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THIS MONTH... FACES & PLACES 6

SOUTH photographers focus on local events

INTERVIEWS

16 Nansi Thompson – Franklin Arts Centre 40 Skate expectations

Q&A

11 Nick and Kylie Bosanac – builders with vision 14 In the heart of the city

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Push, push What an exciting time it was in the lead up to Christmas as we launched the new SOUTH. The excitement has continued with the team receiving such warm feedback from many quarters. Now that the second issue is out, we are all looking forward to a year which sees the magazine grow. Although it has been all go since the break, while on holiday I wanted to take to task the number of lazy shoppers who left trolleys all around supermarket car parks, often only a few feet from a trolley stand. Honestly, it’s no wonder New Zealand has obesity problems when people can’t even find the energy to put trolleys back where they belong thus avoiding the kind of nasty damage that can occur when gradient, a by-passer’s accidental knock or even the wind can send a trolley crashing into a car, marking the paintwork. I’m sure the culprits would be most annoyed if it were their vehicle on the receiving end. Trolleys and lazy shoppers aside, the likelihood of a New World supermarket coming to Pukekohe

on the cover ARTS IN HER NATURE: You could say everything in Nansi Thompson’s garden is rosy. Gallery co-ordinator of the Franklin Arts Centre, she is passionate about making the arts flourish locally; on the flipside she has also developed a talent for gardening. Here, Nansi is pictured amongst her thriving tomato plants with best mate, Chico. Read more on page 16.   Photo by Wayne Martin

has put me in an amiable mood. At present I travel to the Papakura New World which I love but one a little closer to home will be welcome. On the other hand, I am a bit sad that the Counties Inn will go to make way for the new store. I’ve had a couple of meals at this low key hotel in the company of long haul truckies who frequently stay their overnight. Both our hearty meals and the generous company have been a surprise and I’m sorry it took me a year to discover this congenial venue which must have been lovely in its hey-day. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to a…New World and the ongoing year. I hope you are too!

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ENTRÉE TO LAND ROVER NZ POLO OPEN It was a lively crowd who turned out for the official announcement of the 41st NZ Polo Open tournament draw and to meet the six teams…as well as some of the horses… at Studio Italia last month! Enthusiasm for the Land Rover-sponsored event in Clevedon this month was palpable as guests anticipated a weekend which will showcase the best in competitive polo, fashion, style and hospitality. SOUTH photographer WAYNE MARTIN captured the buoyant mood. 1. Joanna Hoeft , Brydie Canham & Valeria Carbonaro-Laws 2. Chrissie & Greta Van Den Brink 3. Nick Keyte & Indi Bennetto 4. Jeremy & Marika Jones 5. John Paul Clarkin, Valeria Carbonaro-Laws, Tony Van Den Brink, Jamie Anderson & Wilhelmina Shrimpton 6. Henry Wood, Charlie Wood, Jack Hollaway & Jimmy Wood 7. Gailene, Jonny & Ethan Wade 8. Jacqui Loates-Haver & Pilu O’Dwyer

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Rich and racy New Zealand’s richest horse race, the Karaka Million, again attracted a stylish crowd keen to bet on some of the country’s most promising young thoroughbreds. First the two-year-olds took to the track with Advantage taking the big win. Later, Scott Base won the three-year-olds Karaka Million Classic also worth $1million. But, this event was about socialising, fashion and entertainment, too. Photographer CHRISTEL KELLY MOORE sought out some of the best dressed.

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Coastal walkway opened After a couple of days of heavy rain, the clouds cleared in time for the opening of stage one of the new Auranga Coastal Walkway, bordering a new residential development at Drury. Families and their dogs turned out to picnic and test the track which will eventually be five kilometres long and paved. A dog park and a playground are also planned. SOUTH photographer Wayne Martin was there too.

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No pool like a new pool! In the heat of summer, we’re bound to be downright deeply dippy about the prospect of diving into our very own pool. However, transforming a backyard into a veritable tropical oasis is often seen as a major undertaking. “That could well be the case when dealing with some companies,” Nigel Donaldson from Donaldson Pools contends, “But, as we’ve been installing pools of many shapes and sizes for more than 30 years, we’re usually able to have our customers taking the plunge sooner than they’d imagined.” Along with plenty of help from his twin sons, Andy and Steve, as well as a wider team of experts, Nigel has ensured loads of locals experience the tranquillity and luxury that a well engineered, stylishly designed pool, and its surrounds, offer. And, just because many of us don’t have great big sections, that doesn’t mean we’re destined for life on the dry side! “Made from reinforced spray concrete, our pools can be created in any shape or size, so they can suit the lay of the land anywhere. “By working with your section, we can tailor a swimming pool to accentuate rather than dominate the site,” Nigel says.

“We produce pools in a wide range of finishes and can work at any time of year. Once structural drawings are completed and we’ve had the permit approved by council, we can agree on a start date.” From black pools – with exposed pebble floors, black marble plaster walls and dark tile bands on the waterlines – to white marble or terrazzo in a variety of colours, Donaldson’s offers a wide range of options. “During summer, there’s nothing

quite like coming home and jumping into your own pool – particularly if you’ve been sitting in a hot car in congested commuter traffic trying to escape the rat race! However, even during winter pools will form the centrepiece of a beautiful backyard, a place to relax, unwind and reflect on life.”

“Or just give us a call [on 0274 773 186],” says Nigel. “There are plenty of images of past projects on our website but the best idea is to talk to our team. Only by understanding our customers’ varied requirements can we make sure we’ll create the right pool to suit them, their family and their lifestyle.”

So, if looking for reflections of how life could be, thanks to Nigel and team, there’s no need to stare longingly into someone else’s swimming pool; simply visit donaldsonpools.co.nz.

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Nick Bosananc Builders has been part of the Franklin construction industry for the past 10 years with Nick and Kylie Bosanac being both partners in marriage and in actively running the business. With their office, based in King Street, Pukekoke and their home in Tuakau, the couple, like many Kiwis, juggle family and work commitments yet they have put in the effort to be thoughtful, knowledgeable, and innovative in their approach to building and fulfilling clients’ needs. Here’s what they say about their building philosophy and aspirations. with the End in Mind and Put First Things First. Both have a myriad of depth and application. In my role, there is one big priority – to help our clients to be clear on what they want so that we can all see the vision for their home.

Your guiding principle in business has been ‘Building Beautiful Futures’. What does this mean? For us it is threefold. Firstly, we are passionate about building unique, quality homes where families can construct a future that is beautiful in every way. Secondly, we are a family business so, with each new home, renovation or addition, we are crafting the future for our family too. Finally, we have an amazing team of guys and gals. As we work together and encourage their development, we’re also helping to build beautiful futures for them.

Before they start a build project how important is it for clients to have a rapport with you both?

How important is it for you as a building company to stay abreast of new industry regulations? We are really outcome driven, so every time a new policy or procedure is introduced, we know it’s to raise the bar. It ensures our workmanship and materials will stand the test of time. This is good for all of us! Each time we relicense as builders we have to prove we are continuing to upskill and understand the new regulations. This means our clients’ homes will be built using the most up-to-date methods to protect their asset. How is southern Auckland’s ‘building boom’ progressing? Are you still busy or has demand for new homes in our region slowed?

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We are busier than ever! And for that we are very grateful. There are a number of new communities under development, or will be soon, to meet the growing demand. If someone was looking to build anywhere in southern Auckland and asked you where you think is the best place to be, where would you recommend and why? I’m a country girl. My heart will always belong in green fields. But we love the rural/urban mix people will see at Paerata Rise which

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promises a blend of both worlds and will meet different needs. We are proud to be build partners there.

family to be in the building game. Any chance the children will pick up the hammer too?

Nick did his apprenticeship in Detroit, Michigan, USA. How do the houses you’re building here compare to those there?

I am Nicholas III and we have a Nicholas IV who is very keen – all of our children are, actually. They are Lego Master Builders and sandpit enthusiasts. So I would say the chances are pretty high.

