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A NEW SLANT ON THINGS. Meet Paceman. It’s all MINI. And yet it’s a radical departure too. Thanks to its dramatically raked roofline and aggressive, square-jawed frontal treatment. Design cues that give it a muscular stance, unlike anything you’ve ever seen from MINI. But that doesn’t mean its styling writes cheques its powerplant can’t cash. Because Paceman comes standard with the punchy 135kW Cooper S engine. Perfect if you don’t want to follow the crowd. Or follow, period. Take it on, for as little as $53,500 drive away or $166* a week.

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Contents DON’T MISS 9 & 16.






Cover Story: Auckland Art Fair

Verve Shop: The 24. Pillowcase by Circadia Many Happy and Air Stocking Returns. RNZB Celebrates 60 Years


Save 50% at Parnell Dentistry



The Hong Kong Art Scene 2013

White Smile Parnell 32. Verve Reader Special Lorde: New Zealand’s Royal


Specsavers – Life Through A Lens




Win a Trip for Two to Tahiti


The Beach House Tonga – Specials Available!


Celebration Á La Française


French Design

Verve interviews Kati Kasza of EVOLU




Share the Dream: The Beach House Tonga


Skiing Blind

Messages from the Other Side with Sue Nicholson




The Point of Healing


Bilberry Extract: A Vision of Health


Italian Love Affair


Paper Room: Now in Ponsonby


Hot Right Now


Solar Power



Lethal Weapon, Peaceful Mind


Forza Works


Messages, Bottles & Dreams


Boost your Land Value


Chilly Paws

The Rise of Resort


Street Style


The Making of the Matriach



World-Renowned Chefs Matters of Interest Cook for a Cause


Shortlisted for Top Bar and Restaurant Awards


Do Your Sums On Insurance







India by Tuk-Tuk





8. Elizabeth Arden

481 Parnell Road


A La Robe


Remuera Bastille Day Street Festival


OPSM is Relocating

Neil Driver’s New Works

Get the Great Barrier Book Reviews Bug


Films at the New Zealand 8. Eco Zip International Film Festival 9. Dry&Tea

AUCKLAND ART FAIR Cover One: Edwards + Johann The Accidental Rebels – Yellow, 2013 Chromira photograph edition of 10 1080 x 820 x 40mm Image courtesy of Nadene Milne Gallery Edwards + Johann are represented by Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown Play and performance inform Edwards + Johann’s layered and complex works, which are imbued with a sense of richness, importance, and fantasy.

8. Second Floor Chinese Cuisine

Cover Two: Martin Basher T.B.D. (detail), 2013 Acrylic on canvas 1500 x 1800mm Image courtesy of Starkwhite Martin Basher is represented by Starkwhite, Auckland New York based New Zealander Martin Basher’s striking geometric abstract paintings are based on the the colour scheme provided by the clichéd sunset beach scene poster commonly used to sell island holidays, alcoholic beverage and other commodities.

72. Great Barrier Getaway 102. Free Concept Plan for your Garden by Liam Greenway from The Outsiders 105. C Coconut Water

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Editors’ Note Deeply involved and loving it We dedicate the July issue of Verve to the cult of letting personality shine through in the work that you do – to those of us who have a passion and devote themselves to it no matter what. Take Boris and Karyn’s story of their dream to live in the most eco friendly manner possible and to share their Tongan paradise with city weary folk everywhere. Their eco-retreat is a mirror of their beliefs and their understanding of what people want when on vacation. As so often happens, the seed for this issue started during a brainstorming session: there was talk of the impending Auckland Art Fair – which happens early August, and how much we were looking forward to seeing this abundant collection of emotion, passion and belief – expressed with a myriad of materials, paints and objects. It quickly became clear that Verve July would be populated with stories of people whose strength of character gives them a special resolve to follow an often singular path: in many cases – the simple pleasure they get from the results is sufficient reward for these trailblazers. Jamie Desplaces’ article, India by tuk tuk, tells the story of three Kiwi blokes – who like any decent group of friends, wished to donate time and money to a good cause. So they signed up for a Rickshaw Run, basically a 500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7-horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run is quite possibly the least sensible thing to do with two weeks planning. Organised by The Adventurists, whose primary aim is to raise buckets of cash for charities, to do their bit for the world and to participate in some ill-considered adventures while doing so.

Work done by Blind Sport New Zealand, celebrates the fact that if you really want to, you can do anything. On p79, Timothy Giles tells the humbling and inspiring story of a New Zealand representative downhill skier, who refused to let her lack of sight stand in her way. Poul Gnatt is someone who never let go of his dream, who through decades of hard work (six to be precise), has built the Royal New Zealand Ballet company into what it is today. We can’t wait to see the new series of The Secret Lives of Dancers, soon to hit our screens. See more on p24. There is insufficient space here to introduce all of Verve’s July stories – but we are proud to dedicate this issue to those who with creativity and passion, have turned their dreams into reality. Enjoy.

VerveMagazine — Editors-in-chief: Fran Ninow and Jude Mitchell Writers: Inger-Lisa Hurst and Jamie Desplaces Layout Design: J. David Contributors: Lulu Alach, Jackie O’Fee, Timothy Giles, Jenn Laidlaw, Sara Bunny, Paris Mitchell, Julien Erwin, Brooke Steff, James McGoram,Violetta Ushakova and Stevie Marino

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WIN WITH VERVE & SECOND FLOOR CHINESE CUISINE RESTAURANT At the top of a wrought iron spiral staircase, in the charming olde worlde looking building (next door to Verve Café) at 317 Parnell Road, is a little piece of dining heaven, aptly named – Second Floor. It is the perfect casual dining solution for friends and family, and especially good if you enjoy modern Chinese cuisine. UP4GRABS: WIN A DINNER FOR TWO! EACH PERSON WILL RECEIVE AN ENTREE, MAIN, DESSERT PLUS A BOTTLE OF CRAGGY RANGE GIMBLETT GRAVELS MERLOT, HAWKES BAY 2010 FOR THE LUCKY PAIR.* Interested? To enter is easy. Simply go to and click on the competitions tab. * Conditions apply. All entrants will receive a complementary glass of wine when dining in for dinner!

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481 Parnell Road

481 Parnell Rd houses three fabulous businesses! The newly opened Parnell Baby Boutique, Exquisite Laser, and is home to Addiction Minerals. You will find highly trained and friendly staff on hand to treat you or help you and your little ones look fresh, fabulous and fashionable.

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EXQUISITE LASER Specialising in medical grade skin and laser treatments, Exquisite Laser has the best technology available, with the latest imported laser equipment, expertly trained technicians and an onsite doctor for perfect botox treatments to keep you looking your best. Winter is the perfect time to clean up unsightly and ageing veins, rejuvenate your complexion with IPL, make age spots disappear or get permanent hair removal ready for summer or that island holiday. Take advantage of this months special offer to do something you have on that ‘to do’ list!

OFF* HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday Late nights available Bookings essential

PARNELL BABY BOUTIQUE This gorgeous new addition to 481 is housed on the ground floor at the back of our beautiful villa overlooking the garden, where there will soon be a playground to entertain your little ones while you shop! This is the perfect place to find the most delightful range of infant to five years boys and girls clothing. Local and imported designs include everything from handmade silk booties to merino hooded cardigans, adorable headbands to cool Hi-Hop boys sneakers with a price and product range to suit all. HOURS: Mon – Tues, 10am to 4pm Wed, 10am to 7pm Thurs – Sat, 10am to 4pm

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ADDICTION MINERALS Addiction Minerals are front runners in the world of mineral makeup. This glamorous Parisian range ticks all the boxes. Not only is it 100% mineral, it also boasts being hypoallergenic and paraben free whilst giving an instant 15 SPF cover. Totally fashion forward with fabulous colours, brushes and techniques to help you get that ‘professional makeup job’ look by yourself. Buy a starter kit and get a free mini-makeover. Get help to purchase the right products and colours and learn a few easy application tips that will have you looking like a cover girl! HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday

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The Parnell Dentist Parnell Dentistry has been open in the same Parnell location for 15 years! Owner Andrea Copplestone is currently offering a very rare special price to celebrate this occasion. For any new patient booking a comprehensive exam (which includes a set of X-rays) you will get the cleaning done for free! Patients that prefer a dentist to do their cleanings will get a free 20-minute cleaning when they see the dentist for their exam, or a separate time can be made for Michelle our lovely hygienist to work her marvels for your mouth! From this examination, you will get a detailed plan of any treatment or recommendations found from the exam and X-rays taken. Andrea, Clare or Kelvin will ensure time is taken to fully go over the plan at no additional charge. What you may not know about our practice… •

We have three dentists available at the practice – Andrea Copplestone,

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We cater for people who have problems with bad breath using a halimeter and a range of Therabreath products from the US.

Michelle our hygienist works every day including two late nights to accommodate busy patients.

She is a dual-qualified hygienist and therapist which means she can see and treat children up to age 18. We have a special ‘Kid’s Club’ for these younger patients with reduced rates for their care and a real focus on prevention.

We have four free patient car parks available.

We are open late on Monday night until 7pm.



Why Shop When You Can Swap? Visit Swap My Clothes: Auckland’s number one fashion swap site, and the latest in sustainable fashion A new fashion craze sweeping the country is Swap My Clothes, a simple way to recycle your own wardrobe by swapping your unwanted clothes for new-to-you ones whenever you need to update your look. With Swap My Clothes, just become a member to get unlimited access to the latest looks and labels when you need them without paying a fortune every time. Keep the look forever, or wear it once and bring it back to redeem your points. One membership payment, unlimited swaps! Swap My Clothes is the brainchild of stylist Sue Doherty who operates from a delightful boutique in Parnell. “Membership enables you to swap your unwanted summer clothes for a whole new winter wardrobe,” explains Sue. “Similarly, take last season’s winter clothes and update them with a fresh new look – we call it fashion with a conscience and the socially responsible way to shop.” Swap My Clothes offers annual memberships where for just $450 annually or $10 a week you gain access

to a treasure-trove of mainstream labels, high street, designer threads and even wedding dresses. Earn points by bringing in your pre-loved clothes and use those points to buy new ones; once you become a member, no money needs to change hands! Swap My Clothes provides a relaxed, stylish and alternative way to shop by adding a new twist to recycling and reusing clothes.

“Swap My Clothes ticks so many boxes. Not only can you have a new wardrobe at a fraction of retail prices every season, but costly fashion mistakes and impulse buys become a thing of the past. It’s also a great way to design the ultimate sustainable wardrobe, where you can look your best without cluttering your wardrobe.”

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A La Robe Interview by: Terzann

A La Robe opened its doors a year ago in Parnell, taking bridal, evening and daywear to the streets. I recently talked to Elizabeth Soljak, the proprietor, about her intriguing business… Terzann: How are you settling into your charming store on Parnell Rd? Elizabeth: I love it here! It’s been fun meeting everybody, and I really feel like part of the neighborhood. I also enjoy relating to the other shop keepers…a lot of the local businesses are owner operated. My little shop is slowly evolving as I see what people respond to best. T: It has certainly become a visual delight, with the beautiful mural being painted on the wall, and the everchanging window displays. Who is responsible for all this activity?! E: The mural is being painted by artist Ashleigh Blake, who also works in our workroom. I guess I have an A La Robe artist in residence. I do the windows, usually twice a week, to inspire passersby, and show what we are up to. T: Your customers are not strictly brides…who else has been attracted to A La Robe? E: Since opening here in Parnell, we’ve had the opportunity to show people that we do more than bridal – so now there is

a demand for ball dresses and evening wear. It’s also been fun to fill a need for dressed up resort and cruise wear. For sale in the store alongside our ready to wear, we also have vintage silk kimonos, and one off pieces of vintage jewellery, with more boudoir and honeymoon pieces coming soon. T: Have you any advice about how to buy clothes? E: Of course! I like the concept of buying less and choosing more carefully. Spend more on a well considered item that you will have, and love wearing for many years…there are a lot of good reasons for not buying cheap, mass produced clothing. There is huge waste in the industry, and other issues such as working conditions in poorer countries, where many factories are situated. It is important to look at where things come from, and buy New Zealand made if you can.

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“Since opening here in Parnell, we’ve had the opportunity to show people that we do more than bridal – so now there is a demand for ball dresses and evening wear. It’s also been fun to fill a need for dressed up resort and cruise wear.”

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Neil Driver New Works PREVIEW: SUNDAY 28 JULY, 11:00AM Exhibition: 28 JULY – 11 AUGUST 2013

Born and raised in Dunedin, Neil Driver moved to Central Otago in 1975. It is from this land that he derives his inspiration, with its magical light and breathtaking landscapes. Driver is a painter of light. From landscape to still life, his work evokes serenity, calmness and effortless grace. Painting in a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles that is uniquely his own, Driver depicts details that are generally overlooked in everyday life. This gifted artist brings life to the simplest of objects, such as a sheet draped over a chair, a tablecloth or bowl of fruit. Through light and shadow Driver invests his paintings with a sense of stillness and calm that gives his work a timeless quality. His paintings cannot be categorised as straightforward realism – there is more of an implied presence of something unseen. Whether it is through a window frame or verandah doors that we view the quiet hills or sea beyond, the lean towards surrealism is evident. Humans are absent from Driver’s landscapes and interiors, but their presence can be intensely felt through open doors and empty chairs. In Driver’s still life paintings we sense the human presence through tenderly rendered surfaces of well used vessels. ‘Plums and Confit Pots’ showcases the classical consideration the artist gives to arranging familiar and timeworn objects. Different textures are beautifully balanced, the glaze of pottery juxtaposed with the lustre of richly coloured fruit, and the geometric patterns of a kilim adding further interest to the arrangement. In other works glass, pewter or battered enamel pieces feature, and ripe pears or aubergine provide a fresh challenge for this master of surfaces.These superb compositions are set modestly on wooden tables against uninterrupted walls, compelling the viewer to rest in contemplation and allowing shadows to play out through the serene lighting which is such a feature of these works.

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To achieve these unique pieces, Driver works up his paintings with layers of transparent acrylic paint, slowly building up the tones and colours which give each painting an individual dreamlike and surreal quality.

Plums & Confit Pots, 1100 x 890mm

Exhibiting in New Zealand since 1975, Driver’s works are in private collections worldwide and in public collections at the Hocken Library, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bank of New Zealand and State Services Commission.

Beach Front, 1090 x 1040mm

Lemons & Glass Jug, 940 x 760 mm Chair & Drapery, 1000 x 930mm

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LIFE THROUGH A LENS ARE YOU A CREATIVE KIWI WITH A KEEN EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY? Specsavers Newmarket, Verve Magazine and Photo Remuera are encouraging eastern Auckland residents to get clicking and enter the Specsavers Life Through a Lens competition. Simply take an imaginative photo that is symbolic of your hometown or community, write a brief photo caption and upload it to the competition tab at www. for a chance to win. Ten finalists will each win two complete pairs of Specsavers glasses and the winner will also win a $2,000 camera pack from Photo Remuera. Pack includes a Sony Alpha NEX7

camera and SEL18-55 lens, your winning photo printed on a canvas, a neck strap and 8gb SD card for the camera. “This competition celebrates the many individual pockets of culture and identity present in the region and gives people the chance to put their creativity out there for all to see,” said Specsavers Newmarket co-owner and dispensing optician Kim Bingham. The Specsavers Life Through a Lens competition judges include: Fran Ninow and Jude Mitchell (Verve Magazine), Hetal Patel (Photo Remuera) and Kim Bingham (Specsavers Newmarket). Jude and Fran from Verve say the judges have a clear set of criteria in mind. “Whether it’s your favourite shopping spot, heritage building or family member in the backyard, we’re looking for photos that portray originality and vitality.”


DETAILS Upload your photo to the competition tab at Entries close Friday 19th July 2013

TERMS AND CONDITIONS The “Specsavers Life Through a Lens” competition (“Competition”) is organised by Specsavers New Zealand Limited Company Number 2116682 (and includes any related company as defined by the Companies Act 1993) (“Specsavers”). Entries must be submitted via by 11.59pm on Friday 19 July, 2013. The winner and finalists will be contacted personally by Specsavers. You must be aged 18 and over to enter. You may not enter the Competition if you are a professional photographer or if you have worked as a professional photographer in the past (whether as an employee, contractor or freelance). Only one photograph per person may be submitted and multiple entries will be disregarded. Entrants will be judged on their photo’s originality, creativity and reflection of their community. Specsavers’ decisions in this regard are made in its absolute discretion and are final. No correspondence will be entered into. For your entry to be eligible, you agree to participate in any publicity arising from your entry into the Competition, which may include, but is not limited to, media stories or interviews. Publicity for the Competition using your supplied image, full name and region, may be undertaken. We will liaise with you when co-ordinating any media interview requests. If you do not agree to undertake any publicity activity, Specsavers may remove you as a finalist/winner and replace you with another entrant in the Competition in its absolute discretion. The top 10 finalists as determined by Specsavers (in consultation with Verve) will receive: A voucher for two complete pairs of prescription glasses from any range in a Specsavers store. Each voucher can only be redeemed by one person. Both pairs of glasses must be made to your personal prescription. If you do not have a prescription your glasses may be fitted with plano lenses or a prescription may be provided to you following an eye examination (at your cost). The winner will also receive: a camera kit provided by Photo Remuera including a Sony Alpha NEX7 camera and SEL18-55 lens, the winning photo printed on a canvas, a neck strap and 8gb SD card for the camera. There is no cash alternative for any prize and all prizes are non-transferable. This Competition is not open to employees of Specsavers, Verve, Photo Remuera, their families, or anyone professionally associated with the Competition. In entering the Competition, you warrant that the photograph supplied was taken by yourself. You cannot enter the “Specsavers Life Through a Lens” Competition on behalf of someone else, or nominate anyone else. Specsavers reserves the right to require confirmation of your identity. Failure or refusal to do so if requested will result in your disqualification. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and agree to abide by them when entering this Competition. The Competition organisers will not retain the personal information supplied with your entry, nor provide it to any third parties other than for the purposes of organising, judging or publicising the Competition. By entering the Competition you irrevocably assign the intellectual property rights in and ownership of the photo submitted to Specsavers to display or reproduce as it may determine in its absolute discretion.


Auckland Art Fair

The biennial Art Fair, featuring more than 40 exhibitions, projects and installations by New Zealand and Australia’s most forward thinking galleries, and the region’s top contemporary artists, will be on show at The Cloud, on Queens Wharf from 7 – 11 August.

