She adds that the range for children’s wallpaper will continue to grow. “When kids’ wallpaper first came out, a lot of it was aimed at only small children. So, when you outgrew the princess designs on your walls, you kind of missed out until you were about 20. Now there is a whole new market of boys and girls who want something that’s not just for babies.” Whimsical designs are now on offer with fun, vibrant, mischievous and education as key themes. “We’re seeing retro polka dots in pale wasabi green and bright oceanic blue patchwork denim prints, handdrawn vintage vehicles, and even street-style graffiti and ultra modern alphabets,” says Sarah. • Visit www.resene.co.nz.
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Essentials 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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Toms step up to mark Step out in style with TOMS. Since its launch in 2006, the brand has given away more than 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need in communities around the world. For every pair of TOMS Shoes you buy, TOMS gives a new pair to a child in need – one for one. www.sitka.co.nz. Men’s Black Denim Brogues – $129.90 Moroccan Desert Wedge – $159.90
Made in New Zealand from No.8 fencing wire, the Fix-8 bangle is a symbol of our great Kiwi ingenuity and our ability to fix and create stuff with whatever we have lying around the place (and being a farming nation, that’s usually fencing wire!). Pricing starts from RRP $35. These bangles feature in a range of sizes (to fit children and adults) and finishes, including; silver, copper and brushed metal. www.fix8.net.nz
blunt weathers storm With its sleek design, the Blunt XS metro umbrella is the ultimate defence against the elements. This durable, two-stage, collapsible Blunt makes it the go-to choice for city dwellers. It folds and fits into the included umbrella compact, saving precious space in your bag and making it much easier to transport around. The patented RTS design stretches the canopy as tautly as possible. Available in a range of colours. RRP $79 from 101 Howick, 1 Cook Street, Howick. Ph 535 2101
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Why do summer and spring get all the glory? Even winter receives better press than not-quite-herenor-there autumn season! However, with fresh, new and exciting varieties of edibles ready to grow, Kings Seeds, Autumn Best Sellers selection, is designed to breathe new life into the autumn garden. Pack contains Beetroot Detroit Dark Red, Broccoli Tender Stems F1, Carrot Touchon, Cauliflower Violet Sicilian, Florence Fennel Milano, Kale Cavolo Nero, Onion Ishikura, Radish French Breakfast, Rocket. RRP $30
Michelle Bridges shares her superfoods - the essential ingredients that pack the healthiest punch. From beans that boost your brainpower to veggies that help prevent disease, these nutritional big hitters are beneficial additions to everyone’s culinary arsenal. And with 80 tasty, tantalising recipes – from awesome breakfasts and elegant evening meals to light lunches and on-the-go sandwiches – it’s easy to incorporate these sensational superfoods into your diet. Superfoods Cookbook by Michelle Bridges – RRP $37
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essentials | eastlife candle decadence Opulent flora decadence entwined with the elegance of sweet Vanilla Musk exudes from this sleek glass hobnail vessel complete with its own tasselled snuffer. Filled with a Soy Wax blend and containing a 100 per cent cotton lead-free wick, this stunning candle from MOR’s, Marshmallow collection, will add a nostalgic ambience to any room. RRP $69.99
head-turning styler Inspired by springtime shades gracing runways around the globe the limited edition ghd Pastel Collection, sees the brand’s original cult item, the ghd IV styler, transformed into soft gelato shades reminiscent of a 1950’s ice cream parlour. RRP $289
ultimate male grooming kit Remington Ultimate Haircut & Grooming Kit comes with hair clippers and a personal groomer for every grooming situation. The hair clippers feature detachable stainless steel blades for easy cleaning and a professional motor for professional results. The personal groomer features interchangeable heads and two comb attachments and is washable/ showerproof. The kit also includes: a cleaning brush, a neck brush, a styling comb, four sectioning clips, a barbers cape, groomer lubricating oil, blade guards, a storage case, scissors, a blade cover, and comes with a twoyear warranty. RRP $99.99
bottled in style Not all ciders are the same, so why should the bottles be the same? Speight’s has created a brand new 1.25L bottle, and as you can see, she’s a beauty. It’s the perfect addition to the fridge, a picnic, a day outside, a day inside, a night out, a night in. A classic, crisp cider made from locally-grown NZ apples. RRP $9.99
easy slice and go The George Forman Slice and Go is the perfect tool for easy food preparation! It features a wide feed chute, continuous and pulse speed settings and stainless steel slicing, fine grating and coarse grating cylinders. Its non-slip feet, cord and on-board attachment storage and dishwashersafe parts make it a must have in the kitchen. Perfect for preparing those quick meals when you need to dash out the door. RRP $129.99
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gold rush adventure It’s 1865 and Charlotte lives in Dunedin. She loves to play marbles and read about adventures on the high seas. But Charlotte will have to leave school soon and help her mother with the house and the younger children. So, Charlotte and her new friend Cyril board a Cobb & Co coach and head to Hogburn Gully, where the Otago gold rush is in full swing. But the mining town isn’t what she imagined. Will she find her fortune in the goldfields? Or will she have to return home to a narrow life of sewing, cooking and looking after her little sisters? New Zealand Girl: Charlotte and the Golden Promise, is a delightful read for younger members of the family. RRP $14.99
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Many of Pack & Send Pakuranga’s clients are people who have grown accustomed to the services provided when they need to send artwork, antiques, excess baggage or Trademe items to their customers around the world or within New Zealand.
In addition, Pack & Send Pakuranga’s customers can use the company’s Gold Service cover against loss or damage to secure that extra peace of mind – something not generally available when freighting artworks and fragile goods.
Located opposite Bunnings Warehouse on Ti Rakau Drive, Lewis and Kirsty Bavister, the franchisees at Pack & Send Pakuranga, have a ‘No Limits’ approach when helping customers solve packaging and freight problems around fragile items.
As well as shipping fragile goods, Pack & Send Pakuranga also sends excess baggage and business freight to overseas destinations.
“Many of the items we deal with are extremely delicate,” says Lewis. “Attention to detail during the packing process is necessary to shock-proof and protect fragile items against the rigors of international transport. Many items we send are irreplaceable.”
“We’ve had a large increase in the number of people sending boxes of personal belongings abroad. I believe it’s because our pricing is quite often better than excess baggage rates on airlines,” says Lewis.
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TRENDS | STYLE | BEAUTY | HEALTH | FITNESS
Wild Child Unleash the wild child this autumn with ferocious animal print. It’s one trend that we just can’t get enough of and here are a few reasons why!
Taking the subtle approach is the Cub dress from Moochi. 100% silk, the exclusive print, tee dress is an easy-to-wear style. Ticks for versatility too, as it can be worn back to front for a different neck line! RRP $329
From day to play there are so many ways to wear the Vianna Top from Principals. Toughen this look with a leather jacket or pair with a tailored trouser for a glam ofﬁce look. RRP $89.99 – Available from Farmers
You can take this trend all the way to the gym, thanks to Skechers with the Flex Appeal in Serengeti. You’ll be the pride of the gym. RRP $139.90
Turn up the heat, with Pleasure State, White Label Juliette Quinn Bodysuit. Printed on to mesh and spliced with luxurious satin you will deﬁnitely channel your inner wild child in this. RRP $129.95
Take a walk on the WILD side in these Ringo loafers from Mi Piaci. Made from dyed hide (cow of course), these truly are the way to style and comfort! RRP $220
Why not work a printed one-piece at your next party or event. Match with a simple heel and elegant clutch and you’re done. Chic dressing has never been so simple! RRP $139.99 – Available from Farmers
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Being confident this season
Repertoire’s Style Director, Meghan Maher, answers questions about fashion and style from EastLife readers.
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This season has begun the shift forward to ‘lady-like’ styling. Previously seen androgynous looks are being refreshingly replaced with more feminine lines, through new silhouettes, hemlines and the return of the skirt. Top international designer collections have been flooded with skirts and they are here to stay for Winter 2014. The key to this trend is to embrace it and experiment with what works best for you and your body shape.
The tunic has been replaced with the skirt and shift dress with hemlines finishing just above the knee. For those women who love their legs, get them out and accessorise with opaque tights and a shoe with ankle detailing, either a chunky ankle boot or strappy shoe. For those women who feel it isn’t flattering to show their legs, I recommend wearing the skirt with a dark tight and higher boot, or slimlegged pants and ankle boots. At Repertoire we have embraced this new direction and will keep you fashion forward for seasons to come.
Be skin-beautiful Good skin may seem unattainable but it’s really all about going back to basics. With the right products and the right techniques, flawless skin is well within reach of most people.
And thanks to NIVEA’s basic skincare online video series, many can benefit from learning about the correct ways of cleansing and application as well as gathering a few interesting facts along the way.
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different ingredients in skincare products that need to be matched to the skin type, and also demonstrating the methods of application. Simple and attractively presented, the videos are easy to follow and engaging. Whether you already have an existing skin regime and want to check that you’re doing the right thing, or if you intend to catch up on lost time, these tips will come in handy for any woman who wants to preserve her skin.
