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— AUCKLAND’S FAVOURITE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE — PRICELESS ISSUE 153 — MARCH 2019

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Stretching up from the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the beautiful area called Bob’s Cove is a nature reserve that exudes a unique tranquil charm. And it is here you will find GlenTui Heights. The great outdoors right on your doorstep, yet only 10 minutes away from all the conveniences of Queenstown. WHY BUY IN QUEENSTOWN? When visitors fly into the Queenstown International Airport, the first thing that they notice is the incredible natural beauty of the area. Our popular resort town certainly packs a lot in, making its title of ‘Adventure Capital of the World,’ an apt one. If you are after a lifestyle that includes skiing, mountain biking, rafting, bungy jumping and skydiving, then Queenstown is the place for you. The town's biggest draw is without a doubt the mountains. The Remarkables, Coronot Peak and Treble Cone are all a quick drive away. And, with Wanaka and Cardrona just across the Crown Range, there’s plenty more alpine action to be had. The many Queenstown golf courses and wineries offer more, though less heart-pounding excitement. Central Otago wines are renowned for their quality. And the golf offering is of an international standard. MAKING QUEENSTOWN HOME? The township has plenty of shopping and nightlife attractions, and the huge amount of visitors (over two million each year) together add a palpable level of excitement and vibrancy to this stunning town. The issue you face when considering to buy a property in Queenstown is obvious in that you are far from being the first person attracted to the charms of the area. So how can you claim a piece all for yourself? BUILDING ? Building in a nature reserve has its perks. For one there is limited population density. With only a small amount of sections available there’s the chance to both find your feet here and to stretch out. The community is welcoming and close-knit. Property owners are a mix of young families and retired couples both local and international. The Bob’s Cove community come together with barbeques in summer and potluck dinners in winter. From grand Christmas parties to simply being there with a helping hand when necessary; people here put in the effort. If GlenTui Height’s sounds like a place for you and your family, please feel free to phone or email us today.


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UP FRONT

WHAT'S INSIDE? 16 Korean Beauty

Beauty Feature

Journeys

In Good Hands

She’s A Star

Manuka Honey

La Route Gastronomique

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Health & Fitness

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Keratoconus

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Illuminating Inspiration

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Gen Z Feature

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Dreaming Beyond The Young Innovator

The Art Of March What’s On

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The Weird And Wonderful World Of Museums

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Food

Healthy Smile Power For Young People

Cherry Kebab

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Monthly Brews

Fashion

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Six Spa Treatments

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Maggie Hewitt

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Design Treats

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Swerve

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EDITORS' Notes Left: Fran, Right: Jude and her Granddaughter Poppy visiting from NY

Dear Readers, We are immensely gratified in the knowledge that it is just shy of 15 years since we first joined forces and headed off on an adventure we called Verve. From humble beginnings, this free and fabulous publication now brings much pleasure to tens of thousands of readers each month – both online and in print. So, it’s with immense pride that we unveil Verve edition 153. Featured on the cover is the beautiful A&C Homestore’s autumn brunch room reveal. We just love the creative use of earth tones, handmade details, and the delicious feeling of home that this aesthetically styled photograph captures. And that’s before we get inside!

⟶ Coming up in April: We take a look at 55y+, and quick and easy excursions both local and abroad.

As always, we bring you a bounty of thrilling interviews with inspiring people who thoughtfully reinvent our world. Don't miss the absorbing piece on local resident, Dr Katarzyna Mackenzie, one of a few female plastic surgeons in New Zealand; or our chat with Dr Adriana Marais, the South African physicist who is one of the final 100 candidates on the list for the Mars One Project. Downlights will bring tears to your eyes with its themes of challenges, candles, and the verification that love conquers all. We look at how behaviour can be altered by surroundings, and find out that yes, there really is a Phallological Museum in Iceland. Truly essential reading for all. This instalment also sees a new series created by Kelly Jin of yeonandbee that takes a look at the fascinating world of K-beauty (we kick off with Korean men), and another called Monthly Brews, in which we bring you the best, most legendary places for your daily cup of joe. Enough opening remarks for now! We hope you enjoy this fresh and fabulous issue of Verve. See you next month.

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MAR 2019

Approachable and amiable, Dr Katarzyna Mackenzie MD, PhD, FRACS (Plast) is an expert in the fields of skin cancer, and hand, breast and facial surgery.

Why you should call When we need specialist help with serious issues such as skin cancer or surgery, choosing who to contact can present a stumbling block. It can be a time when we feel vulnerable, and entrusting ourselves to go ‘under the knife’ with someone is a somewhat different from choosing a beauty therapist, gym instructor or GP. “You need a doctor who’s eminently qualified as well as someone you can feel comfortable with; someone who will work with you as part of ‘Team You’ and be there for you on the other side.”

Information is power This is the advice of Dr Mackenzie who has trained and operated alongside world leaders in both plastic and hand surgery. One of the few female plastic surgeons in New Zealand, Dr McKenzie has just returned after honing her skills in London. Her superb credentials marry seamlessly with an innate ability to put one at ease. It’s not difficult to sense that she genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her patients. “It’s my mission to inform and empower people to make the right decisions,” she says. A wife, a mother, a doctor Known to most people as Kasia, Dr Mackenzie is wife to Tom, and mother to Emilia, 15 and Antoni, 11. A passionate art collector and sometime oil painter, her artistic eye plays itself out both at home and work. “I like beautiful things, things with soul,” she says. “I enjoy plastic surgery because it’s creative and requires a deep understanding of tissue biology, meticulous attention to detail and an artistic touch.” A quest for knowledge Born in Poland, Kasia met her Kiwi husband, Tom, in Dublin when she was a medical student. She gained her medical doctor degree (MD) from the Medical University of Warsaw, then moved to New Zealand with Tom and trained in plastic surgery in Christchurch and Auckland. PhD in skin cancer Kasia has a strong belief that being at the forefront of research and medical technology helps her provide the best care. Using this as her guiding light, she completed a PhD in skin cancer at the University of Otago, making her one of only four plastic surgeons ever to be awarded such a PhD in this country. It also qualified her as an expert in the diagnosis, non-surgical and surgical treatment of skin cancer, aesthetic reconstruction, and scar optimisation. International fellowship in Canada This inherent principle also led Kasia to Canada where she completed an aesthetic breast surgery stint with one of the most influential plastic surgeons in the world, Dr Elizabeth Hall-Findley.

“The idea is not to have surgery, but to have the right surgery with the right surgeon” Dr Katarzyna Mackenzie Prestigious fellowships in London The last three years have been spent in London, working with the best in the business. During this time, Kasia was the microsurgery and breast reconstruction fellow, and then hand surgery BSSH fellow (British Society for the Surgery of Hand) at St Andrew’s Centre, Chelmsford, which is internationally-recognised as one of the leading centres for microsurgical breast reconstruction and hand surgery. She then won the prestigious microsurgery and breast reconstruction fellowship at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, which is Europe's largest and most comprehensive cancer centre. An aesthetic surgery fellowship at London’s top private hospitals with many of the pioneering minds in aesthetic surgery including Niall Kirkpatrick, Patrick Mallucci, Norman Waterhouse and David Floyd followed, before the family returned to New Zealand last month.

A strong support system “I would never have been able to do this without the support of Tom,” says Kasia who also credits her children for their resilience. Tom is an inventor (and – just quietly – his forefather was Sir Thomas Mackenzie, our eighteenth prime minister). He points out that Kasia’s made sacrifices. “She’s been training for 18 years and a lot of these prestigious fellowships don’t pay a lot of money,” he says. The doctor is in Those years have, however, shaped a polished and extraordinarily skilled surgeon who’s incredibly relatable. With rooms in both Epsom's and Remuera's Clinic 42, Dr Mackenzie is on hand to help those affected by disease, deformity, and trauma, or who wish to improve and enhance their aesthetic appearance. She also offers non-invasive injectables and an exclusive, high-performance range of skincare—ZO Skin Health by world-renowned Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr Zein Obagi. She understands “I appreciate the pressures of the 21st century when it comes to how we look,” says Kasia. “That said, I’m not only about aesthetics. It’s important to me to help people who are experiencing trauma, skin cancer, breast cancer or debilitating hand conditions. I understand what it’s like to want to find someone you can trust to work with you. I don’t offer false promises, but I will be able to give you a realistic idea of what’s possible.”

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BEAUTY FEATURE

APPLY MAKEUP LIKE A PRO! Verve was recently invited to The Makeup School in Ponsonby to attend their exciting new 40+ Makeup Masterclass. This two-hour evening class has been designed for women who want to learn more about makeup and modernise their look, in an informal relaxed setting.

We asked directors of The Makeup School, Dianne Ensor and Gabrielle Jones, what the inspiration was for getting this off the ground and what else they were offering in their stylish studios for 2019. GABRIELLE We listen to requests from people in order to create new courses that will be relevant and fun, which is actually how the 40+ Masterclass and our (about to launch) four-week ‘Learn How To Apply Your Makeup' evening course came about. Every time I was out I was asked if I could suggest some tips for makeup. I would say a lot of women have never really been taught how to apply makeup and most are still doing the same makeup they did 20 years ago or more. It can be terrifying for a lot of women to know where to start, especially with so much product saturation in the marketplace. As our lives seem to become increasingly busy, all we really want is a handful of key products and tips on how to use them in order to be the best version of ourselves in the most time-efficient way.

Our evening classes attracts lots of people racing in from work, to do an ‘Intro to Makeup' evening course, using it as a taster before deciding if this is the career for them. Weekends we have our fabulous fashion and beauty certificate students who are focusing on the beauty and fashion industries and keen to work for makeup brands like MAC, Mecca Cosmetica and Bobbi Brown, or get into the wedding or magazine industries. When the school holidays come around we welcome lots of enthusiastic, makeup-crazy teens who do our Teenage Workshops. We can pretty much guarantee we will be seeing some of these faces back at our studio full-time when they leave school!

Our Ponsonby studio is a busy hub day and night and such a uplifting environment. We run our very popular full-time diploma in film, TV and fashion makeup during the day, and we love nurturing all our students while preparing to send them out into the industry. DIANNE Both Gabrielle and I still work in the film industry so feel the importance of passing on our industry knowledge to the next generation of makeup artists. Seeing graduates head out into the industry is so rewarding. It’s even better when we go the full circle, training them, then employing them on our own film jobs. We appreciate this is a unique situation to our school and hope they know how lucky they are!

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MASTER STYLIST

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It was during a holiday here, with his family, that Igor formed a love for the beauty and lifestyle that New Zealand offered. On their return to Russia, they began to form a plan that would see them make New Zealand a home for their future. Having owned his own salon in Russia, Igor carries the passion and dedication that is required to achieve the title, Master Stylist. Igor has been working in the industry for 19 years and has studied some of hairdressings most famous names in particular Vidal Sassoon, Aldo Coppola and Toni & Guy. Igor is a precision stylist who lives and breathes hairdressing, regularly posting his creations on instagram.

Call and make a booking with Igor and on your second appointment, you will receive a complimentary blow wave.

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BEAUTY FEATURE

KOREAN MEN'S BEAUTY The first time I was told Korean men wear makeup, I thought I was being duped. The second time, I dismissed it as an exaggeration—surely, it’s a tiny niche of men who are hyper-metro? Then, one night I was on a date and as he rummaged his bag, I spotted the glimmer of a shiny compact foundation. My eyes darted to his poreless skin and it all made sense.

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Since then, I’ve learned a great deal more about Korean culture, gender identity and beauty. Basically, in Korea, it’s just as manly (and far more common) to roll up your sleeves for an exfoliating cleanse as it is to change a tyre. It’s no surprise that South Korean men are the world’s biggest spenders on men’s beauty, with Danish men a distant second, spending only a quarter of their Korean counterparts. So formidable is the Korean men’s beauty market that global French brand Chanel launched its first men’s makeup line Boy de Chanel in Korea, rather than in its native country. So why are Korean men so unique in their unabashed appreciation for skincare and cosmetics? Where did it all come from? The answer, or explanation, will probably seem just as quirky to you as the phenomenon itself. The story is two-pronged. First, the hyper competitive nature of the Korean job market. In 1997, Korea’s economy suffered a massive blow from the Asian Financial Crisis with spikes in suicide rates, and companies going bankrupt left, right and centre. As the economy started to mend and companies started rehiring, everyone wanted to put their best foot forward and employers only wanted to recruit the best on offer, resulting in a huge emphasis on appearance. In Korea, you must include a headshot with your CV, regardless of the occupation.

The obsession with hiring the best looking candidate applies equally to men and women fuelling the plastic surgery craze for which Korea has become infamous. When beauty is not just decorative, but a practical way to climb the corporate ladder, it’s not hard to see how Koreans would view it as something in which men need to take a strong interest. The second prong is a little more straightforward. In a word, it’s K-pop. If you’ve been to Seoul recently, you’ll know that the influence of K-pop idols is inescapable as impeccably groomed young men with perfectly coiffed hair are splashed across subway stations, stationery, and even have convenience store sandwiches dedicated to them. On and off stage, K-pop stars wear a full, albeit relatively subtle, face of makeup, including BB cream, matte brown eyeshadow and brow definer. With the idolisation of these celebrities, it’s unsurprising that young men emulate their look by recreating this hyper-preened aesthetic. While it’s still not at the stage where every male on the subway is seen with a YouTube tutorial-worthy makeup look, younger guys sporting a little BB cream and brow definer is incredibly common, and having a defined skincare routine is much like having a proper workout schedule—there’s nothing uniquely feminine about it. As K-culture becomes more popular overseas with the help of K-pop, dramas and local cuisine, it remains to be seen whether they’ll inspire our men in NZ to view a skincare kit the same way they view a toolkit.

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Skin saviour for all skin types Words: Kim Bulder

Finding the right skin treatment for individual needs can be tricky. Most skincare products are marketed for one specific skin concern—dry, oily, acne, eczema, ageing, sensitive—but in reality our needs are often a bit more complex. Which is why manuka honey is such a skincare superstar. Applied topically, it works wonders for all skin types and many skin problems. Acne, pimples, breakouts Manuka honey is the perfect acne or pimple treatment—it is a powerful topical antibacterial but doesn’t aggravate or dry the skin like many other acne treatments. And it’s a multi-tasker: while fighting the angry bacterial infection and redness, it also helps heal and repair the skin, preventing scarring and skin damage. Eczema or dry, rough skin The nourishing qualities of manuka honey transform dull dry skin with regular use, giving skin a healthy radiance. It softens and smooths dry rough skin and draws moisture to the outer skin layers for long lasting hydration and protection against dryness. Manuka honey reduces irritation and redness and helps break the flare/itch/scratch cycle common with eczema, while also stimulating skin repair to restore skin integrity.

Premature ageing, fine lines, wrinkles Dehydration and inflammation can prematurely age your skin, causing visible lines and a lack of elasticity. Manuka honey has calming antioxidant properties to refine skin tone and helps plump the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, giving a more youthful dewy complexion. Minor wounds and burns Once again manuka honey has the whole bag of tricks to deal with damaged or burnt skin. It has antibacterial activity to fight infection and soothes and calms redness and irritation. It speeds the healing process and is gentle on the skin so doesn’t aggravate the delicate new tissue or surrounding area. How to use manuka honey as a skin treatment Simply apply a thin layer of manuka honey to clean moist skin and leave for 30 minutes then gently rinse off with tepid water. Apply daily for active treatment (MGO250 or higher is recommended) or use 1-2 times a week for natural beauty and skin maintenance. For minor wounds and burns cover the treated area with a clean dressing and reapply daily. For serious wounds medical–grade manuka honey should be used.

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Enhancing Natural Beauty with

MC Cosmetic Clinic Maree Christini

A boutique clinic in the heart of Takapuna, MC Cosmetic Clinic offers premium quality cosmetic enhancement treatments and specialises in cosmetic tattooing such as feather touch and ombre brows, lip blush tattoos and liner tattooing. Examples of MC Cosmetic Clinic's work

Owner of MC Cosmetic Clinc, Maree Christini, has trained internationally, is a creative soul and considers her work an artform, ensuring that each and every one of her clients’ treatments are tailored and unique to them. “My vision when founding MC Cosmetic Clinic was to offer treatments that enhanced clients’ natural beauty,” she says, “saving them time while increasing their confidence.” Maree has achieved a level of skill and artistry that ensures her clients’ experience is beyond satisfactory, with unparalleled results. “I am driven by passion and strive for perfection,” says the clinic boss, “and consider my work a walking, talking statement both on the street and the faces of so many satisfied women.”

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BEAUTY FEATURE

Is your bathroom routine harming the environment? WO R D S — B R I AN N E W E S T

OPINION: By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. My lightbulb moment was realising that one small tweak to the products you buy can help change this. As the founder of the world’s first zero-waste full beauty range, I’m seeing more and more people committed to being more environmentally conscious, and wanting to reduce their footprint on the world we live in. When it comes to your bathroom, there are quite a few things you can do to lower your impact on the environment.

