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As women who spend most of their waking hours thinking about magazines — this one in particular, we angst a lot over the many aspects of creating an indulgent and unique experience for you, the reader. The expression "a picture is worth a thousand words” is one with which we strongly identify, as it is our sincere desire that each new issue of Verve – both in print and online – brings delight, and that the photographs we use cause you to pause a while and be drawn in to the experience. One thing we have learnt over the years is that while technology can improve upon a mediocre image, if you want great photographs you have to work with great photographers and good stylists, and that nothing beats a near perfect raw image. We feel extremely lucky to be able to work with many top professionals in their field, some whose work is evidenced in both the fabulous festive table setting feature (p 44), as well as the carefully crafted fashion photo shoot (pg 70), which serves to highlight the plight facing far too many of our gorgeous greyhound friends. With Labour Weekend behind us, we look forward to the season of festivities ahead, and with many minds focused on summer living and baches by the sea, we are proud to bring you the charming photographs of the beautiful ‘shed-like’ beach house that caught our attention (p 34). We hope that with the sea on one side, a pool on the other, and a generous dose of warmth, texture and light, that your summer is brought a few steps closer. Images! They capture a moment, they tell a story. Without them, magazines would be dull. With them, recipes (p 102) are colourful and taste explodes off the page, articles on travel (p 08) are supercharged and filled with wonder. There is no substitute for a breathtaking visual. We hope that the images we have so painstakingly chosen for this issue of Verve seduce you, and that our writers’ words give you interest, amusement and pleasure. And for all the 'Mo Bros' out there we congratulate you on raising awareness about men’s health issues and for accepting the challenge to grow the best moustache ever this Movember. Happy reading. Fran and Jude — COMING UP IN DECEMBER ISSUE — Gorgeous gifting ideas; Best Christmas ever; Summer holidays; New Year, new life, new you.

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Unfair as it might be, first impressions are mostly made in a matter of moments and so it is when I go on holiday. If everything isn’t all it was cracked up to be, mild panic starts to set in! Happily no panic, and all expectations met in spades on a recent visit to Pacific Resort Rarotonga. I loved the feeling of crossing the threshold into their reception area and calm descending upon me like a welcome mantle. After initial formalities and introductions, a friendly staff member showed me to our room, and on the way — we passed lush and well attended tropical gardens, the swimming pool and restaurants. There are two of these — one used only when the weather is not the best, and the other, Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar, the go-to place on all fair weather days, and there are plenty of those. The best thing about Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar, is that it is outside. Outside and on the beach, beneath a beautiful white canopied marquee only a few metres away from the gentle lapping sea-waters of Muri Lagoon. It was this fabulous space from a tropical dream that quickly became my default, the place I wanted to be — with my book, my camera, towel

and suntan lotion, during my stay at Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Or on a sun lounger near by. Here we met the unforgettable Bianca, ‘queen’ of Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar and what she says goes…. Tall and slim, on Friday evenings she wears a crown of flowers (lei), made from an assortment of fragrant island flowers: Frangipani, gardenia, jasmine, bougainvillea (whatever’s available basically) and the leaves of the maire plant. The result is stunning. Her uniform is an attractive cutaway high-necked dress, which fits like a glove to mid thigh where inset panels cause the dress to flare and drape softly to the ground. The chocolate coloured fabric is lightly hand printed with gold coloured island-style leaf designs. Designed by talented twins — Tuaine Thompson and Nan Thompson-Enoka of Heihere Designs — this maitre’d outfit is one for the books. Bianca has a quick wit and a mean sense of humour too, an attribute that keeps patrons thoroughly entertained. But despite her flamboyance and showmanship, Bianca is really good at her

job, which is to look after all who are eating or drinking or just sitting and enjoying the atmosphere at Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar — mostly during the evening shift. Courteous and prompt to respond to your every need, she ensures that time spent at the Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar is unforgettable in every way. Bianca and colleagues are a pure and unadulterated example of the spirit of Kia Orana — a commendable move by the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation to align their tourism industry with the core values of their people; the result is that locals are without fail, friendly, welcoming and super courteous to the tourists who arrive daily in their little piece of paradise. It is noticeable too, that they behave in the same positive manner to their colleagues, friends and family. Truly a good move — as visitors may come for the warmth of the sun, but it is the warmth of the people they will remember forever. Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar is of course not just about the people, or its exotic cocktail selection, or epicurean menu, but about so much more. It is about unforgettable moments, the colours of the sunrise, the crystal clear waters of Muri Lagoon and the brightly coloured fish that dart in and out of the coral outcrops. It is more-ish views that awaken one’s city dulled senses, beach loungers shaded by generous umbrellas, and so much fun to be had in the way of water activities — like stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, cruising in glass bottomed boats, sailing, or trialing one of boat designer — Ken Kingsbury’s unusual peddle boats. And when a long luxurious and lazy day is done, an inky darkness falls from tropical skies, and Sandals Restaurant and Beach Bar slowly empties of patrons, who sun tanned, relaxed, replete and ready for bed, migrate towards their perfect island retreats, just a short walk down a garden path. Too warm for anything heavier — a newly laundered, fine cotton sheet is all you need to sleep. Choose to keep cool using the air conditioner, or if fresh air is your thing, then sleep with doors wide open, sea breeze billowing curtains softly, as sounds of breakers foaming and crashing across the nearby coral reef, soothe you to sleep. It is the consummate ending to a quintessential day at Pacific Resort, Rarotonga.

PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA: THE FACTS / 4-Star Resort. / Complimentary Kid’s Club / Suitable for families and couples. / Stunning wedding venue. / What sets Pacific Resort apart: top class accommodation; unbeatable location, the friendly, helpful staff; great food, drink and dining facilities; owns its own glass bottom cruiser; it is literally a home away from home. / Airlines: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jet Star; 4-hour flight from Auckland / Capital of Rarotonga / Cook Islands: Avarua / Getting around: Clockwise or anti-clockwise bus. Hire a car, a motorbike, scooter or bicycle. Book a taxi. / Best time to visit: April-November inclusive / Average Temperature: 25 degrees / Prices: Same or slightly more than in New Zealand. / Currency. New Zealand Dollar — change given in island coins. Visa and Master Card Credit cards easy to use. / Cellular network. Blue Sky / Data: Has to be purchased. Very little free Wi-Fi on the island. VISIT US / — Words: Raymonda Harris

Time Out In A Tropical Paradise Dennis and Rosamund Knill stay in one of Fiji’s premium resorts and quickly discover that it’s a destination in itself.

Sitting on the balcony admiring the dazzling blue sea it could well be from a painting by one of the world’s great classic artists. In the distance children are playing in the sand, grown-ups whizz around on jet skis while a wedding party celebrates in picture perfect gardens and manicured lawns. The sun shines, the birds sing and all is well with the world. Welcome to Denarau. With 330 unhurried islands Fiji has few equals. It is a place to escape the real world. On offer are endless opportunities for tourists to do as much as they want or as little as possible. With its natural beauty, warmth and hospitality it’s a place that has practically everything a tourist longs for. The climate is warm all year round, there’s an abundance of accommodation to suit all budgets and the mixed population provides a medley of cultural varieties making this the perfect get-away. While the majority of visitors are lured by the splendours of the outer islands, Denarau is still one of Fiji’s greatest assets with its relentless easy-come, easy-go lifestyle. Once there, you could be on another planet: no traffic jams, no haste, just a pace of life that moves to a different beat. You don’t need a reason to visit Denarau, but if you’re looking for one you’ll find plenty of inspiration with something for every holidaymaker. By day, the endless beach hosts dedicated sun worshippers reading or asleep on a sun-lounger or on a hammock and as the sun sets after another balmy day the flares are lit to the beating of a chorus of drums. Nestled along the white sandy shores on the western side of Denarau is Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. Its location and facilities are unrivalled. This is the ideal place for a relaxing blue sky holiday without having to set foot off the resort. Sprawled over 12 hectares, Sofitel offers 296 comfortable rooms each with sea views, spacious balcony, air conditioning, satellite flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, mini bar, work desk, private security safe, Pure Fiji toiletries and tea and coffee facilities. The communal amenities include three restaurants, a café, three bars, eight meeting rooms, the largest hotel ballroom in Fiji, library and reading area, business centre, shopping arcade, health spa and a quaint little church where weddings are almost a weekly ritual. And sooner or later, when most inhibitions peel away with the first sunburn, the daily activity list includes kava tasting, sarong tying, or touch rugby, anyone?

On offer is a personalised butler service, fitness centre, yoga, healthy eating with a menu designed by Lucinda Zammit, a renowned Sydney dietician, chilled bottled water, sunscreen, body mist and towels. Cabanas and sun-loungers line the infinity pool creating a sophisticated elegance where you can soak up the sun’s rays, read, relax, cool off in the pool or indulge with a drink at the in-pool champagne bar. And when the sun slips below the horizon and the famous Fiji sunset vanishes, the flares are lit, transforming the mood into a vibrant party atmosphere where guests can mingle with complimentary cocktails, canapes and live music. And if you’re of a mind to dine at any one on the three restaurants you won’t be disappointed. Lagoon Restaurant where reading menus is not a problem — there aren’t any. This is a dining experience with a simple philosophy: source the best produce and make it shine. The buffet is a fresh and inspired approach to a creative blend of European and local dishes. Lifting the lids from the bain marie’s and milling around the live cooking stations you can smell the intoxicating aromas. At Salt Restaurant dining al fresco on the water’s edge is an experience in itself. A billion stars above your head, waves lapping at your feet, and candles flickering while grazing. Views apart, Salt is relaxed and informal, whether breakfast lunch or dinner the fare is a consistent and enterprising menu of international cuisine. And overlooking the tropical gardens is the art of fine dining and fine wines. V is Sofitel’s signature restaurant. With a menu matched only by the elegance of the surroundings and seamless service by smartly attired and knowledgeable waiting staff, this is a must-do experience. At Café La Parisienne, their food is all about freshness, from flaky French pastries to savoury pies and platters with authenticity rarely found for such a cheap eat. We’re sad to hand back our keys. We will miss the freedom and the smiling people that looked after us while the beat goes on! Dennis and Rosamund Knill were assisted by Fiji Airways, Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Southern Cross Travel Insurance and Air New Zealand Parking.

The main meeting place and focus of attention is centred round the enormous free-form swimming pool spread around the property’s perimeter. And what really sets the resort apart from all the others is its wide range of cuisine. Sofitel takes gastronomy seriously, as do its guests, it’s almost a national pastime of breakfasting, lunching, and fine dining.


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LUGGAGE THROUGH THE YEARS No imagery better embodies the possibilities and romance of travel than a pile of old trunks stacked on a platform beside an old locomotive shrouded in a fog of smoke; or piled upon a cargo dock in the shadow of of an imposing ocean liner. Luggage from a time when travel truly was so often into the actual unknown. For many, few names better exemplify that romance than Louis Vuitton, whose own legend, fittingly, begins with the most arduous of journeys.

Vuitton was just 13 when he left his countryside home in the east of France for Paris. It took him two years to make the near 500km journey by foot. Arriving in 1837, the teenager secured an apprenticeship at a box-making company and soon established himself as one of the city’s most talented craftsmen. By the early 1850s, Vuitton was the personal boxmaker and packer for Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Eugenie de Montijo, Empress of France. Vuitton eventually developed trunks made of canvas rather than leather, for added durability, before designing sharper rectangular shapes for easier stacking for transit. Trunks — or chests — had been around in various forms for thousands of years, but with the industrial revolution came the first possibilities of mass travel. The baggage business boomed. The suitcase — essentially a streamlined trunk — was first thought up in the late 19th century but didn’t immediately catch on. However, just as steam powered travel had given the trunk a leg up, so the rise of the automobile called for a more manageable carry design. Then came air travel and with it the need for cases to become lighter and more manageable still. One tweak in particular, revolutionised the industry. Having struggled through the airport with two heavy loads upon returning from a family holiday to Aruba, Bernard Sadow was finally afforded a break in line at customs. An airport worker then passed transporting a heavy machinery on wheels. The New York Times reports that Sadow turned to his wife and said, “You know, that’s what we need for luggage.”

“Show me your luggage and I’ll tell you who you are.” - Louis Vuitton advertising campaign, 1921

Two years later Sadow was awarded United States patent No. 3,653,474, which stated: “Whereas formerly, luggage would be handled by porters and be loaded or unloaded at points convenient to the street, the large terminals of today, particularly air terminals, have increased the difficulty of baggage-handling... Baggage-handling has become perhaps the biggest single difficulty encountered by an air passenger.” Sadow’s system — which relied on a strap up top and four small wheels at each corner of the longest, narrowest face below — was prone to tipping. Many men also saw the design as an affront to their strength and masculinity, causing early sales to stall. Fifteen years later, US jumbo-jet pilot Robert Plath invented the far more stable Rollaboard which enabled suitcases to be dragged by a solid handle, upright, and on two wheels. The design which still dominates today. Writing for Smithsonian, Daniel A. Gross notes the irony that after a “century of revolution in transportation” today’s suitcase proportions resemble “almost the same shape” as those “unwieldy” trunks. “Just as we might pack and re-pack our belongings to fit our luggage,” he concludes, “we make and re-make our luggage to fit our built world.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

EXCESS BAGGAGE Things have come a long way since the humble trunk... The Floatti is one high-tech suitcase, the first in the world, in fact, to incorporate all manner of smart features such as suspension engineering for a smoother ride. Crafted from high-end leather with a scratch-resistant coating, its handle sports a charging dock, built-in scale, tracking system and alarm. You can even use it to control your phone. While most luggage is all about looking good, Crash Baggage is more about the quirky—and practical. ‘Handle Without Care’ goes their clever catchphrase, for these bags are already essentially damaged goods. Or at least look that way. The pre-dented designs are actually crafted from highly durable materials, protecting both bag and contents, leaving you to get on with getting on with your trip, worry-free. Luggage that follows you around like your very own R2D2— or puppy—Cowarobot R1 will not only roll merrily along at your heel but, thanks to the magic of an app and GPS, can even find you from 50m away. Crafted from polycarbonate, it’s so well made that it’s nigh-on topple proof, knows to avoid stairs, has an-in built alarm and can travel at the pace of a jog. Because regular cases are just such a drag.

