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glenn miller and the andrews sisters April 20, 11am-1pm, Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, papakura He may once have been a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way, but these days the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B is best remembered thanks to the timeless talents of the Andrews Sisters. During this tribute to the big band era, audiences are invited to get into the swing of things once again. For more information, see Beauty & the Beast junior April 20-29, evening shows from 7.30pm & matinees from 3.30pm, Off Broadway Theatre, 41 elliot Street, papakura If beauty really is in the eye of the beholder then maybe Beauty should’ve gone to Specsavers! And yet, despite his homely countenance, this Beast turns out to be quite a nice chap really. If that description doesn’t provide enough information, the Papakura Theatre Company is gearing up to fill us in on the finer points of this popular tale inspired by Disney’s fantasy flick and brought to life thanks to the talents of some of the region’s finest young thespians. See for details. deep purple tribute April 22, 9-11.30pm, Raglan Club, 22 Bow St, Raglan If there’s smoke on the water it’s a sure




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the great pumpkin Carnival April 2, Hungerford Cres, SH1 (Off Cobham Dr), Hamilton While employees of a certain children’s clothing manufacturer might be rather fed up about pumpkins by now, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t enjoy a celebration focused on these famous fruits. From carving competitions to prizes for the biggest and best, as well as plenty of entertainment, this event provides plenty of fun. See Waikato show April 7-9, 10am-5pm, Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton With the Waikato Show fast approaching, there’s more reason than the Auckland house prices to go south, albeit just for a sneak peek. Billed as 15 shows in one, this spectacular expo has plenty on offer, from exhibitions to shopping, food, entertainment, rides and more. See franklin home & lifestyle expo April 8-9, 9.30am-5pm (Saturday) & 9.30am-4pm (Sunday), pIA event Centre, 57 Ward St, pukekohe Organisers of the Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo are preparing to build on the success (despite inclement weather) of this show’s inaugural event last September.



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Suited to anyone intent on building, renovating, landscaping, decorating or simply furnishing their homes, this show is again expected to offer products, ideas and expert advice, in addition to food, music, entertainment and more. What’s more, Rural Living will be there too! See for details. magick earth easter gathering April 14-17 (easter weekend), 10am-5pm, Schlaepfer park Scout Camp, 41C Ostrich Farm Rd, pukekohe There’s a kind of magic (Magick to be precise) coming to Pukekohe. Billed as a ‘conscious gathering’ this four day festival celebrates our connection to Mother Earth through music and spirituality. Accommodation options are available. See pukekohe park Wedding expo April 30, 10am-4pm, pukekohe park event Centre, Manukau Road, pukekohe Going to the chapel? Planning to get married? If so, head down to Manukau Road on April 30. As this expo also features hot laps on track, some reluctant partners may well be encouraged to come along! Details at pukekohepark. Waiuku steel ‘n’ Wheels festival April 30, 10am-2pm, Waiuku Town Centre, 40 Queen St, Waiuku Whether by bikes or by car, in tanks or helicopters, every year vehicular



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n arts Contemporary Chalk paint Workshops April 1 10.30am – 1.30pm, Franklin Arts & Cultural Centre, The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, pukekohe Looking to sharpen your artistic skills? Chalk this one up for experience! Anna Hull from Ella Raik Chalkpaints will provide a hands-on workshop to reveal how we can use using chalk paint to transform furniture. Be sure to bring your own piece of furniture and an old over-shirt. Chalk paint, brushes and tape provided. Booking essential – contact nansi.thompson@ pollok Co-op easter exhibition April 13 (opening night – from 6.30pm) & April 15 – May 7, 10am-4pm, pollok Arts & Crafts Co-op, 2141 Awhitu Rd, pollok All roads (on the Awhitu peninsula, at least) will lead to Pollock when Pollok Co-op’s annual Easter exhibition begins. Themed ‘crossroads’ this year’s showcase expects to see a meeting of minds and skills at one of our region’s artistic hubs. The exhibition will begin with a special opening evening on Thursday, April 13, from 6.30pm; all are welcome. Call the co-op on 09 2352225.

n sport, fItness & racIng speed Works motorsport Championship March 31 – April 2, times vary, pukekohe park, 222-250 Manukau Rd, pukekohe When harnessed responsibly, speed thrills. And, that’s most definitely the case when the behemoths of motor racing (NZ SuperTrucks) take to the track. Designed as a fuel-filled, fun, family weekend, Speed Works Motorsport Championship also includes plenty more classifications which will see Porsches and beamers, Mazdas, Hondas and more to the fore in Pukekohe. See toyota festival 2017 April 1, from 8am, Hampton Downs, Hampton Downs Rd, Te Kauwhata Hampton Downs is turning Japanese this month as the 2017 Toyota Festival rolls into town. From high performance and sports cars, to SUVs and four-by-fours and best selling family models, such as the Corolla, this event will see Toyotas of many kinds take to the track. More information available via hamptondowns. com or Relay for life franklin April 1-2, from 4pm & 10am, pukekohe Showgrounds, Station Rd, pukekohe While the best parties last all night long, so too do the best fundraising events. As team members take turns on track during this all night relay, there will be plenty of activities and entertainment on offer to keep everyone focused on raising funds to support Kiwis with cancer. To take part, of for more information, see Waiuku lions sand to mud fun Run & family day April 2, from 10am (registrations from 7.30am), Lions Den, 2/50 Belgium St, Waiuku Followed by a family day – with events including egg & spoon races and tug of war, as well as prizes, stalls and

entertainment - this mucky, muddy, fantastically fun-filled 8.4km run/walk is sure to encourage many a local to put their best foot forward... over and over again. Free parking available and a free bus to the start line will be provided. See or call Nick Herrold (09 235 8794) for details. lexus jumping spectacular April 7-9, from 9am, Willow park polo fields, 289 Karaka north Rd, Karaka Cricketers may no longer be chirping on local fields at this time of year but the sound of hoof beats on Willow is most certainly in the air! Designed to showcase show jumping, this festival also celebrates wine, food and fashion. For more information, see and, to read our Q&A feature with event co-organiser, Jaime Campbell, see pages 6 and 7. World masters games auckland 2017 April 21-30, times & locations vary Rio may have been a long way to go to see the finest sportspeople in action but there’s no need to jump through hoops to witness the lords and ladies of the Olympic rings during April! Featuring 25,000 of the world’s best masters’ athletes in sporting competitions throughout the Super City, this event (presented by our good friends at Barfoot & Thompson) will surely show mastery of sport at its finest. See manco easter stakes Raceday April 22, from 11am, ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera Cap the racing season off in style (before popping a cork or two when your horse comes in) at the Manco Easter Stakes. Designed to offer a fun, family day out, there will be plenty to occupy young ones (including swingball sets and a bouncy castle) as wagers (and wages?) change hands. More information via

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From the editor... But, enough of what I’ve been up to. In this latest Rural Living there’s plenty of reading, prizes, recipes and advice. But, importantly, I must say a big thanks to AS Wilcox. The Pukekohe-based company not only sponsored our Christmas colouring competition, with support from several local retailers, but has been feeding us some great information on potatoes, including those yum perlas. Last month Rural Living’s marketing manager put her cooking skills to work and made the Thai Chicken Perlas Potato Curry (see page 34 March edition) and was impressed at how easy it was to prepare – “not too spicy for little ones and just the ticket when needing a quick meal!” And with that, it’s time to grab a cuppa and spend some time with this month’s Rural Living – enjoy!

work so I’m thrilled with this option. I have no induction-suitable pots either and haven’t yet sorted the new oven so we have eaten out a lot. I’ve been impressed by specials at Ginger Indian Restaurant – the $15 entree platter for two was enough to satisfy us entirely. Also impressive is the admirable wine list at Monarch Cafe and the community support this business gives to schools and sports clubs. I just love the way Poco Loco has been extended and I’m delighted it is now open for lunch at the weekends, and I must commend The Longkeeper for keeping us full and happy on several occasions (great value, too!). Finally, although not in Pukekohe, we have popped into the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club several nights on our way home from work, thus avoiding the motorway crush. It offers a comprehensive menu with a fab veggie buffet to complement every restaurant meal. Good, old fashioned tucker with a splash of pizzazz and at value plus prices – I just had to become a member while man about the house joined Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, so we have a foot in both camps.

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Staging any sort of sporting event is tough, but few have as many hurdles to overcome as organisers of Karaka’s Lexus Jumping Spectacular (April 9), Jaime Campbell and Travis Morgan. This month, we chat with Jamie... Over the Gate! This is the second year you’ve run this annual event. Are you expecting an even greater turnout this time around? Last year was a super successful show. Spectators, riders and sponsors were very complimentary. We sold out our VIP tent and we actually had to expand it to cater the numbers for the show. This year, our main VIP tent has tripled in size and we have already sold 250 tickets; we are expecting a minimum of 600 people. Why Tony van den Brink’s private polo field at Willow Park as the venue? Travis spoke with Tony and we both fell in love with the venue. It is perfect as the grass surface, designed for polo, is one of the best in New Zealand for jumping. Tony has been amazing to work with. He’s had some great ideas and is very supportive of the event. We go for quality over quantity, which makes this venue ideal. Roger Laplanche designed this year’s course. How important is it to have the services of a top level course designer? Roger also designed last year’s course and we loved the passion and commitment he put into the event. He was friendly to work with and built the course to a great standard. It is important to ensure courses are a suitable level for each class of riders and that the course is exciting for spectators to watch. You’ve put on a few such events. When was the first and what is it about event management that keeps you coming back? I started running small training shows 10 years ago at my parents’ property. Each year, the shows became bigger and bigger and when Travis came on board a couple of years ago they stepped up and reached a new level. From there I found a love of event management and I haven’t looked back. During the first big show I held at 6 — Rural Living — April 2017

my parents’ place, I stopped and asked myself, ‘how did I get all these top riders here?’ I was proud of our work and how happy everyone looked. I love bringing new people into the sport and sharing my love of it. Travis and I have worked with the best overseas and a huge difference over there is how well the shows bring hospitality and show jumping together. This is what we are striving for. I love pushing the envelope, going beyond people’s expectations. Former Olympic silver medallist, Trudy Boyce, is one of the sponsors (through Barfoot and Thompson), but can you hint at which top jumpers will be competing? We have received entries from Olympian, John Cottle and British rider, Helen McNaught, as well as many other top New Zealand Grand Prix show jumpers. We are excited to have our first South Island entrant, a young rider, Steffi Whittaker, who just won the New Zealand Pony of the Year title. New Zealand Junior Rider of the Year, Tyla Hackett has also entered. With regards to the event’s Westbury Jockey Challenge, can you confirm which celebrity jockeys will be involved? We have top Kiwi jockey Daniel Stackhouse flying in from Australia and New Zealandbased, Mark Du Plessis among others. In general, how well do Kiwi riders fare in show jumping on the world stage? We are small country located a fair distance from Europe which makes it tough for Kiwis to train and ride amongst the best. We hope shows such as the Karaka Spectacular will give our riders experience in a setting similar to European standards and will help produce riders capable of footing it against the best. European shows are much bigger and that can be overwhelming for horses and riders. We need to encourage new sponsors and riders. By combining hospitality with the

