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Nicely elevated on the lakefront and close to the famous Wanaka Tree is this tastefully designed architectural home with the most magnificent view across Roys Bay to the Wanaka township, marina and the mountain ranges beyond. Tapley Paddock is a quiet cul de sac with only a handful of tightly held properties. This is an exceptionally sheltered part of Lake Wanaka, with mature specimen trees within the neighbouring Wanaka Station Park and the lakefront reserve that surrounds this very special property. Upon entering the home your gaze is immediately drawn to the magnificent view from the living room and kitchen. The adjoining covered deck basks in sunshine creating a comfortable area to sit and watch the activity on the lake or read the newspaper with your breakfast. The entrance level also contains the master bedroom with a glamorous bathroom and gorgeous walk-in wardrobe. The lake views from the master bedroom are dramatic and this configuration makes the home easy to shut off from the downstairs area when the additional four bedrooms and rumpus room are not required.
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We invite you to dive in to yet another fabulous issue of Verve in which we have devoted ourselves to drumming up yet more exciting editorial and articles. With the last issue dedicated to women in business, it’s only right that we honour some of the wonderful men in our local and global communities who are achieving great things also, as well as delving into some of the mental and physical challenges we face as we tread busily through our daily lives. Across the following pages we have: discovered a slew of eclectic new opportunities concerning home design, treating troublesome eczema, and delightful destinations; been illuminated interviewing lighting designer Jeremy Cole; and given air time to those who’ve earned it like Open Hiring and Let’s Collaborate. Dishes have been sampled and chefs interrogated (think Jenny Lomas of Aro-Ha and Atesh Ram from Plume); studios and showrooms have been explored (Frobisher Karakter, Platform Store and more); and we’ve been warmly welcomed by passionate clinic owners like those of Laser Nail, Urban Physio and .Ortho. Our collection of key winter woollies grace pages 92 through 95, and don’t miss the great ideas for bridal accessories on page 97. We’ve even ventured across oceans, to Venice for the Biennale, Masseria Trapana near Brindisi, and an interview from New York. In closing, we would like to thank our printing and production team for their continued outstanding work, and our advertisers for their ongoing support. We could not do this without you. For more Verve sign up to our weekly emailer (visit vervemagazine.co.nz), and of course our social media feeds on Facebook and Instagram (@vervemagazine). We now invite you delve right into this exciting mid-year edition. Enjoy, and see you next month.
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We need to take care of our body. As we know, it’s the only one we will ever have! We have some wonderfully inspirational advertisers on the following pages along with some mindful advice. All of us at Verve have come up with these few pointers to help you nurture your body. • • • • • • • •
Do a morning meditation Take a morning walk Exercise your body for a happy mind Read a magazine (Verve preferably!), it's a great way to relax. Laugh Make sure to take time for yourself Take time away from technology Eat healthily food
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The Health Collective Auckland Physiotherapy WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E
If you have a physical injury or recurring pain, we recommend putting the brilliant team at Auckland Physiotherapy on speed dial. A CONVENIENT LOCATION Nestled amidst Foundation restaurant and Corso di Fiori at the meet-up of Newmarket and Parnell, Auckland Physiotherapy is perfectly situated with easy-parking and flat access for the mobility impaired. The boutique establishment boasts arched sash windows, white brick walls and wooden floors redolent of a New York premises - beautiful surroundings in which to entrust yourself to the team’s wellness expertise. TOP-CLASS CREDENTIALS “Mark and I met after working overseas while doing our post-graduate studies,” says Katy Street, a masters-qualified musculoskeletal physiotherapist, who owns the business with Mark Quinn and Helen Dudley. “We wanted to find a clinic similar to what we’d been working with in the UK where all of the staff had post-graduate qualifications and worked closely with doctors.” The duo couldn’t find anything resembling the concept in New Zealand so they set up Auckland Physiotherapy and Helen joined them soon after. “Overall we have 20 highly trained staff,” says Katy. “We specialise in complex issues because most of our physiotherapists are masters-qualified or have completed post-graduate studies, and we’re supported by practitioners in pilates, personal training, yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, massage, acupuncture, and essential oils. We look not only at a person’s injury but also holistically at the whole person with the overarching goal of helping them move well and live well.
"We’re a company that excels when it comes to treating persistent and complex pain and injuries, rehabilitation after surgery and we have a large focus on keeping our clients well throughout their lives.” THE COLLECTIVE METHOD Auckland Physiotherapy works to a plan they call The Collective Method. The fundamental essence of this method is partnership, within the overall team and with the client. It involves three steps: understand, treat, achieve. “We work in collaboration with you to get you back to doing what you love better than ever,” says Katy. With master physios, senior physios, massage therapists, coaches and instructors, the team can provide multiple tiers of treatment, ensuring you get the right person to help you. Treatment is completely personalised and moves you as quickly as possible from pain to recovery, recovery to strength, and strength to wellness. “We listen to your story so we understand the root cause of the problem and give you an accurate diagnosis,” explains Katy. “We then give you a programme to follow with specific exercises, videos, and pictures that are downloadable online or on the app. We use a range of evidence-based techniques including mobilisations, manipulations, soft tissue release, dry needling and clinical pilates.” The term health collective means the talented team work together to deliver the best result. This combined with the extensive training of the physiotherapy team means people often need fewer sessions.
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They’re continually challenging the status quo of physiotherapy because of the results and positive changes they see in people’s lives. “We often see people who no longer need their planned surgery,” says Katy. “We teach people about their injury, what caused it and what they can do to the reduce pain and prevent injury so they walk away feeling empowered and in control of their own body.” The overall aim is to get people’s movement patterns on point. “If there’s something we can’t help with, we refer on. We have a rule: if it’s not a long-standing chronic issue and we don’t see improvement we’ll refer people on to a member of our team, a specific specialist and/or for imaging. We work closely with doctors and can organise scans, ultrasounds and x-rays,” says Katy.
Free Seminars & Workshops The team holds monthly seminars and workshops, which are free of charge for clients and book out within two hours. “They’re about creating a community and providing inspiration and knowledge about healthy living,” says Katy. “Every month there’s a different topic - it might be learning how to make natural cleaning products or running tips from our running coach; we have one coming up focusing on headaches.”
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MADE BY NATURE, BOOSTED BY SCIENCE There are many ‘natural’ skincare companies in the world, but surprisingly, there are just a handful that grow their own ingredients, and even fewer, who apply biodiscovery to ﬁnd new-to-the-world ingredients. One of those is Snowberry, and the ‘Snowberry Gardens’ are located north of Matakana.
Our mission, is to use biodiscovery to create skincare that can be proven to reveal more radiant skin, and to help avoid the premature ageing of skin, at any age.” Soraya Hendesi
Dr Travis Badenhorst, president of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Chemists and scientist at Snowberry skincare says: “One of the most exciting parts of what Snowberry does is biodiscovery. And biodiscovery is much more than simply growing some ingredients. Pretty much anyone can do that – though very few do. Biodiscovery is original skin science based on native plants, as well as the extracts we can obtain from naturals like kanuka honey.”
compounds that won’t be found anywhere else. And right now, for example, we produce the most superb harakeke seed oil which is in our day and night creams, and of course the beautiful Renew Body Oil.”
Snowberry’s biodiscovery plantation, popularly called the ‘Snowberry Gardens’, is idyllically pretty, and that’s reason enough to love it. But, says Dr Badenhorst, “Nearly 11 years ago, we began planting native plants from the New Zealand rainforest. Now, we have over 8,000 plants of selected varieties. It’s gorgeous and a haven for native birds – and people! But most importantly, these plants were selected for very special qualities. We looked at traditional rongoa Maori, or medicine, and then we considered the research done by various scientific institutes in the past 100 years. This enabled us to narrow the number of plants to a manageable few.”
Says Dr Badenhorst: “Kanuka honey is a wonderful anti-ageing ingredient because it contains very special compounds called arabinogalactans (AGPs); and kanuka has the highest AGP content of any New Zealand honey, including manuka honey. AGP is important because it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and what we see every day, is that persistent inflammation from conditions such as acne and eczema is exceedingly detrimental to radiant skin. The problem with all honeys, is that they are sticky, and the conventional way of eliminating the stickiness, can alter the active ingredient so that it is rendered largely ineffective. We’ve now solved that problem.”
Natural skincare has become one of the go-tos for many women who are seeking safe and authentic skin care. But studies show that most of us also want to know that natural skincare really works. And there are many reasons to be uncertain. Which is why, ‘nature and science’ has become a catch-cry. “The problem,” says Dr Badenhorst, “is that biodiscovery is such a research-intensive and long-term venture, hardly anyone does it. Snowberry decided 12 years ago that simply natural skin care was not good enough, and that led to the Snowberry Gardens. In addition to the plants, we have some of the most sophisticated equipment for identifying potentially very valuable skin renewal
Most recently, and cause for great excitement, is Snowberry’s development of a highly skin-beneficial extract from the kanuka honey produced in the gardens.
Snowberry’s New Radiance Face Serum with CuPEP™ is treasured by many New Zealand women. Now though, the serum’s gold-standard proven formulation, has been enhanced with high-performance AGP from the kanuka honey harvested in the Snowberry Gardens. And for more radiant skin, that’s a breakthrough! It is why, says Snowberry Founder Soraya Hendesi, Snowberry’s mantra is ‘made by nature, boosted by science’. “Our mission,” says Soraya, “is to use biodiscovery to create skincare that can be proven to reveal more radiant skin, and to help avoid the premature ageing of skin, at any age.” For more information snowberry.co.nz
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Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the ﬁrst TruSculpt ID provider in the 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 17 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera salon. “US-based Cutera is a global pioneer at the forefront of medical aesthetics. We are thrilled to introduce their latest in body contouring treatments. TruSculpt ID has proven results. It is a pleasant experience and allows us to provide a personalised solution to our clients”
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How does TruSculpt ID work? TruSculpt ID employs a unique form of low frequency monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates deep into the adipose tissue and is able treat the entire fat pad. Given each patient’s unique biological complex the TruSculpt ID is able to adjust the energy output to compensate for fibrous tissue ensuring each patient receives an optimally effective treatment.
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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 and 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.
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A Chat with
Dr Iona Weir
CEO and co-founder of Atopis We consult with Dr Iona Weir, Atopis chief scientist, CEO, and co-founder, to learn what all the fuss is about Atopis skincare products.
Iona, tell us a little about your background, and what encouraged you to formulate your own skincare range. I have a PhD through Auckland Medical School and a strong knowledge base in human, plant and microbial sciences. Prior to developing Atopis skincare, I worked in the Government Research Sector for 12 years focusing on plant apoptosis - which is programmed cell death. This is everywhere with all organisms. In the plant world, it’s involved in defence, fruit ripening, and leaf fall; whilst in humans, it’s concerned with immune function and aging as well as diseases such as cancer, dementia and auto-immune. 22
I was the first scientist in the world to demonstrate that plant programmed cell death is reversible and that I could use these plant bio-actives to manipulate human programmed cell death including immune function and aging. After leaving the government research arena, I worked in several biotechnology companies with natural products and pharmaceuticals. After 17 years, I made the decision to set up my own company and use my knowledge to develop natural, effective skincare. So, 27 years of innovation, science and good old fashioned hard work has gone into every tube of Atopis skin cream. Can you explain more about how Atopis harnesses the healing power of nature? Traditional methods of making plant extracts involve harvesting the plant material and using solvents to extract the bio-actives within. Our patented process manipulates the plant cells to produce the bio-actives we wish to use and releases these into coconut water. We don’t use solvents. We then combine this with probiotics to produce our patented peptilipids. These are peptides from New Zealand bacteria and plants combined with lipids using the plants own cellular defence pathways (not a lab’s). Would you share what you took into consideration when creating your five different ranges: Acne, Eczema, Rosacea, Hormonal and Mature skin? All of these were skin issues that concerned myself or my family. At times I’ve experienced rosacea and there was nothing on the market that was both calm and gentle and reduced the redness. This was the impetus for Radiant Balance Cream, which is for hormonal acne as well as rosacea prone skin. I also found no solutions specifically designed for menopausal and post-menopause skin. What is available provides extra
hydration but doesn’t target the underlying issues such as the feeling of tight dry irritated skin, loss of plumpness and a natural healthy glow. It’s almost like once you hit menopause you cease to exist. Based on my years of research on aging, I developed the Anti-aging cream specifically for skin that has lived and needs a little TLC. I developed the eczema cream after years of working on pharmaceutical treatments for eczema and immune disorders. I wanted to create something that was safe and effective. The Atopis Dry Itchy Cream is designed to target each of the symptoms of eczema. The Acne Prone skin cream was developed because I’d been involved in gut health and microbiome (at Phloe) and I felt it was important to develop a product that supported the skin microbiome. Atopis has been shown to inhibit acne-causing bacteria while restoring the good bacteria. All of the creams are about bringing back a healthy skin microflora with the added bonus of being so natural you could eat them. What have been the biggest challenges in formulating a totally natural product? Unlike other natural products which use traditional plant extracts, that are then mixed into a base cream, we use our patented process. This means that even during the manufacturing process our plant bio-actives fuse together in synergy. It took years of research to be able to do this without the use of chemicals or industrial enzymes. We then had to upscale and develop that into a traditional manufacturing facility which has required a very creative number eight wire approach. The upshot is that it’s manufactured locally with native plants and natural microbes. NB: the term number 8 wire represents the ingenuity and resourcefulness of New Zealanders. Atopis is sold online only – do you intend to expand into other forms of retail? Yes, definitely. To date, our focus has been on the US market and the launch of our OTC (over the counter) Eczema Treatment Cream into US pharmacies. This is now underway so we’re free to explore New Zealand and Australian retail opportunities, which is exciting.
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All Atopis products work in synergy with one another to enhance skin cell repair and provide beautifully clear skin for you. They nourish and repair skin with natureâ€™s botanical ingredients bringing cell strength and protection to your skin.
Atopis Anti-Aging Cream has been scientifically developed for mature skin that needs some tender loving care while navigating the journey through hormonal fluctuation. Myriphytase has been scientifically shown to slow the cellular aging process, and to regenerate and retexturise the skin. Atopis Anti-Aging Cream works to promote a healthy youthful glow by boosting cell renewal and improving skin elasticity.
Atopis Thoroughly Gentle Cleanser is scientifically created by infusing anti-inflammatory kiwifruit seed oil with healing harakeke flax gel and anti-microbial kawakawa. Separately, a proprietary infusion blend of Kumerahou with its natural lathering properties, and orange peel with its exfoliating, calming and astringent properties, are saturated into avocado oil, before it is all brought together in a base to create a 100% natural calming, gentle cleanser. Perfect for hormonal, dehydrated and sensitive skin types.
Atopis Radiant Balance Cream has been scientifically invented for hormonal and rosacea prone skin. Our patented Myriphytase extract has been clinically shown to reduce redness and calm inflammation, and scientifically shown to rebalance the skin microbiome to reduce hormonal breakouts. Atopis Radiant Balance also regulates sebum oil production, is a potent antioxidant and reduces acne scarring.
Atopis Anti-Aging Cream Restores hydration to the skin overnight and reprograms skin cells to revitalise collagen production, evening out fine lines and wrinkles. $99
Atopis Thoroughly Gentle Cleanser Gently removes dirt and bad bacteria from the skin with naturally powerful healing ingredients. $35
Atopis Radiant Balance Cream The perfect moisturiser to wear during the day for protection from the environmental stressors and keeping the skin calm all while rebalancing the skin to achieve a healthier state. $65
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There used to be a saying floating about that many people would rather bare their chest than their feet. From memory, it pertained more to women than men, either way, it seems there is a large percentage of the global population that don’t like their feet. NAIL FUNGUS Add a case of nail fungus to this general consensus and you have got a recipe for a case of hidden feet! Quite apart from being unattractive, the condition is highly contagious. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems. It’s particularly prevalent in people aged over 40, and becomes even more so as people grow older. AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT The good news is that there is an effective treatment right on our doorstep. Unlike prescriptive medication that can come with side effects and topical treatments that may or may not live up to their advertising claims, the PinPointe FootLaser targets and kills the infection with no pain, no pills, and no side effects. It is the most effective way of treating the condition. MEN & WOMEN “With time, as the infection progresses towards the base of the nails, it gets harder and harder to treat,” says John Ringer of the Laser Nail Clinic in Mairangi Bay. “More
men than women have it - women tend to hide it under nail polish, but this just makes it grow more as it provides the infection with ideal conditions for growing - warmth, darkness and moisture.” WHAT IS NAIL FUNGUS? The medical name for nail fungal infections is onychomycosis. Caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, they live in the skin around your nails, in the nail itself and the tissue under the nail. WHAT CAUSES ONYCHOMYCOSIS? There are a number of causes including family history, growing older, poor health, damage to the nail, a warm, moist climate, tight shoes and exposure to other infected nails in places like swimming pools. KNOW THE SIGNS: • Discolouration and thickening • Yellow streaks • The nail separating from the skin • A soft and powdery nail surface • Brown or grey nail surface WHAT TO EXPECT WITH LASER NAIL TREATMENT Prior to treatment, John strongly recommends that your GP or podiatrist has diagnosed the condition. The PinPointe
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laser is safe and painless and works only on the infected area. It uses a pen-like tool to direct a beam of invisible laser energy into and tthrough the nail. The laser beam is absorbed by the pigment in the fungal organisms, which damages and kills the fungus. Once it is dead the nail begins to grow normally. The standard treatment involves three one-hour sessions over 12 weeks.
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THE LASER NAIL CLINIC “One of the decisions we made when we went into this business is that we would only have medically qualified people who had also completed a Laserr Safety course using the laser,” says John. “Safety is crucial to us. Fingernails can also sometimes develop onychomycosis, but are more prone to a myriad of other afflictions, so a GP diagnosis is important. Our laser is also successful in treating verrucae, which are plantar warts that occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area.” PINPOINTE FOOTLASER @ THE LASER NAIL CLINIC • No pain, no pills, no side effects • The most effective way of treating nail fungal infections • Usually only three treatments are required • We only use medically qualified clinicians
Have you had your GP or podiatrist give you a positive diagnosis of having a fungal nail infection (onychomycosis)? Are some of your nails infected? If you have answered yes to these questions you may be the perfect candidate for the Pin Pointe LaserTreatment. We treat all the nails on any foot that has any nails with visible infection because, even if they are not visibly infected, the infection can still be there. To treat one foot takes about 45 mins and both feet 60 mins. Our standard treatment consists of a series of three treatments with five weeks between the first and second then a further seven weeks between the second and third. P H O N E U S T O M AK E AN AP P O I N T M E N T 09 475 5273 O R B O O K O N L I N E AT L A S E R C L I N I C. C O. N Z
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The Urban Physio Local Excellence
The Urban Physio offers the expertise of world-leading physiotherapy right in the heart of Ponsonby. The home of The Urban Physio on Jervois Road is a beautiful character villa. Its pristine white weatherboards are offset by a pop of light courtesy of a stylish Urban Physio sign letting you know you’re at the right place. Indoors, the feeling isn’t much different. In place of a sterile, clinical setting, a warm and homely feel is created by fresh, modern décor and the green of ubiquitous potted plants. It’s an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and also instantly relaxing. And that’s the point, says Catherine Royce, The Urban Physio’s founder: “We like to be fresh and innovative so we created a contemporary rehabilitation and wellness clinic for the local community. We’re thrilled with the result. We can offer cutting edge treatment with a holistic bent in a calming space. Our aim is to banish the outside world while you’re with us.” Catherine, who holds a Masters of Physiotherapy, has looked after everyone from elite sportspeople and CEOs of big business to young children, and she’s handpicked The Urban Physio team to deliver world-class excellence. We sat down with her to find out more. TELL US ABOUT THE URBAN PHYSIO We work with athletes, mothers, keen gardeners, those
who work in sedentary jobs - anyone who’s interested in maintaining and improving their health and wellness and living pain-free. Our speciality is treating musculoskeletal conditions, including acute and chronic injuries, postsurgical needs, and workplace injuries, and we also provide acupuncture, dry needling (which goes a bit deeper than traditional acupuncture to release tight muscles), cupping, massage, exercise prescriptions, and education. We realise everyone is busy so we try and incorporate our exercises and recommendations into the things people are doing during the day. Our strength is we don’t just treat symptoms – we focus on finding the roots of discomfort. We’re also ACC registered so people don’t need to be referred by their GP. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A VISIT? We don’t like to rush our clients so we offer long appointments. This way we ensure we give people an accurate assessment and the best treatment. We also have plenty of off-street parking and an easy to use online booking system for our busy clients. HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OCCURRING IN THE PEOPLE YOU SEE? Yes! The corporate back is becoming quite a big issue – it affects the lower back and what we call ‘text neck’ – and it’s being driven by the emerging technology lifestyle.
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The seasons make a difference too. At the moment we treat a lot of people who ski, snowboarders and rugby players; during summer we tend to see runners or touch rugby players. HOW MANY ARE ON THE TEAM? We’re fortunate to have a really great crew. There are four physios who have a wealth of local and international experience and Di, our office manager who is essential to this business. We try to hire people who have a sporty side to them as well as those who resonate with our values of taking a genuine interest in our clients and ensuring they are well cared for. And there’s our mascot too. My son Xavier is eight weeks old. WHERE DID YOU TRAIN? I trained locally at AUT, 14 years ago. I gained my Masters with Honours in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and went on to complete postgraduate studies in acupuncture and dry needling. My background includes working as the lead physio for the New Zealand U20 Women’s Football Ferns team and the 2017 New Zealand Youth Commonwealth Games team. I take a holistic approach to my own life and I transfer that to my business. I’m a firm believer in addressing overall health and wellness when it comes to my clients’ needs. My goal? To get people back to doing what they love as quickly as I can.
