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Eat Your Way to glowing skin

Cosmetic Surgery

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IMPORTANT & RARE ART Auction: 7:00pm Wednesday 23 October

MICHAEL SMITHER Sea Wall and Kingfisher, 1967 Oil on board 110 x 122cm Estimate $250,000 - 350,000 PROVENANCE: Michael & Brigid Chunn Collection

To discuss consigning works to our auctions contact: Richard Thomson richard@artcntr.co.nz Tel. 09 379 4010 Mob. 0274 715 071

202 Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand Telephone + 64 9 379 4010 Toll Free 0800 800 322 www.internationalartcentre.co.nz

DON BINNEY Pipiwharauroa over Te Henga 1974 Oil on canvas 122 x 152.5cm Estimate $450,000 - 650,000

CHARLES F GOLDIE ‘A Happy Thought’, 1922 Oil on canvas 26.5 x 21.5cm Estimate $200,000 - 280,000

BRENT WONG Coastal Hills, Dunes and Clouds, 1974 Acrylic on board 57 x 60.6m Estimate $25,000 - 35,000

EVELYN PAGE Auckland Museum Oil on board 34.5 x 46.7 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

Catalogue available & online from 8 October www.internationalartcentre.co.nz Auction on view daily at International Art Centre from 17 October

CHARLES TOLE Reservoir (Cheviot Country) 1979 Oil on board 44 x 35m Estimate $18,000 - 25,000

ANN ROBINSON Generation Bowl, 2000 Cast glass, #17 21 X 39.5cm Estimate $20,000 - 30,000

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Important message if you are planning to paint a multi-million dollar home in Auckland.

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OCT 2019

WHAT'S Inside? Beauty Feature


Verve Beauty Award Winners

India Intoxicates

Let's Talk About Facelifts

Space & Time

WOW, Look At Me Now!


Health & Fitness

Guacamole from The Recipe by Josh Emett

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Fats: Fishing Through The Facts





Crisp Cottons

Home & Design


Beautiful Home: Country Calm


Soil & Soul




Art & About


The Art of October


What's On



Icehouse Ventures



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Editors’ Note

Gift A Bag This Xmas

With a focus on health and beauty in this month’s Verve, it’s well worth remembering a few of life’s most profound truths. While it’s human nature to aspire to be a success and reap all the trappings that it entails, what is ultimately the most important thing is to be the best version of ourselves—both in body and in mind.

Verve’s Gift a Bag campaign is once again up and running, and we invite you to dig out those once favourite handbags and backpacks gathering dust at the back of your closets, beneath your beds or in your spare rooms, and to fill them with necessities and toiletries for women and teenage girls, then add that personal touch in a form of a note for Christmas.

Raising children may be harder than ever in this ever social media-obsessed world, but it’s worth reminding them on a regular basis that it is the pursuit of happiness—rather than the dollar or Instagram likes— that will lead to self-fulfilment, a state from which anything is then possible. If we don’t remember that food is among our most valuable and powerful of medicines, then medicine will more likely become our most powerful food. Likewise, we should treat fitness not as chore, but as an exercise in joy and hope and even as an excuse to socialise and nurture friendships—another of life’s most vital tonics. Know when to rest, be mindful, laugh, and make sure to get plenty of sun. It’s the simple things in life that are most beautiful, along with Verve—and this issue’s a real wonder. Enjoy. Fran and Jude.

Into one of the hundreds of bags we hope to receive, a $400 gift card (generously donated by Milford Centre) will be included, so that one lucky bag recipient will be able to enjoy a wonderful summer shopping spree. The bags will be donated to Auckland City Mission, Women’s Refuge, Dressed for Success, and the Red Cross. Last Christmas we collected and donated well over 2000 bags, and we hope to smash that record this year. Donations will be accepted at •

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Other drop off points to be publicised in Verve Weekly (visit vervemagazine.co.nz to sign up) on Facebook and Instagram. And remember for the majority of women and teenage girls who receive your #giftabagthisxmas it will be the only gift they receive over the summer holidays.

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Welcome to the ďŹ rst ever Verve Beauty Awards. What fun we have had, and learnt so much in the process. We have sprayed, smeared, tested and tried hundreds of products and treatments across 30 different categories, over the following pages, are thrilled to reveal the very best. We thank all those who entered, you're all stars, and to all of our readers, add these to your shopping cart!


Liquid Foundation

Day Lipstick

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Comes in an astounding 49 shades and offers a natural matte finish for buildable medium to full coverage.

Living Nature Coral Sea Lipstick Long-lasting and hydrating, this certified natural lipstick is the perfect warm peach colour.

Concealer 5. Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer For a full-coverage concealer that hides blemishes and conceals undereye circles without looking cakey, turn to this one.

Cream Foundation


Contour Stick

1. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup Is the secret to a perfectly even and radiant complexion. It luxuriously includes diamonds to reflect light and correct discolouration.

2. Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumnising mascara lengthens lashes and creates massive volume without weighing down lashes. It also features ProVitamin B5, which fuels thickness and strength.

Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlight Stick This dual-ended highlight stick features both a Pearl colour for highlighting and a Bronze colour for contouring. It’s silky, pigmented, and easy-to-use.

People’s Choice Blush

Solid Blush

Milani Rose Blush Is worth purchasing for how pretty it looks in its packaging—it’s shaped like a rose—but somehow looks even better on skin.

3. Nars Orgasm In a universally-flattering peachypink colour with just the right level of golden shimmer, this blush will leave you looking perfectly flushed.

Night Lipstick

Lip Blot

Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in Shade 10 Satin Is a stand-out red in an easy-to-apply and long-lasting liquid formula.

4. Revlon Kiss Cloud Blotted Lip Colour Nourishes lips while providing a diffused colour in a soft velvet suede texture— choose from 10 shades.

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo Has long been a holy grail product for the beauty community due to its intense pigmentation and perfect matte finish.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Provides more dramatic, thicker, longer lashes with just a few swipes, providing a false-lash effect with three coats.


Charcoal Mask

Blush Liquid Blush

Living Nature Charcoal Clay Mask Combats the effects air pollution on your skin, leaving you with a healthy, glowing complexion.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain This super-pigmented rose-tinted stain works as a natural-looking, buildable lip and cheek colour.

Peel Off Mask

Face Serums

WASO Purifying Peel Off Mask Use this mask to physically peel away the pollutants that cause your skin’s impurities. Bonus: it’s a fun pearl-red colour.

Avene PhysioLift Smoothing Plumping Serum Visibly reduces signs of ageing by smoothing wrinkles and tightening and firming skin.

Anti-Ageing Serum

Best Rosehip Oil

Living Nature Firming Flax Serum Complements and enhances the skin’s natural healing process to combat signs of ageing with New Zealand’s harakeke plant and manuka honey.

Essano Certified Organic Rosehip Body Oil Rosehip oil minimises the appearance of scars, sun damage and stretch marks to leave your skin more radiant and elastic.


Face Oil

Nail Color

Shiseido Aura Dew This multitasker works on eyes, face and lips in addition to having 12 hours of staying power and looking gorgeous on every skin tone.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil Clinically proven to moisturise for up to 12 hours, this oil leaves skin and hair hydrated, smooth and luminous.

Elizabeth Arden FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder Provides you with everything you need to highlight, bronze and contour. Each shade can be worn alone or blended together for a complete look.

Nivea Cellular Bi-Phase nourishing oil elixir Uses a two-phase formula (Caring Oil Phase followed by the Aqueous Phase) to provide extra care for your skin.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Top Coat Worn on its own or as a topcoat for another colour, this formula is longlasting and promotes strength and shine. Kester Black Rouge Nail Polish in Bright Red In an eye-catching red, this vegan and cruelty-free nail polish functions as a confidence-boosting accessory. Face Masks THE OOZOO Gold Foilayer Mask This sheet mask is triple-layered and adds essential moisture to deeply hydrate and recover dry, tired skin. Living Nature Bee Venom Mask Through its combination of organic bee venom, manuka venom, and coconut oil, this mask plumps skin to give it a youthful glow. Eyeshadow Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow Available in 18 colours (matte and shimmer formulas), this cream eyeshadow is easy to blend and lasts all day. Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Trio Each mini palette offers an enhance shade to be used as a base, a define shade for contouring and a highlight shade to brighten eyes.

Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate

Dr. LeWinn’s

Brightening Day Cream

Dermaviduals Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate Works as an ultra-strength primer by soothing and hydrating skin, particularly around the eye area.

Eternal Youth Day & Night Cream This miracle product contains diamond and black pearl, can rejuvenate skin cell performance by 10 years and provides notable antiageing benefits.

A’kin Hydrating Antioxidant Day Cream Super hydrating and fast-absorbing, this day cream is infused with green tea and coconut water to soothe and moisturize.

Best Face Sunscreen

Best Body Sunscreen

Intense Hydrating Serum

Coola Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen Has a lovely scent and keeps skin safe from burning. It’s light on the skin and water-resistant.

Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 Guava Mango Is easy to apply, highly protective and has the best beachy scent.

Codage Paris Intense Moisturising Serum Has a rich composition that provides intense nourishment, reaching below the surface to radically transform skin.

Popular Choice Night Serum Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Has won 150 awards worldwide because it instantly hydrates and adds radiance to skin. Toner Kotia Purifying Toner Uses New Zealand deer milk, aloe vera and vitamin C to refresh skin and leave it with a vibrant glow. Avene Gentle Toning Lotion Is perfect for sensitive skin as it gently sweeps away impurities without causing irritation while moisturising, refreshing and toning the skin.


Cleansers Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm Absolutely cleanses the skin, making it feel like all the dirt and makeup (even waterproof) from the day is simply slipping off your skin. Living Nature Natural Vitalising Cleanser Removes the dirt from the day without stripping skin of its protective oils and features New Zealand manuka honey and kumerahou. Beauty Capsules ElizabethArdenVitaminCCeramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum Each capsule contains a measured amount of serum that perfectly covers your face for visibly brighter skin after one use. They’re easy to pack and travel with in addition to daily use.


Spot Corrector

Facial Oil

Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum Reduces hyperpigmentation, age spots and dark spots in as little as one week. It also enhances the skin’s radiance and brightens tone.

Linden Leaves Miraculous Facial Oil Is certified organic and contains rosehip oil and white tea to nourish, protect and regenerate your skin naturally.

Night Cream

Eye Gel Masks

Under Eye Care

Kotia Regenerating Night Cream Transforms skin while you sleep and is packed with natural goodness like New Zealand deer milk, antioxidants and revitalising oils.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Gel Eye Masks Soothe and cool on contact to transform puffy, tired eyes to ones that look wide-awake.

LaMer The Eye Concentrate Targets dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness with a luxurious formula designed to stimulate collagen production and elasticity.

Glow Lab Age Renew Recovery Night Cream Can improve skin elasticity by up to 70%, and it plumps skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Best Face Spray to Wake One Up Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray is the perfect soother after exercising, for facial irritation, to cool off, after removing makeup or basically anytime.

Oil for Scar Treatments

Anti-Ageing Serum

Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil Improves and reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skins with a formula of plant extracts and vitamins in an oil base.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage AntiAging Eye Serum Restores skin by minimising the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and crow’s feet while targeting dark circles.

Micellar Lotion

Body Cream Moisturising

Lip Scrub

Avene Micellar Lotion Easily removes makeup, and its norinse formula doesn’t dehydrate skin.

Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion Firms skin and improves elasticity with the help of Q10 and vitamin C.

Omni Lip Polish For kissable lips, try this scrub that gently exfoliates.

Moisturizer for Youthful Skin Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum Is powered by a potent yet gentle Retinol Tri-Active Technology to minimise lines and deep wrinkles in only weeks.

Overnight Mask

Makeup Brush

CC Cream

Essano Collagen Boost Overnight Mask From their Collagen Boost line, this mask sinks in overnight to benefit the skin’s deeper layers for an extensive and rejuvenating collagen boost.

The Skin Wardrobe Foundation Brush Is perfect for applying all kinds of liquid foundations. It has an arched shape and dense bristles which especially help with blending product.

The Skin Wardrobe Vitamin C Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 Fuses skincare and makeup to provide lightweight, dewy coverage while protecting and hydrating your skin.

Face Wash

BB Cream

Face Cleansing Wipes

Skin Physics 3-In-1 Advanced Treatment Cleanser Cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises all at once with hero ingredient Dragon Blood, leaving skin squeaky clean.

Nivea SPF 50+ UV Face BB Cream Is a lifesaver as a tinted sunscreen that adapts to every skin tone without leaving any greasy residue.

Dr. LeWinn’s Private Formula Vitamin Infused Micellar Cleansing Wipes Infused with vitamin A, B, C and E to nourish skin while gently removing all traces of makeup.

Face Exfoliator

Anti-ageing Creams

Hand Cream

Natio Ageless Dual Action Cleanser Exfoliator Cleanses and exfoliates with natural exfoliants organic rosehip oil and orange extract to refine and balance skin.

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Day Emulsion SPH30 Fights ageing while also providing lasting hydration and protection from the sun and other environmental aggressors.

Kotia Revitalizing Hand & Nail Cream Uses New Zealand deer milk to hydrate hands and strengthen nails.

Body Butter Weleda Skin Food Body Butter Smooths and relaxes the driest of skin.

Deodorant Roll-On Little Salties Natural Deodorant Mango and Rose Is a plant and mineral-based deodorant

Linden Leaves Pink Petal Hand Cream Is certified 100% natural and free of any synthetic fragrances and colours. Made in New Zealand this hand cream is fast to absorb and leaves hands super soft. Feet Nivea Creme Is backed up by over a century of research and reigns as the original moisturiser for the whole family.


Pale Skin Body Cream Alabaster Tinted Body Lotion Cool Shade Is formulated specifically for pale skin and blends seamlessly into skin. It adds a dimensional, pearl glow to skin, fighting dullness while appearing natural. Body Scrubs Lalicious Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub The Pure Sugar Cane crystals in this body scrub gently exfoliate skin, making it feel fresh and young. It also features the moisturizing properties of sweet almond oils and cold-pressed coconut. Body Wash

Shampoo and Conditioner

Weleda Pomegranate Containing organic pomegranate seed oil and sesame seed oil, this body wash is 100% natural. Its ingredients make it perfect for softening dryer skin, and it has a lovely fragrance.

Glow Lab Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner Perfect for damaged hair, this nourishing blend promotes healthy hair by creating a protective shield to further reduce breakage and strengthen hair.

Hand Wash

Purple Shampoo and Conditioner

Glow Lab Amber and Sage Hand Wash Softens skin like a lotion while washing off germs. It’s a scent that everyone will love. Body Cream

Essano Blonde Tone-Correcting Purple Shampoo This shampoo balances and neutralises brassy tones to brighten blonde hair. It keeps colour vibrant and shiny in addition to soothing the damaged hair.

The One-Stop Hair Package Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler The holy grail of hair products allows you to quickly curl, dry, straighten, wave and smooth hair without using damaging extreme heat. Serums Argania Pure Argan Oil Called a “multi-tasking miracle oil,” it does wonders by moisturizing skin, preventing skin ageing, improving skin tone and more. It’s saturated with powerful ingredients like antioxidants, Vitamin E, eight fatty acids and rare plant sterols.

Essano Collagen and Goji Berry Body Lotion This lotion renews and repairs dry skin, leaving skin radiating health and softness. It is fragranced by Goji Berry and made in New Zealand.

Essano Blonde Tone-Correcting Purple Conditioner This conditioner restores vibrancy and hydration with a sulphate-free formula perfect for blonde hair. Especially when used with the corresponding shampoo, it brightens blonde hair and neutralises brassiness.

Best Smelling Body Cream

Best Curler

Elizabeth Arden White Tea Pure Indulgence Body Cream This body cream could be used for its scent alone, but its moisturising properties make it worth the purchase.

GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand This iron creates eye-catching deep waves and natural-looking beach curls with a tapered barrel 28mm-23 mm.

Dry Shampoo

Hair Mist

Hair Mask

A’kin Dry Shampoo Instantly refreshes hair, cleansing it of excess oil.

Matrix Sugar Shine Mist Acts as a heat protectant and adds glamorous shine to hair.

Redken Deep Conditioning Mask Formulated for dry and brittle hair, so it provides deep, intense nourishment.

Moroccanoil Original Oil Treatment Light The original Moroocanoil hair oil formula has been adjusted for those with light coloured or fine hair. It strengthens hair, restores shine, protects against environmental . Best Oil for Split End Treatment Moroccanoil Mending Infusion Vitamin-fueled This formula goes beyond repairing split ends. It leaves your hair looking fresh-cut daily!

Men’s Facewash

Men’s Moisturise


Essano Man Sensitive Face Wash With a plant-based formula including soothing antioxidant green tea, this face wash leaves skin feeling clean and calm.

Natio SPF 30+ Face Moisturizer A true multitasker, this product moisturises and protects skin from the sun while containing nourishing plant extracts.

Floral Street Wonderland Peony This fragrance has notes of luscious peonies, citrus and warm cedarwood to carry you through the day with a fresh scent.

Men’s Tanning

Men’s After Shave

Bondi Sands Men’s Everyday Gradual Tanning Foam Comes in a lightweight non-greasy foam that provides you with an easy, year-round tan.

Essano Men Sensitive Shave Gel Promotes a close, smooth shave with a plant-based formula that blocks out the possibility of razor burn and blotchiness.

Men’s Day Fragrance

Hair, Skin and Nails Collagen

K by Dolce & Gabbana Fuses sicilian lemon and blood orange with warm patchouli and Pimento for a woody fragrance fit for a king.

Jeuneora Hair Skin and Nails Clinically-proven collagen products to support healthy hair, stronger nails and reduced appearance of wrinkles.

Verve Beauty Awards Spas Best express salon OFF&ON

Men’s Night Fragrance


Best SPA Spring Spa, Ponsonby

Tom Ford Beau de Jour Fresh and commanding at first, this scent is also refreshing due to the heavy presence of Lavender.

Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne Featuring honeysuckle, rose and a twist of davana, this alluring fragrance is perfect for nighttime.

Best Facial Factour four facial by FaceTime Clinic, north shore

Hair Brush Mita Daily Brush Grooming Easily detangles hair and leaves it smooth and manageable.

Narcisso Rodriguez For Her Pure Musc Narciso Rodriguez reinterprets their signature musc with this scent that features musc enhanced by a white floral bouquet and Cashmeran.

Best Skin Institute Lovely by Skin Institute for their ULFIT treatment Best Anti-ageung facial Murad AHA Rapid exfoliator by Caci clinic

Let’s Talk About Facelifts Verve visited three of Auckland’s top plastic surgeons to get the lowdown on facelifts — what’s involved, approximate costs and recovery time. Because when it comes to plastic surgery, research is crucial. WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E

Dr Zachary Moaveni Zac Moaveni trained in Otago and spent time with global surgical leaders in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery the US, UK and Asia.

WHAT HAVE YOU NOTICED ABOUT PATIENTS WHO UNDERGO A FACELIFT? People often think about surgery for a long time before coming for a consultation. They’re also often concerned about two things. One: what will people think? And two: will it look natural? Even in this day and age, there is still a degree of taboo around plastic surgery. YOU SPECIALISE IN FACELIFTS? My aesthetic practice is exclusively facial surgery, which is an area I love. Most common procedures would be rhinoplasty (nose jobs), upper eyelids (blepharoplasty), lower lids and face and necklift for men and women. If I had to pick one, I’d say a well designed and executed lower face and neck lift can have a gratifying rejuvenation effect and produces almost universally delighted patients! DOES A FACELIFT LOOK NATURAL? Looking natural is the number one goal for me. One of the best compliments is to hear patients say, "No one's said anything" or "people are saying that you’re looking well, have you done your hair differently?" Pictures of surgery gone wrong are usually the result of repeated operations. Some Hollywood actors look strange because they’ve undergone multiple procedures whereas a properly planned ‘deep plane’ operation resets the framework and looks natural. I liken a facelift to refurbishing a house. Fresh paint and wallpaper refreshes but sometimes we need to address the foundations and rethink the framework and design – that’s what a good facelift should do.

HAVE FACELIFTING TECHNIQUES CHANGED? Things have shifted hugely in the last 10 years. Surgery used to be about pulling and tucking (twodimensional tailoring) but we’ve moved to threedimensional sculpting. Skin and soft tissue should not be tight but sit naturally. The relationship between non-surgical and surgery has matured and non-surgical treatments like Botox and fillers work better for some things than surgery. For example, endoscopic brow lifts were quite common a decade ago but I don’t do many now because Botox works so well and so reliably. WHEN IS NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT PREFERRED? In general terms Botox and fillers work well for the forehead, midface and the lips whereas surgery is more effective for eyelids, face and neck. If small amounts of volume are needed and everything else looks good in the midface fillers are great, but surgery is necessary for lower lid bags, and lower face and neck. Surgical fat transfer technique (which I often do with a face or necklift) works best for deep layer filling (temples, brows, cheeks, base of nose and upper lip, chin) but for more superficial filling such as a lip pout or taking care of deep creases, injectables are better. WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CONSULTATION? I ask a person what their concerns are and run them through how the face ages and the layers of the face using computer imagery. I also show them before and after pictures to give them an idea of what to expect and sit them in front of what I call the 'Mirror Of Truth', which is a larger mirror where we talk through concerns and options.


One of the best compliments is to hear patients say “no one's said anything” or “people are saying that you’re looking well, have you done your hair differently?”

HOW DOES THE FACE AGE? The brow drops and loses volume. The upper lids hollow out, the eye drops back and you may get fat bulging beneath. The cheeks drop and we begin to see nasolabial folds (nose to mouth), the upper lip thins and elongates and the corner of the mouth drops causing what we call marionette lines (sides of mouth to chin). The nose splays a little bit and drops. The midface is key because there is generally visible volume loss and the neck and jawline drop leading to jowls. DEFLATION & PTOSIS Ageing is a combination of volume loss (deflation) and sagging of the tissues (ptosis). A facelift is a combination of lifting and sculpting to restore this. LAYERS OF THE FACE AND METHODS OF FACE LIFTING 1. SKIN Laser, peels and Botox can be helpful. 2. SUBCUTANEOUS FAT Youthful faces have a generous amount of subcutaneous fat resulting in plushly lined soft tissue. Fat in the face is compartmentalised with sections like temple, forehead, mid-cheek, nasolabial fold, jowls. 3. SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) This is the foundation of the face and where all the deeper tissues of the face are. A durable and worthwhile face and neck lift works on this layer and repositions the tissues. Anything more superficial only tightens skin and won’t last. People worry about looking ‘pulled’ but if we’re working with the SMAS layer that won’t occur. Terms such as deep plane extended SMAS lifts are used to describe these gold standard operations.

4. LIGAMENTS & DEEP FASCIA The skin and the deep tissues are strongly attached by ligaments. They need to be divided and lifted and will reattach naturally as part of a deep plane SMAS lift. 5. FAT TRANSFER This technique uses your fat to give volume. Surgery addresses ptosis by lifting and fat transfer addresses deflation. The fat contains stem cells, which improves skin condition too. WHAT ABOUT SCARS? The incisions we make are designed to be well-hidden and minimally visible even with short hair, tied back hair or in men. They are individually tailored to a person’s hairline and anatomy. HOW LONG IS RECOVERY? The face and neck lift requires one night in hospital and I’d count on being out of social circulation for 10-14 days. Most people can go out with makeup on after two weeks WHAT IS THE COST? For lower face and neck lift in the region of $22,00025,000. THE FINAL OUTCOME I believe plastic surgery is about improving quality of life. How you present yourself to the world changes if you’re feeling good about yourself. This taboo around plastic surgery is quite strange in that about 95 percent of the people I see are normal, everyday people like you and I who have got something that bugs them. Once they come and address it they never look back.

Dr Mark Gittos Mark Gittos was New Zealand’s first Maori plastic surgeon. He works between Auckland and Melbourne as well as Essex and Harley Street in the United Kingdom.

Mark trained in Christchurch, Auckland and Australia and after qualifying, he went to the UK. Fifteen years later he returned home but maintained his English practice. Mark’s easy manner soon relaxed Jude as he asked her what she felt she needed. “Have you got any health issues like diabetes, clotting, any allergies to drugs or latex rubber or any psychiatric concerns?” asked Mark. “Anything we do here— although it’s cosmetic—is still surgery and although I’m a surgeon the underlying foundation is that I’m a doctor so must ensure I’ve got the whole envelope, so to speak. We treat the whole patient not just the issue at hand.” WHAT IS YOUR MAIN CONCERN? "What is your main concern?” asked Mark. Jude asked what he’d suggest but he replied that it didn’t work that way. “You can say, ‘Mark, I’m worried about this or that’ and I will tell you, ‘from my experience you could do this or that’. "If you came to me and said that you look at your eyes each day and they drive you nuts, I'd say that you're a good candidate to consider eyelid surgery. But if you said that you caught yourself in the mirror once a month or a year and didn't like what you saw then I'd say to leave it alone."

