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Maybe it’s because I originate from the UK that I have an inherent soft spot for the MINI, and maybe also because like me, it was built in Birmingham. I’m also, in many respects, a traditionalist. I’ve never read an eBook (though I’m glad of anything that gets more people reading), I don’t believe the Beatles’ White Album has—or will—ever be bettered by any band (even though it was released into the world 20 years before I was), and don’t even get me started on the reincarnated Volkswagen Beetle. My take on the 21st century Mini then may be something of an aberration, for I’ve always loved it. As the millennium rolled in and Mini merged into MINI it still somehow managed to retain its retro cool and sensibility. The latest Countryman, a compact SUV, is the biggest MINI ever built and many MINI purists have reasonably pointed out that the iconic (former) little motorcar has no place in the world of 4x4s. But, cleverly, it still feels very much like a MINI to sit in and, more importantly, it’s still an absolute hoot to drive. The MINI’s old-school charm and cheekiness has been enhanced by some state-ofthe-art features such as halo-like daytime running LEDs around the headlights, an oversized Centre Instrument that serves as an easy-to-use touchscreen for the entertainment and navigation, and there are three drive modes (I left it pretty much constantly on the fun Sport mode). Designed for encouraging some exploring, a lovely touch is the pull-out padded seat that slots over the back bumper meaning you can take a load off in comfort for a scenic snack- or rest break.
opens up into a cosy double tent replete with a highend, high density mattress and pillows, a couple of zip-up side doors and end windows all with mosquito nets, and a handy LED interior light. What’s more, an elasticated luggage net hangs from the ceiling and storage pockets creep up the sides. Rifﬁng on those iconic safari rooftop tents, it’s accessed via an included light but sturdy aluminium ladder. There is a bit of knack to popping the tent open (and pulling it shut), but once you get the hang of it, it’s all over in a couple of minutes. While the box is forged from heat resistant, cooling ﬁbreglass, the tent is constructed from Airtex, a lightweight yet weatherproof fabric that resist tears, expels moisture and stands up to some serious wind— of which I can attest to ﬁrst-hand. The camping trip aligned itself perfectly with a rather nasty storm and the tent was pummelled by some pretty atrocious gusts and downpours, and noisy as it most certainly was, it remained snug and dry inside—and not even a hint of wind sneaked through any seams.
My Countryman was the plug-in hybrid model. Equipped with all manner of planet-saving credentials for those short city jaunts, there’s also plenty of power and comfort for the long haul journeys too, serving the urban commuters-cum-weekend adventurers perfectly. And what could be more Kiwi than that? Well, how about strapping a pop-up tent to the roof?
I help out a little with the Big Buddy charity that mentors fatherless boys, so thought Cyrus, my 11-year-old Little Buddy and occasional camping partner in crime would love to have a squiz at the Autohome, so he headed out with me to Omana Regional Park on the Pohutukawa Coast. Cyrus genuinely thought I was kidding about us camping on the car roof (he’s kind of used to my crap jokes and wind-ups), presuming we’d simply unpack the tent from the roof rack and pitch it on the ground. His exact words once I popped her open and extended the ladder alongside the car were: “Wow! That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” In the grand schemes of things, I wouldn’t quite go that far, but as grown-ups’ gadgets and backcountry equipment goes, it’s pretty darn close.
Resembling a super-svelte, aerodynamic roof box, the Autohome, courtesy of four gas springs, automatically
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HEALTH & BEAUTY 56
Love Your Pearly Whites 58
CASHMERE FEATURE 18
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Ideal Age To Retire __
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UP FRONT // JUN 2018
LIFE IN SOFT FOCUS
It is probably the speed at which time disappears which is the most challenging aspect of working in the publishing industry. Turning a publication around in a matter of weeks, ﬁlled with interesting content, that looks amazing, assisted by but a tiny team, is no mean feat, and as per usual, this month zipped past at break neck speed.
maybe it was not meant to. We like to think that in a similar fashion, we practise this Zen-like philosophy at Verve: driven by our own creative thoughts, we proudly shine a light on real people and their lifestyles (without distortion or illusion).
There are so many things that make life in the publishing business special, but something that stood out this past month, was the ongoing positive feedback we received, both for our print and online publications. Subscribers are just loving Verve Weekly and are forthcoming in their praise, and those who receive the print publication in their letter boxes or pick it up from the many collection points around town, are not shy when it comes to expressing just how much they enjoy Verve. It is hugely gratifying.
The June issue of Verve boasts a soft focus on life after 60, plus on keeping warm this winter in luxurious cashmere. Continuing the theme of keeping warm are recipes for two tasty soups from Vitamix, with the chance to win one of the new A2500i models worth $1,295. Orakei Bay Village is a year old—and Verve is helping them to celebrate. Be sure not to miss the story of the former gin factory turned village shopping experience extraordinaire.
May also celebrated 10 years of Pink Ribbon Breakfasts: Verve was delighted to share some special breakfast moments with Deborah Delaney of DGA Limited and friends at the refurbished Auckland Bowling Club. Monies raised went to funding ground breaking cancer research. Inspirational New Zealand photographer, Peter Peryer, speaks of always noticing what is going on in the peripheral, as well as being driven by a soft focus, as opposed to being totally ﬁxated on that which is a passion. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t—well
Verve intern, Georgina Shearsby-Roberts, get’s appy, and takes a look at what’s hot when it comes to health apps available for download, while Jenna Moore gets up close and personal when she turns the spotlight on menstrual cups and vagina steaming. Jamie Desplaces demystiﬁes some common myths and ﬁnds out how often guys really think about sex each day. There is a heap to read and absorb, so what are you waiting for? Get cracking people, turn those pages and enjoy soaking up life on the peripheries. See you next month.
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PLUME VILLAS A RESTFUL, RURAL RETREAT OUTSIDE AUCKLAND
As Verve shares a morning coffee with Farida Cooper at her exquisite Matakana eatery, it’s difﬁcult to resist her unbridled enthusiasm about the imminent opening of Plume Villas, the latest—and likely last, she jokes—addition to the Plume Collection that she owns with husband Clyde. The peaceful boutique accommodation is the icing on the cake for the Coopers' epicurean empire that comprises renowned Matakana establishments Plume Cafe, Plume Restaurant and vineyard Runner Duck Estate—whose cellar door awaits at the restaurant. “We thought about the idea of the villas a long time ago, when we ﬁrst bought this place,” says Farida. “We just held on until it felt like the right time to do it.” The villas, she adds, are there to complement the adjacent restaurant and cellar door, all less than an hour north of Auckland. The couple knew little of hospitality when they took over the complex in 2009, and have since proved to be the most adept of entrepreneurs. “We were never involved with a vineyard or making wine, we only knew how to drink it!” admits Farida. “Same with running a cafe and a restaurant—we only knew how to eat! But we learn fast and hire the best people.” The 12 luxurious villas, due to open next month, comprise ﬁve one-bedroom ‘Tui’ suites, six ‘Kingﬁsher’ suites with two bedrooms and a three-bedroom ‘Kiwi’
suite. Key features include oak ﬂooring, king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms with heated ﬂoors, mirrors and towel rails, separate lounge and dining areas and private decks or patios overlooking the legendary Matakana countryside. An outdoor heated swimming pool will open during the summer months. “The grounds are beautifully landscaped and there are a handful of walks that wind down to a stream,” beams Farida. “It’s all so very pretty and the guests have full access to it.” The locally designed villas were constructed in Cambridge, with all furnishings and decorations sourced from around New Zealand. “So many of our guests have commented how it’s a shame that they can’t drink as it’s too far to get back home,” says Farida. As well as hosting tourists and locals, Plume Villas promise to be a big hit for weddings and business conferences. The estate’s Rengarenga Room has space for 80, with a multitude of possible seating arrangements to accommodate all manner of gatherings from corporate events to parties. “Last week a major governmental organisation held a conference here and they occupied the whole place,” Farida tells Verve. “One day was particularly sunny and they moved their whiteboards and everything else out on to the lawns. It’s nice to have those options. You just can’t do that in the city centre.”
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As the cold weather comes in and winter descends upon us, fashion retailers prepare to stock for new consumer needs. Winter means we can begin bundling up in warm, slouchy and oversized pieces of cottons, ﬂeeces, furs and wools. Cashmere often gets a bad wrap. As a very luxurious fabric, sourced both nationally and internationally, it can be very expensive. But why is it so expensive? Cashmere was ﬁrst introduced in 15th-century Persia, where fashion items were made for royal guests to display their high status in power. So you could arguably say cashmere is for royalty or for the highend. But much more goes into cashmere to explain its luxurious nature than just a royal past. We can ﬁnd differences in companies that source their cashmere in New Zealand, and companies that source their cashmere from Australia, Asia, or Europe. Talking to Trish from Tolaga Bay Cashmere Company, who has over 35 years of knowledge and experience in the cashmere industry, Verve is given an inside view on farming cashmere goats and the manufacturing process. Tolaga Bay Cashmere Company, located in Eastland, keeps the company within its New Zealand roots, producing soft-to-the-touch cashmere obtained from over 30 years of genetically breeding the “ﬁnest cashmere” from their own herd of cashmere goats.
As fashion-focused and conscious consumers, the fact that this company sources its cashmere locally, is very attractive to New Zealanders, who pay more for products that have a New Zealand price tag on it, even when those tags display hefty prices ranging from $600-1,000. But the New Zealand image of their company isn’t the only reason for cashmere being so expensive, “it is a case of supply and demand,” Trish states. Producing cashmere is an extensive process and it takes more than one goat to produce a single garment. Price usually depends on the labour undertaken during the manufacturing process, and because the fur gathered is from the winter undercoat of the animal when they also have a protective top coat, farmers need to separate them, combing and sorting the hairs and ﬁbres by hand! Due to the soft and slippery nature of the ﬁbre, it also makes it difﬁcult to spin and work with to make an actual garment. It is a very labour intensive, highly involved and lengthy process. So when you wear a cashmere piece, you know a lot of hard work and effort went into making it by dedicated and skilled hands. Whereas, other New Zealand companies, for example, The Cashmere Company, source from Scotland, and other retailers source their cashmere from elsewhere in the world, most of these companies have equally expensive prices for their cashmere items, depending on the quality.
Producing cashmere is an extensive process and it takes more than one goat to produce a single garment.
Obtained from the undercoat hair of the cashmere goat, quality of garments depends on whether the ﬁbres are combed or sheared out, the grade, weight and extra detailing. Companies utilise the '100% cashmere' tag, but fail to state what grade their cashmere is. Although “100% cashmere” may sound ideal, there is a big difference, The Cashmere Company states “cheap cashmere jumpers exist because some retailers are happy to compromise on quality”. So if you are super fussy and want the very best cashmere, you must obtain Grade A, 100% cashmere. If you think cashmere is hard to obtain and expensive, meet vicuna. Worn by Inca royalty and considered the rarest ﬁbre in the world, a vicuna jacket can cost up to $21,000. Once a near extinct species, this ﬁbre is obtained from the vicuna animal, a cousin of the llama, living exclusively in the high plateaus of the Andes in South America. Remarkably even softer than cashmere, vicuna also suffers from the same supply and demand problem as cashmere. Paul Falke from luxury line FALKE states, “The demand for them is high, but as the yarn is so rare and exclusive we can only produce a small number a year, which is what true luxury is all about.” With winter upon us, it is worthy to explore these highly sophisticated and sought after materials 'worth more than gold' as high-rollers prepare to bundle up in fashionable, long-lasting and one of-a-kind clothing and accessories, equivalent to royalty. __ Words: Rangimarie Elvin
FASHION // JUN 2018
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TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF If technology is supposedly helping to make our lives more efﬁcient, how is it that we seem to simply be getting busier? Even though we can answer emails, catch up with friends, make bookings or ﬁnd directions on our smartphones, the greatest dilemma we face today feels like a lack of time.
casual jackets, plus two dresses and even a new handbag. As we hugged our goodbye, she said “I just love how we can get EVERYTHING done in such a short time—this would have taken me all year!”
I love being able to take some of the pressure off my clients' already overloaded schedules. Recently, I worked with a gal who had used my services before—but more than two years ago. When I went to take a look in her wardrobe I was surprised to see she had bought nothing new in that intervening time. She explained, “It all works together, I have so many options and I just have worn everything —I didn’t need anything else." She also told me what so many of my clients tell me, “I hate clothes shopping and I have so little spare time I really just don’t want to do it." We made a plan to replace worn out items and give her wardrobe an update and refresh.
When I shop with a client I’m not simply choosing items because they are cool or on-trend, but rather because they work for them in all aspects: their colouring, their shape and their lifestyle. I also put outﬁts together as we go, meaning that at the end of a shopping trip your wardrobe is full of different options rather than single outﬁts. For the client mentioned above, I also went back to her home to put together and photograph all of those options. She was delighted with the time she would save each day as she knew exactly what would go together and the choices she now had.
Fast forward to the end of our shopping trip. We took a total of ﬁve hours to buy several pairs of shoes, two great pairs of jeans, several new tops, skirts and pants for both her weekend casual life and her working life, jackets for the ofﬁce and a couple of
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She will represent New Zealand in the Miss Asia Paciﬁc International 2018 pageant to be held in the Philippines! Dubbed as the “mother of all pageants in Asia”, the organisation will celebrate its 50th golden anniversary.
It is a pageant that prides itself for being “uniquely different" as well as celebrating “beauty in diversity”. During the national coronation night, the national directors have decided to change the bikini part and swap it to activewear, displaying the candidates’ respected yoga moves instead, calling it a ﬁrst for beauty pageants.
Brooke and the other candidates have been working together as a team of inspiring young women whose mantras are about empowering others.
Brooke Rachel Houia was crowned Miss Asia Paciﬁc International New Zealand 2018 on 12 May at the Mangere Arts Centre. Brooke is currently studying event management, and is a certiﬁed makeup artist and an early childcare assistant. She is no stranger to pageants as she won Miss North Harbour title in 2015 and was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand, ﬁrst runner-up in August 2017. Being of Maori descent, showcasing her Te Whanau a Apanui iwi culture is paramount to the conﬁdent 20-year-old.
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We bounce ideas off each other and are quite yin and yang. Another signiﬁcant development is the amount of work I derive directly from my website worldwide, which is great.
Debra specialises in bespoke one-of-a-kind works in precious metals and a rainbow of gemstones, and everything she makes is crafted by hand from start to ﬁnish.
I get asked this a lot—my cheeky answer would be anyone who bloody well wants to! It really is a huge demographic. Often it’s couples wanting something more original than the run of the mill mass-produced items from mainstream jewellery stores. And other times it’s the mature couple who go for a stunning re-model, or the woman in her 60s who has worked her whole life and spent very little on herself, who now says, "To hell with it, I want something beautiful!"It’s always people who appreciate my originality and vision.
A few weeks ago, Debra chatted to Verve, sharing insights on her life, her work, and trends in jewellery design.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK? I would describe my work as unashamedly bold,
unconventional and miles away from the masses. I guess my work is a bit like myself, I’m a Gemini, and a risk-taker, so I enjoy contradiction, and my work reﬂects this. It is expertly well-crafted and incredibly solid, with a mix of ﬁne and contemporary, rough and smooth.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU LIKE TO USE? I love using high-carat golds, coloured sapphires (other than blue), and big juicy gems! I adore colour! I also love using grey diamonds, and rose gold. FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION AND HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR PIECES? My inspiration comes from everywhere. I tend
to see things in minute detail, such as droplets on a blade of grass, a shadow on a building, erosion, natural and man-made landscapes. A lot of my inspiration comes from Otago—it’s so beautiful, wild, and rugged here, so it’s a great place to be an artist. To be honest I rarely have time to sketch out pieces. I go with my gut more often than not. Usually I’ll start with the gemstone and build the design around that, seeing what metals and/or other gems look good with it. It’s more about a feel for me.
WHAT WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR WORK OVER THE YEARS? Having my husband quit the building industry and come work with me two years ago.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON WEARS YOUR JEWELLERY?
I don’t pigeonhole people or put them into boxes. Maybe that’s why my work is so popular.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR POINT OF DIFFERENCE? I’m very honest and my customers
appreciate it. With custom work being my main business, the customer and I must be completely on the same page. It’s imperative that I listen well. Too many jewellers forget that and go off on their own tangent. Because I do one-on-one appointments with my clients they get to deal with the designer and the maker. Plus, I am very intuitive as to what suits the individual. I take into account their lifestyle, colouring, and hand and ﬁnger shapes when they visit. It’s all about ﬁnding the right ﬁt. I would never put my customer in a style that both them and I were not 100% totally comfortable with! I use the best gems I can ﬁnd whether natural or manmade. I’m a huge advocate for some of the latest manmade gems. They have the look and durability of a diamond, yet are grown in a lab so no new mining has taken place. This aligns with my personal values: I’m all about reusing, recycling, and using ethical practices. I think that this is why my re-modelling is so incredibly in demand, as I get people sending me their old jewellery to re-model from all ends of the Earth. INSTAGRAM.COM/DEBRAFALLOWFIELDJEWELLER FACEBOOK.COM/DFJEWELLER | DEBRAFALLOWFIELD.COM
Jeweller extraordinaire Debra Fallowﬁeld is known for her bold, unique take on ﬁne jewellery. Based in Dunedin, her clients come from all over New Zealand and beyond, visiting her beautiful Port Chalmers boutique just to meet her and have her create an heirloom piece of jewellery for them or their loved ones.