“If you are curious about contemporary art and how it all works, then the Art Fair is the ideal place to ‘be enlightened’” says Art Fair Director Jennifer Buckley. “The fair offers a fantastic introduction to the art world. It’s a snapshot of the whole state of play: artists, gallerists, collectors and commentators are all in the mix looking at and talking about the art.” Over four days, the public has the opportunity to view and buy new work from some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, presented as carefully curated collections by galleries from Sydney, Melbourne, Gisborne, Dunedin, Wellington, Nelson, Arrowtown and Auckland. The 40 installations are complemented by a diverse programme of panel discussions, artist talks and tours which are included in the general ticket price. To help fuel a big day out at the Art Fair, visitors can take a break and enjoy the view of Auckland’s Harbour at the onsite café or wine bar. A special guest of the fair this year is Sandra Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In her long tenure at the museum, Phillips has curated and collaborated on critically acclaimed exhibitions by some of the world’s leading photographers. You can catch her panel discussion at 2pm on Thursday 8 August. As the art world evolves, the Art Fair keeps pace and new to the fair this year are invited solo projects by leading artists including Alex Monteith, Rohan Wealleans, Niki Hastings McFall, Seung Yul Oh and Scott Eady. The first work visitors will encounter is a video installation documenting the response to the Rena disaster by Alex Monteith. Fittingly, this will be on the wharf outside the venue, projected on to shipping containers fitted with screens. The Vernissage, the fair’s opening party is a much-anticipated highlight of the fair. A glamorous affair attended by 900 guests at a fully catered event, provides the opportunity to view and buy the works first. Tickets to the Vernissage $125 or general admission to the fair $25. Visit and for more information visit

Clockwise from top: Overview of Art Fair in action Tim Melville with a client Visitor admiring work by Tim Maguire

Over four days, the public has the opportunity to view and buy new work from some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, presented as carefully curated collections by galleries from Sydney, Melbourne, Gisborne, Dunedin, Wellington, Nelson, Arrowtown and Auckland.

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Harry Lyon: The MAINZ Man Whether it be making, managing or producing music, the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) couples state-of-the-art facilities with teaching from some of the most talented, well-connected and experienced tutors from the entertainment business. The dean is a certain Harry Lyon, founding member of legendary Hello Sailor (his friend and band-mate, Dave McArtney, also taught at MAINZ until his untimely death in April).

“It’s a real strength of this place,” says Lyon. “There are plenty with qualifications on paper, but you can’t get the experience we offer out of a textbook. We have great contacts too, so there’s a constant stream of industry guests coming in. Through contacts we can also help with work placements.” We took a tour of the impressive faculty. There are private DJ booths complete with turntables, classes lined with Apple Macs and soundproofed recording studios that boast mammoth mixing desks. Through a door-window we witness world-renowned DJ Recluse sharing his knowledge with a host of eager ears. There’s a real buzz about the place. An air of creativity, of hunger. We head to the performance room where a funky blues band strut their stuff on stage. It’s a cool venue with a low ceiling, all decked out in black. It has the feel of an authentic, old-school club. All that’s missing is a bar and a cloud of nicotine. Performance is a key aspect to the course. I ask Harry if he would have benefited from somewhere like MAINZ himself. “When I was younger, absolutely. I drifted into uni from school but I didn’t really know why. It seemed like a cool idea at the time, to be an arts student. There were a lot of people drifting in the late 60s, it didn’t cost a lot – if anything at all back then – so it was more of a lifestyle.” There’s no place for drifting at MAINZ. The focus is not just on honing one’s musical craft, but industry skills as a whole. Students are taught about publishing, royalties, the legalities of record-contracts, marketing and social media. Many things that, Harry says

with a smile, he definitely wished he’d been shown: “We had to learn the hard way – through our mistakes. The industry was very different back then. The music business is just that, a business.” Teaching had never been part of his plan. Heading into mid-life, he “was searching for something” and a friend suggested education. So he went back to school, left with a master’s degree and joined MAINZ as a tutor in 2003. While studying, your presence must have been strange for your fellow class-mates. Were they star-struck? “Oh no! There were maybe one or two that had followed the band, but we were all mature students. I wasn’t exactly mobbed!” Standing in front of a class for the first time was more terrifying than being on stage, but Harry soon found his groove: “It’s tough being a musician. It’s not an easy life so it was nice to finally get a regular income. Teaching is also a highly rewarding profession.” The previous MAINZ boss was a great guy, says Lyon, but he wasn’t from the music industry. When he left in 2008, the staff pushed for Harry to take over. They

liked the fact that he knew the business. Plus, he jokes, he was the next oldest. “There’s more recognition of music as a career-choice now, recognition that it is an industry,” says Lyon. “The fact that MAINZ exists and is government-funded is proof of that. The infrastructure is so much better now with the likes of New Zealand On Air and the New Zealand Music Commission.” Technology, too, has helped musicians to record more cheaply and to be heard on a far greater scale. Social media and downloading sites mean instant access and although Harry prefers the sound of vinyl, he’s a fan of iPods’ convenience and is a keen downloader (his ‘Soul Queen’ playlist is currently spinning, Aretha, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and co.). So all in all, is the pathway into the music industry now less winding? “While access is easier and there is more support, there are less venues to get out and play live, which is far more important. Whatever technology is available, you can never duplicate the magical experience of a live gig. For any musician, it’s performance that matters most.” And with that, we go and listen to that band some more. For further info visit

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Many Happy Returns The Royal New Zealand Ballet is celebrating six decades in the business.

Words: Sara Bunny Photos: Ross Brown

Tutu’s, tiaras, spectacular sets and mesmerising dance moves are all part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s upcoming season of Swan Lake, touring the country for the company’s 60th birthday celebration this year. The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) last performed Swan Lake in 1996, under the watchful eye of former artistic director and New Zealand dance legend Russell Kerr. This month the beloved ballet returns and the season will kick off on RNZB home turf, the St James Theatre in Wellington. Formed in 1953 by Danish Royal Ballet principal dancer Poul Gnatt, the RNZB has come a long way in 60 years, when the early days of touring were largely based on Kiwi ‘number 8 wire’ ingenuity. Through decades of hard work the company has built an impressive repertoire, performing everything from bold contemporary pieces to classics such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. These days the RNZB dancers are not just on the stage but on the screen as well. Production of the third series of the hit television reality show The Secret Lives of Dancers is currently underway, and a feature film directed by Toa Fraser about the company’s 2012 season of Giselle is due to be released late this year. In the meantime, Auckland ballet fans can get their dance fix from August 21 – 25, when Swan Lake comes to The Civic, accompanied by The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

A Dancer with Heart

Maree White has performed in theatres throughout Europe and has been with the RNZB for more than six years. In the lead-up to the Swan Lake season, she talks to Verve about training, touring, and her lifelong love of dance. Verve: How did it feel the first time you performed on stage? Maree: I don’t remember the first time I danced on stage, I must have been a wee tot. But I do remember my first competition solo and mum was amazing, she simply told me to “dance with all my heart” and omitted the fact it was a competition, (I found out later when I won). I also remember dancing with my first professional ballet company, The Vienna State Opera Ballet. Funnily enough it was Swan Lake, I was awestruck! V: What does a typical day in the lead-up to a show look like for you? M: We work 9:30am to 5:45pm daily until we enter production week. Then it’s in the theatre, late starts (around midday) through to 10:30pm. We always begin every day with an hour and a half class/training and the rest of the time is rehearsals. V: What has the training schedule been like? Do you have strict guidelines for diet and exercise? M: The training can often be gruelling – but we’re used to it, six days a week. Our bodies are our instruments and as a professional we are expected to keep it in good form and condition. The company helps to make sure that we are in peak performance when we need to be. They provide us with physiotherapists, gym membership and pilates instruction. V: What has been your most challenging experience in dancing? M: I think for me coming to New Zealand and being part of Tutu’s on Tour, which biennially takes us to the small towns

around New Zealand could be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. The company is split and we travel, set up in the venue (which may simply be a basketball court), perform, pack out, sleep and do it all over again every day for six weeks! The locals love it and the response we get is fantastic. V: What has been your favourite performance so far? M: I think one of my favourite roles I danced recently was the evil Black Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. It has everything – a character you can make your own and strong technique. Not to mention a bit of fire breathing! V: What is your top advice for aspiring young dancers? M: Like my mum said – “dance with all your heart.” Above: Maree White. Photos: Brendan Bradshaw


A New Era Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) marks ‘A New Era’ in July, with a concert that celebrates music from the beginning of the 20th century. It’s the second in the APO’s popular Newstalk ZB Splendour Series concerts for 2013, where each show focuses on a particular decade. “The period 1900 to 1910 was so fertile for music that we were spoilt for choice when we were programming the concert,” says APO Manager of Artistic Planning Ronan Tighe, who selected the music. He’s come up with a lush programme of Debussy (the composer’s impressionistic portrait of the sea, La Mer), Schoenberg (the Romantic sweep of Pelleas und Melisande) and, with leading young German Linus Roth as soloist, Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, a work Tighe likens to Tchaikovsky at his best. The concert is conducted by the APO’s Music Director, Eckehard Stier.

Tighe says a lot of thought went in to choosing the pieces. “It’s like looking through a prism. In this concert you get glimpses of composers from three countries, and when you combine them you hopefully get a coherent picture of orchestral music between 1900 and 1910. At least, that’s the idea,” he laughs. Concert ticket holders have the added bonus of a free 30-minute organ recital from 6.30pm. At the keyboard is Philip Smith, organist of Holy Trinity Cathedral, who plays a programme of English music from the same era as the main concert. WHO: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, with Eckehard Stier (conductor), Linus Roth (violin) and Philip Smith (organ) WHAT: Newstalk ZB Splendour Series: ‘A New Era’ WHERE: Auckland Town Hall WHEN: 8pm, Thursday 25 July BOOKINGS: / (09) 357 3355

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Learning with Lewis Eady The good folks of Lewis Eady certainly know their craft. With a heritage that stretches back to 1884, it’s an absolute Kiwi institution that operates on a national scale yet retains the spirit of a community-minded family business. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

“Creatively, New Zealand is very unique,” says Miranda Rocca, manager of the company’s Epsom-based music school. “I think it’s because kids get a lot of access to the arts. Having spoken with parents in Europe, students there don’t get the same opportunities in music. They were completely blown away by the standard we have here.” A standard reached in no small part thanks to the likes of Miranda and her dedicated team. While the Lewis Eady showroom sports everything from tendollar recorders to majestic Steinway pianos the price of small houses, upstairs sits a cluster of studios where youngsters hone their craft. “Lewis Eady supports access to music for every child,” says Miranda. “We believe strongly that every child has music in them and it’s about unlocking that gift we are all born with.” Singing Rainbows is a parent-interactive programme designed to immerse children in music from a pre-school age. The earlier they start, the greater their development musically, socially and academically too. Miranda says: “Up until year two we’re all about encouraging kids to experiment with various instruments and learning the fundamentals of music like rhythm and beat. We do this by incorporating dance, movement, art and play.” Though the company was founded on classical roots, there are now teachers of all disciplines from soul to jazz, pop, rock and everything in between. Lewis Eady also has partner schools that benefit from weekly half-hour visits from specialised staff such as Greg Dallison. “Not only do our pupils have access to a huge range of books and instruments they wouldn’t usually have, but

our tutors themselves always have something going on,” Greg tells me. “One is currently in the backing band on the X Factor and another two are about to tour Europe. They can then share these experiences with their students. It’s a great inspiration for them to see their teachers doing all this cool stuff. We’re all so passionate and it makes our students passionate too.” The Lewis Eady Charitable Trust offers education and support to emerging artists throughout New Zealand – with a holiday Rock School and a host of competitions and concerts throughout the year. One of which, the Annual Junior event, sees thousands take to the stage at once. “Performance is very important,” says Miranda. “Even if they’ve only been playing for a term, when you watch them get up and play in front of an audience you can almost see them grow in stature. Everyone claps, it’s wonderful. Performance pays off in all aspects of their life – we’re about developing the whole child, not just the musician.”

“One of the most satisfying things for me is when a student turns a corner and you see all that hard work has finally paid off” says Greg. “Sometimes it can take a while, but it’s so rewarding when it happens. It also means I’m doing my job correctly of course!” “It’s such a special industry to be involved in,” adds Miranda. “Teaching really is a gift.”

Singing Rainbows is a parent-interactive program designed to immerse children in music from a pre-school age. The earlier they start, the greater their development musically, socially and academically too.

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CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT CONCERT Trio Pohádka is a non-professional group of music enthusiasts connected by a passion for music, friendship and a genuine mission to present high quality music. Consisting of a doctor, a cancer research scientist and a professional cellist, the group aims to support cancer research by way of the Cancer Society Auckland through its performances. The group was founded in 2011 by Petr Tomek after he arrived in New Zealand in May 2011 from the Czech republic to pursue his PhD degree at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. Soon after his arrival, he met an engineering student, Brendon Lin (cello) and then final year medical student, Shyam Sankaran (violin), who were both excited about playing together in the group. They had great fun making music on Sunday afternoons and started to appear at small community events. However, they soon realised the group needed a name and decided to call themselves Trio Pohádka (Pohádka means Fairy Tale in the Czech language). The trio gave its first public concert on 7 July 2012 performing the Piano Trio in G Major by Léon Boëllmann. Unfortunately, Brendon moved out of the country in late 2012 but Petr and Shyam soon met cellist, Lisa Chung, Doctor of Musical Arts student and artist teacher at the School of Music, University of Auckland who was very keen to play in the group. The trio aims to bring novelty and freshness into their concert programmes. They are especially interested in promoting brilliant pieces of music that have been forgotten in the past. The trio frequently plays with their musical friends, achieving a great variability of ensemble combinations such as quartets and quintets. The concert on 20 July is the first major public concert where the trio will perform with their friends in such a manner. For more information visit


The Hong Kong Art Scene 2013 Words: Julien Erwin

Hong Kong is no longer a fledgling in the international art arena. The recent Art Basel fair in Hong Kong replaced the highly successful Hong Kong International Art Fair and has added the third string to Art Basel’s bow. The fair, which was presented from 23-26 June at the Hong Kong International Convention Center, placed Hong Kong on a steady flight path towards becoming the third biggest art market in the world after New York and London. Art Basel has been flourishing for over 40 years, with annual fairs in Basel and Miami. Now it adds Hong Kong to its busy schedule, bringing with it not only decades of experience and history, but a discerning global art community as well.

with no resale duty on the sale of art works (contrary to legislation in the EU) entices foreign investors. Subsequently five international galleries have opened branches in this rapidly expanding art hub since 2012.

Art Basel’s debut in the Asia Pacific region showcased 245 galleries from 35 countries and, in the words of Magnus Renfrew, Director Asia Art Basel, exemplifies Art Basel’s “unwavering commitment to galleries and a gallery system that supports and nurtures artists’ careers for the long term.”

Historically great trading and financial centres have always become focal points in the international art world and Hong Kong is no exception. Art follows money. As the financial capital of Asia, Hong Kong and its rapidly developing art scene is challenging the domination of the international art world that Europe and the United States has hitherto enjoyed for decades.

Why Hong Kong? Apart from its advantageous geographical position at the heart of Asia and the gateway to China, Hong Kong’s neoliberal agenda regarding zero customs duty and low tax burden is a serious drawcard for galleries, artists and collectors. A free economy with reduced restrictions on commercial and economic development

With Asia and the Asia Pacific accounting for over 60% of the world’s population and its ascension as a political and economic force over the past 10 years, there has been a concomitant interest in the cultural and aesthetic diversity of the region.

Hong Kong is still in its infancy in becoming a serious player in the global art arena and has some way to go before it becomes a highly appealing destination for curators and art investors alike. There is a distinct difference between being a leading art market (in terms of sales) and an art conscious city. Hong Kong faces a tremendous challenge when it comes to expanding awareness and cultivating an interest in contemporary art, not only from the general populous but from those who run the city and are direct descendants of generations of people “who finished their education without ever encountering the notion of art history” (Edmund Lee, in May 2013 edition of TimeOut, Hong Kong). One must bear in mind that international galleries tend to invest in destinations that have a well-developed art habitat and are fundamentally motivated by financial gain. The fostering of local talent is not always on their agenda.

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gOLD + SILVER LEAF This has lead to some contentious debate as local galleries struggle against a plethora of well-established ones that have earned their international reputations and are able to provide the crucial financial backing that emerging artists need in order to participate in shows and gain a much coveted space in the international art firmament. But the art scene in Hong Kong is on the move. ‘Old hands’ Art Asia Archives and Para/Site are gearing up for a heady future and the US$2.1 billion investment in the West Kowloon Cultural District and its contemporary museum for visual culture M+ will open its doors in 2017. M+ will focus on 20th and 21st century design, art, moving image and architecture and hopes to rival such giants as the MoMA in New York and the Tate in London. 2015 will see the completion of the Central Police Station development that will boast, amongst other facilities, a massive





exhibition space that could draw key cultural and academic talent from around the world. Such lofty developments aim to facilitate increased audience participation and cross cultural dialogue between different forms of visual art. The entry of Art Basel into the Asia and Asia Pacific region has propelled Hong Kong into the spotlight on the international art stage and Hong Kong will, no doubt, take up the challenge and deliver virtuoso performances imbued with magical characteristics all of its own. Watch this space! MEMBER OF THE FINE ART TRADE GUILD. EST. 1847

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New Zealand’s Royal Words: Jennifer Laidlaw Photo: Garth Badger

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Opposite page: Singer, Lorde Below: Cover illustration for The Love Club EP


You won’t see her on X-Factor, and she isn’t one of those fluke YouTube discoveries. In fact, her first EP, which came after three years of hard work, was released with little fanfare and simple design, which compared to this era of over-the-top, self-indulgent, shameless promotion, could have been missed if you blinked. But 16-year-old Lorde has let her voice do the work. Even after 60,000 free downloads on SoundCloud, the five-song The Love Club EP hit number one on the New Zealand Album Chart in March, while the song Royals debuted at number one. All this, before a single YouTube video was available. Her visual absence and somewhat sarcastic penchant for royalty has fueled the mystery behind the girl. Born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, Lorde is a Takapuna Grammar School student with big hair, singing about the hormone-amped-yet-ratherbanal life that are the teenage years, albeit one getting talked about way across the sea, by key players in the American entertainment business – Ryan Seacrest and Perez Hilton both having championed her talent. With layered vocals, hip-hop beats and lyrics about money, big dreams and parties, you could almost overlook her, thinking she is the same old, but listen to a couple of tracks and you will know that without a doubt this girl is going to be something huge. Her sound is a bit Lana Del Rey, but believable. Despite having just recently released a new single Tennis Court with its eerily

dark, yet beautifully clever music video, which debuted at number one making her the first New Zealand artist to have four songs in the top 20 on the New Zealand charts, Lorde’s management team says she is staying low for the next few months while she records a new album in the studio and presumably works on a plan to navigate the potentially wicked waters of fame.

16-year-old Lorde has let her voice do the work. Even after 60,000 free downloads on SoundCloud, the five-song The Love Club EP hit number one on the New Zealand Album Chart in March, while the song Royals debuted at number one. All this, before a single YouTube video was available.


Art Tours We are standing in the Prado Museum in Madrid, in front of Roger Van de Weyden’s ‘Descent from the Cross’, Mary Kisler is bringing the painting to life for us, and we are enthralled, enlightened and enriched. We spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the Prado’s massive galleries, enjoying work by Goya, Velasquez and much more before heading out for an enjoyable evening of wine and tapas. This was just one day of our recent art tour to Spain — and how amazing each day was. If you missed it we have an excellent programme lined up for the next year... consider joining one of our small group tours. MONA, Hobart and the best of Melbourne departing November 6 2013 with Sue Gardiner. This is your opportunity to visit the amazing Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) – now one of the great art museums of the world. Spend time in historic Hobart and a day in Melbourne amongst the galleries. MONA should be on everyone’s bucket list. Biennale of Sydney, April 2014. Join Sue Gardiner in April, when the weather will be warmer and the days longer and the contemporary art fantastic. Spend time at all the Biennale venues and some of Sydney’s best dealer galleries over four days. Composers in the Golden Age of Music, September 2014 with renowned composer John Mackay. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Wagner, Strauss and more. Join pianist and composer John Mackay, as he journeys from Bonn and the Bonn Festival through Weimar, Leipzig, Prague and on to Salzburg and Vienna over 16 days. Take in amazing concerts, discover the cities, sights and sounds of the lives of the great composers with our small group tour.

