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February is just three days shorter than the average month, but how those few days make a difference. The month just whizzes by and before we know it we have slipped straight into month three of what, only a few weeks ago, was a brand spanking new year. Verve March is a stunning issue, one in which we turn the spotlight on the diversity of talent, spirit of adventure and passionate creativity that makes our nation so special. As per usual we hero design and creativity — a favourite topic at Verve headquarters, including a showcase of our favourite furniture design outlets: Trenzseater, Corso di Fiori and other high-end Auckland stores. Verve writer, Jamie Desplaces, gets up close and personal with Tyrone Le Roux of Urban Space. This piece gives a fascinating insight into Tyrone’s life story, his ongoing relationship with Ponsonby, and his passion for urban spaces. Red corrugated iron has led to the red carpet for Aucklandbased architect Ken Crosson, who won the highly esteemed German Design Award 2018 for his design of the ‘Red House’ in Titirangi. Crosson’s innovative and thoughtful architectural creations have resulted in a long list of local and international recognition. Read more on this story and check out the superb visuals on page 26.
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WESTFIELD NEWMARKET REDEVELOPMENT Scentre Group recently announced the commencement of its $790 million redevelopment of Westﬁeld Newmarket, creating a world-class retail and lifestyle destination in the heart of Auckland. Incorporating multiple sites over four-and-half hectares, the Broadway site will be home to Auckland’s ﬁrst David Jones department store, a new format Farmers department store, Countdown supermarket and more than 230 new specialty stores. Westﬁeld Newmarket will showcase New Zealand’s best fashion, with a compelling mix of local and international designers, new-to-market brands and some of the most wellknown retailers from New Zealand and Australia. A rooftop lifestyle, dining and entertainment precinct, integrating a new state-of-the-art Event Cinemas complex offering V-Max and Gold Class, will encompass some of the country’s ﬁnest food and beverage experiences in a vibrant outdoor environment, providing Newmarket’s local community and the wider Auckland population with an exceptional leisure and hospitality experience. On completion, Westﬁeld Newmarket will represent a premium fashion, food, technology, lifestyle and entertainment experience unrivalled in New Zealand. Westﬁeld Newmarket will become the ﬂagship “living centre” for the Group’s New Zealand portfolio and set a new benchmark in extraordinary retail and lifestyle destinations. Westﬁeld Newmarket will offer a range of bespoke concierge services that will set a new standard in customer experience including valet parking, a styling suite and hands-free shopping.
IS WESTFIELD NEWMARKET NOW CLOSED?
Yes. Westﬁeld Newmarket has closed for a redevelopment that will see the centre transform into a world-class retail and lifestyle destination. This includes retail stores and parking. WHERE HAVE THE STORES THAT USED TO BE LOCATED IN WESTFIELD NEWMARKET GONE?
Some stores have relocated to Nufﬁeld Street, Broadway, and the wider Newmarket area. Some stores now open in Nufﬁeld Street and Broadway include: • Barkers • Seed Child and Heritage • Witchery • Scarpa • Life Pharmacy
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WHERE CAN I PARK NOW THE CARPARK IS CLOSED?
There are a number of parking options including Nufﬁeld Street, Eden Street and Rialto Newmarket. (Check out Wilson Parking, Tournament Parking and others on the internet.) IS WESTFIELD NEWMARKET BEING DEMOLISHED?
To enable the Group to create a brand new lifestyle experience, the development will mean some areas of the current shopping centre will require demolition. The ofﬁce tower on the corner of Morrow St and Broadway remains open with businesses continuing to operate. Access to these businesses is on Broadway.
CONSTRUCTION WORK IS TAKING PLACE AT 309 BROADWAY. IS THIS PART OF THE WESTFIELD NEWMARKET REDEVELOPMENT?
Yes. The Group is building across the road at 309 Broadway to deliver ﬁve levels of new retail space and parking. This site will be connected to the existing centre with a twolevel pedestrian air bridge across Mortimer Pass creating a seamless retail journey.
WHAT DISRUPTION CAN I EXPECT WHILST CONSTRUCTION TAKES PLACE? WILL THIS INCLUDE ROAD CLOSURES?
The intention is not to close roads during the construction. Mortimer Pass, Morrow Street and Broadway will remain open. However, as can happen with a redevelopment, from time to time it is inevitable there will be some disruption to the surrounding area. This could include noise, change of trafﬁc patterns, and heavy vehicles in the area. The Group is very conscious of the need to mitigate any disturbance for our community and neighbours. If you have any feedback or concerns, please call the community liaison on 0800 500 020. WHEN WILL WESTFIELD NEWMARKET BE RE-OPENING?
Westﬁeld Newmarket will re-open in late 2019.
to incorporate a larger retail footprint, more parking, enhancing the interiors to deliver world class design and of course, adding more fashion, dining and lifestyle stores over ﬁve levels of retail. HOW MANY STORES WILL THERE BE AT WESTFIELD NEWMARKET?
Upon completion there will be more than 230 specialty stores. WHAT BRANDS NEWMARKET?
Auckland’s ﬁrst David Jones will be opening at Westﬁeld Newmarket along with a state-of-the art Event Cinemas complex. We also look forward to welcoming back Farmers and Countdown with brand new stores as part of the redevelopment. These brands will be complemented by more than 200 speciality stores that will include a world of fashion, beauty, sporting, technology, adventure, lifestyle, a brand new concept gourmet market and an impressive rooftop dining and entertainment space.
WHEN WESTFIELD NEWMARKET RE-OPENS, WILL IT BE THE SAME AS IT USED TO BE?
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SENSUAL SIMPLICITY This classic Haussmannian apartment in the heart of old Paris was built as a low-proﬁle frame for the owner’s art collection, yet it ﬁnds luxury in its simple, elegant contemporary approach and rich textural aesthetic. Words: Graham Wood Photography: Greg Cox
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Although the kitchen is also used for the display of art — the layered resin work, 'The Kiss', is by British artist Marilène Oliver — it is also a fully functional, practical space. The apartment’s celebration of natural materials, particularly Carrara marble, wood and steel, continues in the kitchen, which also is, like the living areas, a white box layered with natural materials, and a frame for the art. The kitchen is partially divided from the dining room by display shelves that wrap around the dining area, and were designed specifically for the owners’ extensive collection of tableware. “It had to be work well as a display, but also be convenient because they really use the kitchen,” says Frederic. The dining table is by Frederic Berthier Design. The Wishbone chairs are by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son. The bar stools in the kitchen are Philippe Starck for Emeco.
The study is to the right of the entrance. As well as an art collection, Frederic’s clients also have a substantial collection of books, and the study functions as a library. The bench integrated with the desk, designed specifically for this space by Frederic, is lit from behind by a window onto the courtyard. Its purity and simplicity of form exemplifies Frederic’s approach: using materials like wood, stone and leather in a celebration of textures, which he layers to create the “sensual simplicity”: a “soft touch, a smell, an expressive look, a classical reference”. The desk lamp is by Lampe Gras. A figural sculpture suspended in the corner is one of British artist Marilène Oliver’s Dervishes.
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The bathroom makes rich and abundant use of Carrara marble. While the material signals a certain opulence, the design is the perfect illustration of Frederic’s approach, which is more about expressing the natural characteristics of the materials than about “sophisticated details”. “I try to remove all the decorative parts of it and keep what is really essential,” he says. The end result is something that seems at once classical and modern. The taps are by Dornbracht. The wall light is by Christian Liaigre. — View more pictures and read about it on our website vervemagazine.co.nz
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Crosson’s innovative and thoughtful architectural designs have resulted in a long list of local and international recognition, but he admits that this award feels particularly special. “It’s one of the most important accomplishments of my career and an absolute honour to receive the award in person,” he says. The compact and cost effective home is, in Crosson’s words, "a simple, red abstract cube" providing a striking contrast to the lush green New Zealand bush. “Vertical and horizontal corrugated iron cladding break up the scale of the building,” he says, while the interior maximises natural light and connects the owners to the surrounding treescape. “Large skylights, translucent doors and wrapped glazing result in an open feeling, while a glass enclosure on the second level leads to a roof deck high within the tree canopy boasting all day sun and spectacular views.” Winning the prestigious German award is a reﬂection of Crosson’s tribute to New Zealand’s landscape and architecture. The Red House embraces Crosson’s adaptability and appreciation of New Zealand’s natural environment, sustainability and the art of architecture. Crosson has hinted at other innovative designs in the making that will be coming out of the woodwork, so to speak, later this year. Crosson will be sharing some of his career journey and insights for future architecture design at The Design Show (28-27 July 2018). Crosson is an inspiring and captivating speaker for both industry peers and aspiring designers. All are welcome. “I think people should come to The Design Show because in one venue you’ve got architects, interior designers, products suppliers as well as people talking.” Ken Crosson.
Red corrugated iron has led to the red carpet for Auckland based architect Ken Crosson, who has won the highly esteemed German Design Award 2018 for the design of the Red House in Titirangi.
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MODULAR LIVING Architecture, style and function are all important key elements in any home, as well as embracing where we live and what the home can provide to suit all of these needs, as well as being our retreat and safe haven. Unconventional living provides us with cost efﬁcient alternatives, whether building from new or using recycled materials, or sourcing structures that would not normally ﬁt into the norm. Converted garages, warehouses, silo bins, churches, stables, barns, shops all provide ideal and interesting conversions to allow us to incorporate everyday living with a twist of intrigue by working around the unique structures and materials already present and making them a feature of our home. But starting from new is a little different, and what we can achieve, is quite remarkable. Modular homes, such as shipping containers, provide a cost efﬁcient and great alternative to building with traditional materials. Making the home as large, or as small, as
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“We have been living here for almost 10 years, I just love Ponsonby,” says property developer Tyrone LeRoux. “It’s cosmopolitan and open minded and actually has a relaxed down to earth cool vibe about it. It’s also accepted to be more creative, to take risks with the interior ﬁtout of a property. There is no need to be too conservative.” Tyrone is the founder of Urban Space, a boutique property development company responsible for ‘some of the most stylish and innovative renovations completed in the Ponsonby area in the last few years’. The developer is keen to stress that he doesn’t ﬂip properties, rather usually spends around a year on each bespoke house. “I love buying property at auction,” Tyrone tells me. “It’s always exiting and best fun when it’s two developers up against each other for the same house — because strategy is important. You need to know when to stop too. There is no place for ego in my business and sometimes it’s better to walk away than make a mistake by paying too much.” Originally from South Africa, Tyrone’s father was a builder meaning the developer-to-be “grew up on and around building sites”. “As a kid I remember being kept awake late at night with construction noise,” he recalls. “We also used to move house quite a bit, too.” too." Tyrone found inspiration in design magazines, and felt especially drawn to European trends: “I decided that fashion was my thing and a good creative outlet, so I studied clothing design with a focus on menswear in Durban.” Tyrone later moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins College, but in a twist of bitter-sweet serendipity, couldn’t raise enough cash to complete the course so wound up back in the building trade. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” admits the developer. “I saw a different side to the industry and realised how fun, interesting and creative it was. That’s where I did my
apprenticeship. I worked for a developer who specialised in loft warehouse apartments and refurbishing old buildings. He was progressive in the way he did things as at the time loft living was still a new thing in London.”
when they left: “When we had our two kids, we had to make a decision. To take the leap and stay in one of them, which we do now. It always feels like a privilege living in one of my houses.”
Tyrone eventually founded his own businesses before meeting his future wife, Bridgette, and, in 2006, they relocated to New Zealand: “That’s when I began developing property here in Auckland, specialising in bespoke, high-end villa renovations in and around Ponsonby. The rest is history.”
Are there themes that run through your work? “Good proportions, clean lines, well designed, understated, courtyards, bespoke, details, and ﬁnished well.” Most products and materials are bought from Kiwi companies, while all interior ﬁtouts are also made locally. “We do a lot of bespoke, so I do mostly rely on local craftsmen and keep as much as I can ‘in-house’,” says Tyrone. “I think with housing becoming more modular, prefabricated for the masses, the market for bespoke, high-end individual dwellings will continue to grow.”
How do you set about imagining a vision for a property? “I have goals that I would like to do with houses, if the site or situation allows. Recently I achieved a longstanding goal to transform a villa into a garage. The villa façade opens up James Bond-style to reveal a garage. I’d always wanted to do this as it would unlock the potential of a lot of houses with no off-street parking in the inner-city area, but still retain the heritage look of the façade from the street.” Is there any place, person or philosophy you fall back on for inspiration? “My mum has always been an inspiration. We had little money when we were growing up and she struggled to buy school clothes for us after her and my father separated. She always used to say, ‘Make an effort, pride is free’, ‘Money doesn’t buy style’ and ‘Never give up, chin up’.” Tyrone tells me he’s also inspired by electronic music, and being out in a boat on the gulf; and turned off by “arrogance, show-offs, and people not wearing shoes in shopping centres”. He takes pride in his straightforwardness and honesty, in creating jobs, and most, importantly his “amazing wife and kids”. The couple used to move into each house that Tyrone was renovating, but his wife would become so attached to them that she would become tearful
Where’s the next ‘Ponsonby’, and would you consider working there? “I have often thought about that. For now, I’m happy where I am as it takes a long time to learn a suburb and market. Plus, if it’s fun, why change for the sake of change? I like older buildings so probably somewhere like Avondale with its proximity to the city, heritage buildings and transport connections, as well as a high street with character buildings.” I end by asking Tyrone what are the essentials for any stylish dwelling, and he says that though it may sound crazy, it’s no different to styling clothes. “It should be orderly, with a sense that thought has gone into the space or objects, including proportion,” he says. “Also, a space that’s not a slave to trends. It could be personal or interesting objects that give a house style. That give it a personality. Nothing too ﬂashy — there is no need for designer labels everywhere. Money doesn’t buy style.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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The company has since grown to include a Botanical Emporium retail store in Melbourne suburb Armadale, a botanical wares wholesale business supplying over 50 retailers worldwide and most recently, the duo released their ﬁrst book PLANT STYLE: How to greenify your space published by Thames & Hudson. The charming guide explains how to design and nurture an oasis of greenery at home with handy tips and expert advice along the way.
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Melbourne-based botanical wares studio IVY MUSE has helped put the humble houseplant back into the spotlight. Born from a passion for greenery, founders and long-term friends Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal teamed up to launch the business in spring 2014 with a small collection of handmade powder-coated steel plant stands.
example, a kentia palm can take up to six years to reach a height of two metres. Yet plants like devil's ivy can grow literally metres within months. It pays to do your research.
Plants are highly resilient but don't purchase plants that show signs of distress, as this often means they've experienced less than ideal conditions. To ensure your plant has the best start in life, choose healthy thriving specimens so your investment is well spent.
Scale and proportion — two basic principles of interior design — should always be considered when working with plants. As a general guide, the more room you have the larger you can go with your plant choices, but it really comes down to the overall look and how the plants relate to the other items in your house.
Styling with plants is not a science. There's no single rule, other than keeping them alive of course! Learn what works for you, understand the conditions of the spaces in your home and if something doesn't look right, move it. Plant styling is all about having fun and creating something beautiful. Like most things in life, with a little practice and know-how, you'll be styling your plants like a professional in no time. — Words: Alana Langan IVYMUSE.COM.AU
DRAIN DWELLING "Due to the extremely high cost of urban living, I think attitudes have changed and tiny living is now an essential part of the architecture of the new city," says architect James Law of Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture. "As such, our project represents a new attitude to supporting the ability for more people to live affordably in the city." The project involves converting old concrete drains into tiny homes known as OPod Tubes that can be easily stacked atop of each other, not only providing shelter, but optimising otherwise unusable spaces, and recycling the pipes in process. "The only objective of this project was to inspire optimism for the young people of Hong Kong," James says. "To see an alternative architecture able to accommodate the fact that it is now too expensive to live in your own conventional city home or apartment." The architect says that we have no choice but to accept micro-living to be "a necessary evil" in cities as we move forward: "There is certainly going to be increasing cost to space, and as such people will need to live in smaller amounts of space in order to be within the city." Each OPod offers nearly 10 square meters of living space — plus some extra room for some innovative storage thanks to the cool, curved walls — and, because they're so weighty (nearly 20,000kg), can be stacked without the need to bolt them together which massively reduces the cost of materials and installation (they’re estimated to be around $21,000 to purchase and ﬁt out). Features include LED lighting, timber ﬂooring, a mini kitchen, shower and toilet, and a fold-out bed. There's space for up to two people.