Top Tips from Catherine 1. Keep fit and active 2. Stretch 3. Mobilise those joints 4. Strengthen 5. Keep doing what you love for as long as you can
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FOUR PLAY WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
The XBIZ and AVN Awards are annual ceremonies that honour the adult film industry and are commonly referred to as the Oscars and the Golden Globes of porn. For more than 10 years, less than a fifth of their best director nominations have been female, but this year, that’s all changed with more than half of the XBIZ’s, and just under half of the AVN’s, best director nominations being women. Compare that to the Academy Awards who have nominated just five women directors since 1929, with the only winner being Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker, in 2009. Such comparisons may appear impertinent at first glance, but then consider the uber-liberal leanings of the Hollywood crowd versus the widely accepted chauvinism of the porn industry. Secrecy—and embarrassment—around the adult film industry makes it hard to put a price on porn, though most experts agree that in the US alone its revenue is comparable with that of Hollywood’s, while some argue it may be even turn over as much as the likes of Amazon or Apple. Studies have shown that women make up a significant percentage of that adult film audience, and in the case of website YouPorn, they account for around a quarter—half of which are single, more than a quarter are dating, and a fifth are married. Nine out of ten admit to preferring to watch porn sans partner. But it’s not just the viewing numbers that prove surprising (at least to the male half of the population), but the viewing habits, also. YouPorn found more women than men search for lesbian videos, while research by Pornhub discovered them to be twice as likely to watch group sex footage (and, at the other end of the spectrum, romantic clips) than the guys, too.
“In their fantasies, women want to be taken aback,” sexual therapy psychologist Laurie Betito tells Vice. “This is interesting because, in reality, women are stronger, and ‘in control’ of their sexuality, while in their fantasies, some of them return to more traditional gender roles.” Dig a little deeper, however, and it’s clear that women also certainly yearn for porn that’s, well, a little deeper. More than a third of female YouPorn viewers select videos with actors that they can relate to, while just over a quarter want women playing the dominant role. Forty percent desire videos that feature actors in their own age group. “Pornography directed by stereotypical horny males, there’s a lot of that, and a lot of it’s not that good,” multi-awardwinning director—and a vocal supporter of women directors in the industry—Mike Quaser, tells the Daily Beast. “To bring in a female perspective, even if it’s an incredibly perverse female perspective... is good.” In 2017, the Journal of Sex Research published a study that spanned 1999-2016 concerning women’s experiences of viewing erotic films. Among the findings were: that women experience empathy for the performers, noting such things as facial expressions and the realism of their pleasure—the more realistic the performances, the greater the watching women’s enjoyment; that women compared their own bodies to those of the performers’, often leading to insecurities; and that some women felt conflicted about being aroused by something considered by some to be socially unacceptable (this syncs with further data from YouPorn showing that although 51 percent of women agree it’s equally acceptable for women to watch porn
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as men, 51 percent would also be embarrassed for their friends to discover that they did so). And so ‘feminist porn’ (sometimes referred to as ‘ethical porn’), sets about addressing such issues.
shocked by the stats about the impact of free mainstream porn online on the younger generation,” says executive producer Emma Morgan. “It was clear that a lot of young people were accessing porn and being influenced by it.”
Feminist porn is political and all inclusive, a place where, according to pornographer and transgender man, Carey Gra, “people with alternative sexualities can explore their sexualities”.
The series begins with the women watching porn from the top-trending search terms while sat around a laptop at a kitchen table. “If my son ever treated a girl like that,” protests one of the mums, Sarah Louise, “I would kick his arse to kingdom-come!”
“You get to see more of people’s bodies, more of people’s faces,” feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino tells the BBC, “and there’s less of an assumption of one person or one gender being the focus over another.” Jennifer Lyon Bell, founder of award-winning erotic, ethical film makers, Blue Artichoke, believes it to be “important to women’s liberation”.
Another of the mothers, Sarah, says they “need to show kids that there’s something else than the horrible s**t we see on the internet”. The group travel to Barcelona to meet up with feminist porn film maker Erica Lust for tips on how to approach their feature, centred around two couples, one girl-boy, and one girl-girl.
Last year in Germany, a proposal was put forward by the SPD, junior coalition partner to Angela Merkel’s ChristianDemocratic Union party, for the government to fund feminist pornography for educational purposes to combat youngsters’ “unrealistic imaginations of sexual life”. According to UK kids’ charity, the NSPCC, 65 percent of 15- to 16-year-olds, and 28 percent of 11- to 12-year-olds have viewed pornography, while other research has found that up to 90 percent of the most viewed pornographic scenes to contain acts of violence or derogatory behaviour towards women. Such concerning statistics inspired five British mothers to make their own feminist porn movie, their project filmed for documentary mini-series, Mums Make Porn. “We were
If young people are going to watch erotic movies, I want them to see feelings, connections, and love-making."
"There are certain things we want to get in as mums because that's the whole point,” says Sarah Lousie. “If young people are going to watch erotic movies, I want them to see feelings, connections, and love-making." Her fellow film maker, Anita, believes they’ve made a porn movie that will “challenge the industry”. It’s cleverly called Four Play.
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Whether or not you believe in the concept of original sin (here, most certainly not), for the vast, vast majority of us there is an inherent embarrassment and vulnerability about being in our naked—and most natural—state while being in any kind of public setting. The bible of course would have you believe such shame is part punishment for that original sin; science, however reckons we’re not born embarrassed (after all, young kids feel no shame in their birthday suit), rather it’s a behaviour learnt from fairly early on. Some seem to have ‘learnt’ it less than others. It’ll probably come as little surprise to learn that it is Europeans who are most likely to embrace nudism (often used interchangeably with ‘naturism’), with nearly half of all Austrian women, closely followed by the Spaniards and the Germans, thinking nothing of baring their breasts on the beach. As for full-on nudity, Austrians are the second most likely to bare-all on the beach, while a whopping three in ten Germans admit to spending days on the coast unclothed. The history of nudism in Germany, a country generally considered more conservative than many of its Mediterranean neighbours, is a fascinating one. Nudism there is known as freikoerperkultur (“free body culture”) and is so common that it even takes place in some swimming pools and city parks. It was a love of sunbathing, passion for fitness, and belief that it could help cure tuberculosis and rheumatism that first inspired a raft of Germans to be early advocates
of baring all in the late 19th century. By the 1930s, the country had nudist beaches (Ireland, by comparison, opened its first official nude beach in 2018) and had established the Berlin School of Nudism to promote mixed-sex exercises; while their film industry dared to show the flesh way before the likes of Hollywood. Though there was a clampdown during the Nazi period, who considered nudism a “breeding ground for Marxists and homosexuals”, it reportedly remained very popular among the paramilitary SS. With the onset of mass tourism in the 1950s, the Germans’ penchant for nakedness spread and nudist resorts sprung up all around the continent. And it was around this time that taking off one’s clothes really took off in New Zealand, too. Sunbathing and even swimming naked was illegal in Aotearoa in the 1930s, but that didn’t stop Eric Flint attempting to establish a nudist club in Dunedin (he failed, was harassed, and fled to Auckland). The following decade, Bert Brittain purchased a 1.6-hectare slice of Waitakere paradise that would become the base for nudist group, the Auckland Sun Club (they’re still going) and similar organisations soon followed. In 1953, Whanganui hosted the first national rally of the New Zealand Sunbathing Association, and though the lifestyle is thought to have peaked in the 1980s, it’s certainly still going strong. There’s no longer even a law against being naked in public, but, before you consider parading proudly down Queen Street, remember there is a law against indecent exposure in a public place. So though being naked doesn’t necessarily constitute an indecent act, it’s best to save it for the beach.
“Absolute nakedness was intrusive, confusing to the senses. Paradoxically, it both revealed and diminished identity” – P.D. James Naked in NZ – St Leonard’s Bay in Takapuna is one of the most famous togs-free beaches, just remember to remain at least 50 metres from the entry steps and don’t walk in front of passers by. – There are a handful of nudist beaches on Waiheke— perhaps not surprising given its bohemian heritage— though few are as stunning as Onetangi. – You can bare all on the black sands of KareKare Beach on Auckland’s west coast, a long-time nudist favourite. – There couldn’t possibly be a better-named nudist beach in New Zealand—or even the world—than Peka Peka Beach in Kapiti. – The Naked Dinner is an Auckland-based pop-up eaterie (no pun intended) aimed at nudist newbies. Check out nakeddinner.com for details. – Nudist organisations in New Zealand include the Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club, the Waikato Outdoor Society and the Bay of Plenty Sun Club. There are heaps of homestay and B&Bs that cater to the clothes-free, too. Indonesia’s Secret Nudes Asian countries are among the most conservative when it comes to nudism, with just two percent of Japanese, three percent of South Koreans, and four percent of Thais admitting to having sunbathed naked. However, in the ultra-religious, mainly Muslim nations of Indonesia, a small band of nudists are flouting the strict nudity laws, meeting at the likes of rented holiday homes. “People in Indonesia think that nakedness has something to do with sex,” group member Aditya tells the BBC. “If we strip off together they assume it is a sex party. The truth is there is nothing sexual about it.” They can be themselves, he says, there is no body shaming; you are simply nude.
A Brief History of Nudes - In 300 BC, Indian mystics rejected all wordly attachments, including clothes, a philosophy still adhered to by heaps of holy men. Many city councils, however, forbid public nudity—paradoxically on the grounds of religion. - In Ancient Greece, nakedness was viewed as heroic, not only were gods and great men depicted nude in statues, but their Olympic heroes trained sans robes. ‘Gymnasium’ even derives from the Greek gymnos—it’s translation? ‘Naked’. - Attitudes to nakedness were reversed by the Romans, with public nudity declared distasteful, an opinion that prevailed throughout Europe over the following centuries. - The French and Germans lead a nudist revolution in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Even the stiffupper-lip Britain of the 1930s saw the establishment of clothes-free clubs. - The hippy and liberal movements of the 1960s saw naturism embraced by a whole new generation. (Not to be confused with the sexual revolution of the time, nudism and naturism has nothing to do with sex.) - In 2001, up to 3,000 naked volunteers gathered at Montreal’s Place des Arts to be photographed for an art project by Spencer Tunick that would see him shoot thousands more nudes around the world over the following years. - A group of middle-aged British ladies from the Women’s Institute made headlines in the late 1990s when they produced a nude calendar to raise money for cancer research. Their story was immortalised in the 2003 Hollywood film, Calendar Girls.
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The truth is that people want to lose weight quickly, in the shortest time possible. We live in a society that is wired to demand instant gratification and instant results. However, if a miracle cure sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The common reasons that people go on diets include losing weight, physical conditions such as sport, health reasons, form of control, or a pressure to attain a certain body image. The yo-yo effect means that most forms of quick fix diets can cause short term weight loss and immediate weight gain afterward. The desire for fast results in a short period of time, can often result in deprivation in one’s diet with low-calorie diets such as juice fasts, and soup-only diets. There is also an excess of advertisements of diets which promise that you will lose 'X' amount of kilos in 'X' amount of days. The issue here is that every person’s body is different, and will require different amounts of exercise and foods for energy. The common thought is that in order to lose weight, we need to eat less and exercise more. This can often cause fad diets to feed and profit off of the state of restricting oneself in how much they eat in the short term to lose weight, but then gain the weight back as quickly. Fad diets are often a programme you're supposed to follow for just a few weeks. However, nutrition experts insist that the right approach to weight loss is to change your lifestyle for the long term. SIGNS OF FAD DIETS • Doesn’t include all healthy food elements and nutrients. • Claims that you will lose weight very fast in an unrealistically short time. • Recommends cutting calories and some foods drastically. • Makes you think that you can lose weight without exercising. • Makes you completely cut carbs, fat and/or sugar. • Requires you to skip meals, or replace them with special meals.
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Fad diets that tell you to cut out carbohydrates may result in quick weight loss at the beginning, but that's because cutting back on carbs causes your body to purge stored water. Once you start eating carbs again, the water weight comes back. It's fat you want to lose, not water, and definitely not lean muscle tissue, which your body will start to metabolise if don't eat enough. Yet, research shows that dieting for weight loss is not effective in the long term, and may actually be associated with weight regain. Change your focus to improving your health with exercise. Most importantly, before jumping into a fad diet it’s essential to know that rapid weight loss is not sustainable. Diets that claim you don’t have to exercise are not the best for your overall health. In fad diets, strict restriction is a large sign. Our body reacts to workouts and diets differently, so what works for others may not work for you. A HEALTHY DIET A healthy diet requires a well-balanced lifestyle. Exercise is a very crucial part of your daily life. In order to maintain a healthy body and healthy heart, it’s important to have some form of regular exercise. There are healthier ways to maintain a healthy weight, rather than resorting to fad diets that are not effective for the long-term. Remember that a good diet is one that is sustainable for the long haul. It takes time to lose weight and allow your body to adjust. Other important steps include eating breakfast every day, and eating a variety of foods to ensure that you are getting all of your daily nutrients. Be aware of the types of fat you consume. Try to eat healthy fats instead of opting for a strict low-fat diet. Consume less foods that are high in sugar, as high-sugar foods often are high in calories and low in nutrients. They also can lead to inflammation in your body. Limit liquid calories by avoiding soda and alcohol. Choose whole fruits instead of juice, and make sure to drink plenty of water every day. Be sure to get enough hours of sleep for your body to rest. A healthy lifestyle that you stick to consistently is important in order to function at your best state in the long term.
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If French be the language of love, then Korean is the unequivocal language of beauty. From head to toe, the Koreans have a word to describe every beauty-related phenomenon. While you could Netﬂix the latest K-drama to learn the lingo, we've decided to save you a little time by handpicking 10 uniquely Korean words and a few choice phrases so that you'll be speaking like a K-beauty queen in no time.
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S LINE K-beauty has more lines than the New York metro rail. The S-Line describes the curvaceous female form with an ample bust and derriere creating an ‘S’ from the side. A popular variation of this is the coke bottle figure, denoting a similar hourglass shape. M-LINE Unsurprisingly, the men in Korea aren’t safe from having their figures distilled into an alphabet either. The M-line refers to the classic broad shouldered form and defined chest that gives the appearance of an ‘M’. V-LINE Moving upward toward the face is the much-coveted V-line, referring to a sharp chin and delicate jawline. In fact, in Korea, people will go to painstaking lengths to achieve this look, even going under the knife in what’s called 'V-line surgery'. SUBUJI If you think our neighbours across the ditch have a penchant for shortening and mashing up words, you haven’t met the Koreans. Combining three words: subun (moisture) bujok (lacking) and jisung (oily), this refers to skin that’s oily but lacking hydration. REFUND MAKEUP Nope, this doesn’t mean what you think it does. Refund makeup refers to a style of makeup that’s seen to be aggressive and likely to be found on people with ‘character’ who ask to see managers and for refunds.
MLBB Again with the shortening of words, this acronym stands for ‘my lips but better’ and refers to a shade of lipstick that closely resembles your natural colour, but with a little added vibrance. AEGYO SAL For non-Koreans, this is a bizarre phenomenon. While the rest of the world tries to conceal their eye bags, Koreans emphasise them as they are considered cute. These small pouches of fat beneath your eyes are meant to make you look younger and more approachable, so it’s common to see women apply makeup in a way that emphasises their aegyo sal. CHOK CHOK SKIN Dewy skin was always the ideal in Korea long before it made its way over to our Western shores. Chokchokhada means 'hydrated' so chok chok skin refers to that fresh, plump complexion we’re all seeking. 8 HEAD BODY At first glance, this sounds like a monstrous Greek mythological creature, but it actually means a wellproportioned body. Koreans believe that it is ideal for a person’s height to be eight times the length of their head. KKOTMINAM Every country has its ideal of masculine beauty and Korea’s can perhaps be best summarised by this single phrase. Its literal meaning is man with flower beauty and refers to the porcelain-skinned delicate handsomeness common among Korean leading actors. No rugged warrior types in the land of Gangnam Style.
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Talk to Friends and Family Talking with those you are close to and trust can help keep you grounded. Surround yourself with positive people, and take a little time out of your day to laugh! It actually helps you fight off infections
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Get Enough Sleep Adequate sleep is beneficial for a healthy mind, good mood and maintaining a healthy body weight. Sleep also helps to repair your body, maintain productivity and help with decision-making. Sleep deprivation can have an impact on the amount of energy you have throughout the day. A lack of sleep can cause levels of stress to increase and levels of concentration to decrease. A good habit to build is to refrain from using your phone right before sleeping, and finding a different activity to end the night, such as reading a book. By unplugging from technology, it can help with making sure your phone isn’t the first thing you touch in the morning and the last thing you look at night.
Taking care of yourself starts from the inside out, from getting good sleep, exercising and eating well. Making time to care for yourself should be a top priority, as your health, happiness and wellbeing is ultimately your wealth. Self-care is a way of making sure that you are prioritising your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. If we aren’t able to take care of ourselves, then we aren’t able to take care or help others. It’s important to surround yourself with friends and family that you can talk to, and take time to do activities that keep you present, such as meditation or writing. The small choices we make during the day can have a bigger impact in the long run. Our lives are much more than work, and ﬁnding me-time can help you recharge your batteries. The more you are able to ﬁt self-care time into your life, the better you can grow and enjoy your life.
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and illnesses because your body works better when it isn’t under stress. Your immune system is affected by physical and emotional stress, and so laughing helps to fight off infections and illnesses, as your body works better when it isn’t under stress. Meeting people in person or even chatting over the phone can be a great way to catch up and relax. It’s a reminder that we have abundant support from people we love and trust. Practise Gratitude By practising gratitude you recognise the positive elements of your life, and how much you have. You can have a journal to write things down, which can allow your thoughts to flow and see things with more clarity and mindfulness. It can be a therapeutic way to let go of all your worries, and a mindful way to write down a list of what you are grateful for during the day. Place the journal beside your bed, as a way of creating a habit of writing your thoughts at the end of the day. Writing thoughts down helps us to reflect and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Pamper Yourself Small steps of brushing your hair, washing your face and wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable and stylish can greatly affect your mood during the day. Take a day to yourself, whether it’s a date to a café, movie night at home, a 30-minute facial or a walk in the park. Spend more time doing the things you love, and you will feel your mood greatly uplifted. Give yourself time to relax and breathe, and by taking those moments to pause you can feel calmer during a busy day. Drink Enough Water Water is the key to vitality, energy and health, as staying hydrated allows your body to function optimally. Dehydration has significant impact on your health and it can also increase feelings of stress. Water is great for your skin complexion, and is a natural headache remedy. Make it a daily habit to drink from a drink bottle while you’re at work or school. Water helps you feel more energised, makes you feel less fatigued, and keeps you functioning efficiently. Words — Katie Kuo
Reset and Rejuvenate This Winter Top 3 Beauty Treatments To Try Right Now Winter has come, and not just for the final season of Game Of Thrones. If you feel like your skin needs a refresh, you are looking a bit tired and stressed, or you just need a nice holiday in the sun, you could come and visit the multiaward-winning team at The Face Place, to help you look and feel better as the days get shorter and colder. The Face Place team is led by the pioneering Dr Catherine Stone who started providing treatments is 2001, and leapt to global fame in the TV program Ten Years Younger. Under her guidance, The Face Place team is renowned for beautiful, natural looking results that help you love what you see when you look in the mirror looking refreshed, while still looking like you. While Botox is growing in popularity, many people are scared to take the plunge - understandably, as there are a lot more frozen faces and weird expressions being seen in the community, as inexperienced and cheap injectors enter the market. There is an art to Botox: placing it in the right muscles, in the right places and in the right doses, can ensure that your face looks fresher and more relaxed, without looking ‘done’. The highly trained and experienced team at The Face Place take the time to get to know you, and know your face, to educate you on your options, and to guide you through making great choices. If you’d prefer to try something even more natural to help improve your skin’s texture, thickness and glow, The Face Place have taken the Vampire Facial® made famous by Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafael, and boosted it further to help improve hydration, collagen production and skin quality.
And if you’re missing the sun, but can’t quite get to a tropical island, LED light treatments such as Omnilux and Healite can bring a glow back to your skin, and your mood! LED light treatments have been proven to help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues — and you get a lovely neck and shoulder massage to ease your stress away at the same time.
Not only do they see things differently at The Face Place MedSpa, they do things differently. Renowned as New Zealand’s first medical spa and a world-class facility in cosmedicine, The Face Place MedSpa offers only safe and highly effective methods of enhancing your appearance. Take control of your skin by booking online for your initial Botox Consultation or Skin Assessment at thefaceplace.co.nz
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THE POWER OF HEALTHY Ever wonder where your body’s power comes from? The answer is smaller than you think.
As we age, the health of our body becomes more and more important, as anyone over the age of 40 will testify. From minor niggles, to feelings of slowing down, to more major concerns – we increasingly find ourselves having health-related conversations with friends and family.
function slows down with age, it can produce less CoQ10, leaving free-radicals to run crazy wild and cause damage. In order to help your cells work optimally therefore, you need to maintain good levels of CoQ10 in the mitochondria.
