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

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Taste the magic of Matakana at Plume Restaurant, superb cuisine and fine wine in a coastal country setting. Food lovers welcome here. A one-hour scenic drive north of Auckland, and 5 minutes from Matakana township, lies Plume Restaurant – an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and is also the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s fine wines. Now complemented by Plume Villas, an enclave of 12 new luxury villas set within landscaped grounds. These villas share a swimming pool and are a relaxed stroll from the restaurant. Perfect for a weekend getaway for two, as well as a wonderful venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events. SCL/PLU2018/13

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EDITORS' NOTE In place of the regular editors’ note, this month Fran and Jude would like to continue with their Christmas appeal. Donate to the Verve Christmas collection #GIVEAHANDBAGTHISCHRISTMAS You have the chance to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing loneliness or poverty this Christmas, by providing personal hygiene products and little luxuries or treats for Auckland women in need or at risk over the Christmas period. To help is easy. First, choose a handbag or a bag that you no longer use (that is still in good condition), and fill it with items that would make a woman or a girl feel special, then pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card to show her that someone cares. Show her that she matters, because everyone deserves to feel that way. Next time you are out shopping, collect a few items for your Christmas donation. No matter how you celebrate Christmas with your family, this will possibly be the most meaningful and appreciated gift you give this year.


Please deliver your donations to the Verve office between now and 2 December. Studio 10, 160 Broadway, Newmarket (at the end of the walkway next to Movenpick), or drop off at Painted Bird, 164 Kitchener Rd, Milford.


Ask yourself what would you like to receive in your Christmas stocking, and pack it full of useful things spiced up with some little luxuries. Especially relevant are those items that you use every day like a toothbrush and a hairbrush.


Verve will be taking the collection of handbags and bags to Auckland City Mission and Women's Refuge for them to distribute along with their usual Christmas drive.


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Cameron Sims has great energy. He greets everyone with a smile and a big, warm hug, and, with his blond locks pulled into a loose pony tail and his tall, lean frame draped from top-to-toe in flowing hemp clothing, resembles a yogi at a wellness retreat rather than the man (affectionately) named “New Zealand’s King of Cannabis Cuisine” by Vice.

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Cam proudly states that hemp, which is just one of many thousands of varieties of non-mindaltering cannabis, is “the world’s most nutrientdense seed” and he has the “traditional meat and three-veg types” in his sights.



The pop-up experience is a relatively new addition to his repertoire, but the exquisitely presented dishes do little to betray Cam’s relative inexperience (Cam’s culinary skills, though self-taught, are gaining some serious respect from some serious people, such as Simon Gault). There’s a real rustic vibe to the event, with offerings including a dense, seed loaf and three wholesome pizzas served on wooden slabs alongside lime and coriander dips, garnished with just-picked wild flowers like the fragrant onion weed. Mouth-watering strips of marinated smoked coconut could easily pass for premium beef slices, but this is a strictly meat-free affair as Cameron—who grew up on a sheep and cattle farm in Wairarapa—adheres to a vegan lifestyle and all his dishes follow suit. All are also hemp-based, using oil or seeds. We finish with a banana and ‘custard’ cake and a decadent hemp coffee. At one point, Cam jokes that we’re dining on animal food as nutritious hemp inhabits a grey area in New Zealand law. Our nation remains the last in the world to not allow it to be legally eaten, even though it lacks the psychoactive substances of its plant-cousin marijuana. So, while hemp oil may be sold for culinary purposes, seeds are for animals only—a law that, according to New Zealand Food

Safety, will be amended later this year to allow for human consumption. And some farmers are already gearing up. No other plant, says Cam, offers such potential across so many areas including fashion, construction and medicine, and few other crops are this ‘green’. The “super crop” requires just a quarter of cotton’s water supply and takes only three months to grow, offering New Zealand’s agricultural industry a “a financially and environmentally viable alternative to traditional revenue streams”. Hemp, famed for its nut-like flavour, has been consumed since ancient times, and its health benefits are also compelling. Gram-for-gram, it contains more iron and protein than steak, more omega-3s than tuna, and greater dietary fibre than oats. It is an antioxidant, three tablespoons of which offer more than 100% of our recommended daily magnesium intake. Cam proudly states that hemp, which is just one of many thousands of varieties of non-mindaltering cannabis, is “the world’s most nutrient-dense seed” and he has the “traditional meat and three-veg types” in his sights. But Cam’s ambitions stretch way beyond luring meateaters to his hemp and vegan cause. With investment, his vision is of a biodynamic university, with “one hand in the soil and one hand in space”. “With everything on the verge of collapse, industrial hemp can serve as a resource for humanity,” he says. “One that can reinvigorate agriculture around the world.” Visit plantculture.nz for investment opportunities and information on upcoming classes and events. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photography: Vanessa Lewis


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A couple of years ago Cam established Plant Culture, a “social enterprise supplying premium hemp seed products in compostable reusable packaging” with a vision to shape “a sustainable and positive future for everyone, everywhere”. Cam also wants to use the project to dispel some common cannabis myths and misunderstandings by way of talks (he’s spoken at TEDxAuckland); cooking classes (your place, or his); pop-up restaurants and private functions (which is why Verve is here); and an upcoming cookbook.


When Anne Hidalgo was elected mayor of Paris in 2014, she vowed to convert the capital city into an ‘eco’ one. Two years later Les Parisculteurs was born with a plan to turn 100 hectares of the city’s walls and roofs ‘green’ by 2020, with one third dedicated to urban farming. Nearly 80 business and public organisations have so far signed up to the project. Paris’s deputy mayor, Penelope Komites, says that they’ll “invent a new urban model”. “Three years ago, people laughed at my plan,” she tells CNN. “Today, citizens are producing on roofs and in basements. We are also asked by numerous cities around the world to present the Parisian approach.” In a reimagined former train station, 20 minutes from the Eiffel Tower, sits café-cum-city farm La REcyclerie, one of the largest of its kind in France, producing not only scores of herb and crop varieties, but hosting free-range chickens, ducks and award-winning, organic beehives. Head of programming, Marion Bacahut, says that aside from “playing a big role in making the city greener”, they’re proof that it is “possible to farm in an urban environment and live in an eco-friendly way”. Similar city eco-initiatives are springing up globally. By the middle of the century, global food demand is estimated to rise by at least 60% while global meat consumption is likely to double (which also does not bode well for carbon emission levels). The study, ‘A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture’, published at the beginning of this year in journal Earth’s Future and whose researches

included the likes of Google and California University, concluded that urban agriculture could produce up to 180 million metric tons of food annually—as much as 10% of the world’s legumes, roots and vegetables. “Not only could urban agriculture account for several percent of global food production,” says Matei Georgescu, a co-author of the study and professor of geographical sciences and urban planning at Arizona State University, “but there are added co-benefits beyond that, and beyond the social impacts.” The potential benefits are deliciously compelling. ‘Ecosystem services’ are processes that arise from interactions between living things that benefit humans. According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation: “When fungi, worms and bacteria convert sunlight, carbon and nitrogen, the resulting soil is an ecosystem service that farmers and gardeners use.” Similarly, the ocean or river environments that enable life to thrive are providing an ecosystem service to the fishing industry. Urban farming is no different. The study in Earth’s Future reveals ecosystem services that arise from city crops include: up to 15 billion kilowatt hours of global energy savings each year (around half of the power produced by the US’s solar panels); avoiding 57 billion cubic metres of storm water runoff (drastically reducing waterway pollution); and redirecting 170,000 tons of nitrogen to nourish plantlife, via soils (a process known as ‘nitrogen fixation’). The combination of such benefits makes urban agriculture worth a whopping $243 million globally, annually.

One of the most common—and efficient—forms of urban agriculture is vertical farming that sees crops grown inside, but rather than harvests laid out in carpets on rooftops or the floors of former industrial sites, produce is stacked on shelving under colourful LED lights. “You don’t have the risk of contamination,” Maarten Vandecruys, CEO of Urban Crops, tells the BBC. “Basically, inside the system, every day is a summer day without a cloud in the sky.”

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Viraj Puri is co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, a New York-based urban farm that grows its produce in rooftop hydroponic greenhouses and takes great pride in supplying local stores and eateries with produce just a few hours old—which means fresher goods, less waste and lower transportation costs and emissions. Though his gardens may kiss the clouds, Puri admits the notion of urban crops replacing countryside ones to be pie in the sky—but that shouldn’t prevent us pursuing


Vertical farms will usually opt for one of two systems to grow their produce: hydroponics, whereby crops are grown from nutrient-laden water rather than soil; or aeroponics which allows the roots to be sprayed with nutrients and water at intervals. Urban Crops opts for hydroponics.


Urban Crops is based out of an old carpet factory on the edge of the Belgian city of Kortrijk. Their chief claims that such farming produces more crops per square metre than both regular farming and greenhouses while using less water. Though in theory anything can be grown, in practice, it's most cost-efficient to stick with crops that grow fast such as baby greens, herbs and edible flowers, all of which are more profitable per kilogram than most root vegetables.


it. “I don’t think a city is going to be able to produce its entire food supply within city limits, but I think it can play a role in bringing people closer to their food,” he tells City Lab, “and in making our cities more diverse and interesting and green.” It’s a sentiment echoed by vertical farming expert Paul PG Gauthier at the Princeton Environmental Institute. “We’ll probably never grow soybeans, wheat, or maize indoors,” he reveals to Futurism. “Vertical farming is not the solution for solving hunger across the world.” However, while he admits it may not be the solution, Gauthier concludes that it is most certainly an important part of the larger one. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces



BURNT LEMON CAULIFLOWER SERVES 4 TO 6 You may be hesitant to set your oven to 500 degrees (260° C), but you should do it. This will change the way you eat cauliflower. We fall far for the perfectly crisp outside and warm centre. The fermented lemon adds depth, and a final squeeze of lemon adds a bit of freshness and total balance. We cooked a variety of coloured cauliflowers here, but feel free to use any of the varieties you may find at the market. INGREDIENTS 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil 1 tablespoon pureed fermented lemon 4 garlic confit cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt

FOR SERVING 1/2 cup (120ml) good-quality store-bought or homemade plain yogurt 5 mint leaves, torn 3 chives, roughly chopped zest and juice of 1/2 lemon black sesame seeds

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). 2. Two large cast-iron skillets or baking skeets, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, fermented lemon, garlic confit, and salt until coated and arrange in one even layer. Roast until cooked through and charred in places, 25-30 minutes. 3. To serve, smear the yogurt on a platter and top it with the roasted cauliflower florets. Sprinkle with the mint, chives, lemon zest and juice, and a generous pinch of sesame seeds. — Recipe: Sunday Suppers SUNDAY-SUPPERS.COM INFO@SUNDAYSUPPERS.COM @SUNDAYSUPPERS


DAAL SERVES 4 This bright dish is stewed goodness. It has a depth and uniqueness that feels like it is simmered for hours, but the reality is this comes together quite quickly. The ingredients are humble, and the flavours are balanced well with a simple rice, a cooling yogurt, and a fresh herb. Toasting the spices is a traditional process to enhance their flavour and add dimension. Add some heat with harissa or any other chili flake if you desire. INGREDIENTS 1 cup (200g) yellow pigeon peas (toor daal), rinsed, soaked for 30 minutes, and drained 1 quart (960ml) chicken stock or water 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 (1/2-inch / 12mm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 4 San Marzano tomatoes (10oz/280g), crushed by hand 2 small Thai chiles 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon curry powder 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/4 cups (300ml) unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk

FOR SERVING 2 cups (350g) cooked white basmati rice 1 cup (240ml) good-quality store-bought or homemade plain yogurt juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup (13g) fresh wild mint leaves, torn beet-pickled vegetables juice of 1 1/2 lemons 2 garlic confit cloves 2 tablespoons garlic confit oil, plus more for serving 6 tablespoons (90 ml) ice water


1. In a stockpot, combine the pigeon peas, chicken stock or water, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Add the turmeric, ginger, tomatoes, and chiles and simmer, uncovered until the pigeon peas are very tender, 50-55 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the cumin, curry powder, and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. 3. Once the pigeon peas have finished cooking, stir in the spice mixture and coconut milk. 4. To serve, spoon some basmati rice into four bowls and top with a few lades of pigeon peas. Garnish each with a dollop of yogurt, a squeeze of lemon, wild mint leaves, and pickled vegetables.




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“People are making their own lemonade and thinking up creative things with vegetables instead of deep fried chips.”


With that in mind, Michael has launched The Good From Scratch Kids Cookbook, a culinary tome aimed at getting youngsters into the kitchen. “I’ve been on a mission with kids for a long time,” says the amiable chef. “It started with The Food Truck. The series ran for four years and for that whole time—and the four years since it finished—I’ve been popular with kids. Whether it was the truck or the food or my stupid humour, it really resonated with children and I’ve fielded so many calls and questions from them enquiring about cooking and recipes that they could tackle.” Michael lets out a laugh when asked if he channelled his inner child when creating his kid-friendly concoctions. “I guess having kids helped,” he says. “My girls are five and seven and I’ve always actively encouraged them to get involved in the kitchen—with varying levels of success. You need a lot of patience when it comes to kids and cooking— which professional chefs don’t always have—as it takes five times longer to do things, with five times the amount of mess! But I do enjoy it.” As a parent and as a chef Michael feels a responsibility to convince Kiwis and their kids to adopt healthier eating habits and lifestyles by imploring them to swap the PlayStation for a peeler. “Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring,” he continues. “There are heaps of tasty dishes that teach kids about making healthy swaps. Educating is the key.” The chef notes the fine line between “preaching” and “encouraging” kids to get cooking and knows that they’ll likely rebel against the idea if parents insist: “So let’s show them how to cook, let’s show them the art of making food.” I ask if he was interested in cooking as a young lad. “No, not really! I was brought up on chicken farm, so we had chicken about six nights a week. It was a Dutch household, and my mum was a great cook, but there were about 110,000 chickens that required a lot of work. Although food wasn’t high on the to-do list, we ate well. I didn’t really get in to food until I started working part-time as a dishwasher. But even then, it was the energy of the kitchen that drew me in, the love of food came later.” What was your favourite dish as a boy? “A Dutch dish that most people probably wouldn’t recognise. It’s a horseshoe-shaped smoked sausage that Mum would cook with potatoes and silverbeet and served

with canned pears. My wife refuses to eat it! I also loved Dutch pea and ham soup—the spoon used to stand up in the pot it was so thick. I still have to make that actually, for the kids.” The cookbook recipes were run past Michael’s wife, Belinda, and daughters, Hazel and Ivy, as well as their friends. “It was great to see their reaction when they first saw the book because they felt they were part of it, which they were,” says the chef. “All kids love pasta, especially ours. And rice. So, there’s a few of those types of dishes in there. They also like sushi, so we thought, ‘Why not make it a bit different and take the rice out and make it with cucumber? Have some fun.’” The book boasts six sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Good From Scratch sweet treats, after-school snacks, and party food. Michael tells me he’s seen a much welcome shift in the children’s party scene in recent years: “It’s no longer just sausage rolls and Cheerios, though they are still there. But there is much more thought going into it, people are making their own lemonade and thinking up creative things with vegetables instead of deep fried chips.” What’s the best age to get kids involved in the kitchen? “I think certainly the earlier the better—though you can’t have a five-year-old wielding a sharp knife around! Get them to make their own breakfast to begin, a couple of Weet-Bix in a bowl with some milk and chopped banana, heated in the microwave for a minute. That’s a good start for them to educate themselves about food. Children can become competent as they approach their teens, but then other things take over, like going out with friends. So, there is a window of maybe aged 6-11.” By then a good chunk of those children will hopefully have developed, at the very least, some basic culinary skills. I suggest that Michael may create a whole new generation of Kiwi chefs and he shoots back that he generally tries to talk kids out of that career, though “some will invariably slip through!” The chef will be touring the book around the country from the middle of October, visiting schools and community groups. Money from the ticket sales will be injected back into those communities. “We’ve priced the book as best as we can,” says Michael. “I know we won’t oust the Edmonds cookbook, that’s been the best-selling for 20-odd years, but if I can have mine sat next to those in lots of New Zealand houses, then I’ll be a happy man. And if it goes well, then we’ll do more. There is no better gift that giving the ability to cook.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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“Cooking is the foundation of our culture and society,” says superchef Michael Van de Elzen. “It gives us energy and strength. It makes us happy. Cooking teaches you where your food comes from and what goes into it as well as providing a good start in life to continue to make good food decisions instead of relying on takeaways.”