For example, did you know the skin works harder at night than in the day? And did you know that combination skin is the most popular skin type?
After all, it is the largest organ in the body – and the basic foundation of beauty.
These informative one-minute videos cover different skin types, addressing
To find out more and view the videos, head to www.nivea.co.nz www.eastlife.co.nz
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Under the Blunt umbrella Two former locals have every reason to be singing in the rain after the torrential success of their specially designed umbrellas. With praise pouring in from all four corners of the earth, it seems there’s serious business brewing in the weather vanes, NATALIE BRITTAN speculates. The men behind Blunt Umbrellas left similar footprints in their Howick stomping ground, but Greig Brebner and Scott Kington never actually crossed paths until a decade or so ago. “We grew up in the same areas and had mutual friends, but we never met until later on,” says Scott, a Howick College alumnus. “I even used to mow the lawns of a Whitford house Greig used to live in!” These days, the more lucrative activities of the umbrella business take precedence and the busy director now relies on the appetites of four alpacas to mow his Clevedon lifestyle block. And, naturally, when business revolves around a practical accessory that has remained largely static for more than a century, there’s much to be done. It all began in 1999; Greig was strolling along the streets of London, when the common brolly “stuck out”. “I’m fairly tall (1.9m) and because there were so many of them [umbrellas], and their points were quite sharp, it got me thinking. It was a safety thing really that made me look at the design.” As the cogs began turning in the mechanical design engineer’s mind, he headed for a kite shop, bought some fabric and a sewing machine. Returning to New Zealand, the former Saint Kentigern student began developing his vision for a safe, durable umbrella while working for his father’s plastics manufacturing company in Otahuhu. Through work, he finally met Scott who hails from a marine science and business development background. In 2005, the brainy pair began working part-time on their umbrella www.eastlife.co.nz
greig brebner and scott kington project, christened Blunt Umbrellas. An investment boost two years later meant they could step up the project. By 2009, Blunt Umbrellas had launched officially with manufacturing based in China, and headquarters in Newmarket. Branding and global recognition took off further when Scott and Greig welcomed a new partner, Josh Page. To cap it off, Blunt Umbrellas was recently named a winner at the prestigious iF Product Design Awards in Germany. With more than 3,249 entries from around the globe across 17 categories, the award was a coup for the promising young company. Today, the umbrella is exactly as its name suggests: blunt. A small, claw-like device called Blunt Tip
technology replaces the sharp tips of a generic umbrella. When a Blunt Umbrella is opened up, each tip also opens up, making the fabric more taut and resulting in a stronger than average umbrella. This is all part of a revolutionary radial tensioning system which, together with superior materials and improved aerodynamics completes the package: a weather warrior that will not falter in wind tunnels of up to 120 km/h. Ultimately, it’s about user experience, says Scott. “Anyone who’s used a Blunt Umbrella doesn’t want to go back to a standard umbrella.” And the figures don’t lie. With 33 retailers in more than 20 different countries and 1200 stores, everybody
who is anybody has a Blunt Umbrella. “George Clooney and Matt Damon have supposedly requested our product and we believe we’re going to be in a couple of Hollywood movies this year,” says Scott. Despite this encouraging news, Scott and Greig are aiming higher than the stars – world domination, in fact. “The Japanese use 120 million umbrellas a year – the market is huge and we’ve just scratched the surface!” But for now, they are proud of their achievements. “It’s rewarding to go overseas to see people really excited about it,” says Greig. “It’s very cool to see an idea become a reality and then watch it spread globally.” eastlife | march 2014 |
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can you do about it? 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
Adrenals are a pair of little glands that sit above the kidneys. They are one of those body parts that you don’t pay a lot of attention to until they let you down. Actually it is more of a case of you letting them down. The classic scenario is the committed businessperson or homemaker, who burns the candle at both ends. They move from project to project, driving themselves. As their energy levels drop, they start to depend on caffeine and sugar hits, more and more, to get that energy burst to keep going.
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Caveman bodies in the 21st century GINNY MCARTHUR – Outlook for Life. Ginny is not only a nutritionalist and personal trainer but also a marathon runner and regular on Newstalk ZB.
One of the latest crazes is the Paleo diet and for someone who has been preaching a “clean” way of eating for years, it holds no surprises. If we eat a diet that is low in overly processed foods, and contains limited refined flour and sugar and fill up on nature’s super foods we will lose weight and feel better. But we can do this without excluding whole food groups and guess what? If we eat clean most of the time that leaves us with a 15-20% window to enjoy treat foods when it’s time to celebrate life’s milestones with family and friends. We don’t have to be saints; there are no good foods or bad foods. We don’t have to feel guilty when enjoying a piece of cake or a glass of wine.
But you just can’t beat natural, unprocessed foods when it comes to feeling stronger, leaner and more energised.
If we eat a diet that is low in overly processed foods, and contains limited refined flour and sugar and fill up on nature’s super foods we will lose weight and feel better.”
Use eggs, wild salmon, unprocessed nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados and fruits in moderation; fibrous veggies in abundance as well as whole grain brown rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, rolled oats, low fat dairy, lean red meat, chicken and of course plenty of water.
Combine eating this way with some daily exercise, preferably a mix of cardio and resistance training, and your caveman bodies will cope with the 21st century so much better!
Irish charms ‘Peak’ interest With summer now making way for autumn, Irish physiotherapists Emma Louise O’Regan and Deirdre Collins have, after five productive months, settled into their roles at Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy studio in Botany Rd. Their boundless enthusiasm and expertise in both Pilates and physiotherapy, has impacted on clients who have appreciated their skill and dedication. “We’ve seen so many people benefit from the combined effects of Pilates and physiotherapy and there’s nothing more satisfying than providing pain relief whilst helping clients to regain strength and flexibility,” says Deirdre. An avid Gaelic footballer, Deirdre says everyone from elite athletes to the elderly can benefit from personalised treatment plans. “We treat people of all ages, from all walks of life, and with all kinds of injuries. We spend an hour with each of our clients to ensure every area is covered with rehabilitation and
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minutes of activity each week. This equates to 30 minutes a day over five days. This can be made up of activities such as walking or cycling, which raise both heart rate and breathing levels. We should also aim to perform two days of resistance type training to help maintain muscle, joint and bone health. Another aspect of fitness that gains less attention is flexibility and agility. To perform physical tasks without restriction and move with freedom, aim to move joints through their full ranges of motion regularly. As our bodies are designed to move in a wide range of directions, we cannot rely on the normal activities
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Nothing finer than homemade cider When DR NEVIN J STEWART developed a quick and easy method for making apple cider – known as Juice and Strain – he never envisioned it would become so popular. However, thanks to the doctor’s prescription, producing homemade cider doesn’t have to be so hard, as he explains with this step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Clean equipment Wash hands, sanitise all surfaces, double-wash apples, and throw away any bad ones. Sterilise equipment that will be in contact with fresh apple juice. I use a stock solution of four Campden tablets per gallon [4.5 litres] of water to soak all parts and buckets for a couple of hours before use.
Step 2: Set up the juicer and strainer Lay out a clean towel, rinse off the juicer parts, and assemble your juicer. Attach the ‘juice containment and delivery adaptor,’ – aka hose! – to the juicer’s spout, and feed it into the straining bag, held within a straining bucket with holes in its base. This assembly sits neatly in the open brewing bucket with a draw-off tap at the bottom. Set up the brew bucket on a stool or box, high enough that you can fit your demijohn or carboy underneath the tap. Apples go in at one end; clear apple juice comes out at the other. It couldn’t be simpler!
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Step 3: Juice and strain Feed apples into the juicer (I’ve found Breville’s Froojie Fountains to be the best juicers for this process) with a steady, even pressure on the pusher. The higher the machine’s power rating, the faster you can go. Whole-fruit juicers are powerful appliances, so adhere to instructions! When the pulp container fills, discard the pulp. After every 25lbs [11kgs] of fruit, dismantle the machine and clean pulp off the centrifuge stainless steel mesh.
The juicing work is done in a flash, although it takes a while longer for all the juice to strain through. I obtain the last 5% of the expected 65% by weight of juice by wringing out the straining bag; I’m Scottish, you see!
held at room temperature. This will allow the dried yeast to rehydrate and kick-start fermentation. Use a champagne yeast for simplicity and reliability. A 5gm packet is enough to inoculate 5gal [22.5 litres] of juice.
The remaining, very fine pulp left in the bag can be used in apple muffins, although it shouldn’t be used in the cider.
Step 4: Shoot the yeast
Measure the original gravity (OG) with a hydrometer and write it down. Later, this figure will help to estimate the cider’s alcohol percentage. If the OG is low, top it up with a little white sugar to reach 1.040.
While the last juice is draining, pitch the yeast into a measuring cup containing fresh, clear apple juice
After half an hour, stir the cup to thoroughly disperse the yeast. Pour it into sterilised carboys or demijohns.
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Win! A Breville juicer valued at $419.95! Fill these nearly to the top with apple juice and apply airlocks on top. Within the hour you should see bubbles coming out through the airlock.
