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CENTRAL BOP/WAIKATO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

FASHION Yvonne Bennetti

ART Rotorua’s National Aria Contest

FEATURE Rowing Retrospective - The Day the World Came to the Waikato

COMMUNITY Garden and Artfest - a Labour of Love

ARCHITECTURE Lakeside at Kinloch - Understated Luxury

TRAVEL Alaska - Land of Extremes

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Bay Plastic Surgery; Fractional Laser Resurfacing; Skin Centre; Pregnancy Screening

37 FASHION HeadQuarters Hairstylists; Fashion Designer Yvonne Bennetti; FemaleZone; Weddings; The Goldsmith’s Gallery

61 HOMESTYLE & ARCHITECTURE Pony Tales Parties; Interior Designer Mike Steiner; Princes Gate Hotel; Stufkens + Chambers Architects; Lakeside Luxury at Kinloch

83 CREATIVE What’s On; Movie Reviews; Book Reviews; Wearable Creations’N Colour Awards; New Zealand Aria in Rotorua

99 FOOD & WINE Award Winning Café Alimento; Recipes

105 BUSINESS Spicers Rotorua; Flight Experience Hamilton

108 SPORT Rowing Retrospective from Lake Karapiro; TGA Box Health & Fitness; World BMX Champ Dave Mohi

116 PEOPLE 120 DESTINATION Nelson

124 TRAVEL Alaska; Aitutaki

134 DRIVE Smith & Boyle; Drive and Launch – Audi A8; My Car – Fiat Bambina

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the Single-speed Mountain Bike World Championships. There is also the regular annual trout fishing championships; the Antiques Fair; and the New Zealand Aria which UNO. is thrilled to be associated with as a sponsor this year. Down the road at Taupo one of their events highlights is the nationally popular Round The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Hamilton is super busy hosting the Waikato Boat Fishing & Leisure Show, Shiverdown Music Festival at Mystery Creek; the 65th running of the running and walking event Round the Bridges; the Te Kuiti Bull Ride; the Bridge to Bridge Ski Race; and of course the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, which will be huge.

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2011 will begin on an upbeat note to the hugely popular annual jazz festival, international cricket, and of course The Rugby World Cup which will be massive for our regions. There are also centennial celebrations for both Bay of Plenty Rugby, Eastern Region Surf Lifesaving including the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, and Hamilton Boys and Girls High Schools. In this spring issue our cover story features a top international artist who continues to reinforce her place in the world of music. We continue this artistic theme with a preview of the national Aria contest to be staged soon in Rotorua. There’s an interview with Hamiltonborn fashion designer Yvonne Bennetti, and we preview the Tauranga’s annual Garden and Arts Festival, plus our regular books and film reviews. There is a retrospective piece looking back over 30 years to mark the forthcoming world rowing championships at Lake Karapiro, and news and stories about travel, food and wine, fashion, motoring and architecture.

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UNO. CONTRIBUTORS

GRETA KENYON

LIZ FRENCH

After studying photography and graphic design and then spending

Liz’s conviction that work should be as much fun as leisure has

the majority of her career in marketing and fashion Greta realised

resulted in a chequered career spanning teaching, London bar maid,

she was, after all, destined to be a photographer. Greta now juggles

retail, public relations, radio, television, café ownership, art gallery

her own freelance photography business, Vela Images with being a

rep, real estate agent - moving on to a new challenge as soon as

Mum to Sol aged two and Marlo aged one.

she got bored. She loves free lance writing because it introduces

Although Greta enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects it

her to so many interesting people and places and she thrives on

is the challenge and unpredictability of photographing people that

the unpredictability. It also gives her time to fit in plenty of cycling,

she enjoys the most. “Photography combines all the things I love. I

walking, skiing, movies and books. She is currently busy helping

get to meet new people, learn new things and be creative on a daily

promote the Garden and Artfest which she promises will be “the

basis”

best yet!”

QUINN O’CONNELL

KELVIN TEIXEIRA

Quinn O’Connell is a professional photographer based in Mount

Photography was never a hobby for Kelvin, but as a career he

Maunganui. Working from a purpose built studio at home he and his

wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

wife Katie shoot a wide range of commercial, editorial assignments

With a 15 year background in newspapers, as a staff photographer

for clients both locally and around New Zealand through their

for the Waikato Times and The Daily Post, Kelvin started his

company Quinn OConnell Photography.

business three years ago. Last year it became Look Photography, as

“I just love seeing things I guess, and to have a tool to capture those

it is easier to pronounce and spell than his (sur)name.

things is a bonus. It really is all about the light. Without it these

Kelvin is now kept busy with wedding and commercial photography

tools are useless”

mostly throughout the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, including regular

“The real buzz is seeing the way my work affects people. The look on

work for several magazines.

their faces when they view their wedding photographs or family

He lives in Rotorua with his wife Belinda and just-turned three year

portraits - or the emotion that comes out when they purchase a

old son Aaron and just loves being a dad!

landscape because of the scenic beauty or nostalgic ‘I’ve been there’ memories. That’s what is so amazing about photography – it’s archiving history, preserving memories and special moments.”

Also contributing to this edition:

The creative urge eventually persuaded Quinn and wife Katie to

Tony Whitehead, Kjell Nilsson, Elizabeth Attwood, Richard Swainson,

return to New Zealand from London in 2006 where Quinn could

Justine Southwick, Jo Page, Matt Walsh, Mark Hamilton, Jerry

pursue his photography career in a less claustrophobic environment.

Landrum, Tourism Nelson, Phil Hunt, Steve Patton, Monty Adams, Ed

This busy husband, father, surfer, skater and of course

Martin, Bill Hedges.

photographer, is truly living the dream.

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SHE IS VIVACIOUS, TALENTED, A SENTIMENTALIST AND A PROUD NEW ZEALANDER. OUR UNO. REPORTER TALKED TO YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGER ELIZABETH MARVELLY JUST AFTER SHE HAD RETURNED HOME TO ROTORUA FOLLOWING AN EXTENSIVE AND SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF EUROPE. Story: Charles Martin, Photos: Quinn O’Connell & Monty Adams.

Musically, she is very well connected. During her recent European tour Elizabeth Marvelly was accompanied by popular tenor Paul Potts. She is also a friend and admirer of Hayley Westenra and was mentored by the late Sir Howard Morrison. Signed by EMI Classics records at the age of 17 her first album reached the top ten and was gold certified within five days of release. Four years later this young classical singer can already look back on a successful and satisfying career and for the future the world is her oyster. She was described by the Prime Minister John Key as ‘a national treasure’ and in a tribute by the late Sir Howard Morrison: ‘Nobody can fault her work. She is the whole package’. Her strong, true voice is now familiar to most New Zealanders through public performances and television appearances including a guest spot singing a medley from ‘Sound of Music’ on the Dancing with the Stars show. Elizabeth was born in Rotorua, the only child of Brett and Vlasta Marvelly, and grew up living in their classic and historic five-star hotel, the 113 year old Princes Gate. She fell in love with the stage at a very early age growing up in this majestic old Victorian building surrounded by a steady stream of entertainers, musicians, cabaret performers and celebrities who frequented the establishment. “I count myself lucky to have lived there and I’m sure the excitement and atmosphere of the stage and performing rubbed off on me. I was never a lonely only child. My parents were interesting people”, she said. “I guess I headed for the piano from about the age of two and I can certainly remember making up songs for my teddy bear from a very early age”.

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cover story LIGHTING THE FLAME This interest was identified and encouraged. She took piano lessons from the age of three and joined a choir taking solo parts as an eightyear-old. Elizabeth loved Broadway shows and it was about this same time she attended a performance of Phantom of the Opera. “That really lit the flame for me and I decided even at the age of eight on a stage career as a singer”. She took formal lessons in singing, piano and speech and drama including an associate teaching degree - all the disciplines so important for a future as a classical or opera performer. Her father Brett co-operated fully in steering his daughter along the path to a musical career and used to drive her the three hours to Auckland for weekly singing lessons. Meantime she displayed the very normal traits of a New Zealand kid at her primary and secondary schools in Rotorua, almost bordering on the tomboy. Ballet dancing aside, Elizabeth also played a mean game of cricket as both a batsman and bowler, played soccer right through until the end of her high school years, was into volleyball and tennis, and reached New Zealand cadet level as a water polo player. This keen sporting interest has remained. Enthusiasm for her favourite team, the All Blacks, was reinforced when she sang the national anthem (and the Australian one once, she shamefully admits) at four Tests including one at the San Siro Stadium in Milan before a crowd of 85,000. She has also performed the anthem for the Kiwis at the ANZAC league test in Melbourne. Daunting? “Yes, very!” she laughed. “It is quite a challenge walking out in the middle of a ground before a hushed but huge audience who are all waiting for an acceptable - but preferably impressive version of our anthem. The really daunting part is that you have absolutely no control over the sound system or voice levels. Also, of course, if you forget the words, you’re toast. That’s

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Elizabeth finished her last two years of secondary schooling at Kings College in Auckland while continuing her singing training under the watchful tutelage of Frances Wilson for the last four years. “It’s back to the hotel environment again for me”, she laughs “as I have my singing lessons in the beautiful surroundings of Frances’ own boutique hotel, Mollies in Herne Bay”. I wondered about the value of a teacher and what they teach? “My voice is still maturing and developing and a knowledgeable tutor is very important to attend to the anatomy of the voice and recognise faults or shortcomings that need attention or correction and just as an ongoing monitoring process. It is an important part of any professional singer’s life, and there’s still so much for me to learn”.

REPERTOIRE I suggested that the repertoire for a young classical singer or even an established performer was critical to the success of a career. Who decides what? “The selection of songs is obviously very important because they characterise the sort of performer you are - classical, operatic, popular or whatever - and how accepted you are by the audience. While I can decide whatever I like to sing, the record company and the producer do have a say because of course there are commercial considerations. In their opinion, it’s no use recording something that nobody wants to buy”. Elizabeth really enjoys recording in a studio. “I would love to just live in a studio and record all day”, she said. “You are constantly seeking excellence and so every recording is an exercise in abandonment - you could go on for years with the same project but you would never achieve perfection. Stage performances are one-offs - you, the audience and that single performance that can’t be changed, warts and all. But a recording lasts forever and if there are imperfections, they are present every time the recording is played. That’s why I think that the recording studio is more challenging in many ways than a stage performance. For the stage you have a good robust warm-up and you have to be physically fit and strong. In the studio you are looking for that special quality and freshness which can often be achieved early in the morning when the voice has a different quality and texture than later when it is used and getting a bit warmer. It is a very fascinating and interesting business”.

A SAFE HAVEN Talking about audiences, Elizabeth said that to her the stage was a safe place where she was at home and comfortable. She liked to interact with the audience the way she did with her friends. It is very clear that friends are very important in her life. That’s why she was back in New Zealand after an extensive European tour (Paul Potts is “a lovely guy with a great sense of humour”) to catch up with friends and recharge her batteries. She looked forward to the warm and familiar things of home, including her beloved three-legged (motor mower accident!) black Labrador called ‘Lace’. She was also preparing for the release and promotion of her latest recording called, simply, ‘Home’.

“It’s a collection of songs that mean a lot to me and remind me of all the good things that FROM THE TOP: Singing the national anthem at an All Blacks test in Wellington; With Tim Beveridge at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park; Backstage with Paul Potts in Auckland; Onstage with Paul Potts at the Royal Albert Hall; Onstage with Sir Howard Morrison; Presenting at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with Shane Cortese; Featuring on TVNZ’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’; Performing with school children at the Play it Strange Foundation’s ‘Band of

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make this country so important to me. It also includes one original song I’ve composed especially for this album. ‘Home’ embodies in music all those things that are so important to me as a New Zealander - and I hope you like it too”, and there goes that warm and ready laugh again.


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CHOSEN PATH Her tastes in music are broad and catholic. “My mum loves jazz and I was raised with a strong jazz influence - Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra - the greats of the industry. I love opera too - it is one of those disciplines where it is essential you know exactly what you are singing about. Language and pronunciation are important, but it’s no use singing operatic arias unless you are thoroughly familiar with the words and their meaning. I also enjoy the acting and drama that are part of opera”, she said. “But in saying that, opera is not my future chosen path. I would probably describe myself as a well-rounded classical singer, very open to other musical experiences - I like to write, to compose - but I really don’t know where my career path may lead except that I won’t be a specialist operatic diva”. That comment lead me on to discussing with Elizabeth the whole question of cross-over music and performing. She explained what she saw as the difference between ‘popera’ - established opera singers performing popular songs, as Kiri Te Kanawa did occasionally - and ‘crossover’ which was simply a classical singer moving into the more popular song field. She came into that category. Finally it was time to get a bit more personal. No, the 21-year-old is not attached, but yes - she loves hanging out with her friends and having plenty of laughter. My impression of this Parnell-domiciled young star from Rotorua was of an attractive, confident and intelligent young woman with a keen sense of humour. She describes herself as “a deep thinker who is a little bit nuts and who likes to spend time just being a kid”. 26 She’s a thoroughly nice kid - and a very talented one at that.


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non-ablative

treatments

such

as intense pulsed light, each treatment modality has a part to play but most significantly, each has its limitations. Ablative treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, have been available for many years. Initial results were generally very good but there was a long downtime and for some, persisting side effects of redness,

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surface, causing the upper level to peel off

treats the dermis, that deeper part of

of its resurfacing predecessors.

and regenerate a layer of new healthy skin.

the skin responsible for giving the skin

The goal of laser skin resurfacing is simple:

With ‘Fractional’ laser treatment, only a

firmness and flexibility. It does this by

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fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by

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Techniques

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made enormous advances, allowing much

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THIS IS THE SIMPLE ADVICE FROM HIGHLY QUALIFIED SKIN CANCER SPECIALIST, DOCTOR BEN TALLON.

STAY OUT OF THE SUN! Doctor BEN TALLON spends hours each week intently studying skin abnormalities both on patients and on slides that have been sent to him from all over the country. He is one of only two specialists in New

His father was a GP here. Ben, an

attitude to sun beds. “For a country with the

Zealand qualified in dermatopathology - the

Otumoetai College old boy, graduated from

highest rate of skin cancer in the world it is

science of diagnosing skin cancer from

the Auckland School of Medicine in 1999,

embarrassing that we are so far behind the

biopsies.

completing his training in hospitals in

eight ball in legislating against the use of

Auckland and London. The decision to

sun beds,” he says. “They are restricted in

As skin cancer is the most common cancer

specialise in dermatology saw him

countries with less sun risk than ours.”

in New Zealand it is fortunate that Ben finds

undertaking specialty training back in this

He has enlisted the help of MP Simon

country before the fellowships from which

Bridges to lobby for legislation to, at the

he has returned a specialist dermatologist.

very least, stop minors from unrestricted

can be obscure with so many variations,” he

As Ben’s wife, Andrea, is also a local, they

access to sun beds.

says.

share delight that their children (four year

Many forms of skin cancer are obvious to

old Noah and Mila aged 16 months) can

While it may appear Doctor Tallon is trying

the trained naked eye. Ben’s qualifications

experience a Bay of Plenty childhood.

to do himself out of a job it hardly seems

allow him to identify those which are not. He chose to bring skills gained by

likely. While the rate of melanoma is Though Ben works every day with the effects

plateauing, there is projected to be an

of our climate and lifestyle he also thrives

increase in the more common basal cell and

fellowships in Boston, USA and at the

on the access to outdoor activities afforded

squamous cell carcinomas. Ben stresses

University of Graz in Austria to Tauranga for

here. However you can be sure that when

that it is important to be vigilant as the

two reasons. He was attracted to the Skin

he and his family are enjoying our great

earlier they are treated the better. Any

Centre because it is New Zealand’s largest

outdoors - wake boarding, running, surfing,

change in moles or pigmented spots should

dermatology practice with specialist

rock climbing, kayaking, skiing and taking

be checked as Ben and his colleagues

staff among the best qualified in the

long walks - they will be protected from

would rather provide reassurance than have

country. The clinic, built in 2000, has just

the sun. “Shade is your best defense,” he

you worrying about a potentially dangerous

had major surgery itself, adding six brand

says. “But any areas of your skin you can’t

spot.

new state of the art day stay theatre suites

shade with clothing should be covered by

You won’t find more advanced skin cancer

to world class facilities comprising eight

sun screen.”

and specialist dermatologic surgery, or

rooms and three cosmetic clinics.

BAN THE SUN BED

Centre.

Consulting space was extended to

If you use a sun bed for tanning before

accommodate their six dermatologists, two

you turn 30 you increase your chances of

SKIN CENTRE Specialist Dermatologists

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His second reason for coming to Tauranga

arsenic and asbestos exposure. These facts

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was even more compelling. This is home.

fuel Ben’s frustration with our laissez-faire

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AS SURE AS NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY,

developmental delay, learning disabilities

scan with a test on the mother’s blood. For

THE JOY AND SOMETIMES CONCERN

and problems such as heart defects.

women in New Zealand this finally became

ON THE BIRTH OF A NEW BABY WILL

We know that the older the mother, the

available as a free test in February 2010.

higher the chance of having a baby with

The mother’s blood is tested between 10

Down Syndrome. For many years, the only

and 12 weeks of pregnancy followed by an

screening available was a test offered to

ultrasound nuchal scan between 11 weeks

WOMEN, GIVEN THE INCREASING

women over 35-37 years of age where a

and 13 weeks six days. The laboratory

DIFFICULTY FOR SOME COUPLES IN

needle was put into the mother’s abdomen

combines the blood test and nuchal scan

CONCEIVING A CHILD. BUT FOR

and fluid drawn out from around the baby

results to give a risk for Down Syndrome

(amniocentesis). This was done close to

with a greater than 90 percent accuracy,

half-way through the pregnancy. Another

with fewer false positive tests.

invasive test now available and done earlier

If a woman is more than 14 weeks

in the pregnancy at around three months is

pregnant, she will not be able to have the

chorionc villous sampling (CVS). This also

nuchal scan or early blood test, but can still

One of the ways we can ‘look at’ the

involves a needle into the abdomen and

have a blood test as a stand-alone screen

developing embryo is by using ultrasound

takes a few cells of the placental tissue.

for Down Syndrome between 14 and 20

scanning. There have been rapid advances

A problem with these invasive procedures is

weeks. This has a lesser accuracy of about

in ultrasound scanning in more than 40

they have a small chance of causing

80 percent. If a screening test has been

years since we first started scanning

miscarriage (approximately 1 percent).

done, depending on the estimated risk,

BE WITH US ALWAYS. JOY IN A MUCH ANTICIPATED PREGNANCY FOR MANY

OTHERS, THE JOURNEY ONLY JUST BEGINS ONCE A PREGNANCY IS CONFIRMED.

couples may be happy to continue their

pregnancies. This was one of the first uses of ultrasound. The sound waves work by

To decide which women are at higher risk,

pregnancy without further investigation, or

seeing a difference between tissues. Just

other than just based on maternal age, an

may wish for a more definite answer. The

like a sonic fish finder spots a fish

ultrasound scan can measure the amount

results of CVS or amniocentesis can help

swimming in the sea, a baby can be spotted

of fluid behind the back of the baby’s neck

those involved make an informed choice.