PLUME, MATAKANA Superbly situated in a spectacular vineyard location nestled in the grape-growing region of Matakana, just north of Auckland, Plume offers glorious 180-degree views of vineyards, fields, valleys and mountains. A few weeks ago, Verve caught up with the owners of the new Plume Villas and the long established restaurant and café, Farida and Clyde. You now have three Plumes: Plume Café, Plume Restaurant and Plume Villas, as well as Runner Duck Estate. How did they all come about? We think it was a tryst with destiny! On a Sunday a long long time ago we set off from Auckland for Matakana in response to an advertisement for an open home in Matakana, gathered some friends along the way, stopped in Orewa for a long lunch and finally reached the site a little bit late! Clyde and I were in different cars but both of us immediately felt bowled over by the site and thought to ourselves, "We have to have this!" Soon after this it became ours, and with the birth of Runner Duck Estate, our wine story began. When our first vintage was bottled we suddenly realised we had to sell the wine so when the opportunity came around to purchase 49A Sharp Road in Warkworth, Plume Restaurant came into being. Never one to sit still, Clyde who was approached by Bayleys with the erstwhile Tea House land for sale in the heart of Matakana, convinced me to open a “small” café there, which we did in 2012—except it was really not small at all! In the meantime we had purchased 37 Sharp Road— land adjacent to Plume Restaurant and thus Plume Villas came into being in July 2018. What is unique about the Plume Villas' location? Plume Villas is located on Sharp Road in Warkworth— right next door to Plume Restaurant – you can just walk

across to the restaurant for a cellar door experience and to purchase wine for your lunch or dinner or to take home. Also, Plume Restaurant is very popular for holding conferences and board meetings—so together, the villas and the restaurant offer the whole package. And when it comes to weddings, what more can you ask for? Plume offers beautiful surroundings, venues, the villas and great food and wine What authentic local experiences will guests have access to? Matakana is known for its wine, food and art. The Saturday morning farmers' market is very popular. So is Goat Island. There is just so much to do in the area, or just sit back, relax, switch off the social media, go for a swim in our pool and let go. The beauty all around will revive you and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go back into life. In the fewest possible words describe Plume Villas. Home away from home! And I don’t have to do any work! What types of guests do think they attract? Weekends are very popular with couples getting away from it all. Weekdays are popular for conferences. Tourist season will start soon too with summer around the corner. What makes your hotel a destination within itself? Everything under one umbrella—brunch/breakfast at Plume Café, lunch on the go while out and about or at Plume Restaurant and dinner definitely at Plume Restaurant! Do you have a favourite meal in your restaurant? Crispy duck with Mandarin pancakes—though our menu is constantly changing.








2012 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserve, RRP$23. Rich and satisfying there is great balance between an ever popular blend of tempranillo, graciano and mazuelo. A true reflection of wine from the Rioja region.

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2010 Campo Viejo Rio gran reserve Reserve, RRP $35. Encouraged to full ripeness with an air of complex aromas this classically blended wine is clear headed and cleverly married with a soft polished tannin finish. 2016 Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo, RRP $17. Deep in colour and low in acidity combined with rich aromas. With its intensely bright and lively fruity flavours this is Spain’s answer to greatness.

Verve’s wine rack column is contributed by Dennis Knill, wine lover and writer.


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Campo Viejo is a flagship Rioja winery and one of the leading brands throughout the entire Rioja winemaking region. Situated in the heart of the Rioja, Campo Viejo is made up of 37 hectares of undulating vineyards planted on a magnificent plateau overlooking Ebro Valley. With amazing views across all four corners of the compass the location is absolutely stunning with wines to match.


Rioja has enjoyed a long tradition of wine growing that dates back to the Roman Empire. This knowledge has been handed down through generations of winemakers who are the masters of producing some of the world’s most unique and complex red wines.

JazzBay Blueberry Wine is a fruit wine made from blueberries. The orchard is located in the North Hamilton area of New Zealand. This area is developing a reputation for its premium blueberry growing conditions. Here, there are numerous blue life full of natural spirituality—Hamilton is the most famous blueberry plantation in New Zealand, and JazzBay Blueberry Estate is one of the most special ones. The estate's land pH value is the best for PH5.5 blueberry growing soil. After successive generations of genetic screening and improvement of planting technology, the estate has cultivated three varieties of blueberries that can produce high quality blueberry wine.


Spain is a hot and dry country with more vine growing land than any other winemaking nation on earth. After France and Italy, Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world. Long recognised as an underachiever, Spanish winemaking has awakened from a deep sleep and today is one of the most vibrant producers of red wines in Europe with Rioja, Spain’s premier wine-growing region, leading the charge with its highly acclaimed reds.






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GARDEN CAFE Freshly picked tomatoes taste delicious, are relatively easy to grow and there are a huge range of interesting and tasty varieties to choose from. And whether you’ve got acres of space or you’ve only room for a single pot, they’re one of the easiest veggies to grow on your own.

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Now that it’s warming up, it’s the perfect time to plant tomatoes, and planting now will lead to an early and extended harvest. Tomatoes grow best in free-draining soil and full sunlight. Remember to water regularly and feed with a tomato fertiliser every two to three weeks. Choosing a tomato to grow can be overwhelming now that there are so many varieties on the market. Here are our top six picks for this season.



Easy to grow and by far the most popular of all cherry tomatoes, Sweet 100 is a prolific modern hybrid variety that bears deliciously sweet and tasty fruit.


An oldie but a goodie. Bred in England and released in 1913, the Moneymaker is a tall and vigorous variety that produces an abundance of red, perfectly round medium sized fruit.


Bearing high yields of sweet yellow fruits, these bite-sized, pear-shaped tomatoes are perfect for eating fresh off the vine or adding colour to salads.


Holding a rich, chocolatey-brown colour, this new ovalshaped hybrid produces masses of deliciously sweet and crunchy tomatoes. Perfect for cooking and using in rich tasting sauces.


This extra-sweet dwarf variety is perfect for containers and pots on the patio. Red Robin is prolific and will continue to fruit throughout the season.


An old-fashioned heirloom tomato with stunningly beautiful red, glossy fruits the size of plums. Disease-resistant and great for seed saving.

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Experience the magic of Matakana, stay at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and fine wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. A one-hour scenic drive north of Auckland and 5 minutes from Matakana township you will find Plume Restaurant, an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s fine wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or the length of your stay, you will find Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Already boasting a private light-filled function room, Plume Restaurant has just become the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events set within a peaceful country location. www.theplumecollection.co.nz

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JUST CALL ME TOPGUM When it comes to groundbreaking dentistry offering everything from a state-of-the-art dental hygienist session to wiping out gum disease and proffering top of the line implants TopGums Remuera and Takapuna have you covered.

of periodontal medicine’. “He was a great soul, we did some research together around bone regeneration and implants,” says Richard.

What is a periodontist? A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.

Richard’s craft is his passion. “I’m all about giving people advanced gum treatments; in many cases, we can save teeth even when people have been told they’re a lost cause. The disappointing thing is that that they’re often sent to us too late.”

TopGums is led by renowned periodontist Dr Richard Longbottom who also specialises in dental implants and regularly lectures to his peers around the world. Both practices offer a one-stop shop. The Como Street practice in Takapuna (pictured) is designed by architect Richard Furze and is sleek and sophisticated—you’ll want to make an appointment there with Richard himself just to experience the stupendous view from his dentist chair.


Under the TopGums banner is a talented team specialising in everything from periodontics (gum disease), prosthodontics (dental prosthetics), endodontics (root canals) to orthodontics (braces). Even the hygienist appointments are as advanced as you can get. The catchy moniker is courtesy of Richard’s mentor, the late Dr Steven Offenbacher PhD who was a leading researcher and periodontal scientist known as ‘the father



An estimated 50 per cent of the global population suffer from gum disease, which can lead to irretrievable tooth and bone loss. “Periodontal disease, not tooth decay, is the main reason for tooth loss in the world,” says Richard. “It’s also systemic and is linked to serious afflictions like heart disease and diabetes.” The disease occurs when bacteria causes inflammation of the gums. At best they become red, swollen and bleed easily (gingivitis), at worst loose (or lost) teeth become infected and tissue pulls away from the teeth causing pockets, with bone destruction (periodontitis) being the outcome.


Poor oral hygiene plays a role, but it’s not always to blame. Genetics can be a prime cause. “You’re genetically prone or you’re not,” says Richard. “Things like smoking and general health can also increase risk of tooth loss.”


TopGums employs perioscopy, a state-of-the-art nonsurgical procedure, which uses 24-48x magnified views, and the finest scopes to reach deeply into loose pockets around the teeth and clean out infections. “There are only 15 clinics in the world that use these and we’re one of them,” says Richard. “Often, we take a 3D scan of the jaw and teeth so we can see what we have to work with and get in there and get rid of infections. The body then heals itself because that’s what it wants to do.”

“I’ve got a social conscience; I want to make this accessible. Lost teeth can impact a person’s confidence as well as affect their nutritional profile because they can’t chew their food.”

What is perioscopy? A process that uses a miniature dental endoscope with advanced video, lighting and magnification technology to zap gum infections.

“I’m all about giving people advanced gum treatments; in many cases, we can save teeth even when people have been told they’re a lost cause.”

— Words: Jenna Moore


Richard’s on a mission to educate people and help prevent gum disease. In fact, he’s hired staff specifically to educate the public. “Gum health is a bit like cancer—if we find it early enough we can treat it reducing the huge burden of cost and loss of time for people,” says Richard.


“For a limited time, we’re offering a GRABGUM deal for people to have a no-obligation free screening, and if they do qualify for work we’ll give them a quote on the spot,” says Richard.

8 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF 1. Are your teeth loose? 2. Are your teeth moving? 3. Are your gums receding? 4. Are they red or pink? 5. Do you have bad breath? 6. Do you get a bad taste in your mouth? 7. Do your gums swell up? 8. How is your general health?




CONTACT LENSES THE CHOICE IS YOURS Mortimer Hirst’s optometrists have been the experts in manufacturing and fitting contact lenses since the early 1940s. To this day, contact lenses are a speciality area which our clinical team are experts in and passionate about. We regularly attend and speak at conferences and courses on complex contact lens design, fitting and troubleshooting. The clinical team also performs research in many speciality contact lens areas, so continue to help shape the future of contact lens design and care. Whether you would like to try contact lenses for the first time, are a long-term contact lens wearer wanting improved comfort or vision, or would even like to try out a new eye colour, we are the team to see. Nothing is too out of the ordinary for us when it comes to fitting the right pair of contact lenses for you. When fitting contact lenses,we provide a comprehensive eye examination which includes a corneal topography map to measure the specific shape of your cornea (the translucent front window of the eye). Topography also assesses your tear film quality so we can ensure you receive contact lenses that not only fit your eye perfectly but are comfortable as well. All of your contact lens options are discussed with you and the best option is proposed. We teach you easy techniques to insert and remove your contact lenses. We can even provide you with special tools to make insertion and removal of certain contact lenses easier. Once your contact lens option has been chosen, tailored cleaning solutions, lubricants and contact lens care regimes will be provided to ensure your eyes remain healthy. SOFT CONTACT LENSES: There have been many advances in soft contact lens materials. These materials provide less friction between the top eyelid and the contact lens when you blink, so your eyes don’t get as tired and dry during the day. The new materials are excellent at withstanding modern environments such as air conditioning and computer use and can correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and presbyopia. Soft contact lenses now cover a wide range of prescriptions from +15.00 to -20.00 dioptres. CONTACT LENSES FOR ASTIGMATISM: Technology has advanced a lot in this area. We can now correct up to -5.75 dioptres of astigmatism with a soft contact lens. There are many stabilisation techniques we can also offer for various prescriptions to ensure the most stable contact lens fit. MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES: If you are currently in single vision soft contact lenses and relying on reading glasses over the top to read, we can move you into a multi-focal contact

lens so you are less reliant on or even free from reading glasses. Multifocal soft contact lenses are also proven to slow myopia progression in children. SOCIAL VISION CONTACT LENSES: Some people get on really well with having their dominant eye calibrated for distance vision and their non-dominant eye calibrated for close up vision. This enables functional vision during the day so you can drive, read a phone, tell the time on a watch, shop and multitask. This is an alternative to multifocal soft contact lenses. RIGID CONTACT LENSES: Rigid contact lenses have been around for many years and there are many happy rigid contact lens wearers. They especially provide excellent vision for high prescriptions and you do not have to replace them as regularly as soft contact lenses. Once you are adapted to the feel of wearing rigid contact lenses they can be a very healthy and reliable long-term visual correction. Mortimer Hirst has in-house contact lens laboratories for rigid lens adjustments, cleaning and polishing, so this can be done for you during your appointment. ORTHOKERATOLOGY: Orthokeratology is a reversible alternative to refractive surgery for low to moderate short-sightedness, longsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism so you don’t have to wear contact lenses or spectacles during the day. You wear a contact lens mould overnight and it gently remoulds the shape of your cornea. In the morning the new corneal shape means you see clearly for the day. We use customised software to create a bespoke lens for you, to ensure the best vision results. KERATOCONUS: There are many contact lens options for keratoconus including various diameters of rigid gas permeable contact lenses, hybrid contact lenses (hard in the middle with a soft skirt on the outside) and semi-scleral or scleral contact lenses for advanced cases. Piggybacking a soft contact lens under a rigid contact lens can improve comfort and centration of the rigid gas permeable contact lenses if the rigid contact lens is causing problems alone. We are delighted to have one of the world’s experts on keratoconus, Dr Aki Gokul, as a member of our clinical team. COSMETIC CONTACT LENSES: Coloured contact lenses are now as breathable and comfortable as non-coloured contact lenses. There are many subtle or more vibrant colour choices available, for example sterling gray, pure hazel, green and honey. Coloured contact lenses can also correct myopic or hyperopic prescriptions. We also offer many custom-made cosmetic lenses that can either simply change your eye colour or provide an improved appearance of the eye, along with reducing glare, if you have suffered an injury or other eye abnormalities. — Words: Emilie Lawson, Optometrist MORTIMERHIRST.CO.NZ





JOURNEYING TOWARDS WELLBEING As a positive psychology coach and meditation teacher, new clients often ask me, “Have you always been a naturally positive person?”

Given what I do, I think most people assume I was one of those easygoing kids who naturally grew into a calm, happy adult. To the contrary, I came to the field of positive psychology and contemplative practice in an attempt to heal a host of stress-related health problems and calm my anxious, racing mind.

During my research, I also learnt that self-criticism activates the body’s stress response in the same way that a threat to one’s physical survival activates the stress response, which shunts energy away from basic maintenance functions like digestion, immune function, and the hormones needed for a good mood and sleep. Being kind to ourselves, on the other hand, calms the stress response to make us more resilient in the face of failure, emotionally balanced, and satisfied with life.

For years, I woke every morning with a pit in my stomach and a feeling of dread, believing the familiar self-story: “I have so much to do and not enough time. I am already falling behind. And I can’t believe I ate so much last night. Today, the diet and the next self-improvement project starts for real.” My mind was a battlefield of self-criticism and happiness was somehow always just around the corner with the next achievement.

Quieting the relentless inner critic, however, doesn’t happen on a whim. As anyone with anxiety knows, you can’t just talk yourself out of it. Repeating positive affirmations doesn’t work when your mind knows you are lying. If I tried to tell myself, “I am radiant and beautiful and accept myself as I am,” the inner critic would quickly jump in to remind me, “False! Not true! Are you kidding? You have so far to go!”

My mind was a battlefield of self-criticism and happiness was somehow always just around the corner with the next achievement.

I joke, but it is true that I needed to study positive emotion before I could let myself experience positive emotion. I completed my Master in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Here, I learnt that positive emotions don’t just feel good in the moment, but physiologically change the way our brains and bodies work to broaden our cognitive capacity, improve physical health, and build the personal and social resources we need to thrive.