Kayaking & Conservation “I’ll never forget the first time I saw orca and looked into their eyes,” says marine adventurer Nathan Pettigrew. “It was a mother and her calf, they came and swam along underneath my kayak, staring up at me. It was at this point I realised we need to look after these creatures. They have such presence, such power. They can really change a person, there’s an aura about them that can bring a man to his knees.” Nathan tells me his Auckland upbringing was a strictly oceanfree one, only seeing marine life through the screen of the TV: “Then we moved to Tauranga what I was 15 and I finally began to see these things for real. I got into kayaking and it all went from there.” It was fishing from the kayak which really got Nathan, 41, hooked: “During one of my first trips some sharks appeared. All the other guys buggered off, but I hung around to take a look at them, I thought it was so exciting.” He regularly spots hammerheads, bronze whalers and makos—one of which once chased him, taking nibbles at his kayak: “That was an interesting experience, he wouldn’t let me go! But when you encounter sharks, nine times out of 10, unless there’s food around they’re just not interested, and will leave.” It was six years ago that Nathan had his first orca interactions, including meeting one particularly memorable inquisitive young male who’s known as Pickles. “Each time you see orca, it’s mind-blowing,” says the kayaker. “There are three pods that I see regularly, and you do build a rapport with them, Pickles in particular—he’s a popular guy. I just saw him, in July.”

he’s been granted a special Department of Conservation permit which allows him to get closer to the marine mammals than even the dolphin boats. “Kayaking with a southern right whale really stands out,” says Nathan. “It was just in the harbour here. I was out there with DOC, we had to try to minimise the chance of it getting struck in the boating channel, so they went ahead to slow down the traffic and I stayed with the whale. What I didn’t realise was that these whales like to rub up against things so he kept coming right up to me. That was a pretty special moment.” Nathan talks at primary schools and fundraisers around the region, using such anecdotes to instil the importance of looking after our beaches and our waters and all that’s in it. “Whales, dolphins and orcas need rest, they need to sleep just like us,” he says. “And it’s crucial we give them space to do so.” He drums into the children the importance of keeping a good distance of at least 50metres, and of switching off engines when the creatures are close by, hoping that the kids pass on such messages to their parents, too. The kids, of course, will be the future kayakers, and the future keepers of the seas. I ask Nathan if he also has children. “No,” he chuckles, “I have 11 kayaks, and those do me!” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Now Nathan patrols the Bay of the Plenty, promoting the wellbeing of our seas and its inhabitants. Such is his reputation that You can follow Nathan’s adventures on Instagram: @marine_life_kayaker or on his YouTube channel, The Kayaking World of Nathan Pettigrew. And for info about sharing our coasts with marine mammals visit

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Marine Adventures on our Doorstep Auckland Sea Kayaks’ founder Nic Mead’s passion for the Hauraki Gulf—paddling it in particular—is palpable, and he feels privileged to share with others the glittering seascape which so captivated him as a youth. Even when not on the water, Nic’s high school classroom afforded him daily doses of his favourite view. “There are four pest-free islands in the gulf, it’s astonishing to have that so close to such a huge urban environment,” says Nic. “Motuihe, which is just an hour’s kayak from St Heliers, is home to the tuatara—that’s the world’s oldest reptile! Think about what that means for a second. I don’t think people quite comprehend just how awesome that is, and it’s just a couple of kilometres away. There are also kiwis there, but you have to go at night and most people don’t have the confidence to do that in a kayak.” That’s where Nic and his team come in. Among the array of guided adventures on offer is a two-day island hop (“away from the crowds and getting in touch with nature again”), which takes in Motuihe, Motukorea (Browns Island), Motutapu and Rangitoto. So, is a certain level of experience or fitness required to get paddling? “Not at all. Ninety-five percent of our guests have never kayaked before. My 83-year-old grandmother has done the

sunset trip out to Rangitoto. But then, my grandmother is awesome! In the right conditions, you’d be amazed just how far you can go — you can get to Great Barrier Island and back in a day — and we won’t take people out unless the conditions will enable them to have an amazing time.” Operators in the area don’t come much more qualified than Nic. Growing up, he spent a great deal of time sailing those waters, and has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a kayak guide, including lengthy stints in Fiordland and Norway. But it’s cruising the local waters of his youth which means most to him, and his eco-friendly company works closely with conservation organisations. “I saw the opportunity to start a business doing something I loved,” Nic says. “To provide local and international visitors a unique taste of adventure. It’s what I’d be doing in my spare time anyway.” And he’s clearly doing a spectacular job. At the time of writing, 227 of the 245 TripAdvisor reviews are 5-star. With the holidays just over the horizon, what better Christmas present than a marine tour? “January to April are generally the most stable months and the best conditions out on the water,” says Nic. “So many people already have so much ‘stuff’, so why not gift an experience instead!” We’ll see you out there.

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Paddle to Auckland’s iconic volcanic island as the sun sets over the city and the Waitakere Ranges. Build up an appetite with a trek to the summit, and upon your return be rewarded with an organic gourmet meal at the water’s edge before kayking back under the stars.

Two- or three-day trips take in a variety of the Hauraki Gulf island hideaways, visiting natural, pest-free sanctuaries home to endangered native wildlife such as the tuatara, kiwi and dotterel. High quality food and premium camping gear is included in this immersive, back-to-nature adventure.

HALF-DAY EXPLORER: MOTUKOREA ISLAND Marvel at the untouched Motukorea—also known as Browns Island—one of the regions best preserved volcanoes, from the water before taking in the incredible views from its summit. Learn of the three ancient pa sites before paddling back to the city. Lunch and refreshments provided.

RIVERHEAD KAYAK A three-hour one-way unguided trip that’s a cinch even for novices—it’s a fine way to build up a thirst before finishing at a the Riverhead Historic Tavern. It’s known as the ‘Paddle to the Pub’. TE ARA MOANA KAYAK TRAIL

DAY SEA KAYAK TOUR: RANGITOTO ISLAND A return trip from St Heliers across the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour to Auckland’s mightiest—and youngest— summit. If you’re lucky, you may even see blue penguins and Cook’s petrels. Enjoy a seaside lunch and refreshing dip in the ocean before heading back.

Take a self-guided multi-day tour at your own pace, exploring one of many traditional Maori trade routes along one our city’s most spectacular coastlines. Paddling between Omana Regional Park and Kaiaua, at foothills of the Huana Ranges, there are plenty of campsites along the way—and all gear is provided. GREAT BARRIER ISLAND WILDERNESS 5-DAY SEA KAYAK TOUR

WAIHEKE ISLAND COASTAL SEA KAYAK TOUR Don’t panic, you get the ferry over to our wondrous Waiheke before embarking on an incredible paddle around its stunning coastline where you’re sure to witness a wealth of wildlife along with historic sites and habitats. Refreshments are provided during the day, with a visit to a winery or restaurant to finish things off. D RS AR TOU W A NG NI IN W Guided

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UNMISSABLE MANCHESTER For years Manchester was maligned and misunderstood by tourists. Today however, it is embracing a Cinderella-like metamorphosis. It is a city reborn. No longer just the home of Coronation Street and Manchester United, Manchester is bridging the gap between its rough and ready industrial past and a postmodern future. A newfound youthful vitality has made the city a destination worthy of rediscovery. Imposing and slightly intimidating stone architecture reflect back to the city’s heady heyday as a manufacturing superpower and mother to the industrial revolution. Massive monolithic buildings stand in stark juxtaposition to new and cutting-edge architecture like the controversial Beetham Tower. This intriguing blend of old and new, traditional and ultra-modern have given Manchester a decidedly cosmopolitan flair. The city has grown from its working class roots and is now fashionable and fabulous. While millions of tourists throng to London every year, Manchester is largely overlooked and as a result feels much easier to navigate and enjoy. Whatever your personal interests may be, you are sure to find Manchester will surprise and delight. The dining and drinking scene in Manchester is simply world class. You like Indian food? Try Akbar’s or the Indian Tiffin Room. Cuban more your style? Revolución De Cuba will delight. Mexican is well represented too with El Capo attracting diners to its moody space. For the best BBQ duck head to Happy Seasons in Chinatown. If you want some tasty tapas in a homey apace, try The Molly House in Manchester’s vibrant gay village. Looking for beer? Albert’s Schloss, the Oast House, Rain Bar and Port Street Brewbar are a few of our favourite drinking holes. Weary after a big night out? Head to Home Sweet Home or the Koffee Pot for hearty home-cooked breakfasts. Searching for a great place to stay? Look no further than The Atrium serviced apartments. Their well-appointed suites are welcoming and comfortable and are within an easy walk to literally anywhere you could want to go in the CBD. Shopping more your style? While Manchester pales in relation to glossy London it does offer great options to fill those suitcases. The city centre offers all the usual high

street brands and is also the home of bustling Arndale Mall. For inexpensive brand-name health and beauty products check out Bodycare. For film and music fans, Fopp is a must. You can spend hours strolling through the uber-hip and trendy Northern Quarter district searching out cutting edge fashion and home décor. A short bus ride from the CBD is the massive Trafford Centre. With over 280 stores, Europe’s largest food court and the UK’s busiest cinema, it could easily take a day to see it all. Manchester also has a thriving arts and culture scene. The newly refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery, one of the most visited sights in the city, has 55,000 items in its collection. The Imperial War Museum North is a splendid, albeit sobering, museum housed in a striking building next door to the new Coronation Street studio (sorry, no tours are currently offered) and across the Manchester Ship Canal from the buzzing Media City and revitalized Salford Quays. For contemporary art, film and theatre head to the new arts centre Home on First Street. If you love live music, make Band on the Wall your first stop. In Manchester you will always find ways to keep yourself busy. Perhaps Manchester’s greatest strength as a tourist destination lies in its accessibility to some of the UK’s most exciting destinations. Using Manchester as a base, tourists can visit the Lake District, the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, North Wales, Chester, Liverpool, Blackpool and the striking countryside of Cheshire in easy day trips. The city is a transportation hub with frequent trains to pretty much anywhere, including London, just over two hours away. Within the city itself, an excellent network of buses and light rail ensure that getting around is a breeze. Manchester is making waves. Laugh if you will, but if you don’t visit this truly terrific city on your next trip to the UK you are missing out. Make no mistake. Manchester is great.

— Words: Mark Garrison

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THE HOT SPOTS OF ICELAND Fiery volcanoes, bubbling hot springs and dramatic geysers probably aren’t what you’d expect from a country on the edge of the Arctic Circle, but are a recurring theme running through this country of the most unusual and untouched nature imaginable. Not surprisingly, Iceland is one of the trending ‘hot new destinations’, receiving 1.3 million visits last year, up from a mere 80,000 in the 1980s. It’s all about the natural drama of the land. From volcanoes and glaciers, to waterfalls and remote islands, red and black sand beaches to fjords and towering cliffs teeming with puffins, this is nature on steroids! As today’s traveller seeks to extend their horizons and find the ‘next new thing’, Iceland has stepped in and hit the spot. The question of when to go is quite a pertinent one, as winter in Reykjavik hovers between minus 3 degrees Celsius by night and an edgy 2 degrees Celsius by day, and many sights in remote areas can be rendered inaccessible. May and June are the most popular months, with lower rainfall, but one thing you can say about Iceland’s weather is that it’s unpredictable — think Auckland, but with far more dramatic changes in temperature! Have at least four layers of clothing on hand at any time! The phenomenon of Northern Lights are best viewed in remote places, so Iceland is ideal, and the best time for viewing is from mid-September to mid-April.

With so much to see, here are our top five places to visit in Iceland:

The Blue Lagoon

Bathe in the aquamarine waters of this man-made geothermal spa near Reykjavik, maintained at 40 degrees Celsius year-round. Even more spectacular when surrounded by ice and snow, the lagoon’s rich mineral content is said to have healing qualities.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Located in a canyon, the river Hvítá plunges down three stepped terraces to spectacular effect. The ‘untouched’ feeling extends to the fact that there are no guard rails to be seen – just natural surroundings.


This bustling northern port town boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.

The Westfjords Region

Hike along red sands, sail the fjords to deserted villages teeming with wildlife, see puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, and soak in hot springs under the Midnight Sun.

Reykjavik is the cultural heart of Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm around AD 870 on the peninsula where Reykjavik now stands. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. Now an increasingly sophisticated city, you can enjoy music festivals in summer, a lively arts scene, and vibrant nightlife.

Multi-coloured mountains, vast lava fields and the Kela volcano join forces to create an ‘other planet’ landscape that is popular with those keen on hiking and horse-riding.

Islandic Church, in Vik, South Iceland Gulfoss Geysir Landmannalaugar

— Words: Caroline Clegg


Iceland truly lives up to its reputation as a ‘land of fire and ice’, and truly is like nowhere else in the world.

ICELAND COMPLETE Explore the natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and unique character of Iceland visiting Reykjavik, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

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View of Rotorua from Skyline

Polynesian Spa

24 Hours in Rotorua If you visit Rotorua with the expectation of there being not much other than that slight smell of rotten eggs, you are in for a nice surprise. A beautifully mystical lake and bush surroundings, fascinating geothermal activity and rich Māori culture and history will both enthrall and delight. It's time to see this undervalued town in a new light. This itinerary will help you do so.

Accommodation l Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort Once judged New Zealand’s best relaxation and spa hotel resort by TripAdvisor for three years in a row, this accommodation will leave you feeling pampered and at peace. Your morning view will be the mist rising off Lake Rotorua and through the trees which surround it, while your room will be as regal and luxurious as it should be on a trip away. Indulge and relax; you deserve it.

8:30am l Picnic Picnic café is one of Rotorua’s coolest joints for breakfast. With warm and friendly staff and a buzzing breakfast atmosphere, you will be able to ease into your day without a qualm. Their menu has a fantastic array of good quality and well-priced meals, as well as a couple of alluring smoothies which will give you the boost you need for the day.

9:30am l Te Wairoa Buried Village

In 1886, one New Zealand’s most catastrophic natural disasters occurred with the eruption of Mt Tarawera, killing 150 people in the nearby Te Wairoa village and destroying the Pink and White Terraces, at the time considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. As a result of careful and precise archeological redevelopment, you can now visit the recovered village to experience what life was like before the tragic disaster. Just a 20-minute drive from Rotorua, this is well worth the trip to learn about Aotearoa’s early modern history.

11:30am l Shopping Didn’t think there was anything in Rotorua apart from lakes and geysers? Have your mind changed with the very best of the diverse and fabulous art and fashion opportunities. • Grace and Glory — A beautiful homewares and art store with a delightfully rustic vintage feel. • Ahu — For gorgeous fashion made in Rotorua and dedication to the promotion of local manufacturing, Ahu should be at the top of your list. shop-ahu • Helium Gallery — This gallery has the perfect blend of stunning New Zealand artwork and locally handcrafted gifts. • Fox & Thread — A quirky shop of knick knacks for ‘Hunters and Collectors’, Fox & Thread is well worth a visit. • iNZpired: The Store - Taking inspiration from Rotorua’s Redwood Forest and combining it with art from his international exhibition, internationally acclaimed designer David Trubridge’s collaboration with Skyline Rotorua, delicately, intelligently redifnes retail, boasting many of New Zealand’s top design brands.

1:00pm l Abracadabra Local favourite Abracadabra has one of the best menus in Rotorua, and a very special atmosphere to go with it. Step back in time in this charming 1940s house which has been revamped to create this unique café/ bar/restaurant, complete with three private rooms for functions. With a great outdoor vibe in their sunny garden bar, you can enjoy the daylight whilst sharing some of their fantastic tapas.

Redwoods Treewalk

2:30pm l Redwoods Treewalk

7:30pm l Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar

For a bush walk like no other, traverse the treetops of Rotorua’s Redwood Forest by walking along the 21 suspended bridges that connect the 110-year-old trees. The bridges range between 6m and a breathtaking 12m in height, and while it is probably not for those who tremble at large heights, it is perfectly safe to walk without the use of safety equipment. With stunning views and an element of exhilaration, this definitely adds a fun spin to the ordinary bush walk that we have all done too many

Everyone wants to have dinner in front of the best view in town, and at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, this is guaranteed. Situated at the top of the gondolas overlooking the incredible Rotorua vista, the only thing better than what you can see out of the vast windows will be the meal in front of you. With a diverse and locallysourced menu, as well as a freshly prepared buffet, Stratosfare will help you end your day on a fantastic note.

3:30pm l Polynesian Spa

Back on ground level, find yourself a corner dairy and order a large creamy ice-cream. Step two: find a spot on the lake front where you can devour said ice cream. As the sun goes down behind the surrounding mountains, you will be able to sense the rich history which belongs to the area, and the cultural and geographical experiences which have shaped the land and town into what it is today.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Rotorua without unwinding along the shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa. Established almost 150 ago, Polynesian Spa has come a long way since its humble bathhouse beginnings, offering guests an amazing assortment of wellness activities and spa treatments in a modern pristine environment, that complements long soaks in the hot pools perfectly. If you are after an experience that is truly unique to the area you have got to take the chance to relax and rejuvenate in a calming deluxe private pool while enjoying the panoramic views across Lake Rotorua. Follow your indulgent soak with the divine Polynesian Spa Signature Mud Wrap, combined with a 30-minute relaxation massage. You will leave feeling like a new person — ready to take on the world again.

9:30pm l Dessert

Words: Harriet Keown

5:30pm l Skyline Rotorua For a spectacular panorama of Rotorua, the lake, and surrounding scenery, a trip up the gondolas to Skyline Rotorua is a must. After a 900m glide along the gentle and safe cableway, amuse yourself at the top with a zoom around the luging track, a rush of adrenaline at the Skyswing, a visit to the iNZpired store or an indulgence at the Jelly Belly store and gallery.



