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We live in an amazing time full of wonder and change. It can wring us out, wear us down, yet also give us the most profound hope. Born in 1984, reborn in 1990, and then later — from around 2006 — TED* blossomed once more thanks to the marvel of online technology. Now a regular viral sensation, each day it enriches us with musings, observations and tales told by the some of the world’s most progressive, and impressive, minds.

TED 2016 celebrates dreams. Not the fluffy, snoozy kind, but those big, bold, beautiful visions that hold the potential to encourage ripples of change on a global scale. Verve was lucky enough to attend the inspiring cinema broadcast of the TED 2016 opening night, where, among others, we saw Astro Teller, head of X (formerly Google X), who shared stories of the moonshot factory as well as their work on Loon, the project using balloons to connect 4 billion people who currently have little or no access to the internet. What most blew our minds is the thought that once this happens (maybe in as little as five years from now), the world will change in ways most of us could once never have imagined. Another fave was Ricardo Sabatini, who spoke of dedicating his life’s work to the decoding of the human genome and of how we will soon be able to use the same technology to personalise treatments for diseases. From the entertainment sector shone Shonda Rhimes. Something she

said that resonated on a very personal level was that dreams do not come true just because you dream them, ”It’s hard work that makes things happen”. This greatly struck a chord with us. For each new Verve begins with a dream – of how it might look, the stories it may tell and how it may improve upon issues past. Then comes the hard work woven into transforming those dreams into a reality: the magazine you see before you. We hope you will enjoy sharing this month’s stories, products and information, which, so full of wonder and so full of change, is, for us, yet another dream come true. *Talks based around the themes of technology, entertainment and design. ** Creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder


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Carol Boko: KEEPING IT REAL AT CROCKER’S “I’ve always loved property,” says Crockers realty sales executive Carol Boko. “My father was a developer and investor. I started off in property management and then went into sales. I’m passionate about what I do, plus I get to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life.”

Having been in the industry for 20 years, and with Crockers for the past 15, Carol says she couldn’t envisage ever working anywhere else: “It’s just such a great company to work for, the only one of its kind in the country in fact. There are no franchises, it’s property-based and, if you want to know anything, there are specialists in every department. It would now be very difficult to go elsewhere.” Carol is quick to name company owner Rob as a massive influence upon her career. “I have watched him, and the company, grow,” she says. “When I first started, there were only around 30 members of staff and now there are over 130 and we even have our own power company! He’s certainly been an amazing mentor.” One of the most interesting – and valuable – business lessons learnt has been that you must be brave in times of crisis. “You have to hold on to property,” says Carol. “I bought a small block of flats before 2007, then panicked when the global crash hit and put them on the market, even though I didn’t really want to sell. Luckily, they didn’t. But it taught me that you shouldn’t freak out through the tough times. You have to ride the storm.” Carol laments that newspapers often have too much of a too negative influence on the industry. “If they print something about the market being in trouble, the next day is so quiet,” she says. “Then, when they say the market has picked up, the phones start ringing again. The trouble is, the stats they use are often two to three months old. This can often make our jobs more difficult.” It would be better for everyone, she adds, if sale prices were published to “give everyone a really good feel for what’s actually happening now”. What has certainly made things easier to sell more properties to a wider customer base is the digital revolution and globalisation. “When I first started, you’d get the occasional overseas enquiry,”

Carol says. “Now, half of my clients are from abroad, many of whom often purchase on the word of their property manager. We can target a lot of clients that other companies can’t because of our international database which allows us to reach people that might not even be looking.” Recent years have been both exciting and stressful for all involved in the real estate industry. “The market is definitely flattening out,” says Carol. “The buyers are still out there, but the craziness has gone and hopefully the wages will soon catch up and more people will be able to afford to start buying again. I don’t think it will drop unless the there is a global crash again. Many lower cost housing areas are actually quite buoyant.” Being Auckland-wide, Carol has the advantage of being able to read what’s happening more accurately than someone who concentrates on just one area. It is one skill, among others, that has seen her awarded a host of industry gongs. “The awards are great, but that doesn’t motivate me,” she says. “I’m not motivated by that or money, I just really love my job and would really miss it if I wasn’t doing it. Though, I could probably do with a bit more balance!” New Zealand, and Auckland especially, she adds, is changing rapidly, with many baby boomers cashing in and moving to places such as Northland and Tauranga: “We’re evolving so fast, suddenly becoming this international, global city and it’s such a great place to live.” Though, Carol does warn that progress could come at a price. “The council must ensure that areas are built around libraries and town halls and such, that they have a heart,” she says. “They must be occupied by people who care about where they live, people who acknowledge and cherish that community spirit. That is what makes for healthier communities and that is what is most important.” Words by: Jamie Christian Desplaces


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SWISS-MADE EXPERTISE AT ACOUSTIX HEARING Nothing’s as important as health, so an investment in your hearing health is an investment in your quality of life. “The best products and technologies are never cheap,” says Thomas Müller, hearing specialist at Acoustix in Remuera. “You always end up paying later for so-called bargains. The most expensive hearing technology you’ll ever buy is the one you don’t use. The one that you look at every day, but don’t actually put in your ears because you’re not happy with it.” Thomas Müller has more than twenty five years’ experience, and founded Acoustix in Remuera over a decade ago. The Swissborn and bred precision engineer has studied all aspects of audiometry and trained in Switzerland and New Zealand with some of the world’s most renowned hearing aid manufacturers. “I greatly enjoy working with high-tech, miniaturised things,” Thomas says. “It’s an industry that - once you’re in — is hard to get out of because it is constantly evolving, with newer more sophisticated digital hearing solutions. And it’s so satisfying knowing that you’re doing something positive to help people who are challenged by their hearing. Sometimes they don’t believe this is or will be possible.” Thomas proudly proclaims Acoustix is one of the very few clinics in New Zealand to provide such specialist skills. Certainly no-one else has access to such a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment. Most of his wares wouldn’t look out of place in a modern day spy movie. “I can also do on-the-spot repairs, where possible, and usually within the hour, whereas others have to send devices back to the suppliers. What is a customer supposed to do without their hearing aids during that time?” There’s more to Acoustix than just hearing aids. They’re suppliers of electronic amplified stethoscopes to the medical

industry, custom made In-ear monitors to musicians (Thomas is the country’s expert qualified to fit and supply them: “each monitor sounds like a small orchestra of a thousand angels serenading you!”) and hearing protection for concerts, industrial and commercial workplaces, and general background noise. All music products are made to measure using the latest digital technology of 3D imaging. Thomas jokes that he’s even helped a number of marriages, providing customised sleep plugs to attenuate snoring “always by the men!” who ironically are also far more likely to suffer from hearing difficulties. Acoustix is 100% independent which means it’s not aligned to any suppliers or brands so Thomas offers products most suitable to the needs of each individual client. We don’t look after our ears enough. We should be getting regular checks as we do with our eyes. “Many of my customers have already been through the process with somebody else but are still not happy with their hearing” says Thomas. “My mission is to find out what customers’ expectations are. Then match those expectations with technology that they’re comfortable with and that they will actually use and not just stick in a drawer at home.” There is little benefit, for example, in a person having a miniature hearing aid if their fingers aren’t nimble enough to change the battery and operate it. “I’m not interested in just churning people over,” Thomas adds. “I spend the time consulting. I build long-lasting relationships, because ultimately, the most expensive hearing aid is the one that you never wear.”


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Preconceptions are usually as difficult to avoid as they are erroneous. Preconceptions often pave the way to misconceptions but on the strength of Paul Nathan’s fascinating photography I admit I had plenty. Expecting to meet an insouciant eccentric, I was instead confronted by an unassuming, dapperly dressed gentleman – more self-deprecating than subversive – with a softly spoken cut-glass accent and manners to match. The irony, that his work riffs on the notions of abandoning preconceptions, embracing the eclectic and having the courage to stand out from the crowd, on me was certainly not lost. Paul Nathan is a restless soul, a searcher and a seeker of selftruth. Just a decade ago Paul was pondering what it all meant from his Parnell jewellery store when he decided to quite literally sell up shop and move to New York, enrol in film school and become a maker of documentaries. “I didn’t even own a camera when I moved to America,” Paul tells me over a coffee on Ponsonby Road. The meeting had been arranged via an email in which I was informed that Paul would be wearing a straw hat. I wasn’t sure whether or not it was a joke. When you stop and look, it’s actually quite staggering just how many people proudly prance Ponsonby Road adorned in said headgear on any given day, but anyway, Paul arrived hatless. It hadn’t been a joke, he’d just forgotten to wear his. But I digress. “Once I started film school,” he continues, “I soon realised I hated it. I hated being in a group and not being able to do my own thing. I came to the realisation that I just wasn’t a team player. Halfway through, I dropped put.” He then received a letter form the US government informing him that he had 10 days to leave the country.

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“So I decided to try photography. I found the International Centre for Photography, which is a really good school, and, though applications had closed, they invited me to send in a portfolio. I didn’t even know what a portfolio was! I rushed back home, grabbed some happy snaps from my computer, took them to a copy centre and handed them in to the college.” This is the part of the Hollywood script where the uplifting score gently fades in as the camera cuts to a collection of college professors overawed with Paul’s body of work. They welcome him with open arms and Paul goes on to live happily-ever-after as his latent artistic talent is finally recognised and his brave move across the globe rewarded. What actually happened, however, was that the school said “no”, but in an act of serendipity to outwit even the corniest of Hollywood scribes, Paul later attends a party where he meets fellow New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman (famed for those controversial and compelling Mongrel Mob shots) who invites Paul to lunch the following day and advises him upon which images are most likely to capture the imagination of the college admissions board. Ironically, Rotman selects a selection of snaps which Paul took during his ill-fated film school days. The photography college loved them, awarded him a scholarship the following term, and, fast forward eight years, Paul’s art has been globally recognised, he has a wife and two young children and is living happily-ever-after back in New Zealand where he is in the process of completing a Masters of Fine Art at Elam (“I wanted to do something more introspective plus, I love study, I’d do it forever if I could”) while

also continuing with a range of professional projects. But you kind of get the feeling that Paul’s still searching for something, and longing, a little, for another bite of the Big Apple. “One of the reasons I left New York was because I was struggling to find meaning in life,” says the 45-year-old. “It’s just so hectic. In a matter of a few steps outside your front door you can be overstimulated. Everyone is driven and you just get caught up in the whole thing. Of course in order to produce anything you have to have a certain amount of drive. But being back here has been a mental challenge. I find it harder to get started. Since I’ve been back, life feels so much slower and I feel as though I have lost my fire a little. Of course, I now have two young children, and a life, so, it’s a common story, I guess.” Following graduation from the International Centre for Photography, Paul secured a gig taking portraits and food shots for The New York Post before finding a lengthy list of fashion clients such as L’Oréal and the Body Shop. “There is a certain novelty factor to being a fashion photographer in New York but I’m not interested in fashion per se,” he tells me. “I have absolutely no idea what’s ‘in’ each season, and I don’t really care, either. My passion is creative, interesting people.” With that in mind, Paul put an ad on looking for subjects who looked like their dogs and a lady sent him some snaps of her dressed identically to her hound: “Not just


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>> any outfits, mind you. This was doggie couture. That’s when I realised that this was a far more interesting concept and I tapped into this whole New York network. It’s this entire community that throw these incredible parties and fundraising events and turn up dressed like their dogs. They’re eccentric people and proud of it. I wanted to celebrate that.” This lead to the publication of Couture Dogs of New York which in turn lead to Groomed, a collection celebrating finely coiffured canines. Similarly, Paul has also, along with his writer wife Nadine Rubin Nathan, published a children’s book entitled The Adventures of Coco Le Chat: The World’s Most Fashionable Feline, and Generation Ink, a cool collection of images immortalising heavily tattooed Brooklyners. “Subconsciously my search was for the core reason why or maybe how some people feel free enough to just go and get a giant tattoo upon their back. It’s not something I would have felt I was entitled to do when I was in my early twenties but I admire them for it. I feel envious of that sense of freedom.” Is there any reason why you wouldn’t do it yourself? “I just wouldn’t know where to begin, what I would have tattooed. I would actually love to get one, but I don’t know what, or if I really feel that strongly about anything.” The books have been well-received by a wealth of leading international media outlets and adorn the shelves of some of the most prestigious city stores. I ask Paul how he handled the sudden global attention. “It was novel. I didn’t know what to make of it because I didn’t feel like I was anyone. I was just doing my little thing and I couldn’t process it all, this major media exposure just felt surreal.” Were you uncomfortable with it? “No. I love the chance to talk about my work and I think it’s important to defend those who open themselves up for society. But it’s a strange situation because I’m not actually in my book so I’m subjecting my subjects, in a way, to the potential for criticism.” Do you take criticism personally? “No, I don’t take it personally but I think less of the person who does the criticising. I just hope that no one thinks my work is

exploitative. I don’t think the tone Couture Dogs is exploitative, but it would upset me if people thought so.” You could ultimately say just about every photo is exploitative. “Yes, you could say that about anything. But for me they are concrete blocks, there to help me understand more about myself. It’s said that a portrait is 20% the subject and 80% the photographer and I totally agree with that.” And so back to the photographer. Critical acclaim was, of course, welcome but it wasn’t helping him to understand the through-line in his work so he sought the solace of a therapist. “Of course, everyone in New York is in therapy. I was going twice a week when the publicity was really starting to kick in. I didn’t really know how to tie the books together. As an artist I knew that it was important to have a central narrative or theme running through my work that was identifiable but I did not want mine was, and I was unhappy about that. It was through therapy that I realised the common thread was about identity and transformation. About people stepping out from the norm. Of being different. Society pushes us all into a valley of the ‘normal’ and anyone that veers out of that norm is deemed to be dangerous and we’re taught to instinctively ridicule those people.” So that’s why you went to therapy? I went for a variety of reasons. I was feeling lost. Are you less lost now? “Yes I am. I feel thrilled. That was a eureka moment once I found the common thread. If I hadn’t found something to link those dots that it would have just felt like a blurry mess of life. I’m very thankful to my books are part of me and a very important to me and I take very seriously. Others might think that subjects are frivolous but I take them very seriously indeed.” I finish by asking Paul if, for all his protestations of impartiality, there was at least part of him that acknowledged the absurdity of what most what consider to be obscene sums (US$600 on designer outfits, for example) spent by the owners on the pampering of some of his pet subjects. “Not at all,” comes the ever-gracious reply. “Many of them don’t have children, but they have fulfilling and satisfied lives with their pets which are often their surrogate children. They lavish them with love and attention and accessories and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. People are free to spend the money however they please. Their courage should never be criticised, it should be applauded for making the world a more colourful place.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