HOME & DESIGN // MAR 2018
The only objective of this project was to inspire optimism for the young people of Hong Kong.
"Like any architecture the performance of the environment varies from the climate and location where the architecture is placed," James goes on. "Some of the best things about using a concrete water pipe is that is that it is structurally very strong and the concrete is a relatively good insulator against heat and cold."
The social aspect is important to James, whose philosophy at Cybertecture is to create technology that helps "alleviate suffering". He's also a technologist, enterprenur, justice of the peace and a member, advisor or leader of a raft of organisations such as the World Economic Forum Global Agenda, and the Hong Kong Designers Association.
James reveals that the ﬂash of inspiration came when he noticed water pipes stacked on a construction site: "I went to explore some of these pipes and found them very interesting." His ﬁrm has received enquires from across the globe from organisations seeking to "provide affordable living for different cultures and locations".
"Our philosophy requires us to ensure our designs go some way to promote new ideas for the built environment around us," James says. "Every year, I try to work on at least one world-relevance and a people-important project. I’m now working on ﬁve new major projects at Cybertecture that will change the very expectation of what architecture can achieve in terms of mobility, materials, and space. They will be revealed later this year."
"The reaction to the project has been absolutely amazing," James tells me. "We have received over one billion clicks on articles and news reports from around the world over the past month." The project has been covered by the likes of CNN, BBC and Business Insider. "I believe the reason for this huge reaction is that the project has touched a key issue that is very much shared around the world," James continues. "Urbanisation has become a key driver for growth and many, many people are facing affordability problems to ﬁnd an adequate place to live in the city. Our project is very much a commentary. The water pipes are an interesting alternative for the disenfranchised youth of our cities."
He says that the industry must be ever-more creative to ﬁnd solutions to the issues of the modern world: "From the need to house more and more people in our cities, to the issues of affordability and quality of housing, architects and designers have a great challenge ahead,” James adds. “We must ﬁnd new solutions to maintain a decent and equitable environment for people to live in." — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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Looking for something to do in March? Expand your mind and experience these art and music events around the North Island. Here our a top picks that you, your family and friends can enjoy and talk about. If you're interested in showcasing your event contact, email@example.com
Pocket Histories — developed in collaboration between curator Ioana Gordon-Smith and artist Imogen Taylor as the latter’s McCahon House post-residency exhibition — considers the sampling of modernism in the work of three artists. Together, these works show a clear interest in formal geometric play; the push, pull and ﬁt of volume, shapes, curves, colour. Modernism might be understood then as providing for these artists a series of compositional opportunities. 10 FEB – 13 MAY 2018 / 10AM – 4:30PM TE URU WAITAKERE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 420 TITIRANGI RD, TITIRANGI
ART, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE & FILM
FROM SCRATCH: 546 MOONS
Formed in 1974, From Scratch has performed to wide acclaim around the world with their distinctive invented instruments. Their timeless works span art, music, performance and ﬁlm, inspired by an egalitarian approach to working, and with strong connections to the sounds, cycles and geological rhythms of their home in Aotearoa and the Paciﬁc. The group's much anticipated return includes an interactive survey exhibition and concert series fuelled with fresh direction and surprises. 3 MAR – 27 MAY 2018 / 10AM – 4:30PM TE URU WAITAKERE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 420 TITIRANGI RD, TITIRANGI
HOUSE OF MIRRORS
A feast for the eyes, House of Mirrors is also the ultimate selﬁe sensation. But in a world consumed by digital technology, perhaps its greatest special effect is the extraordinary optical illusion it achieves through real, tangible spaces. An open-air installation, this impressive structure is very much an outdoor experience, and will incorporate the light and weather of the surrounding Auckland environment, among other surprises, for those venturing inside its walls.
THE WHANGANUI ARTS REVIEW CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
This year the Whanganui Arts Review celebrates its 30th year and the fact that it is the longest serving public arts review in the country. As an acknowledgement of this important anniversary and to celebrate the exciting future now assured for the original Sarjeant Gallery building in Pukenamu Queens Park, the Sarjeant itself is delighted to present and sponsor the event this year which is named the 2018 Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui Arts Review. OPENING: FRI 9 MAR 2018 / 6PM – 8PM 10 MAR - 13 MAY 2018 / 5PM – 8PM SARJENT ON THE QUAY, 38 TAUPO QUAY, WHANGANUI
With a willingness to experiment and cross-pollinate genres, Marshall is redeﬁning what it means to make punk music – or soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, darkwave, slacker beat poetry, or indie rock, for that matter. Alongside his sublime guitar playing, his distinctive baritone voice adds another layer to his cult underground status, forged, along with his undisputed creative genius, with the critically acclaimed, statementmaking debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. This is a rain, hail or shine outdoor standing event. MON 12 MAR 2018 / 8 PM (2HR DURATION) FESTIVAL PLAYGROUND MUSIC ARENA BEAUMONT ST & JELLICOE ST, AUCKLAND. GA $59.00
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ART & ABOUT
Theo Schoon, untitled, c.1950-60, gelatin silver print 388mm x 380mm
Theo Schoon is without doubt one of New Zealand’s most signiﬁcant pioneering modernists and one of the most neglected. A perennial outsider in provincial New Zealand, Schoon’s photographs of mud pools and abstract studies have an aesthetic sensibility with a direct lineage to European avant-garde modernism. At a time when artist Eric LeeJohnson describes photography in New Zealand as occupying “a position about midway between doodling and washing the dishes”, Schoon’s view of photography as a way of pushing abstraction forward showed a deﬁnite Bauhaus inﬂuence.
Theo Schoon, Black Mudpool, Waiotapu, c.1950-60, gelatin silver print, 327mm x 387mm
Theo Schoon, Study of a miniature mud volcano, Warakei, c.1950-60, gelatin silver print, 360mm x 383mm
In 1950, Schoon was living in Rotorua, where he created a series of close-up photographic studies of mud pools and silica formations around the RotoruaTaupō region. Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s Schoon returned to the area to photograph geothermal formations. Schoon saw these natural phenomena in strictly formal terms, describing to ﬁlmmaker Martin Rumsby the circular patterns created by bubbling mud as “discs”. Parallels can be drawn to the biomorphic forms of sculptor Jean Arp, and Bauhaus teacher Paul Klee’s metaphor of applying a microscope to nature to study its underlying basic structures. Schoon used the natural abstract forms of Rotorua’s geothermal areas as a visual resource, allowing him to free himself from the overwhelming legacy of European art and ﬁnd a new synthesis from his accumulated observation and reading. He would live rough on site, waiting for the critical moment when the light was just right or for an interesting pattern to take shape in the mud, then freezing these ephemeral and seasonal transformations in time. Martin Rumsby was with Schoon during some of his explorations in the Waiotapu geothermal area before it became well known, writing: “Theo told me that nature worked in repeating cycles — that was his theory. So, if he wanted a particular design in the mud pools, for example, then he would wait and count them out.” The project was not without a certain amount of risk. Sandﬂies and lack of rations aside, Schoon eschewed the safe and well-trodden tourist areas with their distractions, and thought nothing of adopting a precarious perch over scalding mud and boiling water to get his shot, where sometimes a misstep would result in a foot plunging into the searing-hot mud lurking beneath. Schoon uses photography in a pure, methodical way, to freeze a moment for deliberation, aspiring towards the god-like preservation of a dynamic, passing moment in time so that we may appreciate and comprehend its miraculous beauty. Ten photographs by Theo Schoon, including those reproduced here, will be on sale in Bowerbank Ninow's Auction No. 8 on Wednesday, 28 March, at their premises at 312 Karangahape Road, Newton. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 307 8870. — Words: Andrew Paul Wood
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Gil Hanly, untitled (Portrait of Theo Schoon), gelatin silver print, 205mm × 132mm
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FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS TO ME Pictured: Troye
On 17 February, Ponsonby Road was shut down for a threehour display of inclusivity, diversity and above all differences — a shared love for love. Pride month's annual Pride Parade 2018 was one of its biggest, most euphoric celebrations yet. A sea of rainbow-hued, warm and welcoming faces watched on as intricate ﬂoats glittered the street, queens turned the road to a runway, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — a frequent attendee of past parades — became the ﬁrst PM to ever grace the parade. For this month's music column I wanted to spotlight queer musicians and their unmatched hustle. From Troye Sivan’s male pronouns inﬁltrating mainstream pop to the impact of Frank Ocean's fearlessly groundbreaking 2012 coming out letter, music has never been in more of a truth seeking landscape. One of the most important aids to the LGBT community is representation, and what better way to relate and see yourself through another’s lens than through music? In between crucial dance intervals, I took to Ponsonby Road to ask the community about their favourite LGBT musician and how they’ve impacted on their own lives.
LANA — @LANANMCC: My favourite LGBT artist is
Auckland's Randa because he does dope as f**k rap, has the dopest beats that go hard at every show, and the dopest fashion around. He’s also one of my best friends but I would say all of this even if he wasn’t my bestie! My favourite song by Randa is his latest, called ‘Fashion’.
Sivan, Kevin Abstract.
WADE — @_WADDLES: Mykki Blanco is one of my favourite LGBTQ+ artists. I love their liberal ‘doesn’t give a f**k’ kind of attitude, and I think it’s so important to have ﬂuid and non-binary representations of gender identiﬁcations, especially in a genre like rap that can be so ﬂooded with stereotypes, bigotry and misogyny. Some of my favourite Mykki Blanco songs are 'Wavvy' and 'Macy Rodman Flow'. In the words of the master themselves, “What the f**k I gotta prove to a room full of dudes who ain’t listening to my words cause they staring at my shoes?”
BLAKE — @BLAKEMCINNES: Rapper Kevin Abstract represents a lot of the gay community. People see the ﬂamboyant, colourful, girly characters in the gay community, but don't realise that that's only a fraction of the community. There are so many gay guys that are just like other straight identifying guys and I think Kevin represents them, and proves that they too can be out and proud and accepted for being gay — and should also be accepted by their straight peers as just as masculine, or talented or gangster or whatever they are — as their straight counterparts. I also think Kevin's rap boyband Brockhampton further this message as they are a group of mostly straight rappers, however their main founder and leader of the group is gay and just as good of a rapper. — Words: Laura McInnes @LAURAMCINNES PRINCESSLOZ.WORDPRESS.COM | SNIFFERS.CO.NZ
This latest series was born out of the artist’s visit to Tiritiri Matangi, a small island off Auckland’s coast, the home of a wildlife sanctuary and a restoration project to save our native fauna. In the last 30 years, hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted by volunteers and all predators have been removed. There have been 12 bird and reptile species translocated onto the island as well as the many different varieties that have made their own way there. The trip inspired Smith to join the Pestfree 2050 project — a hands-on project which involves walking through the bush laying traps to eradicate all animals deemed pests. Despite the artist’s commitment to protect defenceless native species, Smith is conﬂicted in his undertaking: “Possums and rabbits are simply struggling for their own existence and hold no responsibility for being relocated. All of these ‘pest’ animals were introduced by our ancestors, and they adapted quickly, to the detriment of the native birds, insects and fauna. Trying to balance the scales and put right the mistakes of descendants has led
me to create these images as ethical sounding boards. My attempt to convince myself that the killing of one species is validated, for the betterment of another species.” These new paintings are described by the artist as "nostalgic visions of an imagined future, where we live in harmony with our environment and the life surrounding us; yet the tide still rises”. They are unashamedly of the romantic movement, employing romanticism as a weapon for environmentalism. One painting in particular refers to time (with a quirky nod to the 1960s classic movie Time Machine) — it’s relentless forward motion — and to the very real possibility of losing some species forever or returning extinct native wildlife back to the land of the living. Land's Edge presents the precipice on which we all perch, between the impenetrable forests and the endless ocean. There is wildlife here, birds and insects and marine-life, made strange by their size. But few birds have taken to the air, for there isn’t anywhere left to go. Most, like the solitary villas, are silent watchers, waiting for their restoration. Land's Edge opens 6pm on Thursday, 8 March at nkb Gallery (455 Mt Eden Road) and runs until 29 March. NKBGALLERY.CO.NZ
Known widely for his realist ﬁgurative paintings — Land's Edge follows on from Smith’s popular 2017 exhibition (Archipelago) of ‘island paintings’ - which are gaining a momentum of their own and mark a turning point in the artist’s practice.
ART & ABOUT
BARRY ROSS SMITH RETURNS TO NKB GALLERY WITH A CAPTIVATING NEW EXHIBITION:
Wanderer’s Nightsong ii. Medium: oil on canvas, size: 850 x 850mm
BOX OFFICE KOBI 08 MAR
In a modest workshop in a remote Central Otago landscape, Swiss goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, now approaching 80, and regarded as the grandfather of contemporary New Zealand jewellery, continues to produce works characterised by a simplicity and timelessness treasured by the thousands who wear them. "The work we do comes out of the life we live," he tells his apprentice, "so we have to have a life to start with." Through the eyes of his daughter, ﬁlmmaker Andrea Bosshard, we watch Kobi in his lifelong commitment to the daily practice of his craft. Trusting in the ability of his hands, he moves through life without hurry, immersing himself in the everyday rhythms around family and work. Including old Super 8 home movies, archival footage and family letters, this very personal ﬁlm is both a meditation on growing up and growing old, and a glimpse into the humour and warmth of this father/daughter relationship.
THE DEATH OF STALIN 15 MAR
The one-liners ﬂy as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapidﬁre farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
MARY MAGDALENE Mary Magdalene, Directed by Garth Davis, director of NZ Box Ofﬁce hit Lion and from the producers of The King’s Speech. Starring Academy Award-nominated Rooney Mara, as Mary, and Academy Awardnominated Joaquin Phoenix, as Jesus.
Set in the Holy Land in the ﬁrst century, Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small ﬁshing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she ﬁnds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity. Mary Magdalene brings a unique and fascinating character to the fore and places her at heart of the greatest origin story of all.
AF FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL Celebrating 12 years of bringing the best of French cinema to New Zealand, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has unveiled the full programme for the 2018 Festival. With a line-up of 37 ﬁlms, the 2018 programme features several award-winning festival titles including the Academy Award-nominated Faces Places (Visages, Villages) by Agnès Varda and JR, Cannes Grand Prix and Queer Palm winner BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) by Robin Campillo, Cannes Critics’ Week Nespresso Grand Prize winner Makala by Emmanuel Gras, and Cannes Camera d’Or winner Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Jeune Femme) by Léonor Serraille. Films featuring bold visionaries, auteurs of cinema and iconic songstresses prove the arts are well and truly alive in the programme with biopics such as Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) by Michel Hazanavicius, Barbara by Mathieu Amalric and Rodin by Jacques Doillon taking centre stage.
