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Editors' Notes Fran & Jude share their experiences of lockdown.

Take one day at a time. I live close to the beach and during lockdown this is where we took our daily walk – one delicious hour each morning. The weather was amazing and the sunrises – simply stunning; the experience – a blessing.


Well, what a journey we have all been on. Certainly I’m not alone in suggesting that my view of the world whilst both in lockdown and during our slow shift towards something resembling ‘normal’ has shifted. Although they have been incredibly challenging times, I have returned to the office with all of the positivity in the world to bring you our June issue of Verve. During lockdown I was incredibly disciplined and tried to keep a sense of rhythm to my days. Every morning I tuned in to a YouTube pilates class but in the latter stages of lockdown a friend, Rosie Wall, offered her pilates classes online, so I Zoomed into her class each day. With Zoom, the new normal, we all tuned in to both keep the blood flowing and gain some sense of community.

It wasn’t just the birdsong, nor the fresh, clean air, nor the discreet camaraderie of the other walkers that got me, what really touched my soul was the joy and the total ‘inthe-momentness’ of the dogs on the beach. Dogs! They can teach us humans so much about so much – like what companionship really means, and how the best love is unconditional.

If it was a beautiful day – and there were many in Auckland – I would open the doors and play music whilst working – what a treat to be able to do this. I also passed the time in lockdown by sorting through old photographs which inevitably led to getting emotional. Some days, like many of you, I suspect, I was lethargic, but managed to always remain positive. I was also lucky enough to never step inside a supermarket thanks to the support of Paris (my daughter) and Gerard (my partner).

Mindfulness! Big business these days. We are encouraged to learn this skill through the practice of meditation and other techniques – it is for our own good we are told! Our canine friends are born mindful, living in the moment, experiencing the present, the now, without judgement – and at the beach – always with pure joy. Like a synesthete, they experience smells in stereo, while the salty sea air gives them wings.

Fran and I also worked incredibly hard each day with a business mentor via Zoom. This drove us to work incredibly hard towards refining Verve’s digital platform to accompany our flagship print edition in order to reach a position in the market we can build on. We have also been fortunate enough to secure some wonderful former Baeur media salespeople and are thrilled to have them onboard at Verve.

So where am I going with all this? Maybe what I am trying to say is yes, times are weird, unusual, stressful, unknown. So is it time to be more like the dogs on the beach, enjoying each precious moment for its own unique intrinsicness (is this even a word?) Time to plan for the future, never forgetting to live in the moment. Time to take one day at a time.

In my clean out of old documents and photos, I also found some wonderful information about my dad who passed away many years ago. Here is a little excerpt from a profile about him published by the Ponsonby Rugby Club:

As I tap this out, we are putting the finishing touches to our June issue line-up (a snapshot of which can be viewed on the contents page). I do hope that over the coming weeks you have a few moments to enjoy what we have put together for you, if not in print then on your computer or personal devices.

“Donaldson was a man of strong convictions, who was almost impossible to shift from any position he had taken up, but he only took these positions once he had calculated all the evidence available to him. He was the man behind introducing the Pasifika rugby community into the Ponsonby Rugby Club. Fifty years on, the foresight of Donaldson is visible at every turn. He will be remembered a man of great vision, fair and welcoming in a hostile world.”

Wishing you all the best for the balance of level 2, and upcoming level 1.

I loved reading this about him!

Fran xo

Have a wonderful month! Love Jude x

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Lockdown Through the Lens of Mark Smith We catch up with photographer, Mark Smith, and chat all things lockdown. Mark tell our readers a little about yourself? I’m an Auckland based father, partner and photographer. I spend a lot of time at Te Henga on the West Coast where I surf and enjoy the extraordinary nature thats on tap out there. I’ve been a photographer since the late 1970s.

What was the inspiration behind @ mrmrsmithnz?


Shut the Front Door? Tell us more about the name?

This saying can be used in several ways but I employed it as an exclamation, like one that expresses disbelief. A friend suggested I make portraits of people at home during level 3 of lockdown, all within the constraints of social distancing. So for 15 days I drove around the Auckland region photographing people, mostly at their front door or wherever it was dry and safe. I wanted to provide a simple record of this piece of history for them, a reminder of where they were when Covid-19 locked us all up. In the end it became a family affair, with Lucy, my partner, scheduling times from my Instagram DM and being ultra supportive. Jack, my 13-year-old son, assisted me some days. I photographed 130 families or individuals.


Mark Smith Photographer 021 998 694 marksmith.co.nz @mrmrsmithnz

Instagram is a natural platform for photographers but I’d almost lost interest in it before the pandemic turned up and Bauer quit New Zealand. Suddenly it seemed vital again and I started posting images from my daily journal during level 2 of lockdown. My last post for level 2 announced my Shut the Front Door project. I offered to photograph people at home for $100 a session or for free if helpful.


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Considering lockdown, everyone's happy in the images. Were the smiles just for you? It must have been the result of my banter! Most people prefer looking happy in photographs, so my job was to put them at ease and then edit accordingly.

Are you planning to produce a book of all these photos?

I thought if Auckland Museum was interested it might make a good digital time capsule for their archives.

What did you learn about yourself during lockdown time?

In our home the word 'kind' got bandied about a fair bit and having a to-do list became important. Although not everything on that list got ticked off, it certainly gave us all things to aim for. It kickstarted my old love for photography and the pleasure of social contact.

How are you handling all this extra time at home?

I enjoyed level 4, and then was quite free in level 3. I work from home, so I’m pretty happy working away there. Home has a lovely garden and close proximity to a beach so I am very lucky.


JUNE 2020

Soundtrack of choice whilst working at home?

I made a coronavirus playlist that I’d add to, and still do. Prince was on high rotate, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', by Nerina Pallot, 'Lovely Day', Bill Withers, 'Get Up Off That Thing', James Brown 'Hangin'', Chic were favourites, plus Max Richter, YoYo Ma & Bill Evans all got an airing.

Have you been back to your favourite restaurant?

We went to an old favourite, Mr Zhou’s in Mt Eden last week to meet and eat with a couple of dear friends for a feast of chive and egg steamed dumplings. The food was delicious but the company was the true highlight of the evening.

Next project?

I’m considering going on the road for a week or so to photograph some people in the provinces during level 2. Then I’ll be continuing work with my friend Felicity Jones on a collaboration we started two years ago called ‘Case Studies’.It looks at the Wardian Case, a simple wooden and glass case that was responsible for enabling the transportation of flora around the world from the 19th century until the 1960s. We exhibited Part One of this project in Auckland last year. We were scheduled to be meeting up in England about now to continue our story about the New Zealand flora that has ended up on those shores dating back to Captain Cook’s time. Sadly that is now on hold, but there is still much to be done here, I’m excited about it.




Doc Edge Film Festival 12 JUNE ― 15 JULY Celebrating its 15th year with a nationwide programme for the first time, Doc Edge has embraced the limitations of Covid-19 and moved its full festival online. Collaborating with New Zealand company Shift72 to bring the in-cinema festival experience into homes around Aotearoa on docedge.nz, the Doc Edge 2020 programme is complete with scheduled screenings, live and interactive Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and an awards show. Traditionally presented in theatres in Auckland and Wellington only, a world class line-up of over 70 documentaries from a huge range of genres will be available online, including the biggest number of world premieres of the festival’s history. Among the line-up of the latest critically acclaimed, award-winning films from New Zealand and around the world are films firmly focused on the future and combating ongoing challenges: following crusading journalists, inspirational stories from regular life, unscrupulous spin doctors and corrupt politicians, the struggles of refugees, innovative artists and scientists pushing the limits of their field, and much, much more. Top Picks include First, We Eat, That. Douglas contact sheet from That Click, showing at the Doc Edge Film Festival


What's On? Words — Nadia Klaassen

Auckland Festival Of Photography NOW ― 14 JUNE

"Rosada Fiesta," (Spanish for pink party) by artist, Mia Johnson.

The Online Christchurch Arts Show

New Zealand-based photographers will feature exclusively on AFP’s YouTube channel with a brandnew series for national audiences, Postcards From New Zealand, going live on 28 May. International photographers’ work on show includes Werner Bischof’s rarely seen USA series (displayed on Quay Street’s Queens Wharf fence) and digital screens in Aotea Square featuring works by Jeanne Taris (France), Cali Kurlan (USA), Ilya Ivankin (Russia) and Australian-based Kerry Pryor, Helga Salwe, Ilana Rose, Nicola Dracoulis and Shoufay Derz. Pop up TV. Freeview Channel 200.

18 ― 21 JUNE The art show’s "exclusive opening night” opens at 7:30pm, 18 June. Online customers get the first chance to view and purchase artwork. The top 10 vote for The Lawson’s Dry Hills People’s Choice Award will open for voting. Our Celebrity Pick award will be announced, our celebrity Chris Lynch will be selecting this award winner. There will be cheese, wine and music! You can dress up for opening night for an online competition. chchartshow.co.nz


JUNE 2020

Virtual Guided Tour: Maria Brown On Bill Sutton: A Good Idea 18 ― 22 JUNE New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkega Whakaata presents a series of online guided talks by guest curator Maria Brown on the exhibition Bill Sutton: A Good Idea. The gallery is uploading the virtual tour on their website, for all to become inspired by the mesmerising portraits and other works by Bill Sutton. nzportraitgallery.co.nz

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knowledge to the test with an online quiz night. Form teams and watch parties and battle other bubbles or you can individually compete with your own bubble; the options are sure to get the at-home quiz night going. For the winners, vouchers from The Cosmetics Clinic & the Better Bar Company will be given out. Join in every Tuesday night from 7pm-9:30pm at Facebook: Doolan Brothers Ellerslie.

Paintvine Online Live Stream 24 JUNE

Tune in every Thursday night from 8pm-10pm and relax to the beautiful sound and visuals of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Whether it be from your living room, bedroom, or even from your bath, you will be immersed in two hours of wonderful music which is carefully chosen by ACO musicians and staff from the livestream catalogue. This is a free livestream and is suitable for all ages. apo.co.nz

Never Stop Dancing Online Dance Classes

Your favourite paint and wine night has now been moved online. Join in to a fun and interactive Paintvine online livestream and create your own masterpiece. Monet’s Water Lilies are on the program for 24 June and is $9 for a ticket to participate. No painting experience is necessary but purchasing the painting kit beforehand is needed. www.paintvine.co.nz

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Never Stop Dancing now offers six different dance fitness classes of a fantastic variety: ‘80s, disco, pop, Latin, Bollywood, ‘90s, country, and much more. No dance is ever the same, so it’s a fun and exciting way to get your body moving. First class is free!

The F&T virtual open mic night is hosted by Edwin Judd and features some of the most entertaining open mic artists in Auckland. Join their livestream on Facebook and be in the draw to win an F&T and Aperol Aperitivo prize pack. Thursdays 8pm-10pm on Facebook: F&T Virtual Open Mic Night.



The Modern Patron WO RD S — AI MÉ E RAL F I N I


JUNE 2020

The tides of patronage have been slowly turning for some time now. Fading fast are the traditional imagined patron – a wealthy high society influencer dropping coin on their pet artist. Indeed, a modern patron is more likely to distribute their support widely by way of enabling artists and the art industry to better self-sustain. I shared a sparkling water with one such modern patron, Sonja Hawkins, co-founder of My Art, to find more about her heritage and how her love of art came to be.

Auckland born and bred; Sonja grew up in the sleepy suburb of Howick. Her father was European, which saw her travelling through the continent at the impressionable age of nine years. Visiting the usual haunts of cultural significance and the grand architecture in which they resided left quite an impression on the young girl, one which only grew with time.

“I used to draw and loved design and architecture. I developed a love of textile from my mother and Croatian grandmother, both taught me to knit and crochet, which gave me a love of craft and developed an eye for detail... "I recall a school trip to the Auckland Art gallery where as a young teen, I saw Cabinas telefónicas by Richard Estes. That was quite a profound moment for me, up until that point the art I’d been exposed to was quite traditional, and all of a sudden I was experiencing Pop Art that was new, contemporary, exciting.”

It is of no surprise that Sonja’s home gracefully combines strong architectural features with a collection of some of the best contemporary art from Aotearoa and further afield. It exudes warmth, even on a bright and brisk autumn day. One can only put this down to the art collection, each piece a mix of experiential and artisan.

HOW DID YOUR LOVE OF ART EVOLVE? I began visiting dealer galleries, getting to know gallerists and buying art. I loved the environment and the culture, and the joy that living with art gave me. I recall meeting Bill Culbert at the Venice Biennale, having such an impact on me, being able to talk and engage with the artist, and understand the thought process behind the work. It creates such a connection to their work.

One of Culbert’s illuminated arrays of colourful plastic containers takes pride of place at the entrance of Sonja’s home.

One day my husband and I were at an exhibition of a midcareer artist, it was such a fabulous show, everyone loved the work, but they were just a bit out of reach for many.

My husband is in finance, and we thought, 'How can we make this happen for people?'

Helping the gallerist sell an artist’s work, in turn supports their practice.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FONDEST MEMORIES CONNECTED TO PURCHASING AN ARTWORK? I met the artist Lottie Consalvo at the Auckland Art Fair, she was giving an artist's talk. Listening to her speak about her practice, the energy and nature of her work – that stayed with me. The following year we invited Lottie to our home, we keep in touch, recently she sent me a letter scrawled across the back of painted paper. It was beautiful, personal and precious. It was a special moment. Art gives these moments.

WHO IS CATCHING YOUR EYE FROM YOUR OWN COLLECTION AT THE MOMENT? Kushana Bush’s work is phenomenal! I see something new in her work all the time, so much is happening. I find myself looking deep into work and questioning what the artist is saying. I see different things every time, and a different ‘story’ to my husband.

WHAT KIND OF ART DO YOU FIND YOURSELF GRAVITATING TOWARDS? Contemporary art, with an element of craftmaking in the background, I love the felt of Peter Robinson, the delicate stitching of Francis Upritchard and the layered paint of Rohan Wealleans. The materiality of art.

“With My Art it is our hope that the future will see the continued flourishing of the arts in New Zealand, and that we will all find new ways to engage with art and to celebrate the richness of our cultural landscape. One of the ways we are looking to do this, is by working closely with the Arts Foundation to develop a new Laureate award for the visual arts, and we are very excited about this going forward.” CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS ANY TIPS ON ART INVESTMENT? For new collectors, the best advice is to visit galleries, start conversations, look widely, and trust your own process. The more informed you become, the easier you will find to make judgement and trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to make an enquiry and learn about the artist and their practice. Meet artists and visit studios if you can, and don’t just look to well-known artists. While we all might aspire to own one of 'the greats’, buying emerging or mid-career artists can be very rewarding as you follow their career, and journey along with them.

If you’re interested in learning more about art, check out My Art’s Instagram (@myartnz). Which currently features a series of industry profiles, sharing insights from the arts community about different aspects of the creative process and approaches to collecting. Discover more at myart.co.nz.


The Art of June Civil i s at i on, Z ha ng X i a o; Coa s t l i ne N o. 2; 2009 Cour te sy of Auc kl a nd Ar t Ga l l er y

Finally, the artworld is reawakening, stretching its arms out wide and greeting the world through a slightly new lens. One of the great things about art galleries (with regards to social distancing), is that they are already reasonably sterile and never usually full. So, although openings and large gatherings may be off the cards for a little while, there is no reason one can’t support their local gallery by popping in to say hello and have a squiz at the brain candy on display.

Most galleries will be up and running again by mid-June. Until then, here are some reflections, past, present and forthcoming, from three of my favourite Auckland art centres.

JUNE 2020

The Auckland Art Gallery re-opens its doors to the public on Saturday, 13 June. With three shows on display; Honestly Speaking: The Word, the Body and the Internet – on until 23 August; Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan – on until 16 August; and Civilisation, Photography, Now – on until 18 October. For more info visit aucklandartgallery.com

During lockdown Auckland Art Gallery opened a new virtual gallery experience for its Enchanted Worlds exhibition. Viewable via desktop or mobile device, the app lets you choose between three different tour experiences: a family tour with fun facts and art-making activities; a curator’s highlight tour that covers insights and stories on Edo-period poetry, music, theatre, fashion and visual arts; or an in-depth exhibition experience with extended artwork labels. Well worth checking out via virtual.aucklandartgallery.com. Whitespace Gallery has opened its doors to Absolution by Camille Sanson, as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Absolution is a solo exhibition, reflecting Sanson’s personal journey into motherhood.

During lockdown Whitespace had some interesting online exhibitions, notably the powerful work of Penny Howard, Te Whakahoki – a sort of homecoming, which combines historic Māori artefacts – taonga tüturu – which were auctioned off for large sums in Britain, with the painted surroundings of Aotearoa – bringing the taonga back home. For more info visit whitespace.co.nz

19 Po s tc a rd U n l o c ke d 3 8 D a n Tau l a p a p a M c M u l l i n C o u r te sy o f Tau t a i

Tautai Pacific Arts Trust impressively launched its new website within a week of lockdown, then proceeded to activate the creative pacific community with Postcards Unlocked. A total of 40 postcards were created, each offering a snippet of an artists practice. Keeping the digital waves bright and vibrant during an otherwise grey period of recent history. Taking place via Tautai’s social media platforms, the initiative included work from visual artists, musicians, sculptors, dancers, designers, poets, performing artists, filmmakers, fashion designers and other emerging artforms. Well worth checking out at tautai.org/community

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MEN GO FLAMENCO It’s one of the most iconic sights of the performing arts, an elegant lady in a graceful red dress that flutters and flows like fiery liquid. The twirling, the whirling, the blurring of red ruffles, hands that clap and heels that snap like the cracks of whips. There are calls and responses, singing and the strumming of guitars. It is the art of flamenco.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once” Friedrich Nietzsche

FUSION AND FURY As well as upending conservative traditions, Afandor’s photos riff on the notion that this centuries-old dance—now recognised by Unesco for its cultural significance—was once thought of as vulgar, even pornographic. Sandie Holguín, history professor at Oklahoma University and author of Flamenco Nation: The Construction of Spanish National Identity, says that for a long time the dance was considered, like bullfighting, a “scourge of the nation” that “lulled the masses into stupefaction”, restraining Spain’s “progress toward modernity”. Flamenco was established by gypsies who had picked up various folk moves on their journeys through the Middle East and from north Africa to southern Spain in the 16th century. Later, the dawn of Romanticism heralded the embracing of all manner of artforms throughout Europe, especially ones considered to be of a bohemian nature, like flamenco. The dance seeped into everyday Spanish life, regularly performed at bars and cafés throughout the land.

