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EDITORS' Note DOWN TIME Whilst we embrace our daily and often cluttered routines — going to work in the morning, rushing home at night, catching up with stuff on the weekends — getting away from it all, if only for a few days, is something we should all strive to do. Seeing fresh places, meeting different people and trying new things does wonders for our minds and bodies. There is nothing quite like that feeling of internal spaciousness one gets when one goes away. The excitement of thinking new thoughts, of seeing things from a different perspective, never fails to satisfy. This month Verve celebrates the awesomeness of travel, both international and local. We take a look at a few places abroad, as well as some closer to home. If like us, you are fascinated by the Northern Lights, and have always wanted to stay in a glass-domed igloo at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, then be sure to take in Mel Dower’s article on Lapland. If it’s India that’s on your wish list, don’t miss Caroline Clegg’s piece, 'The Taste of India'. Maybe you are a lover of glitz and glamour; Hong Kong has this in spades. Be sure to read ‘24 Hours in Hong Kong’ on page… So blessed are we to live in this stunningly beautiful country we call home, with heaps to see and do right on our doorstep. From accommodation, to scenery, to adventures, New Zealand has it all. We take a look at
South Island, and some of its people and places. The Hollyford Track, one of the great walks, located in the most untouched, pristine environment our country has to offer, is a guided multi-day experience, suitable for almost anyone aged 14 upwards. Based on personal experience we can truly say, that this is a once in a lifetime must-do. Suzy Fraser writes of the magical time she and her family had on a three-day guided walk and kayak combo in the Abel Tasman region, and Raewyn Curin tells us about her move to South Island from Auckland. We really enjoyed creating our fashion shoot this month, with warm and luxurious coats from Tango Vintage (this store is so worth a visit), all beautiful coats that have endured the test of time, and are ready to be worn again, along with statement pieces to announce your arrival, making winter travel, a walk in the park. We journey because we need to, and because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything. Enjoy your trip through this issue of Verve. Until next time.
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“I whole-heartedly believe exercise can provide positive benefits for most health conditions, and the research supports this.”
– Eleanor Nattrass, Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Nestled in the heart of Nugent Street in Grafton, The ExerScience Clinic is a gold standard, medically focused, exercise rehabilitation clinic backed by science and dedicated to taking those who have chronic illness or injury back toward wellness again.
exercise and how their blood pressure, heart rate and/or blood sugars react. We also have a DEXA Scanner, which measures bone density, fat, and muscle mass. From there we are able to prescribe an individualised and safe exercise programme.
Specialising in exercise rehabilitation for those with cardiovascular disease, cancer, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as those pre- and postsurgery, the team at The ExerScience Clinic work to bring you back to independence and an active healthy lifestyle again.
We do a check-in and checkout every visit by measuring blood pressure, heart rates, oxygen levels and/or blood sugar to ensure it’s safe to exercise and to check that none of these are outside the norm post-exercise.
Headed by clinical exercise physiologist, Eleanor Nattrass, the clinic bridges a gap between medical treatment and wellness. “Research shows that exercise can improve recovery and outcomes. De-conditioning can be catastrophic for wellbeing,” says Eleanor. “The beneﬁts of increasing ﬁtness and muscle mass point to less chance of a recurrence of illness and overall mortality. Exercise also plays a major role in reducing depression, stress and anxiety levels. “The notion of ‘exercise is medicine’ is being advocated more and more. Exercise has amazing therapeutic beneﬁts without any negative side effects. For those of you who haven’t been faced with illness — stay active! Practise 20-30 minutes a day of something that makes you puff.”
Q&A with Clinical Exercise Physiologist Eleanor Nattrass What happens during a programme with The ExerScience Clinic? We take a comprehensive medical history and discuss the client’s goals for the programme. For example, someone may have been through treatment for breast cancer and want to pick up their children or grandchildren again. Illness can make people lose conﬁdence in their bodies. Most clients start off with an exercise stress test that helps determine their response to
How is The ExerScience Clinic different from a normal gym? We have qualiﬁed clinical staff able to safely and effectively prescribe exercise for people with low-to-high-risk chronic health conditions. All exercise sessions have high levels of supervision and some of our state-of-the-art specialist equipment can help with orthopaedic limitations. Because we are allied health professionals, we are able to keep a client’s GP and/or specialist informed of any progress or concerns that we may have regarding response to exercise treatment. Our report is a useful tool when it comes to patient review. About halfway through a programme we work with Body Tech Gym to help our clients integrate back into a mainstream gym environment. How long does a programme typically last? For 6-12 weeks with 45-minute sessions three times a week including cardiovascular training and muscular strengthening. Research recommends this as a robust time frame to achieve positive results. What are the beneﬁts of this type of rehabilitation for clients? The research is astounding for many conditions. For example, those who have experienced a heart attack and have completed a 12-week cardiac rehab course, have a 30% reduction in their risk of hospital readmission and premature death. In addition to
>> Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) is a reasonably new area; in which countries is it practised? CEP is making great strides in the US, Australia and Canada with populations able to seek assistance from the healthcare system or their insurance providers. In fact, in the US a heart disease patient would get an automatic referral to cardiac rehabilitation. Is it beneﬁcial for everyone? Absolutely, our ﬁrst client was a 19-year-old female recovering from a traumatic brain injury. However, the majority of the population experiencing major health conditions are over 60 and with an aging baby boomer population more and more kiwis would beneﬁt from a service like this. How much does treatment cost? Approximately $1,250-3,400 per programme, depending on a variety of options. We’ve priced it on a level that equates with seeing a personal trainer and we have payment plans available. We are hoping to see funding or programmes being underwritten by forward thinking health insurers in the near future. The beneﬁts to the healthcare system are huge such as reducing readmission to hospital and the risk of recurrence as well as reduced mortality rates.
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COPTER COUNTRY “Leonardo da Vinci summed it up nicely: ‘Once you have tasted ﬂight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return’,” says Brad Collier, chief pilot and safety ofﬁcer at Over the Top helicopter ﬂightseeing company in Queenstown. “It’s a great sense of freedom—maybe not quite the same as when I was just starting out—but is still so often so exhilarating.” While Auckland is labelled the City of Sails, it seems New Zealand could equally be termed the Country of Copters owing to its massive number of choppers. “There are more civil helicopters in New Zealand per capita than any other country,” says Brad. “In terms of helicopter to population ratio, we really are the helicopter capital of the world.” Brad says he’s dreamt of soaring through the skies for ever. As a young boy, he was “fascinated with ﬂight”, and though he’s also ﬂown small aeroplanes, it doesn’t compare with “the freedom and the ability to land in remote places that helicopters offer”. A pilot of 15 years, Brad’s job takes him from Otago to Fiordland daily. “It’s hard to beat the blue glacial ice on our southern mountains, or a veil of cloud spilling into the Fiordland valleys, viewed from just above,” he says. “I must say, the view from ‘my ofﬁce’ would have to be up there with the best in the world!”
Being around a massive, ancient changing landscape, Brad says, helps to give perspective to our ﬂeeting place among it all. He has witnessed such changes ﬁrst hand, from the gradual retreating of the glaciers, to the “spontaneous changes”, like the now three-year-old lake created by a massive landslide in the Dart River valley. “I think many New Zealanders tend to travel around the world before exploring their own backyard,” says the pilot. “Everyone needs to experience Fiordland — by helicopter if they can. It gives anyone such a real appreciation of just how amazingly beautiful our country is.” And what, I wonder, of nervous ﬂyers? “I’ve had few of those encounters, and most start to relax very quickly after a brief spell in the air and some calming words of encouragement,” says Brad. “We also have a couple of Labradors in our ofﬁce who are ‘chief greeting ofﬁcers’ and help calm the ﬁrst-time ﬂyers. Communication is the key — and maybe taking the ﬂight path just that little bit easier. Helicopters are very smooth, think of them as a magic carpet!”
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
RAEWYN CURIN Having spent many years working as a health professional in Auckland, Raewyn Curin decided to make the move to South Island for a somewhat slower way of life.
Having spent many years working as a health professional in Auckland, Raewyn Curin decided to make the move to South Island for a somewhat slower way of life. Is it true that South Island is more spectacular than North Island? Yes, it is spectacular. The changing seasons are much more noticeable than in North Island. The spine of mountains running down the centre of the island gives a fantastic backdrop to many views. In saying that, North Island also has some spectacular scenery, we are very lucky in New Zealand to have such a wide range of scenery. I am sure this is not your reason for moving, we would love to hear why you made this decision? I wanted to move to a smaller town or city when I ﬁnished work. I was very familiar with the Far North having owned a holiday house up there for many years and I considered that area very seriously. I had also had many holidays in Wanaka and loved the climate and scenery there. An added bonus was that my son lived in Wanaka and I had several friends with homes there. The town is bigger than Russell where my holiday house is and has a wider range of activities which also appealed to me. At the time did you feel it a big decision? Or did you have the attitude if it doesn’t work out, you can always come back? Yes, I guess it was a big decision but I have always been of the opinion that when you make a decision, you then make it work! I have an escape route if I ever need it as I still own the house in Russell. At this stage though, I cannot see myself ever needing to use it. Did the move have anything to do with retirement looming? Yes, very much. I had to live in Auckland for my work. I was born in Auckland and lived there my entire life up until retiring so it was deﬁnitely time to have a change. Do the South Islanders embrace you and has it been easy to meet and make new friends? I cannot believe how friendly people are here. When I
ﬁrst arrived I had a broken leg and I could not believe how people went out of their way to help me. Staff in shops offered to carry my shopping out to the car, a young boy offered to unload my supermarket shopping onto the checkout counter for me. I was hamstrung a bit in terms of meeting people while I had my broken leg but now that I am more mobile, I am ﬁnding everyone very welcoming. There is plenty to do down here with a thriving arts and cultural scene as well as every physical activity known to man! We have just had the Festival of Colour here and I volunteered as a driver for the festival. I got to meet many of the artists and speakers for the festival while driving them backwards and forwards to Queenstown airport. Is your new life living up to your expectations? Absolutely, I love it. I originally thought I would spend time up in Russell as well as down here but I have not been to Russell since I shifted down here. What has been the best thing about moving, and what have been the challenges? Best thing about shifting is my house — I love it. It has lots of history associated with it and is in a rural area so an absolute change from living on a half-site in Auckland. The property has a house and a small cottage and I have had great fun organising the interiors of both. Owning a small rural property also meant I could buy a ride-on mower and build a big shed to keep everything in. I also love being closer to my son. The opportunity of making new friends and establishing myself in a completely new community is really good for me. It might be a challenge but it is one that I am relishing. I recently spent some time living in Italy in a very small village and I was amazed how many friends I made there. That certainly gave me conﬁdence and I know that I have the ability to make new friends here in Wanaka What do you miss about Auckland? Only my friends and family who live in Auckland. However, ﬂights are relatively cheap and very frequent and I can be in Auckland in three hours. Central Otago is also on everyone’s wish list of places to visit so I have not been short of visitors since I shifted here.