sport we hope to achieve a great day of entertainment and help showcase our riders to the country. While jumping is at the heart of this event, it offers much more from food and wine to fashion as well as combining the thoroughbred industry into the show jumping world. Do today’s Kiwis expect more from such events than an ‘old school’ meat pie and can of beer on the sidelines? I don’t think they expect more, but most people love that we can provide more. It’s about introducing a more social side and marketing it in a way that will appeal to people outside the sport. Travis (who’s also a real estate agent) runs a saddlery company (Arlington Equestrian); similarly, you run your own business (JC Equestrian) training riders. Does this leave for competing? I recently sold my top horse and have backed off competing until the show is over. Then, I’ll start with new horses in Cambridge, which is pretty exciting. You’ve both enjoyed successful careers abroad. Do you still travel to Europe? I have been back and forth to Germany (mainly) during our winters, but the longest I’ve been away is six months. I’m looking forward to heading to France for training in May. I love Europe because of the professionalism over there, but I love the NZ lifestyle. Travis has spent 20 years in Europe, the majority in Germany. He’s trained with Olympians and world champs. If you could choose only one mode of transport for the rest of your life – horse or Lexus – which would you choose? For transport I would choose [show sponsor’s] Lexus, and keep my sport as riding. Horses are not very fast when it comes to getting around!

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If you could grow any plant or raise any animal (real or imagined) what and why? That’s easy. I’d probably realise my childhood dream of raising a unicorn. If you could be Minister for Sport and Recreation for one day, what would you do first and why? You have me stumped here. I’d probably quit as quickly as I could, leave politics to the experts and go riding instead! If you could invite any three people (dead or living) to dinner, who and why? Barack Obama – he’s a very inspiring man; we could all learn a lot from him. Jan Tops, founder of the Global Champions Tour, which is the biggest and best international show jumping tour. I would love to pick his brain about running shows. Lastly, I’d invite [British TV host, actor and comedian] James Corden. He’s hilarious and would bring plenty of laughs to our dinner.


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Call to preserve land Brian Neben publishes Rural Living and is also an avid lifestyle farmer



s with many of my monthly columns I am again starting with a comment on the weather. Well, what can I say about March except that it fell in the middle of one of the worst summers I can remember and it was a disaster for many readers who have had to cope with severe flooding and the loss of many animals. It was also one of those times when we were really grateful to have our own water supply; we really sympathised with those relying on the old Auckland plant for their water. Since making the move from Runciman to the Glenbrook/Patumahoe area I have become more aware of the importance of the superb market gardening hectares within the Pukekohe and Franklin districts which enjoy unique soil and weather systems. Along with my interest in this I have also become concerned to see some of this land being sub-divided for housing. Interestingly, I noticed a letter in the nZ Herald that I thought was excellent and also followed my own line of thinking. Subsequently, I though it appropriate to share some of it with our readers. The letter was written by a Whangarei correspondent and was headed, Pukekohe Food Bowl. Content included: With a lifetime as a horticulturist I have

long held the conviction , in view of trends, that the unique, highly productive soils around pukekohe should be protected as an important food bowl. now we have those with influence and power more or less giving the nod to the further fragmentation of the pukekohe area....... With food security becoming a pressing concern in many countries due to the loss of productive land, diminishing aquifers, climate change and growing populations

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number of locals have shown the nation that the highest hurdles can be overcome. This month, we take a quick look at a handful who made the grade at the recent Horse of the Year (HOY) equestrian show in Hawkes Bay.

Willis on a Roll Claiming the Norwood Gold Cup, Karaka’s William Willis and his horse, Dollar Roll MS, earned the adulation of the crowd. “I am absolutely thrilled!” William says. “He [Dollar Roll MS] tried his heart out and I’m just stoked!” Weeks before competing, a respiratory virus kept his horse from competing at build-up events. However, despite preparations being hampered, horse and rider overcame a jump off to claim the cup for the first time. “It is a very special win and especially for my mother [Mary-Rose Sharp] who bred the horse. This means the world to her. The amount of time and effort she has spent on me, my brothers and the breeding programme is incredible.” In just his second appearance at HOY since returning from a 10-year stint in Germany, William also finished seventh in the Olympic Cup. Mary-Rose (co-owner with William of Matawhio Sporthorses) believes this success offers a taste of ‘wins’ to come. “To produce horses well requires a ‘system’. Will was trained in Germany and uses the German classical training system for all MS horses. They only compete when ready and only at a level at which they can cope. Will is patient with their development; horses shouldn’t be rushed,” she explains. “He had a horse that was mature and strong enough, despite recent ill-health, to do well at top level. But next season, he will be an even stronger horse you can expect to see really great results.”

Lily’s odyssey Considering the awful weather of late, one could be forgiven for thinking the gods were conspiring against the competitors at HOY. However, the trying conditions could not stop Lily Tootill and her horse (aptly named Ulysses NZPH) from blowing the competition away

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during the prestigious Olympic Cup. “My horse is a bit of a mud lark, so he felt pretty happy out there. Actually, he didn’t feel any different to normal,” the Karaka local says. “I’m ecstatic. I didn’t think it was impossible to win.” Not content with leaving all rails in place (the only competitor to do so) during her first round, the 20-year-old from Karaka recorded another clear round to claim the cup. The win capped off a superb show for Lily, who also finished second in the Young Rider of the Year and sixth in the Lady Rider class.

‘Hackett’? Waiuku can! Young though she may be, Waiuku’s Tyla Hackett is quite the sight when out on the... Gin! Fresh from competing in the Pony of the Year class, Tyla and her horse, Gin, negotiated a rain-affected course to secure prestigious Junior Rider of the Year accolades. Another Waiuku local to star in the winners’ circle was Marie Whitworth – whose daughter, Georgia, has featured in past issues of Rural Living. Marie’s six month old foal (named WRS Rebel Wilson) was awarded the In Hand Youngstock Pinto Horse of the Year title. For a complete list of Horse of the Year 2017 results, see

Farmers face climate change The sky might not be falling but (the views of certain world leaders aside) it appears that climate change is certain to affect our farming future, Anders Crofoot from Federated Farmers contends. “The scientific consensus is that climate change is happening and that humanity, including agriculture, contributes,” he says. “Farming must remain viable and that requires exploring the implications of the threats and opportunities arising from a changing climate.” Federated Farmers’ recently released Policy on Climate Change lays out a 12-point strategy calls for greater investment in research efforts with a view to reducing biological agricultural emissions. However, controlling temperatures must be measured against the need to feed a growing population, and until “effective mitigation tools” are in place, there is no sense in including emission levels in the Emissions Trading Scheme, Mr Crofoot adds. “[If so] we would simply be exporting production to other less efficient players, making the global environmental problem worse, not better.” Federated Farmers’ Policy on Climate Change is accessible via

Cash injection fuels adaptation Preparing New Zealand’s primary industries to cope with climate change requires fuel in the form of funding. The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme is designed to do just that, Martyn Dunne from MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) asserts. “Funding plays an important part in helping our primary industries prepare for the future challenges of climate change,” he says. “This year, we anticipate a high calibre of applications... The research undertaken provides valuable insights that inform decisions from policy making through to farm management.” The programme’s latest research round concludes April 21.

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A north Waikato woman has turned her love for the gentle giants of the dog world into a burgeoning business. Fiona Robertson ships animal health supplements from her lifestyle block to a growing list of international stockists. She talked to Angela Kemp.


iona Robertson will never forget May 12, 2010. Her beautiful Newfoundland dog, Rosie, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a terminal heart condition common to the breed. Fiona, a qualified veterinary nurse, was not about to give up on her pet. She had read about the benefits of fish oil and decided to try and find a fish oil supplement in the hope that it would improve the quality of her dog’s life and even prolong it. But the product she was looking for – a fish oil supplement which was sustainable, ethically-sourced and produced, and a NZ product – wasn’t available. So she decided to make her own. Fiona started her trials using a refined human-grade product on her Newfoundland dogs. The results were spectacular, not least on Rosie. “Rosie’s arrhythmia was better controlled and my oldest dog, Flame, gained increased mobility as a result of improved joint health. “After her diagnosis the vet thought Rosie would have only about eight months of quality life left but she lived a full and

Three of the best. Fiona’s Newfoundlands Lace, Fleur and Abbey make beautiful models for her product’s packaging.

healthy life for another three years and actually died of breast cancer,” says Fiona. The teacher and former share milker began her love affair with Newfoundlands some 20 years ago when she and husband, Gavin imported Pip, their first ‘Newfie’ from Australia. The purchase prompted their move from Takanini to Pukekawa. The black beauty was a success in the

show ring and sparked Fiona’s interest in breeding Newfoundlands. At one time her Pukekawa property was home to 16 of the giant breed who enjoyed the privilege of sleeping on the couches inside (as all of her current five dogs do). Despite their size Fiona says they are gentle and love human company. “They want to be close all the time and

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nyone would think running a business from your rural property wouldn’t be a problem these days thanks to the internet and the wonders of on-line shopping and banking. But in reality it’s not that easy if Fiona Robertson’s experience is typical of the problems facing rural entrepreneurs. An appalling internet connection and lack of a courier service to her remote property might have caused her to abandon plans for her pet supplements business shortly after its launch. But like a dog with a bone, Fiona was tenacious and refused to let the logistical setbacks stand in her way. And, her struggles to grow a successful business in the sticks were recognised by The David Awards in which she was a finalist last year. The awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small businesses

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throughout the country and acknowledge their contribution to NZ, their communities, families and the Kiwi business landscape. In the same way that David conquered the giant Goliath, these entrepreneurial ‘Davids’ are recognised for punching well

above their weight. Fiona’s Newflands business was a finalist in the category for ‘most outstanding triumph over adversity’. She impressed the judges by succeeding in spite of challenges beyond the usual. “Couriers will neither deliver nor collect from me so I have a 20-minute drive into Tuakau with all my orders. Furthermore, postal deliveries have dropped to only three times a week,” said Fiona. “The internet was too slow for recreational use let alone running a business. That’s despite there being fibre optic cables beneath the stock bank next to our property but we were told we couldn’t access them. Fortunately we managed to find a company who has given us our own wireless connection.” But thanks to the faster internet she can now Skype, eliminating the need to travel to Auckland several times a week.