What I love most about building homes in New Zealand is the weather, especially this time of year. Michigan winters are very cold so foundations have to be extra deep. Here, we take on new building technology from across the world, much faster than it would be picked up back there. Considering his occupation, is Nick quite the handy handyman at home or is he more inclined to call in the pros when it comes to any jobs which fall outside his area of professional expertise? Nick: A builder’s home is never finished – we are too busy building homes for other people… Kylie: So let’s just say, my pink tool kit gets a LOT of use…. Nick is the fourth generation of his

How involved in the business are you, Kylie? Is it a full time job and how much do you to know or need to know about building practices? It’s definitely a full time gig. My background is in the civil industry and client relationships, so there are lots of crossovers. However, Nick and I have still have many discussions and teaching moments about things houses need! Tradie life, happy wife ;-) Kylie, you are well known for using quotes, parables and wise sayings in relation to building a home. Do you have a favourite and why? I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to them, but my current favourites are Covey classics: Begin

Building a home can be stressful so a good relationship with your builder is essential! We build bespoke homes and whether they are first homes, or dream homes, no two are the same, nor are their owners. Nick and I work directly with clients from the first meeting to final hand over and beyond! Some of our favourite builds have been with clients who have built a first home with us and then subsequent homes. Do you think it is important for Nick Bosanac Builders to be capable of building different styles of housing and to build houses which fall into different budgets? Yes, definitely! Every family has different needs, tastes and budgets and these all change with the ebb and flow of family life. We don’t build with a cookie cutter approach, our solutions aren’t either! We work with our clients to build a home they love which includes as much of their wish-list as possible, within their budget. What is the one piece of advice you would offer people considering building a new home? Take time to get it right! The clearer we all are on the feel and look clients want for their home, the smoother and less stressful it is building dreams into reality. It can seem a little daunting when there are so many choices to be made, but we are there to help! We even offer clients a Dream Book to help inspire and organise ideas.

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Whether hitting the city or hanging around closer to home, Aucklanders from the South side have plenty of options when it comes to entertainment. So, to help readers decide where they want to be, when surrounded by the who’s who, here’s a quick guide to our picks of the month.

Headliner Dolly DeStory Fabulously Flirty - A Valentine’s Special February 10, from 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm), Cassette Nine - 9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland City

Elvis never really died, he just multiplied! After spending many years in Las Vegas, Elvis is probably rather chuffed to now be a regular at the Botanic Gardens instead! Once again, the rockabilly, hound-dogging, blue-suede-ing-shoe, pelvis-pumping rhythms of the king of rock ‘n’ roll are set to prove why we still can’t helping falling in love with Mr Presley. For full details of this year’s line-up, see elvisinthegardens.co.nz.

Supreme Grand Tease Winner 2017, Lilly Loca, will strut her stuff as Valentine’s Day draws near. Along with a veritable bevvy of other bawdy burlesque beauties – including headliner, Dolly DeStory and more – Ms Loca will likely (once again) rise to the occasion... if the audience doesn’t do so first! With prizes for the best dressed, this show promises plenty for those grownups seeking some good, old fashioned, suggestive fun. See vavavoomproductions.com for more information.

Rebel Round up February 17-18 Pukekohe Park, 222 -250 Manukau Road, Pukekohe

Heroic Gardens Festival February 9-11 Locations Auckland wide

Roll up, roll up, it’s time for the Rebel Round up! Whatever vehicle you choose to roll up at Pukekohe Park in, make sure it has plenty of street cred’, because this event is designed especially for those who really love their motors and their music. Billed as two days of ‘rockabilly and vintage mayhem’ (how cool does that sound!), this event should see Pukekohe Park come alive with the roar of engines mixed with toe-tapping (dare we suggest banjo strumming too?) tunes. From hot rods and vintage cars, to racing, this round up will likely have many a rebel yelling for more! Details via nowevents.co.nz.

Putting on any garden tour can often require a herculean effort. Fortunately, for many years Auckland has benefited from the good work of some heroic individuals. Originally designed to showcase the creativity and flair on display in gay and lesbianowned gardens, this tour (part of the Auckland Pride Festival) has grown to include properties of people from many lifestyles, including plenty of country gardens in our region. The Karaka gem pictured is just one of the local gardens on show. See heroicgardens.org.nz for details.

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Thumbs up for city sojourn Holiday escapes generally take Aucklanders well beyond their home city but over the festive period, HELEN PERRY, with husband in tow, spent two nights in the heart of the city, an experience she highly recommends. Although scenic and beachfront destinations beckoned, this year man about the house suggested spending a couple of nights in downtown Auckland – namely The Viaduct. Seemed like a plan to me so we booked in at The Sebel (apartments) located above that corner of The Viaduct which is home to a string of restaurants such as Giraffe by Simon Gault, Portofino, The Viaduct Grill, Soul Bar and Restaurant, Danny Doolans and several others. Unfamiliar with this particular Accor property, I was initially surprised at it having no bar or in-house dining until I realised it was apartment style accommodation with all that

The Viaduct offered just outside. We were on the first floor and found ourselves with a small lounge plus dining area, kitchen with packed bar fridge, separate bedroom and a generous two-way bathroom. Attractively furnished without being luxurious, the outlook was perfect – overlooking yachts moored below and across to the Wyndham Quarter. We had only to walk through double doors from the foyer lounge to be confronted by a plethora of attractive eateries, a fascinating maritime walk, places of interest and a glittering sea. We had planned to book in then head for Waiheke Island on our

first day; the Fullers Twilight wine tasting and dinner tour appealed. But from the moment we arrived in town, The Viaduct enthralled us. What’s more we managed to snaffle an early 6pm booking at Soul Bar & Restaurant on the proviso we were out by 7.30pm which actually suited us.

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finesse. Although seated inside, we were close to the windows so enjoyed the best of both worlds. Furthermore our evening turned out to be doubly enjoyable. Not only was the meal memorable but we ending up chatting with guests tables on either side of us – young American honeymooners and a retired American couple who were returning to the South Island for their second visit. What a pleasure it was talking to them all. And, what a pleasing meal we enjoyed, too – tuna carpaccio, oysters from three regions and trevally on toast with parsley lemon mayonnaise for starters followed by mains of hapuka topped with crayfish ravioli and truffle dressing, broccolini with Nancy’s mustard crumb (very yum) and red skinned potatoes. To finish – the best ever ginger crème brûlee with pear sorbet, ginger bread and walnuts like I’ve never had before. Presentation and that ginger/walnut crumb were superb. Replete, a walk to the silos was in order before we popped back upstairs for a coffee and nightcap,

a little TV, then lights out! Our second day was equally as enjoyable. It started with poached eggs on toast at Giraffe by Simon Gault with a side of bacon for me and a side of mushrooms for my man – the latter were, indeed, magic! I must ask the chef for his recipe. Afterwards we took the maritime walk, reading ever plaque along the way – fascinating history. We were equally intrigued by several yachts owned by the Tino Rawa Trust – their histories and preservation made for interesting reading, too. We certainly learned something new. Then it was onto…

Riverhead Cruising with the Red Boats: Funnily enough, I had read about this cruise in our very own EastLife magazine and immediately decided we must do it one day. Well, December 28 was that day – warm, sunny, calm; ideal for the 90-minute trip each way with full commentary ($35 per head) and including a two-hour stop over at the Riverhead Tavern for lunch

(the latter booked and paid for separately). What a delight. Locals and visitors would surely enjoy this outing as much as we did. With bar service and snacks available on board, patrons quickly settled in for the tranquil journey upstream, most of us learning a lot along the way. On arrival we were directed to our table on one of several decks outside this grand old lady (completely renovated in 2010), where green and leafy, 100-yearold oak trees provided the perfect canopy. Glimpses of the river below completed the picture. The lunch meals were simple bar food – fish and chips with salad, burger and chips, steak sandwich, nachos and the like – inexpensive (around $14-$18) with plenty of beer and wine options. However, on those days

when the cruise brings guests for dinner (dependent on tides) I saw there was a more extensive and upmarket selection of dishes. Frankly, I could have stayed much longer. The location was an idyllic spot; you know the kind of place songs are made of – down by the riverside, up a lazy river, rolling on the river, river of dreams and a whole lot more.…. But, before we knew it, our Red Boat beckoned and it was back to town with the leisurely cruise seeing more than few heads nodding including my own! Indeed, this was a day to remember as was our whole Viaduct escape – perfect location at The Sebel, eclectic dining choices, sightseeing galore (Waiheke next time), and a chance to renew our acquaintance with this stunning part of Auckland. A return break is in the pipeline.