Iconic New Zealand brand Saben has opened its flagship store at 133 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. The new store will showcase Saben’s range of luxury leather handbags and accessories. Inside the spacious gallery-like store, created by Saben designer Roanne Jacobson, customers will experience the beautifully curated collection Saben has to offer. As New Zealand’s leading leather handbag and accessories label, Saben’s collections include coveted luxurious handbags, small accessories, jewellery and luggage. The historic Ponsonby Road store features elegant Art Deco detailing, ply panelling, whitewash floors and Saben’s iconic slogan, ‘You Lucky Thing”, emblazoned on one wall. The store showcases Saben’s complete range, including the popular and classic Tilly bag, which doubles as a wallet or a purse. Customers will also find all of Saben’s newest styles, including the ultragraphic Valentine patchwork tote: an ode to the glamour of the 1970s. Saben has been producing premium quality leather goods since 1998, which are recognised and sold around the world. The label is woven into New Zealand’s fashion history. Saben is named after Sarah Saben, Roanne’s late grandmother. Sarah was an inspirational, sophisticated, elegant and influential woman, and every Saben bag aims to honour her by being intelligently designed and superbly crafted from only the best materials from around the world. For a limited time, visit the team at Saben Ponsonby, spend over $300 and receive a free Joker Wallet worth $150. Only available while stocks last.



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KATE SYLVESTER We spent five minutes chatting to fashion designer Kate Sylvester about her work. For most of us, Kate Sylvester needs no introduction. The eponymous label she and her partner, Wayne Conway, started from humble beginnings in the early nineties has earned a place as one of our leading fashion lights. Wayne and Kate met at Wellington Polytechnic where Kate was a student of fashion and Wayne studied graphic design. “It’s now the Massey Design degree but there were no degrees back then,” says Kate. Their fashion label, Sister, was born in 1993. The pair had very little money, so Kate sewed every piece of their first range herself. As a friend of the couple, well-known writer Stacey Gregg tells in ‘Happy Birthday Kate Sylvester!’ for Viva: “They were losing money hand over fist and it was decided that if things didn’t pick up they would pull the plug. Hacked off with the whole thing, Wayne designed a T-shirt that summed up his mood. It was a photo print of a cool girl raising her middle finger with a line underneath that read: Sister — you know you want it.” The tees took off, and the rest, as they say, is history. The name change came when Sister went into Australia and streetwear label Stussy Sista saw ‘Sister’ as being too similar a name to their own and took legal action. According to Gregg: “Kate didn’t want to call the brand Kate Sylvester. In her mind she was Kate Sylvester — the clothes were something else. Wayne and I talked her round. The argument was simple. All the biggest labels in the world were real names: Chanel, Gucci, Givenchy. Wayne designed a new label and Kate Sylvester was born.” Kate Sylvester, the label, is always designed around a concept and can be inspired by art, music or books. “A strong concept or story is central to all of our collections,” says Kate. “Everything we design has a beautiful, eccentric, whimical quality to it. I like to design beautiful pieces, and, as I’m a woman designing for women, it’s important for me to create garments that are easy to live in.”

Fabric is an integral part of Kate’s design process. Lace is one of the cornerstones of a Kate Sylvester collection which is balanced with leather and more masculine silhouettes and suiting. “I love the balance of masculine and feminine. For example, today I’m wearing an absolutely beautiful lace dress with trainers.” As a busy working mum to twins Tom and Ike, 15, and Cosmo, 14, Kate also draws inspiration from her home-life. It’s part of the inspiration for the swan on the KS logo and some of the KS homewares. “I’ve always loved swans and where we live in Westmere we overlook an estuary where they fly. It’s beautiful. They’re a very pretty part of Kate Sylvester.” The latest collection is called ‘a Muse’ and is inspired by Picasso’s muses. “The women I referenced for this collection are beautiful, stylish and a little bit bohemian with distinct and different personalities,” says Kate. Indeed, the clever design and high quality fabrics have won the label many ardent fans, establishing Kate and Wayne as New Zealand fashion royalty. It’s about quality. It’s about style. It’s about beauty. And it’s about eccentricity. “I love that our pieces transcend the years and I love seeing women wearing a piece that’s five, 10 or even 15 years old. That is such a great part of my job,” says Kate. Words: Jenna Moore Photography: Olivia Hemus

I love that women feel beautiful wearing Kate Sylvester.” - Kate Sylvester -

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Getting Shirty Jap cotton shirt from NICOLA WAITE, pants from THE MERCANTILE.

Men’s pintuck dinner shirt, 2nd hand, from VIXEN, second pearl bracelet from POSH DOSH.

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Shirt from TAYLOR, pants from THE MERCANTILE.

Shirt from JANE DANIELS.

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Verge shirt from HARTLEYS, slip from THE MERCANTILE, and ring by KAREN WALKER.


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THE BEST HATS ON EARTH “We were blown away by how it went, and people have been begging us to make a second batch since.” - Matt Purcell -

New Zealand cap company Offcut is struggling to keep up with demand for its caps after launching just four months ago (December). The startup has sold out within days each time it’s released one of its super limited New Zealandmade caps.

Fabric waste is a huge source of pollution worldwide. In New Zealand alone, 100 million kilos of textile waste ends up in landfill every year: the equivalent of almost 150 medium sized men’s t-shirts per person. Textile dyes and glues leech into the earth’s soil and the fabric releases greenhouse gasses as it breaks down.

Offcut teams up with companies to use their waste fabric to save it from going to landfill and they also plant a tree with every cap sold.

“We wanted to not only take something away from the planet — fabric waste — but give something back too,” says Adrien. “So we’ve teamed up with Trees For the Future to plant a tree with every cap sold.”

The company launched its first offering just before Christmas, not long after best mates and co-founders Adrien Taylor, 26, and Matt Purcell, 27, came up with the original concept. “My old man was in the textile industry,” says Adrien. “I went to his Christchurch warehouse last year and saw a room full of discarded fabric which was still brand new, He told me they paid someone to pick it up twice a year and dump it to landfill. I thought that was an insane thing to be doing in the 21st century so asked him if I could take the fabrics and turn them into caps.” Offcut have now teamed up with almost a dozen companies to source their fabrics, all of which are offcuts, end-of-lines, misprinted or discontinued styles. Police and army uniform fabric feature in the range too. “We can’t reveal too much yet,” says Matt. “But we’re in talks with some of New Zealand’s most iconic fashion brands about releasing colab caps together. More on this soon.”

As well as reducing textile waste, Offcut has a One for One business model inspired by Toms Shoes.

The first release sold out within four days. Matt says that they were blown away by how it went: “And people have been begging us to make a second batch since.” The company now gives early access to each of its releases to members who sign up for free on their website: “So many people were really disappointed about missing out on our first few releases, so it’s really important to us to give them the first chance to get in before we sell out,” adds Matt. Offcut is the first foray into fashion for both men. Christchurch-based Adrien is a former 3News reporter and founder of, while Matt, who’s based in Dubai, is a First Class airplane cabin crew member. Words: Adrien Taylor, Co-founder, Offcut Caps


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Ethical Shopping in NZ Across the globe, in industries such as mining, farming and clothing and electronics manufacturing, slavery is still rife. But, by not ever-upgrading to the latest, must-have smartphone, by buying local produce whenever possible, taking care to ensure other groceries such as bananas, chocolate and coffee are stamped with the FairTrade label and taking a little time to research where those clothes were actually stitched, we can all do our bit. In fact, in 2014, according to FairTrade Australia New Zealand, Kiwis spent $85 million on FairTrade products, an impressive 28% increase on the previous year. Furthermore, research group Colmar Brunton concludes seven out of ten New Zealanders want to work for a sustainable employer, while 90% wish to buy ethically sourced and constructed products. Unfortunately, not 90% of us actually do and with all the good will in the world, it’s far easier said than done, especially given, for example, less than one percent of global clothing manufacturing can be certified as ethically produced while TreeHugger estimates three quarters of all Kiwi garments to be made in China. So here’s a selection of local sustainable enterprises looking to help you help put things right.


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Untouched World This gem became the first fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for their sustainable work. Their manufacturing process considers “the total life impact” of what they produce, using local wools, sustainably grown fibres, organic dyes and water-based prints. One percent of retail sales also goes into their charitable trust.

Trade Aid Kowtow This Kiwi clothing company uses only 100% organic certified cotton, seeds that are never genetically modified and employs sustainable farming techniques. The Indian factory where the garments are made sponsors local educational projects while its employees receive benefits such as free transport, union membership, rent subsidies and pensions. All of their kids get free schooling, too.

Miranda Brown “Our values are natural because I love nature,” says ecoartist-cum-fashion-designer Miranda Brown. Launched in 2002, her label is famed for its use of NZ wool, natural fibres and organic cotton, all hand dyed using natural colours. She also often teams up with NGOs to raise both awareness and donations.

Feral NZ Choose from a range of ready-made dresses, one-off coats, wrap-around trousers and organic cotton t-shirts, or order customised clobber, from this “eco friendly, fair trade, sustainable fashion design label”. Their wares are all “lovingly made” in New Zealand from organic cotton and ethical natural fabrics.

Over 800 volunteers help keep this legendary ship sailing smoothly. Members of the World Fair Trade Organisation, the nationwide not-for-profit stores sell and eclectic collection of ethical handmade goods.

Outdoors Stores It's only right that lovers of our great outdoors should be at least partly kitted out in clothing that is kind to the environment and those who inhabit it. Kathmandu offer a range of FairTrade organic-certified cotton clothing and also support an Asian-based charitable foundation, while Icebreaker are renowned for their ethical farming practices in order to rear the sheep for their merino wool.

Good Spend Counter Designed in New Zealand by Ben Gleisner, this app promotes the power of sustainable-friendly spending. It notes when you've spent money at ethical eateries, bars and cafes, then shares the information with a range of business to encourage them to increase their ethical investment to attract you and other like-minded souls. Supply and demand, the green way. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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FASHION CAPITALS They say that style is a global language, but that doesn’t mean all places are equal when it comes to fashion importance — even if the internet has knocked down so many of the world’s cultural barriers. To celebrate the diversity and unique cultures that make fashion so exciting, Verve brings you four important places in current global fashion. MOSCOW Below its sterotypical surface is a thriving ecosystem of unique subcultures and internet-savvy youth reflecting the country’s East-meets-West cultural dynamism. Moscow’s underground skateboarding and music scenes have never been healthier while Gosha Rubchinskiy looks set to take over the world with his patriotic, street-inspired collections. BERLIN Berlin’s style has been synonymous with individuality for a long time; from its punk heyday through to the city’s current brooding, minimalist aesthetic. Recent seasons have seen a new wave of fresh talent like Sadak, Simon Freund and Hien Le crop up in the city, while Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and industry trade shows SEEK and Premium, give local designers the chance to shine on the global stage.

TOKYO Japan’s insular culture makes Tokyo one of the strangest and most fascinating places on Earth; so it’s hardly surprising that the city’s unique fashion ecosystem is home to some truly legendary labels and a world famous retail scene. BAPE, WTAPS, NEIGHBORHOOD and fragment design have all made their mark on the global stage while COMME des GARÇONS’ bizarre family of labels continue to churn out some of the most avant-garde collections in high fashion today. NEW YORK It’s not just brands that make NYC one of the most vibrant places in the fashion universe; the city has spawned countless trends, subcultures and aesthetics, from heritage Americana through to normcore and street goth. The city’s fashion week is one of the biggest events on the calendar, and the Capsule and Market Week trade shows make it a vital place for business, too. The biggest shifts in the way men dress the world over have emerged in New York and the city’s melting pot makes the Big Apple ground zero for all things high, low and everything in between. Source:

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Another tip? Try it on. Clothes are made for bodies, not hangers. Something that may have no hanger appeal can often look fabulous on. Don’t discount it because you think it’s “shapeless”. Also, shop up and down sizes – it’s only you who sees that size tag, while everyone sees the fit. Sometimes the next size up will simply fall better, sometimes a size down will work better with the aesthetic you prefer.


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I love every part of my role as a stylist (well, except for shoe taping; that isn’t much fun), but I especially love it when a client and I have a dream shopping trip. What constitutes a dream shopping trip? Not simply when every item we need is found and then works perfectly together to form a cohesive wardrobe but also when we find a few special pieces that totally elevate that wardrobe. I’m fortunate enough to experience this almost every time I shop with a client and I wanted to share with you some of the strategies I use to get this outcome. That way, you get to have your dream shopping trip, too. First, write your list. What do you need? What lifestyle events do you have to cover? Work? A wedding? Casual pieces? Note down what it is you are looking for. Next, set your budget. It’s important to know what dollars you have to spend as this will determine where you should shop. That said - my best tip is to shop everywhere. What I mean by that, is if you have boutique dollars to spend, don’t discount cheaper stores to get key pieces. A recent shopping trip saw me take a client into Hugo Boss for business wear, but also Glassons for some tailored shorts.