A hiker’s paradise, hundreds of kilometres of stunning trails weave across our fabled Fiordland, regularly ranked among the world’s greatest national parks. Bigger than the parks of Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, such is Fiordland’s vastness that the rest of our mainland national parks could ﬁt into it, and such is its beauty it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “What most people take away from their visit — especially Kiwis who make up most of the market — is a sense of pride of just how beautiful our country is,” says Bard Crawford, who is a board member of Destination Fiordland, and runs his own outdoor organisation, serving as a guide for National Geographic. Over the past two decades he has led hundreds of treks along the Hollyford Track. I catch him just before he heads out on a hunt. “Many of the Kiwi folk I’ve guided over the years have been all over the world and are now only starting to explore the far reaches of New Zealand. I love to see those people, to teach them about the Maori heritage.” Bard says many also leave with a newfound appreciation for the resourcefulness — and toughness — of the early pioneers, especially once regaled by one of his favourite tales that concerns early settler Davey Gunn who tore open his thigh and scrotum on a rogue branch while driving cattle. Being the archetypal countryside Kiwi not wanting to cause too much fuss — and not having many other options, either — Gunn stitched himself back up using a darning needle and continued, with his herd of cows, on his way. The story, states Bard, is an amusing antidote to hikers complaining of sore limbs. So, has he ever encountered such severe injuries while in the bush? “Not while in the bush no, but I have had a chainsaw through my knee and an axe stuck in my head,” he says. “But someone else did the stitching!” According to Ngai Tahu legend, demi-god Tu-te-rakiWhanoa carved the Fiordland’s deep wells and cliff faces from rock. Beginning south, he perfected his craft as he toiled northwards, culminating in the creation of the mighty Milford Sound. When goddess of the underworld, Hine-nui-te-po, saw its splendour, she feared all that
visited would never wish to leave so released swarms of sandﬂies (namu), to keep guests at bay. Such legends are an important part of our culture that Bard is keen to share. As well as promoting the region to tourists, he works with local youngsters who could do with “some bush time” to “reconnect them with their whenua”. “It’s grounding to be in the bush,” he says. “You feel at ease. You engage a part of your senses that you don’t use in urban life.” Bard is noted for his extensive knowledge of the ecology of the land. “It’s special seeing people’s reactions as they discover new things,” he tells me. “I’ve done more than 400 guided walks down that valley and every single one has been different because of the people. I don’t necessarily always tell the same stories — I get a feel for each group and target the trip to suit them. I ﬁnd out what their interests are, then make a conscious effort to get them interested in things that they didn’t know they were interested in. Take botany for example, you don’t turn into some fancy science but just explain it as it is.” The park is home to a wealth of rare and native birds such as the little blue penguin, the Fiordland crested penguin, the kakapo, the takahe, and three kinds of kiwi. Bard is also on the board of charitable organisation, the Hollyford Conservation Trust — Te Roopu Manaaki o Whakatipu Waitai, who, with the support of DoC, iwi and visitors, “actively protect and enhance native ﬂora and fauna in harmony with cultural, social and recreational values” and “advocate for the recognition and respect of cultural history and heritage values in the Fiordland region”. “A lot of effort has gone into conservation and restoration work,” says the bushman. “And certainly over the past three years, I’ve never seen birdlife like it — all the locals are saying the same. On a personal level, the valley has given me so much over the years that it’s nice to have found some way of giving something back.” __ Jamie Christian Desplaces IMAGES: CIRCLE: Bard Crawford. RIGHT: Kepler track, alpine ridgeline. Fiordland National Park. Kea, Fiordland National Park.
HOLLYFORD TRACK Stepping into the calming green embrace of the Hollyford Track is a world away from the bustling streets of New Zealand's mightiest city.
Think no cell coverage, no stress, no rush. It’s exactly as Ngāi Tahu Tourism likes it. Mana whenua has owned the award-winning hiking operation, located deep within the UNESCO World Heritage site, since 2003—and there’s good reason why the marketing material reads: “Not your usual walk in the park”. It’s a place that has remained unchanged since prehistoric times. That ﬁrst step into the beech forest is akin to boarding a botanical ark. For three days and two nights, visitors embark upon an easy-paced, professionally guided walk through Fiordland National Park, a trail that
spans 43km, snaking from the mountains to the sea. The full trifecta allows guests to experience the Hollyford by foot, jetboat and helicopter, with no need to worry about heavy backpacks, for they get delivered ahead. Safely ensconced in a ‘walking bus’ with a guide at the front and rear, this most varied of trails means no two moments are the same — relax, be present, and allow the nature to nurture you soul. Flirty fantails and plump kererus entertain high in the trees, as tiny, delicate orchards release their sandalwood scents dotted down the track.
Weaving a path through the wilderness in tandem with the Hollyford River, experience the dense bush canopy above. Marvel at the mirror stillness of Lake Alabaster, traverse swing bridges over Pyke River, jetboat the rapids of the Upper Hollyford River, and savour the sands of Martins Bay Spit between your toes. To ﬁnish, the thrill of a chopper ride affords a bird’s eye view of the cascading waterfalls and seal colonies of Milford Sound. The dawn pick-up from Queenstown travels to Te Anau, then on to the 19.5km walk of day one. The visit to historic Jamestown on the second day teaches of the hardships suffered by early pioneer settlers, and for lunch as if an oasis, a clearing appears complete with a pristine Virginia Fisher-designed tent ﬁtted with polished wooden ﬂoors (the much-welcome touch of glamping comes courtesy of the interior decorator famed for creating light, bright and stylish spaces for luxury clients like Huka Lodge), ready to reward hungry hikers and boost the spirits. Fantastic ﬁve-star food covers cravings from venison to vegetarian. Throughout the trip, the fare is fresh and seasonal, with generous top-ups of spring water, trail mix, snacks and nut bars. Each night, around the table and over glass or two of wine, trampers sit and share their stories. From seasoned hill hikers to novice ﬁrst-timers of all ages, the walk, the experience, will reward all. Most drawn to the Hollyford seem to share one common goal: to take time out in the
quiet wilderness to stretch the legs and minds along the viridescent version of New Zealand’s mini ‘Camino’. Day three, a well-earned reward for the walking efforts takes shape by taking ﬂight. An exhilarating ﬁnale by helicopter over “the poster boy, the talisman and icon of the South Island” — the beautiful and pristine Milford Sound. It is from the skies, above that sprawling, ancient landscape, that the scale of your shared adventure will strike home. __ Words: Sarah Sparks
5 Top Tips For Walkers • Break your shoes in before you go • Try a few long walks to prepare • Pack layers — thermal merino preferably • Remember the mosquito repellent • Know walking the Hollyford Track is a trip of a lifetime!
SOUTH ISLAND //
THE ORDER OF THINGS
DAY 1 • Pre walk brieﬁng held in either Queenstown or Te Anau. • Usually around 6pm — takes no longer than an hour. • Raincoats and backpacks are offered for those who need them. • Pack your backpack with whatever you wish to take with you for the following three days. Pack light.
DAY 3 • Up early. • Enjoy a good breakfast. • Get your bigger packs ready for a pick up, and prepare a daypack. • Enjoy a day of walking through various terrains, plus a couple of jet boat rides. • Arrive at Martins Bay lodge, early evening. • Relax, eat, drink and rest.
DAY 2 • Up early. • Enjoy or pack a good breakfast. • Bus collects you from wherever you are staying, and heads on out to the start of the Hollyford Track. If you are coming from Queenstown this is a 4-5-hour bus ride (including stops), but if you are starting out from Te Anau, the bus ride is only about two hours. • Along with 2 Hollyford Track guides and your backpack, you will are dropped off at the start of the walk a little before midday. • The next few hours will be taken up walking through the most amazing and pristine rain forests you have ever seen. • Lunch is around the halfway mark. • Arrive at Pyke River lodge round 7pm. • Relax, eat, drink and rest.
DAY 4 • Up early. • Make sure you are all packed up. • Then the all-important breakfast, prior to heading out along the beach. • Return to the lodge round midday for a light lunch. • After lunch helicopter out of Martins Bay, up the Milford Sound, and land in Milford. • Just enough time for a coffee in Milford, prior to the bus collecting you and your luggage, and driving back to Te Anau / Queenstown. • Arrive Te Anau mid afternoon, and in Queenstown early evening. • That night, dream of one of the most amazing experiences you have ever had.
Doing the Hollyford Track is an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience – achievable by anyone aged 14–80, of average ﬁtness and capability.
MARTINBOROUGH’S FINEST! »It’s always the people that makes Martinborough most memorable.«
Having been born and raised in this delightful rural community and having seen it blossom over the years to the glorious town that it is today, I ﬁnd it hard to grasp that there are still so many people unaware of what they are missing by not knowing this ‘wine village’ of the Wairarapa. Let’s put them all straight… Of course, it hasn’t always been overﬂowing with vineyards, cafes and restaurants. But it has always been a town of high spirits, hardworking rural folk, a close knit and caring community and a wonderful place to grow up and live in. There has always been a lot of activity in this small town from lamb and calf days to the Martinborough Fair, from the ﬁrst town criers to rugby cabarets and over the past years we have held the large annual event (next to the Martinborough Fair which is twice a year on the ﬁrst Saturday of February and March) which might be known by a few, as Toast Martinborough; a day where you travel from vineyard to vineyard and sample some of our award-winning wines and feast on some wonderful delicacies. But behind it all, it’s always the people that makes Martinborough most memorable. The friendliness of the locals, which can’t go unnoticed. You can spot them around; the typically attired casual bloke driving the 4WD with mud dripping off the sides and a few over-excited sheep dogs barking on the back. He will be the ﬁrst to help give directions, know the best shortcut to get there and remember your face and give you smile and a wave when you revisit a year later. It doesn’t take long to
get on a ﬁrst name basis and before long you will fall madly in love with this little place in the valley. The outlook is amazing whether it be from the air or the road, either way the landscape will etch itself into your memory forever. Just over an hour from Wellington over the Rimutaka Hill, you will ﬁnd yourself being sign-posted to Martinborough. People come from far and wide to visit this rural delight and be a part of its festivities — it’s hard not to want to be included in their good ole hospitality. There are olive groves, vineyards and of course that wonderful wine (to taste, or purchase, or both), walking tracks, trips to our rugged yet beautiful coastlines, golﬁng, canoeing, jetboating, and quad biking. Then there are the pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops and a wonderful array of accommodation from the Martinborough Hotel, Claremont Motel, and Brackenridge to numerous B&Bs scattered all over for your convenience. You can choose to see it all, or simply sit back and relax and enjoy the peace. Next week I will detail some of these places, from my own experience. But you have to really judge it for yourself, it’s not all about one thing or another — it’s the whole experience of being in Martinborough. That I can assure you, like me, you will love and remember. __ Words: Donna Malneek
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ALPINE SKEEN “I recently had a conversation with a parent whose kid didn’t start skiing until they were 12, and they were concerned that they had left it too late. I told them that I’m sure they’ll be okay, as I didn’t start until I was 34!” - Kasete Skeen -
When Kasete Skeen strolled into the Tongan embassy in London to enquire about becoming the nation’s ﬁrst Olympic alpine skier, he expected to be laughed out of the building. Instead, Kasete was shocked, not only be their “overwhelming kindness and support”, but to learn that Tonga already had a snow sports committee due to a previous king’s obsession with winter sports—and have even competed in the luge. “They simply asked how they could help me,” recounts Kasete, who was born in London to a Tongan father and British mother. “Once I had the full backing of the government and the skiing federation of Tonga, it spurred me on to take it even more seriously, to see how far I could go. And I’m still going.” What makes his story even more Disney-esque is that up until six months ago, Kasete was a smoking, drinking alpine novice, having skied once on a school trip, aged 12, and later, on only a handful of occasions during annual trips to Sweden to visit his girlfriend’s family. “When I began my training program in the Alps last year, I had only skied for a total of 45 days,” he tells me, via Skype, from London. “I recently had a conversation with a parent whose kid didn’t start skiing until they were 12, and they were concerned that they had left it too late. I told them that I’m sure they’ll be okay, as I didn’t start until I was 34!” Last month, Kasete completed “some really tough ﬁelds” alongside the Swiss and Italian teams and recounts that he was the only competitor to receive a round of applause at the end of each one: “Some people even want their photos taken with me, which is really weird, but also cool.” Save for the “odd glass of wine once a month”, Kasete, who previously worked as a musician, has given up the ciggies and the booze. “I just had a general desire to change my life,” says the skier. “Part and parcel of the whole enterprise was to get into shape. Giving up those things was not difﬁcult because I had a goal to focus on.” That goal — the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea — will be achieved through collecting points (or, more precisely, lack of — like in golf, the less he scores the better), accumulated through international competitions.