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$93.00 from Simon James Concept Store Founder of NOVA, Julia Zangrilli, is a self-taught perfumer with certiﬁcation in raw materials from the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. Chakra, her signature scent, is a unisex fragrance with Moroccan and Bulgarian rose that is deepened by base notes of tobacco, leather and layers of precious musk and wood. The result is opulent and energetic, polished and modern.
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INTRODUCING RAWHITI EsTATE There’s a lot of them about—ﬁt, active folk in their sixties and seventies, from the baby boom generation, who are expected to number 230,000 in New Zealand in just a few years. And what unites them, apart from an innate love of The Beatles and a good appreciation of how much New Zealand’s wines have improved since the 70s, is a zest for life. That’s because this is the same generation which has already lost friends, seen their parents manage and sometimes suffer the onset of old age and need no reminders about making the most of retirement. It’s the time of life when maintaining the family home, managing the garden and working around the quirks of kitchen corner cupboards are falling off the priority list. Helen Martelli, General Manager of Rawhiti Estate, a boutique Remuera retirement village being developed by the BeGroup, says the new generation of recently retired expect a great deal more than just a change of address when considering a move from the family home.
choose what they want according to their needs, interests or social networks.” Helen says experience has taught the recently retired to make the most of life because it can also deal you some wild cards. “And that means their expectation runs beyond the lifestyle we can provide for them today, to the lifestyle they want for themselves later in life. Again, we’ve met those expectations by ensuring we have assisted care facilities to provide a continuity of lifestyle in familiar surroundings and that includes a specialist memory loss unit.” Helen says the over 60s joke about “growing old disgracefully”, especially those who have fond memories of the ‘peace love and rock and roll’ philosophy of the 60s and early 70s, but in reality, security, dignity and above all the ability to be themselves comes ﬁrst.
“When you’ve worked hard, often in a demanding career, and you’ve put your heart and soul into raising your family, you see retirement as a change of pace to be savoured. It’s ﬁnally the time when you have time to travel, to take up a new hobby or perfect an existing one and increasingly people want lifestyles which meet that expectation.
“Rawhiti’s apartments are designed to be a haven for their owners. A change of address should never mean a compromise in lifestyle. So, for example, our kitchens have top of the line appliances and are designed to help people live well. For example, we use drawers more than cupboards. That’s a design feature so many people appreciate as drawers do away with the need to get down on ﬂoor level to ﬁnd a favourite serving dish. We’ve all done that!
“We’ve looked at retirement through that lens, designing apartments which do not compromise on design quality, ﬁtout or ﬁxtures, then wrapping facilities and activities around those apartments so residents can pick and
“We’ve also built in the best technology. This is the generation who went from the old dial phones to the iPhone and from typewriters to tablets. They expect the best. We have a tablet-based system for communications,
entertainment and even our amenities, such as booking a meal delivery from our kitchen or a place in our restaurant. From one device our residents can make calls, connect with caregivers, schedule entertainment or use apps for games or hobbies.” Rawhiti’s Apartments are designed to provide peace, privacy and luxury for residents, but also connections to the Rawhiti and Remuera communities through cultural and social activities. The Estate’s restaurant, gym, pool and hairdresser all deliver great nutrition, health and a sense of wellbeing. Other amenities include a cinema room, private dining areas where private events can be held and beautifully landscaped grounds. Helen says the Estate enables residents to tailor make their lifestyles, so they can engage as much as they like, when they like. Importantly, that ability to connect and enjoy company is maintained in both the assisted living and memory loss facilities. “Every person is very much their own person. Our care philosophy—and this includes patients with memory loss—is to put them ﬁrst with dedicated caregivers they can get to know and who will enable them to keep shaping their own stories and to provide the essential human connections that come when people just take time to listen and to engage. “Time is often the biggest barrier to providing this level of care, along with the ability of professional staff to engage
on an equal footing with patients, especially the most vulnerable. Our stafﬁng levels and the skills and qualities of those staff will ensure our facility stands out for all the right reasons.” This philosophy extends to design features in the memory loss facilities which mitigate some of the visual difﬁculties experienced by dementia patients which can lead to anxiety or panic. This includes lighting design which eliminates shadows, or ﬂooring design which ensures patterns or changes of colour are not interpreted as “holes”. It also extends to food preparation, where patients requiring soft diets enjoy restaurant quality cuisine which uses innovative moulds to shape purees to look like a conventional meal, right down to the gravy on the roast beef. “We pride ourselves on the quality of our restaurant food and we know our residents will have enjoyed and often cooked wonderful meals over their lifetimes. We see no reason why ﬁne dining cannot remain part of the Rawhiti lifestyle and that includes our residents on special diets.” Rawhiti Estate is nearing completion and welcomes everyone interested in hearing more about the facilities, the philosophy and the lifestyle to book a tour of a show apartment by calling 09 522 7001.
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Bruce Donaldson and his grand daughter Tilly
NEW CHAPTERS Verve catches up with Bruce Donaldson, Bob and Brenda Upton. Bruce is a reluctant new retiree, while Brenda and Bob positively relish in their retirement years. BRENDA AND BOB
Brenda and Bob originally hail from Coventry in the UK, and made the move Down Under in 1974, bringing with them four daughters aged 16-21, and a son-in-law. “We went on a cruise to the Caribbean in 1969 and realised how much better the skies and the weather was elsewhere,” chuckles Brenda. “That’s when we decided to make the move to New Zealand.” She continues that they just wanted the sunniest spot and it was a toss-up between Hawke’s Bay and Nelson. The couple were primary school teachers at the time, and found work faster in the former, but both retired relatively early, Brenda aged 54 and Bob at 57, and moved from Hastings to Waiheke Island. Now aged 85 and 88, the couple have been married an incredible 67 years. I suggest that they must be fond of spot of vino having lived in two of New Zealand’s most prominent winemaking hubs. “We were,” says Brenda, “but we tend not drink so much anymore. Aside from a spot of sherry every now and then.” It turns out that they know some of the stars from Hip Hop-eration, the awesome feature length documentary that followed a group of hip hop dancing seniors from Waiheke in their quest to reach the World Championships in Las Vegas. I ask Bob about his dancing skills, and he laughs only when he’s “drunk enough”. Brenda’s booked him into a ﬁtness class in a couple of weeks, perhaps, I joke, they’ll have him dancing there. The couple have certainly kept themselves occupied since quitting full-time employment. Bob bought a 22-foot launch with his ‘golden handshake’ and taught himself how to ﬁsh, while they’ve also toured every continent aside from Antarctica, through their passion for cruising. When asked how many cruises they’ve embarked on, Brenda admits that they “stopped counting at 150”. Brenda also worked part-time looking after children for a while immediately after retiring, and they both also secured a gig teaching bridge aboard a Russian cruise
liner. The pair now reside at Waiheke Retirement Village, where, Brenda says, “there is a heated indoor swimming pool, and always something going on, like being on a cruise!” It is, she adds, “a life without worries”. “Retirement has been very good,” Bob chips in. “I should have done it years ago!” And with that, it’s time for afternoon cheese and sherry.
Bruce would be a good man to have around in a crisis. The 76-year-old engineer has not only built a boat or two, but also his own Matapouri home and most of the furniture in it. Not a man used to kicking back and taking things too easy, he may just be New Zealand’s most reluctant retiree. Though, he tells me with a chuckle: “They would have kept me on, but I thought that I didn’t want to die in there and have them bury me in the yard!” Bruce has been retired from Carter Holt Harvery for just a few weeks, and just four years ago won an employee of the year award for his skilful innovation. “There is a lot of knowledge in there that you don’t always realise you have,” he says. “I also used to ﬁnd it really stimulating learning from the younger guys, while a lot of oldies are too set in their ways.” He admits to being nervous about ﬁnishing up work. “I’m still adjusting, I used to hate Mondays, but now I love them,” says Bruce. “I enjoyed being there and contributing. But Jesus, when you stop, it’s strange.” While Bruce’s “old upper chamber is still working” physically he does admit to feeling more restricted, but won’t let that stop him from enjoying his retirement years, even if he hasn’t quite ﬁgured out what to do with them all just yet: “You can’t very well go ﬁshing every day, can you?!” What is certain is that his endeavours will be creative. “It’s important to keep the imagination going, just as Einstein said so,” Bruce continues. “I don’t think anyone should ever underestimate themselves.”
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
It’s got to be
good enough for mum
He was asked to investigate a resthome ﬁre in Christchurch, and Kevin did not like what he saw. “The ﬁre was in an old villa and there were four people to a room all with shared toilets,’’ Kevin recalls. “To me it was crazy, the standards were so poor. But that’s how resthomes were in those days.’’ Kevin would never dream of putting his mother into a place like that if she needed to go into care. “I thought, what would I want for mum?” “I’d want a single room, with an attached ensuite. Not a shared ensuite, because that creates enormous problems.’’ Furthermore, care had to be better than anywhere else. And so, Ryman’s philosophy that care has to be “good enough for mum” was born.
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John Ryder was Kevin’s business partner. John was an accountant, and together they made a dynamic pair. Ryman – a combination of Ryder and Hickman – Healthcare was registered and they bought their ﬁrst property to convert into a resthome in 1984. More than 30 years later, Ryman Healthcare has grown to become the largest retirement village operator in New Zealand, and a trusted operator in Victoria. The company offers a range of retirement living options, from independent living apartments and townhouses through to serviced apartments, as well as resthome, hospital and dementialevel care. Ryman villages include resortstyle facilities such as indoor swimming pools, movie theatres, cafés, bowling greens and hair and beauty salons. Our systems are constantly reﬁned.
“I thought, what would I want for mum?” This ensures we are providing the best care for residents who are looked after by well trained staff who share our values. The size of the villages and the facilities offered may have changed, but Ryman’s core philosophy remains the same. Care is at the heart of what we do. And it’s got to be good enough for mum. Or dad! Ryman village Selling now Proposed village
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With almost one million followers, Iris proves that growing old doesn’t mean getting boring. Her motto “more is more and less is a bore” can be seen in her extravagant outﬁts, which often feature bold patterns, bright colours, and of course, her trademark black-rimmed glasses. She’s a New York style icon, fashion designer, and business woman, who at 96 years-old shows no signs of slowing down.
Known as the world’s oldest working model, with over seven decades in the business, Carmen proves that style has no age limit. Her Instagram feed is ﬁlled with celebrities, lavish events, and designer clothing, reﬂecting her time in the industry. She’s classy, poised, and effortlessly stylish.
Model, dietician, and covergirl, Maye Musk, is the epitome of timeless beauty. With her classic style and trademark silver hair, this 70-year-old has some seriously enviable style. From pinstripe pant suits to ﬂoor-length sequined gowns, Maye sure knows how to work an outﬁt.
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THE NEW ANIMALS - PIP ADAM A local book for local readers and those beyond. Pip Adam has just been announced as the winner of the Acorn Prize for Fiction 2018 which makes this book much talked about. Identiﬁably based in Auckland around its suburbs, New Animals is a story of a group of people who appear to be at the centre of things and able to inﬂuence the public with their sense of style and fashion nous but all in the tight group are looking for the meaning in their own lives some of which are spiralling out of control. A peek behind the scenes of the stylistas and their muses.
LESS ANDREW - SEAN GREER Less is about a man in crisis whatever he touches crumbles, crashes or just doesn't go according to plan. To avoid attending the wedding of an ex-partner Arthur Less accepts invitations to literary events around the world which have been sitting on his desk for ages. Unfailingly the plans go wrong and the reader is entertained to hugely funny tale of Arthur's mid-life crisis. This book has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018. You will ﬁnd yourself sniggering out loud at Arthur's travels and woes. A funny book is a rare thing nowadays.
LOVE AND RUIN - PAULA MCLAIN This is a book to immerse yourself in and totally forget about what is going on around you. Two strong main characters journalist Martha Gellhorn and writer Ernest Hemingway meet in Spain and go on to have a tumultuous relationship. Competitive careers get in the way of personal relationships and Gellhorn has to decide is she his wife or her own woman. Paula McLain channels Gelhorn's voice perfectly. A must read for the book clubs.
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EAT WELL AND LIVE LONG The Longevity Diet is a recent tome by Dr Valter Longo, an esteemed Italian-American biochemist and professor, and the director of the Longevity Institute at Southern California University. The doctor knows a thing or two about the effects of lifestyle on the body— among his many accolades is the Rising Star Award for Research on Aging from the American Federation for Aging Research. The premise of the book is that there are eight simple dietary steps to leading not just a longer and healthier life, but one that shows less signs of ageing. There are some obvious instructions such as swapping bad fats and sugars for good fats and complex carbs like salmon, almonds and olive oil, and to ditch the red meat for a pescatarian diet that limits ﬁsh consumption to two to three servings per week, and preferably replace cow dairy with goat. Longo also recommends a limit of two meals per day plus a snack as opposed to the traditional three squares or the evermore popular fad of eating ﬁve or six small meals. He insists that we should consume all of our calories within a 12-hour window, not eating for at least two hours before going to bed. For those trying to lose weight, “the best nutritional advice is to eat breakfast daily”. Fasting is another trend that’s gained momentum in recent years, and it’s one that the doctor supports—so long as you’re under-65 and healthy. Longo’s ‘fastingmimicking diet’ should be observed three or four times a year for ﬁve-day intervals, during which time just 8001,1000 calories are consumed per day, mainly through
the consumption of nuts and vegetables. “The method makes the body think it’s in a completely fasted state when it’s not,” says Longo. Lab studies revealed fastingmimicking diets can “activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to reduce the risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease”. One of Longo’s most interesting offerings is that we should consume a variety of foods from our speciﬁc ancestry. The doctor reveals that although we are the product of billions of years of evolution, “the last one thousand years have helped ﬁlter out people not ﬁt for a particular environment” as well as “foods not appropriate for a particular genotype”. He uses the example of high rates of lactose intolerance in much of Asia where, historically, dairy has not been consumed in great quantities. Longo believes as wells as intolerances, consuming the ‘wrong’ kinds of foods could potentially stimulate autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease and type 1 diabetes—“although clear links have not yet been proved”. National Geographic explorer and author Dan Buettner has previously released a similar series of books and founded community projects inspired by ﬁve regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the USA that have the world’s highest concentrations of centenarians. He calls them ‘Blue Zones’. Populations here are generally free of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. One such
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With the help of leading international scientists and researchers, Buettner too found that the key to long life and wellbeing was to follow a mainly plant-based diet. He also recommends we stop eating when 80% full to prevent weight gain and to, thankfully, drink alcohol regularly (though moderately—no more than 1-2 glasses per day). Though scattered across the globe, a common culinary theme throughout the Blue Zone communities is that their diets have remained practically unchanged for centuries. This is echoed in Longo’s assertion that we should look to our ancestor for gastronomic guidance. “Most of us have more control over how long we live than we think,” writes Buettner in The Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest. “In fact, experts say that if we adopted the right lifestyle, we could add at least ten good years and suffer a fraction of the diseases that kill us prematurely. This could mean an extra quality decade of life!” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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Tea With The Dames is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four iconic actors: Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actors in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. Spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across theatre, television, and film.
KANGAROO: A LOVE-HATE STORY
The kangaroo image is proudly used by top companies such as Qantas, sports teams and as tourist souvenirs, yet when they hop across the vast continent some consider them to be pests to be shot and sold for proﬁt, turned into everything from fancy fashion products to pet food and gourmet cuisine. Kangaroo unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined, uncovering disturbing scenes behind the largest mass destruction of wildlife in the world.
Max has been a caterer for 30 years. He has organised hundreds of events, and is probably pretty close to throwing in the towel. Today there will be a magnificent reception in a 17th-century château: one more wedding, Pierre and Helena’s. As usual, Max has taken care of everything: recruited his wait staff, cooks, and dishwashers. He has recommended a photographer, reserved an orchestra, and arranged for the floral decorations: in short, all the ingredients to make the reception a success… But in accordance with Murphy’s Law, all his planning will be upset, and everything will go wrong, turning every moment of joy and emotion into a disaster and ending in chaos. From the earliest preparations to the crack of dawn, we will follow this evening from behind the scenes, from the point of view of his staff, who can count only on the one thing they have in common: knowing how to throw a good party.
Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. As the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.
This groundbreaking ﬁlm reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon.
Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the ultimate grey nomads in The Leisure Seeker, a touching love story about a runaway couple who embark on an unforgettable cross-country adventure in their vintage camper.
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Created just before his foray into sculpture, the exhibition captures the intermediary stage where Judd’s work was neither painting nor sculpture, but a unique mix of the two. Some pieces feature
Widely considered as one of the most signiﬁcant American sculptural artists of the post-war period, Judd explores landscape, architecture, and space in his work. While his paintings are less widely known, they are a glimpse into the origins of his later work, where these themes can be seen in their earlier stages. The Donald Judd Paintings exhibition is on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami through the month of June, providing the public with a unique glimpse into work that helped to shape minimalism in the art world. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts JUDDFOUNDATION.ORG
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The Donald Judd Paintings exhibition highlights Judd’s painting progression, showing his style developing from ﬂat two-dimensional works, to more texturised three-dimensional reliefs. He enjoys playing with space, experimenting with different materials, styles, colours, and shapes. Despite the bold colours and textures of the pieces, their simplistic nature stay true to Judd’s signature minimalist style.
galvanised iron and plywood, while others integrate wax, canvas, and asphalt pipe together. This merging of different bases and mediums is what makes this exhibition so fascinating. There is a visual display of artistic progression and a breaking down of barriers—whether they be stylistic or materialistic.
Seldom seen outside of Marfa in Texas, the 14-piece collection of Donald Judd’s paintings on display in Miami is a rare chance to view an interesting piece of art history. While Judd is most famously known for his sculptures, his oil paintings are reminiscent of his earlier artistic interests, featuring landscape elements and shapes that verge on the border between geometric and organic.
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IDEAL AGE TO RETIRE?
An average day playing bridge, bowls and yelling “bingo” with your life-long pals, a wine and gossip session with the girls, and falling asleep in the arms of your soulmate. This is how most of us envision our perfect retirement. But 'perfect' isn’t easy to obtain. There are many opinions on what the ideal age to retire is. But it really all depends on what type of person you are. The human condition is made up of a range of personalities, work ethics, personal experiences and history. Some may want to retire early, at 45, others prefer later, around 70 to 80 years of age, and some don’t consider retirement as an option at all. Statistics, sourced from NZ Government, state that the average retirement in New Zealand is age 65. Examples of late retirement include my late grandfather, George Elvin, who worked on his farms until he passed and couldn’t grumpily say that he needed to tend to his crops. A stubborn old man, but a very hard worker. His attitude and lifestyle could have been highly inﬂuenced from growing up in a farming lifestyle, milking the cows and harvesting kumara or potatoes on a rusted blue tractor that is now falling apart; as a soldier for the New Zealand army, and growing up in the 1940s, which was very different to how it is now. My father reminds me a lot of him, although he’d protest that, and seems to be developing those same attitudes, aiming for a late retirement, despite recently having both of his hips replaced. I am personally surrounded by many people who never stop working. But obviously, there are others that choose early retirement instead. One of our editor-in-chief, Jude, even met a couple who have been on many cruises since they retired in their 50s! Alternative to personal attributes, there are additional practical elements that must be considered when contemplating retirement. These are the big aspects we don’t particularly like to talk about: money, debt, and savings. When asked if she plans on retiring, my mother simply says, “I would if I had money,” which explains just how important a factor your ﬁnance plays into retirement plans: “If I won lotto or had money to keep me going, I’d retire at the age of 55.” Her partner, aged 54, agrees, exclaiming, “If I won lotto, there’s no way I’d keep working.” But winning the lotto would be a miracle. That means you must think rationally, starting by getting rid of that nasty, rising student loan debt or mortgage, receive a decent salary that you can make savings from, make sure you have health insurance and consider
what you may want to leave for your kin. All of that dull stuff. Some sources claim you need at least $101K by the age of 30, to retire comfortably? Insane, money seems to be everything these days. Although retirement sounds ideal—maybe spending your days lounging in the sun, getting more time to spend with your children and/or grandchildren, and hopefully a stress-free life—an individual must have emotional readiness to go through with this. Some people thrive and live for work, with the promise of developed relationships and a social life with co-workers, a sense of purpose, or simply just having something to do everyday. Some may ﬁnd retirement to be a difﬁcult transition. I have discussed the topic with some retirees, who have described some of their experiences as “lonely”, “boring”, and at times, “challenging". It is important to note that government pension isn’t always much to live on, the average being around a mere $300 $400 a week per person (and for early retirees, these beneﬁts are even lower), so they express the importance of taking up hobbies, a casual job for extra income, and especially surrounding themselves with friends, family and maybe even a pet for company. Ever heard of the term, “crazy cat lady?” Go hard with this lifestyle, because those cats may very well become your best retirement buddies. Barbara from Tauranga, aged 71, spends most of her days looking after her little piece of paradise. Green vines and ﬂora twist around the columns of her home, sheltering her vegetable gardens, as she sits in the sun with her crafts, carefully curating harakeke (ﬂax) and seashell ornaments or accessories, and planning out her very own bamboo tiki hut. She keeps herself busy and even manages to get in a glass of wine every once in a while with her friend Jan, and the trusty fox terrier, Jazzy. This is the picture of the ideal New Zealand retirement. I personally believe that there is no set age one should retire. If done right, retirement living can quite literally free you from many of life’s responsibilities and allow you to claim long-deserved relaxation after a long life of working hard. Invest in that holiday home on Waiheke Island, create a life for yourself in one of Auckland’s many ﬁnest retirement villages, start a side-business, or even go on 150 cruises! Retirement living is the ultimate dream of many New Zealanders, ensure you prepare for the best retirement possible.
_ Words: Rangimarie Elvin
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Not only has the government changed but the attitude to landlords has changed dramatically. If you were asked the question at a dinner party, "Are you a landlord?" Would you admit it?
REMEMBER THE POSITIVES: 1.
Auckland has a short supply of quality properties to rent – therefore a property marketed at the right rental price will get a quality tenant.
Banks are still interested in lending to those who have shown they are able to be disciplined in saving and repaying of debts/loans.
Capital gain may have slowed but, over a 10-year period, property is still one of the best investments you can make.
The return on this investment, this business you have put your whole life savings into, well for most of us, you were lucky if you broke even and didn’t have to top up the bank loan.
Changes to the bright-line test from two to ﬁve years has meant some small investors have exited the business, therefore competition is less for the serious investor.
You had no major repair, damage, or insurance claim. No tenant would ever not pay the rent, abandon the house and it would be given back to you in the condition you rented it.
You have the ability to improve your investment property – maybe subdivide it to gain another rental unit?
Last, but not the least, you are in control of your investment and can make decisions on how to improve it, manage it, and grow your portfolio over time.
Once it was something to be proud of – you had worked hard and grown the equity in your family home and taken the huge leap of faith and purchased a rental property. You then spent weekends and evenings getting it ready to rent, refurbishing it so it would be a place you would be proud to call your home. You took on the risk of vetting the tenants, checking their credentials, and the business of making sure you meet all your legal obligations to the government, insurance company, tenant and bank.
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LOVE YOUR PEARLY WHITES
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DO YOU HAVE A SPECIALITY? We’re pretty much a
one-stop shop. We have seven dentists and we all have slightly different special interests so if someone needs a particular treatment and one of our colleagues is really good at the technique we’ll ensure they see them. We also have an oral surgeon and an orthodontic specialist along with state of the art equipment. This means we can take care of wisdom teeth, implants and crowns on site.
WHAT IS THE TOOTH COMPANY’S PHILOSOPHY?
Making dentistry feel less like dentistry. We try to create beautiful practices with nice people as dentists. Service is very important to us, as is accessibility. People like to come to a place where they feel comfortable.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FOR LOOKING AFTER OUR TEETH? Regular checks, regular cleans, and
regular x-rays. Most of the time you aren’t aware there’s something wrong with your teeth until it’s serious. These habits are preventative which translates to cost savings. At home, I recommend ﬂossing, using ﬂuoride toothpaste and electric toothbrushes. A water ﬂosser is also a very good tool. Fluoride is important. Some people are using natural toothpaste, which doesn't contain ﬂuoride. It’s a personal choice but will increase the risk of dental decay. We like to support these patients by seeing them more frequently for check ups and hygiene appointments.
IS IT ADVISABLE TO HAVE AMALGAM FILLINGS REMOVED? Only if you need it, and the only way you can
ﬁnd this out is by having a check up. Amalgam ﬁllings can get cracked and decay underneath. Another reason to
go. With us, I’d say no. On the nervousness side, we have varying levels of sedation. I did a check up in a car once because the patient was too nervous to come in! We’re all about service. That’s what makes us unique. We’re also non-judgmental. Anything you need done we’ve seen 100 times before. If there’s a problem with your teeth we’ll ﬁx it. We’re not going to say "you should have done this" with a pointed ﬁnger. We’re simply here to help.
MANY FOLK PUT OFF VISITING THE DENTIST DUE TO COST. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THAT?
Dentistry is a long-term investment. Done well, it lasts a very long time. When you look at the cost per year or per day, even the most expensive treatment is very affordable. Always remember—the sooner you come in the less expensive it will be. We can also spread out treatments based on priority. You can have them done at three months, six months or in a year or so. Whatever ﬁts in with you.
YOU OFFER COSMETIC DENTISTRY AND ORTHODONTICS. THIS TYPE OF DENTISTRY IS EXPENSIVE, ISN’T IT? We are seeing more and more
people seeking cosmetic dentistry. With the rise of social media, it seems appearance is more important than ever, and people want to look good in their photos. Again, the up front cost is high but the cost per year is relatively low. Six veneers for front teeth will cost about $10,000. They should last for 20 years, which works out to $500 per year—less than you might spend on coffee!
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU? The Tooth Company is located at 54 Customs St East in Britomart, 09 379 0099 and Smales Farm in Takapuna 78-94 Taharoto Road, 09 410 9971. Our new Mission Bay clinic at Eastridge Shopping Centre will be opening in August 2018. Come and see us and we’ll hopefully surprise you because we like to think we do things differently.
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Our Smales Farm practice is open 363 days per year, seven days per week from 8am to 9pm. We only close on Christmas and New Years Day. Our new clinic, at Eastridge Shopping Centre will be the same.
MANY FOLK ARE INTIMIDATED BY VISITING THE DENTIST. SHOULD THEY BE? It depends where they
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replace them is if you don’t like the look. Ceramic ﬁllings are beautiful. The mercury levels debate is controversial. Research tells us amalgam ﬁllings do not cause health problems in humans. In countries where amalgam ﬁllings are banned, it’s for environmental reasons.
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The Tooth Company features three (soon to be four) stylish premises and a down-to-earth team of dental professionals. We caught up with Dr James Stone, one of the company’s dentists.
LEFT-RIGHT: Brooke Peirce, Scott Peirce, Tania Clifton-Smith, Janet Rowley.
“I would say that a lot of people don’t know that they need us,” says Brooke Peirce, a clinically trained physiotherapist and director at Breathing Works in Remuera. The clinic is recognised as a world leader in the breathing rehabilitation business, improving the energy, efﬁciency, focus and performance of clients through improved technique. Breathing and its impact on a person’s life force is pretty academic. Yet societal respiratory problems are on the rise. You only have to look at the population statistics for anxiety and asthma which are staggering—all sitting up at around 10%. Brooke’s husband and co-director, Scott, points out the obvious, “Pretty much anyone with anxiety has a breathing dysfunction.” Treating stressed-out executives to change their breathing style is a specialty. The “A-type personalities” with a “trigger in there somewhere” who have been coached from a young age in ballet or gymnastics to hold their stomach in—or swimmers and cyclists with “interesting breathing patterns”. After being retrained in how they breathe, clients come away changed with a “transformation of understanding” he says. The practice attracts clinical peers from as far away as the United Kingdom to observe its physiotherapy, mindfulness and strengthening breathing techniques that has trained and transformed 30,000 lives to date.
Many are referred by general practitioners and specialists like cardiologists who send their clients over with chest pain of a non-cardiac origin to be resolved. “They’ll go through to the hospital, then a specialist and end up on our doorstep because basically their breathing pattern has given them that chest pain.” However, anyone off the street can walk in to make an appointment for an indepth consultation. The comprehensive assessment involves completing three questionnaires before the one-on-one consultation that identiﬁes the key “drivers of the dysfunction”. Scott unpacks the triad—three interlocking circles of psychological, biomechanical and chemical factors. “Some people may have all of those misﬁring or they could be an athlete needing help with the style of breathing as one element—the biomechanical is not working.” Matters biomechanical he says relate to the “big breathing muscle” of the diaphragm and how the muscles bring air into the lungs. They assess this functionality using ultra-sound and observing how clients actually breathe. Anxiousness, panic attacks, airway tension and irritability can be attributed to chemical changes, the second inﬂuencer, he says. “We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Often we are not doing a good enough job of keeping those regulated within a nice, balanced state—we might
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The last factor he says “robs a lot of energy from a psychological perspective” if it’s ineffectual. “You either feel relaxed if you breathe well or you feel very tense, very anxious and very panicky if you breathe too fast or up in your chest.” The pathway to change he teaches is learning to have focussed attention and banish scattered thoughts. But both practitioners are quick to emphasise the clinic’s approach is not “one dimensional”. They believe it’s about capturing the “full spectrum of events” that may be occurring with someone and trying to create a holistic package. Breathing Works takes it further by looking at the diaphragm dimensions by measuring its thickness. If it’s too thin it can be strengthened by a patented tool called the ‘Power Breathe’ that pulls air into the lungs so they get stronger. Scott says it’s a “dumbbell for your diaphragm”. After using it for 12 weeks Breathing Works clients report a real improvement in the strength of their breathing. “So it’s a much more, well-rounded and deeper methodology. Meditation, mindfulness and yoga are all great practices but they don’t encompass the full changes in someone from the three different perspectives—they may target one or two” he says. Clients with mild to moderate anxiety or panic attacks are another core group Breathing Works tends to treat.
“Anxiety won’t disappear because for a lot of people it’s at a genetic level but they’ll relax in themselves, breathe better and get a bit more chemical homeostasis going on” he says. “Because their pH is not ﬂuctuating, their emotional state in their brain will stay a lot more balanced.” Brooke describes the analogy of eating habits to breathing. “If you don’t eat for long periods you start to feel unwell and it’s basically the same as breathing—if you have a nice, steady, even breath that’s going to help your system cope with everyday challenges” she says. Experiencing breathing challenges themselves when they were younger drove both Directors to their chosen career path. Brooke suffered from anxiety-related breathing as a junior triathlete at elite world championship level. Scott was asthmatic and a junior competitive sailor that sustained nasal damage. She believes that experiencing their “own challenges in this area lead them to understand the importance of the work”. Now in tandem with treating problematic breathing, the busy pair are exploring what Scott terms the “performance” end of the breathing continuum. They’ve even tested their breathing capacity at high altitude in Nepal and Tibet before conversely taking the plunge with free diving - both exploring how to “push their breath” he says. “Breathing doesn’t stop through being kind of “normal” it can develop, adapt and get stronger to give you even more resilience as well.” — Words: Sarah Sparks
breathe, hold or ventilate more leading to a change in chemical makeup and pH.”
THE BENEFITS OF BREATHING THAT WORKS
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ORTHOKERATOLOGY Is 2018 the year you gain freedom from visual correction during the day? If so, orthokeratology (OrthoK) is your answer. OrthoK is a non-surgical form of vision correction and an ideal alternative to refractive surgery and for those who prefer not to wear contact lenses or corrective eyewear during the day. OrthoK is the design and ﬁtting of custom manufactured contact lenses you wear while you sleep and remove when you wake up. During the night the lenses gently reshape the cornea, the translucent front window of the eye, in a controlled fashion, to improve vision and allow you to see clearly without the aid of conventional contact lenses or corrective eyewear when the lenses are removed. By reshaping the cornea, OrthoK lenses refocus the light rays, making them focus properly on the retina, the ﬁlm at the back of the eye, just as standard contact lenses and corrective eyewear do. When you wake, you simply remove the contact lenses, and the reshaped cornea provides you sharp vision for the whole day (often for two days), without having to rely on spectacles or contact lenses. OrthoK is a non-invasive procedure and completely reversible. If the OrthoK lenses are not worn, the elastic cornea simply reverts back to its original shape. The word 'orthokeratology' comes from the Latin ortho meaning straight or correct, and keratology meaning the science of altering the shape of the cornea. Just as orthodontics is Latin for straightening teeth, orthokeratology is Latin for correcting the shape of the cornea. OrthoK has been receiving worldwide acknowledgement due to a growing body of evidence proving that OrthoK can slow down the progression of short-sightedness (myopia) in children during the crucial growing years. Slowing myopia progression is important as the lower the myopia, the less risk of future potentially blinding ocular health complications such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. We are now well aware that myopia is more than just a refractive error and it is no longer acceptable to just keep updating your child’s spectacles at each appointment as their myopia increases. We can now easily slow down your child’s myopia progression with OrthoK. OrthoK is also suitable for longsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism (two different focal points) and presbyopia (age-related near sight loss). Mortimer Hirst was one of the earliest adopters of OrthoK and specialises in OrthoK and complex OrthoK ﬁttings.