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Guardian of arts Catching up with the effervescent Nansi Thompson – gallery coordinator at the Franklin Arts Centre, proved no mean task last year. But when HELEN PERRY finally pinned her down to talk about the gallery and her personal career, she discovered a woman as passionate about the arts as she is of life itself.

Nansi Thompson is a surprise. I didn’t expect the beautiful long braid, the textured tights or that the way her smile reaches right into her eyes. I don’t know why not; artists, and those who move in the realm on arts, are frequently colourful, perhaps eccentric and are often known to exude personality. Nansi has all of the latter. And, her life has certainly been colourful. She has lived and worked in many exotic places and although I don’t know her well if enough to deem her eccentric, I soon discover she has huge enthusiasm for her role as gallery co-ordinator at the Franklin Arts Centre. She also has a way of expressing appreciation of various art mediums that excites. Four years into her gallery job, which includes overseeing the New Zealand Steel Gallery within the arts centre, Nansi is firmly focused on exposing the talents of local artists and crafters whilst also bringing to Pukekohe the works of both emerging and acclaimed national and

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international artists. “New Zealand is such a young country and we don’t have the depth of culture found around the world but we are building depth and we are coming of age in recognising our Maori culture through art. “For example Whenua Hou – New Maori Ceramics, featured diverse works by nine Maori and the quality of work was quite outstanding. “New Zealand is now doing really well where its indigenous art is concerned but there is still so much more to explore – music, dance, writing, visual arts – it’s a very exciting time.” While Auckland Council’s arts and programming team plan the Steel Gallery’s exhibitions, showcasing works from all over the country, Nansi is still actively involved, ensuring its smooth running. However, her principle role is to co-ordinate the Community Gallery space, which artists of

every description can hire for a peppercorn rental to display their work for up to three weeks. Retail and administration responsibilities, naturally, follow suit. “We see a diverse range of artists booking the Community Gallery – everything from beautiful jewellery to felt works, pottery, all mediums of painting and a huge array of unusually crafted pieces which continually attract interest.” From the outset, Nansi says she has been struck by the unique relationship between the Steel Gallery and the arts centre. “We can show the best from all over New Zealand and beyond but we also have a strong local presence. We are a place where the whole community can feel it belongs – all cultures seeing all avenues of art. “That’s so good for the community. The wider perspective the gallery brings to Franklin allow for a much broader range of works to

be seen from emerging and recognised artists.” With a clear vision for growing the gallery to ensure the district continues to see as an extensive and comprehensive range of art, Nansi is enthusiastic about council’s strategy to now initiate a full year’s programme of exhibitions. “By making this available early, people will be able to plan for what’s coming up. What’s more, with the library next door, more folk are taking an interest in what’s going on in the gallery. It’s so motivating when newcomers step inside for the first time and suddenly discover a world they have previously passed by. “What’s more, it’s extremely gratifying to see visitors recognising the depth and beauty coming from our local and national artists; subsequently they are buying it too. I think the future of the Franklin Arts Centre will be really exciting and I’m thrilled I can be a part of it.”

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We see a diverse range of artists booking the Community Gallery – everything from beautiful jewellery to felt works, pottery, all mediums of painting and a huge array of unusually crafted pieces which continually attract interest.”

GLOBETROTTING CREATIVE Japan, Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong – Nansi Thompson’s global lifestyle has given her an appreciation for the diverse cultures which have, and still do, influence the broad arts domain. Although her wanderings may seem exotic to some, Nansi’s solid Panmure upbringing has instilled in her strong Kiwi values with an underlying No 8 wire mentality – when she is set on doing something she just does it. Now, as gallery co-ordinator at Franklin Arts Centre Nansi has, for the past three years, brought a wealth of knowledge to her role. It was her performance arts background that took her from Hong Kong (where she had spent three years) to Japan in 1990, primarily to study Butoh, a form of

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post Second World War Japanese dance which encompasses a range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance performance or movement. It is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow, controlled motions and may include playful even grotesque imagery, taboo topics and extreme or absurd environments. “It was definitely ground breaking then but is increasingly performed around the world,” says Nansi who lived in Kyoto for six years – “a beautiful city, rich in tradition and culture.” However students can’t live on learning alone, so she taught English to support herself; “this later became my go-to for living wherever I went.” From Japan, Nansi spent a year in Brazil then travelled to Italy where as well as teaching she also worked in antique furniture restoration and curated a landscape sculpture exhibition. “The thing about Italy though is

that it was really about learning the art of living,” she says. “Just going to the markets and talking to people is a creative act!” While living in Milan, Nansi also met her Italian husband Riccardo and with him became immersed in northern Italian life. “We travelled a lot including through Jordan while I was working there for the British Council. Our decision to move back to New Zealand was to spend more time with my mother, who is now in her mid 90’s. Otherwise we would probably still be in Italy!” Returning to New Zealand in 2011, Nansi continued to find contract work within the arts arena including three years on Waiheke Island where she co-ordinated the Artworks centre and was also artistic director for Waiheke’s Sculpture on the Gulf in 2013. Then in 2016 she was asked to choreograph the first Shoes Extravaganza in Auckland. “A bit like the wearable art of shoes, it was held at the Tepid Baths and I was actually able to incorporate

some of my Butoh dance experience into the event. It has enjoyed ongoing success with a second event this year and I just see it getting bigger and better.” With Nansi having also completed a Master in Arts Management, the gallery job in Pukekohe was an opportunity to put her amassed arts experience and management skills to good work and she is revelling in her diverse role. What’s more, she says she has finally put down some roots – figuratively and literally! “My husband Riccardo and I had never really committed to buying a home in Italy where it was much more common to rent. But we are well settled in Pukekohe and have bought a home here. “I love that I can walk to work and having our own place has generated a new interest – gardening! I’ve taken to growing tomatoes. Italian tomatoes, of course. For making sauce. Yes, pasta is still a big part of our diet and cooking can be very creative. It certainly complements the arts!”

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These days beachwear is for everywhere – the markets, barbecues, mall shopping, you name it – and collections at Chances encapsulate comfortable, cool and sexy without breaking any dress codes. Of course, many people want to remain ‘beach ready’ at all times; wearing something that can be both beach and street wear simultaneously. Swimwear can be worn underneath kaftans, shorts, tops or maxi dresses, removed in the parking lot or at the beach when you want to go swimming, and donned again afterwards. And, with hot brand selections from Roxy, Hurley, Billabong, O’Neill, Element, Quiksilver, Vans, DC, Seafolly and more you have that option. But if its latest swimwear looks you want then check out local Chances stores at Takanini and Pukekohe (just two of 12). As well as cool kaftans, party prints, maxi dresses, boho-bling, shirts, shorts and fancy feet, they have bikinis and swimsuits which just sizzle! Here’s two from the Seafolly range but as Chance(s) would have it you’ll find plenty more in store to keep you in the swim this season. Photos courtesy of Seafolly.

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FEEL ENERGISED EVERY DAY Has the summer sun sapped you of energy? De you need re-invigorating? Then the Energise Sniff Box (RRP $10) from Matakana Botanicals could be just the thing for you. A ‘breathe easy’ blend of cedarwood, eucalyptus, pine and olibanum, the ‘energy’ sniff box assists in promoting energy and well-being. A blend of essential oils have been infused into the special aroma beads located in the base of the small boxes – perfect for on-the-go and back-towork blues. Aromatherapy has never been more of a treat. Available at pharmacies nationwide.