Have you ever felt like hiding your travel agent in your carry-on luggage so you don’t have to worry about any of the complicated paperwork that comes with a large journey? Now you don’t need to, as Tripit contains all of your travel information in one space on your phone, including flight and accommodation bookings, event information and much more. Travelling has never been easier!


Are you going to a country that speaks a foreign language? Look savvy and respectful to the locals by using the Bravolol app, allowing you to download handbooks in more than 13 languages. With thousands of basic phrases, which can be said out-loud to aid your pronunciation, you will feel much more confident in what could be very challenging situations.


This app is like Google Maps on steroids; it has mapping and route information on 30 cities worldwide, which is much more accurate and comprehensive than information you will find on any general mapping app. With journey planners, departure times and disruption alerts, you won’t have to worry about getting from A to B, allowing you to enjoy your travelling with ease.


If you are travelling with friends and want to keep payments straightforward, Splittr is your saviour. Just enter expenses as they come, and the app will keep track of who owes what. All currencies are integrated, meaning you don’t have to do any tricky conversions. Hassle-free, argument-free travelling with any number of people.


This app makes every holiday an adventure, by creating scavenger hunts for you to complete in major US cities. It acts as a walking tour guide, taking you to incredible places you might never have thought of visiting. The tours are self-guided, so you can complete them when you want and at your own speed.


We all know how hard it is to pack for a holiday. Will it be too little? Too much? Not enough sunhats? Not enough jerseys? PackPoint is the solution, as it suggests everything you need to take based on your destination, length of stay, weather, and activities planned. Every suitcase you pack will be perfect from now on!


We all know that sinking feeling when the little red ‘Cancelled’ comes up on the airport scheduled flights board. AirHelp is here to make that feeling a little less distressing, as they help you get your money back from cancelled or delayed flights. Simply send them your flight details, then relax as they do the rest.


The Bringfido app allows you to see all the pet-friendly hotels, as well as the best spots for pet entertainment such as dog beaches, outdoor restaurants and more in more than 10,000 cities. Bringing your furry friend on holiday with you will never be a hassle again. — Words: Harriet Keown

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Spacious, modern apartments ideal for the business and leisure traveller to Auckland. Offering: • The choice of studios, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments, all tastefully furnished with wellequipped kitchens and laundries. • We also offer our guests free Wi-Fi, 29 TV channels & 40 movies. • Secure undercover parking. Newmarket is a very popular location with cafés, shopping, cinemas and the Newmarket business area all on its doorstep. Please check out our website:


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Quest Parnell located in the historical suburb of Parnell, offers studios, one- and two-bedroom (two-bathroom) self-contained apartments along with an on-site gym and heated lap pool. • Perfect location just off Parnell Road. • Over 50 restaurants and cafés within walking distance. • Kitchen and laundry facilities in all apartments. • Sky Guest Select offering 50+ channels. • Complimentary Wi-Fi. • Secure undercover parking. • Group accommodation for friends and families of wedding parties.

Quest Carlaw Park: Spacious modern apartments for business or leisure. Studio, one-bedroom and luxury two-bedroom (two-bathroom) penthouse apartments available. All with well-equipped kitchens and laundries. Easy 10-minute walk to the city, and on Parnell’s doorstep. • Complimentary Wi-Fi. • Sky Guest Select offering 50+ channels. • Secure undercover parking. • Complimentary access to Next Generation Gym (100m). • Café, Italian, and Japanese restaurants next door. Please check out our website:


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Maximising Minimalism “I kept thinking about what I did not own, what was missing,” 36-year-old Fumio Sasaki, a Tokyo editor, told Reuters earlier this year. Having sold or donated so much stuff he was left with little more than three shirts, four pairs of trousers and socks, and a handful of other essential items. “Spending less time on cleaning or shopping means I have more time to spend with friends, go out, or travel on my days off. I have become a lot more active.” Minimalism is on the rise, especially in Japan where the notion sits comfortably with Zen Buddhist philosophies. But while minimalism has traditionally referred to what’s going on—or not—inside a dwelling, there’s a trend to build actual lodgings to a similarly simple, no-frills spec. And leading the charge is Muji, a Japanese firm already fittingly famed for their less-is-more approach to interior designs and furnishings. In 2014, the company released their ‘vertical house’, a prefabricated three-story micro-apartment without interior walls, doors or full ceilings, connected via a pair of staircases. Measuring just 4.4m-wide, the airy design easily slots into Tokyo’s crowded city streets. The first floor is set for storage, the middle for dining and relaxing, while the top is where residents sleep. The open-plan layout is also highly efficient, with insulation and, unusually, just one air-conditioning unit, positioned up top (hot air rises). Now simplifying their structures even further still, Muji have moved from microapartments to micro-cabins with the unveiling of their flat-pack huts. Each is a brainchild of three lauded designers: Brit, Jasper Morrison; Konstantin Gric from Germany; and from Japan, Muji’s head of design, Naota Fukasawa. “My Muji hut represents an enclosed space which is small enough to stay within the norm of constructions which need no building permission in Japan,” says Grcic of his design. “Being a rigid and self-supportive structure it can be placed in any terrain and environment.” All three huts are built using only sustainable materials—mainly cork (Morrison), aluminium (Grcic), and wood (Fukasawa), harbouring basic but welcoming open-plan environments, easily flooded with natural light, to be positioned upon city or rural plots. “Whenever I think about going to the country for the weekend, I start imagining a small house with everything needed for a short stay,” says Morrison. “Then I start thinking about finding the right piece of land. The dream usually collapses when I think of the complexity of building a new house, but with this project I realized there was the chance to design such a house as a product rather than a one-off.” The huts riff on the notion of kyosho jutaku homes in Tokyo, residences so small they can fit into a single parking space. In keeping with this philosophy, Muji’s clever new tagline is “Muji is enough”. “There is a certain charm when you hear the word ‘hut’,” says Fukasawa. “Not quite a holiday house, yet not as simple as going camping. If there is a small hut, there is a feeling that one could feel slip into nature anytime. I thought that living small in the smallest of structures is a Muji kind of living.” The huts go on sale in Japan next year, priced $35,000 to $55,000. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Over 10,000 square feet of the finest laid-back living on display 10 Morningside Drive, Kingsland, Auckland Phone 0800 POYNTERS or 09-815-1580 Email

Forces of Nature Designed to invite the outside in, this pared down space, hugging sand dunes and sea on a wild South African coastline, provides a peaceful weekend retreat. The primary living area, briefed to the architect to be ‘shedlike’ by the owners, is a vast, open-plan lounge and kitchen (with a scullery concealed behind), and with sea and pool on either side. Comfort is key — low-slung couches with throws, coffee tables made from reclaimed wood, and ample sheepskins and cowhide bringing warmth and texture into the space.

— Photography: Greg Cox Text: Lori Cohen

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The fireplace, an essential feature for wintery weekends, is clad with local cobbled sandstone. Caroline has strung light fittings with shells to create chandeliers that hang in both the kitchen and over the fireplace. — The primary living area, briefed to the architect to be ‘shed-like’ by the owners, is a vast openplan lounge and kitchen (with a scullery concealed behind it), and with sea and pool on either side. Comfort is key – low-slung couches with throws, coffee tables made from reclaimed wood, and ample sheepskins and cowhide bringing warmth and texture into the space.

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Top: Caroline says the family enjoy long walks on the beach, swimming and SUP in the ocean of this west coast cottage. — Right Page: A warm water outside shower was a priority, says Caroline, and she says the experience of showering outside is not complete without a range of organic scrubs and soaps she always ensures are provided.

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Space Design Naturally WWW. GR EEN HOME DE SI G N S.CO.N Z Living in unhealthy synthetic environments has created an urge for organic products in our society. Nice wee parcels of nontoxic food, cosmetics, bedlinens and even organic pet products lead us to believe we are making a difference. We are prepared to pay extra dollars for the old-fashioned quality which had been the norm just a few decades ago. However, investing in a few isolated goodies and returning to business as usual after lunch does not fix the world’s disease. Planetary pollution and extraordinary mountains of waste and toxic landfill call for wider awareness and drastic changes of our beloved habits. If human beings could only get themselves to accept who they really are: living organisms, which are regulated by natural laws in order to function smoothly. We have to walk the whole nine yards naturally to permanently sustain our wellbeing. It was in 1959 when the Australian scientist and educator Bill Mollison started writing his first PERMACULTURE BOOK, based on scientific research and on traditional ethnic wisdom. PERMACULTURE grew to be an international movement designed to support global sustainability and resilience. As a holistic concept it offers more than a simple path to reestablish healthy conditions for future habitats: a life close to nature creates inspiration and education for leading a respectful, common sense and humble life. Observing the performance of natural ecosystems proves the necessity of living close to and with nature to guarantee liveable environments on our planet. All life depends on the condition of our water, soil and air. Bill Mollison sadly passed away last month. His philosophy carries on, based on ethical principles and a strong call for individual responsibility and to action as well as inaction. “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” — Bill Mollison, father of PERMACULTURE

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Clean water, air and soil. Since the Chemical Revolution after World War Two we find ourselves surrounded by more than 80,000 chemicals, partly toxic, all happily used industrially. Unfortunately, also the wider building sector, as a mainstream profit focused industry, has developed into a major planetary polluter. Building materials and their manufacturing processes are definitely one of the complex creators of more than 40% of all landfill and toxic waste. Worldwide increasing numbers of scientists and institutions present ‘back to nature’ solutions to guarantee the three pillars for our wellbeing. The science of Building Biology is one of the institutions offering natural alternatives and fully acknowledges the principles of PERMACULTURE. Building Biology has been internationally present for more than 50 years, conducting targeted research which led to specific concepts for building more sustainable habitats. Building Biology urgently promotes all natural and toxic-free building and living practices to counteract the unhealthy influence of our otherwise predominantly synthetic built environments. Recently Environmental Medicine also connected increasing rates of the likes of asthma, allergies, lung diseases and nervous disorders, to the possible side effects of accumulated chemical compounds in our bodies. At Greenhome Designs Ltd, an independent design and consulting business, we open doorways to well balanced and harmonious homes and create healthier interior designs using low-/non-toxic options for new and existing homes. We also specialise in: solutions for chemical and EMF hypersensitivities; wellbeing through natural ambience; naturally balanced indoor air conditions; personalised colour schemes and other interior design aspects. All services are offered with consideration of the holistic principles of Building Biology.


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GREAT KITCHENS DON’T JUST HAPPEN... THEY HAPPEN BY DESIGN. Kitchens By Design knows what it takes to make a kitchen the multitasking heart of every home. After all, it has been making it happen since 1987 when it broke the mould of boring standard designs in favour of spaces that incorporated each owner’s personal choices and reflected their lifestyle. Since then its custom-made kitchens have won multiple awards from the industry and accolades from happy clients. Visit the Newmarket showroom to see top-of-the-line products and talk to the experts. Qualified design stars (between them they boast 90 years of experience) and their back-up team work with clients throughout the whole project, from concept design to manufacture and installation. They promise to get the job done on time, on budget, with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. Thirty years ago that was a pretty daring idea. Today it’s just what you’d expect from Kitchens By Design. The kitchen pictured is the stunning new display at our Newmarket studio.


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Toys’ Story Last year, a small bronze and silver bird-shaped sculpture was discovered in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. The pivoting head, protruding from a tripod-like body, could be moved backwards and forwards, which, experts believe, may have allowed children to make it drink water. The 3,500-year-old item may be the oldest example of a toy discovered in Europe.

While it’s commonly accepted playtime to be vital to childhood development no-one is quite sure when or where toys were first used. Wooden dolls discovered in a number of Egyptian tombs were adorned with reproductive symbols, implying playing may not have been their purpose, while a 4,000-year-old stone doll’s head carving, complete with curly hair and found with miniature kitchen utensils in Italy more than a decade ago, could well also be one of the earliest crafted playthings. New York’s National Toy Hall of Fame concludes good old sticks were likely the first thing to capture childhood imaginations, and though boys of a certain age especially still derive a great source of stimulation from them, toymakers have come a long way since. With Christmas upon us, Verve takes a look at some of their legends.


Named by Time magazine as the most influential toy in history, Lego is said to have also spawned the careers of countless engineers and architects. The toy company was founded by Dane Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932 in a small carpentry workshop, but the iconic interlocking brick was not launched until 1958. Each hour, three million Lego elements are made at the company’s Scandinavian HQ, with the number produced each year globally, if laid end to end, enough to circle the world more than 20 times. The name Lego is derived from the Danish words Leg Godt, which means to ‘play well’.


The commonly told tale of the yo-yo being an ancient Filipino weapon is likely myth (consider how yo-yos work, then consider the consequences of swapping the circular end for a deadly instrument — you’d likely lose your hand), though the device was imported to the USA from the Philippines, where it was a popular toy, in the early 20th century. Sales exploded, at one point shifting more units than there were American children. The yo-yo has been popular throughout the world throughout history, among the earliest known example being 2,500-year-old images of them in the hands of Ancient Greeks — for the purpose of amusement, rather than assault.


Who’d have thought you could have so much fun with a simple spring? No-one, as it turns out. The Slinky was created in 1943 by accident by mechanical engineer Richard James while looking for a way to keep breakables safe and steady when shipped. During the springs’ design stages he happened to knock one from a shelf and watched in amazement as it seemed to walk its way to the ground. However, few were interested in investing in such a novelty until Gimbels department store in Philadelphia allowed the inventor a public demonstration. James sold 400 on the spot. Today, sales total 250 million.


Italian Aquilino Cosani was working for a rubber ball company when he happened upon a documentary about kangaroos and was inspired to create a toy that would allow kids to bounce just like them. Cosani affixed rigid handles to an oversized rubber ball and named his creation Pon-Pon after the noise it made when in action. In 1968 his firm, Ledragomma, patented only the handles, allowing other companies around the world to make their own version of the toys, the most notable being done by a British company called Wembley who called their ridable bouncing sphere the Space Hopper.


Kites first flew at least 2,800 years ago in China, their frames crafted from bamboo and their sails from silk and paper. Some believe them to have been invented by philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban. Kites served a variety of purposes such as measuring distance and military signalling. Their use soon spread throughout Asia, though did not reach Europe until the 1500s. Kites are significant in Māori history, known as manu Tukutuku or Manu aute, built using materials such as manuka and bulrush leaves, and are still traditionally flown for Matariki. In 2014, Australian Robert Moore entered the record books by flying his single kite to an altitude of 4,879m.


While on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt — commonly referred to as ‘Teddy’ by the press and public, though he disliked it — refused to shoot a captured bear on account of it being unsportsmanlike (but he did order the beast killed anyway to alleviate its suffering). The Washington Post immortalised the event in a cartoon illustration, inspiring New York toy maker Morris Michtom to craft a cute bear cub in its honour, naming it ‘Teddy’s Bear’. Bizarrely, around the same time, a German soft toy maker called Richard Steiff independently developed a similar cuddly creature, eventually adopting the name Teddy Bear due to its Stateside popularity.


In 1974, Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik created the ‘Magic Cube’, a puzzle meant for educational purposes which would go on to become one of the biggest selling toys in history (it took its inventor a month to solve the original version). Cold War trade restrictions delayed availability beyond the Iron Curtain, but since the 1980 international release — and renaming to ‘Rubik’s Cube’ — it’s estimated 350 million units have been sold. Worldwide events see competitors attempt to solve the cube onehanded, blindfolded, and even with their feet. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Be Money Smart this Christmas The silly season is almost upon us and it’s a time when many of us start to get anxious about the amount of organising we need to do before the holidays and the not insignificant matter of how we are going to pay for everything. New Zealanders spent a record $6 billion shopping in December last year, the highest ever monthly figure recorded by Statistics New Zealand. That’s a whole lot of coin going out the door. Gift giving is one of the most common non-negotiables for females, along with good food and grooming. These are the things that we like to spend money on, that make us feel happy. We feel we need to make these things happen and if we can’t, we feel deprived and stressed. Money worries are the leading cause of insomnia in females and often peak around this time. On the other hand, for males, their non-negotiables (which are seldom gifts!) tend to focus around socialising, hobbies or alcohol. All of these expenses also tend to peak around Christmas. For those of us that are self-employed – December/January can also coincide with less cash-flow in our business which can make things a whole lot trickier and make us feel considerably poorer. Moderation is key, as well as being money-smart.