"Anything we do here - although it’s cosmetic - is still surgery."

BLEPHAROPLASTY "You say your eyes bother you and looking at you, you’ve got a very nice face, good bone structure and very good skin and if you wanted to have something done with your eyes I would think upper lid blepharoplasty—which takes away the skin of the upper eyelid—would be what I’d recommend. The beauty of this operation is that it’s very moderate for a very big result. It takes about 45 minutes, and you can have it under local. The cost always depends but overall it would probably be in the region of $4,0006,000. In some cases, if your vision is impaired, it’s covered by health insurance. "Blepharoplasty is a safe, effective freshen up. The other thing I would suggest is Botox in your forehead because the pressure muscles there pull the eyebrow down and in. I recommend it because the muscles I’m talking about can scrunch up the eyelids; then I’d add some Botox coming up in a fan shape so the upper muscles pull upwards giving a lift effect. In your case, doing anything with your lower lids wouldn’t be worth your while.” FACE & NECKLIFT "At some stage, if you wanted to look at working with the age-related changes in the cheek region. A facelift would be rejuvenating and you would look natural and healthy. When we say facelift we really mean necklift because we’re talking about the lower two-thirds of the face and the upper half of the neck. That whole zone is lifted and rejuvenated." The cost of a face and necklift depends on who you’re talking to but depending on where you went in Auckland it might be anything from $20,000-40,000.


If you’re having something done that requires preparation and marking like breast reduction or tummy tuck I ask you to come back the day before so we can do the markings. It’s easier doing this part of the process in the light of day with no time pressure.

BOOKING IN "There’s normally a six-week lead-in. We do a 30-40 minute consultation first, then you’d go away and think about it. I’d write you a letter summarising what we discussed. If you decided to have the surgery you’d come back, we’d have one or two more meetings followed by a sign-off meeting. "If you’re having something done that requires preparation and marking like breast reduction or tummy tuck I ask you to come back the day before so we can do the markings. It’s easier doing this part of the process in the light of day with no time pressure. Done pre-operatively it’s often in a dark room with bad lighting, patients are nervous and I can almost guarantee we’d be interrupted which can be embarrassing for people. I think coming here is a nicer way to proceed. The next day we do the surgery and you might stay one or two nights in hospital before going home." HOW SAFE IS PLASTIC SURGERY? Any plastic surgeon I know of in this country is very good, and it’s safe. But it’s not inexpensive. The hospital element of surgery is expensive here and that’s why we have people going to Thailand, which we’re not very happy about for several reasons. Often people who go to Thailand for surgery can’t afford for it to go wrong and I’m uncomfortable about the potential for it to be a sales and marketing process, which could be a conflict of interest. Thai surgeons are highly trained and competent, it’s not a criticism of them, it’s a criticism of the process and the environment that drives people to Thailand, which is partly due to the high cost of hospitalisation here.

Dr Tristan De Chalain Tristan de Chalain began his plastic surgery career as a craniofacial surgeon. Originally from Canada, he grew up in South Africa and has been in New Zealand since 1997. He’s developed a system of facelifting he believes is the safest available.

LOOKING IN THE MIRROR Fran underwent a consultation with Tristan who began by saying that facelifting is a family of procedures with ancillary bits and pieces like fat injections, PRP (patelet rich plasma)and dermabrasion. "It’s tailored to the individual so the first thing I will do is hand you a mirror and ask you what you’d like to change." HOW A SURGEON LOOKS AT A FACE "I look at a face in thirds: upper—eye to brow, middle—eye to mouth, lower—jawline and neck. If you look at pictures of yourself as a child your cheek will be sitting high. As we age the fat pad dissolves and the cheek slides down revealing the orbital margin, and the sliding tissue creates a nose to mouth crease (nasolabial fold) and jowls." LIFTING THE FACE "When I do a full facelift of the face and neck I address the lower portion of the face and the midface so we get a vertical lift. I go inside the mouth and free the ligaments from the bone in an area called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), put a deep stitch underneath, and pull them up and anchor them to the fascia which holds them until they reattach. There’s only a small incision in the hairline with this technique. I think I’m one of the few people in town using this method but I want to keep surgery as safe as possible. If you work underneath the SMAS there’s the possibility of hitting a nerve. "This midface procedure is an operation I think is unbelievably powerful and gives longevity and best results.

"We could just make an incision and pull the skin tight but skin is elastic, and it won’t hold, it will drift down again. Tissue hates tension. So we need to mobilise tissue and free it before moving it so it will stay where we put it. Think of a column of jelly with the skin on top. If I move it to the side the whole column will lean but I can suture it in place. Or, I can pick up the column and move it, and that’s going to be much more effective." LIFTING THE NECK "We tighten a muscle in the neck called the platysma. The platysma flows up into the SMAS layer, which flows over the face so working with the SMAS and platysma is great for getting the shape we want. Once we’ve got these where we want them we can redrape the skin with just the right tension avoiding that ‘I’ve been through a wind tunnel look’." CREATING VOLUME "As we age the fat pads in our faces melt away and bone and muscles recede. The skin loses elasticity, doesn’t drape as well and tends to hang. Think of a pumped-up football - if it loses air it gets saggy. We can reduce the covering or fill it up again. Often we do both in facelifting." FAT TRANSFER "We’re using fat injections more and more not just to plump up lips but to restore the volume and shape of the face. Fat contains stem cells which has a beneficial effect on the skin. We’re only talking about a tablespoon or two of fat that we get from your tummy or your inner thighs. It gives permanent results."

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When I do a full facelift of the face and neck I address the lower portion of the face and the mid-face so we get a vertical lift.

IS IT PAINFUL? The first night after surgery you’re wrapped up like a mummy. Some people say it’s sore others not at all, but a lot say it feels very tight. Pain doesn’t seem to be the issue, it’s more a tightness. HOW LONG DOES RECOVERY TAKE? I advise taking two weeks off work. After six weeks most people get to the point where their first thought in the morning isn’t their face and how funny it feels. HOW LONG WILL RESULTS LAST? Seven to 10 years. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING SURGERY? Have a consultation. If you’re going to have a procedure you need to be fully informed. Post-surgery you will feel like you’ve been run over by a bus and if you’re informed you will understand it better. Don’t gamble. Make sure whoever you see is a bona PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) fide plastic surgeon, not a cosmetic surgeon. "We also use PRP where we take some blood, separate the platelets from the plasma and inject it. PRP contains little packets of growth factors and promotes healing after surgery and the survival of HOW MUCH DOES A FACELIFT COST? It depends on what you have done and there’s the any transplanted fat." surgeon’s fee, the hospital fees and the anaesthetist’s fee. As a broad guideline a fully comprehensive facelift is approximately $30,000-35,000. HOW LONG DOES A FACELIFT TAKE? It’s careful, precise, delicate surgery and the midIt’s not inexpensive or for the faint-hearted but I face procedure takes about two hours in my hands can’t think of anything else that delivers the bang together with the lower face and neck, which takes that this does. about 4-4.5 hours and 30 minutes for fat transfer.


Dr Ben Johnson OSMOSIS Trust your skin to know what is best.


What inspired you to become a cosmetic physician and create your own product line? I was immediately drawn to this field in my early days and quickly learned that I had a knack for it. However, it wasn’t until I birthed Osmosis that I realised it was my true calling to bring awareness and innovation to the beauty industry. What are the most important aspects of any skincare range? Understanding their purpose. Some companies are all about being sustainable, some are about being organic, but you can tell their approach to the skin best by looking at their top products. If they do not have a compelling method for correcting skin damage then your money is best spent elsewhere. Look for before and after pictures that validate their approach. It is hard for consumers to see through the marketing, but just know that most products have very little activity on the skin. What are your non-negotiables when it comes to health and wellness? You cannot continue to harm your skin and think its health will improve. Only invest in skincare that actually improves your skin health month after month, most don't. Wellness must be targeted, meaning just taking random probiotics or antioxidants without knowing if your body really needs them is wasteful. Take supplements that directly improve an aspect of your life. What are your best skincare habit recommendations to nurture and practise throughout life? Trust your skin to know what is best. Nurture your skin barrier, do not tear it down, because it will improve hydration and sun protection. Get adequate low intensity sun everyday for all its health benefits but try to never be overexposed (sunburn).

Are there any exciting new products on the horizon in cosmetic dermatology that we should know about? Do you have any new products in formulation that we can look forward to? I’m excited about my upcoming skin lipid replacement supplement. This will have several benefits; it will rebuild our thinning fat pads that age the face, it is a powerful prebiotic, it will treat cellulite, it will sooth digestive issues, help prevent acne and improve skin moisture. I am excited about a new lightening serum that will come out soon as well that uses a new method to fade brown spots. Of course, our readers will also want to know, what is the most perfect regime to use in the Osmosis range for anti-ageing? Osmosis has four revolutionary age-reversing serums. Each of them work on a different 'bottle-neck' that would otherwise prevent the repair of damage. Our retinal serums (Correct, Renew) have eight collagen stimulators but it is very well tolerated, do not compromise the barrier or DNA and increase the food supply to the skin, while activating collagen. Our DNA repair serum, Catalyst AC-11 is remarkable at healing old wounds, including your damaged skin DNA, by feeding the skin critical building blocks. Our stem cell growth factor serum StemFactor, replaces over six hundred lost growth factors and skin proteins. Finally, our patented oxidation repair serum, Rescue, triggers repair of the DEJ which directly clears age spots and restores texture. Ideally most people aged over 40 can use all four everyday. What is your top product for sun damage on mature skin? This is a hard question because we identify the different types of sun damage and use targeted serums for each aspect. For wrinkles the answer is Renew. For age spots the answer is Rescue. For old wounds the answer is Catalyst AC-11. You are passionate about getting sunshine during the day, but not getting burnt. Can you tell us about why sun exposure is important and which daily products best protect from sun damage? The research is very strong that 20-30 minutes a day of unfiltered sunshine will prolong life and reduce the risk of illness and disease dramatically. Skin cancer is poorly understood and evidence suggests that the main cause of skin cancer is a toxic immune system as opposed the sun alone. Our UV Defense is clinically proven to reduce damage from the sun by as much as 500%, but because it has a unique method of action it still allows for the vitamin D and other benefits of being outside.


We are becoming more aware of the skin on our neck too, to not allow it to fall behind the skin on the face. What is your best product to use on the neck and why? The neck is less responsive to skincare so you actually need the big guns mentioned above to get a result. The neck does not need more than any other area but it has the same needs as the face. The key is addressing the bottle-necks of age reversal in the products you select. You contribute stress to be the biggest ager of the skin. Can you tell us more about this? The studies show that stress worsens most health outcomes and survival rates so every doctor is aware of the problem. What is also clear is that we do not give it enough attention. I believe that all disease has an emotional imbalance behind it and therefore treating the source of our skin and health problems requires looking within as well as topically. I will continue to try and connect specific emotions to skin concerns to further help people figure out what they need to work on. You mentioned sugar is bad for our skin, why and how does it affect us? Do you have any products to help regulate or detox sugar from the body? Refined/bleached/fermented sugar and even excess raw sugar are highly inflammatory. The maintenance of youth is an arduous process for your immune system. Everything that contributes to inflammation will slow the body’s ability to fix itself. We do not realise how compromising sugar and alcohol are. Osmosis has a product called Sugar Detox that helps with the damage but it is not a panacea so avoidance is ideal. We talk about the importance of gut health, and with this comes efficient digestion. Your skin map signals pimples around the mouth to suggest constipation. Tell us more about your skin mapping strategies and how do you link pimples around the mouth to constipation? Osmosis Skin Mapping is an accurate reflection of the organ connections between the skin and its brethren. It can be very useful in identifying what is happening internally and that makes finding a resolution much easier. After 20 years of medical analysis in this industry I have found that the mouth reflects what is happening near the anus. Breakouts and peri-oral dermatitis in that zone are related to constipation. People do not realise that even with one bowel movement a day they may be discarding a meal from 48 hours ago. Constipation is a growing problem and Osmosis has multiple strategies to restore gut regularity.

Mucus is a sign we are having trouble digesting dairy? Why does this present as a blackhead and how does that affect us? Dairy is inflammatory and mucus-promoting. I think it comes from the destruction of the nutrients in pasteurisation. Other foods like fried food also cause mucus. As it turns out, mucus is the source of blackheads on the face. Mucus can also cause constipation, weight gain, and bloating. Osmosis’s Skin Clarifier is the only mucus cleanse available and it is a powerful tool in restoring skin and gut health. Is it true that food allergies cause mucus? If so why, and how can we help remove this mucus from our bodies? This is a newer discovery for me. I think food allergies are the result of changes to our microbiome and an increased burden on our immune system. Testing for foods is worthwhile in some cases as the reactions are severe. However, my goal is to offer a powerful prebiotic and other gut wellness to restore gut health and minimise food allergies.




The Incredible Technology That Is truSculpt iD® WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E

Finesse Face and Body Clinic, leaders in noninvasive cellulite and body contouring for 17 years, were the first truSculpt iD® provider in New Zealand, in an exclusive partnership with Cutera. We caught up with salon owner and beauty specialist, Sue Crake, to discover the ins and outs of the treatment.

What Is truSculpt iD®? truSculpt iD® is a state of the art body sculpting/contouring treatment using heat technology to permanently reduce body fat. It’s a game-changer for those wishing to ‘sculpt’ their body, that came out in 2018. It’s ideal for women who keep in shape and eat well yet retain stubborn fat pockets, but we can treat people of any size. In my opinion, it’s a great alternative to liposuction. It’s not as dramatic as surgery, but there’s no downtime or anaesthetic required. How does it work? truSculpt iD® uses heat and what is known as monopolar radio frequency. The fat pad being treated is heated to a therapeutic level, which kills off some of the fat cells. This is known as apoptosis – cells' death. How long does it take? Fifteen to 30 minutes treatment time, then 12 weeks for the fat cells to die off and full results to be visible. On average, we achieve around 24 percent fat reduction on the treated area. Does the treatment hurt? No. People liken it to a hot stone massage. The science behind it means the skin doesn’t heat up as much as the fat so it remains a comfortable temperature. truSculpt iD® is FDA approved and very safe. How many sessions are required? For some people, one is enough. Others may need another treatment or two to get the exact shape they want. Perhaps they feel their lower abdomen’s slimmer now so they decide to do something to their upper abdomen or they’d like their waist to come in more at the sides.



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Can you treat multiple areas at the same time? The machine has six handpieces so we can treat more than one area in a session. We might treat the arms and the inner thighs, or the stomach and the side of the hips. We give discounts for multiple areas and second treatments.

“We’re big on stimulating the skin’s collagen because we lose it as we age. We use microcurrent, TriLipo, needling and/or IPL to give the skin a nudge and prod it into collagen-making mode.”

Once the fat goes, can the skin get saggy? One of the beauties of truSculpt iD® is that it has a side benefit of skin tightening, so it’s very good for lax skin, particularly the abdomen and arms. We’ve seen some outstanding results with this, so aside from the reduction of the fat there is skin remodelling and tightening too.

What do you love most about truSculpt iD®? It’s a fast, painless treatment that delivers great results. I find the heat technology is better than cooling as the treatment takes less time, is more comfortable, and the heat fans out, so there’s no demarcation where treatment ends.

What areas can you treat? Anywhere there’s an accumulation of fat: abdomen, inner thighs, flanks or “love handles”, knees, arms. We can treat under the chin, too. I’ve achieved great results there myself with some people thinking I’ve had a neck lift.

For best results, we can create an individualised package of a combination of treatments. And it’s not something to feel self-conscious about. We’re used to dealing with bodies and ensuring people feel comfortable. We love it, especially seeing happy clients with renewed confidence.

Is anyone not suitable? You must have enough fat. We call it ‘pinch an inch’. If you can pinch an inch of fat you’re a candidate – man or woman. 293

Who is the ideal person? truSculpt iD® is a contouring treatment so if someone looks in the mirror and thinks, "I wish I went in here," or they feel a bit of ‘extra’ around the bra line, this is the treatment for them. There’s nothing else like it. We have other options for different concerns. We’ve been using ultrasound for cellulite for many years. It’s fantastic. We have Body Form for muscular tightening which is very good for inch loss, and TriLipo is our solution for body tightening. It uses radio frequency to tighten skin and activate muscle.









Non-Surgical Facelift Seventeen years ago Sue began Finesse using advanced anti-ageing skin microcurrent to tone and tighten facial muscles. “I still do more of this than anything else. Of the first five people who came through the doors of Finesse, two still come for microcurrent. The maintenance of their facial muscle tone is visible. One of them was only 30 when she started; now in her 40s, she’s barely aged,” says Sue.





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Skin Guru

Jennifer Brodeur WO R D S — D O N N A M AL N E E K



A-List celebrity clients such as Oprah, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Michelle Obama all helped propel skin guru Jennifer Brodeur into the spotlight, but her defining moment came much earlier. The wife and mother of three from Montreal is an exceptional entrepreneur and businesswoman who has invested over 20 years of her life into becoming one of the most well known skin gurus.

Ms Brodeur is the owner and founder of JB Skin Guru which launched in 2016, along with her skincare collection Peoni. Earlier, in 2003 she created the very successful Max+, an LED light therapy device, which is used by leading aestheticians around the world. From here, her recognition grew by attracting leading aestheticians, along with an elite clientele following.

Ms Brodeur has years of research from which she has built a solid and successful business. Her expertise in the physiology of skin and as a skin strategist comes from decades studying advanced skin analysis, cosmetic chemistry, oncology aesthetics, nutritional medicine and organic skincare formulation. It's a testament to her unwavering passion in her field. She has educated and inspired many through her informative Masterclasses that incorporate her personal core beliefs and wisdom. She is not a fan of exfoliation. She does not believe in focusing on anti-ageing. She does believe in ageing gracefully through foresight and understanding your skin, body and cell structure. Her views on life are simple; to embrace who we are right now and to appreciate being here, for so many others have been denied that privilege. This lady has risen to many challenges with steadiness and confidence. She has inspired, and she continues to inspire. She is thoughtful in what she does, acting with precision and with a humble but passionate approach. She is a formidable force within the industry, leading a powerful new generation of aestheticians in a direction that is crucially better and more aware. This down to earth lady has so much to share with us all.

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MAX+ LED light therapy is a painless, noninvasive and very powerful treatment. It can be used as a standalone treatment or incorporated with others, used post-treatment for healing skin rejuvenation, wound healing, pain attenuation and a variety of other conditions.

When did you realise your interest in aesthetics?

I think it was always there and I just didn’t know it. Growing up, I wanted to be a criminal lawyer. It was in my mid-teens that I became obsessed with skin. Then suddenly without realising it I listened to my instincts and went against the grain. My best friend, Bryony’s, mother, Gillian, was fighting cancer; her love of skin and health was my force.

What would be your most important piece of advice regarding caring for skin, both as a younger and more mature person?

What is your most significant professional accomplishment?

Apart from my daughters, I would have to say introducing Max to Oprah Winfrey as that was the beginning of something extraordinary.

What would be one of your most indulgent beauty treatments or product, one you could not do without?

Less is always more. I feel we are in an era where everything is just overdone.

I don’t have any beauty treatments. I am very minimalistic and do my own facials. My one indulgence is definitely L’extrait – which is my peoni face oil. I use it on my cuticles, my feet (I know, insane) and my face.

What is the biggest and most common mistake people make with their skin?

If you could have choose any other career path, what would it have been?

Everyone seems to over-exfoliate their skin. I am not sure why. However, the idea that tingling skin that turns bright red is a sign that it’s a good thing still astonishes me. In essence, they are breaking down the skin barrier, which is a bad thing.

What are the major long-term benefits from light therapy, and does it suit everyone?

LED is a non-invasive method, therefore, you are working with the skin and not against it. As a result, you are creating and maintaining healthy functioning skin cells. The technology can be used on anyone, it's the beauty of this technology. There is no age, everyone can benefit.

What makes the Max+ stand out from the others?

Max+ size and rainbow arm. In 2003 our only competitor was Omnilux. To this day I feel they still are the only ones. Soon after everyone was building bigger, stronger and we never wavered. We were the first to have polychromatic treatments. Back then many companies laughed at the idea, today many of them follow suit.

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As a busy woman, how do you relax?

Relaxation is synonymous with getting lost in a good book. When at home, my favourite place to read is in my Hästens bed. Honestly, that’s when my body feels in complete harmony.

What is one of the funniest moments in your business career to date?

So many. I have to admit I love to laugh and have fun while I work. Not a day goes by that we don’t have a laughing fit at the office!

Your Masterclass educates others about the benefits of healthy lifestyles; do you have any plans to come to New Zealand again? And did you enjoy your last visit here?

New Zealand is one of my favourite places. My plans are to be back in 2020, another Masterclass tour with something new. I can’t wait to share!

To experience the MAX+ in New Zealand, contact Liga at Pure Skin Clinic, Auckland. 022 0788 710 / 0 9 3 7 7 0 9 9 6 / I N F O@ P U R E S K I N C L I N I C . C O. N Z V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z



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We all desire a youthful looking face, but, what does that mean? Youthful faces have more rounded cheeks, a smooth jawline, good volume in the lips, smooth temples and minimal under eye hollowing. Can we get this back once we’ve lost it? Yes you can – with Clinic 42’s WOW treatment. While some people like to come in and see their cosmetic physician and have a little tweak at a time, others have a big event coming up or wish to have their youthful features returned in one go. If the latter is you, then you may be interested in the WOW treatment. The WOW treatment is where we will do a full facial assessment. We grade you on a facial assessment scale that has been used and standardised around the world to determine what areas need treatment to give you that fabulous result that you are looking for. We are aware that treating certain areas with dermal filler requires a significant amount of product to get a result and therefore we, at Clinic 42 are providing you with a result. Some people may require up to 6-8ml of hyaluronic acid dermal filler to treat the full face in order to get that WOW result. Remember that a teaspoon is 5ml, so really this is not a huge amount. The most common areas that are treated are cheeks, lips, jawline, chin, temple and jowls.

Surgery is not for everyone, it also doesn’t always address the volume loss of ageing. Volume loss starts in our 30s and progresses as we age with significant volume loss occurring in our 50s and 60s. Weight loss can also result in significant facial volume loss and can be ageing. In order to wind back the clock, we need to start with the upper face, moving down to the midface or cheek area and lastly treat the jawline and jowls. By treating all of these areas you can regain the curves of youth that result in you not only looking good, but feeling good too! The WOW treatment is performed by our skilled Cosmetic Physicians, Dr Ellen Selkon, Dr Lynn Theron and Dr Joanna Romanowska. All of these experienced doctors train other healthcare practitioners in dermal filler techniques and safety, so you can always rest assured you are in good hands. At Clinic 42 we will always keep you looking fresh, healthy and natural so if you would like to book in for the WOW treatment, contact us on 09 638 4242 to make an appointment.

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It's Where Fabulous Tans Happen WO R D S — C L AI R E S C O T T


No orange and no bad tan stories. Jessica, owner of Tan in the City will make sure you never leave her gorgeous Remuera salon with a bad tan. By sticking to her promise of “no orange and no bad tan stories,” she has earned her title as a 'tanning guru' over the past seven years. Jessica and her team want the best for your skin. They only offer spray tans since they are much better for your skin than traditional tanning beds or sun-based tanning. They also strive to provide formulas with ingredients that are cruelty-free and vegan, so that they benefit your skin. Seven years ago when Jessica was pregnant, she started her spray tan business from home. After five years, she had gained a solid reputation and client list that led her to open a salon. The Tan in the City salon has now been open for two years and growing steadily. It has lovely interiors by Corner Room Design’s Ali Ward. The salon is boutique, with only two booths, so each client receives ample attention. Tan in the City ensures that the

client is the centre of each tanning experience, and their staff is dedicated to detail. Jessica is proud of the little things the salon offers which truly make a difference in the tanning experience, like using a blending brush on hands and feet. Tan in the City uses the Australian Black Magic Tan formula. Jessica was the first New Zealand distributor of the brand, which is fresh-batch, cruelty-free, vegan and fragrance-free. The high-quality formula provides a stunning tan meant to last seven to 10 days. Tan in the City has done the tanning for the 2018 and 2019 seasons of Dancing with the Stars. Jessica has even been seen on-screen tanning the Real Housewives of Auckland, which helped propel her into the public eye. Recently, she was featured on Seven Sharp. This media exposure just confirms the quality of the tans available at her salon. Open for up to 12 hours a day, Tan in the City is guaranteed to work with your schedule to get you glowing. They also offer mobile tanning that comes to you.

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We all age, but are we ageing well? I am a professional skincare therapist, owner of Louise Gray Skin Care with a background as a former registered nurse. I am obsessed with skin health. It is the correlation between what is happening internally within the body, with what is happening externally, that fascinates me.