Break your own rules. I can’t stress this enough – I meet too many women who limit themselves by imposing restrictions on what they will wear. If you’ve said “I don’t wear print” “I don’t like ruffles” “I like my skirts to be just above my knee” or “I wear short jackets only” you’ve unknowingly given yourself a rather narrow set of parameters to work with. In doing that, you’ve allowed no space for any magic to happen – and trust me, the magic is often in the unexpected pieces! Want a bit of help getting the key pieces for your winter wardrobe? We’d love to help. Give us a call on 09 529 5115 or pop into our NEW 330 Parnell Road studio. We’d love to help.


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TRILOGY’S HYDRATING MIST TONER $29.90 A refreshing burst of moisture useful for more than just completing your cleansing routine. • Create flawless coverage by spritzing on your foundation brush before you apply your base. It will help you buff it out without overloading the skin for a natural-looking complexion. • Spritz over make-up to create a dewy look — this is one skincare trend that’s definitely here to stay. • The perfect hydrator throughout the day to keep your look fresh in office air-conditioning or warm weather.


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ORIBE GOLD LUST TRANSFORMATIVE MASQUE $98 To put it in context, this hair masque is the Ferarri of all hair masks. It uses curative white tea, jasmine and baobab to improve elasticity and fortify hair. Your hair will feel like silk, with brilliant shine.

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We highly recommend the exquisite Abhyanga Massage. Be prepared to have toxins flushed out and for energy levels to reach an all time high again. Your therapist will unblock stagnated energy by massaging 107 marma points (energy points). The focal of the massage is targeting the lymphatic and circulatory system thus improving our immune system — enough said on health benefits. The Abhyanga Massage is the most lush, relaxing and rejuvenating massage. Prepare to walk out pampered beyond your body. Abhyanga massage $135

The ‘Bahala’ is one of thee most popular 90-minute treatments. Starting with a stimulating leg and foot massage followed by a relaxing back massage. Your head, neck and shoulders then get the attention they deserve by the most invigorating massage that will melt away any leftover tension. The treatment is concluded with a customised facial using the in-house Ayurda skin care range — an authentic skin to soul experience.

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T-SHIRTING Hoodies, tees, dresses — even gownlike garments! Finally the day has come when sweatshirts are as chic as they are comfortable, as evidenced by the sporty trend takeover on the runways at New York and Paris Fashion Week. Rock the full tracksuit look or pair a t-shirt with something a little more polished.


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HARNESSING THE POWER OF ULTRASOUND TO TRANSFORM THE BROW, CHIN, NECK AND CHEST. One of the biggest certainties in life is the aging process, bringing with it a host of changes that many do their best to stave off for as long as possible. The physical clues that give away a person’s age and stage of life are many, with the most noticeable of all, perhaps, being the condition of the complexion — especially that of the face. As one ages, bone mass decreases, fat pads shift and the skin laxity increases, developments that almost never fail to scare — and so we are constantly on the look out for ways to thwart the inevitable. Enter Ultherapy. Ultherapy is an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin safely and naturally without surgery or downtime. With before and after photographs on the company’s website that sure look impressive, Ultherapy is said to be loved by a whole host of celebrities. A treatment takes one to two hours and requires no anesthesia or injections. An Ultherapy machine delivers a series of pulses that bypass the skin’s top layers reaching the deep underlying connective tissue, triggering a neocollagenesis process (the production of collagen, elastin and other proteins). This healing cascade, which starts to take place at around three months and continues for up to two years, helps to turns back the clock, revealing a younger you. Edges soften, curves reset, hollows plump out and time worn clues become more diffuse. Though Ultherapy is not the same as a surgical facelift, if you put the results on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a facelift and 1 being doing nothing, Ultherapy is like a 6, definitely enough to see and feel a difference.


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A revolutionary new way of using the botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes is now on offer at Clinic 42, and the affects are fabulous! No more frozen faces, just a look of having returned from a holiday refreshed and untired! Jude and Fran met with Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42 who was excited to tell them about a revolutionary new procedure that she feels very passionate about and now Verve wants to share it with our readers.

>> Q & A WITH ELLEN <<

V: How long do the results last and how often should one have a Photofinish treatment for maximum effect? E: The results last a minimum of 4-6 months. For maximum effect we recommend six monthly treatments. V: Can we go back to work after the procedure? E: You can although you may be a bit red, however we do have special camouflage make up at the clinic that we can apply for you. Some people may wish to take the rest of the day off.

Verve: How is Photofinish different to a traditional Botox treatment, and what are its special features?

V: If we would like to receive more information on this Photofinish procedure shall we just call your reception and make an appointment?

Ellen: With Photofinish we use a combination of hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin, mixed together under sterile conditions and, via micro injections with the Vital Injector, inject it over the entire face. The aim of this treatment is to smooth lines, minimise pores and give the skin a glowing, hydrated and fresh look.

E: Yes, absolutely. You will need a 60-minute appointment and we apply numbing cream to the face for 30 minutes prior to treatment to make this a pain-free experience.

V: Can you tell us more about the results: two hours post-treatment, two days post-treatment, and twoweeks post treatment? E: Immediately after treatment you will be quite red. Two days post-treatment the redness has settled and two weeks post-treatment you will see the effect of hydrated skin with a softening of facial lines.


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OUT DARN HAIR, OUT I SAY! Just imagine no more shaving, waxing and tweezing. No more ingrown hairs... just smooth, hair-free skin.

The good news is you don’t have to imagine it. It’s a very real possibility provided – and isn’t there always a caveat? – you’re the right candidate.

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At Louise Gray Skin Care we have cutting edge IPL hair removal, which means you can say goodbye to unwanted hair in just six to 10 comfortable treatments. Say goodbye (and good riddance!) to side effects of hair removal like razor burn and ingrown hairs.

“First and foremost I’m an electrologist, and I’m licensed in permanent hair removal and have been for over 14 years,” says Louise. “In addition to IPL skills, I am also extremely cognisant of the way hair grows and how the endocrine system (hormonal stimulation) and histology can contribute to hair growth. This means that if you’ve got hair you want to get rid of, I can help you out effectively and affordably.”

We use Intense Pulsed Light technology to permanently reduce hair growth quickly and painlessly. IPL complements our electrolysis services, as quite often, people need both technologies to reach their goal of permanent hair reduction. HOW DOES IPL WORK? IPL works by pulsing light energy onto the skin. This light is absorbed by the dark pigment of hair right to the base of the hair follicle. Once absorbed, the light is converted into thermal energy, creating heat and destroying the source of hair growth. The result? The hair follicle can no longer grow a hair. IPL will only work if your hair is dark enough, your skin is fair enough, and the proper amount of energy is applied. It’s important to also adhere to a consistent scheduling of treatments four to six weeks apart. HAIR GROWTH CYCLES EXPLAINED Hair grows in cycles — anagen (active growth phase), catagen (transition phase) and telogen (resting phase) — and we need to catch it in the anagen state. It’s why a series of IPL treatments is required to totally eliminate hair.

“I will NOT treat you with IPL if you are not a good candidate. IPL hair removal is labelled by the FDA as ‘permanent hair reduction’ but it doesn’t work on everyone,” she adds. “Electrolysis is the only method we are allowed to label ‘permanent hair removal’. It’s universal and works on everyone. A complementary analysis and consultation will reveal your options.” CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION — included within this session will be either an underarm or bikini line service as an introduction to IPL for clients new to IPL at Louise Gray Skin Care. Words: Jenna Moore


I practice and preach what a lot of people refer to as holistic nutrition. To me this encompasses everything from the actual food we eat to how we decide which foods we will eat and then how we feel about the foods we have eaten (following?) as well as movement, breathing, happiness levels, stress levels and relaxation or meditation.


All of these things work synergistically to create your being as a whole and enable you to live your best, healthiest and most energetic life. Ultimately, it’s about teaching you how to make decisions which will serve you best — increasing your joy, fuelling your fire and passion and nourishing your body and soul. It’s about changing the thought you currently carry about food. Changing the definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Widening your possibilities by teaching you to see food differently.

“I don’t count calories, nor do I understand the need” -Romy Burgess -

Holistic is defined as being “characterised by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” Nutrition pertains to the foods we eat and there are many types of nutritionists and dieticians available these days to suit all different types of clients. For example, professional athletes, or even non-professionals in training for bodybuilding or body sculpting, require a specific type of nutritionist, one that is very unlike mine. Personally, I don’t count calories, nor do I understand the need (strict eating like that triggers disordered eating thought patterns rendering back to my teenage years) and the idea of training for a body sculpting competition makes me want to gag.

By including all the dimensions that serve your body, mind and soul, this enables you to stop looking at food in terms of ‘weight loss’ or ‘weight gain’. We should see food simply as the fuel we use to keep our bodies moving through this world. When you really stop to contemplate what your body is, how it is you happen to inhabit it, you may get a quick click that shows you exactly what I mean. Stop thinking about food in terms of ‘rules’. If rules are not for you (they’re certainly not for me!), but you feel you need someone to help you create the shift and make changes in your lifestyle and nutritional choices, then perhaps a holistic nutritionist is exactly who you need to see!


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PRODUCE of PARADISE Founded in 1986 by brother and sister team Paul and Marianna Glucina, About Face has since established itself as among the most trusted collection of beauty clinics in New Zealand and now from their shelves shines Pure Fiji, a range fair trade health and beauty products sourced from its eponymous Pacific island. “I’ve always had a love affair with Fiji having spent many a holiday there as well as my honeymoon,” says Marianna. “I was looking for a brand to compliment our existing ones and after Paul and I met met with the founders of Pure Fiji we knew that not only was it a beautiful brand, but that New Zealanders would love their ethos and passion. We wanted to share that story with the country.” I ask what is so special about the region and what can be learnt from their ancient ways. “The people are incredible. Fiji is known as the ‘Isle of Smiles’ and you soon discover why. The secret behind pure Fiji is that they combine traditional, centuries-old remedies with modern-day science for products that not only smell beautiful, but work. We know that the benefits of such things as daily hydrating the skin with coconut oil or the use of dilo oil for acne or eczema are far and wide. It’s key to not overcomplicate things, keep it simple, and look to nature for the solution.” The communities employed by Pure Fiji practise sustainable farming and manufacturing techniques in the production and processing of the raw materials and the company also supports local schools. “Pure Fiji help support seven villages as well as numerous ventures to ensure the company’s carbon footprint is small,” says Marianna. “They don’t do this in the hope that people will think the products are cool and become more marketable. It’s a way of life over there. It’s about empowering through employment and education.” Marianna has noticed a shift in the public’s attitude to buying ethical goods. “Consumers are a lot savvier,” she says. “It’s not just animal testing people are wary of nowadays, they want to know products are safe, environmentally-friendly and sustainable. People now make more conscious decisions when purchasing all skincare and cosmetic brands.”

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“In conjunction with Pure Fiji, About Face has set up a Givealittle page toraise funds for the nation to buy food parcels which are delivered weekly by the firm’s local team.”

Though, Marianna does warn that there are many brands jumping on the fair trade bandwagon as it’s seen as the fashionable thing to do meaning that “marketing can sometimes get in the way of the truth”. It’s vital, therefore, that consumers dig a little deeper: “I believe you need to educate the consumer more as to why the products are great. People enjoy making a conscious decision about what they are buying. If we can educate them about a brand’s history and ethics, the purchase becomes a more enlightened, better informed experience.” Tragically, the ‘Isle of Smiles’ has suffered greatly in recent weeks due to Cyclone Winston, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the landmass. I finish by asking Marianna what has, and can, be done to help. “Everyone was affected in some way or another, unfortunately some more than others,” she says. “A lot have been left with nothing. ” In conjunction with Pure Fiji, About Face has set up a Givealittle page to raise funds for the nation to buy food parcels which are delivered weekly by the firm’s local team. “We will also look to take some school supplies to the villages when we hold our conference there later in the year,” adds Marianna. “Part of Fiji’s beauty is its strength, they will rebuild quickly.”


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A few years ago, a good friend of mine, Mar, went to see her doctor about her lack of energy, motivation and general feelings of being down. After a few standard tests, she was pronounced “well” and given some “mood support”. The mood support was a common antidepressant (an SSRI, that works with serotonin in the body). Mar stayed on antidepressants for three years. The type of antidepressant was changed once and the dose was increased twice. She only experienced a couple of the many possible adverse reactions. She never got happier and her fatigue worsened.


I used to just shake my head at her and she would give me the Hawaiian happy sign. One day she arrived on my doorstep saying that she had had enough. She wasn’t feeling any happier, her energy and motivation were shot, but she was too scared to come off the drugs out of fear of what might happen. We started with an education programme: • • •

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Depression is the leading cause of disability. After six decades of testing, the use of SSRIs has not been explained or validated. The urgency with putting patients on a SSRI for their safety is flawed, because it takes about six weeks to have an effect in the body. Think about that, if the SSRI is blocking serotonin from being conserved, then surely it should work immediately. If low serotonin is the cause of depression, then why is it that when serotonin is artificially depleted in the brain, it does not lead to depression in normal people? But wait, it does precisely this in people who have taken SSRIs. There is more evidence that high serotonin levels lead to depression than low levels. Several studies have looked at the effects of SSRIs compared to placebo (sugar pills). Between 75% and 80% of the positive results were attributable to the placebo effect (believing that something will happen) or the impact of time on the condition.