Visit the Verve website to view the trailers and read more about The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018 Programme
1 MAR 18 APR
The Horse Trotted Another Couples of Metres, Then it Stopped. / Image by Zan Wimberley
Carriageworks has commissioned a large-scale work by renowned German artist Katharina Grosse. Consistent with her recent interest in ‘folding’ space, Grosse has utilised more than 8,000 square metres of fabric, draped and knotted in direct response to Carriageworks’ architecture. Using a spray gun, Grosse has created a multilayered painting on the surfaces and folds of the fabric, resulting in a sublime and otherworldly environment. Bound by months of planning for rigging points, sewing marathons and knot-tying, Grosse is largely intuitive in the ﬁnal act of painting. She comments: "It describes that moment when you go into the kitchen because you wanted to get the car keys, and then all of a sudden you don’t know why you are there, and in that moment you realise something else about yourself, something that you can’t describe: that you’re on this planet and that the scent in the air is beautiful; you are somewhere, going someplace, but then you halt; then you think, 'That’s what I’m doing.' And so, that’s a little bit of what we are doing. It also refers to my absurd need for a really huge surface to paint on." At Carriageworks, Grosse has challenged the conventions of painting in a new approach that is both epic and sculptural. She is compelled by the possibilities that painting holds, the space it can occupy in our lives, and the many ways in which it lives in the world. For her, painting is a way of both thinking and feeling that allows her to retain a sense of immediacy and urgency. Thus, her gestures unfold, all at the same time, in a stream of pure colour, plunging the viewer into the depths of her toxic sublime.
LIVED LIVES MARTI FRIEDLANDER SUNDAY 8 APRIL – MONDAY 28 MAY MARTI FRIEDLANDER; AN INDEPENDENT VISIONARY WHO PHOTOGRAPHED THE WORLD AS SHE SAW IT.
Throughout her remarkable 60-year long career, Marti Friedlander has been instrumental in independently documenting the changing nature of contemporary post-war New Zealand through the protest and women’s movements, the changing roles of men, and Māori and Paciﬁc Island societies. She was the ﬁrst photographer to celebrate the extent to which visual and literary creativity contributes to New Zealand culture. Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century (with Michael King) has been continuously in print since it was ﬁrst published in 1972, and is arguably one of the most important photo essays produced in post-war New Zealand. All 47 original prints in the Moko suite were gifted to Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand. Friedlander has documented her adopted country from within her personal experience of diaspora, as a Jewish artist. This experience has also informed her insight into the way New Zealand has established a more complex and compelling identity within two generations.
Friedlander’s work has been exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Waikato Art Museum, and in a celebrated retrospective at the Auckland Art Gallery in 2001, which then toured the country. Shirley Horrocks’ ﬁlm, Marti: The Passionate Eye, attracted attention both at the International Film Festival in New Zealand in 2004 and on local television. In 1999, she was awarded the Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to photography. In 2016, Friedlander received her Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Auckland. The honour reﬂects her distinguished contribution to the art of photography in New Zealand and nearly six decades spent documenting the country’s people, landscape, culture and movements for social change. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MARTI FRIEDLANDER AND OTHER REPRESENTED ARTISTS, PLEASE VISIT FHEGALLERIES.COM
BOOK REVIEW THE ACTRESSES BY BARBARA EWING $30
This is a big curl on the sofa comfort read. First published in 1997, it is the story of a group of people who ﬁrst met at drama school. The years have passed and it is time for their 35th reunion. Some have made it, some have gone to Hollywood, a few have worked in theatre but not got the fame and fortune they aspired to. On the day of the reunion as things get more heated, an accusation is thrown and the media get wind of it and all hell breaks loose. Pulling you in from a soft-paced beginning, this is a detailed and interwoven story of how events will resurface eventually. An actor's life is not an easy one.
I'LL KEEP YOU SAFE BY PETER MAY $35
A successful young couple are at a fashion conference in Paris where their exclusive material woven on the Isle of Lewis and Harris is being featured. Niamh suspects her husband is having an affair and when she sees him drive off in a white Mercedes with a woman she follows on foot, as the car turns the corner it explodes. A female French detective assigned to the case visits Lewis, and Niamh is the prime suspect. But all isn't what it seems. This fastpaced thriller has twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night. If you enjoy this tale and haven't read Peter May before, you can catch up on his excellent other books at your leisure.
THE TATTTOIST OF AUSCHWITZ BY HEATHER MORRIS. $32
Heather Morris wanted to write a movie script and when Lale Sokolov told her his life story she knew this was it. The script has turned into a biography but the story if anything is even more powerful. Lale was a young man when he got on a train, days later without food and drink on the whole journey which was spent crammed into cattle carts, they stopped at Auschwitz, and the nightmare began. Lale gets the job of scratching numbers onto the arms of prisoners and rubbing green ink into them so the marks are permanent. He meets Gita whilst doing his job and this is their story of survival and memory. Remarkable.
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"If we would have our citizens contented and law-abiding, we must not sow the seeds of discontent in childhood by denying children their birthright of play." â€“ Theodore Roosevelt â€“
A HISTORY OF PLAY
It’s certainly a far cry from the children’s ‘sand gardens’ ﬁrst established in Germany in 1885 that inspired rudimentary playgrounds to slowly spring up around the western world—most notably in the US. In 1895, New York State passed a law that insisted: “Hereafter no school house shall be constructed in the City of New York without an open-air playground attached to or used in connection with the same”. During the development of the city’s Central Park in the 1850s, there had been plans ﬂoated for designated play areas but they lacked any real imagination (and were originally strictly girl-free zones!). As the 20th century ticked over and urbanisation continued to roll at an alarming rate, community leaders realised the necessity of creating safe spaces for kids to socialise and play. In 1906, the Playground Association of America was formed to promote the concept, and businesses were soon established to craft equipment such as steel tubes and merry-go-rounds to adorn them. England’s Wicksteed Park, built in the 1923, is believed to have housed the world’s ﬁrst playground slide and swing. The area was designed by Charles Wicksteed, who, in his 1928 book, A Plea for Children’s Recreation after School Hours and after School Age, noted: “I have good reason to believe that the park I have formed has changed the lives for the better, to a greater or lesser extent of thousands of children.” He revealed mothers’ satisfaction that their previously “whining, pale-faced children, complaining of any food they get” now returned with “healthy faces and rosy complexions, ready to eat the house out after a good play in the playground”.
It was around this time that designated kids’ play areas were created in New Zealand, such as the football ﬁeld at Auckland’s Woodhall Park. According to Te Ara, the depression of the 1930s saw “unemployed relief workers also built sports grounds” for children. Nearly a century later, in August of last year, New Zealand’s ﬁrst ‘smart’ playground opened at Levi Park in Rollerston. The innovative notion allows parents to scan designated markers with their smartphones to, via an app, activate games and challenges for the kids to complete as they play. Another interesting recent development is the the popup playground, a concept that found traction the in UK when garden-less Bristol mums Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose decided roads should be the reserve of recreational activities like biking, scootering, skateboarding and hopscotching rather than regular trafﬁc. With council permission, through the use of wheelie bins and road diversion signs and other eager mums, they set about closing their street for a couple of hours so that the neighbourhood kids would have somewhere to play. “Right up to the last second, we were panicking that we hadn’t organised any games and weren’t providing anything beyond some bits of chalk,” Amy tells the Guardian. “We had to keep telling ourselves to trust the children, they would know what to do.” Of course, she continues, that they most certainly did — and that she didn’t even realise just how many kids lived on her street alone. From this they established the Playing Out Project to encourage others to encourage their children to have “more autonomy in their neighbourhoods”. Similar events have seen an enormous hopscotch grid that ran well into the 300s, and a hopping girl race a boy’s remote-control car, proving there’s plenty of imagination left in the youngest generations yet. Amy believes the professionalisation of parenthood means that many feel too “readily judged and that kills play”. “Children love their streets,” adds Alice. “With Playing Out we haven’t got the solution, but we are doing something and it isn’t even difﬁcult.” Charles Wicksteed would most likely be very proud of their efforts. – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
Whether it be music, ﬁlm, politics or TV, it’s common and it’s clichéd to mockingly comment about how it was ‘all better back in my day’, but one thing that it can most certainly not be applied to is playgrounds. Case in point is the Margaret Mahy Playground in Christchurch, named after the city’s legendary author and positioned on the banks of the Avon River, the sprawling outdoor fun factory covers almost an entire block, and is the largest—and many would argue also the best—in the southern hemisphere. The $20 million project, opened in 2015, is split into zones in honour of the region’s landscapes such as the peninsula zone for Banks Peninsula; the sandpit that represents the coast; the plains zone for Canterbury Plains; and a four-meter mound with a giant metallic slide, that mirrors Port Hills. Not only popular with the kids, it’s become a cool place for young adults to hang out too.
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The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, held together and supported by scores of ligaments. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. A structural ﬂaw or malfunction in any one part can result in the development of problems elsewhere in the body. A baby’s foot is padded with fat and is highly ﬂexible. Children begin to walk anywhere between eight and 18 months of age. A child learning to walk receives important sensory information from the soles of their feet. Most toddlers are ﬂat-footed when they ﬁrst start walking or tend to turn their feet inwards. The ﬂatfootedness usually improves as the feet strengthen, but it is not always the case. A wait-and-see-if-they-grow-out-of-it approach is not good enough. Good quality supportive footwear is a key to your children's health and well-being. Shoes cheaply made with an inﬂexible FLAT sole and synthetic materials make walking not only more difﬁcult but could lead to health problems in the future. It is vital to get proper quality shoes for your child. Shoes for your toddler should be made of genuine leather and ideally have features including: • a ﬁrm, comfortable ﬁt both lengthways and widthways • sole ﬂexibility • anatomic leather insole with absorbing 'small pillow' which supports correct feet position • rounded toe • high and ﬁrm heel counter • Thomas heel, used for heightening middle part of a shoe’s sole for a couple of millimetres (depending on child’s age and height). This helps the correct development of varus and prevents depression of the head of the talus • laces, zipper or Velcro to prevent too much movement or slipping of the foot inside the shoe AVOID • buying cheap shoes from the fast fashion stores • shoes made by low-cost mass manufacturers • shoes made of plastic, man-made leather, synthetic and toxic materials Children’s specialists and podiatrists DO NOT recommend wearing synthetic sports shoes and ﬂip-ﬂops all the time. At Little Globus we have available beautiful, good quality anatomic shoes. All our shoes exclusively made in Europe. Our brands are well known for putting together correct shoe construction around creative and stylish children shoe fashion. LITTLEGLOBUS.CO.NZ
The name’s Grut. Fraser Grut. Cue rip-off 007 theme.
DUN DUN DUN. I’m a twenty-three-year-old ﬁlmmaker and have been since the age of seven. I have a dream. (Don't sue me, Dr. King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through ﬁlm. How? By helping the world to dream again. I run a little project called 10,000 Dreams where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m ﬁlming a different person answering the question, "What’s your dream?" I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested. Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 434. Nearly there… In celebration of election week... in Sierra Leone (#votenow), I shall use my 300 words to stir a pot of controversy amongst those politically inclined. In the year 2K17 (MMXVII), I found myself capturing the dreams of all (Winston said "nah") the political ﬁgureheads of our great kingdom (Kiwiland).
FORMER PRIME MINISTER: BILL ENGLISH — DAY 212
“I’d like to be in business with my children, here in New Zealand, and with their children.”
CURRENT PRIME MINISTER: JACINDA ARDERN — DAY 258 “My dream is for a New Zealand where children live free from poverty and are full of hope and opportunity.”
FUTURE PRIME MINISTER: AAQIB BASHA (10 YEARS OLD) — DAY 159 “When I grow up, I want to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand. We need someone swag, cool and young. There are too many old people in parliament, who have already been president. They need someone who’s swag and cool. Prime Minister Aaqib Basha, remember the name." Whether you wear blue, red or swag, you have the right to dream. We all do. Even Donald... although, he’s living in the shadows of Mickey. So dream. FOLLOW FROG PRODUCTIONS SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS ON: FACEBOOK.COM/FROGPRODUCTIONSFILMS INSTAGRAM.COM/FRASERGRUT
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Big Apple-based Kiwi Lucie McQuilkan is the founder and creative director of Mischievous Goddess, a children’s party company with difference. Teaching little girls “to play beyond this realm”, it nurtures their “imagination and spiritual connection” with “a positive and organic approach”. The purpose is to enable the young ladies to “learn to understand and embrace the immense power and value of the feminine from very early on” in order to establish their self-worth and give them “a foundation of conﬁdence and inner strength”. “One of my favourite activities with the kids is having them place their hands on a crystal, close their eyes and make a wish,” says Lucie. “It is a basic human instinct to believe in a higher power, but often this faith gets lost as we get older. This sense of faith can bring with it a sense of peace – knowing that we do not control anything really, but we do our best and let this higher power take care of the outcome. If children can connect these dots at a young age, it is wisdom they can use throughout their lives.” Lucie uses established goddesses to help the girls realise their own inner ones. I ask if there are any deities that she — and her charges — feel especially strong kinships with. “Every goddess is quite different, but I do feel a strong connection to Yemoja,” says Lucie. “She is a West African goddess who is a mother and water deity — sometimes depicted as a mermaid. She is also known as Yemaya and celebrated in Brazil. The story goes that when the slaves came from Africa to Brazil they were not allowed to worship their own faith – but in the statues of the Virgin Mary they saw their own mother goddess Yemoja and worshiped her as their own. They called out ‘Yemoja!’ which was translated as
Yemaya. This story moves me, because it reminds me of undying faith, and that there is always a way to live in our integrity.” It is essential, she believes, that children be instilled with “a sense of something bigger than themselves”. Lucie’s own childhood was a typical Kiwi one of “being at the beach and in the native bush, sliding down mudslides”. She feels blessed to have grown up in New Zealand. She was, she says, a tomboy, connected to nature and unafraid to get her hands dirty: “This shows up from time to time in New York — I can see that is has shaped me quite differently to people who grew up in the city.” As a teenager, Lucie — then known as Lucie Boshier — admits to suffering greatly with her self-esteem as her body changed from a child to a woman. “I felt shameful about my appearance, which suddenly differed from the girls and women in almost all media at the time,” she says. “Goddesses exposed me to a variety of powerful female forms who were all beautiful in their own way.” Lucie came to be considered as one of New Zealand’s most promising fashion designers, mentored by the likes of Trelise Cooper, but in 2008, aged 27, she gave it all up, spending time in India before moving to New York. Is fashion still important to you? “I will always love fashion, not only clothing, everything. I am an extremely visual person, and my surroundings affect me greatly. Fashion in terms of décor, and the way I dress, music, ﬁlm — all inspire and bring depth to my creativity and work.”
Tell us about your time in India. “It was around four years ago now. What I do remember more than anything is being madly inspired by the travellers who lived in the little town where I was staying called Bhagsu Nag in the Himalayas. It’s in the city of Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama resides. I was there learning to teach yoga, but instead learned more after hours hanging out with the creative souls in the little cafes, drinking tea, playing music, writing poems and exchanging ideas. It was a very creative time in my life, where every usual responsibility washed away. There was no worrying about paying bills, or living up to any type of societal expectations. The trip to India gave me an entirely new perspective on life.” Lucie’s interest in spirituality and eastern philosophy, she tells me, is the foundation for everything she does. “Life tends to throw you curveballs so it’s the belief in a higher power and using the tools that go along with that belief system that help me to cope with whatever is thrown at me,” she says. “Of course, it’s still not easy — Deepak-Chopra-equivalent enlightenment is not at my ﬁngertips!” The ability to surrender to the outcome of any given situation, she adds, is the ultimate goal: “From what I’ve studied, at the core of all spiritual practices are the same guiding principles to life — they just use different language and storytelling to get there.” I ask Lucie about her role models growing up and if she feels a role model to the girls that she guides.