this Pukekawa success story! are very loving and caring animals which don’t bother with other stock such as horses, cows, sheep or chickens.” Since launching her pet health supplements business, Newflands with omega-i oil and hoki oil, the range has expanded to include healthy treats. They’ve been developed to support pets’ immune system or work with their current veterinary treatment if they have arthritis, itchy, flaky or scratchy skin conditions, eye issues or heart problems. They are suitable for both dogs and cats and even humans! Fiona works alongside Massey University to provide scientific proof of the benefits of using fish and krill oil supplements. Other Newflands products are currently at the research and development stage. The supplements are manufactured at factories in Auckland and beyond and returned to Fiona’s home for distribution (unless they are overseas orders). Newflands is available at 60 stockists in NZ as well as in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and from Amazon in the USA.

park barks up right tree A dog park in the middle of the country sounds absurd but is proving to be a big hit with the lucky pooches of Pukekawa and beyond. Fiona Robertson has designated a fenced paddock where owners can safely let their dogs exercise off leash in a safe environment. They can even go for a swim in a pool. “Although we are in a rural area there are actually very few places where dogs can be safely allowed to let off steam. “Depending on the visitors, I either put my dogs away or let them join in. It enables people to let their dogs exercise on their own or with other dogs. ”I recently had someone bring three chihuahuas from Orewa so they could play happily without fear of being

picked on by bigger dogs. “Many visitors make a day of it and bring a picnic. People make a booking through our Facebook page and generally come in the evenings or weekends. We’ve even had a dog’s birthday party.” Admission to the dog park is by donation which Fiona says will go towards developing the facilities further. Eventually she’d like to see the park used for dog training and agility, to teach first aid for dogs, provide pets with a grooming and massage service and extend her boarding facilities. As if looking after her own five Newfoundlands isn’t enough, Fiona runs a ‘staycation’ for medium to large dogs, which, not surprisingly, enjoy a home away from home.

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Purple haze gets right up your nose Gazing at the rows of deep purple flowers, their heady perfume hovering like a heat haze, you might imagine you were in the lavender fields of Provence. But as ANGELA KEMP discovered, this visual and olfactory delight is in a rather less auspicious location much closer to home.


ention Glenbrook and there’s two things that spring to mind – the steel mill and the vintage railway. It certainly isn’t somewhere you would expect to find a profitable lavender farm. Glenbrook Lavender produces some of the finest lavender oil you’ll find – so special Harrods asked to stock it. But its down-to-earth grower, Paul Chainey prefers to peddle his fragrant beauty products at local markets such as Howick Village, Pokeno Country Market, Red Shed Palazzo and Parnell Farmers Market. Paul started Glenbrook Lavender about 14 years ago after he and wife Miriam moved from Auckland to the 11 acre block when she was appointed head of art at Wesley College. After some brainstorming about what to do with their lifestyle block, they decided to plant lavender in a semi-commercial capacity to keep Paul out of mischief after his retirement from real estate. “We started with 5000 plants but had a battle with the pukekos; they were pulling the plants out nearly as fast as we were putting them in. I was putting anything between 150 and 200 plants back in the ground every morning.” Paul subsequently reduced the planting to around 3000 plants which grow on a hectare of land with Glenbrook Steel Mill in clear view on the horizon. He said there was no secret to growing lavender, he just ploughed up a former paddock and ‘stuck the plants in’.

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“I devised a gadget on the back of our small tractor and rotary hoe which mounded up the rows and we just went from there. The clay soil isn’t the best for growing lavender, it’s claggy in winter and dries out into big cracks in summer.” Although it may not be ideal growing conditions, the grosso lavender plants don’t seem to mind too much and produce more than enough oil to meet Glenbrook Lavender’s needs. As with any crop, oil production varies year to year. “When we had 5000 plants our first crop of oil was 25 litres. The second year that went up to 40 litres and by the time we were up to the fifth and sixth year we were at nearly 80 litres of oil.” The couple’s son Bradley is in charge of distilling the precious oil, a process his father says he’s especially good at. They now have their own distillation plant on the farm after Paul became fed up driving his harvest to Taupo for processing. “It’s like a giant pressure cooker and the main basket we put in there holds 300kgs of flowers which produces five to seven litres of oil. We’re expecting about five lots like that from this year’s harvest.” At harvest time in early January, Bradley’s job was to cut the florets and stems with a hedgetrimmer before they were collected in sacks and taken to the distillation shed. With extra help drafted in, the entire crop was gathered in a day. “The smell of the lavender oil when it is first done is quite acidic and I won’t use

that, I leave it to mature for at least 12 months because the longer you leave it the better it is,” Paul says. Virtually all the lavender oil goes into soaps and other beauty products such as hand and body creams, shower gel and shampoo which Paul sells at local markets as well as online. A specialist soap company produces several types of soap to Paul’s recipe. He

Timeless lavender heaven sent Smelling of fresh flowers and green herbs, lavender is one of the most recognised scents in the world. Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”. The Romans used lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties. The essential oil distilled from its florets and leaves is used as a disinfectant, an antiseptic, an antiinflammatory and for aromatherapy. An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburn and small cuts, burns and inflammatory conditions and even acne. Lavender oil is said to relieve headaches, migraines and motion sickness when applied to the temples. It is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation but it’s most popular application is as the aromatic base for thousands of cosmetic products, such as lotions, massage oils, perfumes and soaps. The oil is extracted from the plant using distillation which produces both the essential oil and a lavender hydrosol, more commonly known as lavender water.

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insists on including extra oil to ensure the lavender scent lingers right to the end. One of the best sellers is lavender and goats’ milk soap which he said was very popular among people with skin conditions. “I had a woman come up to me to say her grandson’s eczema had all but cleared after using my soap.” Another satisfied customer in Howick swears by the company’s blended lavender oil for curing stretch marks and had to be prevented from showing Paul the results. Growing lavender as a money-maker is only possible if you are prepared to turn the oil into product yourself, Paul says. His one experience of supplying oil wholesale convinced him that he would do it his way or not at all. “I did have a rep who wanted to try and sell it to shops but they wanted to change the packaging, said it was too plain, not fancy wrapped. “I said I didn’t believe in fancy wrapping because the first thing you do when you take it home is rip off the wrapping and throw it away. That’s a waste of money plus it’s only going to add to the price.” “I’m confident that our soaps and beauty products are as good as, and in many cases better than, anything you’ll find on the shelf.” The pukekos are still pecking around the lavender but that doesn’t worry Paul anymore. “The plants have become too big for them to pull up and I’m happy for them to eat up some of the thousands of snails that live amongst them.”

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sweet it isn’t!

ood licking isn’t the reserve of the good looking, it seems, as this little letter from a local reader suggests: I took my granddaughter to Pokeno for a treat before she went back to school and she led me to the ‘Original Pokeno Icecream and Cafe’. While quite a few of the many flavours had sold out (understandable, given the popularity of the place), service was friendly and our cornets large and very reasonably priced – at just $2, they were a bargain in my view. However, the experience was spoiled by the scruffy exterior of the shop, something I had time to contemplate in the 15 minutes it took to eat our ice-creams. Old food cartoons littered our table which was beneath a faded menu board which in turn was mounted on a dirty wall which drastically needed a lick of paint. While we were there, two American visitors stopped by and I felt ashamed of the place. The establishment has an ‘A’ grade food hygiene certificate on display, so no worries there, but it could (and should) be so much better.

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Rural Living sent our reader’s photo (and a brief summation of his letter) to Rachina Touch, owner of the Original Pokeno Icecream and Cafe. The response we received was prompt and courteous, confirming that new signage was ordered from Tip Top some time ago. “This is a small town with busy shops and people travelling by all the time... the council have removed the old rubbish bins and replaced them with new ones recently, but they overflow quickly,” she explains. “My team always tries to keep our customers happy and the place tidy and clean, but we do get extremely busy and we don’t always have time to go outside to check up. We ask customers to use commonsense and use the bins that are provided. We do apologise if [the reader] is unhappy.” Thanks so much to both our reader and the respondent from the cafe.

elvis lives... in hawera! Since Elvis joined the ‘choir invisible’, fans have been seeking him here and there; however, perhaps they should have been seeking him in Hawera. Waiuku’s Jo Slater sent us this photo, taken at KD’s Elvis Presley Museum during a recent visit to South Taranaki. “I was told about this museum by a neighbour,” she says. “I went to see it and meet Kevin [Wasley], the owner, whose collection spans a period of 40 years. I have seen many Elvis museums but his is by far the best; truly spectacular!” Jo knows a thing or two (or a few thousand!) about ‘The King’; she boasts an extensive collection of memorabilia of her own – see Rural Living’s Feb-Mar 2016.



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Pet emergency! By Paul Eason, BVM&S MANZCVS (Surgery; Emergency and Critical Care) Our four-legged friends mostly have a life of great fun, exploring their world and putting their noses into everything. But this can get them into real problems, some of which may require emergency treatment at a vet clinic. Since they explore with their mouths while we (normally) use our hands, cats and dogs are at risk of swallowing, or even just tasting, all sorts of things they shouldn’t. This can result in a lot of upset stomachs. Vomiting and diarrhoea are common problems in dogs and while the majority of cases quickly resolve, they can also deteriorate very quickly, so it is usually best to contact your local clinic for advice. Vomiting leads to dehydration, so always contact the clinic if the vomiting will not stop quickly. Cats and dogs unfortunately suffer a lot of traumatic incidents, such as being hit by a car, or suffering fight wounds. It is important they are taken to the

clinic quickly so they can be checked thoroughly. Even if your pet appears fine, there may be serious internal injuries which, initially, may be difficult to spot. Wounds may be deeper than they appear and complications can result from delaying veterinary attention. If you notice your pet’s abdomen is rapidly distending and it appear breathless and in distress, this could be the dreaded twisted stomach. This is one of the most dangerous medical emergencies a dog can get. It requires urgent medical attention. Time is critical, so do not delay; go to the nearest emergency vet clinic immediately. Dogs and cats are very susceptible to poisoning since they explore with their mouths. Rat bait is a highly effective killer of rodents, but will also kill our pets if they eat it. Signs of poisoning are to do with blood loss, which commonly


presents as a cough from bleeding in the lungs. Rapid, early treatment is life-saving. Other poisons such as slug bait, antifreeze, fungal toxins, and human medications are all seen frequently. Contact your local vet for advice immediately. Difficulty breathing, problems giving birth, sore eyes, bleeding from anywhere, are all potential emergencies as well. Your local vet is best equipped to assess, stabilise, and treat your pet in case of an emergency. Emergency medicine for vets is similar to that for humans: high adrenaline at times, challenging cases, and professionally very rewarding when you save lives. But we all hate losing patients, and especially when we know we could have saved them if we had seen them earlier. We like seeing healthy pets too! If you are at all concerned


n Continue to monitor facial eczema spore counts and ensure cattle and sheep are protected with oral zinc. In most situations, zinc boluses provide the most reliable protection. n Parasite challenge becomes high in autumn with warm, wet weather. Ensure you have an effective control strategy in place. This may involve treatment with drenches. n Flystrike in sheep remains a risk during the warm weather. Prevent with good parasite control and crutching to avoid tags, shearing and treatment with protective sprays. your pet may be having a medical emergency, just bring them down to the clinic and let the professionals check them out. Franklin Vets Papakura, Waiuku and Pukekohe hospitals are well equipped to cater for any emergencies you may have. Our clinics have well trained vets and the latest in diagnostic equipment such as digital x-rays, ultrasound and in-house blood testing equipment. See website for opening hours.