‘swimming’ in the amniotic fluid.

(nuchal translucency thickness). The thicker

A Down Syndrome baby will often have

the fluid, the higher the chance of Down

other medical conditions which may require

The vast majority of babies are born

Syndrome and other problems. 80 percent

delivery at a specialist centre and extra

normal. Any woman, whatever her age, has

of Down Syndrome can be detected by a

neonatal monitoring. Those who choose to

a small risk of developing a baby with a

nuchal scan with a false positive rate of five

continue with the pregnancy are fully

physical and/or mental disability such as

percent. An amniocentesis or CVS can then

supported in their choice so that

Down Syndrome, which is the focus of this

give a definite answer.

pregnancy care and outcome can be optimised.

article. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal

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abnormality, also called Trisomy 21,

ACCURATE PREDICTING

recognised by the typical appearance of the

For some years we have become aware

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face. It is a lifelong condition, the severity

that it is more accurate to screen for Down

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SHE MIGHT BE CALLED ‘THE CRAZY TURTLE LADY’ BY MATES, BUT A GROWING ROTORUA CLIENTELE ARE MORE FAMILIAR WITH KELLY BENNETT’S EXPERIENCE AND DEFT TOUCH AS A HAIR STYLIST. A play on words is often the stuff of a good

are now available which provided even more

“The turtles live outside in the turtlerium

business title and Kelly Bennett has had six

possibilities in terms of colours and styles.

(pond area) and their very existence

years to prove the point - HEADQUARTERS

explains why my mates call me ‘The Crazy

HAIRSTYLISTS has established a reputation

“We are now using the new L’Oreal

for professionalism and style.

professional ammonia free colour INOA,

Turtle Lady’”, she laughs.

Sebastian professional products and a new

Laughter is also very important in the life

“After I finished my training there was a

line of Simply Organic products. We also

of this successful businesswoman. After 15

stint in Australia working in Brisbane for six

have a range of organic based colour. These

years in the industry her focus these days

months before I got homesick and returned

all underline the modern and

is on having fun and maintaining a friendly

to Rotorua. I always wanted to own my own

technologically advanced pattern of our

environment for both staff and clients. “We

business and be my own boss, and three

work”, she said.

don’t have big egos around here”, she said.

and here I am - proud owner of what has

Kelly was schooled and brought up in

“Our clients have a great experience and

developed into a highly successful salon”.

Rotorua. She went straight to the Waiariki

keep coming back. We have grown the

Polytechnic after her schooling to undertake

business mainly from referrals but in the

She said that the current premises, have

a four year training programme.

certain knowledge that you are only as good

just finished a complete makeover and are

She still supports their students today and

as your last happy customer. We work hard

proving ideal for a busy and growing

likes to give younger people a shot!

to maintain excellence in all we do”.

years ago I bought out my business partner

business. Work-life balance is important and she

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Swimming, pilates, triathlon are all on the

deserve and expect the very best, not a

menu and her partner is right into

junior trainee. To this end we have locally

multi-sporting, currently training for the

renowned stylist, Anthony Francis, on the

Rotorua Half Ironman.

and Christal Duff who has been with us for

Kelly’s love of animals is pretty obvious -

six months.”

two dogs, one chicken, three rabbits and six turtles (and probably a partridge in a pear

Kelly is excited about the new products that

tree).

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UNO. FASHION WRITER JO PAGE TALKS TO A FASHION DESIGNER WHO HAS MADE IT ONTO THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE, WAS BASED IN HONG KONG FOR 11 YEARS AND IS NOW BACK IN NEW ZEALAND - HAMILTON BORN YVONNE BENNETTI. Story: Jo Page, Photos: Greta Kenyon.

L to R: Stella Tetro, Karin McIver and Yvonne Bennetti. UNO. I understand you grew up in Hamilton.

Do tell us about some of the things you remember. YVONNE BENNETTI Yes, I grew up in

Hamilton, and I have many wonderful lifelong friends from there. My memories are of lots of parties on farms, step aerobics and Cyndi Lauper, Led Zepellin and Stevie Nicks reigned on the stereo. The winter mornings were always foggy; Saturday mornings we played netball and Sundays we always had a roast dinner. UNO. When did you first become interested

in fashion, and was there something that particularly caught your eye? YB My grandmother was a great seamstress

and my mother sewed and hand knitted. She used to hand knit cardigans and ponchos for me when I was a child. My mother was my inspiration to become a designer. She created for me what I wanted to wear and I became inspired to create clothes that I wanted to make. I began at fourteen years of age. UNO. You worked for some of our very own

wonderful designers here in New Zealand, and also overseas. Did they influence you in any way and if so, how? YB Trelise Cooper was the most influen-

tial designer that I have worked with. She taught me to follow my instincts and not to rely on fashion trends. Later when I launched my textile business I was fortunate enough to develop fabrics for Akira Isogawa. He is very experimental with his concepts. For example in one collection he cut a vintage kimono, taped it together randomly, re-printed the kimono, and beaded and embroidered it. pieces and are featured at Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Powerhouse museum.

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His pieces are highly coveted museum

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UNO. What was it that influenced you to

UNO. Tell us about your day in Hong Kong,

move to Hong Kong and base yourself

and is it completely different from your day

there?

back home in Auckland?

YB I was offered a unique position based

YB My day would start with a walk along a

in Hong Kong to learn textile technology

bush track with my dogs (Lucky, Mugwai,

with a large Chinese textile company selling

and Mini) to the seaside for their morning

fabrics in America.

swim. After breakfast it was then a one hour

My position involved working in New York

drive to my office in Lan Kwai Fong where I

and Los Angeles with American

checked emails from New Zealand. Usually

companies such as DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger

there would be customer orders to arrange

and Ralph Lauren developing their fabric

where I would need to go to the garment

orders in China and communications with

district to arrange fabrics, buttons and

America. I was the only westerner in a

any accessories. I might stop for a lunch

company of 70 employees so the job was

of Chinese dumplings and noodles. In the

challenging on many levels.

afternoon samples would arrive from the workroom, where we had four workers who

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UNO. I understand that after 11 years you

worked for us. I would meet our tailor later

returned to New Zealand. Has this been a

in the afternoon and go over the new fittings

good move for you?

and make adjustments. After catching up

YB Yes it was a good decision. Returning

with my good friend Lucy for coffee, I would

to New Zealand was quite an adjustment

take the subway to my fabric printers to

after 11 years in Asia but it is a decision I

approve new prints or check production. I

am glad that I made. I now know many of

would often travel to Taiwan to develop wool

my clients personally which has helped me

embroideries and to China for hand painted

to better understand the elements of my

silks. Most days would finish around seven

collections which work best in New Zealand.

or eight in the evening depending if I had

The temperate climate here affects

a new collection to complete. My day is not

customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferences and so I take that

very different in New Zealand except that I

into account when selecting fabric.

work in my store now which I really love.


fashion

UNO. What did you see from your window

UNO. A wedding is such a special day for a

in Hong Kong, and how does it compare to

bride. When did you start designing bridal

Auckland?

gowns?

YB From my window I would see mountains,

YB I have always designed bridal gowns

boats and the sea. My house was

but I am doing many more now that I live in

surrounded by trees and a lot of wild life.

New Zealand. It is always exciting and a real

There were often snakes in the garden and

honour to be selected to create a bridal

monkeys lived in the trees. A lot of tropical

gown.

life - macaw parrots, puffins, cuckoos and bats would be seen at night.

UNO. What is the best advice you have ever

been given? My view from my window now is the sea, the

YB Follow your gut instinct if you are ever

harbour bridge, the Chelsea sugar factory

unsure what decisions to make.

and yachts. A little different from Asia but a lot quieter.

UNO. Tell us about the shoe designs I

UNO. I was once privileged to come to one

YB I am developing a new line that can be

of your shows in Hamilton. Are you showing

worn everyday. The shoes are still

at New Zealand Fashion week in September?

handmade like our evening style shoes and

YB Yes, we shall have our own private

are exclusively made for yvonne bennetti.

understand you are doing now.

fashion show off site this year. UNO. Are you involved in any of the overseas

fashion events, or do you hold your own shows outside of New Zealand? YB We are often asked to do shows in Hong

Kong. UNO. Are you represented in Europe and if

so where? YB No. We often send pieces that are

ordered from our website to the USA or Europe. UNO. Looking ahead to 2011 what do you

see in the world of fashion and the influences coming through? YB I see 2011 fashion reverting back to

great classic pieces. There is no fantasy our economy. There is emphasis on natural fibres such as furs, wool and leather.

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fashion showing. Perhaps it is a reflection of

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fashion

UNO. What do you love to do when you have

a day off? YB Spending the day with my husband

Damian and our son Oscar is my most special time. UNO. What overseas designers do you

particularly like? YB I like the classic designers from the

20th century. I love Vionnet for her draping and Valentino, who has recently retired, for his luxury fabrics and beading. They call him ‘the last emperor’. His clothes are collectors’ pieces which never go out of style. UNO. We are doing a bridal supplement in

this issue. Would you like to expand on your wedding influences? YB I do not follow trends when designing

bridal dresses, but different eras. Right now my collection is influenced by Valentino’s 1970’s collection.


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YOUR WEDDING DAY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT

Here are some websites that we came across that we hope will give

DAYS OF YOUR LIFE, AND LIKE A LOT OF THINGS IN LIFE, IT

you some great ideas for your special day – enjoy.

IS ALL ABOUT PLANNING AND PREPARATION. WITH THE INTERNET HOWEVER, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT, NOR HAS IT BEEN EASIER TO PLAN THE PERFECT WEDDING.

USEFUL WEBSITES www.imarry.org

Over 6000 wedding tips

www.projectwedding.com www.brides.com

US website with lost and lots of ideas

Premier bridal destination with a dedicated

team of editors that create and develop original content, interactive Rather than go over all the basic ‘need to know’ information that

tools, galleries, and community forums for brides

your probably know anyway, we have tried to add some value by

www.bestweddingsites.com

informing you of some useful overseas websites that may provide

websites

ideas and inspiration, and have also showcased some local

www.celebritybrideguide.com

Whilst we combed the net for some helpful websites we could share with you, the latest ‘must-have’ for a wedding was your own personalised website and there are many companies around that offer cheap, simple, templated websites that are easy to use. In the

See how the stars do it!

WEDDING HAIRSTYLES www.modelbride.com www.hairstylesdesign.com www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/0,,20353916,00.html www.onewed.com/wedding-hair-styles

long run, these should save you a lot of time and provide an

WEDDING DRESSES

excellent way to share your wedding day with guests after the big

www.voon.co.nz

day. Some great features they offer are photo slide shows, guest

http://www.cymbelineusa.com

books, online RSVP forms which allow your guests to respond at no

www.verawang.com

cost to you, customised wedding day details, out-of-towner guides

http://www.maggiesottero.com/

and interactive maps, gift wish list and bridal registries, gallery for

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/best/5022/8/designer-wed-

hen and stag nights, and even a wedding day countdown. This is a

ding-dresses.html#stop

great way to share your website on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace & other social networking sites. My pick is; www.webpagedesigns.com There are also a large number of blog sites with useful information. bridetide.blogspot.com has a Top-100 wedding blogs and twitters and another very well done blog site is; brendasweddingblog.com

WEDDING SHOES www.myglassslipper.com

Over 250 styles from the very best

designers www.crystalbridalaccessories.co.uk

Great ideas site for shoes,

jewellery and handbags

This daily blog was created for the writer to share her wedding

WEDDING CAKES

findings including inspiration boards. It is well set out and easy to

www.maisiefantaisie.co.uk and www.peggyporschen.com

use and has many useful features.

Two of London’s best cake designers www.my-wedding-cake-ideas.com

Lots and lots of cake ideas …

WEDDING SONGS www.popular-wedding-songs.com www.ourbridalsongs.com WEDDING SPEECHES www.ultimatespeeches.net www.hitched.co.uk www.youtube.com

Lots of inspiration here

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BORDEN LI PHOTOGRAPHERS Borden Li Photographers is a contemporary creative photography studio based in central Hamilton, specialising in wedding and portrait photography. Borden is a highly trained and experienced photographer, award winning cinematographer and professional designer. Visit our studio to view our portfolio and a range of premium photography albums. 270 Victoria St, Hamilton. p. 07 838 1618 www.bordenli.co.nz

KTIZO HAIR & SPA At Ktizo Hair & Spa we enjoy putting time and effort into helping you make this a memorable day. We cater for small or large wedding parties and offer hair, beauty therapy and make-up services. We can also provide an off-site service if required. We encourage all brides to have a bridal trial at least one week prior to the big day. All bridal parties receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on the day, as well as complimentary espresso coffee, juice and a selection of teas. 324 Tristram St, Hamilton. p. 07 856 0180

SEDUCTION LINGERIE Getting married or just wanting to spice things up in your life? Have your party at Seduction Lingerie. We provide the venue, drinks and nibbles at no cost, all you have to do is bring at least 10 friends, plus enjoy a 25% discount on all full price lingerie, swimwear and accessories purchased on the night. Bra fittings and gift vouchers available. Sizes 8 – 24. Open Monday to Saturday. 1235 Eruera Street, Rotorua. p. 07 343 6280

FANTAIL LODGE COUNTRY ESTATE Fantail Lodge Country Estate is our region’s most versatile/complete wedding venue. The lodge is renowned for its cuisine and has recently expanded with new secluded accommodation facilities in a park like setting. As each wedding celebration is special to us, we assist and coordinate personally. Fantail Lodge Country Estate also offers a romantic and very special honeymoon package. Enjoy timeless elegance at Fantail Lodge Country Estate. 117 Rea Rd, Katikati. p. 07 549 1581 www.fantaillodge.co.nz

TEMPTATIONS LINGERIE & SWIMWEAR Stunningly sophisticated Bethany by Fauve is the ultimate in luxury and glamour. Using gorgeous Italian embroidery to create a strong impact, the range is complemented with chiffon bows and decorative plush straps and is available up to an F cup. This range will make every wearer feel special, and there is also a fantastic array of coordinates to choose from. Visit Temptations Lingerie, your wedding lingerie specialists for a fabulous range of Calvin Klein, Fayreform and Triumph. 203 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui. p. 07 575 3187

HART JEWELLERS

At Hart Jewellers we create fine jewellery for those with discerning taste… so why not indulge in a little colour therapy. Come and see us and choose jewellery without boundaries. We design and manufacture using the finest diamonds and coloured gems. 6 Ward Street, Hamilton. p. 07 839 5666 Design and Manufacture e. hart.jewellers@xtra.co.nz

LOOK PHOTOGRAPHY Natural and fun wedding photos combined with romance and style to capture and illustrate loving relationships! One of New Zealand Weddings magazine’s ‘favourite photographers’ we’re available throughout the greater Bay of Plenty and Waikato although, really, we’ll go anywhere. We offer a reasonably priced professional coverage fee of $1250 to help you with your investment in a Queensberry album. p. 07 349 0507 or 021 278 6240 e. kelvin@lookphotography.co.nz www.lookphotography.co.nz

WORLD SPA & BEAUTY We are your complete day spa experience. We can make sure you are feeling like a star on your big day. We provide the best in make up, skin care, tanning, manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and tinting treatments. We also cater for bridal showers and bridal packages. We have Tauranga’s only out side gazebos and garden area. 68 Chadwick Road, Tauranga p. 07 571 4246 e. beauty@worldspa.co.nz www.worldspa.co.nz

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INNOVATIVE COMPUTERISED

DESIGNS

The Goldsmith‘s Gallery is a destination

computer ‘CAD programme’ together with a

jewellery store where customers go to have

Roland wax milling machine.

their jewellery repaired, or that special

“We were the first company to get this

piece of jewellery custom made. They have

particular system in New Zealand and are

recently celebrated their ten year

thrilled with the results”, he said.

anniversary in the business and enjoy their location on the river side of Victoria Street,

The computer programme allows Anthony

opposite Ward Street. Owner, Anthony Licht

to design a piece of jewellery so that

previously had a store in Tauranga handling

the customer can see the image on the

repairs and manufacturing. He was drawn

computer screen in 3D. The image can be

to the Waikato and has really enjoyed the

rotated and the jewellery item viewed from

move which has allowed his business to

all angles. This allows for all proportions,

become more involved in retailing, in

dimensions, shapes and colours to be

addition to manufacturing and repair work.

arranged or altered to get the look just right - no more hand drawn sketches.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW COMPUTERISED DESIGN PROGRAMME, AND A WAX MILLING MACHINE, IT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER AND MORE AFFORDABLE TO DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE YOUR OWN UNIQUE PIECE OF CUSTOM-MADE JEWELLERY.

Anthony is originally from South Africa where he completed a jewellery

The design is then made into a mould by

apprenticeship and worked for three years

cutting the exact design onto a green wax

before heading for New Zealand.

sample. The customer gets to view the wax,

The majority of his work is made up of

and try it on. This allows the customer the

repairs, remodelling and customised work,

certainty of knowing that their design will

as well as retail sales.

be made into a gorgeous piece of jewellery -

“What people like about our store is the

albeit in wax form at this stage.

open plan layout with everything on show.

Customers can then make any changes, if

Customers get to watch us work!” he

necessary. This is far more cost effective for

laughs.

the customer as all it takes is a few strokes at the computer keys, rather than labour

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When our UNO. reporter visited, Anthony

intensive work on metal. Once all changes

proudly showed off a new addition to his

are made the item then gets cast off into

business. It is a digital jewellery design

the metal of choice, perfectly, first time!


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We had to ask Anthony the obvious

MIX AND MATCH

question: “How do you compete with the national chain stores?”