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REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC WASTE More than 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are used globally every year. That’s 80 billion, just from two products that most people use almost every day. The one-in-five people who bother to recycle their personal care bottles are unfortunately wasting their time, as only nine percent of plastic ever made has been recycled. Most of it is sent offshore to countries such as Indonesia, where they lack the infrastructure to deal with the incredible amount of plastic that countries like NZ, Australia and the USA produce. So what happens to it? It is either stockpiled and left to rot (or not rot, of course), or worse, burnt. Both options causes harm to both the environment and the people who live in it, so the only option is to reduce this plastic usage. As most of us know by now, eight million tonnes of plastic hits the ocean every year (that’s about a full dump truck every minute) and the majority of this comes from those same countries that accept our plastic waste. Because their infrastructure can’t cope with our wasted plastic, it gets washed down their waterways into the ocean. So it is everyone’s responsibility to ‘turn the tap off’ and stop using plastic. What you can do: Where possible avoid buying your personal care products in plastic bottles, jars or containers. Use products packaged in metal (which is easily recyclable), in cardboard or even those which come naked. Solid products such as shampoo, conditioner and moisturisers in bar form are a great option! SUPPORT PRODUCTS WITH COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING For hygiene and ease of use, beauty products almost always use packaging—but some types of packaging are more harmful than others. The cosmetic industry is a huge source of waste as there are many different types of plastic used in each container—rendering it unrecyclable, if indeed your recycling centre does have

the capacity. The most environmentally safe products use compostable materials instead of soft plastic packaging. For example, at Ethique our cardboard boxes are acid, chlorine, laminate and plastic free so they are completely compostable and you can pop them in your compost bin or bury them in your garden. We also use soy inks. What you can do: Check to see if your favourite beauty products use compostable or readily recyclable (like metal) containers. If not, switch to brands that do. DON’T FORGET ABOUT WATER WASTE Shampoo or bodywash can be made from up to 80 per cent water. Conditioner can be even higher, at up to 95 per cent water! Isn’t that crazy?! It doesn’t make sense to pay for a product that’s largely water and therefore has to be packaged in plastic bottles when there is water in your shower already. As a practical example, an Ethique conditioner bar is equivalent to five 350ml bottles of liquid conditioner, or 1.7L. Using one conditioner bar, instead of those equivalent five bottles, saves up to 11 litres of water from being used in the manufacture of the plastic bottle and the conditioner itself. And no, you don’t use anymore water when using a water-free product. What you can do: Look at the first few ingredients in the products you buy. Is it water? Make the switch to a more concentrated product. AVOID HARMFUL AND UNSUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS When it comes to beauty products, there are three questions you need to ask yourself: is this product safe to use; is it cruelty free; and is it sustainably produced? There’s no reason why your daily moisturiser should use ingredients of dubious safety (which then of course ends up in our waterways), cause harm to animals, or use ingredients that deplete the environment they are grown in. What you can do: use beauty products that contain no palm oil, and that use 100 per cent naturally-derived and sustainable ingredients. Extra points for ingredients sourced from fair trade sources.

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Brianne West is the founder and CEO of Ethique, the world’s first zero-waste, full range lifestyle brand. Ethique's entire range is completely plastic-free and it has prevented more than three million plastic bottles from being made and disposed of.


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Tackling conical cornea with the latest contact lens and imaging technology Keratoconus is a chronic condition that affects the cornea; the transparent, dome like tissue located at the front of the eye. Keratoconus is characterised by progressive thinning and protrusion of the cornea. The protrusion of the cornea means it becomes an irregular, conical shape (like a traffic cone), as opposed to a regular, spherical shape (like a soccer ball). This unusual shape results in reduced vision. 24

Keratoconus is relatively common in New Zealand, estimated to occur in between 1 in 500 and 1 in 1000 of the general population. The condition usually develops in the early teenage years, followed by the disease getting progressively worse until age 30-40. The symptoms of keratoconus are non-specific; most patients simply experience blurry or fuzzy vision. In the earliest stages of keratoconus there may be no or minimal symptoms at all. Fortunately, a specialised imaging device called a corneal topographer, which maps the shape of the cornea, is used by the optometrists at Mortimer Hirst to detect keratoconus in these early stages. In the early stages of keratoconus, when the shape of the cornea is relatively normal, spectacles or soft contact lenses provide good vision. However, as the disease progresses and the corneal shape becomes more irregular, rigid (hard) therapeutic contact lenses are required to adequately compensate for the abnormal shape of the cornea. With proper care, regular replacement of the lenses as they degrade and regular eye exams to ensure the contact lenses do not compromise the health of your eyes; well-fitting contact lenses can provide lifelong visual rehabilitation for keratoconus. Early detection of keratoconus is vital as if the condition is allowed to progress unchecked, the corneal shape can become too irregular for contact lenses to be worn safely and comfortably. Additionally in advanced keratoconus, corneal scarring can limit vision (often to the level of legal blindness). In these cases, transplantation of a human donor cornea is necessary and this occurs in about 20 percent of cases. Fortunately, a recently developed, relatively simple

surgical procedure called corneal collagen cross-linking has been shown to stop or slow down disease progression and dramatically reduce the risk that a corneal transplantation is required. The clinical team at Mortimer Hirst work closely with Ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) in the public and private sector that perform corneal collagen cross-linking and corneal transplantation, so you can be assured that surgical options will be explored if required. All the members of our clinical team at Mortimer Hirst are highly experienced in fitting and maintaining the speciality contact lenses required for keratoconus. The history of contact lenses in New Zealand is very interesting and the founders of Mortimer Hirst were the first to use contact lenses in the country. In 1943 Gene Hirst accepted, with great success, a challenge made by an Auckland ophthalmologist to manufacture the first contact lenses in New Zealand for a patient with keratoconus. You can read more about the fascinating history of contact lens manufacturing at Mortimer Hirst on our home page. The technology used to fit and manufacture contact lenses has changed substantially since 1943, but one thing that has not changed is Mortimer Hirst’s commitment to being at the forefront of the developments in the assessment and management of keratoconus. We utilise the latest technology and research to provide you with the best possible eye care. These commitments from the clinical team include post-graduate study and research into keratoconus. Members of the clinical team teach contact lens fitting for keratoconus in the Bachelor of Optometry programme at the University of Auckland and have received scholarships for specialist training in the fitting of scleral lenses for keratoconus overseas. The clinical team at Mortimer Hirst can diagnose keratoconus, assess its severity and determine if it is progressing using the latest technology, and based on this, formulate a customised treatment plan that will provide visual rehabilitation so that keratoconus does not prevent you from doing the things you want to do.

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ILLUMINATING Inspiration It must have felt like history repeating itself for Tony Sykes while trying to secure work for his 22-year-old daughter, Emma, with his late wife having previously struggled to secure a preschool for their daughter, who has Down syndrome. Though the doting dad understands potential employers’ apprehensions about employing Emma, what most disappointed him was that most didn’t even acknowledge the applications. So, Tony decided to set her up with her own candlemaking business, called Downlights, established under the guidance of luxury Kiwi candle company Illumina. “Tony would often light fragranced candles when cooking or having a barbecue in the yard, and Emma would always say ‘fire’ when they were lit, she was mesmerised by them,” says Illumina founder Jennifer Del Bel. “Also, whenever they went into shops, Emma would stop to smell the candles, quite a typical girly thing, really.”

Syndrome Association. “It was incredibly coincidental and fabulously wonderful! Emma also loves helping to choose the final fragrance, and if it gets the thumbs down from her, then we don’t run with it.” Jennifer beams about “incredible changes” she’s witnessed in her protégé. “This young woman struggled to raise her eyes to look at new people when I first her,” she says. “She would hold on to Tony’s hand the entire time, would not leave his side and barely spoke a word. When she first began working with myself and my daughter, Mia, Emma needed to be helped with certain tasks like positioning the wicks, but now she’s an independent woman who works on her own and easily interacts with strangers at PR events. Her true personality now shines through.”

From glassware suppliers to fragrance developers, Illumina has developed a wealth of invaluable connections home and abroad that have aided Downlights’ rise. “We knew that we had a strong business story,” says Jennifer, “and we wanted a ‘classic’ range—an unchangeable glass with an eye-catching colour scheme in the logo.”

Such is Emma’s confidence that she now even rides the ferry to the city from Pine Harbour alone.

Serendipitously, Jennifer and Tony opted for purple and orange as the base colours of the brand, not realising they were also the colours used by the New Zealand Down

I ask Jennifer what she has learnt from Emma, and, admitting to “being a bit of a busy beaver” she says most definitely “patience!”: “Emma reminds me to slow down, enjoy the

“This is how much she has changed in just seven months. How privileged am I to be part of this journey, to see this one loving individual become the best person she can be?”

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moment and cherish the small things in life. We have a special relationship and I feel deeply honoured and blessed to be the recipient of such an innocent love. My kids also adore Emma and Nicki [Emma’s sister, who also has Down syndrome, and plans to join the family firm] and the feeling is mutual.”

Emma’s story has greatly inspired others too, with the company inundated with emails and messages and international phone calls. “Mothers tell us that Emma has given them hope that for their babies with Down syndrome and fathers thank Tony for being so supportive of his daughter and setting an example for other dads,” says Jennifer. “Families have flown in from around the country to bring their children to meet Emma, she gives them hope for acceptance. I just feel like I have the best job in the world.” It’s hugely satisfying that their business model is working so well, but such is their success that they sometimes struggle to keep up, often “literally stepping on each other toes” as they tend to their ever-growing list in their small premises. “Tony, Emma and I often work 12-hour days to produce orders in response to media events such as when George Takei shared a video clip on his Facebook page that had 1.3 million views in 48 hours,” says Jennifer. “Such success will help us to move forward and help more people. The story will expand from Emma to Emma and her friends.” To meet their expansion targets, the company is compiling a list of teachers, volunteers and prospective employees, with plans for new fragrances, products and equipment as well as strategic alliances and a larger premises. “We want to set an example for the world to follow about inclusivity, community care and love,” Jennifer says. “Downlights’ structure benefits the entire community. We have aligned ourselves with Interworld Fundraising to offer fundraising opportunities for schools and community groups which will help the business to grow, enabling us to employ more people with special needs.”

AN OVERVIEW OF DOWN SYNDROME • The condition is named after Victorian British doctor, John Langdon Haydon Down, who wrote about it in great length during the 1860s and set up a private home for those with intellectual and development difficulties. • According to the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association, around one in a thousand Kiwi kids are born with Down syndrome—one or more a week—and though it cannot be cured, “problems can be eased” if those with it receive the right help and “people have a positive, accepting attitude”.

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Jennifer reveals that Downlights has become an “international phenomenon” with Emma making the final three of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Attitude Awards. Prior to the awards, friends and family of the business partners got together to buy outfits and have their hair and makeup done. “Emma loves Disney movies—as do I!—and so I bought her a tiara as a special gift. The entire night she clung to her clutch, carried herself beautifully and waited with graceful patience for her video to be shared. Then there was the magnitude of the stories of the people who surrounded us. The event was so moving our table must have gone through all the tissues, napkins and more. It was nothing short of humbling, every single nominee was a winner, not just the finalists, so to be a finalist, what an honour.”

According to Statistics New Zealand, people with disabilities are three times less likely to be in work, and those that are generally receive less hours and on average half the median weekly income of that of their non-disabled counterparts. “The world needs to change and the response we have had has certainly shown us that the timing is right,” says Jennifer. “Emma has given me purpose, a sense of direction and a commitment to the larger community. She’s given me a real energy boost, to keep working hard so I can help others. I’ve discovered a broader view of humanity, stronger determination, gratitude for all that I have, and the verification that love really conquers all.”

• Down syndrome occurs at random, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 in the body’s cells. It’s classed as a congenital disorder. • Down syndrome is never the result of any action—or lack of—during pregnancy. However, women who choose to have children later in life (after 35) increase their risk of having a baby with such a chromosome disorder. • Down syndrome is not contagious. • The severity of the condition does vary, but there is no reason why many people with Down syndrome cannot contribute to society.

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or knees, particularly if it is age-related, can expect a greater than 80 percent likelihood of improvement in their symptoms following a single stem cell treatment. Other conditions, such as neurological, lung and heart disease are also showing promise, although the numbers treated to date are smaller, and therefore the treatment outcomes cannot yet be predicted with the same level of certainty. It is clear that treatment with stem cells has a regenerative effect on body tissues, as well as anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. That translates to your own cells repairing themselves, giving personalised medicine a whole new meaning! Stem Cell treatment is very safe – your own cells are being recruited and deployed to areas of damage or inflammation within your body, and therefore the risk of rejection or infection is negligible. Another positive of this treatment, is it is a half-day procedure, completed with local anaesthesia only. Many of our patients are keen to avoid much bigger procedures such as surgical joint replacement, which come with surgical and anaesthetic risks, and consequently a higher rate of side effects and possible complications. Joint replacement surgery definitely makes stem cell treatment look like a walk in the park! At Stem Cell Life, we feel it is our duty to bring the most cutting-edge medical approaches in our speciality field to New Zealanders, and we are humbled that people are travelling from Asia and Australia, as well as the South Island, to benefit from this treatment. Why not come and have a consultation to discuss your concerns and explore whether this recent development in medicine, which is on your doorstep in Epsom, is right for you. For further information please make an appointment to see Dr Eloise Dickie or Dr Joanna Romanowska at Clinic 42.

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By entering into the ‘competitive ecosystem’ of social media, young innovators have opened up their horizons to the bluesky thinking of the digital world. Young artists can build entire online communities, and create their own scaffolding. Dutch-born, Dunedin-raised artist Aïcha Wijland now works as an art director in CHE Proximity, Melbourne. After switching from Tumblr to Instagram, both loyal and new followers combined to grow her feed into a thriving portfolio website, @aiicha.art. Her account spills beyond the boundaries of conventional beauty, combining her visceral imagination and gorgeous sense of colour with a tongue-in-cheek irony and relatability. Aïcha calls her Instagram both her "creative outlet" and "digital business card". Archiving her work led to illustration, painting and animation jobs during her freelance career. Along with the "joy" of sharing her work, Aïcha is accessible to followers in an immediate and personable way, and has even commissioned other artists. She cites the perks of art memes, challenges or collaboration threads within the Instagram art scene. In her view, a recent ‘draw this in your style’ challenge validated each artist’s own aesthetic. It also increased the exposure of artists to new art. On the leadership front, Alexia Hilbertidou believes change follows "a strong social purpose", rather than validation from other people, or reaching particular milestones. Currently in Seattle on the Facebook Community Leadership Program, Alexia founded organisation, GirlBoss (girlboss.nz) at 16. It aims to empower young women to work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths), areas that the unconscious bias against women can often seep into. Four years later, GirlBoss has implemented professional development workshops in 55 schools in New Zealand and

the Cook Islands. Prompted by whether she will return to study, Alexia voiced her intention to stick with GirlBoss until a "drastic shift" in the lack of representation of women in STEM and leadership roles. Another knack of innovators is knowing the needs of the market. Donielle Brooke created Designer Wardrobe (designerwardrobe.co.nz) to sustain herself financially after being diagnosed with a malignant thyroid tumour. The site filled a gap by combining local business with pre-loved designer goods. Now cancer-free for five years, Donielle has a platform that currently holds more than 27,000 active listings, and an active rental and valet service. On the flip side, headlines were made by another entrepreneur’s recent decision to shut down her online magazine. Meet Tavi Gevinson—fashion icon and muse for Rodarte at age 12, and magazine founder at 15. Dubbed the ‘collective diary for Gen Z’ in The New Yorker, Tavi’s magazine, Rookie (rookiemag.com), was a pastel, tulle and grunge-eyeliner collage of personal essays, poetry, illustrations and playlists solicited from the community. At 22, Tavi discerned that what was best for Rookie may not be the best for herself. Her decision to fold the magazine allowed it to remain community-driven and independent from financial investors. It also showed another side of leadership— the maturity and courage to imagine another future. At the end of the day, sustaining any enterprise taps into the well of resilience and patience of the creator. As social media blurs the lines between imagined/real, tangible/unattainable, innovators seek to match the demographics of their dreams to their reality. Striving always to grow—and knowing when to let go.