SELF TANNING THE WISE WAY For those keen on a tan but eager to avoid too much sun, Dermaviduals Self Tanner will be welcome. The membrane cream (lamellar structure) has active agents to provide an even tan and complexion. Fragrance-free and designed to avoid irritating the skin or to cause breakouts, this product not only tans but can reduce the appearance of age spots and helps reduce uneven skin tone caused by tiny blood vessels near the surface, spider veins and acne scars. Key benefits include natural colour, can be applied on several consecutive days, streak-free application, usable on face and body, leaves skin moisturised and hydrated, lasts up to a week. Suitable for all skin types, Dermaviduals Self Tanner (RRP $78), available in more than 45 clinics across NZ.

TOUCH UP YOUR COLOUR Need to look fabulous fast but, oh my, look at the hair! Don’t panic – Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher is your temporary life-saver to cover up those little grey hairs or regrowth. An ideal solution between salon appointments, this temporary, easy to-use, spray delivers an instant colour touch-up for your roots, covering grey hairs and lighter coloured regrowth in seconds! Use the ultra-precise colour applicator along the part and visible hairlines; let dry for 30 seconds then say goodbye to regrowth! Four shades – brown, dark brown, black, and dark blonde. What’s more, Root Retoucher will wash out in the next shampoo. Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher, (70g RRP-$19.99), reusable for up to 25 applications; available in department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. www.southmagazine.co.nz

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Gorgeous eyes need lovely lashes and Designer Brands new False and Flared Mascara (RRP $16.99) can help achieve truly fanned out, false effect lashes in the wink of an eye. The easy to use brush lifts and separates each individual lash and a quick-setting gel maintains their appeal – no smudging or flaking. The formula is highly buildable and contains Pro Vitamin B5 and Serine to leave lashes feeling conditioned and nourished while allowing for easy removal at the end of the day. Available from pharmacies nationwide.

INTO THE BAG THEY GO! Cosmetic bag essentials can be a costly affair but two new Wet n Wild products are so reasonably priced, and so easy to use, they make looking beautiful easy. Check out MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lip Colour in a range of seven shades and just RRP $11.99 each. Whether you want natural nude or a firecracker red, these lip colours slide on like glossy butter then transform into a creamy pigmented matte finish. Also new to market is Wet n Wild’s high-performing Photo Focus Foundation (RRP $12.99). These, too, are available in seven shades to deliver photo-ready makeup every time. Treat yourself to some summer loving! Available from Farmers stores nationwide.

BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, NEW ZEALAND-PURE SKIN Inspired by the healing power of nature, Fernz showcases the best of New Zealand natural ingredients to deliver restoration and health to skin. With formulations created through extensive research, Fernz products cater to all skin types. Combining NZ Bee Venom and Manuka Honey in many of the formulas, the range is designed to hydrate and renew skin’s appearance with the Manuka Honey used in formulas boasting anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and hydration properties whilst also working to oxygenate pores. Fernz Bee Venom Mask (RRP $55.90, 50G) is an essential classic containing both Manuka Honey and NZ Bee Venom, to assist with purifying, hydrating, and revealing firm, youthful skin. Available from selected retailers nationwide. south | february 2018 |

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Melting moments! Summer 2018 has turned on the heat with means leisure wear is taking an easy-breezy approach. In particular, Loobie’s Story, Free Spirit collection, brings out the whimsical – gorgeous printed silks to evoke a sense of the most luxurious holiday. Peppered with pretty pastels, pops of deep blue and a touch of bold rose pink matched to washed stretch cottons in blue tones the look is all about staying cool when days are hot. A casual yet glamorous range which says, ‘forget the rules, live life your way’, it’s time to take the hint. Embrace your free spirit!

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Vibrant Rose Road active wear has a tropical kick that is sure to impress women who are bold by nature. This range of limited-run, exercise tights features in soft, luxurious high-performance fabrics which give control, support and a superior fit. Designer Annabelle Rose says: “Our tagline is, ‘move the body, express the soul’. We want to inspire confidence in women of all shapes and sizes to be bold and beautiful, to rock their body-hugging gym gears and do all the things the modern woman has to get done.” Available in small, medium and large sizes, the fabric (sourced from Italy), features patterns designed by Annabelle herself and although her surname suggests it was inspiration for naming the line, she says, not so. “It isn’t from my surname but from Rose Rd in Ponsonby where the ‘bright tights’ idea first found form among a group of, “beautiful, inspiring women who wanted a bit more soul in their ‘gym-coffee-grabbing-getting-everythingdone’ gear. “Taking a new direction and different to my usual graphic design and art work, Rose Road is also a nod to my own personal road of discovery.”

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All’s Fare... CRUNCH AND CRANBERRIES ON THE TABLE Can Karen create crunchy cranberry cranola – oops, that should be, granola. She sure cran! Yes, celebrity chef, food writer , restaurateur and guest judge on My Kitchen Rules, Karen Martini, has launched her new, delicious range of granola in New Zealand. Karen Martini Granola comes in two flavours: Cranberry, Almond & Dates with a hint of cinnamon and zesty orange; and Crunchy Seed & Nuts (lots of seeds, lots of nuts) with a hint of spice, coconut and honey. An indulgent yet wholesome breakfast or snack option, the Karen Martini Granola range is yum with milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit or blitzed in a smoothie. Available at selected New World and Pak’N’Save stores nationally. RRP $15.99.

Try our latest flavours of the month and experience a range of new products with a real taste difference.

ALE TO THE CHIEF You’d be hard pressed to find a pale American in some states in the USA but, here in New Zealand you can pick them up at bars (and supermarkets) nationwide! Brewed using a range of US hops, Mac’s Interstate American Pale Ale is as good as gold when it comes to delivering a fruity flavour. However, with an ABV of five percent she packs a punch. And, with an RRP of $15.99 (six packs) or $27.99 (twelve packs), this pale American is quite a cheap date too!

MAC’S SPARKLING SODAS ADD ZEST TO LIFE Summer days call for extra zap and new Mac’s Sparkling Sodas – 40% lower in sugar that many regular soft drinks – come in a range of flavours which deliver that all-important zing! Available in Ginger Beer; Feijoa, Pear & Elderflower; Lemonade & Rhubarb; and Mandarin, Lime & Bitters; these fabulous, non-alcoholic offerings are an ingenious Kiwi mix of flavours designed to tantalise the taste buds. Whether heading to the beach, off to a barbecue or looking for a fridge staple, Mac’s Sparkling Sodas come in a distinctive ribbed bottle with rip-top cap and are a decidedly adult choice. Mac’s Sparkling Soda (4 pack – RRP $5.99) in supermarkets nationwide and in single bottles at Z, BP, FIX (Caltex) service stations.

BEEKIST – LIP-SMACKINGLY GOOD! Want to make your rocket take off at parties? Well, adding a few slices of ‘garden variety’ tomatoes just won’t cut the mustard(greens)! Thankfully, Beekist has blessed us with a way to make those salads really sing through their Chef’s Selection and Sunshine Mix variety packs – RRP $3.99 each. Featuring carefully selected assortments of top toms, these packs certainly come in handy when cooking up almost any kind of dish.

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ders Seven woofnthe hive Narissa Harvey from Happy Valley Honey talks about bee products and their uses.

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Antipasto platter Anyone can throw a bunch of ingredients on a platter and call it antipasti. However, to truly make a platter of which ‘Mamma’ would be proud, it pays to consult the experts, such as the talented team at Napier’s Mission Estate.

Ingredients: • 2 x 150g balls mozzarella • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped • 20 slices of salami/bresaola/ prosciutto • 280g artichokes in olive oil, drained oil & set aside • 290g sundried tomatoes in olive oil, drained oil & set aside • 3 tbls mixed olives • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, halved Parmesan, for shaving • 20g fresh basil, leaves picked • 1 loaf ciabatta, sliced • 1 clove garlic cut in half

Method: Place mozzarella at the edges of a large plate and scatter with chilli. Arrange the cured meat and all the veggies in small piles over the rest of the plate. Top the meat with some parmesan. Put most of the leaves in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt and crush to a paste. Add a few tablespoons of the reserved oil from the jars and stir to make a basil flavoured oil. Spoon over mozzarella and vegetables, then drizzle with a little oil. Toast the ciabatta then rub lightly with the garlic. Drizzle with a bit more of the reserved oil and serve everything together with the remaining basil leaves scattered over.