Anthony said that what their clients enjoy most about a custom designed piece is the

rings, bracelets, pendants and cufflinks. It even has the capability to inscribe words,

He said they don’t. “We offer a completely

capacity to mix and match to ‘fit’ within

names or phrases around the whole inside

different service as we provide expertise,

budgets. There is even the service of

or outside of rings. To do this by hand used

time and exclusivity, with a competitive

bringing in your old unused pieces of gold.

to be really difficult and costly due to the

price point” said Anthony. “Some customers like us to use their

hand-made labour charge. But now with the advent of this amazing piece of computer

“Chain stores get production runs of 100 or

specific gold as it has sentimental value.

wizardry the imagination can run wild,

1,000 of the same ring. Our clients never

Other customers prefer to receive a gold

without the budget spiralling out of control.

have to worry about that. If we custom

credit towards the cost of their new, shiny

Anthony said that this particular feature

make a piece for a customer you have the

custom made piece. Design offers

was proving especially popular with

reassurance that the same thing won’t turn

versatility and choice and means people

wedding bands - wedding dates, special

up on someone else’s engagement finger,

can have exactly what they desire within

words, names and phrases adds yet another

and that your special piece is not being

their price brackets. Different stone grades

dimension and special character to a piece.

worn by five other people at the same party

and different metals provide different price

Pretty clever stuff indeed!

as you! Weddings and special occasions

brackets, and we are happy to be able to

are just that - special - and we find our

offer the complete package,” he said.

“This new process of making computerised

clients treasure that uniqueness”. “The success of our business has always

customised jewellery is very rewarding”, said Anthony. “We have always prided our-

He said it was fair to say that as a

been about the experience we provide to our

selves on spending as much time as

manufacturing jeweller he is competitive

clients. We spend a lot of time listening

necessary with our customers finding out

on price, and custom made pieces can

to them so they get what they want. A good

exactly what they want before making

start from as little as $500. Price is then

proportion of our customers are from

something special for them. This new

determined by the level of complexity and

outside the Waikato, or from overseas, as

system has added another highly

whether the item is to be hand-made or

designs can now be sent electronically just

sophisticated dimension to the design and

computer designed.

as fast as if they were in New Zealand. The great thing about jewellery is that it

manufacturing process but which sees the “Remember there are only three variables

is continually on show, and quality shines!

with a ring when it comes to price- the

We strive to ensure that each and every

This new system appeals to the many

metal, stone grades and size, and labour.

customer leaves feeling ‘in love’ with their

people who find it quite hard to visualise a

The material breakdown of rings is pretty

purchase. This has enabled my business to

finished product. By being able to see a 3D

much two things, the metal and the stone.

thrive”.

image of the piece and an actual physical

Metals on offer are 9, 14 or 18 carat and in

wax model of the design that they can even

three colours of gold - white, yellow or rose,

Business will thrive even more with this

try on for size, allows people to enjoy the

as well as the really popular platinum and

innovative computerised design capacity.

experience rather than worry the end result

palladium. The stone varieties are endless

It can do practically anything. So head in

may not be quite what they had in mind.

but obviously quality, grade and size dictate

to the Goldsmith’s Gallery for the modern

It provides certainty to the design process.

the price”.

jewellery experience!

customer involved from start to finish”.

THE GOLDSMITH’S GALLERY 426 Victoria Street, Hamilton. p. 07 838 3418 e. goldsmith.gallery@xtra.co.nz www.thegoldsmithsgallery.co.nz

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PARTY TIME THIS IS SOMETHING NEW, CREATIVE AND DIFFERENT TO ENTERTAIN THE CHILDREN ON THAT SPECIAL OCCASION. UNO. TALKED TO KATHRYN MORGAN ABOUT HER NEW VENTURE ‘PONY TALES PARTIES’ SPECIALLY FOR YOU. Why did you start ‘Pony Tales Parties’?

What about the weather?

They are safe and well handled. The ponies

I love creating children’s parties, coming up

No problem! Boutique Barn Parties are

are part of our family and very much loved.

with new ideas, creating the table settings,

available - no matter the weather we have

They regularly go to competitions, Pony

flower arrangements, and sharing our

you covered. You can enjoy your party in our

Club and hacking out with my sons. You

ponies and property. I like to see children

purpose-built barn. The ponies can join in

can be assured of lovely photos as our

having fun in the countryside, running

the fun through the adjoining stable door.

ponies are gorgeous, we only buy the pretty

around and being with nature.

ones! The ponies are washed and What is involved in a typical party?

immaculate for each party, their saddlery is

I had been collecting ideas for children’s

The party includes pony rides, old

clean and polished.

pony parties for a long time. Having

fashioned games like sack races, egg

organised many creative and unique parties

and spoon races, apple bobbing, lollie

Summary

for my sons, I was encouraged by family

scrambles, etc. The children have their

By having a party at Pony Tales Parties all

and friends to combine two of my passions,

meal sitting on hay bales at a banquet table

the hard work is taken out of your day as

ponies and parties. When my sister Juliet

decorated in the selected theme. We use

everything is supplied except the food, and

got an enquiry for a pony party at her riding

quality table linen, plates, glasses, napkins,

you don’t have to clean up afterwards!!!

school ( Pony Tales Riding School) she said

platters, decorations and fresh flowers

It’s a stress-free, memorable party set in

“there you go Kathryn” - so that’s how it

are supplied within the all-inclusive price.

an authentic country setting with beautiful

started and Pony Tales Parties was born.

Coffee and tea is provided for the adults.

views, a purpose built barn and established

All you need to bring is the party food and

gardens. You will have a wonderful time -

drink.

children who come to visit never want to

What type of parties do you do? Themed Pony Parties ensure that the ‘pony

leave!

mad’ child has a party tailored to his or her

Tell us about the ‘stars of the show’, the

Creating wonderful party memories and

desires including; Country & Western

ponies?

attention to detail is what sets us apart.

Ponies, English Show Ponies, Designer

The ponies are the perfect size for children

Ponies, Knights Noble Ponies, Fairy

standing between 11.2hh and 12.2hh. Jonty

Contact Kathryn Morgan p. 07 847 1887

Princess Ponies, and of course My Little

and Nicholas are Welsh Ponies and Star is

e. ponytalesparties@gmail.com

Pony. We also can do special theme

an English Riding Pony.

and soon: www.ponytalesparties.co.nz

requests with or without ponies. Some of the favorites parties held in the past have been the Garden Tea Party, Pirate Party, Magical Party, Halloween and Easter Parties, The Easter Egg Hunt Party is quite memorable. We also provide pony rides at private properties with the ponies in a selected theme if required. Any other activities? In the school holidays we hold tea parties with the party ponies and during the term Pony Play Group for pre school children.


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A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH THE ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THE COMPANY THEN KNOWN AS CURTAIN TEXTILES CHANGED HIS PATH AND LED TO A WHOLE NEW CAREER FOR ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS, ROTORUA BASED MIKE STEINER.

He couldn’t wait to leave school and get out into the real world, first working in a bank for two years, then in the grocery industry. A chance encounter when he was an 18year-old changed everything for the better and identified his true talent and interest.

PASSION STILL THERE

“We went to Curtain Textiles to choose some

“I have been very fortunate to be able to focus on the design side of things, while

fabric for a sofa”, Mike recalls. “I put my

He said he loved the excitement, the magic,

Marie has run the day to day side of the

thoughts on colours together and the owner

the creativity. “The passion is still very

business” said Mike.

of the store seemed impressed that I had a

much there”. He speaks with warmth and

bit of talent in that line of the business and offered me a job on the spot. My favourite

pride about his team at Steiner Interiors. “Some staff have been with us for a long

They have a family of three children who are all creative. His sons Kraig and Mark

part of the job was helping and advising

time – one for 40 years, another for 20

are both talented graphic designers and his

people to choose colours. There was no

years, so that’s pretty impressive.

daughter Toni is in media and marketing.

such thing as an ‘interior designer’ in those

Collectively the staff have 96 years of

days so I was it”.

service and experience between them!”

Curtain Textiles was located in Eruera

He has 44 years in the business himself

Street, changed its name to Curtain Textiles

(about the same as his wife Marie) and they

is an honour. For me it is not about how big

and Furniture and two years later Mike

speak with great satisfaction about the

the job is. I can get just as much buzz from

purchased shares then bought the business

recent opening night of their lovely new,

helping someone choose a new rug or table

outright in 1981. “Business boomed for the

light and bright store, attended by many

lamp as i can when doing an interior design

next six years”, he said, “until the crash

clients, fellow retailers and manufacturers.

plan for a whole new house”.

tough years. Then in 1991 it was as though

From that very small and humble beginning

This nice little touch of humility sits well

someone turned the lights back on again -

- Mike Steiner has grown a business with a

with a huge reservoir of creativity.

and we haven’t looked back”.

proud reputation for quality fabrics,

“People place enormous trust in us”, says Mike. “It is not uncommon for clients to ask me to choose their art as well. I think that

of 1987 which was followed by three really

innovative and creative designs, and with

STEINERS - INTERIORS BY REPUTATION

The Rotorua businessman has never been

international customers and his client

1261 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua.

tempted to move north to Auckland, despite

base here in New Zealand says proudly “I

p. 07 348 9979

having many clients there plus the fact that

couldn’t have come this far without the

80 percent of the company’s business is

effort and support of Marie.”

www.steiners.co.nz

done outside Rotorua. He is very loyal to his home town: “Rotorua has always been good to us”, he said. A decade ago, the company moved to premises in Amohia Street before moving into their fantastic new store in Pukuatua Street this year. “This reinvestment in Rotorua with the new store is a commentary on the local community - the local folk have remained loyal even when times got a bit client base now. ‘Interiors by Reputation’ is our by-line, and we live by that”.

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THE PRINCES GATE HOTEL BUILT IN 1897 WAS THE FIRST PRIVATE HOTEL IN NEW ZEALAND AND TODAY REMAINS PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED. BRETT AND VLASTA MARVELLY HAVE BEEN HOSTS AT THIS VICTORIAN CHARMER FOR 25 YEARS.

FIVE-STAR

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attended Rotorua Girls High. And if the

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name Marvelly rings a bell, that is logical.

looks with a splendid veranda surround and

finest hotels, with a five-star Mine Host

Their only daughter Elizabeth is the very

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successful young classical singer making a

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good as it gets!

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leather furnishings, and sparkling

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chandeliers.

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hotel-home after a concert tour of Europe

address, overlooking Government Gardens

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But it caters too for the modern folk of the

which in turn embraces the museum, art

features as the cover story in this issue of

city. They can drop in to the Press Café, a

gallery, a nine-hole golf course and the

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Polynesian Spa. Guests are blessed with the

celebrity place popular with the night owls and the show crowd seeking a wine and

superb surroundings of the three hectares

Brett loves and understands people, an

cheese on the way to the theatre. The two

of beautifully manicured gardens and

essential trait for anyone wanting to

restaurants cater for more formal dining

relaxing activities to match the recently

succeed in the hospitality industry.

refurbished top-class accommodation of 18 one and two-bedroom suites plus 34

STYLE AND QUALITY

Designer, Premier and Classic rooms, two restaurants and general hotel services including a boutique bar, thermal pools and

and are open between seven am and ten pm to provide a full all-day menu of fine foods. The hotel is also an ideal venue for

“Here you get what you see”, he says. “Style,

conferences or weddings, catering for up

quality and the best service at the best

to 90 people with accommodation and all facilities and services.

sauna. The building has a fascinating and

address in town. The team here is extremely

roistering history going back to its birth

proud of its reputation as an exclusive

in Waihi. But that is a very good story for

and upmarket establishment designed to

The thoroughly experienced staff keep the

another time.

ensure a visit to the Princes Gate is an

place ticking over as a place of efficiency

unforgettable experience. To this end we

and excellence, as befits a five-star quality

The Princes Gate today is much more

have redesigned the whole place - rooms,

establishment.

sedate and enjoys an established reputation

facilities, services, restaurants and creative

as Rotorua’s most prestigious hotel and

entertainment. You would have to enjoy

exclusive dining-out and living in spot. It has

yourself here”, he says with a smile of

quarter of a century”, says Brett “but a

a New Zealand Heritage listing.

knowing confidence.

very happy part. The Princes Gate could tell

The hotel is renowned for its creativity,

He is so right. The style and décor and

of celebrities and characters who have

hosting cabaret dinner shows every Friday

some of the entertainment are all

passed this way. We want to make sure it

and Saturday, opera and theatre shows

reminiscent of days gone by but never

will remain an integral part of the social life

and its signature ‘High Tea’. This creativity

forgotten - the glamour, the taste, the class

of Rotorua and be considered by those who

and the five-star recognition for this iconic

and the luxury of the best days of the

visit us here as ‘only the best’”.

establishment haven’t just happened by

1930s. It is the next best thing to a time

“It’s been a big part of our lives for a

some wonderful tales about a whole parade

chance. The services have been carefully

machine! One example is the fabulous ‘high

PRINCES GATE HOTEL

crafted by hosts for the past 25 years, Brett

tea’ served between 10am and 4pm seven

1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua.

Marvelly and his wife Vlasta. Their ongoing

days a week - very English, very smart,

p. 07 348 1179

love affair with ‘the grand old lady’ has

very heart-warming and an opportunity to

transformed the hotel into an attraction the

sample the ambience of the establishment

city of Rotorua can be proud of - a hotel so

even although not a ‘staying guest’. Step

functions and parties – visit our website:

back in time.

www.princesgate.co.nz

good they built the city around it!

Don’t forget to book early for Christmas

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A MERGING OF TALENTS CHAMBERS AND CHAMBERS ARCHITECTS HAS JOINED FORCES WITH THE DESIGN STUDIO OF STUFKENS ARCHITECTURE, BASED IN TAURANGA + CHRISTCHURCH,

Both companies have been operating

ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

independently in Tauranga for over ten

He said he wanted the combined enterprise

years, and now combined they have the

to be known as a visionary firm, with a

capacity for larger and more diverse projects. Stufkens Architecture is a size-

realistic grasp of day-to-day business. “Our focus has been sharpened to reflect the

able firm with a client base focused on the

fact that in every market we serve, Stufkens

residential and commercial communities.

+ Chambers Architects will enhance the

Chambers and Chambers has serviced the

quality of people’s lives. To improve, we

local Bay of Plenty community with

must be willing to reinvent the way we do

DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE WITH

contemporary architectural design in a

things - to make ourselves new.”

OFFICES IN BOTH TAURANGA AND

broad range of projects.

TO FORM A COLLECTIVE MULTI-

CHRISTCHURCH TO SERVICE BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS.

Stufkens + Chambers pride themselves on Led by directors Marcus Stufkens and

innovative and functional design solutions

Steven Chambers, Stufkens + Chambers

‘that tell your story and meet your budget’.

have experience and expertise in a wide

They strive for planning clarity, logic,

range of projects and take great pride in

functionality and the element of surprise.

consistently delivering creative architecture

As a commitment to achieving client needs

and interior design solutions to commercial,

both Marcus and Steven maintain a

residential, retail, office and hospitality

full-time involvement in all facets of a

clients. Their approach is to work

project from inception through to

collaboratively and to challenge and inspire

completion ensuring the highest level of

each other to find the best outcomes for

continuity and service.

individual projects. They are now a multi-

The team at Stufkens + Chambers believes

disciplinary team ready to undertake a

architecture is about people.

wide range of commercial and residential

As Marcus says: “It’s important to establish

work, big and small. Both firms believe the

good working relationships with our clients.

synergies between them will enhance their

By listening to their stories, recognising

offerings and expand the services they can

what is important to them, researching and

provide to clients. Marcus Stufkens,

drawing inspiration from the landscape - its

principal in the Christchurch office, said:

forms, textures and light qualities - we can

“Both practice client profiles fit beautifully with each other. Each brings strengths in

then generate insightful and innovative architectural responses.”

different areas for a practice with vast experience and knowledge. Our systems

Fresh thinking is evident in their choice of

and philosophies are parallel so that our

office location in Tauranga, set amongst the

transition will be seamless.”

backdrop of a converted industrial building, and rubbing shoulders with a contemporary

Steven Chambers, principal architect in

art gallery and artist’s studios. It is no

the Tauranga office, adds, “It couldn’t have

wonder Stufkens + Chambers are a creative

been a better fit. The Stufkens team adds

force to be reckoned with.

a significant level of experience and this expanded team will benefit existing clients

STUFKENS + CHAMBERS ARCHITECTS

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‘THE DWELLING IS A CLASSIC DESIGN OF UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE, IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH THE SITE AND WELL THOUGHT OUT IN REGARD TO THE MAINTENANCE AND SECURITY REQUIREMENTS OF A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN CLEVERLY AND UNCONVENTIONALLY ARRANGED TO CAPTURE MORNING SUN AND THE DETAILING IS CONSISTENT WITH THE INFORMALITY OF A BACH’.

That’s what the judges from the New Zealand Institute of Architects said of this award-winning house. I talked to AMBIENTI ARCHITECTURE’S JORGEN FRANSDEN about the design process behind this stunning ‘bach’ on the lake side at Kinloch, Lake Taupo. Story: Andy Martin, Photos: Ambienti Architecture.

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What was the clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brief to you? Their brief was to create a simple, elegant and timeless modern bach in keeping with traditional values of Kinloch Village on Lake Taupo. The clients had an intimate relationship with Kinloch through two generations so we had extensive initial discussions about the climatic conditions, and the historic context of the area. What key elements drove the design? Being lakefront, the design was largely driven by the desire to escape from the icy Southern winds that sweep in from the lake, yet still enjoy some of the best views in New Zealand. Secondly the house had to be designed for entertaining. The internal courtyard achieves this as well as providing privacy and security. Having the stand-alone guest wing means everyone can maintain privacy when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed. It was also important for the Auckland-based client that when not in residence, the bach could be closed-up.

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architecture What site preparation was required

How was the internal design approached?

pre-building on this elevated section?

The interior was designed in collaboration

Apart from getting the old Lockwood family

with Keitha McLaren of Velvet Interiors in

bach carted away to another site my clients

Auckland. It has been kept simple and clean

own in Kinloch, minimal preparation was

with the emphasis on quality and durability.

required because the site was flat. What’s the basic design?

What internal aspects please you

The bach consists of three elements

especially?

wrapped around a sheltered, partly covered

We made the hallway 1.3 metres wide which

courtyard that allows for outdoor living

enables it to double as a gallery space.

away from cold Southerly winds.

