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WHAT'S INSIDE? Home & Design
10 The Reverie Saigon 16 All Things Design 18 Two of a Kind – 26 Two Minutes with Georgia Fowler 28 Simply Beautiful 30 Dress for the Fields –
Health & Fitness 38 Healthy Living with Dr Sharon 40 The Power of Pleasure 44 Just Doing It –
68 The Art of February 70 What’s On 72 Painting Pigs – 80 Cold Prevention Soup 82 Miso-stuffed steamed Turnips –
86 Warning Signs 87 The ‘Alps A’ Romeo –
96 Win with Verve –
54 Walk on the Wild Side 62 Italy’s Northern Lakes 66 A Man for All Seasons –
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Paging through the February issue of Verve, we realised that most of the stories are about people who have followed their passion, and, in doing so, found fulfilment, happiness and success. Which brings us to the question – what is success? More and more we are coming to realise that it can’t be only measured in monetary terms, that mental health, and intergenerational wellbeing are as much a part of the success package as is a good-looking bank account.
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In celebration of positive mental health and general wellbeing, Verve February takes a look at healthy lifestyles and some interesting wellness measures practised and preached by our interviewees. We just loved chatting with Dr Sharon (page 39), and were inspired by the energy and chutzpah of Kiwi Kirsty Godso, personal trainer to the stars. Since Linus Pauling first highlighted its benefits, vitamin C has at times been both discredited and revered; read more about its life-changing benefits on page 41. Many of you will have watched Project Runway in the second half of last year, so flick to page 27 to see how the lovely Georgia Fowler further inspires us with her positivity and humour. When it comes to wellness, there is a lot to be said for ‘we are what we eat’, and with that in mind, we proudly bring you a soupçon of recipes from the stunning tome by Nancy Singleton Hachisu – Japan: The Cookbook. As per usual there are some incredible prizes to win in this issue, including the fabulous Foreo complexion transforming smart mask treatment – UFO; and a dream come true holiday at the Little Polynesian Resort in Rarotonga—one of the small luxury hotels of the world.
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You may end up racing to meet deadlines today, or must deal with a stressful personal crisis, but life goes on, no matter what, so try to slow down and relax whenever possible, and in whatever way works for you (walking, meditation, running, or reading Verve all work!). It’s more beneficial than you likely realise. So, without further ado, dive in and enjoy the pages ahead. Wishing you a successful new year. Jude and Fran
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The Reverie Saigon is unforgettable for many reasons. Boldly and unapologetically opulent, it is quite possibly the most spectacularly appointed hotel in the region. But before Verve dives into the design side of things, there are so many other reasons why a stay at The Reverie Saigon will remain indelibly printed upon our memory. For all its luxury and high value décor, the feeling of welcome, a home away from home – was quite remarkable. The staff, led by the exceptional hotel manager Christina-Vonwrede, is accommodating, friendly and uber-professional. Nothing is too much trouble. The views across the vibrant and pulsating city that is Ho Chi Minh (or Saigon as traditionalists prefer to call it), are breathtaking. Drawing back the curtains in our room on the night of our arrival revealed ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows that wrapped around the entire bedroom and bathroom. The winding Saigon river far below, and the lit-up night time city sprawl before us is a virtuoso vision come true.
As first-time visitors to Ho Chi Minh City, we could not wait to get out and explore. The Reverie Saigon is ideally situated for such activity. At the centre of District 1, the financial and commercial hub of the city, is within easy walking distance of many popular tourist highlights and opens onto Nguyen Hue Boulevard (ideal for café- and shophopping) as well as the luxury boutique-lined Dong Khoi Street. Of course, you need never leave The Reverie Saigon as all needs are catered for within the confines of this amazing hotel. Dining options are plentiful, with probably the most memorable being that at The Royal Pavilion. Capturing the essence of Cantonese fine dining, this sumptuous restaurant is known for its divine dim sum and authentic cuisine. The presentation and artful plating of the exquisite array of mouth-watering delicacies is an experience not to be missed.
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The Spa at The Reverie Saigon is well, let’s just say it is divine, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven! The unique décor is majestic, yet serene, and it’s graced by therapists who know just how to unknot every little spot of tension to ensure that you leave feeling rejuvenated and utterly relaxed. Deserving special mention is The Reverie Lounge, a fabulous facility for suite guests. Located at the top of the building, the lounge offers round the clock refreshments and a tempting spread of light eats—it’s a wonderful place to simply get away from the hustle and bustle of busy life. Now back to that design. Clearly determined in its aim to be the best and among the most
expensive accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, The Reverie Saigon is head to toe mirrors, marble, gilt and gold leaf, velvets, lacquer and crystals, opulent beyond words. “I can’t think of any other property anywhere in the world that has brought together so many of Italy’s leading furnishing design brands”, says Giulio Cappellini, art director of the Milan-based Poltrona Frau Group and an iconic trendsetter in the industry. “Except perhaps a museum”. And that, in a nutshell, about sums it up. The Reverie Saigon is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. THEREVERIESAIGON.COM
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1. THE UCCA DUNE ART MUSEUM by Open Architecture
Ten galleries and a cafe are interlinked beneath the sand. The interconnected, organicallyshaped spaces echo those of caves, a masterpiece that weaves itself in and out of sand dunes. Different views of the sea and the sky can be seen changing throughout the day and allow natural light into the museum's spaces. A place to be visited, revered and learned from.
2. RUSH SEAT CUSHION by Japanese Craft
These beautiful seat or floor cushions are handmade in the Shiga prefecture, Japan. Shiga prefecture is a rush-producing district that was famous for farming and making Japanese floor matting. These cushions were made from leftover rush, but now they are very hard to find, and only a few producers are still making them.
3. MICHIYUKI-TOU LED PAPER LANTERN by Rina Ono
Classic, beautiful Japanese paper lantern. Beautifully made with a surprisingly powerful LED light. You will enjoy these lamps for years to come. As it is cordless, you can use it anywhere, for instance, on the table for dinner, as a reading light in the bedroom, or for taking a walk at night.
4. SAGE CHAIR by Sage
Made from European oak (natural or stained) and hand-woven Danish cord the Sage chair is reminiscent of late evenings basking in warm sunshine. Its woven seat golden and well sized perfect for comfort and insouciant style.
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6. CLERICI OUTDOOR COLLECTION by Mattiazzi
Clerici, Konstantin Grcicâ€™s new collection for Mattiazzi, radiates devout serenity. The range includes seating variants such as a classical bench, armchair, two-seater and coffee table. The main concept and beauty of the Clerici range lie in the grand simplicity of the design. Perfect furniture for outdoor lounging and
5. DUOTONE by Kvadrat Rugs
7. LIGHT LIGHT
The power of Duotone lies in its simplicity. Each rug is made using only two colours: one for the weft and the other for the warp. It is the resulting mix of the two that gives each piece its own identity. "This is the most simple flat woven basket construction; the archetype of weaving," says Hella Jongerius. Hand weaved from 100% New Zealand wool and available in 14 colourways at Simon at Simon James Concept Store.
by Established & Sons
An artistic floor lamp with poetic flair coming out of the traditional Japanese washi paper crowning it. Established & Sons collection are renown for their imaginative products with style and personality and Light Light is no exception. This product can be purchased through Simon James Concept Store.
8. WOODEN BATHMAT
9. CABIN CHAIR
This light and stylish bathroom mat in oiled birch is the perfect contribution to pull together your bathrooms. Simple and natural this bathmat is the item you didnâ€™t know you needed. The rib chamfer prevents water from accumulating on the surface of the mat, keeping it clean and fresh.
An ideal retreat in a busy workplace or open plan office space. The Cabin Chair offers a feeling of seclusion and therefore is perfect for needing to work alone or wanting to create a semi-private working space between two people. It is available in a wide range of fabric.
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10. PARALLEL SHELVING SYSTEM by Terrence Woodgate
Give your home or office the gift of these endlessly cool shelves in 2019. Coming in a set of two you can choose to set them together creating a striking industrial chic look or you can set them up separately to pull the space together with their duality. Easy to put together they are made up of two components; the uprights and the shelves.
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TWO OF A Kind
“It just really resonated with us, with how we want to work,” says Tana Mitchell of the decision to name the multi-award-winning multidisciplinary design studio, founded in 2015 with best friend Emma Kaniuk, ‘Akin’. “Kinship is about family or about being like-minded.”
“Naturally, we love our job, it’s our baby, so it’s easy to just keep saying 'yes' to things,” Emma says, “to keep going and not leave the office and not see our partners, family or friends or just relax — a balancing act we are getting much better at now.” The designer jokes that she developed a method of ensuring deadlines were adhered to by booking gym sessions and boxing classes. She also lets off creative steam—minus the professional pressures—working with her hands, whether it be gardening or making preserves which “all have beautiful labels of course!”
The affable pair of designers even go as far as to compare themselves to “an old married couple”, now so intuitive that they sometimes finish each other’s sentences. And what a fruitful relationship it has been—Akin may be of a boutique size, but it has blossomed into an acclaimed studio sought after by some of the nation’s biggest and hippest brands from GIB® to the Auckland Art Gallery, Ripe Deli and All Good Organics. Very early on, the designers were reassured by the openness of such companies to take a punt on a new and relatively unknown studio such as theirs.
Distraction, adds Tana, is the best way for her to switch off from her day job.
“They like that we become part of their team,” says Emma. “So rather than outsourcing, it’s really like bringing a resource in.” Akin’s diverse portfolio includes album sleeves and shopping precincts and on the day of my visit to their airy loft space in Britomart, Emma and Tana were putting some finishing design touches to signage for artist Dane Mitchell’s exhibition representing New Zealand at the upcoming Venice Biennale (Dane and Tana are married). “During any given project, one of us naturally takes the lead,” says Tana. “But we’re always checking in with each other, and sometimes things swap over. It’s all very seamless, and Emma is the only designer I’ve known who I can work with like that.” Both designers have previously worked for larger studios, including stints abroad, and are keen to lead the charge in propelling more women into leadership roles. They say that an imbalance of prominent women is not confined to New Zealand design, or even, alas, the industry. New Zealand design is certainly very highly regarded overseas, however. “The biggest difference between New Zealand and, say, Sydney, is that we’re a nation of makers, of DIYers,” says Emma. “The way that the country is set up, it’s relatively easy to start a business.” “You soon realise with your own business that you are responsible for everything,” says Tana. “When I was working for somebody else, I definitely had more time to myself! We’re really clear about boundaries now—strictly no business talk between Friday and Monday.”
The duo also has a side project (or, “a literal pet project”) called Dogdogdog that, says Emma, was a way to get them away from a computer, use their hands, and create a brand around their love of animals. So, they made ceramic dog bowls. “However, we just got too busy,” continues Emma. “But it then brought other friendships in. The dog bowls are now being made by a good friend of ours, and we developed a relationship with a woman in London who makes leather dog leads. Even though it didn’t turn out to be the hands-on concept that we envisioned, it’s certainly been a rewarding project.” Occasional collaborations and a part-time artworker aside, Emma and Tana are Akin, so it’s especially satisfying that they’re holding their own against some of the more established studios. When asked about their proudest moments to date, they cite their 13 nominations at the 2017 Best Awards (an event to acknowledge the best of Australasian design talent), putting them on par with the industry’s larger players. Their projects are “like babies” and there’s nothing more satisfying than witnessing them finally heading to market “beautifully crafted, and with everything considered and bang-on conceptually, that’s when you get that swell”. I finish by asking about any iconic examples of design that the pair refer to for inspiration. “I’m usually looking forward, and if I’m looking back, then I’m looking way, way back,” says Tana. “I’m generally looking out on the street. I’m looking at what people are eating, what they are wearing. Travel is important for that as well, seeing what is out and about in the world as opposed to what is trending.” “Just talking with people, having conversations unrelated to design will always spark thoughts,” adds Emma. “It’s not always visual, that’s an important thing to remember. The output is visual, obviously, but the ideas don’t necessarily have to be.”
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The Heroic Garden Festival, which gives attendees exclusive access to some of Auckland’s most striking private gardens, is in its twenty-third and final year.
This year there is the option of a fully catered bus tour experience of the festival gardens on Sunday, 17 February hosted by garden expert Tony Murrell.
This is your last chance to enjoy the festival, sadly festival director Geoffrey Marshall has been diagnosed with a terminal condition. Together with his partner John, they have been involved from the very first festival in 1997 either showcasing their garden or organising the event. Geoffrey and John will now focus on time together, with friends and to appreciate life in all forms.