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TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY Generation Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

The expression ‘teenager’ was first coined in the US in the 1940s, though most associate its origins with the rocking ‘n’ rolling adolescents of the 1950s and ‘60s. But in his sprawling tome, Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, UK writer Jon Savage argues that youth movements began way before the post-war boom, during the romanticism of the late 19th century (others have pointed out that even that misses the mark by at least a couple of thousand years—the Greeks, for instance, glorified adolescents) followed by the “militarist vision for youth” of an ever-ambitious Germany and “the cult of masculinity” of Britain’s elite to ready her boys for wars in far flung corners of the empire. Savage also references US psychologist G. Stanley Hall’s 1904 book, Adolescence, that coined the contemporary “definitive term for the elongated hiatus between childhood and adulthood” before concluding his own book in the year 1945, following the arrival of fashion and music magazine Seventeen. Aimed at self-absorbed, middle-class high-schoolers, its publication coincided with the dawn of mass consumerism, the term ‘teenager’, said to represent all-American optimism, essentially a marketing gimmick to make the kids feel as if they were part of some grand gang and encourage them to buy more stuff. Sound familiar? Of course, those original teenagers are now baby boomers, a most maligned generation blamed for Brexit, Trump, gender inequality (the male half, at least), climate change, lack of affordable housing and everything in between; ironically now the antithesis of that rebellious yet hopeful youth movement that they first spawned. Pertinently, ‘baby boomer’ (a reference to post-war population spikes) also first appeared in US publications in the 1940s so, for a time, baby boomers and teenagers were actually the same thing (and in the case of Donald Trump, emotionally still are). Generation X—often called the ‘forgotten generation’ with ‘middle child syndrome’—sits between baby boomers and millennials, and though the term has also been around since the post-war period, was not widely used until the


GEN Z FEATURE 1990s following the publication of Douglas Coupland’s book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, the ‘X’ signifying that generation’s reluctance to be defined (they were previously referred to by the far less sexy moniker ‘baby busters’, owing to a fall in birth rates). The notion of a millennial was first floated by Neil Howe and William Strauss in their 1991 book, Generations. “We thought that an upbeat name would be good because of the changing way they were being raised,” Howe tells NPR. “They would be the first to graduate high school in the year 2000, so the name millennial instantly came to mind.” In typical middle-child fashion, it’s said that Gen Xers (hand up from this writer!) generally just get on with it, leaving the bickering about smashed avocado and sorting the recycling to the baby boomers and their millennial kin—intergenerational ire, that, hilariously, spans millennia. In the first century BC, Horace

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referred to the propensity of the “beardless youth” to squander money, unable to “foresee what is useful”, while Aristotle, three centuries later, described the young as “high-minded” because they have neither been “humbled by life” nor “experienced the force of circumstances”! While many millennials, often accused of being entitled and techobsessed, likely remember those innocent times before Facebook and iPhones, the newest kids on the generational block, Generation Z–or the iGeneration—have never had to untangle a cassette tape or fumble with a floppy disk. Eighteen-year-old UCLA student and lifestyle blogger Hannah Payne tells the New York Times that they are the “first true digital natives”, able to “almost simultaneously” create and edit a document, while posting to Instagram and speaking on smartphones with their friends: “Generation Z takes in information instantaneously and loses interest just as fast.” V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


MAR 2019 Dan Schawbel, managing partner of New York consultancy Millennial Branding, advises advertisers that in this ever-digitising era if they can’t communicate their message in five words and a big picture then “they will not reach this generation”. But if you’re fretting about our selfie-society becoming vainer and more vacuous still, take comfort, for Generation Z may well just be Generation Sensible. Or even Generation Integrity. Consultancy group Sparks & Honey found that 60 percent of the iGeneration want to have an impact on the world (compared with 39 percent of millennials), while a report by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service found that Gen Zers would rather frequent a juice bar than a pub, prioritise family over sex and even value good school grades more than friendship. Anxiety about the future, both personal and on a grander scale, is a common theme. High school student Seimi Park, 17, tells TNYT, that for her generation, “optimism has long ago been replaced

GENERATIONS AT A GLANCE

Although there’s no official or scientific consensus on generational eras, here’s an approximate guide courtesy of the Pew Research Center. THE SILENT GENERATION

Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old) BABY BOOMERS

Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old) GENERATION X

Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old) MILLENNIALS

Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old) GENERATION Z

Born 1997-Present (0-22 years old)

with pragmatism”, while Neil Howe, an economist and co-author of dozens of books about generations, compares them with the Silent Generation who were shaped by the first world war and the Depression: “There has been a recession, jobs are hard to get, you can’t take risks.” But Generation Z are certainly a resourceful and industrious bunch. The Harvard Business Review found that 70 percent of teens are self-employed and making a few extra bucks by teaching music or through YouTube videos. “We have so much more to do than drink and take drugs,” 19-yearold student Demi Babalola tells the Observer. “… We have a lot more to distract us now.” Namely, technology. However, futurologist Rhiannon McGregor adds that it is because of technology that caution exists, aware of how they’re portrayed both online and off. And with that comes a greater social awareness, a generation that sees itself as part of a global community easily able to connect with other countries to share such things as concerns about climate change. “Geographic location is not a problem and does not define who we are,” Jogle de Leon of North Carolina tells Business Insider. “Asian culture, like anime and K-pop, is becoming more popular among Gen Z.”

Various studies have found Generation Z to be less likely than previous teenagers to fall pregnant or be in physical fights. More than a quarter have volunteered, more than half wish to spend time working abroad and nearly three-quarters wish to start their own business, while their number one priority in the workplace is equality. Thanks to this consumer savvy, open-minded, overwhelmingly progressive generation who often shun brand loyalty for individuality, race is ever less relevant, and gender and sexuality ever less easily defined. Maybe then, eventually, the need to define generations will fall by the wayside too, in which case, how fitting them being bestowed the last letter, the letter ‘Z’. The end of prejudgment, and the beginning of a brave new world? Who knows, but the future certainly seems brighter under their thoughtful care.

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21st century dentistry for kids Fast-forward to the present time when paediatric dentistry looks at a visit to the dental chair through the eyes of a child. The specialised profession works with children covering a gamut of issues from examinations through fillings, space maintenance, extractions, and trauma. The Tooth Company® Kids Recognising the next generation's oral health required a different stance The Tooth Company® Kids was born ‘to put a positive spin on children’s dentistry’ and provide specialised care for under-18s. Dr Angel Babu Dr Angel Babu—a specialist paediatric dentist— joined earlier this year. A paediatric dentist completes general dentistry before training for a further three years in paediatrics and clinical dentistry.

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Baby teeth “Parents often ask me why they should look after baby teeth as they fall out,” says Angel. “I tell them it’s important to introduce good habits early and if, say, an abscess developed and required extraction it could cause serious orthodontic issues later."

She also encourages the child to feel the equipment sometimes. “For example, if a child needs an extraction or has a loose tooth, I might say, ‘My fingers are too big so I’m going to use my robo finger to wiggle it’ and I show them what I’ll be using—if you tell them they’re usually happy.”

“The first tooth that usually erupts is a lower front tooth around six months. Ideally we would see a child for their initial dental visit by their first birthday. This gives us the opportunity to examine their teeth along with growth and development, give advice on prevention and diet, and provide oral hygiene instructions.”

Special Needs Conditions such as autism, Asperger's, Down syndrome and some other situations require special care. “For instance, there’s a mild or severe spectrum with autism and asperger's,” says Angel. “I use what we call a social story book with these children; I’ll show them a picture of the front door, the door to the room, the room itself, the chair, the mirror, perhaps a picture of an open mouth. We go through this process little by little. It’s call desensitisation and requires several visits”

Toddlers and tooth decay “There are many New Zealand cases of caries (decay) in children before four years of age, and even at one to two years,” says Angel. “Formula, juice and prolonged breast milk can contribute.” Tweens and teenagers “After about age nine or 10, parents don’t usually oversee tooth brushing and there are often dietary changes as kids gain more independence,” says Angel. “If good habits have been ingrained it’s good for oral health. Using myself as an example, I wasn’t allowed fizzy drinks and I still don’t drink them. Good habits can stick for life.” The dentist’s chair “A paediatric dentist specialises in behaviour management as well as clinical dentistry,” says Angel. “It’s normal for growing children to have some worries on a first visit. Some of them may have anxiety being in a new environment or it might just be who they are. I take notice of everything from the time they walk in. If they appear nervous, if they’re shy and hiding behind their parent, it’s all important.” First visit Assessment is the first step. “We go through slowly step-by-step,” says Angel. “If we bounce in as we do with adults we’ll lose their trust. I use a special language. The suction is Mr Thirsty or the vacuum cleaner, the drill is an electric toothbrush, nitrous oxide is happy gas, and we use an apparatus called the WAND instead of an injection—it actually is an injection but it doesn’t look like one so it minimises the fear factor.”

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GEN Z FEATURE

TEEN SPIRIT Words: Sarah Boughtwood, Osteopath, Milford

Are you worried about how much time your teenager spends watching TV, gaming, or scrolling through social media? Whilst getting your teenager in to sport might be a challenge, it has so many advantages: BUILDS CONFIDENCE

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As your teen finds their feet in a sport they enjoy, you will see their confidence bloom. Not only in sport, that confidence will spread to other aspects of their life, too. SPORTSMANSHIP & TEAMWORK

Especially in team sports, working together towards a common goal creates a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship. Your teen will learn to work together as a team or group, learning to respect each other, their coaches and umpire. Sportsmanship is developed in playing against other teams, as fair play is a must in sport. MAKING FRIENDS

Sport is a great way to encourage friendships, especially as they already have a mutual interest. If your teen is particularly shy or introvert, playing sport can be a good way to bring them out of their shell and make friends with others. TIME MANAGEMENT

Something a lot of teenagers struggle with, is time management. Sport helps develop teens ability (and yours) with time management by set practice and game times. This is especially evident in a team sport, where a game cannot start until all the players are present. This is a life skill that will aid their future careers. A GREAT OUTLET FOR TEENS

Does your teenager, especially boys, suffer from anger control issues? With their hormones all over the show, social pressure and life situations, anger issues can arise. Sport is a great way to burn off steam and vent any anger in a safe environment.

Here are some hot tips for your teens to survive the upcoming winter sports season. REST

It is important not to over do it. Osteopaths often see injuries when teenagers push themselves that little bit too far or do not rest when advised to. When you have an injury, it is important to take a break. If your health professional has told you to take a break, for however long, it is in your best interests to do so. Pushing through can lead to further damage. STRETCH

Help avoid injuries and niggly pains by stretching. Your level of sport and frequency will determine how often you stretch. When stretching, remember the stretch should feel like ‘good pain’, not the ‘bad pain’ associated with over-stretching. For advice on stretching and the specific stretches or exercises you need to do, speak to an osteopath to guide your teen in the right direction. Preventing injuries is the goal for osteopaths. ADDRESS THOSE INJURIES

Osteopaths commonly treat teenagers during sports seasons for a range of injuries. Treatment is always most effective when the injury is acute, as there are few compensations else where in the body. EAT WELL

Support their physical exercise with a well-balanced diet. Although you may need a second mortgage to keep up with your teens' volume of eating! Whether your teen is a boy or girl, keep nutrition in mind. Are they eating a ‘rainbow of vegetables’, plenty of protein and good fats? If you are worried about their diet, speak to your local nutritionist. DRINK UP

Many of us, even as adults, do not drink enough water. I mean water, not juice, soft drink, tea, or coffee, but plain and simple water. It is important, especially on game days, to keep teens' fluids up.

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF

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Maggie Hewitt

6AM

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I am an early riser, about 6:00 AM, as I like to get a head start on the day. I have a quick shower,pop on a red lip and I’m up and on my way to the studio.

7AM

I arrive at the studio with Honey my miniature daschund, have my first coffee of the day and start working through my emails. The morning is my favourite part of the day as it’s peaceful and quiet and I can get a head start before my team arrive into the office. Rod, my patternmaker, arrives around this time too, so we catch up and work on any current construction of new garments.

9AM

No two days are the same for me, but usually by 9:00 AM my team have all arrived and we will have a weekly meeting and catch up on projects or what we are working towards. Planning and collaborating as a team is essential for how we operate.

11AM

This is when I fit in my weekly calls with my sales team or my New York-based PR.

1:30PM

I usually have quite a late lunch, as the day always seems to get away on me. I sit outside around the picnic table with my team enjoying the sun. My go-to is sushi from next door and another coffee. We are lucky enough to get the most generous fruit baskets from That Fruit Shop in Onehunga which we love to share over lunch as a team.

3PM

During a new season I have a fit meeting with my production team where we go through adjustments and any final changes on new designs. For each garment, we discuss the fit and size and ensure every garment is fitting perfectly before it is approved to be cut and made.

4PM

This is my favourite part of the day. I work with Olive my design assistant to go through new season colours, designs and fabrics. We mood board and discuss designs and colour pallets for the new season. Usually we go up to Kerikeri to do most of the designing as being up North is where I can draw inspiration and completely focus. Then week by week we build on these ideas, and look at new innovative fabrics that we’d like to work with.

7PM

I am lucky enough to live with one of my best friends Caroline, who is an incredible cook and makes the most divine meals for my partner Isaac and I.

8:30PM

Winding down for me before I go to sleep includes listening to one of my favorite new podcasts called How I Built This by Guy Raz, watching Netflix or reading Business of Fashion articles.

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mostly don’t) and it will prevent over-spending on items that you actually won’t wear much at all as they don’t belong with what you have. Taking stock now of what your winter wardrobe currently includes before you’re reaching for that heavier jacket or pair of tights will mean, you know exactly what you have in your wardrobe and exactly what you need to add. In short, taking stock of your wardrobe now gives you a fabulous start on creating a wardrobe with intention. To begin this process simply look at each item. The first cut is whether it is worn or old looking? If it is, out it goes…

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As a summer–lover I try to live in denial that winter days are coming – sure, the nights and mornings may be a little cooler, but the peak of the day is still deliciously warm. Surely then I can continue to wear my lightest, coolest, tiny-strappiest outfits? Hmmm. Of course I can, I just need to add a jacket to the mix!

Then, once you’ve cleared items that no longer warrant hanger or drawer space it’s time to be really honest with what’s left. The questions you need to ask are: Do I still love it? Is the style still current? Does it fit me? Does it fit my lifestyle? If your answers are 'yes', then these are items to keep. If your answer is no to any of these, move that item on.

Autumn, which is officially here with the arrival of March is actually a great time to take stock of your wardrobe. Doing your wardrobe at this time of year means you can go into winter with certainty when it comes to what you will be wearing. If you take the time to do this now, it will prevent doublebuying (buying a similar item to one you already own but you’d forgotten about), it will prevent impulse purchases (that sometimes work but

A couple of exceptions. If you still love it but it is no longer current, you should keep it if it is special. By that I mean perhaps a designer piece or something very stylish. Everyday workhorse items (like jeans) need to be sent to the thrift store. Also keep great accessories as these can be recycled and update an outfit easily. Oh, and by the way – you really don't need a dozen outfits to garden or paint in – be ruthless!

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with confidence,“ says Tara Williams, head tutor and co-owner of Vanity Walk. “It’s amazing the difference it makes when you change someone’s posture and teach them how to project a positive energy level.”

They offer modelling and grooming courses for teenage girls which run in the school holiday breaks throughout the year. The course includes grooming, deportment, skincare, makeup, hairstyling, job interview techniques, catwalk modelling and dance, and their main focus is developing confidence and self-esteem in every single student who passes through their doors.

The courses are entirely interactive and ensure that each individual receives one-onone attention while learning how to “do it for themselves”. What the students learn at a Vanity Walk course is something that will stay with them forever.

Their tried and proven training techniques have seen their graduates succeed in all facets of their lives, from modelling careers and university studies through to other professional endeavours. “It’s not just about modelling and walking on a catwalk, it’s about understanding how to present yourself and learning how to walk into a room

Their modelling and grooming courses are held at Empire Studios in Grey Lynn, and they are taking bookings now for the April school holiday break. Corporate grooming workshops are available on request. Vanity Walk is also a dynamic model and talent Agency committed to promoting top experienced models and exciting new faces to the fashion, TV and film industries in New Zealand and internationally.

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Although Emile's and Eva’s summer house is in the middle of the island, it remains a short, 20-minute drive to the seaside, so they can make the most of the ocean and retreat to their private escape whenever they want. The house is situated on a forested hillside nestled among the trees. “The house fits nicely in the landscape because it is based on the vernacular architecture,” explains architect Rolf Blakstad. He adds that its unobtrusiveness is enhanced by the fact that “it’s a long house designed in order to sit on the land in an appropriate way”. Further, he has designed the courtyards and terraces around the house to blur the distinction between interior and exterior, so that they function as outside rooms – a natural, habitable extension of the house.

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“I had the mirrors made with fumed oak in Vietnam,” says Sumari. “They have a special way of treating their wood there.”

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The bathrooms are simple, calming spaces, allowing focal features such as the mirrors and the bath to take centre stage. “I had the mirrors made with fumed oak in Vietnam,” says Sumari. “They have a special way of treating their wood there.” She adds that the spectacular bath was imported from Indonesia. “I mixed that – which is was quite a feature – with a very classic mirror to create a sense of quirkiness.” The light, neutral palette and simple, rustic textures of the main bedroom are offset by a single velvet chair – a luxurious gesture that provides a counterpoint to the rustic restraint of the rest of the room.


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“The living room is based on a Megaron,” says Rolf: an architecture form from Ancient Greece. It is a large square room with a central skylight so that “you look up and see the sky, so the interior is open to the exterior in the vertical aspect, not only though the windows”. The living room can be also opened on three sides so that it is cool and light in summer. In winter it is warmed by a suspended Gyrofocus fireplace. The neutral palette of beige and grey tones is enlivened with pops of mustard in the ottomans and the cushions. Further dynamism is introduced in the antique hexagonal coffee tables and features chairs looking out over the gardens. V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


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Emile Kuenen and Eva Piers relaxing in their summer house in Ibiza. A comfortable nook has been added just outside the kitchen to help integrate it with the rest of the house.

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The entrance hall, lit from above by a skylight, welcomes visitors with large double doors. As with the rest of the house, architect Rolf Blakstad’s restrained use of materials and colours provides the perfect neutral palette for the decoration and furnishings to build on. “This house in particular is a modern interpretation of the traditional buildings that we have on the island,” says Rolf. “It’s a mix of a more contemporary take with rustic finishes.” The rustic materiality of wood, rusted metal and woven baskets adds richness and texture. “It gives the house a timeless quality.”


HOME & DESIGN The guest bedrooms are decorated with natural simplicity, the neutral palette enlivened with rich natural hues – drawn from the surrounding landscape. Graphic elements have been introduced with patterned floor mats and throws, layered onto the neutral base. “Graphic patterns break the monotone colours,” says Sumari.

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A 350-year-old olive tree provides the focal point of one of the courtyards, while a terrace with a pergola is being scaled by new vines to create a cool, shaded nook among the many al fresco dining areas. A built-in fireplace makes it hospitable at all times of year. Sumari has used teak furniture both inside and out to enhance the sense of continuity. “It weathers and ages so beautifully, whether you use it inside or outside,” she says. The theme of natural weathering and sense of agelessness is further enhanced by naturally weathered coffee tables, vintage packing crates and barrels.


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Styling the Untapped Potential to Bring a Home Alive WO R D S — S AR AH S PAR K S

If you looked in a copy of the Property Press 23 years ago, home staging was unheard of. The page spreads featured empty houses. At the time Dinah Malyon was doing renovations then styling them. She discovered her impact was instant—stock sold very quickly. People were wowed. Yet her real estate friends said it would never work commercially. Then Dinah received a fateful call. One of the same agents offered her a home staging job.

They style up to three homes a day—the whiteboard in their Parnell office shows the running tally of turnarounds. Philly calls it “interior design on steroids”. The pace is intense, they’ve been told what they can do in three hours could take three weeks typically.

“I pulled all my furniture out of my house to do it,” she says. That was the beginning of DMI Homestagers—the first professional service of its kind in the country.

Projects range from high-end homes to little apartments through to new builds. “When clients see our aesthetic in the flesh, they get it—it’s massive for me as then I know we’ve met the market—it often leads to interior design work too,” Philly says.

Cold calling agents with empty houses in the Property Press built the business up from scratch. Dinah pitched how to turn a listing from “now into wow” with her professional expertise. It turned unrealised opportunity into a thriving business reality.