“I had travelled a little bit before, but not for any great lengths of time, so it’s nice to see some more parts of the world,” he tells me. “I’ve also discovered some nooks and crannies of Europe that most people don’t get to see, such as Sainte Foy in France.” He is currently based in Italy’s Val di Fassa, but will soon head to Queenstown, also taking the chance to catch up with extended family in Auckland, which, Kasete jokes, is all part of his “eternal winter”. The skier admits that he wasn’t initially prepared for the psychological challenges of his sporting adventure. “Most skiers are part of clubs and teams, but I spend a lot of time on my own — it’s not like there’s a big group of Tongan skiers out there,” he says. “I do often feel isolated, and it gives you lots of time to think.” Spending so much time in the outdoors certainly alters one’s mindset. “Yes, deﬁnitely. It gives you a sense of scale, and compels you to take stock of what is important in life when you are surrounded by all those mountains and endless views. The weather up there can also change so quickly, and that too throws things into perspective. You realise just how fragile you are.” I ﬁnish up by asking Kasete what he has most learnt about himself on the journey thus far. Interestingly, he says it has been less about ﬁnding out who he is, rather who he is not. “You start to strip back yourself,” he continues, “lose certain constructs that you thought previously deﬁned you. It becomes this search for yourself. But it’s weird because you’re doing it in a way that is dispelling the thought of who you presumed you were, without necessarily providing the answer of who you are. It’s a feeling of being more true to yourself.” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
ABEL TASMAN I ﬁrst did this walk nearly 40 years ago — an 18-year-old novice tramper with my outdoorsy boyfriend. We took a ﬂy to sleep in and a spear gun for him to catch ﬁsh. I walked the whole track in jandals, carrying my brand new tramping boots over my shoulders.
Well, times have changed. With a not-quite-sooutdoorsy husband and two London-bred children, I upgraded from ﬂy to lodge with ensuite bathroom, and from ﬁshing and ﬁres to chef-prepared meals. I can heartily recommend both approaches although of course ﬁshing is today off-limits in the protected waters of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Abel Tasman National Park, at 22,530 hectares, is our smallest national park, but includes golden sand beaches, granite cliffs and forest areas at the top of South Island. The intermediate graded 60km coastal walk is one of the nine Great Walks and a good ‘soft opening’ for new hiker aka my children from London. We chose a three-day guided walk and kayak combo with Wilsons Abel Tasman. Lynette Wilson is the great-granddaughter of the Hadﬁelds who built the original Meadowbank Homestead (our ﬁrst night’s accommodation) in 1884. She and her family started the ﬁrst commercial visitor services in Abel Tasman National Park in 1977. Our group comprised a young family of four from Australia and a mid-60s New Zealand couple with their 20-year-old son. Garrick, our guide, was a hit with everyone from the off. With exceptional
knowledge of native ﬂora and fauna, mythology and local history and passionate about the bush and conservation, he was more Radagast the Brown (of Hobbit fame) than traditional tour guide. Our ﬁrst day began with a two-hour boatride from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui, dropping off other walkers at various points along the coast. The trip may be done in reverse; however, I enjoyed mentally mapping out the ground and sea we would be covering over the next three days. After lunch in Totaranui we set off along the beach and then up through the nikau palms and northern rata on our two-hour walk to Meadowbank Homestead on the edge of the now quite famous crowdfunded Awaroa Inlet Beach. We stopped often for Garrick to point out noteworthy ﬂora, listen to the birds, tell a story or enchant the children by seemingly lighting an impressive ﬁre of mahoe leaves with one spark! We hit the inlet inside the magic 90-minute window either side of low tide, allowing us to wade and walk across to the homely charms of Meadowbank Homestead — welcoming staff, hot showers and good tucker.
»The intermediate-graded 60km coastal walk is one of the nine Great Walks and a good ‘soft opening’ for new hiker aka my children from London.«
Day two we trekked up and over the forrested Tonga saddle rewarding us with panoramic views of the northern beaches. Who knew you could get tired of ﬁnding so much golden sand? We dropped down to Onetahuti for lunch and to meet up with our kayaking guide, Sarah, whilst the rest of our party tramped on. We paddled straight out to the fur seal colony on Tonga Island and then, rafting up our three kayaks, we used our paddles as a mast and hoisted a canvas to ‘sail’ us the rest of the 10km down the coast to Torrent Bay and the Lodge. Needless to say, we weren’t nearly as exhausted that night as our fellow trampers who had covered 17km in total that day. The sea was glass-like the following morning and we set off again on the kayaks — no wind this time to cheat our way out of paddling. The pristine clarity of the water testament to the clean sand and calm sea conditions on the coast. Meeting up with our walking group for lunch at Apple Tree Bay we joined them for the picturesque ﬁnal afternoon’s walk with sweeping views across Tasman Bay to Nelson and the Malborough Sounds. Having canoed down a silent Whanganui River and spent 24 hours on a boat in equally quiet Doubtful
Sound in recent times, it was cheering to see and hear so many birds in this national park. The beautiful song of the bellbird (korimako), South Island robins, grey warblers, silver eyes, fantail and tui kept us company along the trail. The walk itself is rarely completely ﬂat and has challenging parts — a couple of serious scrambles here and there and some extended uphill climbs, not to mention a 64m suspension bridge — but in a warm, dry April it was very doable for the six-yearold to the 65-year-olds. Of course, it helped that we carried only a daypack each and had hot meals, cold wine and comfortable beds each night — and you would be hard pressed to go on a walk with so many beautiful vistas. Our fully-catered guided journey is not the only way to walk the Abel Tasman of course. There are four DoC huts on the Coast Track and numerous campsites with water and toilets. You can walk all or some of the track using the water taxi service to drop off or pick you up at several points.
__ Words: Suzy Fraser
Hong Kong is the perfect city to break up a long trip en route to Asia, Europe or the Americas. Not only does the place have some of the world’s best food from traditional dim sum to Michelin Star seafood, it’s also incredibly easy to get around. The Airport Express Link will have you in the centre of town in 24 minutes and the MTR train system is efﬁcient, fast and outstandingly cheap.
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It’s also a great place to stretch the legs. There are plenty of laneways to explore in Central, including markets, cafes and boutique stores, as well as The Peak to climb for jaw-dropping views of the city and Victoria Harbour. ACCOMMODATION Hong Kong Island or Kowloon? Both equally central and intriguing. If you’ve only got 24 hours, then best to stay Central. Sheung Wan, Soho, Lan Kwai Fong, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island are all great areas with plenty of restaurants, speakeasy bars, rooftops and a variety of accommodation options ranging from affordable to high-end. On Kowloon side, Tsim Sha Tsui is an eclectic mix of old and new with a variety of different street food options. It’s closest to the action, with easy access to the Star Ferry and subway for visits across to Hong Kong Island. BREAKFAST First stop, always coffee! Fineprint in Central is the perfect pit stop before a big day on Hong Kong's streets. The beans are roasted locally by Aussie roaster Scott Callaghan and the avocado on sourdough toast or bagels with assorted ﬁllings makes this place a great way to start the day.
Images L-R: Fineprint. Lin Heung Tea House. Foxglove.
9AM Take a guided walking tour of Central and learn about the area’s unique culture and traditions derived from a melting pot of both Western and Eastern inﬂuences. Discover colonial-era medical facilities, Chinese temples, traditional Chinese medicine shops and grocery stores. For the food obsessed, there’s the Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tour — an off-the-beaten track walking tour of Central and Sheung Wan to discover wonton noodles, barbecued pork rice, fresh juice, Chinese tea, dim sum and local bakery tarts. 1PM For lunch, look no further than local favourite Lin Heung Tea House in Sheung Wan for traditional Cantonese dim sum — one of the only remaining places in Hong Kong to serve yum cha from a trolley. 3PM Time to raise the bar and rise above the city to Victoria Peak. As the highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s towering skyline, as well as the Victoria Harbour. Don’t miss a ride to the top on the Peak Tram and watch in awe as you elevate above the different levels of Hong Kong, past roads, rainforest and high rises.
6PM Enjoy sunset drinks aboard a traditional Hong Kong junk boat on Victoria Harbour and soak in views of the dazzling city as the lights switch on. Stick around for the Symphony of Lights Show, the nightly multimedia spectacular involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. 9PM Get back to the buzz of Central and take your pick from a selection of great restaurants and eateries, spanning a variety of cuisines. Popular places include Ho Lee Fook, Little Bao, Yardbird and Mott 32. Before hitting the pillow, order a nightcap at new speakeasy bar Foxglove, disguised as an umbrella shop and accessed through a secret doorway in Central. FREE IN TOWN CHECK IN When it’s time to make your way back to the airport be sure to make use of the in-town check-in services which allow you to drop your bags off in advance at either Hong Kong or Kowloon Station. You can also check-in to your ﬂight and do a little bit of last minute shopping before you jump on the Airport Express Link to catch your ﬂight. Ridiculously convenient!
If you want to test this theory, then Finnish Lapland in the Arctic Circle is a great place to start.
With temperatures dropping well below zero, it doesn’t take long to realise that in fact a really cold day is a good day, with clear skies increasing chances of seeing the elusive and mystical Northern Lights. One good way to do this is from the warmth and comfort of a sled pulled by reindeer, with a stop mid-way along the route for hot blueberry juice served in a kuksa (a wooden mug carved from birch) next to an open ﬁre in a tent.
» The Finns have a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. «
For those craving more adventure, a husky safari is a ride to remember with the smallness of the dogs disguising their strength. Their power is matched only by their enthusiasm as a pack of 5-6 dogs hurtles its passengers around a pre-carved track. With one passenger sitting and the other standing behind, steering and applying the foot brake, it’s an exhilarating race through the forest, especially when experienced on tightly-packed snow. Another reason to travel so far north of the globe is the chance to sleep in a glass igloo, such as those
found at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Guests are provided with purpose-built wooden sleds they can jump on and ride as they push their luggage across snowy tundra to their accommodation for the night. While a regular transfer from airport to accommodation will take around 40 minutes, a more scenic route can be taken across frozen rivers and lakes whilst driving a snow mobile. This journey takes a few hours, including a rest for hot salmon soup and coffee served by the ﬁre before heading out again into the dark afternoon once more. Other local delicacies to try while staying in the region include reindeer served either in soup, as a steak, or tartare and ﬁsh in the form of either pike perch or arctic char. For dessert there is leipajuusto, or ‘squeaky cheese’, warmed in a pan and served with pouring cream and a lingonberry compote. After dinner, the open views offered by the glass igloos means guests can stay in bed while keeping an eye halfopen for aurora borealis dancing across the sky. The Finnish name for the phenomenon is revontulet, which translates literally to 'ﬁre fox', the animal once held to be
responsible for the Northern Lights as he swished snow up into the air with his tail. Before retiring however, it is advised to try avanto or a quick dip in a frozen lake after sauna. With the air temperature hovering around -20C it’s ‘warmer’ in than out, and woollen socks are provided to protect toes during the dash across the snow-covered lake to a hole cut in the ice. A warm hat is also recommended, further proof of that Finnish adage about your only downfall being bad clothing on the day. — Words: Melanie Dower
L-R: Room with a view, a glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort — Snow mobiles offer a unique airport transfer experience — Siberian huskies at the ready for their next snow trek.