Set a budget for the upcoming months, factoring in presents, special food, entertainment, travel and so on, along with your normal everyday payments. If there is a deficit, you will have to think of ways to make sacrifices or cut-backs.


Make a list of everyone you need to buy for and put a dollar limit by each present. Take the list with you when you shop and try and stick to it. My clients go into Christmas knowing exactly what they have budgeted for the season. It gives them clarity and they make it work.


Cash is powerful. Use it, you’ll spend less. You know where you are, how much you have left and it places a natural limit on how much you have to spend.


Try to avoid credit cards or store cards. Even if you can pay it back in January, it’s likely you’ll spend more than you wanted to and easily lose track of where you are at with your finances. If you can’t pay it back in full, ask yourself, "Do you really want to be paying the price of the gift plus 20-30% interest on top of this?" The answer should be "no".


Start early. Don’t be that person running madly around the mall on Christmas Eve looking stressed and panic buying. The earlier you start, the more likely you’ll be able to get a bargain and find a special present. Special and thoughtful does not have to equate to expensive.


Organise your overseas gifts even earlier! I know how much the express fees sting – you often end up paying more than the gift in postage. Check out for this year’s deadlines. Consider buying gift cards rather than bulkier presents as they cost less to post or if the recipients are overseas you can also try buying online in their country.


Trade Me is your friend. Rid yourself of the gifts of Christmas past and items that you no longer need by selling them on Trade Me. One of my clients had a spring clean and sold unwanted toys/bikes/kids clothes and made $2,000, a nice cash injection pre-Christmas. It kind of feels like free money. You might even pick up some bargains for your own gift giving. It’s amazing how many people sell brand new (usually unwanted) gifts on Trade Me, for half the price.


Redeem your vouchers before you lose them or they expire. Up to 25% of all vouchers expire before use due to people not redeeming them in time. Dig them out of your wallet and put them to good use on items you need. Also check your frequent flyer and loyalty points — this is the time of year to use them instead of cash. You can use them not only for gifts but also food to help ease the financial burden of the season.


Make your own gifts, decorations and other Christmas paraphernalia. I’ve lost many an hour to Pinterest which has a virtual feast of Christmas ideas. Get the kids involved. Get out into the garden and do some planting in pots – herbs and flowers make beautiful gifts. Kids also love baking and crafting and it keeps them busy. Win-win. My kids are prolific artists and I use surplus artwork from kindy/school for gift wrapping paper. Kids artwork make special and beautiful gifts as well, just get them framed, laminated or made into calendars to give to grandparents and family.


Avoid spending to save. We do a weird thing when we see a sale tag. We focus on what we are saving and not on what we are spending. Be clear, you never save money by spending it. Only buy something if you need it! Avoid going overboard with food spending. A huge amount of waste can be avoided postChristmas if you stick to your plan and cater carefully for your friends and family.


Many families have an agreed limit on how much to spend or who they are buying for, like only buying for the kids, or doing a Secret Santa. Start negotiating your limits with the family now. You’ll find pretty much everyone is in the same boat and relieved to have boundaries!


Whether visiting friends/family or hosting yourself, everyone bringing a plate or pot luck is the way forward. This shares the load, everyone is happy they are contributing and no one person or family is overloaded.

Christmas is a special time of year. It is about gift-giving, but more importantly it’s about the people you are with, not spending beyond your means and having to pay for it for the next 12 months or beyond. Planning in advance and sticking to a budget should be about enjoying this time and minimising financial stress and pressure. If you are having trouble getting your finances in order, seek help, it’s never too late.

— Words: Katie Wesney Katie Wesney is a chartered accountant and registered financial advisor. She is a financial personal trainer and owns the enableMe franchise in Takapuna. Katie has more than 15 years’ experience working in the business and financial industry. She is also a busy working mum with three young kids who are four, six and eight, and is dedicated to improving New Zealander’s financial wellbeing.

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There’s a craze sweeping the nation that affords an interesting way to keep the kids—and maybe even some adults—on their best behaviour this Christmas. It’s called Elf on the Shelf, a fun concept that sees Santa send one of his little helpers to your house to keep an eye on things until his annual early morning visit. “We got into it while living in San Francisco,” says Nicola Keenan, Verve’s head of sales and sometime elf keeper. “It’s really huge in the States and it’s starting to catch on over here. This will be our third Christmas with our visitor, and the kids absolutely love it.” Children can choose from a boy or girl elf and it will arrive wrappedup on your doorstep on 1 December, ‘sent from the North Pole’. It stays until Christmas Eve. “He watches the kids each night and reports back to Santa,” says Nicola. “Each morning when they get up, he’s in a different place (unless mum’s had a glass of wine too many and forgotten to move him!) to let them know he’s been watching to make sure they’ve been behaving. It’s a great tactic to make sure they do as they’re told, at least for a few weeks anyway.” Nicola’s kids, Finn, 11, and seven-year-old Poppy, have awoken to find their Elf, Chippy, taking a soak in a Barbie bathtub filled with marshmallows. Other ideas for elf activities include having the elf sat at a computer typing a message to Santa, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or, if you have a drum kit, sat at the skins. “The kids are always very excited to see what he’s been up to,” says Nicola. “They’re not allowed to touch him otherwise the ‘magic’ stops, but they do write notes for Chippy to take back to the North Pole for Santa each Christmas Eve.”

Eccentric Elf! Position your festive elf in some of these wacky situations to keep the whole family entertained... • Elf life can be a lonely life so why not add a little romance and have him or her share a date with Barbie or GI Joe, perhaps holding hands in front of the TV? • Keep your elf active, affix some skis — maybe in the form of ice block sticks — and have him poised to slalom down the stairs. • Your elf’s sure to have picked up some words of wisdom from Santa, so position her in front of a blackboard passing on her

knowledge to a class of other toys collected from your home. • Show off your elf’s culinary skills by having him ready with breakfast for your family before you all head off to work and school. • Elf’s are known to have a sweet tooth so smudge some chocolate around their face and scatter some empty wrappers around them for when the kids catch them in the morning. They’ll think it’s hilarious. Just make sure you save some sweets for them.


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Adopting a greyhound is a little like joining a cult. Once you adopt an ex-racer you’ll find you’ve automatically gained membership to the cult of the greyhound. This basically means you’ve joined the exclusive ranks of fellow hound owners who are all equally crazy about their dogs. Famous members include Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Hollywood actress Tea Leoni and world celebrity dog trainer Caesar Milan. Of course there are ordinary people who also unwittingly find themselves part of this elite group. I joined the cult when my family and I adopted a beautiful retired-racer called Chesta a little over a year ago. The idea to adopt a greyhound was borne a number of years back when, as the editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, I published a story about an amazing organisation called Greyhounds As Pets (GAP). Re-homing ex-racing greyhounds, which is what GAP does, really struck a chord with me. Giving these dogs a long, loving retirement after their racing days are over is the very least these dogs deserve. And given that greyhounds make the most amazing pets, you can see why GAP is busier than ever with more than one greyhound every day of the year being adopted somewhere in New Zealand. You see, greyhounds are gentle, obedient, don’t bark (much), don’t shed, don’t smell and need little exercise. Plus they love to sleep. In fact, greyhounds are often referred to as 45mph couch potatoes – with good reason! So with this in mind, we adopted Chesta a little over a year ago and immediately fell in love with him. Chesta had had an illustrious racing career before he joined our family and had notched up over 120 races and scored his owners many wins. Nowadays, he still loves to kick up his heels and zoom around on the sand at our local beach, but now he just runs for fun. Despite being four-years-old when we adopted him, he slotted into our lives and our home instantly. He’s super obedient, walks beautifully on the lead, comes when he’s called, doesn’t beg for food, sleeps most of the day and loves to snuggle. He sleeps on our 13-year-old son’s bed at night and our 10-year-old loves him so much he’s begging us to adopt a second. Chesta’s model behaviour is in stark contrast to my experience owning two bichon frise ten years ago. While bichons are cute, cuddly balls of fluff they should

come with a buyer beware. They need regular grooming (read expensive), are notoriously hard to toilet train and bark at everything and I mean everything! Not only does Chesta hardly ever bark (which is a typical greyhound trait) but he also doesn’t need a lot of exercise (another perk of the breed). Most people imagine these racing power-houses need a tonne of exercise but the reverse is actually true. They have speed but not a lot of stamina (although Chesta more than keeps up with me when I’m out clocking up my 10,000 steps). Greyhounds also don’t

have a doggie smell (fact: there’s little oil in their coats) and most importantly make loyal, loving pets. Having spent the past year with our big, beautiful boy I can now understand why so many of us fall victim to the fast-growing cult of the greyhound.

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01\ They are super affectionate Greyhounds are the gentle giants of the canine world. They love their owners and are commonly called “velcro dogs”, because they love sticking close to their owners.

02\ They are very quiet When at home, greyhounds rarely bark or make much noise at all. Okay they won’t make a great watchdog but they’ll be no complaints from the neighbours about a barking dog either.

03\ They are very sociable The gentle and calm nature of greyhounds mean they get on well with other dogs, children and even cats. Adoption agencies like Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) carefully match each dog to ensure you get the perfect pet for you and your family.

04\ There’s no doggy smell One of the biggest advantages of owning a greyhound is they don’t have that typical doggy smell because their coats aren’t oily like most other breeds. Winning!

05\ They make great apartment dogs Because of the little exercise they require, they don’t need a big backyard. They happily spend much of the day snuggled up on the sofa making them the perfect dog for small homes.

06\ They don’t need a lot of exercise Despite what you may think, greyhounds don’t need a lot of exercise. They have speed but not a lot of stamina. In fact, they are quintessential coach potatoes. They like a lot of sleep and on average need just two short 20-minute walks a day.

07\ They require very little grooming. In comparison to other breeds, greyhounds don’t shed much hair and many greyhounds groom and clean themselves much like cats do.

08\ They are easy to train

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Greyhounds are one of the world’s oldest dog breeds and thousands of years of breeding has made the greyhound what it is today – affectionate, intelligent, gentle and easily trainable. They also walk beautifully on a lead so there’s no training required.

09\ You become part of the great global greyhound community

Greyhounds are often referred to as 45mph couch potatoes – with good reason!”

The cult of the greyhound is far reaching and when you adopt a greyhound you immediately become part of a fabulous, supportive international community of greyhound lovers. The community organises regular meet-ups and all sorts of fun houndie activities.

10\ They are happy to be dressed up The greyhound is unusual among canines in that it has very little body fat which means they will need a coat and pyjamas in winter. Perfect excuse to have fun dressing up your beloved hound.

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Photographer: Michael Lewis | Make-Up: Imeletta Kelett | Models: Ali, Dion - Red Eleven, Talei - 62 Models Greyhounds: Chester, George and Maggie | Styling: Verve Magazine | Location: White Studios

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Talei Wears Ebony Day Dress In Ivory By Ingrid Starnes. Ali wears MJ Bale Plationo Navy Jacket $619, MJ Bale R.Sears White Shirt $169, MJ Bale McQueen Feather Chino $149.95 Dion wears MJ Bale Eales Blue Jacket $569, Ethereal White Shirt $109.95, McQueen Vintage White Chino $149.95, Wyoming Suede in Navy Available from Merchant (est 1948). Chester and George wears leather & brass collar and lead from Dogdogdog.


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TOP-BOTTOM, LEFT-RIGHT: 1&4. Dion wears MJ Bale Eales Blue Jacket $569, Ethereal White Shirt $109.95, McQueen Vintage White Chino $149.95, Wyoming Suede in Navy Available from Merchant (est 1948). Chester wears leather & brass collar and lead from Dogdogdog. 2&3: Ali and Dion wear Rembrandt Jacket Napoli style $399, Rembrandt Trouser Aero style $199, Rembrandt Shirt London style $129. Ali wears Wyoming Suede Shoes in Brown, Available from Merchant (est 1948). Dion wears Diesel Exposure Shoes in White from Mischief. George wears leather & brass collar and lead from Dogdogdog. 4. Ali wears MJ Bale Plationo Navy Jacket $619, MJ Bale R.Sears White Shirt $169, MJ Bale McQueen Feather Chino $149.95. 5. Talei wears Anett Rostel Berlin Evening Gown, the only one in New Zealand available at Et Vous, Earrings from Modes.


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TOP-BOTTOM, LEFT-RIGHT: 1&4. Ali wears MJ Bale Plationo Navy Jacket $619, MJ Bale R.Sears White Shirt $169, MJ Bale McQueen Feather Chino $149.95. Wyoming Suede Shoes in Navy, Available from Merchant (est 1948) 2. Dion wears Crane Brothers Ormedeo Jacket, Watermelon $1295, MJ Bale Ethereal White Shirt $109.95, MJ Bale McQueen Vintage White Chino $149.95. Talei wears Ingrid Starnes Dot dress, poly chiffon, kelp green. Earrings from Modes. 3. Pair of rare 1950’s Compass Chairs, from Mr. Bigglesworthy $2200. 4. Talei Wears Ebony Day Dress In Ivory By Ingrid Starnes. 5. Talei wears Anett Rostel Berlin Evening Gown, the only one in New Zealand available at Et Vous, Earrings from Modes.


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MAKERS’ MARK From various crafts, these four hands-on makers know why good things take time.



“Everyone needs a hat,” says the talented Dawei Zhang. With a background in fine arts and fashion design he is the fitting second designer of Dollie Vardin, an iconic local hat brand by Ailie Miller.

Alan Elliott bought his pre-owned fringe making machine in 1988 simply because he needed a job. Elliott, 62, still toils with the machine, which is at least 60-years-old itself.

Working for a brand with such an elegant history is an honour. Sitting in his home studio Zhang looks over to a black and white photograph of a Dollie Vardin hat, which is probably older than him. Zhang, 26, started learning millinery from Miller four years ago and quickly became a fixture in the company. “Ailie said she was going to shut the business and I said ‘no, definitely not’," says Zhang. "I still want people to wear hats because they are so beautiful.” His home studio is full of vintage hats, either on display or in a pile to be restored. However, Zhang has not designed a hat for himself. He tugs his beanie and says his face does not suit a proper hat. The designer relishes traditional methods of hat making, such as hours of hand sewing. He also works with new technology, like laser cutting for an upcoming ‘shinning mirror hat’. Sculptural and graphic elements of hat design are favoured because they draw on Zhang’s fine art skills. “Everything is very quick these days but I wish people had more patience,” he says. A Dollie Vardin hat takes 30 hours or more to make and includes consultation and fittings. “I hope people will love the hats and tell everyone Dollie Vardin is back”.

From his Takanini premises he provides fringing for showrooms and local fashion designers like Kate Sylvester. But surprisingly, his fringe is most sought after by dog shows, for ribbons. When asked how much fringing walks out the door he responds: “How long is a piece of string?” After some calculation, that string is around 30,000 metres a year. “It adds up after a while.” Because there is “no fancy technology” he threads all 50 needles himself. A job that is especially difficult for Elliott because he has Parkinson’s. “Some days the hands don’t work too well,” he says. “But we battle on.” And battle on he does. Elliott is the only fringe maker in New Zealand – there was only one other when he started 28 years ago. The work is seasonal for Elliott, who mostly works solo. And although he admits the work can be monotonous, it is also very satisfying. Elliott says it is unfortunate that people shop for price over quality but he perseveres with his product. The yarn he uses may be the same as overseas fringe makers but he puts more yarn into each bit of fringing so it hangs properly. “It’s fairly basic once you know how it all works,” Elliott says. “You set the pattern, you set the needles up, and away you go.”

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Andrew Ridley was an engineer who worked on diesel generators around the Pacific Islands until he ran out of room in his workshop. He moved into a shared space with North Shore Pleaters and the owners trained Ridley up to take over the business, now named NZ Pleaters. The training took a long time.