We age, that is inevitable, but if we continue to do what we have always done, will we still get the same results? This has led me on a personal journey, as a skincare therapist, and someone who is ageing. I don’t subscribe to using fillers and injectables in an attempt to cover-up the ageing process. I have always had an incredible range of products and technologies within the clinic as we specialise in non-invasive anti-ageing treatments, but I personally needed more. People that know me, know that I am a constant researcher, an ingredient junkie who thrives on skin histology. So it got me thinking...

We all regularly visit our doctor, our dentist, and even our optometrist for regular check-ups to ensure optimal health. These appointments all assess our current state of health and then aid us in moving forward in the best condition. So, what about our skin? Our skin, like our eyes, is continuously changing as we age. So, as glasses that once enabled us to enjoy the pleasures of reading might now need a new prescriptive lens to function optimally, so might the treatment of our skin. I am truly a believer that you can never replace a therapist’s hands when it comes to treating the skin. But by adding in some of the latest dermal technologies, the results that I have obtained personally are striking! To begin with — CIT, dermal needling, we consider the ‘holy grail’, re-organising the skin’s structure. This treatment is not a quick fix, the results are long term (just like putting collagen into the bank!). I was looking to re-establish stronger, firmer skin. Now, with the launch of the M-Pen into the clinic (next generation of needling), I am very excited to see the next level of my results. What else? Hydrodermabrasion is microdermabrasion on steroids. LED light therapy stimulates skin cells to produce ATP, adenosine triphospate (that boosts collagen and nutrient production for younger, healthier and firmer skin). Micro-current's dramatic immediate results with tightening and toning of muscles and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These all sound great, but what do you really need? Pop in and let us create a bespoke programme around what your skin actually needs to obtain the results that you are wanting! YES, WE ARE ALL AGEING, BUT WE CAN ALL AGE WELL! YOURS IN SKIN HEALTH. Louise Gray, senior therapist and director of Louise Gray Skin Care. We are proud to be members of the NZARBP. Please make sure when you are visiting your beauty professionals that they are fully qualified and members of the NZARBP. LO U I S EG R AY.CO. N Z S HO P 2 / 2 2 4 K E PA R D, M I S S I O N B AY 09 528 9010 I N FO @ LO U I S EG R AY.CO. N Z




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How Koreans Eat (and Drink) their Way to Glowing Skin WO R D S — K E L LY J I N


Long before their fancy bubble foaming cleansers and animal print sheet masks, Korean women relied on antioxidant-rich dishes to keep their skin in tip top shape. Unsurprisingly, you don’t get poreless glass skin through a steady diet of greasy chips and mince pies. Nor is it enough to slather yourself in rare potions of snail slime and horse hairs like some sort of cosmetic fairytale witch. See, the ladies of Gangnam have long since known that if you’re after baby-soft skin, what’s going into your body is just as important as what’s going on it. So what traditional dishes do Koreans consume for their enviably plump skin? Here are the top five foods that Seoulites swear by. KIMCHI It’s pungent, it’s pickled and it’ll do wonders for your skin while destroying your fridge. Kimchi is a spicy fermented cabbage beloved by Koreans. Packed with enough garlic to kill a small village of vampires, Kimchi contains tonnes of selenium and antioxidants that help to fight the ageing process and promote an even complexion. Eaten with virtually every meal, this delicious cabbage adds a bit of flavour to any bland dish, so if you’re an amateur, try it with some eggs and avocado, but beware, with this much garlic and chilli, Kimchi is not date night food!

SEAWEED SOUP (MIYEOK GUK) Seaweed soup is a regular staple in Korean breakfasts and is also consumed on birthdays to pay homage to new mothers who are given seaweed soup as a way to supplement vital nutrients lost through childbirth. That’s right, instead of gorging on calorific, sugar-tastic cake on birthdays, Koreans are feasting on humble, low-fat seaweed soup so that even as they celebrate getting older, their skin looks like it hasn’t aged a day. Why’s it so good? Seaweed offers ample sulfates that have a soothing effect on your complexion. SOYBEAN SOUP (DUENJANG JJIGAE) That’s right – more soup. And you thought Korean cuisine was all about fried chicken and barbecue! Soup is the true soul of Korean meals and is eaten every single day. Soybean soup is a national favourite as it’s frugal and healthy with the soybean paste being rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, helping to protect skin from any pesky UV damage. Fun fact: soybean is very cheap in Korea and women who splurge on expensive coffees and meals while eating cheap soybean are referred to as soybean women. BARLEY TEA (BORI CHA) In winter, it’s served cold and in summer, it’s refrigerated in large bottles. Barley tea has a lovely deep taste and is drunk in copious amounts by Korean women. It is known to enhance your circulation, which is essential to keeping skin firm and cells regenerating. So why not swap out the occasional coffee for a barley tea? Your skin will surely thank you for it. FERMENTED RICE WINE (MAKKEOLI) Makkeoli combines Korea’s two favourite past times – drinking and pampering. Unlike soju, this alcoholic drink is rich in vitamin B and amino acids helping to brighten your skin tone and improve any unevenness in your skin tone. It even works wonders for acne. Makkeoli has inspired countless sheet masks and serums in Korea and can be found in most standard Korean restaurants.


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Island Beauté WO R D S — D O N N A M AL N E E K


There is a certain allure about the islands, the warm and balmy evenings, the tropical rainfall, the frangipani and hibiscus scents warmly encompassed by the sea breeze. And then there are the people. Not the tourists, they are easy to pick out amongst the locals. The locals have the carefree attitude, the confidence that comes with knowing you live a lifestyle that many only experience for two weeks at a time. They are ones who we look upon with equal amounts of envy and appreciation as we reluctantly board that plane back home. The friendly smiles, the glossy hair and perfectly glowing skin is achieved as we depart, but doomed to fail within a few more short weeks after landing on home soil. Julie Plichart is the owner of Beauté of Kelburn, a beautiful boutique beauty clinic offering an array of services and treatments accompanied by luxurious, top of the line products. She is from Pape’ete, Tahiti, and went to school at Lycée Paul Gauguin and Lycée Diadème—Te Tara o Mai’ao before studying, and later tutoring, at the Elite International School of Beauty and Spa Therapies. Julie incorporates much of what she knew and used in Tahiti into her thriving business. She travels home regularly to catch up with family and friends and immerse herself back into island living. She is passionate about what the islands use and how they deliver this for the purpose for which it is best intended. She brings all of this to her clinic. There are many uses of plantlife on the island, the locals know and understand this better than anyone. Growing up in Tahiti, I asked Julie what was the go-to beauty treatment she would use for her skin. “Monoi de Tahiti was my go-to product. I would use it to moisturise my body and my hair, especially after I had been to the beach. It is also great to use when out in the sun as an after-sun moisturiser. To be honest, it just smells so good, you don’t need an excuse to put it on!

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Original Monoi de Tahiti is coconut oil with the Tahitian tiare flower, but it also offers different fragrances from other local scents such as sandalwood, frangipani, ylang ylang and vanilla, or just coconut. If you only try one thing from Tahiti ever, get a bottle of this oil!” Using naturally derived plant and minerals is what island people do best. They believe that everything has a purpose and it is best untampered and in true form. As a beauty therapist, Julie remarked that it is not only about feeling great and smelling good, but looking at what brings antioxidants, what brings healing properties and how it can help with ageing and general wellbeing. She has two standout favourites that she endorses. “My number one would be tamanu oil. This green nutty oil is a must for the body. It has amazing healing properties and in Tahiti we use it every day for any skin conditions such as, mosquitoes bites, inflammation, eczema and burns. My mum would not let me go anywhere, even to bed, after a day in the sun unless I was covered with tamanu oil. I used to hate it, as its natural smell is really quite unpleasant, but I have to say, 'thanks Mum', as my skin would never peel after sun burn! I have, in my career, been to many skin ingredient training seminars and conferences and tamanu always comes back as the worldwide number one to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process. Look at the back of your favourite healing cream, you might be already be using it without even knowing! The second one is a fruit called noni. It can be taken orally or applied topically. It is also very unpleasant in smell but can be used in different ways and various recipes. You could also make it in a tea form and apply it on your face before moisturising or straight from the tree. Noni is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as vitamins B, C and E, beta carotene, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It also contains proxeronine which supports the good functioning of cell membranes, keeping the skin youthful. In addition, it stimulates collagen production and therefore assists in wrinkle reduction."

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EMS Training WO R D S — C L AI R E S C O T T

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WORKOUT OF YOUR DREAMS fu/nis EMS training recognizes that there are so many things that fill our 24 hour—work, commute, time with family, socialising with friends, entertainment, wellness—that it can feel impossible to do it all. They ensure that fitness can be part of that by offering a full-body workout in 20 minutes, so that you are in and out in only 30. The workout is time effective, yet challenging. It targets 90% of your muscle groups for a focused, complete workout that packs your 90 minute gym workout into just 20 minutes. Suitable for busy lives, EMS training will allow you to quickly get toned and in-shape for summer.

So, how is this all possible? The Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) concept uses small impulses to activate your muscles for you. This concept has been used since half a century for rehab purposes. In EMS training, physical therapy gets an edge, and your muscles get contracted at an intensified rate - so you basically work against your own resistance. Paired with a functional, bodyweight-based exercise program, it results in a striking full-body workout. It’s a unique concept, different from your traditional workout class. Along with its multitude of benefits, makes it super worth trying. “EMS training gets you results. It’s challenging and motivating, and as a bonus, it’s fast,” Catrina said. You don’t want to miss out on this training.

DESIGNED FOR YOU fu/nis EMS training is personal training, so each session is optimised to meet your goals and suit your individual fitness level. This ensures results within a couple weeks while only completing one EMS session per week. With the sessions lasting only 20 minutes, fu/nis ensures you are getting the most out of them. Having a personal trainer at your side certainly helps push you through your comfort zone to achieve your personal health and fitness goals. 8 C O M M E R C E S T, A U C K L AN D / 0 9 3 7 3 3 0 0 4 F U N I S-E M S T R AI N I N G . C O. N Z






With Verve's beauty awards being a hot topic in this issue it is important to discuss what beauty is to us. Is it age, wisdom, personality, looks, all of the above and more? Beauty is more than skin deep. Whether we choose to enhance our beauty with makeup, clothes, education or just simply being ourselves. Beauty holds no expectations and we should feel beautiful whenever, wherever.

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With the pressures of today’s society, we’re witnessing social media trump our own thoughts and feelings towards others and ourselves. We call it a ‘social spiral’ where you are on social media scrolling down the endless feed. You look at the clock and your poor thumb has been doing the same up and down motion for hours; yes, you’re hooked.


OCT 2019

5 Minutes with

Servilles hairstylist

Kylie Dyers

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A HAIRSTYLIST? I never knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. While studying makeup we did a fair bit of hairstyling and I found myself enjoying it more than I ever thought I would. From then on I researched the best place to further my knowledge and I’ve just been with Servilles ever since. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF WORKING AT SERVILLES NEWMARKET? The Newmarket family for sure. There’s nothing better than working alongside an awesome team of creative people who are so supportive. I also love the interaction between clients. I’ve been very lucky and I’ve built such a special relationship with my clients. I enjoy their company as much as I enjoy doing their hair.


YOU DO SOME LOVELY COLOUR WORK. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE COLOUR TO WORK WITH? I don’t have a favourite colour to work with but I love doing freehand work. Creating textures with colour is probably what I enjoy most. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT AUCKLAND? I got a French bulldog in December so I’m enjoying taking him to all the dog parks we have here. My fave at the moment is Meola Reef in Point Chevalier, but I love finding new parks and exploring new parts of Auckland that way. CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR PERSONAL BEAUTY ROUTINE? I have started a new skin routine with my favourite skin clinic, Skin Ritual, in Newmarket. I’m getting a course of a vitamin A peel to brighten, tighten and minimise pigmentation. At home, my routine includes a deep cleanse by Osmosis, PCA intensive brightening retinol treatment, Osmosis polish enzyme exfoliant, PCA silk coat balm and finally the Coola Dawn Patrol SPF30 primer. Loving my results so far and the girls there are so lovely too! ARE THERE ANY HAIR TRENDS THAT YOU'RE CURRENTLY LOVING? I’m loving warmer tones at the moment. Soft, lived-in textures with effortless styling. Nice and easy and perfect for summer. V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

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WHAT IS HAIR VITALISATION? The Swiss Color Derma SR8 hair vitalising method is based on a comprehensive treatment, combining microneedling and high quality hair vitalising serums. It involves stimulating inactive hair follicles which activates the regeneration process of the scalp tissue and the hair roots. This leads to improvement in hair growth (hair thickness) as well as a reduction of hair loss occurring. The Hair Vitaliser begins with the regeneration of the hair root and ends in the hair tips, leaving behind healthy and radiant hair. Repeat treatments are recommended at intervals of 3-4 weeks.

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RECOMMENDATIONS: For the most effective results, we recommend a Hair Vitalisation treatment every 3-4 weeks for 4-10 sessions in total. Once the treatment cycle is complete, single follow up treatments are recommended every 6-12 months depending on the customer.


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Think Well, Be Well, Love Well


“When most people think about mindfulness, they tend to think about formal mindfulness meditation, sitting cross legged, with your fingers in this particular shape, in some dreamy location,” mused Holly Dixon during her Raising the Bar talk, ‘Mindfulness in the Bedroom and Beyond’. “But that isn’t the only way to practise mindfulness. In fact, at its core, mindfulness is not about meditation, mindfulness is really an approach to life.”


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“Our body might be present but our mind is ping-ponging between things in the past and worries in the future.”

Holly Dixon holds a Masters of Arts with first class honours and is a PhD candidate at Auckland University’s Department of Psychological Medicine. She is also the co-founder of Togetherly (togetherly. co.nz), a social start-up that aims to teach everyday folk how to be better at relationships by using evidencebased tools like mindfulness. Though Holly has led the health and wellbeing curriculum at her university’s medical programme for the past couple of years, and has conducted lectures, it was her first Raising the Bar event—so I begin by asking how she felt it went.

says Holly. “Our body might be present but our mind is ping-ponging between things in the past and worries in the future.”

“Well, you can’t have notes and you can’t have slides which means I had to remember a 45-minute talk off the top of my head while making it sound off-the-cuff!” she chuckles. “But it was really good fun—I actually enjoyed myself immensely, and people laughed at my jokes, which was a relief.”

Including, as the title of her Raising the Bar talk states, in the bedroom.

Holly has always harboured an interest in wellbeing and attachment histories, as well as relationship health— partly in response to her parents divorcing when she was a youngster, and partly due to some personal past issues with mental health. "My research looks at relationships and health," she says. "The translation of this research for the mainstream, via Togetherly, is not designed to be therapy, or a replacement for it. I kind of consider it psycho-education.” Mindfulness, she believes, can be “the birthplace of every good thing that happens in relationships”. Contrary to Freud’s suggestions, Holly says our strongest impulses are not sex or aggression, rather the need for close and comforting connections. Our childhood need for security continues into adulthood, and she compares a good relationship with a good diet and vitamin intake in terms of health benefits, citing that it even improves our physical wellbeing, too. However, Holly laments that we’re prone to sabotage such relationships to the point where they may become among “the most threatening, challenging, traumatic experiences of our life”. The reasons for this may be multifold: we get too used to our partners, leading to complacency and boredom; we fail to acknowledge or accommodate our partner’s needs; and we are too easily distracted. “Research shows that our minds wander 47 percent of the time,”

Enter, the concept of being present in the moment. Enter, mindfulness. “It’s a way of processing experience, a quality of consciousness, of relating to your individual experience,” says Holly, “and though I would agree that it is a personal journey, the effect can be applied interpersonally.”

“If you get the basics and your relationship right, and you have greater intimacy and sense of connection, it is obviously going to flow on into the bedroom,” says Holly. “Mindfulness also not only increases the harmony between women’s sexual arousal and desire, but has been shown—in small studies—to be beneficial in combating erectile dysfunction.” I ask if Holly is adept at using her mindfulness research to better improve her own relationships. “You should call back later to ask my partner! I think the biggest skill that I have developed is the ability to catch myself if I’m, say, being overly critical. I consider myself a recovering anxiously-attached person—as well as a recovering perfectionist. These things affect relationships. It means I can be hyper-vigilant to signs of rejection, so one of the things I feel I do well now is to acknowledge my own thoughts with greater objectivity.” And is your partner on board with the mindfulness philosophy? “I like to think of it as a way of life. Of relating to your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental matter, so I hope that he is cultivating that capacity within himself. He doesn’t meditate, but you don’t have to—mindfulness is not synonymous with meditation. He did say to me a couple of months ago that he thinks everyone should have at least some relationship education in their lives, which I thought was amazing!” Our main job within our relationships, muses Holly, is to support and nurture each other, while providing security, and “mindfulness helps you to do just that”.

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Fats: Fishing through the facts Fats in food and various oils is a hot topic, but with so many controversial opinions being offered, it can be overwhelming to understand. In this article, we will explore the subject from a more balanced, unbiased and scientific perspective. WORDS — DR KAMAL KARL

Small amounts of fat are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. The body cannot make essential fatty acids on its own, and these are necessary to absorb vitamins A, D and E (fat soluble vitamins that play an important role in maintaining health).


Fat that is not used by the body’s cells gets converted into body fat, as do also unused carbohydrates and proteins. However, fats provide the body with nine kilocalories of energy per gram, which is more than twice that supplied by proteins or carbohydrates. With this in mind, a low fat, balanced diet, is the key to maintaining optimal weight and health. Many popular diets nowadays are essentially varying flavours of this central theme.

Fats: the good, the bad and the ugly Fats in food sources can be saturated or unsaturated. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and include those from meat, butter, ghee, lard, hard cheeses like cheddar, coconut oil and palm oil. Too much of these fats can raise harmful low density cholesterol molecules, which increase the chance of heart disease and stroke. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and are primarily found in plants, nuts and fish. These oils can be polyunsaturated or monounsaturated (such as olive and avocado oil). The polyunsaturated fats may be rich in omega-6, which is essentially present in all vegetable oils, or rich in omega-3 oils, which are found mainly in fish oil. Trans fats such as margarine are common in processed foods and are best avoided as they are harmful, hydrogenated oils. In recent times, coconut and hemp oil have been growing in popularity. Hemp seed provides a good source of a complete protein, and has other health

benefits due to being rich in arginine. There is a bit of confusion around hemp, but unless it is a full spectrum hemp oil (taken from the entire hemp plant, not just the seed), it does not pose any risk of psychoactive effects. Coconut oil contains a high saturated fat content of 90 percent and is actually greater than butter, which has 60 percent! The only advantage of coconut oil is that it’s slow to oxidise and resistant to rancidification, and also has a very high smoke point so is a good option to use in small quantities for cooking. Some claims of coconut oil are actually attributed to its medium chain triglyceride (MCT) content, but it’s important to remember that these are specialised formulations.

Fishy fats: the best kind Now that we have looked into the different types of fat, what type of fat does a healthy diet consist of? Ideally, we want to aim for a low calorie diet where fats are obtained through the use of monounsaturated oils (such as olive and avocado which is perfect in salad dressings, quick fry and baking options as the smoke point is reasonably high). In addition, try to consume more oily fish, 2-3 times a week, or supplement with quality fish oil to balance the ratio of helpful omega-3 fats. The modern diet is generally loaded with omega-6, which are inflammatory, and needs to be balanced with omega-3 oils to achieve a healthy ratio of 1:1 (it can be up to 10:1 omega6:omega-3 in many populations). High levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids (DHA and EPA) can be achieved by eating oily fish such as wild salmon or cod, or supplementing with fish oil to help improve cell function and promote a reduction in inflammatory activity. Long-term, low-grade inflammation is currently referred to as the main process responsible for all non-communicable diseases

Dr. Kamal Karl, MBBS, FACNEM, FRNZCGP, FNZCAM, currently practises in Auckland as a functional medicine practitioner. Specialising in treating chronic illness, he adopts an integrative, personalised and preventative approach to healthcare. Please email info@functionalmedicinedoctor.co.nz or visit functionalmedicinedoctor.co.nz for more information.

of modern times, such as heart disease and stroke. Research has also proven its validity in treating mental health disorders, especially depression. In light of the increasing positive research, in America and the UK, fish oil supplementation has now been approved for medical use. However, the most significant finding in recent years is the discovery of specialised resolvin molecules (found in DHA and EPA). These molecules have been found to actively promote not only anti-inflammation, but resolution of inflammation. This has heightened their role in the management of several illnesses, and doctors are now increasingly recommending that a fish oil supplement is incorporated for optimal health and wellbeing.

Quality matters With the huge range of fish oil on the shelf, it’s important to take into account a few factors to ensure you are choosing a high quality product: • FRESHNESS A high quality fish oil will be processed in an oxygenfree manufacturing environment to prevent rancidity. A fresh fish oil will not have a fishy smell or taste, and it should not repeat on you • FORM A triglyceride form is what is naturally found in fish, as such, this is what the body most easily recognises and absorbs


• PURITY Ensure your fish oil brand is third party tested, and is able to provide a certificate of analysis to show you the fatty acid profiles, as well as the environmental toxin/heavy metal levels. Finally, if you want help in choosing a high strength fish oil with the omega blend that is right for your needs, you can work with a knowledgeable health practitioner who will be able to provide a personalised treatment plan that incorporates diet, lifestyle and supplementation measures.

Summary • Fats are essential, and should be obtained through the use of monounsaturated and omega-3 oils • Resolvins from EPA and DHA are key molecules that are very effective in treating chronic inflammation • It’s essential to keep in mind form, freshness and purity when choosing your fish oil supplement

• Sustainably Sourced • Exceptionally Fresh • Non-GMO Verified • Third-Party Tested • Triglyceride Form • Friend of the Sea Certified Find Nordic Naturals at your local health store or pharmacy. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.



A little while ago I went to a workshop for people living with Arthritis and how to manage their condition. After the speaker had finished and opened up the floor to questions it struck me as interesting that most people were looking for a magic pill that would at the very least help, and at best cure their condition.


When the speaker recommended the best medicine they could take was regular exercise I could sense the disappointment by some of the audience. I suspect that was in part because the fitness industry portrays exercise as a bunch of young people wearing the latest trends in clothing, music blaring, lifting heavy weights and working at an intensity that is consistent with and Olympic athlete. Whilst that may be true of some gyms and during peak hours, there are a lot of exercise facilities that welcome all sections of the community and adapt the environment to the group of people using the gym at that moment in time. It is well documented that exercise is good for you but as we get older exercise can take a back seat. In fact as we age we should be doing more exercise, not less as it can help with a merid of age related health conditions. If you suffer from High blood pressure, Osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, Cancer, Weight gain, Anxiety and a range of Heart conditions then talk to your health professional about an exercise plan. For most conditions regular exercise is the key to improved health but knowing where to start and what to do can be the biggest challenge.


Keep it simple - start off with making a conscious decision to be more active. Find a friend to join you - exercise is social and helps keep you accountable. Speak to your health professional if you have any concerns Keep it fun - If you don't enjoy it, you won't do it, so do activities that you and your exercise buddy or buddies enjoy. Once you feel ready, check a couple of local gyms out and find one that resonates with you. Health benefits come from regular aerobic exercise (3 to 5 times a week) at an intensity from light to hard for between 30 to 60 minutes (light intensity 60 minutes, hard intensity 30 minutes). Plus, adding a few weights will help make you stronger and help with your overall health. Aim for 2 days a week, build up from light weights of 8 to 10 repetitions for 2 sets, to 10 to 15 repetitions for 3 sets. Your gym should be able to write a programme that is appropriate for your condition but if they can't ask them to refer you to someone who is experienced in that area. With all exercises start off light and build up as you get fitter, Exercise is the new medicine.

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Improve Your Fitness Without Injuries WO R D S — S AR AH B O U G H T WO O D


HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY FITNESS, WITHOUT INJURING MYSELF? Fitness and exercise are things always spoken about but can seem quite overwhelming and not always something we prioritise into our week. It does not need to involve an expensive gym membership, and exercise can be modified to suit any age and health condition. IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE: We all know and have heard time and time again the importance of exercise but what are the true benefits? • Weight loss • Gaining muscle and strength • Cardiovascular (heart) health • Improved circulation (blood flow) • Mental wellbeing • Increasing in energy levels • Reducing pain • Improving sleep Expanding on mental wellbeing, how often do you feel worse after exercising? Almost never! You feel better for doing something for yourself, doing something you know is benefiting your overall health while enjoying the natural endorphin (happy hormones) hit you get from exercise. Exercise has many (more than stated above) physical health benefits but never forget the positive, mental health benefits too. TYPES OF EXERCISE As an osteopath my first piece of exercise and fitness advice is to make it something you enjoy, otherwise the chances of you regularly exercising and sticking to it, are slim. Make it social and with a friend, so you are accountable for yourself and can motivate each other. Exercise ideally should aim to incorporate cardio fitness, resistance training and strengthening over the week. Cardio fitness elevates

your heart rate and might include a power walk, jog, run, or gym class. Resistance training can be as simple as using a TheraBand (elastic stretchy band). Strengthening can be weights-based. This does not mean lifting heavy weights at a gym, you could use household items. Always consult your health professional to find out what suits your levels of fitness and health. Exercise is appropriate at any age and modifiable to suit most health conditions. HOW TO AVOID INJURY • Start off slow • Slowly increase your frequency, duration and intensity • Technique • Stretch • Rest Injury prevention is not always easy but if you are careful you can help avoid any unnecessary injuries. I always recommend starting off slow. Do not expect to run 10km if you have never ran before. Consider a 5-10-minute walk, every second day, then slowly build up either the pace, the length or the number of times per week you walk. Then slowly increase all three: pace, duration, frequency per week. The same applies to most types of cardio exercises, start off small and slowly increase. Increasing too quickly can apply extra strain to untrained muscles and joints, making you more likely to injury yourself. The same applies to weights, do not expect to lift a 20kg weight, with perfect technique if you have never lifted weights before. Technique is something that is frequently overlooked, especially in high intensity classes. This is where a lot of injuries occur. It is far better to do the movement slower, focusing on your technique, than fast to keep up but injuring yourself and then unable to exercise for a few weeks.