Although many may prefer to sip on a little cider, one Scotsman from merry old England decided instead to get juiced!
Step 5: Ferment
When developing an innovative method for making apple cider at home, Dr Nevin Stewart says he found Breville juicers were more than up to the challenge.
Keep the fermentation vessel(s) in a warm place and, after three weeks, crystal clear cider will be ready to be racked and bottled. Check with a hydrometer. The reading should be 1.000 or less. If it’s still high, allow fermentation to continue. When the hard cider is finished, measure the final gravity and read the alcohol content from an ABV chart or online calculator. For reasonably good storage, 5% ABV is considered the target minimum.
Step 6: Bottle Siphon cider into recycled, sterilised beer bottles that will take a crown cap. If you want a still, hard cider, bottle as is. If bubbles are required, add
1/2 tsp white sugar to a pint bottle [568ml] fill with hard cider, and cap. After a few more weeks, a secondary fermentation should be complete and you’ll have some fizz.
“While my Juice and Strain method may make cider making easier, it can take its toll on the gear. Fortunately, I discovered Breville had the answer,” he says. “I’m currently using a Breville Froojie Fountain juicer, the BJE520. I think that it’s tops and ideal for making apple juice by the gallon or any type of juice for that matter.” Breville Froojie Fountain juicers (RRP $419.95) are available from appliance retailers nationwide; visit breville.co.nz to locate your nearest stockist.
Step 7: Enjoy! Take care when opening; if cider has too much sugar added, it can go off like a fire extinguisher!
What’s more, EastLife has a Froojie Fountain up for grabs! Simply visit eastlife.co.nz and complete the form to enter. One entry per person / email address; entries close March 31, 2014.
When serving, adjust the sweetness to taste by adding sugar syrup. I, however, prefer my cider as dry as it can be. Article reproduced with the kind permission of Make magazine, makezine.com; photos by Helen R Stewart.
n o l e Cranberry, Vermouth Soup m r e t a W with Whipped Mint Cream Ajay Zalte – executive chef, Novotel Auckland International Airport. Ajay is a Pakuranga resident and has worked in leading hotels and first class restaurants worldwide.
INGREDIENTS • 1.25kg watermelon peeled and de-seeded • 500gm dried cranberries • 150ml Martini Bianco – vermouth (optional) • 100ml cream • 10gm fresh mint leaves • 50gm icing sugar Serves four
METHOD: Soak dried cranberries in vermouth and rest in the fridge for one hour. Puree 1kg of watermelon with the cranberries and vermouth in a blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve and chill in the fridge. Cut the remaining watermelon into small cubes; whip cream with the icing sugar and add chopped mint leaves. Pour chilled soup in a soup plate, quenelle cream in the centre and garnish with the watermelon cubes and small mint leaf.
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Kiwi plants feet in Israel Farm Cove food writer Tamara Rubanowski travelled all the way to Israel, to catch up with her globetrotting daughter’s efforts in the garden. First time visitors to Israel are often surprised to find lush orchards, fertile farmland and beautiful parks.
More than half of the area is desert and only 20% of the land is naturally arable.
Yes, it is truly amazing to see how much this little country has achieved and how it has transformed a desert landscape in only 55 years since it was officially established.
On writing this column, peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials were culminating in discussions about border security, mutual recognition and the end of conflict.
Much like New Zealand, Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies.
However, the big difference is that the climate and the geography of Israel are not naturally conducive to farming.
But, despite ongoing news reports about unrest in the Middle East, it all seemed quite peaceful when I recently visited the ‘Holy Land’ to spend precious time with my daughter Jasmin, who lives there with her partner, Tsuri, their puppy and a few very cute chooks.
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Pecan Tree Their home, in a coastal farming area near the city of Haifa, is surrounded by banana plantations as far as the eye can see. This particular area has a typical Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and long, hot summers. Every home in Israel comes with a solar water heating system – a very sensible method for harnessing energy in this sunny part of the world. On the downside, the relentless heat and absence of rain for most of the year are limiting factors for gardeners in Israel.
cucumbers thrive, carefully managed under massive shade cloths and with special drip irrigation systems to maximise the country’s most precious resource – water.
However, the farming community in the small settlement where Jasmin lives has horticulture down to a fine art. Persimmons, bananas and
I suddenly realised how very lucky we are in New Zealand, to have an abundance of rain for our gardens for most of the year.
Tsuri & Jasmin under their fig tree
Easy Vegan Banana Cake ingredients Serves 8 • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut • 1 tsp baking soda • pinch salt • 1/2 tsp cinnamon • 3 bananas, peeled and mashed • 1/2 cup canola or sunflower oil • 1/2 cup apple sauce (or soy milk, or rice milk) • 1 tbsp real vanilla essence
method Preheat the oven to 180C and line a spring form tin (24cm diameter)
I arrived with a few gifts from New Zealand, including seeds for the garden. Jasmin likes kale seeds in particular, which are difficult to find in her area. So kale it was, along with a box full of other seeds and new gardening gloves. (Customs regulations in Israel are not quite as strict as New Zealand when it comes to vegetable seeds.)
with baking paper. Brush the baking tin with a little oil. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Jasmin’s partner had built a big chook house in their garden, sheltered by quince, olive, lemon and pomegranate trees. It was all quite picturesque, with a bright blue swing in the olive tree and bananas galore in the background.
Add the mashed banana, oil, apple sauce (or non-dairy milk) and vanilla essence. With an electric mixer mix well for 2-3 minutes, to combine all ingredients.
A 20-minute walk through the orchards led to a sandy beach and crystal clear ocean, perfect for cooling off after a day’s work under the scorching sun.
Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake at 180°C for 30 minutes.
A couple of mighty pecan trees in the centre of Jasmin’s garden offered precious cool shade, as well as a truckload of nutritious nuts.
Remove from the oven and place cake in a draft-free place to cool in the tin.
Jasmin’s Banana, Mango & Coconut Smoothie ingredients
Serves 2 • 2 bananas, peeled and chopped • 1 fresh mango, peeled, de-stoned and chopped • 2 cups coconut cream • 4 ice cubes
Add chopped bananas, mango and coconut cream to a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Place ice cubes in 2 tall tumblers and pour smoothie over the ice. Serve immediately.
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During my visit, at the end of the Israeli summer, we enjoyed harvesting and processing fruits and nuts from the garden. We whipped up fresh fruit smoothies and baked delicious banana cakes, using Jasmin’s special vegan recipe. Time passed all too quickly and suddenly, it was time to leave. But how wonderful to see that my little Kiwi girl had found such a nice place where she could foster our shared love of gardening – now, if only her home wasn’t so far away from ours in Farm Cove . . .
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Say cheese! The yellow fruits of the New Zealand dairy industry are on their best behaviour once again for the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards at The Langham Auckland. But this year, the judging panel takes on an eastern direction in the shape of EastLife contributor TAMARA RUBANOWSKI. More than 400 wheels of cheese will roll at this year’s NZ Champions of Cheese Awards and it will be up to one Farm Cove foodie to help decide which of these will be the big cheese. Tamara Rubanowski, food editor and a member of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers, has been selected to be part of an expert judging panel at The Langham for the awards which take place on March 2, as this issue of EastLife goes to print. Tamara joins 28 cheese connoisseurs in nibbling different cheeses including one made from deer’s milk – a first for the dairy industry. The result of a joint effort between Whitestone Cheese, the University of Otago and Lincoln University, deer cheese will bring another dimension to the prestigious
awards, now in its 11th year. Judges will also determine a champion cheese in 16 categories before selecting the two best overall cheeses, one to be named supreme winner of the Cuisine Champion Artisan Award for small artisan producers, and the other for Countdown Champion of Champions Award for larger producers. The international trend of mixed milk cheese varieties remains, as well as a strong number of home crafted cheesemakers – a category that’s increasing in popularity each year. The 2014 NZ Champions of Cheese Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner at The Langham in Auckland on March 4, with the public Cuisine CheeseFest taking place the next day, March 5, from 5pm-8.30pm.
Auckland men not as fruity as thought Aucklanders are slightly less likely than other Kiwis to eat their greens – and men less so than women – according to a recent 5+ A Day survey.
maintain healthy body weight. Fruit and vegetables are packed with micronutrients that play an important role in setting you up for the rest of the day.”
Figures show Aucklanders are slightly less likely to eat the recommended daily five or more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, with only 32 percent making the cut.
The survey found 36 percent of residents in the lower North Island – including Wellington, Wairarapa, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay – eat the recommended daily five or more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. This is slightly higher than other areas of New Zealand.