THE LITTLE SECRET TO AGEING One of the main contributing factors to this change is the way our cells produce their power and if you can bear reading a little bit of science about this it can make a great difference to how you approach your health.
The rub here is that – like a club with a strict door policy – the mitochondria are fussy about what they let in, and the form of CoQ10 that’s found in most supplements is too large to get into the mitochondria.
Your body contains around 37 trillion cells which make up everything from your skin to your eyes, organs and muscles. As you can imagine, it’s pretty important they’re in good working order, ensuring your heart is healthy, skin is functioning and joints performing optimally, for example. Powering every one of these cells are something called mitochondria, which are like tiny energy plants within each cell. From the age of 30 your mitochondria function can slow down by around 10 percent every decade, in turn compromising your cell function. If your mitochondria aren’t performing adequately, other solutions you deploy such as skincare and vitamins can have little benefit. BALANCING THE GOOD AND BAD The secret to optimum mitochondrial function is keeping a good balance of the antioxidant CoQ10 and free-radicals, both of which the mitochondria make when they’re producing cell energy. When these are in balance everything is okay, but as your mitochondrial
10 SECOND HELPER Enter two clever scientists from The University of Otago, who engineered a very special form of CoQ10 that was small enough to get inside the mitochondria, replenishing CoQ10 levels and helping to power up cell energy and function. This breakthrough science is available in the world-first supplement MitoQ, created here in New Zealand to help support your body’s health. MitoQ is a game changing combination of molecules that have the unique ability to enter mitochondria hundreds of times more effectively than any other CoQ10 supplement has before. Once inside, MitoQ supports mitochondrial performance so that the body’s natural power and resilience is maintained. The best bit? Taking MitoQ takes only 10 seconds a day, leaving you more time to schedule in more complicated health measures like PT sessions and your smoothie regime. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. MitoQ Ltd, Auckland.
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Diets Don't Work! WO R D S â€” K E L L I E L AV E N D E R
In a world where people are surrounded by messages about what size and shape of our bodies is 'best' or what is the optimum fitness level, it is not surprising that society is also obsessed with what is good to eat, what is wrong to eat, and 'getting it right'. Dieting and exercise are touted as the means to not only become healthier but also happier. However, most people are not aware that diets are an ineffective means to achieve permanent weight loss. In addition, dieting has risks and can be damaging, leading to obsessive, unhealthy practices, further weight gain and potentially, diagnosable eating disorders. Put it simply; diets make most people fatter. Body weight is genetically determined in a similar way to height, and there are powerful homeostatic mechanisms that keep someone in a 'set point range'. Dieting affects the brain's mechanisms to regulate weight in complex ways. In the short term, weight loss will often occur rapidly and thereby serve as a powerful motivator to keep restricting. However, 'success' at dieting is short-lived because the body will start conserving energy by reducing its metabolic rate, which will lead to plateauing of weight despite continuing with food restriction. In the longer term weight suppression below the individual's set point, increases the risk of binge eating and ultimately further weight gain as the body treats the weight loss as a threat and pushes to go back into 'the safe zone'. These mechanisms that occur with weight suppression are not easily reversed and anyone who has been on a lifetime of diets knows how it gets more and more challenging to lose weight and keep it off. This can create a vicious cycle leading
to more extreme forms of disordered eating with negative physical and psychological consequences or even lead to the development of full-blown eating disorders. The neurobiology of eating disorders and dieting is complicated but the take-home message is simple. Extreme dieting is largely ineffective to achieve permanent weight loss and severe dieting has many negative effects on health and may trigger eating disorders in those who are genetically vulnerable, and for those already suffering from an eating disorder, dieting will make things much worse. It is important to recognise that even though dieting might be a conscious choice, eating disorders are not. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening biological mental illnesses and most, if not all, eating disorders start with dieting or dietary restraint. In essence, moderation is key. It is essential to eat a wide range of food with variety and flexibility including treat foods. It is helpful to eat mindfully, to drink less alcohol and to engage in enjoyable exercise, not just for weight loss purposes and to develop a relationship to oneâ€™s body of acceptance and self care. If you know of anyone who you are worried about, has obsessive rules regarding food and exercise or significant weight loss or weight fluctuations; be kind, compassionate but firm in supporting them to get help. Eating disorders are serious but recovery is possible. Early intervention and evidence-based treatments are essential.
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The 5 Best Types of Exercise for your Mind and Body in Winter WO R D S — K AT I E K U O
The winter blues can start creeping in along with the colder weather, darker mornings and chilly nights. It’s a common season where the feelings of being less energised, being more tired and prone to feeling sad can arise. During winter, it can cause some people to go through a period of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or also known as the winter blues. It is a kind of depression that is caused by a lack of sunlight, and generally develops in adulthood. It can make it more difficult to get out of bed in the morning, and is more common in women, but some children and teenagers can be affected. Vitamin D deficiency can also impact on feelings of anxiety and depression during winter. By staying active, having a healthy lifestyle and sleeping well, you can keep your mind and body happy, energised and healthy during the cool season. Our body yearns for those wonderful endorphins to make us feel good and healthy. Exercise releases endorphins which can make you feel better, happier, think more clearly and feel more positive. Exercise can significantly help with mental health, reducing stress, feelings of anxiety and depression, improve sleep and be a self-esteem boost. Not to mention, it’s beneficial for your overall wellbeing and mental and physical health. It’s easy to put off exercise during winter due to feeling busy, tired or lazy, but it will make a world of difference when you exercise regularly. It’s important to find a form of exercise you enjoy, and then you’ll be able to stick with it. Here are some forms of exercise that are perfect for the cooler months. Make sure to wear suitable clothing when you’re exercising outdoors, stay hydrated, and don't forget to put on sunscreen. Exercise somewhere with less susceptibility to slippage or accidents, especially during the wetter months. WALKING OR RUNNING You can exercise indoors or outdoors, but make sure to keep your body warm by walking on stairs or running on the treadmill. Exercising outdoors on a good day can be healthy for an extra dose of sunshine and vitamin D, which can significantly impact on your mood. Turn on the music for an upbeat mood boost. Exercising outdoors on a good day is valuable, as you can get fresh air, sunlight, immerse yourself in nature and be present within your surroundings.
YOGA A relaxing way to exercise, as you can take different levels from beginner to advanced. Yoga is great for mindfulness, balance and flexibility. Yoga can help build up your body temperature, which can give you internal warmth throughout the day. There are styles of power yoga that will have you sweat out toxins, activate sweat glands, clean your kidneys and improve the liver function, which are beneficial to prevent catching a cold. Yoga can boost the immune system, stretch out tight muscles and improve circulation. BIKING Biking outdoors allows you to be surrounded by different scenery, and can be a social activity. However, during winter you can bike at the gym as well to keep fit. Biking is a method of mindfulness, as it is a healthy and meditational way to get around. It can be therapeutic to pedal away, loosen your joints and put your mind at ease. Cycling is a great way to get in your cardio and build some muscle. DANCING A fun way to maintain your exercise routine is through dancing or joining a dance class. You can also partner up with a friend, which can help with committing a routine. A Zumba or cardio dance class can be an ultimate stress reducing activity. Dancing is a great way to burn calories, and get your heart rate going while having fun. You can also follow a long with videos, at the comfort of your home. Dance classes tend to be low impact, and can help with breaking out a sweat without added stress on your joints. SWIMMING Swimming at a pool is a good substitute during the colder season when it’s too cold outside for open water swimming. Swimming is one of the most effective complete body workouts. The resistance of the water is great for building strength and makes for great cardio. The risk of injury is significantly lower, as it is a low-impact activity. If you are looking to maintain your weight or lose weight during winter, swimming is one of the most effective ways to achieve your goals.
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ILLUMINATE THE SKIN WITH LA PRAIRIE After five years of research, La Prairie has developed two powerful products, that when used together, provide extraordinary illumination to the skin. This allows La Prairie scientists to explore the relationship between colour and reflection for ultimate skin luminosity, known as 'the equation of light'. The combination of White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion and White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire offers never-before-seen results in diminishing grey, brown and red discolouration in the skin; also diminishing the yellow cast that comes from collagen degradation and increasing the reflection of light by perfectly smoothing the skin’s surface. Together, they respond to the two components in the equation of light that affect luminosity – skin looks as though it is illuminated from within.
The equation of light is decoded. White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire is a lavish cream infused with Lumidose, the extraordinary molecule of light. It helps the skin reach new levels of luminosity and evenness – results are measurable in two weeks, visible in four and extraordinary in eight. Recapture the luminosity of younger looking, healthy skin with White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion. Achieve firmer, glowing-skin with this serum infused with golden caviar extract. The light-infused serum helps to protect the skin against pollution factors. Combined together, the products deliver illuminating results.
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There are so many inspiring stories of people doing amazing things and achieving awesome results: Sharing these stories is the life blood of what we do here at Verve, so it is our pleasure to bring to you Men@Work, in which we feature a few stories of men whose energy and ambition impressed us. We hope they impress you too.
CASUAL FRIDAY WEAR WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT
In the age of the millennial, popular culture and technology have influenced the way we dress and businesses are starting to listen to this younger, rebellious and exciting demographic. Formal wear in the workplace and the way we define power dressing has transitioned to embrace casual comfort. Fewer men are wearing ties to work, and although we have all loosened our grip on this sartorial staple, there are ways to look confident and sharp while still maintaining a degree of comfort.
the subtle texture and warmth provide width to your wardrobe. Casual wear has been extended, offering colourways of chocolate, green and plum to complement the core colours of blue and grey. We appreciate the flexibility that is required for the needs of a busy man, so our chinos are made in a range of fabrics perfect for work and play.
Our new collection combines tailoring with textured fabrics, rich colours and interesting details that allow these pieces to work with your existing wardrobe.
Tailored detailing with a casual twist will elevate your style. Adding new useful items to your wardrobe that are easy to dress up and down will provide a wardrobe that works for you.
Silhouettes are soft and many of our suits are interchangeable – wear as a suit or wear as a separate, giving you the ability to adapt to your environment at any occasion.
Quality is never compromised. We are constantly searching for the finest fabrics, the best possible make. Our standards in service and attention to detail are something we pride ourselves on.
We believe you should be able to wear your formal wear, informally. Made in luxurious fabrics, each item will always look polished, but can also be understated with jeans and knitwear.
And why wouldn’t we? Our customers are often our friends so it’s very important to us that we get it right... first time and without fuss.
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The Life of Brian WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
The lure of the USA was always strong for Brian Sweeney, who remembers his childhood in the early 1960s in rural Morrinsville as a “monochrome” environment without a television and with the overriding feeling of New Zealand being this windswept, isolated land, forgotten at the bottom of the globe. When that TV did arrive, the “bright lights and inspiration” of America shone through even from its black and white screen.
celebrates the accomplishments of Aotearoa's greatest historical figures, while promoting the contemporary crop of Kiwis who have been covered by global media (some such stories may hopefully be finding their way on to book store shelves, too). Brian describes the site as “my personal nation branding campaign”, and, considering the internet was still a relatively new (mainstream) phenomenon in 1999, I ask him about his anticipations for it 20 years ago.
“I particularity remember the assassinations of Robert Kennedy Jr and Martin Luther King Jr,” he says via a video call from New York, his home for the past 16 years. “They had become quite inspirational political characters and their deaths were a jolt. It all opened up this idea of America in my imagination as this place of huge size, that something really big lay outside New Zealand.”
“From the late ‘80s until the early 2000s, Telecom New Zealand was a client of SweeneyVesty and we were fully involved in the transition of New Zealand from analogue to digital and that helped us anticipate the potential of the internet.”
Brian has politics coursing through his veins, also; quite literally—his grandfather was Michael Joseph Savage's electorate chairman, a founding member of the Labour Party, and West Auckland unionist. “There are certain influence that motivated me to get involved in shaping my environment. I figured out at an early age that if you wanted to improve or change your situation then you had to take responsibility for it yourself.” Brian attended high school in Tauranga where he was the editor of student newspaper, The Hillsdene Reflector. “We took a political approach on a lot of things. I founded the Tauranga branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament when I was about 16, and I was involved in various campaigns opposing Apartheid in South Africa. Not only did we believe in these things, but if felt exciting to be part of such significant events.” True to form, Brian went on to study politics at Waikato University, and also run the student newspaper. “Politics was certainly important during that time. It felt as though you were part of something, changing the DNA of the country.” Brian Sweeney has since set about changing the perception of the country overseas, dedicating his days to the promotion of ‘brand New Zealand’. In Wellington in 1987, with partner Jane Vesty, Brian founded award-winning SweeneyVesty who specialise in communication, business strategy and public relations, now with operations all over the world. Brian has worked across the arts as a producer and manager, is a member of the TED Conference, and, in 1999, launched website New Zealand Edge (nzedge.com), a place that
Brian was also an early participant of the TED conference (do check out his super 2013 TEDx Auckland Talk, ‘The New Zealand Story’), attending his first TED in 1994 in Monterey when “they were discussing CD-ROMs and multimedia, and come ‘95 the entire conference was about the worldwide web and its possibilities to reach billions”. “NZ Edge is about putting New Zealand stories in a global context,” he continues. “And that context comes from evolutionary biology that says the edge of any species is the most fertile place for change. As the least populated and the least orthodox, it’s where new ideas can emerge. That metaphor struck me as a powerful way of defining New Zealand’s place in the world.” It must have been fascinating to watch New Zealand’s international trajectory since then, and especially since your time in New York with the likes of Lorde and Lord of the Rings doing so much to shine a light on these islands? “Having been publishing the site for 20 years, we’re just starting to look at the patterns that have emerged and what the data tells. It’s quite clear that the All Blacks are a leading ambassador for New Zealand to the world, while the film industry, led by Peter Jackson and other filmakers, has been responsible for not only a cultural perception but has also fuelled tourism. And then there are our political leaders, we have three prime ministers over the past 20 years who have all made a distinctive mark internationally. Increasingly, we’re also seeing the innovators, and innovation has always been a big part of New Zealand’s DNA.” Brian cites Kiwi merino footwear company Allbirds as fine example of an NZ-US hybrid that has continued
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New Zealand’s reputation for innovation, while adding a thoroughly modern twist.
“You can’t tell from the title that they’re from New Zealand, but when you look at the backstory and the fundamental role of birds in New Zealand's evolution, it’s a very nicely embroidered story.” Do you think the future of New Zealand rests on technology or more traditional industries? “All of the above. The produce from the land has always been and always will be critical. There will be significant change with the future of food, how it is made and consumed. The availability of water, the impacts of climate change, all these things are going to mean New Zealand will have to lead in the way in how it produces and exports things. There is a huge reliance on tourism now, and there is work happening to improve infrastructure and sustainability, and clearly within the digital industries there are a lot of very smart things happening. It's about our abilities as multitaskers and problem-solvers.” Historically, much of that innovation has been put down to necessity, mainly through New Zealand’s isolation, do you think that talent has now seeped into the nation’s DNA? “There is an vibrant curiosity with New Zealanders. A guy who lived in LA told me a nice story once about how when Californians look at the sea they see a horizon, but when New Zealanders look at the horizon, they think of possibility and wonder.” Through New Zealand Edge, Brian has located New Zealanders living in over one thousand different international towns and cities: “We’re all over the map, making contributions to local communities, or running global businesses and institutions. There are, for example, clusters from the Waikato which have made global contributions in business, politics and music. How local is that!”
There is an vibrant curiosity with New Zealanders. A guy who lived in LA told me a nice story once about how when Californians look at the sea they see a horizon, but when New Zealanders look at the horizon, they think of possibility and wonder.”
The disparaging view of those who take their talents abroad is another topic that Brian has addressed. “The whole idea of the brain drain always struck me as being a really negative way of creating value. One of the things we have sought to do by way of story-telling is create a global community of New Zealanders, and to create greater flow of capital and creativity between New Zealand and its diaspora. It comes back to the power of language—we said that there are a million New Zealanders that live overseas, which drew attention to it, shifting the New Zealand population from four million to five with the stroke of pen. The creation of a diaspora has broken down the notion that you’re an expatriate, I don't abide the term ‘expat’, that you've buggered off. It implies you are an exile. This mingling of the local and the global is a fundamental part of life for an increasing number of people.” Besides, travel is also fundamental for us developing as people, and in the understanding and empathising of other people and other cultures. Of discovering all those possibilities over that horizon. Brian expresses concern about the ever-creeping consumer society. He is, and always has been, he says, “motivated by the quest to find something bigger than the self”. And he hopes to have, and to continue, to inspire others to do likewise.
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Molawin Evangelista of Platform Store
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My name is Molawin Evangelista and I am one of the co-founders of Platform Store, a new conceptual retail project based in Auckland. We specialise in international streetwear and contemporary lifestyle objects and aim to bring the best from around the world here to New Zealand. Along with being a retail store, we are also a creative agency under the name Platform Studios and specialise in premium content creation, strategy and brand activation for a wide range of clients.
Cyrus Chow and Molawin Evangelista P H O T O G R AP H Y BY DAL O N G Y E-L E E
5pm We like to wind things up at the store with some beers with whoever is hanging around, jam some good music and just have a general good time before we close up.
9am We usually get to the store around this time and spend some moments in the morning talking about what needs to be done for the week, plan for upcoming brands that will be housed in the store and general day to day errands.
6pm We close the doors to the retail store at 6pm and then head upstairs to deal with our studio and client work. We do a lot of graphic design, editing and strategy work at this hour.
10am We open our doors at 10am and from here, one of us stays on the floor to help with customers whilst the other handles admin and studio work upstairs. We swap around every few hours.
8pm We finish up for the day and usually head to one of many of our favourite food spots for a good feed then head home to recharge for the next day.
12pm We usually take our lunch break around this time, go for a skate outside and just refresh ourselves before the afternoon rush.
4pm Around this time, a lot of friends, locals and customers tend to come through as they are finishing up work or school. We love people coming to hang for long periods of time to just chat about life, culture and whatever else is on their minds.
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DR AUSTIN KANG
Founder Of .Ortho
Dr Austin Kangâ€™s vision for his new practice is set to change the face of the orthodontic industry in Auckland.
Raising The Bar Dr Kang’s business, .Ortho, is an ultra-modern orthodontic practice situated in the prestigious medical neighbourhood of Remuera. The minimalist interior features floor to ceiling views over the Newmarket motorway and surrounds, black walls, lots of glossy black glass, a line of futuristic navy and white dentistry chairs overlooking that view, and polished concrete floors. The clinic was designed by top Auckland architects Fearon Hay. “I wanted people to enjoy the experience of coming to .Ortho,” says Austin. Down To Earth The sophisticated space and framed credentials on the wall, coupled with a visionary professional who has a comprehensive knowledge of the science of orthodontics could be intimidating, but it’s refreshing to meet down to earth Austin, as charming as he is smart. “I didn’t want to accept the status quo so I created .Ortho with the vision of doing orthodontics in a way I feel will help people, give them the best results, and improve their understanding,” he says. A Specialised Profession .Ortho has been a long-held vision for this Koreanborn Kiwi whose high standards have seen him become one of only 33 orthodontists in Auckland. “It’s a long process getting to this point,” he says. “I qualified as a dentist first, completed a couple of years working in the field, and re-applied to go through the post-graduate specialty of orthodontics. The competition was stiff as only three people are accepted each year.” These days he’s one of the lecturers for up-and-coming practitioners at his alma mater - Otago University in Dunedin. What Is Orthodontics? “Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with malpositioned teeth and jaws,” says Austin. “The primary objective is to establish beautiful teeth with the finest facial aesthetics. You can have straight teeth, but they may not fit the face well - they might be obtrusive, sit too far back altering the jawline or show an excess of gums.” Who’s A Good Candidate? There is no age limit for comprehensive treatment, but parents typically seek treatment for their children around the age of 11 or 12. “Sometimes we might begin working with a child as early as seven years if they have issues that could reduce orthodontic needs by working with them earlier,” says Austin. “This includes things like disproportional facial growth, an obstructed earlyonset adult tooth or oral habits. "Adults having treatment is becoming more the norm too, especially with invisible treatment options that are now available. Even patients in their 60s and 70s aren't uncommon.”
Perfect Teeth Are Possible A visit to a specialist orthodontist can be life changing. “We can pretty much do anything,” says Austin who’s joined forces with esteemed oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Han Choi. “We can move teeth forward or back, bring overcrowding or missing teeth into alignment, and if there are skeletal issue we can perform surgery.” What Are The Options? Orthodontists use several methods for aligning teeth including traditional braces, ceramic braces, gold braces, invisible braces on the back of the teeth (lingual braces) and clear aligners. “Some kids prefer to have traditional braces because all of their classmates do,” says Austin. “Adults prefer invisible solutions like clear aligners or lingual braces. "The invisible options are becoming more in demand but they do come at a premium cost because the materials are expensive and the technique itself requires a lot more time and expertise. I’ve heavily invested my knowledge in them - it’s something I’ve focused on so I can offer every option to my patients.” Communication Is Key Austin also focuses on clear communication. “I underwent my own treatment in my mid-20s, I didn’t understand the whys, so I wasn’t great at following instructions,” he says. “I was told to wear elastics on my braces but I couldn’t see the point.” The experience led him to a deep understanding of the importance of communicating the whys to his own patients. “Words can get too technical so I use informative 3D videos, treatment simulations and holographic imagery. This way people can get a clarity and peace of mind.”