The ideal alternative to refractive surgery and for those who prefer not to wear contact lenses or corrective eyewear during the day.
Mortimer Hirst receives a lot of referrals for OrthoK and troubleshooting difﬁcult OrthoK cases. Mortimer Hirst optometrists have been involved and are still involved in numerous OrthoK studies and written scientiﬁc papers on OrthoK. Mortimer Hirst utilises the very latest state of the art hardware and advanced technology software to custom design and manufacture OrthoK lenses. We use corneal mapping (topography) to develop a threedimensional map of the surface curvature of the cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless. The optometrist/contact lens specialist then utilises the threedimensional corneal map to help perfect a bespoke OrthoK contact lens to enhance vision and maintain long term safety and corneal integrity. OrthoK contact lenses are FDA approved for overnight wear. OrthoK is perfect for active people and people involved in sports such as swimming, surﬁng, skiing, water polo, rowing, cycling, dancing, tramping, yoga and gyming, who have low to moderate myopia. OrthoK allows them new freedom to be active without having to wear contact lenses or corrective eyewear. OrthoK is also ideal for many different occupations and or working environments where contact lenses and corrective eyewear may not be suitable, such as physical, dusty or weather dependent environments, and when daily wear contact lenses become intolerable due to dry eye. OrthoK is also great for young children as it gives parents piece of mind that their child won’t loose or break their eyewear at school. We advise potential OrthoK wearers to present for an OrthoK assessment as early as possible as the earlier OrthoK can commence the easier and more beneﬁcial it is. You should especially bring your children in if they are at risk of myopia (for example those with parents that are myopic or are an indoor type of child and an avid reader/digital device user) so we can identify any myopic onset, or if your child’s myopia is already progressing. Visit orthok.co.nz for further information. — Words: Emilie Langley, optometrist and contact lens specialist at Mortimer Hirst. MORTIMERHIRST.CO.NZ
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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL "Some people freak out at the idea of cups, but I wish I’d discovered them years ago." Robyn McLean, The Hello Cup Menstrual cups are proving popular amongst ladies for all sorts of reasons. Let’s take a closer look and discover the facts. WHAT THE HECK IS A MENSTRUAL CUP?
We asked the same thing when we kept hearing soft murmurs about menstrual cups. On closer inspection, it turns out they’re a bit of movement. A menstrual cup is basically a version of a feminine hygiene product for when we have our period—an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads if you like. As the name suggests, they’re a ﬂexible, funnel-shaped cup usually made of medical-grade silicone or, in some instances, a medical-grade TPE (a type of plastic) for those with silicone sensitivities.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
You insert the cup into your va-jay-jay like a tampon where it collects your period blood. Bonus? It holds far more than a tampon. We asked the founders of The Hello Cup Robyn McLean and Mary Bond about menstrual cups. “We call them a game changer for good reason. They hold three times the amount that tampons do and can be left in for up to 12 hours. They are super comfortable (as in you can’t actually feel them), they don’t smell, you can exercise, swim, and sleep in them, and they’re hypoallergenic and don’t leave ﬁbres inside you,” says Robyn. “One of our cups lasts ﬁve years so after two periods it pays for itself and you start saving some serious money. The other huge beneﬁt cups offer is the positive impact on the environment. Every woman who has a period creates an average of 150kg of sanitary waste in their lifetime, plus ours are made of TPE which is fully recyclable.”
HOW TO USE A MENSTRUAL CUP
Menstrual cups come in different sizes so you’ll need to know or give an educated guess of the size you need. They usually come in S/M or M/L, and The Hello Cup also has an XS for teens. “Working out your size can be tricky, but we recommend S/M for those under 30 who haven’t given birth and M/L for those over 30, if you’ve given birth or if you have a heavy ﬂow,” says Robyn.
PUTTING THEM IN
Menstrual cups are generally soft and ﬂexible so you fold them and insert. You can use coconut oil or similar if you need help with lubrication. Once inside the cup opens and settles into place offering an airtight seal. To remove it, there is a nodule that you reach in and pull (like the string on a tampon). Empty it. Clean it. And if you’re still ﬂowing, reinsert. Simple. If you’ve got a heavy ﬂow, remove it every three or four hours, for lighter days you should be able to go six to 12 hours.
• Safer than tampons • Inexpensive: $40-$50 • Eco-friendly • Odour-free
• Reusable • Generous capacity • Durable
Visit thehellocup.com to get your very own planetfriendly menstrual cup. — Words: Jenna Moore THEHELLOCUP.COM / HELLO@THEHELLOCUP.COM
HEALTH & BEAUTY // JUN 2018
Wake up radiant… Introducing PICO Genesis™ , the newest solution for clearer, brightened skin • Non-invasive cosmetic procedure with minimal downtime • Sessions that last 20 minutes from start to finish
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THERMAGE HAIR REMOVAL & SKINCARE
T H IN GS JU ST GOT B E T T E R , FAST E R AN D SA FE A ND PA I N FR E E The UniLux Thermage premier multi-treatment system for permanent hair reduction, skin rejuvenation, reduction of pigmented lesions, freckle and vascular lesion reduction is faster and more effective than anything in its class. U N ILU X SH R H A I R R E M OVA L SHR is faster than traditional IPL and laser, it’s safer and it’s pain-free in comparison. Super Hair Removal (SHR) is used for general hair removal purposes. It can be used safely on all skin types and is a painless treatment. It gently heats the hair follicle to the required temperature, which results in a warm, tingling sensation. Some clients compare it to a warm massage. H OW M AN Y T R E AT M E NTS D O C L IE N TS NE E D ? Most people vary in the number of treatments required, this does depend on where their hair cycles are when we first start but usually most people need six to eight treatments. Some clients have had 70% loss after just four sessions. WIL L T H E H A I R GR OW B ACK ? The short answer is no. It is also possible to have new hair growth triggered if you go through any hormonal changes such as starting or stopping contraceptive pills, pregnancy, menopause, changes in medications or longterm stress. Prices start from $50 and depend on the size of the treated area.
Gone are the days of travelling to a clinic to pay someone to prick and prod you with needles to get the beneﬁts of acupuncture. Now, you can access these beneﬁts from the comfort of your own home. One of the latest health and wellbeing discoveries is the acupressure mat – a mat covered in sharp plastic spikes designed to stimulate the skin and muscles. Combining the ancient yogi principles of lying on a bed of nails, with the best of modern technology, these acupressure mats are popping up in households everywhere. They are an affordable, accessible, and effective way to relieve stress and ease tension. The most popular of these is the Shakti Mat, an acupressure mat with 6000 sharp pressure points created to press into the skin to reduce muscle tension and release calming hormones into the body. It’s like giving yourself acupuncture and a massage at the same time!
SOME OF THE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Relaxation of muscles and muscle tension • Improved circulation • Deeper sleep • Higher energy levels • Reduced blood pressure
While the tiny points can take a little bit to get used to, easing yourself into a gradual practice is the best way to go. Start with a couple of minutes a day, and slowly build up to longer periods of time – the best thing is that all you have to do is lie on your back! Whether you’re looking to deepen your wellbeing practice or are just starting on your journey to better health, the Shakti mat can be used in so many ways. Start your day by lying on the mat to increase your energy, get up from your desk to stand on the tiny pressure points during the day to get over that midday slump, or take a lie down on the mat before bed to relax your body ready for sleep. It may be a case of mind over matter at ﬁrst, but once you start to feel the beneﬁts, you’ll never want to get off! _ Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts
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VAGINAL STEAMING When Gwyneth Paltrow talked about vaginal steaming on her website Goop it became a ‘thing’. We look at the ins and outs (so to speak) of the treatment. WHAT IS VAGINAL STEAMING?
Also known as Yoni or v-steaming, vaginal steaming is an ancient treatment and a favourite of traditional healers. “Yoni is the Sanskrit word for womb, vagina and origin of life,” says Jules Hayden of Mamas Retreat (mamasretreat.co.nz) who offers the treatment. “Traditionally these steams have been used to cleanse the womb by helping to remove unwanted waste and old lining. The use of herbs adds healing beneﬁts to the steam and can nourish, tone, and cleanse while bringing oxygenated blood to the womb and reproductive system.”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
During a professional treatment, a practitioner will have special seat with a hole for herb-laden steam directed at the vagina to rise through. “The herbs I commonly use are organic calendula, rosemary, lavender, St Johns Wort, chamomile and yarrow,” says Jules. “I add or take away herbs depending on the speciﬁc condition I’m treating.” The vagina absorbs the combination of steam and herbs easily and they work their way into the bloodstream and uterus cleansing and healing as they go.
WHY LADIES LOVE STEAMING
Like many ancient practices vaginal steaming offers up lots of beneﬁts: • Cleanses the vagina, uterus and reproductive system • Helps with stress and depression • Treats haemorrhoids and infections • May help with infertility and hormone balance • May be useful for gut issues, headaches and fatigue
WHEN IS STEAMING ILL-ADVISED?
“V-steaming isn’t recommended during menses— it can be done prior to or just after,” says Jules. “It’s not recommended in pregnancy or for those who think they might be pregnant either as the warm steam relaxes and open the cervix. Another instance where I wouldn’t recommend steaming is when active infection or cancer is present in the pelvic region, immediately following pelvic surgery or if you have an IUD.” Jules adds that treatment is generally recommended for most women though. “V-steaming is a wonderful opportunity to connect back in with your body,” she says. “It can reduce menstrual pain and bloating and help regulate your menstrual cycle. A steam can also help increase fertility; reduce ﬁbroids, cysts, weakness, prolapse and endometriosis. All this while detoxing the womb and helping to release stored emotions.”
WHAT ABOUT HERBS BEING LINKED TO MISCARRIAGE?
“Many herbs are contraindicated in pregnancy and as mentioned we would never do a steam on those who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant,” says Jules. “With that said, v-steaming is wonderful for women who are recovering from miscarriage (once everything has settled in the body). It’s also fantastic as a postpartum treatment to speed up healing and tone the area after birth. It can assist with vaginal tearing, episiotomy, C-section scarring and heal haemorrhoids.”
WHAT DOES A TREATMENT COST?
“V-steaming costs $50 for 30 minutes at Mamas Retreat,” says Jules. “This includes a consultation and personally selected herbs for your steam.”
— Words: Jenna Moore
GET HAPPY So it turns out the old saying that happiness is free, was actually spot on! At least in the world of technology. From ﬁtness trackers, to hydration reminders, to meal planners, and everything in between, it seems like there’s nothing there isn’t an app for when it comes to health and wellbeing.
And the same is true for happiness it seems! There are so many apps on the market designed to keep your mind and wellbeing in check, but here’s a few to get you started:
ShutApp It’s no secret that phones and smart devices can take up a lot of time in our everyday lives. Which is why it’s so important to take a break and enjoy moments without any interference. Shutapp is a simple way to shut off your notiﬁcations and encourage you to disconnect for as long as you desire. The app starts a countdown for however long you need, so you can focus on your tasks without the appeal of distraction. What’s more, you can invite others to challenge yourselves to see who can last the longest! Available on iTunes.
SleepCycle We all know we need eight hours of sleep every day, and to switch off our devices to get ready for bed, but how much do we know about our individual sleep cycles? Not much, until SleepCycle made an app to do it for us! The app is basically a personalised alarm clock which overnight tracks your sleep patterns to ﬁgure the best time for you to wake up based on your individual sleep cycles. The result: a gentle wake-up when you’re in your lightest sleep phase, so you don’t wake up feeling well-rested and wide awake. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
Smiling Mind Developed by psychologists, the Smiling Mind app is a modern meditation app that’s designed to be an easy introduction into the world of meditation and mindfulness. It’s basically a trainer for the mind, with guided meditation programs for everyone from children to adults, and even special sessions designed for workplaces. While meditation may seem daunting, Smiling Mind simpliﬁes it, making it fun and unintimidating. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
Happier Happier is your one-stop shop for ﬁne tuning your gratitude skills. It teaches you to note down and appreciate the small moments in everyday life that bring you joy, and records them for you to remember. Through using the app you’re taught the ﬁve skills that enhance happiness: acceptance, gratitude, kindness, purpose, and self-care. So not only do you experience more gratitude for the little moments in life, but you’re also developing a skill to improve resilience too. Available on iTunes.
Habitbull Designed to break those little habits that annoy us on a day-to-day basis but are so hard to change, this is an app ﬁt to tackle them head on. Part organiser, part tracker, and part goal setter, Habitbull helps to break negative habits and replace them with positive ones. Whether it be to reduce your drinking, go outside more, or stop chewing on your nails, the app is customisable to your own goals, so it moves at your own individual pace. Plus, if you feel like you need an extra push, it can send you alerts, reminders, and data of your progress to keep you on track—what’s not to love! Available on iTunes and Google Play.
NTC Ever wished you could train like the athletes you see in Nike adverts? Well, with the Nike Training Club app, now you can! NTC combines workouts ranging from beginner to advanced and separates them into different body sections and ﬁtness goals. From cardio, to weights, and resistance to yoga, the app is ﬁlled with different exercises you can do at home or at the gym. Plus, it allows you to save the workouts you’ve done and how much time you’ve spent exercising each week, so you can see your progress as you go! Available on iTunes and Google Play. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts
DR ANDREA SHEPPERSON
HEALTH & BEAUTY
LEAD DENTIST AT LUMINO CITY DENTAL
The visual information provides enormous visibility for both patient and dentist, and very high levels of accuracy. It’s also comfortable and seamless for the patient.
What does it mean to be New Zealand's ﬁrst Digital Smile Design Clinic? I became a Digital Smile Design master and instructor some years ago. This meant I was part of a network of dentists globally with a comprehensive view of diagnosis and case planning, both in analogue and digital formats. Digital Smile Design Clinics require a DSD master to implement the methodology. It also means I have access to a global team of experts within hours, some of the best people in the world advancing digital concepts and understanding good design in dentistry. What happens during a Digital Smile Design examination? The examination is just over one hour. We start by understanding the patients needs and desires, and then gather digital records. We can complete a simple 2D simulation to help analyse the smile and provide a starting point for discussion. The patient usually elects to move to a 3D analysis and mock-up to preview the smile and bite possibilities. This is an emotional appointment where the patient gets to see their new smile in the mouth. The ﬁnal treatment plan is conﬁrmed at that stage, in collaboration with our patient. Each design is tailored for each patient according to their facial and aesthetic features, in total harmony with their face, creating
What exactly is Digital Smile Design and how does it differ to traditional dentistry plans? Digital Smile Design is a facially generated holistic way of looking at a patient and providing natural solutions that are incomplete harmony with the patient's personality. Digital technology allows a dentist to digitise a patient, using intra-oral scans, digital x-rays, face scanning, photography and video and cone beam CT. The result, when combined with a dental risk assessment called the Dental Fingerprint, provides an incredible view of the patient's concerns and smile potential.
We talked to Dr Andrea Shepperson, lead dentist at Lumino City Dental and New Zealand's only accredited global master and instructor in Digital Smile Design (DSD). Read about what exactly is Digital Smile Design is.
a smile that perfectly reﬂects the personality of each patient. The DSD Clinic experience improves outcomes for both the patient and dentist using the technology. What are the most commonly treated dental problems and what treatments does Lumino City Dental offer to combat them? One of the biggest issues dentists and patients face today is the impact of an acidic diet, which dissolves and damages tooth enamel. It occurs across all age groups and is resulting in the need for signiﬁcant dental reconstructions. Acids come from dietary fads like the lemon detox diet, the apple cider vinegar health kick, all soft drinks, stomach acid and reﬂux. Every dentist globally has seen a rise in this issue, ahead of decay. This is one area of general dentistry in which Digital Smile Design plays a huge part, aiding is digital restoration of functional concerns. It is a huge area of my work, I enjoy the combination of art, science and engineering required to reconstruct a smile and receive many referrals from colleagues and patients to help in this regard. How does a dental restoration treatment work, and how long does it last? Modern dentistry involves a great deal of bonding— roughening tooth enamel with an acid and getting resins to stick. This versatile technique allows dentists to bond very small amounts of tooth coloured composite ﬁlling material to teeth resulting in very little removal of tooth structure. The focus today is to try and preserve tooth structure at all cost and modern-day dentistry allows us to do that. Our focus at Lumino City Dental at Quay Park is to manage the risk of disease and focus heavily on prevention. What exactly is cosmetic dentistry? I'm not so keen on the term ‘cosmetic dentistry' as it really implies that the dentist is just concerned about the smile and appearance. While that is a huge part of our work, we are interested in our patients as human beings with lives that are busy and active and a mouth that is subject to many lifestyle inﬂuences. Digital Smile Design focuses on the patient as a whole and looks at the patient’s overall health and wellbeing.