It means the space can be useable rather

What exterior cladding materials did you

The indoor/outdoor flow from the rumpus

choose and why?

room onto the covered part of the

than just a walkway from ‘a to b’.

The Kinloch Village has a Protection Plan

courtyard is another element that works

which is very specific and quite limiting, but

well. The owners tell me that they often sit

I think this is a good thing for Kinloch.

here with a glass of wine and enjoy the lake

For this property we chose black stained

view through the main house which is glass

cedar, copper, and a dark metal roof so that

on both sides.

the house blends in with the surrounding village.

Other favourites are the vaulted ceilings with expressed rafters and the use of a

What aspects of the exterior are you most

32mm thick American Oak timber floor that

proud of and why?

looks fabulous and being heated, is really

I like the use of moveable cedar shutters

comfortable underfoot.

which not only change the look of the house, but also provide shade and security. The courtyard hub really binds everything together and this space has been set off with the large sandstone pavers.


Final comments? For me the success of the project was all about having a collaborative approach with the client to the design process. This took some 18 months going back and forth but the end result is first class. For me dialogue is what good architecture is all about. I also like the fact that for a large house - 380 square metres - it is unpretentious, and understated. The house blends in beautifully with neighbouring properties and its surroundings. It will be admired and enjoyed for many years to come.

PETER RICHARDS BUILDERS p. 07 378 9475 m. 027 444 7112 e. peter@peterrichardsbuilders.co.nz www.peterrichardsbuilders.co.nz CELEBRATING 30 YEARS Peter Richards Builders have been building homes in the Taupo region for over 30 years and they are very passionate about the area. This Registered Master Builder has an experienced team who are truly committed to serving their customers. This is the seventh home Peter has built that was designed by Jorgen Frandsen from Ambienti Architects. It won a Master Builders â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;House of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Award in 2009. 80 For impeccable workmanship contact Peter of Peter Richards Builders.


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BAY OF PLENTY & WAIKATO OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2010 BAYTRUST MOTU CHALLENGE 9 OCTOBER – 7AM Opotiki

Choose from a 21k (half marathon), 14k or a 7k course. In this charity run we are encouraging people to run a mile in someone else’s shoes… The organisers will contribute $1 A K from your entry fee to those living on $1 A Day - that means for every team entry, organisers will contribute $42 to World Vision! OFF ROAD RAGLAN 23 OCTOBER Kokiri Centre, Raglan

This is the second Off Road Raglan Challenge - a 10km harbour kayak + 13km cross country/beach run + 30km mountain bike - choose to do it as an individual or teams of two or three. www.offroadraglan.org.nz SHIVERDOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL 23 OCTOBER – 5PM (R18) Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton

Nine hours of continuous live music with the soulful tones of Aotearoa’s finest: The Black Seeds, Katchafire, dDub, Rhombus in Dub, Knights of the DUB Table, Downtown Special Crew, Staylo. Tickets will be available from Momento Cafe, Hamilton and www.shiverdown.co.nz SPEEDWAY SEASON OPENER 23 OCTOBER – 7PM Baypark Speedway, Mount Maunganui

WAIKATO FIREWORKS FIESTA 6 NOVEMBER - 5PM Ohaupo Rugby Club, Ohaupo

ROUND THE BRIDGES 21 NOVEMBER - 8.30AM Garden Place, Hamilton

Once again Ohaupo School PTA and major sponsor RSS Steel are hosting a fun family orientated gala culminating with a professional fireworks display at dusk. Featuring plenty of fun activities including: Live entertainment from local band - Wingman, medieval fighting displays, sideshows, bouncy castles, mini jeeps, chair-a-plane rides, golf putting, fire dancers, crockery smash, hot food, fresh new season strawberries, stalls, a professional fireworks display and more. Hosted by Ohaupo School PTA this Fundraising event also supports a number of non-profit organisations, including: Ohaupo Plunket; Ohaupo Playcentre; Ohaupo Rugby Club; Ohaupo/Ngahinapouri Lions; Pirongia School PTA.

Hamilton’s longest established and most popular running and walking event. Enjoy the beautiful Waikato River paths and some of Hamilton’s iconic landmarks on this flat course, join in with thousands of others who enter the 12km or 6km run/walk or 2km kids challenge. www.roundthebridges.co.nz

GARDEN AND ARTFEST 8 - 14 NOVEMBER Coastal Bay of Plenty

The seventh Garden and Artfest celebrates the talent of the Bay and beyond with 92 Garden and Art Stops and a myriad of associate exhibitions, events and speakers. This is your opportunity to view the region’s incredible variety of private gardens, incorporating the largest exhibition of local artists mounted at one time. Watch for the TVNZ Urban Installation in Masonic Park, the landscapers’ competition and a few surprises! www.gardenandartfest.co.nz

Get trackside for the start of the 2010/1011 Season at Baypark. They have Opotiki’s BayTrust Motu Challenge is a big schedule planned for the season one of the country’s premier Multisport including the New Zealand Sprint Car races, with over NZ$50,000 worth of Championship, Super Saloon Grand Prix, prizes. It is regarded as the North Island’s TAURANGA CHRISTMAS AT THE North Island Stock Car Championship Premium Multisport Event. A gruelling RACES but fun event held in and around Opotiki, and the North Island Saloon 13 NOVEMBER - 12PM Championship. For more details go to: in the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, the Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton www.bayparkspeedway.co.nz Motu has four stages: 65km Mountain Look no further for a fabulous Christmas Bike, 17km Run, 52km Road Cycle, and celebration! Tauranga’s party packages SALMONELLA DUB Multisport stage with a 27km Kayak, offer real festive atmosphere, catering at 24 OCTOBER 8km Road Cycle and 3km Run to the its best and entertainment guaranteed to The Woolshed Tavern, Reporoa finish. www.motuchallenge.co.nz keep the dance floor packed. Treat your A special one off performance of friends or colleagues to a day at the MIRANDA HARCOURT’S BIOGRAPHY Salmonella Dub Live... supported by DJ biggest party in the Bay! Rude Boy & Mighty Asterix & more OF MY SKIN supports! Tickets available from the venue. 13 OCTOBER – 7PM ANTIQUES FAIR Baycourt, Tauranga 13 NOVEMBER – 12PM WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS Written by husband Stuart McKenzie, Cambridge Town Hall, Cambridge 30 OCTOBER - 7 NOVEMBER 2010 Biography is a comedy about love, Quality antique fair presented by The marriage and growing up. What starts as a Lake Karapiro, Cambridge Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT solo show is soon anything but, as people 2010 will mark the second time the (proudly supporting Waikato Hospice). from Miranda’s life pop up unexpectedly World Rowing Championships have This fair presents quality antiques for sale to claim their side of the story. come to Lake Karapiro and New Zealand including: furniture, vintage tools, china, www.biographyofmyskin.co.nz in the event’s history. The first time was crystal & silver, clocks, militaria, books, back in 1978 and that championship jewellery (vintage & modern), linen, WAIKATO BOAT, FISHING & LEISURE proved to be one of the more memorable quality collectables and much more. in the sport’s history. It isn’t every day SHOW that international championships come to 15 - 17 OCTOBER FARMLANDS ULTIMATE TE KUITI Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton New Zealand and it is guaranteed to be a BULL RIDE festival of the sport not to be missed. Check out the latest marine gear at 20 NOVEMBER – 11AM www.wrch2010.com Waikato’s only boat, fishing and leisure Te Kuiti Pony Club Grounds, Te Kuiti show. www.waikatoboatshow.co.nz The Farmlands Ultimate Te Kuiti Bull CAMBRIDGE MELBOURNE CUP DAY Ride is back! Due to popular demand we 2 NOVEMBER – 5PM DOLLAR-A-K TEAM RELAY will host an even better action packed Karapiro Domain, Cambridge 17 OCTOBER – 7AM buckin event that the Waikato has ever Racing from Flemington will be broadcast seen. 40 of New Zealand’s top bull Riders Fergusson Park, Tauranga live all afternoon on massive outdoor will compete in the National Bull Riding Ever wanted to run a marathon, but Competition to earn points towards didn’t know if you could go the distance? screens in front of the picturesque Lake becoming New Zealand’s Bull Riding The ‘$ A K’ team relay marathon lets you Karapiro, climaxing in the Emirates champion. www.bullridingnz.co.nz team up with 3 of your workmates, family Melbourne Cup Race at around 5pm. www.firsttuesday.co.nz or friends to run a marathon together!

TE KUITI WHITE RIBBON GARDEN & ARTS RAMBLE 27 - 28 NOVEMBER – 9AM Waitomo Cultural & Arts Centre, Te Kuiti

Te Kuiti is opening up its gardens to raise awareness of domestic violence and also funds to help the victims. 12 -16 gardens will be open - these will range from small pensioner gardens to park like larger gardens. Artists and craft groups will be setting up exhibits and stalls within the gardens. Refreshments will be available for sale along the way or you may wish to visit one of our local cafés. BRIDGE TO BRIDGE 26 - 28 NOVEMBER Waikato River, Grantham Street, Hamilton

It is the largest event of its type in the country and attracts boats and competitors from all over New Zealand as well as Australia. Events throughout the weekend include family class, powerboat sprints, jetski and thundercat races. Boats and skiers travel at speeds over 100 MPH (160 KPH) up and down the Waikato River throughout the weekend. www.skirace.co.nz TAURANGA MOANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 27 NOVEMBER – 12PM Tauranga waterfront

An extraordinary event that showcases the freshest kaimoana(seafood) that has quality affordable kai and first class entertainment. An extensive range of seafood with plenty of crayfish on the menu. Local product, entertainers with a high level of community involvement. Held in the historic location alongside the Moana, set besides some of the commercial fishing boats. www.seafoodfest.co.nz For more information on all events please visit: www.eventfinder.co.nz

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The Big One. 100km of riding over a course that is predominantly single track. There is nothing else like it in New Zealand. Now in its third year we have slightly reformatted the event for 2010. Three courses will be offered: 25km, 50km and 100km. Plus a teams event with a 60km/40km split.

The New Zealand Aria Trust welcomes you to the 64th Festival Weekend of Song to be held in the Rotorua Convention Centre The New Zealand Aria competition is one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. The event, in its current format, has been held annually for the past 14 years. Formerly known as the Rotorua Lockwood Aria, the competition offers life-changing opportunities to entrants and has launched the careers of some fine young singers.

2010 BMX NORTH ISLAND TITLES 23-24 OCTOBER BMX Rotorua – Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua

Rotorua BMX Club is the venue for this year’s North Island Titles being held over Labour Weekend with top class racing. This competition is the second largest on the BMXNZ race calendar but what sets this meet apart, is the annual Trans Tasman Mighty 11 and Senior Test Team Challenges. Also UCI Olympic qualification rounds are now gearing up and Rotorua will be hosting 2 rounds. 700-800 riders from Whangarei to Southland are expected as well as a strong international contingent, mainly from Australia. KIWIBIKIES SINGLESPEED WORLD CHAMPS 23 OCTOBER Waipa Village, Waipa Mill State Rd, Rotorua

1 world... 1 day... 1 gear... 1 ring to rule them all for the glory, the tattoo and the beer! If there is only 1 event you do in 2010 make it this 1. Singlespeed mountain bikers from all round the planet gather in Rotorua. ANTIQUES FAIR 23-25 OCTOBER – 10AM Rotorua Convention Centre, Rotorua

Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT MIRANDA HARCOURT’S (proudly supporting Rotorua Hospice). BIOGRAPHY OF MY SKIN All items for sale including quality 8-9 OCTOBER - 7.30PM furniture, vintage tools, china, crystal & Great Lake Centre, Taupo silver, clocks, militaria, books, jewellery, Written by husband Stuart McKenzie, (vintage, modern) postcards, linen, Biography is a comedy about love, quality collectables and much more. marriage and growing up. What starts as a solo show is soon anything but, as people from Miranda’s life pop up unexpectedly THUNDER AT THE LAKE 24-25 OCTOBER to claim their side of the story. Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo www.biographyofmyskin.co.nz Several New Zealand motor racing classes and circuits have united to form the IRC (Independent Race Classes), a new motorsport series that will feature big fi elds, exciting racing, new innovations The KSWISS Rotorua Ekiden Relay and associated activities for families. The will be run around the roads encircling beautiful Lake Rotorua An internationally new series will be known as the IRC recognised event, the Ekiden relay is run “Summer Of Thunder Tour” and it will be launched at the Taupo Motorsport Park over the marathon distance of 42.2km at Labour Weekend with the first meeting and consists of teams of six competitors entitled “Thunder At The Lake” who wear a traditional Japanese tasuki www.motorsport.org.nz sash instead of carrying a baton. ROTORUA KSWISS EKIDEN RELAY 9 OCTOBER Rotorua Village Green

ROTORUA HOME & GARDEN SHOW 29-31 OCTOBER – 10AM Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

their parents or caregivers. Sunday sees the individual based event will comprise one lap (42KM) of the lake for novice and recreational riders or two laps (84km) for the more advanced riders. IBIS - BIKE THE LAKE 7 NOVEMBER Rotorua Village Green

The Hotel Ibis Bike the Lake Rotorua is a scenic, yet challenging cycle ride around the undulating terrain that is the perimeter of Lake Rotorua. The individual based event will comprise one lap (42KM) of the lake for novice and recreational riders or two laps (84km) for the more advanced riders. The Hotel Ibis Bike the Lake Rotorua offers over $100,000 in spot prizes and giveaways. Every entry receives a bag of sponsor’s products, and the opportunity to win a huge number of spot prizes.

Hundreds of show only specials and innovative displays will make this an exciting event. Perfectly timed if you are planning a summer project, home ROTORUA CHRISTMAS AT THE renovation, decorating, building, RACES landscaping or anything home and garden 18 NOVEMBER – 12PM related. www.homeandgardenshow.co.nz Arawa Racecourse, Rotorua NZ KIWIS VS. PNG 30 OCTOBER Rotorua International Stadium

The 2010 Rugby League Four-Nations is the 2nd instalment of the highly successful rugby league competition. The Four-Nations will take place in Australia and New Zealand in October / November 2010. Rotorua’s International Stadium will host the New Zealand vs. Papua New Guinea match. ROTORUA RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL 30-31 OCTOBER Rotorua

Five chosen rhododendron gardens are offered for visitor’s viewing at best of season’s flowering time. Gardens are as follows: Tikitere Gardens - 104 SH30 Rhodohaven - 31 Ward Rd Hamurana Millers Garden - 56 Fleming Rd Rhodohill - 569 Paradise Valley Rd The Garden Art Gallery - 60 Lynmore Ave. TOUR DE LAKE FRONT + BIKE THE LAKE 6- 7 NOVEMBER Rotorua Lake Front, Rotorua

This is the 7th annual bike event aimed at encouraging children aged 5 to 12 years to participate in a fun, interesting and scenic yet challenging ride around the beautiful Rotorua Lakefront and Park and Reserve area runs on the Saturday. Starting at the Rotorua Village Green the course covers a circuit of 4 to 15km catering to children of all bike abilities and skills. Riders can be accompanied by

This Christmas season, the most actionpacked venue in Rotorua becomes its most festive Christmas party scene! Treat your staff or clients to an afternoon at Arawa Park with fantastic food and the very best entertainment. TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT 19-21 NOVEMBER Rotorua Lakes

A fun family oriented weekend tournament with over $15000 worth of prizes to be won. The 2010 Tournament is over three days. First time entrants are welcome. There will be information and assistance available from Eastern Region Fish and Game at the Tournament for those new to trout fishing. CONTACT LAKE TAUPO CYCLE CHALLENGE 27 NOVEMBER - 7AM Great Lake Centre, Taupo

12, 000 riders from around New Zealand and the world will descend on Taupo for the country’s largest cycling event on November 27th. Events range from mountain-biking to 40km relay legs – some are even attempting 8 laps around Lake Taupo, a total of 1280kms! www.cyclechallenge.com NZ NATIONAL FREEFLIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 28 NOVEMBER - 9AM Agroventures Rotorua, Rotorua

NZ’s first National Body flight Competition. Contestants will fly in selected categories being marked by a panel of experienced judges to win the ultimate title of national champ. There will be a prize pool of $5000 NZD to draw contestants in and make for an entertaining Saturday. www.freeflightchamps.co.nz For more info on all Rotorua events visit: www.rotoruaNZ.com/events


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THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) MARLENE DIETRICH had been making movies since 1923 when director Josef von Sternberg ‘discovered’ her, casting her in ‘The Blue Angel’. As Lola Lola, a cabaret entertainer whose seductive charms destroy the life of Emil Jannings’ hitherto conservative school teacher, Dietrich is a sensation. Bare of thigh, distinctive of voice, she parades around in underwear and belts out classics like ‘Falling in Love Again’ with a nonchalance that is timeless. ’The Blue Angel’ proved to be a milestone in both German cinema and the careers of its makers. Von Sternberg’s expressionistic style might look back to the 1920s - there are scenes which seem to directly reprise those in ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ - but Lola Lola anticipates the classic femme fatale figure of 1940s film noir. When the director returned to Hollywood just as ‘The Blue Angel’ was being released he took his new muse - and mistress - with him. He and Dietrich made six further films in the next five years, each more opulent and excessive than its predecessor, collectively creating one of the twentieth century’s most enduring erotic myths. Co-starring everyone from the young Gary Cooper and Cary Grant to veterans like Victor McLaglen, set against exotic backdrops everywhere from the Moroccan desert to colonial China to the Russia of Catherine the Great, the Von Sternberg-Dietrich collaboration marked an aesthetic high point of 1930s studio filmmaking. Von Sternberg prided himself on his use of light and attention to costume and set design, foregrounding style over substance. His films have seldom been equalled for sheer beauty. 86

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REVIEWED BY: Dr. Richard Swainson, Co-owner Auteur House, Hamilton

A FOREIGN AFFAIR

JUST A GIGOLO

(1948)

(1978)

The little seen near masterpiece in writer-director Billy Wilder’s otherwise well known filmography, ‘A Foreign Affair’ offers Dietrich a meaty part significantly at odds with her own political sympathies and World War II activities. Playing an amoral, onetime Nazi concubine in post-war Berlin who furthers her singing career by attaching herself to an influential officer in the occupation forces, she makes a sensual and far from unsympathetic villain.