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n the wake of scathing remarks by Federated Farmers about the impact of the US President’s trade shenanigans, Rural Living sought the reaction of one Donald J Trump – seriously... we did! Federated Farmers president, Dr William Rolleston, claims that: “[Trump’s] determination to promote American interests above all else, even at the expense of long-standing, and mutually beneficial agreements could be devastating for New Zealand. “If [he] decides to use the might of the USA to bully their way out of trade agreements, negotiated in good faith, and to be mutually beneficial to all parties, then NZ and many other countries could be severely compromised.” A recent report by the Trump administration outlines the president’s intentions to consider World Trade Organisation rulings to be non-binding, Dr Rolleston confirms. “This is extraordinary. If allowed to continue in this vein, it will undermine all the work we’ve done as a nation,” he says. “We have long advocated for countries to live up to their commitments and obligations. “This thinking will take global trade backwards and will ultimately be as damaging for the US as anywhere else.” Despite our best efforts to gain comment in regards to these statements, Mr Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, did not respond in time for publication. Maybe the Donald thought, as Rural Living doesn’t broadcast on Fox, it must be... fake news.



Karaka’s Lisa Kendall has stormed to victory at Young Farmer of the Year’s Northern Regionals, claiming four from five Agri-Challenge titles along the way. Consequently, Lisa has secured a place in the Young Farmer’s Grand Final (July 6-8). During 49 years of competition, just three women have reached this stage and none have ever won the title. As Rural Living went to print, another local woman was also looking to change this - Jo Jordan (North Waikato), was set to compete at the Waikato/BOP Regionals. New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland describes Lisa as “a real role model”. He hopes her success will encourage other young women to participate in the event. To read our Q&A interview with Lisa, see our February issue at

GAMES’ GOOD SPORTS During a weekend of ‘sports that built the nation’, thousands descended on Palmerston North recently for the third annual New Zealand Rural Games. From the running of the wools, to national championships (including shearing, speed fencing and caber tossing), the event presented a taste of country competition. Two Olympic greats also pitched in. Dame Valerie Adams comfortably claimed the women’s Gumboot Throwing Championship, while Mahé Drysdale fell well short, finishing last in the men’s event. For full results see

A new breed of teens is being encouraged to turn to plough sheers in efforts to build a better agricultural industry. Youth Minister, Nikki Kaye, says the TeenAg initiative will be nurtured by $146,000 in government funding. “TeenAg aims to promote a positive picture of agriculture and raise awareness of careers. The funding will support around 500 more young people in the programme,” she says. The funding will (in part) assist TeenAg in extending its reach into urban centres. “This is about supporting more young people to develop skills such as leadership and learn about potential career opportunities in the primary sector, which is such a vital part of our economy.”

MANUKA MEASURES UP If a friend with seeds is a friend indeed, Kiwi landowners could make the acquaintance of the ‘manuka men’ (and women) soon. Facing increased demand for high performance seedlings (up 500 percent in three years), Manuka Farming NZ is seeking fresh fields. However, the company’s commercial manager, Stephen Lee, says not all seedlings are created equal. “We have narrowed the varieties down to four; suited to specific growing regions and climates... it’s about [finding] the right seedling for the site that will bring the landowner a good return,” he explains. The company also offers seminars to help farmers keen to grow manuka as well as eco-sourcing. This involves examining existing manuka trees with a view to collecting seeds so more can be planted.




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he start of autumn is always a busy time for pest controllers but this year I’m busier than usual as I’m also dealing with the aftermath of a flood through my workshop at 2am! The water came in with such force there were ripples on the surface, right in the middle of my workshop and trap museum – talk about Impressive! My heart goes out to those of you that copped it through your homes, I’m sure many of you will be dealing with the mess for a long while yet. The water has also pushed pest animals around a bit; rats and mice have been particularly active over the past couple of weeks following that colossal downpour; they’re already heading indoors as if it’s winter and that’s causing problems for a lot of you. If you have, or even suspect, rat and mouse issues in your buildings it’s time to get out the bait stations and load them up, Quality toxin and well placed stations are the only way to go and the right action now usually means you can forget about them for the rest of the winter. Wasp nests often become very dangerous in late summer-autumn and if you have one of these I suggest you ask for help from a professional. Nests can usually be completely killed in just one treatment and doing them now will likely result in fewer wasps in your area next spring. We are taking so many wasp calls that Janet is keeping the wasp kit with her every day so she can respond immediately. The new Vespex product is showing some

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promise and we are paying close attention to trials being undertaken by a number of agencies at present. The results of these won’t be known until next spring but I’m really hoping it turns out to be a winner and we can finally tackle these guys on a grand scale! Until then, the only way forward is to deal with them one nest at a time so keep your eyes peeled and give us a call if you need help. Many possum control programmes will be dusting off traps and ordering toxin for a mid-April start to the season. In this part of the country, most possums are born in April so it’s a great opportunity to get twice the bang for your buck by removing pregnant females and those with new young.

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Now is the right time to decide whether you intend to poison or trap, do it yourself or get some help. In general, small scale sites can be trapped with ease and a well designed poison operation can make even large scale possum control fairly easy. Rabbits are continuing to do extremely well and I am yet to see any real decline in numbers following the floods around here. I shot more than 300 last week and will start again tonight with a fully booked week ahead. Remember, you can always look at back issues of Rural Living online for our specific guidelines on doing much of this work yourself, if you need further help or advice with any pest problems I am only ever a phone call away.

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uilding, renovating or decorating? Need to tackle the landscaping or looking for a garden shed? Want help on every level? Don’t panic because the upcoming 2017 Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo promises a myriad of solutions for both dreams and dilemmas. Expected to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, this year’s show takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 8 & 9 at the PIA Event Centre in Ward St, Pukekohe. It will again offer locals and visitors a host of home and lifestyle ideas and options, further enhanced by a festive atmosphere with food, live music and entertainment. Also, look out for wood carving demonstrations and plenty of ‘show only’ specials, competitions, giveaways and prizes too – all adding up to a day out no one should miss. More than 100 exhibitors from throughout Franklin will come together to showcase their wares and offer expert advice. What’s more, local appliance


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Plummer masters game Water polo is regarded as one of the toughest of sports so why on earth would you want to start playing it again in middle age? On the eve of the World Masters Games to be held in Auckland, ANGELA KEMP put that to Franklin’s Jo Plummer.

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She was invited to play in the World Masters by her brother who also played water polo for New Zealand. “Now living in America he was home in November and said he was with a bunch of guys who were getting together to play at World Masters. He is now 46 but used to play in the under 18s team. “He said I should play and he messaged a mate of his who was putting a girls’ team together and that’s basically how I got in. To be fair, I haven’t played any water polo at any level for two years and now I’m freaking out. I’m swim training twice a week and encourage my kids to throw balls at me for practise as I am the goalie.” Jo says she has played with most of the other women in the Masters’ team at either national or club level but they were training in other parts of the country as well as two who are overseas. Jo’s preparations have included joining a social league at the Millennium Stadium on the North Shore but she says it is unlikely the Masters’ side will play as a team before match time. Although Pilates has kept her strong, she compares entering the Masters as doing a year of power walking before running a marathon. The couple’s children are

Some 25,000 participants from 100 countries will converge on Auckland in April for the World Masters Games. They will compete in 28 sports and 45 disciplines in what is regarded as the largest multi-sport event in the world. Anyone can take part in the games so long as they are over the age of 35 (though some sports will allow athletes who are younger than that). Participants compete for themselves – there are no country delegations. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. The opening ceremony will be held at Eden Park on Friday, April 21 and the games run until the end of the month. all sporty and Jo is looking forward to showing them her competitive side. “This will show them you can be any age and still be fit and active and make high end teams if you put your mind to it. Jo said a huge motivation was the recent death of a former team mate from a brain tumour. “She was meant to be our manager so it’s even more motivation for us to honour her the best way we can because she would have been on the side line if she’d made it.” Rural Living — April 2017 — 29

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o Plummer says she can’t see what all the fuss is about her playing in the forthcoming World Masters Games. “It’s not like it’s a national side or anything,” she says with typical modesty. “Anyone can enter World Masters, so I do feel like a bit of a fraud.” Well, let’s be honest, not everyone can enter the Masters and those that do generally have an impressive past track record albeit from their halcyon years. Jo is a case in point. She represented New Zealand at water polo back in her 20s when the sport was relatively marginal. Always a competitive swimmer, she started playing water polo while at Howick College and before long was selected for the Auckland and national under 15s teams. She enjoyed nearly 10 years on the NZ women’s team with monthly weekend training in Wellington. She decided to hang up her goggles 22 years ago to concentrate on raising her four children and has become a successful Pilates instructor which she runs from a studio at the Karaka lifestyle block she shares with husband Mark, who is the head physiotherapist to Auckland Blues. She spends around 30 hours a week teaching and has between 80-100 clients on her books including two other World Masters’ competitors, a cyclist and netball/ basketball player. “They’re a little bit older too and it’s great that it doesn’t matter what age you are, the Masters can still be competitive and give you another opportunity to compete at a high level.” It could be Pilates will prove to be the not-so-secret weapon in a successful outcome for these Karaka crackers. “What I love about the Pilates is that when I’ve been unable to get in the water I’ve been able to modify it to keep my strength training up. Wish they’d had Pilates when I played at top level all those years ago because I think my playing could have been so much better. “I’m really hoping it’s like riding a bike and it will all come flooding back to me. It’s a tough sport and is probably still a minority sport. But a lot more kids are getting into.” Jo says the attraction for her of water polo was that she enjoys team sports and that it is “just a little bit aggressive”.