After the education came the hard work. The tests showed that Mar’s neurotransmitters were out of balance. She had high levels of inflammation, high levels of homocysteine (a key measurement of something called methylation), low blood sugar and her cortisol readings were out of whack (this is a hormone produced by the adrenals and a key to how the body handles stress and inflammation). Mar also had a less than desirable lifestyle and diet. We implemented some major changes in her diet and lifestyle and introduced key supplements. To learn more about depression and Mars’s journey to wellness, please visit our website. Words: Clive Plucknett


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Next time you are in Sydney why not set aside an afternoon for some tourist time at the Shangri-la. Start your visit by visiting Chi, the award-winning spa. We highly recommend the Australian Botanical Retreat: two-and-a-half hours of utter relaxation and bliss, with a distinct and very special Australian feel. “I swear the massage therapist had goddess fingers.” Truly an unforgettable experience. * Then feeling relaxed and serene, head on up to the Blu Bar on 36. The views of Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are to die for, as is the atmosphere: extra special at nighttime. **


GOLDEN LIGHT RETREAT Within Wayby Valley, a tranquil oasis 17km north of Warkworth, now rests two retreats named Golden Reiki and Golden Light. Built by Tracy Wood, inspired by her passion for nature, for animals and her inner quest of self-discovery, they serve to reflect, she says, “our own personal journeys of life”. “Stress can be so all-consuming nowadays,” Tracy goes on, “meaning it’s evermore urgent to find places of guidances to advise us on many of life’s everchanging challenges. We so often tend to overcomplicate our lives, forget that the sun is, in fact, always shining, by developing a perennial habit of putting clouds in the way. Simplicity is a strong and important theme of 2016.” Tracy stresses that the one constant in life is change, and that it is something we should not just accept, but embrace: “To bring joy into our lives we must first find the courage to look deep within ourselves, accept what needs to change, then do it.” One of the most interesting results, she adds, is that by making positive steps to change our own attitudes and behaviour, others will respond more positively to us. “Everything is mirrored, and it is so true that happiness really does come from within.” Her retreats, which cater for groups up to four, provide a “safe, peaceful and nurturing environment”, to enable participants to become more centred: “It is only when we find that balance, our strength blooms on all levels, empowering us to face whatever battles may lie ahead.”


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54 Food Apr 2016

YOU’RE SWEET ENOUGH ALREADY For the last couple of years, the focus has slowly moved away from reducing fat in the diet to reducing sugar. This change of priority is due to the fact that in the last 50 years the dietary intake of sugar has skyrocketed, and along with it the rate of obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, depression and skin conditions. Studies all point towards sugar being the major contributing factor. First of all, I want to clarify what sugar (also called carbohydrate) actually is. Sugar is sugar. It does not matter if you’re eating sugar in the form of white table sugar, honey, bread, potato or fruit, all sugars are made up of repeating units of carbohydrate molecules such as glucose or fructose. Once a carbohydrate containing food enters the body the chains of carbohydrate molecules are broken apart so that the molecules can be absorbed into our cells and used as energy for the body.

>> Reducing your sugar intake The World Health Organisation recommend consuming no more than 6 teaspoons (4 teaspoons for children) of free sugars per day. Free sugars are sugars added to foods by the cook or manufacturer, or those present in fruit juices, juice concentrates, honey and syrups.

>> Easy ways to monitor and reduce your sugar intake 1. EAT YOUR FRUIT, DON’T DRINK IT Fruit is incredibly rich in carbohydrates or sugars, but in nature fruit comes packaged up with fibre to slow the absorption of the sugar. However, once you juice the fruit the sugar component is removed from the fibre, meaning that it becomes a very quickly absorbed form of sugar which causes a spike in your blood glucose levels (not desirable). It is also very easy to consume a greater amount of fruit as a juice than in the whole form. For example, it takes 4-5 oranges to make one 250ml glass of orange juice, however, most people wouldn’t eat 4-5 whole oranges in one sitting. Eat your fruit instead of juicing it to retain all of the nutritional benefits and reduce your sugar intake.



Soda, processed juices, flavoured milk drinks, and takeaway iced coffees and frappuccinos are loaded with sugar and offer almost no nutritional benefit, you are simply filling your body with sugars and other substances that take away from your health. Switch to water, plain milk, nut milk, or vegetable juices.



If you are going to consume packaged or processed foods then get smart about how much sugar they contain. Often foods that you don’t expect to contain sugar, like tinned vegetables, savoury snacks or sauces, are loaded with sugar! So be careful and compare the sugar content of products, and choose the one with the least amount of sugar - or better still, no added sugar.



Whole food fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut are incredibly satisfying for the body. Most people find that these high-fat foods reduce sugar cravings because the body is sufficiently satisfied for a longer period of time than compared with only consuming carbohydrates. Try to include some whole food fat at each meal and see if this improves your cravings for sugar.



Reducing your caffeine intake also reduces the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) that is produced. This is important because cortisol encourages the body to burn carbohydrates which in turn makes the body crave more in order to keep the supplies topped up. Simply cutting your caffeine intake in half can help reduce the 3 p.m. sugar cravings and your consequent sugar intake. Words: Jessica Giljam-Brown (BSc Human Nutrition), from Wellness By Jessica




Food Apr 2016

Gardening column

Soon the warmth of the summer sun will just be fading due to the onslaught of our savagely mild damp winter. But before winter fully falls on the land, it’s worth getting stuck into the garden, as autumn is a great time to get growing. - WINTER VEGGIES -

You can also increase soil health by using organic fertilisers like Natures Organic Fertiliser, Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster, vermicast liquids and solids (worm compost and tea). These sorts of fertiliser act a bit like probiotics, helping increase the amount of beneficial bacteria and fungi in your soil.

By getting your veggies in this month you should be able to get enough growth to ensure that you can get a decent harvest of vegetables all through winter. Veggies great to grow over winter include: beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, coriander, parsley, rocket, carrots, parsnips, silverbeet and spinach.


And what’s more, many of these veggies are easier to grow now that it’s cooled down as there are fewer pests around. However, Quash slug pellets are probably a good investment when you’re planting seedlings.

Getting lawns, hedges, trees and shrubs in now gives them time to grow a little, get their roots settled, and get ready next season. Plus, as they’ve time to get a better root system down, they generally need less care and attention over next summer.


Prepare garden beds by weeding and lightly forking in compost and sheep pellets. Sow carrots and parsnips directly into weed-free beds. Sow most other veggies into seedling trays, or directly plant out seedlings. If possible rotate what you plant where as this helps keeps the soil and plants healthy.

Growing compost crops such as lupins is a great way to improve your soil and reduce the amount of weeds you need to worry about next spring.



Plant spring bulbs (such as anemones, daffodils, and tulips) now to ensure that you have a colourful and gorgeous garden next spring. To prevent bulbs rotting, plant in a free draining spot. In pots use a bulb mix or a potting mix without water storage crystals to get the best results. Words: Billy Aiken Kings Plant Barn

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VEGANS RISING “Now, more than ever, vegetables are taking on the starring roles on many restaurant menus, as chefs are challenging themselves to create tasty, hearty entrées from plants alone.” - Yahoo Food -

According to Health Navigator New Zealand, 94% of Kiwis class themselves as meat-eaters, 1-2% opt to just eating chicken and fish while 2.3% are lacto-ovo vegetarians – that is, people who won’t eat meat but will consume other animal products such as dairy and eggs. There are no exact figures for vegans (though, for comparison, the UK’s Department for Health and Food Standards Agency estimates less than 1% of Brits to be vegan, rising to 2% in the US according to some studys), but it’s a lifestyle that does appear to be ever-more popular. And we’re not just talking food. Late last year, PETA UK held it’s third annual fashion award show celebrating the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney. “These are exciting times as compassionate consumers change the face of fashion,” commented the organisation’s Yvonne Taylor. “Animal-free fashion is the future.” Forward-thinking designers, she said, are experimenting with innovative, high-tech materials that are vegan, providing ethical consumers with “a vast array of cruelty-free choices — from highstreet to high-end.” Even former unofficial UGG Boot ambassador Pamela Anderson has long since ditched the sheepskin kicks and released her own range of cruelty-free footwear. Made from recycled electronics, the suede-like boots are affectionately named ‘Pammies’. “Sensuality is a sexy kindness,” she states on her foundation’s website. “Empathy is realizing that every choice we make effects others.” People are undoubtedly making more informed choices, with plant-based food widely tipped as one of the top trends of 2016. Yahoo Food notes: “Now, more than ever, vegetables are taking on the starring roles on many restaurant menus, as chefs are challenging themselves to create tasty, hearty entrées from plants alone.” According to The Globe and Mail, legumes, beans and peas are poised to become the food of the year, with 2016 named by the UN as “The International Year of the Pulses”. Growers in Canada, who make up over a third of global pulse production. are hoping to repeat the success of 2013’s “International Year of Quinoa” which saw Northern Quinoa Corp., one of the nation’s leading producers, unable to keep up with demand. “There is certainly a far greater awareness of veganism and far more companies catering for it,” says Claire Insley, media spokesperson and a member of the board of trustees of New Zealand’s Vegan Society. “Also, with the rise in allergies, many of the ‘free from’ options such as dairy-free and gluten-free products are vegan-friendly as well.” Claire, who has been a vegan since 2000, says that the days of soy milk that tastes like four and water paste are long gone (“thankfully, because orange juice on cereal just wasn’t right!”), with animal welfare being one of her main motivating factors.

She adds revelations that animal farming increase greenhouse gas emissions further strengthens her resolve. But, vegans — or anyone else, for that matter — should certainly not become too complacent by assuming the vegetable choice to automatically equal the most environmentally-friendly one. A study by Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions, found lettuce to be “over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon”. “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calories than you would think,” said study co-author Paul Fischbeck. “Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.” Though, it should also be noted that the report never argued against the idea that we should be eating less meat, or that we should be finding more efficient ways of farming it. Numerous studies have also shown that a thoroughly thought-out vegan diet to yield a wealth of health benefits. One, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, found an “uncooked extreme vegan diet causes a decrease in bacterial enzymes and certain toxic products that have been implicated in colon cancer risk”. Others have discovered it to further reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. “When I began my experimental research program on the effects of nutrition on cancer and other diseases, I assumed it was healthy to eat plenty of meat, milk and eggs,” writes renowned biochemist and nutrition author T. Colin Campbell for the Wall Street Journal. “… Our findings, published in top peer-reviewed journals, pointed away from meat and milk as the building blocks of a healthy diet, and toward whole, plant-based foods with little or no added oil, sugar or salt.” Claire, too, noted an improvement in her health when she went vegan: “I used to suffer excruciating period pains which halved in their severity once I adopted a vegan diet.” She makes the point that we don’t realise the damaging effects of daily consumed foods such as dairy until we actually take a break from them, warning that so much food in the meat industry is contaminated by the likes of growth hormones and antibiotics. “I absolutely recommend that people reduce their meat intake and have at least one vegetarian day a week,” she adds. “Even better, why not just try becoming a vegan for a month and see how you get on. It might just surprise you.”

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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58 Food Apr 2016

I QUIT SUGAR I Quit Sugar began as an experiment for Australian media personality, Sarah Wilson. Challenged by her own autoimmune disease, Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research lead her to the realisation that sugar could be contributing to many of her symptoms. After cutting sugar from her diet, she found that many of the physical symptoms of her illness quietly disappeared or were dramatically reduced. Documenting the results in her newspaper column and personal blog, SarahWilson. com, public interest and demand for her recipes grew. She went on to write the New York Times best-seller I Quit Sugar, as well as a series of digital cookbooks, all featuring fructose-free recipes. Following further research and in consultation with experts around the globe, Sarah developed the 8-Week Program to help others quit sugar too. In 2013, Sarah launched and its accompanying online course, the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program (8WP). See two of her recipes on the following pages. >>

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Plain Kombucha Ingredients • • • •

1/4 cup rice malt syrup, or sugar if you prefer 2 organic black tea bags (many say non-organic tea just doesn’t work as well) 1/2 cup kombucha (from a previous batch or store-bought) 1 SCOBY


1. Sterilise a broad-mouthed glass or ceramic bowl or jug with boiling water (it needs a wide opening to allow plenty of contact with oxygen).

2. Combine the rice malt syrup or sugar in a saucepan with 1 litre of water and bring

to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the liquid into the sterilised container. Leave it to cool to around body temperature. Or cooler. >> Note — this is an important bit, okay? Hot tea will kill your mother!

3. Add the kombucha and then gently place the SCOBY on top (it may sink, but this

is okay, says my mate Kate). Cover with a clean towel or muslin and leave to sit for 7-10 days (a week will be plenty in warm weather and/or if you use sugar). The temperature needs to be around 24-30°C. >> Note — if it’s cool where you live, stick the bowl on top of the fridge.

4. At the end of 7-10 days, a ‘baby’ SCOBY will have formed on top of the ‘mother’.

Remove both SCOBYs, placing them in a glass container. Pour a little of the kombucha liquid onto the SCOBY’s, then pour the rest into a 1 litre swing-top bottle (one with a hinged lid and rubber stopper), or a plastic soft-drink bottle, and refrigerate, ensuring you leave a 2-3cm space at the top.

>> Note — you could use one of your SCOBYs to start a new batch and give the other

to a mate. So, where does one obtain this SCOBY fellow? This is the fun bit…you have to become part of a very cool witchy ‘bucha community to get hold of one. SCOBY’s can’t be manufactured as such but are spawned from a ‘mother’ when one makes a batch of brew. Regular kombucha makers are always happy to give away a baby SCOBY.

// Makes about 3 1/2 cups

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Not Quite Banana Bread Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 large, very ripe bananas 1 cup grated parsnip (about 150g or 2 parsnips) 4 eggs 1/3 cup coconut oil 2 tablespoons (or 1-2 frozen cubes) full-fat coconut milk 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice Mix (recipe in Simplicious)* or 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or make your own, recipe in Simplicious)* 2 tablespoons chia seeds stirred into 1 cup water and soaked for ten minutes 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted 1/4 cup buckwheat or quinoa flour, sifted 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt

To Garnish (optional) • •

1 small, thin parsnip, halved lengthways Activated Groaties (recipe in Simplicious)* or shredded coconut


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 23cm x 13cm loaf tin with baking paper.

2. Place the bananas, grated parsnip, eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, spices and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the chia seed ‘goo’ and pulse to combine.