Dietrich’s last on-screen performance, ‘Just a Gigolo’ is one of the strangest movies of its time. Notable more for its casting that anything else, it veers between farce and melodrama in telling a between-the-wars story of a proud Prussian officer who becomes a male prostitute. David Bowie makes an anachronistic lead, never remotely convincing as a German, but there are interesting performances from Kim Novak as the woman who leads him astray and David Hemmings as a proto-Nazi leader frustrated at the intellectual calibre of his followers. Almost stealing the film from under the noses of the stars is little known Sydne Rome as a night club entertainer who ends up in Hollywood. Though her character suggests ‘Gigolo’ is a variation on ‘Cabaret’ it seems as much based on Dietrich’s life as it is Sally Bowles’. Certainly the historical milieu is one in which the real Dietrich had flourished a half century earlier, a fact that makes her brief appearance and throaty rendition of the theme song resonate more than the movie deserves.

Wilder’s biting satire zeroes in on hypocrisy, both American and German. The moral grandstanding of the former, in the person of Jean Arthur’s prudish, buttoned down mid-western senator, is seen as ridiculous next to the blatantly carnal fraternisation between GIs and frauleins keen on candy bars, silk stockings or just plain survival. For Wilder, who lost family in the Holocaust, all Germans who remained in the country during the Hitler years are complicit in the regime’s crimes, yet he is more bemused by their claims of innocence than outraged. It’s perhaps his least bitter film.


BOOK reviews SETTLERS CREEK by Carl Nixon

REVIEWED BY: Elizabeth Attwood

Publisher: Random House New Zealand

Carl Nixon is a short story writer, novelist and playwright. Born in Christchurch, he lives there now with his wife and two children. ‘Settlers Creek’ is his second novel and addresses the sensitive issue of the rights of two cultures when the parties involved cannot agree on a suitable final resting place for their loved one. Box Saxton wants to bury his teenage stepson in the churchyard near the farm where he grew up. His wife who is reeling from the tragedy of her son’s sudden death agrees with this, but then the boy’s father who has had no contact with his son since birth, arrives a few days before the funeral and insists that according to Maori custom the boy must be buried in the tribe’s ancestral cemetery. As with all these body snatching incidents, there is little the law can do, and the reader is aware that no good will come from any of it. Although some passages did become a little far-fetched, this book provided a fast paced, thought provoking read.

THE POWER OF MOTHERS by Celia Lashlie

Publisher: Harper Collins New Zealand

Well known to most New Zealanders as an author, Celia Lashlie is a researcher and social justice advocate. Underpinning all her work is her strong belief that “all children are born filled with magic” and that communities (and particularly the mothers in them) and not central government, hold the answers to the problems New Zealand is facing in terms of our increasing negative social statistics. Celia was the first woman prison officer in a male prison in New Zealand and later became manager of Christchurch Women’s Prison. Since leaving corrections in 1999 she has worked in many areas linked to ‘at risk’ children so is certainly in a position to speak with authority on the subject! The book opens with discussion on some very high profile child abuse and murder cases, and the author looks at how the cases were handled (or mishandled). She introduces heart-breaking case studies of children brought up in families of intergenerational crime, poverty and abuse and looks at what is, and isn’t working. In her epilogue she states the reality that has become obvious to her that these children cannot be worked with in isolation from their mothers - to quote “if we want to see the magic contained within every child born in New Zealand released”. With the subject matter so topical, this book should be compulsory reading for all New Zealanders.

ATLANTIC

(A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories) by Simon Winchester Publisher: Harper Collins New York

British author Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford, worked on offshore oil rigs and travelled extensively before settling into a full time writing career. The narrative, non-fiction genre called (tongue-in-cheek) ‘cocktail party science’ by the New York Times is his forte. He calls this book a “biography of the Atlantic Ocean” and that, it certainly is. The author travels by small sailing craft, container ship and cargo vessel as he journeys around the edges and right across this huge ocean to report from the places where he has researched its most fascinating stories. The Atlantic has influenced the lives of all who have lived along its shores from the pioneers in locations such as the Aran Islands to those living in the great port cities of the world – for example London, New York and Lisbon. He covers the age of exploration and the colonisation of the Americas, the rapid growth of Trans Atlantic commerce, the slave trade, emigration and great naval battles. The book is a fascinating mix of history and science, accompanied by many maps and illustrations and so readable that we would all wish to have had this author as our school teacher!

LAST NIGHT AT THE CHATEAU MARMONT by Lauren Weisberger Publisher: Harper Collins United Kingdom American author, Lauren Weisberger, in this, her fourth novel has continued with her striking signature book cover with the elegant high heeled shoe - gold this time! Her first book ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ will be familiar to most as the box office topping film of the same name. The plot is as follows. Two college students are living a happy and ordinary life in New York. Brooke is the breadwinner, supporting her musician boyfriend financially by working and at the same time completing her degree. He is ‘discovered’ by Sony and life changes dramatically as they embark on living a fast-paced celebrity lifestyle. Brooke finds herself slated by the paparazzi for having a less than perfect body and soon scandalous photos appear in the glossy magazines she used to love to read, forcing both she and her boyfriend to reassess what is important to them. This is the first ‘chick lit’ reviewed in UNO. magazine. I found it quite an enjoyable light read - perfect for beach or plane.

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10.00am Sunday, 31 October 2010 Tangatarua Marae, Mokoia Campus, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua Be enchanted by the beautiful voices of singers from throughout the Central North Island as they compete in the Maori Song competition in Tangatarua Marae. Judging by Mere Boynton and William Winitana. The winner of the $3000 Maori Song prize will perform at the New Zealand Aria later in the evening at the Civic Theatre, Rotorua Convention Centre.

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ROTORUA IS HOME TO SOME HUGELY TALENTED ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS, AS EVIDENCED BY THIS YEAR’S WEARABLE CREATIONS ‘N COLOUR AWARDS. THE POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT WAS ONCE AGAIN A HUGE SUCCESS, ‘WOWING’ AUDIENCES FROM AROUND THE REGION AND SHOWCASING THE BREADTH OF TALENT IN THE CITY. Story: Justine Southwick, Photos: Kelvin Teixeira (The Daily Post)

Lively models paraded 47 creative designs to vibrant music provided by local band Ward 16, among others, and MC Jackie Clarke was a great act in her own right. It’s no wonder people consider this event one of the highlights on Rotorua’s social calendar. It is, according to its website, a charitable wearable arts-style fashion show that

confidence and self-esteem of young people.

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creative Organised by the Rotorua Creative Art Trust, the Rotorua Wearable Creations ‘n Colour Awards is now in its ninth year and has been hugely popular from its inception. This year it was bigger and better, split over three nights in response to public demand for tickets. Each show, including a matinee performance, was packed and the atmosphere was electric. Rotorua really knows how to put on a show and this is an event any city could be proud of. The designs were all fabulous and picking winners wouldn’t have been easy for the judges. Each entry was assessed according to strict criteria, with this year’s overall winner receiving a return trip for two to Rome that included a ten-day five-star Mediterranean cruise. The supreme award winner was chosen from five categories: youth, cultural, group art, enviro-art and corporate. Competition was, as always, fierce but the atmosphere backstage, where designers and models scurried around doing last-minute checks on outfits, was amicable. The ultimate prize went to Western Heights High School students Robbie Whyte and Zoe Stephenson, who also won the Waiariki Institute of Technology youth section and Colour Concepts most colourful design prizes with their entry Untitled 1, a bright blue creation that took the 17-year-olds just a couple of weeks to put together. It was the first time either had entered the event. Other section winners were: Best Before... by Robbie Tier (McDonald’s Rotorua enviro-art category), Kuru-ngai-tuku by Adrienne Whitewood (Rotorua Creative Art Trust cultural section), Making Up, the Long and Short of It, by Ellie Edworthy and Melissa Henry (Millennium Hotels and Resorts group category) and Hanuman, ‘The Monkey God’, by Jeff Flitton (Dynamics Audio Visual corporate section).

WIDE APPEAL The Rotorua Wearable Creations ‘n Colour Awards attracts entrants and spectators from around the North Island and numbers of both continue to grow. Organisers say this is because it appeals to a range of people: families, corporate businesses, school groups and retirees. Whoever you are, this event is a must if you’re in Rotorua next August. An art exhibition held in conjunction with the event for the first time this year, also went extremely well, says Rotorua Creative Art Trust chairperson Barbara Cook. Around 70 artists featured in what was, according to the trust, one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind in the Bay of Plenty. More than 200 pieces of art were for sale and these started being snapped up as soon as the doors opened. “This exhibition provided the public an opportunity to view art from a diverse range of artists, style and media,” says Creative Art Trust trustee Mijo Katavic.

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event and in June this year announced a five year sponsorship agreement with Waiariki Institute of Technology. PLANS AND ORGANISATION

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Some of the biggest names in New Zealand classical music have been singers in this long established Aria contest - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major and legendary Wagnerian basso Sir Donald McIntyre to mention just three. It is recognised as an effective launching pad for many highly successful careers. Tenor Ben Makisi won the contest eight years ago and then went on to win the McDonald’s Aria in Sydney and launch an international career. Ben Makisi will be the special guest artist at this year’s final. The history of the contest stretches back over 60 years to 1946 when the aria contest was part of the Rotorua Competitions which are still the largest in New Zealand to this day. Lockwood Building was the major sponsor for 12 years during which time the event was known as the Lockwood Aria. The New Zealand Aria Trust now organises the

Our UNO. reporter spoke to the Chair of the Trust, Jo-Anne La Grouw and Secretary Alison Perrin about plans and the organisation for this year’s three days of singing competitions culminating in the Finals Concert in the Civic Theatre of the Rotorua Convention Centre on Sunday, 31st October. They said the competition was divided into a number of categories including, Baroque Classical Aria, Lieder, 20th Century Art Song, Maori Song, Oratorio or Sacred Solo, Light Entertainment, Folk or Traditional, Vocal Duet, Solo Own Selection (not an Operatic Aria) and New Zealand composition. The various categories are in turn broken down into age-groups. There is no age or nationality restriction and in fact the oldest competitor is Baritone, John Bond now aged 94! Jo-Anne outlined arrangements for the main event, the New Zealand Aria final.

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“Ten finalists will be selected by the International adjudicators Peter Lockwood of De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam and internationally acclaimed soprano Merlyn Quaife of Melbourne. These ten finalists will each have a ten minute practice session with the conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and an accompanist prior to the final where they will be accompanied by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.” The Master of Ceremonies is Max Cryer. Peter Lockwood will also conduct a Master Class for the singers following the competition. The Malvina Major Foundation is the major sponsor of the first prize package of $15,000 for the winner of the New Zealand Aria. The first prize package includes funding for singing scholarships and expenses towards competing in the 2011 McDonald’s Aria in Sydney. This year the winner will also receive a publicity package from UNO. lifestyle magazine to the value of $8,000. “We are naturally delighted with our new five year sponsorship arrangement with Waiariki Institute of Technology which gives us security for future planning” said Jo-Anne La Grouw.

“We are pleased we receive sponsorship and support from a wide range of charitable trusts, businesses and individuals and we welcome participation from throughout the country especially the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. MAORI SONG The Secretary, Alison Perrin, spoke about the Maori Song section. “This is held on the day of the final on the Tangatarua marae on the Waiariki Institute of Technology campus. This section is divided into junior and senior categories. The Maori section adjudicators are Mere Boynton and William Winitana. The first, second and third place-getters perform in the finals concert” Alison said the Maori Song section category had been an integral part of the contest for many years and differentiated it from other similar competitions. The winner of this section receives a cash prize of $3000. The Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will be staged over three days from 29 - 31 October.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Ian Edward (Convenor), Lyall Thurston, Monty Morrison, Anne Larkin, Jo-Anne La Grouw (Chairman), Alison Perrin, Dianne Estcourt. Absent: Grahame Hall.

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CAFÉ OF THE YEAR

AH… CRUNCHY BACON WITH BRIGHT YOLKED PERFECTLY POACHED EGGS, TWO VARIETIES OF TOAST WITH A GENEROUS SLAB OF BUTTER - AND THE DESIRE FOR A

SECOND LATTE ANTICIPATED. UNO. ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTANDS WHY ALIMENTO WAS AWARDED BAY OF PLENTY CAFÉ OF THE YEAR BY ‘NZ CAFÉ MAGAZINE’.

ALIMENTO Alimento is Spanish for ‘nourish’ in the

The family affair doesn’t stop there.

chairs for casual chats. Meanwhile below,

widest sense of the word - sustenance of

Cameron’s sister, Megan Hockley, is a

parents can relax while children are busily

professional artist whose work often adorns

absorbed in their play corner.

the body and soul and celebration of life.

Alimento’s walls. Carly’s brother, Michael, A café can stand or fall on its coffee. That

The café’s owners, Janet and Ian Walker and

and another of Cameron’s sisters, Pip, both

Carly and Cameron Ward, credit their 16

work in the café while Pip’s husband Matt

some people call in three times a day for a

staff with creating the nourishing

Yearbrook, a well known local musician,

fix is testament to the consistency of

atmosphere and service that their regulars

plays there.

Supreme coffee and the skill of the barista. A loyalty card file has helped to get to know

are drawn to. “We pride ourselves on being part of a happy team of experienced and

He may be strumming guitar and crooning

their regulars. “If they are queuing we wave

energetic staff committed to ensuring our

more regularly this summer when Alimento

them to a table and bring their coffee,” says

customers always want to come back,” says

introduces Friday evening opening, offering

Carly. While a busy lunchtime will often see

Carly. It probably helps that many members

wine or beer with complimentary canapés

lines nearly to the door, Alimento’s stream-

of their immediate and extended family are

and background music. “We aim to be a bit

lined system and policy of always keeping

involved. Carly is responsible for front of

of a sanctuary away from the noisy

fully staffed ensures there is never more

house while Cameron manages their

downtown bars,” says Cameron.

than a few minutes wait for service.

SUBTLE IMPROVEMENTS

The Alimento team are constantly fine

catering side, quoting and planning for a variety of private and corporate functions;

tuning their café to ensure that it

both on site and meeting the increasing demand for out-catering. “Within a couple

They have already made several subtle

continually ‘nourishes’ their customers.

of weeks of taking over Alimento we catered

improvements to the Alimento experience.

That’s what Alimento is all about after all.

for 600 at the Mount Maunganui Surf Club

Regulars will notice that the food choice has

during the Surf Life Saving Championships,”

been extended by doubling the muffin range

ALIMENTO CAFÉ AND CATERING

he recalls. “It was full on but they said they

and adding an enticing ‘sweet table’. Here

72 First Avenue, Tauranga.

had never had better food!”

another member of the family deserves

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The Walkers and the Wards have owned

passion for passionfruit gourmet biscuits,

Alimento for eight months. Carly, an

just one of a range of goodies made from

Open: Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm; Saturday

experienced café operator, could see the

Carly’s grandmother’s recipes. Alimento’s

& Sunday 8am - 4pm; Fridays 5pm - 7pm in

potential in this established café in its

chefs use local ingredients where possible

summer.

beautiful converted Masonic hall.

and adapt the menus with the seasons.

industry equipped Cameron with the skills

The many business people who appreciate

to orchestrate large catering jobs. Janet is

Alimento’s secluded rear room for

responsible for marketing and

gatherings have been warmed over winter

administration while Ian handles the

by a new fireplace, and will soon find the

accounts and attends to maintenance of

area even more conducive to business with

the equipment and plant.

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INGREDIENTS 500g chicken thighs 1/4 red cabbage 50g celery 125g carrots 125g apples 25g parsley Marinade 1 tbsp 5 spice 1 tsp paprika 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 cup olive oil Dressing 1 egg 1 garlic clove - crushed 1 tsp five spice 1 tsp sugar 1 cup olive oil 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup sour cream salt & pepper to season

METHOD Blend all marinade ingredients, except oil which is the last ingredient to be added, slowly. Marinate Chicken Thighs - preferably overnight - then bake at 180c in oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool, then slice. Julienne red cabbage and carrots. Finely slice apples and celery - add parsley. Combine all ingredients, including chicken, and dress.


recipes Preparation time – 10 minutes Cooking time – 10 minutes INGREDIENTS (serves 6) Olive oil for cooking 1 cup finely chopped onion 100g chopped coriander 250g smoked salmon 100g feta cheese 1kg kumara, peeled, cooked and mashed salt & pepper to season 200g fine polenta for coating 2 cups sour cream Salmon, baby cress and lemon for garnish

METHOD In a frypan, gently sauté the onions in oil until soft. When cool, combine kumara, onions, coriander, salmon, feta, salt and pepper. Form into six cakes with wet cup and coat with fine polenta. To finish, using a piping bag – top the cakes with sour cream and then garnish with salmon, baby cress and lemon.

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SANTIAGO CORREA HEAD CHEF, ALIMENTO Santiago Correa has been with Alimento since 2007 and leads the hard working innovative kitchen team. It’s no wonder breakfast is legendary. His extensive café/ restaurant experience includes Parnell’s award winning café, Rosehip, where the Prime Minister often started the day. Santi’s Argentinean flair and ability to inspire the enthusiastic kitchen staff plays a critical

Passionfruit Biscuits

part in Alimento’s enduring popularity.

INGREDIENTS 350g butter 150g sugar 300g flour 50g custard powder 100g lightly crushed cornflakes Passionfruit Icing 1Tbsp melted butter & the pulp of 2 passionfruit - mix to icing consistency with icing sugar.

METHOD Soften butter, add sugar and cream mixture. Add sifted flour & custard powder. Then add lightly crushed cornflakes and mix well. Form into balls and place on greased tray - lightly flatten with floured fork. Bake at 180c for 20-25 minutes. When cold, ice with fresh passionfruit icing.

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OF GOOD ADVICE

THERE’S AN OLD ADAGE ABOUT ‘GIVING A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK’. BUT SOMETIMES HELPING THE LESS INFORMED WITH SOUND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE CAN SAVE A

How and why did you get involved in the

What do you enjoy about working in Rotorua

LOT OF HEARTACHE.

financial advising business?

and what do you like to do in your spare time?

When I was in my 20s I spent six years

Rotorua city is just a nice size where you

In the last issue of UNO. we talked to two

serving on a district council where I spent

can get to know a good cross-section of the

members of the Hamilton Spicers team.

the last three of those years as chairman

community.