Florence Art Week, with Mary Kisler, May – June 2014 Join Mary Kisler for an intensive 10 days discovering Florence and its environs. Famous as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, this beautiful city remains unchanged in many ways since Lorenzo de’ Medici strode on its paving stones. At one level the city can be read as a 15th century time capsule demonstrating the power of its ruling families, their public feuds and festivals. Florence flourished as a metaphor for new ideas about the individual – Leonardo’s uomo universale – man as the measure of all things. Yet Florence, like so many cities, is also full of secrets – tucked away gardens, hidden museums and private chapels awaiting discovery. And how did artists and ordinary mortals fit into the city’s grand designs, and where did women stand withing this framework? Come to Florence with us in 2014 and find out. Contact Glen Armstrong, Art Tours from House of Travel Email: Ph: 09 525 2363 See ad on opposite page

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The Music Makers From an unassuming spot in suburban Parnell, York Street Recording Studios has played host to hundreds of musicians from New Zealand and abroad. Verve took a tour behind the scenes to see where the magic happens.

Words: Sara Bunny

There are panels of switches and dials, computers, cords, microphones and guitars. There’s a relaxed vibe, tech speak and tales of the music greats that have stopped by for a session. Stepping inside York Street Recording Studios is like walking into another world. Studio manager Jeremy McPike has been running the show for more than a decade. He greets me with a warm welcome, finishes off a Facebook post and takes me on a tour of the spacious studio that has been a part of New Zealand’s recording history for more than 21 years. In the control room, the recording desk in front of me over 40 years old. “This is one of the best recording consoles in the world,” Jeremy says. “This is New Zealand’s Sound City.” He refers to the recent Dave Grohl documentary, Sound City, about the famous Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. The expansive recording console at York Street is the same as the one in the film that was used to record the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Nirvana. Next stop is the machine room, where Jeremy demonstrates how everything can be changed to either digital or analogue by simply switching two plugs. “When people think tape, they think of cassettes. But high quality audiotape blows away digital by miles. Analogue recording is wider and deeper. It sounds lovely.” He has strong opinions about what he describes as the “abuse of digital technology,” which has lead to a string of bands sounding like nothing but noise. “It’s s….. American bands like Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. They are loud, mixed to be loud for radio and have no dynamic range. Music should breathe.” A large, two-storey studio space adjacent to the control room is where visiting musicians perform, with each instrument hooked up to cables that feed back into the recording equipment next door. When I ask whether there have ever been any celebrity tantrums in the studio, Jeremy won’t be drawn on details. “I

would kick someone out if they did anything like that.” For some musicians, arrogance seems to come with the territory but overall, he says the big name bands are experienced, professional and generally the easiest to work with. Over the years the York Street crew has recorded, mixed and mastered for local acts such as The Phoenix Foundation, Crowded House and Bic Runga, alongside international stars like The Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt and The Beastie Boys. While the studio guest book is impressive, happy amateurs are always welcome too. “It’s great when someone who is a doctor or lawyer comes in. They have the dream and the money, and we’ll work with them to record an album-quality single. I tell the tech guys that chart success is not a true measure of success. It’s about seeing clients leave so happy with the finished product.” For Jeremy, who got into the profession through training at Auckland’s School of Audio Engineering, every day at the studio is a good day. “Working with artists, it’s an awesome environment. You go home at the end of the day and know that you’ve made something that will last forever. They say that a picture paints a thousand words, but for us, sound paints a thousand pictures.”

In the control room, the panel in front of me is state of the art. “This is the best recording console in the world,” Jeremy says. “This is New Zealand’s Sound City.”

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Topology Olivier Duhamel’s creations do not convey a specific message, they do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration; nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. Rather, they are simply trying to capture the beauty and sensuality of his subjects of study. Working out of his home foundry allows Duhamel to retain full control over the entire creative process. He casts his bronzes himself and prides himself on the quality of his workmanship. For the Topology exhibition at Remuera Gallery in July, Olivier Duhamel will be presenting some of his more recent bronze figurines, as well as his new series of sculptures that explore forms using laminated plywood. “This medium allows me to scale up my work without breaking the bank,” says

Duhamel. “Although the ‘pancake’ effect resulting from this construction method makes for an irregular surface, the amount of detail that can be suggested is amazing. I want to encourage people to step into Remuera Gallery and be enchanted by pieces like ‘Rosie’, ‘Mum and our Three Brothers,’ or ‘A male Dancer.’”

ABOUT TOPOLOGY T o p o l o g y, an art exhibition by Olivier Duhamel and Fiona Jelicich Remuera Art gallery July 6 – July 20 Opening function, Sunday 14 July – 3pm Deconstructed landscapes: Paintings by Fiona Jelicich Reconstructed Bodies: Sculptures by Olivier Duhamel

Olivier has invited Fiona Jelicich to participate in Topology. “When I visited Fiona’s new Waiheke Island studio I was mesmerised by the scale and beauty of her new paintings.” As it happens both artists were exploring similar usage of topographical curves simultaneously. “Our works complement each other perfectly and the convergence will give Topology a strong sense of harmony. We are both very excited to have put this show together,” says Jelicich

Frenchman Olivier Duhamel is teaming up with Fiona Jelicich to present an unusual exhibition to coincide with the Remuera Bastille Day French festival. For “Topology”, both artists are exploring the captivating properties of topographical lines to create wonderful landscapes and fascinating wooden sculptures. In grouping these two notable Waiheke Island artists around this common theme, Scott Dargaville has scheduled for the Remuera Bastille day celebrations an enthralling show.

Clockwise from above left: Arched, Mum and Three Brothers, Laminated Torso, Moira

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Vive La Cigale! Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

From humble beginnings in 1997, Elizabeth Lind along with her husband Mike have built New Zealand’s very own French quarter in the heart of Parnell. The couple, who have backgrounds in law, decided they wanted to do something “more creative” in life and threw themselves into the world of textiles. It was during a family trip to Provence 16 years ago that year there came an epiphany and the story of La Cigale began. With Bastille Day looming, who better to share a café au lait with than Auckland’s favourite female Francophile?

France’s national day this year falls on Sunday 14 July and the night before the Linds will be hosting a dinner party in their restaurant. Guests are invited to adorn themselves and/or their table with a French theme. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Elizabeth. “There’s always an abundance of striped t-shirts, berets and flags. We even get the occasional can-can girl. There will be live entertainment and Frenchman Michel will lead the singing of La Marseillaise. It’ll be fantastic.”

“More people speak English!” She claims her French is “terrible,” though I’m sure she’s probably being modest. Besides, Elizabeth tells me, her efforts are now met with perfect English responses. “People have this image of the French as being very rude and arrogant,” she says, “but it’s something that we’ve certainly never experienced.”

Each year Mike and Elizabeth make numerous trips to France to ensure that their market stalls, restaurant, antique store and boutique are stocked with the latest Gallic goods. Elizabeth says Paris is probably her favourite spot, the centre of which she knows better than many parts of Auckland (“I walk everywhere when I’m there, which helps”). Such is her expertise that she has published a book, also called La Cigale, full of useful travel tips, personal snippets, recommendations and recipes from this most well-travelled of Kiwi families. I ask Elizabeth about the biggest changes in France over the past decade and a half.

“Both love sport. As soon as people know you’re from New Zealand they want to talk about the All Blacks. Both also appreciate the great outdoors and beautiful things.”

Do you think there are any similarities between the French and Kiwi lifestyles?

They get weekly visits from young French travellers in search of work, and always employ when they can – their accents adding further authenticity to the place. French tourists too, are regular visitors, for them, truly a home from home. So when retirement looms, will the Linds relocate themselves to that most famous of vineyard-clad countrysides? “Oh no,” smiles Elizabeth. “We’ll always continue to visit France, but as much as I love the country, I still prefer New Zealand.”

THE LOWDOWN La Cigale’s bistro opens Wednesday through Friday evenings and the café and store are open all week. Well worth a visit to find the latest in French fashion, trends and authentic antiques. The delicatessen offers a variety of European and New Zealand treats such as condiments, wines and cheese. A bustling weekend market boasts everything from organic fruit and vegetables, seafood, game, cured meat, honey and chocolate. Find La Cigale at 69 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell. For reservations or enquiries call 09 366 9361 or visit

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Vive La France Words: Sue Pommarède,

President New Zealannd Association of Language Teachers

Picture dappled Parisian sunshine filtering through the leaves of the trees lining the Champs Élysées, from which red, white and blue flags flutter in the breeze. Crowds throng, anticipation builds. It is July 14, France’s national day, a celebration of the republican principles of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity: the essence of what it is to be French. French communities the world over celebrate July 14 each year. And students of French in classes up and down the country join in the celebrations! The teachers of French in New Zealand take a leading role in opening the eyes and hearts of their students to the culture and language of the French people. French sits firmly in the New Zealand curriculum as learning languages is one of the seven key learning areas. It introduces new ways of thinking about, questioning and interpreting the world and our place in it. Through interacting in French, students become equipped to live in a world of diverse people, languages and cultures. Every year, numerous trips to and exchanges with France and French speaking countries, cooking classes, film viewing, French immersion days, Pétanque competitions, French speaking competitions are taking place in a school near you! The New Zealand Association of French Teachers (NZAFT) – – has been a vehicle for teachers of French to communicate, share professional knowledge, skills and ideas and promote the learning and teaching of French in New Zealand since 1988. It has developed into a flourishing organisation and a vital link for teachers of French. New Zealanders enjoy a love affair with things French – think food, wine, furniture, decor, fashion, music, dance, art, literature, philosophy, architecture … And young New Zealanders are growing up open to and espousing the richness of a culture beyond their own thanks to their French teacher!

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14 July: Celebration Á La Française Words: Claire Chateau

Thanks to the recent rugby test games, the French have made the news again but not necessarily with glory. The tricolour fans of Auckland have rapidly forgotten about the last defeats and have kept their blue, white and red dress-ups handy, ready to celebrate their National Day, Bastille Day. On July the 14 1789, troops stormed the Bastille, a massive jail in the east of Paris. It symbolised the despotism of the king at the time, Louis the 16th. The king, who had spent the day hunting, is reported to have written the word “nothing” in his diary, as if no relevant event had occurred. People usually associate the date with the day the prison was overthrown. The event, in fact, celebrates the Day of the Federation, when one year later France had become a constitutional monarchy after the revolution. If you have been in France on the 14th of July, you would have participated in some of the festivities. The French usually enjoy their sleep-in morning on what is supposedly a hot summer day. They sip their coffee (black please, no milk) occasionally dipping a fresh croissant into a cup whilst watching on television: the traditional military parade on the Parisian

chicest avenue Les Champs-Elysées. After a relaxing day, at dusk, people head off to the main square to attend the community fireworks, Feux d’artifice, in a joyful atmosphere. In Paris, the show is spectacular, the fireworks reflecting off the river Seine. You might then head towards the Fireman Ball, le Bal des Pompiers and dance to cheesy old French tunes while drinking a glass of wine. This vibrant popular street event has a lovely spirit. If you feel like adding a bit of French panache into your winter gloom, you might consider putting on a Bastille Day Party. Greet your guests with a welcoming Bonjour and offer them an apéritif on arrival. The traditional appetizers require everyone to enjoy some alcohol, such as Kir, a cocktail made with blackcurrant liqueur or crème de cassis topped up with white wine. You will display finger food on the coffee table. Ensure that you do not offer a plate of cheese. This would be a French faux-pas, as cheese usually follows the main dish of a meal. The idea is that after a couple of beverages, your guests will head towards the dinner table and straight away enjoy a lively conversation. A three course meal, lasting a couple of hours, will be expected (the internet abounds with traditional, yet easy French recipes such as Hachis Parmentier or Onion Soup). You will be finishing with cheese, dessert, or both (impress your guests with a Crème Brûlée, Mousse au Chocolat Noir or Poires Belle-Hélène).

Don’t hesitate to debate a current issue with passion as this is what French people do around the dinner table. You can then throw in a few games, such as a quiz on French customs or play the popular “Ni Oui, Ni Non”: you are not allowed to answer any questions with yes or no. Don’t forget to have French café music in the background. If you’d rather enjoy a night out, there are a lot of gourmet restaurants around Auckland, which will celebrate the event. Most of them will have special menus on the day. Pyrénées, in Remuera has invited two live-music bands to perform. Petit Bocal in Sandringham and L’Assiette in Britomart will include special three course meals and champagne on their menus. If you like dancing to the 80’s music, Frogs., together with Alliance Française, Amuse-Gueule Radio and Auckland Accueil are commemorating the occasion with a big party and delicious food on the 12th of July in Freemans Bay Community Centre in Ponsonby from 7:00 pm. You might want to join the free Bastille Day Street Festival in Remuera from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday 13 July with food, music, performers and competitions for all ages. There are no excuses for not bringing some French colours into your life this month! Vive la France!


CELEBRATE BASTILLE! Every year in Auckland, various French associations bring Paris closer to our city with a particular festive theme. This year, Bastille Day will be celebrated with the music and the fever of the 80s.

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June wasn’t the best month for French rugby. But with wine it’s a different story. The French have depth, generations of experience and a natural flair – back that with a huge international fan base prepared to pay almost anything to get the best and the French wine industry dominates the world palate. The French make and drink a lot of wine. Fortunately for us they don’t drink it all and plenty of it makes its way to New Zealand. Glengarry is New Zealand’s largest importer of premium French wine and has been for more than 20 years. We have established strong relationships with French negociants and winemakers and are committed to selling the best French wines we can in New Zealand.


French wines often don’t mention the grape variety on the label, just the region. In true French style they assume that we all know which grape varieties are grown in which region. For those who don’t we are making things simple for you this month. We always have a big French wine promotion in July to coincide with Bastille Day. This year we are displaying and promoting our wines based on variety.



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Bonjour July! Bring some joie de vivre to your weekend and celebrate Bastille Day in Remuera on Saturday July 13 from 10am – 2pm. Come along to enjoy: •

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With waiter’s apron and moustache, kids aged 5 – 12 years will love the chance to take part in this Bastille Day tradition, balancing a glass of water on a tray. Lots of spot prizes to be won! To register, meet at Seedling, 347 Remuera Road on July 13 at 11:30am. Race starts at 12pm. Aprons, moustaches, trays and water glasses provided – come and have some fun! For more information phone Seedling Kids Store on 09 529 1852.

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Tour de France, decorate your bike in red, white and blue, ride into Remuera on July 13 and you could win a brand new Kona Africabike 3 from Bike Barn! The first 20 decorated bikes parked outside BNZ, 338 Remuera Rd, will receive a FREE croissant from Bakers Delight. The best decorated bike will be judged by Alliance Francaise at 2pm. You can bring your bike along and we’ll help you decorate it on July 13. Bicycle Decor sessions will take place outside Remuera Library from 10am – 1pm. Decorations supplied or bring your own and we’ll help you get started…

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Kati Kasza of EVOLU skincare At night, I cleanse with the Relaxing Crème Cleanser, tone with the Facial Toner, then I use the Facial Serum, the Eye + Lip Line Serum, followed by the Anti-Aging Overnight Cream.

Verve: I am going to ask a very simple question which most interviewers ask and that is “how did you get into skincare” Kati: I learnt very early on about appreciating the finer things in life, especially as my family life revolved around food and gardening. With hungarian immigrant parents (my father a winemaker and mother a herbalist/ horticulturalist), we had a childhood of herbal remedies, hand made delicacies and of course beautiful wines.

Once a week, I’ll do my own at home facial – but you can come and book in for one at our Evolu Treatment Room with me to experience it for yourself. V: What would you suggest for a 16 year old to use in your range of products? K: Definitely the Regulating Gel Cleanser, Facial Toner and Protective Day Cream with SPF15. The Purifying Mask is also fantastic to help balance acne prone skin. It works for my 16 year old!

I left teaching English and French to become an international flight attendant. Great for my French, but terrible for my skin. With my skin being exposed to the elements, I found that no matter how much I spent, I wasn’t able to find a skincare solution that worked for my skin. No natural products were on the market that suited either. To cut a long (and good!) story short, I started making my own skincare. I quickly realised how much I loved the process of creating something beautiful and decided to pursue my found passion. With my mother’s herbal expertise and father’s knowledge of blending, I was pretty well at home with the core ingredients so to speak. But I needed expertise in other areas and was fortunate that my husband was keen to embark on the business with me. Some say his creativity and my knowledge and expertise make for a match made in heaven! Plus of course, our Evolu team is made up of equally passionate people. V: How long have you been involved in EVOLU? K: Evolu is now 16 years old – and we still have customers who started using Evolu when we first started. I’m sure they would agree we have developed some amazing products over the years. One of my roles is on R and D which has taken Evolu to another level with product development. More and more evidence is now available to confirm the benefits plant extracts have on the skin. Evolu competes on the world stage with distribution in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. And of course our home market is very strong with Evolu being available in over 100 stockists.

V: On the other end of the scale is your product good for a 60 year old? K: Yes of course, as the range caters to all skin types and conditions. I’d start with recommending Evolu’s anti-aging products and layering is the answer here, as often the skin can behave differently to how you might think it does. The routine I have explained above that I use is a good place to start. Adding in masks and eye care are of course very important too. V: What was the most attractive and appealing aspect of EVOLU? K; What isn’t there to love about Evolu? It’s beautiful in feel, fragrance, quality and of course it works. Plus it looks fantastic when you line all the products up – sounds slightly shallow I know, but this brand is all about beauty – both inside and out. I know one of the outstanding things that our customers love is the integrity behind the brand and the products so they can trust what they are getting to be true. V:Do you personally have a beauty regime you follow each morning and night? Tell us about it? K: Mornings see me cleaning with Evolu Regulating Gel Cleanser, Exfoliating with the Renewing Facial Exfoliator (3 times a week) followed by the Facial Toner. Then I warm the Evolu Certified Organic Rosehip Oil in the palms of my hands, press onto my skin. Then I apply the Firming Eye Cream, followed by the AntiAging Day Cream. Of course in summer months I use the Evolu Protective Day Cream with SPF15.

The great thing is that Evolu is also good for men (who often use their partners products) – I recommend the Regulating Gel Cleanser, Renewing Facial Exfoliator, Facial Toner and Protective Day Cream with SPF15 for men. This is a simple routine that produces excellent results!

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Verve is excited to have Sue Nicholson in this new monthly page where Sue uses her amazing gift to help our Verve readers on their journey finding their life purpose, get answers and messages from the other side or enquire about the mysteries of life...

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Hi Sue,

I am writing to you because I desperately need some ‘advice from beyond’.