Intellectuals, the Catholic Church and the revolutionary workers’ movements especially despised how flamenco had come to be represent Spain in the eyes of foreigners. “Flamenco came to encapsulate the Spanish elites’ feelings of shame about the country’s declining status as a great power in the modern era,” writes Holguín for Smithsonian. “…What they were really complaining about was the permeation of modern mass culture into the daily lives of everyday citizens.” The Spanish Civil War put an end to such celebrations.

dance”. Performances and choreography aside, what truly sets this production apart is that it is performed by men in drag.

FLAMENCO, FRANCO, AND THE FUTURE In helping to rebuild the Spanish economy following the civil war and the isolation of Franco’s fascist regime that followed, the dictator came upon the idea of luring more tourists to his sunny nation by playing on foreigners preconceptions and stereotypes, harvesting the power of flamenco as part of his propaganda. The dance featured prominently in films and tourist brochures, while clubs and bars were filled with performers. Perversely, given its historical disdain by the country’s thinkers and creatives, flamenco has since experienced a cultural renaissance, too.

According to Fernando López Rodriguez, contemporary flamenco artist and author of Historia Queer del Flamenco (“The Queer History of Flamenco”), the dance has long attracted cross-dressing performers but they were forced underground while Spain was under the rule of Franco’s iron fist. Then, in the 1960s, he tells the New York Times, that drag returned “in the sphere of gay parties and shows, exclusively for cross-dressing performers”.

While men are traditionally taught to hold themselves more rigidly during a flamenco dance, women are allowed to move more of their bodies more expressively, and, growing up, Liñán admits that he couldn’t “hold back these impulses” so began to move his hand and his hips to flamenco music, began to “move between genders”.

“One could say that flamenco today has undergone both extreme commercialization and renewed artistic and academic respect,” notes Holguín, “once again demonstrating its complex relationship to Spanish national identity.”

Even though Spain became one of the first countries to legalise gay marriage, and now Liñán is recognised as one of the world’s preeminent flamenco artists, he and his troupe still suffer homophobic abuse both within the profession and online, accused of shaming the industry and even of destined to be taken by the devil. It is painful, he laments, “but that’s the world we live in”.

Part of that re-evaluation includes Afanador’s photography, and, more recently, the show Viva!, by Manuel Liñán. Premiered in Madrid in 2019, in was described by local critic Roger Sala in El País as “one of the best things happening in this critical moment in flamenco and Spanish

So how sweet it must have been, then, that when his show played in February at the Festival de Jerez—in the city known as the birthplace of flamenco—among the many rave reviews came one that read: “it’s one of the best to have been seen at the festival in all its 24-year history”.


In 2014, Ruven Afanador published a stunning series of black and white photographs in Ángel Gitano, capturing the men of flamenco, all of various builds and backgrounds. Some are old, their faces creased and knowing, others are young and athletic, arching or leaping, midpose. Some men are naked, some are wrapped in shawls, others, intriguingly, clad in traditional women’s dresses or peeking from beneath a delicate lace veil. The images drip with sensuality, some verge on the erotic. A selection of the shots contrasts against a dusty, desert backdrop, others against bare, earthen walls. And the location is Andalusia, the region where flamenco was born.


The Box Office June Picks 18 June

16 July

LOVE SARAH A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma.

TENET John David Washington is the new protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet. Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion. The international cast of Tenet also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Now Showing THE ASSISTANT Follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colours every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.

BAIT Martine Ward is a cover fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.

JUNE 2020

Q&A with Kerr Logan

Artist Profile:

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Kerr Logan stars as Conall Molloy in the Acorn TV original series Dead Still, premiering 29 June exclusively on Acorn TV. Get a 30-day free trial at acorn.tv using the code ACORNTVNZ30 The audition process for the role of a former grave digger must have been an interesting one, were there any notable moments? When I was sent the script, I thought it was totally bonkers! I hadn't a clue about Victorian death photography and I made the mistake of Googling it. They actually dressed up a deceased family member in their finest outfit and made them look 'alive' for a photograph. Some of those images will never be erased from my mind. We have such sensibilities around death, but of course, in those days, it would have been the height of respect. An honour only the very wealthy could afford.

Whilst being fully immersed in a professional marketing and communications career Kylie spent her nights focused on her dream of becoming a full-time artist. This involved painting long into the night and surviving on little sleep. During this time she and her husband raised a family and she juggled her time to grab an hour or two whenever possible to pick up a paintbrush. The end of 2017 signalled a change when she turned away from corporate life and refocused her efforts into renewing her love of painting. Her home offers the perfect place to paint and she says she often wonders why she’d neglected this beautiful environment for so many years. Kylie’s first glimpse of being an artist was back in her college days when she was encouraged by an art teacher to submit work to the NZ Academy of Fine Arts. She had two pieces accepted in her first submission and has been hooked on exhibiting ever since! Kylie’s colour palette is predominantly delicate with finely depicted florals crafted across larger and bolder background imagery. Her mixed media techniques, developed through trial and error, tears and determination have become the signature for her unique, recognisable and authentic works.


If memorial portraiture made a comeback, would you be up for the job? Or even have yourself memorialised with one? If you are asking me would I take your picture should the unthinkable happen, the answer is yes. If I was to be memorialised in one, I would need to be wearing a codpiece and knee high boots so that I frighten someone else during their Google search in years to come.

What’s next for you? Arghhh! I have a couple of jobs lined up but as yet no word as to when they will happen because of lockdown here in the UK. Fingers crossed the film industry can get back on its feet soon. Maybe Dead Still 2 could happen, I would really love to enter that mad world again.

Floral Study, Kylie Law

Kylie Law

Kylie Law produces mixed media works from her windswept hilltop Wellington home. Her work has evolved as she has navigated her life journey and she is obsessed with translating the beauty found in nature and the natural environment through her authentic original artworks. She is also available for commissions.


It must have been hard to keep a straight face at times. Were there any moments on set when you just couldn’t hold back the laughter at inappropriate times? Yes! There were lots of moments during this shoot running around haunted houses when things got very silly. It's very hard to act opposite a corpse who is giggling back at you.



From memorial portraiture and grave-digging to the supernormal, the show is a concoction of mad topics. When you first got involved were you fascinated or freaked? When I first got involved I was intrigued as to what the tone of the show was. Is it comedy? Is it drama? Is it a crime thriller? A love story? Is it taking itself seriously or is it poking fun at itself? And the truth is, it's all of these things and more. It was a lot of fun working through the script during rehearsals, working out the performance style and how to marry all these things together. I believe it's turned out to be something quite unique.

International exhibition brings the art of science to life at MOTAT The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) has secured the rights to present the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious international Science Photographer of the Year exhibition.

"And these photographs communicate the power of science with such amazing force, we know this exhibition will be a very special, inspiring occasion for both adults and families."

The exhibition is an attractive invitation for photography aficionados, science enthusiasts and the general public alike as the museum reopens after more than two months of lockdown.

The annual international competition has just two entry categories; photographers aged over 18 years and the under-18 youth category.

The images on display cover every aspect of scientific endeavour imaginable. Discover the beauty of raspberry mould, see eye-to-eye with a confused flour beetle, and get up close to the 500-year-old skull of King Richard III, tyrannical monarch of old but now fondly known as the ‘Carpark King’! “We have selected 47 incredible photographs to share with New Zealand audiences. Yes, they’re fascinating scientific studies, but they are also powerful artistic statements too,” explains MOTAT’s senior exhibitions curator, Simon Gould. “I think the emotion they invoke will take visitors by surprise. Every day during lockdown, every time the pandemic was mentioned we have been reminded that science is all around us.

Visitors will immediately appreciate the highly technical nature behind many of the images but it’s also worth noting that several entries, including the top award-winning photo for the youth category were shot using just a smartphone. “We have carefully curated a range of images that we felt would resonate with our Kiwi visitors and our New Zealand aesthetic. But this is a global competition, so it’s certainly our hope that after visiting MOTAT there will be many Kiwis wanting to enter this prestigious competition in 2020 and beyond. There’s no lack of talent here, artistic or scientific!” The Royal Photographic Society's Science Photographer of the Year exhibition is now showing at MOTAT's Great North Rd site. Visit motat.nz for more information.





Nervous that they may never get off your couch? You’re not alone – and they’re not either. HeyFuture! is a 3-week programme designed to motivate and inspire your 18-22 year old to prepare for their future. Out-of-the-box innovators and thinkers will talk about different career paths; businesses will present real-world challenges and organisations will be on the look-out for work-ready candidates. For more info or to sign up, go to heyfuture.co.nz




It’s a time of more spontaneous expression. It is a month in which you rediscover your roots and work on loving yourself from the bottom up. You are becoming more goal-oriented, less free-wheeling, and certainly more concerned about preparing for your future. You are also beginning a long and rewarding process of increased learning, studying, and expanding your skills set. You also take more pleasure in nurturing others.

Your long-term personal goals come under scrutiny. How you fit in with others, your affiliations with people and groups, and your peers all become serious matters in your eyes. Career matters come to a head. You’re called to perform, perhaps on a moment’s notice, and it’s best to keep your cool and do whatever you can to show your competence. You are learning to let go of ego attachments.

21 May – 20 June

22 November -21 December



This is a time when you invest in yourself and in the people around you that you respect. Benefits may not be immediate, but they will surely arrive down the road. Relationships are improved as you feel stronger and more comfortable in your own skin. An increased sense of security and safety may be derived from your domestic life. Improvements to your home life, family and basic psychological foundation are in focus.

You are more inclined towards financial speculation this month, but should watch for overdoing it. Your self-image is being reworked, and you are becoming more sensitive to a greater, perhaps more spiritual, sense of purpose You are likely to see benefits to home, family, property, and domestic comfort matters. Much joy and fulfilment may be found in your family and your home life during this cycle.

21 June – 22 July

22 December – 19 January



You are a little less conservative and more positive and hopeful when it comes to your attitude towards money. Money is often spent on building your nest and your sense of security this month. Some of you may be more willing to take risks with personal finances. Some of your past efforts may be rewarded now, perhaps in small but tangible ways. You will experience love and have amazing relationships in this period.

It’s a time to pursue the dreams, ideals, and ideas you have put on the back burner. Take creative risks, as well as personal ones, with your newfound confidence. There are likely to be some tests and challenges brought to your friendships and more casual relationships as you are weeding out all that is superficial. Already committed ones will be spicing up a current relationship.

23 July – 22 August

20 January – 18 February



You are also beginning a long and rewarding process of increased learning, studying, and expanding your skills set. The month is bound to bring pleasure, bounty, and expansion on the domestic scene. It is a period in which you rediscover your roots. You'll have big chances of meeting the person of your dreams. If you have already met him/her, the month promises understanding and shared accomplishments.

You'll have a lot of responsibilities, you'll possibly need to catch up with something or get really involved in serious matters that require organisation, strategy and patience. The need to take a work-related decision seems inevitable. You'll have the clearness and the necessary details to make a good decision. This period will enhance creativity and inspire your desire to act, paint, dance or pursue something that is personally meaningful to you.

23 August – 22 September

19 February – 20 March



Your personal philosophy will be changing, and this month gives you a push towards adopting beliefs that truly work for you in the real world. There may also be some sort of drama surrounding communication, modes of transportation, mobility, neighbours, or siblings. Projects begun now can have long-term benefits. Finances are likely to be quite strong and reliable now. You may also attract unusual romantic partners during this cycle.

This is a new era for you and you couldn't be happier. You are due to gain recognition in your professional life, and sexual and romantic satisfaction will follow close behind. Your public image and professional affairs will demand extra time and responsibilities but the rewards that follow will be worth it. You are learning about your need for self-expression through adventure.

23 September – 22 October

21 March – 19 April



Long-term goals for personal fulfilment come into focus and give you a sense of moving forward in a positive direction. Some added responsibilities are likely and you will find satisfaction in doing your share. You should begin to find ways to bring definition and articulation to your innermost wishes and hopes for your personal path. It’s a time of more spontaneous expression. Casual love affairs that have grown stale may be left behind now.

This is a time when you free yourself of personal inhibitions that may have been part of your life in the past. You will find this to be an action packed month and there will be celebrations and other adventures on your personal agenda during this fantastic month for sex and love. Love will make you smile and there will be talk of moving in with someone special.

23 October – 21 November

20 April – 20 May


JUNE 2020

Book Club The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse By Charlie Mackesy A book of hope for these uncertain times. Purchase for someone you love. It is the quintessential perfect gift! A children’s book for grown-ups (and children too). A reminder of what truly matters, as told through the adventures of four beloved friends. Based on Charlie's daily Instagram. For fans of Winnie-the-pooh's Little Book of Wisdom. Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins? Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into The Wild and exploring the universal thoughts and feelings that unite us all. The Library Book By Susan Orlean The Library Book is a book for every reader and every writer. It’s a masterful tribute to libraries, and, even better, it has a plot and a storyline. On April 29, 1986, a fire consumed or damaged more than a million books in the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. We didn’t hear much about the library fire. A near apocalypse at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor drove the fire to the back pages of American newspapers. “The books burned,” Orlean writes, “while most of us were waiting to see if we were about to witness the end of the world.” The world didn’t end, or not yet; the Los Angeles Public Library survived; and we are lucky to have lived long enough for Susan Orlean to write a book that begins with that library fire but delivers a lot more. A Long Petal of the Sea By Isabel Allende One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in [Isabel Allende’s] long career.” — The New York Times Book This is the family saga of Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruegera Dalmau whose lives are repeatedly upended by war and political unrest beginning with the Spanish Civil War, seeking refuge in Chile while WWII rages in Europe, then through the political unrest during the coup against Salvador Allende and the horrific reign of Augusto Pinochet the demise of his 17 year dictatorship.One of the most gratifying parts of reading this book is seeing how the relationship between them deepens and grows. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging.




JUNE 2020

The Good From Scratch Cookery School New Zealand’s most loved chef, Michael Van de Elzen, together with his wife Belinda, who is also a qualified chef, have opened a farm-to-fork experience, The Good From Scratch Cookery School, on their life-style property near Muriwai, less than 40 minutes from Auckland. The school is an embodiment of the Van de Elzens' combined philosophy: food is best when it’s prepared from scratch. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL VERVE READERS ALL ABOUT YOUR PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE COOKING SCHOOL? Our focus is very simple, to share in the simplicity of creating flavoursome dishes created from scratch, including the gathering and picking of seasonal produce right at the doorstep of the cookery school. We want to tap into all that the farm offers as well as local in-season ingredients from neighbouring farms. It all comes back to the philosophy we’ve lived by for years – food is better when it’s made from scratch YOU OBVIOUSLY WORK WELL TOGETHER – CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLES? We both trained chefs so we both take the classes, sometimes together, or sometimes separately, depending on what is in store for that day. We’re lucky to work with an incredibly knowledgeable gardener, Adrianne, who takes the garden tour while we do the prep work in the kitchen! HAS YOUR COOKING SCHOOL BEEN A DREAM FOR A LONG TIME? Very much so. The farm is a labour of love and we want to share this unique piece of paradise. We have wanted to create an experience like this ever since we worked together in Ireland, about 20 years ago, at a small luxury hotel. Dundrody hotel was in a little village called Athurstown in the southwest of Ireland. One thing that made it so special were huge gardens. Being so remote required us to grow our own produce and really focus on sourcing local ingredients. We had huge berry cages, white asparagus and huge horse mushrooms that would grow on the front lawn. Wild salmon from Waterford Harbour just down the road was also a regular find at the back door in the mornings.

SO YOU TAKE US FROM ARRIVING AT YOUR COOKING SCHOOL TO GOING OUT AND COLLECTING ALL THE VEGETABLES/FOOD FROM YOUR GARDEN? That’s right, the gardens play a huge part in the cookery school. The menu each day will be tweaked to what’s in season, what’s in the garden, and what the weather is doing. The first step, after coffee, of course, is heading out to the gardens for a tour and a chance for all the green thumbs to ask any questions about what grows best where, when and why. We’ll harvest the produce for that day’s dishes and then head back inside to get cooking.

LIFE IS DEFINITELY TOO SHORT TO EAT PROCESSED FOODS WHEN ALL WE NEED IS SO VERY LITTLE TO START A VEGETABLE GARDEN, DO YOU TEACH YOUR CLASS ALL ABOUT GROWING FRESH? Definitely – it’s a big part of the experience. We want people to leave not only with some new kitchen skills, but some tidbits tucked away about how to grow their own veggie garden, or if that’s not possible, the best herbs they should be planting in pots on the windowsill!





DO YOU HAVE A PIZZA OVEN? Yes, we’re very lucky to have a pizza oven indoors as well as an Engel Fire in the outdoor area. I’m a real sucker for slow-cooked meats and I love the way flames add a depth of flavour to food. WHO COOKS AT HOME? We share, but if we’re lucky, we can rope our daughters into it! DID YOU FEEL LIKE WE DID THAT LOCKDOWN WAS A PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS? TO MAKE CHANGES AND REFLECT? It was certainly really tough opening in January only to be forced to close for lockdown, but we did spend the time really refining the cookery school offering and developing new recipes to share with guests now that we’re able to open our doors again. We also started a meal kit and meal delivery service for locals, which was a great way to test the recipes!


WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PHILOSOPHIES SUCH AS SEASONALITY. We really believe that food just tastes better when it’s made from scratch – you know what’s in it, you’ve put the effort in and get to enjoy the result. On top of this, you can make some absolutely delicious dishes that are healthier and easier on the pocket, without spending the whole day in the kitchen or attempting fancy tricks. We also really believe in sustainability and that’s why each day the menu for the school reflects what is in season and what’s coming out of the garden, so we can minimise waste. Plus, the school enables us to support local businesses for items we can’t grow, such as meats, wine, beer and dairy products. We do have our own eggs though!