I, like most people in Western society, lacked basic training in how to work with my thoughts and feelings, especially difficult feelings. So when I found myself out of balance, my default was to reach for something to fix it (such as food, alcohol, distraction) or to try to fix myself (think: lose weight, achieve something). The most courageous thing I have ever done is learn how to turn inward to explore the workings of my mind and heart. The first months of starting a meditation practice consisted of placing my hands on my heart, finding my breath in my belly, and half a breath in feeling the shakiness in my chest and the clutching in my stomach. “Oh, this is anxiety,” I would gently say to myself, “This feels so hard.” My mind would race and think of all the things I should be doing. Rather than trying to make the anxiety go away by getting busy or working



on the next accomplishment, over time, I learnt how to observe my inner experience with curiosity and acceptance.

Repeating positive affirmations doesn’t work when your mind knows you are lying.

It is not that the thoughts and feelings went away, but rather that I stopped believing them. I could let them be there, and as I experienced myself as the awareness that was noticing them, I was free. I was free to direct my attention to the things that were also true about my life that I couldn’t see or feel before—the brilliance of the sky on a clear day, the pleasure of my first sip of coffee in the morning, a warm hug from a friend, the support of family, and the simple joys of being alive. I started fertilising my mind with the healthy mind states–like gratitude, loving-kindness, optimism, and joy—that naturally give rise to wellbeing. I took my training seriously, creating rituals and routines to help focus my attention on the good. Today, not only do I no longer have anxiety or insomnia, but I also have more moments of deep inner joy than I ever thought possible. While I still have my moments of worry and self-doubt, just like everyone, I have the skills needed to attend to my inner experience so that I don’t get stuck. The joy of self-kindness inspires me to try new things, take on new challenges, and connect with those around me. As a practitioner in New York City, it is truly my joy to share the fruits of positive psychology and meditation with all who may benefit!

The joy of self-kindness inspires me to try new things, take on new challenges, and connect with those around me.

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EMBODYING WISDOM & COMPASSION Our attention is our most precious resource. Where we choose to direct our attention not only determines our moment-tomoment reality, but also changes the shape and function of the brain long-term. In neuroscience, this process is called 'experience dependent neuroplasticity'. Let’s explore this concept with a helpful analogy because it is so important: • Imagine a small ball on firm sand. If we move the ball back and forth along the same path in the sand, a deep groove will eventually form along that path. • Think of your brain (which is made up of a hundred billion nerve cells, called 'neurons', sending signals to each other), like the sand. Think of your thoughts and feelings like balls that can create different patterns in the sand. • Every time you have a thought or feeling, you get a temporary blip of neuronal communication, creating a pattern. For example, a passing feeling of love makes a certain pattern in the brain; a moment of fear is a different pattern; wanting a piece of cake is a pattern in the brain; feeling grateful is another pattern. • Having a passing feeling or thought is like running the ball through the sand one time, which wouldn’t leave behind too deep of a groove. • If, however, you have the same type of thought or feeling over and over again, the groove in the sand gets deeper and deeper, making it more likely that you will have the same thought or feeling in the future.

So, what does this mean for us on a daily basis? It means that we need to be very careful about what we give our attention to (i.e., social media, the news, advertising, television shows, magazines, people, gossip) and the habitual thoughts we run over and over again. In our culture of consumption and competition, our attention is too often pulled towards thoughts of comparison, criticism, judgment, and fear.

Practice Tool: Embodying Wisdom & Compassion According to Buddhist psychology, each of us contains the seeds of many different 'selves'. The self we choose to feed and nurture gives rise to our dominant self, which manifests in our physical posture, tone of voice, habitual thoughts and feelings, and daily interactions.

One of my favourite attention-focusing practices leverages the visual spatial cortex and imagination to change the neurological pattern in the brain and resulting cascade of physiological responses. Give the following embodied meditation from Paul Gilbert’s work on compassionate mind-training a try: • First, stand loosely and relaxed with your eyes gently closed. Adopt a soothing breath for a few moments. Allow your body to relax, using as little effort as possible to hold yourself up. • Now, imagine that you are a deeply compassionate and wise person. Think of the ideal qualities that you would like to have: understanding of the shared human experience, deep kindness, warmth, gentleness, steadiness, mindful awareness in challenge, sincere gratitude and appreciation for life. • See yourself here and now, inhabiting your physical body just as it is. Imagine these qualities of compassion sinking deep into the core of your being. Allow your facial expression to be gentle and kind. Perhaps a slight smile crosses your face. Each breath a kind breath intended to soften and sooth. Notice how you are holding yourself. What does it feel like to embody these qualities of tenderness and wisdom? • What would it look like to engage the world as this compassionate self? See yourself interacting with others—coworkers, family and friends, the barista at your local coffee shop. What is your body language? Tone of voice? What kind of presence do you have? Practise embodying your compassionate self throughout your day! Recreate compassionate body postures, facial expressions, and voice tones as you engage at work and home. At first, these practices may feel a bit artificial, but remember you are in training. We become the selves we want to be through commitment and practice. Enjoy the journey with curiosity and open-mindedness!

Words: Kayleigh Pleas Vogel Positive Psychology Coach, Meditation and Yoga Teacher KAYLEIGHWELLNESS.COM




It needs to be stressed that sisu is not some sort of permanent mental state (that would be exhausting), rather a reserve of inner strength to be tapped during life’s worst lows or toughest tests. Emilia Lahti, a sisu researcher at Helsinki’s Aalto University, describes it as a “special thing” reserved for “especially challenging moments”. “You could say that sisu is energy,” she tells the BBC, “determination in the face of adversities that are more demanding than usual.” Government website This is Finland states that it is the Arctic nature that has given the nation guts, or, “sisu as we call it”: “It’s about not giving in—even when it might be wiser to do so.” They even let users download a sisu emoji which takes the form of someone punching their way through rock (possibly granite). So, telling someone they have sisu is considered just about the highest of compliments you can pay a Finn, as Lahti muses, just a four-letter word it may be, but “it’s so tiny, yet so powerful”.

— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


Sisu as we call it: It’s about not giving in— even when it might be wiser to do so.

Veikka Gustafsson states that the path to peak sisu includes sticking to original decisions, no matter what unexpected obstacles arise; viewing uncomfortable moments as life experiences; and considering the conditions previous generations had to deal with. The mountaineer also compares life’s greatest challenges to swimming through icy water—so long as it’s not frozen, one can soldier through and acclimatise to the unpleasantness. It’ll be worth it in the end. According to author Joanna Nylund, a Finnish term sisu may be, but it should be embraced as a “universal trait”. She advises preparedness; ensuring brains are well informed and bodies well nourished—both physically and spiritually; making the most of Mother Nature; and meditating.

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Finland had only become independent from Russia in 1917, so over the following few years searched for ways to define its national character, and sisu seemed to be it. It has since come to symbolise such things as sporting and cultural achievements like when the country’s national team won the ice hockey World Championships or Veikka Gustafsson became the


Like hygee (pronounced hue-guh), sisu (pronounced see-soo) has no direct English translation, though it essentially riffs on the notion of stoicism. In her book, Sisu: The Finnish Art of Courage, Helsinkibased author Joanna Nylund examines the concept from “perspectives of wellbeing, communication, cultivating endurance [and] growing integrity”. Words she uses to describe sisu include toughness, tenacity and strength. Her interpretation of sisu is as a “visceral force” that’s akin to “having fire in your belly”. The word actually stems from the old Finnish word sisus which translates as ‘guts’ or ‘intestines’. An 18th century dictionary refers to sisucunda as the part of the human body from where strong emotions arise, and in, 1940, the New York Times ran an article with the headline: ‘Sisu: A Word that Explains Finland’, following the Soviet bombing raids of the Scandinavian nation during the Winter War.

first Finn to scale Mount Everest. They were all said to embody sisu. Gustafsson later climbed the 14 world peaks that rise above 8,000m, without oxygen (only the ninth person to do so), as well as Antarctic mountains—one of which he named Mount Sisu. The climber also named his son Sisu, and for a time was the face of Finnish lollies sisu pastils.


Hygge has been all abuzz the past few years, a Danish word that concerns the concepts of cosiness and contentment and being present in the moment of anything that makes one smile. And now another Scandinavian philosophical musing is creeping into the cosmic consciousness, this time from Finland, and it’s known simply as sisu.

THE GOOD OIL We’re living in an age of oils and whether we’re ingesting them or applying them topically there’s good reason for our love affair. When it comes to oils there’s a plethora of reasons to include them in our daily lives, with one caveat: they need to be as pure and as high quality as you can afford. Oils are beneficial to us in many ways. By using them nutritionally we can take our general wellbeing up a notch or two, help balance our weight and give our skin a glorious boost. Beauty-wise our skin loves a good oil, even, as counterintuitive as it sounds, an oily complexion.

If you’re trying to lose a few kilograms, taking a teaspoon of coconut oil will fill you up for several hours.


Did you know it’s a shame to cook on high heats with olive oil? The reason for this is its smoke point—the point at which oil begins to burn or degrade rendering many of its benefits obsolete. Here are our oil picks for the kitchen:

Coconut Oil

The best oil to cook with is unrefined coconut oil because it’s super stable and has a smoke point of 232˚C. It’s also a healthy saturated fat and delivers an energy boost, PLUS it’s antibacterial, antiviral an antioxidant

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is brilliant for stir-fries because it has a smoke point of 270˚C. It’s rich in oleic acid, which is a healthy fat, is high in lutein, which is good for the eyes and it’s easy to use at both cold and hot temperatures.


Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is an old favourite revered for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and overall healthy fat benefits. The mistake a lot of people make is not investing the right type – cold pressed EVOO – and cooking with it at high heats.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is very unstable but its nutritional benefits are many. High in omega-3 fatty acids (1tsp = nearly 7,200mg), flaxseed also loves the skin – studies found it helps with hydration and smoothness and reduces sensitivity, roughness and dermatitis. Never cook with it though. Instead, add it to salads and smoothies.


There are so many oils that fall under the beauty umbrella to cover every single one, here are six of our faves:

Argan Oil

Argan oil comes from the kernel of the argan trees native to Morocco, and when Western beauty aficionados saw the results of a lifetime of use by Moroccan women they embraced it. It’s rich in sun protectant, moisturising, deoiling oily skin properties as well as being healing for acne, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatitis.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is viscous and thick, but get past that and use as a face mask and/or hair mask for amazing results. For hair: use an eye dropper and apply it to the roots then massage (as well as you can) into the hair. Cover with a towel and leave for an hour. To rinse out, shampoo thoroughly twice. While hair is ‘soaking’ apply castor oil to the face/neck/ decolletage for the rest of the waiting time. Rinse off. It makes a brilliant cleanser too. Do this double treatment once a week for a luminous complexion and thicker, longer tresses.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many uses on the beauty front. The skin adores it as a moisturiser and it will also soothe and de-itch dry, itchy body skin, plus oil pulling will give cleaner whiter teeth.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) oil is actually not an oil but a liquid wax that’s similar to the skin’s natural sebum (or oil) mantle. It also contains vitamins E and B. This makes it a great moisturiser, makeup remover, antiager, hair beautifier and aid for scarring and eczema.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is a firm favourite due to the skin cherishing essential fatty acids and vitamins it contains including E, C, and A in the form of beta-carotene. This translates to a gentle yet effective oil that can work with ageing skin as well as damaged and dehydrated skin.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil (not the cooking kind) is highly regarded in Ayurveda for its ability to soothe and hydrate the skin. Ayurvedic practitioners often use it as a massage medium as it is very. It is also recommended for oil pulling (see below).


Oil pulling is taken from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and is said to whiten teeth, freshen breath, clear the skin and increase energy. 1. Put one or two teaspoons of oil in the mouth 2. Swish. Twenty minutes is said to be optimum but this can be too long for most people - aim for three to 10 minutes. 3. Spit out and brush. – Words: Jenna Moore



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Belinda studied with Layla Martin, a renowned Los Angeles-based sex and relationship expert whose philosophy combines her Stanford University education with tantric practices learnt over seven years in Thailand. “The teachings merge those ancient practices with neurobiology and holistic therapies,” Belinda says. “It’s about addressing the body—where there is much undiscovered wisdom.” As well as wisdom, Belinda also understands many women’s bodies hold deeply ingrained traumas that counter their intimate instincts. “I can only speak to my experiences,” she says, “but I think we have been highly conditioned by society around sexuality and what it means to be a woman. When I grew up, there was shaming around women who were sexual—it was okay for the boys!—but for us it was frowned upon. It leads to confusion. We hold that trauma and don’t realise it. It prevents the expression of the whole sexual self, which might be okay in your twenties, but with time things shut down and those blockages are exposed. On top of that is the fight against age.” The obsession with youth culture, Belinda adds, further compounds the problem.

Though Belinda is happy to meet in person, her sessions are usually conducted via a video call. “Because the subject is so intimate and personal, people generally feel more at ease discussing it from the safety of their own home. People tell me things that they have never told anyone before, not even their partners. So, I find it a useful system.” It also means she can attend to clients all over the world. I ask if there is a typical client. “Everyone is unique, but I am noticing that women of a similar age as me, in long-term relationships, getting in touch. I’m 61, with three adult children and have been married for 35 years. Over time, things change, stresses increase and that ‘vanilla sex’ can take over. Women are bored and don’t know how to speak with their husbands about what they want. I coach them how to do that. It can change your marriage. It certainly changed mine!” It must make for some interesting dinner party conversations—does your husband get embarrassed?

“I want to get through to women that you don’t have to look a certain way, but you do need to get back in touch with your sexual energy, get it flowing again. It is an energy, and it will make you feel whole. The menopause leads women to feel, quite literally, dried up, that nothing works. But it’s just not true. It’s the old ‘lose it or use it rule!’ There needs to be energy and movement.”

“I don’t get too explicit about personal things! My friends are always quizzing me about foreplay techniques, eye gazing, and things like that. But my husband’s fine with it. He’s very relaxed. He loves the fact that what I'm doing makes me feel alive. And trust me when I say you will always be desired and treasured when you cultivate aliveness and radiance within yourself. This is the greatest gift a woman can give.”

Belinda’s teaching sessions begin with listening. “I ask clients what they want, what they desire,” she says. “We don’t talk about what’s going wrong. Some might express a wish to orgasm or last longer or feel more pleasure. Then I take them through some visualisations, meditations and breathing exercises. I get them to connect with their bodies. Most people don’t know how that feels because they are all up in their heads.”

It’s the culmination of Belinda’s lifelong interest in personal growth, “why people do—or don’t—do what they do”. The recent rise in empowerment movements has also seen many express greater interest in her work. “People are really up for these conversations around sex,” she says. “I feel like no-one’s really talking about it publicly, so that’s what I want to do. It has made such a difference to my life, it is my calling, and I want to share it.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Watch Belinda Wiley on Facebook Live every Tuesday at 11am, or email her at belindawileycoach@gmail.com

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“Everyone is hungry for better, more committed sex, everyone wants trust in their relationship,” she says. “But so many people don’t know how to get these things.”

There’s a common misconception that tantra is “all about sex” but Belinda insists that it concerns “esoteric traditions and breathing” that she interweaves with modern practices. “We do something called ‘connected breathing’,” she continues, “which is different to yogic breathing in that it is open-mouthed. It’s scientifically proven to release stress, while allowing for greater connectivity with the body.”


Former yoga instructor and wellness coach Belinda Wiley is channelling her teaching skills to help educate women about sex. Verve sat down with her to find out more.


“Everyone is hungry for better, more committed sex, everyone wants trust in their relationship.”



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Developing the first ‘pro-age makeup brand’, it’s easy to see that Tricia is all about the beauty and worth of older women. Blogging about being an older woman in the world today, she posts beauty tips and shares touching photos of older women which will banish any negative thoughts you have towards ‘the signs of ageing’.