5+ A Day nutritionist, Bronwen Anderson, says good health – for all Kiwis – starts at breakfast. “Overall, it is great to see people enjoying a variety of vegetables at dinnertime and to snack on,” she says, “but the survey also found 45 percent of people had no fruit or vegetables at breakfast. “We see this as the perfect opportunity for people to increase their daily intake of fresh produce. “A good healthy breakfast boosts alertness, concentration and helps
Women are more likely to reach for an apple or carrot, with 41 percent eating five or more servings of fresh produce a day, compared to 27 percent of men. Overall, the survey found: • 78% snack on fruit and vegetables • 65% include 2-3 vegetables at dinner time • 51% are very confident preparing fresh fruit and vegetables • 45% of Kiwis aged more than 15 years, have no fruit or vegetables for breakfast
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NANDOS Oil was meant for your car, not chicken. That’s why Nandos chicken is flame grilled. Perfectly cooked, perfectly flavoured and perfect for eating – that’s why chicken lovers keep coming back for more. •IT’SFAMILYFIESTATIMEthe perfect family fix – one whole flame grilled chicken partnered with two large sides 1TownCentreDrive,BotanyTownCentre. Ph2712411 OpenSuntoWed10am-9pm, ThurstoSat10am-10pm www.nandos.co.nz
GENERAL STORE RESTAURANT & BAR
The Village Bar offers you a great vibe and delicious food. Come along and soak up the atmosphere in the bar or all-weather garden bar and enjoy casual dining prepared by our experienced kitchen staff. Our authentic Italian home baked breads and sourdough pizza bases make our pizzas a very popular choice!
Enjoy the pleasant rural setting of the General Store Restaurant located in the heart of Whitford Village. Specialising in a la carte dining, weddings, functions and corporate events it is just 5 minutes drive from Howick. Relax on the sun-drenched verandah, enjoy a drink in the bar, dine in style. • FREE GLASS OF HOUSE WINE OR BEER with any restaurant meal when mentioning this advert
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1 Whitford Wharf Rd, Whitford. Ph 530 8437 Open Wed-Fri 6pm till late, Sat-Sun 10am till late www.generalstorerestaurant.co.nz
3/272TiRakauDr,Pakuranga.Ph2745656. Emailpakuranga@thevillagebar.co.nz montoThurs11am-10pm,fri&Sat10am-late www.thevillagebar.co.nz
Goode Brothers – Goode Gourmet, Great Everyday. Relax over a delicious meal and a drink on the extensive new sunny deck, in the new bar area or in the lively restaurant. Enjoy fresh creations from the open kitchen perfect for the family or get-togethers with friends.
Urban Soul Café in the heart of Manukau. Serving great artisan coffee, with a fabulous breakfast and lunch menu on offer and decor that makes you feel like you are at home, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the weekend. Bring your friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that is Urban Soul. Open 7 days and late night Fridays for a “Set Dinner menu” and live music. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Wellingtons Restaurant is located within the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre and overlooks Auckland’s picturesque Panmure Lagoon.
•VIEWthEIrDAILYSPECIALSoN WWW.gooDEbrothErS.Co.NZ Shop36,townCentreDr,botanytownCentre. Ph2724516. open7days11am-late www.goodebrothers.co.nz
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652GreatSouthRd,Manukau.Ph2622435. OpenMon-Thurs7am-4.30pm,Fri7am-late, Sat-Sun8am-4pm www.urbansoul.co.nz
Come and dance the night away in Auckland at our Saturday Dine & Dance, with resident band, Tall Order, bring the girls in for High Tea, or join us on Sunday evenings and bring the kids for a night of fun and surprises with award winning magician, Alan Watson! waipunaHotel&ConferenceCentre, 58waipunard,Mtwellington.Ph5263000. open7days–breakfast,lunch,dinner www.wellingtonsrestaurant.co.nz
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THE LIGHT HORSE
BeEr Table ‘n’ Kitchen
THE LIGHT HORSE
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See Highbrook in a new light at The Light Horse. Stunning new bar and restaurant. Casual and relaxed atmosphere. Convenient location linked to motorway. Refreshing international beer on tap. Bar snacks, pizzas, delicious cocktails. Corporate parties and evening soirees. Book your table or function today. • SUMMER SPECIALS: Saturdays – half price steak from 5pm, Sunday sessions with acoustic guitarist Jarrad Lee 1pm-3pm. 60 Highbrook Dr, East Tamaki. Ph 271 5811. Open 7 days, 11.30am-late www.thelighthorse.co.nz
Basalt has been the heartbeat of Howick for 10 years, and with its new addition of Gazebo makes the perfect place to enjoy great food this summer. With 180 degree views of Howick and beyond, this is a real locals’ bar with a lively atmosphere and creative menu.
The Apothecary goes Italian! A licensed eatery in the heart of Howick, The Apothecary is a lively wine bar and a daytime cafe open 7 days with evening bistro dining on Wednesday to Saturday nights. Button-back leather seats and vintage paraphernalia set the mood. Available for private functions.
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Cnr Picton & Moore Sts, Howick. Ph 533 0081. Open Mon-Fri 11am-late, Sat 10am-late, Sun 9am-late. www.basalt.co.nz
27-29PictonSt,Howick.Ph5359661. Cafeopen7daysforbreakfastandlunch, BistrodiningWednesday-Saturday www.facebook.com/theapothecaryhowick
Celsius is a purpose-built bar, restaurant and function facility located at Botany Junction. The perfect place for catching up with friends, Celsius offers great service and an extensive range of food. Celsius is East Tamaki’s hot spot for after-work drinks, casual lunches, or your next business meeting or event.
At Porterhouse Grill our dedicated team aim to bring you superb meals, served with a smile, in a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. We strive to serve great steak and a variety of other mouth-watering dishes, as well as delicious desserts. We are fully licensed and offer a comprehensive selection of beverages to suit a variety of tastes. All ages and appetites welcome... Porterhouse Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The award-winning cafe has launched its new Kiwi-inspired autumn menu as well as an updated wine and beer list. Sample fresh food made on-site in a bright and breezy outdoor setting. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available and children are well catered for with the kids’ menu. Taste the best of fresh, local produce today!
•VIEWTHEIRDAILYSPECIALSON WWW.CELSIUSBAR.CO.NZ 125OrmistonRd,BotanyJunction. Ph2714822. Open7days,Mon-Fri11.30am-late, Sat-Sun11am-late www.celsiusbar.co.nz
•PERFECTVENUEFORCORPORATE BREAKFASTORLUNCH 10AylesburySt,PakurangaPlaza.Ph5763030. OpenMontoSun9am-late www.porterhousegrill.co.nz
•FrIDay–$12LuNChES •NEwautumNDINNErmENu–bookNow Cnrwharfrd&hattawayave, bucklandsbeach.ph5337810. openforbreakfast&lunch–7days, Dinner–thursday-Saturday
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Murphy’s Law Irish Bar is set on 3 acres in the beautiful countryside beneath the Drury Hills. The Sports Bar is always full of action with a gaming lounge and TAB facilities plus plenty of TVs to watch your favourite sporting event. Great entertainment Friday/Saturday nights. Great pub fare, friendly staff, huge outside garden areas. Open 7 days, 11am till late. Motorhome Park for your short stay requirements. Like us on Facebook.
Roll over Ponsonby and tell Howick the news – Café Kaos in the heart of Pukekohe is spinning a record all of its own and it’s top of the pops. Setting the benchmark on Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe with its retro décor, indoor/outdoor ﬂow and great coffees, Kaos is big on breakfast, brunch and lunch plus all the in betweens – it’s mouthwateringly good. Opt for the hearty counter selection or choose from the eclectic menu.
Offering a fresh, seasonal menu made with local produce, the Tuakau Hotel restaurant caters for your dining experience. Be that an intimate table of two, a night out with the family, or a function of up to 100 guests. Special dietary needs? Just ask and our Chefs will create a menu or dish to suit your palate. The team at the award-winning Tuakau Hotel looks forward to serving you soon!
•STPATRICK’SDAY,MARCH17–Celtic Flyers playing all day at Murphys, Irish dancing 7-8pm
• BURGER NIGHTS @ KAOS EVERY FRIDAY!
200GreatSouthRoad,Drury.Ph092949054. Open7days,Mon-Sunfrom11amtilllate www.murphyslaw54.co.nz
44 Edinburgh St, Pukekohe. Ph 09 239 0331
Tuakau Hotel, 1-3 George St, Tuakau. Ph 09 236 8084. email@example.com Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun 8am-9pm or by arrangement for group functions
TE MARORO RESTAURANT
Stampede Bar & Grill is the premier nightspot and function venue. Stampede is an authentic Western style bar and restaurant and boasts an exciting western saloon style environment.
Experience Te Maroro Restaurant, winner 2013 ‘People’s Choice’ NZ Beef and Lamb and 2011 Culinary Fare ‘Restaurant of the Year’. Located at Jet Park Hotel, just 5mins from Auckland Airport, enjoy an excellent range of seasonal dishes reﬂecting a fusion of local and international cuisine. Open for dinner, lunch, and breakfast daily. Executive Chef, Nancye Pirini and team take pride in creating a superb experience for the most demanding diners.
There’s nothing Szimpla than dropping in at a popular gastro bar for a taste of great food and atmosphere. Stop and linger before or after a flight, and revel in the magic of Szimpla’s beautiful Balinese courtyard and contemporary decor. Close to accommodation and the airport; forget the hassle, just sit back, relax and enjoy the Szimplicity. Weekend brunches from 10am.
