Verve. March 2021. Issue 173.

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Maye Musk:

Model, Mother, Magnificent

Walking Wonderlands


Jazz Beats Blues


Live Like You’re 30


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50 HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS 44 Kari Gran 48 Jazz Beats Blues 52 Juice Cleanses HOME & DESIGN 56 Natural Rhythm 70 Sitting in Style 74 Veere Grenney: Decorated 88 Secretly Seeking Springtime

50+ FEATURE 14 Maye Musk: Model, Mother, Magnificent 24 Best Beauty Products for 50+


FASHION 32 The Little Black Dress

FOOD & WINE 100 Beef Phở 102 Salt & Pepper Squid ART & ABOUT 110 The Art of March 112 What's On JOURNEYS 122 Walking Wonderlands WIN 144 Win with Verve


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Editors' Notes



February – both a big and little month: Big because it is when the year wakes up, yawns, stretches and begins to happen in earnest. Big because this was the month when the Covid vaccine really started to roll out, signifying the beginning of the end of a chapter in history, the world won’t forget for a long while. Little as it is two to three days shorter that the average month.

I had so much joy in asking people I knew to be part of ‘the '50plus' article, which follows a group of special women who are positive, determined, yet are challenged and simultaneously live life to the fullest. As Deborah Delaney articulated in her astute piece: “Live like you’re 30!” I’m certainly seconding that! Another contributor when asked to participate in this feature felt she could not do so, as it felt too much like homework from school — how wonderful to continue to have feelings from so far in the past! My encouraging reply to her was that in knowing she is a fantastic storyteller at a dinner party, to write as she tells a story. Sadly, she wasn’t convinced, maybe next time! That said, I didn’t lose them all. I’m pleased to share with you that through participating, Max Dawson located a renewed enjoyment for writing, and will write regularly for Verve moving forward.

February was the month of the Prada Cup, the Art Fair, level three lockdowns, and birthdays, including mine! And yes – it was the best day – a happy birthday! For twenty-four hours there were phone calls and messages from around the globe, some expected and some – total surprises! I was blown away and grateful for these wonderful friendships I have gathered over the years; they are the music in my life. February is the month we put the March issue of Verve together. The shorter month with its lockdown presents its challenges of course – but as per usual our stalwart team stepped up and together we have produced this stunning issue you see before you. This led me to thinking – if my wonderful friends are the music in my life, then the many magic relationships built up over the years with Verve, are the wings that allow this magazine to fly. In closing, I wanted to remind you of Verve Weekly – a visual feast packed with insights and ideas, from food and travel, to design, beauty and health. It’s free and thousands upon thousands of people read and love it. No politics, no sad bad news, just an uplifting dose of life and style. If you haven’t already subscribed, visit to sign up, and never miss out again. Till next month, stay creative, stay open, and be happy. Fran x

Once again, the year is moving fast. When working in the publishing industry and creating a monthly magazine this tends to expedite the experience of time. I have to remind myself that although editing Verve is central to my life, it should not take over and totally define it. Reflecting on this provides a way to remember how important it is to spend time with family, their partners, their children and their dogs! That being true, I do feel I am a better person in having purpose — having this amazing business— and being able to create a magazine each month that is our shared creation. How lucky are we? Jude x


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I am interviewing Maye Musk via Zoom on a sunny February morning and she’s seated in what looks like a chic apartment or hotel suite in the shadow of a bouquet of yellow roses the size of a small oak tree that is very nearly as radiant as the lady herself (you don’t become a supermodel in your late 60s for nothing). It is, she tells me, her fourth— and final—interview of the morning, in the fourth different country, after which she’ll be heading to pick up her rescue pooch from the parlour before their big move from Los Angeles to the Big Apple (“he needs to look a little more sophisticated for New York!”). Three years ago, Maye made headlines by becoming the oldest Covergirl, aged 69 years— fifty-four years after making her modelling debut in South Africa. But, there’s far more to this fascinating female than simply photogenic features.

For the best part of half-a-century, Maye has helmed an international nutritional business, becoming the first Representative of the Consulting Dietitians of Southern Africa; President of the Consulting Dietitians of Canada; and Chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. Other achievements include winning the USA’s Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur Award and being the first dietician to be featured on a cereal box with her (now out of print) book, Feel Fantastic, in 1996; while her most recent offering, the 2020 memoir A Woman Makes A Plan, has been flying off the shelves and translated into several languages. “My kids said that if you’re going to write something, then make sure you talk about your struggles,” Maye tells Verve. “So, there was this lovely lady, from New Zealand actually, called Sally Harding, [a literary agent] based in Vancouver who had read some articles about me and thought them interesting. She said that I should write a book, but I thought, ‘Why would anyone want to read about my life?’ Afterwards, I realised that some of the stories really weren’t fun and that we should perhaps take them out, but the publisher said that they should stay because people will relate. Women will relate to the personal problems and men will relate to the business and adventure chapters—men really love the adventure chapters!” And what adventures there have been, with childhood days spent tearing around the Kalahari Desert with her parents Joshua and Wyn Haldeman, and four siblings, in search of a legendary lost city, sleeping out in the open with their bags zipped over their faces so “the hyenas wouldn’t eat our faces”. “I was eight years old and would have to run in front of the truck to make sure there were no ditches or rocks that we might hit,” laughs Maye. “Then I would have to run back to the back of the truck and my twin sister would take over and my parents never looked back to see if I had made it, they just presumed that I did, which made us responsible for ourselves. It was all very exciting.” WOR D S: JAMIE C H R ISTIAN DESP L ACES

In the 1950s, her father also flew her mother from South Africa to Australia in a single engine plane.


“I brought up my children like my parents brought us up when we were young,” she writes, “to be independent, kind, honest, considerate and polite to work hard and do good things.”

“My father was fearless, but not reckless, he would still plan things,” she says. “But back then there was no GPS, just a compass. He would say that when you’re flying you’re either scared or you’re bored—scared when you take off and land, and bold when you’re flying! He was very adventurous. My mom lived until she was 98 and stopped working at 96. She was an artist but started shaking a lot in her mid-90s, so then she studied computer art instead. When I look back, she did so many admirable things, and we just didn't appreciate it. We didn't tell her, ‘We admire you,’ you know, because, I didn't know how it is in New Zealand, but you don't really praise people to their face.” The making of the Maye Musk the world knows and loves today was arguably when she finally left her husband, Errol, after nine years in an abusive marriage. The pair, who met in high school in South Africa, had three children—Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca—who moved to Toronto with their then 42-year-old mother in 1979. At one point, she was working five jobs to make ends meet, including working as a research officer at the Toronto University where she earned a master’s degree in nutritional sciences (having already attained a master’s in dietetics at the University of Orange Free State). One of her roles now is an ambassador for Dress for Success, a non-profit that helps women achieve economic independence by providing work attire and a number of personal and professional development programmes. I ask how it felt to relive those tough times during the writing of her book. “There were a lot of painful memories, which I hope people will learn from so that they don’t experience as much pain as me,” she says. “My abusive marriage seems to have resonated a lot. Afterwards, there were nine years of lawsuits—he wanted to keep me poor and he was successful. So, when I moved to Toronto, the joy of him no longer being able to do that was incredible.” It must, I say, be especially satisfying then to have achieved so much since then, but Maye bats such a notion away like an irritating mosquito, saying that it was 40 years ago, and she “no longer cares what he thinks”. She couldn’t possibly have foreseen such a glittering future way back then, so I ask what her hopes and dreams were at the time. “I had no confidence, and I was scared,” she recalls. “I didn’t know if I would be able to survive. I didn’t know how I was going to feed them. There were no luxuries. They went to public school, their uniforms and books were secondhand, and I cut their hair. I certainly didn’t dream I’d become a supermodel in my 60s or have billboards in Times Square!” In her book, she tells of how her kids helped her get her nutrition business up and running from her converted bedroom office. “I brought up my children like my parents brought us up when we were young,” she writes, “to be independent, kind, honest, considerate and polite, to work hard and do good things.” Now, her daughter, Tosca, runs an entertainment company that produces films and novels; Kimbal, her younger son, is a prominent chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur who teaches kids how to build fruit and vegetable gardens; while her elder son, Elon, needs little introduction—the CEO of Tesla, founder of SpaceX and one of the wealthiest people on Earth, among many other things. As a child, Maye recounts how Elon was nicknamed “genius boy” because he read encyclopaedias and remembered everything: “I guess now we’d call him the internet.”

A Woman Makes A Plan, published by Penguin Random House, is available at bookstores and online.

Maye has previously described her kids’ careers as her “best investment”, so I ask how she thinks that they would describe her. “Oh, I’m sure with superlatives!”


50 + This month Verve celebrates Fifty Plus women, as many of you are members extraordinaire of this vital cohort, living life with goals and ambitions not imagined even a generation ago. We are proud to be able to share a few inspirational stories and insights from three beautiful women who tell us to “Forget your age – it’s just a number;” “Live like you’re 30;” “Live each day like it’s your last.”

Vicki Holder

My mum had barricaded herself in her room after an argument between her and Dad. I think I was only 11 at the time. Dad had a plan. Lining us three siblings up in the kitchen, he looked me squarely in the eye. “What are you going to cook for dinner Vicki?” Why me? Why not my brothers? That’s not how it was in the fantasy novels. Because you’re a girl. There it was. My gender was this hideous burden. Girls cook, get married, have babies, do what they’re told, stay at home. That’s when I realised, I was outta there. Hastings and small-town New Zealand had rigid expectations that I loathed. It was so prescriptive and boring. Whatever you did, you were judged on how and where you fitted in. First chance, I ran off to Canterbury University. I studied French – for my European travels - and Sociology to better understand the dynamics that underpinned my life. It unleashed a whole new openended world. I got into journalism and writing hoping for freedom. The best thing it gave me was access to the people who have insights and knowledge you can’t ordinarily find. It also helped me explore the ideas and stories that make up our world and led me to art, movies, theatre, events. Being open and curious keeps me relevant – and young at heart. Ever since I turned 40, I’ve lied about my age. It’s nobody’s business but mine. It’s simply my way of combatting rampant ageism. By the way, what did I make for dinner? Nothing. It was a defining moment. I said, let’s go out. And we did.

In a Nutshell

As for my most memorable meal – cooked by my mum of course – Sticky ginger and pineapple pork chops on rice followed by coffee pavlova from the Triple Tested Cookbook. Super-calorific, cholesterol city, delicious!


Growing up in Sydney in the '60s was enormous fun. My parents ran a pub in Balmain, a diverse, working-class suburb, and a cultural melting pot. I loved it but couldn’t wait to see the world, so after a brief stint as a psychiatric nurse I headed to New Zealand on the first leg of my OE. Auckland in the '70s was a shock. No wine bars, no delicatessens, no Saturday shopping, no Italians! But happily, a husband, two babies, and domestic bliss in a Devonport villa more than made up for not being able to get a decent coffee. My career blossomed in the '80s. I worked in fashion PR and publishing and travelled and partied in true Ab Fab style. While holidaying in Hawaii I met a handsome Texan, and after a whirlwind romance, we married, moved to America and lived the dream. His job took us all over the States, staying at luxury resorts in beautiful locations. My job entailed organising cocktail parties and gala dinners for the rich and famous — events to impress and cost was no concern. It was a wonderful, heady time but after the birth of my second daughter, Auckland beckoned. I couldn’t wait to show off my beautiful baby, as well as my new event management skills. Over 20 years later, I’m blessed to be working on some of the biggest events in the country and I still love the thrill when everything comes together and everyone has a great time.

Delaney If I was to die tomorrow it would be after a full, crazy, educated, adventurous, wonderful life.

Person I admire the most? My mother. She can make a meal out of anything. Best advice I was ever given? Work like you’re 30.


Leaving New Zealand, a very naive 18-year-old, I spent my 19th birthday at the YWCA in downtown LA, gaping at gun-toting policemen on the streets, followed by four years in Europe, returning to New Zealand, travelling overland from London via Afghanistan to Singapore in 1972. Twenty-five years working in the film industry, a BA in spatial design and MA in art and design. I have been fortunate to have visited every continent and now reside in the balmy Cook Islands, enjoying white sand with palm trees swaying in the south sea breeze; three wonderful children, four beautiful grandchildren and looking forward to more! When my sister and I were aged five and seven years respectively, our parents set off to travel round the world for six months, leaving us in the care of a Scottish nanny, my memories of breakfasts at that time was Gladys, our nanny, telling us to be careful of the ‘fart in the pan.’ My mother, having been raised on a South Island farm, lived through two world wars, the Spanish flu, the Depression, the introduction of the telephone, television and the arrival of the man on the moon; she was an excellent cook and considered breakfast as the most important meal of the day. She prepared regular breakfasts of cereal and rhubarb from my father’s vegetable garden, smoked fish with capers, lambs fry, kidneys and bacon, mince on toast and brain fritters to name but a few meals from her vast repertoire. Mum died aged 97, I truly hope to live as long as she did.


Issey Miyake and Me Talking with Abby Collins about moments of time in her life — after much cajoling as she is very reticent to discuss her past — she mentions the Algonquin Hotel in New York city and her stay in a suite courtesy of legendary Japanese fashion designer Issy Miyake.

Abby Collins in Issey Miyake. 1970s.


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The Cooking Pot. A portrait painted by Abby Collins of an old women in a remote Laotian village.

That titbit seemed a good place to start the conversation. This was 1974 and the Algonquin would have been quite posh and glamorous as it still is. It is the seat of the late great Dorothy Parker and her martinis. So how does the influential and celebrated Japanese designer Issy Miyake fit into Abby’s life? In her late teens and after modelling in New Zealand she went to Tokyo in the early '70s to visit her parents who were living there. Her father was a pilot and the family had lived in a number of Asian countries.

This very stylish interesting young couple were embraced by New York, spending time with David Bowie and Ronnie Wood to name a few. Abby continued to have a successful international career as a model in the States, Japan and Europe and lived a very independent life. In the '80s she returned to New Zealand when her father was ill and stayed. She continued to model here and was surprised that she was expected to do her own makeup and hair and bring her own shoes and extra garments. A bit of a shock after the runways of Paris.

She again began working as a model, one of the few European models in Japan at the time, and soon became a favourite of Miyake.

However, she makes a point of emphasising that has all totally changed and now the New Zealand fashion and film industries have talent at every level that can match the best in the world.

As one of the world pioneers of avant-garde fashion, Miyake was breaking down barriers and was instrumental in introducing Japanese designers to Paris and around the world.

She remained in New Zealand, and as all good girls did at the time, she married and had a much loved son. She went on to create a stellar career as a makeup artist for film, television and fashion.

Back to the Algonquin. Abby was in New York after being in Paris for the fall collections.

She also started to paint, particularly portraits but now paints only for her own pleasure.

Her travelling companion at the time, boyfriend Joe Yamanaka, was a well-known Japanese actor and singer. Joe’s mother was Japanese and his father was a US serviceman of Caribbean descent whom he never met.

In the last few years she has again demonstrated her independent spirt and moved from Auckland to a busy country town creating a new life in a beautiful classic villa on a large property with much of her creativity now focused on her garden.

For a few years after Bob Marley died, Joe became the frontman for The Wailers.

Lots of memories, plenty to come, no regrets.




Someone, in a bygone age, and, I suspect, long since forgotten time, said that the older men get, the more 'distinguished' they look. They might just as easily have said the more 'extinguished' they look. But that was then, and this is now. Looking around at guys around their 50s today I don't see too many in any hurry to look like their fathers, however 'distinguished' they might have looked. Word on the street and a look around the locker room would have you believe that today it’s all designer stubble, fades, and shades. However, as we approach or pass the halfcentury mark, one thing is for sure: your skin isn’t the same as it was at 20.


Unless you are some sort of genetic superfreak, at some point you will notice some serious signs of ageing. The results of years before the mast or at the crease, years of exposure to the elements during the course of our manly pursuits sees the lines on your face become deeper, the bags under the eyes darker. This is the price of la vie sportif. Do not give up on yourself. Remember, life is a marathon not a sprint. This is OneMan on a mission to help keep you looking good all the way down the track. As those wonderful gentlemen at Nike once said, 'There is no finish

If you are in your 50s, wanting to delay, or at least reduce, the ravages of the sun and general wear and tear on your skin, you'd better make sure that you have these items in your arsenal:

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This skin under your eyes is paper thin, and begins to look more tired and duller. It's the first area to show that the rigours of life are getting on top of you. And remember to get your recommended allotment of sleep each night, the body is a great self-healer.

You have reached the half-century mark and, generally, oiliness shouldn’t be the problem it once was. The fundamental key to a good cleanser is that it washes the dirt and grime of the day away. Can you live without it? Most probably. Will it make a definite improvement to what you have going on? Most definitely. Use morning and night.