I’d like to hear from my dad, to know if he is happy, I nursed him while he was dying and there were some really stressful moments and just need to know that he’s ok I guess...l Iove him dearly and miss him so much, he was my rock.

I am just coming out of a 10 year phase of ill-health, misfortune and negative energy. I ended up losing my job and many of my friends because of my health problems and I am just starting to rebuild my life. I am now finishing my degree and undertaking volunteer work in my field, hoping that this will increase my employability. I have also become very isolated and am wondering whether my relationships will start improving and if I might ever meet someone special to share my life with? I have seen you on Sensing Murder and on Good Morning giving very good advice to people, which is why I am wondering if you can help me? Many thanks, Karen Hi Karen, First of all, all I can hear are spirits clapping their hands and saying that they are very proud of you. It has been a long and difficult journey, but you have come out the other side of this. Believe in yourself. Look where you have been in comparison to where you are and where you are going. You need to become your own best friend and to be proud of yourself. The old you has now gone. There will be someone there for you and they are going to be very different from anyone you have met before. You have many angels and loved ones working with you. There is no going back — only moving forward. There are so many things you are yet to learn through your work experiences. I feel there is going to be a really big turning point coming for you in September — a totally different energy and vibration around you. I also feel that you need to keep your immune system up, perhaps by taking vitamins. Watch what you eat — I feel like root vegetables and lots of fruit will be beneficial. Your energy is still a little low and I just feel that you need to balance all areas of your life. You have come to this earth plane to help as many people as possible, but first you have to help yourself.

Karina. Hi Karina, When I am working with you dad’s energy here it is as if he is giving you a hand up. It is as if the roles have been reversed and he is helping you from the other side. He wants to bring you all the flowers I am now picturing in my mind. He wants to say thank you to you, because you put your life on hold for him. He says you can now start living, he says, “go for it, girl!” Sometimes when people are aware they are going to pass over, they are very fearful and apprehensive about what is happening to them. He says it was very stressful for him and that words would come out of his mouth that were hard. I can see he was a very proud person. He now has full use of his body back, as well as his sense of humour. He has got this really great sense of humour — he is telling me that he can take care of himself, that he doesn’t need anyone to wipe his backside! Also, I have a sensation in the back of my throat, that I can’t swallow properly — this might mean there is something in his airway, I feel that perhaps he felt he was choking, or couldn’t swallow properly. He is still going through a lot of healing. He thanks you from the bottom of his heart for all that you have done for him, for all the things you sacrificed. He wants you to not cry for him anymore and to have your life back. He is still your dad. He is still your rock, but it will be from the other side, he laughs. He has a strong presence in my room as I talk with him, effecting the electricity, so look for the flickering of lights. God bless, Sue.

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decades experience. Contrary to popular belief, thinning up top is often not due to bad luck or poor genes, but for reasons of our own making. Hormonal imbalance is common and the ever-increasing frantic pace of life certainly raises both stress and the likelihood of hair loss – as does poor diet. Eat plenty of fish, seafood and vegetables and go easy on the sugar, says Renzenbrink. Where possible, go organic:

“Olive oil is not harmful but its large molecular structure prevents penetration to the hair. Sesame oil is better. The theory with eggs is that they’re full of protein, but they need to be digested to be of any use in the body. Beer is actually very good, as it’s mildly acidic like vinegar. Using it for an occasional rinse is always good for the hair.”

“I’m coming across a lot of cases where

Hair and scalp problems can in the

there is a toxic build-up in clients due to

majority of cases be rectified. “It’s a

overexposure to pesticides.”

question of educating people,” says

Using cheap combs and brushes can also affect hair quality: “I recommend pure bristle and boar bristle brushes or vulcanite combs which are made from hardened rubber. They’re less likely to snag the hair. You’ll definitely see an improvement.” Blow-dry only when absolutely necessary and straighteners are a definite no-no. Chemical-laden hair

Renzenbrink. “Even many doctors are unaware of the science of trichology. As with most things, the sooner help for a problem like hair thinning is sought by a professional, the quicker clients can get their confidence back and begin living a normal life again.” For further info visit

Trichology Trichology (from the ancient Greek, Trikhos, meaning ‘hair’) is a form of dermatology involving the study of the scalp and hair. It’s a fast-growing industry that requires up to four years of study. Though not currently recognised as a professional medical title itself, doctors are increasingly referring patients to trichologists, who often specialise in hair loss. There are thousands of associations around the world and the oldest, The Institute of Trichologists, was founded in London in 1902. The practice is now commonly used by forensic scientists to study hairs left at crime scenes.

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WINTER ILLNESS STRIKES HAVING AN AWESOME – BUT IS IT INFLUENZA? WINTER? Well the cold has come and has everyone else welcomed it as much as I have? Winter doesn’t have to be viewed as a ‘down’ part of the year. You see, just like the earth and all living things- we need seasons. While summer, in all its blazing glory, is uplifting and vibrant, it also demands more from us. Summer is the yang season, where everything is expansive, bright and go go go. And, like everything else in this world, it needs its counterpart, winter. The yin season.

Chilly winter weather appears to have brought with it a sudden rise in influenza-like-illness (ILI) around the country but health experts say the influenza virus is not the main culprit yet. Latest ESR* general practice surveillance data shows a national consultation rate of 14.0 per 100,000 (54 influenza-like-illness consultations), which indicates that we are not yet into normal seasonal influenza activity. “Thankfully, there is still very little actual influenza circulating in the community, although we are seeing other respiratory viral infections, including common colds, and we know people often mistake them for influenza,” comments Dr Lance Jennings, a virologist and spokesperson for the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG). “Influenza usually has symptoms such as a sudden onset of illness, high fever, headache, a dry cough and illness usually lasts 7-10 days.” “The good news is it’s not too late for eligible New Zealanders to protect themselves with a free flu vaccination – the government’s subsidised season runs until July 31.” Dr Jennings says that three types of influenza virus currently in circulation are covered by the 2013 seasonal influenza vaccine. Influenza vaccinations are free for New Zealanders until the end of July if you are in one of these groups: • •

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People aged 65 and over Anyone under 65 years of age (including children) with long-term health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease (including asthma), kidney disease and most cancers Pregnant women Children aged from six months and up to five years of age who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness.

“Contrary to a widely-held myth, you cannot get influenza from the vaccine, as it does not contain any live virus. Unfortunately some people may be incubating a common cold when vaccinated and then develop respiratory symptoms due to a non-influenza virus.” For free health advice, call Healthline 0800 611 116. For advice about influenza immunisation visit or text FLU to 515. * environmental science and research

The time for slowing down, nourishing, condensing. The whole closeted, warm mugs-of-this-and-that, snuggling on the couch time of year. I have some tips for you if you like this version of winter and would prefer to keep it awesome. 1. Take care of yourself. Yes, pamper yourself! Cold and achy? Have a nice warm soak in the bath, with a hot cup of homemade lemon and ginger tea. 2. Use the uninviting weather to do the things you secretly like to do. Write in a journal, map out some goals or your dream life, read a cheesy novel, or whatever feeds you soul. 3. Eat well. Eat for nourishment. Take those leftover roast chicken carcasses and make a stock for some delicious soup. Wintery comfort food should be just as healthy as food that you eat in the warmer months. Come join me in creating your own recipe for an awesome winter season. P.S. A bit of introspection, navel-gazing if you will, is all part of the winter experience.

Brooke Steff (B.Nat, Dip Herb Med) is a naturopath and medical herbalist based in Remuera, specialising in hormonal balance, environmental medicine, detoxification and mental health. She is also a Level II Biosignature Practitioner and a Level II Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Poliquin International Certification Programme(PICP). You can contact Brooke via clinic phone 09 522 6759, email brooke@ or visit her website for any queries or appointment/bookings. See her ad in Verve’s Market Place on page 113.


The Point of Healing Words: Timothy Giles

Who knew healing could happen so fast? Painfully wrenching an ankle whilst running, I knew I was out for a month at least. A week later, I’m up and back to running thanks to acupuncture. Millions worldwide use acupuncture, its benefits are just as far reaching: the World Health Organisation (WHO) list more than 80 conditions acupuncture helps, from chronic pain, headache/ migraine, arthritis, blood pressure, depression and hay-fever. But does it hurt? I’d like to say no, but the honest answer is, it rarely hurts and then progressively very little — partly because the needles are tiny. Called filiform (meaning thread-like), the tiny stainless-steel needles are just 0.12mm to 0.35mm thick, compared to hypodermic needles at 0.80mm. They barely prick the skin. I didn’t notice needles being put into my ankle and without looking, couldn’t tell how many were used. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) imbalance of yin and yang blocks the flow of vital energy, manifesting as disease. Simply put the flow of qi and wellbeing is restored by using acupuncture on some of the more than 2000 acupuncture points on the body, connected along 12 primary qi energy pathways or meridians. This is a mystery to our medical theory as Beijing University of Chinese Medicine says, “Westerners do not grasp the essence of acupuncture techniques owing to the great difference in medical theory and thinking mode between eastern and western, and the western’s shallow cognition of TCM and acupuncture.” But WHO sees acupuncture as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions, quoting chronic pain relieved by acupuncture generally in the range of 55-85%, comparing it favourably to potent drugs (morphine helps 7085%) and far outweighing the placebo effect (30-35%), without side-effects or dependency issues. American doctors Moshe Menkel and Victor Sierpina writing in the Southern Medical Journal, I believe, have the right approach, seeing acupuncture as “a model so different from the standard medical model that we advise Western-trained physicians and students to hold a temporary suspension of disbelief to non-judgmentally approach learning about it as a system of medicine.” We may not know the how, but the why is clear. Acupuncture is a safe and highly effective therapy for a wide-ranging number of health conditions that western medicine struggles to heal. And healing is the point of this ancient therapy.

Types of Acupuncture •

Electro-acupuncture needle is inserted, electrodes attached, sending stimulating low frequency impulses through the needle. May not be noticed or, a slight tingling sensation.

Manipulative-acupuncture twiddling a needle by hand at varying speeds and directions with specific therapeutic aims.

Moxibustion: burning of healing or cleansing herbs on top of the needle.

Cupping: a glass or plastic cup is applied in a vacuum to the skin, after or during acupuncture.

Laser acupuncture, used for particularly sensitive areas, needle-phobics or small children.

Choose a qualified practitioner registered with New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) or trained and accredited by a university, e.g. AUT Faculty of Health.

Treatment Expectations The practitioner should ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. To get a complete picture of your treatment needs and what contributes to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.



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An Uplifting Winter Wonderland Soroptimist is an international organisation for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Sunday 31 June, Soroptimist (Auckland) held a prestige fundraising event for the non-profit organisation, ‘Uplift’ hosted by Delene Schoeman and Melissa-Anne Smit, two Auckland Soroptimist members. The ‘Uplift’ project donates bras to underprivileged women in many countries around the world. Often these donated bras will be the only ones these women will ever own. The event saw numerous women give generously, and many new and used bras were donated. It was a great success. For more information on ‘Uplift’ or where you can drop a contribution contact Melissa at, or visit


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DAMIR DOMA RESORT 2014 Crisp and elegant, turn to timeless white for simple, unadulterated style, Damir Doma’s headto-toe white resort looks displayed just that. Closer to home, Karen Walker, who has been doing resort for a few years, has launched her collection internationally at the same time. Resort collections can be viewed on

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1 1. NOM*d Yokomono $690 + New Moon Slip $310 Drawing influence from Malcolm McLaren’s seminal 1984 album Fans and the original Puccini opera Madame Butterfly, local designer Margi Robertson explores the melancholic tale of unrequited love, cultural clash and quite literally the passing of ships in the night - but there is nothing sad, or hit and miss, about NOM*d’s FANS SS13/14 collection. 2. Liana leather jacket by Ba&sh, $1998 For stockist details, contact Chester St Studio, 3. Flatform Sneakers by Superga, $107 Well loved Superga sneakers are now available in flatforms! Buy now from Verve tip: order a whole size up as these shoes are made bigger than usual.



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STREETstyle. Words and Photography : Amy Mackay





BRRR! It feels like winter has officially arrived and that means big jackets, cardigans and lots of layers are coming out! We took to the streets (despite the cold) to find stylish Aucklander’s and what they’re wearing.



1. Sunni knit tank from Tigerlily 2. Rassamun cardi from Tigerlily 3. Prada Handbag

1. Jacket from Bardot Australia 2. Karen Walker necklace 3. Shirt from Forever 21



1. Myra Jacket from Tigerlily 2. Farras Dress from Tigerlily 3. Beau Coops boots

1. Blazer from Celeb Boutique 2. Country Road jeans 3. Heels by Siren



1. Jacket by The Ilvia Community 2. Shirt by I Love Ugly 3. Vintage Pants 4. Converse Chuck Taylors

1. Cardigan from Service 2. Shirt by Deux Ex Machina 3. Skinny jeans by Hell

JOSIE 1. Bassike ‘Tank with Tails’ Singlet 2. Camo shirt by People VS 3. Nike Roshe Runs

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1. Sharn by Mikko Shoes 2. Envelope Clutch by Fendi

BRING THE WILD HOME Stuffed Bird from KOKO Classics 2 Williamson Avenue Grey Lynn

3. Vintage Animal print coat by Celine 4. Sunglasses by Illesteva x Zac Posen 5. Anna by Mikko Shoes 6. Ange by Mikko Shoes 7. Silk-chiffon blouse by Saint Laurent 8. Printed jean by Stella Mccartney 9. Scarf by Gucci 10. Eden by Mikko Shoes 11. Faux python belt by Stella Mccartney


The Making of the Matriach

‘The best thing you can wear to an interview is confidence,” says Libby Young, quoting Dress for Success founder Nancy Lublin. “That is what we do, we’re here to help women on that first step to job success. Get them dressed, feeling confident and knowing that they will do well in their interview.”

Words: Inger-Lisa Hurst

Sixteen years ago, 23-year-old American, Nancy Lublin set up Dress for Success – a charity with the aim of helping women get back into the workforce. Three years later, Judi Hartly brought the idea to New Zealand, instigating what is now a successful nation wide charity, which is renowned for its ongoing support of women in the community.

The proof is in the pudding, as Dress for Success referrals become increasingly common. “We know from referring organisations that it works,” says Libby. “We’ve talked to CEO’s of these companies and they say that something happens when women come to us, which they think definitely helps them get the job.”

“The clothes and the outfit aren’t the whole picture,” says Libby, Executive Director of Dress for Success in Auckland. “They help to make a great first impression, but the whole thing is about a woman going to an interview and feeling confident. Remembering who she is and reigniting her drive to succeed.” The charity doesn’t stop at the first outfit however, Dress For Success, Auckland continues to support women with a second dressing once they have got a job and a career development programme, which includes networking opportunities and mentoring.

All of the clothes, shoes, jewellery and make up at Dress for Success are donated either by individuals or from supporting businesses. But at a cost of $160 to dress each woman, Libby and her small team Ange Bevan and Angela Smith are constantly on the lookout for sponsors and fundraising opportunities. This year the Auckland organisation has already pulled together a fantastic calendar of events, including an afternoon tea with singer-song writer Carly Binding, a glamorous cocktail evening hosted by comedian Jaquie Brown with guest speaker Kathryn Wilson as well as a series of Trade Me auctions selling feature garments that local celebrities, musicians and television personalities have worn, titled ‘As Seen on the Stars.’

Dress for Success in Auckland’s Mt Eden has 120 volunteers who together dress, style and mentor 1800 women each year, with some of the volunteers having once been clients of the charity themselves. “We learn here how quickly you can lose your confidence,” says Libby. “Successful women who have had to take time out of the workforce for any number of reasons, can be knocked back the longer they look for work. But something happens when they come here, something in them changes.”

“We’re excited at where Dress For Success Auckland is heading.” For more information on sponsorship or fundraising events visit or contact


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Your questions answered by

Meghan Maher Repertoire’s Style Director


Every time I shop a sale, I buy garments that I don’t need. How can I avoid making bad buying decisions?

Time to refresh and recycle by decluttering your wardrobe and giving those clothes you’re no longer wearing an exit strategy! Most women only wear about 20% of their clothes so imagine how easy it would be if you created more space to see your favourites. Think about replacing the old with quality investment pieces that are timeless and always in trend. Sweetie stocks an everchanging range of designer in-season brands at affordable prices. You’ll find fancy frocks, fabulous footwear and unique one-off pieces at Remuera’s pre-loved treasure trove – Sweetie can put your designer look together for much less.

The key to successful shopping is to purchase clothing that you love, treasure and feel gorgeous in. Always keep this in mind when shopping a sale and be very careful not to be swayed by price. The most important thing to remember is that it was not a bargain if it sits in your wardrobe for years having never been worn. Consider whether you would buy this sale item/s at full price? If not I would recommend doing the walk away test. Be careful not to leave your decision making for too long as items can move very quickly in a good sale. Here are a few shopping tips to help you shop wisely during sale time: • When shopping a sale take along someone you trust who will give you a truthful opinion. Or work with a shop assistant whose opinion you trust and value • When you think about purchasing an item consider the whole outfit. Do you have something at home to wear it with? If not spend the extra money as an investment in your wardrobe and buy the whole outfit to avoid those orphans in your wardrobe • Buy the right size and don’t be tempted to buy good bargains in smaller sizes. If you are tempted to buy a larger size, consider the cost of having it altered. Try on everything, don’t just buy it because it looks great on a hanger and is a good price. I guarantee you will minimize buying mistakes by ensuring that you have enough time to make considered decisions and by following some of these tips. Have tons of fun shopping the Winter 13 sales. Top: Chanel knee-high leather boots Bottom: Ashley Fogel leather jacket


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BUY HAPPINESS Words: Jackie O’Fee

I recently opened a bank account for my 13-year-old son and gave him an eftpos card. At dinner that evening he pronounced “I’m so happy, I’ve got $20 and an eftpos card!” My husband and I smiled – imagine being 13 and that was all it took to make you happy? This week has been one of those ‘I love what I do’ weeks. On Tuesday I worked with a delightful lady who wanted an outfit to wear to her sons’ wedding early next month in Maui. The fact she had left it until what many would consider the last minute to buy, gives away her absolute abhorrence of shopping. As a bigger-than-the-size-most-stores-go-to woman, with self-described “lumpy bits”, any shopping she did do was confined to pure necessity, and often from behind her computer screen. She approached the idea of shopping with a stylist experience with enormous trepidation. Starting with a baseline such as this it’s pretty easy to delight. Admittedly though, when your client is having such a fabulous time trying things she would never usually try, and getting really excited by the process, it’s totally infectious. At the end of the afternoon we had the full outfit (including jewellery, shoes and handbag) sorted and I was being smothered in hugs and kisses while my client shed tears of joy. I never doubted that we would get everything done, but wow – that was a great outcome.