“I do not really remember who my role models were as a child, except for my big sister, and Michael Jackson!” she says. “I haven’t considered myself a role model as such, but if I can inspire and instil valuable lessons to children that give them conﬁdence to be themselves, then that would be an awesome outcome of my work!” What with all the recent Hollywood and political scandals and the resulting women’s movements that followed, I wonder if Lucie’s work has taken on a new meaning, and ask about the mood in the US at present. “It is such a large topic to tackle,” she says. “But in the long run, I think all the unspoken voices ﬁnally bubbling to the surface will bring change to the culture in the U.S. I never really understood the modern reasoning for feminism before moving here. Having been raised in New Zealand where it felt — to me at least — that gender was very much equal, it is interesting to live in country where sexism and more conservative values still very much exist. It’s hard to decipher the actual mood in the US verses the media’s expression of it.” Though it certainly hasn’t made her reconsider reconnecting with her roots just yet. “I am proud to be a New Zealander and of the many incredible values we hold as a culture — it is an amazing and sacred place,” Lucie says. “The thing I have always loved about New York is how free it feels. It’s a city full of completely wacky, neurotic, creative people – and being one of them, I’m right at home!” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
GIVING BABIES A HEAD START
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THE AUCKLAND ROYAL EASTER SHOW CELEBRATES THE 175TH A&P SHOW
Share in the sheep shearing, gaze at the prize winning bulls that are the size of small cars and interact with exhibits at the 175th A&P Show! The main entertainment stage will be jam-packed with all types of exciting FREE entertainment for the entire family. Transform into a super hero with the PJ Masks Live stage show or be wowed by Timber Tina and her world champion Lumberjack’s and Jill’s as they battle it out to ﬁnd who will be crowned the toughest of them all! As night falls, the main stage will host some of New Zealand’s BEST musical talent. Mahons Amusements brings the exhilarating thrill rides to the Royal Easter Show; The Turbo Boost, Scream Machine, Gravitron and other favourites return to get the adrenaline pumping for the big kids, while the Cookie-Bear rides bring smiles to the faces of the little ones and their parents. An essential feature of the Royal Easter Show, the celebrated Zirka Circus returns with a brand new, never before seen in New Zealand act that will have the audience at the edge of their seats. Their death-defying feats of skill and strength has to been seen to be believed. And stick around for the FREE ﬁreworks display, lighting up the sky above the ASB Showgrounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening’s blasting off at 9pm.
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For deaf people, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the form of communication predominantly used. It not only includes hand signals and gestures, but is also made up of extensive facial expressions, body movements, non-manual signals and direct eye contact. Unfortunately, NZSL as a language has had a difﬁcult past. For the better part of 100 years, NZSL was banned in the education systems in our country. Oralism (use of spoken language) was the 'solution' to communication with deaf children. Of course, much time and research later, we now know that teaching New Zealand Sign Language to deaf children (or hearing for that matter!) improves English skills and understanding. So much so, that in 2006 NZSL was made one of New Zealand's ofﬁcial languages, followed one year later by the establishing of NZSL Week. In fact, some researchers and clinicians recommend that signing be taught to all children during their ﬁrst two years of life (Acredolo & Goodwyn, 1996; Garcia, 1999). This recommendation is supported by studies showing that infants exposed to sign language acquired ﬁrst signs at an earlier age than typical ﬁrst spoken words. Bonvillian, Orlansky, and Novack (1983) studied 11 hearing children of deaf parents and reported that children produced their ﬁrst recognisable sign at a mean age of just eight-and-a-half months, with the earliest ﬁrst sign at ﬁve-and-a-half months. Results of a study by Goodwyn, Acredolo, and Brown (2000) suggest that sign training might facilitate rather than hinder the development of vocal language. Signing with your baby reduces frustration and enables early communication. If your planning on using some sign language with your baby, NZSL is readily available and better yet, it’s a second language.
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TECH 'N KIDS Coming as no particular surprise to anyone with a pulse, last month a group of former Silicon Valley employees revealed that tech titans such as Google and Facebook aren’t doing enough to stem children’s online use, and so founded a campaign called Truth About Tech designed to educate kids and parents of the dangers of internet addiction. Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, now senior fellow at Common Sense Media, who part-funded the campaign says that the internet giants are “engaged in a full-blow arms race to capture and retain human attention”, including “the attention of children”. He continues: “Technologists, engineers, and designers have the power and responsibility to hold themselves accountable and build products that create a better world.” Last year, Bill Gates told the Mirror that he not only limits his kids’ internet use, but didn’t allow them to have mobile phones until they were 14. When Steve Jobs was asked what his children thought of the original iPad, he stated that they hadn’t used it. “Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things,” writes Walter Isaacson in his biography of the Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. “No one ever pulled out an iPad or a computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.” Of course, the digital age dictates that kids need to be techsavvy. For all the studies that prove too much online time to have a detrimental effect on children’s development, there are plenty more that show sensible usage can progress kids’ cognitive capabilities. What is not in question, however, is that in terms of safety and mental health, internet hours must be monitored and restricted. Common Sense states that US teenagers dedicate up to nine hours a day to media, with tweens averaging six hours. Half of all teens admit to feeling addicted to their mobile devices, while 60% of their parents believe them to be hooked. Another US study by tech author Jean Twenge revealed more than half of heavy internet users to feel unhappy, 27% to be more prone
to depression, and more than a third to be an elevated suicide risk. “Tech companies are conducting a massive, real-time experiment on our kids, and, at present, no one is really holding them accountable,” says Common Sense CEO James P Steyer. “Their business models often encourage them to do whatever they can to grab attention and data and then to worry about the consequences later, even though those very same consequences may at time hurt the social, emotional, and cognitive development of kids.” A 2015 report by the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) studied more than half-a-million 15-year-olds across 73 countries, and concluded the time Kiwi kids spent online to be “extreme”, with the number of those online for more than six hours per weekday nearly tripling to 17.3% since 2012. Last year, a study by Auckland University’s Department of Statistics discovered that eight in 10 teenagers have no screen time limits placed on them by their parents or guardians, dropping to a still pretty grim six in 10 at primary school age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited”. They recommend a blanket ban on screen time for infants 18 months or younger, to aid both brain development and garner healthy parent-child relations. Children aged 2-5 should be introduced to screens for a maximum of an hour per day, outside that, parents need to “prioritise creative, unplugged playtime”. Once children get older, then things get trickier, as parents also need to consider the potential intellectual beneﬁts of certain online endeavours. A regular day should include “school, homework time, at least one hour of physical activity, social contact and sleep—which is anywhere from eight to 12 hours for kids,” Dr Yolanda Reid Chassiakos of UCLA tells CNN. “Whatever’s left over can be screen time.” – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
CHILDREN’S FEATURE // MAR 2018
Smart Tips for Smart Parents, and Smarter Kids Lead by example, if you’re heads always buried in your laptop or mobile phone, chances are your kids’ will be too. They may also play up to get your attention Have family media-free times, like during meals or driving Consider making some rooms media-free Strictly no phones at the dinner table It’s a good idea to keep devices out of the bedroom too, meaning you can easier monitor your children’s online activities
Smart Apps Encourage your kids to educate themselves as they browse, with these cool apps, all available on both Android and iOS. Tynker Coding for Kids: a highly visual, easy-to-use app that enables your little ones to build their own computer code. Other fun features include coding games, coding courses, and the ability to program drones. Bee-bot: Aimed at children four and over, Bee-bot develops kids’ directional and programming skills as they navigate the app’s star character faster and faster over 12 levels. The better they do, the more stars they’ll collect. Shapes Toddler Preschool: Designed to enable kids to prepare for preschool with this app’s colourful games involving numbers, letters, and shapes.
MUCH ADO ABOUT DENTISTRY Aesthetically at least, I guess I have a reasonable set of gnashers. I’ve always brushed them regularly, ﬂossed sporadically, and have recently discovered the wonders of a tongue scraper. However, beyond the, er, veneer, dark secrets take the form of mainly ghastly silver ﬁllings — sometimes ﬁllings around ﬁllings — which may, or may not, be partly down to the love — and medical ignorance — of my dear, departed grandmother. Until I was about six, my mum and I lived at my grandparents’ house, and my mother, quite rightly, forbade me from eating sweets. My nan considered this tantamount to child abuse, and, what feels like every time my mum’s back was turned, would spread butter across white bread, sprinkle it with sugar, and hand it to me with glee. After my granddad died and my milk teeth had long been replaced by adult ones, my nan would regularly come to stay with us instead, and most evenings there would be something sweet to rot my teeth — along with the occasional couple of gold coins, or even a ﬁve-pound note — tucked lovingly under my pillow, which of course I’d devour immediately before drifting off to sleep. It’s a wonder I didn’t wind up with diabetes.
and sentenced to eight years in a French jail for carrying out unnecessary procedures for self-gratiﬁcation that resulted in injuries such as broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia. The BBC reports that one of his patients had eight of her teeth extracted in one sitting leaving her “gushing blood for three days” and with “no teeth for a year and a half”. It’s a story that echoes the almost comical exploits of Canadian mouth doctor Edgar Randolph 'Painless' Parker who founded his dental practice in 1892, after begging his college dean to pass him (according to Smithsonian, Parker was a “terrible student”).
So anyway, I’ve spent more than my fair share of hours in a dentist’s chair, and, aside from the occasional scratch of the anesthetising needle, in my near-38 years, I’ve rarely ever felt more than a niggle. Oh, apart from the time while backpacking around Australia a dentist attempted to extract an infected tooth and I nearly launched us both into the ether.
After nearly two months without a patient, Parker began advertising 'painless' procedures, carried out after injecting his charges with a solution of watered down cocaine that didn’t always work. In 1913, the extraverted ‘surgeon’ set up a travelling dental circus around the US where he took to the stage in a top hat and tails complemented by a necklace of human teeth. Parker’s show consisted of him calling a plant from the audience from whom he would seemingly extract a tooth with little pain or fuss as a brass band and dancers performed alongside. With the procedure complete he would then invite real patients on to the stage to have their teeth pulled, and as he did so, the band would play louder to drown out the screams leaving the audience none the wiser as to his ruse. Parker was sued several times, and eventually did a runner back to Canada, with the American Dental Association labelling him “a menace to the dignity of the profession”.
But at least I wasn’t one of Jacobus van Nierop’s patients, a Dutchman who, in 2016, was dubbed the ‘dentist of horror’
Until the Victorian age, for most, extraction was pretty much the only way to guarantee the end of an aching tooth, even though
dentistry is actually one of the oldest medical professions — known to have been conducted as far back as 7000 BC in the Indus Valley (the ﬁrst recognised dental practitioner was Ancient Egyptian writer Hesy-Re, and other notable ancients to have dabbled in dentistry include the Greeks Hippocrates and Aristotle). Around 2000 years later, a Sumerian text claimed dental worms to be the cause of tooth decay — a theory that astonishingly stood until the 18th century, when dentistry was ﬁnally being seriously considered as a profession. Though the ﬁrst tooth tome — The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Inﬁrmities of the Teeth —was written in 1530, it would be nearly 200 years more before ‘Father of Modern Dentistry’, Pierre Fauchard of France published the ﬁrst comprehensive dental textbook Le Chirurigen Dentiste (The Surgeon Dentist) in 1728. Fauchard ﬁrst recognised that sugar causes tooth decay, and came up with the idea of ﬁllings and prosthesis. Across the English Channel, former doctor John Hunter published another revolutionary dental book in 1771, Natural History of the Human Teeth, that detailed names for each individual tooth — all still used today. He also proposed the notion of dental implants — not of false teeth, but those from other people. Trading of teeth for a time became so well rewarded that they were robbed from graves and the wealthy even paid the destitute to give up theirs. Trained dentists, however, were few and far between, so barbers and even blacksmiths would often double as dental surgeons using pliers to pull and the patient’s jaw for extra leverage. One of the earliest ‘toothpastes’ was crushed oyster shells, but they
wore away at the enamel and exposed the nerves, leading to the development of gentler options such as soot or brick dust. The arrival of the ﬁrst mass marketed toothbrush of pig bristle in 1780 by William Addis helped greatly, but they were beyond the means of most ordinary folk so were usually shared. Many still opted to have all their teeth pulled out rather stand the agony of them rotting. Various cleaning powders were developed through the 1800s, but Colgate were the ﬁrst to offer a mass-produced, fresh tasting toothpaste, in 1873. The dental drill was, around this time, going through various stages of development, allowing practitioners to remove sections of decay rather than the entire tooth. However, the pain was searing so medics experimented with relief such as chloroform or laughing gas (nitrous oxide) though often got the doses wrong and many patients died. Injections of cocaine, such as those used by 'Painless' Parker were deemed far less risky. The addition of ﬂuoride to both toothpastes and drinking water would further reduce cases of decay, and more recently, silver diamine ﬂuoride, an antimicrobial gel, has been shown to further stop the rot. But it is stem cells that likely represent the future of dentistry, with scientists working on ways to regenerate teeth thus eliminating the need for injections — but, alas, not for drilling, as dentists will still need to remove the decay.