The only worn leather you should own should be on your belt, jacket, or boots. Certainly not your face. For most us years of sun damage will eventually leave our skin wrinkled and littered with tiny age spots. The stuff that keeps it firm – collagen and elastin – aren’t quite producing the goods like they once were. The easiest way to forestall this is to use a moisturiser with a built-in sunscreen. Words— Max Daws on of O neM a n

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Skin Health Longevity with Terri Vinson

What do you feel is the biggest challenge to long-term skin health? The greatest threat to the long-term health of the skin is the sun. Solar damage causes malignant cancers, uneven skin tone and ageing. If you only choose one product as an insurance policy for your skin, make sure it’s a zinc oxide based physical sunscreen.

Terri Vinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of Synergie Skin recently launched her book Skinformation. Terri shares her expert advice on long-term skin health. How should we decide what skin treatments and products (if any) are best for our skin? Have a professional consultation with a qualified skin therapist or find a resource that will cut through the hype and educate you on effective ingredients and treatments, such as my book, Skinformation. There are thousands of treatments and products on the market, but you need to choose those that will best serve YOU.


The ideal basic skincare regimen should always include active ingredients vitamin A, vitamin B3 and vitamin C serums, along with a good physical sun protective moisturiser. My number one must-have product is vitamin B3 (niacinamide) serum. Vitamin B3 is considered the great multitasker of cosmeceuticals and is vital for the long-term health of our skin. It boosts skin immunity for defence against external damage, it increases the production of the skin’s natural ceramides to help hold water in the skin and promote internal hydration. It regulates oil flow and minimises redness for irritated or acne prone skin. And yes, it also boosts collagen and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation in ageing skin. Who doesn’t need vitamin B3 in their skincare routine? … NOBODY!

More recently during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have seen a steep rise in redness and inflammation concerns. Higher stress levels causing elevated cortisol hormones in our bodies and mask wearing, has left our skin barrier dry and irritated and this leads to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria on our skin surface. Balancing our skin microbiome is essential, and incorporating prebiotic and probiotic skincare along with vitamin B3 serum will help with skin redness, breakouts and sensitivity. What is your number one tip for the longterm health of your skin? Use broad spectrum solar protection daily… in fact, do not even bother with any other skincare product if you don’t have a great physical sunscreen containing a minimum of 20% zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is not only a great broad spectrum mineral sunscreen ingredient, it can also be used to calm the skin and is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin types. That is why old-fashioned zinc cream still holds up as the nappy rash go-to for soothing baby’s sensitive little derrière. Zinc oxide is also the only sunscreen approved by the FDA as giving exceptional protection to both UVA and UVB rays in a single ingredient. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, often need to be created as combinations of different sunscreen ingredients to be as effective as zinc oxide alone. There are also concerns with many chemical sunscreens irritating skin and causing sunlight sensitivity reactions and damaging our marine environment. Zinc oxide is my preference every time.




Best Beauty Products for 50+

Anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle are words we don’t look forward to seeing decorate the shelves of our medicine cabinets. But who said ageing was a bad thing? Ageing gracefully is one of life's most beautiful journeys, but sometimes we just need that extra helping hand.


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DermAbsolu serum-in-oil formula, is a combination of lightweight oil, whipped with a highly concentrated ingredients to help smooth the lines. Its texture is non-greasy but extremely hydrating, it absorbs in seconds, and leaves a luminous glow on the skin, thanks to the addition of pearlescent agents in the blend. A must have!

Your daily shot of youth. KOIKKI Intensive Repair Ampoules help to repair damaged and dull-looking skin, as well as addressing loss of elasticity. Made with high performance ingredients such as bifida ferment filtrate, which is full of vitamins to strengthen your skin barrier against environmental irritants such as light pollution that can lead to visible signs of premature skin ageing. As an intensive facial treatment of 21 days duration, these ampoules are ideal for prolonging youth, improving energy and, overall, your LIFE.

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BEAUTY ENGINE Nourishing Hand Cream

BIOLOGI BM Regenerate Serum

There are numerous external factors that contribute to your skin loosing its youthfulness. Your hands can give away the first signs of ageing, so it’s time to give them some tender, loving care. Formulated with natural, nourishing ingredients, Beauty Engine’s goal is to help preserve the wellbeing and resilience of your skin. Fortifying the skin barrier to protect it from free radicals, Beauty Engine Nourishing Hand Cream gives your skin a barrier of defence against daily stress and pollution. While moisture is retained in the deeper layers, your skin will appear radiant, hydrated and plump. Beauty Engine - your hand care hero.

Biologi, the brand renowned for its 100% active ingredient skincare, delivers their latest innovation in single plant ingredients: Biologi’s Bm Regenerate AntiAgeing Serum. Harnessing the untouched power of Tasmanian mountain pepper berry, this serum offers improved protection for the skin while repairing damaged cells, enhancing collagen production, repairing barrier function and increasing hydration to the skin.


GLOW LAB Age Renew Retinol* Booster Oil

SYNERGIE SKIN TriDration B Express medi-mask

Naturally derived bakuchiol, clinically proven to mimic the effects of retinol, decreases the appearance of pigmentation and fine lines, reducing the depth of wrinkles by up to 31% after 12 weeks. This delicate oil blend improves cell turnover and skin elasticity for a smoother, firmer complexion, all without the irritating side effects associated with retinol. Boosted with Beracare BBA™ to increase hyaluronic acid levels to deeply hydrate.

Designed to intensely hydrate, firm, calm, and balance the skin, Synergie Skin’s TriDration B Express Medimask offers all the benefits of an advanced face mask, but in a fraction of the time. Containing vitamin B3 and hyaluronic acid, this ultra-hydrating mask will instantly plump up thirsty and stressed skin, within just five minutes.

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SPRING SPA GUAM Tummy and Waist Treatment

Sometimes known as a vampire facial, PRP Is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that restores and improves facial tone with the addition of new, revitalised tissue. Samples of the patient’s blood are taken from the arm area and spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red and white blood cells. The platelets and, therefore, the growth factors, are then concentrated into platelet rich plasma and injected back into the face. The aim of these injections is to stimulate and regenerate aged and damaged skin and hypodermal tissues, and to produce new dermis. PRP can be combined with dermal fillers to further enhance problem areas, particularly under the eye.

Using Guam seaweed, caffeine and other natural ingredients, this treatment re-mineralises and improves microcirculation, draining away excess fluid and toxins. Result is loss of circumference in the tummy area. Includes a 40min personalised massage during the treatment. 60 minutes, $130. For bookings and enquires please visit us at SPRINGSPA.COM





EXCEED by Amiea MED is one of the best anti-ageing treatments in Auckland. It is the latest medical derma needling device used in the Pure Skin Clinic in Parnell – proven to successfully treat and improve: acne scarring, stretch marks, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and colour, the skin’s health and appearance. Developed by trusted German experts—CIT is an investment in the future of your skin. 2 FOX STREET, PARNELL / 09 377 0996 INFO@PURESKINCLINIC.CO.NZ PURESKINCLINIC.CO.NZ


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One of the most depressing symptoms during and after menopause is the effect on skin. Along with hot flushes, insomnia and myriad other problems, it is often the negative effect on the skin that is the most disheartening.

These effects can include sagging, deepening of wrinkles, dryness leading to a dull appearance and deepening of pores or ‘orange peel’ skin. The main reason for this is the depletion of oestrogen, a hormone which production of declines sharply during menopause. This depletion leads to a loss of collagen production – collagen is basically the glue that helps with bone and joint flexibility and keeps the skin plump and elastic; about 30% of collagen is lost in the five years during the menopause, and approximately 2% per year afterwards. Luckily, there are some measures and steps we can take to minimise the effects and improve the appearance of menopause – ravaged skin! One of the most important steps to take is to ensure to use medical–grade skincare regularly. The best product we have found for skin that is oestrogen-depleted is Emepelle moisturiser. This rejuvenates the skin with a new cosmeceutical ingredient using MEP technology, this addresses the collagen loss during menopause. Clinical studies back up this claim, and it also contains retinol, peptides, antioxidants, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid is important to hydrate the skin and the retinol is very important to increase cell turnover and so combat dullness. Other treatments are greatly important; anything that induces collagen production is key. Personally, one of the most beneficial treatments I have found is micro-needling using the microneedling and nanofractional treatments. I have noticed a significant reduction in the dehydration lines around my mouth and eyes following these, and it is great to know that these are a long-term effect rather than a quick fix. Other treatments that help with collagen production are PRP (platelet rich plasma) and photo–rejuvenation using IPL. As well as stimulating the production of

collagen, laser and light treatments can minimise or erase redness and pigmentation, which often become more apparent during this time of life. PRP is obtained by taking a sample of your own blood and using a centrifuge to extract the platelets and growth factors, which are then injected or needled into areas of concern. Some of these treatments take several weeks to show the effects but are proven in clinical studies to increase collagen, resulting in a plumper, more elastic epidermis (upper layer.) To address the sagging and wrinkles that are often a main concern, botulinum toxin and dermal fillers are transformative. Regular use of these treatments relax and soften lines, and targeted use of fillers by an experienced injector can help to tighten ligaments in the face to improve facial contours and result in a lifted appearance. Sagging skin on the face (and other areas of the body) can also be minimised by using skin-tightening procedures, such as that provided by the Venus Viva to tighten collagen and elastin fibres. Although menopause is faced with trepidation, it is heartening to know that an understanding of the challenges and a plan to deal with them is available to hold off collagen loss and improve the skin and facial contours, to maintain a healthy and rejuvenated appearance through menopause and beyond! If you are interested in learning more about menopausal skin, or any of the wide range of cosmetic treatments available at Clinic 42, please contact us to arrange a 30 minute complimentary nurse consult. Alternatively, call and book with one of our four cosmetic physicians, who will be happy to discuss your concerns, and the best treatment approach for you.


Collagen is a fibrous protein. In fact, due to it being the main component of the connective tissue in our ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skin, collagen makes up a third of the protein in the human body. The collagen molecules found in our bodies are strong and flexible, therefore strengthening and giving elasticity to our skin. With age, production of collagen molecules begins to deteriorate. Some specific reasons for this are prolonged exposure to UV light (sunlight), having a lot of sugar in your diet, and the long-term effects of smoking. But unfortunately, a lot of it can just be down to the ageing process itself. As a result, health professionals have been trying their best to find ways to combat these effects and the signs of ageing. The 1980s saw pricy injectable fillers to lessen wrinkles, but nowadays, edible collagen has become the common way for people to achieve similar results. Although there are a few ways to take collagen, the most popular collagen supplements come in a powdered form, designed to dissolve in hot or cold liquids, making them perfect for any time of day and beverage. Most collagen peptide powders also contain up to 18g of protein per serve.


Our Body’s Building Block As we age, our bodies produce less collagen. This results in the joys of dry skin, wrinkles, and weakened joint cartilage. But there are ways to combat the signs of ageing that don’t require finding the fountain of youth!

But what are the benefits of collagen supplements? Well, there are number of claims as to the effects people experience by taking supplements. But when it comes to the areas that studies have been conducted around, there is a strong suggestion that taking supplements can improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, as well as lessening the symptoms of osteoarthritis and overall joint pain. In addition to this, and although extensive studies in this area are yet to be conducted, researchers have proposed that heart health could be improved by taking supplements. Research also indicates that taking collagen supplements can slow the visible signs of ageing by softening wrinkles and helping to reduce dry skin. However, if you’re just hoping to improve your skin, there may be no need to take anything, as collagen has become a popular ingredient in many beauty products. Topical creams are a great way to support your body’s collagen production and accompanying this with antioxidants like vitamin C can help to reverse the effects that damage the collagen in your skin. Whatever reasons you might have for looking to collagen treatments, ageing is a reality of life, and it’s reassuring to know that there are many options available that can improve your general wellbeing and help you to age gracefully while doing so.


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essano Collagen Boost essano Collagen Boost is enriched with active ingredients to boost your skin's natural collagen production and can help reduce the visible signs of ageing. essano has chosen plant-based extracts such as rosehip oil, schisandra chinensis berry oil and plant peptides that have been proven to improve elasticity and firmness, helping women to age positively and look youthful for longer.

Nothing Naughty Pure Collagen Nothing Naughty's Pure Collagen range contains type 1 and 3 collagen and supports healthy skin, hair, nails, antiageing functions, bones and joints. Operating their own manufacturing facility in Tirau, NZ, Nothing Naughty has a mission to make premium health foods accessible to all Kiwis with a focus on 'Premium Collagen without the price tag'. Their collagen comes in super sustainable glass jars that can be refilled with their refill bags. With prices as low as $45.95 per 500g they are arguably the best value collagen on the market!

Milla Collagen, NUDE Looking for an easy way to include collagen into your daily routine? Kiwi brand Milla’s Nude Collagen uses highly purified marine collagen that contains 18 amino acids to support the health of your hair, skin, nails, and joints. Hydrolysed for easy absorption, it also contains vitamin c, essential to support your body’s natural collagen production. Use the code Verve for 20% off.

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1. Harris Tapper Julius Dress, $489 2. Wynn Hamlyn Cross Over Ribbed Knit Dress, $500 3. Georgia Alice Tuxedo Dress, $1199 4. Paris Georgia Wave Dress, $640 5. Fashion East Fall 21 6. Proenza Schouler Fall 21 7. Emelia Wickstead Fall 21 8. Paris Georgia Audrey Dress, $728



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1. Commas White Artist Shirt, $557 2. Jacquemus Le sweat, $280 USD 3. COS Knitted Long-Sleeve Polo Shirt, $89 USD 4. Marni Tote, $599 5. Commoners S.W.C Mens Varden Canvas, $169.95 6. Commas Black Wide Leg Italian Linen Trouser, $536 7. Bottega Veneta Tailored Wool Slim-Leg Trousers, $1,380 8. Bottega Veneta HighNeck Jersey Sweater, $1,350 9. COS Leather Belt With Matte Buckle, $45 USD


Meet Kellie Taylor of moochi We sit down with Kellie Taylor, co-founder of moochi, to chat about the inspiration behind the brand, trends, and creating a fashion label in New Zealand.

What is the inspiration behind your latest collection, Palette One: otherside?

The past year has seen a huge shift within the world, and it’s been incredibly challenging for everyone. Moving into 2021 there is this eagerness for us to move on and move forward. Palette One: otherside draws on past favourites, present needs, and future moments, encouraging our imaginations to explore the hopeful promise of what lies ahead.

moochi has been in the business of fashion for 20 years now; how has your creative process evolved during this time?

When we started there was this new thing called the internet, but fashion was not really on it. There was no Instagram or Facebook, the closest we got to global fashion trends was through magazines or expensive travel. Now you can learn so much at your fingertips. In some ways this almost makes you look inward even more. I was taught that fashion was on a 10year cycle, my view now is that despite everything moving so fast, the cycle is actually 20 years. I have gone back to look at work done in our early years a lot lately to review proportions especially, lengths of tops, fullness of skirts, width of pant hems. It’s fascinating!

Why is creating long-lasting fashion such a key part of your brand and how do you balance that with fast moving trends?

A new trend can make you feel so fresh and alive, like a new haircut can. Enjoy these moments, they help date and tell the story of our lives.

What makes creating in New Zealand so special?

The New Zealand industry is like a village, it’s intimate and very personal. Our makers come and go with cut work and finished goods from our business each day. There is great respect for what each company does for the other, we know we need each other in equal measure and things run on a unique rhythm. We have been making in New Zealand since we began and I don’t see this changing. I love that moochi has kept so much local for so long.

As creatives and business owners, what is the most rewarding part of what you do?

Seeing women wearing moochi! It’s amazing to see and meet women who love their moochi, wear it a lot and keep supporting the brand because it works for them and the way they love to live and feel.


At moochi we believe it’s also important to build your wardrobe with pieces that will go the distance, that feel modern and yet timeless, like a black pant that is cut perfectly for your shape. We talk about value per wear with our designs. For example a leather jacket may seem really expensive but 10 years on when you have worn it every other day, you can appreciate it was worth every cent.

I also love it when the team rallies to solve an issue and they turn it into an opportunity. We are such a passionate team and we make the impossible possible, on the daily.

LOVE KNOT WAR Verve sat down with Aly, the beautiful face behind Love knot War, to chat about designing and producing a clothing range in New Zealand, and where her inspiration comes from.

How did you get into the fashion industry?

Growing up surrounded by talented sewers, I had a love of fashion from a young age creating clothes with my mother and grandmother, at high school I would create outfits for myself and friends including PVC flare pants in different colours that became like traveling pants being shared between friends.

What made you want to open an online boutique?

Love Knot War was started after having my third child and going through a huge life change. I found my passion for fashion in kids clothing. I struggled to find cute, practical but stylish kids clothing so I started making my own little merino outfits which I popped up online and they become really popular. As the business grew I was getting a lot of requests for women’s clothing, so I started doing a few matching pieces (Mum and Child Twinning) and things took off from there.