“It all comes from a lifestyle of less is more,” says accessories designer Amelia Boland. Excited by items that can be kept for a lifetime, she began her eponymous bag brand three years ago.

Ridley, 57, has been pleating for 18 years, and he is training his daughter Sarah, 29, so she can continue the only pleating business left in New Zealand. “I’m it,” says Ridley, who has created pleats for most New Zealand fashion designers – including WORLD, Zambesi, and Andrea Winkelmann. The pleating trend is part of the fashion cycle. Although the last few years have been quiet, business is now picking up and Ridley believes pleats are going to be even more popular during the next few years. Currently in vogue is knife pleating, like you see in kilts, and sunray pleating, “the Marilyn Monroe style”. The Ridleys work with three “old but good quality” machines but a lot of the work is done by hand. “The old-fashioned way is the only way,” he says. Cardboard folders help set the pleats, which are also processed in a high-temperature steamer. Last year the father-daughter team pleated around 15,000 metres of fabric. Although he wasn’t into fashion at first, Ridley now finds himself looking through shops for the latest pleat trends. And he puts his engineering skills to good use, being “a little inventive” to find new aspects in the pleating process.

Working part-time as a visual merchandiser, Boland makes her bags at home and attends to every detail, down to the accounting. “Working from home in my own environment is really nice. I have complete autonomy,” she says. “It’s stressful but it’s nice to know my signature is on everything.” It takes Boland around three hours to make one bag by hand, and she’s a natural. “My mum was a sewer and dad was a mechanic and I’ve found a middle ground,” says Boland. “It’s like construction but with a sewing machine.” Sustainability is very important to Boland and her leather and hardware is sourced from local suppliers. Her range is simple to appeal to a wide range of wardrobes. And because most of her bags are made to order, Boland can ensure each bag is just right for the end user. The designer wants her bags to last — she asks her friends whenever she catches up with them how their bag is aging and developing. Most popular are her totes, hip bags and pouches, that are available on her website, The Market NZ and two new retailers – Charlie Who in Taupo and Perriam in Wanaka. In the near future Boland hopes to collaborate with other New Zealand brands and open a shared retail space. — Words: Jessica-Belle Greer

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Change is a tricky thing – we’re exhorted to embrace it, to see it as a positive, but I guess it depends on the type of change we are talking about. In life, some change is foisted upon us rapidly, which depending on what it is, can be difficult to keep up with. With seasonal fashion however, change is slow. We have magazines and the internet showing us images of upcoming styles long before the weather has turned, giving us time to adjust to what is coming up. November heralds a seasonal change as our blustery, often wet spring gives way to the longer, hotter days of summer. Although we know to expect it, somehow the change from winter’s layers into summer’s more revealing aesthetic has many of us on the back foot. That said, there’s still enough time to make the shift from slightly warmer garments to all things summer without exposing more than you want to. It’s a great option at this time of year to look to a lighter weight jacket (try a bomber) to layer over a more summery dress, add fake tan, stick to a bootie or pair of trainers rather than a sandal, and this is a whole lot easier to wear. Winter’s heavier opaque tights now give way to bare legs (if you’re not that brave, a pair of flesh-tone sheers do the trick). A summer-weight scarf worn with a lightweight knit is a great early summer option that will keep you looking stylish, try a jumpsuit and jacket or look for the seasons new midi-length dress in a light and floaty print fabric

(coverage and style is perfect for this season). If you are brave, a shorter hemline teamed with an ankle boot works well, too. Make a nod to a warmer season with a lighter, brighter colour palette. Trade out your dark denim for white, swap your skinny jeans for a relaxed ‘worn-in’ boyfriend jean. Top these with a long-sleeved but lightweight tee or shirt in lemon, melon or white, team your jeans with a heeled pair of sandals or courts without tights instead of boots and you’ll look summer-ready rather than summer-reluctant. If you need a hand to create your easy summer wardrobe, why not give me a call? I will help you define what works for you – be it casual or corporate, occasion wear or easy care, and I’d love to help. Check out my website: or simply give me a call on 529 5115 and let’s do coffee. — Words: Jackie O'Fee


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Monarc Concierge, a new fine jewellery line from London based Kiwi designer Ella Drake, launches in New Zealand this month.

While she continued to model in Italy, walking the catwalk for the likes of Issey Miyake, Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli, she enrolled to study at the prestigious Florence campus of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Ella learnt the ropes of the jewellery trade, working for an international jewellery production company, co-designing and managing their European brand portfolios, before launching her own brand in 2016. Monarc Concierge was born out of the desire to present intelligent design paired with luxury materials, at reasonable and honest prices to the retail jewellery market. While Monarc Concierge offers a substantial ready-made seasonal collection (MC1), its bespoke service represents the core of its ethos. Ella works one-on-one with her clients, whether it’s for a wedding, special occasion or personal keepsake item, to help bring an idea into actuality, creating a unique piece of hand-crafted art according to customer requirements and budget. Weddings and bespoke projects are a large part of Monarc Concierge, which is reflected in the name of the business. Ella’s favourite part of her work is guiding her clients through the entire process, from their initial idea, informing them on materials, gemstone and design options along the way, to ensure that they come away with a highly personalised heirloom. Monarc Concierge works closely with globally esteemed craftspeople who use sustainable practices across their production and distribution. All diamonds and gemstones used are exclusively of natural origin, conflictfree and ethically sourced from legitimate suppliers, and all Monarc Concierge diamonds are GIA certified.

Wing Me Ring $1000 | Aroura Dome Drop Earrings $450 | Montezuma Drop Earrings $350 | Navette Ring with smokey quartz $350 | Puzzle Ring $550



After spending many years working and living abroad as an international model including a stint as a model at Gucci, Ella Drake found her passion for jewellery when she was booked for an editorial shoot with Vogue Gioiello (Vogue Jewellery edition).

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You’ve Got This

Remember the days when you exercised and ate healthy food because you wanted to have a great body? I do. However, once said goal was achieved or the momentum was lost, I fell off track. Now my reasons are very different. I place so much focus on health and wellness simply because I want to have a great life! For many of us, the definition of wellness extends beyond the physical. It encompasses the emotional, the intellectual, the spiritual and even the financial. It is about having an abundance mindset, and believing you deserve what you really want.

Many of the teachers of our time have shared about the power of focus. Acting as if you have already achieved your outcome, ensuring that your mindset is an empowering one and not one of limitation. As W. Clement Stone famously said, “Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” Ask yourself a few questions. What is the truth about where you are right now? Do you have the body you want? Does your career fulfill you? How are your relationships? Your finances? Do you focus on abundance or scarcity? What is your next right move?

What does wellness really mean for you? Do you know precisely what you want for yourself and your life?

A common excuse is that we do not have the time to invest in our own wellness. No matter what your role in life, to be an example is one of the most effective ways to lead and inspire others. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Herein often lies our dilemma. Either we don’t know what we really want, or if do, we begin to lose focus, momentum, and eventually give up on our dream.

Find your truth, commit, take action and believe that “you’ve got this”. Here are some tips how!




Remove the story about not having enough time and decide that you do. There are 168 hours in the week; with effective planning and prioritising, you find the time.

Success is about progress, not perfection. Continue to move in the right direction. Remember, even if you fall, at least you are falling forward!

When you feel like giving up, don’t! Remember that so far you have survived 100% of your worst days ever, so things are OK!



Acknowledge yourself for your achievements, no matter how small they seem to you. Keep focusing on the positive. If weight loss is your goal, the best way to manage your weight is to manage your state.

No one can do it for you, however, someone can do it with you. Ask for professional help or get an accountability partner.

2. Decide that you have a bottom line, you have basic needs that are a must, and rituals in your day that are nonnegotiable. What are your daily habits? 3. Do not make things too complicated, especially in your head. Set yourself up to succeed with realistic, achievable goals. Small changes make a big difference.

6. One of the main reasons we don’t keep our resolutions and commitments is that we don’t love ourselves or feel worthy of success. Therapist and author Dr. Pat Allen says, “The only way you know you love yourself — or anyone else — is by the commitments you are willing to make and keep.”

9. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it. Start now as sometimes later becomes never! 10. Remember that you cannot change what is going on around you until you start changing what is going on within you. — Words: Tanya Unkovich

Our people are constantly praised for their level of nursing care, their warmth and their professionalism. Our patient satisfaction rates alongside Australasia’s best. It’s no coincidence. We set out to attract top quality people and invest in their development. But we’re a bit different to other private hospitals, as we’re a not-for-profit private hospital network. Any surplus funds at the end of a financial year go into making our places and our people the best they can be. It’s one of the main reasons why we were founded in the first place - to provide high quality and affordable elective surgery for all Kiwis. Some things, we’ll never cut.

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WELC O M E T O YO U R Y OG A CO RN E R! We are one community, brought together by what we have in common: yoga. Out of the four modalities we offer here, we believe you will find the ones that will bring the balance into your busy everyday life. Conveniently situated in the heart of Newmarket, making it easy for those who live or work close by to schedule sessions. The benefits of a yoga practice are immeasurable, with improved physical, emotional and mental health being par for the course. Here, you can come and relax, find your inner peace, get energised, and feel balanced. No matter where you are in your yoga journey, our experienced instructors are here to assist you and happy to answer any questions you might have. But more, we would love to get to know you outside of yoga. Come and be part of us, do yoga, make friends, share you life stories and call this your place! — 489 KHYBER PASS RD, NEWMARKET 09 529 0999 THEYOGACORNER.CO.NZ

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Get Your Party Glow On Whether you’re juggling a jam-packed social calendar, back-to-back office events, a house filled with in-laws or the chaos of holiday shopping, the festive season can be far from restful. Take a deep breath. We have everything you need to stay cool, calm, and beautiful.


If you’ve already got a great skincare regime, keep doing what you’re doing (or you could add number three and/or four). After all, there’s no point in fixing what’s not broken. However, if you haven’t got that covered ask us for a prescription. Trust me, the right skincare can visibly change your complexion.

2. Part of our ‘script’ will be exfoliation. It’s an imperative part

of any skin care regime, especially if you feel like you’re lacking your usual glow. Exfoliating helps other skincare ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively and encourages the radiance you’re after.

3. Do you want to take it up a notch or two? I’d suggest an Dermalogica IONActive Power Treatment. It’ll give you an extra boost with intense hydration and super duper active ingredients and technology. You’ll see results after one treatment. Better yet, a course of three to six will turbo charge the benefits. 4. The tech tools we have for great skin these days are fantastic

and an LED light course will stimulate your cells to produce the nutrients they need. The pay-off? Better hydration, firmness and luminosity.

BEAUTY FROM WITHIN As you know we’re all about the health of your skin at Louise Gray, and we’re firm believers skin health starts from within. While we love the ease of slathering on a cream or lotion for a brighter, fresher complexion, we know that much of what you see on the outside comes from what you put into your body. Luckily, the clever folk at Bestow Beauty Skin Foods have devised skincare supplements with beautifying benefits that can help counteract late nights and too many cocktails!! And the Rewind IGF1 supplement helps with rejuvenation and is also a modern day bonus. When you’ve got radiant skin, the hard work is done. Just add bronzer, lashings of mascara, a touch of lipstick and you can’t help but sparkle. So put yourself in our hands. We’ve got the tools to help you look amazing at this wonderfully busy time of the year. Enjoy. — Words: Jenna Moore


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“In order to change your body, you must change your action.” So many women lose confidence as they grow older. With our busy lives, fitness often falls by the wayside, and we end up frustrated and unhappy with our bodies.

Here at East Side Studio, we help bring you back into movement in a fun, safe haven of effective training. Bring personal back into personal training and book now!




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Why can’t I lose weight? You may be suffering from imbalanced blood sugar metabolism Are you finding it more difficult than ever before to lose weight? If so, you may have a blood sugar metabolism imbalance that can lead to a condition known as insulin resistance. Once insulin resistance sets in, your metabolism effectively slows down and it becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight. New research offers better insight into the mechanisms contributing to weight gain. Weight gain occurs via two major mechanisms, namely an increase in both the size and the number of fat cells. Existing fat cells slowly enlarge as they increase the amount of fat they store, while new fat cells form continuously. This leads to the progressive enlargement and eventual disorder of fatty tissue, commonly referred to as cellulite. In a biological sense, these fat cells then start protecting their contents, releasing less fat for usage and resulting in progressive weight gain. How do I know if I am insulin resistant? It is important to know that insulin resistance can be present for a long period of time before your blood sugar levels become affected. Your waist circumference can tell us a lot about your risk and an increased waist measurement is considered to be a health warning. [1, 2] If your waist measures more than 88cm as a woman, or is more than 102cm as a man, you may already be insulin resistant. What role can MNI play in sustaining a healthy blood sugar metabolism? Because so many factors contribute to an imbalance in blood sugar metabolism, the most effective way to manage it is with a holistic approach. Lifestyle changes are very important, including adapting eating habits and making a concerted effort to be more physically active every day. The Medical Nutritional Institute (MNI) offers a two-pronged approach to help you achieve and maintain a healthy blood sugar metabolism which is key to successful weight control. Foods that affect blood sugar levels also affect insulin levels. You can download our free meal plan which explains how to implement insulin-friendly eating habits that are effective, sustainable and suitable for the whole family. In addition, AntaGolin® is a natural supplement formulated to support healthy blood sugar metabolism, helping you to reduce your waist circumference more effectively. AntaGolin® contains a unique combination of natural ingredients. These work on different, synergistic pathways to support healthy blood sugar metabolism. Each ingredient has been proven to be safe, effective

and well tolerated. In all AntaGolin® studies, subjects taking AntaGolin® in combination with lifestyle intervention lost, on average, twice the amount of weight as compared to a control group on lifestyle intervention alone. The studies also demonstrated a reduction in waist circumference. The modern therapeutic goal to optimise your metabolism, your health and to control your body weight is therefore to follow a strategy during which your body’s biochemical processes are optimised. This approach would not only suppress the storage of additional fat by existing fat cells, but also prevents the continual formation of new fat cells as well. This takes a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes – and AntaGolin® – the only natural product that is formulated to support healthy blood sugar metabolism. To download your FREE insulinfriendly (C.A.P.E) meal plan, please visit or contact us on / 021 248 0480 for more information.



Supports healthy blood sugar metabolism. AntaGolin® helps to reduce your waist circumference more effectively by assisting with blood sugar metabolism.

Your health is our priority Sources: 1. The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. 2. New Zealand Ministry of Health.

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Let’s talk about hearing. Thomas at Acoustix delivers the personal touch for your hearing problems. He takes the time to listen to you and learn about your lifestyle and hearing issues, then he can personalise a hearing solution to your lifestyle needs. Thomas is an expert in personalised hearing solutions and protection. He won’t waste your time trying to sell you something that won’t meet your needs. He will deliver the best possible solution to improve your hearing. Visit Acoustix today and let’s talk. At Acoustix, we are all ears.

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Xtend Barre is the Internationally acclaimed ballet barre workout licensed in 180 locations worldwide exclusively available in Auckland at Xtend Barre Ponsonby and Studio 3 Newmarket. Xtend Barre fuses Pilates and elements of ballet to create a full body workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body fast! CLASSES ARE BEGINNER FRIENDLY, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Looking forward to meeting you at the barre! FOR MORE INFO PLEASE VISIT: FB Xtendbarreponsonby Ph 09 376 8091

Indulge in Osmosis this Christmas.

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Matakana Cinemas Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a date night with a special twist, you can’t go past a movie in the beautiful region of Matakana.

Grilled Kilpatrick) or local line caught Leigh fish on creamy mash with garlic greens and a pink peppercorn buerre blanc.

Matakana Cinemas are small and perfectly formed. There are three on offer: the Tivoli features an eye-catching bronze-hued glass chandelier made up of several smaller chandeliers and seats 114; the Paradiso, which boasts 75 chairs, is decorated with 32,000 cloth roses; and the smallest is the cloth-draped Roxy with a 36-person capacity.