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SAPPHIRE THE CLINIC THAT BROUGHT FAT FREEZING TO NEW ZEALANDERS
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The OECD’s Obesity League Table (released October 2017) placed New Zealand at a shocking third place, only behind the United States and Mexico. Along with the rise in fat levels has been the rise in solutions: juice cleanses, paleo diets, and Crossﬁt are becoming common vernacular. However, fat can still be stubborn. Dr Garsing Wong from Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic and director of Coolbody Limited, has been offering patients a way to shift stubborn fat since August 2016: fat-freezing! The ﬁrst clinic in New Zealand to use the revolutionary Cooltech machine, bringing an effective treatment to their patients. “It’s the only proven system with multiple heads to treat all areas including the submental region (under the chin). The size and options of treatment arm-pieces means you can tailor treatment better, and reduce the amount of visits for patients,” he explains. "We have been using different methods more than 10 years trying to achieve the best face shape and deﬁne jowl lines for our patients." They were so passionate about it, Dr Wong and his wife Dr Wen-Pei (Margaret) Chen together published a paper in The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 2011 on removing fat in the face. "Fat freezing is a method we considered the most comfortable and effective non surgical treatment for removal of suitable fat from a region especially under chin. “The system was so good that we purchased a second machine a few months after! We now have custom designed a new clinic called Coolbody that offers
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The machine, Cooltech, has been praised by medical professionals over liposuction due to the speed, comfort, and lower health risk to patients. Moreover, treatment costs are a fraction of the price of liposuction. “Cooltech is more suitable to a wider range of patients compared to liposuction. There is very little downtime, and there is no need to take time off work to recover,” adds Dr Wong. However, Cooltech is not a weight-loss solution. Rather, it targets “soft fat” such as the abdomen, under the chin and jowls, love handles, inner thighs, knees, or even for suitable lipomas. “Another area that is suitable, is an area the Chinese call 'my second breast' that leaks out from your bra! An unsightly bulge one can have when your arms are by your side, pressing on your chest wall,” explains Dr Wong. As the technology develops, cosmetic medicine is becoming more effective, less expensive and prevalent across the world. Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic is proud to be at the forefront of their ﬁeld, continually researching and bringing new procedures to New Zealanders.
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STUDIO 3 Winter Wellness Challenge with Studio Three and Feel Fresh Nutrition 11 June – 11 July 2018 With the colder weather comes the temptation to curl up cosy on the couch with our favourite comfort foods! So to combat the winter ills and chills, Studio Three and Feel Fresh Nutrition have teamed up to bring you a challenge to keep you committed to your ﬁtness and nutritional goals this winter. Studio Three is a boutique ﬁtness studio which specialises in pilates, barre and yoga-based classes, we offer a wide variety of classes seven days a week with 39 classes per week to choose from. Our approach is personal and your individual goals are our commitment! Our highly trained team ensures a welcoming and encouraging environment for all ages and ﬁtness levels. At Studio Three we appreciate everyone's time commitment to classes and nutritional needs are different, and therefore this is all about setting a target that is speciﬁc for YOU and supporting you throughout your four-week challenge to achieve your goals.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS...
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1/. SATURDAY 9TH JUNE:
MOTIVATE ME & MY MATES!
Attend our Pre-Challenge Nutrition and Fitness Seminar, Co Presented by Abbie O’Rourke (founder, Feel Fresh Nutrition) Phoebe Smith (nutritionist at Feel Fresh Nutrition) and Viv Gallagher (director, Studio3) to determine your speciﬁc class goals and nutritional needs for the challenge along with a balanced class plan and nutrition guide to support you throughout the challenge and beyond.
2/. YOU WILL BE INVITED TO JOIN EXCLUSIVE FACEBOOK CHALLENGE GROUP:
So we can support you and communicate on a daily basis. We will share recipes, training and nutrition tips. You will be able to communicate with us and your fellow challengers to receive plenty of motivation to keep you on track!
3/. START COLLECTING STARS FOR OUR STUDIO CHART IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: a/. Earn a star for each class completed b/. Earn additional star's each week for staying on track with your nutrition plan c/. Earn a star for each new mate you bring along to keep you motivated!
4/. BE IN TO WIN OUR MASSIVE DRAW PRIZE:
To the value of $550 compliments of Studio Three, Feel Fresh Nutrition & R&D Kitchen (will be drawn at our post challenge event).
CHALLENGE INVESTMENT $229 INCLUDES:
1 month unlimited classes at Studio 3+2-hour pre-challenge Nutrition/Goal setting seminar + exclusive membership to closed FB support group + Challenge guide handouts STUDIO THREE LEVEL 1, 56 SURREY CRES, GREY LYNN FACEBOOK.COM/STUDIOTHREENZ INSTAGRAM: STUDIOTHREE.NZ
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ORAKEI BAY VILLAGE REMUERA THE REVAMPED & REPURPOSED FORMER GIN FACTORY TURNS ONE
Father and son duo Kerry and Elliot Knight from developer Equinox Group are a pair of professional transformers. Together they’ve successfully breathed life into a former industrial site overlooking Auckland Harbour that was originally back in the 1960s the Gordon’s London Dry Gin Distillery. “We used to live around the corner and I used to kayak and water-ski in Hobson Bay. Back then it was off limits—no one could go to it because it was an alcohol factory,” says Kerry. At the time, the son of the factory manager attended Saint Kentigern School with him. Fast forward 50 years and thanks to the hardworking efforts of him and his son Elliot, a seasoned reﬁt expert, the repurposed industrial building morphed 12 months ago into the upmarket hub of Orakei Bay Village Remuera— complete with 250 car parks on-site, 10 eateries, ﬁve retail stores, seven health and lifestyle services and the artHAUS art gallery with studios for resident artists. Think Auckland’s own mini version of the Meatpacking District where warehouses on the waterfront get reﬁtted, reused and revamped. “It’s Ponsonby Central with more things to buy and do in the Eastern suburbs” Kerry says. "Now, after being open a year, we have gathered our thoughts and reﬁned things a bit more.” Now stage two of the bustling boutique marketplace adjacent to the Orakei train station is well underway. Car parking is offered free for two hours. A lift has been installed to conveniently connect shoppers from upstairs down to the lower ground level carpark outside anchor tenant, Kings Plant Barn. Six brand new leaseholders are about to open. Kerry conﬁrms that the latest signing includes cult ﬁtness studio F45 famous for dramatic body transformations achieved on eight-week challenges.
Perched high above Hobson Bay overlooking Auckland City in the centre of Orakei, Mission Bay, Meadowbank, St Johns and Remuera, Orakei Bay Village Remuera is home to Farro which is exactly where the owners wanted to be for their ﬁrst store when they launched back in 2005. “It’s in a fabulous catchment area for us, located in a prime spot on a number of access routes. We love the old warehouse feel,” says Janene Draper, Farro co-founder. While known as a one stop shop for artisan specialty groceries and ingredients, the store also has a commercial kitchen providing ready-to-go meals for customers. Directly opposite is the Urban Herbalist owned by a pharmacist with a passion for integrative medicine stocking natural skin care brands, practitioner strength supplements, offering advice and health plans. Nearby is the Barrel Room, a branch of Brothers Beer offering locally made craft beers, 18 tap beers and guest brews surrounded by a striking décor of stainless steel, oak, concrete and the grand opulence of a huge hanging crystal chandelier. Next door is Orakei Bay Bistro complete with Nantucket-style booths and cosy lighting that’s open from brunch to dinner serving up typical rustic faire like Bluff oysters, pot roasted clams, lamb chops, beer battered ﬁsh to decadent triple-cooked duck fat potatoes. In the heart of the building is Ampersand Eatery. Metro placed the “industrial all-dayer” on its Top 50 Best Cafés list for 2018 saying “good for— Eastside people-watching with water views” given the picturesque vantage point overlooking Ōrākei Basin. Partnered in the same space is award-winning Espresso Workshop with its roaster and workshop pumping out piping hot cups of Joe.
Walk beyond to The Botanist where your eyes feast on an exquisite array of blooms from elegant orchids to fragrant white stock. This is the place to order pretty posies or lavish bouquets. Gym junkies are in luck given the glam active wear stocked by People Like Us, curators of fashion forward 'athleisure wear' not previously available in New Zealand. Directly opposite is Mobile Muster, a one-stop smartphone and tablet tech repair outlet that also delivers door-to-door. Its neighbour is ﬁne wine store, Great Little Vineyards with an outstanding wine portfolio if exceptional artisan wine endorsed by one of the country’s famous chefs, Peter Gordon. "If there's one wine shop that sells the best of New Zealand (and the world) this is it." he says. More retail stores are clustered adjacent including So Beau Baby stocking stylish designer threads for children up to size 8. The Father Rabbit ﬂagship boutique showcases home niceties, tiny clothes for littlies, and an array of items that you ‘need’ that are lovingly wrapped. Chic homeware store Alex & Corban operated by the winners of The Block NZ 2014 is the destination for decorating inspiration, room reveals and beautifully designed products from all over the globe. For healthy guilt free clean eats you cannot go past Bowl and Arrow in the heart of the hub serving up the smoothie bowls some say are the best in Auckland with no nasties like sugar and dairy. If the ingredients don’t turn your head, the menu names might like “Soul Mate, Six Pack and Sweetie Pie”!
Tucked around the corner is a little ‘beauty strip’ with Thairpy hairdressing salon, specialists in bridal and ball hair beside Coco Nails Salon for that manicured polish. Outside New Zealand’s largest 100% hand wash car wash, Espresso Carwash immaculately grooms cars with all hands to the pump carefully cut and polishing while owners run errands. Directly opposite the train station is Dazzling Paws the hangout of precious pampered pooches. Located on the lower carpark Bird on a Wire offers a succulent selection of free range rotisserie chicken and salads with delivery within a 3km radius of the store. Metres away is Viva Pilates the ﬁrst studio in New Zealand to feature world class BASI System apparatus for maximum results in a short amount of time ranging from Reformers to Wunda Chairs and Spine Correctors. For fans of traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine, both set-menu and a la carte, Saku Saku is your local. Next door Luxe Body offers an expansive menu of appearance and aesthetic treatments from anti-wrinkle injections to lash extensions and tanning. By July, the stage two new lessees will expand Orakei Bay Village Remuera even more conﬁrming that it really is ‘the must-do’ destination to “eat, drink and buy beautiful stuff” in the Eastern suburbs! — Words: Sarah Sparks
OBV.CO.NZ / 228 ORAKEI RD, REMUERA
BIRD ON A WIRE Bird On A Wire in Orakei Bay Village is the latest and greatest addition to the Bird On A Wire family. Serving handmade and sustainable real food including free range rotisserie chicken, fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers. The dine-in restaurant offers free parking, a patio with views over Hobson Bay and a comforting dining area as well as takeaways. BIRDONAWIRE.CO.NZ / EAT@BIRDONAWIRE.CO.NZ 09 320 0134 / 234B ORAKEI RD, REMUERA MON-FRI: 10AM-LATE. SAT-SUN: 8.30AM-LATE
Your retail and online destination for a curation of the world’s most coveted active wear labels. We have scoured the world to bring you the best in fashion forward active and off duty wear including swimwear and accessories. People Like Us is the authority on fashion forward active wear, stocking international labels such Alo Yoga, P.E Nation, Nimble Activewear, Onzie, Koral, Lur’v and Michi NY and many more. We bring the latest on-trend styles to the fashion devotees who love to lead an active lifestyle. PEOPLELIKEUSACTIVE.CO.NZ 228 ORAKEI RD, REMUERA / 022 430 1372 MON-FRI: 10AM-5PM / SAT-SUN: 10AM-4PM
DAZZLING PAWS DOG & CAT GROOMING We offer professional care and grooming services to the highest standard according to breed standard and customer’s preference. Your beloved fur babies will be treated with outmost care and love in a safe and pet-friendly environment by a qualiﬁed professional grooming specialist with over seven years of experience. So you know that your pet is in good hands.
We cater to all breeds of dogs and cats of all different size. Please feel free to visit us,we are located at Orakei Bay Village, 238 Orakei Road Remuera, beside Bird on A Wire and adjacent to Orakei Train Station, few steps from Kings Plant Barn. 022 476 2272 DAZZLING_PAWS@YAHOO.COM OPEN TUE-SUN: 8AM–6PM FACEBOOK: DAZZLING PAWS DOG AND CAT GROOMING
Luxe Body is your gateway to health, beauty and wellness.Founded on the principles of health, beauty and wellness, we offer a professional selection of antiaging and skin rejuvenation treatments: • Botox • Fillers • Liquid gold facial • Tanning • Bespoke facials • Waxing • Lashes • Medical based skincare treatments
Botox to Brazilians, we’ve got you covered!
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7 E N T E R P R I S E S T R E E T, B I R K E N H E A D 228 ORAKEI ROAD, ORAKEI BLOC, 20 NORMANBY ROAD, MT EDEN
INGREDIENTS 1.3-1.4kg whole free-range organic Bostock’s chicken 2 white onions, peeled and quartered 4-5 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and halved 2 Granny Smith apples, quartered and cored 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled 2 fresh bay leaves small bunch fresh thyme, roughly chopped (reserve half for serving) 1 lemon, quartered 750ml bottle Val de Ranch French cider
METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C.
FARRO WHOLE CIDER BAKED CHICKEN A different take on your Sunday roast. This dish combines the best of the season’s Granny Smith apples with Bostock’s organic chicken and cider. All it needs is a side of crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Place the chicken in a large deep roasting tray or casserole dish with a heavy base. Arrange the onions, potatoes, apples, garlic, herbs and lemon around the chicken and pour over the cider. Place in the preheated oven to cook for 35 minutes covered. Remove and baste well before returning to the oven for a further 25-30 minutes uncovered to allow the chicken to brown and the liquids to reduce. Remove the tray from the oven and take the chicken out to rest. Place the vegetables and apples back in the oven uncovered for a further 10-15 minutes while the chicken rests. To serve, cut chicken into serving pieces and place on a large serving platter surrounded by vegetables and apples, with remaining thyme sprinkled over.
YOUR LOCAL FARRO Just around the corner
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ROSES Few ﬂowers are as well-known or as beloved as the rose and for good reason! They come in a dazzling array of shapes, colours and sizes, and many are delightfully scented. And provided you stay clear of their prickles, there is little not to love. CHOOSING A ROSE
It’s the perfect time to plant a rose. Planting now will give your rose time to settle in, put down roots making it easier to grow a healthy, gorgeous plant next spring/ summer. However, as the roses are currently little more than thorny sticks protruding from the soil, it’s worth having a read up or asking for help when selecting. But to help get you started, here is a brief description of some of my favourites.
ABRAHAM DARBY: BUSH ROSE Their large, deeply
cupped, pink, apricot and yellow blooms are produced from early spring to early autumn. The blooms have a rich, fruity fragrance with a nice refreshing sharpness.
MARGARET MERRIL: BUSH ROSE Produces clusters of
glorious, exceptionally fragrant white ﬂowers with a slight blush of pink.
ICEBERG: BUSH ROSE (though a similarly named
climber is available) A classic that is a perfect addition to any garden. This easy to grow rose produces masses of clustering white blooms over a long season.
GRAHAM THOMAS: ROSE BUSH A strikingly beautiful rose bursting with bright yellow ﬂowers with a light, sweet, tea-like fragrance. GLAMIS CASTLE: ROSE BUSH This compact rose produces a brilliant display of many-petalled, cupped, white blooms with a strong myrrh-like scent.
NEW DAWN: ROSE CLIMBER A rigorous climber with
softly painted pink petals with a silver hue, which deepen in colour towards the centre of the ﬂower, accompanied by a sweet fragrance. — Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn
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Taste the magic of Matakana at Plume Restaurant, superb cuisine and ﬁne wine in a coastal country setting. Food lovers welcome here. Plume Restaurant, Matakana, is an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s ﬁne wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Dine either indoors or al fresco style while enjoying panoramic views of the lush countryside. We offer menus featuring local, seasonal produce, for both lunch and dinner, complemented by our ﬁne Runner Duck Wines. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or length of your stay, you will ﬁnd Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. www.theplumecollection.co.nz
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RED PEPPER CRAB SOUP A restaurant-quality soup prepared in just minutes.
Sauté onions in olive oil.
40g (¼ CUP) ONION, CHOPPED
Place sautéed onion, broth, half cream with ﬂour, red peppers, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL
Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 6 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid. Add salt. Reduce speed to Variable 2 and remove the lid plug. Drop crab meat through the lid plug opening. Stop machine and serve immediately.