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Osteopathy is a form of hands-on, physical therapy that treats the whole body, addressing the cause, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Stretch, stretch and stretch! Ask your health professional which stretches are best suited to you and how to do them properly to get the best result. Rest. Not every day can be an exercise day, just the same as exercising one day a week will not make adequate changes and yield significant benefits. Having rest days are important for recovering and allowing your tissues to repair. CHANGE YOUR EXERCISE To get improved results, change your exercise. This could mean trying a different gym class, instead of constantly doing the same ones. Try a new sport. In the same gym class, push yourself to a harder weight or increase the intensity (keeping technique in mind).

HOW CAN AN OSTEOPATH HELP MY FITNESS GOALS AND TREAT INJURIES Osteopathy is a form of hands-on, physical therapy, treating the whole body, addressing the cause, rather than just treating the symptoms. Your osteopath will help discuss your fitness goals and guide you in the right direction of how to achieve them and work in with other health professionals where applicable. Osteopathy is also aimed at helping prevent the injuries in the first place. Some injuries are not avoidable, but treatment is aimed at getting your body in the best possible state, making injuries less likely to occur. Osteopaths offer tailored advice to suit your individual needs and capabilities. This might include offering advice on types of exercises, stretches, lifestyle modifications to suit you.

Sarah is a Milford based osteopath, who is ACC registered, with no referral required. Book online through her website or email to make an appointment.




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Skirt and Shirt: Maggie Marilyn Earrings: Homage 55 Classic Blazer and Cigarette Pants: Paris Georgia

ÂŤ Stripe Suit: Adrienne Winkelmann available at Mercy Hospice, 1/320 Remuera Road Earrings: Love and Object V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z



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Blazer Dress: Maggie Marilyn Earrings: Homage


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Sebastian Blazer: Paris Georgia Boots: Zara 59 Grey Suit: Ingrid Starnes Bag: Love and Object Boots: Dries Van Noten

« Jacket: Allumette A.C. Paris available at Mercy Hospice, 453 Mt Eden Road Earrings: Love and Object V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


Bejewelled Nothing elevates an outďŹ t quite like statement jewellery. Whether it be structural, whimsical, beaded or beachy, catwalks from London to Milan showed us how it's done. Here are our favourite bold ear accessories of SS20 fashion month. WO R D S —PAR I S M I T C H E L L T E M P L E

Simone Rocha ss20

Sunshine set of four bangles by Sonia Boyajian from matchesfashion.com

By Nye by Echo Earrings $295 AUD from Theundone.com

^ Georgia Shell Pendant by Sophie Buhai from $2,358 from simonjames.co.nz

Long necklace by Bottega Veneta from Matchesfashion.com

Rina Earrings by Laura Lombardi $160 from Muse Boutique


Natural Black Anklet by Mirit Weinstock $172 from desordrestore.com

Kitano Necklace by Santangelo $410 USD from maryamnassirzadeh.com

Simone Rocha ss20

Prada ss20


Round + Drop Earrings by Sara Robertsson $560 AUD from Theundone.com


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Crisp Cottons What traditionally belonged to men now belongs equally to women. Oversized, breathable cottons were coveted all over the spring/summer runways. Whether thrown on with tailored slacks or thoughtfully layered, shirting is set to be this season’s greatest styling tool.





Bow Blouse $470 | Mahsa

Houston Dress $520 Wynn Hamlyn

Oversized tee $79 Commoners

Utility Pant $159 Commoners V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

Larry Dress by Paris Georgia $769 Parisgeorgiastore.com

Cotton Striped Shirt Dress by Raey matchesfashion.com

Hot Body Swimwear hotbodyswimwear.co.nz JETS available at Hot Body

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Seriously these one-pieces will look good on everyone. We are loving the clever cut-outs, graphic patterns and strappy detailing: not to mention the cute-as-pie, mum and bub ensemble. Take a look at Verve’s selection of the best one pieces for Summer 2019. Fabulous for that tropical getaway, or for stay-at-home beach days.

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If you follow me on Instagram @signaturestylenz or Facebook you will likely have seen my weekly style tips on video. I recorded 52 of these between Christmas and New Year and each week, my videographer sends me one. The original plan was that he would send all of them but hey, he’s young and young men like to put things off until the last minute and I’m okay with that. What that does mean is that every Saturday afternoon I get sent a video which was recorded at the end of last year and is often on a topic that I’d forgotten about. It’s almost as much of a surprise to me as you when I load these onto my social media. This weeks’ 'Style Snippet' was one that I particularly liked. In short, it was about following a recipe. Now, you’re possibly reading this and thinking, “Style isn’t about following a recipe” but you know what? It is. As much as I’m not sure that a paint-by-numbers approach is particularly stylish, I do know that assimilating style ideas from various sources to create your own look is. I even have clients who tell me they will walk into a store and ask for the exact outfit they see on one of the mannequins in the window – and I think that is smart. Why not take advantage of someone else’s flair?


My point with this weeks’ snippet is that when you first make a recipe—say for a batch of muffins—you follow it rigorously, measuring out the exact portions of each ingredient. After you’ve made those muffins a few times you can start to change that recipe up a bit: add some blueberries or chocolate chips or whatever it is you fancy. I think true style is a bit like that. You start with a framework of what is in style and works for you, then you can mix it up and add elements of your own. That might mean buying your shirt in a size too big as you like the idea of wearing it in a more relaxed and slouchy way. It might mean choosing a wide-legged pant instead of your usual skinny jeans and working those back with an existing top half. It’s basically the same outfit, you’ve just added elements of your own to it. That’s when you start to develop a style that’s truly yours.

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Believe it or not, there is something better than shopping for new clothes… and that's thrifting them. Not only is it ethical, within an industry that is the second most damaging polluter of our planet, but we are also feeding our passion for fashion at a more affordable price. Fast fashion encourages a throwaway mentality, and this is a trend that needs to be put behind us and we now need to capitalise on slow fashion.

Dove Hospice Shop – Remuera This particular Dove shop has a wide range of stock. I always go to the coat section first. But if you look in the glass cabinets you can find some seriously chic accessories, I once stumbled across some vintage Versace glasses.

Now, I'm one of those people who although loves to spread the word of her bargains, I don't always want to give the game away! Otherwise, I'll go into these stores and there will be nothing left for me. So think of me when you're shopping and save me some gems!

Auckland City Mission – Glen Innes Be sure when you put this in your GPS to choose the op shop in Glen Innes as it may take you right into the city otherwise! Nevertheless, this is certainly a hidden gem. The store is small but on Saturdays it is super busy. I believe it's the day they get their new stock in. My mum found a Kenzo shirt, we now have a rule – I get all the good stuff if I drive.

However, I'm feeling like I should share my love for thrifting especially with sustainable fashion being the focus of New Zealand Fashion Week this year. So, count yourself lucky you're in for a treat. In no particular order…

Mercy Shop – Ponsonby Though on the pricier side you're bound to find some Trelise Cooper pieces and some top designer brands. It's a very tasteful op shop. Something will catch your eye here for sure.

SaveMart – Onehunga (Everyone's favourite) Now don't hold me to this but I think the one in Onehunga is the best of the Auckland bunch. It's the head office store and whenever I've been I have seen some real gems… even some iconic Gucci gold-fringed heels.

The Collective – Birkenhead Selling a selection of sourced and donated clothes and furniture, you will find something here for you. You walk in and I don't know about you but when I see lots of colours it boosts my mood, meaning I spend more. I can leave with a clear conscious because 50% of their profits go to The Mental Health Foundation of NZ.

Scotties – Ponsonby Introduced to this shop by Jude (coeditor of Verve). I was keen to go and check it out. If you're after high fashion Scotties is the place to go. At the back, they have rails and rails filled with second-hand pieces with the likes of Dior, Chanel, Marnie and more. I purchased some beautiful Prada ‘sunnies', which I am in love with.

This is the exact reason why I love op shops; I fuel my love for fashion, I play a role in the sustainable fashion movement and help others while I'm at it! So you have my permission to shop till you drop!

Country Calm Set in the barren landscape of South Africa’s Upper Karoo, a farmhouse elicits a sensorial experience through subtle contrasts in colour, material, form and pattern.

Words — Tracy Lynn Chemaly Styling — Sven Alberding Photography — Elsa Young




The black accents in the white bathroom – wardrobe, lights and mirrors – are also from Amatuli, while the Meir taps are from Flush Bathrooms. The counter has been fashioned from reeds found on the farm, complementing the organic texture of the stone floors painted in white, which are juxtaposed by the glossy herringbonepatterned tiles behind the twin basins and mirrors. V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

A sheepskin rug and a lampshade made from a ďŹ shing trap, found at a roadside farmstall in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, create warm texture in the white bathroom where the freestanding bath from Italtile plays the main role, emphasising the bare-necessities appeal of farm life, while calling for indulgent me-time.


The bed and its headrest are concrete constructions connected to the wall dividing the bedroom and bathroom. This all-white unit forms a counter-top for books, plants, candles and keepsakes found during farm stays. V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z




Delux Interiors The Delux Interiors showroom on Wellesley St in the City (by Elliot Stables) is home to ByKepi luxury furniture and is exclusively represented here by the New Zealand company. The gallery, located in a historic building on the corner of Wellesley and Elliot Streets, was built in the late 1880s and features ByKepi’s stunning collections in a variety of styles, each with signature elements and a well thought out continuity. Each collection – classic, art deco or contemporary – is represented by custom made bespoke pieces featuring outstanding quality and selection. Stylish wooden boxes contain a multitude of wood samples in a variety of finishes. These are complemented by a wide variety of sumptuous fabric swatches and metal samples so each piece can be ordered with a customised height, size, colour, wood, fabric, and metal. 15- 3 1 W E L L E S L E Y S T, A U C K L AN D � 0800 9 9 4 9 3 0 � D E L U X I N T E R I O R S. C O. N Z 72

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Dutch master Piet Oudolf is routinely hailed as the world’s greatest gardener, described as a “design genius” by the likes of Esquire magazine and the UK’s Telegraph. He has a shelf (or should that be shed?) full of internationals gongs to back up such praise, including the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal, a 150-year-old prize awarded by London’s Royal Horticultural Society to “persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture”. I ask Piet if he considers himself an artist as much as a gardener, and the reply is that he’s a combination of both: “You cannot stand out if you are not different to other people.” And stand out the 74-year-old most certainly always has, long established as horticulture’s ever-evolving renegade, tearing pages from the gardening rulebook like weeds from a lawn. Famed for mimicking the natural wilderness in his designs, you won’t find fastidiously pruned flower beds and neatly strimmed edges in Piet’s parks, rather spontaneous, textured expanses of sweeping grasses and rippling perennials. Piet is also lauded for his consideration of gardens during fall and winter, finding the beauty in decaying plants in their quite literal autumn years, while embracing nature’s usually ignored. “That was always part of the idea,” he says. “Why should a garden’s beauty only be in the flower? It can be in the seeds or the heart or in the character of the plant. It is about the atmosphere. It is about the time of the year.” It can also be in the skeletal, frosted stem of a plant come winter, but fall, he says, is the season he most loves. Not too hot, not too cold. He can still sit comfortably outside, and reflect. “All of the plants I use have a purpose for a particular season and a particular place in the system of my designs.” His designs have graced parks, gardens and urban public spaces in many of Europe’s and North America’s major cities like London, Chicago, Copenhagen and Toronto. He is still so in demand with international architects and city planners that, he reveals over the phone from his home in the Netherlands, he chose to stop accepting commissions last January (“I love my work, but as you get older you want a little privacy, to create a little bit more space in life.”). He has also co-authored several horticultural tomes and even

bred his own plant strains. Piet’s most well-known project is undoubtedly High Line in New York, a 2.3-kilometre-long section of railway viaduct that has been turned into an elevated urban park. “New York is a major attraction, but there are smaller scale projects that are significant,” says Piet. “I have created several neighbourhood parks in Sweden, for example, that are of great importance to the local communities. I know what it does for the people that live there.” Throughout the decades, Piet says that it has been his mission to create greater awareness of the importance of such spaces, “of what plants can do for the soil, for your soul and for the environment”. His entry into the horticultural industry came rather late, occurring around aged 25 when he began work at a garden centre. I ask if he’d always been a creative soul. “I don’t know. I was curious all of my life. I didn’t know how to grow up, you know. I was a not an easy child. I didn’t finish school. I didn’t know what to do. I just lived lived my life, so to say, but always curious.” Did that curiosity spill over into your experimental approach to gardening? “I think so, in the sense that I always wanted to go a little bit deeper than people would normally want to go. I wanted to know more about plants, about how they grew, the ecology, and how they worked together. And I think I was always interested in design, and the architecture of plants. You could see them as characters, or you could see them as architectural structures. I could express myself by working with plants, as you do in art.” There is, I wonder, perhaps no better metaphor for the beauty—and fragility—of life, than a garden. “The garden is a metaphor for so many things that can touch you so, so deeply,” says Piet. “It’s about birth and rebirth and life after that. I would say it’s a metaphor for more than life; for lives.”


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Boffi | De Padova is one of Italy’s most prestigious design companies, renowned for its design excellence and Italian craftsmanship. Stephen Horton owns the New Zealand arm of Boffi, a newly revamped showroom in Grafton — an area synonymous with international design labels. Independently owned by Stephen, it’s one of 60 flagship stores around the world and displays the exquisite sophistication of Boffi | De Padova design to perfection. Verve recently had the pleasure of meeting with Boffi’s owner, Mr Roberto Gavazzi, in Auckland for the launch. You stand at the helm of Boffi worldwide? Yes. I started with Boffi in 1989. I knew the Boffi family and Paulo Boffi wanted to find a partner because he didn’t have family who could continue the business. It was a fantastic opportunity. Our creative director, Piero Lissoni, was a very young designer and art director then. The two of us started a new era for Boffi. How has Boffi changed during those years? We’ve gone from being a specialised kitchen producer to a diversified company offering highend kitchen, bathroom, furniture, shelving and storage solutions. You’ve merged with other companies? Our vision was to create the Boffi style in every single area of the home. To achieve this, we wanted firstly to add De Padova which was one of the best furniture design companies in Italy. It’s

a special brand and we wanted to represent it in the best possible way. Magdalena De Padova headed De Padova before passing the helm to her children. She was the first to import top Danish furniture and Eames products to Italy. Then she worked with some of the top designers of the world. She’s famous in the architectural world and it took us a few years to convince the company to merge with us. Then MA/U joined us, a company that offers innovative shelving and wardrobe solutions, and more recently, ADL, which are a range of doors. We don’t call them doors, we call them connectors. They’re designed to complement the architecture. We’re one of very few companies offering complete, high-end solutions from bathrooms to kitchens, to doors, to tiles, to taps, to furniture, to everything you need for a beautiful home. Boffi has a focus on eco-sustainability too? This is an important part of Boffi, plus, our stone and metals are handcrafted. The reality is that there is always something that’s not perfect sustainably. Everything has a little bit of an advantage and a disadvantage. For example, glass is beautiful and ceramic is beautiful. All of these are produced in big ovens – once they’re produced they’re perfectly recyclable, but production is another story. Are you based at the Boffi head office? Yes, we are in Lentate sul Seveso in Brianza, which is a design centre north of Milan. It’s an area where 80-90 percent of the top design companies in Italy are located. Many designers are from Milan so it’s a region that has a number of advantages for excellence in design. We’ve heard you have a training centre for people like architects and interior designers who work with Boffi | De Padova? We run a training centre where architects and designers can come and learn in-depth about our products because there is a creative part and a technical part to Boffi — it can be quite complex. People need to understand the range of what we have, how it works technically and what it can be aesthetically. We feel it’s important to offer the best know-how and the best service so we can deliver what our customers want. So people can come to the Boffi Studio here and sit down with Stephen who brings the Boffi headquarters back from the training centre with him. You can’t see all of the Boffi family but we’re all standing right behind him. If any architects/designers are interested in attending the training centre, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Stephen.

Every Boffi collection hides an idea that strikes an emotion and seizes the senses.

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Homely Living


Words — Mya Cole





1. Golden Pot Astier de Villatte Golden incense display pot by celebrated French ceramic house, Astier de Villatte. The incense pot is a stunning and functional way to store your incense sticks and can also be used as a vase. Handmade ceramic, made in Paris.

2. Madame Chair Sika Design Sika Design’s Madame lounge chair is an attractive rattan chair designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1951. Characterised by harmonious lines and an inviting, wide seat perfected by a soft cushion. It makes a gentle eyecatcher that features rattan classics.

3. Missoni Rafah Cushion Missoni Home Bring thoughtful colour and texture to your home with this Rafah cushion from Missoni Home. It comes with a luxuriously soft feather and down cushion pad included and sits wonderfully alongside a variety of cushions and fabrics.




4. Tatami Jute Weave Mat Nodi Handwoven Rugs An entirely hand woven rug, made with loving care by skilled artisans in India. This rug will add depth and character to your space. Being crafted means that each rug is different and will have slight imperfections, but consider these beauty spots, not flaws.

5. Dome Pendant Monmouth Glass Studio A modern classic shape; simple, elegant and beautiful. A most versatile shape, the dome pendant looks stunning as a group or solitaire in almost any setting. Each glass pendants are blown and shaped by hand. No two are identical.

6. CS Planter Modernica The Case Study planters can be used as an indoor planter to soften the lines of a room, or as a sculptural piece in the garden, blurring the lines between exterior and interior spaces. The simple cylinder shape sits elegantly upon a Brazilian walnut base.





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7. Mantis Wall Lamp Lampe Mantis Designed by Bernard Schottlander, Mantis BS2 is one very unique wall lamp and so elegant. Positioned over an armchair, a sofa, a table or a workplan, it sets up and occupies the space like no other, without imposing.

8. Twist Pendant Monmouth Glass Studio The optical pattern of the twist pendant accentuates transparency and refraction to create a gorgeous jewel-like effect. Each of these glass pendants are blown and shaped by hand. The beauty of these handmade objects is that no two are exactly identical.

9. Biny Table Lamp Biny DCW Editions Designed in 1957 Biny remains resolutely modern. Biny incorporated blinds that can be used to direct the light on to the reading surface. For a gentler but powerful light, this developed re-edition uses 2700K LED technology.




10. Missoni Willow Throw Missoni Home Instantly refresh a room with this eyecatching throw from Missoni Home. Willow is an intriguing double side jacquard weave in a complex camouflage-like pattern that blends from dark blues to greens. Its fine wool mix blend delivers a soft handle.

11. Arnold Circus Stool Martino Gamper This new generation of Martino's Arnold Circus Stools are proudly made in New Zealand for the first time. A roomier seating area and a more robust edge. The design is still as light and versatile. Made from 100% recyclable polyethylene plastic.

12. Bolster Cushion Klay Studios These Bolster cushions are structured and firm, and meticulously hand made with five hand crafted layers. Firm, but soft to the touch. An inner foam tube is wrapped in wadding, which is then enclosed by batting. Made in New Zealand.






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Start the morning with a hike There’s something really special about the early morning light in Los Angeles and the trails from the Los Feliz entrance up to the Griffith Park Observatory are a dreamy way to start the day.

I’ve always loved Los Angeles and the relaxed, warm weather lifestyle it offers along with the charm of old California, the classic cars at every turn, and the golden hour sunsets which never disappoint. As a creative, it’s a place that continuously inspires. There’s always a show to go to, a gallery to visit, someone new to meet, and coffee shops to discover, as well as hidden inspiration in the old Hollywood architecture and the way that everyone here seems to be chasing something more.


I tend to spend most of my time in Los Angeles on the East Side, in neighbourhoods like Highland Park, Atwater Village, Silverlake and Echo Park, which are reminiscent to what Ponsonby Road offers. Here are some of my favourite places to discover on the East Side.


Breakfast at Pollen Australian owned Pollen in Echo Park is a neighbourhood favourite (and also the perfect place for meetings and getting some work done on the outdoor patio). Their French toast is a winner and they serve up great brew in a cosy, relaxed setting. Pollen | 2100 Echo Park Avenue Silverlake Farmers Market Every Tuesday and Saturday on the corner of Sunset and Edgecliffe Drive, this neighbourhood market is where you can pick up fresh produce, vintage clothing, jewellery and cut flowers. It’s got all the essentials with a side of style and it’s a great place for a stroll with coffee or fresh OJ in hand. The Now With their boho-chic interiors and calming atmosphere, this right here is your one-stop shop for a healing therapeutic massage as well as where you can pick up carefully selected apothecary items, dainty jewels and crystals. The Now | 3329 Sunset Blvd

Stay I love staying at Noon on Sunset—it’s what I’d describe as 'an Airbnb-cross-boutique accommodation', and located on Sunset Boulevard right between Echo Park and Silverlake. Each room is light and bright with a shared communal kitchen and lounge area. It’s the kind of place which you look forward to heading back to and feels a little bit like home. Noon on Sunset | 1436 Sunset Blvd


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Shopping I love the laid back stores and thrift shopping on this side of town. Check out Stories Books & Cafe which is home to both new and used books as well as a bright outdoor patio where you can enjoy your new purchases with an iced coffee in hand. Stories Books and Cafe | 1716 Sunset Blvd If you’re in the market for records, Slick City Records is a barber and record store in one which also houses an impressive vintage t-shirt collection. Slick City Records | 3323 Sunset Blvd For that afternoon coffee: Eightfold | 1294 Sunset Blvd La Colombe | 3900 Sunset Blvd Intelligentsia | 3922 Sunset Blvd Dayglow | 3206 Sunset Blvd Roo | 1523 Griffith Park Blvd

Echo Park has some of the best thrift stores in LA. Spend your day seeking out gems at Sunday’s Best Vintage, Worship, American Superior Used Clothing and Lemon Frogg. Sunday’s Best Vintage | 1557 Sunset Blvd Worship | 1104 Mohawk Street American Superior Used Clothing | 1707 Sunset Blvd Lemon Frogg | 1202 N Alvarado St Nico and Bullitt | 2205 Sunset Blvd Another favourite is Cactus store, a beautifully curated space filled to the brim with cacti sourced from farms along the Mexican border, private growers and decade-old secret collections. All the cacti are housed in vintage terracotta pots and are artistically displayed in what could just be the most photogenic cactus store of all time. Cactus Store | 1505 Echo Park Ave Lunch at Sawyer With a stunning indoor bar and restaurant as well as outdoor patio seating, tuck into dinner at Sawyer or brunch on weekends for farm to table style dining in a beautiful setting. Sawyer | 3709 Sunset Blvd

Pre dinner drinks at Bandini I’m going to dub this one the cosiest wine bars in Los Angeles. It’s simple interiors, a menu of local Californian wines and well-versed bartenders make this a great spot for a casual date night. Bandini | 2150 Sunset Blvd

Another nearby spot for drinks is Bar Calo which is the place for a cheeky cocktail and bites to eat. With a fully stocked bar where they specialise in mescal concoctions, get cosy on their lounge and enjoy the rosy hues of this beautifully designed space. Dinner at Elf This little spot is tucked away on Sunset with a Mediterranean inspired, organic vegan menu. A perfect little spot for date night or a cosy dinner, Elf is one of those magical little spots where good food and wine come together in utmost harmony. Elf Cafe | 2135 Sunset Blvd




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Come to the Avantgarde showroom and meet with Bruce and Claudia who’ll take time for you to achieve your very own, individually designed dream kitchen and choose from a multitude of finishes and colours, handles and opening systems, bench tops of all materials and much more. LEICHT kitchens are a treat to work in and you’ll derive pleasure from these kitchens on a daily basis due to their flawless and enduring functionality and their pleasant appearance and low maintenance. Whether for your new build or do up, or even as a first home buyer, come in, get inspired and be surprised at how competitively priced German made LEICHT kitchens can be. Call or visit us today. Did we forget to mention that there’s free parking in our courtyard for our customers? See you soon.