She often calls agents particularly to hone in on who would use the space. “I want to get it 100 percent right. Some homes have five bedrooms and tiny living areas. You need to provide the right amount of seating without overcrowding yet still ensure good flow.”

Today with her daughter, Philly, who’s grown up in the business, they “bring homes alive” by transforming them into glamorous desirable residences.

They say, “A home is usually your biggest asset – you have to get it right by using an experienced home stager or you risk devaluing your property.

It’s not unusual for their handiwork to increase the sales price significantly. "Vendors often comment that they can't believe the price we go," says Dinah. The DMI Homestagers website is full of testimonials and flawless photos of their work.

“People can’t visualise spaces—they’ll put a single bed in a double room—we say put a double in there as it will look larger.”

“What we do is bespoke, personalised and luxe—there is a real depth to it,” says Philly. “I’ve had agents say our beautiful bedding helps sell the property. People just fall in love with it.” Although phenomenally busy, the duo are meticulously organised and completely hands on, personally attending consultations to get a feel for the property then selecting the furniture themselves. They have up to three trained stylists in their team helping them with each installation. “It’s quite an intuitive process,” Dinah says. “We become advisors when vendors are downsizing after many decades in the same home."

They explain a few key rules that they train all their team in. “Don’t put a sofa in front of a window with a view or a chair in front of a door that’s going to open, use a big rug in a big room and be mindful about coordination – having a theme right throughout the house works best.” After over two decades the adrenaline of achieving unseen potential still keeps them both going. Many times, it's stressful, however no job has ever been turned down—even in the early days. “It’s euphoric—you do get a buzz. We always say to our clients that it’s a real privilege for us to come into your home to help sell your property.”

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DESIGN Treats Words: Mya Cole

« OUD LIGHT Resident The Oud lamps single armature follows a continuous and unbalanced line, concealing all the mechanisms of the warm LED lamp. A sphere of polished crimson or white marble rests on its leg: its diameter is fitted to the palm, a quarter-turn operates the internal switch.

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Small Japanese bathroom stool made from Kiso Hinoki wood. Traditionally this stool is used in Japanese wash houses to sit on whilst the body is wiped down before entering the public baths. Can be used for the same purpose as the Japanese or for a multitude of uses around the home - especially great for children's rooms. Hinoki wood is used for bathroom accessories not only for of its water and bacteria resistant properties - which are excellent - it is also a fragrant wood when wet. It is also incredibly beneficial for the skin as it has a natural oil with healing and beauty effects.

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« PARISON TABLE LIGHT Resident

As a piece, the Parison Table light quietly anchors a room, subtly and deliberately imperfect, glowing softly and holding its own, a perfect addition to a quirky minimalist home. Also perfect for softly lit dinners as an alternative to candle light. A soft milky table sculpture which emanates light, resembling a soap bubble resting on a tabletop. See more design pieces on our website

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UNDERLINE CAFE TABLE Simon James The Underline table collection explores the integrated seamless connection point between steel and wood. Designed to accommodate a number of different home and work environments this table comes in variations of round, rectangle and cafe. A solid oak top will handle the knocks at home while developing character over time.


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Treat yourself and your loved ones to luxurious breakfasts in bed on these long summer mornings into the cold winter when you struggle to get up. Easily used to present beautiful platters or drinks at barbecues and dinner parties. Hasami Porcelain is characterised by simple, clean lines and an aesthetic that is highly modern and deeply seeded in Japanese pottery tradition.

CLERICI TABLE Mattazzi An elegant yet functional addition to any home, this table will allow you to have dinners filled with love and light surrounded by friends and family. The range includes seating variants such as a classical bench, an armchair and three-seater, with the option of upholstered versions. With an unpretentious aesthetic this is a table that will slot easily into your life.

LUCKY Kvadrat

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Lucky is constructed from a pure New Zealand wool yarn which is twisted and cabled, developed exclusively for this design. Hand-knotted by skilled craftsmen from northern India, Lucky is made by hanging loose yarns from a loop, then two by two the warp yarns are knotted together. Tactile and organic, this thick, warm and durable rug suits most floors and interior styles.

Röshults Booster BBQ Grill is a brand new charcoal barbecue powered by infrasound. Infrasound cannot be heard by human beings, yet it is very powerful. With infrasound technology, you achieve a faster ignition than ever before. The sound waves push the molecules throughout each brick of charcoal to move faster. It uses a third of charcoal as consumed by a regular barbecue.

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QUINDICI CHAISE CHAIR Mattiazzi Get in the last of the summer rays in style. The upholstery is perfect for an inside lounger and the wood finish beautiful for relaxing in the garden or on the deck. The chair comes in two styles: a simple, more upright lounge chair, and the more luxurious chaise longue version with an extra leg rest. With its plain, smooth surfaces of delicate, bright ash, both versions are stylistic statement pieces.

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Snells Beach Hampton Mews Beachside living sections â&#x20AC;&#x201C; incredibly priced. Freehold waterside sections priced from $475,000. These sites are situated in the highly desirable northern end of Snells Beach alongside the Boathouse Bay Development and offer an exciting water lifestyle; from boating and fishing to brisk morning walks and evening strolls. You're within minutes of a boat ramp and the new Sandspit Marina and yacht club. Indulge in a glass of vino at the iconic Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Trail. These flat, north-facing sections are the perfect option for the upmarket lock and leave, retiree, professional couple or empty nester.

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MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2019 LYZADIE DESIGN STUDIO

Lyzadie Design Studio received the most surreal news at the beginning of this year.

LyZadie Design Studio received the most surreal, stunning and overwhelming news at the beginning of this year. It read: “Hi! I’m Gloria. We’re organising the Lambrate Design District during the Milan Design Week! I like your products a lot and we’d like you to exhibit in April 2019!”

ReLeathered Sideboard 2018 Handmade in New Zealand by Sam James Furniture and Powersurge.

The studio launched their first collection, Flow, less than a year ago and have been working on exposure for the products and the brand in the last year in New Zealand.

Materials: used black leather belts, rimu, blackened steel and polished brass.

Studio founder Lyzadie Renault admits to believing it a joke at first. "I was on holiday with my family so wasn’t sure what to do with that invite to be fair," she says. "I just froze in time for a week I think, not able to decide on anything. It was so exciting that they knew we existed, but also terrifying, the scale of where this is going. I was quite emotional for at least two weeks and I still have moments now of excitement, being overwhelmed and scared!"

"This really took me by surprise. I mean, we are talking about Milan Design Week—the biggest design fair in the world and they want us to exhibit our New Zealand products!" LyZadie Design Studio accepted the amazing offer and is now preparing for the incredible event. Come 6 April, the team will be in Milan, Italy, setting up their stand, connecting with awesome people and showing our collections to Europe and the world. "I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity. Words cannot explain how touched we are by this invitation and what it represents to us."

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BUILT by VANDALISM WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

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The awesomely named Vandals is a Wellington-based campervan rental and renovation company founded by Inge Laan, a designer with a “a passion for pretty things”. When she was unable to find a “cute van”, Inge opted to create one for herself instead, and so Vandals came to be. “I grew up in a practical Dutch family where by the time I was 10, it was normal to hold a drill and put up my own picture frames in my bedroom,” says Inge. “I moved to New Zealand six years ago and when my family came to visit this gorgeous country we wanted to do the whole classic travelin-a-van thing. Although I grew up in a practical family I had never done any woodwork before but was hooked from the first moment. Next summer Vandals was born!” As for sourcing vehicles, Inge uses Trade Me and a trusted mechanic. “Then there is my social network,” she adds. “People know that I renovate vans, so I receive regular offers, mostly of existing campervans—but I don’t buy those as I like to start with a blank canvas.” A “vanovation” can take up to 10 months (“always a lot longer than I think!”), with Inge limited to mainly fitting them at weekends, between her day job as a business coach, and tending to her garden. “I grow all of my veggies from seeds and love nurturing them,” she says. “I love to keep challenging myself, trying new things. Plus, every van must be a unique piece of art, which certainly adds to the time.” Is there a specific van that you dream of working on? “I would love for my next challenge to be a Volkswagen Caddy, it is not really a bus but big enough to sleep in. Because the Caddies are smaller, the challenge of functionality and practicality is even greater.”


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To be productive and stay sane, I’ve discovered the art of ‘vague planning’!

Is there a typical Vandals client? “I wouldn’t say there is a typical customer, but I think compared to other rental companies I do attract people who like to travel around in differently styled vans without the commercial stickering that screams ‘tourist’.” It is the design aspect that gives Inge her biggest kick, “making something that looks good while also being very functional and practical at the same time”. “I love deciding on the colours, the fabrics, sourcing all the kitchen goods. I basically have an excellent reason to create something different over and over again, to do some mad shopping and scroll through Pinterest and Instagram without feeling guilty!” The designer tries to live “in the moment” as much as possible and admits to being prone to over-planning in the past. “To be productive and stay sane, I’ve discovered the art of ‘vague planning’!” she says. “That is, enough planning so that you know what’s up next while leaving enough room to handle the unexpected. It means you don’t feel too useless if all doesn’t go exactly as you imagined.” Vandals’s next phase will see Inge concentrate less on rentals and more on sales and creating custom-made vans. “I also want to share my knowledge and help others, so I will start making videos. I have another two great things in mind, but they’ll remain under wraps for now—follow me on Instagram so you won’t miss it!” I finish up by asking Inge if she gets many unusual design requests. “No, surprisingly not! People are generally very selfsufficient and source a lot of things themselves. I guess the oddest question was someone asking how long the drive to the South Island was. Considering I am in Wellington I explained that they needed to take the ferry. They were quite determined, and I really had to convince driving was certainly not an option. They ended up driving the van into the river, so I guess that their desire for driving on water was just too strong in the end.” FO L L OW VAN DAL S O N I N S TAG R AM @ VAN DAL S . N Z

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Edition is an exceptional new apartment offering in Parnell, Auckland. The captivating glass-brick exterior from architects Monk Mackenzie plays host to 19 exclusive residences, each handsomely proportioned and finished with exquisite fixtures and fittings.

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Both two- and three-bedroom apartments are available, each with a media room and patio featuring silver-toned travertine tiles. Windows stretch from floor to ceiling, casting sunlight across the impeccable interior design from Bureaux Limited. The kitchen area epitomises contemporary, functional design with textures of mitred stone, marble and oak. Tiled bathrooms showcase Italian tapware across dual vanities. The upper levels offer spectacular panoramas

replica and designer furniture

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NOGUCHI COFFEE TABLE

Reproduction of Isamu Noguchi’s coffee table

across Judges Bay, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto. Other key features of the complex include ample secure car parking, close proximity to renowned cafés, restaurants, art galleries and studios. Sixty percent of the apartments have been sold so it’s time to make a move with only six Edition apartments left available as construction will commence in March and will be led by LEP Construction.

Edition 2 Churton Street, Parnell editionparnell.co.nz Ross Hawkins +64 (0)27 472 0577 Jason Gaddes +64 (0)21 994 921

The few furniture designs created by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) belies the Japanese-American's calling as a sculptor and landscape architect. The 1944 coffee table that bears his name is undeniably sculptural, with its organic, pebble-shaped glass top and curved wooden elements. Comprising just three elements, it is intuitive, intelligent design, made to look simple. The table is available in oak, walnut or black-stained ash colourways. The wood is made from alderwood.

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Spring BULBS

Spring is still a while away, but this is the perfect time to start thinking about what beautiful bursts of colour you want to have in your garden later this year. Announce spring in style with these bulb suggestions to suit any garden or bulb-planted pot. Anemone Also sometimes known as a ‘windflower’, they pop up late winter to early spring. Provide a mass of early, delightful blooms.

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Ranunculus Their ornate flowers pop up in early to mid-spring, and look incredible both in the garden and as cut flowers. Hyacinth These gorgeous, sweetly scented blooms are fantastic both outside, in pots or inside in a hyacinth vase. Daffodil Coming in an array of shapes, sizes and colours, daffodils are the symbol of spring and new life. A must for any keen gardener. Freesia Bold yet delicate, and regularly scented. Freesias are perfect for spring in a wide range of situations. Iris These elegant flowers on long slender stems brighten up any dull part of the garden with their stunning displays of colour. Planting tips Creating a whirlwind of vibrancy in your garden or patio for spring is easy. Simply plant your bulbs in free-draining soil with rich organic matter, if you have heavier soil add some compost and gypsum to help improve the soil. Plant the bulbs up in a slight mound if you are concerned about draining. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider planting them in pots! Use the same free-draining potting mix or for best results, try using bulb mix!


Redefining Apartment Living Edition is an exceptional new apartment offering in Parnell, Auckland. The captivating glassbrick exterior from Architects Monk Mackenzie plays host to 19 exclusive residences, each handsomely proportioned and finished with exquisite fixtures and fittings. Both two bedroom and three bedroom apartments are available, each with a media room and patio featuring silver toned travertine tiles. Windows stretch from floor to ceiling, casting sunlight across the impeccable interior design from Bureaux Limited. The kitchen area epitomises contemporary, functional design with textures of mitred stone, marble and oak. Tiled bathrooms showcase Italian tapware across dual vanities. The upper levels offer spectacular panoramas across Judges Bay, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto. Other key features of the complex include ample secure car parking, close proximity to renowned cafés, restaurants, art galleries and studios. Specialising in residential developments with a keen eye for detail and craftsmanship, lead contractors LEP Construction are commencing work on site in March. So if you’re wanting a luxurious metropolitan lifestyle, now’s the time to act as just 6 magnificent Edition apartments remain available. Winner of Chicago Athenaeum Award at the International Architecture Awards

2 Churton Street Parnell Auckland Phone for a private viewing. Register your interest at editionparnell.co.nz Ross Hawkins ross.hawkins@nzsir.com +64 (0)27 472 0577 Jason Gaddes jason.gaddes@nzsir.com +64 (0)21 994 921

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. Browns Real Estate Limited (licensed under the REAA 2008) MREINZ.


PEOPLE TO Follow

Ste Marie – stemariedesign

With an archivist’s diligence, Ste Marie sifts through memories, momentos and stories to discover the immersive experience. Their work evolves as a conversation–what draws us in, what engages, and the thoughts that gestate long after. A strategy-led design studio and creative consultant, we produce intuitive spaces that connect concept to experience.

Norm Architects – normarchitects

Much like human wellbeing, the essence of Norm Architects’ work is found in balance—between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Each project—whether architecture, interiors, design or creative direction—is imbued with the same intrinsic quality: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas.

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Frama Studio – framacph

Bert Frank – bertfrankltd

Frama has showcased their new products in a project called Spatial Sensibilities in the beautiful surroundings of Andreas Martin-Löf's new space. For the occasion, they have created a lookbook in collaboration with the incredible photographer Erik Lefvander.

Bert Frank is an award-winning British luxury lighting brand founded in 2013 by designer, Robbie Llewellyn and metalwork factory owner, Adam Yeats. Drawing influence from the design codes of the industrial era but with a modern twist.


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MAR 2019

ARE THE HEADLINES MAKING YOU THINK?

1 July, insulation mandatory ... Negative gearing and Capital Gains Tax on rentals ... Tenancy compliance investigation team goes live ... Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill is coming ...

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Things were going to get better for renters under this government, weren’t they? Housing was the current government’s top priority in the run up to the election in 2017 with campaign promises such as: • To crack down on property speculators with the removal of negative gearing • Improved rights for tenants with introduction of new legislation to provide greater security of tenure • To pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to raise the standard of rental properties • Funding tenancy compliance investigation teams to hunt down and stop delinquent landlords • Banning letting fees • Increasing tenants’ rights • Creating a level playing field for first home buyers • Then there’s Kiwibuild, and the promise to construct 100,000 new homes across New Zealand over the next 10 years*

If this is you, it’s time to review the advice and services you are receiving. You need to be sure the team you are working with knows how to help you maximise your investment returns and understands how to protect you from the upcoming and ongoing changes in legislation that apply to rental properties.

To be fair some of these promises have become reality, and some are causing confusion or even creating real concerns amongst rental property owners, particularly those with just one or two investment properties.

So don’t go it alone—contact David Graham from Quinovic Viaduct 027 299 9122 or Kerry Kirwan Quinovic Parnell 022 010 8005 and ask us about any aspects of the coming legislation that might be of concern.

Talk to Quinovic Viaduct or Quinovic Parnell. We can help you to audit your home, townhouse or apartment to make sure it meets the legislative changes that are coming as part of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill. We can also analyse your rental rates and rental returns, and give you practical advice on how to best present and market your property to maximise its investment potential. We have the staff, the training and knowledge to ensure you are getting the right advice and we can partner with you to help you face these on-going changes.

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SHE’S A STAR

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photo: Kat Grudko

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Since she was four years old, Dr Adriana Marais dreamt of being an astronaut “getting into a rocket and searching for far away planets”, and at age 14 she designed a city for Mars for a school project. So, it’s little wonder that the renowned South African physicist made the final 100 candidates to make the one-way mission with the Mars One Project to establish the first human settlement on Mars, to be partly funded by its future broadcasting as a reality TV show.

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However, just days before our chat, news broke of Mars One’s bankruptcy, and Adriana’s reaction is surprisingly philosophical—just the kind of level-headed attitude that saw her make the final cut, no doubt. “I don’t think that anyone can be too shocked at a bankrupt start-up, especially one as ambitious as this one. For those of us who have been involved since 2013, it’s a journey that has rarely been without controversy. But that’s to be expected for a private company not affiliated with governments or billionaires attempting space exploration.” Mars One does say that on 6 March, there will be an announcement from a new investor, which, fingers crossed, means that the mission may not be grounded for good just yet. In the meantime, Adriana, who is also head of innovation at software giant SAP Africa, and director at the Foundation for Space Development South Africa, will lead an off-world settlement simulation experiment. For six months, straddling the winter of 2020, the Antarctic Research Community (ARC) will replicate ‘conditions of extreme isolation and in the harshest imaginable environments’ similar to those of Mars or the Moon. “Not a lot of work has been done toward living off-world in terms of research, engineering or even the community aspect of it,” says Adriana. “Are there correlations between professional training, certain personality types and the kind of crew that can work well together in isolated, extreme conditions?” Do you believe leaving Earth will become a necessity?