Having gone through the process myself I realised clear communication would change the field of orthodontics. .Ortho provides a game-changing solution for orthodontic needs with a state of the art environment, the very latest solutions and clear communication. You’ll find Dr Austin Kang at .Ortho in Remuera and in Takapuna.
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THAT’S THE SPIRIT! Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces
Officially launched only at the beginning of this year, the White Sheep Company is an all-new alcohol aiming to be Aotearoa’s answer to Scotch whisky or Russian vodka. The tipple, fashioned from the ﬁnest New Zealand sheep milk, was dreamt up by Coromandel local Sam Brown while living in China. “Initially I went out there to study Mandarin,” says Sam, “but then I made some friends and some connections and ended up staying in the country for a few years, working in international trade.”
It was during a drinking session with said cosmopolitan circle of friends while doing shots of spirits from their home nations that Sam realised New Zealand needed a chaser to call its own. He soon settled upon the notion of making one from sheep milk—what could possibly be more Antipodean than that? Sam’s previous booze-making experience was limited to knocking up—and knocking back—a “few batches of home brew as a teenager with my mates”, but as it turns out, one almost requires the skills of an alchemist to do it with sheep milk. “It’s more involved than traditional spirits,” Sam says. “You need special yeast to really optimise the conditions for fermentation.” Unable to find such yeast, Sam simply made his own. In fact, he spent months researching and reading scientific papers before presenting his findings to Massey University in Palmerston North (famed for their work with all things dairy) who, thoroughly impressed with what he’d so far achieved, helped him perfect the process. It takes a lengthy 12 days to complete the fermentation of the milk before the product is distilled—importantly, just the once—using a traditional copper still to retain more of the natural flavours. “So much of the vodka marketing these days revolves around how pure the spirit is, how many times it’s been filtered and distilled,” Sam says. “But all that really means is the stripping away of the base flavour, which defeated the purpose of what I was truing to achieve. I wanted to leave much of the flavour and the aroma in there, and you certainly notice on the nose, especially with our vodka.”
And as for those flavours? “On the nose you’ll certainly pick up milky undertones. It’s got a lot of body, a lot more viscosity. The milkiness means you don’t really get any of the burning on the throat which puts a lots of people from drinking vodka neat.” Not that this needs to be drunk neat, the creaminess makes for some interesting riffs on classic cocktail combinations—think white Russian or espresso martini— and Sam plans to regularly add recipes to his website with creations named using sheep-inspired puns such as the gin-based ‘Golden Fleece’. It’s made all the more interesting by the fact that each boutique batch has a slightly different taste. It’s also a fine option for those who suffer from the likes of lactose intolerance. So, the million dollar question, is it any less unhealthy than other booze? “Well, legally you’re obviously not allowed to advertise health benefits, though I have had a few people remark that they don’t seem to get as much as a hangover from it! But, overall, the reaction has been very positive. The initial response is usually one of curiosity, and people are always interested in not just what it tastes like, but how it’s made, too.” It’s especially effective for a dinner party conversation piece, and, as for Sam’s group of spirit sharing pals in China? “I’ve sent a few bottles over to my friends in far flung destinations,” he says. “And it went down well!”
Anyone’s who’s ever ventured to certain Southeast Asian nations will have undoubtedly seen snake wine, a traditional (and controversial) drink that sees an (often live) snake drowned in a bottle of rice wine. A centuriesold tradition—and now a popular tourist dare—the drink is said to have healing properties, believed by some to boost everything from your libido to your hairline. There have been a handful of instances, however, whereby the snakes have seemingly survived for months submerged in the wine only to bite, and occasionally kill, those who have gone to sip at it. So, if you do decide to take a drink it might be wise to opt for a bottle that’s already been opened, and, in the meantime, here are some more unusual offerings with a different kind of bite. Beginning life as April Fool’s joke, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is a US craft beer that’s brewed with bull testicles. Seagull wine isn’t for sale, rather it’s enjoyed by Inuits in the Arctic Circle, made by placing dead sea bird parts— or an entire gull—into a bottle of water and leaving it to ferment under the sun. Another offering from the northern reaches of the northern hemisphere, and another involving the nether regions, Hvalur 2 brew is a seasonal Icelandic boutique beer brewed using a combination of smoked whale testicles and sheep dung. Considered a tonic in some small parts of China and Korea, baby mice wine, alas, doesn’t leave much to the imagination. The only stipulation is that the submerged rodents must only be a few days old, so that they’re still hairless.
Beauty, Elegance & Craftsmanship
Being brought up by my mother, an interior designer, had a huge inﬂuence on me. She instilled in me an appreciation for beautiful, reﬁned things which included a love for ﬂora and ceramics.
Wellington-based, award-winning ceramic artist, Jeremy Cole, designs and creates lighting collections inspired by nature. His flora-inspired collections are enjoyed all over the world, his products not only admired for their contemporary style and timeless beauty, but also for the care and skill each handmade piece entails. Embracing traditional methods of production with his own modern flair, Cole is proud to employ some of the world’s most skilled ceramicists. Verve caught up with Cole, who took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions. What’s the ﬁrst thing you designed? Where were you? Was it any good? The Aloe Blossom was my first design. It took four weeks to create which I did from my flat in London. Sponsorship from UK Trade and Investment soon followed which allowed me to exhibit my work globally earning international acclaim. What piece of furniture/art bought for your home do you most love? The Dedon Love Seat, a beautifully designed outdoor lounger which sits in my courtyard at home. Which designer would you most like to collaborate with – and what would you like to make with them? Chanel, I would love to create a perfume bottle that encapsulates the camellia. Where does your aesthetic stem from? Who/what have been your key inﬂuences? Being brought up by my mother, an interior designer, had a huge influence on me. She instilled in me an appreciation for beautiful, refined things which included a love for flora and ceramics. Recently I have found myself creating designs with a slightly Asian aesthetic, but this is mainly due to the particular flora that I have been focusing on. What are your favourite materials to work with? And what have you found particularly difficult to work with? I work almost exclusively with bone china. It is an
extremely difficult material to master but I enjoy the challenge of seeing how far I can push the boundaries of this medium. The challenges of working with ceramics are exhausting as you have to constantly find solutions to support the ceramics when in the kilns so their shape is not lost or too greatly distorted, but the end product is worth the journey. Bone china requires a lot of discipline and patience, thankfully things I have. The bone china pieces themselves are exceedingly beautiful and when you combine them to collectively form the lights they exceed your expectation. I guess, if you create something using a material that is already beautiful, it’s hard to go wrong from there. What’s the design you are most proud of and why? The Aloe collection is the one I am most proud of. It was my first collection to put to market and it still commands a great deal of respect from people within the industry. What would you deﬁne as your signature style? Luxurious, elegant designs, large in scale and inspired by flora. Your work has been installed in a number of high proﬁle projects – can you give us a couple of examples? I was the first non-Swede to have works purchased by their government for an installation in one of their buildings. Also, Trump, Frank Muller, Bvlgari, various spas around the world, various royals, and various international restaurants including Peter Gordon's Tapa Room in London Is your work eco-friendly? Ninety percent of the energy used by my studio is renewable, generated via wind, thermal and hydro. All my export crating is made from 100 percent sustainable forestry. My clay has 45 percent recycled material in it which is collected then converted from other industries. My studio is located in a repurposed seed factory. No stock is carried, everything is handmade to order with a view to stop any unnecessary inventory wastage.
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PULLING THE Strings WORDS — Jamie Christian Desplaces
“The puppet triggers an empathy because it is struggling to be alive, yet it is inherently dead,” say Adrian Kohler, co-founder and artistic director of Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa. “I think within that we see a kind of metaphor about our own existence. Puppetry is experiencing a renaissance, there is a nostalgia, a recognition of this fundamental thing.” Adrian is a leading authority on the artform having founded Handspring with partner and executive producer, Basil Jones, in Cape Town, in 1981. The company serves as an “artistic home and professional base for a core of group performers, designer, theatre artists and technicians”. Their creations have graced the stages of dozens of countries all over the world, bagging them everything from Tony Awards to Olivier Awards to honorary doctorates. They also founded the Handspring Trust, a non-profit organisation to inspire and mentor the next generation of puppeteers.
But, they needn’t have worried. The internationallyacclaimed show, based on the eponymous novel, continues to drop the jaws of global audiences, lauded by The Times in London as “the theatrical event of the decade” and seen by more than eight million souls. And of course, Handspring’s aren’t your typical run of the mill puppets, rather life-sized creations—or sometimes even bigger—that must be operated and manipulated by extremely fit actors, often from inside. “It can be a very strenuous job,” says Adrian. “Even though the designs are relatively lightweight, the actors must not only move like a horse, but at times support a human rider! They have to warm up beforehand and at the end of each performance, plunge their arms into buckets of ice water.”
“When we first started the company, it was a struggle to get people to join us,” admits Adrian. “But that changed thanks to shows like The Lion King and Avenue Q.” Adrian says that there has been much public misconception about what puppetry is—or can be—put off by watered-down, infantilised and poorly performed productions like Punch and Judy. Even when the worldconquering play, War Horse—that Handspring made the puppets for—initially opened at the National Theatre in 2007, Adrian reveals that the producers were “so worried about the P-word that not a single photograph containing puppets was released to the press”.
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PUPPET MASTERS Historically, the most popular puppet types were: glove or hand puppets; marionettes, which are operated by strings or rods; and shadow puppets. There is no global consensus about who first invented puppetry, but the artform is without doubt an ancient one. Clay and ivory offerings have been found in Egyptian tombs, while the Chinese are believed to have been the first to master shadow puppetry using translucent coloured animal skins. Light would be shone though the hides to project shapes on to a screen in front of an audience. The puppets were controlled with poles. Some ancient Hindu philosophers even compared puppeteers to a god controlling the universe. The first mention of the craft in that part of the world was in the two-thousand-year-old epic Tamil poem, Silappadikaaram. Vietnam’s iconic folk water puppetry—now a popular tourist attraction performed in theatres—was born in the communal ponds of villages of the Red River Delta in the country’s north in the 11th century. This specialised puppetry sees the figures controlled by poles and strings hidden beneath the water, giving the impression they are either wading through, or gliding across, it. How do you go about designing such puppets? “First of all I need the story, I need an idea of the character. Before I begin carving, I look at a lot of photographs and do a lot of drawings. It’s important to know where you are going, otherwise all of the puppets start to look the same.” Adrian says that it’s vital audiences can easily recognise each individual character, that there are strong visual clues. He talks of the rich puppetry heritage scattered throughout the African continent, the skills and the superstitions. Puppet shows are often produced at important times of the year, especially during harvests. Sometimes even master carvers must wait years before they are allowed to create their own puppets. The Bambara tradition is specific to Mali, whose “forms of puppetry don’t exist anywhere else in the world”. Adrian believes that in this “world full of atrocities” such ancient artforms can encourage a “contemporary spirituality” that is too often ignored. “The first world war was a time when a lot of innocent people were swept up and War Horse is about the lives that are irrevocably altered,” he says. “It’s very important because it talks about not only the young people who are destroyed, but the animals, and gives them an equal status. In this digital age it’s so easy to lose sight of the creatures that we rely on but that we don’t know we do, like the bees and the birds and the sharks and the elephants. And then there are the trees! They all make up our world, and the play ultimately talks about that. How integrated we all are.”
The centuries-old Indonesian tradition of shadow puppetry, known as wayang kulit, is famed for its intricately carved forms, and performed predominantly on the islands of Bali and Java. Modern interpretations incorporate mask-wearing actors. Banraku is traditional Japanese puppetry, with shows usually performed by a narrator, a string instrument musician and three puppeteers. The puppets are noted for their attention to detail, especially the heads whose eyes can be moved in all directions while the eyebrows can be raised. In Europe, puppetry was mentioned in the writings of Ancient Greece, and later, the Romans adopted the craft. During the 13th century, French minstrels performed such shows, while the actual word ‘puppet’ became common in England a century later (Chaucer used it twice, and they were also noted by Shakespeare). Among the best known puppets is Punch (and later his long-suffering wife, Judy, the pair gaining massive popularity during the Industrial Revolution), who is thought to have made his first appearance in London in 1662, performed by Pietro Gimonde, from Bologna. Though now usually a glove puppet, Punch began as a marionette. The rise of popular entertainment, most notably cinema, during the early 20th century saw a sharp decline in the popularity of puppetry. However, film and television was later used to great effect to revive the fortunes of this ancient art thanks to productions such as Bill and Ben, the Thunderbirds, Sesame Street and The Muppets.
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MEN AT WORK Grayston USA, Levels The Playing Field With
Greyston was founded in 1982 as a place of opportunity for everyone. The founders created the company based on the Buddhist teaching of non-judgement and loving action. Greyston practises Open Hiring in their worldclass commercial bakery, and has been changing lives by providing job opportunities for the last 36 years. Greyston operates a world-class commercial bakery that produces seven million pounds of award-winning brownies every year for customers like Ben & Jerry’s, Whole Foods Market, and Delta Air Lines—with a staff of bakers who would likely have been screened out by traditional hiring practices. I can’t explain all that Greyston has done for me. Without Greyston, I’d still be on the streets — likely dead or in jail. When I had my daughter, I wanted to save for her future. One of the best things I learned at Greyston was how to take a small amount of money from each paycheck and put it in a special bank account for her through direct deposit. In the past, I had never even thought about having a family because I was in no position to with being in and out of jail. Now I am supporting a family. To me, it’s not all about the money; it’s about being a man and doing the right thing.” – Dion
Since its founding, Greyston has been fighting for inclusion by creating opportunities for disenfranchised people, battling against systemic inequities, fighting for social justice, and advocating for equity and a levelled playing field for people regardless of their past. They are dedicated to serving the community of southwest Yonkers, New York, and will hire anyone seeking a job, which effectively eliminates tough barriers to employment. "We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people." Crime, recidivism, poverty, food insecurity and homelessness are critical issues that affect our collective wellbeing and prosperity. Unfortunately, these issues are the result of systems over decades that discriminate against people. When people have the opportunity to participate fully in our economy and contribute to our collective values, everyone benefits. Along with visionary leaders around the world, Greyston builds; a new system of social and economic relationships that put people at the centre of all they do. Greyston’s Open Hiring model holds the potential to change the world—one company, one job, one person at a time. The Open Hiring model is the collection of programs and services provided to employees to increase success on the job and in the community. Greyston offers a roadmap to assist individuals and their families in visualising and realising their paths to becoming thriving members of the community.
Find more information at their website at greyston.org
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Written in the Stars WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
“Astrology is the purest occult science,” says Manish Kumar Arora, an India-based astrologer, numerologist and tarot reader. “Initially one has to learn and master the skills, permutations and combinations of 12 zodiac signs along with the nine main planets.” Such skills, he says, are enhanced by those blessed with “a gift from the universe or divine energies”. Good astrologers are inherently “good humans with good hearts”. They must lack greed, be hard working and intelligent and speak purely. “They must have good Mercury and Jupiter in their chart,” continues Manish, “and their aura must be positive. With the grace of the universe, my clients have praised these gifts of mine.” Since his teenage days, Manish admits that he’s felt drawn to “know more about human behaviour” and why different people react so differently to particular situations. “I began to analyse the placement of the stars in the horoscope and how the various planetary periods affect these actions,” he says. “It increased my curiosity and I began to read the books of eminent astrologers. By the age of 27, I realised that the time had come to delve deep into the ocean of astrology, to perfectly master it.” Can you talk us through the process of your readings?
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Sten Odenwald, director of Citizen Science at the NASA Space Science Education Consortium tells Time that ancient cave drawings indicate that early humans believed that “animals and things can be imbued with some kind of spirit form that then has an influence on you”. Elites of Ancient China would search the skies for signs such as eclipses or sunspots, but they believed any omens would only be relevant to their emperor. The Ancient Egyptians were among the first to map classical constellations such as Scorpius, Aquarius and Orion. Their farmers used the skies as a calendar, learning that the rise of certain stars were the sign of the Nile’s annual flooding. The 12 familiar signs of the zodiac such as Gemini, Taurus and Leo, are generally attributed to the Ancient Greeks, but it was the Babylonians around 1,500 BC that first christened a dozen constellations with names like the Great Twins and The Lion. Much of this was later adopted by the Greeks. It wasn’t until the late 17th century, with the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, that astrology—the search for signs directed by the movement of the stars and planets—and astronomy—the scientific study of such celestial objects—were considered properly separate.
“I have my unique method of calculating monthly predications, including the fundamentals of KP astrology, tarot reading, numerology, and the sun’s reading—the sun remains in one sign for one month. From a combination of these, I write monthly Zodiac predictions. Yes, there are millions of people in each sign, and summarising their fates in around a hundred words is a challenging task. Predictions are done to instil in readers a sense of positivity. Face to face interactions are more precise, offering personalised predictions.” Does astrology differ between the hemispheres? “For both Vedic and KP astrology, the time, place and date of birth are needed to analyse horoscopes. Every astrology chart or horoscope is prepared according to the latitude and longitude of the birthplace also, so the basics and fundamental principles remain the same for both the northern and southern hemispheres.” Manish’s work is widely sought after—he writes for 35 publications internationally (including Verve). One thing, he says, that his readers all have in common is that they “appreciate good and sincere work”, and in return, he feels blessed to receive “love of people from all over the world”. “They have appreciated my zodiac predictions month after month which has further pushed me to work with even greater zeal and enthusiasm,” says the astrologer. “It is a gigantic task and I have to be on my toes constantly. It drives me to excel in each and every month for every magazine for which I write so that I am able to meet the expectations of my esteemed readers.” I finish up by asking why Manish believes it important that people become aware of what their future holds. “Astrology can serve as a guiding tool,” he says. “And with proper guidance, one can ascertain what lies ahead. By knowing in advance, one can plan whether it is a good time to invest, whether it be in business, a new job, higher education or a marriage. If one must cross a river and can know in advance where the water is deeper, then they will sail their boat accordingly.” V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z
Shay Wright | @MAORIDEVELOPMENT Shay Wright is the founder of Te Whare Hukahuka, a group of Maori social entrepreneurs who are passionate about bringing innovation to make a massive impact on indigenous people. Wright was named as part of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list in the 2018 Social Entrepreneur category. He cofounded the business with Travis O’Keefe in 2015, that aims to help iwi and other Māori organisations create or grow profits from their assets and offer training and education to local iwi leaders. Wright has been involved in developing strategies for the Māori unit at The Icehouse, Māori trusts embarking on new growth projects, the initial Callaghan Innovation’s Māori Engagement Strategy, and the government’s Māori Economic Development Advisory Board. Wright was also a finalist for the 2016 Young Enterprise Alumni Award, and the 2017 Young NZ Innovator Award and Matariki Young Achiever Award.
Wynn Crawshaw | @WYNNHAMLYN Wynn Crawshaw is the founder and designer of Wynn Hamlyn, which was established in 2014. Wynn Hamlyn creates ready-to-wear collections combining classical tailoring with an expressive technical approach. He has a unique take on womenswear, and brings an effortless youth to his designs. His collection has been featured in New Zealand Fashion Week, and seen in Vogue, Fashion Quarterly, L’Officiel, Black Magazine and Russh to name a few. He is well known for his modern tailoring and unexpected details merged with his signature fine merino knitwear. Crawshaw grew up rurally, but his eponymous brand has expanded internationally. The collections are very transeasonal and can be sold in the northern hemisphere and down here in New Zealand and Australia.
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Jason Gui | @WEARVIGO Jason Gui is an entrepreneur who is the co-founder of a wearable device called Vigo, which helps you stay alert. He was on Forbes 2017 30 under 30 Industry, Manufacturing & Energy Asia list. Vigo is a smart Bluetooth headset that helps keep you alert at the wheel. With sensors and an advanced algorithm, Vigo tracks changes in your blinking patterns to detect when you’re dozing off and stimulates you in a number of ways. Vigo is also a fully functional Bluetooth headset with high quality audio, media streaming, and noise cancellation. Vigo has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help save lives. Gui also founded a show in China called Three Fellows, which has garnered over 40 million views and is frequently aired on TV.
Tama Toki | @AOTEAMADE Tama Toki is the founder of Aotea Tonics, which is committed to making functional and healing herbal health products. Aotea Tonics takes inspiration from rongoā Māori and scientific research for a range of healing and vitality supporting products. They are working directly with Callaghan Innovation to help generate their own trials to prove the efficacy of these traditional remedial uses. Aotea is driven by creating jobs and opportunity for the community. Aotea is the Māori name for Great Barrier Island, which is an island near Auckland that is covered in native bush. There is no high school there, so Aotea have a scholarship that provides financial support to the Māori youth in the community to attend the leading schools of New Zealand. Being a value driven business, they adhere to principles of tikanga Māori.