Folks are coming from miles around to eat from the mouth watering menu on western saddle seats in the restaurant with its authentic wild west décor. •$10LuNChDAILy
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238GreatSouthRoad,Papakura. Ph2978991 Open7days,11.00am-3am www.stampedenz.com
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Jet Park Hotel, 63 Westney Rd, Mangere. Ph 275 4100. Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6am-10pm. www.jetpark.co.nz
•MONTHLYQUIZNIGHT–from 6.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month (free entry) 2LeonardIsittDr,AucklandAirport. Ph2151220.Open7days10am-late. www.szimpla.co.nz
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CASA TUA RESTAURANT
ROSSINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT
If you’re looking for tasty Italian fare, then look no further. Cosily tucked away in Farm Cove, you’ll find Casa Tua Restaurant & The Tapas Room. We’re open Tuesday-Sunday every evening where you can dine in our main restaurant, enjoy tapas in The Tapas Room or grab takeaways on your way home. BYO Wine is available when dining in the main restaurant. Full bar available in The Tapas Room. We’re also the perfect venue for private functions.
A local, family-owned and run establishment since 1993, Rossini Italian Restaurant in Howick prides itself on traditional Italian fare served in cosy, warm surroundings. Family-style meals – hearty, rustic and full of flavour. Check out this well-loved favourite offering lively music, friendly service and excellent food. Affordably priced and BYO, Rossini is perfect for a casual week night meal or for that special occasion.
Mediterranean/Italian restaurant in Botany Junction. Award winning chef and former NZ Beef & Lamb Ambassador. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open 7 nights for dinner, lunch Monday-Friday.
• DAILY HAPPY HOUR 5-6PM 190 Fisher Parade, Farm Cove. Ph 576 3739. Open 6 nights, Tues to Sun Bar from 4pm, Restaurant 6pm-late www.casa-tua.co.nz
BYO • LICENSED
• Spend $100 and receive a $20 voucher for your next visit 7A/125 Meadowlands Drive, Meadowlands, Howick. Ph 537 5554. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5.30pm-late
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• $14.50 LUNCHES – Also check out our special on Sunday-Wednesday nights Shop 20a, 123 Ormiston Rd, Botany Junction. Ph 271 6416. Open Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Dinner 7 nights 5.30-late www.amphorabotany.co.nz
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The lephant Thai Restaurant
DUM MAST INDIAN RESTAURANT & BAR Specalising in the Muhglai-Hydrabadi-style of Indian cooking. Our idea to life is to be simple and happy. This is how we cook our food, this is how we like to serve and ﬁnally this is how we want our guests to feel before they leave us. Simply happy. • SUMMER SPECIAL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – mains $9.99 (excludes seafood). Dine in and takeaway. 44 Fortunes Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 576 8327. Open 7 days. Lunch Wed-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm Dinner Mon-Sun 5pm to late. Free home delivery (conditions apply) www.dummast.co.nz
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THE ELEPHANT THAI RESTAURANT
NA NA THAI RESTAURANT
With its blend of traditional and modern techniques The Elephant Thai Restaurant offers guests a magniﬁcent dining experience whether enjoying an evening out or a working lunch! Its vast range of South-East Asian cuisine makes it the place to relax and enjoy foods of Thailand. All dishes available for takeaway so enjoy the renowned cuisine at home with a 15% discount!
In Thai ‘Na Na’ means variety and that’s what you’ll be offered when you dine with us! A delicious variety of traditional Thai cuisine to suit every taste at the best price. Group banquets available. Winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for best restaurant.
• SPECIAL – 3-course meal (chicken, lamb or vegetarian) $23.90, (ﬁsh, prawn, squid or mixed seafood) $26.90. Valid till March 30, 2014
Unit 4/308 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South. Ph 274 9990. Dinner 7 nights 5.30pm-late, Lunch Fri-Sun 11.30am-2pm www.nanathai.co.nz
1 Moore St, Howick. Ph 534 0588. Lunch Tue-Sun 12-2.30pm, Dinner 7 nights 5.30-10.30pm www.theelephant.co.nz
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Taste eastlife | pantry
Try our latest flavours of the month and experience a range of new products with a real taste difference. EastLife is always on the lookout for new products to tantalise the tastebuds of our readers.
Sauce hot stuff Huffman’s Hot Sauce is an unashamedly robust blend of sun-ripened sweet peppers, distilled white vinegar, and pure sea salt imbued with the warmth of red chillies and smoked Spanish Paprika. The recipe was developed by NZ chef, Nicholas Huffman, formerly of Huka Lodge and The Matterhorn. In developing this pantry ‘must have’, Nick sought to create an all-purpose food and beverage invigorator, something that would work just as well as a seasoning as it would a condiment. He has created a sauce that is well balanced with sweet notes, smokiness, a sharp bite and lingering warmth. It is an all-purpose food and beverage invigorator! Available at The Village Barn, Whitford and the Neat Meat Company, Ponsonby.
New take on wood roasted salmon If you’ve spent the summer entertaining but haven’t yet tried the latest flavours from Regal Salmon’s wood roasted range then don’t waste a minute. Try adding NZ King Salmon’s Regal Wood Roasted Lemon and Herb Salmon and Regal Wood Roasted Sundried Tomato and Basil Salmon to your table and surprise your guests with fabulous flavours that just shout summer. Both are ready-to-eat and rich in omega 3 and essential amino acids. Available in supermarkets nationwide, the 200g packs have a RRP of $15.99 each. Visit www.regalsalmon.co.nz for recipe ideas.
From Russia with love! For a spread and relish with a distinctive East European flavour, the Auckland-based family company, Two Feijoas makes an Eggplant Spread and Solyanka Vegetable Preserve that are a ‘must try.’ Both are gluten and preservative-free and are made locally from traditional Russian recipes – the Eggplant Spread with added carrots, onions, tomatos, garlic, vinegar and a touch of chilli; the Solyanka with cabbage, capsicums, carrots, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Try Solyanka with pork and sausages. The Eggplant Spread is the perfect condiment with breads, sausage, crackers and cheese. Available at The Village Barn, Whitford.
Butter cream icing Queen of the kitchen! Great news for home bakers. Cake decorating has never been easier thanks to new Queen butter cream icing. Convenient and easy to use, simply empty the pack of Queen butter cream icing into a bowl, add one teaspoon of essence (eg Queen organic vanilla) , followed by two tablespoons of cold milk, mix for a minute. Add a few drops of Queen’s rainbow food colours if you fancy a bit of colour. For that special touch use a piping bag or tips to create flowers, swirls or basket weave. Queen butter cream, available from participating supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide; RRP $4.99.
Chia, folks! Take a look at this ‘super’ beverage originally designed as an endurance drink for athletes. Chia provides a range of nutrients to keep you going – omega 3, complete protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, fibre, electrolytes, and antioxidants and it’s taken off in the cafe scene around New Zealand. It’s 100% natural, gluten-free, vegan and has no added sugar or preservatives. Enjoy three delicious flavours – blueberry, blackcurrant, and orange & passionfruit. New Zealand-owned and made, Chia won the supreme ANZ flying start business award last year. This is a drink to look out for that will leave you feeling truly nourished. www.chia.co.nz
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The Bestest from mR Beak’s The call to ‘put another snag on the fire’ may have gone out with the charcoal barbie but there’s nothing stopping outdoor-loving Kiwis making the most of the summer entertaining with tasty new treats from the Mr Beak’s range. Having mastered the secret of masterful sausage and pattie-making, Mr Beak’s meatballs, burger patties and sausages are perfect for the modern take on barbecues. Using only fresh, high quality ingredients the range includes: Mr Beak’s Bestest Beef Meatballs (400gm) RRP $6.99; Mr Beak’s Bestest Beef Sausages (350gm) RRP $6.99; Mr Beak’s Bestest Beef Burgers (300gm) RRP $6.99; Mr Beak’s Choice Chicken Sausages (350gm) RRP $6.99 and Mr Beak’s Yummy Chicken Burgers (300gm) RRP $6.99. Available from Countdown supermarkets. www.eastlife.co.nz
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Ellerslie on show Since Christchurch acquired the Ellerslie International Flower Show, it seems unlikely Auckland will ever steal it back. However, that doesn’t mean that we Aucklanders can’t salute the efforts of the Garden City for delivering yet another successful show, as these photos of award-winning gardens exemplify.
Top: Under My Umbrella – Ben Hoyle (Exhibition Gardens Silver Distinction, Supreme Construction Award); Outside the Box – Emily McEwan (Exhibition Gardens Gold) Left: Sticks and Stones to Rest My Bones – Aaron and Vicky Bartlett (Exhibition Gardens Gold). Bottom: Passion – Sally Brown (Exhibition Gardens Silver, Supreme Award for Horticulture); Take a Second Look – Bayley Luu Tomes (Exhibition Gardens Silver, Lighting Gold, Supreme Award for Lighting); New Mexico – Jordan Hampson (Emerging Designers Gold, Emerging Designs Student Designer of the Year).