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Celebrating 21 Years of Harrowset Hall & saying goodbye to a local favourite

It’s a time to celebrate and after 21 years of successful trading Harrowset Hall is closing down. This decision has come at a time of upheaval with the redevelopment of the Westfield mall development and current plans with Auckland City Council to demolish the section of Nuffield St that houses the strip that Harrowset Hall has been part of. It is an exciting time for Newmarket with the redevelopment of the mall but owner Ingrid Memelink feels that it is time to reconsider redirection of energy and time. “Harrowset Hall has been a passion project for so many years and we have been hanging on these past few years while parts of Newmarket became a construction zone and customers largely stayed away from the area. Thankfully many of our loyal customers love what we do and kept us trading over that period. However retail has become more of a numbers game and large format chain stores constantly push product into the market at reduced prices leading customers to expect the same from smaller retailers. They now buy basics like sheeting online and expect specialist retailers to carry the occasional and obscure but still offer it to clients at half price! "With rising rents and expectations it is increasingly difficult to make a profit in store. We are encouraged by our many suppliers for whom we have been a very important outlet and will continue with our online presence and look forward to maintaining many of our customer relationships at our sister store The Linen Store on Broadway Newmarket. "We are looking at improving our presence online and providing a more interactive experience whereby we can show clients what we do and help them select items that will enhance their interiors.”

"These days a lot of homes look more like art galleries than places to rest and heal from the world. Concrete glass and steel is predominant and personally I feel people need to look at their soft furnishings and use them to soften the hard edges of their homes. We are leading such restless lives dashing hither and thither dropping off, picking up, it seems we hardly have time to breathe! Perhaps this is why cafes and restaurants are so full. People no longer feel like they are coming home. Just passing through? "For me home is a place of rest and relaxation. I love coming home, cooking at home and relaxing in my beautiful bedroom. It really is a sanctuary from the world. We need this as we contemplate the bigger picture of climate change and social upheaval. We need to think more responsibly about how we live and consume. In spite of the publicity of the risk posed by fast fashion and overseas conglomerates who spout about environmental strategies and yet produce disposable furniture and fast fashion items to the consumer. Consumption of these things has actually grown rather than slowed as people buy for the moment rather than for the long term. "If you spend a little more on a good pair of sheets that last significantly longer you are really helping the environment rather than buying cheap products multiple times. It will be sad to leave behind the legacy of maintaining a heritage brand in NZ but the gap between our overheads and our income has declined and news of the redevelopment has helped make my mind up. I have enjoyed the time which has had its ups and downs and look forward to continuing to provide quality linen at The Linen Store. Meanwhile we are going to enjoy a gentle closing down period and hope to see many of our regulars during our extended closing down sale which will start with 15% off all stock for the month of October."

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INDIA Intoxicates Words— Jamie Christian Desplaces

To capture India is to catch a flame. Upon arrival in Varanasi, the taxi driver’s GPS attempts to guide us through a heavily guarded army barracks where we are intercepted by a heavily armed soldier, who, with a smile nearly as large as the Kalashnikov slung across his chest, points us on our merry way. Our taxi driver, Keshav, occasionally serenades us, always smiles and poses for umpteen selfies during refreshment stops (you soon get used to that, too). He barely speaks English but by the end of the journey we are best of friends—he actually WhatsApps me while I am polishing off this article back on home soil! (Our very first taxi driver from the airport in Delhi at one point mounted the—kind of—pavement before tucking in behind a speeding ambulance, lights and sirens blazing, to ferry us faster through the traffic.) To capture India is to catch a flame. There are rules in India, it’s just that no one seems to obey them. In Jaipur I am offered a marijuana tea from a hole in the wall that I presume must be some kind of pharmacy. “It’s legal here?” I ask. “Sure,” I was told, with an unconvincing shrug before being handed a concoction that resembled a spirulina smoothie in an old plastic water bottle. Halfway through I am encouraged to say it’s green tea, if anyone asks. (A Google search and much, much giggling later I discovered that, though the rules are, er, hazy, cannabis is technically illegal.)


Jaipur is the second stop of our two-week tour of the north of the country, taking in the iconic ‘Golden Triangle’ route—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra— with a side trip to Varanasi, India’s holiest hub and one of the oldest cities on Earth.

To capture India is to catch a flame. I begin this on a train back to Delhi for our flight home, sipping on the sweetest of tea and meeting as many stares with as many smiles as I can muster (you soon get used to that). The train was delayed, but only for an hour-and-a-half this time. A few days earlier our overnight train was cancelled with a couple of hours’ notice, forcing us, on a tight schedule, to take a cross-country taxi ride for less than it would have cost to fly from Auckland to Wellington. There were no flights available, but we got the next best thing as we hurtled down the highway during what felt like a 600-kilometre skydive, undertaking, overtaking, dodging dogs, careening around cattle (they roam the streets everywhere like gods, which they kind of are there) and clipping a goat’s arse (it lived).

Delhi I’ve encountered some seriously bustling hubs in my time—Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kathmandu, Saigon, Beijing during Chinese New Year, last orders in London—but boy does Delhi take the biscuit. Over two thousand years, Hindus, Muslims and the British have battled over this ancient settlement on the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, and all made their indelible mark. India’s chaotic, cosmopolitan capital positively pulsates, green and yellow-topped auto rickshaws dominating its streets like worker bees. Fortresses and religious monuments pepper the walled city of Old Delhi (then known as Shahjahanabad), clues of its multi-faith past— and present—though it is magnificent Mughal architecture that most commands (the Mughal Empire, distant Muslim descendants of Genghis Khan, ruled much of India from the early 16th- until the mid-18th century, and created its united state). Red Fort, or Lal Qila, is a sprawling 17th-century sandstone palace and defensive complex that at its peak housed around 3,000 souls, while Jama Masjid, also built from sandstone around the same time, captivates with its contrasting marble domes. It is one of the largest mosques in India, and its spiritual presence feels almost like a physical force.

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It’s important too, to set aside some time to simply stroll some of Old Delhi’s neighbourhood streets, visiting the spice markets and sari sellers and sampling some of the city’s legendary street food. We also spend half a day doing the Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk led by former street kids who guide us through fascinating hard-to-find lanes and bazaars, culminating in a visit to the charitable organisation’s HQ to meet some of the impoverished youth under their care. New—or Central—Delhi houses an array of government buildings and is awash with British architecture (the area is also known as Lutyen’s Delhi in honour of the early 20th- century architect, Sir Edwin Lutyen, responsible for its design), but the most memorable monument is the Hindu temple complex of Akshardham. Though completed in 2005, the 100-acre pink-stone, dome-topped site mimics architecture from antiquity. I manage to (accidentally) time a visit to the impressive National Museum—India’s largest, covering 5,000 years of humanity—with the arrival of dozens of pilgrims who proceed to prostrate at a shrine said to hold relics of the Buddha, a truly mesmerising experience. Across the city, the National Gandhi Museum pays tribute to India’s most famous son with exhibits that include some personal effects and the blood-stained dhoti he was wearing when murdered. Jaipur Though the capital city of the state of Rajasthan boasts a population three million-strong, Jaipur almost feels like a rural retreat following a few days in Delhi. There’s a local saying that translates as: “What have I accomplished in my life, if I have not seen Jaipur?” It doesn’t take long to realise why. Surrounded by verdant hills, as with Delhi, there is also an old town in Jaipur. Here, it is nicknamed the ‘Pink City’ owing to the walls being, well, pink. The previously yellow structures were painted such in honour of Prince Albert’s 1876 royal visit, and the tradition stuck—bagging it Unesco World Heritage Site status last July (though admittedly, parts of it could do with another lick of pink paint). The city was founded in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Ja Singh II, a fascinating character obsessed with all things science and space. It was one of the world’s first ‘planned’ cities, broken into defined, geometrical blocks, and among its star attractions is Jantar Mantar, the largest of five observatories around northern India (there is also one in Delhi). Developed by Sing II in 1726, it comprises towering angular, abstract structures that measure such things as the location of stars and planetary orbits—think of them as enormous, celestial sundials. Another guided city walk reveals Jaipur’s rich artisan culture, with entire streets dedicated to the likes of jewellery making, metal working and marble sculpting, but the city’s crowning glory rests a few kilometres to the north on a site known as the Amber (or Amer) Fort and Palace. Construction began



him to create a monument to their love and this legendary mausoleum is the result (now entombing the bodies of both lovers). Often cited as the world’s most beautiful building, beginning 1632, it took 20,000 workers 17 years to complete the project, spread across 17 hectares. Forget all you think you know about this mighty marble shrine, for it is when you get up close that you truly realise its brilliance, its symmetry, its exquisite detailing of majestic motifs and entrances adorned with Koranic scripture. The iconic pillars at its four corners were even built with the slightest of tilts to ensure they fall away from the main structure in the event of an earthquake. As the sun rises, this palace of passion glows ever so slightly pink, and later in the day shifts from white to yellow to orange until the sun slips behind the horizon to leave its white marble glowing against a sky of black. Considering how in the world this could ever be topped, we make for a cold beer to escape the day’s searing sun, where I am accosted by a snake charmer who places a couple of cobras, in their basket, on my head! How to match cobras and the Taj Mahal? Varanasi is still to come.


in 1592 and continued for 125 years, and though much of it is now in a state of decay, it remains such a remarkable, imposing feat of engineering that as you approach it from a distance it feels as though it should have its own film score. Inside are gardens, shrines and palaces still adorned with complex, centuries-old carvings including, for the uber-eagleeyed visitor, the occasional Karma Sutra-esuqe artwork. Unsurprisingly, this one’s a Unesco World Heritage Site, too. Agra I am almost apprehensive about visiting Agra, the gateway to the Taj Mahal, for how could the reality of such an almost mythical structure—and story— possibly measure up? I needn’t have worried. The Taj Mahal, which translates as the “Crown Palace”, was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honour of his favourite wife, Arjuman Banu. It is said that on her deathbed, she asked V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

Varanasi India’s oldest and holiest city, Varanasi (or Banaras, Banares, or Kashi) means “resplendent with light”. Rows of steps known as ghats lead down from the city’s maze of streets to the River Ganges—or Ganga—considered sacred by Hindus. A morning boat ride along the Ganges provides a confronting yet compelling window into some of humanity’s most ancient rites. At one ghat, a body is dipped into the holy waters before being cremated on the riverbank while at the next a child bathes as a grandmother washes their clothes. It feels so improper to intrude, yet, returning, metres on from a funeral, a smiling family signal gestures of blessings towards us as their kids splash merrily in the shallows. It’s an utterly humbling experience, a journey taken in silence and contemplation that tempt the occasional tear, and the occasional smile. The city behind these people may have bloomed over the years, the waters may have blackened, but those faces, those riverbank practices, have remained unchanged for centuries. And there is comfort in that. Just 11 kilometres north of Varanasi, in Sarnath, Buddha preached his first sermon. We are only in the country for a fortnight, but it feels like a lifetime. In a good way. A fortnight later, I’m still processing it, and appreciating it more each day. How to sum up India? It is intoxicating and infuriating in equal measure. There is squalor, there is spirituality, there is colour, there is chaos, there is kindness and the occasional scam. There is heartbreak. There is humanity. There is a sensory overload, that at times is hard to take. There are a million different Indias. To capture India, is to catch a flame.

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Breathe in... breathe out... breathe in... breathe out... Suspended in the stillness of a floatation tank, your thoughts are disturbed only by the soothing sounds of your heartbeat and your lungs inflating and deflating with each voluminous breath. Breathe in... breathe out... breathe in.... breathe out... The oxygen almost echoes around the orb. Your rhythmic inhalations amplified like those within the helmet of an astronaut floating through space—the galactic metaphor emboldened by the sense of weightlessness as you lie atop a saline solution laden with half a tonne of therapeutic-grade Epsom salts. There is even a button that breaks the blackness of the chamber with tiny ceiling lights, like stars gently twinkling in the distance. Breathe in... breathe out... breathe in... breathe out... Before entering, I am told that, with my senses “unencumbered by sight or sound”, and in a state of complete relaxation, I may “surrender to a deeper a state of consciousness”, which I thought sounded pretty darn awesome. Once inside, I am imbued with a feeling of infiniteness, that, though the floatation orb is barely larger than a hot tub, I could glide in any direction, forever. That iconic scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey permeates my thoughts; when the bone is tossed toward the heavens before cutting to a shot of an orbiting satellite—from savages to spacemen, the history of humanity, in the blink of an eye. And then, with a blink of mine, I imagine my never-ending capsule as a cocoon, as a womb. From our most advanced state, to our most basic. I close my eyes and, with a cleared mind, floating, drift into the deepest and most peaceful of slumbers. Breathe in... breathe out... breathe in.... breathe out....

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Floatation therapy is one of several almost spiritual offerings from Earth Energies Sanctuary, New Zealand’s newest wellness retreat that is so exclusive its secluded cabin is the only guest accommodation on the sprawling, 200-acre site. Overlooking the verdant Waikato, the dramatic Coromandel Ranges and the calming waters of the firth of Thames, guests are invited to indulge in half- and full-day treatments such as zero balance, cranial massage, aromatouch therapy and clinical hypnotherapy. “All of our therapies have the common theme of bringing our guests to an alpha or even deeper theta brainwave state, thus restoring balance essential for optimum relaxation, creativity, insight and mindfulness,” says Marie Latus, who founded the sanctuary with husband Duncan McKenzie. “Our therapies make it possible to experience profound relaxation, bringing about complete balance and enabling the body to reset.” The sanctuary also provides ongoing support such as guided self-hypnosis to enable guests to “maintain their new sense of balance when back in the reality of their daily lives”. “We may not always be able to change what is happening around us but we can certainly control how we react to it,” says Marie. “Stresses of daily life do not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home parent, athlete, builder, hairdresser, farmer or city corporate – everybody feels pressure.” And so this Earth Mother sees it as her life’s mission to alleviate such stress: “There is something beautiful and balanced that comes forth when you allow things to evolve as you are following a life purpose, calling or dream.” >>



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The Journey

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Everything we do here is based around the right energy, working with nature on the land, growing native kawakawa for our ointments, caring for our cattle, nurturing the beehives and looking after our guests.

Both Marie and Duncan hail from mining backgrounds— Marie working in an environmental and health and safety role, and Duncan as an explosives technician. After more than two decades of “long hours, moving to a different state or country every three years” while juggling family and other commitments, “it was time to make a change”. For the previous 35 years, their 200-acre haven had served as a run-off for a local stock agent, comprising six paddocks with “no road, no power, no buildings, and no trough systems” (“what were we thinking!”). So, over a 10-year stretch, the pair built the sanctuary from absolute scratch—including laying down a couple of kilometres of power lines and the gravel road that winds its way up the hillside (and, much to this writer’s boyish delight, over a ford crossing).

The hilltop timber-clad cabin almost feels like Cathedral Cove with its cavernous roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that proffer uninterrupted views of a rolling landscape that cascades into the sea; the silence broken only by the occasional birdsong. The ripe surrounds may be further enjoyed from the suntrap deck, or the comfort of an egg-shaped bath. Another indulgence comes courtesy of a wood burner. There are two bedrooms, the master positioned on a mezzanine with more jaw dropping views. You don’t feel simply a connection to the surrounding environment, rather a part of it. Thousands of native trees punctuate the site that’s also roamed by red devon cattle, poultry and peacocks. Four stony-bottom creeks lace its base. “It a pleasure to see the natural ecosystem thriving with the return of native birds, frogs and wildlife,” says Marie. “Running our farm organically has really seen a return to a more balanced ecosystem. We have two bee yards, two kilometres apart, which ensures bees are an effective part of the natural ecosystem, enhancing clover pollination in pastures and improving native bush.”

What followed, admits Marie, was a “steep learning curve in animal husbandry, raising stock and caring for herds of cattle”, and, she says, living off the land become part of the family’s daily lives. That organicity seeps into the sanctuary's every molecule, from the architecture, to the treatments, to the pervading sense of serenity and the sweeping views. Marie says that deer regularly visit the grounds, and though I didn’t witness them during my stay, I was lucky enough to marvel at a storm rolling in during the evening to awake to sun kissed pastures beneath an expansive, cloudless sky. “The journey to get here has not always been blissful, there has been a lot of hard work in developing our organic farm and building the sanctuary infrastructure,” says Marie. “Much of the property was developed and built by Duncan along with our local tradies, under the careful eye of my creative design.” Stone and timbers used throughout the construction were locally sourced. “Everything we do here is based around the right energy, working with nature on the land, growing native kawakawa for our ointments, caring for our cattle, nurturing the beehives and looking after our guests,” says Marie. “We try to keep everything in a natural balance.”

As for nourishing visitors, guests may choose from a fine-dining menu, again, comprising locally sourced ingredients prepared by a local chef. “Staying here just provides a certain sense of peace and calm,” says Marie. “Walking around the bush is so invigorating and brings a sense of balance to the mind. No matter the effort we have put into developing this little patch of New Zealand paradise, it certainly gives back so much more.”


“Staying here just provides a certain sense of peace and calm. Walking around the bush is so invigorating and brings a sense of balance to the mind.”

Therapies at a Glance

As well as Marie’s diploma in clinical hypnotherapy, she has spent four years studying zero balance, including ZB 1 and 2, alchemy of touch, freely moveable joints, forms and fulcrums, and secrets of the skull. She has completed floatation therapy training, is aromatouch certified and a doTERRA wellness advocate. A consultant medical herbalist and naturopath assists with referrals, while products are handcrafted at the sanctuary, with many of the ingredients, such as kawakawa and beeswax, harvested on site. Floatation therapy: buoyed in a giant, enclosed orb, it may reduce stress, depression and anxiety while also relieving physical aches and strains. Many report improved sleep, a feeling of wellbeing, and enhanced creativity (I did). Full spectrum infrared sauna: this rejuvenating heat and light therapy penetrates tissues, muscles and joints and is said to help purify the body of toxins. Other benefits include increased metabolism, and muscular pain relief. Clinical hypnotherapy: can assist with rewiring the brain to avoid destructive thought patterns while alleviating stress and encouraging positive thinking. Can also be beneficial in tackling phobias and addictions. Aromatouch: involves the application of essential oils to key reflexology points on the body to balance the mind and the nervous system, while reducing pain and inflammation. Zero balance: is a mind-body tool that uses touch to “address the relationship between the structures of our body and energy flow” for “bone-deep relaxation”. Also includes a skull treatment. Felt super-supple and relaxed after this one, was one of this writer’s favourites.



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Janine Hall

Owner of Escape Haven and The Palm Tree House

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I’m an early riser, especially with my two beautiful girls; Indi who just turned three, and Lulah who just turned one.

When we are in Bali, our mornings are often filled with meetings and although we are not involved heavily in the day to day running of the retreats, it's great supporting the team and collaborating on new projects. If it is a weekend, we love going on adventure days as a family or couple; this may mean horse riding on the beach or heading to our favourite local beach resort. If it is just Trent and I, we love visiting Ubud for a day of wellbeing to fill up our energy tanks after a busy week. Switching off and filling up your own cup is what our retreats for women are all about, so it’s important to practise what we preach too!

7am The sun rises around 6am in Bali. My fiancé, Trent, and I love to start the day with a walk on our gorgeous local beach which comes alive at this time with surfers, fitness aficionados and dog walkers! Trent is a keen surfer so if the waves are good he may jump in for a quick surf session while I wander along the shore and enjoy a little quiet time before launching into the day.

8.30am We arrive home in time to take our two little girls to their playgroup, then we have breakfast and plan our day. Running our own businesses and living in Bali means we don’t live by the Monday to Friday nine-to-five, although sometimes it used to feel like Monday to Sunday nine-tonine! Thankfully, since we had the girls we’ve been able to pull back a lot from work with the support of our incredible management team. We still spend half of our year in Canggu, where Escape Haven and our new boutique women’s retreat The Palm Tree House, are both located. The other half of the year is spent in New Zealand on our boat or down at the surf beaches in the Coromandel where we both grew up.

12pm Canggu is a paradise for healthy food lovers! Often we will have lunch at our favourite beach-side restaurant COMO Uma Canggu. I also enjoy popping into retreat for lunch to meet some of the incredible ladies that visit from week to week. The meals on retreat are absolutely delicious. Our therapeutic chefs make everything from scratch and utilise the freshest local ingredients. Lunchtime may be healthy jackfruit tacos, fresh seafood, Balinese-inspired rice dishes and abundant salads. Gorgeous vibrant smoothie bowls and colourful pool platters are two highlights on retreat that we introduced this year that I also love.

3pm In the afternoons I always enjoy some kind of movement or exercise. At the moment I am loving switching between yoga and pilates, especially after two back to back pregnancies in my mid-40s! We have a luxury, air-conditioned gym in Canggu that offers wonderful private reformer pilates classes, as well as sunrise yoga classes overlooking the ocean. I’ve found yoga and pilates hugely helpful in getting me back on track in body, mind and spirit after both pregnancies.

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5pm Trent and I have a daily ritual of heading to the beach and watching the sunset. This is my favourite time of the day. Bali is well known for its stunning sunsets where the sky becomes a kaleidoscope of pink, purple and gold. No matter how busy the day is and how much we have on our plate, we always make the effort to fit this in. The girls and the dogs also love this special time at the beach each day.

6pm Dinners are early and enjoyed with my family. We have three amazing nannies who help us to look after the girls and are also terrific cooks, so often we will eat dinner in. Otherwise we will order dinner from one of the local restaurants. Canggu has a plethora of incredible eateries and everywhere in Bali home delivers. The days fly by so fast that being able to order in delicious healthy meals and eat in the comfort of our own home is really grounding and a lovely way to end the day together.

8pm As an early riser, I like to head to bed early. So once the girls are asleep I love to finish the day with some inspiring content; I absolutely love reading and also enjoy listening to inspiring authors like Brene Brown or Cara Alwill. We also love to travel and are mad boaties so sometimes I spend this time getting ideas for our next global adventure and reading up on the latest boats!




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Auckland’s biennial premier designer garden showcase is returning for a fifth time. Celebrating New Zealand garden design excellence, the Auckland Garden DesignFest on Saturday 16 Sunday 17 November will feature 18 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed gardens. Gardens are selected by the Garden Design Society of New Zealand, and for most, it is the first time that their gates will have been opened for public viewing. Each of the designers will be on-site, allowing visitors the rare experience to rub shoulders with some of New Zealand’s leading garden design talent. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and seek design advice, taking home ideas for enhancing their own gardens and outdoor entertaining areas.


The talented designers preparing to showcase their design work and skills to the public are: Xanthe White Design, Trish Bartleet, Dan Mackay, Andy Hamilton, Trudy Crerar, Mel Robinson, Damian Wendelborn, Craig Steiner, Jan Hart, Deb Hardy, Val Puxty, Adam Evans, Kate Ryan, Louise Hanlon, Kerry Speirs, Richard Neville and Ian Henderson. The fundraising event, organised jointly by the Garden Design Society of New Zealand and Rotary Newmarket, will support selected children’s charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand, Garden to Table and Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust. Deb Hardy, Auckland Garden DesignFest Joint Chairperson, says: “We look forward to welcoming visitors in November to not only visit these fabulous gardens and have a lovely day out, but to walk away with ideas and inspiration for their own outdoor spaces.”

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The Power of Reviews

In recent years, social media has resulted in ‘FOMO’, a global phenomenon otherwise known as the ‘fear of missing out’, be it on an amazing experience or deal. Travellers today are more inclined than ever to seek out the best experiences—whether this is about discovering an underground speakeasy, an off-the-beaten-path hiking trail with breathtaking views, or finding a value-for-money resort. However, navigating an information overload both on and offline can be overwhelming, and can lead to 'analysis paralysis' and indecision on the part of the consumer. Enter TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel information platform. It empowers travellers to make informed decisions on where to go, stay and eat, as well as what to do—all based on the wisdom of the crowd. With 256 new contributions posted every minute, and over 795 million reviews, the site helps travellers find critical information that is most relevant and meaningful to them to make every trip their best trip. TripAdvisor reviews are a firsthand, genuine and unbiased opinion about a place or an experience, and for a consumer, being able to call upon the good and bad experiences of previous customers is what makes online review sites so valuable. In fact, a TripAdvisor 2019 global study* across 12 global markets revealed that reviews continue to be relevant and that trust in reviews is high. The wisdom of the crowd remains the reason respondents visit TripAdvisor, with participating users citing the descriptive and helpful reviews (70%), the accuracy of the content (62%), and the broad range of travel content (62%) as their primary reasons for visiting the site. More than four out of five (85%) participants say that the reviews they read on TripAdvisor accurately reflect their experience, with 86% agreeing that TripAdvisor makes them feel more confident in their booking decisions. *The 2019 TripAdvisor global study, conducted in partnership with IPSOS MORI, polled more than 23,000 TripAdvisor users across 12 markets on the use of online reviews and their role when booking hotels, restaurants and experiences.

Traveller reviews also remain a go-to source of information, with 72% of respondents always or frequently reading reviews before making a decision on places to stay and eat, or things to do. This figure is even higher when it comes to accommodation bookings, with four out of five participating travellers (81%) always or frequently reading reviews before booking a place to stay.