With lunch complete, we took our glasses of excellent local rosè up the stairs, indulged ourselves with cones of delicious Gellinis Ferrero Rocher and spent the next hour and a half happily ensconced in A Girl On A Train.

This boutique cinema creates a special ambience or a more intimate experience for moviegoers than traditional theatres, and feature the latest box office hits, Met Opera and National Theatre seasons, and special screenings such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween as well as the ‘Cinema Enigma’ – a mystery movie for $5. The Matakana Market Kitchen and The Vintry wine bar are all part of the same hub as Matakana Cinemas, so it’s easy (and highly recommended) to combine your cinematic outing with a meal, an excellent local wine, or a delectable Ginellis ice cream. The Market Kitchen, or MMK as it’s affectionately known, serves up delicious food and wine, and the Vintry offers 40 local wines, craft beers and an amazing selection of spirits (and yes, you are welcome to take them with you into your movie) with a grazing menu including the likes of Just Baked Cheesy Garlic Dough Balls, Fresh Schnapper Ceviche with Lime Tacos and Posh Chips with Pepper Sauce and Tommy K, Yum Char, sharing platters, cheese boards and ‘Big Little Feeds’.

All in all our visit to Matakana Cinemas was a wonderful experience and we’d highly recommend adding it to your to-do list. TIP: On Monday’s you can get a movie and a glass of excellent wine from the Vintry for $20 after 5pm.

PRICES: Adult (16 - 64 years) $16.00 Senior (65 years+) - $13 Student (16 years+ w/ student I.D.) - $14 Child (2 - 15 years) - $11 Add $2.50 per person for 3D film sessions Met Opera Adult/Student - $33.00 Senior/Child - $28.00 National Theatre (NT Live) Adult/Student - $25.00 Senior/Child - $20.00

We visited MMK and had the baked avocado stuffed with welsh rarebit and topped with roast tomatoes (and bacon) and the Chorizo and Spud Crush with herb-roasted potatoes, chorizo with onion jam, wilted spinach and poached eggs for lunch pre-movie.

Matakana Cinemas is wheelchair and disabled friendly, and is available for groups, fundraising, and special events.

The dinner menu looked tempting with Tom’s local Mahurangi oysters (natural with champagne shallot vinaigrette, Baked Rockefeller,




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Special Occasions Deserve a Special Place Celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary? Looking for the perfect place to have a relaxing week or weekend in the Matakana area? Well look no further, a stay at Black Fern Matakana will exceed your expectations! Your hosts Vern and Jenny have stayed in some of the finest lodges in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the USA and Europe. They built on these experiences to design Black Fern to be the perfect place to celebrate your special occasions. Stylish to the max, Black Fern Matakana is a private retreat surrounded by native bush and vineyard views. Get your friends and family together and bring in a gourmet chef to cater a sumptuous meal. Or DIY at the outdoor kitchen by the heated pool. With a spacious open plan living area and large fully equipped kitchen, four ensuite bedrooms plus a separate one bedroom cottage sleeping up to 10, there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy your celebration. You deserve Black Fern Matakana! Ideal for: couples retreats, family holidays, wedding accommodations, executive conferences • Close to Matakana Village and Omaha Beach • Borders the vineyards of Ascension Vineyard Estate • Fabulous master bedroom suite with TV, walk in closet, luxurious bathroom • Sky TV, free wifi throughout • Heated swimming pool, outside fireplace and kitchen with large grill





Location is Plume's first drawcard. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Matakana coast, amidst blossoming vineyards and olive groves and a stone's throw from Omaha's pristine beaches, reminds me of a Tuscan villa, with its wooden ceilings and immense windows that open to beautiful sunsets and never ending rolling hills. The chef's menu takes you on a world voyage without moving from your seat. From Italian classics like wild mushroom risotto and seafood ravioli; nicoise salad and cassoulet from their next door neighbors and Portuguese peri peri prawns to an Asian galore of okonomiyaki — that delicious Japanese cabbage pancake — crispy mandarin duck and Thai beef salad; not forgetting the curries that import authentic flavours of India and make chef Atesh Ram proud. A dish for everyone, even your most whimsical friend.

Bright plum sorbet scoops served in a dainty frozen bowl cleared our palates and got us ready for the main and star of the day dish : juicy pork tenderloin with a sweet, almost toffee honey glaze with just the right amount of grainy mustard to prevent it from being sickly; a calvados sauce with tiny cubes of tart apple married perfectly in a deconstructed version on pork and apple sauce. Silky horseradish and parsnip puree and caramelised cabbage were served as accompaniments. I loved the balance between sweet and sharp flavours of this dish, blending together to create a whole new one. By suggestion of the attentive manager we paired this course with an aromatic and dangerously easy to drink rose from the restaurant vineyards.

We had the summer tasting menu. This light and fresh set of six courses started with a goat's cheese mini terrine; creamy and unctuous, served with apricot chutney and a sweet pepper sauce to balance the tanginess of the cheese.

We finished our long relaxing lunch with a passionfruit cheesecake look alike, airy and soft, more a mousse than a cake itself, with passionfruit sauce, fruit macedonia and crowned with a mascarpone quenelle, a light way to end the meal.

A melting in your mouth smoked beef carpaccio followed; thin and elegant as a carpaccio should be, dotted with sharp capers and fat drops of house made mayonnaise. In a dish with such few ingredients quality is a must and on this one the effort put in sourcing the best is evident.

The whole experience is what you expect of a weekend — joyful, easy and full of surprises. Plume however, can also be enjoyed during the week.

The last of the starters was an eye catching roll made of squid ink pasta filled with a smooth seafood and herb pate, bathing graciously in a little pool of saffron sauce.

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Equal parts: Vermouth, gin and Campari.

Pour over ice and top with freshly pressed blood orange juice.

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1 (400g) tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2T tahini Juice of 1 lemon 4T extra virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper

Blend all ingredients together with a hand held blender, or in a food processor. If it is too thick, add a little ice cold water. Check seasoning. Drizzle with olive oil and dukkah to serve.


500g baby spinach leaves, washed and dried 250g ricotta cheese 40g cake flour 1 large egg, beaten 125g Parmesan cheese, (or grana Padano or other hard cheese), grated, plus extra for serving Salt and pepper 200g semolina flour 100g butter, to serve Fresh sage, to serve (about 20 leaves) Half a lemon

Cook the spinach in a large, deep pan over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until wilted. Drain and squeeze out all the water. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese and flour. Stir in the spinach, egg, grated cheese, and seasoning. Stir well until mixed. On a surface floured with half the semolina, roll the malfatti mix into about 25 balls the size of a teaspoon. Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the malfatti and simmer for 2-3 minutes – they will float to the surface when cooked. Drain and keep warm in the pan. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, melt the butter and gently cook the sage leaves until crispy and the butter is brown, and squeeze in lemon juice. Place the malfatti onto plates, pour the sauce over them, and sprinkle with the extra Parmesan cheese. Serves 6-8

For Whisky’s Sake

Say Japanese spirits and most will think of sake. Or Pokémon. But the country’s whisky-makers are being evermore recognised on the international stage, their brews even eclipsing their legendary Scottish counterparts. In 2014, Japan’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 topped the tipple chart of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, named the best whisky in the world, and noted for its “near indescribable genius”. Both Japan’s blends and single malts continue to dominate.

“Rita played a very important role in Masataka’s life work,” Nikka Whisky international sales manager Emiko Kaji tells the BBC. “She provided not only moral support but also financial support when they had a difficult time. She made every effort to adopt herself to the Japanese culture and stay with him all the time, even during the world war... Masataka could not have overcome a lot of difficulties without loyal support by Rita.”

“Japanese whisky has a good balance,” Takayuki Suzuki, cocktail designer at Tokyo’s Park Hotel, tells CNN. “Compared with Scotch whisky, it does not lose the taste and flavour when you mix it with other drinks. It is easy to use as a cocktail base.”

The onset of the second world war brought personal troubles, with many locals—and some family members—turning against them. Rita was even accused of being a British spy, but workers at their company defender her staunchly.

Though the most widely publicised, the 2014 title wasn’t the first taste of success for the Far East whisky industry. Thirteen years earlier, Whisky Magazine named Nikka’s Yoichi whisky ‘Best of the Best’ in an international tasting, and two years later, Suntory’s 30-year-old Hibiki whisky took home the top award from the International Spirits Challenge. The maker collected gongs for more than a decade later at the same competition.

The couple stayed put, and time healed.

“Three things have a big influence on Japanese whisky,” says Shinji Fukoyo, chief blender of Suntory, who also own the Yamazaki distillery, “water, climate and people.” The water used is of the mineral kind, fresh from a well; the blenders are fastidious in their taste tests; and the climate, hotter in winter and cooler in summer, makes for faster maturation than in Scotland: “Our first whisky wasn’t successful because whisky-making in Japan was so closely inspired by whisky from Scotland,” he tells the Telegraph. But the smoky flavour “didn’t meet the Japanese palate”, and so it was modified. Water is actually as an integral as the grain to the whisky-making process. “You’re only as good as the water you make whisky with,” says Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniels master distiller, to Esquire. “You can make bad whisky with good water, but you still have to start with good water. An ideal water is cold, mineral rich, and iron-free.” Jack Daniels source theirs from a waterway which flows through local limestone caves. Around the same time Jack Daniels was founded (1875), whisky distillation was taking off in Japan, but it wasn’t until the early 1920s that is was produced commercially, in Yamazaki—an enterprise that, fittingly, wouldn’t have happened without certain Scottish help. On 8 January 1920 in a registry office in Scotland, Jessica Roberta Cowan—also known as Rita— married Masataka Taketsuru, a Japanese chemistry student who had arrived in the country two years prior to study whisky-making. He had been a lodger at Rita’s home. Soon, they moved back to Japan where Masataka dreamt of building his own distillery. Masataka secured work with Suntory, playing a leading role in establishing the nation’s first commercial whisky plant, at Yamazaki. A decade later he established his own legendary distillery, now known as Nikka, at Yoichi, producing his first batch in 1940.

Following her death in 1961 aged just 63, the main street of Yoichi was named ‘Rita Road’, and when Masataka passed away in 1979, he was laid to rest beside his wife in that small Japanese coastal town in which they shared so much of their lives. Today they are affectionately referred to as the mother and father of Japanese whisky. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

WH ISKY A GO- GO: T H E GR AIN AT A GLANC E Americans and Irish spell it ‘whiskey’; Canadians, as well as Scots and Japanese, drop the ‘e’. Traditional whisky ingredients include corn, rye, barley and wheat, but it can be made from any grain, including quinoa. Whisky is clear when it goes into the barrel. Tennessee whisky is aged in new white oak barrels, and bourbon in charred ones. Scotch makers often re-use these vessels to age their brews. Ageing must last at least three years for it to be real whisky. There are more barrels of bourbon than there are people in Kentucky. Though the birthplace of the legendary drink, Bourbon County, in the state of Kentucky, was ‘dry’ between 1919 and 2014. Scotland exports more than 30 bottles of whisky per second, on average, bringing in £3.86billion in revenue in 2015. The word ‘whisky’ was first used in the early 18th century, but the drink had been in production for at least two centuries previously.

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The Wine Rack 108 FOOD Nov 2016



The September issue gave readers an insight into Sacred Hill Winery, in particular their success with their Stellar Collection of red wines from Gimblett Gravels. All in all an exceptional vintage and one of the best collections of red wines in the country. Red wines aside, if you asked wine lovers a decade ago to name their favourite wine most would certainly have chosen chardonnay, with the rest nominating sauvignon blanc as their second choice. But how the tide has turned. Taste as with fashion are having wine drinkers slowly reacquainting themselves to a host of new wines. While chardonnay and sauvignon blanc remain universal in our vineyards, there’s a new generation of winemakers experimenting with other grape varietals giving wine drinkers an introduction to global wines without having to seek out imported brands. Even though chardonnay and sauvignon blanc rule supreme, their positions have reversed. The phenominal growth of our sauvignon blanc comes as no surprise with their typically light-bodied and refreshing fruity flavours. It’s the most widely planted grape and our biggest export earner. With Sacred Hill’s recent success in mind a review of their current sauvignon blanc collection seemed timely.



2014 Sacred Hill Halo Marlborough sauvignon blanc RRP $25 This crisp refreshing wine has a distinctive flavour combining vibrant tropical fruit that drives the palate.

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IMMERSION IN WINE The normal trials and tribulations of tertiary education poured back into my life when I went back to school for viticulture and winemaking: late nights tapping away to finish an assignment; stomach in my throat before exams; and the endless ‘homework guilt’ lingering in the back of my mind, to name a few. However, when homework is wine, the ‘guilt’ can easily slip away with an oaked chardonnay or aged Bordeaux blend. Immersion is the best way to learn a language, and I feel, to learn anything. With this in mind I moved down to sunny Blenheim to surround myself with the great Marlborough wine region. Wine is almost a language in itself, the work comes with its own jargon and when tasting, a generous dictionary of adjectives is essential to have in one’s head to describe what it is that is being felt, smelled and tasted. Indeed, just like a new language, new parts of your brain must be stimulated as you force yourself to use senses that are more often than not, neglected, such as your smell and taste. I have had to develop my nose to break down and distinguish different aromas; where before I only smelled red wine – stewed blackcurrants, white pepper, forest floor and star anise now fill my senses. Green capsicum, citrus, passion fruit and tomato stalk now make up sauvignon blanc flavours for me as this world of wine trickles into my understanding. Upon arriving in Blenheim, at school, I made my first wine an oaked sauvignon blanc. Since then, I have been working alongside my study at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) to allow myself to take in both the theory and the practical of the profession, with my only regret being that I did not start earlier. As all good wine is made in the vineyard and produced from the best quality grapes, I worked in the vines, gaining a greater understanding of the plant before moving into winery work with the acclaimed Framingham Wines. The team at Framingham have been as helpful to me as my tutors, guiding me to realise my goals in the industry. Indeed, with these experiences under my belt and graduation in sight, all I can think of is the next vintage, the next bottle, bouquet and sensation that this lifestyle brings with it. — Words: Glenn Stirling

CANAPÉS & CO. With the festive season and holidays on their way, Chloe, Verve’s foodie friend and chef extraordinaire, got busy creating some cool canapé recipes, just right for serving with long chilled drinks on stretched out lazy summer evenings.

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DECONSTRUCTED LITTLE CAESAR MAKES 12 These super cute canapés are the perfect bite to share over a few vinos with good friends. Packed full of flavour you’d think your eating a Caesar salad.

INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • •

120g chicken, marinated with oil and mixed herbs 2 rashers bacon 4 eggs, hard boiled, yolk and white separated into different bowl 3 white bread slices, each cut into four squares or stamped rounds with cookie cutter Chives, finely shredded 12 Rocket leaves Shaved Parmesan White anchovy cut into slithers


Cook bacon rashers and bread rounds on low heat 140 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until bacon is crisp and bread is crispy. Let bread cool and cut the bacon into little square shards whilst hot. Cook marinated chicken in oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes in oven or until cooked through. Slice into thin slices. Mash the yolk with a little mayonnaise until a creamy consistency, season with salt and pepper. Blitz the egg white with a hand mixer a little hot water and a table spoon of mayonnaise. Stir through chopped chives and set aside.


Spread the egg white mixture on top of the bread round. Top with a rocket leaf followed by a Parmesan shaving. place a couple slices of chicken on top followed by a dollop of the yolk mayonnaise. Finish off by topping with a bacon shard and a sliver of white anchovy.

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SEARED TUNA, TOASTED SESAME SEED CRUST, CHILLI GINGER GLAZE MAKES 12 Bite-sized morsel that bring Thai inspired flavours to your mouth. The perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness that marry perfectly with the toasted sesame seeds and melt in your mouth tuna.