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SEARCHING FOR SUPPLEMENTS Recent research by the University of Copenhagen found that women who took omega-3 fatty acid pills—a type of fish oil supplement—during pregnancy (versus those who took an olive oil placebo) had children with higher BMIs with more lean muscle mass and better bone density by the time they turned six. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, also concluded the kids were less prone to asthma and other respiratory problems. It follows on from other beneficial findings by Imperial College London that women who took the pills during pregnancy greatly reduced the chances of their children developing food allergies—the evidence so compelling that the UK government is considering including it in official guidelines. But lately, it’s certainly been far from good news for the fish oil supplement industry. Omega-3s, a collection of ‘healthy’ fats found most notably in oily fish (as well as various vegetable oils, nuts and seeds), are a vital component of heart and brain health and for decades fish oil supplements have been marketed as an affordable and convenient alternative to consuming oily fish. And boy has it been marketed well, with the fish oil supplement industry alone raking in a whopping $2 billion annually. However, an epic study by Cochrane Library that analysed dozens of trials totalling more than 100,000 people concluded omega-3 supplements to impart few, if any, benefits to our brains or hearts. “The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega-3 supplements does not benefit hearth health or reduce our risk of stroke or death from any cause,” says lead author Dr Lee Hooper of East Anglia University. “The most trustworthy studies consistently showed little or no effect of longchain omega-3 fats on cardiovascular health.” It’s important to note that experts still stress the importance of ingesting omega-3s, but ingesting them as nature intended, from their original source (aim for two portions of fish weekly, one of which should be oily such as mackerel, salmon or fresh tuna). “There’s no question that polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids— the technical name for good fats found in fish and fish oil—are important parts of a healthy diet,” writes Melinda Wenner Moyer for the Scientific American. “Our bodies can’t make them, yet we need them to survive, as they form part of our cell membranes.” So, are fish oil supplements nothing more than fool’s gold? Not necessarily.

“For those who won’t eat mackerel, salmon, or herring, a daily fish oil supplement is a useful way of meeting recommendations,” Dr Carrie Ruxton of the Health and Food Supplements Information Service tells the BBC.

“Omega-3s are also used by the body to maintain the health of the eyes, immune function and brain so it’s not all about the heart.” It’s not just fish oil that has taken a credibility battering. Supplements are worth a cool $60 billion in global revenue each year, but, in terms of health, a slew of studies have revealed that multivitamin pills and their ilk may be worthless—or worse. Vitamin C supplements have regularly crumbled against scientific scrutiny while antioxidant pills have been shown to increase the likelihood of lung cancer in smokers, and prostate cancer for men. Expansive research published in the journal Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2015 concluded multivitamins—the most popular supplement—to offer zero benefits to heart health and not reduce the chance of stroke or early death, while a 2011 study of 39,000 older women, published by the American Medical Association, discovered women who took similar pills for 20 years or more to even have an elevated risk of death (though the study does advise supplementary intake to be “beneficial in deficiency conditions”.) Writing for the New York Times, Jane E Brody reveals how barely day passes without a suggestion of a new magical concoction or supplement that she must try and admits to having “succumbed to several popular suggestions” including fish oil for its proposed cardiovascular benefits and magnesium to help her sleep. However, as a scientifically trained journalist, Brody is compelled to advise others as to which, if any, dietary supplements are worth handing over their hard-won wages. “I’ll start with the bottom line on the most popular of these, the daily multivitamin/ mineral combo,” she writes. “If you are a healthy adult with no known nutritional deficiencies, save your money.” — Word: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Do Any Supplements Cut the Mustard? Vitamin D is vital for sustaining bone strength and aiding with the absorption of calcium. It’s also one of the least common vitamins in everyday diets, though sunlight is an effective means of encouraging our bodies to produce it. Many experts advise taking vitamin D tablets during winter months, while those with darker skin or aged over 65 may need them year-round. Many vegetarian foods are fortified with calcium, and the mineral can also be found in leafy vegetables, however, those that abstain from meat and dairy may easily find themselves deficient. Supplements should be considered. Vitamin B12 is another tricky find for vegans and vegetarians as it’s mainly found in animal products. Again, many meat-free offerings such as cereals and soy milk are fortified with B12, though supplementary top-ups are advised. Vitamin B12 helps make red

blood cells and plays an important role in our nervous and immune systems. Those following meat-free diets, as well as young women with heavy periods, are in danger of suffering iron deficiency. Another type of B vitamin, folic acid, is used to make new cells. Doctors recommend that pregnant women—or those trying to conceive—should take this supplement. Some experts advise that children aged six months through to five years take vitamin A, C and D supplements. Zinc has been proven to be far more effective than vitamin C in combating the common cold. (In fact, numerous studies have showed vitamin C to be of zero use in warding off those sniffles.)



NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST BABY SPA Move over mama, there’s a new spa in town with a clientele aged from one-day to one-year. The best news? There are a multitude of wins on offer for Mum and Dad as well. WHAT IS THE BABY SPA?

The Baby Spa is a spa salon designed for young babies to have a float and/or swim session, followed by a baby massage. “Baby spas have been around since the 1950s so, even though it’s new for New Zealand the idea itself is not a new concept,” says John Jensen who, along with his partner Faye, is behind The Baby Spa.


“Faye lived in Singapore for 18 years where there are over 250 baby spa’s and she suggested we open one in Auckland,” says John. “I wasn’t sure, but then my daughter—who has a one-year-old—told me a story of being at the park one day when a new mother sat down beside her and burst into tears; that really stirred me.” John, who has a grown son, daughter and three grandchildren aged under two-and-a-half began to see more and more merit in the idea. “I did some homework and realised there’s really nowhere for new parents to go,” he says. “They can go to the park or a cafe but it’s not really about interacting with their child.” He also discovered massage and hydrotherapy for babies has a multitude of health benefits as well as providing an interactive bonding experience with baby for mum and dad.


“That why our tagline is healthy beginnings,” says John. “Infant massage and hydrotherapy is an age-old practice. The first language is touch. In India when a new mother comes home the grandmother will step in and teach her baby massage. It’s an ancient wisdom that’s scientifically proven to have myriad health benefits. There’s evidence it increases bone density, cognitive and motor development in premature babies, and that it impacts the way all babies grow up to think, feel and

relate to others. In addition, new findings show learning capacity is up to 15 per cent greater and social skills are up to 25 per cent more developed in babies who have regular massage.”


The Baby Spa provides one carer per baby and Mum and/or Dad is present the entire time so they can take time out, interact with their baby and learn how to massage their babies properly. Alongside traditional hydrotherapy and massage, there is also an immune boost massage, which—for example— may not stop baby getting a cold, but will aid a quicker recovery. And for Mum, there is also laser assisted stretch mark removal therapy. A trip to The Baby Spa will help all of the family to sleep, well, like a baby. And when it comes to babies and new parenthood you can’t put a price on that.

BENEFITS • Encourages and develops bonding and interaction • Enhances the feeling of being loved, secure, and safe • Helps growth and development • Improves movement and limb coordination • Helps relieve gas, constipation, and colic • Strengthens the digestive, respiratory and immune systems • Balances the nervous system • Strengthens joints and joint movement • Promotes relaxation and aids sleep •Develops the baby’s body-mind awareness and coordination

SIDE BENEFITS FOR PARENTS WHO MASSAGE THEIR BABY: • Helps postnatal depression • Releases their own tensions • Increases bonding between parent and baby • Gain self-confidence in handling a baby • Decreases stress hormones



A muay thai fighter, social activist, and public speaker, Richie Hardcore has gone from fighting in the ring to fighting for social justice. Verve chatted to Richie about the work he does, the issues he sees New Zealand facing, and how he keeps on top of his mental health and wellbeing. Firstly, where does the name Hardcore come from? I legally changed my name to Hardcore when I was kickboxing, it was my ring name. Hardcore is a sub-genre of the punk rock scenes which emerged in America in the late '80s. It had an undertone of politicisation and trying to fix things. It had themes of veganism and environmental protection, and for me I found songs about feminism, which gave me something to be angry against and helped me understand the world I lived in a lot. It changed me a whole lot. What areas do you work in? I’ve organically become a public speaker and educator, without really meaning to. I did some work for the Ministry of Health in reducing alcohol and drug harm reduction for five or six years, and within that we started looking at sexual violence as an alcohol related harm and then at sex and consent within university scopes. After that, Rape Prevention Education asked me to become a board member for them. People then started inviting me to speak, I was nominated to be an ambassador and then a board member for White Ribbon, and I do some work for the Ministry of Social Development with their 'It’s not okay' antifamily violence campaign. But then more and more people were asking me to speak privately, like schools and universities, so I’ve become an educator, just going where I’m asked to be. I’m always trying to keep up with research and academia because all the stuff I’m talking about is evidence-based approaches to violence prevention. I’m always trying to help people form critical filters. A lot of the media and messages we’re exposed to are misogynistic, and violent, and super unrealistic. Young people who don’t have these critical understandings aren’t able to do this. It’s not about censoring things, but it’s about helping people to learn that there are other ways to think and behave.


Through the work you do in the mental health area, what do you think are some of the biggest factors that make it such a big issue in New Zealand? It’s a really multi-faceted issue. After being invited by Mike King to talk on the radio about mental health for a couple of years, it has led me to understand a bunch of things. One of those things is that, not for everyone, but for some, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues stem from trauma, societal causes such as lack of community, fracturing of society, working longer hours, moving less, eating less nutritious food, social media, and excessive alcohol use. We’re moving away from things that actually satisfy us, like human connection, helping other people, and being connected to nature.

How do you ensure that your mental health is looked after? I’ve been to therapists off and on since I was 24. I think that there’s a huge space for talk therapy. It can really help you figure things out about yourself. In the last few years I’ve worked through some really tough stuff in my personal life, and now it’s become more about professional development.

There has been a massive increase in the gap between the rich and the poor, there’s structural and institutionalised inequality and discrimination, and an imbalance of power between men and women. So essentially, people don’t feel very good about themselves. We need more people out there doing work like Mike King. But there are some great government approaches coming out at the moment, such as the 1737 and the Safe To Talk, but these are still the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. The work you do often has a lot to do with masculinity and notions of toxic masculinity, what’s your view in this area? So I just helped out with a body of work as part of the National Council of Women’s new gender equal New Zealand campaign, which conducted a body of research to look at New Zealanders’ attitudes towards gender. It turns out most New Zealanders agree that women can do most things a man can do, yet a large part of New Zealanders still think that boys don’t cry, if you back down from a fight you’re weak, or that it’s not alright for boys to play with dolls. We need to challenge those ideas. When we trap men in roles of expected behaviour, it means that they have no place to go. Which results in violence towards ourselves, mental health issues, and domestic violence. The more men try to fit into perceived masculine norms, the more

Because of the things I am involved in and talk about, I become subject to a bit of vicarious trauma. I wake up to messages from people about the issues they’re suffering from, abuse they’re being subjected to, among other things, so this can weigh on my mind quite a lot. I sometimes get a bit burnt out from people confiding in me, it takes a lot of mental energy, so I’m learning about how to manage and reserve my mental energy. I have to remind people I’m not a trained counsellor. Sometimes I have to turn people down, which doesn’t feel good, but I do have to look after myself too. Once in a while I’ll give myself a bit of a digital detox. I use my cell phone a lot which keeps me constantly engaged and in a flight or fight mode. I’ll delete the apps off my phone. What role does fitness play in your life? I started competitive martial arts when I was 13 and I’m a muay thai coach now, so it’s given me a great pathway through life. I continue to train as part of my overall wellness. I really do love moving my body. When we’re sedentary we don’t really feel good. It’s a hugely important part of who I am, not just what I do. Some people are really unhappy and unhealthy, but don’t know what to do about it. When we switch what is normal around, like questioning why people aren’t drinking to why they are, why they eat don’t want to eat junk food to why they do, why are you eating a salad to why aren’t you eating salad. We normalise really unhealthy behaviours, which has a real impact on people’s health and lives. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts


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problematic behaviours they present. So we need to let boys know it’s cool to wear pink, you can play with teddies, it’s fine to not feel okay, and it’s okay to cry.


The best feedback I get is when teenagers find my Instagram account and message me and say I’d never thought about things this way, thank you very much. That is really rewarding to me.


We need to let boys know it’s cool to wear pink, you can play with teddies, it’s fine to not feel okay, and it’s okay to cry.



"There is no easy way to tell you this, but you have breast cancer." It is often the last thing a woman expects to hear and yet 3,000 New Zealand women (and about 20 men) will receive a breast cancer diagnosis this year. Sometimes there is nothing more reassuring than talking to someone who has ‘been there too’. Breast Cancer Support (BCS) specialises in peer support, assistance provided by women who have experienced breast cancer and are trained to support others. BCS free community support groups meet monthly in Auckland and Christchurch and a Support Line operates every day of the year from 8:30am-5pm (0800 273 222). BCS does not give medical advice but provides information, networking, and opportunities for women to meet and share experiences. Recent clinical studies indicate that peer support provides significant emotional and physical benefits, improving outlook, and enhancing recovery and overall wellbeing. “Talking to someone who ‘knows how it is’ can be reassuring when you need to speak with someone other than family or friends,” says BCS chair, Marion Barnett. “A vast, sometimes overwhelming, range of support and information is available online and through social media. Sometimes what is most needed is a chat with someone who understands and can help you make sense of it all, real human contact on the phone or Skype, in person over coffee, or by connecting with others in a support group situation.” Barnett says BCS can provide group support or a ‘buddy' for women who prefer an individual approach. “Breast cancer can be a long journey and we make sure that you don’t have to walk that road alone. We’re here to go the distance with you.”




Three thousand* New Zealand men continue to die each year from preventable illnesses. Women live four years longer than men, 65%** of men are overweight or obese, the suicide rate for men is three* times that of women and across every age bracket more men than women drink to hazardous levels and smoke daily. Chairman of Men’s Health Trust, Phil Clemas is concerned that even by highlighting such dire facts and statistics, men’s behaviour still isn’t changing. “From experience we know men are notorious for not discussing problems and are often reluctant to talk about their health, mainly due to fear. The statistics regarding the health of men are getting worse and now we’re in a situation where every three hours a New Zealand male dies of preventable causes. Our health cannot be ignored and we are using men’s health month to encourage the men in our life to start having conversations about their health—with their doctor, health professionals or simply with their mates.” Dr Graeme Washer, medical director of the Men’s Health Trust, says it’s important for men to stop being complacent where their health is concerned. “Early detection is critical for the majority of illnesses and it’s time men realised they are not bulletproof or immortal. Daily I have men come to my practice saying they are only here because their wife or partner has sent them, it’s then I know it’s likely to be a serious health issue. A regular yearly health check up with your GP could potentially save your life, this is the message we need our kiwi males to hear loud and clear.” Clemas says the best thing that New Zealand men can do about their health is to be proactive. “Men’s Health Trust is focused on initiatives that will help inspire males to open up and talk more frequently with their mates and loved ones about their health. So to all men out there I encourage you to make a conscious effort to be proactive about your health, make an appointment for a check-up with your GP and start to make good lifestyle choices. You will be pleased that you did.” For more information about Men’s Health Trust and events visit menshealthnz.org.nz


• 3000 men die every year from preventable illnesses like heart disease and diabetes • Women live four years longer than men • Pakeha men live seven years longer than Maori men • 65%** of men are overweight or obese • Suicide rate for men is three^^ times that of women • Across every age bracket more men than women drink to hazardous levels and smoke daily** **Please visit the Verve website for source material.


This year, New Zealand’s favourite running coach and marathon athlete, Lydia O’Donnell is joining forces with entrepreneur, reality TV star and familiar household face, Art Green, to host the Movember Run Club (MRC) to train for the New York Marathon. They are inviting all Aucklanders to head to the Auckland Domain to join them in participating in ‘Moving’, where Mo-Bros and MoSistas alike are encouraged to join the fight by getting active and going the distance to support men’s health.

Robert Dunne, Movember’s New Zealand country manager, says every bit of support helps stop men from suffering in silence. “When it comes to their health, too many men don't talk, don't take action and die too young. If we don’t act, this won’t change. The programmes and projects Movember fund and deliver are aimed at helping build a society where men are living long quality lives as they are socially connected, physically active and actively engaged in discussing their health, so it is important that we continue fight the fight and show ongoing support for the cause.”


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From 1 November, Kiwi men are urged to grow a mo to save a bro, with every moustache making a difference, whether it’s a glossy Magnum or a stylish pencil ‘tashe’, the facial hair can inspire donations, conversations and real change. All donations collected by growers during the month will be used to fund research into men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

The goal of the Movember Run Club is to run the distance between New Zealand and New York (14,000km) before the marathon, with runners of all abilities submitting their training kilometres in support of Art, Lydia and the cause.