We complete our series on the company’s

of the finance committee. This experience

The city has a unique multi-cultural

regional representation by meeting their

is what led to my interest in the financial

environment and has been a great place to

man in Rotorua ALLAN WILLIAMS who also

services industry which I have now been

raise my four children.

looks after the interests of clients in

involved in for over 30 years.

Opotiki and Whakatane.

I like to go fishing in my spare time and

During our questioning, he had a story to

What do you enjoy most about the job?

spend time with my family. I have three

tell about the value to clients of good,

In my role I meet and work with a lot of

married children living here in Rotorua and

sound professional advice.

retired people which I really enjoy. You can

six grandchildren.

learn a great deal from listening to this What are some of the issues or challenges you

generation of people. They also seem to

face in helping people with financial advice?

have an integrity often missing in this day

make an appointment?

There’s a lot of cynicism out there right

and age.

It does pay to make an appointment as I

What do you see are the unique differences in

be in the office. Some of my clients have

now - and for very good reasons - so the major challenge is getting people to come

Can people drop into the office or is it better to

often visit clients in their homes so may not

to the conclusion that they could benefit

the services offered by Spicers?

been with me for 18 years so are like old

from professional financial advice.

The integrity of the company and the calibre

friends rather than clients.

Can you give us an example of when your

service to putting the client first - it is

advice really helped someone or made a

ingrained from the chief executive officer

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down.

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of the advisers. Spicers don’t just pay lip

I have a client who was near retirement but

p. 07 348 1320 or visit www.spicers.co.nz What sort of client comes to you, or should

part-time job. She just needed a little extra

come to you, for advice? Is there a typical

income to top up her wages until she

‘Rotorua type’ of client?

readership area - namely in Hamilton, Taupo

became eligible for New Zealand

There is not a specific ‘Rotorua type’ of

and Mount Maunganui.

Spicers have additional offices in the UNO.

Superannuation. Along came her solution in

client. My main role is giving investment

the form of Blue Chip to provide that extra

advice to anyone with funds to invest or

Spicers provide expert advice and solutions to

income. Thankfully, just before she signed

wishing to build their wealth who can ben-

individuals, families, charities and trusts on

up and mortgaged her home, she decided

efit from professional advice. People often

investment, retirement, tax, estate planning,

to run the Blue Chip idea past me. The rest,

come into funds unexpectedly - inheritances,

risk management and asset protection matters.

as they say, is history. Suffice to say she is

sale of a business or property, a property

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relationship breakdown etc. These people

and free of charge.

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JUST LIKE Most of us love big expensive toys - the

THE REAL THING HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE THE

bigger and more realistic, the better.

CONTROLS AND PERSONALLY FLY A

This UNO. reporter is no exception. When

BOEING 737?

the opportunity arose to try out the Flight Experience simulator in Hamilton, he was in boots and all.

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WHEN THE WORLD CAME TO THE WAIKATO A rowing retrospective by Ed Martin

THE WORLD IS COMING BACK TO THE WAIKATO FROM 30 OCTOBER TO 7 NOVEMBER FOR THE 2010 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT LAKE KARAPIRO. THE NATIONAL SELECTORS HAVE GONE THE WHOLE HOG WITH A TEAM OF 55 ROWERS IN 18 CREWS, INCLUDING TWO EIGHTS, AND ALL ROWING ENTHUSIASTS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH KEEN ANTICIPATION. FOR THE OLDER GENERATION, THIS ANTICIPATION HAS BEEN TEMPERED BY WHAT HAPPENED AT LAKE KARAPIRO MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO WHEN CREWS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CAME TO NEW ZEALAND IN 1978 FOR THE FIRST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS STAGED IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY PROVED TO BE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS. IN THIS RETROSPECTIVE ED MARTIN RECALLS THE FASCINATING BACKGROUND TO THIS

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UPSTARTS FRO M D OWN U ND E R

prominently labelled by a wag as M.A.S.H.;

surrounded by anxious security men,

New Zealand has a proud international

the Navy provided the band for ceremonials

strolling nonchalantly around the boat park.

competitive history in Rowing both in the

and manned the rescue craft; Transport and

The regatta was dubbed the ‘no problem

Empire/Commonwealth Games and at the

Police organised traffic plans and security;

regatta’ as that was the rejoinder teams got

Olympics but had participated in the world

Customs came to the party by easing entry

to any request they had - and if required,

championships only since 1966 at Bled

arrangements for plant; and the Maori

they were fixed. The traditional Pimms

in the old Yugoslavia. However the only

Queen endorsed a magnificent display of

Party, co-hosted by the Leander Club and

international competition it had organised

Maori culture on the final day.

the makers of that fine drink, is a pretty

and run was the rowing section of the 1950

An early local regatta to test officials and

exclusive affair and of course by invitation

Empire Games at Lake Karapiro. Even so, in

systems was held on Labour weekend and

only. It was held at the Riverside Motor

1974, New Zealand Rowing first applied to

went virtually without a hitch and 10,000

Inn in Hamilton and it wouldn’t be New

bring the world championships here to the

spectators attended the free event.

Zealand if quite a few extras didn’t manage to gate-crash the event. But, despite that

southern hemisphere. It was a cheeky thing to contemplate as the regatta had always

THE BIG EVENT

or because of it, the social event was still

been staged in the northern hemisphere,

The main event commenced with an

voted ‘the best they had ever held’.

particularly in Europe. And the European-

opening ceremony on the Monday evening

The emotional and spectacular ending

laden international rowing body at first

and rowing began on Tuesday and ran

to the Championships included two huge

thought of it as just that - a bit cheeky even

through to the finals on Saturday November

Maori waka each manned by 100 warriors,

thinking of running such an event 12,000

fifth. The weather for the first day was fine

moving majestically up the course before a

miles from the seat of power, and ‘out of

and only a slight side wind disturbed the

crowd which included the Governor-General,

season’ for most member nations. As far as

water at times for the entire five days. The

the Prime Minister, the Chiefs of Staff and

they were concerned these young upstarts

finals day dawned bright, clear and windless

many government and other dignitaries.

would get a short shrift - and they did!

and conditions remained ideal from start

Finally the Navy Band performed its closed

to finish as 29 countries competed in

proceedings with their impressive sunset

P ERSEVERANCE PAYS O FF

what was the first World Championship of

ritual including the evening hymn, and as

Perseverance is a strong attribute of many

any sport to be held in New Zealand. The

the flags were lowered, led the huge crowd

New Zealand sporting bodies however and

public flocked to the regatta culminating

in singing ‘Now is the Hour’ and ‘Auld Lang

so it was with rowing. Again they tried two

in a huge crowd of 30,000 plus for the

Syne’. Even the Europeans were mightily

years later, although this time they did

finals - apparently the largest number of

impressed.

their homework and lobbied much better

spectators before or since ever to attend a

and to greater effect. After two visits from

rowing regatta of any description, Olympics

T H E TA N I W H A S T I RRED

Thomi Keller, world rowing’s supremo from

included. On-the-water results are well

Even the mighty taniwha that had laid

Switzerland, real progress was made. This

documented and not especially exciting

low for the whole regatta stirred and the

culminated in one final verbal joust while

in terms of home crew successes - New

lake roughed up into a white-capped

pleading the case. It was about 2.00 am in

Zealand got third in the eights which at

tempest within half an hour of the finish.

a Cambridge motel room after some serious

the time was the yardstick of a nation’s

The wind, that great curse of rowing and

discussion, and probably a few gins and

international status in the sport - but my

an element not unknown in this part of

tonic, that the late Cyril Hilliard famously

memories of those days are of things other

the country at this time of the year, held

said to the belligerent Keller: ‘New Zealand

than the actual rowing.

off until after the event. This was one of

will do all in its power to make the World

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the natural contributing factors to the

Championships a success...but there is one

POLICE WERE MASTERFUL

outstanding success of these world rowing

thing we will not do and that is to be bullied

New Zealand did itself proud. First the

Championships - the weather had remained

by you’. After a long silence Keller grinned,

officials did an exceptional job both in

excellent and steady throughout.

extended his hand and said that we’d get

running the event efficiently and in keeping

the world Champs in 1978 and that Mr

the atmosphere as friendly and relaxed

T H E C A P TA I N S A N D T H E KI NG S

Hilliard would be the organiser - and that’s

as possible. The 39 Police did a masterful

D E PA RT E D A N D T HE PART YI NG

what happened.

job in security but not at the expense

B E G A N . A N D W H AT A PART Y!

Although approval was given in 1976,

of common sense and often fun. Their

Can you imagine the huge events centre, the

work had already started in anticipation

team was obviously well chosen and even

lake front, committee rooms, boat parks,

of a favourable decision - such confidence.

included a few rowers. The ‘Easties’ in

and numerous tents and complexes around

Under chairman Don Rowlands, committees

particular (the pet term for what was then

the site all joining in one huge and joyous

were formed and work begun. A large band

the Communist bloc dominated by crews

celebration. Well that’s how it was and it

of rowing personnel spent 52 consecutive

from East Germany, Russia and Romania)

went on until the wee small hours. Regatta

weekends preparing the course and

and too the United States, were astounded

and team officials mixed with competitors

facilities. Liaisons were formed with many

at the relaxed way they went about their

at the main centre as bands played, and at

government departments and with our

business - unarmed, efficient, but friendly

one stage police helmets were freely passed

Defence forces, together with the various

and helpful to all.

round an almost unbelieving bevy of rowers

local bodies - possibly only in New Zealand

It was quite a sight to see Thomi Keller

from across the world. Oh it was grand! Such

would such co-operation be so freely given

arrive every day at the regatta in his

camaraderie and high jinks amongst nations

by so many officials. The Army (together

chauffeur driven limousine flying a FISA

has never been seen before or since at such

with local volunteers) provided catering

(World Rowing) pennant and on one day

an event - neither had such huge public

services and a manned medical centre,

to see the President of West Germany,

support.


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The name implies this fitness centre is for

CHRIS WALKER HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN BOXING FOR OVER 20

boxers only, but that could not be further

YEARS. IT’S NOW WELL ESTABLISHED THAT BOXING TRAINING AND

from the truth. It is all about applying the training techniques that boxers use to mainstream fitness. The result is a range of

FITNESS WORK WELL TOGETHER AS A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP. HE PROVES THE POINT AT HIS TGA BOX HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTRE.

high intensity workout classes and programmes that tone and strengthen the body properly. And yes, you can learn the

All are designed to increase fitness levels,

skills of a boxer at the same time… but

tone the body and help lose weight in a

multi-skilled team. “I manage the gym in a

without the contact!

safe and healthy way. They are deliberately

very ‘hands on’ way. Leanne Hayson is our

action-packed, enjoyable and motivational.

weight loss consultant, a personal trainer

Chris Walker, born and raised in Rotorua,

Our clients want to come back”.

He spoke about his small and effective

and runs classes. Courtney Faass takes individual programmes and classes. Vicky

is proud of his background in the sport of boxing. His father was a boxing coach so it

In addition to full gym facilities with cardio

was compulsory for Chris and his brother

and weights equipment, TGA BOX also offer

and Rachel Davis is our sales co-coordinator.

to box and he started as a 10 year old. He

a wide range of classes including boxing

Jonathon Taylor looks after boxing fitness

has trained three boxers to Commonwealth

and non-boxing workouts. “We also offer

training. They are a really great team with a

Games participation, including his brother,

weight loss programmes, personal training

reputation for friendliness, professionalism

seven to New Zealand representative level,

including boxing personal training, six week

and getting results from the comprehensive services we offer” said Chris.

Oborn and Leah Sneddon - programmes -

and three professionals. He ran the Rotorua

challenges and individualised programmes.

Boxing Club for five years before moving

We cater for everybody.

to Tauranga where he started the Tauranga

We have a diverse client base, including

Boxing Club and ran it as a volunteer job for

retail workers, business owners, doctors,

and trains young boxers. Any spare time

a further six years at the Wharepai Domain.

lawyers and a good mix from the

Chris has, is spent with his eight year old

community, mainly 25 to 50 year olds” said

daughter, and running and kayak fishing for

The current Health & Fitness Centre (TGA

Chris.

relaxation.

years. It was a progression that was needed

Some programs just involve hitting bags

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separate gyms. “The move to our present

one-on-one boxing training and also the

He also believes strongly in ‘giving back’

BOX) has been operating for two-and-a-half

site in Waihi Road provided the opportunity

opportunity to have a proper fight. “I have

Open 7 days – 6.30am to 8.30pm most

to offer gym programmes alongside the

run over 20 corporate fights” Chris said.

week days, with shorter hours in the

boxing training”.

“These are for people who want to tick a boxing fight off their ‘bucket list’ and some

“Our big point of difference is that we teach proper boxing technique, not just hitting

become hooked. It is very controlled where we match up people of similar size and

bags” Chris said. Most classes are based on

skills. Headgear is worn and there are only

non-contact boxing fitness including mixed

three two-minute rounds. This gives people

men’s and women’s classes, and classes in

something to aim for and a real reason to

technique, box pump and cross fitness.

train hard!

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WORLD CHAMPION AT 40! ROTORUA BUILDER DAVE MOHI, WAS LOOKING FOR

Story: Andy Martin, Photos: Jerry Landrum & Look Photography

SOMETHING TO KEEP HIM FIT WHEN HE HUNG UP HIS RUGBY BOOTS SIX YEARS AGO. ENTER A SPORT WHICH HE COMPETED IN AS A YOUNGSTER – BMX BIKE RACING. ON HIS SECOND ATTEMPT, HE WALKED AWAY WITH GOLD AT THE 2010 BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE 20 INCH CATEGORY IN THE 30+ AGE GROUP. NOT BAD FOR A 40 YEAR OLD!

UNO. When did you first get into BMX riding? DAVE MOHI I got my first bike when I was nine years old and had my

first race when I was 11, then raced for four years. BMX faded away after that and rugby took my time for the next 20 years. UNO. How old were you when you re-started your BMX career? DM I was 34 when I got back into it. I had retired from playing senior

rugby and was driving past the Rotorua BMX track and thought it looked like fun so got back into it. UNO. When did you start competing in national competitions? DM I am quite competitive so I went along to the North Island

Champs to size up the competition and thought I could be competitive and haven’t looked back since. UNO. You came second last year on your first attempt at the World

Championships. Did that spur you on to come back and what did you do differently? DM Yes, I had a second and a third at the World Champs in Adelaide

last year and really felt I could have gone one better. This year the World’s were held in South Africa. I took three months off work and trained solidly two-three times a day for six days a week. It also helps having your own BMX track in your back yard! UNO. The training obviously paid off with your first placing at this

year’s World Championships. Are you planning on defending your title next year? DM The intense training programme was needed and combined with

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UNO. What do you like most about BMX racing? DM I like the fact that it is a short sprint race and I also like getting

big air. Most races are 300 to 400 metres in length and only last 30 or 40 seconds. As far as ‘big air’ goes the jumps are just getting bigger and bigger with the longest jump at Rotorua nine metres!

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UNO. Have you tried Mountain Biking? DM I have but I don’t like the hills! I am 6ft 1 and 105 kgs so quite a

big guy and the sprint racing just suits me. UNO. What has changed with the sport over the years? DM The biggest, most obvious change is that BMX is now an Olympic

Sport which gives riders something to aim for – just look at Sarah Walker and Mark Willis. Unfortunately there is only one grade in the Olympics – Elite 19 years and older so nothing for us oldies as we can’t compete with the young ones! Rotorua is doing its bit at breeding winners with Sarah Walker, and a young lad called Lachy McNabb who is one to watch for in the future. The six year old also won gold at this year’s World’s in his division! UNO. What do you do in your spare time? DM Any spare time is spent with my wife and three daughters and

I also like to go pig hunting when I can. It is my release and also helps with fitness. UNO. Final Comments? DM I want to thank Dave Roy from Bike Vegas and all my other

sponsors for their support. Secondly, Rotorua is hosting the North Island Champs at Labour Weekend so it will be a spectacle and a big time for the region as we also have the World Single Speed Champs that same weekend.

FAST FACTS about BMX •

BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing which was derived

from motocross racing. The track consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers.

Races are sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race

tracks commonly between 300 and 400 metres with races only lasting 30-40 seconds.

There are two classes of bikes - Standard 20-inch (510 mm) wheel

and a larger 24-inch (610 mm) wheel ‘cruiser’ class. The bikes have no shocks and a single gear.

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For protection riders wear elbow and knee pads, full face helmet,

gloves, full length top and pants. A decent competition bike will set you back around $4000.

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A LABOUR OF LOVE THE FIRST GARDEN AND ART FESTIVAL IN 1997 was designed as a ‘one off’. Its success prompted so many enquiries of “when’s the next one” that Sue Clark and her committee realised they had ‘created a monster’ in the very best sense of the expression. A second festival three years later was equally successful but a huge undertaking for a band of volunteers. It was time to take the festival forward, formalise governance and establish it as a regular event. A trust was established. Lawyer Kate Barry-Piceno (chairperson of the Garden and Artfest since 2006) was instrumental in forming the New Zealand Garden and Art Festival Trust in 2001. “There was a very good reason for incorporating ‘New Zealand’ into our name,” she explains. “We intended to become the premier festival in the country. Our main competition was probably Ellerslie which, with its move to Christchurch and tendency to commercialisation, leaves us free to genuinely proclaim ourselves the best!”

THE BAY OF PLENTY’S BIENNIAL GARDEN AND ARTFEST IS A PERMANENT AND POPULAR FIXTURE ON THE REGION’S EVENTS CALENDAR.

This is the sort of pride that shines through all seven trustees of the Garden and Artfest. Vicki Davis, who, like Kate, is working on her sixth festival, reinforces that it is the pride she feels that makes it all worthwhile. “We are proud of our beautiful region, proud to celebrate the creativity of our gardeners and artists.” While the festival has grown enough to warrant the services of two professional directors, experienced event organisers Jo Bond and Arne Herrmann, the seven volunteer trustees do

IT WAS DESERVEDLY AWARDED FLAGSHIP EVENT STATUS BY THE CITY OF TAURANGA IN RECOGNITION OF ITS PROVEN PULLING POWER AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY. Story: Liz French, Photos: Phil Hunt and Steve Patton of Gate Photography, and Liz French

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the legwork. Some of it is literally that - walking around over 100 gardens to select the those worthy of inclusion. The calibre of the Bay’s gardens makes this task both daunting and inspiring for the four trustees, Marg Mills, Deb van Loghem, Sally Holland and Nicky Averill. They work in pairs to cover all the gardens.