I’ve finished my week working with another special woman who is the recipient of a ‘Win a $5000 makeover’ prize (which not only includes our services, but also spending money and two nights at the Hilton). A self-confessed country girl who’d previously never won anything, Donna soaked up absolutely every last bit of pampering and our recommendations like a sponge. As I write this, she’s sitting with our hairdresser Mark getting a gorgeous new cut and colour and she’s brimming with excitement. Both of these experiences really underscore the impact of what you look like has on how you feel. We might know this at a surface level, but taking steps to look your very best takes that surface knowledge deep into our psyche. Looking

great generates a truly positive emotional response – and wearing clothes you love can do the same. If you’re choosing garments that you can’t get excited about or that you don’t love wearing, then you need to take a moment to pause – you’re short-changing yourself. Quite frankly, life can be tough enough without denying yourself pleasure where you can get it. If you’d like a life-changing shopping expedition (or perhaps just a hand) give Signature Style a call on (09) 529 5115. Want to meet us first? Pop in to have a no obligation chat with one of our team – we make great coffee and tea and we’d love to meet you! Or see our ad in Verve’s Market Place on page 113.


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A Stitch in Time Exclusive garment and shoe brands sourced predominantly from the United States are the realm of Sarah Barty’s boutique Little Stitch, located within Newmarket’s Osborne Lane.

Losing her husband and business partner to cancer in 2008 forced Sarah to reprioritise her life and while many would have stumbled, she rose to the challenge.

Labels such as Fifteen Twenty, Level 99, Donna Morgan, Suzi Chin, Red Engine and Charles Philip shoes are just some of the exciting designers the store currently stocks, with brands such as Elizabeth & James sunglasses and Rachel Zoe shoes and bags to be added in the coming months.

It’s this drive and determination that inspired Sarah to continue her focus on fashion and take her business to the next level.

Sarah – who has run her own fashion wholesale business since 2003, has held a long-standing ambition to enter retail with exclusive high-end designer garments for the sophisticated woman. With an eye for fashion and a passion for the industry, Sarah has now fulfilled the dream with Little Stitch, an intimate space in popular Newmarket. As a busy mother of three, Sarah’s journey has been both challenging and rewarding.

“Opening Little Stitch is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and an achievement I am incredibly proud of,” Sarah says. “I originally started the business out of frustration at not being able to find casual clothes appropriate for young mothers, however over time our style has evolved alongside changing needs and our focus is now very much on sophisticated fashion. I can’t wait to share my style with the rest of Auckland,” Sarah says. Little Stitch Boutique is the exclusive New Zealand stockist of David Lerner, Rachel Zoe, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent and Tucker.

Above: Owner, Sarah Barty

Left: Store front on Osborne Lane

Far left: Interior of store

India by Tuk-Tuk

Above: Team Kupe; Hamish, Andy and Steve (L to R) and their Rickshaw sponsored by MedSailors

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

On three wheels, three Kiwis in their thirties raised over three thousand dollars for two charities travelling four thousand kilometres through India in a tuk-tuk named Betty Swollocks. Their name is Team Kupe.

celebrities, people crowded round us wherever we stopped.”

“I’d always wanted to go to India, but I always wanted a reason instead of just doing the clichéd hippy thing,” says Andy McLean. When I ask how they decided upon their route it became clear just how seriously Andy took his job as the team’s risk assessment manager. “Oh, we didn’t really talk about it until we got there and bought our first map,” he says. “We aimed for Goa but it would’ve taken too long so we concentrated on a mainly inland route. We were lucky. The worst that happened was a couple of flat tyres. Some rickshaws collided with buses or caught fire. One team hit a cow.”

“Absolutely. Many of the restaurants don’t see white guys so they’d walk round searching for cutlery. We were quite happy to eat with our hands – especially after they’d find an old spoon at the back of a shelf, wipe it on a grubby cloth and hand it over to us!”

The Rickshaw Run is an annual rally-type event organised by The Adventurists. There is an entrance fee and competitors must also raise at least $2,000 for good causes. Half the money is distributed locally, the other half to charities of choice. Team Kupe opted for UNICEF as they work both in India and New Zealand. Andy’s two team-mates were Steve Brown and Hamish Dobbie (founder of YOLKR, featured in April’s Verve). “Our route was unique,” says Andy. “For the first four days we didn’t see a white person, which was fun. In each town we were like

So you experienced the full-force of Indian hospitality?

The police were not always so obliging. The team were pulled over three times, twice for photos and once to be shaken-down for a bribe: “We asked for a receipt and the cop started freaking out. We paid 350 rupees in the end, which is about ten bucks.” Common ground was always found through cricket. When Jesse Ryder’s name was dropped the three guys were amazed to hear youngsters, who could barely speak English, point to their heads and say ‘coma’. “We gave a cricket ball to a kid whose parents’ village hotel we stayed in,” says Andy. “The ball was made in India, but purchased New Zealand and they’re like gold-dust out there. It was humbling that something so simple could give that kind of pleasure.” One of Andy’s ever-lasting memories will be of breathtaking early-morning drives: “India doesn’t start cranking until nine or ten so before then you have the roads to

yourselves and can watch the world get up. In the south especially, when you’re driving alongside beautiful rivers and rainforests as the sun rises, it’s quite a sight.” They encountered local wildlife including monkeys, snakes, cows and wild dogs. “I was the only one who’d had the rabies injection,” says Andy, “so the other two said if we came across any rabid canines, it was up to me to tackle them. I wasn’t too keen on doing that.” Their tuk-tuk could handle a steady speed of 45 km/h, though did manage 78 “going downhill with us all leaning forward.” But there was no rush, no prize for first place and the three wanted to make the most of their month in India. Others were more competitive but the roads were treacherous enough in daylight so Andy and the team opted not to night drive (“mountain passes in the dark are never a good idea”). One Danish team drove for 36 hours straight. “You see people living in abject poverty yet they’re still happy with life,” says Andy. “It makes you realise how lucky we are and makes you appreciate New Zealand even more.” Would he do it again? “Yes, it’s such a great way to travel and see the country, but I’d take a different route” he says, then pauses and smiles. “But I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.”

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Colours of India Words: Deanna Tolj

Landing at Delhi airport I wait for the craziness to begin. I had imagined a scene from the Amazing Race with crowds of people all trying to coerce us into their taxi, but I am met with a peaceful calm – this isn’t the first time I am proven wrong in India! After a quick hotel stop to shower and change, we jump on the local metro into Old Delhi. Once we have pushed and shoved our way into a carriage I am again surprised to feel the coolness of air conditioning, I guess as the metro carries millions per day this is considered a necessity! We arrive at Chandi Chowk. Compared to New Delhi the Old City is much closer to the image conjured up in my head. We walk through the narrow winding streets that pulsate in a kaleidoscope of colours, dazzling saris and stalls of anything you can imagine being sold. We visit the beautiful Jami Masjid Mosque and then travel by cycle rickshaw back through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. The traffic is incredible – cows, goats and dogs – all vying for space on the road against the array of transport used here. Old Delhi is full of life and a wonderful introduction to the ‘real’ India. We pass by the Red Fort on our way out of the city. The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort rise 33 metres above the clamour of Old Delhi – a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city. The following day we hit the road for our hair-raising drive to Agra. On the new

highway there doesn’t seem to be any real concept of lanes which led to some of the best games of ‘chicken’ ever, with neither driver wanting to give way. Early rise the following morning we visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s most perfect and poetic building, at sunrise. 300 years have elapsed since its construction, yet it stands today unscarred by age – its beauty and symmetry seemingly transcending man, time and space. First in line at the gate, armed with our cups of Masala chai tea, we are ready to be first in the doors to get an amazing photo with no people around. Words cannot do the Taj Mahal justice – its incredible detail simply has to be seen to be appreciated. Next stop the tigers! Ranthambore National Park, this is one of the best examples of India’s conservation projects. The game drive begins early, as well as tigers, this includes leopards (which we were lucky enough to spot), jackals and foxes as well as the crested hawk-eagle and much more. The suddenly we see him, the great tiger meandering through the thick bushes and into the waterhole, time for a morning cooldown. Last but definitely not least, we visit the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur – also known as the Pink City – which is a fantastic way

to finish off my nine-day itinerary in India. The array of rainbow coloured saris and glittering gold jewellery is breathtaking. You could go insane shopping in Jaipur. There is a street bazaar inside the walled city which is full of tempting treasures to take home. The elephant quilt for my bed is a great memory of this hectic shopping experience. We visit the well-preserved City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armoury: It’s more like a museum than a palace, giving great insight into its history. Last stop – Amber Fort located on the outskirts of Jaipur. This impressive hilltop fortress possesses what must be the world’s finest Chamber of Mirrors and affords glorious views of the surrounding plains. India will leave an impression on you and the images will remain with you long after you arrive back home. Lasting images of the workmen all piled on top of trucks and buses, the brilliance of the colours and the friendly faces of the children who wave and smile as you take their photos. Be prepared to be inspired, bewildered, excited and thrilled – that’s India!

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Get the Barrier Bug Words: Timothy Giles

Winter is here, the chilly season of colds and the flu. While most of us will be taking steps against them, this winter there is one bug Aucklanders really should catch. It is called the ‘Barrier Bug’ and infects visitors to Great Barrier Island. Symptoms which are well known to island residents and regular visitors include: A subtle sense of peacefulness and wellbeing. Loss of memory about responsibilities back on the mainland. In severe cases this can develop into gradual loss of memory of the mainland. A persistent urge to wave at oncoming traffic and to stop and chat with everyone you meet. Calm and restorative sleep, energising afternoon naps. Heightened awareness and appreciation of the beauty of nature around you. There is no known cure and most people are affected for the rest of their lives. Great Barrier Island is increasingly sought out by international tourists but even though it is right on our doorstep, the majority of Aucklanders have yet to experience the Barrier’s natural beauty and slice of life the way New Zealand once was. The Barrier’s untouched appeal is partly because almost 60% of the island is administered by the Department. of Conservation, recognition of the precious nature of the Barrier’s flora and fauna. The island is home to the North Island Kaka Parrot, Banded Rail, Black Petrel and the New Zealand Dotterel. The Pateke or Brown Teal is among the world’s rarest duck and some 600 of the 1000 or so remaining, make their home on the Barrier. There are 13 different species of lizard found on the island, Niho Taniwha (the Chevron Skink), one of our largest and rarest lizards is found only on Great Barrier and Little Barrier Islands. However, Auckland residents should not be so rare on the island. Two airlines service the island and Sealink ferries


run a constant schedule, with sailings specifically timed to suit a weekend getaway. By ferry you can take your own car to explore what is after Stewart Island, our fourth largest island at 285 square kilometres and nearly 45 kilometres long.

Win a Getaway Weekend to Great Barrier Island!

Accommodation is plentiful, with rented baches, backpackers, eco-stays and BnB’s to the iconic Great Barrier Lodge that overlooks Whangaparapara harbour, whose calm waters protected Radio Hauraki’s original pirates, and the very wharf they tied the Tiri to. If yours is a weekend stay, you will want to book for the ‘long table.’ A fun, four-course degustation with matching wines where locals and visitors share one long-table in a relaxed evening of fine cuisine and island conviviality.

You could win a Sealink car ferry return trip for vehicle and passengers (two adults and up to two kids). Two nights accommodation at Great Barrier Lodge plus a guided tour of Glenfern Sanctuary!*

Great Barrier Lodge is surrounded by walks on trails recently upgraded by DOC. To truly appreciate the Barrier, a trip to Glenfern Sanctuary is a must. At the sanctuary a two kilometre predator proof fence has enabled the entire 230 hectare Kotuku Peninsula to regenerate native bush and bird-life. Guided tours can be booked and accommodation is available in historic Fitzroy House (built 1901) or Glenfern Cottage (1923), beautifully positioned above Karaka Bay. All visitors to the Barrier are advised to take a torch, because there is no reticulated electricity supply on the island. When visiting the sanctuary, take a recorder – the birdsong a is memorable and uplifting symphony. Proof of success and reward for the dedication of the small team and regular volunteers that maintain this natural New Zealand treasure. What other must do’s are there on Great Barrier Island? As Great Barrier Lodge Manager ‘Archie’ Archibald says, “there is nothing you must do. Plenty of options but absolutely nothing that must be done.” He seems to have caught the Barrier bug, maybe you should too. For more info visit:

Consolation 3 x Sealink car ferry for vehicle and passengers, 2 adult up to two 2 kids (or 4 adults).* Interested? Be in to win this amazing prize by visiting Select the competitions tab at top left of the page. Good Luck! *Conditions apply

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Above: Welcome to Great Barrier Lodge

Above: Frolic at Port Fitzroy Harbour

Right: Glenfern Sanctuary


HOW TO GET TO THE BEACH HOUSE Guests should fly from Auckland to Fua’amotu International Airport in Tonga. From Fua’amotu guests will take a short domestic flight to Vava’u, where they’ll be met, and transferred to the island of Fofoa. Minimum stay: 3 nights Sleeps 4 adults or a family of 5 Website : Phone: + 676 7556 050 or + 676 7515 981 Email: COMING SOON: HONEYMOON FALE!

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Share The Dream Words: F. Harrison

In a world of frenetic activity, The Beach House stands apart as a destination so far away from it all, you feel as if you have reached the very edge of the earth. Situated on Fofoa, an island in the breathtakingingly beautiful Vava’u archipelago, this unique holiday home stands apart as a destination that will calm the mind and restore body and soul. At The Beach House, there is space and time to reconnect with what really matters; family, friends, the wonder of nature, and the simple uncomplicated things in life that make us feel happiest. Immerse yourself in all there is to do, for instance, the ultimate deep-sea fishing experience, snorkelling that will amaze, kayaking, diving, and swimming with giant humpback whales. Or choose to do little more then laze around in a hammock, revel in a massage, or sunbathe on your own private beach with a good book. Enjoy exclusive accommodation in the form of an eco-holiday home that virtually hangs over the water. Designed to blend in with the surrounding habitat, this inspired beach house has been built from natural materials sourced from the island, right down to the sea-washed coral rock used in the walls and the soft textured coconut wood flooring. The showers are to die for… elevated and bamboo-clad with views out towards the surrounding natural environment.

have a wealth of knowledge of local customs, geography, flora, fauna and sea life. Boris, a champion fisherman, knows precisely where to catch the best fish, and Karyn, a qualified massage therapist, has the hands of a massage angel. The Beach House, offers its own special brand of intrepid luxury, space to breathe, relax and reinvigorate. One hundred percent sustainable and solar-powered, this is eco-tourism at its absolute best.

20 OF THE BEST BITS FROM MY STAY AT THE BEACH HOUSE (It was hard to keep this list short!): 1.

The hosts, Karyn and Boris. Seriously the most wonderful people.


The sound of the waves at night.


The stunning bedroom. I had the best sleeps ever.


Taking a shower in my bamboo clad shower space.


The view from The Beach House. Words cannot do it justice; it’s perfect.


Our own private beach. The sand is the cleanest and whitest I have ever seen.


Exploring the island.


The photo opportunities.


Getting there. Flying over hundreds of reefed islands. An incredible sight.

10. The crystal clear waters and the colours of the sea.

The bedrooms are the sort you would like to wake up in every day of your life. Roomy and romantic, each opens onto a secluded deck with views across the blue lagoon. From here you are sure to see turtles, eagle rays and blue trevallies chasing sardines in crystal clear turquoise waters, and from July-Oct, you can even whale-watch the humpbacks as they cruise by.

11. For me – this was the ‘true’ South Pacific.

Hosts Karyn and Boris, both with strong backgrounds in hospitality, had a dream to create something unique, a place where guests could come to rebalance and refocus, while sharing in the pristine beauty of their island surrounds, and their desire to lead a better life.

16. Drinking piña colada sundowners made with the fresh coconut milk.

For them, nothing is too much trouble; their guests’ comfort is paramount. Both

“Enjoy unique accommodation in the form of an eco-holiday home that virtually hangs over the water. Designed to blend in with the surrounding habitat, this inspired beach house has been built from natural materials sourced from the island, right down to the sea-washed coral rock used in the walls and the soft textured coconut wood flooring.”

12. Lying on a beanbag lounger on the deck reading a book. 13. Seeing the guys return triumphant from a day of deep-sea fishing. 14. Eating the freshly caught, perfectly barbequed mahi mahi on the deck. 15. Learning to make fresh coconut milk from coconuts gathered on the island.

17. A 90 minute blissful massage. 18. No phones! 19. The world beneath the surface of the water – as seen when snorkelling. Beautiful and totally addictive. 20. Kayaking to nearby neighbouring islands.

The Beach House supports VEPA (Vava’u Environmental Protection Association). By staying here your very presence will contribute to the local community via an integrated donation to ‘Utu ha loto poto preschool in Hunga.

When Boris invited us to go fishing, I assumed it we would go out to a nice spot and hang our lines off the boat, but what a surprise there was in store for us. Game fishing with Boris was an unforgettable experience, certainly one to tick off on the bucket list. Returning home with a boat laden with mahi mahi and memories of the near-miss experience of a marlin that got away, I felt like a gambler who experiences the thrill of a big win and needs to go back and do it again. I will be back. I subsequently found out that Boris is a very serious game fisherman and was the winner of the TIBET* in 2010 and 2011, and went on to compete in the World Championships in Mexico in 2012. What a privilege it was to learn game fishing from such a pro, one who is still passionately excited every minute he is out fishing. Thank you Boris for the amazing experience of a lifetime. – Charles *Tongan International Billfish Tournament

Fishing Spa Special: Wellbeing And Whale Safari Special: MONDAY 14 TO WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER Renowned well-being holiday company, Reclaim Your Self, is launching a brand new and exclusive holiday this October at The Beach House. This amazing spa holiday combines 10 days of meditation, wholesome healthy meals, massages and the opportunity to swim with whales, known to have a beneficial, stress-relieving impact on human health. This is an unique opportunity to experience a truly unspoilt part of the world. If you have an undiscovered explorer spirit within you, then this holiday is for you! The holiday is truly exclusive - limited to four people – and includes accommodation in a twin or double room and three

delicious healthy meals a day. The programme also includes: / Daily meditation sessions / Three whale safaris / A welcome massage to ease travel tiredness and the option to book more / Plenty of time to relax and explore using complimentary kayaks for island hopping / A traditional umu full moon feast on the nearby island of Lape / Sailing and diving can be arranged at an extra cost. Reclaim Your Self was set up by healthy holiday expert Jools Sampson. Over the last seven years she and her experienced team have been running retreats all over the world. To book visit

AUGUST 12 – SEPTEMBER 13 2013 The Beach House is offering a package deal including 5 nights accommodation, transfers and 3 days fishing for only 1,200NZ$ pp (based on 4 people).

For more info on The Beach House, visit or email: info@ Like them on Facebook: TheBeachHouseTonga

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Recipes from The Beach House Happy ‘Api Lime and Poppy Seed Loaf INGREDIENTS 125g butter 1 cup sugar 1 large lime (or 2 if you like a more intense taste) 2 eggs beaten 1½ cups flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼ cup poppy seeds ½ cup milk ¼ cup icing sugar


Beat butter and sugar until creamy.


Add lime rind and then eggs.


Mix well, and then add dry ingredients and poppy seeds.


Lastly add the milk.


Bake at 180°C for 1 hour.


As soon as the cake is out of the oven, pierce it all over then pour over the lime juice and icing sugar mix.


Delicious served with yoghurt and chopped mint.