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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Start with hydrated skin, be sure to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate for the most even results. Sunscreen in your foundation is not enough. Over the summer you should be wearing an SPF30 applied evenly all over the skin until it vanishes. When picking an SPF look for both UVA and UVB protection. It is important to look for three ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and avobenxzone. Try: Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint $59 If you have got a tan over the summer and your foundation isn’t matching, try darkening drops for the perfect colour match . Try: Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops $42 Prime for a perfect complexion. Over these summer months, when you are more likely to sweat, switch over to a mattifying primer. Try: Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 $98.00 or Estee Lauder The Mattiﬁer Shine Control $68 If you deal with dark circles, use a concealer with more coverage. Pat some concealer under your eyes before applying your base makeup. If you need additional coverage after your base makeup is applied, then apply as necessary. Try: La Mer The Concealer $160 Over summer switching to a beauty balm, a light foundation with beneﬁts. It will give your skin a very radiant ﬁnish that is perfect for that summer glow. Try: Chi Chi Super BB Cream SPF30 $31.99 Bronze up the skin, use a large bronzer or powder brush and sweep a small amount wherever the sun would naturally hit. Try: Tom Ford Bronzing Powder $172 Use a powder to set your foundation. This will blur ﬁne lines and pores, giving you an airbrushed look. Try: Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder Foundation $86.00 Don’t forget a setting spray to keep your makeup in place all day. Try: Coola SPF 30 Setting Spray $62 — Words: Gabby Wallace
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If you haven’t yet been to Orakei Bay Village, I can recommend a visit. This beautifully crafted mini-mall is a pleasure to behold. Airy and light, with a compact array of exciting boutique style outlets, this centre is all about retail 2018. Discreetly tucked away around a corner and diagonally opposite the entrance to Farro Fresh, is a shop boasting the new face of health stores. Called the Urban Herbalist, it is owned and operated by pharmacist Khalid Ghanima, who having completed his pharmaceutical studies at Auckland Uni, developed a passion for integrative medicine, and a more holistic approach to health and wellness. Upon meeting Khalid, I quickly came to realise that his depth of knowledge on ‘cures and potions’ is astounding. Having worked in the pharmacy trade for well over a decade, he has a thorough understanding of the everyday ailments Aucklanders can suffer from, be they adult or child. His upbeat energetic aura is quite infectious, and it is obvious he loves what he does. The Urban Herbalist stocks a wide range of totally natural skincare brands, as well as premium brands such as Bioceuticals, Metagenics, Douglas Laboratories, Salvesterol, Mito Q, Biomedica, Integra Nutritionals and more. They offer up-todate, evidence-based advice, practitioner-strength supplements and customised health plans to help you and your family look and feel even better than before. No matter what health niggles you or your family suffer from, or what you are keen to improve or ﬁx, I encourage you to pop in and have a chat with the Khalid, the Urban Herbalist: his advice and recommendations may prove invaluable! Do note that parking for Orakei Bay Village is available both upstairs, or downstairs outside Kings Plant Barn. — Words: F.Ninow
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DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN:
TRANSFORMING DENTISTRY Before and after using the Digital Smile Design
Dr Andrea Shepperson has a camera on the table of her consulting room at Lumino City Dental at Quay Park in the CBD. It’s a comfortable space, which doubles as a photo studio. Shepperson works with patients who don’t like their smiles, and uses a unique technique to plan treatment with transformative results. The camera can be an emotional barrier for many people: “I’m asking someone to do the thing they ﬁnd most uncomfortable, smiling. In this case for somebody that they just met. We gain trust quickly with our patients, and explain the role photography and video play in planning. As we come to know each other, being in front of the camera becomes easier. “Sometimes nature has produced less than ideal shapes and alignment, or old dentistry hasn’t captured the character of teeth or personality. Other patients reach a turning point in their desire to care differently for their mouths, and every case is different. Dentistry has never been more fun or satisfying, and we really do change lives.” Shepperson recently received accreditation for New Zealand’s ﬁrst Digital Smile Design Clinic — at her Lumino City Dental at Quay Park practice in Beach Road, near the Spark Arena. She is a global instructor in Digital Smile Design, or DSD, a digital workﬂow that combines emotional dentistry with technology. She teaches dentists the technology, and is a recognised opinion leader in her ﬁeld internationally. The concept introduces an era of customisation and emotional dentistry; connecting with patients through digital visual communication. DSD dentists become smile designers, balancing art with function for those patients who are afraid or embarrassed to smile. Patients become co-authors of their smile. The most extraordinary innovation offered by DSD is that it can preview, in the patient’s own mouth, a real
simulation of their new smile (mock-up) to see how it would look and feel before starting treatment. Digital scans of teeth are combined with photographs, video and CT scans to precisely analyse optimal proportions, shapes and other parameters of beauty. The quality of visual communication in 3D provides precise and accurate detail and patients can clearly see and be involved in planning. “We underestimate the impact that masking a smile has on a person’s well-being,” says Shepperson. "To be able to engage the patient in the design journey is very powerful. A person feels they have regained something of themselves during the DSD process.“ Tailor-Made Smiles: The DSD Mockup The ﬁnal design is done by the DSD Planning Centre in Madrid. Natural algorithms, data taken from scans of natural teeth, are used to craft an individual smile for each patient. The ﬁnal design is 3D printed in New Zealand and the digital blueprint is transferred and tested aesthetically in the patient’s mouth. The ﬁrst look at a new smile, via a 3D printed or resin mock-up in the mouth, is a collaborative appointment that creates instant shifts in self-conﬁdence. For the ﬁrst time, someone has a realisation that it’s possible to smile with conﬁdence. For other patients, there is a sense of regaining self as teeth sit in the smile in harmony with facial features and patient personality. Once we have a clear picture of a future smile, we can plan treatment to suit each patient. Find out more about Digital Smile Design Clinics at dsdclinics.com/en/emotional-dentistry To make your Digital Smile Design consultation, contact Dr Andrea Shepperson on 09 919 2660 or email info@ citydental.co.nz or make a booking at citydental.co.nz/ online-booking
THE STUDIO THREE COMMUNITY Studio Three isn’t just a boutique ﬁtness studio that bought the internationally acclaimed Xtend Barre classes to the country. It’s not just a gorgeous one-stop shop either, where nine different disciplines from pilates to TRX are taught in Grey Lynn. No, it is far more than that. When you view the studio’s social feed, instantly you see that Studio Three is a passionate community of 'barre babes' ranging from millennials to baby boomers. One instructor says it’s a place to "have fun and feel feminine”. A client says it “improved her posture, ﬁtness and all round happiness”. Another loves the dance element calling it an “elegant work out”. And it’s all led from the front by 54-year-old owner, Viv Gallagher, a long-time ﬁtness industry stalwart with more than two decades of experience she admits date back to "Jazzergetics days". During that time, Viv learnt valuable lessons from instructing big group ﬁtness classes: it didn’t work.
By all accounts her team have nailed it. One tell-tale sign is the lengthy client testimonials from all age groups on Google and Facebook that are glowing and numerous. “You can come and experience high energy cardio, make your body toned with pilates then relax with yin yoga — it’s good to have the whole range,” says one client. When you walk into the studio you sense the caring camaraderie. Like when an instructor gently corrects technique yet at the same time keeps her client on task, focussed and motivated. A sea of gold stars shines on the ‘choose your challenge chart’ ﬁxed in a prominent position on the wall. Regulars who’ve committed to attending 26 classes in 42 days clearly love receiving their gold stars! “I encourage a lot of mature women in their 40s, 50s and 60s that would normally be intimidated by other huge gyms and a bit nervous about trying something new to come in,” Viv says. Beginner classes are run regularly and all skill levels are catered for.
“I just felt there was integrity missing in the quality of instruction when you’re trying to instruct en mass," she recalls. "It’s just not possible.”
Viv also mentions that men attend classes too. They love the challenge of improved ﬂexibility, core strength and posture although admits the guys are outnumbered by the ladies and “ﬁnd the barre tough going!”
Whereas Studio Three limits class sizes strictly to 20, keeping true to Viv’s vision of “creating an environment that’s special, safe, welcoming and all about community”.
The breadth of instructor expertise at the studio is wide and even includes a qualiﬁed physiotherapist. “We’re all highly trained to look after injuries plus pre- and post-natal clients. We have a lot
of referrals from top local osteopathy and physiotherapy clinics in the area which is a nice endorsement,” she says. First-time clients with a history of back injuries are common: “A lot of people start with us not able to do a lot of other exercise because of lower back pain and weak abdominals. After taking the barre class they transform and don’t experience the same amount of pain again.” Others who danced when they were younger like the concept of coming back to the barre. Once a month on a Friday there are popular ‘Barre and Bubbles’ nights for the members to mingle and chat. Members also receive invitations to workshops held throughout the year. Currently essential oils are under the spotlight as part of collaboration with a muscular massage therapist in the same building. To assist the “whole lot of rushing women” that Viv has noticed coming in, the studio’s next workshop will feature a breathing expert. It’s all part of the team’s commitment to “seriously looking after client wellness as a whole”. While the impact of Studio Three clearly shapeshifts the lives of many, Viv says it’s not about having a body that looks a certain way, it’s about strength, balance and joy. “At the end of the day if you do not love what you do, you’re not going to stick with it.” — Words: Sarah Sparks
Fuses elements of pilates and ballet to create a workout that ticks all the boxes as it strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body in a cardiovascular and resistance based full body workout. Targets glutes, abdominals and improves posture. No previous dance experience required. The building block for all our classes that focuses on the core postural muscles which support the spine. It improves posture, addresses muscle imbalances, improves circulation and sculpts a long lean muscle creating a trimmer appearance. Try the Pilates mat, Reformer and fusion equipment classes.
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A type of suspension training using bodyweight exercises to develop strength, balance, ﬂexibility and core stability simultaneously. The TRX Suspension Trainer is used to leverage gravity and the user's body weight to complete a wide variety of exercises for a total body workout. Power yoga is taught for those wanting a dynamic Vinyasa ﬂow using traditional teachings as well as yin yoga which is a deeply restorative practice focusing on breath and release of the fascia (connective tissue) to ensure balance is in the workout and to prevent injury.
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TRUSCULPT 3D THE NEW FAT DESTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY THAT YOU WILL LOVE
Designed to target unwanted fat, the latest and greatest fat destruction device is here, and the results have been amazing so far! ABOUT TRUSCULPT 3D
TruSculpt 3D is the newest advancement in circumferential reduction and nonsurgical body sculpting. Offering up to 24% fat thickness reduction in a SINGLE treatment, this new technology attacks stubborn fat up to half-an-inch beneath the skin’s surface. The treatment works to heat the fat up to 45 degrees, therefore destroying the fat cells, allowing the body to naturally expel them post-treatment. This new treatment is available exclusively in New Zealand with Dr Frances Pitsilis at SKINFRESH clinic.
WHY IS IT SO EFFECTIVE?
TruSculpt 3D utilises a 'closed-loop' temperature feedback — the only system on the market to feature this mechanism.
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A TRUSCULPT 3D TREATMENT?
With most treatments taking under an hour, a TruSculpt 3D session can be completed in your lunch break. With zero prep or downtown required, this anaesthetic-free treatment is pain-free. The treatment involves a handheld device which heats up against the skin to a comfortable temperature. The operator will lightly glide the device over the area being treated — some patients have likened this sensation to a hot stone massage. The beneﬁts of this treatment in comparison to fat freezing technology and its competitors is that there is no downtown, no pain, and no sighted side-effects to date.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
After your treatment, your body will work to rid itself of these newly destroyed fat cells. Your body’s immune system will work to break down these cells and ﬂush them out. The rate that this occurs at will vary from person to person. Circumferential reduction will be visible around 6-8 weeks post-treatment with the ﬁnal results visible after three months.
WHO IS TRUSCULPT 3D FOR?
While your consultation with your technician will ultimately determine your suitability, this device is recommended for those who suffer from stubborn fat pockets and 'trouble spots'. For example, the TruSculpt 3D shows to make signiﬁcant improvements on those with excess fat on their stomachs and ﬂanks — with an average of 24% fat loss shown on a group of women who participated in a recent study. Typically, appropriate patients have a BMI less than 30.
Dr Frances Pitsilis is the founder and medical director of Skinfresh Clinic in Milford, and you will recognise her as the integrated medical doctor and radio and television personality on the television show Is Modern Medicine Killing You?. With 37 years of experience in medicine and a special interest in wellbeing and appearance medicine, Dr Frances is now considered an advanced facial injector. At Skinfresh Clinic Dr Frances uses CUTERA’s medical-grade laser and light machine, as well as the latest TruScupt 3D technology and is assisted by her three laser/medical nurses. The clinic takes a holistic attitude to appearance and the team understand that for the outside to look good, you also need to look after the inside; appearance medicine ﬂows from a wellness programme that has its basis in good health, lifestyle, diet and stress management.
SKINFRESH CLINIC 2A DODSON AVE, MILFORD, AUCKLAND 09 486 0030 / SKINFRESH.CO.NZ
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Introducing Dianna Morgan and Kirsty Fitzgerald
THE COSMETIC SOLUTIONS DREAM TEAM For many of you, Dianna Morgan and Kirsty Fitzgerald will need no introduction: they are the Cosmetic Solutions dream team, located at the top of the narrow staircase between Remuera Real Estate and Remuera Barber Shop in the little mall at 405 Remuera Road. Dianna and Kirsty have known each other for 11 years, having ﬁrst met when Dianna worked for Allergan, creators of Botox® and Juvederm, and Kirsty worked as a cosmetic appearance-medicine nurse at Caci in Ponsonby. Six months ago, the ladies decided to pool their knowledge and skills; they joined forces and Cosmetic Solutions was born. Together the duo provide Aucklanders with a variety of up-to-date nonsurgical appearance medicine/cosmetic procedures, and are achieving results many of us hanker after. Dianna is a registered nurse with over 25 years experience as a healthcare professional, and has worked in the cosmetic industry for over 14 years. Her career involved working with Allergan, where for over six years, she learnt her injecting techniques from multiple, internationally renowned injectors. During this time Dianna was also teaching doctors and nurses the art of injecting Botox® and dermal ﬁllers. Even though Dianna, who founded Cosmetic Solutions, has developed a reputation in Auckland as one of the best appearance medicine nurses in the industry, she continues to further her experience and education in the latest cosmetic appearance techniques available. Her most recent achievement was being ﬁrst in New Zealand to complete a course at the prestigious Esteem Institute of Cosmetic Appearance in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Kirsty’s career as a cosmetic appearance nurse began at Caci Ponsonby after having previously worked as an intensive/cardiac care and emergency nurse for 16 years. From a young age, Kirsty knew that she wanted to be a nurse and took great inspiration from her grandfather Dr Tom Plunkett, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologists, whose legacy, the Plunkett Ward at National Women’s Hospital, will never be forgotten. Before joining Dianna at Cosmetic Solutions, Kirsty worked with Caci Ponsonby for 11-and-a-half years where she became an expert in many of the treatments and services offered at Caci, including collagen induction skin corrective therapies like dermal rolling and fractional CO2 laser, VPL (Variable Pulsed Light) laser treatments for hair removal and photo-rejuvenation, as well as many other non-surgical procedures. When Kirsty, whose biggest passion is her clients’ needs, felt in need of a change, she and Dianna decided to join forces. Together, they offer a comprehensive range of the latest in non-surgical appearance medicine treatments, and pride themselves on natural and undetectable results.
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So Spa Rejuvenating Facial Treatment, 60 minutes, $160 Enjoy the Rejuvenating Facial at So Spa located in Auckland’s Soﬁtel. A luxurious blend of products combines harmoniously with the latest French skincare techniques to help restore a youthful complexion and luminous glow. Bringing you back to a place of solace and renewal. — So-Spa.Auckland@sofitel.com Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour 09 354 7440
Body Massage, 60 minutes $119.00 Sink into a state of total relaxation at Bliss Reﬂexology. Bliss combines traditional Chinese massage with the latest in wellness philosophy. Reﬂexology is the science of stimulating reﬂexes of the foot, we recommend the one-hour relaxation massage including their staple foot spa. Gently eliminate trapped tension from tired muscles. This massage will rejuvenate, unwind and reset energy levels. — blissreflexology.com 09 520 6818 1F/255 Broadway, Newmarket
SACRED LASER — AN AMAZING FIND
Laser Tattoo Removal With Sacred Laser With 20 years of experience in the tattoo industry, Sacred Laser is excited to bring the best possible laser removal and lightening technology to New Zealand. The qualiﬁed technicians at Sacred Laser have experienced both sides of being tattooed and having laser tattoo removal or lightening, they consider each project with understanding and expertise. The state-ofthe-art laser is designed to produce one or more speciﬁc wavelengths of light in short bursts. Tattoo ink is removed by using this
speciﬁc wavelength of light that passes into the skin, but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles that can then be removed by the body’s natural ﬁltering and immune systems. The tattoo fades gradually over a series of treatments. — Call or email for a free consultation email@example.com 521 New North Rd, Kingsland 022 309 0262
TRENCH Fall collections gave way to clever riffs on the classic trench. Remaining, the versatile wardrobe staple we all know and love, this season, itâ€™s all about subtle updates, like a hardware buckle, an oversized cuff or using the essential button down trench as an oversized layering piece.
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DESIGNER RECYCLED CLOTHING SPECIALIST
Nu to U is a designer recycled clothing specialist at the top of Parnell Rise. It has been a Parnell icon for 30 years and has recently changed hands. The new owner, Emily-Jane Dasent, has given the shop a bit of a make-over and introduced an on-line consignment programme but nothing much else has really changed: Nu to U still only takes items from the very best of national and international designers, in excellent condition — as it always has. A comment that is often made by people who come into the shop is the variety of items on show, how beautiful they are, their excellent condition and that the shop feels like someone’s home. A new facet of the Nu to U business that Emily-Jane is introducing is ball and event dress hire. She stocks new and recycled event dresses from labels such as Sass & Bide, Bec & Bridge, Camilla & Marc, Natalie Rolt, and Trelise Cooper. Another new initiative is Ladies Nights, where a group of 10 or less ladies come into the shop after hours, drinks and nibbles are served and shopping is undertaken in a relaxed environment with friends lending a helping hand. It’s great fun with everyone feeling relaxed and enthused. And that’s just what every shopping experience should be!