HOW DO YOU SET ABOUT CREATING THAT ALLIMPORTANT WORK-LIFE BALANCE? It’s not something I’ve mastered quite yet, because I get so passionate about the jobs I’m doing and I love sharing knowledge of food with people. I do like getting out on the mountain bike for some exercise, and we’re lucky to live so close to the beautiful Muriwai so we can head down with the girls for an early evening work. DO YOU DETECT A DEFINITE SHIFT IN THE WAY PEOPLE ARE EATING THESE DAYS? I definitely think people are becoming more aware of the foods they’re eating, but it can be really overwhelming with so many sources of information. That’s why going back to basics can not only be really calming but help to build confidence in the kitchen too – you know exactly what you’re eating if you’ve seen what has gone into the dish! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING? Good from scratch! Tasty meals with a healthy twist. FAVOURITE COOKING MUSIC? I don’t really listen to music whilst cooking, maybe it’s from many years in a commercial kitchen listening to the kitchen banter! ALL TIME FAVOURITE THREE DISHES TO PREPARE AND EAT. Wood-roasted chicken cooked on my Engel fire; mushroom risotto made with mushrooms collected from the farm; and Bee’s chicken pie, it’s the best! YOUR FOODIE MUSE? I was hugely inspired by Anthony Bourdain. His dark memoir about life in a New York City restaurant, Kitchen Confidential, helped me to understand the pressure of working in basement kitchens in London and put a little humour into the environment I was working in. I had the pleasure of cooking for him at one of our restaurants a number of years ago.




Freedom Farms crispy pork belly, organic baby carrots, baked fennel and cauliflower crush

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9 1 U PLA ND RD, REM U ERA Morell is an owner operated bistro and bar set on the leafy corner of Upland and Benson Roads, Remuera.


Husband and wife duo Daniel and Sarah Morini warmly welcome you to come and enjoy their delicious autumn menu, while supporting a local and community establishment. At Morell Bistro kai is much more than food. It’s about whānau, friends, community. How we source ingredients matters, and suppliers are all small business operators. The menu, created by owner-chef Daniel, of Italian-Māori, descent shows you where we come from and where we are going.

Seared tuna sashimi, wasabi mayo, burnt chilli dressing and crispy squid ink tapioca wafers


Always inspired by the roots of familiglia, and manaakitanga, the Māori tradition of hospitality, everything we do is presented to you with aroha, care and pride.


JUNE 2020

Pumpkin Pappardelle

with burnt butter sauce and garlic chips Ingredients


½ small pumpkin, peeled and de-seeded

Preheat oven to 190°C. Cut pumpkin into large chunks. Place in a roasting tray, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and roast in oven until soft.

pinch salt pinch ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil

Place a pot of salted water over high heat to boil.

2 tbsp ricotta cheese 1 tbsp raisins 3 tbsp vegetable oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced very thinly handful





(complete stalks and leaves) 50g butter

Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic slices until golden, remove and drain on paper towels. Drop herb stalks into hot oil for about 5 seconds then remove and place on paper towels. Remove pumpkin from oven. Mash together with ricotta, stir in raisins and season. Heat butter in a small saucepan until it is a light nutbrown colour. Add lemon juice and remove from heat.

juice of ½ lemon 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan to serve

Pasta 125g high-grade flour

Blanch pasta ribbons in salted, boiling water for 2 minutes then drain. Spoon some of the pumpkin puree onto each of the serving plates. Layer pasta with remaining pumpkin, then spoon over butter sauce. Garnish with herbs, garlic chips and parmesan.

pinch salt 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks

How to Make the Pasta

1 tbsp olive oil

Serves 4 Recipe Michael Van de Elzen

Place flour and salt in a food processor. Add whole egg and mix, then add egg yolks and oil. Process until a dough forms. Add more flour or water if necessary. Roll out to about 3mm thickness and cut into wide pappardelle ribbons.



JUNE 2020

Hot Chocolate Custard with Red Wine Pears Ask any chef to go back 10-15 years and name the number one selling dessert on their menu and I can guarantee that a crème brulee would be right up there. Basically a crème brulee is a baked custard that’s been allowed to cool and then had sugar burnt onto the top of it. It does not get any better! For this wonderful sweet all we are doing is cooking it the same as you would with a crème brulee, but instead of allowing it to cool. We are serving it piping hot from the oven.



400ml cream

Preheat oven to 140°C (NOT fan-forced). Place cream, sugar, chocolate and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until hot (do not allow to boil). Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk egg yolks, and whole egg in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Remove vanilla beans from milk mixture. Pour hot milk mixture over egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Place custard mix in fridge for 20 minutes to rest. After 20 minutes, skim all bubbles off the surface then pour into 4 small ovenproof bowls.

4 tbsp caster sugar 100g good quality dark chocolate 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 5 egg yolks 1 whole egg 4 small Beurre Bosc pears 1 cup red wine 1 tbsp caster sugar 4 star anise 1 cinnamon quill

Place bowls in a deep roasting dish, then pour boiling water into the bottom of the dish until it reaches halfway up the bowls. Very carefully place the roasting dish in the oven and cook for 35 minutes.

1 cup water

Serves 4 Recipe Michael Van de Elzen

While the custards are in the oven, prepare the poached pears. Peel the pears (keeping stalk intact) and place in a large pot with wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon and water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. remove from heat and leave pears sitting in poaching liquor for 10 minutes. Remove pears and slice in half lengthways. Upon removal from the oven, top each custard with a pear and spoon over a little of the poaching liquor. Serve immediately.




TOTAL TIME 1 hr 30 mins


Forty Thieves Cacao Almond Fudge Slice One can never have too many raw fudge slices in their repertoire and this recipe doesn't use lots of dates which can often add too much sweetness.

Almond Layer

Almond Layer

2 tbsp coconut oil ½ cup Forty Thieves crunchy almond butter 2 tbsp pure maple syrup 2 tbsp coconut flour 2 tbsp almond flour

1. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

3. Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly until combined.

Cacao Layer PREP TIME 30 mins

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil until it is liquefied and remove from heat.

4 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp Forty Thieves crunchy almond butter 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 1 tbsp cacao powder

4. Press mixture into the lined loaf tin and place in the fridge.

Cacao Layer 1. Repeat steps with the coconut oil and add the other ingredients as before.

YIELDS 1 Serving

2. Remove almond layer from the fridge and pour cacao mixture on top.

Photography and recipe by Nadia Eves. Go to Fortythieves.co.nz to check out more of their great products.

3. Return the tray into the fridge and allow to set for about an hour before slicing. 4. Can be stored in the fridge for a week or freezer for longer.



Most estimate there to be 300-400 brands of British gin, with London alone boasting more than 20 distilleries. In 2018, sales of flavoured and coloured gins rose a staggering seven-and-ahalf fold in the UK, with total sales of the spirit reaching nearly $4 billion, while the Scotland Food and Drink industry group even predicts gin will soon outstrip sales of scotch. Over the past five years, sales of gin have ballooned by 151 percent in South Africa, and 142 percent across the ditch. No other tipple has seen such a spike in popularity in recent years.

GIN TAKES ROOT “Gin is very versatile from a consumer and trade perspective,” says Paul Jackson, founder and editor of The Gin Guide and head judge of The Gin Guide Awards—the largest of its kind in the world. “As well as the popularity of the gin and tonic, there has been a surge in popularity for cocktails, and gin is a spirit that features in a wide range of classic and contemporary ones.” Paul also points to the importance of practicality—unlike many other spirits that must be aged, gin can be produced at pace. “Its versatility means that you can put your own stamp on it,” continues Paul, “give it a sense of place. As we have seen with many whisky producers, many distillers of other spirits already have equipment they need to begin producing gin too, so they can move into the sector swiftly and cost-effectively.” The word ‘gin’ comes from genever, the Dutch word for the juniper berry, as it was the Netherlands—not England!—in the Middle Ages where the berry (actually a seed kernel) was first distilled to make an alcoholic drink. Nowadays, it can be made from all manner of ingredients.


“I often get asked about gin’s base alcohol,” says Paul. “Traditionally it is made with a base grain alcohol, often wheat, which is then distilled with juniper and other botanicals. So long as juniper is the prominent flavour after distillation, you can produce gin with a range of base spirits. In Australia and New Zealand, it is common to use a grape base, and there are gins available using potatoes, lychees, sugar beet and even rice. Each has their own subtle character.”

JUNE 2020

THE PLAGUE, THE BRAVE AND THE EMPIRE The juniper is a conifer prevalent throughout Europe, and its berry is known for its distinctive aroma. Both Pliny the Elder and Aristotle believed juniper a tonic for all manner of ills, while in Arabia it was used to treat toothache. By the Middle Ages, juniper was considered such a super drug it was thought it could fend off the bubonic plague (it couldn’t) and by the 17th century it was believed (when distilled into a spirit) to be imbue bravery. English soldiers were very fond of drinking it before going into battle in the Netherlands in the Thirty Years’ War, hence the expression ‘Dutch courage’. The soldiers took the spirit with them upon their return home, where it was further distilled into what is considered the archetypal English tipple we now know as ‘gin’—though at the time, it was a far cry from the bottles drunk today, distilled with the likes of turpentine or even sulphuric acid. Under the reign of Queen Mary and William of Orange (who was a Dutchman) gin was further ingrained within English culture, embraced by both the poor and the upper classes in part due to ever heavier taxations on beer and brandy. Over the following century, questionable backstreet distilleries sprung up in cities throughout the land, spawning the ‘Gin Craze’ and leading to the tipple being nicknamed ‘Mother’s Ruin’. The more sophisticated technology and honed skills of the 19th century resulted in the development of probably the most wellknown gin type, London Dry, and it was soon being sent to the far flung corners of the British Empire where it was primarily mixed with tonic to fend off malaria. The tonic water of the time was rich in the anti-malarial quinine, which didn’t taste so great, so the spirit and lemon were added to help it go down more smoothly— Winston Churchill once mused that the famous concoction “saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the empire”. Writing for Slate, UCLA professor and author Kal Raustiala argues that “the gin and tonic was as essential weapon for the British Empire as the Gatling Gun”. And so, over the following years, gin evolved as a kind of status symbol, its credentials further enhanced when James Bond began ordering it as a cocktail.

“A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin that waiving it in the general direction of Italy” Noël Coward


FOOD MODERN TASTE New Zealand gins are now making their mark on the international scene. Last month, Hawke’s Bay’s The Damson Plum Collection’s gin liqueur was named best fruit liqueur at the World Liqueur Awards, with judges praising its “aromas of tropical candy” and “vibrant” flavour. Also, from Hawke’s Bay, the National Distillery Company’s Verdigris Dry Gin just took home the gold medal in the Contemporary Gin category of the global Gin Guide Awards 2020. Juno Extra Fine Gin is a multiple-award winner on the world stage, bagging a bronze medal at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition and a silver at the San Francisco World Spirits competition. There are around 40 different gin producers in Aotearoa, and, just like much of the world, it is among the fastest growing drink industries here too. While some riff on the traditional London Dry, while others like to put their own antipodean spin on things, incorporating indigenous ingredients like mānuka or kawakawa. Dave and Jo James of BeGin Distilling—makers of Juno Extra Fine—are industry pioneers who also make seasonal gins that incorporate local ingredients that have thrived during that particular time of the year. “It’s a win for everyone,” says Dave, “our vision is that New Zealand becomes a powerhouse for these ingredients at a world level.” “I always recommend experimenting and finding your favourite servings and styles of gin,” says Paul. “Buy a selection of different styles of tonics and garnishes and see which combinations you like best.”


The drink, he insists, is unpretentious and all about personal preference, rather than the ‘correct’ way to enjoy a glass. “Personally, I enjoy herbaceous gins which often pair well with classic or Mediterranean tonics, and garnish such as pink grapefruit.” Ben Bonoma of Tākaka-based distillery Dancing Sands echoes Paul’s comments about gin’s versatility, believing that “there is a gin out there for everyone”. “I think that’s what’s great about gin as a category,” he tells Viva. “It has to have juniper berries and it has to be [at least] 37 per cent alcohol. Other than that, there are very few things that govern what makes gin a gin. It allows for a huge amount of creativity and personal expression.” Paul says that his favourite gin memories involve meeting the various distillers and the sense of community within the industry. “Recent visits to distilleries in France, Ireland and across the UK have been highlights,” he continues. “I’ll always remember sitting beside the pool, under the sun, with Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, founder of G’Vine Gin, at his maison near Cognac, in France, sampling his gins and vermouths before seeing the private gin archive and historical collection he has curated. Visiting distillers and distilleries in New Zealand is next on the list and it is a trip I’d love to make next year.” And as for the best setting to sink a G-and-T or two? “There are gins available for all occasions, from bright and summery gins to warming and spiced gins, there are so many great times to enjoy them! Personally, I most enjoy a crisp gin and tonic when I’m outside on a warm and sunny evening with friends. But it’s also hard to beat a Negroni on a wintery day.”

AUCKLAND’S THREE BEST GIN JOINTS New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar also happens to be one of its coolest gin joints. Positioned on the 20th floor of Queen Street’s Four Points by Sheraton, The Churchill allows visitors to choose from nearly 200 gins while enjoying a million-dollar view of the City of Sails. Formerly known as the Gin Room, John and May’s on Vulcan Lane retains a brooding, uber-cool art deco speakeasy vibe. Here you’ll be served some of Auckland’s best cocktails, with a heavy emphasis on the gin. Another time machine to the roaring 20s, plush seating, low lighting and a long bar adorn Hotel DeBrett’s Housebar on High Street. Gin makes up a hefty chunk of their premium spirits menu, with not-to-be-missed cocktails including the green spring, mixed using Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur, lychee, cucumber, and apple juice.




Seventh generation Chatham Islander, third-generation farmer, and founder of fishing firm Chatham Island Food Co, Delwyn Tuanui, has always dreamt and thought big. While most New Zealanders rightly take pride in their powers of imagination and ingenuity, the 600 hardy Kiwis that lead an even more isolated existence on those evocative, windswept islands 800km further out in the Pacific, need to harness such characteristics a whole lot more.

“We’re so lucky,” muses Delwyn, “whoever it was that decided to put these islands here, whether it was the Big Bang or part of a big plan, whatever your views, we were gifted this isolation, which makes things tough, but the people resilient. Around us we have this amazing produce, and we need to make the most of it to give ourselves the best lives we can.” Delwyn reveals he felt an obligation to take over the family’s lamb farm, but when the GFC and economic downturn that followed forced the mass culling of their livestock due to the cost of getting the stock to market exceeding the sell price, he was forced to revaluate his future. “That moment, in the scrub with the old man, a proud farmer, and looking out over all those dead sheep, it was pretty gruesome stuff,” says Delwyn. “I was overcome with the desire to do something about it, to take greater control of my destiny.”


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It was a time of hardship throughout the islands. “We had been given this great resource and, in part due to the great challenges in operating out here, it wasn’t being presented in the way it should be,” he continues. “It was important to fix this, not only for my family, but for the future of the Chathams.” And so Delwyn enrolled in a three-year marketing and business degree at the Marcus Oldham Agricultural College in Victoria, Australia, where he also not only laid the foundations for his future business, but met his future wife and business partner, Gigi. “I went over there with the idea of adding value to the islands’ food. It was my passion. As well as my background in farming, I’d done a lot of paua diving as a youngster. My mum’s brothers were all cray fishermen and my dad’s side were farmers, so it was in the blood, you know.” One fateful night he barbecued up some Chatham blue cod for his university buddies who were “blown away by the taste”. One lightbulb moment led to another, and soon Delwyn was delivering his local delicacy to Melbourne’s top eateries from the back of his mate’s “fair dinkum Aussie ute with bull bars and all the aerials”. “I learnt very quickly that it was the story of the island that was getting in the door, then it was the product that was keeping the door open,” he says. “It was the perfect match.” With rave reviews from some of Melbourne’s best chefs in places like the Royal Mail Hotel and Flower Drum in Chinatown, Delwyn developed a branch of the Chatham Island Food Co. in Sydney—but not before his wife-to-be had had a word in his ear.

“I was getting pretty cashed up for a student and getting all the rounds in for my mates down the pub,” he chuckles. “But Gigi pulled me aside and said that I need to stop all of that and get serious. She really helped me, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without her.” Based in Melbourne 10 years ago, they were at the forefront of the ocean-to-plate movement, creating collaborations with other up-and-coming companies. Now living on the remote Chatham Islands, social media helps to bridge the isolation gap, connecting their customers with their story. Married in 2013, the pair moved back to the Chathams where they bought a fish processing factory and later built a “mini-village” for their 15-20 staff who mostly had to be flown in. “It got real very quickly,” Delwyn says. “My wife was seven months pregnant with our first child, and we started processing the fish at night. The first night there was 300kg of blue cod, and we thought it was pretty easy, but the next night four tonnes were dropped at the door and Gigi came up to me with tears in her eyes and asked, ‘What have we done?’” Other obstacles to navigate included instructing the fishermen to change the way they handled their catch on board. “You can imagine, a young fella off a sheep farm and fresh out of university trying to tell these experienced Chatham Island fishermen who had been working one way all of their lives that it could be done better another way, was challenging.”





Just as the financial crisis threw everything into disarray more than a decade ago, the coronavirus has created a new set of challenges. Chatham Island Food Co largely supplies the restaurant trade which came to a grinding halt overnight with the lockdown. In order to keep the business afloat, the couple had to think outside the box – and fast! The ‘Ocean to Door’ home delivery concept was born, something the pair have wanted to do since starting out, but Covid-19 was the catalyst to make it happen. Juggling three young kids and fuelled on caffeine, Gigi set about building an online platform to enable this. “My wife has an amazing brain when it comes to developing systems,” says Delwyn. “She set up an online shop and we started delivering our fish direct to people’s homes. We’ve been blown away with the feedback we’ve been getting, and we’re so glad that others can now have that experience, while supporting Chatham Islanders directly.” Delwyn delights in the fact that he has embarked upon such a journey, and is thankful for, and humbled by, the fact that others have helped his and Gigi’s vision come to life.