“Well, my real worry is that we get to the point where we have to leave. A much more desirable way would be to do it in the spirit of curiosity and exploration.” Adriana says that while preparation should be intense and detailed, it’s important to remember the explorers of yesteryear headed for horizons unknown with very little, if any training. “Look at the Shackleton Expedition [to cross the Antarctic continent], not a single crew member died. That was a prime example of human endurance in the face of the most inhospitable of environments. Sometimes it is sheer determination that gets you there. That is exactly the kind of spirit we will take to Mars.” Do you feel a pioneer for womankind, as well as humankind, and does the scientific community need to deal with issues around the recent women’s right movements?

“The Mars One project quite rightly put a 50/50 malefemale ration in place. For our Antarctic expedition it will be the same. Maybe I’m being naïve, but I think that once you have such highly qualified people in place, in such environments, then I really can’t see there being any gender issues. On Mars, for instance, certainly in my lifetime, there won’t be any rearing of children, no Martians born, so I can’t see a problem. When you have to take time off work to look after a young baby, then it gets more complicated!”

Did you have any reservations about your voyage to Mars being a one-way trip?

“No. My first PhD took four years and I’m doing another one part-time, so it will likely take five years, so I’m no stranger to long-term investments. I think that it would be crazy to go and live on Mars for a couple of years and then come back. It wouldn’t be anywhere near enough time to invest in a future community. Even if the return trip was functional, I’m not sure I’d want to come back, Earth would seem like a very foreign place.” Friends and family aside, Adriana admits should miss the busyness of her home planet: “But not the business! Money and a profit-driven society is something I won’t miss, and the lack of respect with which we treat life.” She hopes that when people witness just how difficult it is to establish and tend to life on Mars they will acquire a new-found appreciation for planet Earth “and all the life that it hosts”. What do your friends and family think about the project?

“My parents were not at all surprised and have been extremely supportive. My father even wrote a book with a character based on me, and my mother has done some interviews saying that she would never stand in the way of her child’s dream. My friends all believe in me, and one of them is co-organising the Antarctic experiment.”

How do you feel about the reality TV aspect?

“To refer back to the Shackleton Expedition, that was partially funded by a National Geographic cameraman, so documentation and exploration have always gone hand in hand. With Mars One, I prefer to call it a documentary series. It’s a crucial part of achieving the goal, sharing our engineering feats, our research ideas and general life on Mars. The mission wouldn’t make a lot of sense without sending all that information back to Earth. The Antarctic project is funded by a production company, too.” Among Dr Adriana Marais’s other Earthly achievements are a L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award (2015) and the Royal Society of South Africa Meiring Naude Medal (2016). Gongs and qualifications aside, I ask what attributes she considers most important to survive in otherworldly climes. “People can say all sorts of things about how they imagine they will respond to certain scenarios, but it needs to be tested,” says the scientist. “People must be happy in a team of course, to share and delegate—or be delegated to—but they must also be comfortable being alone. There will be much time spent performing menial tasks in front of a computer, so having a research background is useful. There will be long hours of isolated work. Other things come down to personality, like being a good mediator, having a sense of enthusiasm, and a sense of humour.” And as for Adriana’s extra-curricular skillset, she reveals being a bit of a karaoke queen and having trained as a cocktail bar tender while at university. “So,” she says, “perhaps I could set up a Mars bar!”

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JAPAN WO R D S — DAV I N A B I C K E R

Japan is a country that surprised me in so many ways, especially with how traditions are maintained alongside an incredibly modern life. From the bright lights of bustling Tokyo to the charming narrow streets of historic Takayama, the Land of the Rising Sun is full of contrasts, and that’s what makes it such an intriguing destination. My latest journey to Japan took me from Tokyo to Nagano, home of the famous snow monkeys—curious little creatures who reside in the mountains and enjoy a dip in the hot springs during the day. The half-hour walk through the mountains was a highlight in itself, with thick snow lining the footpath and sprinkled through the trees. Nestled in the mountains, the small town of Takayama provides an authentic slice of Japanese history, with its old wooden houses and traditional handicrafts. Located nearby, Shirakawa-go is one of the favourite places that I visited, a village of traditional thatched roof farmhouses that resemble gingerbread houses, the only examples of their kind in Japan. Kyoto is a great place for shopping, and not just for clothing either! There’s plenty of variety, including gorgeous little arcades and various markets where you can purchase goods such as beautiful hand-crafted kitchen knives and copper pans. As a whole, Kyoto provides a great example of Japan’s “old meets new” phenomenon, with temples and high rises both sharing a landscape. Visiting Hiroshima was a sobering experience, but at the same time it was amazing how the city has grown into a place of serenity with pretty gardens and a peace memorial.

I would really encourage travellers to visit the city, once flattened by an atomic bomb—it’s really interesting to see how much it has been rebuilt. So when’s the best time to go? Travelling in autumn means that you avoid the heat of summer, plus the autumn colours are spectacular. I experienced Japan in winter which was actually incredibly beautiful, as many places were still dusted with snow. Springtime is when the country really comes alive with the gorgeous blooming of the cherry blossoms. I was lucky enough to see the start of it in some areas and it really is as pretty as you think! Getting around Japan is an absolute delight with its clean and efficient high speed trains offering great facilities, even automated toilets with heated seats! They always depart on time (to the minute) and signs are in both English and Japanese to avoid any confusion. One thing you will quickly realise about Japan is how orderly and respectful everyone is, making it a very peaceful and stress-free country for tourists to travel through. With its charming historic villages, bustling modern cities, world-class transportation, delicious food, and much more — Japan has become one of my favourite destinations and if you haven’t yet been, I think it could easily become one of yours.

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LA ROUTE GASTRONOMIQUE Dennis and Rosamund Knill takes Verve on a cruise of a lifetime to the scenic waterways of Southern France on board a luxurious river boat.

Our arrival into Paris looms as a bright spot for two weary travellers from the other side of the world. Arriving two days before the start of our Tauck tour gives us the opportunity to recover from jet lag with two days devoted to sightseeing on foot. From the Bastille to the Eiffel Tower, to the Opera House to the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and on to the Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this is Paris at its best.

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Masterminding the complexities of dealing with 80 guests at our hotel is the role of our tour directors as they mingle with fellow travellers for a welcoming dinner at the renowned Fouquet’s Brasserie. Soon everyone is chatting freely, most are Americans so it's very relaxed and friendships quickly form. This is going to be a unique experience for those that enjoy good food, good wine and good company. Transferring to Lyon is theoretically simple. A two-hour leisurely journey on a high speed train to the dock. First glance is a typical modern mega river boat, she is long slender and sophisticated and her name is MS Emerald. Recently refurbished, this five-star, 110-metre floating palace comes with indescribable luxury that is light years away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The forty-nine air conditioned cabins are fitted out with superior bedding and linen, pillows, duvets and towels. The décor is rich but not gaudy with a sense of spaciousness including a writing desk, Wi-Fi, cable TV, safe, mini bar, floor to ceiling windows, balconies, en-suite bathroom (complete with Molton Brown toiletries), hairdryers, bathrobes, slippers and plenty of wardrobe space to accommodate all your belongings. The ships amenities include two restaurants with cuisine spoilt for choice, a fitness centre, jacuzzi, health centre and spa, putting green and a large covered sundeck where you can watch the passing scenery or while away the time with kindred spirits. Gratuities and shore excursions are all inclusive in the package. Lyon is the food capital of France with the most extraordinary history. We find ourselves walking along narrow cobbled streets and hidden medieval passages. But the city's focal point is the Basilica of Notre Dame, with stunning views over the city. Within the commercial hub of Lyon is the Paul Bocuse

Enjoying the views of Lyon

Les Halle’s Market selling the region’s most famous high end food produce, air dried meats, sensational cheeses, gateaux, pastries, pates, chocolates and fresh fruit. We renew our acquaintance with the region's wines and cheeses with a visit to La Logere, one of the oldest vineyards in the famed Beaujolais wine region for a wine tasting before stopping stopping of at Oingt. Dubbed one of the most beautiful villages in France, we wander through the narrow cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century dwellings, vinetrellised courtyards and flower filled tubs—so picture perfect! Finally we bid adieu to Lyon, the bow nudges the calm waters as we begin our epic journey gliding majestically down the Rhone. Pressed up against the rails of our balcony admiring the view it could well have been a masterpiece painting by Claude Monet. Viviers is our next port of call, an episcopal town dating back to the fifth century. Its old quarter clusters at the foot of a massive but unfinished Romanesque cathedral with a rather beautiful interior, terraced with superb views that alone are worth the climb. Following a delicious lunch relaxing on the top deck we learn how the Rhone has been tamed by a series of locks that fill with amazing speed. As much as a novelty passing through the first one it soon becomes a non-event.

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As the morning mist clears we dock at Arles, a place Van Gogh immortalised in his paintings and where regular bullfights are staged in the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. The more adventurous opt for a 20km cycling tour through the country while others meander through the winding streets and shady squares. In the afternoon we travel by the coach to Camargue, a 780-sq-km delta famous for its rice fields, white horses and thoroughbred bulls. We are lunching at a private Spanish ranch owned by the Laurent family. Our arrival is met by the entire family mounted on white steeds looking resplendent in their traditional costumes with the gypsies serenading us. >>

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Next port of call is Avignon. It's mid-evening and we install ourselves on the Sundeck with a cognac and berries flambé as the captain heads the boat towards the famous Pont Saint Benezet, the illuminated wall of the city and bridges is spectacular. “Anyone for a free ride on the ferris wheel where you will have amazing views of the city?” asks our tour director. A few of us are brave enough to take the challenge. This is just another treat that Tauck surprised us with, just like the bottle of truffle oil we found in our cabin and many other gastronomic delights. A new day looms and we take a mini-train tour through the streets of Avignon for an orientation tour. The city is encircled by a 4km imposing wall complete with parapets and towers dating back to 1360. Apart from the massive medieval palace of the Palais des Papes the pleasure is wandering the narrow cobbled streets lined with buildings crammed together like old books on a library shelf and the café filled squares and classy boutiques.

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After a chocolate truffle presentation we head off to Uzes where our coach is taking us to the restored Chateau Duchy D’Uzes for a cocktail reception and dinner. In the courtyard we sip champagne and nibble on canapes while a string quartet plays in the background before making our way to our candlelight dinner in an enchanted walled garden. Tables set with white tablecloths, the mingled scents of flowers, the soft night air is hauntingly beautiful, this will be a night that no one would ever forget. The next day we travel by coach through the Luberon. Before we arrive at Rousillon we have a photo stop to capture a view of one of the most stunningly beautiful villages in France. Gordes is a little village that seems literally to have grown from the cliff on which it stands, this tiered village is crowned by an 11th-century chateau and is a photographer's dream. Then onto Roussillon, population 1200. It’s ochre earth originally used as a pottery glaze and as we note, the colour of the earth dictates the colour of the houses. We stroll down the narrow streets of the very pretty old quarter experiencing the texture of life as lived by the locals and stopping off to peruse the Provencal crafts spilling out from the cute shop.

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Following the course of the upper Rhone the grandeur of the landscape is breathtaking. From the highest peaks the terrain slopes sharply towards the river in a terraced cascade. And there are pastures of grapevines for as far as the eye can see. No surprise as 60 percent of the world’s wine is produced from the region of Chateauneuf-du Pape. Ms Emerald moors alongside a private jetty and a coach ride to Le verge de Papes located on the terrace above the ruins of an ancient castle for another wine tasting. Having tasted some of the best French wines since we embarked on this adventure we have become connoisseurs. Our final day is at Tain l’Hermitage and we are primed for a busy morning. The town sits like an amphitheatre descending from the hills above and as the petit train winds up and around the steep hills forever scorched by the sun with their verdant grapevines the show of nature is spectacular. The valley scenery is striking and one can imagine how the farmers tending the vineyards spend entire days outdoors in this peaceful agricultural setting. Back on the coach and we travel to Valence home of the cooking school Scook, owned by Anne-Sophie Pic, a Michelin-star chef, where we participate in a cooking demonstration and a wine and cheese pairing. It isn’t easy saying au revoir to MS Emerald. This magnificent ship had been our home for seven memorable days. We wonder what the French meaning for unrivalled is? Sans égal seemed altogether too purposeful.

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Pacific Sisters courtesy of Te Papa, Photo by Vivienne Haldane (1993)

THE ART OF March Words: Aimee Ralfini

By the time March rolls around we have all dug our feet into the sand at least once or waded in the ocean's shallows losing ourselves in its flickering layers of light and pattern. If you’ve not yet made it to the shoreline, then you’ve likely spent a hot afternoon sipping on an icecold beverage complaining about the heat. It’s okay to complain about the heat. It knows we mean no harm. One of the (many) great things about making the effort to relocate one's boiling hot and heat exhausted body to an art gallery during the long sticky days of March is air conditioning. So, without further adieu, here are our picks of refreshing arty activities for the month of March.


Vaimaila Urale courtesy of Sanderson Gallery

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Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera A collective of Pacific and Maori fashion designers, artists and performers, the Pacific Sisters electrified 1990s Auckland, bringing the ground-breaking style of an urban, New Zealand–born Pacific generation to the mainstream. Through pioneering, daring shows, the Pacific Sisters overturned stereotypes about Pacific culture, ‘dusky maiden’ beauty and sexuality. Developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Pacific Sisters is on at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki until 14 July.

The Refreshing Claudia Kogachi The bright and comical canvases of Claudia Kogachi depict the complicated domestic relationships we all experience in a playful and endearing manner. Her new series of work introduces the often-overlooked domestic bystander – the dog. Either asleep under the table or sitting next to the sofa, the unassuming house pet is privy to everything that goes on. "If only one could clearly communicate to their dog, my mother and I would have had years and years of third party opinion on our disputes." – Kogachi.

Art Fair Excitement With artist announcements coming out around the upcoming Auckland Art Fair, new artist discoveries are plentiful. This month’s Art Fair excitement comes from Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga – with such a fantastic collection of artists, I am looking forward to seeing Mahiriki Tangaroa’s beautiful paintings of abstract customary cook Island symbols, interwoven with tapa or pareu patterns and a succulent palette. Along with the intense hyper realistic paintings of untampered natural Rarotongan vistas by Mark Cross.

Like Sands of The Hourglass So too is Vaimaila Urales latest series of work – made of sand. Exhibiting alongside Claudia Kogachi at Sanderson, Vaimaila’s latest body of work is titled Aniva. Anvia consists of 50 sand on paper artworks presented as a large-scale installation. Urales's work is effervescent and vibrant, comprised of modernised Polynesian forms and symbols, this latest series is perfectly timed with the season and one not to be missed.

Tonnon and The Stars of Diamonds As part of the Arts Festival, musician Anthonie Tonnon has collaborated with the planetarium, Stardome, where he will be performing “A Synthesized Universe”. A 360-degree experiential performance in which audiences are transported to galaxies far away through music, storytelling and images of the universe. The perfect way to spend an evening.

An Evening of Samoan Delight The Sau E Siva Creative Team present Rosalina. Told through Contemporary Siva Samoa, live music and soulful harmonies, the story is about the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers. A fun story of family, forgiveness, love and reconciliation. If you’re new to the warmth of Samoan culture, then this is a perfect introduction.

Auckland Arts Festival There are so many amazing things happening all around Auckland this March due to the Auckland Arts festival. It opens with a huge, free, waiata event, Tira, a massive, sing-along/outdoor-karaoke, sung in te reo Maori, which takes place in Aotea Square on 7 March, open invite for all. Also, central city based is Mozart’s The Magic Flute – which mixes the beautiful bright enchanting animation of Paul Barritt with live opera supported by Auckland’s Philharmonic Orchestra. “Billows of smoke morph into images, giant spiders roam the forest and elephants splash in cocktail glasses in a grand evocation of silent-era movies and Tim Burton’s signature Gothic aesthetic.”

Over the Moon, Under the Sun Sometimes an object of art is so delicious It can make you salivate, an example of this is the work of Brendan Huntley currently being exhibited at Bowerbank Ninow. Perhaps it’s the combination of differing clays the artist uses, that somehow align these potent little sculptures with chocolate coated doughnuts, scooped ice-cream and cherry-iced cupcakes in my mind, or perhaps it’s something extra-terrestrial. Whatever the case may be, I have the overwhelming urge to lick these works, even his works on paper. I imagine whoever buys them, will do so every day, from the privacy of their home. The show is on until 23 March.

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WHAT'S ON March Words: Mya Cole

5–8 MAR, 6.30PM

7–24 MAR

8–9 MAR

Exes

Wastescape

Catacombs 2019

Basement Theatre Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland

Silo 6 Cnr Beaumont & Jellicoe Streets, Auckland

Wintergarden Theatre Queen Street under The Civic, Auckland

Can two exes put their differences aside to make a killer sketch show? It’s been a decade since the break-up of Brynley Stent and Eli Matthewson, but they're reuniting, and they promise they’re going to work together in a mature and respectful way. No show in 2019 will have more sexual tension than this. Don’t miss what is guaranteed to be a night of awkward giggles and undoubtedly relatable moments. Take your new partner to break the ice or even reunite with your ex for a night of laughs.

Gayle Chong Kwan: Wastescape – weaving landscapes of politics, dairy and waste. Wastescape is an immersive installation by British artist Gayle Chong Kwan that explores New Zealand’s relationship with food and dairy through pre-colonial agriculture, craft techniques and waste, and uses thousands of used plastic milk bottles and photography to create otherworldly landscapes. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, in partnership with art and environmental organisation Invisible Dust and the Humber Museums Partnership.