What makes creating in New Zealand so special?

Its a lot of hard work, but a lot of heart goes into our creations and it makes you proud to be NZ made.

What are the challenges you have faced owning a small business in New Zealand?

Competing with brands being manufactured abroad. Also sourcing materials in NZ is something that has become harder and harder during past year.

What has starting a business in NZ taught you?

It’s not easy! There is a lot to learn and things are constantly changing, a lot of hurdles but so worth it!

What makes Love knot War stand out?

Love knot War has never really followed the trends. We create quality pieces in fits that compliment. We like to keep our runs small so they stay unique and boutique. And of course, we are NZ made!

What is the Love Knot War point of difference?

That we are NZ made and that all of our design, pattern making, cutting and creating is done here in house from scratch.

Where do you source inspiration?

I design all of our garments. Being a very visual person the majority of our outfits are designed from seeing, then feeling fabrics. Eventually something comes together in my mind, then onto paper and then to samples!

Love knot War has never really followed the trends. We create quality pieces in fits that compliment. We like to keep our runs small so they stay unique and boutique. @loveknotwar


She tells me (like so many mums I’ve met) that she feels that she’s lost herself a little. She reminisced with me about how prior to children she used to wear her hair in myriad styles, colours and cuts, but she hasn’t had a decent haircut since her first child was born almost five years ago (we visit my hairdresser tomorrow). She’s loved learning how to apply makeup, not just for occasions also she’s learned how to do a 'five-minute face'. To our first session, she wore a top that was tired and long past it’s best and yoga pants. I am truly looking forward to creating a wardrobe that works for who she is now, rather than something she isn’t. I often joke that comfort and style sometimes go together, but comfort and frumpy always do. I absolutely get that comfort is a key driver for so many of us when we’re choosing our clothes – after all who wants to spend the day feeling uncomfortable? I also believe that you can do comfort and style if you choose wisely.


Details Make All The Difference I’ve had a fabulous week working with a client who wants to look completely different. She’s had two children in the past five years and like loads of new mums, has found the transition from working gal to pregnant to full-time mum challenging.

There’s jeans out there with enough elastane to feel every bit as comfortable as yoga pants, but they’ll look a lot more polished when you head out for dinner with friends. There are soft, relaxed pants that flatter tummies but are made in fabrics and styles that elevate their wearer’s overall look even worn with a pair of trainers, team them with a block heel and the result is quite simply, wow. Grab a denim or bomber jacket and by the end of the first day in it, you’ll feel like you’re wearing your favourite cardigan. With the rise of the 'sports luxe' trend, stylish sweatpants and sweatshirts abound and it’s totally acceptable to wear these to your local café. Look for relaxed knits and soft tees but add accessories to lift them. As with anything, it’s the details that make the difference. Get these right, and you’ll go from frumpy to fabulous easily. Want a hand to create a look that reflects who you are at whatever stage of life you’re at? I'd absolutely love to help! Just pick up the phone or drop me an email – lets’ do a coffee!




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New Zealand Jeweller Reflects On Polished Career

How did your passion for jewellery come about? The rock hounding and gemstone polishing craze really began in NZ in the 1960s. Like many people, our family scoured the streams and beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula looking for agates, quartz, and other semi-precious stones. At that time, the equipment for polishing gemstones was very limited, so we improvised and made our own machines for tumbling the stones we had collected. That early interest led me to follow a course in jewellery making, and onto gemmology. I received a Diploma of Gemmology in 1970 from Great Britain, and in 1971 travelled to the UK, where I worked and was able to visit the gem cutting centres of Europe. Later receiving a tourism award. After 50 years of practising your craft, what materials still present challenges? Most natural materials such as jade, lapis lazuli, opal, and mother of pearl all have their own unique characters, flaws, inclusions, and fractures. Each piece needs to be studied carefully before work commences to avoid any potential weakness in the finished piece. In addition, polishing and carving each stone requires a different approach.

Neil Hanna has had his jewellery included in touring exhibitions, and commissioned work for the likes of UK retail outlet Fortnum & Masons. He talks to Verve about his craft.

Which pieces take the most time, and why? The inlay and mosaic designs are the most difficult. Matching the colour and hardness of each component is very time consuming, but critical to get a good balance and result. Generally, I have three or four jigsaw sections at any one time to assemble, all done by hand. What is your favourite piece in your collection, and why? Over the years I have made several pieces that stand out. A black Australia jade disc inlaid with opal, very reminiscent of the planetary system, which I called ‘Opalus Nebulous’, and a sculpture carved in mother of pearl shell which reflects the natural NZ beach landscape.

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As one of New Zealand’s most experienced skin, acne, cosmetic injectables and laser hair removal clinics, Clear Skincare Clinics believes that good skin is liberating!

Their team of highly trained clinical therapists and cosmetic nurses focus on acne, scarring, pigmentation, dehydration, redness, sun damage, age management, cosmetic injecting and laser hair removal. HydraFacial is here! The celebrity favourite, HydraFacial, is here and it’s a game changer! The perfect treatment after a long hot summer in that sun, before a big night out and ideal for weddings both the guests and the bride, HydraFacial will leave your skin less congested, incredibly moisturised and glowing. There’s just three steps with HydraFacial and best of all, it’s only a 30 minute treatment with no downtime, so you can head straight back to work or school pick up after. And it’s perfect for all skin types and all ages. STEP 1 Cleanse + Peel Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing. STEP 2 Extract + Hydrate Remove debris from pores with painless suction and nourish with intense moisturisers that quench the skin.

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STEP 3 Fuse + Protect Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides to maximise your glow. You’ll see instantly noticeable results and a rejuvenated, refreshed complexion. You will notice brighter, tighter and clearer skin, as well as a reduction in acne and the signs of ageing.

A truly relaxing treatment that will give you instant results that are long-lasting. Embrace the power of skin peels Peels are also a great way to refresh the skin—they’re one of the most affordable, fast and effective ways to improve your skin instantly! Clear Skincare’s range of Signature Skin Peels are a great way to clear away old skin and stimulate the regeneration of new skin and the naturally derived acids in peels help give this process a real boost. The new skin is then clearer, smoother and more even. There are a range of peels to treat different concerns – including acne, fine lines and wrinkles, texture, tone, sun damage, pigmentation and even scaring. There are peels that are fantastic for an instant lift and glow, and others that work overtime to resolve deep-seated and ongoing concerns. Unsure which treatment you need? The team at Clear Skincare Clinics love working with clients to come up with a treatment programme that is tailored to their skin. Book a FREE skin consultation, where the experienced clinical therapists will assess your skin and make recommendations that are right for you. It’s clear the team at Clear Skincare Clinics love what they do and helping clients on a journey to live their best skin!

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Lisa and Kari


Kari Gran Beauty, Business and Friendship WO RD S: JAMIE C HR ISTIAN DESP L ACES

Kari Gran was only 29 years when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, forcing her to rethink what she put into and onto her body, and discovering that “real beauty” is the “holistic approach” of treating your entire being with “loving care and respect”. She set about developing her own homemade beauty formulas from naturally derived materials and shared them with her friends who all fell in love with them.

MARCH 2021 One friend in particular, Lisa Strain, encouraged Kari “to move beyond her kitchen” to “create a beauty brand that all women could love”. Fast forward a little more than a couple of decades, and Kari is at the helm of her eponymous, internationally acclaimed beauty brand, co-founded with Lisa, and famed for its pioneering “BS-free” approach to the industry. Still handmade locally in Seattle from organic, wild harvested and non-GMO ingredients, they are about to launch their oil range here in Aotearoa, so Verve sits down with the beautiful beauty entrepreneurs to find out more. We begin by asking what, about their products, will appeal to Kiwi customers. “We are about simplicity and truth-telling,” says Kari. “We offer an uncomplicated line of organic products. We don’t make promises we cannot keep, or suggest that we work miracles. But we do believe that your skin will feel instantly better, more supple and softer after using our products.” “Obviously New Zealand loves women leaders, and we do too,” adds Lisa. “Kari Gran is woman-founded and -operated, still made by a group of hardworking women here in Seattle.” “Being involved in a woman owned and operated company is something we’re really proud of,” says Kari. “Part of our mission not telling other women that there’s something wrong with them, and that we can ‘fix it’.” Other sizeable parts of the company’s mission include sustainability and philanthropy by supporting women’s charities, using recyclable packaging, and being plastic neutral. “It’s just baked into our beings,” Kari says. “We got to know each other well in our past careers doing philanthropic work together. It’s something that’s important to both of us personally, and professionally.” “It’s also a reflection of my upbringing,” says Lisa. “Giving back was very much a part of life growing up. My parents had us doing all sorts of community projects as young kids, and it stuck with me as an adult. There is no better feeling than helping others. It’s a two-way street.” The duo met during their previous careers in real estate, and though, says Kari, they may approach things in a different manner, they “share the same moral compass and core values”. “We work so well together as team, because we give each other space,” says Lisa. “Kari is the formulator and heart behind the products, and I keep the business and marketing side humming. But we are united in revering our customers and surprising them with jaw-dropping service.”

You made a major career change relatively late in life, what advice would you give others considering doing the same?

"Sometimes you just have to take a chance on the unknown,” Kari says. “I’m a huge planner and didn’t have a well formulated plan for this second act. Lisa was the instigator and had the big idea to turn this into a business. We found that my overplanning and her entrepreneurial drive worked well together. I feel like it was meant to be, or I wouldn’t have the good fortune of answering your questions.” “I’d say, ‘Just go for it’,” advises Lisa. “Us oldsters are a lot smarter than we used to be!”

Do you hang-out much outside of the office?

“We did pre-Covid,” says Kari, “and I’d say live music was one of our favourite things to do together. It’s one of the things I miss most, a good concert. As a company, we’ve seen the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Hall and Oates.” “I took Kari to her first Rolling Stones concert, and now she understands what all the ruckus is about!” beams Lisa, whose record collection is clearly as impressive as her beauty product one (she also reveals her proudest moment to be playing the lights for 90,000 Stones fans in Buenos Aires during ‘Sympathy for the Devil’). “I love live music and dancing, so that’s what I do whenever I can. Kari and I were friends before we created the business, and that continues, we still even vacation together from time to time.”


Looking back, is there something you wish you’d known when starting the range?

“How much time do you have!” asks Kari. “I was confident with our line and formulations. I worked with a wonderful organic formulator and studied at a local college for natural health. But I wasn’t a beauty industry insider or knew much about the digital world. So much of my time was spent figuring things out how things worked in the industry and learning everything I could about running a digital business.” But the beauty boss is philosophical about it all, acknowledging the importance of failure in any learning process. “Everything is so clear in hindsight,” she continues, “how it could have been done for a more successful outcome. Our first website—talk about a disaster! Thinking I was qualified to do wireframes, oh, come on! I think we may have done just about everything not quite right on that one.”

There’s a focus on successful women aged over-50 in this month’s issue of Verve, when you were younger, who inspired you?

“I’m a self-described beauty junkie,” says Kari. “I love it all. I spent years at all the beauty counters trying to get my friends—mostly Lisa—to try everything along with me. Because of this, I’ve always been drawn to Bobbi Brown. She was the woman who brought natural tones back in style, as compared to the bright colours of the ‘80s.” “My grandmother, Marjorie, was always an inspiration,” says Lisa. “In her early 20s, she lost her husband and was left with two babies to raise during the Depression. She worked two restaurant jobs and had a third job as an elevator operator to make ends meet. Later, she opened her own bar in a logging town and carved out quite a name for herself serving up the most delicious home-cooked meals and libations in the county! She just never gave up.”

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As for the future, Lisa says she’s most excited to being able to travel “with reckless abandon” with her hubby again—the couple once “had the pleasure” of hosting a young Kiwi hiker at their house in Italy: “The international language of food and wine beckoned him and we stayed in touch!” She’s itching to visit Aotearoa, sentiments echoed by her friend and business partner, Kari. “I’m definitely looking forward to getting back out on the road and talking to people,” she adds. “And I think New Zealand would be a nice stamp in the passport.”


TruSculpt iD is the latest technology available to permanently and non-invasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 19 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera salon. How does truSculpt iD work? truSculpt iD uses a unique form of monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates evenly and deeply and is able to treat the entire fat pad — from skin to muscle. Given each patient’s unique biological complex, the truSculpt iD is able to adjust the energy output to ensure the most effective treatment for each person. Real-time temperature control and monitoring sensors ensure the therapeutic temperature level is reached in the fat, while maintaining a skin temperature of 3-4°C cooler.

Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first truSculpt iD provider in New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera.

How is treatment performed? An initial evaluation is performed to frame the desired treatment areas. A total of six hand pieces may be used to target an area that is larger than three CoolSculpt cool max applicators (approximately 12 SculpSure applicators). Each hand piece is gently applied using a piece of double-sided tape. A cummerbund is then wrapped around the body, ensuring full contact. Patients experience mild heat, with an overall high level of comfort during the 15-minute session. How do I know if I am a candidate? Unlike other non-invasive fat removal procedures such as CoolSculpt and SculpSure, truSculpt iD does not have any body mass index (BMI) or weight restrictions. Almost anyone can be treated with the truSculpt iD. How many treatments will I need? Ninety-five percent of patients will only require one treatment per area! We can treat as many as three areas in a single 15-minute session!


Is the treatment painful? No! Patients report the treatment feels like a warm stone massage. Some feel the heat in the first minute to be a bit intense but then adjust to the treatment.


How long before I see my results? Results such as firming, improved skin tone and texture, and some reduction, will be noticeable immediately; however, fat cells are removed over a period of time and maximum results will be achieved at 12 weeks. There's an average of 24 percent fat reduction on a treated area, in one treatment.



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The remarkable Jazz Thornton is an author, filmmaker, and co-founder (along with Genevieve Mora) of Voices for Hope, a New Zealand-based, international non-profit organisation that advocates for mental health ‘through voices of those with lived experience’. In 2019, Jazz was semi-finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year, and also spoke at the United Nations’ Speak Your Mind event during the General Assembly.


The following year, she published her first book, Stop Surviving Start Fighting, a searing memoir that details depression, multiple suicide attempts and stints in psychiatric wards during her teens; followed by her second tome, My Journey Starts Here, ‘a guide to improve your mental wellbeing’. Co-authored with Genevieve and released earlier this year, the soothing pages of My Journey Starts Here are filled with inspirational quotes, colouring-in tasks, gratitude exercises to aid ‘personal reflections’, and ‘goal selection’ to help create ‘strategies for difficult moments’. Verve sits down with Jazz to find out more, beginning by asking if the techniques in her latest book are ones that she employed to help tackle her own mental health issues. “Absolutely, pretty much all of those things are from my journey, from my actual journal from when I was in the psych ward,” she says. “One of the biggest misconceptions, especially for young people who are facing mental illnesses, is that they are just attention seeking, and this causes a lot of silence. People are deserving of help before they hit crisis point. At the moment, we have system where the care only generally comes once someone gets to an absolute breaking point; the help needs to come earlier on to prevent that from happening.”

What signs should people be on the lookout for should they be concerned about a loved one?

“Withdrawal is the most common sign, whether it be isolating and withdrawing from conversation, or a lack of interest in things that they used to love. These are important things to look out for, and it’s also important to ask them how they are and give them space to actually talk about it.”

“Absolutely, yes. We’ve seen a lot reaching out to people like myself, and people online. What’s interesting is that a lot of younger people are struggling to reach out to parents and the older generations because there is still this kind of big misunderstanding.”

Are you seeing more young people reaching out for help?

“Absolutely, yes. We’ve seen a lot reaching out to people like myself, and people online. What’s interesting is that a lot of younger people are struggling to reach out to parents and the older generations because there is still this kind of big misunderstanding. So although people are reaching out, they’re not always reaching out to the people who could probably be of the most help.”

Is there still a gender divide in terms of the old mentality that boys need to ‘man-up’?

“Unfortunately, that’s still often the case, especially here in New Zealand with our strong farming and rough-and-tumble culture, and that ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. Even my own following shows that it’s 87 percent females, and all of our events are very dominated by females.” Having been abused at just three years old, Jazz was only 12 years old the first time she decided to end her own life. She would try a further 13 times, overcome with shame and pain and a genuine belief that the “world would be better off without me”. Following her final attempt, aged 20 years, Jazz was found by Constable Meika Campbell who went on to wait with her in the hospital and well into the night. The officer made Jazz promise to text her in the morning, while making a promise herself that she would then visit Jazz on her 21st birthday, which she did with a surprise knock on the door. When Jazz posted a thank-you letter on Facebook for the officer, it went viral, and they’re still in touch (“She’ll often message to congratulate me on random things that I am doing!”). An accomplished filmmaker, Jazz’s first video, Dear Suicidal Me, has racked up tens of millions of views, while her web series, Jessica’s Tree, garnered national and international acclaim—along with a several awards. Jazz was also the subject of 2020 feature-length documentary, The Girl on the Bridge, directed by Leanne Pooley, and has even been invited for coffee with Megan and Harry to discuss her work in the mental health arena.