“It has altered my perception so much,” he continues. “It has elevated me to heights that I never thought I’d reach— as well as a few lows—but it is vital that we secure the value of this island for ourselves, our fisherman and our future generations. I love the fact that we’ve been able to put it all together, to show folk that just because we live 800km from anywhere, it doesn’t mean that we can’t follow our dreams to create something exceptional. We are proud of who we are, what we have, and where we come from.”




Chatham Blue: What’s it all About? Chatham Island blue cod is caught sustainably, using large mesh pots to reduce by-catch and ensure juvenile fish can swim free The fish is noted for its delicate, sweet flesh that breaks into well-defined flakes Specially selected fisherman, master graders and blast freezing at source ensure a premium product reaches customers’ doors For the sake of nostalgia, Delwyn admits to enjoying the fish “battered, on the beach with chips and tomato sauce—as eaten when I was a kid!” However, he’s since learnt some more sophisticated preparation techniques during his travels and recommends steaming the fish with ginger and spring onion, and serving with soy, or semipoaching it, with the skin on, in butter.


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Orakei Bay Market is open. We have 10 new locally owned businesses in the village joining our existing boutique shopping and food tenants. Enjoy the best in local furniture, giftwares, food and fashion.

Orakei Bay D I N E | SHOP | LVillage IVE Come join us this June and support local. Plus enjoy plenty of f ree parking.



Whether you are planning a party, organising a work lunch, or simply wanting to treat your friends to some great food, catering at Leafe Café is where you should go. If you want to bring your event to Leafe’s beautiful, light and serene space, or have it elsewhere, come and chat to the team and see the deliciousness that they have to offer, be it canapes or lunches or a beautiful platter of sweet treat goodness.

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A Love Letter to Local

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When, a few months ago, New Zealanders were asked to stand still, a disarming calm descended upon a country usually bustling with the entrepreneurial hum of small business. We are a nation of creators, driven by a collective desire to establish something for ourselves. Punching above our weight is a trope that rings true.

The intergenerational ingenuity and determination that underscores New Zealand culture has seen small and medium enterprises — mum-and-dad ventures, kids making it big, new-age innovators and old-school stalwarts — become crucial to the country’s economy. Aside from the fact that they make up 97 percent of all New Zealand businesses, employ over 630,000 people and account for around 28 percent of our gross domestic product, against international, massmarket offerings, they stand for variety, imagination and individualism. Whether it’s a local cafe that serves flat whites with comforting consistency, a retail store whose staff have become the trusted guardians of secrets spilled through changing-room curtains, a local gym that offers a gentle daily reminder of our capacity for change, or a restaurant whose maitre’d has watched us grow up and whose unchanged decor has long played host to the celebration family milestones, these businesses learn our names, our sizes, our routines and our preferences. They are entities that come together in a haphazard harmony to build and shape our community culture. And they offer hope — the prospect of real, tangible success for any young Kiwi who can match an idea with a plan and an attitude of ‘get-up-and-go’.

country, and I wanted people to start thinking about where they were spending their money.” Launching Live.Shop.Love.Local as both a movement to unify New Zealand businesses and a rally cry for consumers, Morton commissioned artist Anna Leyland to create a logo — a heart flanked on either side by Kiwi birds — that encouraged New Zealanders to “spread the love”. It has since been shared prolifically on social media. For a number of small businesses, the last few weeks has provided time to think about how their offering might need to adapt to new circumstances. Ponsonby wine bar, Annabel’s, for instance, recently reopened as a European-style espresso bar and delicatessen (alongside offering a wine delivery service), a move that owner Henry Mitchell Temple, tells me was born from a need to “adapt and find solutions that work for our business”. His focus, he says, is on “offering customers something special each week, something to get excited for, and there will be a big focus on working more with local businesses and suppliers”.

But when public health demanded that New Zealand come to a sudden and unexpected halt, they suffered. Some faced with the prospect of no income for weeks, others only able to operate at a limited capacity.

The thing is, it’s these small enterprises and the people behind them, people who are constantly shape-shifting to ensure they’re doing the best by their communities, that buoy the entrepreneurial spirit of this country. Perhaps, Covid-19’s challenging conditions will give rise to a deeper understanding in us consumers, around how the power of our dollar buoys them.

In was in the quiet moments that accompanied the temporary closure of his butcher shops that prominent Kiwi businessman Michael Morton starting thinking. “I wanted to create a campaign that was broad enough to include all New Zealand businesses,” he tells me, “small to medium enterprises are the backbone of this

“I think we should hopefully become wiser and more conscious consumers,” says Henry Mitchell Temple at the end of our conversation. “Buy your wine from a wine store, your meat from the butcher, your veggies from the local markets. Let’s spread the spending and build the New Zealand economy together.”





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LyZadie Design Studio LyZadie conscious designs use raw and natural rescued materials, and each piece is handcrafted in New Zealand. Also in the photo, the FLOW Side Table and the Black FERN Mirror. lyzadiedesignstudio.com

Forty Thieves Forty Thieves combines nature's most nutrient-dense ingredients to create a unique range of healthy nut and seed butters without any refined sugar, preservatives or manmade additives. fortythieves.co.nz

Melora Mānuka Melora Mānuka Honey is natural and authentic New Zealand mānuka, sourced sustainably and ethically from the East Cape where the mānuka trees thrive and naturally grow under the guardianship of Māori landowner partners. Melora Mānuka Honey is sourced under a fair share programme with the landowners. Visit melora.co.nz to help support our people from local East Cape communities. melora.co.nz

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Standard Issue Proudly made in New Zealand since the late '80s, Standard Issue continues to manufacture locally in their Auckland workroom, leaning on decades of collective experience from their craftspeople. Promising to care for the complete lifecycle of every garment, their philosophy of knitwear made for good is at the heart of all they do. standardissue.co.nz

Classic New Zealand At Classic New Zealand we manufacture the finest sheepskin products. We have been doing so since 1969. All of our sheepskins are sourced and tanned in New Zealand by us. We do the entire process start to finish on one site in Napier, New Zealand. We use our own sheepskins to make sheepskin slippers, sheepskin rugs and sheepskin baby products, plus a large range of other products including bean bags and car seat covers. Browse our full range of sheepskin products and if you need any more information have a read through our story and source pages before dropping us a line. 22 Thames St, Napier 06 835 9662 classicsheepskins.com

Emma Lewisham A pioneer in natural luxury skincare, Emma Lewisham couldn't find truly 100% natural products that simultaneously delivered the highest levels of performance. So she started Emma Lewisham Skincare to make them for herself and for women like her who refuse to trade off their health for beauty. Emma Lewisham formulas have more ingredients at higher levels of concentration without compromises or anything questionable added, ever. emmalewisham.co.nz


Portable Click Frames We make a wide variety of plywood laptop stands to accommodate your needs. They are lightweight and can be put together and taken apart easily, making your work station portable and comfortable wherever you go.


Glow Lab Kiwi brand Glow Lab combines nature with science to create natural skin-, hair- and bodycare products that work. Their natural, nasties-free formulations are boosted with scientifically proven, active ingredients to provide a range of personal care products that are beautiful to use, affordable, and most importantly, deliver results. Available at your local supermarket. glowlab.co.nz

When possible, the laptop stands are made with recycled plywood. While it can take longer to adjust the CNC cutter to odd pieces of recycled material, the designer has an environmental ethos and believes it's worth the effort to reduce unnecessary timber milling or timber waste. For the simplest regular laptop stand shown in this photograph, the laptop screen is raised by 10cm, and the price is $35 plus postage. Taller laptop stands and laptop standing desks can be viewed on the website. clickframes.online

Snowberry Snowberry brings you the best of rare, handpicked New Zealand natural ingredients, boosted by clinically proven science that deliver results. Native ingredients like omega-rich harakeke seeds are harvested and handpicked from our very own plantation, Snowberry Gardens. Snowberry is skincare you can trust. No nasties, no carbon footprint, cruelty-free, and proudly made in New Zealand. snowberry.co.nz


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Nuts about New Zealand Proudly family-run company Forty Thieves are nuts about health, wellness, and the environment. In just four years, their nut butters have spread from market stalls to the shelves of more than 250 retailers nationwide, including Farro, New World and Pak ‘n Save, with Countdown also in the pipeline. They’ve recently sent shipments as far afield as the US and China, and they’re about to embark on a fitout of a new factory. Though world domination beckons, Forty Thieves’ philosophies, built around all-natural ingredients and sustainable packaging, are still very much those of a boutique brand. Based out of Stanmore Bay, Forty Thieves was established by husband and wife team Brent and Shyr Godfrey in 2016. “When we started, Brent and I made all of our nut butters ourselves and sold them at farmers’ markets every weekend,” says Shyr. “Now, we are a team of 10.” And a multi-award-winning team at that. In 2018, they scooped a gold medal in the Outstanding New Zealand

Food Producers Awards, and last April they won four further medals, including two silvers for their Peanut Butter Crunchy and Scorched Almond with Organic Cocoa butter, and another gold, this time for their Chai Spiced Almond with Fruit Pieces. Not bad going considering the country was in lockdown! “During lockdown, we wanted to make sure all New Zealanders could access healthy food without leaving their homes.” says Shyr. “Our Almond Butter was incredibly popular as well as our limited-edition Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Eggs. It was nice to be able to offer something extra special for Easter in isolation.” It also meant that the couple both got to spend some extra quality time with their one-year-old daughter, “enjoying lots of almond butter sandwiches for lunch!” Such sweet success in such a short period, we can’t wait to see where Forty Thieves are in another four years!




Bentley & Hart Luxury hand-poured candles lovingly made, one by one WO R D S — AMANDA M C C O NC HI E When you light a Bentley & Hart candle, you're not just filling your home with the most invigorating and sumptuous fragrance, but shining a positive light for people with disabilities.


Auckland candle brand Bentley & Hart was founded in 2015 with a view to develop a business that could create an employment pathway for Julie and Bryan Hart’s 24-yearold daughter, Daniella, who was diagnosed with autism as a young child. Finding pathways to employment limited, the three embarked on a journey in a niche industry that would develop fantastic opportunities for Daniella and others like her. WHAT CHALLENGES DOES DANIELLA FACE AS A YOUNG WOMAN WITH AUTISM? “Daniella was diagnosed as a young child and although very positive and outgoing by nature, she struggles to communicate effectively or recognise social norms in a professional workplace. This made it difficult for her to get a job,” says her mum, Julie. Julie had produced candles as a hobby for several years and liked the idea of creating a premium product; coupled with the business mission to offer employment opportunities for people with disabilities, the enterprise allows candle lovers to contribute to the social sustainability of communities around New Zealand.

Daniella venturing into the workforce was a life event Bryan and Julie had been anxiously anticipating over the years, and were always aware finding work in a safe, structured environment would be difficult. HOW HAS THIS IMPACTED HER QUEST TO FIND EMPLOYMENT? “There was a lack of jobs available that we felt confident Daniella could complete 100 percent without help. Although she has completed Work Ready courses through MIT and undertaken work experience, it was hard to find a job which suited her need for routine.” With jobs requiring a certain amount of flexibility from employees, this is something that people with autism struggle with and requires extreme amounts of patience and compassion from employers and co-workers in order to be successful in the workplace. “Being flexible is not a strength of Daniella's. She is also easily manipulated and as parents, we needed to ensure her safety,” says Julie as she delves into the daily difficulties people with autism face. “Recognising social cues and adhering to her personal space can be an issue for her. She does not like any sort of negativity so finding an employer who could remain positive 100 percent of the time was going to be a real challenge.” THE ART OF CHANDLERY The Hart family travelled internationally in 2017, investigating chandlery businesses and products in retail outlets and expanding their knowledge through studying the art of chandlery.

“When it came to discussing business ideas, any venture entered into had to be something that could promote employment for people with disabilities in a positive light – a creative, safe work environment that provides opportunities for others who may have struggled in a conventional workforce,” she adds.

Upon returning to New Zealand, the trio brought back with them the art of crafting hand-poured, luxurious candles that not only look stunning, but have the ability to fill a room with the most invigorating and sumptuous fragrance. Professional brand developers were commissioned to produce concept designs and in 2019 Bentley & Hart launched; a loving result of a project borne to help overcome the challenges faced by this Kiwi family.

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Bentley & Hart’s first collection of candles, one by one encompasses the meticulous, step-by-step process behind their opulent scented candles, lovingly made with exquisite scents to soothe or revive the soul. From every sale, the team donate $1 to special causes and New Zealand charities. The one by one collection is available in 12 divine scents; from the luscious cosiness of Cashmeran & Rose, the invigorating, herbaceous blend of Green Tea & Bergamot, to the fresh and floral Linen Blossom, perfect for adding to your shower or bath routine. The team’s favourites vary from oriental fusions, to smoky spices, to sweet and tantalising notes; Julie’s is the enticing exotic ambience of Oriental Orchid while Bryan has a fondness for the more masculine of the collection, Spice Verbum. BELLA’S CANDLE: A CELEBRATION OF BEACHY, SUMMER DAYS Daniella’s love for beachy summer days combined with her innocent and joyful nature inspired the creation of the collection’s hero candle: Bella's Candle (a reference to Daniella’s nickname) and its tantalising top notes of sweet candy through to the base notes of vanilla amber, makes this candle her top pick. “Bella's Candle embodies all of Daniella's favourite things about summer like vanilla ice cream and candy floss. She chose blue as the colour for her candle jar and picked the exact shade of blue she wanted.” Collaborating with professional perfumers to develop bespoke fragrances is a rewarding and fun part of the job and creating something stunning to be enjoyed at home led to the establishment of regular candle making workshops. Here is where fellow candle lovers can learn the art of chandlery and tips and tricks such as understanding the fragrance pyramid and the importance of temperature in candle making. The workshops also give Daniella face-to-face time with customers as well as the opportunity to participate in the running of the events. “She has a checklist of what is required to set up each tray and enjoys checking each item off. She also helps me with the catering. Her favourite part is recording which fragrances people choose, and then ranking them in order from most popular to least!” IN WHAT WAYS HAVE YOU SEEN BELLA GROW WITHIN HERSELF SINCE STARTING B&H? Bryan and Julie beam about the incredible changes they have witnessed in their daughter and her self-confidence. “Daniella is less anxious now that she knows what is required from her and has her routine. She is able to make a candle from scratch, from weighing the wax and fragrance, cleaning the jar, setting the wick, and mixing and pouring at the correct temperatures.”

Daniella Hart Julie admits it has been tough letting go and giving the young woman a bit more independence but is so proud as to how far she has come. “I've learnt to step back and give her more responsibility. When she was at school the constant change was very unsettling for her and she was extremely anxious all the time so I would often step in to make life easier for her. She is now much calmer, and she surprises me daily with what she can achieve.” “I've gotten to experience her positivity on a daily basis. Daniella never lets things get her down, she is always happy and bubbly and invariably singing!” says Daniella's dad, Bryan.

Both have also been surprised at how much she has relished her role in the business. “She loves having her photo taken for Instagram and 'the business' which is a major achievement as she once had a severe phobia of cameras, even when they weren't aimed at her!” This month, this small business of three will be launching into the wedding market, developing a collection of customised wedding candles (available in June). “Our friends and family are seeing their children marry and we’ve had many discussions on how couples can express their thanks and gratitude to their wedding guests or bridal party with gifts that are elegant but also personal,” says Bryan. For more information, to view their candles or to purchase online, visit bentleyandhart.co.nz


We have also pledged 100 percent of all donations to go directly to the chosen charity. Why is Due Drop Foundation important? Our mission is to accelerate not-for-profit community programmes that make a measurable difference to the lives of Kiwis who need it most. By directing funds to charities using scalable, detailed evaluation processes, Due Drop Foundation can identify the most effective intervention and wraparound support programmes and quantify the impact of its donations. This approach ensures beneficiaries receive the best possible support they need, as well as provides benefactors a clear picture of what the charities are achieving. How is Due Drop Foundation different from other foundations? We believe it has been very challenging for donors in New Zealand to clearly understand how their donations are impacting the lives of Kiwis in need.

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Fran Wyborn What is Due Drop Foundation? Due Drop Foundation is New Zealand’s newest charitable trust dedicated to improving the lives of New Zealanders in need through intelligent and effective giving. Focusing our giving on the most effective intervention and wraparound community programmes, our key point of difference is our ability to demonstrate how our giving is having a direct impact on disadvantaged Kiwis. What motivated you to set up the foundation? I have always been motivated to help those less fortunate. Over the past three decades, I’ve personally donated to charities focused on enabling and empowering Kiwis who have been disadvantaged in life and am thrilled my vision for Due Drop Foundation has come to life. Why should people donate to Due Drop Foundation and not directly to the charity? A lot of charities do not measure the impact of their donations and the donors have no way of knowing what benefits, if any, their charitable donations are producing. At Due Drop Foundation, our charities are measured by formulas devised by Impact Lab, a company totally focused on measuring social investment.

Due Drop Foundation provides a solution to this by measuring the value of the charity programme and the impact of the charitable dollar, bringing accountability to giving. What is effective giving? Giving money intelligently and effectively ensures donors are maximising the impact of their philanthropy. Due Drop Foundation’s scaled evaluation process gives donors peace of mind that they are getting the best return on their valued gift and it is going to those who need it the most. How has COVID-19 impacted your life? Like many people worldwide, I think COVID-19 has completely made people reassess values they previously thought important. How are you handling all this extra time at home? Fortunately I was in lockdown at my property on Waiheke Island. I have a small farm so there was always plenty to do, so not exactly a lot of extra time! Where do you like to get your news from? The New Zealand Herald, Stuff, television and local rags. Walk the dog or downward dog? My awesome pilates teacher has had us all zooming in. Lockdown larder essentials you can’t do without? Pizza flour — have mastered pizza making! A glass of something — most memorable / old favourite / keeps you sane? Pinot noir and pinot noir. Dinner venue you can’t wait to get back to? Antoine's and Barulho — the best in Parnell.