Musti’s Hot Sauce Careful it’s addictive! INGREDIENTS 1 net bag of garlic (peeled and chopped) Same amount of ginger 6 - 8 onions 2 - 3 bags of chilli White vinegar Rice vinegar Balsamic vinegar Black peppercorns Salt


Boil all the ingredients in the vinegar, (approximately 150 200ml) for about 1 hour with a little extra water. Blend in a food processor. Done!


The great thing about this recipe is that it’s slightly different each time depending on your preferences (i.e. more or less chilli).


Belgorod: The Story of My“White City” Words: Violetta Ushakova

When I first arrived in New Zealand five years ago, I knew no one would know the city I was from in Russia. After all, it was even quite unknown to Muscovites, and was very provincial. The look of the city hadn’t changed for years. When I left in 2008 it was mainly comprised of a mixture of single-level houses with rickety gates and unpresentable Soviet-style apartment blocks. There were no expressways, no flash shopping malls, no world famous fitness centers, no McDonalds. Years ago, it felt worth leaving for a better life in New Zealand. Over time, as I have come back to visit my family and friends however, Belgorod has become unrecognisable to me. There still are some single-level houses with fallen plaster around them, but next to them now stand new modern building blocks, high-end boutiques with designer clothes and famous restaurants that are part of the Moscow dining scene. Many Muscovites have now invested their money into businesses here, and when I come home I see many cars with Moscow registration plates driving around the city. So many new services are available – there is so much more to see and do that it feels a little like Moscow itself. Yet it is not only the look of my city that had changed. Over time, these changes have begun to reveal themselves in the city’s social relations: in people’s interactions with each other and in their sense of who they are. In Belgorod, it has become very fashionable to use English words. English is present not just in advertising, music, shopping malls and food menus, but in everyday communication, both in casual and in professional environments. When I was a teenager, when I was still living in the provincial town I knew, people would give you a strange look when you would say “parking” (instead of “parkovka”) or “city mall” (instead of “torgovy tsentr”). Today it is rather the other way around, and people look at you strangely if you don’t use the English words that have become the norm – like saying “ok” instead of “horosho.”

This amount of change in such a short amount of time is astonishing. Along with cultural, linguistic and technological shifts, there have been rapid changes in fashion and in how people present themselves. There are many new so-called “fastfashion” shops where one can buy a piece of the latest fashion trend at an affordable price. The average Russian person does not look like a stereotypical Russian anymore; there are fewer guys in the street wearing tracksuits or girls wearing high heels!

Above: Russian orthodox church in Belgorod, Russia

Russia today is going through a radically new type of social development. Rapidly, it is becoming more reminiscent of the Western world. Advertising flourishes now, everywhere. My generation, the generation that has grown up to a considerable degree consuming American culture, understands its value system more than older generations. There are now so many entertainment centres, sport venues, supermarkets, banks, and other organisations that place great importance on delivery of customer service. Many services are now delivered via the latest technology. Almost every bank in my city today offers internet banking apps for Apple or Android. I was very surprised to discover this because only five years ago people in the bank didn’t know what Internet banking was.

Today youth in Belgorod shop at places like Zara, Mango, Esprit, and other European brands similar to Valley Girl, Temt and Country Road, which makes them look more like their counterparts in England or Germany. Today, young people are more likely to choose comfort over glamour and wear flat shoes and scarves as an accessory, instead of gold chains and rings. The number of shopping malls continues to grow: the Russian market is ready for them, and even provincial corners of the country like my old hometown have turned into cosmopolitan centers.

Russia today is going through a radically new type of social development. Rapidly, it is becoming more reminiscent of the Western world.

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Skiing Blind Words: Timothy Giles

Skiing is uplifting. Just the view on a clear day from the top of a long downhill run lifts the soul at least as high as it does the body. It is one of winter’s greatest gifts. But I have to admit that I am not a courageous skier and courage is needed to arc commandingly down a mountainside when falling is the most readily available brake. Yes, I know that an able-skier can halt in a heart-beat with an impressively abrupt kick of powder. So, I seem to have also admitted that I am not a skillful skier either. It is true, I am a timid and clumsy skier. I am however an enthusiastic one. And one source of my enthusiasm was a Whakapapa encounter with a Parnell ski team. Midway up the mountain I saw a familiar face, an old school mate. Having seen little of him since we’d finished our time in the menacing male-only institution that broods atop Mountain Road in Auckland, we congratulated ourselves on escaping unharmed. But he cut me short, “I gotta go, my partner’s ready for another run.” I was perplexed. What did he mean? “Your partner’s here skiing?” “Yeah mate gotta go,” he said jauntily. “But she’s blind?” “Yeah mate, we’ll catch you at the bottom.” And off he swept. I say swept, because he skies that way, in fact, as I soon saw, she does too. Smooth rapid movement that effortlessly glide across and down the mountain. Moments after he skied off, she swooshed past too. An agile, athletic blur. She was in fact a New Zealand representative downhill skier, training with the help of her sighted partner. Naturally enough, I was inspired. A little humiliated by my own fully-sighted anxiety and inability, but nonetheless inspired. The Foundation for the Blind has a programme to support visually impaired and blind Aucklanders to experience the thrill and freedom of skiing.

John Scott is the Executive Officer of Blind Sport New Zealand and says skiing is part of a comprehensive programme of sports for the visually impaired that includes, athletics, cycling, fishing, hockey, cricket, bowls, judo, fusball, sailing and more. For skiing he says, “we currently run a camp as well as an introduction to skiing every two years. This was previously held at the end of October last year. We base ourselves in Orewa and take our blind and/or visually impaired students skiing at Snowplanet, near Silverdale. The camp is intended to be a precursor to some of our other ski programmes.” Programmes which go all the way up to training for international competitive

ski-racing. To deliver these programmes support is needed and if you’d like to volunteer with time, resources or a financial contribution do get in touch with John directly. I was lucky enough to volunteer on one onmountain ski camp and got back far more than I put in — I was inspired. Why not get that for yourself too? For more info: John Scott, Executive Officer Blind Sport New Zealand Email: Website:


Italian Love Affair Vibrant Venice is a city that looks great from any angle. Words: Sara Bunny

With scenery to die for, a proud and vibrant cultural heritage and delicious cuisine at every turn, Venice is a city that is much lauded in more tourist brochures than you can shake a stick at. Believe the hype. This ancient floating city is well worth a visit. Situated on top of 118 small islands, the city occupies the northeastern corner of Italy’s iconic boot-shaped peninsula. The islands are linked through a network of about 140 canals crossed with countless bridges, and make for a setting so unique the entire city of Venice is listed as a World Heritage Site. When it comes to navigating the terrain, the gondola (a traditional narrow, flatbottomed Venetian rowboat) is a tourist favourite. However, for a faster and far cheaper way to get around, do as the Italians do and jump aboard a vaporetto. Originally steam-powered, they weave up and down the Venetian waterways and can drop you off at a range of places throughout the city. Although the scenery goes by at a faster pace than from a gondola, the views of the Grand Canal are just as spectacular and you can also hitch a ride to some of the neighbouring islands including Lido and Murano. In between cruising the canals, the city’s paved streets are unbeatable for wandering. Meandering lanes beckon, charming bridges beg to be crossed and there are pizza and gelato shops aplenty to keep you fed and hydrated along the

way. Just keep an eye on the calendar – these pristine pathways can become flooded during the acqua alta (high water) season in November and December. Near the heart of the city all roads lead to the main public square, Piazza San Marco. Staying Zen amidst the inevitable tourist hordes can require the mind power of a Jedi master, but the striking architecture and sheer presence of the place truly makes up for it. The ornate St Mark’s basilica and the Venetian gothicstyle Doge’s Palace, located at the end of the square, are mesmerising landmarks straight out of the history books. Also in keeping with the city’s rich sense of history is the famous Carnival of Venice. The annual ‘carnevale’ sees the streets awash with elaborate costumes and the distinctive masks that have become one of the symbols of the city. Other events in the bustling Venetian cultural calendar include the Venice International Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Festa del Redentore, and the Regata Storica, which involves costume parades and gondola races on the Grand Canal.

The Venice Biennale A large-scale art exhibition that brings together top contemporary artists from around the world, the Venice Biennale is currently taking place throughout the city. Representing New Zealand at the 2013 event, the 55th Biennale, is celebrated sculptor, photographer and installation artist Bill Culbert, who is known for using fluorescent light tubes in his work. Culbert’s exhibit forms the centrepiece of the New Zealand pavilion, located in a prime site near the Piazza San Marco. The expansive artwork includes familiar objects such as tables and chairs that have been altered, energised and lifted out of the ordinary by Culbert’s signature use of light. The event began in June and runs until November.

Whether you are on a whistle-stop tour or plan to stay a while, this city never fails to impress. But put down the guidebooks, Venice is the sort of place that is best discovered at your own pace, gelato in hand, as you get lost among the cobblestone streets.

Above: Bill Culbert, Drop (2013). Photograph by Jennifer French

Left: Venice’s main highway, the bustling Grand Canal

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Exquisite wallpaper, fabric, wall stickers and accessories Sarah Sheild and Annabel Taylor are delighted to be back in the Ponsonby neighbourhood with their new Paper Room store at 25 Jervois Road  (at the Three Lamps end, opposite Taylor Boutique and along from Letham Gallery). Originally based in Maidstone Street, Ponsonby, they headed to Takapuna last year and are over the moon to be back on this side of the bridge. Their store is filled with the latest designer wallpapers, fabrics, books and interior accessories from around the globe. They love sourcing new and exciting products and working with customers on their interiors and renovation projects to achieve a home with personality. If you are thinking of renovating or have a commercial project and want a real point of difference, speak to Sarah or Annabel at Paper Room.  Representing internationally acclaimed designers such as Tracy Kendall, Deborah Bowness, Louise Body, Go Home, Elli Popp, Miss Print, Florence Broadhurst, Minakani Lab, and Emma Hayes (a fabulous Auckland designer), they are always sourcing new and exciting wallpapers, wall stickers and interior accessories. Paper Room offers a fabulous range of wall murals and maps from Europe, and the latest range of wallpapers and home accessories from Orla Kiely, in fact, they have inspiration for all; and if you can’t wait to visit, you can always shop online at or email Their doors are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm.  They look forward to sharing their new home filled with design inspiration with you!

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Hot Right Now Words: Inger-Lisa Hurst



“Tired of complicated girly products aimed at men promoted by dudes with six packs that left us smelling like a flower shop,” the locally owned and operated Dirty Man team decided to craft their own range of men’s skincare products right here in New Zealand. Getting rid of all the girly ‘hoo-ha’ of existing products created by femininefocused ‘corporate monsters,’ Dirty Man use only quality plant based ingredients free of all the badies such as Aluminium, Parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Look after yourself or your man and try the brand new range of deodorants, out now! For stockists and more information visit



Considered a wardrobe staple for 2013, emerald is the perfect hue to wear this winter to liven up the season, which can often feel grey and dreary. Emerald is renowned for enhancing our sense of well-being, promoting balance and harmony with various shades influencing a number of fashion collections and red carpet appearances this year. Associated with the precious gemstone, emerald can be worn on any occasion and against all skin tones – add some sparkle to your wardrobe this winter with this classic and sophisticated shade.



“Once the domain of farmers and factory workers,” overalls have made a “surprisingly fashionable comeback,” claims Considered a bit of a fashion risk, overalls have recently featured in collections by 3.1 Phillip Lim and Chloé (as elegant evening wear no less), as well as being worn by ‘street-style favourite’ and Russian Fashion Director Anya Ziourova. Perhaps you are feeling a little daring this season? For more tips on how to wear them right visit


A “crossiant-donut hybrid,” the Cronut has become something of a global sensation in the last few months. Launched in May, the Cronut was first created by New York pastry chef Dominque Ansel and has since become the “most viral dessert item to date.” New Yorkers have been queuing outside Ansel’s bakery from 3:30am to get their hands on their fix. The intense demand also led to scalpers purchasing their two Cronuts per person limit and on selling the $5 pastry for over $50. f you would like to try a version of the Cronut in Auckland, follow Cool Food cafe on Facebook ( to find out when Cronuts are available.


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AT HOME WITH KARAKTER: Poul Henningsen’s PH5 Pendant Poul Henningsen (1894–1967) or PH as he was later known, trained as an architect at The Copenhagen College of Technology, although he is best known not for architecture but for his Danish lighting design. As electrical lighting gained popularity in the early 1920’s, PH struggled with the glare from the electric bulb. Employed by Louis Poulsen and Co in 1924, he began to develop a lamp that would have the same soft, relaxing qualities of the petroleum lamp he grew up with. The result of his efforts was a 3-shade lamp soon to be known simply as the PH lamp. The curvature and position of the three shades perfectly determined the distribution of light directing it down whilst at the same time the glass shades allowed the light to fill the room, avoiding a harsh contrast between the illumination of the object beneath and the walls. The hanging lamp was soon joined by table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers and wall mounted lamps all with the 3-shade design. The shades became available in metal and glass with various degrees of transparency and a variety of colours. The PH lamp was becoming a household name and to this day remains one of the finest attempts to design the perfect incandescent lamp fitting. The pendant was often hung much lower above a table than we are currently used to and the shielding of the bulb is of course much more important

at low level. Of course the beauty of the piece can also be enjoyed at height,but with a limited maximum wattage, is more likely to be used for mood illumination.

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At his death in 1967 Poul Henningsen had designed more than 100 lamps, including the 1958 classic PH5 and the iconic Artichoke lamps, the Snowball pendant and the PH 3/2 Academy chandelier to name but four.

BUYING GUIDE / Due to the popularity of the PH lights, copies are in the market place, so it’s worth investing time in sourcing an original piece as this will retain its value. / An excellent example of a vintage PH5 lamp is likely to cost between $900 and $1000. It should not be dented or bent out of shape and should retain the Louis Poulsen manufacturers label. / More pendants are available in white than other colours such as red and purple and as such you may pay a premium for a discontinued colour if this suits your setting. / All in all we love these lamps as they truly combine function with form, hence remaining in production to this day some 54 years after first design. Karakter sources the finest examples of mid twentieth century furniture from Europe and is delighted to have one of these rare Helix cabinets in great condition in their showroom. See Karakter’s ad in Verve’s Market Place on page 111


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Solar Power Words: Timothy Giles

Talking solar power on a dark, wet and wintry Auckland day feels a little pointless. Solar power must surely be a summer time topic. But in fact this is just the time of year when solar panels in our part of the country can be at their most productive. “Now and in spring are when we get our best performance in power generation,” says Erica, who with husband Archie has lived, for many years, happily off-grid as a Great Barrier Island resident. The couple have raised their three kids in a household run initially on wind and now purely on solar power. “It supports all five of us, hot water, appliances, laundry, the lot, no problem at all.” She says “the case for solar power is unquestionable, once you learn a little bit about it and then actually live with it, there’s just no way you’d go back.” Immediate objections to following their lead that spring to mind are cost and the complications of running the required technology. But Erica bats away both issues. Installation is a simple matter of following guidelines, aspect depends on your latitude and it is the easiest thing in the world to run. “We totally rewired our place and the cost for this, the total cost from design, installation, all the labour to the first day we powered up, came in under $20,000.” Erica and Archie run four 180 watt solar panels feeding four six volt batteries delivering the all important energystorage for reliable power. “Those batteries,” Erica explains, “give us up to three days of power. It doesn’t take much to maintain power – a cloudyday will provide 5-6 amps which is enough. The technology is so good now, that the panels even pick up voltage on a moonlit night.”

Wind power also proved effective. “We enjoyed great success with wind. Our windmill was in an exposed spot on the island and it ran 24/7. The only issue we found was maintenance. We’d rented the house long-term and unfortunately couldn’t maintain the turbine, as it wore beyond repair. Given the advances in solar equipment, if we need more power we’ll just put up another panel. “We have a generator for back-up, but really we just pay attention to it for maintenance, turning it on to check it, but it’s just not required in our lives now.” It has also brought them into contact with some unusual innovation. Needing distilled water for their batteries they discovered an island resident who requires dialysis. “We buy the water for our batteries from him. He puts it through his dialysis machine and sells it to us. A dollar from every bottle goes to the kidney society, we like that.” Is it realistic for city residents? “Absolutely! I can’t see why you wouldn’t go solar, it is affordable, reliable and easy.”

“Those batteries,” Erica explains, “give us up to three days of power. It doesn’t take much to maintain power – a cloudy day will provide 5-6 amps which is enough. The technology is so good now, that the panels even pick up voltage on a moonlit night.” If you are curious about the possibility of going off grid and into solar power, then you can trial it for yourself with a break on Great Barrier. Erica and Archie rent their solar-powered home out for short stay visits. You can contact them on 09 4290 488 or Enter our Sealink competition on page 72 and you could win yourself a Sealink ferry pass for car and passengers to get you to Great Barrier Island.

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Three World-Renowned Chefs ‘Cook For A Cause’ IN THE ULTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE
 FRIDAY 2 AUGUST, 2013 A dining experience like no other is coming to Auckland this August, with renowned chefs Sean Connolly, Nic Watt and Paul Jobin from SKYCITY’s Federal Street dining district ‘cooking for a cause’ to raise money to support disadvantaged Kiwi kids. The three talented chefs will each prepare a delicious course for up to 500 guests, who will be treated to an evening of fine dining and entertainment. Nic Watt, of the soon to open MASU robata style Japanese restaurant will construct the entrée; award-winning chef Sean Connolly of The Grill by Sean Connolly will create the main course; and SKYCITY Restaurants Executive Chef Paul Jobin will top off the epicurean affair with a delectable dessert. Each course will be matched with a premium New Zealand wine.

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Proceeds from the event will go towards Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, which provides a disadvantaged child with the basics that their family is unable to afford. Sponsored Kiwi kids receive access to essentials that they would otherwise go without, like home basics, doctor’s visits and prescriptions, books and extra-curricular activities like school trips. Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety – The Children’s Charity says, “Guests will not only enjoy a fabulous three-course meal by three of New Zealand’s top chefs, but they will also be supporting Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, creating brighter futures for Kiwi kids in need.” SKYCITY General Manager Group Services Grainne Troute says SKYCITY is proud to be bringing such a unique event to Auckland alongside Variety – The Children’s Charity. Guests who purchase a table of ten will support a disadvantaged Kiwi kid for one year as part of Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship Programme.
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This page: Cheshire Architects’ latest restaurant Milse Below: Libertine’s interior

Cheshire Architects’ Milse And Pack & Co.’s Libertine SHORTLISTED FOR TOP RESTAURANT AND BAR DESIGN AWARDS Auckland bar and eatery the Libertine and Cheshire Architects’ latest restaurant Milse are finalists in this year’s international Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The most prestigious and widely recognised hospitality design awards in the world, the annual UK-based awards celebrate the best food and beverage spaces from around the globe. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 awards attracted 670 entries from 61 countries with a shortlist of 190 projects from some of the world’s leading architects, interior designers and hospitality operators making the cut. The Libertine in the newly redeveloped Victoria Park Market is a finalist in the Australasia & Pacific bar category. Designed by Pack & Company’s creative director Sam Ansley, the freethinking space features a suspended floor taking advantage of the large North-West facing windows and a huge tree towering over the bar area. Dessert restaurant Milse is a finalist in the Australasia & Pacific restaurant category. Designed by Cheshire Architects as a hidden gem within the Britomart Pavilions development, this crystalline, cave-like eatery is getting rave reviews and just last week took the title of best hospitality space at the New Zealand Interior Awards.