• 120g sashimi tuna cut into bite sized squares • sesame oil • toasted black and white sesame seeds


¼ cup finely grated ginger 4 large mild red chillies, seeded and shredded 2 kaffir lime leaves finely shredded ½ cup palm sugar or soft brown sugar ½ cup white vinegar 2 teaspoon fish sauce


To make chilli ginger glaze, place the ginger, chillies, kaffir, sugar, vinegar and fish cause in a saucepan over medium-high heat and boil for five minutes or until slightly thickened. Keep hot. Sear tuna for 30 seconds to seal edges and cooked to liking, do not over cook or it will be tough. Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan for 3-5 minutes until browned, shaking the pan often. Coat cooked cubes in sesame oil and toss in the sesame seeds. Place a little bit of glaze bottom of your Chinese spoon followed by a cube of coated tuna and top with some of the chilli, ginger and kaffir shreds. Serve hot.

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Piknic Cafè is a hidden treasure in the middle of Castor Bay where everything is made on site. We are a kitchen and deli, and cater to all using mostly organic products with gluten- and dairy-free options available. With a rustic yet fleek design feel, everyone is welcome, so come along and try us out. We're very excited to call Castor Bay home. 82 Beach Rd, Castor Bay

A ‘slice of wellness heaven’ in Newmarket for gluten-free, organic raw food. Grab a super sip smoothie, hot beetroot or turmeric lattè, or fire up the brain with a ‘fat black’. Try the menu or delicious cabinet food from salads to sugar-free indulgences. 12 Melrose Street, Newmarket





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1 cup Ceres Organics Raw Cashews (soaked 2 hours, rinsed & drained) 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup lemon juice 3 tablespoons Ceres Organics Yeast Flakes 1 tablespoon Ceres Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon Ceres Organics Turmeric Powder sea salt & black pepper, to taste

4 cans Ceres Organics Chickpeas (rinsed & drained) 1/2 cup Ceres Organics Tahini (Unhulled) 1/2 cup Ceres Organics Almond Butter juice of 1 lemon 2/3 cup Ceres Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plus more for drizzling) Ceres Organics Paleo Savoury Mix (to serve)

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender, and process until smooth.

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until thick and creamy. Add additional oil if required.

Pour into a jar and put in the fridge overnight to set to a thick spreadable consistency.

Serve in a large bowl, topped with an extra drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of Paleo Savoury Mix.

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High Tea & Charity

You’ve probably never heard of Merrill Joseph Fernando but chances are you or someone you know, consumes his produce daily. The former Ceylon Tea taster is the founder of the Dilmah Tea company in Sri Lanka. Named after his two sons Dilhan and Mailik, the company was established in 1988. A business based on the philosophy of ethical trading, workers are treated fairly with a percentage of the profits used to fund the Merrill Joseph Fernando Charitable Foundation. Thanks to Volker Marecek, Executive Chef at The Langham, Auckland now there’s a Kiwi connection too. Each year Dilmah holds a High Tea Challenge to promote the importance of the beverage in gastronomy, encouraging top intentional chefs to showcase their creativity. In 2014, Marecek and his colleague Benjamin McManus took home the gold medal. Following the victory, Volker was invited to Sri Lanka to visit Dilmah’s tea plantations and learn more of the work of the MJF Foundation and the Ethical Tea Society. He also spent time with disadvantaged and disabled youths, which he says totally altered his outlook on life. “I just love the country,” says the chef. “The people are incredible.” And the food? “I’ve eaten a lot of local dishes in Sri Lanka and I’m a big fan of the cuisine.” Last month Volker visited the country again, this time to teach young Sri Lankans how to cook European specialities such as pasta. “I have travelled around the world and experienced many things,” he says, “but the chance to teach the kids is just outstanding.” Being a chef in Sri Lanka is a highly respected yet competitive profession, so MJF Culinary Centre on the outskirts of Colombo, will inevitably give the students an advantage. “The students were very, very keen,” says Volker. “Sometimes there was a language barrier, but the most challenging part of the experience was the kitchen temperature which was 40-45 degrees. We had to air condition the pastry!” The course concluded by preparing high tea for 400 children. Volker says he has been profoundly changed by the experience. “You can’t help but be affected by poverty. I want to continue to do more projects like this, whether abroad or here in New Zealand. There are underprivileged children everywhere and foundations like this can do so much to help them.” Volker’s cooking career began in 1985 at the age of 16, back in his homeland of Germany. His talents have been sought internationally, including a stint at the Savoy in London. When I asked if any teacher stood out as having a major influence on him, he praised Anton Edelmann. In 2007, Volker settled in New Zealand, his skills soon secured by The Langham, Auckland. The hotel, he adds, has been extremely supportive of his Sri Lankan endeavour. “It would be great if we could do something with the students at The Langham, Auckland” he says. “I would love to have the kids come to New Zealand for a couple of weeks to experience cooking in our hotel kitchen.”

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Top: Spode Tattoo Hanging Flax Right Page: Monarch Butterfly

Philippa Bentley Philippa Bentley is an Auckland artist whose work is usually inspired by nature, often with a twist.

The Insects and Memories series has been very well received and was reviewed as “highly unusual and utterly delightful”.

Philippa exhibits regularly and has work held in both New Zealand and international collections. She produces limited edition fine art prints and paintings, and has received awards in painting, printmaking and design. She works across a range of media and is currently exploring new technologies in her art practice. She is excited by the opportunities of art, science, design and technology working together.

Augmented Reality (AR) tecnology now brings Philippa’s Monarch Butterfly to life. Its wings lift, it walks and then flies off the paper, or out of your computer screen, and in to the room in front of you. A bit of metamorphosis magic!

“I love visiting natural history collections and marvelling at the dinosaur fossils, giant bird eggs and beautiful, colourful exotic butterfly collections, 100-year-old plant specimens and more. I believe our natural history collections are as much about our social history and the context of the time, as they are about the natural flora and fauna preserved; the collector as well as the collected. I use natural history collections as a metaphor for presenting my themes and thoughts. In this way my artwork can be simply enjoyed aesthetically yet functions on different levels, with both personal or social meaning; layer on layer, and often includes an image within an image.” A fascination with insects, that’s lasted from playing in her sprawling childhood garden and in the creek down at the bottom of the bush, inspired Philippa’s Insects and Memories series. This is a series of insect collections presented as museum boxes. “Just as a butterfly is caught and preserved in a specimen box, so do we capture our experiences and archive them as our memories. We are all collectors of memories, experiences, sensations, fragments of days that layer us up and make us who we are.” Philippa’s original insect images are individually screen printed and hand painted on to weatherboards or paper. They have been described as “memory boxes”. For example, Philippa’s Huhu Beetle is adorned with the cover of AWB Powell’s Native Animals of New Zealand — a reference book familiar to many from the school nature study table or a dusty shelf on the bach bookcase.

Sir David Attenborough said, “Butterflies lift the heart. They bring such joy.” And surprise and delight show in the face of people interacting with the app. Search Philippa Bentley Monarch or you can go to this link to download the app, free:!augmentedreality-ar-art/ckvw Philippa is also extending her body of work by developing a fresh, new series of botanical artworks. The natural history collections are now fauna and flora together. Philippa is developing her own herbarium of plants and tattooed botanicals inspired in part by the plant specimens collected by Banks and Solander on Cook’s voyage of discovery in 1769, and in part by her late father’s much loved garden. This series reflects on family, generations and the process of becoming; what we pass on from one generation to the next, literally in her Spode Tattoo paintings and also in a broader sense. The resulting artworks draw from the tradition of botanical art yet are large, highly original and beautiful paintings, screenprints and mixed media works. A recently purchased property north of Auckland is providing fresh inspiration for the artist — literally a new creative landscape and broadening horizons. “I love the idea of retaining a sense of wonder in the world. My work celebrates our native flora and fauna; our land and sea, and often reflects on memory and identity, love and the collector.” To view Philippa’s work, a selection of pieces are held at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport.

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“ I love road trips. When I was a child, we often trekked through the vast South African landscape towards a holiday destination or family gathering. Always filled with the same anticipation of what lies ahead, I was able to observe the ever-changing countryside, unhindered from the back seat. This was a beginning of my life-long love for the open road. Since arriving in New Zealand in 2007, I continue this journey. Exploring Aotearoa and finding beautiful, inspirational landscapes wherever I go. Over the past decade I have been photographing and painting landscapes from the Far North to the Deep South. This collective of works are created with an ongoing theme, ‘Into the heartland’, referring not just to the hinterland, but also the landscape of the heart. My landscape paintings originate in my photography of the landscape. Composition, form and colour are central to my subject and I tend to use the viewfinder as a primary canvas.


Visit my working studio, the newest gallery in Saint Heliers, to view my latest work, I would love to say hello”.

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ART & ABOUT Nov 2016

Mick Jenkins has been hiding in the shadows as one of of hip hops cryptic, prophetic underdogs as long as the Chicagoan has been on the radar, his poetry offered by the wit and wisdom of the MC's soft spoken yet equally air slicing tongue. Jenkins entices his listener with conceptual themes; the thread that laces his projects together with such grit. His first mixtape The Waters — a metaphor synonymous for 'the truth'— was only the beginning of Jenkins's encyclopedia of revelations, but the man is adamant he isn't a preacher, instead merely storytelling and spreading a message in hopes that it'll stick on the youth of Chicago...Or the world. Jenkins's debut album The Healing Component follows suit with this pattern, Mick identifying its unresolved title as a simple key we all forget: love. But it's not all romanticised, rainbows and sunshine love Mick is dealing with here — Mick practises and articulates love in all of its arenas, not just the sappy monogamous kind. On THC he celebrates the platonic and the inner-self peace, and he places these types of love plus all of their complications and importances on a pedestal just as worthy as the romantic love we seem to so predominantly strive for. On 'Strange Love' it's the loving motivational urge of a friend saying, "I wanna see my n*ggas learning lessons and attempting to grow," and on 'The Healing Component' Mick vocalises his confusion about why, "when people talk about love you only

really think about the pretty parts, the romantic parts of love — people don't really think about loving themselves." On 'Spread Love' he breaks it down real simple: "The basics of his message was love, the basics just loving yourself and projecting that love onto others. Treat the nice man like a brother." Mick Jenkins's gestures of love come both small and grand, but always with the same pure, philanthropic intentions. In a society searching for solution he is well aware that himself, nor anyone of us hold the indefinite answers. Mick isn't the first to reveal the healing component he proclaims over 15 tracks, and he certainly won't be the last. But his approach to well-being and unity is demonstrated with the technicality and wholeheartedness which makes his listener approach love with a fresh perspective. You can catch Mick Jenkins at Saint Jerome's Laneway festival at Albert Park on 30 January 2017! — Words: Laura McInnes


When people talk about love you only really think about the pretty parts, the romantic parts of love — people don't really think about loving themselves ”

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A star studded concert from the ‘Godmother of folk’ which will please any fan.

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Directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine) and starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive story of love and sacrifice, based on the bestselling Australian novel by M.L. Stedman.

JIFF will tour to Auckland, with a curated selection of 15 features and documentaries; screening on November 10, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at the Academy Cinemas.

In the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel begin their life together on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the only inhabitants of Janus Rock, the couple live a quiet life, blissfully in love and sheltered from the rest of the world. Then one day, a mysterious rowboat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying baby girl. Reeling from a recent loss, Tom and Isabel decide to raise the child as their own, setting off a chain of decisions – some impetuous, others wrenching – that unravel with shattering consequences. View trailer on the Verve website.

Lights go down, curtain opens and then the fresh, magic moment that never fades. What is going to happen? Where will I go? Who will I meet? I have searched every nook and cranny of world cinema over the last 12 months watching over 300 films and the excitement is as palpable as it was for the first film I ever watched. It is a privilege to share with you these 68 new award winners and crowd pleasers that show life through the Jewish looking glass. Films by and about people trying to make sense of our crazy, beautiful world. See you at the movies. — Eddie Tamir, Artistic Director Tickets available for purchase at



Straight from its Cannes Competition berth, Pedro Almodóvar’s new film is a dramatic, emotional story of a woman’s loves and regrets told in the master’s distinctive style.

He was an Oxford-educated African king, while she was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), is the subject of a new period drama starring Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Adapted from Alice Munro’s short stories, Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) is about to leave Madrid to live in Portugal when she runs into Bea (Michelle Jenner), the childhood friend of her daughter Antía. This chance meeting sets off a range of emotions in Julieta, and she begins to write a long and revealing letter to her daughter – one filled with regret, guilt and love. With a sense of mystery, an expressive score and his trademark use of vibrant colour, Almodóvar has made a film of spellbinding beauty. View trailer on the Verve website. Rating: M Sex scenes.

Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, who in 1965 became independent Botswana’s first president. He was also kgosi (king) of the Bamangwato people, having been crowned at the age of four in 1925. Pike stars as Ruth Williams, who would go on to be the first lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980. View trailer on the Verve website.

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Jewish Film Festival The Last Laugh

This month sees the arrival of the Jewish International Film Festival in Auckland, carrying a compelling clutch of films collected courtesy of festival director, Eddie Tamir: “My ambition was to give as comprehensive a window into the Jewish experience as possible, including not only Israeli, but Jewish stories from around the world. I also wanted to ensure Australia and New Zealand audiences could experience premieres, which wasn’t the case before.” I ask Eddie if, like the films’ creators, he suffers opening night nerves. “Absolutely, I feel as though I take on everyone else’s nerves from the screenwriters to the boom operators! The whole of the previous 12 months’ work crystallises into this one moment. You wonder how may tickets you’ll sell, how the opening film goes down, how I’ll stumble through my opening address.”

While most similar events sprout from one particular nation, the JIFF cherry picks talent from as far a field as Romania, Canada, Morocco and Australia, affording audiences a fascinating range of perspectives. But how, I wonder, does one define a Jewish film? “Israel does have different criteria to the rest of the world,” says Eddie. “It requires the content to be ‘Jewish’ at some level. There are about 50 Jewish film festivals in America and often just to have a Jewish director, actor or screenwriter is enough to qualify. We’re looking for some content, something that resonates with the Jewish experience itself.”

Last year the festival celebrated its quarter-century anniversary, Eddie has now been at the helm for five of those and this is the third time he’s brought it to Auckland. He tells me he’s not looking for anything specific when sourcing the movies. Whether it be a critics’ darling or a schmaltzy crowd-pleaser, so long as it’s “done well within its on genre” it’s good enough for him. This year’s list is pretty evenly split between documentaries and feature films and one of the stand-out titles is The Last Laugh, a thought-provoking look at the most controversial of subjects, namely making jokes about the Holocaust. The stellar line-up sees the likes of Sarah Silverman and Mel Brooks talk it out. “There is this misconception that Jewish films are all about the second world war,” says Eddie. “But people are very surprised by the Israeli energy, because it is thrilling. There are stories that are so current and so fresh in their content about the Middle East, about immigration and family. “We are at the mercy of the film makers, but there is an enormous amount of creativity, especially the Jewish industry and that makes us very fortunate. I hope people can enjoy—and debate— the films.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Is there a certain aesthetic which threads itself through Jewish film making? “Probably not, it would be hard to say that categorically when you look at our line-up. Sand Storm for example, which won the Israeli Oscar for best film, the Sundance grand jury prize for best feature, and is the automatic selection for Israel for the foreign feature category at the Academy Awards, is a Bedouin tale about polygamy in a contemporary traditional society in the North Galilee. There is a lot of layering in the presentation of that film that has a Jewish angle deep inside but, is also simply high-quality human storytelling.” Sand Storm

* Visit Verve’s website, to see our top picks for those unfamiliar with the Jewish Film Festival.


Words: Doris Mousdale



Nov 2016

WOMEN GARDEN DESIGNERS KRISTINA TAYLOR $119 We all know you can’t have too many gardening books but it is also surprising to see how the art of gardening is continually changing and so a new book is not just welcome but much needed! Women gardeners have always been influential from Gertrude to Vita to Rosemary Verey. Women Garden Designers covers the influential designers from around the world and this book is not only marvelous to wallow in, but it will prove to be a valuable resource for styling and planting your garden not just season by season but for the long term of your piece of heaven.