Helping others must also take quite the toll on your wellbeing. In dealing with this, do you employ the same techniques when dealing with your own mental health troubles?

If you, or someone you know, needs help immediately, call the police; if you need advice or support, consider calling: Lifeline 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357 Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 Healthline 0800 611 116 Samaritans 0800 726 666 Watch The Girl on the Bridge at

“I think that the approach changed slightly. When I was doing it for myself, a lot of the focus was around having to fight day and night for my own wellbeing. A lot of the practices are still the same—surrounding myself with people and learning to reach out before it becomes too overwhelming—and I am a lot better at these things that when I first started advocating three years ago! My awareness of I am shot up significantly over the last few years as I was trying to figure out how to best cope with this massive influx of people knowing my story, and reaching out. It took me a while to learn how to look after myself, but I definitely know how to now.” Beneath Jazz’s email signature is a note that reads for the purpose of self-care, she doesn’t respond to messages outside of office hours. It’s a practice that most of us should probably observe more stringently, and, adds Jazz, younger generations especially need to get more comfortable with being digitally disconnected—at the very least not making the phone the first thing that’s checked first thing in the morning. I finish up by asking Jazz if, for all the horrors of her childhood, she harbours any happy memories, and she says that she has many. “I loved drama and media classes at school,” she recalls, “and storytelling has always been, not only an escape for me, but a tool with which I could communicate. It’s my passion.”



n The Lif I y eO Da MONDAY Co-founder

Jaimee Lupton 7 am I wake about 7am, and despite knowing better, usually check emails first so I can get a jump on anything pressing that has come in overnight from our teams overseas. I make a green tea and an oat milk banana smoothie, always with some Dose & Co. collagen powder — I love the Vanilla Collagen Creamer. Then I shower and wash my hair (my combo is MONDAY’s Smooth Shampoo + Repair Conditioner) and do a quick blow dry, skincare and SPF, then a bit of makeup. It’s a well-honed routine that takes me 20 minutes.

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Being in Auckland, I love that I can get a couple of hours of quiet in before everyone in Sydney wakes up and our global MONDAY chat starts going off — a healthy mix of work chat and memes. I usually listen to a podcast on the way to the office, like How I Built This with Guy Raz. (I just re-listened to Whitney Wolfe’s episode, after Bumble’s massive IPO!) Because of the time zone, most days I’ll have a call first up with either the US or UK — typically someone on our team, an agency or retailer there.

My work days are a blur of emails, Zoom calls and meetings, and I work pretty collaboratively (and constantly) with my team. Having any kind of structure is pretty pointless, because I have to be so flexible and jump on whatever needs my attention at any given moment. Running a business really is about fixing problems. A lunch break is basically a non-existent term for me, but for two hours each week I’ll put in a fake meeting to go do something just for myself, whether it’s pilates, lunch with a friend, or a facial.

6 pm I’ll walk our French bulldog Frankie before dinner. I’m not a big cook, but my partner Nick and I always debrief on the day and discuss how we can improve as a team — both professionally and personally (we work together, so work talk usually wins till the wee hours). Then I might wind down with a bit of Bridgerton — I’m obsessed.

10 pm This should be my bedtime, but in reality it’s about 12.30am as I’m working across multiple time zones. We’re in a big growth phase at the moment having just launched into the US and Canada (and setting our sights elsewhere...) One day my bedtime will be on the right side of midnight.

Tried and Tested Clinical therapist and owner of Louise Gray Skin Care, Louise Gray, experiences first-hand the Depigmentation Programme – Cosmelan

Pigmentation by definition means colouring. Skin pigmentation, a disorder that affects the colour of your skin resulting in abnormalities caused when cells become damaged or unhealthy, often results in the disruption of normal melanin production within the skin.

the majority of cases. The best way to truly see if this is feasible is to try it yourself!

Over 65% of clients that walk through the doors of Louise Gray Skin Care are currently concerned with pigmentation in some shape or form. Whether this be sun induced in the form of ephelides (freckles), solar/ senile lentigo to hormonal factors with melasma and even post inflammatory hyperpigmentation concerns with the healing of past lesions.

Hannah applied the Cosmelan mask, and I left the clinic with the mask on as this needed to remain on my skin for 8 hours before it was to be washed off at home.

As a clinical skincare specialist, I feel that treatments previously given dealt with pigmentation concerns at a very superficial level. They provide fantastic results yes, but not enough to truly deliver results that our clients are looking for or need. Then Cosmelan arrived. This called for the practitioner to become the client. So what did I find out about one of the most in demand services provided by the Louise Gray Skin Care Team, and why?

One of the major factors of this treatment is the peeling of the skin. This was true for me around the 48-hour mark and continued up to the 72-hour mark with my skin feeling dry and slightly uncomfortable, but nothing like I was actually expecting.

Being placed into in the hands of my senior therapist, Hannah Brockbank, my skin was fully mapped using digital skin imaging at the completion of an intense skin, health and wellness consultation. With the full understanding of the treatment procedure and protocol, I was prepped for the service. LO U I S E G RAY SH O P 2/ 224 KEPA ROAD, MI S SI O N BAY 0 9 5 2 8 9010 LO U I S EGRAY.C O.N Z

So what is this service? Cosmelan is a one-time in-clinic, professional skin brightening treatment developed to reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation. Created to even out skin tone within a matter of weeks. I was sceptical at first, but also impressed with their clinical studies that achieved a 95% improvement of these conditions in

The treatment consists of two phases; the first, as mentioned is an in clinic service and the second, a maintenance protocol to be adhered too at home.

Removing the mask, my skin felt and looked slightly warm and puffy. I applied the recommended aftercare products and promptly went to sleep.

I continued with the homecare maintenance protocol for six months with my skin continually improving throughout this period. Digital results were impressive, but what I was most blown away with was the comments that came from a group of industry colleagues that I had not seen for about four months. “Seriously what have you done?”, “Your skin was always so fresh but now, and you only have a tinted moisturiser on, what are you doing?”, “Please you need to sit over there as I can’t sit next to you anymore!” Needless to say, they are all coming in over the next three months to see me. The Cosmelan Depigmentation Programme is available now through Louise Gray Skin Care, I can attest that it is a commitment but, if it is results you are wanting, this is where we can truly provide them for you!

Juice Cleanses Fad or Fab?

We have all heard of the infamous juice cleanse, something I've always meant to challenge myself to try — until I’m intercepted by that graceful plate of spaghetti bolognese that very quickly changes my mind. But speaking seriously; is the juice cleanse actually beneficial? WO RD S —ANNAB E L L E TAURUA

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A juice cleanse is pretty self-explanatory. It is a diet that consists of consuming only the juice from fruit and vegetables in a way to detoxify the body and achieve weight loss. Your fruit and veg are filled with vitamins and minerals so drinking juice is believed to fill the body with healing nourishment whilst also getting rid of those toxins. On the other hand, some research suggests that any detoxification claims are lacking. Another concern is that short-term weight loss experienced from a juice cleanse may likely be regained once you resume normal eating habits. So how does the cleanse work? For 3-5 days prior to the cleanse you will gradually get rid of certain foods such as coffee, refined sugar, meat, dairy products, alcohol and nicotine to reduce the chances of headaches, cravings or other side effects. The cleanse itself, depending on your preference, can last anywhere from 2-10 days. It is recommended you drink a juice every two hours, so you’d consume approximately 5-6 juices a day. On this note it is also recommended to listen to your body, don’t drink if you’re full! Great places to find your juices are your local Tank or any other juicery, otherwise you can whip them up yourself with your own juicer. It is recommended to stay away from the pulp and just consume the juice so using your juicer would be better than a nutribullet, but not essential! Once you’ve finished your fasting, eat lightly for the first few days and gradually add food back into your diet over the course of a few days.

Intermittent Fasting…

In 2019, Jennifer Anniston professed her love for fasting, revealing that she doesn’t eat breakfast and only consumes liquids like coffee and celery juice in the mornings, leaving most of her eating to the end of the day. Kourtney Kardashian did the same, writing on her app that she “wouldn't eat past 7pm at night and then I would wait to eat breakfast the next day until after my morning workout, which would be around 10:30am to 11am". Fasting is an extremely popular and well known 'diet' that's taking the world by storm. It’s health benefits include boosting cognitive performance, protection from obesity and associated chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, supporting weight loss and improving overall fitness. There are a few different types of fasting, from the 5:2 diet, which is the most popular and includes eating normally for five days of the week (without calorie counting), and then with the remaining two days of the week eating 500 calories a day for women and 600 for men. Another popular version is the overnight fasting option, which is a great one to introduce if you’re trying fasting for the first time as it’s the easiest. This approach involves fasting for a 12-hour period each day, and usually is achieved by not eating between dinner and breakfast, so for example, stopping your food consumption after a 7pm dinner and not eating again until your 7am breakfast the following morning. Although fasting is great for a majority of people, it is recommended to be avoided by pregnant or trying-to-become pregnant women, those taking diabetes medication, or people with previous eating disorders. Another very important thing to know is that intermittent fasting can come with side effects that usually happen in the first few weeks whilst your body adjusts, from crankiness (also known as being 'hangry'), lower energy, bloating and cravings. If you want to learn more, there is a plethora of information online, as well as the New York Times bestseller, Life in the Fasting Lane by Eve Mayer, Jason Fung, and Megan Ramos.



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← HEART OF STONE The pared-back main bedroom in this Mediterranean holiday home is all about showcasing the textures of the stone wall uncovered during a recent update. An extra element of originality comes from the two stone hitching posts – originally used for tethering animals and discovered in the courtyard of the property during the renovation – that are set into the wall to hang and display clothing items and accessories. TIP: Keep the focus on a feature wall by ensuring that everything else in the space is resolutely minimalist: avoid the temptation to add colour or anything beyond the essentials when it comes to decor. Here, a pair of standing lamps from IKEA ( provides illumination and two slender floating shelves function as bedside pedestals.

↑ FINE ROMANCE Pure white walls, white ceilings and poured white Pandomo ( microcement flooring form an airy backdrop to the unpainted wood and natural textures that enliven this master bedroom. The fireplace provides the assurance of flickering warmth during the winter months, adding yet another dimension to the romantic yet easy-going feel of the space. TIP: Use decor elements to add playful and dramatic touches as required. Here, the vintage peacock chair and fourposter add personality to the room, while the sheepskins and ceramic pots on the mantelpiece provide extra tactility.

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↘ INSIDE OUT Situated at the end of the bedroom wing of a family home in Constantia, Cape Town, this master suite sports spectacular views of the garden, over the vineyards and to the mountains beyond. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors enable those views, while privacy is created with sliding cedar screens. From the garden, the bedroom appears to float, an impression enhanced by the planting where floor meets ground.


TIP: Elements of extreme simplicity – there is no added ceiling, with the off-shutter concrete roof left raw – combine with luxuriously ample curtaining here to create a space that feels comfortably sheltered yet also wide open to the natural world outside.



The architect owner of this holiday home in a small village in South Africa consciously chose authentic details – no skirting boards or tiles were added in its renovation, for example – to retain and enhance its rural simplicity. As soon as the damaged interior plaster was stripped back, the original mud bricks used to build the walls were revealed, so these were simply bagplastered and painted white to enhance their textured charm.

This enviable bedroom is situated in a holiday house near Vilanculos, Mozambique, called Casa Comprida – Portuguese for 'Long House'. It’s right on the beach, with a traditional fronded jekka roof, and the homeowner asked the architects to create a way to suspend the very necessary nighttime mosquito net from above, rather than having a four-poster bed and so, they designed a delicate yet robust frame that cantilevers off the back of the headboard to support it.

TIP: Painting the original timber floors and ceilings (as well as the walls) white has transformed this bedroom into a light and airy cocoon, perfect for breakfast in bed and summer afternoon naps. Its furnished, rather than fitted, aesthetic further enhances the rural feel of the space.

TIP: Airy natural linen and netting – all in white – add much-needed elements of crisp coolness in a tropical setting. Anchor these with chunky, rough-hewn furnishings and finish with decor accents in natural tones to bring the colours of the landscape indoors.


↘ FARM STYLE A Swedish filmmaker and photographer's Mallorca home is the manifestation of his dream of creating a house that was ‘very welcoming and with a warm, cosy feeling,’ he says. The architectural brief was to preserve the dwelling's original farmhouse features, which has made for rustic yet comfortable spaces. In this bedroom, vintage linen combines with rustic wooden stools to create a traditional yet casual feel. TIP: Layered textures make a simple space inviting, adding warmth without clutter. The natural river-pebble floor in this bedroom combines evocatively with the wooden ceiling beams and windows so typical of farm buildings, with the classic wooden stools and tactile linen throw on the bed adding further authenticity.




Proof positive that an all-natural bedroom can be highly sophisticated, this space combines a softly finished micro-cement floor with plenty of other natural materials – including wood, bamboo, jute and linen – to create real depth and a subtle sensuality. The bedding and scatter cushions in tones of green, grey and blue add touches of freshness and a genuinely inviting feel.

Exquisite textiles are showcased throughout this home, located in hilly central Mallorca with almond trees, vineyards and a picturesque village nearby – but its owner's love of the very best linen is nowhere better demonstrated than in this ethereal bedroom. Continuously collecting can be a very useful way to build beautifully layered spaces, it seems. "I always buy textiles," says the homeowner. "I don’t always know what I will do with them or where I’ll put them. I just buy what I love."

TIP: Look out for vintage bamboo pieces such as this gorgeous wall hanging, which was found at a local flea market: its satiny patina, created by time and use, adds a unique and memorable touch to a paredback scheme.

TIP: To recreate this look, try either Egyptian cotton or pure linen from the high-end Italian store Society (, and only in either pure white or subtle tones of sandy beige.



This poolside guest suite is located in an old outbuilding close to a renovated holiday home in Sóller, Mallorca, and features a sculptural built-in bed – topped with a tumble of cushions in a plethora of natural textiles – as well as a delightfully rustic (and barefoot-friendly) flooring finish that has been handmade by laying small river pebbles in concrete. TIP: Decorative touches are essential in simple bedrooms, but shouldn't overwhelm or clutter the space. The metal light fitting used here is precisely the right scale, as is the group of simple vases on the built-in shelf behind the bed, which are by Mallorcan ceramicist Dora Good ( 62

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Among the world’s finest interior designers, Veere Grenney’s honours include seven straight years listed in House and Gardens’ Directory of 100 Leading Interior Designers and gracing Architectural Digest’s Top 100. Sotheby’s notes that the New Zealand-born, London-based creative has been hailed as “the greatest aesthete of our generation” and describes his rooms as “calm” and “beautiful” with an “exciting and unexpected edge”. I begin by asking him if this would be a fair reflection of his character.

“I have always maintained that the qualities of taste and style can be acquired after years of learning. However, the master is the person that has inherent taste and style and then spends a lifetime honing their skill. Whatever qualities we’re born with can only be manifested through years of hard labour. No one who is recognised for their artistry or skill has got where they have without working at their talent.”

“Sotheby’s words are most flattering, and I would like to think that they are a reflection of my personality,” he says. “I have been crafting my art as an interior designer for a number of years which naturally gives me an external confidence. I love classical beauty, but the unexpected will always bring an exotic twist which I am hoping gives my work a unique quality.” How important is the architecture and surrounding environment in informing how you design an interior?

“When approaching a new project, the architecture—or the proposed architecture of a new build—and the surrounding environment is vitally important. The great John Fowler always said, ‘Appropriateness is the most important ingredient of our work’. In other words, if I am working on a beach house in the West Indies or New Zealand, the way we live in these places reflects inertly on how I decorate the house. The same applies in projects I have done in the Hamptons, New York for example. If I am working on a project in one of the great cities, the aim could be to house a great art collection. In which case, the interior decoration is pared back so the emphasis is on the art that is being displayed. Alternatively, if I am working on an English country house that stands within a lot of its own land, I am usually taking into consideration a lifestyle that involves hunting and shooting and so on.” Fascinatingly, Veere even takes into account the climate, whether the building will be prone to long winter evenings with short days, for example: “Giving a client decoration that is completely out of sync with the environment around them never works.”

Do you consider what you do to be an artform?

“I think everybody that works in a business which manifests beauty works in an artform.”

Do you believe style and good taste are things that can be taught?

“I have always maintained that the qualities of taste and style can be acquired after years of learning. However, the master is the person that has inherent taste and style and then spends a lifetime honing their skill. Whatever qualities we’re born with can only be manifested through years of hard labour. No one who is recognised for their artistry or skill has got where they have without working at their talent.”