New Zealanders will once again be taking action in the fight for men’s health, as the time fast approaches for Kiwi men to throw away their razors and embrace the mo for a great cause. Movember is on its way!







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Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women. Nine women are diagnosed daily across New Zealand and, sadly, more than 600 New Zealanders die from breast cancer each year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urging Kiwi women to enrol for free mammograms from 45 and to be breast aware “for the ones you love.” To help draw attention to the cause, many buildings and landmarks around New Zealand light up pink in October for Global Illuminations, including SkyTower, the Civic and Town Hall. Education is the most important pillar of BCFNZ’s work, because detecting breast cancer early is the key to saving lives. There is a 92% 10-year survival rate if breast cancer is detected by a regular mammogram. With a focus on reaching as many Kiwis as possible, BCFNZ continuously promotes breast awareness and screening. BCFNZ has a long history of funding critical research at key institutions around New Zealand. In 2017 it started a five-year research partnership with the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University, Wellington. The BCFNZ Ferrier Breast Cancer Research Programme will see Ferrier’s team of world-leading carbohydrate chemists pouring its considerable skills into developing a therapeutic vaccine for breast cancer. BCFNZ offers a free helpline, free bi-monthly informative webinars, free counselling, free rehabilitation programmes, plus my mybc—an online app that’s the first of its kind in Australasia and has over 1,200 members. It lets patients and their supporters share advice and encouragement, and access clinical advice from qualified breast nurses. Over 45? Enrol for free screening with BreastScreeen Aotearoa. Call 0800 270 200 BCFNZ’s Pink Ribbon Street Appeal is on 12-13 October. Look for the collectors with the pink buckets!

TAKE PART IN THE PINK STAR WALK Auckland: Sat 27 October Wellington: Sat 3 November Christchurch: Sat 10 November


GETTING YOUR NORMAL BACK A diagnosis of breast cancer can turn your world upside down and finding your way back to feeling ‘normal’ again can be a journey.

Melissa can give a woman an incredibly realistic areola and nipple 12 months after she’s come out the other end of treatment for breast cancer.


With one in nine women going through breast cancer each year in New Zealand there are several who need to experience either a unilateral (single) or bilateral (double) mastectomy.


This can be devastating for a woman and her sense of self both physically and emotionally. The good news is skilled surgeons can create beautifully reconstructed breasts for women which can help them feel confident and comfortable again.




“I do a thorough consultation with the ladies first. I then draw a design on her breast—this is specific and individual to her desired result,” says Melissa. “Once she’s happy with this we’ll proceed with the tattooing. Though the breast is flat at first, and without a nipple, the 3D technique I use gives the visual effect of a raised nipple.”


Following the first treatment, a second visit is required to give the tattoo an adjustment period and see how the skin holds the pigment. “We’re working on scar tissue, even if it’s not visible the underlying tissue is scarred so we need to do a follow up where a small touch up maybe necessary,” says Melissa.



Part of that process can be the creation of a new areola and nipple by way of cosmetic tattooing. This procedure requires a highly skilled tattooist and in the right hands creates astonishing results. It’s a specialist skill and one which requires solid experience and a certain amount of artistic skill. Melissa Carr is a sought-after cosmetic and medical tattooist with clients coming from all over the country for her 3D nipple areola technique treatment. “When ladies first come to see me they’re understandably nervous, but by their second visit they’re more bubbly and positive,” says Melissa. “Even my most confident clients say they had no idea of the emotional effects of having a simulated nipple and areola again.”

After treatment Melissa applies a waterproof surgical dressing for seven days, followed by an aftercare cream for five days. One of Melissa’s clients, Taryn underwent a double mastectomy when she was just 33 and went to Melissa for cosmetic tattooing. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw them in the mirror,” she says. “I had breasts back, and that’s pretty incredible. It’s really nice to feel a little bit normal again.” “For me, this isn’t a job, it’s close to my heart,” says Melissa. “I love to be part of these ladies journey, doing something that changes lives lights me up.” A gallery of Melissa’ work and detailed information can be viewed at melissacarrcosmetictattooing.co.nz / 021 187 2661





Practitioner Elizabeth Meadows helps people of all ages and walks of life to reach and maintain optimal health with Jin Shin Jyutsu. This natural treatment is dynamic and works by releasing tension within your body. It is a powerful and effective way to relax and reduce stress and pain and help to restore a sense of wellbeing. Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual. Hands-on sequences are used to help regain emotional equilibrium, to relieve pain and release the cause of both acute and chronic conditions and can be extremely helpful pre and post-surgery to assist in recovery. “Prior to and within the first hours after having a hysterectomy Elizabeth carried out Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments on me, which resulted in a pain free recovery and allowed me to be back on my feet and moving around freely the next day. Amazing result!”- Julie, Orakei

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Nousoma Health Centre also offers a Bio-Cleanse detox foot spa, a gentle and effective way to assist in detoxing the body. For 35 minutes relax while soaking your feet in a warm footbath containing mineral salts and observe the water changing colour due to a reaction between the alkalinity of your body and the mineralized water. The Bio-Cleanse unit produces ionised water which stimulates the body's own natural cleansing processes at the cellular level.

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GROOMING GREEN “During my career as a hairdresser, I began to really wonder about the waste,” says Paul Frasca, who, with Ewelina Soroko, founded the salon-focused resource recovery programme Sustainable Salons in 2015. “I became fascinated with the hair on the floor. I used to live in Amsterdam—that’s where I met Ewelina—and would pack the hair into the furniture to see if my flatmates would notice the difference, and for six months, they didn’t. It’s no different to animal fur or wool, and just as soft. That’s what created this whole movement.” Sustainable Salons recently expanded to New Zealand, having created a network across Australia whose members include hair, beauty and pet grooming salons. The organisation provides bins and a collection service to gather 95% of those salons’ waste which is redirected “for reuse, recycling and repurposing solutions”. “It’s not just about being a green programme, we’re coming at it from a liberal green approach, like Tesla,” says Paul. “We are trying to solve a problem while creating a resource of the future. A million kilos of aluminium foils go to Australian landfills each year, and in New Zealand, it’s 400,000kg. Just from foiling hair. It’s bonkers. Why was no-one recycling it and doing some good?” Between February 2015 and November 2017, the collective kept 52,000kg of plastic in circulation that otherwise would have headed to a landfill, while 81,700kg of metals were also diverted from a similar fate. Sustainable Salons recycled 70,800kg of paper, 7,500 litres of chemicals and 800kg of e-waste. They saved the equivalent CO2 as 180 flights between London and Sydney and enough water to fill nearly a quarter of a million baths.

“The Hair Boom Project sees hair clippings stuffed into sausage-like stockings that are deployed to clean up oil spills along coastlines.”

Ponytails longer than 20cm are sent to charities to create wigs for people suffering from alopecia or cancer (Sustainable Salons is the southern hemisphere’s largest donor of ponytails), and work with community groups like KiwiHarvest here in New Zealand, and OzHarvest across the ditch. “The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from these recycled materials goes back into the community,” says Paul. “For every $1 donated by Sustainable Salons, two meals are provided to the most vulnerable in our communities—and we average 2,000 meals per month.” The programme has also initiated the Hair Boom Project that sees hair clippings stuffed into sausagelike stockings that are deployed to clean up oil spills along coastlines (it has been discovered that hair has exceptional adsorption properties), and partners with the Endeavour Foundation to provide jobs for those with disabilities. Such projects have seen Sustainable Salons bag heaps of industry and environmental awards. “We always said that as soon as we got Australia off the ground, then we’d focus on New Zealand and that’s what we’re doing,” Paul tells me over the phone from Sydney. “It’s very early days, but we already have 50 of Auckland’s leading salons on the programme.” One such salon is D&M Hair Design. “I first met Paul at Hair Expo in Australia three years ago,” says Danny Pato, creative director and co-owner at D&M. “I’ve been interested in sustainability for a long time with our key product company for several years being Davines Sustainable Beauty that has been at the forefront of the movement.” Paul says that there is now a “flood of salons” from across Aotearoa who wish to sign up to the Sustainable Salons directory. “You name the area, we get enquiries,” he says. “It’s just about managing which we can service. We’re not a product, we are a service, and the vehicles can only reach so far.”

Those that do sign up have access to Sustainable Salons’ “messaging, information, design collateral and branding, and community affiliations” which “improves the salon’s environmental credentials and attract a new type of clientele”. Members will also make savings on “everyday salon essentials and business growth tools” from the Rewards Shop. Paul adds that it’s not just customers who are lured by the promise of a greener experience, but job searchers too are seeking out salons already signed up to the programme, making it a great recruiting tool also. “I feel like we have closed the loop, so we can guarantee sustainability with what we use and what happens afterwards,” says Danny. “It’s given us the opportunity to get our clients and our team inspired about sustainability in everyday life. Now we’re not part of the problem, we’re part of the revolution.” Next time you’re having your hair styled or dog groomed, be sure to check out The Green Chair, a newspaper sent out to all members to inform readers about what’s going on in “Sustainable Salons land”. And if your salon is not a member, then ask them why the hell not. For more information about Sustainable Salons and for a directory of members in your area, visit the website sustainablesalons.org — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Why would you buy vintage? Niche it is not according to research from the University of Huddersfield, that says, “Vintage has now shifted from subculture to mass culture.” So now research validates that there’s been a cultural shift in case you haven’t noticed. Society’s want for fashion and need for greater sustainability means shoppers have a clearer conscience when purchasing vintage. They also benefit from the upside of gaining unique individualised ‘looks’ that can’t be found with fast fashion that is aggregating in landfills. Stephane King, a sustainable fashion stylist and owner of Auckland vintage store, Painted Bird, is a huge proponent of a sustainable wardrobe. She’s totally inspired by the fashion of yesterday and a true fan of how the cuts stylistically flatter the female form. “I like the way they used to make things. They’re all cut for women so they look like women. There’s form and fit—they’ve got darts, they are not rectangle garments with armholes and a neck hole cut out. You don’t have any of that with vintage. You put your dress on with a bit of perfume and you’re good to go,” she says. As the oldest daughter of a Colombian former model and granddaughter of an American seamstress the fashion eye is in her blood. Sustainable stylists mix the old with the new. Painted Bird’s Instagram account is proof of that. Form, function and the fun of finding your individuality are some of the biggest reasons backing vintage according to King, who discovered her passion for it back in the day as a qualified hairdresser before studying fashion styling. “When I first started out professionally styling I concentrated on what I called ‘women returning to their bodies’ after childbirth—that was my original client base—women who had children who are in a different body, needing to refind and redefine themselves from a fashion perspective.” She took her clients shopping sourcing from secondhand and recycling shops as many didn’t have a lot of money. The value and transformative impact of vintage King sees as being the clincher that hooks many of her clients.

King’s the first to admit that it has no hangar appeal—but huge body appeal so the adventure is trying it on. “There are people that come in the store and say, 'I’m not vintage', then they become total converts once they hit the change cubicle,” she says. “I have half-naked people in the store all the time, standing there in their bra chatting: 'Ooh, that’s cool, I didn’t see that!' It’s like a safe female zone with friends that have no vested interest, no jealousy, no competition, only a shared love of what they see. Many customers only know each other from being in the shop,” she says. With a colour-coded wardrobe “so I can get in there”, King is the first to confess she’s “regimented” in how she stores garments at home but not what she exudes stylistically. “I would say that’s my personality—I’m regimented straight up and down and I don’t like stress and I plan it all out so I

“Just because yellow and black might look like a bee, that shouldn’t stop you from wearing them together—make it so it doesn’t look like a bee—that’s the challenge, fashion should be fun every time you want to wear it.” A visit to Painted Bird should be treated like a quest then, she says. “I believe that I have something in there for everybody, it’s just a case of finding it. There is a little bit of a process and that is part of the unique nature of the shop.” While a shared joy for vintage fashion connects her to many who come into the store, she has been witness to many selflimiting beliefs linked to clothing. “I have people coming in saying, 'I can’t wear that colour, I don’t look nice in this, or that.' Fashion is a major contributor to that. I try to find a starting point if I can before they leave. “Just choose one thing today you don’t like so I can help you to change that because I have experience to fix it so it’s no so prominent. It may be out of your comfort zone but let’s just try it.” Having an on-the-spot stylist with the stock at her fingertips in one room has many benefits. “The legacy is everything does not have to be shiny and new—you can be shiny and new in what you put on and if you don’t know how to put it together I’m standing there all the time,” says King. — Words: Sarah Sparks






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Other academic research on the vintage trend phenomenon out of the United Kingdom confirms that amongst other factors, the current economic climate appears to have contributed to the trend of acquiring and reusing vintage clothing. So has the impact of a change in attitudes and values, the rise in eco-sustainability consciousness and push back reaction against mass-produced fashion.

can take anything. Maybe that translates to clothing, if you have the form, the structure in place, then you can play with it and make it yours and pull out the colours,” she says.


“I love mixing patterns and textures; seeing the way they used to put all the fabrics together. There isn’t a rule. I challenge myself—I’m non-conformist and don’t like to be told these colours go together, these styles go together—all these things go together. If I’m in the mood for wearing this, I’ll find a way to wear this.”


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Sometimes I’ll have a client ask me, “How much should I budget for our shopping trip?” The answer is always "as much as you can afford", as we’ll usually be buying more in our one shopping trip together than you might over the course of a fashion season. The reality is that it’s unlikely you’ll need to shop again for a few months. We’ll also be buying items that work well in many different situations and can be worn together or worn with existing pieces in your wardrobe. Yes, you may have spent a little more, but the value you’ll receive from the wearing of those garments far exceeds any monetary value. We should expect a lot from our clothing. It’s simply wasteful to buy something and hardly ever wear it. It makes far more sense to wear your clothing until you are either thoroughly sick of it or it wears out—there’s nothing sadder than a “saved for special” item that hangs unworn in the wardrobe until it becomes dated and therefore no longer wearable. Value is an interesting thing when it comes to clothing. For many of us, good value means inexpensive but that isn’t necessarily the case. As an example, you may think spending over $100 on a T-shirt is too much although you’ll likely wear it

on fairly high rotate through the season. On the flip side, we’ll often spend a comparative fortune on an outfit for a wedding or other event and then only wear it once or twice in a couple of years. So which item is the better value? We’ve all heard of the ‘cost per wear’ analysis—if you wear an item of clothing often, it’s CPW goes down so the CPW of that tee shirt is likely to be only a couple of dollars whilst the wedding outfit CPW remains high. One of the key ways to buy for both value and wearability is to stop before purchasing a garment and ask yourself what else you can wear it with. Will it work dressed up? Will you be able to dress it down? Can you separate elements of an outfit and re-work them in different scenarios for your life? Does it fit with other items you already own? If you can imagine wearing a piece three different ways with three other items in your existing wardrobe then you know you are buying well. Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like a hand buying your summer wardrobe, Jackie would love to help! Further information can be found on her website: signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.







First her husband Angus, a former missionary became an agent, then Leila closed her antique store to follow suit over 30 years ago. Now their son, David with a successful real estate career of his own has united with his mother.

In an industry where it’s the norm to flaunt sales data, Leila prefers to be more discrete. “It’s not the quantity sold, it’s the quality,” she says. “We don’t go on about what we’ve sold, it’s all about making the client happy and getting the best price.”

Together the duo has proven to be an impressive combination by selling some of the most landmark properties in Remuera.

You would never know either that she is a ‘Hall of Fame’ recipient in her industry – the first agent ever to receive it in 90 years. Leila shyly clams up talking about herself, however turn the discussion to her family and it’s a whole different story. She’s a proud Mother of three and hands-on Grandmother of six who still does the school run every Friday and drop-offs on Saturday before her various Open Home appointments. According Carolyn Vernon, Branch Manager Barfoot & Thompson Remuera, for someone who has spent three decades at the top in the business, Leila has the work capacity of a thirty year old with incredible market knowledge to match. “Her whole ethos is family based too,” Carolyn says. “It’s non-negotiable that every Thursday night Leila and David with their entire family have dinner together – from teenagers to adults they all get together.” The ritual has continued for many years. Ask what her signature dish is, immediately Leila says “Tabbouleh or Kibbeh, the national dish of Lebanon.” In the past she’s taught the recipe alongside Jo Seagar to raise funds for Starship Hospital. It’s clear that relationships are very important to the MacDonald’s - a value that’s strongly embedded in the family DNA. So is a passion and aptitude for the residential market – it’s intergenerational.