3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and fold through the flours, baking

powder and salt until just combined. Transfer to the prepared tin and top with the garnishes that float your boat.

4. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked - a skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. Check after 45 minutes. and if the top is browning too quickly, cover with foil.

5. Let the loaf sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Slice and serve.

6. Store the cooled bread in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze (place individual slices between baking paper) for up to 3 months.

// Serves 12 *Recipe: Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar

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62 Food Apr 2016

Waiheke Herbs Introducing Waiheke Island’s Herb Spread — a unique blend of 12 traditional and wild fresh herbs in olive oil. Similar to a pesto but without dairy or nuts, it makes a delicious addition to a wide variety of meals and is 100% natural, packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and flavour! Enjoyed by children and adults alike, Waiheke Herb Spread is delicious on bread, roast meats, salads, with an antipasto platter, through pasta, potatoes, egg dishes or on pizza, and is suitable for those who are vegan, paleo, raw foodists, or have allergies to nuts and dairy. The recipe for this innovative product was developed by Wendy Kendall, who, having trained in herbalism, wanted to create a healthy spread for her children when she moved to Waiheke Island in the 1990’s. Herbs which grew vigorously year round were selected so that the recipe would remain consistent. Her first creation proved very popular at the local market, and then at farmers markets in Auckland, including Britomart and Devonport. Now Waiheke Herb Spread is available at most organic and speciality food stores nationwide including Farro, Nosh, Huckleberry’s and selected New World stores. Herbs are grown organically in delightful gardens which Wendy developed, surrounded by native bush on Waiheke Island, with some being also sourced from Sunset Coast Organics in Waiuku. Herbs are picked fresh and processed every week, and include parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, dandelion, nasturtium calendula petals and even lavender! Wendy has since developed a range of organic herb salts and an organic aioli with herbs which her team will be showcasing at their Waiheke Herbs stand at the Go Green show in Auckland between 16-17 April at the ASB showgrounds.




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Tinpot Hut might sound like a misnomer but in reality Fiona and Hamish Turner are a passionate husband and wife team who have found the perfect balance between vine and climate. They began their journey into the world of wine in 2005 after acquiring a small block of land that originally formed part of a large sheep station on Blind River in the Awatere Valley. Fiona acknowledges the origins of their home block by naming their wines after the historic Tinpot Hut, a famous Marlborough landmark frequented by country musterers. Since releasing their first vintage, Fiona and Hamish have received positive reviews and numerous awards with something of a cult following, selling their wines through restaurants and a growing mailing list. A decade on, what was once bare land is now a Marlborough success story, with their wines exported all around the world.

Our 100% eco-friendly flasks are crafted from ethically-sourced bamboo while the borosilicate glass thermos allows boiling water to be poured in without fear of cracking. The glass thermos keeps tea hot for 2 hours, meaning you can perfectly #brewonthego. They are also perfect for infused waters or smoothies as they hold 400ml of liquid and a double infuser is included with every flask purchased. Ideal for infused waters over the hotter months, and tea during the cooler ones, the infusers separate allowing fresh fruit to be placed in the flask with the short infuser on top to keep the fruit in. The aesthetically pleasing, gender neutral design of clean lines is inspired by Scandinavian and Nordic decor and will appeal to a minimalist lifestyle.


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VIETNAM With a tumultuous history and a promising future, Vietnam is bursting with energy, and a great place to visit. Why? The food, the beaches, the history, the culture and welcoming locals are plenty to go on, but now you can also fly there direct from New Zealand. The real question is, “Why not?”




Vietnamese cuisine is fresh, fragrant and feisty, with even the most humble of roadside stalls turning out delectable dishes. Pho is an aromatic noodle soup festooned with Thai basil and coriander, with perhaps a dash of lime juice or chilli. The breakfast of locals, attack it with chopsticks in one hand, a soup spoon in the other, and let the flavour sensation commence! Explore more with a Vietnamese cooking class — going to the markets with the chef is an experience in itself.

Culture and history covered off? End your Vietnam holiday with a relaxing resort stay at one of the south’s beautiful palmfringed beaches. Nha Trang has long been a favourite, with lively nightlife in the town nearby. The remote Con Dao Islands offer a more exclusive experience, home to the chic and luxurious Six Senses Con Dao resort. Or try the beautiful Nam Hai resort near Hoi An if you fancy a villa facing the white sandy beach, or a pool villa with butler at your beck and call. Add to that a top spa, great restaurants, plenty of activities and nearby cultural attractions. Heaven.

2. FRENCH FLAVOUR France was heavily involved in Vietnam in the 19th and 20th centuries until independence in 1954. Beautiful colonial architecture is just one resulting legacy — Saigon’s magnificent Old Post Office, built by Gustave Eiffel, and the Notre Dame Cathedral, are great examples. Enjoy the baked goods of Parisian style cafes with their superb coffee — just beware the lashings of sweetened condensed milk the locals are partial to!

3. TAILOR-MADE HOI AN Pack an extra bag if visiting Hoi An. This picturesque town’s tailors can whip up a new wardrobe for you in a couple of days. Just take clothes you’d like copied, or even a picture, get fitted and choose your fabric and a 24-hour turnaround is common! Prices are great, but you do get what you pay for, so get recommendations from your guide. Also explore Hoi An’s delightful pedestrianised town centre, early morning fish market, ancient architecture, and wonderful restaurants.

5. HISTORY AND HERITAGE Modern Vietnam is the product of a fascinating history. Over the centuries, this land has been fought over by the Chinese, Indians, Mongols, Portuguese, French and more. History ‘mustsees’ include the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed My Son temple complex, dating back to the 4th century, the ancient trading port of Hoi An with its wooden Japanese bridge dating from the 18th century, and of course Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in Hanoi. Air New Zealand will be flying three times a week direct from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) commencing June this year. Why not!

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Why Not Rent Your Home Furnished? Rent your home or apartment completely FURNISHED while you’re away on holiday, sabbatical, or simply escaping our winter, and the tenants will even take care of your cat! This month’s all about FURNISHED properties for rent and, as of today, three quarters of our rental stock is FURNISHED. Choose from one to four bedrooms with long or short term tenancies. These properties are not always rented out for the length of the required term — and may sometimes take a little longer to rent — but we are very successful at finding the right tenant or family to take them. These tenants have either sold their home and are looking to buy another, with their effects meanwhile in storage, or they may be in the process of renovation or have just arrived in the country and awaiting their furniture to arrive from overseas. In 17 years of business we have never had any problems with tenants in FURNISHED properties, they have always been looked after exceptionally well. In some rentals, the family cat is also left behind for the tenants to care of… and I’m pleased to announce that we’ve never lost a pet yet! Both properties and cat are always returned to the owners in an excellent condition. Amazingly, our 17th year as JUST RENTALS will be celebrated on 1st April, yes, April Fools Day. The time has passed so quickly with many a story to tell. It’s been a great journey and one that we hope will continue for many more years to come.

April is a very special month for all Kiwis as we commemorate ANZAC Day. I recently visited the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington - it really is brilliant, if you haven’t been yet, I recommend you add it to your “weekend away to do list” (top tip: don’t be put off by the queues as they do move quite fast). In Newmarket we mark ANZAC Day with a parade and a service and each year the number of attendees has grown. If you’re heading to the dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, grab some breakfast at one of our local cafés and join us on Teed Street just before 9am to take part in our parade that culminates with a service at Olympic Park, beside the pool. Last month we launched the Newmarket Poll – a fortnightly survey of opinions on a topic of the day. In our most recent poll we wanted to gauge whether people preferred shopping online or instore. And the good news for us was that bricks outperform clicks! Sixty-seven percent strongly prefer to shop instore versus 32% who prefer online. You will notice more and more uptake of omni-channel retailing. You may have heard in the media recently that Peter Allen, Scentre Group CEO and the owner & operator of the Westfield Brand in New Zealand, says the company has plans to get the Westfield Newmarket development project underway this year. There are still a few milestones to reach for the project which will see the existing 277 Centre and adjacent 309 properties completely transformed. There will be over 100 new shops -

April is a very special month for all Kiwis as we commemorate ANZAC Day.” including new international brands, new food outlets, a cinema complex and more. There is a wave of building activity about to hit Newmarket, and lots to look forward to.

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Getting Results from Government Investment March seems to be the month for local school fairs. Just about every weekend there is a fair offering an afternoon of plate smashing, water slides and sausage sizzles and I for one enjoy taking my kids along to attend these great community events. This past weekend we attended the Mt Eden Normal School fair. I was struck by the way parents and kids alike were getting into the community spirit: having a fun day while raising extra funds for the school. In a perfect world, the government should have all the money it needs for our schools. But the reality is governments, like households, still have to juggle competing funding priorities. We spend 70 billion taxpayer dollars on public services each year. As well as education, this includes vital spending on health, infrastructure, justice and welfare. In 2012 Prime Minister John Key made a commitment to addressing these difficult issues by setting 10 clear, measurable goals challenging the public service to get better results from taxpayers’ money. These are called the Better Public Service (BPS) targets. They help to keep myself and my ministerial colleagues, along with our agencies, disciplined and focused with our expenditure. We are the first administration to set public targets to be measured against, and our progress is reported every six months.

Talking rubbish Last year I tried to be rubbish-free for a week. I have the waste portfolio for the Greens, so I thought I’d ace it. I didn’t plan it very well though and to my shame I discovered my consumer habits are so inbuilt that I would simply accept the sugar sachet in the café, forget my reusable coffee cup and, worst of all, had to buy reusable bags at the supermarket or face leaving empty-handed because I’d left my other bags at home. By the end of the seven days, I had accumulated a fair amount of non-recyclable or non-compostable stuff. I’m of the generation where we were taught to ‘be a tidy Kiwi’ and, like so many, I’m keen to do the right thing with waste. But if we want to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, we should do better. According to the 2011 Auckland Council Waste Assessment, an estimated 1,396,432 tonnes of waste went to the region’s landfills between 2007-2008 — which equates to 987kg of waste per person per annum. It is hard to get up to date information as all the landfills we use in Auckland are privately owned and council only has control over household waste and recycling, along with public litter and recycling bins, which makes up about 10 -12% of the total. When we look at what’s in that household rubbish, it’s shocking. Just under half is stuff that could be composted or recycled. Last year, the National Food Waste Prevention Project reported that around 229,000 tonnes of wasted food from households makes its way to landfill each year. Of that, 122,500 tonnes could have avoided ending up in landfill by being eaten. That avoidable foodwaste is worth about $872 million per year and contributes 325,975 tonnes of CO2 annually.

These results belong to us all. Behind the numbers are real New Zealand families living better lives.

We can change our behaviour and be more aware about our consumer habits. We could avoid using plastic bags at the supermarket and recycle our plastics, paper, tins, glass and cans. We can buy less and waste less. But we could also have help to do this. Our government could follow many overseas countries and legislate for product stewardship and extended producer responsibility. For example, if we were to legislate so that there was a deposit on every drink container, we would create a cleaner supply of plastic and glass bottles to recycle, we’d create green jobs through increased recycling, we’d reduce litter and we would have an easily accessible funding solution for community groups or those who are hard up. We could follow other countries’ examples and introduce a levy on single use plastic bags and get the 80% drop in use that Britain achieved recently. Or, we could follow France’s lead and have a system where retailers have to divert the usable food they would otherwise throw away to foodbanks and charities for re-distribution.

The latest update confirms our approach is working. We are making true progress with challenging issues and will continue to deliver more effective and productive services.

Waste is an issue that isn’t going to go away. It’s time we did more than simply talk rubbish.

The latest results show that more young New Zealanders than ever before are entering adulthood with the skills and tools they need to succeed. Provisional 2015 NCEA Level 2 achievement results show the proportion of 18-year-olds who achieved a NCEA Level 2 qualification has increased to 84.4%, from 74.3% in 2011. This result is almost two years ahead of target. These results mean happier children who are better prepared for life. The number of benefit recipients has also decreased by 7,245 in a year largely driven by decreases in Sole Parent Support. This represents parents moving into work and training to make a better life for their family. Our targets encourage the public service sector to find long-term solutions by working with vulnerable people to find out what really makes a real difference.

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(20 January – 18 February) You will have a tough time untill 17th April dealing with mental tasks with a group of people or by yourself and work better when you have one partner. From 18th it is a good time to talk about your relationship with someone, or to form a new business partnership. This is a good placement for love relationships, and you can feel the love you have for people more easily.


(19 February – 20 March) You’re interested in many things presently, more curious than usual and want to learn more about them. You may not stick with anything for very long though, so you will pick up lots of new, random bits of information, but not become a master at anything. You can be more outgoing, wanting to be more socially engaged and need a busy schedule so you don’t feel you’re going out of your mind.


(21 March – 19 April) You may come across as more proud, warm and friendly. You want to take time off from work and do the things that bring you most pleasure. Your creative self can come out and you let your artistic side shine. If you’re single, you can meet more people who pique your interest, but you keep things casual. If you’re in a relationship, you can try to bring romance back into it.


(21 May – 20 June) You embrace what it is that makes you who you are and want to be a unique, independent person. You may come across as more rebellious, futuristic, and inventive. You can be more dramatic with your emotional displays, requiring more attention when you’re feeling insecure. You can finish a creative project, take a love relationship to the next level or stop seeing someone entirely if you don’t feel it’s working out.


(21 June – 22 July) You will come up with big ideas of what you want to do with your life. You can see the big picture more clearly, but the details are a little fuzzy. You can take an interest in something and want to study it further. You can become more interested in other cultures and try to learn about other ways of living. This can be a good time to take up another language.


(23 September – 22 October) You may come across as more of a perfectionist, organised and anxious. You will work quickly, efficiently, and you won’t stop until you get everything done. You can also feel stronger and more vital and decide to try to improve your health through diet, exercise, or some other lifestyle changes. You can finish a project that gets you attention in your career, get promoted or be in the public eye for your work.