HOME & DESIGN Born in Dunedin, Veere was 22 years old when he left Aotearoa for London in the ‘70s. He navigated from dealing antiques on Portobello Road to working with leading London design firm Mary Fox Linton, and collaborating with one of his heroes, the legendary late designer David Nightingale Hicks, a time he recalls as “a baptism of fire, during which I spent years learning every aspect of the business”. Later, Veere served as director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, before establishing his own interior design studio. In 2018, be published design bible, Veere Greeney: On Decorating – A Point of View. When you left New Zealand, was it with the intention of working within the design industry, or were you simply wishing to travel?

“Growing up I was always fascinated—bordering on obsessive—by architecture, interior decoration, houses and the way people lived. I only ever wanted to work in the world of beautiful decoration and antiques. However, growing up in New Zealand in the ‘60s, there was no clear path of how to establish oneself in this world. There were no courses to study anything to do with the arts and at a university level there was only architecture as a route towards the world of beauty. During my teenage years, London was the only place in the world where I wished to be, except perhaps Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. However, I knew that London was the epicentre of the world of cool, hip style and decoration so although I had a huge desire to travel the world, my ultimate destination was London.” Veere says that travel has always been a vital source of inspiration for his work (“if you keep your eyes wide open, there is inspiration everywhere”), but the digital age has made it even easier to discover new things. “Twenty years ago, inspiration was only found through magazines and books, now your computer or phone can almost instantly give you a visual experience of beauty, or whatever it is that interests you.”

Do you believe designers should have a particular style, or move with trends?


“As an interior designer, I never had one particular style. I believe that as our work is a service industry, one should understand one’s craft completely, and then move with trend and fashion. Most importantly interpret your clients’ needs and show them a way to live.” Veere’s wide-ranging portfolio includes homes in Mustique, Manhattan, a Swedish archipelago, and even on a Wyoming ranch. “I have once or twice worked on wonderful late 19th century arts and crafts houses in England, where I find my creativity works overtime,” he reveals. “I truly love late 19th century to early 20th century decoration.” He recounts having “been in love” with an array of other historic styles throughout his career, including Georgian classicism—“to its colonial interpretation, the Georgian architecture of the Deep South of America”— modernism, and art deco. “Possibly one of my most favourite forms of architecture one finds in the Regency period of 1805 -1820,” he continues. “Here you get the beginnings of a modest villa, with classical adornment. Growing up in New Zealand I became very conscious of arts and crafts decoration which was often very prevalent in the grand houses of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In England, I discovered it may have been more sophisticated.”

Do you still feel a strong connection with New Zealand?

“I had a very happy childhood and life and am so proud and thrilled to call myself a New Zealander. However, my career and success on a large stage could only have been achieved by living outside New Zealand, in one of the great metropolises like London and New York. My family still live in New Zealand, so I still have an enormous connection and call it home. I visit whenever I can, sometimes once a year, sometimes every two years. And I still love it as much as always.” As well as his two homes in the UK (one in London, the others a “peerless 1760 fishing lodge in Suffolk” from where he loves to explore the countryside with his lurcher), Veere also has also built a place in Tangier “with views across the Mediterranean”. A widely contrasting environment to England, I ask if that’s part of the allure. “I love Morocco,” he says. “Climatically, and in terms of vegetation, Tangier is very similar to Auckland—by being on the sea with a wonderful view, and even the humidity is similar. I am very passionate about my garden there, where I have two-and-a-half acres and can grow everything that grows in Auckland. So, in a way, I feel like I could still be living in Remuera.”









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Profile Furniture is an established upholstery wholesaler specialising in handcrafted furniture for the retail and designer markets. With an extensive range of modern/ traditional upholstered and loose cover furniture produced in New Zealand for over 40 years, Profile Furniture is committed to producing furniture of the highest standard and providing excellence in service. The Profile Furniture collection of sofas, chairs and ottomans combine simplicity of style, great comfort and quality. HANDCRAFTED DESIGN Profile Furniture director, Dinah Malyon says, “We have always included local craftspeople in our work. The notion of assembling a team of artisans and craftspeople for our designs was born out of working with natural fibres, timber and fantastic fabrics over the years, plus a good knowledge of how a piece of furniture should be constructed.

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THE BOBY TROLLY One of the most exciting brands to arrive at Bob and friends. Designed by Joe Columbo in 1970, the Boby trolly has become an icon. Functionality and detail are its strong points which, together with an undeniably pop flavour, continue to make it the most popular storage trolley in Europe. Available in store in a range of colours and sizes.

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Eden Footstool Eden


As a reading lamp or for some added ambience, the Atollo 236 table lamp is a necessity for any bedroom space. The lamp combines geometrical shapes to create a truly unique piece and a smoothly glowing appearance.

Bring beautiful colours, textures and functionality to your space with the Eden pouf. With two sizes to choose from, this is a wonderfully versatile piece and can be doubled as a table if needed.


Toscana Tall Pot Shut the Front Door


This unique design is sure to add an element of interest to your space, and the neutral white colour allows the plant and flowers to pop.


Double Slatted Tray Arno Declerco

Etta Organic Bath Towel Citta Inspired by sunflowers but with a neutral colour palette, the Etta Organic Bath Towel is the perfect addition to any bathroom. Made with 100% organic cotton, this towel features a combination of velour and flat weave with a fringe detail.


Fetes des Clementines Wall Art Anthropologie During a trip to the USA in 2015, graphic designer Milou Neelen stumbled upon a piece of Japanese golden momi paper and was inspired to launch Hotel Magique, her very own paper goods brand. Her designs feel cinematic with just a touch of nostalgia.

Miller Single Seater Simon James Constructed with a steel frame, this chair combines aesthetics with stability to create a stunning design. The Miller Single Seater work can sit as a single piece or in multiples.


Aesop Bathroom Essentials Bundle Aesop A trio of much-loved Aesop formulations for hands and body. Including Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser.

Bespoke and monolithic, each piece is treated using the Yakusugi technique, an ancient Japanese technique where the objects are burned to protect the wood from weathering.


Atollo 235 Table Lamp Oluse


Ilse Candleholder Georg Jensen For either a bedside table, dresser, or in an ensuite bathroom, this brass candleholder is a necessity for holding the candles that you may have in the bedroom. With an elegant brass finish, it will make all of your minimalism dreams come true.

10 Cane Arch Mirror Freedom Made with a wicker frame, this mirror is the perfect way to add a natural touch to the bedroom. Paired with lighter bed linen in the summer and darker bed linen in the winter, this mirror is a versatile piece that will suit any décor choice.











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Caring For Indoor Plants Bring life into your living space with gorgeous indoor plants. With proven wellness and calming benefits, indoor plants also help soften a room and are a must for restyling your indoor spaces. There are hundreds of indoor plants to choose from. Keep in mind that many indoor plants come from tropical areas and therefore need consistently warm temperatures, high humidity levels and bright light to thrive. If you’re not sure what plants will do well in certain parts of your house, feel free to take a picture of the space and show Kings staff instore for expert advice. All indoor plants need more watering in summer and less in winter. Your general, tropical indoor plants like to be watered when the soil is starting to dry (and before significant wilting happens) and can run into trouble if they are consistently drenched. Test the soil’s moisture with your finger to check if it’s wet. Ferns, fittonias and carnivorous plants like being consistently moist, whereas cacti and succulents like to be completely dry in between waterings.

Most indoor plants need bright, indirect light. Choose a brightly lit, warm room to you’re your plant in – keeping it out of direct sun, as it can burn the leaves. Ferns like spaces with more moisture, so bathrooms, laundries or kitchens are the way to go. Cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants are the exception; they can withstand direct sun. Feeding your plant will keep it healthy and encourage more growth over the warm seasons. Liquid feed with Kings House Plant Food once every 4–6 weeks in spring and summer for fast, strong growth.

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Secretly Seeking Springtime

Springtime 2021 holds a much bigger significance to all of us. So bring a smile to friends and family by celebrating together, using what you already have, bringing joy and hope in abundance. Start afresh and if you’re a lover of colour and a little bit of a dreamer, get your whimsical on with our Springtime set up.

Decorative Touches

There’s no need to spend a fortune. Use vintage pieces, dried flowers and paper decorations all reminiscent of welcoming in the warmer weather and sunnier days ahead.

Food, Glorious Food When it comes to feeding your guests, keep things simple so you can enjoy the celebrations too.

Upcycle Upcycle vintage tennis rackets with pretty ribbon on the handles and dried hydrangeas to use as decorative touches to your space by simply leaning them up against the the wall. When the party’s over, you can use them an everlasting floral artwork in your home.

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Our Story

Nikki and Rachel

Nikki Si'ulepa and Rachel Aneta Wills occupied two different worlds before films they’d made featured at the same film festival in 2015. Surprising even themselves, they eventually fell in love and married, before making a new film together, based on their own story.



I had a film in the Wairoa Māori Film Festival and saw Rachel’s film there and thought it was beautiful. After the screening, I asked her what camera it was shot on and she couldn’t answer. In my head I was thinking, "Aren’t you the producer?"

I had been separated from my husband for two years and was going through a big unraveling and putting myself together after the divorce. I decided to make a film about my greatgrandmother, and when it got into a film festival down south, I didn’t want to go but my mother convinced me to go together.

After a few weeks, I went to Bougainville to shoot a documentary. We were messaging and she said, “I hope I can get my head back, because since I met you, I’ve driven to work the wrong way twice.” We started connecting over words, which is interesting because she thinks she has dyslexia. When we watch movies now, I read her the subtitles, because I don’t want her to miss out. Rachel is extremely kind, nurturing and the best listener I’ve ever met. While I’m naturally introverted and shy in big groups, she can talk to anyone, even my grandma who speaks to her in Samoan. She handles people really well, while I can get a bit hot-headed, which is not great for directing. I’m so privileged to know her, let alone have her as my life partner. We love sitting and having a cup of tea together. We each have our own tea-pot and light incense and just let it happen. We come up with some really cool ideas and that time is just for us. Wherever we go in the world, we’ll always be having tea somewhere.

When I saw Nikki there for the first time, something out of this world happened. She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and her energy was so different but I was thinking, ‘I’m not gay.' When she came and spoke to me, I was just trying to put my words together. I like to think I’m usually quite cool in relationships, but I basically harassed her for a date. When she went to Bougainville, we connected through WhatsApp, and haven’t looked back since. We made our film, Same But Different, to represent people on screen that we felt hadn’t been shown in a light sense, and wanted to normalise the story of a woman who’s had a life with a man, who is now creating a life with a woman. We get emails from around the world confirming that the film makes people feel good about themselves. You feel normal when you see an aspect of yourself on screen, and it was nice to make something that resonated. Nikki’s incredibly charismatic, with a huge sense of adventure and people definitely remember when they’ve met her. At home she’s quite reserved but she gives a lot of herself to people. The way she’s embraced my children has been incredible and she puts herself second so the kids will thrive. To me that is the ultimate love. She makes life better.

I realised she worked with a friend of mine, so took a photo of us, put it on Facebook and over the next seven weeks she basically stalked me. To be honest, it took me a while to understand what was happening. I was thinking, "This palagi woman gets her nails done and drives a European car…what does she want with me?"

Australia: The Cookbook Ross Dobson Preparation Time 15 Minutes

Cooking Time 3 Hours

Serves 4

BEEF PHO This is a simplified version of a traditional and complex Vietnamese soup called phở – pronounced ‘fur’. It became popular with urban dwellers with the inundation of authentic and inexpensive Vietnamese eateries in the 1970s, especially in the Sydney suburbs of Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Marrickville, and the Melbourne suburbs of Richmond, Footscray and Springvale.


4 litres (16 cups) beef stock 5-cm piece of fresh root ginger peeled and finely sliced 2 cinnamon sticks 4 star anise 60ml (4 tablespoons) fish sauce 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 400g gravy beef (beef shin) or brisket cut into bite-size pieces 200g dried rice noodles 1 white onion finely sliced 200g uncooked beef fillet finely sliced

To Serve

100g (½ cup) bean sprouts 2 limes quartered 2 small red chillies finely sliced 1 spring onion finely sliced handful of Thai basil leaves


Combine the stock, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, fish sauce and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Add the beef, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Cover the saucepan and cook over a low heat to keep warm while cooking the noodles. Put the rice noodles into a heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for about 4 minutes until soft. Drain well and divide among large serving bowls. Divide the onion and finely sliced beef fillet over the noodles. Ladle the hot soup over the noodles, which will cook the raw beef slices and soften the onion. Serve with bean sprouts, lime quarters, sliced chillies, spring onions and basil on the side to taste.

Australia: The Cookbook Ross Dobson Preparation Time 30 Minutes

Cooking Time 15 Minutes

Serves 4 (Appetizer)

SALT & PEPPER SQUID There are two Australian chefs in particular who have forged success in the local and international food scene with their unique take on the fusion of Asia and Australia. Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong aren’t the only Aussies to have done this but they are both standouts for their passion for Asian cookery and advocates for premium Australian produce. As for this dish, it seemed to spring out of a culinary fertile era and Perry and Kwong have helped to popularize it. You would be hard pressed to find a pub restaurant now that didn’t have salt-and-pepper squid or chilli salt squid on the menu. Versions using prawns or tofu are popular, too.


400g squid hood 65g (½ cup) cornflour vegetable oil for deep-frying 1 large red chilli finely sliced 1 spring onion finely sliced lemon wedges to serve

Spiced Salt

1 tablespoon fine sea salt 1 teaspoon caster sugar 1 teaspoon ground white pepper ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

The Batter

120g (1 cup) cornflour 250ml (1 cup) soda water chilled


To prepare the squid, cut the squid hood down the centre on a chopping board and open it flat. Use a small knife to scrape off the membrane on the inside of the hood, then cut the hood lengthwise into 1cm wide strips. Pat the squid pieces dry with paper towels and transfer to a bowl. For the spiced salt, combine the salt, sugar, white pepper and five-spice in a small bowl, then set aside. To make the batter, put the cornflour into a bowl and stir through the soda water to make a smooth mixture, then set aside. To prepare the squid, first line a plate with paper towels, then put the cornflour into a bowl. Half-fill a saucepan with enough oil for deepfrying and heat over a high heat. The oil is ready when a cube of bread dropped in sizzles on contact and turns golden in 10–15 seconds. Alternatively, use a thermometer and heat to 220°C. Working in batches, and using your hands, add about one-third of the squid to the bowl of cornflour. Toss the squid around to lightly coat in the cornflour then toss in the batter. Allow excess batter to drip back into the bowl. Carefully add the squid to the oil and cook for 2–3 minutes, until light golden. Use a slotted spoon or metal tongs to transfer the squid to the lined plate. Repeat to cook the remaining squid in batches. Carefully add the chilli and spring onion to the hot oil and deep-fry for 1–2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl with the squid. Sprinkle over 1–2 teaspoons of the salt mixture and tumble the squid onto a serving plate. Serve the squid with lemon wedges on the side and the remaining salt mixture in a small bowl to add to taste.

Australia: The Cookbook Ross Dobson Preparation Time 30 Minutes + 1 Hour Chilling

Cooking Time 1 Hour

Serves 8

GOAT’S CHEESE TART This is a more urbane or gentrified version of the quiches of the 1970s. The main ingredient is not from a can, unlike the salmon and asparagus that so often filled the quiches of the 1970s, and it was mostly imported, which meant it was considered fancy. But this tart is not too big for its boots. Its simplicity and deliciousness made it very popular in the 1980s and 90s and it was often served with a side salad of peppery rocket with an autumn fruit, such as pear or apple. Today, locally produced goat’s cheese, which really found its feet in the 1980s, is making inroads into the international market.


butter for greasing 1 quantity Shortcrust Pastry plain (all-purpose) flour for dusting 200g goat’s cheese 2 teaspoons thyme leaves 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley finely chopped 2 spring onions finely sliced 4 eggs 250ml (1 cup) thickened or double cream 125ml (½ cup) whole milk salt and pepper rocket salad to serve


Lightly grease a 30cm loose-bottom tart pan with butter. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured work counter to make a 33cm circle. Transfer the pastry to the prepared pan, firmly pressing it into the pan, allowing the pastry to overhang the sides of the pan. Trim excess pastry. Prick the base all over with a fork and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Lay a sheet of baking paper over the pastry and cover with baking beans. You could use uncooked rice or dried beans if you like. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and dry. Set aside to cool. Sprinkle the goat’s cheese over the cool pastry shell, then sprinkle over the thyme, parsley and spring onions. Beat the eggs, cream and milk together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the goat’s cheese and bake in the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until golden on top. Serve the tart warm with a rocket salad on the side.

Australia: The Cookbook Ross Dobson Preparation Time 10 Minutes

Cooking Time 45 Minutes

Serves 4

CHICKEN PARMI (PARMIGIANA) I’m not a gambling man, but if I were, I would bet that if you randomly chose a pub in Australia, you would find chicken parmi – also called ‘chicken parma’ – on the menu.