This is the second year in a row that both design teams have made the finals, with Cheshire’s Café Hanoi and Pack & Co’s Roxy making the shortlist last year. Other New Zealand projects to be shortlisted include Little Nuffield by Material Creative, BinBin Deluxe by Lovelace & Co., and The Matakana Village Pub by Peter Were Architecture & Interiors. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are judged by a highly influential panel of top design, lifestyle and hospitality personalities. This year’s judges include Moooi founder and CEO Casper Vissers; senior director of interior design for the Hilton Europe, Chris Webb; head of visual design at Harvey Nichols, Janet Wardley; restaurant critic for The Times, Giles Coren; founder and CTO for Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara Lohan; and international editor of Time Out, Chris Bourn. Winners will be announced September 12.

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Book Reviews Good reading to keep winter chills away. Contributor: Doris of Arcadia Books

1. CARELESS PEOPLE: MURDER MAYHEM AND THE GREAT GATSBY Sarah Churchwell As we are at present into a big F. Scott Fitzgerald revival with the launch of the remake of the Great Gatsby movie and Z the story of Zelda Fitzgerald, Sarah Churchwell’s book, Careless People, is very timely. She looks at the newspaper gossip and crime reporting during the heady days of 1922 and discovers just where Fitzgerald got his inspiration from. Real crimes of passion, hedonistic partying and people living life to extreme were the perfect fuel for his creative writing. Fitzgerald is indeed feted for creating a breathtaking cast of characters behaving badly, Churchwell’s book points out he was adapting real events, real people and turning them into a story that had endured for 90 years. Careless People puts the roaring twenties under the microcope to great effect. A must for the booklist.

2. AMERICANAH Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie From the author of Purple Hibiscus and Half a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells a clever and witty tale of different cultures within different countries. After leaving war-torn Nigeria, Ifemelu decides to return home after 13 years in America where she became a writer, blogger and gained a Princeton education. Discovering that her first love, Obinze has also returned home after spending a similar length of time in London, and making lots of money while he was there, they have to decide just what they are going to do for the rest of their now complicaed lives in the newly rich and fast-changing Nigeria. Full of vivid description, brilliant observation and lively characters, Americanah is a real treat for readers looking for that different but rewarding read.

connection between these generations is a lost, precious violin and when orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez, realises the story of the Horowitz family, their love of music and their fight for survival he is able to help young Daniel. Incredibly readable and hearbreakingly sad but ultimately uplifting, everything in fact for a jolly good read and a perfect bookclub pick.



Philipp Meyer A huge story covering generations of the McCullough family, who were originally born and raised in the newly established state of Texas. 8-year-old Eli is captured and raised by the Comanches, as a young man he is forced to leave them and a way of life he loves and make a new start and a new family for himself when illness strikes the tribe. His son Peter fights for his country during the war and the grows the business set up by his father. A couple of generations later, when Peter’s grandaughter Jeanne Anne, the fifth richest woman in Texas, at the age of 86 tells her story from her death-bed, you discover that and, money and a legacy are hard things to hold onto unless you are born and bred tough. The history of Texas wrapped up in a family saga makes fascinating reading.


3. THE KEEPER OF SECRETS Julie Thomas A story with two strands, the first part taking place during the war when a young Jewish violinist, Simon Horowitz, plays music to save his life in the concentration camp at Dachau. The second strand takes place in the present when his grandson, 12-year-old Daniel refuses to play music unless he is allowed to play sport. The Arcadia Bookshop 26 Osborne Street, Newmarket (09) 522 5211

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Coming up at the Movies Picks from the New Zealand International Film Festival, July 18 — August 04, 2013 For more listings visit

1. UTU REDUX NEW ZEALAND 1983/2013 Director: Geoff Murphy Producers: Don Blakeney, David CarsonParker, Kerry Robins Redux Producer: Graeme Cowley Screenplay: Keith Aberdein, Geoff Murphy Photography: Graeme Cowley Editors: Michael Horton Production designer: Ron Highfield Costume designer: Michael Kane Sound: Graham Morris Music: John Charles DCP With: Anzac Wallace (Te Wheke), Bruno Lawrence (Williamson), Tim Elliott (Colonel Elliot), Kelly Johnson (Lieutenant Scott), Wi Kuki Kaa (Wiremu), Tania Bristowe (Kura), Ilona Rodgers (Emily Williamson), Merata Mita (Matu), Faenza Reuben (Hersare), Tom Poata (Puni), Martyn Sanderson (vicar) 109 minutes | PG cert

Geoff Murphy’s 1983 epic has been unveiled afresh in ravishing, pictorial splendour. Utu traces the interwoven trajectories of several vividly etched characters in the wake of the vengeful Te Wheke, whose people have been massacred in a British military blunder. Murphy and DoP Graeme Cowley tracked down the available original elements to be reconstituted in this splendid new, digitalised director’s cut. In comparison to the original New Zealand release, Redux improves Utu in significant small ways – scenes like Te Wheke’s capture and trial, and the clearer sense of disparate forces converging has infused the film with a baleful of energy. Utu Redux transcribes our turbulent history with more fervour than ever and is a must see at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival.

2. THE ROCKET BANG FAI, AUSTRALIA/LAOS/ THAILAND 2013 Director/Screenplay: Kim Mordaunt Producer: Sylvia Wilczynski Executive producers: Bridget Ikin, Michael Wrenn, Triphet Rookachat Photography: Andrew Commis Editor: Nick Meyers Production designer: Pete Baxter Costume designer: Woranun Pueakpan Sound: Sam Petty, Brooke Trezise Music: Caitlin Yeo In Laotian with English subtitles CinemaScope/DCP With: Sitthiphon Disamoe (Ahlo), Loungnam Kaosainam (Kia), Thep Phongam (Purple), Bunsri Yindi (Taitok), Sumrit Warin (Toma), Alice Keohavong (Mali). Festivals: Berlin, Tribeca 2013 Best Film (Generation Kplus), Berlin International Film Festival 2013, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor and Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2013. 96 minutes | M nudity

Ahlo’s implacable grandmother insists he is cursed but he is determined to turn his luck around. When one day, his family is forced to relocate from their rural village by Australian hydro-electricity developers, they all set out on a quest for a better life. Soon they are joined by fellow misfit Kia and her Uncle Purple, a James Brown lookalike on a shared journey towards a possible future. Australian director

Kim Mordaunt’s engaging film delivers immensely talented young actors in an energetic, unreserved look at family, love and loss through the eyes of a young Laotian boy. And the titular rocket? It is one of many that appear at the film’s jaw dropping climatic rocket festival where contestants launch homemade missiles of dubious stability into the sky.




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From New York’s Central Park to Auckland’s Town Hall, musicians are uniting to inspire others to make a stand against extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project which recently produced a highly successful concert in New York, will now launch the Global Citizen Concert in Auckland on Sunday, 4 August 2013, at the Auckland Town Hall.




Lethal Weapon, Peaceful Mind Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

“I feel bad about knocking people out in tournaments,” says world champion martial artist Carl Van Roon. “The first few times part of you does experience a rush, a boost, you do feel like a superhero. You’ve worked to develop your body to this point and it’s satisfying in terms of being an artist, but not in the long term. You want to win, but you must beat-up another human being. It’s never my intention to hurt anyone.” He’s been knocked out in return, though you wouldn’t guess it. In twenty years of fighting, he’s suffered broken ribs and hand but never his nose. Van Roon’s chiselled features have remained enough intact to secure past modelling work (though he does admit to having had to borrow his girlfriend’s foundation to mask the odd black eye). I ask if he’s afraid when he fights. “Preparing for combat is something your body is never going to feel totally comfortable with. Generally, if you don’t have that nervous anticipatory energy, then you don’t fight well. But, for me, the fear of not fulfilling my potential or of letting others down is worse than the physical pain.” Carl Van Roon is composed, wellmannered, well-spoken and articulate. He quotes Einstein, Darwin, Buddha and Bruce Lee. He has a master’s degree. He is engaging, his answers measured, his tone intense. He worries he takes himself too seriously. Ambition, success and ego, he laments, are often intertwined. It is his folly, or has been. He’s working on it. His self-awareness is admirable. But then, you don’t become a multiple world champion, one of the toughest men on the planet, with a half-cocked attitude. Self-deprecation is a new challenge he is embracing and he’s fond of challenges. The ‘art’ is as important as the ‘martial’ and like all artists, he has embarked upon a voyage of self-discovery. The irony is not lost on him. He understands the difficulty for an outsider to grasp the nuances, the paradoxical complexity of finding innerpeace through violence. But, he claims, it is a violence of a spiritual nature: “It is through the paradox that understanding deepens. By exploring violence and the dark sides of human emotion, you become more compassionate. We can’t pretend

Right: Carl Van Roon Photo: Doug Hanna

that these things don’t exist. We have to embrace our whole selves.” Opponents he labels “comrades”, brothersin-arms whose purpose is to help him develop and him them. You must show compassion to your opponent, he says, anger will blind you. Fighting is a conversation, a physical debate, the sharing of skills: “I put forward a question with an attack, he responds and vice-versa. Whoever converses best, wins. It just so happens that this type of talking hurts a bit more. The intention should never be to harm, but to challenge, learn and grow together through the process.” As for style, technique, Carl wishes not to be labelled. He has studied many disciplines, from karate, to kickboxing, jujitsu to taekwondo. While he respects each tradition, he follows the teachings of Bruce Lee. You must adapt, evolve, take the best of each. It will limit the self to concentrate on just one. Be like water. If you punch water it is soft, it can’t be hurt. When dropped from a great height, it will smash rock. If in a cup, it takes its shape, it becomes that cup. “When an opponent is trying to hurt you,” says Carl, “if you’re clever, then they’ll walk into your fist, throw themselves to your foot. You use their force to your advantage, incorporate it into your technique in the same way water works with its environment.” He couldn’t understand Bruce Lee’s teachings as a youth, he says, but as he aged they have developed meaning. Lee’s words haven’t changed, Carl has.

He is 29 and a father of a two-monthold daughter, Adara. “Life has taken on a deeper meaning,” he tells me. “I reflect on my behaviour and wonder if I am being the kind of person that I would be proud to have as a father.” He’s presently working as a stuntman on The Hobbit sequel, a career-move he’d like to develop. Another world championship looms in October. He lives on Australia’s Gold Coast at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, an idyllic mountain setting. His role as activity manager is to “inspire guests to find optimum wellness through physical movement.” He was reluctant to make the move from Auckland, he’s not a fan of change (another thing he’s working on), but his partner, Marney, convinced him otherwise. He’s glad she did: “She’s well-travelled, and has an open-mind that challenges me. She’s intuitive and perceptive of things which I am not. It works well.” Van Roon too, has travelled, taught and competed around the world. He can’t name his favourite spot, there are too many and he’s humbled by the opportunities that he has been afforded. The globetrotting, though, has come at a price. “I sometimes feel a little bit lost, like I don’t know where I belong,” he reflects. “Though I’m a proud Kiwi, I also feel that I am a citizen of the world now. That my identity has become fluid.” Just like water.

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MOVING IMAGES Online video to transform your business. Some people struggle to write a good sentence, but put them in front of a camera to describe their business and they come to life – clearly expressing what it is they do, how they do it and why they need you to use their product right now. Their personality shines through in a way that would be much harder to capture in the few paragraphs of copy that normally adorn a business website. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is worth, let’s see, somewhere in the order of, well, much more than that! While Youtube makes it very easy to share your video with the world, it is however not so easy to create a quality video in the first place. You could try it yourself, capturing a few blurry scenes with your camera phone then crash-editing them to make an embarrassing pastiche, or you could instead hire a specialist to do it for you – something I wholeheartedly recommend. The rise of digital videography has made this process more affordable than you might think. A short but good quality video for your homepage will cost you less than a thousand dollars. A more substantial, scripted video and some associated online marketing may mean a budget four times that – but it would also provide you with a valuable marketing asset for years to come. Consider also that entire generations of consumers are maturing who do not watch broadcast television or read

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printed magazines. These consumers are watching streaming video on Youtube and via other on-demand sources, and they are consuming a great deal of written content online. Reaching them requires having an effective digital message with impact. Video is a great means of providing that. Your videos could be anything from an advertisement to a video blog or a DIY guide. Some schools in Auckland are now even using online video instead of sending home a printed newsletter. Thanks to an explosion in the number of devices connected to the internet, your video could soon be viewed on phones, tablets, smart televisions and computer screens around the world. Make sure you’re looking your best. James McGoram is an author, designer and the director of Messiah Studio, a web-design company based in Parnell, Auckland. Visit for your free online business guide.


Forza Works Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Sandro Zanforlini smiles and holds his hand flat and level with the desk. “Since I was about this high,” he says. I’ve asked when he first fell in love with cars. “I grew up with my grandfather who, being Italian, was nuts about motorsport – Ferraris especially. So it was through him my passion was born.” It is a passion that has served this highperformance enthusiast well, plying his trade for both Maserati and Ferrari in Europe before moving to Auckland six years ago. Sandro played a key role in the Scuderia GT support crew for a major Ferrari Challenge race team in Germany and has since done similar things here with the Ferrari 430 Challenge. Whether it be restoration, customisation, servicing or fine-tuning, he is New Zealand’s goto guy. He even offers a flying-doctor service which takes him on regular nationwide trips and sometimes across the ditch to Australia. “For all these things, you need the correct computers, the correct diagnostics,” he says. “No-one except for me and the dealers has that kind of equipment.”

His crew at Forza (which means ‘force’ or ‘power’) are Kiwis with a background in Italian cars. Such is the extent of their skills that their classic car department are able to construct parts in-house that are no longer made elsewhere. Sandro himself owns a Ferrari 430 and says his dream is to upgrade to the iconic F40. “For me, it’s the most impressive of cars,” he tells me. “I first drove one aged 23 while working for Ferrari in Germany. If I came into a lot of money, that’s what would be sitting in my garage.” What is it that makes Ferrari so special? “Everything about them, the passion, the sound, the feeling,” Sandro says. “Plus, being Italian, of course they’re also very good looking!”

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Messages, Bottles & Dreams Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Upon a gently swaying ferry deck beneath a black starry night sky I sat. Before me a beautiful adventure, beside me a beautiful soul. Straight from the bottle we drank. The possibilities as endless as the Tasman waves upon which we rode, but another lifetime now. The idea was hers. The wine and years passed have long since blurred the words, but the essence remains engraved: We hope, like us, you are having the time of your lives, wherever in the world that may be. Rolled, bottled and tossed it overboard. I wonder what became of our script? I dream it washed ashore some far flung island paradise to be found by two young lovers embarking on their own magical quest. The first documented message in a bottle was cast to the swell by Greek philosopher Theophrastus in the fourth century BC. Perhaps the most famous ocean-going adventurer of them all, Christopher Columbus, is known to have sought help through such means during a particularly punishing storm. He made it back before his message did. Countless travellers, shipwrecked or love-struck souls have since cast their words and prayers to the mercy of the waves. Nearly 20 years ago local businessman, Stuart Mitchell, 62, found such a note. “It was a glorious summer day,” he tells me. “I’d just finished loading up my car at the end of the beach in Mercury Bay in the Coromandel when I saw a Coca-Cola bottle. I always pick up the rubbish, and when I did, I noticed that there was a note inside. The message was dated around two months prior and it read, ‘If anyone finds this bottle, my name is Louise Tharp and I have thrown this from a merchant vessel.’” Mrs Tharp gave her address and phone number and asked the recipient to contact her, which Stuart did. He learned she had flung her words into the seas of Fiji. She owned a large grain

Mrs Tharp gave her address and phone number and asked the recipient to contact her, which Stuart did. He learned she had flung her words into the seas of Fiji. She owned a large grain farm south of Chicago, Illinois, and regularly travelled the globe by boat. Three years later they shared a couple of dry Martinis in a swanky Auckland bar.

farm south of Chicago, Illinois, and regularly travelled the globe by boat. Three years later they shared a couple of dry Martinis in a swanky Auckland bar. For the best of two decades they exchanged Christmas cards and letters until Louise’s death in 2008. She threw around 500 bottles into the sea, only Stuart and a family in Argentina ever made contact. Stuart has a son in New York and intends to pay a visit to the Tharp family when he’s over later in the year. “She was such a lovely a woman,” he says. “Here we are now, all these years later, sat discussing her on the other side of the world.” Auckland was also the setting of a most bittersweet ending to a message in a bottle tale that spanned nearly ninety years and half the world. In 1999, while fishing off the River Thames’ estuary, in the UK, Steve Gowan discovered a bottle in his nets. In it was a note written by a First World War soldier as he headed across the English Channel in 1914. “Dear Wife,” wrote Private Thomas Hughes, 26. “I am writing this note on this boat and dropping it into the sea just to see if it will reach you. If it does, sign this envelope on the right hand bottom corner where it says receipt. Put the date and hour of receipt and your name where it says signature and look after it well. Ta ta sweet, for the present. Your Hubby.” Two days after, he died on the battlefields of France. Hughes had a young daughter with his wife, Elizabeth, and after the war they emigrated to Aotearoa. Elizabeth died in 1979. 20 years later, at the grand old age of 86, their daughter, Emily Crowhurst, received a visit from a British family flown over as guests of New Zealand Post. Steve Gowan presented the elderly lady with a battered green ginger beer bottle, sealed with a rubber stopper and cradling that 85 year-old love letter from her father’s pen.




Garden Gain The housing market is back on its feet and when it comes to adding value to your home, a well designed, practical garden is a great way to increase return on your investment. Where a new kitchen, bathroom or paint job will deteriorate over time, a healthy garden will increase in value as plants mature and settle your home into it’s environment. Here’s a quick guide to boosting your land value.


Time and money can be wasted with uncertainty. If you’re unsure of what you can and can’t do, talk to the council before you start. A professional landscaper will be able to inform you of the rules and will design around them. Get information from other gardens in your neighbourhood. Poking your head over the

fence to identify plants that are happy and healthy is a great way to figure out what plant varieties will grow well in your garden.


Put a plan on paper and try to avoid starting on individual areas before you have an overview for the whole section. Don’t be afraid to approach a professional if you’re stuck for ideas. Many landscape designers, like myself, are happy to provide a free consultation. If you’re happy with their ideas an official concept plan will prove invaluable. An experienced designer should expose you to possibilities you were previously unaware of.


This is literally the first impression a potential buyer will have of your home. Remove any clutter and spruce up path structures. Let go of any plants that are struggling and replace them with something vibrant and colourful. Mass planting flowering annuals is a great, cost effective way to catch the eye of potential buyers.



Look at what your garden’s missing. Although it will differ for each home, the best things to invest in are the things that are used the most. Extend your entertaining area with decks, pergolas and patios and create more privacy and security with fencing. Avoid big ticket items like swimming pools, outdoor fireplaces and extravagant water features.