Tony Orton Journey of a Fisherman
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With his welcoming personality, deep-sea tales of pirates and Russian billionaires (not the same thing) that would make your toes curl, and stories of remote and secluded fishing spots in shark- and croc-infested waters, Tony Orton has you hooked from the moment you meet him. However, he’s also quick to point out that it’s the ocean that surrounds the Mokohinau Islands near his home and business in Mangawhai Heads where he is at most at peace. Somewhat ironically born in Balclutha, a small inland town in lower South Island, Tony Orton, along with his wife Bea, owns travel and fishing companies, Journey of a Fisherman and Offshore adventures. According to Tony, he "fell in love with the ocean the moment I saw it” and while for over a decade this passion has taken him around the globe too many times to mention, his message throughout has remained very clear: sustainability. Tony is very protective of the water and sea life, which again may seem rather odd coming from a person that makes a living from fishing, but that in many ways is the point. Plundering the fish, wrecking the sea floor and abusing our world-class fishing and tourism position, offers zero long term gain for Tony business-wise, or indeed ethically. “We don’t use store-bought, commercially-caught bait,” he begins. “Our hooks are specially designed not to snare. We rarely take our quota. We don’t anchor.” On the outset, his list of dos and don’ts appear restrictive and he’s quick to point out that ‘not laying anchor’ has caused
a few smiles in the business, after all, it’s only around ten times a day. But it’s when you look at the bigger picture, things become more clear and rather scary. Taking commercial fishing out of the equation (that’s a whole other kettle of fish), more than 700,000 people – residents and international visitors – fish in the sea, around 65 percent are boat-based. This generates around $638 million in GDP, roughly $342 million in salaries, wages and small business profits and conservatively $188 million in tax revenues to help keep New Zealand functioning. So rest assured, it’s big business. So from Tony’s viewpoint, 450,000 anglers in boats dropping heavy metal anchors onto the fragile kelp or sea bed that helps breed and feed the fish that they take their maximum quota of, is sure to have a long-lasting effect. Locally, a fishing trip experience with Tony and his team is an action-packed day. From the moment you board the Extreme boat at just before dawn to when you step back onto the wharf late afternoon, you’re catching live bait, spotting flying fish, dolphins, schools of kahawai and trevally covering the water’s surface, plus, of course, landing epic-sized snapper and kingfish, while remembering to only take what you need. Tony's and Bea’s vision of sustainability has helped nurture a formidable business and attracted attention from a variety of high-profile sponsors such as Ford, Hunting and Fishing, Shimano, Garmin, Honda Marine and NZ Fishing News to name but a few, and his ‘fish whisperer’ prowess of finding even the most obscure of species has international consumers lining up to come aboard.
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A sophisticated eight-suite, two-room hotel with verdant walled gardens of cacti, ferns and orange and lemon trees. The restoration of the 16th-century farmhouse by the owner Rob Potter-Sanders, has stayed true to its original bones. Located at the heel of Italy’s famous boot, you will ﬁnd the charming hotel set among olive groves just north of a little town called Surbo. It’s about 20 minutes by car to Lecce, with its Baroque churches and busy streets. Brindisi airport is 30 minutes away. Masseria Trapanà is an ideal location for visiting all the wonderful places of interest such as, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Gallipoli, Otranto, Porto Cesareo and Santa Maria di Leuca.
TrapanĂ has been carefully restored with all the modern luxuries during a two-year period. The six beautiful gardens contain 19 types of fruit and nut trees, mainly mandarins, oranges and lemons. There is a pristine swimming pool surrounded by plum trees, and suites with rooftop bathtubs or outdoor showers. Scattered amongst the garden space are random hammocks found in quiet corners, which will transport you away from the hustle bustle.
The design of the suites revolves around the idea of making the garden a part of the room with most having private courtyards and external baths hidden under the trees. External showers go side by side with internal showers where possible and light was a driving force in the ďŹ nal room design experience.
“Built around a 16th-century farmhouse, the eight-suite hotel is set in a 60-hectare olive grove. The architecture and food are merged to create a strong Greek inﬂuence.”
“Attention to detail is everything, from the Aesop products in the bedrooms (all the way from Australasia), huge fresh ﬂower displays, coffeetable books, and the stylish Moroccan cushions. .”
Masseria Trapanà is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Lecce, offering a luxury environment and a relaxing getaway. Room service is one of the conveniences offered at this guest house, making sure you are getting the ultimate experience. A pool and free breakfast will also help to make your stay even more special. The serene swimming pool is surrounded by large daybeds and shaded by plum trees. There’s also a small chapel where, during renovations, original frescoes were discovered. Yoga and cooking classes are also available.
Attention to detail is everything, from the Aesop products in the bedrooms (all the way from Australasia), huge fresh ﬂower displays, coffeetable books, and the stylish Moroccan cushions. Enjoy a luxurious and relaxing experience in your room’s alfresco bath. At nighttime, the ﬁre pit in the garden surrounded by scattered cushions, makes a wonderful location for stargazing. Don’t forget to ask for a tour of the ancient olive press, still in its original condition and housed underground in the courtyard. The rooms have the same arched ceilings and stone walls, which keeps them cool and refreshing in summer, though there’s a ﬁreplace and underﬂoor heating for cooler nights. Bathrooms are huge, with sliding doors that lead to an al fresco shower and a huge tub for two. The hotel is for adults only.
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Experience the magic of Matakana, base yourself at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. Plume Restaurant is an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyardâ€™s ďŹ ne wines. Plume Restaurant is now complemented by Plume Villas, an enclave of 12 new luxury 1-3 bedroom villas, set within landscaped grounds. These villas share a swimming pool and are a relaxed stroll from the restaurant. Perfect for a weekend getaway for two, as well as a wonderful venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events. For all enquiries telephone 09 422 7915
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the Crater WO R D S — AN G E P I R I E
The charm always lies in the story of a destination and every place has a story to tell! Five minutes from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater – one of the world’s most amazing natural environments and wildlife habitats – lies the Maasai village of Irkeepusi. The village sits atop the ancient caldera and enjoys undeniably one of the most spectacular views in the world. For thousands of years various cattle-herding people have passed through this region of Tanzania, then the Maasai people settled here about 200 years ago, living peacefully carving out an existence with their goats and cows, and still following most of their ancient beliefs and customs. It is believed that the Maasai cows with their tinkling bells gave the crater its name—the sound of the 'ngong ngong' of the bells echoing all around the crater became Ngorongoro Crater. This is a traditional village that works closely with local NGOs and safari camps, allowing visits from travellers interested in their culture. A great opportunity for interaction, visitors can buy handmade crafts and even visit their school. This is the new way of working, creating a sustainable tourism activity that benefits both the travellers and the village directly. The welcome begins when you arrive with a fabulous greeting song and you just cannot help getting swept up in the rhythm and soon end up joining in – it is just infectious! After a visit to one of the tiny clay clad homes, we end with a visit to the school. The children are over excited as we arrive armed with gifts of pre-loved clothing, school supplies and more. This experience is both heart-warming and humbling, witnessing their sheer joy. My heart was won by a little girl who loved her new green dress so much she hid it under her beanie for safekeeping!
Of course, the prime reason for visiting the Ngorongoro Crater is the wildlife inhabiting the 600-metre-deep crater floor, and we head off at the crack of dawn to enjoy several hours there. It is just magical, and particularly good when there are fewer vehicles around us, so we really make the most of it. There is a plethora of wildlife living at this World Heritage Site, with over 25,000 mammals inhabiting the greater area. During migration time you can see over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles moving through as well. One of my favourite sightings of the day is the lioness on her recent buffalo kill enjoying her morning feast, and the hordes of wildlife in the background – a veritable all-youcan-eat buffet! Nearby is the Olduvai Gorge which is largely regarded as the cradle of mankind. Remains of the world’s first humans were discovered here in 1959. Hence the very apt Man and Biosphere Reserve title that the Ngorongoro Crater and its greater area received, the place where people and wildlife have co-existed since the beginning of time…
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WINTER WELLNESS When winter arrives do you feel more like hibernating? Whilst spending time retreating, nourishing and honouring our circadian rhythm is important on a physical level, we may be selling ourselves short on a mental and emotional level. According to recent research, Dr Douglas Gentile, professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University says that walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection. So a walk in the park, connecting with others or offering some time for volunteering could be a great way to stay happy and healthy through the winter months. Our emotional landscape directly affects our immune system and the way we think about ourselves in relation to the world. Try to take some time to get involved in something new, maybe its art, music, dance or pottery. We encourage you to explore your growing edge, as doing the same thing over and over becomes monotonous and we can get stuck in a rut. Maybe use this winter to explore different ways you can live with purpose and meaning. Life happens from the inside out, shift the inside and suddenly the outside can look different and more interesting. Consider changing your exercise, daily habits and the types of food you eat to match the season. For example, tai chi, qi gong and yoga are particularly well suited to winter. In traditional Chinese medicine, our energy and overall health is better balanced by adapting to the seasons. The kidneys are considered to be the gate of life, storing our essence, regulating reproduction and development, plus fluid distribution is directly related to the health of our kidneys. Traditional Chinese medicine advocates taking good care of the kidneys and supporting them even more as we get older. Use the winter season to take extra care of the kidneys and adrenal glands in particular.
Go to bed earlier, rest more and keep the kidneys warm by rugging up in the cold. Keep your head, neck, upper back, and belly warm and safe from wind. Wear a hat and a jacket with a warm collar or a scarf. Eat more cooked foods, plenty of root vegetables and use more spices. Include warm porridge, hearty soups and stews and keep well hydrated with more warm drinks such as herbal teas and hot water with lemon and ginger. These will support your immune system and help you feel warm and nourished. Winter is the ideal time for restoration, nourishment and nurturing. It is a time to consolidate your energy in preparation for the burst of new life and energy for spring. Even a few days at Gwinganna can leave you feeling rested and recharged. If youâ€™re in need of a mid year escape, visit Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland, just 30 minutes from Gold Coast airport. Book now and for the greatest results, choose the Gwinganna Winter Detox over seven nights with an emphasis on winter health and adrenal restoration. This package has more inclusions and more value than any other stay with bonus speciality presentations and additional activities centring on mindfulness and meditation.
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The Latest Concrete Craze To Hit New Zealand
The Concrete Nation collection can be viewed at Plumbline’s Newmarket Showroom and online at plumbline.co.nz
Concrete Nation has arrived in New Zealand and it has interior designers, architects and home owners buzzing. The versatility these colourful concrete basins and baths provide New Zealand bathrooms is really exciting. “Concrete Nation is so unique to other basin and bath products on the market in New Zealand. Such a gorgeous range of organic, natural soft colours are available which really suits the New Zealand interior palette we see coming through.” Jayne Tolley, Interior Designer, Trinity Interior Design.
Plumbline, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing innovative bathroom providers, has built on its existing portfolio of unique, high quality international brands by bringing Australian made Concrete Nation to New Zealand.
Concrete Nation was born from a small storage shed back in 2013, tell us about the lead up to its birth. When we moved to Australia in late 2011, we knew we wanted to start a bespoke concrete business. While we were settling in, Jason started dabbling in it, doing some benchtops and vanities for friends, just to get started. It really was a slow progression, learning not only how to run a business but also how to work together, working to each other’s strengths. Tell us about the design and build workshop that Jason completed in the USA? The course that Jason took at Yestermorrow focused on polished concrete benchtops. It was not a very complete course but it taught him all of the basics when it comes to fibreglass reinforced concrete. From there it has just been years of playing with mixes, finishes, colours and so on, to get to where we are now.
Meticulously handcrafted in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Concrete Nation is a collective of artisans, craftsmen and innovators who create custom-crafted, bespoke, architectural concrete works of art.
Why concrete? Jason loved that the possibilities were endless with concrete, with very little limitations. He also saw a void in the marketplace for it. Back in 2010, there was very limited concrete out there.
Jason and Kate Lett are the creative and talented husbandand-wife team behind Concrete Nation. They first met in Kate’s home country of the United States where New Zealand native Jason was playing rugby union and working for a builder. They share with us their story of how their concrete craze began.
How did you arrive at using concrete in bathrooms and kitchens? The course at Yestermorrow focussed mostly on kitchen benchtops but once Jason realised he could apply the same concept to bathrooms, that’s when he really started getting creative. We first started doing vanity tops with integrated
sinks, and then came up with the idea for trying to make it into a basin. When Jason learned more about mould making, we were able to do the more custom shapes that we have today. Where do you get your inspiration for colours and styles? When it comes to our colours, we try not to follow trends but rather think about what colours would look beautiful in concrete. Coming from 10 years of working in the fashion design industry, colour selection is second nature to me. It is just an emotional response, thatâ€™s when we know we have found our next colour. Since concrete is a natural material, we try to focus mostly on the colours of nature. What has been your most popular concrete vessel basin colour in Australia? Because colour is so personal, offering a broad range of colours allows us to appeal to lots of different people with different styles. Our most popular colour for basins right now would be our Dusty Pink. However, every month, a new colour seems to take over for a bit. How do you juggle family life and running a business? Every day is a balancing act, making sure we are giving enough time to our kids, our business, and each other. It is really hard not to bring the stress of running a business home, but I try and switch off when I am with our girls. Jason and I are both really passionate about what we are doing, so often times when the kids go to bed, that is our time to brainstorm and chat about whatâ€™s happening.
Are there clearly defined roles and responsibilities between you and Jason? We learned very early on that having clearly defined roles was important for our business and our relationship. We looked at our strengths and weaknesses and built our roles from there. Jason manages the manufacturing side of things and I manage more the business side of things. We both love the creative aspect of what we do so we always brainstorm designs and concepts together. What emerging bathroom design trends are you noticing in Australia? Concrete and colour! The demand for both has increased so much over the years. We are seeing so many people not afraid of using colour in their bathrooms. Also, people are gravitating towards natural products. They are looking to make statements in their bathrooms and concrete is the perfect product to do that.
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New-build warehouse units for sale set to reposition New Zealand’s industrial landscape
The heart of one of Auckland’s foremost urban industrial precincts is undergoing a major rejuvenation – with architecturally striking units in a brand new hub being placed on the market for sale.
Triumph Capital developer Tim Wilson said the ethos behind Woollen Mills was to produce a quality product which the Auckland market had never seen before, while also showing respect to the location’s heritage aspects.
The 26 freehold units at 273 Neilson Street straddle the suburb of Penrose and the industrial portion of Onehunga, and are being built on the 2.8-hectare site which previously housed the Cavalier Bremworth Woollen Mills.
The 26 units are being marketed for sale through Bayleys Real Estate. Salespeople Scott Campbell, Sunil Bhana, James Hill and James Valintine said the freehold unit-titled warehouse and office workspaces were for sale ‘off plan’ on a ‘first come/first served’ basis.
The original Onehunga Woollen Mills (known as Te Papapa) which was one of only 10 large-scale mills in New Zealand, was first established at the address in 1886 to manufacture woollen cloth.
“Construction is well advanced, with equity-funding meaning there is no requirement for any pre-sales levels to be achieved. Construction is forecast to be completed mid next year.”
Reflecting this 1800s heritage, the new building complex being woven into the fabric of Penrose and Onehunga’s industrial property scene is also named Woollen Mills, and features angled saw-tooth roofing replicating the architectural style of the original buildings.
Mr Bhana said many recent developments in Auckland are only available for lease, so Woollen Mills gave owner occupiers and investors an opportunity to purchase a brand new building with a pre-defined specification.
The two-storey concrete and colour steel terraced office and warehouse units currently under construction range in size from 371 square metres to 1,021 square metres. Each unit comes with its own staff and customer allocated car parking area – ranging from five vehicle spaces for the smaller units up to 18 car parks for the bigger sites, as well as dedicated container set down areas. The flat site fronting Neilson Street also has street access points on Captain Springs Road and Angle Street providing six entry points. Woollen Mills is being developed by Auckland property development and investment company Triumph Capital. Previous construction projects included the redevelopment of a chic 4,000 square metre office block at 22 Pollen Street in Ponsonby, and a stylish 2,150 square metre office venue with dual street frontages at 68 Sale Street in the city.
“Everything about these units has been thought of. They are fully functional industrial units designed to a standard set to raise the bar,” Mr Bhana said. Mr Hill said the smaller-sized units would be suited for purchase by either owner-occupiers or investors. “The medium and larger-sized units could work for the likes of open-plan service operations supported by onsite design and build activities – such as custom-made kitchen or bathroom manufacturers, bespoke furniture traders, or warehousing and distribution of small goods,” Mr Hill said. Woollen Mills is conveniently located between two major motorways – State Highway One is two kilometres to the east providing access to the north and south of Auckland, and State Highway 20 is a kilometre to the west delivering a connection to both the western reaches of the city and linking back into the CBD.
For Sale - 26 brand new high spec industrial units under construction now - Sizes from 350 to 1,000 sqm approx - Exclusive container set down area for each unit
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The Secto Petite 4600 pendant is handmade out of laminated birch slats and connected by rings of aircraft plywood. They are available with either a white, black or natural finish on the outside, and all feature a natural interior.
Isabella Chair Simon James
The Isabella is a lounge chair with a small footprint and generous seat which makes it ideal for the home or office. This chair can be upholstered in fabric or leather.
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The Rock Candleholders are part of a new series of green forest marble artefacts from designer Tom Dixon. A playful set of five stackable and reconfigurable candle holders that can be used to create sculptural pieces for your dining table. The pattern and texture of each piece is entirely unique, depending on the block of marble it was carved from, which creates an individualistic quality in every product.
The Echasse Vases combine the classic elegance of a traditional glass vase with a playful, light expression. Echasse takes its name from the French word for 'stilt'. This round-bottomed vase is anchored to the table by four slender legs that resemble stilts. The vase takes inspiration from test tubes in laboratories, and like the original, a classic drop-like shape, constructed from coloured glass that gives the vase a unique expression.
Multitone started life as a colour blanket, an evolution of the Duotone rug. Taking the same basic construction as the Duotone rug, Multitone is made by weaving in multiple colours for a statement rug that energises a space with its mesmerising pattern. The rug is made using a simple flat-woven basket construction. The different thicknesses of the yarns and the contrasting colours lend the rug extra surface interest. It is handwoven by skilled weavers from India using New Zealand wool.
Lucent Table Case The right-angles of the Lucent Tables create divisions inside which can be used to display objects or store books and magazines. Using a classic material such as tempered glass makes these handsome, yet delicate tables ideal for the home, or within hotels and bars.
Circus LED Resident
Circus is a remarkable system of interconnected rings which can be arranged in sequence to create striking vertical decoration. Designed by Resident Studio, each brass ring projects an elegantly diffused warm LED light source outwards around a 360-degree plane. The revolutionary plug and play system allows for power sharing between rings and a large range of variations to suit spaces of various shapes and sizes. Circus is a theatrical and truly flexible system ideal for commercial and residential environments.
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The soft, defined forms of the Easy range offer a polished but welcoming feel to a wide variety of spaces, from meeting areas to changing rooms and guest bedrooms. Cleverly designed for comfort in contract use.
Cugino Stool Tom Dixon
An expertly constructed wooden object that is ‘not a stool’ and ‘not a low table’, but could in fact be both – Cugino will find its use over time. Konstantin Grcic, who has a history in woodwork, used the opportunity to experiment with the interplay of solidity and void to find a form that is open for interpretation, not given a function from the outset. It is not about structure, it is not about economy; it is a deliberate departure. It relies on Mattiazzi’s skill with complex joinery, construction and fine finishing.
Brew Stovetop Tom Dixon
A steel-bodied stovetop espressomaker with a stainless steel finish. Given balance and elegance by a solid base and a heat-resistant, easy-pour handle, it's ideal for everyday baristas, Sundaymorning connoisseurs and after-dinner espresso aficionados alike.
Partition Table Simon James
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Bringing together contrasting materials and a simple form, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a statement sofa that offers solidity, versatility, comfort and contemporary style, with a slim steel frame and deep upholstery. The Bouroullecs are unbound by the conventional parameters of furniture design, extending out into exhibitions, installations, pavilions and small architectural projects. Each of their designs reflects an awareness of the use of space.
The Partition Table range is an exploration in perforated steel, this offers a unique translucent appearance to the base and creates a lightweight look to a normally solid engineered component. This is offset by either a marquina marble or black stained oak top, available in three sizes including a coffee and side table.
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Lift your living room to the next level this winter: Try staggering ﬂoor and table lamps with shades to diffuse the glow, not to mention pendant lamps, recessed lighting, and sconces. Having different types of sources at varying heights and levels of diffusion will give your rooms depth and dimension. Here are a few examples of stunning designer light ﬁxtures and ﬁttings.
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Few flowers are as well-known or as beloved as the rose and for good reason! They come in a dazzling array of shapes, colours and sizes, and many are delightfully scented. And provided you stay clear of their prickles, there is little not to love. CHOOSING A ROSE It’s the perfect time to plant a rose. Planting now will give your rose time to settle in, put down roots making it easier to grow a healthy, gorgeous plant next spring/summer. However, as the roses are currently little more than thorny sticks protruding from the soil, it’s worth having a read up or asking for help when selecting. But to help get you started, here is a brief description of some of my favourites. ABRAHAM DARBY: BUSH ROSE Their large, deeply cupped, pink, apricot and yellow blooms are produced from early spring to early autumn. The blooms have a rich, fruity fragrance with a nice refreshing sharpness. MARGARET MERRIL: BUSH ROSE Produces clusters of glorious, exceptionally fragrant white flowers with a slight blush of pink.
ICEBERG: BUSH ROSE (Though a similarly named climber is available.) A classic that is a perfect addition to any garden. This easy to grow rose produces masses of clustering white blooms over a long season. GRAHAM THOMAS: ROSE BUSH A strikingly beautiful rose bursting with bright yellow flowers with a light, sweet, tea-like fragrance. GLAMIS CASTLE: ROSE BUSH This compact rose produces a brilliant display of many-petalled, cupped, white blooms with a strong myrrh-like scent. NEW DAWN: ROSE CLIMBER A rigorous climber with softly painted pink petals with a silver hue, which deepen in colour towards the centre of the flower, accompanied by a sweet fragrance.