LIVING IN THE LANDSCAPE ANNA JOHNSON $85 As living in the city becomes more of a challenge, some are choosing to build and live in a more rural environment. Building a dream home wanting to fit in with the new way of living the countryside or forest requires takes a lot of thought and planning. This splendid book features twenty eight houses in unusual locations from cliff tops, to deep in the bush. The designs fit the stunning buildings into the landscape taking into consideration climate change, effect on the land and the relationship between a successful building and a breathtaking home. Each building is described by size, location, distance from other houses, rainfall and even latitude and longitude and height above sea level and of course includes the architects of each of the houses.

This highly illustrated and descriptive guide to the best 200 huts to visit will encourage you to get out and about across the North and South Island and discover some of the best destinations to visit in the country. Most huts are available for public use and go from cosy two bunk affairs to the giant eighty bedders or rather sleeping baggers. Bunk for the Night is a great piece of New Zealand history and one of the unique parts of our tourist and holiday industry that sometimes we overlook. Essential for the tramper and casual tripper alike.

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(21 March – 19 April) 130 Connections with a broader set of people BUSINESS/ and experiences can be the catalysts EDUCATION for your changing, more open-minded, & SOCIETY personal philosophy. Your interest in learning, exploring, and branching out Nov is renewed and fresh. Listening to your 2016 gut will serve you well, as long as you’re not listening to that part of you that fears change. Love and romance is enhanced with good humour and warmth, and social engagements abound.


(20 April – 20 May) You may find great joy and reward in your creative projects and hobbies. Pleasure-seeking activities, recreation, and amusement are increased. You are far less inhibited when it comes to expressing yourself creatively, and you are a lot more fun to be around. You are more open than ever to explore your own intimate nature, and sudden opportunities to do so are likely to be part of the picture.


(21 May – 20 June) Outdoors activities appeal more than ever, and an opportunity to travel somewhere exotic could drop into your lap. Confidence is the key–faith in your ability to do the right thing instinctually will get you everywhere now. You are likely to yearn for a connection to more spiritual or idealistic pursuits. Romance moves forward, and you’re ready to take the initiative when it comes to matters of the heart.


(21 June – 22 July) You are clearer about your goals, and work matters are straightforward. Others are recognising your talents and abilities, so it’s a good time to get yourself noticed. Relations on the job are good, although after the 18th, communication problems or other irksome delays are likely. Your drive to improve your finances is great this month. Friendships are especially rewarding and motivating. This is an excellent period for networking of all kinds.


(23 July – 22 August) This is a phase when you have an increased awareness of your need for a solid foundation — when the rest of the world is getting on your nerves. You are likely to be more strategic in your actions as you become aware of the subtleties of human interaction. This is a time when your best course of action is to recognise that you need, or rely on, others for support and responsibilities.


(23 October – 21 November) You are full of energy and excitement on and this brings opportunities for you to advance in your career or run into some great opportunities. It is your time to shine and get out and socialise. You will meet new people who could become long time friends or even a new lover or partner. A project or group may be highlighted and this can bring some positive results in your direction.


(22 December – 19 January) It is a time for growth and prosperity and for you to focus on what great opportunities can come your way. It is also time for you to socialise and make new friends or go out on dates. You may take a path to help others financially, but you must also make sure you don’t play someone’s savior in the process.


(22 November - 21 December) You seem to get the attention to advance in your career or pursue a new career path. It could bring you more money and more security for the future. If you plan a business venture then this could be a time for you to build long term financial security. You will also notice an increase of tedious task and projects but you may also be open to venturing out and making your own money.


(23August – 22 September) Mentally, you can be exhausted, easily drained, and unfocused, or you can have too much mental energy and not enough to do to use it constructively. You need to find a mental outlet or you’ll snap constantly. You can join a new group, take up a new cause, or find a new dream for your future. An opportunity could come up for a friend, or for you through a friend.


(20 January – 18 February) It is a time to take care of any unhealthy habits and get rid of any negative energy from your life. and to save for the future. You also want to make sure that you take a little time for yourself to organise and budget when it comes to your income and financial obligations. You may have to fight for your beliefs, and this could be a time of legal battles.


(19 February – 20 March) The next four weeks are all about your personal wants and needs. This period may bring a great love interest. You could also hear news of a baby on the way. It is a time for you to be the centre of attention, especially if you are crafting or creating a project that relates to music, books or movies. People want to be around you and you.


(23 September – 22 October) Your sense of self-esteem and your confidence may be low and you can listen too much to what other people think of you, which impacts the way you think about yourself. Sensibleness will be required in the financial area as well. Avoid going into debts, don’t waste your money on illusion investments, be careful about what you negotiate and what you sign, obey the law and stay away from swindlers.


Happy Cats Happy Cats is an in-home cat-feeding service run by a family of cat lovers. Mum, Sally Frewin and her two children, Zylah (11) and Enzo (9) came up with the idea a couple of years ago and the cat-loving trio have been busy feeding cats around town ever since. The idea was sparked when they were asked to feed a friend’s cat while they went on holiday. The cat didn’t like going to the cattery, so this was a great solution. “Cats are very territorial creatures. They don’t tend to enjoy having to stay away from their homes,” says Sally. “We’ve had great feedback from our clients who tell us that they get great peace of mind knowing that we’re feeding their cat and checking their houses, and their cats are really happy when they arrive back home.” As a long-term volunteer at the SPCA, Sally has lots of animal experience. Zylah is in charge of playing and patting and Enzo enjoys navigating between each house. The Happy Cats trio will also do additional tasks around the house, by prior arrangement, including putting rubbish bins out, clearing letterboxes and watering plants. They’ve been known to look after other animals, such as goldfish and rabbits too!



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My 10 top tips when buying an apartment or townhouse


How times have changed with the new rules on deposits to buy existing versus new builds we have seen a renew interest in buying off the plans. Here are my check list for you to use: • Do your homework, don’t rely on the advice from the sales person only, and make sure you check out advice from other apartment owners/buyers. Speak to a property manager, bank, your accountant and lawyer. I believe you should ask for a comment from a valuer about the future value of your investment. • Check out the developer, is it their first build or do they have a history? Inspect other developments they have done, check out what’s their reputation? Do they have a track record of quality, completion on time, following up after the build is complete on warranty items? • You are buying today at a todays costs, and you are getting to choose what you hope will be the best to suit your needs. New building standards, and appliances and so on. But, remember it will take 2-3 years before completion and you need to understand you are trying to visualise your completed home from a display model and things could change. • How many apartments/townhouse need to be sold before the developer will start to build? Understand the contract you will be signing as they will favour the developer so you need to understand what rights you have and those of the developer to cancel the build. Keep in touch so you don’t get a surprise. • Location, location, location – remember you are viewing the development today, But what will it look like when finished? Remember check out motorway access, walking options, public transport, cycle ways, schools/university, shops, and don’t forget sun, views and if you get a storage locker and car park? Try to think in the future • Check if buying a refurbish building, what issues may arise around change of use, plumbing, electricity, fire, health and safety for tenants/owners. What maintenance clauses are in the contract for the developer to put right and time it take to recertify? • Existing apartments offer better value for money than a new build on a square metre rate, so know the value of what you are buying and the premium you are paying. Is it Value for Money? • Type of development – what will it come with, shops on the ground floor, storage units, car parks, facilities such as gym, pool. Common areas and the on-going cost to you as an owner. Make sure you value these and feel they will hold their value to future owners, tenants when renting. • Body Corp – reputation, cost, rules – understand your commitments, and what you can and cannot do. Can you have pets, can your rent your home/ investment. Conditions imposed that can be changed? • Last but not lease please make sure you know whom is holding your deposit, will you get interest on the money, when is completion date, and what happens if it is not completed on time



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We are often asked what people should look for in a great real estate agent. Here’s an excerpt from our book, Sold!, that may help you. Before you choose your agent, think about what is most important to you: the best price, the simplest transaction, the shortest sale time, the least stress, or perhaps a combination of some of these. The next step is to interview at least two agents, preferably from different agencies/brands, to see how they will meet your requirements in terms of what is most important to you. Many people focus too much on the commission when in fact all agents are relatively close in terms of fees – the important thing is to get the best sale price. The same goes for marketing, money spent on a comprehensive marketing campaign will come back in spades when you attract more people to your open homes, resulting in more bidders at auction, and a higher price. Here are some of the questions you should ask your potential agent: • What is your listing-to-sales ratio? This is a great way to measure how good your agent is: if they sell over 90% of the properties that they take to market then you can be sure they know what they are doing, and it also means they will stick around when the going gets tough. • What is your marketing plan? It’s easy to do just the basics – everyone puts the property on TradeMe and, in the Property Press or the local paper. You want a plan that covers all the bases: print, web, social media, professional photography, and video. The more people that see your property the more buyers you will have and the more money you will get.

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• How do you use technology to reach potential buyers? Facebook is especially useful for getting your property more profile and every agent should have a strategy for this. • How will you communicate during the sales process? This is very important. It’s easy for an agent to forget that this is a really important transaction for you, and to leave you in the dark – very frustrating for you! Make sure you have, at a minimum, a written report every week, and a call after each open home to keep you in the loop. • How important is it for you to like the agent? It’s very important for you to have rapport, if you don’t you won’t be able to communicate well enough and you really need to know everything that there is to know about the sale of you house. Finally, remember, the agent works for you, the seller, and everything he/she does has to be with your best interests at heart. If you would like a complimentary copy of our book, please just drop us a line.


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Think again! Your car actually uses six different fluids: Motor oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid. It’s important to replenish and change these fluids according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Some newer cars have very specific fluid types and methods of checking and changing these fluids and getting it wrong can be very costly.


The best-selling car of all time is the Toyota Corolla, which sold a staggering 30 million before its replacement by the Toyota Yaris in 2007.


The term ‘tune-up’ was coined when Henry Ford was working on his first automobile prototype. This first ignition system was very simple; one ignition coil for one spark plug, so four spark plugs would require four ignition coils. These coils needed to be adjusted to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these coils worked, they made a buzzing sound. When all the coils were adjusted properly, they all buzzed at the same level – they were ‘in tune’. Todays ‘tune-up’ is a far more complicated beast and should be left to the professionals.


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Nov 2016

Green Party

Paul Goldsmith




We should be thankful. We live in a peaceful country, with a wonderful environment, rich natural resources and a vibrant multicultural society. How lucky can you get? But there’s another reality. One in four children live below the UN definition of income poverty, and around one in 10 suffer serious deprivation. Cities like Auckland are congested and house prices are beyond the reach of most working people. Many of our rivers are too polluted to swim in, our greenhouse gas emissions per person are amongst the highest in the world and we are losing our native species. We can do better. Unless we change course, we are heading for a society of ‘private affluence and public squalor’, accompanied by economic apartheid and social unrest. The vision of a peaceful, fair and sustainable society is fading.

When I first stood for parliament in 2005, the number one topic was the outflow of New Zealanders. It was a cause of great concern for many people on the doorstep. It is a measure of our success as a country over these past few years that the net outflow has been transformed to an inflow, as fewer Kiwis leave and more return home after time away. And why shouldn’t more New Zealanders stay home? New Zealand’s prospects are good in a world where other countries are struggling to respond to all manner of intractable problems. But all good things bring their challenges. I’ve been holding a series of meetings with local residents and while the audiences themselves have often been half comprised of recent immigrants, there is natural concern about the pressures of rapid growth, in the housing market and on traffic congestion especially.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Instead of more road building, there could be more investment in a modern infrastructure – safe cycleways, trains to the North Shore and the airport and high speed rail linking Hamilton, Auckland and Whangarei. Infrastructure for the future.

Our government is fully aware of those pressures. We are changing immigration settings to moderate the increasing numbers of migrants applying for residence. Migrants make a valuable contribution to New Zealand both culturally and economically, and the government periodically reviews all our immigration settings to make sure they are working as intended.

There could be more support for families under pressure. We have improved the way we support our senior citizens, but we are neglecting needy children. All kids have the right to a decent start in life. We need to close the gaps by investing in low decile schools and ensuring all children have affordable, warm and dry homes to live in. A more equal society is in all of our interests.

While we are confident our immigration settings are working well, the New Zealand Residence Programme is reviewed every couple of years to ensure we have the right number and skill mix of people gaining residence.

And we could be developing a smart economy, with decent jobs and business opportunities linked to the huge growth in demand for sustainability and wellness. Instead of exporting commodities, we could be exporting more of our agriculture as high value products with a sustainability story – organic, grass fed, high animal welfare standards, with no growth hormones or GMOs. Consumers around the world are demanding high standards and we should be meeting their expectations. Sustainable business is smart business. Ultimately it’s up to us to make the future we want to see. As a new Green Party MP, I have chosen to achieve change through politics, but there are many other ways that we can take action – as ethical consumers, responsible investors, active citizens and as people who care for each other and the environment. Be the change you want to see.

Changes, which will lower the total number of people gaining residence, include: • Changing the planning range for residence approvals for the next two years to 85,000 – 95,000 (down from 90,000 – 100,000). • Raising the number of points required for residence from 140 to 160 points under the Skilled Migrant Category. • Reducing the number of places for the capped family categories to 2000 a year (down from 5500). For 10 years the New Zealand Residence Programme has been steady within or below the range of 45,000 – 50,000. However, demand for residence is currently high. Last year, the number of approvals comfortably exceeded 50,000 (52,000) and forecasts for the next two financial years indicate that approvals would be over 54,000 a year if no changes are made to policy. Changes to the Family Category, including temporarily closing the Parent Category to new applications, will also reduce the total number of migrants being granted residence. These changes demonstrate the government is taking a responsible, pragmatic approach to managing immigration.




Just Rentals

Rudy's Corner




October’s been a troublesome month, we have three tenancy tribunals coming up. Taking tenants to the tribunal is something we try to avoid doing and only action it once exhausting all other options. Tribunals are time consuming and stressful for all concerned, and they don’t always achieve required results. In our 17 years as a property management company we’ve had very few tribunals... and now three. One is for arrears. One for disturbing the neighbours, and the other, well read on... Usually we take tenants to the tribunal for rental arrears, but one of these is particularly unusual and all the years we have been managing properties this has never happened to us. One of our tenants in a management property has been taken away by Customs and placed in jail. He was three weeks into a fixed term rental of one year. What a conundrum.

I have recently had a few customers come to me after they ‘restored’ their computers to out of the box factory settings. They didn’t understand that doing this deletes all their data. While it’s a great way to refresh your PC or laptop, you need to have backed up essential data like email, documents and photos. If you think your computer is a bit slow and has errors, then this is a good way to extend the life of it, but call me first so we can ensure you don’t lose anything important. Do you have a laptop or PC that is not performing well anymore? Whether it is old or only a few months from new and not giving you what you need, I have a solution for you. Instead of replacing your machine I can install a Solid State Drive or SSD to replace your existing hard drive. These SSD’s can typically operate at up to 10 times the speed of a SATA mechanical type hard drive.

We cannot get much information from the police or Customs, and he is not paying rent. He has his possessions in the apartment. We cannot just go into the apartment and take the property and dispose of it, but neither can we re-rent the property until we go to the tribunal to get an order from the judicator to allow us to do this. It all takes time. It’s very stressful for all concerned and the unlucky landlord has no rent coming in. It’s frustrating, but this is the law and we have to follow procedure. We are still waiting on a date.

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Landlords, do your best to avoid this communicate with your tenants, check your bank statements for rent and do your three monthly inspections. As I said before, most tribunals taken to the courts are for rent arrears and even if the judicator orders them to pay the arrears, if they have no money then they will arrange a small amount to be paid by the tenant weekly. This will take years to clear the debt. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

We are all about making long-term relationships with our customers. We give ongoing advice and support. Often for free! So if you have any queries about your existing computers or want help getting the best value for money on a new purchase (Christmas is coming!), give us a call or send us an email.

At Rudy’s PC Services we can help you set up the best solution for your needs. Call us about anything regarding your computer and we will be glad to advise you and fulfil your requirements.

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Auckland's Free Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel, pass...

November 2016. Issue 128.  

Auckland's Free Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel, pass...