“Everybody thinks the market is down – well the market is not down – this month we’ve done better than last month,” says Leila. For them both it’s all about serving clients with integrity and honesty. “It’s not just about a sale transaction, selling homes is emotional and effects the whole family.” she says. Leila credits her maternal Lebanese Grandmother for instilling bedrock values and principles. “She was very black and white.” Then she recounts a story about giving advice to a client knowingly to lose a sale. Leila’s honest, straight up feedback paid unexpected dividends.

“It’s not just about a sale transaction, selling homes is emotional and effects the whole family.” Ask what home means and Leila says: “Loving and caring for each other is most important. Making sure whatever problem they’ve got – you’re always there for them and will support them” It doesn’t take much to see that this philosophy anchored from a foundation based on family is also extended to clients.



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Spend time with award winning Barfoot & Thompson premium real estate agent, Leila MacDonald and within minutes you’ll learn you’re in the presence of a woman of substance. What you see is what you get – strong values, genuineness and congruency.


Alex Walls Alex is founding director of A&C Homestore a brand she and husband Corban launched following their win on The Block NZ as an outlet for their love of interiors and design. The pair live on Auckland’s North Shore with their two-year-old son, Austen.

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Corban and I have a fabulous arrangement where we alternate the mornings with our son Austen (I love and need my sleep!). So if it’s my morning with Austen, we’ll wake up and settle into some breakfast and a nice strong homemade coffee for me.


At A&C Homestore, we realise that visual inspiration is key, so we have weekly photoshoots and ‘room reveals’ in our office studio to help inspire our followers with new trends, colours and cool new products. Loads of planning and prep is involved in this and is a team effort. We paint the studio wall every time, lay the flooring and then trek all around Auckland to pick up the key pieces we will need for styling. On the day of the shoots, hopefully all logistics have been sorted and I can get straight to the fun part of playing around with a room set-up in morning until it’s perfect and ready for photography.


Time to head home to Austen and either start making him dinner or if it’s a nice night, we might pack up a little picnic for the beach. He loves the outdoors and it’s always good to get him to burn as much energy before the bedtime routine starts!


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We are in the process of building a new home in Beach Haven, nestled in the trees and looking out over the water. Corban is working on site each day and I love to go over and check out the progress. I’m always so amazed at what can happen within a week on a construction site. We’re hoping our new house will be ready to move in March 2019.

In the afternoon I might head over to do a store visit at our Bloc store in Mt Eden. It’s always nice to go and have a look at how things are being displayed and take some time to meet our regular customers – and it’s a great place to pick up an afternoon coffee to keep me going!


Back at the office I continue on with my day working on product development for our clothing and bedding lines. I love experimenting with fabrics and new styles seasonally.

We have always stuck to a great routine for Austen, I think routine makes him happier as he always knows when he’s going to be fed, when he gets to play and when he gets to sleep. After dinner he has a bath, and then we normally play or let him run around the house naked for about half-an-hour (such a boy). When he’s ready, he says "milk and sleep" so we know he’s ready for bed. Story time, cuddles, prayers and "goodnight"! As soon as Austen goes down, I get on to making Corban and I dinner, and we will catch up on some terrible reality TV in the background while I work and catch up on emails, place product orders and plan my season ranges.


I shut up shop around 10.30-11pm. It’s a long day juggling being a business owner and a mother, and some days are a complete disaster if something unexpected happens, but I do like a bit of a chaotic schedule to keep things fun!



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THE BEST SHOW IN EARTH! Green-thumbs, flower enthusiasts, art lovers and home and garden renovators—New Zealand’s floral and horticultural spectacular, the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show, is back again for 2018! Following the success of the inaugural show in 2017, the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show is being held for a second time at West Auckland’s The Trusts Arena from 28 November until 2 December. Running over five days, visitors will be offered the chance to experience award-winning garden exhibits, feature floral art installations and displays, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. New additions to the 2018 show include green-themed cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs, internationally-acclaimed garden designers from across Australia, America, Europe and Asia, and a refreshed VIP Experience. This year, there will also be an increased focus on expanding the

show’s indoor exhibits, so that there will be plenty for visitors of all ages to see and do, whatever the weather brings. Popular show favourites will also be back again, including the FLONZI Apprentice Florist of the Year Competition and Yates Community Gardening, as well as Ray White Austar Realty Meet the Experts. Event director and multi-award-winning garden designer, Kate Hillier, is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the show this November. “We can’t wait to showcase the inspirational gardens and talent on-board for this year’s show," says Kate. "With over 200 exhibitors coming together to showcase their horticultural talents, whether that be through display gardens, floral art, retail products or upcycling, this year promises to be better and bigger than ever!" Tickets for the 2018 New Zealand Flower and Garden Show start from $30, plus booking fees, and can be purchased from Ticketek.


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"A TIDE OF CHANGE IS COMING FOR LANDLORDS – ARE YOU READY?" As our government approaches its first-year anniversary, announcements of tenancy reforms are happening more and more as Phil Twyford’s masterplan starts to take shape. Between now and Christmas, we are going the see the following: • Proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act announced in particular around the ‘security of tenure’, rent bidding and allowing tenants to have pets. • Stricter rules and regulations for operators of boarding houses with likely introduction of a Warrant of Fitness. • Standards and timeframe around the implementation of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill criteria. • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill No.2 and Abolishment of Letting Fee Bill will become law. • And yes, the elephant in the room, there will be some announcement as to whether our industry will become regulated. • Will we see tenants having the right of renewal of their tenancy after a fixed term? • Will tenants have a right to a minimum length of tenancy? • Will tenancies become periodic tenancies with landlords only having the opportunity to give a 90-day notice (with and valid reason) to end a tenancy?


• Will tenants have the right to have pets? And will they be able to make alternations to the home or apartment without the landlord's agreement? • Warrant of Fitness, I believe will come, and I personally believe this will be a change for the good as 99% of owners Quinovic Viaduct and Parnell represent already have homes/apartments that would meet the changes proposed. • Also, we would be active in guiding those owners to make sure they are compliant. These are just a few of the possible changes and proposed changes that are coming. It has never been more important that landlords realise they are running a business and as such they need to educate themselves on the changes and make sure they are abiding to the letter of the law. Please contact Quinovic Viaduct or Parnell if you are looking for expert assistance in how we can help you manage your property business and ensure your investments are well managed. Thanks for information from Real-IQ for some comments for this article.



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AIRSORTED HASSLE-FREE HOSTING Since launching in New Zealand, Airsorted has quickly become the choice for many busy Aucklanders wanting to get the best out of being an Airbnb host without any of the hassle. Airsorted provides an end-to-end service for Airbnb management. Their promise is to provide a seamless experience for both hosts and guests alike. They expertly remove the hassle that is associated with Airbnb, by providing an initial pricing consultation, listing creation, professional photography and ongoing account management. And you can feel confident that your guests will have a wonderful stay as they are treated to 24/7 guest support, professional cleaning and hotel standard linen. Frances Mannion, Airsorted city manager, and her growing team are based in the old Victoria Park Building in central Auckland. But the company draws on success in over 20 cities worldwide, including Melbourne, Paris, Sydney, Toronto, San Diego and Cape Town. This global popularity with Airbnb hosts largely comes down to two factors that their competitors find hard to rival; a smart team and world-class technology. Airsorted has over 140 employees world wide, attracting talent from tech giants such as Uber, Google, Deliveroo and Transferwise. The processes and technology that are in place are a direct reflection of this, including a custom built dashboard for all hosts which allows them to keep track of bookings, block out their calender and review their performance.

“We wouldn’t have wanted to use Airbnb without the service that Airsorted provides. it has been a pleasure to work with them and they have made the whole process easy, without any of the worries we would have had otherwise.“ – Ponsonby locals, Malcolm and Melanie Rands

Airsorted has seen a growing interest from property owners in Auckland, suiting those who want to give Airbnb a try but don’t have the time or expertise to manage it themselves. With summer just around the corner both occupancy and the nightly rate will soon be at its peak in Auckland, with a two-bedroom apartment likely to go for over $180 per night and standard occupancy sitting at a rate of 80%.

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// OCT 2018

Words: Ange Pirie, Director, World Journeys

Described grandly as "arguably the most luxurious train in the world", you'll never hear me argue the point! I can't think of a more indulgently romantic way to traverse the epic landscapes of Africa than aboard Rovos Rail. Imagine wood-panelled coaches with leather lounge suites, fine china and cut crystal in the Victorian dining car, and crisp white linen in your cosy cabin. What's not to love? My three-day South African rail journey from Pretoria to Durban saw us traversing KwaZulu-Natal in style and comfort. It was the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, from the champagne welcome reception to an exciting safari and the exquisite scenery of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Our safari experience was in the renowned Nambiti Game Reserve—a private bush retreat with vast savannahs, grasslands, thornveld and towering acacia trees. A stunning bush ravine is also home to an array of rare bird species, and the beautiful Sunday Rivers that flow through the reserve give rise to magnificent waterfalls. A stark contrast to South Africa’s big cities, the isolation and pure wilderness took my breath away. The Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo) all wander the expansive reserve and predators silently follow herds of antelope as they roam in search of fresh grasses. With the help of our expert guide we also sighted cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, springbok, impala and zebra, an incredible array of species. Switching from wildlife to history, another memorable excursion en route was a battlefields tour with a world-

class historian near Ladysmith. The sites we viewed marked the spots where Boer and Zulu forces shook the foundations of the British Empire, and in doing so shaped the future of South Africa. It’s hard to imagine that the serene countryside we passed through was once the scene of some of South Africa’s bloodiest military history. We also had the option to explore the surrounding Drakensberg Mountains, unwinding in the evening at the colonial farmhouse of Spionkop Lodge overlooking the Tugela River. From travelling through vast savannahs, our journey came to an end with the salt sea air of coastal Durban. A sprawling city with long white-sandy beaches, Durban is a melting pot of cultures—a reflection of migration from colonial India back in the 19th and 20th centuries. A fascinating visit can be made to the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived during his time in South Africa. Sightseeing aside, life on-board the train was memorable itself. Without the distraction of modern technology, watching the world go by out of the window with everchanging vistas and delicious cuisine served with the finest South African wines was all the entertainment I needed. The beautifully restored cabins harked back to a time that was grand and dignified, with original fittings restored to mint condition. With itineraries from three to 15 days, take any journey through Africa with Rovos Rail and you too will be making grand claims.

PRETORIA TO VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy a luxurious African rail journey from Pretoria to the mighty Victoria Falls. Enjoy ever-changing African vistas, and look out for wildlife as you pass alongside the famed Hwange National Park. Fine dining, superb service and the elegance of a bygone era await. 4 DAY TOUR WITH ROVOS RAIL


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Having just had the Guardian list her latest UK show at Fold Gallery (foldgallery.com) as one of the top five in London, Judy Millar is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most successful international painters. Her work is part of Australasia’s compendium of contemporary painters and is scattered throughout museums, galleries and private collections worldwide. Her painting style is unfettered and expressive to say the least, so I was surprised to turn up to a relatively paint-free studio space, that looked more like a packing factory than the inside of a mixing bowl, which I had expected. Floor-to-ceiling shelves of wrapped and numbered artworks, rolls and rolls of packing materials (including recyclable bubble wrap, I am happy to report), shipping crates in varying sizes, with wheels, without wheels, painted white, unpainted, tools, so many tools. Tape, saws, craft knives, trestle tables, whiteboards, and lists. The only studioesque smattering of paint in the expansive warehouse space was long dried on the floor. That’s not to say there was an absence of paint. The walls were populated with her works each containing giant dramatic motions of paint and colour, entwining themselves upon the surface, telling their stories of space and time, their concentrated crescendos of pure colour reaching out for your soul, drawing you into their lucid dance. I digress.

The walls were also populated with well-ordered printed photographs of tiny model rooms made from foamboard, within which mini-works were marked up with their location. Judy is in the midst of organising artwork required for a five-room-filling survey exhibition of her work, planned for Kunstmuseum St Gallen in Switzerland early next year. Amongst other things this entails contacting collectors, museums and public galleries to loan works needed for the show. What is the biggest pitfall with maintaining an international art career? ”Never having as much time as I would like to paint. A huge amount of time is needed to track and plan exhibitions. It’s difficult to turn down opportunities to show the work, I feel an obligation to the work itself to get it out into the world. But being alone in the studio painting is where I truly feel excitement, disappointment and everything in between. That’s where my real life is, so minutes away from my painting studio, although important, are always pressed.” Judy has two Auckland studios, one where she paints with wild abandon (I Imagine) and the other, where I am today, where the works that ‘make the grade’ end up to be photographed, catalogued and stored or distributed. What is the ratio of works kept and works destroyed? ”I don’t really keep track of that, but probably about 10% of works that I begin end up being exhibited. Some never get finished, some are finished but never leave the studio, some get edited out once I’ve had them hanging around for a while.“ How do you keep your painting process pure, when under pressure to produce X amount of works for exhibitions and surveys? “I simply refuse pressure. I paint all the time and only offer work for an exhibition when I have a group of finished canvasses that make some sense when they are hung together. Every day it’s necessary to reassess where your work is at and where it’s going, so you have to keep any expectation of a ‘result’ out of the thinking.”

Every day it’s necessary to reassess where your work is at and where it’s going.

Judy Millar represented New Zealand at the Venice Bienniale in 2009. Her paintings are held in all major public collections in New Zealand and Australia and in several international collections including the Kunstmuseum St Gallen and Tichy Foundation in Prague. Her current solo exhibition is at Fold, in London until 20 October 2018.



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DANZ How To Be Your Stupid Self Clown Workshop


19 Sep – 26 Oct Academy Cinema 44 Lorne St Auckland

2 Oct – 4 Nov ASB Waterfront Theatre 5pm 138 Halsey St Auckland

6 – 14 Oct Various Venues Auckland

There She Goes: Women’s Counter Cinema In The 20th Century Academy Cinema in association with the NZ Film Commission and Suffrage 125 presents a selection of pioneering films made by women in the latter half of the 20th century. This selection endeavours to highlight the radical work done by women through the medium of film. There will be a selection of films played from 19 September-26 October. For more information visit the Academy Cinema website (academycinemas.co.nz).

The Guerilla Collection - Ours. By us. For all. This work unites Pacific artists from across multiple disciplines in creating fresh and engaging Pacific art. In collaboration with Black Grace dance artists, movement forms the backbone of the festival and is the common thread that runs through each of the pieces of work. This is a piece not to be missed as these artists imagine the future of Auckland city. It will be run from the 2-4 November with free entry across all events with no bookings required. Visit the ASB Waterfront Theatre website (asbwaterfronttheatre.co.nz) for more information.

Art Week Auckland An annual event in Auckland City, Art Week is a celebration of visual arts. The 2018 festival presents the work of over 1,000 artists in over 100 venues that include galleries, public and private spaces, pop ups and street art. For the complete run down of events. For more information visit the Studio One website (studioone.org.nz).

9 Oct Projectspace Gallery 5pm Elam School Auckland

13 Oct Wellesley Studios 10am–12pm 113 Wellesley St Auckland

17 Oct Garnet Station 7:30pm 85 Garnet Rd Westmere

My Name Is Peaches - A Tender Collection / Exhibition Featuring work by artists, Zoe Bokany, Synthia Bahati, Natasha Matila-Smith and Naawie Tutugoro. Acknowledging moana nui a kiwa these artists aim to deconstruct the traditional gallery format in a non-violent way. Join them at Elam’s Projectspace gallery for an evening of multimedia art exploring elevation, the feminine, melanin and liberation.

DANZ How To Be Your Stupid Self Clown Workshop Come down to Auckland’s beautiful dance studios on Wellesley Street for the opportunity to tap into your inner clown. A beginner’s course in clown dynamics and presented by Thomas LaHood and Jo Randerson. There is no need for a background in performance to attend this workshop, it is accessible to all abilities, beginners to those who want to brush up on their techniques. After the workshop you are sure to be feeling calmer, happier and more relaxed. Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website (eventbrite.co.nz).