2 large skinless and boneless chicken breast fillets, about 200g each 60g (7 1⁄4 tablespoons) plain flour 2 eggs 200g (3 cups) stale breadcrumbs 125ml (½ cup) vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter 250ml (1 cup) tomato passata 200g mozzarella cheese sliced 50g (½ cup plus 2 tablespoons) finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley ½ teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Line a roasting pan with baking paper. Put the chicken breast fillets onto a clean chopping board. With the palm of one hand on the chicken, carefully cut through the centre of the fillet, horizontally, to give 2 pieces. Repeat with the second chicken fillet. Put the 4 pieces of chicken between two sheets of clingfilm in one layer. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken so it is an even thickness, ideally no thicker than 5mm, then transfer to a plate. Put the flour onto a plate, beat the eggs in a bowl and put the breadcrumbs on plate. Toss the chicken in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg, and finally press into the breadcrumbs until coated all over. Return to the plate and set aside. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan or skillet over a medium heat. When the butter is melted and sizzling, add 2 chicken breasts and cook for 5 minutes on each side until golden. Adjust the heat if the breadcrumbs are cooking too quickly. Transfer to the prepared roasting pan and repeat to cook the remaining chicken, adding it to the pan. Pour the tomato passata over the top of each chicken breast, add the mozzarella, Parmesan and a sprinkle of oregano, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden. Scatter over the parsley and chilli flakes, if using, and serve hot.

QT Wellington’s Hippopotamus The Definition of a Destination Restaurant

Arguably one of New Zealand’s most exciting foodie cities, Wellington is where an entire travel itinerary can be centred around your next meal. From coffee roasteries to cocktail bars and everything in between, you really can’t be led astray.

With the restaurant industry recovering from a challenging 2020, the resilient windy city is back to bustling business with doors wide open for far-flung, travel-starved Kiwis hungry to taste internationally-inspired cuisine in the comfort of their own capital. A standout that instantly comes to mind is Wellington institution and popular destination restaurant, Hippopotamus Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. The iconic, award-winning French-inspired restaurant at QT Wellington reopened its doors in February, following a year of fleeting yet thrilling pop-up festivities. Happy to be back in action, chef Jiwon Do shares what’s new at the reimagined Hippopotamus Restaurant, and how the sustainable and theatrical menu entices travellers to journey back time and again.

For more information visit: qthotels. com/wellington/ eat-drink/ hippopotamus.


Located on Level 3 of QT Wellington, Hippopotamus is a spectacle in of itself. With plush pink furniture, bedazzled chandeliers and peacocks perched about, Hippo holds nothing back with its lavish décor reminiscent of a fabulous French granny. It doesn’t hurt that we have a harbourside setting with views that can’t be beat.

MARCH 2021

Every Dish Should Have A Story

While it may be tempting to box Hippopotamus within the ‘fine dining’ category, we’re really challenging that designation. Hippo maintains its famous French flair while celebrating the best sustainable New Zealand producers. I call this concept ‘the new gourmet’. Eating local is becoming more and more important, changing our definition and perception of ‘gourmet’. Rather than fine dining, the term is morphing to mean sustainable, local and high quality. I’m really passionate about delivering the story of our local farmers, producers and crafters of New Zealand foods, so every dish comes with a narrative or anecdote. I’m in constant contact with my suppliers, building meaningful relationships while learning about each ingredient's origins and visiting them at the source. Some notable producers featured on the menu include Awatoru Wild Food venison and foraged native herbs and flowers, Ōra King salmon, Coastal Lamb, Lot Eight cold-pressed olive oil and Pāmu deer milk.

Drama, Drama, Drama

I love adding tableside theatrics to the dining experience for a touch of drama. You can claim a front-row seat to all the action and watch as our team carves prime cuts of New Zealand meats before your eyes, prepped and finished with your choice of salts, sauces and an aromatic olive oil spritz. On the sweet side, Hippo’s classic yet dramatic Crêpes Suzette remains a hero of the menu, flambéed in orange syrup and Grand Marnier tableside and served with local Zelati gelato.

Keeping It Fresh

Seasonality is so important – not only to use the most sustainable and accessible ingredients, but to keep guests guessing about what’s coming next. We thrived on the creative challenges 2020 presented and plan to continue refreshing our menus around the changing seasons and special occasions. Our first high tea of 2021 was an all-out celebration of chocolate, with more to come. There will always be something new and exciting to look forward to on the Hippo menu.


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Meet the Auckland Based Entrepreneur Who Travelled Across the World to Find Success

Tell us about your story in New Zealand? Clara and I arrived in Auckland in 2013, looking for a new challenge and a new journey. With only $500 in the pocket, travelling the country was not an option. We found our first job in two days and eight years later, we’re still here with two little Kiwi-French boys.

How would you describe 2020 and what’s your hope for 2021? 2020 has been a real challenge for the hospitality and tourism industry. Having our business located right in Auckland CBD, without tourism or a full office work activity in town, made the whole situation stressful. But I always like to focus on the positive things, and having quality time at home with my boys was unexpectedly refreshing!

French entrepreneur Edouard Legoff founded Le Chef and the French Festival with the desire to bring to New Zealand all the warmth, generosity and friendliness of traditional small bistros, cafés and restaurants of France. Edouard and his wife Clara opened their first restaurant, Le Chef, in Auckland back in 2015. The business has since been able to create and run three editions of the French Festival (2017-2019) that attracted 30,000 visitors each year and hosted 800 pax long tables! While international travelling is off the cards, Le Chef offers an authentic French café/bistro/bar located in the heart of Auckland CBD, in the famous little pedestrian street Vulcan Lane.

Although we’re super excited about what 2021 will bring, we have to tread very carefully. By opening our doors, our mission is to make our customers travel to France and we’ll do our best to achieve that! We will keep doing our street parties in Vulcan lane like La longue table du Chef (10-14 March 2021) or Bastille day in July. Le French festival (cancelled in 2020) will now happened in June/July 2022 – stay tuned!

What atmosphere were you looking to achieve? We took over the place with only a little budget on hand, so it took us a few years to get where we are today. There is still so much to do, the journey is beautiful and the sky is the limit. We want you to walk in and feel completely transported, as if you were in France!


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Kate van der Drift at Sanderson

The Art of March

Ponsonby Opens 2 March until 13 March 2021 04.

Losing My Religion: Part 1 – Control Phil Richards Losing My Religion: Part 1 – Control studies the correlation between religion and technology. From early religious concepts and ingrained doctrines that revolve around the always watching ‘God’ to its suggested contemporary equal of media, metadata and algorithmic manipulation. Could new technology take hold of the masses in succession to the role religion traditionally plays in society? Is it the beginning of a new world of Control? These are some of the complex questions the Richards contemplates in this latest body of work.

Words Aimée Ralfini

More info at Mt Eden Until 9 March 2021

Devonport Until 14 March 2021



Inflection Belinda Griffiths This latest body of work consists of plein air paintings of blackbirds from her garden. Small and immediate the creation of this series helped the artist maintain a semblance of routine as well as becoming a form of meditation during the 2020 lockdown. “A daily return to the natural world became more than just a quaint idea, but an essential way for me to spend time and connect with something concrete that extended beyond the challenges of lockdown, a way to connect to something bigger than myself.” More info at

Pre-loved Re-loved is group show created by art owners who are looking to rehouse their once-loved fine art and objects. The exhibition includes a range of art works from painting, ceramics, and photography to sculpture and more. More info at Newmarket Until 21 March 2021 06.

Upper Queen Street Until 13 March 2021 02.

Pre-Loved Re-Loved Group Show

Sweet and Sour Kate van der Drift

Commonalities II follows on from Fairclough's Tylee Cottage residency exhibition at The Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, Common Ground. Commonalities II presents the largest portion of Common Ground alongside additional works by the artist.

Sweet and Sour explores the fragile ecology of the Hauraki Plains. Due to industrialisation, the Hauraki Plains have been entirely transformed from forested low-lying wetland to a drained landscape with an uncertain future. This series capture the physical makeup of the land and water by burying unexposed film into the Piako River allowing the algae, bacteria, pollution and sediment in the water to react with the film. The end result is a camera-less photograph of emotive and brilliantly coloured abstract surfaces.

More info at

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Commonalities II Wendy Fairclough

Newton Until 13 March 2021

On the cnr of East Street + Karangahape Road Until 20 August 2021



Light Breaks Gretchen Albrecht

Manawa i te Kāniwha Abigail Aroha Jensen + Georgina Watson

Light Breaks features new paintings made during the 2020 lockdown during which the artist also returned to working at a monumental scale. Confined to painting in her home studio, isolation afforded Albrecht an extended period of research, reflection and space to work to her own rhythm, finding the experience liberating and immensely productive. While her familiar, celebrated hemispherical forms reappear, their potential meanings are also recast in observance of the great silence of isolation and the many who have passed away.

Manawa i te Kāniwha is an outdoor mural project that reflects the dynamism and flamboyance of its location at the top of East Street, just off Karangahape Road. The artists’ use paint and kōkōwai to explore symbology linked to imperial power, proprietorship, and the divide between common good and privatised stakeholders. Embedded and imbued with its own agency and responsibility to Te Ao Māori, the mural brings to light that the ornate and decorative may not be as innocent as it may first seem.

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Taking place each March, Auckland Arts Festival fills Auckland Live venues with an exceptional line-up of theatre, dance, music, circus and cabaret shows from New Zealand and around the globe set to inspire, provoke and entertain. A globally recognised celebration of art and culture, Auckland Arts Festival is a place for ambitious ideas by storytellers, provocateurs and creators and reflects our contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities.

12—26 March The Mexican Café, 67 Victoria St West, Auckland


CANDLELIGHT MUSIC SERIES 6 and 20 March St Matthew-inthe-city, 187 Federal St, Auckland

The Candlelight Music Series presents a multisensory experience of classical and well known music by candlelight at the beautiful Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church in Auckland City. With a range of instrumentalists and artists performing across the series, there is plenty of smooth sounds for everyone to enjoy

18 March Ellerslie War Memorial Hall, 138 Main Highway, Ellerslie

PARNELL QUIZ NIGHT 10—31 March Zack’s Bar, 421 Parnell Rd, Parnell

Join in the fun at the Mexican Café’s Salsa party on Friday nights, and learn some of the most popular styles of Latin dance. From Merengue and Salsa to Bachata and Reggaetón, there is a dance for everyone to learn, and with music by DJ King Salsa, it is a fantastic evening to be spent with your friends.

Ellerslie Night Market is excited to bring an amazing line up of food vendors, a wonderful array of artworks, jewellery, produce, and much more. All made and presented with quality and care. We offer a select group of stallholders who are showing real excitement about sharing their passion and skills. Live music and entertainment for the whole family. See you there!


No entry fee, great prizes, cheeky banter - what more can you ask for your Wednesday night entertainment? Get your team of two or more together and register from 7pm. Quiz starts at 7:30pm.

26—27 March Covert Theatre, 51 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby

Coconut Mojitos brings improvised comedy and plenty of laughs to the stage. The cast gets one suggestion from an audience member at the start of the show, which inspires myriad scenes for the whole performance. “A playful and surprisingly refreshing hour of Kiwi theatre and humour. Cheers to the Coconut Mojitos for a brave and creative offering.” Theatreview.

ArtSelect Gallery, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket is situated at the back of the Rialto Mall and exhibits a wide selection of exceptional artists. Each month there is a new exhibition in our main gallery and in the back room, or 'treasure room', as I call it, there is a wide variety of artwork from all the artists we represent. Paul Vincent, affectionately known as the King of Quirk, is currently on show as the solo exhibition and the backroom has an attractive variety of other art on display.

Paul Vincent

A special service offered by ArtSelect Gallery is viewing artworks in homes or offices with no obligation to buy and this can be arranged by making an appointment with me, Ngaire. This allows a new art buyer or collector an enjoyable experience, viewing art in-situ before making their decision.

We are excited to announce the following upcoming exhibitions Juliet Best and Shona Lyon Exhibition from 9 March 2021 Brent Redding Exhibition from 6 April 2021

Shona Lyon

ArtSelect Gallery 19A Osborne Street Newmarket, Auckland

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Brent Redding

Juilet Best

The Shape Of Her World Ahead of her upcoming exhibition, we sat down with Wellington based artist Anna Stichbury to find out what shapes her world, from an average day in the life to what matters most.

Artists are compelled to create work for myriad reasons, why do you do what you do? The simple answer to this question is because I can't stop. I know, I've tried. I've tried taking holidays without 'working'. Can't do it. Even if I leave all my art supplies behind I end up scribbling ideas on receipts or taking reference photos of fabulous colours and textures, my mind won't ever stop planning or imagining new artworks. I have accepted that being creative and 'doing what I do' is just a part of me that doesn't have an off switch. It's how I view the world. It's my permanent filter. Plus, playing with paint is good fun and I love it! What does an average day look like for you? An average work day for me usually starts with about four cups of earl grey tea and a bit of procrastinating. After that it’s a few short steps to my purpose built studio in the garden, averting my eyes from the weeds, dry leaves and other jobs that threaten to distract me further! I usually start by scribbling a list of the day’s most important tasks on a scrap of paper and then promptly ignoring it to work on the thing I am most excited about for the morning. This can be anything from responding to emails, sketching up new ideas, updating my website, experimenting or working on a painting. The afternoons are usually spent concentrating on painting; I often have a group of pieces I am working on at one time and while one is drying I add more layers to another. My studio is small and my artworks large so it can get pretty crowded at times. It can also be isolating working on my own each day so I always have RNZ and a constant warm cup of tea to keep me company. What couldn’t you do without in your world? I couldn't do without my humans. My family and friends of course, my artist friends and colleagues and their idea swapping and honesty, my suppliers who enable me to

access the latest materials or specific and often slightly out of the box requests, my galleries and all the folk who represent me and my work with a great mix of professionalism and warmth, my clients and collectors who enable us all to do our jobs and who are always, without exception, an absolute pleasure to work with. Can you recall a time where you found inspiration in an unexpected place, time, or thing? This happens so often! I am interested in texture and colour and the world is full of these, absolutely bursting with them! There are the obvious, like the ever changing ocean, land and sky of course, and I just can’t go past an interesting butterfly or colourful creature. But I also find inspiration in places unexpected like the crumbling paint on a wall or texture of a piece of weathered metal. Probably the one that comes to mind to answer this question would be my favourite lamp post. Yes, I have a favourite. In a seaside suburb in Wellington there is a particularly attractive weathered old painted wooden lamp post. My heart skipped a beat when I first saw it! Strangely my companions who are both artists didn’t see its charm. But I do, and I have revisited it on several occasions to take reference photos. Yep. Love that old post. What role does the artist have in society? I think every artist would have their own unique answer to this question. For me personally, what it boils down to, and at the core of everything, is to make something that creates the opportunity for happiness. Anna Stichbury’s exhibition of new works will be on view at Parnell Gallery 16 – 30 March, 263 Parnell Road, Auckland. Visit Read the full interview at

COUSINS Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances, yet bound together by blood. The story of Mata, raised by a cruel guardian who keeps her from her family, Makareta, the reluctant princess of her tribe, and Missy, overlooked but in the end the glue that holds them together. Three cousins, once thrown together and as women grown apart, ultimately sharing a connection that can never be broken. Based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace.



BOX JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Judas and the Black Messiah is an American biographical drama film about the betrayal of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago, at the hands of William O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), an FBI informant.

GAZA In this cinematic journey through Gaza we unfold a unique portrait of its ordinary people who attempt to lead meaningful lives beyond the rubble of perennial conflict. Gaza brings together an eloquent, resilient and courageous group of souls, whose struggle, resilience and sense of family goes to the very heart of humanity... a people whose lives are shaped by perennial conflict but not defined by it. A film by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell.




FRENCH EXIT “My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 12 years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and a cat named Small Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances’s dead husband.








Shelf Portraits Verve Magazine approached Auckland’s favourite booksellers and asked them to send in their ‘shelfies', ie: a few books on their shelves that they have loved reading. The Women’s Bookshop 105 Ponsonby Road

Timeout Bookstore 432 Mount Eden Road

Unity Books Auckland 19 High Street

Carole Beu

Jenna Todd

Chloe Blades

Hera Lindsay Bird

Hamnet, $38 Maggie O’Farrell

The Vanishing Half, $35 Brit Bennett

Vividly recreates the Stratford-on-Avon of Shakespeare’s time. His wife Agnes is a wise, independent woman and the death of their 11-year-old twin son in a pandemic is devastating. Deeply moving; illuminating about the period and, indirectly, the plays.

A highly relevant read for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. One identical twin sister has a very dark child; the other ‘disappears’ and spends her life ‘passing’ as white. A fascinating, insightful exploration of race and identity.

Sprigs, $35 Brannavan Gnanalingam

Victory Park, $35 Rachel Kerr

Sprigs is an intense, visceral story set around a sexual assault linked to a boys' high school. An important read.