Heroic Garden Festival tickets are $60 per person and give entry to all gardens 16-17 February. Or purchase individual entry at the gates, $10 for an adult and children $5 (children under 12, where permitted). Heroic Garden Party tickets are $10 per person.
The festival kicks off on Friday 15 February with Heroic Garden Party hosted by garden expert Tony Murrell at Mercy Hospice, with the festival being 16-17 February. This year’s event will feature 28 gardens with nine gardens new to the festival and for many, it is their first time opening to the public. Gardens will be open across Auckland, including Mt Eden, Remuera, Glendowie, Herne Bay, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach and Botany Downs.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the gardens including bus tour options and the Heroic Garden Party visit heroicgardens.org.nz All funds raised will go towards Mercy Hospice to continue providing care and hospice services free of charge for patients facing life limiting illnesses and their families.
“We have limited the festival to 28 gardens, ensuring enough variety and contrast between big country gardens and small central city gardens including everything inbetween. Our aim is to provide gardening enthusiasts with inspiration of the possible and appreciation of the unobtainable,” says Geoffrey. The festival appeals to a wide range of gardening enthusiasts, from those who appreciate the technical skill to others who simply enjoy the beauty that is unique to each garden. “The event provides a great way to see new trends in garden design, sustainability and self-sufficiency, with the unique opportunity to talk to the creators and implement ideas in your own home,” he says.
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BREATHE LIFE INTO YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH INDOOR PLANTS Indoor plants are a great way to give your living space a fresh look. A splash of green amongst a typical indoor setting can make a space look softer and more inviting. Most indoor plants are very low maintenance and require only a little water. From the sought-after fiddle leaf fig to many smaller vine-like hanging plants thereâ€™s a look to suit almost every space. And in many cases Indoor plants can even be good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants which can include filtering the air and increasing your sense of wellbeing.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zanzibar) This jurassic, prehistoric-looking plant thrives on neglect. More likely to be killed from being cared for, it'll cope with a wide array of conditions indoors.
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Sansevieria Also known as Snake plant or, the somewhat old-fashioned name, mother in law's tongue. This succulent is easy to grow, requires little water, can be grown in a wide array of conditions, and generally looks amazing. For best results place in bright indirect light (though they will tolerate some sun) and allow to dry out between waterings.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) Native to western Africa, growing in the rainforests of Cameroon to western Sierra Leone, the fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata) has recently gone global and become one of the hottest houseplants around. Their large architectural leaves look stunning, and the plant itself is easy to grow.
String of Pearls (Senecio) Showy, elegant, creeping succulent. Easy to care for, these plants are so popular that a scramble often takes place when people realise that they are available. Once established they look stunning, especially when they grow enough to drape right around their pots.
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RENTAL PROPERTIES THAT WILL ACCEPT PETS ARE ALWAYS IN HOT DEMAND
We all love our pets, but when it comes to rental accommodation, it can be difficult to find a property that will allow you to move in with them. Nationally, estimated figures for pet-friendly rentals range from around 14-17%. But for an astute landlord, being open to pets can potentially increase demand for your property, and provide a genuine opportunity to secure responsible, committed, and longerterm tenants.
6. Most tenants with pets tend to be very appreciative that you are considering them. But there still needs to be clear rules around what you will, or will not, agree to. These items can include the number of animals, type/breed, name of the pet or pets, and whether they are to be inside or outside. This information needs to be recorded clearly in the tenancy agreement and signed by both parties at the start of the tenancy. Miss this step out at your peril!
Instead of ruling out all pet owners as tenants, we recommend working with your property manager to establish and agree to fair, clear-cut rules and boundaries for your pet-owning tenants, and only accept those you feel are suitable for your rental property.
7. Ask for a photo of the pet for your records.
Some important considerations: 1. Review your rental property. Is it suitable for pets and what type? Do you have a fully fenced property? Do you have pet doors? Will the home suit inside pets only, or can you cater for both inside/ outside dogs and/or cats? 2. When marketing the property with the aim to attract great petowning tenants, include selling points such as a secure, fully fenced backyard, or perhaps the proximity of parks and dog walking areas. Include any restrictions you have around accepting pets, such as the number, or type of pet you would consider, or whether the pet must be an ‘outside only’ pet. 3. You will need to know what body corporate or other regulations concerning pets may apply to your apartment/townhouse or investment home — make sure you understand and can meet the requirements before you enter into a tenancy agreement. 4. Tenants and their pets both need to be reviewed and assessed. Make sure you check the references of the tenants and ask referees or past landlords about the pet. 5. Try to personally meet the pet (especially dogs), to ensure you are comfortable with how it interacts with the owner and other people. If you don’t know the breed, do your homework as every animal has different physical and emotional needs and idiosyncrasies. Then ask yourself the question—will that particular breed be a suitable option for my home and grounds?
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8. It is also very important that you take good quality photos of the condition of the property and chattels at the beginning of the tenancy, and that you follow this up with regular inspections and reports. Don’t wait to address a pet issue until the tenant leaves, as the bond may not provide adequate coverage for some types of damage, such as carpet replacement, walls needing remediation, or gardens and lawns that have been damaged. 9. Get a bond for the property (four weeks minimum). At Quinovic we also gain written commitment from pet owners at the beginning of the tenancy, which is recorded in the tenancy agreement, that at the end of the tenancy, the tenants will cover the cost of deodorising the carpet/soft furnishings, flea treatments, and even a commercial clean of the property. Any damage the pet may have caused, would then need to be deducted from the bond, if appropriate, at the end of the tenancy. 10. Remember—be very clear about what you are offering and agreeing to, before the tenant moves in, and record everything in a signed tenancy agreement. As professional and highly experienced residential property managers, Quinovic Parnell and Quinovic Viaduct can help you to make the right decisions about tenants and their pets. We also have a number of very responsible pet-owning tenants who are looking for pet-friendly properties right now. Feel free to call us; we are happy to discuss any aspect of renting your property to tenants with pets.
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We know you have been in the fashion industry from an early age and incredibly successful - do you always love it? I have been traveling and modeling for ten years now, and it’s definitely been a rollercoaster. I had to make a lot of sacrifices moving away and heading into full time work at such a young age, I missed my family and friends, and the simplicities of just being a kid at home. But, I grew incredibly worldly, able to make friends in any situation and loved the opportunities I had to see the world and do what I love. I now feel incredibly lucky for my journey and am so thankful for all opportunities that come my way. The media tells us all about you, but I am sure there is so much more to Georgia than what we read. Tell us a little about something we may not know about you! The media shares so much, there would be little you don’t know, but my friends would say I’m incredibly goofy, and probably the most avid karaoke star you will meet. What was your favourite moment from the show? The whole experience was equally new and exciting. But, my favourite thing about filming was getting to work with such an incredible crew, and seeing what the hardworking designers came up with each week. My least favourite thing was obviously having to send the designers home!
What is a must-do for you when you’re back in NZ? First, I see family, then I get a good coffee, and finally hit the beach. Favourite restaurant in Auckland? There’s so many divine restaurants in Auckland, but I love Amano, NSP, Cafe Hanoi, and Gemmayze St Best coffee spot in Auckland? Rosies Favourite cheat day meal? A good gelato Describe your signature style in three words: Easy, Classic, Tailored What’s always in your handbag? Roll on Perfume Your best fashion purchase? My rusty red Chanel 2.55 bag Jeans or dresses? Depends on the temperature ha!
Who are some of your favourite New Zealand designers to wear? Paris Georgia, and Georgia Alice.. I love how fashion forward & fun yet classic their designs are. Without a doubt they stand up to international designs I see at fashion weeks all around the world.
Heels or flats? Boots!
How has it felt watching the series back? I don’t think I’ll ever get over seeing myself on my home television, it seems surreal, but I’ve really enjoyed watching the series and seeing all the behind the scenes of the design process that the judges and I didn’t see from the judging seats.
Auckland or New York? I’m torn!!
Georgia you have so much to look forward to in life - tell us what your desires for the future are? What have you got planned for 2019? I do hope so, one of the hardest things about modelling is you never know what’s ahead of you, but for now, I’m just going to keep doing my best and work my hardest.
Career highlight? VS, Chanel, Balmain, and Miu Miu show, as well as French Vogue editorial with Inez and Vinoodh.
Summer or Winter? Summer
Favourite movie genre? Drama
Favourite holiday destination? Home!
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From Flamenco dancers to ’80s throwback bridesmaid dresses, ruffles have received a pretty bad rep over the years. But this season such ﬂounces were given a seriously modern makeover. This season, we saw everything from simple ruffled trims to layer upon layer of frothy, frilly textured and tonal ruffles. It’s clear that frou-frou frills aren’t going anywhere.
DRESS FOR THE FIELD
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Q&A Kit Brooks Ahead of the Land Rover NZ Polo Open, we spoke with the talented Kit Brooks about his love of horses, travelling the world and how to prepare for the Open when you’ve already won it three times… KIT, HOW DID YOU START PLAYING POLO? My family moved to Cambridge in 2000, and once there my dad convinced my brother and I to have a go. We started out playing Business House Polo at Mystery Creek Polo Club. It was very social, and great fun. I haven’t stopped since! DID YOU GROW UP RIDING, OR DID YOU LEARN TO RIDE WHILE PLAYING AT MYSTERY CREEK TOO? No, for as long as I remember I’ve been riding horses. My family were heavily involved in show jumping and with race horses. WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT THE GAME? There are so many good things about polo, but for me it’s the horses and the travel! AMAZING, WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELLED? I’ve been lucky enough to play polo in New Zealand, all over Australia, Malaysia, England, Mexico, Hawaii, Barbados and Singapore. WOW, THAT’S A LOT OF TRAVEL! WHAT’S IT LIKE PLAYING POLO ABROAD? I love playing abroad, meeting new people and travelling around is fantastic. The experience of playing with new people and borrowed horses from around the world improves us all the time. YOU’VE BEEN PLAYING FOR OVER 18 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT HAS BEEN? Winning the Land Rover NZ Polo Open is as good as it gets! I’ve won it three times and hoping to make it a fourth this year.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT? Our team [Tiger] play all the High Goal tournaments leading up to the open ensuring we as players, and our horses are all playing to the best of our abilities. The Open can be won and lost on horse power, so we also put a heap of time and effort into the horses, fitness, strength and schooling. Then practise, practise, practise. FOR ANYONE THAT’S NOT FAMILIAR WITH POLO, WHY SHOULD THEY ATTEND THE OPEN? The Land Rover Polo Open is the best Polo in Australasia, with the best players from New Zealand and around the world. All the top horses from all over NZ will be playing so the Polo is as good as it gets and it’s the best social event too. What more could you want! WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING POLO? After the New Zealand season finishes in March I normally play a bit in Australia in April, then a quick trip to Barbados in May, Hawaii in July and back to Australia September/October. Then back into it here in New Zealand when all the preparation starts for the Open. When I’m not playing polo I’m flat out breaking in racehorses and pre-training, so you can often find me at the races!
WHAT: Land Rover NZ Polo Open WHEN: Saturday 23 February 2019 WHERE: Auckland Polo Club, 102 Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd, Clevedon, Auckland 2585 Tickets available through iTicket NZPOLOOPEN.COM
SIGNAT UR E ST Y LE
ARE YOUR CLOTHES STILL IN STYLE? I must admit I have started my column this month more than once. I’d write a sentence, then think, “No, that’s not what I want to write about”, delete it and try a new one. Finally, after repeating this around four times I gave up and went into Newmarket to run some errands. It was there, while waiting for the lights to change on Broadway I spotted her. My inspiration for this column. Then, as often happens when your awareness of something is raised, I saw at least three more women of a similar ilk while out and about. These were middle-aged women dressed appropriately for today’s beautiful sunshine, the only jarring note was that the outfits they were wearing had possibly been in their wardrobe for well over a decade. Now, I’m all for getting plenty of wear out of your garments. I often rally against the throwaway nature of buying too much (and yes, even if you sell or donate your garments you are still contributing to a huge waste problem), I also believe that if you wear clothes that are old and dated, then you look old and dated. You look like you are holding onto a past you and that’s a bit sad.
It’s time to be honest with yourself. Before you head out in that item you may well love, but you’ve owned for several years, stop to think about whether or not it’s still stylish. If you don’t see styles like it in stores anymore, if you notice noone else wearing anything like it any more, it may be time to re-think it. You might feel I’m being a bit judgemental, you may think, “Who cares? I’ll wear what I like”, and I get that, but you need to be okay with the fact that we are indeed a society that judges people (in under a second) based on what we see – and what we wear is very much part of that. Is the person you are sending out into the world dressed to reflect who you truly are?
Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like a hand clearing the old you out of your wardrobe, Jackie would love to help! Further information can be found on her website: signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.