Settling in takes time Reay Neben is a Franklin resident and publisher of Rural Living.



t is now six weeks since we moved into our new property and what a hectic time it has been. People ask me if I miss the old place and the answer is, ‘of course but there is so much to do at this new place, I hardly have time to think.’ We were invited to dinner at our former home and we weren’t sure how we would feel going back. As we drove up the drive we noticed our old neighbours following behind us. They had also been invited to dinner. After 22 years, strangely, it didn’t feel like our home at all. The new owners had made it so different from the way we had it but nevertheless it was fabulous and when we left that night, after a lovely evening, we realised it was time for our beautiful home to have young, vibrate and different owners. The next generation has taken over and we know the property is loved. Now, on to current happenings. Life is so different in the new location where we are re-establishing a large garden and are also changing around interior rooms. A rep from Kevens Curtains has been out and I have ordered Santa Fe shutters for our bedroom. I can’t wait for them to arrive. Craig from Illuminate has also been there for days setting up the TVs in the different rooms. This new house does not have normal ceilings so in many places

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access from one room to the other has had to go across the roof. It’s all done now so we are okay for television. BW Henderson have been and changed the lights in the kitchen and done a few jobs but this house has so many light switches and we have no idea what or where some lights should be. There are two switches at the front door. I kept pressing them and wondering what on earth they were for with no luck. Then, Brian was outside one day while I was playing with each button and the garage doors opened – one problem solved many more to go. One advantage of our new property is that my Waiau Pa friend can now pop in more easily and that’s a luxury we haven’t experienced since we both lived in Howick in the early 1980s. Over the past weeks I’ve also tried different ways to avoid that awful

motorway traffic when heading for our Botany office. I have to say that like many people, the ability to work remotely is great and I can leave home later after doing some work at home, then travelling when the traffic is less congested. I envy those who are lucky enough to work and live out here as coping with the Southern Motorway is a nightmare. We had a son flying in on Thursday from the USA, due here at 6.30am. We had no idea how much time to allow to get to the airport. Luckily for us his flights from the East Coast were delayed due to the blizzards so his flight into Auckland was changed and we picked him up at 5.30am Sunday morning. No traffic worries then! However, another holiday break is upon us – have a happy Easter everyone and, if travelling, do be careful on those dreadful roads.

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Terri Marchant’s haven for hedgehogs is not for the faint-hearted – she can have several baby hogs to care for at any one time not to mention numerous birds in need of care. HELEN PERRY soon realised that Terri’s efforts to preserve the environment and its wildlife are enough to keep a dozen people on the go.


escue, Recuperate, Release’, has been Terri Marchant’s tenet for the past 25 years, ever since she suggested to her late husband they turn their back yard and shed into a haven for destitute, hurt, or ailing hedgehogs. Today she has 38 cages not just for hedgehogs but for other small strays in need of attention; her treatment table is seldom vacant. In fact, as we sat chatting over coffee, Terry told me she was (at that time) caring for 33 fledglings – “brought in by cats and kids!” These were released back into the environment just prior to Christmas, a number into the Franklin district. But Terri’s lifelong dedication to animal welfare started long before her Hedgehog and Wildlife Clinic. Even as a child in Canada, living in an apartment block, she would buy 10 cent baby turtles from the pet shop and bring them home. “When the family arrived here I was 11 and ecstatic that there was enough land for a puppy.” Now, more than 50 years later, Terri has enough land not just for a puppy but for her veritable menagerie. As well as hedgehogs, fledglings and other rescued birds, her family pets include 13-year-old Peter Rabbit, nine year old Skitz, the cat, two dogs – “not mine; one is my daughter’s, the other my son’s but for now they are living with me” – and her matriarch hedgehog, Mrs Tiggywinkle, aged nine who was rescued

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and painstakingly nursed back to health after someone poured boiling water over her. “She took years to come right but it was worth the effort; she’s a delight.” On leaving her school years behind, Terri went to work for the SPCA and stayed for 27 years, rising through the ranks to animal inspector – large animals. “In the early days we were located in the inner city. As building began at Mangere it was a time of real change. Sadly, many newcomers to New Zealand didn’t understand the rules, laws and protocol surrounding animal welfare and we saw some horrific cases of abuse such as hens crammed into tiny cages and pigs hanging from chains. “But it wasn’t only immigrants; it was very difficult seeing case after case of aggravated cruelty – dogs horribly beaten, dragged, roped, starved and so much more. “As time went on we were more successful in bringing about prosecutions but eventually it all became too much especially the bestiality cases. I was pretty well burnt out and decided it was time to move on.” Despite a shift in direction – Terri became a bailiff with the Otahuhu District Court and then worked in community development at the former Manukau City Council among other roles – she continued to do volunteer work and has had her fingers in plenty of community pies. Today, she is secretary, acting treasurer,

education officer and event organiser for the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society, and has been involved in various clean-up operations around the estuary and associated waterways. “I remember when there were 124 pairs of nesting shags in the pines lining the section of the estuary which connects the Panmure Basin to the main waterway? Well, now, there are just 24 nesting pairs. There’s just no food anymore. The shellfish are gone and fish are few and far between. What’s why we need to work harder to preserve the estuary and environs.” If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Terri is also an avid permaculturist – “the hedgehogs are heaven-sent in a garden like mine, gobbling up snails, slugs, earwigs and the like. Because they are such garden-loving creatures, when rescued hedgehogs are ready for release I deliver most to permaculture gardens in the Pukekohe and Waiuku areas as well as to Thames and Coromandel, where they thrive.” On the other hand, fledglings she raises to maturity are released back into the local environment and Terri says she has about a 72 per cent success rate of saving young birds that have fallen from nests or been hurt. “But it’s not all about saving sick or hurt wildlife,” she says. “I’m keenly interested in healthy birdlife inhabiting reserves and banks along the Tamaki Estuary – spoonbills, godwits (my favourites) herons, pukeko and more. We’re very lucky that so

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many still thrive in what is, essentially, an urban area. That’s why it’s so important we keep the waterway, and others like it, free of rubbish.” While rescue work means Terri is ‘nurse’ much of the year, her interest in gardening has seen her at the forefront of community gardening too – she is a founding member of the East Tamaki Community Garden, teaching gardening skills to new immigrants. “There’s real joy in this work. Most come along with no idea about even the basics of gardening; in fact growing vegetables (and flowers) in the city, let alone anywhere else, is something some would never even have contemplated. “Yet how they love it and as well as developing practical skills, they learn about

good nutrition. These gardens and others like it can do such a lot of good.” Of course, with her interest in hedgehogs and birds, gardens and rivers, it’s hardly a surprise, (oh well, maybe a bit of a surprise), to learn Terri’s animal welfare domain also includes wetas. Having worked as a volunteer in the entomology department of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, her interest in insects took her on a new path. “There was a fascinating ‘weird and wonderful’ section that the kiddies loved especially the cockroach display. We decided it could do with some wetas, too!” Subsequently, Terri became a weta breeder using some disused fish tanks she had at home. “At my first ‘birthing’ scores of little

wetas were born. Nearly all were relocated to bush areas around Titirangi and a few went to the museum.” Now you might think that’s enough to keep 10 women busy but despite being just one – even if she is a dynamo – Terri also works in a Howick Op Shop every third Wednesday and is grateful for the bags of rags they donate to help keep her cubicles clean. But, with her multitude of jobs one could ask Terri does she ever get tired of the demands on her time? “Never! Well, hardly ever. I don’t like being on my own and all my activities mean I seldom feel lonely or have time to sit around moping. I’m just glad I can still do the work and contribute to the community.”

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eautiful Cambridge, just south of Hamilton, has long been admired for its leafy environs with tree-lined streets, well kept period homes, landmark churches, eclectic shopping, galleries, cafes, schools and, now new suburbs to cope with the township’s continuing growth. Surrounded by thoroughbred country, the township’s welcoming community has attracted residents who appreciate it’s handiness to Hamilton as well as to the Bay of Plenty towns of Rotorua and Tauranga. New infrastructure, in the way of extensions to the Waikato Expressway, also means the run to Auckland is shorter than ever, taking motorists through pretty countryside along well formed, straight highways. So, it’s no wonder those living in the Franklin district think nothing of a day trip to Cambridge or have even eyed up property there with a view to retirement or as a great place to relocate the family. With a population heading for 20,000, residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do. The town enjoys two stunning waterways – the Waikato River and lovely Lake Karapiro with swimming, rowing, kayaking, jet boating, water-skiing, cruising and fishing available

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to everyone and just minutes to the town centre. Cambridge is also well-suited to those who walk or bike while those into horses will know the town is often called the equine capital of New Zealand. Some of the world’s best racehorses have been bred there while many thoroughbred and standardbred trainers are based in the district. The Cambridge trots attracts punters from all over. In addition, Cambridge annually

plays host to a growing number of annual events such as international, national and regional rowing regattas and other major water sports events such as the National Waka Ama Sprint Championships and the New Zealand Grand Prix hydroplane races. The Autumn and Christmas festivals are hugely popular and with Cambridge also close to Mystery Creek, the National Agricultural Fieldays in June is a not to be missed many Frankliners know! A beautiful town whether visiting for a day or weighing up as a future living option, Cambridge is well endowed with every facility for young professionals, families or retirees.

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t Peter’s, Cambridge has started 2017 on a high with enrolments well ahead of previous years and top academic and sports results. As the biggest co-educational boarding school in the country, 450 out of the 1100 students at St Peter’s are boarders. The school is upgrading and expanding its boarding facilities, with two new buildings being added this year to meet the increasing demand for beds. Principal Dale Burden cites the enormous opportunities for students at St Peter’s as the primary reasons a place at the school is so sought-after. “Parents are increasingly wanting worldclass opportunities for their children – opportunities that the state simply cannot provide,” says Dale. Dale moved to St Peter’s at the start of 2016, after 10 years as headmaster at Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar School. The opportunities he refers to are smaller class sizes, individual care and attention, outstanding teachers, a choice of curriculum, extensive outdoor education and outstanding facilities. Four of the school’s International

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Baccalaureate students, Rebecca Goodman, Emilie Hughes, Simran Saini and Kevin Liu, were recently honoured for their outstanding results at the Top Scholar Awards at Government House. Another student, Varun Roy, received the highest mark in New Zealand in the IGCSE Cambridge International Mathematics

examination despite being only year 10. Each year St Peter’s performs a professional quality stage show. This year it’s an ambitious one – the New Zealand secondary schools’ premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical, Starlight Express, staged entirely on roller skates. Pathways for students to excel in sports have increased with the introduction to the curriculum of four junior sports academies in football, netball, cricket and rugby. These academies are led by high-profile coaches, including former All Whites player and coach, Ricki Herbert; Northern Districts cricket coach, Owen Steverson; former Silver Fern netballer, Amigene Metcalfe and former Chiefs rugby player, Sean Hohneck. The school is producing excellent results across the sporting disciplines. In rowing, St Peter’s is the current New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Champion. The squad trains at Lake Karapiro, one of New Zealand’s premier rowing venues. “Our ability to empower every student, be they academic, sporting or creative, is what makes St Peter’s unique,” says Dale.

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Fitness I on a plate!