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LEFT TO RIGHT: Kate Barry-Piceno, Nicky Averill, Marg Mills, John Beech, Deb van Loghem, Sally Holland, Vicki Davis.

THE WOW FACTOR

TWO PERSPECTIVES

Gardens are submitted for consideration by

Marg Mills and Deb van Loghem are not

Again criteria are applied to ensure that

keen gardeners themselves or suggested by

only trustees but also have their gardens

while visitors may be challenged by some of

people who know of suitable gardens.

featured in the festival. The pleasure they

the art the work exhibits genuine quality.

So how do they choose which ones are

derived from having visitors to their

The trustees are out every day during

in, and (involving a bit of dicey diplomacy

properties was instrumental in persuading

festival week. They make a commitment to

sometimes) which are out? Marg explains:

them to become more involved. “We also

visit every single one of the 80 plus ‘stops’

“We have strict criteria and go out with a bullet list of elements we want to see in a

see it from both sides,” says Deb. “We can view things from the gardener’s

on the garden and art trail, will attend the speaker series at the Sebel Hotel and pop

garden. However our criteria must also be

perspective and make suggestions to help

into the workshops at The Cargo Shed.

flexible. We are looking for the ‘wow’ factor,

our gardeners without whom we’d have no

Sharing brunch with Peta Mathias and the

looking for diversity in gardens, for

festival.”

pleasure of the Garden Party with festival-goers will be well deserved bonuses.

combinations that work well in particular areas and for gardeners who relate well to

The artists who have become an

the public. However we often find ‘gems’

increasingly important part of this festival

When the Trust was formed back in 2001

which are outside the criteria but we know

are now represented by a trustee.

their stated objectives were to promote

people will adore them. It’s all about keep-

John Beech from Creative Tauranga, as new

the unique lifestyle of the Western Bay of

ing it fresh, surprising and interesting.”

boy on the block, relishes his involvement in

Plenty, to build and develop New Zealand’s

what he recognizes as an excellent platform

premier garden and art festival, to create an

Some gardens are perennial favourites

for exposing our artistic talent.

enjoyable event for all who participate and

where word of mouth attracts more and

That the festival has gathered over 70

to enrich and strengthen our community.

more visitors each year. Others may need

artists to participate in the Garden and

a ‘rest’ before being reintroduced to the

Artfest is testament to the quality of local

The November festival promises to prove all

festival later. The trustees love discovering

talent. The event prides itself on offering

over again that they have excelled in

new gardens for every festival. Nicky Averill,

visitors the opportunity to view and

achieving their goals. As Marg Mills

who moved from Sydney to Tauranga, says

purchase works that vary dramatically,

one of her greatest pleasures as a garden

ranging through every medium and from

selector is “the wonder at what grows here”.

established artists and craftspeople to

ambience, enjoying a special day out in a

Involvement in the festival has helped her

emerging talent showing for the first time.

lovely environment, sharing friendship.”

expresses it on behalf of her colleagues, “The Garden and Artfest is all about

feel she belongs and contributes to the community. Hard work it is. These are not ‘ladies - and one man - who lunch’ (they point out with seriousness under the laughs that if they do lunch it’s on their own personal credit cards!). They meet around the boardroom table at Baycourt once a month year in year out. Planning the festival is an ongoing process. No sooner does one finish than it is dissected for its highlights and ‘we can do betters’ and the foundations are laid for the next. They admit that in the lead up and during each festival it takes over their lives. “But we thoroughly enjoy it and appreciate to our community as a way of putting back,” says Sally Holland.

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GARDEN AND ARTFEST 8 - 14 November 2010 Tauranga, Katikati, Mount Maunganui, Te Puke FEATURING: GARDEN AND ART TRAIL - Over 80 ‘stops’ to enjoy a stimulating combination of gardens and artists. TVNZ URBAN TRANSFORMATION - Masonic Park becomes a fantasy forest overnight. BAY OF PLENTY TIMES SPEAKER SERIES - From Peta Mathias on Marrakesh to Ruud Kleinplaste on bugs. WORKSHOPS - Landscape design, the luscious lawn, how to take floral photos and more. BAY OF PLENTY TIMES ART IN THE CITY - Art in the streets and where you least expect it. FLORAL ART - Designer of the Year (BOP) exhibition. Wedding floristry through the ages. SCULPTURE WALK - Over 30 national sculptors in an outdoor exhibition. FABULOUS FUNKY FLORA FASHION - Wearable creations from recyclable garden materials. PLANTING THE SEEDS - GARDENS IN SCHOOLS - Eight enviro schools showing off their gardens. FAMILY GARDEN DAYS - Fun community activities bringing people into nature in the weekend. BUY TICKETS AT: Ticket Direct 0800 4Ticket, Baycourt, Tauranga; Katikati Information Centre; Décor Garden World; Palmers, Bethlehem; Mount Pharmacy; Pacifica Garden Centre; Ross’s Garden Centre.

www.gardenandartfest.co.nz

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HISTORIC NELSON IS LITERALLY THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND AND GATEWAY TO SOME OF OUR MOST BEAUTIFUL NATIONAL PARKS. IT’S ALSO ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY AND TOURIST DESTINATIONS. By: Charles Martin, Photos: Tourism Nelson

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

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Torrent Bay Nelson Golf Course

Te Puna Wai Lodge

Waikoropupu Springs, Golden Bay

Nile Street Antique shop


destination

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

Named after the famous one-eyed Admiral himself, Nelson is also the natural home and cradle of rugby in New Zealand, our national game and an integral part of what this nation is all about. It is also the first designated ‘city’ in the country through a decree by Queen Victoria in 1858 which created its diocese. Nelson Cathedral rather than its population (currently 45,000) established it as a city and it was actually planned in London by the New Zealand Company as a model settlement containing ‘a complete cross-section of English society’. However the scheme failed when too few gentlemen took up the challenge of a new life in the colonies. But enough of history and what might have been. Farewell Spit, Gannet Colony, Golden Bay

We now have a modern community whose residents enjoy a warm, sunny climate - 24,000 hours of sunshine per year and only 96cm of rain - plus a vibrant cultural scene. The region is home to 24 boutique wineries and a number of small breweries which benefit from the mid-Mediterranean style climate and the fact that the region is New Zealand’s only hop producing area. This region also produces half of the world’s boysenberries! Nelson is also gateway to three spectacular national parks that attract ever-growing numbers of domestic and overseas tourists - Able Tasman, Kahurangi, and Nelson Lakes, all within a 90 minute drive of each other - and the region is home to two of the nation’s most famous natural walks; the Abel Tasman Coastal Track and the Heaphy Track, both famous for comfortable walks and spectacular natural scenery. The city enjoys a healthy and varied cultural life. There are some 350 working artists with galleries and studios throughout the region and the city is home to the School of Music, New

Wind Riders at Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman National Park.

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Evening light at Nelson Marina

PLACES AND THINGS OF INTEREST TAHUNANUI BEACH Nelson’s main swimming spot. It is a beautiful long and golden beach ideal for family fun and picnicking and it is backed by a fun park, zoo and a large motor camp.

SHOPPING The central precinct provides a pleasant selection of shops, cafes and galleries centred around Trafalgar Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. This street ends at Christ’s Church Cathedral, the centrepiece of the city. Nearby, Chez Eelco is the well-known haunt for the artful types and the café clique.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS Nelson is renowned for its history and many of the old buildings are worth a visit - the Victorian Bishops School in Nile Street; Fairfield and Melrose Houses Cycling at Botanical Reserve

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at the southern end of Trafalgar Street; Broadgreen, styled on a Devonshire farmhouse at nearby Stoke; and the working class cottages built in the 1860s on South Street. Founder’s Park contains an impressive collection of salvaged and restored colonial buildings and also provides studio space for local artists.

NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM Sited at Stoke, just beyond the fringe of the city, this museum provides a comprehensive coverage of the region’s past, including an important Maori collection, a variety of significant documents and New Zealand’s largest collection of historic photographs.

PARKS AND WALKS Nelson is renowned for the variety and quality of its parks, gardens and a network of walking tracks with spectacular views over the city and its surrounds. For those who want an excellent early morning run, head along the waterfront and up into the Port Hills at Tahunanui - magic!

ACCOMMODATION AND DINING Nelson is a highly popular destination and this is reflected in the excellent airline connections from its very busy airport. As befits this Nelson Arts Festival Carnival

popularity, the city enjoys high quality restaurants, bars, cafes and accommodation - motels, B & B, and lodges. Our UNO. reporter stayed at one of the most historic and best - the Te Puna Wai Lodge built in 1857 and sited on the Port Hills with spectacular and panoramic views to the harbour entrance and Tasman Bay. This B & B lodge has undergone sensitive restoration and has a well deserved reputation as one of the top accommodation spots in the city, providing a warm welcome for families, children – and well-behaved pets. Nelson and the whole region around the city is famous for the quality of its wines and the wine trail is a popular and worthwhile tourist attraction.

NATIONAL PARKS After exploring and enjoying the charm of this historic city, its hillside suburbs and inviting waterfront, the highlight of any trip to this part of New Zealand must be a visit to one of the world-famous national parks. These are an experience in themselves - a commentary on the natural wonders, scenery and amazing beauty packed into areas

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Matakitaki Hut, Nelson Lakes

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INFORMATION Nelson Tourism has all the details of what’s good about Nelson and things to do and see in the city and its environs. They recommend a few highlights in October for example: WILD AND SNEAKY ARTS FESTIVAL (1 - 10 October) WASA is all about letting your inner artist sneak out! NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL (14 - 25 October) Celebrating Spring with an explosion of creativity. NELSON CYCLE FESTIVAL (8 - 17 October) Being a week-long programme of races and fun.

For more information about the region, where to go and what to do visit Tourism Nelson’s website Boulder Bank & Lighthouse

at: nelsonnz.com Meantime I want to end this dissertation on this place by quoting the seasonal blurb put out by our friends at Tourism Nelson: ‘Nelson in Spring offers a refuge of revitalisation for tired souls. Be pampered at one of Nelson’s many wellness spas, dine on delicious fresh local flavours, soak up the Spring climate, enjoy the wine tasting and treat yourself to sunshine inspired treasures at the local markets’.

Te Puna Wai Lodge Boutique apartment and B&B accommodation in Nelson’s premier location

A beautiful historic home - with a magical view - in Nelson’s prestigious Britannia Heights. Te Puna Wai was built in 1857 and has undergone sensitive restoration. The view encompasses the harbour entrance, Haulashore Island and Tasman Bay. In the west the Tasman & Arthur mountain ranges contribute to dramatic sunsets. Guest areas include a comfortable lounge, verandah & elevated terrace lawn. The house is filled with interesting items and is centrally heated in winter. Hosts Richard & James welcome you to this magical spot.

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ALASKA BOASTS A LOT OF EVERYTHING, WHICH PROBABLY EXPLAINS ITS GROWING POPULARITY AS A TOP TOURIST DESTINATION. A COUPLE OF FACTS TO START WITH. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 100,000 GLACIERS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S 50TH STATE, MORE THAN 3,000 RIVERS (INCLUDING THE FAMOUS YUKON) OVER THREE MILLION LAKES, AND MORE THAN 70 POTENTIALLY ACTIVE VOLCANOES - AND SOME VERY INTERESTING CHARACTERS! MATT WALSH TELLS US MORE. Story: Matt Walsh, Photos: www.travelalaska.com

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Behind the bar hangs a framed cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. In the picture a ski racer charges downhill to win Olympic gold in the glamorous downhill event at the 1994 Olympics. Standing behind the bar serving the drinks is the man in the picture – a national hero and Alaska’s most famous son. But Tommy Moe is unaffected by the fame and attention - more passionate talking about the day’s skiing than he is talking about his racing achievements. Such is the way of life in today’s Alaska. Unassuming people all with their own personal stories of survival and adventure in this most northern of the US states. Graced by 24 hours of daylight in the summer and constant sub-zero temperatures in winter, it’s a place of extremes in every sense. It’s worth noting the three most common misconceptions about Alaska causing pleasant surprises for most visitors to the State. The weather is the number one misconception. The tourist Board reports that over a third of all visitors found the weather better than expected. During the summer (not when I was there I hasten to add) average daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the 90s Fahrenheit. Roads are better than expected - at least major ones are. Almost the entire length of the Alaska Highway is asphalt-surfaced and about half of the roads on the State’s highway system are paved. The third misconception is price. Contrary to popular belief, prices throughout Alaska are generally quite reasonable - some examples, a deluxe hamburger from $5 to $9.95 or breakfast between $3 and $11; a half-day city sightseeing tour from $9 per person up to $90 for a more extensive day tour; standard hotel/ motel accommodation - $90 to $145, or 126

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ISOLATION I have ventured north for my annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of skiing - Alaskan interior heli-skiing. Even after 11 years I still feel the same sense of anticipation as we touch down in Anchorage International Airport. By March the daylight hours have stretched out to about ten per day so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still light when we land, although the temperature struggles to make it above freezing even in the middle of the day at sea level. Then we board a floatplane for the 40 minute flight to the lodge, a five star quality establishment on a lake literally in the middle of nowhere. It is accessible only by floatplane or snowmobile - there are no roads way out here. Splendid isolation. Unpredictable weather takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska. By the time we get to the lodge, clear blue skies have turned to snow and the plane canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t land in the white-out conditions. We head back to Anchorage to wait out the snow. Waiting is another thing that Alaskans are very good at. We make it to the lodge during a break in the weather but then spend the next three days watching it snow outside at three cm per hour. There is plenty of time to catch up on new stories about the people who live out here year round.


‘LAND GRAB’ Tommy Moe is part owner of the lodge which he helped to build five years ago. He explains how the state still offers a ‘land grab’ to locals in remote areas. If you can prove you have lived on a plot of land for one year and have improved it by building a house or the like then you can apply to become the owner of that land. As Moe explains, there is one family who moved in and built their house near the lodge last year and now own the land it sits on. Coming from New Zealand it sounds unbelievable but don’t pack your bags just yet. With no power or running water, roaming hungry grizzly bears and temperatures reaching -50 in the winter, it’s no place for the faint hearted. And you have to have at least some adventurous spirit to even visit Alaska, summer or winter. Everyone at the lodge has that - and you need plenty of it to heli-ski some of the steepest and deepest mountains in the world. One guest is a billionaire from Austria in his 50s. He spends half of each year heli-sking his way round the world. Last year in Turkey he was buried in an avalanche and dug out just in time to be resuscitated. An hour later, the helicopter that picked him up crashed on the way to the hospital. He escaped that as well. He tells this story with a smile while sitting in the hot tub after an epic day’s skiing. This man who has seen it all and done it all, still rates Alaska as the best skiing he has ever had. I have to agree.


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YEAH RIGHT! Another popular Alaskan pastime is the lake plunge. The lodge sits next to a lake which, during the winter, is covered in a metre of ice. A hole is cut in the ice creating a sub-zero ‘plunge pool’ for the really adventurous. On the lake edge sits a wood heated sauna so you can get the real hot and cold experience. I’m still deciding if I can summon the courage when Moe arrives in the sauna to explain to me how the locals do it. “To get the full experience, you need to jump in and go right down to the bottom of the lake before resurfacing”. My response to that was “Yeah Right!”. But moments later he gives me a demo, plunging under the pitch black freezing water for about five seconds before sprinting back to recover in the sauna, a big smile on his face. Now it’s my turn! I’m feeling the peer pressure here but I have already decided that there is no way I am heading for the bottom – a quick in and out dunk is my max. As I venture out into the falling snow, my toes almost freeze just on the way to the plunge hole as I run across the snow and ice covered lake. But nothing could prepare me for the polar plunge experience. I thought my heart was going to stop as I dunked all the way under the freezing water. Time seemed to stand still as the shock of it took hold. Then in a moment I was sprinting for the sauna, the temperature of the snow beneath my feet completely forgotten.My ears ring with Moe’s laughter as he watches another trembling tourist recover from this unique Alaskan experience.


HAVE A SHOT By day three of continuous snowfall the guests in the lodge are getting a little cabin fever. The movies have all been watched and even the polar plunge is losing its bite. Greg is one of the more certifiable heli-ski guides - a man with plenty of hair-raising stories of his own and an unlimited supply of inappropriate jokes. After lunch on the third day he stands up and announces “It’s time to get out the guns”. Most guests look slightly bemused but I know what’s coming next. Greg has ordered some exploding targets online (only in America!) and they arrive by airmail (so much for airport security). He collects a selection of rifles, hand guns and ammo and sets up the targets in the forest behind the lodge. Shooting a hand gun is harder than it looks on television and no one can manage to hit the target. Finally someone scores with the rifle and the resulting explosion sounds more like dynamite than an exploding target ordered off the internet. It also has the same effect as dynamite, blowing the top of the tree it was mounted on. Greg cackles insanely in the background. “My turn” announces the grinning Austrian billionaire - a new experience even for him. But all good things must come to an end. Our satisfied group completes the week with four epic days of heli-sking under our belts. To celebrate the last night, the chef cooks up my favourite Alaskan delicacy: king crab in the shell. If you have watched the hair-raising television programme ‘Deadliest Catch’ you will have some idea of how difficult and dangerous these things are to catch. Eating them this way in this place is another special ‘locals only’ experience shared only with the few who venture this far out into the wilderness of the real last frontier.

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IN THE DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT COOK ISLANDS YOU’LL FIND THE FABLED ISLE OF AITUTAKI, JUST WEST OF TAHITI.

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THE PRESTIGIOUS LAST WORD IN TRAVEL, CONDE NAST TRAVELLER MAGAZINE, DESCRIBED AITUTAKI AS ‘EXQUISITE’, AND ITS VAST, BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL LAGOON AS REVEALING ‘THE MOST VIVID LAGOON COLOURS ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN’.

ONCE THE LANDFALL OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLIGH AND THE HMS BOUNTY JUST 17 DAYS BEFORE THE INFAMOUS MUTINY, Aitutaki is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought-after South Seas exotic escapes. Aitutaki’s sublime Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa was featured by Conde Nast on its cover. Reached by a two-minute private ferry ride from the main island of Aitutaki, the resort rests on its own private island - Motu Akitua - encircled by sandy beaches the colour of champagne. The Cook Island’s only private island resort, The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is blessed in enjoying Aitutaki’s best resort location - directly on the expansive lagoon with unparalleled views across the surreal aqua waters to the enchanting motu (small isles) beyond. Described as being ‘the resort on the beach’, The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa features the Cook Island’s only Overwater Bungalows, a quintessentially Polynesian experience complete with thatched roof, pandanus-lined walls, spacious bathroom with double vanity, beautiful appointments and a delightful open-air shower with direct access to the inviting lagoon waters.