Friendly Potential in association with Resident Advisor take you on a two-night journey beneath Auckland’s historic Civic, to the incredible Wintergarden hall into the Catacombs. Over two nights in March, eight groundbreaking acts from around the world will come together at the Wintergarden, an iconic underground 1920s dance-hall that hosts one of the best sounding spaces in the country. Join Friendly Potential as some of the brightest minds in music propel this palatial dreamscape into the future.

15 MAR, 9PM

No Standing Only Dancing Raynham Park 145 Karangahape Road, Auckland No Standing Only Dancing is a movement of people who love to dance to the best disco/ funk tracks created in the Studio 54 era. As VIP guests, you'll be treated to a night in a Manhattan dance studio, immersed into a boogie wonderland created through only the finest DJs and visual artists. You'll be surrounded by music, lights, visuals, and maybe a hologram or two, and like Studio 54, our aim is to have a production value that is second to none. This is a night not to be missed. Grab your favourites and put on your dancing shoes. Ngamatea Homestead, Ngamatea, 1981. Photographed by David Straight


Wastescape – Gayle Chong Kwan

15 MAR – 25 MAY

16 MAR, 6PM

Layover

Open Mic Night: Women's Day

Artspace 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Corban Estate Arts Centre 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

Layover is an exhibition to be presented at Auckland’s Artspace which considers indigineity, being in motion and how the two intersect. Layover is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, culminating in the exhibition The Commute. The third iteration, Transits and Returns, will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery in late 2019. Layover is a collaborative project led by curators Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Freja Carmichael, Léuli Eshraghi, Tarah Hogue and Lana Lopesi.

This year we want to honour International Women's day by giving the space to anyone to speak or perform on the themes of feminism, empowerment, intersectionality, equality, diversity, and solidarity. There is no need to pre-purchase tickets as you can pay cash at the event. If you are an artist, dancer, activist or poet and want to perform, you can email Pauline on fundraising@shakti.org.nz

21 MAR, 6PM

22 MAR, 5.40PM

Tributes to John Scott

Movies in the Parks

Objectspace 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby

Mairangi Bay Park Ramsgate Terrace, Mairangi Bay

Join Objectspace for an evening of creative responses to the life and work of architect John Scott. Curated by poet and writer Gregory O-Brien, Tributes to John Scott will feature eight responses to the beloved late Maori architect. Join us for a selection of musical, poetic and written responses, fast paced and ranging in form, celebrating Scott’s lasting impact on architecture in Aotearoa.

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. He has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop. He embarks on a series of odd jobs to buy it, but when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Family activities from 5.40pm. Movie starts at sunset (approximately 7.45pm).

28 MAR, 8PM

29 MAR, 7PM

TEEKS & APO

Sola Rosa with 7-Piece Band

Auckland Town Hall 301 – 317 Queen Street, Auckland

Titirangi War Memorial Hall 500 South Titirangi Road, Auckland

Soul singer TEEKS will headline his first ever New Zealand show when he joins the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for a one-off gig at Auckland Town Hall as part of APO’s Session Series presented by Hallertau Brewery. Te Karehana GardinerToi is a talented artist and songwriter with an extraordinary, rich and nostalgic voice. He released the critically acclaimed debut EP The Grapefruit Skies in 2017, and has been nominated for a prestigious Taite Music Prize and several New Zealand Music Awards, picking up the inaugural award for Best Maori Artist in 2018.

Sola Rosa and his full seven-piece band will be bringing the party to the Titirangi Festival's ballroom along with SKILAA and DJ Sandy Mill Music. Join the fun for a twist, boogie, jig or whirl—whatever your dance move you're welcome to come and share it on the dance-floor. Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts. With seven full-length albums, four EPs, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, it’s been a near 20year labour of love for the man behind the music, Andrew Spraggon. TEEKS


THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSEUMS Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


MAR 2019

“Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds. They are ecstasy machines.” Jerry Saltz Standing proudly in Reykjavik, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is thought to be the first and only one in the world dedicated to penises. The museum was founded by Sigurður Hjartarson who’d been fascinated with phallology (the study of penises) since being gifted a pizzle (bull’s penis), commonly used as a whip for farm animals, as a child. In 1974, Hjartarson started collecting whale penises and by 1990 had a large enough collection to establish the museum. The museum received its first human donation in 2011. Nearly 300 jars and display cases contain mammalian male-parts that range from a two-millimetre hamster winkle to the two-metre tip of a blue whale’s five-metre member. Other specimens include those of elephants and walruses, as well as some unusual phallic art. So, how fitting in this #MeToo era the proposal to build the world’s first “bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy”. In fact, it was the discovery of Iceland’s all-male-member museum that compelled Vagina Museum founder, Florence Schechter, to act. Still a work in progress, Schechter hopes to eventually open the museum in London and for now is organising pop-up Vagina Museum and fundraising events around the UK.

Work: Walter De Maria

Though there is sizeable element of fun around the idea (when it was announced, Twitter users chirped in with advice such as to install a knocker on the door as “no man will find the buzzer”, along with a sign that warns “slippery when wet”), Schechter, a comedian and science YouTuber, wants the museum to “educate, empower and entertain”, while erasing the stigma and shame surrounding gynaecological anatomy. And it appears well overdue, too. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), there was a 500 percent increase in labiaplasties on the NHS between 20022012, many because of “unrealistically narrow representations of vulval appearance in popular culture”. Other studies reveal two-thirds of 16-25-yearolds have an issue with using the word ‘vulva’ or ‘vagina’, and even more actually avoid visiting a doctor about gynaecological problems due to embarrassment. Half of men are uncomfortable discussing such issues with

their female partner and consider vagina “shrouded in mystery”, while nearly half of UK girls aged 14-21 are still embarrassed by their periods. A further aim of the museum will be to serve as a “forum for feminism, women’s rights, the LGBT+ community and the intersex community”. Another study found that nearly half of trans people under the age of 26 had attempted suicide, while two in five trans people had been the victims of hate crimes or incidents owing to their gender identity in the previous 12 months. Schechter hopes visitors, whatever their gender identity, will leave the museum “feeling more confident and proud”. She’s now known as the “vagina lady” and admits that getting the museum running has become “her whole life”. Until then, Verve brings you some furtherer offbeat museum offerings from around the world… Museum of Bad Art, USA

You’ll need multiple visits to witness all the pieces here. Boston’s amusingly straight-to-the-point Museum of Bad Art’s collection is around 700 pieces strong, but only around a tenth are displayed at any given time. The only museum in the world dedicated to the “collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration” of art that is simply “too bad to be ignored”, the volunteerrun establishment, which opened in 1994, houses works with names just as amusing as the artists’ efforts (such as ‘The Mana Lisa’). The piece that started it all, ‘Lucy in the Field with Flowers’, sees a purple-rinsed pensioner dancing among some daisies. The curators are wise to cynical efforts to try to make the collection and only accept pieces that were “an earnest attempt to make an artistic statement”. Musee Fragonard, France

The antithesis of the typical Parisian cultural collection, the Musee Fragonard is filled with human and animal anatomical displays that, some may consider to, at times, push the boundaries of taste and decency. Much of the compelling collection comes courtesy of 18th century French medical schools when study aids were often forged from real body parts preserved in >>

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formaldehyde. Expect to see the likes of a human head whose blood vessels have been injected with coloured wax or a flayed man perched atop a flayed horse in mid-gallop, inspired by the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ painting by Albrecht Durer. Merguro Parasitol, Japan

You’ll likely feel the urge for a long hot shower after a tour around Tokyo’s Merguro Parasitol, an establishment dedicated to parasites. The only museum of its kind, the stomach-churning collection is over 45,000-strong, with star specimens including a parasite poking out of a turtle’s head and the world’s longest tapeworm in all its 8.8-metre glory—there’s even a nearby rope of the same length to give you a ‘feel’ for it. There’s plenty of educational information here also, taking a look at the science behind the creature and how it interacts with the world, and, unfortunately, the people that live in it. You can even pick up some parasite-inspired merch. Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia and the USA

The museum equivalent of an Adele album, the Museum of Broken Relationships was first established in Zagreb before a sister site emerged in Los Angles, inspired by the stuff left behind when one lover leaves another. A global crowd-sourcing experiment, donated items range from the tear- to the fear-inducing, including teddy bears, jewellery, an axe, and a prosthetic leg, accompanied by heart-wrenching texts. There’s even a tiny jar of some poor woman’s actual tears. Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, Austria

Opened in 2011 on his sixty-fourth birthday, in the village of Thal, the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum sprouts from the star’s childhood home, where he lived until 1966 when he left to pursue his bodybuilding dreams (before acting and politics, Arnie won Mr Olympia seven times and is considered among the greatest ever bodybuilders). Now the museum, operating with the Terminator’s blessing, houses artefacts such as his childhood bed, a motorbike from one of his films, his

first dumb-bells and a copy of his desk when California’s governor. You’ll be back. MUSA, Mexico

The Cancun Underwater Museum, or MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte), rests under the crystal seas of the Mexican National Marine Park. More than 400 sculptures can be explored by scuba diving, snorkelling or from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat, each one crafted from eco-friendly materials designed to promote coral life that will eventually become its own incredible reef. The pieces sit at depths of three to nine metres, some depicting residents and celebrities of the local region. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, India

Positioned in New Delhi, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, er, flushes out every last detail of the history of the latrine, sewerage and sanitation, from 2,500BC to the present day. Learn of the evolution of the toilet and marvel at real life offerings like the goldplated ones graced by Roman emperors through to the ornate Victorian chamber pots. There’s even toilet poetry! The Sulabh NGO is also working to fix India’s sanitation issues by building more public toilets—more than half of the country’s 1.3 billion people don’t have a toilet at home. Torture Museum, Netherlands

Not for the faint hearted, Amsterdam’s Torture Museum showcases more than 40 terrifying instruments of torture of the Middle Ages from across Europe, including the guillotine and the spike-adorned inquisition chair. Unfortunate victims included criminals (not always fairly tried), political prisoners and those (usually women) accused of witchcraft. Alas, the practice has not been consigned to history, and the museum educates about modern-day torture still carried out in dozens of countries, while supporting the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture.

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MAR 2019

THE BOOK CORNER

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The Age of Light Whitney Scharer | $35 This new book is a must read for all those many fans of A Paris Wife, Lee Miller goes to Paris in the late 1920s after having a successful career as a model with American Vogue. She wants to become a photographer and is feted in the close Parisian art world and noticed by upcoming artist Man Ray. This is a tale of strong, real characters, who meet, clash have a passionate affair and then go their separate ways but always remain slightly connected. Lee's path led to war photography and the very famous moments of history captured by her camera. True story wrapped up in a novel, great book club read or that indulgent treat when you want a book to take you out of yourself.

Battle Sight Zero Gerald Seymour | $35 This fast-paced book might as well have strong content stamped on the front cover. It is a very topical story of an MI5 agent who infiltrates a terrorist cell in the South of France. Their aim is to get AK47 guns into the UK, his aim is to stop them. All goes according to plan until he becomes too involved with the young activist who is chosen to smuggle the weapon in on a trial run. If she can do it a flood of weapons will cross borders. Although it is the story of Andy and Zeinab it is really the story of the power of the gun. Pure fiction but incredibly believable and most probably a hair lineaway from the truth. A thrilling thriller.

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR WORKSHOP? THEY’RE SELLING FAST – COME JOIN US! Set in the idyllic surrounds of Matakana, our workshops and events are selling fast (but have waitlists available!) including: • Metal sculpture with Jeff Thomson • Writing with Joe Bennett • Watercolour painting with Bernadette Parsons • Non-toxic printmaking with Mark Graver • Ceramics with Elena Renker • Both of our ‘Art and Architecture’ day-tours

BE QUICK! STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE IN:

• Knife making with Adam Fromholtz • Glass etching and printing with Elizabeth McClure • Japanese textile art with Alysn MidgelowMarsden • Painting and drawing with Mandy Thomsett-Taylor • Oral history with Judith Fyfe • Wood sculpture with Louise McRae • Making a Windsor chair with Richard Hare (NB: 7 days Sat to Sat) • All three Japanese craft days with kintsugi, ikebana, furoshiki and shibori dyeing – plus bento box lunch! BOOK ONLINE – LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES ! GO TO WWW.CREATIVEMATAKANA.NZ FOR ALL INFO L-R: Alsyn Midegelow-Marsden textiles, Elizabeth McClure glass, sculpture with Louise McRae

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The Wall

John Lanchester | $33 All of John Lanchester's books are different from each other, he is no writer or formula fiction. His new novel The Wall is an hypnotic read.Set in the close future it is a tale of how a country has barricaded itself with a huge wall to keep unwanted,immigrants,activists or"Others" out and it becomes the duty of all young people to spend two years guarding The Wall from invasion. It is really a parable of our time. The older generation has allowed earth to become a strange and dangerous place with depleted resources and stateless people looking for a safe havens and it is up to the younger generation to deal with the immense problems created by the older folk (us). It may sound a little depressing but he hooks you up in the detail of what happens that you will sail through the book. It can be read by 16 to 91 year olds and the message is clear. We need to clean up our act before it's too late.

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YOUR CREATIVE CURE FOR 2019? WORDS — KATHY HUNTER

With rave reviews for its high-end arts workshops in May 2018, Creative Matakana has another remarkable line-up of tutors and workshops this year, but you’ll have to be quick— they’re selling out rapidly. Just an hour north of Auckland, Matakana is known for its markets, wineries, boutiques, beaches and artist’s studios. Workshops mostly run over five days, but there are also some shorter courses. 2018 sculpture participant Rachel O’Malley said, “For me, it felt like you had immersed yourself in an art world that was really curated and thought-about in terms of your experience.” People also really liked the homemade biscuits.

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Tutors include sculptor Jeff Thomson, writer Joe Bennett, watercolourist Bernadette Parsons and printmaker Mark Graver. There’s also wood sculpture with Louise McRae, Japanese textile art with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, glass etching and vitreographs (printing from etched glass) with Elizabeth McClure, oral history with Judith Fyfe (pictured) and making a Windsor chair (with hand tools only) with Richard Hare. There are shorter courses too, including three one-day knifemaking classes with Adam Fromholtz, a couple of two-day Shino ceramics workshops with Elena Renker, plus some special workshops inspired by the craft and culture of Japan. Sustainability and wabi sabi –finding beauty and authenticity in imperfection—is an important feature here. Try a craft day learning kintsugi (repairing broken ceramics with gold leaf) and furoshiki (creative wrapping with fabrics); a botanical day of sogetsu ikebana (a special type of Japanese floral arrangement), and a two-day workshop learning shibori indigo dyeing. Other events include opening drinks at The Vivian gallery in Matakana, and the special participants' dinner on the Thursday which is always fun. Two one-day Art and Architecture Tours, visiting artists and quirky homes on both coasts are booked out, but as with the sold-out courses, you can opt to join a wait-list. Look out too for confirmation of a special finale event on Friday 10 May at Brick Bay: a panel of art experts including Scott Lawrie from The Vivian, gallerist Tim Melville, Stephanie Post from the Auckland Art Fair and others will discuss the big questions of NZ art. BOOK ONLINE AND SUBSCRIBE FOR NEWSLETTERS NOW AT CREATIVEMATAKANA.NZ FOLLOW FACEBOOK/CREATIVEMATAKANA FOR UPDATES

WHAT IS PIPI PRESS? Pipi Press is a new publishing initiative that aims to bring people together and create social change, using books as a meeting point to come together and share knowledge and ideas. Pipi books are inviting material objects that reflect their purpose; their content is both critical and hopeful, encompassing the poetic and political. Pipi Press will hold readings, talks, workshops and reading groups that run alongside publications, where connections can be made face-to-face. Pipi Press is coordinated by Cait Puatama Johnson and Gabi Lardies. Cait and Gabi are both known for their self-published books and involvement in the Auckland publishing scene, as well as for their individual writing-based art practices. Submissions are now open for In Common, Pipi's first book. In Common will be a volume to bring together knowledge, experiences and reflections from different disciplines around the idea of the commons. Submissions are welcome from all, for a rich and multifaceted investigation into the past, present and future of the commons in Aotearoa. In Common is due to be released mid-2019 alongside a series of talks, workshops and reading groups in Tāmaki and Whanganui-a-Tara. Pipi books are not sold for profit, any money made beyond the cost of producing a book will be put towards future publications or donated to community organisations. More information can be found on the website (pipipress. co.nz) or by following social media channels @pipipress

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ANNA STICHBURY EMERALD EXPEDITION PAR N E L L G AL L E RY 12- 26 M AR C H P R E V I E W T U E S DAY 12 M AR C H, 5. 3 0 P M

Anna Stichbury continues her 20-year exploration of colour and meaning, with this latest body of work triggered by vivid childhood memories of her grandmother's emerald green jewellery. Anna’s signature gestural brushwork and luminous application of bold and vibrant colours on board and canvas are present throughout the aptly titled exhibition, Emerald Expedition. A dynamic twist sees the inclusion of moths, beetles and butterflies in acrylic and paper cut-outs which serve as both an ode to memory and the beauty of the natural world. A larger-than-life installation of acrylic cut-outs is a whimsical departure from Anna’s large abstract canvases but also retains familiar stylistic elements characteristic of her approach to painting. Anna’s joyful, uplifting immersions into the natural world offer a gilded interplay of light and water, land and sky, resulting in abstracted landscapes that engage and delight. Allowing the material to take charge alongside her guiding hand, Anna celebrates the unexpected voyages that can arise from ‘letting go’: “Most of the pieces have a central point where the landforms part and the colour and pigment is able to navigate its way through to open sea or sky. The paint is on an unpredictable but liberating and colourful journey to meet and mix freely with the mediums of the sky or distant horizon.” Born in 1974, Anna has held solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia, and her work is held in private and public collections internationally. 'Emerald Tide', mixed media on canvas, 1270x1270mm

'Ocean Calm’, mixed media on canvas, 800x800mm

Beetle (set of 15), mixed media on acrylic/perspex

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'Blue Escape’, mixed media on wood, 1200mm diameter

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21 MAR

7 MAR IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK [RECENT OSCAR WINNER]

Following his Best Picture Academy Award win for Moonlight, writer/director Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Set in early-1970s Harlem, New York, If Beale Street Could Talk is the timeless and moving love story of a couple’s unbreakable bond and a family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish (newcomer Kiki Layne). Friends since childhood, Tish and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) dream of a future together and are expecting their first child. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Relying on familial and inner strength, Tish must navigate an unforgiving and racially biased world in If Beale Street Could Talk, an intimate, powerful film in which Jenkins crosses time frames to show how love and humanity ultimately endure.