Guacamole Grace Ramirez


OCT 2019

Internationally acclaimed chef Josh Emett has selected the most beloved and iconic dishes from the past 50 years to create the ultimate cooking companion for the home cook. Over 300 time-honoured and modern classic recipes from 150 of the world’s finest chefs and cooks are painstakingly recreated by Emett in this indispensable food bible, The Recipe.



2 ripe avocados 1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ red onion, peeled and diced 1 jalapeño, serrano or other chilli, minced (optional) 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro/coriander leaves, plus extra for garnish

Garnish 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds 1 tsp black sesame or toasted sesame seeds coarse pink Himalayan salt (or flaky sea salt), to taste

Josh’s Notes Key elements: Use fresh ingredients and perfectly ripe avocados. Tip: Add the lemon or lime juice to the avocado right away, to keep it super green.

Halve the avocados, remove the stones and scoop the flesh out, putting it in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado, adding some lemon or lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the red onion, chilli, and cilantro/coriander. Just before serving, finish by garnishing with the pomegranate and sesame seeds, some extra cilantro/coriander, and coarse or flaky salt. To prevent oxidation (browning), put the avocado stone in the middle of the guacamole. Acid also prevents oxidation, so feel free to add a thin layer of lemon or lime juice on top, folding this through just before serving. If you need to refrigerate your guac (up to two days), put it in a bowl that has a tight-fitting lid. Pack the guacamole tightly in the bowl, pressing out any air bubbles. Dribble in some lukewarm water, making sure that the water covers the surface of the guacamole to about 1cm deep. Put some plastic wrap directly over the guac, then put the lid on and refrigerate. When ready to eat, take the lid off and gently pour out the water. Stir the guacamole to incorporate any extra moisture.

Tips • Do not over-mash your guacamole; leave it a bit chunky. It will have more texture and better taste The Recipe, Josh Emett with photography by Kieran E. Scott. Upstart Press, $49.99 Grace Ramirez’s Guacamole from The Recipe by Josh Emett, image copyright © Kieran E. Scott, design copyright © Blackwell and Ruth Ltd, 2019

• Chillies vary individually in their hotness. Start with half of one, and taste. Be careful when handling chillies – wash your hands, and do not rub your eyes! • If it is not pomegranate season, you can substitute tomatoes in the guacamole. De-seed them first, or the guacamole will be watery.



Niรงoise Salad Salade Niรงoise / Marc Forgione


OCT 2019



Tuna Steaks

Tuna Steaks Rinse the fish and pat it dry. Make a 0.5cm slit in the centre of each tuna fillet and stuff about one tablespoon of olive tapenade into each cavity. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the parsley, chives, tarragon, and chervil. Brush the tuna with olive oil and coat it in the herb mixture on both sides. Set aside.

4 x 150g tuna steaks (ask your fishmonger to cut you 5cm x 5cm centrecut fillets) 4 tbsp olive tapenade ½ cup chopped fresh curly parsley 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon 3 tbsp chopped fresh chervil extra virgin olive oil rapeseed/canola oil

Wax Bean Salad 1 cup yellow wax beans 1 cup haricots verts or green beans ¼ cup pickled red onion 3 tbsp minced preserved lemon 1 tbsp chopped fresh curly parsley 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tsp piment d’espelette or hot paprika kosher/flaky salt

Silver Dollar Potatoes 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes 225g clarified butter or melted unsalted butter

To Serve 4 oil-cured white anchovy fillets, halved lengthwise 4 tbsp olive tapenade upland cress (optional) flaky sea salt, such as Maldon 12 baby radishes

Josh’s Notes Preparation: Make the tapenade, pickled red onion, and preserved lemons in advance. Key element: Extremely fresh tuna, and precise cooking time. Comment: This is a complex dish, but the reward is superb flavour combinations.

When ready to serve, add enough rapeseed/canola oil to a large frying pan to cover the bottom of the pan and set it over a high heat. Just before the oil starts to smoke, add the tuna and sear for 20 seconds on each side. Transfer to a tray lined with parchment paper. Wax Bean Salad Trim the wax beans and haricots verts, and bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Set up a bowl of iced water. Blanch the beans in the boiling water for one minute and immediately transfer to the ice bath. Let cool to room temperature. Cut the beans in half lengthwise and toss with the pickled red onions, preserved Meyer lemon, and parsley. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, and piment d’espelette. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and set aside. Silver Dollar Potatoes Pre-heat the oven to 200°C; position the rack in the middle. Cut the potatoes in half widthwise, and use a 5cm ring mould to punch out uniform cylinders; you should wind up with six cylinders. Using an adjustable mandoline, slice the cylinders into slices 3 mm thick. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Blanch the potato slices in the boiling water for one minute, then transfer to a baking tray and brush generously with clarified butter. Line six 115g ramekins with foil and fill each ramekin with potato slices. Pour in enough of the clarified butter to come to 5mm from the top of each ramekin. Bake the potatoes for about one hour, or until the edges are crispy. Turn the potatoes out of the ramekins and set aside. Reserve any remaining clarified butter for another use. Assemble The Dish Divide the wax bean salad between four plates, and scatter the silver dollar potatoes around. Slice the tuna steaks and place them on top of the bean salad. Top with the halved anchovies. Drizzle some of the bean salad dressing from the bottom of the bowl around the plate, dot with bits of olive tapenade, and finish with some upland cress, if using, and flaky sea salt. Serve with the radishes. Make It Faster Instead of making the silver dollar potatoes, go a bit more of a traditional route— boil some fingerling potatoes in salted water and serve alongside the salad.

Marc Forgione’s Niçoise Salad (Salade Niçoise) from The Recipe by Josh Emett, image copyright © Kieran E. Scott, design copyright © Blackwell and Ruth Ltd, 2019. | Niçoise Salad (Salade Niçoise) recipe from Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stores from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant by Marc Forgione (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2014). All rights reserved.



Going To Fast?

Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces

Our circadian rhythm is essentially the body’s internal clock that lets us know when it’s time to sleep and wake (other animals, plants and even bacteria employ a similar process). Evolution has synced our metabolism with our biological clock to encourage us to eat during daylight hours and sleep during night—partly why nighttime snacking leads to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes.

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“Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.” Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha Circadian rhythm fasting simply involves adhering to a strict eating regime whereby food is consumed during a wakinghours-window, say 8am-4pm, with absolutely nothing eaten after the cut-off time. As well as weight loss, studies have shown such prolonged nightly fasts to reduce cancer risk, boost metabolism, and lower blood pressure. While 16-hour cleansing periods may sound a little too stressful for most people’s stomachs, Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition NYC, says that it’s simply a case of getting used to it until it becomes as routine as cleaning your teeth, and that after a couple of weeks you realise “a lot of what your body wants is simply out of habit”. Enzymes in our gut are responsible for breaking down consumed food that is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Carbohydrates are fast converted into sugar which serves as energy, but any of this fuel that isn’t used is stored in our fat cells. Insulin is vital in ensuring the sugar reaches cells, and so between meals—so long as there’s no snacking— insulin levels drop, allowing fat cells to release that excess sugar as energy. This leads to weight loss. When embarking on circadian rhythm fasting, there will be hunger pangs, but those initial bursts will feel like “healthy hunger” says Satchin Panda, circadian rhythm expert and author of The Circadian Code, who recommends you allow yourself a week to adjust to such a new routine. “It’s like having a house full of stuff,” he tells Vogue. “Unless you get rid of it, you shouldn’t go shopping.” By the time you wake up, your body will be literally burning fat, which is then converted to ketone, fuel for our brains and hearts. Panda says it’s not about depriving ourselves of meals or cutting calories, but just picking your hunger-busting battles more wisely to close “the window so you’re not eating during the time when you don’t actually need fuel”. Circadian rhythm fasting is a form of ‘intermittent fasting’, a catch-all expression for any method that severely limits— or cuts—calorie intake over set time frames. The most well-known is probably the ‘5:2 diet’ that sees participants eat normally for five days of the week, and for the other two reduce their calorie intake to around 500. Rick Hay,

nutritionist and author of The Anti Ageing Food & Fitness Plan especially recommends the 5:2 for those in their 40s who have exhausted other diets and can’t be fussed with counting calories. He also points to its benefits in helping to reduce insulin levels while improving both cardiovascular and cholesterol health. “IF [intermittent fasting] makes intuitive sense,” writes Monique Tello, MD, MPH, in the Harvard Health Blog. “The entire idea of IF is to allow the insulin levels to go down far enough for long enough that we burn off our fat.” Just last August medical journal Cell Metabolism published the results of the largest ever study of the effects of various types of fasting such as continuous calorie restriction, alternate-day fasting (ADF) and intermittent fasting—and they were very promising. Those taking part in fasts were found to have, among others, lower cholesterol; lower levels of sICAM-1, a marker linked to age-associated disease and inflammation; continuous up-regulation of ketone bodies— even on non-fasting days—which promotes “health in various contexts’; and less lipotoxic android trunk fat mass, commonly knows as dreaded ‘belly fat’. Researcher Thomas Pieber, head of endocrinology at the Medical University of Graz, admits that they’re not quite sure why fasting appears more efficient than old-fashioned dieting, but his colleague, Professor Fran Madeo, says it might be down to evolutionary biology: “Our physiology is familiar with periods of starvation followed by food excesses. It might also be that continuous low-calorie intake hinders the induction of the age-protective autophagy program, which is switched on during fasting breaks.” It is that all-pervasive fear of hunger that forces the failure of so many diets, says Amy Shapiro, which is why we need to fast smart, because if “you eat the right foods, you don’t feel that type of uncomfortable, angry hangry kind of hunger”. It is recommended to seek medical advice before embarking on any kind of fasting lifestyle—especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions.



Top 5 Culinary Destinations Eat and drink your way around the world, exploring a vast range of cultures, tastes and sights with these scrumptious destinations!

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4. Quebec City The cobble-stone streets of Quebec City are dotted with quaint bistros, lively markets and gourmet restaurants. Unlike any other North American province, the area is wrapped in a wealth of French culture with French-speaking residents. On a guided culinary tour of the city, you’ll find all sorts of goodies, from classic French crepes to Canadian favourites such as poutine and maple syrup sweet treats.

1. Italy Italy is the land of la dolce vita—the good life! Creamy pasta dishes, endless vineyards and pizzas drizzled in a range of delicious toppings await. For an authentic Italian experience, head out to the picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre. The Ligurian region boasts some of Italy’s most sumptuous tastes, including decadent wines, freshly baked sardenara focaccia bread, locally made cheeses, and testaroli—the world’s oldest pasta dish. 2. Spain Tortilla omelettes, cured meats, classic tapas and crisp golden churros are the pillars of a gastronomic venture in Spain. Perhaps one of the best ways to explore the country’s refined local flavours is on a luxury rail journey aboard the Al Andalus in southern Spain. Each day offers a new culinary experience, with fine dining served both onboard and in world-class restaurants along the way. 3. Israel The streets of Israel are bustling with an abundance of flavours from a rich web of cultures. Indulge in everything from traditional Middle Eastern foods such as flatbreads and kebabs, to classic Mediterranean favourites (hummus!), or the tastes of Jewish North Africa. Travel from the markets of Tel Aviv to the Old City of Jerusalem, taking the opportunity to sample all of Israel’s tasty treats and enjoy traditional food from biblical times, prepared by renowned chefs.

5. Peru If you’re looking for great food, Peru takes the cake! Voted Best Culinary Destination at the international gala of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards for a second year in a row, this country serves a delicate blend of spices and bold flavours grown from a rich culinary heritage. From traditional dishes dating back to the Inca empire and an array of delicious street food, to over 3,000 types of potatoes—you will be spoiled for choice! 6. Vietnam Vietnamese cuisine is fresh, fragrant and feisty. Few realise the delicious regional variations that are found in the south, central, and northern styles. On a culinary tour of the country, enjoy exclusive cooking classes, market tours and meals from renowned restaurants. Think noodle soups, rich broths, fresh salads and a lot of rice!

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SUPERFOODS: ARE THEY BANANAS? Barely a week passes without a new food claiming ‘super’ status, but what exactly is a ‘superfood’, and is it really worth all the bother?

Superfoods are usually billed as plant-based (though do incorporate some dairy and fish) and nutritionally dense, packed with the cancer-fighting properties of antioxidants along with healthy fats to fight heart disease. Superfoods are also laden with photochemicals which are responsible for those appealing smells and rich colours—think avocado, pomegranate, ginger, blueberries and salmon. However, less well-known, harder-to-source foodstuffs such as acai and goji berries have been jumping on the superfood bandwagon, and good for your health they may well be, but not so much for your wallet.


Dr Emma Beckett, a nutrition scientist at the University of Newcastle says that most will associate superfoods not just with nutritional density and antioxidant content, but images of them being traditionally enjoyed by an “ancient, beautiful, population”, lending them a certain “X factor”. So, could it be that superfoods are all about style over substance—or, rather, perhaps, sustenance? “Foods are not drugs,” writes Marion Nestle, an author and professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, for The Atlantic. “To ask whether one single food has special health benefits defies common sense... ‘Superfoods’ is an advertising concept.” International market research firm Mintel discovered 2015 saw a 36 percent increase around the world in the number of foods and beverages launched labelled as a ‘superfood’, ‘superfruit’ or ‘supergrain’, even though questions were already being raised about the credibility of superfood claims. The previous year the journal Nutrition and Cancer published a paper called ‘Reality check: no such thing as a miracle food’ which stated: “Stories of ‘miracle foods’ sell magazines and advertising space; food industries often sponsor research to show that their foods or products are superior, and supplement industries look to boost sales.” And boy are such techniques working. A 30,000-strong Nielsen survey has found international shoppers are willing to pay over the odds for ‘super’ items, while two years ago The International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity concluded the consumption of superfoods is highest among those that are more well off, lending credence to the argument that they may just be a bit of a (healthy) pose. “If goji or acai or whatever is your favourite berry to eat, and you can afford it, go ahead,” Dr Beckett tells ABC, while lamenting that adding such ‘super’ labels to certain foods

simply serves to propagate the myth that eating healthy is expensive. The doctor points to a study that showed just as many antioxidants reached the bloodstream from the consumption of apple sauce as with acai pulp, “but no one’s going to believe that apple sauce is a superfood”. Registered dietician and CEO of US nutritional consultancy VitalRD, Jessica Crandall Snyder, even goes as far as to partly blame them on the demise of the humble banana. With a bounty of berries boasting ‘superfood’ status, they’re being bought at the expense of the less-antioxidant-laden banana— which just so happens to be a super source of potassium (the average American, for instance, only consumes around half their recommended daily potassium intake). And what of those fabled antioxidants? Antioxidants combat unstable molecules, known as ‘free radicals’, that can cause cell damage that leads to diseases like Parkinson’s and cancer. However, not all free radicals are bad. “They’re absolutely essential to life,” Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of the antioxidants lab at Tufts University, tells Men’s Health. "For example, immune cells will shoot free radicals onto invading bacteria in order to kill them. They're an important part of the body's defences." It’s when free radicals gather in excess numbers—boosted by the likes of cigarette smoke, pollution, too much sun, and maybe even ageing—that health issues occur. Enter antioxidants. However, not all antioxidants are created equal, either. Blumberg advises picturing antioxidants as an army, comprising generals, corporals and privates and so on, each with their own strengths and roles. It is misleading, verging on dangerous, to make blanket statements about all antioxidants’ abilities to battle all cancers. As Dr Beckett points out, the doses applied in lab studies to cells is likely impossible to achieve through consuming certain food: “So to say it kills cancer—it doesn’t kill cancer. If you extract the compounds from its concentrate, it kills cancer, but the general public doesn’t get that six degrees of separation thing that’s happening between the studies and the marketing.” The answer is to to make healthy, colourful choices from across all food groups, regardless of their so-called ‘super’ status. The antioxidant content is just fine in that traditional— if unfashionable—produce forgotten at the back of your fridge.



Hero Foods

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends we follow plant-based diets with plenty of whole grains accompanied by moderate levels of animal protein. Processed foods should be kept to an absolute minimum. ‘Super’ or not, these are the types of foods you should be aiming to consume on a regular basis:

• Nuts and seeds are known for their healthy fats, but go easy as they’re also loaded with calories. Avoided salted options. • Oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines and mackerel should be eaten a couple of times a week.

• Berries. Though blueberries are usually billed as the boss of this food group, all are a super source of fibre, vitamins and phytochemicals.

• Poultry—grilled, roasted or baked, and skinless—is a far healthier choice than red meat.

• Dark, leafy greens—think kale, spinach and cabbages. Broccoli can be included in this vitamin-, mineral-, and fibre-laden list, too.

• Whole grains such as oats are packed with B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They keep you feeling full for longer, reducing the temptation for unhealthy snacking, while helping to lower cholesterol and fend off diabetes.

• Beans and legumes not only brim with protein, hard-tofind trace minerals and fibre and antioxidants, but help lower cholesterol as well. Swap them for some quinoa when you fancy a change.

• Yoghurt, preferably the reduced fat option, is a great source of calcium and protein, not to mention all those probiotics for better gut health. Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces


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Pronto Eatery provides exceptional casual service in a relaxing environment. Boasting an alfresco dining area surrounded by tall palm trees, complete with a fully stocked bar, Pronto’s karaage chicken and eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise are to die for. It is a family owned business and owner Ken Toyota was also nominated as one of the top five restaurant personalities of the year in 2017 when he managed Azabu in Ponsonby, so you know you are in good hands. Pronto works with local suppliers and stocks a wide array of delectable drinks. It also has a great outdoor dining area for events and functions where the sun perpetually seems to be shining. Happy hours are Thursdays and Fridays between 4pm-6pm.


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Savouring the Flavour of Plume WO R D S — C L AI R E S C O T T / P H O T O G R AP H Y — F R E YA R E E V E S

Plume Restaurant’s five-course degustation menu perfectly complements a luxuriously lazy weekend afternoon. I tested it out on a recent Saturday that showed promises of spring and practically begged for an outdoor dining experience. My extended lunch featured a variety of flavours and inspirations, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I sat in the covered patio area to soak up the sun and views of the rolling vineyards while I ate. If it’s a nice day, I recommend you do the same! It’s charming to sip a glass of wine while gazing upon the vineyards that created it. I ordered their house chardonnay, which was superb. The meal began with the soup of the day served with warm bread. Mine was a lovely pumpkin and white cabbage soup made lively by the inclusion of Indian spices like turmeric. Next, we were served salmon with creme fraiche, cucumber ribbons and pickled fennel. This course was fresh and light, in pleasant contrast to the creamy, warm soup.

Course four was a Moroccan-inspired lamb dish with couscous. Ordinarily, I’m not one to order lamb, but this one easily won me over with its melt-in-your-mouth texture and lemony flavouring. Finally, a splendidly-plated tiramisu with strawberry syrup and Kahlua cream. It was a nice, rich ending to the meal. After the meal, we tried to choose a favourite dish but simply could not settle. The diversity of the menu made it impossible to compare the courses, but the salmon may have taken the prize. Everything was flavourful, whether light or creamy, and the variety ensured we never got tired of any flavour.

A twice-cooked cheese souffle comprised the third course. It featured a goat's cheese sauce which made it delightfully creamy.

Plume’s degustation menu is designed to be enjoyed by the whole table and takes about two hours to complete. It’s available for lunch and dinner, and it is best to make reservations if you wish to try it for yourself.

A scoop of lemon sorbet provided a refreshing midmeal break, as well as possibly being the best sorbet I have ever tried.

I let the journey from Matakana back to Auckland stretch out as I stopped at scenic ocean views along the way for the conclusion of a perfect afternoon.

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Mango Chilli Lime Cake One of The Caker bakers, Suzi, has just returned from an amazing holiday around the world. She told us about an incredible mango chilli margarita she had in Sri Lanka, which became the inspiration for this cake. The Caker bakery absolutely loves chilli and really wanted the glaze on top of the cake to have a good kick, so if you are not a fan of heat, feel free to halve the chilli quantity!

For the cake 122

200g butter, softened 180g caster sugar zest and juice of 2 limes 4 free-range eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 150g ground almonds 100g spelt or regular flour 1 tsp dried chili flakes flesh of 2 ripe mangoes, cut into 2cm cubes

For the glaze 110g icing sugar zest of 1-2 limes 1-2 tsp lime juice 1 tsp dried chili flakes

For the chilli lime salt 1 tsp good quality flaky sea salt 1 tsp dried chili flakes zest of 1 lime

Directions Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake. Line a 22cm tin with baking paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and lime zest until pale, light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. In two parts, mix in the flour, ground almonds and chilli flakes. Finally, add the lime juice. Stop your electric mixer once all of the ingredients are combined. Be careful not to over mix. Spoon the batter into the tin and spread out to the sides. Evenly dot in the mango cubes and press each down lightly. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden in colour, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a small bowl mix together the icing sugar, lime juice, zest and chili flakes. You may need to add extra icing sugar or lime juice to get the glaze to a thick, but spreadable consistency. Once the cake is completely cool, spread the glaze over the top of the cake. In a separate bowl mix together the salt, chili flakes and lime zest. Sprinkle the salt around the edge of the cake to create a ring (like the rim on the glass of a margarita!) Serve at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.





Despite the intense competition within The Eatery, don’t let the understated décor of this solid newcomer fool you with its own brand of uncomplicated Asian cuisine. In a world blighted with overlong menus, overworked dishes and overreaching chefs, this is not a menu plumped with Asian culinary clichés. Uncle Man’s authentic cuisine offers sweet relief with its small but appealing menu. Holding fast to its Malaysian roots this newcomer on the block excels at doing simple things well. There is plenty of love in their cheap eat approach with traditional dishes that are worth seeking out. There are some things you know you can count on such as curry puffs ($9.50), salt and pepper squid ($10), chicken satay ($14.50), lamb satay ($14.50) beef satay ($15.50), roti canai with beef rendang ($15.50), nasi goreng ($14.50), roti canai with dhal

curry ($10.50), roti canai with chicken curry ($14), chicken briyani ($16), lamb briyani ($18.50), and nasi lemak with chicken curry ($15). If noodles are your thing, familiar dishes featured are seafood laksa ($15.50), chicken curry laksa ($14.50) mee goreng ($14.50). Desserts ($9.50) such as dadar gulung, banana fritters and roti bom lend truth to the 'save some room for' philosophy. Don’t leave before trying the banana fritters. Uncle Man’s is an unlicensed affair but there is an adjoining public bar alongside serving a strong list of wine by the glass and beer to match the food. And the verdict? Don’t expect upmarket dining, just heartily flavoured authentic Malay food served up in an unimposing atmosphere that suits the casual surroundings. This one gets our vote.

Menu: 7 Cuisine: 7.5 Service: 7 Décor: 6 Value for Money: 8

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The Wine Rack WO R D S — D E N N I S K N I L L

Often referred to as New Zealand’s other red region (Otago being the other) Hawke's Bay is a significant player known for its award winning wines. From within the various sub-regions of Hawke's Bay some of the best and most expensive wines are produced. The hot, dry and sunny days combined with cooler nights make for near perfect growing conditions which is ultimately reflected in the quality of the wine. Of all the players in the region, Mission Estate stands out as a must do visit on any wine lover’s itinerary. Founded in 1851 by pioneering Catholic missionaries, it’s the oldest winery in the country and the birthplace of New Zealand wine. In the early days trainee priests would work in the vineyard and sleep in the tasting room. Fast forward two generations and legendary winemaker, Paul Mooney, has clocked up 40 years of producing some of Hawke's Bay's most outstanding wines. Mission’s cellar door is housed in an elegantly restored seminary building nestled in the Taradale Hills. It’s a pleasant place to spend a few hours tasting or you can wander across to the restaurant for an intimate fine dining experience.

1. MISSION ESTATE RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | $25 Pure and dense in colour, this ruby red wine has great body and structure with ripe tannins that sits well on the palate. This is an excellent value for money wine. 2. MISSION ESTATE BARRIQUE RESERVE Chardonnay 2018 | $25 A youthful fruity wine with good texture, structure and balance with a long lively fresh mineral finish that cleanses the palate. Another equally good value for money wine


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You may find yourself more ambitious than ever This period also offers you a dose of reality when you might very well need it most–when you have an urge to live beyond your means. Striking a balance between your attention to your career and to your family life is necessary. Taking steps to improve your family and home life as well as your career and public life will be in order.

You could accomplish a dream that you’ve been working on, or at least get closer to it. Conversely, you could give up on a dream, believing it’s too unrealistic. You could give up a cause, or feel more emotionally invested in one. You may only feel comfortable being affectionate in private, and don’t want to engage in any public displays. If single, you could begin a relationship in secret.

Much of your focus is on personality development and subtle changes in the people and groups you associate with. You stop to look around you and assess situations before moving forward, instead of impulsively jumping in. Confidence is the key–faith in the universe and in your ability to do the right thing instinctually will get you everywhere now. Love and relationship issues may also come up for inspection.