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BUSINESS / EDUCATION & SOCIETY
HEALTHY LIVING WITH DR SHARON Dr Sharon Walt PhD CIHC helps women suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other autoimmune conditions ﬁnd the pathway back to optimum health.
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“There’s a big difference between optimum health and not feeling sick” The incidence of chronic illness and autoimmune disease is skyrocketing, and while our health system helps with medications which just might allay some of the symptoms for a while they don’t get to the root of the problem. The Doctor Is In Enter Dr Sharon. She’s not a GP – she gained her doctorate from studies in science and biophysics – in fact, she’s speaking at the Women’s Economic Forum in India in April. Sharon’s taught hundreds of university students, conducted research and published papers on health and movement and has now taken those research and teaching skills, made a career pivot and emerged as a Certified International Functional Medicine Health Coach. Health Crisis It was a personal health crisis that brought on the change of direction for the Canadian-turned-Kiwi. “I found myself stressed out, putting on weight, tired all the time, and losing my hair,” she says. “I figured out that stress affects the thyroid which led to the other issues and when I discovered there weren’t many ways of dealing with it outside of medication, I began seeking other solutions.” Science vs Lifestyle “That’s when I stumbled upon health coaching, which takes the focus from addressing only the symptoms to finding the causative factors and healing through lifestyle and behaviour changes,” she says. “We absolutely can live better through science but it needs to be appropriate. There’s been so much research on the importance of our gut microbiome, especially in the last 10 years, that shows that many medications we take can have unintended effects on our health.” Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis While researching her own needs Sharon developed an interest in helping those with autoimmune disease. “I kept running into women with Hashimoto’s who fall through the health system cracks,” she says. “They’re often misdiagnosed with anxiety and/or depression and given prescription medications which might improve their symptoms a bit but doesn’t get to the cause. “Ten percent of women have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and if you run the numbers that’s 270,000 in New Zealand alone.
The sad thing for many women is that by the time they see me their disorder may have progressed. It’s not the GP's fault, traditional medicine works incredibly well for infectious diseases and trauma, but with chronic illness a 15-minute appointment and medication isn’t going to do it.” Sharon explains that Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune disorders develop when three conditions are met: you have a genetic predisposition, leaky gut, and some external trigger
that can set off your immune system. This can be toxins, stress, food sensitivities, yeast or bacterial overgrowth, parasites, and more. It’s easy to see that the root causes for each person can be different so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. And no magic pill! Sharon’s procedure is to address the leaky gut and identify and address the external triggers. Sometimes this is made easier by using functional testing such as: • comprehensive stool analysis • full thyroid panel • hormone testing • food sensitivity • organic acids tests Sharon can refer you for these tests. Eating for Energy She also offers a short online course called Eating for Energy. “There’s no magic, it’s about getting back to basics,” she says. “It’s not me that will make you well it’s you. I don’t ‘treat’, I give you the confidence and tools to heal.” You Can Beat This Having an autoimmune disorder can be frustrating. “You just keep on going even though you feel like you’re being hit over the head with a stick and you can’t remember when you last felt vibrant and alive,” says Sharon. “But you can overcome it.” Knowledge Is Power “There’s so much informational crap out there. 'There’s nothing you can do, just keeping taking your meds and live with it’, is an example of some exasperating internet advice I saw the other day,” she says. “It’s not true! My background as a scientist means I have an understanding of the literature and research available and it’s my goal is to interpret it and bring clarity for people.” Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis • weight gain • hair loss • lack of focus • chronic fatigue • depression • memory loss • constipation • stiffness • muscle cramps • dry skin • decreased libido • joint pain • infertility • weakness • menstrual irregularities • tight or scratchy throat • loss of the outer third of the eyebrow
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THE POWER OF Pleasure
MYTHS, FANTASIES AND SEXUAL HEALING
An evening with Belinda Wiley. Brought to you by Verve
11 April 2019, 7.30 pm Auckland Bowling Club, 100 Stanley St, Parnell (ample parking available)
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Come along to a fascinating evening with Belinda Wiley. Belinda has trained as a sex love and relationship coach with the renowned ‘Headmistress of Pleasure’, Layla Martin in the USA. Join us to hear of: • Belinda's journey into sex coaching after 35 years of being married to the same man • Foreplay techniques for exquisite sex • Advice on how living a turned on life can help you feel more alive and slow the ageing process • Q&A discussion using her experience of one-on-one client sessions, training in the jungles of Mexico and the power of sisterhood
THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF VITAMIN C WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant necessary for our wellbeing, but ongoing research shows it may be an even more potent ally in our quest for health.
Unlike most animals, humans cannot synthesise vitamin C and the only source of the essential vitamin is our diet. When we are ill, injured or infected our needs increase and we can quickly use up our body stores. Increased intake via our diet may help address those increased needs, but due to the limited amount the body can absorb orally, people are increasingly turning to intravenous doses to maintain optimal health. VITAMIN C • Immune booster • Anti-inflammatory • Helps with the production of collagen for skin and bones We spoke with Dr Anitra Carr who studies the role of vitamin C in health and disease at the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch. What effect does vitamin C have on our bodies? Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it can scavenge free radicals and other reactive oxygen species, and thereby protect our tissues from damage by the reactive chemicals generated in our bodies as part of our normal metabolism or are present in the form of environmental toxins or pollution. Another important function of vitamin C is to act as a cofactor for specific enzymes in our bodies, which are responsible for making important compounds such as neurotransmitters and hormones and for regulating our DNA. This means vitamin C promotes numerous vital functions in the body, helping the cardiovascular, neurological and immune systems to work properly. Why can’t we store vitamin C? Vitamin C is water-soluble so any excess the body doesn’t need is excreted through urine. Therefore, we need to make sure we consume adequate amounts of vitamin C on a daily basis. Why is the use of intravenous vitamin C controversial? In the 1970s Linus Pauling and colleague Ewan Cameron reported that administration of intravenous vitamin C
(10 g/day) prolonged the life of cancer patients compared to those who hadn’t received any vitamin C. The controversy originates from two subsequent Mayo clinic trials, which tried to reproduce Pauling and Cameron’s findings and found no effect of vitamin C administration. However, it turns out that they administered 10g per day of oral vitamin C and we now know that intravenous vitamin C gives much higher blood levels of the vitamin than oral administration. The issues these days are around the main anti-cancer mechanism(s) by which vitamin C is working and the appropriate doses required for its effects. There is currently much research going on around these areas. Why can’t we get the same benefits from diet and/or supplementation? Our requirements for vitamin C increase when we have acute and chronic illnesses such as infections and cancer. Although dietary amounts of 200mg per day are sufficient to replete the blood of healthy people, when someone gets a severe infection, such as pneumonia and sepsis, their requirements for the vitamin can increase at least tenfold, so they need at least 200mg per day. So although dietary vitamin C may be able to prevent or at least help decrease the risk of acute and chronic diseases, higher doses are required for the treatment of severe illnesses. Is it looking like—or perhaps clinically proven—that vitamin C can help with illness and disease? There are a number of plausible mechanisms by which vitamin C can mitigate various different illnesses, primarily through its activities as a cofactor for different enzymes with important functions in the body. For example, vitamin C is a cofactor for the enzymes, which make the hormones noradrenalin, and vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone), which are vital for restoring blood pressure during septic shock. Some recent studies have shown that administering around 6-7g per day of vitamin C to people with septic shock may save their lives. Vitamin C is also a cofactor for epigenetic enzymes, which modify and regulate DNA and thus may have a role to play in certain cancers. Vitamin C is well known to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, particularly those undergoing chemotherapy.
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HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS
HOUSE OF PILATES “If your spine is inﬂexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely ﬂexible at 60, you are young” - Joseph Pilates
Trained through the Romana’s pilates method, Amanda teaches authentic pilates as originally developed by Joseph Pilates. A truly intelligent system, Joseph Pilates was a genius in terms the body and its relation to movement. The excellence of pilates is that it is tailored for absolutely anyone of all ages and walks of life. Having worked over the past seven years with a variety of clients, Amanda has seen people wishing to work on their general health, posture, as well as prevent surgery, recover from injury, enhance their dance or sport; or for better vitality, balance, flexibility and mobility.
Pilates doesn’t just work on the physical aspects of ourselves, through precision and flow of movement, it allows us to shut off the busyness of our minds and go into our bodies. Like meditation in motion, it is an excellence way to improve mental health. When we exercise we feel better emotionally and spiritually too!
Amanda knows this too well. She discovered her passion for pilates after returning home from a decade of travelling and working overseas, including working for the British royal family, teaching in China, running a guesthouse in the Cook Islands and in tourism in Colombia. “When I returned to New Zealand, I had poor posture, an injured hip, and surgery on the cards for endometriosis," she say. "I was falling apart!”. Since then, pilates has been a stabilising force through her life, including the birth and recovery of her two children. House of Pilates is a boutique studio located in the leafy garden of Amanda’s home in St Heliers. Specialising in private one-on-one lessons, Amanda offers duets and intimate group mat classes as well. 317 KOHIMARAMA RD, ST HELIERS HOUSEOFPILATES.CO.NZ CONTACT@HOUSEOFPILATES.CO.NZ
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WO R D S â€” J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
“It was always my dream to work for Nike,” says Kirsty Godso. “I just thought that I would work for them in the office, I didn’t even know you could be a Nike trainer. None of us knew that it was even a possibility.” The queen of Kiwi fitness isn’t simply a trainer however, rather she holds the guru-like title of Nike Master Trainer, having been scouted by the sporting giants while working for Les Mills. After a couple of years with the company, Kirsty was bestowed that mystical title— the only one in the entire Pacific region.
“People certainly need to think more about longevity and what they’re trying to achieve. When making a dramatic shift in behavior you should attach it to something a little more grounded than ‘I want a six-pack’ or ‘I want to lose 20 pounds’. Habitual changes are the ones that will stay with you in the long run, whereas aesthetic goals wear off. People go too fast and burn themselves out and miss targets. Things come up in life, and you must be resilient, a little more committed and able to adapt your schedule and training.” Discipline is key.
“It’s funny, because people are always like, ‘That’s awesome, but what does Nike Master Trainer actually mean?’,” chuckles Kirsty from her Manhattan apartment. “Well, individually, we all have our own strengths and talents. I’m known as the ‘hype girl’, I’m very high energy. I take the lead in a lot of the Nike training app, present workouts, and do photo shoots.” Kirsty also trains Hollywood stars and models (she’s also a cover star in her own right, including for Women’s Health Australia), consults, fronts ads and helms classes up to 3,000-strong. Does she, I wonder, feel a bit of a rock star when on stage in front of so many souls? “It’s pretty surreal, but I just go out there and think about the workout and try to teach the same whether it be 20 or 2,000 people. I used to get really nervous back in the day, but now I just think, ‘Okay, cool, let’s get to work.’” Kirsty jokes that her relationship with Nike is like that of wife and husband, committed to each other and achieving their goals together. I ask if she has an actual husband. She doesn’t, but if there are any eligible sixfoot-three hunks out there, she’s all ears. Potential suitors wouldn’t just have to be tall though, they’d have to also be ridiculously fit to keep up. Kirsty’s typical teaching schedule begins at 6am, and after conducting classes for around four hours (“I might be doing anywhere from 40-90 percent of the class with them”) she begins her own training. This most committed of Kiwis even works up a bit of sweat during her downtime, usually with her best pal and top New Zealand model, Georgia Fowler. “We are pretty good at taking our days off together,” continues Kirsty. “We go walking or bike around the city. We go to yoga. We do also play games and hang out with friends.” Rest days, she adds, are vital, and warns about getting into an “abusive relationship” with exercise: “It’s about listening to your body.” Are people’s expectations too unrealistic in terms of how fast they can transform their bodies?
“One of the most beautiful things about exercise is how it reveals your weaknesses. It’s always funny when people say that I’m lucky to be a trainer. But I still have to work for it. I still have to earn it every day. You always have a choice, and you can always make a new choice. Never feel that you are limited.” Similarly, Kirsty says it’s essential to alter the way we view food. “Instead of thinking you can’t have something, exert power over it and make a choice not to have it. And rather than living in a little world of restriction, remember it’s still okay to have the odd guilty pleasure. We’re here to live. I wish people would stop using phrases like ‘cheat day’ because why would you want to say ‘cheat’? It’s a really negative connation to be feeding yourself. It’s food. Let’s be realistic.” Kirsty partly puts her vast reservoir of self-motivation down to her upbringing. “My mum’s a professional golfer and my dad also played at a high level,” she says. “I certainly learnt discipline from them when I was growing up. When I left school and went to university, that’s when I hit the gym a lot as I was no longer playing as much team sport.” Outside of the gyms and studios, Kirsty has also been putting her double business degree to good use, launching her own range of protein powder (called Made Of) and founding Pyro Girls, a workout-cumcommunity health project that now has its own sports clothing range in partnership with the likes of Nike. Kirsty’s also thrilled to be flying the flag for Aotearoa. “It’s crazy when you live in New York and tell people that you’re a New Zealander they look at you like you’re some mythical being!” she says. “It really just does have the best reputation and I think it’s really important that we don’t take that for granted. It’s such a special place in the world and I’m so proud to hail from there.”