— Recipe: Vitamix
240ml (1 CUP) CHICKEN STOCK HALF CREAM WITH FLOUR, WITH 1 TABLESPOON ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 3 RED BELL PEPPERS, ROASTED 900g (2 POUNDS) CRAB MEAT, COOKED 1 TABLESPOON LEMON JUICE 1 PINCH CAYENNE PEPPER ¼ TEASPOON SALT
— Recipe: Vitamix
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ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLE SOUP INGREDIENTS Cold days call for a soup that showcases winter’s bountiful harvest. In-season vegetables such as turnips, carrots, and celery combine with Vitamix *Winter Spice Seasoning for a warm, ﬁlling meal.
120g (1 CUP) CARROTS, ROUGH CUT
120g (1¼ CUP) TURNIP, ROUGH CUT (RUTABAGA, PARSNIPS, OR SIMILAR ROOT VEGETABLES CAN BE SUBSTITUTED)
Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).
3 TABLESPOONS ONION, ROUGH CUT
Combine carrot, turnip, onion, celery, jalapeno, garlic, *Winter Spice Seasoning, and oil together in a mixing bowl and toss to coat.
135g (1 CUP) CELERY, ROUGH CUT
Spread out evenly on a foil lined sheet tray and bake 3040 minutes. Once roasted, reserve 1 cup and set aside. Place stock, remaining roasted vegetables, salt and pepper, ½ can of hominy, lime zest and juice into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
*1 TEASPOON WINTER SPICE SEASONING
1 GARLIC CLOVE, PEELED
2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL ½ JALAPEÑO
Select Variable 1 or the Hot Soup program. ½ HOMINY
Start the machine, slowly increase to its highest speed, blend for 5 minutes 45 seconds or allow machine to complete programmed cycle.
2 TABLESPOONS LIME ZEST 2 TABLESPOONS LIME JUICE
Remove lid and add tomatoes, kale, coriander, remaining ½ can hominy and 1 cup roasted vegetables to the container. Secure the lid.
½ TEASPOON SALT ¼ TEASPOON GROUND BLACK PEPPER
Select Variable 1. 720ml (3 CUPS) VEGETABLE STOCK
Start the machine and blend for an additional 5 seconds to incorporate.
2 PLUM TOMATOES 70g (1 CUP) KALE
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½ BUNCH FRESH CORIANDER LEAVES 1 475ml CAN OF (1X 16oz CAN OF) GARBANZO BEANS, DIVIDED
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
SNACKS AND THE CITY
Nytorget 6, restaurant of classic Swedish dining
Short for ‘south of Folkungagatan’ SoFo is Stockholm’s hippest neighbourhood, lauded for its array of fashionable boutiques, galleries, erotic stores, and trendy restaurants. You’re in luck if you’re in town on the last Thursday of the month—not only do the shops stay open until around midnight, but provide free snacks, drinks, and live music, as well as slashing their wares’ prices by as much as 50%. At SoFo’s heart is the historic Nytorget Square, found via the green subway line (hop off at Medborgarplasten), and lined and surrounded by boho eateries. One of its most alluring is colourful Cafe String whose legendary cakes are served as you’re sat on donated furniture (so the look changes constantly), that, along with the artworks on the walls, is all for sale. A few doors down, Meatballs For the People dishes up, you guessed it, some of the city’s best meatballs (they’re a thing in Stockholm), crafted using unusual ingredients like wild boar and veal. HERE’S VERVE’S PICK OF SOME MORE INTERESTING EATING HUBS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: BANGKOK
Pretty much every major city on Earth has its own Chinatown, but few rival Bangkok’s in terms of size, quality or history. It’s a vibrant hub that, says the BBC, “still largely reﬂects what life was like in the 1960s, ‘50s and even the ‘20s”. The street Thanon Yaowarat marks its main spine and is said to represent the body of a dragon—and a bedazzling one at that thanks to its near-ceiling of neon lights. From the ‘dragon’, a network of smaller alleys ﬂow, all rammed with steaming, fragrant food stalls selling everything from seafood to teas to fresh fruit. The more daring might opt to try some fried insects. There are plenty of eateries too, such as the legendary Nay Mong that’s been around for 60 years. Their speciality dish is oyster omelette.
There’s plenty of soul food on offer in what is possibly the USA’s most soulful city. The West Bank (or “Wank” as the locals call it, seriously) is a neighbourhood known for outstanding Vietnamese and Thai offerings. Lakeview has a selection of seafood eateries where you can savour platters of prawns, oyster, crab and catﬁsh overlooking the water (try Brisbi’s, set in a glorious historic white lakefront villa); while you’re guaranteed to be accompanied by some seriously cool live bands while you feast in the neighbourhood of Marigny.
New Orleans Crawfish Stew
FOOD // JUN 2018
Boulangerie Murciano, a Jewish bakery in Paris
Hong Kong is a foodie’s haven, a compact mass of exquisite eateries that range from Michelin-star to market stalls with everything in between (there are around 14,000 restaurants in total), and you have to go a long way to ﬁnd a bad meal—probably another country. Wandering the main regions of Central and Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island—famed for those towering skyscrapers—and, across Victoria Harbour, the more traditional expanse of Kowloon, it feels and smells as though every other establishment is there to feed you. Don’t leave without tasting the city’s iconic dumplings or ﬁsh balls, and be sure to head for seafood among the serenity of Lamma Island or Sai Kung village where you can sit outside restaurants as ﬁshing boats bring in their catches from the sea.
Peruvian cuisine has long been recognised as a world-leader, few of its capital city’s neighbourhood better exemplify its gastronomical greatness as Barranco. Perched at the edge of the Paciﬁc Ocean, this historic neighbourhood is now the hippest, home to street food stalls, inns and high-end eateries. No trip to this Latin American legendry destination would be complete without sampling some ceviche and there are spots where you can witness cooking demonstrations too. El Piselli is a wonderful 19thcentury bar that hums with local chatter and singalongs to regular live performances, while dishing up snacks and a stupendous selection of local booze; while Cala is a seriously contemporary restaurant with white table cloths and ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows with Paciﬁc views—menu highlights here are the conchitas and Japanese-inspired tiradito (a raw ﬁsh dish). Keep an eye out for bohemian Barranco’s fascinating street art along its palmed-lined routes as well.
Of course Paris has some of the ﬁnest—most would argue the ﬁnest—food establishments on Earth, but readers may be surprised to hear there is a thriving street food culture in the French capital too. Check out the Rue des Rosiers in the Jewish Quarter for falafel and shawarma sandwiches, and then head to nearby public garden Jardin de Rosiers-Joseph Migneret to tuck into them. If you’re looking for the more conventional classic French eateries then consider the neighbourhoods of Montmarte for traditional bistros (Le Coq Rico on Rue Lepic is famed for its duck, chicken and guinea fowl); Saint-Germaindes-Prés for coffees and croissants on the banks of the River Seine; and of course the Champs-Elysées for an iconic, Michelin-starred feast. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
A woman makes Satay skewers in Bangkok
LET'S EAT OUT
It seems gut health is all the craze at the moment, with probiotics, ﬁbre, and fermented foods ﬁlling up health-food sections across the world. And, jumping on this bandwagon is kombucha, a low-sugar fermented tea drink ﬁlled with living cultures that work to protect the gut. An ancient drink hailing from China, it is only recently that it has shot to international fame, and it’s easy to see why. So what exactly is kombucha and how is it made? Basically, kombucha, also known as 'booch', is a living health tonic created by brewing different types of tea. The brewing period lasts for anywhere between a week to a month, and the result is a sparkling drink tasting somewhere between champagne and cider—without the high levels of alcohol or sugar. Filled with enzymes, cultures, and immune-boosting nutrients, it’s one nutrient rich beverage! So what’s not to love? While it’s not a miracle cure for any old health ailment, it can support many bodily functions such as: liver detoxiﬁcation, digestion, nutrient absorption, immunity, and mood regulation, which are all connected to the health of your gut. As a long-neglected area of medicine, gut health has been popping up in health headlines as research reveals how essential it is for overall wellbeing. Linked to mental health, digestion, mood, and weight management, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that looking after one’s gut is essential to maintaining good health. There’s plenty of companies around New Zealand creating different types of booch, but if you’re interested in trying your luck at making your own brew at home, then don’t be deterred by the process. Perhaps the most unattractive part is dealing with the scoby, a rubbery disc that is essentially the living colony of microbes that assists the brewing process. But, once you’ve tried, you become a seasoned kombucha drinker who appreciates the magic this scoby works. Aside from learning a new skill, brewing at home means you can get creative with your tea ﬂavour combinations and create your own unique blend. Choosing from green, black, white, or red teas will create entirely different ﬂavours and health beneﬁts to ﬁt your own requirements. Being extremely low in alcohol (there’s a hint leftover from the brewing process) and in sugar, it’s easy to see why kombucha is fast becoming a go-to alternative to alcohol and soda. Whether you gravitate towards this health tonic for its taste or for health, then get on the bandwagon and check it out in the chilled section in your local health food store or supermarket. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts Photography: singleo.com.au
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Décor: 8 Value for Money: 8
Crossing culinary borders can be dangerous but cultural revolution is what Auckland’s newest restaurant is all about with its leap forward into Asian treats. Deep within Sky City’s complex some of Auckland’s best food is hitting the tables. If you’re looking for something different, Spice Alley, their newest restaurant, should be high on your agenda. The casino’s philosophy of taking traditional ingredients and ﬂavours, adding decor, atmosphere, and serving it all up in a hospitable manner is what they do well. The dining area is eye-catching with its own brand of chic with food that matches the Ming surrounds. And there’s plenty of zest in the menu with offerings of salads, soups, little tastes, crispy things, curries and wok dishes. Start with Vietnamese rice paper rolls ($14), duck conﬁt, vegetables, rice noodle, coriander, mint and nuoc cham sauce, or chicken and pork sate ($3 each) served with garlic, soy, oyster sauce, condensed milk, or green rice tiger prawns ($18) served with a roast capsicum dip. And don’t be afraid to step into the realm of the unusual with crispy pork hock ($18) served with nam jim and chili sauce, or salmon wings ($15) with sweet and sour sauce, or the ﬁsh madras curry ($25), with okra, toasted spices, coconut and roti, or lamb shank curry ($38) with pandan leaf, cinnamon, chilli, lime pickle and roti bread, or fried soft shell crab ($18) served with lettuce, capsicum, coriander, garlic and butter. The only weakness is desserts, most of which are traditional, but fried banana, vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce isn’t exactly a bastion of la cuisine minceur. And the verdict? It’s easy to see the appeal with a menu that delivers sophisticated comfort food with ﬂair rather than ﬂamboyance. Friendly service, value for money and generous servings underscores the experience and one worth seeking out. _ Words: Dennis & Rosamund Knil
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By The Baltic Sea
JOURNEYS // JUN 2018
Fabriken Furillen is a small hotel in a former factory building on the site of an old limestone quarry on a small peninsula on the north of Gotland, about an hour’s drive northeast of Visby. The factory was shut down in the early 1970s and when fashion photographer Johan Hellström ﬁrst saw it 20 years ago, it was in ruins. He had a vision though, for what it could become, and he has turned this industrial patch of land into an high-end escape, used as a hotel mainly during the Swedish summer and location for fashion photography and ﬁlm during winter. The 18 guest rooms all have Hästens beds, and a colour scheme dominated by soothing greys and white that connect seamlessly with the surrounding landscape of limestone hills, the ocean and forests of juniper and pine. You can also stay in a 'Hermit Cabin' on the peninsula (a 20-minute bike ride from the main building), with no running water, no Wi-Fi, and freeroaming cows and sheep as your only neighbours. Breakfast and dinner is served in the main building, in a restaurant that brings foodies from all over the world to the table.
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Positioned 200km north of the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is a Norwegian archipelago that comprises four main islands: Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy, all linked together by tunnels and road bridges, isolated from the mainland by the majestic Vestfjorden. The mountainous masses and their surrounding bottomless fjords serve as an irresistible attraction for lovers of the great outdoors including hikers, scuba divers, skiers, anglers and kayakers. Lofoten also offers some of the world’s most northerly surﬁng, incongruously with a climate to match thanks to the Gulf Stream that keeps conditions far more temperate than other similarly placed spots. Visitors can marvel at the midnight sun from around late May until mid-June, while the Northern Lights bedazzle in all their blinding glory between September and mid-April. Submerged offshore, the Røst Reef represents the planet's largest and most complex deep water coral reef as well as being its most substantial reef of a cold-water coral called lophelia, stretching for 35km and up to 3km at its widest point. Fishing remains one of the main industries, and nearly three-quarters of the region's caught ﬁsh breed in the reef. Cod especially is abundant, and the menus of many a waterside eatery brim with the freshest of stock (a traditional local dish called stockﬁsh sees unsalted ﬁsh, often cod, dried by cold wind and air on waterside wooden racks known as hjell). Marine birds congregate here in their millions. Few countries can claim such a concentration of sea eagles—whose magniﬁcent wingspans stretch to more than two metres—and other aquatic birds, including the pufﬁn. Humpback whales and orca patrol often, and moose and otters are regularly sighted also. The seas have been ﬁshed, and the land roamed—but never truly tamed—for millennia. The archipelago was once a Viking stronghold, home to the largest excavated Viking longhouse, whose 83-metre expanse is now reconstructed as a fascinating real-life museum. Sprinkled throughout the islands, colourful ﬁshing settlements contrast beautifully against the granite cliffs and steel seas. Visitors must take the chance to stay in the former ﬁshermen’s cabins known as rorbus. The renovated dwellings are often perched on stills at the edge of the sea, with ocean and mountain views, fully self-contained and equipped with luxuries like wiﬁ—though if ever there was a place in the world to choose to disconnect, then this is it. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
UNUSUAL LOFOTEN The isolated wilderness, hypnotic natural light displays reﬂected in the glassy waters before windswept coastlines have long lured artists and photographers. Check out their works at the array of exquisite galleries. During the couple of months of the midnight sun, Lofoten Golf Links is the world's only golf course where you can complete a round of golf in natural light 24/7. When approaching by sea or when viewed from a peak, the archipelago appears to form an imposing uninterrupted mass known as the Lofoten Wall. A profusion of sea caves puncture the gnarly coastline, including the majestic Kollhellarenm that reaches for 115m with a 50m arch upon whose ceiling are paintings from 3,000 years ago. The notorious Moskenestraumen is said to be among the world’s most treacherous maelstroms, churning into violent whirls even during calm weather. Such is its legend that it was written about by Ancient Greek explorer Phyteas as well as the scribes Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe.
"You'll never forget your first approach to the Lofoten Islands."