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Much like the weather we’ve been experiencing, today in my studio was a study in contrasts. My ﬁrst appointment was a senior corporate gal who enjoys looking good but hates shopping so much she wants me to do it for her and take the garments I’ve chosen to her to try on. She was also very keen for simplicity in her very busy working life and wanted to take any hassle out of choosing what to wear for her work each day. I’ll be curating a capsule wardrobe that will mix and match easily to give her myriad options. That’s easy — I know the brief and I can help. The hardest part was coordinating diary time to make it happen. My next client had been sent to me by their boss who was hoping to inspire them to ‘step up’ in their dress so they could visit clients. He felt the way they dressed currently hindered that. It was the boss that called me and essentially, he’s the client (although she’s the gal that will need to make the changes). I told him that I’ve dealt with this a few times over the years and was conﬁdent that I could make the process comfortable and even enjoyable. Today we met to have a coffee and possibly one of the trickiest conversations I’ve ever had. She was hugely defensive and obviously offended by what her boss was trying to do. She couldn’t see why he couldn’t “just take me as I am” but her boss is legally entitled to ask her to present herself to a certain standard. I reassured her that the outcome I would be working towards was a working wardrobe she would feel comfortable in and he would be happy with. I told her I wouldn’t want her to wear anything that she hated, nor would I want to see her feeling that she couldn’t be herself. She began to relax a little at this point, but I know that it will take a few hours together before I can truly see her enjoy the process. Which she will — I won’t give up that easily! Want a hand to create a look that reﬂects who you are however you feel about it? I'd absolutely love to help! Just pick up the phone or drop me an email — lets’ do a coffee!
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Jackie O’Fee is owner of Signature Style. Further information can be found on her website signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.
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72 HOURS IN MELBOURNE Dennis and Rosamund Knill make a whirlwind trip to one of Oz’s great cities and unearth some of its hidden charms in less than a week.
backstreet alleyways and corridors overlaid with grafﬁti, in itself a cosmopolitan centre of restaurants, bars and the smell of coffee that lingers in the air.
To be sure, the city has always had its share of rafﬁsh elements, corrupt politicians, lurid episodes and unsavoury neighbourhoods — what great city has not. Still it’s one of the world’s greatest cities, relaxed and so content with itself.
The following day we skip the morning rush and head for Federation Square. Here you will ﬁnd Melbourne’s most prominent meeting place that brings together a creative mix of multi-cultural festivals attractions, sporting events, ﬁlm screenings, galleries and an array of eateries and bars. Daily tours are available at the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
Enriched with historic architecture combined with bold waterfront developments this is a city full of energy, ambition, hidden treasures and vintage trams. It’s also a city blessed with fantastic shopping with arcades, upbeat boutiques and shopping malls. Even more, Melbournians love to eat and for the devoted foodie the city is overrun with gastronomic diversity amongst its restaurants and cafes largely due to an overwhelming inﬂux of migrants from Italy, Greece and Asia. Hello Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. We join a local guide for our Hidden Secrets walking tour of Melbourne. For the curious minded tourists or strangers to the city this is the ideal introduction to soak up some of the city’s history and unique architecture. For the next three hours this is a morning of discovery as the guide walks us at a leisurely pace through narrow lanes,
Food markets have long been an established way of life and a visit to Queen Victoria Markets is an experience not to be missed. It’s the perfect place to spend a morning for a taste of Melbourne’s culinary history served up by a variety of dedicated vendors passed down through generations. Lined up along the tiled walkways are butchers, ﬁshmongers, delis, artisan cheesemakers, patisseries and specialty food merchants. The open air pavilions outside have scores of stallholders displaying fresh fruit and vegetables. With temperatures expected to rise to 40 degrees we cancel our activities and make a beeline for some retail therapy. A short ride on the tram is Bourke Street located between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Recognised as the city's shopping heart all the leading retailers are here
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with many exquisite high end ﬁnds that puts Melbourne right at the forefront of the Australian fashion scene. In the comfort of air conditioned surroundings and in a world increasingly ﬁlled with so much merchandise we spend up largely and make a generous contribution to the Victorian economy. Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise with a maze of hidden gems throughout the city grid. For the adventurous there are endless restaurants and cafes tucked away in lanes, cellars and converted warehouses serving exciting and innovative cuisine for those with insatiable appetites. For those that love the nostalgia of riding on a tramcar a leisurely three-hour dinner on a vintage tramcar with wine ﬂowing freely sounded uniquely different. Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has been an institution for the last 35 years so after a sweltering heatwave we jumped aboard a fully air conditioned carriage for a ﬁvecourse degustation meal. So maybe the furnishings are showing signs of age and the menu in need of a makeover but an evening of sightseeing still makes one eager for the experience. In a city full of sights and sounds we wind our way through the suburbs before eventually spotting the bright lights
of Luna Park at Saint Kilda. Everyone on board enjoys the night out and judging by the forward bookings it’s obviously a big hit with tourists. A relaxing cruise down the Yarra River to the old maritime seaport Williamstown is another must do. The two-hour return journey showcases the magniﬁcent high-rise skyline of Melbourne and the river's stunning waterfront views while the captain gives an informative commentary of the history of the Yarra and outlying suburbs. And if your cultural appetite needs satisfying the National Gallery of Victoria houses within its imposing structure outstanding exhibits of old and new. Directly across the road is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Looking back we realised how presumptuous it was to think that we could take it all in with just a brisk walk. This is a park to be explored in an unhurried way to enjoy the enchanting vistas, Shrine of Remembrance, Government House and the famous Music Bowl. After three hetic days it’s time to leave this great metropolis, its culture, class and gracious approach towards tourists. Yes we will miss Melbourne and look forward to getting back there sometime soon. — Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill
JOURNEYS // MAR 2018
AMAZONIA From the beaches of Copacabana to condors soaring high over the Andes, South America is one spectacular continent, attracting more than its fair share of superlatives. Here, size does matter! The Amazon is no exception. The world’s largest rainforest, its river is the biggest by volume and no less than 6,400km long, while its species are the most diverse of any ecosystem on Earth. At last count, this veritable Garden of Eden boasted more than 30,000 plant species, 1,800 ﬁsh species, more than 1,300 different birds and 311 species of mammal. To explore this unique environment, you can board a small-ship cruise or stay in an eco-lodge — there are many on offer, and I am fortunate enough to have tried and tested some of the best in Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Most people think of the Amazon as being in Brazil, and it largely is, with vast tracts of rainforest and numerous tributaries giving rise to the “Meeting of the Waters” where the black water of the Rio Negro meets the brown water of the River Solimoes. Here, cruises head out of Manaus, itself an interesting city with its magniﬁcent opera house. The headwaters of the Ecuadorian Amazon also boast some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet, which can be explored from incredible eco-lodges deep in the forest. My ultimate Amazonian experience is in Peru. Cruising from Iquitos you can spot colourful macaws, pink dolphins, river otters, various species of monkey, boa constrictors and more.
Daily excursions with expert and passionate naturalist guides take you out into the smaller tributaries, visiting local villages, and on walks into the forest. Getting in amongst the forest is essential as the foliage is dense, and other than perhaps caiman, monkeys and birdlife, there is actually a surprising lack of visible wildlife. On foot along jungle trails you can observe the smaller stuff — the weird and wonderful insects that you only spot when you stand still, the plants that all play their very speciﬁc part in this highly complex eco-system, and the smaller species such as colourful tree frogs or butterﬂies. Night walks in particular reveal some of the best wildlife at their most active, and lying in bed listening to the sounds of the Amazon is a very special experience you will never forget! Cruising the Amazon aboard a luxury small ship allows you to enjoy the comfort of stylish accommodation each night, while getting in amongst some of the most remote places on Earth where there most certainly isn’t an acceptable hotel around the next corner. The cruises we offer are all very environmentally friendly, being of smaller size, and take great care to avoid any impact on the regions they explore. Excellent service, and the chance to enjoy some of the ﬁnest Peruvian cuisine is a bonus! Many who explore the Amazon are awe-struck, and most return home as newly enthusiastic advocates for the protection of such a pristine and precious place. — Words: Chris Lyons, Director, World Journeys
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FOOD // MAR 2018
CHOC NUT BANANA ICE POPS If you don’t have a blender, you don’t have to miss out on the frozen goodness! These ice pops are the perfect dessert or afternoon treat. They feature potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, essential nutrients and healthy fats — as if we needed any more excuses.
METHOD 1. Leave the frozen bananas to thaw for a few minutes, then carefully insert an icecream stick into each one to make baby popsicles. 2. Place 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
INGREDIENTS 2 large or 3 small frozen peeled bananas, cut into thirds or halves 70g dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa), chopped ½ cup mixed nuts (almonds, peanuts and cashews are my faves here), ﬁnely chopped
— Recipe: From Summer Fit by Sally Fitzgibbons, Macmillan, RRP $39.99
3. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set on top of the saucepan, ensuring that the water below does not touch the bowl. Stir the chocolate gently for about ﬁve minutes, or until it has melted. Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside for a few minutes, to allow the chocolate to thicken. 4. Lay out the chopped nuts on a plate. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place it alongside. Dip one banana pop at a time into the bowl of melted chocolate, tilting the bowl if necessary to coat all sides. While the chocolate is still wet, roll the banana pop on the plate of nuts. Hold it upright for a few moments, rotating to avoid any drips, then place it on the baking tray. Repeat the process for the remaining pops. 5. Place the chocolate-covered banana pops in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set. Keep stored in the freezer until you are ready to eat!
FOOD // MAR 2018
WATERMELON AND RASPBERRY SORBET An awesome tangy addition to your homemade ice-cream parlour! The double-blend helps to break down the slushy texture for a smoother end result. Makes about 1 litre
INGREDIENTS 700g watermelon, rind removed 1× 125g punnet raspberries Juice of ½ lime — Recipe: From Summer Fit by Sally Fitzgibbons, Macmillan, RRP $39.99
METHOD 1. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender for 2–3 minutes or until completely liqueﬁed. 2. Transfer into a container and place in the freezer for one hour. 3. Remove from the freezer and transfer the mixture to the food processor. Blend for one minute, then return to the freezer for 3–4 hours or until ready to serve.
GoodFor Parnell GoodFor wholefoods refillery opens to the Eastern Suburbs with it’s new St George’s Bay Rd, Parnell site! GoodFor is New Zealand’s founding zerowaste supermarket, beginning out of its Williamson Avenue store in Ponsonby early 2017, the business has proved to be successful in developing a following of customers who are actively changing their shopping habits to that of plastic packaging reduction. GoodFor has an incredibly clean and stylish feel to their retail sites, with a selection of over 400 dry goods, oils & vinegars on tap, kombucha on tap as well as ecostore cleaning and personal hygiene products. They also provide everything you need to create a waste free lifestyle, from glass jars and bottles, organic cotton shopping bags through to bamboo tooth brushes and stainless steel thermal drinking bottles. GoodFor is also teamed up with an incredible charity “Trees For The Future” and for every purchase made at GoodFor, GoodFor donates the means to plant a tree. With 35,000 trees planted in the first 11 months of trading, they are set to make serious impact over the next decade. The idea with shopping at GoodFor is for you to bring your own packaging into the store such as jars, bottles and bags. The really friendly staff weigh your packaging first and then that weight is deducted after you have filled everything up. If you don’t bring your own packaging, you are welcome to use the stores brown paper bags and empty into your jars etc at home. The 35,000 customers who have visited the Ponsonby store over the past 11 months are testament to how enjoyable the GoodFor shopping experience can be but also to the awareness of the public about how bad our nation and the worlds waste problem really is.
GoodFor also offers 100% plastic-free deliveries. Use the code ‘Verve10’ at checkout to receive 10% off your first order.
‘Approximately 352,000 tonnes of packaging goes into landfills each year. Accordin to the Packaging Council of NZ, New Zealanders consume about 735,000 tonnes of packaging every year and recycle only about 58% of that. Plastic alone is estimated to take up around 20% of New Zealand landfill space' - recycle.co.nz Founders and brothers James and Paul Denton have always had the plan to take GoodFor to the entire nation and the world. They believe GoodFor’s model and brand is strong enough to influence change in the way society shops for their food. “Generally when people know that something is wrong they tend to take responsibility to fix the problem and as people become more aware about how backwards our attitude is toward plastic waste creation, taking the time to shop at a store like GoodFor is the convenient solution to that problem. The new Parnell site is a variation on the Ponsonby site with more space, higher ceilings and a large communal bench which allows customers to pop their things on and navigate the store in a more relaxed manner. The store is positioned beside the La Cigale French markets, appealing to the weekend food shopper who can now pick up fresh veggies from the markets and then all their organic pantry goods from GoodFor, without all the unnecessary packaging that a supermarket creates. GoodFor has a dream of a society where the ”packageless Pantry” is as common to a household kitchen as a fridge. A packageless pantry is not only better for the environment, it is life changing in terms of diet, simplifying your life and it makes for one super stylish pantry!
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We try to curate our offering so you can stop by and pick up a few weekly essentials.
LEADING US INTO TEMPTATION
Point Chevalier’s Daily Bread is an all-new bakerycum-café-and-deli from executive chef Tom Hishon, and manager Josh Helm, the brains behind Orphans Kitchen, along with Patrick Welzenbach, who last year was named New Zealand’s best baker. “We try to curate our offering so you can stop by and pick up a few weekly essentials,” says Patrick. “It’s how we like to shop ourselves — selecting a few high-quality staples that are fresh and full of nutrients. Our bakery and deli offers up sourdough loaves, buns and pastries, alongside jars of pickles, avos and eggs that you can take home.” The baker reveals that they have been “overwhelmed with support and kindness” from the community since the grand opening on 12 January this year. “We could not have anticipated lines out of the door on day one,” he adds. “It felt good to have such a huge response after slogging away for months on this project. It’s quickly become a local hangout and we love how our regular customers host their friends and families here.” The stylish café sports and open-plan kitchen and sits in the old art deco bank, the historic setting reﬂected in the choice of many of the foods on offer — and the old school processes used to prepare them (think smoking, baking, curing and pickling). “Our ﬁrst lot of sourdough hot cross buns have just come out of the oven for Easter,” beams Patrick, “and they’re ﬂying out of the door!” Other baked treats proving irresistible include the hazelnut croissants and sourdough baguettes “best eaten out of the oven as is, or with a little olive oil or butter”.
“The team often jokes that if something tastes delicious and looks simple, the harder it is to make,” Patrick tells me. “We strive for simple execution in all our products, use wholesome ingredients and are committed to sustainable practices where possible.” All ﬂour is New Zealand sourced, and either spray-free or organic. “We don’t use commercial yeast,” Patrick continues, “only natural leaven, and explore traditional food preservation methods to ensure that our food is nutrient-dense. This approach takes time and a lot of hard work but it’s deﬁnitely worth it.” Judging by the pictures that make it onto social media, it’s deﬁnitely paying off, too: “So far, our sourdough loaves and the jars of kimchi seem to be going on a fair few picnics!” Preparations are well under way to ensure a warm Daily Bread welcome once the sunshine has become a distant memory also. “We are in the process of weather-prooﬁng the courtyard so that customers can still dine with us as we head into the winter months,” says Patrick. “We just get such a kick out of seeing familiar faces bringing friends or family in who have never visited before. Weekends here are usually the most fast paced for our team — more often than not it’s a full house with kids, dogs, and cyclists making use of the bike rack out back.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Image: Michael Hishon 1210 GREAT NORTH ROAD, PT CHEVALIER OPEN MON—SUN: 7AM — 3PM DAILYBREAD.CO.NZ — HELLO@DAILYBREAD.CO.NZ
THE WINE RACK >> 2012 PINOT NOIR “GRAND DUC” RRP $69
A stunning wine offering everything expected of a pinot noir. Dense and structured with compelling aromas while still managing to be supple.