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The hive is an amazing place from which many bee products, suitable for humans, originate. Use of honey and other bee products (apitherapy) can be traced back thousands of years. Their healing properties are quoted in many religious texts and are still relied on today to support the health and wellbeing of families. 1. Royal Jelly: The hive’s crown jewel, this scarce resource is created by worker bees to feed the Queen bee, helping her re-produce and live longer. A thick, creamy substance which is rich in natural hormones, it offers an abundance of B vitamins and has 20 amino acids. It is a highly concentrated source of proteins. Because of its nutrient-rich formula, Royal Jelly has been credited with a number of health benefits including helping collagen reproduction and strengthening immune systems. 2. Bee Pollen: Collected by the worker bees while they are collecting nectar, pollen is used in the hive as an energy and food source. With more than 185 nutritional ingredients, it contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life. Bee Pollen helps build the immune system and increase energy levels. 3. Bee Venom: Venom from bees (bee sting) has long been used to assist the human body’s response to muscle and joint problems due

to age, disease or injury. It is used to help improve blood circulation, reduce pain and inflammation, and to boost the body’s natural ability to respond to pain. 4. Propolis: Bees collect sap from trees, and mix it with their own enzymes to create nature’s antiseptic. The bees deposit the propolis back in the hive for several uses including sterilising the hive. Propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties. 5. Beeswax: Bees have a special abdomen gland to create wax. Young worker bees create the wax and use it in the hive to make cells where the young are reared. Beeswax is insoluble in water and can be used as a skin barrier. Candles and skin care products are commonly made from bees wax. 6. Honey: Did you know that honey never expires and stays in its natural state? It all comes down to alchemy which occurs when bees create honey from nectar resulting in an extremely hygroscopic product. 7. Bees: While working hard to create their products, bees also cross pollinate various other plants being solely responsible for more than a third of our food crops. For more information see www.happyvalley.co.nz or visit us at 520 Great South Rd, Papakura.

When looking to feed hungry families fast, it pays to look out for a ‘Lim’. And, thanks to this book, there’s no need to look far to find Nadia Lim’s latest bargain book which is chock full of ripping recipes. From hearty dinners and sweet treats, to pizzas pastas, burgers, Mexican and Asian-inspired dishes, Family Favourites features meal ideas created by Nadia and her Bargain Box team. • Nadia Lim: Family Favourites | RRP $35 | Random House NZ

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Hot Spots RED EARTH EATERY & WINE BAR Red Earth eatery & wine bar offers a premium dining experience in Papakura, with fare ranging from smaller Tapas-style sharing plates and platters to full meals. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. Red Earth’s truly extensive wine list offers a wide selection of fabulous wines from around the country and the world. For those after something extra special, there is a cellar list for more exclusive bottles too! Pop in and see our friendly team for a fantastic time – Red Earth caters for couples and larger groups, 7 days a week, 11.30am till late! 255 Great South Rd, Papakura Phone 09 296 9027 www.facebook.com/redearth.winebar

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Stampede Bar & Grill is an authentic Western-style Bar and Restaurant in an exciting saloon-style environment. Try our mouth watering menu on western saddle seats in an authentic Wild West décor. Let loose with a boot stompin’ boogie to one of our DJs and bands and enjoy the most elaborately themed bar in town! Open 7 days, 9am till late with DJ’s every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For the best steaks in town, a fantastic wine list, large open fire and two big screens for sports matches. Come along and enjoy!

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Venison with Nashi and Blue Cheese Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer may have had a very shiny nose but, we’d wager, if he didn’t prove useful to old Saint Nick at Christmas time, he’d make for a very tasty tea by now! A less than 15 minute meal; serves 2

Ingredients: • 2 venison steaks • 2 Tbsp oil • Salt and pepper • 1 medium nashi (about 200-225 gms) • 1/2 wedge of blue cheese • Salad greens • Spring onion • Avocado oil Heat oil in pan. Season meat with salt and pepper and cook for

two-three minutes on each side. Remove from pan and rest. Slice blue cheese about 0.5cm thick. Set aside the two largest slices and crumble the rest.Core and thinly slice the nashi, leaving the skin on. Place salad greens on plate. Cut steaks in half diagonally and lay across each other with a thick slice of blue cheese between them. Crumble the remaining cheese around the meat. Arrange the sliced nashi over the meat and drizzle with avocado oil. Garnish with spring onion. Serve with roasted baby vegetables – potato, carrot and beetroot. For more recipes, or tips, see nashi.org.nz

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However, if you’re somewhat reserved when it comes to innuendo, best look away now, readers, as this content gets a little blue!

Peck-ing order Tom Jones thought he’d ‘better dance now’ after he received a kiss from a certain someone but we can think of plenty more interesting things to do than that! Translating as ‘Kiss Kiss’, Bisou Bisou (RRP $18) from the Yarra Valley sensually smooches the taste buds with essences of lemon zest and apple – the original, sinful fruit of love.

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Worried about whether or not you’ll be ‘Riesling’ to the occasion? Thanks to Fanny Limehead (RRP $16), we can all be up to scratch when the chips are down.

If sex sells then surely an orgy would ring plenty of bells – till bells, that is!

Those in the mood (or the nude, for that matter!) for a little passionate pashing best combine this bubbly de blanc with oysters, perhaps the most dizzyingly aphrodisiac of all.

Ideally paired with fish and chips, this Clare Valley sweetheart teases palates with citrus kisses, as well as hints of green apple and lychee, before reaching her crescendo.

Said to deliver ‘an orgasm in your mouth’ The Orgy (RRP $15) takes summer ‘get-togethers’ to an ‘altogether’ more hedonistic level. Just as antipasti platters feature a plethora of tasty pieces draped

luxuriously over one another in anticipation of being devoured, this Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre (or GSM) from the McLaren Vale is made to be shared. Offering spicy red and black fruit flavours, The Orgy is a cheese lovers fantasy come true! For more information or to purchase these (and other) decadent drops, visit vinomofo.co.nz.

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Summer veggies – AN A-Z GUIDE It’s no longer a case of summer heating up – it’s been hot for weeks! That means gardeners have had plenty of opportunity to dig in, however, with little rain, hoses will have been in action (where allowed). Hopefully some people have also managed to gather waste water to keep flower beds and veggie patches in good health.

For those who are behind the eight ball with their garden plans then this A-Z of summer vegetables from the Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGINZ) is a useful guide.

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Aubergines (or eggplants) need four to five months of warmth from seed to maturity. When the first flowers drop to reveal the tiny new fruit, apply fertiliser. Avoid wetting the foliage as this encourages disease problems. Plants may need staking as they become weighted down with fruit and mulch with straw to conserve moisture and to cushion the fruit from wet ground. Ideally, plants should be in the ground November/ December but it’s not too late.

B

for Beans

Sow seed directly into warm soil (no less than 16 degrees Celsius, night and day). For a continuous supply, sow every three weeks for as long as there are two or three months of frost-free weather ahead.

C

for Capsicum

Sweet peppers and hot chillies need at least three months of warm temperatures to ripen. When fruit appears, feed with a balanced fertiliser. They can be picked at the green stage or left to ripen in the sun.

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The best site for veggie gardens is one with maximum sun exposure but sheltered from the wind.

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Perfect for pickling, they’re easy to grow and can also be eaten fresh as cucumbers.

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is for Hot Chilli

Grown in exactly the same way as sweet peppers, the hottest members of the capsicum clan are as decorative as they are useful. Easy to grow in pots, frequent picking encourages continuous fruiting, but chillies will not ripen once picked so wait until they’re fully ripe.

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for Fruit

Make the most of wall space for a passion fruit vine, espaliered apple, Meyer lemon or fast growing tamarillo.

J

for Jungle

Weeds steal moisture, light and fertiliser, increase humidity and invite pests and diseases. Raised beds make weeding easy. In large gardens, space plants for easy hoeing between rows. Lay mulch where practical.

K

Not all chillies are red when ripe, some are green, others are yellow, orange or purple. Green chillies are different in flavour to red ones.