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Hanging Gardens of Ellerslie When two gardeners go to war, it’s okay to fight dirty – in one way at least – as Ellerslie International Flower Show entrant, Leigh Nicholson, explained to JON RAWLINSON. While the name Ben Hoyle may be quite familiar to fans of the iconic Ellerslie International Flower Show, Leigh Nicholson is perhaps less well known. However, the Eastern Beach local and founder of Hanging Gardens – provider of vertical garden products – says to take on a colossus of garden design at his own game requires a wondrous effort! “I have an unofficial competition with Ben [a multi-award winning garden designer] to decide who is the greatest gardener in New Zealand,” she says. “While I’m an emerging designer and he’s in the professional category, the one who wins the most awards, of any description, wins the challenge and will be treated by the other to dinner, so the ‘steaks’ are pretty high!” Leigh says she was so inspired by Ben’s designs that she approached him on Facebook to lay down the gardening glove.
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hanging gardens At the show (February 26 – March 2) the Unitec Landscape Design student says she will be hanging hopes for victory on her design, which is also called Hanging Gardens. It follows the competition brief to ‘create a garden for a migrant couple which reflects their home country and shows an international design influence.’ “Never having done anything like this before, I have absolutely no idea how our team will do, but I’ll be over the moon if we win the Emerging Designer category. However, we’ll also be hoping for a supreme award, a lighting award, the designer award... and I think that should be enough!” she quips.
After arriving from South Africa 12 years ago, Leigh became fascinated by New Zealand’s more unusual native plants. “I thought everything was green and all the flowers that were here were South African flowers anyway! However, when studying botany, I became fascinated by the diversity of New Zealand plants.” Consequently, Leigh and her team will be forsaking green when going for gold at Ellerslie. “People seem to think our natives are all about many shades of green; but I’m interested in the other colours of
People seem to think our natives are all about many shades of green; but I’m interested in the other colours of New Zealand, which people may not have been exposed to.”
New Zealand, which people may not have been exposed to,” she says. “For this reason, dark plants, including phormiums, blue-green coastal colours from such plants as festucas, and silver from astelia, were the driving elements behind the colour scheme for Hanging Gardens.” www.eastlife.co.nz
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Beyond natives, Leigh’s design is inspired by the work of South American designer, Roberto Burle Marx, Japanese gardens – particularly paths – and also by Maori pa design. Multicultural influences help ensure the garden fits the competition’s international brief. She says the garden also has a number of other features, including her own design for solar powered lights, which act as sculptures by day and project a spiral effect at night. It even has a mobile designed by renowned American sculptor, Alexander Calder. As the name (Hanging Gardens) suggests, the design also features vertical gardens, which literally add a new dimension. “I have a very small garden at home, and although I’m a very keen gardener, I was running out of space. Just prior to starting my landscape design course, I saw a vertical garden during the Heroic
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Since establishing her business in 2012, she says Hanging Gardens (the company) has seen rapid growth, providing products for the backyard gardener, as well as design and installation of larger vertical garden systems.
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Combining her passions for vertical gardens and garden design, Leigh is on a mission to change the way Kiwis think about their environment. “I’m committed to creating the Hanging Gardens of New Zealand,” she says, “a new, modern, ecofriendly wonder of the world, that’s my aim!” ADVERTISEMENT
As Leigh Nicholson takes on garden design guru, Ben Hoyle, in a ‘totally unofficial’ challenge to see who can claim the most awards at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, she may have an extra ace up her sleeve. In addition to entering her garden in the show’s Emerging Designer category, the plucky Eastern Beach resident has also been selected as a finalist in Ellerslie’s Focus on Flowers photography competition. “It was a
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bit of a surprise for my photos to be selected,” she says, “I only entered for a bit of fun.” Leigh’s photos were taken in Kyoto – at Moss Garden, and the Imperial palace gardens in Katsura – during a study trip to Japan last year. “I used a small, digital camera,” she says, “Other students, who had big, professional-looking cameras, were laughing at me, but I’m sure I’ll have the last laugh if I pick up a prize!” ADVERTISEMENT
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Helping gardens go to pot It’s time for households short on garden space, short on time to garden, and short on cash for garden essentials to go potty – literally.
buckets for a colourful and useful herb garden. Old cane wastepaper bins and wicker log baskets can similarly be used as planters. Line with plastic, poke through some holes and either plant out with herbs using a good potting mix or place plastic pots into the outer container and cover over with sphagnum moss for effect.
Pots and containers are an easy way to create a simple, cost-effective garden and if there is little time for major endeavours then at least think herbs – for looks, for fragrance, for culinary purposes, for medicinal needs and for other bright ideas. If the budget’s tight, then search the house; it’s amazing what can be found to create innovative and stunning container gardens for small yards and awkward spaces. Hanging baskets and tiered effects can also reduce the need for ground space. Check out the pot drawer for old colanders, sieves and enamel or copper coffee pots – the kind once placed on the element or gas ring. The colanders and sieves will already have plenty of holes but kettles or old saucepans will need to be drilled with a few holes for drainage.
Use fence space more effectively by attaching smaller containers to palings using wire, nails or brackets. Or if you have an assortment of old terracotta pots that are looking shabby then get to with the paint brush and give them a creative new look.
Colanders make great hanging baskets as do old bird cages (hanging or on a stand). The colanders can be planted out like any basket but just pop a potted plant inside the bird cage and, hey, no green fingers but you have an instant, lush corner display.
The key to pots is to use a good potting mix, allow for drainage and ensure plants receive ample water – pots dry out quickly. By recycling household items, kitchenware, and, of course, old boots (a well-known goody), it’s not so hard to create a colourful, useful and inexpensive garden.
On the other hand if there’s a galvanised bucket in the shed, haul it out, drill three holes at intervals just under the rim, thread with chain and hang from a bracket. Remember to drill holes in base for drainage. Alternatively, line up a row of metal
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It’s showtime at Mobile Ceramics As autumn arrives there is no better time to tackle indoor projects such as new tiling in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and family areas and the best place to start the job is in Mobile Ceramics’ new-look Howick showroom. Choosing a tile for your project just got easier, with the amazing transformation of the Howick showroom at Mobile Ceramics.
A classic example is the Caracalla range of 450x900s and 450x450s, available in three colours – a beautiful reproduction of marble.
After a lengthy, six-month renovation, the team at Howick is proud to present an enticing space, which houses their beautiful and eclectic collection of tiles, a range that has been proudly selected from around the globe.
You could be forgiven for thinking this is the real thing, these tiles have all the attributes of natural stone (including the fill) and the easy-care maintenance of glazed porcelain.
Clients now have a relaxed environment to browse in comfort, with large panels of product on display for easier visualisation. Sales consultants, Sacha Jones and Paul Burgess, are available to offer suggestions for design layout and colour schemes. Both have a passion for, and dedication to, the products they are specifying, and to ensure the end user is totally delighted with the final outcome. With high tech manufacturing, tiles can now be produced to replicate natural stone and timber that has seen even the experts fooled! Offering many different solutions and an individual touch to your house or new build, there has never been a better time than now, if you are thinking of renovating. www.eastlife.co.nz
Tile timber planking is another exciting trend, which is gaining popularity both internationally and locally. Forget about a lifetime commitment of sanding and polishing real timber – with low maintenance, glazed porcelain timber- look flooring, this product will stand the test of time and look as good as the day it was laid. Currently in stock are the My Wood and Wood collections, however, watch out for new sizes, colours and finishes, including the chunky 400x1700 planks, due late autumn. Reminiscent of barn wood, the Dakota range is set to be another scene stealer. Not only does the Howick showroom offer a haven of stunning tiles, it is also the home of its new Tile Trade Centre. For both professional tilers and DIY customers alike, the centre stocks adhesive systems,
waterproofing solutions, tile cutters, and an array of tiling accessories associated with installation. The centre also offers many wellknown brands such as ATA, Davco, Techniseal and Rubi, to name a few. What’s more, Mike Herrick is on board to offer guidance and advanced
technical advice on all the products for sale. Whatever your tiling vision, the team at Mobile Ceramics is available to assist. Call in and have a look at the stylish showroom and choose your tiles in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
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Busy times in construction ‘ Nick Neben is a director of specialist renovation company Smith & Sons Howick and a time-served builder of more than 30 years experience.
It is difficult to please everyone all of the time. Last month I wrote about my wonderful Christmas experience in Paris but, unfortunately, some readers were disappointed I didn’t write more about the magnificent architecture that adorns the French capital and other places we visited on our European holiday. Seeing the extent with which Europeans go to preserve their architecture is a story in itself. When we were in the UK we stayed with friends in Belper which is in Derbyshire. Their terraced cottage was built in 1732 and had been meticulously maintained to preserve its original character. This has affirmed my resolve to
make sure we don’t lose touch of our historic buildings here in east Auckland. Now that I am back on the job proper, 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us at Smith & Sons as the business grows and we introduce new faces to the fold. With many industries in New Zealand flying high, the building sector is about to be consumed by an unprecedented demand on its labour forces and materials. The end result will see massive price increases across the board. Labour rates are set to rise at a rate never seen before in New Zealand and timber could possibly go up by another 20% this year, on top of a 10% rise we had on February 1.