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Fans will love this. A full-bodied dry aromatic wine rich in ﬂavour with nice fruity ﬂavours showing some spice that’s lush on the palate leaving a lingering ﬁnish.
Hanz Herzog Estate is one of our most respected wineries renowned for its artisan vintages and its impressive versatility. Their larger than life wine portfolio of 29 classic grape varietals are appreciated by wine lovers all over the country. The Herzog family are winemaking icons having been involved in the wine industry for centuries. Before immigrating to New Zealand in the early '90s Hans and Therese Herzog owned a winery in Switzerland. On arriving in New Zealand they wasted no time taking up residence in Marlborough and purchased an apple orchard. Although the land was precious, its potential as a grape growing region was not fully recognised. It’s to the Herzog’s credit that they converted the orchard into grapes. Twenty-ﬁve years on Hanz Herzog Estate is one name amongst no-end of boutique wineries that is revered for its contribution to the wine industry. It’s also widely acclaimed as one of the best wineries in the country, its cellar door a must do. “We just love the wine game,” says Arthur Griffoul, sommelier. “For us it’s not about money; we’re driven by a passion for quality wines.” — Words: Dennis Knill
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HUGO’S BISTRO Meet Odette’s Eatery stylish big brother and Shortland Street’s newest All Day Bistro Breakfast, Lunch, After Work Drinks, Dinner & Events Voted one of the Best Bars in Auckland, Metro 2018. Gold at the Best Interior Design Awards, 2017.
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PLUME RESTAURANT & VINEYARD
PLUME Noun: A long soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament. A long cloud of smoke or vapour resembling a feather as it spreads from its point of origin.
Restaurant and vineyard, Plume, is situated in the beautiful Matakana, nestled among rolling hills. Lush green vistas, their own wee vegetable garden and quaint wooden tables that grace the courtyard were my ﬁrst impressions of a lovely, long lunch. We were welcomed into the restaurant by the service manager, Sebastian Milles, who seated us at a table that overlooked the vineyard. We had a phenomenal view of the countryside there were no other buildings in sight. Plume produces their own wines under the name Runner Duck and I was very excited to try them being a bit of a wine enthusiast. I was blown away by the complex and delicate ﬂavours produced at their boutique winery. My personal favourite was the sangiovese which paired perfectly with the food, being soft and supple it was not overpowering, but instead complementary. Our starters were absolute bliss. Fish kokoda is my soft spot and this particular dish was a deﬁnite winner for me. Made to perfection, I was reluctant to share with my mother. She opted for the goat’s cheese timbale which was served with the most heavenly orange marmalade that balanced out the goat’s cheese beautifully. Snapper was their ﬁsh of the day and was served with a kind of lentil stew which created a super creamy and delicate ﬂavour when eaten with the ﬁsh. Prawn peri
peri came with a vegetable fried rice and a soft and sweet glazed pineapple. The heat of the prawns gave us a fantastic kick and went down nicely with the supple Runner Duck pinot gris. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the array of options that Plume boasted on their menu, something to please everyone, ﬂavours coming from all over the world and a deﬁnite Indian undertone to many of the dishes. Dessert was particularly special, we ﬁnished off with a vanilla rose panna cotta and the vineyard trio. The panna cotta was spectacular. Restaurant manager Farida showed us how to test panna cotta by shaking it. Of course it stayed together perfectly passing the test with 100%. The vineyard trio was a complete treat, all made with the grapes from their own vines, it was surprisingly versatile in ﬂavour. With very full stomachs I was already looking forward to the next time I would be able to make it out there and sample the menu further. I would recommend setting aside a couple of hours to gain the full experience of the food, wine and heavenly views. If it’s a sunny day you could even pop for a post lunch swim at Omaha beach which is only a short drive away. – Words: Mya Cole
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PLANTS IN THE HOME Breathe life into your living space with some indoor plants. Over the last few years growing houseplants has become all the rage, and they aren’t just a pretty ﬂower or leaf. Many indoor plants help oxygenate the air and ﬁlter out an array of airborne toxins commonly found indoors. And for those worried about their lack of a green thumb, here are a few tips and ﬁve easy care houseplant options to get you started. PEACE LILIES Amongst the easiest plants to care for, peace lilies can be surprisingly forgiving of periods of neglect provided that you keep them out of the sun. One of the plants Nasa studied for their air-ﬁltering properties. Position: Best in bright indirect light. Can be grown in darker spots, just don’t expect them to ﬂower. SANSEVIERA Often known as snake plant, these succulents are incredible easy to care for. All too often any problems are a result of too much care. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out before re-watering. Position: Best in a bright sunny spot. Can cope with fairly dark spots but will have slower growth. FIDDLE LEAF FIG In their natural environment they start of life growing in other trees (as an epiphyte). But over recent years they’ve become highly sought-after houseplant. Position: Best in bright indirect light. Keep out of direct sun. CALATHEA There are several varieties readily available. Most are grown for their foliage (which comes in an array of different shapes and sizes). Position: Best in bright indirect light. MOTH ORCHIDS Often ﬂowering for as long as six months. They aren’t hard to look after, provided you get the watering right and allow all the water to drain right through (the roots rot if they sit in moisture). Position: Best in bright indirect light. — Words: Billy Aiken
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CABLE BAY CHAMPIONS GARDEN TO TABLE Ask any chef what's the secret of good cooking and they’ll likely say "fresh ingredients". At Cable Bay Vineyards, produce is literally plucked, dug or snipped fresh from the source — our on-site organic gardens — to be presented on the plates at our pair of restaurants that same day. Our chefs truly know how to make the most of the gardens' sumptuous vegetables, edible ﬂowers and micro-greens to create a range of mouth watering culinary delights. Developed in 2015 with a vision to produce fresh produce for the restaurants, the gardens also serve to establish an effective waste management system. Head gardener Nicky Reynolds explains: “Living on Waiheke Island gives you a true appreciation of the beauty and fragility of our unique environment. We want to be as self-sustainable as possible, establishing kitchen gardens reduces the food miles of our produce supply and effectively eliminates food waste from the kitchen through composting.” All food waste is processed through a bokashi composting system that results in a nutrient-rich soil in which more produce can be grown. Head chef Max Larbiose is thrilled with the set up. "My love of food started with an appreciation for quality ingredients," he says. "Ones that didn’t need to hide beneath sauces, that could stand up on their own right. Fresh ingredients inspire me.” Both Max and Nicky agree that the quality of the produce is outstanding. The rich soil and hand nurturing allow the plants to thrive, resulting in full ﬂavours that burst with freshness. Max showcases the fruits of Nicky’s labour in the kitchen, creating honest dishes that put their fresh produce on show.
The garden has matured and continues to grow with extensive development planned for 2018. Employees now supply paper and cardboard waste from the ofﬁce to worm farms, which produce a nutrient-rich fertiliser that supports the bokashi system. It can also be sprayed onto plants as a health tonic. The juice created from the bokashi composting can even be put down drains to keep the septic system clean and healthy. This week Cable Bay produced jars of delicious runny honey from their two beehives that will grace the sauces, dressings and sweet treats in the restaurants. Additionally, the gardens are home to a ﬂock of hens that lay fresh eggs daily. The gardens have become a beloved feature of the venue with tours offered in combination with wine tasting and dining experiences. “It’s a wonderful option for visitors who want a little something extra from their vineyard experience," says Nicky. "We have so many avid gardeners keen to ﬁnd out how we produce our super-soil from food waste too!” Head chef Max agrees: “People are more and more interested in where their food comes from — they want to know if it’s ethically sourced and sustainably produced. When they visit our gardens, they can literally see how an ingredient comes from the garden to the plate and then reap the rewards of this freshness in the ﬂavours of their meal.” Cable Bay welcomes the recent announcement regarding approved council funding to set up large scale bokashi composting at ﬁve Waiheke Island vineyards. Having had the system in place for nearly three years, they are great advocates of bokashi as a way to control food waste.
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Visit the Verve website and Facebook page to check out the incredible GoPro footage of Ben navigating the Zambia's churning Zambezi River. "Social media has been fantastic!" he says. "I love being able to shoot my adventures with my GoPro and share them with world. I used to have to tell people wild and wonderful stories and always felt I wasn’t doing the experiences justice which led to me trying to film some of our missions with old handycams which were very cumbersome to transport in a kayak and they didn’t like water. Now I can film multiple angles with my GoPros, plug the footage into my Quikstories app on my phone and post them to my social media channels straight from the riverbank — what a time to be alive!"
PADDLE POWER Ben Brown may be the bravest sporting Kiwi legend you've never heard of. Not only has he kayaked some of the world's most ferocious waters, but, in Uganda, ones also alive with ferocious beasts like crocodiles and hippos. I ask him what goes through his mind when paddling past some of Africa's most aggressive wildlife, and "get away from the crocs and hippos!" comes the succinct reply. Must you always be focused on the water, or do you get chance to take in the scenery? "It really depends on what I’m paddling. Kayaking hard water requires you to be extremely focused and all that really goes through your mind is what you have to do to hit your line and descend a rapid safely. Having said that, a lot of what draws me to kayaking is the places you go and obviously pausing to appreciate that magniﬁcent scenery around you is a big part of that. I feel very privileged to have been able to experience the places that I have." The 39-year-old is based in Hamilton, but spends up nine months of the year seeking out some of the world's most dangerous rapids and falls — and has claimed ﬁrst ascents in numerous countries. His methods of discovering new rivers include Google Earth, postcards, internet searches and good old fashioned word of mouth. "It’s a pretty amazing feeling to discover a river, look at it on a map and then end up halfway around the world paddling it," Ben says. "It doesn’t really worry me if a river has been paddled before or not, while it’s a unique thing to paddle a stretch of water that potentially hasn’t been run before what’s important is that it’s new to me." How do you know if the the whitewater is even possible, do you ever deem it too risky? "That’s a decision that has to be made while you’re looking at the river. You draw on previous experience and make your decision based on a number of different variables. The most important thing I have found is that you always have to trust your gut and if it’s saying it’s no good then it’s better to walk away. And yep, I deemed many, many rapids to risky." Ben admits that he's had a "few close years over the years" but luck has generally been on his side. "Every time you hop on a river, your life is a danger," he says.
"I grew up in and around the water as my father was a very accomplished open ocean sailor and we spent most of our family holidays away sailing. When we moved to Hamilton during my childhood the Waikato River seemed like a great place to explore and kayaking seemed like a great way to extend the adventures. During high school I was introduced to whitewater kayaking and it immediately struck a chord with me. The rest I guess is history." Were you an adventurous child? "You’d have to ask my mum! If you did I think she’s say that I was. Both her and Dad encouraged us in whatever it was we liked to do and I think spending so much time on the water as a kid lit that ﬁre to explore new places." A Huka Falls old hand, he describes Aotearoa's whitewater as "absolutely world class". "Because New Zealand is such a geologically young country many of the rivers are constantly changing which can make them very challenging, something that we're renown for," Ben adds. "Having been fortunate enough to paddle all over the world I still love coming home and basking on the amazing whitewater we have on offer here." He struggles to name the best of his myriad memorable experiences, but decides it would have to be the Murchison Falls section of the White Nile in Uganda: "Five days of massive rapids, African jungle and plenty of croc and hippo encounters!" The African continent is Ben's favorite place paddle thanks to its enormous rapids and warm waters, and it was also his ﬁrst overseas destination so holds a special place in his heart. I ﬁnish up by asking Ben what is that makes his feel so connected to water. "I’m not sure what it is exactly that I love it. Sometimes I love it, but sometimes I don’t. It has given me some amazing adventures and I love playing in the river, but it is also a very unforgiving medium and always has to be treated with respect." — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Ben Brown poses for a portrait during the Red Bull Flow Hunters in Kawarau, Queenstown, New Zealand on March 9th, 2012. Photo: Mike Holder
MALLS, BALLS, AND AUTOMOBILES Last October, the Erebus Motorsport V8 team won the Bathurst 1000, the top motorsports race in Australia. And so Erebus owner, Betty Saunders-Kilmenko, the ﬁrst woman to own a motorsports team in Australia, became the ﬁrst woman to get her hands on the fabled trophy also. But no-nonsense Betty is most certainly not the type to let it go to her head. “People say that I’m the ﬁrst woman to win, but I was the ﬁrst woman to own a team, so of course I’m going to be the ﬁrst,” she says. Still, it’s a satisfying culmination of a 20-year passion. “I just hope it’s opened doors for other women,” says Betty. “For them to not have to ﬁght like I did. It’s a tough industry, and you need to develop balls of steel, which I have — metaphorically, of course.” Should Betty ever pen a memoir (she says she will. Probably), the story of her extraordinary life is sure to shift some serious units. Not that she needs the money. Betty’s the co-heiress to a billion-dollar empire yet had to hire a private investigator to discover how she came to be born. Betty’s mother, Anne Neil, was a former Miss West Australia, who fell on hard times and turned to drugs and prostitution. She’d already given up three children when arrested one fateful night in the late 1950s and taken to Sydney’s Kings Cross police station where the arresting ofﬁcer “found his way into the cell” and Betty “was conceived”. Less than two months later, Betty was dumped on the ﬂoor of an orphanage. Her mother was to die of an overdose. Hungarian Jew John Saunders arrived in Australia with his new wife Eta in 1950, both having survived the Holocaust, Saunders in a concentration camp, his wife-to-be by hiding in sewers — ungodly conditions that stole her ability to conceive. Nine years later the pair entered an orphanage with their hearts set on adopting a dark-haired Mediterranean boy who looked like John, but instead fell for a blue-eyed, blonde-haired bundle of joy: the baby, of course, was Betty. She considers the late Saunders her father, and says that discovering as an eight-year-old that she was adopted was no big deal. “I found out during an argument,” says Betty. “I said to my dad, ‘Am I adopted?’ and he said, ‘Yes’, and I said, ‘Oh, well that explains a lot’, and that was that.” The year after adopting Betty, Saunders, along with business partner Frank Lowry (it was Lowry’s son, Peter, who would reveal to Betty that she was adopted), also a Holocaust survivor, listed their company, the Westﬁeld Group, on the Australian stock exchange and it developed into the world’s
biggest shopping mall company. But even while helming what was to become a billion-dollar empire, Saunders instilled a strong working ethic in Betty. I ask Betty about her other childhood memories. “My mother [Eta] died when I was 10, so I have few memories of her,” she says. “There are snippets. She had cancer for the last ﬁve years of her life, and for years afterwards, my father buried himself in his work and I barely saw him. The he got remarried and had another child when I was 19.” In the early 1970s, Saunders bought land in Queenstown. “Some of my favourite memories are of being in New Zealand,” says Betty. “It was like I had two lives. Plus, my father could relax, chop wood and be himself when we there. It was lovely.” In 1981, Betty married Herman, a Jewish man 10 years her senior. It was a partnership she felt pressured into entering, and, in 1986, they parted ways, having had “two beautiful children”. A few years later, aged 30, Betty met Daniel, 11 years her junior. Betty’s dad did not approve and threatened to cut her out of his life if she pursued the relationship. Her and Daniel “eloped to Vegas and got married”. Twentyeight years later they’re still going strong, but it took several years to rebuild her relationship with her father — something she now describes as “a hiccup”. “My father came to realise how good Daniel was for me, and eventually I came back to work for him,” she says. “In the meantime, I learnt to how to wash and iron. That there are no fairies that do the housework.” Are you a romantic at heart? “I would like to be, but I don’t have the time. Or the patience.” You were prepared to give up so much for Daniel. “I knew I was where I needed to be, and I didn’t even think about the sacriﬁces. I just thought that I love this man and I want to be with him. It’s not about money. To ﬁnd someone that you can share your whole life with, be friends with, and laugh together, that’s rarer than the biggest diamond. When you ﬁnd that, you must hold on to it, no matter what.” Do people come into our lives for a reason? “People have come into my life for a reason. But I’ve also had people that I should never have met. I’ve seen both sides. You should be a little bit wiser by the end of every day. I don’t think I would change anything because I really like where I am now and I think if you change one thing it has a ripple effect.”