The medieval walled town of Volterra in Tuscany, Italy has charmed many a tourist, its Etruscan past exuding intrigue. It was there that one Pukekohe business owner discovered a small treasure, hand-made while she watched – today it is among her favourites things, a reminder of life before New Zealand.

f anyone’s fit for business its Tracey Wilson – she and husband Ian have owned Counties Fitness Gym and Health Club for the past 11 years and Tracey’s passion for her work has never waned. However, there was a time when this couple led quite a different life in Europe and it was from Italy that Tracey brought home an ‘object de art’ that still holds fond memories of another life. “I was born and raised in Somerset, England but met Ian when we were both working for the United Nations in The Hague. During our years there we not only married in Belgium but also did a lot of travelling,” Tracey explains. “One trip was particularly memorable. We drove to Italy in his two-seater Lotus Elise with Simon and Garfunkel playing, and, as they say, the wind blowing in our hair! “In the Tuscan hills we visited the ancient town of Volterra – just fabulous. It was there we spotted a small boutique shop displaying beautiful glass ornaments. “While there we watched the creation of a lovely hand blown plate, its blue floral design made more stunning when lit from behind. Of course, we bought

it and today it sits in the lounge, a reminder of a wonderful holiday before we left Europe for a new life here.” And what a life the couple enjoy today, operating the gym where Tracey, among other duties, embraces her role as a group fitness instructor taking several classes a week. “At one time we thought to set up a gym in The Netherlands but with Ian being a Kiwi, we decided New Zealand was the place to make home.” By sheer luck, Counties Fitness came their way. “We had already decided to escape city life but we didn’t want to go too rural either,” Tracey says. “Pukekohe seemed ideal. Then we heard Countries Fitness was up for sale and it seemed meant to be.” That was 11 years ago and now Tracey and Ian are fully immersed in their new life. They also have two sons – James (9) and Lewis (6) – so, between the gym and her family commitments, Tracey’s life is as full as it ever was. “In fact, you could say that while my beautiful plate is a reminder of our past life overseas, the gym has to be a favourite aspect of my everyday life today. It is challenging and fulfilling.”

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Gum disease

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Natasha Harris from Alberts Hair Salon, Pukekohe talks about freehand colouring.

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he signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums that bleed easily. They are not necessarily sore and your breath may or may not smell. In fact, sometimes diseased gums can look normal to you. Gum disease can be superficial or deep and everything between. When it’s superficial, the gums are red and they bleed. This is easy to change by removing plaque and deposits around the gums. Plaque is bacteria and sticky stuff that the bacteria make to help them stick to the teeth. When plaque is around a tooth for a few days, it changes because of minerals in your saliva that make a hard deposit. When gum disease is deeper, gaps form between the gum and tooth which we call pockets. Pockets start as shallow gaps but increase in depth as the disease progresses. The deposits form in these pockets too. Pockets that go all the way to the end of the root of a tooth mean the tooth has to come out. The tooth will often be sore to bite on at this stage and may also be loose. An abscess can form in the gum next to the loose tooth and be full of pus.


s always Alberts is at the forefront of the industry’s leading trends and it is with much excitement that my team and I are able to offer clients freehand applications allowing us to be hair artists. Paint, lift, highlight and create natural sun-kissed results with our gentle, no-drip formula which is rich in kaolin clay to strengthen and detoxify the hair. The new freestyle lightener has the ability to accentuate the naturally occurring highs and lows of colour, while creating shimmering reflections for an effortless and seamless blend of chocolates, caramels and vanilla, this modern take on the clever French balayage technique delivers defined contrast and dimension giving your cut, colour and style a luscious, lived-in result. “To freehand colour into that natural, sun-kissed look, it is imperative that the colour is applied correctly and with accurate precision. This unique formula creates maximum texture with minimum frizz. Alberts’ stylists work with you to achieve those subtle shades you have in mind as well as recommending a take home regimen to maintain your look!

So what can we do to help gum disease? Gentle and careful cleaning by a hygienist or dentist settles red and sore gums, and improves the bleeding and bad breath. The aim is to reduce the depth of the pockets therefore these are measured over the time. The deposits build up at different rates for different people. It’s best to monitor this so we can determine the best time frame for you to have them removed. It is also important that you know that gum disease contributes to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and also low birth weight babies. You will find more information about this if you google. Remember, to be healthy overall, you also need healthy gums!

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ach and every person is unique. A one of a kind, never to be repeated, original masterpiece. There are debates over nature vs nurture and which is the most influential force in developing our personalities. But, regardless, both these factors are present in a child’s life and will work in tandem to cultivate the person. As parents you are the experts on your own children. You know their strengths and who they truly are in essence. One important skill which parents can instil in their children is to recognise what their own strengths and talents are. It isn’t until someone else notices what you are good at something that you realise this ability is not inherent in everyone; it is your special talent. Talents are linked to our interests. If we are interested in something we are more likely to be motivated to persevere through difficulty and our talent grows as a result. Knowing that we are good at something builds our selfesteem and grows a positive personal identity. Talk with your children about what they are good at. Simply saying, “I have noticed that you are really good at …” highlights to children what makes them unique. From here you can foster your child’s passions through play. Provide a variety of books, toys and equipment to your children which will allow them to explore their talents. Give them real experiences with the things they are passionate about. As they grow, consider extra-curricular activities that might support their talents e.g. sports, drama, hobby clubs. Let your child take the lead and develop his or her own interests and talents. Your role as a parent is to be a support, guide and cheerleader. “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”  – EE Cummings

cyber world? Most people have more than just physical possessions these days. We have all sorts of digital information stored online including photos, email accounts and the like. Question: What happens to these when you die? ◆◆Have you considered a digital will? A digital will is not a legal document, like an official will, but it can determine the fate of your digital presence once you die. It is a list of all your electronic information, where it is stored and the username or email address you signed up with. This information helps your administrators retrieve any assets and close your accounts. We do not recommend sharing your passwords as this could result in problems during your lifetime and is more than likely a breach of the service provider’s terms and conditions. Once you have passed away, your executor can then set about providing evidence to providers that you have died in order to get access to the accounts using your login. However large or small your digital presence, don’t forget the sentimental value of some of the things you store in the digital world. Photos and movies of loved ones are a good example of this. ◆◆What does a digital executor do? The role of digital administrator usually involves contacting service providers to let them know you have died, retrieving data (if possible) and requesting closure of accounts. A digital executor’s job involves emailing, arranging logins and scanning documents (some services require your death to be verified). The terms and conditions of some services allow the digital executor to retrieve data, so they need to know how to download and store data. Once your digital assets are retrieved, we recommend requesting the account be closed or blocked. Some services, such as Facebook, won’t necessarily close an account but instead allow limited continued use by a digital administrator. For expert legal advice contact your straight talking legal team.

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Marc’s highly trained team can ‘make it, fit it and fix it.’ “From initial consultation to dental work – undertaken by dentists and oral surgeons – we provide a comprehensive service, offering the highest level of care during every step of treatment,” Marc explains. “We’re committed to making quality dentures that are comfortable and functional for our patients so they can get back to sinking their teeth into life!” To take that first step to a brighter smile, contact Marc and team at either of their two clinics. “Simply give us a call and we’ll take it from there,” says Marc, “Our clinical dental technicians offer full dental laboratory services and no dentist appointments or referrals are required.”

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or some people ageing gracefully is a misnomer – multiple wrinkles, sagging skin (or breasts) and drooping eyelids give them no pleasure only stress and sometimes depression. However, forget the brave face, think new face! Plastic surgeon, Tristan de Chalain, who attends clinic in Pukekohe every Friday fortnight, makes it possible to look younger, feel wonderful and have appearance confidence. “The reason for tackling these problems is as practical as it is aesthetic,” says the experienced plastic surgeon. “For example, brow lifts can enhance vision, breast reductions provide more freedom whether at the gym, heaving sacks of grain or wielding a spade, and a facelift can improve self-esteem. For those who have been stressed about their looks, decreasing that stress may also increase their general quality of life.” And today, more and more women welcome the chance to improve their looks, confident that Tristan’s skill will achieve just the right result. Client, Daniella says she had the pleasure of seeing the surgeon’s work (and the outcomes), many years ago when she was a registered nurse working at Middlemore Hospital. “When it came to having some work done on myself there was no question as to whom I should go,” she says. “Tristan’s expertise is well recognised in the medical community and his professionalism is second to none.” Daniella says during the pre-op consultations her areas of concern were discussed and a plan devised for optimum results. Her first surgery was carried out in September 2016 – a mid-facelift, lower blepharoplasty (eyelid tucks designed to reduce the signs of ageing around the eyes), tip of her nose refined and fat injections in the face. “The recovery wasn’t too bad. Day four and five were the worst as swelling had reached its peak although a cooling eye mask applied post op for three 3 days helped with the pain and swelling. “Importantly, the end results were fantastic. I regained my high cheekbones and no more dark circles under my eyes. The sutures were very fine with no scarring. “I was able to go out to an event nine days post op as bruising and swelling were minimal and were hidden by a light layer of foundation.”

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Daniella’s second operation in November 2016 included a lower 2/3 facelift and fat injections harvested from her abdominal area. “The recovery was more painful than the first time due to the amount of swelling, facial movement and the number of sutures but the result was amazing – I’m thrilled to have my youthful jawline back! “Words cannot express how grateful and happy I am with my results due to Tristan’s excellent skills.”

local clinic ease Rapid advances in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, laser technology and appearance medicine have changed the face of plastic surgery and also the faces and bodies of people from all walks of life. And, no one knows this better than respected plastic surgeon Tristan de Chalain who says done properly, both non surgical and surgical procedures can have a life-changing effect. As a plastic surgeon, he works wonders with physical imperfections and also deals with potentially life-threatening conditions such as skin cancers and melanoma. “Country life is often said to be all about healthy living but this isn’t always the case,” Tristan says. “With my Pukekohe clinic at the heart of what is still a horticultural and agricultural region, I am


◆◆Face – brow lift, canthopexy, ptosis and blepharoplasty (eyelid), rhinoplasty (nose), cleft palate ◆◆Ears – ear reshaping, ear setback ◆◆Breast – augmentation, reduction, lift and reconstruction ◆◆Skin – cancer and moles ◆◆Body contouring – abdominoplasty (stomach), buttock and brachioplasty (arm) lifts, liposuction acutely aware that skin cancers and melanoma can be a serious problem for many outdoor workers with the damage often severe. My job is to reverse the damage leaving a nearly invisible result.” To this end, Tristan offers a surgical service to excise any ‘lumps and bumps’. “I have the skills and experience to produce a result that is usually neater and cleaner than that of the average medical professional. What’s more, patients do not need a doctor’s referral.” Tristan is in Pukekohe every Friday fortnight and Monday to Thursday at the Remuera clinic. “Essentially I’ll look at a potential skin cancer or spot and where suitable will incise it there and then. This saves time and disruption to routines.” Widely-travelled, Tristan has worked at leading practices in the USA, Canada and South Africa and spent 10 years at Middlemore Hospital, lending his skills to post-trauma, craniofacial and cleft palate surgery. A former president of the New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery he moved into full time private practice in 2007 yet still volunteers to visit the Philippines annually to perform free cleft lip and palate operations on indigent children. An accomplished author and sculptor, his interests, as well as his surgical expertise, means he has a comfortable rapport with patients.