PRIVATE POOL VILLA Just launched by The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is Aitutaki’s first private pool villa, Villa Te Arau ~ Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa. Named after the favourite wife of the great Polynesian navigator and warrior chief Ru credited with the discovery of Aitutaki and Motu Akitua, this luxurious villa complex is completely enclosed in its own walled lush tropical garden and features a pool, open-air spa pavilion, daybed pavilion, romantic four-poster bed, ensuite with double vanities, open-air rain shower temple, and separate full kitchen with indoor / outdoor dining. Villa Te Arau is a retreat within a retreat; perfect for couples in love seeking secluded luxury to just be together. P.S. You don’t have to be on your first honeymoon to book in! 132


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Lagoon cruises on world-famous Aitutaki Lagoon, bone fishing, game fishing, scuba diving, walking tours and safari tours of Aitutaki Island are all available nearby. The outlying fringing reef encircling Aitutaki Lagoon is excellent for diving, with vibrant marine life, colourful coral, wrecks and caves. The sights are just as delightful on dry land - the vast blue sky and the shimmering turquoise lagoon frame tiny green islands which appear to exist somewhere between heaven and earth. Guided walking or 4WD safari tours lend visitors a glimpse of the interior life of the main island, including visits to sites of ancient sacred marae (temples). Visitors can admire the charming architecture of old coral and limestone churches and attend a Sunday mass, a wonderful way to experience a slice of true island life. No matter where you go during your stay, Villa Te Arau dayroom

the genuinely warm welcome you receive from the people of Aitutaki will stay in your heart forever.

ROMANCE For times reserved for just the two of you, there are

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hidden beaches to wander along, or for a truly memorable experience, deeply relax with a soothing massage or even a

Travellers come to Aitutaki not so much to ‘do’ as

couple’s Jacuzzi and sauna at The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort &

to ‘be’. This is the place to loll on the beach, laze

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in a hammock, take a languid dip in the luminous lagoon, then deeply relax into one another’s

As evening draws nigh kick back with a cool sunset cocktail

company and re-discover the best in yourself and

at the enchanting Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill and gaze out

each other. For when the mood takes you there

together across the magnificent lagoon as the moon and a

is a wide range of complimentary diversions

trillion southern stars come out to play.

reef fish, windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, crab

Aitutaki is the ultimate hideaway in the heart of the South

hunting, kayaks, beach volleyball, bicycles and a

Pacific for all incurable romantics. No wonder at least one

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MIKE STANWELL HAS OWNED ICONIC TAURANGA PANEL AND PAINT FIRM SMITH & BOYLE FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. IN THIS TIME VOLUME HAS DOUBLED, THEY ARE AN APPROVED REPAIRER FOR MAJOR INSURANCE AND LEASE COMPANIES, AND IN 2009 THEY SECURED THE SOLE APPROVED REPAIR STATUS FOR

carefully crafted its services to provide

AUDI, VOLKSWAGEN AND SKODA FOR

a ‘total experience’ beyond what most

THE BAY OF PLENTY REGION. BUT IN

customers expect. “We currently have 16

The panel shop and work area is spread over

THIS BUSINESS, THE CLIENT, NOT THE

courtesy cars to support our business and

two buildings and a total area of 10,000

CAR COMES FIRST.

our reception area has a customer lounge

square feet. There is undercover vehicle

HALF A CENTURY OF SERVICE

that offers coffee for customers while their

storage, off-street parking for about 30

vehicle is being assessed. We also provide a

vehicles, and a top line security system

SMITH & BOYLE’S business is automotive

survey form for customer feedback so that

including monitored alarms and

body repairs and their by-line ‘Repairs With

we can constantly develop and improve our

surveillance cameras.

Care’ represents their ethos. This long

services”, said Mike.

established local company takes pride in

Smith & Boyle Limited was established in

its high quality workmanship and excellent

This attention to detail, together with a high

customer services. It is this top line service

standard of workmanship, contribute to

company has been owned and operated

and workmanship - putting things right

a reputation for professionalism that this

by the sole director, Mike Stanwell. The 42 -year-old has been involved in the repair

1954 and from 1 November 2003, the

after the drama - that is such a comfort for

company has earned. Smith & Boyle has

motorists who just want to get everything

the confidence and support of all major

industry for over 25 years. He gained a New

back to normal.

motor vehicle insurance companies plus a

Zealand Trade Certificate in Automotive

number of National fleet companies.

Refinishing and spent the first ten years of

The Company is also Approved Structural

his working life learning the trade, working

minor scrape let alone a major crash with

Repair Centre for the CRA - (New Zealand

in a number of repair shops in Auckland.

an extensively damaged vehicle”, said

Collision Repair Association) for customer

“We know how people feel after even a

Mike Stanwell owner and sole director of

security, and has consistently invested in

Smith & Boyle. “It starts with that feeling

the latest equipment technology - using a

of helplessness, swapping addresses and

computerised chassis machine, inverter

gen dealership. The work involved

details, and getting in touch with insurance

spot welder and continues their focus to

refinishing vehicles as well as training

companies. Then it’s time to face realities

helping the environment by using DuPont

Japanese staff in the practical aspects of

and select a professional to repair the

Low Emission paint materials.

Automotive Refinishing”.

“In 1993 I accepted a position in Japan working for a Mercedes and Audi/Volkswa-

damage. Being sensitive to customers’ feelings following an accident and doing our

For the last decade Mike has been working

years and this experience and knowledge is

as a Technical Sales Specialist and New

important part of what we are all about”.

reflected in the quality of our workmanship

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“We have been in the business for over 50

best to meet their expectations is an

and the range of services we provide”, said

paint company DuPont, and later in sales

Mike.

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Automotive. He was promoted as their National Development Business Manager in 2002 and a year later took over Smith & Boyle. The company has a number of selected manufacturer approvals including Toyota, Daihatsu, Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda; and also local dealership partnerships with Coombes Johnston BMW, Pacific Toyota and Farmer Motor Group. Smith & Boyle is one of only 12 approved repair centres for Audi, Volkswagen & Skoda throughout the country who are dedicated to providing expert repairs said Mike. We have been trained in the proper use of the approved repair equipment, tools and technologies. Having access to the latest manufacturer repair information, enables the continuation of the Audi 12 year body warranty. “Gaining approval was a rigorous process where our whole business was put under the microscope which I really welcomed. It was just taking the customer experience to a whole new level so that Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda knew their clients would be given a high level of service and care when the unfortunate happened.” Mike said it wasn’t that hard for them as they have always ensured the customer, not the car comes first. “I also need to acknowledge our dedicated team from management, repairers and refinishers to apprentices and valet groomer. They all perform to a high standard of workmanship and contribute to the

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- THE NEW AUDI A8 WHEN YOU HAVE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF YOUR GAME AND ARE LOOKING FOR A LONG-DISTANCE LUXURY SEDAN - ENTER THE NEW A8 FROM NEW ZEALAND’S MOST POPULAR LUXURY CAR BRAND, AUDI. AUDI CAN LOOK BACK ON A RICH HISTORY IN THE LUXURY CAR MARKET.

Audi has been aggressively driving progress in the luxury class for many years now, so it’s no wonder that it was New Zealand’s top-selling luxury car brand in 2009, the third consecutive year it has topped the rankings.

LAUNCHED WITH STYLE Bay Prestige ensured the A8 was launched in style with a special client function that included sight and sound display, creative dancers, and a special guest for the occasion - Audi’s own Interior Designer

Story: Andy Martin, Photos: Quinn O’Connell & Kjell

for the project direct from Germany, Jens

Nilsson.

Sieber. Jens was able to explain the design principles incorporated in the A8 as he drew

Audi and Porsche, which was later to

a pencil sketch drawing.

become its sister brand and at the time was based in Zwickau, Saxony, were already

The ‘star’ of the show then entered the

building large cars with eight-cylinder

building in darkness with its stunning LED

engines in the late 1920s.

headlights ablaze. It was indeed impressive

Fast-forward 60 years to the late 1980s

stuff and the best new car launch I have

when Audi successfully established itself

attended.

in the luxury class with their large sedan

After guests were introduced ‘close up and

equipped with an eight-cylinder engine

personal’ with the A8 they were treated

which initially produced 184 kW and a

to a silver service meal. The evening also

permanent all-wheel drive – a first in the

included a Charity Auction, including the

premium segment.

sketch drawing, that raised $10,000 for a

In 1994 the first-generation A8 marked

local cause.

the initial use of the aluminum ASF body, Big congratulations must go to Mike Farmer and Audi for bringing the Audi Roadshow to

lead with the second-generation A8 in 2002

town. In a tough economy, it is very

with the adaptive air suspension and the

impressive to see a company that has not

innovative MMI control system.

lost sight of investing heavily in the

The single-frame radiator grille - the new

important relationship between buyer and

face of the brand - followed in 2003.

brand.

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LOVELY ELEGANCE WHEN I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE NEW A8 AT THE EVENING LAUNCH, THE NEW FULL LED HEADLIGHTS GAVE THIS LUXURY SEDAN AN UNMISTAKEABLE APPEARANCE. BUT MEETING IT AGAIN IN THE DAYLIGHT, IT’S HARD NOT TO BE IMPRESSED BY THIS ELEGANT SEDAN PACKED FULL OF THE VERY LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY. Stepping into the stunning cabin of the A8

example. Likewise, the adaptive cruise

The third-generation A8 continues with

control can spot when traffic from other

Audi’s aluminium space frame design, a

lanes is about to move into your space.

structure that the maker’s claim weighs 40 per cent less than a similar steel frame,

The specification list goes on and on.

which must make the new A8 the sportiest

There’s double glazing, the sensational

luxury sedan on the market in the chassis

BOSE sound system, a sat-nav system that

sector. The adaptive air suspension with

uses Google Earth, a parking system with

controlled damping is standard equipment

rear-view camera, and power-assisted trunk

and is integrated into the Audi drive select

and door closers. The impressive interior

dynamics system. The optional dynamic

combines opulent materials and a

steering is a supplementary component.

thoughtful ergonomic design. The

isn’t like stepping into a normal car. It’s

exceptionally soft leather and decorative

THE VERDICT

generous, luxurious, comfortable and high

trim inlays available in a variety of woods

“The new Audi A8 is the sportiest sedan in the segment,” according to Rupert Stadler,

tech, with an excellent quality of finish.

give the A8’s cabin a sumptuous look and

Even before pressing the start button, you

feel.

Chairman of the Board of Management of

can’t help feeling superior!

I found the driving position perfect, and

AUDI AG. “It combines numerous functions

with 16-way power adjustments it, would

in a new and intelligent way. And it is

The Audi A8 combines a new level of

cater for most drivers. Even although the A8

unmatched in the stylistic elements and

technical intelligence with easy operation.

is a big car, it doesn’t feel big, a testament

impression of the interior.”

When combined with the optional

to its driver comfort and interior design.

The only negative for me was not being able to have the car for longer! It really is a car

navigation system, its Multi Media Interface (MMI) includes a pioneering innovation: the

SMOOTH OPERATOR

that, at the end of a long distance journey,

MMI touch. This system enables the driver

Initially launched with the twin-turbo

you would want to turn around and come

to control many functions intuitively - for

4.2-litre TDI unit, other variations may

back to where you started and do it all

instance the navigation destination can be

follow. For a diesel however, the stats are

again, just for the sheer driving enjoyment!

entered by tracing the letters on the pad

impressive - 258kW at around 4500rpm

It is by far the smoothest car that I have

with a finger.

and 800Nm between 1750 and 2750rpm

ever driven.

and a sprint from zero to 100km/h in 5.5

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Other clever technology is a radar-assisted

seconds. Add to this a town-and-around fuel

Being priced from $240,000 it is only for

cruise control that also brakes the car to

consumption of 7.6 litres/100km, and an

those who have done very well in life. But if

avoid, or lessen, the severity of a rear-end

800km per tank and why would you need

money is not an issue, the A8 is truly worth

collision. Night vision helps here, too. It

anything else? The A8’s new eight-speed

every cent.

works with a thermal imaging camera and

transmission also plays a large part in the

To book a test drive, contact Mike Hamilton at

highlights danger in the form of a stray

car’s improved efficiencies, cutting fuel

Bay Prestige, Hewletts Rd, Mount Maunganui.

pedestrian or wandering dog up ahead, for

consumption by a claimed six per cent.

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IT’S HARD NOT TO LOVE THE FIAT BAMBINA. THE NAME IS ITALIAN FOR ‘BABY’ AND THAT IS HOW THE LITTLE FIAT 500 IS REGARDED BY OWNERS AND ONLOOKERS ALIKE. YOU COULDN’T BE ANGRY WITH THIS LITTLE CAR. Stories about the Fiat Bambina are legendary. This 1966 model is no exception. Owner Carolyn Scherger once parked it behind a truck while she went into a café in Auckland’s Newmarket. “I saw the truck driver come back, but then to my horror he started to reverse right over my car. Obviously he didn’t even see it. I rushed out of the café and shouted to him to stop. Luckily he only bent the engine cover and broke the engine mount. The Bambina lived to fight another day”. The Fiat 500 is so small it looks cuddly and vulnerable. It also attracts a lot of laughter and unkind remarks about rubber bands breaking and so on. But the little vehicles are remarkably resilient, which is why they proved so popular with the motoring public sturdy, reliable, economical and surprisingly roomy. The 500 after the Fiat name represents the size of the motor – 500cc or half a litre in today’s terms! Tiny.

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This 1966 model had ten previous owners before Carolyn saw it advertised in the New Zealand Herald. “I had always wanted one and so took the opportunity to try my luck when I spotted the ad. The lady owner had three children and was expecting a fourth and decided, reasonably, that she wouldn’t be able to fit them all in to her little car. She was in tears when I drove the car away - it was quite sad”. Carolyn is a real Fiat fan and as well as the Bambina has owned a Fiat 128, two UNOs a Punto and current favourite, a 2002 Fiat Multipla. This model is not only an exhibit in the Italian Design Museum and was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in London, but was also voted one of the ugliest cars of all time by Time magazine! She has owned the Bambina now for 18 years and this particular model would have been assembled in the factory at Porirua before going north to its new first owner. It has always been an Auckland-domiciled car until Carolyn brought it down to Rotorua ten years ago. MODEST VALUE The model is not worth all that much on the vintage market and Carolyn said that she would be lucky to recoup what she’s spent on it if it were ever sold. Models in good condition are much more highly valued and sought after in the United Kingdom. “The 500 motor is designed to run best on leaded petrol”, she said “so when they stopped selling it in New Zealand I used to run it on aviation fuel that my flatmate brought home for me from Ardmore airport. I had the car repainted and re-upholstered about 17 years ago, not too long after I bought it, but apart from that it is original. The motor hasn’t been touched except for some piston rings that blew apart the week after I bought it”. Although it was her personal family pet, she said the car was not all that popular with the younger members of the family because a lot of kids today can’t drive manuals and the gearbox isn’t synchro-meshed. “It takes a bit of practise to drive it smoothly. You really need to be gentle with it”, she said. Most people look at this Fiat Bambina and smile. Lots of New Zealanders have stories to tell about these little cars, or they just smile because of its cheeky, young

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THE PERMANENCE OF CHANGE ‘There is a certain relief in change even

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‘Going forward’ is dead! The latest over-used expression in business and politics is ‘step change’. It can mean just about anything depending on the context and the mind of the user.

that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place’.

I presume this saying has some sort of military origin - for instance, moving from a slow march

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to quickstep or vice versa. But whatever the origin this expression is getting into that irritating over-used category. However in this respect ‘awesome’ still holds the gold cup!

EXPENSIVE NOSTALGIA I’m one of those nostalgic people. I like looking back to the good things of a life that used to be - music, sounds and smells, conversation, and especially cooking. But looking at food and cooking it’s interesting that what used to be the cheapest meat cuts, or bonus gifts from the friendly butcher, are now displayed in supermarkets as jewels in their crowns and at horrendous prices - lamb shanks, ox tail and lovely offal like tripe, liver and bacon and kidneys. These are now the essential ingredients of nostalgic cooking presented in many of our top restaurants. Talking of nostalgia and costs, let’s not even discuss fish!

No Comment ‘Joy is a fruit that Americans eat green’

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Why do they do it!

That interminable parade of credits that follows films and television features as night follows day? If you are a speed reader, that’s fine. But for most of us mere mortals it is impossible to read, learn and inwardly digest these credits let alone make any sense from them. More important, who cares who was ‘second grip’ on some obscure production or the ‘lighting chief ’ for a film? Most viewers and film-goers would be happy with the main information displayed in a meaningful way at a readable speed - producers, writers, directors, editors, composers, song titles and main actors, Good night!

Dutch Treat During the recent World Football Cup in South Africa the question arose among a group of us watching a game: what is the correct name of that country - the

This ongoing global debate seems to have resolved itself into two schools of thought. There are the meteorological scientists relying on records going back a couple of centuries at the most. They argue doom, gloom and despondency. Then there are the geological scientists dating information going back millions of years. They propound the cyclical pitch - what’s round goes around again and again. The rest of us

A sheet of sandpaper makes a cheap and effective substitute for costly maps when visiting the Sahara.

Netherlands or Holland? ‘The Netherlands is correct and the official name of the country, means ‘low lands’. However it is often referred to as Holland. The reason for this is that centuries ago, the province of Holland was economically very strong and the one from which virtually all

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Five Ring Circus New Zealand sent a team of about 50 to the inaugural Junior Olympics for youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18. I wonder how long before this new international festival becomes a copy of its senior partner - the five-ring circus that is the modern Olympics with its attendant corruption, crass commercialism, drug cheating, grossly excessive expenditure and nepotism. Let’s hope that this new ‘youngster’ does not develop in the image of its parent!

be accepted, although the official name, of course, remains the Netherlands’. For this information our thanks to Greta Keur at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington.

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GROWING O L D WHEN YOU FALL DOWN YOU WONDER WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO WHILE YOU’RE DOWN THERE!

but with no idea about the outcome. One thing is for sure - many of us are praying that the world doesn’t come to an end before the final of the world cup next year. 144

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