Dwarf beans need no support and produce high yields in a small space. They’re ready for eating about 10 weeks after sowing. Runner beans need a climbing frame. Mulch with compost to keep roots cool and moist but avoid direct contact with the plants. Yields are hampered by very high temperatures and dry conditions, so water regularly. Red flowers signal the best time to apply liquid fertiliser.

for Gherkins

for Drainage

Drainage is essential for veggie growing. If drainage is poor, make raised beds at least 15cm above ground level and fill them with the best topsoil or soil mix possible. Vegetables can also be grown in large containers.

E

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for Irrigation

Dry spells lead to slow growth, smaller, poorer quality fruit and bitter tasting greens. Where suitable install a trickle irrigation system attached to a timer. Avoid sprinklers if possible, as these lead to wet, disease-prone plants.

for Kids

Growing food is fun. Children’s’ favourites include cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, baby carrots, giant pumpkins, strawberries and quick growing radishes.

L

for Lettuces

Growing salad greens is easy, economical and convenient. Fast growth is the secret. Cold, dry or poorly drained conditions mean slow growth and a bitter taste. Feed every fortnight (liquid organic fertiliser is ideal). Lettuces need sunlight, but in hot summer weather they need part shade.

M

for Mulch

Mulch conserves valuable moisture, suppressing weeds and improving the soil as it breaks down. Top up every spring with locally available products such as pea straw, seaweed or compost. Fruiting crops such as strawberries benefit from planting through weed mat, which helps warm the soil early in the summer. www.southmagazine.co.nz

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Nitrogen, phosphate and potassium are the three main plant nutrients needed for successful growth, fruiting and vigour. Balanced fertilisers contain measured proportions of all three. Overuse of unbalanced fertilisers, can lead to chemical upsets in the soil. Leafy vegetables, such as lettuces grow quickly with extra nitrogen, but, for fruiting crops, excess nitrogen can lead to excessive leaf growth, inhibiting fruit development and increasing vulnerability to pests and diseases.

Q

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for Quiche

for Xmas – well this time, anyway!

Make a simple, crustless summer quiche from fresh, seasonal vegetables picked from the garden. For example: sauté eggplant and/ or tomatoes with garlic in olive oil until soft. Add zucchini and roast pumpkin and continue to heat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add spinach and/ or fresh herbs. Place in a non-stick dish and pour over 4 beaten eggs mixed with 1/4 cup cream and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle more cheese on top and bake at 180°C until set and browned.

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Christmas has passed but we can always prepare for feasts to come. Plant potatoes, snow peas, dwarf beans, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, baby squash, radishes, herbs and leafy greens.

for unusual

Check out the seed stands at local garden centres to discover veggies not usually available in supermarkets.

Y

for Yield

The plant that never wants for water, nutrients or light is the one with the highest yield.

for Radish

Radishes can be grown all year round in mild climates. They are quick and easy to grow from seed.

S O

for Organic

When growing your own organic fruit and veggies, the central principle is to support strong, vigorous growth with healthy soil. Just like people, plants are most susceptible to attack when stressed. Use ample compost and organic mulch. Water wisely and plant companion plants to repel and confuse pests. Remove diseased plant material but don’t put it on the compost heap. No spraying also means accepting a few spots and blemishes.

P

for Pumpkin

If you have the space, pumpkins are easy and fun to grow. As soon as soil has warmed and the risk of frost is over, plant into welldrained, well-composted soil with fertiliser mixed in. Pumpkins and squash are harvested when the vine has shrivelled and before the first frost. www.southmagazine.co.nz

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for Sweet Corn

A cob cooked straight from the garden is beyond compare, as sweetness is directly related to the time between picking and eating. Planting in a block, rather than a single row, allows for better pollination and fully formed cobs. Mulch with compost to keep soil moist. Pick corn when the silks turn dark brown.

T

for Tomatoes

Tomatoes need a ready supply of food and water. Planting into rich, compost-laden soil reduces the need for constant attention. To avoid soil-borne diseases, don’t plant tomatoes in the same spot as last year. If the location cannot be changed, dig out the top 30cm of soil and replace with soil that has not been used for tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, or capsicum (all in the same family). Mulch to conserve moisture. As tomato plants become loaded with fruit, the need for feeding and watering increases. Feed fortnightly once the fruit appears.

V

for variety

The more plant variety in the garden, the better their defence against pests. Mix flowers and herbs with vegetables; experiment with companion planting.

W

for Worm Farm

Summer’s ultimate project for greenie gardeners.

Z

for Zucchini

It’s important with zucchinis (or courgettes) to keep up their productivity. The smaller you pick them, the nicer they are to eat and the more they will fruit. Zucchini can be grown from seedlings or seed sown directly into warm soil, ready for harvest about eight weeks later. In humid climates, earlier planting helps avoid powdery mildew, a disease which thrives in late summer heat. There are numerous varieties.

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Importantly, owner Sandy Wilson, together with her daughter and colour consultant, Rochelle has a wealth of experience when it comes to ensuring window treatments are the makings of a home.

“Beyond the actual fabric, and decor teamwork, curtains are all about location and correct positioning,” Rochelle says. “Although placement of windows can’t always be changed, proper positioning of drapes can make a difference to the over-all effect.

After a lifetime dealing with interiors, fabrics and colours, Sandy now prefers to oversee the workroom, her keen eye ensuring a professional fit and finish. On the other hand Rochelle, who has 20 years industry experience, has adopted the front of house role, helping customers choose fabrics and styles which will make a decor statement. “Window treatments don’t just visually change the look of a room they can transform the feel or mood,” Rochelle says. “Colour, style and texture are all part of giving a room presence regardless of whether that’s big and bold, cool and calm, bright and breezy or soothingly neutral. “And, because there are so many exciting options on today’s market, there’s every opportunity to achieve exactly the look you want. However, it’s important to make the right choice.” Rochelle says light and pastel www.southmagazine.co.nz

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Rochelle, Tracey, Raewyn and Sandy. colours can make a small room look larger, creating a subtle ambience that’s easy on the eyes. “On the other hand, if a room is large and you would like it to appear cosier, look to darker/ deeper furnishing colours to draw in the room whilst creating a rich, formal ambience,” she adds. Together with workroom wizards, Raewyn Whittam and Tracey Vos, Sandy and Rochelle have built a reputation for professionalism and creativity. Clients trust them to not only make beautiful curtains and blinds but to help them with their choices including the type of window

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“If a room has a low ceiling, create an illusion of height by installing curtain track near the ceiling and allow drapes to fall from full height. Where windows are narrow, extend curtain tracks beyond both sides of the frame so that the curtains stack off the window. This will maximise sunlight and make the most of views.” Sandy, Rochelle and team specialise in all types of curtains including pinch or French pleating, box or inverted pleats, and also popular Roman blinds.

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Franklin Law personal client solicitor, SUZIE LEUSCHKE works to assist clients with their wills, enduring powers of attorney, trusts, asset planning, relationship property and retirement village agreements. The thought of going into residential care in one’s latter years is worry enough for many people, let alone thinking about paying for such care which can run to thousands of dollars a month.

Harcourts Pukekohe real estate salesperson, JO-ANN DAY-TOWNSEND, gives an update on the real estate and market happenings.

It’s hard to take a stab in the dark as to what 2018 has in store for us all but there are some factors that may influence the market.

$520,000 although the number of properties sold in December across New Zealand decreased by 10.1% to 5,903 down from December 2016’s 6567.

These include: A government residential care subsidy may be available for those who meet the needs and financial means assessments, but we are often asked whether one needs to pay for a partner’s residential care if that partner goes into care and his or her’s separate property is not sufficient to pay for it. Blended families are now common and forming new relationships later in life is usual, however, many choose to keep their financial affairs separate to ensure that personal monies and property are passed down to their respective children. Unfortunately, when the Ministry of Social Development assesses an individual’s financial means it will consider whether the relevant party is in a relationship and, if so, the couple’s combined assets will be applied to that individual’s financial means assessment.

(the deceased’s children being the final beneficiaries) that half of the couple’s estate will not be included in the surviving partner’s financial means assessment. Depending on the wording of the will, in many cases the surviving partner may, in fact, have access to the capital of their deceased partner’s half share of the couple’s estate, if it is considered by the trustees of the deceased partner’s estate that the surviving partner reasonably requires it.