You can find new opportunities, open up to new possibilities, and broaden your mind and world. You can also see that when things go wrong, they get worse in a hurry. You can be more comfortable with intimacy, and have less patience for superficial connections. You want your connections to have depth and meaning, to be solid and strong.

You’re focused on your life path, the direction that you’re going in, and how you want your life to develop long-term. You may come across as more distant emotionally and concerned with your public image. You have an easier time making the money that you need, though you also have an easier time spending money, especially on beautiful items. You’ll want more intimacy and passion in your romantic relationship.


You have an increased need for recognition and appreciation during this period. You are able to find avenues for self-expression quite easily, and the way you go about deriving pleasure out of life is markedly different, and hugely more interesting, than usual. Life is stimulating to you and unusual and fun people come into your life. It is a strong period for reviewing past money matters.



You want to commit yourselves to the people you care about and the projects you are passionate about. You feel good with loved ones, and enjoy getting some oneon-one attention. You can enter into new relationships and partnerships, and you can also focus on your family and home life, trying to work on issues you may have with relatives, or decide if you need to walk away from this person for your own emotional well-being.


This month can open up financial doors for you where you least expect them, and most likely involving resources that are already around you but that are untapped. Your higher mind is expanding, and you might be considering broadening your knowledge in a more informal manner. Your belief systems and personal philosophies are especially important to you, and you are more inclined to share them with those younger than you.

Your dreams and visions are richer than ever, and you experience a magical opportunity to tap into your intuition and imagination. Your personal belief system is transforming dramatically, and you are learning from a broader set of people and experiences than you ever have. You are drawn to people who are free-spirited at this point in your life. Friendships that are stodgy or limiting may very well be left behind.




It’s a good time to focus on yourself and do the things you want to do for you. You want to come out of the shadows and be in the middle of the stage for all to see. You can take love more seriously, want to take a love relationship to the next level and share your love with others, or decide to call it quits with someone after realising it’s not going to lead to anything at any point.

You look for new ways to generate cash flow, and you stand to gain for all your strenuous efforts. Your goal is financial independence this month. You could find that you are pressured when it comes to how you go about achieving your goals on a business level, as well as on a personal level. You may attract an exciting love affair into your life during this period, or breathe new life into an existing one.


Your ability to move forward on a direct path without as much doubt is increased. You are more able to inspire confidence in others as a result social activity increases, and you enjoy greater freedom of thought, inspiration, and fresh ideas and insights that seem to come out of the blue. Expanding your social circle is bound to expand your happiness and satisfaction from more broad-ranging experiences and perspectives.


The Art of October WO R D S — AI M E E R AL F I N I

Hayley Theyers 'The Conquest of Mexico' courtesy of Black Asterix Gallery

Winter's veil has lifted, making way for fresh bursts of Pacific flora amidst our suburban landscape. With the longer days building momentum towards summer and spirits lifting, it’s a good time to replenish the soul by immersing oneself in the artworld. There is plenty to choose from this October, especially with Auckland Artweek running from the 12th. Here are this month’s picks:

Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now Te Uru Curators Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa have brought together emerging and established designers, along with some lust-worthy jewellery and body adornment, to trace how the Moana (Pacific Ocean) has influenced local fashion and given it a unique identity. See how Karen Walker’s collaboration with the Kuki ‘Airani Creative Mamas interpreted the Cook Island artform of tivaevae into a striking gown worn to Buckingham Palace and new talents on the fashion scene. Curator’s tour: Saturday 12 October at 2pm. teuru.org.nz Listen: Doris de Pont interviewed about her life and vision on the Art Ache podcast. Playing now via Spotify or iTunes.

Performing the Ocean, Katharine Atafu-Mayo, 'Tautai' Photo by Ralph Brown

K Road Open Late Artweek Auckland Artweek is back with an incredible range of exhibitions, events, and workshops to fit every taste. Explore the K Road galleries under your own steam or join a guided tour for Open Late. Grab some friends to make an evening of it, and enjoy a drink or bite along the way to intersperse your culture hit. Thursday 17 October from 6pm, Karangahape Road. artweekauckland.co.nz


OCT 2019

Joe Sheehan Tim Melville Gallery Joe Sheehan’s work is not only beautiful but takes a contemporary look at materials, embedding complex associations in each object. Real Estate attempts to capture fleeting glimpses and lasting impressions of how buildings sit within the land. His sculptures are carved from basalt, a stone used by Māori for tools and Pakeha for roads and building. Sourced from an abandoned quarry transforming into lifestyle blocks, “You might say that it’s a developer’s game I’m playing as well”, Sheehan comments. On until 15 October. timmelville.com Art Films The Vic An art deco treasure, Devonport’s The Vic cinema is showing three great art films this month. Martha: A Picture Story is a touching portrait of legendary street photographer Martha Cooper, Never Look Away is a powerful drama inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter, and Walking on Water explores Christo’s artistic process. Limited screenings. thevic.co.nz

Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine VAKA ’A HINA courtesy of SCAPE

Still from Walking on Water courtesy of The Vic cinema Devonport

SCAPE Public Art Christchurch Central City If you feel like escaping Auckland for a mini-break, consider heading down to Christchurch for its annual contemporary art festival SCAPE. 2019 takes the game, rock-paper-scissors as its starting point and features more than a dozen artworks from local and international artists in public spaces. Free events, talks, tours, and art appreciation bike rides on opening weekend. 5 October-16 November. scapepublicart.org.nz The Art of Death Highwic Hosted by the Metropolitan Club, known for it’s curious and subversive events in elegant surroundings. The Art of Death is a multi-disciplinary exhibition by seven female artists who have transformed the rooms of historic gothic mansion Highwic, into curious new settings. Featuring works by Antoinette Ratcliffe, Hayley Theyers, Jane Thorne, Paola King-Borrero, Sophie MacDonnell, Karley Feaver and Kate Rempling. The Art of Death is on display at Highwic 1862 until the 27 October. themetropolitan.club


Teri Parat / Smyth Galleries This month editor Jude recommends visiting Teri Parat – a portrait artist who works with oils on Belgian linen. Inspired by classical portraiture to the world of haute couture, Parat’s exhibition is on at Smyth Galleries in Herne Bay until 3 November. smythgalleries.co.nz V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


What's On! WO R D S — M YA C O L E

Kamasi Washington 4—30 Oct Black Door Gallery 251 Parnell Rd

5—6 Oct 6:30pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St

WE ARE LUMINARIES We Are Luminaries will bring together leading artists from across Australasia, treating you to an array of exemplary contemporary glass works. Come and experience the work of artists who have mastered the challenging and rewarding medium of glass. The title of this exhibition acknowledges the unique physical qualities of the glass medium, a material unparalleled for its ability to transform light. Further, the term 'Luminaries' refers to those inspirational and pioneering individuals who are leading lights in their field. The selected artists of this exhibition are luminaries in the field of glass, creating high calibre contemporary works of art that are sure to amaze and inspire. Exhibition Preview will be on 4 October from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

NOT ODD HUMAN Sam Coren (Hofesh Shechter Company) is an award-winning performer, choreographer and movement director based in London who has come to Aotearoa to create a new work with graduating contemporary students of the New Zealand School of Dance. As a performer Sam has worked with global leading dance and theatre companies including Jasmin Vardimon Company and Clod Ensemble, and spent five years as a senior member of Hofesh Shechter Company. Sam brings an innovative perspective and movement style to this work, performed by the next generation of dance artists. This fresh style of movement provides a unique viewpoint on how the human body tells stories. For tickets to this performance you can visit nz.patronbase.com

10 Oct 8pm Powerstation 33 Mount Eden Rd

12 Oct 10:30am Mangere Arts Centre Corner of Orly Ave and Bader Dr, Mangere


KAMASI WASHINGTON West Coast jazz visionary Kamasi Washington returns to New Zealand for one very special show at Auckland’s Powerstation on 10 October. His mass appeal continues to grow, drawing vibrant, multi-ethnic and multi-generational crowds with tour stops at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera, while also releasing his latest offering, Heaven and Earth, in 2018. Washington will be bringing his epic brand of jazz to Kiwi audiences off the back of a huge northern hemisphere run, alongside legend Herbie Hancock. Buy tickets at livenation.co.nz

‫ هناخ‬HOME This exhibition celebrates the work of a small section of Auckland’s Muslim migrant communities through textiles and skilled crafts. It presents slow design as a means of appreciation, authenticity and knowledge. It grew out of the women’s collective who use textile and crafts, based at the Māngere East Community Centre. They share their skills and textile craft alongside a social enterprise Companion Co-design, which celebrates crosscultural co-creating. Companion Co-design creates furniture and textile items with migrants and former refugees. The exhibition features an abundance of embellished found and foraged textiles, new works and explores what is lost and what is gained in moments of cross-cultural translation. The exhibition opens on Thursday 12 October at 10.30am, and all are welcome! If you come along on opening day you'll also enjoy the Māngere Migrant Craft Market.

12 Oct 11am—2pm Mangere Arts Centre Corner of Orly Ave and Bader Dr, Mangere

MĀNGERE MIGRANT CRAFT MARKET This Market is held in association with the exhibition, Home, which opens on the same day. It celebrates the culture of local Muslim communities in Māngere–Ōtāhuhu and in the wider Auckland region. A local migrant women’s group, Companion Co-Design, Al-Madinah School and Zayad College for Girls will present artwork, crafts, food and performance. Items will be for sale; cash only please.

19 Oct 2pm—late Raynham Park 145 Karangahape Rd

GARDEN OF CELEBRATION An experimental day of celebration including workshops, exhibitions and performances. Jang Huddle launches Garden of Celebration, featuring a range of artists including: Hans, Imugi, Tei, Alexa Casino, Lion Dixon, Bb girl, Cindy Jang, KC and many more. A garden is for all to come and appreciate, you don’t have to be an expert, you just have to be open and willing to new experiences. Our mission is to create a platform for minority groups in Aotearoa to share their stories and their experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. We will be sowing seeds of change, acceptance and understanding with this community-focused event. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

19—20 Oct Aotea Centre Aotea Square

MASINA RETURNING HOME When Sina awakes on a mystical, ancient beach, she has no idea how she got there. How will she find her way back? What is her connection to Masina? Using words, song, music and dance including multi-sensory props and experiences, follow Sina and her exploration into reconnecting back to the land, her history and her future. Please note: There will be a third performance of Masina Returning Home strictly for children up to the age of 18 who have PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). It is a multi-sensory and interactive show that is presented to meet the needs of this specific audience and each audience member must have a support person with them throughout. Up to two siblings are also welcome to attend. Please note there is no workshop following this performance. To book for this specific performance, please contact info@ touchcompass.org.nz to obtain a password link. You can buy tickets at the Auckland Live website.

20 Oct 10:30am— 4:30pm Auckland Art Gallery Corner Kitchener and Wellesley St

NZ BUSH EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP WITH FLEUR WOODS After two sold-out workshops in March, Nelsonbased contemporary stitch artist Fleur Woods comes back to Auckland for another day filled with craft, art, mindfulness and fun. This time, she will teach you an array of stitches and timeless techniques to create a textured, ‘forest floor’ embroidery artwork that pays homage to Aotearoa's native bush. Each workshop is tailored to the participant’s experience level and stitching goals. Tickets include coffee, tea and refreshments and all materials. You get to take home your hoop, needles, threads and linen, so you can keep going once you’ve got the stitch bug! For tickets and further info please visit the Eventfinda website.

23—26 Oct TAPAC 100 Motions Rd

AU KO TUVALU Written and directed by Tavita Nielsen-Mamea, Au Ko Tuvalu takes the audience to Tuvalu, the homeland of the world's first climate change refugees, now on its final day of evacuations... Sitting just metres above sea level, the rising seas are dangerously lapping at the door step of three siblings, who must pack up their lives and flee to "Niu Sila" Aotearoa. Although Maleko and Lifa try to look to the future and their new lives, Fetau finds it hard to say goodbye... Au Ko Tuvalu follows a family watching their history, culture, and beloved homeland swept away in front of their eyes. Au Ko Tuvalu - I Am Tuvalu. Buy tickets at tapac.org.nz

5 Nov 6:30pm Art and Object 3 Abbey St

AUCTION: THE MARTI & GERRARD FRIEDLANDER COLLECTION Art+Object is delighted to announce we will be offering the collection of one of the country’s most celebrated and respected photographers on 5 November. The catalogue, exhibition and auction will offer collectors an unprecedented glimpse into the personal art collection of the late Marti Friedlander (1928–2016) and her husband, Gerrard. Friedlander photographed the people of New Zealand from the 1960s up until her passing. She brought an immigrant’s perspective to her adopted country, holding a mirror up to New Zealanders so as we could see and appreciate ourselves. She is particularly renowned for her images of Maori women and for her portraits of artists in the 1960s and 1970s, many whom she became close friends with and who feature in her art collection. The collection includes major works by: Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Rosalie Gascoigne, Patricia France, Toss Woollaston and Philip Clairmont, alongside photographs by Bill Brandt and Marti Friedlander herself.


What's on at the...

Box Office

JOKER 3 October

122 mins / Rated TBC / General Release Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow dissent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

Joker and The Craft

SMSFF12019 | FREAKY FUTURES 6, 11, 14 October 106 min / Rated M / Rialto Cinemas Imagine our future. Is it apocalyptic or other-worldly? What technologies await us? Science fiction and dystopian short films populate this section of the programme. Spaceships and parallel worlds. A love-lorn robot, and another who is training to be a chef. Dire futures where the air is poison, or authoritarian regimes insidiously broadcast propaganda. A train that runs endlessly into the unknown. The only thing that is certain is that nothing is.

THE CRAFT (1996) 16 October

101 mins / Rated R16 / Academy Cinemas


A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practise witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

103 mins / Rated G / Academy Cinemas From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki comes Kiki’s Delivery Service, the beloved comingof-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. English dubbed version.

JOJO RABBIT 24 October 108 mins / Rated M / General Release Set during World War Two, an awkward young German boy whose only ally is his imaginary friend, Hitler, has his naïve patriotism tested when he meets a young girl who upends his world views. A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.


OCT 2019

Art Directory Jury Award Joint Winner Andrew Rankin, Parataniwha of Exhibition Drive, 2019, Mixed media, 800 x 800 x 800mm

The 28th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2019 3 September — 10 November Ground floor galleries The annual Wallace Art Awards profile outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art. The aim of these important awards, with $275,000 in prizes, is to foster, honour and support the practices of visual artists. Over the years some of New Zealand’s most prominent artists have entered and the residencies awarded to the winners have transformed their careers.Come along and see the works that won the five major prizes (awarding the recipients with various residencies at top international institutions), the runners up and jury prize winners, and the exciting works that make up the travelling show.

Muriwai Arts Open Studios As part of Artweek Auckland, the Muriwai Arts Open Studios are delighted to be holding a series of local events.

Muriwai Art Degustation Saturday 12 October • 10.45am - 2.30pm, High Tea (cost $50pp) • 4.45pm - 8.30pm. Sundowner (cost $80pp)

Ulalau Ama, Village under the star, 2018; Madeleine Wilson, Summer, 2018, Acrylic on canvas.

Māpura Studios: This Is Us 1 October — 3 November Little Gallery and Foyer Māpura Studios provide professional, person-centred, visual arts classes and art therapy programmes for adults, youth and children of all abilities in their studio in Fowlds Park, St Lukes, and at satellite locations around Auckland. Provision is made for people living with disability and diversity or other social and personal need. Programmes are a unique synthesis of arts practice and self-development. Over 170 attend the subsidised weekly programmes including people living with the experience of Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, intellectual disability and deafness. Māpura Studios also specialise in art therapy programmes and visual art sessions for adults with strokeaffect; art therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder; and transition sessions for very high need students from Carlson School for Celebral Palsy.

Join us to eat, drink, chat and see art. This is a delicious new concept in how to enjoy and ‘digest’ art. Each experience includes a tour of six local Muriwai studios. There will be an exclusive artist talk at each studio, art for purchase and on display, along with accompanying food and drink. All the senses satisfied! An intimate group, with tours limited to 13 people. Your chance to interact with the artists within their studio environments and enjoy the breathtaking surrounds at Muriwai, one of Auckland’s most iconic west coast beaches. Transport around the studios is included (guests will be collected from the Muriwai tennis courts). Book now to avoid disapointment muriwaiopenstudios@gmail.com

Art Trail 13,19,20 October Our studio doors are open! Follow the blue flags and visit artists in their studios. Your chance to visit an incredible group of artists in their own creative setting. Painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, poets, jewellery, textile and embroidery artists – new work will showcase the diverse ideas and talents of this diverse and truly dedicated group. All works for sale. For more information email muriwaiopenstudios@gmail.com or visit muriwaiarts.co.nz




Don’t Let Your Daughters Lose Their Spark

Selector Clive Humphreys


As parents, we all know that sparkle in our child’s eye when they have just discovered something exciting. They get animated, ask us what feels like a hundred questions and can get totally lost in the world of that new discovery. These moments of pure joy associated with learning something new just seem to spark that wonderful natural curiosity that young children have. 132

Gala Award Tickets $55 p/p include wines by Casita Miro, accompanied by spring flavours from Gill Stotter Catering. On the night buy a $20 lucky draw ticket to win this stunning amethyst Octavia ring, donated by Walker and Hall.

Then as our children grow up, these moments seem to happen less and less. Something in our schooling system is turning off that natural curiosity and dulling the spark of our children. In boys, this change can be quite easy to see. Their misbehaviour is often a clear signal that something in the classroom is not working for them. Girls are, stereotypically, more passive in their response. They retreat within themselves, act compliantly but totally lose that spark. There are a range of possible reasons why this happens: a focus on teacher ideas rather than student interests, traditional ideas of femininity and a desire to fit in rather than stand out are just a few of the factors that researchers have identified. This research has also shown how underachievement due to these factors then also causes a drop in self esteem. What is useful though, is that researchers have also identified factors that can support girls to find the confidence to stand out and be successful. These factors include: • A supportive learning environment • A focus on social emotional development • Learning that is relevant to their lives and interests • Increasing girls self efficacy At AGE School we have purpose designed our learning environment to help each individual build the capabilities and confidence to thrive. We warmly welcome anyone who is seeing their children lose their spark to come and visit us. We would love to work with you and help your daughter have the confidence to dream.

09 218 7771 / AG E. S C H O O L. N Z I N FO @AG E. S C H O O L. N Z

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THE BOOK Beyond Reasonable Doubt Gary Bell Gary Bell, who is a QC himself, has created a brand new character in Elliot Rook QC, a partner in an Inns of Court legal firm. Elliot is well respected and sharp, but his past isn't what others assume it to be. Cracks appear when he takes on a murder case from his home town and the suspect knows Rook from way back. Edgy,fresh and a promising beginning to a new series of legal thrillers. A Woman is No Man Etaf Rum This book will introduce you to other cultures and other countries all wrapped up in an intricate family story. As a young Palestinian girl, Isra marries and moves to Brooklyn. Her mother-in-law is dismayed when Isra only has daughters instead of sons and when it is the turn of Isra's oldest daughter to take part in an arranged marriage, she discovers the family's darkest secret. Old World culture meets New World morals in a generational tale that is enlightening and emotional. Deep River → Karl Marlantes Huge in scope and size this is a big book to lose yourself in. Finland is under Russian oppression at the beginning of the 20th century and the Kolski family see no future for their family, Ilmari, the elsest son, emigrates to America and begins to make a life for himself and is able to send for his younger brother soon after. They settle in a small town, named Deep River, with some of their own countryfolk. The brothers work the land and the town grows and prospers and they are joined by their sister Aino who is interested in workers rights and the labour movement. The story spans decades, about family ties to the old country, brave pioneers and young America.




Aotea Centre

13 – 14 DECEMBER

Bruce Mason Centre






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The GP & The Surgeon “Animals are similar to humans but they’ve got more hair.” WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E P H O T O G R AP H Y — J E F F L I M

Did you know our pets have more than one option for their medical care? 134

Many folk believe that if their furry friend is unwell there are two possible scenarios. A visit to the vet who will hopefully make them better, or, if the malady’s too serious, there’s euthanasia. End of story. GOOD NEWS The good news is there are more treatment options available. “Most people are surprised to discover there’s another level of care,” says Megan Alderson of The Strand Veterinarian in Parnell. THE GP & THE SURGEON Megan heads the team at The Strand, holds a Bachelor's of Veterinary Science and is skilled with a surgical scalpel. She’s married to Alex Walker, a specialist veterinarian surgeon who heads Veterinary Specialists Auckland – private hospitals for animals. PRIMARY CARE Megan’s known as a primary care veterinarian (GP) and Alex is an advanced care specialist. “There’s a big difference between what each of us does. Our skillset is comprehensive care from kitten and puppyhood through to last rites, and it’s our job to get them there in good condition. To do this we sometimes need help,” says Megan. “A GP’s skill level is broad, whereas a specialist has a narrower focus of expertise. It works similarly to if you go to an orthopaedic surgeon about your cough,” says Alex. ADVANCED CARE Specialist care includes procedures such as CT scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds, brain surgery, hip replacements, oncological surgery, chemotherapy and advanced abdominal surgery.

“Chemotherapy’s been available for 30 years but CT scans, MRIs and ultrasound mean we can see cancers earlier,” says Alex. “Physiotherapy’s changed the way we work as surgeons as the animals can be rehabilitated. We’re lucky to have Sarah who works with both Megan and I.” WHY IS VET CARE SO EXPENSIVE? “We’re not funded and people don’t have a clear perspective of costs because the public health system is free. Diagnostics, radiology, ultrasound, CT scans, blood tests – they’re all expensive – about $2,000 for a scan and $400 for bloods,” says Megan. “If I treat my patients like my own animals, which I do, I want to know all of my options and the best person for the job. Money can be a stumbling block. Pet insurance helps but obviously some people can’t afford specialist care,” she adds. COMMON DISEASES “In the 1980s and '90s dogs lived outside and cats roamed the neighbourhood, now they live inside more,” says Alex. “Trauma, rickets, and nutritional deficiencies were common then; with commercial diets we’re seeing less of the orthopaedic problems and more gut and skin issues.” “We’re noticing elevated liver enzymes, scratchy skin and inflammatory bowel disease in young animals, which all comes back to what we’re feeding them,” says Megan. I think stress/anxiety is a factor too. The dog who was lying about mindfully is now busy - off to daycare in the car, getting picked up, having a walk and dinner and his owner’s still stressed out working. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing but it’s something we need to take note of.” WHAT IS AN ADVANCED VETERINARY SPECIALIST To become a specialist Alex completed four years of postgraduate studies and a residency in the United


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States after finishing his bachelor’s degree. “My dad got ill so I came home. A classmate had gained a Masters in Radiology at Melbourne University so we decided to set up practice, which eventually grew into our specialist hospital in Mt Albert. We opened another one in Sylvia Park in 2016. In all, we have five surgeons, two radiologists, three medicos and two emergency practices for overnight care,” says Alex. “We run an intern programme because I wanted to create a stepping stone for young vets to do what I did. We try to get them a position in the US to receive the best training in the world. Then we try and lure them home but only about 10 percent come back.”


FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS As any pet owner knows animals are a commitment and become a beloved part of the family so good healthcare is important. “Fear-free is big for us. We like our animals to feel comfortable in our practice,” says Megan. We treat cats and dogs separately and we have ways of making it easier for them. Our staff have all gone through international feline training for cat handling. We’re here to provide the best care and explain all of the options so people can make informed decisions. ”

MEGAN & ALEX’S ADVICE 1. Preventative health care is crucial—the right parasite care, dental care, diet and vaccinations will help build a foundation of health. 2. Vet care is expensive and not many people budget for an animal to get ill so pet insurance is critical. 3. Find a GP who aligns with your core values and gives you ALL of the options. 4. Know there is a ‘next step’ when it comes to your pet’s health—a group of specialist veterinarians skilled in their field will help you, your pet and your GP.