By the publisher of the 2020 winner's Auē. A quiet, yet wonderful character study about single motherhood and the wealth divide.

Nothing to See, $35 Pip Adam

In Remote Sympathy, $35 Catherine Chidgey

Nothing to See is a wild ride through Pip Adam's incredible imagination. Funny, contemporary and sharp.

A masterful telling of collective blindness to tragedy. Set in the concentration camp Buchenwald during the Nazi occupation.

Last One at the Party, $35 Bethany Clift

Sorrow and Bliss, $35 Meg Mason

Smart-arsed and as funny as it is moving, this dystopian novel has a world-ending pandemic at its core and there's only one inhibited woman left. But unlike predictable apocalyptic reads, she gets drunk and high and sets off to navigate burning cities and hungry rats while avoiding a nervous breakdown with her adopted retriever; there's no one left to judge her, so she can be who she likes. It's surprisingly uplifting given you might be thinking it's too soon.

How a novel can be so devastating yet hilarious is a masterful achievement on author Meg Mason's part. Remember the wit, pain, and love of Fleabag? It's found here, too. Unfolding amidst a separation between Martha and Patrick is a story of mental illness and the mechanics of a fascinating family, each challenged by their own hopes, dreams and failures. It really is incredible.

Mirror Visitor Quartet, $26 Christelle Dabos

Nobody is Talking About This, $43 Patricia Lockwood

I’m taking a permanent vacation from neurotic auto-fiction about unlikeable women in their late 20s and have never felt better. My new obsession is Mirror Visitor series, a Pullman/Wynne-Jones-esque quartet about a woman who can walk through mirrors, in a universe of floating islands called ‘Arks’. Marvellous.

Patricia Lockwood manages to escape this category by being neither unlikeable nor in her 20s. If she is neurotic, she disguises it with savant levels of despotically flamboyant prose, which feels like being kicked in the neck by John Ashberry, only funnier. Patricia Lockwood can do what she likes to me. I’m her dog.

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JOURNEYS Sixteen years ago, she purchased the pioneering Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre in the forested foothills of the Tararua Ranges north of Wellington. Sally has now established her luxury off-the-grid Retreat, Arete Leadership Village. Her aspiration; for leadership Consultants to bring their clients into this extraordinary space. Nestled above her river, Arete is an environment that encourages ‘deep thinking, reflection, connection and innovation’. The Retreat also has access to an array of adventurous activities such as survival training, high ropes and the zipline. Arete, also accommodates bespoke yoga, wellness and ‘other’ retreats, and the occasional private group. And though Arete provides luxury lodgings, its purpose is to guide clients away from their comfort zones—materialistically, and mentally. “There are no cell phones, there’s no electricity,” Sally continues. “You can’t plug anything in. There are native trees and birds and silence and you. It’s extraordinarily cathartic and grounding—a place for contemplation. Clients may sit and reflect on the privilege that we share in this country, to identify what’s really important.”

Growing Through Nature Sally Duxfield is an Experiential Architect who designs and delivers leadership training — creating memories like nothing else in Aotearoa, and perhaps even the world. Sally, has an operational military background, working with business and high-performance athletes such as the under20s NZ Rugby leaders. She’s refined methods that don’t just test her clients’ physical and mental resilience, but ones that delve deep into the soul. Her expertise is 'Soft Strength', making critical business decisions with the mind; leading with the heart. Sally's ‘Wilderness Programme’ is the conduit for deep growth, strengthening resilience and forming HP teams. “It sounds trite, but what we do is absolutely life-changing,” she says. “One of

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“There are no cell phones, there’s no electricity,” Sally continues. “You can’t plug anything in. There are native trees and birds and silence and you. It’s extraordinarily cathartic and grounding—a place for contemplation. Clients may sit and reflect on the privilege that we share in this country, to identify what’s really important.”

the tools we utilise is the campfire. From a psychological point of view it’s rooted in the primal part of the brain. Our response to fire comes from our Neanderthal forebears, whereby if you were invited to the fire, you were invited to the safety of your clan, to food, to storytelling. Exclusion meant coldness and hunger.” Sally says clients’ reactions remain just as primal, with layers of the psyche gently getting peeled back. “We may have eight clients around the campfire, and at least half will have tears dripping down their faces. And we’ve only been with them for two days. They might share family issues, or abuse, or of a suicide. Fears of imposter syndrome and topics not generally shared. People open up and ‘put on the fire’ events they’ve never articulated. It’s a privilege to witness such vulnerability.” Not only is nature great for the soul, but studies have shown that it aids learning, and most vitally, memory retention, too. Sally says that up to 86 percent of knowledge learnt within a classroom training environment is forgotten within 10 days (Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve); and within a month, as little as 6 percent of that training remains stored in our brains. “So, if you think of the hundreds of millions of dollars of money that’s spent on leadership training and conferences around the world, for people to retain less than a tenth of it, is an appalling return on their corporate investment,” she adds. Sally’s programmes enable clients to create “memory hooks” that attach “like a Filofax” to smells, sights and sensations within the natural environment. “When the brain senses a smell or recalls a ‘moment’, attached to that memory are all the files of information that you learnt during the experience of memory-making. Such methods can increase memory retention by up to a staggering 90 percent. Your return on investment is extraordinary because you have created a memory. That’s why I call myself an Experiential Architect; I design programmes where you can feel, do, and sometimes smell, creating the ‘memory hook’, and you transfer that learning into your work environment. The ability to recall that knowledge is rapid and valid. It’s the new way forward in corporate training; ethically we need to be getting a much higher return for our training dollar than we have done historically. And we need to be passionate about creating Soft Strength and resilience in our leadership teams.”

Walking Wonderlands

At Home

Aotearoa’s awesome backcountry isn’t just ‘world famous in New Zealand’, but recognised across the globe, with National Geographic lauding our expansive national parks and Great Walks as offering a “one-with-nature experience you can’t get anywhere else”. Lonely Planet goes as far as describing tramping as “almost a national religion in New Zealand”, and even before the borders were barricaded there were promising signs that more and more Kiwis are becoming believers, flocking to the backcountry with their boots on—numbers of New Zealanders tackling the Great Walks rose by 13 percent in 2018.

Mark Weatherall, executive director of the Te Araroa Trust (the Te Araroa trail is a 3,000km track that stretches from Cape Reinga to Bluff, incorporating some of Aotearoa’s most iconic walks), says that sad as it is to be “cut off from the world”, the current climate “creates some unique opportunities for New Zealanders to explore their own backyard”. The trail manager has noticed a “real buzz among New Zealand walkers” and believes that this year “will be a year to remember for the Kiwi outdoorsperson”. When bookings for the 2020/21 Great Walks season opened last winter, numbers of Kiwi hikers increased by up to 47 percent, with DoC heritage and visitors director Steve Taylor describing the demand as “unprecedented”. Darryl Wilson, CEO of Wilsons Abel Tasman, tells Verve that they’ve just had one of their best ever seasons. “We had a campaign last year during a lockdown that ran: ‘escape, revive, and reconnect’,” he says. “It really resonated with a lot of people. There was the revive aspect of being in the forest and the sea which really opens the mind. The reconnect angle is a big thing with family and friends, encouraging groups to spend time together—probably having also had a reprioritisation of life values after the events of the past year.” What’s also encouraging for the industry is that exploring the great outdoors is being contemplated by ever more Kiwi hiking novices of all ages and backgrounds. “There are an awful lot of people that would love to go out and experience New Zealand’s backcountry, but wouldn’t know where to start,” says Peta Bamber, marketing manager of Ultimate Hikes in Southland. “They perhaps also don’t have the experience or confidence to organise a multi day hike. It can also be very daunting to be so exposed in remote locations, so having guides is beneficial. Spectacular landscapes aside, our guides are what our walkers are most grateful for.” What has also put so many off for so long is the notion that, in order to experience the magical of the wilderness, you must forego all luxuries, which is absolutely no longer the case.

Many tour operators provide premium lodgings alongside their gear and transport services. “There can be this misconception that the backcountry is all about dehydrated food, hairy legs, and woolly socks,” chuckles Darryl, “but that’s simply not correct. We run civilised adventures’, and have been for 40 years, so we’ve kind of got the hang of it now!” Closer to home, Auckland-based Kiko Guided Tours, helmed by Mary Clifford, incorporates cultural teachings into her walking trips, aimed especially at first generation New Zealanders yet to “experience a Māori narrative”. “I practice cultural safety,” says Mary, “it’s important that new people are familiar with it and having discussions around our traditions. This entails things like undertaking a karakia around our homecooked kai, learning about Māori medicine, and understanding the value of our landscapes.” Mary says that “new New Zealanders” are also blown away by the spectacular surrounds of Aotearoa’s biggest city. “There’s so much diversity to Auckland,” she adds. “You have the majestic black sands of the west coast, and the semitropical, golden east coast beaches and two big contrasting harbours at either side. In between, sits the Waitākere Ranges and Hunua Ranges regional parks. It’s pretty amazing really.” Darryl says that it’s one of the few positives drawn from this pandemic era, people travelling within their own countries. “Instead of folk venturing off the perceived brighter and shinier things, we’ve had New Zealanders—particularly firstgeneration New Zealanders who historically head back to visit their families—have a valid excuse to have a good luck around the country. That whole reconnection with New Zealand has been a great thing.” With that in mind, Verve brings you a rundown of some of Aotearoa’s best guided walking and exploring tour operators...

“There are an awful lot of people that would love to go out and experience New Zealand’s backcountry, but wouldn’t know where to start,” says Peta Bamber, marketing manager of Ultimate Hikes in Southland. “They perhaps also don’t have the experience or confidence to organise a multi day hike. It can also be very daunting to be so exposed in remote locations, so having guides is beneficial. Spectacular landscapes aside, our guides are what our walkers are most grateful for.”

Canopy Tours

Walking Legends

For a different kind of exploring, call in at Rotorua’s awardwinning eco-adventure park Canopy Tours, where ancient forests may be viewed by trails, swing-bridges and ziplines. Two tour options include the Original Canopy Tour and the Ultimate Canopy Tour with its mammoth 400-metre zipline (600m in total), a pair of swingbridges and several viewing platforms. Ask about options for tandem ziplining for couples and experiences aimed at senior travellers that gradually increase the comfort levels throughout the experience until guests can view the forest canopy from above

This iconic operator showcases the very best of North Island, from Great Walks the Tongariro Northern Circuit (or just the fabled Alpine Crossing) and Lake Waikaremoana to guided treks across the Coromandel and Great Barrier Island. Serious hikers can tick off all of Aotearoa’s northern half’s classics with the 12-day Legendary Bucket List tour. Another collection of impeccable—and humorous—guides, everything is taken care of on these small-group, multi-day adventures, from food through to wine and premium lodgings.

New Zealand Trails

Ultimate Hikes

Offering “the trip of your lifetime”, this DoC-approved, Queenstown-based operator offers 5- to 19-day “all-inclusive, guided adventure tours in comfort and style”. Options include tours of multi-day tours of both North and South Islands for all fitness levels and hiking abilities. Daily walking times range from two to eight hours, taking in iconic sights like Aoraki/Mount Cook and Milford Sound, incorporating the likes of swimming with dolphins in Kaikōura and kayaking Queen Charlotte Sound. Accommodation takes the shape of handpicked lodgings that include “exclusive beach house, luxury wilderness retreats, mountain hideaways and stylish, lakeside hotels”.

Legendary operator Ultimate Hikes concentrate on legendary Great Walks, the Milford and Routeburn Tracks. But rather staying in the relatively rudimentary DoC huts, walkers rest their weary heads at private lodges replete with full kitchens (meals are included, and there’s a selection of NZ wines and beers) and views of the towering alpine landscapes and ancient forests. These guys employ some of the best guides in the business.

Hiking New Zealand

Kiko Guided Tours

Hiking New Zealand provides a plethora of walking and touring options—including women-only adventures—again, across the whole nation, as well as bespoke packages. Owned and operated by a small and knowledgeable team of passionate hikers, you’re guaranteed to find the most appropriate adventure for your needs, whether it be a guided Great Walk or a lesser-trodden, though no less magical, trail, like the Gillespie Pass, with side trips to legendary locations such as Waitomo Caves and Rotorua’s geothermal gems.

Owner Mary (Mere) Clifford is a proud Kiwi of Māori and Pākehā descent, with ties to Waikato-Maniapoto and Ngāti Porou iwi, as well as “early bohemian settlers”. Her small, family-owned firm regale guests with pūrākau on their six, 3- to 6-hour boutique tours that include the city’s volcanoes, the Waitākere Ranges, the Muriwai coastline, Hunua Falls and Manukau Harbour. Tailored itineraries are also offered, including Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Matakana food and wine combo tours.

Wilsons Abel Tasman There are few Aotearoa destinations with the feel-good factor of the seemingly ever-sunny Abel Tasman national park, dissected by the Abel Tasman Coast Track Great Walk. What makes walking in this wonderful, oceanside wilderness even more magical is that it can be easily combined with cruises or kayak trips along the shoreline. Wilsons Abel Tasman takes care of the details for you with multi-day combos for guided or self-guided trips, staying at their beachfront heritage lodges in the heart of the Abel Tasman.

Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces

The Forgotten Fishing Village of



China’s Shengsi Archipelago, part of the larger Zhoushan Archipelago, juts out into the East China Sea, overlooking Hangzhou Bay, around 60km southeast of Shanghai. Of the 400 or so Shengsi Islands, less than 20 are inhabitable, one of which is the fascinating fishing village of Houtouwan.

Considered one of China’s most beautiful abandoned settlements, its 500 or so homes cling to cliff faces overlooking Hangzhou Bay. And now in turn, thick, lush vegetation clings to their brick and stone walls, in some cases, covering them so entirely that the buildings blend completely, chameleon-like, into their surrounds.

Until the 1990s, the village hosted around 3,000 souls, including 2,000 fishermen. But the combination of the village’s isolation—which caused evermore problems in terms of education and food delivery—and being unable to compete with the booming fisheries of Shanghai forced an exodus of residents in search of better opportunities on the mainland. And like a modern-day Angkor Wat, where man has moved out, nature has now moved in.

Xu Yueding and his wife Tang Yaxue, reports the Atlantic, who fled more than two decades ago, return daily to their former home, to act as guides and sell tourists bottles of water—the only goods available to purchase from the village. Though you can’t stay in the village, adjacent hubs have capitalised on its emerging popularity, offering beds and a bounty of seafood from the waters through which it once thrived.

Thanks to the power of social media, the ghost town has, in the last few years, been, of sorts, reborn, attracting a glut of tourists—mainly, ironically from Shanghai—keen to capture this most fertile of otherworldly towns. A viewing platform affords an aerial view for around $5.

Considered one of China’s most beautiful abandoned settlements, its 500 or so homes cling to cliff faces overlooking Hangzhou Bay. And now in turn, thick, lush vegetation clings to their brick and stone walls, in some cases, covering them so entirely that the buildings blend completely, chameleon-like, into their surrounds. Occasional smatterings of flowers break up the various shades of rich green—especially during summer—all interconnected by equally, gnarly camouflaged roads. Where some plants such as vines and ivy have eerily crept up the exteriors, roofs have collapsed in on themselves. Inside, aside from the dust and the undergrowth, many homes remain frozen for eternity; furniture and belongings, though decaying, bear testament to a previous life, a previous time.

Though the village was officially depopulated in 2002, a handful of hardy souls do still inhabit Houtouwan, but rather than earn a living from the surrounding seas, they earn their crust from tourists keen to take a peek into this forgotten rural backwater that has surrendered to its surrounding shrubbery. Lin Fazhen is one such soul, who, when asked by the Associated Press if she thinks that she might now share her hometown with ghosts retorts: “I’ve lived in this world for such a long time, and have never met one, right?” 12 8

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Walking In Toi’s Footsteps

It apparently takes eight minutes to drive from Ōhope Scenic Reserve’s entrance to Pōhaturoa Rock, Whakatāne. The road climbs, then descends, between bush reserves where side roads lead to scenic views. But that’s the easy way.


Mataatua Wharenui

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We’re walking to Whakatāne, and back, on the 17.4km, Ngā Tapuwae o Toi Trail following in the footsteps of Toi te Huatahi, an ancestor of the Ngāti Awa who inhabited the area now known as Ōhope Scenic Reserve. A gateway, waharoa, marks the reserve’s entrance. At its gable, a Tekoteko, a carved, human-like figure, represents Te Hiku-ō-te-tuna, the tail of the eel, Ōhope’s ancient name.

and green flat land dotted with trees and buildings. Steep stairs lead down to Gorge Road and we arrive in Whakatāne, three hours after leaving Ōhope. Traffic is a shock to the senses after the peacefulness of the bush.