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Digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome (CVS) is now a real condition, defined as the physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours looking at a digital device. Digital devices have become part of our everyday life, whether it is a computer, tablet, e-reader or smart phone. When we aren’t staring at screens at work, we are browsing, shopping, researching, communicating or streaming our favourite TV shows.
The average person is spending upwards of seven hours a day staring at some sort of digital device with between 50-90% of people who work at a computer screen experiencing some digital eye strain symptoms. As digital devices are a relatively new invention, it would take centuries before our eyes develop to accommodate the daily demands of using digital devices. Digital eye strain is the term for symptoms caused by staring at digital devices for sustained periods of time throughout the day. When you look at a digital screen your eyes follow the same path over and over, your eyes have to focus and refocus all the time. These movements require a lot of effort from our eye muscles and unlike reading a book, digital screens add glare, reflections and contrast. These issues will get worse as we age as our eyes become less flexible. You are more likely to experience symptoms if you already have vision issues, even a minor uncorrected or under corrected prescription can be a major contributing factor to digital eye strain. Even people who wear corrective eyewear or contact lenses may find it's not suitable for their specific viewing distances of their digital screen. The environment can also exacerbate symptoms such as bright overhead lighting, glare, blue light and air conditioning. This can lead to short and or long term problems and discomfort. There are a range of symptoms that people can experience from headaches, eyestrain, irritated eyes, blurred vision, fatigue, double vision, difficulty refocusing eyes, neck and shoulder pain and dry eyes. In a work place the distance to the computer screen and location such as height will affect the required prescription. This can cause posture problems that can result in muscle spasms or pain in the neck, shoulder or back. If you don’t do anything about them, it could affect more than your eyes. You could also have issues with your work performance. Generally digital device tasks require a lot of concentration, when we concentrate for extended periods we often forget to
blink or our blinking is incomplete which dries the tear film out. A good quality blink is where your upper and lower eyelids actually make contact. We blink 15 to 20 times per minute which keeps the cornea (transparent tissue covering your eye) moist. It is common to work in an air conditioned environment which dries the tear film even more. A dry tear film causes symptoms of tired, sore, irritated, and fatigued eyes with blurry vision that only clears with blinking. When you suffer from incomplete blinks, it is important to exercise blinking. This will help the tear film from drying out and provide added relief for digital eye strain. The Mortimer Hirst clinical team recommend a few simple changes which can improve symptoms and prevent new ones: Give your eyes a break. Follow the 20-20-20 rule, look away from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something around 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Blink. Close your eyes for five seconds and open them. While your eyes are closed, also try to squeeze, this puts pressure on the meibomian glands. Repeat it five times in a row. If your eyes still continually feel dry speak with your optometrist about eye drops specific to your individual requirements. Reduce glare. Change, adjust or move things around to ensure lights and windows do not cast reflections or glare on your computer screen. Rearrange your workspace. The best position for a monitor is slightly below eye level, about 60cm away from your face. You shouldn't have to stretch your neck or strain your eyes to see what's on the screen. Adjust Settings. You don't have to live with the factory settings, play around with the brightness, contrast, and font size and find out what best suits you. Regular eye examinations. Keep your prescription up to date, discuss with your optometrist your individual requirements and any issues you may be experiencing. There are now spectacle lenses and soft contact lenses specifically designed for computer and digital devices. These specially designed lenses ensure the retina is receiving perfect focus for near-tasks at all times. As children also spend extended periods of time staring at digital screens have their eyes tested too and ensure their environment is correct such as ensuring computers are set up at the right height and in the best light. Most of all ensure they spend time outdoors where they use their distance vision!
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Having spent more than three decades in Japan, no one could question Paul Christie’s love and dedication to his adopted country, though the British-born tourist boss does admit that his initial interest was more pragmatic than romantic. “Back in those days, it looked as though Japan was going to be the world’s top economic power,” he chuckles over the phone from his countryside base in Kysushu, on the Kunisaki peninsula. “Of course, China instead has grown enormously over the past 30 years, and India is going to do the same thing.” Following his graduation from University College London, Paul had only expected to remain in the East Asian country for year, but his warm welcome immediately changed his perception of what was, back then, a most mysterious of destinations. “When I first arrived, I ended up living with this family in a small city just outside Tokyo called Kawagoe,” he says. “And they were just so great. They said that there were beers in the fridge, that the car’s round the back, ‘welcome to our house!’ Even by Japanese standards, that’s unusually generous.” Paul Christie is the CEO of Walk Japan, a pioneering, independent walking tour company that prides itself on steering small groups of visitors “away from the well-trodden trails” and “under the country’s skin” via both guided and self-guided tours. Through its Community Project, Walk Japan also ensures funds are channelled towards the likes of rice field rejuvenation, forest revival, and establishing employment opportunities for locals. Symbolically, the company is based out of converted farmhouse that had stood empty for 17 years. With the help of local craftspeople using local timbers, the reinvigorated structure boasts all manner of eco-credentials such as natural air conditioning, a composting toilet, and solar power. “Most people who visit countries for the first time tend to go to the obvious places such as the capital city and maybe a couple of other spots along the tourist route,” says Paul. “But I think more and more visitors to Japan are looking to go beyond that. Even if it’s our customers’ first visit to Japan, we take them straight into the back of beyond. We want them to know about the people and the culture and the political system. We’re having a good time, but at the same time we’re explaining why Japan works, and how it works.”
Walk Japan was founded in 1992, and when Paul joined five years later, the country was still “a backwater in terms of inbound tourism”: “I enjoy being a pioneer. One of the reasons I originally came to Japan was to do something that nobody else was doing.” Now Japan is a “massive destination” and with the hosting of the Rugby World Cup later this year, and the Olympics the following (northern hemisphere) summer, it promises to become even more popular still. Paul has previously worked as an analyst for Japan’s premier business newspaper, Nihon Keizai Shimbun; the managing director of the Japanese arm of a UK 500 FTSE company; and as a freelance producer and director for Japanese television (he was one of the first broadcasters outside Buckingham Palace following Princess Diana’s death). Since his time with Walk Japan, life has certainly been less frenetic, based out of that rural community in Kyushu, where he has lived with his wife and three sons since 2002. In 2015, Paul was officially recognised as a farmer by the Japanese government, and over the following couple of years was made a Cool Japan Ambassador and ambassador for All Nippon Airways. He also serves as an advisor at the Asia Pacific University; at the cities of Kitsuki and Taketa; and can more than hold his own at karaoke—both in English and Japanese. I ask if Japanese people are still blown away when they witness a Westerner so fluent in their language and culture? “They can be, but they soon get used to it,” he says. “They are more interested in moving on to more interesting things like socialising and having a good time. The lovely thing about Japan is that the people really are extremely warm and helpful and a delight to be around.” >>
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“We have a new tour starting in May called the San-in Tour which takes in the Sea of Japan, looking across the water to the Korean peninsula and Russia.”
Recent legislation will soon open the country up to greater immigration, in part to combat its ever-ageing population that Paul worries could spell economic disaster. “There’s not enough people to fill all of the jobs so what we’re trying to do in our village is make the community sustainable,” he says. “People need proper employment and we’re providing that by renovating buildings and turning them into offices and places for people to live.” It must be so rewarding to be involved in such projects? “It is, but it does become normal. So, I have to keep pinching myself, remind myself that it is not normal. It doesn’t happen in many places. Of course, you can’t just rock up to a village and say that you are going to be their saviour, growing rice and grass! But the foundations were put down 16 years ago and we have the trust of the villagers and the mayor and all sorts of people.” It also sounds a rather idyllic existence. Is it similar to your childhood in the UK? “I was born and brought up in Whitstable on the north Kent coast, not quite countryside, but a small fishing town. And I hated it as a child, absolutely hated it! Then I was lucky enough to go to university in London which was extremely international, and I quickly realised that I wanted to study another language. So, I chose Japanese, believing that it was going to be the number one economic power in the world. I was also studying economics, so that was my thinking at the time.”
Japan of course remains the world’s third strongest economy, and Walk Japan continues to go from strength to strength—with more journeys being added this year. “We have a new tour starting in May called the San-in Tour which takes in the Sea of Japan, looking across the water to the Korean peninsula and Russia,” Paul says. “It’s a very wild area, both in terms of the weather and the rough seas, with connections to ancient Japanese legends. It remains pretty unexplored by visitors. We’re also working on tours with Japan’s best airline, ANA, and we’re creating several shorter day tours that take in hot springs of which there are many in Japan—as in New Zealand—with a gastronomical slant. It’s easy walking with extra lashings of good food.” Other options include combining tours with crafts, enabling even “the most cack-handed!” of guests to come away with a charming, self-made souvenir such as chopsticks. Guests need not worry about having to cart around all their gear either, with all luggage (minus a day pack) ferried ahead. “You may work up a sweat, but each evening you’ll have fresh clothes and a bath,” adds Paul. “I’m doing it my way, that is, I don’t mind getting wet and muddy during the day but come night time I don’t want to be roughing it. I want comfort!” F I N D O U T M O R E AT WAL K J APAN. C O M
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DELIZIOSO! TASTE OF ITALY WITH PINO D’AGUANNO Mamma’s pasta, boutique wineries and colourful Vespas. Pino D’Aguanno moved to Australia 40 years ago but his Instagram still lives and breathes Italy. These vibrant photos were taken on gourmet tours he caters for small groups and families from all over the world. WO R D S : K S E N I I A S P O DY N E I KO
It all started in 1997, when Pino joined a few cycling clubs in Australia. He became really good friends with the other members and had an idea to show them his beautiful country. For the next 15 years he organised cycling tours all around Italy. Pino also took groups to France, Spain and Switzerland. Following his heart and passion, a few years ago Pino flipped the whole idea of his tours, moving away from demanding physical activities towards intimate, relaxed and deeply personal experiences focused on food and wine. Every tour is tailored to individual needs and interests. "I prefer to go with the flow," says Pino. "I’ll try to tick all your boxes, but if the weather is not nice or something else happens, I’ll quickly come up with a new plan." What made you switch to gourmet tours? I love cooking, good food and good wine. And I love introducing people to unique things. Guiding smaller groups means I can now take people to the places only Italians know about. In October and November, for example, we visit family wineries to see how the grapes get picked and turned into wine. We also go to olive fields and learn to make olive oil. What was the most unique experience you’ve ever had on a tour? Last year we had a privilege to try white truffle. Yes, we’re talking that '$10,000 per kilo' truffle! This delicacy is available for a very short period of time and you can’t get it anywhere outside Italy. Do you take groups to your birthplace of Rome? Of course! My family still lives there and they are always happy to welcome guests in our beautiful house. We cook
dinner together, chat and enjoy the sunset. It’s just fabulous! Many people today prefer to travel on their own. With internet and social media everything became so accessible. But it’s evenings like that you’ll never get to experience without having a native guide. You probably become really good friends with your guests? I keep in touch with so many amazing people I meet on a tour! And how else can it be, when we always have such a great time together. Sometimes we go to lunch at 1pm and don’t leave the restaurant for hours! We drink wine, discuss everything from food to sports to politics, soak in the atmosphere, enjoy the moment. It’s something that really brings people together. By the end of the trip we all feel like we’ve known each other for ages. You also offer Mediterranean sailing trips now. Where does that come from? I fell in love with yachting when I moved to Australia. Last year I decided to combine my hobby with my Italy tours and created an affordable but luxurious boat tour. We don’t need hotels or cars, so a week on a yacht is almost twice less expensive than a classic gourmet tour. But you still travel in the comfort of a very beautiful boat, with your private cabin and walk-in shower. There are never more than eight people including myself on a yacht, so the signature intimate approach didn’t go anywhere. When are the next tours our readers can jump on to? Gourmet tour is scheduled for the end of June, beginning of July, and the yachting tour starts 13 July. But of course, you don’t have to wait for four months. A group of four is all I need to make a tour of your dreams happen at any time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT GOURMETITALYTOUR.COM +61 402 877 907 — PINO@ITALIASPRINGTOUR.COM GOURMETITALYTOURS
JAPAN DAY 2019
JAPAN DAY IS NEW ZEALAND’S BIGGEST ANNUAL JAPANESE FESTIVAL THAT AIMS FOR FURTHER MUTUAL UNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN JAPAN AND NEW ZEALAND BY SHARING TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CULTURES. WITH ITS HISTORY OF 18 YEARS, JAPAN DAY 2018 WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YEARS WITH MORE THAN 55,000 VISITORS. THERE ARE A LOT OF JAPANESE FOOD STALLS AS WELL AS SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS.