A TASTE OF
To launch yourself into the sights, sounds and smells of southern India is to embark on a very interesting journey indeed! Perhaps the very best way to reach India's heart is through the all-important sense of taste. Travel around India and you will discover an array of delicious and aromatic dishes to satisfy your inner gourmet. Many ﬁnd it a revelation that no self-respecting Indian cook uses curry powder, a relic of the British Raj, preferring to blend their own spices from treasured recipes handed down through the generations. India is nothing if not diverse. Landscape, culture and religion have all played their part in shaping the distinct regional cuisines. Wheat grows well in the north, so it’s here you’ll ﬁnd wonderful ﬂatbreads, whereas the rice ﬁelds of the eastern and southern states have resulted in the most wonderful rice based dishes. Chilies grow well in Andhra Pradesh, so the curries, chutneys and pickles pack a serious punch here. In the deserts of Rajasthan, you’ll ﬁnd dishes reﬂecting the lack of green vegetables, but rich with dried spices and herbs. History has also played its part, with early Mughal conquerors adding Persian ﬂavours, cream, butter and nuts to the mix. European and Arab traders, drawn to India by its wonderful spices, introduced tomatoes, potatoes and chilies which are now widely used. Religion also plays a role — Hindus sees cattle as sacred, and Muslims believe pork to be unclean — you’ll only ﬁnd pork dishes within the Christian communities of Goa. India is heaven for vegetarians!
Top 5 Southern Indian Experiences 1. Cruising aboard a traditional kettuvallam houseboat in the tranquil canals of Kerala, with your onboard chef creating fresh and ﬂavoursome local dishes. A relaxing antidote to the chaos of the cities. 2. The hill station of Ooty, a fascinating blend of bustle and ancient temples, with lush scenic beauty and charming British Raj era houses. 3. Mundackal Estate Farm, just out of Cochin, is a working rubber plantation which also offers cooking classes, using ingredients grown on the farm, including coconuts, cardamom and black pepper. A delightful glimpse into rural Indian life, and delicious food! 4. Mysore, described by Lonely Planet as “one of South India’s most enchanting cities”, is bursting with royal history — its World Heritage listed palace is a delight. Check out the heady aromas of spices and incense in the bazaar. 5. You cannot visit Kerala without taking in a Kathakali dance show — this classical dance is intense, loud, colourful and often bewildering, but well worth the experience! Some shows allow you backstage before the show to witness the elaborate costume and make-up preparation. __ Words: Caroline Clegg, World Journeys
My heart (and stomach) lies in southern India — the coconut, the seafood, the chutneys, dosas and idlis are too delicious. Combine this with the beautiful tea plantations, colonial hill stations, an eclectic cultural mix, and the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, and you have a wonderfully rewarding travel experience.
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WHERE WOMEN RULE Imagine a parallel universe where women call the shots. A universe where homes and businesses are owned by the women. A universe where even women in wedlock can have multiple partners, their men sneaking into their bedrooms come nightfall in an arrangement called a ‘walking marriage’. Where children take their mother’s surname — they likely don’t know for sure who the father is anyway. This universe exists for real — not just in Donald Trump’s nightmares — but in a high-altitude Buddhist community called Mosuo, close to the border with Tibet. Scattered around the banks of the alpine Lake Lugu in southwest China, the ancient matriarchal society in the mountains is known as the ‘Kingdom of Daughters’— and even their water source is called ‘Mother Lake’. “Our language has no word for aunt,” Mosuo tour guide Geze Duoji tells NPR. “Your mother’s sisters are all your mothers, which one gave birth to you is not important.” Similarly, household belongings are equally shared. "I don't think I ever discussed whether or not to have children with my husband," say Nazhu Zhuoma. "It seems he didn't really have much to do with it."
But as tempting — and humorous — as it is to picture the guys as henpecked serfs, they are far more valued than as simply sperm donors and man candy. While the women generally take care of all things concerning birth and life, their menfolk are tasked with all dealings to do with death such as funerals and the slaughtering of farm animals. All decisions are made though family meetings, and everyone does their fair share of manual labour. It is said such arrangements rid the society of emotional and material jealousy, there are few widows or orphans, and no crime. Though men may not raise their biological babies, they’re kept busy tending to those of their family. “Mosuo men are feminists by any standards,” Choo Waihong, author of The Kingdom of Women, tells the Guardian. “Boys think nothing of looking after their baby sisters, or taking their toddler brothers by the hand everywhere. I was once made to wait before talking business with an elderly Mosuo man until he had bathed his family’s twin baby girls and changed their nappies.”
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As is tradition, siblings live their whole lives in the same house with their mothers, their aunts and their uncles. It is not uncommon to have four generations under one roof, all bonded by blood but never wedlock. The agrarian community has thrived for centuries, at least since the Yuan dynasty that ruled 1271-1368, living next to other ethnic groups that practised more traditional, monogamous lifestyles. The communists put a stop to their customs from the mid-20th century, but following the collapse of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, most reverted back. “In the late 1980s, the Mosuo were either very defensive or denied the existence altogether of the so-called walking marriage,” Chuan-Kang Shih, a Florida University anthropology professor tells The New York Times. “Then in the mid-1990s, when tourism began in the Lugu Lake area, they began to see it as capital to attract tourists, and they started to boast about it.” Curious tourists are attracted to these communities by their unusualness and spectacular alpine setting. Upon hearing the
stories of open relationships, some visiting men have been known to attempt to take advantage of the women, “So we have to beat them up,” says Duoji. As so often happens, though a tourism boom has helped dragged many from poverty, the construction of extra roads and an airport have taken from the peacefulness of the land. Few places outside China have evolved at such speed. There are an estimated 40,000 Mosuo around Lake Lugu, but the appetite for traditions such as the ‘walking marriage’ is waning, with more marrying outside their communities, or moving to bigger cities. There is no written Mosuo language, so likely it will eventually vanish. “The system makes so much sense when you think about the overall ways in which family systems have to navigate between sexual desire, stability, domesticity and claims for children,” a University of New York professor of sociology, Judith Stacey, tells the Times. “But it depends on a lack of mobility, which is why now, with all of this inequality as well as economic and geographic mobility, it can’t survive.”
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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A diamond willed by her grandmother years ago was the start of a jewellery owner’s self-confessed “obsession about diamonds”.
choose from in terms of diamonds and diamond grades, from the cheapest to the most expensive.
In the quest to learn more information about diamonds, which was not forthcoming despite many visits to jewellery stores, a seed of inspiration was sown for siblings Michael and Michelle Wobcke.
When it comes to custom designing jewellery other than engagement rings, they are seeing a trend towards re-designing and re-making older pieces of jewellery and combining them into one treasured piece to be worn every day.
“Transparency is a key value — that was a big thing for us.”
Ladies come in on the look-out for the perfect “eternity” ring to drop hints about at home. “Many thoughtful men coming in on the hunt for that special birthday or anniversary present, it really is so lovely to be amongst the romance of it all,” explains Michelle.
It showed a gap in the market for a business where information is fully disclosed to the client, only conﬂict-free ethically sourced diamonds are used and designs are made in New Zealand. That was the start of their ’by appointment only’ jewellery company eight years ago. “It was always our dream to have a boutique store. We needed to ﬁnd the right premises and the right time,” says Michelle. So in 2015 the duo’s long-held vision came true with the opening of their ﬁrst Diamonds on Richmond store. The beneﬁts of the showroom’s location is immediate. It’s private, perfect for discrete perusing with plenty of parking out front. Men, Michael says, are the predominant patrons yet after starting a service called, ‘the proposal ring’, couples also come in after the fact to choose the real ring together. Step in store to learn several valuable lessons in the pursuit for the perfect piece of jewellery. The experience feels laid back – not always typical of the industry. There’s no pressure to buy and complete candour. Education is a real focus here. Michael and Michelle are true matchmakers. They pair up the right engagement ring for the right recipient. Forget about how many week' or months' earnings to spend. There is no “norm” Michelle says. “For us it’s not about what people are spending — it’s about working out what is the best ring or other piece of jewellery for them.” A lot of the time guys “have no idea” what to choose so the process is explained and they are shown many options to
Michelle designs the jewellery. She tracks overseas trends but believes some don’t always relate to the New Zealand market. Her real inspiration comes from knowing as much as she can about the person the piece is being made for. Are they a glamorous lover of many diamonds or a fan of simplicity? “It’s all intertwined with how we relate to our customers because it really depends on the person I’m designing it for — whether they’re standing in the store or being proposed to.” Timeless and classic is always in. “A single solitaire round brilliant diamond is a a very popular option. Then with their wedding band, they can put their own ﬂair on it. It can be plain or set so many different ways with diamonds which really can change the look of the solitaire.” There is a charm about a family-owned bricks and mortar store based on old fashioned values. No need to worry about caveat emptor here which rings true for many contemplating online purchases. “All diamonds are not created equal even if they are the exact same grade. They can be very different,” Michael says. “It’s been one of our most interesting ﬁndings since entering the industry.”
— Words: Sarah Sparks Photography: Emily Fei
It’s not about what people are spending — it’s about working out what the best ring is for them.
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James - Vintage English men's trenchcoat, $350: TANGO VINTAGE. I Love Ugly cap: SUPERETTE. Scarf: RODD & GUNN. Shohana - Vintage 30s German red fox fur coat, $3500: TANGO VINTAGE. Round crown felt hat: WITCHERY.
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ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH? I was asked by a media outlet today to comment on the apparent “celebrity stylist” makeover of Steve Irwin’s children Bindi and Robert, along with their mother Teri. It was interesting to note (and I relayed this to the journalist) that beyond Robert losing his bowl cut for a more modern haircut and Bindi sporting a few blonde highlights, it was almost impossible to see much difference. Apparently, Teri was a reluctant makeover recipient and this was telling as she looked almost exactly the same in the “after” shot. Over the 16 years of Signature Style’s existence I have occasionally worked with clients who think they want a new look, but ﬁnd the actual change too confronting. One woman stays in my mind as her desired outcome was to dress more “sexy”. It was an interesting request (and an almost impossible one as “sexy” is an attitude rather than an outﬁt). We worked together through several sessions; her hair was cut into a stylish bob and taken several shades lighter, her makeup now included eye-deﬁning colour, eyeliner and a stronger lip, the clothes we bought together skimmed rather than swamped her shape. Overall, she looked younger, more vibrant and she loved it! A few months later we caught up to do a shopping top-up and over coffee she told me she
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wanted to grow her hair into its old style and let it go darker. She asked for softer colours in her garments, and wanted them to be slightly “roomier”. In short, she wanted to look as she had before we started. When I asked her why she wanted to make those changes she said she didn't like being noticed, felt uncomfortable with the compliments and really just wanted to be “less out there”. I felt sad for her, but I understood her fear. What about you? Are you stuck in a rut, wishing you could look (and feel) different? Feeling brave enough to do it? I'd love to help you see yourself in a new way. Why not get in touch? 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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“Having recently met some incredibly inspiring women who’ve survived breast cancer, I’m even more motivated to help raise funds that will save lives,” Nadia says. “I encourage everyone to get involved, hopefully inspired by some of the recipes I’ve developed especially for Pink Ribbon Breakfast!” Proceeds from this year’s Pink Ribbon Breakfasts will go towards breast cancer research, with a focus on support for clinical trials,
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With more than 3,000 Kiwis diagnosed and 600 a year still dying of breast cancer, New Zealand doctors and researchers have a vital role to play. BCFNZ helps fund clinical trials and studies, as well as the development of new medicines here in New Zealand. BCFNZ also funds breast cancer patient registers in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Christchurch, tracking patient treatment and outcomes to monitor treatment effectiveness and identify inequalities of access or care. “We want Kiwi women to have the best possible treatment,” says Evangelia Henderson. “So, please, host a breakfast — your help will make a real difference.” For more information, or to register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, visit pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz
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Evangelia Henderson, chief executive at Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ), says funds raised will help BCFNZ push for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support.