Toi’s Trail leads up through bush, with stairs in places. When the track forks we take the left-hand side of the Fairbrother Loop Track which traverses New Zealand’s largest pōhutukawa forest, home to over 300 kiwi. Tūī song, resembling R2D2 at times, accompanies us and the dull sound of Ōhope’s distant traffic gradually diminishes as we walk a dappled path with kawakawa and fern alongside. The canopy sways slightly in the breeze; I read occasional information boards about kiwi. A peek through foliage of the Pacific, a hue of blues, is a teaser to the stunning view where a bench gives a picture perfect resting spot. Ōhope Beach’s white sand peeks between the pōhutukawa canopy and the sea where shadowy Moutohorā/ Whale Island looms in the distance and white smoke hangs above Whakaari/White Island beyond. Puffing cyclists emerge from either end of Burma Road as we cross it to restart the trail. Upwards through more bush, we come out to what appears to be farmland. Unofficial-looking ‘Toi’ signs point the way through patches of long grass then we enter Mokorua Bush Reserve. Several walkers and runners pass from either direction, probably having started at one of the various parking spots at track access points. We chat with a man at a brown-water swamp in the midst of bush. It looks uninviting but we’re told mallard ducks and fernbird like it. Robin are apparently numerous around here, but all I hear are vocal tūī. From the access point for White Horse Drive, the track is signposted as a bird walk. There’s lots of bird song, but performers remain hidden. At a viewpoint blocked by tall trees, I stand on the wooden seat to spot the sea, Whakatāne River

We follow Commerce Street for nearly two kilometres, passing L’Épicerie Larder with delicious looking pastries, and McDonald’s, to reach a roundabout where a huge Norfolk pine grows. Across the road is towering Pōhaturoa. Picnicking in the shade of this sacred rock, I read that Ngāti Awa held ceremonial birth and death rituals here, and tribal leaders signed the Treaty of Waitangi close by on 16 June 1840. The archway in the rock, through which I spot the start of Toi’s Trail on Canning Place, is all that remains of a sacred cave. Deciding to take in a few of Whakatāne’s historical sites, we head along The Strand passing The Craic Irish Pub which is doing a roaring trade, umbrellas shading its tables cluttering the pavement. The Whakatāne i-SITE, where yesterday we’d picked up trail maps, is perhaps 50 metres away on the riverside. The Strand turns into Muriwai Drive, running parallel with the river and a little further on we find Mātaatua Wharenui beyond a red carved gateway on which Maori figures have paua eyes. Unfortunately the Visitor Centre is closed so we’re unable to enter the Ngāti Awa’s ancestral home. I discover though that it had been displayed in Sydney in 1879 and later Melbourne, London, and Dunedin before being returned to Whakatāne in 2011. Yachts and launches lie at anchor in the river which we walk alongside to where a replica of the Mātaatua waka lies below an open-sided roof headed by a carved gateway. Dark brown carved figures, many holding paddles, adorn the length of the impressive red waka. The original brought Polynesians to New Zealand and apparently landed at this site around 700 years ago. Opposite, over Muriwai Road, is Te Ana o Muriwai – Muriwai’s Cave. It’s one of three landmarks that Toroa, the captain of the Mātaatua was told to look for, and is named

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Otarawairere Bay after his sister who resided, and died, there. Once, it could hold sixty people and went 122 metres into the hillside. Today, a carved gateway stands at the entrance of what is perhaps a six-metre cave.

Whakatāne’s rooftops, the still river and across the deepening blue sea to Moutohorā. Another pā site, Puketapu, on the opposite side of Hillcrest Road, gives closer views of the river mouth.

Heading back to recommence Toi’s Trail, we stop by Te Wairere Falls. The 22-metre sacred falls is another of the landmarks. Water sprays like a shower from its crest, shrouded in bush, as it tumbles a narrow zig-zagging path between rocks. What a tranquil, natural spot just a short walk from the concrete jungle of town.

By 2.30pm, we’re above Te Wairere Falls and make our way through bush to Kapu-Te-Rangi Pā, Toi’s Pā, apparently one New Zealand’s oldest pā sites. A pou, ceremonial pole, stands nearby a trig station on the grassed hill; views stretch from White Island, to far-away Mount Tarawera, Whakatāne River snakes towards green pastures.

Behind Pōhaturoa Rock, on Canning Place, we’re back on Toi’s Trail and puff our way up the world’s first vertigraph. Fortythree stair fronts are decorated with horizontal panels forming a picture from sea to skies of local fish and birds. More puffing on Hillcrest Road brings us to Te Papaka Pā Redoubt, a pā site where several Ngāti Awa chiefs lived. I gaze down over

The uphill rarely stops through Kōhī Point Scenic Reserve to Kōhī Point, which is almost above the river mouth, but I’m rewarded with frequent vistas; white sand stretching westwards fringed with whiter waves and the ocean a medley of blues. Rounding the point we find bush-topped cliffs, aquamarine water lapping in rocky bays at their base. Ōhope comes into sight, white dots of buildings sprinkling its sandy spit and dark, shadowy, rolling hills beyond. It’s 4pm. when we descend stairs to Ōtarawairere Bay. High tide is still two-and-a-half hours away but the sea is already splashing its cliffs. It’s a long walk back if we can’t reach the track that continues at the far end… We skirt the cliff base, clambering over rocks and just miss a soaking by a wave, then crunch across the thickly-layered shell beach where blossoming pōhutukawa casts shadows. One last ascent, 200 stairs, brings us to a lookout over Ōhope. I wonder if Toi swam at its beach. I certainly want to after eight hours of walking but first, there are 1.5 kilometres of white, thankfully flat, sand to come full circle following in his footsteps.

Whakatāne River from Kohi Point

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How many dogs do you have and what breeds? I had a beautiful caramel labradoodle called Charli. Sadly she passed away in September of 2020 at the very young age of seven years, and yes I was, and still am, heartbroken. We were inseparable. My friends knew if they were inviting me for dinner, my plus-one was Charli. She was definitely a gift to everyone who met her. Am I ready for another dog? Soon. “Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I love dogs. I do. There is a purity and happiness to their love and the relationship between them and you.” Was it a childhood pet that instilled a love of dogs in you or have you always been a dog lover? I was a non-willing dog owner seven years ago. I had spent eight years of my youth in Samoa where you can have 10 dogs in your backyard, but none of them are yours, and they bark all hours of the night keeping you awake. So the idea of having a dog in my house didn’t particularly thrill me, but my son wanted a dog, and I had just completed my general surgical training so it was the right time. Of course she ended up being my dog – he just wanted the cuddles, but someone has to walk her and feed her. But she changed my life. At that time, I was still travelling, doing my subspecialty surgical training in breast surgery. We moved from Wellington to Auckland to Sydney and then back to Auckland over 3-4 years and she came with us. My mother was terminally ill, and came to live with me over that time also whilst she was undergoing palliative chemotherapy. So I feel like Charli was really with us through a moment of time that was quite tumultuous.

What has been the most rewarding thing about creating Fur Love? Learning. Creating. Building. Meeting new people. It’s a totally new world for me. But I love knowledge. And there are some very brilliant people in business and the world of creativity and design and there is definitely a two way street that feeds. And the creativity. The sky is the limit. Maybe not even. And the love! People love their dogs. And people with dogs are happy. I really love that. It’s a very happy space. Sorry, that’s more than one rewarding thing! Are you planning on introducing any new products to the range? Absolutely. I can barely contain myself! We have some cool new products coming out this half of 2021, all going well. Of course we launched at a moment where everything is unpredictable. We wanted to source new bottles from overseas but it takes four months right now, so it just adds another hurdle, but everyone is negotiating that. We just have to ride the wave. But yes. New products. Watch this space! Your background includes being a surgeon, do you still practise? Yes I do. My husband laughs at me because we can be at a dinner and I can be speaking business and marketing and social media, and then in the next breath, I can talk about faecal transplants for Clostridium difficile colitis (google that one). I love my job. I am both a general surgeon and an oncoplastic breast surgeon and I believe that I am very privileged to do what I do for people, and that they allow me to do that.


The Unbreakable Bond Between Us and Our Dogs WOR D S —Z AC H THOMP S ON

From the undeniable bond between us to the dogs that look like us, our relationship with canines has existed for millennia in one form or another. But what is it about this bond that continues to endure and how does it improve our lives? Thousands of years ago, dogs (and cats for that matter, but we’ll leave talking about our feline friends for the next time they knock a vase off the dining table) were viewed as deities in ancient Egypt, and dogs were also viewed this way in Mayan and Greek civilisations. Some were known as Death Dogs in Egypt, a role that involved aiding in a human’s transition to the afterlife, either by accompanying and therefore guiding the deceased or by guarding the realm that was believed to lie ahead, both examples of the traits in our relationship that continue today. The closeness between humans and dogs is believed to come from the days of hunting for food, when wolves recognised that humans had the same objective and began to work with our species to hunt together. Eventually wolves evolved into the canines we know today but the relationship between our two species endured. These days our relationship with dogs is not as different as we might think. Taking your best friend for a walk in the park armed with a plastic bag for their ‘business’ isn’t exactly glamorous, but it does show we still hold these creatures in high regard in one way or another. The companionship we share with dogs

is undeniable and studies show their company also improves our overall wellbeing. A 2012 study by Frontiers Psychology in the US found that dogs can help decrease depression through the ways that they force you to engage with society. For one, they need to be walked, and there is no better way to get you out of the house than having someone else who is dependent on you for their own health and wellbeing. Giving them exercise means you get exercise too, which boosts endorphins, one of the ‘happy’ chemicals your body needs to decrease depression as well as stress and anxiety. Being out and about also increases your chances of having a chat with another dog walker while you’re on your journey and socialising helps reduce loneliness (believe it or not, fellow introverts). But what about the dogs that look like us, or in fact the ones that don’t? While this bond doesn’t limit us to a particular breed, there is often something rather entertaining about a big person with a small dog, something I came to realise as a six-foot-eight man, walking my friend’s Sydney Silky Griffon Cross. As for the dogs who do bear a striking resemblance to their owners, perhaps this just goes to highlight the strength and continued relevance of this bond. Whatever the case might be, one thing is certain: we will always be our dog’s best friend, and they will always be ours.




Minimum Wage, Living Wage and Staying in Business

Are You Up To Date With These Tenant Changes?

I’ve met few people who didn’t want to be paid more. We all value our efforts and want to succeed. The point of succeeding in business is to be able to pay people well and enable them to look after themselves and their families, to have fun and fulfil their hopes and dreams.

Landlords, are you aware that on 11 February 2021, changes to the Residential Tenants Amendment Acts 2020 came into force? Since then, many changes have been made which we all should be aware of. There are too many to write in this article but do go to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website (hud. which will give you all the information you require. You will need it! These law changes will certainly change the way we rent our properties. Here are some of them…

Yes, we all want higher incomes – the question is how we can generate these in a competitive world, and do so sustainably. Of course, wages have to be paid by someone. For businesses, large and small, the primary purpose is to stay in business, by giving customers what they want at the right price. Right now, especially in the hospitality and tourism sectors, business is tough, an ongoing effect of Covid and lockdowns.

The 90-day notice allowing the landlords to terminate a tenancy without cause will no longer apply.

Around the developed world, minimum wages have been introduced to avoid exploitation of workers, and this makes sense. As the minimum wage rises higher and higher however, the risk is that some businesses will struggle to cope with the costs and fail, or stop to expand, or find ways to reduce the number of people working.

New termination grounds will be available to landlords under a periodic tenancy, and timeframes have changed. A tenant giving notice on a periodic tenancy has to give 28 days’ notice to leave the property. As for security of rental tenure—this has massive changes. It’s 63 days if the owner or a member of the owner’s family requires the property; 90 days only if property is to be sold, for extensive renovations, or if the property is to be demolished or converted to commercial premises. And there is so much more! When writing up of tenancy agreements, we must have written proof of Healthy Home Standards. The premises must be compliant and proof of this must be included with the agreement and signed by the landlord. Landlords and property managers will have to be knowledgeable about all of these changes. Large fines are in place, and the tenancy tribunal can hear cases and make awards up to $100,000 (it was previously$ 50,000). There is so much to do, reading the new amendments will take some time and it’s not my favourite reading matter but it must be done. I shall go onto the deck and sit in the sun with a white wine to make it more palatable! Sylvia Lund AREINZ Director

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Since it took office, the Labour government has increased the minimum wage by 25 percent — miles faster than the rate of inflation. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise predicts that the latest rise, starting April, to $20 per hour, will reduce employment by around 9,000 people. Those most affected are likely to be the marginalised, the young and the inexperienced. So it’s a tradeoff. New Zealand actually has one of the highest minimum wages in the world. Our view is that it’s gone too far too fast, making it too difficult for businesses to cope during difficult times. The only sustainable way to increase incomes is to increase productivity. The recipe for this is much harder and more challenging and includes creating an environment where people feel confident to invest (in technology or training for example), improving education outcomes — so workers are literate, numerate and able to thrive, investing in quality infrastructure so that people can move goods around quickly and efficiently. Which is why we have a fundamentally different view to the government about where higher incomes come from. It’s not from a minister waving a wand, but from the hard work of everyone so we can survive in this competitive world, give value and then be free to share the profits.

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ARIES 21 MAR – 19 APR This is a strong time for making financial plans and strategies. This can be a cycle in which you learn significant things about a partner, finances, shared finances, taxes, and debts. Professionally, you may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations. You may also be especially interested in motives and hidden elements of life at this time.

TAURUS 20 APR– 20 MAY his is a time when you have more mental initiative than usual, wanting to put your ideas into action. You tend to make crucial decisions and rely more on yourself and your observations when making decisions, depending less on what others think you should do. If committed, there may be some resistance to merging fully with a partner, as there is a need to remain independent, separate, and distinct even in a partnership.

VIRGO 23 AUG – 22 SEP This is generally a good time for social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group, and networking. A change of pace refreshes. It is time to build networks and cooperate. There is a good ability to successfully combine logic and intuition, and to understand problems taking into account the human element. There is sensitivity to people’s issues now.

LIBRA 23 SEP – 22 OCT You will have a chance to express your needs, passions, and desires now in effective ways. Important contacts can be made with people who share your intellectual interests or who introduce you to new ideas that help you to grow, improve, and expand. Projects prove successful right now, particularly those involving teamwork. Your romantic interactions can take on an intensity you normally wouldn’t expect from casual encounters.

GEMINI 21 MAY – 20 JUN This is a time of increased learning and communicating on professional levels, and also of stronger impact, particularly in terms of what and how you communicate. You seem to be more accountable for what you say and what you know. There can be more movement, a hectic pace, or increased communications in the work you do at this time. You feel nurtured when you achieve your ambitions.


CANCER 21 JUN – 22 JUL This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. You are faced with the need to temper your enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending yourselves. You may be re-evaluating relationships in terms of whether or not they are contributing to your personal growth. There could be some disagreeableness or uncertainty. You may be aloof from emotions, or distrust emotions as irrational and unpredictable.




WORDS & INSPIRATION — Manish Kumar Arora

23 OCT– 21 NOV You are thinking both resourcefully and intuitively now. It’s also a good time for dealing with problems in close relationships with the goal to heal and move past things. You can be feeling pleasantly attached to, or supported by, your loved ones or family. You are seeking out security, nurturing, and warmth, and are more likely to express these things towards others.

22 NOV – 21 DEC There can be a new sense of optimism about the future and a greater love for making plans, as a feeling of direction and purpose is very welcome in your life right now. Conversations can be lively and helpful. It’s a fine time for doing something creative, and perhaps venturing away from the usual routine, although sticking around home and doing something different can work well now.

22 DEC – 19 JAN You should have an easier time dealing with your career. Decisions that must be made come easier to you, and advancements you’re trying to make come with less effort. This period can be excellent for romance and having fun with love. If single, you can use the energy to put yourself out there and meet new people, but you may feel like playing the field and not taking anything too seriously right now. presented with the opportunity to do something behind the scenes.

23 JUL – 22 AUG You might be especially interested in long-range visions, ideals, and goals. Communications and learning are favoured in a general way, and ideas are mostly well-received during this cycle. You may be meeting people, and possibly romantic interests, through the internet, schooling, or travel. You have a strong need to express your personal creativity. You may display dramatic behaviour, and like to make an impact on your surroundings.


PISCES 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH You could have a stronger desire for intimacy, needing to feel close to people, and may try to strengthen the bonds you have with people. You come across more intense, brooding, and magnetic. Your friends may seem more emotional to you than usual, and you have an easier time expressing yourself emotionally with your friends or in a group. You could realize a dream that you’ve been working towards.

AQUARIUS 20 JAN – 18 FEB You’re far more focused on your career and the direction your life is taking. You want to make sure that you’re planning ahead and have all of your ducks in a row. You may seem more hard-working, focused, detached, and ambitious. If in a relationship, you can use the energy to make your relationship more exciting and you can be more affectionate.


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