With many industries in New Zealand flying high, the building sector is about to be consumed by an unprecedented demand on its labour forces and materials.”
The timber increases can be attributed to the fact that the majority of our logs are being shipped to China with our sawmill struggling to match the prices the Chinese are paying. The labour rates are simply a matter of supply and demand. While buoyant times encourage people to spend money, keeping up with the ever-increasing property ladder will, for many, get harder and harder. As summer rolls on and the grass gets browner, many homes in east
Auckland are starting to show signs of the effect dry weather can have on our clay soil. When the ground dries out the weight of buildings causes them to sink. Cracked concrete, brickwork and gib board along with doors sticking are the most common things to occur. Don’t panic though, once autumn arrives and we get more rain, the ground will swell and push things back into place. Repairing cracked mortar and gib linings is relatively common after long periods of dry weather. If you are really concerned however, contact a geotechnical engineer to check out any problems. A helpful tip to prevent subsidence of foundations is to keep the soil around your house moist by watering it daily but please check there are no water restrictions in place.
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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.
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The owners of Pine Harbour Marina are moving forward with plans to develop the land around the marina into a coastal resort community. They’ve chosen Jalcon Homes to partner them on the initial development. Jalcon will begin construction of 12 luxury homes at The Brae soon. Pine Harbour has a regular ferry service into the city. The owners of Pine Harbour Marina are moving forward with plans to develop the land around the marina into a coastal resort community. They’ve chosen Jalcon Homes to partner them on the initial development. Jalcon will begin construction of 12 luxury homes at The Brae soon. Pine Harbour has a regular ferry service into the city.
LOCK UP AND LAUNCH LIFESTYLE Part of the attraction of Pine Harbour Marina for boaties has always been that it’s a gateway to the gulf. At only 5 nautical miles from Waiheke, you’re out of the harbour and heading for the horizon quickly. The Pine Harbour developers are capitalising on this position by offering hardstand boat storage and an on-demand launching service. A phone call will have your boat in the water in two hours or less. Denise Gale, Sales Specialist for Pine Harbour says The Brae homes have been designed to be lock up and leave, with shared gardens that a management company tends. “The idea is that you can check the weather and decide to go, and you’re loading the boat and heading out within a couple of hours.”
DESIGNED BY STEVENS LAWSON ARCHITECTS The Brae has been designed by Stevens Lawson Architects who have scooped numerous awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architecture. The design is influenced by the form and materials of the muchloved Kiwi boatshed.
CHOOSE THE PLAN THAT SUITS YOU The Brae homes will form an exclusive enclave at the entrance to Pine Harbour overlooking a linear park. Seamless double garages at street level provide direct access to airy, loft-like living areas, which themselves open out onto expansive, covered outdoor rooms. The three and four bedroom homes are 227m2 or larger and priced from just above $1 million. “Within the 12 homes you have a choice of five plan types, all quite different,” says Gale. “For example, all the homes are double level, but some have their bedrooms above the living and some below.” Gale says they will make the floor plans available on their website at www.jalcon-pineharbour.co.nz. “But to gain the best understanding of your options, ring me for a chat.”
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All building companies promise quality construction, but Gale says Jalcon Homes really delivers.
The focal point of Pine Harbour life is the Village Green. The Green is the venue for a French-style market on Saturdays between 8am and midday. The market sells artisan breads, fresh produce and organic meat. The buildings around the Green house a Japanese restaurant, cafe and pub and the developers have plans for more retail.
“ When you go into a Jalcon home you can just feel the difference.”
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Pine Harbour Ferries run between Pine Harbour and downtown Auckland 15 times a day, Monday to Friday. The trip takes 35 minutes.
She puts it down to good design, craftsman builders, attention to detail and a ‘no cutting corners’ ethos. The company back their quality claims with a 10-year Master Builder’s Guarantee and a Jalcon 15-year Active Weathertight Warranty. This unique warranty means Jalcon actively works with you to ensure your home remains watertight.
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How do they know? ‘ Remax, (Zest for Realty) Principal Licensee Eric Chase, MREINZ, gives his take on the property market.
Okay, so how do real estate agents know all about you and your property? How do they know everything about where you live, how many properties you own, how long you have owned them and what you paid? Well, it’s simple really. All, or should I say most agents, belong to the REINZ (Real Estate Agents Institute of New Zealand) and every month they send sales information on the properties they have sold to the institute which then collates this information. It has agreements with agents who then have access to the data base where they can do searches and access information on your property. Councils also have land rates and property information viewable on
line; all you need do is to insert an address for a property and up it all pops. Then you can go on to the GIS (Geographical Information System) and check where the storm water, sewerage and water pipes are as well as the contours. But the best part is that they all sell the information to aggregators such as Real Property Intelligence NZ (RPNZ) and TerraLink. These two have now joined forces with Terralink International selling to CoreLogic NZ Limited, the entity that owns RPNZ. What’s more Corelogic NZ happens to be one of the largest, if not the largest, property data aggregators! All agents need do is subscribe to
Property owned in a company name is no problem either; just hop on to business.govt.nz and the director’s names and addresses are there for all to see!”
one of the above providers, as do the banks, and hey presto, it all pops up in front of them. Property owned in a company name is no problem either; just hop on to business.govt.nz and the director’s names and addresses are there for all to see! Transparency works for everyone and it is not going away. Those who would prefer a bit of privacy and become a tad upset when an agent’s letter, offering an obligation-free appraisal, is lobbed in their letter box addressed to them personally, cannot avoid this kind of touting!
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If you have received an agent’s personal letter addressed to you, please don’t be upset as the information accessed is public information right down to the contours of your property and where the drainage pipes lie. The agents are just trying to do their job and earn a living to pay for their families to go to school, get married and all the other usual things in life. In fact, property owners can actually take advantage of this freely available information by popping into any real estate agency and asking them for the information on their property. I’m sure most agents would only be too happy to help as it may mean a new relationship for them and an opportunity to make a sale. So, instead of taking offence, take advantage of making friends with your local agent and have him or her show you how to get all the information you want on your property within a minute!
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buying an apartment Apartment living has become increasingly popular but there are some special concerns to consider. Firstly the apartment itself – does it receive sunlight or an outlook, are there plans for any building next door? Is there an elevator if you need to transport furniture up several storeys? If the physical facilities suit, next take into account who is responsible for maintenance of the common areas and is there an active body corporate and/ or maintenance fund. Is there a building manager on-site or on-call? Check out annual body corporate fees and ask about body corporate rules. Establish whether you pay for maintenance of your own unit or for other major maintenance work such as painting or whether this is all covered by the body corporate. Living close to a lot of people can pose problems so ask about anti-noise rules. Many apartments are rented so be sure you are okay with a changing parade of neighbours – some neighbours could lower the value of your apartment. Check whether the apartment comes with a carpark and are there security measures such as CTC cameras. Walk the neighbourhood to see how close the apartment is to shops, cafes and nightlife.
Wills not always straight forward
Fencible Law Director, Lawyer & Entrepreneur, RICHARD GALBRAITH, with his take on current legal & business issues affecting our community.
“It’s my stuff – I’ll leave it to whoever I like when I die!” Possibly not! One would assume that a person is free to dispose of one’s assets in his or her Will as one pleases. That may be true but there are traps for the unwary. There is often a constraint on that testamentary freedom by the concept of moral duty or ‘testamentary’ promises made by the person (called the ‘testator’) making the Will. Often family or friends feel that they have been left out of the testator’s Will unfairly. They may consider there has been undue influence by someone else who may have benefitted. Sometimes the testator favours certain family members. Whatever the reason for the testator disposing of property in their Will, if that disposition is unfair then there will be some aggrieved people.
a lawyer to ensure your intentions are given proper effect to; and to avoid such claims under the Family Protection Act or Testamentary Promises Act in case you inadvertently left someone out of your Will. The Family Protection Act 1955, and the cases that arose under that Act, have evolved over the years to ascertain who may claim and what the eligibility criteria are. Even if the Will is unfair it does not mean that the courts will necessarily make an award. The concepts of need, maintenance and moral duty and fairness are all inter-related with each case objectively examined on its own merits. Only a certain class of people can claim under this Act for further or better provision.
If you have been left out of the deceased’s Will, contrary to a promise, then you may have claim under this Act. Again Will makers should ensure this is covered in their Wills otherwise this may affect other loved one’s entitlements. What is said above is about prevention being better than cure and talking to your lawyer about that when making a Will should avoid many such problems. It is also common nowadays for the aggrieved person to commence proceedings under the above Acts. Sometimes the aggrieved person has no option but to commence proceedings because of the emotional difficulties of communicating with other family members at a sad and stressful time. There are strict time frames within which proceedings must start. So if you believe that you have a Family Protection Act or Testamentary Promises Act claim against a deceased’s estate you should consult your lawyer as soon as possible.