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ITALY’S NORTHERN LAKES WO R D S — B R E T T B AR C L AY DI R E C T O R, WO R L D J O U R N E Y S
It is no wonder Italy is called il bel paese—the beautiful country! From the northern snow-capped peaks of the Alps and the idyllic hilltop villages of the renowned central Tuscany and Umbria areas, to the rugged southern shores of Sicily, lies a plethora of distinctive regions and people. To my mind the northern Italian lakes offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy—placid waters, centuries-old villas draped with bougainvillea, charming villages, wonderful restaurants and the snow-capped Alps in the distance. Just north of the fashion capital of Milan are Lakes Maggiore and Como—my absolute favourites. Shorelines dotted with picturesque villages, and a very peaceful, laid back atmosphere make this a very relaxed Italian experience. On Lake Maggiore is Pescatori Island, named after the fishermen who made the area their home. With simple houses, narrow lanes and stone portals, you can be sure to find a local café with the freshest of fish on the menu. For a grander experience, stop in at Isola Bella to visit the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Lake Como has been a popular hang-out for the rich and famous for centuries, and some of the most beautiful villas are (or have been) home to the likes of George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Richard Branson and Ronaldinho. Some built in Roman times, the gardens are always spectacular, as the Mediterranean-like climate allows tropical and sub-tropical plants to grow year-round.
Some of the villas are now museums and galleries, allowing visitors a glimpse of an elegant and opulent era. A favourite is the 17th-century Villa Carlotta in the village of Tremezzo. The gardens here are best in spring when the colours of ageold orange trees, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias are at their peak. The waterfront villa itself is richly adorned with paintings, sculptures, tapestries and period furniture. I have fond memories of my last visit to Lake Como, staying in the gorgeous little village of Bellagio in the Central Lake area. After a leisurely breakfast on the hotel terrace we strolled to the ferry pier and bought a ferry pass for the day. That day we decided we would have a progressive lunch - one course at each of four villages on the lake. We enjoyed antipasti at Varenna Mon Amour in Varenna, homemade pasta at Il Ristorante di Paolo in Menaggio, freshly caught fish at Ristorante Belle Isole in Cadennabia and finally a fabulous gelato at Gelateria Helvetica in Tremezzo. We caught our final ferry back to Bellagio happily sated and convinced Italian cuisine is among the best in the world! From Menaggio you can even take a day’s excursion to Switzerland, driving to Tirano then taking the spectacular Bernina Express train to St Moritz. And of course when in Switzerland, lunch at a chalet is a must! Delightful boutique hotels, charming villages, delicious Italian cuisine, and absolutely stunning scenery make the Northern Lakes my idea of il bel paese.
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SWEDEN’S AUTUMN GLORY
WO R D S AN D P H O T O S — K S E N I I A S P O DY N E I KO
Among wild landscapes, sustainable fishing and good coffee, three girls find the best weekend road trip of their lives. 64
BUT FIRST, COFFEE! We land in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. What used to be a grungy main port for many centuries is now the cultural capital of the country, presenting the world with such talents as Ace of Base and Alicia Vikander. Former industrial areas are turned into vibrant neighbourhoods with picturesque architecture, contemporary art galleries, community gardens and, of course, endless coffee shops. Coffee is truly a religion here. Tucked so close to the north pole they barely get any sun in winter, and Swedes rely on five to six cappuccino injections to get them through the day. But God forbid asking for a takeaway cup—authentic coffee breaks, or fika, are meant to be leisurely and accompanied by an obligatory sweet. For the after-flight fika we visit charming Haga—one of the oldest regions in Gothenburg, guarded by the robust Skansen Kronan fortress. What used to be the city’s first suburb with a shady reputation in the 17th century, is now the coolest low-key hub occupied by artisan cafés and vintage shops. I spot a hagabulle the size of my head in Café Husaren, the place where these coated in sugar spiralshaped buns were invented—breakfast is sorted. Gothenburg is compact and easy to navigate, so we manage to ride the legendary wooden roller coaster in Liseberg amusement park; snap a selfie next to the old Danish ship Viking, that was, according to legend, trapped in the city by a cunningly built low bridge; wash down the
long day with cocktails by the twice ‘World’s Best Barman’ Dosa Ivanov in the Clarion Hotel Post; and even take a swim in a terrifying pool with a glass bottom attached outside the nineteenth floor of Gothia Towers in one day. FACE-TO-FACE WITH NATURE Eclectic, friendly Gothenburg is a place to visit all year round, but autumn is the season of the rugged coastlines and harsh Nordic landscapes, so next morning we wave good bye to the comfort of the big city, and enter a different Sweden—with steep cliffs, silver lakes and dark brown grass from the constant wind and rain. It feels a bit weird to drive where untouched nature still prevails; these highways, cars and ABBA soundtracks simply don’t belong here. What does belong for sure are the fishing villages, mostly with less than a thousand locals, neat church, family hotel and even a supermarket (courtesy of the 21st century these slow living communes never really stepped into). Fjallbacka is one of them. Only the sleepy times are long forgotten here. Multiple Oscars winner Ingrid Bergman brought a summer house in Fjallbacka, attracting crowds of fans and friends, led by Alfred Hitchcock himself, then writing sensation Camilla Lackberg sent in a new stream of visitors, mesmerised by the crime novels set in her home town. The first person we bounce into while strolling empty Fjallbacka streets is... her mother Gunnel! She wonders where we’re from—Lackberg's books were translated into 40 languages, so most visitors don’t speak Swedish. After a quick tour around the well-known ‘crime scenes’, Gunnel points towards Kungsklyftan, a plunging gorge in the rock—
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L-R: Gothenburg - Haga region, Fjallbacka, Kseniia with her friends, Weather Island
the place where a little boy found a dead woman in one of the novels. A walk through the gorge makes your skin crawl. Not that it’s really scary, but the views from up there are just incredible; the town is literally hugged by a gargantuan solid rock on one side and a cold Nordic Sea with the Väderöarna archipelago, or ‘The Weather Islands’, on the other.
Brothers Per and Lars from Grebbelstad (15km away from Fjallbacka) don’t think so. That’s why they’ve turned the popular hobby into a perfect example of conscious tourism. Their company Everts Sjöbod is bringing back the old traditions of thoughtful fishing, and was officially approved by Swedish Ecotourism Society!
Having a glimpse into the life of Väderöarna meteorologists sounds like every explorer’s dream come true, so we jump on a boat that takes us to one of the tiny islands. And here we are, battling the gusty wind on the way up the hill to observe the heavy, grouchy clouds swirling over the glistering cliffs, a group of seals from the local colony, and red-painted hotel peeking out from behind the low-hanging mist.
The brothers renovated a 19th-century seafront boathouse and are now taking tourists aboard the 1952 wooden retroboat. They show us how to check lobster pots. We act like kids unwrapping presents—you never know what to expect, but almost every pod brings a lobster or a crab. Following the idea of sustainable tourism, Per and Lars won’t allow us to catch more than what we’ll later be able to eat at their own restaurant.
These moody, primeval views are no doubt the biggest upside of travelling to Sweden in autumn. The downside catches up with me shortly - my foot slips off the soggy rock and, rolling down, I have less than a second to decide what to save: expensive camera or my tailbone. Faith is on my side, and we both touch down in one piece. LOBSTER SEASON The must-do experience in Sweden is lobster fishing, and we’re lucky to catch the opening day of the season—it’s always the first Monday after 20 September! To ensure the lobster population isn’t decreasing, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has a set of strict rules: no fishing without a permit; no more than 14 lobster pots per fisherman; and female and baby lobsters under eight centimetres should be released. But is it enough to consider fishing for fun appropriate?
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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
WO R D S â€” J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
It’s been nearly 40 years since BJ Smith founded his legendary Seasons Surfboards store in Newmarket relocating to New Plymouth a decade later, so it was an emotional farewell when the Kiwi surf icon recently locked the doors for the last time. However, BJ has by no means stepped off his surfboard for good, and now runs a secluded oceanfront accommodation on the Taranaki coast where guests have the option to also build their own boards. The move was, he recounts summoning the spirit of Blackadder, part of a cunning plan. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” BJ tells me. “Our surfboards are a blend of form and function. Making surfboards is like creating a sculpture, it’s beautiful, but then it is also has to be well designed and work well.” It’s also an opportunity for novice surfers to learn their craft from scratch. “I’ve had tradesmen who can really get involved with the tools, but also high school kids who absolutely loved it,” says BJ. “You can do as much—or as little—as you like. Even if I do most of the physical work, I’ll still be talking them through the construction and the various methods and materials and explain about the importance of shape. Then they get to decorate it! It gives people are really unique, authentic experience.” BJ says that surfing is now attracting a far broader range of people, many of whom are lured by the lifestyle. I ask what first attracted him to the sport. “Getting away and the adventure,” comes the reply without skipping a beat. “And I guess in those days there was an element of rebelling against society. It’s so exhilarating, you know, the feeling of solitude, those beautiful days, it encompasses everything. It’s good for the body, it’s good for the mind, it’s good for the health. And it’s just really enjoyable.” It’s a lifestyle that led BJ to far-flung corners of the world via Australia and Bali. “In my younger years, I got to know all of the great spots in Africa, rode the Sunset Beach pipeline in Hawaii,” he recalls, “but you know, what I discovered was there’s no place like home. You can’t keep travelling, it’s exhausting. So, I just found a place to settle down, lead a sustainable life and sort of live surfing every day.”
Among the main reasons for making the decision to shut the store for good was BJ’s throat cancer diagnosis in 2017 (he’s since had the all clear), and Jesse’s, his eldest son, worsening epilepsy (following treatment in Paris, he’s also hopefully on the mend). BJ admits that his energy levels are only just back up to what they were before chemotherapy, and there is still some progress to be made. A born-again Christian since 1977, the surfer says his faith has helped through such dark times. He’s philosophical when I suggest that the diagnosis must have altered his outlook on life. “I understand my place in the universe. I just thought that I’m ready for this, I’ve prepared myself. I live with a Christian understanding of life and death and sickness. It did make me grateful for the way that I had lived, that I have pursued a lifestyle rather than, say, a career.” BJ’s years of surfing likely even aided his recovery. “The doctors said that they were able to hit me hard with the chemotherapy because I was fit. They basically give you as much treatment as your body can take, so the better shape you’re in, the more likely a positive outcome. “Another thing that’s kind of interesting, is that 20 December was my wife’s and mine 38th wedding anniversary, and that was the day I was told I had cancer. The following year on 20 December, I received a call from the bank to tell me I’d won a car! Whatever people are going through, whether it’s good or bad, it’s important to keep your composure, to remember that things can change, so hang in there.” BJ sounds supremely content, and I tell him so. He is, he says, happy with his “little slice of paradise, running the bed and breakfast, and making and repairing surfboards and just living a really simple life”.
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THE ART OF February WORDS: AIMÉE RALFINI
February is the most reliable of the summer months. With sunshine-soaked days, warm nights and plenty of public holidays, it is the perfect time to connect with family, friends – and art! Flash back to the avant-garde of the 1970s at the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O Tamaki, sip a chilled rosé in the gardens at Pah Homestead, and enjoy our picks from February’s Art Diary.