Breakfasts will be held from the Far North to Southland, in humble kitchens and posh hotels, with just a few friends or more than 100 guests coming together. Breast Cancer Foundation hopes to top last year’s total of more than 3,200 breakfasts across New Zealand, which were attended by 90,000 people and raised $1.7 million.
immunotherapies, preventing the spread of cancer, improved clinical practice for better patient outcomes, and treatments for advanced breast cancer. They will also help provide breast awareness education as well as support for patients.
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The ﬁrst day of Pink Ribbon Breakfast month is 1 May and over the course of the month, more than 3,000 Kiwis will invite their friends or colleagues for breakfast to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. Verve readers are urged to join the campaign.
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BAMBERY Bambery Trading Ltd specialises in: furniture; art and collectibles from the 1930s-80s; designer furniture; and art and lighting from the art deco and modernism and mid century era’s right through to current designer showpieces. We have updated ‘fresh’ listings on Trademe and a designer showroom gallery displaying unique items of interest. If you like any items above, please contact the Bambery showroom direct. Vintage • Art Deco • Italian • Retro • Modernism • Contemporary • Scandinavian • Designer
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HOME & DESIGN // May 2017
AFRICA MODERN REDUX The simple forms of this modernist-inﬂected home in Johannesburg, South Africa, reprise some of the key questions that mid-century modernism encountered when architects ﬁrst applied its principles in an African context, and advances the argument for a new era. Text: Graham Wood | Photographs: Greg Cox
IMAGES: Charles points out how the living wing, which appears to float on pillars, rests on top of the garage wing at one end. The deep overhangs are designed in response to the sun, protecting the interiors from the very harsh summer sun, while allowing the low winter rays in to warm the rooms. In that way, despite its overtly modern appearance, the house is a design response rooted in its context and climate. The walls on either side of, and behind the house are plastered in tyrolean, a flicked plaster that creates a rough, stippled finish. It is intended to weather and take on the marks of the rain and the sun and the passage of time. The wooden façade, too, will weather and change. The way the apron of the house leads onto a strip of lawn, which in turn leads to the narrow, straight, blue sliver of a lap-pool makes a graphic pattern of stripes leading to the undulating lawn and in turn to the wilder indigenous planting. It provides a kind of commentary, or gradual, measured transition from the house to the garden, progressing by degrees from “building” to “landscape”, or “architecture” to “site”, but blurring the boundaries. At the same time, box planters built into the hardscaping where the steps lead from the driveway integrate a burst of succulent vegetation with the architecture. On the driveway, planter bricks were used for the paving, creating a dappled effect where plants appear to grow through the paving, part plant and part building. With the glass sliding doors open, the interior seems like a patio: inside, but simultaneously out.
The kitchen was designed so that whoever is cooking can interact with people in the dining area, and also look out over the garden. The blonde oak, left slightly rough once again to emphasise its materiality, brings warmth and texture into the interior. The rough black surface of the flamed Zimbabwean granite countertop adds a richly textured touch to the kitchen island, and reveals Johanneâ€™s interest in including local materials. The lights above the kitchen island are by local designers MOS (Makers of Stuff). They are fitted with bulbs of varying intensity, so that the brightness of the light can be concentrated on certain areas of the counter.
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In the TV room, an Nguni hide on the waxed concrete floor is a local take on the cowhide mat. The natural wood and neutral upholstery of the Scandinavian midcentury sofa and coffee table are contrasted with the material of the bright orange moulded plastic stool. Between them a hand-carved wooden stool plays on the shape and materiality of both, teasing out the histories of design and influence that shape contemporary design, and drawing out connection between traditional and modern design. The photographs are panoramas taken by Johanne’s husband’s great, great grandfather, a mountaineer, in the Himalayas. The photograph on the opposite wall is K2, Siren of the Himalayas, also taken by him. It is still mounted in its original frame. The scatter cushions are by American designer Jonathan Adler, one of Johanne’s favourites. The wall lights are Italian. The wall paint has a bronze quality, which brings and interesting variance or depth to the room.
In the bathroom, the stools/side tables are by Dokter and Misses. The tiles in the shower were in part influenced by the faience tiles Norman Eaton used in many of his designs. The pattering is fairly loose and imperfect, once again offsetting the rigour of the architecture with a sense of the imperfection of the handmade object. The cabinets and mirror were designed by Johanne and fabricated by Rogan Jenkin. The pendant lights are by MOS.
FURNITURE & FLOWERS OF THE FUTURE
With careers in antiques, ﬂoristry and fashion that span decades, Anthony Hart and Kevin Berkahn bring a wealth of experience, expertise and sophistication to Lorenz & Z, purveyors of premium furniture, furnishings and ﬂowers on Carlton Gore Road. The pair are keen to impart some good old fashioned customer service, too. “I get a kick out of my customers’ satisfaction,” says general manager Anthony, who was born in London but has lived in Auckland for more than 30 years, previously dealing in antiques. “When they sit in a plush chair that just surrounds them and they fall in love with it, that gives me a lot of joy. I also believe in offering good value to our customers, and that is why we have so many regulars.” The sprawling, airy space brims with pieces that action on styles that span the globe, and eras. Classical music plays in the background. Anthony motions to an opulent, hand carved mirror that boasts “an 18th century George II design”; dining chairs with Versace-like patterns, draped in Italian fabric and Italian silk; an expansive, curved contemporary sofa decked in cobalt blue leather set to solid ebony wood that “takes six men to lift”; and a beguiling
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standing lamp, each bulb cradled in delicate glass petals. “That design would cost €3,000 in Europe,” Anthony says. “We sell it for $1,000.” Anthony travels regularly to European fairs to note the latest trends, work out the designs and fabrics, then send them to be made, with a few tweaks, in China. “There’s made in China, and then there’s made in China,” he says. He promotes classic designs from France, England and Italy. All the pieces are unique, many are handmade, and a bespoke service is available. New to Lorenz & Z is a range of rich wallpaper from Europe and the States that feels as though it could carpet a ﬂoor. To the front of the store is the expansive ‘Garden’, where Kevin sits among countless vases of vibrant, colourful blooms. But these ﬂowers are artiﬁcial, and boy do you have to get close — touch them, even — to realise. “People can’t afford real ﬂowers like they used to, they are just so expensive, and times are changing,” says Kevin as he wraps a bow around a bouquet. “It’s like everything, there are good fakes and bad ones. Our supplier also supplies Harrods in London and New York’s Bloomingdales,
so if they have them, they must be good.” Being a legendary bridal designer, recognised with a Member of the Order, means Kevin, of course, knows a thing or two about ﬂowers, too. Kevin’s wife passed away suddenly three years ago, so aside from some consultancy work, has been pretty much out of the game since. He’s happy to be back, offering services such as free ﬂower arranging classes with a delivery option to come. “I’m really enjoying it,” beams Kevin. “When you have been dealing with the public for more than 50 years, you miss it. My business has always been helping people.” He and Anthony sure make a great team.
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HELENSVILLE: A PLACE OF THE PAST & FUTURE
“With the population explosion occurring in the Auckland region, Helensville is likely to become a popular location for people to live in the coming years thanks to its picturesque charm and natural environment offering countryside living on the outskirts of the big city,” says Jenny Murray of the North West Business Association. “It’s a charming little rural town with beautiful historic buildings that reflect its quaint character, and offers history and heritage thanks to pioneer and railway museums.” What many don’t realise, she adds, is that this rustic location, 40km northwest of Auckland, was once named by North and South magazine as one of New Zealand’s top 10 towns. The endearing Ginger Café at Helensville’s historic railway station building sure is a pleasant environment to whittle away a couple of lazy morning — or afternoon — hours, sipping coffee on the sunny deck, watching the world go by and perhaps taking a browse in the lovely River Cottage Antiques. The 1880 station (the town’s second rail building), was originally positioned further west where it served as the district’s main departure and arrival points for the soldiers of the first world war, moving to its current location in 1927. Occasionally there’s the slow, low rumble of a freight train (alas passenger locomotives are consigned to yesteryear), while in front, 19th century steam train D170, loaned from MOTAT, reminds visitors of its glorious past.
The region around Helensville is believed to have been occupied for almost a thousand years, Maori first recognising the potential of this area, near the mouth of the Kaipara River, as a vital waterway for war parties and trade. Pas were built. The surrounding hills and kauri forest made for excellent strategic defence, food sources and materials supply. The hot springs at Parakai, fresh water lakes, and easy access to the harbour further added to the allure, and the area was christened Te Awaroa, or ‘The Valley of the Long River’. Jo Austin, sales and marketing manager at Skydive Auckland, has the privilege of a whole different perspective. “Many people don’t realise that Kaipara Harbour is the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere,” she says. “From the air it is absolutely stunning because it is where the country is at its narrowest. You can see the white sand beaches of the east coast beaches and the black sand beaches of the west.” Before the rise of rail, for a quarter of a century Kaipara Harbour served as the nation’s mightiest export port, sending the likes of flax, gum and timber to the far-flung reaches of the world. It also served as a local passenger route, but farewelled its final steamer in 1942, having lost out to the train. The port officially closed five years later.
In the early 1860s, the McLeod family became among the first Europeans to lay roots in the region, brothers John and Isaac establishing a thriving timer mill near the original railway station. In 1862, John built a kauri cottage for his wife that became known as ‘Helen’s Villa’, and so the name stuck. A popular saying around Helensville at that time was that “kauri is king”, and in 1911, the Kaipara Dairy Company was born, to become the town’s largest employer. By the late 1980s it had closed its doors, similarly the timber industry dwindled and thanks mainly to the hot springs at Parakai, tourism became, and remains, the region’s biggest draw. The can-do pioneering community spirt certainly still prevails around Helensville, exemplified by the likes of the bustling Kaukapakapa Village Market where locals and visitors mix among stalls serenaded by live musicians. “There’s a real rural community feel at the centre of all these beautiful locations,” says Jo. “And it helps that so many of the business like the farms, the springs, the stores and the airfield are family-owned.” “Helensville is a community of giving people who have the best interests of everyone at heart and who are selfless in helping others in need,” adds Jenny. “It is the epitome of a tight-knit small New Zealand community.” —
INSIDER TIP: “The best views are found on the Helensville Riverside Walkway,” says Jenny. “The walkway feature’s tracks boardwalks and bridges, with a lookout over the Kaipara River where there has been extensive planting of native trees and shrubs.” A handful of access points to the track include: southern entry in Mill Road (opposite Mitre 10); central entry point Creek Lane (beside Unichem, Commercial Road); and the northern entry between the historic Post Office and the old Bank of New Zealand buildings on Commercial Road.
Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
THE PAUA ROOM The Paua Room was established in 2001 in Helensville to bring New Zealand design, art, and fashion to the community. Fashion. Jewellery. Gifts
CHRISTINE'S HEALTH SPA & BEAUTY
— 09 420 9898 6 Commercial Rd, Helensville thepauaroom.com
Christine has built the business over the past two years, balancing family life while creating a resting haven for every client that walks through the door. The mineral springs help with the healing process in treatments such as the Lymphatic Spa Detox Massage. This treatment helps with stress in the mind and body. It will assist with weight loss, make you feel lighter on your feet, remove toxins rapidly through the body, assist the circulatory system and relaxe tired and sore muscles. You will feel rejuvenated and cleansed. Christine is also a top five finalist in the North West Business Association for health and beauty, up against other health professionals in the northwest region. There's 10% off all treatments during the month of May. Gift vouchers available. — 021 173 0801 email@example.com
ALLSORTS Gifts, candles, wool, handmade cards, souvenirs, haberdashery. — 44 Commercial Rd, Helensville Open 7 Days 09 420 8336
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PARAKAI SPRINGS Open 365 days, from 10am, A full days' family entertainment, just 35 minutes from Auckland CBD. — 150 Parkhurst Rd, Parakai. ParakaiSprings.co.nz email@example.com 0800 Hotpools
GLOBAL VILLAGE ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
WHERE THE ” WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER ”
KAUKAPAKAPA VILLAGE MARKET
GLOBAL VILLAGE ANTIQUES
Held on the third Sunday of every month 8.30am-1pm.
John Perry is one of New Zealand’s most well-known social history, folk art, natural history enthusiasts, and an avid collector of all things New Zealand. John’s ability to track down the most fascinating of objects means you will find an exciting array when you visit.
— 947 Kaipara Coast Highway, SH16 Kaukapakapa Sarah — 0274 831542 firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/kaukapakapavillagemarket
— Regent Cinema, 14 Garfield Rd, Helensville 09 420 9149 — 021 1065 087 Open weekends /public holidays or by appointment
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MELISSA CARR: CHANGING LIVES
Meet Melissa Carr, one of New Zealand's leading cosmetic and medical tattooist's who changes people's lives - every day. An inspired lady with lofty goals, Melissa has the vision of making a positive impact on every client she sees by providing quality services and exceptional care.
Within her well-equipped clinic Melissa boasts an impressive wall of qualifications, though not content to rest on her laurels she travels offshore at least twice a year to further her career with advanced specialised training so she is always up to date with the latest techniques, technology and knowledge in her field.
Melissa aims to do everything possible to make your experience positive and enlightening, one she anticipates will also change lives forever. The ambience and impression of excellence present in her clinic is also reflected in the tools and materials she uses. Clients can be assured of the finest quality equipment throughout their procedures. She takes the time required to deliver the best service to each individual client. Her focus is genuinely honed, meticulously considered and totally unique to each client, based entirely on your requirements. She has earned quite a reputation with micro-pigmentation treatments such as feathered brows, ombré brows, eyeliner and lip tattooing. Melissa sees her services as an essential part of someone's life, especially those who are particularly active and want to maintain lasting makeup, maybe sight impaired or having medical conditions such as hand tremors, alopecia or post-cancer treatment. Or for those just wanting to correct natures imbalances with perfectly balanced brows, eyes or lips. Melissa works with patients post-cancer treatment, boosting their self esteem through simulating a 3D nipple and areola after breast reconstruction surgery, with her medical tattooing skills. This has seen her popularity rise among medical professionals through their patient recommendations for her services. Another sought after procedure she performs is scalp micropigmentation - this procedure simulates the look of a hair follicle with cosmetic tattooing, this transforms bald or balding heads into the appearance of a five o'clock shadow. Many of her clients haven’t seen their hairline in many years. Most clients who have had this done experience a new found confidence and a more youthful appearance. Nothing pleases Melissa more than seeing a client shine after receiving one of her specialised treatments. "It's amazing to see the transformation of someone's self esteem after one of my treatments and the profound effect that has on their lives," she says. Melissa invites you to view the many examples of her work and to read more about these treatments by visiting her website or calling 021 187 2661 to book a no obligation consultation with her.
MELISSA CARR COSMETIC TATTOOING 021 187 2661 — 81 COMMERCIAL RD, HELENSVILLE HTTP://MELISSACARRCOSMETICTATTOOING.CO.NZ
THE CAFÉ The Café welcomes you for breakfast, lunch or food on-thego, seven days a week, in the heart of Helensville's main street. Seating for 28 indoors as well as al fresco pavement dining, The Café offers a friendly atmosphere for a meal, snack or just an espresso. — 46 Commercial Rd, Helensville 09 420 8615 | email@example.com Open 7am-3pm weekdays 8am-3pm weekends
Tastings — two unique homemade dressings in demand around the country. Have coffee and Helensville’s tastiest homemade lunch while you’re here. Food for Thought. — Food For Thought 72 Commercial Rd, Helensville 09 420 7858 firstname.lastname@example.org onionjamcreativefoods.com
THE KAIPARA TAVERN
Best Steak in Town — Garden Bar with River Views — Pool Tables — TAB — Gaming
We've got the rolls you love.
— 09 420 6514 26 Commercial Rd, Helensville facebook.com/KAIPARATAVERN
ONION JAM CREATIVE FOODS
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SOBA NOODLE SALAD Recipe: Vicky Ha, queen of dumplings / houseofdumplings.co.nz
• 150g of organic dry soba noodles • 1 tbsp of cold pressed sesame oil • a handful of broccolini, slightly blanched • 1 radish, thinly sliced • a handful of oyster mushrooms, sautéed • half-a-handful of shitake mushrooms, sautéed • 1 red capsicum, julienned into thin strips • 3 tbsp of Mum's Sauce* • 1 tsp each of black and white sesame seeds, lightly toasted • micro coriander as garnish
Cook noodles according to packet. Drain them using a colander and run under cold water tap. Let them drain and sit for ﬁve minutes. Toss with sesame oil. Place cooked noodles, Mum’s Sauce*, toasted sesame seeds and all the vegetables in a mixing bowl. Toss well and garnish with micro coriander. *Mum’s Sauce is best. But if you need a quick substitute, use the following: • 2 tbsp of soy sauce, naturally brewed. We recommend Kikkoman • 1 tsp ﬁnely chopped garlic • 1 tsp ﬁnely chopped ginger
KIMCHI AND KUMARA DUMPLINGS (VEGAN)
• 1 ½ cups kimchi, ﬁnely chopped • 1 small sweet potato, ﬁnely diced and roasted with 1 tsp of vegetable oil • a handful of mung bean sprouts, ﬁnely chopped • 1 carrot, grated • 2 tbsp of sesame oil • 2 spring onions, ﬁnely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, ﬁnely chopped • 1 small knob of ginger, ﬁnely chopped • pinch of salt and pepper
MAKING THE DUMPLING DOUGH
1. Bring water to boil. 2. Place washed spinach into the hot boiling water. 3. Turn off the heat immediately. 4. Use a hand blender to blitz water and spinach into ﬁne purée. 5. Mix spinach purée and ﬂour with a wooden spoon. 6. Wait till it has cooled down slightly, then knead the dough until it is smooth. (It will take around ten minutes). 7. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in glad wrap. 8. Set aside in room temperature for half an hour.
SHANGHAI PORK AND SAVOY CABBAGE
• ¾ cup water (just boiled) • ½ cup spinach • 2 cups ﬂour
DUMPLING SKIN DOUGH
• Italian pastry machine method: Use a pasta machine to roll out the pastry on the second last setting. • Rolling pin method: Roll the pastry evenly till it is around 3mm thick.
CUTTING THE DUMPLING SKINS
Use a 10cm pastry cutter to cut out pastry rounds. You will be able to make around 30-34 pastry rounds.
Place one tablespoon of ﬁlling in the middle of the dumpling skin. Brush a bit of tap water onto the edge of the dumpling skin. Fold the dumpling skin in half. Use your ﬁngers to tightly seal the edges. Use the same method to make the rest of the dumplings.
• Boiling Method: Fill a saucepan with water and bring it to boil. Place your dumplings into the hot boiling water. Remove dumplings once they start to ﬂoat. • Steaming Method: Lightly spray or brush canola oil (or any mild ﬂavoured vegetable oil) onto your steam tray. Carefully place your dumplings onto your steam tray (make sure you leave enough space inbetween each dumpling) and steam them over hot boiling water for seven minutes.
MAKING THE FILLING
While you are waiting for the dough. Mix all the ﬁlling ingredients together. Place in the fridge.
ROLLING OUT THE DUMPLINGS SKINS
• Cut the dough into four parts. Flatten each portion with your palm. Dust ﬂour on both side of the pastry.
MAKE 32 DUMPLINGS SERVES 8-12 AS A STARTER SERVES 4 AS A MAIN COURSE Recipe: Vicky Ha, queen of dumplings houseofdumplings.co.nz
MEAT FISH WINE There was a time when I went to the theatre to be entertained. While I remain passionate about theatre, I equally enjoy the entertainment value of a genuine ďŹ ne dining experience. There is nothing quite like the drama that high-end cuisine can provide. Immersing oneself in an outstanding food and wine experience with friends or family, makes an evening out truly unforgettable.
On the Corner of O'Connell and Chancery Streets, serving some of the best food you'll ﬁnd locally, is a relaxed and friendly urban oasis called MEAT FISH WINE. Listed as one of Verve Auckland's Top 50 restaurants, this clean, contemporary eating-house presents, as the name would suggest, creative offerings of meat, ﬁsh and an extensive assortment of wine. Crowded streets, road cones and construction, can make this gem of a restaurant hard to ﬁnd, but, don’t give up because it is there, open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday.
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The inviting bar area welcomes you, and an open plan kitchen with adjoining chef’s table is perfect for small yet special occasions. Cosy nooks and crannies give privacy when needed. The restaurant area basks beneath an impressive chandelier – cleverly constructed from more than 2,000 wine glasses that have been arranged in the shape of a hei matau (Maori ﬁsh hook). Genius touches are many – as evidenced in the David Bromley painting that adorns the wall, the amazing hand basin in the unisex bathroom area, and hand-made crockery.
Prawn Tortellini in a housemade crayfish bisque with crustacean oil.
The menus are farm-to-table inspired and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or bar area. There are three to choose from: good old-fashioned à la carte; an express lunch or pre-theatre menu; if there are 12 or more in your party then try the set menu, offering a choice of three mouth wateringly delicious courses. Enjoy your meal with a glass (or more) of wine from the 500 deep wine list, one of the most comprehensive in New Zealand.
FOOD AND WINE
The prawn tortellini, crayﬁsh bisque, with fennel, crustacean oil and lemon was to die for. A chilled Napper Valley riesling, completed the taste experience. Venison Carpaccio.
You have got to try their venison carpaccio; plated like an artwork, it tasted amazing. Wine to try with this dish is a Californian chardonnay. The smokey oaky earthiness of the chardonnay really compliments the fresh wildness of the venison. Their Classic Kiwi crunchy bar chocolate marquise dessert, is served with a hazel nut foam and vanilla bean ice cream, and is out of this world. Chocolate lovers – you can’t go past this one. A dessert wine, like the late harvest chenin blanc from the Loire region we had, gives this sweet treat a depth that will leave you longing for more.
The service is amazing. By the time you leave MEAT FISH WINE, not only have you just been on the most incredible food and wine journey, but you feel as if you have made new friends too. The attention to small detail and a genuine interest in us as diners, made us feel good. Both the waiters' and the sommelier's knowledge with regards to the food and wine on offer is in-depth and entertaining. The timing, always spot on.
Classic Kiwi crunchy bar chocolate marquise dessert.