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High standards in a level market Total Focus Principal, Greg Roy areinz, gives an update on the local real estate market happenings. The levelling of the market is again evident with the median price for our area settling back to $726,000 for the month of January 2014 – down from $727,000 in December 2013. The median price graph has been running almost level since September 2013 and there is confidence out there that some good stability has set into the market. Buyers and sellers should also feel confident when
dealing with their real estate agent. The “new” Act , The Real Estate Agents Act 2008, which came into effect in late 2009 (we still call it new even after four plus years) also came with Practice Rules and a Code of Conduct which spell out very clearly how we, as licensed professional real estate agents, conduct our business when dealing with both buyers and sellers.
For example, before we can promote or even show a property to a prospective buyer we must have a written listing authority from the home owner and prior to obtaining this listing authority we must have completed quite a number of tasks. These include providing a full and comprehensive Current Market Analysis (CMA) where we must give recent sales evidence demonstrating a fair and reasonable asking price or price value range. The practice of “bring me a buyer if you have one on your books” is now no longer an option unless the
home owner enters into a formal listing. The government body that now oversees our industry, the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA), has a complaints and discipline committee which receives and processes any complaints that members of the public put in against agents or real estate companies. All the committee’s decisions are available to the public via the REAA web site (www.reaa.govt.nz) and anyone can check on a particular agent or company to assess any disciplinary information.
My life in five cartons Part II Bill Potter – the Business Maverick. Bill is a Speaker, FriendCoach*, Thought Leader and... The 3Guy*. www.speakers.co.nz/billpotter.html www.btob.co.nz/the-business-maverick You did read my first article in the January 2014 issue of ‘EastLife’, didntcha? Great. If you didn’t, there is a possibility that you are about to traverse through another ‘ho-hum’ sequence of days, weeks and months, before you have to replace the current calendar. You’d be surprised to learn, how many people mostly live like this. The saddest part of such a journey, is that
you can almost forget that enormous resource, known as... ‘my life past’. Yes you can! In a world filled with gadgetry, you can now relive and record, the best bits of it. You must! From your earliest days, through your personal ‘silly season’, right to this very day, of ‘maturity’, success and satisfaction, you have left a trail of experiences that now deserve a focused revisit.
Hence the need to ‘unclutter your life’, re-organise it and create your ‘story’.
Your loved ones will enjoy having access to ‘you’, stored in a succinct, accessible and powerful package.
You can place it online, make a DVD or USB of it, or write a book. You can ‘reveal all’ in a regular Blog, initiate a ‘Reminiscence Forum’ or become a columnist for a worthy media source. The last thing you want written on your headstone is... ‘Oh, I meant to tell you...’
In my ‘Online 3Percenter Course©’, I refer to these experiences as ’Me-Highs’. You should be able to store the core of your life journey, in five cartons. Start the unclutter process now. Be wary of the ‘nostalgia’ factor. It can evoke a range of emotions. Tissues will be useful...
Within your experiences of ‘life past’, lies a treasure that might well contain some of the elusive answers (read ‘solutions’) to the issues (read ‘problems’) of today. We need them.
It’s not so much about us remembering you... but of you, not forgetting, us. OK. Ta. Cheers.
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Ergonomically A Class is right on the money, but the stubby gear selector mounted on the steering column took some getting used to.
Nice one, A? No doubt you’ve seen those movies where the character opens a wardrobe door and finds a whole new world on the other side. Mercedes-Benz’s small, upmarket A Class is a lot like that. Climb inside and the upmarket feel continues, but forget small. This is one roomy five-door hatch. Up front there’s a generous amount of shoulder and headroom, and the interior has an open, airy feel to it.
Rear seat occupants don’t get quite as good a deal, with average legroom and smaller glass area. In a bid to attract younger buyers the cabin is dynamic, sporty, and just a little bit ‘out there’ with its edgy styling and bold white stitching in the upholstery. There’s a fine line between being trendy and alienating the more traditional, somewhat conservative Merc buyer; A Class is a fine balancing act that should keep both camps happy. Nobody will complain about the car’s ride and handling either. This is where A Class really shines. The chassis does a superb job of combining comfort with a high level of grip, no body roll and a fun-involving driving experience.
EastLife motoring correspondent ALISTAIR DAVIDSON is full of praise for the new Mercedes-Benz A Class 200 CDI which he says provides effortless driving. Steering is beautifully weighted, and provides plenty of feedback. You’d be hard pressed to pick A Class as front drive, it’s that good. The A 200 CDI tested here has a smooth, quiet 1796cc 100kW fourcylinder diesel with a turbocharger that has a variable nozzle turbine. This system provides ample torque and quick throttle response from low engine speeds. Power output might not seem a lot, but torque’s what counts and A 200 CDI has it in spades. With a hefty 300Nm available from a low 1600rpm through to 3000rpm the car will pull quickly and cleanly in pretty well any gear – and there are seven gears to choose from in the dual clutch automatic transmission. Whether commuting around town or enjoying a spirited drive in the country, A 200 is absolutely effortless.
Not only will you enjoy driving this car, you’ll look good doing it. Forget conservative. Styling is right up there with the current crop of compact fivedoors, from its bold grille treatment with three-pointed star to the low rakish lines and sharply curved glasshouse. There’s a lot to like about third generation A Class, and this 200 CDI in particular. But don’t think that all this Germanic goodness comes with a premium price tag. The entry level A 180 petrol is $46,900, excluding on road costs, while A 200 CDI is $54,900. The test car’s blue metallic paint adds $990, and it was fitted with an optional Becker Map Pilot navigation system ($1590). That’s not a lot of money for a lot of car. It puts A Class high on the shopping list of buyers who might be looking at top end Japanese offerings, and makes it a real contender in the compact prestige market.
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The ‘Kodo’ face, with its contoured signature wing grille, flows into the solid, powerful character lines along the side of the body in an expression of energetic tension.
More space, more pace Eleven years after the first Mazda3 rolled off the assembly line in Hofu, Japan, the third generation of this trendsetting compact has just been launched.
A longer wheelbase with smaller front and rear overhangs hints at performance, improves road stability and safety, and creates more space for the occupants.
Mazda3’s combination of performance and handling with a cutting-edge exterior and interior design struck a chord with consumers; the first generation sold more than 2.2 million units and collected 99 awards worldwide.
Mazda claims that advanced craftsmanship results in a new level of build quality, with the minimum gaps possible between body panels and doors that open in a surprisingly natural motion.
The second generation was unveiled in 2009. With its bolder lines and more distinctive face, it picked up where the original Mazda3 left off. Another 1.4 million units have been sold to date, and another 37 awards captured. The all-new Mazda3 promises to be another sensation, this time featuring the full SkyActiv line-up of ultraefficient lightweight technology and Mazda’s award-winning ‘Kodo’ (soul in motion) design. Unmistakably Mazda, new Mazda3 features the lower, wider Kodo stance and rear-leaning cabin, with boldly flared fenders and a raked profile rising towards the rear. www.eastlife.co.nz
New Mazda3 marks the debut of Mazda’s new interior treatment. Based on two contrasting cabin zones, a snug, purpose-oriented cockpit and a relaxed passenger atmosphere are separate but connected by an asymmetrical centre console and centre stack. The centre-focused driver’s space includes the Active Driving Display (availability depends on model), one of the first head-up displays in this segment. This is the first Mazda to bring occupants online, safely and non-stop with Mazda Connect, a new in-vehicle connectivity system, coupled with a new and improved human-machine interface (HMI).
With a larger and more comfortable interior than previously, Mazda3 boasts best-in-class shoulder room. There will be a choice of engine across the two body styles, depending on specification. A SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine develops 114kW at 6000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The sedan achieves 5.7ltr/100km, and 5.8ltr/100 km for the five door hatch. The SP25 model’s 2.5-litre petrol engine produces a lively 138kW at 5700rpm and 250Nm at 3250rpm. Both the automatic and manual transmissions are smooth-shifting six-speeds. Stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and six airbags are standard on all models. The electric, power-assisted steering has been reworked to improve efficiency, with a lower gear ratio that increases agility and requires less driver effort. Mazda3 is lighter yet stiffer than the outgoing car, with suspension geometry and dampers enhanced
to better absorb bumps without detracting from handling. The front suspension is mounted on a new perimeter frame. With an increased caster angle and trail, it improves self-aligning torque and high-speed stability. The positioning of rear suspension links and hardness of the bushings improves the lateral grip of the rear tires. By moving the trailing arm position forward, the dampers can better absorb road influences. High and ultra-high tensile steels now make up 60 per cent of the body (up from half), and body rigidity has increased by 31 per cent (hatchback) and 28 per cent (sedan). Mazda3 boasts one of the quietest interiors in its class due to new lightweight sound-absorbing materials that block noise paths into the cabin. The new Mazda3 range, consisting at launch of 2.0-litre GLX and GLS, and 2.5-litre SP25 and SP25 Limited, is in dealerships now. Pricing starts at $32,795, including three years of free scheduling servicing. eastlife | march 2014 |
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