THE MODERN ART FAMILY
1. Justin Spiers “Julia and Larry” 2018 2. Sam Duckor-Jones “Pink Vase” 2018
Famous for its Regency styled villa and garden surrounds, the Pah Homestead sits atop Monté Cecilia Park in Hillsborough. With a revolving programme of exhibitions and events and a café, which serves an excellent selection of wines, it has something for everyone to relish. tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz
3. Georgie Hill “Excavation Sequence” 2016 4. Lottie Consalvo "Strong Knowing” 2017
This year sees the Auckland Art Fair move to an annual format for the first time. Scheduled for 1–5 May, the 2019 line-up boasts some of the best galleries and artists from the Pacific. It is exciting to see Georgie Hill, presented by Bowerbank Ninow (Auckland) and Lottie Consalvo represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery (Sydney), both artists' works are a must-see in the flesh. artfair.co.nz
FLASHBACK TO ANALOGUE WITH GROUNDSWELL What lays behind rapid change, what fuels a movement in art and what motivates cultural agitation? Groundswell: this is the avantgarde of Auckland 1971–1979. It showcases a fantastic collection of stunning documentary imagery, video, installation and performance, mapping the seldom-seen practices of a group of artists who changed the face of contemporary art in our city. On at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki aucklandartgallery.com Podcast of interview with curator Natasha Conland available via artache.com
BEST GROUP ON SHOW
5. Gavin Hurley “Hurt Feelings At Office” 2018 6. Sam Mitchell “Eighties Haze” 2018 7. Erica Van Zon “Banh Mi” 2017
Nothing beats a great group show, you can pop into a gallery and get a complete art fix all within a single space. So, if you find yourself wandering K-Road next month, pop into Melanie Roger Gallery at number 444. Starring Liyen Chong, Emma Fitts, Gavin Hurley, Sam Mitchell, Stanley Palmer, Martin Poppelwell and Erica van Zon Summer, this is our pick of the summer group exhibitions. Ends 22 February. melanierogergallery.com
THOUGHTS ON FEBRUARY
ART FOR THE NOSE – CURIONOIR
“The month of February is a favourite of mine as the heat melts into a delicious yellow warmth. I find my stride and set my intentions with wild dreams ripe for the picking. It’s also a month of love and memories for me, with juicy fruit and long golden days. I love you too February.” – Artist, Tiffany Singh.
If our eyes act as windows to untold visual pleasures, one must not forget the nose! If you find yourself around the Western Parkend of Ponsonby Road, close your eyes and follow your schnozzle to Curionoir. You will be rewarded with the unforgettable embrace that only an artisan fragrance can provide.
9. Hannah Melville “Hermes Votive” 2018
DAVID SHRIGLEY AT TWO ROOMS
Hannah Melville’s divine Terre Cuite art objects are made with fine red and wild clay slip, foraged directly by the artist from the Ceze River in France. These deity-like works visually reference the antique and the artefact - and can be adorned with flowers in bloom to create a beautiful summery personal shrine. J’adore!
David Shrigley’s Works on Paper will grace the walls of Two Rooms Gallery located in Putiki Street, Newton. The humorous, colourful and wriggly style of this artist has a wide-reach. Intellectual, topical, enjoyable Shrigley’s work is highly likely to appeal to copywriters, designers, anyone in advertising, media, and, of course, most art enthusiasts!
8. Tiffany Singh “Indra’s Bow” 2018 currently on at Te Papa.
WHAT’S ON WORDS: MYA COLE
Corban Estate Exhibition Openings February 2019
Gibbs Farm Sculpture Farm Visit
Anno Domini Summer 2019
Opening 14 February 15 February – 7 April, 6pm–8pm
16 February, 10am–2pm
17 February, 2:30pm–8:30pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Gibbs Farm 2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, Makarau, Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Join the Corban Estate Arts Centre for the opening of three new and exciting exhibitions. The opening is on 14 February from 6pm to 8pm featuring shows by artists Rowena Rooney, Daren Kamali and Inise Eeremasi, and Railala Gade. All four artists have their roots in Fiji and their cultural ties are reflected in the research and work that will be displayed in the exhibition.
The celebrated Gibbs Farm is an expansive open-air sculpture park located in the beautiful Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. The park boasts a series of major site-specific commissions. It is the greatest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in the country with works by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Bring your own picnic lunch or order an Eat My Lunch pack for $14. Every lunch ordered gives a free lunch to a Kiwi kid in need. The park is a three to four hour walking experience. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunblock and water.
Dance all day on the roof of The Auckland Art Gallery at this legendary party. After an incredible sold out show with house music pioneer Moodymann in March, we're ecstatic to see they are inviting some of the very best in contemporary, forward thinking electronic music to this year's set. Nina Kraviz and Valentino Mora will be playing on 17 February and it will be a not-to-miss day of fun and dancing in the sun.
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I Am Rachel Chu
This Is How We're Gonna Die
Girls to the Front AKL Fringe Poetry Film Night
19 – 23 February, 6:45pm
22–24 February, 6:30pm
Basement Theatre Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland
Q Theatre 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Strange Haven 281 Karangahape Road, Auckland
An important, much needed commentary and rewriting of the book and recent film, Crazy Rich Asians, I Am Rachel Chu will question and rewrite this not so relatable archetype. "Identity, identification and representation collide in this violent act of intercultural appropriation. I Am Rachel Chu is an act of literary terrorism - watch and listen as we rewrite, rework and revitalise the best-selling book and box-office success with our own personal histories, superimposing ourselves over its so-called relatable protagonist." Created by Nathan Joe, Amanda Grace Leo, Ravi Gurunathan and Angela Zhang.
If you had one evening left to live, what would you do? The end of the world is imminent and one Kiwi flat cannot stop arguing about dead cats, infidelity, drug dealing, and more. So how are they gonna die? Full of secrets and regret? Or holding hands and ready for anything? This will be heartwarming show full of hilarity and realness. They are partnering with Youthline so if you book your ticket for the Thursday night $10 from your ticket will go to helping them.
Girls on Key presents Girls to the Front, a night of poetry, film and live performance from top poets from Australia and New Zealand. Poets reading live with chosen film footage. We can guarantee you a visual and poetic feast. Tickets can be purchased through iticket and you can contact Girls on Key with accessibility enquiries, as this event is upstairs and will require assistance.
Mixed Media Bookmaking Workshop
Riverbed: Daytime Workshop with Tamariki
Blood Water Earth
23–24 February, 10am–2pm
2 March, 11am–1pm
2 March – 19 May
Studio One Toi Tu 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Art Space Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporay Gallery 420 Titirangi Road, Auckland
Create a hardcover, hand-sewn book in the 'scrappy' style of Zee Southcombe, mixed media artist and author. This is a two-day workshop where you will learn the precious art of bookbinding/creating. On the first day, you will learn how to select pages, trim, cover, and bind your book using longstitch. You will have access to a varied range of papers (and paper sources) to reflect a unique theme. On the second day, you will explore and play with collage techniques, make pockets and envelopes, and use paper-based material to build the character of your book.
As Fiona Bradford’s exhibition, Riverbed, comes to a close, the public is invited to join the artist along with collaborator, activist and educator, Sue Bradford, for a workshop where participants will be invited to make rocks for 'Riverbed' while engaging in conversation with Fiona, Sue and others. Children are welcome to attend this workshop and be in the space with their parents/caregivers. Children are invited to work with clay, and there will be other activities for children available also.
Blood Water Earth is an immersive video installation and ceramic display arising from an international indigenous collaboration between Kahnyen’kehàka artist Santee Smith (artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) and Ngai Tahu video/dance artist Louise Potiki Bryant. Acknowledging inter-connectedness and shared experiences of indigenous women, Blood, Water, Earth places the Konkwehon:we/ Mana Wahine worldview in the vanguard. This is an extremely special opportunity to see work by artists working outside of the traditional paradigm of the art world.
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ART & ABOUT
In honour of the imminent Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig, from 9-24 February the galleries and retail spaces of pretty Parnell will host an enchanting exhibition of pigthemed art created by artists and celebrities. The pieces will later be auctioned to raise money for the Starship National Air Ambulance Service, an organisation that, in 2018, flew more than 160 retrieval flights ferrying critically ill kids to the hospital from across the country. Starship Foundation chief executive Aisha Daji Punga says that bidding on the pigs will help “ensure that all our children have access to world-class healthcare, irrespective of where they live”. Last year’s Year of the Dog auction raised more than $27,000, and all involved hope to top that in 2019. Parnell Business Association General Manager Cheryl Adamson reveals some of the star names behind the creations of this year’s farmyard favourites to be TV presenter Erin Simpson and renowned Samoan-New Zealand artist Fatu Feu’u. Another art piece comes courtesy of Clare Grove. The effervescent author and illustrator almost glides along Jervois Road to greet Verve warmly with a hug and a cheek-kiss, every bit as fabulous as the Swarovski crystaladorned artwork she’s crafted for the auction. “Between broken bones and meningitis scares, each one of my kids has been looked after by Starship,” says the mum-of-three. “So, anything to help that place out, they’re absolutely amazing!” Clare previously had prominent roles with international fashion and beauty brands and continues to be an online influencer. She is well-known for her My Mummy Loves blog (mymummyloves.com), and children’s fashion-
themed picture books that have been hailed by the likes of British Vogue. Clare also works as a stylist. Clare’s pig is christened ‘Peony Pig’, and, sparkling crystals aside, it’s also adored with stunning painted pink blooms inspired by the Parnell Rose Gardens. It’s the first time that Clare has turned her talents to decorating a sculpture, though she reveals having “mucked around with different mediums” during her art degree in the UK, from where she hails. “I have done murals before, so I guess that this was akin to a smaller version of that,” she beams, “I’m so pleased with little Miss Peony Pig.” As too are her kids. Have they picked up any of mum’s creative tendencies? “Yes, all three of them have, actually. Ben’s only seven but is already sketching intricate drawings of spaceships. They’re really incredible for his age, and his teacher believes that he may be an architect in the making with such attention to detail! My mum’s also an artist, as was my great-grandfather, so it stretches across a few generations.” As for her Chinese zodiac sign, Clare regretfully reveals that she’s a rat, though does admit a great fondness for pigs—as well as one of their famous fans. “I do love pigs,” she laughs. “George Clooney has one apparently, and I certainly wouldn’t mind jetting off to meet George and his pig at Lake Como!” The final live auction of the prized pigs will take place on the evening of 28 February at Jonathan Grant Galleries.
YEAR OF THE PIG 2019
EXHIBITION 9-24 FEB AUCTION 28 FEB, 6PM Over 20 exclusive ‘Little Pigs’ have been created by talented artists and celebrities and will be displayed in Parnell galleries and select retailers for two weeks from 9th to 24th Feb before being auctioned for Starship Air Ambulance Service on 28th Feb. Pick up a map from a local cafés and galleries or download from www.parnell.net.nz and take yourselves on the ‘Little Pig Walk of Parnell’. Pre - Auction bids can be made directly through www.parnell.net.nz.
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ALL GOOD READING FOR THOSE LONG HOT DAYS
Family Trust, Kathy Wong, $35
Loved this book and it turned into a far more substantial novel than I first thought it would be. The Huang family of a father, mother and a new wife and two grown up children are going through a family crisis as the father, Stanley, is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Each in their own way begin guessing how much Stanley has as a legacy for them. Will they get their share of millions or will he leave everything to his new wife? But there is more to the story, it is about the power of a job with a title, your standing in your community, the aspirations of those who are working in Silicone Valley waiting for the next big new thing to make their fortune or the stress of your job disappearing and your lifeline with it. There are moments of great wit and then the sadness of losing a parent . All in all Kathy Wang has brought aspirational American Asians right into summer reading in a very clever way.
A Keeper, Graham Norton, $38
Yes, it is that Graham Norton and yes he can write a good novel. This is a story based in Ireland of a daughter returning from America to clear her late mother's house. She is torn between leaving her teenage son in America and taking time going through all her mother's letters. She discovers a secret which takes her to another small village and more secrets. Norton can get into the head of a woman and he has sharp observational skills about the interaction of families and the petty jealousies that bubble under the surface of family life. Good bookclub pick if it is your turn.
Life as a Novel, Philip Temple, $45
This is a jolly good read about not so jolly people. Hypnotic reading about the life, times, winnings and woes of Maurice Shadbolt. Temple has done a forensic job of scrutinising every detail of not only Shadbolt's writing career but his intensely chaotic personal life. All is explained in great detail, plus there is great insight into the politics, morals and machinations of the writers and artists and reviewers of the formative years of New Zealand literature as we know it. Waiting eagerly for the next volume.
Exhibition of the month Joon-Hee
Park Escapism (2018) oil on canvas 305 x 305mm
12 February - 2 March
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VISIT OPEN ARTISTS’ ON THE EASTERN STUDIOS COROMANDEL PENINSULA The Open Studios weekend on the eastern Coromandel Peninsula provides the perfect opportunity for the real enjoyment of exploring the creative nature of the Coromandel. Interact with artists in their creative spaces, visit galleries, be captivated by the coastal scenery. A roadtrip where you not only enjoy art to your heart’s content, but also explore the cafes, restaurants, breweries and vineyards in Tairua, Whenuakite, Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach, and Opito Bay The Open Studios weekends are 2-3 and 9-10 March. Explore a wide range of styles practised by the 36 member artists and three art groups. Experience woodworking, pottery, sculpture, harakeke weaving, jewellery, glasswork, mosaics, painting, photography and printmaking. Renowned artist Chris Charteris will host the popular public sculpture event at Kuaotunu on Sunday 3 March, and for 2019, Mercury Bay Art Escape has introduced an exciting midweek programme. From 4-8 March, visitors may undertake new and exciting enterprises participating in a range of art workshops. These fun workshops for all levels include photography, flax weaving, painting, mixed media and printmaking. You will be tutored by Mercury Bay Art Escape artists and invited artist tutors. During this week marvel at the new Street Art Festival that Mercury Bay Art Escape has organised to highlight the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations. Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance, as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship, The Endeavour. The festival will involve Mercury Bay Art Escape artists including their patron Michael Smither and popular street artists from the Coromandel, Hamilton and Auckland featuring the incredible talents of Flox, TrustMe and Charles and Janine Williams.