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Resene - History in the Painting

Is this one of New Zealand's best kept secrets?

From garage workshop to national institution – Verve takes a quick look at the history behind one of New Zealand’s most successful homegrown companies. Way back in 1946, Wellington builder Ted Nightingale faced a dilemma. Needing an alkali-resistant paint to protect his concrete buildings, but with nothing available on the commercial market, he set about developing his own. Using an old cement mixer – and a lot of initiative and determination – Stipple coat was born in Ted’s garage. It more than served its purpose and, as fellow builders caught on to the concept and requests for the product grew, he began commercial production of his new paint. To keep up with demand, he had to move to factory space on Wellington’s Tinakori Road, where he went on to manufacture other products.

As a pharmacist the Discreet Delicates founder, Julia McDonald, noticed that there were limited options for ladies managing light bladder leakage. Disposable pads cost about $29.99 a month, and are not environmentally friendly. Discreet Delicates were developed for ladies who want comfortable, cotton, easily washable underwear that look good. Discreet Delicates business focus is to reduce the long term cost of incontinence products, and provide a sustainable option for people trying to reduce their impact on the environment.


The Resene brand name was derived from the main ingredient in Ted’s paints – resin – and was launched at the same time as the first waterborne paint. Resene expanded rapidly during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and despite developing a line of solventborne products, waterborne paints remained the firm’s staple. Ted’s son, Tony, became managing director and took over company operations in 1972. Production was once again moved to larger premises, this time on an industrial estate in Gracefield in Lower Hutt, increasing factory space and allowing greater production volume, and the key marketing strategy of selling and distributing through their own dedicated outlets was developed. They also developed a team of their own salespeople trained to sell directly to trades all over New Zealand. International markets also beckoned. A presence in the South Pacific in 1965, with an office in Fiji, and Australia in 1990, were established. Today, the company is a household name – known for its environmentally friendly products, its total colour system, and handy testpots. All products are still developed in New Zealand for New Zealand conditions by the firm’s own technical team. Manufacturing facilities remain at Naenae and Upper Hutt, with paint supplied to Resene ColorShops, resellers and stockists nationwide. Yep, it’s a true Kiwi success story!

Discreet Delicates Discreet Delicates are comfortable, soft, cotton, mid-rise underwear for light bladder leakage. Discreet Delicates can be machine washed and dried, or hung inside out to dry in the sun. Built in, absorbent pads, no inserts or plastic disposable pads - zero waste! NZ designed, fitted and tested.

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Makeup tips & tricks with Michael Brown Celebrity makeup artist and ambassador for Ardell HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE INDUSTRY? I grew up in Perth as a dancer which meant plenty of stage makeup. Being a boy, I was only required to do a small amount but somehow always ended up with a fabulous smokey eye so the girls began requesting I do their makeup, too. I enjoyed it so much that I completed a makeup course straight out of high school and went into retail cosmetics. L’Oreal Luxe saw me move to Sydney and exposed me to international travel, media, fashion and celebrities. Now here I am years later working for myself, representing some of the biggest brands in the world, but all in my own name — it’s a great feeling.

56 WHAT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY YOU’VE HAD TO DATE AND WHO ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES YOU’VE WORKED WITH? I’m so lucky to have had so many amazing opportunities working with celebrities, attending awards, making TV appearances and now as an ambassador for big name brands. The career highlight that always sticks out was working on Gisele Bundchen. She was in Australia to launch her shoe range and I was with her for a full day. I remember being so nervous as I had only worked on local Aussie celebs at the time (like the fabulous Jennifer Hawkins!) and Gisele was at that point the highest paid supermodel in the world — her security was scary! We ended up getting along famously so I was chuffed. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with the beautiful Miranda Kerr and just last year both Sofia Richie and Scott Disick.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING AS A MAKEUP ARTIST IN AUSTRALIA? I feel so blessed doing what I do coming from the cosmetics retail floor. I was so happy simply giving makeup advice to women and seeing them gain confidence. I never dreamt I’d be doing makeup on a national or international scale. It’s incredible when brands trust you enough to represent their products, but success in this way doesn’t happen overnight. It took years to get that reputation and to make a name for myself within the industry. I’m lucky to have always had such big supporters and people around me I can really trust for the right advice.

WHAT THINGS DO YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN MASTERING MAKEUP LOOKS FOR SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS? There are a lot of elements that go into it. What vibe are we going for? What are the notes from the stylist? What will the hair be? What’s the lighting like? It really changes depending on the event and the situation but once you know your products (the ones you trust to last the distance and that suit your client) you are good to go.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO EYE LOOK? I love a neutral tone smokey eye starting with a brown and caramel shade (nothing too dark!) blended into the socket area. Then add a champagne highlight shade on the inner tear duct and at the peak of the brow. Next, add a slight metallic shade on the mobile eyelid to give another element of colour, before a lick of mascara. I always love adding individual lashes from Ardell, around four or five, on the outer part of the eye for more depth and a lifting effect. I know individual lashes are harder to apply on yourself but I love the natural look they give while adding that little extra oomph.

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“I'm so happy simply giving makeup advice to women and seeing them gain confidence.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST TIPS AND TRICKS FOR APPLYING LASHES SEAMLESSLY? It’s important to always trim lashes so that they fit perfectly. Place each lash on the eye and make sure both ends fit within the eye lines — you don’t want the lash to drag the eye down because it’s too long for the length of your eye. To trim always start with the outer part of the lash and apply only after mascara has been applied. DUO is my lash glue brand of choice and I always use the dark tone so there isn’t any messy ‘white’ appearance when applying — great when in a rush and don’t have time for white glue to dry clear. Each time you remove lashes make sure you immediately peel off any excess glue as you can re-use each pair multiple times. Always place falsies onto the lash line with tweezers or a lash applicator for control and perfect placement right at lash line, but apply to the existing lashes, not so much your eyelid skin, so that there’s no visible gap between the natural and false lash. It’s always best to have your eyeline looking down but not completely closed so that lids are smooth and exposed for easy application. Use the other end of the tweezer or lash applicator to apply pressure to the inner and outer lash corners — it’s so important to have good hold so that lashes don’t flick up later in wear.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A FOOL-PROOF FALSIE? The first thing I look for is a fairly invisible false lash band — you don’t want anything too thick or bulky at the base of the lash as it looks very unnatural. Ardell uses Invisiband technology which means the styles look natural yet full! It also helps the lashes fit to every eye shape.

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Support our ‘Hands up for Parnell’ as a positive acknowledgement for all that Parnell has to offer, an ‘applause’ for all the things that make us special, at the same time putting our own hands up in support with our heart in the centre. We love all that Parnell is, all that Parnell has to offer, and all that Parnell dreams of becoming. With this in mind, please continue to do what you can to keep local business alive, open and trading where possible so Parnell has the opportunity to thrive.

WHAT SINGLE PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? I’m a big brow and lashes guy when it comes to makeup, but I guess mascara would be the one single product I couldn’t live without. If I could, I’d also use my Ardell Short Individuals in the outer corner of the eyes — I’m a sucker for a fluffy lash! parnell.net.nz



Intrepid Discoveries Close To Home With Itria

Interview with Sabrina


Discovering hidden gems is always such a delight when travelling abroad, wandering around the back streets in search of something truly authentic. Just because our travel plans this year are on pause, doesn’t mean we can’t have the same experience closer to home. Itria, a new store tucked-away upstairs at 255 Broadway provides just that treat.

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I believe that fashion is very human, it is how we live and feel, and is a strong form of self-expression. Every woman deserves to feel unique.

Sabrina Ferrari (Italian-French) – the powerhouse behind the store, was brought up in Brazil around all the creativity that surrounds fashion – photography, visual arts and jewellery design. Both her mother and grandmother were stylists and had their own labels. The artisanal skills of producing fashion items was passed down through her family, which has made opening Itria with her daughter ever the more satisfying. It is through her close connections with the creative community of her heritage, that motivates Sabrina to make a social and economic contribution towards the Brazilian community with Itria. One hundred percent of the store's stock comes from brands with female founders, with a material footprint that leads to the wider community. Stocking brands that have a strong sense of responsibility also makes the items available very exclusive. There’s no risk of anyone else wearing same as you! We sat down with Sabrina and asked for her take on fashion in New Zealand, what it’s like working with family and where the name Itria came from; V: What do you think our fashion industry needs? S: Colour! I love colour, I would like to see more brighter colours and cheerful clothes in New Zealand. All the clothing we are bringing in for women, you can wear bright or bold, they’ll work within the office and at social occasions, they are versatile and practical. I’m not into fast fashion. I like timeless quality products. Next year we hope to manufacture clothes here in New Zealand. We want to support local industry where possible. Next year we hope to manufacture clothes here in New Zealand. We want to support local industry where possible.

V: You work with your 25-year-old daughter Gabriela, how did the decision to go into business together arise? S: My husband Alan, who is Kiwi, and I have been together since 2006, living in Brazil until 2018. We then decided that it was time to live in New Zealand. After some social projects in New Zealand, I was looking to do something that combines healing and creative elements. That’s how Itria arose, it’s a store that supports women in disadvantaged communities, some of the brands we stock specifically support Brazil, Peru and Ecuador.


Gabriela – Gabi is an artist and singer; she is very sensitive with a good eye for aesthetics. Like me, she is also concerned and engaged with social causes and the social good. The decision to work together was a natural one. I come from a large caring family, working together in this way is not unusual. V: Your new boutique is called “Itria”, what is the story behind that name? S: It’s pronounced ‘E-tree-a’, the name comes from my grandmother’s heritage, she was an inspiring woman, elegant and strong, and came from Valle d’Itria in Italy. The store’s name pays homage to her. V: What is the story behind the store’s décor? S: I designed all the furniture using natural and recycled materials like wood. I like to repurpose material; I’m not interested in disposable things. V: How would you describe your personal style? S: I tend towards items that are casual and comfortable with a flash of glamour. I have a penchant for beautiful things.



Specialising in luxury womenswear from Brazil, Itria is run by mother and daughter team, Sabrina and Gabriela. Located in 255 Broadway, opposite Mark Beckett Diamonds, Itria’s collection of garments and accessories are stunning with gorgeous fabrics and styles – very high end – from Brazil, the store also boasts a collection of bags to die for.

Maggie Marilyn Make A Difference Knit maggiemarilyn.com

Lonely Joan Yak Crop Gardenia lonelylabel.com

Cosy Threads

Paloma Wool Camu Knit goodasgoldshop.com

Platform In-House Varsity Knit Sweater

Margaret Howell Classic Crew Sweater

Georgia Alice Long Sleeve Polo




Kowtow Merino Escape Crew

Ruby Otto Turtleneck

Paris Georgia Cashmere Turtleneck




Commoners Zip Pullover

Asuwere Cotton Cashmere Crew 2.0

Standard Issue Honeycomb Jumper





What’s HOT in Takapuna Go no further than Takapuna for all your fashion needs this winter. A sortie along Hurstmere Road and the side streets proves reveals a wealth of women’s fashion choice. With garments arriving now, it’s time to plan ahead for cooler days.

Superette Sophisticated and feminine fashion at Repertoire, at the intersection of Lake Road and Hurstmere Road, combine with styles that last beyond a single season. As the new season’s garments arrive, look out for tweed in every hue, and lots of gold, high necks and ruffles. Animal print leather augments still-popular animal print tops and skirts – and this season’s boots to the knee take us right back to the ’80s. Just along Hurstmere Road, The Closet is a fashion hub with dresses, tops and more to appeal to the young and young at heart. For winter, the main trends will be comfort with style, moving from bright summer colours to dark shades in most colours, and with a focus on casual wear – think hoodies and jackets.

As winter collections arrive at Seed, enjoy rich browns to offset season-busting cotton, linen and denim classics. While you’re in-store, check out the shoes, bags, jewellery, scarves and wraps. Oh, and don’t forget the kids’ and teens' collections, and the sport- and leisurewear – stylish gear and bags that take you from bike to beach and right on into winter. Next door, at Decjuba, autumn continues a penchant for animal prints, plus plenty of edgy black and white street styles, with jackets and long sleeves a-plenty for the cooler days and longer nights ahead. Cross the road to browse at Kilt, where garments are all designed and made in New Zealand. Kilt boasts an ever-evolving release of new styles as well as repeats of favourite garments and colours. Purchases here are always on-style for whatever the season dictates as well as suiting what the Kilt designers know New Zealand women want.

Check out the Shore City’s Style Notes blog for style tips and autumn trends.

Further along, stop in at Tuesday and immerse yourself in the colour and freshness of Biddie’s collection of locally-designed dresses, skirts, tops, and jumpers. For autumn, visit Tuesday for beautiful sage green tones alongside pops of hot pink, stunning new moody floral prints, must-have shorter length wool coats in three colour options, and an absolutely show-stopping cord suit. Next stop Augustine, a world of vibrant colour and exuberant styles that take you from barbecues to formal balls; perfect for that dress, skirt or top in flowing fabrics and styles that mark you as someone with panache and stylistic flair. Watch for the Augustine and Charlo winter collections that started arriving in mid-March.

Recycle Boutique purchases only great brands and high quality garments and accessories on consignment – no fast fashion here. This welcoming hangout environment is especially popular with teens after school but with seasonal fashions, shoes, hats, bags and accessories, there’s something for everyone. They’re now accepting winter fashions – check out their Facebook or Insta pages for details.


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New Zealand-based label RUBY is a haven of gorgeous styles, fabrics and designs, and an aesthetic that cleverly draws on chic prints and fresh palettes. The focus this season is on soft blues and prints, long dresses, wide leg pants, and skirts in a range of styles and colours. By the end of March watch out in-store for RUBY’s alpaca, merino and mohair sweaters. Just off the main drag are four other long-time Takapuna fashion store favourites: Superette is firmly established as one of Australasia’s top online brands but boasts a strong bricks-and-mortar presence in Takapuna, where the brand originated. Tucked behind Madam Woo, Superette is a treasure trove of the latest in men’s, kids’ and women’s cool, complemented by an expertly curated lifestyle collection of accessories and homewares constantly updated to create a unique vision of on-trend luxury living. Tosca & Salome in The Strand is the epitome of boho – with stylish-but-casual dresses, skirts and tops in natural flowing fabrics. Autumn oranges and browns signal the change of season, perfect for an extended summer, or for layering as the weather gets cooler. Tosca & Salome’s feminine styles take you from the beach to barbecue or an evening out, complemented by an impressive collection of knits and accessories. Trelise Outlet is perfect for price-conscious shoppers, with a bold aesthetic in garments from casual to evening wear. Brilliant colours, strong styles – and something for every season. New stock arrives every Tuesday; browse the vibrant colours, patterns and textures and revel in the ranges of natural cottons, linens and silks. For streetwear, you can’t – mustn’t – go past Federation, with its mix of quirk-plus-cool in a range of women’s, men’s and kids’ styles. This autumn, camels and earthy tones contrast

Superette with – or complement, as you choose – exciting pinks and blues with bold prints. Or look for the boldly print Wrap Me skirts, or the latest in pants, dresses and tops – all mixing elements of design with Federation’s distinct aesthetic, and quality construction. Beyond the high street stores – or perhaps before you get there – make sure you check out the riches of Shore City Shopping Centre, With Cotton On, Country Road, Cue/ Veronika Maine, Farmers, Glassons, Hartleys, Jacqui-E, Just Jeans, Max and Portmans (and that’s just clothing, never mind shoes and accessories), there something for every price point and occasion, and something to suit everyone’s style. Check out the Shore City’s Style Notes blog for style tips and autumn trends once the weather gets a bit cooler, but in the meantime, with a dozen fashion stores and dozens more brands, if your summer styles are feeling a little tired and now’s the time to give your wardrobe a refresh, Shore City offers oodles of options all under the one roof. All that shopping is likely to create an appetite or at least a need for a dose of caffeine, if that’s your guilty pleasure. In Shore City, check out the food hall options, and while you’re there, take five to download the Shore City app so you receive all the latest news, events and special offers.

Veronika Maine

Out on Lake and Hurstmere Roads, and in the alleyways between Hurstmere and Anzac Street, there’s no excuse to flag shopping for want of refreshment. Treat yourself to some between-shopping hospitality. Grab a coffee, tea, kombucha, ice-cream, smoothie bowl, sandwich, cheese scone, sweet muffin, or something more indulgent. Or take longer respite from the rigours of your retail exploration; shout yourself and your shopping companion to a lunch as light or as hearty as the shopping you’ve been doing. There’s no reason why not, and every reason why, with around 150 eateries to choose from. Talk about spoilt for choice in fashion and food. Go on. Just do it.






Champion Local

Ingrid Starnes

Ingrid Starnes is a New Zealand made label favoured by women who appreciate considered, beautiful clothing made with care and transparency. Ingrid’s signature exclusive prints, silk dyed to custom colourways and her in-house beauty range are the heart of her brand.


Georgia Alice

Georgia Alice is a New Zealand based womenswear label dedicated to creating simple, luxurious ready-to-wear. Buoyed by a long-standing desire to pare back and strip down, her designs carry as much grit as they do elegance, ready to be accepted into the edit of core pieces that hang in every modern woman's wardrobe.


Kate Sylvester

New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester's conceptual collections embody intelligence, witty irreverence, sophistication and modern femininity.Ever the subtle subversive, Kate Sylvester plays off disparate references, seamlessly stitching sportswear with couture, menswear with womenswear, pop culture with history, high art with punk rock. Her resulting collections are at once eccentric, beautiful and intelligent. Each collection challenges nostalgic sensibilities with modern use of colour, cut and exclusive in-house prints.


Paris Georgia

Launched in 2015, Paris Georgia is both a reflection of its founders and a reaction to the discerning women who form its community. Designed in New Zealand with 95% of production remaining locally made. Luxurious fabrics meet silhouettes that stand as an ode to the female form and favour subtle design over seasonal trends. Paris Georgia produces womenswear that is inspired by the women who wear it. Women they admire, like their mothers, friends and collaborators. Women who value strength and culture, and who require these ideals within the brands they represent.