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Blissful Bath Rituals WO R D S — PAR I S M I T C H E L L T E M P L E
Bath time can be a time to relax before bed, to gather your thoughts or to muster energy for the coming day. Whether you want to unwind, to indulge or to energise, a good soak can be just what you need. Make time for these bath time rituals, each designed to leave you feeling revitalised, happier and calmer.
ELEMIS Skin Nourishing Milk Bath $133 Inspired by the beauty rituals of Cleopatra, who famously liked to bathe in milk, our hero of the month is brimming with milk protein, amino acids, plant collagen and camellia oil. Pour some of this gorgeous formulation under a running tap and it really will soothe, nourish and hydrate your skin from top to toe. Purchase from Lotusspa.co.nz
CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Moisturising Hair Oil with Lavender $69 With lavender being such a calming scent this cult product by Christophe Robin couldn’t be more fitting. This ultra-nourishing and protective treatment is suitable for all hair types to reveal hair that is shiny, soft and healthy. Composed of 97.5% natural plant oils including lavender essential oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil and palm oil, and vitamin E to treat the scalp. Before use, heat up the bottle under hot water to soften it. Apply a small amount to dry hair, working into the hair lengths, ends, and hairline. Hop in the bath (ideally leave in for one hour or overnight) and wash out with shampoo. inesstore.com THISWORKS Deep Sleep Bath Soak $65 This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak will earn a yawn or too, with stress relieving lavender and chamomile that will have you falling asleep in no time! meccabeauty.co.nz
FLOAT AT WHITE SPA Floating is the ultimate in relaxation and healing. Floatation therapy is based on a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or REST. Floating in complete darkness and silence liberates large areas of the brain devoted to processing sensory information, further increasing the depth of mental relaxation. The water is maintained at relaxed skin temperature (34.8C), lying totally weightless in silence and darkness, your nervous, skeletal and muscular systems can surrender to total relaxation and healing. The body's natural response to sensory deprivation allows the brain to gently slide into the meditative theta state. While you float, your body is relieved of stress and you feel completely weightless. Your brain then releases endorphins which bring with them a heightened sense of wellbeing. Book your session now: 2x 90 min Float Sessions $169 4x 90 min Float Sessions $299 6x 90 min Float sessions $399 1x Float and 1x 30 min Massage $120 whitespa.co.nz
KEVIN MURPHY HYDRATE. ME Masque $72 A repairing and smoothing masque infused with rosehip and evening primrose oils. Contains Kakadu plum, seaweed and vitamin charged treatment capsules that explode on contact to deliver hydration and moisture. Apply to freshly washed hair. Massage into hair and scalp for 5-10 minutes then rinse. shop.rodneywayne.co.nz
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JOSH ROSEBROOK Active Enzyme Exfoliator Mask $110 This works to clear, soften and renew skin. Nutrient-dense plant oils and honey combine to restore moisture and help clear skin issues, while rich herbal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory synergies assist to calm, regenerate and help reset the skin’s natural healing process. A perfect ritual for unwinding in the bath. inesstore.com
DIPTYQUE Figuier Candle $98 For the perfect scent to help you drift into serenity, there’s Diptyque’s Figuier Candle. meccabeauty.co.nz
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SHOPPING TRIPS WO R D S — J AC K I E O ' F E E
With the cooler weather really taking hold I’ve been busy doing shopping trips with my clients over the past few weeks. I absolutely love taking my clients shopping (or shopping for my super-busy ones), as it’s where all the elements of the backstory meet and make sense. It’s taking the colours that work, the styles that suit and the lifestyle needs of my clients and marrying these with the garments I’ve selected for them. I absolutely love every single shopping trip and believe there’s one key element that makes shopping with a stylist so much better than shopping on your own, and that is quite simply, working to an outcome.
“I’m going to my son’s engagement party and my ex-husband and his new wife will be there – I want to look gorgeous.” “I’ve risen through the ranks considerably in my workplace and I don’t think my current wardrobe reflects my new status.” “I just want to take the guesswork out of what to wear each morning. I don’t have time to think about it.” “I feel like I’m looking old – and I don’t want to look old!” Although each of these true, direct from my client statements
are different, they each have expressed a desired outcome which gives us a clear vision of what we’d like to achieve together. Each of those starting points have directly led to a successful end point. When you work with a stylist it forces you to focus on what you really want rather than take a scattered, ’just buying new clothes’ approach. I was listening to a great podcast the other day and heard about a key difference between people who are wealthy and people who are not; that wealthy people look at what something is worth and those that don’t look at what it costs. The podcast author was saying that when money was tight he was always looking at the price tag, while now he is wealthy he evaluates everything on what it is worth to him. It’s much the same with my client shopping trips, when my clients have expressed their desired outcome, the prices on the garments are only a part of the decision (and yes, I believe in sticking to allocated budgets), as the focus on their relevance to the outcome is what is most important. Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like to get an effective result that reflects what you truly want, Jackie would love to help! Further information can be found on her website: signaturestyle. co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.
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THE ART OF JUNE
WORDS — Aimée Ralﬁni
The Art of June gravitates around photography. With the Auckland Festival of Photography running from 31 May to 16 June, many galleries will be showcasing photographers. Photography is an exciting medium. Relatively new in terms of art history, it has progressed rapidly, especially with the advent of computer graphics, resulting in artworks that combine digital graphics and surface additions, challenging a viewers perception of the photographed image as ‘truth’ and blurring boundaries between photography, installation, painting and performance.
Hayley Theyers, Milk and Honey. courtesy of Black Asterisk
Richard Orjis ,Golden Daze. Courtesy of Melanie Roger Gallery
Richard Orjis’s photography captures colourful idiosyncratic manifestations of holistic ritual involving flora and its cycles of growth and decay. Orjis’s sparkling and sensual photographs present young men adorned in ritualistic garb, bedazzling with exotic flowers, they represent imagined rites of passage, retribution and passing ceremonies. Rich and alluring, Orjis’s work will be on display at Melanie Roger Gallery as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography until 22 June.
Justine Varga’s photography illustrates the extreme liberation of the photographic medium in that it is cameraless photography. The artist uses elements of the medium along with heat and physical interaction to emphasise themes of embodiment and duration. Her bold and visceral works are often drawn on, scratched and weathered, creating a Memoire of her interplay with the medium. Varga’s stunning works are on display at Two Rooms until 6 July.
Through her photography Hayley Theyers illuminates the spellbound. Using themes from her childhood, along with myths and fairytales familiar to us all, Theyers often brings attention the portrayal of the female. Theatrical and whimsical in style, Theyers’s photography presents stories through a feminist lens tinted with Jungian psychology. The artist is exhibiting at Black Asterisk until 16 June as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
I dreamed of ﬁnding a ﬁnger belonging to a witch in a box, on that night both my children had the same dream... The following night, as I slept, a witch visited me and scratched the sole of my foot. A few days later, in an op-shop in a strange city, I heard a frog croak, where no frog was.” – Hayley Theyers
Liyen Chong’s work moves between the captured image of a photograph and the surface upon which it is experienced. She uses her body within the frame to intersect a space like paint, once developed Chong then adds more depth with mixed-media. This tampering with the photographic surface rarefies the moment in time that a photograph captures by making each work one of a kind. Striking and elegant, Chong’s work can also be viewed at Melanie Roger Gallery until 22 June.
Kevin Capon turns everyday items into confrontational portraits; a book taped to a wall, a branch from a rose bush, a close up of a tattooed hand with a missing finger – all of his subjects stand stark as statements within themselves. Documenting such common items as if they are curiosities evokes broader real-world issues around our own societal truths, which can leave you feeling quietly unnerved. Capon’s work is on display at Sanderson Gallery until 10 June.
Junes Instagram Find
Following artists on Instagram is a great way to brighten up your feed or add some depth and intellectual inquisition to your day. This month's discovery is New Zealand artist Ben Cauchi who is based in Berlin. With work that is hauntingly reminiscent of early photographic experimentation in photosensitivity @ben.cauchi is well worth your Insta-love.
If you’re planning on an excursion to the Auckland Art Gallery this season (and I recommend you do), prepare to immerse yourself not only art but also in art merchandise, in particular, for the body. Tattoos, scarfs, pins and patches are ways you can support the art gallery as well as align yourself with top-tier creative thinkers. It is especially exciting that, currently, the gallery’s main shows celebrate female artists; The Body Reborn is on until 9 June, Pacific Sisters: He Toa Taera is on until 14 July, Guerrilla Girls is on until 13 October, and Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys on until September.
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7 June ASB Waterfront Theatre 138 Halsey St Auckland
7 June 6pm Artspace 300 Karangahape Rd Auckland
LEECHES (PICTURED ABOVE) Leeches follows nine award-winning and internationally acclaimed dancers and their experiences living the modern experience of being Kiwi and Pasifika; their turmoils and triumphs of living in a Euro-centric country. The performers take on character roles of members of society to reflect and challenge how the modern Pasifika person is perceived by one another and New Zealanders. Aloalii Tapu & Friends is a performance-based collective lead by Aloalii Tapu, which is committed to presenting Kiwi grown talent and telling the stories of those not often represented.
8 June 3pm-5pm Mary Thomas Centre 3 Gibbons Rd Takapuna
CO-OP BUYING WORKSHOP Learn how to set up a food co-op! Get access to affordable organics, while building a community around healthy food. The workshop is in the St Anne's Lounge in the community hub of the Mary Thomas Centre. Feel free to contribute a koha toward venue hire, but it is not a requirement at all.
8 June The Dust Palace 61E Hugo Johnston Dr Penrose
PARTNER ACRO WORKSHOPS WITH MADDY + LIAM Partner Acro NZ Presents partner Acro Workshops with Maddy & Liam! There will be two workshops on Saturday 8 June: workshop one will cover the fundamentals and will run from 3.30pm-5.30pm; and workshop two will cover intermediate acro from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Workshops are $60, or $100 for both. To secure your place fill in the form below and transfer the money to the account on the form: bit.ly/2H6qrkv
OPENING: 'EITHER POSSIBLE OR NECESSARY', GUY NGAN "To be objective in selecting a work for your place of work is especially important. This is where we come into contact with other people on average of eight hours a day on at least five days of the week. To have an appropriate work in your office is more important than to have a great work of art." - Guy Ngan, 'Visual Arts and Daily 9 June Bread', 1983. Guy Ngan is a second generation 1pm-4pm New Zealand artist who offered this statement Alberton 1863 speaking in 1983, in his capacity as director of 100 Mt Albert Rd the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Guy Auckland Ngan offered this simple provocation. The future of visual art, as a function of social structures, lay in its appropriate integration with our everyday lives. Ngan, a sculptor, painter, woodcarver, printmaker, educator, and architectural designer, dedicated his career to this vision. Either Possible or Necessary will be opening at Artspace on Karangahape Road on 7 June. V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z
TALKING CULTURE, FIONA PARDINGTON Learn about Fiona Pardington’s work and artistic concerns in this free talk, followed by a Q&A. Stay on to view the show and enjoy a spot of tea with scones served from the vintage china. Pardington’s practice considers the complexities of interaction - the fissures and frictions of culture, colonialism, dialogue, and our collective psyche. Presented in association with Starkwhite Gallery, this exhibition will showcase photographs that reflect on Alberton’s architecture, history as a family home and exceptional environment.
11 June 7pm Spitting Feathers 16 Wyndham Auckland
PAINT & WINE NIGHT - A NIGHT IN PARIS Join paintvine for a night of painting the Eiffel Tower. The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand a drink in the other and paint a masterpiece. Join paintvine for a creative night of drinking and painting in the heart of Auckland. No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going. It’s a fun social painting class where our artists will run you through step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed bar in Takapuna. Perfect for dates, catching up with mates or for meeting new friends. All the materials you need are provided (high-quality canvas, acrylic paint, brushes). All you need to bring is your creative spirit (or find some at the bottom of a glass). At the end of the night you will leave with your own painting ready to hang up on your wall. You can buy tickets at paintvine.co.nz
13 - 15 June The Civic Theatre 269-287 Queen St Auckland
THE HEELS ARE ALIVE | AUCKLAND LIVE CABARET SEASON Fine Fatale storms The Civic in the world premiere of their brand new show, The Heels are Alive. We welcome you to the urban jungle where the tropical flowers bloom, the oceans roar and the sands set fire as the Wintergarden comes to life, featuring the delicious sounds of the Taka Too Wops and the untouchable steps of Fine Fatale. Hot-housed in the wilderness of Auckland city with unadulterated Pacific flair, these birds of paradise call on their ancestors to rise up and meet them front and centre for this contemporary embodiment of Pasifika pride. Surrender to the magic and ride the fantasy.
14 June - 6 July Q Theatre 305 Queen St Auckland
A FINE BALANCE A play adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, based on Rohinton Mistry’s celebrated, Man Booker-shortlisted novel, A Fine Balance. A story about hope and the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit. India, 1975. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency, 'cleaning up the city' by driving thousands of poor from their homes. Dina, a Parsi widow determined to keep her independence, hires two Hindu tailors and takes on a boarder to make ends meet. History comes to life in this vibrant and thoughtprovoking epic where the stories of the voiceless resonate more powerfully than ever. Coproduced by Auckland Theatre Company and Prayas Theatre and presented by Q Theatre. For more information and to buy tickets you can visit the Q Theatre website.
15 June 6:30pm Tantalus Estate 72 Onetangi Rd
JASSY DEAN TRUST FUNDRAISING DINNER Tantalus Estate Vineyard is claiming its place among New Zealand’s premium vineyards and restaurants. It is a rare treat to have dinner there as it’s something they only do on special occasions. And Saturday 15 June is such an occasion: The Jassy Dean Trust Fundraising Dinner at Tantalus Estate. Come and enjoy the fine four-course meal with superb wine and beer from the vineyard and brewery. Don’t miss out on this special evening. Get your friends together and book today. All funds raised help care for the health and wellbeing of Waiheke Children. You can book at the Eventbrite website.
18 June 7pm The Kingslander 470 Great North Rd Auckland
SHOW ME SHORTS - ITALIAN SHORT FILM NIGHT – AUCKLAND Show Me Shorts and the Italian Embassy in Wellington present a night of Italian short films. Join us to celebrate the cinema of Italy with this vibrant collection full of magic, friendship, love, art, beauty and cooking! This is an informal and fun event, and all are welcome. The screening takes place in the upstairs function room at The Third Eye. All films screen in the Italian language with English subtitles. Total run time is approximately 77 minutes. No allocated seating, so first in best dressed. The bar will be open with food and drink available for purchase. You can purchase tickets at the Eventbrite website.
Every Friday in June The Glass Goose 78 Federal Street Auckland
STONELEIGH PRESENTS THE WINTER GARDEN // JUNE POP-UP This June come and get amongst Auckland's most hyped pop-up of the season. Find shelter from Auckland’s unpredictable weather and come on up to the Glass Goose rooftop and be transported from the bustling city into a magical garden oasis, serving up speciality mocktails and cocktails, all month long. The roof will be decked with creeping vines, winter tide florals and gorgeous wisterias to transport you to the secret gardens you see in your dreams. The Winter Garden will be open throughout June with the excitement coming alive each and every Friday. Free entry and you must be over 18 to enter.
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HOROSCOPES WO R D S & I N S P I R AT I O N — M AN I S H K U M AR AR O R A
GEMINI 21 MAY — 20 JUNE
LIBRA 22 SEPTEMBER — 23 OCTOBER
This is a period in which you are more likely to establish, or solidify, a significant partnership; or you could be enhancing an existing relationship. Financial benefits could possibly come through partnerships. For most of you who are already partnered, you are likely to find more joy in close relationships due to a more easygoing and tolerant attitude towards others and partnering in general.
You are restless with routines, and tend to answer to your own internal rhythm rather than paying attention to society’s rhythms. Your hobbies can be out of the ordinary, and so can your relationships with children and lovers, depending on how this restlessness is affecting you. It’s an excellent period in your life for joining a group or association that helps you to feel part of a team.
You are likely to derive much satisfaction from taking care of practical concerns in your life. This is a time of long-range planning that will bring you benefits down the road. Get your affairs in order, and invest in yourself! Your mood in love is mostly adventurous, and your charm is quite natural now. A more positive and forward-looking attitude wins you many admirers now.
CANCER 21 JUNE — 22 JULY
SCORPIO 23 OCTOBER — 21 NOVEMBER
Your sense of timing and balance is superb now, and your efficiency is improved many times over. Cleaning out closets, reorganising the environment in which you live and work, and other such activities come to the fore. Others may turn to you for advice or recognise your competency and experience in a particular area of life. Look forward to what changes come your way just now along with taking a leap into the unknown.
Your ability to understand and accept anything that is deep in meaning or significant is enhanced now,. Any type of in-depth study is likely to go well. This period also indicates a real learning experience with someone with whom you can bounce ideas off and come to a better understanding of how you define yourself. Sexual opportunities are likely to abound, or your focus on one partner becomes more expansive, warm and intimate.
PISCES 19 FEBRUARY — 20 MARCH
You would pursue your ambitions with renewed vigour and you would be able to meet a considerable amount of your pursuits. Legal and authoritative influences shall help you in your endeavours. For most of you who are already partnered, you are likely to find more joy in close relationships due to a more easygoing and tolerant attitude towards others and partnering in general.
LEO 23 JULY — 22 AUGUST
SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER — 21 DECEMBER
It’s a period conducive to turning dreams into reality, particularly creative ones. Your personality toughens up, but your powers of persuasion run high. Your tastes in romance, recreation, and the arts are slowly but surely refining and blossoming. Relationships continue to figure strongly in your priorities. You are finding more joy in others, and they are more responsive to your needs.
ARIES 21 MARCH — 19 APRIL
It’s a time when exciting professional and travel opportunities could arise, seemingly out of the blue. Stimulating changes in the realms of friendships, group connections, and business plans are on the horizon. Love can be very romantic for you, but it can also be complicated or downright elusive! You may find yourself falling in love with someone unattainable or attached.
Change is on the horizon and a spiritual revelation or attitude breakthrough occurs that propels you along a new path. Adventure, travel, and higher learning call to you. You are setting your sights on the future instead of worrying about the past, and setting those sights high. If not into a relationship you will see a surge of sensuous longing. Do not restrain yourself into your cocoon.
VIRGO 23 AUGUST — 22 SEPTEMBER
CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER — 19 JANUARY
Your career is receiving strong energy this month. It’s picking up pace, and professional matters become clearer and more straightforward. You are feeling re-motivated after some confusion and lack of enthusiasm in recent months. This could be a time of purging yourself of literal or psychic “junk”, as there is a sense that de-cluttering your life will be beneficial to your emotional wellbeing.
TAURUS 20 APRIL — 20 MAY
The changes in professional sphere, began in the past, will proceed. Businessmen will expand the business, involving their partners or close acquaintances. You want to have fun, and you might find you’re pouring a lot of energy into your hobbies, children, and recreation in this month. Romance moves forward, and you’re ready to take the initiative when it comes to matters of the heart.
This month, you are coming across as quite charming, but introspective nevertheless. Work matters go especially well. Job seekers will find good prospects. Better inflow of income is guaranteed clubbed with a better career performance. Some unwanted expenditure related to medical issues is likely to bother your spirits. The chance for creative and romantic new beginnings arrives just in time to revitalise your outlook.
AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY — 18 FEBRUARY
M AN I S H@ M AN I S H A S T R O L O G E R. C O M
Our New Place, oil on canvas, 1530 x 910mm
Seventeen Strings II, oil on canvas, 760 x 1020mm
Dalene Meiring Anecdotes
Preview: Tuesday 11 June, 5:30PM Exhibition: 11-25 June Dalene Meiring’s latest body of work invites the viewer to engage with Anecdotes, visual tales told through vibrant hues and eclectic imagery.
The Glass Bowl, oil on canvas, 1530 x 1220mm
Expressively offering themes of femininity and connectivity, Meiring creates worlds in which familiar motifs such as flowers, landscapes, cityscapes, objects and animals, take on wider symbolic qualities. Meiring has long been fascinated with the intricate ways in which the elements of our individual worlds coexist. It is this interaction that drives a gentle anecdotal narrative through each artwork, be it an abstracted landscape, a joyful floral composition, or an animal at rest. Finely rendered in oil, the large scale of these paintings offers us a place to contemplate the shifting textural layering and serene tapestries so reflective of the timeless fragments of daily life. Born in Sasolburg, South Africa in 1965, Meiring studied art at the University of South Africa. In 1997 she emigrated with her family to New Zealand where she has continued to paint full time. Meiring’s work is exhibited in private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Between Black and White, oil on canvas, 1020 x 910mm
Anecdotes will be on display at Parnell Gallery from 11–25 June. 09 3 7 7 3 13 3 / PAR N E L L G AL L E RY. C O. N Z 2 6 3 PAR N E L L R D, A U C K L AN D / AR T@ PAR N E L L G AL L E RY. C O. N Z
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COLLABORATE MAKES VOLUNTEERING EASY
Collaborate was started by four co-founders who came together through a shared vision of making it easier to make change. The Collaborate app was born - connecting people to volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests. The founders had each experienced how difficult it can be to find opportunities that work around their busy lives and where personal skills can really add value. The problem was not a lack of human resources, ideas, or opportunities, but a lack of connection. Collaborate wants to make volunteering easy and effortless, so that more people can easily get involved in their communities. It invites anyone with a free Sunday afternoon or an evening after work to be able to easily put that time to good use. Since 2015, hundreds of people from community organisations, volunteers and change-makers have shaped the Collaborate app. Through brainstorms, hackathons, design sprints, surveys, in-depth user testing and hundreds of coffees their ideas and inspiration have created a movement. Recently Collaborate and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa launched a coordinated, interactive volunteer platform as part of the Te Papa’s newest exhibit, Te Taiao Nature. The exhibit launched on the 11 May, and features Collaborate’s volunteer matching platform as a way for visitors inspired by the exhibition to become kaitiaki (guardians) of our natural environment. Guests have the opportunity to find volunteering opportunities in their local community across New Zealand and sign up to take action by volunteering for conservation groups when they get home. Collaborate are currently working toward a new version of their app, which will improve the user experience, help organisations manage their volunteers, enable messaging between volunteers and organisations and many more exciting features.