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STAN & OLLIE
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), SidonieGabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.
The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. A formidable double act in their own right - the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
DAFFODILS (AN NZ FILM)
Following his Best Picture Academy Award winner Moonlight, writer/director Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Set in early-1970s Harlem, New York, If Beale Street Could Talk is the timeless and moving love story of a couple’s unbreakable bond and a family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish (newcomer Kiki Layne). Friends since childhood, Tish and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) dream of a future together and are expecting their first child. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Relying on familial and inner strength, Tish must navigate an unforgiving and racially biased world in If Beale Street Could Talk, an intimate, powerful film in which Jenkins crosses time frames to show how love and humanity ultimately endure.
Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt musical love story features the songs we grew up with, including some of the most iconic New Zealand songs ever written; tracks by Crowded House, LIPS, Bic Runga, Chris Knox, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn, The Clean, The Exponents, Darcy Clay, Mutton Birds, Th’Dudes, The Senators/Ray Columbus and the Invaders, The Swingers and Blam Blam Blam. Daffodils stars international kiwi actors Rose McIver (iZombie, The Lovely Bones) and George Mason (Home & Away, Go Girls) alongside Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Kimbra, in her big screen debut in a musical and acting role. All three lead roles returned home to New Zealand to star in this heart aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music.
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AN UNSUNG HEROINE OF HOSPITALITY WORDS: SARAH SPARKS
The world of hospitality was never a career calling for Janine Quaid. “I fell in to it,” she says. “It’s a place I feel I now belong.” She runs four sector-related businesses, is an award-winning trainer and over a period spanning 19 years has been judge and chief judge for the National Culinary Fare, NZ Hospitality Championships, Hospitality New Zealand awards and Nestlé Toque d’Or, NZ’s premiere student competition. If that’s not busy enough, she is now the executive officer of the New Zealand Chefs Association. This national body represents all Kiwi chefs, cooks and trainees, patissiers and confectioners with links to affiliates around the world. It’s quite the culinary arts institution. She points out that the current NZChefs Executive comprises eight experienced and dedicated industry leaders and is on a quest to inspire the members, so the one stop shop is “perceived as relevant in today’s culture”. The upcoming New Zealand Hospitality Championships in August in Auckland will be a great sampler of this vision. “It’ll be bigger, brighter and better,” she says. The competition will feature all sorts of innovative competitions from amateur through to trained professional cooking, cocktail making to even bed-making. A trade expo will complete the package this year. Yet when you look back at Janine’s longestablished Bay of Islands family roots, heart for hospitality and drive to better herself, it all makes perfect sense. It’s been carried in her DNA since day one. After all Janine’s mother, Myra Larcombe, is in the Halberg Hall of Fame for her lifetime of service to swimming. A sport that Janine religiously trained for day in and day out during her formative years. That commitment to the training discipline has never left her. Several of Janine’s companies lead
the industry by offering a NZQA level hospitality diploma for working professionals through to developing bespoke standards and workshops, procedures manuals and business guidance, specialising in the niche market for artisanal producers. Manaakitanga or hospitality in te reo Maori “that’s all encompassing and says everything” has also played a huge part in Janine’s past as well as her present. Coming from Northland growing up within a very diverse and multicultural community shaped her deeply too. Today she’s chosen to give back through offering a full New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality scholarships to Maori iwi. Her Grandfather also paved the way originating “the first cream run” in the Bay of Islands. It preceded Fullers Ferries that operate the famous Cream Trip today. Her grandfather's boat, the Owaka, a Collings & Bell design, built for Lyttleton Ferries in 1927 and launched the same year Janine’s mother was born, was discovered in Ruakaka a few years ago. Given how pivotal it was to the family, Janine promptly bought it back. The beloved boat is what she calls “a metaphor for life” while fizz boats race past on the water, the kauri vessel epitomises old school style and substance. It’s an essence mirrored by the proud owner as well. “Always deliver more than expected” is emblazoned on the wall of her Grafton headquarters. After discovering her long list of both private and public sector training partnerships, it sums up Janine’s leadership style and conduct in a nutshell. Ask her what career advice she would give to a millennial chef, or anyone in the hospitality Industry as Janine adds, "Be kind, be honest and be authentic.” All very wise words for both young and mature to live by.
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COLD PREVENTION SOUP P R E PAR AT I O N T I M E: 15 M I N U T E S C O O K I N G T I M E: 15 M I N U T E S M AK E S: 2 L I T R E S
INGREDIENTS • 1.5 litres Japanese chicken broth • 6 tablespoons sake • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt • 1 (300g) momendofu or Japanese-style soft block tofu, smashed by hand • 150g ham, cut into 1cm cubes • 1 medium negi or 3 fat scallion (spring onions), cut diagonally into 6mm slices • 4 tablespoons well crushed kudzu powder • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley, mitsuba, or seri (Japanese wild parsley) • freshly ground black pepper
JAPAN: THE COOKBOOK NANCY SINGLETON HACHISU $70 / PHAIDON.COM
METHOD 1. This textured chicken broth with tofu and ham has restorative powers when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. Reheat leftovers the following day for lunch or a light supper. 2. In a medium pot, heat the chicken broth and sake and season with the salt. Slide in the smashed tofu, ham, and negi and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium-low heat to soften the negi, about two minutes. Measure the kudzu powder into a small bowl, and whisk in a ladle of soup to emulsify. 3. Add back into the pot of soup and simmer for about 2 more minutes to thicken. Throw in the parsley and serve hot with a fresh grind of black pepper.
Japan: The Cookbook is a definitive, home cooking recipe collection from one of the most respected and beloved culinary cultures. More than three years in the making, author Nancy Singleton Hachisu’s book boasts a collection of over 400 recipes of authentic and traditional Japanese dishes and explores every part of Japan home cooking through soups, noodles, rice, pickles, one pots, sweets and vegetable dishes. The design is minimal and the photography – sheer pleasure. Verve is proud to share with you a tiny taste from the pages of Japan: The Cookbook.
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MISO-STUFFED STEAMED TURNIPS P R E PAR AT I O N T I M E: 15 M I N U T E S C O O K I N G T I M E: 15 T O 2 0 M I N U T E S S E RV E S: 6
INGREDIENTS • 2 teaspoons gold sesame seeds • 6 medium turnips (685g), scrubbed and tops removed leaving 2cm of stem • 4 tablespoons white or inaka miso • 2 teaspoons finely slivered yuzu peel • ¾ teaspoon gold sesame oil
METHOD 1. Finding a well-grown onion is worth the effort for this recipe. The best way to tell the difference between a large-scale grown onion and a small, responsible farmer–grown onion is to taste them raw. If the onion is unpleasantly hot or insistent, then maybe it is not what you want to use in cooking either. Mild, sweet onions yield mild, sweet results. Negi (Japanese leeks, an allium more similar to fat scallions than Western leeks) sliced into thin rounds can be substituted for the onion. This dish works well as a salty bite before dinner or a condiment to a bowl of rice.
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2. Strew the sliced onions in the bottom of a heavy medium pot. Dollop the miso on top of the onions but do not mix, otherwise the miso will burn. Cover the pot and steam the onions over low heat until they have released their juices and have softened, but still have a pleasant crunch, about 15 minutes. (Take care not to scorch the bottom. Using a flame retarder could be advantageous.) 3. Stir the miso into the softened onions and scrape into a bowl for serving. Sprinkle with shichimi togarashi, if you like.
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PLUME RESTAURANT & VINEYARD WO R D S : M YA C O L E
PLUME Noun: A long soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament. A long cloud of smoke or vapour resembling a feather as it spreads from its point of origin. Restaurant and vineyard, Plume, is situated in beautiful Matakana, nestled among rolling hills. Lush green vistas, their own wee vegetable garden and quaint wooden tables that grace the courtyard were my first impressions of a lovely, long lunch. We were welcomed into the restaurant by the service manager, Sebastian Milles, who seated us at a table that overlooked the vineyard. We had a phenomenal view of the countryside and there were no other buildings in sight. Plume produces their own wines under the name Runner Duck and I was very excited to try them being a bit of a wine enthusiast. I was blown away by the complex and delicate flavours produced at their boutique winery. My personal favourite was the sangiovese which paired perfectly with the food. Being soft and supple it was not overpowering, but instead complementary. Our starters were absolute bliss. Fish kokoda is my soft spot and this particular dish was a definite winner for me. Made to perfection, I was reluctant to share with my mother. She opted for the goat’s cheese timbale which was served with
the most heavenly orange marmalade that balanced out the goat’s cheese beautifully. Snapper was their fish of the day and was served with a kind of lentil stew which created a super creamy and delicate flavour when eaten with the fish. Prawn peri peri came with a vegetable fried rice and a soft and sweet glazed pineapple. The heat of the prawns gave us a fantastic kick and went down nicely with the supple Runner Duck pinot gris. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the array of options that Plume boasted on their menu, something to please everyone, flavours coming from all over the world and a definite Indian undertone to many of the dishes. Dessert was particularly special, we finished off with a vanilla rose panna cotta and the vineyard trio. The panna cotta was spectacular. Restaurant manager Farida showed us how to test panna cotta by shaking it. Of course it stayed together perfectly passing the test with 100%. The vineyard trio was a complete treat, all made with the grapes from their own vines, it was surprisingly versatile in flavour. With very full stomachs I was already looking forward to the next time I would be able to make it out there and sample the menu further. I would recommend setting aside a couple of hours to gain the full experience of the food, wine and heavenly views. If it’s a sunny day you could even pop for a post lunch swim at Omaha beach which is only a short drive away.