Wynn Hamlyn

Auckland designer Wynn Hamlyn established his eponymous label in 2014. Wynn Hamlyn creates ready-to-wear collections combining classical tailoring with an expressive technical approach led by a genuine youthful joy in materiality. Beginning with the intimacy of locally sourced merino knitwear, Wynn Hamlyn’s playful approach to textiles, combined with restrained elegance, defines his unique take on womenswear.




Zambesi possesses a consistent and unique signature and is proudly made in New Zealand. Zambesi epitomises individual spirit, redefining convention with an ironic practicality, confirming its reputation in the global market for strength, beauty and independence. Designer Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston work instinctively, taking carefully chosen cloth in unexpected directions. Zambesi believes in creating pieces that endure. One collection evolves into the next, building a timeless wardrobe for its faithful customers. ZAMBESISTORE.COM


This is a time for innovation, creativity, community. A time to support our beloved New Zealand fashion industry.

Tara Mayer, Imagery by Chanelle Blackburn for Sans Ceuticals

Supporting Local Business WORD S — PARIS MITC HELL TEMPLE

It's now more important than ever to support your favourite small businesses and brand. There are many New Zealand made beauty products that have been built and run by women, with many of them supported by a team of females. From skincare formulas to stocking up on gift cards, it’s time to support local.

Sans pH + Shine Corrector

LAKOKO’s Beauty Balm

The ultimate health boost for achieving shiny, silky smooth and detangled hair. Sans [ceuticals] pH + Shine Corrector restores hair to its virgin state by correcting pH activity through a unique combination of B vitamins and fruit enzymes. $50 from sansceuticals.com

Lakoko's multi-purpose balm combines deeply nourishing plant oils to repair and soothe the whole body, from the top of your head, to the soles of your feet. Starting from $25 from lakokobalm.com

Bio-Nutrient Face Oil by Maryse

A potent blend of nutrient-rich and conditioning botanicals, MARYSE BioNutrient Face Oil helps skin maintain optimum moisture while delivering powerful, nourishing and antioxidant botanical properties. Suitable for all skin types across all season, this readily-absorbed face oil keeps your skin supple and soft. $62 from tonicroom.co.nz

Soothing Face + Body Oil by Tahi Skincare Ngaruru is a gentle, calming antiinflammatory oil. It was made with mama and baby in mind. This oil is Tahi Skincare's best seller and is used by all tāngata (people). Every oil has specific uses and general uses. All Tahi products can replace your cleanser, moisturiser, hair and beard oil, body wash, makeup remover and hand cream. They all help to balance skin tone, prevent premature ageing and relieve irritated skin.

Ready, set, glow by Syrene

The ultimate three-step set for glowing skin. Perfect for anyone wanting to trial the Aqua range. Includes a oil to foam cleanser that removes makeup and clears clogged pores, leaving skin refreshed, hydrated and glowing, an aquagel refreshing toner removing excess residue and an aqualight moisture gel lotion, that glides over your skin and absorbs instantly, supporting hydration and balance. $89 from syreneskincare.co.nz

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A Day In


Rickie Dee

Co-Founder of Superette


After school drop-off, I’m off to the office with a coffee in hand and it’s full steam ahead. Lots of catch ups with everyone from our buying and marketing teams through to our people experience team, and my business partner, James. I also try to squeeze three sessions with my personal trainer in throughout the week - we kept this up over lockdown via Zoom so it’s been awesome to get back into it face-to-face recently. Fitness has become a really important part of my life, it’s my way to zone out and take my mind off things for a moment or two.

I eat lunch on the go most days, a poke bowl or some Vietnamese summer rolls are my faves. I find it’s a great time to look at my schedule for the week, no two days are the same which I absolutely love and has helped to keep me going over the past 18 years! I also check over various reports that our team send through – I devote a bit of time to this as I’m quite passionate about staying on top of what our customers are loving in store and making sure that we deliver what they need. This has been even more important recently with a whole new ‘normal’ way of life post-lockdown.


Mornings at our place are a bit crazy now that the kids are back at school so I try to get up before them to sort myself for the day. I love getting dressed as it changes depending on how I’m feeling and what’s on. Putting on a great outfit each day was something I committed to doing during lockdown and I found it really put me in the right mindset and helped to lift spirits when the cabin fever was setting in. My fail-safe look is definitely a great pair of jeans with a simple linen tee and a crisp blazer, you can’t go wrong! I also make myself a quick smoothie using some of our amazing Beauty Chef and WelleCo products and then we’re out the door.

If I’m not on school pick-up then I spend my afternoons doing creative bits and pieces and love working on our house brand and coming up with exciting new concepts that we think our customers will love. Recently I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on our new Commercial Bay store which opens this month, liaising with our amazing interior designers at DesignOffice and also with our buyers to discuss some exciting collabs and exclusive products that we will have launching.




Co-founder of Superette, Rickie Dee is living proof that you can have it all...if you work hard enough. Marking 18 years in business, Superette’s newest store at Commercial Bay opens this month, and ahead of the big reveal Rickie caught up with us to share how she tackles her insanely busy schedule juggling work, family and of course a bit of fun.

Evenings are all about family in our house. It’s our time to catch up with the kids or we also love entertaining and often have friends and family round for a barbie and some great wine – so nice to be able to do this again! Then after putting the kids in bed, my partner and I have some time just to ourselves to recap the day. I also love to take baths, so sometimes I’ll do that if I need some time to myself, which I’ve learned over the years is really important. After that it’s just a matter of getting ready to do it all again tomorrow.


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Strangely Normal

The vintage inspired label Strangely Normal has it’s home in O’Connell St in Auckland The design partnership, Dutton & Cox, are Mid Century Modern enthusiasts and the well curated range in the store reflects this passion. There literally is something for everyone and when you walk into the store you realize there’s so much more to menswear than what you may have experienced. You could just enjoy the space, take in the colours and ambience, not necessarily buy anything but walk away a little richer for the experience with the knowledge that if there’s a certain thing you need you’ll be sure to return to make a satisfying purchase. Accessories range from hats to spats! Long famous for their NZ made shirts, the store is a go-to if you want to make your mark, win friends, or alienate others- if this be your wish- you can achieve this in a shirt selected from the range of dynamic prints. Alongside the funkier prints are the timeless Liberty of London fabrics. Forty three years in the industry means the pair can also draw from their tailoring knowledge which has led to some interesting film projects where they’ve tailored for Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Laurie, Danny Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Clunes and more.





Fashion Magic In A Cardboard Box I moved house last November. Although moving is horrible, one advantage is that it’s the perfect time to declutter. For me, we were moving from a modern home to one with smaller wardrobes, which meant a wardrobe cull and putting most of my winter clothing into storage over summer. As the weather cooled during lockdown, I started getting excited about what I was going to find in that magical cardboard box. I had spent time online creating trend reports for my clients so I knew what looks were going to be strong for the coming season, and I was able to match up in my mind some of the items I already owned that could be reworked to fit these new trends perfectly.


There was one item I really wanted to find: a winter jumpsuit unworn for a couple of years that was now back on trend. I could remember moving it backwards and forwards from the ‘sell’ to the ‘keep’ pile a couple of times and I hoped it ended up in the ‘keep’ box. It hadn’t. I had also put some of my older winter boots away. There were a couple of pairs I had thought would work for this winter that I was excited to see. One pair did, one pair didn’t and I might have been heard to swear about how fickle fashion is... “Don’t be too fast to bin too much.” I’ve heard this from stylish

friends a couple of times over the years as they’ve told me of their regrets after over-zealous wardrobe culls. Now I need to add my own voice to the refrain. So how do you know what to keep and what to cull? If the item is a bit special, if it’s still in great condition, you’ve loved it and you have space, keep it. You might not wear it for a few seasons, but trends do recycle, and you may well be able to wear it again. The challenge is the trend may return but in a subtly different way. I had dreams of adding a puff sleeved blouse under the jumpsuit which would have brought it bang up to date, while the boots were knee high (back in), pointy toed (back in), but the toe was exaggeratedly long (not in) and would have dated the whole look. Google is your friend when it comes to trend awareness. The northern hemisphere trends you see online from November through to February are what we’ll be seeing in our stores come April. Take note of the details to see how you can rework existing pieces to make them current rather than just rewearing them which may not work (like my boots). Fashion is all about following the trends, while style is making it your own – the marriage of the two is where the magic happens.

Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like a hand to work the trends with your wardrobe she’d love to help. Call 529 5115 or email crew@signaturestyle.co.nz







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Fuschia Boutique, your event wear specialists.


Accessories For Every Occasion Marigold & Amber sell women’s accessories online throughout New Zealand. Stay on trend with luxe wardrobe and homeware additions. Shabby chic, beachy bohemian and relaxed embellishments lift you into something uniquely you. Our curated collections sourced from Australasia give your wardrobe the flexibility to work smarter not harder. Your next clutch, scarf, statement jewellery piece or original artwork is Marigold & Amber.

We love to dress and empower women to feel and be the best version of themselves. New Zealand owned, established in 1995, Fuschia is the go to place for fashion, beauty and body piercing services.


Proudly made in New Zealand since the late 80’s, Standard Issue continues to manufacture locally in their Auckland workroom, leaning on decades of collective experience from their craftspeople. Promising to care for the complete life cycle of every garment, their philosophy of knitwear made for good is at the heart of all they do.

Call 027 224 1714 or visit marigoldandamber.co.nz




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UNLOCKING THE MIND Dr Paul Wood is a compelling communicator, an author, a motivator and a mind trainer. He is also late for our call as he’s been double booked at the barbers but does politely message to let me know first. It’s just a few days into Aotearoa’s easing out of lockdown and into level 2, and his barber is, thankfully, clearly doing a roaring trade.

Paul is also a husband and a father of two sons, aged two and five years. I begin by asking how their lockdown went. It was, he says, a great opportunity to spend time with his young family, and expresses gratitude both for having that period with them, and for being in such a privileged position as to be able to continue working from home. Paul is a philosophical guy. But it is not the first time that the 43-yearold has experienced enforced confinement, for Dr Paul Wood is also a convicted killer. Already heavily involved in crime and substance abuse, Paul holds his hands up to having already made some awful choices by the time he took another man’s life at the age of 18. His mother’s cancer diagnosis simply compounded his selfdestructive tendencies, and a couple of days after she died, Paul visited his drug dealer who attempted to sexual assault him. It was the last thing his drug dealer ever did. REFORM When Paul was released from prison more than a decade later, he had become the first person in New Zealand’s history to attain a master’s degree and begin a doctorate while locked up. I ask if his decision to study psychology was a way of attempting to better understand himself and his actions. “No, originally it was to understand others,” he says. “In prison you you’re constantly worried about being attacked by others due to their mental instability or inability to cope with their own emotions. There is a high level of hypervigilance that people have to perceived slights or disrespect. I wanted to better understand and avoid negative outcomes, but when you study something like that the spotlight quickly turns within and it is yourself that you begin to understand more. That’s the gamechanger.” Paul is also working to promote change within the prison system. “The system has improved vastly in terms of strategic intent under the Labour Government,” he says. “But organisations like that are slow turning ships. It doesn’t happen overnight.

Previously, the prison system was simply used cynically, as a political football in terms of making decisions on an ideological basis as opposed to seeking the best outcomes. You only have to look at the historical reoffending rates.” He makes the point that the leadership of any other business would have long since lost their jobs if they’d performed as poorly as the Department of Corrections. He’s pushing for the government to adopt the highly progressive approach of the Scandinavian nations who believe in prison as a place of rehabilitation rather than retribution, no matter what the crime. In Norway, for example, the recidivism rate is around 20 percent after two years of release from prison, whereas in New Zealand three times as may reoffend within the same period. “The results speak for themselves,” Paul adds. “People need to come out and be positive, contributing members of society.” Are there many prisoners looking to improve their education as you did? “It’s a mix. I’d argue that most people in the system want a better life but don’t necessarily have the support or insight to make that happen. One of the things I’m proudest and most excited about it my involvement with Take2, a social enterprise that’s aiming to teach computer programming skills to prisoners and find work for them upon their release.” FATHERHOOD Paul says that he was lucky to have the support of his father who visited regularly paid for his son’s study with his pension. “There are many prisoners who are capable of great things but lack that support network. That’s where Take2 comes in.” Did you have a good relationship with your father growing up? “I grew up in the ‘80s and I think parents in general, particularly fathers, were quite a bit less involved, so my childhood was consistent with the era. I certainly didn’t grow up in an abusive home. I went off the rails in my teenage years, which implies the rails were put down in the first place. My parents were




both hard working, pro-social people but they didn’t have a great insight into just how much trouble I was in. Then later, my mum’s illness became the main focus of my dad.” Paul also credits fellow inmates John Barlow (convicted of a double murder in 1995, has always maintained his innocence) and Ken Welsh (member of the ‘Hole in the Wall’ gang of safecrackers of the 1980s) with inspiring him to turn his life around while in prison. “Ken was the first who shifted my thinking around the value of knowing stuff, he sowed the seeds,” he says. “Then John played an incredibly important mentoring role. He was someone who presented counterargument to the standard prison ideology, criticising the retribution we witnessed and encouraging me to think differently.”


Paul has worked with everyone from professional athletes to government agencies, as well as writing books and Huffington Post blogs, running workshops and giving TEDx talks. He is also a patron of START Taranaki which is an Outward Boundtype organisation for wayward young blokes. Much of his work is centred around developing what most would call ‘emotional intelligence’, though it’s a branch of psychology that Paul prefers to term ‘emotional agility’. “I try to use the term ‘emotional intelligence’ less these days as people have a mental barrier to the word ‘intelligence’ whereby they think it’s a predefined attribute that can’t be developed,” he reasons. “The word ‘agility’ carries with it more of the sense that it is something that you can work on and get better at.” Has fatherhood helped develop your emotional agility further? “It certainly helped me identify a gap and get better at it. Becoming a parent provides you with greater motivation that just about anything else as well. The relationships that are most important to us—that is our partners and our children— are also the hardest to navigate. They are the ones that are most likely to impact us both negatively and positively, and unfortunately, where we are most likely to present the worst versions of ourselves.” So, by definition, they are also the relationships that are most likely to spur our emotional growth. “Being a parent and being a husband means I’m in far more

emotionally challenging situations day-to-day emotionally than I would be if I were by myself, without those responsibilities,” says Paul. “Alone, I am at greater risk of existential angst, questioning my sense and purpose, and dealing with loneliness—chronic loneliness has the same negative health outcomes as smoking in terms or reduced lifespan and heart disease. The more meaningful space to be in as a human being is to have close, intimate relationships.” FUTURE Most of us get more emotionally intelligent with age— or at least, we hope—to be more able to separate the inconsequential stuff from what really matters, and better communicate, but Paul would like to see such skills taught at a far younger age, for them to be part of the school curriculum. “Historically, the vehicle that people have used to cope with stressful situations is emotional disconnect,” he says. “But the problem with this is that it disconnects you from positive emotions too, and walls you off from intimacy, from the best stuff. One of the best things about developing emotional agility is that you can develop the same skills that also enhance your resilience without depriving you of all the rich, human experiences. Of being open to other people’s love and of being able to love effectively.” Courage, he continues, is a muscle that must be worked like any other. “As a society, we massively overestimate the value of confidence. Confidence is the by-product you get from exercising your courage muscle. When you have the courage to get out of your comfort zone then you grow and develop, and that’s what births confidence. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the easier it is to use.” I finish up by asking what advice he will give his young sons about what it is to be a man in the modern world. “Firstly, I will try to avoid them developing unhelpful ideas about masculinity, and that’s the stuff that starts off early,” he says. “That it’s normal, regardless of gender, to experience all sorts of emotions, that it’s not an indicator that there is anything wrong with you. But then it would be more general advice about what it is to be a good person, and to have a good life. To be aware of what values are important to you and to make sure that you live by them to lead a life of purpose and meaning.”


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Health worries, work worries, money worries, we are living through possibly the most volatile and uncertain period in a century. Even though New Zealand has been largely spared the devasting physical health and social turmoil witnessed in so many other countries, many are still fretting about employment, the economy and the future.


OCEAN OF DOUBT Dr Cynthia Ackrill, editor of Contentment magazine says that many are “living in a sea of stress hormones” and that our bodies are not designed for the daily flooding of the likes of cortisol, increasing the risk of physical as well as mental illnesses. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Poll half of Americans say that coronavirus is harming their mental health, while the federal emergency hotline for those in emotional distress saw a 10-fold increase in calls in April. Models based on data gained following previous tragedies like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and economic downturns show a likely increase in suicides. A study of the Great Recession published by the National Center for Biotechnological Information found that for every percentage point increase in the unemployment rate, the suicide rate rose by around 1.6 percent . Mental Health America president, Paul Gionfriddo warns that action needs to be taken to prevent people “suffering from mental health issues for years to come”, sentiments echoed by Professor Tim Kendell, national clinical director for mental health for NHS England, who believes children especially are suffering, with emotional consequences that may last a decade.

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FIRST AID FOR THE BRAIN Even pre-coronavirus, mental health disorders together were the third leading cause of health loss for Kiwis. “As mental and emotional distress increases as a result of selfisolation or the coming economic downturn, it’s important that we are all prepared to support our friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues,” says Matt Doocey, mental health spokesperson for the National Party. Doocy would like to see the introduction of free psychological first aid training to the public, as conducted by St John and the Red Cross—who describe the process as “initial emotional and practical support to someone who has experienced a traumatic event”. It is effective for everything from personal incidents through to large-scale disasters. “When the struggle is not visible, despite it having no less impact, a whole range of social, environmental and personal factors kick on that actively work against us wanting to reach out,” says Gabrielle Wildbore, national programme development manager for St John. “It’s the moment we most need to communicate, but the time we find it most difficult.”