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DAFFODILS

Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt musical love story features the songs we grew up with, including some of the most iconic New Zealand songs ever written; tracks by Crowded House, LIPS, Bic Runga, Chris Knox, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn, The Clean, The Exponents, Darcy Clay, Mutton Birds, Th’Dudes, The Senators/Ray Columbus and the Invaders, The Swingers and Blam Blam Blam. Daffodils stars international Kiwi actors Rose McIver (iZombie, The Lovely Bones) and George Mason (Home & Away, Go Girls) alongside Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter Kimbra, in her big screen debut in a musical and acting role. All three lead roles returned home to New Zealand to star in this heart aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music.

THE HEART DANCES (NZ FILM)

The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the Ballet gives the viewer a powerful and privileged insight behind the scenes when celebrated Czech choreographer Jirí Bubenícek and his production designer brother Otto arrived in New Zealand to help create The Piano: the Ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, setting the stage set for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved. As a whole the company works to bring this memorable story to the stage, where aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new challenges – while Jirí and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.

PHOTO: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK TATUM MANGUS / ANNAPURNA PICTURE


Shifty (2016) acrylic, canvas, diptych 1524 x 2032mm $16,000

PHILIPPA BLAIR Counter-flow 6 - 30 March

Philippa Blair is a New Zealand-born artist who has exhibited her work internationally for over the past 35 years with over 100 solo exhibitions and over 300 group exhibitions to her credit. After 20 years in America, she has returned for her first major solo show.

15 putiki street, arch hill, auckland 1021 +64 9 3780588 rex@orexart.co.nz orexart.co.nz


FOOD

THE TURKISH COOKBOOK The Culinary Traditions and Recipes from Turkey By Musa Dağdeviren Published by Phaidon $75.00 phaidon.com

“Dağdeviren masterminds an ambitious project, documenting, restoring, and reinventing Turkish food culture.” 96

– The New Yorker

Vibrant, bold, and aromatic, Turkish food – from grilled meats, salads, and gloriously sweet pastries to homecooking family staples such as dips, pilafs, and stews – is beloved around the world. The Turkish Cookbook showcases the diversity of authentic Turkish cuisine, with hundreds of recipes and mouth-watering visuals, celebrating this country’s remarkable European and Asian culinary heritage. Musa Dağdeviren, who received international recognition for starring in the latest series of the Netflix show Chef’s Table, is Turkey’s most acclaimed chef. In his latest offering, Dağdeviren shares the culturally rich foods of his homeland, with dishes deeply rooted in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditions. Verve proudly brings you a soupçon from this fabulous Turkish cookbook. Afiyet Olsun (Turkish for may it be good for you!).


PIDE FLATBREAD WITH SPICED BEEF pastirmali pide R E G I O N : K AY S E R I, C E N T R AL AN AT O L I A P R E PAR AT I O N T I M E: 2 5 M I N U T E S , PLUS 45 MINUTES RESTING C O O K I N G T I M E: 10 M I N U T E S S E RV E S: 4

FOR THE DOUGH 250g plain (all-purpose) flour 50g fresh yeast INGREDIENTS 100g plain (all-purpose) flour, ¾ cup/3½ oz for dusting 400g pastırma, thinly sliced 8 eggs 50 g butter, melted The Turkish Cookbook published by Phaidon RRP $75.

TO MAKE THE DOUGH 1. Combine the flour and sugar with ½ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Dissolve the yeast in 175 ml (¾ cup/6 fl oz) water. Make a well in the flour and mix in the yeast. Knead for five minutes into a dough, cover with a damp dish towel and rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into four equal parts, roll into balls and rest, covered, for a further 15 minutes. METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 240°C/475°F/Gas Mark 9. Flour your hands and flatten the dough. Stretch each disc into a 12 x 25-cm (4¾ x 10-inch) rectangle. Divide the pastırma among the rectangles, placing it parallel to the long edges. Fold 3 cm (1¼ inch) of dough in all around and join the corners. 2. Put the flatbreads on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for seven minutes. Remove from the oven, crack two eggs on each flatbread, keeping the yolks intact, and brush the sides with butter. Return to the oven for three minutes. Remove from the oven, cut into 4-cm (1½-inch) strips and serve.


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CHERRY KEBAB kirazli kebap M E R S I N, M E D I T E R R AN E AN R E G I O N P R E PAR AT I O N T I M E: 2 0 M I N U T E S C O O K I N G T I M E: 4 5 M I N U T E S S E RV E S: 4

INGREDIENTS 24 shallots, peeled 40 sour black cherries, pitted 50g butter ¼ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp dried chilli (red pepper) flakes ¼ tsp salt 1 cinnamon stick 400ml cherry juice 2 tbsp lemon juice 60g pine nuts

METHOD 1. Instead of the cherries, you can use sour cherries and mahlepi (mahleb) – an aromatic spice made by grinding the seeds of a certain type of wild cherry. If you don’t have a barbecue, you can use a regular grill (broiler). If you don’t have a zırh (a curved cleaver) for chopping the meat, use regular minced (ground) lamb shoulder and brisket. You will need four long cast-iron skewers or eight flat wooden skewers (soaked). 2. Prepare a barbecue for cooking or preheat a grill (broiler) to high. TO MAKE THE KEBAB MIXTURE 1. Knead the lamb, onion, salt, black pepper and ground cinnamon in a large bowl or deep tray for five minutes, until well combined. Divide the mixture into 40 equal parts and roll into balls.

FOR THE KEBAB MIXTURE 400g lamb shoulder, trimmed of sinew, finely chopped with a zırh (a curved cleaver) 200g lamb brisket, trimmed of sinew, finely chopped with a zırh (a curved cleaver) 60g onion, finely sliced ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp ground cinnamon 4 AÇik Ekmek, Ridged Bread 2 slices toasted and diced; 2 slices cut into 8 triangles

The Turkish Cookbook published by Phaidon RRP $75.

2. Thread the skewers alternately with three shallots, five meatballs and five cherries (shallot / cherry / meat / cherry / meat /shallot / meat / cherry / meat / cherry / meat / cherry /shallot). Make sure they are really snug. Set the skewers eight cm (three inches) above the hot barbecue embers and cook for 5fiveminutes on each side, turning every 30 seconds. Draw off the meat, shallots and cherries into a bowl. 3. Alternatively, grill (broil) the skewers for three minutes per side. Heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the cooked shallots, black pepper, ground ginger, dried chilli (red pepper) flakes, salt and cinnamon stick and fry for three minutes. Add the meat and cook for a further two minutes. Reduce the heat, add the cherry juice and lemon juice and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the cherries and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the pine nuts and stir through. 4. Arrange the diced bread in pasta plates and spoon the hot dish over the top. Serve with the bread triangles on the side.

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Taste the magic of Matakana at Plume Restaurant, superb cuisine and fine wine in a coastal country setting. Food lovers welcome here. Plume Restaurant, Matakana, is an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s fine wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Dine either indoors or al fresco style while enjoying panoramic views of the lush countryside. We offer menus featuring local, seasonal produce, for both lunch and dinner, complemented by our fine Runner Duck Wines. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or length of your stay, you will find Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. www.theplumecollection.co.nz

37 Sharp Road, Matakana 09 422 7915 / 09 283 3630 SCL/PLU2018/14

49A Sharp Road, Matakana 09 422 7915

1335 Leigh Road, Matakana 09 423 0390

Cellar door, Plume Restaurant 09 422 7915


FOOD

MONTHLY Brews Between its legendary coffee culture and quirky café scene, Auckland is a great spot for those who love a good cup of coffee. We bring you a few of our favourite brews each month.

“Great coffee

The Candy Shop

comes from the heart. ARK Coffee Company

2 – 8 Osborne Street Newmarket, Auckland 1023 021 259 7873

ARK Coffee Company 6/461 – 467 Lake Road Takapuna, Auckland 0622 09 489 8488

Orphans Kitchen 118 Ponsonby Road Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011 09 378 7979

Coffee Pen 6 Basque Road Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021 09 379 6835 Are you a big coffee fan too? Which is your favourite café? Email us at intern@vervemagazine.co.nz V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


BUSINESS / EDUCATION & SOCIETY

WORK LIFE Designs Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

The Buddha is said to have mused about the effect of our thoughts on the type of people we become, and modern science has since proved him right, as neuroscientist Candace Pert notes: “What you are thinking at any moment is changing your biochemistry”. So, it doesn’t take a rocket (or neuro) scientist to 10 4 understand how behaviour can be altered by our surroundings. The average human spends a third of their adult life at work (or worse still, half their waking hours of any given working day), so it makes perfect sense for both bosses and employees that working environments are comfortable and welcoming. According to one Gallop poll, 51 percent of workers admit to not being engaged in the workplace, while nearly a fifth admit to being actively disengaged. Contented staff are far more likely to be far more motivated and therefore more productive, and, when it comes to medical professionals, maybe even more competent too (it’s been shown that hospital designs can even influence medical outcomes). “On the one hand, open offices breed amazing innovation,” writes Jeff Pochepan, president of office installation firm, Strong Project, for Inc. “On the other, they’re disruptive and propagate employee resentment, lower productivity, increase absenteeism, and result in higher turnover.” A 2015 World Green Building Council (WGBC) report found that background noise can cause a drop in productivity by as much as 66 percent, while a study by financial management service Think Money concluded a third of employees are distracted for up to three hours a day, which adds up to 60 hours a month or 759 hours each year. “Innovative workplaces shake things up,” writes Andrea Loubier, CEO of Mailbird, in Forbes. “They smash glass ceilings and break the mould of what is expected. As a result, employees in this environment adapt the same attitude.” Staff, she says, becomes more creative, with

different departments sharing notes instead of “working in silos to solve problems”. Ensure desks and meeting spaces are positioned close to windows. Plenty of natural light is essential for satisfaction and productivity, as is access to nature. This can be achieved by the inclusion of plants, interior gardens, aquariums or views of outside. Even naturethemed art works. Biophilia—the human instinct to connect with nature—increases motivation levels by up to 15 percent, and studies have shown that as little as three to five minutes contact with the natural world can boost

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” Aristotle mood massively. Plants also improve air quality, another important aspect of a healthy work environment. Acoustics can be improved with features such as soundabsorbing ceiling tiles, while strategically placed white noise machines can neutralise other distractions. If space permits, cordon off dedicated quiet zones. A dip in temperature will also lead to a drop in productivity. A Cornell University study discovered raising the thermostat a few degrees will lower typing errors by up to 44 percent and increase typing output by as much as 150 percent.

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Clever colour schemes are essential. Cool tones like blue, green and yellow have a calming influence that improve brain performance, while red can subconsciously rile you up—generally not a good option unless your working environment is a gym! Purchase some cord holders and clips and Velcro straps to clear and tidy cables and other clutter.

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And be flexible. Invest in some couches, armchairs or beanbags for ‘non-static spaces’ so people can move around with their phones and laptops. Psychologist and author of The Best Place to Work, Ron Friedman, says that moving away from your desk with your work signals to yourself that it’s time to focus.

Office time shouldn’t be an excuse to neglect your health.

“Most people don’t change their workspace frequently but it’s important to keep testing your environment and trying new layouts,” Douglas Wyatt Hocking, principal architect at KPF, tells Business Insider. “Increased efficiency can come from change as opposed to repetition.”

Consider a standing desk.

One of the most recent, revolutionary ways of increasing motivation in the workplace has been found to be to spend less time in it, thanks to an experiment by Kiwi legal service trust Perpetual Guardian. In February 2018, the firm began trialling a four-day week, and, a year later, company founder Andrew Barnes has revealed that productivity, profits and staff retention are up, while stress levels have plummeted. The firm has even issued its own ‘white paper’, free of charge, advising others about how to implement their scheme. They’ve had interest from dozens of countries from around the world.

Keep healthy snacks such as veggies, fruit and nuts at your desk (though beware of snaking on too much dry fruit—it has a high sugar content).

“I think this is an issue whose time has come,” Barnes tells Newshub. “We talk about the need for flexibility in the workplace, this is a method to give flexibility but to look after your workers.” The secret, he says, is not about working longer, it’s about working smarter.

Take regular breaks throughout the day, stand up and stretch your legs, shoulders and arms. Take short walks.

Reduce eye strain by taking a few minutes break from the computer screen every hour. Regularly massage your eyes, too.

Drink plenty of water, sip regularly throughout the day. Make sure to get fresh air, don’t take lunch breaks at your desk! Practise breathing exercises or mindful meditation. Personalise your workspace with photos of loved ones or inspirational quotes. If you feel that your mental health is suffering, talk to somebody.

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HOROSCOPES WO R D S — M AN I S H K U M AR AR O R A

PISCES 19 FEBRUARY — 20 MARCH

CANCER 21 JUNE — 22 JULY

SCORPIO 23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER

You are ready to set out on a new course, start a new line of professional development or take up a new cycle of responsibilities. The period would be bringing contacts and associations to develop your career aspirations. Friends, groups and new connections or ideas will give you the lift you need. Outdoors activities appeal more than ever, and an opportunity to travel somewhere exotic could drop into your lap.

You are enthusiastic and positive about new beginnings, and want to begin anew in many areas. You may throw yourselves into new ventures with zeal, though you may have a hard time sticking to anything for very long. You could decide to cut someone out of your life or end a relationship. Another relationship could go to the next level and you become more committed.

You are more determined to achieve your personal goals, and more strategic in the manner you go about doing so. Your personal belief system is transforming dramatically, and you are learning from a broader set of people and experiences than you ever have. Confidence is the key– faith in the universe and in your ability to do the right thing instinctually will get you everywhere now.

ARIES 21 MARCH — 19 APRIL

LEO 23 JULY — 22 AUGUST

SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER — 21 DECEMBER

You can pursue an opportunity for expansion, have a new experience, learn something new, teach, speak, or write. Your outlook can be very positive, and you can create new opportunities for yourself by being optimistic and taking a chance on yourself. You can make progress with one of your dreams for your future if you’ve been doing things right, or you can experience a setback or delay if you need to make adjustments.

This is a good time to accomplish something and tackle goals, though it may be at the expense of everything else in your life. You will set goals for yourself and work hard at achieving them, and you’re willing to make any sacrifices that are needed. You could end a transformation you’ve been working on, or see something figuratively die in your life.

Your worldly goals may be watered down during this cycle, as you focus more on personal affairs. Happiness and fulfilment through the expansion of your mind, widening your social circle, travel, and connections to people of a different cultural background than you is indicated. Your idealistic nature is stimulated, and you are likely to yearn for a connection to more spiritual or pursuits.

VIRGO 23 AUGUST — 22 SEPTEMBER

TAURUS 20 APRIL — 20 MAY

You can feel best when you’re using your mind and letting your ideas flow naturally. You can be more engaging with others, and enjoy company for the mental stimulation. You may feel a little scattered at times, so try to keep track of your ideas. You can be more supportive of the people you care about, or can get support from others. GEMINI 21 MAY — 20 JUNE

You can also pursue opportunities to improve your finances, and you can take up a second job, side gig, or turn a hobby into something profitable. It can be a good time to plan ahead and make sure you’re on the right track financially. You can be open to the other ways in which people live, fascinated by other cultures, and attracted to foreign lifestyles.

You want to engage in many conversations about anything and everything, swap information with people, and gossip. You come across as more sociable, scatterbrained, and anxious. You feel most like yourself when you’re getting attention and affection. You want the people around you to dote on you and make you the centre of attention. If single, you could meet someone through a sibling, neighbour, or who lives in your community. LIBRA 22 SEPTEMBER — 23 OCTOBER

You could have the chance to reconnect with an older lover, settle an old issue with inheritance money, tax money, debts, loans, or joint finances, or reconnect with an old business partner. Your loved ones may seem more emotional to you, especially your children, or you’re more emotionally drawn to the arts. You’ll need to find a creative way to express your emotions.

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CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER — 19 JANUARY

The learning of new skills, the pursuit of new ventures and the alteration of daily routines in work and health will contribute. Some of you begin a romance, one that will take real effort or bring responsibilities. For those in a relationship, it's time to reshape your lifestyle and your operations together to give your love or life a new form or direction. AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY — 18 FEBRUARY

The tiredness or changing interests or aspirations may bring you to a place you did not actually expect to arrive at. Money will be the concern for some and you may put other interests aside to pursue financial stability or gain. The issue now is to take the threads of what you have and weave a lifestyle that suits, whether you’re independent or with a partner.