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THE LONGKEEPER In 1865, the Turbot family began farming in Pukekohe East. Son, John was set on developing an onion free of doubles, with a round body, tightly layered flesh and ‘long keeping’ qualities. After decades of trials, it is said he burst into joyful tears when finally cutting his ‘perfect’ onion! To honour this gem we named Pukekohe’s newest bar and restaurant, The Longkeeper and we’re keen to stick around. Check out our menu and drinks cabinet, chill in the afternoon sun, relax after work or party at night – weekly live music. And come try fun-filled Bitchin Bingo, you’ll love it! The Longkeeper – Somewhere local for everyone. 249 King St, Pukekohe. Open 7 days 11am-late, brunch Sat/ Sun 8-11am. Phone 09 239 2653 14378-v3

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Goulash with bacon and cranberries


ashings of this dish are bound to be requested once guests gain a taste of Mr Brown’s cooking! This month, we have another recipe kindly supplied by Duncan NZ Venison and conceived by Graham Brown from The Cookhouse.


Method Heat the olive oil in a frying pan; sauté the onions and garlic until transparent. Increase to a high heat and pan-fry the diced venison with the paprika, thyme and pepper until lightly browned. Remove and keep warm. Reduce to a medium to high heat and sauté the bacon and vegetables until soft. Add the cranberries, tomato paste, red wine, vinegar, lemon zest, mustard and stock. Combine with the diced venison

and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for an hour, or transfer to a casserole dish in a moderate oven and cook for the same length of time. If necessary, thicken with cornflour solution and return to the heat

for a couple of minutes. Stir in the lite sour cream before serving with rice or potatoes. Tip: As an alternative, this goulash can be used as a pie filling, or cooked in a crockpot.

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Where would we be without the humble spud? The apple of the earth has become synonymous with Ireland so, hard on the heels of Saint Patrick’s Day, Rural Living takes a closer look at top nosh ‘tatties’. Spanish conquistadors first encountered potatoes in the mountains of the Inca Empire during the 16th Century. Basque fishermen later introduced them to the Emerald Isle and since being introduced to Europe, gardeners everywhere have really ‘grown’ to dig the spud. Now, the average diet embraces approximately 33kg of potatoes per person, per year! In some parts of NZ it is too early to plant potatoes but in warmer regions potatoes can be grown year-round. Before planting certified seed potatoes lay them in a single layer on a seed tray in a dry, warm place. Shoots will appear after a few weeks; when they reach 3-4cm in length, remove all but three of the strongest shoots before planting in free-draining soil. Dig over soil to a depth of 20cm and mix in sheep pellets, compost and potato fertiliser. Plant in rows with shoots facing upwards – 10cm beneath the soil and 50cm apart. As shoots appear, cover over again with soil to gain a larger crop, retain moisture and protect against frosts. Place slug/snail bait around. Early season varieties are usually ready to harvest about three months after planting, when the flowers are fully open. Main crop and late season varieties shouldn’t be dug until the tops have completely died down, usually in late March. Once in the pantry, spuds are an awesome meal fix with speedy results easily achieved in the microwave!

Mashed Potatoes Creamy, mashed potato is a satisfying side veg!. First, pick a good variety – Moonlight or Vivaldi Gold go down well. Peel, place in a microwavable dish, cover and microwave for about 10 minutes on full power. Do not score or pierce beforehand – this helps the potatoes steam from the fluids inside giving you that soft mash texture. Once ready, place spuds in a bowl, add a knob of butter or tablespoon of cream then mash.

Jacket Potatoes Baked potatoes or jackets, with a scrumptious topping, are a great snack. Though usually started in the microwave then transferred to the oven, they can be done in the microwave alone. Scrub spuds, prick the skin several times all over and place into the microwave for 4-5 minutes per potato. Prodding the skin prior will allow it to crisp and the inside to soften. Then turn over and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. To cook more than one at a time just up the cooking duration by 4-5 minutes for every addition. Once done, slice down the middle and add topping.

It’s time to transition your garden from summer to autumn and remove crops that have finished producing. If you’re not doing a winter plant, sow a green crop like lupins; best of all, fork some compost around the garden. Growing Food • Managing transition from the end of the summer garden: now is the time to remove spent diseased crops that have given up their best yields • Replenish organic matter ahead of spring planting: Dig over the cleared areas and add compost or Veggie Mix plus some sheep pellets to replenish organic matter ahead of new planting • Time to sow a green crop: generally lupins and mustard seed – lupins must be dug in when knee height before they flower • Seed-saving: the seed from any heritage/heirloom vegetables may be saved and stored in paper envelopes or bags in a cool dry area. For tomato seeds rub them in a sieve to get rid of pith and dry before storing.

Other Work • Nature’s Best: the planting season of the year. The soil is warm and moist and there is time for to establish plants before the cold hits. • Fork some compost around everything in the garden • Earlyfloweringcamellias(sasanquavarieties) begin their flowering season from now on. Excellent for medium height hedges • Baby cyclamen and the traditional polyanthus seedlings are available in punnets in the garden centres – brilliant for some winter groundcover where bright colour is needed • PlantspringfloweringBulbs: tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are ready to hit the soil.

Roasted Potatoes Integral to any Sunday roast is the roasted spud but don’t discount using the microwave when under pressure. Wash potatoes then chop into cubes or small thumb-size chunks. Splash a good two tablespoons of olive oil over the spuds, add preferred seasoning as well as salt and pepper. Cover with cling film leaving a little breathing space to allow the inside to steam and soften. Microwave for 10 mins; the hot olive oil will crisp the exterior! Remove and you have an awesome dish of roasties!

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Camping in Pukekohe?


lthough Franklin may offer some of the most splendid scenery New Zealand has to offer, Auckland Council is encouraging freedom campers to lay down (albeit temporary) roots right in the heart of Pukekohe! A pilot programme now allows campers to stay overnight, free of charge, at 29 sites throughout the SuperCity, including seven in Franklin. While most locations in our region are in more secluded areas, two (Rosa Birch car park, Pukekohe, and Waiuku Service Centre, 10 King Street) are practically smack dab in the middle of our largest urban areas. Fortunately, Franklin Ward chair, Angela Fulljames confirms public consultation was conducted before these sites were chosen and does not expect any backlash from residents. “We are not aware of any problems and have been advised (anecdotally) by a resident that, at Rosa Birch, the site is being well utilised but, more importantly, it is complying much better with selfcontained vehicles only, resulting in better management... previously, this site had problems with vehicles that were not selfcontained,” she explained to Rural Living. Various community groups assisted council officers in finalising locations, which were chosen to provide a “good geographical spread”, Ms Fulljames adds. “This pilot aims to explore better ways to manage the growing ‘Free Independent Traveller’ market and, if managed well, it could have positive tourism benefits. Interestingly, some [other residents] would have liked [their areas] to have been in the pilot but, due to the timing of finalising their locations, they were deferred.” Unfortunately, Auckland’s Deputy

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 [We] have been advised (anecdotally) by a resident that, at Rosa Birch, the site is being well utilised, but more importantly, complying much better with self-contained vehicles only...”

Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor, Bill Cashmore – who lives within 10 minutes drive of two of the Franklin sites – could not be reached for comment. However, a spokesperson for Mr Cashmore advises that, should campers prove to be a nuisance, they should be reported.

“If any significant issues arise, the best thing is to call council directly on 09 301 0101 and provide as much detail as possible, including registration numbers.”

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orm follows function is a long-held creed, although many would argue that as function changes so must form; also known, in simpler terms, as chicken versus egg. These theories relate to the evolution of all things in life including architecture and interior design. Good design considers harmony and integration within its setting, producing a positive impact on the human experience and the way we live and use a space. Key items to always consider when making changes to your home are: ◆◆Impact on quality of life ◆◆Improvements in productivity ◆◆Function ◆◆Ergonomics ◆◆Spatial relationships ◆◆Light and sun ◆◆Detail ◆◆Aesthetic ◆◆Longevity ◆◆Budget Before you start your next project, big or small, do your homework. Be clear about what you want to achieve and why. Make

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ChoiCes There are many options available when building a new Heritage Home with Nick Bosanac Builders. ◆ Replicate a beloved home from your past ◆ Create a bespoke design of your own to suit your lifestyle, needs and site ◆ Use one of our standard plans, and if it doesn’t work perfectly modify or change it as needed Owning one of these beautiful homes does not have to be as expensive as some imagine. The reality is they can be built as authentic as required but you can also find the happy spot where costs are kept real. Nick and Kylie welcome the opportunity to talk you through available options, applying their extensive local knowledge which is so important with today’s building regulations and processes. For a no obligation chat about your next building project or to learn more about what Heritage Homes South Auckland is all about, call us today.

family business intent on giving clients the home of their dreams and an unrivalled build experience. Kylie says when first approached by Heritage Homes to build a garage in the colonial style she and Nick liked the design so much they wanted to be further involved. “We have always believed clients deserve more than a cookie cutter square box for a home and the Heritage Homes range of designs is a chance to take inspiration from the past, add the best of today and produce a home that will still be standing for generations.” FUTURE-PROOF BUILDING She says, importantly, these homes have all the up to the minute modern essentials – open plan living, insulation, ventilation, Phone 09 236 8413 NewMobile Homes lighting, technology and many other 021 989 636 Decks modernisms – required for comfortable Additions Concrete Work living. Renovations Sheds BB BB




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“These are not your typical franchise or mass produced home. It takes real tradesmen to build them yet there are various, affordable options. Clients can choose from a kitset home but with the ability to make changes or we can design something completely unique. “Naturally we provide fixed price contracts and the comprehensive Master Build 10-year guarantee.”


odernism has influenced architecture for the past 80 years but despite the continuing ‘contemporary’ trend there are those who yearn for a home which embraces bygone eras. On the other hand, few want the shortcomings that often accompanied colonial or Victorian character. Now, homeowners can have the best of both worlds thanks to the foresight of Nick Bosanac Builders. The respected Pukekohe building firm has acquired the south Auckland licence to build Heritage Homes, which offers a character selection of bespoke and offplan timber homes exuding all the beauty and charm of the past. Committed to building homes of unparalleled excellence, Nick and Kylie Bosanac share a passion for the Heritage Homes brand encompassing some 30 plus standard houses ranging from villas to bungalows, English cottages and even an art deco replica with more being added all the time. Coming from Michigan in the USA, Nick’s sense of aesthetic has been strongly influenced by the architectural character and style of buildings so prevalent there. “Heritage Homes fits really well with our philosophy of ‘building beautiful futures’ because and integral part of where we are going comes from where we have been. “As an analogy (and a bit of philosophy) we use timber and timber cladding in our homes because it is a sustainable product which last and lasts – 100 to 200 years ago this wasn’t too different. Styles and colour choices may have changed but the bones are the same and will continue to be so for years to come.” With Nick on the tools and Kylie managing the office, Nick Bosanac Builders is an independent firm and a