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New Zealanders held back by loopy regulations


Time To Escape The Office

New Zealanders are hardworking and innovative, and we know it is discouraging when red tape holds you back. Most of us, particularly people who’ve been involved in farming or running a business, will have a story to tell about some loopy regulation. Something that makes absolutely no sense at all, but a bureaucrat in Wellington thought sounded good. If you’re lucky they don’t cost a lot, maybe just a few extra minutes filling out some paperwork. But others have a real impact on our ability to get moving. I am often hearing from constituents whose businesses are being stunted by what feel like arbitrary, painstaking regulations. One of my colleagues has a constituent who owned a small bus depot structure that had no walls, but they were forced to install four exit signs, just in case people couldn’t find their way out if there is a fire. We all know someone with a small business who is working hard to make it grow, so it’s frustrating when red tape holds you back. Good regulations are simple, clear and rigorously enforced. They control a lot of the building standards we have, and many of the safety requirements we have at work. National understands the importance of moving quickly to introduce new regulations for new technologies to get established, and sometimes to disrupt old patterns. For example, when we were in government, we worked quickly to establish a regulatory regime for New Zealand’s growing space industry. 136

We need to regularly look closely at the cumulative effect of our regulations. There are several thousand regulations in effect in New Zealand. They’ve been added to over time, by well-meaning government departments and ministers, to the point where many now cross over or are simply out of date. It’s not the sexiest thing that a politician can seek to fix, but it’s important nonetheless. At their worst, poor regulations have the potential to stop important things from happening. This could be the construction of new renewable power generation or a new business starting up. For my colleagues in Auckland, regulations can hinder the building of much-needed homes in our biggest city. Insufficient or sloppy regulations can put us at risk, as we’ve seen here in New Zealand and overseas with the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Inadequate regulations need to be reviewed, and where necessary, fixed. A National Government will repeal 100 regulations in our first six months in government and we will eliminate two old regulations for every new one we introduce, so that you can get on with the job. We will also require future governments and regulatory agencies to undertake at least one regulatory simplification process every three years that looks at reducing the complexity and number of regulations. We are currently going through countless regulations and deciding what’s needed and what is standing in the way of sensible development, so that should we be elected to government next year we’re ready to hit the ground running. If you’ve got an example of an unnecessary or excessive regulation, let me know by email or going to national.org.nz/economy HON PAUL GOLDSMITH NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM

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It has been a challenging year keeping up with all the changes and all the extra paperwork involved. Now we have actually got everything under control and all systems are in place, so it’s all go. The filing has been sorted (that was getting out of control!), and the desk tidied. Courtenay is back in the office after a five-week holiday in America, so time for a small break, just a small one to recharge the batteries. Renting our properties had been slow and very frustrating as we were getting people to show through but no applications followed. This happened week after week, leading to decreased rents on some properties—but they were still difficult to rent. However, I am pleased to say they have now all been rented and we have new ones on our flyer. This week, interest has increased and applications have come in. Who knows why this happens, it’s just the way it goes, and not just at our office. Good things to look forward to include daylight saving, the Rugby World Cup, and of course the warmer weather of summer. Just Rentals has the All Blacks flag blowing in the breeze, as well as All Blacks bunting on the outside wall. It’s a very exciting time—go the All Blacks! So, time for a little break from the office. Off to a bit of a do at the Hilton, so time to get the nails painted and put on the red lipstick! It will be a pleasant occasion, property managers need to spoil themselves now and again as it is not an easy job and certainly not for the faint-hearted! Even after 20 years in the business there are still new challenges—probably more this year than most—but Just Rentals takes on such challenges proudly and with professionalism. Good Renting Sylvia Lund AREINZ 4 0 S T J O H N S R D, M E AD OW B AN K J U S T R E N TAL S . C O. N Z 09 5 2 8 48 17 O R 09 5 28 48 18 J U S T R E N TAL S @X T R A. C O. N Z

Icehouse Ventures Nine showcases, 103 startups, 3,000-plus investors, and $40 million-plus invested — welcome to the Icehouse Ventures WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D

‘Supercharging New Zealand start-ups’ is the single and most important purpose of the Icehouse Ventures Showcase and it’s something that it does particularly well. In an annual event held at New Zealand’s largest indoor arena, the showcase gathers together some of our highest-quality founders and enables them to tap into the expertise and resources of the country’s largest gathering of start-up investors. “Obsessing over our founders is strategic. Our highestquality founders can raise money from investors around the world. In order to secure the opportunity to invest in the leading start-ups, we must demonstrate we are an equivalently high-quality investor,” says Robbie Paul, CEO of Icehouse Ventures. And it’s this insightful vision that attracted Lexus to be a key sponsor of the event for the past four years. Lexus is a highly innovative brand with synergies that connect with innovators in New Zealand. They believe that great brands are created "when their value is greater than simply a combination of the products and services they offer". Their mindset starts with a 'Yet Philosophy', which is their intellectual and passionate approach to solving complex problems. Where others see irreconcilable ideas, they see the possibility of pioneering breakthroughs.

In their own words: "Brave design will be as likely to provoke as it is to thrill. The exhilarating performance of our vehicles will do more than transport people quickly and safely, it will transport all the senses. Imaginative technology will not only provide genuine, functional value, it will also be visionary and ingenious. Finally, the human touch and meticulous skill of our Takumi craftsmanship will be the artistic signature of our brand." Introducing The 2020 Lexus RX It’s the decisions we make that define us. Like choosing the less obvious path, the harder road. With its fresh new face, chiselled exterior and refined spindle grille, the 2020 RX makes a powerful statement. Combined with our world-first BladeScan light distribution technology, and available in our third-generation selfcharging hybrid electric system the RX proves that greatness never comes from following the crowd. Experience amazing for yourself at your nearest dealership or at lexus.co.nz.

Today, Lexus's reputation for design and performance is growing, but according to them, it is the combination of being visionary, original, and exciting (VOE) that will shape their positioning and enable them to grow, and "this will remain our roadmap for years to come". “After another successful event we felt proud that Lexus was able to play a part in showcasing the successful young New Zealand entrepreneurs, all wanting to take their businesses to the world. We find the association with this talent and the ICE Angel investment community not only inspiring but also a perfect fit as we share a common desire to see New Zealand businesses grow,“ says Andrew Davis, general manager marketing, Lexus New Zealand.


David Inggs


Rocos enables robotics companies to connect, monitor and control their robot fleets—globally.

David Inggs

Tell us about the business—what’s your elevator pitch? Rocos provides a platform to automate robot workforces—globally. The world is investing heavily in automating the physical world with autonomous robotics, we are the platform to manage and automate those robots. Through the integration of our technology, robotics companies get an immediate backend to connect, monitor and control their robotics from anywhere in the world. This allows them to commercialise their products significantly faster, access new global markets, and focus on what they do best—build robots.



We’re inspired by a globally connected future, where autonomous robots accelerate change for good—and we’re proud to be providing some of the important technology that will get us there. What was the inspiration for the business? Richard Stinear (co-founder) and I saw a need in the market—a market where robotics companies are producing robots that can carry out a useful function but lack the technology to scale fleets of robots to make it viable to scale. The platforms and tools are missing to be able to centrally manage and coordinate their fleets. How has technology helped? We’ve built a platform that will help robotics companies commercialise their products—quickly, removing the need for them to build a centralised operations platform. And enterprise to connect, monitor, and control their various robot fleets— scaling at pace. What’s been key to the business success so far? We’ve connected with a number of partners who are aligned with our vision of a globally connected future—through the power of robotic technology.

What’s been the most exciting part of the journey so far? We are seeing a glimpse of being able to solve global challenges at scale using robotics. Global challenges like significantly increasing agricultural output while reducing harmful pollutants. Our technology can make an impact on helping bring forward the timeframe to make scaling these robotic fleets both viable and practical. How Important has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase been to your business? One of the most important things the IceHouse Ventures Showcase has enabled, is brand exposure to investors, technologists, and potential clients. Invaluable for a company like Rocos. How has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase helped you as a founder? They have been a key support in potential customer networks, fundraising and access to specialists when we have needed help. Not much more a startup could ask for! What drives you personally? I’m an optimist, innovation and technology leaps such as we will see with robotics can help undo some of the damage we’ve done to the planet and societal work habits. I thrive on both the technical challenge and the results that can help give more people more options in life through productivity. What is your vision of the future? I see the real challenge people are talking about with large sections of the workforce being replaced with autonomous robotics. Some talk about universal income as a potential solution to this. A lot of the societal mechanics has to still be figured out but there is no doubt a huge revolution in productivity is coming, and I’m hoping we have all learned how to not just let the top 1% of society benefit from this but to share the benefits to give people more time to do what they are passionate about—whatever that is.


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Brooke Roberts


Investing made easy—no matter how much money you have. Tell us about the business—what’s your elevator pitch? At Sharesies we believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity to grow their wealth. So we’ve created and fun and easy investment app that gives someone with $5 the same investment options as someone with $500,000. The minimum invest is $0.01 with over 165 investment options. What was the inspiration for the business? Sonya Williams, another founder, came up with the idea behind Sharesies. When we started Sharesies there was a heap of media about millennials and smashed avocado, and not being able to buy homes. Seven of us got together to find a way that would help people develop their wealth. After six months of listening and researching Kiwis’ attitudes towards money and finance, we started prototyping and Sharesies was born. How has technology helped? It’s how we’ve been able to do what we’ve done. We knew that technology could make investing accessible to everyone. Investing was no longer only for the rich, or for people who knew heaps about finance and business. Technology became the enabler. We’ve reduced the minimum investment to just one cent and have unlocked heaps of investment options to way more people. We’ve also been able to create a seamless, fun and easy experience for investors, all online. What’s been key to the business success so far? Our team. Starting with a group of founders, we had the core skills and experience we needed to bring Sharesies to life. Now, we have a team of over 30, who all make Sharesies better and better for our investors every day. We have a focus on purpose and impact. Sharesies is the first financial services company in NZ to be a certified B Corp. That means we’re globally certified as a business that is a force for good, making a positive difference to our investors, employees, community and environment.

The Sharesies Team

What’s been the most exciting part of the journey so far? Everything is exciting! Being able to really redefine what a high performing growth company means has been great. Even though we’ve experienced rapid growth, we have a strong focus on our people and their wellbeing. We were recently awarded the Diversity NZ Award for Work-Life Balance and have been recognised globally as one of the top B Corps for being Best for the World for our employees. Traditionally, there’s been a perception that to grow fast you have to push your team to their limits. There’s heaps of research that that’s the worst thing you can do. We’re living proof that investing in and deeply caring for our people leads to remarkable results. How Important has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase been to your business? Presenting at the showcase two years ago was a unique experience. There aren’t many places in the world where there are 1,000 investors in one room, listening to a handful of founders share the passion of what they’re creating. How has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase helped you as a founder? Being able to get in front of a lot of people at once and share the Sharesies story has helped start conversations a lot quicker than if I had to cold-call to get those connections. Also being in the community of other founders has been great. Being able to share tips and tricks with each other as our businesses grow is invaluable. What drives you personally? Making a positive impact. I want to see us close the intergenerational wealth gap. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to grow wealth. What is your vision of the future? Everyone having access to investing and growing their wealth and feeling really confident and motivated. Living their best lives.



Will Barker

Will Barker

Mint Innovation

Recovering valuable metals from electronic waste.

Tell us about the business—what’s your elevator pitch? Mint has developed a technology for quickly and cleanly recovering valuable metals such as gold and palladium from electronic waste. The vast majority of e-waste currently ends up in landfill or is exported to developing nations where it causes environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. Mint's technology enables distributed recovery of value from electronic waste in the places where it is needed most. Our world-first recovery technology offers a number of advantages to recyclers, including higher returns for recycled materials and faster payouts while removing the complicated export logistics they currently face. The Mint technology uses microorganisms to cleanly and selectively recover valuable metals mitigating the substantial environmental harm caused by existing recycling methods—reducing the need for energyintensive virgin mined material and promoting a circular economy.



What was the inspiration for the business? I am not a hard-out eco-warrior but strongly believe unless we all do our bit our planet is screwed. I'm originally a chemist and have spent a lot of time on the commercial side of biotech. I have been involved in cleantech for many years having previously worked at LanzaTech prior to their relocation to the US. The skills I have developed throughout a career in commercialisation are extremely well suited to the start-up scene and I am far happier working on an environmental solution rather than some social media nonsense. How has technology helped? We are in the IP intensive deep tech space so we don't necessarily benefit from new technologies in the same way other businesses might. One marketplace that has been an enormous advantage for us—that is fully enabled by technology—is Ali Baba. You can literally source anything from China and have it delivered within weeks. This cost-effective and surprisingly high-quality solution has saved substantial amounts of cash and time—both of which are in very short supply in our line of work. What’s been key to the business success so far? As a startup company we need to scale quickly while mitigating investment risk. Following our last capital raise at the end of 2018, we have built the worlds first bio-refinery for recovering gold from electronic waste. This refinery is a test facility but is the same scale as

fully commercial plants that can be established in cities anywhere in the world. This step enables us to talk with global customers and show the world we are serious about cleaning up the e-waste challenges. What’s been the most exciting part of the journey so far? We are a deep-tech startup so the team comprises primarily technical people—chemists, biologists, engineers etc—and almost exclusively aged under 35 (except me). Start-ups are a bit of a rollercoaster that carry substantial risk. However, I know the whole team get a tremendous kick out of working on a potentially game-changing technology and genuinely enjoy their work. The most exciting part of my role is creating the environment for the team to thrive. How Important has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase been to your business? The Icehouse Ventures team were very early supporters of ours—with a significant investment in our seed round back in early 2017. As such, we were well placed to participate in the Showcase as we looked to close our Series A round in '18. We had a tremendous amount of interest generated through our involvement at the Showcase resulting in an oversubscribed round—pretty much the best outcome a founder can ask for. However, we also continue to enjoy the less tangible benefits a year on from the Showcase. We got to highlight our tech to many of Auckland's highest net-worths and many still talk about us today. You can't buy that sort of exposure. What drives you personally? It's a terrible cliche but it is my family. I have two wonderful kids who are going to have to deal with the mess our generation and the generations before us have made. Again—I am not some hard-out eco-warrior, but if we can create something that addresses even a small portion of the damage our generation is responsible for then that's what gets me out of bed. What is your vision of the future? NZ is extremely well placed to be developing worldchanging clean technologies that will have a global impact. My vision is following the success of Mint— many more will be motivated to get started in the space and make real, tangible positive changes to our planet. Whether it is investors, researchers, supporter— whoever—the more support we have for cleantech, the better off our kids will be.


Brianne West


Say no to plastic bottles with our handcrafted solid shampoos, conditioners, face and body, solid beauty bars. Full of natural goodness. Cruelty-free and vegan.

Tell us about the business—what’s your elevator pitch? Ethique is the world’s most sustainable lifestyle brand and we’re on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste. I started Ethique (French for 'ethical') in 2012 when I began making natural beauty bars in my kitchen as an alternative to the 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles thrown out globally each year. Since then, Ethique has grown into a fully-fledged, award-winning international beauty brand that maintains its strong commitments to the environment, animals and people. The range consists of over 40 products (and growing!) exported in over 14 countries all over the world. All products are plasticfree, proudly made in New Zealand, certified palm oil-free by the Orangutan Alliance, certified cruelty-free and vegan and all packaging is certified compostable. Ethique donates 20% of profits, is ranked in the top 10% of B Corps globally and is living wage accredited. What was the inspiration for the business? I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial and wanted to build a business that was environmentally-friendly and based on solid values. After learning about how much waste the cosmetics industry produces, I taught myself cosmetic chemistry while studying biology at the University of Canterbury. Between 75-90% of shampoo and conditioners are made from water – which is ridiculous as we have water already in our bathrooms! So, I began formulating solid beauty bars that delivered the same results but without the need for any plastic packaging. All our packaging is certified compostable and collectively, Ethique customers have stopped over 4.4 million plastic bottles from being made and disposed of into landfills and are aiming to stop 50 million by 2025. How has technology helped? The technology needed to make the bars in the first stages of the business was not complex, I began in my kitchen and simply started to use bigger equipment. However, with Ethique’s rapid growth, scaling such as unusual product was not without its challenges for manufacturing the bars, compostable packaging and plastic free distribution also. With this, our manufacturers and warehouses have utilised new technologies to keep up with demand without compromising any of our environmental values. Technological developments have also helped us immensely in the space of e-commerce, social media and digital marketing. What’s been key to the business success so far? Our story has played a key role in the success of Ethique. We have a robust purpose, to rid the world of plastic bottles and be an inspiration to other businesses, which people can understand

and get behind, which is why they love our brand. Ethique is built on having a purpose, not just about making money. I am the company’s spokesperson, as most CEOs and founders are, because people buy from people, not companies - they want to know more about the people behind a brand. We have 350 shareholders that helped us through two crowdfunding raises – allowing to fuel Ethique’s growth. Equal to this of course is our amazing team who work day in day out to ensure that everything is working seamlessly. What’s been the most exciting part of the journey so far? When I began Ethique, I had a goal of saving one million plastic bottles from being made and disposed of in landfills. I can now proudly say we have saved over 4.4 million plastic bottles which to me represents a collective global movement to eliminate single use plastics. How Important has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase been to your business? The first showcase I spoke at, we’d saved 200,000 bottles from being made and disposed of. The last one I spoke at saw us save 4.1 million bottles so the support of Icehouse Ventures has been very important with introductions to investors and contacts throughout New Zealand and anyone in business knows that contacts and networks make all the difference! How has the Icehouse Ventures Showcase helped you as a founder? The networking opportunities have been extremely helpful, especially for further investments and international contacts that have allowed us to continue growing and working towards our mission. What drives you personally? I am deeply passionate about animals and the environment, it’s the reason why I created Ethique and why I am still so committed, seven years on, to continue to use the business as a platform that allows us to help alleviate environmental crises, educate, and work with charities. What is your vision of the future? A fairer world for all, where ecocide and environmental degradation for the sake of economic growth is not accepted by anyone. Right now, despite huge consumer pressure, the plastic industry is gearing up to produce 30% more product by 2025. There is more than enough plastic to go around, so let’s stop making more. Ethique is proof businesses can eliminate plastic, consider the entire lifecycle of their product and still be profitable. We must just think outside the bottle.



Time(less) Machine Porsche 992 Review

I’m pretty sure, that many of you, like me, have a little bit of a problem distinguishing between each generation of the Porsche 911, however, that in essence is its genius. In so many ways, Ferdinand Porsche ‘got it right first time so why change it’ seems to be the 911 mantra, a standpoint that’s hard to argue with. Anyway, Porsche invited me to a close-knit event in Auckland to introduce me to the eighthgeneration, 992 and I have to say, I’m hooked.


With each year, and, specifically, each generation, Porsche evolves the 911. They tweak a little here, add a little there, upgrade the power, slim down the weight, increase the aerodynamics and improve the technology, all while staying true to Ferdinand’s winning blueprint. The 992 is absolutely no exception to this rule. First and foremost, that iconic flyline and minimal overhang. It’s a car that for over 50 years has cast an unmistakable and ultra-desirable shadow, and thus the 992 has them both. However, this new generation sits wider than ever before, with broad rear haunches that are, for the first time, shared with both the Carrera 2S and 4S. While we’re talking about sharing, for the observant among you, there is a fair chunk of 993 re-introduce to the design while apparently the Panamera and Cayenne’s tech’s doors have evidently been left open or been jimmied. But don’t think for one moment that this new 992 is just a Porsche, midnight cabinet raid. Up front, the headlights come with a matrix option while the 992’s rear end is resplendent in LEDs. The new light bar runs from bulging wheel arch to wheel arch and split the difference between the double or quad tailpipes (depending on which exhaust system you choose, seriously go for the sports) and the multi-functional rear spoiler — body hugging at rest and low speed, elevated at 90km/h, raised further at 140km/h and will act as an airbrake when required (basically when the virtual speed needle is bent around the virtual stopper). The wheels are now in different sizes, 20” up front 21” at the rear. This increases the 992’s cornering prowess extensively and Porsche’s attention to lightening the frame’s load extends to only having 30% steel and even taking 4kg out of the leather seats — don’t worry I put way more than that back in. Under the bonnet, oops, I mean under the boot lid, lies a highly tuned 3L synchronised twin-turbo powerhouse that produces 331kW/530Nm and when strapped to the new eight-speed PDK will have you up to 100km/h in 4.5 second (4S) and 0.1 of a second later in the 2S.

The cabin has been refreshed and revitalised, it’s less ‘cluttered’ (I’m not so sure it ever was) and now has a horizontal flow to it. The PMS is delivered via a 10.9-inch touchscreen, with Apple and Android connectivity and the instrument cluster is digital and quite personalisable. Those used to Porsche driving modes will be thrilled to know that the Sport+ mode still has the 20 seconds of overtaking boost button, however they will now have, for the first time, a ‘Wet mode’ option to play with. Located behind the front wheels is a microphone that detects the sound of water off the road. This tells the PSM to inform the driver that maybe they should consider engaging wet mode. Once engaged, the throttle response and gear changes durations are lengthened which in turn, increases safety and driver confidence in the wet. But undoubtedly, you want to know how it drives. My response to you is: "Simply brilliant." Normal mode is great for around town and the 992 is so easy to drive. If I was braver (or richer) I’d say that trips to malls or stores would be a breeze. Visibility is good and parking aids are ample. But it’s on the open roads that both you and the car come alive. Sport and Sport+ have the car singing. The exhaust note is mighty fine and the speed is thrilling, treble figures coming way too soon. We took a wide arching drive from Auckland City to Sandspit that included the outskirts of Kumeu, through Kaukapakapa and over the Matakana hills. The straights were good but the bends were better. The 4S felt stoic and firm, the 4S with four-wheel steer felt more playful while the 2S offered true delight. It sounds like the latter was my favourite and in many ways it was, but it would be after much deliberation and maybe a few rainy day drives. Launch control is easy to engage (Sports+ Foot on the brake, foot on the accelerator) refined savagery. Threepoint five seconds 0-100km/h gives you a mind shift but it’s addictive — on ramps beware. Now in its eighth generation, the iconic 911 (992) is an evolutionary marvel. It’s super quick and yet so very well poised on the road. It includes elements of yesteryear but is also very much in the here and now. Ultra-modern technology with classic-style and materials. It’s easy to drive in the city, great on the open roads and I feel will be equally at home on the racetrack (hint, hint Porsche). Simply put, the 992 is a timeless time machine. WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D



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It’s always a plus when your BMW media invite begins with: "Meet at Mechanics Bay." This location generally means a helicopter ride to an event that will undoubtedly be something special. In this case, I was correct with the event but thanks to the weather gods not playing ball, incorrect with the chopper. Still, being chauffeur driven in a new BMW X7 to one of the most amazing looking homes in Auckland came a very close second. Nestled near Tanglewood Retreat just north of Waimauku, is a personally owned luxurious abode that BMW NZ had acquired for a few days. It’s a modern yet minimalistic venue that oozes opulence, boasts one of (if not the) largest man-made lake in NZ and a place that grows the ultra-desirable delicacy, truffles. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a hot beverage, classical music performed by an Octet of strings flown in from the NZ Philharmonic Orchestra and an array of some of BMW’s most luxurious vehicles they currently have on offer - this event was certainly going to be, in BMW’s own words, “The most personal promise of luxury.” We were welcomed by Karol Abrasowicz-Madej (MD BMW NZ) in his usual hospitable fashion and told about the day’s events that would include a 75km driving loop where we would experience the plethora of prestigious rides we had drooled over on the way in, followed by a lavish lunch courtesy of Josh Emmet and champagne, wines and whisky thanks to Moet Hennessy (evidently no more driving was to be done after that). Ultimately, the event had been perfected to enliven all five of our senses and maybe even the sixth. We learned a little more about the ethos behind the chariots we would be driving, then headed out to begin the drive. We opted for the M5 Competition first in Marina Bay Blue. It’s a fierce ride when it wants to be (0-100km/h 3.3seconds) yet is as placid as a lamb when not being stressed. Sure the ride is firm but that’s what you want in an M-Sport car isn’t it? The loop would take us around the

country roads that surround northwest Auckland, it offers places to stretch the car’s legs and areas to simply enjoy the scenery, regardless of the rain. At the next stop, we moved into the magnificent 7. The flagship of the brand in terms of luxury sedan and a vehicle that rides like it’s on a soft carpet. Sporting a new grille and a refreshed lavish interior, it defines luxury, pure and simple. Next, we headed into the first of two X7s. A seven-seat option X750 followed by a sixseat layout with captains chairs and an X740 badge. Both SUVs offer leather furniture and a whole raft of technological wizardry, oh and of course, a very smooth driving experience. Last but not least, the 8-series. First the coupe with its stunning exterior design and an interior so refined, it would make a board room blush, then, just as the rain eased, the convertible. We electronically dropped the top, switched on the heated seats and air scarfs and listened to the engine crackle and pop as the gears downshifted. We arrived back at the homestead with virtually all our senses being somewhat overloaded, but there was still one yet to be satisfied - taste. With the driving behind us, we each received a glass of Krug Grande Cuvee champagne before sitting down to a five-course lunch. Handmade sourdough with smoked butter that was still smoking. Salmon and caviar with a Vintage Krug match. Steamed aubergine with shitake cream matched with a Cloudy Bay Te Koko, spiced Cambridge duck breast with confit leg and white bean cassoulet matched with a Cloudy Bay Te Wahi and finally Hogarth chocolate with truffle ice cream matched with a Glenmorangie Signet - let’s just say, our tastebuds didn’t go wanting. The entire experience was a full-on lavish affair. From sight and sound to excitement and ultimate feeling, it proved that BMWs are not just a way of getting from A to B but a way to get from here to where you really want to be.

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Verve. October 2019. Issue 160.  

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

Verve. October 2019. Issue 160.  

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