The St John Mental Health First Aid course has been developed specifically for Kiwis using international and local resources and research, to provide “a basic understanding of the relationship between mental health and disorder”. It involves learning skills such as being able to identify the onset of mental anguish, understanding the relationship between mental health and wellness, and identifying strategies for managing a mental health crisis safely. Wildbore says that its essential to “demystify the conversation around mental health and wellbeing” so that helping people in emotional distress is approached as openly as helping someone with an obvious physical injury. Mental Health First Aid gives everyday Kiwis the confidence and framework to have such conversations. New Zealand Red Cross recommends such training for anyone whose role involves supporting staff, workmates, community members and whānau. “This has,” says Doocey, “the potential to be an important first line of defence in addressing the growing mental and emotional distress in New Zealand as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.”



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Hyperpigmentation (age spots)

Vascular lesions (broken capillaries)

This a broad term that refers to discoloured or darkened skin. It can affect all skin types and is most commonly found in areas such as the face, décolletage and the back of the hands.

These enlarged blood vessels often appear as bright blood red marks just beneath the surface of the skin and can also appear in a spider or branch like pattern.




Hyperpigmentation is caused by the skin's increased production of melanin, the pigment which gives skin, hair and eyes their colour. Melanocytes, the cells responsible for the production of melanin can be forced into overproduction by external triggers such as: • sun damage • inflammation • acne and eczema scarring But melanocytes also lose their ability to regulate production as we age.


Most commonly found on the face and legs vascular lesions can be triggered by a number of factors: • Genetics – people whose family members experience vascular lesions are more likely to have them too. • Sun exposure – sun damage can enlarge the blood vessels and draw them closer to the surface of the skin. • Changes in temperature – drastic changes in the weather, hot showers, spa pools, exercise and even spicy foods all effect the bodies circulation and can cause flushing or even burst blood vessels.


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Tackling Pigmentation and Broken Capillaries Time makes its mark on the skin, leaving any number of damages, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation (darker areas) and vascular lesions (broken capillaries).

• Hormones – changes in hormonal levels especially related to pregnancy • Skin trauma – injuries to the skin, even a small skin injury like squeezing a pimple or external irritants such as chemicals. • Alcohol and certain medications Our blood vessels have elasticated walls, designed to contract and expand, thereby increasing their surface area and allowing our bodies to cool. However frequent dilation can cause them to stretch out and remain enlarged. This too becomes more prevalent as we age. At Clinic 42 we find one of the most effective ways to treat both hyperpigmentation and vascular lesions at the same time is with our Venus Versa IPL (intense pulse light). Venus Versa IPL targets both melanin, and haemoglobin, which is found in blood (ideal for vascular lesions) while also helping to improve skin texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. By carefully filtering the light, selecting the correct amount of energy and how long the flash lasts, it treats specific sites such as hyperpigmentation and vascular lesions without damaging the surrounding tissue. When the pigment and vascular lesions receive a flash of light, they absorb it, converting light energy to heat energy. This process is called 'selective photothermolysis'.


Venus Versa IPL Treatment Time: 1 hour (minimal discomfort and is often described as feeling like having a rubber band pinged against the skin!). Treatment Cost: $1,050 for three treatments over two areas, normally $1,500 (choose from face, neck, décolletage and hands). Venus Versa IPL is one of the most popular winter treatments as it’s ideal to address pigment during the colder months when we are not spending as much time outdoors.

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This June will see Louise Gray Skin Care Celebrate 15 years in Mission Bay. Fifteen years as your neighbour, 15 years as your skincare specialists, 15 years dedicated to skin health. “I have always believed that we are more than a skin care centre performing skin care treatments and supplying skin care products, and the reality is, we are so much more.” LET ME TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY Having worked extensively in hospital intensive care units, you realise how the body works as a whole and that you cannot compartmentalise things. I believe that our body is like a finely tuned orchestra, working in unison to create a balanced repertoire. Imagine leaving out the percussion section at the end of an aria, it just doesn’t sound right! This is how I work with skin, nothing is left out, it is the correlation between what is happening internally within the body, what is happening externally and how it manifests finally on the surface of our skin. When all of these factors come together then this is where the magic happens, the by-product is ‘The Ultimate in Skin Health’. My absolute obsession with skin health has led me to develop an incredible team of woman that I get to work with on a daily basis. Beverley, Hannah, Oonagh are extremely good at what they do and they are lovely people to boot. I really feel their personalities and their dedication to advanced education is a notable factor to our success. (I have had the privilege of working with Beverley for the past 12 years, Hannah for four and Oonagh for one.) As a team we follow an ongoing training program that ensures we’re educated to the highest industry

standards with skills that go way beyond product knowledge and techniques. We are continually enhancing our skincare knowledge and we love sharing new research and information with our clients. It helps keep everyone well-informed and up to date with new products, treatments and technology which is obviously a benefit for all. We’re passionate about skincare and our main motivation is to see 100 percent improvement in the condition of our clients’ skin. That’s how we measure our success. I have also been a big believer in giving back to the local community that we’ve been part of for so long, so we support local businesses, schools and communitybased projects with vouchers and products for their fundraising efforts. Yes, I’m amazingly biased, but I also know it’s true that if you want the best skin ever it would be a good idea to call us and book in for a one-on-one consultation. We’re standing by with an individual skincare prescription just for you. Or perhaps DNA testing, specialised skin treatments, IPL hair removal, skin rejuvenation, microcurrent, LED light therapy, micro-needling and hydro-dermabrasion is what you are looking for. And don’t forget our famous ‘Skin- and Mind-loving Facial Massages’ that will put a smile on your dial for days afterwards! So, we have been here for the past 15 years and we are not going anywhere! Now is the perfect time to start your skincare journey with the Louise Gray skincare team. We look forward to seeing you very soon!” – Louise Gray




Queen Bee Pure “Created with family in mind, not just for mine” After a corporate career flying with Air New Zealand, Helen Watson was all too familiar with the air quality in many countries, and the damage chemicals and pollution were doing to people’s skin. With two young daughters, Helen saw a personal responsibility to provide a safe and natural alternative to the products we used everyday on our kids. That was how QueenBee Pure was born. Out of a desire to protect our children with natural, fair trade, and New Zealand made skin- and bath-care products, at an affordable price point. QueenBee Pure is still run by a passionate team of mothers, fathers and grandparents in Auckland, and use the most beneficial and powerful ingredient nature has to offer as the base of all of products: mānuka honey. New Zealand’s precious mānuka honey is renowned the world over for its natural healing properties, four times more powerful than those of other honeys. The difference comes from a natural compound called methylglyoxal, also known as 'mel'. Richly concentrated in the


nectar of mānuka tree flowers, mel is harvested by the honey bees that produce mānuka honey. These high levels of mel imbue mānuka honey with antibacterial, antioxidant, wound-healing, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Mānuka honey is also naturally enriched with health beneficial vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and phytonutrients. Our range includes soothing lotions and balms that are safe and nourishing for babies' skin, gentle cleansing soaps and body washes to keep little ones fresh and clean, and toothpaste specially formulated for infant mouths. Our fluoride-free toothpaste for babies targets only harmful oral bacteria associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and tooth decay. Unlike some other toothpastes, it doesn’t destroy the good oral bacteria that are necessary for a healthy mouth. We look forward to bringing QueenBee Pure products to families as we continue our journey of sharing the most natural and effective skincare products New Zealand has to offer.

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If you’re planning on getting pregnant, right now is a good time to stop and take check of where things are at with your body and your health. It’s also helpful to be aware of how much your lifestyle influences or affects your fertility chances. Here are some tips from Repromed, a leading Aucklandbased fertility clinic, for giving yourself the best shot at conceiving naturally – whether in a partnership or doing it solo. 1. DIET Healthy, whole foods can have a significant impact on your chances of conceiving – and maintaining a balanced weight will make you feel great along the way. Eat the rainbow for egg-happy and sperm-boosting antioxidants such as berries, green leafy vegetables, and carrots; be sure to get plenty of good fats from avocados, olive oil, and salmon; and round out your diet with lean protein and whole grains. 2. COFFEE Caffeine is a drug, and can reduce your body’s ability to absorb iron, a key mineral for healthy conception. You can still enjoy coffee in small quantities, but we would recommend trying to stick to one per day. 3. ALCOHOL We all know that alcohol during pregnancy isn’t recommended, but studies show its effects are significant, before conception as well as afterwards – damaging both sperm and egg. Replace your wine with sparkling mineral water spiked with fruit to help make reducing your intake a little easier. 4. SMOKING If you’re a smoker, now is the time to quit. Smoking harms both egg and sperm, wreaks havoc on your hormones, and

damages DNA. Your chances of conception will go up by 40 percent once you’ve kicked the habit, and your body will thank you. And so will your family’s health, long term. 5. EXERCISE Keeping your heart rate up will boost your overall wellbeing, and keep your body strong and healthy. If you are new to exercise, choose lower-impact activities that keep you moving without triggering a stress response. Think yoga, pilates, and brisk walking. 6. STRESS Be kind to yourself: stress saps our bodies’ resources and can have a serious impact on fertility. Mindfulness is a helpful tool to pull you back to the present when it all feels a bit much – apps like Headspace provide short, guided meditations and are a great place to start. GOOD TO KNOW It’s an unfortunate truth that egg levels decline with age. For the average female, the optimal time to have a baby is until the early 30’s. Egg quality in women dramatically drops after the age of 35 years and after this, it may be more difficult to fall pregnant. Making relatively simple changes in your everyday life may increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally. Repromed provide personalised fertility care for all. Based in Remuera Auckland, phone 0800 483 105 to book a free 15-minute phone consultation with a fertility doctor or visit repromed.co.nz to learn more.

Smoother, more Confident you! Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first truSculpt iD provider in New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera. truSculpt iD is the latest technology available to permanently and noninvasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 18 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera salon. How does truSculpt iD work? truSculpt iD uses a unique form of monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates evenly and deeply and is able to treat the entire fat pad - from skin to muscle. Given each patient’s unique biological complex, the truSculpt iD is able to adjust the energy output to ensure the most effective treatment for each person. Real-time temperature control and monitoring sensors ensure the therapeutic temperature level is reached in the fat, while maintaining a skin temperature of 3-4°C cooler. How is treatment performed? An initial evaluation is performed to frame the desired treatment areas. A total of six hand pieces may be used to target an area that is larger than three CoolSculpt cool max applicators (approximately 12 SculpSure applicators). Each hand piece is gently applied using a piece of double-sided tape. A cummerbund is then wrapped

around the body, ensuring full contact. Patients have reported experiencing mild heat with an overall high level of comfort during the 15-minute session. How do I know if I am a candidate? Unlike other non-invasive fat removal procedures such as CoolSculpt and SculpSure, truSculpt iD does not have any BMI (body mass index) or weight restrictions. Almost anyone can be treated with the truSculpt iD. How many treatments will I need? Ninety-five percent of patients will only require one treatment per area! We can treat multiple (as many as three) areas in a single 15-minute session! Is the treatment painful? No! Patients report the treatment feels like a warm stone massage. Some feel the heat in the first minute to be a bit intense but then adjust to the treatment. How long before I see my results? Results will be noticeable immediately (firming, improved skin tone and texture, some reduction), however, fat cells are removed over a period of time and maximum results will be achieved at 12 weeks. There's an average of 24 percent fat reduction on treated area, in one treatment.





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By combining respect for the charms of a heritage building with a firmly contemporary architectural approach, an award-winning renovation has brought this Cape Town home beautifully up to date.


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Top left The painted wooden Tintin figurine is from a local market and the artworks are by Unathi Mkonto and Conrad Botes.

Bottom left The black two-seater Quaker bench is made from steel by South African designer and furniture maker Gregor Jenkin. The hanging Diskus light in brass is also a Douglas & Company design and the small artwork on the left is by South African artist Michael Taylo.

Top right The black Armchair 26, designed by Alvar Aalto, is from Artek and the beech wood HAY J110 chair sourced from CrĂŠma Design. The dog cushion on the Aalto chair is by Aaron Stewart, and was part of his contribution to the Design a Pet project for Hornet Toys. The artworks are by (from left): Hanneke Benade, Unathi Mkonto, Conrad Botes and Gabrielle Raaff.

Bottom right The old ceiling beams were reused. The main living area of the house consists of open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas. The final twist of the staircase up to the new first floor is made from steel, and powder-coated in black, creating a graphic, sculptural element that draws the eye upwards. The coffee table is 'The Stonekeeper-MMXVI', a collectible design piece created by Douglas & Company for Southern Guild and made to order using powder-coated steel and marble. The vase on the coffee table is from Country Road.


Top left The fireplace is an original fixture: it was removed during the renovation and once multiple layers of paint had been removed from the surround and mantelpiece, it was discovered that they were made from this beautiful smooth black stone, which was then left as is. The abstract artwork on the mantelpiece is by Morné Visagie.

Left The dining area links the kitchen and living spaces in the open-plan public area of the house. The wood and steel table has a Formica top, and is a Douglas & Company design created for a previous interiors project. None of the dining chairs match: they are a mix of vintage pieces (including an Eames Eiffel chair and an Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair) as well as a prototype piece – the slatted plywood chair.

Right Delineated by a brick (rather than wood) floor, the kitchen area is neat and compact, with the central island – topped with an exquisite slab of Verde Guatemala marble from a local stone supplier – and integrated cupboards and appliances giving it a sleek and very smart feel. The wooden joinery was custom designed by Douglas & Company and the taps are by Still Bathrooms. The track lighting is from Spazio Lighting. The wooden monkey is a vintage and the succulent is part of Liani’s collection.

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Above The minimalist main bedroom also has a fully glazed rear faรงade with sliding glass doors and a simple black metal balustrade. The track lighting has been suspended from the ceiling here, and is from Spazio Lighting. Liani and Jan have had the bent plywood bedside tables for so long that they are unable to recall where they found them; the white table lamps are from Mr Price Home and the patterned blanket on the bed was designed by Mia Widlake for Mr Price Home in a collaboration project a few years back.

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Above Placed under the dormer window in the main bedroom is a slatted plywood bench that is a prototype for a range created by Jan Douglas for South African mass-market decor retailer Mr Price Home a few years ago. The sheepskin is from Woodheads and the pillow is by RenĂŠe Rossouw.

Top left The upstairs bathroom is adjacent to the main bedroom and includes a builtin vanity counter and storage unit designed by Douglas & Company. It is made from steel painted in red oxide and topped with a chunky piece of reclaimed laminated timber from the renovation. The basin is by Cotto and the taps are from Isca. The large round mirror was custom made for the space.

Left The first floor is a private minimally furnished library space that includes a beautiful trolley by Douglas & Company.


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Generus Living Group, the people behind a number of New Zealand’s premium retirement residences, certainly believe so. Generus has already gained a reputation for some of New Zealand’s most iconic villages including The Russley in Christchurch and the beachside Pacific Coast in Mount Maunganui, to become the undoubted champions of a new retirement style for those seeking a premium experience. The Foundation is named because of its enviable location right next door to the original iconic Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind building on Parnell Road. So for location alone, these premium retirement residences could not have found a better home. This is arguably one of the most sought-after residential locations in all of Auckland. Because of this premium location, from the very outset the vision for The Foundation was to create a world class haven of refinement, sophistication and care. This is achieved by combining superb design style with resortlike amenities and boutique care facilities. These amenities will include such offerings as a café, lounge bar, restaurant, roof terrace garden and barbeque, cinema, swimming pool, health and wellbeing suite, as well as discrete hospital and memory care facilities. When completed, the peace and quiet of each residence will be further enhanced by the landscaped surroundings and pathways which will open on to The Domain next door.

Just like the design and materials of the building itself, each of the residences and penthouse suites will combine classic design detailing with contemporary finishes and features. From the private underground car park with additional storage, your keyless entry opens in to the timeless wooden floored living spaces with warming fireplace, generously proportioned ceiling height and private covered balcony. A large integrated chef’s kitchen with scullery, fully equipped with only the very best in appliances, and a separate full laundry room with storage area, further ensure comfort without clutter. Each residence will have double glazing and integrated air conditioning, while large windows and expansive balcony doors will ensure a light, airy environment. The assurance of the most up-to-date technology in security and care with in-residence assistance available, will provide residents with even greater levels of comfort and peace of mind. In essence, each of the residences at The Foundation is designed to firstly ensure comfort and safety at all times, and secondly, to provide an environment that lifts the spirits and creates a space where people will feel just as happy spending time alone as they will entertaining friends and family. The best retirement address in New Zealand? It could well be.

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Verve interviews Caroline Clegg, marketing manager at Auckland’s boutique travel company World Journeys. Q. With international travel now off the menu under Covid-19 conditions, where does this leave the travel professional? A. We’ve been through the SARS outbreak, bird flu, 9/11, the Global Financial Crisis and the 2009 swine flu pandemic - and bounced back remarkably well every time. Despite the effects of Covid-19 creating a whole new level of disruption to the travel industry worldwide, we have to remain hopeful. Q. So how are travel agents coping right now? A. At present they are actually busy working to defer clients’ bookings to a later date, or in the case of cancellation, trying to secure them the best refunds possible amongst a maze of everchanging terms and conditions. Our travel designers spend a lot of time tailor-making each individual’s itinerary, so it’s a very tough thing to have to undo all that good work, as you know exactly what the client will miss out on! It is however a very good illustration of the value of a travel agent – getting Kiwis home urgently prior to lockdown, going in to bat for refunds, we’ve done it all. We’re all in this business because travel is in our DNA, and we love making that happen for others too. Q. How about financially? A.This is very tough time across the broader economy, and travel agents are certainly not exempt. Our company did have a specific “in case of emergency” plan in place so this was implemented early on to ensure we remain well placed to both service existing bookings, but also to be ready to deal with

future demand. Wherever possible we are trying to encourage people to postpone rather than outright cancel, and some operators are offering ‘sweeteners’ if a booking is moved to a later date. Q. So where to next? A. We are all awaiting a vaccine and the reopening of borders – we’re actually seeing some borders slowly beginning to open already! But ultimately, this is the perfect time to start planning. We all have a travel dream, so why not use this time to do your research, talk to your travel agent, and be ready for when the world opens again! There are some excellent offers available for travel in 2021 and 2022. It’s also time to start thinking about making your travel count. For example, travellers on our African safaris are actually contributing to the conservation and protection of endangered wildlife and vulnerable communities. Our safari operators fund essential work such as anti-poaching, and provide communities with the security of employment. Without tourists, these pristine wilderness areas and their people would be severely under threat. Q. What can we look forward to? A. The world out there is still an amazing place! I honestly believe in the power of travel to create connections between cultures and to grow our appreciation of the world we live in. We are anticipating some incredible deals being released over the coming months, with each destination as keen as mustard to get their share of travellers. We’re already seeing a very welcomed move towards flexible cancellation policies, price freezes, and the ability to book but not deposit until closer to the travel date. It just makes sense at a time when people are not ready to commit, but want to make sure they don’t miss out when all that pent-up demand returns. And it will return!