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A DOG'S PURPOSE
HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE 3 MAY, DIGITALLY, BLU-RAY AND DVD.
A ﬁlm for animal lovers of all ages, A Dog's Purpose is helmed by acclaimed director Lasse Hallstrom and tells the heart-warming story of a dog's search for his purpose in life.
The end of an empire. The birth of two nations. Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the ﬁnal months of British rule in India.
Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-ﬁve years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to ﬁnd his lost family and ﬁnally return to his ﬁrst home. Based on Saroo Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home. Director: Garth Davis Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture! Watch the trailer here.
We ﬁrst meet our main character, Bailey, as an adorable golden retriever puppy who ﬁnds his way into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. Bailey and Ethan have countless adventures together, but Bailey’s long life as a beloved family pet is just the beginning of his journey. Reborn as a puppy again, Bailey wonders — will he ever ﬁnd his purpose? Uplifting, insightful and often laughout-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's life, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bond between man and man's best friend. Starring: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad and KJ Apa Watch the trailer here.
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. Director: Gurinder Chadha Starring: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville Rating: M Content may disturb (pictured above) Watch the trailer here.
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ALL AMERIKKKAN BADASS
JOEY BADASS America's sweetheart, American honey, the allAmerican dream... Forget all you were taught to perceive about the qualities which honour the average American. On All Anerikkkan Badass, Joey Badass rebels against all that is considered holy American in a millennials desperate plea for change. Joey has been a prophetic wordsmith excelling in philosophical lyricism since his breakthrough mixtape 1999 at just 17, and he's been a true devotee to keeping the 90s' golden age sound alive ever since. But now, facing the tumultaneous climate of his country head on over the course of AABA, the 21-year-old is not only a humble voice of OG Brooklyn spirit, but an activist on the brink of revolution. Amidst the current US political agenda, Joey is conscious about the inﬂuence his outspoken storytelling has on an entire nation, and uses this platform with his wits about him while tackling topics like police brutality, the government, racism and liberation. Even on titles seemingly unrelated to the album's
otherwise conceptual ﬂow it's theme doesn't shy far away, on 'Y Don't U Love Me' Joey personiﬁes the tracks subject for his country, a home that continues to hinder and belittle him. But before Joey preaches, he intends to uplift and empower his peers. 'For My People' is a new age national anthem calling for peace and unity, while 'Land of the Free' and Schoolboy Q feature 'Rockabye Baby' are adamant and deﬁant in the face of every day ugly truths. On All Amerikkkan Badass Joey deﬁnes his generation's new kind of all-American; a radical young black boy with a tongue full with truth and a ﬁrm instinct to speak on it. Coming straight from the very genesis and heart and soul of hip hop, New Yorkian Joey Badass IS America. And he won't be disrespected for his freedom to rap.
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the dust palace
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET JASON DONOVAN HEADS TO NEW ZEALAND IN CAST OF SMASH-HIT MUSICAL
THE TONY AWARDWINNING MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET WILL ROCK THE CIVIC, 9-18 JUNE
»It’s the first time in a long while I’ve seen an audience literally dancing in the aisles during a finale« - Theatre Weekly -
Goodness, gracious, great balls of ﬁre! Jason Donovan is on his way to New Zealand in the cast of the award-winning, international hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the incredible true events of 4 December, 1956, when the 'Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll', Sam Phillips, brought together four music giants — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley — for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions of all time. This high voltage, all-Americana, rock ‘n roll sensation plays at Auckland’s The Civic from 9-18 June. On that fateful day in 1956, at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, studio owner and producer Phillips (Jason Donovan) scheduled a session for Carl Perkins to cut some new material following his recent hit 'Blue Suede Shoes'. He called in a relatively unknown piano player named Jerry Lee Lewis to accompany Perkins. Former Sun artist Elvis Presley happened to drop in for an unannounced visit. Likewise, Johnny Cash, Sun’s best-selling artist at that time, swung by, too. The four met and the conversation ﬂowed. Then; the music. Luckily, sound engineer Jack Clement thought to hit ‘record’ and capture the 46 songs this soon-to-be-called Million Dollar Quartet threw together. Their jam session of old favorites, originals and familiar gospel songs became a milestone event in musical history.
The prophetic, real-life event inspired music historian and writer Colin Escott, and ﬁlm writer and producer Floyd Mutrux, to create a book and stage version of what transpired that night. Since its debut in 2006, the musical version of Million Dollar Quartet has enjoyed hugely successful runs on Broadway, at London’s West End and tours of the USA and the UK. The musical which inspired the upcoming US TV series, Sun Studios, comes to New Zealand direct from the UK, with a cast that comprises Ross Wild as Elvis Presley, Robbie Durham as Johnny Cash, Matt Wycliffe as Carl Perkins, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Katie Ray playing Dyanne and Australian TV and music icon, Jason Donovan (Neighbours, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweeney Todd) in the role of the legendary Sam Phillips. With hits like 'Blue Suede Shoes', Great Balls of Fire, I Walk The Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Folsom Prison Blues and Hound Dog, Million Dollar Quartet, with its Super-55 mics, is a toe-tapping, thigh-slapping, rockin’ night out. Tickets are on sale now thru Ticketmaster. Details at stetsongroup.com.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET 9-18 JUNE, 2017 | THE CIVIC | CNR WELLESLEY AND QUEEN STS, AUCKLAND TICKETS: TICKETMASTER.CO.NZ | 09 970 9700
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01 — THE PRESIDENT'S GARDEN
03 — THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE
02 — ADMISSIONS
04 — MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN BOND STREET
His ﬁrst book, Do No Harm, became an international bestseller and stunned readers with his simple explanation of the life and work of a brain surgeon. After 40 years in the operating theatre practising the delicate art of neurosurgery, Henry Marsh has retired from his full-time job in the National Health Service. He now works in Nepal and Ukraine and in his new book, Admissions, he recounts his experiences of encounters with people from all walks of life, his work abroad and the intense responsibility that comes with being a brain surgeon. Technology has improved, people's expectations are higher than ever, yet it is the man with the knife and GPS who ultimately works to reduce human suffering. Sometime he succeeds, sometimes he does not. Admissions is an honest revelation.
This is perfect for those readers who read and enjoyed Queen Bees or the Riviera Set. It is the true story of two women who joined forces in the 1930s and set up a bureau for those wanting to ﬁnd a partner and get married. From a scandalous beginning to becoming one of the most popular ways to ﬁnd a partner, the Heather Jenner Marriage Bureau was way ahead of it's time. Introductions were made beﬁtting your status and fees were paid with an additional fee for the successful marriage agreement and it was all very discreet and above board. Gold diggers of both sexes were deﬁnitely discouraged. A nifty tale of social history and very successful business rolled into one.
The author of this stunning novel served as a tank commander with the Iraqi army during the Gulf War. He has been living in Spain since 1995 but it is his real life experiences from his time living in Iraq that are the cornerstones of his novel. The story begins on the third day of Ramadan when nine banana boxes are discovered by a villager. Each contains the severed head of nine of the men from the village. Behind the brutal deaths are the stories of a war, a revolution and the secrets buried with the bodies in the President's gardens. A haunting read that stays with you long after you have turned the last page. If it is your pick for book club it will provoke debate and discussion like no other novel.
Set in 15th-century Florence, this is a twisting, emotional tale of politics, poets and painters. A marriage between Simonetta and Marco Vespucci is agreed on and the Medici's are pleased with the arrangement. Simonetta is the centre of a group of painters and poets and one young painter in particular, Sandro Botticelli, who loses his heart to his muse and model and he creates his masterpiece painting The Birth of Venus. Simonetta is then torn between her husband and her lover amidst the watchful eyes of the city. The author's previous novel was the Violinist of Venice, the story of Vivaldi, and now she cleverly brings the art of Botticelli and the cultured city of Florence vividly to life. Alyssa Palombo is an author to add to your reading list.
Aotearoa One is a contemporary version of a traditional waka and was created with Maori and Polynesian ideas and techniques. The waka was designed by Sir Tom Davis and built from kauri over 18 months by Te Wananga o Aotearoa at their Mangere Campus in Auckland. It was launched in 2003. The museum’s life-long learning manager Karen Walters says having the waka available is an amazing and unique experience for visitors. “Our museum is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Te Toki Voyaging Trust to reconnect people with the incredible
The waka was named Aotearoa One, with the one being in English to include all the peoples of Aotearoa including those not Maori, by Rongo Wetere, the CEO of Te Wananga o Aotearoa at the time. The lines on the waka were drawn by Papa Tom Davis and the hulls are a mixture of Tahitian Pahi, and Samoan Va'atele. The sails are a mixture of Cook Island and Marquesan inﬂuences. Multiple masts where used to keep the sail size down and easily handled. Aotearoa One is a 28-tonne vessel with a length of 24 metres.
Climb aboard this special vessel for a one-hour sailing trip out on the Waitemata (Auckland) Harbour while learning about traditional Maori and Polynesian culture and sailing methods.
story of our Paciﬁc explorers, past and present, through waka hourua sailing experiences on the Waitemata.”
For a limited time during autumn and winter 2017, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is offering a unique sailing experience on the waka Aotearoa One.
The waka has served as a coastal sailing vessel training rangatahi (youth) and conducting marine science experiments and research. Aotearoa One is available for sailings at the museum for a limited time until 1 August.
For a limited time only over Autumn/Winter ‘17 the Maritime Museum will be offering a unique sailing experience on the waka Aotearoa One. Climb aboard this special vessel for a one hour sailing trip out on the Waitemata Harbour while learning about traditional Maori and Polynesian culture and sailing methods. AOTEAROA ONE Aotearoa One is a modern take on a traditional waka and was launched in 2003 for Te Wananga o Aotearoa at their Mangere Campus in Auckland.
for more information and pricing visit maritimemuseum.co.nz
Waka Sailings are available at the museum until August 1.
Tuesday - Sunday 11.30am and 1.30pm
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COELIaC DISEASE When Bronte was diagnosed with coeliac disease at 12-years-old, the lack of knowledge about it meant most of her friends thought she was contagious! Ten years later and things are very different; chances are you know someone who is gluten-free, whether it’s for medical or lifestyle reasons, and it’s not much of a struggle to ﬁnd gluten-free food. When talking about her diagnosis, Bronte says she was a healthy child, but when she had to take several weeks off for the ﬂu the doctor knew to test for coeliac disease as it’s hereditary in her family. She tested positive and after a biopsy was told by a gastroenterologist that it was quite an extreme case and to go gluten-free immediately. It was quite an adjustment to make, especially at an age where all she wanted to do was ﬁt in with her friends. The last thing she wanted was to be the odd one out, bringing a lunch box with gluten-free food to friends’ houses for sleepovers. Now at the age of 22, Bronte says it hardly crosses her mind. She loves going out to eat with friends or family, or making new recipes at home. If there’s a plus side being a coeliac, it has encouraged her to explore and be more experimental with food, searching for the best gluten-free items around.
Now she’s in her ﬁnal year of studying to be a dietitian, an ambition which was deﬁnitely sparked 10 years ago when she realised how important food can be to the overall health of the body. She hopes one day to be able to use her own experience to help people diagnosed with condition such as coeliac disease live a perfectly normal and healthy life like she does. Bronte has been a member of Coeliac New Zealand, a charity supporting Kiwis with coeliac disease, since she was diagnosed and is sharing her story as part of Coeliac Awareness Week from 15-21 May to encourage people to consider coeliac disease, which is the theme of the awareness week. It’s estimated that 65,000 New Zealanders have coeliac disease but 80% of those don’t know. They need to work with their GPs in the ﬁrst instance to join the dots and consider coeliac disease as the reason for their unwellness. As a ﬁrst step, use the Coeliac New Zealand online self-assessment tool coeliac.org.nz Also, keep an eye out for local events during Coeliac Awareness Week, like at popular Newmarket cafe Wise Cicada. Details can be found on the Coeliac New Zealand website.