• The potential reduction in net migration as the Government reduces the inflow of low skilled migrants and more New Zealanders head across the ditch. This could reverse the housing trend of the last couple of years although even those two factors may have little impact on the shortfall of some 40,000 plus houses in Auckland. • The cash rate – whilst rumoured to remain on hold for 2018, the banks may put on pressure as their cost of borrowing rises. December saw the median price for properties across New Zealand increase 5.8% to $550,000 … up from December 2016’s

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It is important to note that while your separate property cannot be called upon to pay for your partner’s care, unfortunately, due to the value of your separate property your partner may not qualify for the residential care subsidy. This can seem incredibly harsh and unfair if the couple have always intended to keep and have their financial affairs separate. On the flip side, when one partner leaves, under his or her will, a life interest in the income of his or her half share of the couple’s estate to the surviving partner

In the first scenario the partner does not have access to the partner’s finances, yet the Ministry will take their partner’s finances into consideration in determining their eligibility to a subsidy. In the second scenario the surviving partner may have access to their deceased partner’s finances, yet the Ministry will not take the deceased partner’s half share of the estate into consideration. Ensuring you receive the right advice when asset planning may be crucial to the outcome for you. If you wish to have a confidential conversation regarding your affairs one of the solicitors at Franklin Law would be happy to discuss this further.

The median price in Auckland for December was $870,000 up 1.8% over the year from December 2016’s $855,000. Records also show increases in many other regions including Waikato which year-on-year rose 11.7% to $525,000, $55,000 up from December 2016. The median number of days to sell a property nationally also increased by one day, 31 to 32. Remember, too, that changes to the Maxi LVR on both investment and owner-occupied properties took effect from January 1, 2018. With lending criteria constantly changing, it is hard to keep up so if confused give me a call. I am always happy to point people in the right direction.

SUMMARY OF MARKET TRENDS Volume Sold Auckland Region Franklin Papakura Waiuku Days to sell Auckland Region Franklin Papakura Waiuku

Oct 17 1673 74 80 12 Oct 17 43 42 37 22

Nov 17 1925 85 96 20 Nov 17 35 39 33 38

Dec 17 1693 99 59 23 Dec 17 34 46 35 39

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If ever there’s been a summer to tackle jobs around the house, it’s this summer. With a plethora a hot sunny days more than a few homeowners will be resolute in their aim to improve their ‘lot’! So start the ball rolling! WHEN LITTLE BECOMES BIG Small jobs inevitably build up over a year and suddenly they can become one big headache. When there is a mountain of ‘home improvement’ tasks on your list, consider calling in the professionals, at least for some jobs. You’ll feel so much better if two or three of the biggies are dealt with quickly rather than being ‘left for another day!” EXPEND THE EXPENDABLE Why not put the daily cost of that morning cappuccino or weekly bunch of flowers towards renewing an item in the home. Alternatively, you could put it into a Christmas Club or travel account where it will mount quickly. Better still, add the weekly saving to your mortgage repayments. Extra payments, no matter how small, can make a big difference – talk to your mortgage broker or bank adviser. REVIEW AND RENEW Inevitably, unavoidable expenses pop up just when we think our bank balance has been pushed enough. But savings can often be found just by shopping around. Look for genuine sales,

bundle insurances to qualify for discounts, check if stores offer age-related discounts (you might be surprised) and push for a discount if one doesn’t seem to be available. Many tradespeople and even retailers, will sharpen the pencil if asked. PUTTING ON THE HEAT Summer is the best time to service heat pumps, clean chimneys and fireplaces and gradually stock up on firewood so, when winter hits, your household will be well prepared. GLAMOROUS GARDENS This is the season to tackle hard landscaping – decks, paths, swimming pools, water features and the like. Paint shabby fences and use the good weather to create new garden areas – flower beds and veggie patches. Decide on the size and use a spray can of paint to outline the shape. Turn the soil (use a rotary hoe if necessary) and add compost and mulch to the turned ground. If you are a novice gardener seek advice from your local nursery regarding suitable plants – be ready for autumn planting.

When there was a little black box somewhere in South Auckland, unfortunately for NZ Post it was not where JON RAWLINSON expected it to be, as he recounts in this moan of the month. Around the world in 80 days is one thing; around the corner in approximately 48 hours, well, is that really acceptable? From an experience a few months ago I now know I can have a parcel redirected, but I am left wondering why I’d ever bother again. When I received track & trace info confirming a parcel (sent by Black Box, full of consumer samples) was awaiting collection at NZ Post’s Pukekohe depot, I gave them a bell hoping to collect it. Unfortunately, I was told this depot was unmanned. No problem, though, if they delivered it to the NZ Post counter at Paper Plus just around the corner (more or less) that would be fine. I even understood when told I would have to set up an account and arrange this online. But this was just the start of my parcel’s magical mystery tour. I tracked & traced and called and emailed as my parcel took the scenic route, spending one night in Wiri and the next in Highbrook. At one point I was even told that, if I wanted to redirect a parcel, my best bet was to do so before it was sent; difficult, if you’re not sending parcels to yourself! My little black box eventually arrived at my requested alternative address on King Street, taking 48 hours or so to travel less than 2km. I asked a spokesperson for NZ Post whether they thought such a delay was acceptable. Apparently not. “It is very disappointing to hear what happened to your parcel

and we sincerely apologise… for a parcel to take 48 hours for a 2km redirection is outside of our delivery standard,” spokesperson said. So, we can? Well, I’d still ask ‘why bother?’ because, although it’s not widely publicised, redirecting a parcel can result in quite the delay. “Customers can request a redirection up until the parcel goes out on delivery. Such a request may add additional processing time, however our target is to deliver the parcel within 24 hours after the request is received.” So, although I didn’t know it at the time, I had two options: 1) don’t request a redirection – in which case my parcel would have arrived on the same day but left sitting on my doorstep until late in the evening, unless it was stolen first; or, 2) request a redirection – then it should arrive at the alternative address, but not until days later, when I would be home at the original address anyway! I asked why this 24-hour delay – which, I would think, would stop requests for redirections – wasn’t better publicised. “Several thousand successful redirection requests are being made by customers every month. We will be making the additional processing time of up to 24 hours more visible,” said spokesperson. While I still haven’t seen anything about this additional processing time on the TV since, at least NZ Post seems to have eased up on its taxpayer-funded barrage of ‘you can’ ads, which is a good thing because I was really beginning to hate Parris Goebel!

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Gardens cultivate art Sculpture in the Gardens, celebrating its 10th birthday at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, has truly carved itself a place in the heart of art and garden lovers. A creative and intriguing mix of ‘nature and nurture’, this biennial event again goes beyond the exhibition of arts works. There are tours, workshops, family activities and competitions during the almost three-month event which comes to an end next month on February 25. Showcasing works from a selection of the country’s leading sculptors, it is free to visit and is intended to provoke visitors into thinking more deeply about the plants around them whilst also respecting gardening as an art form. Visited by hundreds of thousands of people, who appreciate the way

these stunning works enhance the natural beauty of the gardens, most of the sculptures can be viewed from paths, or flat ground. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs can be borrowed (free) from the visitor centre. Event manager, Kim Stretton also reminds visitors to check out the indoor exhibition where past and present sculptors have been invited to participate. “These [additional] works are exquisite, and are all available for the public to purchase,” she says. “Once again, everyone involved has does an amazing job bringing a first class exhibition to Auckland.”

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HOW SHE ROLLS: Holly on track (left) and made up to take ‘em down (right).

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Holly’s rockin’ ‘roll’ When the going gets tough, Golightly gets going! Recently, JON RAWLINSON spoke with a young woman determined to succeed in the hard-hitting sport of roller derby... or bust heads trying!