Cutting the lower branches to ‘lift the crown’, or removing a tree that’s outgrown it’s space will open up lots of room and let valuable light through. A small retaining wall and a day pushing wheelbarrows can transform an awkward slope into a flat, usable lawn which gives the impression of more space. This is often a clincher for young families looking for a new home. Liam Greenway from The Outsiders 021 355 069

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VARIETY – THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY BOOK FAIR Save the date! 25 – 28 July 2013 Variety - The Children’s Charity is delighted to invite the public to its annual Monster Book Fair, from 25 – 28 July at the Alexander Park Function Centre. With over 80,000 quality pre-loved and brand new books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles there are bargains aplenty. Bring the kids along as a school holiday treat, and they can hunt through over 200 categories of different subjects priced from $1!


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QUICK ACTIONS SAVE SERIOUSLY INJURED CAT One awful night in May, Sharon was woken by a scuffle outside. She jumped out of bed and in the glow of the security lights could see that a dog was attacking Daisy, the family cat. Fortunately the dog took fright, dropped Daisy and ran off. There lay Daisy, limp and lifeless. Not for the last time in the coming week Sharon thought she had lost her much loved pet, but when she drew closer she found Daisy shaking and traumatised, but still alive.


And other such cold weather watch-outs for your pets Hello! My name’s Basil.

I’m a wise old dog and I know all there is to know about what us furry family members need to get us through the winter cold. Generally speaking, July is the coldest month of the year, and while we have fur we still feel the cold too. Dogs don’t speak English, but my human and me are so in touch that I got her to translate for me, so I can give you my best winter advice for your pups this season.


I am desperate to get out for a run-around, even in the depths of winter. I need it for my health too! I know it’s not so appealing for you to go out on a cold, wet day, but I still need a run around. Put on one of those snuggly person-wraps you have and take me out – please!

At 5am when Daisy arrived at the Animal Emergency Centre, she was in a sorry state, with substantial bruising and multiple puncture wounds to her back legs and belly. Of greater concern to duty veterinarian Dr. Rosemary Price, Daisy was struggling to breathe. A needle inserted between Daisy’s ribs confirmed that air around her lungs was preventing them from fully inflating. A tube was placed to allow regular removal of the air, until Daisy’s damaged lungs healed. For 48 hours Daisy received round the clock intensive care at the Animal Emergency Centre, with the involvement of multiple veterinary nurses and veterinarians. She was then transferred to her regular vet, and only after 5 further days in hospital was she strong enough to go home. It was touch and go for Daisy on several occasions, but she is a cat with a fighting spirit, and she wasn’t going to let a pesky dog get the better of her! One month on and Daisy is now able to jump onto furniture, and is venturing outside again. Sharon feels very fortunate that her beloved feline companion survived, but there could so easily have been a less favourable outcome. Daisy would certainly have died if Sharon hadn’t taken decisive action that May morning when she heard the commotion in her garden.


I always hear you people going on about how you’re putting on your ‘winter layers’, but guess what – I need them too! Don’t forget - we dogs may need a little more food than normal to generate enough energy to stay warm, particularly if we’re outside dogs, and of course please keep me topped up with fresh water like normal.


If I usually sleep outside, icy July may be the time to bring me indoors. Put my kennel in the garage or the laundry, and I’d love an extra blanket on my bed! If I’m still kept outside, just make sure my shelter is insulated, elevated, protected from prevailing winds and watertight – no-one likes sleeping in a puddle, after all. Least of all me!


You may love them or you may think I look silly, but when push comes to shove, a doggy jumper will keep me nice and warm, plus I think I look pretty suave in them! If I’m a short-haired dog, senior dog, puppy or if I have any health problems, I could be more prone to the cold, so I may need a dog jacket to keep me warm. I promise to love you for it. By kind courtesy Purina

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MATTERS OF INTEREST: AUCKLAND SPEAKS, GOVERNMENT LISTENS Auckland is speaking in one voice and it appears that the government is listening. I heartily welcome the government’s announcement that it agrees with and will co-fund our major transport priorities in the Auckland Plan – the centerpiece of which is the City Rail Link (CRL). It is an endorsement for the more than 10,000 Aucklanders who contributed to the Auckland Plan, and everyone who has been persistent, loud and clear in their support of the CRL. Along with the electrification of rail, the CRL will be the biggest advance in Auckland transport since the Auckland Harbour Bridge. With the new electric trains, it will double the capacity of the existing rail network and slash travel times. We opened the new Wiri train depot at the start of this month, with our first electric train arriving in September for testing and driver training, and we will see electric trains in service from the second quarter of 2014. With the new trains coming online we will be well positioned to commence the build for the CRL, given we are well underway in protecting and preparing the route. The CRL will be a huge catalyst for Auckland – the build itself will provide jobs and investment, there will be urban regeneration and commercial development around the stations route, and it will be a vital precursor for developments like rail to the airport and the North Shore. We are also well into the discussion of how Auckland will pay for its half of these major transport infrastructure projects. The independent Consensus Building Group has spent eight months taking a long, hard look at the transport funding gap Auckland faces. Their recommendations, which reflect the thinking of 17 of Auckland’s most influential community and business stakeholders as well as feedback from thousands of Aucklanders, will be presented to Auckland Council at the end of this month. I have long been confident that the government would back the City Rail Link. Yes, there may be differences of opinion over some details, but the robust examination and discussion of different perspectives is a hallmark of a constructive relationship. The government has heeded the call of Aucklanders – now let’s get Auckland moving. Len Brown Mayor of Auckland

UNITARY PLAN – 22,700 AUCKLANDERS SPEAK OUT – BUT IS THE COUNCIL LISTENING? The draft Unitary Plan has drawn an enormous amount of submissions from concerned Aucklanders – 22,700 in all. But rather than pause to give public submissions the time and respect they deserve, the Unitary Plan process hurries on. I and other councillors objected recently when the council’s political working party was led through public-excluded workshops by council managers, in which the views of selected vested interests like Fletchers and the Property Council were presented but not those of community organisations. I refer to the very sensitive public issues of building heights and volcanic cone view shafts. I must confess to still being puzzled by what the mad rush is all about. The official answer is that an additional million people will be living in Auckland by the year 2041. To be fair 2041 is not exactly next year – it’s nearly 30 years away. But even those projections are questionable. The council is working on maximum growth projections but Watercare Services the council-owned water and wastewater infrastructure provider is basing its planning on the medium growth scenario – and Auckland Transport already struggling with an existing infrastructure deficit is questioning how Auckland ratepayers will be able to afford the cost of the transport infrastructure, on top of the CRL, needed for the high growth scenario. All of this does raise questions about the consequences of the Unitary Plan if council’s own agencies can’t achieve unity on the level of infrastructure needed. An open slather developer-driven Auckland which the council seems to be encouraging could leave Auckland with an even greater infrastructure deficit than it has now. An Auckland which for instance exceeds the carrying capacity of its water and sanitary services is not going to do much for our environment – or our quality of life. Subsequently, the council needs to get this right. It would be sensible to wait for the national census figures to be released later this year to get the latest data on which to base future growth projections. This period should also be spent seriously analysing the publics’ submissions – to determine what Aucklanders really want for their city and their region. I must say I have noticed a certain cavalier approach in the way the council deals with the public. The public is regularly assembled to provide applauding audiences for occasions like Unitary Plan launches and is called upon to write endless submissions (‘have your say’) – and is then dismissed. In other words the council is in danger of treating the public like a bunch of Hollywood extras. This has to stop. The way the Auckland Council deals with the 22,700 submissions from the people of Auckland will not only be a test of the integrity of the Unitary Plan but also the integrity of this council. Mike Lee Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf

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RETAIL CHANGES CHALLENGE THE TAXMAN Verve readers may remember Imelda Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines who was famous for her collection of shoes. She once boasted 2,700 pairs. My wife isn’t in that league but she enjoys a good pair of heels. Three years ago she bought them all in Newmarket, Remuera or somewhere local. Today, she’s just as likely to buy them from New York or San Francisco. The computer is her shopping centre these days. She and her friends are all patriotic souls and instinctively want to support local retailers, but the world of retail is changing rapidly and they are responding rationally. Technological change is transforming whole categories – just think of the Record stores, which used to be a staple on high streets. All of this is great for consumers. We’ve never enjoyed so much choice and competition. But online shopping, helped by the current high New Zealand dollar is presenting a massive challenge to some traditional retailers. If the same shoe, shirt, bicycle seat or piece of diving gear can be delivered to your doorstep for half the price that it can be bought down the road, then the logic of market forces will be irresistible and affected retailers will reshape their business models. But in most instances, the price gap is somewhat smaller. The collection of GST makes a big difference. Currently online purchases worth less than $400 don’t attract GST. This limit is an arbitrary one, based on the practical reality that for smaller sums the tax costs more to collect than it gathers. Every country in the world is facing the same problem; some have higher limits before tax is gathered, some lower. But obviously, if local retailers have to charge 15% for GST while overseas online competitors don’t, there isn’t a level playing field. More broadly, if overseas purchasing online continues to grow rapidly, GST as a tax will be undermined. My colleagues and I quizzed the Revenue Minister on this topic at the Finance & Expenditure select committee last month. He told us that the Customs Service, Inland Revenue and the Treasury are focused on the issue. We expect a discussion document will outline options for dealing with the issue later this year. I’d be interested in your views on the topic – both as consumers and retailers. Paul Goldsmith MP National List MP based in Epsom, (09) 524 4930


SHOULD INTERNET SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS PAY GST? The internet is a wonderful thing and no doubt international online transactions see the Inland Revenue Department miss a lot of potential taxation opportunities. Investigating the scale of the problem, where the loopholes lie, and legislating any practical and cost effective solutions could be a task for the new Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. The increasing role of online shopping causes traditional retailers much frustration, when they’re already up to their eye balls with rates, rent, import duties, compliance costs and additionally adding GST onto goods and services. Customs states that for people having purchases sent from overseas, GST has to be paid on items worth more than $400, and apparel and accessories worth more than NZ$225 are liable for duty. The reality is this GST and duty rarely gets paid, largely because people simply don’t know or care, and Customs hasn’t the resources to open every small parcel and assess its value. The New Zealand Retailers’ Association cries foul as their members see their overseas competition basically enjoying a tax emption, which makes online shopping only cheaper and more attractive. Kiwis spend about $1 billion a year on online purchases from overseas sources, which is rapidly on the rise — and only helped by the high dollar. I’m into free trade but I also want a relatively level-playing field and greater fairness for our hardworking retailers back home. Another thing for the new Minister of Revenue to consider is a tourist refund scheme akin to what Australia has. Tourists leaving Australia can claim GST back on purchases over $300 by merely presenting their goods and receipts at the airport. If GST refunds were made that easy here, the annual tourism spend would be boosted, as happened in Australia over a decade ago. At the moment, if tourists to New Zealand are to avoid our 15% GST, retailers have to be registered with Customs, and goods have to be sent out to the airport at the cost of the retailer. If the Australian TRS model was adopted, there would be no extra costs for our retailers. They would merely market the GST-free scheme as a good reason to spend more in their shops, which would undoubtedly lead to an increase in tourism expenditure and overall lift the nation’s tax take. Mr McClay has a lot to think about on how the Government can boost its revenue. For more news and views please visit Cameron Brewer Councillor for Orakei




GOOD RENTING WITH JUST RENTALS The team at Just Rentals is very sad – our special office cat Aramis has gone to pussycat heaven – we miss him very much. Aramis was certainly an office cat; he would sit on the fax machine and snuggle up in the top tray of the filing cabinets and meet and greet clients; he is irreplaceable. But I do have Oscar and Chloe who are also loved very much, but prefer to sleep all day.

Auckland Council will be posting out your 2013-2014 rates bills this month which will include an average rate increase of 2.9% across the region. Be warned, for most property owners around the inner city, including myself, we are likely to be hit with another harrowing 10% cap on our rates bill as we come to the final year of the regional rates equalisation. However, I was shocked to read in the 2011-2012 Annual Report that the total Auckland Council debt had increased by more than $1 billion, from $6 billion to $7 billion, in just a year. If you are one of the 514,000 Aucklanders that pay rates we now share in the debt of over $14,000 per person. The Council’s Draft Long-term Plan for 2012-2022 proposes an increase in our net debt as a percentage of total revenue limits from 175% to 275%. That’s debt of $22,000 per rate payer. For affordable growth to occur in our city it’s crucial to set both the rates and debt levels together which forces us to prioritise projects. One of those projects that we need to prioritise is rail through the inner-city. For three and a half years I worked on Auckland’s largest transport, heritage and urban renewal projects in the Britomart precinct. It was always envisaged that the Britomart Underground Station could not operate long term as a dead end station. This is why the station was future proofed with its two unused rail tunnels and new foundations for the former Chief Post Office building that allows rail to continue beneath her structure. This project has now revitalised downtown and soared rail patronage to over 20,000 passengers per day. Rail throughout the inner-city has the same potential. However, the $214m Britomart price tag was funded without escalating council debt. I am a huge supporter of rail through the innercity, we have to do it, but this should not come at the cost of rates being used to fund the interest from debt and create an unaffordable city for the next generation. Auckland has some big financial decisions to make especially on getting our city moving. I was thrilled to hear last month that the government will be coming to the party to jointly fund the inner-city rail loop. Now, Auckland Council needs to get serious on how it will fund its proportion. We need to have the right financial policy in place. I believe we need a financial policy that has a rates target and sets a debt to asset or rates ratio. This should be a financial policy that creates predictability and ensures our legacy assets are protected. If you have any rates related issues please contact me on Rob Thomas Waitemata & Gulf Council Candidate Let’s Talk 021 704423 See my ad in Verve’s Market Place on page 111.

On the bright side - the phones have started ringing and we are renting properties again, but still have more properties being given to us to rent daily. So our list is no shorter than it was last week. Now the cold weather has arrived so has the mildew. Tenants are reluctant to ventilate their homes so consequently we have problems. We post out information to help them understand why they have mildew and what to do about it. Landlord inspections should be carried out frequently to ensure that the tenants are ventilating and keeping track of any mould that is appearing; it could be dampness because of roof problems so remember to get roofs checked out; gas heaters also cause damp air. Winter is the time of the year that your property problems will occur. Hopefully you have tenants that are vigilant and will bring these jobs to your attention. Little repairs turn into big ones if left. Snow is falling down south and the rain is falling in Auckland. Winter has certainly arrived so make sure your property is ready for it. Sylvia Lund AREINZ Director, Property Manager Just Rentals Ltd MREINZ 40 St Johns Road Meadowbank Ph. 09 528 4817 or 09 528 4818 Fax. 09 528 4816

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Following the earthquakes in Canterbury, the insurance industry was severely strained. More claims resulted from the earthquakes than from any other insurance event in New Zealand’s history. The earthquakes are just one example of an unprecedented series of natural disasters that has occurred around the world, which in turn has had implications on the way houses are insured in New Zealand. It was announced last year that most New Zealand insurers were changing their house insurance policies from total replacement to what’s called ‘sum insured’. A sum-insured policy caps the amount that an insurer will have to pay out should your house need to be totally rebuilt following an event such as a fire or earthquake. Traditional replacement policies guaranteed homes would be rebuilt no matter the cost, but now insurers need to know the maximum amount they will pay out in claims to rebuild New Zealand homes.

on your home. Instead you can pay to have a professional assessment of your home by a quantity surveyor. If you’re renewing your insurance, you’ll be provided with a default ‘sum insured’ amount. However, it is important that you don’t rely on this figure, as it may not take into account specific features of your home that could have a significant effect on the rebuild cost. Instead, compare the default figure with what you have calculated online. If the figures are similar you may not need to do any more than pay the new premium.However, if they differ, you should talk to your insurance provider. The website is a good place to find information on sum insurance. Before you make any decisions it is a good idea to talk to your insurance provider. That way you can be assured you’re protecting your most valuable asset should the worst happen. Sorted is New Zealand’s free independent online money guide. It offers free booklets, material for seminars that you can run for your own organisation, and calculators to help you make financial decisions at

Your home’s ‘sum insured’ must be accurate and remain accurate through changes like upgrades and renovations. The onus is on you to understand how much it would cost to completely rebuild your home, including any demolition and removal costs. As with all insurance, it’s a balancing act. A sum that is too low could mean you don’t receive enough to replace your home; if it’s too high you may pay for insurance that you don’t need. Have a look at to help work out what it would cost to completely rebuild your home. On this website you will find a calculator, adapted for New Zealand conditions, which can give you an idea of what your home’s sum should be. It pays not to rely on the valuation from your local council, as it won’t account for any improvements you may have made

Welcome It is with great pleasure that I welcome Janice Hamilton-Cox and Philip Cox to our team at Remuera. Janice and Philip are no strangers to the Barfoot & Thompson family having spent the last 9 years at the Royal Oak Branch. They have proven over the years to be consistent “high achievers” and the benefit of this translates to the Remuera Branch and our Eastern suburbs clients. We are looking forward to their valued contribution to our very successful office here in Remuera and to you, our valued customers. Carolyn Vernon Remuera Manager

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12 KELVIN ROAD - REMUERA Extreme Value Feature and value packed this affordable 4/5 bedroom family home, is located Northern side and is a short stroll to the village and Meadowbank Primary School. Enormous light lled living with separate family and dining rooms well serviced by well appointed kitchen. Generously proportioned master bedroom with ensuite and dual wardrobes. Fabulous in/outdoor entertaining on the wrap around decks. Set Date Of Sale 5.00pm Wednesday 31st July 2013 Venue 565 Remuera Road, Remuera (Unless Sold Prior) ALAN ELLIOTT 021 994 881 | 523 7713

19A FREDERICK STREET - HILLSBOROUGH Something Special! This stylish cleverly designed home is ooded with light and sunshine. Formal and casual living areas ow seamlessly to a paved courtyard and beautifully landscaped gardens. Well appointed chef's kitchen, 4 double bedrooms (1 bedroom downstairs) master ensuite, internal access double garaging plus off street parking. This exquisite haven is perfect for enjoying year round entertaining. Auction 6.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2013 Venue 778 Manukau Road, Royal Oak (Unless Sold Prior)

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60 ROGAN STREET - MOUNT ROSKILL An Amazing Opportunity! Beautifully presented 1930's character 4 bedroom bungalow packed with original features including high stud beamed ceilings, lead lighted bay windows, wood paneled hallways and polished timber oorboards. The generous sized lounge with its ornate open replace offers a fabulous outlook over to Keith Hay Park. A modern kitchen opens out to a sunny deck and level lawn. A private spa patio enhances the outdoor entertaining. Ample storage & off street parking. "The closer you look, the better it gets."

Auction 6.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2013 Venue 778 Manukau Road, Royal Oak (Unless Sold Prior) REX WONG 021 249 9968

36 KAWAU ROAD - GREENLANE Appealing Family Home This exceptional home caters perfectly for a growing family, set on a at 635m² section, so close to Cornwall Park. The home offers a welcoming entrance foyer, fabulous relaxed open plan living with a fantastic ow to the north-west facing outdoor entertainment area and family friendly gardens, latest kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an ofce which has added versatility as a children's play room, internal access garaging. An appealing home designed perfectly for entertaining family and friends.

Auction 6.00pm Wednesday 31st July 2013 Venue 778 Manukau Road, Royal Oak (Unless Sold Prior) DIANNE NICHOL 021 272 0975 | 523 7712 |

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