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am fascinated by history. The personalities, stories, fashion and architecture of the past enthral me – hence our joining hands with Heritage Homes to bring a taste of nostalgia to Franklin’s building boom. History is the blueprint that guides who you are and what you build your future into. A wise man once said; “The best indicator of future performance is past performance.” Villas and bungalows have stood the test of time and, with a few modern twists, character homes have solidified their future for adoring generations to come. But this quote should also apply when selecting who will build your home. We suggest asking your builder for references from recent clients. It is a good way to check that their work ethics and building habits match your expectations. Talk with the clients about their experience with the builder. Some items to discuss are: ◆◆Communication and problem solving ◆◆Keeping to the budget and timeline ◆◆Workmanship / quality ◆◆Respecting your vision, culture and expectations We would add that being an LBP – a Licensed Building Practitioner – is a must. This endorsement is a requirement for all structural or weather tightness work. It means your builder is up-to-date with their skills, knowledge of construction laws and regulations and with health & safety. LBP’s must personally guarantee their workmanship for 10 years. Also visit some homes your builder has built – see the quality of workmanship and how those homes have worn over time. Having good rapport with your builder is really important too. Building a home is ranked as the second most stressful event in a relationship. You want to ensure you get on well with your builder. We often find clients have looked at two or three builders before coming to us. It’s a great way to gain a well-rounded view of things. One of our favourite references from a past client is: “They are honest, hard working, give attention to detail, funny, easy to talk to and have excellent building skills! I think a great build experience should be creative, fun, organised and stress-free. These are all skills that Bosanac Builders have!! We love our home!” We aim for you to have this same enjoyable experience when it comes to building your home. If you would like to talk about how we can help you and your family to build your beautiful future, get in touch with us today!

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hen looking for that idyllic rural lifestyle block, Waiuku’s local lifestyle team is on hand to help. As the SuperCity expands, finding country life on Auckland’s doorstep may seem like a pipe dream. However, lifestyle living is closer than many expect. Shane Ogle (branch manager at Barfoot & Thompson Waiuku) says, as the city grows up, more and more are moving out. “Plenty of people love living in the city, and they’ll sacrifice space to do so, but, increasingly, we’re meeting Aucklanders who don’t want to be fenced in. We may love our neighbours, but that doesn’t mean we want to live in their backyards!” he laughs. “As a rural township, Waiuku’s the hub for a burgeoning country community. It’s known as the Raglan of Auckland for good reason – we’re close to such beautiful beaches as Karioitahi, just 10 minutes from town. So, we’re not at all surprised that so many want to join us here in paradise!” Southwest Auckland has plenty of properties on offer, Shane contends. But what to look for in that perfect patch where we plan to set down roots? “Whether people want to raise a few cows, sheep or ponies, grow their way towards self-sufficiency, or simply surround themselves with a big backyard, our rural experts (Katrina Riedel, Patricia Fenton and Rhonda Gillbanks) will match buyers’ specific desires to the right property.” However, from Waiuku to Awhitu, AkaAka, Glenbrook and Patumahoe, quality of life all comes down... to the towns. “Relatively speaking, we’re quite close to Auckland City – and getting closer all the time, thanks to improved roads and public transport,” Shane explains. “This means people can enjoy the best of both worlds – a relaxed country town lifestyle without being too far removed from that necessary evil, the rat race. “Simply visit us online ( or, better yet, call (09 235 0880) or drop in at 16-18 Queen Street, Waiuku for a chat. We still do that here, you know!” Rural Living — April 2017 — 51

Mixed Market With Greater Choice By David Powell, Barfoot & Thompson, Pukekohe


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he REINZ February analysis is out. Over the whole NZ market it shows a lift of residential sales volumes and a firming of prices during the February period compared with January. However comparing February 2017 with February 2016 the sales volumes dropped 8.9% across the country. Prices are remaining firm depending on each region’s demand. For Auckland region the number of properties for sale increased by 20% on the number available February 2016, this is opposite to the other regions of New Zealand where listing numbers fell. Median Price Auckland Region Outer Auckland (Franklin+) Rodney Auckland Metro Waikato/BoP Waikato Country Volume Sold Auckland Region Outer Auckland (Franklin+) Rodney Auckland Metro Waikato/BoP Waikato Country

Feb 17 Feb 16 $800,000 $750,000 $672,000 $620,000 $832,500 $760,000 $846,000 $785,000 $460,000 $402,500 $359,500 $325,000 1661 1936 341 345 148 112 1320 1591 1099 1436 208 261

The Auckland Region shows February 2017 median price is up 6.7% on February 2016. The number of sales is down 14.3% on February 2016. Waikato/BoP region has a 14.3% increase in median price since February 2016 but the number of properties sold in February 2017 was down 23.5% on February 2016.


Lifestyle sales ups and downs

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Despite there being 222 fewer lifestyle property sales (-10.9%) for the three months ended February 2017 than for the three months ended February 2016, the median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months to February 2017 reached a new record high of $600,000. Furthermore, this was $57,000 higher compared to the three months ended February 2016 (+10.5%) according to data released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ. While 1809 lifestyle property sales were recorded in the three months ended February 2017, compared to 2,031 lifestyle property sales for the three months ended February 2016, in all 8886 lifestyle blocks were sold in the 12 months to February 2017, 472 more than were sold in the year to February 2016. In summary: Auckland sales volumes have been generally lower than most periods over the last two years but some record prices have been achieved for smaller blocks with quality homes to the south of the city. Waikato listings have been in short supply, but are improving, February sales were 50% below those achieved in October 2016. Quality properties in popular Waikato areas have been selling quickly within the medium price range and marketeducated purchasers have been active in all price ranges.

Right ‘Hon’, Guy! Love or loathe him – we leave to our readers to decide – our Minister for primary Industries, nathan Guy, is often at the centre of many decisions which affect our rural way of life. And, since parliament resumed its duties after their ‘summer hols’, our Guy has been particularly busy, as these reports from his office (seen through the unbiased eyes of the Rural Living team) demonstrate.

gulfood on plate Being an MP may seem like a great way to make a living but, as Nathan Guy would tell you, he often has a lot on his plate. This was quite literally the case during a recent visit to the Middle East designed to strengthen trade links with GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. Aside from meetings to discuss food standards and safety, Mr Guy also attended Gulfood, the world’s largest food tradeshow. “A number of our businesses have a strong presence in this market and are doing exceptionally well... my visit is aimed at opening doors and to [help] promote New Zealand companies,” he said. Kiwi companies attending Gulfood included Fonterra, Tegel, ANZCO Foods, NZ Dairy Company, Open Country Dairy and Spring Sheep. “Food and beverage is an important part of our trading relationship, built upon New Zealand’s high quality food offering and many Gulf countries’ food security needs.” During his ‘fruitful’ visit, Nathan also announced a new sheep and beef export deal with Iran, and witnessed the signing of an agreement between Zespri and Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture.

stoRm again Soon after March’s weather bomb blew, Mr Guy was at ground zero (the Cashmore farm in Orere) in time to classify damage as a medium scale adverse event. “Farmers in the Franklin Ward don’t get heavy rainfall as often, and say they’ve not seen anything like this since the 1960s,” Mr Guy said soon after visiting the farm, run by Rob Cashmore, son of Auckland’s Deputy Mayor, Bill. “The more hilly areas have a lot of slips, debris and broken fences, and the flatter areas around Clevedon and Whitford suffered from floodwaters and silt.” MPI has been working with Federated Farmers, Young Farmers, local councils and other community organisations to ascertain the impact of the flooding on

affected rural communities, he added. “Extra funding will now be available if required... and in extreme cases there may also be Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) available to farmers in severe hardship.”

nate Wades in New Zealand’s (so claimed) clean, green image could take on a new, blue (green) hue, should efforts to stop stock passing water (or excrement) in waterways pass muster. Coming in the wake of a Green Party petition, the Government’s reforms seek to ensure 90% of rivers and lakes will be ‘swimmable’ by 2040. While some say National’s plans don’t hold water, Mr Guy believes new rules on stock exclusion will go a long way to ensuring the target is achieved. “We know stock standing in, or regularly crossing, waterways can do significant damage. While dairy farmers have voluntarily fenced off around 96% of their waterways, we want to extend this to other types of farms as well. “No single organisation or group is solely responsible for improving water quality. Meeting the target will take a collective effort, but the primary industries have a key contribution to make.” Proposed regulations would require pigs and deer, as well as dairy and beef cattle, are kept away from waterways. “Farmers have made huge progress in recent years to improve environmental practices and this will be another important step forward,” Mr Guy said.

aint Calf safe, mate? Following last year’s furore over mistreatment, it seems things could be looking up for the country’s bobby calves. According to Mr Guy, the recent Bobby calf season progress report 2016 shows a major improvement in welfare standards. “The wider industry and MPI have put a lot of work into improving practices and they deserve recognition for this. While there are still a few in the industry who

need to improve their behaviour, this is strong evidence that things are improving.” Since the passing of the Animal Welfare Amendment Act in 2015, regulations for handling bobby calves have been progressively strengthened, with further changes regarding transportation to take affect from August 1. “The MPI has vets at nearly every processing facility and, in the 2016 season, the mortality rate for bobby calves between farm and processing has more than halved,” Mr Guy said. “This is a major drop of just over 50 percent and shows new regulations and education campaigns have made a real difference. As well as the big drop in mortality, calves are also arriving in much better health and condition.” See full report via

daiRy deaR to nZ Just as milk may be important for growing bones, the backbone of our economy remains reliant on the health of our dairy industry, a recent report suggests. “Dairy contributes $7.8 billion to New Zealand’s GDP and is our largest goods exporter. This is a timely reminder of just how important the dairy industry is,” Mr Guy said following the recent release of the Dairy trade’s Economic Contribution to New Zealand report. Commissioned by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ), the report also confirms that, in spite of a few lean years, the sector still boasted exports of more than $13 billion in the year to March 2016. It employs in excess of 40,000 workers with employment growing at twice the rate of total employment. What’s more, the Government is playing its part in fostering growth, Mr Guy contends. “We are investing $89 million, matched by the dairy industry, through the Primary Growth Partnership to help create new products, reduce environmental impacts, increase on-farm productivity, and improve agricultural education,” he said. The report is accessible via Rural Living — April 2017 — 53

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