Meeting Holly Brady (aka Holly Golightly) at her day job I’m immediately taken with the irony that she’s in charge of health and safety. I can honestly say, considering this accounts assistant (at Placemakers) has a fearsome reputation for causing carnage on the track, I’ve never felt quite so safe! Despite her rather diminutive stature, or perhaps, because of it, Holly has risen quickly in a sport with a growing fan base – roller derby. She now plies her trade for the Auckland-based, Pirate City Rollers league’s all-star squad, the All Scars, where it seems terrifying things can come in small packages. “I might be a really sweet, innocentlooking person but I think I take people by surprise [on the track],” she says. “Everyone [at work] was quite shocked when they found out I competed in roller derby, but it’s not as dangerous as many people seem to think; probably no more so than rugby.” In roller derby (essentially) two teams skate around the track with one from each (jammers) attempting to score points by lapping opposing players. But there’s a catch – in some cases, very big ones – in the form of opposition blockers going hell for leather trying to stop them. I assume the petite Ms Golightly must be a jammer. I’m wrong.

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“I’m usually a blocker,” she reveals. “We have had some really successful small blockers and, on the other hand, some good big, strong jammers who just bowl their way through. I don’t take up too much space on the track so my strength isn’t physical; it’s more an understanding of the game, where I need to be and how to execute certain plays.

deck, although much less often. Holly rattles off a list of injuries, the worst of which actually occurred during training, courtesy of a much smaller opponent than most.

“It’s a really satisfying feeling when you nail a move or you’ve just played a very good game. And, it’s also quite fun when you end up flying through the air, which I do sometimes, because of my size!”

“Being quite small, I’ve had a couple of concussions where people have hit me in the head, but we’re taught how to fall safely and helmets, mouth guards, kneepads plus other equipment is compulsory,” she continues. “Oh, and we have a number of nurses who play; they come in handy!”

Originally from Papakura, this former Strathallan student first learned about roller derby from a co-worker when working at Ardmore Airport. “I used to swim and play a bit of badminton and I ride horses but, although I was given roller blades when I was young, I never really took to them; I was too clumsy,” she explains. “In movies, I saw people skating and they always looked really graceful and I wanted to be graceful too. When I first signed up I could barely stand up on skates and still didn’t know too much about the sport but I soon found out!” A few years on and this Pirate continues to find herself hitting the

“I was knocked over by a little kid at the skate park and broke my hand in several places. It goes to show that anyone can get knocked down if not expecting it.

Despite the best of precautions, this isn’t tiddlywinks so it’s not surprising to hear that those close to her (including her partner, Joe) worry that Ms Golightly might suffer a heavy fall. “My grandmother came to my first game and vowed never to come back! I did take quite a beating though. My mum watches regularly and doesn’t worry too much – I’ve always been a rough and tumble kid – but my dad and his partner worry more,” Holly says. “I think they still see me as small and delicate; I may be small but I’m definitely not delicate!”

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THE PIRATES LIFE FOR HER Most mainstream sports sport little in the way of imagination, or are just nonsensical when it comes to such aspects as team names – what is a Sunwolf anyway? However, roller derby serves up delicious humour with as much pageantry as pro wrestling, albeit without the script. Nicknames, such as Bad Jelly the Bitch, Skate the Muss, Blockness Monster and the like, add to this aspect asserts Holly Brady (aka Holly Golightly), an Audrey Hepburn fan. “When I first started, I was actually known as Helen Des-Troy – my middle name’s Helen – but I changed it. I was never much of a destroyer but I am quick on my feet. I did consider that [using a Brady bunch-style name] but couldn’t think of anything.” I suggest: Marsha Masher. The Papakura-raised Pirate City Roller laughs. “Oh, that’s a good one! Although, as I’m the middle daughter in my family, I’d have to be Jan,” she pauses briefly, “and no one wants to be Jan!” Playing to the crowd is part of the fun, with heroes to cheer and villains to hiss. “I wouldn’t say I’m either [a hero or villain],” Holly responds. “I’d class myself more as a ‘bunny in the woods during Snow White! I’m really more of a support player, doing the hard work, but not the one scoring points or giving the big hits.” Beyond the witty team names, player nicknames and costumes, roller derby is taken quite seriously by competitors and fans alike; it’s not all just fun and games, as demonstrated during the Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, February 1-4. Being relatively new to the sport, Holly didn’t travel with Team Aotearoa this time but hopes

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to do so in future. Meanwhile, she is looking forward to her next overseas tournament (in Australia over Easter weekend) and the next annual NZ Top Ten competition. Based on past experiences touring abroad with Auckland’s Pirate City Rollers, Holly says the world is beginning to realise that underestimating Kiwi teams is done at their peril. “In 2016, I was in the Pirates’ B team [Broadside Brawlers] which won a tournament in Japan. We were quite surprised and very proud of ourselves. I was also [with the premier All Scars] in the Big O in Oregon where we won three of our four games,” she says. “Most people didn’t know much about us, so we often took our opponents by surprise. Over the last couple of years, we’ve had a massive climb in rankings and become better known.” And, there’s room in this sport for men too. In April, a New Zealand men’s team will compete in the Men’s World Cup (Barcelona, April 5-8) for the first time. Mixed contests are not uncommon either. “It’s a lot of fun playing against guys. They’re usually bigger and stronger and use that to their advantage, but their teamwork isn’t always as good,” Holly explains. “At the end of last year, the NZ women’s and men’s teams played each other and the women absolutely slayed the guys. It was a lot of fun to watch! “One of the coolest things in this sport is that women come first,” she adds. “You say either ‘roller derby’ or ‘men’s roller derby,’ but in most sports it’s the other way around.” If this ever was a man’s world, it seems it is the femme fatales who would still rule the roost on the roller derby track. south | february 2018 |

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A quicker Quattroporte Maserati’s flagship luxury V6 sedan, the Quattroporte S, is now powered by a new version of the Ferrari-made twin-turbo V6 engine. Power has been boosted to 321kW and the torque peak, which is now delivered from 2250 to 4000 rpm, has increased to 580 Nm. Quattroporte S now accelerates from zero to 100km/h in a time of 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 288km/h. The introduction of Electric

Power Steering (EPS) is a first for Maserati, replacing the previous hydraulic system. This improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes and enables the newlyintroduced active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), while retaining the classically Maserati razorsharp steering feel. An expanded ADAS package is available as an option in the new Quattroporte. In addition to the existing ADAS, it includes active functions such as Highway

Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, as well as Traffic Sign Recognition. This allows Maserati to offer Level 2 driving automation technology in line with top competitors in the high-end segment. Pricing starts at $179,990 for the Turbo Diesel; the more powerful S is $197,900 and $219,990 depending on specification; and the top spec GTS Gran Sport is $284,990.

The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team will follow a dedicated process to restore the launch vehicle, including preserving the patina of its components such as the original Light Green paint applied in 1948.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations during 2018, including the restoration of the vehicle that started it all – one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. This event gave the world its first glimpse of the shape that would become instantly recognisable as a Land Rover.

The flagship Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranSport is powered by a 3.8-litre, 390kW V8.

Volvo’s XC60 has been crowned the best performing large offroader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2017, in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.

VOLVO A SAFE BET

The XC60 scored a near-perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category. In its Large Off-Road class, it showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 per cent, 20 percentage points higher than the nearest Large OffRoad competitor.

“It is fully loaded with new technology designed to assist drivers, to help protect vehicle occupants and other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, plus mitigate collision risks.

Volvo XC60 is priced from $84,990.

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Following its surprise discovery just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK – where the car was first built – the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent months researching company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance. The team behind the successful Land Rover Series I Reborn programme, which allows customers to own a slice of Land Rover history with meticulously restored Series Is, will now embark on their most challenging project yet: a year-long mission to preserve this historically significant prototype and enable it to be driven again.

“The new XC60 is one of the safest Volvo cars ever made,” said Malin Ekholm, vice president, Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

“Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car,” said Ekholm.

For years the whereabouts of this launch Land Rover was a mystery. The demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam show was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project. It then lay languishing unfinished in a garden.

Previous owners of this historic vehicle are being invited to Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works facility to share their experiences and to witness its loving restoration.

XC60 is available locally with a wide choice of engines: turbocharged diesel; turbocharged petrol; turbocharged and supercharged petrol; and the latter as a plug-in hybrid.

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