(20 April – 20 May) You’re more defensive of your beliefs, and if you feel threatened, you’ll defend them strongly. You can question your dreams for your future and feel that they’re too unrealistic and out of reach, but this may not be a good time to make any final decisions about what you should do. It is a good time to rejoin a group you used to belong to, contact old friends, or take up an old cause.


(23 July – 22 August) This is a good time for going back to a career you used to work in. You can feel like your life isn’t expanding the way that you want it to and this frustrates you. You feel stuck where you are, unable to move freely. Serious matters weigh heavy on you and you’re stuck in the dark, dwelling on the issues that hold you back. You can see where you need to change. You can experience power struggles with someone, especially over financial matters.

(23 October – 21 November) You’re driven to pursue your dreams. You want to get closer to attaining them and can accomplish one of them during this time. You’re more open to things that are innovative, inventive and futuristic and want to push the envelope. You have more mental energy and can do a lot of investigation into subjects and ideas before pursuing any of them. There are no fences that can hold you in and no limit to how high you can fly.


(22 November – 21 December) This isn’t a period to focus on the seriousness of life; it’s a time to joke about its kookiness and relish in its joy.You’re extremely optimistic and positive about life, feeling everything is going great. You want to expand your consciousness and spend time learning something new, or jet-setting to some foreign land. You would want adventures and yearning to be free. You can let your emotions run more freely and give your head a break.


(22 December – 19 January) You’ll feel more ambitious, hard-working and focused on success. You may seem more distant emotionally, too concerned with your goals and with where you want to be in your life. You will have an easier time with travel, legal dealings, writing, and learning. You’ll have more passion for your dreams and could come up with new ones. You’re more focused on the future, and may have a harder time living in the present.


(23 August – 22 September) Your mind will be active and sharp and you'll come up with lots of new ideas. This is a good time for any mental work that needs to be done, though you’re not good at sticking with any project for very long right now. Smaller projects will be done quickly. You will be more boisterous in conversations and more social and engaging with others. You can deal with technology more and seem like you’re always on the go.


Vic Crone Running For Auckland Mayor

feel the calling to become a concert pianist: ‘I was more motivated by business.’ And in fact she set up her own piano school to earn money through her university years as she completed a Masters degree in Commerce and Administration. Nowadays you’re more likely to find The Muse and Lorde on her Ipod than classical music but her love of sport - and in particular endurance events – has continued. ‘My proudest moments in my personal life are completing the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic (36km adventure run) four years ago and doing a Half Ironman. And of course my children always make me proud as a person and a mum.’ So what does a typical weekend look like for Vic these days? ‘It’s a mix of my girls’ training schedules for gymnastics and underwater hockey and campaign events,’ she says. This leaves precious little time for the Muriwai bolthole but she is still out on the water either swimming or kayaking or on her jetski when time, and campaign schedules, allow. ‘If I can, I fit in a walk with my Retradoodle, visit mum and dad, go for a run. ‘I don’t really have time for the theatre or movies at the moment but my perfect night out would be drinks with friends, dinner out and then onto an event.’

The word ‘values’ comes up a lot when you’re with Vic Crone. Whether she’s talking about the values instilled by her parents or the values she has brought to her working life and now Auckland Mayoral campaign, the word clearly resonates with her. ‘My parents were big on family values and working together as a team, ‘ she says, sipping a very healthy looking chilled green concoction at 8.30 on a recent Monday morning. ‘My sisters and I were taught the value of hard work. We were brought up to do everything around the house, whether it was mowing the lawns or making the dinner.’ Those early life lessons in Lower Hutt have stood Vic in good stead. As a 42 year-old single mother of two girls (11 and 17) and, until she stepped down at the end of March, CEO of accountancy software firm Xero, Vic works hard in all spheres of her life. ‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of that,’ she says. ’I come from a long line of very independent women. My great grandmother had a farm in the Marlborough Sounds which she ran on her own six days out of seven and she raised seven children.’ Growing up in Lower Hutt, the daughter of community minded parents and with a father who was a Lower Hutt City Councillor, it’s clear Vic has public service in her blood. ‘I have such strong memories of family time spent making club sandwiches and asparagus rolls for one community event or other.’ At school she did athletics and played netball and tennis. She also loved music and is classically trained on the piano, completing her Licentiate Trinity College, London Performance Certificate, but didn’t

Campaigning for the Auckland Mayoralty is a long way from turning out asparagus rolls, but Vic Crone has carried her core values of hard work and community service throughout her life. ‘In my working life I haven’t had as much time to give back as I would like. I’ve been building my career and raising my children, so now that they are getting older I’ve been looking at ways to participate and give back to the community.’ She is currently Director, Chair or Trustee of several not-for-profit organizations, mostly in the tech world, as well as President of her daughter’s gymnastics club. ‘I like talking to many different communities and understanding how I could make a difference,’ she says. ‘I think there is a really good fit between my work experience and the challenges in building Auckland into a strong, innovative city. ‘If I could solve someone’s problems, their traffic problems for example, then that is a problem solved not only for that person but maybe also for their family, and that is what excites me.’ In the move from business into politics Vic is very conscious of keeping her leadership style and lifelong values intact. ‘I’m strong and driven but human-led and fair. I look forward to displaying strong leadership while putting people at the heart of decision making'

Words by: Suzy Fraser


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_ Dr Watson tending to his bees.


“Wild bees can no longer survive on their own in NZ due to the varroa mite and without beekeepers they would not survive at all.” - Jeremy Friend -

According to Te Ara, beekeeping was likely introduced to New Zealand in 1839 when missionary Mary Bumby brought over two hives from England. Three years later, the Reverend William Cotton published My Bee Book which promoted the ‘pleasure and profits’ of bringing in bees. It would, however, be another fifty years before bees were used in New Zealand for the commercial production of honey thanks to the introduction of the Langstroth hive (the standard hive favoured by much of the industry). “Bees are wonderful insects that do so much for our environment,” says Jeremy Friend, who, with partner Sharyn Woodnorth, heads Artisan Honey label, J. Friend & Co., whose honey was the first in the world to achieve carboNZero certification. “They are fascinating, and the product they make — honey — is nature’s miracle. It still excites me to this day.” Incredibly, beeswax has been found in nine-thousandyear-old pottery remains in the Middle East. It is believed ingenious humans also made hives from such items as hollowed logs and baskets of woven straw. Further evidence from ancient China, Europe and South America proves beekeeping to be as old as civilisation itself. In New Zealand, there are over half-a-million registered hives, and it’s becoming an ever more popular hobby with around three-fifths of registered beekeepers owning less than five hives. “We are asked weekly by people how they can get into it by having a couple of hives in their own urban home,” says Jeremy. “Commercial beekeeping is also taking off in NZ, with our honey being highly regarded, considered some of the purest, in the world.” Especially, of course, manuka. Watson & Son is a family owned company which specialises in the production of manuka honey. Dr Denis Watson says that it was his love for the outdoors which first attracted him to beekeeping (“who wants to be stuck in a stuffy office!”), and he now incorporates his scientific know-how into the process. “The better you understand nature,” he says, “the better beekeeper you will be.” While for millennia honey has been famed for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, it does, he adds, quickly lose many of its health benenits: “Manuka honey, however, remains active as an antibacterial. Whether it’s exposed to UV sunlight, or all of the different factors it can be exposed to, it remains active. It’s real benefits are its anti-inflammatory properties.

There is no other natural product that contains such powerful anti-inflammatory properties as manuka.” Watson manuka honey adheres to the Molan Gold Standard grading system. Named after Dr Peter Molan, the scientist who discovered manuka’s special antibacterial properties, it “gives surety around the purity and quality” of the honey, while also ensuring that labelling meets government standards. Denis says Molan was a great inspiration to his brand: “He worked first with an alginate dressing, then ManukaMed (Watson & Son’s wholly owned subsidiary) working alongside him developed a super absorbent dressing which was a significantly improved honey delivery system. Peter Molan’s work is the foundation for the whole manuka honey industry.” Bees truly are remarkable creatures, able to communicate based on sight, motion and scent. PETA says that studies have shown bees to be capable of abstract thinking as well as being able to distinguish family members within the hive, even if their home is moved: “And similar to the way that smells can invoke powerful memories for humans, they can also trigger memories in bees, such as memories of where the best food can be found.” Around a third of all food consumed by humans is the result of some form of pollination, with Greenpeace estimating bees to be responsible for 80% of all food pollinations worldwide. A lone worker bee can visit as many as 10,000 flowers daily, producing just a teaspoonful of honey in its lifetime. Thankfully, there are a lot of bees, with a single colony able to pollinate 300 million flowers per day. New Zealand is home to 28 native species, just a fraction of the 20,000 found worldwide — that’s more than there are species of mammals and birds combined. But, the bad news is that many are dying due to such things as pesticides and habitat loss. “Bees are under constant attack by new viruses ad we need to make sure we keep these out of the country,” says Jeremy. “Wild bees can no longer survive on their own in NZ due to the varroa mite and without beekeepers they would not survive at all. This is why we have started our own urban honeybee project to bring hives back into Christchurch city and encourage anyone else who is interested to do the same.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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AFFLUENZA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the all consuming epidemic

“Affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” Affluenza, it would seem, crosses religious lines, age lines, race, income and education. The affluenza epidemic is rooted in an obsessive, almost religious quest for Things — the core principle, it would seem, of what is the American Dream. A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to our pretty hostess Rachel. Rachel was explaining liquid lipstick to me. It seems that Kylie Kardashian has a lip kit which is so coveted that it is sold out before it hits the shelves. Every couple of months a new colour will be released, sending the fashionistas and beauty bloggers into a frenzy. Girls are paying hundreds of dollars for a $20 lip kit. My diagnosis? A touch of affluenza. ** The American equivalent of the Gothic cathedral is the Mega Mall. Research claims that 46 acres of prime American farmland are lost to development every hour. When a Mega Mall opens, the pomp and ceremony rivals anything Notre Dame or Chartres might have witnessed in medieval times. People go there to SPAVE — shop and save at the same time. Consider. Some 40 billion mail order catalogues flooded into American homes each year — that’s about 150 catalogues per person. Then there are the shopping channels on TV and of course internet shopping — mainlining for those addicted to shopping. (Why Amazon ships before me even know what I want!) Late night comedians like to say that in America being filthy rich is the greatest good. Worshipping wealth is what it’s all about. Money isn’t everything — it’s the only thing yadayada. Says HBO’s Bill Maher ‘People talk about the sick culture of poverty. What about the sick culture of wealth?” In 2013 Ethan Couch, a sixteen-year-old Texan was drunk driving — his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for adult drivers — when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people who were trying to help a stranded motorist on the side of a road near Fort Worth. He killed four people. State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced him to 10 years’ probation for driving under the influence, killing four pedestrians and injuring eleven. However, his attorneys successfully argued that the teen suffered from affluenza and needed rehabilitation and not prison. The lawyers had argued that Couch was unable to understand the consequences of his actions because of his financial privilege. Thus the ‘affluenza’ defense is now an actual thing — if you will forgive the lapse into Kardashianspeak. **

I don’t know. What about it? What Bill describes as ‘sick’ may or may not be true, but Bill wouldn’t be the one to talk about it, given his personal wealth. Along with the affluenza epidemic we learn all sorts of New Words. Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power. The development of Veblen’s sociology of conspicuous consumption produced the term invidious consumption. The latter is the ostentatious consumption of goods with the intention of provoking envy. ** I’ve been rich and now I am poor. Let the record show — rich was better. There are few things worse than having Bollinger tastes and a beer income. Words: Jani Allan |

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How much is too much? Inspections and Overcrowding

03 Robust agreements: Ensure that the tenancy agreement

agrees the maximum number of tenants, and names those who will be staying at the residence.

04 Note unusual signs: Examples include unusually high water or power bills, unusually high numbers of toothbrushes or shoes in the hallway, and additional mattresses.

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Meet neighbours: Overcrowded dwellings often do not

Apr 2016

05 make for good neighbours. By meeting the neighbours and sharing your contact details you will often be notified early of any issues.

A current hot topic of discussion in the world of property investment is overcrowding. New buzzwords such as “hot bedding” (multiple people sharing turns in a bed) are emerging as trends for landlords to be aware of. Private landlords tend to be targeted by those seeking these living arrangements, as property managers are more aware of what is “normal” within a tenancy, and hence alert to signs of unusual situations. Overcrowding is a concern, with implications in case of fire or emergency and significantly increased wear and tear. In some cases there can be insurance implications by having unnamed tenants living at the property. There are a number of things which you can do to substantially reduce the risk of having these situations develop.


Background check tenants: Many private landlords do not check tenants. Any level of checking is preferable to none; a minimum should include contacting previous landlords. Regular






02 inspection within the first month of the tenancy and three monthly following. Check your insurance as this is a requirement in some cases.

Smart House Searching

The housing market has become somewhat of an obsession for a sizeable section of the population with nearly a third of Auckland homeowners admitting to poring over property listings ‘all the time’, and a further 48% saying they ‘sometimes’ search listings even though they have no intention of moving. Now potential buyers can browse with absolute ease thanks to an ingenious new app from Barfoot & Thompson which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. “You can open the app and immediately see the properties for sale near you,” says Stephen Barfoot, chief technology officer. “It’s like having the local branch’s window display in your hand.” Keeping track of the local market, he continues, could not be simpler thanks to a heap of useful features such as floor plans, auction documents, LIM reports and videos all available at the swipe of a finger: “There’s also no need to be pigeon-holed into predetermined regions of your city. You can tailor your search to specific suburbs from across the whole of Auckland.”