Find out more about Collaborate here: letscollaborate.co.nz
A Place of Darkness and Stones Chris Mousdale, $30 This is a story of a land deep underground where the Striggs have taken refuge for many years as the humans have driven them to the edge of extinction. They have survived, but times are getting tough as pollution from above filters down and causes sickness amongst the survivors. Then calamity as a young boy falls down the well and the Striggs have to decide whether they take him up to safety and their doom or the humans come down searching for him and complete their unfinished work. Written for young adults but also a good crossover novel, A Place of Darkness and Stones is a modern fable about good overcoming evil. You can order signed copies of the book from Arcadia Bookshop in Osborne St Newmarket. Highly recommended family reading.
Memories of the Future Siri Hustvedt, $38 This is a novel where the author has woven herself into the story. Referred to as S.H., a 23-year-old woman from small town Minnesota wanting to find the bright lights of New York. She has given herself a year in which to write the novel that has been swirling round her brain before she goes off to university and her career proper. Looking back through her 40-yearold journal and some of her writing, she realises that nothing much has changed, and that modern life has been slow to evolve. Great bookclub read and a book to stir up the emotions.
The Note Through the Wire Doug Gold $37 This is the true story of New Zealand soldier Bruce Murray, a POW in a camp during the war, who, by pure chance, meets Josefine Lobnik, a young Yugoslav partisan fighter. Not only do they meet but they fall in love, but the brutality of war keeps getting in the way. They are caught up in an extraordinary set of circumstances as each tries to escape. Bruce and Josefine are Doug Gold's in-laws and he tells their story with great sensitivity and gusto.
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35MM FILMS HOLLYWOOD AVONDALE Hollywood Avondale is bringing classic films back to the big screen. Here are a few of our favourites.
7 JUNE Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.
Welcome to The Dollhouse
20 JUNE Middle-school student Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) faces degradation at school, where she is teased constantly, and at home. The middle child between nerdy older brother Mark (Matthew Faber) and perky younger sister Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn can't seem to find a place to belong.
30 JUNE On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called The Neverending Story, Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by The Nothing, a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and if it really needs him. Visit facebook.com/HollywoodAvondale to purchase tickets
Sometimes, Always, Never 13 JUNE
Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. Staring Bill Nighy.
Pavarotti 13 JUNE
From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard’s documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti’s personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in northern Italy through to global super stardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself. Pavarotti will include the latest Dolby Atmos audio technology, allowing theatrical audiences to experience the late Pavarotti’s extraordinary voice once more in a unique and spine-tingling way.
Visit vervemagazine.co.nz to view the trailers
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A visit to Aro-Ha located just outside Queenstown on the road to Glenorchy, is a must-do for anyone who loves the wild and pristine beauty of this rugged region, and if you are passionate about health and well-being, or simply need to destress and detox, so much the better.
A stay at Aro-Ha will, without doubt, remain imbedded in your memory for ever for so many reasons, not least of all because the food you will be served is unforgettable in every way. Plant-based, nourishing, mouth-wateringly delicious and plated to perfection, each new dish is lovingly created by chef Jenny Lomas who is the foodie mastermind behind it all. Verve chats to Jenny about her life, her love for delicious plantbased cuisine, and her life at Aro-Ha. Tell us a bit about yourself Jenny? I came to cheffing later in life, in a roundabout yet perfect path. I am from London, and after college I found myself in the advertising industry. After a decade of that nonsense, I decided I wanted to retrain so did a Bachelor of Science degree in nutritonal medicine which changed both my diet and my life. After graduating I spent a couple of years doing private nutritional medicine consultancy work and I also became interested at that time in Buddhism and meditation; I came to realise that we need to take care of our bodies and our minds. At one point I flew all the way to New Zealand from the UK to sit a meditation retreat with a highly regarded visiting teacher. That visit was truly seminal—not only did I find a rich meaningful spiritual path, but I watched the cooks on that retreat prepare our vegetarian meals and I decided in that moment I would be a chef, and specifically, cook in retreats centres. Back in London I quit my job, took an unpaid role as a kitchen hand in a café which was situated in a Buddhist centre in central London, and my life kind of unfolded from there! I came to New Zealand in 2011, and worked in four other retreat centres before taking in the head chef position at Aro-Ha in 2017. I share a house with our head housekeeper who is from Switzerland, and I have a super cute dog called Pema. Describe your job. Along with my three sous chefs, we serve breakfast lunch and dinner for our retreat guests, plus daily herbal teas and tonics. I devise the menu which is in constant evolution, as the seasons and new inspiration arrives!
I am in daily contact with our garden team to see what we can harvest each week for the menu, and discuss what they will plant for the upcoming seasons. We put a lot of consideration into how we present every meal on the plate. The guest meals are plated by the kitchen team, and we also serve at the table and talk to the guests about each meal we prepare. We also offer kitchen classes to the guests. Currently we are offering a class which is inspired by Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat cookbook, where we get guests to taste the affects of salt and acid in cooking. We also run a ‘healthy gut, happy life’ class, where we share the latest research on the link between gut health and mental health, and teach guests how to make simple fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut. The kitchen crew also take care of all the staff meals; it’s a good place to test out new recipe ideas that might make it on to the guest menu. What have been the biggest challenges you have faced since starting out with Aro-Ha? For me personally it was taking the leap from being a vegetarian chef to a plant-based chef. My learning curve in year one was very steep, but ethically and from a nutrition stand-point I am convinced of the benefits of a plant-based diet, so it was a challenge I was very happy to take on. What are some of the principles that guide your work in the kitchen? There are several. Firstly, every single meal we serve is health promoting. That means we are resolute in shunning sugar, caffeine, alcohol, deep fried food, excessive salt, refined foods and commercial vegan products like butter and cheese. We are unwavering in only using whole foods, which is why I much prefer the term whole food plantbased to describe our food, rather than vegan.
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Thirdly, I just try and be a good person. I’m not claiming I always achieve this, but I try to be honest and straightforward, and to keep a beginner's mind. There is still so much for me to learn. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job ? It’s when a guest tells me that they are inspired to make even small changes towards a plant-based diet. Every small change in that direction will make a significant different to their health, and to the health of the planet. And of course, when we hear a guest describe the whole Aro-Ha experience as ‘life-changing’, to be part of the team that delivered that experience is incredibly rewarding. Are there any personal beliefs that you have with regard to the overall food system that make their way into your everyday business, such as curbing food waste, sustainable sourcing and local sourcing? All of the above really. We don’t have a perfect system at AroHa, but we do grow a lot of our own food: 30-40 percent, I emphasise seasonal and local for the remainder, and we compost all our food waste. Tips for those wishing to consume a more plantbased diet? Yotam Ottolenghi was my first food hero. His book, Plenty, was my bible when I first went vegetarian, and it’s still the book I recommend the most to others. So, get a great veggie cook book, and start off by just introducing a few meat-free meals per week rather than doing a 180-degree conversion. Experiment a lot, and if you have the opportunity, travel a lot! Plant-based meals are the norm in large parts of Asia and the Middle East, and these cuisines are just bursting with flavour.
Your earliest food memory? To be honest, as a child in the '70s I didn’t think much about food! It was neither pleasure nor nutrition—I just wanted to scoff down my mum’s shepherds pie so I could go out and play on my bike. I started to fall in love with food when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I can remember being absolutely mind-blown the first time I ate a sun dried tomato. Later, the biggest perk of working in the advertising industry was the client lunches. I never knew food could taste, or look, so phenomenal. What’s always in the Aro-Ha fridge? How do you like to use it? In the big walk in chiller are crates and crates of fresh produce. Admittedly, it’s a vision of abundance, but there’s nothing especially rare or exotic in there. We have lots of leeks, potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, beetroot, broccoli, cauli, spinach, kale, rainbow chard, capsicums, tomatoes, courgettes, lemons, limes, ginger, apples, pears, plums and so many containers of garden herbs such as parsley, coriander, mint, sage, rosemary and thyme. For me, a successful dish has multiple elements. We joke in the kitchen that our meals follow a predictable format—lots of fresh produce, a nice sauce and something crunchy! Our meals are typically a bit more creative than just those three elements but its not a bad place to start!
Your good food wish? That the Aro-Ha bosses would recognise coffee as a superfood and allow it – we all have a vice right?!
Also, just read a little about the scientific research into plant-based diets. It was my nutritional medicine studies that make me lose my appetite for meat and milk—once you understand the basics of nutrition you will have stronger motivation. And once you’ve started on a plant-based diet, you will feel so much happier and healthier, the deal will be sealed. Try not to get seduced by ‘products’ such as vegan sausages and vegan bacon! If you could get the general population to change one aspect of their eating habits, what would it be? Give up processed and convenience foods. If you want to eat chocolate, make it yourself. It’s three ingredients (cacao powder, cacao butter and a sweetener, such as coconut nectar) and takes less than five minutes. Ditto, make your own burgers and bake your own bread and cakes. It’s the additives that make most of our diets unhealthy. A RO - H A .CO M
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Secondly, I want our guests to feel welcome and cared for. Whilst they are under our roof we have full responsibility for their wellbeing so we take time to get to know each and every guest and see that they are feeling well and that their needs are met. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of hospitality to affect a person’s health and mind-state.
Walnut Honey Miso Soup Serves 6-8 This soup is inspired by a soup I used to enjoy in London, but the chefs at the Japanese noodle restaurant in Greenwich I use to frequent would never give me their actual recipe. I enjoy a simple mug of this soup as much as I enjoy it served in a bowl with noodles, tofu and whatever veggies are to hand as a more substantial meal. Try not to boil the soup after the miso is added as this kills off the probiotic beneﬁts of miso, which are so advantageous for our gut health. 115
INGREDIENTS 1 cup of toasted walnuts ¼ cup honey 1/3 cup miso paste I use the Urban Hippie brand 1 tbsp tamari 2 tsp white wine vinegar 2 litres vegetable stock 1 thumb grated ginger 1 sliced spring onion ¼ tsp chilli flakes, or more if you like it hot! R E C I P E — AR O H A P H O T O G R AP H Y — TOMLAJONES.COM
METHOD 1. In a food processor, blitz the walnuts, honey, miso paste, tamari and vinegar to a super smooth paste. Scrape into a heat-proof jug or bowl and set aside. 2. Heat the vegetable stock in a pan on a medium heat, adding the ginger, chilli flakes and spring onions. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add a ladle of the hot stock into the walnut honey miso paste and whisk to combine. The pour the contents back in to the pan of stock and whisk again. Serve in mugs, or pour into a bowl over some prepared noodles and steamed or stir-fried vegetables.
Kumara Ginger and Lime Soup Serves 4-6 This soup is an absolute winner. Despite being a doddle to make, the taste and texture are both sensational. The roast kumara add depth and creamy sweetness, which is offset by the warmth of the ginger, and the acidic zing of the two types of lime. You could serve this soup topped with some wilted greens and/or some plant-based sour cream.
INGREDIENTS 1kg orange kumara 1 onion 1.5 celery stalks 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbsp grated ginger 1 ½ lime, zest and juice 1 kaffir lime leaf ½ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 litre vegetable stock
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METHOD 1. Heat the oven to 180C. Peel the kumara, chop into approximately one-inch chunks. Put in a roasting tin, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for approximately 25 minutes, or until soft and golden. Set aside. 2. Peel and slice the onions. Slice the celery. Peel and crush the garlic. Warm two tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on a moderate heat for 30 seconds, add the onions and celery and a pinch of salt. Stir well, then put a lid of the pan and let cook on a low heat for around five minutes, stirring from time to time. You want to the onions to be very soft, but still pale gold. 3. Add in the crushed garlic, the grated ginger, and the shredded kaffir lime leaf. Cook for two minutes, then add in the roasted kumara and the lime zest. Mix everything well adding salt and pepper, then pour in the vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer for five minutes, then blend the soup using a stick or upright blender, in batches if necessary.
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A Personal & Spiritual Journey WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
Depending on the sighting of the moon, 4 or 5 June marks the close of Ramadan, the holiest of months that sees followers of Islam fast from dawn to sunset. Ramadan represents the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calender, beginning around 11 days earlier every year.
“It’s a time that gives us an opportunity for self-reflection,” says Muhammed Shaakir, Imaam of the Avondale Islamic Centre and religious advisor of the New Zealand Muslim Association. “It’s a time for me to reconnect with my creator, a very, very sacred month. Every moment matters, every second counts.”
“Oh yes, absolutely. Again, it’s about your relationship with your creator, making amends with your creator, straightening your books. A time to make up with the fellow people around you, to repay debts, to forgive”.
Ramadan, the month the prophet Mohammed received the Koran, is also one of the Five Pillars of Islam, along with faith in Allah as the only true God, making a pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, and praying five times daily.
“The Prophet, peace be upon him, was the most generous in the month of Ramadan, and you’ll find that Muslims across the globe mirror that generosity. With the opening of the fast at sunset, they will even compete with each other about who can be the most generous!”
The imaam reveals that it’s also a time for rejuvenation, revitalisation, and, to “use 21st century language,” time for “a software update!” Sometimes the month of Ramadan will be referred to as the month of the Koran, and for those like the imaam, who have memorised the whole book, gives them a chance to reconnect with it. “It consumes your heart, your focus, your entire being,” he says. “Everything is channelled towards the Koran, whether it be memorising it or revising it or re-examining meanings that I can then relay to my congregation.” To most non-Muslims, the most famous—and daunting— aspect of Ramadan is the fasting, but Imaam Shaakir says that unless you have an especially physical job then it’s not unbearably demanding. “The objective is to acquire the quality of self-restraint,” he says. “When in the confines of your own home, you could fake it, and nobody would know—it’s between you and your creator.” The month of Ramadan is also a time of politeness, when shouting and vulgarity is forbidden, and conflict avoided. “It’s a means of training for the rest of the year,” says the imaam. “If the behaviour is possible for one month, then it should be possible for the rest of your life as a result!” So it is as much of a personal journey as it is a religious one?
It is also a time of great charity.
Can you describe the feeling after the fast? “It is of joy and jubilation. We are human beings, animal beings, and it is a basic need for us to consume to survive. Now we are nourishing our bodies. It is said that there are two moments of true happiness; one is when we open our fast, and the other we will meet our creator. There is the satisfaction that you have succeeded, there is a feeling of ecstasy.” Eid al-Fitr translates as the ‘festival of the ending of the fast’ to mark the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the tenth month. Celebrations vary around the world, but constant is extra prayer and sermons followed by banquets shared with friends and family. “There is much happiness and joy. Celebrations usually last for a day, but, depending on the family and personal commitments and obligations, can stretch to three or four!” Imaam Shaakir emphasises the importance of non-Muslims’ understanding during this holy time for the purpose of peace of mind and integration. “If people in power and positions of employment could be a little flexible with time schedules for Muslim people to make it easier for them, believe me they will be as diligent and compliant as possible, whatever the company requirements are.”
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Lamb Biryani Recipe RECIPE — RENU SIKKA
Biryani is a favourite among many and served together with rice, raita, salad and pickle, adding something special to Eid celebrations. Use chicken, mutton, goat or lamb – here is a favourite recipe using lamb. INGREDIENTS 2 cups sliced red onions ¼ cup green chili slices salt handful of nuts - almonds and cashews 1kg bone in mutton/lamb cut in small 1-inch pieces 4 tsps each of ginger and garlic paste 4 tbsps of biryani masala (I use homemade but can be store bought) ½ cup yogurt oil for frying 1-2 potatoes, sliced 4 cups chopped tomatoes 2 tbsps of ghee whole spices - cardamoms green and black, cloves, cinnamon, & star anise
METHOD 1. Soak the saffron in one-quarter cup of warm milk. 2. Heat some oil and start frying the onions. Add one-quarter cup green chili slices. Remove when golden brown, take half out and leave aside, also remove the chilies. Keep browning the rest and they should be getting really dark but not burnt. Add some salt to help caramelise the onions. 3. Add a handful of almonds and cashew nuts and take them out of the pan and leave aside. 4. Marinate 1kg of mutton with the juice of a lime, two teaspoons each of ginger and garlic paste, two tablespoons of biryani masala, salt and one-half cup of yogurt. 5. In some hot oil, sauté all the meat till you get a bit of colour. Add two teaspoons each of ginger and garlic paste and two tablespoons of biryani masala. 6. Add the onions and chilies back in. 7. Mix everything well together, add four cups of chopped tomatoes and salt to taste, mix again and let this cook for 30-45 minutes. 8. In the last 2-3 minutes add the halfdone potatoes to the gravy and leave it aside. 9. In a pot heat two tablespoons of ghee or clarified butter and throw in V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z
some whole spices like cardamoms green and black, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. They will start sizzling, add water to the pot together with salt to taste and bring to the boil. 10. Add the basmati rice after it’s been washed and drained and cook for 15 minutes. 11. As soon as you see the water bubble to the top, turn the heat down to low as you only want to cook this rice until it’s half-cooked (par-boil). 12. Drain this rice well. 13. In an ovenproof pot or dish, layer in half of the meat and gravy. Follow this with half the rice and drizzle in some of that saffron milk. 14. Add another layer of the meat with the potatoes and the final layer of rice. 15. Drizzle in the rest of the saffron milk. 16. Cover with the fried onions and nuts reserved earlier. 17. Use a pinch of orange food colouring to the top layer of the biryani. 18. Add some halved boiled eggs. 19. Cover with tin foil and cook in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30– 45 minutes. 20. Once done, dig in to all those layers and serve. Add some fresh coriander and mint leaves and serve this with a side of raita.
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with s te Plume chef, Atesh Ram Fiv
Plume Restaurant is a must-visit destination in the heart of Matakana, nestled in the beautiful countryside among blossoming vineyards and olive groves. We talked to the chef behind the delicious creations listed on the Plume menu. Award-winning chef, Atesh Ram, comes from a background of diverse experience, beginning in his mother’s kitchen as a child, then in various kitchens in Fiji before his career blossomed in New Zealand. When did you realise you wanted to work in the industry, and what sparked your interest to become a chef? Growing up, I used to help my mother cook for the family. That was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life, to become a chef! I also had very good guidance from a chef that I worked for, and his advice is still at the top of my mind today.
How would you describe the food you create at Plume restaurant? Delicious flavours, with a bit of fusion. What's inspiring you right now? Asian-inspired cuisine, with Plume’s own unique touches.
What are your favourite cuisines? European cuisine.
Where are some of your favourite underrated gems to eat in Auckland? Plume keeps me so busy, that I hardly ever have the time to go into Auckland these days, even though management is always very encouraging. But, I would definitely have to say the wife’s cooking at home!
What is your greatest achievement to date? Managing the growing and ever-changing Plume Restaurant Kitchen, Plume Café Kitchen and Plume Bakery in Matakana. It is currently undergoing a tremendous growth.
What are you favourite dishes on the menu at the moment? On the current menu, I would say tuna tataki, and the duck breast. We have a new menu since 18 May – come and try it out!
What advice would you give to aspiring chefs? Work hard, love what you do, clean as you go, and above all, take care of all your customers, no matter how demanding they are!
What do you like to do on days off? Fishing, tinkering with the boat, and spending time with my family.
When did you start in the culinary industry? When I was 16.
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Head To Waiheke, Matakana Or West For Best Of Auckland Wine This June Winemakers from Waiheke Island, West Auckland and Matakana are pulling out all the stops to showcase the region’s exciting winemaking scene at the first-ever Auckland Wine Week being held 13-23 June. With many of Auckland’s best wineries and vineyards taking part, escape to Waiheke Island for a unique, all-inclusive wine-lovers adventure on Sunday 16 June, head north for an afternoon of rare and hard-to-find gems in Matakana on Saturday 22 June, or journey west to Auckland’s oldest wine region and let your wine tasting passport take you through a day of premium and reserve tastings on Sunday 23 June. Make the most of Auckland-centric tastings and specials at Glengarry Wines, and dinners and tastings at restaurants and bars including Gusto, Augustus Bistro and Britomart’s Seafarers Club. The country’s biggest wine tasting event Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines is also taking place on the city’s waterfront on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June.
"There’s a whole world of wine to be discovered on Auckland’s doorstep," says organiser Rob Eliott. “It’s an incredible thing to live in a city with great wineries on our doorstep and that deserves to be celebrated. “From Waiheke Island with its stunning syrah, world-class chardonnay, intense cabernet blends and fine aromatics, to internationally-recognised elegant chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon in the west, and excellent pinot gris, syrah, cabernet blends and emerging red varieties in the north. “With a full line-up of vinous adventures taking place around the region from vineyards to some of the city’s best restaurants, Auckland Wine Week is a chance to connect with the city in a different way, celebrating the people and places that make these incredible wines.” Head to aucklandwineweek.co.nz for tickets and more information.