Betty has three sons, all carving out successful careers in movies and business, and four grandkids aged three months to seven years. “Being a grandmother takes up more time that I thought,” she laughs. “Not that I’m complaining.” Aged 47, Betty got the ﬁrst of her now impressive collection of tattoos. Out of respect for her father, she waited until he passed away as “he associated tattoos with the concentration camps”. Her family’s Jewish heritage lingered heavy on Betty’s youth, but she no longer associates with one religion. “I don’t need a middleman to get to God,” she says. “God and I are ﬁne. I was apparently born a Catholic, was raised Jewish and attended a Church of England school. My youngest son’s godfather is Muslim. I have Buddhist prayer wheels in my house. I celebrate a bit of everything, and have faith that it will take me on the right road. There is a power out there, and I believe in destiny. Each person has a right to ﬁnd their own way to their God, I do believe.”
I ask Betty if there’s anything she’s afraid of and for the ﬁrst time there is a massive a pause of uncertainty before she answers. “Not apart from the obvious, being afraid for my children, of wanting to know they’re okay,” she says. “But then, any parent has that fear. Outside of that, I’m not really a person that runs on fear.” She thinks some more then, with a chuckle, says, “Cattle grids.” Betty loves horror movies and, as a child saw one where an arm came up from beneath a cattle grid and grabbed a character by the leg. “So, I would always refuse to walk over them, until one day I forced myself to stand over one for about an hour,” Betty says. “My heart was pounding, but then it settled down and I was ﬁne.” Then, after another thoughtful pause: “You know, I just do what I do. It takes a lot longer to get over things, but I’ll just carry on doing them. Until I can’t.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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BRENDON HARTLEY: FULL THROTTLE
Last year the 28-year-old driver made his Formula One debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the US Grand Prix, having already carved out an impressive endurance racing portfolio, including a win at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with teammates Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard, a legendary event that, says Brendon, win or lose, "brings grown men to tears". "I really enjoyed the team element of endurance racing, and working together and learning from you teammates," Brendon tells me. "We formed bonds that will last a lifetime." Formula One, however, is a different beast, a "cut throat sport" that makes it "impossible to have that same relationship". "Of course, you share certain things to help the team and develop the car," he adds. "But ultimately, your teammate in F1 is the ﬁrst person you want to beat. Endurance racing and F1 are different, but the same set of skills are required behind the wheel. As a kid, I grew up dreaming of F1." Having grown up in a racing environment (his dad, Bryan, had competed in a number of series, including Formula Atlantic), Brendon was just six when he ﬁrst experienced the thrill of the throttle in a kart racing his older brother, Nelson (named after legendary Formula One driver, Nelson Piquet). "You could say racing was in our blood," says Brendon. "I think my childhood was like most other Kiwis', but the big difference was that I spent most weekends at race tracks. My earliest memories are of watching my father at Manﬁeld Park."
The driver states that what most shaped him was leaving his school, friends and family to pursue his racing dream in Europe. "I moved to a small town in east Germany and had to somewhat fend for myself," he recalls. "I got very good at cooking pasta with red sauce!" The ﬁrst decade away was a chaotic one, ﬁlled with "ups and downs". "I had great support from my family and management in New Zealand, as well as my then girlfriend, now wife, Sarah, but it was by no means straight forward," he says. At 17, he won a European championship and a year later a chance to fulﬁl his dream of progressing to Formula One. "But after a string of poor results and a downward spiral of conﬁdence, I lost my drive," he admits. "The years that followed taught me the most, and so I'm very proud, with the help of my family and supporters, to have worked my way back to where I am today." I ask him what lessons he takes from victory and defeat, and the answer is the same for both: to never give up. But it wasn't just other drivers that Brendon had to battle on the way up — there were big bouts of homesickness too. "I loved learning about all the different cultures and seeing ﬁrst hand the majority of the countries across Europe, but especially in those ﬁrst years I did miss home," he recounts. "I will never forget the feeling I used to get when ﬁnally getting to come home at the end of each year. It’s a different story now, I’m still a proud Kiwi of course, but Sarah and I have made a life over here, and I come home to New Zealand for a holiday but am equally happy to get back to our life that we have over here. New Zealand will always be home though."
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
"When you are fully focused behind the wheel, things slow down," says Kiwi racing sensation Brendon Hartley. "Nothing is on your mind other than all the feelings and sensations required to get the most out of the race car. That being said, we are constantly talking to our engineer via radio and sometimes discuss certain strategies or settings for the car. You learn to zone in and out of the trance-like focus when needed."
INFORESET SEMINARS InfoReset Seminars presents John Perkins, Conchita Sarnoff and Sean Stone for a one-off talk in Auckland, Skycity Convention Centre, 25 March 2018. We catch up with the speakers at the conference to ﬁnd out a bit about them and their beliefs.
JOHN PERKINS Can you summarise your journey from economist to involvement in assassination? My ofﬁcial title was chief economist of a very inﬂuential consulting company. My job, which is often referred to as an economic hit man, was to identify countries with resources US corporations wanted, like oil, and then to convince that country’s leaders to accept huge loans from the World Bank or its sister organisations. The money never actually went to the country. Instead, it went directly to US corporations, like Bechtel, Stone & Webster, Halliburton, and General Electric, to build big infrastructure projects in the country, such as electric power systems, industrial parks, and highways. These made fortunes for the US corporations and also beneﬁted a few wealthy families in the country, the ones who owned the industries, commercial establishments, banks, and so on. However, the majority of the people suffered because money was diverted from education, healthcare, and other social services to pay the interest on the loans.
SEAN STONE Most signiﬁcant lessons learnt growing up around the movie industry? The glitz and glamour comes few and far between. Mostly, it’s a whole lot of people working their butts off, for hundreds of hours for every minute of entertainment we get to watch. And no matter how wonderful you may think someone’s life is, you really know nothing about what they’ve had to do to get there, or what they’re going through. It’s ‘show business’, meaning it’s all a show to spin public perception and sell magazines, commercials and tickets. Were you treated differently at uni? We all were. Princeton University creates a rareﬁed air that you should feel privileged just to be there. But if you mean because my last name was Stone, not to my knowledge. I never joined the elite eating clubs or anything to that effect.
Two of my clients, the democratically-elected president of Ecuador, Jamie Roldos, and the head of state of Panama, Omar Torrijos, refused to accept the deals I offered. They died in private plane crashes less than three months apart from each other in 1981, crashes that had all the markings of CIAsponsored assassinations.
Your father's [director, Oliver Stone] work is often political, which has obviously rubbed off on you — do you feel a certain responsibly with the clout your name carries to use it to promote social justice? My father taught me not to become overly caught up in my own personal life’s dramas, or to isolate myself too much. He believes in a sense of civic duty that you could date back to the origins of democracy with the Greeks and Romans. So toward that end, he’d engage me in political discourse since the age of about 13, though I was aware of it since he made JFK and Nixon when I was seven and 10, respectively. So while he’d regale me with political stories and intrigues, I felt I had to educate myself to better hold conversations with him. Hence my early interest in history, and especially the dark side of politics and conspiracy. I’d credit that to his JFK ﬁlm. But when travelling to third world countries with him as a teenager, especially beginning with Vietnam and Cambodia, and seeing the consequence of murdering millions of Indochinese for futile colonial wars, I decided that I could use my education to promote dialogue and awareness, to avoid such conﬂicts in future. I think art can play a tremendous diplomatic role for the world, since like sports, it tends to bring people to common grounds of understanding and civilised disputes rather than promoting barbarism.
What most ﬁlls you with hope? There is a Consciousness Revolution happening around the world. I spend a great deal of my time travelling throughout much of the world, having the opportunity to speak in public and to meet with people from all walks of life, including world leaders. Everywhere I go I see that people are waking up to the fact that we are living on a very fragile space station, the Earth. It has no shuttles. We can’t get off. And our space station is being navigated toward disaster. The oceans are rising, the glaciers melting, species are going extinct at unacceptable rates, and wars rage.*
Would you ever enter politics? If I was compelled to be in politics, I might consider it. But as it currently stands, I don’t desire to be a politician. I’m much more interested in the arts, and beauty, than I am in placating people with disingenuous promises to satisfy my corporate sponsors. I’d probably only go into politics if I could ﬁnd out what’s really going on behind the current – and here, I mean secret space programs, cosmic level intelligence, alien interactions with earth, the whole nine yards. But let’s give it twenty years and see where we stand as a planet.*
In the end, the country could not pay back the principal. So, we economic hit men went back and demanded that the leaders of the country sell their resources, oil or whatever, cheap to our corporations with very few environmental and social regulations; or that they privatise their electric utilities, water and sewage systems and other public businesses and sell them to our corporations cheap; or that they allow us to build a military base on their soil. Those sorts of things that in essence were building an empire. If the leaders of the country refused to do this, then what we referred to as 'jackals' came in and assassinated or overthrew them. I was never directly involved in assassinations.
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An example of this was during the defence and prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein. Mr Epstein, a Wall Street billionaire hedge fund manager, is a level three sex offender. Mr Epstein’s attorneys were some of the most inﬂuential and powerful criminal attorneys in the United States. As a result of their combined efforts and relationships in government, the defence team focused their primary strategy on discrediting the underage victims while simultaneously showcasing Mr Epstein’s high proﬁle relationships with politicians, opinion leaders, heads of state, and so on. In spite of the multiple crimes committed by Mr Epstein against underage girls, his relationships with these powerful men and women, some of them predators, protected him from prosecution and continue to protect him to this day. His relationships with HRH Prince Andrew, former president Bill Clinton and Secretary Clinton, Leslie Wexner, L Brands billionaire founder and ﬁrst client, Governor Bill Richardson, Hollywood producers: Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, ﬁlm director Woody Allen, Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Barack, weighed heavily throughout the criminal investigation and the ﬁnal negotiations. Was there a speciﬁc reason that led you to investigate trafﬁcking? In 2006, three events happened back to back that inﬂuenced me to change course in the middle of my career. At home in Washington DC, I met a lady who had started an NGO to raise awareness of human trafﬁcking. Through her I met a victim that to this day haunts me.*
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One of the puzzles that we've got at the moment is why business conﬁdence should be falling at a time when the global economy is going strong and New Zealand’s terms of trade are higher than they have been for a very long time. Uncertainty is the answer. And one of the great areas of uncertainty is what the new government will do to labour markets. They’ve indicated that they will remove 90-day trials for most employees and make a host of union-friendly changes. Let’s not forget that this economy has been delivering a jobs boom over the past few years — 245,000 new jobs in the past two years. We've also seen the average wage grow by $1,300 a year since 2008. It now sits at $60,000 a year. Why would you tinker with that success?
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The new government says they want to help the most marginal young New Zealanders get into work, and yet their actions which include removing 90-day trials, will make it tougher for those same people. If, as an employer, you're confronted with the possibility of hiring somebody who is unskilled, hasn't had any job experience, might have a few social issues, and hasn't got a great education, and you want to take that risk, would you be more likely to take that risk without a 90-day trial period. No. So it will be harder for those people to get their foot in the door. The government’s own ofﬁcials, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), have said the proposed changes may well lead to "reduced employment due to changed incentives on employers to hire new workers". A second potential outcome is "an increase in industrial action and protracted bargaining due to the need to conclude agreements and include wages in collective agreements". Everybody in the country is well aware of the uptake of industrial action that we've seen since the election — the train strikes, the public transport strikes, which are dreadfully undermining the public's conﬁdence in public transport. We'll see more of that to come. I’d encourage anyone in business to take a good look at the proposed changes, and if they’re part of an organisation encourage them to submit on legislation. I’d be happy to meet with any Verve readers to discuss the issue, in your place of business.
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PISCES 19 FEBRUARY — 20 MARCH You can be more emotional when it comes to your future, and worry about what will happen, but need to have more conﬁdence in your choices. You’re more open to love, and want to experience the nice side of it. If single, you can have more opportunities, meet lots of new people, and enjoy the attention that you get, but you probably won’t rush to commit to anyone.
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You emerge more willing to explore, expand, and can be on the verge of a high point in your life. You can be a little bit of a rebel but you ﬁnd new opportunities waiting for you if you do. You can take a casual friendship to the next level or eliminate a friendship, become more involved in a group you belong to or walk away, or get closer to achieving a dream or give up on one.
You may have good focus for what must be done, and can get a lot of smaller projects and tasks done, and break down bigger ones into smaller ones. You can use your mind to create opportunity, have new experiences, and make your life better. You’re more optimistic, and willing to think bigger. Make sure you act on your ideas and thoughts, or you can end up being all talk and no walk.
You turn your focus toward your goals, ambitions, and the direction you life is taking. You want to create long-term plans for achieving your goals, and you can have a more practical attitude. You can feel more connected to your community and get along better with your neighbours. You can also get along better with siblings, young people, and can impart your wisdom.
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You may come across as more focused, detailed, or hard-working. You want to work on having better bonds with your family or the people you think of as family, have a better support structure, and have a solid home for you to retreat to. You emerge with a better sense of what friendship means to you, what you can realistically attain in your future, and how to merge your practical side with your dreamy side.
You have greater drive and energy for the things you love most, your love life, and your hobbies. The more you do that, the better you’ll be. During second half, you’ll feel that your mood lightens up a little as you want to focus on having fun and not deal with too much serious stuff. You can do well with creative projects and ventures, but aren’t so great with the details and work.
You beneﬁt when you pay attention to the details, and you ﬁnd the details easier to spot. You also beneﬁt from being organised, maintaining a clean space, having a routine, and creating some structure in your life. Your alternate self comes out when you have good opportunity. You emerge having a stronger mind and better focus, and know how to be heard.
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This is a great time to work on creating a solid support system to sustain you for months to come. You can feel like you’re a part of something bigger, and try to reach out and contribute to the world in some meaningful way. It’s a good month for doing and joining good causes. You can meet lots of new people and make lots of new friends, and are more sociable and open to all.
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You can come up with new dreams for your future, and work on achieving the future dreams you’ve had. You can focus on ﬁnancial matters, create budgets and get ﬁnancial advice, and try to better understand your ﬁnances. You can hardly contain yourself, and you want to share your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and information you’ve learned. You may come across as friendlier, more energetic, and enthusiastic.
Your emotions and your mind can come together, and you say what you mean and mean what you say. Good decisions and hard work brings you to where you want to be, and bad decisions and laziness puts more blocks in your path. You can feel more connected to your physical body and to the Earth. You may come across as more sensual, practical, or stable.
You want to express yourself creatively, and when you do, you can unlock new opportunities. You can also embrace your inner child, remembering what it’s like to have fun like that again, and if you have children, your relationship with them can improve, and they can have new opportunities presented to them. You lead by inspiring people and showing them what you are capable of if they open their hearts and souls.
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Finally, business is business, and it certainly helps if you love what you do. Have fun with it. It’s a game. Get good advice, set big goals, think big, and take baby steps, and remember the journey is just as important as the end goal. So take time to enjoy the journey.
Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs use mentors: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) had Steve Jobs, Bill Gates (Microsoft) had Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey does too! In my experience working with start-ups and small business owners, the best approach is to ﬁnd and use a good mentor early on. Having an experienced and supportive mentor was key for me in my early days when I started Coastal Design Co. It is also not unusual to ﬁnd you may need mentors with different experience at various stages.
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