Tenancy agreements are key documents that set the tone for how landlords and tenants interact and treat eachother and the property. By following the above processes you will usually avoid situations arising where more dramatic and distressing actions need to be taken. Do you need quality tenants and a property manager you can have total confidence in? Quinovic Property Management of Parnell offers professional letting services. This includes full chattel photosets and condition reports which the Tenancy Tribunal accepts as an accurate record of the property’s condition before occupancy. Our tenancy agreement is clear and tailored — the result of 27 years of development. Call Anthony to discuss your situation today. You can relax knowing the property professionals at Quinovic are working on your behalf. Responsive • Effective • Affordable • Recommended


Other functions include an interactive map for a bird’s eye view of the local market, open homes for the most convenient time, custom filters to find the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and a price that suits you along with a location aware option to immediately view properties for sale in your area. The school zone feature, too, will most certainly prove to be a popular choice, added, says Stephen, as a specific response to the wants and needs of the Auckland buyer. He goes on: “Whether it is about keeping your child in the school they are already attending, or planning for the future, this is a functionality Aucklanders want.” The school zone data is pulled directly from the Ministry of Education database, though the company suggests thorough due diligence is done direct with the school in question before committing to a property: “This background information is also very insightful for buyers looking to purchase in some of the more sought-after zones, in which properties can often attract premium sale and rental prices.”


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Clara Chon trained as an artist at Elam School of Fine Arts where she experimented with her knack for making wearable objects. She then extended this into a small accessories label, with a focus on keeping everything handmade. She creates tangible oxymorons, objects that serve as an unusual experience with the wearer. IMAGE: Neeve Woodward

George & Willy are a small design and carpentry company from Mount Maunganui. They make a range of life tools for enthusiastic humans. Aiming to make products that are highly functional and used on a daily basis, they have a simplistic (steazy) style that never dates. See George and Willy online.



This Instagram is an endless roll of tempting, delicious wholefoods buts it only gets better…it’s a real place. If you wander down New North Road through Kingsland, and keep a sharp eye out for Mondays Wholefoods. This gorgeous ivy-clad eatery serves up fresh, seasonal salads and soups that celebrate wholesome, natural ingredients and nutrient dense, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

The Hadlow girls are five sisters passionate about finding amazing gastronomic and lifestyle experiences in New Zealand and abroad. They have a great website called “What’s Yummy” and are on Instagram. This is where you can find them hunting out the trendiest places to eat and drink in various cities, along with their daily motivations, baking and cooking endeavours, cool products they have tried, liked, and more.



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Windows 10 has been with us for a while now and if your laptop or PC is eligible for a free upgrade to it then I suggest you make use of the offer. It brings together the best of Windows 7 and good features of Windows 8 in a package that you can use out of the box with ease or you can modify it to your hearts content. Microsoft has returned the Start button in W10 with a good menu, much like W7 but with some changes. It also has tiles like W8 but now they are contained in the start menu and can be resized or even removed. The programs or app list can be very long so you can pin programs you use a lot to the start menu and they become tiles for fast access.

If you are considering buying new hardware this year please call and discuss your needs with us, we are happy to advise you on the type of product that would best suit. Tablets, while popular, are great for ‘viewing’ but less useful for ‘doing’. A cheap laptop will struggle to run high-end design programs that students may need in engineering or architecture. Desktop-type all-in-one PC’s are great space savers but low-end models may not last well or give good value over time. Please call with any questions. Our advice is free. Best wishes, Rudy and Rosemary.

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The power options ‘restart’ and ‘shut down’ are back in the menu, and if you want more in-depth options that the settings option won’t give you then simply right-click on the start button for a lot of the old familiar controls. There are many websites with information on how to tweak or modify all sorts of W10’s properties which are well worth a look, alternatively Google ‘Windows 10 how to’ or try: http://



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“Talkback radio provides a space in which audiences conceptualise national identity, citizenship and belonging.” - Jacqui Ewart -

“Quite simply radio gives power to those who often feel powerless,” writes former LBC radio host Emma Barnett for the Telegraph. “I suspected this was the case as a listener. But until you see the switchboard burn bright with hundreds of calls when you start a conversation about disability or blindness, you have no idea what a lifeline it is.” The turn of the 20th century saw the very first experimentation with broadcasting in both music and talk via radio, commercially occurring for the first time in the early1920s. Pioneers included evangelist Aimmee Semple McPherson, who purchased her own station, and Father Charles Coughlin, a controversial figure with an audience of millions. Though talkback radio first found its feet in the 1930s, it would be a further three decades before it became the staple for entire shows. RadioLIVE host Karyn Hay believes talk back radio to play a vital role in society. “It gives a voice to the people, no matter what part of society they come from, or what age or gender they are,” she tells me. “You can participate in democracy in the respect that your voice is being listened to by politicians and law makers. Every call has the potential to be influential.” An Australian study by Reporting Diversity, titled Talkback Radio: Homeland and Heartland, is a rare examination of the concept. It examines audiences from ACT and a further three states, discussing how they consider the airwaves among the safest of places to actually air their views. “Talkback radio provides a space in which audiences conceptualise national identity, citizenship and belonging,” writes study author Jacqui Ewart. “Multicultural Australia is engaging in discussion and debate about issues of concern and interest via talkback that has been created specifically for these audiences.” She concludes the programmes to be a form of “citizen media” with audiences also able to recognise – and be critical of – the fact that “some talkback radio plays a news agenda setting role”. “We are there 24/7,” says Karyn, “when something good happens, when something bad happens, when nothing is happening! We are a Civil Defence radio station and are always the first port of call in an emergency, providing help and information, as well as comfort and support to communities right round the nation.” In an interview with Radio Ink, Mark Masters, president and CEO of the Talk Radio Network, describes the medium as a “pressure release valve” for a society underserved by television. “When you don’t have a robust, dynamic marketplace of ideas, tension and frustration build,” he says. “… Talk radio creates a venting... Hosts — whether conservative, liberal, libertarian — emote on your behalf. And it’s a cathartic effect that allows perspective to come back.” Barnett believes talk radio stations to be the original social networks. “I also didn’t know that religion formed one part of the holy trinity of the three topics always guaranteed to peak callers’ interest: religion, war and immigration.” She reveals that callers especially open up under the perceived security of the darkness. One call in particular has always stayed with her, from a man who’d snuck out in the night to discuss his wife’s post-natal depression: “He explained how he just didn’t know what to do to repair their marriage. And then he broke down live on air. Hundreds of calls offering him support, empathy and advice quickly followed.”

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Sometimes it is extremely difficult, especially if you have had a stand-up argument on air — we do get the occasional bully — or someone has told you something personal and traumatic.” - Karyn Hay -

I ask Karyn if she ever finds it tough to switch off following a shift on-air. “Sometimes it is extremely difficult,” she says, “especially if you have had a standup argument on air — we do get the occasional bully — or someone has told you something personal and traumatic. “I am always impressed by the fact that there is always someone who can provide an answer to a question, or a solution to a problem. We tap into the knowledge pool on a regular basis. Conversely, in this job you have to be aware that some people are simply incorrect, or misguided, To be the ‘moderator’ of so many opinions, experiences and points of view is a huge responsibility.” Karyn’s noticed a shift over the years in the number of regular and new callers. “There used to be many who’d call more than once a week, sometimes every night,” she says. “But now the majority of callers save it for when they have something to contribute. This strategy is far more powerful and effective. I regularly hear the words ‘first time caller, long time listener’.” It’s common for the callers to become familiar with each other, with communities blooming from within the airwaves. “Many who listen to the show every night enjoy those who make regular contributions. Alternatively there are others who can really grate on some listeners nerves, but, ultimately, they’ll put up with them because they like to know what the opposing viewpoint to their own is. This is particularly true with political debates, but relevant to any subject.” It’s a notion that nicely ties nicely with Barnett’s observation that talk radio’s the original social network. I finish by asking Karyn if that online phenomenon has changed things in the studio. “Not really. Radio is part of the mix, and is often more effective. There is nothing quite so powerful as the human voice when it comes to communication. You don’t hear many trolls on the radio. That’s confined to social media because it requires a large element of cowardice. You need courage to express yourself live on air nationwide, and courage is something trolls lack.”

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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SUFFRAGETTE Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, AnneMarie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Rating: M Violence and offensive language. View the trailer here: watch?v=uA6npEXvTss

Suffragette is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state. Fighting for the right to vote, these women were not only from the genteel, educated classes, there were working women among them who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is both heartbreaking and inspirational.




Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Watts. Rating: M-Violence Watch the trailer here: www.


FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Starring: Hugh Grant & Meryl Streep Rating: TBC Watch the trailer here: florencefosterjenkinsau

From acclaimed director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), Meryl Streep stars in the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. Convinced of her own talent, the voice Florence heard in her head was beautiful, while to everyone else it was hilarious and awful. Her husband and manager, aristocratic English actor St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), was determined to protect his beloved from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge yet. Funny, moving and featuring a brilliant lead performance by Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins is as exuberant and charming as the irrepressible diva who inspired the film.

The action-packed third instalment of the blockbuster Divergent Series, Allegiant takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.


LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP Starring: Kate Beckinsale & Chloë Sevigny Rating: TBC Watch the trailer here: www. films/love-and-friendship

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica - and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.





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Michael Houstoun & the Rodger Fox Big Band – Concerti

Phil Broadhurst – Panacea

Kevin Field – The A-List

Two well-known names cross the classical and jazz genres to team up here for this album. Michael Houstoun is best known for his classical piano works, but here he joins Rodger Fox’s 18-piece big band for four tunes, including an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3.

This is the third in a loose trilogy of albums from piano maestro Phil Broadhurst. Panacea features all Broadhurst’s own compositions and is accompanied by bass player Oli Holland and drummer Cameron Sangster along with Mike Booth on trumpet, Roger Manins on tenor sax and special guest Neil Watson on guitar and pedal steel. Pancea reflects the vibrancy and innovation now thriving in New Zealand’s jazz scene.

Kevin Field’s third album, The A-list, contains a wide range of influences from ’70s and ’80s soul and funk to acoustic jazz, Latin and even a hint of disco! Recorded in New York, the album boasts an international level of player, including Grammy Award winners, while also showcasing Field’s development as a confident, sophisticated jazz composer and keyboard player.

>> Catch them in concert around the country in support of this new album.

The winners of the Best Jazz Album and APRA Best Jazz Composition are announced at the New Zealand Jazz Awards Concert in Tauranga over Easter weekend. The finalists for the 2016 award are three well established acts, including many of the country’s most renowned jazz players. Jazz lovers are encouraged to check out these new albums to get a sense of the quality of the best players and composers in New Zealand right now.


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LUCIE SILVAS “I never saw myself as a country artist, but it’s a really huge and exciting genre that deserves to be seen around the world, not just in America.” - Lucie Silvas -

Growing up near Remuera — where carefree Kiwi summer holidays were spent eating ice-creams at Mission Bay, strolling along the beach, and playing in the great outdoors with cousins -- Lucie Silvas’ chosen career path couldn’t have seemed further from reality. The way the dream has evolved is not something she would have even considered, let alone believe was a possibility. Raised between Auckland and England, the singersongwriter is now taking America by storm as part of a new generation of musicians succeeding in the tough world of the country charts. While she was first launched onto the British pop scene in the early 2000s, selling more than 1.5 million albums in Europe, she’s spent the past few years writing and learning. After a break from the spotlight, she’s now back firing on all cylinders with the release of her third studio album, Letters To Ghosts. Drawing on the blues, country, pop, Motown and rock vibes that surround her new home of Nashville, Tennessee, she has developed a sound that’s captivating the world of roots music. With an army of famous friends championing her talent, radio play on US stations, and support tours lined up with industry chart toppers, this is her time to shine. She’s hit the road with everyone from Kacey Musgraves and Tom Jones, to Daughtry, James Bay and Skrillex. She’s writing with country queen Miranda Lambert, is married to John Osborne (one half of Grammynominated, Brothers Osborne), been named by CMT as a Listen Up/Artist to Watch for 2016, and included as a spotlight artist on Spotify.

The dream sadly didn’t last long, however, when the family relocated back to the UK. For a girl just hitting her teens, this proved to be a distressing experience. “I had a hard time with my first school. My Kiwi accent was really strong, and I felt like an outsider. I missed Auckland, and the more laid back way of life. Time helped though. You adapt and make friends. As kids, it made us open-minded, adaptable people.” Lucie’s family is still in Auckland, providing magnificent homegrown support as they champion her career from afar. Her down-to-earth attitude has meant her approach to Letters To Ghosts, has been solely built around passion, and a very real desire to produce meaningful and authentic art. Without label support, the album was born thanks to friends lending their musical talent, a dedicated manager, and a distribution contact. She refuses to get caught up in the hype of the industry, rather choosing how she releases her work and carefully managing her media exposure. She focuses on what’s important, rather than seeking fame for the wrong reasons. “I let go more, and feel the joy of it again. I do things because I want to, they feel right, and make me happy, nothing more.” In February, Lucie had the proud moment of accompanying John to the 58th Grammy Awards, as his band was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. While just pipped at the post by country super group, Little Big Town, the couple certainly valued the experience.

“I never saw myself as a country artist, but it’s a really huge and exciting genre that deserves to be seen around the world, not just in America.”

A tight unit, they provide much-needed support for each other, as both had long careers preceding success in the mainstream.

The 2012 decision to move 4000 miles away from London was not made easily, but one that certainly changed her life.

“This business can be demanding and inconsistent. We’re just enjoying our lives and keeping our heads in the right place, as best we can.”

“I ended up going for four weeks and thought, ‘what the hell am I doing?’ I didn’t know anyone, and then when I got here, I didn’t want to leave.” After trips backwards and forwards to the UK, she made the move to Music City permanently. “It just opened my eyes to so many things. You’re in the thick of it around all this new music and I got to see so much heart and soul.” But while America is fuelling her creativity right now, she remains forever inspired by the special years of her youth, growing up as a Kiwi. Her father was born in London, but raised in New Zealand, so it was family and work opportunities that first brought the Silvas’ to the other side of the world. Settling near Remuera at eight, she was enrolled at Kadimah College, and has the fondest of childhood memories. “It felt like freedom growing up there, it felt special.”