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THE WINE RACK WIT H D ENNIS KNILL
As the winds of change continue to sweep our wine industry with new and interesting varietals there is so much happening and so much to report. One of the most exciting developments is the progression of blended wines. With the reasons for blending varying from one winery to another most wineries blend their wines to improve the quality or to enhance their wines. Winemakers usually ferment the grapes separately before the actual blending takes place. The process itself can be categorised into two broad forms. Wines produced with more than one grape variety or wines using the same grape but grown from different vineyards or regions. Blended wines crafted with more than one grape combination are the most common.
Here are two with their own ﬂavours and personalities that will not disappoint
In New Zealand our wineries tend to follow the classic French model. Typical red blends include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. Typical white blends include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer and semillon. Even if you prefer the tried and true there is still plenty of adventure to knock you off your drinking perch.
The Point Chev Beach Café was launched on Jan 2017 and has rapidly gained a reputation in excellent cuisine, coffee and a welcoming service. Being situated beside the beach, it’s the perfect location for a family outing, a romantic date or just an ice cream! For bookings or to discuss private functions please contact us on: 09 815 6636 506 Pt Chevalier Rd, Auckland ptchevbeachcafe.co.nz
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1. Yealands Estate Single Vineyard ’18 Pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling $25 A gentle but well balanced trifecta of lively fruity aromas making this compelling all round drinking. 2. Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels ’09 Cabernet sauvignon, merlot $61 An exceptional duet with rich concentrated flavours not lacking in structure while delivering great balance.
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Sapphire and Steel HAPPY 65TH HOLDEN WORDS – DAVE MCLEOD
Tall cars and even taller stories awaited us at an event that was advertised as ‘65 million years in the making’. It was Holden’s 65th anniversary and what a way to celebrate.
We rather fittingly boarded a ropey old plane to the Chatham Islands, 828km East of New Zealand, three hours late and what followed was a two-odd hour flight that in many respects took us decades back in time. The Chatham Islands lays claim to being the first place in the world to see the sun, however, with its seemingly endless rolling hills, uncorrupted land, miles of unsealed roads, free-roaming livestock, a population of 600-ish and complete lack of cellphone coverage, well let’s just say it’s quaintly unsophisticated. But, what it lacks in modern interference it more than makes up with in pure, unadulterated warmth and personality. This was the first ever vehicle marque event to be held at the Chathams, and it showed. The locals jovially feasted on us out-of-towners as much as we did on the freshest of seafood, crayfish, paua, kina and bluecod the island had to offer.
Yarns were aplenty. Folklore surrounds tiny snippets of history, countless stories that, just like the islands themselves have emerged and re-emerged gaining in size and momentum with each and every telling. Separating the truth from the embellished becomes a deliciously virtual impossibility as every tale comes with a sparkle in the eye or an almost unmissable smirk. For those that don’t know (I sure didn’t), the Chatham Islands are a group of eleven, however, only Pitt and Chatham are inhabited, with the latter being the largest by far. Moriori and Maori culture are omnipresent with Rekohu and Wharekauri being the respective names for the archipelago. The fields are lush green, the cliffs and rock formations are dramatic, the bays are expansive and the Te Whanga Lagoon, which is larger than Rarotonga (smirk) is often a glorious sapphire blue—which is the perfect segue for the reason we were there. A sapphire is a symbol of loyalty, it can bring inner peace, the fulfilment of dreams and prosperity and more importantly, it is associated with a 65th anniversary—and now, Holden’s 65th.
A sapphire is a symbol of loyalty. It can bring inner peace, the fulﬁlment of dreams and prosperity and more importantly, it is associated with a 65th anniversary—and now, Holden’s 65th.
In Holden SUV convoy and behind the wheel of the Trax, we next climbed the hill that overlooks the mayor’s residence, drove past the ‘resting’ windfarm and then out to the south-facing clifftop that would give a vertigo sufferer like me, nightmares for years to come—thanks Holden. This was followed by a spot of lunch back at the hotel.
Beach driving on a short stretch of Long Beach commenced the afternoon’s proceedings, a place where the Trailblazer we had opted to drive, enjoyed very much, before heading north to climb up ‘horrible hill’, which wasn’t horrible in any shape or form and actually offered great views over Red Bluff. A long drive (in Chatham terms) northwest next had us up to Cape Pattisson and Maunganui Stone cottage. It was built entirely from local stone around 1870 and has been lovingly restored since. We got to speak with Helen Bint who lives there without power, internet or, really anything at all, apart from the wonderful stories of her childhood growing up there - which in many ways, was more than enough. To celebrate, five Holden SUVs were sent to explore all corners of the island, from the Trax (the baby of the bunch) to the newly launched Acadia and including the Tourer, the Equinox and Trailblazer—so explore we did. Using the Hotel Chatham, as a base camp (‘modern’ accommodation that was built in the 1860s and stands alongside the water’s edge by the main ‘CBD’ of Waitangi), and special thanks to our hosts the Toni and the rest of the Croons family, we spent our time on the island getting to know the history and culture and enjoying the outstanding ‘rally stage’ style unsealed roads. Luckily, the Holden SUVs enjoyed them too. First stop for us was southwest towards Point Durham and Point Gap, a trek which for us required the Acadia. It’s a rather desolate looking place with rolling hills, small creek crossings and, as we returned, views across Petre Bay all witnessed from the comfort of our SUV’s luxuriously heated leather seats. Next up was a trip East to Manukau Farm (owned by the Solomon family) to visit the last native Moriori (smirk). Turns out, it was the statue of Tame Horomona Rehe (Tommy Solomon), standing tall and looking out towards Hanson Bay.
Activity time followed next and for us, the Equinox. Paua diving (or wading as they are in such shallow water), followed by shark-tooth searching in the lagoon before finishing with a drive in the Tourer to Admiral Lodge and a sumptuous, ultra-fresh (we caught the paua) seafood meal. Drinks back at Hotel Chatham’s bar that night had us sharing stories and basking in the overall experience. For such a small island, Chatham sure has crammed a lot into its 65 million years. Everything from a fatal tsunami (150 years ago) and a World War Two flying boat, to sealife and wildlife (Chatham moa anyone? Smirk). From giant volcanic peaks to long sandy beaches and let’s not forget, the endless stories handed down from generations of Moriori, Maori, missionaries, fishermen and whalers, but now there’s Holden’s 65th to add to the folklore. As our rickety old, rivet-ridden Convair plane took off from the island another strange thought crossed my mind. When (or if) we touch back down in Auckland, the entire ‘65 million years in the making’ Holden 65th anniversary SUV experience will have taken up exactly 65 hours, coincidence, good planning or another tall story? I’ll leave that for you to decide (smirk).
JEEP OUTLAW Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review
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Just quietly, since watching Turbo channel’s Street Outlaws I have grown rather partial to drag racing. Sure, it looks pretty simple going quickly in a straight line and yes, I admit that (generalising here), both the participants and spectators wouldn’t necessarily win a fashion show at Flemington or Aintree, but it’s the rawness, ludicrous power and overall, off-the-line speed that has me fascinated. Now, thanks to Jeep and their Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, I have found something better than watching Street Outlaws, and that’s by being one. With the promise of having the chance to review Jeep’s superbeast months ago still rattling around my mind, I finally found myself behind its leather-clad steering wheel, and boy was it worth the wait. Let me get straight to the point - SIX POINT TWO LITRES of Hemi ‘Hellcat’ V8 that Jeep has kindly supercharged and placed in one of its premium vehicles and by doing so, has produced the most powerful V8 SUV on the planet, ever. You can imagine a boardroom scene in Detroit where, in a stroke of divine brilliance (and possibly following an encore screening of Team America), the heads of Dodge and Jeep hatched a plan to collaborate - undoubtedly followed by a resounding 'HELL, YEAH!' The result is an incredible experience. An all-terrain, luxury SUV that weighs a burger under three tonnes that can (thanks to its 522kW of power and 868Nm, gulp, of torque), go from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, and up to a top speed of 289km/h. I repeat, three tonnes at 289km/h. This is the part where I tell you all about the Trackhawk’s pleasantries. Its new front fascia, quad exhaust, 12-inch wide back wheel rubber, Trackhawk badging, carbon fibre, leather and Alcantara interior (it really is wonderfully appointed), how tame it feels in ‘Normal’ Auto... but in all
seriousness, it’s that supercharged Hellcat that you really want to know about. Jeep NZ gave me the keys to the Trackhawk for a week and my cheeks were sore from smiling. Remaining in ‘Sport’ for the majority of the duration, every time I pushed the accelerator the supercharger would whine and the games would begin. A Hemi V8 engine at high revs bellowing through quad exhaust pipes is a sound that strikes fear in all within earshot, including me, the driver. It’s visceral, neanderthal, primal and yet as addictive as crack cocaine, but probably more fun. I have to tell you about launch control. It’s simple to use and could very well turn motorway on-ramp lights into the greatest invention since the proverbial bread became sliced. Of course I didn’t use this function at traffic signals as it’s primarily used for the drag strip, however, as there’s a big button next to driving mode selector marked ‘Launch’ with a drag strip tree logo, it seemed a shame not to use it. Either via the apps section on the giant touchscreen (or using the aforementioned button), plus a strong use of your left foot on the brake, you are able to push the accelerator to the floor and have the rev needle rise to your predetermined number. The release of the brake allows the Hemi V8 to exact any and all vengeance on the tarmac below, resulting in a stomach-churning, mind-bending race up to 100km/h. The ferocity is so terrifying that you have to do it again and again and again just to be sure. Some would say that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is ridiculous, un-PC, unnecessary, even, and to those people please accept a great big raspberry. Jeep/Dodge haven’t produced the most powerful V8 ever ‘because they could’, but more because they should. It’s a perfect match of brawn and brawn (okay, there’s some brains in there too), 6.2L of go anywhere Supercharged Hemi. All I can say is, "More please."
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Dr Jess Beer: Vet Behaviourist WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S
“Pet psychiatry is still a relatively new thing, but it’s growing very fast, and we’re recognising that, as with humans, there are actual mental health issues with animals,” says Dr Jess Beer, an animal behaviourist and vet. “It’s not just simply about bad behaviour.”
While most people will automatically—and understandably— turn to a dog trainer to tame a misbehaving pooch, the veterinary world is fast realising that the problems often run far deeper than basic mischievousness; some may even be genetically predisposed to mental illness. “Rather than thinking an animal’s not doing what you tell it to, let’s understand why it’s behaving that way and fix that. In a lot of cases, it’s through fear or anxiety. Unfortunately, there are a lot doctrines out there that try and control with punitive measures. But punishing an animal is not healthy, and can be quite abusive in some regards.” Jess works with all manner of animals with behavioural issues including rats, rabbits and birds, though for obvious reasons she most commonly gets called about dogs and cats. “Unfortunately, cats are very good at hiding when they don’t feel well, so chronic illnesses can sometimes go unnoticed,” says Jess. “Part of my preventative behavioural goal is to show people how to understand cats’ body language to recognise those signs sooner so we can intervene to take away the pain or discomfort. To make them feel happy.”
While most people will automatically—and understandably— turn to a dog trainer to tame a misbehaving pooch, the veterinary world is fast realising that the problems often run far deeper than basic mischievousness.
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Initial consultations with Jess last one to two hours, when she will assess not just the health and behaviour of the animal, but its home environment too. Sometimes she will also work alongside trainers. “There’s no quick fix,” she says. “You can’t just dictate a plan to a family that doesn’t fit into their lifestyle. I provide a report with information on what I have diagnosed—is it a fear problem? Lack of socialisation?”
animal will behave in the future to that same antecedent or circumstance. All species respond in this manner, from clamshells to horses to humans.”
Medication may also be discussed—prescribing Prozac to pooches is a possibility!
“Our pets can smell pheromones produced with various emotions,” says the vet. “And they read our body language and feed off it. We might be saying or thinking something different to what our body is doing which can cause anxiety or mistrust. So part of my job is teaching humans as well!”
However, prevention is without doubt the best approach. The longer certain ‘bad’ behaviours ensue, the greater the challenge to reverse them. “It’s vital to educate vets and trainers as well as members of the public, as to what they need to provide a new puppy or a cat. Obviously we have issues with dog bite incidences in New Zealand, and much of that can be prevented.”
Jess says that contrary to popular belief, though cats are not necessarily solitary animals, they do like to have their own spaces and their own stuff, including litter trays, and water and food bowls. The way we carry ourselves is also key.
Problems have been further compounded by indiscriminate breeders.
Just as with young humans, Jess says that it’s about teaching animals the skills to cope and succeed. Fundamental to your furry friend’s happiness is a warm and welcoming environment for, just as with humans, traumatic upbringings will often result in psychological issues further down the road.
“Bulldogs are a prime example of physical issues,” says Jess. “But there are a lot of other breeds known for their anxiety issues that are still unfortunately being bred because they make a lot of money. Other breeders are not providing socialisation for puppies meaning you may end up adopting one that has been stuck in a cage at the back of someone’s farm for many weeks, as opposed to being raised in a family, and damage may already have been done.”
“You can’t keep a dog tied up in a backyard for a year then expect it to know how to behave in public,” explains Jess. “Much of it goes back to basic psychology and learning theory that applies to all species, what you call the ABC: the antecedent, which is when something happens and then a behaviour which occurs in response, followed by a consequence. This consequence will determine how the
Speaking of families, Jess does encourage that pets and kids grow up together—but only if families realise the commitment that it does take. “It does have to be done seamlessly,” she says. “There are so many people that rehome their dogs after one or two years because a baby’s come along and they realise that they just don’t have time for the dog.”
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It’s 'Take Your Dog To Work Day' on Friday, 21 June, started by Pet Sitters International in 1999. Taking ‘man’s best friend’ into work can have numerous positive health beneﬁts for employees and the work environment. Google, Amazon and Ben & Jerry’s all have pet-friendly policies, which is a positive sign that could encourage other companies to follow suit. However, it’s also important to be aware of allergies, phobias, making sure the dogs are well trained, well behaved and have a calm temperament. Make sure your workspace is dog proof through preparation, such as preventing chewing on cords or tipping over the trash. Here are some health benefits for bringing your dog to work. 132
KEEP YOU ACTIVE Having a dog at work optimises the opportunity to exercise during lunch breaks or going for a short walk during the day. It is unhealthy to sit for long periods of time in the office, and it can be good to stand up and walk around or play with the dog in order to briefly look away from the screen. Exercise has many add on benefits for physical and mental health. Employees with their dogs at work are likely to get out and about at coffee breaks. The physical exercise will help with their state of mind and productivity for the rest of the day. REDUCE STRESS There is a calming effect of petting your dog. Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and lower hormonal stress levels. Dogs by your side can make you feel happy, lower one’s stress levels, and creates an environment that is comfortable and flexible. The process of patting and stroking a dog reduces the blood pressure, allows your body to be in a more relaxed state, and makes you feel better. Overall, dogs in your office could help lessen a significant amount of stress in the workplace environment. INCREASE EMPLOYEE TEAMWORK AND SATISFACTION The presence of dogs can improve productivity, work satisfaction, and encourage team work. Dogs can improve morale, as Dogs can help lighten the mood when things get stressful. They can increase communication and socialization between co-workers. The presence of a dog in a group work setting can encourage participants to be more cooperative, communicative, and friendly toward each other. Pets can help break down barriers to social reaction by allowing a pathway to conversation. BOOST CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH Owning a dog can significantly lower your risk of developing heart disease, and is beneficial for one’s mental and physical health.
Dogs at work encourage frequent, healthy breaks. Whether it’s a lunchtime walk or a moment of play, dogs help employees relax, and return to work energised and recharged. If companies encourage pet ownership amongst their employees by letting them bring their dogs to work, it is possible to be rewarded by a healthier workforce with fewer sick days. WORK-LIFE BALANCE Allowing dogs to come to work, may eliminate the need to find a dog sitter. It can also allow a better work-life balance. Having a dog policy at work can make it easier for employees who may need to stay late at work. It can also eliminate the guilt of leaving the dog at home all day. It is also beneficial for the dog’s well-being, as it means that it isn’t sitting at home or alone in the back yard all day by itself. SOCIAL SUPPORT FOR HUMANS Dogs love to give attention, and don’t tend to judge anyone. If you’re having an off day, they are happy to give you cheerful attention, regardless of what is going on with your life. This can greatly uplift your mood, and it can be an extra emotional support for you and your staff. Dogs are social creatures, loving to be included in their owners’ daily activities. It’s fun for dogs to be out and about with humans, and it’s good for their psychological and physical health too. INCREASE RELATIONAL INTERACTIONS Relational interaction are beneficial for our mental health, as it allows us to communicate and express with one another. Dogs allow an increased ease and frequency of conversations between friends, family, colleagues and strangers. The human social connections in your workplace will be enhanced by having dogs amongst your team’s work environment. POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT Dogs can bring a positive environment, as dogs that are used to being out and about with their owners tend to be more relaxed, better socialised and easier to be around than dogs that are left on their own. The process of spending time in a wide variety of social situations can lead to positive conditioning for dogs, helping them to be friendly and easygoing animals. The more positive experiences that a dog enjoys, the easier they tend to feel comfortable and interact with people.
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Poor process means Kiwis will be guessing on marijuana referendum When New Zealanders head to the polls in 2020 they will be asked to vote on one extra question – should marijuana be legalised for personal use. Given the far-reaching implications of the referendum, we might expect this question to be driven by the best evidence and science available. But it isn’t. New Zealanders deserve to be fully informed about the implications and risks of legalising marijuana. Official advice to cabinet showed marijuana is detrimental for brain development in people under the age of 25. Officials also warned that regular marijuana use increases the risk of developing depression, psychosis and schizophrenia and is especially harmful to those under 25. Countries such as Canada are ahead of us, but they are working through their own issues. Its latest quarterly numbers show 38 percent of users bought their marijuana on the black market where the unregulated, tax-free, high-potency strains may command a premium. There are also some early signs that more Canadians are using the drug and if that trend continues it would be very helpful for New Zealand to understand why. For many Kiwis, marijuana is part of an epidemic of illegal drugs sold by violent criminal gangs that is tearing our communities apart, robbing young people of their ambitions, damaging mental and physical health, and ruining lives. It deserves the robust process of public consultation, select committee deliberations, expert evidence and debate that would bring drug reform legislation into law. That won’t happen. The government has decided that New Zealanders will have to rely on a draft bill when they vote in 2020, despite trumpeting for a long time now the referendum would be binding. To put that another way, Kiwis are being asked to say yes or no to a referendum that is based on a bill that may not survive intact through a select committee in the next parliamentary term. Could legalising the personal use of marijuana lead to more young people becoming regular users, distracting them from education and the fulfilment of life? Will drugs in the workplace become a bigger problem? And how do you test for impairment? Are we comfortable to share the road with someone who is driving stoned? Will it really drive organised crime out of our communities? Will it be taxed like tobacco and alcohol? How will they test the products? Add to that the risks that haven’t been considered like approval for ‘edibles’; marijuana-infused snacks like lollipops and gummie bears that could be accidentally consumed by children. The government promised New Zealanders a binding referendum and it has let us down with what is proposed. New Zealanders deserve to know what they’re voting for.
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Looking Back Over The Last 20 Years With Just Rentals’ Sylvia Lund What a journey this has been, most certainly not dull or boring. There’s always something or someone that requires your attention or assistance, every day brings different challenges, some more challenging than others. I rented a family home on Remuera Road to a mum, dad and son and to my horror about a week after renting to them we had complaints from the neighbours about cars coming and going at all times of the day and night, and many men entering the property. Oh my gosh, it was a brothel! And legal, unfortunately. This has happened twice to me. Very difficult to get them out. Quite an experience. I have had to deal with other situations which have been really far out of my comfort zone over the years, including two dead bodies. One a suicide, the other a burglar found dead on the landing of one of my managements. I have had to evict troublesome tenants, with police attendance. I have had to hand to tenants trespass orders, and organise debt collectors. I have negotiated a cash compensation for exiting tenants where the landlord requires the property back before the fixed term lease has expired. I have had burst water pipes and leaking hot water systems that cause flooding of property and lots of damage. I have had burst water pipes and leaking hot water systems that cause flooding of property and lots of damage. A fire gutted unit, and a smashed deck and car caused by a huge tree blown over in a storm; Fortunately no one was hurt. A lot of these call outs are at night. We find ourselves sweeping out water from properties at very odd hours . I personally answer all phone calls after hours. Water pressure builds up in the evening and if a pipe is going to burst then that is when it will. I have sorted out fences that have blown over, roofs that have leaked and broken windows. I’ve organised the insurance claims and in most cases, organised the repairs to sodden ceilings, soaked carpets and other relevant repairs. I have rented hundreds of properties, filled out many agreements, and sorted out disputes at tenancy tribunals. Maintenance is a top priority and I am always busy organising tradespeople to deal with these repairs. I have lost count of the number of cats and kittens I have rescued from properties and taken to the local vet, Colin Hill. They are desexed and we find them a home. Some have had their forever home with me! I am sure the next 20 years will be just as eventful, challenging and rewarding. Off to Noosa, Australia for a break and to recharge the batteries for the weeks ahead. Good Renting, Sylvia Lund Director Property Manager
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