MAR 2019

Sweet LOUISE RUDY’S Tips ‘n Tricks

Sweet Louise is there to help those with incurable breast cancer live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

I am often asked for advice about what sort of laptop I would recommend. It will depend of course on what your needs are. Do you just browse the internet and do a bit of emailing? Or are you a power user that requires number crunching CPU power to run big spreadsheets or cad / design programs. If you are the former, as most people are, then my next question is how long do you typically keep a computer before upgrading. Most of my customers tend to be light users and want the laptop to last at least five years. For this level of use I recommend that the laptop has a little more power than you think you need, purely to aid with its longevity. Everything you see and do on a computer is basically ones and zeros. Binary. On off. The more complex the software becomes (and it grows constantly) the more 1’s and 0’s it needs to process quickly to give you your result. CPUs have a ‘clock speed’ of how many operations it can do per second, and also better CPUs have more threads / cores (which equals multiple operations can occur during that second). So, the better the CPU, the longer the computer will effectively cope with the growing software load as time passes. Typically I recommend an Intel i5 CPU coupled with 8GB of RAM and an SSD type hard drive for an average user. Five years, no problem. At Rudy’s PC Services we can help you set up the best solution for your needs. Call us about anything regarding your computer and we will be glad to advise you and fulfil your requirements. We are all about making long term relationships with our customers. We give ongoing advice and support. Often for free!

Like us on Facebook and share with your friends and family. 579 7809 | 027 263 4778 | rudy@rudys.co.nz

Sweet Louise is a New Zealand charity dedicated to supporting women and men living with incurable breast cancer. The diagnosis of incurable breast cancer means the cancer has spread from the breast, often to the bones, lungs and brain. Once diagnosed, the average life expectancy is around just two years. Sweet Louise does this by providing members with face-toface contact with Sweet Louise support coordinators, hosting monthly member meetings and social events, and gifting vouchers to members to use on things like wigs, ready-made meals and cleaning services. Sweet Louise currently has 662 members around the country, aged between 27-90 years old. The charity receives no government funding so relies on the generosity of New Zealanders like you to support them. The California Honey Drops In collaboration with the fine folk from Orakei Bay Village, Sweet Louise, New Zealand’s only charity solely supporting Kiwis living with incurable breast cancer, is excited to present third time Byron Bay Bluesfest Act – The California Honeydrops, Saturday, 13 April, 2019. Drawing on diverse musical influences from R&B, funk and soul, The Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. Take the train to Orakei Station (there are only limited carparking spaces available) and head next door to the Kings Plant Barn carpark at Orakei Bay Village to enjoy an outdoor afternoon of soul-infused music and singing! Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night, but you are welcome to pack a picnic (food and non-alcoholic drinks only please) and bring a deck chair, although we don’t think you will be sitting still for long! Tickets prices are as follows: $50 Adult

$20 Child 10–18

Free Under 10s

Buy your tickets at iTicket.co.nz. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Kiwis living with incurable breast cancer.

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ANIMAL ANTICS Fun animal events for the whole family

9-28 March – 4pm-8pm 10 8

9-10 March – 8:30am-5pm

10 March – 10am-12pm

Auckland Zoo Late Night

Auckland Zoo Open lates are back for 2019 and we couldn't be more excited. With the beautiful summer nights it is the perfect gathering with workmates, friends and dates. Visit aucklandzoo.co.nz for more information. Last admissions 7pm. Infants under-3 years old are free. Pets are not allowed in the zoo.

16 March – 12pm-2:30pm

The Kumeu Show 2019

The Kumeu Showgrounds The Kumeu Show is back with your favourite farm animals, cattle, horses, sheep, alpacas, goats and pigs, to excite the whole family. Chelsea Marriner, the dog trainer from New Zealand's Got Talent, will be also be there with her dog training tips! Visit kumeushow.co.nz for more information. No dogs other than competition or dogs allowed by legislation are permitted on the Kumeu A & H Society Grounds.

Pocket Bar & Kitchen Fancy a drink with your best friend? Well now you can! Enjoy a pint with your canine at Pocket Bar & Kitchen. Dog & Grog is all about bringing the dog community together, no matter what shape or size! VetCare staff will also be there to help you out with any pet related questions, giving out loads of delicious treats and spot prizes. Visit facebook.com/vetcare for more information.

23 March – 12pm-4pm

Dog Day Afternoon

28 -29 Sept – 10am-5pm

Auckland Pet & Animal Expo

Big Doggy Day Out

Heron Park Join the Out and About team for a fun filled day for you and your four-legged friend. A great way to get out with your pooch and to meet new people! Meet up in the of leash area of Heron Park and also follow the signs on the day. Parking can be found on Cadman Ave, Greenlane. Visit facebook.com/OutandAboutAKL for more information.

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Silo Park Dog Day Afternoon is back for 2019. Canine lovers from far and wide are invited to come celebrate the paw-some day that is dedicated to our furry friends. Bring your tail-wagging pup along for a day filled with fun events that are suited for all dogs! You don’t need to own a furball to come along and make new friends. Visit silopark.co.nz for more information. All Silo Park activities are dependent on good weather, so check the website or Facebook page for any updates.

ASB Showgrounds Possibly the happiest show of all to attend. There is plenty to keep even the fussiest pet lover satisfied. Hundreds of the latest pet products and services will be displayed to help owners give their pets the best kind of care available. For more information please visit petanimalexpo.co.nz. Please do not bring your own pets!


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As well as keeping up to date with all the changes in the Residential Tenancies Act, warm homes, insulation, letting fee changes and all the new proposals from the government, we have our day to day problems that occur with managing properties. Plus, we must keep on top of maintenance issues with our properties. Tenants have their concerns also, and we have to be available to them. I take calls 24/7 and if I go out or away for the weekend my mobile phone is always on divert so I can take each one. This is important to me. Problems do not always happen between office hours and I need to be able to deal with them immediately. I will even answer the phones during the night and early hours of the morning. Pipes bursting, fires, angry neighbours phoning about loud noise, tenants coming home from a night out to discover they do not have a key to get in. I must be able to help them in any situation that arises, and there have been many. 110

Just Rentals is in a service industry and we give service. We deal with parking disputes and petty problems between tenants like who puts the bins out. We also have some that really test our skills like dead ants falling from the ceiling in a bedroom and onto a bed! The pest people were called in for that one. There was a nest up there and the ants were cleaning up, throwing the dead bodies out. We learn something new every day! We had to cut a hole in the ceiling, so the powder could be pumped in to kill them. Rats and possums are also a problem in ceilings. I renovate the properties for owners no extra charge as well. We put in new kitchens, oversee painting, replacing of curtains, choose new flooring, replace fridges and stoves. The list goes on. Yes, property managers need to be dedicated, personable and experienced in maintenance issues, it is not a nine to five job. It requires special people to do this properly. Just Rentals team is very experienced (we should be after nearly 20 years in the business!). Landlords have been dealing with the same property managers, Courtenay and Sylvia, over those years and that is what makes Just Rentals very special. We are a family office with a good work ethic and high standards. Call in and talk to us about your property we would be delighted to help you. Sylvia Lund AREINZ

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REALITY CHECK More than a third of the way through the term of the Labour— New Zealand First—Greens government, it is fair to take stock of delivery so far. Here are eight important issues that the prime minister avoids mentioning: 1. Job creation has slowed from 10,000 a month under National to 650. No surprises since the government’s job schemes have been exposed as smoke and mirrors. Example: just 54 jobs created from the Provincial Growth Fund. 2. Economic growth is slowing with plans to tax Kiwis more. The Reserve Bank lowered its track for GDP growth over the next four years. The government thinks it can tax its way to prosperity. That is economic nonsense. 3. Unemployment has increased by 10,000 in the past three months. While the jobless rate remains relatively low, New Zealand has dropped five places to 14th in the OECD rankings. The number of people not in education, employment or training rose by 26,000 in the latest quarter. 4. A Capital Gains Tax on hard working Kiwis. The last thing New Zealanders need is more taxes and this one would be a doozy—retirement savings, small businesses, farms, family baches, investments would all be under attack. 5. Plans to reduce emissions while safeguarding the economy. The government has gone for cheap soundbites over credible policy. The ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration without considering how gas is an ideal transition fuel (less emissions than coal). 6. Five billion dollars stripped out of New Zealand’s roads. It is wishful thinking that you can migrate all the road journeys that Kiwis take onto rail. Roads are a vital network for our economy and don’t deserve to be robbed of funds to pay for a tram in Auckland. 7. Plans to reduce the cost of living, such as rents which have gone up $40 a week. The government is enacting policies that hurt low-income families. Extending the bright-line test, ring fencing of losses, more burdensome regulations, the ban on foreign investment and a Capital Gains Tax all serve to drive up rents. 8. Plans to reduce serious crime and keep victims safe. The government appears intent on emptying our prisons. Of course National wants criminals to be rehabilitated but we don’t want to put their rights over their victims and the vulnerable in our communities who deserve to be protected The vast majority of New Zealanders have the capacity to succeed on their own. They look to government to provide quality infrastructure, good education and health, regulatory restraint and not to take too much in taxes. It was that recipe that led to the progress we have made in the past decade. Momentum has carried us through the past year pretty well, but unless the government seriously rethinks some of these policies, we risk undermining the foundations of our prosperity. HON PAUL GOLDSMITH NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM PAULGOLDSMITH.CO.NZ / 09 524 4930 PAUL.GOLDSMITH@PARLIAMENT.GOVT.NZ


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A MASERATI ULTIMATE DRIVE DAY WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D

Most of us are aware of the Italian car brand Maserati. For over a century, the luxury marque has represented much of what is great in automotive excellence. However, Maserati also has a GranTurismo Philosophy that for some inexplicable reason, I was unaware of. So they invited me along to one of their very special Ultimate Drive days in Sydney to tell, and more importantly show, me what it was all about.

Their GranTurismo Philosophy is this: "We believe in travelling great distances in comfort and in distinctive Italian style. We believe in the unique note of our engines and in the sound of history. We believe in the magic of the pencil to create bold, beautiful design. We have been a pioneer of these beliefs and the philosophy of genuine grand touring that is at the heart of every single Maserati. We, like you, seek the best the world has to offer in life’s journey." This of course, is a bold mantra, but as the line of Maserati’s pulled up outside our five-star Pullman hotel to take us to Sydney Motorsport Park, I started to get a sense of things to come. But these senses were soon to be overwhelmed. The pit garage at the track had been transformed into what could be best described as a Maserati suite. Pure white walls adorned with images of their motorsport heritage, scaled down models of some of their more iconic sports cars, luxurious leather sofas, branded accessories and an all-important espresso machine. A light breakfast was supplied with fruits and prosciutto and the barista-made coffees came with powdered chocolate Maserati logos. The attention to detail was most excellent— even the toilet had a range of upmarket colognes, which I sprayed on liberally.

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Glen Sealey, GM Maserati ANZ, took centre stage and reinforced Maserati’s position in the luxury global vehicle landscape then introduced us to the GranTurismo Philosophy, something that would be evident throughout the ultimate driving day.

Another morsel or two of food, before we moved on to arguably the most enjoyable event of the day—the skidpan. Traction on then traction off, the thrill of having the rear end of these Italian stallions stepping out sideways on a soaking wet rink is almost indescribable.

We were split into groups that would rotate around various events and introduce us to the 2019 range that Maserati has on offer. Let the games begin.

Time for lunch. brand ambassador Giovanni Pilu (from PILU at Freshwater) had laid on an Italian feast that still has my mouth watering. Antipasto with salumi, prosciutto and parmigiano reggianno. A primo of tortelli filled with mortadella. And a secondi of rangers valley three-score flank tagliata and roast spatchcock. It was a meal to be shared and the stories of the morning’s events were already being told.

An off-road track had been set up in the hills that surround the racetrack that included rutted and dusty trails and steep gradients to climb and descend—ideal for the Levante. The majority of the time, this modern mid to large sized SUV will only be seen in more affluent neighbourhoods and to be honest, quite rightly. Seeped in finely crafted leather, it’s an attache case on wheels. But it’s also incredibly capable when the surface becomes unstable. The off-road setting raises the suspension up to two levels and the AWD system works seamlessly. The Levante conquered the course with ease and all on road tyres. After a light snack, we left the SUVs (we would see them again later) in favour of some ‘turn 2’ cornering tuition. This involved taking the Quattroporte, Ghibli and Gran Cabrio around a double apex with an off camber at speed. Although fairly taxing (and maybe I should have taken more notes), more importantly, it introduced us to that hair tingling exhaust note that is true Maserati.

Last but by no means least, we were let loose on the full circuit. Rotating through the entire range (including the Levante that had just been climbing the surrounding hillside) and with a motorsport professional beside us, we drove at speed and with Italian enthusiasm—what an experience. The Maserati Ultimate Driving day is an invite-only event and is complimentary—yes you heard that correctly, this amazing day of complete brand immersion is totally gratis (but I guess you have to be special). Grand Touring in comfort with bold and beautifully designed vehicles that have a vast automotive history and a unique engine note, all underlined with distinct Italian style, the Maserati Gran Turismo is one philosophy I am happy to adhere to.

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D E T A V E L E STATUS

Founded almost thirty years ago, Lexus immediately established themselves as a premium vehicle marque that made luxury, craftsmanship and technology much more attainable. What they arguably lost in kerbside appeal they more than made up with, in driveability and overall, the way you felt when behind the wheel. In 2012, Lexus made a design shift that embraced its roots and challenged its creativity both in outward image and underlined technology. Their new face looked towards the future and the range expanded on premium SUVs and hybrid powertrains.

This year sees this tide of change move further still, with the introduction of the all-new UX. The UX, or Urban Crossover, is just that, it’s for urbanites that enjoy hatchback handling yet welcome a loftier road stance. The design brainchild of Chika Kako-san, the UX focuses on four key strengths, design (obviously), aerodynamics, interior character lines and above all, craftmanship. The exterior sports a unique front grille yet is unmistakably Lexus, triple beam headlamps, LED DRLs. The UX has flared wheel arches that offer form and aerodynamic function (the overall compact SUV has a drag co-efficient of 0.33) and the rear makeup boasts a roofline spoiler and full with 132 LED lights that taper down to 3mm in the centre. The boot could be bigger but it still took six grocery bags with ease. There are a variety of new colours on offer but mine came in a stunning ‘Celestial’ blue.

Words: Dave Mcleod

The interior looks refined and uncluttered but there’s much more than meets the eye. Firstly my F-Sport edition came with flare red bucket seats that have been inspired (or is that stolen?) by the ones housed inside the LC 500, they’re embossed too. The instrument cluster is low, increasing the sense of space, but the head-up display is bold and bright. The air vents feature a wirelessly illuminated control knob, the F-Sport as an exclusive analogue clock, there can be

stitching design taken from martial arts uniforms and the tactile dashboard mimics Waashi, a traditional paper texture. Told you it was premium. The UX looks good, the light dances well on the body and it is a wonderful drive to match. It feels great on the open road and has a class-leading turning circle of 10.4m to navigate urban life. Powertrains are petrol (126kW/205Nm) and since it’s Lexus, Hybrid (135kW). Ample acceleration for the city and a 10-speed directshift CVT transmission that moves nicely. It’s quiet on the inside, thanks to particular attention from the noise-cancelling team and when it comes to safety and driving aids, well it’s almost endless. Lane trace assist to keep you between the lines (even when there aren’t any), rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition - I really could go on, basically their Safety System+ is Standard. I have only had a taste of the UX so far, but it’s easy to see its merit. As its name suggests, the UX crosses the bridge between urban and country life, with easy manoeuvrability and longer run comfort but more importantly it somehow ‘crosses over’ the Lexus of old and new. Modern design and technology, interlaced with heritage and craftsmanship, the UX is an easy way to elevate your status.


MAR 2019

DELIVERING 58KG OF SWEET CHOCOLATE Volkswagen Amarok V6 580Nm review

WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D | P H O T O G R AP H Y — T E Z M P H O T O. C O M

In most vehicle reviews, many of us will seek out things like top speed and the 0-100km/h times. These are of course connected to the engine’s HP/kW and Ft-Lbs/Nm outputs. Essentially, kW is the measurement of power which provides the ‘glory boy’ top speed while Nm is the hardworking torque measurement, the turning or pulling power that your engine is able to produce and often in turn, how quickly your vehicle will accelerate. THE DESCRIPTION But many of us don’t know what an Nm is, so let me explain. A newton is basically 100g of force moving in one direction, therefore, if you were to grab 100g of your favourite bar of chocolate and hold this on your hand, it would be applying one newton of force downwards. Now if you put the same bar of chocolate on the end of a one-metre long spanner, this would result in 1Nm (newton-metre) of torque being applied to turn the nut at the other end. Now put 58kg of chocolate on that same bar and you get 580Nm - see simple and in so many ways, quite yummy. That’s exactly what VW has done with their new Amarok but unfortunately not with chocolate, with their V6 diesel. THE WRAPPER AND THE SOFT CENTRE The Amarok is over 5.2m long and over 2.2m wide so not ideal for compact city driving, however, surprisingly enough it handles the around town work well. Visibility is good and the smart interior lends itself well to domestic life. The park distance control system beeps when necessary and the camera is very clear. Nappa leather upholstery adds refinement to the seating and the rest of the cabin is uncluttered with a hint towards the commercial. The infotainment system is good, instrument cluster is clean and you get a sense of overall comfort, particularly since my seat could be 14-way electronic adjusted.

PRALINE - BECAUSE IT’S NUTTY The V6 580Nm is Volkswagen’s most powerful Amarok to date. Behind its BiXenon headlights is a 3L VTG turbo diesel engine that produces 200kW of power (190kW plus 10 extra kW of overboost for overtaking etc) and 580Nm of (sportscar territory) torque. It will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of around 200km/h. THE SAMPLER With the city behind me, the dusty forest roads of Woodhill were next on my list and I’m happy they were. Quite frankly, the roads are rough and jarring, offer plenty of curves and will test the most rugged of frames. The Amarok came up trumps. With the yellow traction light flashing in a frenzied fashion I travelled the unkempt roads like a pro. THE SWEET AFTERTASTE The Amarok V6 580Nm feels as good off-road as it does on. It’s a powerful truck that does a lot of the hard work behind the scenes leaving you relaxed and in control. It’s a sweet ride that offers comfort and style plus that 580Nm is a serious amount of torque to have available underfoot - trouble is, now all I can think about is 58kg of chocolate. Best I head to the store and load up that huge tray.

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Verve. March 2019. Issue 153.  

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