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et in a private gated peninsula just a few minutes’ drive from the township of Russell, Donkey Bay Inn offers exclusive luxury accommodation in a spectacular setting overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands. Cooled under a huge living roof and harnessing solar power from the sun, ensures the Inn is fully energy efficient. Arrive to something quite unique – enter through an intriguing garden tunnel into the inn’s private courtyard. Four exotically styled suites and rooms feature wide views of the bay. Balconies or terraces offer private relaxing areas. Four-poster beds to relax and luxuriate and spectacular ensuites with organic toiletries in each room. Unwind and enjoy the stars in one of our two outdoor tubs overlooking the ocean on the edge of the peninsula. Stroll down a meandering sculptured pathway and steps to a secluded sandy naturist beach. Complimentary transfers by a vintage Daimler to and from Russell for evening dining, or to take the local ferry to Paihia Donkey Bay Inn is everything you never expected.

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New Normal, More of the Same?

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The use of ‘unprecedented’ has been unprecedented in recent months, though there is an argument that those in charge should not be too surprised by the chaos that Covid-19 has caused. Just last September, a report compiled at the request of the UN by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), co-chaired by former WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland and head of the Red Cross, Elhadj As Sy, warned of the “very real threat” of an apocalyptic pandemic permeating the planet and claiming up to 80 million lives. The paper also warned that such an outbreak would wipe out up to five percent from the global economy. At the time of writing, the UN estimates a 3.2 percent contraction in global economy for the year 2020, with a “modest” 3.4 percent growth the following year, “barely enough to make up for the lost output”. The report also laments national leaders only respond to health crises once fear and panic has already spread, with most countries failing to “devote the consistent energy and resources needed to keep outbreaks from escalating into disasters”. PRE-PANDEMIC Indeed, though New Zealand has been rightly lauded for its handling of the corona crisis so far, our response was at least partly steered by our lack of preparedness for it, leaving little option but to ‘go hard, and go early’. Last year, Aotearoa placed 30th out of the 60 high-income countries for pandemic preparedness in the Global Health Security Index, with the USA coming out on top—also proof, then, of the importance of capable leadership in times of such uncertainty. While the leader of the free world has rambled and tweeted about conspiracies and ‘Obamagate’ and injecting disinfectant to kill the coronavirus, in barely more than a couple of months, it has in turn killed more Americans than the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the wars in Afghanistan and Vietnam, combined. In a seemingly parallel universe, our prime minister calmly charmed us all into closing our doors for the greater good of the community, while further charming the world over some more.


Forget the naysayers proclaiming we got lucky with our isolation and sparse population, of course those things helped, but every country with the courage to completely close its borders and shopping streets sooner has been more successful in suppressing this disease. Just compare Central and Eastern Europe’s caseloads with their far wealthier, supposedly more well-equipped Western neighbours. “The government messaging really has been spot on,” says former chief economist for BNZ, now independent economist, Tony Alexander, “especially when compared with the US or the UK. The recession hasn’t come about because the virus has made us sick, but by sacrificing the economy for the lives of people and their long-term health. It’s a choice to be made and everywhere around the world seems to have just about judged to have make that choice. Just about.” POST-COVID Going forward, Tony says its vital the government doesn’t play the role of Big Brother too much, rather remove barriers to enable private sectors to more easily invest and hire “when things settle down later this year, or early next”. The (reassuring) implication being that he wholeheartedly expects some kind of return to some kind of normality. “Recessions always end,” he adds. “Recovery will come along. We’re probably in the worst of it right now with a lot of people effectively already unemployed but temporarily still getting paid through the wage subsidy. I’ve been telling people not to panic. We’ve had recessions before and just because this is unique, it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of days.” How do you even begin to go about forecasting in such times? “With forecasting you must gain some sort of understanding, if not of what something is, then of what it isn’t. This is not a repeat of the global financial crisis because it is not banking crisis—the banking system around the world is actually in pretty good


shape. And it’s not a Great Depression because that was caused by bad policies by governments at the time who were cutting back spending, cutting money supplies, and restricting world trade. It’s basically a temporary sacrificing of large parts of one’s economy and jobs. The evidence out of the 1918 Spanish Flu is that those countries—or individual states within the US—that acted early came out more strongly, economically, on the other side.”

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Tony says restructuring across society is inevitable. Companies will cut back on CBD office space as they realise much work can be done through telecommuting; an increase in online shopping will impact high streets all over, but in smaller towns especially; and automation in factories will take an ever more predominant role. All trends, he adds, pertinently, that were accelerating anyway. But tourism, most notably the international kind, is the obvious glitch. “I hope that it never recovers to where it was before,” Tony says. “There were just too many people sloshing around the country. We’ll look back at that time and wonder what the hell were we thinking having people queuing to walk the Tongariro Crossing. The smart operators will have accepted already that this is never going back to the way it was.” And he’s doubtful that even the trans-Tasman ‘travel bubble’ will recoup the loses.

ADAPT AND HOPE Does it all spell the end of globalisation? “Other than the tourism sector, I don’t think so,” he says. “When it comes to manufacturing, the sourcing of goods and inputs from the cheapest place, I really don’t think it threatens that.” It’s human nature to over-extrapolate, to presume something radical will take the place of the norm— especially if that norm is perceived to be broken. “We will adapt,” Tony goes on. “If you want to talk about the labour market, my image of high unemployment is dole queues of skilled tradesmen unable to find work. I have clearly defined jobs in mind, of people’s roles. But this generation of young people coming through know nothing other than change. They’ve known nothing than the expectation that they will have seven careers or whatever. They know about new technologies, they know how to experiment, they know who to create apps.” Tony believes this generation of young unemployed people will be the most adaptable and flexible in history. “They’ll have a go at something new,” he says. “And I get the impression that a lot of them are not in it for the money. The transition of those people will be the best that we have ever seen, I have a lot of faith in their ability. I have a lot of hope.”

JUNE 2020


Get New Zealand Working Again Our party has a team that offers New Zealand families and communities the experience and management skills to make the right decisions. I have every confidence Todd Muller is very well equipped to lead that team. He’s had a great start; calm and assured. Much depends on how New Zealand is governed and led these next three years. For New Zealand to succeed in the post-Covid world we need a growth plan and a government that can deliver it. National has a plan to get New Zealand working again. We will deliver on that plan. And we will never lose sight of our commitment to responsible economic management.

We’ll invest in skills and technology so New Zealand succeeds in the post-Covid world. It’s easy to announce $1.6 billion for apprentices, as the Budget did, but it’s the same government that has turned the trades training sector upside down in a massive and expensive restructuring. There’s more to come. New Zealand will get through Covid-19 economic downturn – but how fast and how strong we emerge will be affected greatly by the decisions made in the Beehive over the next three years. Authorised by Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Rd, Epsom

We’ve argued that to reduce the damage and the job losses we needed to get cash into the hands of small businesses. We argued strongly for a GST refund up of to $100,000. Despite the billions cast about in the Budget, Labour didn’t listen.


We’ll focus on opening up the economy, to get New Zealand working productively again. We will not start by saying everything should be closed unless the government says it can be open. Instead, everything should be open unless there is good reason for it to be closed. We’ll have an absolute focus on safely restoring the international education industry and opening the TransTasman bubble. We will not increase taxes. National dug ourselves out of the $50 billion hole caused by the Global Finance Crisis and Canterbury earthquakes without new taxes. It took discipline and a focus on growth. We will do it again. We’ll unlock new business investment to drive growth and create jobs. The whole point of economic policy is to raise wages, but a government that increases the minimum wage in the middle of a lockdown, when firms have no revenue, has no idea. National will reduce regulation, allow businesses to write off new investment instantly and free up inward investment from overseas. We’ll launch the largest infrastructure programme in our history.

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At Scottish Pacific, we’re passionate about offering our expertise and support throughout the community growing NZ businesses. Over the last four years we’ve built a solid friendship and strategic partnership with director of The Engine, Catherine Sherwood. As well as being a renowned business advisor and entrepreneur, Catherine brings businesses and communities together to collaborate and share knowledge to build sustainable and long-term success. Scottish Pacific and The Engine knew that building communities was more than just assembling bricks and mortar, understanding the market and reading financial statements. The heart of building communities is in people. Catherine evolved The Engine using collective professional intelligence. By working together with other like-minded providers, partners and community leaders, we more accurately identify problems and develop pragmatic and effective solutions, adding value over purely lending solutions. And so, grew a partnership and friendship to connect Scottish Pacific with businesses and community groups who understood their community needs with a stake in their success for growth and transformation. One such group we wanted to connect with was women. New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote. We continue to be centre stage worldwide helping businesses thrive. However, Catherine and I wanted to connect more with our women peers in business. Catherine is a member of a women’s Facebook Group called Girls Talk Business NZ. After seeing the benefits and engagement in the group, she approached founder Ines Curin, to discuss how they might work together. Catherine and Ines’s relationship led back to us here at Scottish Pacific, where we actively support the growth of this dynamic community group of business women.

The allure of the Girls Talk Business NZ community (affectionately known as GTB) is the vision and energy of the founder – Ines Curin and her co-collaborators Yvonne Letton from Brave Talks and Lori Satterthwaite from Lola Media. These three women came together through their shared passion of being self-employed entrepreneurs. They no longer wanted to do this all on their own. Instead, they were looking for connection, support and a way to bring more fun into their daily lives. As it turned out, these three principles formed the foundation of what has grown into a more than 7,000-strong community of female entrepreneurs who were all looking for the same thing. The story behind the creation of the Girls Talk Business NZ community is what makes this connection so interesting.


Ines, Yvonne and Lori were searching for more about themselves and how they could achieve balance between their work and personal lives, while doing what they really love. They would learn that you can’t separate the person from the profession. They began by visiting their own vulnerabilities and working on the areas in their life that had been holding them back. Doing this together was the secret to their success, because “no girl should have to do this alone!” With their collaborative approach towards building on everyone’s strength, these ladies demonstrated how working together helps create more possibilities in life and in business. Drawing on their shared experience, they applied their philosophy to Girls Talk Business and have created an online platform, the place where women throughout the GTB community share their collective knowledge and resources. The benefits are twofold. On the one hand women with business expertise gain recognition for contributing their knowledge and

support. And on the other, entrepreneurs growing their own business become more empowered and better equipped to make the best decisions for their businesses. Scottish Pacific recognises the value of coming together to support businesses from the community through the likes of The Engine, Girls Talk Business NZ, Brave Talks and Lola Media. This partnership has opened doors to a new way of forming business relationships by building strong personal connections where we all raise each other up and grow everyone’s business through our personal and professional development. It shows how working together creates greater connection, trust and more engagement. By collaborating and helping businesses grow through the difficult early stages of development, we’re building lasting partnerships which will empower women into the future. L EVE L 6 , 3 2 - 3 4 MAH U H U C R ES C ENT, AU C KL AND 1300 177 485 S C OT TI S H PAC IF I C.C O M

In the vein of women smashing barriers, the challenges presented by Covid-19 further energised Catherine to further engage this three-way partnership to assist women business owners affected by the impact of Covid-19. The Engine, a service provider to the Regional Business Partner Network, has through this partnership provided support as well as pivoted to reposition many businesses throughout this time. Scottish Pacific has had some great stories come back on how businesses we have recommended have been supported. We remain excited by the possibilities and opportunities this partnership and The Engine collective bring to the business community.


June 2020


Let's Get Your Dog Active Again!


With all our recent free time, people have been much more active and, of course our dogs (being our best friends) love to join us for the jogs and long walks. But old age can slow our dogs down and often they struggle to keep up due to ageing, muscle stiffness and/or joint pain.

Helping Your Pets During COVID-19

The ideal solution is to offer your dog (or cat) a natural product that is proven to be effective, safe and non-toxic. Now available in New Zealand Active Again (from Hope Science USA) is a blend of natural food oils (rice bran) available in soft gel capsules. The oils assist in lubricating cell membranes and restoring the fluids that cushion bones promoting greater flexibility and mobility. Tried and tested by local veterinarians, Active Again is being widely received as an excellent cost effective solution. For more information and to order online please visit lifetimehealth.co.nz or call/text 027 489 3489 or email sales@lifetimehealth.co.nz

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Testimonial: "We got these for my husband's dog – a Lab Pointer cross just before duck shooting last year – I gave her four a day for a couple of days – unbelievably it made an instant difference – she was more bouncier and back to her old self – she was a better dog at duck shooting – more energetic - Great product very happy.” – Pete and Bev.

It has been an extremely stressful and unfamiliar time for us this year, and this change in daily life has had an impact on our beloved pets. Being home for longer hours and limited social contact has disrupted our cats and dogs in their daily lives. Some of them have loved it, others have struggled. It is time to be kind. This means kindness to our four-legged friends. Change can be scary and preparing for it is the best way to manage our dogs and cats today and the future. As we emerge from lockdown restrictions, many people are returning to work and leaving their pets to long hours again alone, for some this is a relief, but for many pets this is a fresh abandonment, and a loss of companionship and entertainment. We want to share some tips for helping with this new lifestyle. Dogs particularly are social animals and being with their loved ones is essential, cats too enjoy our company and


Is Your Dog Slowing Down? Dogs love to run but often old age, arthritis and joint pain can make this difficult. Time to give your dog ‘Active Again’ a blend of natural food oils that possess potent lubricating properties that gives your dog more flexibility and mobility. Proven by NZ Vets to work with good results.


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different personalities have different requirements for social contact. However, for every individual abrupt change is always stressful! If you have the time now, prepare your pets for increasingly longer periods of time alone, reshape your day to ensure they have their needs met. Exercise, entertainment and play, grooming, petting and rest. All these activities need to be provided in a routine that is least disrupted by our return to long hours away. In real life this means morning walks with the dog and then appropriate mental stimulation (kongs, toys, hidden treats) left for them to be comforted whilst you are away. Cats need short periods of interaction and then reliable times for food and affection, ideally food left in toys for them to hunt and find during the long hours alone. Set this routine up before you leave them for long periods, to prepare them for the lifestyle to proceed in

the months to come. If you have adopted a puppy in the past few months, then now it is more important than ever to cater for their socialisation and training requirements in order to prevent future behaviour problems. Puppy classes are now available, and many qualified trainers offer one on one session to help with particular issues. Be sure to work with a positive, sciencebased trainer to ensure the best level of care for your pet. Take a moment now to recognise your pets essential role in being the comfort and support we needed and reassess how you can give them the best life possible moving forward. Remember Ellerslie Vet Clinic is open and has been throughout lockdown, with the lessening of restrictions we can now provide routine vaccinations, health checks and answer any questions you may have about managing your pets in these challenging times.




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More than 80 generous Waiheke homeowners and accommodation providers are donating their rental houses, baches and hotel rooms, (19-20 Jun) for a clever campaign designed to stimulate the struggling island economy.

fees to play golf, eating at one of our incredible restaurants, cafes…the list goes on. You can even book a seaplane to get there. There are countless options of things to do for a fabulously fun weekend away."

close 12 June. Hotels are also supporting the programme, including The Oyster Inn, whose new owner Josh Emett has offered a room in support of Waiheke, as have internationally acclaimed, The Boatshed.

Called On The House, the idea is simple. Visitors to the island will rent one of the participating properties, and homeowners will indeed let them stay On The House. The rental fee* will be passed on and converted into 'Waiheke dollars', a spending credit for goods and services redeemable across the island.

'Waiheke dollars' can also be spent at awardwinning restaurants and vineyards including Tantalus Estate, Oyster Inn, Three Seven Two, Mudbrick, The Shed at Te Motu, Casita Miro, Man O War, and many more.

Businesses on the island have been hard hit with accommodation bookings down with one agency 72% for June compared to last year. One wine tour operator has seen their bookings drop from 490 people last May to only four people booked this May.

For example, if a house costs $1,000 to rent for the weekend, the renters will have the equivalent of $1,000* in Waiheke dollars to redeem at various Waiheke businesses participating in the programme. The project is the brainchild of several local Waiheke residents including Kim Rae, owner of Stay Waiheke, a home rental business on the island. “We want people to come to Waiheke and enjoy and experience what’s on offer. They can use their Waiheke dollars for wine tasting, ziplining, retail therapy, car rentals, e-bike rentals, green

Rae says the concept is very ‘Waiheke’. “It’s a beautiful place to live with an incredibly caring and giving community so it’s very much ‘give back to get back’. So many businesses have been hit hard by the absence of tourism, and as locals it is up to us to drive money back into the local economy.

Owner of ziplining company Ecozip, Gavin Oliver says: “Our current forward bookings for the rest of 2020, are only sufficient to pay our team’s wages for five days."

“We also want to remind New Zealanders that Waiheke is not just a summer destination, it’s a great place to snuggle by the fire with a glass of award-winning syrah. There’s so much to do and see, even in winter.”

The campaign is part of a broader marketing campaign of the Waiheke Island Tourism Forum, a civic-minded community chamber of commerce representing over 100 of the island’s businesses, all heavily reliant on tourist trade. Accommodation, retail, hospitality, and transport employ upwards of 25% of the island’s workforce.

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SAFE ENVIRONMENTS THAT ENGAGE LEARNING At Bear Park we strongly believe that the environment, which is often referred to as the “Third Teacher”, plays an integral role in our children’s education. We aspire to ensure our environments are safe, engaging and reflect the various cultures & ethnicities that make our centres unique. These spaces, therefore, reflect the shared values and aspirations of all our children, teachers, family/whanau and the wider community.

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