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Taste the magic of Matakana at Plume Restaurant, superb cuisine and ﬁne wine in a coastal country setting. Food lovers welcome here. Plume Restaurant, Matakana, is an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s ﬁne wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Dine either indoors or al fresco style while enjoying panoramic views of the lush countryside. We offer menus featuring local, seasonal produce, for both lunch and dinner, complemented by our ﬁne Runner Duck Wines. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or length of your stay, you will ﬁnd Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. www.theplumecollection.co.nz
37 Sharp Road, Matakana 09 422 7915 / 09 283 3630 SCL/PLU2018/14
49A Sharp Road, Matakana 09 422 7915
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Jaguar XE 300 Sport Review In the animal kingdom, colouration is usually an honest indication of a species' noxiousness or intent. Dull camouflage greens or pastel hues hint towards the submissive while brighter more intense colours are a clear sign to beware, with yellow setting off a warning siren for all that come near. From the common, yet spiteful wasp to the (depending on where you reside) rarer but equally as nasty krait snake or Brazilian scorpion, yellow is an attention-getting colour that sends a message that you should heed – just as well it’s the colour that shines brightly on the new Jaguar XE 300 Sport. Introduced to Jaguar’s pride in 2015, the XE is (normally) a fourdoor executive saloon that resides quietly in cities and suburbia. It offers British class and refinement, a bold face and attractive lines. Subtle, underplayed grace with more than a hint of Jaguar rogue. The range includes ‘Pure’, ‘Prestige’, ‘R-Sport’ and ‘S’, with powertrains that run from a powerful yet finessed diesel to a supercharged V6. Now there’s a 300 Sport in the mix. The XE 300 Sport has a turbocharged two-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium engine heart that, as its nameplate suggests, offers 300ps of power (or 221kW to us locals), while 0-100km/h arrives in just 5.7 seconds. Yet, when required, it will give a reported fuel efficiency of 6.7L/100km and emissions of 153g/ km. Just quietly, this smaller, lighter engine also makes for a more balanced, less nose-heavy ride too. My model came cloaked in Indus (Latin for 'Indian') Silver, but there is also Yulong White, Santorini Black and Caldera Red on offer should you desire. Dark satin grey had been strategically placed around the exterior, drawing particular attention to areas such as the grille surround, door mirror covers, sills and a wafer-thin spoiler on the raised boot lip. Then there’s that yellow. Yellow 300 Sport logos feature on the front grille, boot lid and brake calipers while inside yellow contrast stitching covers the leather furniture, dash and three-spoke steering wheel. The headrests have been ‘300’ embossed and this model branding has been introduced to carpets and the treadplates – it may sound like a lot, but it’s actually really tastefully done. The XE model is not overly spacious in the rear (the XF has your needs covered there) and if you are long in the leg or
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partial to the desert, it’s a bit of a squeeze, but I seldom sit back there so it’s not my biggest concern – the view from the driver’s seat is just fine. The soft-grain leather wheel feels great to touch and provides sharp control to the wheels via EPAS (electronic power assist steering) with reasonable feedback. The hand-brushed aluminium paddles allow specific gear selection when required but the auto-box raced up and down the eight speeds perfectly well without my input regardless. I was already familiar with the XE’s intuitive torque vectoring system (thanks to some previous track time), it’s comforting to know it’s got your back whatever the weather – I’ll get to that in a moment. The instrument cluster is digital and the large Infotainment screen is clear and reasonably in-depth. It links to your smartphone with ease and has a nice range of apps to play with. The sound system is very basey (just how I like it) with a rather nice subwoofer range. The rest of the controls are well within easy reach and the 300 Sport comes well equipped with driver aids – I would have liked the cruise control to be adaptive though (I’m sure there’s an option). Tapping through the menus you can personalise your ride (accelerator, gear response and so on) but for those lazy drivers like me, the Eco, Norm and Dynamic really do suffice. I was lucky enough to have the 300 Sport during a particularly rainy spell of Auckland weather and to be quite frank, I couldn’t have been happier. Off the mark (and if you specifically tried), the XE gladly spun its 20-inch wheels and wiggled around on the sodden roads, yet not in an uncontrollable way, more in a ‘rear-wheel drive fun’ kinda way. And despite (or is that in spite) of the downpours, Sport and Dynamic were my main driving options, offering up plenty of enthusiastic trips. As I mentioned before, The Jaguar XE 300 Sport will not only happily merge into city and suburban life (it’s a beautifully presented executive sedan after all), but, it has the performance ability to thrill and excite. Adding a touch of yellow to the XE hasn’t turned the Jaguar into an angry Tiger (there’s still the S and Project 8 for those that want to venture down that trail) but as expressed by many others in the animal kingdom, it really is a warning sign that the XE 300 Sport sure does require some special attention.
THE ‘ALPS A’ ROMEO AL FA R O M E O S T E LV I O R E V I E W WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D
The Alps are the largest and most expansive mountain range in Europe. From Slovenia to France, they span 1,200km and eight Alpine regions. They include around 100 peaks that rise to at least 4,000 metres, and lay claim to both the Matterhorn and the 4,800-metre Mont Blanc that straddles the French-Italian border. Around 250km (as the crow flies) to the northeast, and set in the Ortler Alps, lies the Passo Dello Stelvio, a breathtaking, aggressivelyclimbing mountain road with 75 hairpin turns and where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio gets its name. Possibly, like me, you may be a little confused right now. I mean naming an SUV after one of the worlds greatest, twisting ribbons of a road does seem rather odd. After all, SUVs are by nature rather ungainly people-movers, aren’t they? But rest assured, Alfa Romeo knew what they were doing. I have to admit to being a tad excited about picking up the Stelvio from Alfa Romeo Auckland. I had ardently followed its international release and had mentally paced around the room waiting for the invite for a local drive. Finally, the day arrived. When I arrived at the showroom, the mediumsized Stelvio was waiting patiently for me in the client’s presentation room (the area where vehicles are formally introduced to their new owners). I slowly walked around the room, taking in every angle of the premium Italian SUV. Even under the showroom lights, the Competizione Red that my Stelvio came in was striking. There’s a richness and depth to the paintwork that makes you want to dive right in and a subtleness to the lines and curves that form the makeup of the exterior. The modern take on the recessed ‘shield' grille and logo are still unmistakably Alfa Romeo, while bi-xenon headlights, dominant DRLs and large lower air scoops enhance the SUV's sportiness. Curvaceous speed bumps above both wheel arches, bright alloys and a slanting roof bring added style to the Stelvio’s profile, while the rear tailgate has symmetrical contours and two largemouth exhaust pipes that offer an extra sense of balance. While on the subject of balance. The Stelvio sits on the impressive ‘Giorgio’ platform (as seen in the Giulia) and gives a nigh-on 50/50 weight distribution and at 1,660kg, this Alfa SUV is lightest in its class. Enough of the specs, it was time to get better acquainted with my new Italian friend. Ignition of the two-liter, 148kW/330Nm turbo petrol engine comes by way of a
discrete push button on the steering wheel. Very cool, but also a little embarrassing as the Alfa representative waited for me to find it, then leave – doh. With this first hurdle overcome, I headed out of the showroom and north out of the city. Initial impressions are of instant involvement. At 4.6 metres long and a shade under two metres wide, the Stelvio doesn’t feel oppressive to drive and the driving position isn’t overly raised: you’re in it not on it. Steering is responsive even in ‘N’ (Natural driving mode) and it merges well in the traffic, although it does garner covetous looks from other drivers. New Zealand is full of so many great roads but there is one area that I’m rather partial to at the moment, it has plenty of curves, nice long straights and is quite isolated, so that’s, of course, where I headed. Dynamic engaged, I let the Stelvio draw all of its Alfa-ness and pushed down on the aluminium accelerator pedal. The Stelvio features a Q4 all-wheel-drive system that inspires confidence, Alfa says "it continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution across the two axles according to driver input and how much grip there is beneath the wheels". In short, much of the time it has the feel and play of a rear-wheel drive vehicle but it thankfully sticks hard to the tarmac when needed. The chassis feels rigid and steering is wonderfully precise and the eight-speed auto box moves well through each gear. Off the mark, the Stelvio will get to 100km/h in seven-ish seconds and the engine has an excellent note when the revs go high. The Stelvio also embraces family life with vigour. It’s compact enough to undertake the regular demands of everyday life but prestigious enough to make you feel special while doing them. It’s loaded with driver and safety aids too. Needless to say, I was reluctant to take it back. Alfa Romeos have a sports car history and heritage that seems at complete odds to an SUV philosophy, however, somehow they have managed to pull it off. The Stelvio offers all the space and versatility that comes with an SUV yet has maintained Italian flair and excitement. In size terms, this SUV lords over their range like the Alps do in Europe, but, true to its name, it will happily weave and twist like the Stelvio Pass itself. And above all else, the Stelvio is fun to drive, as all Alfa Romeo’s should be.
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BUSINESS / EDUCATION & SOCIETY PAU L G O L DS MI T H
THE GIFT OF LANGUAGES Opposition has its frustrations, but we can still do something positive. Recently National gained support from the major political parties for Nikki Kaye’s second language learning bill which will ensure every child in years 1-8 has the opportunity to learn a second language. As a diverse country it’s important that we embrace second language learning. Speaking more than one language has enormous cognitive, cultural, social and economic benefits. In our own neighbourhood, where so many people speak other languages, it makes sense to give everyone the opportunity at a young age, when it is easier to start. We expect the languages that would be consulted on would include Mandarin, Mori, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Pasifika and sign language.
There is widespread support for the bill, with an Asia New Zealand Foundation survey showing 80 percent of New Zealanders think that school children should learn a language other than English. It’s been great to see a number of language specialists and leaders call on MPs to send the bill to select committee for wider debate. Education Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed the Labour Party will support the bill at First Reading. This would see a final list of 10 or more priority languages resourced for teaching by schools. The bill will now go to select committee so the public, organisations and communities can have their say. Issues that will be worked through at committee include details around investing in workforce development to ensure we have the teachers and ensuring adequate time is given for schools to implement this. This could be phased in over a number of years. School boards would consult with their communities to determine which of the priority languages will be taught at their school. Every school would be required to deliver at least one second language, but some may choose to offer more. This is a very significant step for greater support for the future of second language learning and our future. I am looking forward to a national conversation about this bill and how it can create smarter, more culturally aware New Zealanders who are better equipped to succeed in our globally connected world.
HON PAUL GOLDSMITH NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM PAULGOLDSMITH.CO.NZ / 09 524 4930 PAUL.GOLDSMITH@PARLIAMENT.GOVT.NZ
JUST R ENTAL S
2019: A YEAR OF CHANGES AHEAD Last year ended badly with a broken bone in my foot and having to wear a moon boot, and the new year has begun with me still in it. It’s hard to move around, walk upstairs and get out of the car. Five weeks later, and tomorrow is D Day—new x-rays and hopefully all mended. My twin also broke her ankle on the same side two days after I did, and she’s still in plaster. I do hope that is not going to happen to me. I need to be fit and feeling great for the year ahead. There will be big changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, covering 90 days’ notice, rent reviews, fixed terms, and landlords must not discriminate against tenants with pets. We need to keep abreast of this as it will affect tenants and landlords alike. Yes, a year of changes. The letting fee charge to the landlord has been a smooth transition. Landlords do realise that it is a fair ruling. Our casual landlords also realise that the work we do to find them a tenant is a charge they should be responsible for. Moving forward, the insulation ruling, which becomes mandatory July this year, has kept us busy organising quotes and arranging access. In some properties we have had to cut manholes in ceilings to enable the insulation people to get in, as well as remove rubbish from under houses so they can access the underfloor areas too. There is a fine of $4,000 for not having working smoking alarms, and also for failure to meet the insulation requirements. Landlord and investors will also face tax changes this year. New laws could affect the rental market with either prompt rent rises or a reduction of investment properties. Who knows for sure! What I do know for sure is that the family team at Just Rentals are up to date with all the changes, and private landlords should be considering using a property manager. It just makes sense! Long weekend ahead with lots of sunshine, cricket, and yachts in the harbour. What a great weekend it is going to be. Happy Renting
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AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY — 18 FEBRUARY
GEMINI 21 MAY — 20 JUNE
LIBRA 22 SEPTEMBER — 23 OCTOBER
Your competitive, enterprising nature comes to the fore, and you readily throw yourself into pursuing your goals. This can be a time of increased activity in your career, and you may also feel a strong desire to take the lead and act independently. Willingness to take emotional risks in the second half of the month can bring interesting experiences into your world.
The biggest area of passion and possible upheaval this month is likely to involve your private world, family life, and home matters. You’re ambitious about these things now, desiring to make deep changes that will last. Someone who’s in the position to help further your goals, promote you, or help you find a direction can take special interest in you. Express your faith in yourself now for best results.
You may find yourself in the position to defend your values, possessions, or money. This energy might also translate in more positive terms – you could be working exceptionally hard at making your life better. This period can bring surprising, revealing, or startling feelings to the surface or events to your life. There could be a sudden decision to break out on your own, or into a new relationship.
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CANCER 21 JUNE — 22 JULY
SCORPIO 22 SEPTEMBER — 23 OCTOBER
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This is a great month for picking up new practical skills, finding new work, or throwing more of yourself into your current job. It’s also a fine time for improving your daily habits and health. As confident and energetic as you feel, however, avoid taking on too many new projects, as you’re likely to feel their weight in the last week of the month.
This is a potentially active relationship month. You’re very focused on connecting on all sorts of levels and quite successful at it. You’re also quite willing to take care of others. Shared finances can become tricky to handle so do what you can to straighten out debt, as well as ownership and joint money matters in a logical way. This can be a passionate, revealing time.
ARIES 21 MARCH — 19 APRIL
LEO 23 JULY — 22 AUGUST
SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER — 21 DECEMBER
This month, you get a big taste of positive energy. It is particularly strong for useful advice and the power of teaming up and combining your talents with someone. You might find yourself drawn to push the usual boundaries, which can be profound in healthy ways, but could lead you down the wrong path if you’re not mindful of your limits.
It’s an inventive and creative time but you might also feel like a whirlwind. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. The last week of the month is particularly strong for ideas and plans surrounding work and health. You get along well with the people with whom you share your day.
You can be very contemplative this month. You’ll benefit greatly from actively seeking out ways to heal and de-stress. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. You might gain insight into an old issue, and this pushes you forward. New opportunities can emerge that turn your attention behind the scenes.
TAURUS 20 APRIL — 20 MAY
VIRGO 23 AUGUST — 22 SEPTEMBER
CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER — 19 JANUARY
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You might thoroughly enjoy the work you do or the services you provide. There can be increased respect for your work and efforts. Career matters fly along rather smoothly. Ambitions to improve your standing, security, and comfort levels are increasing. You might find that you achieve the most or are the most motivated through your involvement with a group or team.
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