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In our opinion, 99% of the time pre-auction offers only beneﬁt the buyer. And what are those beneﬁts? Firstly, bringing the auction forward means that less potential buyers will view the property (one or two weeks fewer open homes) so the buyer is cutting down on competition. Secondly, most pre-auction offers are not at the maximum the buyer is willing to pay. We have seen many auctions brought-forward where there has been additional bidding and the buyer that made the original offer has bid many thousands of dollars more than their ﬁrst offer.
Some real estate companies have a policy to automatically bring the auction forward if an acceptable offer is received prior, but we think that it should be the vendor’s choice to decide how they want to handle the offer — it’s their property after all! We are always willing to give advice of course, but that is all it is — advice. Remember that the selling/listing agent works for the vendor, not the buyers, so always bear that in mind when talking to the agent who is selling the property.
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A: No problem Lily. When a property is being marketed for auction, provided the agent has advertised it as 'unless sold prior' (USP) the agent can present a pre-auction offer to the vendor. Once an offer is presented the vendor has three options: (1) Accept the offer, sign it and it’s a done deal; (2) say, "No thank you, we will wait for the auction date"; or (3) say, “Yes that’s enough for me to sell" and bring the auction forward. In this case (#3) the reserve is set at the offer ﬁgure and the auction starts with that as the opening bid, and if no higher bids are received then the property is sold at the offered price. Of course other buyers can still bid and the property will then sell to the highest bidder.
The only up-side for the seller is that they get sold earlier, and they don’t have to go through the stress of an auction where they don’t know if they are sold until the day. In our experience most vendors ultimately care more about getting a good price.
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Q: I’m going to auction my home for sale later this year and I’ve been seeing lots of houses being sold before auction. How does a pre-auction sale work and is it a good thing to bring the auction forward? Thanks, Lily W.
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New Zealand continues to be an attractive place to visit, work and live. More Kiwis are coming home, fewer are leaving, and more people from around the world want to come here. It’s a credit to our international reputation, and reﬂects in our strong and growing economy. We’ve seen a signiﬁcant turnaround in net migration from a net outﬂow of around 4,100 in the year to February 2012, to a net inﬂow of 71,300 in the year to February 2017. Population growth has been hugely welcomed in many regions of New Zealand; here in Auckland we’re conscious that the pressures of growth are creating many challenges. A big part of the turnaround in the past ﬁve years is the fact more Kiwis are coming home (9,000) and fewer are leaving (28,000). We’re also seeing 21,000 additional working holiday visa holders coming here each year, 7,000 more international students, and 3,000 more Australians crossing the ditch. We can’t -- and don’t want to -- stop Kiwis from returning home. And reducing the number of working holiday makers could jeopardise opportunities for New Zealanders wanting to travel or study abroad. The government is regularly reviewing our immigration settings to ensure the right number and skill mix of people coming into the country. We have a “Kiwis ﬁrst” approach to our immigration settings. But, where there’s a genuine skill or labour shortage, we want our businesses to be able to access migrant labour to ﬁll those jobs. This month the government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and ensure the quality and quantity of migrants remains appropriate. At a time of high demand to come to New Zealand, we’re raising the bar. These changes include introducing remuneration thresholds for both permanent and temporary skilled migrants to ensure we’re attracting migrants who will bring the most economic beneﬁts to New Zealand. We’re making changes to essential skills work visas to reinforce the temporary nature of work visas and to help manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants. These changes demonstrate that the government is taking a responsible, pragmatic approach to managing immigration. HON PAUL GOLDSMITH, MP NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM | PAULGOLDSMITH.CO.NZ PAUL.GOLDSMITH@PARLIAMENT.GOVT.NZ | 09 524 4930 Authorised by Hon. Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Road, Greenlane.
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20 April - 20 May
22 December – 19 January
You need to be very clear on your priorities and where you want to invest your time and energy. Be careful not to let work overwhelm you. It is also the time to reach for your desires and your dreams. This period may usher in a cycle of social or romantic activity that will see the return of people from the past or past situations.
You need to protect your boundaries as much as you can because that’s going to help you do a little bit more self-nurturing. Make sure that you do have the time to invest in yourself. You might be so busy taking care of your family, your work colleagues, your friends by- passing your own needs. In the last week, you'll be bright and sparkling again with plenty to say.
21 June – 22 July
This is an emotionally volatile time for you. Your emotions may need physical expression. There will be surprises and deep feeling. A domestic or emotional situation may be changed or reversed. This is a phase where you're looking inward and seeking a new personal truth. There will be change with work, health, the spiritual search and education that will, alter the road on which you travel.
LEO 23 July – 22 August
This period indicates abundance in all areas of your life. You would feel blessed and deserving of everything that comes your way. You would be ﬁnancially stable and secure with solid investments. It is a wonderful time for teaching and learning and exchanging visits with siblings and friends. You’ll be far more sensitive to the needs of others, and more willing to stiﬂe yourself to be sociable.
20 January – 18 February
GEMINI 21 May - 20 June This would be an encouraging period. If you continue to work toward the fulﬁlment of your dreams and do not allow disillusionment to dampen your enthusiasm, ultimately you will experience prosperity and success in your goals. There would be however a tendency to be distracted by day-to-day affairs and general busy-ness, so prioritising your activities and carefully managing your time is essential.
SCORPIO VIRGO 23 August – 22 September
This period is wonderful for your creativity, and you ﬁnd yourself doing a lot of innovative work. You would be very protective of what you have accumulated over time, and slowly and steadily you increase your net worth through saving money and safe investments although there can be some major expenses that soak up the excess, so remember your budget. You need to ﬁnd yourself some quiet time.
LIBRA 23 September – 22 October
Overall, there is a very hard-working and conscientious energy that is present in your life at this time. You would be selfsufﬁcient both ﬁnancially and emotionally, as you often equate money with emotional security. It is a good time to cement a partnership, relationship or friendship and to fall back on your natural diplomacy to bring about peaceful agreements and come out on top.
23 October – 21 November
This period brings new creative or recreational activities. Some may ﬁnd romance with an unusual individual. Others may enter a new phase of an established romance through new activities. This is a good time for pursuing some artistic endeavors at or for making room for a special someone, in your home. Be sure to count your change; money matters could get away from you this month.
You’ll be quite intent on making a name for yourself. You’ll do a ﬁne job of it, and you’ll be acknowledged for your efforts. Home, career, relationships, all seem to be going well and moving along at a fast pace. You will have the opportunity to connect with a soul-mate or a situation which elevates and energises you. You ﬁnish out the month with warm and intense family connections,
PISCES 19 February – 20 March
Your creative side is showing well and your teaching and counselling skills are at a peak now. Work should be very fulﬁlling though, and this is a good time to get some recognition there bringing new or unusual people, ideas, encounters or forms of business or communication. You may have some relationship difﬁculties erupting, so be ready for them. The crisis is likely to involve freedom or control issues.
ARIES 21 March – 19 April
This month opens new realms of communication and heightening personal expression as it will eventually lead to success. If you stay true to your values and beliefs, you get a little closer to your goal. Relationships would be consistent this month. This month ﬁnds you beginning to focus on a special relationship in earnest; it will either be very romantic or very combative.
22 November - 21 December
The period will bring news and surprising events or developments. There may be potent encounters with others. There would be magnetism in romance. Singles fascinate all around them with their allure, while the coupled up captivate their sweeties anew. Through diligence, responsibility and attention to detail you will achieve great things and can ﬁnally say that you have completed your task or attained your goal.
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Almost everyone thinks planning for this time revolves around having enough money and ensuring it will last. This article is the ﬁrst in a series that digs deeper. Indeed, having sufﬁcient ﬁnancial resources is important but it is not nearly enough if you want your retirement to provide you with broad happiness and security. First, consider what work provides. Sure it provides income, but it provides many other things. It provides a reason to get up in the morning, a structure for the day, stimulation for the brain, satisfaction and fulﬁlment, social interaction, identity, status and a sense that you are contributing to something bigger than you. It seems these factors are more difﬁcult for men to leave behind when they leave work than it is for women. It has been said that men tend to do two things. They work and they play. And when they stop work, play for seven days a week stops being play. Women on the other hand seem to have a broader range of activities. They ﬁt work around those activities and when they retire simply do more of those activities now that work takes less time. To ignore the things that work provides is potentially a gap in the retirement planning process. These should be the happiest times of your life, but for many they are just the opposite. Strangely, often the degree of happiness has nothing to do with money.
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5. Your apartment can be more affordable — even with a body corp fee to pay. Gone is the maintenance of the home, gardens, insurance, and maybe the removal of the balance of the mortgage? This can mean you have funds left over to live your life as you desire? 6. Lock up and leave. Travel has never been more affordable than now — so with the ability to lock up and leave — you have the opportunity to just leave knowing that there is a building manager whom you can contact if needed — and will also take an interest to make sure all is well whilst you are away. Escape the weekend or head overseas you have choices — especially if you have downsized and now have some surplus funds. 7. Choices in apartment facilities — always wanted a heated pool, spa, sauna or gym? Choose an apartment that will supply what you want — and share the cost of running these facilities with the apartment owners. It’s great when you don’t need to leave home to these wonderful facilities on your doorstep. 8. Share the costs — yes you have a body crop which runs the complex and it is wise to be involved and show an interest in how it works. The advantage is you have getting likeminded people sharing the decision making and helping to keep a well maintained building — your new home KERRY KIRWAN | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER KERRY@QUINOVIC-PARNELL.CO.NZ 022 010 8005 | QUINOVICPARNELL.CO.NZ ROBBIE KING | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER ROBBIE@QUINOVIC-VIADUCT.CO.NZ 09 302 1998 | QUINOVIC-VIADUCT.CO.NZ
9. Opportunity. Apartment living gives you a chance to review how much of your money will be invested in the family home. Should you take some of that equity and make it work in either an investment home/apartment or townhouse — or do you just use to travel and see the world? If you are looking at property management of your investment, please consult Quinovic Parnell or Quinovic Viaduct whom have proven systems and reputation of a high level of customer care and return for your investment.
4. Apartment living is all about location, location, location — you are moving into the city or its fringe, and therefore you have easy access to public facilities like library’s, art galleries, town hall, theatre and public transport.
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But his work cultivating sweet peas led to a burst of popularity in the late Victorian era, and by 1901 he had bred 115 of the 264 cultivars available at the time. And it’s because of his efforts and expertise that we can enjoy the many stunning dwarf and climbing varieties that exist today.
Direct sowing — Prepare garden beds by weeding, lightly forking and mixing in compost and sheep pellets. Plant each seed to a depth of 25mm and leave 5-7cm between each seed. Seedlings — Buy seedlings or grow your own by ﬁlling a seedling trays with seed raising mix. Plant seeds to a depth of 25mm and leave 3-4cm between each seed. Grow in a greenhouse or relatively warm sunny spot. Water regularly, and once the seedlings are 3-5cm tall they are ready to plant out. Plant into garden beds or into a pot ﬁlled with container mix.
Delightfully scented and coming in an array of gorgeous colours, sweet peas are yet another thing to thank Scotland for. For before Henry Eckford, a Scottish nurseryman, started breeding them, they were generally considered a rather insigniﬁcant affair.
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Published on May 2, 2017
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