PŪREREHUA: Spoken Word evening in honour of Michelle Durey A tribute to Michelle Durey, the creator of Atawhai’s first spoken word evening. Pūrerehua or 'butterfly' is an evening of spoken word poetry and conversation around mental health. This event is a part of a series by Atawhai in association with Changing Minds. The festival also coincides with Mental Health Week.

26 Oct Hollywood Cinema 7pm 20 St Georges Rd Avondale

Leda Daniel, Arts in the Ville

From a group of powerful and acclaimed feminist theatre-makers, Julia Croft, Virginia Frankovich and Nisha Madhan, comes a new work of dissection and dissent on female bodies, female violence and female rage. The character Medusa has been featured throughout western popular culture, written about by Freud and Shakespeare, painted by Caravaggio, Medusa has now been reclaimed in this piece of theatre. Presented at the Q Theatre, Medusa will be played over a number of dates and is not to be missed. Tickets can be purchased through the Q Theatre website (qtheatre.co.nz).

Princess Chelsea + Band live at Hollywood Cinema Catch Princess Chelsea + Band live at Hollywood Cinema Avondale with support from Polyester and Creme Jean. A rare performance of Princess Chelsea and band performing from her back catalogue and a plethora of new material. Don’t miss New Zealand’s very own pop princess. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Under The Radar website (undertheradar.co.nz).

27 Oct Academy Cinema 2pm 44 Lorne St Auckland

27 Oct Basement Theatre 7:30pm Lower Greys Ave Auckland

Doc Edge Presents: Dancer Filmmaker Steven Cantor examines the life and career of ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, from his early days in the Ukraine to his performances in the United Kingdom, Russia and America. Only 28 years of age and Sergei Polunin is one of the biggest names in ballet today.

The Ghosts of Basement Past: Basement’s 10th Birthday Party Getting into the Halloween spirit Basement celebrates their 10th birthday keeping with the spooky theme. No tickets needed, join them for a night of dancing, bands, DJs and performance. Come dressed as your favourite Basement show, character, staff member or any memory from the Basement past that means something to you.

OCT 2018

Q Theatre 305 Queen St Auckland



24 Oct – 3 Nov

Helensville’s three-day celebration of local art falls on this year's labour weekend. An event that celebrates local artists and it is also an opportunity for you to meet artists in their working spaces, talk to them about their work, purchase pieces of art direct from the artist in their open studio or from one of the pop-up venues which will be open for the weekend. A unique opportunity and a fabulous excuse to get out of the city. For more information visit artsintheville.co.nz


Various Venues 10am–4pm Helensville Township


Arts In The Ville


20 – 22 Oct



Whether you’re filling in time on your daily commute, trying to distract yourself on a long run, or want to learn but just aren’t that keen on turning the pages of a book, then you wouldn’t be alone if you’ve turned to podcasts to help. It's definitely the year of the podcast, but with so many out there at the moment it can be hard to know what’s worth your time, and what’s not worth the energy of untangling those earbuds you pulled out of the bottom of your bag. Here are our favourite podcast recommendations: Girlboss Radio – The original 21st century girlboss, Sophia Amoruso, interviews other rule-breaking women making their mark in the world. From vulnerable stories and tales of struggle, to hilarious anecdotes and eyeopening advice, each episode is filled with the wisdom of women doing their own thing. Oh Boy – After the success of the book Man Repeller, comes the podcast Oh Boy. Each week host Jay Buim produces podcasts perfect for any fashionista wanting to increase their design knowledge. In line with the quirky, off-beat, and slightly controversial nature of Man Repeller, the podcast is one for those who don’t just want to follow the trends, but lead them and sometimes even break them. You Can Eat With Us – It seems like dieting is out and intuitive eating is in, but what exactly does it mean to ‘eat intuitively’? Well, Cara Harbstreet is here to help. She’s a registered dietician with a refreshing and lighthearted approach towards breaking down lingering misunderstandings to show audiences that health is possible at every size, and there is a world beyond dieting and food choices.

THE CURIOUS Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts

The BodyLove Project – Body positivity has become a real buzzword lately, but this podcast wants to go deeper. Hosted by Jessi Haggerty, each week she explores how to love your body at every stage in life. Through interviewing experts and real people, audiences get insight into a range of topics on health, intuitive eating, weight inclusivity, and pop culture. The Habitat – For the sci-fi and thriller lovers, Habitat should be your new, can’t wait for the next episode addiction. Each episode follows astronauts on an imitation planet mars simulation for one year. It’s an experiment documenting human resilience, frustrations, and relationships, all in an effort to help NASA understand what a life on Mars could really be like. No Such Things as a Fish – If you’re a fan of the BBC show QI, then add this podcast to your playlist. The brilliant minds behind the show put their brains together to share with audiences the best and most interesting facts they’ve discovered throughout the week. The perfect podcast for expanding your general knowledge (and impressing your friends at dinner parties).



The 27th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2018

Susan Te Kahurangi King Little, Little, Big

Bill Hammond Something is happening here

Entrance Foyer, Drawing Room and Morning Room 6 Nov 2018 – 3 Feb 2019

Ballroom 6 Nov 2018 – 3 Feb 2019

Ground Floor Galleries, AV Gallery and Upstairs Foyer until 4 Nov 2018

Opening Celebration: Mon 5 Nov 2018, 6-8pm


The Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland Open Tue–Fri 10am-3pm, Sat & Sun 8am-5pm www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz

A Lost Cause Basement Theatre Lower Greys Ave Auckland Tickets: basementtheatre.co.nz Follow us: @alostcausenz

16 – 20 Oct

Opening Celebration: Mon 5 Nov 2018, 6-8pm

OCT 2018

Bill Hammond, Watching for Buller, 1993, Oil on canvas, Part of the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.


Susan Te Kahurangi King, Untitled, 2009, Ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Heald Gallery.


2018 Paramount Winner: Imogen Taylor, Refusal to Yield, 2018, Acrylic on hessian. Courtesy of the artist.



Dame Vivienne Westwood: punk, icon, provocateur, and one of the most influential originators in recent history. Dame Vivienne Westwood is Punk Rock's Grande Dame. One-time agent provocateur, the doyenne of British fashion, an eco-conscious Boudicca and one of the most influential originators in recent history. The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism and her cultural significance. Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this era defining, intimate origins story will be told in Vivienne's own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends and collaborators. M Offensive language and nudity

BORN RACER: THE SCOTT 25 OCT DIXON STORY One Kiwi's dream to be the fastest. Born Racer is a stunning, cinematic documentary that takes viewers deep inside the world of INDYCAR with unprecedented access to New Zealand born five time INDYCAR series champion Scott Dixon, his family, and his team at Chip Ganassi Racing. It poses a simple question, 'What does it really take to keep winning in the world's most dangerous motor sport?' The question may be simple, but the answer is most definitely not. Central to the experience is the disarmingly portrait of the 'Iceman' himself, one of the world's most respected, yet enigmatic, athletes. Watching the film we're literally in the cockpit with Scott as he faces his twentieth all-consuming season; we get to experience first hand what sets this man apart from the rest of us, and even from those closest to his heart. From the New Zealand producer of McLaren.

Visit vervemagazine.co.nz to watch the trailers


The Seagull finds a group of friends and family gathered for a seemingly jovial weekend in the countryside. But under the surface, Nina (Saoirse Ronan) pines desperately for Irina's (Annette Bening) partner Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) fights a battle with her own unrequited love. This layered saga about art, fame, family, and human folly plays out with claustrophobic intensity, as the lives of friends, families, and lovers, all living under the same roof, become entangled. The Seagull’s cast of celebrated performers brings fresh perspective to these beloved, complicated characters. Rich with feeling, this tragicomedy asks timeless questions about how best to live a purposeful life and, more importantly, how to love. - Tribeca Film Festival


The life that inspired Frankenstein. Her greatest love inspired her darkest creation. She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channelled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda). PG Coarse language and sex scenes Home entertainment release

Artwork of the Month 95

Trio (2014) oil and schlag metal on gesso panel 1330 x 1350mm $18,500

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OCT 2018

This painting, Trio, burnished in copper and gold, is a fine example of Lane’s work.


In a 2015 National Business Review, John Daly-Peoples posed, “Tony Lane could be one of the great icon painters of his age”. The artist is interested in our time, our place on earth, and within the cosmos.


Tony Lane has been painting for over 30 years, had more than 100 exhibitions, and had his works shown and bought internationally.







21 MAY–20 JUNE

You may come across as more of a perfectionist, organised and anxious. You would work quickly, efficiently, and you won’t stop until you get everything done. You would be good with the details, and can gather the facts you need. You can also feel stronger and more vital, and decide to try to improve your health through diet, exercise, or some other lifestyle changes.

You have a harder time until 17 October dealing with mental tasks with a group of people or by yourself, and work better when you have one partner. From the seventeenth it is a good time to talk about your relationship with someone, or to form a new business partnership. You will have an easier time dealing with your loved ones than usual.

You embrace what it is that makes you who you are, and want to be a unique, independent person. You can be more dramatic with your emotional displays, requiring more attention when you’re feeling insecure. You can finish a creative project, take a love relationship to the next level, or stop seeing someone entirely if you don’t feel it’s working out.







You’re driven to pursue your dreams. You want to get closer to attaining them and can accomplish one of them during this time. You’re more open to things that are unusual, unconventional, innovative, inventive, and futuristic, and want to push the envelope. You have more mental energy than physical energy and can do a lot of investigating into subjects before pursuing any of them.

You’re interested in many things presently, more curious than usual, and want to learn more about them. You may not stick with anything for very long though, so you will pick up lots of new, random bits of information, but don’t become a master at anything. You can be more outgoing, wanting to be more socially engaged and need a busier schedule.





This isn’t a period to focus on the seriousness of life; it’s a time to joke about its kookiness and relish in its joy.You’re extremely optimistic and positive about life, feeling everything is going great. You want to expand your consciousness, and spending time learning something new, studying a philosophy or culture, or jetsetting to some foreign land.

You may come across as more proud, warm, and friendly. Your creative self can come out, and you let your artistic side shine. There are no fences that can hold you in and no limit to how high you can fly. If you’re single, you can meet more people who pique your interest. If in a relationship, you can try to bring romance back into it.

You will come up with big ideas of what you want to do with your life. You can see the big picture more clearly, but the details are a little fuzzy. You can take an interest in something and want to study it further, You can become more interested in other cultures, and try to learn about other ways of living.


This is a good time for going back to a career you used to work in. You can feel like your life isn’t expanding the way that you want it to and this frustrates you. You’re stuck in the dark, dwelling on the issues that hold you back. You can experience power struggles with someone, especially over money, and have issues with other people’s money.







You’ll feel more ambitious, hard-working, and focused on success. You may seem more distant emotionally, too concerned with your goals and with where you want to be in your life. You have an easier time with travel, legal dealings, writing, and learning. You’ll have more passion for your dreams, and more focused on the future and may have a harder time living in the present.

You’re more defensive of your beliefs, and if you feel threatened, you’ll defend them strongly. You can question your dreams for your future, and feel that they’re too unrealistic and out of reach, but this may not be a good time to make any final decisions about what you should do. You can let your emotions run more freely and give your head a break.

Your mind would be active and sharp and you come up with lots of new ideas. This is a good time for any mental work that needs to be done, though you’re not good at sticking with any project for very long right now. Smaller projects will get done quickly. You would be more loud and boisterous and more social and engaging with others.


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CATCHING MAZDA'S SKYACTIV DRIFT It seems that with each new generation of motor vehicle comes a whole new suite of aids and safety measures designed to keep everyone from drivers and passengers to pedestrians and even wildlife, out of harm’s way. And as around 90% of motor vehicle crashes are caused (at least in part) by human error, it would appear that the automotive world's unquenchable thirst for autonomy is probably quite right. However, in the meantime, before we hand over the reins completely and retire to the back seat to check our social media accounts, we ask, "Do these ever-increasing number of driver's 'aids' have to be so intrusive?" Mazda took us to the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG) to show those of us that love to drive, that all is not lost. There’s no denying that when it comes to safety and driver’s aids, Mazda has more than its fair share. I would list them all but quite frankly neither of us has the time. Suffice to say, they are there for when you (hopefully never) need them. That being said, Mazda invited me to the ice and snow conditions of Cardrona to experience their SKYACTIV-VEHICLE Dynamics, a location that thanks to G-Vectoring Control and i-ACTIV AWD, I now like to call i-Pisa (the SHPG is on the Pisa range for those that didn’t know). Mazda has a challenger spirit that comes from its core Japanese heritage and has made itself evident by being an enduring and ever-evolving corporation (did you know

it began life as a cork manufacturer just under a century ago?) Anyway, thankfully, their list of achievements is far-reaching from their expressive vehicle designs and revolutionary power plants to being the first Japanese brand to win the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race. The relevance of the brand’s history becomes very apparent when you look at the ethos that surrounds their SKYACTIV technology and of course the reason for us being up on i-Pisa. Mazda’s proprietary technology SKYACTIV is underpinned by Hashiru Yorokobi (which to all intents and purposes can be translated into the fun/ joy of driving) and Jinba Ittai (car and driver as one). What this results in, is a dynamic handling aid that includes the entire vehicle (chassis, body, engine and transmission), yet delivers its assistance in the most natural of ways. It allows the driver the leeway to have fun and manoeuvre (and even push) the vehicle to the best of their ability and only then will it intervene—in essence, SKYACTIV is there for when, or if, we run out of talent. Of course, talk is cheap, so Mazda NZ sent us off to complete four modules to prove the point, and prove it they did. Our first exercise was a Mazda Gymkhana or barrel race. An ‘off-the-mark’ bolt to a 180-degree turn around a

“Rapidly dancing around the snow on a makeshift course between a dramatic cliff face and a large mountainside drop is always an adrenaline buzz.”

cone and back to stop inside a fictitious garage. This module showcased the i-ACTIV AWD, clever tech that (predictively) plays with torque and weight distribution electromagnetically and effectively eliminates wheelspin. Now I’m not one to boast, but for winning the challenge I received a Mazda engraved (alright embroidered) beanie. Next was a driving experience on sheet ice in both a CX SUV (I scored the CX-8), followed by a first-ever chance to drive the BT50 ute on the SHPG. Even with all the Mazda assists on, it struggled (albeit admirably well) to circle the cone left in the middle—seems you can’t beat physics. However, this was usurped by the traction off fun in the ute—Torvill and Dean would have undoubtedly been ashamed at how I gleefully spun with reckless abandon. In truth, it handled better than I was expecting. Drifting in the MX-5 RF was next, something we only touched on previously but now a fully fledged thing. We spent a great amount of time powering sideways around half and full circles and momentum shifting on a near figure 8 course. I’m still smiling. The last module was a snow slalom that included the CX5, 8 and 9. This exercise was designed to highlight just how far you can push the traction and stability envelope before SKYACTIV comes to the rescue. The G-Vectoring

Control, DSC, TCS all work seamlessly behind the scenes to keep you pointed in the right direction but not at the expense of a bit of drifting fun. If, and that is a big if, you are capable of correcting the drift before a spin then the CX will leave you to your own devices, however, over-extend and you have the full support of SKYACTIV behind you—it’s really reassuring to know. Last but not least was a hot (or is that cold), high-speed lap in the MX-5 with Mike and his team from Tracktime behind the wheel. Rapidly dancing around the snow on a makeshift course between a dramatic cliff face and a large mountainside drop is always an adrenaline buzz. Although this exceptionally fun yet informative day was a closed session for the press, the event was also open for the rest of the week, extended to specially invited Mazda guests and all courtesy of Mazda NZ. Not only did it highlight the ongoing commitment and drive for customer excellence but it also showed just how far Mazda’s vehicle safety has come but how keen they are to keep putting a smile on our faces along the way. — Words: Dave McLeod MAZDA.CO.NZ




In a move that would be seemingly obvious to most people (although it’s done less than you’d expect) Ford gathered together a shedload of current Everest owners and asked them how they’d improve their large seven-seater SUV. Apparently, the customers were more than happy to oblige. Last month Ford took us on an expedition to the Australian Blue Mountains to show us what nuggets had been uncovered. We congregated at the Sydney domestic airport valet park and were quickly introduced to the 2019 Everest Titanium. Keyless entry and push-button start (two new features) had us quickly on our way towards the iconic Hydro Majestic hotel a drive that was to take nigh-on four hours, plenty of time to get to know our new ride. We learnt later that four core areas had been highlighted by the Everest fans. They wanted an improved ride, increased ‘plushness’, added safety and could Ford throw in some fuel economy savings along the way—so not too much to ask then. From a design point of view, there hasn’t been too much changed. It’s still the same large-sized SUV and that’s a good thing. It has been given a new grille and bumper, it has some added side details and sits on 20-inch alloy wheels, while around the back, again it has a new rear bumper (which offers a wider road stance look) and a ‘Kicker’ auto tailgate that opens up to 1,050L luggage space from the second row. The interior has been refreshed with special attention to upgrading the upholstery and more tactile materials. Road noise has been dramatically reduced (by four decibels) thanks to acoustic glass and some sound cancelling tech. On the subject of tech, it now comes with extra safety and driver aids such as pre-collision AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), traffic sign recognition and active park. It’s 5-Star ANCAP, too. The Ford mechanical team have evidently crawled around the Everest’s undercarriage and drivetrain, making suspension changes such as lower spring rates and reseating the stabiliser bar for a more car-like drive on the road and replacing the engine and gearbox with a 2L Bi-Turbo engine married to a 10-speed gearbox. This offers 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque which, (the Everest fans will love this) gives up to a 17% improvement in fuel efficiency (that equates to around an extra 200km per tank!) and increases the towing capacity to 3,100kg. But don’t think for one moment that with all these improvements the Everest has gone soft, oh no, the terrain management system is still as good as it’s always been (actually seemingly better), something we discovered next.