COUNTING FISH “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea” E E Cummings Sleeping with the ﬁshes is something to relish, rather than fear (unless you are genuinely in trouble with the Maﬁa) thanks to a number of luxurious underwater retreats that enable you to drift into a slumber whilst literally counting exotic sea creatures instead of ﬁguratively tallying sheep. Among the world’s most impressive submarine suites are the ﬁttingly titled Poseidon and Neptune at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford incredible views of a three-milliongallon aquarium known as the Ambassador Lagoon, patrolled by 65,000 marine creatures including sharks and rays. The three-story suite is serviced by a 24-hour butler and boasts a gold-plated bathroom. You can even go take a guided scuba dive into the tank and hand-feed the stingrays. Similarly, at Resort World Sentosa in Singapore, 11 luxurious two-storey townhouses proffer rooms that plunge into the world’s largest aquarium, home to more than 40,000 ﬁsh, and with a private hot tub up top. Off Tanzania’s Pemba Island, the Manta Resort’s aquatic angle is that its underwater hotel room is actually in the sea. The lonely lodging lolls 240m offshore in the crystal waters of a marine conservation area, and can only be accessed by boat. Guest can marvel at tropical ﬁsh and colourful coral, with octopuses sometimes attaching themselves to the glass. Come nightfall, spotlights attract more reticent creatures and plenty of squid. Snorkels and ﬁns are provided if you’d like to get closer still. Far less ostentatious is the enchanting Utter Inn at Sweden’s Lake Malaren near Stockholm. Conceived by local artist Mikael Grenburg who focuses on “making art for the public”, the humble dwelling contains just a single underwater room with a wraparound deck overlooking the lake’s surface. The world’s ﬁrst underwater nightclub sits off Maldives’ coast. Submerged at six metres and reached via a speedboat trip followed by a grand staircase, Subsix also serves as a bar and restaurant at the Per Aquum Resort, surrounded by a spectacular reef that harbours more than 90 species of coral and fascinating marine life such as moray eels, parrotﬁsh and hawksbill turtles. If you wouldn’t feel too guilty about tucking into a seafood platter as dense shoals of ﬁsh look on, consider the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel. The world’s
very ﬁrst all-glass underwater eatery, it sits at ﬁve metres deep in a tunnel-like shape for unobstructed ocean views. Enjoy high-end European fare, or opt for a mid-morning cocktail. Also at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel, it was announced in April that later this year will open the world’s ﬁrst underwater villa—and there’s even a Kiwi connection. Designers Crown Company enlisted the services of New Zealand aquarium specialists M J Murphy Ltd to create the lavish villa that has been christened The Muraka, meaning ‘coral’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi. Stefano Ruzza, general manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, says that the venture allows guest to explore the Maldives “from an entirely new perspective” thanks to its two-level construction with quarters above and below the sea. The sprawling upstairs complex comprises a kingand twin-bedrooms, powder room, gym, living room, bar and dining area and even quarters for butlers. If you’d rather stay out of the salt water, a relaxation deck overlooks an inﬁnity pool and faces west for some draw-dropping sunset views. An impressive bathtub also overlooks the ocean. But it's beneath sea level that the magic really happens. The undersea bedroom suite, surrounded by a reef and replete with a private bathroom and living area, plunges ﬁve metres, accessed via a spiral staircase, with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Lead architect of the $22 million residence, Ahmed Saleem, says: “The Makura promises a unique experience that is not available anywhere else in the world.” Due to open in November, the villa can accommodate up to nine guests—and you’d likely want to ﬁll every bed thanks to the heartstopping $72,000 per night price tag. Included is a seaplane ﬂight to a jetty where awaits your own private speedboat to reach the villa and for your own personal use along with four butlers who’ll tend to your every whim 24/7, including preparing all meals and even arranging ﬁtness sessions. “Through our development of the world’s ﬁrst undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination,” adds Ruzza, “as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travellers.” Jamie Christian Desplaces
WAKE UP TO AFRICA Get ready for the crack of dawn, because early-morning Africa is not to be missed! While a 5am wake-up call on holiday might not sound all that appealing, when it’s done ‘safari style’ the blow is somewhat softened. A gentle knock on the door and a cheery “good morning!”,accompanied by a piping hot coffee and a beaming smile, is actually a great way to rise and shine! The glowing landscapes, sweet smell of nature and active wildlife are also great motivation to get up and go. On my latest trip to Tanzania, I step out of my luxury tent to see, in the distance, a hot air balloon taking off over the endless Serengeti plains— absolutely magical. Coffee devoured, I head out into a spectacular sunrise to ﬁnd I'm not the only one up and about—wildlife is still active in these cool morning hours. Capturing both the sunrise and lion cubs following their mother, or an elephant crossing your path, is worth more than words can say! Go on a safari early, and you’ll feel like you have Africa to yourself. After a night at Lemala Ngorongoro Crater Camp tucked away in a forest grove in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we rise early and got a head start on everyone else. As the camp's location is on the crater rim, we reach the crater ﬂoor at 6:30am and do not see another vehicle for at least an hour. There is a plethora of wildlife in the 600m deep crater ﬂoor of this World Heritage Site, home to over 25,000 mammals. One
of my favourite sightings of the day is a lioness after her recent buffalo kill enjoying her morning feast, with hordes of wildlife in the background. Having such a remarkable place almost to ourselves is a true highlight. As the morning goes on, the African sun heats up and the wildlife seek refuge in shady spots under trees or in the tall grass. This signals it's time to return to camp for our own delicious feast and a relaxing siesta to compensate for that early morning wake up. In the full heat of the day relaxing with a cool drink in the shady area of the camp, or perhaps by the pool, armed with a tall Long Island iced tea, can be pure bliss. As you’re often overlooking a waterhole, you might enjoy an ‘armchair safari’, watching as the animals come to quench their thirst, oblivious to your presence. Now, who even thought this was possible? Once in the swing of things with rising early and heading out as the birds wake, I feel so blessed to witness the creation of each new day. After that, I'm not about to miss out on any part of it! To know, you really must experience it for yourself.
— Words: Ange Pirie World Journeys Africa Specialist
TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL Experience one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the Great Migration, where over 1.5 million animals move through the western corridor to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. Highlights include Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF
DAVID LOMAS Verve has a short but sweet interview with David, the producer of Lost & Found, one of Verve coeditor Jude’s favourite TV shows. "My life is two worlds," says David. "I'm out of town ﬁlming Lost & Found for about six months of the year. In between the shoots I’m researching and overseeing the production of the programme."
I’m almost always up at about 5.30am and by 6am off for a run around Westhaven. I run most days. When I am away ﬁlming it’s a great way to see a city and spot locations for both ﬁlming and dining. If I don’t run I head to work early so I can duck out to the gym after the morning rush.
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My black Vespa scooter is my daily companion, no matter the weather. I just love riding it. Work and all the great Ponsonby cafes are just four parking-hassle-free minutes away.
Lost & Found is an all-consuming beast. We get about 1,500 applications a year and each morning reading the new requests for help is a heart-breaking task. So many people are wanting to ﬁnd family and we can do so few.
I’m back on my scooter and, if I did not run early, I’m off to the gym. Otherwise it is direct to one of the Ponsonby or Jervois Road cafes for breakfast, coffee and a read of the paper.
I’m either checking scripts, voicing guide tracks for my editor or researching stories. There are just three of us in Lost & Found ofﬁce so sometimes we pop down to College Hill Cafe for a coffee meeting there.
Travel is a massive part of my job. I do up to 100 ﬂights a year, including a few trips to Europe. Setting up trips is a logistical nightmare as we juggle the schedules of up to three families both in New Zealand and overseas.
If it is summer I’m on my scooter across the bridge to Takapuna for a swim. In winter I’ll meet a friend for a wine or an early movie. Otherwise it is home to cook myself dinner and some relaxing telly—a good drama or a rugby game.
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Quest Carlaw Park: Spacious modern apartments for business or leisure. Studio, one-bedroom and luxury two-bedroom (two-bathroom) penthouse apartments available. All with well-equipped kitchens and laundries. Easy 10-minute walk to the city, and on Parnell’s doorstep. • Complimentary Wi-Fi. • Sky Guest Select offering 50+ channels. • Secure undercover parking. • Complimentary access to Next Generation Gym (100m). • Café, Italian, and Japanese restaurants next door. Please check out our website: questcarlawpark.co.nz
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AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY - CONTROL
EGG AND SPOON Eggs-clusive new eatery opens in Karangahape Road’s St Kevin’s Arcade. Single ingredient eateries are the world's newest fad and New Zealand is no exception. As the title might suggest to you this is an all-egg eatery, or egg-based at least. Before the vegans out there stop reading, they do offer a vegan option, BLAT with coconut bacon, spinach, avocado, tomato and ‘Wise Boys’ vegan aioli. The rest of their menu sounds delicious too and to make it even better all of their eggs and bacon are free-range and all the packaging is compostable! Get along before there are lines around the block.
The name of this year's photography festival is ‘Control’, a title which seems more apt everyday. We live in a society where this is an issue that needs to be considered and talked about and AFP is facilitating this through the main exhibitions that will happen in Auckland. The main hub will be Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter and will feature work and presentations from artists such as award-winning US photojournalist Maggie Steber, Argentinian artist Alejandro Chaskielberg and leading German political photographer Herlinde Koelbl.
SILO PARK, WYNYARD QUARTER, AUCKLAND
7:30AM-3PM WEEKDAYS, 8:30AM-3:30PM WEEKENDS ST KEVINS ARCADE, KARANGAHAPE RD, AUCKLAND
THE PACIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL The most exciting dance festival in New Zealand, showcasing diverse, fresh talent with ideas from all around the Paciﬁc. The festival is in its third year and has expanded to include live performances, workshops, a ﬁlm screening, and a Paciﬁc dance costume exhibition. A beautiful example of the rich Paciﬁc community and culture that lives in Auckland that should be appreciated by all. I am personally most excited for the debut of Bionica from artist Jacob Tamata of leading arts collective COVEN, produced by FAFSWAG. Rako Paseﬁka will also be making their debut trip to New Zealand from Fiji with a multimedia, multiform, performance installation.
DON JUAN JUN
2 – 23
A show by multi-award-winning theatre company, A Slightly Isolated Dogare. They are raising funds for their impending trip and debut to Edinburgh, so come to this show, give them a hand and have your ﬁx of laughter. Don Juan is the story of a legendary, ﬁctional libertine and in this instance is told by ﬁve riotous performers who will place you in the centre of the action. Anything can happen. 6:30PM Q THEATRE 305 QUEEN ST, AUCKLAND
THE WINTER ART BOOK FAIR
— Words: Mya Cole
A chance to see, touch, buy and sell independently made art books in Auckland. Held on the ﬁrst Thursday of the cold season, The Winter Art Book Fair is not to be missed. The books presented will all be beautifully crafted and many will be limited editions so this will be a truly special and important event for those who appreciate diverse bodies of work sharing the same space. This is a free event so there is no excuse to not go along and see what our talented book crafting community has to offer. 6PM-11PM STRANGE HAVEN, 281 KARANGAHAPE RD, AUCKLAND
GORDON WALTERS: NEW VISION
Considered one of Aotearoa’s most inﬂuential modernist painters, New Vision is a kind of retrospective on Walter’s complete body of work. Drawing from a plethora of public and private collections across Aotearoa, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get an in-depth look into Walter’s process and ﬁnished products from the beginning. The original black and white koru paintings of the 1960s are brought back together for the ﬁrst time and are shown alongside never-before-seen paintings, studies and notebooks. AUCKLAND ART GALLERY CNR KITCHENER AND WELLESLEY ST, AUCKLAND
TEN: TASTES AROUND THE WORLD JUN
CREATE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE SHOE Hosted by the iconic Devonport Chocolates, this is your opportunity to craft your very own chocolate shoe. Any woman’s dream. So take yourself down for a mid-winter treat, killing two birds with one stone. Chocolate and shoes. After creation every shoe will be packaged in its very own gorgeous gift box ready for you to take home, if it makes it that far. 12:45PM-2:45PM 17 WYNYARD ST, DEVONPORT, AUCKLAND
ART LOVERS' FILM NIGHT: CARAVAGGIO - THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD
11AM-3PM CORDIS HOTEL, 83 SYMONDS ST, AUCKLAND
A-Z CHARCOAL DRAWING ONE DAY WORKSHOP WITH HAN NAE KIM JUN
A ﬁlm about Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, a painter prophetic of the baroque era. An exciting and unsettling cinematic journey through the life, work and torments of Caravaggio. Light and shadow, contrasts and contradictions, genius and intemperance distinguish his existence and his art. A narrative and visual excursus, ﬁlmed in: Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Malta.
COELIAC AWARENESS WEEK
The greatest pop hits of the 80s played live. “Delivering chart-toppers from the decade that brought you big hair, big phones and incredible songs. 80sX play smash hits from bands like Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Madonna, Eurythmics and many more.” Party like it’s the 80s at the legendary Galatos. 8PM-11:45PM 17 GALATOS ST, AUCKLAND
This is your chance to take part in an intensive drawing workshop that is aimed at all ages and all levels, from beginners to advanced. Drawing is an invaluable skill to have and it is never too late to begin developing it. During this intensive workshop you will be taught how to translate your ideas onto paper through a range of different drawing methodologies. All the materials are included for the class so you won’t need to worry about bringing anything along. $65 per person.
10AM-2PM STUDIO ONE, TOI TU, 1 PONSONBY RD, AUCKLAND
6PM-7:45PM 167-169 BROADWAY, NEW MARKET, AUCKLAND
80SX PRESENTS 80S REWIND
Join Mercy Hospice for their annual degustation and have the chance to sample food from some of the ﬁnest kitchens in Auckland. Dining in the ballroom of the luxury Cordis Hotel, not only will you be served a delicious array of meals, each one will come matched with a unique wine from one of 10 wine cellars, sourced from all over New Zealand. A long lunch is the perfect cure for mid-winter blues, so why not support a good cause while you're at it?
This is a week dedicated to removing the stigma around being coeliac and raising awareness that it is a real disease not just a diet trend. This is a week created by Coeliac New Zealand who believe there needs to be more access and education around what coeliac disease is. Coeliac New Zealand also offers support and practical advice to those of all ages with coeliac disease, and it’s Dining Out Programme provides training and independent accreditation for the hospitality and catering industry to ensure gluten-free food is produced and served safely.
invasion of privacy MUSIC REVIEW
When Cardi B unveiled her pregnancy live on SNL a week after debuting her album Invasion of Privacy, she was immediately met with the same critique as our pregnant prime minister Jacinda Ardern. How could a woman possibly be in a position of such power and simultaneously be bearing a child? Upon the revealing Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B proves that you can be a woman who has her cake and eats it too. Being simultaneously pregnant and at the height of her career is a testament to how embarking on motherhood does not decrease the value of a woman, nor does it reason her less of her own person. With so much anticipation placed on her debut record since lead single 'Bodak Yellow' broke Billboards number one record (unachieved by a female since Lauryn Hill in 1997), Cardi has seemed to fall into the throat of the game accidentally; changing the female rap force without even realising her own impact. Despite all of her success, Cardi’s unchanged, noﬁlter Bronx girl attitude is a big part of what makes her so likeable. Living out the all-American dream, Cardi took her misfortune and ﬁnessed it into her favour - resonating with females everywhere who are living out the same struggle. Intro track ‘Get Up 10’ chronicles Cardi’s unlikely journey to the top (“they gave a bitch two options, stripping or lose, used to dance in the club right across from my school”).
Without any trace of sugar coating she illustrates her hustle with hood poise, paying special attention to the gritty details that gave her no choice but to become heartless and invincible. Whether she’s coming for an ex’s blood (‘Be Careful’) or penning inescapable rhymes about the ice she’s earned (‘Drip Drip’), Cardi’s underlying message is always for the ladies - setting the example that if she can succeed, then you can damn sure do it too. Trappy SZA feature ‘I do’ is full of carefree, unapologetic ﬂexes (“my little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh”), serving subtle amounts of shade to their spectics. Standout track ‘Bickenhead’ is a money-making, booty shaking anthem, motivating women to get their coin at all costs and live their best life. The ultimate difference between Cardi B and other current female rappers is that Cardi isn’t phased by competition, petty beef or trivial labels. On Invasion of Privacy and everything else she touches, she’s extremely aware that there’s room for more than just one queen of rap in an industry that continues to pit strong women against one another. Cardi B is a win for female rap, and even more a win for womenkind. Words: Laura McInnes SNIFFERS.CO.NZ
10,000 DREAMS 99
The name’s Fraser Grut and I’m a 23-year-old ﬁlmmaker and have been since the age of seven. ART & ABOUT
I have a dream. (Don’t sue me, Dr. King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through ﬁlm. How? By helping the world to dream again.
I run a little project called ‘10,000 Dreams’ where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m ﬁlming a different person answering the question, "What’s your dream?" I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested.
Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 523. Nearly there… Good evening, Kiwiland. Ashley Pearce has a dream. A rather big one. Who is she? She’s a dreamer. What’s her dream? Well, let’s report to Ashley...
ASHLEY PEARCE: DAY 339
“My dream is to become a news reporter. That has been my dream for quite some time and I believe one day hopefully I’ll get there. But a dream is only complete when you’re surrounded by your friends and family. So I think my ultimate dream would be to become a news reporter and to support my friends and family around me.”
Well, we made it happen through the kind support of Newshub. Mike McRoberts and Samantha Hayes came on board and were absolute legends. They helped Ashley live out her dream. She read out a promo with Mike, had a private tour of the newsroom and experienced what it was like to be a news reporter for an hour. Ashley absolutely nailed it and another dream was achieved. Stay classy, Kiwiland.