As her career blossoms in a world so far removed from the lifestyle she grew up in, Lucie remains refreshingly grounded, approaching her career with authenticity and grace. This can all be attributed to her close family, friends, surroundings and upbringing. From the richness and sweet southern inspiration of her adopted home in Nashville, and the foundations of the UK, to the carefree and spirited days of her youth in New Zealand, it has all had a major impact on her current success. “New Zealand, to me, is still a place where it’s a little separate from the world and a very peaceful place in my head. We weren’t in New Zealand that long, but because of my big family over there, and the experiences we had it felt like a lifetime. It feels like a second home, to this day.” Words: Megan Gnad / Photography: Sonya Jasinski


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Sally Smith 'Murmuration'

OPENING PREVIEW: TUESDAY, 5 APRIL 4-6PM EXHIBITION: 5-19 APRIL 2016 Sally Smith returns to Parnell Galley in April with an exciting body of new work, entitled Murmuration. The exhibition invites a focus on the innate intelligence and beauty of our natural world. Living and working on Waiheke, a concern for the fragility of our natural environment is inherent in Smith’s unique, wall-mounted sculptural pieces. “In this collection of works I explore 'Murmuration', the concept of moving as one, as observed in both bird and sea life with works that have no constraints of borders and frames, but are free to fly and go where they will…” Smith developed complementary careers in architecture and art for over 20 years, and in 2010 turned her full-time focus to producing art. Her previous life as an architect can be sensed in the striking design of these installations. In ‘Shoaling Series Two’ a shoal of fish swims in sinuous formation across the wall, the dappled patina and deep shadows casting a magical impression of serene ocean life. In another, ‘Te Hokianga’ we take to the skies as a flock of birds wheels and turns, each piece contributing to the beauty of the whole in their individual stages of flight. A fine geometry can also be found in her single sculptures via the magnification of some of our smaller life forms. ‘Spinifiex’, a coastal grass finished in black, is stunning in its architectural symmetry. With subtle abstraction, Smith draws attention to the underlying patterns of our natural world through these diminutive but perfectly formed manifestations. Whether extrapolating out to denote an entire flock of birds, or zoning in to magnify the beauty of a tiny sea dwelling animal, Sally’s finely conceived installations are bound to engage and delight the viewer. Cast in bronze or aluminium, they are finished with black or green/ blue patinas to subtly enhance the work. L-R: Shoaling Series Two, Spinifex, Koikoi.

As these pieces take residence on gallery walls and in homes here and abroad, a subtle discourse on responsibility to our incredible natural species is invited through joyful aesthetic means. 'Murmuration' will be on show at the Parnell Gallery until Tuesday 19th April.


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Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa Brain Brake, Mitre Peak, Milford Sound,1960. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa (CT.062484)

In the latest season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa visitors to the national museum are taking a look through the viewfinder, with New Zealand Photography Collected – the largest photography exhibition Te Papa’s ever held. Showcasing around 300 rare and fascinating photographs from Te Papa’s extensive collection, the exhibition delves into New Zealand’s photographic heritage from the 1850’s through to today. Ranging from the iconic, to the popular and personal, the exhibition includes works by influential photographers such as Brian Brake, Anne Noble, and Gavin Hipkins, and coincides with the launch of the Te Papa Press book, New Zealand Photography Collected, by Te Papa Photography curator Athol McCredie.

“These photographs have been chosen for their depth, richness and resonance. In a world saturated with images, we are used to the quick flick — but these reward repeated viewings,” says Mr McCredie. “Their power is lasting because they sustain multiple meanings and interpretations — which is exactly why they are in a museum collection.” Visitors can enjoy New Zealand Photography Collected at Te Papa until August.


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NEAL PALMER Neal Palmer has been a full time artist since arriving in Auckland in the late 90’s. Neal’s work over the years has largely focused on botanical images and he has become well known for his meticulously detailed large scale paintings; yet despite their realism, these paintings push beyond representation.

I love experimenting with the sculptural forms of plants to create work that has an immediate emotional draw but also works on deeper levels within the field of painting. Harakeke (flax), for instance, conjures childhood memories and also has a high degree of cultural mana stretching back through colonial times as a raw material for rope making; and has a significant role in many aspects of earlier tangata whenua. I have been working with flax as subject matter for over 15 years now, these carefully structured paintings have become signature works and good example of where my work carries over into abstraction. I love the way the leaves weave in and out creating a visual lattice work that I can play with compositionally - building relationships and rhythm, outside any representative concerns. This strive to create a sense of three dimensional form probably harks back to my years as a sculptor — while studying for a BFA at Trent University in the UK, I was encouraged to experiment within disciplines, allowing my practice to evolve quite naturally from painting into sculptural installation. Following art school, my experience as a sculptor diversified and I found himself working as a prop maker for film and TV for many years, as well working as a muralist and decorative gilder. After a period of living and working between the UK, Australia and NZ, I eventually settled in Auckland (1998) and into life as a full-time artist, having my first solo show of paintings the same year. Since 1998, I’ve managed 17 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows across the country.

Despite the many shifts of focus in my work over the years, one consistent theme has been my interest in blending visual languages, exploring how the languages of painting, photography and sculpture can inform and cross-reference each other. One particular emphasis has been to develop work that uses the illusion of a photographic ‘depth of field’ to allow images to slip between realism and abstraction, a technique which creates a visual tension between the painting’s surface and the illusion of depth in the work. As a painter, these interdisciplinary sensibilities only come together when combined with a quality of mark-making that lifts the art works beyond representation. Another aspect of photography I employ is its use of light in image making, drawing from my background in gilding — I have recently re-introduced the practice of gilding with gold and silver leaf into my paintings. I love the reflective nature of the leaf; the way the light interacts with the surface of the work. I’ve developed a style of drawing images with the leaf that feels like a cross between old silver gelatin photographic prints and stenciled street art. While an obsession with the process of art-making keeps me working and my work evolving, I’m also drawn to creating a variety of sensual reactions and experiences to interest the viewer, from the lighter side of nature’s allure, to darker considerations which draw on references to the fleeting nature of its beauty. It’s important to me to produce work that sits comfortably within the traditions and history of painting, albeit in an off beat manner.


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THE SPIRIT OF TRAVEL LOUIS VUITTON $65 PARISIAN CHIC CITY GUIDE INES DE LA FRESSANGE FLAMARION $33 This is the ultimate Paris pocket book. From the author of Parisian Chic Ines and her friend Sophie from Elle magazine comes this guide,through the streets of Paris. District by district, it tells of the places to shop, where to hang out, the secret shops only the locals know and how to spend wisely and cleverly while having a jolly good time in the process. Learn how to shop like a French woman, the book comes with maps, pages for notes and a little pocket to keep those receipts safe from prying eyes.

From the original travel war chests to the modern change purse, this famous logo on luggage has a tremendous history in the fashion world. The luggage of kings, princesses, explorers and prima donnas, it is the luggage of choice for those on the move in high places. Heritage counts and the thing about Louis Vuitton bags, cases, trunks, etc is that the workmanship of each piece shines through. The more fashion changes, the more it stays the same. The company knows that it takes craft and art to make something that bears the LV logo, which ensures the products will always be on the wishlist of the discerning traveller.

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Parnell Pet Owners to Benefit from Extended Vet Hours Carevets Parnell, on Parnell Road, has announced it’s officially extending its opening hours for the benefit of busy pet owners in the region. Carevets Parnell, formerly well-known as Parnell Vets, opened to the public in December last year. Initial hours were 8am–6pm Monday to Friday and 8am–12pm Saturday. From Easter onwards, the clinic will be open 8am-8pm on Wednesdays and 9am-5pm on Saturdays; an extra seven hours of veterinary care each week. “We’re aware that not everyone can make it to the clinic before 6pm. So for added convenience, following Easter we will be open late night on Wednesdays and until end of day Saturday,” says Carevets director, Keith Houston. “It’s important to us that busy pet owners have flexibility to bring their pets into the practice outside of typical 9am-5pm work hours. This is in the best interest of both owners and their animals.” On Wednesday evenings, the practice will be open for routine consultations. On Saturdays, in addition to consultations, it will offer minor surgical procedures, x-rays, diagnostics and treat sick pets as required.

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“Carevets was purchased from former Parnell Vets owner Dr Mac McKay at the end of last year, however, he works within the practice still. He and his team will be providing care during these extended hours also,” adds Keith. “Dr Mac has been committed to pets and their owners in the Parnell community for so long. We’re confident Parnell residents will benefit greatly from these additional hours of care.” In general, the practice’s key services include health checks, desexing, vaccinations, microchipping, general surgery, and specialist’s referrals. Orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, in-house laboratory diagnostics, x-ray, and pet food and accessories are also available to Carevets’ clients. The CareVets group has been operating in New Zealand since 1996 and introduced a companion animal focus in 2008. They have considerable expertise available within their clinics across Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington.


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SUNDERLAND AT HOBSONVILLE POINT Sunderland, the cutting edge Willis Bond & Co development at Hobsonville Point, builds on the award-winning planning and infrastructure provided by the Hobsonville Land Company. Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture, the goal of the development, says project director Wayne Silver, is “to deliver best-in-class homes that form the centre of a vibrant community”. The homes in Sunderland are built to a very high standard. Such high standards are achieved, in part, through the use of enduring natural materials, with each house designed to a minimum Homestar 6 environmental and energy efficiency rating. The project, up and running for just 16 months, has already sold 77 homes, with residents reportedly in love with the new space. This stunning part of Auckland coastline carries a storied history, and is the site where the Hobsonville Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base once stood. “Sunderland is unique,” continues Wayne. “It is the first part of Hobsonville Point to intersect with the RNZAF heritage building which gives the area it’s special character.” Sunderland, as part of the broader Hobsonville Point development, not only incorporates high quality housing and the restoration of heritage homes, but the creation of a whole new community. Additional amenities will be provided through neighbourhood parks, shared lanes and proximity to the coastal walkway being developed by the Hobsonville Land Company. “The nearby state-

of-the-art schools, early childhood centre and ferry terminal provide unparalleled community infrastructure within walking distance of Sunderland,” adds Wayne. The development of The Landing — a waterfront hub — and 24 hectares of open space, are among an array of exciting features still to come, while existing local icons such as the Farmers Market and Catalina Café further add to the appeal. Willis Bond traditionally engages projects of the highest quality, and Sunderland met that criteria. “We were enthused by the whole Hobsonville Point story” says Wayne. “The vision and quality of the infrastructure is evident the second you arrive.” Current Willis Bond projects include the Wynyard Quarter rejuvenation and the newly released Eight Lake Pupuke Drive apartments. The Sunderland showhome is open 10am – 4pm every day except Wednesdays at 8 Hastings Street (opposite Catalina Café). Visit for more details. Willis Bond is opening Sunderland Ave to the public on Saturday 9 April between 11am – 2pm for an open street day, offering an opportunity to walk through six of the ten completed heritage homes. You can also view the newly relocated Base Commander’s House on its new site.

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THE AUCKLAND QUILTMAKERS “Did you know? The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin ‘culcita’, meaning stuffed sack.”

We caught up with the ladies from The Auckland Quiltmakers and discovered there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to quilting. When I call in to meet the ‘quilters’ they’re on retreat in Long Bay spending their days quilting and downing tools to pop off for a swim or share a meal. “It’s great to have the freedom to focus on our passion,” they say. Though they’re not all here this weekend, there are 36 in the group and they’ve been working together for 20 years. They come from as far away as Wanaka, Levin and Christchurch. “We’re fabricaholics, we never forget a fabric,” smiles Kate Howard, who’s leading our visit. Indeed, all of the ladies are highly experienced quilters and all do something different when it comes to quilts. Who knew there were so many varieties: scrappy, traditional, modern, and strip. We set off on a quilt tour to see the artisans at work piecing together block fabrics in a traditional size, putting hand-dyed fabric, liberty prints or old kimono fabric (Juliet’s been saving these since 1986!) together.

Quilting uses sewing techniques such as patchwork piecing and appliqué and uses skills of colour and geometric composition, line and linear movement. Typically, it’s the sewing of three layers together: a top fabric, ‘batting’ in the middle and a backing material. The quilters first hand or machine sew patches of fabric together to make the top layer and then ‘quilt’ the three layers together using hand or machine stitching. There’s a cacophony of beautiful colour: teals, greens, blues, purples, yellow, orange, red, pink. Kaffe Fassett has inspired many in the group; a British-based American who teaches quiltmakers globally to work with colour. Another muse is Nancy Crow, an American quilting icon who has made more than 300 quilts and runs workshops in the art. Wandering the room, Dr Rosemary has drawn a tree, painted it, stitched it and repainted it for her quilt. Jill’s is modern, light and bright with a white background. Janet’s is done using Indonesian batiks. Jan is embellishing her quilts with animal buttons for her grandchildren. Lesley has used fabric that was left outside to weather for a few weeks with clothes pegs and bottle tops lying on top of it to create a unique pattern. Kate’s own work in progress is made from old linen doilies. “We hold an exhibition each year and we also annually create a quilt to raise money for Mercy Hospice. But mostly we do it for the joy of it. Our great fear is that our eyesight or our hands go. We definitely don’t make a living wage from quilting. Nancy Crow can sell a quilt for $50,000 USD but that doesn’t happen in New Zealand. When we sell quilts we probably earn the equivalent of $3 per hour.” The Auckland Quiltmakers show and market is on 30 April and 1 May at the Parnell Community Centre in Parnell Road, 10-5 daily.

Words: Jenna Moore



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Verve April 2016. Issue 121  

Auckland's favourite free magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel, pass...

Verve April 2016. Issue 121  

Auckland's favourite free magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel, pass...