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Road noise has been dramatically reduced thanks to acoustic glass and some sound-cancelling tech.

Suitably rested and refreshed thanks to the Hydro Majestic’s hospitality team, we were up early the next day for an off-road adventure to the Zig Zag railway and out further, to find the Lost City. Off the tarmac, we subjected the 2019 Everest to deep rut and mountain scaling punishment. A trek that included a series of wheel (and at times hair) raising exercises. The Everest seemed in its element out in the elements. We travelled along the Billabong Power Pole Line Road and climbed to the top of the range, before having some sand drifting, donut fun beside a real billabong. It had been an outstanding two-day launch that really put the 2019 Everest through its paces. The wishlist developed by the Everest owners had been well and truly addressed, with the large SUV offering a more refined on-road experience while still maintaining and maybe even improving its off-road prowess. By garnering knowledge from those that have firsthand Everest experience, Ford has managed to really apex their own SUV mountain.

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Alright, I know that a young Ram is called a ‘Ram Lamb’ but it didn’t have the same ring to it. The point is RAM (the truck type) have just launched their new 1500 and despite it being shorter, lower and lighter than its siblings, according to them it ‘eats utes for breakfast’. We flew to Bathurst to find out what to feed this baby RAM. We joined the tail end of the week-long launch and as luck would have it, bad luck that is, Bathurst was blowing a gale and raining. It made for an interesting landing in our thirty-year-old twin prop plane that’s for sure, thankfully the rest of the day went a lot smoother—apart from the flight back to Sydney that is. Funnily enough, we had landed in time for breakfast and as we chowed down on homemade scones and savouries, we learned a little more about what RAM has been up to. With 2018 sales that top 770,000 and a heritage that dates back 100 years, RAM, (not to be mistaken with Dodge RAM - it hasn’t been that since 2009), is the fastest growing commercial vehicle brand in NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement. The range of product offerings is actually quite vast, however, we and specifically RAM trucks ANZ (the world’s only RAM factory authorised righthand drive manufacturer) were focused on Heavy Duty 2500/3500 and of course the new 1500 Light Duty. The 1500 model comes in two variants, the Express and the Laramie (baseish/ younger target and luxury) but as we spent the whole day in the Laramie, I’ll stick to telling you about that. First of all, let’s talk size. When I say ‘baby’ it’s all relative. The 1500 is still 5.82m long, 2.02m wide,

1.92m high and weighs 2,650kg. It sports the trademark RAM chrome grille, chrome bumpers, side steps, 20” wheels and a 5’7” tub round the back, make no mistake, this is no shrinking violet. Under the muscular nose is a deliciously gruff sounding 5.7L Hemi V8 that delivers 291kW of power and 556Nm of torque, capable of pulling up to 4.5 tonnes. Yet with its 8-speed box, variable valve and fuel saver technology (that will shut down four of its cylinders), the 1500 claims it will sip petrol at a rate of 9.9L/100ks, hmmm. To be fair, we did put a fair amount of heavy footed mileage on the truck during the day and still came back with threequarters of its 98L tank full. Keyless entry, push button and remote start (for those cold and nasty Bathurst days) gains you access to a very, and I mean very spacious lounge that is adorned with leather and prestigious (and robust) materials. Heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, chrome accents and no less than 18 cup holders, that’s 3.6 per person! UCONNECT Infotainment is provided via an 8.4-inch colour touchscreen with sounds delivered on a 10-speaker Alpine system. The instrument cluster is seven inches. With the briefing over, we headed out to the trucks and hit the mean streets of ‘hurst. Drive is engaged at the turn of a dial, it’s straightforward, you’re either going or not—none of this paddle shift nonsense. The route took us north to Wattle flat, then south to Mayfield Gardens near Oberon. It’s a typical Aussie country route that includes heaps of winding roads and

plenty of stationary roadside wildlife RAM country. Regardless of the (at some point) torrential rain, the 1500 felt unwavering on the tarmac, as well it should. It’s stoic yet not oppressively so, the reduced size was immediately noticeable. Steering had a slight truck-like vagueness to it but this just seemed to confidently underline its pedigree. We arrived at Mayfield for lunch and I opted for the burger and fries, it was the fitting choice. With a belly full of food, we were let loose on the muddy grounds adjacent to the restaurant, and essentially allowed to roam free. Climbing hills and wiggling our tail ends. Mud was splayed, wheels were spun and smiles were had all round. It gave us the chance to engage low-range 4WD and but I have to admit to having some sneaky 2WD donuts for dessert. Having spent a little too much time having fun, it was a bit of an enthusiastic drive back to the airport, but thankfully at no point did we need to engage any of the 1500’s suite of safety features such as ABS, TCS, EBD… phew. The RAM 1500 is a ‘Bucking’ (sheep reference) the trend of smaller turbo powered utes and when you hear that V8 roar you’re glad they have. Although it’s smaller than its Heavy Duty siblings, it still makes quite the statement. It’s built for both towing and for standing out and has some most excellent tub smarts too, like an extendable bed and RAM boxes on the side but I’ll explain them further when I get behind the wheel again—fingers crossed. — Words: Dave McLeod

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City Takeaway Whenever I picture inner-city life, whether locally in Auckland or further afield in say New York or London, I always get a sense of a people living a fast-paced, ever moving and ever-evolving lifestyle. In my mind, it’s all restaurants, takeaways and bars, being seen in all the right places and with all the latest gizmos. I get the same sense of pace when I think of compact-sized SUVs. The backdrop is narrow city streets or alleys, glamorous people with lattes and yoga mats. I guess you can tell I live in the burbs. Of course, life (and SUVs for that matter) cannot be typecast that way anymore, regardless of where we live and what we drive, our lives are now almost invariably multifaceted. That being said, I did have certain preconceived ideas when I picked up the Volvo XC40 to review. Overseas and maybe just a little locally too, the Volvo XC40 has been portrayed as a city vehicle that has no desire to get out there to see what’s beyond the city walls. It’s stylish and ‘cute’, easy to manoeuvre and nippy underfoot, so I guess no real surprise why. I had been given the top of the line T5 AWD R-Design to play with, in brilliant white with contrasting ‘black stone’ roof. It’s quite the looker with an R-Design front grille, ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights, dual integrated tailpipes, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, gloss black door mirror caps and 20-inch alloy wheels. Under its rather defined bonnet sits a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine married to an eight-speed Geartronic automatic box. It produces 182kW of power and torque is up to 350nm. It will nip between traffic lights at a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds (of course. halve those numbers for the city streets) and all with a fuel economy of 7.1 l/100km. Being a Volvo, the XC40 comes loaded with safety and driver supports systems, seriously loads of them and my vehicle had added Driver Support Pack which included 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, Pilot Assist and Park Assist Pilot. City folk shouldn’t have to park the SUV themselves, regardless of how compact it is.


Something that’s not so safe however, is the lava interior option fitted to my SUV (although it does have a great ‘enviro credit’ lean). The carpet is strikingly bright the moment you open the door but is also made from 97% recycled PET plastic bottles (the ones that city folk use at gyms and yoga classes), so becomes a talking point in more than one way. The rest of the interior is very comfy and upmarket, R-Design fine nappa perforated leather/ nubuck textile seats, R-Design perforated leather-clad steering wheel with very tactile gearshift paddles and in my case (with the Lifestyle Pack) a Harman Kardon sound system. Driving around Auckland city centre in the compact SUV was as easy as advertised. Sensus navigation is intuitive and clearly displayed in 9-inch touchscreen glory. Phone connection to the infotainment system was equally simple (it will even wireless charge for the hipper of you out there) and both Apple and Android options are catered for. It did beep a lot when nearing other vehicles or hazards, it’s comforting I guess, but also a little neurotic and I feel I would be forced to ignore or disable some of them if I owned it. However, it was taking the XC40 out of the city centre that I really preferred. Changing the drive mode to sport, made for a more responsive and exciting drive. Like me, I feel it enjoyed the freedom of the open roads, it even roared a little. I took the family (there’s only three of us) on a drive from east to west coasts (that sound like a much bigger feat than it actually was) which included some tight coastal roads and ended with an ice cream for all (not the Volvo, though). The XC40 is spritely and good looking. Its compact size makes it great for the town, yet its drivetrain and chassis makes it fun to drive beyond the city boundaries. I enjoyed the SUV so much that I treated the family to a takeaway curry, I just had to feel like a city dweller once again and use the hook attached to the glove box for that exact purpose. — Words: Dave Mcleod

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PLANNING FOR CHANGE Our mantra is for growth but with a keen eye on protecting the downside too. Before I knew much about property, planning was a bit of a mystery to me. Once you start delving into it and understand its power, what was once a dry topic suddenly became rather fascinating. From a development point of view, planning has power but it also carries risk; it can be significant if you don’t know what you’re doing. The Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) is Auckland’s planning rule book that shapes how we’ll grow as a city. It focusses on what can be built and where through the application of zoning. WHAT’S ZONING? Zoning is an urban planning tool intended to minimize conflicts between uses of private property and to support sustainable, effective community development. The property’s zone sets out the ‘rules’ for development, including the types of activities (residential, business, etc), the heights of the buildings, parking requirements to name just a few. What Are The Main Residential Zones in the AUP?


SMALL BUSINESS OPERATORS: HAVE YOUR SAY Recently I invited Simon Bridges to Newmarket to launch National’s 2020 election policy development process, beginning with the ‘Have your say’ listening campaign for small businesses. We want to hear from New Zealanders about what matters to you and your ideas for this country’s future as we develop policies for the 2020 election. This is about listening because we know you care about New Zealand’s future and you know what the government can do to help you get ahead. We’ll use that to develop discussion documents next year, and to put forward final policies in 2020. We’re beginning with small businesses, the engine room of the economy. They create $80 billion of wealth each year and employ some 600,000 Kiwis. This government is not listening to them but National will. National wants to hear about the biggest issues affecting them and their growth, what government policies they’re most concerned about and the laws and regulations that could be improved. That’s never been more important than it is now.

SINGLE HOUSE The purpose of the Single House zone is to maintain and enhance the amenity values of established residential neighbourhoods. Essentially, they’re looking to preserve them and promote the least density due to the area’s character.

Two years ago New Zealand had the second-highest business confidence in the developed world. Now we’ve plummeted to fourth-to-last on the back of this government’s anti-growth policies such as union-friendly labour law reform.

MIXED HOUSING SUBURBAN This is the most widespread zone and extends to many established suburbs. It expects a mix of one and two storey dwellings and is the first zone with no density provisions.

We’ve already heard from frustrated small business owners who feel the government is out of touch and lacks real-world experience. They don’t know about the stresses and strains of working in and on a business while trying to keep on top of paperwork and grow.

MIXED HOUSING URBAN The next zone allows for houses of up to three stories. These zones provide for greater intensity due to the attractiveness of the area and closer proximity to town centres. It’s still a largely residential zone, but given the more flexible standards, terraced housing and low-rise apartment buildings are permitted.

National believes they deserve better. Every large company in New Zealand began as a small business. The world-beaters of tomorrow are hidden among the ranks of our hard-working small businesses today. We need the right policies to help them thrive.

TERRACE HOUSING AND APARTMENT BUILDING This is the last purely residential zone enabling even greater intensification. It encourages urban living and will comprise of terrace housing and apartments with a maximum building height of between five to seven storeys. It’s a relatively quick and straightforward process for us to understand what opportunities are available and how to add value in each of these zones. Planning is just one layer of many to consider when developing property. Other characteristics to understand deeply include the market and demographics obviously, location, ground conditions, topology, infrastructure, flood risk… the list is long.

Small businesses deserve to be heard, so we’ve launched a portal, national.org.nz/haveyoursay, to give them an easy way to share their views. We will also be out in their regions talking directly to business owners. We want to hear from you. We’re doing the work now because we don’t want to be like the current government, which didn’t do the work in opposition and has now set up more than 160 reviews and working groups costing $170 million so far to figure out what to do. That was lazy and that uncertainty is what’s behind plummeting business confidence. Together we can develop a plan to deliver on the things that are important to New Zealanders. We’ll do that work and we’ll be ready with plans and proposals in 2020. Authorised by Hon. Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Rd, Greenlane

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What a month September was, with more lows than highs, most notably the unfortunate discovery of the body of an elderly gentleman in one of our properties. That same week I also attended a two-hour tribunal that did not go in the landlord’s favour. It was a daunting and stressful experience—they’re not my favourite places.

Welcome to Rudy’s Tips ‘n Tricks. I am surprised by the number of people who still have no backup of their computer or any antivirus software whatsoever. Seriously, call me and let’s set up a regime to safeguard your photos, documents and online banking practices. Hardware failure, theft and malicious intent by unscrupulous people are sadly a daily reality. I know, I have to deal with the aftermath.

We’ve also replaced our much-loved Just Rentals car. It was like losing an old friend as it’s transported us to many properties over the years. But we needed to replace it. The rental market is slow, and people are not turning up to viewings even if they have booked in. There is no sense of urgency to rent. They are very much aware of the insulation standards—in fact, one new tenant quoted from the 1947 RTA which stated that we had to place a heater in the lounge, which we have done. Getting all our owners to start the insulation process and obtaining quotes has taken some organising. Just Rentals has a new fluffy grey cat which I rescued from a rental property. It had been someone’s pet but had obviously been abandoned, or maybe just strayed. We went through the Lost Pet website and had a few enquiries, but nobody claimed him, so he is now residing in the office. We named him Armani. We also have a rescued ginger female called Giorgio—so, Giorgio Armani, very posh names! I always name my cats after perfume. All is not bad. The wisteria is blooming, and the bougainvillea has a show of bright flowers. Daisies are popping up on the lawn and there’s blossom on the trees—summer is definitely on its way. October brings daylight saving, and hopefully a less stressful month—one with more highs than lows. Good Renting Sylvia Lund / Director / Property Manager

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Presenting a beauty that’s also a beast. The growl of the new Amarok produces class-leading 580Nm of torque and plenty of bite, with 200kW* of power. Add a staunch 3,500kg towing capacity with speed sensitive Servotronic steering and it’s no wonder the savage new turbo V6 Amarok has been awarded 2018 International Ute of the Year. Book your test drive today, if you dare.

*Price excludes on road costs. 200kW power accessible between 3500-4000rpm when the engine is in “overboost” mode.

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Verve. October 2018. Issue 149.  

Auckland's Favourite Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel,...

Verve. October 2018. Issue 149.  

Auckland's Favourite Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel,...