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Just like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (but minus the genius), in search of the answers to life’s big questions our journey begins with evolution and winds up in space. Do microwave ovens cause cancer? Is the Great Wall of China visible from space? And, should you ever really wake a sleepwalker? Thanks to classic old movies like One Million Years BC and The Land that Time Forgot, there is the common misconception that cavemen and dinosaurs at some point shared the Earth, but a not-too-shabby 65 millionyear gap separates T-rex and his ilk from primitive man. In fact, we can partly thank the death of the dinosaurs to have enabled the evolution of us. While we’re on the subject of evolution, creationists will be thrilled to hear that we did not, in fact, even evolve from chimpanzees. We did, however, come from a common ancestor that, millions of years ago divided into separate lineages that eventually evolved into the jungle-dwelling apes like chimps, orangutans and gorillas, and hominoids that resulted in humble us. We have also developed far more than the ﬁve most cited senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. How else would we sense time, pain, thirst, hunger, or that irritating itch? Even today, scientists can’t quite agree on the exact amount, but most accept we possess somewhere between nine and 20 senses. And as for our brains, think again if you’re under the illusion that we’re only capable of accessing around 10% of its potential as hightech imaging has proved that just about every nook is nurtured—though it is highly localised with different areas ﬁring up depending on the function at hand. That artistic and scientiﬁc types tap more into one side of their brain than the other is further cranial codswallop thought to come from early surgeries on seizure patients where it was discovered that visuospatial information is better processed in the right hemisphere, while the left side is more attuned to verbal cues. “But brain scans of healthy people have found that both creative and logical activities cause widespread activation of neural networks on the left and right hemispheres of the brain,” neurosurgeon Abhisheik Sharma tells the Independent. Another musing misrepresentation is that blokes think about sex every seven seconds, which is a ridiculous 514 times per hour, or more than 7,000 times for each day awake. While it’s impossible to accurately count individual thoughts, an interesting Ohio
State University study gave 283 participants a clicker to press each time they thought of sex, food or sleep. The average man had 19 sexual thoughts per day, while the women averaged out at 10. Implying an inherent impulsivity, the guys also dwelled more on food and sleep than the gals, too. If you’re one of those people who try to catch up on your week’s lost sleep on Saturday or Sunday, then you may actually be doing yourself more harm as it throws your body’s sleeping rhythm out of sync and winds up becoming a vicious circle of slumbering suicide. “The result is that you have a harder time to get to sleep on Sunday evening, which sets you up for a terrible Monday,” sleep expert Chris Branter tells IFL Science, “not to mention for a totally messed up sleep schedule during the week.” And everyone knows you shouldn’t wake a sleepwalker, right? Wrong. Though, they will likely be highly confused and disoriented as you gently shake them awake, so it’s probably best you ﬁrst turn on a light which we can thank Thomas Edison for inventing except that we can’t because though Edison patented his electric light bulb in 1880, chemists had actually been using electricity to create light for a good half-century already. Edison was the ﬁrst to ﬁgure out how to make a bulb burn long enough to be practical, and, with his team, created the ﬁrst domestic electric power system with fuses and lights and switches to turn everything on and off. And without that power system we’d never have that most convenient of gastronomic gadgets, the microwave oven. Of course, we must be careful though because everyone knows that their electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, however, everyone is incorrect because they don’t, and that’s according to the Cancer Council of Australia—a country known also for its proliferation of sharks. You’ve probably heard how scientists have long waxed lyrical about the potential of shark cartilage as a treatment for cancer, but you’d have heard wrong as well, for Cancer Research UK states that “there is no evidence that it works”. The confusion probably arises from the fact that everyone knows that sharks can’t actually get cancer, yet Douglas Main writes for Live Science that scientists “have known for more than 150 years that sharks get cancer” in an article titled ‘Sharks Do Get Cancer: Tumor Found in Great White’. >>
Statistically, you’re far more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a shark, but should you be unfortunate enough to be zapped, the best way to reduce your odds of being hit again would be to go stand in the same place as lightning never strikes the same spot twice. But it does. All of the time. The tops of tall buildings are especially prone, as was United States National Park Service Ranger Roy Sullivan who was hit an astonishing seven times. He ﬁnally died in 1983 from a selfinﬂicted gunshot wound. The spiritual question of what happens after death will likely trouble us for inﬁnity, but we tend to not dwell too much on the practicalities that are far less complex to observe. The notion that our hair and nails continue to grow after we pass is nothing but an optical illusion. As our skin dehydrates and shrinks it gives the appearance of hair and nail growth. Appearances sure can be deceptive. The master of such deception is undoubtedly the chameleon that can change colour at will to blend in with its surroundings, but that’s not even remotely true as its hue alters depending on mood, temperature, light or as a means of communication. Whilst on the subjects of colour and animals, bulls are actually colour blind and it’s not the act of waving a red cape in their face that riles them up but the fact that some idiot is trying to goad them. If you ask me, those matadors are suffering some form of Napoleon complex. The Napoleon complex is of course the idea that short, usually men, counter their limited stature (or perhaps other challenged physical or personality traits) by developing an aggressive or domineering character. Now, Napoleon was certainly no saint, but
this rather harsh historical commentary of his build ignores the fact that, at 171cm, he was of average height for a European of his time. This allows us to segue nicely into our conclusion that concerns confusions about mainly size, and some of space. As magniﬁcent as the Great Wall of China is, to believe that something that’s, at most, ﬁve metres wide is visible from among the stars, is utterly absurd. It can’t even be viewed from low orbit. In fact, no astronaut has ever viewed a single man-made object, though plenty have reported seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Also visible from space is the world’s tallest mountain, not Mount Everest, which, at 8,848 metres, is the world’s highest summit, but Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, a more than 10,000-meter-tall volcano that is partly submerged by the sea (a respectable 4,025 metres still protrude above the water). Contrary to another common conception, Earth’s distance from the Sun (which ranges from 146-152 million kilometres) has little consequence on the seasons, rather the angle at which the sunlight hits it. And if the idea that we’re all just a bunch of helpless, hairless apes on a planet-sized rock that’s shooting around our enormous Sun makes you feel inﬁnitesimal, consider this: our seemingly gargantuan solar system pales into insigniﬁcance when noted that it too is spinning around an even larger mass, the Milky Way, and it takes 230 million years to complete just one orbit. Oh, and goldﬁsh actually excellent memories.
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
5 MINUTES WITH CHARMAINE WILLIAMS
PROPERTY IS MY PASSION My name is Charmaine Williams, and my business, Right Address Property Management, is 100% owner operated. I run the business from my home ofﬁce. I have lived in the Central Auckland area for many years, and bought, sold and tenanted properties for my entire adult life. Property is my passion. IN WHICH AREAS DO YOU OPERATE? Central Auckland and surrounding areas
WHAT MAKES YOUR SERVICE UNIQUE? • We care about the property owner’s rental investment property and endeavor to pick the right tenant, one who will respect their investment. • Right Address forms a relationship with the tenant. •We are always able to provide a solution to any requirement from either the property owners or the tenant. •We keep life simple and running like clockwork so the owner never has to worry. We will take the stress away. • We work with property owners from all over New Zealand as well as those living abroad.
WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOUR SERVICES? Honest Trustworthy • Efﬁcient • Approachable • Always available to provide a great service. • •
WHY SHOULD A PROPERTY OWNER COME TO YOU AS OPPOSED TO ANOTHER LETTING AGENT? • Right Address is capped at the number of properties it will take care of, which means we manage and are able to focus and deliver on our promises. • We provide tailor-made packages to suit the property owner. • Our special launch offer is just 5% plus GST providing a low-rate for property management for a limited time.
YOUR TENANTS SEEM TO LOVE WORKING WITH YOU. WHY? • We look out for our tenants, have open communication with them, and are always ready with qualiﬁed tradesmen on hand to repair any maintenance issues. • We provide a fantastic service always aiming to keep our tenants happy in the knowledge that the property is their home.
YOU OBVIOUSLY LOVE YOUR WORK. WHAT KEEPS YOU SO INSPIRED? I love the fact that each new property is so individual, and relish the challenge of matching the right tenant with the right address. Property truly is my passion.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I am happy to provide references from my satisﬁed property owners if requested.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOUR CLIENTS LOVE MOST ABOUT THE WAY YOU RUN YOUR BUSINESS? Right Address Property Rentals has an open and approachable work ethic. We are always available to be of service and to take care of our clients. We are honest and trustworthy and will care for your property as if it is our own. Our owners know that we can deal with any situation and have peace of mind in knowing that any task at hand will be taken care of.
I look forward to your call so that we can meet up and discuss your property requirements.
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“Our special launch offer is just 5% plus GST providing a low rate for property management for a limited time.”
HORO SCOPES GEMINI 21 MAY – 20 JUNE Your goals become more realistic, and you have a good sense of where you stand. Although personal relationships may have some restricting or tense moments, you learn more about how far you can go, and you come out stronger. Use this period to re-evaluate what it is you want, what you are attracted to, and relationship needs instead of forging ahead into unknown territory.
21 JUNE – 22 JULY
23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER
19 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH
Your dreams become more vivid and intriguing, and you are more comfortable with generalisations and abstractions than with cold, hard facts. There are likely to be some pressures on the home front, but also opportunities to really get our domestic life into order. Organising or reorganising your home, downsizing and streamlining where necessary, and establishing better and more efﬁcient routines will be helpful.
LEO 23 JULY – 22 AUGUST
You are more intellectually curious this month, and you may have opportunities to travel, study, go abroad, expand your horizons, and meet people who are of diverse backgrounds. Business dealings, particularly long-distance ones and those involving publicity and promotion, are likely to be proﬁtable. Good energy is with you for getting close to someone, negotiating, and connecting. Your powers of attraction run high.
VIRGO 23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
This month can bring closure or reevaluation to issues you have been dealing with regarding learning, communication, personal projects, and relationships with acquaintances. You will ﬁnd better ways to manage your time, become serious about your studies, or ﬁnd that you have less time for idle chat. What you need to do is grab opportunities when they come up, or they might pass you by, but don’t overload your plate, either.
LIBRA 23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER
Your career dreams may be just in reach, and you are bound to be working hard, with new responsibilities and increased focus. You’re in an excellent position to pour energy, passion, and love into your work, business, or something you’re building. Opportunities to begin anew along romantic, creative, and playful levels are likely to emerge and you’re encouraged to explore, express, and share your passions and creativity more heartfully.
You may gain a greater depth of understanding, having focused on information and communication that you really can use to feel more effective in the world. You are persuasive and ﬁnd it almost effortless to reinvent a project or perhaps even your reputation now. You are loving what you’re doing, and it shows! Some level of introspection characterises the period, but it is seldom a lonely sort of self-absorption.
SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER
You may discover new ways to boost your income, enjoyment of material pleasures, and your overall sense of security. However, what comes in might easily slip through your ﬁngers if you satisfy an urge to speculate, although you probably will have fun doing so! Pleasant contact, friendly exchanges, or improved relations with classmates, siblings, neighbours, a partner, or a good friend can headline in your social life.
CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY
You can ﬁnish a creative project, see a love leave your life, take a casual relationship to the next level, or end it. You’re more inspired by your emotions and see the beauty in everything around you. You may expand your activities into other areas of skill or endeavour through the inﬂuence of others. You need advice from others to help you make decisions, and you can be quite vacillating.
You experience high hopes and enthusiasm, and others are attracted to your unique selfexpression and vision. You might become more intellectually curious now, and academic pursuits are likely to beneﬁt more. You’re in a great position to improve or bring into reality programs that help you organise your life starting with the smallest of details. Creatively speaking, you’re motivated and ready to take on a challenge.
ARIES 21 MARCH – 19 APRIL
During this month, much of your focus is on personality development and subtle changes in the people and groups you associate with. The direction your life is taking on a more philosophical level is what is on your mind these days, and you’re looking for something profound and deep. Relationships are intense, serious, and changeful, but also extremely rewarding. Depth in your connections is what you seek.
TAURUS 20 APRIL – 20 MAY
Your magnetic powers, which enable you to attract positive energies, attention, and ﬁnancial rewards are strong this month. The pursuit of pleasure is high up on your list of priorities, and, as long as you don’t overdo it, you are likely to ﬁnd yourself enjoying life more than usual. Fortunate events occur as a direct result of your willingness to entertain the unusual and to think outside of the box.
AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY
Your attitude and mindset attract positive attention your way. You have the chance this to discover new or untapped resources on a ﬁnancial level that can translate to a boost to your ﬁnancial well-being. You are less inclined to sweat the small stuff. A more faithful attitude towards life in general is likely now–you tend to feel that everything will work out in the end.
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RUDY'S TIPS 'N TRICKS
DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS At the beginning of May, Auckland Council notified their intention to raise development contributions by around 30%. WHAT ARE DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS? They're the levy we pay for every additional dwelling we create to help fund infrastructure like roads and drainage.
Firstly, place the modem or wiﬁ device centrally in your home or in the areas you wish to have best connectivity. If this is not possible due to wiring constraints, then there are some plug-in devices that can extend your wiﬁ signal. I can help with these. Avoid placing your wiﬁ device on top of metal surfaces or having them beside large metal objects like fridges. These absorb the signal resulting in poor performance.
Andrew Duncan (the council’s ﬁnancial policy manager) clearly lives on another planet as he contends that developers will factor that into their ‘cost structures’.
There are a few easy steps to take to improve the overall spread of your wiﬁ signal.
Currently, this is around $21,000 and is projected to rise to $27,000, and in some cases up to $70,000 per dwelling in greenﬁeld (outer regions of Auckland) subdivisions.
A frequent problem my customers encounter is wiﬁ that is unreliable and weak in certain areas of their home or business premises.
Yes, naturally that will have to be the case. But here’s the thing, somehow he believes land prices will go down rather than house prices going up! Excuse me, did I hear that right!!? Typically, greenﬁeld subdivisions are where the ‘affordable’ houses are created. How can an ‘affordable house’ absorb an additional near $50,000 levy? You don’t need a PhD in economics to ﬁgure out that these costs will only pass on to the eventual home owner.
Also hot water tanks in homes can act as barriers to the signal. Tiled bathrooms are a barrier to signal as well. Newer dual-band modems and routers have a better ability to get signal through some of these barriers, but placement of the devices is still crucial to the best wiﬁ for your environment.
I accept that Auckland needs to rapidly invest in infrastructure to cope with our growing population. Though I’d advocate exploring infrastructure bonds which match the duration/life of the asset as being a more sensible strategy to get us out of the mess we’re in.
Plug in devices that use your mains wiring to extend wiﬁ to harder to reach areas are a popular alternative to rewiring your internet access point for ADSL or ﬁbre connections.
The consultation phase had a short two weeks until 14 May 2018 with an opportunity to ‘Have Your Say’. And I certainly had mine! Two barrels full.
If you have some problems with wiﬁ in your home I can inspect and help resolve the issue for you.
On the basis of a contribution rise, one thing’s for sure, house prices will not be coming down anytime soon if the council’s brains trust have anything to do with it.
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And less not more houses will be created, with fewer developments becoming ﬁnancially viable as a result. On more positive news, we had an apartment scheme ﬁnally obtain resource consent after a ‘lightning fast’ eight months in council and wanted to thank our consultant team (you know who you are!) for all their help in nursing this across the line. It was no walk in the park. But needless to say, we’re very, very excited! Onwards and upwards!
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GOVERNMENT RAMPS UP TAXES, CANCELS NEW PROJECTS The government's new plan for transport is bad news for Auckland. Hard-working taxpayers in our city are about to be whacked by an increase in petrol taxes of up to 25 cents a litre—or $15 every time we ﬁll up our cars. About half of this will be from a nationwide tax increase on fuel and the other half from a new regional tax for Auckland. At the same time, key projects around our region that would have moved Auckland forward, such as the East-West link, are now at risk. Labour has instead reprioritised funding towards Dominion Road trams.
VetCare really know how to pamper all canines when it comes to our dog wash service. Starting with a coat-cleansing bath using skin-soothing shampoo, followed by a relaxing blow dry and brush. Add into the mix a veterinary style mani-pedi (nail trim) and ﬁnish with a feel-so-good, feettapping, body-wriggling ear clean. As a veterinary clinic we love to help our pets live better for longer, therefore we also include with all our dog washes a nurse’s nose to tail physical exam, dental check and nutritional advice to make sure your dogs are healthy on the inside and out. All this is done while you are at work, or just kicking back with a latte as doggo can board with us for the day—free of charge. It’s no secret that a fresh smelling and clean dog is a more welcomed cuddle buddy and receives more pats from the family, but clean skin and coat is also beneﬁcial for our dogs. With suitable shampoo, regular washing can reduce environmental debris and dander which can cause itchiness and sometimes dermatitis of the skin. Maintaining a clean coat, skin and nails is a general health maintenance requirement for our dogs and leads to better hygiene in the home for our families. Our dog washes are available from our handy VetCare Unitec Mt Albert clinic with separate dog waiting areas, dedicated in clinic dog areas and our expert team can put at ease the most bath adverse pooch. Read more about our dog wash packages here: unitec.vetcare. net.nz, or call us on 0800 864 838. Our doors are also open for you to come check us out at VetCare Unitec 101-103 Carrington Road, Unitec Mt Albert Campus.
When National was in government, we were able to invest in major new roading projects across New Zealand. We also delivered a record investment in public transport and we started the move towards new transport technologies. The current administration doesn’t care much for our Roads of National Signiﬁcance policy. But without it we would never have seen projects get off the ground like the Victoria Park Tunnel, the Western Ring Route or the improved Waterview Connection. We also saw signiﬁcant progress made to widening lanes on the southern motorway, delivering urban cycleways, and starting the Puhoi to Warkworth project. Auckland’s future requires a mixture of roads and public transport improvements that include buses, rail and ferries. We also need to make sure transport plans and policies are affordable for Aucklanders. Our ambitious transport agenda was one that didn’t require further tax increases. We expect the council to tighten its ever increasing spending, as Mayor Phil Goff promised to do. If he kept his promise he wouldn’t need the Regional Fuel Tax. We must also keep investing in key infrastructure assets like the East-West Link, Mill Road Corridor and the City Rail Link. These key projects sit alongside the need to accelerate construction on the Northwestern Busway, the State Highway 16 and 18 interchange, and Penlink. It can be done. Auckland deserves better than what this government has put forward. And we don’t need any new taxes. Authorised by Hon. Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Rd, Greenlane
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